Many, if not all, believers in Christ are aware that as we progress through the Bible, so God reveals more of His plan and purpose for mankind. We may turn to Genesis for teaching on creation, but we are not likely to offer God burnt offerings like Abel, Noah and others did. We may admire the faith of Abraham who believed that even in his old age God would grant him a child, but we know that we have to believe something different if the same righteousness is to be imputed to us. We may read of the ritual of circumcision, but we are unlikely to have our boy babies circumcised as a religious rite, even if we may do so for medical reasons.
Publishers are removing things from new Bibles! Publishers of modern Bible versions have been removing words, phrases, and even whole verses, but their readers are often unaware of it. Few people know the Bible well enough to notice when something has been taken out.
We all need to ask questions as we ponder God's word. These are not to be construed as negative to your faith as are foolish and unlearned questions 2Tim. 2:23, but on the contrary should simply be a part of the method of acquiring knowledge and understanding and therefore be faith building. The right questions should lead onto edification and strength and finally to perfection. It is with this spirit that I ask these questions and hope that the Father of lights will give a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him (see Eph.1:17) to each and every one of us so that with enlightened eyes we may know!
Whilst acknowledging the Lord's gift of teachers to His people (Ephesians 4:11) we maintain that Scripture is the sole arbiter in matters of Christian doctrine and practice and that received traditions and opinions, however widespread or ancient and however vigorously supported by men of whatever eminence, learning and godliness, are of no binding authority except in so far as they are clearly demonstrable from the Word of God (Romans 10:17; 1 Peter 1:24-25).
The final authority
SOME DISTINCTIVE TRUTHS OF THE MYSTERY
- To complete the Word of God (Col. 1:25, 26).
- It exalts the saints, and seats them with Christ in the heavenlies. (Eph. 1:20- 21; 2:6). Hence, "for our conversation is in heaven; (out) from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ; ...whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself" (Phil. 3:20- 21).
- To share super-abundant riches of His grace, with kindness in the ages to come (Eph. 2:7).
- Made complete in Christ, holy and without blame (Eph. 1:4, Col.2:10).
- To know the love of God which passes all knowledge and understanding (Eph. 3:19; Phil. 4:7).
- Brought into a corporate body under the Headship of Christ, where no person or nation has any advantage, for Christ is all and in all (Eph. 1:22, 23; Eph. 4:15, Col. 3:11).
- A showcase to the hierarchy in the heavenlies (Eph. 3:10).
- A partaker of all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden in Christ (Col. 2:3).
"Be a Spirtual Spud" Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head exclaimed! They centered their message around the verse in Psalm 139:14 (KJV) “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” They said we should honor God with our whole body. Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head want to share with you some scripture on praising God which they call “Spudly” Wisdom… using your body parts to praise God! This material uses all the potato head body parts to highlight scripture as to how they may be used to glory God... and sometimes not. It was a fun way to have children think of their Christian behavior.
The many divisions and varied opinions about this subject make it appear almost like a hopeless task, particularly so for the one who honestly tries to clear the air of all its entanglements. Nevertheless, we must do what we can.
This article introduces the student of scripture to the subject of the callings of God. It is a first pass through this deep subject.
Your calling involves the ministry given to the Apostle Paul after the close of Acts. The first book Paul wrote after Acts was Ephesians. In that book, he addresses the Gentiles directly for the first time. This calling is classified in the Post Acts books.
Post Acts Period Books
- 1 Timothy
- 2 Timothy