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January 1, 1985

The New Covenant

The following is an endeavor to set forth as simply as possible what are the prominent features of the New Covenant. In doing this, the subject has been treated as though it had not been previously considered. Several scriptures, the testimony of which are most important, have been frequently quoted to the extent of repetition, but we do not feel that a complaint will be made by any sincere seeker for truth. We trust that these pages may be used to lead, not only to a clearer understanding of the New Covenant, but also to the apprehension of the truth of the Mystery which, during this present dispensation, God is desiring to make known to His saints.

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October 21, 1984

God’s Final Instructions

Clifford McLainThese lessons were taught by Dr. McLain in October, 1984. As mystery believers, we have final instructions from God Himself--actually a charge. We have a two-fold ministry—to be ministers of the reconciliation to the world, and secondly, we are to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ. Our citizenship is in the Heavenlies, but we have a dual citizenship. We are to be involved in this world but not entangled. This is a difficult task, but the reward is truly wonderful.

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May 20, 1984

Faith

This study was given by Dr. McLain from May 20, 1984 through September 16, 1984. This is one of the richest parts of scripture and demonstrates in practical ways what it means to believe. Faith is the substance or title deed of our assurance of things we hope for. Hope has not been realized yet because we are still in this dead body, but one day we shall see Him face to face. In the meantime, we have our title deed--our assurance. In this study, Dr. McLain traces the faith heroes of the past as they believed what God said to them. Each of these were faithful to what God said to them and in each case the message was different. By faith, Abel offered a better sacrifice, Noah built an ark, and Abraham went to a place which he should after receive for an inheritance and sojourned in the land of promise. As we search the scriptures, we find in Hebrews 11:1: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidencde of things not seen." and in Romans 10:17: "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Christ)." 2 Timothy is Paul's final letter and God's final word to us, which makes it a very important message for believers today.

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May 6, 1984

Complexity of God

Clifford McLainThis study was presented on May 6, 1984 regarding the complexity of God.  The Apostle Paul expressed this best when he wrote in 1 Timothy 3:16  "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory."  Further Paul says in Colossians 2:2b-3 "2 ... unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; 3  In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge."  This subject matter is so big, teaching on this could never end but Dr. McLain tries to enligten us in the great subject.

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April 22, 1984

Our Hope – The Out-Resurrection

Clifford McLainDr. McLain gave this study in April, 1984 and reminded us that there is nothing new under the sun--that today as in Biblical times, people followed Epicurus, the Stoics, etc. although called by other names. Paul tells us to put away the old things and seek to know Christ more fully. The drive of his life was to "get to know Him" and to love His divine intervention. Christ was delivered for our offenses and He was raised for our justification. He is risen and seated at the right hand of God the Father and we, too, are raised and seated there with Him. Our citizenship is in the heavens.

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December 18, 1983

The Real Christmas Story

Clifford McLainThis audio study given by Clifford McLain in December of 1983 examines the traditional Christmas Story and provides insight into the true date of our Lord's birth.  It also looks at tradition and how it places the wise men at the manger but they did not show up until the baby Jesus was two years old.  Pastor McLain wrote a book about this topic and it has sold out several times.  September is a good month for this study since you will find Jesus birthday was at the end of this month on September 29th, 4 BC!

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September 18, 1983

God Spake

Clifford McLainThis study called "God Spake" was taught by Clifford McLain in 1983 following the "Sacred Secret" study and was based on the scriptures in Hebrews 1:1-3; 2:1-3 & Galatians 1:11,12 & Ephesians 3:1-3;7-9.  Pastor McLain in his intro for this study, explained that some years back, he read an article entitled "The Greatest Thing in the World" which was written on the 13th chapter of 1 Corinthians which is the chapter on love... but Mac exclaimed that the greatest thing for him is that God spoke to humanity.  As it said in Hebrews 1:1, "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake..." meaning at many different times and many different ways He spoke to man.  In times past He spoke directly to men, for instance: God spoke to Adam, Cain, Enoch, Noah, and others with Abraham.  And then He spake to the Fathers of the children of Israel... and then He spake by the Prophets... and then He spake in His Son... and then He spake by them that heard Him, and then He spake through the Apostle Paul.  Six different references to how God has spoken in the past and one remains.  God will speak again from heaven which will be the seventh time He speaks.  This study takes you through the many different times and ways God Spake.

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November 7, 1982

Sacred Secret

Clifford McLainThis study was taught by Clifford McLain in a series from 1982-1983 recorded on cassette tapes converted to digital audio for your benefit.  The Sacred Secret study includes 40 lessons and teaches about the body of truth that was given to the apostle Paul to be revealed in Ephesians to the Gentiles.  Ephesians opens with "1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved."  This sacred secret is called the "mystery" in Ephesians 3:9, Colossians 1:25,26 and is specifically addressed to Gentiles for faith obedience.  Listen to this study to learn about this sacred secret that has been hidden in God before the foundation of the world and how it was revealed by the Apostle Paul directly to you.

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September 5, 1982

From Egypt to Canaan

Clifford McLainThis study "From Egypt to Canaan" was given by Dr. McLain in 1982 and taught how the Nation of Israel was brought out of Egypt in the seventh month of the secular year and God established a new religious calendar in the process.  The first month of the new year corresponded to the seventh month of the calendar year, which was also known as the sacred year.  It was a picture of the fact we have a physical birth by nature and we have a spiritual birth in Christ.  Everything begins in the world and Egypt was a wonderful analogy of the world where Gods people were to be taken out of Egypt never to see it again.  This study is a great review of how God dealt with Isreal from Egypt to Canaan and is a picture of how mankind demonstrates his character towards God.

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July 18, 1982

Prophecy

Clifford McLainThis study on Prophecy was given by Dr. McLain in response to the popular belief during the early 1980's.  While prophecy is for those who can eat strong meat, the belief that was popular among fundamental christians, involves the rapture, the tribulation and the millenium, all in that order.  It's not so much that this is wrong, but it does not include prophecy that will happen and needs to be clarified for todays Christian so he may be properly instructed.  This study starts with truths that are not prophetic but lay the foundation for understanding the events that will unfold for us at this time.

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