ISHMAEL’S DESCENDANTS …GENESIS 25 PART 3

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IS THERE AN ILLEGITIMATE CHILD

We shall be doing much of recapping surrounding the life of Ishmael. There are two things we wish to emphasize on.

There is nothing like an illegitimate child;


Many are the plans of man but it is the purpose of God that prevails

EFFECTS OF REJECTION

REJECTED

Last time, that is around chapter 16 we began to touch on live wires. There are some who are of the opinion that God based on His sovereignty hates some people before their birth and loves some. Is it really the case? In the bible we seek to understand how some people end up with some certain behavioural traits. In a bid to elucidate truth lets study the circumstances surrounding Ishmael’s birth.

(Gen 16:10-12 Moreover, the angel of the LORD said to her, “I will greatly multiply your descendants so that they will be too many to…

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Today, I am so hungry and ready for change. I believe there is nothing left here for me to fear. Love somebody, forgive somebody, let go of somebody.

THE ROLES OF A MAN AND A WOMAN IN A MARRIAGE…PART 1, GENESIS 25 — BREAKING BREAD

Godly marriageWe concluded yesterday looking at the roles of a man in a marriage relationship. As we touch base today we will delve deeply into the roles of the woman. The most important aspect we deem to clarify is the notion submission. Submission is tied up to the anatomy of the woman, her womb and her breasts

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MARRIAGE …..MEET THE IDEAL BRIDE PART 1b…GENESIS 24

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Genesis 24:10-11 Then the servant took ten of his master’s camels and left, taking with him all kinds of good things from his master. He set out for Aram Naharaim and made his way to the town of Nahor. He had the camels kneel down near the well outside the town; it was toward evening, the time the women go out to draw water.

Eliezer didn’t travel to fetch a wife empty handed. He went loaded with expensive gifts. What do we learn form that? Saying yes to the Holy Spirit releases the gifts of God in one’s life. There is no one who entertains who shall be left empty handed.

According to the setting pertaining that time camels were used for service. We now have a preconceived idea that camels were used by reason of the conditions…

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THE ROLES OF A MAN AND A WOMAN IN A MARRIAGE…PART 1, GENESIS 25

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I remember vividly that last time we gave a teaser, a sneak peek into one of the subjects that is undeniably very key with regards to life. The issue between the union of a man and a woman. Countless times if you are privileged enough to attend weddings they speak of two things without fail. Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the church and wives submit to your husbands. Unfortunately in so many instances no one really elucidates what loving one’s wife as Christ is and what submission really entails. So people use tradition and culture to try and fit within the confines of scripture, speaking of which mostly both parties fail to find satisfaction in the word. Is the word wrong? No, definitely it can’t be. The problem is with the preachers!!!What really is the truth? Anything key regarding the…

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THE ROLES OF A MAN AND A WOMAN IN A MARRIAGE…PART 1, GENESIS 25

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…….Continued from https://breakingbread86.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/the-roles-of-a-man-and-a-woman-in-a-marriagepart-1-genesis-25/

We concluded yesterday looking at the roles of a man in a marriage relationship. As we touch base today we will delve deeply into the roles of the woman. The most important aspect we deem to clarify is the notion submission. Submission is tied up to the anatomy of the woman, her womb and her breasts.

As a recap, last time we magnified the fact that it is Isaac who entreated the Lord over the bareness of the woman. In other words he was worried that his seed was but in vain in her. God grants the desires of his heart and now the one in a situation is the wife. Now that Rebecca conceived, we don’t see Isaac entreating the Lord but Rebecca. These were now matters of the womb.

Gen 25:19-23 ……..But the children tumbled and kicked inside her so much…

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…….Continued from https://breakingbread86.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/the-roles-of-a-man-and-a-woman-in-a-marriagepart-1-genesis-25/

We concluded yesterday looking at the roles of a man in a marriage relationship. As we touch base today we will delve deeply into the roles of the woman. The most important aspect we deem to clarify is the notion submission. Submission is tied up to the anatomy of the woman, her womb and her breasts.

As a recap, last time we magnified the fact that it is Isaac who entreated the Lord over the bareness of the woman. In other words he was worried that his seed was but in vain in her. God grants the desires of his heart and now the one in a situation is the wife. Now that Rebecca conceived, we don’t see Isaac entreating the Lord but Rebecca. These were now matters of the womb.

Gen 25:19-23 ……..But the children tumbled and kicked inside her so much that she said, “If this is the way it’s going to be, why go on living?” She went to God to find out what was going on. God told her, Two nations are in your womb, two peoples butting heads while still in your body. One people will overpower the other, and the older will serve the younger, THE MESSAGE)

Other versions render it as, “WHAT MANNER OF PREGNANCY IS THIS?” What was wrong with the pregnancy? The 2 nations in her were head buttering each other. What is that? Nations speaks of purpose. Head speaks of authority. In other words the two boys with different purposes were jostling for authority. One wanted to Lord it over the other, vice versa the truth as well.

When it came to the purpose of the seed the woman was seen travailing, for that same reason that is why the woman has a womb…for travailing and breast for purpose feeding. At the end of the day a man cannot do without a woman. Though he induced the seed, it is the woman who will incubate and feed purpose. As a case study, consider Manoah’s wife…God spoke to her about what she was to carry in her stomach and not the man. Consider Mary, God visited her and communicated purpose to her. At the wedding of Cana, the mother knowing who Jesus was, in other words, armed with a full knowledge of His purpose, communicated to the people to listen to whatever Jesus had to say. That is the role of a woman in a marriage set up, upholding purpose.

Submission is not cooking, sweeping, ironing for the man….it might fight with culture. Dear brethren, if culture is mixed with Christianity what we get is a religion. Unfortunately, this is what women have been bombarded with on their weddings. The resultant of it is marriages might thrive naturally but be lacking within the spiritual parameters, which in essence is what matters most. Who is the woman who understood submission in the bible? Of course it is the Proverbs 31 type of a woman. What do we learn about her?

(Proverbs 31:10-18 A capable, intelligent, and virtuous woman — who is he who can find her? She is far more precious than jewels and her value is far above rubies or pearls. [Prov 12:4; 18:22; 19:14.] The heart of her husband trusts in her confidently and relies on and believes in her securely, so that he has no lack of [honest] gain or need of [dishonest] spoil. She comforts, encourages, and does him only good as long as there is life within her. She seeks out wool and flax and works with willing hands [to develop it]. She is like the merchant ships loaded with foodstuffs; she brings her household’s food from a far [country]. SHE RISES WHILE IT IS YET NIGHT AND GETS [SPIRITUAL] FOOD FOR HER HOUSEHOLD AND ASSIGNS HER MAIDS THEIR TASKS. [JOB 23:12.] She considers a [new] field before she buys or accepts it [expanding prudently and not courting neglect of her present duties by assuming other duties]; with her savings [of time and strength] she plants fruitful vines in her vineyard. [Song 8:12.] SHE GIRDS HERSELF WITH STRENGTH [SPIRITUAL, MENTAL, AND PHYSICAL FITNESS FOR HER GOD-GIVEN TASK] AND MAKES HER ARMS STRONG AND FIRM. SHE TASTES AND SEES THAT HER GAIN FROM WORK [WITH AND FOR GOD] IS GOOD; HER LAMP GOES NOT OUT, BUT IT BURNS ON CONTINUALLY THROUGH THE NIGHT [OF TROUBLE, PRIVATION, OR SORROW, WARNING AWAY FEAR, DOUBT, AND DISTRUST]. She lays her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She opens her hand to the poor, yes, she reaches out her filled hands to the needy [whether in body, mind, or spirit]. She fears not the snow for her family, for all her household are doubly clothed in scarlet. [Josh 2:18,19; Heb 9:19-22.] She makes for herself coverlets, cushions, and rugs of tapestry. Her clothing is of linen, pure and fine, and of purple [such as that of which the clothing of the priests and the hallowed cloths of the temple were made]. [Isa 61:10; 1 Tim 2:9; Rev 3:5; 19:8,14.] HER HUSBAND IS KNOWN IN THE [CITY’S] GATES, WHEN HE SITS AMONG THE ELDERS OF THE LAND. [PROV 12:4.] She makes fine linen garments and leads others to buy them; she delivers to the merchants girdles [or sashes that free one up for service]. STRENGTH AND DIGNITY ARE HER CLOTHING AND HER POSITION IS STRONG AND SECURE; SHE REJOICES OVER THE FUTURE [THE LATTER DAY OR TIME TO COME, KNOWING THAT SHE AND HER FAMILY ARE IN READINESS FOR IT]! SHE OPENS HER MOUTH IN SKILLFUL AND GODLY WISDOM, AND ON HER TONGUE IS THE LAW OF KINDNESS [GIVING COUNSEL AND INSTRUCTION]. She looks well to how things go in her household, and the bread of idleness (gossip, discontent, and self-pity) she will not eat. [1 Tim 5:14; Titus 2:5.] Her children rise up and call her blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied); and her husband boasts of and praises her, [saying], Many daughters have done virtuously, nobly, and well [with the strength of character that is steadfast in goodness], but you excel them all. Charm and grace are deceptive, and beauty is vain [because it is not lasting], but a woman who reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord, she shall be praised! Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates [of the city]! [Phil 4:8.] )

I bet many are appalled by the interpretation given here, particularly on verse 15. It is amazing that other versions put it across as she rises up at night to cook breakfast, some food, some meat. Why the existence of those deviations or discrepancies. God help us. How can a person with maids wake up to prepare breakfast at the same time assign maids work to do? Something is just not adding up? Try to read it from the Hebrew, you will realise that the amplified version captured it aptly. She wakes up early in the morning/night hours to pray for her family. A woman who knows how to submit to a man is a woman who seeks out the vision of a man, the vision of the marriage and incubates it in prayer and feed it in prayer, just as Rebecca did. Let us look at what that does to the husband. The husband as a result of a praying, hardworking, enterprising, virtuous woman is respected at the city gates! What is that? Her support ushers the man to positions of influence in the city. The city gates is a place where issues that pertain to the governance of that city are deliberated. Her children call her blessed. This is what submission is all about…

The church was called to submit to Christ. What exactly is that? The church was called to discover what Christ has made her to be….feed it and walk in it. When you do the will of Christ, when you walk in your God given purpose, you have submitted to Christ. This must be too much to swallow.

To be continued…..

THE ROLES OF A MAN AND A WOMAN IN A MARRIAGE…PART 1, GENESIS 25

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Love that lasts

How to make love last

I remember vividly that last time we gave a teaser, a sneak peek into one of the subjects that is undeniably very key with regards to life. The issue between the union of a man and a woman. Countless times if you are privileged enough to attend weddings they speak of two things without fail. Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the church and wives submit to your husbands. Unfortunately in so many instances no one really elucidates what loving one’s wife as Christ is and what submission really entails. So people use tradition and culture to try and fit within the confines of scripture, speaking of which mostly both parties fail to find satisfaction in the word. Is the word wrong? No, definitely it can’t be. The problem is with the preachers!!!What really is the truth? Anything key regarding the church the word of God always reveal. May you read attentively the passage that follows.

(Gen 25:19-23 Now these are the records of the generations of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham became the father of Isaac; and Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan-aram, the sister of Laban the Aramean, to be his wife. Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was barren; and the LORD ANSWERED him and Rebekah his wife conceived. But the children struggled together within her; and she said, “If it is so, why then am I this way?” So she went to inquire of the LORD. The LORD said to her, “Two nations are in your womb; And two peoples will be separated from your body; And one people shall be stronger than the other, NASU)

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How to stay in love

(Gen 25:19-23 This is the family tree of Isaac son of Abraham: Abraham had Isaac. Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan Aram. She was the sister of Laban the Aramean. Isaac prayed hard to God for his wife because she was barren. God answered his prayer and Rebekah became pregnant. But the children tumbled and kicked inside her so much that she said, “If this is the way it’s going to be, why go on living?” She went to God to find out what was going on. God told her, Two nations are in your womb, two peoples butting heads while still in your body. One people will overpower the other, and the older will serve the younger, THE MESSAGE).

Brethren, look at this God created a man and a woman both in His image and after His likeness. This was not the case with formation. With formation the man was first and the woman came out of the man. Those who were with us as from Genesis 1 understand the difference between formation and creation. Today, we want for us to pay particular attention to the anatomy of the different bodies

1. A man is physically stronger than a woman.

2. A man has what carries the seed and the seed and the woman doesn’t have.

3. A woman has a womb/ man don’t.

4. A woman has breasts/ man don’t.

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God doesn’t form these differences just for the sake of it. God in creation encapsulated spiritual realities. It therefore calls for man to seek out why they are the way they are. We thank God for the scriptures, from it all truth is revealed. From the scriptures above we know Isaac is faced with a dilemma. He as a man is supplying the seed, the womb is receiving without producing results. In other words the womb was dead. What did Isaac do about it? We never hear of Rebecca entreating God over failure to conceive. She didn’t do that? Why was God careful to present the issue in such a way? Here is a parable in the bible. (Luke 13:6-9 Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ “‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. 9 If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.'”) Now we have to understand that in the gospel a fig tree represented Israel. It is God who is the owner of the plantation Israel who send His Son to tend the garden. For 3 years He anticipated fruit and fruit wasn’t coming through. Jesus is the one who took care of the garden. In response to the unfruitfulness he pleaded to fertilize. In the book of Genesis Isaac typifies Christ

What then is the role of the man in a marriage setup? We said man is stronger physically. Man is therefore expected to protect the woman…fertilizing. What is the primary role of the man? Man is there to supply seeds into the womb of the woman. Marriage is not only for procreation, it is just but the minor. The major is the spiritual bearing. Let us go back to the book of Genesis. In Genesis 1:26-28, both man and woman were created in the image and likeness of God. Both were given the blessing to dominate. In genesis 2, Adam is formed first and given a garden to tend and instructions given to him. Be careful to note that though Eve wasn’t physically, spiritually she was in Adam. That is why in the NT Paul explains that Eve was created in the image of Adam. Is it a contradiction of the fact that both male and female were created in the image of God? No, it is not! Just understand further. The long and short of it is that man has the seed. What is the seed? The seed is the purpose or vision. The vision of a marriage union is with the man. That is why Isaac was seen praying pertaining the womb. In other words he was saying I have given the woman the vision but she is doing nothing so as to birth purpose. Vision is received first, vision is the conceived, and vision is then fed. Pertinent question. Is a woman without a vision? No, that is not the case. In a marriage union, both man and woman share the same vision. Remember it is Christ who wrote His purpose in the womb of His bride the church. Ideally, what we have is the church operating using the mind of Christ. It is not like the man was given the role to dominate and think for the woman. That is not it. Man was given the role to vision for the woman.

To be continued…..

ISHMAEL’S DESCENDANTS …GENESIS 25 PART 3

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Broken family

IS THERE AN ILLEGITIMATE CHILD

We shall be doing much of recapping surrounding the life of Ishmael. There are two things we wish to emphasize on.

There is nothing like an illegitimate child;


Many are the plans of man but it is the purpose of God that prevails

EFFECTS OF REJECTION

REJECTED

Last time, that is around chapter 16 we began to touch on live wires. There are some who are of the opinion that God based on His sovereignty hates some people before their birth and loves some. Is it really the case? In the bible we seek to understand how some people end up with some certain behavioural traits. In a bid to elucidate truth lets study the circumstances surrounding Ishmael’s birth.

(Gen 16:10-12 Moreover, the angel of the LORD said to her, “I will greatly multiply your descendants so that they will be too many to count.” The angel of the LORD said to her further, “Behold, you are with child, And you will bear a son; And you shall call his name Ishmael, Because the LORD has given heed to your affliction. “He will be a wild donkey of a man, His hand will be against everyone, And everyone’s hand will be against him; And he will live to the east of all his brothers.”)

Before Ishmael was born his mother had to go through a process of humiliation and suffering rejection. When she convinced she developed an attitude towards her mistress Sarah and this ended in her ouster. Now as she is away the Father appears unto her and gives a narration on how the son was going to behave. Should we say that God wired up Ishmael as a wild donkey, whose hand is against everyone? Is it really consistent with the nature of God? Was Ishmael an illegitimate child?

There is nothing about a person’s life that is a mistake. There is nothing like an illegitimate child. Every person has a reason for being, we all have a call. God gave man a call and a will. In other words man is a master of own destiny. You decide whether to be or not. God gives the blueprint, you are the one to choose. God has a plan for your life and the devil’s plans is to frustrate.

(Genesis 17:20-21 “As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I will bless him, and will make him fruitful and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall become the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. “But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you at this season next year.”) No amount of prayer can change the purpose of God. He alone knows what’s best for us! We communicated the fact that.

God gave man the power of choice but at the same time placed His will in the mind of the man. As much as man has power of choice he is expected to choose between good and wrong. We know that Ishmael was of the flesh, he came about as a result of man’s scheming. Was Ishmael a surprise new kid on the block to God? No, not even!! His birth as we revealed chapters back was predicated when God spoke of the descendants of Abraham as the dust of the earth. Chapter 17 is not peripheral but key when it comes to the explanation of purpose. It is apparent that God chose the woman Sarah and the man Abraham to raise a godly family, by His sovereignty He chose that. Man cannot change the purpose of God through their plans. So here we encounter Abraham negotiating with God to seemingly just forget all about Isaac and focus on Ishmael. Truth is Abraham was tired….of waiting, all of us are not exempted from this dilemma. So God makes it clear, AS FOR ISHMAEL, I HAVE HEARD YOU; BEHOLD, I WILL BLESS HIM, AND WILL MAKE HIM FRUITFUL AND WILL MULTIPLY HIM EXCEEDINGLY… BUT MY COVENANT I WILL ESTABLISH WITH ISAAC, WHOM SARAH WILL BEAR TO YOU AT THIS SEASON NEXT YEAR. God never considered Ishmael as illegitimate nor did he hate him. He actually promised to bless him, make him fruitful and multiply him greatly BUT his covenant from the beginning was through Sarah, and He was not about to change that. The question still stands if God didn’t hate Ishmael why did he make him a hostile man from birth? Is this the best way to capture the story? No, we don’t think so certainly? We have evidence, though not stated, we can infer.

1. Ishmael was born of a slave woman, who at one time was chased away from her “home.”

2. Ishmael knew he wasn’t the heir though the first born as he grew up.

3. Ishmael treated Isaac with hostility based on the information he got from the mother and also by reason of his interpretation of the situation. He was a coloured boy, “a mixture” Isaac was perfect.

REJECTED PEOPLE ARE A DANGER TO THE SOCIETY

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Rejected people are a danger to the society

Now those who study the behaviour of people will concur that a person who have a feeling of insecurity, suffering rejection and who feel unwanted will end up hostile. The hostility that Ishmael became associated with had nothing to do with God but everything to do with the circumstances that he grew in. God loves us all equally.

Genesis 25:12-19 Now these are the records of the generations of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s maid, bore to Abraham; and these are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, in the order of their birth: Nebaioth, the firstborn of Ishmael, and Kedar and Adbeel and Mibsam and Mishma Dumah and Massa, Hadad and Tema, Jetur, Naphish and Kedemah. These are the sons of Ishmael and these are their names, by their villages, and by their camps; twelve princes according to their tribes. These are the years of the life of Ishmael, one hundred and thirty-seven years; and he breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his people. They settled from Havilah to Shur which is east of Egypt as one goes toward Assyria; he settled in defiance of all his relatives. [The Ishmaelites didn’t get along with any of their kin].

DOES GOD FAVOUR SOME OVER OTHERS?

The children of Ishmael were also predicated to Abraham by God, the 12 princes. This shows that God had a plan with their lives. God is aware of our weakness. We are told again that the Ishmaelites didn’t get along with any of their kin. What was the matter? They inherited the bitterness from Ishmael. The other thing they knew of was the fact that Ishmael was sent away from his father’s house. Obviously they harboured the same bitterness. Up to now we have them….the muslim…killing people and hostile to all including themselves. Yes, as much as God doesn’t stop us from choice, our choices to do exempt us from the consequences associated with the actions.


VITAL LESSON: People need deliverance from the pain of their past. Failure to deal with pain may cascade into a perpetual problem throughout generations. Learn to forgive, never blame and move on with a smile on your face.


Galatians 4:23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. Galatians 4 – Galatians 4:29 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.

Once Saved Always Saved and Eternal Security Versus Man’s Responsibility! Part 4

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(Ver 1.2) This is now Part 4 in the series of basic Bible lessons about an old religious philosophy labeled as “Once Saved Always Saved” theology.  If you have not read this series from the beginning I would suggest that you go start reading with “Part 1“.  The “Once Saved Always Saved” teaching has been in existence for well over 60 years so it is not a new Bible teaching.  However, this old religious philosophy has recently been transformed into a more modern Grace extreme theological message called Eternal Security or Unconditional Security or even Unconditional Eternal Security.  This has become a very popular message found on the internet and it is taught in many churches today.  Christians buy into the message simply because it proclaims a universally safe no fail no fault approach to being a Christian.  It makes being a Christian so ultra-simple.  However, the message…

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Understanding Symbolic Sheep in the Bible! Are You Once Saved and Always Saved?

What do you say pertaining eternal security in salvation’s. once saved always saved gospel.

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(Ver 1.2)  This is Part 3 in the series of lesson on the subject Once Saved Always Saved and what others have called unconditional eternal security.  If you have not read all of the lessons from the beginning I would recommend that you go back and start reading with “Part 1“.  Today is a response to a reader’s comment, who thinks that I know nothing about sheep in the Bible among other topics that I may get into later.  However, this man wanted to chastise me for not following his steps of hermeneutical Bible study.  He claimed that I clearly did not know what I was talking about when I taught on Predestination and Once Saved Always Saved, because He had figured out the magic formula for Bible interpretation.  However, this man failed in one minor detail, he gave me no Bible verses for his method of interpretation…

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GOD HAS A PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE…but you have plans!!!

Enter into justification…JUST AS YOU HAVE NEVER SINNED

There is no condemnation. Not guilty

No condemnation in Christ

The worst prison we enter into is our own minds…

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1 Corinthians 4:4 For I am conscious of nothing against myself, although I am not justified by this; it is the Lord who judges me.

Genesis 25:8-9 Abraham breathed his last and died in a ripe old age, an old man satisfied with life, and he was gathered to his people. Then his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, facing Mamre.

Abraham had 16 other sons+grandsons through Keturah. When he passed on they are not even mentioned. ..Only Isaac and Ishmael are mentioned. Why is it like that. Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans of man but it is the purpose of God that prevails. So we also learnt from Abraham, our father of faith that we should seek the will of God over our lives. We might have our brilliant plans but the end of it all is not always glamorous. Only what was purposed by God always prevails. We have delved much into the life of Ishmael and how God promised to make a great nation out of him. We also realised how Abraham entreated God over his boy Ishmael. ..and how God promised to bless Ishmael as well.

There are lessons that we can learn from this. In life we err, we mess, we fumble and falter countless times. What do we do when we fall short of the standard of God? Entreat the Lord…pray to the Father about your mess. There is nothing broken about us that the Lord cannot fix!!! He is God and He can fix. However, it is also important for us not to hasten over issues without the blessing of God. We are the sheep of His pasture. He is the Bishop and Shepherd of our souls. We can ask for His purpose such that at the end of it all His purpose becomes our plans. In John 10 He hears our voice….therefore we should hear His voice. Grace was given unto us to understand His voice.

Now that the life of Abraham comes to the end…what do we learn about it. Was Abraham a perfect man? Definitely he wasn’t. Was he righteous? Definitely, he was. What is it about him that we remember unto this day? We remember him for faith. Abraham believed God and it was accredited to him as faith. Faith we saw it’s right believing, that virtue to hear God and walk according to his detects. When he erred…he always tried to repent. May we live lives that are repentant. May we walk by faith and not what we see…

As we conclude on the Abraham’s story, something sticks out. ..how he died!!! HE DIED IN A RIPE OLD AGE, AN OLD MAN AND SATISFIED WITH LIFE. This is how we should depart, that is if rapture doesn’t catch up with us. Ripe and full of years. How can this be?

THE SECRET…If a perfect life and work based life was anything to go by…Abraham would have failed at it dismally. What gave him fulness in life? Abraham always believed right. ..and grace worked for Him…His faith in God gave him access. My friend, care to walk with this God in faith??? See how satisfied your years shall be.

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The Preeminence of Christ ~ Part 2 ~ Why the 4 Gospels are meant to be Different ~ The Four Ensigns – Practice

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4 GospelsIntroduction (Revised: 02/07/2014)
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Do the four Gospels demonstrate any symbolic or metaphorical relationships with the four ensigns (a flag, banner, or standard that a company rallies behind) mustering the Camp of Israel around the Tabernacle?

Yes they do, with amazing consistency within each metaphorical type.

But Why –  to Display the Preeminence of Jesus Christ

But this baits the question, why these symbols of metaphors.  God, in displaying his Majesty, as well as communicating on many different levels, displaying his complexity, yet intricacy of design, in how He has mapped out all of history in advance, in anticipation of man’s free will, and the designs of Satan, is still all-powerful.

These object lessons, which we refer to as types and shadows (in that when you see a shadow of something coming before the substance, you can recognize the substance when it arrives), are tools that…

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June 2015 Sycnhroblog – Hospitality

synchroblog.wordpress.com/2015/03/06/wha… http://t.co/PPvAIuEO8x 3 months ago

via June 2015 Sycnhroblog – Hospitality.

Look To The East: What do directions mean in the Bible?

Directions…where are you going???

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When I first started this blog I wanted it to explore some of the more obscure bits of the Bible, to kick around some less familiar ideas. Well, today’s post may well come across as obscure and playing with some odd ideas. Feel free to correct me in the comments.

See, the Bible has a weird relationship with the East.

Not a specific country or political entity, just the direction.

For instance, the Tabernacle and the Temple both faced to the east (so I guess when you entered them, you walked westwards. Keep this in mind.)

The wise men saw a star in the east and travelled from the east to find the infant Jesus.

The Messiah, when he arrived, was meant to come from the east; specifically the Mount of Olives (which is to the east of Jerusalem).

The east is the source of blessings and divine salvation. Which…

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GENESIS 25…ABRAHAM’S OTHER FAMILY

IS GOD FAITHFUL TO HIS WORD?

The promises of God

God is not slack concerning His promises

God is not man that He repents nor the son of man that He lies. Just check out Genesis 25:5-6. Abraham left all be owned to Isaac. But while he was still living, he gave all gifts to the sons of his concubines and sent them away from his son.

God is not dead pertaining your situation. Abraham who typifies the Father in this book made sure that Isaac was provisioned for all he needed while he was still alive. Why so. The bible eloquently communicates this impeccable truth, Through your seed shall all the nation’s be blessed. We established that the seed here given by a metaphor as Isaac was in reality Christ. So we see here the picture of the Son having everything that the Father has whilst the Father is alive. To be a blessing you ought to have… To be a possessor… Otherwise you end up as a liability. Now can we go confidently before God and thank Him that before we die we shall see the fulfilment of the promises pertaining our lives. Luke, blessed are those who believe for they shall see the performance of the things promised unto them by the Lord. While you live you shall have the possessions of your Father. The Father will send away all those who might strive with you for the blessing. Jesus has all that the Father has… In the same vein He gives without withholding nothing to us.

Isn’t it beautiful to note that though Keturah is introduced on verse one as another wife on verse 6 she becomes a concubine. Why is it so? God is careful to make sure that nobody challenges Isaac’s heir-doom. He alone was Abraham’s heir. So dear friends, it doesn’t matter who might appear to over take you, sit on your throne, be preferable more than you… GOD will always raise a standard against it… For it is an enemy. At the end of it all once an heir, you will always be one. God is not dead… Therefore before you expire, you shall have the last laugh. No wonder why Isaac is Laughter. Your mother is Sarah… Representing the covenant of grace. In these last days GRACE speaks… For GRACE AND TRUTH CAME… no one can take the place of Sarah… She alone is Abraham’s wife. On the same notion , nothing can substitute grace…. It is the covenant for this dispensation .

ABRAHAM’S OTHER FAMILY

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He is never busy..never too late…neither can He deny Himself

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Maybe there are things you are believing God for, alas my brother and sister. The competition is too tough. There is a press and it seems as if everyone is fighting hard to be noticed. What we have is a life of grace. It is not solely how we apply ourselves in life that defines how we turn out. It is about knowing where God called us to be. We need to have the confidence and acknowledgement that we are truly for God…and that He is for us. If God is for us…then who can possibly stand against us? So what did God promise Isaac through his father? Wasn’t He faithful enough to honour the word

Gen 25:1-6 Abraham took a another wife, whose name was Keturah. She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah. Jokshan was the…

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Circumcision, Baptism, and the Transforming Work of Christ

I wish you also touched lengthily on baptism. According to Paul’s view is baptism still to be done? and where does Paul say it is a picture. It occurs to me that baptism depicted the death, burial and resurrection of Christ..the means by which we are born again, that is why baptism in the spirit is the new birth…When Jesus was baptised the Holy Ghost showed up…speaking of which John says after me comes the one who shall not baptise with water but the Holy Ghost and fire…so it occurs to me that the baptism of John, which was unto repentance, was a shadow of the baptism of Christ..which is unto the new birth…so why dip people in water now…why circumcise people…aren’t these rituals…

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I wonder what particular spiritual blessing you are especially thankful for?

While I obviously don’t know what came into your mind, I would doubt for many of you, it was the word circumcision. When we think about our spiritual blessings, we don’t often think about the fact that in Christ, we have been circumcised.

In Colossians 2:11, it is clear Paul did.

He writes,

“In Him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with him in baptism in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.”

One reason we don’t think about this circumcision as much of a blessing is because it is hard for us at first to understand what Paul means.

Most likely the first…

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ABRAHAM’S OTHER FAMILY

He is never busy..never too late…neither can He deny Himself

RH-AbrahamOffersIsaac

Maybe there are things you are believing God for, alas my brother and sister. The competition is too tough. There is a press and it seems as if everyone is fighting hard to be noticed. What we have is a life of grace. It is not solely how we apply ourselves in life that defines how we turn out. It is about knowing where God called us to be. We need to have the confidence and acknowledgement that we are truly for God…and that He is for us. If God is for us…then who can possibly stand against us? So what did God promise Isaac through his father? Wasn’t He faithful enough to honour the word

Gen 25:1-6 Abraham took a another wife, whose name was Keturah. She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah. Jokshan was the father of Sheba and Dedan; the descendants of Dedan were the Asshurites, the Letushites and the Leummites. The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida and Eldaah. All these were descendants of Keturah. Abraham left everything he owned to Isaac. 6 But while he was still living, he gave gifts to the sons of his concubines and sent them away from his son Isaac to the land of the east.

Abraham took another wife after the death of Sarah and he had six sons from the union. Jokshan had 2 sons, and one of his sons Dedan had 3 sons, Midian had 5 sons. Altogether there are 16 sons recorded. It is interesting to note that of the sons listed scripture is careful to put that across as the descendants of Keturah not Abraham. Ever wondered why? Of the seed promised to Abraham – sons of the concubines were not included. Abraham was also careful to make sure that these do not mingle and strife with Isaac pertaining the blessing. We established in earlier chapters that God urged Abraham to hearken to his wife Sarah pertaining the sending away of Ishmael. Reason being the son of a stranger wasn’t permitted to share blessings with the son of the promise. Now Abraham had acclimatised this fact as evidenced by his actions. He gave all he had to Isaac while he was still living. As for the sons of the concubines…only gifts were given and after that they were send away.

Lesson.

What God determined for our lives will always come to pass. It will stand regardless of who might try to offset it. If God promises He will always fulfil.

WHAT IS GENESIS 25 ABOUT?

How do I know my purpose?

The fruit of the spirit

The fruit of the Spirit

GENESIS 25 SNEAK PEEK

We established from the commencement that the reason why God called Abraham out was so as for him to raise a godly family. In the previous chapter we began to establish how Isaac typified Christ, on the other hand Rebecca the Church. We also began to appreciate how Christ carries the seed and the church produces the fruit from it. This is also echoed by Paul in his teachings….some plant, some water but it is only Christ who gives the increase.

What to expect in this chapter. Fruit, fruit, fruit! Jesus in Mathew 21:19 expects fruit from the fig tree. The tree arrogantly answers, it’s not season for fruit. Now as much as it is a literal story, its weight hinges on the spiritual connotation…FRUIT. The fig tree is Israel which refused to produce fruit. Jesus supplied all that was necessary for her to produce, yet she wouldn’t. Reason being, she failed to perceive her season.

We move on to Isaac. Isaac realised that his wife was barren. What did He do? He entreated the Lord pertaining the matter. When Rebecca conceived she entreated the Lord pertaining the matter of the pregnancy. What do we learn from that? Jesus Christ is concerned about His bride. The bride should bear fruit, much fruit and fruit that remains. John 15. On the other hand, the church should perceive the type of fruit she is carrying. As Jesus intercedes for us and moreover has provided for us, the church should understand what it is that is provided. Do you know your purpose? Do you understand the manner of your pregnancy?

One outstanding aspect to note is the attitude in dealing with the same challenge that the different generations had. The first through trial and error but despite all the gambling, Abraham and Sarah managed to raise the son well. They set a good precedence. What are you teaching your young ones?

A GOOD NAME IS BETTER THAN RICHES

WHO DO MAN SAY THAT I AM

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Who do men say that I am?

Who do men say that I am?

Proverbs 22:1 A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

Ecclesiastes 7:1 A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.

At times I never really cared what people say about me. I would even snap right before their faces that their small sickening attitude and view of me mattered nothing to me. Now something in me starting to echo back…the words. That sounded sonorous and unpleasant in my spirit. Was it love or bitterness and frustration speaking? This is the moment the rubber meets the road.

Let’s take a leaf from Jesus’ book. Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in both favour with God and man. At one point in time Jesus took His disciples to Capernaum and asked a defining question, “Who do man say that I am?” So they gave Him men’s opinion of Him. In response He again threw back the question, “who do you say that I am?” why was He asking? The way you perceive Him determines what you get from Him. We get from people what we believe they are. If we see them mean consequently we receive meanness from them. Are they necessarily mean? No, what we see is what we got.

A good name is better than rubies. Your reputation matters hey as far as men is concerned. Care what people think about you…and do something about it. Always strife to have a good reputation. It is a good reputation that will convert a sinner not your sonorous Scripture quotations .Food4Thought.

I just finished reading this now! it touched my heart and i am sure it will touch yours too.

A few years ago a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in Chicago .. They had assured their wives that they would be home in plenty of time for Friday night’s dinner. In their rush, with tickets and briefcases, one of these salesmen inadvertently kicked over a table which held a display of apples. Apples flew everywhere. Without stopping or looking back, they all managed to reach the plane in time for their nearly-missed boarding…

ALL BUT ONE!!! He paused, took a deep breath, got in touch with his feelings and experienced a twinge of compassion for the girl whose apple stand had been overturned.

He told his buddies to go on without him, waved good-bye, told one of them to call his wife when they arrived at their home destination and explain his taking a later flight. Then he returned to the terminal where the apples were all over the terminal floor.

He was glad he did. The 16-year-old girl was totally blind! She was softly crying, tears running down her cheeks in frustration, and at the same time helplessly groping for her spilled produce as the crowd swirled about her; no one stopping and no one to care for her plight.

The salesman knelt on the floor with her, gathered up the apples, put them back on the table and helped organize her display. As he did this, he noticed that many of them had become battered and bruised; these he set aside in another basket.

When he had finished, he pulled out his wallet and said to the girl, “Here, please take this $40 for the damage we did. Are you okay?”She nodded through her tears. He continued on with, “I hope we didn’t spoil your day too badly.”

As the salesman started to walk away, the bewildered blind girl called out to him, “Mister….” He paused and turned to look back into those blind eyes. She continued, “Are you Jesus?”He stopped in mid-stride …. and he wondered. He gently went back and said, “No, I am nothing like Jesus – He is good, kind, caring, loving, and would never have bumped into your display in the first place.

“The girl gently nodded: “I only asked because I prayed for Jesus to help me gather the apples. He sent you to help me, so you are like Him – only He knows who will do His will. Thank you for hearing His call, Mister.” Then slowly he made his way to catch the later flight with that question burning and bouncing about in his soul: “Are you Jesus?”Do people mistake you for Jesus? That’s our destiny, is it not? To be so much like Jesus that people cannot tell the difference as we live and interact with a world that is blind to His love, life and grace. If we claim to know Him, we should live, walk and act as He would. Knowing Him is more than simply quoting scripture and going to church. It’s actually living the Word as life unfolds day to day. You are the apple of His eye even though you, too, have been bruised by a fall. He stopped what He was doing and picked up you and me on a hill called Calvary and paid in full for our damaged fruit.

HOW TO BE LED BY THE HOLY GHOST? HE POINTS US TO CHRIST OUR GROOM

The Holy Ghost reveals the Son to us

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Who is the Holy Ghost The Holy Spirit brings the knowledge of the son to the Church

How the Holy Spirit speaks to us

We began on a series on marriage based from the story of Rebecca and Isaac, Abraham took it upon Himself to get the right wife for the Son. We know the stories in the bible typify a New Covenant truth. Abraham is a picture of God, Isaac…the Son and Eliezer…the Holy Ghost, most importantly us as the church. It is important to note that every time a significant story of a woman is told, mostly it had to do with coming to draw water. What is God teaching us? God is teaching us the church (for the woman in the bible represents the church), to come and drink from Him. We cannot do without water, we need in to survive. In the same vein, we cannot navigate and negotiate through life…

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HOW TO BE LED BY THE HOLY GHOST? HE POINTS US TO CHRIST OUR GROOM

Who is the Holy Ghost

The Holy Spirit brings the knowledge of the son to the Church

How the Holy Spirit speaks to us

We began on a series on marriage based from the story of Rebecca and Isaac, Abraham took it upon Himself to get the right wife for the Son. We know the stories in the bible typify a New Covenant truth. Abraham is a picture of God, Isaac…the Son and Eliezer…the Holy Ghost, most importantly us as the church. It is important to note that every time a significant story of a woman is told, mostly it had to do with coming to draw water. What is God teaching us? God is teaching us the church (for the woman in the bible represents the church), to come and drink from Him. We cannot do without water, we need in to survive. In the same vein, we cannot navigate and negotiate through life without the guidance of the Holy Ghost.

gold and silver

The gold was for kingship and silver for salvation. what of the ring? Salvation brought us kingship and Jesus has pledged faithfulness to His bride.

(Vs. 22 And it happened when the camels had finished drinking, the man took a golden ring, its weighing a half shekel, and two bracelets for her hands, ten of gold their weighing).

1. Why a golden ring…. Ring speaks of faithfulness. Gold speaks of God, Kingship and kingdom glory.

2. 2 bracelets for the two hands weighing 10. Here the number 10 again is mentioned. Hands denote tools of ministry and giving.

So the servant engages the beautiful virgin in a dialogue. He possess a question. Rebecca reveals that not only was there place for him and his man but plenteous fodder for the camels to banquet on. In the answer given by Rebecca, the confirmation was sealed!

What is the spiritual significance to that? It is important that it is the servant who conferred the ring to Rebecca. It is the Holy Spirit who delivers the faithfulness of God to the church. Rebeca accepted the ring. In other words the church by the conviction of the work of the Holy Ghost had faith in the Father. What God wants from us is faith…faith in Him releases faithfulness. He is faithful to His word. God through the Holy Spirit pledges His faithfulness over the Kingship given and the corresponding Kingdom glory. The church has been endowed with the blessing of Kingship and Kingdom glory.

In the same notion, 2 bracelets…The Kingship and the glory was such that the church labours. The church is called unto ministry and giving…that is why part of the body is hands. Hands for service and giving. Are you serving? Are you giving? Refer to interpretation of 10 in the last teachings.

After this we encounter Laban welcoming the servant and his team into his house. He served a meal for them. Eliezer didn’t take the food first. He refused to eat before explaining His mission. The Holy Ghost is always direct and loves to minister the truth of God without delay. The Holy Spirit will never speak of His own. What the Father gives He executes.

(Vs34-38 So he said, “I am Abraham’s servant. The Lord has blessed my master abundantly, and he has become wealthy. He has given him sheep and cattle, silver and gold, menservants and maidservants, and camels and donkeys. My master’s wife Sarah has borne him a son in her old age, and he has given him everything he owns. And my master made me swear an oath, and said, ‘You must not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live, but go to my father’s family and to my own clan, and get a wife for my son.’

Now we have to note that the Holy Ghost chief mission is to reveal to the church all that the Father has. The one with Christ has all things. The Father didn’t send the Holy Ghost empty handed. He is loaded with gifts. Gifts fit enough to meet each of and every one of us needs. What gifts do you require? Ask of the Holy Ghost to reveal and walk in them. The Holy Ghost explains to the church the gifts that the Father has send Him with.

In conclusion he drives the point home using the following words, Vs.47-49″Then I put the ring in her nose and the bracelets on her arms, and I bowed down and worshiped the Lord. I praised the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me on the right road to get the granddaughter of my master’s brother for his son. Now if you will show kindness and faithfulness to my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, so I may know which way to turn.” WowJ!!! A ring on her nose? Why not on the finger or stomach?

2. The nose is a symbol of breath or discernment. And this is a golden ring. Gold, ring and discernment. What is encapsulated in those metaphors?

In the same vein, the church was given the gift of discernment by the Spirit of God. We need to discern the times. Then church ought to walk circumspectly not as a fool but as wise redeeming the times for the days are evil. How is that done? Be discerning, understand the times. How do we see that in Rebecca? When the mother and the brother planned on keeping her longer, her choice was leaving immediately! What is it that the Holy Ghost has impressed on your heart? Don’t harden the heart, don’t delay. Do it immediately. If He exercises urgency over the matters of the father, why can’t the church likewise do?

The servant gave gold and silver jewellery and articles of clothing and gave them to Rebekah then he also gave costly gifts to her brother and to her mother. Something to note.

3. The items given to Rebecca were defined.

4. Those given to the mother and brother are not stated.

Why was Rebecca given gold and silver? Silver speaks of redemption or our salvation. Gold refer to earlier notes. The Holy Ghost came to show us salvation. Jesus is already offered and it is the Holy Ghost who convicts us of our sin and points to the one with the ability for emancipation.

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT?

(Vs. 61-67 Then Rebekah and her maids got ready and mounted their camels and went back with the man. So the servant took Rebekah and left. Now Isaac had come from Beer Lahai Roi (well of the Living One My Beholder), for he was living in the Negev. He went out to the field one evening to meditate, and as he looked up, he saw camels approaching. Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel and asked the servant, “Who is that man in the field coming to meet us? “He is my master,” the servant answered. So she took her veil and covered herself. Then the servant told Isaac all he had done. Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah. So she became his wife, and

1. Isaac saw camels coming not Rebecca…***very interesting***

2. Rebecca saw Isaac as he was and disembarked to seek understanding regarding his identity from the servant. (Submit to the Holy Ghost if you want to know your Isaac.)

3. Isaac heard the news and his response was simple, HE LOVED REBECCA.

Why did Isaac see camels not the women riding on them? The camels are for labour. Jesus views the church His bride as co-labourers with Him. We are His labourers. If only the bride could awaken to this reality! Knowledge of this will change our attitude. We would go out and labour for Christ. Christ says the harvest is plenty but the labourers are few!!! Are you a labourer? Are you among the five virgins with oil or without? Remember those with oil bought in time. Discernment and labouring issues are pivotal.

Rebecca had heard the story…she knew she was espoused to Isaac. Look at what happened. When she saw Isaac…she might have suspected that was the man, she just didn’t run off. She asked Eleazer. As the church we are never to claim to know the word by just reading or looking at it. As the church we should trust the Holy Ghost to reveal the word to us. Look at John, “When I know the Holy Ghost descend on Him and remained I knew He was the one.” It is the Holy Ghost who points us to the Son. Jesus loves His church the bride and is ready to lead her to Hid house and be with her forever. But remember it is the labouring bride that shall enjoy the great marriage…and rewards according to the labour of the hands.

This just but sums up the teaching on Genesis 24, the marriage issue and the spiritual meanings encapsulated therein.

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The message of the cross

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the cross

Holy communion

A lot of times whenever there is an opportunity to share the word of God, the cross shall be the central message. The cross is what brought life to us the dead. Acceptance to those rejected, emancipation to those oppressed, liberty to those in prison and JUSTIFICATION TO ALL CONDEMNED!

What is it that will always remind us of the cross? It is the Holy Communion. Jesus says do this often times in remembrance of me.How was the wine, how was the bread prepared? The bread was slashed and pierced and then burnt. The wine was crushed in a wine press. What’s the significance. Jesus wants for us to be cognisant of the fact that His body was beaten, pierced and burnt. ..How burnt. He was offered in our place as a sin offering. The fury of God’s judgement engulfed His body, that’s the fire that burnt Him…

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Do you have to be Baptised to be Saved? (John 3:5)

Do you have to be Baptised to be Saved? (John 3:5).

Do you have to be Baptised to be Saved? (John 3:5)

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Called. Convicted. Converted.

Did Jesus teach us in John 3:5 that baptism is required for Salvation? Let’s consider the Scripture, “Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God”. People who believe in regeneration baptism (salvation comes by baptism) tend to see any references in the New Testament to water, washing or  baptism to mean immersion (is some cases sprinkling) in water. Is this the case? Was Jesus saying that one must be born again of two sources, the Spirit and also the water of baptism?

If we begin by looking at the immediate context, we get some clues as to our answer, notice verse 6, “”That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit,” furthermore verse 7 continues, “Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You…

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