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Post  Admin on Thu 18 Sep 2014, 10:54 pm

Baptized Into Christ
Part 1 of 5
By Dennis Kiszona

**Biblical Baptism**
**
**Let's start in Matthew chapter 3 where we see the ministry of John the 
Baptizer - the Baptist.**
**
**"In those days, John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of 
Judea, and saying, 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand'."**
**
**Here in the opening pages of the New Testament, we read about John the 
Baptist preaching the kingdom. It's interesting to turn over and read 
about John's ministry in John chapter 1, how that the leaders of Israel 
came out to observe and to question him about his ministry. They came 
and asked, "Why are you doing this out here in the wilderness? Who sent 
you? By what authority are you baptizing?" It is interesting that they 
never came out to him and asked, "What are you doing?" or "Why are you 
dunking (or sprinkling, or pouring water over) these people in this 
river?" They didn't have to ask him what he was doing because they knew. 
They had seen it many times before. Baptism itself was not a new thing. 
It was an old thing.**
**
**It goes all the way back in the Old Testament to the book of 
Leviticus. In chapter 8, we see the ordination of a priest for the 
nation of Israel.**
**
**"And the Lord spoke to Moses saying, 'Take Aaron and his sons with 
him, and the garments, the anointing oil, a bull as the sin offering, 
two rams, and a basket of unleavened bread, and gather all the 
congregation together at the door of the tabernacle of meeting.' So 
Moses did as the Lord commanded him. And the congregation was gathered 
together at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. And Moses said to the 
congregation, 'This is what the Lord commanded to be done'" (vv. 1-5).**
**
**Now begins the ordination ceremony of Aaron and his sons to become 
priests in the nation of Israel.**
**
**"Then Moses brought Aaron and his sons and washed them with water" (v. 
6).**
**
**The first step in becoming a priest in the nation of Israel was that 
the priest was to be washed with water at the door of the tabernacle. So 
Moses washed them. But there's another thing shown here as the ceremony 
continues in verse 10:**
**
**"Also Moses took the anointing oil and anointed the tabernacle and all 
that was in it, and consecrated them. He sprinkled some of it on the 
altar seven times, anointed the altar and all its utensils, and the 
laver and its base, to consecrate them. And he poured some of the 
anointing oil on Aaron's head and anointed him to consecrate him" (vv. 
10-12).**
**
**First, Aaron is washed with water. Second, Moses pours a beaker of oil 
on him. Then we drop down further in the passage to verse 14, and the 
sacrifices begin.**
**
**"And he brought the bull for the sin offering. Then Aaron and his sons 
laid their hands on the head of the bull for the sin offering, and Moses 
killed it."**
**
**Then verse 22:**
**
**"And he brought the second ram, the ram of consecration. Then Aaron 
and his sons laid their hands on the head of the ram and Moses killed 
it. Also he took some of its blood and put it on the tip of Aaron's 
right ear, on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his 
right foot."**
**
**So we see Aaron with his hair wet, with oil dripping down his head and 
neck and on his clothes, and now with blood on his ear, blood on his 
thumb, and blood on his toe. Not only that, but we find in verse 30 that,**
**". . . Moses took some of the anointing oil and some of the blood 
which was on the altar, and sprinkled it on Aaron, on his garments, on 
his sons, and on the garments of his sons with him; and he consecrated 
Aaron, his garments, his sons, and the garments of his sons with him."**
**Moses takes the mixture of blood and oil and splatters these men. We 
see them dressed in a fine and beautiful outfit, but how do they look? 
They have blood on their face, blood on their hands, and their clothing 
is stained with blood. Then in chapter 9 the priests, having been 
ordained, begin their ministry.**


Our Purpose and Mission

The ministry of "Grace and The Truth" has the purpose of encouraging 
Christians to believe what God says.

We are dedicated to helping Christians to a fuller knowledge of Him, and 
the Grace of God. Until we all come into the Unity, Ephesians 4:13 "Till 
we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son 
of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the 
fulness of Christ:"

OUR COMMISSION IN THE AGE OF GRACE IS:

2Co 5:16-21 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, 
though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we 
[him] no more. Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new 
creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become 
new. And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by 
Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To 
wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not 
imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word 
of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God 
did beseech [you] by us: we pray [you] in Christ's stead, be ye 
reconciled to God. For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no 
sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.


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THE CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD *
*By JOHN McKAY, Pastor *
*

Scripture Reading: I Timothy 3:15

The Holy Scriptures are the truth. What is the pillar and ground of the 
truth? The majestic and neglected passage is open to much abuse from 
unsaved religionists and traditional church interpretation. The Bible 
Itself says that the house of God, the Church of the living God, is the 
pillar and ground of the truth.

The word "house" has reference to the arrangement of God's people 
according to the revelation He has given them. It is used in this way 
concerning a different age in Hebrews 3:2-6. The word "house" is also 
related to the word "dispensation" in Ephesians l:10 and 3:2, and 
"household" in Ephesians 2:19. This "house" is the Church of the living 
God, the Body of Christ.

What pattern of conduct or behavior does the Apostle Paul set by 
revelation from the Lord Jesus here? He is writing about standards for 
elders and deacons in the local assembly. The apostle himself would 
arrange elders and deacons in the local assembly, but he might be 
delayed. He gives instructions for qualified men and then expands his 
words into a song of praise for the doctrines of the secret which God 
had kept hidden from ages and generations until He revealed them through 
the Apostle Paul.

The Body of Christ, the great assembly of this present age, is the 
pillar and ground of the Truth. As such it has the obligation to 
recognize men qualified by the Lord for places of leadership in the 
local assembly. The necessity of this verse is that the Body of Christ 
ought to have leaders so that the foundation and support can present the 
Truth to saints and sinners in God's way.

*"To know the Word of God, *
*to live the Word of God, *
*to preach the Word,*
* to teach the Word, *
*is the sum of all wisdom,*
* the heart of all Christian service."*

*Should this Inspirational be a blessing and encouragement to you, why 
not send to a friend, coworker or, to your loved one. The Word of God is 
so needed in our troubled USA. We are loosing a great many of our 
privileges the founding fathers of our great county have protected us by 
the Constitution of America, there is no country in the world as great 
as America. Let's stand up and take back our roots.


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Do members of the "Body of Christ" have Guardian Angels?
Part 2 of 2
By Pastor Thomas Bruscha

To the contrary, the Apostle Paul says much about Angels 
observing, listening and learning of God's grace from us:

"We are made spectacles to the Angels..."1Corinthians 4:9
"We shall judge the Angels" -1 Corinthians 6:3
We ought to obey the authority God has established "because of
the Angels" - (perhaps because they are watching our obedience)- 1 
Corinthians 11:10
Our position "in Christ in heavenly places" is a show of the kindness 
and grace of God to the Angels who never had seen such grace - Ephesians 
2:4-7
And it was God's intent in forming the Body of Christ to teach the 
Angelic Host about His "manifest wisdom" -Ephesians 3:10
Paul acknowledges that his words are heard before "the Elect Angels" - 1 
Timothy 5:21 Today, we have the privilege and the ministry of using 
"the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God" (particularity "the 
Word of His grace" to us;) and by using it we can assist in "spoiling 
principalities and powers" by the preaching of the Cross and thereby, 
through faith, save those (Jews or Gentiles) who were a part of the 
kingdom of Satan - "the power of darkness" and "translate them into the 
Kingdom of God's dear Son." - (Ephesians 6:17; Acts20:32; Colossians 
2:15; Ephesians 2:8,9; Colossians 1:12-14)

As God's purpose for Israel centers around His kingdom in the 
earth, so God's purpose for us - the Body of Christ - centers around His 
kingdom in the heavens. Angels were used to help Israel by informing 
them and protecting them as a nation, in fulfillment of God's intent for 
the earth. However, today God is using the church, which is His Body, to 
help the Angels by informing them and warring against the spiritual 
wickedness in high places in fulfillment of God's intent for the heavens.

The more one understands the uniqueness of the age in which we 
live and how it is that we battle in a spiritual warfare for the 
heavenly places the more insight is gained as to the ministry of Angels 
today. We, the Body of Christ, are teaching and warring in the heavenly 
places. We accomplish unseen victories as we "stand fast in the Lord and 
in the power of His might" using as the weapons of our warfare "the 
sword of the Spirit" and "praying always"for "boldness" to proclaim "the 
mystery of the gospel." From that point of view, why would we have 
guardian Angels?

Rather than Angels helping us, God has given unto us something 
much more comforting and powerful. He has given to us His Holy Spirit 
who strengthens us with "power" and "might in the inner man" and "seals" 
us as God's possession unto the day of our redemption; all to His glory. 
- (Ephesians 3:14-21; Ephesians1:13-14)

Instead of protecting us from all the evils that may befall us-in 
life we are instructed to be "filled with the Spirit" and to learn that 
God's grace is sufficient. In fact, we begin to understand that in our 
weakness God is made strong in us so that while we may suffer need, go 
hungry, be afflicted with pain, or suffer loss; we "can do all things 
through Christ who strengthens us!" What a testimony this is to the 
power of God's grace in us, both unto man and the Angels. (Ephesians 
5:18; Galatians 5:22,23; 2 Corthinians12:7-10; Philippians 4:11-13)

There is an amazing truth which can only be received by faith.We 
are told in scripture that our afflictions in this life are working for 
us. As we walk by faith, motivated by grace, strengthened by God's 
Spirit, guided by His Word through all the difficulties of life we will 
be rewarded "a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory." If 
guardian Angels prevented such afflictions, they would be working 
against you, robbing you of rewards, and the glory God receives through 
His working in your life. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18; Romans 8:16-18; 2 
Timothy 2:9-13; 4:6-8)
Our Purpose and Mission

The ministry of "Grace and The Truth" has the purpose of encouraging 
Christians to believe what God says.

We are dedicated to helping Christians to a fuller knowledge of Him, and 
the Grace of God. Until we all come into the Unity, Ephesians 4:13 "Till 
we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son 
of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the 
fulness of Christ:"

OUR COMMISSION IN THE AGE OF GRACE IS:

*2Co 5:16-21 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, 
though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we 
[him] no more. Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new 
creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become 
new. And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by 
Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To 
wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not 
imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word 
of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God 
did beseech [you] by us: we pray [you] in Christ's stead, be ye 
reconciled to God. For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no 
sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

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*Do members of the "Body of Christ" have Guardian Angels?*
*Part 1 of 2*
*By Pastor Thomas Bruscha*

Paul's Epistles are written to the "Body of Christ"which comprise 
all believers through the "Gospel of the Grace of God" (Jew or Gentile) 
from the beginning of his special ministry until a future day in which 
the "Body" (whether asleep in the grave or alive) will be called up in 
to the air to meet our Lord Jesus Christ in the heavens. (Acts 20:24, 1 
Corinthians 12:27; 1 Timothy1:12-16; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

This church called "The Body of Christ" is a "New Creature" 
distinct from God's people of Israel who were called "An Holy Nation." 
The church which is Christ's Body was brought into being for God's 
secret purpose called "The Mystery" - "Which He kept hid from ages and 
generations but now is made known..." as Paul writes; "To the intent 
that now unto the principalities and power in the heavenly places might 
be made known by the church the manifold wisdom of God. (Ephesians 
1:22,23; 2 Corinthians 5:17;Galatians 6:15; 1 Peter 2:9; Ephesians 3:1-10)

In other words, God's purpose in saving us today in this "the 
dispensation of the grace of God" is for the purpose of teaching the 
angels in heaven, things that even they never knew concerning the many 
sides of God's wisdom.

Most importantly, it teaches the Angels how God's wisdom in the 
Cross has defeated Satan and openly displays Satan's ignorance as God 
reveals the triumph of His wisdom and power over him. (1Corinthians 
2:7-9; Ephesians 1:8; Colossians 2:13-15)

In God's grace to us, He is using us to teach the Angels, and He 
will display us in the Heavens forever to demonstrate to the Angels "the 
riches of His kindness in His grace toward us" - (Ephesians 2:4-7)

Since God's program for us involves teaching the Angels, and 
since this truth exposes the defeat, failure and doom of the devil and 
his angels, this truth and those who know it are in a spiritual warfare 
with "spiritual beings" Ephesians 6:10-12

The armor God has given us is not "guardian Angels," but is the 
"truth," "righteousness," "peace," "faith" and "hope"found in our 
position in Christ. Furthermore, 2 Corinthians 10:4 tells us that the 
"weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the 
pulling down of strong holds." They are not carnal (fleshly), but 
spiritual, for we do not fight against flesh and blood. Our weapon is 
spiritual. It is the Word of God.

Therefore, Jesus Christ through Paul, His Apostle to us, warns us 
over and over not to be deceived; nor lured into the worship of Angels; 
nor to be spoiled of our rewards through Angels appearing to teach us 
another gospel or any other doctrine not found in Paul's Epistles for 
us. (Colossians 2:18; Galatians 1:8; 2 Corinthians11:13-15; 1 Timothy 4:1,2)

Interestingly, Colossians 2:18 implies that those who would have 
you believe a message from an angel or to adore the Angels in worship, 
have never seen an Angel, though they may testify that they have seen an 
Angel.

**Our Purpose and Mission

The ministry of "Grace and The Truth" has the purpose of encouraging 
Christians to believe what God says.

Message "CHRIST" Rom. 16:25, Col. 1:28
Material "All Scripture, 2 Tim. 3:16, 17
Method "Rightly Dividing The Word of Truth, 2 Tim. 2:15
Mission "To Make All See" Eph. 3:9

"But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by 
the blood of Christ." Eph.2:13.

**We are dedicated to helping Christians to a fuller knowledge of Him, 
and the Grace of God. Until we all come into the Unity, Ephesians 4:13 
"Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the 
Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the 
fullness of Christ:"

We are wiling to help you on this journey just give us a call, 1 623 
546 8866, Paris

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*Fellowship With God *
* by Pastor C. R. Stam*

Man, by nature, is afraid of God. When Adam first sinned, he 
should have gone immediately to God to beg for mercy and forgiveness. 
Instead he did just what millions are doing today: he ran and hid from 
God so that God had to come and look for Him, as it were, calling:“Adam… 
where art thou?” (Gen. 3:9).

Many people who consider themselves as good, morally, as those about 
them, or even better, nevertheless feel utterly ill-at-ease in a place 
of worship, where believers pray and praise God together. This is 
because in their heart of hearts they know that they have “sinned and 
come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23).

Such, however, may come to know, love and enjoy God through faith in 
Christ. He was Himself God manifested in the flesh, come to earth in 
love to pay for our sins on Calvary’s cross, so that we might 
have“redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins according 
to-the riches of His grace” (Eph. 1:7).

Concerning those who respond in grateful faith and trust in the 
crucified, risen, glorified Lord for salvation, the Apostle Paul says:

“Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our 
Lord Jesus Christ; by whom also we have access by faith into this grace 
wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Rom. 5:2).

Peace with God, and the fellowship which naturally results from this is 
the most precious treasure the human heart can contain. Yet our 
fellowship with Him here on earth is but the beginning. Read carefully 
Ephesians5:25-27 and see how He took upon Him human form, and died, that 
He might have us for Himself forever:

“…Christ… loved the Church, and gave Himself for it… that He might 
present it to Himself a glorious Church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or 
any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”

**Our Purpose and Mission

The ministry of "Grace and The Truth" has the purpose of encouraging 
Christians to believe what God says.

Message "CHRIST" Rom. 16:25, Col. 1:28
Material "All Scripture, 2 Tim. 3:16, 17
Method "Rightly Dividing The Word of Truth, 2 Tim. 2:15
Mission "To Make All See" Eph. 3:9

"But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by 
the blood of Christ." Eph.2:13.

**We are dedicated to helping Christians to a fuller knowledge of Him, 
and the Grace of God. Until we all come into the Unity, Ephesians 4:13 
"Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the 
Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the 
fullness of Christ:"

We are wiling to help you on this journey just give us a call, 1 623 
546 8866, Paris

Would you like to help this ministry? Consider trying to get one other 
person to subscribe to the GRACE DAILY INSPIRATIONAL. This worldwide 
ministry asks for no funds and is sent to glorify our precious Lord and 
Savior, Jesus Christ, AND TO HELP YOU TO GROW IN GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE.
www.graceandthetruth.com

*THE REAL ENEMY *
*By Miles Stanford*


"For sin shall not have dominion over you; for ye are not under the law, 
but under grace" (Rom. 6:14).

Hatred for others comes easy for some; but to fully hate one's old man 
comes hard for all. The Lord Jesus loves us too much to allow us to go 
on loving ourselves.

"The Christian's victory is not over others, but over himself. His sword 
is drawn, not to slay his fellowman, but to slay himself. He wins by 
losing. He triumphs by being defeated. He lives by dying. His crown is a 
crown of thorns. His throne is a Cross. His weapon is not strength but 
weakness.

"His victory is not found in establishing his own cause but in 
establishing that of his fellowmen; the poor, the sick, the 
disinherited, the brokenhearted, the wayward, the lost. This may be 
foolishness to men. But we must not forget that 'the foolishness of God 
is stronger than men' (1 Cor. 1:25).-F.J.H.

"How blessed it is to know, and at the same time how solemn to realize, 
that the sin of the child of God is against his Father, and that it is 
the love of relationship that is called into exercise about it---love 
which acts towards us 'for our profit, that we might be partakers of His 
holiness" (Heb. 12:10).

"It is impossible that He should treat it lightly; and it will be 
impossible in the end for any one of His own to treat it lightly either. 
Grace abides towards us; and because grace abides, sin cannot be 
permitted to have sway over the objects of it." - W.K.

"Let not sin, therefore, reign ... " (Rom. 6:12).

Eph 3:9 And to make all men 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

"We can either choose to grovel in our own self-pity or rejoice in 
whatever state we may find ourselves."

*Should this Inspirational be a blessing and encouragement to you, why 
not send to a friend, coworker or, to your loved one. The Word of God is 
so needed in our troubled USA. We are loosing a great many of our 
privileges the founding fathers of our great county have protected us by 
the Constitution of America, there is no country in the world as great 
as America. Let's stand up and take back our roots, THANK YOU FOR VOTING.

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  Two In The Field And Two At The Mill
by Pastor C. R. Stam

/ “Then shall two be in the field;the one shall be taken, and the other 
left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, 
and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour you Lord 
doth come”(Matt.24:40-42).//
/

How often the above passage has been interpreted to apply to our Lord’s 
coming for the members of His Body! At the rapture of the Church, it is 
said, two will be working in the field, when one will be taken to heaven 
and the other left to go through the day of God’s wrath, and so also 
with two women who may be grinding side by side at the mill: one will be 
caught up to be with the Lord and the other left behind.

But actually this passage cannot have anything to do with the rapture of 
the Body to be with Christ.

First, the truth of our Lord’s coming for the members of His Body was a 
secret first revealed by the glorified Lord through Paul(I Cor.15:51-58; 
I T hes. 4:15-18).

But from Matthew 24 itself it is still more evident that the passage 
cannot refer to the rapture.

True, the passage says: “The one shall be taken, and the other left”, 
but where and how will the one be taken, and what will be the lot of the 
one who is left behind?

From the verses immediately preceding, it is evident that the coming of 
Christ to earth to judge and reign is in view. This coming is likened to 
what happened in the days of Noah. The people ate and drank, married and 
gave away again in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the 
ark, “and knew not until the flood came and took the mall away“. These 
people were not “taken away” to glory; they were “taken away” in judgment.

Since verses 40 and 41 are a continuation of this illustration, it is 
evident that the two “taken away” are taken away in judgment at our 
Lord’s return to reign, while the two who are“left” are left to enter 
into His millennial reign. This interpretation alone is consistent with 
the whole context in which we find this passage.

How much confusion would be avoided if the truth of the rapture of the 
Body to be with Christ were recognized to be what it is: a divine secret 
first revealed to Paul concerning the Church of this present 
dispensation, the Body of Christ.

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2Co 5:16-21 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, 
though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we 
[him] no more. Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new 
creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become 
new. And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by 
Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To 
wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not 
imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word 
of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God 
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Provision for Growth in the Church,
Part 5 of 5
Ephesians 4:13
By Chuck Schiedler,

Paul finishes his point by emphasizing how the Body is edified when 
Christians walk “in love”. The preposition “in” (en) means we are to 
live our lives /in the realm of/ “love” (agapee). When a believer is 
controlled by this quality, he or she will /act in a manner which is 
beneficial to others/ – the primary application of “love” (Rom. 12:9-21; 
1 Cor. 13:4-7). Our need for this characteristic is repeated three times 
in this context alone (Eph. 4:2, 15, 16). Since the teachings in this 
passage express some divine qualities the Body of Christ is to 
implement, internalizing them will launch us on a /path of experiencing 
“love”/, for they represent the character of God who “is love” (Eph. 
3:18-19; 5:1-2; 1 John 4:8).
Concluding the exposition of Ephesians 4:1-16, if believers are to “walk 
in a manner worthy of the calling for which we were called”, we need to 
put on the qualities of humility, gentleness, longsuffering, and a 
supportive nature while lovingly endeavoring to walk in unison with one 
another (vv. 1-3). This is possible when our foundation of operation is 
built on God’s solid basis of/the seven ones/ provided to accomplish 
this unity, supplemented by the gifted members Jesus Christ gave the 
Church (vv. 4-11). As individual believers continue to learn God’s 
truth, properly apply it, and become involved in ministry, spiritual 
maturity will materialize in all Body members who are affected (vv. 
12-13). Also, this /love-in-action/ will help Christians avoid 
temptations flung our way by the world (v. 14). Ultimately, all things 
in the lives of the saints are to move in the direction of our Head, 
Christ, as well as toward the building up of the Body (vv. 15-16).
A Spirit-assisted understanding of this context will lead to the 
realization each believer’s connection with our Head and the growth 
which happens in the Body of Christ are inseparable realities. These two 
goals can only happen simultaneously. God is “love” and /He wants his 
children to fully participate in what He is. /In simple terms, this 
passage illustrates how believers can experience /the full extent of 
God’s love/ both as individual members and within Our Community. This is 
how the Body of Christ transitions from our position of God’s 
“fullness”, which we have in Christ, to the place we can make some 
progress toward becoming “the fullness of God” while we are still on 
earth (Eph. 1:23; 3:19; 4:13). Ultimately, this transformation will 
become complete when Christ returns and all His children will come into 
full conformity with His glorified image (Rom. 8:29; Phil. 1:6; 3:20-21; 
Col. 3:3-4; Titus 2:13).
Chuck Schiedler
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Completed and Revised: August, 2014
Old Testament quotes are from the KJV.
New Testament quotes are original translations by the author from 
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Provision for Growth in the Church,
Part 3 of 5
Ephesians 4:13
By Chuck Schiedler,

As believers seek to energetically practice truth, it is to be done “in 
love” (en agapee). This prepositional phrase means we are to express 
truth within our lives /in a manner consistent with love/. Love is the 
most basic expression of God’s character. A broad definition of it is 
/any action which benefits others /(1 Cor. 13:4-7; Rom. 12:9-21). If we 
are being led by the Spirit, application of truth will be at the 
forefront of our conscience with the resolve to direct our mind, heart 
and deeds. When our Christian practice is controlled by a loving 
expression of truth, we will not be promoting ourselves, but Jesus 
Christ (2 Cor. 4:5). Thus, the next phrase reads, “let us increase all 
things unto Him”.
The verb “let us increase” (auxeesomen) refers to the /process of 
growth/ believers are to undergo. Occurring in the /subjunctive mode/, 
it emphasizes /we need to take responsibility/ to fully know and 
properly apply truth in a loving manner. This, in turn, will cause each 
member of the Body to /advance/ spiritually. The /subjunctive mode/ 
combined with the /aorist tense/ means we are /exhorted /to pursue 
growth/until it is complete/, an objective which in reality no one can 
achieve. However, we should do our best to actively communicate truth in 
a manner which can be used by the Spirit to effect growth in every 
believer by guiding their focus “unto Him”. The preposition “unto” (eis) 
means /in the direction of/ Jesus, who is our “head”. The motives and 
actions of every believer should be dedicated to how we will 
individually and corporately glorify our Savior (2 Cor. 4:5; Col. 1:18, 
28). Not just some things in our lives are to be done for “Him”, but we 
do should direct the whole Body’s attention toward Him in /“all things”./
The Lord is described here as our “Head”. Applying the idea Headship to 
this context, we are to consciously serve Him as the Administrator from 
whose mind truth originates. Then, this teaching is to be universally 
expressed in our being which will help us grow in the direction of 
conformity with His Person (1 Cor. 2:16; Eph. 4:20-24). Added to being 
our “head”, Paul also calls Jesus the “Christ”, /the anointed one/, /the 
Messiah/, /God’s chosen Ruler/ whose Grace is to occupy the place of 
/Rule /in our lives (see Paul’s use of “Christ” in the following 
passages: Rom. 5:17, 21; 6:8-12). In conjunction with this designation, 
“Christ” is also named as the one to whom we will all give an account of 
our actions (Rom. 14:10-12; 2 Cor. 5:10).
^10 The participle in Galatians 4:16 differs in its ending because it 
occurs in the nominative /singular/ form,
referring to Paul; whereas the one in Ephesians 4:15 is in the 
nominative /plural /form, referring to all believers. Other than this 
difference, the meaning of these participles is identical in both passages.

*16) “out of whom the whole body, while being joined together and 
instructed together through the full supply of every joint, according to 
the working in the measure of each one part, produces the increase of 
the body resulting in the building up of itself in love.”*
**
At first glance, this verse is very complicated. Therefore, it is 
beneficial to pinpoint the primary sentence around which the remaining 
parts of this verse revolve. This framework is: “the whole body . . . 
produces the increase of the body”. “The whole body” is the /subject/; 
“produces” is the /verb/; and “the increase”//is the/direct object/. The 
phrase “of the body” (tou somatos) is in the /genitive case/ indicating 
“the increase” the “body” produces is /associated with/ /“the body” 
itself/. With this foundation, Paul concludes with the idea that 
activity within the Body of Christ results “in a building up of itself 
in love”. Grasping how the other phrases in this verse modify this 
skeletal sentence and how the truth of this verse relates to the 
extended context will help disclose how this “building up” takes place.
First, Paul says /the source/ of this movement within the Body is “out 
of whom” (ex ou), that is, /from our Head, Christ /(Eph. 4:15; Col. 
2:19). This statement is an outgrowth of verse 5, where we are told 
there is “one Lord”. Every believer needs to nurture their connection 
with and recognize they are individually accountable to the Lord Jesus 
in order to make a positive impact on the Church. To the extent that 
each member of the Body utilizes this access to our Lord, “the whole 
body” will increasingly practice dependence on its Head for direction 
and power. This activity will ultimately enable the Body to cause “the 
building up of itself” (1 Cor. 3:21-23; 8:6; Col. 2:19). How this 
dynamic happens is expressed by the two participles which read, “while 
being joined together and instructed together”. Then, Paul further 
describes how this Body-life is created by the phrases, “through the 
full supply of every joint” and “according to the working in the measure 
of each one part”.
The first participle rendered “while being joined together” 
(sunarmologoumenon) is a combination of the preposition “sun”, meaning 
/with/, affixed to the verbs “armozo”, /to join /(from which we get our 
English word ‘harmony’), and “lego”, /to speak/. The idea conveyed is 
when Body members /speak in joint harmony with one another/, while 
drawing upon power available through our Head, we further the 
preparation and maturation of the whole Body to carry out the Lord’s 
ministry (Eph. 4:12-13). Since this word is in the /present 
tense/,//emphasized by the word “while”, we are to /continually/ 
practice this constructive interaction. While persisting in this 
symphonic unity, /the Body will/ /figuratively/ /make beautiful music 
together/ and proceed toward God’s purpose for the Church to become 
transformed into His “fullness”.

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The ministry of "Grace and The Truth" has the purpose of encouraging 
Christians to believe what God says.

We are dedicated to helping Christians to a fuller knowledge of Him, and 
the Grace of God. Until we all come into the Unity, Ephesians 4:13 "Till 
we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son 
of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the 
fulness of Christ:"

OUR COMMISSION IN THE AGE OF GRACE IS:

2Co 5:16-21 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, 
though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we 
[him] no more. Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new 
creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become 
new. And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by 
Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To 
wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not 
imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word 
of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God 
did beseech [you] by us: we pray [you] in Christ's stead, be ye 
reconciled to God. For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no 
sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

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Next, the Body builds itself up “while being . . . instructed” 
(sumbibazomenon). This participle is made up of two words which mean /to 
put together/. It is used to describe Paul “proving” (/putting 
together/) from the Old Testament Scripture that Jesus is the Christ as 
well as him “concluding” (/putting together/) from a vision that God had 
called him to evangelize in Macedonia (Acts 9:22; 16:10). Then, he uses 
it two more times similar to this passage in reference to /instruction/ 
(1 Cor. 2:16; /Eph. 4:16;/ Col. 2:2). As believers are /effectively 
educated/ in a manner which results in /putting together/ or 
/understanding /the process necessary to be conformed to the image of 
Christ, the Body is placed in a position to build itself up in love. 
Also, this participle occurs in the /present tense/ form which indicates 
this instruction is to be /ongoing/.
Furthermore, both participles just detailed were written in the /passive 
voice/ which means /an action outside /the Body /causes/ this joining 
together and instruction. Since the Church is made up of members, the 
next two phrases clarify “every joint” (each believer) is the root cause 
of this activity. To begin with, these things are stated as happening to 
the Body “through the full supply of every joint” (Eph. 4:16). The 
compound word “full supply” (epichoreegias) is made up of the noun 
“supply” (choreegia), indicating /abundance/,//prefixed by “epi”, which 
means /upon /(Phil. 1:19). This “full” or /complete abundance/ each 
believer has in their possession is /the medium “through” /(dia) which 
the Body is built up. Contextually, this /tremendous potential /has its 
source in /the exercise of individual believer’s spiritual gifts/ in 
conjunction with these Body members being /perfected for ministry by 
mentors /(Eph. 4:7, 12).
Next, unifying speech and instruction within the Church is achieved as 
gifted members function “according to the working in the measure of each 
one part” (Eph. 4:16). Our English word “energy” is derived from the 
noun translated “working” (energian). It has already occurred two other 
times in this Book in reference to the /power of God available through 
the Holy Spirit/, which enables us to change our own lives as well as 
minister to the Body (1:19; 3:7). When each believer exercises their 
gifts “according to” (kata) or /in line with/ this divine energy, it 
will have a beneficial influence on the Church. In addition, as each 
member’s gifts are exercised “in the measure” (metro), /amount/ or 
/quantity/ of “each one part” (each Body member), maximum edification 
can occur (Eph. 4:7, 13, 16).
Summarizing, this “edification” occurs in the “Body” to the extent that 
“every joint”, “each one part” (every believer), draws upon the 
“working” of the Holy Spirit to activate the “full supply” and varying 
“measure” of the gifts with which each of us has been endowed. How much 
we participate is a personal choice, but all Christians should 
understand this is the /primary purpose for which we were created anew 
in Christ/. Then, Christ, our Head, will judge each of us in regard to 
how we live up to this responsibility (1 Cor. 3:10-23; 2 Cor. 5:10; Eph. 
4:15).

Finally, Paul indicates the proper working of the Body will manifest 
itself in a manner “resulting in” (eis – moving it /in the direction 
of/) “a building up of itself in love” (Eph. 4:16). The noun “building 
up” (oikodomeen) is the same word which occurs in verse 12 and 
illustrates /the building of a house/. It is often translated 
/edification/ which indicates /improvement/. Just as a property is 
improved with landscaping and construction, in the same way, the Body of 
Christ grows toward perfection through the efforts of each individual 
member who properly uses their gifts. Note how it says this edification 
is “of itself” or /associated with /(genitive case) “itself”. God does 
not cause the “increase” (auxeesin), /growth /or /development/ of the 
Body to happen, this is left up to each individual Body member. 
Salvation is one hundred percent a result of the action of God. On the 
other hand, /if any spiritual growth is to occur in the Body, believers 
are obligated to take the initiative/ by following His written 
instructions while walking in the power of His Spirit (Gal. 5:16; Eph. 
5:15-18; Phil. 3:12-16; Col. 3:1-2, 12-17).

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Provision for Growth in the Church,
Part 2 of 5
Ephesians 4:13
By Chuck Schiedler,

The second prepositional phrase is “in unscrupulousness” (en panourgia). 
The noun in this phrase is built from two words meaning /all /and 
/working/. It represents an unbeliever’s approach to life as they are 
indiscriminately willing to try/all methods of behavior/ in order to 
accomplish an objective. Occurring with the preposition “en”, the 
indication is men will function /in the realm /of employing any action 
to reach their goals. The end of this lifestyle promotes a lack of 
ethical standards which encourages philosophies such as: /The End 
Justifies The Means/. This kind of thinking simply assists a person to 
be “wave tossed and carried around by every wind of teaching”.
The third prepositional phrase indicates believers who take this secular 
path will be directed “toward the method of deceit”. The noun “method” 
(methodeian) is a transliteration of this Greek word which consists of 
the preposition “meta”, meaning /across/, and the noun “odos”, meaning 
/road/. It describes how immature Christians will be led /down a road/ 
which is /associated with /“deceit” (planees – /genitive form/). The 
word “deceit” specifies /a wandering about/ and basically means to 
be/ led astray/. It is used to describe how the deceptive nature of sin 
arises from the evil, supernatural realm and directs a person away from 
God (1 Thess. 2:3; 2 Thess. 2:11; 1 John 4:6).
__________________________________________________________

Contextually, the practices of “gambling” and “unscrupulousness” are 
used to entrap youthful believers “toward” (pros) or /to the 
destination/ of these deceptive methods. The World, the Flesh, and the 
Devil employ any and all means in order to mislead believers, coupled 
with a wave-tossed and wind-blown atmosphere of moral confusion (Eph. 
6:11; 1 Pet. 5:8; 1 John 2:16). Let us rather disavow these teachings 
and follow the “faith” which revolves around the eternally stable and 
benevolent ways of our Savior, Jesus Christ (Eph. 4:5, 13).
*15) “but, while actively practicing truth in love, let us increase all 
things*
*unto Him who is the head, Christ,”*
**
The conjunction “but” (de) /connects/ this verse with the former 
context. Also, it /marks a change in subject matter/ indicating a 
departure from the perilous subject just discussed. Now, the focus is on 
how believers can use positive application of truth to accomplish the 
unified ministry outlined earlier in this chapter so we can benefit the 
Body of Christ (Eph. 4:1-13). The participle translated “while actively 
practicing truth” (aleetheuontes) is in the /present tense/, meaning 
this is to be done /continually/, represented by the words “while” and 
“practicing”. Since this term also occurs in the /active /voice, the 
word “actively” is used to emphasize this point of grammar. As believers 
/actively and constantly apply/ the truth we have been given, we can 
advance spiritually toward “the measure of the stature associated with 
the fullness of Christ” (Eph. 4:13).
In most Versions, “aleetheuontes” is rendered “speaking the truth”, 
which only partly transfers its intended meaning into English. In 
actuality, the concept of /speaking/ is not specified by the meaning of 
this word. The fact is this participle is simply built from the /verb 
stem/ “aleeth-” which is also used to form the noun “truth” (aleetheia). 
Fortunately, the same present, active participial form of this word is 
used one other time in Galatians which provides a clearer picture of 
what it means (Gal. 4:16). In that passage, Paul asks the believers, 
“have I become your enemy while actively practicing truth 
(aleetheuon)*^10 * in relation to you?” The surrounding context 
clarifies he not only taught these believers pertinent facts about the 
gospel, he also modelled those truths in his actions. As a result, he 
gained so much respect they would have done almost anything for him, 
which included giving him their good eyes to replace his defective ones 
(Gal. 4:12-15). These two passages use this same participial form to 
cover how /putting truth into action should affect every aspect of our/ 
/Christian lifestyle/. This standard of living is readily observed in 
Paul’s example of well-rounded ministry recorded in the Word, as well as 
in the lives of early Church leaders who imitated him (1 Cor. 11:1; 
Phil. 3:17; 4:9). Simply put: /Their motives, character and actions 
reflected what they taught/.

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Mission "To Make All See" Eph. 3:9

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*Provision for Growth in the Church,*
*Part 1 of 5*
*Ephesians 4:13 *
*By Chuck Schiedler, *
*
Continued from the articles last June 2014
*14) “in order that we might no longer be infants, being wave 
tossed and carried around by every wind of teaching, in the gambling 
approach of men, in unscrupulousness, toward the method of deceit,”***
**
Now that Paul has completed his description of how God’s spiritual 
organism, the Body of Christ, should function to carry out its mission, 
his focus turns to why this approach is all-important for Church 
members. Before discussing positive ramifications associated with the 
proper edification of believers (vv.15-16), in this verse he explains 
what can happen if we fail to follow this pattern for growth. The 
conjunction translated “in order that” (ina) introduces the /purpose 
/for which the Church is directed to activate God’s method of using 
gifted trainers to prepare believers for ministry (vv. 11-13). It is 
/for the purpose that/ we might no longer continue as spiritual infants.
The word “infants” (neepioi) literally means /not speaking/, therefore 
it portrays ones who are /naïve/ or /senseless/. The phrase//“we . . . 
might be” (omen) is translated from a /verb of being/ and, as such, 
refers to the /essence of what we are/. Christians should not remain in 
this /vulnerable newborn state of existence/, for this immature 
condition leaves us open to treacheries brought on by the world which 
are described in the rest of this verse. This verb also occurs in the 
/subjunctive mode/ indicating the /exercise of our/ /choice/ to follow 
God’s path for growth can help us avoid the dangers associated with 
spiritual youth. As Christians become/mature /in Christ, taking on the 
“fullness” of His character, we position ourselves to “no longer” be 
influenced by the pitfalls of this age (Eph. 2:1-3; /4:13/; 6:10-18).
However, those who disregard this prescribed growth process will 
inevitably be “wave tossed and carried around by every wind of 
teaching.” The key word in this phrase is “teaching” (didaskalias), 
which means /instruction/. The same word is used to define what 
Christians are commonly told to embrace, but our “teaching” is to have 
its source in the truth revealed by God (Rom. 15:4; 1 Tim. 1:10; Titus 
1:9). The “teaching” in this verse has its origin in the mind of men; it 
consists of every conceivable /human philosophy/. Paul heard this sort 
of “teaching” on Mars Hill in Athens. He consistently warns believers 
not to base our beliefs on these kinds of meager and fleeting thoughts 
(Acts 17:16-34; Col. 2:4-8). Since the word “teaching” is in the 
/genitive case/, translated by the word “of”, the indication is we will 
be “wave tossed and carried around by every wind” (illustrations of 
being negatively controlled) /as a result of an/ /affiliation with/ 
faulty instruction.
If we allow human thinking to form even part of the teaching we depend 
on to live the Christian life, it will /toss us around like waves/. The 
participle “wave tossed” (kludonizomenoi) occurs in the /present tense/ 
meaning this teaching’s turbulent effect on our minds and hearts will be 
/continuous/. Also, when we are influenced by the philosophies of man, 
we put ourselves in a position of “being” metaphorically “carried 
around” (peripheromenoi) by their instruction. This participle also 
occurs in the /present tense/ which develops a picture of us being 
/constantly/ driven by the “wind” of men’s counsel. Note, the adjective 
“every” (panti) is /singular in number/, which points out /each 
individual/ viewpoint originating from men can wreak havoc on our way of 
life. Since these two participles also occur in the /passive voice/, the 
indication is believers who submit to this kind of teaching are not in 
control of themselves. On the contrary, they are /propelled by an 
outside force/,//relentlessly thrown about by the ideas of this world.
Three prepositional phrases*^9 * are now used to warn us about the 
devastating influence human thinking has on Christians. First, we are to 
beware of “the gambling approach of men”. Our English word ‘cube’ is 
derived from the noun “gambling” (kubeia). Just like cubes of dice are 
used to win a prize by random chance, in the same way, the world wants 
us /to take chances/ in regard to how we navigate life. This “approach” 
is dangerous when compared with following God’s righteous standards 
recorded in Scripture, and it presents all sorts of moral hazards and 
dilemmas. The use of the preposition “in” (en) with the noun “gambling” 
indicates if believers operate /in this /realm, it will embolden them to 
be morally out of control. In essence, this /adverbial phrase /specifies 
those who /act in this reckless manner/ will be “wave tossed and carried 
around by every wind” of human philosophy.

^9 /Prepositional phrases /are made up of a preposition connected with 
one or more substantives (nouns,
pronouns, participles, or infinitives). These constructions accomplish a 
more extensive /adverbial description/ of the action word or words they 
modify than any adverb is capable of when used alone.

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The ministry of "Grace and The Truth" has the purpose of encouraging 
Christians to believe what God says.

We are dedicated to helping Christians to a fuller knowledge of Him, and 
the Grace of God. Until we all come into the Unity, Ephesians 4:13 "Till 
we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son 
of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the 
fulness of Christ:"

OUR COMMISSION IN THE AGE OF GRACE IS:

2Co 5:16-21 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, 
though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we 
[him] no more. Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new 
creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become 
new. And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by 
Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To 
wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not 
imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word 
of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God 
did beseech [you] by us: we pray [you] in Christ's stead, be ye 
reconciled to God. For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no 
sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
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The EXCEEDING GREATNESS of GOD'S POWER
PART TWO OF THREE

God was ever well pleased with His Son; when He was Jesus of Nazareth in 
the midst of His people, and since He has raised Him from the dead and 
seated Him at His own right hand in the super-heavenlies. God manifested 
His great power in the act of the resurrection and exaltation of His 
Son. God manifests that same great power, to save from the penalty of 
sin, any and every sinner who believes this Divine gospel.

There is absolutely no saving message for anyone in the sinless life and 
holy example of the Son of God, apart from His death and resurrection. 
The penalty of sin is death. How could the sinner escape that death 
penalty by trying to live like Jesus lived? There would be no death 
penalty in such a struggle; but there would be utter failure; and 
eternal death after the futile struggle. It is the privilege of redeemed 
sinners to know Christ in the power of His resurrection; but not until 
they have escaped the death penalty by identification with Christ, 
"baptized into His death" (Rom. 6:3).

If the same exceeding great power that God manifested in raising Christ 
from death to the super-heavenlies is available for the believer to 
enable him to have power over sin, it would seem that the believer's 
defeat could only be the result of his failure to appropriate and apply 
that exceeding great power. If such exceeding great power is available 
for the believer, then the believer should be delivered from the power 
of sin.

ACCOMPLISHED BY GOD'S POWER

"How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?" 
(Rom.6:2). The believer is baptized into the death of Christ, and having 
been crucified with Him he is raised to walk in newness of life 
(Rom.6:4). "Sin shall not have dominion over you" (Rom. 6:14). "Let not 
sin reign in your mortal body" (Rom. 6:12).

>From these, and many other verses, it seems that victory is provided 
for the believer in Christ and that victory is expected of the believer 
in Christ. The believer is identified with Christ in death. Christ died 
unto sin.

"For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God" (CoI. 
3:3)."If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are 
above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God" (Col. 3:1). What 
things are where Christ is? Not a thing that has to do with sin. A very 
high standard? It couldn't be higher. It is the "super-heavenlies" 
standard. It is the Christ standard. The things which are where Christ 
is are the things which are in Christ. And the believer is in Christ. 
The believer is raised with Christ. The believer is seated with Christ 
in the heavenlies (Eph. 2:6). Because the exceeding great power God used 
to accomplish the resurrection of Christ is to us-ward who believe, the 
believer is exhorted to manifest that resurrection power in his life.

It is one thing to be kept by the power of God through faith unto that 
glorious salvation at the coming of the Lord; it is another thing today 
by day live in resurrection power.

Wise people realize how little
they know and how much
they need the great wisdom of God.
---Joe Stowell

____Freedom's Warning____

We're taking back our country
From those who have been trying to botch it up again

And we're here to tell you
That we don't like it one bit

So if you choose to be on the wrong side
Prepare to be taken back

John Christopher

*Should this Inspirational be a blessing and encouragement to you, why 
not send to a friend, coworker or, to your loved one. The Word of God is 
so needed in our troubled USA. We are loosing a great many of our 
privileges the founding fathers of our great county have protected us by 
the Constitution of America, there is no country in the world as great 
as America. Let's stand up and take back our roots.

*Our Purpose and Mission

The ministry of "Grace and The Truth" has the purpose of encouraging 
Christians to believe what God says.

Message "CHRIST" Rom. 16:25, Col. 1:28
Material "All Scripture, 2 Tim. 3:16, 17
Method "Rightly Dividing The Word of Truth, 2 Tim. 2:15
Mission "To Make All See" Eph. 3:9

"But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by 
the blood of Christ." Eph.2:13.

**We are dedicated to helping Christians to a fuller knowledge of Him, 
and the Grace of God. Until we all come into the Unity, Ephesians 4:13 
"Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the 
Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the 
fullness of Christ:"

We are wiling to help you on this journey just give us a call, 1 623 
546 8866, Paris

Would you like to help this ministry? Consider trying to get one other 
person to subscribe to the GRACE DAILY INSPIRATIONAL. This worldwide 
ministry asks for no funds and is sent to glorify our precious Lord and 
Savior, Jesus Christ, AND TO HELP YOU TO GROW IN GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE.

*GraceNTheTruth@COX.NET*

*The EXCEEDING GREATNESS of GOD'S POWER *
*PART THREE OF THREE*
*

As believers we fail to measure up to God's standard, but we have no 
Divine authority to lower the standard to the level of our failures. 
When we would do good, evil is present. The flesh lusteth against the 
Spirit and we may not do the things that we should. But the exceeding 
great power of God is available.

*
*APPROPRIATION AND APPLICATION *
*
Believers are exhorted to pray without ceasing (I Thess. 5:7). Quite a 
big order for one who has many other duties. But it is God's order. And 
the principle is always, "Be it unto you according to your faith. "

The believer is exhorted to study, to present, to resist, to let, to 
hope, to overcome, to live, to watch, to be vigilant and sober, to seek. 
Then there are many negative exhortations.

He is to put on the whole armour of God. He is to witness and work. He 
is to walk in the Spirit and make no provisions for the flesh. He is to 
yield himself to God and his members as instruments of righteousness. He 
is to put on the new man and to put off the old man. There is to be no 
let-up and no let-down; no unoccupied moments; no surrender to Satan or 
self; no compromise; but constant abiding in Christ, in fellowship and 
communion, yielded every moment to the Holy Spirit, saying with Paul, "I 
can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me" (Phil. 4:13).

The believer is instructed to abstain from all appearance of evil 
(IThess. 5:22). He is exhorted to keep himself unspotted from the world. 
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world" (1 John 
2:15). In fact, there are several hundred admonitions, injunctions, 
orders, warnings, beseechings and rules for his Christian conduct.

Such is the price of victory. Paul practiced what he preached. How are 
we getting along? Our sufficiency is of God!
God may not have done everything I wanted Him to do for me. Yet, He 
really deserves my constant gratitude. What about you? Do you realize 
that you ought to thank God always? Do you always thank Him?

1Th 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in 
Christ Jesus concerning you.

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the Constitution of America, there is no country in the world as great 
as America. Let's stand up and take back our roots.


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Eternal Life
By Charles Wages
"John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace from Him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before His throne."

God's existence spans all the ages—in fact, He is the designer of all the ages. John wrote earlier: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made" (John 1:1-3).

We accept the tremendous truth that God is and that He is eternal, in spite of the fact that the human mind cannot grasp or contain its magnitude. Yet, it becomes so wonderful and so personal when coupled with the truth that He has given this eternal life, through the Lord Jesus Christ, to all who believe the divine record of His Son.

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)

It was in God's eternal purpose to give eternal life to those who believe. The Lord Jesus in His prayer to the Father, in John 17:1-3, said,

"Father, the hour is come; glorify Thy Son, that Thy Son also may glorify Thee; As Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as Thou hast given Him. And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent."

Another remarkable thing about God giving man eternal life is that eternal life is a present reality not just a future dream or wish. That is the reason why a person really begins to "live" when they receive the Lord Jesus as personal Saviour. One of the most assuring and heart-warming verses in the Bible is the one recorded in John 5:24 where Jesus said,

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life."

Another comforting truth to embrace is that God has prepared an eternal home for those who trust Him. Paul, under inspiration, wrote to believers of this present age or dispensation,

"For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." (2 Cor, 5:1)

Notice that this "house" is specified as being "eternal in the heavens." Also, we notice that the Scripture emphasized, "we have a building." M. R. Vincent states in his book, Word Studies in the New Testament, that, "the building from God is an actual possession in virtue of the believers union with Christ. It is just as we say of a minor, before he comes into possession of his property, that he has so much."

In view of the above truths, we, as believers, should "lay hold" on this wonderful eternal life. In other words, to grasp it in order to use it for God's glory. There are many believers who, of course, have eternal life, but they have never taken hold of this fact and used this abundant life for God's glory and their good. This word "lay hold" is used of those who "laid hold" of Simon who was to carry the cross of Jesus. He was divinely ordained to do this work of God. We should fully recognize and acknowledge the eternal life that God has given us. How different we would be, and how more fully we would live if we all would "lay hold" of eternal life!

We must see that it is "Christ in us" that makes us eternal. It is His life, not ours. It is He who enables us to live "abundantly" (John 10:10). It is the Lord Jesus that makes heaven, home. A little boy was asked, "What makes your house a home?" Quickly the little boy answered, as he put his arms around his mother, "It's my mom!" Well, we all should know, that it is the blessed Saviour who has given us eternal life and the "home" in heaven will be blessed and eternal because He is there.

Our Purpose and Mission

The ministry of "Grace and The Truth" has the purpose of encouraging Christians to believe what God says. 

We are dedicated to helping Christians to a fuller knowledge of Him, and the Grace of God. Until we all come into the Unity, Ephesians 4:13 "Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:" 

OUR COMMISSION IN THE AGE OF GRACE IS:

2Co 5:16-21  Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we [him] no more.  Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;  To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.   Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech [you] by us: we pray [you] in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.  For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

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The EXCEEDING GREATNESS of GOD'S POWER 
PART ONE OF  THREE

What is the measure of God's power toward believers?   
What can be accomplished in the believer by that power?   
How can the believer appropriate and apply that power? 

THE MEASURE OF GOD'S POWER TO US-WARD 

"The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, Which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the church" (Eph 1:18-22). 

Such is the measure of God's power to the believer in the matter of salvation; salvation from sin. Something more than human power is needed to save the sinner from sin. Divine power is needed. And the very best news that any human being ever heard is, that Divine power is available. The news that there is power that will save from the power of sin is good news, or "the gospel." Every human being is utterly helpless to deal with sin. But the majority of sinners are more interested in being delivered from some of their sinful habits than they are in being saved from the penalty of sin. To be saved from the penalty of sin means to be saved from the wages of sin; which is death (Rom. 6:23). 

God demands death for sin. Unless the sinner finds and appropriates the Divine remedy for sin, the death penalty is certain; it is fixed by the holy Judge. Apart from Divine merciful intervention, the sinner's doom is inevitable; Divine judgment is inescapable. So far as man is concerned he can do nothing to deliver himself from the presence of sin, from the power of sin, or from the penalty of sin. So far as God is concerned His very character demands justice. The question is, how can the helpless, powerless sinner escape justice at the hands of the God against whom he has sinned? There must be death for sin. Must each sinner die for himself? Is it justice for the innocent to suffer for the guilty? The world says, "No." 

God's Word declares that "Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God" (1 Pet 3:18). Then this question, "has the Holy Judge the right to be the sinner's Saviour?" Can He act as Judge and Saviour and be both just and merciful? The world says, "true justice knows no mercy." But the Just One, who has accomplished the redemption whereby man can be brought to God, was both God and man. The Offended One was delivered for our offenses. He satisfied His own justice by becoming the God-man and receiving the wages of sin; death. 

The Lord of Glory was crucified; put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the Spirit. Christ died for our sins: He was buried and was raised again on the third day. He dealt with sin, which He put away by the sacrifice of Himself.  Then He abolished death and hath brought life and incorruptibility to light in the gospel.  In this redemptive work Christ proved His Deity, vindicated and satisfied Divine righteousness and justice; and fulfilled His word: "I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself.  I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again" John 10:17-18). It must be admitted that such power is Divine power.  

               
It is one thing to be kept by the power of God through faith 
unto that glorious salvation till the coming of the Lord.
 It is another thing to live day by day in the resurrection power. 

Should this Inspirational be a blessing and encouragement to you, why not send to a friend, coworker or, to your loved one. The Word of God is so needed in our troubled USA.  We are loosing a great many of our privileges the founding fathers of our great county have protected us by the Constitution of America, there is no country in the world as great as America. Let's stand up and take back our roots.

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Four Kinds Of Men
by Pastor C. R. Stam

According to St. Paul’s inspired epistles, the human race is 
divided into four categories:

The natural man, i.e., the fallen son of Adam, as he is, without God. Of 
him the Apostle says: “The natural man receiveth not the things of the 
Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know 
them, because they are spiritually discerned” (I Cor.2:14).

The babe in Christ. When a person sees himself as a sinner and trusts 
Christ as his Saviour, he is “born again” and becomes a“babe in Christ”. 
But babes can and should grow, so these are exhorted: “As newborn babes, 
desire the sincere [pure] milk of the Word, that ye may grow thereby” (I 
Pet.2:2).

The carnal Christian is one who, though perhaps a Christian for years, 
has not grown, due to indifference and neglect of the Word of God. He 
still has to be treated as a babe in Christ. The Corinthian believers 
were examples of this. Paul had to write them: “I…could not speak unto 
you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. 
I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not 
able to bear[digest] it, neither yet now are ye able” (I Cor.3:1,2). 
Everybody loves a baby, but the joy that fills the hearts of loving 
parents turns to bitterest sorrow if their baby fails to grow.

The spiritual Christian is one who, through prayerful study of the Word 
of God, has grown to spiritual maturity. He is no longer merely a child 
of God; he is a “man of God”. We should all “desire the sincere [pure] 
milk of the Word that ye may grow thereby” (I Pet.2:2) — “THAT WE 
HENCEFORTH BE NO MORE CHILDREN, TOSSED TO AND FRO, AND CARRIED ABOUT 
WITH EVERY WIND OF DOCTRINE” (Eph.4:14). Let us then heed St. Peter’s 
inspired exhortation: “BUT GROW IN GRACE, AND IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF OUR 
LORD AND SAVIOUR, JESUS CHRIST” (Ii Pet. 3:18).

*Our Purpose and Mission

The ministry of "Grace and The Truth" has the purpose of encouraging 
Christians to believe what God says.

Message "CHRIST" Rom. 16:25, Col. 1:28
Material "All Scripture, 2 Tim. 3:16, 17
Method "Rightly Dividing The Word of Truth, 2 Tim. 2:15
Mission "To Make All See" Eph. 3:9

"But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by 
the blood of Christ." Eph.2:13.

**We are dedicated to helping Christians to a fuller knowledge of Him, 
and the Grace of God. Until we all come into the Unity, Ephesians 4:13 
"Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the 
Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the 
fullness of Christ:"

We are wiling to help you on this journey just give us a call, 1 623 
546 8866, Paris

Would you like to help this ministry? Consider trying to get one other 
person to subscribe to the GRACE DAILY INSPIRATIONAL. This worldwide 
ministry asks for no funds and is sent to glorify our precious Lord and 
Savior, Jesus Christ, AND TO HELP YOU TO GROW IN GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE.
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*WHAT CHRIST WAS MADE*
by Pastor J. C. O'Hair,

“But when the fulness of time was come, God sent forth His Son, MADE of 
a woman, MADE under the law. Galatians 4:4.

“And the Word was MADE flesh and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His 
glory, the glory as of the only Begotten of the Father) full of grace 
and truth:” John 1:14.

“But we see Jesus, Who was MADE a little lower than the angels for the 
suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour that He by the grace 
of God should taste death for every man.” Hebrews 2:9.

“Who is MADE, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the 
power of an endless life.” Hebrews 7:16.

“Wherefore in all things it behooved Him to be MADE like unto His 
brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things 
pertaining to God, to make reconciliation, for the sins of the people:’ 
Hebrews 2:17.

“Concerning His Son Jesus Christ, our Lord, which was MADE of the seed 
of David according to the flesh:” Romans 1:3.

“For He hath MADE Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might 
be MADE the righteousness of God in Him.” II Corinthians 5:21.

*WHAT BELIEVERS ARE MADE IN CHRIST*

“For He hath MADE Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might 
be MADE the righteousness of God in Him.” II Corinthians 5:21.

“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the 
obedience of One shall many be MADE righteous.” Romans 5:19.

“But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, Who of God is MADE unto us wisdom, 
and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” I Corinthians 1:30.

“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath MADE me free 
from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2.

“But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are MADE nigh by 
the blood of Christ.” Ephesians 2:13.

“Giving thanks unto the Father, Which hath MADE us meet to be partakers 
of the inheritance of the saints.” Colossians 1:12.

“To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath MADE us 
acceptable in the Beloved.” Ephesians 1:6.

“For now being MADE free from sin, and become servants of God, ye have 
your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” Romans 6:22.

“And hath raised us up together, and MADE us sit together in heavenly 
places in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:6.

Dear God of all grace, I am eager to be with You in glory above. 
Meanwhile, I humbly beseech You to develop my life spiritually. Please 
complete what is missing, stabilize my walk, empower me within, and 
ground me in Your love — all by Your grace, Amen.

Our Purpose and Mission

The ministry of "Grace and The Truth" has the purpose of encouraging 
Christians to believe what God says.

We are dedicated to helping Christians to a fuller knowledge of Him, and 
the Grace of God. Until we all come into the Unity, Ephesians 4:13 "Till 
we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son 
of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the 
fulness of Christ:"

OUR COMMISSION IN THE AGE OF GRACE IS:

2Co 5:16-21 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, 
though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we 
[him] no more. Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new 
creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become 
new. And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by 
Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To 
wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not 
imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word 
of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God 
did beseech [you] by us: we pray [you] in Christ's stead, be ye 
reconciled to God. For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no 
sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
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*GODLY LIVING IN CHRIST *
*By Pastor John McKay*
*

Scripture Reading: II Timothy 3:12

A Greek proverb states, "He who does not get thrashed, does not get 
educated." Depending on the student's attitude, of course, discipline is 
vitally important in any achieving or learning process.

The Lord teaches us how to live. He first gives us the warning, " 
....let none of you suffer as ... an evildoer ... " and " ... what glory 
is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it 
patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it 
patiently, this is acceptable with God" (I Peter 4:15 and 2:19-20). It 
is evident that the Christian exercised by discipline from God's Hand, 
has profit, holiness, and the peaceable fruit of
righteousness. Being "thrashed" by the Lord's gracious and tender Hand 
is proof that we are His children. It is definitely a part of the 
Christian life ("godly living"). See Hebrews 12:6-11.

Our own passage, II Timothy 3:12, has a second consideration. " ... all 
that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." Each 
believer will have a differing degree of suffering or trouble according 
to the will of God. To know who we are "in Christ" and what we have in 
Him, will not only bring us to conflict with evil (the spiritual 
warfare), but will enable us to "abide under the will of God" and not 
try to get out from under what He appoints. We must hold up in a 
courageous manner when suffering to obtain the benefit that Christ wants 
us to have. "If we suffer ('go through suffering' patiently'), we shall 
also reign with Him ... " (II Timothy 2:12). Don't thrash yourself, but 
accept God's thrashing. It will teach us godly living, and provide more 
reward for God's glory. See I Peter 3:17.
*Eph 3:9 And to make all men 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 *

*Real integrity stays in place whether the test is adversity or 
prosperity. * *Chuck *

*Should this Inspirational be a blessing and encouragement to you, why 
not send to a friend, coworker or, to your loved one. The Word of God is 
so needed in our troubled USA. We are loosing a great many of our 
privileges the founding fathers of our great county have protected us by 
the Constitution of America, there is no country in the world as great 
as America. Let's stand up and take back our roots.


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Growing Old Gracefully
by Pastor Paul M. Sadler

Scripture Reference:
Rebuke not an elder, but entreat him as a father; and the younger men 
as brethren; the elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with 
all purity.
 I Timothy 5:1,2

The Apostle Paul deals with many different types of relationships in his 
epistles, but perhaps the most delicate relationship is with those who 
are older in years. Like the seasons of the year, each of us gradually 
grow older until we find ourselves in the winter of our lives. The first 
70 years are normally filled with vim and vigor as we fulfill the 
desires of our heart. But if by reason of strength we survive beyond 
this point the Scriptures indicate that the days ahead are going to be 
filled with labor and sorrow. Labor, in the sense that even the mundane 
things of life, such as rising from a chair, becomes burdensome.

To complicate matters further, sorrow surrounds us like a tattered 
garment as death robs us of those we love. Little wonder that Paul 
admonishes us to esteem the senior members of the Body of Christ as 
fathers and mothers. Their plight deserves our sensitivity and their 
years of experience our respect. Furthermore, it will serve us well to 
remember that someday soon we will be the patriarch or matriarch.

In Ecclesiastes wise old Solomon, stricken in years himself, describes 
the aging process that creeps up on us like the leopard that stalks its 
prey.

Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth,while the evil days 
come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say,I have no 
pleasure in them (Eccl. 12:1).

Someday the grim reaper will stand at the foot of our deathbed and 
the“mourners [will] go about the streets whispering: Has he passed on? 
Beloved, there are thousands of ways to leave this earthly tabernacle, 
but perhaps the most common today is when the pitcher is broken at the 
fountain. In short, a fatal heart attack.

Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was:and the spirit shall 
return unto God who gave it (vs.7).

The sting of death is sin, but thanks be unto God that Christ died for 
our sins thereby removing its sting. Thus, according to Paul's epistles 
death is merely a passage way into eternal life for all those who 
believe (I Cor. 15:55-57; Heb. 2:14,15). No one looks forward to growing 
old, but hopefully we will do so gracefully and with dignity. As they 
say: There is nothing to fear, but fear itself.†The blood of Christ is 
our eternal life insurance policy which has a rider guaranteeing our 
future resurrection!

Just Think you are here,
Not by chance but by God's choosing.
His hand formed you
And made you the person you are.
He compares you to no one else -
you are one of a kind.
You lack nothing that His grace can't give you.
He has allowed you to be here at this time in history
To fulfill His special purpose for this generation.


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Growing Old Gracefully
by Pastor Paul M. Sadler

Scripture Reference:
Rebuke not an elder, but entreat him as a father; and the younger men 
as brethren; the elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with 
all purity.
 I Timothy 5:1,2

The Apostle Paul deals with many different types of relationships in his 
epistles, but perhaps the most delicate relationship is with those who 
are older in years. Like the seasons of the year, each of us gradually 
grow older until we find ourselves in the winter of our lives. The first 
70 years are normally filled with vim and vigor as we fulfill the 
desires of our heart. But if by reason of strength we survive beyond 
this point the Scriptures indicate that the days ahead are going to be 
filled with labor and sorrow. Labor, in the sense that even the mundane 
things of life, such as rising from a chair, becomes burdensome.

To complicate matters further, sorrow surrounds us like a tattered 
garment as death robs us of those we love. Little wonder that Paul 
admonishes us to esteem the senior members of the Body of Christ as 
fathers and mothers. Their plight deserves our sensitivity and their 
years of experience our respect. Furthermore, it will serve us well to 
remember that someday soon we will be the patriarch or matriarch.

In Ecclesiastes wise old Solomon, stricken in years himself, describes 
the aging process that creeps up on us like the leopard that stalks its 
prey.

Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth,while the evil days 
come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say,I have no 
pleasure in them (Eccl. 12:1).

Someday the grim reaper will stand at the foot of our deathbed and 
the“mourners [will] go about the streets whispering: Has he passed on? 
Beloved, there are thousands of ways to leave this earthly tabernacle, 
but perhaps the most common today is when the pitcher is broken at the 
fountain. In short, a fatal heart attack.

Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was:and the spirit shall 
return unto God who gave it (vs.7).

The sting of death is sin, but thanks be unto God that Christ died for 
our sins thereby removing its sting. Thus, according to Paul's epistles 
death is merely a passage way into eternal life for all those who 
believe (I Cor. 15:55-57; Heb. 2:14,15). No one looks forward to growing 
old, but hopefully we will do so gracefully and with dignity. As they 
say: There is nothing to fear, but fear itself.†The blood of Christ is 
our eternal life insurance policy which has a rider guaranteeing our 
future resurrection!

Just Think you are here,
Not by chance but by God's choosing.
His hand formed you
And made you the person you are.
He compares you to no one else -
you are one of a kind.
You lack nothing that His grace can't give you.
He has allowed you to be here at this time in history
To fulfill His special purpose for this generation.


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PAUL TELLS OTHERS ABOUT HIS GOSPEL*
* by C. R. Stam*

It is true that now there is but one gospel and God's anathema is 
pronounced upon any who would presume to proclaim any other (Gal.1:8,9), 
but those who suppose that Paul proclaimed the same good news which the 
twelve before him had proclaimed, should carefully read Galatians 2:1-9.

The twelve had been proclaiming our Lord's kingdom rights in "the gospel 
of the kingdom". The kingdom having been rejected, however, God raised 
up Paul to proclaim "the Gospel of the Grace of God" (Acts 20:24). In 
Galatians 1:11,12, this apostle declares:

"But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me 
is not after man, for I neither received it of man, neither was I taught 
it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ."

This is only one of many passages in which he declares that he was 
commissioned to proclaim a special message by the glorified Lord Himself 
(Eph.3:1-4; Rom.16:25; etc.).

Now in Galatians 2:2, the apostle states: "I went up by revelation [God 
sent him] and communicated unto them [the apostles and elders at 
Jerusalem] that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles...." But was he 
not merely checking to make sure that he and they were preaching the 
same good news? No, for he goes on to say: "But [I went] privately to 
them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had 
run, in vain".

Verses 7 and 9 then go on to tell how "they saw" and "perceived" the 
grace that had been given to Paul, so that they publicly and officially 
gave him "the right hands of fellowship", acknowledging him as the 
apostle of grace, sent to the world with a message of grace:

"Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in 
Christ Jesus" (Rom.3:24).

*Lord God of abounding grace, *
*give me spiritual eyes to see*
* and a humble heart to receive all the ways *
*You want to mark my life by*
* Your grace, in Jesus name, Amen.*

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*TURNING POINTS*
*PART 2 of 2*
*By Charles W. Wages*

*But After*
*
What a turning point! What caused this change of direction, this 
conversion? Titus 3:4 and 6 tells us,

But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man 
appeared, which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

When you read Titus 3 verses 4 and 6 together, you get the full meaning 
of what causes the dramatic change in ones life. The statement in verse 
5 lets us know again that we had nothing to do with this change other 
than to accept it as a free gift of God. When we read the expression But 
after, we are forced to think of but before. It is not a pretty picture. 
Sin never is pretty. We don't like to think of being foolish, 
disobedient, deceived, lustful, envious, malicious, and hateful. These, 
though, are the results of letting Satan rule our lives. These are the 
qualities of a life without God. We see them mirrored in our society in 
every form of evil imaginable. A complete change is needed to get out of 
this mess. That can only be accomplished by the power of God who can 
turn our lives around and let us look to the future. In Titus 3:7 we are 
informed,

That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to 
the hope of eternal life.

Once we looked toward no hope now we face the future with a new hope. 
That hope is Christ in us, the hope of glory (Col. 1:27).
In Ephesians 2:11-13, we read of another great turning point.

Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, 
who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision 
in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, 
being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the 
covenants of promise having no hope, and without God in the world: But 
now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the 
blood of Christ.

These verses teach a great dispensational truth that the devil would 
just delight in covering up from Gods children. He has done a pretty 
good job so far. Many of Gods children know very little of Gods great 
plan for this age of grace. We are told in these verses that in time 
past the Gentiles had no hope and were without God in the world. It was 
through Gods chosen people, Israel, that the Christ (Messiah) was to 
come. The only way to truly worship God was through His plan and purpose 
for Israel (the circumcision). Gentiles were considered aliens and 
strangers from the commonwealth of Israel and the covenants and promises 
made to them. The Gentiles were without hope and without Christ, except 
in relation to Israels hope.

*But Now*
*
But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by 
the blood of Christ. (Eph. 2:13)

Another great turning point! It is characterized by the expression in 
Christ Jesus. This makes the difference. All is changed and turned 
around when we see we are now in Christ Jesus. Not just in the world, 
but in Christ Jesus! This great turning point in Gods dealing with 
humankind came about by Chris's death, not just His life. His beautiful, 
sinless life did not break down the middle wall of partition between Jew 
and Gentile, but the shedding of His blood at Calvary. This brought Jew 
and Gentile together in one joint body.

That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body and 
partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel. (Eph. 3:6)

Now, this joint body is known as the Church, the body of Christ. This 
was not only a great turning point in Gods plan and purpose for the 
ages, but can make a great change in our lives today. We, as believers, 
are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the 
saints, and of the household of God. What a position! What a future!

Yes, when we accepted Jesus Christ as personal Saviour, He completely 
turned us around. We once served Satan and self, now we serve the 
Saviour. Once, the many churches of man confused us, now we are secure 
in His Church, the body of Christ. What a change, what a hope, what a 
future!

Now to Him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and 
the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the 
mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made 
manifest, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the 
commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the 
obedience of faith: To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for 
ever. Amen. (Rom. 16:25-27)

Dear Lord of light, I praise You for bringing me out of darkness into 
Your gracious light. Grant me grace to proclaim Your excellencies. Shine 
Your light into the hearts I hope to reach. Grant them the miracle of 
resting and trusting you in your high calling of us, in the Lord Jesus 
we pray. , Amen.

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NO TIME FOR GOD?
by C. R. Stam

Those who have no time for God should consider what their circumstances 
would be if He had no time for them; no time to paint the sunsets, no 
time to send the warm sun's rays or the refreshing showers, no time to 
make the crops and flowers grow. We doubt that any thinking person would 
actually want nothing to do with God.

Cain despised God's authority and finally murdered his brother, but when 
he was driven from the presence of God he said: "My punishment is 
greater than I can bear" (Gen.4:13).

One of the saddest sentences in the gospel records is our Lord's 
prediction that He would have to say to some: "I never knew you; depart 
from Me, ye that work iniquity"(Matt. 7:23).

Just what it will mean to be "cast into the lake of fire"(Rev. 20:15), 
we pray God none of our readers will ever find out, but the Scriptures 
do clearly indicate that those involved will be cast forever out of the 
presence of God.

Thank God, it is not He who desires this. He paid for our sins at 
Calvary to reconcile us to Himself (Eph. 2:16). St.Paul declares that 
God has called believers "unto the fellowship of His Son" (1 Cor. 1:9) 
and that at His coming for them they shall "ever be with the Lord," 
adding: "wherefore, comfort one another with these words" (1 Thes. 4:17,18).

"Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you 
by us; we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God" (II Cor. 
5:20).

God has demonstrated His love for us in Christ. Why not respond by 
gratefully trusting Christ as your Savior?

Our Purpose and Mission

The ministry of "Grace and The Truth" has the purpose of encouraging 
Christians to believe what God says.

Message "CHRIST" Rom. 16:25, Col. 1:28
Material "All Scripture, 2 Tim. 3:16, 17
Method "Rightly Dividing The Word of Truth, 2 Tim. 2:15
Mission "To Make All See" Eph. 3:9

"But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by 
the blood of Christ." Eph.2:13.

We are dedicated to helping Christians to a fuller knowledge of Him, and 
the Grace of God. Until we all come into the Unity, Ephesians 4:13 "Till 
we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son 
of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the 
fullness of Christ:"

We are wiling to help you on this journey just give us a call, 1 623 
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Would you like to help this ministry? Consider trying to get one other 
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Savior, Jesus Christ, AND TO HELP YOU TO GROW IN GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE.

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THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT 
Part 3 of 3
by Darlene Homoki Galatians 5:22-23 


PEACE: Peace refers to the inner tranquility and poise of the Christian whose trust is in God through Christ. It is both peace with God and the peace of God.
 
The Apostle Paul tells us that such peace and spiritual blessedness is a direct result of faith in Christ (Rom. 5:1). Peace is having all our spiritual bones set. It gives calmness through the doubts, fears, and alarms in our lives. It is a restful assurance that God is in control. Peace is not the absence of problems, frustrations, or things going wrong but, rather, it is a peace that comes only from God that endures regardless of the circumstances.
 
Do we need peace? The answer is an emphatic yes! The need comes daily as we face events in our life that bring panic, fear, terror, dread and anxiety. Just reading the daily newspaper or listening to the news causes us concern and shows us the need for peace in our lives.
 
Truth about peace comes only from God. Without Him there is no peace.
 
    * It has nothing to do with our circumstances but everything to do with knowing we have a right relationship with God. 
    * It has nothing to do with daily challenges or crises but everything to do with knowing that our times are in God's hands. 
    * It has nothing to do with the present conditions of our life but everything to do with knowing that God is all-sufficient. 
    * It is an inward serenity of the soul that indicates a life at rest as we place our complete confidence in God moment by moment. 
    * It is knowing God is there! (See Ps. 139:7-12.) 
    * The key to peace is not the absence of problems and conflicts but the presence of God. To enjoy peace we have to actively trust Him. Peace also requires a decision. 
    * When we walk and are led by the Spirit, our life is characterized not by fretting, panic and anxiety but, rather, by the peace that comes from trusting God. 
    * Philippians 4:7: "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." 
    * When the circumstances of life tempt us to panic, or feel terrified, we. can choose either to give in to those feelings or to trust in God. 
    * Choosing to trust God causes us to experience His peace even in the midst of the uproar.
 
God's peace comes to us from four sources. 
    1) God, the Father. Isaiah 26:3 says, "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusteth in Thee." We cannot avoid strife, conflict and/or problems, but we can know perfect peace in the midst of this as we focus on God rather than on our difficulties.
 
    2) God, the Son. The prophet Isaiah tells us one of His names is the "Prince of Peace" (Isa. 9:6). That names reflects His mission. Jesus' death on Calvary gave us the gift of peace with God that comes only with forgiveness of our sins (Rom. 5:1). Our personal peace comes through the work of God's Son on the Cross.
 
    3) God, the Spirit. He is our personal Helper, Teacher and Comforter (Jn. 14:26). The instruction, guidance and comfort we receive from Him are indeed gifts of peace.
 
    4) God's Word. The Word helps us know God by revealing Himself, His ways and His purposes. The Psalmist declares in Psalm 119:165, "Great peace have they which love Thy law, and nothing shall offend them. "When we embrace God's standards for living, we experience the peace which comes from maintaining a right relationship with God.
 
We choose to apply peace in times of crisis. The choice is ours. Do we panic? We should pray first, pray often and pray continually. We can place our fears and doubts into His hands. When we pause to acknowledge God, His presence, His power and His love, He will make our paths straight. Then once we've turned to Him, we will again be in touch with His peace that passes all understanding.
 
Jesus is our example and displayed these attitudes in the Garden of Gethsemane. This was a dark night in human history as the sinless Son of God faced death for your sins and mine in order to accomplish our salvation.
 
Throughout His three years of ministry, Jesus often referred to God's plan for His death. As He prepared for the Passover (Mt. 26) He said, "My time is at hand." It was now time for Him to die and to fulfill the Father's plan.
 
Jesus willingly obeyed. Jesus, acting in love, gave Himself as a sacrifice for our sins. He knew He would be betrayed by His own disciples. He would be misunderstood by His family and friends. He would be rejected by mankind. He knew there would be verbal and physical abuse. He knew there would be an unjust sentence. And, worst of all, He knew there would be momentary separation from God, His heavenly Father. In other words, from the human perspective, Jesus was losing all He had. Yet, in love, He willingly went through with it all- "He first loved us." 

Facing the crisis of the cross, Jesus went to Gethsemane to pray. He prayed fervently  - "His sweat became like drops of blood" (Lk. 22:44).On the physical level Jesus wanted it to pass - He did not desire to taste death and carry the burden of our sins to the cross. Yet He prayed, "Not as I will, but as Thou wilt." With this submission to God's will, we see Jesus emerge triumphant from His time in the Garden.
 
Love is the sacrifice of self. Jesus was determined to do the Father's will. Jesus' love looked to the Father and to us and the Spirit enabled Him to submit to death on the cross (Heb. 9:14; Eph. 5:2). The flesh wanted the cup to pass but love looked to God the Father and said, "Thy will be done."
 
Jesus experienced joy. Hebrews 12:2 says, "For the joy that was set before Him .... " What was that joy? It was the joy of fulfilling the will of the Father (Ps. 40:8; Phil. 2:8; Heb. 10:7).
 
He got up from His agonizing time of prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane with peace, knowing that His times were in God's hands, saying, "Let us be going" (Mt. 26:46). He was now rid of His fears, and free from those agonies and dreadful apprehensions of the events to come. He signifies His willingness to be apprehended, and to suffer and die bearing the sins of mankind.
 
It is good to note that the circumstances did not change! After agonizing prayer, Jesus was still going to be crucified; He was going to die but He went sustained by God's love, joy and peace.
 
It was not easy for Jesus. 
    * He knew what suffering He was facing. 
    * He prayed, not once, but three times. 
    * When our Savior finally rose to go forward, He did so with love,joy and peace saying "Let us be going." 
    * He went to the cross by His own choice; He did it willingly. "He could have called ten thousand angels, but He died alone for you and me." 

What a challenge! Do those around us see love, joy and peace? What do our attitudes show to the Christian community? To the non-Christian community? What a difference we could make in this world if in our daily lives these three graces were exemplified! 

"So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law" (Galatians 5:16-18, NIV)

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*THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT *
*Part 1 of 3*
*by Darlene Homoki Galatians 5:22-23 *
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, 
gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is 
no law. "

LOVE, JOY, PEACE
Our Attitude or Inward State

Editor's Note: This the second in a series of studies on the "Fruit of 
the Spirit." The first installment appeared July 2007.

LOVE: Love is a word that is hard to define. It is a word we grow up 
with, but we never really stop to think of all that it entails. One 
definition is that love is the high esteem which God has for His human 
children

There are many different kinds of love - natural love (children, 
parents, family); the love between husband and wife; love of 
friends,etc.; and then the love we have for God and our Savior, Jesus 
Christ.

There are many references to love in the Bible and it is certainly the 
most remarkable Book of love in the world. It records the greatest love 
story ever written of God's unconditional love for us that sent His Son 
to die on the cross (Jn. 3:16; 1 Jn.4:10).

Love also expresses the essential nature of God. Love can be known only 
from the actions it prompts, as seen in God's love in the gift of His 
Son (1 Jn. 4:9-10). Love found its perfect expression in the Lord Jesus. 
Christian love is the fruit of the Spirit of Jesus in the believer.

Love is like oil to the wheels of obedience. It enables us to walk in 
the way of God's commandments (Ps. 119:32). Without such love, we are as 
nothing (1 Cor. 13:3). Such Spirit-inspired love never fails (1 
Cor.13:8) but always flourishes.

Do we need love? Yes! We all have a need to be nurtured and respected.
The need for love is created further by ill treatment, hostility, 
abuseand the hatred all around us.

Remember love is important to God:
1) God is love (1 Jn. 4:8).
2) Love like this is everlasting ("The Lord hath appeared of old 
unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love ... 
"Jer. 31:3), given freely (" ... I will love them freely ... " Hos.14:4; 
cf. Eph. 2:4), sacrificial (Jn. 3:16), and enduring to the end (Jn. 
13:1; Rom. 8:38-39).
3) God loves (John 3:16). What greater love than this (Rom.5:8)?
4) Jesus loves. He willingly gave Himself for us - He was not a 
martyr (Mt. 20:28). "And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us and 
hath given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet 
smelling savour" (Eph. 5:2).
5) As Christians "the love of Christ constrains us" (2 Cor. 5:14).
6) We are to walk in love (Eph. 5:2).
7) We are to love one another (Jn. 15:12). "And the Lord make you 
to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, 
even as we do toward you" (1 Thess.3:12).
8) Wives are to love their husbands and children (Titus 2:4).
9) The older women are told to teach the younger ones how to love 
(Titus 2:4).
10) We are to love our enemies (Lk. 6:27; Rom. 12:17-21).

To love is a decision. It is hard to love under difficult circumstances. 
There are times when we feel we need love and we don't feel like giving 
it. The love of Jesus is what enables us to give that love even when we 
don't feel like it. It is His love in us that helps us to reach out in 
love to others even when we don't want to.

Love is action - not just words. It is often much easier to say "I love 
you" than it is to put it into practice. Love has work to do and love 
does that work. Our actions back up our words and are proof of our love. 
Every family member provides you with an opportunity to love and do acts 
of love. Your work at home, at church, and at your job provides you 
with many opportunities to perform acts of love.

Love reaches beyond family and friends to the unlovely. It is easy to 
love family, friends and nice people. But we are told to love our 
enemies - those who are not so nice. God's love calls us to love those 
who are irritating, a bother to us, unthankful, or even evil. We are to 
love those who bring us sadness and heartache. That is hard. Jesus tells 
us in Luke 6:27, "But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do 
good to them which hate you."

It is God Who provides the grace we need to extend our love to the 
unlovely. It is through His Spirit that we are able to love everyone,at 
any time and without conditions.

We need God to help us love. We rely on God for love. We naturally do 
not love those who do not love us, those who hurt us, bother us, and are 
different than us. It is God through His Holy Spirit Who gives us this 
love for others. God's love is there for us to give, and we who follow 
Christ need to remember that those who are the hardest to love are the 
ones who need it most. Philippians 4:13 says, "I can do all things 
through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Real love expects nothing in return. When we are loving toward someone, 
we expect that person to be loving to us. But when Jesus tells us to 
love our enemies and do good to them, He tells us to do good expecting 
nothing in return (Lk. 6:35 - "But love your enemies, and do good and 
lend, hoping for nothing again ... "). We need to love without any 
thought of personal reward. This is not natural. This kind of love can 
only come from God. This is the kind of love God offers us in Jesus 
(Rom. 5:8-10).

Love is not self-seeking. Its only intent is to love as Jesus loved, 
praying for others to respond to God's message of love through us.

The only way we can walk in God's love is to look to Him to fill us with 
that special kind of love - that love that is a decision to love -that 
love that takes action - that love that extends itself to the unlovely. 
You and I need God to help us love.
Lord Jesus, what an amazing path You walked --- from humble servanthood 
to a heavenly throne. What a grand exaltation will be Yours forever. 
What an astounding joy to know that I will join You in that exaltation, 
serving You eternally. Lord, I humble myself before You anew. Make me 
You faithful servant now while I await the glorious privilege that is 
coming, Amen.

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*THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT *
*Part 2 of 3*
*by Darlene Homoki Galatians 5:22-23 *
JOY: The joy which the people of God should have is holy and pure. It is 
real! It is distinct from mere happiness. Happiness is often temporal 
and dependent upon current circumstances. Joy, however, rises above 
circumstances and focuses on the very character of God. It looks beyond 
the present to our future salvation (Rom. 5:2; 8:18). Joy like this is 
possible, even in the midst of sorrow (2 Cor. 6:10; 7:4).

The need for this kind of joy springs from sorrow, tribulation, tragedy, 
affliction and trials. None of us is exempt from experiencing heartache 
and disappointment, etc., BUT through Christ we can have 'joy 
unspeakable and full of glory" (1 Pet. 1:8).

Joy was important to Jesus.

1. Jesus wanted His disciples (and wants us) to know the joy of 
fellowship with Him, joy to the fullest (Jn. l5:11)!
2. Jesus looked beyond His suffering to the joy that was before Him 
(Heb. 12:1-2).

Joy that is the "fruit of the Spirit" is permanent (Jn. 16:22). It is 
not dependent upon circumstances and things. The one thing that can rob 
us of experiencing the joy God provides is our failure to walk in the 
Spirit (Gal. 5: 16). The Holy Spirit causes this fruit to grow in our 
lives as we abide in Christ.

Joy is always available (Phil. 1:4; 4:4). What ever the circumstances of 
our lives, we have ready access to the Source of true joy anytime we 
turn to Him.

Real joy is unspeakable (1 Pet. 1:8). True spiritual joy is not mere 
happiness. If everything is going well, we are "happy." If we get what 
we want, we are "happy." Happiness can be a false joy. God's joy is a 
gift of grace to us as we encounter hardships, persecution and troubles 
in this life. It is supernatural and goes beyond all conditions of life.

* This joy is not dependent on circumstances but on spiritual 
realities:
His unconditional love for us and His victory over sin and darkness.
* This joy is not based on our efforts but, rather, on the truth of 
our relationship with God through His Son, the Lord Jesus.
* This joy is not merely an emotion, but the result of choosing to 
look beyond the present circumstance to what is true about our life in 
Christ.

The source of real joy is:

* God Himself. God - the only source of joy - wants to give you His 
JOY·
* Salvation is a great reason for joy.
* God's promises are a cause for joy. Simply by opening His Word, 
and reading and believing His promises, we will find a great source of joy.
* Our future - our blessed Hope - brings us joy.

This is the kind of relationship God wants with you!
The notion that God recreated you in Christ to get more work out of you 
is such a low view of our Father. God wants you to adopt Paul's life 
verse: "that I may know Him [Christ]" (Philippians 3:10). As you pursue 
that goal, spiritual fruit will begin to drop off of you to the glory of 
Christ.
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SUBDUED,SERVANT~
By M. Stanford

"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God 
to the pulling down of strongholds" (2 Cor. 10:4).

The true servant is finally subdued, but not stultified; prepared but 
not deprived of individuality. All that is rendered inoperative is the 
old man - and thank God for that!

"When we are finally prepared, our Lord says: 'When I died, you died. 
When I went to the Cross I not only took your sins, but I took you. I 
not only took you as a sinner, but I took you as being all that you are 
by nature; your good as well as your bad; your abilities as well as your 
disabilities; yes, every resource of yours. I took you as a worker, a 
preacher, and organizer. My Cross means that not even for Me can you be 
or do anything out from yourself; but if there is to be anything at all 
it must be out from Me, and that means a life of absolute dependence and 
faith.' " -T. A-S.

"How little does one know of the antagonism of our nature to the will of 
the Father, who thinks that service can be undertaken without that 
self-renunciation which can only be learned by experiential knowledge of 
the superiority of His ways and counsels! We never surrender what we 
value until we find a better, and man is so full of himself and his own 
will that until he finds out the sovereignty of his Father's will he can 
be neither an obedient nor a suitable servant.

"And this is usually learned through varied and painful processes. The 
disciplined servant always finds a way to do his work however difficult 
it may appear. The greater the difficulties the greater must be the 
evidence that our resources are of a different order and character from 
those arrayed against us, and this will be found true in very small 
matters as well as in great ones."

"Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself 
against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought 
to the obedience of Christ" (2 Cor. 10:5).

Should this Inspirational be a blessing and encouragement to you, why 
not send to a friend, coworker or, to your loved one who maybe defending 
the USA. The Word of God is so needed in our troubled world. It is our 
heart at GRACE AND THE TRUTH and mission to reach as many people as we 
possibly can TO SHARE with them the Word of God and all that the Lord 
Jesus Christ has done for members of the body of Christ.

*Our Purpose and Mission

The ministry of "Grace and The Truth" has the purpose of encouraging 
Christians to believe what God says.

Message "CHRIST" Rom. 16:25, Col. 1:28
Material "All Scripture, 2 Tim. 3:16, 17
Method "Rightly Dividing The Word of Truth, 2 Tim. 2:15
Mission "To Make All See" Eph. 3:9

"But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by 
the blood of Christ." Eph.2:13.

**We are dedicated to helping Christians to a fuller knowledge of Him, 
and the Grace of God. Until we all come into the Unity, Ephesians 4:13 
"Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the 
Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the 
fullness of Christ:"

We are wiling to help you on this journey just give us a call, 1 623 
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Savior, Jesus Christ, AND TO HELP YOU TO GROW IN GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE.


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~THE DAY OF THE LORD~*
*Richard Mazek, *
1 THESSALONIANS 5:2,3
"For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a 
thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then 
sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail up a woman with child; 
and they shall not escape."

There are four key days that are proclaimed in the Word of God . These 
days do not refer to literal twenty- four days, but rather to varying 
periods of time. Let us take a look at these four days in their proper 
order.

First of all, THE DAY OF MAN (1 Cor. 4:3)-- This Day began (we believe) 
with the fall of man ~ continues to be in effect even to the present 
day. It is marked by the government of man as it progressively becomes 
more ripe for judgment. This Day will culminate with ....

THE DAY OF CHRIST (1 Cor. 15:51, 52)-- This Day refers to the Rapture or 
home-coming of the Body of Christ. The judgment Seat of Christ is also 
included in this Day. The transpiring of this Day will usher in....

THE DAY OF THE LORD (1 THESS. 5:2,3)-- This Day speaks to us of God's 
Judgment and Justice being dispensed, first upon Israel, and then upon 
the Gentiles. This day begins immediately after the Rapture and 
continues on through the seventieth week of Daniel (the Tribulation). 
During this time we find Jehovah-God dealing basically with Israel 
(Jacob's Trouble) under Judgment until the Revelation (Second Coming) of 
her Messiah.

THE DAY OF THE LORD does not end here but rather continues on through 
the Millennium (2 Peter 3:10) as God deals with mankind as a whole, 
under the rod of justice and judgment. With this in mind it would seem 
that the Day of the Lord would also include the "Great White Throne 
Judgment. "

Finally we come to THE DAY OF GOD (2 Peter 3:12,13) -- This Blessed Day 
coincides with the Dispensation of the Fullness of Times (Eph 1:10) and 
has to do with the New Heavens and the New Earth, or the eternal state.
*THOUGHT FOR THIS WEEK!*

*"Wherever you are,*
*whatever your circumstances may be,*
*whatever misfortune you may have suffered,*
*the music of your life has not gone.*
*It's inside you;*
*if you listen to it, you can play it." *

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so needed in our troubled USA. We are loosing a great many of our 
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the Constitution of America, there is no country in the world as great 
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IMPUTED" AND "IMPUTED FOR"
By Pastor Ivan Burgener

In Abraham's case, "his faith was counted for righteousness" by God 
(Rom. 4:5). The word for "count" is used throughout the Bible. Its 
principle is universal and its usage is both ancient and modern.

The Greek word for "counted" is logizomai. It appears 41 times in the 
NT. Of these, 35 are from the pen of Paul and 19 are in Romans, 11 of 
which are found in chapter 4! Yet this word is almost impossible to 
trace in our English Bible because twelve different English words are 
used in the KJV translation. Of these twelve our chapter uses three; 
reckon, impute, and count.

To understand this point, these uses must be put into two groups: 
"imputing" is charging or putting something upon one's account. Wages 
are reckoned in 4:4, righteousness in 4:6, 11, 23, 24, and sin in 4:8, 
and these are all actualities.

Whereas when something is "Imputed for," it is imputed for something 
which it is not. Faith is not righteousness, but it is reckoned for it 
by God!

A modern illustration with paper money will serve to explain this 
difference. Thinking back to days of gold coinage, we realize that the 
worth of a gold coin is intrinsic, that is, worth is not "Imputed for" 
gold because gold has the worth in itself. But paper money is another 
matter, for it is worth nothing more than waste paper unless worth has 
been imputed for it. A fire will quickly prove that it gives no more 
heat when burned nor is its ash of any greater value. But If worth "is 
imputed for that paper, then, and only then might its purchasing power 
equal that of gold. Yet it would be a mistake to say that a paper note 
was actually of the same value as gold!

Worth "imputed for" paper money depends solely upon the resources of the 
backing government. History records the worthlessness of paper money 
upon the collapse of governments.

So with faith! Faith is not righteousness, but faith is reckoned for 
(imputed for) righteousness. Righteousness is only in the Lord. True 
merit is found in "the faith of Christ," and because of His faith 
(fidelity) my faith may be reckoned by God for righteousness. If 
Christ's faith and righteousness did not exist, my faith would have no 
value. There, in the Bank of Heaven, is the gold of perfect 
righteousness, wrought by Another on our behalf, which alone makes our 
faith of any value.

"What does the scripture say? Abraham believed God, and it was counted 
unto him for righteousness. Now to one who works the reward is not 
reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to one who does not work, but 
believes on Him Who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted for 
righteousness..." (Romans 4:3-5)

"And therefore it was Imputed to him for righteousness. Now it was not 
written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; but for us also, 
to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus 
our Lord from the dead, Who was delivered for our offences, and was 
raised again for our
justification." (Romans 4:22-25)
Our Purpose and Mission

The ministry of "Grace and The Truth" has the purpose of encouraging 
Christians to believe what God says.

We are dedicated to helping Christians to a fuller knowledge of Him, and 
the Grace of God. Until we all come into the Unity, Ephesians 4:13 "Till 
we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son 
of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the 
fulness of Christ:"

OUR COMMISSION IN THE AGE OF GRACE IS:

2Co 5:16-21 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, 
though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we 
[him] no more. Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new 
creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become 
new. And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by 
Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To 
wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not 
imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word 
of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God 
did beseech [you] by us: we pray [you] in Christ's stead, be ye 
reconciled to God. For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no 
sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.


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FREE-BORN *
*By Miles Stanford
"For I through the law died unto the law, that I might live unto God" 
(Gal. 2:19, ASV).

No true believer expects the Law to give life, yet many expect it to 
govern life. Too few realize that their death on the Cross separated 
them from the entire principle of law, and that their resurrection 
united them to the Lord Jesus, "full of grace and truth" (John I:14).

"All of the Lord's commands to me are according to the new nature I 
already have. He is my life, and all His words are the expression of 
that life. Therefore when His words are given to me, they only give me 
the authority to do what my new nature likes to do. 'A new commandment I 
write unto you, which thing is true in Him and in you" (1 John 2:8). -J.N.D.

"Does our Father mock us by bidding us do what He knows we are unable to 
do? No! He gives commands we cannot perform in our strength, that we may 
know what we ought to request from Him."

"Legalism is an effort to shape oneself to given laws or rules. Seeking 
to urge oneself into conformity to law, the old man is before the eye, 
and satisfaction is felt according as there is conformity to a given 
standard.

"The moment legality is sanctioned, it must be with reference to that 
which needs to be made subject. This is not Christian, because as 
believers we are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, against which 
there is no law."

"Stand fast, therefore, in the liberty with which Christ hath made us 
free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage" (Gal. 5:1).

Eph 3:9 And to make all men 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
*"We can either choose to
grovel in our own self-pity
or rejoice in whatever
state we may find ourselves." *
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A Day of Small Things
by Pastor Paul M. Sadler

When Zerubbabel laid the foundation of the second temple after 
the Babylonian Captivity, many of his countrymen viewed the effort with 
contempt, believing it would never amount to anything. The prophet 
Zechariah responded to these critics in the following manner: “For who 
hath despised the day of small things?†(Zech. 4:8-10). Zechariah 
reminded the people that even though the work seemed, in their eyes, to 
be insignificant, they were not to despise it because the hand of the 
Lord was with Zerubbabel.

When Gideon amassed a large army to do battle with the Midianites, who 
were said to be like grasshoppers upon the land, the Lord whittled the 
number of Gideon’s forces down to a mere three hundred. Throughout the 
Scriptures there is a recurring theme that God is far more interested in 
quality than He is in quantity. The smaller the number, the greater the 
glory and honor and adoration He receives, which is clearly demonstrated 
in the story of Gideon’s three hundred.

As we move down the corridor of time, although it may appear that the 
Grace Movement is small and insignificant in the eyes of our 
denominational critics, they should take great care not to despise the 
day of small things. It is true that we are small by comparison to the 
mega-churches of our day that often consider us second class citizens of 
heaven. However, just the opposite is true if we apply the above 
principle from time past. For those who never took the Grace Message 
seriously, at the Judgment Seat of Christ, the Lord may well acknowledge 
all those who willingly stood for Paul’s apostleship and message to the 
praise of His glory.

So we must never become disheartened that we are small in number, for 
God has honored us with an understanding of the Word, rightly divided. 
But this does not mean that we should think too highly of ourselves, 
seeing that we have a God-given responsibility to make all men see what 
is the fellowship of the Mystery. And it is essential that we carry out 
this charge by speaking the truth in love (Eph. 4:15).

While we rejoice that Christ is preached in denominational circles, for 
the most part, they have turned aside from the truth of the Grace 
Message. With this in mind, may I call upon you to unite together with 
us in prayer that there might be one last great awakening of our 
denominational brethren to Paul’s gospel before we are called into 
glory? Remember, God is able“to do exceeding abundantly above all that 
we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.â€

It's SIMPLE!

The Law of Moses is based on a bunch of rules and traditions
man must follow to please God.
Christianity is based on the person of Jesus Christ
and what He accomplished in our place to please God.
It's as simple as that.
*Our Purpose and Mission*
**
*The ministry of "Grace and The Truth" has the purpose of encouraging 
Christians to believe what God says. *
**
*We are dedicated to helping Christians to a fuller knowledge of Him, 
and the Grace of God. Until we all come into the Unity, Ephesians 4:13 
"Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the 
Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the 
fulness of Christ:" *

*OUR COMMISSION IN THE AGE OF GRACE IS:*
**
*2Co 5:16-21 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, 
though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we 
[him] no more. Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new 
creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become 
new. And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by 
Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To 
wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not 
imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word 
of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God 
did beseech [you] by us: we pray [you] in Christ's stead, be ye 
reconciled to God. For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no 
sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. *

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