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Post  Admin on Sat 22 Feb 2014, 9:24 pm

LIBERTY*
*WHO GETS IT? AND HOW? *
*Part 2 of 7*

Thus does His precious blood give us righteous peace about our sins. God 
is well satisfied, and the believer stands clear. But there is more in 
it than being cleared by the blood of Christ. God is now righteously 
free to express to any poor returning prodigal, confessing his sins, all 
the pent-up love of His large and tender heart. The father "ran, and 
fell on his neck, and kissed him." And if the prodigal cannot enter into 
the depth and enormity of his sin against such a God, there is One who 
has done it fully. Yes, Jesus has felt about our sins as they ought to 
be felt about. He has fully confessed them, and voluntarily borne their 
full penalty. His loving heart was "straitened&qu ot; till it was 
"accomplished. " Oh, what a circle of love the repentant sinner is 
brought into! Grace, grace, ALL GRACE! How hateful sin becomes in the 
light of it!

The next two discoveries are of a different character, and are often 
beset with far deeper exercises. They involve our having to face all 
kinds of contradictory experience in ourselves.

Let us then carefully consider the various struggles in this 
EXPERIMENTAL CONFLICT.

It is helpful to see, in the latter part of Romans 7, that the 
experimental struggles and difficulties which characterize the 
undelivered soul are carefully mapped out, and this by one who has been 
brought out of them into the full liberty of the grace of God. You will 
find that the one in this conflict has his eye turned in two 
directions-outward upon God's just claims, the law giving the measure of 
this, whereby he finds what he ought to be for God; and inward upon 
himself, whereby he finds what he really is. God is not known in the 
activities of His precious grace. The renewed soul, while owning the 
righteous claims of God, finds itself totally incapable of meeting them. 
Satan harasses, and the soul is launched into a sea of misery.

Now, this kind of self-examination and legal exercise brings with it two 
serious disappointments. These we hope to consider.

But before speaking of this matter it may be as well to take into 
consideration the source of all disappointments. We must remember that 
there can be no disappointment without expectation; these two are as 
closely bound together as the light of day is with the sun-rising. For 
example, ***For example, a friend asks, * "Did you receive a letter from 
the Sandwich Islands this morning? "

You answer, " No."

"Were you disappointed when the postman passed your door without leaving 
one? "

"No, I was not disappointed, because I did not expect one."

Exactly. Now, had there been even a little expectation, there would have 
been a little disappointment; and similarly, great expectations precede 
great disappointments; but when there is no expectation there can be no 
disappointment.

*DISAPPOINTMENT NO. I. *
*
"I expected," says the poor, tried soul, "that the new birth would put 
everything right within me, and that what was meant by an inward change 
(which I really hoped I had experienced) was my evil nature being 
changed into a good and holy one; and now to find evil still within, as 
bad or even worse than before! How alarming! Can I be real? Was my 
conversion genuine? or my profession then and since only a hollow sham?" 
Such questioning as this, in an earnest soul thoroughly desirous of 
being right with God, is no light matter. God is holy. '"The law is 
spiritual,&# 39; " he says, "and I hoped that I was spiritual too, but I find 
that 'I am carnal, sold under sin.'' ' How depressing! How disappointing!

Now, what is the secret of this first disappointment? The cause is 
twofold; a wrong thought of the true character of our fallen nature, and 
a mistaken idea as to what is really brought about by the new birth.

An illustration from the Old Testament may help us. You will call to 
mind, no doubt, that first incident in the history of Samson, in the 
Book of Judges; how that as he journeyed to the land of the Philistines, 
and drew near to the vineyard of Timnath, a young lion came out, and 
roared at him, and that Samson caught him, and rent him as though he had 
been a kid, leaving him dead by the way-side.

After a time, we read, Samson paid the Philistines a second visit, and 
passing by the same place, he turned to see the carcass of this young 
lion, when, to his surprise, he found that life had entered the dead 
beast----another kind of life---and that something had thereby been 
produced which all the lions in the world could not have produced. You 
will know what I refer to. A swarm of bees had entered the dead carcass, 
and deposited honey there.

Now to apply this figure. When a man is born again, a new life is 
produced in him by the Spirit of God through the instrumentality of the 
Word received by faith---a life and nature as distinct from the old as 
the nature of the bee was distinct from that of the lion; nay, as 
distinct as the fallen human nature is distinct from the divine; for we 
are made "partakers of the divine nature." Moreover, the old is no more 
improved by the impartation of the new than the lion's carcass was by 
the entrance of the bees, or the deposit of the honey. Hear the word of 
the Lord to Nicodemus: "That which is born of the flesh is flesh " (the 
old man, which is corrupt); "and that which is born of the Spirit is 
spirit," John 3 : 6.
* If you are a Christian, *
*you are not a citizen of this world *
*trying to get to heaven;*
* you are a citizen of heaven *
*making your way through this world.*
**
*Vance Havner *

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*LIBERTY*
*WHO GETS IT? AND HOW? *
*Part 1 of 7*
BY GEO. CUTTING

*IT is ever God's way to produce a sense of need in the soul before He 
meets it. No sinner gets the forgiveness of his sins, for example, 
until, as a self-condemned offender, he is brought to feel the need of it.*
*
It was not enough for the prodigal to be needy and hungry; before he was 
induced to take a single step homeward, the cry had to be wrung out of 
him, "I perish with hunger." And so with a new-born soul thirsting for 
liberty; he must not only be brought to wish for it, but be reduced to 
the sense of absolute helplessness, before, by the power of another, he 
is really and experimentally set free.

Take an illustration. A little bird attempts to build his nest in your 
chimney, and, finding himself unable to ascend, comes down, all 
blackened, into your sitting-room. At once he discovers two sets of eyes 
upon him --- your own and the cat's; and his little bosom throbs again 
with fear. You see his real enemy---the cat---and long that he may 
escape unhurt, and with your own hand you act as his deliverer, by 
throwing open the door which leads to liberty. He does not understand, 
however, that you are no enemy, but a true friend, and begins to rush 
here and there in great fright, seeking, in frantic haste, a way of 
escape. From the window to the mantel-piece he quickly dashes; then, 
with a stunning bump, he is back once more at the window; and it is not 
until he can positively do no more, and sinks down through weariness and 
disappointment, that he sees what before he had not noticed, viz., the 
wide-open door, and free access to it. Another moment he is outside, and 
enjoying full liberty. (In that the bird, however, had enjoyed a life of 
liberty before, the illustration falls short.)

Now, undelivered believers may be divided into three classes.

1. The uninstructed class. These know next to nothing of what the word 
of God says about this subject, though they may have felt something of 
the exercises that lead to it.

2. The enlightened class. These could possibly explain, in a very 
orthodox way, the terms of this deliverance, and are yet in such a 
sleepy, self-satisfied moral state that they are quite content with 
knowing the letter of it, while thoroughly destitute of its power. It is 
one thing to be told, by those who have experimentally learnt it, that 
by throwing your head back, keeping your hands beneath the surface, and 
lying quietly on your back in the water, your body will float, and quite 
another thing to find yourself, in ten fathoms deep, putting it into 
practice. We may think we know all about it as we stand on the bank. But 
in the water we must either trust its buoyancy, lie still, and float; 
or, for want of confidence, vainly struggle, and sink.

3. The consciously needy class; and how great their number! Some of 
these have, perhaps, for long years been in perplexity. How often have 
they struggled and sunk, to use our figure. They have buffeted with 
grave difficulties as to their personal state before God, until they 
have become a daily puzzle even to themselves; and you, how 
earnestly!-- - do they long to see their way out of it.

It is for the help of such that these few pages are written. Oh that the 
Lord, in His rich and precious grace, would be pleased to bless it to them!

THREE SOLEMN DISCOVERIES.

There are three great soul-affecting discoveries which every truly 
converted person is sure to make sooner or later.

1. That he has committed sins and offences against a holy God.

2. That not only has he done evil things, but that he is thoroughly 
sinful in himself.

3· That, with true desires to do the right thing, he constantly finds 
himself doing the wrong, and often does the worst when he means the 
best. To put it more briefly----
He is guilty in what he has done.
He is sinful in what he is.
He is helpless in what he feels he ought to do---a slave of sin.

The first difficulty is met when we find that the blessed Son of God has 
been "delivered for our offences," and "raised again for our 
justification, " Rom. 4:25; that He " bare our sins in His own body on 
the tree," I Peter 2: 24; "Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation 
through faith in His blood, to declare His righteous- ness in respect of 
the passing by the sins done aforetime, through the forbearance of God; 
to declare at this time His righteousness: that He might be just, and 
the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus," Rom. 3: 25, 26. Yes, it 
is because" He was wounded for our transgressions, " and "bruised for our 
iniquities;" because "the chastisement of our peace was upon Him ; " 
that "with His stripes we are healed." Isaiah 53:5. "The blood of Jesus 
Christ" God's Son" cleanseth us from all (or every) sin," I John I: 7·

Faith can sing---
"'Tis finished! " cried His suffering soul,
And I my title see;
I was the guilty sinner,
But Jesus died for me."
*THOUGHT TO PONDER*

*Freedom In Trusting God*

*God can be trusted no matter what. We should have an attitude of 
complete faith, for this pleases God. *

*God as our trust because He is not a man that He can lie. He is the God 
of integrity, the only One who can be relied upon at all times. "It is 
better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man" (Psalm118:8) . 
We are let down so many times because we place our trust in man when God 
is the only One who is faithful. "If we are faithless, he will remain 
faithful" (II Timothy 2:13, NIV). Let go and place all of your trust in 
God; He will never fail you. "Let us hold fast the profession of our 
faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised)" (Hebrews 
10:23). *

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*Â Unanswered Prayer: *
*ITS CAUSE AND CURE*
*Part 5 of 5 *
*BY RICHARD JORDAN*

*In the dispensation of grace the will of God is executed through the 
word of God working in the inner man of the believer (I Thess. 2:13). 
The first issue, therefore, in prayer is communion with God over what 
His word says and how it applies to the various situations we face. 
Conscious that He hears and knows our every thought, we thus talk with 
Him about our "every care."*
*
*It is through this pattern of "Pauline Prayer" that we are able to work 
through matters of discernment regarding the application of God's word 
in each area of life. When we thus pray---when we thus pour out our 
hearts to God---there is always an answer:

"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your 
hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." This "tranquilizing " effect of 
prayer enables us to always be sufficient for all things.

The bottom line to prayer in the present dispensation is this: You are 
His child. Talk to Him. Tell Him what's on your heart, how you feel---He 
knows already! Tell Him about your gratitude for what He has done in 
your life. What He wants most from you is YOU! He wants you to grow to 
know Him, so listen to His word and appreciate the reality of His word 
actively working in your life and allowing Him to live through you.

The door into God's presence has been opened to us through the person of 
Jesus Christ. Don't rob yourself of the opportunity of making Ephesians 
3:12 a reality in your experience:

"In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of Him."

In His presence you always have a welcome and hearing!
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* Unanswered Prayer: *
*ITS CAUSE AND CURE*
*Part 3 of 5 *
*BY RICHARD JORDAN*

A further point is that prayer is often seen as a way of obtaining 
financial or material gain. Surprisingly even grace believers can be 
found clinging to this idea.

A passage we all could take more to heart is I Timothy 6:6-8.

"But godliness with contentment is great gain. "For we brought 
nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
"And having food and raiment let us be therewith content."

Read those verses again, will you, and ask yourself: Am I truly content 
with what I have while I am asking for more material things at the same 
time? Can material things bring contentment?

Another underlying motive for many people's prayer life is the desire to 
gain God's favor and blessing by their prayers. By using just the right 
formulas, by employing certain words, by their "much speaking" (Matt. 
6:7) they hope to have God accept and bless them with otherwise 
unattainable benefits.

Such performance- based-acceptance is, of course, the very antithesis of 
grace---of being "blessed with all spiritual blessings" in Christ and 
made "complete in Him." It serves only to reduce prayer to a formula for 
approaching God and gaining His favor, rather than intimate 
communication resulting from our personal relationship with Him through 
Christ Jesus.

Again, too often prayer is seen as a mechanism to either find or change 
God's mind or will. Genuinely sincere people will try to get God's 
leadership and agreement in doing what they want to do---buy this house, 
sell that car, take a certain position, attend a particular event, 
etc.--- praying fervently that God would reveal His will for them in 
such matters.

But, we must ask, hasn't He already revealed His will for us in His 
Word? Hasn't He already equipped us with the capacity for---and 
challenge of---applying His revealed will to the details of our lives?

If, as II Timothy 3:16,17 indicate, the Scripture completely equips us 
"unto all good works," are our feelings, impressions and circumstances 
really means by which we are to receive revelation from God?

Lord God of truth, forgive my multiplied attempts to develop a Christian 
walk by my promises to You. Lord, You know how often I have failed. What 
a joyous option this is — to live by Your promises to me! Please teach 
me how to think and live this way, in Jesus name, Amen.

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*Â Unanswered Prayer: *
*ITS CAUSE AND CURE*
*Part 4 of 5 *
*BY RICHARD JORDAN*

*WHAT PRAYER IS *

*When we understand what prayer really is, it becomes one of our 
greatest spiritual assets. So let's think about what prayer in the 
dispensation of grace is all about.

As children of God we have a personal relationship with Him through 
Jesus Christ. Because of His finished work at Calvary we can approach 
our heavenly Father with "boldness" ; and "confidence, " being assured of 
His unconditional love and acceptance of us "in Christ" (Eph. 3:12). 
This is the basis for all our praying!

In the most basic terms, prayer is simply talking to God. Webster' s 1828 
Dictionary defines prayer as "to pour forth sound or words" and uses 
Lamentations 2:19's "pour out thine heart" as an illustration.

Prayer, then, is pouring out our heart's concerns to God. It is our 
intelligent, personal communion with our heavenly Father; the means by 
which we experience an intimate, personal fellowship with Him.

To view prayer as a means of getting what we want---be it relief from 
guilt, winning acceptance, obtaining material or financial gain, 
etc.---is to fail to genuinely pray. It is, in plain truth, making self 
and things more important and valuable to us than our dear Lord and Savior.

Consider Paul's instructions in Philippians 4:6,7 about this:

"Be careful for nothing:" Our focus is not to be on the cares of this 
life---circumstance s, possessions, feelings, well-being and the like. We 
are to look "not at the things which are seen, but at the things which 
are not seen" (II Cor. 4:18, cf. Col. 3:13).

"But in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your 
requests be made known unto God:" We are invited to enjoy the intimacy 
of fellowship with God as we express to Him the matters of our heart.

When we remember that He knows our every thought we realize we never 
need to ask, "Should I pray about this?" Rather, the path of faith is to 
commune with our heavenly Father over every detail of our life---matters 
about which He is already intimately aware and for which He has supplied 
"instruction in righteousness" for us in His Word.

*It's my prayer that as you turn your thoughts toward the Lord Jesus 
Christ as you pray,
you will be reminded of his calm and quiet.
 As you allow Him to live His Life through you,
 thus directing you in all that may come your way in 2010.
 He makes no mistakes, He has the plan.*
*In His love, grace and grip, Paris *


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 5:16-21Â 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;Â 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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* Unanswered Prayer: *
*ITS CAUSE AND CURE*
*Part 2 of 5 *
*BY RICHARD JORDAN*

The record is clear that the nation Israel rejected her Messiah both in 
His incarnation (Matthew thru John) as well as in His resurrection 
ministry through the Apostles and "little flock" in early Acts. It was 
only then that He raise up a new apostle Paul---and sent him for to 
usher in a new dispensation- --"the dispensation of the grace of God" 
(Eph. 3:1-9, Rom. 16:25, 26, Col. 1:24-26, I Tim. 2:4-7, etc.).

We simply cannot go back to the so-called Four Gospels or the early Acts 
period to find instructions for living in the current dispensation of 
grace. In vain these records will be searched for instructions for the 
Body of Christ.

This is the explanation for the many seeming failures of the Kingdom 
prayer promises. In that program these promises function perfectly. To 
remove them from where God has placed them, to "rob Peter" of his 
program to "pay Paul" with coinage he cannot use, is a blunder without 
equal where the subject of prayer is concerned.

*WHAT PRAYER IS NOT *
*
Prayer is a vital part of every believer' s life. Too many of us, 
however, view prayer as a performance- --as a ritual to make us more 
spiritual or as a means of getting what we want. To turn prayer into a 
method of seeking to manipulate God to be more favorably disposed toward 
us is to not only miss the purpose of prayer altogether but also to 
thwart the grace of God to us in Christ. Thus we need to understand just 
what prayer is not.

For many sincere believers prayer is a way to relieve guilt. Through 
"keeping short accounts with God" by constantly confessing their sins 
and asking for forgiveness, they hope to have Him forgive their sins. 
Rather than relieving the guilt of past failures, however, this in fact 
demonstrates a sad misunder-standing of the finished work of 
Christ---the very basis on which we pray!

Consider just one verse:
"In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, 
according to the riches of his grace" (Eph. 1:7).

Both redemption and forgiveness are found in Christ. In order to be 
redeemed, must we ask Christ to redeem us every day? No! Then why would 
we ask Him to forgive us daily?

The truth is that God's only answer to the guilt of sin is the 
cross-work of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is our faith resting in the 
facts of what Christ has accomplished for us at Calvary that settles the 
sin question and removes the burden of guilt from our shoulders (Rom. 
4:6-8, Col. 2:13; 3:13, etc.).

Prayer should never be motivated by guilt! When we pray "in the name of 
our Lord Jesus Christ" (Eph. 5:20) we are doing far more than simply 
tacking a phrase to the end of our prayers. This is actually an 
expression of a vital understanding: that we have no righteousness of 
our own by which we can approach God but that Jesus Christ has given us 
His righteousness- --and this is the source of our confidence in speaking 
to our heavenly Father. This is the very basis of our prayer.

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*Unanswered Prayer: *
*ITS CAUSE AND CURE*
*Part 1 of 5 *
*BY RICHARD JORDAN *

Prayer is one of the most asked about subjects in the Christian life. 
Instinctively we know about it, yet experientially we face question 
after question: If God knows all my needs, why should I pray? Can I 
change God's mind or my circumstances through prayer? Is it enough to 
pray only once or should I pray persistently for the same thing? How can 
I be sure God hears my prayers? How does God answer my prayers-and why 
does He not answer them?
Â
We pray. We know we should. But questions like these haunt our minds. We 
pray about our fears, anxieties, problems, joys, wishes, dreams---yet 
often it seems the heavens are brass; God is silent and it seems "no one 
cares for me." Prayer becomes confusing, a burden and a cruel mockery.
*
*THE BASIC PROBLEM *
*
The fundamental fallacy in the prayer arena comes from a failure to 
"rightly divide the word of truth," namely: the claiming of prayer 
promises that have nothing to do with the dispensation in which we live, 
but belong rather to a program which God Himself has interrupted and is 
temporarily holding in abeyance.

For those who fail to recognize the distinctive ministry and message 
committed to the Apostle Paul, the topic of prayer poses a difficult and 
perplexing uncertainty. Consider the prayer promises made during our 
Lord's earthly ministry:
 "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; 
knock, and it shall be opened unto you;
 "For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh 
findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened" (Matt. 7:7,8).

 "Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on 
earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for 
them of my Father which is in heaven" (Matt. 18:19).
 "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, 
believing, ye shall receive" (Matt. 21:22).
"And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, 
that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
 "If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it" 
(John 14:13,14).
Wonderful promises, indeed!! But who among us does not know the 
disappointment, confusion and heartache of claiming one of these 
promises and having it seemingly fail. That's why we develop theological 
"gimmicks" ; to explain away the seeming failures. The fact is, however, 
that these promises do not work for us because they do not apply to our 
dispensation.
For even a casual Bible student nothing could be clearer than the fact 
that our Lord came as "a minister of the circumcision for the truth of 
God to confirm the promises made unto [Israel' s} fathers" (Rom. 15:8). 
He proclaimed the "gospel of the kingdom" long promised to Israel and 
declared:
.....I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house 
of Israel" (Matt. 15:24).

This is why, in His first great commission to the Twelve, He commanded 
them:
 ... Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any 
city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of 
the house of Israel" (Matt. 10:5,6).
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These verses need to be faced honestly so they have their full impact: 
the simple fact is that the prayer promises made by our Lord during His 
earthly ministry have nothing to do with the dispensation of grace or 
the Body of Christ.

Lord Jesus, You are my indwelling treasure. When pressures, 
perplexities, persecutions, or catastrophes come my way, teach me to 
trust in You. When others ask how I am sustained through these 
difficulties, remind me to give all glory and honor to You. In Your name 
I pray, Amen.

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*Do I Know Him?*
*by Anabel Gillham*
*
My determined purpose is that I may know Him, that I may progressively 
become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him . . . . 
Philippians 3:10 AMP

Campbell McAlpine makes these observations:

"You cannot love someone you do not know."

"It is imperative to establish beyond all doubt that the supreme focus 
of our thought and study (and action)-the deepest desire of our hearts, 
is a personal knowledge of a personal God."

Knowledge cannot be my goal; knowledge makes one arrogant (I Cor. 8:1), 
puffed up, and offensive. The purpose of my dedication must be singular: 
To know Jesus Christ and God, His Father.

Humanly speaking, how does a person come to know someone? By spending 
time with that person, confiding in him, allowing him to see you in all 
situations-confiden t of his acceptance of you. And, the closer and 
longer you live together, the better you will know each other. As you 
listen compassionately, understanding as best you can, trying to help 
that person observe logically, deny guilt, comprehend the facts of the 
matter, just spending time with that person, the closer you will become 
in your relationship.

Of course, God knows me completely, but He always has time to sit down 
and listen to me--with understanding and compassion; He won't preach at 
me; He won't have ten answers ready to blurt out before I even finish 
talking, He will just listen. Doesn't that sound wonderful? Do you have 
anyone like that in your life? I doubt that you do. Listening has almost 
become a lost art. In a survey of hundreds of married women, this is the 
#1 need in their lives: "Husband, listen to me." And, as the wife gives 
that same attention to her husband, his need for praise, edification, 
and authority will be met. And, as we listen, we come to know each 
other, our innermost thoughts, our dreams, our hurts, our desires, our 
standards.

How do I listen to God? How do I come to know Him?

Reflection:
Lord, I long to know You better. I realize that this deep desire will be 
fulfilled as I spend time with just You. That doesn't mean having my 
Bible open in front of me at all times. It means being together, 
talking, laughing, crying, observing, walking leisurely holding hands. I 
don't want to read my Bible to meet the goal of "reading through the 
Bible this year;" I don't want to spend hours to impress others with my 
Bible knowledge; I don't want to have a disciplined time of study so I 
can check it off as an accomplished goal. No. I want to spend time with 
You because I want to know You and all Your intricacies. You have very 
painstakingly told me all about Yourself in Your Word, having others 
record Your innermost thoughts and Your visions. I read what they have 
recorded and then You and I talk about it-sitting out in the swing, 
working on the lawn, washing the dishes. We simply talk. We spend time 
together. You know me. I want to know You. I love you, Lord.

The Lord says: Let not the wise man bask in his wisdom, nor the mighty 
man in his might, nor the rich man in his riches. Let them boast in this 
alone: That they truly know Me . . . . Jeremiah 9:23

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Paul, the Pattern -- His Conversion
by Pastor C. R. Stam

No conversion in sacred history is given so much attention as 
that of St. Paul. Besides the many references to it, we find three 
detailed accounts of it in the book of Acts. As Saul of Tarsus, the 
learned Pharisee, he had led his nation and the world in rebellion 
against God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

St. Luke says: “As for Saul, he made havock of the church” (Acts 8:3). 
The believers at Damascus feared Saul’s presence among them, saying: “Is 
not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem?” 
(Acts 9:21). Paul himself later testified:“Many of the saints did I shut 
up in prison…and when they were put to death, I gave my voice [vote] 
against them” (Acts 26:10).“…beyond measure I persecuted the church of 
God, and wasted it [laid it waste]” (Gal.1:13).

There must have been an important reason why God saved this rebel 
leader. Clearly it was that He might make Paul, not only the herald, but 
the living example of “the exceeding riches of His grace” to sinners. 
Paul himself said:

“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord…for…putting me into the ministry; who 
was before A BLASPHEMER, AND A PERSECUTOR, AND INJURIOUS: but I obtained 
mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. AND THE GRACE OF OUR 
LORD WAS EXCEEDING ABUNDANT….This is a faithful saying, and worthy of 
all acceptation, that CHRIST JESUS CAME INTO THE WORLD TO SAVE SINNERS, 
OF WHOM I AM CHIEF. HOWBEIT FOR THIS CAUSE I OBTAINED MERCY, THAT IN ME 
FIRST JESUS CHRIST MIGHT SHOW FORTH ALL LONG SUFFERING, FOR A PATTERN TO 
THEM WHICH SHOULD HEREAFTER BELIEVE ON HIM TO LIFE EVERLASTING” 
(ITim.1:12-16) .

*

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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*MERCIFULLY MASTERED *
*By Miles Sanford*
*

"But though He cause grief, yet will He have compassion according to the 
multitude of His mercies" (Lam. 3:32).

We are going to discover that our Father's grace and mercy shine 
brightest against the darkness of the daily Cross.

"We make a most serious mistake, when, in any time of need or pressure, 
we turn to the creature for help or sympathy. We are sure to be 
disappointed. Our Father will allow us to prove the vanity and folly of 
all creature-confidence s, human hopes, and earthly expectations. And on 
the other hand, He will prove to us, in the most touching and personal 
manner, the truth and blessedness of His own Word, 'They shall not be 
ashamed that wait for Me' (Isa. 49:23). No, never! He, blessed be His 
name, never fails a trusting heart. He cannot, nor would He, deny 
Himself. He delights to take occasion from our needs, our woes and 
weaknesses, to express and illustrate His tender care and loving 
kindness, in a thousand ways." -C.H.M.

"Our Father is 'a very present help in trouble.' We may be sure that He 
who permits the suffering is with us in it. He was even in Christ, 
reconciling the world unto Himself (2 Cor. 5:19). It may be that we 
shall see Him only when the trial is past; but we must dare to believe 
that He never leaves the crucible."

"What a melancholoy reflection it is upon our old man that we have to be 
'shut up' to all the mercies of our Father! If we could evade them and 
cheat ourselves of them, notwithstanding their gracious freedom, we 
would. The Father is still shutting men up to faith. It should be 
natural for us to trust Him, but it is not. Our Father must employ 
severe measures to reduce us to despair and root us out of our 
self-confidence and self-righteousness. All of heaven's wisdom is 
brought to bear upon us to confess that our 'help cometh from the Lord.' 
"---L.E. M.

"That He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of 
mercy" (Rom. 9:23).


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THERE IS BUT ONE FAITH FOR THE BODY
PART 5 of 5
CONCLUSION
By Pastor Byron Richardson

Due to the dismal situation which existed in the Corinthian church, God
permitted its constituents to speak in unintelligible tongues, but only
in a restricted sense (1 Cor. 13:8; 14:27-31). This was because of their
raw paganism and their shallow spiritual perception. The Lord often used
this same strategy, rather as a rebuke than as a commendation (Matt.
19:8~ Luke 19:22) .

Sometimes God's choicest saints prefer Satan's lie to God's truth, as
did Peter (Matt. 16:21-23; Acts 10:14). Immediately after making a bold
declaration Peter reversed his position completely. His Kingdom
aspirations were blasted by the Lord's prophecy concerning His death and
resurrection, of which He had spoken on several occasions (Mark
9:10,31-32; Jno. 10:6; 12:32-34; 20:9).

From this account we can appreciate somewhat the high value which, God
places upon His infallible Word (Psa. 138:2; Matt. 4:4). God is 
jealous for His Word. He must defeat Satan's attacks upon it, even when 
they are made by His most intimate servants.

Admission into the New Covenant heavenly Kingdom, which leads to the 
New Jerusalem, is predicated upon the New Birth. Its prospective 
terminus is
the General Assembly, which is not the Body (Luke 23:42; Jno. 3:3,5,16;
Acts 20:28; Heb. 12:23). Overcomers from the General Assembly in the New
Jerusalem will become the Church of the Firstborn which consists of the
Kingdom of Priests. This prophesied Church could not be the Mystery Body
Church (Matt. 16:18). Neither could it be the Pentecostal (Kingdom)
Church, which will be confined to the New Earth, and will not have
access to the New Jerusalem.

As stated, some members of the New Covenant' s Church of the Firstborn
will be entitled to the extra privilege of becoming Kings and Priests
unto God by performing meritorious works (Matt. 19:28-29; 1 Cor.
10:1,4-10; Heb. 3:17). Peter's John's and Hebrews epistles persistently
pursue the New Covenant, but not the Body or the earthly Kingdom of
Heaven (1 Pet. 1:3,18-19,23; 1 Jno. 1:4-5,7).

Under the New Covenant our Lord bequeathed His abiding Peace to His
disciples. But, in the Body HE is our Peace personified (Jno. 14:27;
Eph. 2:14). The latter is that Peace of God which exceeds all human
comprehension. It cannot be produced by, or prevented by man's
ingenuity. This is positive proof that definite increases in benefits
are bestowed upon the Body over and above those of the New Covenant.
>
To neglect or to deny these progressive factors would prove disastrous
to the whole tenor of God's planned economy. All the fulness of the
Godhead dwells in the Son (Col. 2:9-10). He then is the ONE unspeakable
GIFT which surmounts all other good and perfect gifts, and which exclude
all boasting (Rom. 3:27; 5:17; 7:18; 8:32; 1 Cor. 1:26-31; 15:10; Gal.
6:] In the Body He is God's incomparable GIFT appropriated by Faith
alone (2 Cor. 9:15).

*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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THERE IS BUT ONE FAITH FOR THE BODY
PART 4 of 6
By Pastor Byron Richardson

According to Paul's Gospel, human faith is mediocre as with the Faith
which is granted to us as a free Gift (Eph. 2:8). This substitutive type
of Faith is potent enough to make God's Righteousness ours as a free
GIFT (Rom. 5:17; 9:30; 1 Cor. 1:30; 2 Cor. 5:21; Phil. 3:9). The kind of
faith imputed under the New Covenant results in a lesser position than
does that under the Body. The superior Faith allocated to the Body is
not imputed faith, as it is under the New Covenant, but it is a
substituted Faith (1 Jno. 5:4).
>
Most evangelists expect outbursts of emotion to accompany regenerative
experiences. Many converts become disturbed because their initial
impressions did not meet their expectations. They came to them as a
still small voice, rather than in an earth shaking tumult (1 Kings
19:11-12). First contacts with the Gospel often are mild and
disappointing. The twelve Apostles were called into service without
ostentation. There is no record that Paul's converts responded with
hilarity.
>
When Nicodemus was convicted of his spiritual need there was no
spectacular display of either agony or ecstasy. Spiritual relationships
are established when one changes ones attitudes and views toward
spiritual matters. No outward signs of emotion are required for entering
into the fellowship, either of the New Covenant or the Body. Such
demonstrations belong to Israel and the earthly Kingdom.
>
A full response and commitment to the truths presented are all that is
needed. Outward testimonials of an internal, abiding power and peace
usually appear gradually, as each candidate grows in Grace and knowledge
of truth. The Word is like a planted seed, which generates, sprouts,
buds and blossoms in order to produce fruit, flower or foliage.
>
Portions of the so-called Gospels, Acts, James and Revelation do exhibit
signs and fleshly manifestations. However, all
of them are associated directly with the earthly Kingdom of Heaven for
Israel. They have no privity with the New Covenant or the Body.
>
Some of these visible Kingdom demonstrations are: healings, visions,
dreams etc. (Acts 9:3~ 12:7~ 16:9). Under Grace most believers begin
their new life in an unassuming manner, and proceed on their spiritual
path without much fanfare. God works in decency and order in this matter
also. However, emotionalism does play an important part in our spiritual
experiences later. No thrills can equal those which come through God's
Word and the Holy Spirit.

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:"


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THERE IS BUT ONE FAITH FOR THE BODY
PART 3 of 6
By Pastor Byron Richardson

The quality of Faith varies proportionately with the amount of
revelation available in each dispensation. We search in vain for
evidence to corroborate our erroneous assumption that the faithful from
every dispensation are eligible to dwell in the Heaven of Heavens. The
New Covenant opened the door to the New Heaven only.
>
Furthermore, we were surprised to learn that no part of Heaven became
available to Israel, until the Apostle John opened it to them under the
New Covenant (Jno. 1:12, 29; 3:16; 14:2-3; 20:31; 1 Jno, 3:1), Even then
the prospect was only a heavenly City. All segments of God's plan must
be reconciled, or we shall be vulnerable to Satan's vicious attacks upon
the truth, caused by ignorance of God's Word.
>
This particular brand of Faith may be cited as the very essence of
divine Faith, It exceeds all human faith, which can be measured by human
deportment. Such limited faith tends to vacillate considerably. God's
innate Faith is constant, and it is not subject to man's estimation.
>
Certain saints express more faith than do others, who are less saturated
with the Word rightly divided (2 Cor. 10:13). This vicarious Faith is
the same in kind to each recipient, but it differs materially in degree
from person to person. The results depend upon individual responses
(Rom, 12:1).
>
God imparts His own Faith through His Word illuminated by the Holy
Spirit (Rom. 10:17; 12:3), In this unilateral transaction God's
intrinsic Faith displaces human faith, when it is permitted to do so.
>
God is the author of all types of faith which have been dispensed in all
eras (Heb. 12:2). He bestows unprecedented Faith upon the Body, over and
above that of the New Covenant. Such superb Faith cannot be questioned,
since it is God's perfect Faith bestowed as a legacy. As stated, this
Faith is conferred upon the Body in proportion to each member's ability
and willingness to assimilate His Word (Rom. 10:17) It is not imputed to
members of the Body, as it is under the New Covenant. It is transferred
to that select group without any change in its original character and
intrinsic value.

*

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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THERE IS BUT ONE FAITH FOR THE BODY
PART 2 of 6
By Pastor Byron Richardson

Water baptisms were Mosaic purification ceremonies, many of which were
associated with the Priesthood of Israel. It also extended into other
areas as well (2 Chron. 30:17-18; Mark 7:4; Jno. 2:6; 11:55). This part
of the Law has been transferred by some into the New Covenant, and even
into the Body. Baptismal regeneration as practiced by John the Baptist,
Peter at Pentecost and other Kingdom adherents has invaded modern
Christendom, thereby adding to the confusion.

For centuries orthodox religions have tried to establish, extend,
advance, build and bring in the Kingdom. Nearly every church had adopted
this as its objective. This strong impulse comes from prior ages which
stressed good works, instead of the Grace of the New Covenant or the
Body. This is but another flagrant case of inserting extraneous issues,
which sabotage God's orderly processes.
>
We should shun even the slightest deviations from truth, however
innocent they might appear to be. The Seven-fold Unity should be our
constant guide and stay. By neglecting this precious heritage we could
be guilty of perpetuating legalism without being aware of it, or of its
consequences.

Our Lord will not reign over the earth for only a thousand years, which
is but a day in God's sight (Kingdom of Heaven). His final rule will
extend over the entire universe in perpetuity (Isa. 9:7; Dan. 4:3; Luke
1:32-33; Heb. 1:8; Rev. 11:15). It should be obvious that the earthly
Kingdom of Heaven (Millennium) , the heavenly New Covenant Kingdom and
the Kingdom of God are among things that differ. The Kingdom of Heaven
(Millennium) will be stationed in the present world, but it will not be
of this world (Jno. 17:14; 18:36).

The ONE Faith as stated in our text is the only Faith which has been
designated as a free GIFT (Gal. 2:20; Eph. 2:8). This astounding fact is
found only in Paul's writings. Such Faith cannot be earned, measured,
equated, produced, reduced or mixed with other kinds. We are of the
opinion that this Faith inures to the sole benefit of members of the
Body, since only Paul mentions it.

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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THERE IS BUT ONE FAITH FOR THE BODY
PART 1 of 6
By Pastor Byron Richardson

Faith is another spiritual element which might need some elucidation. On
its face it might appear that only one kind of faith has been dispensed
among men. That would be impossible, since all have not heard and
believed the same report ( Rom. 10: 14) .

Surely, no one would claim that Noah's faith, as strong as it was, could
equal the abounding faith which Paul delivered, and which is God's own
unlimited transmitted Faith. Even Peter's faith could not measure up to
this kind of Faith. James referred to a diluted type of faith, as
compared even with Peter's faith (Jas. 4:6; 1 Pet. 3:18). The Unity of
Faith will lead eventually to the fulness of Christ (Eph. 4:13).

Faith, as we know it from Paul, did not exist among men before it was
revealed to him (Rom. 1:17; Gal. 3:23, 25). Faith, which was exercised
by the patriarchs was acceptable for them, but it was of a relatively
reduced quality when compared with Paul's Faith.

Paul pursued some earthly Kingdom tenets for a short while after he
acquired knowledge of the New Covenant (Acts 28:8). This he did to
vindicate his claim to Apostleship. Also, he accepted the earthly
Kingdom environment into which he was introduced. Acts does not reflect
the Body anywhere, and it contains little relating to the New Covenant.

Redemptive Blood is mentioned only once in Acts (20:24). Justification
also is referred to once (13:39). We should not expect to find much
Grace in a Kingdom oriented book (13:43; 15:11; 18:27; 20:24). We must
realize that Faith and Grace have existed since Abel, but that they have
increased steadily since then (Gen. 6:8; Jno. 1:17; Rom. 5:2; Titus 2:
11; Heb. 4:16; 11:4; 1 Pet. 4:10).

Paul did not compromise when he followed contemporary Kingdom teachings.
Acts bridges the gap between Israel's earthly Kingdom of Heaven, and her
heavenly New Covenant Kingdom, but not the Body. For the sake of the
Jews Paul did things which might be questioned under Grace (Acts 16:1-3;
21:20-26; 28:8). Every vestige of the earthly Kingdom of Heaven vanished
in his prison epistles, but New Covenant principles remained as the
basis for his teaching.
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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*GOD'S SOVEREIGNTY AND CHRIST'S COMING*
*By Pastor Paul Hume*

*Scripture Reading: John 14:1-3; Phil. 3:20-21; Tit. 2:13*
**
*Jesus Christ IS coming again! This has been heralded during the past 
sixty to seventy years as it never has been since the first century in 
the days of the Apostles. The great recovery of what we sometimes call 
"premillennial truth" has brought this about. This blessed truth of the 
soon-return of the Lord Jesus has filtered through churches of many 
denominations including the rise of independent churches. How we bless 
God for those who not only are truly saved--regardless of human labels 
-- but who also "love His appearing." *
**
*When will Christ come? No man knows! Concerning His second coming to 
the earth, our Lord declared: "But of that day and that hour knoweth 
no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the 
Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: "for ye know not when the time is" 
(Mark 13:32-33). Hence, all of His exhortations concerning His second 
coming at the close of the Great Tribulation were based on the fact that 
His coming would be "like a thief in the night" (Matt. 24: 36-51). This 
will be due to the fact that "those days should be shortened" (Matt. 
24:22; see Dan. 12:11-13).*
**
*When will Christ come for "the church, which is His body?" Again, no 
man knows. For we believe that since this Mystical Body of Christ is a 
separate and complete program in itself and unrelated to the prophetic 
program of God (although there is an ultimate inter-relation between the 
two in the ages to come, I believe), that there will be what some have 
rightly termed a "secret rapture" for this church. This rapture 
("catching away"-- I Thes. 4:17; "calling on high"-- Phil. 3:14; being 
"received up into glory" -- I Tim. 3:16) will take place before the 
prophetic program is on the stage of world history again. Just as we 
begin to see signs of the approaching Christmas Season early in the Fall 
but hear or see nothing about Thanksgiving until November is reached; so 
we are beholding signs of Christ's second coming to earth now. How much 
nearer must the conclusion of this blessed "dispensation of the mystery" 
be! The time is His secret! Being saved and ready is our responsibility! 
Are you?*

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*Hardwired for Triumph*
*By Steve McVey*
Biotechnology teaches us that our DNA is a blueprint of who we are as 
physical beings. All of your physical features are nothing less than an 
expression of the programming that existed in your DNA from the moment 
you were conceived. DNA defines your physical nature.

In the same way, the Bible teaches that you have a spiritual nature. 
When you received the life of Jesus Christ, your nature was transformed. 
The Bible says that you became "a partaker of the divine nature" (2 
Peter 1:4). You might say that you received a GNA, with the G standing 
for "God." His life became yours. That makes you different from most 
people.

Your life pulsates with divine power because of the presence of 
Jesus Christ within you. At the core of your being, you are hardwired 
for triumph because God "always causes (you) to triumph in Christ Jesus" 
(2 Corinthians 2:14). Christ is in you and will live His life through 
you. What greater assurance of victory can a person have?

The Apostle Paul affirmed, "I can do all things through Christ who 
strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13). Jesus Christ is your strength, your 
wisdom (see 1 Corinthians 1:30), and your assurance of victory in life. 
(See 1 Corinthians 15:57) You don't have to go through life with a 
defeated attitude. When you recognize and rest in who you really are, 
things can change!

Christians aren't who we used to be. It is important for us to 
understand that or we will be held back by the debilitating mind set of 
our old life. The person you were before you met Christ died. (See 
Galatians 2:20) You are now a brand new person (see 2 Corinthians 
5:17)who is capable of dreaming new dreams and living a life you could 
have never lived without Christ.

"According to your faith be it unto you," Jesus told one man who 
desperately needed to see his circumstances change. (See Matthew 9:29) 
Christ wanted to do something wonderful in this blind man's life, but it 
was necessary for the man to trust Him.

The foundation for your optimism is Jesus Christ. Faith in Him is 
the conduit through which He is able to pour out into your life all the 
good He has planned for you to be, to have and to do. It all boils down 
to one simple question: Do you believe that God wants you to experience 
and enjoy His blessings or not?

As you look down the path that lies ahead for you, do you anticipate 
good things from God? Do you expect things to become better or 
worse? Make no mistake about it - what we believe about God's working in 
our lives in this arena has an inestimable effect on how we move ahead 
and what we will experience and enjoy in the coming days.

Israel wandered in the wilderness for 40 years, when the journey from 
Egypt to Canaan should have taken only 11 days. Why did it take them so 
long to enter into the Promised Land? The Bible says, "they were notable 
to enter because of unbelief' (Hebrews 3:19). With paradise only 11 days 
away, they lived in self-imposed misery for 40 years, all because they 
refused to believe God.

How long have you wandered in circles? Maybe, like Israel, you've been 
in the wilderness for many years. God says through Isaiah that it's time 
for you to accept and appropriate good news. Get ready, good news has 
arrived. Your Father is bringing you out of the wilderness.

Will you believe God? You aren't like those in the world, outside of 
Christ. You have an anointing by the enabling grace of Christ within you 
to live a supernatural life. Will you accept and appropriate the good 
news? Will you lay hold on the hope of fulfilling the God given dreams 
of your heart? Trust Him and watch the great things He will accomplish!

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.


"There are many dangerous trends pulling folks away from true Bible 
Christianity. Many of the newer philosophies of ministry employ methods 
that are wholly carnal. Some have adopted objectives that have not one 
line of Scripture to support them, and some employ conduct that differs 
little from the world. "

----Tozer
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THE HIGHEST EXPRESSION OF FAITH*
by C. R. Stam*
 In Rom. 8:26 we read what our hearts must often confess to be true:

"...We know not what we should pray for as we ought..."

But the Apostle hastens to explain that the Spirit makes intercession 
for us according to the will of God, adding:

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love 
God, to them who are the called according to His purpose" (Rom. 8:28).

Believers may not receive whatever they ask for in the darkness of this 
age, but

"God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having 
all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work" (II Cor. 9:8).

We may not receive whatever we ask for, but by His grace we may have so 
much more than this, that the Apostle, in contemplating it, breaks forth 
in a doxology:

"Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we 
ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

"Unto Him be glory in the Church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, 
world without end. Amen" (Eph. 3:20,21).

In the light of all this the highest expression of faith today is found 
in the words of Paul in Phil. 4:6,7:

"Be careful [anxious] for nothing -- but in everything -- by prayer and 
supplication -- with thanksgiving -- let your requests be made known 
unto God -- and..."

"And" what?

"And whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive" ?

NO!!

"...and the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep 
[garrison] your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Â

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*THOUGHT FOR THIS WEEK*

*"CHRIST IS ALL"Â the covering principle of this Book of Colossians, 
let's look at the following verses: "That in all things He might have 
the preeminence" (1:18); "In Him should all fulness dwell" (1:9); "In 
Whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (2:3); "In Him 
dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily" (2:9); "In Him, which is 
the Head of all principality and power" (2:10); "Christ is all and in 
all" (3:11). I am sure we all can sing with Charles Wesley, "Thou, O 
Christ, art all I want, more than all in Thee I find." *

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*Why Do l *
*Exist? *
*Part 1 of 2*
*By Bill Gillham*
*

D0 you remember, the story of Pinocchio? I recalled enough of it to 
suspect a parallel between Pinocchio and us, so I picked the book up at 
the library. Sure enough, Geppetto lovingly fashioned Pinocchio for 
fellowship with him and poured his sacrificial love on to him. But, 
Pinocchio rebelled against his creator and authored a declaration of 
independence; he did things his way. He is aptly called a "dummy" and 
humans who think that living in rebellion against our Creator are as 
well. In the end Pinocchio was transformed and became his creator' s 
precious son. We all have a lot in common with 'ol Pinocchio. Ultimately 
he said, "How ridiculous I was when I was a puppet! And how glad I am 
that I have become a well behaved [son]."

Have you ever pondered a question such as the title of this article, Why 
Do I Exist? We exist for the same reasons that Pinocchio was fashioned 
by his creator. God lovingly recreated you for His own pleasure and He 
is so proud of His handiwork. Now He wants you to bring honor ("glory" 
is the biblical term) to His name (His reputation). You can identify 
with that. How did you feel when you first saw your child, that you 
helped bring into the world? Proud enough to take pictures and show them 
to your friends, I'll bet! How did you acquire that trait? You got it 
from our Father. God has a special feeling for His kids, and He has 
passed that trait along to you.

Can you imagine how proud He was as He recreated you in Christ (Eph. 
2:1O)? Imagine Him holding you when you were born into His 
forever-family and showing you to all the angels. I like to think of Him 
as a proud daddy (Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:6), with a grin from ear to ear 
which says, "Look what I did!" You think this is a far-fetched idea? No 
way! If you, an earthly parent, experience such a self-sacrificing love 
for your kids, consider how much greater the Father's love is for you 
(Heb.12:10). You have never given up your only son that you might give 
birth to another child (much less one who insists on squirming out of 
your lap so he might live in rebellious independence like Pinocchio).

How fathomless is His love for you; and oh, how wrong are those people 
who believe the Father harbors hostility towards His recreated children; 
that He will one day humiliate us publicly for our sins as if they were 
not under the blood. What a grotesque image Satan has sold to some of us 
about our relationship to our Father. Indeed, some Christians have such 
a wrong view of Him that they feel He scowIs at the mention of their 
name. Many in Christ even fear the very thing Christ has conquered ... 
death. They cling to planet earth as if they prefer it over being with 
Jesus. It would seem their attitude is I'm sure I enjoy a greater 
happiness here than I ever could with You, Jesus. I have so much to live 
for.

Look at that... Pinocchio still lives, gang!

God created you in His image, and since He is Spirit so are you. You are 
a spirit-critter who lives in an earthsuit that will age some seventy 
years (give or take a few years)and then it dies and the spirit -critter 
ejects. All dead spirit-critters will eject to exist in the realm of 
darkness forever; live spirit-critters will eject to live in heaven with 
Jesus. If you are in Christ, you will never die; only your body will die.

Both the lost and the saved have a human nature. Although the terms 
human nature and sin nature are eons apart, some believe that they are 
synonyms! Ever heard a Christian say, "My human nature took over and I 
sinned" ? That's wrong thinking. To have a human nature is not bad, it's 
good! Let's reason together about that. .. Jesus had a human nature 
(Phil. 2:7). Adam was created with a human nature. So it can't be bad to 
have one. Without a human nature you could never have been recreated in 
Christ. Think about it: gorillas do not have that privilege.

*Dear Father, how precious *
*that You chose us, *
*and that we are your *
*workmanship, *
*and You have given us *
*a new nature in Christ. *
*And our home is at the*
*right hand of God *
*in Christ Jesus. Amen
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*Why Do l *
*Exist? *
*Part 2 of 2*
*By Bill Gillham*
*

The word nature means the basic characteristics of something. Birds have 
a flying nature; hogs have a mud-wallowing nature. Let's examine a few 
of the characteristics of a human nature. Humans are comprised of 
spirit, soul (personality) , and body; we have needs in each of these 
three areas which motivate us toward realizing that Christ alone is the 
only trustworthy Source of our supply. But look, the world has taught us 
"Pinocchio&quo t; philosophy: that we must be our own source.

Let's examine a few of your human needs. The Creator implanted in your 
spirit the basic need to know God. He created your mind with the need to 
have understanding and peace; your will needs the freedom to choose; 
your emotions need to experience loving and being loved; your body needs 
gratification of its various appetites. Although this is not an 
exhaustive list, these needs are part of your human nature; all of them 
are godly and good. The rub is that the devil is trying to get you to 
satisfy them by rebelling against your Creator and "doing it your way", 
just like Pinocchio, which brings us to the topic of the sin nature.

Only "un-recreated& quot; humans have a sin nature. Your sin nature was 
crucified in Christ (Rom. 6:6). Although it's true that we all were 
originally born with a sin nature, new creations in Christ no longer 
have one. Satan creates much confusion about the meaning of the term sin 
nature. The sin nature's basic characteristics can be summed up by this 
attitude: Jesus, You are a party pooper and I refuse to let You control 
me. I run my life. I have needs which I want to fulfill my way; way; I 
have the right to go where I want to go and do what I want to do. I do 
things my way. You will readily see that new creatures in Christ no 
longer have this sin nature. Granted we sin, but we do not yearn to live 
like that.

Christians have a new nature; we are "partakers of the divine nature" (2 
Pet. 1:4). We were reborn in Christ as new spirit-critters (2 Cor. 
5:17). We are now spirit, sons and daughters of the living God 
(Jn.1:12). Our spiritual characteristics have been radically changed. We 
died in one kingdom and were born into another. The indisputable 
evidence of your new nature is a deep yearning, an inner longing to obey 
Jesus Christ, to please Him, to hunger for an intimate, loving 
relationship with Him. Self-examination before the Lord will reveal this 
to be true for all new creations in Christ. This longing is a thirst 
which can only be slaked by the indwelling Spirit of Christ Himself.

Think about it. These things being true, you and I can now snuggle up to 
the God of the entire universe - without fear- as the loving Dad that He 
is to us. My Father delights in me since I am "without spot or blemish," 
forever in His presence and favor because of Christ's finished work. I 
am "the righteousness of God in Christ," a partaker of [His] divine 
nature." I am holy; my sins are forgiven, gone ... my guilt has 
vanished. There is nothing that can prevent my spending the rest of my 
earthly life, as well as eternity, in intimate union with God (CoI. 
2:2-3 ). The coast is clear! The way has been paved! The glory of such 
truth! I am totally, unconditionally loved by my Creator! Think about 
it: "Pinocchio&quo t; has repented and now experiences life ... life abundant. 
" ... Through [His] death He [rendered] powerless him who had the power 
of death ... the devil; and [delivered] those who through fear of death 
were subject to slavery all their lives" (Heb. 2:14-15). Death? Fear 
death? Are you kidding? "Come on death; your teeth have been pulled. You 
don't scare me one whit. I am alive! It's impossible for me to die!"

So "Why You Exist?" It can be summed up in three words ... TO GLORIFY 
GOD (Rom. 15:6, 1 Peter 4:15). Does your lifestyle demonstrate a pursuit 
of that worthy goal? If not, you are missing your purpose. You and I 
have been lovingly recreated and abundantly endowed with grace and favor 
at the cost of Jesus' life, By this we are now equipped (and indeed 
yearn) to spend our lives bringing honor to His blessed name (reputation) .

Any Christian who walks in the truths described above simply has to talk 
about it. He would feel like he would pop if he couldn't praise the Lord 
or share his joy with others as the Holy Spirit leads. He's like "Old 
Faithful;" he has to erupt regularly to release the river of Living 
Water within. When he does, those with eyes to see will glorify God. 
Listen, folks don't travel to Old Faithful to give honor to a hole in 
the ground, but to see the fountain which pours forth from that hole. 
The Holy Spirit is a tour guide who brings travelers into contact I with 
you so you can honor the Fountain Who is in you by letting Him live 
through you, Christian.

Why do you exist? You exist to glorify God. Are you pursuing this ... or 
are you playing Pinocchio?

*..YOU AND I CAN*
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*TEACHING THE TRUTH *
*GIVEN TO NEW TESTAMENT CHURCHES *
*PART 2 OF 3*
*By Pastor E.R. Campbell*
*

The fourth period covers the span from the resurrection of Jesus Christ 
unto the miraculous saving and commissioning of Paul as the Apostle of 
the Church (Acts 9:1-17). During this period of time the Twelve Apostles 
were offering the Messianic Kingdom to the nation of Israel with its 
accompanying sign gifts (Acts 3:18-26). Continuous resistance to their 
message culminated in the death of Stephen, the epitome of their 
rejection of Christ and His Kingdom, and the point at which God began to 
reveal the distinctly new unprophesied Church. The message in the early 
chapters of Acts up to the public ministry of the Apostle Paul (Acts 
11:26) primarily pertains to the offer and extension of the earthly 
Kingdom and not the Church. Grievous error results, which is very 
inconsistent with Paul's later epistles, when Church doctrine is based 
on these early chapters.

The fifth period covers the span from the beginning of Paul's public 
ministry to the final laying aside of the nation of Israel (Acts 11:26; 
13:9, 13; 28:26-28). During this period Paul was still preaching the 
Gospel first to the Jews (Acts 13:14-41; 14: 1; 17:1-3, 10, 17; Rom. 
1:16). At this time he still possessed the power to perform miracles 
(Acts 13:11; 14:3, 9; 15:12), which were associated with his 
Messiah-verifying ministry to the nation of Israel (Acts 9:15). During 
this time the Truth of the Mystery was being progressively revealed to 
him (Gal. 1:12; 1 Cor. 2: 6-10; 2 Cor. 12:1, 7). On the one hand, Paul 
was confirming the fact to Israel that Jesus of Nazareth was the 
prophesied Messiah and King (Acts 13:23, 38; 17:2-3,7; 18:5), and, on 
the other hand, he was proclaiming Him as the unprophesied Head of 
something new, His Body, the Church (1 Cor. 11:3; 12:13).

The sixth period covers the span from the laying aside of the nation of 
Israel (Acts 28:28) to the writing of the last books included in the New 
Testament canon (60-90 A.D. prox.). Subsequent to God's final dealing 
with Israel as a nation (following the Book of Acts) there are no more 
sign gifts, miracles cease. Sign gifts were an integral part of God's 
dealing with Israel, but this dealing having ceased until the fulness of 
the Gentiles comes (Rom. 11:25), sign gifts likewise have ceased to 
exist. During this period physical entities, which were very significant 
in conjunction with Israel, appear to give way to their spiritual 
counterparts, spiritual circumcision and baptism (Col. 2:11-12). The 
Mystery, which was progressively revealed to the Apostle Paul, reached 
its ultimate and final revelation in the epistles he wrote during this 
period (Eph. 3:2-9; Col. 1:25-28).

Having given a brief resume of how God has spoken to men in different 
times and circumstances in the course of Divine history, in accordance 
with His eternal purpose, now let us focus our attention on that which 
He spoke through the Apostle Paul (Gal. 1:12) to the New Testament 
churches. Since we live, move, and minister in the same church age it is 
100% logical that our message and ministry should, as exactly as 
possible, conform to that which was given to these churches. As we teach 
that which Paul taught, and as we don't teach that which he did not 
teach, why do some who profess the Name of Christ think that what we do 
is strange? From the positive point of view, what Paul taught the New 
Testament churches is the norm and standard for this present Church age 
(2 Tim. 2:2). From the negative point of view, what is beyond and 
contrary to what Paul taught is "another gospel" Gal. 1: 6), or a 
perverted gospel . Gal.1:7), and the one teaching it is to be accursed 
(Gal. 1:8-9).

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*GIVEN TO NEW TESTAMENT CHURCHES *
*PART 3 OF 3*
*By Pastor E.R. Campbell*

*

Now let us consider the epistles which were written by the Apostle Paul. 
We will list these in the general order in which they were most likely 
written. The majority of Paul's Epistles were addressed to churches, 
namely, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, Galatians, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Romans, 
Ephesians, Colossians, and Philippians. Four of his epistles were 
addressed to individuals, namely, Philemon, Titus, and 1 & 2 Timothy. 
One of his epistles was written to Jewish believers who had leaders, 
namely, Hebrews (13:7, 17, 24), which was apparently sent to one or more 
churches in Judea (Acts 26:20). Thus we may affirm that ten of Paul's 
Epistles were written directly to churches to give them the Truth 
necessary for their development and maturity.

Three of the four epistles Paul addressed to individuals were written to 
his co-laborers, Titus and Timothy. These epistles, though addressed to 
individuals, with a minimal amount of personal instruction in them, 
primarily pertain to churches. They emphasize the need to guard against 
false teaching, to hold fast to sound teaching, and to maintain good 
works. They give us invaluable information on how a church is to 
function and govern itself.

The fourth of the individual epistles was actually addressed to both 
Philemon and the church which met in his house (vv. 1-2). Its message is 
directed toward a given believer in the church at Colossae, but it is 
applicable to all believers in like circumstances in all churches. In 
conclusion, even though four of Paul's Epistles were addressed to 
individuals, their contents universally apply to all New Testament 
churches.

Since there are some who don't believe the Book of Hebrews was written 
by the Apostle Paul, and who don't believe that the contents of this 
book are for the Church, we want to briefly touch on this issue, hoping 
to be able to deal with it more fully in the future.

In order to understand the Pauline authorship of the Book of Hebrews it 
is imperative that we identify with Paul, the Jew, who was hated unto 
death by many of his brethren according to the flesh (Acts 21:31; 
23:12). We need to sit where he sat, walk where he walked, and become 
oriented with him in our perception of those who were his kinsmen (Rom. 
10:1). Paul himself personally knew what it was to hate Jesus Christ, 
the Messiah, and to persecute His followers unto death (Acts 9: 1-2; 1 
Tim. 1:13). He was aware of the fact that it took a Damascus Road 
miracle, the personal appearance of Jesus Christ, to effect his 
conversion. He knew the struggle involved in turning from the Law, and 
the sense of security it afforded, to the despised and rejected Messiah. 
He personally knew the ostracism and consequences of such a change. 
Positing the fact that Paul thoroughly knew the mind-set of those to 
whom he was writing, that he was a masterful communicator of the Gospel 
committed unto him (Gal. 1:12), both the anonymity and contents of 
Hebrews are what we would expect.

We who major in teaching the Truth given to the New Testament churches 
through the Apostle Paul are normal, on target, and accomplishing the 
will of God. Those who teach another gospel, a perverted gospel, and 
beyond that which Paul preached, are abnormal, off target, and beating 
the air (1 Cor. 9:26) .

O Glorious Lord, what a good reminder this is of the desperate condition 
I was in when You justified me. I was not merely needy; I was 
spiritually dead. I thank You for burying that old life with Jesus in 
His tomb. I praise You for raising me with Christ to a new life. I 
rejoice in the radical nature of Your saving grace. Lord, by the power 
of the resurrection, lead me in the reality of newness of life, in Jesus 
name, Amen.


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*TEACHING THE TRUTH *
*GIVEN TO NEW TESTAMENT CHURCHES *
*PART 1 OF 3*
*By Pastor E.R. Campbell*
*

As those who have had considerable experience in the fields of 
mechanical and electrical engineering, and knowing that each part must 
be precisely fitted and designed to carry out its specific junction in 
relation to the whole, it distresses us to see people failing to 
distinguish between the various parts of the Bible. The vast majority, 
in this humanistic era in which we live, don't seem to recognize that 
each part is fitted and designed to fulfill a given function in God's 
total purpose for the ages.

First, we want to reaffirm the fact that the 66 books in the Bible ARE 
THE WORD OF GOD. This is a fact which the Holy Spirit has settled! It is 
not a question which is open for debate in our own mind nor at 
CANYONVIEW BIBLE SEMINARY. we feel that it is important to emphasize our 
unrelenting stand for the Divine inspiration of the entire Bible, both 
the Old and New Testaments, in view of the weird things the unlearned 
say about those who honestly endeavor to distinguish the things which 
differ (2 Peter 3:15-16; Phil. 1:10). For those who discern to whom and 
during what age each portion of the Bible was written, it is a 
consistent whole. Those who refuse to make this discernment, and at the 
same time claim that the Bible does not contradict itself, thereby 
manifest their ignorance of its contents. Such naivete is inexcusable 
for one who professes to be a student of the Bible.

Second, we affirm on the basis of the Bible itself that it contains a 
record of what God has said to and for men from the beginning (Gen. 1:1) 
unto the time when Jesus Christ will give over the Kingdom to God the 
Father (1 Cor. 15:24). Looking at it from our vantage point, it contains 
many messages which were given in the past, a distinct message for the 
present, and a prophetic message for the future.

The truth revealed for a given period of time is not proportionate to 
the length of the period. The first eleven chapters in the Book of 
Genesis give us a very brief record which covers the span of time from 
the creation of the universe to the time when God called Abraham out of 
Ur of the Chaldees (1800 B.C. prox.). During this period of time God 
gave specific instructions to several different individuals, 
particularly, to Adam, Eve, Cain, and to Noah and his sons. These 
instructions primarily applied to what they were to do in their 
immediate environment.

The second period of time that is clearly recognizable in the Old 
Testament covers the span from Abraham' s departure from Ur of the 
Chaldees unto the departure of his descendants from Egypt (Gen. 12:1 - 
Exod. 24:3). During this period God gave instructions to Abraham in 
keeping with his circumstances, made promises to him pertaining to his 
seed and their land, and instructed Moses to lead them out of their 
awful situation in Egypt. This period of time extended over 
approximately 400 years.

The third period covered the span from the giving of the Law to Israel 
(1400 B.C. prox.) unto the coming and death of Jesus Christ (Gal. 3:19; 
23-24). The historical setting within which Jesus spoke that which is in 
the Synoptic Gospels was in this Law period. During this period, 
approximately 1400 years, God governed Israel through the Mosaic Law 
conjoined with the prophets. God's message during this period was 
designed to make Israel conscious of the exceeding sinfulness of sin 
(Rom. 3:19-20; 7:13). Jesus Christ's message, spoken during the latter 
part of this period, was a heightened version of the Law for the coming 
Kingdom (Matt. 5:17-48). These intensified laws will govern those living 
in the Messianic Kingdom, a time when "creation itself will be freed 
from the bondage of corruption," i.e., from the curse resulting from 
Adam's sin (Rom. 8:21).


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*PRAYER PROMISES *
*By Pastor Joel Finck*
*
Scripture Reading: Matthew 21:22; Philippians 4:6, 7 ; Ephesians 3:20

It is popular these days to "claim" the great prayer promises of 
Scripture, regardless of to whom these promises were addressed. For 
example, we read in Matthew 21:22, "And all things, whatsoever ye shall 
ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." This is certainly a 
remarkable promise, and countless thousands have attempted to claim it 
as their own. However, many have experienced great disappointment when 
their prayers went unanswered. Some suffer great disillusionment and 
conclude that "the Bible just doesn't work." Others undergo spiritual 
depression as well meaning "friends" tell them that they "just didn't 
have enough faith." If a few cases, some have even turned against God, 
concluding that He went back on His promise.

The solution to all these problems, of course, is to "rightly divide the 
word of truth." Christ's promise to His disciples in Matthew' s gospel 
pertained specifically to them as participants in the kingdom program 
for Israel. God's prayer promises to the body of Christ in this 
dispensation are found in Paul's epistles, and in these, we never read 
that God will give us whatsoever we ask. Rather, God promises us that 
when we truly leave our requests with Him, then "the peace of God, which 
passeth all under-standing, shall keep your hearts and minds through 
Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:7). Sometimes God's withholding of what we 
ask is actually blessing in disguise, "for we know not what we should 
pray for as we ought" (Romans 8:26). Who knows what trouble we would 
heap to ourselves if we got everything we asked for? But praise God, He 
gives peace to the trusting child!

We emphasized the fact that in this dispensation of grace, God does not 
always give us what we pray for, but He does promise peace when we leave 
our worries with Him (Philippians 4:6,7). But just because God doesn't 
always answer our prayers the way we want them answered doesn't mean we 
should stop praying. Paul instructs us to "Pray without ceasing" (I 
Thessalonians 5:17). Neither does it mean that God does not answer our 
prayers at all. Indeed, one of the greatest prayer promises in all the 
Bible is found in today's text.

"Now to him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we 
ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us" (Ephesians 
3:20). Meditate on these words for a moment. Our God is certainly able 
to give us what we pray for, but Paul does not stop there. God is able 
to go far beyond our short-sighted requests and give us what is truly 
needed in our lives. Imagine a billionaire telling you, "ask what ever 
you want, and I will give it to you." Now imagine this same billionaire 
being someone who knew you intimately and loved you with all his heart, 
and saying, "trust me and I can do far more for you than you could ask 
or even imagine." Which of these would be a better promise? The wise man 
would choose the second.

This is exactly what God has done for His children today. He does not 
promise to give us whatever we ask, as He promised the twelve apostles 
of Israel. Instead, He tells us to leave our cares and requests with 
Him, then trust Him to do what is best. Do this by faith, and you will 
find true peace and blessing!
*THOUGHT TO THINK ON **
*WHEN YOUR WORLD IS FALLING APART,*
*TRUST JESUS TO HOLD IT TOGETHER*

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*A Faithful God In An Unpredictable World *
*Steve McVey *
Jennifer and Paul were discussing personal problems they were having one 
day. Jennifer said, "I can't make sense out of life. You do your best. 
You trust that God will work everything out. Then life falls apart 
anyway. It seems like what I do makes no difference."

I understood her frustration. I've felt the same way at times. Believing 
that I've covered all the bases, I've found myself sometimes bewildered, 
sometimes depressed, and sometimes even feeling resentment toward God 
when things didn't unfold as I had expected. We often expect life to fit 
within our sense of human justice, but it often doesn't work out that way.

G. K. Chesterton said that one problem he had with Christianity has to 
do with cause and effect. He observed that ninety percent of the time 
life works on the basis of cause and effect, but the other ten percent 
it didn't. That troubled him.

When I read his comment, I thought how I'd be okay with the 90/10 
percentages he observed. My life hasn't seemed to work that way. It has 
seemed to me that things haven't worked out according to cause and 
effect more often than they have. I've noticed the same with others.

A family I knew reared their children in the same way. One grew up to be 
a responsible Christian with a professional position. The other ended up 
in jail for selling drugs. One Christian lady I know prayed for her 
husband to bust Christ, and he miraculously was converted. Another 
friend faithfully prayed the same prayer for her husband. One day he 
came home and announced he wanted a divorce to marry the younger woman 
he had been having an affair with for two years. One friend I have was 
healed of a life-threatening disease. Another gifted friend who was an 
author, a preacher, and an intellectual, died far too young, in my opinion.

How are any of us supposed to get through such an unpredictable life? 
How do we remain at peace in a world where everything can suddenly 
change in a moment? Martin Luther embraced a verse that answers that 
question. It is the verse that ushered in the Reformation.

"The just shall live by faith." It's that simple. We must choose to walk 
by faith in God. We have reason to know that our Father is a loving God, 
so nothing happens in our lives that He doesn't permit. He is a 
sovereign God, so nothing happens that He can't control. He is an 
omniscient God, so nothing happens that He didn't already know about in 
advance.

The question is, "Will we trust Him?" Some Christians think that faith 
means if we believe hard enough, things will turn out the way we want. 
Their faith is in faith. It's an approach to problems that combines a 
mix of secular positive thinking with a religious flair.

Authentic faith isn't intense, religious positive thinking that is 
intended to produce a certain outcome. Biblical faith means that we 
trust in God. Period. Not in a particular result. Not in a happy ending. 
Faith simply means that we trust Him, knowing that whatever the outcome 
may be, life will still be okay because He is in control.

Are you facing situations that make no sense? If so, relax. God is in 
control. He loves you and will always work all things in your life 
together for good. Don't mistake wishful thinking for biblical faith. 
Faith means that we rest in the fact that we are one with Christ - that 
a loving Abba is our Father who controls it all --- that the Holy Spirit 
will sustain us no matter what happens. Your life isn't a result of 
cause and effect. Your life is Christ. He has it all planned already. So 
let go of your attempt to control your own destiny and trust Him. He 
will guide you safely home.
*O God Most High, I repent of those many times when pride was the 
despicable attitude that I displayed. Lord, teach me to despise pride as 
You do. Stir in my heart a growing appreciation of humility. I desire to 
be clothed with humility. I humbly seek You afresh that I might live by 
the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.*

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* WHY GOD'S CHILDREN SUFFER *
* by C. R. Stam
* Contrary to common belief, the Bible does not teach that all men are 
the children of God. Our Lord said to the religious leaders of His day: 
"Ye are of your father the devil"( John 8:44), but to the Christian 
believers at Galatia St. Paul wrote: "Ye are all the children of God by 
faith in Christ Jesus" (Gal. 3:26). *

* As the children of Adam, it is not strange that we should have to bear 
suffering; for sorrow, sickness and death entered the world through sin 
(Rom. 5:12). But some people wonder why God's children, whose greatest 
desire is to please Him, should have to suffer along with others. *

* There are several reasons for this. In the case of Job, God allowed 
His servant to suffer to prove to Satan that Job did not live a godly 
life for personal gain -- and Job was richly rewarded later for all he 
had borne. *

* Further, God's people could not be of much spiritual help to others if 
they were exempt from the sufferings which others have to bear. In such 
a case the unsaved would say: "Yes, you can talk! You don't know what it 
is to suffer disappointments, sickness and pain, as we do." *

* Then too, it must be remembered that even the most godly saint is not 
perfect and must at times be disciplined, "for whom the Lord loveth He 
chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth" (Heb. 12:6). This 
is done for our good, to keep us from sin and its consequences. *

* Finally, suffering and adversity tend to make God's children pray more 
and lean harder on Him, and herein lies their spiritual strength and 
blessing. St. Paul said: "I take pleasure in infirmities. .. for when I 
am weak, then am I strong" (II Cor. 12:10). *

* But there is a great twofold advantage which the suffering Christian 
has over others. First, his sufferings are only temporary and, second, 
they earn eternal glory for him. *

* "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us 
afar more exceeding and eternal weight of glory" (II Cor. 4:17). *

*THOUGHT TO PONDER ON *
*
THE GREATEST DISCOVERY that any human being can make is the 
discovery of the ALL-SUFFICIENCY OF CHRIST, and the utter worthlessness 
of man without Him. Christ is all, and in Him we have all. Without Him 
we are nothing, absolutely nothing. It makes no difference how many 
times we multiply ciphers: they will be devoid of all magnitude or 
quality until we place some digit before them. But, once a digit is 
placed before them, they take on meaning, value, significance.

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*Who Is Your Strength?*
*by Anabel Gillham*

*

Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming 
from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God. - II Corinthians 3:5

They will be held guilty, they whose strength is their god. -Habakkuk 1:11

God's characteristics -- His immutability, His omnipotence, His 
omnipresence His omniscience -- were, of course, available for me and to 
me, but I was holding up pretty well with my own immutability, 
omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience.

You see, I had performed all my life to gain acceptance from others, and 
I had really been quite successful. I always looked to Anabel as the 
"author and finisher" of my strength.

Omnipotent

I was powerful. I could do it! In fact, I used to say that by the time I 
was 22 years old I had learned two things very well: 1) I can learn; and 
2) once I know how, I can do it. Nothing was too difficult for me to 
undertake. Oh, I might hesitate to accept the task of washing windows on 
the Empire State Building, but then out of my mouth would come the 
all-too-familiar words: "Of course, I'll do it."

Omniscient

I was wise. On the Dean's honor roll. Who's Who. I knew what I needed, 
what I wanted -- and I had the tenacity to keep performing until I got 
it. That didn't wane as I became a part of the "real" world, either. I 
left college with my tennis racquet under my arm and a tank filled with 
self-sufficiency. I moved away from the protection of my loving parents, 
the familiar streets of dear old Poteau, and the comfortable life of 
home. I didn't have a placard around my neck, but it was emblazoned in 
my thought-life: I can do it!

Omnipresent

I was on the scene -- God wasn't. His omnipresence didn't impress me all 
that much. I needed physical proof of His presence, and I didn't have 
it. So I depended on the strongest person I knew . . . Anabel.

Immutable

As far as being immutable -- unchangeable -- I was able to meet life, to 
roll with the punches and change if it was needed. I was in control. Why 
should that change? I was certainly not going to stop performing.

God's constant presence?
God's wisdom?
God's power? Those attributes weren't doing me one whit of good, and 
since my own strength was what I depended on, by definition my strength 
was my god.

Let's just say that my attitude was, "I' ll call You if I need You, God." 
And I never really thought through that mindset. You see, what I was 
saying (ignorantly . . . thankfully) was this: "God, I have learned to 
do this, this, and this quite well. I'm still working on this one, but 
You're helping me and pretty soon I'll get the hang of it. Now this one 
is still real hard, but if You'll just keep working with me I'll 
eventually conquer it, too; and then guess what, God? I won't need You 
at all!" (How presumptuous of me!)

After years in an unhappy marriage, after having a profoundly retarded 
son, after financial frugality that seemed to take the joy out of life, 
after dealing with the unpleasant people that I couldn't control or make 
go away . . . I began to need Him. I began to realize, for the first 
time in my life, that my strength was not working. My life was changing 
me from "the leading female role" to an introverted behind-the-scenes 
stagehand. In fact, I pretty much lost all interest in going to the 
plays. The performer was about at the end of her ability to perform!

Then I came across Habakkuk 1:11, and it was as real to me as Saul's 
encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus. That came, of course, 
after years of performing and after more pathetic years of failing. But 
even then there was still enough life in this strong woman to "kick at 
the goads!" I couldn't kick much longer, though. I was just too tired of 
trying.

Well, today I have a new verse, a new theme song: The woman who has come 
to know that You are her strength is a woman who is blessed (Psalm 84:5-7).

I've come to know this, but it was a very difficult lesson for me to 
learn. I had played "god" for a long time and was loathe to give up 
control. I was so sure of my ability. But God, through His patience and 
wonderful guiding hand in my life, brought me to the point where I can 
say very comfortably with Paul, "Not that we are adequate in ourselves 
to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from 
God" (2 Corinthians 3:5).

Who is your strength?

*O God Most High, I repent of those many times when pride was the 
despicable attitude that I displayed. Lord, teach me to despise pride as 
You do. Stir in my heart a growing appreciation of humility. I desire to 
be clothed with humility. I humbly seek You afresh that I might live by 
the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.*

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*PERSONAL CHRISTIANITY *
*By Miles Stanford*
*
"That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection" (Phil. 3:10a).

Fellowship with the written Word is the foundation, and fellowship with 
the living Word is the superstructure, for spiritual growth.

"While Martha was cumbered about much serving, and her love, most true 
in its way, went forth in actively providing for the Lord's outward 
need, Mary, unconsciously perhaps, proved her stronger faith and deeper 
love by sitting at His feet and drinking in His words. The thought of 
Martha's heart was, What a feast I must give the Messiah, when I receive 
Him at my home!

"Mary, on the contrary, felt that the best feast for Him, and for 
herself, was to receive and treasure up all she could from Him -- to 
see, and hear, and be with Him. If we are learning thus from the Lord 
Jesus, we honor and please Him incomparably more than by anything we 
think to confer upon Him. In the long run, too, it is the listening at 
His feet which best fits for the most acceptable worship and service." 
---J.N.D.

"We should ever remember that Christianity is not a set of opinions, a 
system of dogmas, or a number of views; it is preeminently a living 
reality --- a personal, practical, powerful thing, telling itself out in 
all the scenes and circumstances of daily life, shedding its hallowed 
influence over the entire character and course, and imparting its 
heavenly tone to every relationship which one may be called of God to fill.

"In a word, it is that which flows from being associated and occupied 
with the Lord Jesus. This is Christianity. There may be clear views, 
correct notions, sound principles, without any fellowship with the Lord 
Jesus in glory; but an orthodox creed without communion with Him will 
prove to be a cold and barren thing." ---C.H.M.

"And the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His 
death" (Phil. 3:l0b).

*O Holy Father, I humbly admit that I have frequently *
*been so foolish as to think that I could produce*
* more godliness in me through my own best efforts.*
* Lord, I see that I need Your Spirit*
* as much for spiritual growth as*
* I did previously for spiritual birth.*
* As I seek You through prayer and Your word,*
* please take me on with You in growth *
*and sanctification by the work of*
* Your Holy Spirit, through Christ, I pray, Amen.*

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*New and Confident in Christ*
*By Anabel Gillham*
And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must 
continue to live in obedience to him. Let your roots grow down into him 
and draw up nourishment from him, so you will grow in faith, strong and 
vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with 
thanksgiving for all he has done. (Colossians 2:6-7, New Living 
Translation) .

Bill had already gone down to the meeting. He was so pleased (and more 
than a trifle proud) of his newly-elected position as Vice President on 
the staff of the Oklahoma Education Association. He had given me a 
“good-bye peck,†opened the door to our room, and walked out without a 
moment’s hesitation. He was on his way with great anticipation to meet 
the people, amuse them with his “funnies,†and let them benefit from the 
words of wisdom that casually escaped from his lips. In other words, 
Bill was swimming in his element!

What he didn’t know at the time was that his poor wife, Anabel, was 
finding it very difficult to open the door and head down the elevator 
for everyone to see and interact with.

I took one, long, last look in the mirror, making sure everything was in 
place. I viewed my new, beige, polka dot, “homemade†dress from all 
angles with a full-length image. Then, I started for the door. With hand 
on knob I said to myself, “I am an attractive woman. I am not a dummy. 
These people are not going to be scrutinizing my every move, my every 
word, how I look, or my verbal skills. A lot of them are first-grade 
teachers! Surely I can handle first grade teachers! It is absolutely 
ridiculous for me to act this way. Throw back your shoulders and smile!†
And with that stern lecture, I opened the door with trembling fingers 
and stepped out into the world of people, basically terrified.

That’s a pretty scary way to leave the safety of the hotel room, isn’t 
it? But that was the best I could do. That comprised my fragile body of 
truth—those things I believed would equip me for facing the “basically 
terrifying†events of my life. I had tried a lot of things. Discarded a 
lot of things. Settled on a few. And those few kept me going.

How different it is today! I have my body of truth and it isn’t fragile; 
it isn’t bent all out of shape when things don’t go right; it doesn’t 
depend on whether I’m attractive or if I can hold my own 
conversationally in any group, or that I'm a published author. No. It 
depends on one—and only one—performance act on my part: What I have done 
with Jesus Christ? The moment that I accepted Him at salvation He gave 
me this awesome, unshakable, body of truth .

According to Him, that old, frightened Anabel died in Christ (Galatians 
2:20) and was reborn “not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of 
the will of man, but of God†(John 1:13). I became someone new when I 
was born again (II Corinthians 5:17), and the life of Christ became my 
life (Colossians 3:4). Furthermore, I was transferred out of the kingdom 
of darkness and into the kingdom of light (Ephesians 5:8, Colossians 
1:13). I’m different! I’m new! As this new creation in Christ, that old 
body of “truth†I walked in for years is null and void, and it is no 
longer who I am.

Try walking out of your hotel room now, Anabel! It works every time! I’m 
rather amazed at myself and how well “I†handle the pressures today that 
used to be much like walking up the gallows to the hangman’s noose! I 
wish I could say that my emotional condition has improved as markedly as 
my belief system. Not so. But my emotions have a hard time thinking . . 
. maybe they’ll catch up one of these days

*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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*Eternal Life, The Gift of God *
*By Russell S. Miller*
*

Suppose I knew of a financial benefactor who was giving away one million 
dollars to every one that personally contacted him. I told my parents 
about this, and they collected their million; my sisters collected 
theirs, after I told them of course; and my brothers-in- law all received 
their generous portions. Of course I told my wife, and every one in her 
family, about it. All our relatives, friends, and many, many strangers 
contacted this gracious benefactor as per instructions, and received 
their million dollars.

But I never told you!

What would you think about my actions in this matter, if I had not told 
you about this wonderful gift? Would you not have a right to be very 
angry with me and wonder why you were left out?

Now please do not think that I am angry with any one, for such thinking 
could not be farther from the truth. No, not at all.

This is an illustration of what God seeks to convey to a lost and dying 
world. Only it's not a mere million dollars, nor is it billions of 
dollars that we are discussing here. It is a portrait of the love of Christ:

"But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet 
sinners, Christ died for us" (Rom. 5:8).

The Lord does not promise earthly wealth, but He has promised "eternal 
life" to all who will believe on His Son, worth more than all the money 
in all the world:

"For the wages of sin is death; but THE GIFT OF GOD is eternal life 
through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Rom. 6:23).

Yes, my dear friend, I trust that you also can now see how important, 
how really important, this gift is that God wants to give you!

The Apostle Peter describes the gift of God as more valuable than the 
precious metals that men covet after.

"Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, 
as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition 
from your fathers;

"But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and 
without spot" (I Pet. 1:18,19).

The Bible clearly teaches that we are all "sinners" (Rom. 3:23), lost 
and dying, and in desperate need of the "Savior" (Titus 1:4). Jesus 
Christ, of course, is our only Savior. There is no other Savior for 
mankind. If you miss Him, you will have missed everything! This is why 
the Apostle Paul declared that salvation can only be obtained by faith 
in the Lord Jesus Christ:

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it 
is the gift of God: "Not of works, lest any man should boast" (Eph. 2:8,9).

"Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He 
entered in once into the Holy Place, having obtained eternal redemption 
for us" (Heb. 9:12).

This is also why the Apostle Paul exhorts us to trust Christ as our Savior:

"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved..." (Acts 16:31).

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*ME, MYSELF, AND I *
*By Miles Stanford*
*
"Oh, wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this 
death?" (Rom. 7:24).

While both are essential, it is far more difficult to get to know the 
old man than it is to know the Lord Jesus. Many who know something of 
Him, know little or nothing of themselves.

"There is not a more difficult lesson in the Christian life than to come 
to a true knowledge of what the flesh is. Its terrible power, its secret 
and universal rule, and the blinding it exerts in keeping us from the 
knowledge of what it is, are the cause of all our sin and evil. Hence it 
comes that so few really believe in their absolute inability to obey God 
or to believe in His love. And there is nothing that can deliver us from 
it but that entire willingness to die to the old man, which comes when 
by faith we understand that we have died in Christ Jesus." ---A.M.

"It seems that God's Spirit has to take every growing believer through a 
drastic process of self-exposure. That fleshly principle lurking within 
has to be looked in the face. Its presumptuous claim to be a sufficient 
source of wisdom and ability has to be exposed in its big lie. Its 
save-yourself attitude has to be recognized and rejected. And such 
knowledge can only come through failure, humiliation and despair." ---N.G.

"If you come to feel, through ever-recurring misery and defeat, that 
unless Another shall lead you into the land of fruitful obedience your 
whole Christian career will be a spiritual and moral chaos, then perhaps 
you are ready to venture your all upon your union with the Lord Jesus in 
His death and resurrection. "

"There is no joy like that of realizing our nothingness, while at the 
same time reposing upon the Father's all-sufficiency. "

"I thank God through Jesus Christ, our Lord" (Rom. 7:25).

Dear Father
You know that I have sincerely tried to live as a victorious Christian. 
I have done my personal best, but now I realize that has been my 
problem-it has been "my best" that I've trusted, instead of Your life. I 
repent of self-sufficiency and affirm that from this moment forward I 
will trust You to live through me. I choose to rest in You, depending 
upon You to cause the power of indwelling sin in me to stay in 
remission. You are my Victory, oh Lord. For that fact, I thank You, Amen


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~KNOW TO GROW~*
*By M. Stanford*
"And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, 
and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent" (John 17:3).

The heartbreaking knowledge of self brings a life-giving compensation, 
which is knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. The needs generated by the 
realization of the sin of self produce the necessary motivation and 
hunger which cause us to focus upon the Lord Jesus and become conformed 
to His image. "And we all, while with face unveiled we behold in a 
mirror the glory of the Lord, are ourselves transformed continually into 
the same likeness" (II Cor. 3:18, Cony.).

"Many a new believer has obtained relief in his conscience from his 
sins, because of faith in the Blood of Jesus Christ; that is, he does 
not see further than Romans 3. He has faith in the work of Christ, but 
has not yet come in faith to Christ. He is like the woman who touched 
the hem of His garment, assured of His work but not yet acquainted with 
Himself." - ].B.S.

"It is one thing to believe on the Lord Jesus, to be born again, to be 
saved. That is a glorious thing as a beginning, but it alone will not 
take you right through all you have to meet; and if you are really in 
the Lord's hands He will see to it that by virtue of need you are drawn 
into knowing more and more of His Son. It is the normal course of a 
true, Holy Spirit-governed Christian life that, in order to get through, 
an increase of Christ, a growing discovery of Christ, is necessary." - 
T.A-S.

"That I may know Him" (Phil. 3:10).
*THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK*
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Perhaps one reason God delays His answers to our prayers is because He 
knows we need to be with Him far more than we need the things we ask of 
Him.-- Ben Patterson

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THE PRICE OF UNBELIEF
By the late Pastor Bob Hanna

Scripture Reading: Revelation 20:15

The fundamental principle of the requirement for salvation has always, 
in every dispensation, been belief in God - on His terms. "Abraham 
believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness" (Galatians 
3:6). "It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that 
believe" (I Corinthians 1:21). "For God so loved the world that He gave 
His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not 
perish, but have ever-lasting life" (John 3:16).

But there is a dark side: "He that believeth on Him is not condemned: 
but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not 
believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God" (John 3:18). "He 
that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not 
shall be damned" (Mark 16:16). Christ warned of the day that He will 
return in judgment and vengeance. "HE shall set the sheep [the saved] on 
His right hand, but the goats [the lost] on the left. Then shall He say 
also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into 
everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: And these shall 
go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life 
eternal" (Matthew 25:33,41,46) .

True to His promise, when the Lord returns, "In flaming fire taking 
vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our 
Lord Jesus Christ" (II Thessalonians I:8). He will seal the doom of the 
wicked. They will finally appear before the Great White Throne, and be 
judged and "cast into the lake of fire" (Revelation 20:15).

THE GRACE OF GOD IS
CONTINUAL IN THE LIFE
OF THE BELIEVER.
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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*WITH CHRIST*
*By Pastor Paul Hume*

*There is a well-known Negro spiritual which begins with these words: 
'Were you there when they crucified my Lord?' The immediate answer is 
'No, I wasn't there.' But after deeper reflection we have to answer 
differently, 'Yes, I was therein the person of Jesus Christ.' *
*
'How do you arrive at that?' we inquire. The Word of God-especially 
in the epistles of Paul-sets forth a marvelous truth. It centers in 
another 'big-little&# 39; word. This word is 'with.&# 39;

When Christ was crucified, we were crucified 'with Him.' When Christ 
died, we died 'with Him.' When He was buried, we were buried 'with Him.' 
Then when He arose from among the dead, we were raised 'with Him.' When 
He ascended and passed through the heavens, we ascended 'with Him.' When 
He took His seat at the right hand of the Majesty on High, we were 
seated together 'with Him.' When He appears in His glory, we will also 
'appear with Him in glory.' Then the promise is that if we 'endure, we 
shall also reign with Him' (2 Timothy 2:12).

Now all of this speaks not so much of our union with Christ as our 
association with Christ. We were 'with Him' in His death, burial, 
resurrection and enthronement. We are 'with Him' in His glorified life 
now. We shall be 'with Him' in the ages to come. This is glorious 
'positional truth.' But what about the experiential side of this blessed 
truth? How does this affect my daily life here on earth?

It means that by faith, based on the divine facts. I reckon myself to 
have died with Christ unto sin and 'the elements of the world' (Romans 
6: 2-11; Gal. 2:20); to have been buried with Christ in death 
(Colossians 2: 12); to have been 'quickened together with Christ 
(Ephesians 2:1,5); to have been 'raised up together' with Christ (Eph. 
2:6); to have been 'made to sit together in heavenly places in Christ 
Jesus.' (Ephesians 2:6.) God has already accomplished these feats, and 
it is up to each one of us to believe what God has spoken and to rest 
upon them.'

Then it also means that I presently share in the very life of Christ. 
We are 'saved by His life' (Romans 5:10). We have been called 'unto the 
fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord' (1 Corinthians 1:9). This 
involves communing with Him, meditating in His Word of Truth, engaging 
in praise and prayer and drawing wisdom, grace and strength from Him. It 
means also not only to suffer for Him, but to 'suffer with Him' (Romans 
8:17). Only His grace can enable us to do this, since we naturally are 
averse to suffering. But what eternal rewards will be ours if we do so!

Finally, it means to walk with Him 'in newness of life.' 'How can two 
walk together, except they be agreed?' (Amos 3:3.) As we daily 'trust 
and obey' we can walk together in every circumstance, and experience 
what one hymn writer states, 'It is glory just to walk with Him!'

You are not only 'in Christ' but 'with Christ' today?

Dear Father
You know that I have sincerely tried to live as a victorious Christian. 
I have done my personal best, but now I realize that has been my 
problem-it has been "my best" that I've trusted, instead of Your life. I 
repent of self-sufficiency and affirm that from this moment forward I 
will trust You to live through me. I choose to rest in You, depending 
upon You to cause the power of indwelling sin in me to stay in 
remission. You are my Victory, oh Lord. For that fact, I thank You, Amen

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