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Post  Admin on Sun 09 Sep 2012, 7:19 pm

ABIDE ABOVE *
*By Miles Stanford*

"And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly
places in Christ Jesus" (Eph. 2:6).

The Cross has separated us from the power of sin (Rom. 6:11), the old
man (Rom. 6:6), the world (Gal. 6:14), the law (Rom. 7:4), and the devil
(Heb. 2:14). The Spirit has joined us to our risen Lord, and we are
"hidden with Christ in God" (Col. 3:3) . We are free --- to abide above;
free --- to fellowship with our Father in glory.

"The lack I find in souls is, that while they know that their sins are
forgiven, they do not know their new place. What place do you have? Is
it earth or heaven? It could not possibly be earth, for the Lord Jesus
was rejected from the earth. It has a great moral effect upon a person
to be able to say, 'I have a place in heaven; I have no property on
earth at all, it is all in heaven.'

" 'It is the Lord's property I have on earth, but in heaven I have my
own.' In the garden of Eden, man lost his place; the question to him
then is, First --- Where art thou? then, What hast thou done? Every
believer seeks to be clear as to the latter, but very few are clear
about the former." --- J.B.S.

"Many do not go beyond Christ's resurrection; they do not extend to His
ascension. They do not know Him in glory. They are occupied with Him in
relation to their own side. He was at my side and glorified God there
both in His walk here and in His death; but He is now at His own side,
and it is there I intelligently realize the vastness of my life, for He
is my life."

"My mind must rise above what I am to what God is; then it is that one
is formed by the revelation of what God is. To this we are called." --
J.N.D.

"Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it" (I Thess. 5:24).
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Post  Admin on Sat 08 Sep 2012, 8:29 pm

*ROMANS 7:15-2O*
*A Profound Revelation*
*
I believe our failure to recognize sin, the power is because Satan
always seeks to camouflage the English word sin to us as a verb rather
than as a noun. They both look the same and sound the same in the
English language. A Greek speaking culture, such as that of the churches
in the New Testament, would never be confused about differentiating
between sin, the noun hamartia (person, place, or thing) and sin, the
verb hamartano. Someone has said that if English is a Chevy, Greek is a
Cadillac. The English language plays right into the Deceiver's hands here.

A Profound Revelation

In the mid '70s, one of my counselees was a beautiful young woman whom
I'll call Mary. Although she had the cheerleader, popular-girl- on-campus
pedigree, she was a troubled young woman. I'll never forget the day I
received the call that Mary had taken her life.

I agonized over the loss of this Christian. I loved her. Such a waste. I
stayed before the Lord for weeks, asking Him to reveal to me how Satan
had influenced her to commit this act. And God showed it to me. Once you
embrace it, this truth will be a fantastically powerful weapon against
Satan. The power of sin "talked" Mary into taking her own life, just as
it had deceived Cain in Genesis! This agent of the deceiver, called
"sin" wages war against both sinners and saints. And the seventh chapter
Romans gives us the details of how he goes about it.

Count the actors in Romans 7:15: "For that which I am doing, I do not
understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am
doing the very thing I hate." How many actors do you see in the verse?
One: "I." However, "verses 17 and 20 both indicate that there are two
actors in this scenario: "I," plus the power called "sin."

"So now no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which indwells me"
(verse 17). Notice the two actors: "I" and "sin."

"But if I am doing the very thing I do not wish, I am no longer the one
doing it, but sin which dwells in me [is doing it" (verse 20). There
they are again: "I" and "sin."

l am not moving toward teaching "the-devil-made- me- do-it" nonsense. I
am pointing out that there are now two actors in the scenario: "I" plus
sin." These verses indicate that I am not flying solo when I embrace a
sinful thought or commit a sinful act. This power called "sin" is flying
copilot. I want to make it very clear that I believe that I am totally,
accountable when I commit a sinful act or embrace a sinful thought. I am
not teaching the false idea that I can blame my sins on my mythical,
nonexistent sinful nature. That would be a cop-out, The person who takes
that unbiblical position projects the blame for his sins on the
nonexistent old man who died in Christ (Romans 6:2-8). That is denial.
That cannot be documented in the text of Romans chapters 6 through 8.
This error promotes the false notion that it's normal for (Christians to
sin dozens of times a day in our thought-life, plus overtly. That
deception is from the father of lies. God says that a second actor has
entered the scene here who is involved in my sinning: it's the noun
called "sin," that same power which God showed us in Genesis.

I'll reprint Romans 7:15 for easy reference, and then I want to make two
points: "For that which I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not
practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate."

Point Number 1. When God says something once, we had best pay attention.
When He repeats Himself, we had best post it on the door of the fridge!
It's mega-important. The second actor in Romans 7:17 and 20 is that noun
"sin." I said, "Lord, there is only one actor in verse 15, but there are
two in verses 17 and 20. I know that sin was in this man in verse 15
because it came into man at the fall. Sin, however, doesn't surface
until verse 17. How did sin go underground in verse 15?" Thoughts came
to me which I believe were from the Holy Spirit:

· The power of sin keeps a low profile by injecting thoughts into the
mind with first-person- singular pronouns: I, me, my, myself, mine, etc.

· In our battle against the power of sin, these "thought-bullets" are
triggered into the mind through the old flesh patterns in the brain.

· A Christian who does not understand that the old man was crucified
will naively receive these thoughts, believing that they originated in
his own mind!

There is Satan's secret! God has blown away the smoke and dust
camouflaging Satan's "rubber tanks and canvas ships." This is such a
powerful revelation from God! Do you see that it is imperative for me to
know that my old man was literally crucified in Christ (Romans 6:6) and
that I am literally a brand-new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) who longs
to walk uprightly with God (Hebrews 10:16)? If I do not claim this, I
leave myself wide open to the devil's lie that I have two spiritual
natures: a righteous one and a sinful one who constantly fight against
one another! That's the view from 30,000 feet! The old "good dog, bad
dog" teaching that we all cut our spiritual teeth on is the devil's
smoke-and-mirrors baloney. It's not biblical. The Bible teaches
unequivocally that the old man died in Christ and was buried with Him
(Romans 6:2-8). Although my counselee Mary had been taught about her
crucifixion and rebitth as a new creation, I had not yet received the
revelation to teach her about the power of sin and how it operated.
Consequently, she was deceived into taking her own life.

Folks, the old you was crucified in Christ before the new you was
reborn, Because of this fact, we can believe that:

· A dead man cannot wage war against the new man in Christ.

· A dead man cannot resurrect himself, as we hear some imply: "You've
got to keep that old man on the cross." Hey, since when do you have to
keep a man on the cross?

· If the old man didn't die, then Jesus didn't die because they were
both crucified on the same cross, and the Bible states categorically
that they died simultaneously (see Romans 6:2-8).

· Satan does not have the power to bring the old man back to life.

· It would be theologically pointless for God to crucify the old man
only to bring him back to life again. Why kill him if you're going to
bring him back?

· It makes perfect theological sense for God to crucify the old man in
Christ's death and then re-create the new man in Christ's resurrection,
which is precisely what the Bible says happened (Romans 7:4).

· The old man is history! Gone!

· I'll use the dreaded e word which many theologians rail against---the
sin nature is extinct! It's a dinosaur for Christians! Write it in the
sky in smoke! Shout it from the housetops! Hold a street dance! The
"wicked old witch" is dead! Christians do not have a sinful nature!

· Christians have only one nature---a holy) righteous new nature. "He
has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that
by them you might become partakers of the divine nature" (2 Peter 1:4).
That's us! That describes our nature!

Although, based upon our experience, our thought--life, and our
feelings, it certainly seems illogical to believe that the old man was
literally crucified, God's Word teaches that a new creature in Christ
has no sin nature, due to our having been crucified in Christ (Romans
6:6, et al.). Please don't write to me and quote the New International
Version to "prove" me wrong. The well-meaning theologians who translated
the NIV Bible took unbiblical liberty by translating the Greek word sarx
as "sinful nature" (see Romans 7:18, et al., NIV). Folks, that's not
translation- that's religious tradition; that's human opinion. They made
an honest mistake. One of them is a good friend of mine. I hasten to
credit them for all of the good things about this translation. But I
don't recommend that you use it to exegete Romans 6-8 because you'll see
the old man portrayed as having the miraculous ability to survive the
crucifixion. It's absurd to believe that we must "keep him on the
cross." He's deader than a hammer! That old man took one trip to the
cross. Then God buried him! We regularly celebrate the reality of this
truth via believer's baptism-a one-act depiction of our death as the old
man, our burial, and as we burst up out of the water, our new birth in
Christ's resurrection.

By Bill Gillman


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Post  Admin on Fri 07 Sep 2012, 7:56 pm

THE NATURE OF GRACE*
* by C.R. Stam*

To a young Christian who kept bemoaning his failures and lack of
spiritual growth, and wondering how God could love him, a more mature
believer responded substantially as follows:

"When I leave here and return to my home I will pick up my little baby
girl and put her on my knee. Tired as I am, I will dandle her on my knee
and, somehow, looking into that darling face and those pretty blue eyes,
I will soon feel rested and refreshed.

"This is strange, in a way, for she does not love me. She doesn't even
know what love is.

"She doesn't appreciate my problems and has no sympathy for me. My heart
can be burdened with grief or filled with anxiety, and my mind vexed
with difficult problems, but she doesn't even know or care. She just
keeps gurgling and giggling at the attention I lavish upon her.

"She doesn't contribute one cent toward the needs of our family; indeed,
she costs me a great deal of money and will for years to come. Yet I
love that child more than I can say. There is no sacrifice I would not
make for her; no good thing I would not gladly give her."

Such is the grace of God toward us, His children. It does not depend
upon our faithfulness to Him or our appreciation of His love to us. He
loves us with an unspeakable love and keeps lavishing upon us "the
riches of His grace" simply because we are His children in Christ, the
Beloved One. And strangely, is it not precisely this fact that proves to
be our greatest incentive to give ourselves to Him in loving service and
sacrifice as we grow in grace?
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Post  Admin on Thu 06 Sep 2012, 9:22 pm

*FROM DEATH INTO LIFE *
*By Pastor Robert Hanna*
*
Scripture Reading: Galatians 2:20-21

>From death unto life: what a strange and marvelous process! We die,
that we might live. "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live;
yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the
flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave
Himself for me."

The greatest moment in the sacrificial work of our Lord He shared with
His own: we are crucified with Him! We are baptized into His death:
"Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death ... For if we
have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be
also in the likeness of His resurrection" (Rom. 6: 4, 5).

Meanwhile, as we await that which is to come, it is His life that we now
live in the flesh. Our anticipation is greater than the greatest of
man's most exaggerated dreams. "For I reckon that the sufferings of this
present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be
revealed to us" (Rom. 8:18). "For our citizenship is in heaven; from
whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall
change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious
body, according to the working whereby He is able to subdue all things
unto Himself" (Phil. 3:20-21).

This present life-this present world-this age of pain and rejection are
difficult. But they are not unbearable. For while suffering the slings
and arrows of the ungodly, we are "Looking for that blessed hope, and
the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ"
(Titus 2: 13).

In the total expanse of human life there is not a square inch of which
the Christ, who alone is sovereign, does not declare, "That is mine!"

FOR JUST BEING HERE
by C. R. Stam

When you sigh for heaven, remember:

Christ loved the Church, and gave Himself for it That He might present
it to Himself a glorious Church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any
such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish (Eph.5:25,26) .

Too readily we forget that Christ loves us infinitely more than we love
Him; that He paid the penalty for our sins on cruel Calvary and shed His
life's blood that one day He might have us for Himself to share His
glory with Him forever.

Surely, then, He would rather have us at His side in heaven than here in
this scene of sin and sorrow, and sickness and death. We should bear
this in mind when we long that we might leave this world and go to be
with Him.

But there is more: The Saviour, who was exiled from this earth, and is,
even now, rejected by men, has not yet rejected them. Rather, He has
left us here as His ambassadors on hostile territory, to plead with his
enemies, praying them in His stead to be reconciled to God, assuring
them that He has done all that is necessary to effect a reconciliation
(IICor.5: 20,21).

And this is His attitude toward mankind now, though the prophetic
Scriptures declare so emphatically that man’s rejection of Christ was to
be and will be visited with the severest judgment (Psa.2:4-9; Acts
2:16-20).

But not yet! Though man had declared war on Christ (Acts 4:26,27), He
did not yet make a counter-declaration , but interrupted the prophetic
program to save Saul of Tarsus, the leader of the rebellion and sent him
forth to usher in the present dispensation of the grace of God
(Eph.3:1-3).

This is why, in His love and compassion, He leaves us here still to
plead with His enemies: Be ye reconciled to God. And what about His
special love for us? Entirely apart from rewards earned by service or
suffering for Him, God will richly reward us (II Cor.4:17) just for
being here as ambassadors for Christ.
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*WHERE ARE YOU LIVING?*
*PART 3, CONCLUSION*
*by Evangelist S. Lee Homoki *
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*Living in Romans Chapter Eight*
*(Taking a Closer Look at the Law of the Spirit)*
*
In Romans Eight we are introduced to the major distinguishing feature of
the Dispensation of Grace, namely, the internal, indwelling, empowering
influence of God the Holy Spirit.

Verse One

"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ
Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. "

We begin our observations by calling attention to the phrase "in Christ.
" The work of the Holy Spirit for this dispensation rests upon being in
that relationship. The concept of being "in Christ" is not found in the
Old Testament or the Gospels. Those dear saints were saved and they were
in a saving relationship with Jesus Christ but they were not "in Christ"
in the sense that we are "in Christ. " They were saved and placed into a
relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ as "King." He was the King and
they were subjects in His Kingdom. Oh, yes, it was a saving
relationship. And, yes, God promised a Kingdom to those dear saints.
They were promised eternal salvation, and that is wonderful, and we are
thankful for (God's blessing on them, but theirs was not the same
blessed relationship as we have today "in the Body of Christ! "

When someone gets saved in the Dispensation of Grace, God does something
that never happened in the Old Testament. According to First Corinthians
chapter twelve, verses twelve and thirteen we are told that the Holy
Spirit takes the believing sinner and places him into Christ. We are
placed into Christ so completely that He is the head and we are the
body. Our life is hid with Christ in God. We are so completely placed
into Christ, that we lose our former identity. We are neither Jew nor
Gentile, bond or free, male or female, we have a brand new identity -
the Body of Christ. We are "in the Body of Christ" by the work of the
Holy Spirit that was never manifested in the Old Testament or the Gospels.

There is now "no condemnation" to those who take the option of living in
Romans Eight and walking "after the Spirit. "The struggle believers go
through from the moment they are saved is a struggle between the flesh
and the Spirit. The flesh profits nothing! Expending efforts by trusting
the flesh. trusting will power, "biting the bullet," "grinning and
bearing it" - is doomed to fail. Victory and joy is to be had only as we
yield to the Holy Spirit. "Reckon yourself to be dead indeed unto sin,
alive unto God" (Rom. 6:11). When believers yield themselves to the Holy
Spirit the Holy Spirit will speak in a still small voice, through the
Word of God, and empower them to live and function in humanly impossible
ways: ways they never could do before.

Verse Two

"For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free
from the law of sin and death."

Being "in Christ" is the most important place to be, and the most
important and valuable blessing of grace is: "made me free from the law
of "sin and death" by the "law of the Spirit of life. " In my opinion,
the "law of sin and death" refers to the indwelling sin principle that
we inherited through the fall of Adam. It is often referred to as the
"Old Man," 'the Flesh" or the Old Sin Nature. The saved person is freed
from the bondage of the Flesh, when a person gets saved and receives the
Holy Spirit. "If any man have not the spirit of Christ, he is none of
His" (Rom. 8:9). He is "sealed unto the day of redemption" (2 Cor. I
:22; Eph. I:13; 4:30) by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit's sealing is a
mark of ownership and a guarantee of God's promise. Believers are not
only "in Christ" now, but the Holy Spirit has come to indwell us, seal
us and free us. These blessings can never change. Since this is true,
just think of the riches of God's grace! Think of the privilege and the
opportunities that are ours for victory and the blessings of God.

Why would God do it this way? Answer- God has provided the assets of
grace (salvation, the indwelling Holy Spirit and the Word of God) and
when something wonderful is accomplished in and through the believer's
life, God gets the praise and glory.

Verses Three through Eight

"For what the Law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh
God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin,
condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the Law might be
fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. For
they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they
that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally
minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because
the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law
of God, neither indeed can be. "

"For what the Law could not do." You know, there is something that
bothers me. You pick up the average Sunday School literature and you'll
find that many will tell you that you are saved by grace through faith.
I say, "Hey, great, praise the Lord I believe that! That's wonderful!"
But much of the literature says, "In order to live the Christian life
you have to go back to the Mosaic Law" and it binds the students hand
and foot to the Law.

I'm here to tell you that when someone gets saved, they are made free,
both from the Mosaic Law and the "Law of Sin and Death. " God has
changed His method of operation. How? And Why? Answer: God sent "His own
Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin as a sin offering
condemned sin in the flesh." The Christian way of life is now lived
according to the principles revealed here in Romans Eight. Living the
Christian way of life, in a successful way, is not a matter of keeping
the Mosaic Law or through the energy of the Flesh!

We have said elsewhere in this article that God has not relaxed His
holiness; rather, He has, through the substitutionary work of Christ,
made provision for the "righteousness of the Law" to be "fulfilled in us
who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. "

"Walk after the Spirit." That's for us! We are privileged! That's why
the age in which we are living is called the Dispensation of the Grace
of God. The world has never seen anything like this before. God has
always been a God of grace. But, what God had done by enriching those
that dare to believe Him today is absolutely without equal. The whole
Eighth Chapter of Romans has to do with walking after the Holy Spirit.

Verses Nine through Fourteen

"But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the
Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of
Christ, he is none of His. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead
because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if
the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He
that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal
bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are
debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after
the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the
deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit
of God, they are the sons [adult/mature) of God "

These verses form the heart and structure of the place where God wants
us to live and function as a member of Christ's body; Romans Eight
should be our dwelling place.

Conclusion

I want to ask you a personal question, "Where do you want to live?" I
have made my choice. I've had enough of Romans Seven. I want to live in
Romans Eight. I want to experience and know something more about the
Holy Spirit. I want to know enough of the Holy Spirit and the Word of
God so that I can experience the riches of His grace.

The Bible holds out that hope that we can live independent of the flesh
- that there is the possibility of living in such a way that we can
glorify God in all that we say and do. Now, have I been successful? I'm
not going to raise my hand and say "Yes." I'm growing. I'm learning. I'm
walking. Have I been successful in all? No, I fail lots of times. But,
thank God, I found what I believe is the major key in living the
Christian way of life.

I say this without fear of contradiction; we need to know the Word of
God and the reality of the fullness and power of the Holy Spirit.
Enough! Enough! Enough pain, fear, defeat, disappointment, sadness and
disillusionment! Enough! Enough! Enough talking about victory and joy in
the Holy Spirit. We need the reality of the power of God the Holy Spirit
and that is the only way that we shall ever produce fruit that will
remain. We need to move out of Romans Chapter Seven and move into Romans
Chapter Eight. Where are you living?

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WHERE ARE YOU LIVING?*
*PART 2*
*by Evangelist S. Lee Homoki *
*
Living in Romans Chapter Seven (. .. Taking a Closer Look at the Flesh)

Verses Twelve & Thirteen
"Wherefore the Law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and
good" No doubt about it. "Was then that which is good made death unto
me. God forbid But sin that it might appear sin working death in me."
How? "By that which is good That sin by the commandment might become
exceeding sinful. "

This is why I still preach that it is good to put the Ten Commandments
up. It is good to indoctrinate boys and girls with the Ten Commandments.
It is good for you to know the Ten Commandments because it will continue
to do exactly what it has always done. The holiness of God will kill
you. Let me illustrate: Take the very best man, with all his
righteousness. He's the best. He is the "high water mark" of human
righteousness. Now, take the Ten Commandments of God and place it
alongside of him. The Bible says that all of man's righteousness,
compared with God's righteousness, "are as filthy rags" (Isa. 64:6). So,
was the Law good? "Yes." Could the Law bring life? "No." The Law killed
and it was brought in so that our righteousness, our very best, might
appear to be what it is - sin (sin means to miss the mark of all that
God approves or demands).

Verse Fourteen
"For we know that the Law is spiritual but I am carnal sold under sin. "

That is why we can't measure up. Now, you know what being "sold" is -
that's being a slave. I was recently preaching in the Washington DC area
and we went down to Mt. Vernon. While there, I was surprised to find
that George Washington was a slave owner. They told us about that from
the standpoint of the slave. I want to tell you folks: the slaves had no
freedom! Admittedly, the slaves had it a lot better than what they had
in the jungles of Africa, but they were not free - it was awful. They
were nothing more than a piece of chattel. They were a piece of property
that could be bought and sold. You can imagine the heartbreak of
separation of family - family relations were non-existent. They had no
identity. They had no personal ambition. They had no personal goal. They
were just property to be used. So, the Romans Seven Man was, "sold under
sin. " He was a slave to sin. That is what causes the spiritual struggle
in the soul. That is what you and I struggle with. You and I may be born
again but we have an old sinful nature. We were born with the nature to
sin. We were born with that which is called "the flesh, " and we are in
bondage to it. At some point, we all need to be made aware that there is
an alternative to the slavery of sin. That's what Romans Eight is all
about.

The following verses explain the complexity of this bondage.

Verses Fifteen through Twenty
"For that which I do (#l) I allow not for what I would that I do (#2)
not but what I hate that I do (#3) if then I do (#3) that which I would
not I consent that the law that is good. Now then it is more I that do
(#l) it but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in
my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but
how to perform (#1) that which is good I find not. For the good that I
would I do (#3) not: but the evil which I would not, that I do (#2). Now
if I do (#3) that I would not, it is no more I that do (#l) it, but sin
that dwelleth in me."

This is a warfare that leads to failure. The Romans Seven Man's weakness
is resident in his use of the "flesh" to accomplish Divine goals. Notice
three things:
(1) This man has "I" trouble.
(2) The problem is internal ("in me") not external.
(3) The problem is in the doing.

The word "do" is used in these verses nine times. It is surprising to
find that it is translated from three distinctly different Greek words!
If care is taken to understand these different Greek words, it will help
to understand the complexity, mechanics and exasperation of this conflict.
#1. KATERGOZOMAl = to work from the inside out
#2. PRASSO = to practice
#3. P01EO = to produce
Suggestion: Read these verses again substituting the meaning for the
word "do."

Verses Twenty-one through Twenty-three
"I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
For I delight in the Law of God after the inward man: But I see another
law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me
into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. "

Is there anybody here who would deny that there is an indwelling Law of
Sin at work in the heart of this Romans Seven Man? Just to simplify how
it manifests itself - it sounds like this: "If I trust in the flesh, no
matter how hard I try to do what I should or shouldn't do - I crash!
And, even though I have more self-will than the other guy, my very best
shot is not good enough. I still fall short! After you go through this
disappointment for a lifetime, you just finally throw in the towel and
say it isn't worth it - it doesn't work! This man of Romans Seven
wrestled with this. I guarantee that this describes a great many
Christians. They want to do right. They know right from wrong, but if
they are depending on the flesh, they're going to flop.

Verse Twenty-four
"0 wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this
death?"

Now our man of Romans Seven has finally reached the bottom! He has come
to the end of his human resources! I am convinced, although I cannot
prove it, that the Apostle Paul's inspired pen reaches deep into the
archives of the Barbarian's concept of justice and punishment for an
illustration to show just how desperate the Romans Seven Man's condition
really was.

In the ancient world, when a man committed a murder - a brutal murder -
there was a special punishment. Of course, people would be outraged!
There would be people everywhere crying for blood and for revenge. This
would initiate a great manhunt, much as it would in our day - a manhunt
for the person responsible for the crime. Once the perpetrator was
found, captured, and tried, he was executed in a most bazaar way.
Meaning, the murderer is laid prostrate on the ground. The victim's body
was then bound hand to hand, arm to arm, leg to leg, neck to neck, head
to head, to the guilty and condemned murderer. Now, you don't need
anyone to rehearse to you the nauseating process of decay and
corruption. It wouldn't be long before the victim would begin to decay.
The Barbarians would take the murderer, now bound to a rotting corpse,
and turn him loose to suffer the most indescribable, painful, slow death
as he is literally being eaten alive by the corruption. It is at this
point that the poor, suffering wretch would cry out, "0 wretched man
that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" I tell
you, we often talk about cruel and inhumane punishment, but believe me,
anything we do today by way of punishing criminals, is not near as
inhumane and cruel as were the Barbarians.

Paul hears the dying man's heartbreaking plea, "Who shall deliver me
from the body of this death?" He relates that to the experience of the
believer who has not yet discovered the ministry of the Holy Spirit in
Romans Eight. Paul's heart is linked with the believer who is trying to
do what is right; trying to do what is good; trying to live the
Christian way of life but doing so in the energy of the flesh - and the
"flesh profits nothing!" He likens the defeated believer to the wretch
who was bound to this dead body and crying for help - being eaten little
by little by the skin worms and the awful pain and slow death. "Oh,
wretched man that I am."

Verse Twenty-five
"1 thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I
myself serve the law of God,' but with the flesh the law of sin. "

This verse is where Paul the Apostle "shifts gears" to move our focus
from Romans Chapter Seven to Chapter Eight. It also identifies the
choices that are available to the child of God, namely The Law of God or
The Law of Sin.

*Religious rules look so compatible with*
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WHERE ARE YOU LIVING
PART 1
by Evangelist S. Lee Homoki

I often ask people, "Where are you living? Is your life characterized by
Romans Chapter Seven or by Romans Chapter Eight?" Now, let me tell you
how important I think that question is. I believe that if anybody wants
to get a handle on how to grow and be strong and victorious in the
Christian way of life, they must understand the distinction between
these two chapters. I do not know of any more important passage of
Scripture for the Christian. Romans Seven and Eight illustrate the two
operating principles that battle for control of the believer's life.

The man of Romans Seven demonstrates the pathway of defeat. He is a
sincere person, a person who is anxious to know God, to please God and
to serve God. He is trying to do what is right, but something is
missing. Oh, he knows he's saved but it seems like the harder he tries
the more he fails until finally - in abject failure - he comes to the
place where he says, "I give up." I know that there are a lot of people
like that. Perhaps you are like that or know someone like that. You're
not alone! I can recall in years past, and occasionally from time to
time, my life gets out of joint; something isn't quite right in my life.
Thankfully, I have discovered that usually the problem is right here in
Romans Chapter Seven!

Romans Seven shows the life of the believer that has not yet discovered
the truth of Romans Eight. Romans Seven shows the work and the energy of
the flesh which is not capable of pleasing God. Oh, fleshly energy can
try hard. The flesh does its very best, but the flesh can never satisfy
what is needed (Rom. 8:7-8).

If you have a longing to serve God, if you are sick and tired of defeat,
if you are tired of just coming up short, if you recognize that you are
missing the victory and joy of the Lord in your life, then you need to
come over to Romans Eight. The answer is found there.

Romans Eight tells us that the Holy Spirit is available to fit your
needs. The Holy Spirit is working and has a ministry today that He never
had in the Old Testament. Now, the Holy Spirit was in the Old Testament
but not everybody was influenced or controlled by the Holy Spirit. In
fact, in the Old Testament there was a different kind of a control. It
was the external control of the Mosaic Law. The Law, the Bible says, was
"holy, just and good" There was nothing wrong with the Law except it was
weak. The Law could only say "do this," "do that," "don't do this,"
"don't do that," but it never told anyone how! It never empowered
anyone. It only demanded. It never gave any Old Testament saint any
power to execute the demands of the Law. That's why Romans Eight tells
us the Law "was weak through the flesh."

It is only on this side of the Cross, and with the coming of the
Dispensation of Grace, that we learn of the expansion of the work and
ministry of the Holy Spirit. Yet, the Holy Spirit remains the most
neglected person in the Godhead! I have observed in the Christian
community (I think I am qualified to say this as I have traveled all
over the country and been in over a thousand churches) that there is a
great neglect today and gross ignorance of the work and ministry of the
Holy Spirit.

Romans Eight is where you and I need to go! This is where we need to
live! This is where the joy and victory is found! This is the normal
Christian life! And yet, I tell you that many Christian people have not
yet discovered this truth. Oh, there are sincere Christians who are
happy to hear about the Holy Spirit as long as the Holy Spirit is
working "out there" safely at arm's length. But the idea of surrendering
to the Holy Spirit, up close and personal, to "be filled with the Holy
Spirit" - that is a little scary. The word filling means to be
controlled: "Be not drunk with wine wherein is excess, but be filled
with the Holy Spirit. " You see the application here, don't you? The
wine controls a person who is drunk. You have perhaps rubbed shoulders
with or bumped into somebody who is inebriated and you say, "The wine
has loosened up his tongue." He says some funny things. He says some sad
things. He says some bad things. We say, "That was the whiskey talking."
In like manner, a believer is to be controlled by the Holy Spirit in
such a way that we are guided in what we say, where we go, and what we
do to the glory of God.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

As Billy Graham said, "I am convinced the greatest act
of love we can ever perform for people is to tell them
about God's love for them in Christ."
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* THE FOLLY OF WORLDLY WISDOM*
* by C. R. Stam*
Has not the world made great progress, intellectually, since Paul's day?
Is this not evident on every hand? Of course! For one thing, our
physicists have taught us how to kill each other much faster now.
Moscow, London or Washington could be wiped out in a few minutes, and
this is a considerable saving in time!

And think what has been accomplished in the field of electronics! We can
now keep intelligent people glued to their TV sets for hours on end,
their eyes riveted to shows which are often unwholesome, but sometimes
at least entertaining and occasionally even informative. And think of
the many time-saving devices in our homes! We are all saving so much
time that we cannot even be hospitable to each other and our mental
institutions are over-crowded with patients who have collapsed from
enjoying all this leisure time.

Then consider our achievements in transportation! Our thorough fares are
crowded with automobiles whose drivers are getting jangled nerves in
traffic jams and choking in the deadly carbon monoxide fumes, or else
racing at high speeds, which is great fun until suddenly some object
looms up ahead as if from nowhere. And the airplane! This is really
something! We can now fly through the air with so much noise and
commotion that innocent people for miles around our larger airports are
kept awake nights. Of course, the minority should be willing to suffer
cheerfully for the majority and it is important that great numbers of
people get places fast, fast, fast.

But all this is nothing compared with what is going on in outer space.
We now have all sorts of things orbiting around out there -- and it's
not all debris. It includes some very sensitive instruments, serving us
faithfully from day to day. Indeed, men from our earth have actually
landed on the moon and have brought some of its rocks and dust back with
them. Soon, maybe, we will have people from beautiful New England, or
the breath-taking Rockies, or the lovely shores of Oregon, living on its
barren wastes. Wonderful prospect! And we can always get the necessary
billions from the taxpayers.

But the best of it is that while we have aspired to reach the moon, and
even Mars, we've got a Great Society going on earth; a Society whose
wild pagan music has all but replaced the beautiful melodies and
harmonies of the classics, and whose twisted "art" reflects the
bewildered confusion of our times; a Society in which children and young
people are corrupted, women are robbed and raped, and men, women and
children are murdered in the streets. Oh, it's wonderful! The young
people demonstrating a tour universities for the right to use filthy
language if they want to, and demanding a greater voice in running our
institutions of learning; the minority groups marching to protest their
various grievances, the rioting and blood shed, the burning and looting!
And meantime, ever so quietly,our most sophisticated mob syndicates are
running fine motels and other business organizations -- and pouring a
never-increasing flow of narcotics, pornographic literature, etc., into
our enlightened community, judges and juries doing what they can to
favor the criminals and, should any of them land behind prison bars, the
parole boards are there to help get them released as soon as possible,
so that our happy society may benefit from their experience and our
mental and penal institutions may be further enlarged. Surely we've
never had it so good.

Thanks be to God for the truth of Gal. 1:4:

"[Christ] gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this
present evil world
[or, "age"] according to the will of God and our Father."
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*~REJOICING IN HOPE~*
*By FLOYD BAKER, Pastor, *
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Scripture Reading: Romans 5 :2-5

"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our
Lord Jesus Christ: By Whom we have access by faith into this grace
wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God." This hope
that Paul was rejoicing in is ours because of the Lord Jesus Christ. It
is only because of our "position in Christ" that we have this confident
expectation. And it is ours, not because we have been justified by works
(Romans 4:1-8), or by ordinances (4:9-12), or by law obedience (13-25),
but by faith.

In Romans 8:30 the apostle writes, "Moreover whom He did predestinate,
them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and
whom He justified, them He also glorified." Our future glory with Christ
is certain because we are "in Christ" and Christ is in us. In Colossians
3:4 we read, "When Christ, Who is our life shall appear, then shall we
also appear with Him in glory." Again we read in Paul's Philippian
letter, "Christ shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned
like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able
even to subdue all things unto Himself" (3:21).

Is it any wonder that we are "rejoicing in that hope?" For the child of
God the future is always bright. As the days and years pass by that hope
becomes even brighter; but let us not forget that God is able to meet
our present needs as well: because the "Love of God is shed abroad in
our hearts!" (Romans 5:3-5).
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THE BEQUEST OF PEACE
By RALPH F. BALOG

Scripture Reading: John 14:27

How very thankful the twelve apostles should have been for the Lord's
promise: "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the
world giveth, give I unto you." In John 14:27 the apostles were facing
the reality that their Lord would soon depart from them physically. With
their spiritual Leader gone there would naturally be inward
unsettlement. So the Lord Jesus Christ promised them "His peace."
Glorious promise! No matter what the outward circumstances of life His
"inner peace" would be their foundation of assurance. No storm too
fierce; no foes too strong to override the heavenly peace (so different
from the world's), or the Lord wouldn't have used the analogy. The
Lord's peace is ever abiding. The so-called peace of the world is
fleeting at best.

Ever remember that in this present dispensation of the grace of God, the
God OF peace is only so to those who are fulfilling Phil. 4:9: "DOING
what they have learned, and received, and heard, and seen in Paul."
Don't you for one moment believe those television evangelists who claim
to be in the will of God while following a program long ago set aside by
God Himself. You would think the Kingdom program was still in order the
way the Church carries on in defiance of Pauline truth.

The bequest of peace today is in following Paul, as He followed Christ.
Ever magnify Paul's office and you will see that all the honor and glory
for everything done in our life here below must be given to the Lord
Jesus Christ.

Grace believers have "compounded peace:" 1). "Peace with God through our
Lord Jesus Christ" (Rom. 5:1) and 2). the peace of God for "rightly
dividing the Word of Truth" (Phil. 4:9; II Tim. 2:15).

Don’t focus on what you’re going through;
focus on where you’re going to! ~ Unknown

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BOLDNESS TODAY
by C.R. Stam

Some may suppose that it would require little boldness today to proclaim
grace in all its purity. Who is ever persecuted now, at least in free,
enlightened lands, for preaching God's grace? Ah, but do not be
deceived. Satan was no less active in his opposition to the truth when
Constantine exalted the professing Church to prominence than when his
predecessors persecuted the Church and sent its members to death by fire
and sword. Indeed, the devil was doubtless more successful in
Constantine' s day than he had been when persecution raged.

Does any believer in the Word of God suppose that Satan has relented
in his opposition to the truth today, just because men, at least in this
land, are not burned at the stake or thrown to the lions? Do not be
misled. Satan's enmity against God and against His Word continues
undiminished. His hatred of "the gospel of the grace of God," is as
bitter, and his opposition to it as determined as it ever was. But well
does he know that the constant discouragements connected with being in
the minority often succeed in silencing those who would stand against
physical persecution.

Today Satan uses the new evangelicalism with its highly-organized,
highly-financed campaigns -- and its woeful lack of doctrinal and
dispensational teaching of the Word -- to neutralize the saints.
Multitudes are attracted to these neo-evangelical extravaganzas, at
which the participants are for the most part performers, and those who
stand for the truth often feel very small as compared to the vast
unthinking majority. But let us never forget that God uses "things that
are not" to accomplish His work (See I Cor. 1:26-29).

Let us, who know and love the truth, then, determine by God's grace
that nothing shall make us unfaithful to our glorious commission; that,
whatever the cost, we shall faithfully and boldly proclaim to others the
unadulterated gospel of the grace of God, "the preaching of Jesus
Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery."

Eph 6:19 And for me, that utterance
may be given unto me,
that I may open my mouth boldly,
to make known the mystery of the gospel,

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*TRENDS OF THE END *
*PART 2 OF 2*
*by Charles W. Wages *
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In the book of Colossians, chapter two, we find a stern warning to the
"worshippers" of that day (and today) who worshipped angels. Paul's
warning was,

"Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and
worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not
seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind." (Col. 2:18)

No doubt this kind of worship took on itself a religious "form." They
went through certain rituals and possibly looked good and appealed to
the eye and the senses (Col. 2:20-21). This kind of worship is described
as "will worship," and false humility in Colossians 2:23. It satisfies
the flesh, but does not honor God.

In one sense, it is good to live in a land where there is freedom of
worship and most of us, I am sure, are glad and thankful we do. However,
it has its problems as well. Apart from the leading of the Spirit of
God, sinful man invariably chooses that "form of worship" that satisfies
the flesh. The "god of this world" (Satan) doesn't mind people being
"religious" as long as they do not worship the God of glory. Satan
loathes the saint; God loves the sinner, but hates the sin. The
antichrist, when he appears and takes charge of this world system, will
forbid all worship except that which acknowledges him as god (2 Thess. 2:4).

This "false" worship this "form" worship that denies the power of God,
is the outstanding "trend of our times" (2 Tim. 3:5).

How wonderful to worship the One who loved us, even when we were lost in
sin, and took our place on the cross of shame. It is God's great desire
through His great grace "that all men be saved, and come into the
knowledge of the truth." (1 Tim. 2:4). It is good to acknowledge that
"there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man, Christ
Jesus" (1 Tim. 2:5 ) When we trust the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour, God
saves and justifies us and makes us "new creations" in Christ (2 Cor.
5:17). Further, the Holy Spirit baptizes us into the one body (the
Church, which is Christ's body), seals us unto the day of redemption
(Eph. 1:13-14), and the Spirit of God comes to dwell in the child of God
(1 Cor. 6:19). Then, we are able to distinguish the false, and worship
the true God, and understand (in some manner) the "Trends of the End."
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*TRENDS OF THE END *
*PART ONE OF TWO *
*by Charles W. Wages *
*
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come." (2
Tim. 3:1-5)

The verses in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 give a vivid account of what we can expect in "the last days." There are approximately twenty distinct
characteristics given that portray for us the "trends of the end." The "last days" spoken of by the apostle Paul refers to the end of this age of grace.

In a right division of God's Word we must "try the things that differ,"
therefore the "last days" of the church here mentioned are different
from the last days of Israel. The apostle Peter, while preaching on the day of Pentecost spoke of the "last days" of Israel and accounted the tremendous physical and outward manifestations that would precede and accompany those days. For example, he tells of sons and daughters prophesying and seeing visions and dreams, the showing of wonders in heaven; signs in the earth; sun turned into darkness; and the moon into blood. These "days" are further shown in the early chapters of the Revelation.

In the "last days" of this present church age, the characteristics given
are more of a moral, ethical, and spiritual nature. For example, a few of these include, men to be lovers of self; without natural affection;
disobedient to parents; heady and high minded; and "having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof." This last one is a good
example of what we are seeing today. It is surely a "trend of the end."

We must constantly be reminded that all that goes on under the heading of "worship" is not always true worship of God. Worship can be just an exercise directed toward and for man or even the devil! It must be noted that the Scripture says, "having a form of godliness." This means that there is emphasis on an outward semblance of worship instead of a real worship from the heart in accordance with God's Word and will. This "form" can take on many forms. The apostle Paul had to correct the philosophers at Athens for their confusing superstitions and ignorant worship of every false god (Acts 17:18-23).
Then he concluded by telling them the true God had created all things by stating,

"God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord
of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; neither is
worshipped with men's hands, as though he needeth anything, seeing he
giveth to all life, and breath, and all things" (Acts 17:24-25).

Throughout the history of man, both secular and biblical, we find human beings worshipping everything under the sun, including the sun. The early inhabitants of this earth are described in Romans, chapter one.
We are told that they did not glorify God, but became vain in their
imaginations, and were so foolish that they, "Changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things. " (Rom. 1:23)

And then further, we are told,
"Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. " (Rom. 1:25)

*THOUGHT FOR THIS WEEK*

Watch out for people who will like to spoil your faith through human
philosophies, trying to dazzle you with intellectual and wrong shallow interpretations of the Word of God, which is built on men's thoughts
and ideas, instead of speaking into your life from the word of God. --
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FIXED POSITION
By Miles Stanford

"And He said to them all, If any man will come after Me, let him deny
himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me" (Luke 9:23).

True spiritual experience will result from our standing immovable in our
position "in Christ." All too often believers allow certain
"experiences" to move them from the faith-ground of their objective
position, and they are soon adrift on the sea of subjective feelings and
unscriptural influences.

"The Christian life is essentially a continuous dying, and a continuous
living. Of course, there may come a particular crisis in experience
where the Spirit of God brings the soul face to face with a definite
issue as to a willingness for the Cross, and a yielding of the life to
God. Yes, the first revelation of the secret of victory also may
constitute a real crisis in the life of the believer, but that crisis or
experience can never, in itself, avail for the future.

"There is a subtle danger in relying upon some isolated experience of
'sanctification, ' so-called. The victorious Christian life is a Person,
not an experience. Following the crisis, whatever phase or landmark in
the life that may represent, there must be the daily reckoning, the
moment-by-moment abiding and the control of the Holy Spirit. Whatever
may have been our experience of holiness, and the measure of spiritual
attainment in the past, we can never get beyond the need of abiding in
Christ and the continuous reckoning of faith." - R.W.

"For we, alive though we are, are continually surrendering ourselves to
death for the sake of Jesus" (II Cor. 4:11, Wey.).

Phi 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of
[his] good pleasure.

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not send to a friend, coworker or, to your loved one who maybe defending
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THE LOVE OF GOD
by C. R. Stam

Millions of people -- even religious people -- are afraid of God
and are struggling to earn His favor. They suppose that salvation is the
reward of showing enough love to Him. If only they would believe what
God Himself says, that if we are ever saved it will be entirely because
He loved us and graciously provided for our salvation.

The Apostle Paul, in the Bible, called God "the God of love" (II Cor.
13:11) and John declared that "God IS love" (1 John 4:8). Thus John goes
on to say:

"HEREIN IS LOVE, NOT THAT WE LOVED GOD, BUT THAT HE LOVED US and sent
His Son to be the propitiation [satisfaction] for our sins" (1 John 4:10).

This is why salvation is so often called a "gift" in the Bible. It is
the expression of God's love to sinners. And so St. Paul tells us:

"[We] were by nature the children of wrath, even as others, BUT GOD, WHO
IS RICH IN MERCY, FOR HIS GREAT LOVE WHERE WITH HE LOVED US, even when
we were dead in sin, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace
ye are saved)" (Eph. 2:3-5).

"...after that THE KINDNESS AND LOVE OF GOD OUR SAVIOR TOWARD MAN
appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but
according to HIS MERCY He saved us..." (Tit. 3:4,5).

Does all this mean that God over looks sin or condones it? By no means!
In His love He paid for our sins on Calvary's cross "that He might be
Just, and the Justifier of him that believeth in Jesus" (Rom. 3:26).
This is why we read in Rom. 5:8:

"...GOD COMMENDETH HIS LOVE TOWARD US, IN THAT WHILE WE WERE YET SINNERS
CHRIST DIED FOR US."

O Lord of compassion and generosity, what bountiful grace You offer to
us, grace that justifies and grace that sanctifies. How foolish and
unnecessary have been my futile attempts to fulfill the lofty
requirements of Your holy law by my own feeble efforts. Father, how
thrilling and encouraging to see that You have provided a gracious and
effective way for me to grow in Christ likeness. This day I place my
hope for godly progress in the irreplaceable work of Your Holy Spirit in
me, in The name of Lord Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.

Our Purpose and Mission

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

We read in in Ephesians. 1:18 "The eyes of your understanding being
enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what
the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints," and in
Colossians 2:2 " That their hearts might be comforted, being knit
together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of
understanding, to the acknowledgment (epignosis) true knowledge of the
mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ".
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ONLY THE LORD JESUS CHRIST *
*By Miles Stanford*

"Thus saith the Lord, Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh
flesh his arm" (Jer. 17:5).

Sooner or later the believer goes through a period of disillusionment
and bitterness because of what he encounters in the lives of other
Christians - leaders included. The Holy Spirit uses this revelation,
along with what He exposes in his own heart, to teach him to abide in
the Lord Jesus; safe from the sin of others, as well as his own.

"It is a part of our spiritual education to discover the fallibility of
those in whom we trust. The experience can be a very painful one, but it
is most necessary for us to find out that everyone else but the Lord
Jesus is a failure. Sometimes He seems to take pains to bring them to
notice. He never hid the failures of his disciples from the people, for
he wants it clearly understood that we must place our trust in Him
alone. Some Christians get offended with Him when they find that others
on whom they relied are not, after all, perfect." -H.F.

"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 forcible
manner, the truth and blessedness of His own Word: 'They shall not be
ashamed that wait for Me.'" -C.H.M.

"You will never be transformed by continually looking at your own
shortcomings, never! Nor will you ever be transformed by looking at the
weaknesses of your fellow Christians. You will only be conformed by
continually looking upon the glory of the Lord Jesus; for they who live
looking and beholding, though they know it not, are being changed from
glory to glory by the Sprit of the Lord. ---E.I.

"To give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of
Jesus Christ" (2 Cor. 4:6).

*"Lord, this indestructible joy is mine. *
*I don't need to pray for it or plead with you*
* to grant this joy to me.*
* It is mine because You live in me!*
* I know that! So what am I to do?*
* I am to open the gates and let that joy flow out of me. *

*If you are blessed by this devotional, please *
*forward it to your friends*


* THE PURPOSE OF THE LAW*
* by C. R. Stam*
*
How little most people know about the Law, the Ten Commandments!

First, most people have a hazy idea that the Law was given to Adam; that
it existed as long as the history of man. This, of course, is wrong, for
in John 1:17 we read: "The law was given by Moses." Moses lived some
2,500 years after Adam, about 1,500years before Christ. So for about
2,500 years mankind lived without theTen Commandments.

Second, most people suppose that the Law was given to mankind in
general, while the fact is that it was given to Israel alone. It was a
covenant made between God and Israel. Before giving it God said: "Now
therefore, if ye will obey My voice indeed,and keep My covenant, then ye
shall be a peculiar treasure unto Me above all people" (Ex. 19:5). This
is not to say that the Law does not affect all men, for, as the divine
standard of righteousness it affects us all.

Third, most people think that the Law was given to help us to be good.
Even some clergymen teach this, though the Bible itself states again and
again that the Law was given to shows that we are guilty sinners and
need a Savior. Note the following Scripture passages.

Rom. 3:19: "Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith
to them that are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped and all
the world may be brought in guilty before God."

Rom. 3:20: "By the law is the knowledge of sin."

Gal. 3:19: "Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of
transgressions. ..."

Thus the Law can only condemn the sinner. But thank God, "Christ hath
redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us; for it
is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree" (Gal. 3:13).

O Lord, my God, I rejoice greatly that I am under Your grace and not
under Your law. Your holy law rightly condemned me for my trespasses
against You. I thank You for forgiving my sins by Your glorious grace. I
praise You for justifying me, declaring me not guilty in Your sight, by
Your rich grace. I extol You for continuing to touch and shape my life
by Your inexhaustible grace, in the name of Christ Jesus, my Lord. Amen
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SHOULD CHRIST'S BODY WORK?*
*(Part 3 of 3)*
Someone has well said, 'A 'Christian should be like a watch: well
regulated and full of good works!' In the light of the Word of God, this
is true. 'Good works' are God's 'maintenance program' for every member
of the Body of Christ in this present dispensation of the grace of God.
(Remember again Titus 2:11-14, 3:8, 14, as well as Ephesians 2:8-10,
Colossians 1:9-12, Galatians 6: 9-10, and Philippians 2:12-16.)

We have also observed that there is a real connection between 'the fruit
of the spirit' (Galatians 5:22-23), 'faith which worketh by love'
(Galatians 5:6), and 'being fruitful in every good work' (Colossians
1:10). Hence, we can construct a sort of equation like this:

*THE INDWELLING SPIRIT + FAITH = LOVE*
*AND GOOD WORKS*
What are these 'good works'? Are they several activities in which we can
engage, like going to church, singing in the choir, teaching a Sunday
School class, visiting the sick, serving at a church dinner, or helping
a needy neighbor? These are all good, but they are not necessarily 'good
works'. We know that 'he that desireth the office of a bishop
(overseer), desireth a good work' (I Timothy 3:1). Yet not all spiritual
leaders in local churches are performing 'good works'; because they are
not in right relation with God.

Now Paul, for example, gives no list of 'good works' because they are
not in his epistles. He does mention 'the work of ministering (serving)'
in Ephesians 4:12, which every believer in Christ should engage in. He
also makes it clear that each member of the Body of Christ has a
specific function (Ephesians 4:7-16). He speaks of praying for one
another (Ephesians 6:18), performing with our hands what is good
(Ephesians 4:28), 'contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing
hospitality' (Romans 12:13), and bearing 'one another's burdens'
(Galatians 6:2). These are all 'good,' and they are 'works' in the sense
that it takes activity to engage in them.

What makes a 'work' good? The best answer we can give is this: a 'good
work' is any activity which a believer in Christ does in the name of
Christ and in dependence upon the Holy Spirit. Thus Paul exhorts: 'And
whatsoever ye do in word or deed (work), do all in the name of the Lord
Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him' (Colossians 3:17). He
also encourages us by saying: 'Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye
steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for
as-much as ye know that your labor is not in vain (fruitless) in the
Lord' (I Corinthians 15:58).

'If I can do some good today,
If I can serve along life's way,
If I can something helpful say,
Lord, show me how.
If I can right a human wrong,
If I can help to make one strong,
If I can cheer with smile or song,
Lord, show me how.
If I can aid one in distress,
If I can make a burden less,
If I can spread more happiness,
Lord, show me how. '
(GRENVillE KlEISER)

Beloved, let us seek to 'maintain good works' for the glory of God!
Grace, Peace and Love,
Pastor Paul Hume


Your Greatest Need*
* by Pastor Ricky Kurth*
Even in these challenging financial times, the greatest need of a
Christian is not monetary. It is rather found in Colossians 1:11, where
Paul prays that we might be

"Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all..."

Unto all what? Whatever it is, Paul is convinced we are going to have to
be "strengthened" with "all might" according to "His glorious power" to
obtain it. As we read on, Paul tells us the goal of all this empowerment:

"...unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness."

Patience? The reason we need all this mighty empowering is so we can be
patient? While this may seem anticlimactic, we submit that patience is
our greatest need. We need patience to put up with the world's
wickedness, the abortions, etc., patience in knowing the Second Coming
of Christ will right the world's wrongs. We need patience as
televangelists continue to dominate the airwaves with their dilutions
and pollutions of the gospel, and patience as Bible teachers muddle the
minds of the saints by their failure to rightly divide the Word. And
since no man today has the gift of healing, we need patience with our
physical infirmities, and longsuffering as we wait for that wonderful
change that will come to our bodies at the Rapture (Phil. 3:20,21).

Finally, we need patience with one another, as we learn to not just put
up with other believers, but to actually give them the same
unconditional love and acceptance God extends to us. Moses was patient
with unbelieving Pharaoh, but lost his patience with his brethren. How
like us! But ask yourself, when did David show greater spiritual
strength, when he slew Goliath, or when he refused to slay Saul?

Paul says we are to be strengthened to all patience "according to His
glorious power," but what is God's glorious power? The destructive power
He exhibited at the Red Sea is called "glorious" (Ex. 15:6), but we
suggest that God's glorious power today is seen in His patience. The
fact that God could put an end to the abortions and religious confusion,
but doesn't, is His most glorious power in the dispensation of grace.

The apostle concludes by praying that we might be patient "with
joyfulness," perhaps the hardest part of longsuffering. God doesn't
chafe under the vexations He receives from the world, religion, and the
Body of Christ, and neither should we!

If this kind of power were not available to us, Paul would not be
praying that we might have it. And so may his prayer also be the prayer
of our hearts, as we enthusiastically study the only source of spiritual
strength, God's Word rightly divided.

---Pastor Kurth
* Our Purpose and Mission

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

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

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

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

We are wiling to help you on this journey just give us a call, 1 623
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SHOULD CHRIST'S BODY WORK?*
*(Part 3 of 3)*
Someone has well said, 'A 'Christian should be like a watch: well
regulated and full of good works!' In the light of the Word of God, this
is true. 'Good works' are God's 'maintenance program' for every member
of the Body of Christ in this present dispensation of the grace of God.
(Remember again Titus 2:11-14, 3:8, 14, as well as Ephesians 2:8-10,
Colossians 1:9-12, Galatians 6: 9-10, and Philippians 2:12-16.)

We have also observed that there is a real connection between 'the fruit
of the spirit' (Galatians 5:22-23), 'faith which worketh by love'
(Galatians 5:6), and 'being fruitful in every good work' (Colossians
1:10). Hence, we can construct a sort of equation like this:

*THE INDWELLING SPIRIT + FAITH = LOVE*
*AND GOOD WORKS*

What are these 'good works'? Are they several activities in which we can
engage, like going to church, singing in the choir, teaching a Sunday
School class, visiting the sick, serving at a church dinner, or helping
a needy neighbor? These are all good, but they are not necessarily 'good
works'. We know that 'he that desireth the office of a bishop
(overseer), desireth a good work' (I Timothy 3:1). Yet not all spiritual
leaders in local churches are performing 'good works'; because they are
not in right relation with God.

Now Paul, for example, gives no list of 'good works' because they are
not in his epistles. He does mention 'the work of ministering (serving)'
in Ephesians 4:12, which every believer in Christ should engage in. He
also makes it clear that each member of the Body of Christ has a
specific function (Ephesians 4:7-16). He speaks of praying for one
another (Ephesians 6:18), performing with our hands what is good
(Ephesians 4:28), 'contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing
hospitality' (Romans 12:13), and bearing 'one another's burdens'
(Galatians 6:2). These are all 'good,' and they are 'works' in the sense
that it takes activity to engage in them.

What makes a 'work' good? The best answer we can give is this: a 'good
work' is any activity which a believer in Christ does in the name of
Christ and in dependence upon the Holy Spirit. Thus Paul exhorts: 'And
whatsoever ye do in word or deed (work), do all in the name of the Lord
Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him' (Colossians 3:17). He
also encourages us by saying: 'Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye
steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for
as-much as ye know that your labor is not in vain (fruitless) in the
Lord' (I Corinthians 15:58).

'If I can do some good today,
If I can serve along life's way,
If I can something helpful say,
Lord, show me how.
If I can right a human wrong,
If I can help to make one strong,
If I can cheer with smile or song,
Lord, show me how.
If I can aid one in distress,
If I can make a burden less,
If I can spread more happiness,
Lord, show me how. '
(GRENVillE KlEISER)

Beloved, let us seek to 'maintain good works' for the glory of God!
Grace, Peace and Love,
Pastor Paul Hume
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SHOULD CHRIST'S BODY WORK?*
*(Part 2 of 3)*
*By Pastor P. Hume*
We saw in part one how our salvation in Christ Jesus is a pure gift from
God, 'not of works, lest any man should boast.' As a poet has put it:
'I'll not work my soul to save,
For that my God has done;
But I'll work like any slave,
For love to God's dear Son.'

On the other hand, the Scriptures (especially the Pauline epistles) make
it equally clear that God does have a 'maintenance program' for
believers in this age of grace, spoken of in this way: 'This is a
faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly,
that they who have believed in God might be careful to maintain good
works. These things are good and profitable unto men.' A few verses
later, Paul says nearly the same thing: 'And let ours also learn to
maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful'
(Titus 3:8 and 14).

Mr. Kenneth S. Wuest renders Titus 3:8 more closely to the Greek text in
this manner: '. . . and concerning these things I desire you to be
strongly assertive, in order that those who have believed God may take
careful thought to go forward in good works.' The idea conveyed here is
that the one who has been saved without human works of any kind be now
occupied with 'good works' in his daily life.

Commenting on this important theme, in his remarks on Eph.2:8-10, Mr.
Charles Welch, in his excellent commentary, 'In Heavenly Places',
states: 'There are some teachers, who, because they have recognized
the utter impossibility of good works ever being admitted as a procuring
or a qualifying cause of our acceptance, seem to have developed an
antipathy to good works altogether, as though Paul had not continued
'not of works . . . unto good works.' Works are the visible fruit on
the tree, making it evident that the invisible root is alive and active.
(Emphasis ours.) 'By their fruits ye shall know them' is a
principle true for all time. Just as balance is exhibited in the epistle
as a whole, so is it in its parts. To emphasize the complete exclusion
of works as the cause of salvation is right; to omit reference to the
need to produce good works after salvation is wrong. The only thing that
is true is proportionate emphasis upon both doctrines.' ( P. 220 )

I think that it is important here to define what 'good works' are. Very
evidently they are connected with the believer's walk in Christ, and
therefore relate to 'fruit' in the believer's life. Note the prayer of
Paul for the believers in Colossae: '. . . that ye might walk worthy of
the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and
increasing in the knowledge (full knowledge, lit.) of God' (Col. 1:10).
If 'good works' are related to 'being fruitful,' and these in turn
relate to our daily 'walk,' do we not find a key in the words of Paul to
the believers in Thessalonica? 'Remembering without ceasing your work of
faith, and your labor of love. . . in our Lord Jesus Christ.' (l
Thessalonians 1:3.)

In his letter to the Galatians, Paul affirms that it is 'faith which
worketh by love' (Galatians 5:6). We are also told that 'it is God who
worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure' (Philippians
2:13). Can we say then that the 'good works' which each one of us who
are in Christ should be 'careful to maintain' are the expressions of
God's faith and love in our character and our conduct? Think about it!

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SHOULD CHRIST'S BODY WORK?**
Part 1 of 3
Have you ever come across some item in your home which doesn't work any
more? We have - ever so often! We usually make one of two decisions:
either save it with the idea of repairing it so it will work, or discard
it as 'junk.'

Should the saved people of this dispensation of the grace of God work?
In the words of the above caption, 'Should Christ's Body work?' 'What
do you mean?' you ask. After an individual becomes truly saved and
thereby becomes a member of the Church, which is Christ's Body, is it
necessary for that individual to do 'good works'? How do you answer that
question? If you say 'Yes', can you prove it by the Word of God 'rightly
divided'? If you say 'No,' can you do likewise?

What saith the Scriptures? Realizing that our glorified Lord has made
the Apostle Paul God's revelator to the Church, which is Christ's Body
(as Moses was God's revelator to Israel), we turn first to his writings
to answer this question. 'For we are his workmanship, created in Christ
Jesus unto (for the purpose of) good works, which God hath before
ordained (prepared before-hand) that we should walk them' (Ephesians
2:10). 'That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being
fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge (full
knowledge) of God' (Colossians 1:10), 'For it is God who worketh in you
both to will and to do (work) of (for) His good pleasure' (Philippians
2:13). 'Who gave himself for us, that He might redeem us from all
iniquity (lawlessness) . that he might purify unto himself a people of
his own, zealous of good works' (Titus 2:14). ''This is a faithful
saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they
who have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These
things are good and profitable unto men' (Titus 3:8), 'As we have,
therefore, opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto
them who are of the household of faith' (Galatians 6:10). 'This is a
true saying, If a man desire the office of bishop (overseer), he
desireth a good work' (1 Timothv :3:1)'.

These are but seven of many more exhortations of God in the Pauline
epistles to point out that the members of Christ's Body should engage in
'good works' as a result of being a 'new creation in Christ.'

The Pauline Scriptures especially make it perfectly clear that the
believer's forgiveness, justification, and standing in Christ are not
matters of humanly produced works. Our standing in Christ is based
wholly and totally upon Christ's work which is finished for us upon His
death and resurrection. 'This is why our salvation is all of grace
through faith: '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.' 'And if by grace, then is it no more of works, otherwise grace
is no more grace, But if it be of works, then is it no more grace,
otherwise work is no more work' (Romans 11:6). 'But to him that worketh
not, but believeth on him that justified the ungodly, his faith is
counted for righteousness' (Romans 4:5). See also Titus 3:5-7.

Since works (good or otherwise) cannot affect our standing in Christ,
are they necessary at all in the Christian walk? What saith the
Scriptures? God's maintenance program for each member of Christ's Church
is stated in Titus 3:8 (which we have previously quoted). Read it again
and think about it. Tomorrow, Lord willing, we'll say more about 'Should
Christ's Body ?' In the meantime let's ask ourselves,

'Are we doing HIS good pleasure?'

Grace, Peace and Love,
Pastor P. Hume
*Eph 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, *
*which from the beginning of the world *
*hath been hid in God,*
*who created all things by Jesus Christ*

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SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN CHRIST *
*By Pastor Jon D. Bekemeyer*
Scripture Reading: I T**imothy 2:7

People have always rebelled against God's special messengers for their
day. Noah preached for 120 years and only seven people were persuaded to
climb aboard the ark. Moses, as the giver of the law, was often rebelled
against and his authority was often disputed. And so it was (and is)
with the Apostle Paul.

We who serve as evangelists, pastors or teachers, know how difficult it
is to be accepted in those capacities. How much more difficult it must
have been for Paul to be accepted as the apostle to the Gentiles (Romans
11:13), the revelator of Body truth (Galatians I:11) and the pattern for
all Body saints (I Timothy I:16) Because he was called by the risen,
glorified Lord in Heaven, he could not produce one human witness to
testify to the veracity of his special ministry. Furthermore, he always
refused human forms of endorsement, saying in effect, "the proof of the
pudding is in the eating" (see 2 Corinthians 3:1). Thus, here in our
text, as Paul reaffirms the legitimacy of his ministry, he pronounces a
sort of an oath: "I speak the truth in Christ and lie not." Because he
pronounced an oath, we know that what he said was very important and
generally disbelieved. It is as important today, as it was when Paul
wrote this letter to Timothy, to recognize and understand the special
apostleship of Paul.

All the Scriptures are truth spoken in Christ. Since the completion of
the canon, God's people speak the truth in Christ only as they
faithfully proclaim God's written Word.

*We can either choose to grovel in our own self-pity *
*or rejoice *
*in whatever state we may find ourselves.*
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*REWARD vs. LOSS *
*By the late Pastor Bob Hanna*
*

Scripture Reading: I Corinthians 3; 14, 15

When the apostle Paul was nearing the end of his life, he exuded
complete confidence in his appearing before the judgment (award) seat of
Christ. "I have fought a good fight, I have [finished my course, I have
kept the faith" (2 Timothy 4:7.) "We must all appear before the judgment
(awards) seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in
his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad
(worthless)" (2 Cor. 5:10). Would that we all might have the same
expectation as did our apostle as we anticipate that great event.

When we appear at the judgment (award) seat it is not our salvation that
will be determined, but the value of our conduct in service of the Lord.
"If we suffer we shall also reign with Him: if we deny Him, He also will
deny us" (2 Timothy 2:12). This speaks of loss or denial of reward for
our works. "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto
good works" (Ephesians 2:10). "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the
mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy,
acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service" (Romans 12:1).
Thus we are advised of what is expected of us in God's service.

When we are judged, the kinds of works to be examined are described as
wood, hay, stubble (which would be determined unacceptable) and gold,
silver, precious stones (which would be deemed worthy). "If any man's
work abide ... he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be
burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as
by fire" (I Corinthians 3: 14,15). This, because " ... after that ye
believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise" (Ephesians
1:13)
*The Light of God Surrounds Me*
*The Love of God Enfolds Me*
*The Power of God Protects Me*
*The Presence of God Watches Over Me*
*Wherever I am God Is and Truly All is Well and Good*

*Totally Awesome!!!*

*THE GRACE OF GOD IS CONTINUAL IN THE LIFE OF THE BELIEVER. *
*TRANQUIL TRUST *
*By Miles Stanford*
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own
understanding" (Prov. 3:5).

Restful trust is developed not so much by what the Lord Jesus does for
us, but by who He is to us - and that necessitates fellowship.

"It is a wonderful thing to be so satisfied with the Lord Jesus'
company, that we can be tranquil about everything. You will often find
that it is the one of the most anxious temperament who finds most in
Him, when such an one begins to know Him. I remember when I used to
think that I should be happy beyond conception if I were able to say, 'I
will fear no evil,' 'my heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.' In order
to reach this, you must find Him enough, without anything else. We all
say that He is enough, but it is quite a different thing to know it
practically. You can never prove the worth of anyone, until you are
absolutely dependent on him." -J.B.S.

"What do you need? Ask your Father about it. Instead of harassing your
mind about it, present it to Him; and it is not said that He will
necessarily give you what you ask, but He gives you His peace. You put
your cares into His heart, and He will put His peace into yours."

"Our Father's purpose is an 'eternal purpose,' from eternity, embracing
an eternity to come. He does not shape His thoughts according as
circumstances arise, but the circumstances are controlled by His
thoughts and plans. How blessed to know that He is absolute Master in
all things; that even 'He maketh the wrath of man to praise Him, and the
remainder of wrath He restrains.' It is the only thing that can give the
smallest comfort in the midst of such a scene of confusion all around
us." ---F.W.G.

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God" (Phil. 4:6).
*
*God can do anything He wants to have done. *
*He doesn't want what you can do ...*
*Instead, He wants you. *

** Our Purpose and Mission

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

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

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

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

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

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person to subscribe to the GRACE DAILY INSPIRATIONAL. This worldwide
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THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST~ *
*By **Pastor Robert Hanna, *
*Scripture Reading: John I: I

The world engages in the most futile of efforts: the denial of Jesus
Christ as deity, as divinely conceived, as the one Mediator, as the only
hope of salvation of the lost. "He was in the world, and the world was
made by Him, and the world knew Him not" (John I:10). What an
indictment! "For there is none other name under heaven given among men,
whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).

By Christ's own testimony, He was very God. "Verily, I say unto you,
Before Abraham was, I am" (John 8:58). And God the Father said to God
the Son, "Thy throne, 0 GOD, is for ever and ever: a scepter of
righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom...THOU, LORD, in the
beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the
works of Thine hands: they shall perish; but Thou
remainest... ...(Hebrews 1:8,10,11). Not only is He here addressed as
God, but two characteristics attributable only to God are mentioned:
righteousness and eternal existence.

It was God Himself, in the Person of Christ, who suffered in our stead
on Calvary's cross; He bore our guilt and presented us righteous before
God the Father, Who sees us only through Christ. And now we who have
been purchased by His blood are "Looking for that blessed hope, and the
glorious appearing of [notice!] THE GREAT GOD AND OUR SAVIOUR JESUS
CHRIST; Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all
iniquity..." (Titus 2:13,14). Jesus Christ is 'God and our Saviour'! "I
am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last"
(Revelation 22:13).
Eph 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, *
*which from the beginning of the world *
*hath been hid in God,*
*who created all things by Jesus Christ*
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SECOND CORINTHIANS 5:16-21*
*By John Walker
*
Just last week I was teaching verse by verse through Second Corinthians
Chapter 5. I was reminded of our spiritual position in Christ. Paul
emphasized this by saying in verse 16 that "if also we have known Christ
according to the flesh, but now we know him no longer." We now know not
the fleshly Christ who walked upon the earth, but we know the glorified
Christ who was raised and is seated at the right hand of the Father. We
no longer know the physical Christ, but we know the spiritual Christ.

Paul continues this emphasis by stating in verse 17, "so that if anyone
is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old things passed away, behold
new things have come into existence." If we are in Christ, then we are
spiritual as well. This is because God has done a work in us. We are
something new. God has made alive where there was only death. Similarly
in Genesis, He has created some-
thing out of nothing. In the truest sense, we are walking miracles. We
are spiritual beings as He is spiritual. Someone has described
Christians as spiritual beings in earth suits.

While we are in our earth suits, God has given a ministry of
reconciliation, verse 18, and the message of reconciliation, verse 19.
Who better to talk about reconciliation than those who have been
reconciled to God? God has given us a special mission as his
representatives, his ambassadors (verse 20), to take this message of
Christ's payment for sin. More than that, He actually was made sin for
the purpose that we might become, or become equal to, God's
righteousness, or sinlessness. What a message we have!

People often have to be at the end of their rope, or to hit rock bottom,
before they are open to the things of God. In our current financial
condition, where there is talk of nationalizing the banks, where
people's IRA's or 401K's are in the dumpster, or they may be losing
their homes, people may be more open to the things of the Lord. Unlike
the world, our investment in Him only grows and is never tarnished or
diminished. It is safe and sound, and good for eternity.

Let us be ready to share this good news as I believe the people are
ready for some good news. The doom and gloom of our media and
politicians is preparing hearts to receive the good news that never
ends. The good news is Christ's death is sufficient payment for sins to
reconcile them to God (v. 19). Praise Him!

May God bless you as you live for Him who died for you (2 Cor. 5:15).
In Christ's Service,

*IT IS CERTAIN THAT WHATEVER SEEMING CALAMITY HAPPENS TO YOU,
IF YOU THANK AND PRAISE GOD FOR IT,
YOU TURN IT INTO A BLESSING.
----WILLIAM LAW*

The Word of God is so needed in our world today, especially in our own
USA, if this devotion has been a blessing and encouragement to you, pass it on to a friend.

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

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

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

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

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

Peace with God, and the fellowship which naturally results from this is
the most precious treasure the human heart can contain. Yet our
fellowship with Him here on earth is but the beginning. Read carefully
Ephesians 5:25-27 and see how He took upon Him human form, and died,
that He might have us for Himself forever:

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

*We need to cast our eyes upon His Word,** *
*and what He says about situations *
*which try to beat us down. *
*We don't have to carry burdens,*
*but only release them to the*
*One Who can handle them all.*

* Our Purpose and Mission

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

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

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

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

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

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

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THE BLESSINGS OF CRISIS*
* by C. R. Stam*
*
The Apostle Paul, who had been through one desperate crisis after
another, wrote as follows:

"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).

How many people have found life going along smoothly for years when, all
of a sudden, they have found themselves in the middle of some serious
crisis!

Perhaps the sudden death of a loved one changed life completely and
presented serious problems wholly unanticipated. Perhaps it was the
sudden loss of wealth, so that life had to be completely readjusted.
There are hundreds of unexpected incidents that can suddenly bring one
face to face with stark and stern realities completely unforeseen.

For believers in the Lord Jesus Christ such crises can prove great
spiritual blessings. They tend to draw us closer to our heavenly Father,
to cause us to pray more and to lean harder upon Him. They show us the
insecurity of all that is temporal and give us a greater appreciation of
our eternal security in Christ. They give deeper meaning to the
Scriptures we study and even to the hymns we sing. They sanctify and
enrich our fellowships.

To those -- and only those -- who truly love God and are "the called
according to His purpose," all things do indeed "work together for good"
-- caused by God, of course, to "work together for good."

This is why God's Word to the Christian is:

"Be careful [care full] for nothing; but in everything by prayer
and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known
unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall
keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:6,7).

*Affliction comes to the believer not*
* to make him sad, but sober;*
* not to make him sorry, but wise.*
*Even as the plow enriches the field so*
*that the seed is multiplied a thousandfold, *
*so affliction should magnify our joy and*
*increase our spiritual harvest.*
* *-- Henry Ward Beecher*
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