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 Will it be Jesus or Drugs?
 

This story could be yours. Sharon came to a life-defining crossroad in her life. Jesus is beckoning her to choose between Him or drugs. She had been using drugs heavily and it now came to the point where her drug habit could end her life. Jesus reached out to her in His loving grace. He promised if she will turn to Him He will restore her life and her dreams. He will make her whole again. She reached the point where only Jesus could help her out of her deadly drug habit.

Sharon is haunted by the memories of what her life could have been. She was a promising movie actress who had loads of natural talent on the screen and the stage. Her dreams lie in pieces at her feet shattered by her drug habit that has consumed her life. She lives for the next drug high 24 hours a day. She breathes, thinks, and talks drugs all her waking hours. What happened? Where did she take the wrong turn? How many times has she asked herself these questions?

Sharon came from a strong religious background. Her father and mother and two brothers were devout church goers. Sharon and her family said all the right religious terms, prayed the right religious prayers and attended church faithfully. Sharon has always felt an empty void in her life that her church activities could not fill. The emptiness in her heart became so unbearable she had to fill it with something. Unfortunately, she turned to drugs to do the job. Oh it was great at first Sharon thought but after a year or two of the marijuana use it no longer filled that familiar pang of emptiness.

She risked taking her drug habit to the next level-cocaine. The cocaine thrill came at a high price; her habit accelerating to thousands of dollars every month. Sharon could not make enough money to keep her cocaine beast under control. She decided to do the one thing she swore she would never stoop to; she became a prostitute selling her body to the highest bidder.

She switched to a deadly heroin addiction (thinking it would be cheaper) that spiraled out of control, quicker than the cocaine, taking its toll on her pocketbook, health and relationships faster than the sun rose the next day. Her daytime and nighttime jobs could no longer keep up with the expensive new habit. Sharon fell into a deeper black hole turning  to drug dealing. She dealt exclusively in heroin and nothing but the highest grade. She quickly used all her drug supplies. Sharon sunk one level lower as she now turned to stealing just to maintain her daily heroin addiction.

She began stealing from her high profile clients she had made from her call girl business. She brazenly broke into their mansions in broad daylight. Finally, her life of crime caught up to her in a big way. She sold one of her stolen acquisitions to an undercover policeman who had been tracking her movements for a while. He slapped her in jail to wait for her eventual trial and sentencing. She faced a very long jail term for all of her illegal activities from drug dealing to stealing. She went a couple of days without her daily ingestion of heroin. Her body had become so dependent on the heroin that she fell violently ill. The next morning the guard found her lying on the floor, of her cell, in a coma. They rushed her to the hospital and the doctors worked feverishly to save her life. That night as she laid in her hospital bed a sweet whisper spoke to her heart. Sharon are you ready for Me to help with your problems? She wondered who in the world

I Am Jesus and I am your only hope to free you from your drug addiction and give you your life back. Here was her  life-defining event! Will you accept my grace? Yes, oh yes Jesus! she cried out.

You should know that your body is a temple for the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is in you. You have received the Holy Spirit from God. You do not own yourselves.

                                                                                      I Corinthians 6:19

Author Admin  Added On 04/28/2015
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The Bible talks about the instance when Jesus Christ crosses over to the other shore  of Sea of Galilee a large crowd follows him there.

Jesus had been performing numerous miracles, healing the sick, delivering the demon possessed and raising the dead. No one coming over to Jesus with humbleness and the right mindset would return empty handed.

Although the crowd was not fully aware of the divinity of Christ, but they had come to respect him as an amazing teacher or Rabbi who could also take care of their needs which other spiritual leaders could not. They had come to see him as someone with some supernatural powers and sent from God. For most it was a short term relationship based what they had observed or heard.

John 6:2

and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick.

Jesus was a wonderful host who cared about the worldly needs of the people while also taking care of their spiritual and physical needs. In Verse 5 says he says Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?

Imagine feeding a large crowd of 5000 people when they did not have catering, and off-course the kind of money it would require. Thats when they find this boy whos mother had probably given him a packed lunch of 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. They ask him to hand over the 5 loaves and 2 fish, he gladly hands over to them.

John 6:9

Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?

The result is amazing, Jesus turns the 5 loaves of bread and 2 small fish into thousands to be able to feed 5000 people.

Here is what we can learn from this passage:Meal of Bread and Fish copy

1. The Boy was ready to part with the 5 loaves and 2 fish:Sometimes we tend to hold back, because we feel it is just enough for me. Be open to sharing your talents and blessings with others God can turn into to multi-fold blessings. Yes your needs will be met in addition to many others.

2. The Boy probably had a good training from his parents: Care for others and share your blessings, the boy was taught to be open to share what he had. Teach your children to care about others needs, and get into others shoes so they understand what challenges other may be facing and do what they can. And if you are a leader teach about the blessing of giving and sharing.

3. Dont limit the results based on what you can do, or whats in your hands: The boy knew deep in his heart that Jesus who could heal the sick, deliver the demon possessed, and raise up the dead could solve the hunger problem. Many times we limit what God can do by limiting our faith based on what is humanely possible, release your faith today and trust in God who can do great things and there are no limits.

Are you ready to part with your 5 loaves and 2 fish today, God has a great plan for you, he wants to use those to make it a greater blessing for you and many others. You may be thinking the loaves are too small my talent is not good enough for God. Or even I dont have any talents, but God can use anyone- he is looking for your availability much more than your ability.  He can turn those 5 into 5000, you just need to be ready to offer your 5 loaves and 2 fish in his hands.

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 Speaking In Tongues – General Comments
 

Speaking In Tongues – General Comments
Comments on various points about speaking in tongues.

1) If tongues have ceased, why did Paul say not to forbid speaking in tongues (1 Cor. 14:39)?
The simple reason is that when Paul wrote 1 Corinthians, about 55AD, tongues was still a gift and being used as a sign of judgment against the Jews. After judgment came, in 70AD, tongues ceased being a gift because they had served their purpose as a sign.
See the blog “Speaking In Tongues – A Sign” at -
http://www.christianissues.biz/blog/wordpress/2016/12/05/speaking-in-tongues-a-sign/

2) If tongues have ceased then why was 1 Cor. 14 written?
As already stated, tongues were still being used as a sign of judgment to the Jews when 1 Corinthians was written. Because of the misuse of tongues, Paul wrote about their purpose and proper use, stressing the need for interpretation at all times.

3) Why did Paul speak in tongues more than anyone (1 Cor. 14:18-22)?
In 1 Cor. 14:18, Paul said, “I speak in tongues more than all of you” and he went on to say, “BUT in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue” (v.19). The words BUT in the church tell us that Paul’s abundant use of tongues was not inside the church but outside the church. This was because he was a pioneering missionary and as he went from city to city throughout the world he went to the Jewish synagogues first (the very people the sign of tongues was for - vs.20-22) and then he went to the Gentiles. In this way he met new groups of Jews more than anyone else hence he used the sign of speaking in tongues more that anyone. For more on tongues being a sign, see the blog at the link in comment #1.

4) Why did Paul say he wished that all spoke in tongues (1 Cor. 14:5)?
If everyone spoke in tongues then it would mean that everyone was out and about evangelising and using tongues as a sign whenever they met Jewish people. This would please Paul because his heart was for his people as Rom. 9:1-5 tell us. Or, he may have wanted to see others edified.

5) What is the “unknown tongue” of 1 Cor. 14:2 in the KJV?
The word “unknown” is not in the original Greek; it was added in italics in the KJV. 1 Cor. 14:2 (KJV) says that when someone speaks in an “unknown tongue” he utters mysteries but this is simply because there is no interpreter. Note that 1 Cor. 14:27-28 (KJV) say that “unknown tongues” must be interpreted or the speaker was to be quiet in the church so there is no doubt that these “unknown tongues” were real languages. Also, 1 Cor. 14:10 says there are many languages in the world but none without meaning so this verse rules out unknown languages also. Interpretation always removed the mystery of what was said.

6) What are the tongues of angels in 1 Cor. 13:1-3?
The idea that people can speak in the tongues of angels comes from a misinterpretation of 1 Cor. 13:1-3 in which Paul used exaggerated speech to show that love is greater than all. He is not saying that he could do the impossible by fathoming all mysteries or that he had all knowledge etc but even if he did, yet didn’t have love, then he had nothing. Likewise, he is not saying that anyone could speak in the tongues of angels. That too is part of the exaggerated language used to show that love is greater than anything.

7) What are the groans of Rom. 8:26?
It’s suggested that the “groans” in this verse is man praying in tongues but that can’t be right as-
i) It is the Spirit who is interceding with groans, not humans. A person cannot intercede for himself.
ii) The verse says that the groans cannot be expressed in words so it is not a language.
iii) The Greek word for “groans” is only found in one other place - Acts 7:34. This verse speaks of the groans coming from the Israelites who were suffering in Egypt. Just as the Israelites groaned and struggled in Egypt, we can struggle in prayer and when we are in that state the Spirit comes to our aid and “intercedes for us with groans that words can’t express”. Groans are groans, not speaking in tongues.

8) What does praying in the Spirit mean (Eph. 6:18)?
Many believe that praying in the Spirit is praying in tongues but how can a person pray in tongues “with all kinds of prayers and requests” if they don’t know what they are saying (Eph. 6:18)? Considering that they don’t know what they are praying about, how would they know if even one of their prayers was answered? For all they know, they could be praying a curse on someone. Praying in the Spirit is nothing more than praying intelligibly and intellectually with the aid of the Holy Spirit.

9) Does 1 Cor. 1:7 mean that the spiritual gifts remain until Jesus returns?
This verse says to the Corinthians, “... you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed”. This is often taken as meaning that all the gifts will continue in all churches until Jesus returns. However, the verse is more than likely only relevant to the Corinthians as it says, “... you [that is, you Corinthians] do not lack any spiritual gift … ”. Rather than addressing all churches regarding the continuation of spiritual gifts, Paul was simply telling the Corinthians that they were not lacking in the gifts at that point in time. Further on, in 1 Cor. 3:1-3, he spoke about their spiritual state saying, “I could not address you [you Corinthians] as spiritual but as worldly - mere infants in Christ”. It is obvious that Paul is only referring to the Corinthians here and not every church. In the same way, 1 Cor. 1:7 is also referring to just the Corinthian church.

10) Asking for a fish and getting a snake – Matt. 7:7-11 and Luke 11:5-13.
These passages say that God gives good gifts to those who ask - if someone asks for a fish, God will not give them a snake etc. Those who speak in today’s tongues claim that their unintelligible ‘private prayer language’ is a gift from God even though there are no verses to support such an idea. The fact is -

  • Every instance of tongues in the Bible is in a public setting, never private.
  • Every instance calls for interpretation, including prayer in tongues (vs.13-17 & 27).
  • All languages in the world have meaning, none are unintelligible (v.10).
  • All gifts were for the edification of the church, never for individuals (1 Cor. 12:7; 1 Pet. 4:10).


These points are discussed a little more in the blog “Speaking In Tongues And Private Prayer” at
http://www.christianissues.biz/blog/wordpress/2016/12/29/speaking-in-tongues-and-private-prayer/

Clearly, private prayer languages are not a gift from God and this makes sense as tongues have ceased. There is enormous peer pressure to be ‘more spiritual’ like those who think they have received a private prayer language from God. This pressure leads people to strongly seek something that doesn’t exist and often leads to a learned, make-believe, unintelligible ‘tongue’ or, if nothing happens, the seeker may feel unspiritual and suffer a crisis of faith. Be assured, God is not the source of these prayer languages.

11) Was speaking in tongues intended as a gift for everyone?
1 Cor. 12:7-11 tell us that the Holy Spirit gave various gifts to the church for the common good. To some the Spirit gave one gift (say tongues) and to others different gifts (healing, discernment etc), just as He determined. Also, 1 Cor. 12:29-30 tell us that no gift, including tongues, was given to everyone. So, we can conclude that tongues were not given to all Christians as a private prayer language. Tongues were simply a sign to the Jews as 1 Cor. 14:21-22 tell us. See the blog “Speaking In Tongues – A Sign” at -
http://www.christianissues.biz/blog/wordpress/2016/12/05/speaking-in-tongues-a-sign/

12) Were tongues meant for the edification of the person with the gift (1 Cor. 14:4)?
There is no doubt that anyone would be edified (spiritually uplifted) if they were used miraculously by God to speak in tongues or heal someone or raise a dead person etc but the primary purpose of all gifts was the edification of the church, not the individual. Being edified by speaking in tongues was simply a by-product of being used miraculously. In the same way, a person would be edified if God used him to heal someone. The gift of healing, like tongues, was for the benefit of the church, not the healer, even though the healer would have been edified. There is a 15 point list in the following blog which shows that tongues were for the uplifting of the church and not the individual -
http://www.christianissues.biz/blog/wordpress/2016/12/29/speaking-in-tongues-and-private-prayer/

13) Is there more that one purpose for tongues?
Some say there are two purposes for tongues, even three or more, but the Bible only states one purpose and that was as a sign to the Jews (1 Cor. 14:21-22). When the sign of speaking in tongues had served it purpose, tongues ceased – see comment #1. Other purposes, such as ‘private prayer languages’, have no basis in Scripture – they are read into the text

The following link is to a series of short blogs showing that tongues ceased with the early church.
http://www.christianissues.biz/blog/wordpress/category/speakingintongues/

I suggest reading the blogs in the following order -
Speaking In Tongues – Ceasing And Remaining
Speaking In Tongues – A Sign
Speaking In Tongues And 1 Cor. 13:11
Speaking In Tongues And The Perfect
Speaking In Tongues And Face To Face
Speaking In Tongues And Private Prayer
Speaking In Tongues – General Comments

The following books on the cessation of Tongues, Prophecy and Knowledge are free to download.

All About Speaking In Tongues by an ex-Pentecostal Pastor -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/allaboutspeakingintongues.pdf

Today's Tongues by Bryce Hartin a Baptist Pastor involved in deliverance -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/todaystongues.pdf

Sola Scriptura – very good, author unknown -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/tongues_solascriptura.pdf

The Doctrine Of Tongues written by a New Zealand Barrister in the 1960s -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/tonguesbywgbroadbent.pdf

Other free books and articles -
http://www.christianissues.biz/tongues.html

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5_rRQiun4I

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Author Mick Alexander  Added On 05/22/2017
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 Free Will
 

Free Will
"You must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil".
(Gen. 2:17)

Man has always had the free will to choose right from wrong. When God told Adam not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 2:17), Adam had the freedom to choose whether or not to obey and we know the result. Some say that free will ended when Adam sinned but the Bible tells us otherwise.

In Gen. 4:6-7, the Lord said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it". So, just like Adam, Cain had the free will to choose what is right and  please God.

Then, in Josh. 24:15, Joshua told the Israelites that they had a choice to make. He said, "… choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve... as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord". So we can see that in the Old Testament man had the free will to choose whether or not to be obedient.

The New Testament also makes it clear that we have free will and, added to that, we have the Holy Spirit to encourage and strengthen us to choose what is right. The work of the Holy Spirit in our lives is outlined in 2 Pet. 1:3-4 which say, "His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness [so that]… you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires". These verses tell us that the Spirit empowers us to say no to sin and live a Godly life.

This work of the Spirit is further explained in Php. 2:12-13 where it says, "… continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God [the Holy Spirit] who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose". Here we are told that the Holy Spirit is working within us, convicting our conscience (John 16:8) and willing our hard hearts to do what God desires of us (Ezek. 36:25-27). He softens our heart of stone and strengthens us to choose to do what is right rather than hard heartedly continue in sin. Notice that we are told to "continue" to work out our salvation. The onus is on us, in a lifelong process, to submit to the Spirit’s leading and choose what is right. We are not at the pointy end of a Holy Spirit remote control. It’s entirely our responsibility to choose obedience and the failure to do so will result in damnation.

The Bible gives Christians many serious warnings about the need to persevere in holiness in order to be saved eternally (Heb. 12:14). It’s a common belief that all who receive the Holy Spirit will persevere because the Spirit will see to it that we do. But if that was true then we would not have to "work out our salvation with fear and trembling" as Php. 2:12-13 tell us. If we have no free will, but are kept in check by the Spirit, then God’s many warnings are simply a waste of words and He is a Toothless Tiger. But the truth is, we have free will and God is not a Toothless Tiger. He is a Consuming Fire and will consume His enemies just as Heb. 10:26-27 make so clear:


"If we [Christians] deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth,
no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and
of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God".

Finally, God has given man the free will to accept or reject His call to salvation through obedience (Rom.1:5). All who accept this call receive the Holy Spirit who empowers believers to live obediently. If anyone later chooses to return to a life of unrepentant, wilful sin then he will be consumed by God’s wrath. The choice lies with each of us so let’s be like Joshua and say, "as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord".


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Author Mick Alexander  Added On 04/06/2017
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 The Holy Trinity and God the Father
 

The Holy Trinity and God the Father:         

There are numerous volumes of writings about the Holy Trinity and they contain many confusing words.  In reference to an explanation of the Holy Trinity, those books will not compare with the simplicity of the Holy Bible. The Holy Bible is inspired by God, 2 Timothy 3:16, and is useful for teaching, for correction, and for telling us how a Christian should live.  The Holy Trinity means three Gods in one body, and that one body is God the highest.  The one body contains: God the Father God the Son and God the Spirit of God and any one of the three Gods is equally capable of being God the Highest, and each of the three Gods is distinct from one another.       Some Christians who believe in the Holy Trinity teach that Jesus Christ, with the Spirit of God, is God the Highest.  Their teaching not only turns the Trinity of God Into a two-some, but also belittles God the Father.  Numerous verses in the Holy bible disagree with their teaching

 

Some Holy Bible verses about the existence of the Holy Trinity are:    Ephesians 4:4-6.  4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope for your calling, 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.  2 Corinthians 13:14 .  The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Spirit of God is with all of you.   Matthew 28:19   Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Spirit of God.   1 John 5:7,  NRSVACE  Footnote:  A few other authorities read (with variations)  7 There are three that testify in heaven, the Father, the Word, the Spirit of God, and these three are one.   

Jesus said, “ I and the Father are one.” John 10:30  

John 12:49-50,   49 for I have not spoken on my own, but the Father who sent me has given me a commandment about what to say and what to speak. 50 And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I speak, therefore, I speak just as the Father has told me.”  John 14:6   Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 20:17   Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to Me, because I have not ascended to the Father. But go to My brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, to My God and your God.’  Romans 15:6   that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  2 John 1:3   Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, in truth and love.    Ephesians 5:20 give thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.      John 17:21-23     21 that they may all be one. As You, Father, are in Me and I am in You, may they also be one, and in unity that the world may believe that You have sent Me. 22 The glory that You have given Me I have given them that they may be one, as We are one, 23  I in them and you in Me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that You have sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me.   1 Peter 2:5 as Spiritual living stones, let yourselves be built into a Spiritual House, to be a Holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 

When God the Father subjected everything to Jesus, His Son, the Father did not subject Himself or depart from the Holy Trinity.   1 Corinthians 15:27-28.    27 For God (the Father) has put all things in subjection under His (The Son’s) feet. But when it says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is plain that this does not include the one (The Father) who put all things in subjection under him (The Son.)  28 When all things are subjected to Him (The Son), then the Son Himself will also be subjected to the one (The Father,) who put all things in subjection under Him (The Son,) so that God may be all in all (Three in One).   Psalm 110:1  1 The Lord (the Father) says to My lord (the Son,) “Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies Your footstool.”  Ephesians 6:12   Our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places Hebrews 10:12-13.  12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, “He sat down at the right hand of God,” 13 and since then has been waiting “until His enemies would be made a footstool for His feet.” 

  

The Revelation 11:15 then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord (the Father), also of his Christ, and He (the Father and the Son and the Spirit) will reign forever and ever.”  Revelation 12:10   Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming, “salvation, the power, and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ, have come.    Revelation 5:14   the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the elders fell down and worshiped.  Revelation 7:10   All cried out in a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!”      1Corinthians 15:55-57   55 “Where, O death, is your victory?      Where, O death, is your sting?”  56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.     Romans 8:3-4   3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit (the Spirit of God.)

Revelation 20:6.  Blessed, and holy, are those who share in the first resurrection. Over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with Him a thousand years.   Revelation 22:1   1 and through the middle of the street of the city the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God (the Father) and  of the Lamb.   Revelation 21:23   the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb.

The Holy Trinity continues onward from the new heaven and new earth.   Nothing is said about God, the Spirit of God, but He, a God, remains a member of the trinity and He has distinguishable forms:   God the Spirit of God appeared in forms other than a puff of wind or a sound wave.    Mark 1:10 and just as He (Jesus) was coming up out of the water, we saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending like a dove on Jesus.  Acts 2:1-4   1  On  the day of Pentecost they were all were together in one place. 2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, which filled the entire house. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4 All were filled with the Spirit of God.        2 Chronicles 18:18-22.    18 Then Micaiah said, “Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on His throne, with all the Host of Heaven standing to the right and to the left of Him. 19 And the Lord said, ‘Who will entice King Ahab of Israel, so that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?’ Then one said one thing, and another said another, 20 until the Spirit came forward and stood before the Lord, saying, ‘I will entice him.’ The Lord asked him, ‘How?’ 21 He replied, ‘I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ Then the Lord said, ‘You are to entice him, and you shall succeed; go out and do it.’ 22 So you see, the Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouth of these your prophets; the Lord has decreed disaster for you.”   Revelation 10:4    when the seven thunders had sounded, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from Spirit of God in heaven saying, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down.”   John 14:26    But the Helper, the Spirit of God, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. John 15:26   “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth who comes from the Father, He will testify on My behalf.   2Timothy 1: 7 for God did not give us a Spirit of cowardice, but rather a Spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline. 

The Holy Trinity and creation:      

Genesis 1:2   the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters.     Job 33:4   The Spirit of God has made us and the breath of the Almighty gives us life.      1Corinthians 8:6   yet for us there is one God, the Father, from Whom are all things and for Whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through Whom are all things and through Whom we exist.

The Holy Trinity and Salvation :         

1 John 4:9, 11, 12   9 God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His only Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 11 Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and His love is perfected in us.  1John 5:11   Here is the testimony:  God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.   Hebrews 10:10    It is by God’s will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.   Titus 3:4-6  4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared,  5 He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Spirit of God. 6 This Spirit He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,     Romans 8:11   If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through His Spirit that dwells in you.     John 5:21  the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will.      2 Corinthians 5:18-20. 18  All is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation and gave Himself (Christ)  for our sins to set us free from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to Whom be the glory forever and ever.  19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to His self, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. 20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making His appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.     Hebrews 1:1-3   1 Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, 2 but in these last days He has spoken to us by a Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through Whom He also created the worlds. 3 Christ the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of Gods very being, and He sustains all things by His powerful word. When He (Christ)  had made purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,   1 John 4:10   In this is love, not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.  1 John 4:13    By this we know that we abide in Him (the Father) and He in us, because he has given us of His Spirit.

The Holy Trinity and Worship:          

 John 4:21,23   21  Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship Him.    Revelation 22:3  Nothing accursed will be found in the city of new Jerusalem and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His servants will worship Him (God the Father and the Lamb.)  Revelation 21:22   I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.            

The Holy Trinity and Judgment:         

  John 5:19  Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of His own accord, but only what He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise   John 5:30  Jesus said “I can do nothing on My own authority; as I hear, I judge; and My  judgment is just, because I seek not My own will but the will of Him who sent me.      

Remember these following words from Jesus Christ before there is any belittling of either God the Father or God the Son.  John 17:1-3   1 After Jesus had spoken these words He looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son so that the Son may glorify You, 2 since You have given Him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom You have given Him. 3 And this is eternal life, to know You, Father, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. 

This Article, The Holy Trinity and God the Father, is written by Ronald Edwin Matteson, an Eighty Seven year old Christian with a no arrest record.

Author Ronald Edwin Matteson  Added On 01/28/2017
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