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  1. ‘And the earth brought forth tender sprouts, the herb yielding seed after its kind, and the tree producing fruit after its kind, whose seed was in itself. And God saw that it was good.’ (Gen 1:12) Praise God!
  2. ‘And God called the dry land, Earth. And He called the gathering together of the waters, Seas. And God saw that it was good.’ (Gen 1:10)
  3. Spiritual Tree

    Thank you, @Butero, I am afraid I do not follow the logic of your argument, for it has nothing to do with spiritual discernment. Paul uses the figure of a graft and so it is only sensible to understand why, for it is vital, if we wish to understand Paul's reason for applying it. Those to whom he spoke would have been in no doubt, for the Olive tree was a valuable source of both nourishment and illumination, and it's husbandry was common knowledge. In Christ Jesus Chris
  4. What makes me a Christian? I heard the Word of God regarding sin and it's consequences, and was made aware that all had sinned and come short of the glory of God, and that included me. That I needed a Saviour, and that God had provided a Saviour, by sending His Son into the world to take my sin upon Himself and pay it's penalty by dying in my place. I believed what I heard, I believed that I was a sinner, and I believed that the Lord Jesus Christ had died to save me, and I asked Him to be my Saviour. Time has shown that He has done just that. As I read His Word the Holy Spirit teaches me, convicts me, humbles me, comforts me, gives me assurance and fills me with gratitude and praise, as I continue to hear and believe what He has to say. I am His workmanship, in Christ Jesus my Lord and Head. Praise His Holy Name! Chris
  5. Accepted

    'Accepted in the Beloved' Praise God!
  6. ‘And God said, Let there be an expanse in the middle of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.’ (Gen 1:6)
  7. Spiritual Tree

    Hello @Heleadethme, I thank you for responding to my post. The Roman epistle of Paul was written at the end of the Acts period, just prior to the revelation of the mystery concerning 'The Church of The One Body', or 'The One New Man'. It is the foundational epistle upon which Paul's epistles to the Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians was built. However, for instruction concerning the Church which is the Body of Christ, and what it comprises, it is those epistles written subsequently to which we should refer. (Eph. Phil. Col. 1&2 Timothy & Titus). Within the love of Christ our Saviour, Chris
  8. ‘And God saw the light that it was good. And God divided between the light and the darkness.’ (Gen 1:4) Praise God!
  9. Spiritual Tree

    Hello @Butero, Grafting a wild Olive branch into the Olive tree of Israel was to promote growth in an unfruitful tree, which is what is common practice agriculturally, so Shiloh is right to bring that point home. The believing Gentile was grafted in for that purpose and no other. The Olive Tree is not there to be grafted into now, being lo-ammi. In Christ Jesus Chris
  10. ‘Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee.’ (SoS 1:3)
  11. Hello @Behold, This thread is now following through the Song of Solomon, quoting a verse at a time in turns.
  12. Spiritual Tree

    Hello @Butero and @Davida, As a member of the Church which is His Body, 'the fullness of Him that filleth all in all', which was revealed after Romans was written, and made known by Paul, as it's steward, in the prison epistles (Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1&2 Timothy and Titus), I am not grafted into the Olive Tree: neither am I under the New Covenant. I am not affiliated to the nation of Israel in any way. I am part of a joint Body, made up of Jews and gentiles in which no one nationality has priority, but share equality, in Christ Jesus their Head, which was not the case during the period covered by the Acts of the Apostles. The Olive tree is no longer there to be grafted into. Israel is still loammi (not My People), and the new covenant and all that is associated with it is in abeyance until that day when Israel's prophetic clock starts ticking again. Wake up to the change that took place at the end of the Acts period, and acknowledge the privileged position of the Church which is His Body, the One New Man, with it's unique inheritance and blessings, so different from that of the Acts Church. In Christ Jesus Chris
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    Study (or endeavour) to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.' (2Ti 2:15) Hi there, Keeping a respectful attitude is important I feel: there was a reason why Paul spoke about 'bearing with one another in love', wasn't there! For personal interaction can be tricky at the best of times. Communicating with someone, when all we can see is what is written, with no accompanying body language, or facial expression can lead to misunderstanding very easily. Also trying to be objective, and letting the Word of God itself be the arbiter in doctrinal matters is important I believe. Observance of the principle of 2 Timothy 2:15 also helps to keep everyone singing from the same song sheet, and avoid misunderstanding, too. I look at the Word of God from a dispensational viewpoint, and take into consideration what is written, to whom, by whom, at what time, what is actually written, what comes before it, what comes after it, and try not to take what is intended for the present dispensation or a future one and put it into the context of a past dispensation, and visa versa, for that can lead to mis-appropriation and mis-application, and sadly mis-understanding. Thank you, Yowm, In Christ Jesus Chris
  14. Spiritual Tree

    For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And you are complete in Him, Who is the Head of all principality and power, in Whom also you are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ,’ (Col 2:9-11) Hello @Heleadethme, Circumcision in Col. 2 (above) refers to Christ’s death. The body of the sins of the flesh was ’cut off’ by his death. That is why we are to reckon ourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God, in Christ Jesus. God the Father has so closely identified, 'The Church which is His Body,' with His Son, that we have died with Him, been buried, quickened and raised with Him, and Praise God! We are seen by Him also, as having ascended with Christ and are seated in Him at God's right hand, awaiting His appearing, when we will appear with Him there in glory. Nothing to do with the New Covenant. However, in the Acts period, the Church which is the Body of Christ, and all that pertained to it was still 'Hid in God' (Eph. 3:9), and yet to be made known. Romans was written during that period. Romans 2:29 therefore, did pertain to the new covenant, 'but he is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart; in spirit and not in letter; whose praise is not from men, but from God.' for Israel had not then been laid aside (temporarily) in unbelief, and gentiles were being grafted in to the olive tree of Israel. Israel is now loammi, and the new covenant is in abeyance until that condition changes, and all that pertained to it. In Christ Jesus Chris
  15. ‘Let Him kiss me with the kisses of His mouth; for Your love is better than wine.’ (Song of Solomon 1:2)