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  1. Works do NOT save. Other than Repentance & Baptism as Jesus taught, there is nothing more we can do to be saved. Yet this 'being saved" is not the end, but the beginning of our journey toward the promises of God, an inheritance. And as Paul taught clearly in 1Cor 10, God must prove us along the Way if we are to enter into His rest. Much in the modern Christian religion seems to teach that "being saved" means that's it, you've now an assurance of going to Heaven when you die. Yet this is not a Bible doctrine. The entirety of the New Testament epistles are clear warnings to saved people to not fall short of God's promises, as did the bulk of God's chosen & saved people in the wilderness. "Being saved" is an opportunity, not the end. Understanding that simple Truth makes Paul's declaration completely understandable. Obviously "saved", having repented & been baptized, Paul know that he still had a long way to go of he was to obtain the promises of God. "I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you." - Phil 3:8-14 Amen. May we follow Paul as he followed Christ, and press in diligently that we do not miss out on the promises of God to the overcomer, to "he that endures til the end."
  2. Brother, I really do consider you a brother in Christ, and I question not your faith, but honestly, we have almost two entirely different perspectives of this Christian journey. And hence the misunderstandings. From what I have gathered from extensive study of the Word for the past couple decades, and spending time humbly seeking God's plan & purpose for my life, my understanding differs greatly from most of the popular modern Christian beliefs. That is why I shared a little in another thread here called "Where Do I Belong?" and on a blog - Where Do I Belong? Because the goal I see clearly in the Scripture is not the same as you and others have. Not to say that you are wrong perhaps, but that God has called us to walk different paths and set different goals before us. For Heaven is not my goal or my eternal home. And the call to "walk worthy" that is commanded many times in the New Testament (there is no way to deny this), is NOT to the unsaved, but to those who already have been saved. So, I agree with you, that we cannot make ourselves worthy to be saved, but it is absolutely clear and undeniable from the Scripture that to obtain the promises of Revelation 2 & 3, the saved person MUST be found worthy. To deny that one must cut dozens of passages out of their New Testament. Period. And from what I gather reading many of the posts on here... very few seem to understand the two resurrections and the two different callings presented in the New Testament. The calling to be a "priest of God", one who will sit with the Lamb on His Throne and minister Life to the saved nations, is by God's own choosing and election, and this must be attained to. Only those who overcome and prove worthy will obtain this. I'm sorry, but the concept of 'we are worthy because He is worthy' or because we 'identify with Him' is just not in the Bible. I know it's in many popular "Christian" Bestsellers and preached in many sermons, but it's not Bible. We truly are in need of a Back-to-the-Bible Revival in our day. Peace to you. Michael
  3. AMEN! So many stop at the change of mind' with out realizing that the change of action is the only proof (to God and man) that we have indeed repented. Paul wrote much on repentance and told King Agrippa, when he stood before him, "I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20 but declared first to those at Damascus, then at Jerusalem and throughout all the country of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God and perform deeds worthy of their repentance." - Acts 26:19-20 Amen. May God see that indeed we are truly walking in repentance because we are turning away from sin, denying ourselves, picking up our cross daily and following Jesus, loving Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.
  4. Yes, we must walk daily by faith. I believe all here could testify of times they needed more faith to endure the trials and testing of this life. Faith is not a one time event. Even the Apostles who walked with Jesus daily, with Him visibly by their side, said to Him - "increase our faith." (Luke 17:5). And another fellow once told Jesus, "I believe, Lord, now help my unbelief." Oh yes, I fully believe Messiah Jesus was speaking of our spiritual Bread, which we need daily. "Sufficient for the day is the troubles thereof."
  5. Truthfully, our Lord is speaking not of physical food, but of spiritual sustenance. "I Am the bread of Life... 50 This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” - John 6:48,50-51 He is to be our daily Bread, our portion.
  6. Truthfully, I am not here to argue doctrine. That is never my intent. What I have a burden from the Lord to do, is encourage the Elect of God to "press on", to "not neglect so great a salvation", to "make their calling and election sure", to "overcome", to "walk worthy" so that they may inherit of the promises of God in Rev 2 & 3, indeed Rev 21:7. For, contrary to modern theology, these promises are not to all who may have said a sinner's prayer, or been a member of a church for 30 years. This calling is far beyond what the church at large has known. Yet it is all throughout the Scripture, and the main Kingdom teaching of Messiah Jesus. If one doesn't feel that call, then that is ok. There is no condemnation here. But to those who truly "have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches" this Word is LIFE! Oh Glory! To become the dwelling place of God Almighty is incredible beyond words! To all reading this... do YOU sense that deeper call of God upon your lives? If so... do not let it slip away. Peace & Blessings to all.
  7. Hmmm... I'm guessing you're a King James only guy? Hey, I love the King James myself, even with the archaic language. The word "conversation" back then is equivalent to "conduct" or "behavior" today, and nearly every other translation (of which I have at least 30), renders Phil 1:27 as "let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ" or "conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ." Now... I've never said that we can do this on our own. "If by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the flesh", "those that are led by the Spirit are the sons of God." We can only do this by His Spirit, BUT we MUST do it, for He will not do it for us. I understand all you've said, and have heard many times in churches around this country - 'we are worthy because He is worthy', yet not a single verse states or implies that. Is it really beneficial to hold to that belief (that is not Scriptural) while ignoring the dozen or so verses I've shared that ARE in the New Testament? Again, only those overcome "by the Blood of the Lamb, the word of their testimony and loving not their lives to the death", who "make their calling and election sure", who prove themselves "worthy of their calling, of the Gospel, of the Kingdom, of Christ and of God", will "walk with Jesus in white, for they are worthy." May we ever seek the face of the Lord, and receive the "whole counsel of God." Peace to you as you walk with Jesus.
  8. Yes. :) I get to preach/teach at church sometimes, but this is me in my garage. ;)
  9. Another brief snippet, looking at Repentance and Inheritance... Full video can be seen on the website, or here - Kingdom of God videos
  10. Same here. Some things have improved, but most are going in the wrong direction (away from God). Truly the "tares" are coming to maturity... but so is the "wheat", praise God! We just don't see the "wheat" as clearly, as the "tares" seem to control most of what we see and hear. That is why I cut my cable TV cord 20 years, and stopped buying the "news"paper shortly thereafter. Too many distractions today and vie for the attention of the saints. That is why we must be ever on guard and pressing in to Jesus, fixing our eyes on Him and adding to our faith the necessary attributes that Peter speaks of in 2Pet 1:5-7. "For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." (vs 8) And if we do, then we have a promise - "Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; 11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." (2Pet 1:10-11) Amen. May we be among the wheat.
  11. Sir GandalfTheWise, you are one I could sit and talk with for hours. Aside from a handful of folks around this country I've had the pleasure of fellow-shipping with for 6-8 hours at a time, most Bible studies or gatherings last only an hour or two at best, and end usually when we begin to touch on the deep Truth of the Kingdom . I truly appreciate your replies and your sincerity. That essay only touches briefly on a few topics that I really believe have caused the churches of today to settle down and become comfortable, whereas the Feast of Trumpets is at hand. We've largely settled at Pentecost, not realizing there are 3 more Feasts to go, with the end being Tabernacles (union with God). And yes, I believe the Scripture is clear on there being an Elect who will sit with the Lamb on His Throne, now having become One with Messiah (the place where the Father can dwell, "rest"), and will minister Life to Creation, including the sheep of the nations. Friend, I will try to respond to a couple of your points later, but (and I know it rather long - 16 pages) I believe you may find some of reasons why I believe the way I do in the essay below. This one began as I teaching I did a few years ago, and has grown since then. My position is backed up with quite a bit of Scripture (passages, not just plucked out verses), and I fully believe the revelation of God as He continues to unveil His great plan & purpose, as the Day draws nigh. May we ever have "ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches." Peace & Blessings to you as you walk with Jesus, Michael The-Greatest-Gift-(Man-s-Inheritance-of-Creation)-mdb.pdf
  12. Amen! "Faith without works is dead." Our behavior, what we do, is the only evidence that we actually do believe. A good verse here to remember... The promise of God was only passed on to his son, God says, "because Abraham listened to My voice and kept My mandate, My commands, My statutes, and My instructions.” (Gen 26:5) If Abraham had only "believed" and not obeyed the charge of God, God would have looked for another through whom to bless the nations and establish the lineage of the Messiah.
  13. Greetings to all in love, Just want to share some things that have been on my heart lately, as I seek to find where I fit in the body of Christ. In reality, I believe I know, at least in part, God’s calling upon my life, but how & where I fit in in this time & place - locationally and ministerially - I really am not sure. Bear with me if you will, no offense to anyone is intended. For what I’ve begun to realize over the past few years - as I’ve shared the hope I have found in the Gospel of the Kingdom of God - is that much of what I have shared concerning what the Scripture declares is misinterpreted as the essay’s I write are often viewed in light of modern theology and eschatology. Honestly - and this is a struggle for me, really causing me to wonder where I belong sometimes - I see very little of what is currently taught & accepted as Gospel in the written Word. Doctrines that are the foundation in many denominations appear to be misunderstandings or misapplications of what the Word seems to clearly state. And in some cases, I see current doctrine to be in direct opposition to the canon of Scripture. Likewise, when I hear popular Christian songs, a great many of the lyrics leave me wondering where the creeds they sing about came from; for they do not line up with what I see in the teaching of Christ and the Apostles. Again, my purpose is not to bash anyone’s belief, but rather to lay hold of Truth. For I want only Truth regardless of how hard or convicting or demanding it might be. For there is only One Truth, and His Name is Jesus. And it is Him I have been called to “come after.” I do not want to be listening to the voice of another. I want not a “golden calf” to divert my focus away from the True Deliverer. Through my own personal time in the Scripture and communion with the Spirit, I have come to see some things quite a bit differently than much of what I’ve heard in many of the churches I’ve visited around this country, listened to online, read in articles or seen in the Bible Book Store bestsellers. To just lay it out there… Many of the tenets of the current Christian religion - some of which I used to believe myself – I do not find in the canon of Scripture. The more I spend time in the Word, and open my ears to hear what the Spirit is saying, the more what I believe is the True picture of the plan and purpose of God takes shape. And no passages or chapters of the Bible need to be excluded or ignored or passed off onto the ‘unbelievers.’ Rather what used to seem contradictory now fits together and makes perfect sense. It truly is exciting!! Attached below is the full essay, in which I briefly address a few doctrines of the modern Christian churches. I'm sure to get a few wise comments and rebukes regarding what I've written, and that's to be expected. Honestly, when I remember what Jeremiah & Micaiah went through, and how the first Century disciples were persecuted, and that Jesus foretold that the church would be the greatest enemy of the saints... I find that I am in good company. Peace to all in Christ, Michael Where Do I Belong (mdb).pdf
  14. "Give us this day our daily Bread." May our main concern be... have we partaken of the Bread of Life today? Is He our daily portion and sustenance? "He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him." - John 6:56
  15. Personally, realizing the Truth that "being saved" is only the beginning, not the end, of our journey in the wilderness and discipleship, has helped me tremendously and made the whole of Scripture clearer.
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