Sunday, January 25, 2015

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THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA /REVELATION 2 - 3
copyright November 2007
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CHAPTER  17 (2 of 7) 
OBEDIENCE,  BEING ONE WITH GOD
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Why did the church of the Apostles bring souls to Christ by the hundreds, and some by the thousands?  One reason is, because the Apostles, being examples of total death to self-ambitions and desires, stirred their converts to Christ, to follow the same example of full obedience.  For their total commitment, God endowed the Saints with such a effective witness, life, and testimony that sinners swarmed to the "alter" of salvation.  That alter being Jesus Christ.  Thank God...hallelujah!  What caused the great revivals in America during the 1800's and the early 1900's to fill many of the churches of this country with true believers?  Partly, the preachers, who preached those revivals, learned the art of dying, that others would live.
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How did Jesus purchase eternal life for us?  He died for our offenses and was raised again for our justification (Romans 4:25).  How will these sinners, who I have mentioned ever receive this same eternal life, we have received in Christ?  We must learn how to die that they may live, and learn how to die for others to live.
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My battle is no longer a matter of drawing closer to God, but rather to stay close to Him and be conformed to the image of His Son, which God cannot begin to effectively do, in our life, until we are close to Him, and stay there.  This is walking in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.  There is a kingdom of difference between drawing closer to God and being close to God, but only when we stay close to Him.  Hear Jesus' prayer for us:
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And for their sakes I sanctify myself that they also might be sanctified through the truth.  Neither pray I for these alone,  but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; that they all may be one; as thou, Father art in me and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. John 17:19-21
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Has God answered His prayer?  Yes, but only in the life of those who throughout the centuries have yielded, as Jesus the "Son of man" yielded all, to God's full desires and expectations, for their lives.  These Saints, God has used, and is continuing to use, such as these, today, to turn or begin to turn, the world "right side up" for Christ.  My words are so feeble, when trying to convey the depth, reality, and truth about what I have tried, in few words, but not fully succeeded, the truth, about how very few Christians actually please God and walk in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
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Many Christians have yet to know what being One with God is really like, and continue moment by moment to be One with Him.  As I have written,  "...it is within the reach of everyone of us, if only we will seek the revealing of this truth from God, then receive it and run with it, (pursue it with all our life)."   God cannot effectively use us, as He desires, until we die totally to our desires to do His only and always; when we do this continually, it causes us to become One with Him and He One with us.
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The Lord has shown me how I can be One with Him, as well as how to continue to be One with Him, I call it "continual fasting."  Sounds simple doesn't it?   But, O the blessedness!   Not only this but also the great help of God that is bestowed on me, and the mighty power of God that is manifested in and through my life, which gives me the full ability to not only be One with God, but also continue to be One with Him.  It is difficult for me to clearly and simply tell you what has been happening in my soul, but how tremendous the jubilation.  There is a continual joy in my voice and tone of rejoicing in my life, which I have even yet the more to experience.  I am persuaded of God, that I will experience it.
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My definition of continual fasting is, fasting more than eating, which is fasting everyday, whether all day or part of the day.  I am not talking about dieting or a matter of missing some meals, I am talking about actually and all altogether fasting.  If I would stop this, it would signal the beginning of my departure from this wonderful place of total fellowship and Oneness, I experience in the Spirit with Father.
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**** RISE UP O MEN OF GOD ****
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Rise up O men of God! Have done with lesser things, give heart and mind 
and soul and strength to serve the King of Kings.
Rise up, O men of God! His kingdom tarries long; bring in the brotherhood
and end the night of wrong.
Rise up, O men of God! The church for you doth wait. Her strength unequal
to her task; rise up, and make her great!
Lift high the cross of Christ! Tread where His feet have trod; as brothers of
the Son of man, rise up, O men of God!
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The need of the world today is crying out for the true children of God to live the example of Christ in their lives, to be tangible proof of the truth and reality that there is a God in heaven and in the world today.  The world is wanting proof, that there is actually a Son of God, who lived, died for our sins, and rose from the grave with power and majesty, to signify to the world, that by virtue of His resurrection, He alone has been declared with power, that He is the Son of God and the only hope for the salvation of humanity, (Romans 1:4, 8:19).  How will the world know, unless all of us who make up the true body of Christ, repent of our slothfulness, slumber, deadness of spirit, and playing church, to be about doing Father's business, (His desires and His alone)?
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We cannot begin to win the world to Christ, nor even our community, nor neighbors; except we die that they might live.  We must become One with God.  The way we do this, is to continually do what Jesus Christ "the Son of man" did,  "And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient...Phil. 2:8."
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The Lord gave me a song in 1973 titled, "He shined His life in our hearts."  The third stanza follows the title with these words,
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So to employ to please our Lord
To tell men of His wondrous love             
His changing power revealed in us
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This is definitely true, and being accomplished in and through those who are One with God and continue to be One with Him.  Amen! -
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My FaceBook Timeline http://www.facebook.com/samuel.siders; some of the responses I have posted in answer to those who God has had me to shared with on AolAnswers and FaceBook can be on my FaceBook Timeline spanning over seven years.
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My activity about sharing the Word of God with Muslims continues; this open door that the Lord has made available to me as an apologist is one where worldwide opportunities are made available (all English speaking people around the world from many different countries, races, and religious beliefs). It is WRITTEN in 1 Peter 3:15…” But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" God wants us to know AND understand His Word (2 Timothy 2:15).
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DEFENSE FOR THE “ARCHKO VOLUME” http://www.scribd.com/doc/76537136/A-Definite-Appraisal-of-the-ArchkoVolume-Hubert-Luns...and http://www.cumberland.org/hfcpc/minister/MahanWilliamDennes.htm

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There were a number of different topics discussed this past week, with various people, Muslim, Christian, and Cult. There is a cult that I was made aware of called Celestial Christ of Christ that has its origin in Africa by a self proclaimed prophet in 1947 claiming, like many, that he received the correct interpretation of the Scriptures. Information about the cult can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celestial_Church_of_Christ .
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There is a book of Jashar mentioned in the Old Testament and a Muslim quoted from what he had to validate Isaac was 40 and Rebecca was 10 when they married; information I found out about what we have today are forgeries for the book of Jashar. The Muslim wrote his article to exonerate Mohammad having married a 6 year old girl and 9 year old girl. There is evidence in the Scriptures to validate that marrying a girl during puberty is Biblical. The significant issue about Rebecca’s age [the Bible does not tell us] is that to physically draw enough water for the camels, and whoever else, would have been overwhelming for any female so young as the writer of the article wanted to imply she was. http://www.gotquestions.org/book-of-Jasher.html
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The Quran teaches the pious will go to Paradise, and I posted that Paradise is in Sheol [Hades/Hell] and that Jesus emptied Paradise when He resurrected; therefore all Muslims will go to Hell when they die. A Christian instant message we about the response and as a result I need to explain the difference between Paradise and Heaven. As a result of the question I have an improved theology about Paradise; there are at least three locations for “A” Paradise using the Bible to validate this; Sheol, Eden, and Heaven. What will follow is a response posted for the Christian.
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“Before Jesus' resurrection Heaven was not called Paradise, but in the book of Revelation, when using the word paradise, in the Greek is not Heaven but a special place like a garden in heaven. Revelation 2:7 Strong's #3857 "Paradeisos” - among the Persians a grand enclosure or preserve, hunting ground, park, shady and well watered, in which wild animals, were kept for the hunt; it was enclosed by walls and furnished with towers for the hunters a garden, pleasure ground grove, park. the part of Hades which was thought by the later Jews to be the abode of the souls of pious until the resurrection: but some understand this to be a heavenly paradise the upper regions of the heavens. According to the early church Fathers, the paradise in which our first parents dwelt before the fall still exists, neither on the earth or in the heavens, but above and beyond the world heaven.
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I can only assume another garden like that in the Country of Eden will exist; because Revelation tells us a tree of life will be in the new earth [next Creation]. Because of the tree of Life Rabbis teach Adam and Eve were created mortal, and without eating from the tree they would eventually die, which happened because they no longer has access to it, after being thrown out of the garden in Eden; this would mean in the next Creation there will be morals living among immortals [us and Jesus].
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Paul knowing what the Rabbis taught about "original sin" never taught physical death was the judgment passed on to us, but a spirit/soul death [lost fellowship with God]. Jesus came to restore that lost fellowship for those who receive Him as Lord and Savior [1 Corinthians 15:22]. We are no longer PUNISHED as Sinners, we are DISCIPLINED as sons and daughters of God; the difference between Sinner and Saint. In the Greek Luke 1:35 calls Jesus "holy saint" not "holy one" as in the KJV
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What makes us saints is God's righteous nature dwelling in our spirit/soul; this happens when we are "born again" and explains the radical immediate transformation in our way of living when we receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. Jesus was physically born with God's righteous nature, we are "born again" with it and explains what Peter wrote in 1 Peter 1:3 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, " If Jesus had not died and resurrected there would not be any New Birth or restored fellowship with God.

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Samuel    1/25/2015