Covid 19 How the Christian Community Respond

Covid 19 How the Christian Community Respond
Romans 8; 19-20,23 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation eagerly waits with anticipation for God’s sons to be revealed. 21 And not only that, but we ourselves who have the Spirit as the first fruits–we also groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.

23 And not only that, but we ourselves who have the Spirit as the first fruits–we also groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.
25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience.

On Sunday, March 29, 2020, Pastor Russell preached Waiting Patiently in Hope on Romans 8; 18-26. He stated there are struggled that life ahead and we clearly did not see we did see this coming. One God deals with suffering that touches Spirit with hope the hope God is making something new. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation eagerly waits with anticipation for God’s sons to be revealed But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience.
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COVID-19 is a global pandemic a newly identified respiratory virus that can spread easily. It shares several symptoms with influenza, but it’s treated differently. COVID-19 infection may appear two to 14 days after exposure and can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing cough, fever, difficulty breathing, pneumonia in both lungs.
The vast majority of confirmed cases are considered mild, involving mostly cold-like symptoms to mild pneumonia; however, those who underline health issues such as those with preexisting illnesses and the such as elderly Heart disease, Hypertension (high blood pressure. Such as Lung disease Diabetes and Cancer Or people with weakened immune systems from a medical condition or treatment, such as chemotherapy and Older adults

THE SYMPTOMS
1. It will first infect the throat, so you’ll have a sore throat lasting 3/4 days
2. The virus then blends into a nasal fluid that enters the trachea and then the lungs, causing pneumonia. This takes about 5/6 days further.
3. With the pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty in breathing.
4. The nasal congestion is not like the normal kind. You feel like you’re drowning. It’s imperative you then seek immediate attention.
IDENTIFICATION
1. If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold
2. Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose.
3. This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature of just 26/27 degrees. It hates the Sun.
4. If someone sneezes with it, it takes about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne.
5. If it drops on a metal surface it will live for at least 12 hours – so if you come into contact with any metal surface – wash your hands as soon as you can with a bacterial soap.
6. On fabric it can survive for 6-12 hours. Normal laundry detergent will kill it.
7. Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Try not to drink liquids with ice.
8. Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but – a lot can happen during that time – you can rub your eyes, pick your nose unwittingly and so on.
9. You should also gargle as a prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice.
10. Can’t emphasis enough – drink plenty of water!
11 social distant 6 feet apart to prevent spreading virus
Because of this, invisible enemy business, restaurant, schools, government and Churches are force closed down. Overtime it will have deep an effect on society. It will causes depression, anxieties, drug use, excessive drinking or massive suicide along with physical and emotional abuses.
Young people who have red ants in pants eagerly and wilily go back work providing for theirs family, President Trump stated America not build not built to shut down. In Genesis 2; 15 God place Adam in the garden of Eden to work it and watch over it, its in man DNA to work
Federal, Provincial, and local government are force enact laws to protect people from spreading the virus No matter what they do they will criticize by the fault finder I would done this differently as Pastor Russell clearly stated we did not see this coming. They have thankless jobs
Remember it in man DNA to work so they can provide for their families men was not built to self isolate for long period of time to enact laws such as buying garden tools, plant seed, paint and going your going a cottage is prohibited. What all that Covid 19

Grocery, hardware, drugstores still providing essential service so able serve the customer, and protecting themselves and public well providing an essential services.
Home Hardware would asks the customers what they need will get the product customers would pay for products. The staff would wear masks and gloves.
Food Basic would have customers would wait in line six feet apart outside. Once you enter the store, they arrow pointing in direction should go you’re limited to certain products lastly you need to wait line someone directly to cashier Plexiglas are in front of cashier.
Canadian Tire order on line product pick up the items at front door.
All pharmacies only give out 30 day supply of medications instead usual 90 days until further notice
I spoke to sister who operated a farm all restaurant who vegetables no longer purchasing any products on account they are closed

While waiting in line I spoke a gentleman who emigrated from a communist country he told he wait in line waiting for food and clothing all night
Jackson Square is and all malls close down you only able enter one entrance they only allow people who buying Food Nations, and drug stores if need anything from Hamilton Market you need to enter front doors York Boulevard
Did blood works done felt Covid 19 ICU the staff gowns a glass shield over their faces a mask over mouth and nose surgical gloves? To say startle or shock would be understatement since they are dealing with blood, and they fall under the high risks catalogue. Their Job is protected the patient and themselves

While waiting in line I spoke a gentleman who emigrated from a communist country he told he wait in line waiting for food and clothing all night
I spoke to my sister who operated a farm all restaurant who vegetables no longer purchasing any products on account they are closed

The bus service passengers only able to enter the back door many of seats are cord off. The cab driver passenger sits in the back seat.
All surgery are put on hold many doctors offices such as DENTIST, eye doctor and specialize only taking problematic patients
All senior residences are locked in their rooms unable have any visitor.
To say we are under great stress it would be understatement
https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/why-some-covid-19-cases-are-worse-than-others-67160
https://www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/covid19?linkId=84302128
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/people-high-risk-for-severe-illness-covid-19.html

The fault finder would asks where is God all this or why would He allow this dreaded to spread throughout the world? To me, a better question would be what role does Christians play. Since we are agent of God? What God saying personally? What lessons learn can from this?
I should start by telling my story and in what the Christian’s community has done to me pebrsonilily and the community. I am candidate with underline health issue if ever caught all of this dreaded disease it would devastate to me personality. Yet despite all l still trust the Lord. My role is to pray stay safe and to encourage others. I’ve Hyper tensions diabetes, and only one kidneys that functioning at 20%
After churches serve a retired nurse name Lois Montgomery asks me about Covid. Let say it not my fine moment in short I was ignorant SOB She trying was gracious I was not. Clearly did not see the dangerous path was on horizon When arrive home received message from brother Stuart stating I was candidate Covet 19 since I’ve Hyper tensions diabetes, and kidney that functioning at 20%. Last time I check Lois does not have Stuart phone# or his email address.
So It was warning from God that something dangerous was on the horizon, Since known to have a hard head along with thick hair. As pastor Russell clearly had stated I did not see this one coming The Federal, Provincial, and local government agents were unaware of the danger that laid ahead even thou they put brave faces playing the blame game wagging finger at each others. Remember it China government that cause this mess likely came from Wuhan lab, or China lab, or the wet market like from bats.
As follower of Christ our hope lies in the unseen not seeing and we wait for it patiently. Earth is not our home we just passing through where true home is heaven
Note But if we hope for what we do not see, For in this hope we were saved. But, hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? Note the word hope especially the phase we wait for it patiently. Three times the word hope appears passages the Greek that words is elpis: meaning confident expectation of what God has promised and its strength is in His faithfulness. Are hope lies unseen not seeing
While Covid 19 is awful; however, God give permission and allows it to occur . So instead looking at the bad we should be examining the good in which Christian Community is doing. But, if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. Note the word hope especially the phase we wait for it patiently

For example, Sonya Curtis a retired schoolteacher call her husband Bob who a resident Queen Garden every night he unable leaves his room she him to remind watch favorite tv program. She also calls elderly and prays for them.
Digging Into scriptures meet every Monday at 8 pm and 9pm Dr Phil Shadd is the teacher and using Zoom to teach on the work of Christ

The Living Rock tends youth who live streets. They have food banks where they can pick up food and in a however they wait in line six feet apart. Every Wednesday between 1pm and 200 pm the staff and volunteers set up Zoom pray for the youth throughout the city.
David Malloy mother is in St Joseph Villie with Alzheimer. His primer is minister needs in his view he view as a calling he recite her favorite Hymns He able recites these hymns and scriptures by memory Unable visit her on the account of Covid 19. According to David they check her temperature several Need someone to talk to miss her mother. I am confidence will see her again. Michelle David sister managed her mother estate ensure she. Enough clothing and her essential need met. They love her she in good hands
Triunity United Reformed Church in St. Catharines Ontario does a hymn sing everyday Saturday night where three female and two males sang all tradition hymns one plays the piano, and one play the violin They do live a stream all the words display a on screen They take request
Pastor Russell and wife Angela her daughter lead worship, and prayer every Wednesday at 7 pm in their home people writes to pray request through chat.
On Sunday, 1,045 am Philpott does a live stream where music plays Jan Mutter speaks to the children about the gospel someone read from scriptures Pastor Russell or Jesse Hill preaches a short message short message. Its played cable 14 on Saturday also You Tube.
Throughout Canada and USA, they do live stream live my Sister Saundra told she had go church play the pianos What told me doing playing piano live stream where her community and elderly in local area and abroad. Live stream live has the potential reaching the world with gospel
On personal note Covid, 19 effect me personally for example, I take the bus throughout and walk through malls pray for the city to many people are without hope because they do not know Christ and unaware he came redeemed mankind curse of sin in which all mankind curse with. As scripture declares all have sinned fall short glory of God

From medical point view I have dry feet in which a nurse cleans dead skin to prevent cracking there’re signs that feet crack in which other medical issue such as ulcer or amputation. While Client still open; however, they do will allow patient couch fever, or bad cold. All dentist’s office is closies so I have not teeth clean over a year in which leave nerve damage in which root canal or nerve damages.

Despite all this God is still sovereign and good If RC Sproul God is not sovereign, then God is not God. If ever a person had room to complain of injustice, it was Jesus. He was the only innocent man ever to be punished by God. If we stagger at the wrath of God, let us stagger at the cross. Here is where our astonishment should be focused. If we have cause for moral outrage, let it be directed at Golgotha.”
Over pass six weeks I have been reviewing taking stock my life since told to stay home limit my interaction this is a time where God would speak in whispering voice taking my walks and working in the backyard enjoy god creation and reflecting in His goodness. Whom am I, I am a prayer warrior, a student of scriptures, a servant of Christ, and forgiven sinner. The Dr John Stott wrote “Who am I? What is myself? The answer is that I am Jekyll and Hyde a mix up kids, having both dignity because I was created had been re-created in the image of God, and depravity because I have fallen and rebellious nature. I am both noble, ignoble beautiful, ugly good, bad, upright, and twisted image and child of God yes sometimes yielding obsequious homage to the devil from whose clutches Christ has rescue me. My true self is what I am by creation which Christ came to redeem, by calling myself what I am I am by the fall, which Christ came destroy.”
George Mason said to Jack Baur “You still have got a life, Jack.You want to be a real hero, here’s what you do ? You get back down there any put the pieces together. You find a way to forgive yourself for what happened to your wife. You make things right with your daughter and you go on serving your country. That’d take some real guts.“
While Covid 19 out there we to need branch out take step out cruel world in faith. Remember we are not built self to be isolate. But, to work and serve God and your community and follow the guild line laid out government and most important keep safe

 

Doctrine of Christ: The Person of Christ part one

Doctrine of Christ: The Person of Christ

 

 Who is Christ? ‘What has Christ done?’

Christ’s has two natures he is very God very man they both play  key a role in the  salvation plan. We will deal with the humanity of Christ or the person of Christ. 

As a human being, Jesus experienced all of the finite limitations that we experience as human people Jesus was physically born Luke 2:7, 11 Even more, Jesus went through normal process of embryonic/fetal development. 

To understand Jesus you need to understand Jewish culture He was The Son of David that He  fulfillment of the Davidic covenant meaning Jesus would be royalty, heir to the throne in  You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end. J C Ryle wrote To have an occupant of David’s throne requires a human being. Therefore, Messiah had to be a human being. But, to occupy that throne requires that the occupant never dies. And only God qualifies. So the One who ultimately fulfills the Davidic promise has to be a God-man.  

 Jesus is a Jew Son Abraham In Genesis 17; 4-7, 15-17   “As for Me, My covenant is with you: you will become the father of many nations. 5 Your name will no longer be Abram, but your name will be Abraham, for I will make you the father of many nations. 6 I will make you extremely fruitful and will make nations and kings come from you. 7 I will keep My covenant  19 But God said, “No. Your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will name him Isaac. I will confirm My covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his future offspring. Matthew was writing to Jews, it was important to identify Jesus in this way. Jesus fulfills the Abrahamic covenant (see Ge 12:2–3; 15:9–21; 17; Zec 9:10 Jesus became Man as a Jew, from the lineage of Abraham, the father of all Jew

Matthew’s opening words (“Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham”) had special importance to a Jewish audience, which traced its ancestry through the covenants God made with Israel. The heading, with Jesus’ names and his ancestry, is packed with meaning.

 Joseph and Mary family tree is in Luke 3; 31 son of Nathan, son of David, In Matthew 1; 6 it states Then David fathered Solomon by Uriah’s wife, Where the is Royal Line established.

 In Matthew 1; 1-17 v 3 Judah fathered Perez and Zerah by Tamar, V 5 Salmon fathered Boaz by Rahab Boaz fathered Obed by Ruth, v 6 Then David fathered Solomon by Uriah’s wife, Believer Bile Commentary Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba (she who had been the wife of Uriah). Since women are seldom mentioned in eastern genealogical tables, the inclusion of these women is all the more astonishing in that two of them were harlots (Tamar and Rahab), one had committed adultery (Bathsheba), and two were Gentiles (Rahab and Ruth). Their inclusion in Matthew’s introduction is perhaps a subtle suggestion that the coming of Christ would bring salvation to sinners, grace to Gentiles, and that in Him, barriers of race and sex would be torn down.  Jesus family tree had many warts in them the very wore reason  he put human clothes to purchase mankind sins also there was Gentiles in Jesus family tree.

As a human being, Jesus experienced all of the finite limitations that we experience as human people

 Jesus is the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies where God established a convent between Abraham and David In Genesis 17; 4-7, 15-17   “As for Me, My covenant is with you: you will become the father of many nations. 5 Your name will no longer be Abram, but your name will be Abraham, for I will make you the father of many nations. 6 I will make you extremely fruitful and will make nations and kings come from you. 7 I will keep My covenant  19, But God said, “No. Your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will name him Isaac. I will confirm My covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his future offspring.

In  2 Samuel 7; 11-14 ‘The Lord declares to you: The Lord Himself will make a house for you. 12 When your time comes and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up after you your descendant who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He will build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 

  Matthew 5:17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” What was at stake God covenant and Jesus fulfilling His promise fulfilled the Law and the Prophets. Jesus not a helicopter  who pop into earth stating I am Son Of God there was blueprint that was  laid in the Old Testament  Jesus is a Jew Son Abraham In Genesis 17; 4-7, 15-17   “As for Me, My covenant is with you: you will become the father of many nations. 5 Your name will no longer be Abram, but your name will be Abraham, for I will make you the father of many nations. 6 I will make you extremely fruitful and will make nations and kings come from you. 7 I will keep My covenant  19, But God said, “No. Your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will name him Isaac. I will confirm My covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his future offspring. Matthew was writing to Jews; it was important to identify Jesus in this way. Jesus fulfills the Abrahamic covenant (see Ge 12:2–3; 15:9–21; 17; Zec 9:10 Jesus became Man as a Jew, from the lineage of Abraham, the father of all Jew

Matthew’s opening words (“Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham”) had special importance to a Jewish audience, which traced its ancestry through the covenants God made with Israel. The heading, with Jesus’ names and his ancestry, is packed with meaning.

In John 7; 42 42 Doesn’t the Scripture say that the Messiah comes from David’s offspring and from the town of Bethlehem, where David once lived?” Jewish cultures recognize that Messiah would come from David’s offspring and from the town of Bethlehem. 

Matthew 21:9  Then the crowds that went ahead of Him and those who followed kept shouting: Hosanna to the Son of David!
He who comes in the name of the Lord is the blessed One!

Throughout Jesus Ministry in Matthew 15:22 And behold, ha Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, i “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon. And (Matthew 20:30

Romans 1:1-4  concerning His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord who was a descendant of David according to the flesh 

 2 Timothy 2:8 Keep your attention on Jesus Christ as risen from the dead and descended from David. This is according to my gospel. 

Revelation 22:16 I, Jesus, have sent My angel to attest these things to you for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright Morning Star.”

Throughout Jesus Ministry in several address Jesus as Son of David  Matthew 15:22 And behold, ha Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, i “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon. And (Matthew 20:30  And behold, there were two blind men sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David! Lastly, Jesus stated to the scribes and the Pharisee Mark 12:35 And as Jesus taught in the temple, he said, “How can the scribes say that the Christ is then son of David?

 Jesus not so much the founder of a new religion, but the fulfillment of an existing religion 

   Matthew 5:17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” He fulfills the Prophets by both being and carrying out what they foretold.

John MacArthur wrote,” Christ was indicating that He is the fulfillment of the law in all its aspects. He fulfilled the moral law by keeping it perfectly. He fulfilled the ceremonial law by being the embodiment of everything. The law’s types and symbols pointed to And He fulfilled the judicial law by personifying God’s perfect justice  12:18, 20. Meaning smallest letter or one stroke of a letter will pass from the law until all things are accomplished. For Jesus to be the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! He fulfill every aspect of the law   

In Luke 3; 38 Mary family tree it states the son of Seth, the son of Adam, 

The Son of Adam:The Hebrew word for “Adam ” is “man “. The title “Son of Man. Adam was created in God’s image and was perfected until he ate the forbidden fruit in Genesis 2; 16-17, And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree of the garden, 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day you eat from it, you will definitely die. In Genesis 3; 6-7  So she took some of its fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked. Adam and Eve died spiritually, but because God was merciful they did not die physically until later (5:5. Where a curse called sin put on them and effected mankind “So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 

 Romans 5:14 Nevertheless, death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who did not sin in the likeness of Adam’s transgression. He is a prototype of the Coming One, or the second Adam 

1 Corinthians 15:45   So it is written: The first man Adam became a living being; the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit. Meaning Erdman explains: As the descendants of Adam, we are made like him, living souls inhabiting mortal bodies, and bearing the image of an earthly parent. But, as the followers of Christ, we are yet to be clothed with immortal bodies and to bear the image of our heavenly. Christ needed be like mankind to take our sins 

As scripture declares to all who believe, since there is no distinction. Furthermore, it states Everyone who believes on Him will not be put to shame, for there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, Since Adam, and Eve were created in God Image we need to respect our different cultures and the diversities in our cultures due religious hatred are raised in most religious levels, we do well to reflect that even in our diversity humanity is one and was created in God image. When Chris sacrifice Himself on the cross he took mankind sin and His Father wrath He atone purchased both the Jews and the Gentiles sins

NIV Application Commentary wrote ,”Jesus’ roots go back to Adam, the figure through whom all of us are connected to one another. In a day when ethnic diversity and hatred are raised to almost religious levels, we do well to reflect that even in our diversity humanity is one. In his provision for humanity, Jesus represents all of us. It is easy to let our nationality, race, or social status blind us to this fundamental truth. As human beings we not only share a planet, we share a relationship to each other. Transcending that is the fact that Jesus, as Son, offers an opportunity to any of us to share in God’s rich blessing.Jesus came to reconcile us to each other Eph. 2:11 – 22, and he is in a unique position to accomplish that goal. God’s plan of salvation indicates that he did not want to be a tribal god of only one people or of only one region. He came for everyone.” Another  is outlined in Galatians 4:4–5:  But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 

 Jesus is the Anointed One meaning Messiah/Christ

The Hebrew Jesus is Yeshua Joshua the Greek is ησος meaning

Yahweh saves” or “Yahweh is salvation His human name, as the incarnate, eternal Son of God Mt 1:21,25, see also Lk 1:31

C.S. Lewis in his book Mere Christianity writes the following: “I am trying here to prevent anyone from saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him [Jesus Christ]: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic—on a level with a man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the Devil of hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon; or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that option open to us. He did not intend to.”

Messiah greek is Christos English is Christ Hebrew word mashiach  meaning anointed one  or chosen one.

Jesus Christ is regarded by Christians as fulfilling this promise and expectation. John 4:25, 26. Where Jesus revealed to the Samaritan Woman that he  is the Messiah to able to the Messiah He Servant of the Lo in Isaiah 42:1-4  states Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations. 2He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. 3 A bruised reed he will not break, and a smouldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; 4he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his teaching the islands will put their hope.” 

Who is the Servant of the Lord in the Bible ? Got question define A servant is someone who carries out the will of another. The Servant of the Lord fulfills God’s will and is often presented in Scripture as someone chosen by God to hold a leadership position, to represent Him, and to accomplish a certain divine work. In the Bible, the term Servant of the Lord has been applied to individual people, certain groups of people, the nation of Israel, and the Messiah, who is identified as Jesus Christ in the New Testament. Jesus was that servant When God the Son came to earth, He took on the role of a servant. The Creator chose to serve His creatures. Jesus said that He had come “to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28)  even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Where in the book of Acts found four times (Acts 3:13, 26; 4:27, 30  also in Philippians 2:7–8  but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, 3 being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 

In Isaiah, 53:3 says about the Servant of the Lord, “He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.” Jesus was despised by the religious people of His day and rejected as their Messiah.

When God calls you a servant, you be honour. Call a servant should honour for example, the brother of Jesus stated James 1:1 James, a servant of God, and of the Lord Jesus Christ, or Jude  , a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James. Lastly (Revelation 1:1) The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God agave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John.

A Servant never fails to accomplish the will of the Lord and the purposes of God

As a human being, Jesus experienced all of the finite limitations that we experience as human people  Luke 2:7, 11 Even more, Jesus went through normal process of embryonic/fetal development. “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.” (Luke 1:31

“And Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her home.” (Luke 1:56)

“‘Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel’ (which means, God with us).” (Matthew 1:23)

Supernatural conception, but otherwise a normal process of embryonic/fetal development prior to birth

For example John 1:14 “The Word became flesh.”. He was born (Luke 2:7). He grew (Luke 2:40, 52). He grew tired (John 4:6) and got thirsty (John 19:28) and hungry (Matthew 4:2). He became physically weak (Matthew 4:11; Luke 23:26). He died (Luke 23:46). And he had a real human body after his resurrection (Luke 24:39; John 20:20, 27).

He grew weary and needed sleep Matthew 8:20  Jesus told him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.” He was hungry and Matthew 12;1 At that time Jesus passed through the grain fields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick and eat some heads of grain. Mark 11;12 The next day when they came out from Bethany, He was hungry. 

Jesus clearly displayed all the human emotions. Here it begins to get a little more difficult for us. . He says in Matthew 26:38 that his “soul is very sorrowful, even to death.” In John 11:33–35, Jesus is “deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled,” and even weeps. John 12:27 says, “Now is my soul troubled,” and in John 13:21, he is “troubled in his spirit.” The author to the Hebrews writes that “Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears” (Hebrews 5:7). 

He grew weary and needed sleep Matthew 8:20  Jesus told him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.” He was hungry and Matthew 12;1 At that time Jesus passed through the grain fields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick and eat some heads of grain. Mark 11;12 The next day when they came out from Bethany, He was hungry.In Mark13;32 “Now concerning that day or hour no one knows–neither the angels in heaven nor the Son–except the Father.

Jesus suffered and experienced physical death, Luke 23;46 Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit!’ And having said this he breathed his last.” 

Another reason Jesus had to be fully human is that God established the necessity of the shedding of blood for the remission of sins (Leviticus 17:11; Hebrews 9:22). Only a perfect human—Jesus Christ—could perfectly keep the law and perfectly fulfill the law, thereby redeeming us from that guilt.  

Humanity Christ Only as man can Jesus truly represent men to God. He understands our lives because He has lived it also. Because He understands, coming to Him we “obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need,”

 Lastly while on the cross He felt every human emotional physical pain imagine for example Jesus stated My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” All mankind and His Father fell upon Him>

 Believer Bible wrote The question is, “Why?” Why should the holy, sinless Son of God suffer the concentrated horror of eternal hell in those three long hours of darkness? Scripture gives us the answer. First of all, God is holy, righteous, and just, and this means that He must punish sin wherever He finds it. To wink at sin or to overlook it is impossible for God. That brings us to the second point. Although the Lord Jesus had no sins of His own, He took our sins upon Himself. He voluntarily assumed responsibility to pay the penalty of all our iniquities. The debt we owed was charged to His account, and He willingly became surety for it all. But now what can God do? All His righteous attributes demand that sin be punished. Yet here He looks down and sees His only begotten Son becoming the scapegoat for others. The Son of His love has become our Sin-bearer. What will God do when He sees our sins laid on His own beloved Son?

There was never any doubt as to what God would do! He deliberately unleashed all the fury of His righteous wrath on His own beloved Son. The fierce torrent of divine judgment broke upon the innocent Victim. For our sakes, Christ was forsaken by God so that we might never be forsaken.

Jesus Christ, the perfect Lamb of God, sacrificed His human life and shed His human blood to cover the sins of all who would ever believe in Him. If He were not human, this would have been impossible.   Jesus accomplished our redemption on the cross, exchanging our sin for His perfect righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21)

 

 

https://www.gotquestions.org/humanity-of-Jesus.html

https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/jesus-is-fully-human 

The Creed of Chalcedon states Bible truly testifies Jesus both human and truly divine self and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.” We, then, following the holy Fathers, all with one consent, teach men to confess one and the same Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, the same perfect in Godhead and also perfect in manhood; truly God and truly man, of a reasonable (rational) soul and body; con substantial (co essential) with the Father according to the Godhead, and consubstantial with us according to the Manhood; in all things like unto us, without sin; begotten before all ages of the Father according to the Godhead, and in these latter days, for us and for our salvation, born of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, according to the Manhood; one and the same Christ, Son, Lord, Only-begotten, to be acknowledged in two natures, in confusedly, unchangeably, indivisibly, inseparably; the distinction of natures being by no means taken away by the union, but rather of the property of each nature being preserved, and concurring in one Person and one Subsistence, not parted or divided into two persons, but one and the same Son, and only begotten, God, the Word the Lord Jesus Christ; as the prophets from the beginning (have declared) concerning him, and the Lord Jesus Christ himself has taught us, and the Creed of the holy Fathers has handed down to us. 

The question what is creed why is important to the church

 First is not scripture nor breath by Holy Spirit. A creed expresses what the church believes to be the truth of Sacred Scripture. An ecumenical creed expresses certain fundamental truths of Scripture that is held by most Christian churches throughout the world. Three of these ecumenical creeds–the Apostles’ Creed, Nicene Creed, and Athanasian Creed–are cited in Article 9 of the Belgic Confession as statements of truth which “we do willingly receive.” These ancient creeds express basic truths regarding the doctrine of the Holy Trinity over against various errors that surfaced in the early history of The New Testament church.  

Creed of Chalcedony creed states We, then, following the holy Fathers, all with one consent, teach men to confess one and the same Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, the same perfect in Godhead and also perfect in manhood; truly God and truly man. Appears to be a contradiction for example Jesus was tempted it also states Bible God cannot tempted, Jesus birth place was Bethlehem the Bible state God has no beginning no end God is all knowing yet Jesus prayed  all night before choosing the apostles scriptures that empty himself. Aristotle, Metaphysics wrote, “It is impossible that the same thing can at the same time both belong and not belong to the same object and in the same respect, and all other specificationthe incarnation not like this…Difficult to comprehend but not a real contradiction but paradox 

The term paradox is from the Greek word paradoxon, which means “contrary to expectations, existing belief, or perceived opinion. Or is a logically self-contradictory statement or a statement that runs contrary to one’s expectation. For example I love you and I don’t love you. John Lasagna will be a little late for the party.  He died yesterday. Or on the day accepted the Lord it was worst day life And best day in my life 

The humanity of Christ and God head and the Bible has many mysteries if try understand it you soon you’re doing Greek alphabet asking more question soon youi find yours quaguagmire.  At the of day a mystery will always be mystery,  and we need to remind ourselves Deuteronomy 29; 29 The hidden things belong to the Lord our God, but the revealed things belong to us and our children forever, so that we may follow all the words of this law. And continue peel onions one layer time. Remind ourselves Jesus very God very man the same perfect in Godhead also perfect in manhood 

John Calvin wrote which in itself is attended with considerable difficulty is rendered very perplexed and hence perilous by human curiosity, which cannot be restrained from wandering into forbidden paths and climbing to the clouds determined if it can that none of the secret things of God shall remain unexplored. When we see many, some of them in other respects not bad men, every where rushing into this audacity and wickedness, it is necessary to remind them of the course of duty in this matter. First, then, when they inquire into {fully man fully God} emphasis added  let them remember that they are penetrating into the recesses of the divine wisdom, where he who rushes forward securely and confidently, instead of satisfying his curiosity will enter in inextricable labyrinth. For it is not right that man should with impunity pry into things which the Lord has been pleased to conceal within himself, and scan that sublime eternal wisdom which it is his pleasure that we should not apprehend but adore, that therein also his perfections may appear. Those secrets of his will, which he has seen it meet to manifest, are revealed in his word—revealed in so far as he knew to be conducive to our interest and welfare

 Philippians 2:5-11  Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Note  but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form

The Greek word emptied is kenosis By becoming a man, Jesus Jesus did not lay aside his deity.  Charles C. Ryrie sheds light on this event: “Christ didn’t become any less God, but he chose not to use some of his divine attributes

 

 

 

NIV Study Bible Note made himself nothing. Or “emptied himself.” He did this, not by giving up deity, but by laying aside his glory (see Jn 17:5) and submitting to the humiliation of becoming a man (see 2Co 8:9 and note). Jesus is truly God and truly man.

John MacArthur wrote made himself nothing. Or “emptied himself.” He did this, not by giving up deity, but by laying aside his glory (see Jn 17:5) and submitting to the humiliation of becoming a man (see 2Co 8:9 and note). Jesus is truly God and truly man.

Reformed Bible Study He humbled Himself, relinquishing His heavenly status, not His divine being. The nature of His self-emptying is defined in three phrases that follow (“taking . . . being born . . . being foundThe Lord Jesus did not lay aside any of the attributes of God when He came into the world.

  • He was still omniscient (all-knowing).
  • He was still omnipresent (present in all places at one and the same time).
  • He was still omnipotent (all powerful).

What He did was to empty Himself of His positional equality with God and to veil the glory of Deity in a body of human flesh. The glory was all there, though hidden, but it did shine forth on occasions, such as on the Mount of Transfiguration. There was no moment in His life on earth when He did not possess all the attributes of God.

  1. Aside He threw His most divine array,
  2. And hid His Godhead in a veil of clay,
  3. And in that garb did wondrous love display,
  4. Restoring what He never took away. 

He emptied Himself by taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. In other words, He emptied Himself by taking upon Himself something He never had before—humanity. He did not lay aside His deity, only His place in heaven

\https://www.gotquestions.org/kenosis.html 

https://bible.org/illustration/creed-chalcedon-ad-451

While Jesus is fully man and fully God perfectly human and perfectly God, however there some believe left divine being. For example Kenotic who believe that the divinity of the Son of God was somehow lost or lessened when the Lord took on human flesh and entered our world. Another significant problem with kenotic Christology involves the eternal destiny of all who follow Christ. No mere human being can fulfill the role of Savior. If Jesus were not the infinite second Person of the triune God, His sacrifice would be insufficient. If Christ were not divine, if He had given up His divinity at any point in time, the efficacy of His sacrifice on the cross would be nullified. To be the Savior, Jesus was at every moment both fully God and fully man. 

Apollinarian was bishop of Laodicea in Syria about 361 he denied the full humanity and perfection of Jesus Christ. Jesus had a human body and soul, but Jesus’ mind was replaced by the Logos. He taught that sin resided in the spirit of man and if Jesus was both God and man, then he would have sinned. Apollinarianism was condemned by the Second General Council at Constantinople in 381 and virtually died out within the following decade.

Dr. Craig’s view, the Logos, by assuming flesh in the virginal conception in Mary’s womb, newly brings into being a new Christ’s human nature. In which would address fully divine and humanity of Christ

https://carm.org/apollinarianism 

https://www.gotquestions.org/Apollinarianism.html 

  Question why did Jesus Christ put on Human clothes and dwell among us? 

In 1 Timothy 2:5, it states For there is one God and one mediator between God and humanityjohn MacArthur wrote Only the perfect God-Man could bring God and man together. Cf. Job 9:32, 33.

Reformed Bible Study Paul’s focus is on Christ’s humanity, perhaps because the false teachers had denied that Christ was truly human. The full humanity of Christ is essential to His serving as Mediator of the covenant of grace.

Believe Bible commentary  Mediator between God and men. This being so, no man can come to God in any other way. A mediator is a go-between, a middleman who can stand between two and communicate with both. Through Christ, Himself Man, God is enabled to approach men with forgiveness of sins. Consequently, any poor sinner can approach Him and will by no means be rejected.

NIV Application Commentary  Old and New Testaments show the need for mediation between the holy God and sinful people. Jesus Christ is prophet, priest, and king. Especially in his priestly role, being both divine and human, and offering himself as the sacrifice, he is the only true Mediator.

Humanity Of Christ

1) Fulfill the Davidic Covenant (Luke 1:31-33).

 

2) Reveal the nature of true humanity.

 

3) Represent us in His obedience (Romans 5:18-19, 1 Corinthians 15:45, 47). This is Jesus’ “representative obedience.” Adam, as representative of humanity before God, fell. But Jesus, as representative of humanity before God, didn’t.

 

4) Serve as a substitute sacrifice for us (Hebrew4:16-17, Hebrews 10:1-10).

 

5) Sympathize with us in temptation, to be an approachable high priest for us (Hebrews 4:15-16).

 

6) Set an example for us of how to live (1 Peter 2:21, 1John 2:6).

 

Godhead of Christ

1) Reveals God to us (John 1:18, 14:9).

 

2) Bears the full penalty of sin for all humanity, which presumably is something only an infinite being could do.

 

3) Shows that salvation is  a gift of God, not an achievement of humans.

 

4) Is worthy of worship. The church has always worshipped Jesus, but only God is worthy of worship.

 

We ought also learn from history. Historically, I think groups denying the deity of Christ have drifted from orthodoxy. It’s important that Jesus was God, and crucial for our spiritual health that we don’t hedge on, but resolutely affirm, His full divinity.

 

Restoring A Brother

Restoring A Brother

 

Matthew 18; 15-17 If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private. If he listens to you, you have won your brother. 16 But if he won’t listen, take one or two more with you, so that by the testimony of two or three witnesses every fact may be established. He pays no attention to them, tell the church. But, if he doesn’t pay attention even to the church, let him be like an unbeliever and a tax collector to you. 

Note If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private. If he listens to you, you have won your brother. Note, go and rebuke him in private not publicly but privately. If they listen you they won over that matter is settled. 

NIV Cultural Bible study wrote 18:15 just between the two of you. Jesus here agrees with other Jewish teachers: Jewish ethics heavily emphasized reproving a person privately first, so they would have opportunity to make matters right without facing shame.

 A union Stuart who was vice-president his union  once told me the best way resolved any conflict where two party work out their different in office. Many of conflict within church and workplace could resolve if model these verses. For example, Dofasco steel company who operate out Hamilton has no union give same benefits to Stelco employees, and their motto is Our product is steel. Our strength is people. Meaning you expect work hard them. They will treat fairly 

Note 18:15 If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke hin in private.  If he listens to you, you have won your brother. Note, go and rebuke him in private not publicly but in privately. Give him to opportunity to  response and repent and confess there wrong doing if won accomplish this than matter  is settled.  

 NIV Cultural Bible study wrote 18:15 just between the two of you. Jesus here agrees with other Jewish teachers: Jewish ethics heavily emphasized reproving a person privately first, so they would have opportunity to make matters right without facing shame.

Believer Bible Commentary “Explicit instructions are given concerning the Christian’s responsibility when wronged by another believer. First, the matter should be handled privately between the two parties. If the offender acknowledges his guilt, reconciliation is achieved. The trouble is that we don’t do this. We gossip to everyone else about it. Then, the matter spreads like wildfire and strife is multiplied. Let us remember that step number one is to “go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.”

Note what not to do  We gossip to everyone else about it. Then, the matter spreads like wildfire and strife is multiplied

If the guilty brother does not listen then what? 18:16 states take one or two more with you, so that by the testimony of two or three witnesses note every fact may be established.

Believe Commentary wrote This emphasizes the mounting seriousness of his continued un brokenness. But more, it provides competent testimony, as required by the Scripture: “that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established’ ” (Deut. 19:15).

NIV Application Commentary This emphasizes the mounting seriousness of his continued un brokenness. But more, it provides competent testimony, as required by the Scripture: “that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established’ ” (Deut. 19:15).

Matthew Henry wrote Many eyes see more than one), “and more regarded by him, and perhaps it will influence him to acknowledge his error, and to say, I repent.”

If still refuses to repent then what? 

18:17  If he pays no attention to them, tell the church. But, if he doesn’t pay attention even to the church, let him be like an unbeliever and a tax collector to you.

John MacArthur wrote requires that the matter be reported to the whole assembly (v. 17)–so that all may lovingly pursue the sinning brother’s reconciliation. But failing that, step 4 means that the offender must be excommunicated.

 The thing haunts me most. I did not resolve my conflict with dad or acknowledge the wrong did to him for example calling him Alex or being disrespectful to him in my youth while he was alive.  While there had been no excuses for his behavior; however, there was no excuses for mine as well and very hard seek forgiveness while he buried 8 feet in ground. Over period time, I learned  to forgive myself. A Christ forgave me and started bearing fruit of forgiveness throughout my life    Believer Bible Commentary It is important to notice that the local assembly is the body responsible to hear the case, not a civil court. The Christian is forbidden to go to law against another believer (1 Cor. 6:1–8 Furthermore, he wrote The most obvious meaning of this expression is that he should be looked upon as being outside the sphere of the church. Though he may be a true believer, he is not living as one, and should therefore be treated ,accordingly. Though still in the universal church, he should be barred from the privileges of the local church In 1 Corinthians 5 5:5   5:6  6:7 turn that one over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the Day of the Lord.

6 Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast permeates the whole batch of dough? 7 Clean out the old yeast so that you may be a new batch

  2 Corinthians 2; 5-10 If anyone has caused grief, he has not so much grieved me as he has grieved all of you to some extent–not to put it too severely. 6 The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient. 7 Now instead, you should forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. 8 I urge you; therefore, to reaffirm your love for him. 9 Another reason I wrote you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything. 10 Anyone you forgive; I also forgive. And what I have forgiven–if there was anything to forgive–I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake. 1 Cor. 5:5). The purpose of this is to bring him to his senses and cause him to confess his sin. Until that point is reached, believers should treat him courteously but should also show by their attitude that they do not condone his sin and cannot have fellowship with him as a fellow believer. The assembly should be prompt to receive him back as soon as there is evidence of godly repentance.

Lastly, in Matthew 18 15 “If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private If he listens to you, you have won your brother.and in Galatians 6:1  Brothers, if someone is caught in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual should restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so you also won’t be tempted. What keep committing the same sins over and over again? As Jesus declares “but 70 times seven are forgive and restore the brothers and sisters. Believer Bile Commentary He did not intend us to understand a literal 490 times; this was a figurative way of saying “Indefinitely.” As soon as he apologizes and confesses his sin, I tell him that he is forgiven (Luke 17:4). In other words, unlimited forgiveness must characterize the true follower of Christ.

To often, these texts are misused or abused which cause great grieve and harm among the brothers or sisters when they sinned where they leave the church in shame without not knowing Jesus would still forgive them theirs sins AGAIN. While was intended point there out  wrong doing so they can repent of their sins be assured totality forgiven by Christ and the church as scripture declares He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

 On personal note one thing haunt me most where I did not resolve my conflict with dad or acknowledge the wrong I did to him  for example calling him Alex or being disrespectful to him in my youth while. While there was no excuses for his behavior; however, there was no excuses for mine as well and very hard seek forgiveness while he buried 8 feet in 

the ground. Over the period time, I learned  to forgive myself as Christ forgave me and started bearing the fruit of forgiveness throughout my life. I began to see how he to cherish and love his family. Who provide shelter and food us and taught us to work hard and do our best? Mostly important cherish our mother and show his affection toward her  

 

Mostly I learn if hurt or harm anyone I’ve responsibilities and duty make right with my brothers or Sisters mostly make right with God. As scripture declares He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. In short, your wearing Christ clothes in your sinful clothes. Toward end his life he was physical blind and he repent of his sins would often quote from John Newton I once was lost, but now am found; Was blind, but now I see. Today, he is in heaven along our mother and his earthly brothers and sisters   

 The Works Of The Holy Spirit

 The Works Of The Holy Spirit

 

Abraham Kuyper wrote Although we honor the Father and believe on the Son, how little do we live in the Holy Spirit!” Throughout the history of the Christian tradition or church ages, the Holy Spirit has been one of the most elusive aspects of the faith.

Who is the Holy Spirit? The third person of triune God who dwells in all who believe, in the Messiah or Jesus Christ who came into this world to redeem mankind from the curse of sin.  Some Christian tend focus on Jesus Christ or the Father while forgetting about the Holy Spirit. While other Christians tend to  give a false report or account or distort the role Holy Spirits plays the Christian lives. While other churches where the pews or the pulpit has more fervent or then than the people sitting in the pews or one the instructing the congregation. We will examine what Scriptures say concerning Holy Spirit.

Watchman Nee wrote How true it is that without the guidance of the Holy Spirit intellect not only is undependable but also extremely dangerous, because it often confuses the issue of right and wrong.” 

Who is the Spirit? What is He doing today? What role does play Christian lives?

The Greek word for spirit is Pneuma; to breathe, blow, primarily denotes the wind., Like the wind, is invisible, immaterial, and powerful” The Hebrew is rûach essentially meaning same  The Holy Spirit is God’s power in action, his active force. (Micah 3:8; Luke 1: 35) God sends out his spirit by projecting his energy to anywhere to accomplish his will. –Psalm 104:30; 139:7. He is third person of the Trinity co-equal with God the Father and God the Son have known triunity the Father Son, and Holy Spirit 

In Acts 5:3-4 “But Peter said, ‘Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back part of the proceeds of the land? While it had remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it had been sold, was it not at your disposal? How is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.’“

 

https://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/questions/what-is-the-holy-spirit/

However the understood, the Holy Spirit. He a person who has a mind, with own His self-consciousness, reason, will, and memory, a distinct from the Father and Son, the Spirit is everywhere, is holy without sin, is loving, is eternal and is dynamic or powerful.

The Greek word dynamic is dynamis meaning powerful force and used 120 throughout New Testament In Luke 1:35 The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power. In Acts 1:8: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samsara, and to the ends of the earth.” In  Second Corinthians 12:9: “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

God’s power exercised through the Spirit salvation applied by Spirit. In John 16:7-15  “However I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convince the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me, concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more, concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore, I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.“

John MacArthur wrote 16:8 when He has come. The coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost was approximately 40 or more days away at this point (see Acts 2:1–13). convict. This word has two meanings: 1) the judicial act of conviction with a view toward sentencing (i.e., a courtroom term–conviction of sin) or 2) the act of convincing. Here, the second idea is best, since the Holy Spirit is not condemnation but conviction of the need for the Savior

 Matthew Henry wrote,” That the testimony of the Spirit always concurs with the word of Christ, for he does not speak of himself, has no separate interest or intention of his own, but, as in essence so in records, he is one with the Father and the Son, 1 John 5:7 but the eternal is Word

Orthdox Study Bible wrote Through the illumination brought by the Holy Spirit, the world will be convicted that is, proven wrong. It will be convicted concerning  its sin, the ultimate of which is denying Jesus Christ

Mathew  Henry wrote, “He shall teach you all truths and keep back nothing that is profitable for you, for he will show you things to come.” The Spirit was in the apostles a Spirit of prophecy; it was foretold that he should be so (Joel 2:28), and he was so. The Spirit showed them things to come, as Acts 11:28; 20:23; 21:11. The Spirit spoke of the apostasy of the latter times, 1 Tim. 4:1

 

The Holy Spirit would come upon appointed individuals for a specific task and a limited time to enable them to do that task to which God had called them. 

In the Old Testament the Holy Spirit Exodus 31:1-3, “Look, I have appointed by name Bezalel son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 3 I have filled him with God’s Spirit, with wisdom, understanding, and ability in every craft 35:30-35

KJV Commentary wrote Bezaleel is the first man ever spoken of as being filled … with the spirit of God. His filling was for service–not speaking, but working with his hands. He carefully constructed the tabernacle and its furniture with the help of others, according to the precise instructions of God.

Reformed Bible wrote,” 31:1–11 The tabernacle was to be constructed according to the divine design by gifted men who were supernaturally enabled by the Holy Spirit to do all the ts required. 3–6, 11). All the work was described to Moses by God and little room was left for creative variation (25:9).”

NKJV Study Bible wrote, “But we often neglect the work of the Spirit among the Israelites. Passages such as this one help us to see the continuity of God’s work among His people through the ages. In this case, the Spirit empowered uniquely gifted people to design and build a tabernacle befitting a holy and magnificent   The Holy Spirit would come upon appointed individuals for a specific task and a limited time to enable them to do that task which God had called them. When filled with the Holy Spirit the gifts that were given to you by God will be enhancing the Holy Spirit will uncover ability that you thought  was  not possible.

 For example, the Apostle Peter was a fisherman by trade yet became spokesman for the apostles  and preached the first gospel and 3,000 people accepted Jesus as Lord and Savour. The Apostle Paul was a  Hebrew of Hebrew and became the apostle to the Gentiles planted  a least 14 churches. David was a shepherd in Bethlehem became king and great warrior. Gideon was from weakest tribe  Manasseh, and I was youngest in my father’s house. Yet became a mighty warrior and conquering the Midianites, Amalekites, and all the Qedemites killing 120,00 warrior. As scripture declares For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

 The Holy Spirit in the New Covenant

In Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Note the order it  in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samsara, and to the ends of the earth.”

Prior Jesus death the disciples were scare off the Pharisee when Jesus was arrested. They abandoned Him. As the Old Testament prophesies foretold in Zachariah 13:7, “Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered, and I will turn my hand against the little ones.”  As scripture declares the disciples were gathered together with the doors locked because of their fear of the Jews. 

However, Jesus predicted  the Holy Spirit would descend upon them. When the Counselor comes, the One I will send to you from the Father–the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father–He will testify about Me When the Counselor comes, the One I will send to you from the Father–the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father–He will testify about Me Also in Acts 1; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Furthermore, He stated in Acts 1; 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samsara, and to the ends [b] of the earth.” Believe Commentary wrote,” This power is the grand indispensable of Christian witness. A man may be highly talented, intensively trained, and widely experienced, but without spiritual power he is ineffective. On the other hand, a man may be uneducated, unattractive, and unrefined, yet let him be endued with the power of the Holy Spirit and the world will turn out to see him burn for God. The fearful disciples needed power for witnessing, holy boldness for preaching the gospel. They would receive this power when the Holy Spirit came upon them. All the follower of Christ needs that power.my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samsara, and to the end of the earth.  

Note the order 

  1. The witness in Jerusalem Chaps. 1–7
  2. The witness in Judea and Samsara 8:1–9:31
  3. The witness to the end of the earth 9:32–28:31
  4. to the ends of the earth.”
  1. Jerusalem and Judea Acts 2; 2-4 When the day of Pentecost had arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like that of a violent rushing wind came from heaven, and it filled the whole house where they were staying. 3 And tongues, like flames of fire that were divided, appeared to them and rested on each one of them. 4 Then they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different languages, as the Spirit gave them ability for speech. Note Then they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different languages, as the Spirit gave them ability for speech. John Macarthur wrote, Peter and many others in Acts  were filled with the Spirit again (e.g., 4:8, 31; 6:5; 7:55) and so spoke boldly the Word of God.  The fullness of the Spirit affects all areas of life, not just speaking boldly (cf. Eph. 5:19–33). With other tongues. 

The conversion of the 3,000 (Acts 2:41)? So those who accepted his message were baptized, and that days about 3,000 people were added to them. Acts 2; 37-38 , 37 When they heard this, they came under deep conviction and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles: Apostle Peter stated “Brothers, what must we do?” 38 “Repent,” Peter said to them “and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The conversion of the 5,000 (Acts 4:4)? Acts 4; 8-12 8 Then Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit and said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders also 12 There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people, and we must be saved by it.”

The Apostle Peter who denied Jesus three times was now boldly proclaiming the gospel on account he was  filled with Holy Spirit As Jesus predicted,” But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers. 

 

  1. Samsara Acts 8:15-16  After they went down there, they prayed for them, so the Samaritans might receive the Holy Spirit. 16 For He had not yet come down on any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Ends of the earth

Note only they have been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. John MacArthur wrote Because of the animosity that existed between Jews and Samaritans, it was essential for the Samaritans to receive the Spirit, in the presence of the leaders of the Jerusalem church, for the purpose of maintaining a unified church. The same transitional event occurred when the Gentiles were added to the church (10:44–46; cf. 15:6–12; 19:6). 

Believer Commentary wrote to avoid the possibility of schism, or the thought of two churches (one Jewish and one Samaritan), God sent the apostles to lay their hands on the Samaritans. This expressed full fellowship with them as believers in the Lord Jesus. They were all members of one body, all one in Christ. NIV Application Commentary wrote Animosity toward Jerusalem among the Samaritans had deep historical roots. They were refused a share in rebuilding the Jerusalem temple (see Ezra 3:7 – 4:5),  

Acts 8; 17 Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. The Samaritan Received the Holy Spirit as predicted by Jesus. Also note John 4; 26 Jesus states to the Samaritan woman I am He,” Jesus told her, “the One speaking to you.” Later on verse 42 they stated for we have heard for ourselves and know that this really is the Savior of the world. 

Romans 3; 22 God’s righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ, to all who believes, since there is no distinction.

Galatians 3:28 There is no Jew or Greek, slave, or free, male or female; for you is all one in Christ Jesus. 

Acts 8; 17 Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. 

 

  1. Acts 10; 44-46  While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. 45 And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. 46 For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God Acts 19; 1-7 

 

Note only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. John MacArthur wrote Because of the animosity that existed between Jews and Samaritans, it was essential for the Samaritans to receive the Spirit, in the presence of the leaders of the Jerusalem church, for the purpose of maintaining a unified church. The same transitional event occurred when the Gentiles were added to the church (10:44–46; cf. 15:6–12; 19:6). 

Believer Commentary wrote o avoid the possibility of schism, or the thought of two churches (one Jewish and one Samaritan), God sent the apostles to lay their hands on the Samaritans. This expressed full fellowship with them as believers in the Lord Jesus. They were all members of one body, all one in ChrisNIVNIV Application Commentary wrote Animosity toward Jerusalem among the Samaritans had deep historical roots. They were refused a share in rebuilding the Jerusalem temple (see Ezra 3:7 – 4:5),  

Acts 8; 17 Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. Samaritan Received the Holy Spirit as predicted by Jesus.

Romans 3; 22 God’s righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ, to all who believe, since there is no distinction.

Galatians 3:28 There is no Jew or Greek, slave, or free, male or female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 

Acts 8; 17 Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

3. Ends of the earth Acts 10; 44-46  While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. 45 And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. 46 For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God

Isaiah 44:3 For I will pour water on the thirsty land and streams on the dry ground will pour out My Spirit on your descendants and My blessing on your offspring. 

 Case For Christ wrote Astonished … even on the Gentiles. Apparently, the early Jewish Christians failed to understand that the gospel was for the Gentiles as well as for the Jews, and that they would share alike in the benefits of redemption. Gentile converts to Judaism; however, were accepted 

Believer Bible Commentary wrote He immediately sensed that God was making no distinction between Jew and Gentile, so he proposed that the household of Cornelius should be baptized. 

Notice, too, the order of events in connection with the reception of the Holy Spirit by the Gentiles:

  1. They heard the word that is; they believed (v. 44). 
  2. They received the Holy Spirit (v. 44, 47).
  3. They were baptized (v. 48). 

This is the order of events that prevails for Jew and Gentile alike in this dispensation, when God is calling out of the nations a people for His Name.

In Acts 10; 28 Peter said, “You know it’s forbidden for a Jewish man to associate with or visit a foreigner. But, God has shown me that I must not call any person common or unclean. Where in the Old Testament it states in Leviticus 19:34 You must regard the foreigner who lives with you as the native-born among you. You are to love him as yourself, for you were foreigners in the land of Egypt; I am Yahweh your God.” In Deuteronomy, 10:19 you also must love the foreigner, since you were foreigners in the land of Egypt. Deuteronomy 23:7 Do not despise an Edomite, because he is your brother. Do not despise an Egyptian, because you were a foreign resident in his land. 

Acts 19; 1-7   Paul said, “John baptized with a baptism of repentance, telling the people that they should believe in the One who would come after him that is, in Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.  And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began to speak in other languages and to prophesy. 7 Now there were about 12 men in all 

The same experience the disciples had at Pentecost (2:4, 11) and the Gentiles had in Caesarea (10:46)

 

John MacArthur wrote God’s purpose was to emphasize the unity of the church. Spoke with tongues and prophesied. This served as proof that they were part of the church (see note on 8:17). They also needed tangible evidence that the Holy Spirit now indwelt them, since they had not heard that He had come. This episode is an extension of the Pentecost experience to, yet another group of people 

Note the reception of the Holy Spirit is different in each case.

 Here in Acts 19 the order is:

  • Faith.
  • Re-baptism.
  • Laying on of the apostle’s hands.
  • Reception of the Holy Spirit.

When the disciples of John had received the Holy Spirit, they spoke with tongues and prophesied. Such supernatural powers were God’s method of working in the days before the NT was given. Today, we know that we receive the Holy Spirit at the time of conversion, not by signs and wonders, or even by feelings, but by the testimony of the NT Scriptures.

The moment a person believes on the Lord Jesus Christ, he is indwelt by the Holy Spirit; he is sealed by the Holy Spirit; he receives the earnest of the Spirit; he receives the anointing of the Spirit; and he is baptized by the Spirit into the Body of Christ. However, this does not deny that in a believer’s life there are subsequent crises of the Spirit. There is no denying that the Holy Spirit often comes on individuals in a sovereign manner, empowering them for special ministries, giving them great boldness in the faith, and pouring out upon them a passion for souls.

 

 

J

https://www.gotquestions.org/Spirit-filled.html

 

  1. Creation of the universe.

“The Earth was without form and void, and darkness was on the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters. And God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.”   Genesis 1:2-3

While creation had a beginning, God always existed. Since the Holy Spirit is God He no beginning nor end. Before God creates the heavens and the earth, it was  without foam, and chaos. The Holy Spirit was seriously involved in creation and played a vital role in it as RA Torry states, “ Here are many who think of the work of the Holy Spirit as limited to man. But, God reveals to us in His Word that the Holy Spirit’s work has a far wider scope than this.” The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit;

NIV Study Bible Notes wrote Spirit of God. He was active in creation, and his creative power continued today (see Job 33:4; Ps 104:30). 

Orthodox Study Bible wrote The Lord and Giver of Life” (Creed). Since He is Lord, He is coequal with the Father and is His Coworker in making heaven and earth. Warren Wiersbe  wrote Thirty-two times in this chapter, this creative God is called Elohim; a Hebrew word that emphasizes His majesty and power. Elohim is a plural noun that is consistently used in connection with singular verbs and adjectives. (Hebrew tenses are singular, dual, or plural.) In Scripture, creation is attributed to the Father (Acts 4:24) and to the Son (John 1:1-3) and to the Holy Spirit (Ps. 104:30

The Holy Spirit continues gives life and growth to all vegetations, plants bearing seeds, trees bearing fruit with seeds in them. Producing teem of water so that all agricultural can grow. He governs the expansion in the sky producing heat and lights during the day so agricultural in the environment can grow.

Lewis S. Johnson declares,” and so, the Spirit of God is ready to energize this mass and give it all the qualities that it has (such as gravity; for example) in part of his work of giving life to that which God has brought into existence. The Spirit of God is the force of life.

Calvin states “ for it shows not only that   the beauties which the world displays are maintained by the invigorating power of the Spirit,

Believer Commentary on Job 38; 1 further states in commentary, “ Some might proudly say that, thanks to modern science, we know the answers to many questions that God asks. In response to that, Baron Alexander Humbold acknowledged that what Job could not answer, the men of science cannot answer yet. It is overwhelming to them; because although men of science are very clever about secondary causes, they are always stopped by primary causes. They can never arrive at the great cause, and they do not want the great cause.” 

While I do not fully understand the creation account nor understand the role the Holy Spirit plays in creation and has many questions concerning matter, but, I believe in Genesis account then all the theories the Evolutionist present.  While I am not scientific nor qualify to give them proper defense; however, I do faith in God. The  creationist and Evolutionist have one thing common they need faith to believe in their teaching as scripture says, “ By faith we understand that the universe was ordered by the word of God, so that what is visible came into being through the invisible.

2) Inspiration of Scripture.

2 Peter 1:20-21 “First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the impulse of man, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.“ 

 2 Timothy 3:16  All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 

Joshua 1; 8 This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you are to recite it day and night so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do. 

The Bible is truly an amazing book. The Bible is between 3,400 and 1,900 years old and has influenced many people and cultures all around the world. Even as it dates back to ancient history, the Bible’s message is completely true and applicable today. Only through divine inspiration could the Bible have been written so long ago, and over such a long period of time, and still be free from error and contradiction. Since the Bible was written by around 40 different author, the Bible is between 3,400 and 1,900 years old. There are 39 books in the Old Testament and 27 books in The New Testament and inspired by Holy Spirit 

Believer Commentary wrote It teaches that the Scriptures are God-breathed. In a miraculous way, He communicated His word to men and led them to write it down for permanent preservation. What they wrote was the very word of God, inspired and infallible. While it is true that the individual literary style of the writer was not destroyed, it is also true that the very words he used were words given to him by the Holy Spirit The Bible has been breathed out by the Spirit of God 2 Pet. 1:21

The Holy Scripture is like a diamond: in the dark it is like a piece of glass, but as soon as the light strikes it the water begins to sparkle, and the scintillation of life greets us.” 

Abraham Kuyper,

Jonathan Edwards, The Religious Affections  Take away all the moral beauty and sweetness in the Word, and the Bible is left wholly a dead letter, a dry, lifeless, tasteless thing.

https://www.gotquestions.org/how-old-is-the-Bible.html 

 

3) Regeneration of believers (i.e., for the new spiritual rebirth of believers that we experience)

John 3:5-7 “Jesus answered, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, “You must anew be born.”

Believer Bible wrote However, that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. A spiritual birth takes place when a person trusts in the Lord Jesus. When a person is born again through the Spirit, he receives a new nature and is made fit for the kingdom of God.

Though all human beings have experienced natural birth on earth, if they expect to go to heaven, they must expect to go to heaven; they must experience a supernatural spiritual birth from above. This well-educated religious leader, Nicodemus, did not understand what the Savior was talking about! Jesus was speaking about a spiritual birth, but Nicodemus thought only of a physical birth. The situation is no different today. When you talk with people about being born again, they often begin to discuss their family’s religious heritage, their church membership, their religious ceremonies, and so on.

Warren Wiersbe BE Bible Study  Jesus was not teaching that the new birth comes through water baptism. In The New Testament, baptism is connected with death, not birth, and no amount of physical water can effect a spiritual change in a person. The emphasis in John 3:14-21 is on believing, because salvation comes through faith (Eph. 2:8-9). The evidence of salvation is the witness of the Spirit within (Rom. 8:9), and the Spirit enters your life when you believe (Acts 10:43-48; Eph. 1:13-14).

 John 1; 13 who were born, not of blood, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of God?

Warren Wiersbe BE Bible Study You’re not saving because your parent our saved a person does not become a Christian through having Christian parents. Nor flesh can’t save you. A person does not have the power in his own flesh to produce a new birth. Yet, our own will is not enough to save us or of the will of man. No other man can save a person. The power to produce the new birth does not rest with anything or anyone but God. As scripture declares Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

 As Scripture declares  But because He remains forever, He holds His priesthood permanently. Therefore, He is always able to save those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede for them.

 For this is the kind of high priest we need: holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens.

4) Indwelling of the believer – indwelling and baptizing, too?

 Romans 8:9 “But you are not in the flesh, you are in the Spirit, if; in fact, the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.“

Warren Wiersbe BE Bible Study The evidence of conversion is the presence of the Holy Spirit within, witnessing that you are a child of God (Rom. 8:16). Your body becomes the very temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19-20). Although the body is destined to die because of sin (unless; of course, the Lord returns), the Spirit gives life to that body today so that we may serve God. If we should die, the body will one day be raised from the dead, because the Holy Spirit has sealed each believer (Eph. 1:13-14).

What a difference it makes in your body when the Holy Spirit lives within. You experience new life, and even your physical faculties take on a new dimension of experience. For example, the sun shined brighter and the birds sang sweeter … the old elms waved their branches for joy, and all nature was at peace.” Life in Christ is abundant life. When a person is born again, he is no longer in the flesh but in the Spirit

 

5) Produces the fruits of the Spirit, Christ-like character.

Galatians 5:22-24 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible wrote The Greek language more generally sometimes used “fruit” figuratively. As Jesus noted, fruit merely reflects the true character of the tree (Mt 7:17 – 18; Lk 6:43 – 44) NIV Bible Study Notes Christian character is produced by the Holy Spirit, not by the mere moral discipline of trying to live by the law 

John MacArthur wrote The Spirit produces fruit that consists of 9 characteristics or attitudes that are inextricably linked with each and are commanded of believers throughout the NT. love.

King James Studies Bible Notes wrote As fruit on a tree takes time to grow and mature, so the Spirit does not cultivate these virtues in the believer’s life overnight.  As Jesus noted, fruit merely reflects the true character of the tree (Mt 7:17 – 18; Lk 6:43 – 44)

Where if operate under flash it produces sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity,  idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, and  envy, drunkenness,

6) Teaches and illuminates.

John 16:7, 13-15 “Yet I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.. . When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” 

1 Corinthians 2:12-13 “Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, that we might understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who possess the Spirit.”                                   

7) Gives spiritual gifts – gifts for building up the body of Christ

“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in everyone.  To each is given the manifestation of Corinthians 12:4-11 the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kind of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are inspired by one and the same Spirit that apportions to each one individually as he wills.” 

John MacArthur The varieties of gifts fall into two general types, speaking and serving.  –10; cf.  Rom. 12:6–8; 1 Pet. 4:10, 11). 

Mathew Henry wrote Christians in the first ages, for conviction of unbelievers, and propagation of the gospel. Gifts and graces, charismata and charis, greatly differ. Both indeed were freely given of God. But, where grace is given it is for the salvation of those who have it. Gifts are bestowed for the advantage and salvation of others. And there may be great gifts where there is not a dram of grace, but persons possessed of them are utterly out of the divine favour

John MacArthur wrote The varieties of gifts fall into two general types, speaking and serving.  8–10; cf. Rom. 12:6–8; 1 Pet. 4:10, 11). 

Since the gifts came from God, and they should to be used for him bring honour and glory.

8) Gives believers confidence of their salvation.

Romans 8:14-16 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the spirit of son ship. When we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ it is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God .

Warren Wiersbe wrote The Spirit has you!”.  12-17). It is not enough for us to have the Spirit; the Spirit must have us! Only can then He share with us the abundant, victorious life that can be ours in Christ. We have no obligation to the flesh, because the flesh has only brought trouble into our lives. We do have an obligation to the Holy Spirit, for it is the Spirit who convicted us, revealed Christ to us, and imparted eternal life to us when we trusted Christ. Because He is “the Spirit of Life,” He can empower us to obey Christ, and He can enable us to be more like Christ. 

Reformed Bible Study wrote In addition to justification and freedom from condemnation (v. 1), believers are taken into the family of God and are inwardly persuaded by the Spirit that they belong there.

 John MacArthur wrote But to a Spirit-produced awareness of the rich reality that God has made us His children, and, therefore, that we can come before Him without fear or hesitation as our beloved Father. It includes the confidence that we are truly sons of God. 

The Holy Spirit empower us to continue believe in Christ atoning works cross

9) Intercessory prayer for believers.

 Romans 8:26-27 “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”

Matthew Henry wrote he help of the Spirit in prayer. While we are in this world, hoping and waiting for what we see not, we must be praying. Hope supposes desire, and that desire offered up to God is prayer; we groan. Our weakness in prayer: We know not what we should pray for as we ought. We are not competent judges of our own condition. Who knows what is good for a man in this life? Eccl. 6:12. We are short-sighted, and very much biassed in favour of the flesh.

Warren Wiersbe wrote Today the Holy Spirit groans with us and feels the burdens of our weaknesses and suffering. But, the Spirit does more than groan. He prays for us in His groaning so that we might be led into the will of God. We do not always know God’s will. We do not always know how to pray, but the Spirit intercedes so that we might live in the will pray, but the Spirit intercedes so that we might live in the will of God in spite of suffering. The Spirit “shares the burden.”

MacArthur Study  First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, This work of the Holy Spirit parallels the high priestly work of intercession by the Lord Jesus on behalf of believers (see Heb. 2:17, 18; 4:14–16; 7:24–26)

In  1Timothy 2; 1  First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, MacArthur Study Bible wrote supplications. The Gr. Word is from a root that means “to lack,” “to be deprived,” or “to be without.” Thus, this kind of prayer occurs because of a need. The lost have a great need for salvation, and believers should always be asking God to meet that need in intercession Christ’s and the Spirit’s intercession for believers (Rom. 8:26; Heb. 7:25). 

All believer or follower of Christ should have a strong desire to pray for the lost.  

In personal testimony wrote Around a kitchen table at a Christian retreat Center called L’Abri in front of several witness. I simply asked for Jesus to forgive me & thank him. I felt a huge that burden was lifted from me & felt free as a bird. All the things that hung around & haunted me instantaneously vanish.  

God heard my prayer. God also heard another prayer that day my mother and sister Marcia prayer her foolish rebellious are now believer. As scripture says in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents. 

To those likely my cousin Dan, my sister and brother Marcia, and Bob, and my mother Martha, to Pastor John who cares enough visit me while in the hospital, and I turn my back and did not welcome him, those countless unknown people who tried to witness to me.  They all care enough to tell me about Christ, and  his atoning work on the cross. Thank you sharing and caring and I am deeply graceful even thou I was ungraceful at the time. Remember these words written by King David in Psalm 25; 7 “Do not remembers the sins of my youth or my acts of rebellion.” To me, the prayer warriors are true hero there are not seen but work is much appreciated has an impact on society 

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit while the follower of Christ vary on their  views concerning the Baptism of the Holy Spirit for example there is Non-Pentecostal View or the Baptism of the Spirit

  • Non-Pentecostal View  

Pentecostal second-experience view has caused confusion

Pentecostal view “completely wrong”

  • Baptism of the Spirit a single event of regeneration, joining body of Christ, and becoming indwelt

Both view takes cues from scripture for example in speaking in tongues is recorded three times in the book of Acts In Acts 10; 45-46  The gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. 46 For they heard them speaking in other languages and declaring the greatness of God. While the Pentecostals misuse term ‘baptism of the Spirit’ but still their underlying theology is correct. 

While I work for Crossroads and work along side with the  Pentecostal for 12 years I can tell you first hand that they love the Lord Jesus Christ and God words and put us shame. The founder the late Rev David Mainse preached the gospel from the airwave 50 years declaring Jesus Lord and Savoured. While may not always agree with them; however, I enjoyed working beside them. 

While I hold to the view  Non-Pentecostal where all believer baptized by Spirit at conversion and sealed by Holy Spirit Ephesians 1; 13 and are empowered for life and ministry. 

Associated Gospel Churches) statement of faith states “At the moment of salvation. He regenerates, baptizes, indwells, gifts and empowers for Christ-like living and service.”

“[The Holy Spirit] baptizes – Jesus informed his disciples in Acts 1:5 that they would ‘be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ This first occurred on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) and subsequently occurs whenever a person comes to faith. The Apostle Paul teaches us in 1 Corinthians 12:13 what this really means when he writes ‘For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body – whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free – and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.’ The baptizing ministry of the Holy Spirit is what unites all believers into the Body of Christ.

However, I been around people who spoke in tongues and I felt like I was in heaven and experience was wonderful. Even thou I has clue what they were saying that been said many of them are follower of Christ and believe His atoning work on  cross I’ve no desire to speak tongues it is gift of the Holy Spirit.

MacArthur wrote The church, the spiritual body of Christ, is formed as believers are immersed by Christ with the Holy Spirit. Christ is the baptizer (see note on Matt. 3:11) who immerses each believer with the Spirit into unity with all other believers? 

The baptism of the Holy Spirit is that divine operation that places believers in the Body of Christ. 

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As Scripture declares I baptize you with water for repentance, but the One who is coming after me is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to remove His sandals. He Himself will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. Furthermore, it states I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.  I will place My Spirit within you and cause you to follow My statutes and carefully observe My ordinances.

 

1 Corinthians 12:13  “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body – Jews or Greeks, slaves or free – and all were made to drink of one Spirit.” 

Lastly, in 1John 3; 1-4  Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to determine if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 This is how you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God. 3 But every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist; you have heard that he is coming, and he is already in the world now.

 

 Without the Holy Spirit, we not understand the redemptive story or mankind is cursed with sins a natures. Without the Holy Spirit, we not understand Jesus committed no sin and live a perfect life.     

And sacrifice Himself on a cross and mankind sins and His Father wrath. Without the Holy Spirit, we would lack the courage tell the world that Jesus is our Savour Without Holy Spirit we would be without hope and little to life for  Whether hold to Non-Pentecostal Views or the Pentecostal View the simply Bible teaches all believers are  indwelt by Spirit 

 

Our Father in heaven, we thank you that though we are sinful and fallen creatures that you love us so much and that Christ died for those sins to free us from guilt and punishment and to impute to us his righteousness. Thank you that as we are clothed in his blood we stand righteous and forgiven before you. And now Lord, in the best way that we know how, we want to yield our lives to you as living sacrifices. Our bodies pure and dedicated to you. Our souls given over to renewal through the transforming power of your Holy Spirit. Lord Jesus, we pray that you would live out your life through us. Help us to abide in you as the branches abide in the vine and so to bear much fruit. Holy Spirit of God, we pray that you would take control of our lives, direct us and empower us to live lives that are full of your fruit and that are pleasing to our God and Father. 

Through Jesus Christ Our Lord, Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew Prophecies Concerning Christ

Matthew Prophecies  Concerning Christ

Jesus declare, Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Since the New Testament was not written yet Jesus was declaring would fulfilled all the Old Testament prophesies 

In gospel of Matthew there are twelve such fulfillment formulas, and more than fifty Old Testament quotations.Since Jesus declares these words He needed 100% accurate or declare a false prophets and would put to death by stoning  

Armageddon: Appointment With Destiny the odds anyone fulfilling five prophecies centre around the messiah  would been  120,00 to 1  for one person to accomplished.  It would like throwing a diamond ring in the middle of Atlantic Ocean and casting fishing line in the ocean and retrieving the diamond back. Never mind the over 300 prophesy on first and second coming written in the Old Testament about Him. 

Jesus had to relay on other such as, Caesar Augustus, King Herod, and Pilate not exactly committed follower of Christ.  

He would be human, born of a woman  Matt.1:18 , It was discovered before they came together that she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit. In Genesis 3;15  I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. a promise fulfilled in Christ’s victory over Satan—a victory in which all believers will share see Ro 16:20 Believer Bible Commentary wrote The woman’s Seed would crush the Devil’s head, a mortal wound spelling utter defeat. This wound was administered at Calvary when the Savior decisively triumphed over the Devil. Satan, in turn, would bruise the Messiah’s heel. The heel wound here speaks of suffering and even of physical death, but not of ultimate defeat

 He would be a descendant of Abraham   Matt. 1:2-3 Abraham fathered Isaac,Isaac fathered Jacob, Jacob fathered Judah and his brothers,Judah fathered Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Genesis 17;5  Your name will no longer be Abram, but your name will be Abraham, for I will make you the father of many nations. Meaning the gospel of salvation is for many nations, the Gentiles as well as the Jews. Reformed Bible Study wroteBut this promise finds final fulfillment in the multitude from every tribe, language, and nation who share the faith of Abraham and are baptized into Jesus Christ (Rom. 4:16, 17; 15:8–12; Gal. 3:29; Rev. 7:

  He would be a descendant of Jesse, a descendant of Judah    Matt. 1:2-3 He would be a descendant of Jesse’s son King David  

Matt 1;6-7 Judah and his brothers,Judah fathered Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Note Tamar a woman who committed incests  also in verse 5 Boaz by Rahab, Canaanite a harlot women   Boaz fathered Obed by Ruth, a mobile women in verse 6 David fathered Solomon by Uriah’s wife, a women who committed adultery Bathsheba. NKJV Study Bible wrote The mention of women in a Jewish genealogy is unusual. But in addition to Mary, four women are listed in this catalog of names. The extraordinary emphasis is underscored by the kind of women Matthew mentions: Tamar, who was involved in a scandal with Judah (Gen. 38); Rahab, the Canaanite harlot of Jericho (Josh. 2); Ruth, who was not an Israelite, but a Moabite (Ruth 1:4); and Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah, a woman involved in a sin of horrendous proportions (2 Sam. 11:1-12:23), and who may have been a Hittite. At the beginning of his Gospel, Matthew shows how God’s grace forgives the darkest of sins and reaches beyond the nation of Israel to the world. He also points out that God can lift the lowest and place them in royal lineage. 

Orthodox Study Bible wrote The mention of women (Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba) is unusual. Each one was either a Gentile or a sinner. The inclusion of these women declares God’s graciousness and prefigures the calling of Gentiles into the Church. It also underscores the role of women in God’s plan of salvation and anticipates the special place of the Virgin Mary in that plan.

He would be born from a virgin Matthew 1:23   See, the virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will name Him Immanuel.  Isa 7:14 

Luke 1;35 The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the holy One to be born will be called the Son of God. In Matthew 1;18 it was discovered before they came together that she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit.

Orthodox Study Bible He who is conceived in Mary is not a new Person coming into existence but the eternal Son of God now using her womb as His throne. Both the virginal conception by means of the Holy Spirit and the name Immanuel, God with us declare Christ’s divinity.

When God had pronounced a curse on the snake found in Genesis 3:15, I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your seed, and her seed. He will strike your head, and you will strike his {Jesus} heel. Since the seed had needed to be implanted by a man for woman to become pregnant the seed needed to be without defect hence. The Holy Spirit impregnated Mary with a seed. 

Also, the Son of God needed to experience every human tempting every difficult situation known to mankind yet without sinning.  As scripture declares, ” but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are yet he did not sin. In short, Jesus needed to be both God and mankind to conquered sin.  The genealogy nonetheless establishes Jesus claim to the throne of David as Joseph’s legal heir.

Luke 1:38; While Mary said yes NIV Student Bible wrote,”Saying yes to God usually involves sacrifice. It did for Mary who endured the doubts of her fiancé and the scorn of neighbors who saw her pregnant before marriage. Saying yes meant bearing the pain of childbirth. It meant fleeing to far-off Egypt to protect her baby from Herod’s soldiers. It meant raising a child she did not completely understand. (Once during his ministry she came to take charge of Jesus, thinking him out of his mind [see Mark 3:21].) Hardest of all, it meant watching her son die on the cross. 

In Biblical times, no women could ever, get pregnant without having sex with a man  in Jewish cultures adultery was punishable by death by stoning under the Mosaic law. Deut. 22:23, 24. NIV Culture Background Bible Study wrote, “For a woman who was betrothed but not yet married to be pregnant violated social standards.” 

He would be born in Bethlehem Matt.2;1-5

Cases for Christ Bible Study Possibly wanting to emphasize Jesus’ Davidic background, he begins with the events that happened in David’s city That Jews expected the Messiah to be born in Bethlehem and to be from David’s family is clear from Jn 7:42 (cf. Mic 5:2).

In Luke, 2; 1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole empire should be registered. Where Joseph and Mary went from Nazareth to Bethlehem because he was of the house and family line of David, to be registered fulfilling prophesies in Mic 5:2

A massacre of children would happen at Messiah’s birthplace. Matthew 2:16-18

Messiah would spend a season in Egypt.  Matthew 2’16-18

In Matthew 2;13 the Lord suddenly appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Get up! Take the child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. For Herod is about to search for the child to destroy Him.” 

NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible Matthew quotes from Jer 31:15; Matthew undoubtedly knew that the context calls Israel God’s “son” (Jer 31:20) and goes on to promise a new covenant (Jer 31:31 – 34). Reformation Study Bible Rachel, the mother, represents all Israel in her weeping, and the departure of Christ to Egypt is like the departure of Rachel’s sons, Joseph and Benjamin, to Egypt (Gen. 37:28; 43:15). 

Rachel, who was buried in Ramah (near Bethlehem, where the massacre took place)

 The ministry of Jesus is foreshadowed by Isaiah Matt. 3:16-17,

NIV Study Bible Notes The Holy Spirit came upon Jesus not to overcome sin (for he was sinless) but to equip him (see note on Jdg 3:10) for his work as the divine-human Messiah. like a dove. Either in the form of a dove or in a descent like a dove. 

It was a hallowed occasion, when all three members of the Trinity were evident.

He would appear in Galilee, be a light to Gentiles Matt. 4:12-13

He would perform miracles Matt. 11:4-5, Matt. 12:10-13, Matt. 9:32-33 John MacArthur in sermon on Blind for the Glory of God spoke these words concerning Jesus healing powers, “People with deformed and diseased organs were given new organs.  People with blind eyes given new eyes.  People who couldn’t hear given new ears.  Each is a creative work.  This consistent, John introduces the gospel by saying, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”  Nothing that was made was made without him; all things were made by Him.  He is the creator, and we see Him create.  All of these healing miracles are supernatural acts of creation, taking something corrupted, something deformed, something diseased, something infected, and replacing it with something brand new.  The works of God through Christ. “

He would teach in parables Matt. 13:3, 13-15 

Matthew Henry compares the parables to the pillar of cloud and fire which enlightened Israel while confusing the Egyptians. The parables would be revealed to those who were sincerely interested but would prove “only an irritation to those who were hostile to Jesus.”

A parable is a short and simple story that teaches a religious or moral lesson. The parable of the Good Samaritan and the parable of the Prodigal Son are just two examples of the many parables attributed to Jesus, as recorded in the four gospels.

Jesus knew that the people were still at the human level of understanding, therefore, he spoke to them in parable in order for them to understand what he was saying. In Matthew contains 23 parables while in Luke there was 24 parables A simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson.

Jesus predicted that he would be rejected by Jewish leader Matt. 16:21; 21:38-39

Prior to His crucifixion Jesus predicted his death and resurrection to his disciples that he would be handed over to Elders, Chief Priest, and legal expects and would be crucified and die and after three days He would rise again.

NIV Application Commentary As much as he tries to get his disciples to understand the necessity of that mission, they continually misapprehend its significance. Instead of being a revolutionary liberator, Jesus will be a suffering Messiah, something that even his own disciples, let alone the crowds, have great difficulty fathoming. By claiming the necessity of suffering death at the hands of the religious leadership of Jerusalem, Jesus begins to reveal the ultimate destiny and purpose for his life’s ministry. Nothing must deter him from his mission. While this in a sense is martyrdom (the act of choosing death rather than renouncing one’s religious principles), it is not martyrdom in the traditional sense. While others in Jewish history had experienced martyrdom, it was for them a consequence of their convictions; for Jesus it is the purpose of his entrance to history (cf. 20:28).  Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life—a ransom for man

Matt.21;38-39  NKJV Study Bible The servants represent God’s messengers, the prophets, who were so shamefully treated by the Jewish leaders (see 1 Kin. 18:4; 19:10; 22:24; 2 Chr. 24:20, 21; Neh. 9:26; Jer. 2:30; 20:1, 2; 26:20–23; 37:15; 38:6).

 The son is Jesus, the Messiah. He also foretold his death and resurrection in John 3; 14-15 and in John 2; 18 His mission was to sacrifice Himself on the cross and take mankind sins and His Father wrath and to those who believe in His atoning works Jesus will replace with His righteousness. 

He would be oppressed Matt. 27:27-31

He would be silent before his accusers Matt. 27:12-14 Jesus’ silence fulfills Is. 53:7.

12  And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He didn’t answer. 14 But He didn’t answer him on even one charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.

NIV Study Bible Notes Probably because he had never seen such behavior before. He had no idea that Jesus was carrying out his Father’s plan for the redemption of the world

Believer Bible Commentary wrote Pilate marveled greatly at the Defendant’s silence; He would not dignify even one of their charges with an answer. Probably never before had the governor seen anyone remain silent under such attack.

NIV Application Commentary Pilate has certainly heard of Jesus prior to this encounter, but he is not prepared for the sovereign silence that Jesus maintains in the middle of these threatening circumstances. Jesus recognizes the trial is a sham, so he does not grace the charade with a reply. His refusal to speak may bring to mind among Matthew’s readers the servant of Isaiah 53:7:

 

Matthew Henry wrote He was now taken up with the great concern that lay between him and his Father, to whom he was offering up himself a Sacrifice, to answer the demands of his justice, which he was so intent upon, that he minded not what they said against him.  His hour was come, and he submitted to his Father’s will. He will soon be the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world foretold John Baptist   

In Memory Of Persecuted The Saints Part Twelve

In Memory Of Persecuted The Saints Part Twelve  

“The history of the church may almost be said to be a history of the trials and sufferings of its members, as experienced at the hands of wicked men.” Jesus stated if they persecuted me they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. Where the Apostle Peter  wrote Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. “only portraying a darker colours the deep and universal depravity of the human heart.”“In the sudden martyrdom of John the Baptist, and the crucifixion of our Lord if you’re a follower of Christ there is a price to pay where there times you must suffer be torture and suffer cruel death but be of good cheer that the same sufferings are being experienced by your fellow believers throughout the world. 

 

St. Stephen suffered the next in order. His death was occasioned by the faithful manner in which he preached the gospel to the betrayers and murderers of Christ. To such a degree of madness were they excited, that they cast him out of the city and stoned him to death.  And the witnesses laid their robes at the feet of a young man named Saul. Who also witness Stephen testmony the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” 

“Stephen as he called out: “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!” 60 Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin!

 

Philip.“Was born at Bethsaida, in Galilee, and was the first called by the name of “Disciple.” He laboured diligently in Upper Asia, and suffered martyrdom at Heliopolis, in Phrygia. He was scourged, thrown into prison, and afterwards crucified, A. D. 54.          

He inducted Nathanael to Jesus

 

James half brother of Jesus Christ a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ “author of the epistle ascribed to James in the sacred canon. At the age of ninety-four, he was beat and stoned by the Jews; and finally had his brains dashed out with a fuller’s club.”“

Jude, The brother of James, was commonly called Thaddeus. He was crucified at Edessa, A. D. 72.” At one point James and Jude did not believe Jesus was the Messiah nor trust Him however they both eventually believed His brother was the Messiah, and in   wrote their epistles  a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ 

 

“Matthias, Of whom less is known than of most of the other disciples, was elected to fill the vacant place of Judas. He was stoned at Jerusalem and then beheaded.”

Luke“The evangelist, was the author of the gospel which goes under his name. He travelled with Paul through various countries, and is supposed to have been hanged on an olive tree, by the idolatrous priests of Greece.” “John,

 

“Bartholomew, known as Nathanael  Preached in several countries, and having translated the gospel of Matthew into the language of India, he propagated it in that country. “He was at length cruelly beaten and then crucified by the impatient idolaters.”

“ Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Nathanael asked him concerning Jesus Jesus uttered concerning Nahaneel Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”

 

James the son of Zebedee, the elder brother of John” “ It was not until ten years after the death of Stephen, that the second martyrdom took place; for no sooner had Herod Agrippa been appointed governor of Judea, than, with a view to ingratiate himself with them, he raised a sharp persecution against the christians, and determined to make an effectual blow, by striking at their leaders. ” “James was led to the place of martyrdom, his accuser was brought to repent of his conduct by the apostle’s extraordinary courage and undauntedness, and fell down at his feet to request his pardon, professing himself a christian, and resolving that James should not receive the crown of martyrdom alone.

 “John,The “beloved disciple,” was a brother to James the Great. The churches of Smyrna, Pergamos, Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea, and Thyatira, were founded by him. From Ephesus he was ordered to be sent to Rome, where it is affirmed he was cast into a cauldron of boiling oil. He escaped by miracle, without injury. Domitian afterwards banished him to the Isle of Patmos, where he wrote the Book of Revelation. Nerva, the successor of Domitian, recalled him. He was the only apostle who escaped a violent death.” His brother and  James asks Jesus Lord, do You want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them. Jesus name James and John Boanerges, which means Sons of Thunder)” (Mark 3:1

 

Paul “The great apostle of the Gentiles, was a Jew of the tribe of Benjamin, a native of Tarsus” As Known as Saul who witness Stephen stoning and persecuted the church while infant stage later became apostle Gentiles one letters following, one who was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an arrogant man. Plus  This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them by order of Nero, and  he was beheaded.”

Andrew “Was the brother of Peter. He preached the gospel to many Asiatic nations; but on his arrival at Edessa, he was taken and crucified on a cross, the two ends of which were fixed transversely in the ground. Hence the derivation of the term, St. Andrew’s Cross.”  Andrew, told His brother Simon Peter’s found the Messiah! And was disciple  of  John BaptisrAndrew’s nature was that he was always bringing people to Christ. 

It’s interesting that he was crucified like Christ but in the pattern or shape of an “X” which was often a Christian symbol and is now known as St. Andrew’s cross

Peter “Was born at Bethsaida, in Galilee. He was by occupation a fisherman. Christ gave him a name which in Syriac implies a rock.”  Legend that he was “crucified with his head downward, at his own request.He Felt unworthy dying like Christ. John 21:18–19.

 

When Christ Needed Him the most denied three times nowhere to be found when Jesus hung on the cross. However, he was the preached the gospel on day of Pentecost when Holy Spirit 120 follower of Christ 3,000 people accept the Lord and were baptized  

Matthew,Whose occupation was that of a toll-gatherer, was born at Nazareth. He wrote his gospel in Hebrew, which was afterwards translated into Greek by James the Less. The scene of his labors was Parthia, and Ethiopia, in which latter country he suffered martyrdom, being slain with a halberd in the city of Nadabah, A. D. 60.”“ 

Mark,Was born of Jewish parents of the tribe of Levi. He is supposed to have been converted to christianity by Peter, whom he served as an amanuensis, and under whose inspection he wrote his gospel in the Greek language. Mark was dragged to pieces by the people of Alexandria, at the great solemnity of Serapis their idol, ending his life under their merciless hands.” “

 

 Mark,Was born of Jewish parents of the tribe of Levi. He is supposed to have been converted to christianity by Peter, whom he served as an amanuensis, and under whose inspection he wrote his gospel in the Greek language. Mark was dragged to pieces by the people of Alexandria, at the great solemnity of Serapis their idol, ending his life under their merciless hands.”

On first missionary trip he went home and cause Barnabas and Paul, he thought did not think it appropriate to take along this man who had deserted them in Pamphylia Barnabas felt he deserve second chance Paul’s later comments indicate that John Mark eventually grew into someone very reliable “

Luke,The evangelist, was the author of the gospel which goes under his name. He travelled with Paul through various countries, and is supposed to have been hanged on an olive tree, by the idolatrous priests of Greece.” Wrote Luke and Acts and was Gentile writing found scriptures. He was noted historian Little was known how died

John Foxx wrote “Though one apostle had betrayed him; though another had denied him, under the solemn sanction of an oath; and though the rest had forsaken him, unless we may except “the disciple who was known unto the high-priest;” the history of his resurrection gave a new direction to all their hearts, and, after the mission of the Holy Spirit, imparted new confidence to their minds. The powers with which they were endued emboldened them to proclaim his name, to the confusion of the Jewish rulers, and the astonishment of Gentile proselytes.”As scripture declares,This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” —and I am the worst of them.

They wilily sacrifice themselves for sake of gospel because Christ instantly forgave them and His forgiveness was endless journey Jesus stated to Apostle Peter 70 times 7you should forgive them brother. The Apostle Paul wrote Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. 

One valuable lesson I learn on my Christian Journey is failure and forgiveness work hand to hand. To appreciate forgiveness you need understand you fail God miserably everyday. The late Dr John Stott wrote, “Who am I? What is myself? The answer is that I am Jekyll and Hyde a mix up kids, having both dignity because I was created had been re-created in the image of God, and depravity because I have fallen and rebellious nature. I am both noble, ignoble beautiful, ugly good, bad, upright, and twisted image and child of God yes sometimes yielding obsequious homage to the devil from whose clutches Christ has rescue me. My true self is what I am by creation which Christ came to redeem, by calling myself what I am I am by the fall, which Christ came destroy.” As scripture declares The heart is more deceitful than anything else, and incurable–who can understand it  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Saint Boniface

 In Dokkum, a town in  Friesland a province in northern Holland were my mother was born a statue erected of Saint Boniface commemorating his work among the Frisians who were known as barbarians or southern version of Viking. Steeped in paganism and idolatry He was Known a an apostle  of the Frisians,or Germany

A Pontiff called Wynfrith A Soldier of Christ, you will be called Boniface.Saint Boniface, Latin Bonifatius,good fate or one doing good or benefactor” His original name Wynfrid or Wynfrith, (born c. 675, Wessex, England—died June 5, 754, Dokkum, Frisia [now in the Netherlands]He belonged to a noble family. 

He received an excellent education in the Benedictine and became a Benedictine monk, being ordained priest at about age 30. From 716 to 722 he made two attempts to evangelize the Frisian. 

“Gregory II. who then sat in Peter’s chair, received him with great friendship, and finding him full of all the virtues that compose the character of an apostolic missionary, dismissed him with commission at large to preach the gospel to the pagans wherever he found them. ”

 

Where he went to Friesland, where he converted and baptized several thousands of barbarous natives, demolished the temples, and raised churches on the ruins of those superstitious structures.  He lived there for three years; then he left to Hesse converting a great number of Barbarians. He founded the first monastery in Amoneburg, at the Shore of Olm River.

On Pentecost Sunday, he baptized a great number and summoned a general meeting for confirmation at a place not far from Dokkum, between Franeker and Groningen. Instead of his converts, however, a group of armed robbers appeared who slew the aged archbishop. Having killed Boniface and his company, the Frisian bandits ransacked their possessions but found that the company’s luggage did not contain the riches they had hoped for: “they broke open the chests containing the books and found, to their dismay, that they held manuscripts instead of gold vessels, pages of sacred texts or  scriptures instead of silver plates.

 

  Almighty God, who didst call thy faithful servant Boniface to be a witness and martyr in the lands of Germany and Friesland, and by his labor and suffering didst raise up a people for thine own possession:  Pour forth thy Holy Spirit upon thy Church in every land, that by the service and sacrifice of many thy holy Name may be glorified and thy kingdom enlarged; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

PRAYER (contemporary language)

    Almighty God, who called your faithful servant Boniface to be a witness and martyr in the lands of Germany and Friesland, and by his labor and suffering raised up a people for your own possession:  Pour forth your Holy Spirit upon your Church in every land, that by the service and sacrifice of many your holy Name may be glorified and your kingdom enlarged; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Saint Boniface’s feast day is celebrated on 5 June in the Roman Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church, the Anglican Communion and the Eastern Orthodox Church.

The canonization process did not come into existence until the 12th century. In the primitive Church, martyrs were immediately recognized as witnessing to the perfection of Christian life on earth he was not canonized.  

 He was proclaimed a saint by early Christians because of his martyrdom on June 5, 754

 

Norman F. Cantor notes  The three roles Boniface played that made him “one of the truly outstanding creators of the first Europe first the reformer of the Frankish church, second the chief fomentor of the alliance between the papacy and the Carolingian family, third he helped shape the Latin Church in Europe, and many of the dioceses he proposed remain today. 

 

 

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/02656a.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donar%27s_Oak 

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Boniface

 

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Saint-Boniface

 

http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bio/178.html 

http://saintboniface.us/index.php/en/our-parish/st-boniface

https://www.answers.com/Q/When_did_St._Boniface_become_a_saint 

 

 

https://www.ancient.eu/Saint_Boniface/

 

 

Saint Boniface

Saint Boniface

 In Dokkum, a town in  Friesland a province in northern Holland were my mother was born a statue erected of Saint Boniface commemorating his work among the Frisians who were known as barbarians or southern version of Viking. Steeped in paganism and idolatry He was Known a an apostle  of the Frisians,or Germany

A Pontiff called Wynfrith A Soldier of Christ, you will be called Boniface.Saint Boniface, Latin Bonifatius,good fate or one doing good or benefactor” His original name Wynfrid or Wynfrith, (born c. 675, Wessex, England—died June 5, 754, Dokkum, Frisia [now in the Netherlands]He belonged to a noble family. 

He received an excellent education in the Benedictine and became a Benedictine monk, being ordained priest at about age 30. From 716 to 722 he made two attempts to evangelize the Frisian. 

“Gregory II. who then sat in Peter’s chair, received him with great friendship, and finding him full of all the virtues that compose the character of an apostolic missionary, dismissed him with commission at large to preach the gospel to the pagans wherever he found them. ”

 

Where he went to Friesland, where he converted and baptized several thousands of barbarous natives, demolished the temples, and raised churches on the ruins of those superstitious structures.  He lived there for three years; then he left to Hesse converting a great number of Barbarians. He founded the first monastery in Amoneburg, at the Shore of Olm River.

On Pentecost Sunday, he baptized a great number and summoned a general meeting for confirmation at a place not far from Dokkum, between Franeker and Groningen. Instead of his converts, however, a group of armed robbers appeared who slew the aged archbishop. Having killed Boniface and his company, the Frisian bandits ransacked their possessions but found that the company’s luggage did not contain the riches they had hoped for: “they broke open the chests containing the books and found, to their dismay, that they held manuscripts instead of gold vessels, pages of sacred texts or  scriptures instead of silver plates.

 

  Almighty God, who didst call thy faithful servant Boniface to be a witness and martyr in the lands of Germany and Friesland, and by his labor and suffering didst raise up a people for thine own possession:  Pour forth thy Holy Spirit upon thy Church in every land, that by the service and sacrifice of many thy holy Name may be glorified and thy kingdom enlarged; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

PRAYER (contemporary language)

    Almighty God, who called your faithful servant Boniface to be a witness and martyr in the lands of Germany and Friesland, and by his labor and suffering raised up a people for your own possession:  Pour forth your Holy Spirit upon your Church in every land, that by the service and sacrifice of many your holy Name may be glorified and your kingdom enlarged; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Saint Boniface’s feast day is celebrated on 5 June in the Roman Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church, the Anglican Communion and the Eastern Orthodox Church.

The canonization process did not come into existence until the 12th century. In the primitive Church, martyrs were immediately recognized as witnessing to the perfection of Christian life on earth he was not canonized.  

 He was proclaimed a saint by early Christians because of his martyrdom on June 5, 754

 

Norman F. Cantor notes  The three roles Boniface played that made him “one of the truly outstanding creators of the first Europe first the reformer of the Frankish church, second the chief fomentor of the alliance between the papacy and the Carolingian family, third he helped shape the Latin Church in Europe, and many of the dioceses he proposed remain today. 

 

 

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/02656a.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donar%27s_Oak 

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Boniface

 

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Saint-Boniface

 

http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bio/178.html 

http://saintboniface.us/index.php/en/our-parish/st-boniface

https://www.answers.com/Q/When_did_St._Boniface_become_a_saint 

 

 

https://www.ancient.eu/Saint_Boniface/

 

https://www.yourdictionary.com/bonifatius 

 

https://www.ebabynames.com/#!meaning-of-Bonifatius