An older post revisited…. What does Matthew 25 mean?
Merry Christmas to all, I pray we all have a great Christmas and a wonderful New Year.
“Let us go on unto perfection; “
At our Tuesday morning mens group Pastor Nelson Hopkins shared from Hebrews 6:1-3
Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
And this will we do, if God permit.
Almost seems like blasphemy, to leave the principles of the doctrine of Christ.
What the writer wants us to do is to GROW UP, IN CHRIST.
The problem is: “We must go on unto perfection;”
And our Churches have done a horrible job of teaching us these fundamental principles of the doctrine of Christ.
We do not believe or practice most of them.
Yes, we accept the truth that we are saved by Faith, that Christ died for our sins. We are made blameless, only by being covered by His blood.
Yes, we believe in being Baptized. A symbol of our death and resurrection with Christ.
Then we go off the rails. At the time of water Baptism, Christ was also Baptized in the Holy Spirit.
~ THE DOCTRINE OF BASPTISMS.
Of REPENTANCE, IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
For this to happen to us, we need to first realize the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, is not automatically given.
Paul and Peter both asked believers if they had received the Holy Spirit. They then received it. (Acts 10 and 19) They also had the evidence of speaking in Tongues. (Two separate Baptisms).
So Saints, one step towards perfection in Christ, is Believing the Word over BAD CHURCH DOCTRINE.
We need the Holy Spirit and His Power to build the Church. The Baptism is a Fundamental building block of His Body.
~ THE DOCTRINE OF LAYING ON OF HANDS.
FOR HEALING, AND TO SEND OUT FOR MINISTRY.
We lay hands on the sick. (James 7). The elders lay hands on those chosen to go out in the work of the ministry. (1 Timothy 4)
~ DOCTRINE OF SALVATION
RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD. (This includes both dead in sin, and dead as in lifeless, no breath left).
~ DOCTRINE OF ETERNAL JUDGEMENT
Where will you spend Eternity?
Are you on the path to perfection? Do you believe and practice these truths?
“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.“
If you hope to grow in and receive the Power of the Kingdom, to grow the Kingdom, LET THE HOLY SPIRIT TEACH YOU THROUGH THE TRUTH OF HIS WORD.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
(Romans 12:1-2, my prayer for you). Amen
We must build on the FULL COUNCIL OF GOD.
If we stop before we accept these first things, how do we grow in Him?
The Franklin Memorial United Methdist Choir, helped me to sing this heart wrenching Tune.
When did the Cirtainties of Ceromony and the Righteousness of Rituals, replace the Foolishness of Preaching, in our quest to bring the lost to the Lord.
I am disappointed, disturbed, and defeated.
We have lost the ability, the desire, and the need to experience the Presence of God.
We sing many Hymns, without any attention given to the meaning.
They are just tunes we sing.
We recite many Scriptures, with no thought given to the significance of the Words.
They are just Words we recite.
We repeat, the Lord’s prayer, never learning, ‘How to Pray.’
Church, has become a meaningless exercise, a duty to preform, not a joy to experience.
We have a form of Godliness, that denies God’s, Presence, Power, and Peace.
We find comfort in the Dignity of Duty.
The Joy of the Lord is absent.
The Truth isn’t preached to set us free.
The Peace that passes understanding, can not be found.
It is all buried in Rituals and Cerimonies, our reciting, rather than living, the Word.
No thought is given, no attempt is made to call down the fire of God, to purify our lives, to become vessels of God’s love, healing powers, or saving grace.
We are not challenged to grow, to give, to become the image of the One we Love.
Then we wonder that our pews are empty.
Please, Throw Out, the Comfortable Orders of Service.
Sing the Word of God, to our God.
Sing until it becomes real, until you are filled with His Presence, until He surrounds and meets your every need and desire.
Cry and repent, as He brings your faults and sins to mind.
Laugh as you are touched by the Spirit of the Living God, when you realize you are forgiven and blameless in the Beloved.
Allow the foolishness of God to rule and reign in your life.
Our natural man, cannot accept this, we do not understand it, we build our services so to bypass, to negate, and ignore, the Spiritual.
We cheat not only ourselves, but those who came hoping to find the Truth of the Gospel.
The Foolishness of God is Wiser than the Wisdom of man.
Please, I beg you.
Quit going to Church.
Start to Seek His Face. To Experience His Presence. To Recognize, the Power of the Spirit in our lives.
1 Corinthians 1:21
“For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.”
Abram, a friend of God, believed God and was considered Righteous.
“Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.”
These are interesting scriptures for me, “The Lord had said.”
This tells me the Lord spoke to Abram more than once, about leaving his family and home country.
I don’t think Abram refused, just did not fully understand. The Lord told him he would be a great nation. The Lord would Bless him.
So “Abram departed as the Lord had told him.”
The beginning of a beautiful friendship. Abram Walked in God’s mercy and Grace.
He built alters to and Worshiped the Lord. He was promised an heir, that would bless all the families on earth. He would be given much property.
Genesis 17: 1-5
“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.
And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,
As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.
Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.”
Please note, the Lord, (The Father, the Eternal One, the Law giver), said, Walk before me, and be perfect, then I will…
Then God, (The Son, the Creator, the Supreme Ruler), spoke, My covenant is with thee, Abrams name was changed to Abraham, he and all who were with him were circumcised that day.
When we meet and accept Jesus, we have a new name, we are circumcised in our hearts, and I know I fell on my face and Worshiped.
But it was the promise of a son, when both of their bodies were past child bearing age, that caused Abraham to be called Righteous.
Romans 4:20-22 (KJV)
“He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.”
We have many great and impossible promises from God.
Is it with-in us, to believe. That He means for us to prosper and be in good health, as our soul prospers.
That as well as desiring all men to be saved, He would have us pray for and experience, and share, His Healing Power?
That we would be His Hands, and Voice in proclaiming His Kingdom is at Hand.
He desires us to understand and to Walk With Him, comforting the hurting, healing the sick, even raising the dead. Both Spiritually and Physically.
He is THE LIVING GOD.
Saints, He wants us to broadcast this to the World.