Out of a heart inspired with the glorious hope set before the consecrated saints of the Gospel dispensation flows the impassioned and eloquent greeting of the Apostle Peter to others of like precious faith. To “the elect according to the foreknowledge of God, and every line of his epistle, even the words of greeting, are full of instruction.
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Critical times of testing come, especially as we mature. In those trials, we should take serious inventory to see that God did miraculously call us. Unless we make a full consecration, it is not possible to understand the truth in depth. Past providences become very meaningful as we reflect upon them.
1 Corinthians Chapter 1: Sectarianism in the Church, Worldly Wisdom 1 Cor. 1:1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, The words “to be” and “our,” which are italicized and thus supplied in the King James Version, should be omitted to realize the simplicity [...]
Verse 7 refers back to verse 5. Prior to consecration, we walked in gross sins like fornication, inordinate affection, and covetousness. Verse 8 lists less gross, though nonetheless dangerous, sins the new creature is to put off. If practiced, these sins can also keep one from getting life.
The gross behavior of verse 5 is more easily recognized, whereas the sins of verse 8 are usually not as apparent, for they are only occasionally manifest. However, all of the sins in verse 8 are dangerous and could be outward manifestations of grosser sins (verse 5) being secretly indulged in. Statements from the mouth are not hidden from the Church. In summary, verse 5 lists deeds of a wrong lifestyle. Verse 8 lists sins of the mouth that seem to be less important but are actually symptomatic of a serious condition.
Christian hotel owners hauled before court after defending their beliefs in discussion with Muslim guestSep 22nd, 2009 | By admin | Category: Signs of the Times (click on article name)
A Christian couple have been charged with a criminal offence after taking part in what they regarded as a reasonable discussion about religion with guests at their hotel.
Ben and Sharon Vogelenzang were arrested after a Muslim woman complained to police that she had been offended by their comments.
IN THE SCRIPTURES the word sacrifice is very properly used in two ways—first, to describe the surrender of our will in order to have God’s will done in us; second, to indicate the work of our great High Priest, to whom we give up ourselves, and who makes that consecration acceptable to God. Primarily we sacrifice what we possess of the present earthly rights, privileges and opportunities; for this is what we possess. But, additionally, we give up something by faith. By faith we believe that God has made a provision that all mankind shall have the privilege of restitution to perfection during the Millennial Age; and by faith we forego, or give up, our share of Restitution privileges. Thus our principal giving up is our surrender of what we have; and our secondary giving up is that which we have by faith in God’s great Plan.
What is consecration? What does it mean to dedicate your life to God? When the Apostle Paul said to “present your bodies a living sacrifice” was he implying that when we consecrate our lives to God we become like a sacrifice on the altar? This discourse outlines what true consecration is and what our responsibilities are as footstep followers of Christ.