Category: Identity in Christ

Getting Dressed for the New Year

Col 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 3:14 And above all these things put on ...

Do Our Souls Get Dirty?

Tit 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost… Here are a couple of question. “How are we washed? And to what state are we renewed? Do our souls get dirty?” Let’s Look at ...

Self-Love?

Paul writes in 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves… A man is what his heart is set upon, and throughout the last days of grace, his heart shall be set upon himself. Men shall be lovers of their own selves. Men shall love self in greater numbers and to a higher ...

The 3 Exceedings in Ephesians

In Eph. 1:19, we find the first of three times when Paul wrote “exceeding” in the book of Ephesians. He writes, “And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power.” Paul chose His resurrection (1:20) as an example of God’s demonstration of His ...

The True Power of I Am

“The Power of I Am” is the title to the most famous sermon of the most infamous preacher in Texas – Joel Osteen. Millions of views. Oprah Winfrey shared his message on her YouTube channel and said his sermon changed the way she sees her life. The gist of his message was this. “If you ...

Being Doctrinally “Able” To Admonish One Another

Rom 15:14  And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another The doctrine contained in Romans chapter 15 addresses the Saints who are “strong” in the faith, and the Bible teachers who are also “able” to “please ...

Q & A: “But Ye Have Not So Learned Christ?”

Question: What Does The Apostle Paul Mean In Ephesians 4:20-21 By: “Ye Have Not So Learned Christ,” And “Ye Have Heard Him, And Been Taught By Him?” Eph 4:20  But ye have not so learned Christ;  Eph 4:21  If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth ...

The “Foolish” Wisdom Of This World

1st Cor.3:18] Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.[19] For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.[20] And again, The Lord ...

The Ailment Of The Galatians: Not “Crying Abba Father”

Gal.1:6] I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:[7] Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.[8] But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than ...

My Life Verse

Do you have a life verse? My life verse hasn’t changed over the years. A long time ago, I fell away from the Lord. I came back. I sat down to read Paul’s epistles for the first time in ages. And as soon as I came across this verse, I knew this would be my ...

‘Self-Awareness?’ Know Ye Not Your Own Selves?

2Co 13:3  Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you.  2Co 13:4  For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the ...

A New Tank?

Sometimes I don’t know exactly what I’m going to write about until I actually sit at my desk, in front of my computer.  In this case I’m at my seldom used desk at our actual church building. This is a rare event, indeed!  With the advent of the automobile, and electronic communications the church office ...

Walking Circumspectly And Not As Fools But Wise

Eph.5:[15] See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,[16] Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.[17] Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.[18] And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; The most momentous and celebrated ...

The Keys To Operating Upon The Selfless Love of Christ

Rom.12 9] Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. The essential component to godliness for the son is walking after the selfless love of Christ, and Paul’s exhortation to “let love be” consists of the son operating upon a renewed mind, and knowing the selfless love ...

Father’s Day? Calling All Spiritual “Fathers”

1Co 4:14  I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.  1Co 4:15  For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.  1Co 4:16  Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers ...

Your Spiritual Life is Like a Racetrack

“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.” (1 Cor. 9:24) Just imagine your spiritual life is like a racetrack set before you. A straight road as far as the eye can see. And this is the only road you ...

What Is “The Fruit Of The Spirit” And It’s Benefits?

Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Gal 5:23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Gal 5:24  And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. Gal 5:25  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in ...

What Does It Mean To Be “Led By The Spirit Of God?”

Rom 8:12  Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.  Rom 8:13  For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.  Rom 8:14  For as many as are led by the Spirit ...

What Does It Mean To Be “Filled With The Spirit?”

Eph 5:14  Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.  Eph 5:15  See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,  Eph 5:16  Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  Eph 5:17  Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the ...

Godliness: Standing “Perfect And Complete” In Him

Gen.1:[26] And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.[27] So God created man ...