BISHOP is an OFFICE, not a CALLING; an AUXILIARY commission to the 5-FOLD MINISTRY, "This is a true saying, If a man desire the OFFICE OF A BISHOP, he desireth a good work"
1 Timothy 3:1
1. How do you label the GENERATION that crossed the Red Sea to possess the PROMISED LAND and of who it is written: “But as for you, your carcases, they shall FALL in this wilderness. And your children shall WANDER in the wilderness FORTY YEARS, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be WASTED in the wilderness” [Numbers 14: 32-33] The ANGEL of the LORD was their GUIDE, yet they were WASTED 40 years in the wilderness, “And the LORD went before them by day in a PILLAR OF A CLOUD, to lead them the way; and by night in a PILLAR OF FIRE, to give them light; to go by day and night” [Exodus 13:21] For 40 years they woke up to see the PILLAR OF CLOUD and went to bed under the PIILAR OF FIRE, “And did all drink the same SPIRITUAL DRINK: for they drank of that SPIRITUAL ROCK that followed them: and that ROCK WAS CHRIST” [1 Corinthians 10:4] The Lord fed them with, “But with many of them GOD WAS NOT WELL PLEASED: for they were OVERTHROWN in the wilderness” [1 Corinthians 10:5] Is God PLEASED with this GENERATION? Are we nearer the PROMISED LAND or WANDERING and “WASTING”? “Now all these things happened unto them for ENSAMPLES: and they are WRITTEN FOR OUR ADMONITION, upon whom the ENDS OF THE WORLD are come” [1 Corinthians 10: 11]
2. Some 40 odd years ago, marching cry of the Church was the VISION of GLORY, “The GLORY of this LATTER HOUSE shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give PEACE, saith the LORD of hosts” [Haggai 2:9] As we pressed into the 90s, VISION of the LATTER HOUSE was distorted by FALSE TEACHERS, as in the wilderness, “But there were FALSE PROPHETS also among the people, even as there shall be FALSE TEACHERS among you, who privily shall bring in damnable HERESIES, … ” [2 Peter 2:1] So soon after the great REVIVALS of the 60s and 70s, the hardy CATECHISMS of SELF DENIAL, FELLOWSHIP of Christ’s SUFFERING, sturdy FAITH, HOPE and CHARITY were violated with “Perverse disputings of men of CORRUPT MINDS, and destitute of the TRUTH, SUPPOSING that GAIN IS GODLINESS: from such withdraw thyself” [1 Timothy 6:5] By the turn of the 2nd millennia, the order of priesthood was usurped by greedy men in cassocks, whose sole motivation was COVETOUSNESS and as foretold: : “And through COVETOUSNESS shall they with FEIGNED WORDS make MERCHANDISE OF YOU: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not” [2 Peter 2:3] Now, we have a new order of priests whose trade is to infame their flocks with “FEIGNED WORDS” to LUST after filthy lucre to feed their own GREED, “Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should NOT LUST AFTER EVIL THINGS, as they also lusted” [1 Corinthians 10:6]
3. Looking through the mirror of TRUTH,Jesus said:“But whereunto shall I liken this GENERATION? It is like unto CHILDREN sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, And saying, We have PIPED UNTO YOU, and YE HAVE NOT DANCED; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented” [Matthew 11:16-17] The GENERATION that SAW Jesus walk the streets of Chorazin and HEARD Him TEACH in Bethsaida, denied the TRUTH, “WOE unto thee, CHORAZIN! woe unto thee, BETHSAIDA! for if the MIGHTY WORKS, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have REPENTED long ago in sackcloth and ashes” [Matthew 11:21] Our churches are bursting at the seams with unrepentant SOULS lulled to sleep in gilded Cathedrals by lullabies of latter-day SCRIBES and PHARISEES, of who it is written: “Woe unto you, SCRIBES and PHARISEES, HYPOCRITES! for ye compass sea and land to make one PROSELYTE, and when he is made, ye make him TWOFOLD MORE the CHILD OF HELL than yourselves” [Matthew 23:15] Why are we always so quick to JUSTIFY ourselves? Are we not chasing shadows, if we think to please God with a form of godliness approved by men but contrary to TRUTH?, “… Ye are they which JUSTIFY YOURSELVES BEFORE MEN; but GOD KNOWETH YOUR HEARTS: for that which is highly ESTEEMED AMONG MEN is ABOMINATION in the sight of God” [Luke 16:15] Are we BEWITCHED or simply FOOLISH, as the Church in Galatia? “O FOOLISH Galatians, who hath BEWITCHED you, that ye should not OBEY THE TRUTH, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, CRUCIFIED among you?” [Galatians 3:3]
4. What shall we say of the Church of the Laodiceans, that does not apply to this GENERATION, “… I am RICH, and INCREASED with goods, and HAVE NEED OF NOTHING; and knowest not that thou art WRETCHED, and MISERABLE, and POOR, and BLIND, and NAKED” [Revelation 3:17] Laodicea is the 7th Church Age, a WASTED GENERATION, saddled with onerous fate of ushering Christ’s appearance, as it is written: “Behold, I STAND AT THE DOOR, and KNOCK”, says the Lord, “… if any man HEAR MY VOICE, and OPEN THE DOOR, I will COME IN to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” [Revelation 3:20] Friend, Jesus is at the door CALLING His own SHEEP out of this WASTED GENERATION, “… saying, COME OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” [Revelation 18:4] He is CALLING those who are DEAD in SIN, from the HEDGES and GUTTERS of this world; His VOICE is the WATER of LIFE, “Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the STOCK THEREOF DIE IN THE GROUND; Yet through the SCENT OF WATER it will BUD, and BRING FORTH boughs like a plant” [Job 18:8-9] Are you BORN AGAIN? Search the scriptures, SALVATION is not a CORPORATE VENTURE, “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION WITH FEAR and TREMBLING” [Philippians 2:12]
5. Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, amen
The FIRST EVE spoke when she was required to be silent, the SECOND EVE is required to be SILENT in SUBMISSION to TRUTH, as it is written: "Let the WOMAN LEARN IN SILENCE with all SUBJECTION. But I SUFFER NOT A WOMAN TO TEACH, NOR TO USURP AUTHORITY OVER THE MAN but to be in silence" 1 Timothy 2:9-15
PRAYER is the SPIRIT of God, in us, communicating with God to establish His PURPOSE; first in our lives and then in the world. "For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the THINGS OF GOD KNOWETH NO MAN, but the SPIRIT OF GOD" (1 Corinthians 2:11)
Esau, was the first born and by law entitled to the BLESSING [Genesis 25:25] He NEARLY got it but when it mattered most, he slipped at the altar of LUST, as it is written: “Lest there be any FORNICATOR, or PROFANE person, as Esau, ...” [Hebrews 12:16-17]
1. When God laid the foundations of this world, there was so much HOPE and JOY, “Where wast thou when I laid the FOUNDATIONS OF THE EARTH? declare, if thou hast understanding. When the MORNING STARS SANG together, and all the SONS of God SHOUTED FOR JOY?” [Job 8:4-7] The JOY was cut short by SIN, opening the door to the CURSE which subjected NATURE to BONDAGE OF CORRUPTION, as it is written: “… Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it; CURSED BE THE GROUND for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life” [Genesis 3:17] The daily tribulations of living in a world enslaved to CORRUPTION and DEATH is the SIN occasioned by DECEPTION. The Serpent DECEIVED Man, but God was not caught unawares, as some think; He allowed the error, that He might perfect the work of REDEMPTION in those who live in HOPE of His SALVATION, “For the creature was made subject to vanity, NOT WILLINGLY, but by reason of him who hath SUBJECTED the same in HOPE, Because the creature itself also shall be DELIVERED FROM the BONDAGE OF CORRUPTION into the glorious LIBERTY of the children of God” [Romans 8:20-21]
2. The mosquito was not created to infect people with malaria or the lion to savage antelopes, “And God saw EVERY THING THAT HE HAD MADE, and, behold, it was VERY GOOD …” [Genesis 1:31] When SIN overthrew CREATION with CORRUPTION the personality of the BEAST was impressed on NATURE. The BEAST in NATURE is the character of Satan; it is the reason the world is ravaged by poverty, disease, strife and wars. Listen closely, no plant was created to be poisonous or used to produce psychedelic drugs but food, “And God said, Behold, I have given you EVERY HERB bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and EVERY TREE, in the which is the FRUIT of a tree yielding seed; TO YOU IT SHALL BE MEAT” [Genesis 1:29] No cell or virus was formed to kill but do contrary, even as we, knowing what is GOOD to do, do the opposite, “Now if I do that I would not, IT IS NO MORE I THAT DO IT, BUT SIN that dwelleth in me. … O WRETCHED MAN that I am! WHO SHALL DELIVER ME from the body of this DEATH?’ [Roman 7:20-24] Friend, be of good cheer, God foreknew SIN world come and made a WAY for us who were once separated from His goodness to be RECONCILED to Him through Jesus Christ, “For it pleased the Father that IN HIM SHOULD ALL FULNESS DWELL; And, having made PEACE THROUGH THE BLOOD of his cross, by him to RECONCILE ALL THINGS unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven” [Colossians 1:19-20]
3. We all came into the world saddled with the yoke of SIN, enslaved to DEATH, “For ALL HAVE SINNED and come short of the glory of God; Being JUSTIFIED FREELY by his GRACEe through the REDEMPTION redemption that is in Christ Jesus:” [Romans 3:23-24] We were DEAD ON ARRIVAL, “FOR THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH”, DEAD to God because SIN dwelt in us [Romans 6:23] This BODY we cherish so much is the BODY of DEATH [Romans 7:24] The only ONE who could SAVE us is God; He had to be like us to overcome SIN in this BODY and conquer DEATH, “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of FLESH and BLOOD, he also HIMSELF TOOK PART OF THE SAME; that through DEATH he might DESTROY HIM that had the POWER OF DEATH, that is, the DEVIL” [Hebrews 2:14] God was manifest in Jesus Christ, and by His DEATH on the Cross paid the “WAGES” of our SIN; It is a MYSTERY, “And without controversy great is the MYSTERY OF GODLINESS: GOD WAS MANIFEST in the FLESH, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” [1 Timothy 3:16] We are no longer in BONDAGE OF CORRUPTION, to who the MYSTERY is revealed and do believe “GOD WAS MANIFEST IN THE FLESH” to REDEEM us. When we BELIEVED, we DIED with Him and because He ROSE from DEATH, so did we, to live forever in NEWNESS OF LIFE, “Therefore we are BURIED WITH HIM by baptism into death: that like as Christ was RAISED FROM THE DEAD by the glory of the Father, even so we also should WALK in NEWNESS OF LIFE” [Romans 6:4]
4. We are no longer slaves to CORRUPTION, and in us dwells the LIFE of God, “… we have this TREASURE in EARTHEN VESSELS, that the EXCELLENCY of the POWER may be of God, and not of us” [2 Corinthians 4:7] “EARTHEN VESSELS” indicate the fragility of our present BODY, in which we GROAN in PAINS subject to diverse temptations and afflictions of living in a dying world. We are not alone, all creation TRAVAIL and desire to be restored to days of “HEAVEN ON EARTH”, and we, to be clothed with our HEAVENLY BODY, “For we know that the whole CREATION GROANETH and TRAVAILETH in PAIN together until now. And not only they, but URSELVES also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the ADOPTION, to wit, the REDEMPTION OF OUR BODY” [Romans 8:22-23] If truly we have received Christ, let us make diligent preparations to be approved at Christ’s appearance, when we shall be clothed with glory. We shall be transformed, and at His command all creation shall be changed, “The WOLF also shall DWELL with the LAMB, and the LEOPARD shall lie down with the KID; and the SAL and the young LION and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them” [Isaiah 11:6] Finally, I warn you to beware of some who promise LIBERTY, but are “… SERVANTS OF CORRUPTION: for of whom a MAN IS OVERCOME, of the same is he brought in BONDAGE” [2 Peter 2:19]
5. Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and SAVIOUR, Amen.
LONGSUFFERING is WHOLESOME DOCTRINE; a FRUIT of the SPIRIT and BADGE of HNOUR for those who shall INHERIT EVERLASTING LIFE, "Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all LONGSUFFERING, for a PATTERN TO THEM WHICH SHOULD HEREAFTER BELIEVE ON HIM TO LIFE EVERLASTING" (1 Timothy 1:16)
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The situation may look HOPELESS in the face of daunting global DISTRESS, listen, there is HOPE for you, “For there is HOPE FOR A TREE, if it be CUT DOWN, that it will SPROUT AGAIN, ... (Job 14:7_9)
1. Satan, in his bid to TEMPT Jesus, took “… him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the KINGDOMS OF THE WORLD, and the GLORY of them” [Matthew 4:8] Without controversy, there are countless realms, seem and unseen, but only one supreme POTENTATE, who “… CHANGETH the TIMES and the SEASONS he REMOVETH kings, and SETTETH up kings: he giveth WISDOM unto the WISE, and KNOWLEDGE to them that know UNDERSTANDING” [Daniel 2:21] The ONE who “REMOVETH kings, and SETTETH up kings” is God, made known first to His angels in the FIRSTBEGOTTEN and to us as the LAMB of God. [Hebrews 1:6] Some of the angels resisted Him and the world took sides with His foes to make “… war with the LAMB, and the LAMB SHALL OVERCOME them: for he is LORD OF LORDS, and KING OF KINGS: and they that are with him are CALLED, and CHOSEN, and FAITHFUL” Revelation 17:14] In due season, we were CALLED out of KINGDOMS OF THIS WORLD, CHOSEN from the foundations of the world to inherit the KINGDOM OF GOD. Let us be FAITHFUL to Him that gave His LIFE for us; WAITCHING and PREPARING for the VOICE, “… saying, The KINGDOMS OF THIS WORLD ARE BECOME the KINGDOMS OF OUR LORD, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever” [Revelation 11:15]
2. We are surrounded by an ETHEREAL world of thrones and kingdoms where Satan and sundry fallen angels hide their shame, “… the great DRAGON was cast out, that old SERPENT, called the DEVIL, and SATAN, which DECEIVETH the whole world: he was CAST OUT into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” [Revelation 12:9] Though fallen, they retained their angelic powers with which they carved out thrones and kingdoms in the AIR. They turned their attention to men to subjugate in rebellion against God, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against PRINCIPILATIES, against POWERS, against the RULERS of the DARKNESS of this WORLD, against SPIRITUAL WICKEDNESS in HIGH PLACES” [Ephesians 6:12] Hidden from sight, kingdoms of the AIR operate through legions of disembodied spirits to MANIPULATE and CONTROL human affairs in rebellion against the purpose of God, “… even the HIDDEN WISDOM, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the PRINCES OF THIS WORLD knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” [1 Corinthians 2:7-8] With demonic CIVILIZATIONS and false RELIGION, they draw multitudes away from TRUTH, “Having the UNDERSTANDING DARKENED, being ALIENATED from the LIFE of God through the IGNORANCE that is in them, because of the BLINDNESS of their heart” [Ephesians 4:18] If any man has not the LIFE OF GOD in himself, he is BLINDED and IGNORANT of these things.
3. Earthly kingdoms and civilizations operate in the permissive WILL of God; when man fell in Eden, he lost his DOMINION to his adversary. Four thousand years later, “Jesus answered, My KINGDOM IS NOT OF THIS WORLD: IF MY KINGDOM WERE OF THIS WORLD, THEN WOULD MY SERVANTS FIGHT, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence” [John 18:36] We were born into KINGDOMS OF THIS WORLD, disobedient to God, in subjection to the Prince of the AIR, “… the SPIRIT NOW WORKETH in the CHILDREN OF DISOBEDIENC Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the LUSTS of our flesh, fulfilling the DESIRESs of the FLESH and of the MIND; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others” [Ephesians 2:2-3] If by GRACE through FAITH we are BORN AGAIN, we are no longer of “THIS WORLD”, that we should be ENTANGLED in the affairs of this world. We are in the world, as long as we are in this BODY, but we are not of this world; our VALUES, HOPES and ASPIRATIONS are of the KINGDOM of God. If any man professes Christ and for any reason ensnares himself in the affairs of “THIS WORLD”, he deceives himself, “For if after they have escaped the POLLUTIONS of the WORLD through the KNOWLEDGE of the LORD and SAVIOUR Jesus Christ, they are again ENTANGLED THEREIN, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning” [2 Peter 2:20]
4. KINGDOMS OF THIS WORLD are doomed, as God had promised, “… saying, Yet once more I SHAKE not the EARTH only, but also HEAVEN. … as of things that are MADE, that those things which cannot be shaken may REMAIN. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken” [Hebrews 12:26-27] The “SHAKING” has commenced; thrones and dominions “MADE” in ethereal “HEAVENS” are ”SHAKEN” as UNTIMELY FIGS “And the STARS of HEAVEN FELL unto the EARTH, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind” [Revelation 6:13] Present general instability across the globe is more than human error, hordes of hell are actively engaged; they know they have but a SHORT TIME, “… Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the DEVIL IS COME DOWN unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a SHORT TIME” [Revelation 12:12] Beloved, HOLD TIGHT to your FAITH in Christ, preparing with all diligence for His imminent appearance when we shall be glorified “No man that warreth ENTANGLETH HIMSELF with the AFFAIRS of this LIFE; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier” [2 Timothy 2:3-4] Are you BRON AGAIN? Now is the time to turn to the Lord Jesus Christ, for “… the WORLD PASSETH AWAY, and the LUST thereof: but HE that DOETH the WILL of God ABIDETHE FOR EVERr” [1 John 2:16-17] Amen
SOUND DOCTRINE, like SALT, is rendered useless when blended with MERCANTILISM, extreme NATIONALISM, CULTURE, etc., and if "... SALT have lost his SAVOUR, wherewith shall it be SALTED? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be CAST OUT, and to be trodden under foot of men" Matthew 5:13