reply to post by JesuitGarlic
First let me state that if you believe that I was attacking your personal character I apologize because that is not the intent of my posts. As a
matter of fact it is possible and even likely that I am the least of all of those who God has saved. Please understand that I am not insinuating that
you are or are not filled with the Holy Spirit, if you say the Holy Spirit dwells in you than it does. The bible makes it clear anyone who believes
this he does dwell in.
What I am attacking is something that I also used to believe in. I was caught up in the SDA view of revelation for a while also. The argument sounds
very logical and who knows they may even be correct. But the reality is people are waiting for tomorrow to change their lives and they are certain
they will know the sign when they see it.
Most people believe one of two things. The bible is bogus so they don't fear a mark they don't believe in. Or they consider themselves Christian and
are certain that they would never receive the mark of the beast.
We must remember that it was those with the greatest certainty about the messiah who rejected the Christ. My opinion is today's church leadership is
much the same as the Pharisees and Sadducees were 2000 years ago? Today's Pastors take the place of honor and to their congregation appear to be more
righteous. For many it appears that these men have obtained an almost unobtainable place of righteousness.
The pastors of most churches are educated men, who have extensively studied scripture. They have memorized most if not all the New Testament. They
sit down and spend time developing a sermon so that they engage the audience. But this is not what scripture says. Scripture says no one is to be
called teacher, but later it says some of you will be given the gift to teach, and again it says not all of you should presume to be teachers. It is
these apparent contradictions and the churches inability to provide an answer that turns many away, or causes some to accept some of the bible but
search for "the rest of the truth" somewhere else.
The answer is simple but you will not find this on Google. Jesus was right that no one should be called teacher because there is only one teacher who
is the Christ.
Remember that Jesus said that anything that you pray for in my name you will relieve and later scripture says anyone who seeks wisdom should ask God
and he will be given it. Again scripture says all the gifts of the spirit are available to anyone who believes. Christ says if you have just a
mustard seed of faith you could tell this mountain to move and it will move.
The answer is this only Christ is the teacher; I am only a vessel that is used by Christ to teach. I prayed for wisdom and I trusted scripture that I
would receive it. So by faith I received what was promised. I told God that I knew he had given me the gift of speech and that I wanted to use it to
teach so he gave me the ability to let the Holy Spirit speak through me. I do not have a prepared list of answers for you. I respond according to
what I believe the spirit is saying to me.
If I am a teacher it is not me teaching but the Holy Spirit teaching through me. The bible promises this gift to all who believe. What scripture is
saying is be careful what you pray for because you will be given the gift to teach, but because you wanted to teach you will be held to a higher
standard. The bible promises wisdom to all who believe. There is no need to go to Bible College or converse with an elder on the meaning of
scripture for the scripture is clear that the Holy Spirit, the very spirit of Christ will teach all believers all things.
When we come together it is to share our gifts and build each other up. We were not intended to go listen to a man tell us how to live our lives.
We, all believers, make up the church, each of us with our gifts that should be shared with the entire congregation, so that all may learn and be
built up equally. There is no hierarchy in the Church of Christ but there is a hierarchy in today's modern church.
Here is more evidence. Even Paul asks the church why do you call yourselves followers of this man or that. Because Paul had already taught them that
the Holy Spirit is the teacher and that he was just a man, a sinner just like them. He told them that he had no special powers that someone should
say they follow him. He said this and he was literally healing the sick. But you see it was not Paul that was healing the sick but the Holy Spirit
healing the sick using Paul as the vessel.
The truth needs to be told. Christ is not found at church he is found in a man. People believe they have to go to church to learn how to be like
Jesus. When the reality is all they have to do is repent and have faith that Christ is in them and ready to lead them down the narrow path that leads
Listen to, don't just merely read the following verse.
Luke 17:21 nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you."
Ephesians 4:30 “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,
by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
2 Corinthians 1:21 “Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our
hearts as a deposit.”
Ephesians 1:13 “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were
sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His
2 Corinthians 5:5 “Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.”
You speak of a Kingdom that is too come, while the bible talks about the Kingdom that is already here. You worry about tomorrow but the bible says
worry about today. Anyone can enter the Kingdome of Heaven today; there is no reason to wait for judgment, for judgment to is happening today.
Everyone can repent and be baptized by the spirit today. All who turn to God will receive the true seal of God, the promise of the eternal Kingdome.
God is the God of the living not the dead.
Mark 9:1 And he said to them, "I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come
I give you one challenge. Stop looking for answers at church, on the web, or in a book. Instead look within to the Kingdome of God in you and
believe that the Holy Spirit wants you to have all the knowledge you desire. When you are truly ready to forget what you think you know and let
Christ teach you what you need to know read the New Testament again.
Please understand that I say this not to sound righteous although I admit without knowing me that could be hard. I say this because the gifts of the
Holy Spirit are incomprehensible and you will only gain the knowledge you seek if you look to him for the answer. He is the key to unlocking the
meaning of scripture and only through Christ can one gain the wisdom of God. The answer is truly locked up in faith. Not my faith or the Pastors
faith but your faith. This is one of the marvelous things in God's plans.
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