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  • Richard H Priday
    Reflections on heaven part 4

    Ruling over angels.

    We are told that we will rule over angels in scripture. ( Heb. 2:5-9). There are other passages in Hebrews that discuss how Christ was brought a little lower than the angels; however for His earthly ministry; and how they seek to learn the mysteries of God and salvation. It would be wise to examine the admonitions of Jude 1:9 however. In this present day we cannot even have the wrong attitude contending with the devil when God has allowed his authority for His purposes in this age. We indeed will rule and reign with Him; but clearly we won't have some puffed up superiority with angels assigned under us. These same angels now are "ministering spirits" ( Heb. 1:14) who are incognito only appearing when needed for a specific purpose without any additional fanfare. There are other verses on us judging angels; which I don't care to speculate on in this forum due to space constraints.

    It was suggested in today's sermon that angels may be able to fill in what was going on that we couldn't see; or answer questions about how certain choices changed the course of events; etc. Surely we will learn more about specific ministries there; as well as between the differing ranks (Cherubim; and or beasts surrounding the throne; Archangels and others). Again; the angels that remained faithful were always drawing attention to God's glory and not themselves. Surely; that is how we will rule with Christ when He reigns in perfect righteousness; and settles disputes among nations ( Isaiah 2:4). There will be cities for us to rule over ( Luke 19:17) which someone could interpret as a figurative allegory but I see no reason why.

    God has given His angels great power; such as the one assigned to kill 185,000 in a day ( 2 Kings 19:35). Since they are not puffed up over having that type of authority; we also will not be when because of adoption as sons we are exalted since Christ died for men and not angels.
  • Regina Klein on 1 Timothy 3
    I really got a lot out of 1 Tim chapter 3. I didn't know the Lord had qualifiers for the church elders. Very enlightening.
  • Richard H Priday
    Reflections on heaven part 3 Our experiences

    Today's sermon discussed aspects such as the verse saying that there is no more marriage in heaven. ( Mark 12:25). That seems cut and dry but everything else seemed to drift too much into what we enjoy here on earth (such as recreation; endless delicious meals etc.) My earlier comments reflected on service in heaven; which most believers in Christ should acknowledge (unlike those who don't look into the scriptures and think we are all floating on clouds someplace).

    My issue is not that we won't have those pleasures in heaven; but again reflects what I said earlier that all the focus is on serving Him and rejoicing in Him. Christ surely has anticipated sitting down and drinking the "fruit of the vine" which He will do no more until He is in heaven with us ( Mark 14:25). That would presumably be at the Great supper of the Lamb but certainly could occur at other times as well. That surely does indicate that there will be fellowship among saints and Christ as well as with each other. There are also such things as unique names given to us that no one else knows but God and that person ( Rev. 2:17); and Revelation 19:10 also states the same for Christ Himself.

    While it isn't necessarily wrong to reflect on what enjoyment of heaven will be like in our new Resurrection bodies; we shouldn't be so enamored with it that we drift away from rejoicing in the harvest; as well as the attributes of God. We also will be ruling and reigning on the earth; but won't be overtaken by all the unprecedented riches that the kings of the earth bring as tribute to the Lord. Heaven; of course will be ON earth (in terms of the heavenly city itself; that is). For God to restore His creation that surely also will be a thing to behold. Again; without salvation men's minds still won't be able to dissuaded from eventual rebellion despite 1000 years of material blessings on earth; since sin will still be present until the new earth.
  • Fredrick odiwuor abuor on Jeremiah 29
    Every thing the devil has taken from me I received it back anything that is damage in my body i declare repair it in Jesus Christ name Amen
  • Richard H Priday
    Commentary on heaven

    Today our church had the last of a series of messages about heaven and eternity. There were sufficient scriptural passages referred to make the basic point of the visual splendors of the great city; as well as all the ways we will find fulfillment there.

    With reflection; however it would seem to me that we must be careful not to focus on the creation above the Creator. Lucifer; after all was a large part of the music worship and was clothed in splendor (see Isaiah 14; Ezekiel 28). He would have seen all the ornate opulance of heaven itself along with the heavenly city in whatever state it was in prior to the time He had completed mansions for His people. Whether it existed for all eternity itself or was created at the dawn of time; we need to look at the Triune God Himself as being unique in character as well as superior to His created beings. Even the Word of God has patterns and inherent life in it's words which are suitable to cut to the marrow of soul and spirit ( Heb. 4:12).

    We need to stop to reflect on the true nature of heavenly treasure; it is first and foremost meant to honor God; as well as being a place for His saints to dwell in; where there is nothing unclean entering into it and it is perfectly Holy. ( Rev. 21:27). It should be seen in the dirt villages and the prisons where humble servants who are saints of the Most High are serving the Lord by proclaiming the Good News. There; we can look into the eyes of believers and see Christ who through obedient service are gaining eternal blessings in treasures that cannot fade away ( Luke 12:33-34). Here; we see people who are sold out to Christ and have no desire to grasp onto things of this world. It is a process for some of us; but we must all produce good fruit and overcome the temptations of this life and ensnarement of the love of money; which only can occur when sealed with the Holy Spirit and living out what lives in our hearts. ( Eph. 1:13-14; Phil 2:12-13).
  • Carol theriault on Jeremiah 29
    i am glad that the lord loves me and all people
  • AUGUSTUS Daymenka King on Isaiah 57:4
    God leads His people to the still water that refreshes their souls. But the unbelievers led themselves to the troubling water. Isaiah 57 & Psalm 23
  • PROPHECY
    Brother Anthony:

    There is not two separate revelations in Revelation, it's one revelation, the revelation of Jesus Christ.

    Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ .......

    Revelation is not addressed to the seven churches, but to the angel of the seven churches.

    Revelation 2:1 Unto the ANGEL of the church at Ephesus write ....

    Revelation 2:8 Unto the ANGEL of the church at Smyrna write .....

    Revelation 2:12 Unto the ANGEL of the church at Pergamos write ......

    Revelation 2:18 Unto the ANGEL of the church at Thyatira write ....

    Revelation 3:1 Unto the ANGEL of the church at Sardis write ......

    Revelation 3:7 Unto the ANGEL of the church at Philadelphia write .....

    Revelation 3:14 Unto the ANGEL of the church at Laodiceans write .....

    Mark !3:24 But in those days (the wrath of God that was poured out on Christ), after the tribulation (that wrath of God, poured out on Christ) , the sun shall be darkened, and the moon (symbolic of Christ) shall not give her light,

    Mark 13:25 And the stars of heaven shall fall .....

    Revelation 12:4 And his tail drew a third part of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth .....

    Matthew 27:45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness (the sun was darkened) over all the earth unto the ninth hour.

    And the moon (symbolic of Christ) turned to blood, and covered the sins of creation.

    God Bless you in the quest for TRUTH ( John 14:6 ...I AM TRUTH....I AM LIFE)
  • Haleywife16@gmail.com on Psalms 139
    Beautiful ,beautiful beautiful, our father who art in heaven, hallowed, hallowed, hallowed, be ( thy name)
  • Anthony William on Revelation 6
    Hello Giannis

    If you read Revelation you will see that john received two separate revelations. One which was specifically dealing with the seven churches and what would be their fate in the near future.

    The second revelation begins in Rev 4:1 and is not specific to the seven churches who are addressed in chapters 2and 3.

    We cannot build sound doctrine on assumptions so we must not add to what has been said in revelation bearing in mind the warnings for those who add or take away from what has been written in Revealtion.

    If you read Rev 6:12 onwards you will see events that correlate with Christ's description of his second coming as recorded in mat 24. which Christ says will happen after the great tribulation. And if you read on down to Rev 6:17 you will see the where the day of wrath is mentioned. So the day of wrath happens when Christ returns after the great tribulation.

    If you read all my comments below it might help you understand my thoughts on this very important subject.

    The great tribulation is not the day of wrath.

    You will notice that the angels recued lot on the very same day that God poured out his wrath on the unbelievers. There was no delay. And so it will be when Christ returns after the great tribulation. He will send his angels at the sound of the trumpet to gather his elect before pouring out his wrath on the unbelievers.
  • David T on Luke 2
    I always have to remind myself of the truth of Scripture when I meditate and ponder the passages I am reading and praying for wisdom from the LORD. I always must remember 2 Timothy 3: 16, 17 "All scripture is given by inspiration of God..."

    The Scriptures teaches us that JESUS never sinned in HIS heart or in action. Every thing HE did glorified the FATHER'S name. As far as 12 yr old JESUS addressing Mary, and 30 yr old Jesus addressing her as "woman" it was acceptable and not considered as a sin nor disrespectful.

    In my culture, presently all the children address their parents as mom/dad or the equivalent. Prior to the 1970's, we called our parents by their first names. This was not considered as disrespectful or ill-mannered, it was part of our culture and social norm. We should never try to press the narrative to fit our own thinking or our life style.

    The bottom line is when scripture indicates a truth, then it is the truth for all times.

    The LORD shine HIS face upon us all. Keep praying for our nation's leadership and the coming mid term elections. 1 Timothy 2:1-3

    Praying also for our first responders and the lost.

    September 24, 2022
  • Fredrick odiwuor abuor on John 3
    And said O Lord God of lsrael why is this came to pass in lsrael that there should be to day one tribe lacking in Israel
  • Richard H Priday on Psalms 7
    This Psalm goes through an early life experience of David; commentators state that the man mentioned verse 1 is one of Saul's "henchmen."

    The Psalm asks for God's judgment in verse 6; hence is "impreccatory" in some ssense. It is more of a declaration of David's innocence and proclamation that if he has done anything amiss that he wished his enemies to overtake him (verses 3-5). Those sentiments made David a "man after God's own heart" ( 1 Samuel 13:14) at first; until the infamous Bathsheeba incident.

    We should learn well from David's life as his own wishes for enemies to overtake him if he was at fault was part of the judgment after condemning Uriah an innocent man to death to get the woman he wanted.

    Verses 11 through 16 show the general state of the wicked who are ensnared by their own sins (verse 15) as well as being judged by God (v. 13); the most extreme example of course being at Armageddon.

    The last verse is praise according to God's attribute of righteousness. David was quick not only to repent with a "contrite and broken spirit" ( Psalm 51); but also praised God and even danced for him ( 2 Samuel 6:14-15). This sort of abandon seems unique among rulers in Israel and really cannot happen in a genuine manner without a heart that is of pure motive and open to the Lord's presence. That is a lesson we should take heed to as well.
  • Giannis
    PSALM 27:1-7

    Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.

    For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb

    .

    Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

    Delight thyself also in the LORD; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

    Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and He shall bring it to pass.

    He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

    Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him:

    VERSES 16-26

    A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.

    For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholdeth the righteous.

    The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.

    They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.

    But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.

    The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.

    For such as be blessed of Him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of Him shall be cut off.

    The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in His way.

    Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.

    I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread

    he is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.

    Believe and rest in His Words and they will be fulfilled in your life.

    Have a Blessed Weekend
  • Michael Wangila Wafula on Ecclesiasticus 35:4
    The book of Ecclesiastes has 12 chapters. Check your scripture reference again and bring the point
  • Richard H Priday on Psalms 6
    There are some who think that David was afflicted with some type of venereal disease due to his many relations; and the descriptions of his sufferings in such passages. Others say it could be a bone affliction of old age such as osteoporosis. When he was dying he had care for what some would say are hypothermia. We see similar language of David's ailments in Psalm 32.

    Apparently; as verses 8 and 10 indicate; God used his enemies to humble him; which were promised due to him in 2 Samuel 12:9 and following after his downfall with Bathsheeba and causing Uriah to die. These would taunt him for the rest of his days; and also would delay the Temple of the Lord to be built because David's transgressions and whatever was meant by his being a "man of war" ( 1 Chron. 28:3). That could be a veiled reference to causing death to Uriah in war; as well as battles that resulted from enemies that came after him due to his own sin.

    God did chasten David as he states in verse 1. David surely was a saint of God; as we see from Hebrews 11:32. His broken and contrite spirit as seen in Psalm 51 allowed him to repent as he did many times; admitting his sin. Hopefully; since all scripture is for instruction ( 2 Timothy 3:16-17) we will avoid certain costly sins in our lives as things are written for examples to us in how to live.
  • Alan clarin on Psalms 1
    this whole Chapter stated the blessedness of a person. It told the greatness of a person who delighted the Word of God and the remarkableness of a person whose law of God is constantly in his heart. Blessedness means a person who has been favored by the heavens.
  • Yvind Julton
    You need to ask for forgivness, but you can not just move on with your life without repentace of that sin you've commited. That is the entire point of salvation.

    It's like stealing a car, and still drive around in the car you stole.
  • David T on Luke 1
    Our LORD JESUS CHRIST was baptized to identify Himself with sinful man. "...and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors." Isaiah 53:12

    The LORD Himself was sinless but He died for us that we may be saved.

    May all who are this forum be blessed in the mighty name of the LORD GOD JESUS CHRIST.

    September 23, 2022
  • Liz
    I proclaim Jesus as my Lord and Savior, and am not ashamed of the Gospel! Hallelujah, I love you and thank you Jesus!
  • GiGi
    To Bro Dan.

    Hello Dan, haven't heard from you in a while. Hoping all is well. Check in with us soon, please. You are missed on here.
  • Fredrick odiwuor abuor on Job 19
    I believe therefore have I spoken I was greatly afflicted i said in my haste All men are liars what shall i render unto the lord for all his benefits towards me Amen
  • MARK JOSEPH MCDONALD on Revelation 22
    I mark joseph mcdonald have taken many years too read this book word by word sentence by sentence paragraph by paragraph and have not added to the words or taken away from the words or prohpecies of this book from beginning too the end. i started with the very opening statments and have done so with all my heart with all my spirit that father god our great creator has given my soul with his word too do. i believe with all my heart mind body soul love and life and strength that jesus christ is truly the son of god he came from father god of heaven too teach us all and too show us all a better way too live and too love one another through his father and from the word of life through our lord jesus christ forever and forever amen.
  • Abigail Copeland on Job 19
    I think Job and Hosea are my two favorite books in the Bible. Both of them are very important, and they remind me of what to do in life
  • Love the word of God on James 1
    If you want counsel like few others read the book of James .

    Simple direct and to the point , you will not have a lot of questions, but answers after reading it . He was the first to be martyred. He must have been the most influential as well .

    Even some of the reformers that left the Catholic Church struggled with James teaching , remember James was close to Jesus and got it very well right . Enjoy and put down those commentaries .
  • Luke Cage on Jude 1:9
    Richard H, IMO, I believe that Elijah and Enoch will be the two witnesses in Jerusalem. After all, they would be the only two men in history that did not die (aside from the ones who were taken to Heaven by Jesus upon his return) but they will die at the hands of the Beast's Israeli servants. Moses died and amazingly enough, he may have even wrote that before he did as he is the purported author of the Pentateuch.
  • Fred Scanlan
    This revelation through the Holy Spirit given unto us, is eternal as the life it represents is. Our lives are even as Paul's who are led by the spirit into the heavenly realm. A realm we as believers look into, a realm of the revealed gifts of the knowledge and wisdom that overflows to those who love Him. Even so , we must be on constant guard to those things that keep us from this glory, setting aside the sin that so easily besets us. This sin keeps us from the full revelation of the glory we have in the here and now!

    This glory God revealed to Paul, even while in the desert for 14 yrs. before finally meeting and entering into the ministry. A time of reconciliation that would become the foundation of His teaching and preaching. Even when we think God is not using us, even while in the spiritual lull, God is shaping us up for the next meeting!

    Thank you for your response, surely Paul was overwhelmed when He received letters such as yours

    We are all disciples in Christ! stay in word! Repent and be Baptized
  • Levi
    A "church" is supposed to be a place where God's word is taught. Nowhere in the Bible does it say a building makes a church. The Bible also warns us of "Traditions of Men" and churches that teach and promote these "Traditions of Men" instead of the true word. The tools are available to us to fully understand God's word. Learn to "test" your "teachers" and never put too much trust in man.
  • Richard H Priday on Psalms 5
    This is the first of a number of "impreccatory" Psalms. The conundrum in the minds of some today is that desiring our enemies to be destroyed somehow is contradicting the N.T. sayings of Christ to "love our enemies". We should see; however that in the GENERAL case of the fate of the wicked such sentiments (if I can use that word) toward the Pharisees were; shall we say not exactly "politially correct" at best; and led to most if not all of the TEN attempts on the life of Christ before the crucifixion. We should look at it in terms of the final fate of the unredeemed as Revelation states in chapter 21; verse 27 nothing "unclean" enters the holy city. This is fairly close to the reaction toward those in hell as seen at the end of Isaiah 66.

    God surely gets no "pleasure in the death of the wicked". ( Ezekiel 18:32). To understand David correctly we must see it as the Holy Spirit and inspired scripture; although there were those enemies of his that he wanted to see eliminated. It wasn't for the sake of a personal vendetta; as can be seen by his patience with the "anointed of the Lord" ( 1 Samuel 24:6). Even when his own sin took Saul; David mourned over his death. We can look at Judas Iscariot and the prophecy ( Psalm 41:9). This was a man deliberately chosen and called who was predestined to be the son of perdition. Nonetheless; giving him the sop was said to be something honoring a person right before Satan entered him and he went off to betray him. (see John 13:29). Loving our enemies therefore is personal; whereas our attitude toward destruction is impersonal. Only God can make the personal judgment; and tdhat is impartial.

    Therefore; the general message is the blessing of rightous (verse 11 and 12) and the destruction of the wicked because of their sins making them deserving of such a fate.
  • Robert Peddle on 1 Peter 1
    why does Peter say in Ch 1 verse 3 begotten us AGAIN


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