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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Obeying God’s Call

Obeying God’s Call

                                          by Theodore H Epp

 (Founder Back to the Bible)


Genesis 12: 1-3

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Abraham was chosen, or elected, on the basis of the sovereignty of God.  He has no Bible, so he was not able to receive his call through God’s written Word.  God sought a man, and on the basis of His sovereign will and purpose, He chose Abraham.


As to calling or electing, we are reminded of Peter’s words: “Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father” (1 Peter 1:2).  Abraham was not chosen because of any merits in his life.  His was a supernatural call based on God’s own purpose and will. When God calls according to His own purpose and will, it is always a call for the good.  Abraham had no choice in the matter.  God did not ask “Abraham, would you like to be the man that I can use?”  Instead, God said, in effect, “Abraham, I want you to come out of your country.”


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Abraham was called to begin a special, chosen nation through which salvation would eventually come to all mankind.  There was much involved in this great call.  God staked His whole plan of redemption of the possibility of a man’s being willing, by his faith and obedience, to become the bridgehead for delivering as erring world.


Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began (2 Timothy 1:9)


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Monday, September 1, 2014

WANTED FAITHFUL SERVANTS

WANTED: FAITHFUL SERVANTS
by Theodore H Epp

Hebrews 11: 8-18

Have you ever thought about the fact that you and I have the Gospel today because Abraham and others who were chosen of God were faithful? God has chosen to work through men; therefore, the future of God's work rests on what He is able to motivate men to do. In Old Testament times, the work of God depended on men such as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. In New Testament times, Jesus Christ made His future program dependent on the apostles. He spent time with these men and properly trained them for the work they had to do.

Not only was faithfulness required of the patriarchs and the disciples, but it is also required of us because God has committed to us the ministry of reconciliation. Paul wrote: "God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God" (2 Cor. 5:19-20). There is no choice in the matter. We are the sovereign appointees of God to represent Him to others. Abraham was faithful. The disciples were faithful. Are we faithful?

Without faith it is impossible to please him [God] (Heb. 11:6).

(An Adaptation from the Daily Devotional Book “Strength for the Journey—A Daily Devotional For Your Spiritual Walk” By Theodore H Epp The Founder Director of Back to the Bible)


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

In the End

In the End

by Woodrow Kroll

The prophets prophesy falsely, And the priests rule by their own power; And My people love to have it so.  But what will you do in the end?
                                   —Jeremiah 5:31 (NKJV)

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Everything that begins also ends.  Beautiful buildings are erected, but eventually they are torn down.  Seeds sprout and grow into plants, but after their season they, too, come to an end.  Even the universe, as we now know it, will some day be destroyed (Revelation. 21:1).  It is only reasonable, then, that as we begin something we must keep in mind that  it eventually will come to an end—and then what?


That was God’s warning to Israel.  They were being misled by those who were responsible for their spiritual welfare.  The prophets and priests were telling the people only what they wanted to hear, which was fine with them.  They didn’t want to be confronted with their sins.  They loved the sugarcoated messages and the false assurances.  But God inquired, “What will you do in the end?”  What will you do when reality knocks on the door and you no longer can continue to deny the truth?  Everything that begins has an end—and then what will you do?


As you live your life, don’t forget that one day it, too, will end.  And then what? God’s Word indicates that all Christians must stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ to give an account of ourselves (Romans. 14:10; 2 Corinthians 5:10).  This is not to determine our salvation but the value of our works.  All those things that are built upon the lies of the world are only wood, hay and straw, and they will be burned up (1 Corinthians 3:12-15).  In the end, only what you have done for Christ will last.


As you go through your day, evaluate what you do in light of the end you know is coming.  When you stand before the judgment Seat of Christ, will the things you’ve given your life to really matter?  Commit yourself to do that which is of eternal value.



The end is coming—and then what will you do?


An adaptation from the book
 GIANTS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT: “LESSONS ON LIVING FROM  JEREMIAH

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Temple of God

The Temple of God
by William MacDonald
(Author of the Believer's Bible Commentary)

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"If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him.
For the temple of God is holy, which temple  you are."               (1 CORINTHIANS 3:17).

In this verse, the temple of God refers to the local assembly.  Paul is not speaking to individual Christians but to believers collectively when he says "which temple you (plural) are.             "The saints in Corinth comprised a temple of God."


It is also true, of course, that individual believers are a temple of the Holy Spirit.  The Apostle brings this out in 1 Corinthians 6: 19:  “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?  The Holy Spirit of God dwells in the body of every child of God.


But in our text for today, it is the assembly that is in view.  Paul is saying that if any man destroys the assembly, God will destroy him.  It is the same word that is translated “defile” and “destroy” in this verse.  “It is used of marring a local church by leading it away from that conditions of holiness of life and purity of doctrine in which it should abide, and of God’s retributive destruction of the offender who is guilty of this sin”  (W. E. Vine).


So our verse warns us that it is a serious thing to tamper with a local fellowship.  In fact, it is a form of self-destruction.  Yet how diffident people often are in this very area.  Here is a man who doesn't get his own way in the assembly.  Or he becomes involved in a violent personality clash with some other brother.  Rather than make things right in a scriptural manner, he lines up people to take his side and forms a faction in the church.   Things go from bad to worse and soon there is an open split.



Or perhaps it is a carnal sister who carries on a campaign of gossip and backbiting against someone else.  Her slanderous tongue lashes out until the church is filled with bitterness and strife.  She will not stop until a once-prosperous assembly lies in ruins.


People like this are playing a perilous game.  They cannot get away with it.  The Great God of the universe is committed to wreck those who wreck His assembly.


Let all who are inclined to faction, beware!

An adaptation from the book ONE DAY AT A TIME 
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