A Temple for Our God ?

court-yard-2   “What?  know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which ye have of God . . . and ye are not your own?

     Therefore, glorify God in your body, and in your spirit (mind), which are God’s . . . for you have been purchased from slavery to sin, at an infinite price . . . !” I Corinthians 6:15-20 and ref: I Peter 1:18-19*

     “When Moses was about to build the sanctuary as a dwelling place for God, he was directed to make all things according to the Pattern shown him in the mount . . . .

But Israel had chosen their own ways. They had not builded according to the Pattern; but Christ, the True temple for God’s indwelling, molded every detail of His earthly life in harmony with God’s ideal. He said, “I delight to do Thy will, O My God: yea, Thy law is within My heart.” Psalm 40:8.

     So our characters are to be builded “for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” Ephesians 2:22. And we are to “make all things according to the Pattern,” even Him Who “suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps.” Hebrews 8:5 & 1 Peter 2:21.     – Desire of Ages, p.209 Continue reading

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The 10th Commandment ?

ten-commandments-childrenThe Tenth Commandment

     When you look at the Ten Commandments, they are pretty straight forward all the way through up to the last one. John was right when he said, “…His commandments are not grievous (too hard, too difficult, not a burden)” (1 John 5:3).

His Commandments are . . .
1 – Have no other gods
2 – Do not worship idols
3 – Do not take His name in vain
4 – Remember the Sabbath day to keep in holy,
5 – Honor your parents
6 – Do not kill (murder)
7 – Do not commit adultery
8 – Do not steal
9 – Do not lie
10 – Do not covet.

     Everything is fairly plain and simple until you get to the last one. The last one is very interesting. It says, “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s” (Exodus 20:17). Think about that for a minute. To covet something is to want something you do not have. God had already said, in laws seven and eight, not to take your neighbors wife or anything that belongs to him. Now He says, don’t want (even desire) them . . . ? Continue reading

Remember the Sabbath to Keep it Holy –

7th day 2The Sabbath: How Do We Know Which Day It Is ?

article originally published in Signs of the Times,
September 22, 2015
written by: Ed Dickerson

I took a tour of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, USA, a while back, and my guide said that “the Declaration of Independence was signed in this room on July 4, 1776.” But he went on to explain that only one part of that statement was true. I love history, so standing merely a metre from where Thomas Jefferson had been seated in Independence Hall filled me with awe, and I thought perhaps I had misunderstood the man’s words. “It was not signed that day,” the guide said. “There was a war going on; they had more important things to deal with.”

On July 2 (and not the fourth), Congress unanimously approved the Declaration of Independence. But the vote was for a much altered document, with multiple passages crossed out, some words added and numerous corrections. It was definitely not suitable for framing or public display. The final draft was presented to Congress on July 4, which they then ratified as correct. On July 19, Congress ordered final “engrossed” copy, that is, one written in a large, clear hand. That’s the one on display at the National Archives, but this final copy wasn’t actually signed until August 2. 

Discovering that the signing of the Declaration of Independence didn’t take place on July 4, 1776, got me thinking about dates, days and, being a pastor, the Sabbath.
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The Law of God – Fulfilled or destroyed ?

Bible_101     The question which is now being asked by many of God’s children is . . . . If Christ came to “fulfill” the law, then what part did He destroy ?

     This is a vital Truth for each of God’s children to know. The LORD did not come to change His Law (instructions in righteousness) . . . “For He shall magnify the Law and make it honourable” (Isaiah 42:21) . . . . but rather He has given us the promise that He will change our carnal hearts of stone !

Verily, verily, I say unto you . . . Ye must be begotten again !”
John 3:1-7, James 1:18 & I Peter 1:22-25
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Exodus – The True Story of History’s Greatest Deliverance !

Reared in the ways of the God of the heavens during his early childhood, Moses, who was drawn from the water, was moved from his humble abode to one of privilege with every amenity. Temptation abounded, but the teaching of his mother in the way of truth lingered in his mind, even as he was tutored in the schools of the pharaoh. With his leadership and military training behind him, yet convinced of his sacred duty, he ached to see his people suffer.

Exodus cover1Thus, Moses committed the same grave error of many of his ancestors: taking matters into his own hands. An Egyptian oppressor died because of Moses’ misguided fervor, which sent him fleeing as a fugitive. In the mountains of Moses’ refuge, God broke down the strongholds of Egyptian influence.

As forty years of Moses’ life passed in his wilderness hideaway, God instilled in His servant lessons of faith, patience, humility, and reverence. When Moses was humbled, God met him at the burning bush. He trembled at the thought of returning to the land of his birth to face a brotherly foe. Only then did God lay out His detailed instruction to rescue the Hebrew people. Together Moses and his brother Aaron took the message of God to the earthly king: “Let My people go ! Continue reading

As it was in the days of Noah . . . ?

     “Beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day (6 days of God’s work, and the 7th day He rested and was refreshed – 6000 years of God’s work for man’s deliverance and Salvation, and in the 7th He shall rest from a work completed). For the LORD is not slack concerning His Promise, as some men count slackness; but He is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance . . . . !”   II Peter 3:3-9

     “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you (your name                         ), will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ . . . !”   Philippians 1:6

     “For He will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness . . . . Because a short (concise, precise) work will the LORD make upon the earth . . . !”   Romans 9:28-29

     “But as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man’ return. They did eat, they drank (they mocked God and said, Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die . . . ref: Isaiah 22:13), they married wives (many times over), and they were given in marriage . . . Until the day that Noah entered into the ark . . . . and the angel closed the door (Genesis 7:1-16) . . . . and the flood came, and destroyed them all !”   Luke 17:26-37

     “For the day of the LORD shall come as a thief in the night (I Thessalonians 5:1-9 & Matthew 25:1-13); in the which the heavens shall pass away  with a great noise (Isaiah 34:4 & Revelation 6:12-17 & Matthew 24:29-39 & Luke 21:20-36), and the elements shall melt with fervent heat . . . . Yea, the earth also and the works thereof shall be burned up . . . . for our God is a Consuming Fire !     ref: Hebrews 12:29

     Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be, in all holy conversation (manner of lives), and godliness . . . . looking for, and hastening the coming of the day of God . . . !”   II Peter 3:10-13

For who among us shall dwell with the devouring Fire? who among us shall dwell with Everlasting burnings?     He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly . . . . he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, and that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes . . . . he that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil  . . .
        He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks . . . . Bread shall be given him, and his waters shall be sure. For thine eyes shall see the King in His beauty, and they shall behold the land that is very far off . . . !”   Isaiah 33:14-17 & Psalm 46 and 91

Self or Christ . . .

carry-crossWhich one shall live ?

     “Verily, verily, I say unto you (___________), Except a grain of wheat fall to the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit . . . He that loveth his life shall lose it; but he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto Life Eternal . . . !”     John 12:23-225

   “Nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the Life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of GOD, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me !”   Galatians 2:20 Continue reading

The Two Covenants –

What was done away at the Cross ?

“For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the Second. And finding fault with them, He saith, Behold, the days come, saith the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah), when I shall make a New Covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah . . .”
Hebrews 8:7-8

Witten not with ink, but with the Spirit of the Living God; not in tables of stone, but in the fleshly tables of the heart . . . !”   II Corinthians 3:3 Continue reading