Archive for May 2013

In Christ 20 Spiritual Gifts Faith

When we are “in Christ,” we may be given any one of nine different spiritual gifts by the Holy Spirit, as He wills. These gifts are for the development of the Body, not for our own personal use. That is, they are given for the development and enrichment of others, sometimes for an individual, but [...]

In Christ 19 Predestined

Last Sunday, we had a few moments to discuss the topic of predestination, based on the fist portion of Ephesians. Paul, an apostle (special messenger) of Christ Jesus (the Messiah), by the divine will (the purpose and the choice of God) to the saints (the consecrated, set-apart ones) at Ephesus who are also faithful and [...]

In Christ 18 A Sign

Christians are always under the microscope. Even people that you think don’t know you are a Christian often do know, and are observing you closely to see if you are for real or merely another hypocrite. The “Sunday-only” Christians have been a problem for the Church since that first Pentecost. Paul, in his discussions with [...]

In Christ 17 in the Word

The concept of the word really has two distinct meanings that are intimately tied together. First are the actual words of God, as we have them written down in the Bible, or as we speak those words—the rhema word. The second is the Word of God, that is the full nature of God—the Logos word. [...]

In Christ 16 Prophet

A prophet is one who knows the mind of God and proclaims it to others; sometimes to foretell the future, sometimes to simply proclaim God’s desires and intentions for the Body of Christ and for humanity in the present time. In one of the most profound passages in the Bible, God proclaims through Paul’s first [...]

In Christ 15 In His Name

As kings (rulers), we have the right to bind the Evil One out of our lives and loose the fruits of the Spirit in us (Matt. 16:19, 18:18, Gal 5:22-23). We are in charge, not some outside force. In fact, not even God is in charge of our lives unless we want Him to be; [...]

In Christ 14 The King

It is very sad that many Christians think of themselves as “sinners” especially since God doesn’t consider them sinners, and clearly says in His Word that His children are “saints.” There is an enormous difference between sinners and saints, and the vast space, too large for humans to cross unaided, is bridged by just one [...]

In Christ 13 The Blood

Today is Easter, 2103, and as it happens, our discussion concerns the Blood of the Lamb. Last time we examined three tasks of the priests that we have been made to be: (1) offer our bodies as living sacrifices, (2) offer a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, and (3) offer a sacrifice of time to [...]

In Christ 12 Sharing in the Priesthood

Jesus didn’t just come to give us a way to get out of the Kingdom of darkness and into the Kingdom of Love and Light.  We need to continually remember that Jesus’ intent on the cross was to buy back what we lost when Satan became our masters. That is, to make us  fully endowed [...]

In Christ 11 Triumphant

It is critical to our functioning in the Kingdom that we realize precisely what our relationship is to the Evil One and his minions. And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—and reach full spiritual stature]. [...]