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“Hear ye! Hear ye!”

July 14, 2016

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“Works by J.J.”

 

“And he, (Jesus) gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some pastors and teachers;…till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” Eph. 4:11-16

 

Any ministry that attempts to bring the “church” (the body of Christian believers in Christ Jesus,) together is found to be doing God’s will. But let us use caution when discerning the means by which this unity is to be established.

There is a false effort of unity afoot, perpetrated by those that think this unity is a melding together of denominations. Such is being attempted by the Catholic Church, which views the many protestant churches as: “Separated Brethren.”

But the unity spoken of in Ephesians is not a melding of churches, but the bringing together all believers of our Lord Jesus, into a unified doctrine understanding that: reveals fuller revelation of Jesus in our lifestyle and our faith; A unity that gives us a solid foundation to withstand tribulations of false doctrines and sinful temptations; A unity that establishes the “Christian” body of Christ as a family. “That which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” (Verse 16)

A unity that Paul also, “[beseeches us]…by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” (I Cor. 1:10)

Such a doctrine that accomplishes within us the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God has not been acknowledged in the world, except by apostles, prophets and those that love God. (Eph. 3:5 and I Cor. 2:9) Yet, in these “End-Times” prophecy given in Jer. 3:15 and Isa. 30:20-26 indicate that this doctrinal message will be revealed so that we will not be taken in by the false prophets or teachers, and blindly fall victim to embracing revelation’s “one world church” or it’s leader. It’s in the bible already, waiting to be acknowledged.

The key that allows us to know “The Way” of unity in the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God is found in “Repentance.” Proper repentance!

Here’s how it works: we ask ourselves: “Why do I do the wrong I don’t want to do?” Yes, we are ‘of the flesh’ but sin also has motive! And in the reasons for our motives, the Spirit reveals loving and truthful alternatives we can ‘choose’ to ‘submit’ to and abide in until we become ‘transformed’ by the ‘renewing of our minds’, thus becoming ‘increasingly conformed into His image.’

Such is The Way of repentance in the New Testament bible. The love we “find” is God’s Love, and we become ‘one of those that love God.’

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