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    We are Ambassadors. Just as an earthly kingdom or nation would have an Ambassador, so too Christ has representatives of his Heavenly Kingdom. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 Our Ministry is one of Reconciliation - we are to spread the Word of Reconciliation (how that God wants men to be Reconciled to Him, through his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ). Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us [proclaim] 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. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
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    The Apostle to the Gentiles never once uses the terms "priest", "priests" or "priesthood" in his Epistles. 1 Cor 4:16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me. (witness 1) 1 Cor 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ (witness 2) Phil 3:17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. (witness 3)
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    2bLikeJesus

    Hammered Dulcimer

    Just so long as when you get good and using your Hammered Dulcimer you don't change Ukulelemike to "Hammeredmike". That name could raise a few eyebrows.
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    Rev 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. Rev 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
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    Amen! Excellent study on the Priesthood of the believer. 1 Peter 2:4-6 and Ephesians 2:19-22 compliment each other on our spiritual relationship with God.
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    Sister Ronda, Although I do not believe that my position on the doctrine of future events has any relevancy to the controversy over "two separate gospels" versus one and only one gospel ever for all peoples in any place at any time, I shall provide my answer to your above questions. #0: What role do you believe YOU will play in the millennial kingdom? I believe that I will be in resurrected form to rule with Christ at whatever level of "rulership" He rewards me in accord with my faithfulness unto Him during this life time of service. #1: Do you believe that the millennial kingdom is a period of 1000 years? Yes, literally. #2: The millennial kingdom will be on earth? Yes, physically. #3: The people who have gone through the time of Jacob's trouble (in human bodies, I am NOT including the tribulation martyrs/saints nor anyone killed during that time in this question... just those remaining alive in human bodies at the end of the Daniel's 70th week) and have NOT worshiped the beast, have NOT worshiped his image, have NOT taken his mark, nor the number of his name, but who HAVE accepted Jesus as their Messiah (whom they will look upon Him who've they've pierced and mourn)... these people left in human form at the end of the tribulation (with the qualifiers I gave) will be entering the millennial kingdom? Yes, absolutely. #4: Will they then also be the ones who re-populate the earth (via procreation)? Yes. #5: Or, do you believe some OTHER people group will re-populate the earth (via procreation)? No. #6: And one more question in particular, do you think glorified bodies (which we will receive during the rapture) will be capable of procreating? No, certainly not.
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    The Priesthood of New Testament Believers I. Revelation 1:4-6 “John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” Herein God’s Word declares that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has made us to be both kings and priests unto God the Father. Yet to whom does this truth apply? First, it applies unto believers; for the concluding line of verse 5 indicates that it applies unto those who have been washed from their sins in Christ’s own blood. Second, it applies unto believes of the New Testament church; for the opening line of verse 4 indicates that John was inspired by God the Holy Spirit to write these Scriptural truths unto “the seven churches” which were in Asia during his life time. II. 1 Peter 2:4-6 “To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.” Herein God’s Word declares that through having come unto our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in faith, we are being built up as “a spiritual house” and “an holy priesthood,” for the purpose that we might “offer up spiritual sacrifices” that are “acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” Yet to whom does this truth apply? It applies unto those who have been redeemed “with the precious blood of Christ.” (See 1 Peter 1:18-19) It applies unto those who have been born again “by the Word of God.” (See 1 Peter 1:23-25) It applies unto those who have “tasted that the Lord is gracious” unto salvation. (See 1 Peter 2:3) It applies unto those who have come through faith unto the Lord Jesus Christ, “as unto a living stone” of eternal redemption, eternal salvation, and eternal life. (See 1 Peter 2:4) It applies unto those who have believed on Him as Savior, and who have indeed been saved (not confounded). (See 1 Peter 2:6) So then, is the teaching of 1 Peter 2:4-6 in some way contradictory to that teaching which God the Holy Spirit inspired through the apostle Paul? It is not at all. Indeed, the teaching of Ephesians 2:19-22 is in perfect unity with the teaching of 1 Peter 2:4-6 – “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; in whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: in whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” A. 1 Peter 2:4 & 6 indicates that our Lord Jesus Christ is the “chief corner stone,” “chosen of God and precious” – “To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious . . . . Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.” Ephesians 2:40 indicates that same – “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone.” B. 1 Peter 2:5 indicates that believers “are built up a spiritual house” unto God – “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 2:21-22 indicates the same – “In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: in whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” C. 1 Peter 2:4-5 indicates that this building up together of believers as “a spiritual house,” “an holy temple,” “an habitation of God” is accomplished through our coming unto the Lord Jesus Christ in faith – “To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 2:21-22 indicates the same – “In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: in whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” However, the two passages of 1 Peter 2:4-6 and Ephesians 2:19-22 do present a difference in focus concerning these truths. A. On the one hand, Ephesians 2:19-22 places its focus upon the principle of unity that is a part of these truths – “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; in whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: in whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” B. On the other hand, 1 Peter 2:4-6 places its focus upon the principle of responsibility that is a part of these truths – “To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.” Even so, the “holy priesthood” description, which is referenced in 1 Peter 2:5 and which is not directly referenced in Ephesians 2:19-22, is not presented as a contradiction between the two passages. Rather, it is presented in order to exhort us with our responsibility toward God our heavenly Father, as being individual building blocks of His “spiritual house,” His “holy temple,” His habitation “through the Spirit.” That responsibility is to be a priesthood of holy character, who “offer up spiritual sacrifices” that are “acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” So then, how might we define these “spiritual sacrifices” that we are responsible to “offer up” unto God our heavenly Father? A. The “living sacrifice” of our whole selves and bodies. (See Romans 12:1-2) B. The “fruit of our lips giving thanks” and praise unto God. (See Hebrew 13:15) C. The doing of good, godly woks for the glory of God. (See Hebrews 13:16) D. The giving of material and financial help unto the needy. (See Philippians 4:18; Hebrews 13:16)
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    Ronda

    Conclusion to my post on other thread

    I'm quite certain the Holy Spirit brought these very contradictions forth to show that they were not teaching the same thing as Paul: Paul stated that we are justified by faith without works... James stated a man is justified by works and not faith only. Romans 3:28 "Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law." In comparison with: James 2:24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only" AND then in regard to eternal security: Hebrews 6:4 "For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost," 5 "And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come", 6 "If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame." in comparison with: Ephesians 1:13 "In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise" 14 "Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory". AND Ephesians 4:30 "And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. I've already brought out SEVERAL references to Peter commanding baptism... and Paul rebuking Peter for compelling the Gentiles to live as do the Jews. I guess none of that matters? The statements in the Bible show a clear contradiction, and prove to me that they were speaking to 2 different audiences. These apparent contradictions cause so much confusion in churches today... and even MORE confusion when the congregation is given an excuse for the contradiction... explaining away the contradiction. Would it not be much easier to recognize who the particular verse/epistle was written to and if you see that, you also see (quickly) there aren't any more contradictions, but instead there is harmony. Another big problem are the many churches who claim Israel's blessing for themselves. I will further state they we agreed on more than I (newly) thought we would in regard to the millennial reign... so with that said, I can't understand why you can't see God has a plan for that kingdom for Israel... both the martyrs/saints of the trib and the 1/3 remnant who live to the end in human bodies. (Each of those will have separate roles). Although I am not sure what you believe (still) in regard to your role in the millennial kingdom... I am pretty sure we would disagree in that respect, since I feel confidant that God's plans for the trib martyrs/saints (those resurrected in Rev. 20:4 and further defined in Rev. 20:6) are different that His plans for the bride of Christ (us...those of us saved by grace in faith in Jesus Christ in this dispensation)... Those same (1/3 remnant of Israel who live through to the end of the "time of Jacob's trouble) are also the ones to whom I believe must "endure unto the end" which Matthew 24:13-14 are referencing. Matthew 24:13 "But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved."14 "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." The gospel of the kingdom (Israel was waiting for when their Messiah came the first time, and they couldn't understand, even after Christ was resurrected, why He didn't bring it in right away then) is the millennial kingdom (nor could they understand why He didn't also bring peace in right away and that it would also be a future fulfillment) . I was going to ask if you agree with ...(Matthew 24 as well as Rev 20:4, 20:6) but to be honest, I don't see how it even matters now... why am I wasting my time? I personally don't "think" you see the different (end result) of the trib saints in comparison with the bride of Christ in our roles during the millennium , both in resurrected/glorified bodies. (or so I assume... you haven't postulated fully, and so I shouldn't just assume, as I am sure you will point out). .. Why bother..at this point... I don't care to even know your answers now, since you still won't (likely) see how it has anything to do with the gospel of the kingdom being mixed into the gospel of grace by churches today. It would just be another round of dispute, and I've had enough of dispute. I'd like to end on this note: Our differences come from the matter of dispensation... where I (and some others) see a rightly divided line in content, you (and others) do not. There's no way I can "make you see" what I feel is clear, and there's no way you (and others) could make me "unsee" this method of dispensationalism with which has clarified so many different apparent contradictions, as well as a clarity to the different plans I believe God has for Israel in comparison to the bride of Christ (those of us saved by grace in faith alone in Christ Jesus during this dispensation, without works of any kind). So I will AGAIN attempt to disengage in this conversation, I give up...
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    beameup

    The Priesthood of New Testament Believers

    Read my post on the fact that the Apostle to the Gentiles informs us (those saved by grace alone: Gentiles) that we are Ambassadors of the Kingdom and are to "minister" to others that they MUST be reconciled to God. Some might also assume that we will also be Ambassadors to Gentile Nations, on the earth, after Christ returns to the earth to set up his Kingdom on the earth. When Christ (Messiah) returns to the earth, He will set up his Kingdom in Israel (Jerusalem), and his "kinsmen" Hebrews will indeed be a "Kingdom of Priests" at that time.
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    The Apostle to the Gentiles never once uses the term "baptist" either, but I see that you claim to be one.
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    beameup

    The Priesthood of New Testament Believers

    So, you are subscribing to Replacement Theology (the "church" has "replaced" Israel - all the promises/covenants of Israel now belong to "the church"). PS: The Apostle to the Gentiles does not teach this "theology". This Replacement Theology was a creation of (Saint) Augustine of Hippo and approved by Emperor Constantine. "priest", "priests", "priesthood" is never once mentioned in any of the Apostle to the Gentile's Epistles.
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    beameup

    The Priesthood of New Testament Believers

    Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. Exodus 19:5-6 How does this "covenant" fit into the above discussion?
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    I've seen Sheffy a couple times, played it for our church once. I really enjoyed it. I wonder if he really had an almost magical way with horses, but you never know what God will do for a faithful servant who gives up everything for Him. If I watch "Christian" movies, I try to stick to the more biographical ones, over the fiction morality plays. I wonder if one has been made about Billy Sunday? I'll have to look it up. Edit: Nope, there isn't. A crowd-funded documentary about Spurgeon, and an older one about DL Moody, maybe worth watching.
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    Ukulelemike

    Hammered Dulcimer

    On dulcimer? probably going to be a long time.
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    WellWithMySoul

    Big Decision

    Hi, Rosie....so glad you got your answer, and I truly hope you are are relieved and able to go forth with contentment and the peace that can only come from our Lord. Sometimes I've had answers to prayers that were definiely different than the way I wanted them to be....but overall, I also know that I can still trust God's omniscience...beings my perspectives are so limited. I pray blessings to you thru the decision made.
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    Rosie

    Big Decision

    got my answer for now, thank you all for praying
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    beameup

    The Need for the Holy Spirit

    I don't remember my born-again birthday 40+ yrs. ago, but I surely remember when I finally recognized the presence of the Holy Spirit in my "mind".... Nov. 16, 2010. And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. 1 Kings 19:12
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    Alan

    The Need for the Holy Spirit

    Thanks for giving the testimony on the reality of the Holy Spirit in your life, in the life of all of the believers, and the comfort that He gives us in our hearts.
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    Actually, what I am trying to do is help you to acknowledge the direct contradiction that you have presented in your own position of belief concerning the gospel, as is revealed in the following two statements that you yourself have made: You see, the claim that there were "TWO separate gospels" and the claim that there was "the ONE and the ONLY gospel" are directly contradictory claims. Yet you have claimed both of these statements as a part of your own position of belief concerning the doctrine of the gospel. So then, which is it -- Do you believe in "TWO separate gospels," or do you believe in ONE and ONLY ONE gospel?
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    Brethren, John81 said one thing that is entirely true not only with the subject of CCM but with other subjects, issues, deceit, sin, and all other matters in this world of woe as well. It is a heart problem. "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life." Proverbs 4:23 If a saint wants to live a pure, moral, and righteous life for the Lord he needs to keep his heart right with the Lord. Before I was saved I loved all of the filth of the world, including rock music. CCM is fleshly, worldly and devilish rock music. Do you know why I loved rock music? I had a heart problem. I loved this world and all of the entertainment that it had to offerer. After I got saved, January 1972, God, may I repeat, God, changed my heart and I (among other filthy habits), stopped listening to the filthy music I once listened to before I was saved. Accepting CCM into a church indicates a severe heart problem with the pastor, the deacons, and the members. The folks in the church that have spiritual discernment will leave. And, God will write on the doorposts of that church: "Ichabod," and, "Church of the Laodiceans." Alan
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    So then, Sister Ronda, 1. Are you prepared to acknowledge that in YOUR OWN original article YOU YOURSELF said the following: 2. Are you also prepared to acknowledge that the claim that "Peter and Paul preached TWO SEPARATE gospels" is directly contradictory to the doctrinal truth that "salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ is the gospel, THE ONE AND THE ONLY gospel"? 3. Are you prepared to acknowledge that since the claim that "Peter and Paul preached TWO SEPARATE gospels" is directly contradictory to the doctrinal truth that there is ONE and ONLY ONE gospel, then the claim that "Peter and Paul preached TWO SEPARATE gospels" is a faulty claim? 4. Are you prepared to acknowledge that since YOU YOURSELF made the faulty claim that "Peter and Paul preached TWO SEPARATE gospels," then you did indeed "mess" with the doctrine of the gospel that there is ONE and ONLY ONE gospel specifically by making that faulty claim concerning "TWO SEPARATE gospels"?
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    I've not seen the movie and I can't recall details but those I know which saw it and spoke of it mentioned problems which were not small points. That said, I agree that even the best film will not be perfect. If we choose to partake of a movie we should recognize that going in. It also helps to take into consideration that movies tend to show things which take place over days, weeks, months, years, all compacted into a roughly two hour time frame. There are only a few Christian movies I really like, some I thought were okay, and most just weren't very good. Thankfully, Christian movies are now able to be made at a much higher quality than previously and in some cases they do work hard to present a good Christian story line. From personal experience I know the Lord can use even flawed Christian movies to accomplish His will. It was after seeing "A Thief In The Night" at a night church service that I was born again in Christ.
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    LindaR

    Has anyone seen the movie "WAR ROOM"?:

    I haven't seen the movie...but after reading some of the reviews, I seriously doubt whether I want to see it at all. Here is a review that one of my FB friends posted : War Room: A Review of the Movie and the Industry Surrounding It Concerning Elements There are several concerning elements of the film that one may or may not notice if he is watching he movie uncritically: In one scene a man attempts to mug Clara and Elizabeth at knifepoint. Clara rebukes the man “in the name of Jesus”. This kind of word of faith proclamation may work in the movies (and sometimes even in real life depending on a mugger’s background or God’s provision), however, a young person emboldened by the prayer theme of the movie may very well end up being stabbed if she imitates Clara’s example in real life. This type of subtle word faith proclamation may be lost on conservative Southern Baptist audiences but it will certainly be noticed by Pentecostals who go to see the movie. In another scene, Elizabeth is praying over the scriptures while Tony is on a business trip and out to dinner with a temptress. Elizabeth prays from the scriptures the phrase “resist the devil and he will flee”. She repeats this line of scripture a few times. In real life, Shirer is a proponent of contemplative prayer, a practice in which the prayer focuses on clearing her mind a repeating a specific phrase (similar to a mantra). Those who are not aware of the practice of contemplative prayer will probably not notice that this scene touches the borderline of that practice. Priscilla Shirer and Beth Moore are in this movie. Both are advocates of contemplative prayer. My advice---pray and use much discernment!
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    OLD fashioned preacher

    Bible College

    Every man needs a PhD - Post hole Digger
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    Alimantado

    Bible College

    I didn't do Bible college, but I think I did a Bible collage when I was a child. Maybe more than one.


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