well it is easy-- one you understand the Gospel of Grace-
but many people are taught error- – and memorize dogma- doctrine- and religious tradition
as Saint Paul
1 Timothy 4:1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some …
Now the Spirit says clearly that in the last times some people will abandon the faith … shall depart from the faith, listening to spirits of error and doctrines of demons; … who foretold that false prophets would arise and deceive many; or in some of … in later of paying says some Spirit spirits taught that The things times to will
and saint paul taught on the
“The Ministry of Reconciliation…The Ministry of Reconciliation.”
Many pastors and many preachers seem to be struggling and groping to find or form a clear statement and direction for their ministry. Perhaps we’ve asked the questions that need not to be asked, such as…what is the preacher’s mission?..what is the preacher’s priority?..because here it is to abundantly clear what the answer to those questions really is. In spite of the clarity with which Scripture preaches its message to us about the priority for our message, we have an almost endless variety of suggestions about methods and means and strategies and styles and approaches to ministry. And sometimes we can get caught up in that to the degree that we miss the main thing. The main thing is distinctively articulated in this passage.
In fact, it’s a very simple passage. It’s not a complex one. It’s not particularly difficult to interpret, to discern, or to apply. It is definitive in every sense. It lays down for us what the objective and goal and priority of our life and ministry has to be. It delineates for us our responsibility in the world before us, as we represent the Lord Jesus Christ and it does so in no uncertain terms.
Let me read to you this great text, and you follow along. Starting in verse 18. “Now all these things are from God who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ as though God were entreating through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
and finally-- ctholics are taught on the Old testement – gifts of the spirit Isah 11;1-7–
which is the charastic of the massiah the Prophet–
and Saint Paul teaches and demenstrates-- the 9+ gifts of the Spirit with Born Again christians function in–
and finally as Saint Paul says-- when you come together (a church) assembly
1 Corinthians 14:26 Parallel: How is it then, brethren? when …
Whenever you come together, each one has a psalm, a teaching, … each one has a song, has a lesson, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation.
but the catholic church has invented a man made – ceremony – mass- that makes the claim you get special grace-- and – that or breaking of bread is “the real presence”
1Co 11:29 For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself.
1Co 11:30 That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep.
1Co 11:31 But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment.
1Co 11:32 When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world.
Thankfully, I was wrong.
This passage above must be one of the most abused and misunderstood passages in the entire Bible.
It is regularly used to deny communion to those who need and it is frightening to 10 year olds.
As we will see, it is one of the most liberating scriptures in the Bible, yet many believers are condemned by it.
Doesn’t this seem a bit odd to you? After all, this passage was written by
the same apostle who said,
“there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.”
So what’s going on here? Did Paul have a change of heart? Is he now saying that God will condemn us if we partake of communion in an unworthy manner? No he is not.
For if we would judge (diakrino) ourselves, we should not be judged (krino).
But when we are judged (krino), we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned (katakrino) with the world. (KJV)
Mark 13:34: “For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left
his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and
commanded the porter to watch.”
He gave AUTHORITY to his servants and to
every man his work.
Authority means the right to command obedience, the right to
enforce obedience, and the right to act officially.
Christ had authority over
sickness and the devil. He had the right to command the sickness to leave and the
devil had to obey. He had the right to enforce obedience, and He had the right to
act in the official capacity as the Son of God.