Behave Like a Christian

Let love be without hypocrisy.

Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.

Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love.

In honor, giving preference to one another.

Fervent in spirit, not lagging in diligence; serving the Lord.

Rejoicing in hope.

Patient in tribulation.

Continuing steadfastly in prayer.

Distributing to the needs of the saints.

Given to hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

Repay no one evil for evil.

Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.

Be of the same mind toward one another.

Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble.

Do not be wise in your own opinion.

Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.

If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.

Romans 12:9-18.

The Healing Ministry

Hebrews 3:1-6 compares the Lord Jesus Christ as the High Priest of our profession to the faithfulness of Moses in shepherding Israel through the wilderness. Quoting the Lord in Numbers 12, Moses is said to have been “faithful in all My House”.

And Moses was truly faithful in all His house as a servant for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; but Christ as a son over his own house, whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.                                                                                                   Hebrews 3:5 & 6.

Statements with the word “if” are not the most popular among many believers but Jesus himself said that the ones who endure unto the end shall be saved.                                Matthew 24:13.

The admonition is then repeated: for we are made partakers of Christ if we hold fast the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end.                                   Hebrews 3:14.

While it is said; today if you will hear his voice harden not your hearts as in the provocation. Hebrews 3:15 is now quoting from Psalm 95 and again comparing the body of Christ to the “church in the wilderness.”

When Hebrews 3:5 says that Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant, a unique Greek word is used, and translating as “a servant” clouds the importance of this statement.

The word doulos is used over 100 times in the New Testament to convey the idea of being a bond servant or purchased slave of Christ. This one time the word therapon is used which means an attendant. This is the word from which is derived therapeia and the English word therapy. As the therapon to the church in the wilderness Moses attended to the needs of the people, in particular, to maintaining a right relationship with the Spirit of the Lord.

To have a zeal for the church and body of Christ, we are being called like Moses to be faithful in all his house. The significance of this statement is only understood from the visitation of the Lord in Numbers 12.

And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all My house. With him will I speak face to face, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold: wherefore then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?                                            Numbers 12:6-8.

Hebrews goes on to say that now we all can come boldly before the throne of grace. We have the same access, the same opportunity to come into the Lord’s presence. After spending time in the sanctuary of the Lord we can speak without presumptuous error and offence. We can be faithful in all his house. Consider now the application of this word study to a correct understanding of this teaching of Christ Jesus.

Who then is a faithful and wise servant whom his lord will make ruler over his household (therapeia) to give them meat in due season?                                                     Luke 12:42.

To properly understand Jesus when he teaches on stewardship we must always remember his statements “the words that I speak to you are spirit and life” and “the flesh profits nothing”.

The concern here is not flesh, Jesus said “I have meat to eat that you know not of, my meat is to do the will of him that sent me.”                                                                                John 4:32-34.

Jesus is seeking elect stewards like Moses who can be faithful in all his house, to see to the spiritual health of the congregation. To be a therapon to provide therapeia (healing) for the body of Christ.

As the two other uses of the word therapeia in Luke 9:11 and Revelations 22:2, where the word is translated healing. Does the Lord want us to rule people or heal people?

And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing.                                                                                             Luke 9:11.

On either side of the river was a tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.                                                                             Revelation 22:2.            

We can serve the congregation like Moses only in the spirit of meekness.   

Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.                                                                          Numbers 12:3.

Paul wrote: if anyone is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual should restore them in the spirit of meekness.                                                                  Galatians 6:1.                                                           

This creates a hedge against judgment, for mercy exults over judgment.                       James 2:13.

I entreat you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ.                                                              2 Corinthians 10:1.

The Consolation of Israel

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and pious, waiting for the consolation of Israel.                                                                                   Luke 2:25. 

The Spirit of consolation flows from heaven by the promise and oath of God.

Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath. That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, having fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us.                                                               Hebrews 6:17,18.

Christian Fellowship ministers in patience and consolation.

Now may the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like-minded with one another in the manner of Messiah Yeshua.                                                                               Romans 15:5.

The Holy Spirit crucifying the flesh is experienced as suffering.

The anointing crucifies the flesh passions and desires.                                                       Galatians 5:24.

So along with the suffering comes the comfort by the same Spirit.

As the passion of the anointing abounds, so also the consolation.                                               2 Co 1:5.

And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also of the consolation.                                                                                                2 Co 1:7.

The anointing of prophecy is the spirit of consolation.

He who prophesies speaks edification, exhortation and comfort.                                             1 Co 14:3.

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.                                                                                                   2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17.

Today’s reading: Romans 15:1-7; 2 Co 1:3-7.

A Gift from God

There is a very well known passage from the Bible that opens Chapter Three of the book Ecclesiastes:

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Even became a hit song in the Sixties by The Byrds! Today let’s delve a little further into his thought process.

What profit has the worker from that in which he labors? I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.  Ecclesiastes 3:9-11.

Ecclesiastes is called a wisdom book, and your contributions now adds the wisdom of experience. This is a gift from God, to provide a greater service to others from what we have gained from simply living life.

I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives,  and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God. Ecclesiastes 3:12&13.

Life is temporal, but the gifts of God which we receive in this life, are eternal. The only thing that we take with us from life is the spiritual gifts God puts in us, which we receive FROM ABOVE.

I know that whatever God does, it shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, and nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him. That which is has already been, and what is to be has already been; and God requires an account of what is past. Ecclesiastes 3:14&15.

And so the true wisdom of experience is to rightly discern the Holy, and to know the Holy One.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy is understanding. Proverbs 9:10.

And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.  John 17:3.

But solid food is for the mature, who through practice have their senses trained to discern both good and evil. Hebrew 5:14.

I urge you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice—holy, acceptable to God—which is your spiritual service.  Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1&2.

Lagniappe: Proverbs 9:1-12.

Found Faithful

Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. 1 Co 4:2.

To be faithful to the Gospel is to go beyond belief. Those who have heard and believe the Gospel Paul identifies as “the called”.

“among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ”. Romans 1:6.

This is just a first step, in what is “a walk of faith”, while abiding in the gift of the Spirit. For Jesus said this to His followers, many of whom would fall away:

For many are called, but few are chosen. Matthew 22:14.

Seek the Lord for a personal  dispensation, and be among the elect.

if indeed you have heard of the dispensation (=stewardship) of the grace of God which was given to me for you. Ephesians 3:2.

Now you will have a direction to allow your faith to be transformed to faithfulness.

and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. Rev 17:14.

And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven. Mk 13:27.

Jesus told Thomas, who doubted:  “be not faithless;  be faithful”,  not “believing”, as most translations render John 20:27.

Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. Rev 2:10.

I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.        Rev 3:11.