What Internal Reliability Do Liars Have?


What Internal Reliability Do Liars Have?

 I Cor 15:15  And we are found to be false witnesses of God, because we bore witness concerning God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise–if in fact the dead are not raised.

There are some who say that the NT was a story penned by liars!

Paul himself was very concerned about his ever lying about Jesus Christ.

Paul wrote thirteen of the twenty seven NT books.

Then would you say  that Paul was still a liar and that he lied about his lying?

Can you imagine what a crooked  character this Paul would be?

Would you have seen his bogus writings bleed through somewhere in those thirteen books?

Especially when Paul gives us so many opportunities to catch him.

But when you read Paul’s writings you find a persistent thread of remarkable integrity of character.

It’s impossible for liar who lies about his lying to write with Paul’s integrity and yet not see his lies pop up sooner or later, or here, or there.

Just look at one bill which politicians produce and you’ll pick up tons of contradictions and lies. Just one!

There is no more problematic job than a liar having to cover his lies and keep track of the new and the old, all at the same time.

Yet we never see Paul do this, nor do his writings show it.  

It’s easy to say that the Bible was written by liars to justify that you don’t want to come to God.

But what can you say to evidence for internal reliability of the Bible when it comes through the impeccable character of those who penned it?

It’s much harder to believe that it was a story rather than the truth about the Son of God.

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Why Must You Be Two Types of Human Being?


 

 Eph 4:22  that you put off, concerning your former way of life, the old man which is being corrupted according to the deceitful lusts,

The old man, was our old identity.

The  Greek word, palaion,  is one which is old in age, and decrepit, just like a 150 year old nursing home man.

This is the old man that whole world idolizes and protects.

23  and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,

How are we transformed out from the horrible old man?

It’s done by our renewing ourselves in the spirit of our minds.

The word for renew is the Greek word, ananeos.

Ana is preposition which means again.

Neos is someone that is young in age like baby or a teenager.

24  and that you put on the new man which was created in the likeness of God, in true righteousness and holiness.

New man is kainos.

Kainos is something that is new because it’s never been seen, or it novel or unique, or out of the box. It’s not particularly new in age like neos.

I can say that a new car came to Miami. This car is a 1920 Rolls Royce. Though it’s old in age, it’s a new car, because there is only one in Miami, and it has never been seen.

So here, God  commands us to become created into a new, out of the box, novel, and unique humanity, which is none other than Christ in you.

This humanity is what people see and brings revival.

Now, let’s go to Colossians

Col 3:9  Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

Again, we have the old man, the palaion man, the one who is old and decrepit in age.

10  And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

But now we see the mind of Paul, an amazingly spiritual man of God, at work.

Notice his keen play on words as compared to Ephesians.

The new man here is not kainos, but neos.

As you remember from Ephesians, neos is young in age, just like a baby or a teenager

Paul tells us that the humanity of Jesus is not only novel and unique and out of the box, but  also one who is young and fresh in chronological age just like a baby or teenager.

You can claim that the Holy Spirit renews you in physical age!

In eternity, we will always be young in age but the process begins right here and right now.

It’s up to you and me how far we want to go with Jesus.

The renewing of your thinking here is not to make it young in age, but rather, novel, unique and out of the box.

So let’s summarize what Paul says.

We are commanded to totally get rid of the old, decrepit, sin laden man, which is nothing more than our old identity, before Christ came into our lives.

But now the difference comes.

In order to be created into this novel, unique, out of the box humanity, which is Christ in you, your minds must be made brand new in age.

This means that a freedom from every chain, all wrong thinking, all history, and all our all old habits must be gradually purified, by the study of God’s word and our obedience to the voice of the Spirit.

The goal is to have a brand spanking new brain.

It is one that is as clean as a new blackboard.

The history of who we were is gone, erased forever, and Christ can begin to write a new history, His Story.

The creation of the novel, out of the box, never been seen humanity, is the result of a young and fresh mind, or a clean blackboard.

In Colossians, the humanity that we are created into is a brand spanking young in age, teenage humanity which will last forever.

This humanity is created by renewing our mind to think in a new, out of the box, unique and novel way just like Jesus does.

So God wants to bless us with both humanities and both minds right here and right now.

Both are a requirement.

Once again!

The new out of the box never been seen human being is created by renewing our mind to one which a baby or a teenager has.

The fresh and new in age teenage humanity is created  by renewing our mind to think in a new, out of the box, unique and novel way just like Jesus does.

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We must hatch into this new humanity just like a chicken hatches out of an egg.

 

Why Is The Church Accused?


Eph 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us (ACCUSATIVE NOUN CASE) with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

In the Greek, the accusative noun case is just what it says. The accusing finger points towards the object that will receive all judgment, sentence, or wrath. It’s a receptacle into where all is focused or pointed to. The accused object is the receptacle or the goal of the judgment.

If we turn this into something good, the object, placed in the accusative case, is the thing that all benefits is poured or funneled into.

The church is the entity into which all of God’s love, blessings, benefits, all that He is, and all the He wants to do, is focused into.

I call the church the receptacle of God’s funnel into which He pours all.

It’s up to us to increase our ability to receive.

His love and generosity are hyper transcendental.  It’s lavish above all limitations.

It’s limited by us and our boxed concepts. We have God, church, as matter of fact, all things in a box.

Romans 3: 27  Where then is the boasting? It is excluded. Through what law? Of works? No, but through the law of faith.

Because faith is a law, we get what we believe for. If we ask from boxed thinking, God will give us from a box.

 Luke 16:20  But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores, who had been placed at his gate,

21  and longing to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. And even the dogs came and would lick his sores.

Lazarus faith level was to receive crumbs from the rich man’s table and that is what he got.

Are you believing for crumbs from the Lord’s table?

Sadly, most of the church is, and is getting just that by the law of faith.

Romans 12:2  And do not fashion yourselves after this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and well pleasing and perfect will of God.

The purpose of renewing our minds is so that we can think without limits. So that we can receive hyper transcend tally and lavishly from a God that is such.

God is tired of boxed religion, boxed church, alas, of having Him in a box.

BREAK OUT!!

The church is the object of His love, we are the charming ones, we have been translated into kingdom of The Son of His Love, and we are His beloved.

Most healing will come as a revelation of how much He truly loves every last part of you. Where you are sick, receive His love into that very place.

You are the receptacle of His love.

You are the one to whom God’s positively accusing finger points to!

You are the receptacle of God’s massive funnel and He is always funneling into you.

RECEIVE,  RECEIVE,  RECEIVE !

 

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Why Is A Christian Like Popeye The Sailor Man?


 Eph 6: 10 Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

In the Greek:  “Be empowered in the Lord and in the domination or dominion exerted by His inner residing strength.”

  • This dominion or domination is what gives the Lord Jesus the ability to subdue all things back to Himself.
  •  The revelation of Christ within us, reveals the Christ who dominates and subdues all, thus setting us free.

This is what it means by “the power of his might.”

Do you remember the episodes of Popeye and Olive Oil?

This scripture is a perfect representation of what happened to Popeye.

Popeye was a fairly weak guy.

When he ate the can of spinach he became inwardly strong; his external arm muscles popped out, he then rang Bluto’s neck, and took the lovely Olive Oil back as his prized possession.

Or to paraphrase it in another way, the tremendous inner residing strength that is multiplied within Popeye at the eating of the can of spinach is translated into a manifestation of outward strength which caused him to dominate and conquer all, even Bluto.

So what is Paul commanding us to us? For us to be empowered with this powerful combo of God’s inward strength that turns into outward dominion.

  • The spinach is the revelation of Jesus in us.
  • We are strong if we eat of the spinach, Jesus Christ, but nothing if we don’t.
  • Every Christian is a Popeye. So eat Jesus, your spinach.

Joh 6:54 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up in the last day.

Joh 6:56  He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.

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Apple Pie


Do your remember in elementary school our teachers using the example of an apple pie cut into eight pieces?  They would use this to help us comprehend fractions.  Every piece of the sliced pie would now become 1/8 of the pie.  Four pieces would be equal ½; seven pieces would be 7/8; and the eight pieces together would make the whole of the pie.

The fullness of the Lord and His manifested glory is just the same way.  The church is the apple pie.  If only one member of the church displays the fullness of the Lord, the assembly will manifest only 1/8 of his glory.  I know that it is a simplistic example, but it’s true.  If half of church’s members are holding to their responsibility to be filled with the Spirit, that local body will manifest  1/2 of God’s glory.  Displaying the fullness of the Lord takes the active participation of every member in a local body.

Many of our present church models are inaccurate in that they encourage many to become pew sitters, and very few to participate and minister.  The church is sick with the malady of “butt magnets.”

Truly only a small fraction of the Lord’s glory is displayed in our churches

In a previous study I also discussed how our church should operate as a human body, since it’s the body of Christ.

Our human body is made-up of 200 bones fastened together by tissues and ligaments.   The circulatory system makes use of our blood as it is drawn through the heart’s right chamber and makes its way through into the lungs.  The lungs furnish the blood with much needed oxygen, send it back to the heart via its left chamber, and finally propel into the main artery or aorta.  The aorta’s blood branches into smaller and smaller places. The first are arteries, designated as arterioles, which ebb into the furthest recesses of our bodies through minute capillaries.

Our immune system fends off unfriendly proteins, and infectious microorganisms, with the one two punch of antibodies.  A deadly left uppercut by the immune system makes holes in the foreign cells, and its swinging right hook swallows up and digests foreign matter.

Our digestive system starts up in our mouths. The food is broken into fragments by our chewing and is mixed with saliva.  It then goes down the esophagus and right into the stomach.  The digestive process is redoubled by the ferocious activity of gastric and intestinal juices.  The digested nutrients are then sucked into the small intestine.  The remains of unassimilated foods, and waste substances from the liver, are passed into the large intestine and gloriously expelled from our bodies.

Finally, our skin is one big living organ!  It protects us from drying up, controls the loss of fluids, and shields us from harmful substances.  Its sweat glands are our body’s air conditioning, the skin receptors distinguishing the levels of body temperature and pain, and finally our fat cells insulate us. (Excerpts are taken from Microsoft’s 1999 edition of the Encarta Encyclopedia.)

In our human body, every one of its members knows exactly what its function is, and they hold themselves responsible to fulfill them.  They do it with great effectiveness.  The members of our body do not take glory or attention upon themselves, and they always works at their peak.    Every member of our human body is active, and it is equally offensive as it is defensive in their roles.  The church as Christ’s body and should operate along the same lines as the human body.

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The Psychological Christian


The Bible informs us that there are three types of people in this world.

The carnal man (Greek; Sarkikos; the man of the flesh, or the fleshly man)

The natural man (Greek: Psychikos; the man of the soul, or the psychological man)

The spiritual man (Greek: Pneumatikos; the man of the wind, or the spiritual man)

Through “our accomplished position in Christ” we are ‘spiritual people”.

It is impossible for us to be carnal Christians since our sinful “fleshly” nature was crucified and has died off with Christ.

The “unsaved or unregenerate person” however, is a slave to sin and the flesh, and can be no more, and no less, than “carnal” in nature.

Where does this leave the “natural” or “soulish” man?  Who is this “natural man”?

 1Cor 2:9  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

10  But God hath revealed them( taking the lid off) unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth(sounds out) all things, yea, the deep things of God.

11  For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

1 Cor 2:14  But the natural man(psychikos) ( receiveth (he does not welcome with open arms) not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (to investigate, examine and determine something so as to render a decision)

15  But he that is spiritual(pneumatikos) judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

16  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

1Cor 2:9  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

In verse nine of First Corinthians chapter two; the apostle Paul begins his discourse on the natural versus the spiritual person by addressing his audience as “which God hath prepared for them that love him.”

Secondly, the “unsaved on unregenerate” man or woman cannot be a ‘man of the soul’ when he or she are still carnal .

The “natural man” then, is the class of Christian, which I described above.

He or she are believers who “walk after” or in “accordance to the flesh”.

They are natural, psychological, or “soulish” believers because they have opted to live their Christian lives independent of the voice of the Holy Spirit.  The mind which is to be submitted to the Holy Spirit in his or her spirit is detached and functions out of itself; its own agendas and ideas.

Instead they conduct their Christian affairs in accordance to the voice of their intellect, will, and emotions, and are independent of the desires of the Holy Spirit.

1 Cor 2:14  But the natural man(psychikos) ( receiveth (he does not welcome with open arms) not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (to investigate, examine and determine something so as to render a decision)

15  But he that is spiritual(pneumatikos) judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

16  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

You can see the results of what happens to the natural believer, by studying the scriptural excerpt above.

Whether we engage in the blatant works of the flesh, or the subtle fleshly works of the natural Christian we very much still operate in the flesh.

Watchman Nee said, and I paraphrase him, that humanity wastes trillions and trillions of dollars to perfume and beautify our flesh.  The Lord Jesus, however, only had one verdict and sentence for the flesh, even in our most noble of Christian efforts.  He said that Jesus crucified and killed it. That is the only purpose for the flesh.

His verdict was that “nothing good dwells in our flesh.”

Romans 7:18  For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it.

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Money Makes The World Go Around


1 John 2:15  Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

First John two and fifteen is an example of what I call a “proportional scripture.”  In other words, to the proportion that the love for the things of this world fills the limited space of our heart, is to the same proportion that the love of God has no more room within that limited space, and must leave.

If we see the importance of our ministry as greater than that of being simple  love slaves of Christ Jesus without any rights, save the right to obey, the things of this world will not be taken to the cross, and our ministry will take place in the bondage of vainglory, jealousy, bitterness and the likes.

True ministry is never about numbers, money, fame, glory or recognition.  It is simple moment-to-moment obedience to the Lord as He tells us where to go and what to do, whether it would be to the small or the great, the exciting or the mundane.

  1Tim 6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;

Teach otherwise  – Literally “Another doctrine”.  Let us further study what Paul means by “another doctrine” by going to Ephesians four and fourteen.

 Eph 4:14  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Greek translation:  By the “spiritual dice playing” of men in which they work around you with the goal of implementing the methodology of error.

Sounds like what is occurring our country?

When we teach, or are taught the “supposed word of God” that does not line up with “wholesome words” of scriptures, we end up teaching the “doctrines of men.

Wholesome” is a medical term that means to be “healthy”.

Only a thorough and accurate knowledge of the Word of God promotes healthy teaching that will make us whole in the Lord.

 Romans 1:18  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; ( Greek: Suppress or tightly cover the truth)

“Doctrines of men” activate the methods of error, and suppresses the righteousness of God.  God’s righteousness is the visible manifestation of His glorious deeds upon the earth.  If we teach, or are taught what is wrong, the activity of the Spirit of God is restricted in proportion to the error.

There has been no time, since I have been in this country that there has been a more concerted attack to suppress the truth by lies and corruption. This must be countered by the manifestation of truth.

The devil’s purpose against America goes back to Ephesians.

Eph 4:14  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Greek translation:  By the “spiritual dice playing” of men in which they work around you with the goal of implementing the methodology of error.

1Tim 6:5  Perverse disputings of men of corrupt( thoroughly corrupted)  minds, and destitute (defrauded) of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness  (esteeming as the law or the custom  of the land that material acquisition brings godliness): from such withdraw thyself.

Men who are thoroughly corrupt have defrauded themselves of the truth.

3 John 1:2  Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

New Testament prosperity comes from two words which mean a “good road” or a  “good path”.   This implies success or accomplishment in the expeditious matter what we have set out to do.

If we desire to have true success in our finances as believers, our success must start with spiritual things.

Matthew 6:24  No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

1 Tim 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

Contentment  – It is defined as the state of being so filled with the Spirit of God that the believer is self-sufficient solely in the fullness of the Spirit.  By this self-sufficiency I mean, that the Christian is totally free or independent from being swayed or trapped by the sufficiency that comes from external circumstances and worldly affairs.   His or her sufficiency is in the Lord and not upon external means. This type of believers are content with having little or much, because they  are independently self-sufficient from the world system, and solely dependent and self-sufficient in the revelation of the Lord Jesus.

The cultivation of godliness must be found in the gardens of contentment and the absolute freedom from being dependent on anything else but the Lord.

7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

I love how the Greek NT scholar Marvin Vincent translates this scripture; “ We brought nothing into this world because we can carry nothing out.”

8  And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

Greek:  And having food and covering we shall be self-sufficient in the Lord.

9 But they that will (to plan for and deliberately purpose to ) be rich fall into temptation( the trials of the devil and sin) and a snare (the same word used for a snare used to catch birds and beasts, unaware), and into many foolish (void of understanding)  and hurtful( injurious)  lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.( which cause men to sink into destruction and perdition)

Destruction: Destruction has to do with many types of earthly calamities, bondages, and illnesses that come to plague people as they make it their chief aim to become rich, without thinking of God

Perdition – Perdition can also be termed as destruction, but many times it is the outcome of the destruction brought by the love of money.  Perdition can contain within it both spiritual and eternal aspects. The calamities brought by the love of money on many occasions send people to hell because the lord mammon has taken the precedence over the Lord Jesus.

10  or the love of money (a fond love) is the (a root) root of all evil: which while some coveted after( to stretch out after in order to grasp) they have erred from the faith (to be led astray from the truth and into idolatry), and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (grief, distress and pain.)

Greek:  For “a”(not “the”) root of all types of what is injurious, destructive and harmful is the fondness of money

11  But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

I  love the word “flee”!

Our English word for fugitive comes from this word. Several dictionary definitions such as a runaway, a person who is fleeing, or someone who takes to flight describes the fugitive.

My friends, we must be fugitives from the love of selfish material gain.

Likewise, I love the word “follow after”, which is the word for persecute!

My friends, we must be fugitives from the love money and persecute instead righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and meekness!

Righteousness:  The visible and righteous exhibitions of the works of the invisible God through our lives.  Likewise, righteousness is also the outward results of the grace or labor that the Lord performs within us. We must be “living molds” of the image of the Lord Jesus Christ, the outcome of the super human labor of the revealed Christ, and not the bondage brought through our own efforts by the works of the law.  Persecute this!

12  Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

Greek: Athletically agonize in the beautifully athletic conflict of faith.

Grasp and make for your own eternal life now on earth.

In which you have confessed a beautiful confession. (Confession is the reality of what lies inside of us as expressed outwardly through an honest mouth.  A beautiful confession can only come forth from a beautiful life.)

 13  That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

Greek   Guard, and watch over carefully, to fully perform, the commandment without blemish, free from vice, and with nothing that the devil or man can take a hold of, or point an accusatory finger at.

17  Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy

Nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God,   “Nor to hope in the riches of uncertainty.”

Who giveth us richly all things to enjoy   Who supplies us richly from His own resources.

 18  That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;

Ready to distribute:   Always ready to impart with openhanded liberality.

Willing to communicate.  The TDNT defines this rare New Testament word as “belonging or appointed to society” or “gladly giving others a share.”

“Willing to communicate” comes from the word for fellowship, which is to “have in common.”

In America we understand fellowship to mean Christian brothers and sisters getting together at Denny’s for pie or coffee.  Fellowship also means our getting together for church or a Bible study.

However the notion of “Christian fellowship” goes further than this.  To fellowship in the NT fashion is to hold things in common.  Christians must be ready to hold things material, emotional, and spiritual, in common with each other, as the Lord directs. “What is mine is yours” is what I am saying.

My wife, Mary, has a wonderful story that has made a real impact upon my life.  When she was a missionary with Youth With a Mission in England, there were many young people that virtually had to pray in their soap, toothpaste, and the expenses for the school.  Mary came into the organization with a trust fund that paid her monthly expenses. The Lord had prior to this revealed to her that everything belonged to Him.  Everyone that was attending the school was just the same as Mary; God loved then equally, and wanted to bless them in the just same way as Mary had been blessed.  She was simply the steward of the trust fund as the Holy Spirit directed.  This, friend, is the meaning of “New Testament” fellowship.”

New Testament fellowship must supersede religious tithing! This is a very important truth!

Today, we hear more and more what I consider as unsound doctrinal arguments regarding that tithing is in the OT only

I believe that there is soundness in tithes and offerings.  For thirty four years I have tithed and have never lacked anything.  Today, I still tithe and find that there is strong spiritual safety in doing it. However I find myself being governed much more by the law of fellowship.  In other words at any, and in all occasions, I must be ready to impart great or small, from all my possessions whether physical, emotional, or spiritual as led by the Holy Spirit, knowing that nothing belongs to me, and that God loves and wants to bless everyone equally to me.

If American believers would follow the “law of fellowship” more than the “religious tithe”, many more ministries and missions would be amply taken care of.

2 Corinthians 9:6  But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

He which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Greek: “He that soweth upon a blessing shall reap upon a blessing.”

What the apostle Paul has in mind when he tells us to sow bountifully is that our sowing must be of such quality and in such quantity that it will reach to produce a real blessing upon someone else.  Such a man or woman will reap a blessing back from the Lord.  Mother Teresa said, “We must love until it hurts.”

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Joel Gray and Liza Minnelli in “Cabaret.”