Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His determinate will, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. – Hebrews 6:17-18
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in all inherent ability while being empowered according to the proper opinion of His might into all patience and longsuffering with joy
Possession (περιποίησις) describes one’s personal property. It is rooted around the concept of what you are doing or making. Therefore, possession is not equivalent to acquiring (κτάομαι) as one who purchases citizenship, Acts 22:28, or has gold and silver, Matthew 10:9.
The Church is a personal possession of God, set apart as a royal priesthood, and chosen to proclaim the praise of the One Who called her out from darkness into His marvelous light, 1 Peter 2:9. Therefore, Christ gave the Church the Holy Spirit as a guarantee of her inheritance until the full redemption of the possession, Ephesians 1:14, for she is called to possess His glory, 2 Thessalonians 2:14.
When Christ ascended, He gave gifts to men. One of these gifts is a Pastor even teacher, who is responsible for the edification of the assembly to bring her to a oneness of the faith until a full experiential knowledge of the Son of God so that she is no longer tossed around by every wind of teaching by the trickery of men seeking to deceive her. Therefore, the Pastor is to take heed to himself so that he oversees and shepherds the assembly, for Christ purchased her through His blood and, consequently, she belongs to Him, Acts 20:28. Pastors who serve well in this duty will possess a good standing and great boldness in the faith, 1 Timothy 3:13.
The tribulation period is a time of judgment. First upon the dispensation of law, then in the latter half judgment upon the Gentiles. The Church will not be upon the earth at this time because God has not appointed her to any wrath but to possess salvation, 1 Thessalonians 5:9.
As possessions (περιποίησις) of God, for He is […]
Called is used for the name of a person or a description by which a person is defined. Summons is an aspect of “called” in which a person is called to a meeting, event, place, or state of existence for the purpose of participating.
In Matthew 2:7 Herod summons the Magi, but not in a public way, so he can gain information about this King of the Jews they speak of. During the tribulation period, while the Jews are in the wilderness, those who are peace makers are described (called) as sons (mature ones) of God (Matthew 5:9).
God calls those things that do not exist as though they do, for when He says He will do something, even when we cannot see it, He is able to make it come true (Romans 4:17). Within the decree of God, He made specific plans according to His purpose. One of the things He determined was that a group of the saved would be marked off to conform to the image of His Son (Romans 8:29). Now is the time for all who believe to be placed as sons in Christ so we can mature unto a full experiential knowledge, so today God calls us. Our calling is not because we are righteous, for those whom He calls He also justifies (Romans 8:30). God showed that his calling is not based upon the desire or the work of humans, but rather His own plan when He called Jacob over Esau for the inheritance of promise before they were even born (Romans 9:7). Unlike under law, now both Jew and Gentile are being called (Romans 9:24). Therefore, the fellowship we have with Christ is because God called us, not by […]
Our Boast in the Day of the Lord, 2 Corinthians 1:14
Our Crown of Rejoicing, 1 Thessalonians 2:19
It is Not About the Crowns, it is About the People
Incorruptible Crown – for exercising self-control in all things, 1 Corinthians 9:25
Crown of Life – for enduring a temptation, James 1:12
Crown of Evangelism, Philippians 4:1
Crown of Righteousness – for those who love His appearing, 2 Timothy 4:8
Crown of Rejoicing – for Preaching the Gospel, 1 Thessalonians 2:19
Crown of Glory – For Pastors, 1 Peter 5:4
Not Boasting of Bad Conduct, 1 Corinthians 5:6
Not Boasting About Our Works for Salvation, Romans 4:2
Examining Your Own Works, Are They Worthy, Galatians 6:4
Holding Fast in the Word of Life, Philippians 2:16
Christ is our Confidence and Boast, Hebrews 3:6
Assisting In Paul’s Ministry, 2 Corinthians 1:15-16
Coming to them in Confidence, 2 Corinthians 1:15
They Have Turned again to Paul
A Second Grace
Paul giving them a benefit by working with them
Not another blessing, there is no add-on to the faith
Often Used to Imply the Holy Spirit is Given After Salvation
Misunderstanding of the Progression of the Gospel
First to the Jews, Acts 2:5
Speaking in Tongues Was a Sign to the Jews, Acts 2:8
God Showing Peter the Gentiles are Being Accepted along with the Jews, Acts 10:44-46
Then Unto the Samaritans – Who are Mixed Jews
Philip Preaching the Gospel in Samaria, Acts 8:5