Seven Things About Christian Adult/ Toddlers
The Apostle Paul said that he toiled and struggled with all the energy Christ could give him. Paul needed to use all his might to do three things. Paul wanted Christians to stop acting and thinking like toddlers. The word for children in Ephesians 4.14 means toddler or infantile.
Col 1:28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. Col 1:29 For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.
Paul in wisdom:
So Christian toddlers would not be:
- Tossed to and fro
- Carried away by every wind of doctrine
- Fooled by human cunning and craftiness
- Susceptible to lies
- Unskilled in the word of God
- Unready and unable to learn the word of God
- Infantile in their thinking
Eph 4:14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
Heb 5:13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child.
1 Co 3:1 But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. 1 Co 3:2 I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready…
1 Co 14:20 Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.
Published on Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 4:17 AM CDT
Same Seven Steps
Paul took the same first seven steps as Jesus in his ministry.
Jesus Christ’s Ministry:
- Heaven Opened
- A Voice from Heaven
- Forty Days Pass
- John the Baptist Prepares the Way
- The Baptism of Jesus
- Jesus was Strengthened by Angels
- Jesus Begins Proclaiming the Gospel
Mk 1:7 And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. Mk 1:8 I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” Mk 1:9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Mk 1:10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. Mk 1:10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. Mk 1:11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” Mk 1:12 The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. Mk 1:13 And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him. Mk 1:14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, Mk 1:15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
Paul the Apostle’s Ministry:
- A Light from Heaven
- A Voice from Heaven
- Three Days Pass
- Ananias Prepares the Way
- The Baptism of Paul
- Paul was Strengthened by Disciples
- Paul Begins Proclaiming the Gospel
Ac 9:3 Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. Ac 9:4 And falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”
Ac 9:9 And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.
Ac 9:17 So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Ac 9:18 And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized; Ac 9:19 and taking food, he was strengthened. For some days he was with the disciples at Damascus. Ac 9:20 And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.”
Published on Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 4:36 AM CDT
Individual Demands are not Biblical
What does the Bible say about the chaos we see created from individual demands? Today, there is a very vocal group of people demanding individual rights based upon their own view of themselves. These demands stand against the three basic building blocks of societies.
- Biblical Law
- Secular Law
- Common Sense
- The Declaration of Independence recognizes that it is God that grants each person certain inalienable rights. Inalienable Rights are not transferable or capable of being taken away or nullified. These fundamental rights are endowed upon every human being by his or her Creator, and are often referred to as “natural rights.” Each person receives these rights at birth. The Bible codifies these rights, but the Bible also codifies man’s need to recognize their responsibilities to these rights and their creator. The three basic rights are: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. As to life, it is God that created everything. As to liberty, it is God that grants liberty for each soul to freely choose good or evil. As to happiness, it is God that grants the pursuit of happiness, yes God will also let you pursue your favorite sins, but you have no right to demand that God or others agree and approve of your sins.
In the granting of life, God expects you to choose life…even for the unborn. In the granting of liberty, God expects you to choose good and warns you evil will be punished. In granting you the pursuit of happiness, God expects you to choose the joy in His commands. God also wants you to agree with Him, and those that do not will be without excuse.
Ps 34:14 Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
Ps 19:8 the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes…
Ro 1:20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
- From time immortal, each culture’s legal systems have codified much of God’s biblical law into their secular legal systems. The biblical ethic is based upon God’s moral standard, and all cultures have in some degree recognized this truth. God’s moral standards are fundamentally about God’s definition of man, woman, children, and family. God’s biblical/moral standards set the requirements and responsibilities that lead to peace with each other, within families, and throughout societies. God does not speak to self-identity. God has already identified His creatures, and self-identity changes nothing.
It is a biblical principal that the naming of a thing implied power, authority, or control over the thing named by the one conferring the name…thus Adam named the animals and mankind received dominion over the animal kingdom. This act of naming something also describes the experience related to the thing being named. God called them male and female and codified into biblical law the experience between the two.
Ge 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
- Today, the underlying grievance at the heart of the division we see is that each person demands respect for their self-defined identity. All other forms must never be mentioned or tolerated. In past societies, one had to earn respect from their accomplishments…not from their self-defined identity. Using self-identity as the criterion, disagreement will always result, and this is what we see today. When an individual demands respect on their own perceived identity, mind-reading is required, and language can no longer function as a means of communication, therefore the demand for the suppression of speech that we see.
Ps 73:8 They scoff and speak with malice; loftily they threaten oppression.
Societies from time immortal have prospered when respect is earned. Even dictators can only demand the appearance of respect. When each person demands respect on their terms, society is made up of little dictators. There is no record in history when a society has prospered in selfishness.
Php 2:3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
Jas 3:16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.
Conceit, selfish ambition, disorder, and every vile practice is exactly what we see today, because the creation cannot define itself and set its own requirements for peace. History is proof of this immortal truth. God, in infinite wisdom, knew this and warns, “watch out” or you will consume one another.
Ga 5:15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.
Published on Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 4:39 AM CDT
Jesus Redefined Leadership
Paul describes a new way for instructions when he provided the many gifts among members. For the church to function properly, every member participates, not just a few leaders.
Here is a quote of S. M. Baugh. “There are no special tutors to the wealthy and exclusive people in the church, as characterized education at large in antiquity.” … We can paraphrase the whole as: “to fulfill the task of ministry (to the church), to provide for the saints, (and) to build up the body of Christ.” By saying that this is the “task of ministry”, Paul shows that these officers are not lords over but servants of the church, as was the Lord Jesus and Paul himself.
Published on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 4:03 AM CDT
What is Scripture Used For?
We are told by Paul that scripture is used for 4 reasons.
- Teaching: teaching (activity) — the activities of educating or instructing; activities that impart knowledge or skill.
- Reproof: rebuke — an act or expression of criticism and censure.
- Correction: correction — the act of offering an improvement (according to a standard) to replace a mistake.
- Training: instruction upbringing — the whole education and instruction of a disciple (both the cultivation of mind and morals); understood as the rearing and education of children.
2 Ti 3:16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
Published on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 4:46 AM CDT