Friday, February 15, 2019 4:15 AM

Six Traits of the Bonds of Iniquity

Friday, February 15, 2019 4:15 AM
Friday, February 15, 2019 4:15 AM

 

46 Six Traits of the Bonds of Iniquity

I am Fred Myers the founder of For the Fathers Ministry, and this is Faith by the Numbers.

Count your way to wisdom in number forty-six of this series, Six Traits of the Bonds of Iniquity.

The Bible speaks of a “bond of peace” and a “bond of iniquity”. The phrase the bonds of iniquity can be translated as the confinement of unrighteousness. This phrase speaks of a life imprisoned or trapped by sin and bitterness. How many times have you heard someone say they are going to turn their life around and just never seem to be able to do so? The only escape is in Christ. It is in faith and forgiveness that a life of sin is set free. The Bible says in:

Ro 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

What are the six traits of those that are caught in the “bonds of iniquity”? The number six in the Bible is used as the number for man.

Six Traits of the Bonds of Iniquity:

  1. Bitterness
  2. Wrath
  3. Anger
  4. Clamor
  5. Slander
  6. Malice

The Bible tells you that to be set free and live a life in freedom is done so only as a new man in Christ. Man cannot free himself, because there is no one that does good but God. Trying to be good is a futile endeavor but striving to be a mature Christian translates as a life lived well in freedom.

I am Fred Myers, and this is Faith by the Numbers.

It is my prayer that many will count their way to wisdom through this series and find the peace that surpasses all understanding.

Ac 8:23 For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity.”

Eph 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. Eph 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Eph 4:31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.

 

 

 

Thursday, February 14, 2019 4:49 AM

Seven Ways the Word Became Flesh

Thursday, February 14, 2019 4:49 AM
Thursday, February 14, 2019 4:49 AM

 

45 Seven Ways the Word Became Flesh

I am Fred Myers the founder of For the Fathers Ministry, and this is Faith by the Numbers.

Count your way to wisdom in number forty-five of this series, Seven Ways the Word Became Flesh.

The first fourteen verses in the Book of John tell the full Gospel and ministry of Jesus Christ in seven ways. In his introduction, John wrote a very concise description that stands as one of the most quoted set of verses in the Gospels, and for good reason. John traced the power of the word of God from heaven in the person of Jesus Christ, and back to heaven where every Christian is received filled with the word of their salvation.

Seven Ways the Word Became Flesh:

  1. The word was in the beginning. The word was with God, and the word was God.
  2. Jesus was in the beginning, and Jesus was with God.
  3. God made all things by His word through Jesus Christ.
  4. Jesus was life and light for mankind.
  5. Jesus gave those that chose salvation in His name the right to become children of God.
  6. Through Jesus, Christians received grace upon grace.
  7. The word became flesh in the name of Jesus Christ, the only Son from the Father full of grace and truth.

The word of God is Jesus Christ. God created heaven, appointed Jesus Christ as His mediator, and set no other name under heaven by which you can be saved. Therefore, whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

I am Fred Myers, and this is Faith by the Numbers.

It is my prayer that many will count their way to wisdom through this series and find the peace that surpasses all understanding.

Jn 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Jn 1:2 He was in the beginning with God.

Jn 1:3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Jn 1:4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.

Jn 1:5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Jn 1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

Jn 1:7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.

Jn 1:8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

Jn 1:9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.

Jn 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.

Jn 1:11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.

Jn 1:12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,

Jn 1:13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

Jn 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 4:27 AM

Seven Times “In Him” in Ephesians

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 4:27 AM
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 4:27 AM

 

44 Seven Times “In Him” in Ephesians

I am Fred Myers the founder of For the Fathers Ministry, and this is Faith by the Numbers.

Count your way to wisdom in number forty-four of this series, Seven Times “In Him” in Ephesians.

Christians know the name of Jesus Christ, and we know that we are saved in His name. In fact, the Bible tells us in:

Ac 4:12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

This verse reveals that there are no other religions. Regardless of what the world tells you, God tells you that there is no other name under heaven. You are either saved in Jesus Christ, or you are not saved. Being in Christ is the only salvation mankind can know. Paul tells us in the Book of Ephesians that there are seven things that are “in Him”.

Seven Times “In Him” in Ephesians:

  1. In Him there is redemption.
  2. In Him there is eternity
  3. In Him there is a heavenly inheritance
  4. In Him there is the Holy Spirit
  5. In Him there is unity
  6. In Him there is boldness and access to God
  7. In Him there is truth

When you study other so-called religions and read about their leader, you see human failure in their lives. Human failure is found in all of mankind, and all followers of a failed human will only find failure. Jesus Christ lived a sinless life and can therefore forgive sin. In Him, Christians will stand guiltless before God.

I am Fred Myers, and this is Faith by the Numbers.

It is my prayer that many will count their way to wisdom through this series and find the peace that surpasses all understanding.

Eph 1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace…

Eph 1:10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

Eph 1:11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will…

Eph 1:13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit

Eph 2:22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.

Eph 3:12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.

Eph 4:21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus

 

 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 4:50 AM

Seven Firstfruits in the New Testament

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 4:50 AM
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 4:50 AM

 

43 Seven Firstfruits in the New Testament

I am Fred Myers the founder of For the Fathers Ministry, and this is Faith by the Numbers.

Count your way to wisdom in number forty-three of this series, Seven Firstfruits in the New Testament.

The word “firstfruits” is used seven times in the ESV version of the New Testament. This word is a foundation of faith. There will one day be an exodus out of this world as there was out of Egypt. The Israelites crossed through the water, and Christians will cross through the fire as firstfruits.

Passing through water for the Israelites:

Ps 77:19 Your way was through the sea, your path through the great waters; yet your footprints were unseen.

Passing through the fire for the judgment of believer’s work:

1 Co 3:13 each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.

Seven Firstfruits in the New Testament:

  1. Christians are firstfruits of the Spirit.
  2. Christians are a firstfruit of holiness.
  3. Christ is the firstfruit of heaven.
  4. Christians are firstfruits, each in their own order of resurrection.
  5. God chose the Firstfruits to be saved.
  6. Christians are a kind of firstfruits of God’s creatures.
  7. The 144,000 evangelists of the end times are firstfruits for God and the Lamb.

In life, being first is a strong desire for everyone. It is part of our human nature to be first in line, be the first to discover something, be the first to set a record. The Bible tells every Christian that there is one time in all eternity in which you will be first, and it will be when it matters most.

I am Fred Myers, and this is Faith by the Numbers.

It is my prayer that many will count their way to wisdom through this series and find the peace that surpasses all understanding.

Ro 8:23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.

Ro 11:16 If the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole lump, and if the root is holy, so are the branches.

1 Co 15:20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

1 Co 15:23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.

2 Th 2:13 But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.

Jas 1:18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

Re 14:4 It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins. It is these who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These have been redeemed from mankind as firstfruits for God and the Lamb,

 

 

Monday, February 11, 2019 4:38 AM

Seven Times God Says Salvation is a Free Gift

Monday, February 11, 2019 4:38 AM
Monday, February 11, 2019 4:38 AM

 

 

#42 Seven Times God Says Salvation is a Free Gift

I am Fred Myers the founder of For the Fathers Ministry, and this is Faith by the Numbers.

Count your way to wisdom in number forty-two of this series, Seven Times God Says Salvation is a Free Gift.

The greatest stumbling block for many people is that the Gospel is a “free gift”. The unbeliever’s repose is that “it sounds too easy”. They never think of the opposite, “it is too hard”. My question is “what did you want it to be”? What if God required a physically demanding obstacle course, or that you had to have a PhD in religion, or that you had to live a perfect life?  Who could do it, no one and heaven would be empty. God made heaven because He loves us, and God does not want heaven empty. Furthermore, the free gift insures your salvation. Would God take His free gift back? The answer is no.

Seven Times God Says Salvation is a Free Gift:

  1. God said the free gift is
  2. God said the free gift is not like sin.
  3. God said the free gift is grace.
  4. God said the free gift is not Death.
  5. God said the free gift is justification.
  6. God said the free gift is righteousness.
  7. God said the free gift is eternal Life.

The one thing that is often forgotten is that the free gift of salvation does not mean a trouble-free life. In the Book of James, we have an answer for the question of trials in a Christian life.

Jas 1:12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

I am Fred Myers, and this is Faith by the Numbers.

It is my prayer that many will count their way to wisdom through this series and find the peace that surpasses all understanding.

Ro 11:29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.

Ro 5:15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many.

Ro 5:16 And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification.

Ro 5:17 For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.

Ro 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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