Archive | June 2016

A Riddle – Can You Solve It?

The Lord has been helping me understand some issues of life. As I have said many times, I ask God questions, lots of questions. He always answers me. A breakthrough came on a topic I have been studying in God’s word.

Have you ever known that you knew something from God’s word and you know and understand what God is teaching but then one day God makes it clear why you believe it?

People believe all kinds of things. Most people believe they will go to heaven when they die. When you ask them why they believe that, they tell you because they have been a good person. Then they give you a list of good works or they list things they have never done.

When you tell them and show them from scripture, what they do or don’t do will not get them to heaven, most reject that. It is not you they are rejecting, it is Jesus and God’s word they are rejecting. So don’t take it personally.

You can speak about anyone and most people will not get upset and most people will converse with you about anyone. Except Jesus Christ. When you want to talk about Jesus Christ people say, that’s what you believe, or I never discuss religion, or they say, I don’t want to talk about it.

In my quest to fully understand a topic, God showed me a riddle. So I put forth the riddle to you. See if you can answer the riddle.

We know Satan attacked Job and his family, possessions and his health according to Job chapters 1 and 2. After Satan’s attacks, Job’s wife says,  Job 2:9 KJV  “Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.” Why did Job’s wife tell Job to curse God and die?

Did you ever ask, what would cursing God do? Would speaking words against God bring back his children? No. Would cursing God bring back his possessions? No. Would cursing God heal his body? No. So why would his wife tell him to curse God?

Until next time my friends.

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Minds Filled With Mush

1 Corinthians 2:12-13 KJV  “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
[13] Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”

If you are a true believer, do you know the things God has freely given you? Can you list them?

God makes the sun rise on the just and the unjust. He sends the rains on the just and the unjust like Matthew 5:45 says. Believers are blessed by God and often, unbelievers are blessed for having believers around them. Did you ever go into a store and you were the only one in the store and when you went to the checkout it seems like a bunch of people are ahead of you? That happens all the time to me.

Believers and unbelievers have the same problems in life. There should be a difference in the way believers handle their problems compared to the way unbelievers handle their problems.  That’s what helps make believers light and salt in the world. The world looks at the way believers handle and deal with issues, heartaches, sickness, poverty, life’s tribulations. I know several people who claim to be believers but because of a Job type experience they chose to get “mad at God” or even blame God for what happened. Or they blame God for not stopping something from happening. God does not make bad things happen to his children – period. God walks his children through bad things.

We may not always understand why certain things happen to us but blaming God or getting “mad” at God is the wrong answer. If you know anything about God you need to know God is love, God is good and God does not make bad things happen to his children, believers. He will allow things to happen to strengthen us, teach us and give us experience in something because he is going to use us to help someone else through a similar situation.

When God walks you through difficulties, like he did Job, David, Isaiah and many others, consider it a learning experience and even a test to see what are you really trusting. The great thing about life’s problems? When God walks you through them and you come out on the other side not bitter, not angry, but experienced,  God rewards you just like he rewarded Job, God rewards us.

Which brings me back to 1 Corinthians 2. In verse 5 Paul is reminding the Corinthians where their faith stands. In the power of God. Verse 6 Paul mentions our speech, the words we speak and the wisdom of God, not the world’s wisdom. An example of the world’s wisdom. Exercise.

There are companies and individuals that make a fortune on exercise. You see gyms, marathons, exercise watches and apps and many others all designed to build or strengthen one’s body. But how much exercise and workouts are done to build your inner man, your spirit? God’s word is laced with building our inner man and about exercise? 
1 Timothy 4:8 KJV “For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.”

People, even Christians will spend a fortune on their bodies but not their spirit man. A perfect example of the wisdom of the world verses the wisdom of God.

So let’s see if you can name and find the things freely given to you as Paul mentions in 1 Corinthians 2:12.

Minds are filled with mush. Filled with things of this world. Filled with the world’s wisdom and that is why unbelievers see believers go through the same struggles with the same outcomes. Instead of going through the 10 Commandments and the story of Moses for the 50th time, why not look at how you and God can work together in your life.

It may be time to reevaluate your life. Are you spending your time, effort, energy and wealth on your body and this world or are you planting seeds with heavenly rewards? Do you handle life’s problems like the world handles them or do you look to God to steer you into his solutions? When you don’t understand something do you Google it first or do you look it up in a good Strongs Concordance to find the answer in the scriptures? Do you look to change your life by education, a pay raise or a new job or do you change your life using God’s “formula”?

The first test is to see if you can find what God has freely given you, can you?

Until next time

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What Is The Action Of Faith?

Remember, God defines faith Hebrews 11:1 KJV “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Faith is not seen. But when people look at you and say there is a person of faith, what do they base that comment on? There are 2 key words from God’s definition of faith. Do you know what the 2 words are? People say you are a person of faith based on “substance” and “evidence”.

So what is substance? Scripture says Job’s substance was 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, and so forth. This would mean substance is something real, material, something solid. So in context, faith is the something that is real and according to scripture,  you can not see the real, the substance yet because it is “hoped for”.

Some examples: we have a list of examples in Hebrews 11 but this post is not necessarily about faith but the actions of those with the faith. Let me explain. In times of trouble, often people go to churches looking for answers. After 9/11 droves of Americans went back to church to pray, repent and look to God for answers through the church leaders.

People can say they have faith but when troublesome times come, do they still have faith? What is the action of faith? God defines what faith is in Hebrews 11:1 but the actions of faith is sprinkled throughout the scriptures.

What is the job of a believer? To preach or share the gospel of salvation with the lost. 1 Corinthians 1:17 KJV  “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.”

Wisdom of words – not some words spoken by you or the preachers. Not the popular thing today, ” just say these words”, “just say this prayer”. How many people have “said a prayer, said words” and have no clue what real salvation is.

Well isn’t preaching saying words? Yes.
1 Corinthians 1:18-21 KJV “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
[19] For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
[20] Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
[21] For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.”

Yes, preaching is words, but God’s words, not the world’s ways. Students of the word of God know it is impossible to please God without faith.
Romans 10:17 KJV “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” When people hear the word of God, they choose to believe God or not believe. Those that choose to believe God, and the word of God they are hearing,  acquire faith. What is the faith in? God and the words of God they are hearing.

When they believe, that faith goes into their heart and they willingly then confess with their mouth, out loud, the words God has declared in his word. In plain English. If you hear the word of God preached, you believe the words you are hearing from God’s word and you receive those words (they go into your heart) then you confess God’s words with your mouth, then you understand Romans 10:9-10 KJV
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
[10] For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Question: If God’s word works like that for salvation, what about everything else in life? If you believe God and his word for salvation and you follow God’s “formula” for salvation, why can’t we use the same “formula” for everything in our life? We will look at this next time.

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Faithful

We know God is faithful, but what about us? How do we handle things when God does not answer our prayer the way we want or “expect”?

Believers even say they want to hear the Lord say, well done thou good and faithful servant. Many look at good, but what about faithful? Remember,  God is not considering our life mistakes so to say, he looks at our heart. Faithfulness is a heart matter. Paul said in Galatians 3:9, Abraham was faithful. Yes Abraham obeyed God and was willing to kill his own son Isaac. Why? Was it works? No. Abraham counted God faithful, faithful to his word.

Remember,  God told Abraham he would bless him, give him a son from Sarah and make him the father of many nations. So no matter what happened, or what God asked Abraham to do, or even what situations were going on in Abraham’s life, in his heart, he counted God faithful to his promises  his word.

How about you? Do you have it in your heart God is faithful to his word? Are you faithful to Jesus, to God? When the attacks come for being a “Christian” will you remain faithful to Jesus? What about when the husband walks out for another woman or the wife leaves because she is tired of you beating up on her with your words and hands or she finds someone else? Will you stay faithful to Jesus then?

Or you raise your children right and one decides to walk away from God, or get into satanism, or they leave with no gratitude of how hard you worked to bring them up right, in God’s word and ways? Will you stay faithful then? Or your company downsizes and you loose your job. You have to move into a 3 room house or trailer, will you stay faithful then?

Maybe you end up in the hospital with bleeding ulcers and after loosing your job, you now have a $ 40,000. hospital bill you have no way of paying back. And all that negative payment goes on your credit report and people prejudge you as one who does not pay “their fair share”. Will you be faithful then?

Or because you got saved, your family thinks you have gone off the deep end with “religion” and they come against you, all of them. Will you stay faithful to Jesus then? Faithfulness is something in the heart. When your mind tells you just one little lie won’t matter, your heart says no because you love Jesus.

When your mind says, get bitter and angry over what happened to you, your heart says no, I will be faithful to Jesus and forgive others. When your mind says what did I do wrong with my children, your heart says trust in the Lord. Proverbs 22:6 KJV “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

Friends, if you set it in your heart to love God, obey God and be faithful to Jesus Christ, then no matter what the storm, your anchor in Christ will hold. It will carry you through the storms of life. Yes, we may get battered, suffer some losses but we will also reach our destination. That is a promise from God.

There is so much truth in the song The Anchor Holds ( to hear the song, click the title). Remember,  what made Abraham righteous? He believed God over all else. He believed God over what he thought, over what he saw, over what others said. He set it in his heart, no matter what, I believe God and his word. Will you?

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Until next time.

Let’s Pretend

I use to ask God – are we all pawns in a type of chess game? After all, we have God and good and Satan and evil. The prize? Man.

When I looked at the overall picture – I realized – NO – Not Pawns. Consider God for a moment. God is the Creator, all powerfull, all knowing and he decides things as Creator. Put yourself in God’s shoes for a minute. Let’s pretend.

Here you are, God. And you want friends and people to talk to, so you create angels and beings. You let your created angels and beings know you have set some guidelines (because you are all knowing). You set guidelines and love them.

You set up 3 main assistants and you call them archangels, Michael, Gabriel and Lucifer. You set your 3 assistants in charge of specific areas. Then you decide to create the sun, moon, stars, planets and you select Earth to expand your creation, including man.

You tell man, he has dominion or rule and authority over the Earth and everything in the Earth. Just like you set up heavenly leaders, you set man up as the leader of the earth. All of course are under your authority and guidance.

But then, some of your angels start to rebel against you. And you see one of your main assistants in heaven, Lucifer, is leading the charge against you. What would you do? Scripture says Lucifer took 1/3 of the angels with him.

Angels, scripture says, are spirits.
Psalm 104:1-4 KJV “Bless the Lord , O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.
[2] Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:
[3] Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:
[4] Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:”

Spirits do not have flesh and bone Jesus said. Luke 24:39 KJV “Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.”

We know God cast Lucifer out of heaven, changed his name to Satan, the Devil, and cast the “fallen angels” the angels that rebelled with Lucifer, out of heaven. Satan has access to God but heaven is no longer his and he has no authority there any longer. Where does Satan go? Earth. Why? To get man to turn against God. Remember,  Satan is leading a rebellion against God.

So no, we are not pawns, but God wants us to choose whose side we want to be on. The interesting thing:

1 ~ God tries to convince man through man’s heart and spirit. Remember, God gives life and the spirit is life, the breath of life.

God goes after man’s heart because man’s heart sets your path in life. What is in your heart is what you do.

God uses his word to convince you to choose him and his ways.

2 ~ Satan uses your flesh, your body and your soul, your mind, will and emotions. He tries to stimulate your flesh, your body. He also tries to get to your soul, your mind. And because he is a liar, he convinces people what they think or the stimulants of their flesh is what matters.

God goes after the heart and spirit and that’s why we are told to renew our mind with his word and crucify our flesh ‘ s lusts. By Satan going after the flesh and soul, he knows it is the soul that spends eternity in heaven or hell. If Satan can get a lot of souls to reject God and his word, he can deny God the fellowship he wants.

We know God is patient and merciful but friends, the clock is running out. Time for you to decide and pick a team. If you choose to pick God’s team, click How To Be Saved in our Menu and please believe on and receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour before it is too late.

Until next time.

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All Mixed Up Part 2 – Hebrews 6

Mixing scripture up causes confusion and God is not the author of confusion.  So if you are being confused, know, it is not God confusing you.

As we said last time in All Mixed Up, the four Gospels were presenting Jesus Christ to Israel, Jews, as their long awaited Messiah / Saviour. But religious leaders called Pharisees falsely  convinced many, Jesus was not their Messiah and they crucified Jesus. Had Israel received Jesus Christ as their Messiah / Saviour,  the Kingdom of Heaven would have come in. Gentiles would not have been saved. But because Israel rejected Jesus, God sends salvation to the Gentiles. As we said the following last time:

But Israel rejected Jesus. The Pharisees,  religious leaders, led many astray and they rejected Jesus. So God did not reject Israel and God has not replaced Israel, but God called a Jew named Saul, changed his name to Paul and says, go now to the Gentiles and offer them salvation through Jesus Christ. This is called in scripture, the time of the Gentiles. Why did God now allow Gentiles to get saved? To provoke Israel to jealousy not abandon or replace Israel as some teach. Just read Romans chapters 9, 10 and 11.

After the Gospels we have the transition to the Gentiles. That transition is recorded in the book of Acts. The writer of the book of Acts is clearly Luke. The same Luke who wrote the Gospel of Luke. And Luke was a friend to Paul (see Colossians 4:14).

In the book of Acts we see God shift from the apostles and God introduces Saul, see Acts 7:51 thru Acts 8. Saul gets saved in Acts 9. God mentions Peter and the disciples and then – God changes Saul’s name from a Jewish name to a Gentile type name Paul in Acts 13 and calls Paul to the Gentiles.

Paul, a Jew, God called and sent to Gentiles to offer Gentiles salvation through Jesus Christ. Gentiles were considered dogs and Gentile ways were not “kosher” shall we say. But knowing Paul from scripture, he was a Pharisee a religious leader of Jews before God really got a hold of him. Paul had a love for Israel and for his Jewish brethren. But knowing God called him to the Gentiles, he willingly went.

Paul writes 14 books of the New Testament. Thirteen of these books are written to Gentiles. The 14th book Paul wrote to Jews, Hebrews. What better person could God have sent not only to the Gentiles but also writing a book to Jews. God chose someone who was a Pharisee. Someone who knew the scriptures. He spent his life learning and studying scripture. Paul knew the law.  But God revealed a “better” testament a better covenant  (see Hebrews 7:22 & 8:6) to Paul and Paul shared it with the Gentiles. Then Paul shared it lastly, with his Hebrew brethren by writing the book of Hebrews. The title of the book of Hebrews ” The Epistle of Paul The Apostle To The Hebrews “.

I have said many times in these posts, I ask God questions and he always has manifested truth to me. When you look at Paul’s first 13 books to the church (made up of Jews & Gentile believers) not once does Paul say or indicate a true believer can loose their salvation in Christ. To the contrary, Paul even said someone, a believer,  who was involved with incest, should be delivered to Satan. Why?

1 Corinthians 5:5 KJV “To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.”

Paul makes it clear, true believers are “sealed ” with that Holy Spirit of promise. Ephesians 1:13 KJV  “In whom ye also trusted , after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,”

So when believers, true believers, read the book of Hebrews, why do they think they can loose their salvation? This is example number two as mentioned at the end of All Mixed Up. Paul loved his Hebrew brethren and as a Jew, he tried to explain Jesus is the Messiah the one they were waiting for. Paul goes into Old Testament verses and explains how Jesus is the High Priest.

Many Christians read Hebrews 6 and think it says you can loose your salvation. That is not what Paul is saying to Christians.  Paul is explaining to who, Hebrews. Paul starts Hebrews 6 with the words ” leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ” meaning the following text has nothing to do with the doctrine.

Clearly Paul explains to Hebrews, if you have known the truth (been enlightened verse 4) another words saw, you were with believers who the Holy Ghost used mightily, and you turn away, it is like impossible to get you to start “afresh”.

It is like saying, you have this friend who sees God answer your prayers, God bless you, God prosper you, God heal and the mighty works of God through you and after your friend sees all this, understands the gospel, knows the truth but never received was  enlightened – for that friend to walk away, it is impossible to get that friend to start over, afresh.

These verses have nothing to do with the church. Nothing to do with the Bride of Christ. These verses are to unsaved Hebrews. Paul explains this and mentions salvation for the first time in that chapter in verse 9. After his previous comments to who? Hebrews.

The book of Hebrews has great spiritual applications and explains things pointed out in the Old Testament. But the book of Hebrews was not written to the church, Romans through Philemon were written to the church. The rest of the New Testament books (and Old Testment) explains things to us, explain how God works, God’s personality, the future through prophecy, the Great Tribulation, how God still loves and works with Israel and many other things. But we do not apply every word to this age of grace.

The scriptures, all 66 books, 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament,  profit us. They correct us, instruct us, they make us wise unto salvation and we learn doctrine. The doctrine of the law from the Old Testament is not the doctrine of  the Bride of Christ, Jews & Gentiles as one in Christ. The doctrine of the apostles is not the doctrine of the Bride of Christ and even Peter recognized that when he referenced Paul’s teachings in 2 Peter 3: 15, 16 saying some of Paul’s teachings are “hard to be understood”. Peter was a Jew called to Jews. Peter did not understand some things God gave Paul.

Friends, it is impossible for God to lie and believers in this age of grace, the Church Age, are sealed   by God the Holy Ghost. The book of Hebrews is written to Hebrews. We glean spiritually from the book of Hebrews. As we said, spiritual application has nothing to do with the flesh. Spiritual application helps our mind and spirit man. Hebrews teaches us and helps our mind and spirit understand Old Testament teachings to Hebrews.

Until next time. The photo below I saw and liked so now I share it with you. I borrowed the photo so you could enjoy someone else’s work.

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All Mixed Up

Many say Paul’s letters to Timothy are instructions to the church. For years when I went to church there was a lot of head knowledge being taught. There was also a lot of fear taught.  Not a fear of God  because he is holy but if you screw up God is going to smack you upside the head. People quickly began to realize they could not measure up, they did things wrong and sometimes didn’t know how to handle gray areas. Churches kept pushing, don’t screw up or God will get you and if something bad happens to you or your family it is because there must be some sin in your life. This teaching I believe has driven thousands of people away from the church away from Jesus and away from God. Why?  We can’t measure up.

The sad thing, they base this  God smack you upside the head teaching on one New Testament verse in  Hebrews 12.  So you have to ask, if you are trying to find truth –  does Hebrews 12 apply to the church? To those truly “in Christ” Jews and Gentiles?

One of the first things God and a Pastor taught me was always look at who the letter or text is addressed to. Then always remember scripture has a literal application for the people it is addressed to. Scripture also has historical application for the time it was written whether it is a time in history or prophecy, in the future. And scripture has a spiritual application.

Spiritual application – spiritual is defined as of spirit, not material, mental, relative to mind and spirit, holy, not fleshly,  not material. So scripture having spiritual application means scripture should impact your mind (soul) and your spirit man, not your flesh.

So if someone is going to teach the church aka the Bride of Christ, you have to look at literal application of the teaching, historical application of the teaching and spiritual application of the teaching. When you do this, you always,  always pray first and ask God to teach you the truth. And as a believer in Christ, Jesus said in John chapters 14 – 16 but  specifically in John 14: 25-27 that when he leaves this world,  God the Father is going to send us the Holy Ghost to teach us. The Holy Ghost gives understanding of God’s word. So when you pray, ask the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom, understanding and knowledge of the truth of the word of God in Jesus’ name, Amen. After you pray, now you can begin to study,  not just read scripture 2 Timothy 2:15. Then look at who is this written to? Is this written to Old Testament people? To New Testament people? Is this written to Jews? To Gentiles? Or is this written to the church those “in Christ” ?

Many believers do not even  do this first step and then they get confused with scripture. So believers mix everything together and wonder why they can’t understand. Then look at the historical application and then look at the spiritual application. I’m going to give two basic examples.

The first example is Jesus Christ himself. Throughout the Old Testament the Jews were told, among other things, there was a coming Saviour / Messiah. Sprinkled throughout the Old Testament God planted clues of who the Saviour / Messiah would be, where he would be born what he would do and even that he would be crucified and rise from the dead. When the Saviour / Messiah came, who did he come to? Jews? Gentiles? Clearly Jesus said he came to Israel to Jews. Jesus instructed his disciples to go to Israel. Jesus said himself, he was sent unto the lost sheep of the House of Israel. See Matthew 10: 5, 6 and Matthew 15:24.

So we see in the four Gospels, Jesus comes picks 12 disciples that are close to him and there are many other disciples see Luke 9:1 and also Luke 10 :17 – 20.  Jesus gives all these disciples, even the 70, the power and authority over all devils and to cure diseases and he sends them where? To Israel, Jews not Gentiles. And what is their message? Repent the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand ( a doctrinal teaching on the physical rule and reign of Jesus Christ physically on this earth). Jesus even warns them about their religious leaders, Pharisees in Luke 12:1.

The gospels clearly explained they are all Jewish for Jews sent to Jews, not Gentiles. So how can you take a scripture, given to Jews and for Jews and say the church – made up of Jews and Gentiles,  needs to apply these verses literally?  You can’t. However there is plenty of spiritual application. Spiritual application spirit, mental, not material, not fleshy, but application to the mind (soul) + spirit, not the body/flesh.

When you understand the law was given to Jews to have them do things in their flesh, their body to justify them with God. Everything was Works based works of the flesh. That’s why they understood the verses on plucking out your eye or cutting off your arm because it was better to enter maimed into the Kingdom of Heaven. Everything was based on works of the flesh, the body obeying laws, rules and regulations laid out by God. But spiritual application has nothing to do with material or fleshly it is the mind and spirit.

Some people in our time have taken verses like plucking out your eye or cutting off your arm literally and they have damaged their body. They took a verse from scripture given to Israel and applied it literally to the church. The verse has nothing to do with the church. Jesus was here on Earth to bring in the Kingdom of Heaven to Israel so you cannot apply that literal application. Again, who did Jesus come to? Jews, Israel. Who was that statement directed at? Jews, Israel.

But Israel rejected Jesus. The Pharisees,  religious leaders, led many astray and they rejected Jesus. So God did not reject Israel and God has not replaced Israel, but God called a Jew named Saul, changed his name to Paul and says, go now to the Gentiles and offer them salvation through Jesus Christ. This is called in scripture, the time of the Gentiles. Why did God now allow Gentiles to get saved? To provoke Israel to jealousy not abandon or replace Israel as some teach. Just read Romans chapters 9, 10 and 11.

Now Jews and Gentiles are saved and this mix of both makes up the church, the Bride of Christ.

The second example I have will hit home and we will cover that next time.

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