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A study of angels always proves to be most interesting. They intrigue our minds as their basic nature, order and ministry are considered. Contrary to common thought, angels only assume material expressions (bodies) to be seen of men when it is necessary. Otherwise, they carry out their God-given duties precisely in their natural form. Basically, they are ministering intellectual spirits according to Hebrews 1:7-14.
God created angels and His ministers to minister unto Him in the triune realm of his constitution: mental, spiritual, physical. The chief angels over these orders are Gabriel, mental realm; Michael, spiritual realm; and Lucifer, the material realm.
Of course we know that Lucifer fell because of originating sin, and many of the angels under his command fell with him, and doubtlessly some that were not under his command, too. Hence, the presence of demons on earth, and the locking away of some to the day of judgment.
Angels of God continue to minister unto Him. They are also given charge over affairs on earth. “The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him and delivereth them.” Psalm 34:7. Guardian angels are not myth, but reality.
Of course, one can recall so many times in the Old Testament that angels appeared unto men for the purpose of delivering a message from God or for other purposes. It was Jacob who wrestled with an angel all night, Genesis 37. Angels also executed judgment by destroying Sodom and Gomorrah and thousands of Israelites on certain sinful occasions. It was also an angel who announced the birth of Jesus to Mary and Joseph.
No, we are not alone. The songwriter penned, “I can see an angel peeking through a broken windowpane.” Angels are here. They occupy the same space, but live in another dimension. Angels can cross over into our dimension, but we may not cross over into theirs until death. Notice in the defense of Dothan, the city was surrounded by Assyrians and the prophet’s helper was beside himself as he pointed the situation out to his master. The prophet was not disturbed and said that they that be for us is more than they that be for them. Then he prayed that God would open the eyes of his helper that he might see what the prophet could see. God opened his eyes and he saw angels and chariots of fire ringing the hills about them. Elisha prayed that God would smite them with blindness which He did. Then Elisha led them away into the midst of Samaria where they were defenseless.
How marvelous is the Lord! How great is His love and care for His people. We are not alone. Angels are here and some have entertained them unaware. We are not alone!
Do not wait for the hearse to take you to church.
Rev_2:11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
Isaiah 40:1; Isaiah 61:1,2; John 14:1
What a wonderful concept, comfort. Comfort is something that each of us seek from time to time. We work a hard day and come home to comfort. We travel from time to time and sleep in unfamiliar beds. We are happy to get home to our own familiar comfortable bed. There is a desire for comfort and it does not just relate to physical comfort. We desire to be mentally comfortable. There are times when we cannot wrap our mind around. When these mental issues chase away the comfort we want, we seek knowledge to dispel the mystery that makes us uncomfortable. We seek mental comfort. The other area of comfort is spiritual comfort. Spiritual comfort is the most neglected area of comfort. Neglected not by God but by man in ignoring the Word of God.
God said to His people, “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people . . . “ Isaiah 40:1 God is speaking comfort to His people. God’s comfort is that warfare is accomplished. Another comfort was that Jerusalem’s iniquity is pardoned. God said that His people had paid double for their sins.
Now God is calling for them to be comforted. God has a desire that his people are comforted.
Isaiah has more to say about comfort. I believe there is a list of comforting things that Isaiah speaks relays to us. Isaiah 61:1,2 “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 2. To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, an the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; We each should have the Spirit of the Lord GOD upon us; certainly not as a prophet or a preacher, but as a comfort for us. Each of us should comfort the meek and tell others about Jesus Christ our Savior. Surely this is a comfort to us and our desire should be to comfort others by telling about our Savior. A comfort is that the Lord is coming again. With the heartbreak that is experienced here, the sorrows that overcome us, the disappointments that abound; the LORD is coming again.
We are called to not let our heart be troubled. Here is the question with which we need to deal with; do we believe in God? If we believe in God, we must also believe in Jesus Christ.
John 14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
God should be our steering wheel, not our spare tire. How inconsiderate to be the master of our lives until trouble strikes and then and only then call upon God to fix what we messed up.
The Bible does not say,
“Don’t walk in the flesh and you will
fulfill the desires of the Spirit.”
Rather it says,
“Walk in the Spirit and you
won’t fulfill the desires of the
ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but ye have
received the spirit of adoption whereby we cry Abba, Father.”
In this verse of scripture a contrast is being made between the spirit that dominated God’s people under the Law of Moses and the spirit that dominates His people in New Testament Churches. We do not have the spirit of fear which caused them to cry out “Lord, God,” but we have the spirit of adoption which causes us to cry “our Father.”
The key word for consideration here is “adoption.” In the modern day usage of the term it is used to convey the idea of receiving one outside the family bloodline and genetic pool, and making that person to become one of the family through legal action. This is not what is meant by the Bible term, although there are those who try desperately to make it so.
In the Bible there are degrees of son-ship designated by specific terms. “Teknon” is a Greek term translated in the Bible as a born child. “Pais” or “Padion” is the Greek work translated a small son, one under tutorship. “Huios” is the Greek term for a fully mature son who is able to act appropriately in the stead of, and in the name of, his father. It is this latter term, “Huios” that is consistently used of seasoned disciples in the New Testament Church. This is what every child of God in this age can and should become. This is what is meant in Romans 8:15 by the term “adoption.” In the original language this is a composite of two other terms. It is “huiothesia” a combination of “huios” mature son, and “thesia” to set or place; hence, the forceful meaning of the word is “to set in the position of mature sons.”
So, Paul encouraged the Romans and all of us with this enlightenment. We do not have the same position with God in the New Testament Church as the Israelites had under the Law. They had a continuous spirit of fear, but we have a continuous spirit and understanding of being mature sons who lovingly regard God as “our Father,” and do his bidding willingly and with gladness of heart.
Oh, what a joy it is to live in this position. God has given His Son for us. His Son has given His life for us. The Holy Spirit has empowered us and lives with us to continuously teach and guide us into the ways of all truth. We serve Him not out of a fear of being stoned if we do not, but because we love Him and are truly thankful for what He has done for us.
It is appropriate then that we should make the most of our prized position as mature sons. The more we know the more we can believe. The more we believe, the greater our faith. The greater our faith, the greater our hope. And in the end, the greater will be our blessed opportunity to rule and to reign with Him in the age that is about to happen. “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us that we should be call the sons of God.
- THE LOVE THAT SOUGHT US
- THE BLOOD THAT BOUGHT US
- THE SPIRIT THAT WROUGHT US
- THE WORD THAT TAUGHT US
is a spirit of
the Baptist made a most interesting statement characterizing the
Jewish Messiah Whom he announced. He said, “… I indeed baptize
you with water; but one mightier than I cometh,the latchet of whose
shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy
Ghost and with fire:” Luke 3:16, Matt. 3:11.
Most all agree that the baptism of the Holy Ghost, or Holy Spirit, occurred on the day called Pentecost as recorded in Acts Chapter Two. But what about the baptism of fire that John prophesied Jesus would administer? There are two common misunderstandings of this prophecy and its fulfillment. One is that the conjunction “Kai” in the Koine Greek text should be translated “Even.” The other is that this was accomplished by the cloven tongues of fire that sat upon the disciples on that historic and monumental occasion. Let it be said that if the conjunction should have been translated “even” instead of “and” surely one of the many translations of the Bible would employ it that way. None do! Additionally, the cloven tongues that sat upon the disciples on Pentecost do not represent a baptism which is in Greek “baptizo” to plunge or immerse. So both the ideas are rejected as simple misunderstandings of what John the Baptist was actually saying.
Closer examination of what John said, and in correlation with other scriptures indicate a baptism of judgment. Dr. A. T. Robertson in his work WORD PICTURES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT sees and expresses this view as well. The completed work of Christ Jesus, including both His cross work and His Holy Word establishes the criteria by which men shall meet Him in judgment. For this reason the church of His establishment is empowered with both knowledge and dynamic ability to grow up in Him, and to exercise His holy will in each generation. Such as are submissive to Him are undergoing, here and now, that baptism spoken of as fire, a consistent type of judgment. Consequently, the apostle Peter plainly expresses this truth in I Peter 4:17, “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?”
The judgment through which modern day, submissive disciples pass is that of being shaped by His Word (transformed rather than conformed to the world). Sometimes this is indeed quite fiery, but it allows the person so exercised to correct views, lifestyle, and beliefs to be in accord with God’s Word. His judgment then producing in that person highly rewardable works at His coming. Thus does the extended water baptism of John through a New Testament Church afford one the extended baptism of fire that refines him for God’s service both now, and in the millennial reign to come.