Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Eternal Life

"Eternal life is not a gift from God; eternal life is the gift of God. The energy and the power which was so very evident in Jesus will be exhibited in us by an act of the absolute sovereign grace of God, once we have made that complete and effective decision about sin. We have to keep letting go, and slowly, but surely, the great full life of God will invade us, penetrating every part." --Oswald Chambers, from My Utmost for His Highest.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Calling Forth the Bride

The heavenly Father is calling the bride He has chosen for His Son to
come forth in glory in the end times. As we transition from the Church
Age to the Kingdom Age, Jesus will display His beautiful bride to the
entire world so that all creation might see her glory.

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Chaste Virgin

For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. (2 Corinthians 11:2)

The Apostle Paul states his goal here in verse 2, that he intends to present the Believers to Messiah, as a chaste virgin. The fact that the espoused Bride-Candidate is a virgin does not say any more about her. From the word 'virgin' we do not know whether she is wise, or foolish; chaste or unchaste; Bride or Bridesmaid. All we know from the word 'virgin' in the spiritual sense, is that she has been Born-Again by being cleansed by the Blood of the Lamb — and has thus identified herself with Yahuweh's people.
But what is a chaste virgin, in this passage? Let's look further. The word translated 'chaste' is the Greek word 'hagnos,' Strong's number <53>. As we look at this word, several things come into view.
First, we see immediately the Strong's number 53 associated with this word. From Prophetic Numbers In Scripture we recall the prophetic meaning of the number '53' in Scripture speaks of entering in. We can surmise from this that those who retain their 'hagnos' status until the end, will indeed enter in.
Next, we see the word 'hagnos' <53> comes from the same root word as the word 'hagios' <40> which means holy, or "set-apart for a special purpose." This set-apart quality is one feature of the virgin that qualifies her as a Bride-Candidate. She has set herself apart from the world, for the sole purpose of being prepared for her Bridegroom. This reminds us of the Bride's commitment of herself to the Bridegroom, which she made early-on in her walk, in accordance with Rom 12:1-2.
Next, we notice in the Strong's Concordance Greek lexicon, that one of the definitions of 'hagnos' <53> is "pure from carnality; Clean." Thus we see from this definition alone that the presence of a carnal condition can remove the 'hagnos' or chaste condition from a Bride-candidate. We will thus include carnal among the kinds of corruption that can disqualify one from being among the Bride-Company.
(Excerpt taken from "thewayprepared.com bride studies)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Holy, Holy, Holy

The world seems to have lost having the "Fear of the Lord" but we must always remember "GOD IS HOLY" and it is only by His grace, mercy and forgiveness that we can boldly approach the Throne of Grace. Strive everyday to hallow God's name by living a life that is pleasing to Him!
Holy, holy, holy: To say the word holy twice in Hebrew is to describe someone as “most holy.” To say the word holy three times intensifies the idea to the highest level. In other words, the holiness of God is indescribable in human language. To be holy means to be different, distant, or transcendent. Thus the song of the seraphim is a constant refrain that the transcendence of God is indescribable. Although the Lord is totally different from us—He is perfect—in His mercy He still reaches down to take care of us. The whole earth is full of His glory: The Hebrew word order is, “The fullness of all the earth is His glory.” We know that the glory of God transcends the universe (Ps. 113:4–6); yet in order to balance the expression of the transcendence of God in the first half of this verse, the words of the second half emphasize God’s closeness to His creation—His involvement with the earth and its people.
The NKJV Study Bible. (2007). (Is 6:3). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.