2:5 What's this really saying?
It's saying that if Christ
is in us, we are no longer in sin. Why?
4:8 Captivity captive?
The captivity that Jesus led captive refers to
2:26; Hebrews 2:14,15.
Jesus captured the things which held
us captive; the things which disallowed us having a relationship
with His and our Father.
Just as the burdens today which we
seek for relief of, so also it was in ancient times -Isaiah
46:1,2; Haggai 1:6. The devil
has many tricks to take us a step further
Christ's work is us -Ephesians
2:10. He is leading captivity captive, as day by day we move further
away from the ways of the world.
5:6 How does one ensure that "no one deceives.(or,
This verse cautions us to be aware
of 'vain' words.(how?),
which are words that lead nowhere and really do nothing for you regarding
a relationship with God and a special reward
it not say here in Ephesians
6:1-4 "Children, obey your parents in the Lord.....",
and in 1John 2:3,4 that we are to keep
The key is, why do we do things. What is in the mind when
The ten commandments are great guidelines
to follow and this particular one of them has a great promise with it too!
But does not imply, as a means of righteousness
regarding a relationship with God the ten commandments aren't abolished?
They are abolished. God doesn't do
away with that which is ultimately good. In its intended application, the
ten commandments and the rest of the Mosaic Law
God designed for back then produced death, as
The application of the
ten commandments as a prerequisite
to God's approval of you is abolished. The application of the ten commandments
as guidelines for living should be utilized. And with the commandment.(instruction).in
question here, a blessing is attached to it. Just because something is
no longer required does not necessarily mean that it is no longer advantageous
in its utilization.
God is the Father of spirits -Hebrews
12:9; 1John 2:16-(lust
here means desires; the normal fleshly things we all have desires for);
9:13,14. We are in the spirit,
God in the spirit if Christ
is in us and no longer subject to a carnal
code designed for a carnal
We now live
by the spiritual discipline of a
higher form of righteousness – love, far higher
than the 'righteousness' of the Mosaic Law that, though accepted by the
people (Exodus 24:3), was not of
the heart -Deuteronomy 5:29.
and concern for others makes
it easier to discipline ourselves to seek only the highest and best for
others, thus weakening and making it easier to move away from the darker
side of our human
nature. Christ is the way
approach hardened criminals have become rehabilitated.
It takes discipline to develop the
character God exhibits.(Philippians
2:5,6).when things are going
good. This provides a greater opportunity to develop character, than when
you have no other choice than to conform.
4:17 Is this about the so called rapture?
The word 'rapture' means, in the dictionary, 'a carrying
away in the body or spirit'. The word does not occur in the Bible.
The verse says we'll be caught up
together with Christ, meeting Him in the clouds, when He returns to the
Earth (Acts 1:9,11), and will thereafter
forever be with Him -Matthew 26:64;
1:7. Has this occurred yet? Jesus talked of His return? -John
Paul knew that the next thing he would
know if he died before Christ came-(and
he did die), was that he
would awake and be with Him -Philippians
There is no
scripture for the rapture theory, a supposed time before a supposed yet
to occur 7 year
tribulation.(which in fact fully
happened in Jesus time with the destruction of Jerusalem in 70
A.D. by the Roman General Titus causing 1,100,000 to be killed and
97,000 taken captive)-where
good folks will be changed to spirit and rise up out of their cars, trucks,
homes, what have you; the cars perhaps then crashing into and killing some
little old lady on the corner as it veers
off with no driver – gimme a break! Or maybe
an angel will take over driving while the 'special' ones get 'spirited
away'. The bad folks having made it though this supposed horrible time
yet to come are to further suffer another demonic philosophy, that of further
punishment in hell forever. Gimme another break before I go crazy!
This is on a par with the other crap theory, that
The Jesuit priest Lacunza wrote that
Jesus must return twice, not once. This secret coming became foundation
for the rapture theory, a supposed time when the saints would escape a
tribulation and antichrist. It
was not a part of the "faith once delivered unto the saints" -Jude
1:3 "Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common
salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that
ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto
the saints." 1Timothy 4:1.
1998, by Larry Simmons, http://www.icnet.net/users/lsimmons/webpage.htm
the status of one particular group mentioned in the Bible. Despite terrible
persecution, they "keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony
of Jesus" ...Revelation 12:17.
reasonably assume these are members of Christ’s body, the church. That
conclusion however, would present a huge problem for pre-Tribulationists,
because they hold the church was raptured in Revelation
4:1. But this group is not mentioned until Chapter 12."
Happened In 70 A.D?-by
Edward E. Stevens:-"God
unleashed His covenant wrath against Israel, which had been threatened
for centuries throughout the Old Testament Law and Prophets and specifically
applied to first century Israel in the Gospels and Epistles of the New
1:16 What does this scripture mean?
The word 'err' in the original is
'deceive, seduce, to cause to stray, to lead astray, lead aside from the
right way'. Paul is saying not to be deceived regarding where all good
things come from, and that is God, as the next verse shows -verse 17. In
other words; don't get so involved in the physical life in pursuing your
goals when God can cause them to easily
come to you.
6:6 the "unpardonable sin"?
about it? And what about this
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