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Thursday: Giving Him the Glory — 2 Comments

  1. Unfortunately, the report to the Jerusalem church by Peter was not given to encourage its members in evangelism but to defend a God ordained ministry. Paul had to do the same thing a number of times concerning his ministry (Gal 1:11-2:9).

    It seems that when the church does not understand her God or its purpose for being then those who are God's chosen people have to defend themselves and prove that what they do is indeed God's will. It is something that every prophet in every age has had to do including Ellen White.

    There are indeed fanatical imbalanced ministries out there but we need to be cautious in making judgments concerning their ministry. Even in the early church there were different temperaments among the members of the church. While many like Stephen were vigorous and aggressive in proclaiming the Gospel, the apostles themselves apparently were not so, "At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles" (Act 8:1 NKJV). Their approach to evangelism seemed to be different and less "in your face" with more of the idea of reconciliation in mind. Eventually, of course, they too would be persecuted but not immediately.

    So today there are different ministries and, "the eye cannot say to the hand, 'I have no need of you'; nor again the head to the feet, 'I have no need of you.' No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary . . . that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually (1 Cor 12:21-27 NKJV).

  2. As SDA our call is to the gospel commission, "for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for his good pleasure”(Phil. 2:13) after the Jews crucified our Lord at Jerusalem, which now is Sinai the word was now given to the gentiles. "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit" (Matt. 28:19). Our mission is to proclaim the 3 angels messages "the time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15). The cog7 is the remnant of our lord Jesus Christ. His desire is for us to reveal the mysteries! "For the mystery of the lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way”(2 Thess 2:7). "The falling away"; it is written has already taken place in our church! "For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light." (Luke 8:17). “All power, honor, and glory belongs to Jesus and him alone." The sheet of food that was revealed to Peter in the trance, represents the gentile world. "What goes into the body is good, what comes out is bad." It is written. Now even in our church circumcision is being contended, it is the hardening of our hearts and true belief in Christ and him alone. While we were asleep someone came in and planted bad seed, I tell you now in latter times no one will worship in Jerusalem or on any other hill. What my father is looking for is those who worship him in the spirit and true humility of heart. We should be broken in pieces and come to Christ in true and contrite repentance. Everyone will see it, our reflection will represent the kingdom of heaven and we will be light bearers for Christ! Rejoice in our risen savior saints!!!


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