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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Colossians chapter 1: Women Deacons Watchtower Society First Resurrection



       1: Paulos apostolos of Iesous Christos by the will of God [1] and Timotheos our brother 2: To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse Grace be unto you and peace from God our Father and Lord Jesus Christ [2] 3: We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ praying always for you 4: Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love which you have to all the saints 5: For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven whereof you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel 6: Which is come to you as it is in all the world and brings forth fruit as it does also in you since the day you heard of it and knew the grace of God in truth 7: As you also learned of Epaphras our dear fellow-servant who is for you a faithful diakonos of Christ 8: Who also declared to us your love in the Spirit 9: For this cause we also since the day we heard it do not cease to pray for you and to desire that you might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding 10: That you might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God 11: Strengthened with all might according to his glorious power Eph 6:10 unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness 12: Giving thanks unto the Father who has made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light 13: Who has delivered us from the power of darkness and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son 14: In whom we have redemption through his blood even the forgiveness of sins 15: Who is the image of the invisible God [3] the firstborn of every creature [4]16: For by him were all things created that are in heaven and that are in earth visible and invisible whether they be thrones or dominions or principalities or powers all things were created by him and for him [5] 17: And he is before all things and by him all things consist 18: And he is the head of the Body the Church which is the beginning the firstborn from the dead [6] that in all things he might have the preeminence 19: For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell 20: And having made peace through the blood of his cross by him to reconcile all things unto himself by him I say whether they be things in earth or things in heaven 21: And you that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works yet now has he reconciled 22: In the body of his flesh through death to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight 23: If you continue in the faith grounded and settled and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel Hebrews 6:6 which you have heard and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven of which I Paul became a diakonos deacon [7] 24: Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his Body’s sake which is the Church 25: Whereof I am made a diakonos according to the dispensation of God (ton Theon) which is given to me for you to fulfill the word of God 26: Even the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations but now is made manifest to his saints 27: To whom God [8] (Ho Theos) would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles which is CHRIST IN YOU the hope of glory  28: Whom we preach warning every one and teaching every one in all wisdom that we may present every one perfect in Christ Jesus 29: Whereunto I also labor striving according to his working which works in me mightily


[1] Paul did not begin his ministry as part of the inner circle of mainstream Christianity nor as a graduate from a prestigious Seminary or Bible college. As a result, in many of his letters, he not only asserted his apostleship but provided his own accreditation for his calling and qualifications. He did this in a much stronger way than did Peter and other writers of the New Testament. This was likely due to his previous standing as enemy of the Church, which after his conversion, necessitated an understandable need for Paul to prove himself. Paul was not so effected by the opinions of others that he went out of his way to do this; and when God called him and separated him to the work of the ministry, he did cooperate with Ananias, and then moved forward on his own and obeyed God.  

[2] Jesus is God, the Everlasting Father. See commentary at Philippians chapter one verse two, on translator supplements.

[3] Jesus is the image of the invisible God, because he is God. All the fullness of the Godhead resides in Jesus in physical form. In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with The God and The God was the Word. Yeshua is YHWH. Jesus is God.

[4] In addition to being a birth order, firstborn, in biblical usage, is also a status Deut 21:16, Psalm 78:27, Jeremiah 31:9 [Genesis 48:14]. Jesus is firstborn of all creation because he is the source and savior of all creation. Jesus is the one to whom every knee will bow and every tongue confess that he is Jehovah to the glory  of Father God Romans 14:11, Philippians 2:10-11, Isaiah 45:23. Jesus is God.

[5] YHWH Elohiym created everything by himself Isaiah 42:5 & 44:24. That means he did not create Jesus and then use him to to create every other thing [as some altered texts attempt to make it appear]. Both the Old Covenant and the Covenant that makes New, state that God created all things by himself and Jesus created everything that was made and without him was not anything made. Jesus is God

[6] This is a reference to the First Resurrection, which will happen in stages, beginning with the Church 1 Corinthians 15:23, Revelation 20:5-6.

[7] The church office of “Deacon” as practiced in many mainline churches is unscriptural and often a hindrance to the gospel. In some cases, pastors must answer to church deacons. In most cases, women are banned from the “office” altogether. The Seven, chosen in the Book of Acts to care for widows, could have been diakonos, but the scriptures do not specify that. The woman, Phoebe, was diakonos Romans 16:1. The fact that the great apostle called himself diakonos, is not commonly taught. That both Phoebe and Paul were diakonos, has been completely obscured by English-translation-theology

[8] This commentary occasionally uses the Greek words “Ho Theos” or “ton Theon” in place of the English “God” or “of God.” The reason for this, is that in John 1:1, of the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures [published by Watchtower Society], Jesus is called “a god.” Watchtower, explains the reason for calling Jesus “a god,” is that in John 1:1, where it states that Jesus (the Word) was God, the definite article of ho (“the”—as in the God) is missing. Therefore the claim is made that the verse cannot be saying that Jesus is Jehovah. Yet, when we compare all of the references to Jehovah God in the New Testament, we find that the definite article is not always present in verses that undeniably refer to the Almighty. Colossians 2:25 is a perfect example of this. The “God” (Theon, without the definite article) referenced twice in Colossians 2:25 is the same as  “THE GOD” (Ho Theos) referenced in Colossians 2:27. This passage is a perfect illustration of the fact that the presence or absence of the definite article “the” is irrelevant as to whether the word “God” is referring to Jehovah or not. John 1:1 was written by John, who was a devout Jew, and the Jews worshiped only one God (Hear O Israel YHWH Elohiym is ONE YHWH). A Jewish believer would never introduce a second, lesser, god into the mix. Thomas—a  Jew—worshiped Jesus, saying, “My Lord and my GOD.” Who was Thomas’ God? His God was Jehovah. Jesus is Jehovah. Jesus is God.  



Jocelyn Andersen, is Founder and Pastor of Hungry Hearts Ministries, since 1992. She strives for obedience to Christ's command to win souls and make disciples, and teaches biblical truth without the filters and limitations of culture or tradition. Her outreaches include: preaching, teaching, books, blogs, and her 24/7 Bible Talk Radio station, HungryHeartsRadio.com. Andersen is the author of several Christian books, including the short but powerful booklet entitled, Jesus, God of the Burning Bush: Eternal Father & Beloved Son. Follow her author page on Amazon, on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn. Links are located on her website, HungryHeartsMinistries.faith.
 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Philippians Chapter 4: Inner Peace Spiritual Warfare Invisible Women



    1: Therefore my brethren dearly beloved and longed for my joy and crown so stand fast in the Lord dearly beloved Philippians 3:20-21  2: I beseech Euodia and beseech Syntyche [pronounced Suntuka] that they be of the same mind in the Lord  3: And I intreat you also true yoke-fellow assist these women who labored with me in the gospel (with Klemes also and with other my fellow laborers whose names are in the book of life) [1] 4: Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say Rejoice 5: Let your moderation key word “moderation (temperance) be known to all people The Lord is at hand [2] 6: Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God 7: And the peace of God which passes all understanding shall guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus 8: Finally brethren whatsoever things are true Alt: Transparent—not hidden [3] whatsoever things are honorable [4] whatsoever things are [righteous] just [5]  whatsoever things are pure [6] whatsoever things are lovely [pleasing or pleasant] [7] whatsoever things are of good report [8] if there be any moral goodness or excellence and if there be any praise think on these things [9]  9: Those things which you have both learned and received and heard and seen in me do and the God of peace shall be with you [10] 10: But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at the last your care of me has flourished again wherein you were also [before] minded but you lacked opportunity 11: Not that I speak in respect of lack for I have learned in whatsoever state I am therewith to be content 12: I know how to be abased and I know how to abound Every where and in all things I am acquainted with how to be both full and hungry both to abound and suffer need 13: I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me 14: Notwithstanding you have done well that you did communicate with [me in] my affliction (meet my need) 15: Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel when I departed from Macedonia no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving but you only 16: For even in Thessalonica you sent once and again to [meet] my needs 17: Not because I desire a gift but I desire fruit that may abound to your accounts 18: Now I have all and abound I am full having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you an odor of a sweet smell a sacrifice acceptable well-pleasing to God 19: And my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus 20: Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever Amen 21: Salute every saint in Christ Jesus The brethren which are with me greet you 22: All the saints salute you chiefly they that are of Caesar's (Nero Claudius Caesar) household 23: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all Amen


[1] Paul made certain to remind the Church at Philippi, about the importance of the work Euodia and Suntuka [phonetic spelling] had done, and who these women had worked with. Laboring in the Gospel includes preaching and teaching, and nothing in the Bible commands women to discriminate against men when it comes to leading men to the Lord and helping them to grow in the Word (that, in a nutshell, sums up the work of the Gospel). When Paul’s words are added to those of Jesus, in John 13, where he said, “Do you understand what I have done to you You call me Teacher and Lord and you say well for so I am If I then your Lord and Teacher have washed your feet you also ought to wash one another's feet For I have given you an example that you should do as I have done to you,” then we understand that all Christians are commanded to humbly serve and assist one another—regardless of sex. Add to that, Acts 2:17 and 1 Peter 5:5 (AV TR), and we have more witnesses (not limited to these) that the scriptures are egalitarian, and not complementarian. We see in these examples that complementarian teaching contradicts scripture in that: A.) God calls both women and men to preach the Gospel and as leaders within the churches, and B.) Grudem’s teaching, that women were created only to assist men and not the other way around, is patently false. Euodia Suntuka were women of some import in the Church at Philippi. These two leaders must not have seen eye to eye on something as Paul was begging for unity between them. But despite their disunity on a certain issue, he still instructed the entire congregation (not just the male members) to assist the two as they labored in the Gospel.

[2] Paul looked for the appearing [in his day] of the the Lord Jesus Christ to raise the dead and catch up the living Philippians 3:20-21 (the word, rapture, is in the Bible. The term comes from the Latin Vulgate Bible). Paul wrote of Jesus return to earth with his saints to destroy the AntiChrist, but he looked for Jesus coming in the air for his saints. We see this in virtually every letter he wrote. Paul defined what he meant by his many references to the coming of Christ, when he wrote 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18, and 1 Corinthians 15:51-52. He was joined in watching for the resurrection/rapture by John, Peter, and James. Effectively, every writer of the New Testament affirmed a belief in the rapture of the Church (Christ coming for his saints). 

[3] Whatsoever things are true would be those things we can be grateful for and depend on to bring us peace and victory in [and over] every situation, beginning with knowing Jesus—the way the TRUTH and the life, belting on the TRUTH of God’s Word in every situation, knowing that all things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose. And that is just for starters.

[4] List 3 people, or deeds that you consider to be honorable, and explain why

[5] Just could also mean: things that are acceptable to God; righteous people or deeds; justice in the legal and moral sense. What would be the difference then, between things that are honorable and things that are just?

[6] God places a high premium on purity. God’s love is a pure love. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Learning the meaning of “pure,” leads to great personal and spiritual benefits, and thinking on things that are pure leads to supernatural peace of mind. 

[7] Focus on things that are pleasing, pleasant, that bring joy and happiness. This is not simply a distraction tactic. It is something with a Heavenly promise of peace of mind attached to it. 

[8] Who will believe the report of the Lord? 

[9] Verses 4-9 are powerful. Thinking on the impure, remembering the offense, remembering the lie, remembering the unfairness, remembering the ugliness, and focusing on that which is less than excellent leads to crippling bitterness, unforgiveness, immoral behavior, abusive behavior, and addictions to many things that lead to destruction. The good news is, that with God’s help, and with the washing of the water of the Word, Christians can rejoice in Him and commit to obedience by thinking on everything that is good. Christians are commanded and empowered to take control of their thoughts. Yes, our thoughts. If it were not possible, God would not require it. But with God all things are possible, and the weapons of our warfare are not natural weapons (yes, it is part of spiritual warfare to take our very thoughts away from the control of the enemy and submit them to Christ). The weapons of our warfare are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, for casting down imaginations, and for bringing every thought into the obedience of Jesus Christ. The promise for doing that is peace. Isn’t peace mental health? Isn’t peace emotional freedom? Peace can even lead to better physical health—science has long made the correlation between mental health and physical health, confirming the the scriptures that say bitterness eats the bones, and laughter is good medicine…Selah.

[10] Paul had difficulties, but he had peace in his heart. He faced death by execution, but he had peace in his heart. In the midst of adversity, danger, persecution, betrayal, physical need, and hunger, Paul had peace, and did not hesitate to say, “Let me be your example in this!” Christians should both be examples and find examples.