The Church Age
The temple in this age is the believer! “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”
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The Basic Truths Of Life!
Everyone that ever walked on this planet must come to terms in this life with some basic TRUTHS. These will be the basic truths that no one can argue with, if they are sane. Of course, if you believe what God says in His Own BOOK about you, then you will have no problem with accepting these basic truths.
1. The Brevity Of Life
"For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away." (James 4:14b) Our life is brief! like a vapor, or like smoke. "Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?" (Job 7:1) He is born, and then he will die! This is certain! (The exception being Enoch and Elijah, and also, those believers in Jesus Christ who are alive when He comes for His Church.)
2. The Brevity Of Your Remembrance
You will soon be forgotten. A man is remembered only a little while, and then he is forgotten. "He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him anymore. Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little, Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death; A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness." (Job 7:10 & 10:20-22)
3. The Sureness Of Trouble
Life is bale full of troubles. I have also found this very true!!! "Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not." (Job 14:1).
4. The Verity Of The White Throne Judgment
"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27). You will not miss this one unless YOU ARE HID in the CLEFT OF THE ROCK!
5. The Eternality And The Finality Of What You Do With Jesus Christ:
We will all be held accountable over this issue. It is a hard fact of life, my friend. Now will you take God's offer of eternal life ... purchased by His Son ... for all those who will put their trust in Him ... a thumbs down? You will everlastingly suffer the consequences!
6. That Men Never Learn From History
We learn from History That Men Never Learn From History! It is a heart problem! Men refuse to learn the "lessons" afforded by the light of HISTORY: the recorded historical events which occurred as fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Now, these are the basic truths with which we all must deal with one way or another!
7. What Should You Do?
"But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart:
that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved"; [Romans 10:8-13]
THE BIBLE :
Believe The BOOK!
The King James Bible
This is God's Holy WORD to you and I! Do you believe it? The A.V.1611 (or The King James Bible) is God's word PRESERVED in the English language for you and me. It came from the English Reformation. This Bible declares that: "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." [2 Timothy 3:16] God's inspired word is preserved in the A.V.1611. The word "preserved" means maintained inspiration. "The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in the furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever." [Psalm 12:6-7] “PRESERVE.” .
Home In The Hills:
[Or New Jerusalem]
Everybody is going home someday. Everybody is going to their LONG HOME. When you die, you are going to go to your “long home” whether, it be in “Heaven” or in “Hell”. Do you realize that truth? “Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:” [Ecclesiastes 12:5]. Read More?
The Church Age
Old Paths Baptist Mission © 2011 Richard St.James
In this dispensation … the Church Age … the temple, “not made with hands”, is that invisible, supernatural, indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the heart of the believer in Jesus Christ. The temple in this age is the believer! “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” [I Corinthians 3:16]
The Kingdom of God is present in this dispensation. [The Kingdom of Heaven is future.] When you and I get “saved by the blood of the Lamb”, we are born again, or spiritually made alive according to Ephesians chapter two, and added to the body of Christ becoming members of "the church of the firstborn." [Hebrews 12:23]
We, at that moment, are “translated” into the kingdom of his dear Son. “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son”. [Colossians 1:13]
Grace For The Gentile Dog!
Up until the time that Jesus Christ came to this Earth the Gentiles [those of the nations] were strangers [or outsiders] to the promises of God. Jesus Christ very clearly brings this home ... to you and me ... by recording in the Scripture his dealing with the Syrophenician woman. In the Gospel of John chapter four, It says this “woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation”. Are you ready for this? Jesus calls her a DOG! “But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs.” [Matthew 15:26]
The Scripture tells us she knew “salvation was of the Jews.” [John 4:22b] [Jesus Christ was ministering to the house of Israel.] Salvation is of the Jews! Amen! [To be called a dog … is to be called a low-life. To be called a dog by Jesus Christ is an authoritative judgment … for he is GOD. God in the flesh called us Gentiles “dogs”.] What did she do? What could she do? She knew that she could do only one thing as an outsider. She “came and fell at his feet,” believing that Jesus Christ could heal her daughter. “Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt.”
A new dispensation was being revealed here! [Matthew 15:28a] “Is he the God of the Jews only? Is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also.” [Romans 2:29] She came by grace through faith! [That is what happened to me thirty-one years ago. Rick St.James was saved “by grace through faith”.]
What about you my friend?
What is your situation?
Where are you are going?
What will you do with Jesus Christ?
That is the real question!
As a fellow Gentile [one of the nations ... not a Jew], have you come to Jesus Christ by faith as this Syrophenician woman did?
The Kingdom Of God
In the present age, which is the age of the church, the KINGDOM is present in the Kingdom of God form, which is always SPIRITUAL and moral in its constitution.
The kingdom that Jesus referred to in John 18:36 is not the same kingdom that his disciples were thinking of in Acts 1:6. One was a “spiritual and moral” kingdom and the other was “physical and political” kingdom.
Understand the time you live in. Get your bearings! In this dispensation it is given unto us to individually respond in obedience to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and receive by FAITH the Son of God as our personal Lord and Savior. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” [John 1:12]
The very moment that a person “trusts” Jesus Christ for his SO GREAT SALVATION [Hebrews 2] then God declares him or her to be JUSTIFIED in Romans 5:1. “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
We, then, are become the adopted sons of God by being BORN AGAIN [John 3], and added “to the general assembly and church of the first born” of Hebrews 12. The spiritual nature of the “Kingdom of God” is seen in Colossians 1:13. “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.”
Have you been “quickened” or SPIRITUALLY made alive? [Ephesians 2:1-6] Have you “trusted” Jesus Christ for your salvation from eternal HELL FIRE? Here is a warning to you! The God of the Bible is a “narrow” God because salvation comes through only His Son … Jesus Christ. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” [Acts 4:12]
We, as believers, are they, "upon whom the ends the world are come." We are they, which are "partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust" [2 Peter 1:4].
The apostle Paul gave to us [by the Holy Ghost] this truth in Colossians 1:26-27. "Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: to whom God 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:"
There it is! This mystery of us [the Gentiles] having been "graffed in" [Romans 11:19] is now revealed. This thing of "Christ in you" is for us, but was unknown to the Old Testament saints.
In I Peter 1:10, the Scripture saith: "of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you".
The Old Testament saints had only the prophets. They only had
what God gave to Israel through Moses and the prophets. These truths
... of the believer being "in Christ", ... of the New
Testament church being the body of Christ ... of the indwelling of
the Holy Spirit in the believer, and of all believers being in a
priesthood, were unknown to the Old Testament saints.
Go to: The New Testament Bishop
Psalm 12 ... is the promise to us!
Purified seven times ... God's word is kept in spite of men!
Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from
among the children of men.
They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak. [Verse 2]
The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things: [Verse 3]
Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us? [Verse 4]
For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the Lord; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him. [Verse 5]
The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. [Verse 6]
Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. [Verse 7]
The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted. [Verse 8]