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7-7-2017 Does God’s Angel Lie

As the Book of Revelation is being finished, John falls down to worship God’s angel who had showed these things to the Apostle. “Then he said to me, ‘See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.’ And he said to me, ‘Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand'” (Revelation 22:9-10 NKJV). First, angels must not be worshiped, for their message is only what God said. Only God is to be worshiped. Secondly, Christians who obey “this book,” are as acceptable to God as angels, Apostles, and the prophets. Third, the Book of Revelation prophecied only of events soon to happen, or “at hand.” Everyone who tries to see in the Book of Revelation hundreds or thousands of years in the future must be calling the angel of God a “liar!”
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#angel, #at-hand, #revelation

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4-4-2017 Is Your Life Real?

An angel of the Lord led Peter out of prison, “So he went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.” After leaving the prison without incident, “they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him. And when Peter had come to himself, he said, ‘Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel, and has delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the Jewish people’” (Acts 12:9-11 NKJV). What showed Peter this was not a “vision?” The reality of where he ended up, actually out of prison! A video game, movie, TV program, “reality show,” or propaganda media are not reality. Peter came to himself, when reality set in. Is your “reality” real?

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#angel, #reality, #vision

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4-29-2016 Contradictions #5

An example of a Bible contradiction is on The Thinking Atheist, and asked: “Who Did the Angel Speak to Regarding the Birth of Jesus?”  In Matthew 1:20, “an angel of the Lord appeared to him [Joseph] in a dream, saying…’that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit’” (Matthew 1:20 NKJV), concluding, “The angel appeared to Joseph.”  But in Luke 1:28, “the angel Gabriel was sent by God…to a virgin…[whose] name was Mary” (Luke 1:26-27 NKJV), concluding, “The angel spoke to Mary.”  Are you serious?  How about, God spoke to the two people through two angels on two separate occasions?  You mean Atheists are so busy “reasoning,” they can’t even count to two?  Truly, atheists “walk, in the futility of their mind…because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart” (Ephesians 4:17-18 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#angel, #atheists, #nativity

Hagar and the Angel

One of the most touching encounters with an angel in scripture  is in Genesis 16.

Hagar had just suffered harsh treatment at the hand of her mistress, Sarai, and she fled. An angel came to her as she sat near a spring in the desert.  “And he said, “Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?” She said, “I am fleeing from my mistress Sarai,” (Genesis 16:8 ESV).

Certainly God knew where Hagar had been and where she was going, but Hagar may not have. The question was asked to give Hagar a chance to think. Evidently, Hagar had the first part of the answer, but didn’t know where she was going. Apparently, she wasn’t going anywhere.

Isn’t it wonderful to know God cares where we’re going? So many are lost and don’t know. God knows. God cares and wants us to go the right way.

Hagar was told by the angel she had a future. Perhaps one of the cares Hagar bore was what she was going to do now that she’s homeless. God had the solution: go back to your mistress and give birth to a son that will father many nations. God has the solution for every problem. He is willing to point out our future if we are willing to listen.

 

#angel, #god, #hagar

Acts 8 Conversion Story Of The Eunuch

My favorite recorded conversion story is about the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8:26-40. Here are some of my observations:

1) Through the providence of God, the angel spoke to Philip at just the right time for Philip to go and meet the eunuch at just the right place. This tells me that if an individual is truly seeking to know the gospel, God will provide the circumstances and the means for that to happen.

2) The eunuch had been to Jerusalem to worship, so we know he was a devout religious man. He was returning to his homeland, and had stopped to read out of the scroll which contained Isaiah’s prophecy.

3) We need to note that the Holy Spirit sent a “man” [Philip] to teach the eunuch (Acts 8:31). This account clearly shows that the teaching regarding man receiving direct miraculous “illumination” of the Scriptures from the Holy Spirit is false (cf. 2 Timothy 2:15; Acts 17:11).

4) The eunuch had a cursory knowledge of the Old Testament Scriptures, but did not understand who the prophet Isaiah was referring to in Isaiah 53:7-8.

5) It’s interesting to note that in Philip’s teaching, “he began at the same Scripture” (Acts 8:35) – he didn’t go off into left field on some other subject or tangent. He stayed with the gospel pattern of teaching.

6) Philip “preached unto him Jesus” (Acts 8:35) because that was Who the prophet Isaiah was referring to. Preaching Jesus would have necessarily included the core of the gospel – the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). Philip obviously told the eunuch about being baptized “into Christ’s death” (to effectively appropriate the blood that was shed at Christ’s “death” – Romans 6:3-4), necessitating a “burial” in water, and being raised or “resurrected” [out of the water – Acts 8:39] to walk in newness of life – the act of baptism required for the remission of sins and the putting on of a good conscience before God (Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16; Romans 6:1-8; Gal. 3:26-29; 1 Peter 3:21).

7) After the eunuch was taught all of the above, they came to a body of water and the eunuch asked Philip, “what hinders me to be baptized?” Philip responded by telling the eunuch that if he truly believed the inspired words that Philip taught him, he could be baptized for the remission of sins. The eunuch responded by confessing Christ as the Son of God, and thus Philip baptized him. After coming up out of the water, the eunuch went on his way “rejoicing” (Acts 8:38-39) because he was a saved man “in Christ Jesus,” no longer under condemnation (Romans 8:1).

In Philip’s teaching, he totally adhered to God’s pattern or plan of salvation. This conversion story illustrates the fact that as we teach others, we must adhere to the same gospel pattern or plan, not deviating from it.

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