11-28-2017         Why Is There No More “Peace on Earth?”

Angels announced at Jesus’ birth: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:14 NKJV) Why, then and now, is there not “peace on earth?” It is because there are not more men of goodwill! More preachers should preach Christ “because of goodwill” toward men (Philippians 1:15). “Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men” (Ephesians 6:5-7 NKJV).
Peace on earth only happens in those who follow the Prince of Peace.

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

#angels, #peace-on-earth

World to come: Hebrews 2.5 VOTD

“For he did not put the world to come, about which we are speaking, under the control of angels.”

Hebreus 2.5

The Way of Christ is superior to the Mosaic system because his Kingdom, which has now come into the world, is not under angelic control, but under the Lord’s authority.

The Lord Jesus involves himself in our lives. We are grateful for his proximity.

#angels #Jesus #VOTD

April 2015 Issue of Christian Worker (Godliness)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • “God Was Manifest in the Flesh” (Tom Moore)
  • “Great is the Mystery of Godliness” (Sam Willcut)
  • “Justified in the Spirit” (Trent Kennedy)
  • “Seen of Angels” (Kris Groda)
  • “Preached unto the Gentiles” (Bobby Burris)
  • “Believed on in the World” (Sean Embree)
  • “Received up into Glory” (Jacob Rutledge)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

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#1-timothy-316, #angels, #christian-worker, #god-in-the-flesh, #godliness, #gospel-to-the-gentiles, #jesus-christ, #jesus-ascension, #justification, #mystery-of-the-gospel, #plan-of-god, #plan-of-salvation, #salvation


3-13-2015 Where Angels Dare Not Go

God’s angels cannot change the Gospel requirement Jesus set: “And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned’” (Mark 16:15-16 NKJV). Paul wrote: “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:8 NKJV). The Devil mis-represented Scripture to teach that an angel would keep Jesus from harm if He threw Himself off “the pinnacle of the temple” but Jesus replied “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the LORD your God’” (Matthew 4:5-7 KJV). We must always let God’s Word tell us what angels can and cannot do.

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

#angels, #baptism, #gospel, #harm, #tempt

a visit from Gabriel

In Daniel 9, Daniel records that when Darius the Mede began to reign over the Chaldeans, he (Daniel) read the prophecy of Jeremiah about the number of years that were left to complete the desolation of Jerusalem. Daniel then uttered one of the humblest, most heartfelt, honest prayers recorded in Scripture. While he was still praying, Gabriel came to him and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you insight with understanding. At the beginning of your supplications the command was issued, and I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed; so give heed to the message and gain understanding of the vision.”

Two things here give me chills. First, the phrase you are highly esteemed. Men have speculated for millennia about the nature of events in the spiritual realm. One would think that in such heavenly assemblies, men would be regarded as lowly and weak. What are men in comparison with angels–at least at this point in time? Yet the text here says that Daniel was highly esteemed. Angels held Daniel in high regard. What a compliment paid to the value and worth of those who do what is right in the eyes of God.

Second, the command was issued at the beginning of Daniel’s supplications. They didn’t even wait until he was done praying! Yet it seems that the command could not be issued until he prayed. How many blessings do we miss out on because we simply do not ask?

Lord, give us the courage to pray, the wisdom to know what to pray for, and the integrity that allows us to be heard.

#angels, #daniel, #gabriel, #integrity, #prayer, #wisdom


Outline of the Book of Hebrews

There is an outline of the Book of Hebrews now available on:

#angels, #baptism, #book-of-hebrews, #christianity, #church-of-christ, #faith, #god, #gospel, #high-priest, #jesus-christ, #law-of-moses, #marriage, #new-testament-outline, #priesthood, #religion, #sacrifices, #silence-of-scriptures, #sin, #sprinkling, #tabernacle, #worship

The Work of Angels

The work of angels is such an interesting topic to me. There is so much that can be said but only so much can be known. From Genesis to Revelation they are there, and we only know about it because we’ve been told.

What do they do? To put it simply, they do the will of God – at least the angels of God do such work. But I guess when you think about it, whether or not they are of God doesn’t much change the fact that his work will be accomplished. For even some of the angels thought that there was freedom outside of the will of God only to find out that the true freedom was only found by working in it and not against it (Matthew 25:41).

Much to the chagrin of the Sadducees, angels are found all through the New Testament. Want to know where? It’s easier for me to tell you where they are not – Ephesians, Philippians, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon and James. Double check that if you get the chance. And the Old Testament is over flowing with them too. While the New Testament uses the word angel a whopping 177 times, the Old Testament rings in at an amazing 109 times! Wait a second; the New Testament actually uses the word angel more than the Old Testament? According to what I found it does. But again, you can double-check me on that too. Even if you take out the references from the book of Revelation, the New Testament almost matches the Old Testament word for word at 105.

From proclaiming various announcements, to doling out several replete judgments of God, to ministering to a physically burdened Jesus, angels are ever busy in their spiritual work in the New Testament. There has to be a lesson in there for the people of God, right? Not necessarily repeating their specific works across the board, but rather repeating their work ethic across the board in what we’ve been called to do.

One day I’m going to do a class on angels. The only reason I haven’t done such already is because it’s so daunting to me. There is so much to say how can I say it all. How can we ever say it all though! The problem that I have seen with some people’s work on angels is that, like many other spiritually themed writings and teachings, they say too much. They say more than what has been revealed by the word of God. Angels speak by the word of God, at least the angels of God, so why would someone want to speak about them without following the same guide line?

Anyways, does the work of angels capture your interest? What’s your “favorite” work that’s captured in the Bible? Have you ever thought about meeting them?

At the end of the day, the work of angels is a topic that’s worth our study, because despite the fact that there’s only so much said about them, there’s been enough said for us to get the point.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”” (Luke 2:13-14)

#angels, #bible-study, #topical-study

On Children

When children are very young, they are like little angels.
But as their legs get longer, the wings get shorter.

#angels, #children, #legs, #wings

The wings get shorter

Glenda’s post reminded me of a quote I heard from a denominational radio preacher a long time ago. He was speaking about children being born pure and sinless. He said, “They’re like angels, but the problem is that as the legs get longer the wings get shorter!” How true!

#angels, #legs, #wings

Deep relief for Joseph

Joseph had already decided to act out of love for Mary, rather than protect his honor, by putting her away quietly. So it must have come as great relief to him to hear the angel’s message. He cannot be faulted for disbelieving Mary’s story. After all, who wouldn’t have looked askance at such an explanation for her pregnancy?

As to why the angel appeared to him in a dream, rather than when he was awake, is a mystery. Did the truth of that revelation need time to sink in, penetrate his subconscious? But when he awoke from his sleep, he didn’t hesitate, and the text in Matt. 1 says simply that he took her as his wife. No delays, no doubts.

Perhaps because it was in his sleep, the text registers no fear on his part. One of the few angelic appearances where fear is not mentioned.

#angels, #joseph-husband-of-mary

Daily Nudge: Angels — and news

Tell about your favorite angel appearance in the Bible. Why is it your favorite? You’ve probably had somebody to tell you that an angel appeared to them, but let’s stick with the ones that really happened, in Scripture.

I searched TFR in vain, because I thought I’d asked this Nudge before. Must be one of the false memories Ed mentioned.

Jack English wrote an excellent entry on angels for our Dictionary of Biblical Vocabulary. I think I’ve got it translated already into Portuguese. Maybe after (if ever) we get the Portuguese volume published, we’ll work on an English edition.

I’ve been out of pocket for a few days and have zilch on news of saints and churches. You got something?

#angels, #nudge

As for favorites I think it’s a toss up…

As for favorites I think it’s a toss up between the ones John and Mike suggested. Since those have been mentioned I will go with most intriguing. I’m fascinated with the appearance we find in Daniel 10. The immediate response of God to Daniel’s request is touching. The 3 week delay brings me to the intriguing part.

Do we underestimate the powers of darkness to hinder even the angels of heaven? Can we even imagine the fierceness of the battle as these unseen powers go head to head? Joe Beam describes in much detail what he believes is happening in his book _Seeing the Unseen_. I feel he goes beyond what we can possibly know from the Scriptures, so I’m not necessarily recommending the book.

While I believe Joe represents one extreme, too many of us are on the other extreme. We ignore the clear teaching of scripture, as to the power and influence of the evil one and his cohorts, to our own detriment.

What are your thoughts?

#angels, #devil

My favorite angelic appearance is Luke 2…

My favorite angelic appearance is Luke 2:9, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.” An angel appeared to shepherds and told them there were “good tidings of great joy.” The appearance of Christ the Lord, who had come to earth as a human being, was heralded by this angel. God was working out his plan to save men from the bondage of sin!


Randal, I’ve got to color outside the l…

Randal, I’ve got to color outside the lines a bit on this one. My favorite “angelic appearance,” for obvious reasons, is found in Acts 6:15 –
“And all who sat in the council, looking steadfastly at [Stephen], saw his face as the face of an angel.”

#angels, #stephen

Daily Nudge: angels — and news

Gabriel the angel ... with flowers?

This angel is bringing flowers

What’s your favorite angelic appearance in the Bible? queries the Nudge this fine, cool morning. Fellows, cite one moment when an angel appears to a human, and why that one makes your day. (Visitors, surfers and regulars can Reply to this post.)

Remember, no extra-biblical appearances need apply. You have from Genesis to Revelation as possibilities here.

Interesting how, in the Bible, angels are often associated with fear. Either the appearee is struck with terror, or the angel says, “Fear not …” A far cry from the chummy tales of angels today. As far as the little fat, cutesy cherub of the paintings, we won’t even go there. Have we ever seen a portrayal that does the angels’ biblical description justice? I doubt it.

And reckon Gabriel and Michael mind having humans named after them? Just wondering …

News, anybody? I know some, but I can’t tell it. Yet. When the time comes we’ll pass on the word to you.

So tell me something that can be told. Good, preferably.

#angels, #fear, #news, #nudge