“For the kingdom of God does not consist of food and drink, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
God doesn’t make dietary rules. He creates a spiritual feast.
God’s kingdom deals with inner qualities produced by the Holy Spirit rather than the destruction of one’s brother through the imposition of personal preferences.
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“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
—Romans 15.13 ESV
So many good things in a single sentence! How many things can you note that speak of God and what he does?
By Nelson Smith, commenting on Phil 2.1-2
What do we know of the “communion of the Holy Spirit?” Or the “fellowship of the Spirit?” What meaning does it have for us?
I preached for a church where they had a “fellowship committee.” Its primary work was to organize “fellowships” where the main topic (and activity) was food. Sometimes a little more than that but that does seem to be a common “vice” (?) of many whose taste-buds are out of control.
What does fellowship mean? Continue reading
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF I CORINTHIANS 12:13?
(“FOR BY ONE SPIRIT WE WERE ALL BAPTIZED INTO ONE BODY”)
Two recent essays (April 19 and April 26) dealt with the one baptism of the Bible (Ephesians 4:5). The first addressed the “how” and “who” of that one baptism; the second addressed the “why” of the one true baptism set forth in the New Testament. We showed from the Scriptures that the one baptism is the baptism authorized by Christ in the great commission (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16), baptism administered by men, in water, of penitent believers in Christ, in order for the persons to be saved from sin and inducted into the one body of the saved, the church. Continue reading
THE BLASPHEMY AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT
Christ the Lord said, “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven men. And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come” (Matthew 12:31-32).
G. C. Brewer, an excellent Bible student and a great gospel preacher, said there were four reasons why people wanted to study what is often referred to as “the sin against the Holy Spirit”: 1) some fear they have been guilty of it, 2) some because of curiosity, 3) some because they have a pet theory to advance concerning it, and 4) some so they can commit every other sin except this one! Continue reading
By J. Randal Matheny © 2016
There are places in our mind where we don’t want to go,
There is evil in the world we’d do better not to know;
From the devil’s deadly sin I would flee to Earth’s far end,
Let me never to temptation of the flesh give in or bend. Continue reading
“Inasmuch as many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of those things which have been fulfilled among us” (Luke 1:1 NKJV)…”it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus, that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed” (Luke 1:3-4 NKJV). The Book of Luke was written by the Holy Spirit because “many” were writing their own account of Jesus’ life, but not accurately. Luke’s “orderly account” literally meant he was writing about the events in Jesus’ life “one after another.” Time sequence means something, for “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son” (Hebrews 1:1-2 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.