This is a continuation of the sessions from class 54– What is water baptism? Why is it important? What actually takes place in that immersion? Equally, what is the baptism of the Holy Spirit? We ponder these questions and others as we continue to look into The Holy Spirit in the Scriptures and as the Third Member of the Godhead.
This is a continuation of the session from class 54-B- as we look into the purpose and plan of Jesus in giving the Holy Spirit to His disciples, transferred by promise to those of us who believe. In this class we look at the spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 14, the gifts Paul says to “eagerly desire,” and ask the God of Israel to pour out His Spirit on us gentiles as a sign of the age to come and confirmation of His gospel.
There is also a prophetic word shared that was given by a friend regarding the church in America.
In Revelation 1:9 John says, “I, John, your brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation, and kingdom, and perseverance which are in Jesus…”
There is tribulation in Jesus. There is kingdom in Jesus. There is perseverance in Jesus. We can’t merely behold Him, we must partake of Him.
Acts 14:22 “…strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.” 23When they had appointed elders for them in every church, having prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.
In this passage we see perseverance at work, as believers in Jesus endure tribulations in the hope of inheriting the kingdom. Come on! Let’s go!
It is no small thing to behold the Word of God in the flesh. Who have we partaken of in baptism? Who’s body do we eat and drink in communion? Who is this communion with? In seeking to become a partaker of this Gospel, a s Paul was seeking in 1 Corinthians 9, we identify the magnitude of this man Jesus and what it means to identify with Him in His suffering before glory (Lk. 24:26). This is the revelation of Who He is for those who are baptized with Him into His death. He is the revelation of the mystery that was hidden in ages past.
We are now approaching the apokalypsis of Jesus, the Messiah––His revealing––and the events that are encapsulated in this final climactic event. Truly all the scriptures point toward this Man, and the day He gets glory. With the previous sessions of this class as a foundation, we can look into the book of Revelation with insight and understanding that gives us definition of these events and de-mystifies the subject matter.
In this session we specifically handle what this revelation means for those who read and hear it when we understand it from a basis of Jesus Himself being the revelation of the mystery.
How do we take the knowledge of the Gospel and apply it to action? How do we transcend the Western Sunday morning routine of just hearing from a person, but actually respond to His gospel with our lives? What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus?
We start to talk about these things here as a family emergency overseas takes us away from the Eclectic Ekklesia for the next three months. The exhortation is that this shouldn’t matter because Jesus is the head of the church and we follow Him whether we have someone teaching, or we just gather to pray, fellowship, read the Scriptures, and be ekklesia.
-Post 55 consists of 3 sessions which make up Session 65-
This session revisits the Song of Moses as the prophetic foundation of the Scriptures and seeks to establish the importance of living within the revelation of this song that God commanded Moses to write. We approach the song again here as it is the prophetic foundation to understanding the whole of eschatology––which can be simply understood as: How YHVH’s narrative ends.
This is session 7 of the Cross pillar on our main diagram. We finally finish the apostles testimony regarding the suffering and glory in the book of Acts. Showing the emphasis of the resurrection of the dead as the glory, the hope begins to shine even brighter.