Servant of his Father

The last few days we encouraged our members to spend time in the Bible this weekend, first focusing on the death of our Saviour, then celebrating how death has been defeated.

We looked at how this master teacher who could do miracles was humble to take up the work of slaves. He also never wanted his name or position exalted. For Jesus it was clear he and we always had to follow what the Father in heaven wanted, and should never haver our priorities at the first place. Jesus did not follow his own path but gave his all being in the hands of his Father. He did not follow his own judgements but God’s judgements. He always looked to what God’s ways were and how he could step in line with it  and how his followers had to follow God’s ways, which should always be higher than our ways.

Christ is the Way

” יהושע  said to him, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. ” (John 14:6 The Scriptures 1998+)
““Of Myself I am unable to do any matter. As I hear, I judge, and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own desire, but the desire of the Father who sent Me. “If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true. “There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the witness which He witnesses of Me is true. ” (John 5:30-32 The Scriptures 1998+)
“I am the good shepherd.1 And I know Mine, and Mine know Me, Footnote: 1Ezek. 34:11-12, Heb. 13:20, 1 Peter 2:25, 1 Peter 5:4. even as the Father knows Me, and I know the Father. And I lay down My life for the sheep. “And other sheep I have which are not of this fold – I have to bring them as well, and they shall hear My voice, and there shall be one flock, one shepherd.1 Footnote: 1Ezek. 34:23, Ezek. 37:24. “Because of this the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life, in order to receive it again. “No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to receive it again. This command I have received from My Father.” (John 10:14-18 The Scriptures 1998+)

Jesus said it himself, in case he would have been sent by himself to this earth, than he would be a deceiver, and his witness would not be true, so worthless and perjury.

Jesus who was aware he  only could do all those miracles because he received the blessings and the power of his Father, was willing to bring this power of his Father to the advantage of the people around him; He also wanted to share that life God had given him, with us in abundance.

Jesus as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, to make himself of no account, futile, meaningless, wilful to his Father, he esteemed the other better than himself in lowliness of mind, and did want to get the best for the other and contradictory to the world he never wanted to please himself, but he wanted to please God, his Father to whom he wanted to be obedient. He had a concern for the people around him their needs and concerns. He was willing to give his life as a ransom for them and those he even did not know. Jesus was willing to offer his body as a lamb on the slaughter table so that we could have life, and that we may have it even more abundantly so that  we are enabled to bear fruit like Jesus did bear much fruit.

Luke tells us that Jesus is the real man who presented himself to God his Father and was as such the παῖς  or ‘servant’ of God, in the sense in which Isaiah has spoken of the Messiah as the ‘eḇed jehovah,’ ‘servant of Jehovah (= servant of God).’ The apostle Luke presents the Christ in his bearing on the history of God’s Kingdom and of the world – as God’s Elect Servant in Whom He delighted as Isaiah predicted. In the Old Testament, to adopt a beautiful figure, the idea of the Servant of the Lord is set before us like a pyramid: at its base it is all Israel, at its central section Israel after the Spirit (the circumcised in heart), represented by David, the man after God’s own heart; while at its apex it is the ‘Elect’ Servant, the Messiah. And these three ideas, with their sequences, are presented in the third Gospel as centring in Jesus the Messiah. By the side of this pyramid is the other: the Son of Man, the Son of David, the Son of God. The Servant of the Lord of Isaiah and of Luke is the Enlightener, the Consoler, the victorious Deliverer; the Messiah or Anointed: the Prophet, the Priest, the King.

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Christ Jesus Lamb of God - Crozier representing a lamb, Italian art. - 13th century Louvre Museum Photo Marie-Lan Nguyen (2005)
In this counsellor we find a shepherd as David. Jesus was to shoot forth the Branch of David, the other servant of God. The ‘Servant of the Lord’ in relation to Israel’s history was Kingship in Israel; the ‘Servant of the Lord’ in relation to Israel’s ritual ordinances was the Priesthood in Israel; the ‘Servant of the Lord’ in relation to prediction was the Prophetic order. But all sprang from the same fundamental idea: that of the ‘Servant of Jehovah.’

As a servant opens the door or gate for his master and the guests to this master, Jesus opens the door for us to his Master, his God and our God. Though the servant can find everything at his hands in the masters house, he does not steal and takes care that everything stays in good order.

““The thief does not come except to steal, and to slaughter, and to destroy. I have come that they might possess life, and that they might possess it beyond measure. ““I am the door. Whoever enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and shall go out and find pasture. “The thief does not come except to steal, and to slaughter, and to destroy. I have come that they might possess life, and that they might possess it beyond measure. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. ” (John 10:9-11 The Scriptures 1998+)
“even as the Son of Aḏam did not come to be served, but to serve,1 and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Footnote:1See Mark 10:45 and Isa. 49:1-7. ” (Matthew 20:28 The Scriptures 1998+)

“For, let this mind be in you which was also in Messiah יהושע, who, being in the form of Elohim, did not regard equality with Elohim a matter to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, and came to be in the likeness of men. And having been found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, death even of a stake. Elohim, therefore, has highly exalted Him and given Him the Name which is above every name, that at the Name of יהושע every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and every tongue should confess that יהושע Messiah is Master, to the esteem of Elohim the Father. ” (Philippians 2:5-11 The Scriptures 1998+)

Though Jesus was the only Begotten of the Father (John 1:14), the Brightness of the Father’s glory (Hebrews 1:3), the Chosen (Matthew 12:18) and the Christ (Matthew 1:16) he wanted to be  a Consolation of Israel (Luke 2:25) and a  Counselor (Isaia 9:6), Friend (John 11:1-44) and even Brother (Hebrews 2:11). Though he expressed images of the Father (Hebrews 1:3) he wanted to be a Faithful Witness of Him (Revelation 1:5), being a Holy One of God (Mark 1:24) always under the Law of the Almighty One God and bringing others under that precious Law (Matthew 27:51; Romans 7:4; Ephesians 2:13-15), being sure that it was not him but the Holy Spirit of his Father who would bring the followers of him his teachings to their remembrance (John 14:26).

John the Baptist declares Jesus to be the Lamb of God, the baptizer with the Holy Spirit, and the Son of God (John 1:29-34 ). As a lamb Jesus was willing to be a sacrifice and to lay down his life as a Ransom (1Timothee 2:6), becoming the new Passover (1Corinthians 5:7), and because of that his Father loves him (Ephesians 5:2; John 10:17) and has taken him as a salvation and mediator for men (Luke 2:25-30; 1Timothee 2:5).

“For there is one Elohim,1 and one Mediator between Elohim and men, the Man Messiah יהושע, Footnote: 11 Cor. 8:6, Eph. 4:6, Mk. 12:29-34. ” (1 Timothy 2:5 The Scriptures 1998+)

God was willing to accept his son his offer and took the anointed up in heaven to sit at His right hand after He had raised up Jesus as the Saviour. By this Christ his action of giving himself to all humanity, as a humble servant Jesus will raise us up through His power. Jesus voluntarily yielded up his life when he knew that his suffering was completed (see John 19:30). It also implies that the divine nature of Christ was active in his resurrection: he was able to “take up” his life again, because he trusted fully in his Father.

“So when יהושע took the sour wine He said, “It has been accomplished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. ” (John 19:30 The Scriptures 1998+)
“Truly, He has borne our sicknesses and carried our pains. Yet we reckoned Him stricken, smitten by Elohim, and afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our crookednesses. The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. We all, like sheep, went astray, each one of us has turned to his own way. And יהוה has laid on Him the crookedness of us all. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, but He did not open His mouth. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, but He did not open His mouth. ” (Isaiah 53:4-7 The Scriptures 1998+)
“On the next day Yoḥanan saw יהושע {Jeshua} coming toward him, and said, “See, the Lamb of Elohim who takes away the sin of the world!1 Footnote: 1Mt. 1:21, Titus 2:14, 1 John 3:5 & 8. ” (John 1:29 The Scriptures 1998+)
“Therefore cleanse out the old leaven, so that you are a new lump, as you are unleavened. For also Messiah our Passover was offered for us. ” (1 Corinthians 5:7 The Scriptures 1998+)
“Therefore, having girded up the loins of your mind, being sober, set your expectation perfectly upon the favour that is to be brought to you at the revelation of יהושע Messiah, as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts in your ignorance, instead, as the One who called you is set-apart, so you also should become set-apart in all behaviour, because it has been written, “Be set-apart, for I am set-apart.” And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, pass the time of your sojourning in fear, knowing that you were redeemed from your futile way of life inherited from your fathers, not with what is corruptible, silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Messiah, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, foreknown, indeed, before the foundation of the world, but manifested in these last times for your sakes, who through Him believe in Elohim who raised Him from the dead and gave Him esteem, so that your belief and expectation are in Elohim. ” (1 Peter 1:13-21 The Scriptures 1998+)
“And I looked, and I heard the voice of many messengers around the throne, and the living creatures, and the elders. And the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb having been slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and respect and esteem and blessing!” ” (Revelation 5:11-12 The Scriptures 1998+)

Jehovah God exalted his humble servant because he fulfilled all the works God wanted to be done on earth by him.

“For you shall not come out in haste, nor go in flight. For יהוה is going before you, and the Elohim of Yisra’ĕl is your rear guard. See, My Servant shall work wisely, He shall be exalted and lifted up and very high. As many were astonished at You – so the disfigurement beyond any man’s and His form beyond the sons of men – He shall likewise startle many nations. Sovereigns shut their mouths at Him, for what had not been recounted to them they shall see, and what they had not heard they shall understand. ” (Isaiah 52:12-15 The Scriptures 1998+)
“Who has believed our report? And to whom was the arm of יהוה revealed? For He grew up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or splendour that we should look upon Him, nor appearance that we should desire Him – despised and rejected by men, a man of pains and knowing sickness. And as one from whom the face is hidden, being despised, and we did not consider Him. Truly, He has borne our sicknesses and carried our pains. Yet we reckoned Him stricken, smitten by Elohim, and afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our crookednesses. The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. We all, like sheep, went astray, each one of us has turned to his own way. And יהוה has laid on Him the crookedness of us all. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, but He did not open His mouth. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, but He did not open His mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment. And as for His generation, who considered that He shall be cut off from the land of the living? For the transgression of My people He was stricken. And He was appointed a grave with the wrong, and with the rich at His death, because He had done no violence, nor was deceit in His mouth1. Footnote: 1See 1 Peter 2:22. But יהוה was pleased to crush Him, He laid sickness on Him, that when He made Himself an offering for guilt, He would see a seed, He would prolong His days and the pleasure of יהוה prosper in His hand. He would see the result of the suffering of His life and be satisfied. Through His knowledge My righteous Servant makes many righteous, and He bears their crookednesses. Therefore I give Him a portion among the great, and He divides the spoil with the strong, because He poured out His being unto death, and He was counted with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. ” (Isaiah 53:1-12 The Scriptures 1998+)

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Are you willing to tell the people around you that you know Christ Jesus? - St Peter's denial - 1660 Rembrandt (1606–1669)
In case that we are willing to give our bodies to the Work of God and be members of Christ Jesus, as members of the body of Christ we should be joined as one and be of one spirit with Christ Jesus. Be fleeing every sin because this  is outside of the body and our body should be a temple of the Holy Spiritin us, which we have from God.

“And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were set apart, but you were declared right in the Name of the Master יהושע and by the Spirit of our Elohim. All is permitted me, but not all do profit. All is permitted me, but I shall not be under authority of any. Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods – but Elohim shall destroy both it and them. And the body is not for whoring but for the Master, and the Master for the body. And Elohim, who raised up the Master, shall also raise us up through His power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Messiah? Shall I then take the members of Messiah and make them members of a whore? Let it not be! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a whore is one body? For He says, “The two shall become one flesh.” And he who is joined to the Master is one spirit. Flee whoring. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits whoring sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the Dwelling Place of the Set-apart Spirit who is in you, which you have from Elohim, and you are not your own? For you were bought with a price, therefore esteem Elohim in your body and in your spirit,1 which are of Elohim. Footnote: 1See 7:23, 1 Peter 1:18-19. ” (1 Corinthians 6:11-20 The Scriptures 1998+)

Also those who wanted to become big or important should know that they had first to be the lowest of all.

We ourselves should become as Christ. Being Christ does not mean that we are going to be God, as many think Jesus to be God, but it means being as the Servant Jesus, being child of the Father in heaven and being a seed in the hands of the Lord.

The Lord Jesus wants us, as his pupils, his branches, to be fruitful.

“In this My Father is esteemed, that you bear much fruit, and you shall be My taught ones. ” (John 15:8 The Scriptures 1998+)

Fruit is the result of developing life. Branches do not innately have that life in themselves. “The branch cannot bear fruit of itself.” Branches must always find their life in the vine. The vine, Jesus, has life.

“I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Our Lord came to share that life with us in abundance. “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (Joh_10:10). His abundant life is what enables us to bear much fruit.

We should try to do as Jesus, our biggest and best example, and should strive to be simple and sincere toward all, seeking not to please and honour self, but the Lord. As Jesus has given us examples how to pray, to his Father and Our Father, and warned us to keep to the commandments having only One God, we should be careful with what and whom we associate, and be careful to honour the right person with our lips and actions, not being afraid of Christ Jesus.

As Jesus was the servant of his Father and people around him we should also be servants of the people around us and a servant for Christ and for God, faithful to the Lord, the Truth, the brethren and all with whom we have to do, not only in great matters, but also in the little things of life. We should as followers of Christ, becoming Christians have equality in love, so that we are as Brethren and sisters in Christ wanting to do things for each other, never being demanding and never having more than a master/servant relationship. We should all have the idea of equality in Christ. Secular society may not want to live up to the ideal of Christian equality, but the Christian community should certainly hold to that model. To be God’s person is not something one is in isolation from society, but it means to be Christ’s servant in community with mankind at large.

Brethren and Sisters in Christ or Christadelphians - Being one in Christ

No state, no condition of rank in life, is altogether exempt from being a servant. The King and the beggar have both their respective provinces in life; and as Solomon said, the profit of the earth is for all the King himself is served by the field.

“And the increase of the land is for all. The sovereign himself is served from the field.” (Ecclesiastes 5:9 The Scriptures 1998+)

We find God the Father speaking of Jesus the servant of God, when calling him by this name. “Behold my Servant, whom I uphold: mine Elect in whom my soul delighteth!” God has called the branch of David in righteousness, and will hold his hand, and will keep him, and give him for a Covenant of the people.

““See, My Servant whom I uphold, My Chosen One My being has delighted in! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He brings forth right-ruling to the nations. “He does not cry out, nor lifts up His voice, nor causes His voice to be heard in the street. “A crushed reed He does not break, and smoking flax He does not quench. He brings forth right-ruling in accordance with truth. “He does not become weak or crushed, until He has established right-ruling in the earth. And the coastlands wait for His Torah.” Thus said the Ěl, יהוה, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it, and spirit to those who walk on it: “I, יהוה, have called You in righteousness, and I take hold of Your hand and guard You, and give You for a covenant to a people, for a light to the gentiles, to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness from the prison house. “I am יהוה {Jehovah}, that is My Name, and My esteem I do not give to another, nor My praise to idols. ” (Isaiah 42:1-8 The Scriptures 1998+)

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Christ Jesus preaching as a servant for God, proclaiming the Word of God in a temple in Caparneum - 1878-1879 (unfinished) Maurycy Gottlieb (1856–1879)
Jesus was humbly enough to tell people all things he did, he did by the hand of God. He has been trustworthy over a small part of the world, the Land of God’s People. Are we willing to be placed as him, being a servant, responsible over a relatively  few things,  so we will be placed later over many things? The conduct of us as servants  of others, servants of Christ and as servants of God shall be determining to enter the Kingdom of God. We also should be prepared to be ready at any moment of the day to be there to be the servant for the returning Master who was only Servant of God.

God has given us Christ on earth, so we can serve him here on earth as the representative of God. By going for Christ we can serve God, but than we cannot be a servant of the world at the same time or be dependant of material things  at the same time. The person who loves his earthly life will eventually  lose it forever,  but the person who hates his life in this world will retain never ending life. If any person wants to serve Christ,  he should become his follower;  and wherever he is,  his servant will be there also.  If any person serves him,  the Father will honour him.

““And his master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy servant. You were trustworthy over a little, I shall set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ ” (Matthew 25:21 The Scriptures 1998+)
““No servant is able to serve two masters, for either he shall hate the one and love the other, or else he shall cling to the one and despise the other. You are not able to serve Elohim and mammon.” And the Pharisees, who loved silver, also heard all this, and were sneering at Him, so He said to them, “You are those who declare yourselves righteous before men, but Elohim knows your hearts, because what is highly thought of among men is an abomination in the sight of Elohim. “The Torah and the prophets are until Yoḥanan. Since then the reign of Elohim is being announced, and everyone is doing violence upon it. “And it is easier for the heaven and the earth to pass away than for one tittle of the Torah to fall. ” (Luke 16:13-17 The Scriptures 1998+)
““Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone. But if it dies, it bears much fruit. “He who loves his life shall lose it, and he who hates his life in this world shall preserve it for everlasting life. “If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me. And where I am, there My servant also shall be. If anyone serves Me, the Father shall value him. ” (John 12:24-26 The Scriptures 1998+)

Trusting ourself to Divine care and the Providential overruling of all our interests for our highest welfare, we should seek not only to be pure in heart, but to repel all anxiety, all discontent, all discouragement, neither murmuring nor repine at what the Lord’s providence may permit, because “Faith can firmly trust Him, Come what may.”

Are we willing to become like Christ, a servant of God? And be willing to prepare for the coming of the greatest servant of all? Being as brides to Christ? Or do we want to be called to the marriage of the Lamb of God Jesus Christ?  Willing to walk as servants in the light of Christ, being just a shadow?

““And know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. “Because of this, be ready too, for the Son of Aḏam is coming at an hour when you do not expect Him. “Who then is a trustworthy and wise servant, whom his master set over his household, to give them food in season? “Blessed is that servant whom his master, having come, shall find so doing. “Truly, I say to you that he shall set him over all his possessions. ” (Matthew 24:43-47 The Scriptures 1998+)
“And he said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who have been called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he said to me, “These are the true words of Elohim.” ” (Revelation 19:9 The Scriptures 1998+)
“And I saw no Dwelling Place in it, for יהוה  Ěl Shaddai is its Dwelling Place, and the Lamb. And the city had no need of the sun, nor of the moon, to shine in it, for the esteem of Elohim lightened it, and the Lamb is its lamp. And the gentiles, of those who are saved, shall walk in its light,1 and the sovereigns of the earth bring their esteem into it. Footnote: 1See Isa. 60:3. And its gates shall not be shut at all by day, for night shall not be there. And they shall bring the esteem and the appreciation of the gentiles into it. And there shall by no means enter into it whatever is unclean, neither anyone doing abomination and falsehood,1 but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Footnote: 1See 22:15, and 2 Thess. 2:11. ” (Revelation 21:22-27 The Scriptures 1998+)

“And I looked, and I heard the voice of many messengers around the throne, and the living creatures, and the elders. And the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands,” (Revelation 5:11 The Scriptures 1998+)

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  1. Half-hearted discipleship
  2. Better Things
  3. Prefering to be a Christian
  4. Reveal, command and demand what you will
  5. The thought of losing rekindles the joy of having
  6. It’s hard to be like Christ
  7. Be Holy
  8. To belong to = toebehoren
  9. Not liking your Christians
  10. Not all will inherit the Kingdom
  11. Half-hearted discipleship 
  12. Bible power to change
  13. Christadelphian people
  14. Chrystalised harmonious thinking
  15. Concerning gospelfaith
  16. Crucifixion for suffering
  17. Expiatory sacrifice
  18. Faith
  19. Faith and works
  20. Faith mouving mountains
  21. Full authority belongs to God
  22. God Helper and Deliverer
  23. God His Reward
  24. God’s promises
  25. God’s measure not our measure
  26. Gods hope and our hope
  27. Gods Salvation
  28. God’s Will for Us – Gods Wil voor ons 
  29. Hope for the future
  30. Human nature
  31. Incomplete without the mind of God
  32. Jesus Messiah
  33. Jesus’s answers about God’s silence
  34. Knowing Rabboni
  35. A Messiah to die
  36. New Covenant
  37. Offer in our suffering
  38. One Mediator
  39. Only one God
  40. On the Nature of Christ
  41. Our way of life
  42. Preparing for the Kingdom – Voorbereiden op het Koninkrijk 
  43. Promise of comforter
  44. Rapture exposed Admittance with Christ
  45. Rapture Exposed Gathering with Jesus
  46. Reasons that Jesus was not God
  47. Resurrection of Jesus Christ
  48. Salvation, trust and action in Jesus #2 What you must do
  49. Seeing Jesus
  50. Self inflicted misery #9 Subject to worldly things
  51. Slave for people and God
  52. The True Vine
  53. Video – Commandments of God
  54. Video – Light of the World
  55. Working of the hope
  56. Written to recognise the Promissed One

 

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  2. Verlossing voor Gods volk
  3. Zuivering voor allen
  4. Studiedag: Gods indringende boodschap #3 Met Christus gestorven en opgewekt
  5. Afstraling van God’s Heerlijkheid
  6. Dienaar in de gegeven genade
  7. Leden in het lichaam van Christus
  8. To belong to = toebehoren + Toebehoren
  9. Halfslachtig leerlingschap
  10. De Kern van God dienen
  11. Focussen op Christus
  12. Christus kennen is zin geven aan het leven
  13. Niet goddelijkheid van Christus toch
  14. 1Korinthiërs 3:6-7 God die Wasdom geeft #2 Paulus en andere dienaars.
  15. Laat mij anderen van harte dienen
  16. Vrijwilligheid van het Christen zijn
  17. Christen worden iets anders dan lid worden van een kerk.
  18. Bijbelonderzoek Inleiding Navolgers van Christus
  19. Kies niet onjuist te zijn, omwille van verschillend te wezen
  20. Probeer vooruit te rijden in plaats van achteruit
  21. Heeft het Christendom zich neergelegd bij de wereld
  22. Een Niet-christelijke christelijke bediening
  23. Niet houden van dat soort Christenen
  24. Niet allen zullen het Koninkrijk beërven
  25. De gedachte aan het verliezen ontsteekt de vreugde van het hebben
  26. Slag om waardigheid in zuivere natuur
  27. Hoe ons te gedragen
  28. Redenen waarom zij niet kunnen doen wat zij willen
  29. De Bijbel onze Gids #3 de Toekomst van de Rechtvaardigen #1
  30. Eén met Christus, één met elkaar
  31. Eén met Christus, verschillend met of van elkaar
  32. Belachelijk of eerder sterke persoonlijkheid
  33. Beter falen voor de wereld
  34. Broers en broeders
  35. Christadelphian mens
  36. Christelijk leven
  37. Christen, Jood of Volk van God
  38. Christen genoemd
  39. Christen mensen met ons geloof
  40. Christus toebehorenden
  41. Dankbaar voor verkregen offer
  42. De Gezondene
  43. De Onschuldige
  44. Destin des justes
  45. Eén met Christus
  46. Een Messias om te Sterven
  47. Elke gelovige is opgeroepen om Christus in de dienst te volgen
  48. Geen Wegvluchter
  49. Gekristalliseerd harmonieus denken
  50. Geloof in Jezus Christus
  51. Geloof in slechts Één God
  52. Geloof voor God aanvaardbaar
  53. Getuige of Broeder
  54. God Helper en Bevrijder
  55. God, Jezus Christus en de Heilige Geest
  56. God komt ons ten goede
  57. Gods hoop en onze hoop
  58. Gods Redding
  59. Gods beloften
  60. Gods Wil voor ons
  61. Goedheid en liefde openbaar gemaakt
  62. Een Groots Geschenk om te herinneren
  63. Het beschreven lam
  64. Het Zoenoffer
  65. Hij die komt
  66. Hij die zit aan de rechterhand van zijn Vader
  67. Hoop op een man
  68. Het begin van Jezus #6 Beloften van Innerlijke zegeningen
  69. Jezus Christus is in het vlees gekomen
  70. Kleine kudde en beleidvolle slaaf
  71. Lam van God
  72. Nieuw Verbond
  73. Onschuldig Lam
  74. Rapture blootgelegd Toegang met Christus
  75. Rapture blootgelegd Verzamelen met Jezus
  76. Rechtvaardigen
  77. Redding
  78. Redding door volharding
  79. Relatie tot Christus
  80. Relatie tot God
  81. Relatie tot medemens
  82. Slaaf voor mens en God
  83. Teken van het Verbond
  84. Verandering door de Bijbel
  85. Voorbereiden op het Koninkrijk
  86. Ware Hoop
  87. Werking van de Hoop
  88. Zalving van Christus als profetische repetitie van de begrafenisrituelen
  89. Zoenoffer

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  • Not making a runner (christadelphians.wordpress.com)
  • Not bounded by labels but liberated in Christ (christadelphians.wordpress.com)
  • Slave for people and God (christadelphians.wordpress.com)
  • The Soul confronted with Death (christadelphians.wordpress.com)
  • Jesus begotten Son of God #16 Prophet to be heard (christadelphians.wordpress.com)
  • “The Resurrection of Jesus” by Rev Samuel Mametsa, Sunday 09th April 2012 (kutamaphc.wordpress.com)
    Imagine if Jesus Christ had refused to die for us. What would have happened? If He had said: “I am not going to die for you!”
  • Daily Verse: 1 Peter 1:3-4 (faithfulprovisions.com)
    It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead.
  • April 11 – Judging My Brother In Opinions(lelandfleming.wordpress.com)
    I have been unified with the body of Christ by the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  That was realized through baptism into His death.
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    I should fully respect a Brother’s opinion when we are talking about opinions.  Who am I to think my “opinion” is any better than somebody else’s “opinion?”  Scripture legislates doctrine.  Conscience legislates opinion.  I must know the difference.
  • The Path Ahead (redeemedinstruments.com)
    If we only look ahead to the future our vision is at best cloudy and obscured, at worst totally dark.
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    Throughout the Bible there is a constant theme that urges God’s people to look to their forefathers as their example; to return to the old ways when things were as they should be between God and His people.  Ladies and gentlemen, there is only one place where hope is to be found, and only one Person who can give it to us.  The place can be described many ways, but may I suggest that since without it we are doomed and appointed to death both individually and as a people, we may best refer to as it The Word of Life.
  • The Meaning of the Term “Brother” (idkh.org)
    All servants who were called in the church of God are accepted to be God’s sons and daughters. (2 Cor. 6:18) and I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty. (Mat 23:8)  But you must not be called Rabbi, for One is your teacher, Christ, and you are all brothers. Like what Jesus had shown, whoever does the will of the Father, and fulfill all righteousness is accepted as God’s beloved son to whom He is well pleased. (Mat. 3: 15-17)
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    Like faith, the love to a brother should be shown through actions with all truthfulness. (James 2: 15-16, 22)
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    If we can love one another like we love ourselves, not only we obey God’s greatest commandment, but peace and happiness will be felt throughout all brethren of the church of God. (Psalms 122: 8-9)
  • Daily Tidbits 1/20/12 – A House Divided Cannot Stand (littleguyintheeye.wordpress.com)
    Division comes as a result of man’s carnal nature inherited from the first Adam when he partook of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
  • Daily Tidbits 1/13/12 – Catholic (littleguyintheeye.wordpress.com)
    The word Catholic literally means ‘on the whole’ from the Greek word καθολικός ‘katholikos’ which is a combination of the words κατά meaning “about” and όλος meaning “whole”.  This word is most commonly used in reference to the Roman Catholic Church as this group feels they represent the ‘universal’ body of believers.The word Catholic is not used in Scripture but was used by early believes in reference to the ‘general’ or ‘catholic’ epistles written by James, Peter, John & Jude due to their letters being written to believers in general whereas Paul wrote to specific congregations.
  • The King’s Speech (thepauls.wordpress.com)
    Then as I read the “I Have a Dream” speech, it dawned on me that from each section of the speech, there is hidden in it a beautiful reference to the Bible. The Bible is inspired by God and so in that sense can be said to be THE KING’S speech, for God is King over all, or rightfully so, it must be “The KING of kings Speech”.
  • Daily Tidbits 2/11 – Infowars (littleguyintheeye.wordpress.com)
    As believers, our war is against knowledge that comes against our King and His Kingdom.
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    we are to cause every thought to kneel in submission before the King of Kings.
  • Glimpses of Esoteric Christianity Part 2 (chepalk.wordpress.com)
    unio mystica and the ascension sought by Christian mystics and saints ever since the resurrection of the Master Jesus.
  • AB Simpson on The Grace of Giving (riverrockchurch.com)
    The subject of Christian beneficence can only have a depressing influence upon an unconsecrated audience. The truly yielded and Spirited-filled heart not only loves to give but to hear with gladness every call of obligation and know of every opportunity of spending and being spent for Him we love.
  • How to Avoid Being a Whited Sepulchre (sabbathsermons.com)
    Many use the sentiment that God reads my heart as an escape from following God’s counsel on dressing to His glory
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    Have you read the description of a half-hearted Christian?
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    As we continue to plead for the conversion of our souls, He will give us the ability to sever our heartstrings from this world, and to set them in heavenly places.
  • A CUP of History for you KKIM/DDC (deweymoede.wordpress.com)
    Many who truly repent are tempted to believe that they are too great sinners for Christ to pardon. That, however, is not part of their repentance; it is a sin, a very great and grievous sin, for it is undervaluing the merit of Christ’s blood; it is a denial of the truthfulness of God’s promise; it is a detracting from the grace and favour of God who sent the gospel. Such a persuasion you must labour to get rid of, for it came from Satan, and not from the Holy Spirit.
  • How to Forgive Easily (idkh.org)
    The concept of love in the Bible is very broad. We are commanded not only to love God, fellowmen, but as well as the duties from which we were called upon.
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    The Bible says if we hate our brothers, then love is not present in us. We are liars when we say we love God but hate others. (1 John 4:20)
  • Anointing of Christ as Prophetic Rehearsal of the Burial rites (christadelphians.wordpress.com)

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