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    Has Your Faith Been Detoured by an Angel of Light? Titles
     
    A SWORDS Study
    By Mari
     
    Are you a scholar?
     
    A scholar is pretty much a person who studies an academic subject and knows a lot about it. One does not have to have a degree to be a scholar, but very often they do have a degree of one sort or another. A teacher can be a scholar, while a scholar is not always a teacher.
     
    Do you know Greek? I mean can you read, write, speak and understand Greek?
     
    How about Hebrew? Same criteria as above.
     
    How about Aramaic or Latin? Same criteria as above.
     
    How many are being taught by those who do not know any of the above either, but use the Greek, or Hebrew, or Aramaic and Latin to tell you how to interpret a word, often changing the plain meaning, when the English is very plain in the word of God?
     
    Are you a scholar of medicine, engineering, philosophy, history, linguistics, literature, neuroscience, Physics, business management, theology or something else?
     
    Do you have Dr. before your name or a P.H.D after?
     
    I ask you this because so many are impressed by credentials and titles. Are you impressed by these titles and achievements?
     
    I am because it takes work to be a scholar accomplished in a field of choice.
     
    How about a Biblical scholar or teacher? Are you impressed by the credentials of those having graduated from a Bible college?
     
    For me, I am ONLY impressed if they are saved and preach the gospel that saves today. The gospel that has the power to stablish one.
     
    Rom_16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,
     
    Otherwise they are an ignorant scholar or they are deceitful.
     
    (2Co 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 2Co 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.)
     
    Remember too that we as ambassadors of Christ, members of the body of Christ are ministers of righteousness, however we have been made a new creature in Christ by GOD in truth. God is light, Jesus Christ brings things to light and we are children of light, saints in light who preach the light of the glorious gospel of Christ.
     
    2Co_4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
     
    Col_1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
     
    1Th_5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
     
    2Co_5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
     
    2Co_4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
     
    The fact is that Satan has transformed himself into an angel of light BECAUSE God’s people are to be ministers of light. He is trying to be like God, mimicking Him so that people will follow his light instead…but of course, Satan has NO light at all…it is a deception, hence the “transformed” part. He has disguised his light to look like God’s, and the same for those transformed ministers of “light”…a deception to teach error.
     
    Anyone with an IQ can get a degree or a title. Anyone with an IQ can read and postulate on what the Bible is saying, however, there is a HUGE catch!
     
    ONLY those who have believed on the death (for our sins), burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, have their eyes opened to spiritually discern God’s word! The natural man, no matter their education, or human accomplishments CANNOT discern the things of the Spirit of God. In fact they are foolishness to them, and he/she cannot know the things of the Spirit of God because they are SPIRITUALLY discerned!
     
    1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
     
    No matter their earthly triumph, any of man’s achievements reached without God has NO eternal meaning at all. Without truth, there is not a title in the world, nor seeming achievement that has any eternal meaning or substance.
     
    There is respect for the effort to obtain knowledge and wisdom…but without the truth of God it is utterly meaningless. And worse, sometimes a title may impress or intimidate another enough for them to hear and believe a lie.
     
    Do not be detoured by an angel of light or one of his ministers into being intimidated, or overly impressed by someone with a title who is not able to discern the things of the Spirit, because they are unbelievers. Or by someone who may believe, but does not know how to rightly divide, mixing up law and grace.
     
    What has God told us? He is not a respecter of persons, and neither are we to be!
     
    Rom_2:11 For there is no respect of persons with God.
     
    Col_3:25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.
     
    Eph 6:9 nd, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.
     
    We are NOT to be conformed to this world, thinking those with wealth or titles are more important, more worthy of respect than perhaps those who are poor in education and wealth, believer friend or neighbor.
     
    Those who are spiritual brothers or sisters in Christ, who may lead a quiet life in Christ, have everything that counts eternally! There is no higher honor in this world while we are in our bodies, or out than to be a member of the body of Christ! To encourage one another to witness to those who seem to have it all can take courage, because often those who “have it all”, wealth, credentials et al, too often think they know more than a simple saint.
     
    Be bold. You are an ambassador of Christ. Tell them the truth. Pray that you will not be detoured from your mission to share the gospel with ALL!
     
    Eph 6:19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
     
    We ARE to have respect for all men, not just those who have NOT conformed to this world. Nor are we to think too highly of ourselves and our own worldly accomplishments.
     
    Rom_12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
     
    We are ambassadors of Christ who are to share the gospel of the grace of God with all men no matter their station in life. Whether one is queen of a country or the queen of her own home; we give them the SAME respect. Whether a desperate criminal in prison, or a free person who lives a quiet life, or a curmudgeon! They may already be saved, or have the opportunity to choose to believe and become a child of the living God. Just as you did! It is a dichotomy because we do NOT have respect for persons either, yet the point is we show respect to all people as ambassadors reaching out to the lost.
     
    Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
     
    Rom 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
     
    Remember, while we can appreciate human endeavors, knowledge and accreditation, what does God want most for our lives?
     
    First He would have us all saved…
     
    1Ti 2:4a Who will have all men to be saved,
     
    And being saved we are to come to the knowledge of the truth!
     
    … and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
     
    This is done today by being stablished through believing the gospel of the Apostle Paul and the preaching of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery:
     
    Rom_16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,
     
    He would have us walk in our holy calling, not according to OUR works, but according to HIS purpose and grace.
     
    2Ti_1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
     
    He would have us be thankful in all things.
     
    1Th 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
     
    He would have us make all men see what “is the fellowship of the mystery”.
     
    Eph_3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
     
    He would have us present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God. Not using our liberty for an occasion of the flesh, but by love serving one another in charity, for we serve the Lord Christ.
     
    Rom_12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
     
    Gal_5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
     
    Col_3:24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
     
    Do not be detoured by an angel of light or one of his ministers into being intimidated, or overly impressed by someone with a title who is not able to discern the things of the Spirit, because they are unbelievers. Or by someone who may believe, but does not know how to rightly divide, mixing up law and grace.
     
    Share the gospel with them instead!
     
    THE GOSPEL THAT SAVES
    “I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved … that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
     
    – 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 (KJB)
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