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March 1, 2020 at 10:58 am #58580Mari – AdministratorKeymaster
SWORDS Bible Study: Children of Light Part 2
(Strong Women Of Rightly Divided Studies)
2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
(All Caps for emphasis only)
It is very important to take note of the fact that we, each one of us, were sometimes darkness.
And once we believed, we are NO longer of the NIGHT, NOR of DARKNESS!
We are now light IN the Lord!
We are now children OF light, and the children OF the DAY!
Eph_5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of 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.
We all MUST take note, that ALL who do NOT believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and what He did for us on the cross by faith plus nothing, are NOT only not saved, but IS of the NIGHT, and IS of DARKNESS.
It is hard to take in when they are often kind, sweet, seemingly wonderful human beings…but who are without God…are truly of the night, of darkness and will burn in the fires of hell for eternity!
This knowledge should motivate you to witness to them the gospel of reconciliation between God and man during this dispensation of GRACE! TODAY is the day of salvation.
BELIEVE GOD! Take the chance that hearing from you may make the difference for them between heaven and hell! If you love God…if you love them…it is the BEST thing you can do!
If you love them…if you like them…or conversely, even if you care nothing for them and do not respect them…. please…give them the truth that they may be saved as YOU have been saved…by the GRACE of God when you heard and believed!
In the word of God, we see that He separated light from the darkness in the very beginning of creation. The lights in the sky…the sun, moon and stars to give light to the earth. (Gen. 1:15;17)
Light did not come from the sun and moon and stars…light was created by God before He set these lights in the sky for us!
God IS LIGHT. There is no darkness in Him at all.
1Jn_1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
God shows us black and white. Darkness and light. There are no shadows of turning with God, no variableness. He does not dissimulate His words…but gives them to us directly without obfuscation, in fact He has given us the key to understanding, which IS rightly dividing the word of truth!
Jas_1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
2Ti_2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
We may trust in our God, our Saviour totally, knowing that HE creates no shadows whatsoever, but remains the same in character with no variableness. What a wondrous God!
We are to stay separate from those in darkness, those who are of the night. Those who do not believe! As nice and as sweet and loving as many seem…GOD says they are of darkness and evil.
2Co 6:14-17 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
Yet, these are the very people, more than half our ministry is all about! So, what exactly does God mean here? We need to interact with them if we are to minister to them…if we are to share the gospel of the grace of God! The gospel of reconciliation!
2Co_5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
2Co_5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
We all probably have family or friends who do not believe. So, what do we do? WE do not have agreement with them! We should not have fellowship or communion with darkness…when we are light! However, we have been given a ministry! Oh me, oh my…what to do?
First a quick look at FELLOWSHIP! You see, there is fellowship according to the WORLD…and…there is fellowship according to GOD! The two are NOT the same, and too many do not know this.
Fellowship with the world, with unbelieving friends or family, is loving, caring and sharing, many things. However, it is NOT fellowship according to God.
True fellowship according to God is in sharing the doctrines of God. It is in our fellowship in the gospel that unites us as brothers and sisters in Christ. As members of the body of Christ.
Php 1:5 For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;
According to God it is much better to share a unity of the Spirit, of the faith…than a unity of…. food and hobbies and worldly friendship.
It is a fellowship IN THE GOSPEL. The gospel that has power to stablish us according to the mystery! The gospel given to the Apostle Paul by the risen Christ for us today! Our Saviour abolished death and brought life and immortality to LIGHT through the gospel!
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,
2Ti_1:10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:
There is a very real comfort that comes when two people have in common a mutual, true Biblical faith.
Rom 1:12 That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.
Standing on the same Biblical foundation is having a unity of Spirit…and is true fellowship. Then…we are walking in the light of Christ together! There is true fellowship with sound doctrine!
Eph 4:1-6 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
Tit_1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
Tit_2:1 But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
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