Is 1 John 1:9 a part of God’s will for the present Dispensation of Grace? This is the fourth time we have come to the word “fellowship” (verse 7). How are we to understand this word in the context? This is important, for it is the main subject in the chapter. The original Greek word which is translated fellowship is “koinonia,” which carries the meaning of sharing in common, communion, fellowship. Like the Biblical word “sanctification,” it has both a positional and conditional aspect to it. In Paul’s writings, fellowship is spoken of as: a. Giving to poor saints (2
Is 1 John 1:9 a part of God’s will for the present Dispensation of Grace? “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Guilt is a killer. A killer of our joy, our peace, our enjoyment of intimacy with God. It is one of Satan’s most effective weapons against the sons of men. Psychiatrists and doctors tell us that unresolved guilt is the number one cause of mental illness and suicide. Over half of all hospital beds are filled by people who have
Having examined what the Lord’s Supper is not, let us give a positive affirmation of what it is, as well as its spiritual significance. I Corinthians 11:23-29 is the key passage we will be examining. 1) It is a Pauline revelation from the glorified Christ. Paul says, “For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you” (v. 23). This is the same language which he uses to describe the distinctive gospel (of the grace of God) which the ascended, glorified Christ revealed directly to him apart from any human instrumentality (I Cor. 15:3,4; Gal. 1:11,12).
When I was a young boy, my parents made me to go to church. I really didn’t like it at the time but there was at least once a year when I did. The church would hold what they called a communion service. I didn’t understand what it was all about but my brother and I sure enjoyed drinking those little glasses of grape juice and eating the crackers. Since I have become a believer in Jesus Christ, I have tried to study this subject from every angle possible in the Word of God. By the grace of God, I
The English word “tithe” as well as its Hebrew-Greek equivalents “ma`aser” and “apodekatoo” means a tenth. Many Christian churches preach tithing as a means of supporting the work of the Lord today. There are many variations of this theme. Some pay the local church one tenth of their income after taxes and bills are paid; some pay before. Others demand tithing on unemployment, inheritance, gifts, tax refunds, social security and even gambling winnings. The tithing issue has caused a great deal of strife and division in our churches over the years. The most well known passage on tithing comes from