Ephesians (Program #68) -The Church—the Expression of Christ
Through out Church history many items have been used by God to help His people to become close to Him and experience Him. The gifts of the Spirit, miraculous power, great teachings from the Bible with deep and profound doctrines are just few of the things that God had used through out the ages.
But while on one hand God has used these things, it must also be confessed that these things can and have been used by God’s enemy to distract God’s people from the very Christ that they are intended to bring us to.
Substitute for Christ are most often good things even spiritual things. But they are things, and not the very person of Christ Himself. Of this, we must be very clear and constantly on guard not to fall into such a temptation.
Ephesians (Program #63) – Seven Aspects of the Church
Through out history if you look carefully, you will see that God’s enemy has focused his attack on the Church. He has work relentlessto divide the Church and damage it with religion, organization and teachings that turn it away from the oneness Christ died on the cross to accomplish.
Surely if the Church is Satan’s focus, it must indicate that the Church is what he fears the most. This is not only reveal by looking at history, it is the central revelation of God’s word. “I will build My church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against her”. The Lord Jesus Himself proclaimed in Matthew 16 and one of the great prophecies in scripture. But to see how He will do this building work, we need the book of Ephesians. Today we will consider 7 crucial aspects of the Church.
Ephesians (Program #62) – Three Items That Damage the Church
The real value of history is, as a teacher, where as the saying goes “those who don’t learn from history are destined to repeat it.” So, what does history teach us about the Church? Well, we seen very vividly that the Church as it presented in the book of Ephesians is the very focus of God’s eternal plan. It is the Church, the corporate expression of Christ that Paul refers to as a great mystery hidden from the ages but now revealed through the holy apostles and prophets in spirit. In other words the Church is God’s central goal. And as such, it is also been the focus of God’s enemy, Satan. So, what does history show us concerning Satan’s attack against God’s eternal goal?
Ephesians (Program #10) – To Head Up All Things in Christ (2)
The notion or idea of an eternal struggle in the universe is certainly not new or novel. Most societies, even most religion makes reference to the struggle of good versus evil that is larger than our world. But what the Bible actually reveals is that the struggle is not directly good versus evil; rather it is God versus His enemy, Satan – the source of all evil and the source of death. Actually, if our eyes are open, we realize that God in His wisdom allowed this archangel to rebel. With one possible reason being the tremendous opportunity that afforded God to manifest His wisdom through the church by heading up all things in Christ. This is the view in Ephesians.
Galatians (Program #39) – Walking in the Divine Rules and Steps By the Spirit
Great religions are present in virtually every corner of the earth. For the most part, they’re sincere, stress good, ethical, and moral teaching that are consistent with those of the Bible. Along side the great religions of the world stand culture and tradition. These three (religion, culture, and tradition) represent the highest and most noble attainments of human life. Yet, it is these three very positive things that God’s enemy specifically uses to distract and divert men from God and from His purpose. You will not want to miss today’s marvelous unfolding of the Word of God from the book of Galatians.
2 Corinthians (Program #17) – Attached, Anointed, Sealed, Captured, Subdued, and Led to Scatter the Incense of Christ
In one short passage in 2 Corinthians chapter two, the apostle Paul uses two striking metaphors that give us a marvelous insight into his understanding of the Christina life, his service to the Lord and what it means to be a pattern to the believers.
14 “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in the Christ and manifests the savor of the knowledge of Him through us in every place.”
15 “For we are a fragrance of Christ to God in those who are being saved and in those who are perishing:”
The first metaphor that of a possession, of captured folks. We, who were previously God’s enemy are been captured and subdued by Him and now are following His victorious possession willingly.
The second metaphor is that of incense bearer, those who accompany such a possession, scattering the sweat fragrance of Christ. A fragrance that affects all who come in contact with it. May we all be such one, captured, subdued and led by Him and now those who even scatter His very fragrance.
Isaiah (Program #19) – Christ as the Servant of Jehovah (4 & 5)
The Bible reveals that God has a plan or an economy. It also reveals that God has an enemy bend on the frustration of His accomplishing that plan. Between these two is mankind, include even God’s elect. What strategy does God’s enemy employ to delay and frustrate God in His unfailing pursue of this goal? That’s the focus on today’s broadcast and is also the focus of much of our daily struggle in the Christian life. Stay with us for a very enlightening program on the life study of the Bible.
Isaiah (Program #7) – A Word Concerning the Signs of Christ’s Incarnation Given to Ahaz
From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible reveals God’s working to accomplish His eternal purpose and His enemy countering to frustrate and damage God’s move. This is the struggle of the ages and the theme of the entire Bible. As we see God’s plan unveil both prophetically and literally in Scripture, our heart cannot but be filled with appreciation and faith in the divine revelation. You surely will not want to miss today life study of the Bible
Acts (Program #33) – The Propagation in Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria through the Ministry of Peter’s Company (25)
After a glorious beginning, the church in Jerusalem underwent a sudden turn and persecution fell heavily upon the church. The trouble and persecution became so heavy in fact that nearly all the believers except the apostles were forced to leave and were scattered, to use the Bible’s own phrase. Was this just God’s enemy reacting to the early success of the gospel or was this a genuine move of God under His sovereign hand? Stay with us for an enlightening and compelling look at the gospel as it was spread in the first-century church on today’s life study of the Bible.
John (Program #39) – The Organism of the Triune God in the Divine Dispensation (3)
Those who refuse Christ and who stay in Adam by so doing will remain one with Satan, and as a result will participate in the judgment reserved for God’s enemy.
In this chapter (John 15), the Lord speaks plainly, directly, and profoundly concerning the divine organism. And, He says, “I am the true vine, you are the branches.” So, here we have a corporate entity. The vine with its branches composed of Christ as the embodiment and manifestation of the triune God. And, all those who have believed into Christ by receiving Him into them. The Lord calls this the true vine, the real vine. What we have in this marvelous picture is God the Father embodied in Christ who is the stock of the vine. And, all the believers who have been added to Christ, to become parts of Christ, just as the branches of the vine are parts of the vine to be an organism. So, now we have on this earth the living, divine organism of Christ and His believers, the vine and the branches.