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EPHESIANS LESSON 5 (CHAPTER 4) 01/11/20

LESSON 5-Ephesians
 
Chapter 4
 
BEING THE CHURCH OF CHRIST
 
Ephesians 4:1-32
 
 
Eph. 4:8 Therefore (For this reason) He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.”
 
 
4:8 Scripture confirms that He led us as trophies in His triumphant procession on high; He repossessed His gift (likeness) in man. Mirror Translation
 
 

 

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Taken from-Psalm 68:18 You have ascended on high; you have led captivity captive; You have received gifts among men, Even from the rebellious, That the Lord God might dwell there.
 
Colossians 2:15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
 
 
Eph.4:9 Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth?
 
 
 
4:9 The fact that He ascended confirms His victorious descent into the deepest pits of human despair. Mirror Translation 
 
 
 
Eph. 4:10 He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)
 
 
 
4:10 He now occupies the ultimate rank of authority from the lowest regions, where He stooped down to rescue us, to the highest authority in the heavens, having executed His mission to the full. Mirror Translation 
 
 
 

“He led captivity captive” – aorist active indicative of AICHMALWTEUW-This verb means either “to take captives in battle” or “to lead a triumphal procession of one’s own soldiers along with their captives.”

 

The consensus of the commentators which I studied is that this phrase is a reference to Christ leading the believers who had previously died, that is, they died prior to his ascension. This would include all Old Testament believers and those saved during Christ’s lifetime. They have been residing in Paradise (also called “Abraham’s bosom”) until the Ascension of Christ. They are called captives because they do not have a resurrection body yet. They will not have a resurrection body until the second coming of Christ, 1 Cor. 15:51-54.
 

Christ’s body was in the grave, His spirit was in the presence of the Father, and then descended to a region called Hades (Greek) or Sheol, (Hebrew). Some say soul descended.

 

All believers from Adam and Eve up to the Resurrection of Christ, who had died, stayed in one compartment of SHEOL, known as Paradise, or Abraham’s Bosom. Those who died without Christ prior to the Resurrection were sent to Torments.

Prior to the Resurrection of Christ, no human beings were in heaven; all believers checked in to Paradise in the heart of the earth. Reference: Luke 16:19
 

There is also a place called Tartarus which is a residence for certain of the fallen angels (demons) who were involved in the events chronicled in Genesis 6. They are locked up there until the Judgment of the Great White Throne.

Jesus Christ was not in Hell, He was in Hades. At that time, Hades has two divisions, Paradise for the believer, and Torments for the unbeliever. Hell, and the lake of fire and brimstone, is reserved for the future. Rev.20:14 He led captivity captive and led them out.

 
The ministry gifts, which were given by the Lord Jesus Christ, include those mentioned here, that of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher, the five- fold ministry. As a conqueror distributes in token of his triumph the spoils of the foes as gifts among his people. The impartation of ministry gifts (graces) depended upon Christ’s ascension. Christ as Lord of all first took possession of the earth, the unseen spiritual world, then heaven.
 
Acts 2:27-28 For You will not leave my soul in Hades, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. 28 You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of joy in Your presence.’
 
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Romans 10:7 or, “Who will descend into the abyss?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).
 
Revelation 1:18 “I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.
 
Spiritual Gifts
I. Introduction and Definition.

A. God has a purpose in life for each and every believer.

 

 

1. Life-long purpose (Jer. 1:5; Ps. 139:16; Matt. 6:27).

 

 

2. Short-term purposes (Acts 16:6 Paul is forbidden to go to Asia, Acts 18:19-21; 19:1-41 where Paul bears some of his greatest fruit in Asia).

B. To facilitate the believer’s fulfillment of that purpose, God has provided spiritual gifts.

1. During this present dispensation, the distribution of spiritual gifts is universal. Every Church Age believer motivational gifts- (Rom. 12:3,6)- ministry gifts (Eph. 4:7; 1 Pet. 4:10), gifts or manifestations of the Spirit (1 Cor. 12).

2. During previous dispensations, each and every believer had a purpose in life, or a work-assignment, but the giving of spiritual gifts was not universal. The Spirit of God would come upon a person for a specific time or reason, and then depart just as suddenly (Judg. 3:10; 6:34; 11:29; 14:6,19; 15:14; Num. 11:17-30).
 
3. Spiritual gifts (charisma) are given entirely by grace (charis), and the assignment of one gift versus another gift are not reflections of individual human merit or demerit.
4. Passages which speak of spiritual gifts, and “list” examples of such include Rom. 12:4-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-31; 13:8-12; 1 Cor. 14 is the application of 1 Cor. 12-13 to the particular circumstances in Corinth, but we gain great principles there as well; 1 Pet. 4:10-11).

a. Peter (1 Pet. 4:10-11) gives the simplest breakdown of gifts when he divides them between communication gifts and service gifts.

 

b. Paul gives more detailed distinctions of gifts. Eph. 4:11-13 should be taken in context with what Paul has already written in Romans 12 and 1st Corinthians. In Eph. 4 and 1 Pet.4. Paul is describing what are often referred to as the leadership gifts: Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, and Pastor- Teacher. I prefer to think of them as the equipping gifts, because they are designed for the equipping of the saints for the work of service (Eph. 4:12).

 
 
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5. The purpose for spiritual gifts.

a. For the common good (of the entire body of Christ) (1 Cor. 1:7).

b. For the equipping of the saints for the work of service, and for the building up of the body of Christ (Eph. 4:12).

c. For serving one another (1 Pet. 4:10).

6. Who gives these spiritual gifts? The Holy Spirit is referred to as the giver of these gifts (1 Cor. 12:11). The Lord Jesus Christ is referred to as the giver of the “5- fold ministry/leadership gifts” (Eph. 4:11).  The Father is referred to as the giver of the motivational gifts in Romans 12:6-8. These are delegated responsibilities, of course, because ultimately everything is given by the Father (James 1:17).
 
 James 1:17   Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
  
We will continue with Lesson 5 next week.
 
 The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption/sonship or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22
 

EPHESIANS LESSON 5 (CHAPTER 4) 01/04/20

LESSON 5-Ephesians

Chapter 4

BEING THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

Ephesians 4:1-32

Eph.4:7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

4:7 The gift of Christ gives dimension to grace and defines our individual value.  (Grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of the gift of Christ) Mirror Translation

There is a unique grace package designed for each Christian. The aorist tense of the verb “given” shows that there was a time in the past when this grace package was given.  I teach these were given to you from the foundations of the earth. The passive voice shows that we were given this by God.
 

The plan of God for every believer includes:

  • Salvation and the assurance of a glorious eternal future.
  • The opportunity to walk in the Spirit and be occupied with Christ.
  • The opportunity to live in the Word of God, acquire divine wisdom and prudence, and be able to make decisions and solve problems according to God’s divine viewpoint.
  • Peace that passes understanding.
  • A great happiness (joy) that does not depend on circumstances, people, or things.
  • A well laid out “career” of serving God, fulfilling the plan of God, exercising spiritual gifts, prophesying, evangelizing and teaching, producing “gold, silver, and precious stones.”

 

Ephesians 4:8 Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.”

4:8 Scripture confirms that He led us as trophies in His triumphant procession on high; He repossessed His gift (likeness) in man. Mirror Translation

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Taken from-Psalm 68:18- You have ascended on high, you have led captivity captive; You have received gifts among men, Even from the rebellious, That the Lord God might dwell there.

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Led Captivity Captive:

Colossians 2:15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

Gave Gifts to Men:

I have a course I teach on God-Given Design. Quote from that teaching:

God has given you a unique combination of skills, interests, aptitudes, personality traits, motivational patterns, callings, gifts and talents. He has specially equipped you to be a dynamic minister to and within your family, your job and to the community of faith. You’ll need to discover this by the Holy Spirit’s leading. Your God-given passion which indicates where you should serve – Your God-given gifts which indicate what you should do – Your God-given personal style which indicates how you should serve – Together, they indicate what you do best. (your passion)

When you were given this unique design? The answer should be in all of the Scriptures.

Gen. 1:26, 1 Cor. 11:7, Jer. 1:5, Romans 8:29-30. Eph. 1:4-5, Eph. 2:10, Ps. 139:13-16

 

That’s why the gift and callings of God are irrevocable. (Romans 11:29) He never takes them back because they were given to you at your creation. (Gen. 1:26) If to be a wise steward of your gifts and abilities, you need to fully understand and appreciate your God-given design. As the Psalm 139:14 states, “…you are fearfully and wonderfully made.” God has given you tremendous responsibility in being a steward (or manager) of your unique design.  It is like your fingerprint, something specific to you as an individual, a person uniquely crafted and gifted by God to perform meaningful tasks of service to Him and to others.

You are uniquely fitted into the Body of Christ.

We will continue with Lesson 5 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by    blood, adoption/sonship or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

David & Mary Sue

EPHESIANS LESSON 5 (CHAPTER 4) – 12/28/19

LESSON 5-Ephesians

Chapter 4

 

BEING THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

Ephesians 4:1-32

Eph.4:4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling;

Eph. 4:5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism;

Eph. 4:6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

 

4:4 We are identified in one expectation (hope), there is no plan B.  We bear the same surname.

4:5 We are employed by the same Boss, we share the same faith, and our baptism says the same thing (we are equally included in His death and resurrection.)

4:6 There is only one God. He remains the ultimate Father of the universe.  We are because He is. He is present in all; He is above all, through all and in all. (He is not far from each one of us, in Him we live and move and have our being, we are indeed His offspring.  Acts 17:24-28). Mirror Translation

 

 

 

 

The One God over all, in His sovereignty and by His grace.) IN THE APOSTLES CREED-

“as you were called”

The passive voice of the verb indicates that every believer receives this calling from God the Holy Spirit; and the indicative means that this is a dogmatic assertion. Every believer is in one body, elected.

“in one hope” – ELPIS, “expectation; confidence; prospect” G1680 – elpis

“your calling” – the descriptive genitive of the noun “calling”. Being a member of God’s family, the Body of Christ, in your station in life!

 “one faith” – PISTIS-

 Everyone is saved the same way.  Those who have placed their faith in the saving work of Jesus Christ are members of the Church, members of His Body, members of God’s family.
 

THE BODY OF CHRIST-Each member of the Trinity is related to the Body of Christ. God the Father places Christ as the Head of the Body.

 Eph. 1:22,23 “And has put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him that fills all in all.”

 Col. 1:18,19; Eph. 5:23,24- The Holy Spirit forms the Body of Christ and sustains the Body.

 1 Cor. 12:12-14, “For as the body in one, and has many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Greeks, whether we be bond or free, and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many.” See also1 Cor. 6:15; 6:19,20.

 

 

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Christ is the Savior of the Body

 Eph. 5:23, “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church; and he is the savior of the body.” Eph. 5:25,30.

 Christ is the Sanctifier of the Body.

 Heb. 2:11, “For both he that sanctifies and they who are sanctified are all of one, for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren.”

 Heb. 13:12, “Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate.”

 The Body of Christ participates with the Lord Jesus Christ in tactical and strategic victory over satan and his forces of evil.

 Eph. 1:22,23, “And has put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him that fills all in all.”

 

 

Every Christian is a member of the Body of Christ. The Body includes Gentile believers and Jewish believers.

 Ephesians 3:16, “And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby.”

 The Body of Christ is the recipient of many spiritual gifts.

 Rom. 12:4,5, “For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.”

 1 Cor. 12:7,8, “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit. For to one is given, by the Spirit, the word of wisdom, to another, the word of knowledge, by the same Spirit…”

“one baptism” (Here we are talking about baptized into Jesus, all placed in the Body of Christ))

This is a good place to study the doctrines relating to baptism. There are actually seven types of baptism mentioned in the Bible, including the baptism of the Holy Spirit. It’s important to be able to distinguish among the types of baptism and to know which type is being discussed in a particular context.

 Four of the types of baptism mentioned in the Bible are real baptisms and three are ritual /symbolic baptisms.
 

Real Baptisms

The Baptism of Moses
The Baptism of the Cross (or Cup)
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit
The Baptism of Fire

Ritual Baptisms

The Baptism of John
The Baptism of Jesus
The Baptism of the Christian Believer

Since the scope of the immediate context shows Paul is writing of the spiritual unity of the church, this reference to baptism has no bearing upon the mode of Christian baptism. In the same manner as there are expressly stated to be two circumcisions, one with hands, which is the sign (Ro 4:11) of the real, made without hands (Ro 2:29. Col 2:11).

Scripture teaches there are at least two baptisms: ritual baptism with water, and real baptism by the Holy Spirit. Since ritual baptism is the mere symbol of real baptism, the “one baptism” of this passage must refer to real baptism, by which we are all placed in the one body (1 Co m12:13). Paul is not contradicting himself or the rest of Scripture when he speaks here of one baptism, since there is only one real, spiritual baptism which places all believers into the one body.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

 

 

We will continue with Lesson 5 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by    blood, adoption/sonship or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

David & Mary Sue

EPHESIANS LESSON 5 (CHAPTER 4) 12/21/19

LESSON 5-Ephesians

Chapter 4

BEING THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

Ephesians 4:1-32

Eph.4:3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

4:3 Being vigilant to guard your oneness of spirit.  We are prisoners of peace.  We confirm the fact that there is only one body, also that there is only one Spirit. Mirror Translation

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Endeavoring” – present active participle of SPUDADZW, “to hasten; to be zealous; to be diligent”.

The concept of unity is brought up again in 4:13 and the following verses. Unity among people comes about when there is unity of thinking. It is edification and Christian growth that causes believers to be unified in their thinking, because the content of every person’s thinking is the same, the Word of God. Without the unity of thinking that comes about through learning Bible truth, everyone is free to think independently. This results in a lack of unity.

The word “unity” here refers to a common essence, to the characteristics we share as members of the family of God, the Body of Christ, the things listed in verses 4 to 6.

An illustration of unity of thinking and purpose is found in the OT in Gen. 11 with the building of the Tower of Babel (they are one and nothing that they have proposed to be shall be impossible to them.

Gen. 11:6 And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.”

 

Also, in the OT books of Ezra and Nehemiah, where the Jews under Zerubbabel rebuilt the temple and the wall with tools and weapons in hand. (one guarding, one building) Neh. 4:16

Related Scripture:

1 Peter 3:8, Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous.” In this verse there are four chief characteristics of Christian unity.

1.”having compassion” – SYMPATHEIS, “suffering with”. The English word “sympathy” is a transliteration of this Greek word. This is the ability to share with another person because of understanding in the spiritual frame of reference. Bible truth can be communicated because of knowledge of what the other is going through and how to help. One believer can think when another is not able to think; this is a great help when someone is going through a time of great stress.

2.”love as brethren” – PHILADELPHOS- literally ‘One who loves one like his/her brother/sister, This is rapport love, and it grows as the Christian grows, through edification. It is rapport and compatibility between two or more believers based on applied truth in the soul.
3.“pitiful” – EUSPLAGTHNOS. Literally, “happy innards”, therefore “good emotions”. The word “pitiful” in the KJV times (early 17th century) carried this meaning of sympathy and “having pity”, but the English word carries an unhappy, unpleasant connotation today. The ability to have good feelings is the result of “mind over emotions”, Bible doctrine leading the thinking so as to produce good feelings, in this case, towards others. Paul said  to King Agrippa “I think myself happy.” Acts 26:2

4.“courteous” – TAPEINOPHRON”lowly-minded,” humble minded, a mental attitude of graciousness.

Unity- We are already One in Christ Jesus. We must just wake up to this truth and act accordingly.

 

Body of Christ – The Unit

The Body of Christ, like all bodies, is comprised of many parts. There are joints (leaders) limbs, organs, and various members that, when left alone, are useless, but when assembled make up the entire body. 1 Corinthians 12:12-14 describe it like this: “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So, it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body – whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free – and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Now the body is not made up of one part but of many.” 

Related Scriptures:

1 Corinthians 6:17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.

 

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Acts 2:1When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

 

With One Accord Meaning:

Notice, it is “with one accord”, not in one accord. (the old Honda joke!)

Definition: If a number of people do something with one accord, they do it together or at the same time, because they agree about what should be done. Synonyms: unanimously, without exception, by common consent, united.

This is unity of the Spirit.

Jesus prayed in John 17 that the Body of Christ would be united with the Godhead in the same way that He Himself is united with His Father.

John 17:21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

The implication is that when people see us, they have seen the Father. And if they don’t believe us on account of our words, they should believe us on account of our works, because we are to do greater works than Jesus did. That is the kind of unity that will cause the world to know that the Kingdom of God has come!

 

That prayer has been answered. We are One!!

(Eph 1:22-23) And He has put all things under His feet and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

WE ARE ALREADY ONE IN CHRIST!!

 

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Unity is not discovered in programming, but in being filled with the very fullness of God himself. This is what marks the church – it’s not our systems and our structures. The church is “his body…the fullness of him…” (Eph 1:23). 

The emerging church is the “Corporate Christ. “It is, “Christ in you the hope of glory” (Col 1:27).

He has given us the ‘glory’ that we may be one as they are one. But what is this ‘glory’? It is “Christ in you” – or in Jesus’ words, “I in them and you in me”.  Without being filled with the fullness of God any ‘unity’ we experience will be a lie. It will not be the product of the Spirit of God. And will inevitably have at its core the dynamics of Babel. It will have a human hand on it and will serve to enhance someone’s profile. The ‘you’ of “Christ in you the hope of glory” is plural in the Greek. What does this mean? It implies that the revelation of the indwelling Christ in the heart of the individual believer is the fountainhead of corporate unity. Because God is a ‘unity’ (the oneness of the Father and the Son), to be filled with the fullness of God.

Other Unity Scriptures:

UNITY- ONE MIND, ONE ACCORD

Psalm 133:1-2 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity!2 It is like the precious oil upon the head, Running down on the beard, The beard of Aaron, Running down on the edge of his garments.

John 17:11-21 “Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.12 “While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.13 “But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.14 “I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.15 “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.16 “They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.17 “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.18 “As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.19 “And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;21 “that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.

Col. 2:19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God.

Col. 3:14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

 

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For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17

We will continue with Lesson 4 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by    blood, adoption/sonship or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

EPHESIANS LESSON 5 (CHAPTER 4) – 12/14/19

LESSON 5-Ephesians

Chapter 4

BEING THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

 

The books of Ephesians is said to divide here between the “theological” or “doctrinal” portion, chapters 1 to 3, and the “practical” or “application” section of chapters 4 to 6.

Chapters 4, 5, and 6 of Ephesians are among the most valuable portions of scripture for teaching us about the will of God for us as individuals. Chapter 4 deals a great deal with mental attitude, and it begins with Paul’s great mental attitude under maximum pressure. In this chapter we will study:

  1. The principle of mental attitude
  1. The unity of the members of the Body of Christ – the team concept.
  1. Principles involved with spiritual battle, overcoming/occupational battle (v. 8) (spiritual joyfare)
  1. The exercise of the ministry gifts
  1.  The development of unity and coordinated function in the church

Ephesians 4:1-32

Eph. 4:1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,

4:1 As one captive in the Lord, (I have no other identity or agenda outside of Jesus, my complete existence is confined in Him) I urgently appeal to you therefore, with reference to your original identity, to conduct your life in such a way that your every move bears witness to the weight and value of who you really are.  (He surnamed you, not your parents or your culture!)  Mirror Translation

 

 Gk. #3870-“beseech you”, PARAKALEW, “to call to; to cheer on; to exhort; to excite. The word “walk” is PERIPATEW in Greek, referring to “conduct of life”. The word “worthy” is AKSIOS, meaning “worthy” or “deserving”, in classical Greek conveying the meaning of “high price”. The word “calling” is KLEISIS, “a calling; a legal summons; an invitation.”

Blessed by the… God of all counsel; who counsels us in all our afflictions so that we may be able to counsel those who are in any affliction…”     2 Corinthians 1:3-4

 “Parakaleo” means “to call alongside”. A Greek word in the original Biblical manuscripts, it can be translated as “counsel”, and also as “comfort, console, encourage, urge, appeal, exhort” — all of which describe aspects of the counseling process.

 “Parakaleo” appears in the Bible on a list of distinct “gifts of the Spirit”. Counseling, as all ministry, is done to a certain extent by all believers, but some are specially equipped to use this gift as their primary ministry in the body of Christ.

 “Parakaleo” is also the term Jesus chose to designate the Holy Spirit in His coming to live in and minister through every Christian — under the Lordship of Christ, using His words. Hence, the Parakaleo ministry is also concerned with equipping Christians in general to apply God’s Word accurately in their lives and in ministering to others.

 

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The passive voice of the verb indicates that the believer is called by the Lord directly.

Eph.4:2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, (patience toward others) bearing with one another in love

4:2 Be mindful of the fact that meekness and tenderness are the fabric of your make-up which enables you to show compassion even in seemingly impossible situations, eagerly bearing with one another in an environment where love rules. Mirror Translation

 

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“lowliness” – TAPEINOPHROSUNEI, “sound objective thinking according to an absolute standard”
 

“lowliness” was used to translate this verb in the KJV, there have been many strange ideas floated by Christians over the generations. Often, acts of humility or submitting oneself to hardships or degradation, certain things which place the believer in a lowly position, are thought to be the means of spiritual attainment. Many believers are impressed by the things they, or others, have given up or suffered.

Related Scriptures:

Acts 20:17-21 From Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called for the elders of the church.18 And when they had come to him, he said to them: “You know, from the first day that I came to Asia, in what manner I always lived among you,19 “serving the Lord with all humility, with many tears and trials which happened to me by the plotting of the Jews;20 “how I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house,21 “testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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Philippians 2:1-8 Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy,2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

SELF is out of the picture, and in which God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are the WHOLE picture.

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Gal 5:23  gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

 

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Gal. 5:19-21a Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: [d]adultery, [e]fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, [f]murders, drunkenness, revelries……….. 

Notice there is only one fruit and that is love, not fruits but fruit.

 

“Joy is love exalted;

Peace is love in repose;

Long-suffering is love enduring;

Gentleness is love in society;

Goodness is love in action;

Faith is love on the battlefield;

Meekness is love in school; and

Temperance is love in training.”

― D.L. Moody

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT VS works of the flesh-FRUIT OF THE CARNAL/SENSE/SOULISH NATURE

 

Love –                         Lust

Joy-                             Grief/Sorrow

Peace-                        Strife

Longsuffering-      Impatience

Kindness-                Cruelty

Goodness –              Evil

Faithfulness-         Unfaithfulness/Deceitful

Gentleness-             Rash/ Rage

Self-Control-          Anger
 

The exact opposite.

We will continue with Lesson 5 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by    blood, adoption/sonship or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

David & Mary Sue

                                               

FS WORD OF POWER – THE KING IS COMING – 12/18/19

FS Word of Power

December 18, 2019

Eva Windahl

“The KING Is Coming!”

After lighting the third candle of advent I heard a SOUND! Almost like a trumpet announcing the following: THE KING IS COMING!

You might answer: Yes, I know that. Jesus is coming back – someday – some time, but I believe the Holy Spirit is shouting at us today: He IS COMING and coming back as a KING!

Let me ask you a couple of questions: WHO are you waiting for? And HOW are you waiting for His return?

Next question: Are you waiting at all or are you just getting by? Let´s read a word from Zechariah 9:9-10

The Coming of Zion’s King”

Zechariah 9:9 – “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your King comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

10 – will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the warhorses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. H will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.”

I have highlighted a few words which carry importance.  Let’s start with:

REJOICE GREATLY – While we wait, we should rejoice and look forward, anticipating his arrival every second, every minute, every day! Because when we wait expectantly our attitude changes, our outlook and focus changes and life will become more endurable if we are having a rough time- because no one can rejoice without HOPE!

YOUR KING COMES TO YOU – When He comes, He comes for YOU! You are chosen! You are His! You are family. Yeshua comes to take you home, into the presence of the Father.

RIGHTEOUS AND VICTORIOUS – Yeshua has already won.  When He returns, He will be even more victorious defeating the devil once and for all, for a thousand years!

LOWLY – He comes not as a warlord, but lowly with great compassion and humility and love!

CHARIOTS OF EFRAIM – That is, the military force; signifying that wars shall cease, Psalms 46:9. Ephraim designs the ten tribes, and Jerusalem stands for the two tribes of Judah and Benjamin; and the sense is, that these shall be one in the days of the Messiah and that all instruments of war shall be removed from them, and there shall be peace between them.

BATTLE BOW WILL BE BROKEN – When the KING OF KINGS comes, He shall break all darkness.  After all Yeshua, is the bright Morning Star.  His light will destroy the works of the enemy in our lives and on this earth and He will establish his KINGDOM!

PROCLAIM PEACE- In Isaiah 9:6 we read that Yeshua is the Prince of Peace. He is our Shalom and with him in our midst there will be complete PEACE. Shout with me: HALLELUYAH!

HIS RULE – After His return there will be only ONE RULE, ONE KINGDOM, ONE GOD! He will rule in complete oneness with the Father and the Holy Spirit.

So, let´s take a moment and let it all sink in, rejoice together with me and millions of others around the globe: HOSANNA – Our KING IS COMING!

FS WEEKLY EMAIL BIBLE STUDY – LESSON 4 (CHAPTER 3) – 11/30/19

LESSON 4- Ephesians

Chapter 3

The Mystery- Revelation

Our Inheritance in Christ Cont.’

 

Chapter 3:1-21

Ephesians 3:18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height- (of His love)

 

 

3:18 This is your reservoir of superhuman strength which causes you as saints to collectively grasp (come to terms with, make one’s own) the limitless extent of His love in breadth, in length, in height (rank), and the extremities of its depths. Mirror Translation

Eph.3:19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

3:19 I desire for you to become intimately acquainted with the love of Christ on the deepest possible level, far beyond the reach of a mere academic, intellectual grasp. Within the scope of this equation God finds the ultimate expression of Himself in you (so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God). Mirror Translation

 

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“And to know the love of Christ” The experience of knowing Christ and the love that comes from Him is the edification, and it is what Paul desires for the Ephesians. As you learn Bible truth and apply faith to it, you grow in grace and in your knowledge of the Lord and

Savior Jesus Christ.”which passes knowledge”

The verb “passes” is HUPERBALLO,”to surpass; to throw beyond”. Also translated as surpass, excel, exceed, transcend.

Knowledge” is GNOSIS, “mental understanding in the human mind. Knowledge of the love of Christ (EPIGNOSIS) is produced by edification of the spirit man and surpasses any purely human mental knowledge.

Application

  1. When there is something that surpasses, be aware that there is still something you need; there is still a distance to go.
  2. The word for knowledge (GNOSIS) refers to knowledge in the mind of the soul.
  3. To know something which surpasses GNOSIS means to have wisdom in the “heart, the spirit man.” (EPIGNOSIS).
  4. This surpassing knowledge is the spiritual IQ of the believer, how large the spirit man is and it’s based on the quantity and quality of the applied knowledge in the heart.
  5. The greater the spiritual IQ, the greater the knowledge of the love of Christ.
  6. There is a surpassing experience available to every person – to have a real, object, experiential the greater the knowledge of the love of Christ.

“that ye might be filled”

“Filled” is the aorist active subjunctive of PLERMO, which has several related meanings in the Greek New Testament.

  1. “To fill up a deficiency” – The deficiency is in the believer’s soul, namely a lack of spiritual IQ. The “fullness of God” is not there, so it must be provided.
  2.  “To fully possess” – Word truth in the spirit is knowledge that is fully possessed by the human spirit. Since Jesus Christ is the Word, this is a reference to “Christ at home in your hearts by faith.” Eph. 3:17

Colossians 1:27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.  Paul also prayed in Eph.1:17-19 that the :God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your [a]understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the power of His mighty power.

Be Filled to the Measure of All the Full Fullness of God.

3. “To fully influence” – Edification fully influences the life of a believer.

4. “To fill with a certain quality” – The believer’s spiritual quality, his spiritual IQ and level of edification, are available to be used to provide a quality life. A quality life is characterized by: Faith-

Rest, Joy, Peace, a relaxed mental attitude, occupation with/in Christ, divine production of gold, silver, precious stones.

1 Cor. 3:11-13 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.

Symbols:

 

  • Gold- kingship, glory -Rev. 14:4; SS 5:11; Dan. 3:1; Matt. 2:11; Acts 17:29; Rev. 4:4; 9:7, 18:9-12 ,Mal. 3:3; Hag. 2:8.
  • Silver -Redemption-Lev. 5:15; Ps. 68:13;1Pet. 1:18- 20;

Matt. 27:3-9

  • Precious stones-Brilliant- In New Jerusalem, the Bride of Christ.Wood- human endeavor
  •  Hay-little worth
  • Straw- useless, worthless

The verb “filled” is in the subjunctive mood. This means that edification is not a given, it is potential. The tragedy here is that there are those who fade out rapidly.  

Example: Matt. 13;18, Mark 4:1-20, Luke 8:4-15-the parable of the sower, in which:

 

  1. The unbeliever by the wayside rejects the gospel.

 

  1. The person on rock soil has knowledge pushed out by suffering.

 

  1. Thorns refer to slavery to the details of life, resulting in no edification.

 

  1. But knowledge (GNOSIS) plus good soil.

 

 

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(FAITH) produce wisdom (EPIGNOSIS), and the production of divine good.

“with all the fulness of God” – the complete package – length, breadth, depth, height. As mentioned in the previous lesson this means:

  • Width- language used in shadowing forth the greatness, extent, and number of the blessings received from Christ,Length – of number and quantity, equivalent to numerous, large: ἀγέλη, Mark 5:11; abundant
  • Depth- thickness- fathomless-broad place- same word as used in Ps. 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
  • Height- tank-your position in Christ.

FULLNESS. (Eph. 3:19) pleroma (play-row-mah); Strong’s #4138: Full number, full complement, full measure, copiousness, plenitude, that which has been completed. The word describes a ship with a full cargo and crew, and a town with no empty houses. Pleroma, strongly emphasizes fullness and completion.

Spiritual Leaders: Pray as Well as Teach (Eph. 3:14-21).

Spiritual leaders must pray for their people as well as teach them. Paul prayed that his fellow believers might know the strength of the Spirit’s reinforcement in the inner person, just as a storm-tossed ship on which he once sailed was strengthened inside by bracings and undergirded outside by cables (Acts 27:17).

Acts 27:17 When they had taken it on board, they used cables to undergird the ship; and fearing lest they should run aground on the [a]Syrtis Sands, they struck sail and so were driven.

Knowing that the strength of Christianity is not outward laws but inward character, Paul prayed that Christ might enter through the open door of faith, dwell in their hearts, and imprint His nature upon their minds, wills, and emotions. Christ brings His life—the very soil in which we take root and blossom, the ground in which our lives are founded. Prayers/Declarations beget prayer, for the believer in whom Christ’s love is bringing the fullness of God will learn to ask and expect great things from Him because everything has already been given us that pertain to life and godliness.

2 Peter 1:3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,

 

 

We have not been called, chosen, redeemed and accepted because of our own merit – but by His glory, His goodness, His virtue and His grace and we are called to share in His glory and be clothed in His righteousness as children of God and joint-heirs with Christ.

Let us never forget that our heavenly position and privileges are ours in Christ Jesus Who, by His divine power has given us everything that is needed for life and godliness. And let us never forget that all that we are and all that we have is because of His glory, His goodness and His grace – Who laid aside His glory so that He could call us out of darkness into His marvelous light.

Again, knowledge (EPIGNOSIS)means to have wisdom in the “heart, the spirit man.” EPIGNOSIS (is a Greek word meaning precise and correct knowledge. It is used in the New Testament twenty times: fifteen times by the Apostle Paul, one time in Hebrews and four times by the Apostle Peter. 

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: (Eph. 1:17 KJV).

Epignosis produces practical results in our knowledge of God. For example, we may have an understanding (gnosis) of healing, but still be sick in our body. When you have epignosis of healing, you get healed! Get epignosis of the Father.

 

MEDITATE

What happens when epignosis is received? Declare that “I am growing in the epignosis of God, and coming into the fullness of the knowledge of my rights, privileges, and blessings in Christ”.

APPLY THE WORD

Epignosis is your key to unlock the treasures of grace in your life. Go for it. It is in the Scriptures, if you will allow the Spirit to give it to you!

PRAY/DECLARE- this knowledge with the Word of God

We will continue with Lesson 4 next week.  The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption/sonship or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

EPHESIANS LESSON 4 (CHAPTER 3) 10/05/19

LESSON 4- Ephesians

Chapter 3

 The Mystery- Revelation

 

 Our Inheritance in Christ Cont.’

 

Chapter 3:1-21

 

Eph. 3:7 of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power.

3:7 This Gospel defines my ministry; I am supercharged by the gift of His grace! Mirror Translation

 

 

Eph. 3:7 “a minister” – (diakonos), “minister; server.The word (diakonos) is transliterated in the English into “server”. Paul became one who “ministers”, and the type and extent of his ministry is explained in the succeeding verses, in words such as “to make all men see”. Paul lived and worked in the “service” of Christ. 5-fold ministers are leaders/servers.

There is no merit involved in Paul’s becoming a minister. He has done nothing to earn or deserve any special treatment from the Lord. In fact, he states that he was the “chief of sinners”. If a minister is successful, it is because of who and what God is, not who and what he is in the sense realm but according to the Spirit.

 

Related Scripture:

 

1 Tim. 1:11-16″According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. “And I thank Christ Jesus, our Lord, who has enabled me, in that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry. “Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious; but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. “And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. “Nevertheless, for this cause, I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all long-suffering, for a pattern to them who should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.”

 

 The word “minister” is used several ways in Scripture.

 

* Those in authority in a national entity are ministers, such as judges. Romans 13:4.

* Every believer is a minister: 2 Cor. 3:6; 4:1; 6:4

* The ministry gifts given in Eph. 4:11 are ministers: Eph. 6:21; Col. 1:23; 4:7

 I teach that everyone has a ministry gift but not necessarily a leader, part of the 5-fold ministry as described in Ephesians 4:11-16.

 

 

Everyone a Minister

 

YOU HAVE BEEN CALLED before the foundations of the world. Eph. 1:4

 

YOU HAVE BEEN CHOSEN by God Himself.

 

YOU HAVE BEEN EQUIPPED with everything necessary for life and godliness. 2 Pet. 1-2

 

YOU HAVE BEEN SET IN EXACTLY THE RIGHT PLACE, with just the right intellect, parents, siblings, and personality.

 

YOUR MINISTRY, YOUR GIFTS, YOUR TALENTS AND YOUR PLACE ARE ABSOLUTELY UNIQUE TO YOU, and no one else can fill your place. If you do not do it, then there is specific Kingdom work that will be left undone.

 

How are we to minister?

 

With:   Openness, vulnerability – walk in the light

 

Concern and compassion – we must want to know what is going on in the lives of others and show it! If folks aren’t convinced that we really want to know and that we care enough to listen and participate, they won’t share. How often has someone asked you how you were doing and then walked off before even hearing your response? You knew all they wanted to hear was, “fine”.

 

Acceptance – Ephesians 1:6 as God accepts us. This is the next step, whatever people say to us, we must accept them. We don’t like their stuff necessarily, but we accept them because we ALL have stuff!

 

Care, kindness, tender-heartedness actively shown.

 

Take time to listen – patience. People have been known to spend $5 a minute just for someone to listen to them without talking. One of the best gifts you can ever give to someone is to listen, truly tuning into body language, tone of voice, things said and un-said. This takes true humility and servanthood because what we have to say takes a back seat to what the other is saying. Often asking meaningful, thought-provoking questions is necessary as well.

 

Ephesians 4:15-16 – speak the truth in love – once the right to be heard is earned – like mentioned above, then, and only then, can you do this. Then we can all grow up in Christ – the Anointed One and His anointing. Then the whole body will supply each other what it needs and it will be fit together. Proper working of the body causes growth. We are all then built up in love.

 

 

BENEFITS OF BODY/TEAM MINISTRY

 

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 by having 1-2 close people in your life – who work with you:

 

More work is done.

 

When one falls, stumbles or is just down the others can pick them up. Can keep each other warm – physically, emotionally, spiritually, etc. (can be a matter of survival)

 

They help each other in the battle against the enemy (satan and powers of darkness) (one can set a thousand to flight, two can set to thousand – exponential). Sometimes one doesn’t realize that they are under attack and the other can help with that.

 

 

ONE CAN CHASE A THOUSAND, BUT TWO, IN UNITY (AGREEMENT), CAN DO SO MUCH MORE! 

 

You may be mighty in Prayer alone, but you can be mightier with someone joining you. The Bible says that “…one will put one thousand to flight but two will put ten thousand to flight.” [Leviticus 26:8; Deuteronomy 32:30].

 

There is strength and they are not quickly torn apart.

 

 

Related Scripture:

 

James 5:16 confess your sins to each other and pray for each other and Ephesians 4:32 and Colossians 3:13 Forgive each other – John 21 Jesus tells the disciples that they have the authority to forgive sins – not like God does, but, rather, proclaiming to each other the forgiveness that is already there. We need to hear that often.

 

 

 Why minister to the body?

 

(v.12) for upbuilding, edifying

(v. 13) for unified faith and knowledge

(v. 13)  for the corporate personality of Christ-likeness

(v. 14) to be no longer babes

(3:10) for the glory of God’s wisdom

 

 

We minister by speaking the truth in love (Eph. 4: 15) [see also 2 Pet. 3:17-18].

 

 

How do we minister? (from Eph. 4:16):

 

1. By relying on Christ as the source of growth (“from whom…”)

 

Christ gave gifts and grace to all (Eph. 4:7)

Christ gave equippers to the church (Eph. 4:11)

Christ is the model and aim (Eph. 4:13) to guide and as inspiration

“I will build my church” (Matt. 16:18)

The Lord produces love (1 Thess. 3:12; Gal. 5:22)

Christ wins obedience through word and deed (Rom. 15:18)

 

 

2. “The whole body . . . makes the growth of the body”

 

The question seen from Eph. 4:12 is: 

 

Do equippers minister or do the saints minister? BOTH Saints (note the change in preposition, the “whole body,” “each single part” (Eph. 4: 16d)

 

Do you feel responsible to speak the truth in love?

 

 

3. The body makes growth by connectedness (“joined and knit together through every joint for supply”)

 

5- fold ministries are the joints of the Body. Joint: may be every place of connection (from part to part) not every bone connection (elbow, shoulder, etc.) as we know it.

 

Point: growth happens through points of contact. Corporate building happens through connectedness.

 

 

The supply is Truth & Love

 

 

 

 

4. “The working in measure of each individual part”   (Eph. 4:16d)

 

Not just all; but every individual

in measure (we do not have the same measure)

(see also Romans 12:3 as God measured a measure of faith).

 

 

5. Upbuilding /Edifying of itself (through/from Christ) but we do make a difference (Eph. 4:16f)

 

 

6. Done in love (Eph. 4:16g) Nothing else works.

 

1 Cor. 8:1 – love builds up -2 Cor. 12:19 – we speak…and all, beloved, for your upbuilding

 

 

So, the exhortation is this: speak the truth to one another in love, relying on Christ as the source, for he makes the whole body grow. 

 

Do more than just pray…speak to one another, and encourage one another. 

 

My husband, David, often reminds me: “He and I are not in the ministry, but the ministry flows out of us.

 

 

 

We will continue with Lesson 4 next week.

FS World Event Africa: Millions of People Coming To Jesus!

Hello Everyone:

As I watched this video, I kept thinking about Moses leading the people out of Egypt. Toward the middle of the video, they show different cities and list the attendance at each event. WOW!

I am not sure who the Evangelist is, but he was on fire. It is amazing to see the “sea” of humanity in these photos coming to receive Yahshua/Jesus. We need to expand our tent pegs to understand what Yahweh God is doing there and pray He brings it here. Selah!

9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11

Blessings, bon

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dors_zGu7yA

Millions of Muslims turn to Jesus / Yeshua in just one night. You wont believe this is possible

Published on Jan 21, 2015
From city to city in Africa they came, just to listen to this man of G-D.
The decision cards for Christ was over 15.000.000 all up, from all the revival crusades put together.
You won’t believe what you see, so many people.
It looked like a sea of people.
If this keeps up, Africa will no longer be considered a Muslim nation.

 

 

15 Another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him who sat on the cloud, “Send your sickle, and reap; for the hour to reap has come; for the harvest of the earth is ripe!”
Revelation 14:15 WEB