How sad, how horribly sad, that there be pastors such as Steven Anderson, who cannot reconcile themselves with these promises of the Holy Spirit to us! How can anyone minimize the incredible GRACE under which we are so very blessed to be born today?!
I have now heard the trio I here present several times. I lost the count! This is because they are so very important for a Christian to understand, and not be misled by so many preachers such as Steven Anderson, who has it totally wrong, Greg Miller, who mistakes the occurrence taking place in Matthew as another "rapture," Mike Hoggard, who is extremely gifted regarding prophecies in the word of God, but is completely lost when it comes to the dispensations, for we are NOT part of the prophecies spoken in it: WE ARE THE MYSTERY about which Paul speaks, mystery now revealed!
PLEASE LISTEN TO THIS TRIO which was previously presented as part of 2 Timothy 2:15 RIGHTLY DIVIDING by Pastor Tom Bruscha
This is an AWESOME series every Christian should hear!
I have heard a multitude of preachers speaking on salvation AND the pre-tribulation rapture, but never have I heard it explained so very beautifully, at length, in minimal detail, addressing each and every pertinent verse, as well as those taken out of context by others.
We are NOT looking for the Kingdom of Heaven to come to earth, as we ERRONEOUSLY have been taught to pray in the Our Father: it is prophecy for the Jews, WHO ARE LOOKING FOR THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN TO BE SET UP ON EARTH! Neither is water baptism what we were taught it to be! We are baptized in the SPIRIT the moment we believe! A water baptism is for the Jew for the remission of sin, as preached by John, the Baptizer!
Nowhere does Paul preach either repentance or water baptism in his epistles. On the contrary, HE REGRETS what he's done as is told in Acts, when he was still a "novice!" Acts is a transition book, from the Old Testament to the New Testament.
14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;
15 Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.
16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas:
besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.
17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel:
not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
1 Corinthians 1:14-17 King James Bible
IT IS PAUL'S EPISTLES THAT CONCERN OUR LIFE IN THIS AGE!
Today's believer in Christ's full payment for our sins on the cross belongs in HEAVENLY PLACES! We are "caught up" in the air to be with Christ for ever more. During His earthly ministry, Jesus promised to come back to earth to set up His kingdom. He was speaking to the Jews! Nowhere in the word of God do God's people, THE JEWS, ever dream of being in Heaven! They look for the kingdom of Heaven to be set up on earth!
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
And grieve not the holy Spirit of God,
whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.
8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:
9 Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.
10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:
12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:
[yet, we are still saved! But we will not get any rewards!]
13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
14 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
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From Grace Bible Church, Warren, MI