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  • HOW SHOULD HUSBANDS AND WIVES RELATE WITH EACH OTHER?

    Romans 7:32-35
    King James Version

    32 But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord:

    33 But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife.

    34 There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.

    35 And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.

    Many times couples try to please each other, and this is good, this is how it should be; however we could have relationships in which only partner is trying to please the other; sometimes we could have relationships in which neither seeks to please the other. Most times the last type is usually headed for the rocks and the second type is usually not without problems.

    Let look at somes verses in the New Testamemt where the word please os used (the same Greek word Aresko, in each case).

    Romans 15:2King James Version (KJV)

    2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.

    1 Corinthians 10:33King James Version (KJV)

    33 Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.

    Galatians 1:10King James Version (KJV)

    10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

    We should try to please people, including our husbands and wives, the only thing is, we should always please God before we please men: this includes our partners also, we should not strive to please people above God. The Holy Spirit will help us in this if we believe all our sins have been washed by our Lord Jesus Christ.

  • CAN WE REALLY LOVE?

    When Jesus met his disciples after they had gone fishing and after he had risen from the dead, he asked Peter three times whether Peter loved him. The first and second times Jesus used the Greek word for love derived from Agapao, God's type of love, both times, Peter replied him with the type of love derived from the Greek word Phileo, the type of love between friends. The third time both Jesus,.and Peter, used the type of love derived from the Greek word Phileo. All the three times Jesus asked Peter whether he loved him, all the three times Peter answered in the affirmative. This can be seen in the closing chapters of the book of John.

    Agape, God's type of love is beyond the realm of man. Many times the Bible says we should walk in love, as if the path had already been prepared, we should only walk in it. The Bible also talks of the love shed abroad in our hearts. Both times the Bible uses Agape.

    If you think you can love with the love of God without God's help, just coneider if you were in a situation in which two children were drowning and you are only able to save one, and one of the children is your dearest child. We can not love (Agape) without God's help.

  • THE CHURCH THE BODY OF CHRIST AND FREEDOM FROM THE LAW

    Romans 7:1-6King James Version (KJV)

    7 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?

    2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.

    3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.

    4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

    5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.

    6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

  • BEING JUSTIFIED BY FAITH

    Romans 5 King James Version (KJV)

    5 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

    2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

    3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

    4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

    5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

    6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

    7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.

    8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

    9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

    10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

    11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

    12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

    13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

    14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.

    15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

    16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.

    17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

    18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

    19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

    20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

    21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

  • CRUCIFIXION

    The Christian's crucifixion with our Lord Jesus Christ is a marriage relationship and Christ "espouses" all our demons to destroy their power in our lives. That is probably why Jesus' first miracle was at a marriage in Cana of Galilee, and the very first institution in the Bible was a marriage, in the garden of Eden.

  • THE HELPER OF ADAM

    In the last post, the one on life lived in the Spirit, I talked about David, Eden, and the garden east of Eden. The life of David is one in which we seek to know the will of God, and one in which we praise God. The Bible talks of the tabernacle of David that will be reared up again in the last days.

    The bone of the bones of Adam, and the flesh of his flesh is the church, the body of Christ. The true church of God is in "the east." By marrying a member of the true church an Adam actually marries into Christ. This, the foregoing, is what this passage in Ephesians 5 alludes to:

    Ephesians 5:22-33King James Version (KJV)

    22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

    23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

    24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

    25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

    26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

    27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

    28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

    29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

    30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

    31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

    32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

    33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

  • THE DOER OF THE WORK

    James 1:23-26King James Version (KJV)

    23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:

    24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

    25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

    26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.

    If you assume you know the word of God but you do not read nor meditate on it regularly, you are like someone who looks at himself at the mirror and immediately goes away and forgets how he looks. Doing the work is meditating on the word of God.

    Many think doing the work means keeping the law, rather doing the work is fellowshiping, in the word of God.

  • WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A VIRTUOUS WOMAN

    The Bible talks of the virtuous woman. All the verses that describe the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31 start with the complete Hebrew alphabets, in order. That portion of the Bible begins by saying a virtuous woman who can find; the Bible also says no one is good except God. There is no good man or woman. A woman that is "good" today can become bad tomorrow. A woman is only good in Christ: she believes her sins are completely washed in Christ, she speaks the same language with the Christ. Just as the Christ she has no sin either now, in the past, or in the future.

  • HE THAT IS BORN OF GOD DOES NOT COMMIT SIN

    1 John 3:1-9
    King James Version (KJV)

    1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

    2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

    3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

    4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

    5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

    6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.

    7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

    8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

    9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

    Jesus Christ does not have any sin anymore, he carried our sins away. We are crucified with him and we are risen with him, we too do not have sin any longer. The law is the strength of sin, we are no longer under the law or under sin, we are under the Christ.

    Though, we still commit sin (there is no man that liveth and sinneth not), we are free from sin. However, we believe in Christ, God gives us his Holy Spirit to lead us in our spiritual life.

  • THE ARM OF THE FLESH AND THE LIFE IN THE SPIRIT - A BRIEF STUDY OF 2 SAMUEL

    2 Samuel 3:1

    3 Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker.

    This verse of the Bible typifies the conflict between the flesh, and life in the Spirit. The house of Saul represents the flesh, while the house of David represents life lived in the Spirit. David was a man after God's heart, he always wanted to know the will of God, and the mind of God. This is life in the Spirit.

    2 Samuel 2:24-29

    24 Joab also and Abishai pursued after Abner: and the sun went down when they were come to the hill of Ammah, that lieth before Giah by the way of the wilderness of Gibeon.

    25 And the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together after Abner, and became one troop, and stood on the top of an hill.

    26 Then Abner called to Joab, and said, Shall the sword devour for ever? knowest thou not that it will be bitterness in the latter end? how long shall it be then, ere thou bid the people return from following their brethren?

    27 And Joab said, As God liveth, unless thou hadst spoken, surely then in the morning the people had gone up every one from following his brother.

    28 So Joab blew a trumpet, and all the people stood still, and pursued after Israel no more, neither fought they any more.

    29 And Abner and his men walked all that night through the plain, and passed over Jordan, and went through all Bithron, and they came to Mahanaim.

    Ammah is from the root word for mother in the Hebrew. It is also used for the measuring cubit, which was used in the tabernacle in the wilderness, and also in the measures of the ark of Noah. Mahanaim means double camp.

    The story of David in the book of 2 Samuel is a story of Jesus Christ, and of the believers of Jesus. Mahanaim represents the Cherubims of the garden of Eden, in the east of it, which guarded the way to the tree of life. Ammah represents the mother of all living, signified by Eve, and typified by the church.

    We all must learn to listen to the voice of the Lord, like David, to lead a spiritual life. We must all learn to marry the church, the mother of all living.

    2 Samuel 5:1

    Then came all the tribes of Israel to David unto Hebron, and spake, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh.

    We must marry the church, the Eve, the mother of all living.

    2 Samuel 7:5-12

    5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the Lord, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in?

    6 Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle.

    7 In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar?

    8 Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel:

    9 And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men that are in the earth.

    10 Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime,

    11 And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the Lord telleth thee that he will make thee an house.

    12 And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.

    We are all part of God's building, we are all part of the church, as Christians. Like the ark of Noah, or like the tabernacle n the wilderness, and the temples, all these point to our spiritual life in Christ.

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