My reading this season brings many hours of study on the New Covenant and how we get to where we are needing to be today with the sameness of mission the early disciples had.
A grand design is our ekklesia in all the many forms.
You put a fishing reel together dirty, out of order of design or missing a part you won’t catch many fish. If you try to force a part into a place it does not belong it will not work. We trust the laws of physics the truths of science. At least some do. Some find out like the “rich farmer building barns to hold his wealth” you can’t break the rules God has in place. We all need cleaning at some point. To have a clear conscience, to sleep well, to love one another that is good and right for us.
Putting together this reel after cleaning and adjustment of parts, alignment and order, restored the power this reel can give the person using it over even a big fish.
Even the big fish. We also have a responsibility to cherish the resources and bounty of the earth. God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”
We have the power to catch every fish and animal on the earth and the power to care for them. We do have choices over our gifts.
We have a simple Gospel, In fact the facts reported by many eye witnesses and much evidence that demands a verdict is in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians https://www.biblestudytools.com/nas/1-corinthians/15.htmlhttps://www.biblestudytools.com/nas/1-corinthians/15.html
Clearly shows the author’s belief from Acts 22: knowing, not just hearing about but knowing what transpired because of all the eye witnesses agreeing on the evidence. Only later after corruption and especially when people were indoctrinated to believe myths and legends about saints and martyrs as portrayed in culture, arts, pagan religions of men. Reading; Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you holdfast the word which I preached to you, unless* you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at onetime, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; 7 hen He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; 8 and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
Grace is not how good we are but how forgiven we are. Our best understanding of grace will fall short of the actual. Harmony and balance is found in being an obedient servant in doing our duty to the master in our Worship as we “Go” walking in the way, yoked together. Amen! Walking side by side we cast no shadow on each other. Walking behind even great men we are in shadow and do not see the Light in fullness. We feel sadness for our friends caught up in following Luther, Wesley, Calvin or St Auggie in error. Sad they see some light and believe but the divided denominational world has blinded them to the simple gospel of love for one another. They have quenched the Spirit from their worship by following the doctrines of men. IMHO 1 John 3:23-24 Acts 5:32
First importance our Salvation. The resurrection of Jesus is our Gospel fact that makes the difference.
We have a simple Gospel, many believe that the historic Council of Nicea really messed things up and so muddied the water that we can’t return to that simple plan God set forth in Jesus.
According to the letters written during the first century and second the corruption of the Ekklesia began earlier. Peter warned us; Paul warned the shepherds of Ephesus to look out for wolves. Only those groups that have humble shepherds, in name or deed as some serve without title or recognition quitely washing feet and sharing cups of water with strangers at the gate. Preaching their sermon with their lives, being the Ananias for Saul, or the “Aquila and Priscilla” who shared a home and the simple Gospel wherever they were found.
We forget to wait “For the Promise of the Father” Acts 1 We play with toys and signs thinking this is it. Many miss the gift and double cure the removal of guilt and forgiveness forever of our sins.
Imagine! If I as an unworthy servant of the King were to look for a simple Gospel in order to save my soul, it would have simple commands, maybe one or two that when applied to the whole will cover all the issues humans face. The message would have to be simple and concise. I am no theologian, my level is stuck below “plowboy” according to Tyndale’s quote. (below) This simple gospel message would be very powerful like dynamite, Rm1:16, when applied with it’s own remedy like John speaks of; “By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. Whoever keeps his commandments abides in him, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us. Acts 5:32 Click for
Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart,
The Holy Spirit is the Wonderful Counselor to guide us on the Way as we journey side by side, that is yoked. We have no need for “How to books or how to pastors” we are taught by Him.
Unity will be possible when I, Love like John, Jn 3: Repent like Saul, Acts 22:16 Obey like Peter. 1 Peter 3:20-21, A simple Gospel
The disciple of love.
John wrote; “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” Jesus, John 13:34-35
Word study on the Gospel, https://www.biblestudytools.com/search/?s=bibles&q=gospel&t=nas&c=all&p=5
16 on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus.
1 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand,
13 Because of the proof given by this ministry, they will glorify God for your obedience to your confession of the gospel of Christ and for the liberality of your contribution to them and to all,
4 For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully.
- Galatians 1:6 NAS https://www.biblestudytools.com/nas/galatians/1-6.html6 I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel;
- Galatians 1:7 NA https://www.biblestudytools.com/nas/galatians/1-7.html7 which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.
- Galatians 1:8 NAS https://www.biblestudytools.com/nas/galatians/1-8.html8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! In Context Compare Interlinear
- Galatians 1:9 NAShttps://www.biblestudytools.com/nas/galatians/1-9.html9 As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he
- 2 Thessalonians 1:8 NAS https://www.biblestudytools.com/nas/2-thessalonians/1-8.html8 dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. In Context Compare Interlinear
- 2 Thessalonians 2:14 NAS https://www.biblestudytools.com/nas/2-thessalonians/2-14.html14 It was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. In Context Compare Interlinear
17 For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
I defie the Pope and all his lawes. If God spare my life, ere many yeares I wyl cause a boy that driveth the plough to know more of the Scripture, than he doust.William Tyndale https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/William-Tyndale.html
The change is the standard of Love, How much do you love me?
You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against your kinsfolk. Love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.— Leviticus 19:18, The ancient tribal laws pre Abraham fueled wars in the MidEast ence for sin, son of Hagar the expedient . In Islam, Abrahams consequ The old covenant was national with exceptions for strangers and foreigners that behaved themselves.