Fri, Jan 19th - 3:52AM
Our Enemy The Devil
Posted on December 29,2013 by Steven R. Cook, D. Min.
After his fall Lucifer is called Satan (Job
1:6), the evil one (1 John 5:19), the tempter (1 Thess. 3:5), the devil (Matt.
4:1), the god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4), the accuser of the brethren (Rev.
12:10), the prince of the power of the air (Eph. 2:2), the serpent (Rev. 12:9),
the great red dragon (Rev. 12:3), and the angel of light (2 Cor. 11:14).
It is this last designation that often catches people by surprise, because most
think of Satan as a dark creature so nefarious in appearance and action that
he’s easily recognized and guarded against. However, Scripture warns us
that “Satan disguises himself as an angel of light” and that “his servants also
disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according
to their deeds” (2 Cor. 11:14-15).
The Parable of the Weeds Explained
13:36 Then Jesus
sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto
him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. 37He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed
is the Son of man; 38The field is the world; the good
seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares
are the children of the wicked one; 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest
is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire;
so shall it be in the end of this world. 41The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall
gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be
wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43Then shall the righteous shine
forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him
Mon, Jan 15th - 12:31AM
Our Enemy The Devil
Posted on December 29,2013 by Steven R. Cook, D. Min..
The devil is a real, personal being who
opposes the Christian and seeks to make him ineffective in his Christian life.
He is a formidable enemy of the Christian since he is intent on devouring
Christians (1 Pet. 5:8); hence, the Christian is called on to resist the devil
(James 4:7). This can be accomplished through putting on the armor for a
spiritual battle (Eph. 6:10–17).
Before his self-induced fall, Lucifer was a
wise and beautiful creature, having “the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and
perfect in beauty” (Ezek. 28:12). He was an angel, called an “anointed
cherub” (Ezek. 28:14). However, this perfect angelic creature produced
sin from the source of his own volition, and the Scripture states, “You were
blameless in your ways from the day you were created until unrighteousness was
found in you…and you sinned” (Ezek. 28:15-16a). Concerning Lucifer’s sin,
the Lord says, “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted
your wisdom by reason of your splendor” (Ezek. 28:17a). Self-centered
pride turned Lucifer’s wisdom into foolishness, and in his madness he sought to
usurp God’s throne and rule over His creation. Lucifer became Satan (a
term meaning “the adversary”) at the time of his rebellion when he declared:
I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my
throne above the stars of God, and I will sit on the mount of assembly in the
recesses of the north. ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will
make myself like the Most High. (Isa. 14:13-14)
These five “I
will” statements by Satan reveal that it was his every intent to set his will
against the will of God and to make himself lord of the universe. Satan
seeks to operate independently of God’s plan for him. He leads others,
both saved and unsaved, to do the same.
The desire of Satan was to move in and occupy
the throne of God, exercise absolute independent authority over the angelic
creation, bring the earth and all the universe under his authority, cover
himself with the glory that belongs to God alone, and then be responsible to no
one but himself.
Sat, Jan 13th - 4:42PM
TRUST THE AUTHORITY OF THE BIBLE
THERE ARE NO APOSTLES TODAY- From an article by David Reagan
The other apostles also performed miracles by the power
of the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:12And
by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the
people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch.
All...). When the sick came to be healed of them, “they were
healed every one” (Acts 5:16There
came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing
sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were
healed every one.
Now I ask you again, Are all apostles? Even Paul’s
apostleship was “out of due time “ (1Corinthians 15:8And
last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
All...). Even Paul got on after the boat was loaded, but God
had a special purpose for him. There may be men and women today who are doing
some of the duties of an apostle. They are sent by God to do a specific work.
But that does not give them the office of an apostle. We need to avoid calling
people apostles in any particular sense. To do so causes confusion. It does not
fit our day and age and it does not conform to the Holy Scriptures.
The office of the apostle is finished and closed for all
eternity by God:
Rev 21:14 - And the wall of
the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles
of the Lamb.
Wed, Jan 10th - 7:05AM
TRUST THE AUTHORITY OF THE BIBLE
ARE NO APOSTLES TODAY- From an article
by David Reagan
All...). We must be careful not to minimize the power and
authority of the apostles by giving the
title to men who were not meant to have it.
Special Qualifications: The qualifications of the apostles
are given in Acts 1:21-22
 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the
Lord Jesus went in and out among us,  Beginning from the baptism of John,
unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a
witness with us of his resurrection.
All.... They must have been with Jesus during His earthly ministry
(v.21), been baptized by John the Baptist (v.22), and been eyewitnesses of the
resurrected Christ (v.22).
Paul was given an exemption on the first requirements but
greatly emphasized his having been an eyewitness of the resurrected Christ –
“And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time” (1Corinthians 15:8And
last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. Paul is the
last person appointed by Jesus Christ to be an apostle. No one else since has
been appointed by Jesus Christ to this office. This fully signifies that God
has closed the office of the apostle because their work in Him is completed
forever. No one since the apostles have ever been able to demonstrate the miraculous acts, signs and wonders that the apostles did, by
the power of God when they preached the gospel.
All...). But Paul admitted to being the least of the apostles
in qualifications (1Corinthians 15:9For
I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle,
because I persecuted the church of God.
All...). What does this say about those who claim to be
apostles without any of the qualifications or signs of an apostle?
Special Confirmation: What established the claims of
apostleship in the eyes of the people? Paul warned of many “false apostles” (2Corinthians 11:13For
such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the
apostles of Christ.
A genuine apostle had the
signs of an apostle so that the people would know who they were. These signs
included wonders and mighty deeds. Paul did many “mighty signs and wonders, by the
power of the Spirit of God” (Romans 15:19Through mighty signs and
wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round
about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.
All...). How could someone tell the false apostle from the true
apostle? Paul helps us again. He spent a lot of time in 2Corinthians confirming
his apostleship and then sums it up in 12:12
All... – “Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you
in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.”
See All...). In other words, he
performed many miracles that confirmed his calling. They could therefore rest
assured that he was indeed the apostle to the Gentiles.
Sat, Jan 6th - 7:42AM
THE AUTHORITY OF THE BIBLE
THERE ARE NO APOSTLES TODAY- From an article
by David Reagan
Paul was also given a very special, though separate,
calling. He often reminded those to whom he ministered that he was “called to
be an apostle” (Romans 1:1Paul,
a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel
All...) and that this calling was “not of men, neither by man,
but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father” (Galatians 1:1Paul,
an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the
Father, who raised him from the dead;)
All...). In Romans 11:13For
I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I
magnify mine office:
All..., he said, “For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am
the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office.”
This was not a basic calling to preach but a calling to
represent God on earth in a special way. The apostles could remit or retain
20:22-23  And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and
saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:  Whose soever sins ye remit,
they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are
All...). What they bound or loosed on earth would be bound or
loosed in heaven (Matthew 18:18Verily
I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and
whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
All...). They spoke the word of God and confirmed those words
with signs following (Mark 16:17-20
 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast
out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;  They shall take up
serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they
shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.  So then after the
Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right
hand of God.  And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord
working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
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