The Apostolic Benediction: Grace, Love and Fellowship
“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:2-4 KJV
We would be devoting this capsule to The Temperature and Pulse check from the last series. But I would like to make a few observations in this preamble. I hate to say this, but in the last few years charlatans and actors appear to have hijacked what is sacred. The current trend gives the impression that the only thing that matters in Christianity is material wealth. Virtually every teaching starts or ends with 'get all you can, can all you get and sit on your can'. The balance is lost and the dividing line between Divine prosperity and Greed has become blurred. There is no strong foundational teaching anymore, most do not know why they believe what they say they believe, it is a sorry state of affairs. This trend has encouraged the evil twins of Greed and Laziness especially among 'Christians'.
For the avoidance of doubt, I am a firm, unrepentant and unapologetic believer in financial freedom and abundance that is what the Word guarantees. In fact I believe the root word for salvation applies to 4 cardinal aspects of our lives: Forgiveness and freedom from condemnation of Sin, Deliverance from demonic control, Divine Health/healing and Material wealth. But the beauty is in the balance! I see a lot of confused and frustrated folks that have become prey, because they lack the fundamentals. This is not new, see 2 Timothy 4:2-4. We now have a generation that would prefer to be entertained than be edified; they get carried away by the melody and ignore the lyrics. But look at the antidote, 'Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine'. why? 'For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto FABLES' (myths and man-made fictions).
Unfortunately, this perversion has cheapened and adulterated the gospel and given the secular justification to make jest of what we hold dear and sacred. Why? Because it appears to them that despite the fine words, the bottom line is the same as theirs......Money! I say no, not so, we have much more to give, we are the New Creations (1 Peter 2:9). The fundamentals need to be taught.
I sincerely hope these words have encouraged you. Now it's time to consider some simple questions with respect to our last series.
Grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ
- Can you remember the three cardinal points we discussed in the introduction?
- Why do you think grace was the first functional expression?
- Contrast the message of Christ with that of Moses (John 1:17)
- Why is Grace the practical expression of love?
The Love of God, the Father
- What is the Greek word for this Love?
- Why do you think this Love never fails?(1Corinthians 13:8,13, 1 John 4:16)
- Is this Love absolute (that is unconditional) or relative?
- What is the interaction between Love and Faith? (Galatians 5:6)
Fellowship of the Holy Spirit
- What is the difference between the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in the Old and the New Covenants? (John 14:16-17, 1 John 2:27, Hebrews 13:5)
- Why did Christ refer to the Holy Spirit as 'another Comforter'? (John 14:16)
- List some of the advantages of the Fellowship with Holy Spirit?
- What are the three practical expressions of the Godhead? (2Corinthians 13:14)
I pray that the series on Apostolic Benediction has opened your eyes to something new. That these words will never be empty again, they will breathe the very life of God according to the original intention.
The preamble for this Temperature and Pulse check is intended to set the tone for the next series. I will like to put on record my appreciation to all our partners, God will reward your labour of love, work of faith and patience of hope. As always link your social media sites to MinDGyM, somebody needs to know the truth. Please follow up on twitter @FBImindgym. send your questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org