10th January 2018 mikehill4jesus “What is the true Church part 2 the Body of Christ?”
Linked to an mp3 audio podcast (17.44)
A series of Blogs about the doctrine of the true Church.
John 14:23 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them [True Christians]. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching [These people operate the many variations of Churchianity]. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.’
The True Church is the Body of Christ.
Ephesians 1:23 ‘which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.’
I defy anyone to say that what we see as Christianity today is like this. It is not!
Colossians 1:24 ‘Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church.’
1 Peter 4:13 ‘But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.’
True Christians share in Christ’s sufferings, persecuted by those that the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ is seeking to rescue from the Devil.
The Apostles Paul and Peter were teaching true disciples of Jesus. Though, as with all who seek to learn from Jesus through the Holy Spirit led Ministers, the level of understanding varied. It was so with the first disciples of Jesus while he was living a human life on earth. He often got frustrated with them.
Jesus the way to the Father
5 Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’
6 Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know [Some manuscripts If you really knew me, you would know] my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.’
8 Philip said, ‘Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.’
9 Jesus answered: ‘Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, “Show us the Father”? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
The Spiritual War
That battle that all whom Jesus describes in John 14:23 are involved in. It is against the Devil and all those whom he controls as described in John 14:24. It is a painful war that will be won by those described in John 14:23, though many will die before it is won.
Anyone who truly gives their life to the Lord Jesus will suffer persecution.
The Lord Jesus says in John 16:33 ‘I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.’
As a Witness for the Lord Jesus Christ, I suffer a lot of mental and social abuse from those who hate my Lord Jesus and Me. Therefore, it’s good I have a place for certain prayers, reflection, bible study and meditation. All Visitors to it are greatly effected and become peaceful.
Persecution is unfair or abusive treatment toward a person or group of people, such as the persecution of someone who is different by calling him or her rude names and making threats.
The noun persecution is related to persecute, which comes from Latin persecut-, meaning “followed with hostility.” Persecution means hassling or singling out a person or group because of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, or social status.
The Lord Jesus suffered persecution. He voluntarily submitted to it. He was patient while under it. As He said above, those as described in John 14:23, his spiritually converted Disciples, may expect it.
His spiritually converted Disciples suffer it for the sake of God. Their persecution, is a persecution of the Lord Jesus. To repeat because it’s important. All that live godly in Christ, shall suffer.
Why is there persecution?
It originates in the persecutors ignorance of God and Christ Jesus and their hatred of them. Hatred of the Gospel of Jesus. Pride! Mistaken zeal. It is inconsistent with the spirit of the Gospel in that even some Christians persecute others. Humans by nature are addicted to it. Preachers of the Gospel, like Mike Hill, are subject to it for no valid reason; some unto death. God does not forsake the true disciples who are under persecution, in fact, he delivers them out of it. Persecution cannot separate the true Disciple from the Lord Jesus Christ. Lawful means may be used to enable them to escape it.
Disciples suffering persecution should.
Commit themselves to God. Exhibit patience. Rejoice. Glorify God. Pray for deliverance. Pray for those inflicting the persecution. Return blessings for the persecution. The hope of future blessings supports those who are under it. They are blessed for enduring it for Christ’s sake. They pray for those suffering persecution. Hypocrites, those who claim to belong to God, but they don’t love and obey the Lord Jesus, cannot endure it and would even deny loving Jesus in order to avoid it. False teachers of Christianity shrink from it.
Are addicted to persecuting others and are active in it, even encouraging others to do it. In fact they rejoice in its success! However, they are punished for doing the persecution.
- Distance themselves from you
- Lie to you and about you
- Seek to use you
- Put rigid conditions in place before they love you
- Are selfish in their conduct towards you
- Smile when they see they are causing you and your family pain
- Seek to interfere with your family to make it unstable
- They seek to make you react against their persecution and thus look bad
- They distort the Holy Bible and make out God is a liar
- They fight against the will of God
- They avoid defending you when their persecution takes hold
- They never apologise or make reparation when their persecution comes to public notice
- They leave town once exposed
- Justice is not something that they want for you
- They are brazen in that they openly persecute you
- They are brazen in that they openly disobey the teachings of Jesus
- Moral Law is something that they completely disregard
This all happened because I simply trusted the Lord Jesus and loved Him for what he did for me, a wicked and lost soul.
This is a link to Mike Hill’s Testimony – His Life With God 1948 to 2017
These first two links are to Films that use the Bible Text and Storyline with quality actors and actresses. They are not like the old Hollywood Films.
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These are links to information that you can choose to study if you want to
NOW IS THE TIME TO GET RIGHT WITH THE LOVING AND POWERFUL LORD JESUS WHILE YOU CAN – YOUR TIME IS RUNNING OUT!