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Deeper Secrets of the Greatest Mystery

Posted in All Posts by Mr. Augie on September 27, 2011

Deeper Secrets of the Greatest Mystery Revealed

Most Christians and even some pastors do not know about The Mystery— the greatest secret in the world today– yet it is hidden in plain sight in the Word of God. The lack of knowledge of this truth is no wonder since it is the Adversary’s prime goal to conceal the truth of God’s Word—and especially the great Mystery—and its deeper secrets. If he can conceal or twist the truth, Satan can destroy more lives and keep believers from manifesting power and claiming God’s promises.

The Mystery is such a revolutionary and brilliantly executed master plan that it had to be kept secret; for had it been known, Satan and his spiritual kingdom of darkness would never have caused Jesus Christ to be tortured and crucified.

I Corinthians 2:7 and 8

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, [even] the hidden [wisdom], which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known [it], they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

This article covers the central doctrine of the Mystery, hidden with God from the beginning of the world, but also some deeper secrets of the Mystery that may be unknown to those enlightened on the subject. The most exciting truth is it all applies to you individually as well as the Church as a whole.

The Mystery was only made known through revelation from God to the apostle Paul and written in the church (Pauline) epistles some 30 years after the death of Christ. It was hidden with God until then. It is not mentioned in the Old Testament or the Gospels neither is it spoken by Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 3

1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,

2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:

3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,

4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)

5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is NOW revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;

6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:

7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.

8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,

11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

This divine proclamation was given after Israel as a nation had rejected the King time and time again during his time on earth and to the present, except those Jews who decided to believe. All throughout the Old Testament, Israel was especially chosen by God—called out to be his children—and to whom God would focus on and communicate with—his church. All others were Gentiles—the other nations including the enemies of Israel and of God. This sounds like a highly bigoted and politically incorrect statement but it is quite the opposite. To proclaim that the Gentiles were to be heirs of the promises to Israel was and is a revolutionary statement. The Gentiles and the enemies of God, all peoples, can share fully in the promises now and the inheritance of a future paradise. The gift of holy spirit and understanding the knowledge of the truth is now available to all people, Egyptians, Jews, Romans, Babylonians, Arabs, Syrians, Asians, Palestinians etc. It was not available until after the death and resurrection of Christ.

Act 2:38   Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized (spiritual cleansing, replacing the physical water cleansing) every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost [holy spirit]

39   For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, [even] as many as the Lord our God shall call.

This gift of holy spirit is Christ in you, the hope of glory [the absolute guarantee of your being risen and glorified with Him in future unto eternal life]

1Jo 5:13   These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

Romans 10:9   That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10   For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (compete wholeness spiritually now—Christ in you–eternal life).

Further to this, there are no Jews or Gentiles in the new church of the new covenant, the body of believers. There are former Jews that believe and become born again in the new church. They are made one new man, one body—the body of Christ where Christ is the Head.

But there is much more to the Mystery.

The riches of the glory of the mystery is that Christ is in us—the who, what, where, when, how and why of which is the whole subject of the Bible. Understanding the Mystery unlocks its deeper secrets so that we can comprehend the treasures of the spiritual truths of who we really are in Christ—the real you.

Colossians 3

25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is GIVEN TO ME for you, to fulfil [to bring to pass and complete] the word of God;

26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest [known and evidenced] to his saints:

27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is CHRIST IN YOU, the hope of glory:

Colossians 2

2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;

3 In whom are hid ALL the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

There are many aspects of the meaning of the Mystery and what was accomplished by the culmination of events leading up to its revelation. Some of the deeper secrets relate to HOW God in Christ accomplished this seemingly impossible occurrence. He was the perfect sacrifice for us in that he fulfilled all the law of the old covenant so that a new covenant and a new Administration could legally be established. The new covenant of the mystery or grace administration, where all people could have salvation now, even when we were (are) unworthy of such grace and this gift from God. These include all the offerings, feasts, sacrifices, Sabbaths, circumcision, baptism, and burial; and that we were buried with him and rose with him. This gave us legal standing and rights to become sons of God just as if we ourselves also fulfilled every law of God in the Old Covenant. Jesus Christ did not keep the last Passover during his last days for he was the Passover lamb.

Some of the deeper secrets of the Mystery will be outlined in Part 2 of this important and crucial topic. Subscribe to be notified when it is published!

Now, I strongly suggest you read and then reread Ephesians 1-3 and also Colossians 1-3; but only after some quiet prayer asking the Father to reveal more wisdom to you. Then you will have much greater understanding and have your eyes opened to even greater truths and deeper secrets of the WHO, WHAT, WHEN, HOW AND WHY of the Mystery.

Please share your knowledge and what you have gained below with your comments.

The Four Crucified with Christ

Posted in Working the Word by Mr. Augie on April 16, 2011

The biblical study on The Four Crucified with Christ teaches much of how to study the Bible and many times that traditions contradict the truth. There are many things commonly taught about Easter that are not what the truth of God’s magnificent Word teaches. The four crucified with Christ is just one of them and it is one I have diligently worked through the Word for myself. John Schoenheit, one of the finest biblical researchers and teachers I have known says it much better than I can. The full article and video can be found here. Enjoy. — Augie

One difference that we should note as we read the crucifixion records is that Matthew 27:38 (ESV) and Mark 15:27 (ESV) clearly state that there were “two robbers” crucified, while Luke 23:32 (ESV) says there were “two criminals” crucified. Other versions such as the NIV, NASB, and RSV also use the translations “robber” and “criminal,” while other versions use different words, such as “thief” and “malefactor” (KJV). While it is clear that a robber is a criminal, and so these might be the same set of two men, it should nevertheless catch our attention that the Bible uses different Greek words, lēstēs (robber) and kakourgos (criminal) to describe them, so perhaps they are different sets of men. It becomes much more likely that they are two different sets of men when we add the piece of evidence that Matthew says the robbers (lēstēs) reviled Christ but Luke says that only one of the criminals (kakourgos) did.

Matthew 27:44 (ESV) [1]
And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way.

Luke 23:39 and 40 (ESV)
(39) One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!”
(40) But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation?

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Operation of the Heart – Part 2

Posted in Uncategorized by Mr. Augie on February 13, 2011

Operation of the Heart (Part II)

by David M. Augenstein

 

In the Operation of the Heart (Part I) we learned that the word “heart” in the Bible always refers to the innermost part of our being and our minds. It is out of the heart that flow the real issues of life. It is the internal qualities of our heart, shaped by our thoughts and beliefs, which determine much of who we are.

In Part II of this study we will examine several healthy heart conditions. In Part III we will examine serious heart ailments. For the diagnoses, we will consult the Blueprint for our Lives and Hearts, the Word of God, and the great physician, Jesus Christ.

Pro 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it [are] the issues (outgoings, source) of life.

How do we “keep” our hearts? Here are just three of many ways:

 

Phl 4:6 –7  Be careful (anxious, worried) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth (surpasses) all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

And, consistent with the first and great commandment:

Col 3:14-15  And above all these things [put on] charity (the love of God in the renewed mind in practice), which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.  

Pro 28:25-6  He that is of a proud (haughty, egotistical) heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat (prosperous). He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely (in the ways of the Lord), he shall be delivered (protected from the Enemy).  

A healthy spiritual heart is a believing heart . . . believing the powerful, unadulterated truth of God’s Word. (So then, by sheer logic, a heart ailment is an unbelieving heart). This believing heart encapsulates many positive attributes. It allows for the building of:

Trust, confidence and faith rather than doubt, worry, fear and terror

Fruit of the spirit (love, joy and peace . . .) rather than hate, sorrow, confusion, anxiety and ungodly anger

Having your needs met more abundantly versus always in need

Rejoicing in the reality of the eventual return of Christ rather than always fearing what is going to happen to you when you die (that’s a biggy).

Heart of Believing

 

True believing (producing actions and results in harmony with the Word) comes from the heart, not positive thinking, mind control, lucky charms, statues or phases of the moon.

Mar 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things [are] possible to him that believeth.

Believing must be very important if all things are possible to those who believe. Our salvation and eternal life is dependent on our heart and our believing:

Rom 10:8 But what saith it? The word (of God) is nigh thee, [even] in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; Rom 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Rom 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

NOTE: “Confess with your mouth” is where you are speaking from the depth of your heart and that your words are in alignment with your heart. “Confess with your mouth” is also an orientalism of the Biblical times. When somebody said something, it was true. If somebody promised something, you could be assured they would come through. If not, their reputation would be destroyed and they were no longer to be trusted.

When we are miraculously saved by the power of God through our free-will believing, it means we are saved from the wrath to come and saved from eternal death. It also means we obtain an eternal life and inheritance, baptized in holy spirit and we receive Christ into our hearts.

Our salvation (spiritual wholeness) and eternal life with God and Jesus Christ is not fully realized until the return of Christ. In the meantime our salvation is only the beginning of a new life, as God wills to have us come to an accurate and experiential knowledge of the truth of His Word (I Timothy 2:4).

While we are on the subject of receiving salvation (the new birth, becoming born again, saved) I like to always point out that salvation is by the grace of God not by the works of man or our good deeds. This one truth alone has set many free in their hearts knowing they are no longer subject to the law of sin and death (spiritually) for this is what Christ died for (read Romans).

2Ti 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called [us] with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.

Eph 2:4-10  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us (made us alive) together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

The use of past tense (for example, “hath raised us up together”) is a figure of speech to indicate the certainty of a promised future event. It is as good as done! Good works comes after salvation; it is not a condition for it. We want to do good words because we are saved. The only condition is: believing in our heart that Christ is Lord and God raised him from the dead. You can no more earn salvation through good works than you can lose it through sins or works of evil (although God has a way of dealing with that also!). Because it is a gift of God to those who simply believe as he has chosen us before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1). (Through God’s infinite foreknowledge He knows of all who will believe. This still allows salvation for anyone and does not violate the law of freedom of will.)  

It is wonderful and spectacular that the origin of everything goes back to the Word. In the beginning was the Word (John 1:1) and God used his Word by calling the creation into being in six days (Genesis 1). We cannot go anywhere spiritually without believing and having a respect for the accuracy, integrity and authority of the Word. The Will of God for our lives is written in the Word of God!  

 

   We interrupt this teaching to let our readers know that we count The Believer’s Trumpet a success! It has been a joy for me to put the articles together (my wife, Ann, and mother-in-law, Gerry, does the final editing). We also have received some great feedback on the blessings people get by receiving them. Since the Trumpet first sounded out on October 31, 2002 we now have hundreds of readers including folks from Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Greece (Thessalonica!) and Brazil. If you like this issue, forward it onto others (this is how we get new subscribers).

 

Heart of Love

Jesus told us of the first and great commandment:

Mar 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this [is] the first commandment.

We are to love God with all our heart, all of it. Love for God proceeds from the heart. It is with the heart we love with the love of God. When we love God we will love His Word, do His commandments and love His people.

How do we love God?

 

1Jo 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

1Jo 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

Heart of Joy and Rejoicing

Our hearts should joy and rejoice in the Word, in the blessed Hope and in those we nurture in the faith.

Jer 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them (he ate it up!—not literally, of course); and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.

Boy, oh, boy!  Jeremiah hungered for the word of the Lord. What is the joy and rejoicing of our hearts, that is the question. Is it the Word?

The first use of “heart” in Acts is in the first recorded sermon on the first day of the Church Age given by Peter on the day of Pentecost. Quoting King David, who prophesied of Christ’s coming hundreds of years before:

Act 2:25-6  For David speaketh concerning him (Jesus), I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:

Through his knowledge of the scriptures, David foresaw the coming of Jesus Christ. Not only did his heart rejoice but he knew his soul would rest in the hope of Christ’s second coming!

True joy and rejoicing is related to the future hope we have in Christ’s return. We also joy and rejoice when we speak the Word, win somebody to the Lord Jesus Christ and help them become established in the faith, which includes the reality of Christ’s eventual return for His church at the gathering together.

1Th 2:19 For what [is] our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? [Are] not even ye (all the believers) in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?

Other Godly Qualities of the Heart

What God has accomplished in the heart of a believer at the time of the new birth is truly marvelous. But we can only realize it and benefit from it by knowing what the Bible says. Feast on these last verses.

1Pe 1:20 –23  Who (Jesus) verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, [see that ye] love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

2Cr 1:21 –2 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ (the anointed One), and hath anointed us (anointed with the perfect blood), [is] God; Who hath also sealed us (with the official seal and signature that cannot be broken), and given the earnest (token or a down payment) of the Spirit in our hearts (for there is truly far more to come in the future).

2Cr 4:6-7 For God (Who is Light and Love), who commanded the light to shine out of darkness (physically and spiritually), hath shined in our hearts, to [give] the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

Gal 4:4-7  But when the fulness of the time (the perfect time that was prophesied of many times before by many prophets in different times and places) was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.The Believer

Conclusion

 

The wonders of modern medicine like heart replacement, bypass and treatment technologies never dreamed of twenty years ago have come a long way to extend our lives, but only God can heal the inner heart and offer eternal life and true salvation.

Now that this phase of heart surgery is over, perhaps we found areas of our heart that needs restoration or repair. We should be better equipped to walk on out in Him and keep His commandments.

 Many readers have inquired of my background, so I thought I would place a brief bio here. I am David Augenstein and I reside in Findlay, Ohio with my wife of 21 years and my 17-year old autistic, piano-playing son. My biblical background includes 12 years of study with The Way International. My wife and I decided to leave that ministry in 1987 and have since studied the Scriptures on our own and use many other resources for learning (and unlearning). We have a small and recently growing fellowship in the home each week. Professionally, I have a degree in chemical engineering and a master’s in environmental. My wife and I have run a small business called Automotive Environmental & Safety Engineering for nearly 12 years. We specialize in publishing EPA and OSHA compliance guidance and training materials for fleet and vehicle maintenance operations. www.envirosafeshop.com  Thanks for asking.

Operation of the Heart – Part 3

Posted in Uncategorized by Mr. Augie on February 13, 2011

Operation of the Heart - Part 3 

by David M. Augenstein 

In Operation of the Heart (Part I) we learned that the biblical use of the word “heart” (kardia in the Greek, derived from the Latin root, credo, meaning “to believe”) means the innermost part of our being. In Part II, we examined several healthy heart conditions and the qualities that God created in our hearts when we were born again of His spirit. In Part III of the Operation, we will see several examples of heart ailments: the broken heart, the condemning heart, the hypocritical heart, the calloused heart, the hardened heart and the foolish heart. Again, we will be using the word of God as our scalpel and we will consult the great physician, Jesus Christ.  

Hbr 4:12 For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The source and origin of all human suffering is, of course, the thief, the Devil, who comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). As we will see in this study, all spiritual heart ailments can be overcome by learning, understanding and believing God’s powerful, healing word.

The Broken Heart

Jesus Christ came to make us free, redeem us from the powers of darkness and also to heal the brokenhearted. Jesus Christ can and will heal broken hearts.

Luk 4:18-19  The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted ( a heart broken into pieces), to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.  

There are so many broken hearts everywhere. It’s no wonder with the effects of dysfunctional families, broken marriages, death, disablements, disease, birth defects, violence and abuse, the destruction from vice addictions, the despair of unemployment or underemployment, destruction by natural disasters, car accidents. . . The list seems to be endless. For many people, their life’s dreams and treasures are destroyed. 

Symptoms of “broken heart” include deep-seated sorrow, anguish, bitterness and anger– just to name a few–which may be directed at oneself or others—even God. There are many reasons why so many people have broken hearts, but one must not blame our Heavenly Father God, but rather the god of this world, the father of lies, the Devil, Satan (II Cor 4:4).

Psa 147:3-6   He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by [their] names.  Great [is] our Lord, and of great power: his understanding [is] infinite. The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground. (He allows the wicked to be cast down by Satan.)

The devil has tricked many believers into blaming the One True God for their broken hearts and their ugly circumstances. But God wants to mend and heal hearts and make lives joyful, abundant and triumphant. This can only happen when one comes to know and truly believe God’s own words.

Jhn 8:31-2  Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, [then] are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Jesus promises freedom from fears and bondage, from guilt and oppression and from the powers of darkness.  Some of the most destructive and tortuous conditions are those that gnaw away at the minds and hearts of people. We can be free of these chains of captivity. Christ made this available to us and paid the full price for it. 

The Self-Condemning Heart  

We can easily fall into the trap of condemning (blaming) ourselves from sins or mistakes we made yesterday, last week or years ago. This is a case of a condemning heart, a very common syndrome. It is one thing to feel bad when we make a mistake or if we sin. In fact, we should. It is quite another thing, however, to harbor condemnation in our hearts, toward ourselves or toward others, eating away at our hearts and minds like a strong acid, day in and day out. 

Psa 103:10-12 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, [so] great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west (which is an infinite distance), [so] far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

1Jo 3:20-21   For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.  Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, [then] have we confidence toward God.

God has made a way to deal with our sins. We sin because it is part of the natural condition of the sin nature we are born with. If we sin, we should ask God for forgiveness and he will give it. But then we should do our best to quit the sin, asking God for help and by putting more of His Word in our mind. Just look at these jewels of truth:

1John 1:5-10   This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

Lets’ look at the entire context of I John 3 concerning when our hearts condemn us:

1Jo 3:18-24   My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, [then] have we confidence toward God.  And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.

Rom 8:1 [There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, (who walk not after the flesh , but after the Spirit). 

When we do our best to walk according to the Word, we needn’t have any condemnation for past sins, for God has forgiven and forgotten.  

The Hypocritical Heart

 

Ever see some believers “talk the walk” but they do not “walk the talk”? It’s fairly commonplace. This is a classic case of the heart of a hypocrite.

It can apply to both religious leaders as well as the unfaithful, “rank-and-file” believers and unbelievers.

Look what Jesus said about the religious scribes and Pharisees of his day. The same is still true of some religious leaders of our day and time:  

Mat 15:8-9 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with [their] lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching [for] doctrines (as the truth) the commandments of men.

In many instances, organizational “Christianity” has mislabeled the rules, traditions and religious creeds of men as the truth of God’s Word. They teach watered-down Bible, blended with erroneous interpretations and myths, world-wisdom, current trends, and a mix of religions, including occultism, paganism, humanism and pantheism, and the worshipping of “Mother Earth” and statuettes (idols). Oh yes, these have a form of godliness, but deny the power thereof (II Tim 3:5). The hearts of the leaders of some of these organizations are far from the Lord, being more interested in money, power and political correctness but cloaking it with the Bible and various religious costumes and jewelry. Unfortunately, the followers within these organizations follow blindly, not having a more accurate knowledge of God’s Word.

Those afflicted with hypocrisy deceive themselves and others. They like to think they are walking on the Word, but their tongue (the window of the heart) and their actions indicate otherwise:

Jam 1:25-6 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. 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. 

The Calloused Heart

 

Mat 13:15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross (became fatty or calloused), and [their] ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with [their] eyes, and hear with [their] ears, and should understand with [their] heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.—Jesus Christ.

This is a case of a calloused heart of a basic unbeliever– although it can also apply to a believer who is out in left field and has turned away from God and His Word. The words “waxed gross” means to become fat or thickened. This condition is also associated with spiritual deafness and blindness.

Look at what Jesus tells his believing disciples in the very next verses:

Mat 13:16-17   But blessed [are] your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.  For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous [men] have desired to see [those things] which ye see, and have not seen [them]; and to hear [those things] which ye hear, and have not heard [them].

The Hardened Heart

This is similar to the calloused heart.   

Hbr 3:7-19  Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice,  

Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:  

When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.  

Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in [their] heart; and they have not known my ways.  

So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)  

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.  

But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.  

For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;  

While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.  

For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.  

But with whom was he grieved forty years? [was it] not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?  

And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?  

So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.  

The word “harden”, used three times in the verses of Hebrews above, is sklerunos in Greek. We get our English word “sclerosis” from this Greek word and arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

2Cr 3:2-3  Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: [Forasmuch as ye are] manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.

In contrast to a hardened heart, we are to accept and trust in the word of God that has been written in the tender, fleshy tablet of our heart (as opposed to just ink and paper or tablets of stone). Then the truth in our lives and hearts can be known and read by others.

Eph 4:17-20   This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness (hardness) of their heart:  Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.  But ye have not so learned Christ;

The word “ignorance” is agnoia from which we get our English word “agnostic”. Agnostics do not know if there is a God. They are ignorant, meaning they have not come to a knowledge of the truth. Atheists believe there is no God. The Scriptures say that he who says “there is no God” is a fool. These beliefs are totally inexcusable with God.

Psa 14:1 The fool hath said in his heart, [There is] no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, [there is] none that doeth good.

This is also repeated in Psalm 53:1.

The Foolish Heart

Rom 1:21-3 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified [him] not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain (empty, foolish) in their imaginations (inner reasoning), and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

Pro 15:14 The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.

Pro 15:7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish [doeth] not so.

Conclusion

These are just a few unhealthy heart conditions found in the Bible. All of these heart conditions prevent people from realizing the fullness of God’s promises in their lives. All can be overcome and healed by trusting in God and believing His Word. Guarding one’s heart is vital in joyful and triumphant living for everyone.

Pro 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it [are] the issues of life.

Pro 23:7a  For as he thinketh in his heart, so [is] he:

Correction: In the previous issue, Operation of the Heart (Part II), we made an error in our note concerning Romans 10:9,10. Thanks to a reader’s comment to us, we took a closer look at “if thou shalt confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus”. We now see no reason why this should be considered a figurative “mouth”, but in fact a literal and audible confession with the mouth. This is also consistent with many other scriptures.   If one believes in his heart that Christ is Lord and God raised him from the dead, how can he not speak it out with his mouth?: for out the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. As far as those who cannot speak because of disability, God surely knows and accepts their intentions, for God looks upon the heart.

Operation of the Heart – Part 3

Posted in Uncategorized by Mr. Augie on February 13, 2011

 

Operation of the Heart (Part II)

by David M. Augenstein

 

In the Operation of the Heart (Part I) we learned that the word “heart” in the Bible always refers to the innermost part of our being and our minds. It is out of the heart that flow the real issues of life. It is the internal qualities of our heart, shaped by our thoughts and beliefs, which determine much of who we are.

In Part II of this study we will examine several healthy heart conditions. In Part III we will examine serious heart ailments. For the diagnoses, we will consult the Blueprint for our Lives and Hearts, the Word of God, and the great physician, Jesus Christ.

Pro 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it [are] the issues (outgoings, source) of life.

How do we “keep” our hearts? Here are just three of many ways:

 

Phl 4:6 –7  Be careful (anxious, worried) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth (surpasses) all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

And, consistent with the first and great commandment:

Col 3:14-15  And above all these things [put on] charity (the love of God in the renewed mind in practice), which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.  

Pro 28:25-6  He that is of a proud (haughty, egotistical) heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat (prosperous). He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely (in the ways of the Lord), he shall be delivered (protected from the Enemy).  

A healthy spiritual heart is a believing heart . . . believing the powerful, unadulterated truth of God’s Word. (So then, by sheer logic, a heart ailment is an unbelieving heart). This believing heart encapsulates many positive attributes. It allows for the building of:

Trust, confidence and faith rather than doubt, worry, fear and terror

Fruit of the spirit (love, joy and peace . . .) rather than hate, sorrow, confusion, anxiety and ungodly anger

Having your needs met more abundantly versus always in need

Rejoicing in the reality of the eventual return of Christ rather than always fearing what is going to happen to you when you die (that’s a biggy).

Heart of Believing

 

True believing (producing actions and results in harmony with the Word) comes from the heart, not positive thinking, mind control, lucky charms, statues or phases of the moon.

Mar 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things [are] possible to him that believeth.

Believing must be very important if all things are possible to those who believe. Our salvation and eternal life is dependent on our heart and our believing:

Rom 10:8 But what saith it? The word (of God) is nigh thee, [even] in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; Rom 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Rom 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

NOTE: “Confess with your mouth” is where you are speaking from the depth of your heart and that your words are in alignment with your heart. “Confess with your mouth” is also an orientalism of the Biblical times. When somebody said something, it was true. If somebody promised something, you could be assured they would come through. If not, their reputation would be destroyed and they were no longer to be trusted.

When we are miraculously saved by the power of God through our free-will believing, it means we are saved from the wrath to come and saved from eternal death. It also means we obtain an eternal life and inheritance, baptized in holy spirit and we receive Christ into our hearts.

Our salvation (spiritual wholeness) and eternal life with God and Jesus Christ is not fully realized until the return of Christ. In the meantime our salvation is only the beginning of a new life, as God wills to have us come to an accurate and experiential knowledge of the truth of His Word (I Timothy 2:4).

While we are on the subject of receiving salvation (the new birth, becoming born again, saved) I like to always point out that salvation is by the grace of God not by the works of man or our good deeds. This one truth alone has set many free in their hearts knowing they are no longer subject to the law of sin and death (spiritually) for this is what Christ died for (read Romans).

2Ti 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called [us] with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.

Eph 2:4-10  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us (made us alive) together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

The use of past tense (for example, “hath raised us up together”) is a figure of speech to indicate the certainty of a promised future event. It is as good as done! Good works comes after salvation; it is not a condition for it. We want to do good words because we are saved. The only condition is: believing in our heart that Christ is Lord and God raised him from the dead. You can no more earn salvation through good works than you can lose it through sins or works of evil (although God has a way of dealing with that also!). Because it is a gift of God to those who simply believe as he has chosen us before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1). (Through God’s infinite foreknowledge He knows of all who will believe. This still allows salvation for anyone and does not violate the law of freedom of will.)  

It is wonderful and spectacular that the origin of everything goes back to the Word. In the beginning was the Word (John 1:1) and God used his Word by calling the creation into being in six days (Genesis 1). We cannot go anywhere spiritually without believing and having a respect for the accuracy, integrity and authority of the Word. The Will of God for our lives is written in the Word of God!  

 

   We interrupt this teaching to let our readers know that we count The Believer’s Trumpet a success! It has been a joy for me to put the articles together (my wife, Ann, and mother-in-law, Gerry, does the final editing). We also have received some great feedback on the blessings people get by receiving them. Since the Trumpet first sounded out on October 31, 2002 we now have hundreds of readers including folks from Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Greece (Thessalonica!) and Brazil. If you like this issue, forward it onto others (this is how we get new subscribers).

 

Heart of Love

Jesus told us of the first and great commandment:

Mar 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this [is] the first commandment.

We are to love God with all our heart, all of it. Love for God proceeds from the heart. It is with the heart we love with the love of God. When we love God we will love His Word, do His commandments and love His people.

How do we love God?

 

1Jo 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

1Jo 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

Heart of Joy and Rejoicing

Our hearts should joy and rejoice in the Word, in the blessed Hope and in those we nurture in the faith.

Jer 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them (he ate it up!—not literally, of course); and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.

Boy, oh, boy!  Jeremiah hungered for the word of the Lord. What is the joy and rejoicing of our hearts, that is the question. Is it the Word?

The first use of “heart” in Acts is in the first recorded sermon on the first day of the Church Age given by Peter on the day of Pentecost. Quoting King David, who prophesied of Christ’s coming hundreds of years before:

Act 2:25-6  For David speaketh concerning him (Jesus), I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:

Through his knowledge of the scriptures, David foresaw the coming of Jesus Christ. Not only did his heart rejoice but he knew his soul would rest in the hope of Christ’s second coming!

True joy and rejoicing is related to the future hope we have in Christ’s return. We also joy and rejoice when we speak the Word, win somebody to the Lord Jesus Christ and help them become established in the faith, which includes the reality of Christ’s eventual return for His church at the gathering together.

1Th 2:19 For what [is] our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? [Are] not even ye (all the believers) in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?

Other Godly Qualities of the Heart

What God has accomplished in the heart of a believer at the time of the new birth is truly marvelous. But we can only realize it and benefit from it by knowing what the Bible says. Feast on these last verses.

1Pe 1:20 –23  Who (Jesus) verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, [see that ye] love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

2Cr 1:21 –2 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ (the anointed One), and hath anointed us (anointed with the perfect blood), [is] God; Who hath also sealed us (with the official seal and signature that cannot be broken), and given the earnest (token or a down payment) of the Spirit in our hearts (for there is truly far more to come in the future).

2Cr 4:6-7 For God (Who is Light and Love), who commanded the light to shine out of darkness (physically and spiritually), hath shined in our hearts, to [give] the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

Gal 4:4-7  But when the fulness of the time (the perfect time that was prophesied of many times before by many prophets in different times and places) was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

Conclusion

 

The wonders of modern medicine like heart replacement, bypass and treatment technologies never dreamed of twenty years ago have come a long way to extend our lives, but only God can heal the inner heart and offer eternal life and true salvation.

Now that this phase of heart surgery is over, perhaps we found areas of our heart that needs restoration or repair. We should be better equipped to walk on out in Him and keep His commandments.

 Many readers have inquired of my background, so I thought I would place a brief bio here. I am David Augenstein and I reside in Findlay, Ohio with my wife of 21 years and my 17-year old autistic, piano-playing son. My biblical background includes 12 years of study with The Way International. My wife and I decided to leave that ministry in 1987 and have since studied the Scriptures on our own and use many other resources for learning (and unlearning). We have a small and recently growing fellowship in the home each week. Professionally, I have a degree in chemical engineering and a master’s in environmental. My wife and I have run a small business called Automotive Environmental & Safety Engineering for nearly 12 years. We specialize in publishing EPA and OSHA compliance guidance and training materials for fleet and vehicle maintenance operations. www.envirosafeshop.com  Thanks for asking.

In the next issue of The Believer’s Trumpet, Operation of the Heart, Part III we will examine several heart ailments including the broken heart, the hardened heart, the calloused heart, the condemning heart and the foolish heart and we will recommend treatments for those who need healing and deliverance. FDA approval not required. Until then, have a great month of April and we look forward to your comments and feedback. We encourage you to forward this one to others on your email list!

 

James’ Bone Box

Posted in Uncategorized by Mr. Augie on February 13, 2011

 

In October 2002, an ossuary (bone box) was discovered in Israel with the inscription (in the Aramaic language) of “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus”. There is a very high probability the inscription refers to Jesus of Nazareth and thus the first and only physical artifact documenting the existence of Jesus. [See complete story at Biblical Archeological Review.]

The opening of James’ bone box should bring the skeletons of religious traditions contrary to God’s Word out of the closet to be reconstructed. The discovery of the ossuary should bring to mind a bone-chilling question. If Jesus had a brother, whose mother was Mary, then how could Mary be a “perpetual virgin”?

This paper will show, from the Word of God, that Jesus had other brothers and sisters and therefore Mary does not have perpetual virginity. Furthermore, while we are on the subject, this paper examine whether Mary was a virgin at the time of Christ’s birth, as many believe.

The Bible teaches that Jesus not only existed but was the son of God. Believers can rely on the Bible because there are hundreds of prophecies that were given in the Old Testament which have been fulfilled years or hundreds of years later, and many of those, including the coming of Jesus Christ, in remarkable detail. We do not need physical proof because believers have the spiritual proof. Part of this spiritual proof is the Word of God and its inherent accuracy and authority. This paper may serve to convince those who are skeptical of the Bible to reconsider its accuracy and authority rather than man-made tradition and erroneous doctrines of religions.

Speaking of Jesus as he taught in the synagogue, they said:

Mark 6:3

Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.  

Those in the synagogue were offended because Jesus spoke the truth. The truth of God’s Word will offend some and we cannot apologize for that. This verse says Jesus had at least four brothers and two sisters. Actually, these are half-siblings, since the seed that impregnated Mary to create Jesus was the Holy Spirit, while the seed that impregnated Mary for the other children were of Joseph. Several other scriptures show James was a brother of Jesus. 

 

In one verse of scripture, we now have disproved the age-old theological myth that Mary is a perpetual (eternal) virgin. Jesus was conceived of a virgin and it was a divine conception. But why was Mary singled out to have the Christ child?  

In Luke 1:26-55 describes Mary as a handmaid of the Lord who found favor with God. Being told by an angel the Holy Spirit will come upon her and overshadow her and that which shall be born unto her shall be called the Son of God, she said “Be it unto me according to thy Word.” Thus, Mary was blessed among women and blessed was the fruit of her womb. In addition, in v. 45, “blessed is she that believed, for there shall be a performance of that which were told to her from the Lord.”

Somehow many believe that the virginity of Mary must be kept as if having children and sexual intercourse is something that would defile her Godly significance; as if the act is a dirty one. Nothing could be further from the truth, as we shall see. Also, Mary is no more perpetual than any other dead person, including the religious idols commonly referred to as Saints. They are all in the grave, awaiting the return of Christ to be gathered together or resurrected. The truth is there is a spiritual beauty God created in the sex act between man and wife.  

Was the birth of Jesus a virgin birth as most Christians believe?

The following section of Matthew 1:18-25 is loaded with truths concerning the timing of events around the conception and birth of Jesus Christ. My notes are in [brackets].

v. 18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise [in this manner]: When as his mother Mary was espoused [betrothed, the first period of a lengthy wedding ceremony and tradition before the actual wedding ceremony occurs and before sexual intercourse takes place—See Orientalisms of the Bible by Bishop K.C. Pillai, p. 60-61 for more] to Joseph, before they came together [officially in marriage], she was found with child [pregnant] of [by] the Holy Ghost.  

Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. [Because the Law was if a betrothed woman was found to be pregnant by another man, the woman could be divorced and left at her father’s house.]  

But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee [by the marriage ceremony] Mary thy wife [young woman]: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. [the angel comforted Joseph, saying it is perfecting all right to marry her]  

The words “came together” or the words “take unto thee” does not refer to sexual relations in this context, as some teach this, as it is reading into the Scriptures more than what is actually said (forcing it). 

 

The word “take” here is paralambano (Greek), literally to receive or take along side, sometimes with some force or speed involved. For example, when the Devil “took” Jesus to the mountain, or when Joseph and Mary “took” Jesus to Egypt, these are uses of paralambano. So far we can say that Joseph was told not to fear to paralambano Mary to the wedding ceremony.

Continuing in Matthew:

v. 20 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet [Isaiah 7:13-15, another prophecy fulfilled!] , saying,

Behold, a virgin [almah in Hebrew, quoted from Isaiah, literally a young girl or damsel; see notes in EW Bullinger’s Companion Bible] shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife (young woman): And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son [firstborn son, meaning other sons were to follow]: and he called his name JESUS.  

Those that teach this is where Joseph had sexual intercourse with Mary, as I did once, jump to a conclusion here. First of all, it is easy to paint a mind picture that Joseph and Mary were sleeping together here and when Joseph awoke immediately took Mary unto him. This is not what it says. Joseph awoke from sleep AND (there is a passage of time here) and married her. There must have been some time lapse here as the ceremony would take place and the immediate families would have to have time to gather.  

 

We know the scripture says a virgin will conceive and bare a son. This implies a virgin will also give birth to the son. The scripture says that Joseph “knew her not” until she brought forth the son. This is an Old Testament way of saying sexual intercourse. This is another proof that Mary was not a virgin after Jesus’ birth! 

What a wonderful Word of God we have when it is handled properly and rightly-divided (I Timothy 2:15) and let it fit together like a puzzle. This Word of God fits with scientific accuracy and precision.

Believers do not need bone boxes or other physical evidence of Jesus, the Son of God, because we have the spiritual evidence within and we have the Word that tells us the truth! Hopefully, the discovery of James’ bone box will serve to open the eyes of unbelievers that there is validity to the Bible and our Lord Jesus Christ to the extent they yearn to learn more. Hopefully, it will help to rip off the spiritual scales of many believers’ eyes who hold to man-made religious traditions and error, such as the ‘perpetual virginity’ and the worship of other dead saints. How wonderful it is to let the Word speak and see the brilliant truths that God has freely given us who choose to believe.

 

Note. Much more concerning the timing of the birth of Christ is contained in the Word of God. It is abundantly clear that the conception was close to the December 25 time, while the birth was in the early September time frame. The best candidate, among most exhaustive evidence both biblically and astronomically, for the birth of Christ is September 11, 3 B.C. (See 1991 book “The Star that Astonished the World” by Ernest Martin.)

He Raises Us Up on Eagle’s Wings

Posted in Inspirational Music by Mr. Augie on January 9, 2011

Inspiring.

The Spiritual Meaning of Natural Food and Drink

Posted in All Posts by Mr. Augie on November 8, 2009

DinnertimeSpiritual Meaning of Natural Food and Drink

by David M. Augenstein (Augie)

Food and drink is something everyone loves; but there is much more to it than the titillating of all of our senses and the filling of our stomachs.

Food and drink connect us all; it is music to the soul—a universal language. There is a spiritual significance to the planting of seed, growing, harvesting, proper preparation and eating of food—even the soil, seed and plant. There is greater meaning in feasting on naturally grown food grown by farmer friends or from your own garden/homestead; even more so when enjoyed with family and good friends. There is a spiritual connection to these rituals; a connection to the Creator and His people. We will be examining this spiritual meaning of natural food with a biblical perspective.

Before we get into more depth, you must first enjoy this 4-minute presentation on the godly artwork that shows divine design of natural foods and their health-giving properties.

The importance of natural drinks, water for example, must also be considered to understand the full scope of the subject.

Most foods are comprised of 80 to 85% water. Water also comprises about 80 to 85% of the human body. Therefore, water is as important in this study in understanding the meaning of food—which extends to drink as well. Water molecules exhibit at least 20 physical and chemical properties that no other molecule has. The divine design of water is best illustrated by individual snowflake patterns where no two are alike, as shown in these phenomenal images:

I hope you enjoyed this introduction to the The Spiritual Meaning of Food and Drink and will share it with all your friends.

In Part II, it will be shown that there is a direct correlation between physical food and drink, and the eating and drinking of it, to their spiritual counterparts– and it being a daily symbol and representation of spiritual truths that we can embrace and benefit from knowing about. To be notified when Part II is posted, you will need to assure you have access to it by subscribing.

Matthew 4:4 But he (Jesus) answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Jeremiah 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart . . .

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Excited About Ephesians (Peter Wade)

Posted in Uncategorized by Mr. Augie on June 28, 2009

I want to introduce to you a teacher and scholar of the Word. Peter J. Wade is about 70 years old. I first heard of him from as far back as 1975, hearing his biblical work from 1968. That was a long time ago. He is from Australia. Now, he is still alive and kicking. He brings a unique style of teaching of the Word. It is in simplicity yet depth, but very positive is his hallmark. His website is even called Positive Words.

I have listened to about 12 of his audios and this short one is the first of a series. It is called Excited About Ephesians. In the last few years, I have told folks that I have witnessed to that Ephesians is where to start Bible study– not the Gospels or Genesis. That is because Ephesians is the apex–the greatest revelation. Ephesians 1-3 and 6–with the practical application in 4 and 5. Here is Peter J. Wade. (The audio is 30 minutes long and will take about 10 seconds to load.) Click here:

Excited About Ephesians!

The Permanence of Salvation

Posted in Uncategorized by Mr. Augie on June 21, 2009

This 10-minute video is from John W. Schoenheit of Spirit & Truth Fellowship International. John is a biblical research man of the highest order. We share very similar backgrounds in biblical research and teaching.  He is easy to understand, his depth of knowledge is rare, his excitement for the Word of God is obvious. The truth that emanates from his heart and mouth as he teaches the Word is healing. He has been a major blessing to my life.

The topic of the Permanance of Salvation is a a crucial one for all Christians. To be honest, most Christians do not understand this subject. Most Christians have been led to think that they can lose their eternal life. It is a shame, not knowing the scriptures, that they are afraid they do not have it, or could lose it if they are not perfect enough. This philosophy is evil and is so pervasive. This false doctrine of losing salvation ruins many believers lives and takes so much joy out of their lives. Thinking that you can lose your eternal life because you are not good enough (or been too bad) contradicts the Word of God and is the same as saying that the work and suffering of Christ is not good enough to bring salvation to any man.

I know that there are a handful of scriptures that seem to indicate that you can lose eternal life. But, many of those can be understood in light of the fuller context, where it aligns with the truth about the permanence of salvation.

Let’s hear what John has to say:

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