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Sunday, July 24 2016
1 Corinthians 9: Who Was The Greatest Apostle?
"Consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Who was faithful to Him that appointed Him"
The English-language word "apostle" originated from the Greek word, pronounced ap-os-tol-os, that means someone who is officially sent, such as an ambassador of a King. "The Twelve" apostles (Matthias replaced the treason-committing Judas Iscariot; see also Disciples, Ministers, Apostles, Prophets) are the most familiar, however Paul was also chosen by the LORD as an apostle (see Paul, The Apostle To The World). Barnabas too was sent as an apostle (Acts 14:14; see also The Meeting Of Paul And Barnabas and The Ministry Of Paul And Barnabas), as were other lesser-known individuals who are identified as apostles e.g. Andronicus and Junias (Romans 16:7; see also Paul's Letter To The True Church Of Rome).
"3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; 3:2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him" (Hebrews 3:1-2 KJV)
Unlike the many self-appointed false Christian apostles (but genuine apostles of Satan i.e. "11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works" 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 KJV) that have existed over the centuries, the apostle Paul was humble servant of the LORD. He spoke the Truth that he was given from the Holy Scriptures. Those who heard the Truth were free to choose life or death for themselves from it.
"9:1 Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord? 9:2 If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.
Fact Finder: Why is the Messiah also called the High Priest i.e. "Consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Who was faithful to Him that appointed Him"?
This Day In History, July 24
1132: The Battle of Nocera between Ranulf II of Alife and Roger II of Sicily began.
1411: The Battle of Harlaw; it was one of the bloodiest battles in Scotland.
1534: French explorer Jacques Cartier, while on the first of his three voyages to North America, erected a cross at Gaspe, claiming the land for Francis I of France (see also Thanksgiving).
1567: Mary Queen of Scots abdicated; James VI became King of Scotland at the age of 1.
1701: French explorer Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac (the Cadillac automobile is named after him) founded a trading post at Fort Pontchartrain, which later became the city of Detroit.
1759: The French garrison at Fort Niagara, under the command of Pierre Pouchot, fell to British and native forces under the command of Sir William Johnson.
1791: Robespierre expelled all Jacobins that were opposed to the principles of the French Revolution.
1799: Napoleon gained his last victory during his occupation of Egypt, defeating the Ottoman Turks (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) at the Battle of Aboukir.
1814: During the War of 1812 (1812-14; a war declared by U.S. President James Madison with the publicly-stated purpose of destroying Canada and subjecting its people to dictatorial rule from Washington), General Phineas Riall advanced toward the Niagara River to halt Jacob Brown's U.S. invasion forces. It was one of many such invasions that were stopped and driven back.
1823: Slavery was abolished in Chile.
1918: On Mount Scopus in Jerusalem, the cornerstone for Hebrew University was laid by Dr. Chaim Weizmann. Dr. Weizmann was later elected as the first President of the present-day state of Israel (see A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism).
1943: During the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), Operation Gomorrah began. British and Canadian warplanes bombed Hamburg, Germany by night, while U.S. bombers did so by day. The bombings killed over 30,000 people and destroyed nearly 300,000 buildings.
1946: The U.S. conducted the first underwater test of an atomic bomb, off Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.
1963: The Bluenose II was launched at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. The schooner is a major Canadian symbol (pictured on the Canadian dime coin).
1967: French President Charles de Gaulle, while visiting Montreal, Canada, made a speech that ended with "Vive le Quebec libre" ("Long live free Quebec" - an incitement for the province of Quebec to separate and destroy Canada) for which the pompous old "general" (who lost every battle that he ever commanded) was promptly rebuked by Canadian Prime Minister Lester Pearson and was sent back to France (a country that Canadians fought and died for during its, and de Gaulle's, liberation from Hitler).
1969: After completing the first manned moon landing, Apollo 11 returned to earth with a splash-down in the Pacific Ocean.
1977: The Libyan-Egyptian War ended after 4 days.
1990: Prior to their invasion, Iraqi military forces began massing on the Kuwait-Iraq border.
2001: Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, the former Tsar of Bulgaria, was sworn in as Prime Minister of Bulgaria. He thereby became the first king in history to regain political authority through democratic election to a different office.