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Sunday, March 12 2017
The Holy Spirit In History and Prophecy: The Church Of God
"If the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you"
The English-language word "church" is used to translate the Greek word, pronounced ek-klay-see-ah, which means a gathering of those called, or called out ones. "Church" is about people making a journey (see The Race Toward The Dawn Of The New World), not a building, not any man-made organization, not a corporate entity, not a nationalistic ego delusion (see also Who Is The Head Of Your Church? and Does The True Church Of God Have A Rank Hierarchy?).
The English-language word "church" itself originated from another Greek word, pronounced kur-iakon (the sound of "church" is still noticeable from that Greek word) that did refer to a building, but where the ek-klay-see-ah met together. The actually meaning of "church" was the people, not merely the later-described building where they congregated. Salvation is for people, not buildings (see also The Carnival Churches).
What is it then that "calls out" people to make them "the church"? The Holy Spirit (see also The Holy Spirit In History and Prophecy: The Spirit Of The Messiah and The Holy Spirit In History and Prophecy: The Spirit Of All True Prophets).
"2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
Merely claiming to be a Christian, in one's own way, is not of the true Church of God - a Biblical term (despite that many have used the term "Church of God" for their man-made organizations, whether they are truly Christian or not). The Messiah made a stark warning to those who merely use His Name for their "Church": "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." (see Iniquity In History And Prophecy and Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?).
"7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
It is by the Holy Spirit of The Father (that's why The Father called The Father; see also What Does God The Father Really Look Like?) that repentant people are engendered children of God - to be "born again" in due time (see What's The Expiration Date Of The Church? and the Fact Finder question below).
"8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
This Day In History, March 12
538: Vitiges, king of the Ostrogoths, ended his siege of Rome. He retreated to Ravenna, leaving the city to the victorious Byzantine general, Belisarius.
1470: During the Wars of the Roses, Edward IV defeated the rebel forces at the Battle of Empingham.
1496: Jews were expelled from Syria (ironic, since Judah, the father of the Jews, was born in Syria of a Syrian mother; see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria and Who Were The First Jews?; also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings).
1609: The Bermuda Islands became an English colony.
1664: New Jersey became an English colony, named after Jersey in the Channel Islands of England.
1689 The Williamite War in Ireland began.
1799: Austria declared war on France.
1814: During the Napoleonic Wars, British troops under Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, captured Bordeaux in France. Britain put only a small fraction of its military forces into the New England rebellion of 1776 and the War of 1812 (U.S. invasion of Canada, 1812-14); the bulk of the British army and navy was involved in stopping the spread of Napoleon's French Empire throughout Europe and Africa e.g. British Admiral Horatio Nelson's victory over the French fleet at Trafalgar and Wellington's victory at the Battle of Waterloo.
1832: Charles Cunningham Boycott, the Englishman whose name is now synonymous with protest ("boycott"), was born.
1854: Britain and France formulated an alliance with the Ottoman Empire against Russia during the Crimean War (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1879: The British-Zulu War began.
1894: Coca-Cola was sold in bottles for the first time. As its name states, the original formula for Coca-Cola, which was created by a pharmacist for the Eagle Drug and Chemical Company in Atlanta Georgia, was cocaine and caffeine.
1912 The Girl Guides (later renamed the Girl Scouts in the U.S.) were established in the U.S. The Girl Guides were created in England years before, in 1910, by Robert Baden-Powell, a British Army officer who also created the Boy Scouts.
1913: Canberra was established as the capital of Australia.
1930: Canadian fighter ace Billy Barker was killed in a plane crash near Ottawa, Ontario. Barker was awarded the Victoria Cross for shooting down 54 enemy aircraft during the First World War (1914-1918). Barker was one of the top three fighter aces of the war, which included the famous "Red Baron" of Germany, Baron Manfred von Richthofen (the "Red Baron" was shot down and killed by another Canadian fighter pilot, Arthur Brown of Carleton Place, Ontario, on April 21 1918).
1933: German President Paul von Hindenburg proclaimed that the swastika and German flag be flown together (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1938: German troops marched in to "anschluss" ("connect") Austria, one day after Arthur Seyss-Inquart became the chancellor of Austria. Adolf Hitler was born in Austria.
1940: A treaty ended the Russia-Finland war, with Russia's demands for Finnish territory met.
1945: Anne Frank, the Dutch-Jewish girl who kept a diary of her wartime experiences, died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany at the age of 15 (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1985: The U.S. and the Soviet Union began weapons of mass destruction control talks in Geneva.
1994: The Church of England ordained women as priests for the first time - ironically, with the reigning monarch being "The Supreme Governor of The Church of England, the head of the Church of England was a woman - Queen Elizabeth II.
1999: Former Warsaw Pact members Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland joined NATO.
2011: A day after a major earthquake there, a reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan experienced a meltdown and explosion, causing a release of radioactivity into the atmosphere.