No Partiality With God

Howdy!

This is yet another glorious reason to loveadore and be in total awe of our Father as well as our Brother and King Christ Jesus!

That God (and Jesus) is NEVER partial in dealing with anyone as written in Romans 2:11 and Ephesians 6:9 simply means He and our Lord are always FAIR, whether someone is a Christian or an unbeliever. This is well covered in Romans 2:11-16.

However, the significance of this wonderful truth extends way further than this as it is applied to each person who has ever lived. For instance, someone may appear to be carrying a heavier load or burden than another individual, apart from chastisement for a sin or sins.

But rest assured that this ‘someone’ has been properly fitted to handle that seemingly  heavier load or burden. This is wonderfully illustrated in 1 Corinthians 12:12-25 and reveals  how God and Jesus have fitted each member of the human body to perform its particular and designated function. The foot is never called upon to carry out the task of the nose….and the list goes on.

Likewise, another nice illustration is shown in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 concerning the gifts of the Holy Spirit. If someone is gifted to perform healings then don’t expect her or him to speak prophecies….they have not been so fitted.

This is true concerning EVERY situation a human will experience in her or his life. For instance, if they are given a crippling, physical infirmity to endure then they are fitted with that extra ability from God and Jesus that you and I would NOT have. This is much like a blind person inheriting that extra-ordinary sense of hearing enabling them to cope with the loss of their sight, as well the mental capacity to handle their situation as well.

If a person appears to be raised in a very unpleasant and even disgusting environment and at a seeming disadvantage on many fronts, rest assured our Father and His Son have equipped that individual (whether believer or non-believer) to properly and successfully handle their situation….an ability you and I would not have unless They would properly fit us if we were in that same situation.

There is a very good example in Exodus 16:18 of how God and Jesus ALWAYS balance out EVERY situation for both believers and non-believers during our lives. In this narrative,  the ones that gathered a lot to eat had none left over and the ones who gathered the lesser amounts still had no need for more….it ALWAYS nicely balances out….FAIR ‘n BALANCED!

Quite simply, what might scare and defeat me you could handle like a breeze if our Father and our Savior were to try you in that manner and then properly fitted you to handle it. And, how beautiful is the truth in 1 Corinthians 10:13 clearly stating NO ONE will EVER be tried beyond what we are able to bear.

How blessed and fortunate are ALL humans to have such a One as God is as well as His Son, but especially Christians.

Take care in Him,

Fred

 

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Christian Thanksgiving vs Worldly Thanksgiving

Hello, there! Yup, it’s that time of year when we humans celebrate Thanksgiving and the reason why we do is definitely a good one. However, this occasion is totally geared toward being thankful only for good, human PHYSICAL blessings, and there is certainly nothing wrong with that. Paul even wrote in 1 Timothy 6:17 that God gives us (all humans) “all things RICHLY for our enjoyment”….apart from sin, of course.

However, this celebration is carried out only once a year, although I am sure there are probably some who occasionally acknowledge to themselves in a heartfelt way how blessed they are for what they have in a physical way, and this is good.

Christian Thanksgiving is quite different in a number of ways from worldly Thanksgiving, though. We Christians are to be thankful ALWAYS and for ALL THINGS (Galatians 5:20; Ephesians 5:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:18)….especially for how we have been blessed SPIRITUALLY (Ephesians 1:3). As we grow in Christ, we find ourselves THANKING God and Christ Jesus more and more  frequently….even hourly.

This means we are thankful during the the bad and the ugly as well as  the good times….it makes no difference!  And, it is the Holy Spirit Who enables us to do this: please reference the Posts on “Suffering” and “God Has Your Back….Sorta”. God and Christ Jesus NEVER, EVER allow ANYTHING to come to us without  a reason, a purpose and for our ultimate benefit and good (Romans 8:28).

So THANKFUL are we to have a God like the Father and our Savior Christ Jesus and we continually give THANKS to Them….in season and out!

Happy Worldly Thanksgiving and especially Christian Thanksgiving!!

Fred

Two Gospels

Greetings!

When studying the Scriptures it is very important to keep in mind that during the period of the apostles there were TWO  GOSPELS being taught AT THE SAME TIME!  Both centered around Christ being crucified and risen, of course, but the 12 apostles were  designated to teach the Jews (Israelites)  whereas Paul was chosen by God to evangelize ‘the nations’ (we Gentiles), as clearly shown in Ephesians 3:8; Romans 11:13, 15:16 and ESPECIALLY Galatians 2:2,7-9.

This was a ‘sacred secret’ hidden before in times past  and first revealed solely to Paul as to how God was now going to call those of the ‘nations’ (we Gentiles) to be JOINT HEIRS with the Jews….Ephesians 3:1-8. (Please reference the Post “The “Secret Revealed To Paul” for additional information)

Those Jews taught by the 12 apostles and other believing Jewish teachers  were to keep the Jewish laws and traditions until Christ returned (Matthew 5:18-19).  However, it was decided when Paul went up to Jerusalem to meet with Peter  that ‘the nations’ (we Gentiles) were not obligated to observe these, but only to (1) keep from things sacrificed to idols (2) from blood and from things strangled (3) from fornication,  (4) and to remember the poor….Acts 15:28-29 and Galatians 2: 7-10.

Again….the Gentiles did not have to be circumcised, observe Holy Days or any of the traditions of Moses or Jewish Law, and this obviously holds true for us today. However, the Israeli believers were required to keep the Law of Moses, the Holy Days, etc.  until Christ returned  (Matthew 5:18-19).

Until later, take care.

Fred