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A Christian in the World

Greetings, In my previous Blog entry, “We Fall Down, We Get Up”, I wrote much on “The World”. About our place in it, and the traps and snares, in it for Christians. In this Blog I’m merely going to back up much of what I said with scripture.

I think this may have the benefit to hit home a bit more, and not sound like I was just giving you my opinion. Maybe you want to study this a few scriptures at a time, and consider, meditate on, your actions, and implementation of in your life as an authentic Christian as Wheat and not  a Tare.

Key Passages: Concerning Believers and the World.

John 3:17 “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

John 8:12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

1 John 5:5 Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

1 John 5:4-5 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

1 Corinthians 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God For it is written, “He is THE ONE WHO CATCHES THE WISE IN THEIR CRAFTINESS”; [Those who mock, and jeer at Christians, at you, are shown to be foolish before God]

John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. [Our recognition of worldliness in others and ourselves.]

2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.

Revelation 21:1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.

2 Corinthians 6:17 “Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE,” says the Lord. “AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN; And I will welcome you.

2 Thessalonians 3:6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us. [Our fellowship with tares that grow with the wheat, is warned against. Otherwise, we may be persuaded their conduct is acceptable for believers. This is often very difficult to do.]

The World Revealed

Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.

1 John 5:19 We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.

Believers and the world

John 15:18-19 “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.

Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

Matthew 10:22 “You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.

2 Corinthians 4:18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.

Matthew 13:38 and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one;

Matthew 13:39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels.

Matthew 13:35 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “I WILL OPEN MY MOUTH IN PARABLES; I WILL UTTER THINGS HIDDEN SINCE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD.”

1 John 5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith.[When we will God is not near, through faith we know he is always with us.]

Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;

1 John 3:13 Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you.

John 15:19 “If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.

  • John 17:16
  • John 16:33

Nonbelievers and the world

1 John 4:5 They are from the world; therefore, they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them.

2 Peter 3:3-5 Know this first, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts,

  • Matthew 13:49

Christ and the world

Galatians 1:4 who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,

John 15:19 “If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.

John 12:46 “I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.

John 9:5 “While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.” [This is also our relationship to the world]

  • 1 Timothy 6:7
  • 1 John 2:2
  • John 16:28
  • Galatians 1:4
  • 1 John 4:14
  • John 1:10

God and the world

1 John 2:15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

1 John 4:9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.

John 3:31 “He who comes from above is above all, he who is of the earth is from the earth and speaks of the earth He who comes from heaven is above all.

John 17:15 “I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. [Why do you think Christ didn’t want believers to be taken out of the world at this time?]

1 John 4:4 You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.

1 John 4:17 By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.

John 17:23 I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.

The Apostles

1 Corinthians 4:9 For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. [Their faith even through torture, and crucifixion reveals their faith as an example for us.]

Romans 10:18 But I say, surely they have never heard, have they? Indeed they have; “THEIR VOICE HAS GONE OUT INTO ALL THE EARTH, AND THEIR WORDS TO THE ENDS OF THE WORLD.”

[The many verses above from the New Testament, are mostly spoken by Christ. It is clearly presented what our relationship should be with the world of non-believer, our attitude and conduct in the world, what the world is and represents to us. You may wish to go and again read the last blog, now that you have a firm understanding of THE WORLD. The deceiver tries to blind us of the reality of the world, and it sometimes seems the church is not teaching truly a key part of the Christians life.]

By James Kirk-Wiggins, September 19, 2019

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We Fall Down, We get up

“We Fall Down We Get Up” The title of a song that describes the Christian experience. Unfortunately, it’s a common experience for a great many of us. Also unfortunately, my last few few blogs were written not led by Christ, but led by my previous persona.

I operated a blog called “One Free Press”. My owned and operated by my worldly self; on politics, politicians, and America’s culture. It was all things of the world, Satans kingdom. I got distracted, and was led back into writing of the world, not the Kingdom of Christ on this Blog, that I created to highlight the differences between the Early church, the early Christians, and today’s Church and believers.

My previous Blog was a political blog, critical of culture, leaders and a watchdog of government, and media. I was acting as a Free News Media, not conflicted by ownership, agenda, or following the pack.

By reverting back to my previous blog, I was not being vigilant and took the path of the world, leading me away from what I feel was my call to revival.

My previous blog is likely needed today, but the emphasis on Jesus and the return to the model of the new testament and the early church was my new mission.

So, I apologize. I have gone back to the cross of salvation through faith, asking Jesus to be my barrier to the world, Satans kingdom. If I offended anyone by my aggressive opinions, I regret it. My so called sabbatical is over.

I have got up and will continue forward with Christ as my barrier and I shall call with out ceasing on the Holy Spirit to keep me on the path of Gods agenda and his will, not my own. Thus I go forward joyfully, and unashamed of the gospel.

American culture, the politics, our multiple camps of leadership, our issues, and especially the hate, anger, and violence are all part of Satans Kingdom. Some aspects of America 101, were initiated by Godly filled men and women, some may still do so, yesterday and today.

As these people died or moved on under inertia or rely on their own intellect or forced by events or others, not the Holy Spirit, they no longer represent Gods will. If you cannot sense or know Gods will through prayer and/or while reading Jesus’s words and the New Testament, this must be an urgent need in all areas of your life.

If you feel God is silent, speak with other spirit filled Christians. This is a great impetus for the Revival of the ministry of the early Church. A church where sisters and brothers have frequent communion together to assist, comfort, and lift up each other.

We are in the world but not of the world. Our spiritual relationship with the world is to bring light into it. Let our light so shine. Of course we work, often have needed and honorable careers, eat, buy, and obey the laws of our respective nations. But we must keep forefront in our minds, we are strangers in a strange land.

The world operates under different rules than our homeland, the Kingdom of God. We must not be seduced in becoming a soldier, activist, watchdog, or servant unaware; of the world, Satans kingdom.

There are no gray areas, if it’s not currently empowered and continuously infused with the power of God, it’s likely the devil you serve, or will in time be snared into.

Including all the great issues and movements you so much support and believe in. You of course can be there bringing light but you also must always be walking and talking filled with the spirit of Christ.

If it diverges from Christ, regardless of how much you believe it’s the right path, or way things should be, you must decide who your master is and what your purpose is.

If you have lived comfortably in the world, and believe in Christ, go to church, your duplicity isn’t just error, but you have been trapped in the snare of the deceiver or he will eventually spring it.

You, me, all who proclaim Christ as our Lord, must daily or at times during the day, affirmatively decide who we choose to follow, and with clarity, without any duplicity or doubt, but in faith.

We must always be aware Satan has been the enemy of all people since Eden. With his/her and legions of demons, they have a single purpose of deceiving you or trapping you in his subtle, and often camouflaged snares. Once again, Choose this day who you will follow.

Satans greatest achievement is sewing doubt of his existence, presence, and the continuous war to destroy Gods creation.

God bless you, the Church of Christ, and may his and your spirit remain close.

By Jim Kirk-Wiggins, September 18, 2019
(Public Domain, no copy right claimed)

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THE NEW COVENANT

[Content in brackets and italics are my humble thoughts, not out of Hebrews or other scripture.]

COVENANT AND GOSPEL

[The following content is practically all scripture from Hebrews Chapters 9-13. The whole book of Hebrews is a blessing to read. I believe it is more for Jews God is calling to himself. He came for the Jews first and then the Gentiles. Because the Jews largely rejected the gospel of grace. Chapters 1-8 describes the old law, the tabernacle, The High Priest, The sacrifice and the faith of the many righteous men and women of the Old Covenant.]

REVIVAL OF THE NE W TESTAMENT CHURCH
BEGINS HERE.

[The New Covenant is explained in such detail here, that anyone who knows just partially about the Life of Christ, this could fill in the completion of the New Testament, The New Covenant that us Gentile Christians should follow and live and breathe. Putting aside the old Covenant until we learn new life, holiness, love, worship, and power of the New. We Christians have been blinded as the Jews were blinded.]

The Two Covenants
The New Covenant

[Please take time to read all of Hebrews 9-13, while this lesson is fresh in your mind. I want you to overflow with joy as it has done for me)

Jesus, High Priest of a Better Covenant (7:28)

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, (8:9)

“I will put my laws into their minds, and i write them on their hearts” 8:10

[Christians of the new covenant of Christ, sealed with the power of the Holy Spirit, will know the laws of God. Written in our minds and hearts. It is unnecessary to study volumes of scripture or have Priest, Bishops, and teachers. It is with us, within the Holy Spirit.]

[Forgiven, Forgiven, Forever, For Us Who Know Him]

“…for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.” (8:11-12)

Only One Covenant Now

“In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete.” (8:13)

But when Christ appeared as a high priest (9:11)

“the greater and more perfect tent not made with hands, that is, not of this creation” (9:11) nt

The Better Tabernacle

[Moses was given instructions for building the first Tabernacle, but our new Tabernacle is with God and Jesus is the High Priest. The Greatest Tabernacle.]

Do Not Harden Your Hearts as the Jews did

 [How could Jews not be cut deeply by these revelations, except the hardening of their hearts. For this was the beginning of the time of the Gentiles. Once this is fulfilled, God will fulfil his promises and Covenant with the Jews. Don’t hesitate, I believe that time approaches quickly.]

The Redeemer

“Therefore, he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.” (9:15)

“he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.” (9:26)

The Blood Sacrifice

“Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.” (9:28)

““Behold, I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first in order to establish the second. And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (10:9-10)

No Other Priest Required – Jesus is our High Priest

“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,” (10:16)

“I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.” (10:17)

The New Church Must be United through Love
Fellowship of Love and Compassion

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (10:24)

[THIS IS THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH IN ACTION. THIS IS OUR BLUEPRINT FOR REVIVAL OF THE NEW CHURCH!]

[TO be continued beginning with Hebrews 11 plus]

By James Kirk-Wiggins ©, Aug 18, 2019

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You Are Not Of This World

The real church is Christians filled with the Holy Spirit and led by Jesus.

We, as Christians put Christ ahead of politics and the nation we reside in

The New Testament is the covenant made by the blood of Jesus, sacrificed for our sins through eternity. He was the Lamb of God of course his sacrifice was special.

Whoever has faith in the Son of God, and his substitution on the cross for our sins, will know God, be saved from his forever.

Jesus said blessed is the peacemakers, for they will see God. We as Christians are called to be peacemakers, peaceful, and non- violent. We should all be pacifist if we are Christians. Persons who gave their life in any war, veterans, and current military are not guilty.

Why, because the church has been an arm of government since Constantine in 300AD. He stopped persecutions, and torture of Christians, that was horrific for 300 years. He also claimed he had a vision of a cross on a shield and he became a Christian.

The Church was loosely organized with mostly autonomy, worshipping in small groups, collectively. There were Bishop, not like today’s Bishops, they cleared up disputes, and gave their opinion as a brother and Christian love.

Many of the most influential Bishops were so thankful for Constantine’s end to Christian persecution they so much was tired of hiding and wanted to believe. Even attributing Constantine as a hand of God. He was not of God.

Constantine made it clear to some Romans, his job and the legions was to conquer land. Not hold it He wanted an Imperial Church that could win hearts and minds. Who could convince the conquered that God was on the side of the benevolent Romans. Churches and forced conversions, pagan gods had all statues destroyed.

Constantine, through his Bishops, called a Nicene conference, who decided, and authorized Church Doctrines, and began the process of approving which scripture was of God. Many in the east, west, and South disagreed on some decisions with their lives. The Christian Bishops who attended the Nicene councils were A large minority of the worldwide Christians and their Bishops.

The council sent their manuscripts, approved teachings, organization authority throughout all the Christian lands. Constantine enforced 100% compliance, or excommunication which meant prison or death.

Church and State were a partnership until today. Just War theory of Augustine was from a previous Greek philosopher, who was friendly with Constantine.

Christians you are not of this world, separate your loyalty and love that belongs to Christ, not your nation. Live and worship as the early church did prior to hoodwinking by Rome and the now official Imperial Church. Set your self free, learn what a real Christian believes from the New Testament.

Sorry this is long and one post, there is a reason. Below is a portion of the letter to Diognetus, which tells what the Church was like prior to its almost destruction.

God Bless the Revival of the Church of Jesus Christ and the mighty ones who give all for its resurrection. Peace in Christ, James Kirk Wiggins. Aug. 2019.

The letter to Diognetus (in brief)

Christians are not distinguished from other men by country, language, nor by the customs which they observe. They do not inhabit cities of their own, use a particular way of speaking, nor lead a life marked out by any curiosity. The course of conduct they follow has not been devised by the speculation and deliberation of inquisitive men. The do not, like some, proclaim themselves the advocates of merely human doctrines.

Instead, they inhabit both Greek and barbarian cities, however things have fallen to each of them. And it is while following the customs of the natives in clothing, food, and the rest of ordinary life that they display to us their wonderful and admittedly striking way of life.

They live in their own countries, but they do so as those who are just passing through. As citizens they participate in everything with others, yet they endure everything as if they were foreigners. Every foreign land is like their homeland to them, and every land of their birth is like a land of strangers.

They marry, like everyone else, and they have children, but they do not destroy their offspring.

They share a common table, but not a common bed.

They exist in the flesh, but they do not live by the flesh. They pass their days on earth, but they are citizens of heaven. They obey the prescribed laws, all the while surpassing the laws by their lives.

They love all men and are persecuted by all. They are unknown and condemned. They are put to death and restored to life.

They are poor, yet make many rich. They lack everything, yet they overflow in everything.

They are dishonored, and yet in their very dishonor they are glorified; they are spoken ill of and yet are justified; they are reviled but bless; they are insulted and repay the insult with honor; they do good, yet are punished as evildoers; when punished, they rejoice as if raised from the dead. They are assailed by the Jews as barbarians; they are persecuted by the Greeks; yet those who hate them are unable to give any reason for their hatred.

THE EARLY CHURCH

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Wrestling With God

The 2nd edition of my Flash Non-Fiction ebook is up on Amazon. “Wrestling With God” by James Wiggins.

It’s free for Kindle Unlimited readers, and qualifies for the loan program. The listed price is $2.99. The Amazon editor recommended $2.99 to $9.99. There was a lot of information about tax, VAT (Value Added Tax), and I wanted to put it up for $1.00 but was unsure how that would work out. My friends and family on my Facebook page have already had an opportunity to read this in two post. But believe it or not, I did much editing since that was posted.

If you don’t have the Kindle app you can get it HERE.

This was my first attempt to publish anything, there is a learning curve. I do apologize for the errors in the ebook. Nevertheless, enjoy it and let me hear your suggestions. There is no need to suggest editing or grammatical errors unless you got the second edition.

God bless, James Kirk-Wiggins

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The Early Church: Part 2

“I will send the Holy  Spirit and he will guide you into all truth.”

Last Blog I left out some important word pictures of the early church.

They Had Everything in Common 4:32 Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was  his own, but they had everything in common. (https://www.esv.org/Acts+4/)

Letter to Diogenes

…5:5 They dwell in their own countries, but only as
sojourners; they bear their share in all things as
citizens, and they endure all hardships as strangers.
Every foreign country is a fatherland to them, and
every fatherland is foreign.

[They were “Strangers in a Strangerland.” Not  of the world they resided in.]

5:6 They marry like all other men and they beget
children; but they do not cast away their offspring.
5:7 They have their meals in common, but not their
wives.
5:8 They find themselves in the flesh, and yet they
live not after the flesh.
5:9 Their existence is on earth, but their
citizenship is in heaven.

[They were “Strangers in a Strangerland.” Not  of the world they resided in.]

The above description of this early New Testament Church, followed the same Jesus we do. We often fail to live up to that calling because of our separation from Jesus and the Holy Spirit. We sin or feel we have disappointed God, we ask for forgiveness, knowing our sins have already been paid for. We know God promised nothing could separate us from his love. We feel a separation from God, hiding in shadows, knowing we will never win, never really defeat sin. We feel often like a failure. On a turning wheel as a mouse.

This is if his Holy Spirit resides in you, leads you, you have given all parts of your life to him. I’m not talking about a feeling of his spirit during certain times, songs, prayers or messages. We should know he is always with us in us. If not we need to peel away the onion of our life by layer, after layer giving it to Christ.

…The problem with many Christians is that they don’t experience that God is real. God seems to be far away from them. Their prayers seem to be ineffective. Their faith is weak and they lack the boldness to tell others about Jesus Christ…His love can fill our hearts and control our actions. His goodness can flood us and his peace can govern us. (https://www.godisreal.today/how-to-receive-the-holy-spirit/)

By faith, you can trust God right now to fill you. You know you were filled when Baptised. The key is faith. Faith in Jesus and in his promise. I’ll give you a very good article about this. It is the same article I read or close to it in content. But check out Mr. Bill Brights Article. (https://www.cru.org/us/en/train-and-grow/transferable-concepts/be-filled-with-the-holy-spirit.html, Bill Bright)

While I always felt the Holy Spirit was in me, Jesus was not leading me. I believe I have begun the transfer of my life to His control. If you are not led, have not totally turned your life over to Christ, and in FAITH been filled with the power of the Holy Ghost, then you will struggle and not live in Christ.  

This Blog entry is not what I want to say. But I felt if you are not prepared to be a New Testament Christian, 100%, then whatever I say will not be heard. You are not of the world. Your Home is not your nation. Why do we act as if it were. Hating, arguing, being separated from the presence of God by our lack of love. “They will know we are Christians by our love.” Jesus is our leader, The Holy spirit will help us resist. Neither Trump nor Nancy Pelosi are out leaders. Jesus is. We should be involved in the things of God not of this world. The USA is not, nor has it ever been a Christian Nation. Jesus will establish our homeland when he returns.

You can only accept the above paragraph, if you have fully given all parts of your life to Christ, and in faith led by the Holy Spirit. The New Testament Church must rise out of the ashes, transformed individually and we will transform our world. AMEN!

Peace In Christ,

Jim Kirk-Wiggins, August 4, 2019

SUGGESTED READING: The Illumined Heart: Capture the Vibrant Faith of the Ancient Christians Frederica Matthewes-Green June 1 2007 https://amzn.to/2KiInIM