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“a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to
harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.” (2 Cor. 12, Apostle Paul)
God takes us just as we are, thorns and all. The devil would
hope the thorns in your flesh would discourage you and separate you from God.
But Paul’s reaction;
Boasting in His Weakness
calls his thorn a “weakness”. We all have weaknesses, thorns in our flesh. I
do, and you do. But Christ is always there, Christ said to Paul his grace was
sufficient for you. The power of Christ rest on Paul due to his weakness, so in
this he can boast.
The Strength of Christ Rest on Us
All we require is faith, he is now our High Priest, praying for us, with the power to redeem. When we feel the finger of accusation saying to us “Sinner, you will never overcome your sin.” We are then blessed by the strength of Christ resting upon us, ready to forgive us as we repent. In strength of Christ the chains fall behind us. We are in Christ, we cast our burdens to the Holy Spirit. “faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.(Mt.13:13)
On the Cross Jesus Wore a Crown of Thorns
There lay the source of our Faith, and his strength in our weaknesses. is in the words of Christ, his promises to us. So many wonderful promises of his gifts, forgiveness, new life, intercession. So many, these are where our faith rest, and the source of our victory and joy. On the cross Jesus wore a crown of thorns.
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.
“I give you the gift of peace. In the same way the
Father sent Me, I am now sending you.” (john 20,21)
“But I tell
you who hear me: Love your
enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray
for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him
the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop
him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs
to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
12:17-18 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the
sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with
admonished that Christians, “by divine edict, have no choice but to
subject themselves to their political masters and [should] seek to ensure that
they execute their war-fighting duty as justly as possible.”[
Who’s Prayers Does The God of Abraham Hear?
James 1:27 “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”
Blessed Are The Peacemakers, For They Will See God
As a New Testament Christian, I don’t use quotes in the Old Testament on violence and war. We are free of the law and prophets by the grace of Jesus. (See Hebrews)
All was fulfilled when Jesus died for our sins. We are under a New covenant.
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