Truly you are a God who hides himself ... Isaiah 45:15 The hiddenness of God is one of the greatest paradoxes of the spiritual life. On the one hand, he is the self-revealing God who delights to communicate with man, but on the other, he hides himself. God is a mystery. An anonymous fourteenth century divine refers to this as, the Cloud of Unknowing. The psalmist cries out … [Read more...]
Life in the Spirit
This teaching stream will explore Life in the Spirit.
It will explicate, especially from Paul’s Epistles to the Romans (chs 6-8) and to the Galatians (chs 3-5), a more accurate teaching on Christian sanctification—victory over the world, the flesh, and the devil. This will require dismantling some popular teachings (e.g. traditional Keswick and Wesleyan theories) that have been grounded in faulty exegesis and inaccurate translation of the key text of Romans 6:6. It will also explore how to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
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Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth Matthew 5:3 JRR Tolkien's classic, The Lord of the Rings, captures the essence of the kingdom quest. Frodo Baggins, a humble Hobbit, is entrusted with the carrying of the one ring to the land of Mordor where he casts it into the Crack of Doom, destroying the Dark Lord and his reign forever. He thereby rescues Middle … [Read more...]
... for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. 1 Peter 4:14 In unprecedented measures and in unusual ways God is about to pour out his glory on the earth. But before he does, let us consider what the `glory' is. The Hebrew word for `glory', kabod, carries the meaning of `heaviness' or `weight'. And throughout Scripture it usually signifies the revelation of God's … [Read more...]
... hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:3 Just as the outer man is subject to the attack of infection and various toxins, so also, the inner man. According to the Oxford Reference Dictionary to be immune is to be, "resistant to a particular infection, toxin etc., owing to the presence of specific antibodies..." There is a place of immunity where our inner life is safe … [Read more...]
And the word was made flesh, and dwelt among us … John 1:14 God’s purpose has always been to dwell with men. From the beginning of time to its culmination, from Eden to the New Jerusalem, this has been his singular desire. In the Garden, it was God’s habit to come down and commune with the first human community, most probably at the close of each … [Read more...]