Where Do We Meet?

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When Justin Martyr was asked where he assembled, he answered thus:

Do you suppose that we all are accustomed to meet together in one place? Quite otherwise, for the God of the Christians is not confined by place, but being invisible, He fills the heaven and the earth, and the faithful everywhere adore Him and sing His praise.

justin-martyrJustin Martyr (100-165)
Cited by John M. Bland in Men Who Would Be Kings (1995)
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The Counting God

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Does not He see my ways, and count all my steps? (Job 31:4)

God is surely the Great Mathematician. All the intricacies of structure and process of His mighty cosmos are, at least in principle, capable of being described mathematically, and the goal of science is to do just that. This precise intelligibility of the universe clearly points to a marvelous intelligence as its Creator.

God even counts “the number of the stars; He calls them all by their names” (Psalm 147:4). Astronomers estimate that at least 10 trillion trillion stars exist in the heavens, and God has counted and identified each one! And that is not all: “the very hairs of your head are all numbered,” Jesus said (Matthew 10:30).

From the most massive star to the tiniest hair, God has counted each component of His creation. Such countings are far beyond human capabilities, for, “the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured” (Jeremiah 33:22).

But God has also created, “an innumerable company of angels” (Hebrews 12:22) and has promised that the redeemed are “a great multitude, which no man could number” (Revelation 7:9).

No wonder David exclaimed,

Many, O LORD my God, are Thy wonderful works which Thou hast done, and Thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto Thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered (Psalm 40:5).

Perhaps the most wonderful of all God’s counting activities is that implied in Job’s rhetorical question: “Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?” If He has numbered the hairs on our heads, we can be certain He numbers our steps along the way, and guides them all.

The steps of a man are ordered by the LORD: and He delights in his way (Psalm 37:23).

henry-m-morrisHenry M. Morris (1918-2006)
Days of Praise
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His Sovereign Control

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And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen (Romans 16:20).

What infinite victory is revealed! The Lord said that the Seed of the woman would bruise the head of the serpent. That Promise was given in part of the earliest Scriptures given to mankind (Genesis 3:15).

Known unto God are all His works from the beginning of the world (Acts 15:18).

God is never caught surprised. The Lamb was “slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8).

The Lord knows exactly what He is doing. We should have complete confidence in Him, because nothing is outside of His sovereign control.

john-mckayDr. John McKay
Amazing Grace
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He Is the Secret

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The only battle I have to fight is not against circumstances, or problems, or people or even Satan, except them interfering with my inner outlook. If they can get me to see evil as evil, then I am controlled by the evil I am seeing and believing in. But if I replace all such negative beliefs in outer appearances by seeing GOD ONLY in all, then I can just keep on the single path where there is nothing but God-in-love, whether appearances are evil or good. HE ONLY is in all of them. Here is the secret. Through the fall we got a divided outlook and see two powers, good and evil; but back in Christ, we see ONLY ONE!

Norman GrubbNorman P. Grubb (1895-1993)
Knight of Faith, Volume I
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The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil

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Why did not God plant two trees, one for the knowledge of good, and the other for the knowledge of evil? Was it not because the two are inseparable? Can good be known apart from evil, or evil apart from good? Are they not like light and darkness, which we know only by contrast? Never let us doubt God’s wisdom in planting one tree for the knowledge of both good and evil. Rather let us rejoice that the knowledge of evil will always constitute the prime ingredient in our appreciation of good when evil itself is no more.

KnochA.E. Knoch
Unveiling of Jesus Christ, p. 167
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Is God Such as Ourselves?

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Is it so? That God is altogether such an one as ourselves? – Whose plans may be upset? Whose will may be thwarted? Who may be compelled to change His plan because of some interfering agency or evil power entering in and, for the time being, getting the better of Him? …

Let this point be settled then, that God is supreme; He “worketh all things” – absolutely all things, without any exceptions – “after the counsel of His own will” (Ephesians 1:11). I exhort the readers to an uncompromising jealousy of this supreme sovereignty of God; … emulating the example of Job in this respect when he attributed all that came to him, the evil as well as the good, to the Lord, saying, “Shall we receive good at the hand of the Lord, and shall we not receive evil?” (Job 2:10).

We need not fear to take this position; there is abundance of Scripture to warrant it … but if we had no other Scripture than this case of Job, it would be sufficient warrant for us to take the position that even evil is entirely under God’s control, and He uses it, as He does the good, for the carrying out of His own gracious plans and purposes.

AdamsArthur P. Adams (1847-1925)
The Purposes of God and True Basis of Redemption
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BREAKING NEWS: Proof that Today’s Election Has Been Rigged!

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We have heard repeatedly during this election cycle that the events culminating today have all been rigged. Much discussion has been entered on this important and controversial topic.

We’ve diligently looked into this matter with the intent of pulling back the curtain of media commentators and political pundits with the goal of getting to the truth of the matter. We’ve uncovered crucial source documents, proving emphatically that today’s election has indeed unquestionably been rigged.

In an ancient document from Babylon, dated at b.c. 607, written by an insider – one of royal and princely descent – we have identified shocking evidence concerning today’s election events.

Daniel, God’s prophet of the “times of the Gentiles,” was given a revelation that sweeps the entire course of “Gentile” world-rule. He conclusively writes,

… The Most High rules in the governments of men, and gives it to whomever He will, and sets up over it the basest of men (Daniel 4:17).

He does according to His will … among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can restrain His hand (Daniel 4:35).

This evidence has also been confirmed by other vital source documents.

He is a great King over all the earth, … [Who rules] over all the kingdoms of the nations (Psalm 47:2; II Chronicles 20:6).

This divine sovereignty extends as well to the administrations of those in power, for,

The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: He turns it wherever He will (Proverbs 21:1).

In fact, official documents from a.d. 53 reveal that God rules over all nations, even to the point of establishing their times and boundaries. The who, how, when and where of all nations are all determined by God for His Own purposes.

[God] has made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation (Acts 17:26).

Today’s election and its political mechanisms are but secondary causes involved in placing leaders in power. God Himself is the absolute, ultimate and sovereign Placer and Subjector, Who sets up kings, controls them and deposes of them.

He changes the times and the seasons: He removes kings, and sets up kings (Daniel 2:21).

For the United States, today, November 8th is but a day of national illusion of free-will. There’s only one vote that will in fact count for today. Perhaps by day’s end the result of that solitary vote will be revealed.

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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Is Anything Too Good For God?

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“Too good to be true!” Its goodness, then, is acknowledged.

“Too good to be true!” These words comprehend much: they tell more for this despised truth than some seem to be aware. But can anything be too good for infinite goodness? Can anything be too good for infinite wisdom, prompted by infinite goodness, to devise? Anything too good for infinite goodness, wisdom and power to accomplish?

Joshua Britton (1803-1878)
Voices of the Faith (1887), page 338
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God’s Purpose

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In accord with the purpose of the eons, which He makes in Christ Jesus, our Lord (Ephesians 3:11).

“Purpose” means that God “made up His mind” concerning the outcome of creation. The ages are unfolding the determination of God. The puny rudder of man’s misnamed “freewill” cannot resist the surging tides of God. Always remember that what we find in the ages is not a possibility, but a purpose. Humanity is not a divine speculation but rather one of God’s investments. God is the God of certainty and not of chance, and He has “made up His mind” and the ages are working out His plan.

Alan Burns (? -1929)
Faith Fellowship (Vol. 60, No. 1)