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God set the sons of Prophet as signs. They were specifically set in relation to the spirit of their times. History of Judah and Samaria would have changed with each generation. Word empires like Assyria and Babylon were threat to the whole Israel. Against this God set each son as a sign. It speaks of predestination as well as changing circumstances that explain the convoluted shapes history of our world takes. Isaiah had no way of knowing. He was a prophet on the same basis as Abraham was a prophet in the eyes of God. Prophet Isaiah submitted himself to the ministry. The grand vision of the glory of God settled the matter, ‘Then said I, Here am I; send me.” Glory of God as such as Prophet Isaiah saw is no less powerful than the word, and when Paul witnessed Jesus Christ,”And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and…

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(The Son) Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:

Firstly these two expressions refer to the Father Son relationship.: i)‘the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person’ and ii) the word of his power

Adam Clarke’s commentary gives the metaphor drawn from sealing; the die or seal leaving the full impression of its every part on the wax to which it is applied. In terms of Gospel of God in operation what is the glory of the sun but it brings to light what lay hidden? In a similar manner Wisdom of the Word and Power of divine Will that is the Lord God in operation. What…

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In the example of God dealing with Abimelech, the King of Gerar we see the nature of divine Will (Ge,20:1-7)

God had foreknown Abraham and called him out from his comfort zone and his faith had to stand the test till he would inherit the Promised Land. We have a  wonderful testimony of his obedience.”By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went./ By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:/ For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God(He.11:8-10)”. Man in obedience to divine Will is responsible to order his life strictly in accordance. Abraham forgot momentarily…

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Continuing with the glory of God it is inextricably bound up with the Being. What is God, ‘Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see…(1 Ti.6:16)” but light? Of this we had discussed in an earlier post. He is the Father of lights which makes the Son ‘the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world(John1:9)”. It is in this context we shall approach the transfiguration of Jesus to three of his disciples (Matt.171-5). Before his advent he had downsized his position from that of the Son to that of a servant (Phi.2:7) which is translated as ’emptied himself 2:7- ESV ‘ On account of this Jesus before Pilate would observe,”Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?/But how…

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When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

In order to understand the first aspect in ‘Christ is all, and in all(v.11)’ we shall consider glory which he represents: glory of his being, of his Word and the glory of his creation.

By way of introduction what do we mean by glory here. By definition glory here is associated with God for example the Lord God is good; naturally this goodness is associated with what is patently created by his Power and Wisdom. Glory of God is defined as the nature of God in operation. Thus the earth is good. “And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good(Ge.1:10)”. God found at the end of sixth day “And God saw every thing that he had made…

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If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

There are many hiding places mentioned in the Bible. But for our present purpose we shall consider two instances of which we shall take up Psalm 91 :1-10

God has secret places where He knows his saints shall abide. Their prayer lives are like sweet savour as God smelled a sweet savour of Noah’s offerings(Ge.8:21). God said in his heart which gives us a clue how are we to approach the text. “I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever (Ps.86:12-ESV)”.Heart is not rendered in its natural sense but…

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Whatever you cannot carry across death is part of earthly things, of which wealth looms  larger and as strange it may seem, the more you look at it a strange spell is being cast about you unknown to you and its worth consequently would have exponentially expanded. Given to it, you are like Tantalus, thoughts of generating wealth driving you crazy to possess and keep it. How well it serves you, you may not know has another side:  while all your aggrandizement is at the loss of great many including your own power to moderate your desires. Every gain is another’s loss which explains a truism about the earthly things.

Think of our world in which you are dining on the fatness of the earth while you are chained to the corpse. You may excuse you earned the wealth pomp and circumstance because of your ingenuity, business acumen and right…

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In the many parables of Jesus he makes God associated with husbandry, diligent about his possessions and their upkeep and growth. One parable tells of a fig tree that did not yield any returns despite of the care. “Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?(Lk.13:7)”In the discourse of the Vine and the Branches we are told that God the Father was the husbandman. “If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned./ If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you./ Herein is my Father…

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Christian Living is defined as the manner a Christian who draws consistently and grows from the fullness of his Savior Lord makes his life as witness. He is led by the Spirit of God so he is ‘complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:’ This being the Spirit who is qualified as Unity of the Spirit Paul could well say,’For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit (2:5),’ When we apply this to our case ‘we are bound to time and place and all the more marked by the mandatory shut down because of a raging pandemic. No less is different how the Spirit works with many sons of God from one end of the globe to another establishing each in the faith. We are rooted and built up in him in order to be abounding in…

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Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;

Here the word ‘fulfill the word of God’ is significant. Jesus delivered the Gospel of God as the Word made flesh. He dwelt among us as Apostle John testified. We shall examine it in entirety: “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth(John 1:14). This Word existed always and the fellowship of God with Man (1:1) is not about any man but the Son of God. The everlasting covenant for this reason is nothing about the animal sacrifices stipulated in the Law of Moses. It is true these were shadow of the Body “For the law having a shadow of good things to…

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