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A literal interpretation of this poem would portray a love relationship between King Solomon and a country maiden. A biblical poem usually demands a figurative interpretation in which the symbolic language is examined to reveal its unseen meanings. Adopting this approach, we find that the real subject matter of the Song is the pilgrimage of a person embarked on a pathway of holiness and refinement, leading to becoming a member of the Bride of Christ. It portrays the various ways the bridal soul is dealt with to deliver her from carnal flesh, and form Christs nature in her.
The book of Revelation was presented to John in the form of a series of visions, the meanings of which are veiled by their symbolic nature and figurative language. To unveil the meaning of Revelation it is necessary to ascertain the meaning of the symbols and figurative descriptions, using the clues found in Old and New Testament prophetic Scriptures.
Paul expressed the wish "that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." 2 Tim 3:17. It is most important that each one of us is well versed in the process of salvation, so that we are available to be used by God to direct someone who is seeking to receive the salvation of the Lord.
Paul declares in 2 Cor 4:18, that ...things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Cor 4:18. The unseen spiritual truth about our salvation is that, having confessed and as we maintain our belief in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are eternally righteous and eternally saved. The physical or seen truth, is that we are continually sinning and repenting, and being gradually changed into the likeness of the Lord. Satan endeavours to keep us looking at the physical truth to the end that we lose sight of our eternal righteousness and acceptance by God.
When we are saved we receive the Spirit of regeneration to enable us to grow to spiritual maturity. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a further infilling that empowers us to minister to the needs of others.
The Christian ordinance of baptism is a physically enactment of our spiritual death, burial, and resurrection into the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, reinforcing our conscious understanding, and creating a firmer foundation for our spiritual testimonies to receive the blessings of the cross.
A study of the background, initiation, and practice of the communion meal, and its spiritual significance to our spiritual walk and relationship with Jesus.
Leadership in the modern church bears little resemblance to the pattern of the Early Church, where Christ prepared ministerial heads such as apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, as gifts to His Church.
A kingdom is where a king reigns, and so the kingdom of heaven may be evidenced here on earth in the Church, and in individuals, where Christ is allowed to reign.
Scriptures tell us that the Spirit and the flesh appose each other endeavouring to gain control of our lives. If we allow the Holy Spirit to put to death, our carnal fleshly nature, we may embark on a life of victorious living.
The apostle John warned that "the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one." So profound is Satan's influence in the world that James warned, "Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God."
Salt was used in all covenant rituals as a symbol of loyalty and commitment. To have salt in ourselves is to be totally loyal to the Lord, demonstrated by total commitment in our ministries, and our dedication to the pathway to holiness.
Jesus told us to adopt a relationship with Him in which He abides in us, and we in Him. This study explains the two aspects of this relationship, and the blessings associated with each.
On becoming a Christian a person becomes a new creation, and embarks on a new life in which there is constant spiritual growth.
We tend to think of salvation as a once of experience, but Paul tells us that we are being continually saved by His life. The word salvation; has a broader meaning, - to heal, preserve, and impart well-being. The true Christian life is one where we learn to walk in union with the Lord, growing in the knowledge of all the blessings He has procured for us by His death and resurrection.
Salvation should be the opening of the doorway to a new life, a life lived in union with the Lord Jesus Christ, where we learn to know Him and develop a personal relationship with Him.
Jesus dwells in us in the power of His resurrection life, and He desires us to partake of His life by faith. In particular we may receive His peace. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you. Jn 14:27. His peace is a stronghold to us in all times of strife, giving rest to our souls.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Phil 4:6-7.
God's ultimate purpose for our Christian walk is for us to become vessels in whom the Lord may dwell and minister His Life to His brethren.
There is a visible earthly realm, and an unseen spiritual realm. In this study the spiritual realm is called heavenly places, where Christ as our High Priest dispenses all of the blessings He has procured for us by His sacrificed body and shed blood, as we receive them, by faith. To abide in heavenly places is to have our minds and hearts set on receiving and walking in all that Christ has procured for us.
A study examining the attributes of our bodies, souls, spirits, and hearts, and how they interrelate with each other in determining the direction of our spiritual pathway.
We must learn to walk in the light of spiritual truth of all that Jesus procured for us by His sacrificial death on the cross. We are assured of God's love for us personally, and by His grace we partakers here and now of the power of Christ's indwelling presence to enable us meet every need.
To fear God is to revere His holiness, His power, and His glory, in all of our circumstances. It is to fear the corruption of our fleshly natures that lead us into disobedience. It is to honour His servants and His work, turning our backs on opposing demands of men and the world.
Through His sacrificial death on the cross, Jesus removed every legal claim
of Satan against us. When we walk in the light of all that He procured for
us, we may experience His victory and His overcoming.
Our testimonies to what the scriptures say about our salvation are our main weapon in overcoming Satan’s opposition.
We dwell in the physical realm that we see and experience, but there is also an unseen spiritual realm where the things we experience affect our eternal existence.
The prayer of silence is not entering into a state of induced mental passivity, but quietening our hearts until our minds and souls are emptied from worldly and fleshly intrusions so that we are able to wait on the Lord, and be attentive to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
This study is not intended to set forth a concrete doctrine of the Trinity, but to reverently set forth facts that may help you in your understanding and your relationship with the members of the Trinity.
Our spiritual pilgrimage is one of learning to walk in the Spirit on a path of refinement and holiness until we attain to the blessings of sons of God. "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God." Rom 8:14-15.
A person may have received the Holy Spirit at salvation, and the baptism of the Spirit with accompanying gifts of the Spirit to minister to others. We may receive further infillings of the Spirit that will empower us to minister to others when we are facing severe trials and persecutions. This study shows us how God prepares us to receive the Spirit, and minister in the Spirit to others.
Amidst the profusion and complexity of the hypotheses concerning the position of the Holy Spirit in the Trinity, there is usually common ground on two areas.
There is a visible earthly realm, and an unseen spiritual realm. In this study the spiritual realm is called ï¿½heavenly places,ï¿½ where Christ as our High Priest dispenses all of the blessings He has procured for us by His sacrificed body and shed blood, as we receive them, by faith.ï¿½ To abide in heavenly places is to have our minds and hearts set on receiving and walking in all that Christ has procured for us.
Knowing that in most cases depression or heaviness is caused by a spirit from Satan, is a major key to overcoming its power, and replacing it with a spirit of joy from the Lord.
Whereas Jesus came that we may have life, Satan’s power is directed towards killing and destroying. This study reveals that Satan’s involvement in sickness and disease is greater than we may have thought.
Our chief weapon in overcoming Satan’s right to lay sickness on us, is our testimonies to what the Scriptures say about how Christ redeemed us from sickness and disease on the cross.
Jesus said, "I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all of the power of the enemy…" (Lk 10:19). His authority is invested in His name, and when we minister healing "in the name of Jesus Christ," His power is released.
This study outlines the various procedures we may use in the healing ministry.
Christ has ordained a structure of authority for families, that if adhered to in obedience, will ensure His oversight and protection.
An examination of the two Hebrew and two Greek words for 'to put away,' and 'to give a legal bill of divorcement,' in the relevant Scriptural passages, show that we cannot afford to have a legalistic judgment about divorce, but be open and obedient to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Old Testament tithing is set forth as a useful guide, but to us the law has been replaced by the leading of the Spirit. As in all things, including Christian giving, Christ has the pre-eminence. Christian giving is like everything else. Each believer must approach the Shepherd who guides and provides, and settle on what is right for them-selves with Him.
It remains true that Christ's generosity towards us is breath-taking. He became poor in the things of the Kingdom that we might become rich. He chose death that we might have life. But we cannot give back to Him what He has not first given us. To give of the flesh rather than the spirit is not acceptable. It simply cannot stand.
Homosexuality is universally condemned throughout the bible. This points to Satan using lies and deceptions to propagate it and further generate it. "When he (Satan) speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it." John 8:44.
This study describes two ways of entering into the fullness of the kingdom of God. Matthew tells us that the kingdom must be taken by force, and Luke that we must press into it. Both methods are appropriate for the particular pathway we embark on.
A comparison of the poetic biblical description of the stages of creation with the scientific stages of evolution, shows that they are broadly compatible, and that a Christian should have no hesitation in accepting both accounts of creation.
This study also examines the evidence of another much older civilization existing outside of the the Garden of Eden.
Eventually we must believe that God exists by faith, but sometimes the presentation of indisputable facts may close the door to doubts, and open the heart to receive the truth by faith.
The only division in the early Church was into the Universal Church, and the Local Church. The present denominational divisions were the product of man, and consequently cause divisive attitudes amongst their members.
Paul had much to say about the relative positions of men and women in the Church, that when taken at face value without explanation has led to much misunderstanding, and even resentment. This study endeavours to explain the validity of these teachings.
Jesus Christ and Mohamad, who descended from Isaac and Ishmael, sons of Abraham, founded the two main religions of the world today, Christianity and Islam. This study compares the doctrines of these religions, and finally proposes that Christianity is the only valid religion that leads to eternal salvation.
The Church has been plundered by the spirit of Antichrist, and left desolate and powerless. In the Scriptures God has revealed His will for the Church to repent, and unite in prayer for Him to intervene. God does not violate our free will, and now He is waiting for us to pray His will into existence.
God desires to come to our aid in casting down the strongholds of Antichrist, and restore the church to her former glory. However, He does not impose on our free wills, and so waits for us to turn to Him in repentance, so that He can pour out His Spirit on the church, and glorify the name of Jesus Christ throughout the earth.
In the spiritual realm there are two kingdoms, the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan, and everyone belongs to one of these kingdoms. The Church has been entrusted with the responsibility of delivering people from the kingdom of Satan and establishing them in the kingdom of God.
When beset with times of tribulation we must steadfastly maintain our position of abiding in Christ, and all the spiritual blessings He has procured for us.
Throughout the history of Israel and the Church, God has always prepared a faithful remnant of overcomers so that whenever the whole body fails, He can call on these relatively few to fulfil His purposes.
The importance of knowing and experiencing the power of Christ's life in us to overcome the stresses and trials of the end times.
This study, as in the previous studies, has as its emphasis the need to find our strength and refuge from the traumas of the last days, in Christ, in God, resting in His protection.
Through His sacrificial death on the cross, Jesus removed every legal claim of Satan against us. When we walk in the light of all that He procured for us, we may experience His victory and His overcoming.
Daniel's Seventy Week Prophecy is a continuous prophecy, dating from the command of Cyrus to rebuild Jerusalem, until the consummation of God's judgment of the Jewish nation in AD. 70. This study examines Daniel's Seventy Week Prophecy and its relationship to Millennialism.
The common misconception is that at the end of the age Antichrist will force everyone to receive a mark like a tattoo on their hand or forehead, without which people will be prohibited from buying or selling. This study attempts to overcome that misconception by introducing new truth.
It is God's desire for us to possess the gates of the enemy by receiving and using the authority of Christ's name to overcome the power of Satan, but His authority hinges on obedience.
God allows us to face persecution so that we might learn warfare and so that He might justly punish those who persecute us. Through persecution we are refined, tested, and grow in Christian virtues like faith, patience, and endurance.
Beyond the fact that Freemasonry is of satanic origin, and those involved in practicing its rites are open to demonic oppression, there is the pressing need to know that its demonic curse is passed on to succeeding generations, who need to be delivered from its influence.
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