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“And it shall come to pass…” (4)

The first portion of the giving of the Holy Spirit was upon all flesh and that represented the granting of the favor of God, the initiation of God’s eternal plan of salvation before all humankind and the return of the Kingdom of God with its pending blessing as it was soon to be opened to “all nations” and thereby to “all flesh.” As a part of that there would be signs and wonders to verify the events. This was granted…

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“The Letter That Kills”

The following was written by J. W. McGarvey in 1897 in response to the common misuse of the phrase found in 2 Corinthians 3 verse 7. Perhaps someone has used this ploy in excusing to you why they do not follow "the letter of the law" of the New Testament. Context is everything. Just once in the course of his writings Paul makes the declaration that “the letter kills, but the spirit gives life” (2 Cor. 3: 7). No remark…

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“And it shall come to pass…” (3)

I certainly believe and understand that God Almighty has within his power to do as he should choose. For he himself has said, “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy.” However, he does not do things indiscriminately, and he has also said that with him there is no variableness or indecisiveness. All things are performed as given and as stated. I understand that I have access to and should learn to effectively use “…the sword of the…

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“And it shall come to pass…” (2)

Peter quoted Joel 2:28-32 as being fulfilled in the events recounted in Acts chapter 2. Therefore as the apostle had stated that the Holy Spirit was poured out on all flesh, and also upon the servants of God beginning that day — that is exactly what took place. This is what is stated in the word of God. The central question to understanding this is in identifying what is meant by “all flesh?” First, we took this topic up in…

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“And it shall come to pass…”

I have referenced the prophecy from Joel chapter two several times in lessons and essays on this site. In order to comment (once again) upon the notion that Christians today have an indwelling of the Holy Spirit and in some way to conclude the examinations of baptism in general and that of baptism of the Holy Spirit in particular, then that text will be studied and examined here again. And it shall come to pass in the last days, says…

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Psalm 36 (Pt 4)

We have covered the words that were used to picture the place or state of the dead as concerns punishment. However, there are other words used in the scriptures to describe the place or state of the dead as it concerns those who have been in a covenant relationship with God. Now is the time to look at some of these. As noted in the first essay, there is a place of peace in opposition to that place of torment.…

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Psalm 36 (Pt 3)

Men believe that things will be as they choose to have them to be. “Their inward thought is that their houses shall continue forever, and their dwelling places to all generations, they call their lands after their own names.” (Psalms 49:11) Some flatter themselves because they lead moral and orderly lives. Some flatter themselves because they live in a place where the gospel is powerfully preached among a religious people, where many have been converted. They may think that they…

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Psalm 36 (Pt 2)

Some friends came to North Florida to visit. We ended up taking them to one of the nicest cities anywhere: St. Augustine. It is full to the brim with interesting things to do. There are many historical sites, and it is adjacent to one of the most beautiful coastline areas found anywhere. We had been walking around the old city when it began to rain. So I went to get the car. As I was walking over to the parking…

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Mormonism in Vermont – From the 1831 Burlington Sentinel

(The following is a news account of some supposed early Mormon activities and their result in Vermont.) Mr. John Stewart of Bakersfield, put an end to his existence May 19th, by hanging himself on a tree. The cause of this dreadful deed was the following — About ten years ago, a man by the name of Davidson came into this vicinity, pretending to be endowed with the Holy Spirit, and to be inspired of God to prophesy of things to…

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