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The Miracle of Christmas

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Christmas Day, December 25, is the day that has been designated as the day to commemorate the birth of Christ. It is celebrated all around the world by Christians and non-Christians alike. Through the years it has largely become more of a commercialized holiday encrusted with many traditions, some very ancient with roots reaching all the way back to many hundreds of years before Jesus was born, and others that are more recent developments. Because of the many non-Biblical customs and traditions – some of which are pagan – that have become associated with and interwoven into the celebration of the Birth of Christ, the subject of Christmas has been a very controversial one for many centuries, and many, whose piety is regarded to be extreme, have completely condemned the observance of this holiday. But there is something supernatural, something miraculous about the message of Christmas that has been overlooked by many and which demands to be heard.

 

In the entire history of the world, the Birth of Christ was the single most important event that had ever happened up to that point. Not only was it significant because it was the Incarnation of God—when the Word (that was in the beginning with God and that indeed was God) was made Flesh and “tabernacled” among us, but it was also significant because it signaled the fact that “the fulness of time was come” (Gal. 4:4), and as a result it set in motion the chain of events that would usher in the final (“last”, eschatos) days of mankind on the earth as we now know it:

 

  • the life and earthly ministry of Jesus;
  • the death (“crucifixion”) of Jesus;
  • the burial of Jesus;
  • the resurrection of Jesus;
  • the ascension of Jesus;
  • the subsequent birth of the mystical Body of Christ, the NT Church in Acts 2
  • and the work of the NT Church on earth in preparation for the Return of Jesus for His Saints.

 

Thus, the Birth of Christ is the enigmatic pronouncement of the beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! It is both the culmination of over four thousand years of preparation for and anticipation of the Coming of the Savior of the world, the Redeemer of all mankind, and the fulfillment of many prophetic utterances made by various OT writers who clearly spoke of this day.

 

Numbers 24:17
I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.

This is a clear prophecy of the Coming Messiah!

 

 

Micah 5:2

But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel [Messiah]; whose goings forth [origin] have been from of old, from everlasting [eternity].

When the Magi arrived in Jerusalem seeking the newborn “King of the Jews”, Herod’s scholars pointed to this prophecy to direct them to the place where Jesus was born [Matthew 2:6].

Matthew 2:1-6

1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. [They knew that the prophesied Coming King of the Jews would be the Messiah!]

5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

  • Bethlehem Judah, the City of David, where Boaz redeemed and married Ruth, where Jessee and David were born.
  • Bethlehem Ephratah, the House of Bread and Fruitfulness, birthplace of the Bread of Life.
  • Bethlehem, location of the Well of Bethlehem, whose waters were poured out upon the ground by King David in a prophetic metaphor of the Coming Messiah and King of Israel out of whose belly would flow rivers of living water!
  • Bethlehem, whose surrounding fields were home to Temple Sheep, guarded by shepherds, to whom the Angel(s) appeared the night Jesus was born proclaiming these tidings:

Luke 2
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ Messiah the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

 

Isaiah 7:14

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Matthew cites this passage in Matthew 1:22-23 as he relates how the angel told Joseph what to name the child to whom Mary was about to give birth.

Matthew 1:22-23
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.

22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

 

Isaiah 9

1 Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.

2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

This verse is cited by Matthew in Matthew 4:12-16 as proof that Jesus is the subject of this prophecy!

Matthew 4:12-16

12 Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee;

13 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim:

14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,

15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles;

16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

 

6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

 

Some have called the story of the Birth of Jesus “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” And, to some degree, that is indeed exactly correct!

 

Yet, in some circles, it appears to have become the Greatest Story NEVER told! Beneath the accumulated centuries of tarnish by traditions and the litter of debris deposited by carelessness and neglect, the beautiful true story of the Birth of Christ still gleams with the Glory of Heaven – even though it has become eclipsed by fables, legends and outright lies.

 

But you must never underestimate the Miraculous Power of the Word of God!

 

Even while Jesus walked the earth in the Days of His Flesh, the truth of His Nativity was concealed from his contemporaries. “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” is the cynical query of Nathaniel before his conversion in John 1.  “Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan?” exclaimed the unbelieving Jews in John 8:48.

 

But ignorance of the facts does not alter or eliminate them. Concealed Truth is just as real and vital as Revealed Truth. However, Truth must be Revealed to us in order to have power in our lives.

 

Consider this….

  • Ancient pagans practiced baptism long before John came baptizing and preparing the Way for Jesus.
    [http://www.bible.ca/ef/topical-baptism-a-prechristian-history.htm]
  • Ancient pagan cults held prayer to be a sacred ritual.
    [1 Kings 18:25-26
    And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under. And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made.]
  • Ancient pagan religions built altars and offered sacrifices to pagan deities.
    [1 Kings 18:25-26]
  • Ancient pagans employed various worship devices, including music and singing.
    [Daniel 3:4-54 Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: ]
  • The very pagan emperor of the Roman Empire, Constantine, very stupidly declared The Day of the Sun [Sunday] to be the Christian Sabbath – apparently in honor of the pagan Sun god.
    [https://www.historychannel.com.au/this-day-in-history/constantine-decrees-sun-day-as-day-of-rest/]
  • The ancient mystic Tau [sign of the Cross] was employed in various ancient pagan religions as a sign of life.
    [https://www.thesimpleanswers.com/2012/02/18/the-christian-cross-is-pagan/]

 

But the TRUTH will still make you free if you will take the time to KNOW IT!

 

We reject the paganism associated with each of these items and embrace them in their true form as associated with Apostolic Christianity.

 

And in the same manner we reject the paganism and the lies surrounding the Birth of Christ and its celebration, choosing rather to joyfully remember the real meaning of the Day Christ was born.

 

The Miracle of Christmas…

The Miracle of Christmas is this: in spite of all the rubble of centuries of lies and legends, the Gospel Truth still shines from the story of the Birth of our Saviour!!

 

Listen to the beautiful story of the Gospel as it is narrated in these beautiful Christmas songs and you, too, will be blessed by the Miracle of Christmas!

 


O Come, All Ye Faithful

 

O come, all ye faithful

Joyful and triumphant

O come ye, o come ye to Bethlehem

Come and behold Him

Born the King of Angels!

O come, let us adore Him

O come, let us adore Him

O come, let us adore Him

Christ the Lord

 

Oh, sing, choirs of angels

Sing in exultation

Oh, come ye, oh come ye to Bethlehem

Come and behold Him

Born the King of Angels

O come, let us adore Him

O come, let us adore Him

O come, let us adore Him

Christ the Lord

 


O Come, O Come Emmanuel

 

O come, o come Emmanuel

To free your captive Israel

That mourns in lonely exile here

Until the Son of God appear

Rejoice, rejoice o Israel

To you shall come Emmanuel

 


O Little Town of Bethlehem

 

O little town of Bethlehem

How still we see thee lie

Above thy deep and dreamless sleep

The silent stars go by

Yet in thy dark streets shineth

The everlasting Light

The hopes and fears of all the years

Are met in thee tonight

For Christ is born of Mary

And gathered all above

While mortals sleep, the angels keep

Their watch of wondering love

O morning stars together

Proclaim the holy birth

And praises sing to God the King

And Peace to men on earth

 


Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

 

Hark! the herald angels sing,

“Glory to the new-born King!

Peace on earth, and mercy mild,

God and sinners reconciled.”

Joyful, all ye nations, rise,

Join the triumph of the skies;

With th’ angelic host proclaim,

“Christ is born in Bethlehem.”

Hark! the herald angels sing,

“Glory to the new-born King!

Christ, by highest heaven adored:

Christ, the everlasting Lord;

Late in time behold him come,

Offspring of the favoured one.

Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see;

Hail, th’incarnate Deity:

Pleased, as man, with men to dwell,

Jesus, our Emmanuel!

Hark! the herald angels sing,

“Glory to the new-born King!

Hail! the heaven-born

Prince of peace!

Hail! the Son of Righteousness!

Light and life to all he brings,

Risen with healing in his wings

Mild he lays his glory by,

Born that man no more may die:

Born to raise the son of earth,

Born to give them second birth.

Hark! the herald angels sing,

“Glory to the new-born King !”

 


Joy To The World

 

Joy to the world, the Lord is come

Let earth receive her King

Let every heart prepare Him room

And Heaven and nature sing

And Heaven and nature sing

And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing

Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!

Let men their songs employ

While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains

Repeat the sounding joy

Repeat the sounding joy

Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy

He rules the world with truth and grace

And makes the nations prove

The glory of His righteousness

And wonders of His love

And wonders of His love

And wonders, wonders, of His love

 


Oh, Holy Night!

 

Oh, holy night! The stars are brightly shining

It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth

Long lay the world in sin and error pining

Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn

Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices

Oh, night divine

Oh, night when Christ was born

Truly He taught us to love one another

His law is love and His gospel is peace

Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother

And in His name, all oppression shall cease

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we

Let all within us praise His holy name

Christ is the Lord! Oh, praise His Name forever

His power and glory evermore proclaim

Oh, night divine, oh, night when Christ was born

Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices

Oh, night divine

Oh, night when Christ was born


 

May the Blessings of Christ be with you this Christmas!

 

Rev. Tim D. Cormier

 

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My Diligent Search For God

Becoming an Apostolic SEARCH ENGINE

 

II Chronicles 7:14
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Psalms 27:8
When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lᴏʀᴅ, will I seek.

 

What does it mean to seek the Lords face?

To seek His approval, his favor, his blessings, his salvation….

Hebrews 11
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

 

 

How does someone SEEK GOD?

Through prayer, Bible Study and receiving the Word as it is preached…. 

John 5
39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me

 

 

God is not LOST. Why do we need to find Him?

Because GOD and His Kingdom are HIDDEN!

Isaiah 45:15
Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.

 

 

Notice Jobs Quest for his God

Job 23
 3 Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!
 8 Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:
 9 On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him:
 10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
 11 My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.
 12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

 

Why is this URGENT?

Isaiah 55
 6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

 10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

 

Jesus only comes for those who are SEEKING HIM!

Malachi 3
 1Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the LORD, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

Deuteronomy 4
 29But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

2 Chronicles 15:2 [Azariah]
And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin;
The Lord is with you, while ye be with him;
and if ye seek him, he will be found of you;
but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.

Jeremiah 29
 13And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. 

To find the KING, look for HIS KINGDOM!

 

Matthew 6
 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

 

 

EUREKA! We have found HIM!

 

John 1
43 The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me.
44 Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
45 Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.
46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.

Acts 17:11

These [Berean Jews] were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Acts 17:27 [Paul preaching at Mar’s Hill]

That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

Proverbs 8:17 [Wisdom – the LOGOS – the Aleph-Tav]

I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

Matthew 7:7
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

Matthew 7:8
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

 

Dont wait to SEARCH. Time is running out!

 

Isaiah 55:6 “while He may be found” clearly shows that there will be a time when He may NOT be found!

Proverbs 1:27-29

27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord:

 

Amos 8:11-13

11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord:
12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.
13 In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.

 

 

John 7:34
Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come.

 

John 8:21
Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come.

 

 

Pastor Tim D. Cormier
Apostolic Faith Tabernacle
1/04/2009

Who Can Be Saved?

Luke 18:18-27

18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.
20 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.
21 And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.
22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
23 And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.
24 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
25 For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
26 And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved?
27 And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

 

1 Corinthians 1:21-28

21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God,
it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

 

Luke 13:22-28

22 And he went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem.
23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,
24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:
26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.
27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.

 

Matthew 7:13-14

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

 

 

Jesus made it very clear – and Paul confirmed it….

Relatively speaking, ONLY A FEW

(as opposed to MANY)

will be saved!

 

THE QUESTION REMAINS

Who, then, can be saved?

Jesus said.

Mark 2:17

When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them,
They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick:
I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

 

Matthew 21:31

… Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.

 

 

Notice the kinds of people to whom Jesus ministered….

“Sick” and “Sinners”

 

  • A woman possessed by 7 demons

Mary Magdalene

Luke 8:1-3

1 And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him,
And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,
And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.

 

  • A man so thoroughly demon-possessed that he lived in the tombs

Mark 5 – country of the Gadarenes

 

  • A Sinner Woman

Luke 7

36 And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat.
37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,
38 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.
40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?
43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.
44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.
45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.
46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.
47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.
48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.
49 And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also?
50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.

 

 

  • Woman at the Well

John 4 – she had had 5 husbands….

and the one she was living with was not her husband

 

  • An adulterous woman

John 8 – caught in the very act!

… but Jesus said, “neither do I condemn thee…. Go and sin no more!”

 

  • A Publican/Tax-collector with questionable business practices

Luke 19Zacchaeus

… and he was rich….

But he was lost! (v.10 … “come to seek and to save the lost”)

Yet, notice the final outcome:

Jesus said, “This day is salvation come to your house!”

 

  • Social outcasts 10 lepers

Luke 17:12-19

Only one was made whole … because he returned to give Glory to God.

“Your faith has made you whole.”

 

 

The NT Church was born on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2!

We are the Body of Jesus Christ,

And we continue to minister and reach out

To those who are ‘socially undesirable’

just as Jesus did!

 

  • The very ones who crucified Jesus and persecuted the Church, the Body of Christ

Peter preached in Acts 2 addressing the Jews,

the very ones who were guilty of crucifying our Lord

“This same Jesus whom you have crucified….”

When they heard this they were cut in their heart….

What shall we do?

Acts 2:38!

Peter preached to Cornelius (Gentiles) in Acts 10

He was a Roman Centurion,

The very class of people who were literally the ones responsible

for physically nailing Jesus to the cross!

Saul (Acts 9) was persecuting the Church Jesus Christ!

“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”

1 Timothy 1:13

Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

Regardless of your past/present condition,

YOU can be saved today!!

-the same way the Jews were in Acts 2

and the Samaritans were in Acts 8

and Saul was in Acts 9

and the Gentiles were in Acts 10

and the Philippians were in Acts 16

and the Ephesians were in Acts 19….

 

Acts 2:38-39

Repent

and be baptized every one of you
in the name of Jesus Christ
for the remission of sins

and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost!

For the Promise

(“you shall receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost”)

Is unto YOU

And YOUR CHILDREN

And ALL WHO ARE FAR OFF

Even AS MANY as the Lord our God shall call!

 

Remember Luke 18:27!

The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

 

You may be facing IMPOSSIBLE challenges in your life….

Addictions

Diseases

Financial ruin

Marital distress

Mental/emotional disorders

But WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!

 

1 Cor. 6:9-12

“such WERE some of you”

the unrighteous….
fornicators
idolaters
adulterers
effeminate [sissy men]
abusers of themselves with mankind [homosexuals]
thieves
covetous
drunkards
revilers
extortioners

 

Wherever you are right now,

If you will reach out to Jesus

He’s reaching out to you!

You can be saved today!

 

Pastor Tim D. Cormier
Apostolic Faith Tabernacle
08/02/2015

 

A Glorious Church

 

Ephesians 5:23-32

23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

32 This is a great mystery:
but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

 

 

What’s so glorious about the Church?

 

Glory==>brightness, brilliance, radiant, glowing, shining, illuminating

 

  • The Church is the “forethought” of God (not the afterthought);
    it is Plan A, not Plan B;
    it is NOT a contingency plan….
  • God planned the Church before the world began
    [Titus 1:2]
  • The first Man, Adam, was created by God from the dust of the ground
    [Genesis 2:7]
  • This Man [First Adam] was a Type of Christ [Last Adam], who is the very image of God
    [Genesis 1:26; 1 Corinthians 15:45; 1 Corinthians 11:7;  2 Corinthians 4:4; Colossians 1:17]
  • God then made the first Woman from a bone taken from the side of the Man whom He had put to sleep for this specific purpose
    [Genesis 2:21-22]
  • This Woman was a Type of the Church, the mystical Body of Christ, which was taken from the wounded side of Christ who was “put to sleep” at Calvary for this very purpose
    [Ephesians 5:32]
  • All humanity are God’s creation and thus we are all God’s children in a generic sense
    [Malachi 2:10]
  • Only the Church belongs to God by purchase or redemption
    [Acts 20:28]
  • The whole world is the field; the church is the treasure in the field; God purchased the field to obtain the treasure; He paid for the whole world but what He wants is the Church
    [Matthew 13:44]
  • There is no salvation since Pentecost (Acts 2, beginning of New Testament) outside the Church
    [Acts 4:12]
  • You MUST be Born Again!
    [John 3:3,5,7]
  • 4000+ years of recorded history of Man produced a young Jewish maiden chosen of God to bring forth Messiah, the Savior of the World
    [Luke 1:27]
  • When the fullness of time was come, God sent forth His son, made of a woman, made under the Law [Torah], to redeem them who were under the Law [Torah] (all humanity)
    [Galatians 4:4]

 

 

Notice how Paul uses such glowing language when speaking of the New Covenant and the NT Church!

 

2 Corinthians 3:5-18

Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;

Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:

How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?

For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.

10 For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.

11 For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.

12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:

13 And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:

14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.

15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.

16 Nevertheless when it [Israel] shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 

 

The CHURCH is GLORIOUS because ITS HEAD is GLORIOUS!

 

  • On the mount of transfiguration, Peter, James and John saw Jesus transfigured or “glorified” before them, and there appeared unto them with Jesus Moses and Elijah – representing the OT ministry of the Law and the Prophets; but only Jesus remained with them after the Voice spoke – this is my beloved Son, hear Him – and when the glory cloud was lifted!
    [Matthew 17:1-5]
  • The Church, the Body of Christ, is the zenith of the Glory of God in His dealings with humanity
    [Hebrews 1:3]
  • The Church is the Highest Expression of Deity apart from Jesus Christ Himself!
  • Jesus Christ is Deity fused with Humanity;
    [God was IN CHRIST – 2 Corinthians 5:19]
    the Church is Humanity infused with Jesus!
    [Christ IN YOU the hope of glory – Colossians 1:27]
  • The OT rituals of the LAW were a schoolmaster to bring us (Humanity) to Christ and the New Covenant!
    [Galatians 3:24-25]
  • God gave the world HIMSELF – JESUS, God in Christ, the Word manifest in the Flesh;
    [John 3:16a]
  • God gives HIS HOLY SPIRIT, the Holy Ghost or the Spirit of Christ, to all who BELIEVE IN HIM!
    [John 3:16b; Acts 2:38]
  • This BODY of BELIEVERS is the BODY OF CHRIST!
    [Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 4:12, 5:23; Colossians 1:24]
  • God is going to give Himself a GIFT:
    the CHURCH! – a “bride” taken out of His own side, prepared and adorned specifically for Him
    [Ephesians 5:27; Revelation 19:7-8, 21:2,9]

 

What’s so GLORIOUS about the CHURCH?

 

We are the BRIDE OF CHRIST, HIS BODY!!

1 Peter 2:9

 

We are a CHOSEN GENERATION!

 

We are a ROYAL PRIESTHOOD!

 

We are HOLY NATION!

 

We are a PECULIAR PEOPLE!

 

We show forth the Praises of HIM
who called us out of darkness
into HIS MARVELOUS LIGHT!

 

Pastor Tim D. Cormier
Apostolic Faith Tabernacle
02/09/2014

Notes on the Timing and Scope of the Tribulation

More Eschatological Considerations….

 

The Olivet discourse of Matthew 24-25, where Jesus spoke of His Second Coming and warned extensively about the days of the Tribulation that would accompany it, was not spoken to or about the NT Church. Rather, it was addressed to and about national Israel [Matt. 24:16 “them which be in Judaea”]. The event known as the “Rapture” of the NT Church is not mentioned or referenced in these sayings of Jesus.

 

Much of Jesus’ ministry specifically targeted His own people according to the flesh–the people of the nation of Israel.

 

Romans 15:8

Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:

 

On the other hand, when Paul spoke to the NT Church concerning the return of Jesus Christ for the NT Church he clearly indicated that there was absolutely no need for them to be concerned that the “Day of the Lord” or the Tribulation was present!

 

2 Thessalonians 2:1-3

Amplified Bible (AMP)

1 But relative to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and our gathering together to [meet] Him, we beg you, brethren,

2 Not to allow your minds to be quickly unsettled or disturbed or kept excited or alarmed, whether it be by some [pretended] revelation of [the] Spirit or by word or by letter [alleged to be] from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has [already] arrived and is here.

3 Let no one deceive or beguile you in any way, for that day will not come except the apostasy comes first [unless the predicted great falling away of those who have professed to be Christians has come], and the man of lawlessness (sin) is revealed, who is the son of doom (of perdition),

 

1 Thessalonians 5:1-4

1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

 

 

Summary of Scriptural teaching on the Coming of the Lord

 

The scriptures teach a pre-millennial, pre-trib catching away of the NT Church.

 

There will also be a mid-trib catching away of 144,000 Israelite men who are saved according to the Acts 2:38 message just prior to the middle of the Tribulation.

 

There will also be a post-trib catching away of the Tribulation Saints, who will be comprised of Israelites as well as people from all over the world who were saved according to the Acts 2:38 message during the Tribulation.

 

NOTE: There are several ranks or classes of “saved” people.

 

1 Corinthians 15:22-23

22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

23 But every man in his own order [or, rank]: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming [parousia].

 

The first “coming” of Christ [to the earth] was to a stable in Bethlehem.

 

There will be a SECRET “coming” of Christ for His NT Church [i.e., like a thief in the night]. At this time, Christ does not return to the earth; instead, we will be caught up to meet him in the air [1 Thess. 4:17].

 

The second “coming” of Christ [to the earth] will be at the end of the Tribulation period. This is what is described in Matt. 24 and Rev. 19.

 

 

 

Pastor Tim Cormier
09/10/2014

5 Points of Pentecost


1. The Prophetic Prelude

Celebration of the OT Birth of Israel as the People of God by the giving of the Ten Commandments at Mt. Sinai, commemorated as SHAVUOT or Feast of Weeks, 7 complete weeks + 1 day after the Feast of the First Fruits.

Called by the Jews “The Feast of the Giving of the Torah”. It took 49 days for Israel to reach Mt. Sinai after leaving Egypt. The rabbis connected the significance of the Giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai with their arrival there and commemorated the event on the 50th day after the Feast of the Firstfruits.
Leviticus 23:15-21
15 And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete:
16 even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the Lord.
17 Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven;they are the firstfruits unto the Lord.
18 And ye shall offer with the bread seven lambs without blemish of the first year, and one young bullock, and two rams: they shall be for a burnt offering unto the Lord, with their meat offering, and their drink offerings, even an offering made by fire, of sweet savour unto the Lord.
19 Then ye shall sacrifice one kid of the goats for a sin offering, and two lambs of the first year for a sacrifice of peace offerings.
20 And the priest shall wave them with the bread of the firstfruits for a wave offering before the Lord, with the two lambs: they shall be holy to the Lord for the priest.
21 And ye shall proclaim on the selfsame day, that it may be an holy convocation unto you: ye shall do no servile work therein: it shall be a statute for ever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.

2. The Phenomenon

NT Birth of the Church in Acts 2:1-4, the fulfillment of the OT prophetic Jewish feast, when about 120 disciples of Jesus Christ were filled with the Holy Ghost in the Upper Room 50 days after the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

SHAVUOT or PENTECOST was 1 of 3 pilgrimage festivals in Israel.
Josephus estimates there were over 2.7 million Jews in Jerusalem at the Passover during the days of Nero.
Typically, Pentecost would have had far fewer people, but the year Jesus was crucified it is highly probable that most of that number would still have been in Jerusalem, or would have returned for the feast of Pentecost.
Acts 2:1-5
1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

3. The Promise

Acts 1:4 … this outpouring of the Holy Ghost fulfilled Joel’s prophecy that in the last days the Lord would pour out His Spirit on all flesh (Joel 2:28-32, Acts 2:16-21), referred to by Jesus as the Promise of the Father.

Acts 1:4-5
4 and, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

4. The Power

Acts 1:8 Jesus said you would receive POWER after the Holy Ghost is come upon you.

Acts 1:8
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judæa, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

And with GREAT POWER gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of Jesus throughout the book of Acts (Acts 4:33).

John 1:10-13
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13 which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

5. The Paradigm

Acts 2:38 Peter used the Keys of the Kingdom to establish the NT pattern or template for the Gospel Message Salvation Experience of the New Birth.

John 3:1-8
1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
2 the same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

Death=Repentance

Burial=Water Baptism in the name of Jesus Christ

Resurrection=Gift of the Holy Ghost

Was Paul God’s True Replacement Apostle for Judas Instead of Matthias?

 

Many people believe that the Apostle Paul was actually God’s True replacement apostle for Judas, instead of Matthias, who was selected in Acts 1 by the ELEVEN. Here are a few things that should be considered concerning this subject.

 

Acts 1
15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,)
16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.
17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.
18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.
19 And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood.
20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.
21 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,
22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.
23 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.
24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen,
25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.
26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

 

 

Was the NT Church Born with a Mistake and Founded in Error?

 

In Acts 1, Peter, the Apostle with the Keys (Matthew 16), led the other ten remaining apostles in selecting Matthias as an apostle to replace Judas.

All eleven apostles agreed that they should do this. This is implicit in the text.

If they were wrong in doing this, then the book of Acts must be read and understood in the light of the fact that it begins with what can only be described as an apostolic MISTAKE. Doctrinally, such a premise would be extremely problematic, potentially weakening the force of the entire book from a foundational perspective.

Furthermore, if Paul was actually God’s TRUE replacement apostle for Judas, then not only was the selection of Matthias in Acts 1 a horrible mistake, but the NT Church was also actually born in Acts 2 with only ELEVEN apostles, and it continued to live and grow for at least 4 years with only ELEVEN living apostles—until the conversion of Saul in Acts 9. And even then he wasn’t immediately considered an apostle. In fact, it wasn’t until around 14 years after his conversion that he began to effectively minister in the Church, as far as we are told. So, the NT Church foundation only had ELEVEN apostles for at least the first 18 years of its existence, if Paul was indeed God’s TRUE replacement apostle for Judas instead of Matthias. Such a position is entirely untenable.
Why We Know that Matthias was God’s True Choice as the Replacement Apostle for Judas

 

Before the apostles cast lots to select a replacement apostle for Judas, they prayed and put the decision in God’s hands.

 

Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, that he may take part of this ministry and apostleship ….

 

According the Proverbs 16:33, when the lot fell on Matthias it showed that God had indeed chosen him to replace Judas and become the twelfth apostle.

 

Proverbs 16:33
The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.

 

Furthermore, the language used in scripture to describe the group of the apostles shows that Matthias was indeed considered to be God’s True choice as the replacement apostle for Judas. All throughout the Gospels prior to the death of Judas, the apostles were referred to as THE TWELVE.

Here is one example of this in Luke 22:47:

And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him.

 

We see in Acts 1:26 that Matthias was considered by Luke, who was writing by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, to have been added to the remaining ELEVEN apostles, thus making the number TWELVE once more.

… and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

 

This is clearly seen in Acts 6:2, where once again the inspired writer shows us that God considered the number of apostles to be TWELVE, long before the conversion of Saul.

 

Acts 6:2
Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.

 

Many years later when writing to the church at Corinth, the apostle Paul himself described the post-resurrection events and used the term THE TWELVE to refer to the apostles who had witnessed the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

 

1 Corinthians 15:3-6
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

 

Thus we have two different NT writers affirming by inspiration that Matthias was indeed recognized by the Early Church to have been numbered with the TWELVE, thereby proving that he was indeed God’s True replacement apostle for Judas.

 

Pastor Tim D. Cormier
Apostolic Faith Tabernacle
01/24/2017

 

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