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Following Christ

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. (1 Timothy 4:7-8)

Paul tells here that we are to train in Godliness, yet, he doesn’t seem to actually tell us how to go about this. Perhaps it’s assumed we should already know how to go about doing this, or perhaps he wants us to infer how to train our-self in Godliness from context. – Either way, we can know that, whatever training our-self in Godliness looks like, it’s the opposite of studying “irreverent, silly myths.”  From this, we can draw the conclusion that training our-self in Godliness involves being reverent, and we go about it by studying some kind of solid, provable material.

In other words, Paul wants us to train our-self in Godliness, by reading and studying Scripture. He does not want us to study irreverent myths, such as what the Pope may tell us, or such as Ellen G. White may tell us. He wants us to search out the Scripture for our-self, and find the truth. More specifically, he wants us to search out the Scriptures, and find the only truth, the only way into Heaven, and the source of our new life: Jesus Christ! I believe that training in Godliness can only really be accomplished when we look to the one who was God incarnate, and follow the example that He has given to us.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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Posted by on November 24, 2012 in Delivered Through Love

 

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Apology

Hello again!

I fear my posts in recent times have become overly critical. I would like to make an apology to everyone who reads them, and to say that I don’t intend them to be so. I hope that you forgive me for this mistake, I will try to change the tone of my blog.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2012 in Apology

 

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Does God Get What God Wants

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. (1 Timothy 2:3-6)

Now, this is one of the favorite passages of Universalists, because of the simple logic that B must follow A. i.e. God wants all people to be saved, God is all-powerful and therefore can get whatever He wants, therefore all people will be saved (come to the knowledge of truth). Now, I personally won’t say one way or the other as to what I believe on this, as I just know somewhere out there, there is someone on both sides who will claim they’ve figured out all the passages on the matter fifteen years ago, after their parents and uncle just died, and using only a spoon, and I just don’t want to have that conversation as of right now. However, I will say that there are passages on both sides of the matter. Some people would say that Matthew 25:31-46 (where Jesus separates the goats from the sheep), for example, teaches that not all people will be saved.

Regardless of your personal belief on universal salvation though, there is one thing that we should never forget, and that is context. So many people read “God wants all people to come to the knowledge of truth,” and then ignore the very next couple of verses! Regardless of whether or not all people will be saved, we can know for a fact that the only way they will be saved, is through Jesus Christ’s death and Resurrection. Jesus is the only mediator between God and man (sorry Pope), because He is the only one that can be mediator between God and man. I believe the main point of the passage is that God has provided a way whereby all people can be saved. Does that mean all people will be saved? Maybe, maybe not. We won’t know until we are in Heaven, but we can always be confident that if someone puts their faith in Jesus, He will cleanse them, save them, and make them a new creation in Him.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2012 in Delivered Through Love

 

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Prayer: A Conversation with God

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, (1 Timothy 2:1-3)

People have a tendency, both in and outside of their prayer life, to shut them-self up into their comfort zone. – To only pray for them-self, and possibly a select group of others. This, however, is not what God wants. If Jesus had stayed within his comfort zone, he would’ve stayed on the Mount of Olives (where he prayed that God would take “this cup” away from Him), and then look where we’d be. Likewise, God wants us to not just say a quick couple of words to Him, but to have a conversation: He wants us to ask for everything we need, He wants us to rely on Him.

So we should pray for, along with our-self and our little group, all people. God is powerful, He can handle big requests. It’s only our flesh that keeps us from asking; that makes us think that God might not be powerful enough to accomplish something.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2012 in Delivered Through Love

 

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