A Doxology of Doctrine During Distressing Days #5

Friday, April 5, 2013

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; (2 Corinthians 4:17 KJV).

A brief, light annoyance—an everlasting, much heavier weight of praise and worship….

One of the primary causes of the charismatic movement, besides a failure to understand the Bible dispensationally, is that its proponents are seeking God’s power and love. They believe that God needs to demonstrate His power and His love for them by removing their troubles and healing their sick bodies. They want literal, physical, visible proof of God’s presence. Because it is ironic, the thought never occurs to them that God’s wisdom, love, and power could be—and are—demonstrated by Him not removing their troubles and sicknesses.

In the context of today’s Scripture (4:1–6:18), the Apostle Paul discussed the ministry we have as “ambassadors for Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:20). He lists various afflictions that he and we Christians suffer, but concluded: “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us” (2 Corinthians 4:7).

Notice, “that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” Why do we have the treasure—the life of Jesus Christ—in our earthen vessels—our weak, limited physical bodies? So the exceeding greatness of God’s power can be demonstrated and our inadequacy in and of ourselves can be manifested.

When the Apostle Paul later commented about his various sufferings, he wrote: “And [the Lord] said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of God may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong (2 Corinthians 12:9,10).

To wit, we can and do endure difficult circumstances, not because of ourselves, but due to God’s power strengthening us by transforming our inner man to become the very life of Jesus Christ. What a concept….!

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2 thoughts on “A Doxology of Doctrine During Distressing Days #5”

  1. This Is NOT a complaint! In my ignorance, I need information.
    I do agree with most of your writings, but I cannot access them.
    At the bottom of your article, you display different doctrinal teachings
    that are to be clicked on to bring up on my screen, which I do. But the desired article is never brought up to my screen. Am I wrong?
    Is this list assesable?
    I tried to “click on” the article (Dispensations), but nothing
    about that subject came up. Could you please give me instructions
    concerning this situation.
    God bless,
    John H. Gregory

  2. Hello John.

    Sorry you’re having trouble–let’s see what I can do.

    I think you’re referring to the alphabetized topics/categories panel box on the bottom right of the homepage? For instance, the blue hyperlinks that display text such as “boldness” or “lost souls” or “emotions” or “False Teaching,” etc. (These blue links are repeated directly below a study too; I think that’s what you’re actually talking about).

    Those are not actual article titles per se. What those are designed to do is categorize studies that share similar themes–those terms are THEMES/TOPICS, not titles. With that said, some studies may only briefly discuss that particular theme, while others go into great detail about the theme. Think of it like this–that set-up is a giant cross-reference system of studies, where you can see that Bible theme from various angles in light of a particular doctrine or other theme, how great Bible themes tie together and yet stand separate as well. One Bible passage I use in a study may discuss several doctrines, and if that’s the case, I categorize the study as dealing with all those themes/doctrines.

    By the way, the links I tried there do work when I clicked them–they do bring up the desired theme. I think you’re anticipating it will display a study with that TITLE, which it will not, since none of those links are actual titles.

    Does that help any?

    In Jesus Christ,

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