Daily Devotional, Year 2 – FEBRUARY 20 (Jesus is Come in the Flesh? Or Not?)

By admin On December 12th, 2014

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Daily Devotional – FEBRUARY 20

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Jesus Is Come in the Flesh? Or Not?

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“Hereby know ye the Spirit of God:

Every spirit that confesseth that

Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God… 

…And every spirit that confesseth not

that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God…

…and this is that spirit of antichrist,

whereof ye have heard that it should come;

and even now already is it in the world.”

1st John 4:2, 3

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A somewhat new Christian was ordering his pizza, and got into a momentary discussion about Jesus with the pizza parlor employee. And because the conversation became a bit confrontational, the employee, with narrow eyes asked… “Do you believe that Jesus has come in the flesh?”

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Well, the customer confidently replied, “Of course I do!”

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But this didn’t satisfy the pizza parlor employee. And so, he replied back… “Well then, can you say the words… ‘I believe that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh!'”

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So then, the customer finally replied… “Yes, I believe that Jesus Christ came in the flesh!”

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And upon hearing this answer, the employee was somewhat satisfied with that answer, but not really!

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CONFESSIONS BY SPIRITS

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Now what was the problem in that conversation?

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After all, the Bible does say… “Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” 1st John 4:2, 3

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So from a quick reading of this above passage, one might get the idea that the pizza parlor employee was correct by trying to pin down the customer by making him say the words… “Yes, I believe that Jesus Christ came in the flesh!”

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Ary Scheffer – The Temptation of Christ by Satan (1854) wikipedia public domain

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MERE WORDS ARE MEANINGLESS!

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But the fact is, that the church-world is literally teeming with persons who would have no trouble at all, in saying the words… “Yes, I believe that Jesushttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:PProg_56_p134_IAmAlwaysFullOfGoodMotions.jpg?uselang=de Christ came in the flesh!”

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But does that mean that they all are God’s children? Well, of course not! Saying mere words means absolutely nothing!

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Listen… “And they come unto thee (Ezekiel) as the people come, and they sit before thee as My people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goes after their covetousness.” Ezekiel 33:31

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So here we see that God is totally unimpressed with mere words!

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Christianity, true Christianity,  is a relationship which exists in the heart! 

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Pilgrim’s Progress – Converse with Ignorance – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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GOD’S KINGDOM WITHIN THE HEART

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Yes, God’s kingdom dwells within the heart of each and every true worshipper of God!

ABOVE PICTURE: Most Holy Place in the heart - Signs Of Heaven

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Listen… “The kingdom of God comes not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you!” Luke 17:20, 21

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And so, by this above passage, Jesus was presenting to those Pharisees a great and awesome concept: by the power of the Holy Spirit, the kingdom of God, with all its spiritual temple and holy priesthood, exists within the heart of each and every true worshipper of God!

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PICTURE – Most Holy Place of the Heart – Signs Of Heaven

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OUR LIFE IS THE TRUE WITNESS!

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So just how does this incredible revelation relate to our signature passage from 1st John, concerning confessing that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh?

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Because, if we read this passage correctly, it actually is saying that when a person has the Spirit of Holiness dwelling within, his or her life will testify that Jesus is also dwelling within their fleshly body! 

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Listen… “He that believes on the Son of God hath the witness in himself:” 1st John 5:10

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Here it says that those who believe, truly believe, have the witness of Christ dwelling within! Yes, the true light of Jesus will shine out from that Believer in such a way that, people will sense that a different Spirit is emanating from that person!

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There doesn’t even need to be audible words spoken!

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People will sense that a purity exists within that Believer that just seems to say… “My kingdom is not of this world!” (John 18:36)

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Braet von Überfeldt – Woman with Bible – 1866 – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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A DIFFICULT DOCTRINE FOR NEWCOMERS

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And so, those two “babies in Christ”, the pizza parlor employee, and the customer, did not yet fully grasp what John, the Apostle was actually speaking of, when he said… “Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” 1st John 4:2, 3.

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No, they both lacked the spiritual maturity to understand that, “Jesus is come in the flesh” refers to Him taking up residence in our mortal bodies of flesh! 

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TOMORROW’S DEVOTIONAL

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Now of course, there are two sides to this coin!

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That is, there are those whose lives confess that Jesus is come in the flesh! But there are also those whose lives do not confess that Jesus is come in the flesh! 

Lineart Presalident Reverse side - Wikipedia - Public Domain

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And that side of the coin will be dealt with in tomorrow’s daily devotional.

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To read Part 2 of this topic, click here…

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George Washington Presidential $ Coin obverse – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me the discernment to understand just what is the motivating spirit within my own heart! And if I detect a worldly spirit, then help me to not rest till I have found the forgiveness and saving grace…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Mark of the Beast & Seal of God”, or you can also read… February 15th (The Two Images!)” 

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE FIVE FOOLISH VIRGINS STARS

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Serpent Constellation

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A new constellation has been revealed, as of about May 29th, 2014. This constellation appears as a serpent (snake). Its body is comprised of stars from the Bootes Constellation, and its jaws are made of the four stars which Babylonians saw as the head of Draco, the Dragon. It also has a small single star for an eye.

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Now in this constellation is a group of five stars, which will be called “The Five Foolish Virgins Stars”. These are located on the opposite side of the Glorious Crown of 12 Stars (AKA Corona Borealis), from the Five Wise Virgins Stars. But one big difference between the two is, that The Five Wise are curved around the Glorious Crown, while the Five Foolish are curved away from it!

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Five Foolish Virgins Stars”

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TOMORROW…

“FEBRUARY 21 (Jesus is Come in the Flesh? Or Not? Part 2)”

 

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