Okay, we are going back to Matthew. We want to look at just a few scriptures
and I’m not exactly sure which ones. We’ll just pick out some as we go.
Now, how we read the Word is important. This New Testament, the Gospels that
we are reading from here, took place when Jesus ministered this a little over
2,000 years ago. We don’t want to fall into the trap of reading the Scriptures
and relating to it as then. We don’t want to see it as history - this is what
Jesus did, this is what Jesus said. If we are relating to Jesus the Nazarene,
the man, then we are missing the Lord. Jesus now is spirit and to emphasize that
I call Him “the Lord of Glory” because that’s what He is. He is the Lord of
Glory. We have to know Him in that way. If we put ourselves into the Scriptures
in such a way that we are relating to it as history, we have just missed it.
Lord, help us relate to this Word in such a way that it can be life to us. ...more
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The emphasis of ministry at this time is becoming a people through whom
the Lord can minister to others. Jesus Christ was the connecting link
between God and man. He said, No man comes unto the Father, but by Me (John 14:5). Then He said to His disciples (and that includes us), As My Father has sent Me, even so send I you
(John 20:21). That is the purpose and ministry of the Body of Christ.
Be God's gate - His two-way gate that gives Him access to others and
others access to Him.