1st Century Believers In The 21st Century

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This is a teaching for modern day Christians who long for the faith, power, and love that was once delivered to the 1st century saints (apostles). …

This is a teaching for modern day Christians who long for the faith, power, and love that was once delivered to the 1st century saints (apostles).

This was written by Leslie King from First Century Ministry.

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  • 1. 1st Century Believers in the 21st Century<br />2057400289560<br />By Leslie King<br />The 11th Hour Network.com<br />1st Century Believers in the 21st Century<br />Introduction<br />Christian believers read and study the New Testament scriptures with more intent to change their lives than any other set of written documents in the past 2000 years. It is with good reason that we obsess with every word spoken by our Savior, every act carried out by the apostles, and every epistle sent to the first churches. It is because the New Testament scriptures document the corner stone of Christendom. <br />0137160<br />The first century believers either knew the Savior Yeshua personally during his life and ministry, or they received testimony second hand from one who did. Over the past 2000 years, Christianity has undergone many changes, some good and some not so good. In fact, it is easy to see that the world would not be an inhabitable planet without the love, peace, grace, and kindness that Christian believers express through the Holy Spirit.<br />With that being said, our Savior did not come to start the multitude of Christian denominations that exist today or to develop a religious system of “one day a week” passive participation. The Savior was born, lived, suffered, died, and rose again so we could establish a personal relationship with our creator Elohim and Himself. Salvation is a free gift, which was accredited to us through faith in Yeshua, by which the Holy Spirit (counselor), sent by Elohim, lives in us so we can live a life filled with love for our neighbor and love for Elohim. <br />As we study the New Testament scriptures our hearts and spirits are quickened for the same fellowship, faith, power and purpose as the first century believers recorded. By studying the New Testament scriptures we can begin to see some unique characteristics of the first century believers. This document outlines scriptural references and some brief explanations as to their relevance for 21st century believers … that is … you and me. Some key elements to consider include:<br />Believing and Following Yeshua<br />Filled with and empowered by the Holy Spirit<br />Caring for the widows, sick, those in prison, poor and orphans<br />Giving the testimony of the lamb and obeying the commands of Elohim<br />Strong emphasis on home fellowship and personal ministry<br />New and Old testament scriptures are Living Words<br />Not replacing the commandments of Elohim for the commandments and traditions of man.<br />Living a Set-Apart life as living sacrifices in Yeshua and Elohim<br />Shining His light of love, grace, kindness, forgiveness and personal sacrifice.<br />Walking (living) as Yeshua did.<br />The Holy Scriptures<br /> <br />4572000358140As we begin it is important to identify the basis for understanding the meaning conveyed in the Holy scriptures. First, we need to understand that all scriptures, old and new books, are not in conflict with one another. It is the human reader, who may lack insight or understanding … not the Living Word. The Living Word is given to us for the purpose of understanding how much our Creator and Savior love us, and to help us live our lives in a manner which He meant for us to live. <br />The process of interpreting scripture is covered extensively in a variety of theories called “hermeneutics”, or theories of interpretation, with the below being a brief list of items to consider when seeking for scriptural understanding;<br />the author of a document<br />the original audience of the writings <br />culture in which it was written<br />the time period of the writing<br />correlation and relationship of a particular scripture to the document it was written within<br />correlation and relationship to the entire Bible<br />language the original document was written <br />effects of translation and/or transliteration into other languages <br />All these aspects can help the reader understand the message of Elohim, yet it is even more important to remember that the Living Word is exactly that … living and relevant to all generations for teaching, reproving and encouraging (2Tim 3:16). Another important point to remember is that no prophet, or at least one sent by Elohim, developed and crafted prophesy on their own (2Pe 1:20). For example, the book of Revelations was written near the end of the first century, in a Semitic culture, and was addressed to seven churches in Asia minor …. and the book is still as relevant and powerful today as within the context of the eight hermeneutical points above. <br />4229100-154940<br />Second is the use of at least 2-3 witnesses to establish a fact or truth (Due 19:15, 2Cr 13:1). This was established by Elohim and is still in use today in our legal systems. The testimony we seek is from biblical witnesses such as Moses, Prophets, Apostles, our Savior, as well as the rest of the bible writings which are considered scriptures, yet not necessarily prophetic in nature. We must also make sufficient room for the Holy Spirit to bare witness, or we close the door to the Author of the written testimonies. <br />Another area of strong consideration is the Holy Spirit, which in many theories gets minimized, or discarded altogether. The scriptures are Living Words with a Living Author, who graciously sent His counselor (Holy Spirit) so that we may be lead to all truth … if we are willing to listen and believe what the spirit is saying (Jhn 16:13).<br />12701682750Some final points for understanding the basis of the First Century Ministry is the alignment of the whole bible into a living message from a loving Creator to his creation. Lack of harmonious alignment is due to a lack of human understanding and not the Living Word. It is pretty common to have many interpretations of a written document, yet the author of any document typically has one message. We can have 10 people read a scripture and walk away with 6-7 interpretations, yet only one is accurate to the purpose of the author. Fortunately, when Yeshua returns, He will clear up any differences and/or questions we have with the meaning of a particular scripture … for He will open our minds to the scriptures and answer our questions (Luk 24:45).<br />Building on a Solid Foundation… Yeshua<br />Crucial to a first century believer is establishing Yeshua as the foundation of their faith, doctrine, and lives. An individual will be able to with stand many trials and storms in their life by building on the firm foundation of Yeshua’s teachings, words, and life. Not only is a rock foundation considered to be structural sound, but it is also the way we can find joy, peace, love and happiness in our lives. He is the rock of our salvation and the capstone of our temple … or bodies. <br />What exactly are we building? We are building our lives, our families, testimonies, and the body of the Messiah (other believers). Starting with our own lives, we need to deny ourselves in order to follow Yeshua and to have a deep level of fellowship with our creator (Mat 16:24, Jhn 12:26). We are a work in progress, only being able to grow closer to Him if we are willing to walk aware from worldly, or carnal, attributes of this existence. The scriptures say that we will find our lives, if we are willing to lose our lives (Mat 10:39), meaning we will find our true selves and purpose in Him if we are willing to deny ourselves.<br />What are we denying? With the same attributes that we love Elohim we should deny ourselves in the same manner, … with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength (Mar 12:30). We should therefore capture every thought in Christ, provide our bodies as living sacrifices (Rom 12:1), commit our souls to loving one another (Luk 10:27), and build up our strength to endure long suffering and a bold existence of Holy living.<br /> <br />4722495433705The final point for building on a foundation is that we start with Yeshua’s words and teachings, and use those as the primary basis for interpreting all the other scriptures. This fundamental premise establishes who you follow. In the first century the apostle Paul scorned the believers for dividing into sects and claiming to follow him, Cephas, or Apollo (1Cr 3:4). This is not to down play the importance of Moses, prophets, and apostle, but more importantly to put them in their proper perspective as servants to the Most High.<br />Yeshua is the Living Word in the flesh. He came and interpreted the Torah and commands accurately. He understands the meaning and purpose of human existence from the beginning to the end, and he provided Elohim’s example of human existence. <br />IV. 1st Century Characteristics for the 21st Century Believers <br />1. Believing-in and Following Yeshua <br />This first point is one that is not debatable; Yeshua is the son of Elohim, the Living Word that came as flesh. He served as our sacrifice for sin. Believing in this one point is the corner stone of Christianity … Yeshua is the son of Elohim, who came in the flesh and died on the cross for our sins.<br />There is a Savior who was prophesied to come and save the world from sin, and to lead its inhabitants back to their Creator through faith in His life and death. Let’s take a look at our witnesses … remember we need at least 2 credible witnesses from the scriptures. <br />[Deu 18:15 NIV]<br />The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him.<br />[Isa 42:1 NIV]<br />"Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations.”<br />[Luk 14:27 NIV]<br />And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.<br />[Mat 16:24 NIV]<br />Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.<br />[Mar 10:21 NIV]<br />Jesus looked at him and loved him. "One thing you lack," he said. "Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."<br />[Jhn 12:26 NIV]<br />Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.<br />Filled with and empowered by the Holy Spirit<br />3998595123190<br />The prophet Ezekial prophesied about the spirit that would be given to believers, with our Savior commanding the apostles to wait in Jerusalem until they received the promise spoken of by Ezekial. We will also find that the Holy Spirit was given to the people of Elohim all throughout history, from craftsmen working on the Ark, 70 elders of Israel, Samson, all the prophets, John the Baptist and so on. <br />[Eze 36:27 NIV]<br />And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.<br />[Joe 2:28 NIV]<br />"And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.<br />[Zec 12:10 NIV]<br />"And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.<br />[Mat 3:11 NIV]<br />"I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.<br />[Luk 11:13 NIV]<br />If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"<br />[Jhn 7:39 NIV]<br />By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.<br />Caring for the widows, sick, those in prison, poor and orphans <br />3200400114300<br />We need to remember to have a charitable heart, with love and joy in giving. In some cases it is giving money, food, or other tangible resources, and at other times it is giving our time, understanding, and patience. The scriptures are clear that we should not exploit the disadvantaged, whether it is a needy person, widow, orphan, or even someone with a disability. <br /> <br />[Jam 1:27 NIV]<br />Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.<br />[Lev 19:10 NIV]<br />Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the alien. I am the Lord your God.<br />[Psa 82:3 NIV]<br />Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.<br />[Pro 14:31 NIV]<br />He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.<br />[Jer 22:16 NIV]<br />He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" declares the Lord.<br />[Zec 7:10 NIV]<br />Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. In your hearts do not think evil of each other.'<br />[Mat 19:21 NIV]<br />Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."<br />[Gal 2:10 NIV]<br />All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.<br />[Deu 10:18 NIV]<br />He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing.<br />Giving the testimony of the Lamb and obeying the commands of Elohim<br />4343400186055<br />There are some key differences between those who belong to the kingdom of Elohim and those who do not. Satan and his demons believe in Yeshua, yet they do not obey the commands of Elohim, and they are not giving testimony of the Lamb. As believers we should of course have faith (trust) in the sacrifice of the Lamb, deny ourselves and obey His commands, and use our talents by sharing the gospel of Yeshua by giving testimony of the Lamb. <br />[Mat 24:14 NIV]<br />And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.<br />[1Cr 1:6 NIV]<br />…because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you.<br />[1Cr 2:1 NIV]<br />When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.<br />[1Jo 5:11 NIV]<br />And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.<br />[Rev 1:2 NIV]<br />…who testifies to everything he saw-that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.<br />[Rev 1:9 NIV]<br />I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.<br />[Rev 6:9 NIV]<br />When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained.<br />[Rev 12:11 NIV]<br />They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.<br />[Rev 12:17 NIV]<br />Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring-those who obey God's commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.<br />4800600104775<br />Strong emphasis on home fellowship and personal ministry<br />It is important to understand that when church is over, fellowship should continue in our personal ministry and we should be fully engaged in our daily lives. Whether you attend a church, temple, or synagogue, the primary purpose in these formal gatherings should be to instruct and energize your personal ministry. We can also see from the scriptures that it was common to give instruction, perform miracles, and worship Yeshua in the home of His believers. <br /> <br />[Act 2:46 NIV]<br />Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,<br />[Deu 6:7 NIV]<br />Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.<br />[Luk 10:38 NIV]<br />As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.<br />[Act 16:15 NIV]<br />When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. "If you consider me a believer in the Lord," she said, "come and stay at my house." And she persuaded us.<br />[Act 18:26 NIV]<br />He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.<br />[Act 21:16 NIV]<br />Some of the disciples from Caesarea accompanied us and brought us to the home of Mnason, where we were to stay. He was a man from Cyprus and one of the early disciples.<br />[Phm 1:2 NIV]<br />…to Apphia our sister, to Archippus our fellow soldier and to the church that meets in your home:<br />[Mar 1:29 NIV]<br />As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew.<br />[Mar 14:3 NIV]<br />While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.<br />[Luk 4:38 NIV]<br />Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon's mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her.<br />New and Old testament scriptures are Living Words<br />228600335280Western culture seems to have an odd understanding of the old and new testament scriptures, thinking that the old testament is “old” and has been replaced by the new testament. The “old” testament is still in full force today, with many of the prophesies waiting to be fulfilled. There are some very obvious changes like the use of animal sacrifices to remove sin, which was only a rehearsal for the true sacrifice to be done once and for all. The entire bible is in harmony, giving a single message. Our savior was in full support of the scriptures being fulfilled as written by Moses and the prophets.<br /> <br />[Mat 21:42 NIV]<br />Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures: " 'The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes'?<br />[Mat 22:29 NIV]<br />Jesus replied, "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.<br />[Mat 26:54 NIV]<br />But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?"<br />[Mar 14:49 NIV]<br />Every day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, and you did not arrest me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled."<br />[Luk 24:27 NIV]<br />And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.<br />36576003175<br />[Luk 24:45 NIV]<br />Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.<br />[Act 17:2 NIV]<br />As his custom was, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures,<br />[Act 17:11 NIV]<br />Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.<br />[Rom 1:2 NIV]<br />…the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures<br />[Rom 15:4 NIV]<br />For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.<br />Building a foundation on Yeshua’s teachings and ministry<br />262890061595<br />The scriptures say we should walk and Yeshua walk. This means we should live our lives as he lived his. If we build our foundation on him and build all understanding from his life and ministry, then we will not be washed away by the torrents.<br />Yeshua’s life and ministry are the basis for interpreting all scriptures.<br />[Mat 7:25 NIV]<br />The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.<br />[Luk 6:48 NIV]<br />He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.<br />[Luk 6:49 NIV]<br />But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete."<br />[1Cr 3:11 NIV]<br />For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.<br />[Eph 2:20 NIV]<br />…built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.<br />[1Ti 6:19 NIV]<br />In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.<br />[2Ti 2:19 NIV]<br />Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness."<br />[Hbr 6:1 NIV]<br />Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God,<br />Embracing the Feast of Elohim<br />It is a good thing to embrace and understand the prophetic meaning of Elohim’s appointed times, which are called Feast. They are rehearsals for key events in Elohim’s master plan. The Feast of Passover, First Fruits, and Pentecost were fulfilled when He was crucified, rose, and gave the Holy Spirit. The remaining feast are still awaiting for Yeshua to fulfill them. Don’t you know that we are all waiting for a wedding feast …<br />0142240[Exd 12:17 NIV]<br />"Celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread, because it was on this very day that I brought your divisions out of Egypt. Celebrate this day as a lasting ordinance for the generations to come.<br />[Exd 23:16 NIV]<br />"Celebrate the Feast of Harvest with the firstfruits of the crops you sow in your field. "Celebrate the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in your crops from the field.<br />[Exd 34:22 NIV]<br />"Celebrate the Feast of Weeks with the firstfruits of the wheat harvest, and the Feast of Ingathering at the turn of the year.<br />[Exd 34:25 NIV]<br />"Do not offer the blood of a sacrifice to me along with anything containing yeast, and do not let any of the sacrifice from the Passover Feast remain until morning.<br />[Lev 23:34 NIV]<br />"Say to the Israelites: 'On the fifteenth day of the seventh month the Lord's Feast of Tabernacles begins, and it lasts for seven days.<br />[Num 28:26 NIV]<br />On the day of firstfruits, when you present to the Lord an offering of new grain during the Feast of Weeks, hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work.<br />[Deu 16:14 NIV]<br />Be joyful at your Feast--you, your sons and daughters, your menservants and maidservants, and the Levites, the aliens, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns.<br />[Deu 16:16 NIV]<br />3657600194310Three times a year all your men must appear before the Lord your God at the place he will choose: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Tabernacles. No man should appear before the Lord empty-handed:<br />[Eze 45:21 NIV]<br />In the first month on the fourteenth day you are to observe the Passover, a feast lasting seven days, during which you shall eat bread made without yeast.<br />[Mat 26:17 NIV]<br />On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?"<br />[Jhn 2:23 NIV]<br />Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many people saw the miraculous signs he was doing and believed in his name.<br />[Jhn 4:45 NIV]<br />When he arrived in Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him. They had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, for they also had been there.<br />Not replacing the commandments of Elohim for the traditions of man.<br />As humans we have natural inclination to form human tradition, which is not a bad thing to do, yet we also have a bad habit of making holy our human traditions and worshipping those manmade traditions.<br />Under no circumstances should we nullify the command of Elohim or Yeshua for the sake of a human tradition. <br />388620034290[Mar 7:8 NIV]<br />You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men."<br />[Mar 7:9 NIV]<br />And he said to them: "You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!<br />[Mat 15:6 NIV]<br />…he is not to 'honor his father' with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition.<br />[Mar 7:13 NIV]<br />Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that."<br /> Living a Set-Apart life as living sacrifices in Yeshua and Elohim<br />Living Set-apart lives is a crucial aspect of the Christian life. We are in the world, but not of the world. The scripture say “… come out of her my people.” This can apply to many things, but overall it applies to the carnal way of thinking and living, and the systems in the world that attempt to put us in and keep us in bondage.<br /> <br />[Lev 11:45 NIV]<br />I am the Lord who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy.<br />4303395-62865<br />[Lev 20:8 NIV]<br />Keep my decrees and follow them. I am the Lord, who makes you holy.<br />[Lev 20:26 NIV]<br />You are to be holy to me because I, the Lord, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be my own.<br />[Deu 26:19 NIV]<br />He has declared that he will set you in praise, fame and honor high above all the nations he has made and that you will be a people holy to the Lord your God, as he promised.<br />[Deu 28:9 NIV]<br />The Lord will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the Lord your God and walk in his ways.<br />[Hbr 13:12 NIV]<br />And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood.<br />[1Pe 1:15 NIV]<br />But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;<br />[1Pe 1:16 NIV]<br />…for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy."<br />[1Pe 2:5 NIV]<br />49701458890…you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.<br />[1Pe 2:9 NIV]<br />But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.<br />[2Pe 3:11 NIV]<br />Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives<br />[Hbr 12:14 NIV]<br />Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.<br />[Eph 5:3 NIV]<br />But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people.<br />[Isa 62:12 NIV]<br />They will be called the Holy People, the Redeemed of the Lord; and you will be called Sought After, the City No Longer Deserted.<br />Shining His light of love, grace, kindness, forgiveness and personal sacrifice<br />This characteristic, combined with proclaiming who we have hope and trust in, is fundamental to non-believers understanding who we serve. They will know us by our fruit and because we love one another.<br />[Act 4:9 NIV]<br />If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are asked how he was healed,<br />[2Cr 6:6 NIV]<br />…in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love;<br />427482070485[Gal 5:22 NIV]<br />But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,<br />[Col 3:12 NIV]<br />Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.<br />[2Pe 1:7 NIV]<br />…and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.<br />Being ready for Yeshua’s return<br />Yeshua told us to be ready and watchful for His return. We will be ready if we are watching after our brothers and sisters, believers and non-believers. Salvation has no bearing on who we love and careful.<br />[Mat 24:30 NIV]<br />"At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory.<br />[Mat 24:37 NIV]<br />As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.<br />[Mat 24:39 NIV]<br />and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.<br />[Mat 25:5 NIV]<br />The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.<br />455104538100<br />[Mat 26:64 NIV]<br />"Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied. "But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven."<br />[Mar 13:26 NIV]<br />"At that time men will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.<br />[Mar 14:62 NIV]<br />"I am," said Jesus. "And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven."<br />[Luk 21:27 NIV] <br />At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.<br />[2Pe 3:4 NIV]<br />They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation."<br />24574541275[Jud 1:14 NIV]<br />Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men: "See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones<br />[Rev 22:12 NIV]<br />"Behold, I am coming soon! 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