And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark , and the flood came, and destroyed them all .
And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way? But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who [should be] the greatest . And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, [the same] shall be last of all, and servant of all . And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them, Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me .
… Forbid him not : for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is on our part .
QUESTION: WHY DID THOSE DISCIPLES FORBAD…?
MARK 9:14-18 [Earlier Discourse]
And when he came to [his] disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them. And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to [him] saluted him. And he asked the scribes, What question ye with them? And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit ; And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not .
And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. And they did not receive him , because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw [this ], they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them , even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them , and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of .
POSITION: DISPOSITION-- Testimonies to Ministers, pp. 356, 357 “But the position does not make the man.”
BAPTISMS: LOVING/NURTURING BELIEVERS
INCLUSIVE BUT DISTINCT [BIBLE STANDARDS]
ECONOMY: PRAYER NOT POLARIZATION
QUESTION: HOW CAN…TRUE CHURCH…DISCIPLES?
… No prophet is accepted in his own country . But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias,…when great famine was throughout all the land; But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta,…a woman [that was] a widow. And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian. And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath ,…
… and rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong . … -WHO DENIED…MEMBERSHIP? -WHO BETRAYED JESUS? -WHO CRUCIFIED JESUS? -WHO EVICTED JESUS…? ROMANS 2:24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written . CHURH: CHARACTER OF JESUS! TESTIMONIES, Vol. 2, p. 36—It is not the abundance of your meetings that God accepts. It is not the numerous prayers , but the rightdoing, doing the right thing and at the right time.
And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name . And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy : and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not , that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven .
And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know ; but who are ye?
Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife ; and some also of good will: What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence , or in truth , Christ is preached ; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.