Monday, April 30, 2007


It is very interesting how James refers to an obscure verse of scripture in the OT when he is addressing the Council at Jerusalem in (Acts 15:13-18) about accepting Gentiles into the fellowship of the Church. This scripture is found in (Amos 9:11) which reads "In that day I will restore the fallen house (tent) of David. I will repair it's damaged walls. From the ruins I will rebuild it and restore it's former glory." Here we have a theme concerning the Tabernacle or (tent) of David erected in Zion, which is quoted from the OT by a NT writer, and applied to the Church, which was just being formed in those days. Therefore when we do the same, we are on solid ground. The whole story of how David brought the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem is recorded in (2 Samuel chapter 6, and 1 Chronicles chapters 13-16). This is quite a story in itself, about why David felt to erect a simple tent to house the Ark, while the official Tabernacle of Moses was still in operation not far away, complete with the priests offering sacrifices as prescribed in the law, and all the time the Holiest Place was empty! Then when we consider that this event would be brought to our NT in reference to the Church, really should cause us to think through the whole way we "do church"!

When we read (1 Chronicles 16:37-39, and 21:29-30) we can see clearly that David had forsaken the old traditional way of worship, established by Moses, for a new way given to him by God. In the tent, or tabernacle, there was no Holy Place to conceal the ark of the covenant, which represented the "Presence of God". But instead it was open for all to see and enjoy, and not reserved for the high priest once a year. Remember at the time of Jesus being crucified, the Tabernacle of Moses had been shifted to become the Temple built by Solomon, and the heavy curtain that concealed the Holy Place was ripped in two from top to bottom by God. This happened at the very moment His Son was dying for our redemption on the Cross of Calvary. The timing of this event was very significant, and marked a complete change in the way God expects us to worship Him, in my opinion.

Tabernacles are movable, but temples are not, and can only be destroyed! That's what happened to the temple that was standing at the time, only 70 years later. Jesus referred to His body as the Temple that would be destroyed but rebuilt in 3 days (John 2:19-22). Today the Church, which is His body on earth, composed of people who have been "born again" into the family of God, are referred to as His Temple or dwelling place by Paul in (Eph 2:21-22). The question we must face is, are we a picture of the Tabernacle of David, or the Tabernacle of Moses? We will pursue this topic further in part 2 later.

Sincerely submitted


Thursday, April 26, 2007


We are promised a "priceless inheritance" that is being kept for us up in heaven according to (1 Peter 1:4). This will apparently be the final stage of our salvation, which started with our receiving Jesus as our personal Savior. As you know our spirit is saved first at the moment we receive Christ and are "born again" into God's family. (John 3:3) Then starts the process of renewing our mind, (Rom 12:1-2, and 2 Cor 3:17-18) which is the second stage in which our soul is being saved. Then we have this promise from Peter of a yet future final stage of our salvation when our bodies will be saved. So we see that salvation is a process that begins by being born again, and ends with our resurrection or rapture.

I recently came to a fuller revelation of our inheritance from scriptures like (1 Cor 6:9-10) and (Gal 5:19-21), both of which refer to our inheritance as being our part in the Kingdom of God. I used to believe that we were born again into the Kingdom, but now realize that we are born into God's family, and not the Kingdom. We are "transferred" into the Kingdom (Col 1:13), which is an inheritance being reserved for us in heaven. Salvation is a gift, but inheriting our place in the Kingdom depends on our behavior according to both the scriptures mentioned above. We don't lose our position in God's family by committing the sins listed, but we do lose our position in God's Kingdom. This has a profound bearing on the age-old argument about eternal security, in my opinion. One side maintained that we are eternally secure in Christ, while the other side claimed that when we sin we lose our salvation.

If my understanding of these scriptures is correct, we have a solution to this dispute. We don't lose our place in God's family, which is a gift from God (Eph 2:8-10), but we can lose all or part of our position in His Kingdom by committing these sins after we are born again. The scripture does teach a system of rewards for faithfully obeying the commandments of God, and we know that not every believer will rule and reign with Jesus, but only the "over comers". Part of this being an over comer could be our acts of obedience to His still small voice, and abstaining from all forms of sin!

I don't expect everyone to agree with this understanding I have come to, but I trust you will read these scriptures carefully and see what the Holy Spirit shows you that they mean!

Sincerely submitted.


Wednesday, April 25, 2007


In (Ezek 44:9-16) we see a passage of scripture that should put the "fear of God" into the heart of every true believer. Here we see a clear distinction between members of the tribe of Levi, who were set apart by God to be priests. Because of their behavior, some were only allowed to minister to the people (them), while others were allowed to minister to "Him". Some people will say "oh that's OT, and doesn't apply to us in the NT", but I believe like Paul in (1 Cor 10:11) that these OT scriptures were recorded for our benefit, that we might realize how important our behavior is to God!

In (1 Peter 2:9-12) we are told that we are "royal priests", a similar position to the Levites in the OT. But just like the Levites mentioned in Ezek 44, we can fall into two distinct classes. One class can have the privilege and honor of ministering to "Him", and the other class can only minister to "them". They were all members of the family of Levi, but because of their behavior of "Idolatry", some were not allowed to come before God in the Holy Place. I'm sure they didn't realize the seriousness of what they were doing, and didn't count the cost of the consequences that would follow, but the truth is there for us to read and consider well. We reap what we sow, and there are always eternal consequences to our actions. (Gal 6:7-10)

This should be a warning to us in the body of Christ today, that our behavior determines our eternal position. We have an inheritance that is being reserved in heaven for us declares Peter in (1 Peter 1:4), this is our place in the Kingdom of God. But we can lose this because of our sinful behavior. Read carefully the following scriptures, which all declare that those who do such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God, (1 Cor 6:9-12, Gal 5:9-11, Eph 5:3-9). Remember these scriptures are not talking about losing our salvation, which is a gift from God (Eph 2:8), but about our inheritance, which is our place in God's Eternal Kingdom!

This is a very serious matter in my opinion, and deserves our prayerful consideration. Remember we are not talking about "Religion" but about our "Relationship" with our Creator God throughout eternity!

Sincerely submitted


Monday, April 23, 2007


I was challenged recently by something I read from Our Daily Bread devotional. The words that caught my attention were "It's been said that each life is like a book, lived one chapter at a time. If you think that your most fruitful years are behind you, remember you are writing a new chapter now. Learn to live each day with contentment in the present." I believe this problem of living in the past is quite common to a lot of people, especially when they reach the "senior years".

The scriptures are full of advice to us on not dwelling on the past, but looking to the future. Paul's letter to the Philippians comes to mind whenever I think along these lines. His exhortation in chapter 2 is probably quoted by more people on New Years Eve, than any other! (Phil 2:12-16). He speaks of forgetting the past, and focusing on what lies ahead of us. He uses the expression "press on to reach the end of the race" in verse 14, and then in 16 in my translation, it reads "But we must hold on to the progress we have already made". That is excellent advice to all of us , in my opinion, no matter what age you happen to be. We have all made progress in our spiritual walk, although some times when we go through a "dry spell", we may doubt it!

I have found that every few months we need to get alone with God in some quiet place, maybe out in the deep woods, and just review your life since you received Jesus as your personal Savior. Just be honest with Him, and ask Him to show you how far you have come in your spiritual walk. It might surprise you the things that will come to your mind! Most of us tend to be quite hard on ourselves, and of course we have an enemy whose job is to accuse us of all the negative things we have ever done. Right? Read (1 Peter 5:6-11) as often as necessary to remind ourselves how we should deal with him! Remember Jesus defeated him on the cross, and the only power he has left now is the power to deceive. He is a liar and the father of all lies, and is behind all the deception we see in our world today.

So let's keep our eyes on Jesus and press on to whatever lies ahead for us, as we write a new chapter in our book of life. Remember these words that were used to finish off that devotional I mentioned at the start. "Living in the past paralyzes the present and bankrupts the future!"

Sincerely submitted.


Friday, April 20, 2007


I recently heard this expression from a well known Bible teacher on a tape I was listening to, and it caught my attention. He meant that God is continually speaking a new word to us, and most of the time we are not listening. This word will be a word of revelation from the secret things of God. (Deut 29:29). In (Isa 64:4) we read "For since the world began, no ear has heard, and no eye has seen a God like You, who works for those who wait for Him". Paul was probably thinking of this verse when he wrote (1 Cor 2:9), which says more or less the same thing.

God's revelation to us who believe is progressive, from the moment of receiving Jesus as our personal Savior. He desires to reveal further truth to us, and will as He sees we are ready to receive it. We must be willing to receive further truth, so we are told to "ask, seek and knock". God created us with a free will that must be activated to search the scriptures for truth. Of course we know from reading (John 14:6) that Jesus is "the Way, the Truth, and the Life", so really it amounts to seeking to know Him better!

Some well meaning people believe that God "spoke", and had His Word recorded in the scriptures, and today only "speaks" through this written Word. But because He is alive and well, and interested in communicating with His children, I believe He speaks to us today, if we are listening. He can speak in various ways to our regenerated spirit, which was dead, but comes alive when we are "born again" into His family. (Eph 2:1-10) He often speaks through prophecy, dreams, or visions, but these must always agree with the written Word. He often speaks to us by His "still small voice", which can only be heard by our spirit using our "spiritual ears" and not our natural ones, and then confirms it by prophecy from another member of His family.

So I encourage you to spend time quietly before Him, and expect to hear Him speak. Remember prayer is talking to God, but it should never be a monologue. Who would ever want to converse with a friend who did all the talking, and then left when they finished their part before you had a chance to reply? We would consider that to be very rude, and yet we often do that same thing to God! Perhaps we need to change the way we pray, and spend more time listening!

Sincerely submitted.


Wednesday, April 18, 2007


Did you ever think what a perfect world this would be if everyone were just like you, and always did what you wanted done? That would require some major changes, right? And chances are these changes would need to start with you. Read (Luke 6:41-45) to see what Jesus had to say about this. Often we want to help the other person change, to improve our relationship, when all the while the "plank" is in our eye, and the "speck" is in theirs.

Basically we are all selfish creatures, and find it hard to put the needs or desires of another person before our own. We need to take an honest look at our own life, and see how Christlike we have become since coming into God's family. Paul tells us in (2 Cor 5:17) that when we receive Jesus as our personal Savior "This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone: a new life has begun." This new life should become more and more Christlike as we mature in our walk with Him.

This spiritual maturity doesn't come over night, it requires discipleship training very similar to training up a child to become a mature responsible adult. We don't go from Kindergarten to University without spending 12 years in primary, middle, and high school grades. And we only pass from one grade to the next if we pass our exams, right? Why should we think it is any different in the school of the Spirit? It would seem from what I have observed in some 40+ years as a believer in Jesus, that some people try to skip some grades. (Heb 5:11-14) covers this problem quite well, and tells why people are still immature, although they may have been Christians for many years. Peter also has a good word that applies to this problem in (2Peter 1:3-11). Here he gives a picture of how spiritual maturity comes about in our lives, to prepare us for our place in the "Kingdom of God".

Sincerely submitted.


Monday, April 16, 2007


There are some people who do not believe that there are any "absolutes" in the world. They believe everything is relative, and therefore everyone can believe anything they want to. I'm sure you have heard someone say "if it feels good do it", or some other such stupid remark. These same people could say they didn't believe that the law of gravity was an absolute, but I dare them to jump off the top of a 50 story skyscraper, and expect to just gradually float down to earth!

Yes, in spite of what some well meaning people might like to believe, there are some absolutes. The law of gravity perhaps is one of the more evident ones, but there are many more. God created this universe to function according to a perfect order. Consider how the tides can be calculated months in advance, or the various phases of the moon, or holidays like Easter can be set years ahead. I understand that our space travellers only have a tiny window that they must hit exactly when they are re-entering earth's atmosphere. If they should miss it by a fraction they would either burn up from the heat of friction with the atmosphere, or they would bounce off and spend the rest of their short life travelling through endless space.

There are some absolutes in the spiritual realm as well as the natural. Our Creator God knew that they would be essential to our life here on planet earth, so He had them recorded in His "Manufacturer's Manual" the Holy Bible. I would strongly advise you to get a copy and read it, your life depends on the truth it contains! One of the most key absolutes in my opinion is the truth about who Jesus is. In (John 14:6) He declared "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me". He was God incarnated in human flesh, by way of the "virgin birth", an absolute that is essential to being a child of God. He could of never been the perfect sacrifice that was needed to redeem mankind, if He were not virgin born. Definitely an "absolute"!! These so-called theologians who have been trying to deny this basic truth for years, only show their complete ignorance, in my opinion. They have rejected God's Word, that is our only hope of salvation. Don't be fooled by all these stupid so-called theories that have plagued the church for centuries. This is resurrection week when we celebrate "He is Risen!!!"

Sincerely submitted----Dave Jamer

Friday, April 13, 2007


For some time now the writer has been interested in “end time events”, and has put together several documents he chose to call Manuals. They covered topics such as –Deliverance-- The Kingdom of God----The Rapture---The End Times---The Jewish Feasts---etc. His intention was always to give a plain and simple, easy to follow, explanation of these sometime confusing doctrines or theories, based on his knowledge which came from studying scripture, along with books and teachings he had been exposed to over the years. In no way does he think his understanding is perfect or necessarily correct concerning these various topics. The intention was to help others, who perhaps had not been exposed, to as many different views as he had been, to come to a balanced, common sense conclusion.

Recently the writer took a book from the shelf entitled “The Ultimate Intention” by DeVern Fromke. It was published in 1963, and in 1974 it was reprinted for the seventh time. He borrowed part of the title name of this book to identify this document. In the introduction to the book by Pastor R.J.Stanley he makes the following statement, “Careful observation will disclose that the philosophical appeal of our current evangelistic endeavor is essentially selfish. -----Even our deeper life conferences are usually promoted on a man-centered level which suggests participants may obtain Christian victory and more profound blessings for their own heart satisfaction”. This statement more or less gives the author’s primary theme that the modern church is more "Man-centered" than it is "God-centered". His main argument is that God has always had a divine ultimate plan, or intention, from the very beginning of time. Even before He created the universe His intention was to create a race of beings that He could have intimate fellowship with. We see in the early part of Genesis, when He created Adam and Eve, that He had fellowship with them in the garden in the cool of the day. The fall, which came as a result of their disobedience, didn’t take God by surprise. He already knew what He would do to rectify the situation. The plan for the redemption of fallen mankind was always in the heart of God.

This book clearly points out what God’s Ultimate Intention has always been for mankind and what our perspective; as believers, should be. The problem has always been that we are basically selfish and man-centered in our perspective, instead of God-centered, as Pastor Stanley stated in the introduction. This fact accounts for most of the problems in the church down through the centuries. We in the evangelical circles have majored on redemption, or the salvation of fallen man, but always from a man-centered perspective. In other words we have told people that they must accept Jesus to be saved, but we usually stress what the benefits will be for them. Somehow we either have not known what God’s intention is, or else because of our lack of understanding of the true Gospel of The Kingdom of God, we have been guilty of preaching a gospel of salvation with the emphasis on man instead of on God.

In our Manual on the Kingdom of God, we pointed out some of the problems caused by certain confusion between the church and the Kingdom. This has resulted in the church proclaiming a gospel that is not the gospel of the Kingdom that Jesus and Paul both preached. Because of our man-centered perspective our gospel has catered to those things that people want to hear, instead of the true message of what it may cost to become a follower of Jesus.

It seems that today no one wants to hear what God’s word has to say about discipleship, and that there is a cost to following Jesus. Obedience to His word and submission to His delegated leadership seem to be a message that is not going out in most of our churches In some circles there has been a serious misunderstanding of the Biblical teaching on Grace. Someone has referred to it as “Hyper-Grace”, or grace taken beyond its scriptural meaning. I have also heard it called “Greasy Grace”, which may be a little crude, but it probably makes the point. People exposed to this kind of teaching apparently think that because God loves them, His grace will cover anything. There seems to be no fear of God in their understanding of Him. Some of the behavior you hear about makes you to wonder if they really know the Lord. There is a legalistic spirit that wants to judge what others do, which of course is wrong, but God does have a standard of holiness that He expects His children to walk in.

If we had more understanding of God’s standard of righteousness and a proper God centered perspective in regards to his ultimate intention for His creation, much of these problems would disappear. We hear very little in our churches these days, about holiness or sanctification. There was a day when these were common subjects, and topics of many sermons, but not anymore. When you read books or sermons from a century ago you realize just how far we have gone backwards in this area. The holiness movement of the late 1800’s set the stage for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the Pentecostal movement in the early 1900’s. Then the Charismatic revival swept through the denominational churches in the 60’s and 70’s, and later in the 80’s and 90’s when we saw the so-called Third Wave and then the Vineyard Movement arrive, sanctification didn’t seem to be much a part of any of them. There seemed to be a very “Casual” spirit come with these movements that made people think that holiness was “old fashioned” and now we could approach God any way we liked, and He would have to receive us because we were His children. This casualness brought an attitude of “familiarity with God” into some of our churches that was not healthy.

This book by Fromke explains very clearly what God’s intention has always been toward His creation. He placed mankind on earth so that He could have fellowship with us. Because He is Holy, and cannot look on sin, now since the fall, He can only fellowship with us humans if we abide by His rules. This should be easy for us to understand, but somehow it seems we have missed it. Of course we have an enemy, in Satan, who hates God with a passion. Because he can’t do any harm to God Himself, he takes out his hatred on the church. This probably accounts for most of the trouble in the church in the past 2000 years.

When we read the Old Testament we can see how God tried over and over again to establish a relationship with mankind. He chose Abraham, made a covenant with him and gave him a promise that He would bless him and makes him a blessing to all nations. Later He chose Moses, to lead His chosen people out of bondage in Egypt and into the land He had promised to Abraham. Later He gave Moses some laws that the people promised they would abide by. When they failed to keep their word He gave them a system of sacrifices to re-establish fellowship with Him. They continued to disobey God and turn away from Him, and worship the false idols of their neighboring nations. God raised up Prophets to warn the people of what would happen to them if they continued in their rebellion. When they refused to listen, and continued on in their sinful ways, He allowed them to be taken captive by ungodly nations, and removed them from the land He had given them. After a period of time He allowed them to return to the land. They continued to break God’s laws and do their own thing, until finally at the end of the Old Testament they were once again in bondage, this time to the Romans.

God had given them promises through several prophets that He would send a deliverer to bring them back to a relationship with Himself. The New Testament gives the account of how this happened. This was always part of His ultimate intention, that He would send Jesus, His only begotten Son, to be the Savior of the world. This is the good news of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God that Jesus expects the church to proclaim to every nation. Through the faithful preaching of this gospel He has promised to save all those who put there trust in His finished work on the cross. The Holy Spirit then baptizes these people into the body of Christ, or the true church that Jesus said He would build. This experience of being placed into the body of Christ is the same as the new birth that Jesus explained to Nicodemas as recorded in (John 3:3) This experience is available for “whosoever will” and happens at the very moment they put their trust in the finished work of Jesus on the cross. This should not be confused with the baptism “of” the Holy Spirit which is an entirely separate experience. Some teachers have done this, and have caused much confusion.

At the moment of salvation, when we are baptized into Christ, the Holy Spirit is the baptizer. When we are baptized in the Holy Spirit at some later time, Jesus is the baptizer. At salvation the Holy Spirit comes “in” to our life to give us the assurance that Jesus is now our Savior, at the baptism “of” or “with” the Holy Spirit He comes “upon” us for power to live the Christian life. Prepositions are usually small little words but they can make a tremendous difference in the meaning of a sentence. We can easily see that “by”, “of”, “in”, “upon” or “with” are not the same words and give an entirely different meaning when used. We need to be careful to see which of these little words are used in scripture to describe the work of the Holy Spirit. If this had been done in the writing of many books that this writer has read, much confusion could have been avoided.

Another thing that enters into any discussion of this topic is the whole matter of “overcomers”. An excellent book on this subject is The Overcomers Way to Glory by Paul and Nuala O’ Higgins. They are a very unique couple who started out as a priest and a nun in the Catholic Church. After they were born again, they were married and have now been in ministry for many years. They have a good understanding of the Kingdom of God as a now, as well as a future thing. In one chapter they discus the overcoming life, and although it is good teaching in many ways, when compared with Fromke in The Ultimate Intention, you would have to say it is more man-centered than God-centered.

This is quite a common thing with many books or teachings in the modern church. The tendency toward man-centeredness is very noticeable, once it comes to your attention. This has been the root cause of many false doctrines that have plagued the church since it’s beginning 2000 years ago. Many of man’s theories that have been taught as truth would fall into this category. For example “Dispensationalism”, “Pre-Tribulation Rapture”, “Replacement Theology”, are a few teachings that have caused much controversy in the church. Each of these theories has at their very core this problem of being man-centered. Think about it for a minute and you will probably agree. Take the theory that the church will be raptured before the tribulation period, for example. This is certainly man-centered, and chooses to ignore plain scriptures, some the very words of Jesus, to try to prove that the church will escape suffering and persecution. As we mentioned in our previous document called The Believers Manual on the Rapture this theory that the church will escape the Tribulation would seem to be a combination of the theory of Dispensationalism and the Secret Rapture theory. Both of these are only some man’s theory and have little or no basis in fact.

Recently the writer read a little book by Dr S. P. Tregelles entitled The Hope of Christ’s Second Coming which was published in 1864. He was a Greek scholar who worked on several translations of the New Testament plus other scholarly works. He certainly knew the scriptures and points out in this book the errors in this theory, which had only then been recently introduced in 1832. He shows in various places that the scriptures they used to try and prove this theory actually said the complete opposite when they were properly understood. In other words the promoters of this theory knew very little Greek and their followers knew even less. That is often how wrong doctrines get started, by a misunderstanding of the original language. Unless we know exactly what the writer of a certain scripture meant by the words he used, there is no way we can properly interpret that scripture. The meaning of a scripture must be determined by the writer and never by the reader, especially if they have some preconceived notion of what they want that scripture to say to prove their particular theory. This one principle of Bible interpretation could prevent a lot of confusion, if it were faithfully applied.

This problem of man-centered teaching instead of God-centered can account for most, if not all, of the false doctrines that have been introduced in the church. The sooner we come to this realization, the sooner we will see real unity in the body. We need to confess that many doctrines we hold dear, and have defended and fought for, probably for years, are simply some man’s theory that cannot be proved. Remember a theory is just that, simply a theory or an idea about something, that is not truth until such time as it can be proved. Jesus declared “ I am the way, the truth and the life.” Unless a teaching agrees in every detail with the plain teaching of Jesus or one of the apostles, as recorded in Holy Scripture, we should beware and not be influenced by it, in the opinion of this writer. Psalm 119 verse 160 teaches us that “the sum of Thy Word is truth”. In other words only when we have complete agreement between all the scriptures pertaining to any topic, then and only then, will we have the truth and the truth will always stand in judgement of us, we must never stand in judgment of it.

When you consider any of these controversial so-called doctrines that we have been looking at in these various manuals, this principal must be applied. A good simple way of testing them is to see if they would apply or be accepted in any part of the world. For example, imagine trying to teach our Western doctrine on the Pre-Tribulation Rapture theory to believers in China or any of the “restricted access” nations. Many of these people would think they must have missed the Rapture because they are already suffering persecution every bit as bad as that described in Revelation. Another doctrine that would never be accepted in all parts of the world is the Prosperity doctrine that declares if a person has enough faith they should live in a big house and drive a Cadillac. Imagine how this teaching would make a believer in any one of our third world countries feel if they were told their economic condition was due to their lack of faith. The truth is that their level of faith probably greatly exceeds that of the Western believer who has been seduced by this doctrine of “name it and claim it”.

Any doctrine that cannot be accepted by the church in any part of the world is not a real doctrine, but is simply a man-centered theory that can never be proved. The sooner we accept this fact, and stop preaching these theories as if they were truth, the healthier the church will be and the Gospel of the Kingdom of God will be extended into all the world.

In Genesis we read that in the beginning when God, who is a Trinity, decided to make a race of human beings in His likeness, you might say He wanted to enlarge His immediate family. Not that Adam was included in the Trinity, but the Scriptures seem to indicate that God’s ultimate intention was to have an eternal companion for His Son. The creation of Adam was the first step toward this ultimate end. As we read through the Bible with this thought in mind, and lay aside all the man-centered doctrines that we have been exposed to over the years, we can see that from God’s perspective He has always had a plan. One book that has been a great help to this writer is “Destined for the Throne” by Paul Billheimer. He deals with this general theme that God always wanted a companion for His only begotten Son. His particular thesis is that the church is that companion, called the “Bride of Christ”, and is being prepared for her eternal role by prayer. He calls prayer “on the job training”, which gives prayer a completely new meaning to most of us. In the introduction to this little book he states “ redeemed humanity outranks all other orders of created beings in the universe. Angels are created, not generated. Redeemed humanity is both created and generated, begotten of God, bearing His 'Genes' or His 'DNA' Through the new birth a redeemed human being becomes a bona fide member of the original cosmic family, 'next of kin' to the Trinity.”

When you compare the teaching of this book, with that of the book mentioned earlier by Fromke, you can easily see that God certainly does have an Ultimate Intention for His Creation. This is something that has been hidden from man because God has seen fit to keep certain things secret until they are revealed through one of His servants. In (Deut 29:29) we read “The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.” One of God’s servants, to whom He revealed many of His secrets, was the apostle Paul. The letter to the Ephesians mentions several of these secret things, especially about the church. A careful reading of this epistle with these thoughts in mind, about the difference between man-centered and-God centered teaching should answer most of our questions.

As mentioned before, most false doctrines that have come into the church over the years can be traced to this common root. Because of insecurity, or fear; and because we are all basically selfish individuals, we are easily influenced by some teaching that would seem to be in our best interest. Take an honest look at any of the man-centered theories we have mentioned and I’m sure you will agree.

In conclusion, yes there is an answer to the problems caused by the introduction of these false man-centered theories into the church. The answer begins by admitting that we have believed certain theories as if they were truth, when in fact they were only some man’s idea. Then we need to repent of our pride in thinking we were right and anyone who didn’t agree with us was wrong. Then we need to carefully read again these same scriptures with an open mind, not influenced by what we had previously been told they meant, and simply trust the Holy Spirit to reveal truth to us. This writer went through this procedure a few years ago and was amazed at the difference he saw in these scriptures. The little booklet called “Understanding Scripture at Face Value Plain & Simple” put out by Sign Ministries was a great help. It clearly points out certain principles that must be followed if we are to get God’s true meaning from His Word. May God bless you as you faithfully study His Word!

Sincerely submitted.

Dave Jamer

Tuesday, April 10, 2007


There has been some confusion as to the meaning of these two words in relation to our walk with the Lord. Some have taught that they mean the same thing, when indeed they mean something quite different. Even a casual look at two scriptures will give us a clear answer to this confusion. The first one is (1 Thess 5:23) Where it mentions being preserved “BLAMELESS". This word means simply without blame, or in other words if we do the very best we can do, even though it is not perfect, we are considered blameless.The other scripture is (Jude 24), where we read about being presented “FAULTLESS" before the presence of His glory. Here the word faultless clearly means without any flaws or blemishes, in other words this would imply a state of perfection. Now it’s easy to see that these two words do not have the same meaning, and should not be confused. Notice the word “faultless” is used only to describe a person when they stand before the Lord in glory. In other words we can be “blameless” in our walk here and now on planet earth, but only ”faultless" when we get to heaven.

In (1 John 1:7) we read “the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” then in verse 9 of the same chapter John states that “He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (plural) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. The “cleansing” in verse 7 is the same as the “forgiving” in verse 9; both of these words bear on a sinners “justification”. But the “cleansing” in verse 9 must mean something entirely different, or else why would John use them both in the same sentence? The cleansing in verse 7, and the forgiving in verse 9, has to do with the “guilt” of our past sin. Only the blood of Jesus is able to cleanse us from the sinful condition we inherited from Adam. The cleansing in verse 9 refers to Holiness of life, or in other words, being saved from sinning in this present life, not from the guilt of our past sinful condition, and can only be accomplished by “Jesus Himself" operating in our life by the power of His Holy Spirit.

Can you see how confusing the meaning of these two words has resulted in so much false teaching in the church? God has certainly made provision for us to be cleansed, or forgiven of all past sin or sins, resulting from our sinful old nature, inherited from Adam. This is accomplished at Salvation, or the new birth experience, when we repent of our sin and receive Jesus as our personal Savior. At this moment the Holy Spirit comes into our life to give us the assurance of sins forgiven. And henceforth we can truly say “I have been (past tense) saved. At some later date (It could be at the same time if we were properly instructed) we realize that we need supernatural power to live a life pleasing to God. At this point we need to come to Jesus and ask Him to baptize us in His Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:4-8). At this point The Holy Spirit who is already indwelling you since His entrance at the moment of salvation, now comes “upon you" to give you the power to live a life pleasing to God. From this point on we can say “I am in the process of being (present tense) saved.” Then we read in (1 Peter 1:5) that our completed salvation is yet future. Therefore we can say "I will be (future tense) saved" So we see that salvation can, and should be, expressed in this way to cover our past, our present, and our future!

Sincerely submitted.----Gramp


I recently heard a definition for “ambassadors” that gives new meaning to 2 Cor 5:20 from which the title for this article is taken. The dictionary tells us an ambassador is “a diplomatic agent of highest rank” or a representative of one country to another in the world. The new definition I heard was that an ambassador is really “the embodiment” of the country they represent! Try to wrap your mind around that thought for a few minutes!!

As you probably know an ambassador’s living expenses are totally taken care of by the government of the country they represent. Their housing, travel, meals, children’s education, etc. Read (Matt 6:25-34) again with this thought in mind! Remember you are reading the words of the King of the Kingdom that you and I represent right? We are ambassadors of the Kingdom of God, of which Jesus Christ our Savior is the King!!

This concept of a kingdom has been replaced in our world by other forms of government. For most of us that would be some form of democracy, or a republic. Even most church forms of government have taken on the idea of a democracy, or a government of the people for the people. This was never God’s plan; in fact it is the complete opposite of a kingdom concept. His plan called for a King or supreme ruler with delegated authority given to certain people, through whom He could govern His kingdom.

Every world kingdom or empire before the Roman Empire came into power used the same technique when they conquered an enemy nation. They subdued the nation, dispersed the people from their homeland and often took prisoners back to their capital city. Daniel and his three friends are an example of this concept under the Babylonian Empire of their day. However Rome set up their empire under a kingdom concept, they left the people in their homeland and appointed governors in every conquered nation, to govern the people. Pilot in the time of Christ would be an example of this kingdom concept of delegated authority, answerable to the Roman Caesar as king. Because of this Roman influence God chose that time for Jesus to come to earth and introduce the Kingdom of God. (Gal 4:4)

As ambassadors of Christ we have been chosen by Almighty God to be His delegated representatives on planet earth, the “embodiment” of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. That is a truth to meditate on!!

Sincerely submitted.---Gramp

A Word on Guidance

We talk a lot about “guidance” and our need of guidance from God in our daily walk of faith. You might be surprised if you look for this word in Strong’s Concordance. You will find guide, guides, guiding, and guided, but no mention of guidance! This made me aware of how often we miss-quote the Bible in our daily expressions that we are sure is based on scripture.

It is very true that we need guidance, but this guidance comes from having a faithful guide, who will lead us in the right pathway. In the Gospels we see Jesus portrayed as the “Good Shepherd” who cares for His sheep (John 10 1-18) When these scriptures were written, shepherds were commonly seen leading their flock of sheep to and from their feeding ground, to the safety of a fold at nighttime. They never “drove” the sheep, but gently “guided” them From this we can see that although we need “guidance” in our lives, it only comes as we carefully follow the “Guide” provided by our loving Heavenly Father. This guide of course is none other than Jesus Christ!

Someone has pointed out that a “guide dog” that has been trained to lead a blind person on busy city sidewalks, is much preferable to someone shouting instructions to them from the other side of the street! They could tell the blind person to watch out for certain obstacles, but the guide dog would gently lead them around the obstacles.

This is how Jesus guides us if we allow Him to. He knows all the obstacles that lie in our pathway, and how to avoid them! In other words, we need a Guide—not guidance, just as we need a Healer---not healing. We often seek after the experience that Jesus can provide, instead of seeking Him who is the source of that which we need!

The Bible tells us that Jesus is seated at the right hand of God in heaven right now, but before He left this planet some 2000 years ago, to return to His Father’s side, He promised to send the Holy Spirit to take His place. You can read all about this in the gospel of John chapters 14, 15, and 16. The first chapter of Acts continues His instructions to the disciples, and the second chapter covers the event of the promised Holy Spirit coming. So if you desire “guidance” in your life, I recommend you seek it from the only reliable “Guide” Jesus Christ. First let Him become your Savior, then your Baptizer in the Holy Spirit! -----Sincerely in Him----Gramp

Monday, April 9, 2007


There has been much teaching and preaching about “holiness” in the church over the years. Some of this teaching has been confusing because it is based on a false understanding of scriptural holiness. When God chose the Nation of Israel to be His chosen people, to show the rest of the Gentile Nations how they should live, He gave them certain instructions and laws to govern their lives. In (Lev 20:26) we read “And you shall be holy to me, for I the Lord am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine”. This standard of holiness is repeated over and over, both in the OT and in the new. The Hebrew word for holy is [qadosh], Strong’s # 6918, which means among other things—set apart, dedicated to sacred purposes, clean, morally or ceremonially pure.

Several “distorted appearances” of holiness have developed in Christian circles. The first, and probably the most blatant, would be what Jack Hayford calls “dehumanized holiness”. By this he means a mechanical, artificial, or abstract practice of holiness. Those who practice this type of distorted holiness, see themselves as superior to others in their knowledge, and think they have nothing more to learn. The implication is that holiness comes from “what” you know, not “who” you know. This type of distorted holiness is imposed from the outside rather than coming from a changed heart. It had its beginning in early “Gnosticism” teaching, which the Pharisees of Jesus’ day practiced. There are still Pharisees in the church today in some circles! Next we have what we could call “legalized holiness”, or the belief that how well we keep the letter of the law, determines how holy we are. This type of holiness teaching rules out completely any guidance by the Holy Spirit, and opens the door for control by unclean “religious spirits” A third type of distorted holiness teaching is sometimes referred to as “Antinomian holiness”, or “false grace”. This is the false belief that grace releases us from the obligations of moral law and the development of right character. We often see this today in some charismatic circles, where there has been very little emphasis on the word of God, and more on subjective things like feelings, visions, or prophesy. This is only a very brief look at this problem of distorted views of this important subject. It should be developed more fully at a later date, but in the meantime this might give you something to think about as you consider this word “holiness” in your scripture reading. Peter quotes Lev 11:44 in his first letter (1 Pet 1:16) “be holy, for I am holy”. We would be wise to heed this word from Peter, an Apostle of our Lord! Sincerely in Him---Gramp

Saturday, April 7, 2007


We know from reading scripture that the Cross of Calvary, where Jesus died for the sins of mankind, is the central point of history. As you know two thieves were crucified that day with Jesus, one on either side of Him. This was not a coincidence, but was meant to show us a tremendous truth. Today one of those men is in hell, while the other is in paradise with Jesus. (Luke 23:39-43). Their eternal destiny depended on the choice they made that day.

That was over 2000 years ago, but the truth brought out by that event, has not, and will never change. Our eternal destination depends on the choice we make in regards to Jesus. One man rejected Christ and railed out against Him in unbelief, while the other cried out "Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom", and we read in (Luke 23:43) Jesus replied to him "I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise". This man had no opportunity to be baptised or join a church, he simply believed that Jesus could, and would save him, when he cried out to Him in faith. And we have it recorded in the words of Jesus the message that should bring assurance to every person who truly believes in their heart that Jesus is who He says He is!

We should be able to learn from this incident recorded in Holy Scripture, the importance of our decision in regards to Jesus. Religion and church doctrine may tell us a lot of different things about how we receive salvation, but here we have the basic truth. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. We can expect to meet this thief one day when we either die and are resurrected, or are raptured when Jesus returns to earth to destroy the antichrist, and put an end to the great tribulation.

That is why we can refer to the cross as the "great divide" because we must believe that what Jesus did on that "old rugged cross" paid the price for our sin and separation from our Creator God. Our part in this transaction is to follow Paul's words as recorded in (Rom 10:9-10), confess, believe, and receive. Following this initial act there is much for us to learn about becoming a disciple, or a follower of Jesus. A lifetime is required to learn all there is to know about preparing ourselves to be a citizen of the Kingdom of God. And some day we will rule and reign with the King, when His Kingdom is fully manifested here on planet earth for eternity!

Sincerely submitted---Dave Jamer

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Dave's grandson Micah here. Grampa has had to move his blog due to an upgrade complication with blogger. He is set up now though and he is all fired up because he is going to blogging on his own. Yup, that's right, Grampa is a lean mean high-speed blogging machine. Watch out, this blog is going to be updated more than ever before. The bible says that if we walk with the wise we will be wise. I hope you enjoy the next wave of posts from Gramp. God Bless!!