What is the Temple of God where the Beast sits and desolates? By L. Ray Smith (RIP)

What is the Temple of God where the Beast sits and desolates By Apostle Ricardo Butler

What is the Temple of God where the Beast sits and desolates?

What is the Temple of God where the Beast sits and desolates By Apostle Ricardo Butler
What is the Temple of God where the Beast sits and desolates By Apostle Ricardo Butler

By L. Ray Smith (RIP)

What is the Temple of God where the Beast sits and desolates?

 

What temple of Godis Paul speaking of? We read in Acts that Paul went into the literal, physical Temple in Jerusalem, but when he wrote to those in his charge in his epistles (which later became Scripture), what kind of a Temple of God did he talk about?

 

“Know ye not that YE ARE [1] THE TEMPLE OF GOD, and that the Spirit of God DWELLS IN YOU?” (1st Corinthians 3:16).

“If any man defile the [2] TEMPLE OF GOD, him shall God destroy; for the [3] THE TEMPLE OF GOD is holy, which temple YE ARE.(1st Corinthians 3:17).

 

“What? Know ye not that YOUR BODY IS [4] THE TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT which is IN you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? (1st Corinthians 6:19).

“And what agreement has the [5] TEMPLE OF GOD with idols? For YE ARE [6] THE TEMPLE OF THE LIVING GOD: as God has said, I will dwell IN them, and walk IN them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” (2nd Corinthians 6:16).

 

“For through Him WE both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household [family] of God: And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone; in whom [the SAINTS] all the building fitly framed together grows unto [7] AN HOLY TEMPLE IN THE LORD: In Whom YE also are built together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:18-22).

 

Seven times Paul assures us that, YE [we] ARE the Temple of God, the habitation for His Holy Spirit. Seven, the number of completeness, of total spiritual truth. Do we suppose that after speaking of us, we, our bodies, being the temple of God seven times, that he all of a sudden he has reference to a PHYSICAL TEMPLE MADE WITH STONES? Absolutely not! This is parable.

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Conforming to the Image of God, which is Christ – “God’s Mission Statement!”

Conforming to the Image of God, which is Christ – “God’s Mission Statement!” By Apostle Ricardo Butler

Conforming to the Image of God, which is Christ – “God’s Mission Statement!”

Conforming to the Image of God, which is Christ – “God’s Mission Statement!” By Apostle Ricardo Butler
Conforming to the Image of God, which is Christ – “God’s Mission Statement!” By Apostle Ricardo Butler

By Apostle Ricardo ‘Reason’ Butler

“And saying is God, Make WILL WE [‘yet being UNPERFECT; and in thy book all my members were written, which in CONTINUANCE were fashioned, when as yet there was NONE of them.’ Ps. 139:-13-16] humanity in Our image … And CREATING [a continuing action] is God humanity in His image [Christ is the Image of God].” (Genesis 1:26a & 27a, Concordant Literal Old Testament).

 

[This continuance of process to becoming the Image of God starts as] For unto us a CHILD [‘new born babes in Christ’—1 Pet. 2:3, 1 Cor. 3:1] is born, unto us a SON [spirit led sons—Rom. 8:14, Gal. 4:6] is given: and the government [Empire, KINGDOM of God] shall be upon His [Christ the HEAD and Christ the BODY’S] shoulder [‘And (the household of God) are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone’—Eph. 2:20]: and His name [Heb: ‘position, function, office:–honor, authority, character’] shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting FATHER [‘you have not many fathers (parents)’—1 Cor. 4:15 and ‘entreat elder men and women as fathers and mothers’—1 Tim. 5:1-2M & ‘He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? Believest thou not that I AM in the Father, and the Father in Me?’—John 14:9-10], The Prince of Peace. Of the INCREASE of His government and peace [Heb: ‘(to join). Peace; prosperity:–one, peace, quietness, rest, set at one again—complete wholeness and oneness’ This kind of peace is from divine order when all things are set in their place] there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon His Kingdom, to ORDER it [the Kingdom/Government of God], and to establish it [the Kingdom/Government of God] with judgment [divine law: love God, love self, and love others AS Christ loves you] and with justice [righteousness] from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD [the Passion of Christ] of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9:6-7).

 

Be ye [ALL of you children of God] therefore perfect [Gk: ‘Complete (in various applications of labor, growth, mental and moral character, etc.); completeness:–of full age (spiritually mature), man, perfect—in the Image of God—Christ’], even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:48).

 

“But as many as received Him [Christ!], TO THEM [US] gave He power [the Holy Spirit] TO BECOME [in continuing process] the sons [THE SPIRITUAL IMAGE] of God, even to them that believe on His name [Gk: ‘authority, character, glory, image’].” (John 1:12).

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Apostles Sometimes Have to Apply Logic to Their Teachings for Christian to Get It

Apostles Sometimes Have to Apply Logic to Their Teachings for Christian to Get It By Apostle Ricardo Butler

Apostles Sometimes Have to Apply Logic to Their Teachings for Christian to Get It

Apostles Sometimes Have to Apply Logic to Their Teachings for Christian to Get It By Apostle Ricardo Butler
Apostles Sometimes Have to Apply Logic to Their Teachings for Christian to Get It By Apostle Ricardo Butler

By Apostle Ricardo ‘Reason’ Butler

The Holy Spirit Enables us to Grow in God

 

“You crazy Galatians! Did someone put a hex on you? Have you taken leave of your senses? Something crazy has happened, for it’s obvious that you no longer have the crucified Jesus in clear focus in your lives. His sacrifice on the cross was certainly set before you clearly enough.

 

Let me put this question to you: How did your new life begin? Was it by working your heads off to please God? Or was it by responding to God’s Message to you? Are you going to continue this craziness? For only crazy people would think they could complete by their own efforts what was begun by God. If you weren’t smart enough or strong enough to begin it, how do you suppose you could perfect it? Did you go through this whole painful learning process for nothing? It is not yet a total loss, but it certainly will be if you keep this up!

 

Answer this question: Does the God who lavishly provides you with his own presence, his Holy Spirit, working things in your lives you could never do for yourselves, does he do these things because of your strenuous moral striving or because you trust him to do them in you?” (Galatians 3:1-5, The Message).

 

 

Sometimes as an apostle dealing with church folks who have been duped back into religion by religious church leaders can be very frustrating. It’s like teaching your children to same lesson over and over again.

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Adam and Eve’s Image Lost – “Unfinished Cake Principle!”

Adam and Eve’s Image Lost – “Unfinished Cake Principle!” By Apostle Ricardo Butler

Adam and Eve’s Image Lost – “Unfinished Cake Principle!”

Adam and Eve’s Image Lost – “Unfinished Cake Principle!” By Apostle Ricardo Butler
Adam and Eve’s Image Lost – “Unfinished Cake Principle!” By Apostle Ricardo Butler

By Apostle Ricardo ‘Reason’ Butler

“For Thou hast possessed my reins: Thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise Thee; for I AM fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are Thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from Thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being UNPERFECT; and in thy book all my members were written, which in CONTINUANCE were fashioned, when as yet there was NONE of them.” (Psalms 139:13-16).

 

“And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of Thine hands: they shall perish; but Thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; and as a vesture shalt Thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but Thou art the same, and Thy years shall not fail.” (Hebrews 1:10-12).

 

 

“The Image of God does NOT sin.” – L. Ray Smith (RIP) of Exposing Those Who Contradict Ministry @ www.Bible-Truths.com

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God’s Image is Your Authority

God’s Image is Your Authority By Apostle Ricardo Butler

God’s Image is Your Authority

God’s Image is Your Authority By Apostle Ricardo Butler
God’s Image is Your Authority By Apostle Ricardo Butler

By Apostle Ricardo ‘ Reason’ Butler

The Image of God IS Your Highest Calling

 

(This post and many to come were first scheduled to be part of a book that I was working on called Done Unto His Image: The True Keys of the Kingdom Since I am no longer releasing the book I am going to share what I did write so far re-edited for blog format. There was no use in letting these transformational yet controversial truths go to waste. So why not share these Kingdom Teachings.)

 

I love the definition of sin in the Greek. I don’t love sin! lol! But I love the definition of the what the word means in the Greek. The word “sin” means, “Properly to miss the mark (and so not share in the prize), i.e. (figuratively) to err, especially (morally) to sin:–for your faults, offend, sin, trespass.” (Strong’s Expanded Exhaustive Concordance).

 

I love the first definition, “to miss the MARK as so not to share in the PRIZE.” Where have we heard this? Oh yea! Apostle Paul said,

 

“I press toward the MARK for the PRIZE of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14).

 

It’s safe to say that sin means, “to miss the mark as to not share in the prize of THE HIGH CALLING IN CHRIST JESUS!”

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Improper Attitudes Regarding Apostles By Apostle Tim Early

Improper Attitudes Regarding Apostles By Apostle Tim Early

Improper Attitudes Regarding Apostles By Apostle Tim Early

Improper Attitudes Regarding Apostles By Apostle Tim Early
Improper Attitudes Regarding Apostles By Apostle Tim Early

By Dr. Tim Early

 

{You may want to grab a hot cup of Green tea and biscuit before

reading this article} Go right ahead, we’ll wait here for

you right here … smile

 

Gratitude is an attitude! Your Attitude can determine your

altitude! {Attitude of Altitude}

Kingdom saints are to walk out the life-giving nature of the

Beatitude! {Matthew chapter 5}

The Beatitude {not Bad Attitude} is another way of saying

“Blessed Attitude!”

 

In 26 years of marriage to the same lovely this year’s end and 33 & 1/2 years of ministry to the corporate body of Christ, I have rediscovered with renewed interest the significant importance of mutual respect and reciprocity, covenant community, well-defined lines of open communication, honesty and maturity in right relationships, true accountability structures with seasoned ministries, and leadership initiatives modeled by example, precept, and demonstration.

 

Over the past decade, I have taken considerable notice how that many levels of relationship were born in the work of the ministry through acquaintances, casual, close, to intimate, or the 4 main categorizations {if you will} of relationships.

 

Many ministry relationships have a weak premise and a peculiar way of thinking {Your perception is your reality}, assuming that the real players in aligning to any network of ministries were the ones who gave above all others the most extravagant financial support to the leading officers of the institutional church, sprawling organization, ministerial alliance, apostolic team, international network, spiritual/ministry father, etc.

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12 Issues Apostles NEED to Stand Up About in the Body of Christ

12 Issues Apostles NEED to Stand Up About in the Body of Christ By Apostle Ricardo Butler

12 Issues Apostles NEED to Stand Up About in the Body of Christ

12 Issues Apostles NEED to Stand Up About in the Body of Christ By Apostle Ricardo Butler
12 Issues Apostles NEED to Stand Up About in the Body of Christ By Apostle Ricardo Butler

Paul Rebukes Peter on the Circumcision Issue

By Apostle Ricardo ‘Reason’ Butler

“Later, when Peter came to Antioch, I had a face-to-face confrontation with him because he was clearly out of line. Here’s the situation. Earlier, before certain persons had come from James, Peter regularly ate with the non-Jews. But when that conservative group came from Jerusalem, he cautiously pulled back and put as much distance as he could manage between himself and his non-Jewish friends. That’s how fearful he was of the conservative Jewish clique that’s been pushing the old system of circumcision. Unfortunately, the rest of the Jews in the Antioch church joined in that hypocrisy so that even Barnabas was swept along in the charade.

 

But when I saw that they were not maintaining a steady, straight course according to the Message, I spoke up to Peter in front of them all: “If you, a Jew, live like a non-Jew when you’re not being observed by the watchdogs from Jerusalem, what right do you have to require non-Jews to conform to Jewish customs just to make a favorable impression on your old Jerusalem cronies?”

 

We Jews know that we have no advantage of birth over “non-Jewish sinners.” We know very well that we are not set right with God by rule-keeping but only through personal faith in Jesus Christ. How do we know? We tried it—and we had the best system of rules the world has ever seen! Convinced that no human being can please God by self-improvement, we believed in Jesus as the Messiah so that we might be set right before God by trusting in the Messiah, not by trying to be good.

 

Have some of you noticed that we are not yet perfect? (No great surprise, right?) And are you ready to make the accusation that since people like me, who go through Christ in order to get things right with God, aren’t perfectly virtuous, Christ must therefore be an accessory to sin? The accusation is frivolous. If I was “trying to be good,” I would be rebuilding the same old barn that I tore down. I would be acting as a charlatan.

 

What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man. Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that.

 

Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God’s grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily.” (Galatians 2:11-21, The Message).

 

For today’s Apostolic Lessons & Lessons for Apostles from the Book of Galatiansthere are 12 MAJOR issues that every Apostle, Apostolic Leader, and Apostolic Minister/Ministry NEEDS TO STAND UP ABOUT!

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