“The Brotherhood”

Posted: August 23, 2013 in Christian Life, James, Salvation, Spiritual Gifts

When someone mentions “The Godfather” or “The Brotherhood” what comes to your mind? Perhaps you think of the Mafia, the Muslim Brotherhood, the Illuminati, or some other secret society. Maybe you think about “The Fatherhood of God, and the brotherhood of man.” What does the Bible say about –

     God.  He is declared to be the Creator and Sustainer of all things (Genesis 1:1; John 1:1-14; Colossians 1:16). The Scriptures tell us that He formed man out of the dust of the ground and breathed in to his nostrils the breath of lives – physical and spiritual life (Genesis 2:7). Man has a spirit that belongs to the mind (Ephesians 4:23), a soul that seems best associated with the emotions (John 14:1; Philippians 4:6, 7; 1 Peter 1:9), and a body that express the inner person (Romans 8:23; 1 Thessalonians 5:23).

     The Devil. Believe it or not, we all started out our physical lives in the devil’s family (John 8:44; 1 John 3:10). He has people whom he has lulled to sleep and who are unaware of the real dangers that surround them (1 John 5:19). But he also has “mature sons of disobedience” who delight in doing his bidding (Ephesians 2:2). That is why we must be “born again from above” if we want to go to heaven (John 3:3, 6; 1 Peter 1:23).

     Adam.  From him all of us descended. “And [God] has made from one blood [Adam] every nation of men to dwell on the face of the earth and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings” (Acts 17:26). This is what Bible believers consider to be true and how man came into being. There was no death on earth until Adam and Eve sinned (Romans 5:12). Of course, there is the theory of evolution and there are those who claim to be atheists when they should really call themselves agnostics (Psalm 14:1). Do you know the difference? If you’re open minded and willing to consider something other than what was pounded into your head since you started school, may we suggest that you consider watching www.evolutionvsgod.com.  I found it very interesting information.  We’d like your comments on it.

     The Church.  Perhaps you didn’t know that some of the writers of the Bible refer to Christians as brothers who have the same Father (1 Corinthians 1:10; James 1:2; 2:1). No, everyone doesn’t have the same Father and/or serve the same God (Exodus 20:3-6). There are many false Christs and different gospels among the cults (2 Corinthians 11:4). If you’re planning to go to heaven, you need to have the right Jesus as your personal Savior (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). The Gospel is that Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. He can/will save any and all who place their faith in Him exclusively. We are not saved by our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

      Equality.  Within the Body of Christ, the true Church, there are no distinctions among the members (Galatians 3:28). However in the local churches there are different roles, spiritual gifts, and responsibilities (1 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:11-16). If you’re saved, do you know what your gift is? Do you know what you are supposed to do with it (1 Peter 4:10; Galatians 5:13)? Did you know that every Christian is a “New Testament Priest” (1 Peter 2:5, 9) and is supposed to offer up spiritual sacrifices to God? Do you know what these non-bloody sacrifices include (Romans 12:1, 2; Hebrews 13:15, 16)? If you’re a Christian, are you offering them up to God on a regular basis?

     Treatment.  Since every true Christian is a part of the “Christian Brotherhood,” we are not to treat some people with preferential treatment simply because they seem to be wiser, richer, mightier, or more noble than the rest of us (James 2:1, 9). We are not to despise someone who may appear more lowly. Otherwise we are acting as unjust judges (James 2:4). Instead we are to “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32). Do you know how you can have your sins forgiven? Do you know how to gain “peace with God” and enjoy the “peace of God” in your life?

     Questions/Comments.  If you have spiritual questions, we invite you to call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our website for more information: www.kelseypeach.com

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