The Bride or the Body of Christ? By Tom L. Ballinger

The title suggests that there is a disagreement between the Bride and the Body. The two titles have reference to “The Bride of Christ” and “The Body of Christ.” This study researches the Scriptures concerning the two.

The expression, “the Bride of Christ,” is not a term that can be found in the Bible. It does not occur one time in the Word of Truth. However, Bible commentators, for centuries, have made reference to the “Bride” and the “Body of Christ” as being the same. Even though generations have been accustomed to referring to the two as being the same, this does not make them the same. As a matter of fact, all that it does is to assume that tradition, and what is taken for granted, is TRUTH. The Bible says, “Thy Word is Truth.” Repetition of doctrine does not make it TRUTH. The age of doctrine does not make it TRUTH. It makes it TRADITION! We ought to treasure the Word of God more than we treasure the most cherished teaching if it is proved to be untrue by the Word.

The truth of the matter is that Christian fundamentalism has a great deal of their dogma devoted to “The Bride of Christ,” and we find so little Scripture even mentioning the word, “bride.” Only fourteen times, in the entire testimony of Scripture, do we find the word, “bride,” even mentioned. Only five times, out of the fourteen, is the word, “bride,” mentioned in the New Testament. It is mentioned once in John’s Gospel and four times in John’s “Revelation of Jesus Christ.”

1. “He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled” (John 3:29).
John 3 28 helps identify “The Christ” as the bridegroom, John the Baptist as the friend of the bridegroom, but nothing identifies the “bride.”

2. In Revelation 18:21, we find a reference to Mystery Babylon: “that great city Babylon” shall be “thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.” In plainer words, Jerusalem shall be “found no more” as Babylon, the Mother of Harlots. The great city having been destroyed no longer will be heard the voices of harpers, musicians, pipers, and trumpeters (Vs. 22). “…the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all …” (Vs.23). This reference is that of the counterfeit bride and bridegroom. A New Jerusalem will be established (Revelation 21:2).

3. John wrote in Revelation 21:2 that he saw “the Holy City, New Jerusalem coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” Verse 1 in Revelation 21 informs us that the Dispensation in view, in this section of the Book of Revelation, follows the Day of the LORD which will be the Day of God. All we know about the Day of God is found in Revelation 21:1 to Revelation 22:7. In Revelation 21:1, “a new heaven and a new earth” is seen as a replacement for the one mentioned in Isaiah 65 (which begins the Day of Christ).This new heaven and earth is not the same one as found in Isaiah 65:17. Isaiah 65 references the newly created heaven and earth which will have been created at the beginning of the Pre-Millennial Kingdom of God.

4. In Revelation 21:9, one of the seven angels shows John “the Bride, the LAMB’S WIFE. Verse 10, the next verse, clearly identifies the Lamb’s Wife as “the HOLY JERUSALEM: “And he [one of the seven angels] carried me[John] away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the HOLY JERUSALEM, descending out of heaven from God,” (Revelation 21:10). The Holy City mentioned, here, is either the “Lamb’s Wife,” or it represents or contains the Wife of the Lamb (which would be a Figure of Speech ─ a Metonymy of Subject).

5.  The fifth and last reference to the word, “bride,” is found in Revelation 22:17; “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”

The Apostle Paul never mentioned the great city,” Holy Jerusalem,” in any of his writings. In Galatians 4:26, he did mention “Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.” This Jerusalem he referred to, here, was in a Figure of Speech—an Allegory for the city during the time of his writing.

John 3:29 – He that hath the bride is the bridegroom:
Revelation 18:23 – … and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more …

The following references occur during the time-frame of the Day of God.

Revelation 21:2 – … the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride … prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Revelation 21:9-10 – … Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. ..and the angel “shewed me that great city …”
Revelation 22:17 – And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. ..

It is overlooked that the one man who the Lord chose to reveal the “Revelation of the Mystery” (Ephesians 3:3), the Apostle Paul, never mentioned the “Bride of Christ.” But, instead, He selected the Apostle John to use the word, “bride,” five times in the New Testament.

What has been pointed out, thus far, is the fact that the “bride” in the New Testament is identified as being espoused to “the bridegroom,” “the voice of the bride,” the “bride, the Lamb’s wife,” “The Holy City, New Jerusalem,” and the “Lamb’s Wife …that great City, the Holy Jerusalem.”

The Bride in Revelation 21 is very definitely a “city.” It is viewed as coming down from God out of Heaven. The Bride is associated with the Lamb. The Lord Jesus is never referred to in Paul’s Epistles as the “Lamb.” The word, “Lamb,” is tied to John’s writings and is significant in the Book of Revelation. Twenty-five times in the Book of Revelation the Lord Jesus Christ is referred to as the LAMB. In John’s Gospel, He is said to be “the Lamb of God”—in John 1:29 and 36. Because of these references to Christ as “the Lamb,” we can safely associate this title with Israel. The Church, which is His Body is not found in “Revelation.”

We can connect the Bride with the Lamb and the Holy City, New Jerusalem, but this language is foreign to the Church over which Christ Jesus is the Head (Ephesians 1:22-23).

Our task, now, is to find the Scripture that tells us, as clearly as possible, what company of believers will populate the Holy City, New Jerusalem. We will, purposely, avoid any attempt to find any Typology that likens the Church of the One Body, the One New Man (Ephesians 2:15-16), to that of becoming a female and, then, marrying Jesus Christ. We should take note that Truth for Today makes no mention of “types.”

Many Bible expositors teach doctrine based upon Typology. In many cases, the Typology they see are the creation of their own mental processes. To see “types” of the Church, which is His Body in the Old Testament is reading something into Scripture they want to see. But, it is not there. The same is true when most teachers see the “Church of God” [The Acts’ period calling] as being the “Ecclesia” which is the one revealed in THE MYSTERY. There is a huge difference between the two. The Apostle Paul clearly revealed that the MYSTERY, from the beginning of the world, “hath been HID IN GOD” (Ephesians 3:9) “which in other ages, WAS NOT MADE KNOWN to the sons of men” (Ephesians 3:5). The Apostle stated, furthermore, that the Mystery “hath been HID FROM AGES AND GENERATIONS” (Colossians 1:16).

The Church, which is His Body was not hid in the Old Testament, nor was it hid during “The Acts of the Apostles.” For something to be hid, it must be present—but out of sight. The “unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8) are UNSEARCHABLE. The Scriptures can be searched, but no trace of the Church of the One Body, the One New Man can be found until Paul said, “it is NOW revealed” (Colossians 1:26).

As we wrote, our task is to determine who will be the inhabitants (citizens) of this future Holy City, New Jerusalem. This City, which is seen coming from God out of Heaven, is the Bride of the Lamb. As such, it will be the City of God during the dispensation that follows the Day of the Lord—the Millennium. There will be a special company of believers who will be the permanent dwellers in this heavenly City—New Jerusalem, following the One-Thousand-Years of Christ’s reign on the earth. This turns us back to the Book of Hebrews.


“By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Hebrews 11:8-10).

Here, it is learned that Abraham chose to walk “by faith” in the very land of promise as a “pilgrim” and a “stranger.” In plainer words, he believed God and lived in the “Promise Land” as a sojourner (i.e., to live somewhere temporarily). In the Land Abraham was to receive by Promise, he lived as one who was a temporary resident. He lived as if he were in a strange land, dwelling in tents. Isn’t that strange? In the very land God promised Abraham and his sons, Isaac and Jacob, they did not build mansions or palaces as their dwelling places. They lived in tents, always on the move. They did not “homestead” the land and settle down. They chose to be tent-dwellers. Why did Abraham so live? “For he [Abraham] looked for a city which hath foundations, whose Builder and Maker is God.”

In Genesis 12:1-7, the LORD [Yahweh] promised Abraham and his seed a land which was extensive enough to sustain a great nation. Additionally, in Genesis 15, the LORD told Abraham the Land was “unto thy seed,” and it was to extend from “the river of Egypt, unto the great river, the river Euphrates” (Verse 18).

We are told in Hebrews that Abraham “by faith sojourned in the LAND OF PROMISE, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles (tents).” He was a man of wealth, and it is remarkable that he chose to dwell in tents, in the very Land Yahweh promised him. He weighed the temporal against the promise of God and chose the promise over the temporal. Do many of us have the faith of Abraham? Would we choose the hardships of this life in order to enjoy the reign with Christ in the ages to come? (2 Timothy 2:12). Abraham looked beyond his natural life.

He deliberately chose to live in the Land of promise as “a stranger and a pilgrim.” He did this “by faith.” That is, God told Abraham something, and Abraham believed God. “By faith” means to, simply, believe what God has said. The Book of Hebrews tells us what God told Abraham. The Old Testament doesn’t reveal this truth to us. The Jews’ religion knows nothing about the LORD’s additional revelation given to the hero of their religion. It is sad, indeed, that today’s Jews, who are devout in “their faith,” do not know the promise God made to Abraham of a “better country” (Hebrews 11:6) than the “Promise Land.”

Christians are privy to the grandeur of Abraham’s further promises which the Jewish Rabbis reject. They know only a small portion of the story of Abraham. Sadly, because of their stubbornness, or blindness, they refused to really believe the Law:

“Wherefore the Law was our [the Jews] schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith” (Galatians 3:24).

Because of the hardness of their hearts, the Jews failed to grasp the true joy of Habakkuk 2:4, “ …but the just shall live by his faith.” Yahweh prepared the Hebrews, through the Law, for over 1900 years in His effort to bring them to their Christ. Many students of the Scriptures overlook the fact that in-and-around Jerusalem, there were “thousands” of Jews who believed Jesus was their Messiah. Consider when Paul, Luke, and their companions met with the Church in Jerusalem, and Paul informed the rulers of the Church of God about his work among the Gentiles, we read:

“And when they [the Church rulers] heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him [Paul], Thou seest, brother, how many thousands [murius = myriads] of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the Law” (Acts 21:20).


Abraham lived in the Promised Land, not as a permanent resident, but as one who was only passing through. God had told Abraham that he could setttle down in the land he had been promised. The LORD led Abraham to the Land and could have said something to the effect as, “Here it is Abraham. The Land is yours and your seed. But, I’ll tell you something else. I have something for you and your seed if you want it. It is much better than this land. I am preparing a City. It is a heavenly City, and I Am the Builder and Maker of it. It will last forever. Now, you can build yourself a city, or you can let Me build one for you. In the City I build, you can live forever, BUT, you must live in tents in this land I promised you.” So, in order for Abraham to get the better country, he had to qualify! How? BY FAITH!

Abraham’s faith was demonstrated by the fact that he lived as a pilgrim and a sojourner, looking for the promised City whose Builder and Maker is God, “not having received the promises (re: the City), but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that [ he ] was a stranger and a pilgrim” (Hebrews 11:13).

“14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country ─ a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them” (Hebrews 11:14-16). NIV

Abraham and others, “by faith,” saw that City [a better country] and believed God, that it would be BETTER, and that it would be far better to trust and believe HIM, and declare, “LORD, I believe YOU. The heavenly City You build will be far more of a blessing to me than any temporal blessing here in this Land. LORD [Yahweh],I want the City that You make. I am willing to move about in tents in the Promised Land as a stranger and a pilgrim.”

This City that Abraham saw, by faith, is identified in Hebrews 12:22 as “the City of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem.” The City Abraham and the faithful of Hebrews 11 lived looking for was NEW JERUSALEM, the BRIDE that great City, HOLY JERUSALEM, the LAMB’S WIFE. These titles were Antonyms for the Promised City for the Great Cloud of Witnesses of Hebrews 11..

Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had an unconditional promise of the Land of Palestine. But, they chose, instead, the higher calling. They were told about something better, and they embraced it, believing God. They chose to forego the “NOW” promise but rather, saw a promise afar off and were persuaded that they would be far better off than the temporal blessings in the Land. The promise was to all of Abraham’s physical seed. But, the promise of the Holy, heavenly City, New Jerusalem was to his spiritual seed, that is to say, to all who walked in the spiritual steps of Abraham. This promise of a “better country” was even for the Gentiles who were Christ’s. If the Gentiles were Christ’s, then, they “were Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 4:28-29). The blessings of the Gentiles, in association with Israel, were not kept secret. Notice:

“That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the PROMISE of the Spirit through faith …Now to Abraham and his seed [spiritual not physical] were the PROMISES made…And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the PROMISE [concerning New Jerusalem]” (Galatians 3:14, 16, 29).

The Promise of the higher calling of Abraham was to come upon the Gentiles, meaning that they, too, could become partakers of this heavenly calling associated with an innumerable company of angels (Hebrews 12:22). This was an Old Testament fact. Gentiles would be blessed through faithful Abraham (Genesis 12:11-4). Paul explains this doctrine of his dual fatherhood in Romans 4:11; “And he [Abraham] received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them [Jew and Gentile] that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also.”

In plainer words, those who walked in the faithful steps of Abraham, believing the latest report from God, whether of the circumcision or the uncircumcision, will have Abraham as their spiritual father (Romans 4:12).

The hope of the Holy New Jerusalem was the hope of all who walked, by faith, like Abraham did. This Hope was in view during the earthly days of our Lord Jesus Christ, as well as, during “The Acts of the Apostles.” Thus, we understand why Paul made reference to Jerusalem which is above as “the mother of us all” (Galatians 4:26), and Abraham being the father of all that believe (Romans 4:16).

In the Book of Revelation, the “great City, the Holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,” will be the hope of the “overcomers.” This City will be distinctively Jewish but will, also, be populated with an innumerable company of people from other nations, to wit, Gentiles, who walk after the faith of Abraham. Jews will have the place of prominence in the heavenly City (see Revelation 21).

The City of the Living God (Hebrews 12:23) will be gained, or forfeited as was Esau’s birthright.

Those who will inhabit the Holy New Jerusalem (Revelation 21) will be those who not only have saving faith, but rather, the type of faith that “presses on to perfection” (Hebrew 6:1). The inhabitants of the “Bride” will be those who exhibited “overcoming faith.” Like Moses, those who “refused,” “chose,” “esteemed,” and “had respect unto the recompence of the reward”—these will be the dwellers in the Holy New Jerusalem we see in Revelation 21.

When the “new heaven and earth” replace the heavens and earth of the “Day of Christ” (Isaiah 65), this heavenly City descends to the new earth from having come down from God out of the new heaven. This is the one whose Builder and Maker will be God. Thus, at long last, God will dwell with men (Revelation 21:1-3). Like in God’s other Callings, this New Jerusalem will have two classes; those who “live” and those who “live and reign.” We can expect the Bride to be attended by “the virgins, her companions” (Psalm 45:14).

Common sense of “rightly dividing the Word of Truth” should prevail, proving that the BRIDE the LAMB’S WIFE is not the Church, which is His Body, the fullness of Him that fills all and in all.

~ END ~

The Bride or the Body of Christ?
Posted in: 2012By Tom L. Ballinger
Jan 17, 2012 – 10:10:34 AM
Plainer Words Since 1968

January 12, 2012

Salvation Does Not Stop With Just Being Saved – by FRANKLIN

While salvation from the penalty of sin is a one time event but this salvation continues into sanctification. The “Easy Christianity” crowd is bound to say, “I am saved now I can do what I want.” or “It is possible to be saved and never change at all.” Those are heresies that deny the real grace of God.

When a person is saved then there is the grace of God that makes the unteachable to be teachable, the sinner to be saved from their sin and there is really salvation is not just from the penalty of sin (past) but presently all born again Christians are into the process of sanctification.

The whole problem of “Easy Christianity” is the rejection of inevitable sanctification in their lives. They would slander good men of the Gospel as “works salvationists” and “Pharisees” as if they do not read the Bible that when you are saved, there ought to be change. Did they not read in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 that salvation changes the unrighteous man from their sinful lifestyles?

It is a warning that the unrighteous will never inherit God’s Kingdom but when they are saved that they are delivered from the lifestyle of sin. You cannot be saved and still live like a devil because God’s grace is already there. It is impossible to have God’s grace into the life of the believer and yet remain indifferent about sin.

Titus 2:11-14 does not make God’s grace a license to sin but it is rather what drives people away from sin. You can say but the burden of sin is there but if God can save a sinner from the penalty of sin then He will certainly save the now redeemed sinner from the power of sin.

While salvation from the penalty of sin is instantaneous and forever but the separation from the power of sin is a daily walk. Christians got saved and are now still being saved from the power of sin in their daily Christian walk. There is no such thing as instant maturity nor instant sanctification that even if Christians do not live like the rest of the world, they are still not fully mature at the moment that they are saved from the penalty of sin.

Just like fruit bearing trees do not immediately bear more fruit, Christians are likewise subjected to chastising so they will bear more fruit. This is the grace of God at work that starts to move the Christian from justification to sanctification. James 2:14-26 warns that any faith that does not produce good works is dead faith. To teach that salvation does not result to good works is just as deadly as to teach good works are necessary for salvation.

The whole event of the Christian’s life ends on Earth but never ceases in Heaven. The very last step is glorification by the grace of God. After Christians are saved from the power of sin slowly but surely then there is glorification. To be glorified is when one is fully delivered from the presence of sin into Heaven. Many Christians today wish to be glorified already but sometimes God has His purpose of letting them suffer for now for greater glory later.

Israel & New Breed – Blessing and Honor feat Anna Sailors

All around the throne
The angels sing
Holy holy holy
To the King of the universe
The glow of glory
Filling Earth & sky
The sound of adoration
In the cry of worshippers

Pre Chorus
There’s another throne
He is seated on
The heart of the redeemed
Joining Heavens melody

()Blessing & honor & glory & power
Blessing & honor & glory & power
Blessing & honor & glory & power
To our God
Blessing & honor & glory & power
Blessing & honor & glory & power
Blessing & honor & glory & power
To our God

Your presence is where
I have found my home
Now I am aware of just how
Close You really are
You removed the distance and divide
And now You are enthroned
Upon the cries of worshippers

Pre Chorus
There’s another throne
He is seated on
The heart of the redeemed
Joining Heavens melody

()Blessing & honor & glory & power
Blessing & honor & glory & power
Blessing & honor & glory & power
To our God
Blessing & honor & glory & power
Blessing & honor & glory & power
Blessing & honor & glory & power
To our God

Let it be on Earth
As it is in Heaven
Let it be on Earth
As it is in Heaven
What You want to do
What You want to see
How You want to move
God let it be on Earth
As it is in Heaven

Let it be on Earth
As it is in Heaven
Let it be on Earth
As it is in Heaven
What You want to do
What You want to see
How You want to move
God Let it be on Earth
As it is in Heaven

Let it be on Earth
As it is in Heaven
Let it be on Earth
As it is in Heaven
What You want to do
What You want to see
How You want to move
God let it be on Earth
As it is in Heaven

Let it be on Earth
As it is in Heaven
Let it be on Earth
As it is in Heaven
What You want to do
What You want to see
How You want to move

What You want to do
What You want to see
How You want to move

What You want to do
What You want to see
How You want to move
God let it be on Earth
As it is in Heaven

[revival] “WHY REVIVAL TARRIES” – Powerful Insights

PRAYER REQUEST from ANDREW: “I fly out tomorrow for 17 days in Fiji – including the Highlands which are rarely visited by foreigners. It seems I will be preaching virtually every night. I would greatly appreciate your prayers, my friends. – Thanks so much. – Many Blessings. – Andrew Strom.

“WHY REVIVAL TARRIES” – Powerful Insights
-Extracts by Leonard Ravenhill from his classic book ‘Why Revival Tarries’ – Part 2:

“Prophets are lone men: They walk alone, pray alone, and God makes them alone.”

“… the living Holy Ghost is seeking for men to trample underfoot their own learning, deflate their inflated ego, and confess that with all their seeing they are blind.”

“Dear brethren, our eyes are dry because our hearts are dry. We live in a day when we can have piety without pity.”

“Elijah prayed, not for the destruction of the idolatrous priests, nor for thunderbolts from heaven to consume rebellious Israel, but that the glory of God and the power of God might be revealed.”

“We try to help God out of difficulties. Remember how Abraham tried to do this, and to this day the earth is cursed with his folly because of Ishmael. On the other hand, Elijah made it as difficult as he could for the Lord. He wanted fire, but yet he soaked the sacrifice with water! God loves such holy boldness in our prayers.”

“Much of our praying is but giving God advice!”

“God never intended His Church to be a refrigerator in which to preserve perishable piety. He intended it to be an incubator in which to hatch out converts.” – F. Lincicome

“Tell me in light of the Cross, isn’t it a scandal that you and I live today as we do?” – Alan Redpath

“Oh that believers would become eternity-conscious!”

“… there are only three classes of people in the world today: those who are afraid, those who do not know enough to be afraid, and those who know their bibles.”

“For their own lusts they bleed the audience financially in the name of the One who had to borrow a penny to illustrate His sermon.”

“Why does revival Tarry? … because evangelism is so highly commercialized… Revival tarries because of cheapening the gospel… Revival tarries because of carelessness … revival tarries because of fear… Revival tarries because we lack urgency in prayer… Finally, revival tarries because we steal the glory that belongs to God.”

-SOURCE: “Why Revival Tarries” by Leonard Ravenhill.




There is a belief within the Charismatic sect of Christianity that claims that certain ministers (usually those with large followings) are God’s generals.

I recently heard a minister tell about a “supposed supernatural experience” he had in which he was introduced to the archangel Michael. Supposedly this man was introduced to the archangel, by Jesus, as “General” in from of his name, so Imagine his name was Tom, he was introduced as General Tom.

I chose not to mention the minister’s name.

Supposedly the minister was given a “warfare strategy” which he demonstrated. He seriously looked into the camera and gave a quite interesting “shout.”

The older I get, the more I laugh.

The truly sad part of this is that so many will fall prey to things like this. Many have been conditioned to exalt men, and in their exaltation of men, they seek out those who have had “supernatural experiences.”

Someone else made the following observation regarding the minister’s experience:

“Paul of the New Covenant didn’t get a new doctrine or military strategy from Michael the Archangel when they were slaughtering new believers. Beware of visitations from Angels that provide new doctrine. New Movements and new religions are built (and were built in the past) on these kind of visitations.

This is well said, and this is why we need to follow the scriptures for our doctrine regarding those who lead in ministry.

In his Pastoral epistles, (the letters to Timothy and Titus) Paul gives the qualifications for those who should be leaders in ministry. Never once does Paul mention visions, or supernatural experiences as a qualification for ministry.

Paul’s lists of qualifications are those who are established in godly character, with integrity, and who are well respected among unbelievers so as not to bring a reproach on the gospel.

Referring to ministers as “generals” because they have garnered large followings with their claims of “divine revelation” and “supernatural experiences” is not a Biblical practice, and it is doctrinally unsound.

If anyone in the history of the church were deserving of such a title, it would have been the apostles who walked with Jesus, along with men like Paul. Yet these men did not view themselves as generals, but as servants of God, because this is what they had been taught by Jesus.

Consider the following from the gospel of Matthew:

25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.

26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant… ~ Matthew 20:25-27

Ironically, many of the “great general ministers” have people serve them, and Jesus plainly says, “this shall not be so among you.”

Those who are great in the kingdom of God see themselves as servants, and not as generals, and the true servants of God are recognized by their character rather than their supernatural experiences.

Inspiring Thoughts

Anger is a condition in which the tongue works faster than the mind. You can’t change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying over the future.

Love…and you shall be loved.

God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him. All people smile in the same language.

A hug is a great gift… one size fits all. It can be given for any occasion and it’s easy to exchange.

Everyone needs to be loved… especially when they do not deserve it.

The real measure of a man’s wealth is what he has invested in eternity.

Laughter is God’s sunshine.

Everyone has beauty but not everyone sees it.

It’s important for parents to live the same things they teach.

Thank God for what you have, TRUST GOD for what you need.

If you fill your heart with regrets of yesterday and the worries of tomorrow,
you have no today to be thankful for.

Man looks at outward appearance but the Lord looks within.

The choice you make today will usually affect tomorrow.

Take time to laugh, for it is the music of the soul.

If anyone speaks badly of you, live so none will believe it.

Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears.

Love is strengthened by working through conflicts together.

The best thing parents can do for their children is to love each other.

Harsh words break no bones but they do break hearts.

To get out of a difficulty, one usually must go through it.

We take for granted the things that we should be giving thanks for.

Love is the only thing that can be divided without being diminished.

Happiness is enhanced by others but does not depend upon others.

For every minute you are angry with someone, you lose 60 seconds of happiness
that you can never get back.

Do what you can, for who you can, with what you have, and where you are.

Wishing Your Day be Filled with Love and Peace. ❤️️ ✌️

Jesus in Genesis

Decoding the Bible with Hebrew

Adam’s Descendants

At first glance, the content of chapter 5 of Genesis is rather dull: a long genealogical list of Adam’s descendants. What possible spiritually uplifting message could be found in an inventory of odd sounding names and dates full of “begets”? But according to many Christian readers of Scripture, these names contain a secret message which can only be revealed if you know their meaning in Hebrew. Let’s take a closer look.

A secret message in the Hebrew names

If we string together the meaning of these ten names, we get something like this, “The man is appointed mortal sorrow, but the blessed God shall come down teaching that his death brings rest to those despairing”. What does this mean?

Hebrew makes sense of it all

For Christian readers, this peculiar sentence is an awe-inspiring revelation of the mystery of the Gospel hidden in the first ten names of the Bible. It is astounding to see evidence that right from the beginning of the Bible, God has already determined that he will send Jesus (“a man of sorrows” Isaiah 53:3) to die as a redemption for the sins of humanity. Join our live online courses and see how Biblical Hebrew will forever deepen your appreciation of Scripture. 

Howard Hewitt – Say Amen

It’s time to say goodbye for now
We’ll have our second time around
But before we go
There’s something I’d like to say

Every thing’s not what it seems
There’s a stronger force behind the scenes
He’s in our lives every day
He’s right there when we call

In Him is where our strength lies
I’ll lift my eyes beyond the skies
Only He can save my life
And only He can hear my cry

I wanna thank You, God
For giving me one more chance
To raise my voice and to sing Your praise
I sing it out loud, I sing it all day

This song in my prayer
I give to only You
It can’t compare to the gift from You
He gave us His love, He gave us His Son
Oh yeah, Jesus

I know there’s some who don’t believe
Some times it’s very hard to see
Oh, we live this old life every day
Some things don’t go your way

But to be without is not His will, no
There’s cattle on a thousand hills
And they’re all yours to claim
Claim them in His holy name

See, we don’t have to beg or crawl, no
He’ll see you standing proud and tall
He’ll give His everlasting love
Come to Him as you are

I wanna thank You, God
For giving me one more chance
To raise my voice and sing Your praise
I sing it out loud, hey, I sing it all day

This song is my prayer
I give to only You
It can’t compare to the gift from You, oh
See, He gave us His love, He gave us His Son

I wanna thank You, God
For giving me one more chance
To raise my voice and to sing Your praise
I sing it out loud, oh, I sing it all day

Said, it’s my prayer
I give to only You, yeah
It can’t compare to the gift from You, yeah yeah
You gave us Your love, You gave us Your son

Now I say Amen
God, our Father, Father
I say Amen, I say Amen

There Are No Super Christians

Peter was an apostle who walked with Jesus, before Jesus was raised from the dead. That would make Peter very important, wouldn’t it? In fact, perhaps it would make him unquestionable!

But then along comes Paul, a man who murdered Christians and hunted them like animals. He just met Jesus on the road to Damascus.

By all accounts he was the least of those who preached Christ. But, when Peter taught, by example, something contrary to the word of God guess who confronted him.

It was Paul. Now, everyone around could have said to Paul, “Hey, who do you think you are?! Peter knew Jesus in the flesh! You must be an arrogant and proud man indeed to think you know better!” But the truth is that Paul DID know better.

Now let’s apply this to today. There are those who set some preachers and early church leaders up on pedestals. If you confront their doctrine they will say to you, “Hey, who do you think you are?! These are great men of God! You must be an arrogant and proud man indeed to think you know better!” 

But what did Paul say about this?

1 Corinthians 3:4-7
4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? 5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? 6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

So what is the moral of this story? Simple, … don’t elevate men above the position of a man. Hero worship belongs to Jesus alone. We should never put man on a pedestal.

The Bible tells us that even Elijah was a man like us. All he did was pray for a drought and it didn’t rain for 3 and a half years, … but Elijah wasn’t the hero of this story. God is the hero here.

So don’t think that what the men in the Bible did was beyond you! They were no different than you! All they did was submit themselves to God. You can do the same. 

Is it good to listen to others? OF COURSE IT IS! But just because someone has been put on a pedestal and said something doesn’t mean it is true. Mama didn’t always know best and Daddy didn’t always know what to do, … but God does!

So if you hear someone teaching something, don’t assume it is true because of hero worship. Don’t assume it isn’t true if they are coming against your “hero” either. But, in everything let God be true and every man a liar. Listen, … and then go to the Bible to check if their words came from God or not.

This is something I encourage you to do even when it comes to what you hear from On The Line Ministries. Because my goal isn’t to spoon feed you. I want you to learn how to hunt the truth for yourself.

As Always,
Jason Evans

No prophet is accepted in his hometown and by his people

No prophet is accepted in his home town, by his/her relatives, his people, the world and even by the people who call themselves God’s children.

See prophets are not accepted by the world

Prophets are God’s messengers called by God. See who is a prophet and the calling of a prophet.

No prophet is accepted in his hometown

No God prophet is accepted in his/her hometown. God prophets are the true prophets while Satan prophets are the false prophets.

See how to distinguish true prophets from false prophets.

Jesus was and is a prophet. For Jesus to start His ministry, He had to move from Nazareth to Capernaum.

Mt 4:13,17 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim. From that time Jesus began to preach.

Later, when Jesus went to preach in Nazareth, He was not accepted and it is in Nazareth where He said, ‘A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country, and in his own house’ (Mt 13:57).

Mk 6:4: But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honor, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.

The people in His hometown (Nazareth) started questioning not accepting and Jesus did not do many miracles.

Mt 13:54-55: And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?

Mt 13:56-58: And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country, and in his own house. And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

Reason no prophet is accepted in his hometown


The major reason no prophet is accepted in his/her hometown is familiarity.

When Jesus began His ministry and His people heard about it, they accused Him of having gone mad, and acting on that belief, tried to take charge of Him as if He did not know what he was doing.

Mk 3:21: And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.

And His family believed Him not. John 7:5: For neither did his brethren believe in him.

When the people of Nazareth heard Jesus preaching, they could not find any fault in His preaching but because He had dwelt among them for 30 years, His face, voice and appearance familiar to them, they could not receive His doctrine but question.

Whence has this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? (Mt 13:54-56).

The Bible says they were both astonished and offended. They saw Jesus heal people, but they couldn’t get past the fact that they knew his mother, brothers and sisters. After all, Jesus was only a carpenter to them. He did not have the proper academic or religious credentials.

His people in Nazareth were more reluctant to accept not only Jesus’ teachings but the man himself. They knew Jesus the carpenter, not the Messiah. And because they thought they already knew Him they’ve made their conclusions and Jesus could not change their assumptions about who He is.

How often do our preconceived notions or past experiences limit our ability to accept something or someone new?

We are quick to come to conclusions, even without all the information. Nazareth thought they knew Jesus, but they did not know the whole story. They would not accept that even though he was a carpenter, even though he was a man, that he was also fully God.

We should not be so rash to close off ourselves from the continued working of God in and through people. We should not be so prideful as to think we already know the full picture.

Like with Jesus going back to his hometown showing himself to be more than they expected we should know that God is full of surprises and is quick to go beyond our expectations.

Every person runs first to his/her hometown, people and family for acceptance and s/he is accepted but this is not so with a prophet. In fact his/her hometown, relatives and family is in fact the last place s/he expects to be accepted.

As a prophet, the potential trap of hopelessly trying to have your hometown and family appreciate and benefit from your work has a dangerous capacity to exhaust and destroy you.

It’s hard to talk with people who have known you for a long time, especially about spiritual matters. They think they know you.

God bless

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