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Magnified

In Roman’s, Paul once worried that he magnified his office. Some of today’s preachers don’t seem to share his concerns. I have now heard two different television teachers say that the letters to the Angels of the Seven Churches in Revelation were actually letters to the pastors of those churches.

When the King James Version translates the word as angel, it means angel. It does not mean the pastor or preacher of the Church. The errant interpretation does however expose the hubris of those who want to interpret it as such.

What does a correct interpretation mean for us? Many people wonder about the hierarchy of Heaven and the place of angels. In my opinion, it is likely that if individual churches in John’s day had their own angel your local Church even now has it’s own angel.

The Bible doesn’t say anything about everyone having their own guardian angel, but if you attend a Church you may find you have an angel as a friend there, especially if you are a true follower of Jesus and heed Godly warnings such as those addressed to the Revelation Churches.

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At What Cost?

What is the personal cost of sin and how does it relate to the search for forgiveness?

In the Old Testament a sacrifice came at a cost. The sacrifice was to be one of the unblemished or finest animals of the flock.

Today if you sin and are seeking forgiveness, there is available only one remedy after full immersion baptism in water. 1 John 1:9 advises us to confess.

Confession to another can come with a cost. The person to whom you are confessing, even if they are family, may think less of you. Don’t die in your sin because of shame or fear, and don’t let anyone talk you out of confession.

What about the cost? Will you actually lose the respect of a family member or friend? Maybe, but you will live. I believe the cost is there in part to prevent future sin. God doesn’t need to hear your confession. He already knows. He does require confession to another, but does not specify who that person needs to be. Confess to clergy, confess to your spouse, confess to a stranger, confess to a neighbor, confess to a friend or an acquaintance. Confess and he, God, is faithful and just to forgive!

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The Journey

The Bible tells us to fear God. Ecclesiastes 12:13 KJV
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

And indeed we should, but the Holy Journey presented to us, from God introducing himself in the Old Testament to Jesus’ sacrifice for us in the New, is to go from fear to friendship.

John 15:14 KJV
Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

1 John 4:18 KJV
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

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