And measures and matters of The Truth of the "time" we are in ...how "man" ..."thought to change time and times ...
Dearly beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, how that one day is with the Lord, as a thousand year, and a thousand year as one day.
The Lord is not slack to fulfil his promise, as some men count slackness: but is patient to us ward, and would have no man lost, but would receive all men to repentance.
Behold in a blessed dream during the dread nightmare of the dark season ...of the times and time ..of the season of man ...see son of man ...
and i was taken and shown from above ...
and then taken to the face of the earth...
and then taken and shown within ...a place and places ...
and the way and the works within ...
even being ...being shown the works within the work.
even within those that would work together...be together ...
and i was shown a man and his son ...
and the man and his son loved one another.
even in spirit and truth.
and the son made things and works ...
and gave of his works to his father ...
and a stranger appeared ...
and there was a wonder of the father and the son what the stranger might want or need or desire ...
and the stranger saw first the father ...
and the father walked with the stranger some ...
and talked with the stranger some ...
and when the father was comfortable that the stranger was well intended ...he introduced the stranger to his son.
and again the son was busy doing works ...that his father might enjoy ...in joy.
and the son welcomed the stranger ...after seeing the well and good intent of the stranger ...
and the three ...the father the son and the stranger all worked together ...
even in one accord ...
even in spirit and truth ...even as one.
and the stranger saw the love between the father and the son ...
and the stranger began to feel the love that the father had son shared ...
and the three worked and did works ...in spirit and truth and love for some time ...
Never the less a time came when the stranger ...being no longer a stranger ...needed to go to his family...
and for his family ...in the same ...do the same...
and as the stranger prepared ...was prepared to go ...he went to the father to offer thanks ...for being ...being shown ...
and for sharing in the love and truth and the spirit thereof ...
even as being part of the family...
even as working as one ...one with another.
and the stranger ...who was no more a stranger ...wept of joy ...
even as he went out to do and show the same to his family and to others.
and scripture came back to remembrance ...
TO THE EPHESIANS Chpt 2
Wherefore remember that ye being in time past gentiles in the flesh, and were called uncircumcision to them which are called circumcision in the flesh, which circumcision is made by hands: Remember I say, that ye were at that time without Christ, and were reputed aliens from the common wealth of Israel, and were strangers from the testaments of promise, and had no hope, and were without God in this world. But now in Christ Jesu, ye which a while ago were far off, are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
For he is our peace, which hath made of both one, and hath broken down the wall that was a stop between us, and hath also put away through his flesh, the cause of hatred, that is to say, the law of commandments contained in the law written, for to make of *twain one new man in himself, so making peace: and to reconcile both unto God in one body through his cross, and slew hatred thereby: and came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have an open way in, in one spirit unto the father.
Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners: but citizens with the saints, and of the household of God: and are built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ being the head corner stone, in whom every building coupled together, groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord, in whom ye also are built together, and made an habitation for God in the spirit.
TO THE EPHESIANS Chpt 4
I therefore which am in bonds for the Lords sake, exhort you, that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, in all humbleness of mind, and meekness, and long suffering, forbearing one another through love, and that ye be diligent to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace, being one body, and one spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling. Let there be but one Lord, one faith, one baptism: one God and father of all, which is above all through all, and in you all.
Unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith: He is gone up on high, and hath led captivity captive, and hath given gifts unto men. That he ascended: what meaneth it, but that he also descended first into the lowest parts of the earth? He that descended, is even the same also that ascended up, even above all heavens, to fulfil all things.
And the very same made some Apostles, some Prophets, some Evangelists, some Shepherds, some Teachers: that the saints might have all things necessary to work and minister with all, to the edifying of the body of Christ, till we every one (in the unity of faith, and knowledge of the son of God) grow up unto a perfect man, after the measure of age of the fullness of Christ. That we henceforth be no more children, wavering and carried with every wind of doctrine, by the *wiliness of men and craftiness, whereby they lay wait for us to deceive us. But let us follow the truth in love, and in all things grow in him which is the head, that is to say Christ, in whom all the body is coupled and knit together in every joint wherewith one ministereth to another (according to the operation as every part hath his measure) and increaseth the body, unto the edifying of itself in love.
This I say therefore and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in vanity of their mind, blinded in their understanding, being strangers from the life which is in God through the ignorancy that is in them, because of the blindness of their hearts, which being past repentance, have given themselves unto wantonness, to work all manner of uncleanness, even with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ, if so be ye have heard of him and are taught in him, even as the truth is in Jesu. So then as concerning the conversation in time past, lay from you that old man, which is corrupt through the deceivable lusts, and be ye renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on that new man, which after the image of God is shapen in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore put away lying, and speak every man truth unto his neighbor, for as much as we are members one of another.
Be angry but sin not: let not the *son go down upon your wrath, neither give place unto the backbiter. Let him that stole, steal no more, but let him rather labour with his hands some good thing, that he may have to give unto him that needeth.
Let no filthy communication proceed out of your mouths: but that which is good to edify with all, when need is: that it may have favour with the hearers. And grieve not the holy spirit of God, by whom ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, fierceness and wrath, roaring and cursed speaking, be put away from you, with all maliciousness. Be ye courteous one to another, and merciful, forgiving one another, even as God for Christs sake forgave you
*wiliness (deception) *son go down upon your wrath: exactly as recorded
TO THE COLLOSSIANS Chpt 1
And you (which were in times past strangers and enemies, because your minds were set in evil works) hath he now reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to make you holy unblameable and without fault in his own sight, if ye continue grounded and stablished in the faith, and be not moved away from the hope of the Gospell, whereof ye have heard, how that it is preached among all creatures which are under heaven, whereof I Paul am made a minister.
THE FIRST EPISTLE OF ST. PETER Chpt 1
Peter an Apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that dwell here and there as strangers throughout Pontus, Galacia, Capadocia, Asia, and Bethynia, elect by the foreknowledge of God the father through the sanctifying of the spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ.
THE FIRST EPISTLE OF ST. PETER Chpt 2
Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which fight against the soul, and see that ye have honest conversation among the Gentiles, that they which backbite you as evil doers, may see your good works and praise God in the day of visitation.
Submit yourselves unto all manner ordinance of man for the Lords sake, whether it be unto the King as unto the chief head: *other unto rulers, as unto them that are sent of him, for the punishment of evil doers: but for the *laud of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that ye put to silence the ignorance of the foolish men: as free, and not as having the liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but even as the servants of God. Honour all men. Love brotherly fellowship. Fear God and honour the king.
Servants obey your masters with all fear, not only if they be good and courteous: but also though they be *froward. For it is thankworthy if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what praise is it, if when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye take it patiently? But and if when ye do well, ye suffer wrong and take it patiently, then is there thank with God.
For hereunto verily were ye called: for Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example that ye should follow his steps, which did no sin, neither was there guile found in his mouth: which when he was reviled, reviled not again: when he suffered, he threatened not: but committed the cause to him that judgeth righteously, which his own self bare our sins in his body on the tree, that we should be delivered from sin and should live in righteousness. By whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray: but are now returned unto the shepherd and bishop of your souls
*maliciousness (unkindness against another) *guile (deception), *other (or)
*laud (honor) *froward: stubborn, contrary, disobedient
THE THIRD EPISTLE OF ST. JOHN Chpt 1
The elder unto the beloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth. Beloved I wish in all things that thou prosperedest and faredest well even as thy soul prospereth. I rejoiced greatly when the brethren came, and testified of the truth that is in thee, how thou walkest in truth. I have no greater joy than for to hear how that my sons walk in verity.
Beloved, thou dost faithfully whatsoever thou dost to the brethren, and to strangers, which bare witness of thy love before all the congregation. Which brethren when thou bringest forwards on their journey (as it beseemeth God) thou shalt do well: because that for his names sake they went forth, and took nothing of the Gentiles. We therefore ought to receive such, that we also might be helpers to the truth.
I wrote unto the congregation: but Diotrephes which loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. Wherefore if I come, I will declare his deeds which he doeth, jesting on us with malicious words, neither is therewith content. Not only he himself receiveth not the brethren: but also he forbiddeth them that would, and thrusteth them out of the congregation.
Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth well is of God: but he that doeth evil seeth not God. Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth: ye and we our selves also bear record, and ye know that our record is true. I have many things to write: but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee. For I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak mouth to mouth. Peace be with thee. The lovers salute thee. Greet the lovers by name
but he that doeth evil seeth not God.
TO THE HEBREWS Chpt 11
Faith is a sure confidence of things which are hoped for, and a certainty of things which are not seen. By it the elders were well reported of. Through faith we understand that the world was ordained by the word of God and that things which are seen, were made of things which are not seen. By faith Abel offered unto God a more plenteous sacrifice than Cain: by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: by which also he being dead, yet speaketh.
By faith was Enoch translated that he should not see death: neither was he found: for God had taken him away. Before he was taken away, he was reported of, that he had pleased God: but without faith it is unpossible to please him. For he that cometh to God must believe that God is, and that he is a rewarder of them that seek him.
By faith Noah honoured God, after that he was warned of things which were not seen and prepared the ark to the saving of his household, through the which ark, he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which cometh by faith.
By faith Abraham, when he was called obeyed, to go out into a place, which he should afterward receive to inheritance, and he went out not knowing whither he should go.
By faith he removed into the land that was promised him, as into a strange country, and dwelt in tabernacles: and so did Isaac and Jacob heirs with him of the same promise. For he looked for a city having a foundation whose builder and maker is God.
Through faith Sara also received strength to be with child and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful which had promised.
And therefore sprang thereof, one (and of one which was as good as dead) so many in multitude, as the stars of the sky, and as the sand of the seashore which is innumerable.
And they all died in faith, and received not the promises: but saw them afar off, and believed them, and saluted them: and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. They that say such things, declare that they seek a country. Also if they had been mindful of that country, from whence they came out, they had leisure to have returned again: But now they desire a better, that is to say a heavenly. Wherefore God is not ashamed of them, even to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
By faith Abraham offered up Isaac, when he was tempted, and he offered him being his only begotten son, which had received the promises of whom it was said, in Isaac shall thy seed be called: for he considered that God was able to raise up again from death. Therefore received he him, for an example. In faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, concerning things to come.
By faith Jacob when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph, and bowed himself toward the top of his sceptre.
By faith Joseph when he died, remembered the departing of the children of Israel, and gave commandment of his bones.
By faith Moses when he was born, was hid three months of his father and mother, because they saw he was a proper child: neither feared they the kings commandment.
By faith Moses when he was great, refused to be called the son of Pharaohs daughter, and chose rather to suffer adversity with the people of God, then to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season, and esteemed the rebuke of Christ greater riches then the treasure of Egypt. For he had a respect unto the reward.
By faith he forsook Egypt, and feared not the fierceness of the king. For he endured even as he had seen him which is invisible.
Through faith he ordained the *ester lamb, and the effusion of blood, lest he that destroyed the first born, should touch them.
By faith they passed through the reed sea as by dry land, which when the Egyptians had assayed to do, they were drowned.
By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were compassed about seven days.
By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with the unbelievers, when she had received the spies to lodging peaceably.
And what shall I more say, the time would be too short for me to tell of Gideon, of Barach, and of Samson, and of Jephthae: also of David and Samuel, and of the Prophets: Which through faith subdued kingdoms wrought righteousness, obtained the promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, of weak were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. And the women received their dead raised to life again.
Others were racked, and would not be delivered, that they might receive a better resurrection. Others tasted of mockings and scourgings, moreover of bonds and prisonment: were stoned, were hewn asunder, were tempted, were slain with swords, walked up and down in sheepskins, in goatskins, in need tribulation and vexation which the world was not worthy of: they wandered in wilderness, in mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.
And these all through faith obtained good report, and received not the promise, God providing a better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.
*ester lamb: this is the lamb offered at the first passover.
( and this is NOT BLIND FAITH ...yet SEEING FAITH. )
TO THE HEBREWS Chpt 13
Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to lodge strangers. For thereby have diverse received angels into their houses unawares. Remember them that are in bonds, even as though ye were bound with them. Be mindful of them which are in adversity, as ye which are yet in your bodies. Let wedlock be had in price in all points, and let the chamber be undefiled for whorekeepers and *advoutrers God will judge. Let your conversation be without covetousness and be content with that ye have already. For he verily said: I will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: that we may boldly say: the Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man doeth unto me. Remember them which have the oversight of you, which have declared unto you the word of God. The end of whose conversation see that ye look upon, and follow their faith.
Jesus Christ yesterday and today, and the same continueth for ever. Be not carried about with diverse and strange learning. For it is a good thing that the heart be stablished with grace, and not with meats, which have not profited them that have had their pastime in them. We have an altar whereof they may not eat which serve in the tabernacle. For the bodies of those beasts whose blood is brought into the holy place by the high priest to purge sin, are burnt without the tents. Therefore Jesus, to sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore out of the tents, and suffer rebuke with him. For here have we no continuing city: but we seek one to come.
For by him offer we the sacrifice of *laud always to God: that is to say, the fruit of those lips, which confess his name. To do good, and to distribute forget not, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Obey them that have the oversight of you, and submit yourselves to them, for they watch for your souls, even as they that must give accounts: that they may do it with joy, and not with grief. For that is an unprofitable thing for you. Pray for us. We have confidence because we have a good conscience in all things, and desire to live honestly. I desire you therefore somewhat the more abundantly, that ye so do, that I may be restored to you quickly.
The God of peace that brought again from death our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting testament, make you perfect in all good works, to do his will, working in you that which is pleasant in his sight through Jesus Christ. To whom be praise for ever while the world endureth. Amen.
I beseech you brethren, suffer the words of exhortation: For we have written unto you in few words: know the brother Timothy, whom we have sent from us, with whom (if he come shortly) I will see you. Salute them that have the oversight of you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you. Grace be with you all. Amen
*advoutry: prefix "a" meaning not or without, devout: devotion; plain hearted to God, being devoted to something or some one else. see James 2 for adultery.
*laud (praise, honor)
and others of a similitude ...
"the stranger helping the aged citizen."
"immigration and the stranger."
"helping the Hispanic stranger."
"helping the stranger..."
"strangers in the land helping...
"of food and famine and the stranger..."
"inheritance from a stranger..."
"treat the stranger well..."
"be friendly to the worthy stranger..."
"the rich man and the stranger... "
"stranger invasion... "
"handfast to a stranger..."
"the stranger ...the food ...and the man.."
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