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Den Rhodes

a son of the most high...a servant of all....the least of you...a branch in the vine....a temple of Life....a warrior of Light....a hearer....a seer....a friend....always being renewed....faithful. A lover of Mankind, willing to speak the truth to all. No respecter of persons.
Bottom line for me is that you dear one are my brother or my sister--you have been created by God in His image and whether you realise it or not, God loves you and has reconciled you to Himself through the death and burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
You will see and accept this great gift to you one day.
Those who think they are great shall be brought low
Those who are low shall be exalted
God shall do this and does indeed do it.
Beware if you live in a nation that thinks of itself as GREAT for you and your whole nation shall be brought VERY LOW.
Beware if you live in a nation that trusts in man-made weapons of war and makes human power it's strength.
That nation shall be brought down to the dust of humiliation.
Also
Beware if you are one that seeks to destroy the innocent-those who have done you no wrong. You shall not getaway with it--for there is One who knows all that you have done.
In the Resurrection soon to come, you shall be made to serve those you have wronged in this age.
You see I am set by God over the nations and over the kingdoms, To root out and to pull down, To destroy and to throw down, To build and to plant. (Jer1:10)
You come to against us with your weapons of destruction always seeking to control and to dominate the innocent in the land--those whom God is not judging.
I say to you--BEWARE --for the LORD knows those who are His and He shall repay into your bosom what you have done to His children.
REPENT of this your wickedness---RECEIVE JESUS CHRIST into your heart this day--right now. 

Can you hear grace?

I read a lot of “Christian” teaching that tells us to make sure we are keeping God’s Ten Commandments. They seem to think that a Christian is still under the Law of Moses. Can you hear the message of Grace? Abraham was imputed as righteous simply because he […]

Can you hear grace?

I read a lot of “Christian” teaching that tells us to make sure we are keeping God’s Ten Commandments. They seem to think that a Christian is still under the Law of Moses. Can you hear the message of Grace? Abraham was imputed as righteous simply because he […]

Simon the Sorcerer

Bitterness has a way of staying hidden away usually covered over by pride. If left unhealed or not dealt with all sorts of problems occur. Some people who have been thought of as ‘great’ have had a secret root of bitterness which drove them to attain position and […]

Who has bewitched you?

When Paul asked the Galatians “Who has bewitched you?,” he used a word not used any other time in Scripture.  The word he used tells us so much about why we so easily set aside the grace of God.  Gal 3:1 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you […]

Surrender to God? 2

Surrendering to God is a very prevalent idea amongst Christians. It can bring an exasperating feeling. When you think you have given up things for God’s sake and given away things as well, costly things, and still you hear a voice saying you need to surrender to God. […]

Surrender to God?

Over the years I have suffered many days and weeks..years in fact as I am sure many Christians have. The suffering I refer to is in the mind as a result of putting  self down when we fall or think we have failed in some way.  The world […]

Jesus is declaring Father

Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the only life you have and His life is bound up with that of the Father for there is only One Life. There is only One life for there is only ONE GOD- The Father…without Father there is no Jesus and without Jesus […]

Accursed things in the home

The following story is from a long diary type article I wrote about my ministry trip to Uganda in 2008. In it I talk about a Balinese religious(Hindu)mask that I tangled with and what happened. I worked in the Fisheries Department for the Western Australian Government. This job took […]

Love’s Exchange

This post delves into the exchange God wrought when Jesus took you and me into Himself giving His own self story to us as our own self story if we are willing to receive it. Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, […]

A man named Zacchaeus

Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector and rich. Jesus knew his name. Zacchaeus was a short man trying to make himself a big man. Jesus knew his name. As a tax collector there was no doubt that he took more than was legal to take. As a tax […]

Not under Law

So many Christian brethren are confused about whether we are under the law or not. The BIBLE is very clear about the answer. “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” Rom 6:14 Immediately many readers will recognise […]

God’s Shoulds

A look at the use of the word SHOULD in the New Testament. Don’t let it scare you! I explain why. 1Jn 3:11 For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, … The Bible can be a very condemning read if we […]

At War with yourself?

So many of us are defeated before we even start out praying to God. The Accuser of the brethren has done a number on us causing us to be neutralised in prayer. God wants His children to ask of Him, believing that we receive the things we have […]

There is a Rock

A few weeks ago I did one of my spontaneous bail-outs. I went fishing down the coast but then drove further to surf at another spot followed by fishing again in the evening at another spot. I caught nothing. I got pummelled pretty good in the surf until […]

Remove thy log

Back in 2010 the Lord made alive a passage of Scripture in Mark which resulted in my departure from the local assembly. At the time I thought I was being led away from the church because they were blind and I wanted to see. I was filled with […]

Wilfully Blind

Ignorance is bliss as the saying goes and we do not need to know everything that is going on in the world either. Yet it is startling to listen to fellow Christians who have been born again and are filled with the Holy Spirit. Almost all the Christian […]

Leaking heart

When your heart has a leaking valve so that it leaves you feeling exhausted after walking or even simply talking it’s not very encouraging. It is like digging a hole in dry sand…it keeps caving in. Many people have this problem. They may have been born with it […]

Hidden with Christ

Just a few quick thoughts on this wonderful passage: Col 3:1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Col 3:2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. […]

Did Paul preach a false gospel?

I noticed that some person searched the internet for “false gospel of paul the pharisee wordpress 2017” and landed on my blog. That would be because I own a domain name gospelofpaul.net. Did Paul preach a false gospel message? Absolutely not! If Paul preached a false gospel then […]

Depression in Zion

Rates of depression have risen by more than 18 per cent since 2005, with 300 million people estimated to suffer from the condition. SBS NEWS: 31st March 2017 In a world that is becoming more and more detached from relationships with people face to face is it any […]

Not future but now

A common error in the translation of the Scriptures is to make many things mean sometime in the distant future when we die. Here is an example. Romans 6:8 (ASV) But if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him; The translators want […]

Righteous now by exchange

Just as I wrote in the previous post on Romans 6:8 that we live with God now not in some distant future after we have died….so again I want to look at another verse which my brethren put off to “in heaven when we die.” 2Co 5:21 For He made […]

You are Adam no more

Listening to grace preachers has made me realise that they are leaving their sheep in Adam under a covering they call grace. They talk about God giving us grace that covers all our sin and shame and our past. The congregations sing these same ideas in worshipful ways […]

A good conscience

I have been looking at Paul’s words in first Timothy for the last four posts. In the first verse he tells us that he was called according to the commandment of God.That charge or mandate from Jesus was to preach the Gospel of Grace in order to turn […]

From the Womb of the morning

First published 6th September 2016 – but added to for clarity Psa 110:1 A Psalm of David. The LORD said to my Lord,”Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” Psa 110:2 The LORD shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion. […]

Unknown Known

No eye has seen No ear has heard The things God has prepared For those who love Him… These things are freely received By the heart that is One with Jesus.   What I did not know What I did not see He has become One with me. […]

Day of outrage is coming

A little Jewish boy who appeared like all other Jewish boys played near his family home. He jumped and skipped, ran and fell, cried and laughed like all other little boys. His mother and father taught him the Scriptures and he was accustomed to going to the local […]

Levels of knowing

There are different levels of knowing. I know many people by their reputation only. Mar_6:14 Now King Herod heard of Him, for His name had become well known. And he said, “John the Baptist is risen from the dead, and therefore these powers are at work in him.” […]

Finding your true self

//giphy.com/embed/l2R03sHecxjJZrKYE It came as a shock to me when I was in my early thirties to be told that the man I thought was my father was not my real father. For thirty 33 years I thought I was Dennis Rhodes son of William Rhodes. And I was, […]

The New Self

One of the most amazing things that the Apostle Paul taught is the New Creation. When Jesus went into the garden of Gethsemane to drink the Father’s cup, Isaiah’s words were being fulfilled. Here is just a portion of Isaiah…the whole chapter is relevant. Isa 53:4 Surely He […]

We preach Christ crucified

The Apostle Paul preached Christ crucified. What does that mean? 1Co 1:23 but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, 1Co 1:24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom […]

Recognise Christ

The Apostle Paul was a faith preacher.(1Ti2:7) He was given the message of grace to preach to the Gentile nations so that we may “receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Jesus Christ”. (Acts 26:18) This was the charge or […]

Accepting Jesus Fully

The phrase “Accepting Jesus” or “receiving Jesus” is used often amongst Christians. Apostle John wrote: Joh 1:11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. Joh 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, […]

Jesus becomes our sin

2Co 5:21  For He made Him who knew no sin  sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. The Father made Jesus sin for us. What an amazing thought!! Not the verb sin, but the noun sin. Father made Jesus our sin that […]

Empty

Having the knowledge of your emptiness sets you free. Only the weak attract God’s grace Only the poor, the needy, the outcast. What a show we put on with all of our strength- it is all pretending. It is all a puff of wind, stubble ready to be […]

When good is bad

What do we do when the truth is found 180 degrees in the opposite direction than what we have been told? When the good guys turn out to be the bad guys? 911 was carried out by Israel. The 47 storey World trade centre building 7 was a […]

Walk in Christ

The Gospel given to Paul Col 2:6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, Col 2:7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Eph 3:16 that He would […]

Full Assurance

to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, – phrase from Col 1:2 In an ever increasing troubled world all of us need assurance that we are safe. Paul the Apostle was in a great conflict in spiritual warfare to be able to see the believers in […]

God’s will for humanity

With all the mess in the human family God’s intentions have not changed. What is God’s will for humanity? Eph 1:9…. the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, Eph 1:10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times […]

Called to birth the sons of God

Before Jesus was born Anna the prophetess fasted and prayed for His arrival for many years. Others also were waiting for the appearing of the Messiah. That waiting was not passive at all, but they were pleading and asking and declaring according to the Scriptures. They knew that […]