More on healing lameness

When we read Hebrews 12 on chastening we realise that as a Hebrew writer the author knows well the Hebrew Bible. It has been said that the New Testament is the explanation of the old–this is true. The Old gave us types and shadows the New gives us […]

You the lame beggar healed

After the Lord has been speaking to me recently and dealing with issues of bitterness in my heart I realised He has been speaking to me the same thing for years! So I posted the last post which was from January 2016. Yet even after that amazing revelation […]

Saved and delivered

God does amazing things doesn’t he? On Christmas day we took a lost soul into our home. The police told me to “have nothing to do with these bad people”. He said that because he had dealt with her and her friends and family over many years. Notorious […]

Receive the Holy Spirit

It is winter Down-under. Where I live we have mild winters with overnight temperatures rarely getting down to 0°c. The room temperature can be a bit uncomfortable though if we do not have some sort of heating system. In this rented house we enjoy a slow combustion wood […]

Speaking the truth in love

A very common but ugly attitude in Christian circles is displayed when someone tells some hard truths to another person and feels justified in doing so by using Paul’s admonition to “speak the truth in love”. Brother you are behaving badly! Brother you are an angry person! Brother […]

Are you in the flesh?

I don’t know whether preachers still point at people and tell them they are “in the flesh”  these days as I have not set foot in a church service for over 7 years now. But back then and for a long time before that it was common to […]

Fall into the ground

We know that Jesus was/is the grain of wheat that fell into the ground. He died and was buried in the ground. When He was raised up, it was so that He would live all those who believe in Him into life. We have believed in Jesus–the One […]

Giants in the Land: shock and awe

From the enemy’s perspective he does care if some people believe or that some people are aware of what he is doing. He does not care if a minority of people resist him. It is the majority that he is interested in deceiving. Two thousand years ago multitudes […]

Giants in the land

When Joshua and Caleb returned from spying out the land they said in faith “We are well able to take the land”. But the other 10 leaders who went on the spying mission gave a bad report saying we definitely are not able to arise against these people […]

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, […]