Kings Ridge Reminder

30 October 2016

“As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving” (Col. 2:6-7).

It is evident in Colossians chapter 2 that Paul has a deep abiding feeling for these brethren. He wants them to know how much he worries about them. In their struggles with the Judaizers, he wants them to be knit together and drawn closer to Christ. They are in danger of being lead astray. So, to encourage them, he tells them he is with them in spirit and that he desires they continue to be rooted and built up in Christ.

Apart from Christ and His revealed will, there is a danger for all men that we will be open conduits through which all manner of vain philoso-phy and deceit flows. We may not have Judaizers today but religion is ripe with doctrines that condemn man instead of saving man. Given the opportunity to believe anything or nothing, man will believe anything. And seemingly, man will believe in anyone except Jesus Christ. Only in Christ can man be saved. Only in Christ can man be close to God. Only in Christ can men be brothers and be knit close together.

Real life, real love, real relationships are found in Christ. When we be-come one with Him, we have real meaning and purpose. Why then would we believe any other? Why would we allow ourselves to be de-ceived by another? We can have the real thing: Jesus Christ. Anything else and anyone else has just an appearance of wisdom and humility. Christ is the only one that gives meaning and value to life. Therefore, be rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as we have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. He gave His life that we might have life. If we live with Him, we will die with Him. All that is of the world and its philosophies lead to a bondage resulting in destruc-tion. Freedom is in Christ and freedom leads to life.

09 October 2016

In the Bible, we find references to mysterious beings known as cherubim and seraphim, but what exactly are they? The answer is, for the most part, unknown.

Many in the religious world explain cherubim (and also sera-phim) as a high ranking, special class of angels. However, this claim is never made in the Bible. Blocher states that there is no scripture which identifies cherubim (or seraphim for that mat-ter) with angels (Henri Blocher, In The Beginning). There isn’t even a scripture that links them together. The Bible usually de-scribes them in the plural (cherubim as opposed to the singular cherub), which means there must be more than one. Instead of cute and chubby as they are often depicted in modern art, the Bible describes them as beings of power that are rather terrify-ing. Ezekiel describes them as living beings that go forth as burning coals, as flashes of lightning (Ezek. 1:13-14), whose purpose is to carry out the divine will in the execution of judgement (Homer Hailey, Revelation). Ezekiel also describes them as having four wings, hands, feet, and four faces each. The faces reflect what appear to be glorious aspects of God’s earthly creation: Man, lion, ox, and eagle. Robert Harkrider states that the man represents intelligence and reason; the lion reflects strength; the ox reflects patient service and endurance; and the eagle reflects penetrating vision and swiftness. They are also revealed as fierce guardians of things that are holy and sacred (Gen. 3:24; Exo. 25:18). Ezekiel describes the throne of God as being above them, where there is an expanse between them (Ezek. 1:22-28, 10:1).

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