sermon: The Spirit and the Way
Knowledge or Conduct?
Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Given 27-May-12; Sermon #1104A; 75 minutes
Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on a cache of collected programs and articles of the late Herbert W. Armstrong, reflects that we have come a long way since then, building upon the foundation that was laid in the early years. We have broadened and deepened what we know. Even though we do not have resources, we are doing a work, primarily in feeding the flock and preparing the Bride for Christ. We have published a wealth of educational materials, including the Berean and the Forerunner, made available to the greater Church of God. We are "doing the work," moving far beyond what Herbert W. Armstrong had outlined, pushing back the frontiers of understanding. We should put the knowledge we have learned into practice. The wave offering at the Feast of Weeks indicates that the loaves had been previously corrupted by sin, but baked and made holy for the priest. In the presentation of the loaves, we have a picture of evaluation, inspection, and judgment. The loaves had been previously corrupted by sin, but they are made of choice fine flour, and baked (symbolic of sanctification by tests and trials). The acceptance of these loaves is only possible in concert with a sin and peace offering. The loaves are accepted and proclaimed holy, symbolically representing our enablement to be a part of God's family, the affianced Bride of Christ. The loaves are only for the Priest, Christ's possession. The bread becomes part of Him as we become one with Him. At the present time, God's called-out ones are being judged by their works, based upon what they know and what they are doing with this knowledge. The more we know, the more God expects from us. Our lives must mirror the depths of knowledge God has given us. On the Day of Pentecost, the disciples realized that Christ was now in Heaven, having sent the promised Comforter, enabling miraculous works and positive conviction to follow the Way.
Ability to understand Ability to do Abraham According to deeds Acts 2:1-32;9:2;16:17;18:25-26 ;19:9;24:14,22 Baking Behavior in accordance with Christian principles Berean Building on the foundation Candlesticks Colossians 1:9 Conduct Continuation Corruption Counting Pentecost Course of conduct David Wyatt- Mair Deeds Doing Extremes Feast of Weeks Fellowship Fine loaves I Corinthians 13 I Peter 4:17 Foundation Fruit of the Spirit Galatians 5:26 Gnostic God's Judgment God's sovereignty Gospel Growth in godly character Human resources Graduate level biblical knowledge Hodos Hypostasis Influenced by sin Internet Isaiah 35:1 Joel Journey 1:18 John14:4-6 Knowledge puffs up Knowledge put into practice Law and Grace Leaven Letting the Bible interpret the Bible Leviticus 23: 15-21 Love Luke 12:48 Matthew 7:14-15 Meaning of the Holy Days Path Peace offering Pentecost Period of judgment Plan of God Practical code of behavior Process of judgment Reconciliation Reciprocation Repentance ROI Romans 2: 2-9 II Peter 2: 2 Seven Sabbaths Sin offering The Way Tongues Vanity Wave sheaf offerings Wave offering World Tomorrow programs
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