Robert Gessner

The Leaven of False Doctrine

Beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. 2 Pet. 3:17 THE COMPOSITION OF LEAVEN Leaven was an agent that was used to bring about fermentation in mixtures of dough in order to make it rise. The Israelites were ordered to put all leaven out of their houses during the Passover (Ex. 12:19; Deut. 16:3,4). Under the Old Testament order of worship, leaven was forbidden in all offerings made by fire to the Lord (Ex. 34:2...

A Study in Contrasts: Man's Thinking vs. God's

1. Expectation/Corruption A man spends his whole life building up an enormous estate. In his later years, he looks back over his accumulations and awaits in expectation for all the benefits that he and his family will reap in the years to come. “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption.” (Gal. 6:6,7) Are we in harmony with God in our thinking? How much  tim...

Delivered From This Present Evil Age

…Our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and even. Amen.”  (Gal. 1:4,5 NKJV) As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ we have many, many blessings for which we need to be thankful. Perhaps one of the most important is deliverance from this present evil age. We often fail to comprehend the depths of sin. We need to think often of where ...

The Death of Christ was an Act of Gracious Deliverance

We typically like to help those who are appealing to us in some way or other. When we do help someone who is in trouble, we often have preconceived expectations. We expect the person to appreciate what we have done and to thank us for it. We also expect the person to eventually exert some effort of his own to bring about his recovery. We might even expect the person to help us in times of distress. It is astounding that Christ did not die for us for any of the above reasons. God’...

The Eternal Existence, Work, and Reign of Christ

THE ETERNAL EXISTENCE OF CHRIST If man was not so deeply enclosed in darkness his inquisitive mind would be intrigued by the thought that there was a Man who lived on this earth who pre-existed. Today the makers of science fiction novels and movies create fictional characters of mystical origins. The response to these fictional portrayals are both enthusiastic and lucrative. Yet in the realm of truth, the only true story of a real Man who pre-existed prior to His birth is largely ignore...

The Death of Christ Was an Act of Unparalleled Humility

It was an astounding act of humility that the Eternal Son, Creator of the Universe, the Everlasting God, should become a man, born as a baby in a manger in Bethlehem. But He stooped even lower than this. It was even more amazing that in His humility He actually took the place of a servant while He was here on earth. But He stooped even lower than this.  The very depth of His humility was demonstrated when He submitted to death, even the death of the cross. And being found in appea...

Set Your Clock According to Bible Standard Time

We refer to nine different letters in the New Testament where we are reminded of the times in which we live. We need to be diligently aware and constantly reminded of God’s viewpoint of time in the days in which we live. 1. It’s time to wake up (by William Kelly) Romans 13:11 – And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.  Man slumbers heedless of danger, spite of...

Standing Steadfast For The Truth Of God

We are living in days when standing for the truth is considered an act of intolerance. Being willing to compromise is considered an act of graciousness. Being loose with the truth is better than standing for the truth. We are clearly instructed in the church letters of the New Testament to stand for the truth. Let us examine the clear instructions. 1. Stand Fast So That We Are Immovable (by J.R. Caldwell) 1 Corinthians 15:58 - Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable,...

NT Church - All true believers are welcomed into the fellowship.

For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one ....Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling (1 Cor. 12:13; Eph. 4:3,4). The practice of reception in the local church has been the source of many divisions within the body of Christ. Throughout the history of the church, i...

NT Church - The church is not ashamed to bear the reproach of Christ.

For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which are in Judea in Christ Jesus; for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews (1 Thess. 2:14). It is not the name of a local church that distinguishes it as being a pattern of the New Testament. The church may have a very unique title such as "The New Testament Church of Jesus Christ" and yet it may not follow the pattern displayed in the New Testament. It is not even the cree...
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