GWEA Monthly Messages
God's Kingdom Suffers Violence.
REVEREND GORDON WILLIAMS, MARCH 2017
March begins with Ash Wednesday and then leads to Easter which reminds us of the suffering and death of Jesus on the Cross of Calvary. But more than that, Jesus warned us about the problems that were going to happen in the leadership of His churches just as it had occurred in the leadership of Israel.
He said, “Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has risen no one greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. From the days of John the Baptist to now the kingdom of God has suffered violence and men take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John, and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come. He who has ears, let him hear” (Matt. 11:11–15).
The proof of their attempts to take God's Kingdom by force is clearly seen when John the Baptist was killed (Matt. 14:6–12; Mk. 6:17–29). Jesus explained that all the Old Testament prophecies were fulfilled in John the Baptist’s and His own ministry.
John the Baptist introduced forgiveness for repentance. The Old Testament prophets and sacrificial laws were completed and replaced by God’s New Covenant. When Jesus was crucified, He paid for the sin of the world and introduced the New Covenant “annulling the Old Testament Covenant which God (Yahweh) made with all the peoples” (Zech. 11:7–14).
When Judas threw the 30 shekels of silver into the Temple, he completed “annulling the brotherhood between Judah and Israel”. Like John the Baptist, Jesus’ death was an attempt to take the Kingdom of God by violence. This prophecy was completed when Jesus’ last words were, “It is finished” (Jn. 19:30).
It was at this point where the New Testament Covenant overtook the Old Testament laws.” The two Greek verses John Chapter 19, Verses 28 and 30 refer to carrying out the divine ordinances that are contained in the Scriptures.
The New Covenant is found in the prophecies of the Old Testament: Jeremiah 31:27–34; Ezekiel 18:1–32; Lk. 22:20; 1 Cor. 11:25; 2 Cor. 3:1,6; and Heb. 8:13. They speak of the New Covenant, superseding the old, making it obsolete. Jesus is the mediator of the New Covenant (Hebrew 12:24).
Today church leadership, like the lsrael’s leadership, still take the kingdom of God by violence. This is also clearly seen in the rejection of the work of the Holy Spirit. Still traditions of the Old Testament such as tithing, (Heb. 7) and the Sabbath day are being practiced. The Sabbath day is now every day (Heb. 4).
Also, generational curses and sin are no longer passed on from one generation to another (Ez: 18). Those who have received salvation and the Holy Spirit with the “signs following” (Mk. 15:17–18) are the Temple of God (1 Cor. 13: 16; 2 Cor. 6:16). “The New Jerusalem above is our mother” (Gal. 4:6).
The Holy Spirit distributes the 15 Gifts of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 12:6–8; 1 Cor. 12:8–10) amongst us so that we can all be equipped to do the ministry of Jesus. Our worship services should yield “signs, wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed by the Holy Spirit” (Heb. 2:4).
We now are operating under the New Covenant; and beware of people who want to take you back under the Old Testament Law. The scripture tells us to conduct our lives according to the “Law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2). If it’s not in the New Testament, it’s not from Jesus!
“All Scripture is inspired by God” and equip us for every good work (2 Tim. 3:16). If you would like to receive salvation, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, gifts of the Holy Spirit, healing or encouragement, I invite you come to one of our house meetings or contact me and I would be happy to pray with you.
Together lets make this our best year for harvesting people into the Kingdom of God!
Yours in Jesus,
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About GWEA Ministry
Our "Holy Spirit" ministry emphasizes the necessity of the grace gifts of the Holy Spirit according to the Bible scriptures.
Our ministry helps people to receive Salvation, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, spiritual gifts, healing, deliverance and other spiritual gifts from God.
Also through our services, many have received miracles, healing, revival and renewal.
We are available for Sunday services, evangelistic and camp meetings.
Rev. Gordon Williams
Scripture of the Month
"So I shepherded the flock marked for slaughter, particularly the oppressed of the flock.
Then I took two staffs and called one Favor and the other Union, and I shepherded the flock. In one month I got rid of the three shepherds.
The flock detested me, and I grew weary of them and said, “I will not be your shepherd. Let the dying die, and the perishing perish. Let those who are left eat one another’s flesh.”
Then I took my staff called Favor and broke it, revoking the covenant I had made with all the nations.
It was revoked on that day, and so the oppressed of the flock who were watching me knew it was the word of the Lord.
I told them, “If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.” So they paid me thirty pieces of silver.
And the Lord said to me, “Throw it to the potter”—the handsome price at which they valued me! So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them to the potter at the house of the Lord.
Then I broke my second staff called Union, breaking the family bond between Judah and Israel."
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