Posts Tagged: character of god

Super Knowledge by Ty Gibson

Super Knowledge

May 29, 2017 | Ty Gibson

We are creatures of “knowledge.” Our entire existence is shaped by what we know and how we know. According to the Bible, there is a regular, run-of-the-mill knowledge, and then there is a kind of knowledge that operates at a deeper, wider, higher level.

“We know that we all have knowledge (gnosis). Knowledge (gnosis) puffs up, but love edifies” (1 Corinthians 8:1).

Paul wants us to understand that knowledge without love is worthless—and worse than worthless, it makes us arrogant.

In Ephesians 1, Paul prays that we will receive, “the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge (epignosis) of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened” (Ephesians 1:17-18).

Here he uses the Greek word for knowledge, gnosis, with the prefix epi, which is a grammatical amplifier. Epignosis is deep knowledge, crucial knowledge, super knowledge. Later, in Ephesians 3:19, Paul prays that we will “know the love of Christ which passes knowledge (gnosis).” There is a knowing that surpasses all common knowledge. If you know the love of Christ, …
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers

The Latter Rain in Practical Terms by Ty Gibson

The Latter Rain in Practical Terms

January 4, 2016 | Ty Gibson

The Bible is filled with agricultural symbolism as a means of depicting God’s grand and glorious purpose for humanity (Matthew 13). God is in the business of growing things—a new crop of humans, to be exact (1 Corinthians 3:6-8).

Human beings, like a farmer’s crop, move through a growth process that culminates in a harvest of ripe produce. In agriculture there are a few specific stages involved in producing a good final harvest: the planting, the germination of the seed by the early rains, the maturation period, and finally the ripening period brought on by the last rains of the season, called “the latter rain.”

The “latter rain” is a biblical symbol for the final outpouring of the Holy Spirit, by which the corporate spiritual experience of God’s church will be brought to ripeness for the harvest (Joel 2:23-29). Rain is the stimulus and medium by which the nutrients in the soil are drawn up though the root system. In the realm of spiritual growth, the Holy Spirit is the …
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers

Join the Witness

September 1, 2015 | Fred Bischoff

During that secret interview at Jesus’ place of retirement on the Mount of Olives, when the city was hushed in slumber, it wasn’t the flickering lamp or torchlight, or the pale light of the moon, that shown into the heart of Nicodemus, that “master of Israel.” It was the burning words of an obscure Galilean whom this leader had sought out. Nicodemus was drawn by Jesus’ teaching, authority and wonderful manifestation of divine power, not only in cleansing the temple, but also in receiving the poor and healing the sick. It matched what he had found as he had anxiously studied the prophecies relating to the Messiah.

Can you sense the excitement he must have felt in that Bible study, driven by events swirling around him? This was the One who was to come!

But something was not right. As Nicodemus opened the dialog, his attempt to express and invite confidence fell flat. The words that came out expressed unbelief instead.

Jesus, in His gentle and penetrating manner, brushed past …
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Fred Bischoff

Adventist Pioneer Library
Light Bearers

My ARISE Experience

My Experience as an ARISE Student

December 12, 2014 | Nicole Stallings

Being home has made me realize what a privilege attending ARISE was for my life. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was undoubtedly there! I did not know much about the instructors, but before I came I prayed that they would speak the truth of the gospel. And that they did. From the first class, my mind was full and my heart was beating for Christ. They completely exceeded my expectations. Every instructor and guest speaker had a love for Christ that I had never seen before. No matter where you were on your walk, there was never, in any type of way, judgment or condemnation. They were real humans, and every class they humbled themselves before Christ with constant prayer for the Holy Spirit’s leading. And it was evident that by the end of every session God had spoken through them.

From the first class, my mind was full and my heart was beating for Christ.

It was at this program that I began to allow Christ to heal …
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Nicole Stallings

Graduate
ARISE

I Can See With New Eyes

July 4, 2014 | Elaine Thompson

There I was two years ago, praying, “God I want to know truth. Can you please reveal Yourself to me? I don’t want to learn culture or traditions. I just want to know YOU.” So starting with the Bible, I set out to challenge the beliefs, culture and traditions I have been schooled in as an Adventist. And what an amazing and refreshing journey it has turned out to be! When you take everything off the table and start over from the Bible, it creates a depth of understanding regarding why you believe what you believe.

One thing that really emerged and has become a huge passion for me over these two years is creating a thirst in the minds and hearts of people, especially children, to seek after God. I have three cousins between the ages of four and eight years old. The more I watch them grow, the more I want them to be attracted to the character of Jesus instead of to Barbie, Sonic, Spiderman and Princesses. …
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Elaine Thompson

Youth Leader

The Romanism Within

The Romanism Within

March 15, 2014 | Ty Gibson

The new Pope, Mr. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, has caused quite a stir recently. So much so, in fact, that an ardent Protestant friend said to me the other day, “Wow, this new pope seems like a really good guy and he’s saying some good things. Maybe he’s on God’s side.”

“Yes,” I responded, “he is saying some rather good things, isn’t he? There is, however, the small matter of believing he occupies the position of God on earth, and the little thing about believing that there is no salvation outside the Catholic Church, and the tiny issue of believing he speaks with infallibility, and the minor point about God burning people forever in hell including all babies who die without Catholic baptism, and the modest idea that you can pay money to the church to get people less time burning in purgatory. Besides those items, yes, he is saying some very nice things.”

Of course, Protestantism was formed as a protest against Catholicism and the “Papacy,” a word that refers …
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers

Keep Your Sacrifices, Give Me Justice

September 24, 2012 | Jeffrey Rosario

A BLOG SERIES EXPLORING THE THEME OF JUSTICE IN THE BIBLICAL NARRATIVE AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR THE CHURCH.

What we’ve covered so far: In Part 1 , many of the attacks against the Old Testament have overlooked the fact that the Old Testament is the most beautiful expression of justice in all of antiquity. According to Jesus, a responsible reading of the Old Testament would produce people who are sensitive to the hurts and needs of others and are committed to making society a better place. In Part 2 , God is a God of justice, it’s a reflection of His character. Darwinism does not provide the necessary grounds for equal rights and justice, we need Genesis for that. To disregard the Old Testament teaching of humanity while maintaining a belief in equal human rights is a contradiction. In Part 3 , the Hebrews are the first people in recorded history to provide a vision for the purpose and value of humanity. That vision had massive implications for social justice. That vision with its implications continues to challenge modern …
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Jeffrey Rosario

Speaker
Light Bearers