"Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us…" -Ephesians 5:1-2
"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. " - 1 Corinthians 1:18

Scraping Yourself from the Inside to Let the Light of God Shine

Visiting Elder Tim McCool from Echola, Alabama, then preached using 1st Thessalonians 4:9 as his primary text with additional support from John 6:44 and 3:3-8, Isaiah 54:13, Jeremiah 31:31-34, Hebrews 8:7-8, 10:1 and 12-17, and various other scriptures. Elder McCool first reflected on how there are many things, that once we have learned them, become “no brainers” to us for the rest of our lives (i.e., we no longer have to even think about them and our actions become almost automatic). Elder McCool emphasized that God draws His elect unto Himself, places a piece of His Spirit into each of them, and then holds discourse in the hearts of His elect where He directly teaches things which only He can teach and, as such, only He can receive the glory for it. One such thing He has taught us is that we, the elect children of God, are to love one another. He further emphasized that there is a difference between what a preacher can teach and that which God will teach. No man can come to the Lord except they be drawn by the Father (i.e., taught) by the Father – – they must first have the spirit dwelling within (i.e., already born again). The preacher can teach about what the Lord has already done in one’s heart, but cannot make something happen in one’s heart. Elder McCool further explained that whereas the law was a constant reminder of our sin, it was a shadow of a good thing to come which is the gospel of the grace of God – – a gospel not focused on our sin, but on His unconditional love. Elder McCool further emphasized that the great law-giver comes and places that law of love directly in our hearts and there are no limitations on how or where He will take His discourse.


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