April 28, 2020
This newsletter reports news from and additions to https://www.characterofgod.org since the last newsletter (Dec 2019). Aside from additions listed herein, I am always making improvements to pages to make this a valuable resource and hub of information about the character of God, the people who are foremost in promoting it and more.
New Material Added
https://characterofgod.org/2-kings-1-12/ – Were the Captains and Their Fifties Just “Put to Sleep”? – Deals with the question of whether these men were killed or just “put to sleep” as some suggest.
https://characterofgod.org/aaronic-blessing/ – a guest article by Jeff Benner a teacher Biblical interpretation using the ancient Hebrew alphabet.
Featured Series – The Cleansing of the Sanctuary
https://characterofgod.org/daniel-814-the-cleansing-of-the-sanctuary/ – the introductory article (part 1) to the series The Cleansing of the Sanctuary referred to in Daniel 8:14 “then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.” This is a series of 22 studies (nearly complete) I have written on this topic making the connection that God wants to live within His people to perfect their characters so that they can truly represent His character to the world.
Part 2 previously posted in The Character of God and the Gospel Glossary examines the definition for “sanctuary.”
The next few parts are to identify what sanctuary is to be cleansed.
https://characterofgod.org/the-old-testament-sanctuary/ (Part 3) looks at the Old Testament sanctuary noting that the blood of bulls and goats could not take away sin (Heb 10:4).
https://characterofgod.org/heavenly-sanctuary/ (Part 4) scripture actually has very little to say about a literal sanctuary in heaven.
https://characterofgod.org/earthly-sanctuary/ (Part 5) many people are looking towards a rebuilt temple in Jerusalem – careful there.
https://characterofgod.org/true-sanctuary/ (Part 6) scripture has much to say about what the temple of God really is. A holy God desires to dwell in His people, the true sanctuary, which thus needs to be cleansed.
https://characterofgod.org/sanctuary-heart/ (Part 7) really, the heart is the mind, the part of us that can actually welcome His presence.
https://characterofgod.org/sanctuary-mind/ (Part 8) goes into how it is that the heart can need cleansing.
https://characterofgod.org/temptation-definition/ (Part 9) looks at the sources of temptation, mainly our senses and one other significant source.
https://characterofgod.org/timing-of-cleansing/ (Part 10) finds an interesting connection to the reference that the temple had been under construction for 46 years.
https://characterofgod.org/cleansing-vs-judgment/ (Part 11) looks at the question of whether cleansing and judgment are the same thing
Part 12 previously posted in The Character of God and the Gospel Glossary examines the definition for the books or records of heaven. Do they need cleansing?
https://characterofgod.org/two-minds/ (Part 13) makes the distinction between or conscious and subconscious minds and the different roles they play.
https://characterofgod.org/original-sin-definition/ (Part 14) looks at humanity’s first infection with sin – it was not eating the forbidden fruit. Sin is described as occurring on three levels as the cartoon below illustrates. Read the study for details.
https://characterofgod.org/love-motivation/ (Part 15) points us to the motivation needed to cleanse our sanctuary without which it would never happen.
https://characterofgod.org/renewing-mind/ (Part 16) this is the part that really needs cleansing.
https://characterofgod.org/conscience-bible/ (Part 17) points out the critical role our conscience plays in this cleansing process.
https://characterofgod.org/ephesians-5-26/ (Part 18) the Word implanted in our hearts plays a very important part.
Parts 19-21 have been shared in our study group but are yet to be edited and posted. That should happen within the next month or so.
Mopping up the Mess (Part 19)
Thy Way is in the Sanctuary (Part 20)
Benefits of Cleansing (Part 21)
A Fit Temple (Part 22) – To be presented at our weekly Bible study group now conducted via ZOOM.
There have been no new entries in the last few months due to my concentrating on the Cleansing of the Sanctuary series but remember that resource is there to help understand important terms. The following words are presently included: appease, atonement, blood, books (heavenly records), condemnation, fear, forgiveness, hardened, intercession, judgment, justice, justification, kill, law, love, name, sanctuary, sin, smite, wrath/anger. There are many more to come.
New Contributors Profiles
No new additions. People who have made significant contributions to the character of God message will be considered for addition.
Additions to Resources Page
Biblical Forgiveness: Are There Two Types? Revised. I was able to work with Adrian Ebens and Danny Brown of Maranatha Ministries to revise this booklet bringing it more in line with the true character of God. It can be downloaded as a PDF file from either (in slightly different formats, same content) https://characterofgod.org/resources/ (my site) or from http://maranathamedia.com/book/view/biblical-forgiveness
Printed copies also available.
I have added some of my other e-books to the Resources page even though not directly related to the character-of-God topic.
People requesting hard copies of books should be aware that the Postal Service to many countries is currently suspended. I will not be shipping to those countries for now. The list of countries may be seen at:
https://www.canadapost.ca/cpc/en/our-company/news-and-media/service-alerts.page Click on “see details” in the International section.
I thank those who have supported the distribution of books. They have gone to many homes in many countries. Heaven and eternity will reveal the results.
Links to 7 more videos in the Agape series by Adrian Ebens bringing the total to 24.
For some time I have thought of interviewing some of the contributors to my website. Marilyn Marshall (author of Light on the Dark Side of God) beat me to it and she proposed to interview me. The 29-min interview is at: https://youtu.be/kUVxnw5OwEc
There has been good growth since last December with unique visitors in March up 67% compared to December and the number of visits up 95%.
Recent newsletters can be accessed at: https://characterofgod.org/newsletters/
My Other Newsletter
For some other good spiritual material, please take a look at my other website https://www.jesus-resurrection.info/ where I especially share information about a different understanding of the timing of Jesus’ resurrection as well as many other items of interest (well over 600 pages) There is also a quarterly newsletter available there highlighting current events that point to a soon Second Coming.
The balance of the Cleansing of the Sanctuary series
More entries in the Character of God and the Gospel Glossary
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