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THE OPEN DOOR

 

TO ALL MAN KIND

 

Vol. 1, April 1956, No. 4

 

Peoples Temple ME. 4-9852 Rev. James W. Jones

 

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W.O.W.O.

1190 on Dial

SUNDAY A.M.

8:00 to 8:15

2 SUNDAY SCHOOLS 9:30 & 1:00

MORNING SERVICE 10:45

MIRACLE SERVICE 2:30

EVANGELISTIC SERVICE 7:45

THURSDAY SERVICE 7:45 p.m.

 

THE CHRIST IN YOU

 

In the body or out of the body; You have not left God.

 

Ephesians 4:7 -11. But each of us has been given mercy in Christ’s generous measure. So it says, “When he went up on high, he led a host of captives, And gave gifts to mankind.” What does “he went up” mean, except that he had first gone down to the under parts of the earth? It is he who went down who has also gone up above all the heavens, to fill the universe. And he has given us some men as apostles, some as prophets, some as missionaries, some as pastors and teachers, in order to fit his people for the work of service, for building the body of Christ, until we all attain unity in faith, and in the knowledge of the son of God, and reach mature manhood, and that full measure of development found in Christ. “That He might fill the universe the fullness of Him that filleth all and in all–” Christ is the door. You must come in at the door. My God is so high, you can’t get over Him – therefore you can soar as high as you want too [to]. You may ascend – you may descend. You may explore the heights and the depths and the length and the breadth. You may go forward or backward – you cannot miss God if you come in at the door through Jesus the Christ. You can explore God for He is the fullness that filleth all and in all and through you all. In Him we live and move and have our being. Paul said, “I will go on to visions and revelations given me by the Lord. I know of a man fourteen years ago – whether in the body or out of it I do not know, God knows – being actually caught up to the third heaven. And I know that this man – I do not know whether it was in the body or out of it, God knows – was caught up into Paradise, and heard things that must not be told, which no human being can repeat.” Paul was exploring in the heights. David said, “If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.” He was exploring the depths and found God there. Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.” Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. He was exploring time and space looking forward. And Jesus said, “I tell you, I existed before Abraham was born!” Before Abraham was, I am. He was covering all time and space. The fullness of Him that filleth all and in all. The way in – through the door, that I may know him in the heights and the depths and the length and the breadth of being in God who hath ascended on high and giving gifts to man that he might through the manifestation of the gifts in operation – “As every man hath received the gift, even so ministered the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifest grace of God.” – perfecting the church. As each one has received the Gift so let him minister that all may learn and all may grow thereby and all may be edified and grow up in love in Him who filleth the whole universe. The fullness of him that filleth all in all who is in you all and through you all and above you all. “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” For it is in Him we live and move and have our being. For thus he will show us knowledge in the face of Jesus Christ who is the way – the truth – the light – the chief corner stone of the heavenly Jerusalem, with the twelve apostles for foundation stones, the twelve tribes of Israel as gates to the city, salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks. “Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities; thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken. But there the glorious Lord will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant ship passed thereby.” No work built by man can stand in the place where the city of the Most High is being revealed. So do not be afraid or terrified at heart, but go in, explore, and see the splendor and greatness of the building, as far as the sight of your eyes can see, and afterward you will hear as much as the hearing of your ears can hear. “See I am placing in Zion a cornerstone, chosen and valuable, and he whose faith rests on Him shall never be disappointed. Continued next Issue.

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