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HAPPY 37 SVG

 

Happy 37th independence anniversary to all Vincentians. May we reflect upon what we have accomplished over these past 37 years and how we can forge ahead, shaping a better society for us and future generations.

From Top down-:

SVG-Prime-Ministers

Prime Minister Dr Ralph .E. Gonsalves 2001- Present
Former Prime Minister – Hon Arnhim .U. Eustace 2000-2001
Former Premier & Prime Minister Sir James F.A Mitchell – 1972- 74 & 1984-2000
Former Premier And First Prime Minister Rt Hon Robert .M. Cato – 1969-72 & 1979-84
First Chief Minister Hon Ebenezer .T. Joshua 1956-67

 

 

 

PATRIARCH OF LOVE

JOSEPH-THE PATRIARCH OF LOVE

This morning I want to talk about Joseph the patriarch  and how his life has impacted us in these days and what applies to our lives personally. The Mystical Order will continue to enlighten you through this website and our Facebook page and groups. It is my duty to minister daily the truths of God’s word. What we know “to whom much is given, much more is required.

Joseph is very different from his father. He is Jacob’s first and favourite son by Rachel, a master of dream, sold into slavery by jealous brothers. (yes very jealous) He becomes a lord of Egypt who saves the nations in time of famine, leads his brothers to repentance before revealing his identity in a magnanimous act of reconciliation, and fulfills his father’s last wish by burying his remains in the land of promise. He is the consolation of his father’s old age, after having been the indirect cause of his broken heart.

The Joseph-saga (Genesis 37-50) is a superb presentation of the biblical doctrine of vicarious suffering, for Joseph, when triumphant, saves his brothers who had cruelly wronged him. Salvation comes through suffering; God makes the moment of Joseph’s apparent destruction the starting point of his ascent to glory. The whole story of how God overrides men’s evil purposes and out of their misdeeds works their salvation is found in both the Joseph-saga and in the passion and death of Jesus Christ. The wickedness of Joseph’s brothers is overcome by the goodness of Joseph. The act whereby they attempted to destroy him, eventually leads to their salvation in time of famine. Through love Joseph and Christ “destroy” their enemies by converting them into friends, and in this remarkable way show how the psalmist’s frequent prayer for the “destruction” of God’s enemies is actually accomplished. Love is the way God “destroys” His enemies, when the very crucifixion of the Messiah is turned by divine wisdom into the means of salvation for all mankind.

No tension between nature and grace, disbelief and faith is found in Joseph. He suffers patiently when treated with malice because his is the peace of a true friend of God, “God was with Joseph and was kind to him” (Genesis 39:21). Thus God’s loving friendship sustains him in prison, and enables him to accept ill fortune as well as good. There is no wrestling with the deity (Jacob: Genesis 32:23-33). No tensions between faith and unfaith (Abraham) or sinfulness and grace (Jacob) appear in Joseph, but rather in his brothers.

Today we stand in the presence of God suffering inside daily from the jealous actions and behaviour of our brethren. Night and day they being the accuser of the brethren who are trying to serve the Lord. They have no conscience but to do the things since they are turned over to the will of the enemy. May Almighty God grant peace and mercy and bring everyone to the saving grace of God

Sir Godfrey Gregg

Divisional Patriarch

PATRIARCH OF HOPE (3)

THE GRATUITOUS CHOICE OF GOD

The people of God live in the light of His countenance, humbly realizing that God has not chosen them because of their own qualities or goodness. God’s act of saving love is for “His name’s sake”; the reason for His choice and deliverance of His people is to be found in God alone. This is the mystery of election and grace. God loved Jacob, and the ground of His love lies solely in His own goodness, not in the lovableness of Jacob. God’s love is agape for those who have nothing to offer in return, as opposed to EROS which is based on the attractiveness of the object loved. God has not chosen them because they are righteous; rather, because God has chosen them for they must be righteous.

Mindful of His covenant with Abraham to bless all the nations of the earth, God elects Jacob-Israel, not to privilege, but to service, to further His saving purpose among the nations. Israel, too, is appointed to be “a kingdom of priests,” a kingdom set apart to represent God to the world and the needs of the world to God. She is to be a dedicated nation, a light for the Gentiles (Isaiah 42:6). Look about in the Mystical Order and see where you are placed, and stay there for the blessing of Almighty God awaits you. You will only receive it, if you stay in your place. Hallelujah. I stayed where God planted me and the fruits came forth in my season. Praise the Lord. Shall we praise the Lord this morning.

Above all, Jacob is the symbol of Israel’s own humble hope. And because he continues to hope, he (and the people of God) becomes the hope of all the nations who would receive God’s blessing through him. Everything is against Jacob, except the mysterious ways of God, and these eventually triumph in him. He is the youngest brother in a land where pre-eminence is naturally given to the oldest son. In contrast with Esau, Jacob is clearly the lesser vehicle; yet he bears the promise and the blessing. Israel, too, the “least of all the nations,” is the most unlikely candidate for God’s election. And yet, like her ancestor, Jacob-Israel, she is chosen by God to be the instrument of salvation.

Sir Godfrey Gregg

Divisional Patriarch

PATRIARCH OF HOPE (2)

ISRAEL STRUGGLES WITH GOD

Pay close attention to this morning’s message. There is an uplifting moment for you. Read with an open heart and ask God to reveal the hidden truth.

For this chosen people Jacob is both an historical individual and a symbol of their own relationship to God. In Jacob-Israel they recognise their own wayward nature, through him they realise that their own election is neither ethically nor morally merited. Election, the call, God’s favour is not theirs because of any intrinsic nobility and goodness of their own, but rather, as it would appear, despite the deviousness of their ways, in the grace and purpose of God. They have no claims on God; they cannot “force His hand” with human efforts. The people of God realise that the righteous man is not he who conforms his conduct to what is right but he whom God recognizes as righteous. It is for him whom God loves to learn to love. Jacob was not chosen because he was righteous. He is righteous because he is chosen. Jacob eventually receives his comeuppance for his sins and becomes a wise and mellow old man.

Jacob expresses the tension between human perversity and divine love. In Jacob the people of God read the shame of their own sinfulness, and the hope offered by God’s eternal goodness and saving love. Jacob grew in faith at Bethel, “Surely God is in this place; and I did not know it”. The history of the people of God, too, is one in which they understand themselves to be supported only by the grace of God, a story of sustained hope and confidence in a beneficent, life-giving Providence, communicating His goodness to all.

My peace I leave with you this morning and may Almighty God grant you His favour.

Sir Godfrey Gregg

Divisional Patriarch

PATRIARCH OF HOPE (1)

JACOB – PATRIARCH OF HOPE

Starting today we want to look at Jacob the Patriarch and how it applies to us this day.
Genesis tells us little about Isaac who seems to be a replica of his father; but it has much to say about his son Jacob-Israel. Jacob is a most dislike-able character – treacherous, deceitful, acquisitive, proud and self-centered. The disreputable Jacob tricks his brother Esau out of his birthright and his father’s blessing. Although Esau is magnanimous, forgiving and noble in character, God, in His supreme and unfathomable liberty, has made Jacob the object of His special providence. Jacob may cheat his brother and outsmart his father-in-law Laban, but dishonest as he is, he is still the object of God’s loving covenant-promise. Jacob’s morality is like that of any Middle-Bronze-Age believer, but God takes him as he is, working with him and slowly educating him. Are we any different today? Look closely and see what God is doing with His children, how He is selecting just as He did with David from among his brothers. Where do you stand in the selection process?

At a time of despair Jacob has a dream at Bethel (Genesis 28: I0-22). God appears to him and renews the threefold promise made to Abraham. Now Jacob can hope in the goodness of God. Assured of the divine Presence, he journeys to his kinsmen in Haran where, through the providence of God, he acquires great wealth and two wives, and is enabled to return in safety to his own land. Again at Bethel, but now at a time of prosperity, he has another dream. He wrestles with the angel of God until daybreak, when he receives the angel’s blessing and a new name, “Israel,” indicating his new mission in life as the father of the chosen people. There is where I am today. I have walked in the promises and received my new name. Hallelujah

Sir Godfrey Geegg

Divisional Patriarch

OBEDIENCE BRINGS BLESSINGS

But because you say so, I will let down the nets —Luke 5:5.

Oh, what a blessed formula for us! This path of mine is dark, mysterious, perplexing; nevertheless, at your word I will go forward. This trial of mine is cutting, sore for flesh and blood to bear. It is hard to breathe through a broken heart, Thy will be done. But,nevertheless, at your word I will say, “Even so, Father!” This besetting habit, or infirmity, or sin of mine, is difficult to crucify. It has become part of myself—a second nature; to be severed from it would be like the cutting off of a right hand, or the plucking out of a right eye;nevertheless, at your word I will lay aside every weight; this idol I will utterly abolish. This righteousness of mine it is hard to ignore; all these virtues, and amiabilities, and natural graces, it is hard to believe that they dare not in any way be mixed up in the matter of my salvation; and that I am to receive all from first to last as the gift of God, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Nevertheless, at your word“I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things” [Philippians 3:8].

Divisional Patriarch

Sir Godfrey Gregg

PATRIARCH IN FAITH (4)

The grace of Almighty God will take us to our destination.

FAITH IN TRIAL

In episode after episode, Genesis shows how Abraham’s faith is severely tested. Yet, when everything seems lost, God intervenes. In Egypt, for example, Sarah is in danger of being taken into Pharaoh’s harem. Had this mishap befallen the ancestress of Israel, the promise of a great progeny would not have been fulfilled. But the divine plan, so solemnly initiated, is not to be thwarted, and God’s hand intervenes. The God of Abraham is Lord in Egypt; the protection of His chosen ones is not circumscribed by space.

Again, when it is necessary for Lot and Abraham to part, Lot is given the freedom to choose where to go. The future of Israel depends upon his decision. Lot chooses, not the land of promise, but the Jordan Valley that would later know the Moabites and Ammonites. The promise of the one land, made to Abraham, has been safeguarded and the promise is now renewed (Genesis 13:14).

The totality of Abraham’s response of faith is demanded when God tells Abraham: “Take your son, your only son Isaac whom you love…and offer him there (in the land of Moriah) as a burnt offering upon one of the mountains of which I shall tell you” (Genesis 22:2). It seems that God is asking him to destroy in faith the only concrete evidence that faith could be fulfilled. Isaac is the only visible hope for the ultimate fulfillment of God’s promise. Although Abraham realises that God has the right to demand this sacrifice, the test to his faith is unimaginable. God is satisfied with his readiness to obey; a ram is substituted.

The near-sacrifice of Isaac is understood by Abraham and the people of God to mean that, unless we are willing to lose our life for God’s sake, we shall neither find nor save our life. This total demand of faith expects a complete, unqualified response, a total commitment. We find a strong echo of this in the succinct statement of Isaiah: “If you will not believe, surely you shall not be established” (verses 7:9b). For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength”. And you would not…(Isaiah 30:15). Just as the history of the people of God begins with Abraham, so too, the spiritual life of this people begins with faith. Salvation comes to him who believes in God’s promise and accepts life on His terms. Only thus can the promise be fulfilled.

TO BE CONTINUED …….

Sir Godfrey Gregg

Divisional Patriarch

THE BIBLE PRESENTATION

 

The Bible as we know is our chart and compass which guides us daily throughout this life. Here is a very good description of The Bible.

This book contains: the mind of God, the state of mankind, the way of salvation, the fate of sinners, and happiness of believers.

Its doctrine is holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. God’s peace is with you.

It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the soldier’s sword, the pilot’s compass, and the Christian’s charter. Here heaven is open, and the gates of hell disclosed.

Christ is its grand subject, our good its design, and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, health to the soul, and a river of pleasure. It is given to you here in this life, will be open at judgment, and is established forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labour, and condemn all who trifle with its contents.

My Brother (Sister), you have served your discipleship as a bearer of burdens and hewer of stone in the quarries and have come at last to that exalted position as an overseer of work,….a Master Mystical Court Commander, free to travel into foreign countries, to work and receive The Mystical Court’s wages.

We have given you your tools to work with and taught you their Mystical uses. We taught you how to properly divide your time by the 24 inch gauge, that you might have 8 hours in which to rest and 8 more to serve your fellow man and worship your Creator. You will continue to do well if you follow the formula given to you throughout the course outlined.

We gave you the common gavel with which to rid your mind and conscience of all the vices and superfluities of life, so that when your appointed time arrives, you may find your proper place in that spiritual temple, that house not made with hands, eternal in the Heavens. These will only guide you through this life if you paid attention to your Mystical teacher.

We taught you to walk uprightly by the plumb, to square your actions by the square of virtue, and how to meet and work on the level. And, finally, we gave you the trowel with which to spread the cement of brotherly love and affection that binds us into the greatest organization (Christianity) the world has ever known; a brotherhood that extends into every far flung corner of the Earth. It is given to you to keep, but only if you paid attention to the true teaching.

But, my Brother (Sister), there is one thing that we have not yet given you,…something that every workman must have in order to do the best possible work. We have not yet given you a set of plans to work by, or in our Mystical language, …your Trestle Board.

So, it is our pleasure and privilege at this time to present you with your Trestleboard. This is the Mystical Bible on which you placed your hands and kissed when you took your Mystical Oath and Obligations here at this Mystical altar. The same place you have received your Charge to be faithful to Almighty God.

Here is your book of plans, the most complete set of plans ever given to a man. Here you will find a plan to guide you, comfort you, to sustain you in every contingency, in joy or in sorrow, in riches or in poverty, in fair weather or foul. The answer to ever question, to every need, can be found between the covers of this great book.

How you will choose to use this set of plans, my Brother (Sister), is not for me to say. That is something you must work out for yourself. You may find the answer in the words of the prophets…in the 10 Commandments as laid down by Moses…in the records of the Mosaic found in the book of Exodus…in the inspirations of the Psalms and written by David,…or in the wisdom of the proverbs of King Solomon.

Or, you may find it by example, the example of that perfect and most successful life lived 2000 years ago by a humble carpenter. Jessus Christ our soon coming King of kings.

But, let me tell you this, my Brother (Sister), and I say it in all sincerity, whenever you turn to this Great Book to find your plan, you may fail it,… but it will never fail you. Just like the hymn writer declared tha Jesus never fails. Why did I say that to you. Because He is the Word made flesh and came among us.

So, we give you this Book of Plans…this Trestle Board…with our best wishes and blessings. It is yours to serve and guide you in your social, your business…and most importantly, your family life.

And now, properly equipped with your Trestle Board, go forth, my Brother (Sister), and do your work as a man (woman) and as a Master Mystical Commander!

BE PERFECT AFTER THE PATTERN OF THE SON

All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure —1 John 3:3.

God is now aiming to reproduce in us the pattern which has already appeared in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The Christian life is not an imitation of Christ, but a direct new creation in Christ, and the union with Christ is so complete that he imparts his own nature to us and lives his own life in us and then it is not an imitation, but simply the outgrowth of the nature implanted within.

We live Christ-like because we have the Christ-life. God is not satisfied with anything less than perfection. He required that from his Son. He requires it from us, and he does not, in the process of grace, reduce the standard, but he brings us up to it. He does not let down the righteousness of the law, but he requires of us a righteousness that far exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, and then he imparts it to us. He counts us righteous in sanctification, and he says of the new creation, “you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.”

Lord, live out your very life in me.

Sir Godfrey Gregg

Divisional Patriarch