CJ Mears

Cornelius J. Mears


Born in Evansville, Indiana in 1923. He married Mary Alberta Doubledee in 1941 and they had 3 children together.


He felt the call of God at an early age and in 1947 was ordained at the age of 23.


C.J. Mears pastored the Christian Gospel Temple for over 50 years and passed July 22, 2006.


The recordings found here are messages over the span of his 50 years of service as founder and teaching pastor of CGT. In these recordings you will recognize dated material but predominately the timelessness of inspired scripture. Enjoy.


Study in Isaiah 65 & 66


The unique teaching style of C.J. Mears would not often reflect a mode of verse by verse exegesis. This however is one such Bible study that takes this approach to Isaiah 65 & 66. This study is a compilation of excerpts from Wednesday night services in 1974, El Monte, California.


CJ Mears - Isaiah 65 and 66

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Treasure

C.J. Mears recognized the importance of teaching from the entirety of the Holy Scriptures using the Old Testament's imagery, types and shadows as a foundation of Jesus' new and better covenant. He often quoted the old saying, "the Old Testament is the New Testament concealed but the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed." 


The old covenant moon was only a reflection of the true Sun that would arise with healing in His wings. -Malachi 4:2


These historical recordings are a sample of these teachings from a compiled series called: "Out of his treasure both new and old"


Then Jesus said unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old. -Mattew 13:52

Treasure

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Parables

C.J. Mears felt the parables of Jesus in their cultural setting held vital information for our practical daily living and were prophetic windows into the future for the church and kingdom of God.  


These historical recordings are from a compiled series called: 


“The Parables of our Lord”


Parables

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Passover

The Passover is a monumental historical event for the Jewish people. With over 400 years of exile under oppressive dictatorship, God in his divine providence wrought great deliverance for his chosen people using the prophet Moses.  


The imagery in Exodus 12 of the Lamb, the blood and the exodus from Egypt and its bondage held great meaning to the New Testament writers.  


These historical recordings are from a compiled series called:


"Passover, The Lord's Supper & Communion"

Passover

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Baptisms

Coming from pentecostal roots, CGT often heard messages on the baptisms taught in the scriptures. Water, Spirit and Fire. 


I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire. -Matthew 3:11


But Jesus said, “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” -John 3:5


Baptisms

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Revelations

The book of Revelation was very important to C.J. Mears and he affirmed the book held past, present and future keys for the kingdom of God. He took serious the similar charge in the first and last chapters of the book.


Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand . -Rev. 1:3


And he saith unto me, seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. -Rev. 22:10


In reviewing the historical material, we verified that every decade of his 50 year ministry he endeavored to take a verse by verse study of the book of Revelation and was in process again in the 1990's until he fell ill.  


This series is compiled around the most in depth study captured from the 1970's Wednesday night services from San Gabriel and El Monte California.  


When we were unable to locate material from the 1970's study, substitution was made with excerpts from earlier or later decades.


These historical recordings are taken from a compiled series called:


"The Revelation of Jesus Christ"



Revelations

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Matthew 24

Matthew records one of Jesus' last major discourses and his most prophetic and apocalyptic message of the end of the present age. While the message includes the imminent fall of Jerusalem it also goes far beyond into the future when the “times of the Gentiles” would be fulfilled.  


Theologically, scholars have differing views of the signs, comings and tribulation found in the prophetic passage.  


Matthew 24 was an often visited passage in the teaching repertoire of C.J. Mears.


Matthew 24

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Foundation

These historical recordings are from a compiled series called "Foundation"


Foundation

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70 Weeks of Daniel

The book of Daniel is impregnated with past, present and future keys for the kingdom of God. In the 9th chapter, Daniel the prophet leader of the Jewish community begins to look to Jehovah for answers concerning his people's Babylonian exile. Revelation surfaces from the prophetic writings of Jeremiah and the heavenlies with an angel sent from the Lord. 


The passage defines a clear time table from the biblical commandment to rebuild Jerusalem to the arrival of the messianic deliverer, his crucifixion and the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 ending the old covenant dispensation. Some scholars carry the prophecy to the millennial reign of Christ.


C.J. Mears often commented, "if through the revelation and time clock of prophetic writing Jehovah helped the Jewish people identify their place in His economy, we too have hope by the same inspiration of Holy Scripture to find our present locale and final destination in God's majestic plan."


70 Weeks of Daniel

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Ruth, Esther, and Haggai

The book of Ruth: Ruth is a prophecy, than which none could be more beautiful and engaging, of the entrance of the heathen world into the kingdom of God. She comes forth out of Moab, an idolatrous people full of wantonness and sin, and is herself so tender and pure. -J.P. Lange


In his lessons on Ruth, C.J. Mears often quoted the above commentary to represent the parallel of introduction to the promised Messiah and acceptance of his gospel by the Gentiles.


The book of Esther: contains the history which led to the institution of the Jewish feast of Purim during the time of the captivity. In honor of the deliverance it was called Purim because of the lot Pur which Hamen cast for the destruction of the Jewish people.   


The book contains no mention of God yet has great religious value containing a most striking illustration of God’s overruling providence in history exhibiting a level of courage, loyalty and patriotism not seen in other writings of the time. 


Queen Esther was encouraged at the risk of her life that she was providentially born for such a time as this. With faith in her God and loyalty to her people she exposes the sinister plan of Hamen to exterminate the Jewish people and preserves a line that would eventually bring the promised Messiah. -C.J. Mears


The book of Haggai: The prophet of God was addressing a people who needed to be roused into activity. The hopes they once had from the generosity of Cyrus had been crushed by the pressure of Samaritan jealousy and general neglect of Cyrus' successor. 


Israel had experienced a series of barren seasons and were desperately poor. As a community they had lost heart and were in need of impelling power to give them renewed enthusiasm and hopefulness. 


The prophet Haggai roused them to their duty and dispelled their faintheartedness giving the achievement of rebuilding the temple its true significance as the next step which God had called them to take.


The prophet therefore kept alive the loyalty and hope that had been kindled by their famous predecessors. -C.J. Mears

Ruth, Esther, and Haggai

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