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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

THIS JESUS” as stated by the apostles in the Book of Acts

“THIS JESUS” in the Book of Acts:

 "Who are you Lord?"     What follows is the words the Spirit filled disciples proclaimed and said regarding Jesus Christ, as they preached the Gospel.   In their words, not mine.

1 The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day when He was taken up to heaven, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen.
3 To these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God. 4 Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me;
 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
8 but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
10 And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them. 11 They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky?
THIS JESUS, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.”

Peter Acts 2, the first time the gospel was proclaimed, the newly Spirit filled disciples that said:

22  men of Israel, hear these words:
JESUS OF NAZARETH, ** A MAN** approved of God to you by mighty works and wonders and signs WHICH GOD DID BY HIM  among you, as yourselves know;
23 him, being delivered up by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, you by the hand of lawless men did crucify and slay:
24 whom God raised up, having loosed the pangs of death: because it was not possible that he should be held by it. 25 For David said concerning him,  I beheld the Lord always before my face;…..
29 Brethren, …the patriarch David, both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.
30 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins he would set one upon his throne (i.e. king David's);
31 he foreseeing this spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that neither was he left in Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.
32 ===> THIS JESUS did God raise up, whereof we all are witnesses.
33 Being therefore exalted by the right hand of God, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured forth this, which ye see and hear.
34 For David ascended not into the heavens: but he said,
The LORD said to my Lord, Sit on my right hand,  Till I make thine enemies the footstool of thy feet.
36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know assuredly, that God has made him both Lord and Christ, THIS JESUS whom ye crucified.

Acts 3:
13 The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified >>His servant Jesus<<<, the one whom you delivered and disowned in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release Him.
14 But you disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked for a murderer to be granted to you,
15 ==> but put to death the Prince of life, the one whom God raised from the dead <===, a fact to which we are witnesses.

19 Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;
20 and that ===> He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you <===,
21 whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.
22 Moses said, ‘>The Lord God will raise up you a prophet like me < from your brethren; to Him you shall give heed to everything He says to you.
26 For you first, ===> God raised up His Servant and sent Him to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways.”

Acts 4:
8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them.., 20 for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.”.. ......And the rulers were gathered together
Against the Lord and against His Christ.’
29 And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence, 30 while You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place
===> through the name of **Your holy servant*** Jesus.”

29 But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. 30 ==> The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, ===> whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a cross.
31 ===> He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior <===,
to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

32 And we are witnesses of these things;
and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.”
42 And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching ===> Jesus as the Christ.

Acts 6 is the account of church growth, deacons, and Stephen who taught and served, "Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit:" Stephen speaks to the elders of Israel:..........

ACTS 7  Stephen quoting the Old Testament:
32 ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob.’ Moses shook with fear and would not venture to look.
37 This is the Moses who said to the sons of Israel,
==>‘God will raise up for you a prophet ***like me from your brethren***.
48 However, the Most High does not dwell in houses made by human hands; as the prophet says:
49 ‘Heaven is My throne, And earth is the footstool of My feet; What kind of house will you build for Me?’ says the Lord, 52 Which one of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? They killed those who had previously announced the coming of the ==>Righteous One<==, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become
54 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the quick, and they began gnashing their teeth at him.
55 But being ***full of the Holy Spirit***,
he gazed intently into heaven AND SAW the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God;
56 and he said, “Behold, I SEE the heavens opened up
===> and the Son of Man <=== standing at the right hand of God.”

Who did he see? God or the son of man standing at the right hand of God?

Acts: 8 what Philip preached:
5 And Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and proclaimed to them the Christ.
12 But when they believed Philip preaching good tidings concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
35 And Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture, preached to him Jesus.
36 And as they went on the way, they came to a certain water; and the eunuch said, [here is] water; what hinders me to be baptized?
37  [And Philip said, If you believe with all thy heart, you may. And he answered and said,
==> I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. <==.

 Paul in Acts 917 And Ananias departed, and entered into the house; and laying his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, [even] Jesus, who appeared to you in the way has sent me, that you may receive  sight, and be filled with the Holy Spirit.
18 And straightway there fell from his eyes as it were scales, and he received his sight; and he arose and was baptized; 19 and he took food and was strengthened. And he was certain days with the disciples at Damascus.

20  What Spirit-filled Paul then proclaimed
And straightway in the synagogues *** he proclaimed Jesus, that he is the Son of God. ***

Acts 10
:21  And Peter went down to the men, and said, see, I am he that you seek: what is the reason for you coming to me? 22  And they said, Cornelius a centurion, a righteous man that fears God, and well reported of by all the nation of the Jews, was warned [of God] by a holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words from thee.
34  And Peter opened his mouth and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35  but in every nation he that fears him, and works righteousness, is acceptable to him.

36 The Word which **he sent** to the children of Israel, preaching good tidings of peace ==> by Jesus Christ (He is Lord *kurios) of all.) --
38 ***Jesus of Nazareth***, how God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; ==> for God was **with** him. ...whom also they slew, hanging him on a tree.

40   *** Him *** ==> God raised up the third day,
 42 And he commanded us to preach to the people,  and to testify that ===> this is he who is ordained of God [to be] the Judge of the living and the dead.
43  To him bear all the prophets witness, that through his name every one that believes on him shall receive remission of sins....  44
While Peter spoke these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all them that heard the word. 45 And they of the Jewish brethren that believed were amazed, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out ==> the gift of the Holy Spirit.
46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God

Acts 11 is a re-telling of chapter 10 to the brethren back in Jerusalem
After that, 11: 20 But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they were come to Antioch, spoke to the Greeks also, preaching the Lord Jesus. *not: Lord= kurios, not "theos)21 And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number that believed turned to the Lord.

Acts 12 is the death of James, Peter's arrest, divine intervention, Herod struck down by God...

ACTS 13.. Saul (PAUL) a prophet and teacher is called to be an apostle and is sent to preach to the gentiles..

In Antioch he preached to the Jews in the synagogue saying:
16 And Paul stood up, and beckoning with the hand said, Men of Israel, and you that fear God, hear:
17  The God of this people Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they sojourned in the land of Egypt, and with a high arm led he them forth out of it. …He raised up David to be their king; to whom also he bare witness and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who shall do all My will.
23 Of this man's <King David> seed has God according to promise brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus;
........................ 26 Brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and those among you that fear God, to us is the word of this salvation sent forth.
27  For they that dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath, fulfilled [them] by condemning [him].
28  And though they found no cause of death, yet asked they of Pilate that he should be slain.
29 And when they had fulfilled all things that were written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a tomb.
30  ==> But God raised him from the dead:

33 that God has fulfilled the same to our children, ==> in that HE raised up Jesus; as also it is written in the second psalm, ==> You are my Son, this day have I begotten thee.

34 And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, no more to return to corruption, he has spoken this way, ** I will give you (Jesus Christ) the holy and sure [blessings] of David.**

==> 38  Be it known to you therefore, brethren,
 that through **this man** is proclaimed to you remission of sins:
39  and **by him** every one that believes is justified from all , ==> from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.
47 For so has the Lord commanded us, [saying], I have set thee for a light of the Gentiles, That you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth. 48 And as the Gentiles heard this, they were GLAD, and glorified the word of God: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.

Acts 14.. Spread of the gospel .

And it came to pass in Iconium that together they both went into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spoke that a great multitude of both the Jews and also of the Greeks believed.
4 But the multitude of the city was divided, and part held with the Jews and part with the apostles.
5 And when there was an assault made both by the Gentiles and also the Jews, with their rulers, to use them spitefully and to stone them,
6 they were aware of it and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and the region that lieth round about.
7 And there they preached the Gospel.

Acts 15  Controversy with The LAW of the Old Testament and the New Testament churches..

5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees who believed, saying that it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the Law of Moses. 
6 And the apostles and the elders came together to consider this matter.
17 that the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles upon whom My name is called, says the Lord who does all these things.’
28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, ==> to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things: 29 that ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication. If ye keep yourselves from these things, ye shall do well. Fare ye well!”.

Acts 16 continues this instruction: 4 And as they went through the cities, they delivered to them the decrees to keep, that had been ordained by the apostles and elders who were at Jerusalem

Acts 17
:  Paul at Berea
10 The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews.  ===> 11 Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness,
===> examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. <==

Paul preaches in Athens.. on Mars Hill
22 So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. 23 For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship,

I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’  ===> Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you...

24 The God who made the world (Gen 1) and all in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; 25 nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things;
26 and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth...
27 that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him,
though He is not far from each one of us;  28 for in Him we live and move and exist

 What Paul said:
29 Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man.
30 Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, 

Acts 17:31  because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”

Acts 18:  Paul at Corinth (NASB
5 But when Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul began devoting himself completely to the word,
  ==> solemnly testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ.

24 Now a Jew named Apollos, an Alexandrian by birth, an eloquent man, came to Ephesus; and he was mighty in the Scriptures. he greatly [helped those who had believed through grace, 28 for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, ==> demonstrating by the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ...

((the same revelation as Peter's revelation in Mt. 16:16 And Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.

Acts 19  (NASB) Paul at Ephesus
Paul passed through the upper country and came to Ephesus, and found some disciples.  2 He said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” they said to him, “No, we have not even heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” 3 And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” And they said, “Into John’s baptism.”
4 Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in Him who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus.

Acts 20  (NASB) Paul in Macedonia and Greece

16 For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus so that he would not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hurrying to be in Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost. 17 From Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called to him the elders of the church. ..
saying to the elders:
20 how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you publicly and from house to house, 21 solemnly testifying to both Jews and Greeks
==> of repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

28 Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you <the elders> overseers <aka bishops>, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.
29 I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;
30 and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.

Acts 21  (NASB) Paul Sails from Miletus

“This is what the Holy Spirit says: ‘In this way the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.’” 12 When we had heard this, we as well as the local residents began begging him not to go up to Jerusalem.
13 Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but even to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”

<Paul arrested and the Jews seek to kill him:>
21:28 This is the man who preaches to all men everywhere against our people and the Law and this place; and besides he has even brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.”
39 But Paul said, “I am a Jew of Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no insignificant city; and I beg you, allow me to speak to the people.” 40 When he had given him permission, Paul, standing on the stairs, motioned to the people with his hand; and when there was a great hush, he spoke to them in the Hebrew dialect, saying,...

ACTS 22   Paul’s Testimony:
6.. it happened that as I was on my way, approaching Damascus about noontime, a very bright light suddenly flashed from heaven all around me, 7 and I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’ 8 And I answered, ‘Who are You, Lord?’
’ ==> And He said to me, ‘I am Jesus the Nazarene, <=== whom you are persecuting.

Questions to ponder, was God ever prophesied to be a Nazarene?  Could Jesus have instead said "I am your God?

10 And I said, ‘What shall I do, Lord?’ And the Lord said to me, ‘Get up and go on into Damascus, and there you will be told of all that has been appointed for you to do.’
Ananias ministers to Saul:
12 “A certain Ananias, a man who was devout by the standard of the Law, and well spoken of by all the Jews who lived there, 13 came to me, and standing near said to me, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight!’ And at that very time I looked up at him.
14 And he said, ‘THE GOD OF OUR FATHERS has appointed you to know His will and to see the Righteous One and to hear an utterance from His mouth.

"God of our fathers":
Acts 3:13   The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Servant Jesus; whom you delivered up, and denied before the face of Pilate, when he had determined to release him.
Acts 5:30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew, hanging him on a tree.
Acts 7:32 I am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob. And Moses trembled, and durst not behold. (from Acts 7, where God (YHWH) said to Moses "I am the God ..."

(note. Did JESUS EVER state "I am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob" when speaking to anyone..? )

Acts 24:14 But this I admit to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect I do serve the **God of our fathers**, believing everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets

Ananias: "16 Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name." 17 “ when I returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, that I fell into a trance,
18 and I saw Him saying to me, ‘Make haste, and get out of Jerusalem quickly, ===> because they will not accept your testimony about Me.’ <===

remember “ME”, vs. 8?: And He said to me, ‘I am Jesus the Nazarene, รณ whom you are persecuting.’

Acts 23 (NASB) Paul testifying to the Jewish leaders, the "Council". (Sanhedrin)

Paul, looking intently at the Council, said, “Brethren, I have lived my life with a perfectly good conscience before God up to this day...“Brethren, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees; I am on trial for the hope and resurrection of the dead!”
..10 And as a great dissension was developing, the commander was afraid Paul would be torn to pieces by them and ordered the troops to go down and take him away from them by force, and bring him into the barracks. 11 But on the night immediately following, ===> the Lord stood at his side and said, “Take courage; for as you have solemnly witnessed to My cause at Jerusalem, so you must witness at Rome also.”
 Acts 24, after Paul's arrest, his first trial before his accusers.
Paul's defense: 10 When the governor had nodded for him to speak, Paul responded:
13 Nor can they prove to you the charges of which they now accuse me.
14 But this I admit to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect I do serve the **God of our fathers**, believing everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets
...‘For the resurrection of the dead I am on trial before you today.’”……..
24 some days later Felix arrived with Drusilla, his wife who was a Jewess, and sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus.

Acts 26 (NASB) Paul’s Defense before Agrippa
26 Agrippa said to Paul, “You are permitted to speak for yourself.” ...I consider myself fortunate, King Agrippa, that I am about to make my defense before you today; 3 especially because you are an expert in all customs and questions among the Jews; therefore I beg you to listen to me patiently.  and for this hope, O King, I am being accused by Jews.
8  Why is it considered incredible among you people if God raises the dead?
9 “So then, I thought to myself that I had to do many things hostile to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.
 13 at midday, O King, I saw on the way a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining all around me and those who were journeying with me. 14 And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew dialect, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? 
 It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’

15 And I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’
And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting.

22 So, having obtained help from God, I stand to this day testifying both to small and great, stating nothing but what the Prophets and Moses said was going to take place;
23 that the Christ was to suffer, and that by reason of His resurrection from the dead
He (Jesus) would be the first to proclaim light both to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.”
Acts 27. (NASB) Paul (not Peter) Is Sent to Rome.. Travel, shipwrecked, survival.. on the way to Rome.
21 When they had gone a long time without food, then Paul stood up in their midst and said, “Men, you ought to have followed my advice and not to have set sail from Crete and incurred this damage and loss.
22 Yet now I urge you to keep courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship.
23 For this very night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood before me,
24 saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar; and behold, God has granted you all those who are sailing with you.’…..
 And so it happened that they all were brought safely to land.

Acts 28..   Paul Arrives at Rome
11 At the end of three months we set sail on an Alexandrian ship …
16 When we entered Rome, Paul was allowed to stay by himself, with the soldier who was guarding him.
17 After three days Paul called together those who were the leading men of the Jews, and when they came together, he began saying to them, “Brethren, though I had done nothing against our people or the customs of our fathers, yet I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans. ..
20 … therefore, I requested to see and to speak with you, as I am wearing this chain for the sake of the hope of Israel.”
23 When they had set a day for Paul, they came to him at his lodging in large numbers; and he was explaining to them by solemnly testifying about the kingdom of God and trying to persuade them concerning Jesus, from both the Law of Moses and from the Prophets, from morning until evening.
30 And he stayed two full …31 preaching the kingdom of God and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all openness, unhindered.

For study:
Who is Jesus' God?
17 Jesus saith to her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended unto the Father: but go unto my brethren, and say to them,
=>> I ascend to my Father and your Father, and my God and your God.
Jesus said God is "MY GOD" FOURTEEN TIMES in scripture.

*these are written*==>> that YOU may BELIEVE
==>> that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God <==
 and that believing ye may have life in his name.

Please do not argue with me, read the above with an open heart and mat God grant you understanding from THEIR WORDS.. and not anyone's theology.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Cherry Picking From The Old Covenant?

                         There is only ONE Covenant

1John 2:26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that would lead you astray.

One of the issues we were presented with was tithing, and a local church spokes-person gave a good cover story from the life of Jacob, the grandson of Abraham. 
On the surface it really sounded reasonable.  It might inspire some to do likewise, especially anyone who accepts whatever they are taught by their Christian leaders. 

This unusual approach was presented based on a vow from Genesis 28:
 20 Then Jacob made this vow: "If God will indeed be with me and protect me on this journey, and if he will provide me with food and clothing, 21 and if I return safely to my fathers home, then the Lord will certainly be my God.
22 And this memorial pillar I have set up will become a place for worshiping God, and I will present to God a tenth of everything he gives me."

Doesn't that sound reasonable?
Make a deal with God in exchange for protection and provision, just make a pledge or vow to give 10% of everything God gives. It's even in the Bible, and a godly man did so.

Jacob's Vow in LIGHT of the New Covenant
Let's look at the small issue of Jacob's vow to give 10% Let's ask ourselves the following:
1. Jacob's vowDid anyone in the New Testament scriptures make this vow?
    Answer:  Easy to answer, no one did. zip, nada, zilch.
2. Does the New Covenant lack in promises that we need to go back and follow Jacob's vow in order to be blessed and provided for?   Answer: What are New Testament promises? Salvation, deliverance, provision, wholeness? (see the Greek word "sozo")
3. Do we need  to follow Moses' Law in the OLD Covenant?
4. Should we observe Abraham's Covenant? 

Are there some good things here and there we could pick and choose from?

There is a tragic error committed by many Christians who love God. They do not know or understand the Covenant God made with us in Jesus Christ.  I would dare say the majority  let  leadership define what Christianity is.

So in ignorance and confusion, scripture is misapplied, cherry-picked, misunderstood and worse yet, mis-taught to the trusting folks in the pew.
Hebrews 8:6 But now has he (Jesus) ... is also the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted upon better promises.

Hebrews 7:22 By so much also has Jesus become the (surety) of a better covenant
"surety": a surety, a sponsor,  a guarantee
"better"stronger-, that is, (figuratively) better, that is, nobler: - best, better
"covenant":  (specifically) a contract (especially a divisory will): - covenant, testament.

Jesus is the guarantor of a better contract-testament-will-covenant than ANY of the previous ones. It is a better one than the one that included tithing, the Law of Moses, Jacob's vow, Noah's Covenant, Abraham's promised blessings, and the one God gave Adam.

The NEW COVENANT is a legal Will that supersedes, disannuls, makes void, and replaces the ones that went before, and gives us the promise:
Romans 10:4 "For Christ is the end of the law to righteousness to every one that believes."
Hebrews 9:10 being only (with meats and drinks and divers washings) carnal ordinances, imposed until a time of reformation

Our SALVATION in Christ is in the Greek word "SOZO" which means: Saved, Healed, Made Whole, Delivered and Preserved.
We don't need to go back under an old vow and try to make a deal with God.
ALL the promises are in Christ  -better promises and "better covenant." 
 We don't need to make a deal with God by making an oath or promise based on an OLD covenant; in fact, there is a sin committed by making an oath.
 James 5:12 "But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by the heaven, nor by the earth, nor by any other oath: but let your yea be yea, and your nay, nay; that ye fall not under judgment"

Let's compare some of these "better promises"  with Jacob's.

2 Peter 1:3 According as his divine power has given to us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that has called us to glory and virtue:
Is something lacking  "all things that pertain to life and godliness"so we need to make a deal like Jacob?
  • Philipians 4:20 "And my God shall supply every need  of yours accordingto his riches in glory in Christ Jesus."

    You don't have to "tithe" to have your needs met in our "better covenant", that's ridiculous. We only need to put faith in what God said He would do and act accordingly.
  • Romans 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not also with him freely give us all things?

    We need not buy God's favor with a tithe or gift out of a covenant He never made with the church. They are freely given through faith NOT works...
  • Ephesians 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,
  • Galatians 3:14 that upon the Gentiles might come the blessing of Abraham in Christ Jesus
    There is no Abraham's tithe,  Jacob's tithe, or Levitical tithe required in our Covenant.
  • Romans 15:29 And I know that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of Christ. -Which blessing do you want? Jacob's blessing which did not include a lot of the promises found in the New? Or the "fulness of the blessing of Christ"?

    Matthew 6:31 Be not therefore anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
    33) But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.

    -You can't buy it with a tithe, earn it by your own works, or manipulate God into blessing you. It is by GRACE, not by works, and ALL the Promises of God are in CHRIST
 All we are required to do is to BELIEVE in what He said, put our FAITH in Him, TRUST him,  and walk in them accordingly. Jesus gave instructions to His apostles, who gave us what He said; the terms of the New Covenant to the churches. (John 17:20)

So the CHURCH was never told to tithe, keep weekly sabbath, observe Jewish feasts and new moons, keep the dietary laws, go to Jerusalem 3 times a year, pay a temple tax, or keep the commands, ordinances, and statutes that are written in the law of the old Covenant.

The church is told to repent, live holy, and abide in the Words Jesus gave us through His disciples.
And the church is told *not* to make vows as Jesus said and James wrote.

1Cor 14:37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write to you are the commandments of the Lord.Where did the apostles, the foundational writers of the New Testament scriptures
command us to observe or keep any part of the sabbath day laws, an Old Testament feast, keep dietary laws, circumcision, or a tithing covenant?

No dear reader, these are not found in even one verse in our New Testament covenant.
Where was the dividing line?
It was at the death of the testator, Jesus Christ. His death gave us His Will and the apostles and early church did what he told them to do.  It began in the Book of Acts. 
Here is where they said you would come under a curse if you go back to law:

Galatians 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one who continues not in all things that are written in the book of the law, to do them.
James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and stumbles in one point, he is become guilty of all.

( the curse includes things like sickness, disease, unbelieveing people coming against us, "accidents", debt, broken relationships with family. I wonder if any Christians ever have these happen in their lives or their churches?) 

The apostles said this of people who would put you under a law or vow God never made with the church: Galatians 1:7 which is not another gospel only there are some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

Even in the early church, a problem arose regarding the Old Testament laws and Christians:

Acts 15: 24 Forasmuch as we have heard that certain who went out from ushave troubled you with words, subverting your souls; to whom we gave no commandment;
19 Wherefore my judgment is, that we trouble not them that from among the Gentiles turn to God...

NO TITHING!! No circumcision!! No mandatory sabbaths!!
No more blood sacrifices, no stoning of rebellious children!
No eye for eye, tooth for tooth, no death penalty for breaking the sabbath laws, no stoning someone with a familiar spirit, no responsibility to kill witches.
No more " smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein, ...with the edge of the sword" commands.
No careful observance of feast days, unleavened bread, new moons, and 600 other mandatory requirements under as demanded under the Old Covenant.

What DOES this New Covenant offer?
The Promise of the Holy Ghost, Christ IN you.
The forgiveness of sins.
Righteousness, peace and joy.
Salvation for the soul.
Healing and health for our bodies.
Provision for food and clothing.
Deliverance from evil.
Release from bondages and addictions.
The faith to conquer and pull down our enemies strongholds.
Our needs being met.
Promises for our family and children to be saved.
Promises for  contentment with what we have.
Freedom from fearfulness and worry.
Walking in a love relationship with God.
Freedom from the Law of sin and death.
God's free gift of grace, His favor towards us..
The promise of "all things that pertain to life and godliness"
The opportunity for a fresh and new beginning in life.
The promise of power and authority through Christ.
Spiritual gifts including miracles, signs, and wonders.
The power and authority to cast out demons.
The power to overcome our trials through faith.
The authority to be kings and priests in His kingdom..............

The truth is the deal Jacob made with God for provision and safety pales in comparison to the promises of God in the New Testament which were purchased for us through the blood of Jesus.

Jesus made a sacrifice of His Life, body, and blood to bring us the same things Jacob desired to get from God in his bargaining. Except the Jesus Covenant isinfinitely and eternally greater than the one way back there that no one ever instructed the church to imitate.

The heart of the matter is many churches pervert these scriptures so they can pass along leavened teachings and benefit from the people they mislead and from whom they receive their livelihood.
Oh yes, they will say nice things like "God wants to bless you 100 fold, so if you do such and such He will", or other vain reasoning’s that sound good but lead astray those who were once delivered.

We repeat, the difference between Jacob's bargaining and Jesus' FREE gift is one of which covenant will you abide in? Why do you think Paul warned the Galatians about "another Gospel"? -that is a false gospel that sounds good like it will bring a benefit but is not part of the TRUE gospel given in the New Testament. 

There is only ONE Covenant in force that saves, don't believe anyone who explains away what Jesus gave us through the apostles, or let them put you in bondage to laws like tithing, dietary law, sabbath keeping, or a multitude of ordinances.

We encourage you to look at what God says about OUR Covenant

Jeremiah 31:31
Malachi 3:1
Luke 22:20
2 Corinthians 3:6
Hebrews 8:8, 8:13, 9:15, 12:24
Hebrews 9:16-17
Psalms 50:5
Ezekiel 37:26
Matthew 26:28
Mark 14:24
Romans 11:27
2 Corinthians 3:14
Hebrews 7:22
Hebrews 8:6-13
Hebrews 9:1
Hebrews 10:16
Hebrews 12:24
Hebrews 13:20
now the God of peace, who brought again from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep with the BLOOD of AN ETERNAL COVENANT, even our LORD JESUS CHRIST. 

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Setting Dates and Leavened Bread

Have you ever read a verse and thought HOW DID WE MISS THIS???"

Consider Luke 21.
How could
we have overlooked this signs-of-the-end-time warning?
    -as many others did likewise including the men on the radio, internet, and book writers?

Luke 21:8 J.B. Phillips New Testament
“Be careful that you are not deceived,” he replied.
“There will be many coming in my name, saying ‘I am he’ and ‘The time is very near now.’ Never follow men like that...... "

.....Luke 21:8  (NIV)
He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and  ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them.

Luke 21:8 American Standard Version (ASV)
And he said, Take heed that ye be not led astray: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am he; and, The time is at hand: go ye not after them. 

And in the Numeric ASV: and He said see you be not led astray, for many shall come in my name saying "I am He"; and "the season is near", GO NOT AFTER THEM.

Christ-confessing ministers saying the time is at hand, the season is near, ARE right now,  leading many astray.

The FIRST warning Jesus gave regarding the end times was the SIGN that many would lead astray, ---> and that it would be those saying "the TIME is at hand".
“There will be many coming in my name, saying ‘I am he’ and ‘The time is very near now.’ ---> Never follow men like that......

- NO predicted earthquakes hit, and the ones that came were missed.

- NO special "anointing of the manchild" came in September or October.

- NO Comet Elenin disasters or even becoming visible

- NO appearing of Planet X

- NO, the New Madrid did not split open and isolate an ark-shaped refuge in which the "anointed" people
 could take the abandoned property of fleeing residents..

- NO, the 11-11-11 Hoover Dam terrorist destruction missed (via a YouTube prophet)

- and even the Great Pumpkin did not arrive for Halloween as Linus, the cartoon series character in "Peanuts' hoped for every year ....

But a pattern of failed dates, dreams, and disasters are exactly what we are told would be an end-time sign!

Did He really mean it and does it apply to the date-setting prophecy teacher?

“There will be many coming in my name, sayingI am he’ and ‘The time is very near now.’ ---> Never follow men like that......

If they predict dates, confirmed by dreams or whatever they are leading us astray, no disciple in the New Testament dangled dates and disasters as a lure for followers.

Acts 1:7 And he said unto them, ---> It is not for you to know times or seasons, which the Father hath set within His own authority.

We need to repent of the lust to know and/or have special end-time knowledge...
We too can fall into a "working of error", a strong delusion....  because no man is exempt from deception.

The truth here is Jesus does not want us following date-setting people no matter how much Christ they confess and teach.

The second truth is He does not want our minds and spirits POLLUTED by fear. Beware of constant mind-control and manipulation by pointing us toward their particular vision or philosophy, by those seeking a following. Fear using carrot-and-stick dates that constantly move forward is a tactic that keeps people following the "doom-date" setters.

Call him apostle, pastor, watchman, or rabbi and we lean on and follow his revelation, there is idolatry and our mind will be veiled. -especially when God told us ahead of time,  "they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;"

The Lord, by His grace, has granted us repentance and deliverance from the error that had us bound. The hidden "leaven" in our manna of the Word.
We can now rest in His promises concerning end time events:

Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge
No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;