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The Promise, Resurrection, Hope and Salvation in the 7th Day…

I need to do something for ya’ll that was brought to my attention today as I was reading my own notes, attempting to discern where I had left off in the “Gospel and Kingdom” series I was writing before the holidays.  I had given you an URL to some notes on this blog to click on and said there were seven parts.  Couldn’t find this reference anywhere!  However, I did find them on my laptop and will past them here for you that might benefit from them.  I will be a rather long post.  God Bless each of you!

Where is the promise of His coming?

I feel it necessary to remind us of something. We easily talk of the coming kingdom age in our church and fellowship. We know that it holds rewards as well as judgment. We even know of what’s called, “kingdom exclusion.” The coming 7th day is what the scriptures are all about. “Salvation” pertains to the 7th day. Approved, unapproved, rejected, etc. all refer to the 7th day. For 6,000 years God has been creating His “new creation” – those created in the Last Adam, “in Christ,” – to occupy the earth as the first Adam was meant to do. This will begin on the 7th day of judgment for 1,000 years, then the present messiah, satan, will be loosed and ultimately thrown into the lake of fire, bringing in the 8th day of the new beginning of the new heavens and the new earth. Oh, my! I just Love the Lord and His plans! He gives us this life now, to not love in the least, preparing us for salvation in the coming life in that 7th Day. He will need righteous judges who know how to wield a rod of iron. He will need co-regents, rulers over cities, and a host of government “employees.” And, He will need servants. Just look at the governments of countries today – they will ALL be replaced!

False teachers say, “Where is the promise of His coming?” Well, let’s see at what they are scoffing.

2Pe 3:3 ¶ Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with [their] mocking, following after their own lusts, 4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For [ever] since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” (NAS)

2Pe 3:3Know (present, active participle – “ginosko” – signifies to be taking in knowledge, to come to know and understand completely – Vine) this (in the Greek, “this” is the first word in this sentence- ) first (in time, space, order of importance) of all, that in the last (farther-est, utmost extreme) days, mockers (“scoffing scoffers”) will come with [their] mocking, following (departing, walking in the general activities of life) after (according to) their own lusts (cravings, longings), 4and saying (“lego” -to lay forth, speak), Where is (present indicative) the promise (nominative – making “the promise” the subject of their scoffing) of His coming (“presence”)? For [ever] since ( after verbs of motion from a place,) the fathers (Do not let this word “fathers” slip from the emphasis it has in this verse! (ACTS 13:32 – “And we preach to you the good news of the promise made to the fathers,) fell asleep, all(each and every, or collectively) continues just (lit.: “all is continuing thus”) as it was from the beginning of creation.(“ordinance” in 1 Peter 2:13 – be subject to every “ordinance” of man)

I hope you can make sense of how I have presented the verses above. I have put the explanation in green, while the words in the verses remain black. Read it again, just in case.

The scoffers were scoffing concerning the PROMISE – not the “second coming” as we usually think of it. The “promise” most definitely includes the presence of our Lord in the coming kingdom – but, they were scoffing about the promise of life in the age to come – of living without the lusts of our flesh now so as to attain this life, and the judgment that this “presence” would entail. Verse 5 goes on to say that they are WILLINGLY ignorant concerning the promise. They refuse knowledge of being hurt of the second death in the lake of fire – of not even being allowed entrance, much less participation in the coming kingdom.

But, even more than that – they mock, scoff at the “promise made to the fathers.” The subject in the original language is “the promise.”

 What is the promise?

The promise to inherit the world

Romans 4:13 The promise (this noun is nominative – meaning the subject of the verse.) to the Abraham and his descendants (“the seed”), that they should inherit (one who obtains a lot or portion) the world (“order,” arrangement” – the kosmos)

From the CLV:”…the promise to the Abraham or to the seed of him to be enjoyer of the allotment of the world system.” (The world’s systems are made up of governments.)

Acts 17:31 “…He [God] has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” (One importance of the resurrection is in a nutshell here!)

I’ve got to tell you about a book I was reading about the registered church in China. It is against the law to speak or teach about the resurrection because it means there will be a change in government! The governments of the world do not want to be overthrown – but there is coming a day……

The blessing of Abraham

Galatians 3:14,22 That (“hina” means, “in order that” – refers back to previous verses) the blessing (“eulogia”) of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through(lit:”en”) Jesus Christ;(lit: “Christ Jesus”) that (“hina”) we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (Luke 24:49, And, behold, I send forth the promise of My Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”)22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin,(“to miss the mark”) that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given (given freely – but in subjunctive case) to them that believe (present tense – meaning they constantly live a life of faith (in the age to come) and are able to please God).

CLV – “But the Scripture locks up all together under sin, that the promise out of Jesus Christ’s faith may be given to those who are believing.”

This is the promise – age-lasting life

1 John 2:25 And this is the promise(nominative)that he hath promised us, even eternal life [aionios zoe age-lasing life]. Young’s: 1Jn 2:25 “and this is the promise that He did promise us–the life the age-during.”

In Acts 1:4-8, The Promise is related to being baptized in the Holy Spirit. “4, And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not separate themselves from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, “which,”saith He, “ye… heard of Me. 5, Because John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit [gifts] not after these many days.” 6, When they therefore were come together, they were questioning Him, saying, “Lord, Thou dost in this time set up again the kingdom to Israel?” 7, And He said unto them, “It is not yours to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in His Own authority. 8, But ye shall receive power, after that THE Holy Spirit [The Giver] is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses of Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and as far as the uttermost part of the earth.”

 Glory, honour, and immortality in the life/age to come:

Romans 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality (lit: “incorruption”), eternal life:

To inherit the kingdom

James 2:5 Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? (NIV)

 At His coming

Matthew 25:31,34,46 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 46 …the righteous into life eternal [life age-lasting].

 Kingdom exclusion

2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when (lit:”in”) the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven(singular)with his mighty angels,(“the angels of His power) 8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know(“oido”, will include Vine’s note concerning this word later, however consider this: they willfully did not know God.) not God, and that obey(this word mostly translated “hear” It is present active)) not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: (Earlier post about the only gospel Jesus taught: https://searchfortreasure.wordpress.com/2010/05/13/what-jesus-taught/)

 9 Who shall be punished with everlasting [age-lasting] destruction (Bengal – “driven far from His presence.” – RWP – “pay the penalty) [“and exclusion,” RSV] from the presence (visage) of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; 

Nothing new about Scoffing at unfulfilled prophecies:

Jeremiah 17:15 They keep saying to me, “Where is the word of the LORD? Let it now be fulfilled!”

Malachi 2:17 Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?

The Promise” is the reason the scoffers are scoffing. There must be a resurrection in order for God to be the “God of the living.” And, the resurrection means a change in power. Here are just a few references to resurrection. Read them. Read them in context. Believe them.

Mt 22:31 “But regarding the resurrection of the dead, have you not read that which was spoken to you by God, saying, 32 ‘I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”

(Luk 14:14) and you will be blessed, since they do not have the means to repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

(Luk 20:35) but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage;

(Luk 20:36) for neither can they die anymore, for they are like angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.

(Joh 5:29) and shall come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.

I have already given you the references for “resurrection” in Acts. You will see, easily, that it is the subject in this early “elect” church: https://searchfortreasure.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/letters-to-theophilus-part-7/(Php 3:11) in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

(1Pe 1:3) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

(Rev 20:6) Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.

Acts 23:6 ¶ But perceiving that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, Paul [began] crying out in the Council, “Brethren, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees; I am on trial for the hope and resurrection of the dead!”

 The Resurrection is a hope…

Acts 24:15 having a hope in God, which these men cherish themselves, that there shall certainly be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.

Acts 26:6 “And now I am standing trial for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers; 7 [the promise] to which our twelve tribes hope to attain, as they earnestly serve [God] night and day. And for this hope, O King, I am being accused by Jews.

Rom 5:2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.(Faith works through grace for the purpose of exulting in the hope of participation in God’s glory enabled by resurrection.)

Rom 8:24 For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one also hope for what he sees? (“Saved” has to do with deliverance in participation in the coming reign of our LORD.)

Rom 8:25 But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.

Rom 12:12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer,

Eph 1:18 [I pray that] the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

Eph 2:12 [remember] that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.

Eph 4:4 [There is] one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling;

Col 1:27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Keep in mind that glory refers to our LORD entering His coming kingdom.)

1Th 5:8 But since we are of [the] day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.

1Ti 4:10 For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.

Tit 1:2 in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago,

Tit 2:13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus;

Tit 3:7 that being justified by His grace we might be made heirs according to [the] hope of eternal life.

1Pe 1:3 ¶ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,(This verse really puts it in a nutshell!)

1Pe 1:13 ¶ Therefore, gird your minds for action, keep sober [in spirit,] fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

1Pe 1:21 who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

1Pe 3:15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always [being] ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;

1Jo 3:3 And everyone who has this hope [fixed] on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

 

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January 3, 2012 - Posted by | resurrection, salvation in the 7th Day, The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord, The promise

1 Comment »

  1. Very well written. Truly true.

    Comment by Bob Patterson | January 3, 2012 | Reply


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