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Philippians and the Day of Christ

Know why there are so many references to “joy” and “rejoice” in the four-chapter book of Philippians?  Because its theme is:  How to Live until the Day of Christ Jesus and Participate in that Day!  The joy set before our Lord was “His Day” – the 7th Day – the one thousand years when He will be King of all other kings and Lord of all other Lords.  A faithful servant of His, now, will be invited to “enter the joy of the Lord” because of that servant’s “well-doing.”  REJOICE!!

“Joy” and “rejoice” appear 20 times in this letter.  But, let me show you why I chose my theme.

Chapter 1, verses 6 and 10:   6- For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
 10 -so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ;

Chapter 2, verse 16 – holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may have cause to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.

Chapter 3, verse 20 –  For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;

Chapter 4, verse 5 –   Let your forbearing spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near (at hand).

Check out these verses, also:

 Php 1:19 For I know that this shall turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
Php 1:20 according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I shall not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ shall even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.

 Php 2:9 Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,
Php 2:10 that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE SHOULD BOW, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth,
Php 2:11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Php 3:8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish in order thatI may gain Christ,
Php 3:9 ¶ and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,
Php 3:10 that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;
Php 3:11 in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
Php 3:12 Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in orderthat I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Php 3:13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
Php 3:14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Php 3:15 ¶ Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you;
Php 3:16 however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.
Php 3:17 ¶ Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us.

 Php 4:17 Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account.
Php 4:18 But I have received everything in full, and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God.

Now – here are my chapter headings:

Chapter 1 – Defending the Good News of Christ Jesus

Chapter 2 – Humility, the Basis of Soul Salvation

Chapter 3 – Attaining to the Out-resurrection from among the dead

Chapter 4 – Rejoice – Pray – Think These Things = Contentment!

March 14, 2014 Posted by | Counting Joy, salvation in the 7th Day, The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord | , | 1 Comment

Repent – what it is and what it isn’t…

I am going to reprint a very good definition of “repent” that I did not write.  He discusses the Greek word for “repent.”  Enjoy!  – and REPENT!

(FYI – He uses the word, “reality” meaning “truth.”)

Repent Means Change Your Beliefs

MATTHEW 4:17 NKJ
17 From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent,
for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

The word “repent” as used in the New Testament, means to have a
change of thinking, which results in a change of action.

Repent does not mean to ask forgiveness. You could ask for
forgiveness all day and never repent.

Repent does not mean to have regret, remorse, or sorrow. You
could be remorseful, full of sorrow, and regret greatly what
you have done, yet never repent.

Repent does not mean to “shape up” and “live right.” Of course,
the right kind of repentance should cause your actions to
change so that you will be living right. But repent does not
mean “to live right.”

It is even possible to quit a sin without repenting. People can
quit a sin (at least temporarily) for many reasons. For
example, the danger of being caught. That does not mean they
have changed their thinking regarding the sin.

Repentance has to do with your beliefs, not primarily your
actions. Do beliefs determine actions? Certainly. But we must
look at them separately if we are to understand truth.

You might say that repentance is “coming to your senses” or
“waking up to reality.”

Repentance has more to do with unbelief than with sin. But we
have become so sin-conscious that most people think about
repentance only as it relates to stopping sin.

If a person is walking one direction, why do they turn around
and change direction? Because their belief changed.

They previously believed going that direction was the best
thing for them to do under the circumstances. Then somehow they
got new information and their belief changed to thinking going
another direction was best for them under the new circumstances.

What you believe is what you will be-living or be doing.

A belief according to the Bible teaching is not just a mental
idea, but what you have accepted as truth worthy of action.

Everything you now believe was once a choice you made. You
chose either to accept or reject the evidence presented to you
as being worthy of believing.

No human being is forced to believe anything. Every belief is a
choice we make.

You may think that “seeing is believing,” but it is not true.
Many times people have seen things but still refused to believe
what they saw.

Repent does not mean “shape up and do right.” It does involve
change. But the reason for the change is not guilt, but a
change in belief.

Humans always do what they do because they believe it is in
their best interest. What you have been doing in life is what
you believed was your best option — under the circumstances
you faced.

When you get new information and see a better option for
yourself to take, it requires no struggle to choose the new
better option.

So what was Jesus really saying when we read, “Repent, for the
Kingdom of God is at hand.”? Change your beliefs! God’s rule is
here!

SAY THIS: God’s Message in the New Testament gives me the
information I need to change my beliefs, so they agree with
reality.

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December 4, 2012 Posted by | Necessity of Doctrine, Pages from my journal, Precepts you must understand, salvation in the 7th Day, The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord | , , , , | 2 Comments

The Parable of the 10 Virgins, part 5…

Parable of the 10 Virgins, Part 5… Monday, April 2, 2012

Refresh your memory by rereading Friday’s printed passages from Matthew 24 & 25.

You know what I consider one of the main themes? THE VALUE OF THE WAY WE USE OUR LIVES NOW. Fruit bearing and accruing a profit is necessary to pleasing God.

And, you picked out “preparedness” as a main theme, didn’t you? Be on the alert! And, what better than for our Lord to catch us teaching the meat of His Word, being doubly prepared with enough oil (Holy Spirit’s anointing, presence, and empowerment) and wisely making a profit out of the abilities He has given us as His possession.

The alternative to the above results is also given. We can be caught “off guard” and unprepared. The consequences are severe: being severely scourged and appointed a portion with the hypocrites where weeping and gnashing of teeth will be the norm. Also, the door to the wedding supper will be shut, barring entrance to this festive event. The Lord doesn’t know 5 of those ten unprepared virgins according to their individual responsibility for their own preparedness. They are unknown for their intimacy with their Lord during their preparation for His wedding feast and kingdom. And, there is the worthless slave – making no profit on the Lord’s investment in him – who is cast into the outer, the darkness, in the place of weeping and gnashing of teeth.

In all four of these parables the persons involved were men and women at their daily tasks of farming, grinding the grain, “buying” lamp oil. They are also named as faithful and sensible (“wise” and “foolish”) slaves (“servants”). Please note that no matter the profit, or the lack thereof, that they were all slaves of their master. This will keep you from the misinterpretation of supposing these parables are addressed to the “unsaved.” They are not. The unsaved only need to hear, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.”

I copied the reminder below from Arlen Chitwood’s studies:

The parable of the ten virgins in Matt. 25:1-13 sets forth matters as they would exist relative to the Holy Spirit and Christians during the present dispensation. Note that this parable has to do with the kingdom of the heavens, which, at the time when the parable was given, had been taken from Israel. And the kingdom was taken from Israel with a view to a new nation being called into existence, which would be allowed to bring forth “the fruits thereof” (cf. Matt. 21:33-43;

Eph. 2:11-15; I Peter 2:9, 10). Thus, the parable of the ten virgins, no longer applicable to Israel, could only apply to those forming this new nation — to Christians.

April 2, 2012 Posted by | How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately, Pages from my journal, Parable of 10 Virgins, Parables, Precepts you must understand, salvation in the 7th Day, The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

from 2010….

THE BIBLE IS WRITTEN IN TWO LANGUAGES……

The two languages I am talking about are “SON” languageand “SIGN”language.

Hebrews 1:1 &2 – “God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the ages.” (NAS)

John 20:30 & 31 – “Many other signs therefore Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these (signs) have been written that you may believe (or not) that (the) Jesus is the Christ, the Son of (the) God; and that believing you may (or may not) have life (“zoe”) in His (the) name.” (NAS – with parenthesis from the original)

Notice that the “spoken” word and the “written” word are both about The Son of God, whom has been appointed Heir of all things.

Now, you know the whole purpose of the Bible, God’s Word!! In a Bible with no notes and very few references, this takes 1,678 pages. If the Bible is just about getting saved and going to heaven when we die, then why didn’t God just write a pamphlet!?

Now – on to the topic at hand:  “Where is the promise of His appearing/presence?”  Answer: “one day is as a thousand years…” and, that He is not willing that any should “perish.” God has measured time for our benefit of obtaining an abundant entrance into His kingdom and glory – NOT – for “rising up to play” and worshiping the works of our hands” because of “delay.”

Let’s brainstorm some about Biblical time frames:

                  ages upon ages

                  this age

                  the age to come

                  years/days

                  seasons

                  weeks

                  this day

                  that day

                  evening/night/day

                  hours

                  moments/twinkling of an eye (nanosecond)

Time has been measured to us in order to know God’s will, ways, and plans.  He reveals these plans and purposes from the end to the beginning and the beginning to the end.  What goes round, comes round. However, there will come a time when most of those measured times will not be needed because our Lord’s coming and presence will be with us and us with Him.  No need for the sun.  No night there.  The sun tells us how to mark days.  Evening does, too.  “The evening and the morning were the first day.” 

Day four of the renewal of the original earth was like this:

Ge 1:14 ¶ Then God said, “Let there be lights (luminaries, light-bearers, light-holders) in the expanse of the heavens (firmament) to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs, (things to come – see Jer. 10:2) and for seasons, (“appointed times” -see Gen. 17:21;18:14;21:2) and for days and years; (De 4:19; Ps 74:16-17; 104:19; 136:5-9) (My note:notice the purpose of these heavenly luminaries – prophecy, things to come, and types.)

15 and let them be for lights (I like reading “light-bearers” here.) in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so.  (Keep in mind that on day 1, there was light.  Day four has light-holders which has purpose, as stated above.)

16 And God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern (“for the dominion of”) the day, and the lesser light to govern (“for the dominion of”) the night; [He made] the stars also. (Job 38:7; Ps 8:3; 136:7-9; 148:3,5)

17 And God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, (Ge 15:5)

18 and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. (Jer 31:35)

19 And there was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.

I’m reminded of Psalm 19:1-6, let’s take a look:

¶ (For the choir director. A Psalm of David.) The heavens are telling (rehearsing) of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring (is setting forth) the work of His hands.

2 Day to day pours forth (prophesy) speech (promise), And night to night reveals knowledge (intelligence, prognosis).

3 There is no speech (to be heard), nor are there words (to be heard); Their voice is not heard.

4 Their line (rule) has gone out through all the earth, And their utterances (In Greek, this word is “logos.”) to the end of the world (inhabited earth). In them (the heavens) He has placed a tent (tabernacle) for the sun,

5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber; It rejoices as a strong man to run his course.

6 Its rising (the sun) is from one (“the”) end of the heavens, And its circuit to the other end (“the ends”) of them; And there is nothing hidden from its heat.(Nothing is hidden from the influence of the sun and nothing can hide from its influence.) (Here, I am reminded of Romans 1.)

(When Abraham looked, paying attention to the meaning, and taking into account each detail of the solar system, he was enabled by the God of glory to read the glory of God in the heavens. The written Word of God on stones and parchment was not until Moses.)

I just gotta address the verses about the bridegroom with other references in the Scriptures, printing out the verses, without comment.

(Psa 19:5) Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.

(Isa 61:10) I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

(Isa 62:5) For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.

(Jer 33:11) The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the LORD.

(Joe 2:16) Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.

(Mat 9:15) And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.

(Mat 25:1) Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

(Mat 25:5) While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

(Mat 25:6) And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

(Mat 25:10) And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

(Luk 5:34) And he said unto them, Can ye make the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them?

(Luk 5:35) But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.

(Joh 3:29) He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.

(Rev 18:23) And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

Now – is there any doubt to whom the “bridegroom” refers in Ps. 19?

  P.S.The bride makes herself ready (Rev. 19:7,8,) while the bridegroom makes ready His place for her:Joh 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. Joh 14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. Joh 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

REVIEW:

The beginning tells us something

Isaiah 40:21 Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?

About the end

Isaiah 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

The end of the world

Matthew 24:3 And as he (Jesus) sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world (lit: “age”)?

The seven day week was from the beginning

Genesis 2:1-3 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

A prophetic time scale: “One day as a thousand years”

2 Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

You need to know right up front that the Bible’s emphasis concerns the 7th Day!

EVERYTHING you read there will concern the coming age when the Qualified Ruler takes the title deed of the earth, ruling with a rod of iron, with a co-regent and newly-appointed, qualified “government” leaders and workers!

February 20, 2012 Posted by | How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately, Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Pages from my journal, salvation in the 7th Day | Leave a comment

Phillipians and the Day of Christ…

 Philippians and the Day of Christ

Know why there are so many references to “joy” and “rejoice” in the four-chapter book of Philippians? Because its theme is: How to Live until the Day of Christ Jesus and Participate in that Day! The joy set before our Lord was “His Day” – the 7th Day – the one thousand years when He will be King of all other kings and Lord of all other Lords. A faithful servant of His, now, will be invited to “enter the joy of the Lord” because of that servant’s “well-doing.” REJOICE!!

Joy” and “rejoice” appear 20 times in this letter. But, let me show you why I chose my theme.

Chapter 1, verses 6 and 10: 6- For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
10 -so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ;

Chapter 2, verse 16 – holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may have cause to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.

Chapter 3, verse 20 – For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;

Chapter 4, verse 5 – Let your forbearing spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near (at hand).

Check out these verses, also:

Php 1:19 For I know that this shall turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
Php 1:20 according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I shall not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ shall even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.
Php 2:9 Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,
Php 2:10 that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE SHOULD BOW, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, andunder the earth,
Php 2:11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Php 3:8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish in order that I may gain Christ,
Php 3:9 ¶ and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,
Php 3:10 that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;
Php 3:11in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
Php 3:12 Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Php 3:13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
Php 3:14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Php 3:15 ¶ Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you;
Php 3:16 however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.
Php 3:17 ¶ Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us.

Php 4:17 Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account.
Php 4:18 But I have received everything in full, and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God.

Now – here are my chapter headings:

Chapter 1 – Defending the Good News of Christ Jesus

Chapter 2 – Humility, the Basis of Soul Salvation

Chapter 3 – Attaining to the Out-resurrection from among the dead

Chapter 4 – Rejoice – Pray – Think These Things = Contentment!

January 4, 2012 Posted by | salvation in the 7th Day, Soul Salvation | Leave a comment

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.

 

January 3, 2012 Posted by | resurrection, salvation in the 7th Day, The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord, The promise | 1 Comment

The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord, part 22…

The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, part 22…

Believe His Words” – from May 15, 2010:

Yesterday, I hope you believed the scriptures you read because you discovered that Jesus is not the gospel, but, that He proclaimed the gospel – the gospel of the kingdom – and, that to receive Him meant that you believe His words, His message.

(John 1:11) He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. (John 1:12) But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, (John 1:13) who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

Jesus preached the kingdom of God to CITIES, signifying a change of government, the government of God. (Luke 4:43) And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent.

Jesus was the messenger of the covenant:(Mal 3:1) Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

Yesterday, you also read verses from the first chapter of Acts, and you probably are familiar with the second chapter of Acts. Keeping in context, what is chapter two about? What is being preached, then? The Kingdom! The context of Jesus’ teachings and message did not change – Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Mt. 10:7). Now, read chapter two and you will understand what is actually happening! What did they have to do? (Acts 2:41) Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. (We know already what “His Word” was/is.)

(Acts 8:5) Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.

(Acts 8:12) But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.

(Acts 11:1) And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God.

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The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord, part 21…

The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord, part 21….

The Words of our Lord, Jesus, the Christ…” (from May 15, 2010)

Jesus preached the gospel. We must agree with Jesus Christ: (1Tim 6:3) If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, eventhe words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;

(1Tim 6:4) He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,

(Matt 4:17) From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

(Matt 4:23) And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

Repent means that grasping the teaching of the kingdom, you order your life (style) accordingly. Turn around. Change your way of thinking. The teaching of the kingdom was before the cross.

(Matt 24:13) But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

(Matt 24:14) And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

(Acts 14:22) Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

(John 6:63) It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

(John 6:68) Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.

Now you know! Jesus’ words are spirit and life for the age to come – which is what Jesus preached – “…the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” And, He preached to cities, meaning there would be a new government.

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The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord, part 20…

The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord, part 20…

I have written about these doctrines in previous posts and am persuaded that pasting them here again will aid in your (and my) learning as repetition is a great teacher.

…..from May 12, 2010:

GREAT SALVATION SPOKEN BY THE LORD -Oh dear – I had only thought about beginning with one verse from Hebrews, chapter 2; but the whole chapter is so helpful in understanding not only the great salvation spoken by the Lord, but the purpose of His death and high priestly ministry as well. You just gotta’ read this carefully and many times. I will need to put verse 1, from chapter 3 with chapter 2 because there should be no break.

1 ¶ For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away [from it.] 2 For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard, 4 God also bearing witness with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will. 5 ¶ For He did not subject to angels the world (the inhabited earth) to come, concerning which we are speaking. 6 But one has testified somewhere, saying, “WHAT IS MAN, THAT THOU REMEMBEREST HIM? OR THE SON OF MAN, THAT THOU ART CONCERNED ABOUT HIM? 7 “THOU HAST MADE HIM FOR A LITTLE WHILE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS; THOU HAST CROWNED HIM WITH GLORY AND HONOR, AND HAST APPOINTED HIM OVER THE WORKS OF THY HANDS; 8 THOU HAST PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET.” For in subjecting all things to him, He left nothing that is not subject to him. But now we do not yet see all things subjected to him. 9 But we do see Him who has been made for a little while lower than the angels, [namely,] Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone. 10 ¶ For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings. 11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one [Father]; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12 saying, “I WILL PROCLAIM THY NAME TO MY BRETHREN, IN THE MIDST OF THE CONGREGATION I WILL SING THY PRAISE.” 13 And again, “I WILL PUT MY TRUST IN HIM.” And again, “BEHOLD, I AND THE CHILDREN WHOM GOD HAS GIVEN ME.” 14 ¶ Since then the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15 and might deliver those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. 16 For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham. 17 Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted. Heb 3:1 ¶ Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession. (NASB)

1Ti 6:3 If anyone advocates a different doctrine, and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, 1Ti 6:4 he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions,

THE GOSPEL OF HIS SON

Ro 1:1 ¶ Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning His Son, who was born of a seed of David according to the flesh, 4 who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles, for His name’s sake, 6 among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ; 7 to all who are beloved of God in Rome, called as saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 8 ¶ First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, because your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world. 9 For God, whom I serve in my spirit in the preaching of the gospel of His Son, is my witness as to how unceasingly I make mention of you,

I have underlined some key phrases that you need to notice for your study. Paul preached the gospel of His Son. The Lord proclaimed the “so great salvation.” Paul said in Romans, as well as 2 Timothy that he preached the gospel of God’s Son according to the seed of David: 2Ti 2:8 “¶ Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, seed of David, according to my gospel,”

The Promise:

Isa 9:6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

Isa 9:7 There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.

Read all above passages again – carefully. Then this one:

1Ti 6:3 If anyone advocates a different doctrine, and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, 4 he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions,

Paul spoke the gospel of The Son – the words spoken by the Lord Jesus Christ.

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The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, part 19…

The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord, part 19…

Now, I mentioned chapter 7 of Matthew, in passing, in part 14 of this “little” study about the Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord. (Or, I could have named it, “The Gospel without a Kingdom is not the gospel.”) And, I have said that the Gospel begins with the Kingdom – not our Lord’s death. But, you can review all that.

Here I want to revert back to Matthew 7 and focus on the last two verses: Mt 7:28 The result was that when Jesus had finished these words, the multitudes were amazed at His teaching; 29 for He was teaching them as [one] having authority, and not as their scribes.(NASB)

The Lord Jesus, the Christ, taught with authority. The religious leaders were adamant and persistent in attempting to “trip” or “trick” Him to err in speech and His Word. “Hath God said?” is the ultimate trap of satan to mankind. Matthew 5-7 is the apex of our Lord’s teachings concerning entrance into and participation in the coming government – kingdom –when it is put upon His shoulders. This is NOT His “sermon on the mount” to the multitudes. He gathers His disciples out of the multitude and speaks directly to them. EVERY warning and instruction is to the disciples. There is no instruction to the “lost” here; and have you noticed that “lost” is never related to the Canaanites or the Egyptians – those who are a “type” or example of the world at large? “Lost” is used in reference to the “sheep of Israel” – HIS people. In the one parable, in three parts, in Luke 15, the sheep was lost – one which had been in the presence of the Shepherd previously. The “lost” coin had been the woman’s possession; as well as the “prodigal” son, was a son in his “lost” or “found” state – born into the family just like his brother.

It is plain and clear. The Scriptures have to be twisted to say or mean anything else.

Verses 13 and 14 of Matt. 7, comprise one paragraph: “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. “For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life (“life” in the coming kingdom age), and few are those who find it.

 

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