The New Testament Lifestyle

The Law of Christ
The Sky Law (the Law of Heaven)
The Law of God

Even a single principle, when faithfully put into practice, can change one's life. The New Testament is a whole system of life-changing principles. It is the Jesus way of life.

God sees things differently than the World does

1 Samuel 16:6-7
6 And it came to pass, when they were come, that he, (Samuel), looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD'S anointed is before him.
7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

Refinance as a metaphor for Redeemed

you are released from the terms of your old house mortgage when you fulfill it by paying it off with the money obtained by binding yourself to the new terms of a new loan (personal loan, gift, credit card,etc) "I did not come to abolish the Law of Moses but to fulfill it." We are released from the terms of the Law of sin and death when we accept the new terms of the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. In Bible times a slave was essentially someone who had mortgaged his self out to someone else, not his house but his very self, his body, his labor, etc.

What Jesus commanded Jews during Roman 'Jim Crow'

This is what Jesus taught His followers to do while suffering as Jews under 'Jim Crow' by the Romans: 

Abraham the sheep herder

Abraham is not remembered because he was a sheep herder but because  he was faithul to trust God. In Abraham's day, Egypt was the great world superpower. And to the Egyptians, sheep herders were regarded so lowly as to be despised, rejected from refined, advanced society. Abraham lived outside and away from cities, cities like Sodom and Gomorrah. So did Isaac. So did Jacob. Joseph and his brothers had their beginnings outside and away, as well. So did David and his Father's house..

This body of death and the Spirit of Life

Romans 7:24 "who shall deliver me from this body of death?"

Romans 8:1 "the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has set me free"

The Capital City of all things: religion, government, culture, business, finance, learning, arts, etc.

Old Testament Jerusalem was the capital city of God's people in ancient times. As such, it served as the center of government, religion, culture, business, learning, arts, international trade, tourism, and diplomacy, etc. And it also served as a foreshadow of the greater, New Testament capital City of God's people today, "the Heavenly Jerusalem."

Natural Selection: Theists out-compete Atheists

There is a way which seems right to man, but it leads to extinction.

Christless Moralists, Godless Philosophers

Its interesting to find how often that the people least interested in hearing preachers are the very ones who most like to preach. More precisely, many of the people least interested in Christian morality are the ones most interested in spreading their own morality, a Christless morality. Christless moralists were essentially what the Scribes & Pharisees, Sadducees & Herodians turned out to be. And, no matter what the religious façade they might masquerade with, to be Christless is to be Godless.

The Teachings of the "Rabbis" are a different way to God, a different Gospel

Galatians 1:8-9  KJV
8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
Galatians 1:8-9  NIV
8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!

"Twice the child of Hell" = a convert of the "Rabbis" (teachers of Moses' law & Pharisees)

Matthew 23:15
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees ["Rabbis"], hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
KJV
Matthew 23:15
"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are."
NIV

"Rabbi" is what the Scribes & Pharisees loved to be called

Matthew 23:1-7
Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,
2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:
3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.
4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

Strong delusions, false religions, godless philosophies, earthly crusades: distracting, diverting, different gospels

2Thess 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
2Thess 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
 
In its original 1st Century context, this passage was refering to the soon-to-appear Man of Sin.  Nonetheless, there remains an ongoing principle communicated here to all persons in the centuries to follow:

God and Government

Romans 13 says that governments are instituted by God to reward good and punish evil. But God still defines what ' good' is and what ' evil' is. There are not different definitions of good and evil for Government as for everyone else. The New Testament defines what is good and what is evil for everyone, even for Governments. God's will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven

Racism = Race-based decision making

Whenever decisions are made with race a considerarion - it is a manifestation of racism.
(The same could be said of sexism:  Whenever decisions are made with sexual gender as a consideration - it is a manifestation of sexism).

LIFE FROM THE DEAD: Resurrection more probable than Evolution

It is far more probable for a body of mass that has been alive before to come back to life again
than for a body of mass that has never been alive to come to life for the first time ever.

It is curious that Evolutionary Biologists dogmatically cling to their idea that life spontaneously emerged from a random mass of matter that has never been alive before, from which we all descend, BUT DENY the possibility that a body of matter that had recently been alive could come back to life again.

"Batman Shooter" suspect Before & After College

Here is an example of what can happen after a few years under the influence of false guides.

In an e-mail dated July 23, days after Holmes was identified as the alleged movie theater shooter, Beshers, [the director of the neuroscience graduate school program at CU that James E. Holmes had been attending for a year], wrote an e-mail to a colleague saying

"we (the program and esp. students) need to ponder this and maybe have a discussion about it."

The Privileged Planet

Ben Strauss, chief operating officer and director of the Program on Sea Level Rise at Climate Central, was on The Diane Rehm Show (NPR) on July 3, 2012 and made the following very interesting remark at the 11:27:15 mark in the transcript:

Biblical Churches

For centuries Christian congregations have focused much resources, (Christian man-hours in its various forms), upon church buildings. But the New Testament never mentions the need for church buildings. (It does not say that church buildings are wrong, either. It just neglects to mention them.) Its as if church buildings were not on the list of New Testament priorities. The New Testament does, however, describe Christians as meeting in their personal homes or in public places, (such as open fields, beach, or the temple courtyard - akin to a town square).

Study for God's approval

2 Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

One message to pull from this is, "Study for God's approval."

You Shall Know Them By Their Fruits

They resort to coercion because they lack credibility.
They lack credibility because they have no fruit of the Spirit.
They have no fruit of the Spirit because they do not obey correct doctrine.


Women Silent in Church

Someone always suffers whenever New Testament instructions are deviated from. Many problems in church meetings are a direct result of allowing culture to seduce the Church into ignoring the following instructions regarding conduct within the mixed gender Christian learning environment:

Some "Christians" not welcome

There are some people who say they are Christians who are not welcome for fellowship: 

They treated Jesus & His Church like they were Osama bin Laden & Al Queda

When one reads the end of the 4 Gospels and then the Book of Acts, of the organized persecutions against John the Baptist, Jesus & His Church, searching for them, chasing them down and killing them, one realizes that the ancient authorities in Jerusalem regarded Jesus and His followers (the Church) as much a threat to their existence as the terrorists of Al Queda and Osama bin Laden.  They treated Jesus and His Church as if they were terrorists like Osama bin Laden and Al Queda.

The Contact Point with God

The contact point between God and man is not:

  • Cathedrals
  • Statues
  • the Pastor
  • relics

The contact point between God and man is the Word of God, specifically, obedience to the Word of God.

Separation of School and State

THE PARENTS’ RIGHT TO CHOOSE WHO WILL EDUCATE THEIR CHILDREN

The future will be filled with wonderful things

In http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PretCosmos/message/17900 , Stephen <stephenwj@...> wrote:

Preterism is correct, we are in the new heavens and new earth, and 
mankind will exist (biologically) forever. If that is true, then 

Self-Promoters

Matthew 23:12
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
NIV

Give us our daily bread ration

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Give us this day our daily bread - Jesus taught us to ask for the bare, essential minimum, (just what you need to survive today, food) of the lowest cost variety, (bread).

 

 

Luke 11:1-4 (also Matthew 6:9-13)
One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples."

Jesus Prays for All the Saints

John 17:1-13
Jesus Prays for Himself

Pray for all the Saints

 

We are probably all familiar with the passage that tells us to put on the whole armor of God. The Apostle Paul adds something on to the end, though, that I’d like to remind us about:

Do not make a religion out of your patriotism: no automatic sainthood for America's soldiers Killed in Action

It is ridiculous to compare Jesus with American soldiers, especially those in Iraq.  They may risk their lives to defend the American Federal Government's interests on the other side of the planet, but I don't see any American soldiers voluntarily laying down their lives for anyone --- not at all like Jesus, the Lamb of God, did for the World.
 

The pious frauds of Judaism

"You are Jewish if your mother was Jewish."
1) This is nowhere to be found in the Bible.  All the Bible's genealogies are lists of fathers, not mothers.

The Heavenly Jerusalem is ...

The Heavenly Jerusalem, the Church

The Heavenly Jerusalem, the City of the New Testament

The Heavenly Jerusalem, the City of Christ

The Heavenly Jerusalem, the City of the Heavenly Man, (the Heavenly Adam)

The Heavenly Jerusalem, the City of King Jesus

Visions: Matter, Spirit & Love

Long ago, (maybe around 1980), in a city far away (somewhere in Southern California), I knew not God.
I had a dream
A dream of a book, very old,
so old the wrinkled parchment pages could not be touched
without causing them to turn to indecypherable fragments.
It was as if Magnetic Resonance Imaging, a CAT scan, was used to read it,
to read its strange and foreign handwritten letters.
When the first page was read,
the focus was set to read the next,
without turning, or even touching, a page.

Links: What the Bible says about Divorce-Remarriage & Adultery

See also:  http://www.nataliespianostudio.com/2006/03/exception.htm From:  http://www.speroforum.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=2468 I am going to assume the numbers represent greek letter. But the difference boils down to the greek uses the word porneia not the word moichaia. Moicheia means adultery as

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p4 Mat 5:32 What Jesus said about Divorce-Remarriage & Adultery

Matthew 5:32 NKJV

A3) Whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality (porneias) causes her to commit adultery (moichatai); 
        and

p3 Mat 19:9 What Jesus said about Divorce-Remarriage & Adultery

Mat 19:9NKJV

A2) Whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality (porneias), and marries another, commits adultery (moichatai);
        and
B2)
  whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery (moichatai).

 

A2) Whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality (porneias), and marries another, commits adultery (moichatai);
 

The controversy over how this half a verse is to be understood involves how the Greek term "PORNEIAS" is understood:

Let us focus again upon just the first half A2) since the second half B2) is in solid agreement with all the verses under scrutiny.

 

TWO WAYS TO UNDERSTAND "(PORNEIAS) SEXUAL IMMORALITY"

PORNEIAS = the 'marriage' itself is a sexually immoral relationship, an unlawful union, an unlawful sham 'marriage' ~Catholic & Orthodox

PORNEIASthe husband or wife has had a sexually immoral relationship, an unlawful union, during the marriage ~Western  Protestant

 

Breaking it down
Whoever (man) divorces his wife (woman)
A2.0)................................................................................................and he marries another ................. he commits adultery
A2.1) because .........(PORNEIAS) sexually immoral relationship and he marries another he DOES NOT commit adultery
A2.1M)............their 'marriage' was actually a sexually immoral relationship and he marries another he DOES NOT commit adultery
A2.1W)...............the wife.......had a sexually immoral relationship and he marries another he DOES NOT commit adultery ???
A2.1H)................the husband had a sexually immoral relationship and he marries another he DOES NOT commit adultery ???
A2.1H&W)................BOTH had sexually immoral relationships and he marries another he DOES NOT commit adultery ??? 

 

 
 
ANALYSIS OF POSSIBLE MEANINGS:

A2.1M) PORNEIASthe "marriage'" itself is actually a sexually immoral relationship, an unlawful union, a sham "marriage"

Whoever (man) divorces his wife because the marriage itself is actually a sexually immoral relationship (porneias) and marries another, he DOES NOT commit adultery.

This is crystal clear and in complete harmony with the all the other verses – they were never lawfully married to begin with. Their divorce was actually REPENTING from unlawful sexual relationship (their unlawful “marriage”).  And their "marriage" relationship is recognised openly for the unlawful sexual relationship that it was and is then publically "anulled," the repentant couple being granted an "anullment," (fancy words for "divorce from unlawful, sham 'marriage' ").  Whether a man marries his sister or he marries another man or he marries a woman who is lawfully married to another man, it is still an unlawful sexual relationship, an unlawful "marriage."  Jesus announces no penalty from repenting from such via divorce, (anulment), and moving on to a lawful marriage to a truly elegible bachellorette.

 

A2.1W) Guilty Wife  PORNEIAS = wife has had a sexually immoral relationship, an unlawful union, during the marriage

Whoever (man) divorces his wife because she had a sexually immoral relationship and he then marries another, he DOES NOT commit adultery.???

Wife has affair...., husband then divorces her and marries another woman and its NOT called adultery for him. QUESTIONABLE. Here's why that is confused and untenable, the implications:

  1. Whoever "marries" this guilty woman commits adultery along with her because God still sees her married to her first husband, Mat 19:9b (B2).
  2. But her husband "remarries" another woman and its not adultery at all – because God no longer sees this husband married to his first wife.
  3. The above two results have God divided against Himself as to whether or not He still regards the original husband&wife couple as “one flesh.”
 

 

A2.1H) Guilty Husband  PORNEIAS = husband has had a sexually immoral relationship, an unlawful union, during the marriage

Whoever (man) divorces his wife because he had a sexually immoral relationship and he then marries another, he DOES NOT commit adultery.???

Husband has affair.... guilty husband then divorces his innocent wife and marries another woman, and its NOT called adultery. WRONG, Mark 10:11 & Luke 16:18 (A1).  Here's why that is confused and utterly untenable, the implications:

  1. Whoever "marries" this innocent woman commits adultery along with her because God still sees her married to her first husband, Mat 19:9b (B2), "whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery."
  2. But her guilty husband "remarries" another woman and its not adultery at all for him – because God no longer sees this husband married to his first wife "because of the sexual immorality (porneias) that occured."
  3. The above two results have God divided against Himself as to whether or not He still regards the original husband&wife couple as “one flesh.”  Worse, it has God permitting remarriage for the guilty husband but condemning remarriage for the innocent wife.

 

 A2.1H&W) BOTH Guilty Husband & guilty Wife  PORNEIAS = both partners have had a sexually immoral relationship, an unlawful union, during the marriage 

Whoever (man) divorces his wife (woman) because BOTH of them had sexually immoral relationships and he marries another he DOES NOT commit adultery.???

 

Husband has affair.... wife also has affair... guilty husband then divorces his guilty wife and he marries another woman, and its NOT called adultery. WRONG, Mark 10:11 & Luke 16:18 (A1).  Here's why that is confused and utterly untenable, the implications:

  1. Whoever "marries" this guilty woman commits adultery along with her because God still sees her married to her first husband, Mat 19:9b (B2), "whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery."
  2. But her equally guilty husband "remarries" another woman and its not adultery at all for him – because God no longer sees this husband married to his first wife "because of the sexual immorality (porneias) that occurred."
  3. The above two results have God divided against Himself as to whether or not He still regards the original husband&wife couple as “one flesh.”  Worse, it has God permitting remarriage for the guilty husband but condemning remarriage for the guilty wife.

 

 

 

 

IN SUMMARY: Which is Jesus really teaching here?  God is NOT the author of confusion, 1 Cor 14:33.

Husband divorces his wife.…………………………………………………..……………….and marries another……..…………commits adultery.
'Husband' divorces his 'wife' because the 'marriage' itself is actually a sexually immoral relationship (porneias) and marries another DOES NOT commit adultery. (He is actually just repenting of a sexually immoral relationship and going on to its cure, a lawful marriage).
 
OR
 
Innocent husband divorces his innocent wife and marries another…………………commits adultery (moichatai).
Innocent husband divorces his…….guilty wife and marries another DOES NOT commit adultery? BUT SHE DOES B2) Mat 19:9NKJV
Guilty…….husband divorces his…….guilty wife and marries another DOES NOT commit adultery? BUT SHE DOES B2) Mat 19:9NKJV
Guilty…….husband divorces his innocent wife and marries another DOES NOT commit adultery? BUT SHE DOES B2) Mat 19:9NKJV
Guilty…….husband divorces his guilty wife and marries another DOES NOT commit adultery? BUT SHE DOES B2) Mat 19:9NKJV

 

 

  What has been outlined here so far is just a brief introduction to the confusion that arises when Jesus phrase, "except for sexual immorality (porneias), " is taken to mean "except for a single act of sexual immorality within a marriage."  By this definition, who can ever identify which remarriages are really adultery?  In order to preach repentence? In order to repent?  In order to obey the Bible and avoid the adulterers who call themselves fellow Chrstians?  "I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat. 12 What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 13 God will judge those outside. 'Expel the wicked man from among you.' "  1 Corinthians 5:11-13NIV  Run a concordance search of the word "adultery" and understand that God expects us to identify it plainly.  God is NOT the author of confusion, 1 Cor 14:33.
 

 

1 Timothy 6:3-4 NKJV
“If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words”

Matthew 24:35
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
KJV
 

Scriptures cited from New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

p2 What Jesus said about Divorce-Remarriage & Adultery

Let us look at these four passages again, comparing them side-by-side: 

Mark 10:11-12

A1) Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery (moichatai) against her.
        And
B1)
  if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery (moichatai).

 

 

Luke 16:18

A1) Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery (moichatai);
        and
B2)
  whoever marries her who is divorced from her husband commits adultery (moichatai).

 

Matthew 19:9

A2) Whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality (porneias), and marries another, commits adultery (moichatai);
        and
B2)
  whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery (moichatai).

 

Matthew 5:32

A3) Whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality (porneias) causes her to commit adultery (moichatai); 
        and
B2)
  whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery (moichatai). 

 

Observation I.  It is interesting that each of these passages are couplets.  And it is interesting that 3 out of 4 of the second couplets, B2), virtually say the exact same thing. And these three agree with B1), which expresses the message from the other angle.  All four of the second couplets are agreed; case closed.  (The variation of wording between B1) and B2) show that BOTH of those involved in an adulterous relationship are committing adultery, even if only one of them has been lawfully married).

"Whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery along with her." 

 

Observation II.  The first couplet, A1), of Luke 16:18 & Mark 10:11-12 say the same thing. This agreement between them strengthens their clear message all the more. (A twofold chord is not easily broken).

"Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery."

 

Observation IIIB1) mirrors A1): Each of the preceding are just gender-specific ways of saying the same thing:

"Whoever marries a divorced person commits adultery along with him or her."

  

Observation IV.  The endings of Matthew 19:9a & Matthew 5:32a report subtle differences with eachother:

     A2) "Whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality (porneias), and marries another, commits adultery (moichatai)"

     A3) "Whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality (porneias) causes her to commit adultery (moichatai)"

          i) So A2) ends by saying that the divorced man commits adultery when he marries another, (Observation II above).

          ii) And A3) ends by saying that the divorced woman commits adultery when, (naturally), she marries another, (Obs. I).

           

Observation V.  All these statements by Jesus on Divorce-Remarriage & Adultery have been in strong agreement, reinforcing oneanother in saying the same thing in gender-specific ways,

"Whoever marries a divorced person commits adultery along with him or her."

Jesus knows that people can be hard-headed about this subject and often looking for a way out, even a gender-specific one if need be.  So He has spelled out the same message in various contexts.  The significant difference among these four statements by Jesus is the clause found in the first half of two of them, "except for sexual immorality (porneias)."  It has been shown previously  that sexual immorality (porneias) is different from commit adultery (moichátai).

porneias = unlawful sexual relationship: sexual relationship with someone who is not lawfully married to you = fornication.
moichátai = sexual relationship with someone who is lawfully married to someone else = commmit adultery.

Next I will explore how "except for sexual immorality (porneias)" has been taken two different ways.
And I will show that "except for sexual immorality (porneias)" can only mean one thing in order to be agreed with of what Jesus has said here.


 

1 Timothy 6:3-4
“If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words”

Matthew 24:35
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
KJV
 

Scriptures cited from New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

What Jesus said about Divorce-Remarriage & Adultery

 
 
 
BIBLE SKILLS: Use the clear passages to understand the less clear ones:
The clear verses: there is no argument about what these next two passages mean:

Mark 10:11-12 (apostolicbible.com) 

 

"Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery (moichátai) against her.
And
if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery (moichátai)."


      

 Luke 16:18 (apostolicbible.com)

 

 
"Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery (moicheuei);
and
whoever marries her who is divorced from her husband commits adultery (moicheuei)."

The clear passages: there is no argument about what these above two passages mean:

Sexual relationships outside of that lawful, first marriage are adultery
because God considers that first couple to still be joined as man&wife:

Man cannot change the fact that God has joined together that first-wife/first-husband as one flesh.
(Nor can these passages be divorced from their contexts, Mark 10:2-10 & Matthew 19:3-10).

 
 
 
BIBLE SKILLS: Use the clear passages to understand the less clear ones:
 
Since its rise in the 1500’s, Western Protestantism has not been willing to agree on the passages below.  The cause of so much of the argument is the phrase, “except for sexual immorality (porneia).”  For both of these passages, the underlying Greek for the term “sexual immorality” is “porneia” and is often translated, “fornication.”  This is different from “commit adultery” which is “moichátai.”  

Matthew 19:9 (apostolicbible.com)

"Whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality (porneia), and marries another, commits adultery (moichátai);
and
whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery (moichátai)."

Jesus is NOT saying in Matthew 19:9a, “Whoever divorces his wife, except for committing adultery (porneia), and marries another, commits adultery (moichátai).”
Jesus employs different words. 

porneia = unlawful sexual relationship: sexual relationship with someone who is not lawfully married to you = fornication.
moichátai = sexual relationship with someone who is lawfully married to someone else = commmit adultery.

 

The rest of the Word of God also uses these same two words in the same passages, even in lists of sins, showing that the two mean different things.

 
 
 

Matthew 5:32 (apostolicbible.com)

"Whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality (porneias) causes her to commit adultery (moichásthai);
and
whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery (moichátai)."

NOR is Jesus saying in Matthew 5:32a, “Whoever divorces his wife for any reason except for committing adultery (porneias) causes her to commit adultery (moichátai).”  That would make Jesus to say something inane since it goes without saying that she has already committed adultery aside from her husband.


1 Timothy 6:3-4 NKJV
“If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words” 

Scriptures cited from New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

















Saint Augustine's 'City of God'

Augustine was a “church father” that lived between 354-430 A.D. He is credited with influencing some of the most notable theologians in history including Martin Luther & John Calvin. But how many of us have read anything in detail by Augustine? Might I suggest a revisit to the classics of Christian literature with a FREE copy of “City of God” (LINK) by Augustine.
 
In the book, Augustine contrasts two “cities” – one earthly & one heavenly, or “of God”. He contrasts the world's way of thinking against that of the New Testament Church, describing the latter as "the heavenly city, the Heavenly Jerusalem." It is no coincidence that the Bible says the “country”, the “city” that Abraham was really seeking was a “heavenly one”, (Hebrews 11:16). Our forefather Abraham was looking forward to the enduring glories of the New Testament eternity in which we now abide.
 
 
City of God -- Book XIV Chap. 28
Of The Nature Of The Two Cities, The Earthly And The Heavenly.
Accordingly, two cities have been formed by two loves: the earthly by the love of self, even to the contempt of God; the heavenly by the love of God, even to the contempt of self. The former, in a word, glories in itself, the latter in the Lord. For the one seeks glory from men; but the greatest glory of the other is God, the witness of conscience. The one lifts up its head in its own glory; the other says to its God, "Thou art my glory, and the lifter up of mine head." In the one, the princes and the nations it subdues are ruled by the love of ruling; in the other, the princes and the subjects serve one another in love, the latter obeying, while the former take thought for all. The one delights in its own strength, represented in the persons of its rulers; the other says to its God, "I will love Thee, O Lord, my strength." And therefore the wise men of the one city, living according to man, have sought for profit to their own bodies or souls, or both, and those who have known God "glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful, but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened; professing themselves to be wise,"--that is, glorying in their own wisdom, and being possessed by pride,--"they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things." For they were either leaders or followers of the people in adoring images, "and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever." But in the other city there is no human wisdom, but only godliness, which offers due worship to the true God, and looks for its reward in the society of the saints, of holy angels as well as holy men, "that God may be all in all."
 
Couple what Augustine said with what Scripture says about New Jerusalem & we begin to see how it is that Christians can be physically living in the “earthly” city yet really are citizens of the “heavenly” city.
 
Revelation 21:1-3 – New Jerusalem
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the HolyCity, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
 
We can see how at regeneration the “new man” enters the “new Eden”, the “new Promised Land”, and the “new Jerusalem”, wherein they dwell with God. But what about this other city? What about Augustine's “earthly” city? According to many prophecy teachers that city is supposed to be utterly destroyed. They read Rev 21:1-3 & see the old earth passed away, thus they conclude it must be physically destroyed before the new heaven & earth can come. But how do they account for this next passage?
 
Revelation 22:14-15 – The Earthly City does not continue as a "city," its population reduced to homeless, stray "dogs" outside
Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
 
Now note, this is AFTER New Jerusalem comes down. Even more important there are only 5 more verses & then the last word, in the last book of the Bible is completed yet we see no eradication of those outside the gates of the “heavenly” city. Thus, to be “in the city” is to be in Christ. To be outside the city is to be outside Christ. The earthly world, with all of its varieties of religions & cultures are NOT inside the “City of God” unless they are IN CHRIST (& everyone is NOT automatically in Christ, despite what some people advocate, it is NOT a “new world” UNTIL the old man is made new by “rebirth”).
The society of saints transcends any physical borders. The nation of the Elect’s only passport is repentance, which is required for admittance. Enter these gates, enter this city & find true rest from your “journey”. Rest in Christ, our eternal Sabbath.
The “culture” of this society is NOT the culture of the world, not the culture of the former city, but the culture of the “heavenly” city is the culture of Christ. It is not changed by modern or postmodern movements or any other movements of men. But the city of God has its own culture, easily known to all who dwell there. Kingdom dwellers love to glorify God & are humble to even debase themselves instead, so that God & Christ are the only light shinning. Those within the city are not offended that they receive not glory in themselves – this is not the “Chronicles of Narcissia” where everything is about man & what man wants & can do. – rather this is the City of GOD.  Its ALL about HIM -- He is ALL IN ALL.
 
Revelation 21:22-23 – Christ is the culture of Christians
I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.
 
There is no reason to rebuild an earthly temple for God would never dwell there, for He now resides in the new city where there is not a temple, for God Almighty & the Lamb are its temple. The culture of Christians ought be foremost the glory of Christ & not the vain glorying of men & their desires & pretentious “accomplishments”. Art, writing, speaking, music making & all other facets of “culture” among Christians ought to be done in the “light” of Christ as the lamp of the new city in which Christians are supposed to dwell. Amen & Amen

 
I would add to this the question: so where are we now, you and me regular Christians still in this biological, mortal, natural body?  Since we are not yet changed into a form like God, we conclude that we do not yet see His face, (1 John 3:2 & Rev 22:4), therefore we have yet to fully enter the New Jerusalem City. So, where are we in this Rev 21-22 picture?  We, who are still in the body of flesh, are still at the gates "washing our robes" to gain admission, Rev 22:14, (or "keeping Christ's commandments," as some manuscripts read).  Entrance to the New Jerusalem is granted via Resurrection, for angels guarding the ever open gates, Rev 21:12,  make sure no impure thing ever enters the City, Rev 21:27, for "flesh and blood cannot enter the Kingdom of God," 1 Cor 15:50.  The determination to admit to the City or reject is the Judgment that follows one's death, Heb 9:27, LINK.

The cross as symbol of losers

A cross has come to mean different things to different people these days, virtually always associated with Jesus and His followers, Christians. But what did a cross represent at the time that Jesus carried it? Was it not associated with the worst kind of criminals, the condemned, those consigned to die for their wrongs against society? When Jesus carried the cross, it was society's strongest rejection of a man. To carry a cross was to carry condemnation, to be the object of justified ridicule and righteous scorn, for the courts of God-ordained govenrment have marked the person for destruction, so great is his offense. A cross was reserved for the worst losers, so unfit for the rest of society as to be justly defrocked of the right to live anymore.

A popular song cries, "I'm a loser, baby, so why don't you kill me?" Message understood on a gut level.

Luke 9:23-24
"If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.

Luke 14:27
"And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple."
NIV
 

[See also: Matthew 10:38, Matthew 16:24, Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23, Luke 14:27]


Jesus said these things in a day and age when "the cross" meant something different than what comes to mind today.  When this was first spoken, a cross was the symbol of a capitol criminal, a man condemned by society and government to the worst punishment they could deliver. The cross was society's official rejection, government-sanctioned condemnation, that was reserved for society's ultimate losers, the most powerful expression of society's disapproval of an individual.

Before Christ's own crucifixion, the cross represented capitol punishment, society's sentence that the person was not fit to live any longer.  When Jesus spoke this, the cross meant the electric chair, death penalty by lethal injection, firing squad, or hangman's noose or guillotine, or worse, it was a public spectacle akin to being drawn & quartered or being burned alive in public view.  All of this with the sanction of goverment for the protection of good society.

So, if carrying a cross meant all those things to everyone in the time of Christ, what did Jesus mean when He said, "Unless you take up your cross and follow Me, you are unfit to be my disciple"?

I am still extracting meaning from it for myself, but one thing I do get from it now is that Christ anticipated that it would be a normal part of the Christian experience to be the object of society's rejection & ridicule, scorn & even government-sanctioned punishment "for the protection of good society."

Proverbs 29:27
The righteous detest the dishonest;
the wicked detest the upright.
NIV
 

Matthew 10:34-39
"Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn

"'a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
36 a man's enemies will be the members of his own household.'

37 "Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38 and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
NIV


 

Another thing to add to this is that Jesus teaches us to make decisions in ways that are different than the way the world makes decisions.  All of New Testament commands are toward the purpose of building up love & holiness whereas the world makes its decisions based upon building up money & fame.  "You cannot serve both God and money," Jesus taught.  There is a good deal of things that we do for God that interfere with accumulating money, and there are a good deal of things we do for holiness that interfere with building up fame for ouselves.  So, not only are the wicked already looking for reasons to put us down, (as outlined above), but we Christians are following a way of life that neglects those things that they respect.  How can you have much to show for yourself if you "give to everyone who asks and from him who wants to borrow do not turn away"?  How can you command much respect if you let yourself be taken advantage of and then just turn the other cheek?  Or quit a job or business deal because of unethical details?

So if there are times when you why at times you have little to show beyond your daily bread, meditate on these things and consider: you may just be on track as a disciple of the Lord.  "Take up your cross and follow Me."

"Taking up your cross" can represent "associate yourself with losing in the sight of men" in order to win in the sight of God.

1 Peter 2:4-5
As you come to him, the living Stone — rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
NIV
 

Cessationism: when Prophecy, Tongues & Interpretaton cease God speaks even more clearly

Okay, I admit that I am somewhat naive about all the various terms people adopt for themselves whenever they argue about doctrine. But my guess is that "Cessationism" means a belief that today God no longer speaks to men the way He did to the Bible authors.

But let's consider:

Red = what Paul and the Corinthians ALREADY presently had at ~53AD writing of Corinthians 
Blue = what Paul & the Corinthians NOT YET had, but were looking forward to attaining

1 Corinthians 13:8-12

The New Covenant = Jerusalem from above = the heavenly Jerusalem = the new Jerusalem = the Bride

 

The New Covenant = the Jerusalem from above

Galatians 4:21-31 & Galatians 5:1-3
21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?
22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.
23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.
24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.
28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
29 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.
30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.
31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.
5 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.
3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.
KJV

The Jerusalem from above = The heavenly Jerusalem

Hebrews 12:18-29
18 For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,
19 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:
20 (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart:
21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)
22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
29 For our God is a consuming fire.
KJV

The heavenly Jerusalem = The new Jerusalem = The Bride of Christ

Revelation 21:1-4
1And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
6And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
7He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
8But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
9And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.
10And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
11Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
12And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
13On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.
14And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.
16And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.
17And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.
18And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.
19And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;
20The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
21And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
22And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
23And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
24And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
25And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
26And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
27And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.
Revelation 22
1And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
2In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
3And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
4And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
5And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
6And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.
7Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
8And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.
9Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.
10And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.
11He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
12And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
13I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
14Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
15For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

16I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
17And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
KJV

 

"This heavenly Jerusalem is the Church, that is to say the number of all believers throughout the world, having one and the same Gospel, one and the same faith in Christ, one and the same Holy Ghost, and the same sacraments." ~ Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians (verse 4:26)

Your Born-again experience: the birth of your spiritual body

When you are born again from God our heavenly Father, you are not born again physically into another mortal-natural body.  No, a new body in which your soul learns to dwell is born within you:  what is brought into being within you is your new, immortal-spiritual body that lasts forever.

"Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ." ~Spirit-guided Paul

"if a person is trying to behave like the first-century Holy Spirit guided apostles; we need to call out such people."

I was surprised when I read this statement expressed a couple of years ago.  The truth is, however, we are all, each & every Christian of all centuries, called out by the Word of God to behave like the first-century, Holy Spirit-guided apostles.

 

1 Corinthians 11:1
"Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ." ~ Paul
NIV

1 Corinthians 11:1
"Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ." ~ Paul 
NKJV

 

This is Scripture enough to justify anybody, anywhere imitating the example of the Apostle Paul:  from his miraculous calling to be an apostle of Christ (completely independent of the other 12 Apostles' direct ministry & without their ever laying hands upon him) to follow every example of Paul's way of life that followed.  Anyone who does so has the full approval of God via His everlasting Word - Jesus & the Bible.

 

1 Timothy 1:12-17
12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service. 13 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners — of whom I am the worst. 16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
NIV

 

From blasphemous persecutor to Apostle to the Gentiles: Paul is an example to Christians of all centuries of what Christ's mercy is ready to do to call any one of us out of darkness and into ministry - ministry like that of Paul & Jesus.  Again, it should never be forgotten that Saul of Tarsus was called to become Paul the Apostle without any direct ministry -no laying of of hands- by the other Apostles Peter, James, John, etc.  Paul was called directly by Christ - and that is a biblical example for any one of us who come later, too.   Paul was simply following the heavenly calling and everlasting example of Christ, layed down for everlasting generations of Christians to come follow:

 

John 14:10-18
The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the (miraculous) works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the (miraculous) works themselves.
12 "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the (miraculous) works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
15 "If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever — 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
NKJV

 

Jesus never said there was a time-limit on believing in Him and doing the works that Jesus did.
Jesus said the Spirit of Truth (the Holy Spirit) would abide with His followers forever. Jesus never said the Holy Spirit would ever be taken away from the Christian Community of Believers.
If the Holy Spirit is not in a man today, that man is not saved. Such a man is not a Christian, he is not a child of God.  And if the Holy Spirit dwells in a man, that man is being called upon to be led by the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of Christ) and thereby become a son of God (like Christ).

 

Romans 8:9-14
9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors — not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
NKJV

Matthew 28:18-20 
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.
NKJV

 

Jesus commanded His eleven remaining disciples to "teach others to observe all things that He commanded" them to do.  This very commandment was also among those things that those eleven discples were to pass on.  Those that were so discipled by the eleven would, in turn, be so charged to t"each others to observe all things He commanded them (the original eleven)" and so on, all the way down to us and the countless generations to come.  There is no getting around it:  All generations of Christians are commanded to obey all things Jesus taught that first group of eleven disciples.  Jesus taught them to be led by the Holy Spirit who abides forever.  And we must follow their example. 

 

Matthew 10:40 & Mark 9:37 & John 13:20
"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me."
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John 3:34
For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God
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1 John 4:6
We are of God. He who knows God hears us
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And this is love, that we walk after Christ's commandments ~2 John 6

Obligation to the Law of Moses ended at the Cross of Christ

Benton-Preston Debate
 
Benton’s Third Affirmative
 
The proposition:
 

The Redemption/Resurrection of our Mortal Bodies

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The Heavens

From Young's Literal Translation it is easy to see that "the heavens" = "the skies," where birds fly and on upward

The Reign of the Heavens

(from the Young's Literal Translation)

The Pearl

Matthew 13:45-46 (www.apostolicbible.com)

Jesus goes on to liken the Kingdom of the Heavens to a man who is obsessed with finding the ultimate treasure: for him, it is the ultimate pearl.

The Kingdom of the Heavens

Let us consider some the verses specifically mentioning "the Kingdom of Heaven," or more accurate to the original Bible languages: "The Kingdom of the Heavens." (More on the original wording may be found at: The Empire of the Skies).

Poem: Love Never Fails

Love never fails to extend a hand,
                              endure a wrong,
                              feel another’s pain,

Why We Lift Our Hands

Because Christ's Apostle Paul commanded it:

1 Timothy 2:8   I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands , without wrath and doubting.

 

Because King David, a man after God's own heart, set the example in the Psalms:

Psalms 28:2    Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry to You, when I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary.

The Law of Christ

Matthew 24:35
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Words shall not pass away. 
 

"He takes away the First, that He may establish the Second" ~ Hebrews 10:9

Destruction of Old Jerusalem

David Roberts painting of the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70.

"He takes away the First that He may establish the Second." ~ Hebrews 10:9 NKJV

Where We Came From, Where We Are Going, and How to Get There

"Damned Man-Eating Savages" is a graphic recollection our origins
-where we came from.

"The Empire of Skies" (aka "The Kingdom of the Heavens") explores the Promised Land set before us, the Heavens
-where we are going

One might well ask: "So how do we get there from here?"

 

 

The Gospel for the third millennium

The Gospel for the third thousand years of Christianity is the same as for the first two thousand years. Like every cultural group, our generation must be presented Christ's message in terms we can understand, fitting the context of our time & place in God's Creation. Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, wrote, "I have become all things to all men that by all means I might win some." In essence, part of what I am really doing here is presenting the ages-old Gospel to the 21st Century generation - by simply returning to the eternal foundation of its time-defying original terms.  Its my earnest hope that you find within these pages enough creative power to stretch your mind, limbering it up and breaking it free from the confines of dry, broken, old cisterns of dusty traditions and form within you a fresh, new spring of life, the wonder of eternally new, everlasting life, (John 7:37-39 & Revelation 7:17).  We can learn to marvel again, as a little child, (Luke 18:14-17), and make room in our hearts to learn again from God's inexhaustable & living Word, Jesus Christ Himself, (John 1:1 & John 1:14).  Let us celebrate together 20 centuries of Christ's power and the dawning of Christianity's third millennium among men.

1 Corinthians 8:2
And if any man think that he knoweth anything, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.

Proverbs 25:2
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter,
But the glory of kings is to search out, investigate, and discover a matter.

Revelation 1:6
To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, 6 and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. NKJV

Ephesians 3:20-21
Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of-infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes. 21 May he be given glory forever and ever through endless ages because of his master plan of salvation for the Church through Jesus Christ. TLB

1 Corinthians 2:9-10
As it is written, "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him."
10 But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
KJV

 

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And this is love, that we keep Christ's commandments ~ 2 John 6

 

The Empire of the Skies

The Star Child
"Why should star-struck magi (wise men, sages, scientists) be among the first to welcome the Son of God from the Heavens?
 
Matthew 2:1-3 and&nb

There is No "Glass Ceiling" Blocking Mankind

What I see in the account at the Tower of Babel was certain key phrases such as:

Gen 11:6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

You are the Light of the Cosmos

I think we are all familiar with Christ's, (God's Chosen Person's), words at the Sermon on the Mount to those who take His words seriously:
 
 
Matthew 5:14
"You are the light of the world (kosmos #2889)."
NIV
 
 
But have you ever thought of doing your own homework here and looking at the underlying Greek for yourself?

You are the Heirs of the Cosmos

What do these verses bring to mind?
Romans 4:13

Soul for souls, Body for bodies, Sin-Offering for sinners

 
A MEDITATION
Do you believe that the physical death of Christ is the payment for the penalty of our sin?
When eating the Supper of the Lord we should remember that:
Jesus offered His blood on the Cross and His body of flesh to God as a sin-offering on our behalf.
The Son of God's blood/soul was offered for the redemption/resurrection of our souls.
The Son of God's flesh/body was offered for the redemption/resurrection of our bodies.
 
Soul for soul, Blood for blood, Flesh for flesh, Body for body

Inner-Man & Outer-Man: the 2 Parts of Resurrection

IF "resurrection" is the answer to "death," 
 
THEN we might gain some insight into the meaning of "resurrection" by reviewing some facts about "death." 
 
FACT:  God warned Adam that he would "die" the "day" he ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good & Evil.  "Day" had already been defined in this context by saying "there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day," etc., (Gen 1:31), the period between "evening&mornings" in which Adam was made.  Since God cannot lie, (Heb 6:18), Adam "died" that very day, (no poetic or prophetic or figurative license taken).&n

The City of the New Testament

The Heavenly Jerusalem = The New Testament and the Community both Seen & Unseen that live within its confines.

 
"You have come to Mount Zion, to the Heavenly Jerusalem, the City of the Living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the Church of the Firstborn, whose names are written in Heaven.

Joy to the World! The Lord is come

Since I was an 8-year old boy, this has been my favorite Christmas song.  Let's take a second look at Isaac Watts' stalwart Church standard.  Just what message does this hymn guide The Church to express? 

If you forgot how the music goes, you can refresh your memory here  http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/j/o/joyworld.htm

"He takes away the first that He may establish the second." ~Hebrews 10:9

Destruction of Old Jerusalem

David Roberts painting of the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70.

"He takes away the first that He may establish the second."." ~Hebrews 10:9 NKJV