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The Word

The word of God has given us many adjectives describing itself. Let us look at a few this morning.

It is the word of truth.

Eph.1:[13] In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

Just as the devil is the father of lies and liars God is the Father of truth. As the apostle said we are not following after cunningly devised fables but we are following after truth. The gospel is the only means of salvation for mankind. If something directly opposes the word of God it is a lie and is from the devil.

2Cor.6:1-10

[7] By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,

We show ourselves the child of God by manifesting the Bible in our daily lives.

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

All of the Bible is the word of truth but not all of the truth is present day meant for the individual truth. The truth must speak to whom is was given and the man of God must be equipped to rightly divide the word of truth.

The word is the word of reconciliation.

2Cor.5:18-21

[19] To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

The word given is the only means by which a sinner may become one with God. The debt of sin paid and the books balanced. Our own actions cannot cleanse away our sin or debt created by the sin. We have earned death. But through the shed blood we have been reconciled.

The word is the word of faith.

Rom.10:8-10

[8] But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;

This word when spoken has the power of the Holy Spirit in it. A man either hears it or rejects it. To be received requires faith. To hear requires someone speak it. Man is born with the knowledge of God and through the darkness of his own heart begins to disbelief in God. The word given breathes on a man’s heart and it is the individual who must believe or reject this word of faith.

The word is the word of life.

Phil.2:14-16

[16] Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

The word of God is the word of life. The law could not give life but the word of the gospel of salvation gives life. It takes that which is dead in man and the Holy Spirit breathes through the word preached and man is re-born. That is the resurrection within. It is only through the word. The law could only tell a “dead” man how to order his steps but it had no power of regeneration but the word of salvation is life giving.

The word is the word of faith and good doctrine.

1Tim.4:1-6

[6] If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.

It is the word of good doctrine. Within the pages of this Book a man can find how he is to believe, how he is to teach, how he is to live in relation to God, other and himself. It is within the pages God has revealed Himself and His will to men.

The word is the word of Christ.

Col.3:[16] Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Often we think of the words of Christ and automatically categorize the words of Christ as being wholly contained within the four gospels. It is ALL the word of Christ. From Genesis to Revelation.

The word is the word of God.

1Thes.2:[13] For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

The word given to the Apostle Paul and preached to the Gentile world was given by God to him. If it is the word of man then it will fail. In order for the word to work effectively it must be believed and believed as it is , the word of God.

The word is the faithful word.

Tit. 1:1-9

[9] Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

The word is faithful. If God has said it you can take it to the bank It is a certainty. God is not a liar and will fulfill His word as promised. The word will never let you down. The Bible says that he who believes will never be ashamed. You may have every confidence in the word of God.

 

Baptism of Repentance

                                                                                    Baptism of Repentance
The ministry of the kingdom did not begin with the earthly ministry of Jesus but rather began with the baptism of John the Baptist.

Acts.1:16-26
[22] Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.

The Baptism of John was preparatory. He was in the process of preparing a Jewish body to receive their Jewish King. In order for Israel to receive her King they must need repent. (Just as in the days of Tribulation the nation of Israel will have the two witnesses preaching the gospel of the kingdom which was to REPENT and Receive your King.) They were not prepared to receive Him as a dying Savior but as a ruler on a throne and delivered from their physical enemies. The baptism was done for the cleansing away of their sins.

Mic.7:[19] He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

Pss.51:[2] Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

The baptism showing they had repented and placed their faith in the forgiveness of God.
That they were expecting salvation from their physical enemies is evident in the prophecy of Zacharias:

Luke.1:[67] And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying,
[68] Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,
[69] And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;
[70] As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:
[71] That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;
[72] To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;
[73] The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,
[74] That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,
[75] In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.
[76] And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
[77] To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,
[78] Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,
[79] To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
[80] And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.

John the Baptist was the forerunner of the KING of Israel. His baptism was NOT the symbolic baptism which is practiced by the church today as a sign of faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior but one of necessity as proof of repentance from one’s sins and the preparing of the person for the reception of the King.

Matt.3:[1] In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
[2] And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
[3] For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
[4] And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.
[5] Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,
[6] And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
[7] But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
[8] Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
[9] And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
[10] And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
[11] I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
[12] Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

Luke.3:[1] Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene,
[2] Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.
[3] And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;
[4] As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
[5] Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth;
[6] And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
[7] Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
[8] Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
[9] And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
[10] And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then?
[11] He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.
[12] Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do?
[13] And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you.
[14] And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.

The baptism was to be followed after by works on the part of receivers showing they had indeed repented of their evil deeds.

Luke 7:[26] But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet.
[27] This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
[28] For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.
[29] And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.
[30] But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him..

Those who repented and received the baptism of John, God gave to the Son for a possession.

In Matthew chapter 14 verse 12 we find after the death of John the Baptist his disciples came to Jesus. This action was the beginning of the end of the offering of the kingdom at that time to the nation of Israel. Jesus said the law and prophets prophesied until the coming of John the Baptist and the kingdom now suffered violence. Which indeed was done with the imprisoning and death of John and culminating in the Crucifixion of our Lord.

The baptism offered by Peter was post-Resurrection BUT PRE-GOSPEL of Grace. It was preached to Israel as a nation and involved the repentance of MURDERING Jesus. None of the church epistles or Christian doctrine existed at this time. It was a period of flux between the kingdom gospel of the offering to Israel (Acts 2:22) and the gospel of grace given after the calling of the Apostle Paul.
Note in Peter’s message the end time connotation and the second advent being expected at that time. (Acts 2:19-22)

So it is no shock to see the message of baptismal regeneration being taught to the NATION of Israel for a means of preparing for their EARTHLY KINGDOM.
Acts 2:36-39

We must keep in our minds with great clarity the message of Acts 2 is for the nation of Israel and no matter how hard you examine the message you will not find salvation by grace through faith in the passage at any point. (Verse 22)
It is under the Baptism of Repentance which John began that the early church pre-Pauline doctrine operated. As the kingdom was still in sight for Israel. The offer of the kingdom continued through the deacon Steven whom the Jews also rejected and killed.
Even with the choosing of a replacement for Judas it was determined to have begun NOT with the Crucifixion but with the BAPTISM OF JOHN.

Acts.1:16-26
[22] Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.

It was not until Acts chapter 10 when God showed Peter that the door was open to the Gentiles.
Acts.10:[36] The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)
[37] That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;

Again, Peter’s beginning point for his understanding of the ministry did NOT begin with the Crucifixion nor the Resurrection but with the baptism of John. It was not the baptism of Jesus by John BUT the baptism John preached which was Repent for the KINGDOM of God is at hand and baptismal regeneration.
Peter did not seem sure of the ministry to Gentiles but the Holy Spirit exhibited the will of God. (Acts 10:44-45)

Yet still the gospel of the grace given to Paul directly from Jesus had not been given and the operation was still moving forward based upon a baptism of repentance.

The persecution continued in Acts chapter twelve the Apostle James was put to death by Herod and Peter imprisoned and in Acts chapter 13 we see the calling out of Saul (Paul) and Barnabas to be sent to the Gentiles. But it is noteworthy that these also went to the Jews FIRST (Acts 13:5). The Jewish rejection not being fully complete until offered on three known continents. (Asia, Africa and Europe)
The gospel of grace being first preached in Acts 13:38-39.

As late as Acts 18 and 19 there were still those who only preached the baptism of repentance of John.
That it was different than what we do now is evident by the necessity to teach them the full truth of the gospel and proper baptism. Even to this day we find those who would teach the church baptismal regeneration. We also find those who attempt to put the church under the law. We find those who attempt to teach the church from the Jewish Epistles from the Apostles to the Jews. There is no substitute for the teaching of the Word of God rightly divided. Most, if not all, of the confusing doctrine and supposed contradiction of scripture comes from the putting together the things which must be divided.

Things to Come

According to scripture there are several things coming to this world. Let us begin this study by first listing the events in no particular order.
A period known as the Tribulation when the wrath of God is poured out onto the earth and its inhabitants.
The gathering out of the body of Christ.
The Satanic leader commonly called the anti-Christ.
A falling away from the truth of the Bible.
The Lord returning to rule known as the Day of the Lord or the Day of Christ.
The destruction of the anti-Christ.
An examination of First and Second Thessalonians gives us a view as to the order of the coming events.

We will work our way from last to first. It would seem evident the last event would be that of destruction of the anti-Christ as he cannot be destroyed before he comes. Neither could the Tribulation come after the destruction.

The Day of Christ-falling away-anti-Christ.
In second Thessalonians chapter two the order of things to come is addressed. The body at Thessalonians had some teach them the Day of Christ could come at any time and the gathering out had been missed by them.

2Thes.2:[1] Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
[2] That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
[3] Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
[4] Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
[5] Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
[6] And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
[7] For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
[8] And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
[9] Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
[10] And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
[11] And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
[12] That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Here we find four main things.
1) The Day of Christ is NOT at hand.

2) The Day of Christ cannot come until there is a falling away first and the man of sin (anti-Christ) be revealed.

3) The Day of Christ will be the destruction of the anti-Christ.

4) There is presently a hindering which prevents the revelation of the anti-Christ which will be removed before he may be revealed.

So then the order as given here is:
1) A falling away first. (verse 3) (1 Timothy 4:1)
2) Removal of the hindering. (verses 6-7)
3) The revelation of the anti-Christ. (verse 3)
4) The destruction of the anti-Christ at the Day of the Lord. (verse 8)
We have just placed four of the coming events in an order as given in the scriptures. Let us see if we can place the other coming events in an order as given by the Holy Word.

According to First Thessalonians chapter one The Lord is to return to get us prior to His wrath being poured out on the earth.

1Thes.1:9 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;
[10] And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

So then we have now placed two more events.
1) The catching out followed by the wrath to come.
2) The wrath to come.

This event is described in chapter four of First Thessalonians.
1Thes.4:13] But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
[14] For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
[15] For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
[16] For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
[17] Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
[18] Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

There is no question Jesus is coming back to get His body. The dispute arises as to the timing of His gathering out of His body.
We are currently, as the Thessalonians were, waiting for the gathering out. Clearly it says here the gathering will precede the wrath of God being poured out on the world.
So we can say with authority the Rapture will precede the wrath.
Look in First Thessalonians chapter 5.

1 Thessalonians 5:[1] But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
[2] For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
[3] For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
[4] But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
[5] Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
[6] Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
[7] For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
[8] But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
[9] For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
[10] Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
[11] Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

So then because God is taking us out of this world we may take comfort about the Day of the Lord. We have no need for Paul to tell us of the times to come because we will be gathered out before the wrath comes and with it comes destruction. We are now walking in the light. It is daytime. There is coming a time of darkness when the light is removed from the world and night falls on this dispensation of the grace of God. Let us see what the scripture says about this time of darkness which we know as the Tribulation.

Look again at Second Thessalonians chapter one.

2Thes.1:[1] Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
[2] Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
[3] We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;
[4] So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:
[5] Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:
[6] Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;
[7] And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
[8] In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
[9] Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
[10] When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

We find the church currently receiving tribulation from the lost as we indeed find it even to this day. The Bible says the reward of the lost who persecute us NOW will be Tribulation on them! (verses 5-6)
Notice our tribulation came first then theirs is a recompense or payback for what they have done to Christians.
1) The lost gives Christians tribulation NOW. (verse 5)

2) They will be REPAID Tribulation (verse 6)

3) We will be at REST during their time of Tribulation.

4) Their Tribulation ends with destruction.

5) Then Christ will be glorified in His saints and admired. (worshipped as King of Kings I.e. Millennial Reign)

So in conclusion we see:
Currently the church is walking in the light awaiting Jesus to come and takes us out while the lost give us tribulation.
There will be a falling away from the truth (called a departing from the faith in First Timothy 4:1).
The Lord will return and gather us out and the hindrance will be removed from impeding the anti-Christ.
The Tribulation will begin, the anti-Christ will ascend to power, the wrath of God will fall.
The Day of Christ will come when Christ will return to destroy the anti-Christ and all those who have received his mark be cast into Hell.
The Lord will ascend to His throne on earth where He will be admired by all those who believe.

 

Hebrews

As we begin our study on the book of Hebrews I would like to begin with a pertinent overview.

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

The Bible is not some ordinary book which tells a tale which may be comprehended by a simple reading. It is the Book of Books and given us by God Almighty. It requires STUDY. If it were merely a novel there would be no cause to study but simply to read it. But God commands it to be studied. Further to begin to achieve some understanding it must be rightly divided. Everything in scripture is for our study but it is not for everyone’s application. Perhaps the simplest examples would be the fact we do not have to build an ark or sacrifice a lamb to obtain favor with God or to receive salvation. So it is evident that though every word is for man to study it is NOT for application to every man.

Perhaps the single most important factor in rightly dividing may be ascertained by simply realizing to whom a passage is speaking. The Bible comes with some evident divisions already and a Christian would do well to observe these.
The first being the division between two testaments one Old and one New. The New Testament is then broken down into four gospels, the history of the early church, the Pauline epistles to the church and then the Jewish epistles.

I believe it is no accident the KJV has placed the Jewish epistles together and the epistles to the church together. Rather than a convenience or coincidence I believe it is by the design of God.

In a study of Hebrews it is tantamount we begin by identifying to whom it is speaking and then we will begin to understand what it is telling the people to whom it speaks.

First of all in the church there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, but rather a body of believers called Christians.

Colossians 3:[11] Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

The very name of the book tells us it is not speaking to us Christians but rather a people identified by their nationality and by extension their religion.

Hebrews itself tells us it is dealing with the next world and not our present one.
Hebrews 2:[5] For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.

Hebrews teaches salvation through endurance.
Hebrews 3:[4] For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.
[5] And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;
[6] But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.
[7] Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice,
[8] Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
[9] When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.
[10] Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.
[11] So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)
[12] Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
[13] But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
[14] For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;

This is a promise to the tribulation Jews.

Matthew 10:[22] And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
Matthew 24:[13] But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Hebrews teaches a new covenant WITH THE JEWS ONLY BASED SOLELY ON THE FACT THEY ARE JEWS.

Hebrews 8:[6] But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.
[9] Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
[10] For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
[11] And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
[12] For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
[13] In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

The new covenant is a feature of the Millennial Reign of Christ and His return to the earth.
Jeremiah 31:[31] Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
[32] Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
[33] But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
[34] And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
Romans 11:[25] For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
[26] And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
[27] For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
[28] As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.
[29] For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
[30] For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
[31] Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
[32] For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

Hebrews speaks to a people gathered together at the Heavenly Mount Zion.
Hebrews 12:[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,

Revelation 14:[1] And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.
[2] And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
[3] And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
[4] These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.
[5] And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
[6] And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
[7] Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
[8] And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
[9] And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
[10] The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
[11] And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
[12] Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
[13] And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

Hebrews speaks of Heaven and earth being shaken which is a sign of the Tribulation. It also speaks of Jesus speaking from Heaven which is an end time occurrence.

Hebrews 12:[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.

 

Isaiah 13:[9] Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.
[10] For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.
[11] And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.
[12] I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.
[13] Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.
[14] And it shall be as the chased roe, and as a sheep that no man taketh up: they shall every man turn to his own people, and flee every one into his own land.
[15] Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is joined unto them shall fall by the sword.
[16] Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished.
[17] Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.
[18] Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eye shall not spare children.
[19] And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees’ excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
[20] It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there.
[21] But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there.
[22] And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and dragons in their pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged.

Haggai 2:[6] For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land;
[7] And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.

Hebrews teaches the loss of salvation.

Heb.6:[1] Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
[2] Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
[3] And this will we do, if God permit.
[4] For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
[5] And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
[6] If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
[7] For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:
[8] But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.

Hebrews 10:[26] For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
[27] But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
[28] He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
[29] Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
[30] For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
[31] It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

7 Betters
Heb.1:[4] Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

Better hope
7:[19] For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.

Better testament
7:[22] By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.

Better promises
Heb.8:[6] But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.

Better sacrifices
Heb.9:[23] It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

Better substance
Heb.10:[34] For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.

Better country
Heb.11:[16] But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

Better resurrection
11:[35] Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:

 

Regeneration

REGENERATION
We believe that in order to be saved lost sinners must be regenerated or born again; that regeneration is a re-creative act, far beyond comprehension, wrought in the believer’s heart by the direct personal ministry of the Holy Spirit; that it is instantaneous, miraculous, and no evolutionary or cultural; that it embraces the divine acts of cleansing the heart from all inward sins and of pardoning the soul of all outward guilt, in connection with the work of begetting a new creature in Christ Jesus; that the dead sinner is made to live through the new birth, becoming thereby a regenerated spirit, possessing eternal life, the gift of God; that the new birth comes
after the Holy Spirit secures voluntary belief in the gospel; that it is the actual impartation of the divine life, not a mere transformation of the human life.

Romans 7:7-11
Your spirit within you was at one point in time alive. Once you became aware of right and wrong and chose to do wrong the spirit within you died and is in need of being born again or regenerated.

Ephesians 2:1-5
Even though your outward flesh is alive you are dead inside outside of being born again by the Spirit of God and your sins are upon you. It is by the extended grace of God through the shed blood of Jesus you may receive the gift of eternal life. Once you have appropriated God’s forgiveness you become “quickened” which is to say you are made alive again. (Romans 6:23)

John.1:1-13
The Creator of the universe came to earth and lived a sinless life. He paid the debt made by our sins and fulfilled the penalty for our sins. Through His atoning death and resurrection we now have the ability to be made alive again and become sons of God.

John 3:3-7
The first or natural birth was one of water. Having been encased in a cocoon of water while the body developed and our bodies being composed of mostly water. The Holy Spirit performs an internal operation on the believer and brings to life that which is dead.

2 Corinthians 5:14-17
That which is born of the Spirit is made in the image of Jesus Christ. As we begin to grow spiritually the person of Jesus Christ becomes manifested by our actions and living.
(1 Corinthians 15:45-49)

Titus 3:5-7
The Holy Spirit cleanses us internally from our sins and brings to life again the spirit within us.

Colossians 2:11-13
We are internally circumcised having our soul and spirit internally separated from the flesh. Our sins now forgiven and the price paid we have obtained eternal life.

 

Works

A Christian does not work to get to Heaven but he works because he is going to Heaven.

Ephesians 2:[1] And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
[2] Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
[3] Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

We in the past looked out for number one and we were number one to ourselves.

[4] But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
[5] Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
[6] And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
[7] That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

We sometimes get spoiled and want want want but God has promised us our blessings will come in the future ages.

[8] For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
[9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.
[10] For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Here God reminds us it is not by anything we have done but by His grace alone we are saved. Not by our good works BUT after His grace has been bestowed upon us there becomes an expectation we will exhibit His grace and love through our works.
The purpose for which Christ made us is to exhibit His love through us towards the lost. As the Apostle Paul wrote we are ambassadors of Jesus Christ.

Titus 3:[1] Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,
[2] To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
[3] For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
[4] But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
[5] Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
[6] Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
[7] That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
[8] This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.

Too many times Christians having forgotten how rotten we were condemn the lost for being lost. They do what they do because they do not belong to God. There was a time when we were JUST LIKE THEM and it is not through some goodness within us we are now different but through the mercy of God we are different.
The word of God is clear: WE ARE NOT TO SPEAK EVILL OF ANY MAN! Rather we are to remember we were rotten sinners just as they are and we are to manifest the grace of God to them and preach to them salvation through the atoning work of Jesus Christ.

1) Our works show we belong to God. How can we convince the gainsayers we belong to God if we act like the devil?
2) If we treat our fellow man with contempt how can we tell them God loves them and desires them to be saved?
3) We manifest God’s love by the kindness we show to others.
4) We contrast the evil in the world by the good that we do.

Philippians 2:[1] If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
[2] Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
[3] Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
[4] Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
[5] Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
[6] Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
[7] But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
[8] And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
[9] Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
[10] That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
[11] And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
[12] Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
[13] For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
[14] Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
[15] That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
[16] Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

We are to focus our attention on:
Helping others.
The benefit of others
Jesus left Heaven to die on a cross for the benefit of mankind.
We are to manifest the fact we are saved.
Holding forth hope to a lost and dying world. Not giving up in disgust but showing the love of God and giving the hope of the gospel.

Dreams

Hebrews 1:[1] God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
[2] Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

In times past God spoke to people through dreams, visions and prophets. Before the Old Testament canon was completed and during its’ compilation. God also gave certain prophets the ability to interpret dreams.

Job.33:[14] For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.
[15] In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;
[16] Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,
[17] That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.

Genesis 46:[2] And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here am I.

Numbers 12:[6] And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.

The word “dream (s) (ed) (ing)” appears 114 times in the old testament while only 9 times in the New testament.
In the New Testament God spoke to the wise men and Joseph in a dream. He also gave visions to the Apostle Peter, the Apostle Paul and Gabriel appeared to Zacharias in a vision. Again we find this occurred inter-testament a time in which the New Testament canon did not exist.
The only use of the word vision in any epistle is in Second Corinthians where Paul says he will have visions.
The word dream occurs only once in any epistle and the reference is to “filthy dreamers” in the Book of Jude. The word dream never occurs in the Pauline epistles.

The word vision (s) appears 86 times in the Old Testament while appearing 17 times in the New Testament.

God has given us His complete revelation through His word and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. For those who would seek more experiences through dreams and visions I would think are skating on thin ice. In the Old Testament days God spoke to man through sundry methods but now He speaks through the foolishness of preaching.
In first Corinthians we find gifts such as knowledge, prophecy and tongues had a definit time period in which they would end. (First Corinthians 13:8)
As New Testament Christians we are instructed to walk by faith and not by sight. We do not see visions but rather through the guidance of the indwelling Holy Spirit and through sound preaching and study of the Word of God, God reveals His will to believers.
The Bible says:
2Timothy 3:[16] All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
[17] That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

It is the Bible which gives us our doctrine, correction and instruction. It gives us everything we have need of.

In the book of Jeremiah we find the false prophets use their dreams to lead the people of God astray. In contrast to using the word of God they rather use their false dreams to lead people away from the word of God.
Jer.23:[25] I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.
[26] How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart;
[27] Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal.
[28] The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD.
[29] Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?
[30] Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that steal my words every one from his neighbour.
[31] Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that use their tongues, and say, He saith.
[32] Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD.

In conclusion let us as New Testament born again believers continual to walk by our faith as revealed to us through the Holy Spirit and God’s word.

 

 

Ephesians Two

Ephesians 1:[13] In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
[14] Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

The sealing of the Holy Spirit comes the moment you believe and guarantees your salvation until you are taken from the world.

[15] Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
[16] Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
[17] That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
[18] The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
[19] And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to usward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
[20] Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

This age began with the Resurrection of Jesus. He now sits at the right hand of the Father awaiting until the time of removing the church from the world and the beginning of the next age. (NOTE: In Revelation chapter four verse one when John is taken to Heaven the Son is not sitting at the right hand of the Father further proof that this is the Rapture of the church represented in Rev. 4:1)

[21] Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
[22] And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
[23] Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

There will be ages to follow this current age of grace. There will be a new world over which Christ will rule supreme.

Ephesians 2:[1] And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
[2] Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
[3] Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
[4] But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
[5] Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
[6] And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

Not only our own individual past but gentiles of past ages walked according to the devils pleasure worshipping idols and walked as those at the time of Noah.

[7] That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
[8] For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
[9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.
[10] For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
[11] Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
[12] That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

There is not only a new world to come but also ages (plural).
As in no other time in history the Grace of God is manifested bestowed upon His body the church. The full blessing of this is not realized until the future. It is the responsibility of Christians to manifest this grace to those around us by our treatment of others.
The divergence of humanity beginning with the calling of Abraham having been given the seal (just as we are now given the seal of Holy Spirit circumcision) dividing humanity between Circumcision and Uncircumcision. The age of law further divided humanity in these two catagories as God dealt with the world through the nation of Israel and revealed to humanity His divine nature through the law.

[13] But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
[14] For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
[15] Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
[16] And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
[17] And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
[18] For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
[19] Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
[20] And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
[21] In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
[22] In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

Now the dispensation of the law is over having made peace between humanity and God by taking the law to the cross. We now being born again having been born of the Holy Spirit. Jesus having torn the veil to the Holy of Holies and opened the door for us giving us access to the Father and the grace wherein we stand. Now we see no temple in Jerusalem having been made a living breathing temple for God through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

Times Past
The Adamic Covenant life by not eating of the tree.
The Noahic Covenant life by getting on a boat
The Abrahamic Covenant life by blessing Israel and living according to the conscience God gave man
The Mosaic Covenant life by obeying the law

Times Present
The Grace Covenant life by accepting the atoning death of Jesus Christ our Lord

Ages to Come
The Tribulation Covenant life by refusing the mark and being martyred
The Millennial Covenant by obeying the law and worshipping Jesus on the throne at Jerusalem.

Eternity
Being the eighth and a new beginning where access to the tree of life determined by works.

 

Things To Remember

THINGS TO REMEMBER

1Corinthians 4:[15] For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
[16] Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.
17] For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.

We must keep in memory what the Lord has taught us through the Apostle Paul. We must pay heed to the Word of God as given to us through the Pauline epistles. It is in them we are given our doctrine and manner of living. It is by following the example of the Apostle Paul we live a godly and fruitful life unto the Lord.

1Corinthians 11:[1] Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
[2] Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.

We must remember the ordinances as delivered to the church by the Apostle Paul. Those of baptism and the Lord’s Supper are to be continued throughout the church age.

1 Corinthians 11:[23] For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
[24] And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
[25] After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
[26] For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

We must always remember the great price Jesus paid for our salvation. Always remembering our salvation was accomplished through His shed blood and sacrificing. Never allowing ourselves to think we have some special merit by which we received salvation.

Ephesians 2:[1] And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
[2] Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
[3] Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
[4] But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
[5] Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
[6] And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
[7] That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
[8] For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
[9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.
[10] For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
[11] Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
[12] That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
[13] But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
[14] For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
[15] Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
[16] And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
[17] And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
[18] For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
[19] Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
[20] And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
[21] In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
[22] In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

We must remember Jesus loved us when we were sinners and walking in a way that was pleasing in our own sight and it was by His grace alone we are saved. Remembering He saved us to walk a walk of good works towards the lost. Not a walk looking down upon them but because we remember we were just like them but He had mercy on us and made peace with us through His shed blood. We should remember this when dealing with the lost.

1Thessalonians 2:[9] For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.

When we begin to allow the flesh to sway us away from dedication to the Lord , His word, His people and His house we should remember the price that was paid not only by our Savior but also by the saints who have gone before. Through the blood, sweat and tears of those who have gone before we sit now with the Word of God in our hand and the ability to meet in comfortable surroundings to hear His Word and share with others. We must never forget the price that has been paid.

1Timothy 4:[1] Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
[2] Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
[3] Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
[4] For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
[5] For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
[6] If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.

We must remember there is a coming time of apostasy, yeah it is here now. Knowing there are those who speak words contrary to the gospel of truth having a dead conscience. Remembering God Himself gave us marriage and meat to eat.

2Timothy 2:[8] Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:
[9] Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.
[10] Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
[11] It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:
[12] If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:
[13] If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
[14] Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.

We must remember Jesus was born of the seed of David and raised from the dead. We must remember the Jews as God’s chosen people and reach out to them with the gospel. A close eye must be kept to the words “elect” and “we” of these verses. Not removing them from the context of the passage. The “elect” are not those of us who have trusted Christ as Savior but those of the nation of Israel. God indeed has a plan for the nation of Israel and it has not been fulfilled yet. Though we might believe Israel to be dead yet they shall live again. (Romans 11:26) Jesus cannot deny Himself. He was born a Jew, He died a Jew and was resurrected a Jew. He will come again a Jew.

Baptism

BAPTISM

                                                                                           CREATION
Gen.1:[1] In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
[2] And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

2Pet.3:[6] Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

The earth created in Genesis chapter one verse one was destroyed by God. Little is known of this world but it is sufficient to know God created it and destroyed it as an act of His judgment. The world perished and was buried under water then resurrected and new life began. The earth was reborn and from Genesis chapter one verse three we have an account of the reestablishment of life on earth.

The world died and was buried under water being baptized by God and then the rebirth occurred.
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[6] And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
[7] And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
[8] And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
[9] And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
[10] And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.

Just as Adam being called the son of God being created in the image of God began a life of similar creatures called humanity so Jesus, the second Adam is the first born of new creatures being born again in His image.

Genesis 1:[26] And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
[27] So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Genesis 5:[3] And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:

Luke.3:[38] Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.

1Cor.15:[22] For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
[45] And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

Rom.5:[14] Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.

Adam was a figure of Jesus Christ being the “son of God” and the first of the new race of beings. Jesus died, been buried and resurrected and become the firstborn from the dead.

Colossians 1:[15] Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
[16] For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
[17] And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
[18] And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
                                                                                                BAPTISM

Matthew 28:[19] Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Just as Adam was made in the image of the Godhead existing as a triune being so we are baptized in the name of the Triune Godhead. Baptism being a symbol of the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord. It is a physical display of a Spiritual act. Showing we have died to sin, are buried with Jesus and have been resurrected with Him to a new life.

Tit.3:[5] Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

1 Co. 12:[13] For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

                                                                                                 Death
Colossians 1:[12] Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
[13] Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
[14] In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
[15] Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
[16] For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
[17] And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
[18] And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
[19] For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
[20] And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
[21] And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
[22] In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

We have identified ourselves with what Jesus has done for us. We identify with His death having become now dead to sin and alive unto God.
2Cor.5:[14] For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
[15] And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

Rom.6:[2] God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

[4] Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

[11] Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

1Cor.15:[31] I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

W e were spiritually dead in our sins but now we have died to sin and live to God being born again by His Spirit.

Rom.7:[9] For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.

Eph.2:[1] And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
[5] Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

Col.2:[13] And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

Burial
Colossians 2:[6] As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
[7] Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
[8] Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
[9] For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
[10] And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
[11] In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
[12] Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
[13] And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
[14] Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
[15] And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
[16] Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
[17] Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

We have identified ourselves with the burial of Jesus Christ having buried the old man who was corrupt by our sins. We have no business “digging” up our old man and experiencing guilt for the sons of our past. We must leave him dead and buried.

Rom.6:[4] Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Resurrection

Colossians 3:[1] If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
[2] Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
[3] For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
[4] When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
[5] Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
[6] For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
[7] In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
[8] But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
[9] Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
[10] And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

We now walk the “resurrected” life having become dead to sin and buried the old man which was corrupt we now walk a new man born again by the Spirit of God.

Gal.2:[20] I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Rom.6:[13] Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

We now walk with a new destination and a new hope. We now have a new outlook towards life. We should now exhibit the same compassion Jesus had for those lost and out of the way.

Ga. 3:[26] For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
[27] For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

In the end of time this world will once again perish and be baptized. The next time it will be baptized with fire instead of water.

2Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

Revelation 20:[11] And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

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