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Light Came Into The World

When we start at the beginning of Genesis we see that Light came into the world on the first day.

Genesis 1:3-5 (ESV)
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.
5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

While that light was good, it was not the perfect Light.  The first light was just a glimpse of the true Light that was to come.

Christ is the Light of the world.

John 8:12 (ESV)  Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Christ came as Light so that we might not dwell in darkness.

John 12:46 (ESV)  I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.

Then when Christ arose, He arose on the first day as the eternal Light of the world.

Mark 16:9 (ESV) Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons.

Mark 16:2 (ESV) And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb.

Isn’t that interesting that the Light arose on the first day in the beginning and also in the New Beginning?



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Sabbath Observance Pre-Moses?

As we continue to look at the Sabbath we find something interesting, a noticeable lack of a mention of the Sabbath, or even rest, in many books of Scripture. 

One of the oldest books is the Book of Job.  Many Scholars feel that Job predates Abraham. Job whom the Lord actually brags about to Satan never mentions the Sabbath. 

Job 1:8 (ESV) And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?”

Job sacrifices offerings to the Lord, yet does not appear to celebrate a Sabbath.

Job 1:5 (ESV) And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually.

Actually even, the only rest that Job talks about is looking forward to the rest of death or better yet in his mind the rest of having never lived.

Job 3:11-17 (ESV)
11 “Why did I not die at birth, come out from the womb and expire?
12 Why did the knees receive me? Or why the breasts, that I should nurse?
13 For then I would have lain down and been quiet; I would have slept; then I would have been at rest,
14 with kings and counselors of the earth who rebuilt ruins for themselves,
15 or with princes who had gold, who filled their houses with silver.
16 Or why was I not as a hidden stillborn child, as infants who never see the light?
17 There the wicked cease from troubling, and there the weary are at rest

But this causes a problem because see if the verses in Genesis 2:1-3 mean that from that time men observed a Sabbath we have Adam through Abraham up to Moses with no record of observing a Sabbath rest.  We also have Job who does not observe a Sabbath rest.  But even more challenging is the fact that the Lord Himself calls Job “blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.” (Job 1:1)

We have Noah who was righteous and blameless yet he never observes a Sabbath. (Genesis 6:9)

We also have Abraham who “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” (Galatians 3:6)

Scripture records these blameless men’s sacrifices and their sin, yet no mention of observing the Sabbath.  Those who say that man has always been supposed to observe the Sabbath are adding to Scripture something that is not there.  As we saw in looking at Genesis 2:1-3 the Lord observed the rest upon the seventh day after Creation, not man.

Genesis 2:1-3 (ESV)
1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
2 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.
3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.

We also run into another difficulty.  While we do not know the author of the book of Job, we do know that Moses wrote the first five books of “The Law”.  We do not have any record that even man knew that the Lord rested upon the seventh day.  That was not recorded in writing for us until the time of Moses.  The Lord did walk and talk with man more before Moses yet no record of any discussion about the Sabbath.

So what do we do when others claim that the Sabbath was an everlasting covenant?  Read the Scriptures closely.  See what everlasting means and whom each everlasting promise was made to.  Then look at the prophecy verses.  Ezekiel and Isaiah both have prophecies that mention a Sabbath but we cannot look at OT prophecies without first looking at the NT and seeing what it says.  Only then can we interpret the OT prophecies that may, or may not, deal with endtimes or that still remain in the future and whom these prophecies refer to.  We cannot understand the future without looking at what has already happened.  So what does Jesus say about the Sabbath?



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Fools

While today is April Fool’s Day, it is a good time to consider what the Lord says about fools.  We all are guilty of being foolish at times.  Responding hastily, showing our irritation with others, behaving as if there is no God, and anger with a brother are all foolish behaviors.

Proverbs 10:23 (ESV) Doing wrong is like a joke to a fool, but wisdom is pleasure to a man of understanding.

Psalms 14:1 (ESV) The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good.

Proverbs 10:14 (ESV) The wise lay up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool brings ruin near.

Proverbs 12:15-16 (ESV)
15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.
16 The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult.

Proverbs 18:2 (ESV) A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.

Proverbs 29:20 (ESV) Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Matthew 5:22 (ESV) But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.

Luke 12:18-21 (ESV)
18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.
19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’
20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?
21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”

Don’t be guilty of being a fool according to the Lord. But is is fine to be a fool according to the world.

1 Corinthians 3:18 (ESV)  Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.



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Sabbath – 10 Commandments

Our next look at the Sabbath is when we have the Sabbath given in the 10 Commandments by the hand of the Lord upon the stone tablets.  Here the Lord points back to the creation wherein He rested from creating upon the seventh day.

Exodus 20:9-11 (KJV)
9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

We have instructions about how long the Sabbath should last.

Exodus 31:16-17 (KJV)
16 Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.
17 It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.

Key phrases are “the children of Israel”, “throughout their generations” and “perpetual covenant”.

For an explanation of the “children of Israel” see Children of Israel verses Children of Abraham.

But “throughout their generations” means what?

That phrase is one word in the Hebrew l’dorotaam from the root word dowr.

dowr – properly, a revolution of time, i.e. an age or generation; also a dwelling:

KJV – age, evermore, generation, [n-] ever, posterity.

The word “perpetual” can have several meanings.

`owlam  – (properly, concealed, i.e. the vanishing point; generally, time out of mind (past or future), i.e. (practically) eternity; frequentatively, adverbial (especially with prepositional prefix) always:

KJV – alway (-s), ancient (time), any more, continuance, eternal, (for, [n-]) ever (-lasting, -more, of old), lasting, long (time), (of) old (time), perpetual, at any time, (beginning of the) world (+without end).

But that doesn’t really get us much further in understanding because those two phrases are used so much in the Scripture it would take a book to look at all the instances.

But notice that the Sabbath is a sign between the Lord and the “children of Israel” forever; “me and the children of Israel for ever” Exodus 31:17.


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The Word

Well, if you agree that the full Law of Moses is not eternal, but was for the Israelites for a specific time frame, now what?  Have we turned God into a liar?  What do we do with verses that say God’s Word will stand forever?  God’s Word never changes?

Psalms 119:89 (KJV) For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.

John 17:17 (KJV) Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

So what do we do?

As I’ve said several times before, when we run across an idea or passage that seems to contradict another passage the problem is ours, not God’s.  God is not contradictory nor does He lie. (Hebrews 6:18; Titus 1:2)

Numbers 23:19 (KJV) God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

So we must go back to the Scriptures, prayerfully seeking the answers to what we perceive as contradictions.  Remember that we are to look at the OT through the lens of the NT.

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Here is an interesting few verses.

John 1:1 (KJV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Revelation 19:13 (KJV) And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

Even the most basic new believer knows these passages are talking about Jesus Christ Himself being both God and The Word.  The next verses in John explains that even more.  Jesus was in the beginning; He was involved in creation; without Jesus nothing would have been made.

John 1:2-3 (KJV)
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Then John tells us that in Jesus is life and light. (John 1:4)

John 1:14 (KJV) And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

So with the understanding that Jesus is The Word, God, Creator, Life, The Light, Grace and Truth now how do we read passages that say God’s Word will last forever?

Psalms 119:11 (KJV) Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

Jesus have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.

Psalms 119:81 (KJV) My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word.

My soul longs for your salvation: I hope in Jesus.

Psalms 119:105 (KJV) Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Jesus is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Psalms 119:50 (KJV) This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.

This is my comfort in my affliction: for Jesus has given me life.  (See Psalms 119:50 ESV translation)

2 Timothy 4:2 (KJV) Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

Preach Jesus; …………

John 17:17 (KJV) Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Sanctify them through thy truth (Jesus): Jesus is truth.

John 15:3 (KJV) Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

Now you are clean through Jesus which I have spoken unto you.

Isaiah 40:8 (KJV) The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but Jesus shall stand for ever.

1 Peter 1:23 (KJV) Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

… Jesus, which liveth and abideth for ever.

Psalms 119:147 (KJV) I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word.

…I hoped in Jesus.

Psalms 33:6 (KJV) By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

By Jesus were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. (compare with John 1:3)

Hebrews 4:12-13 (KJV)
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

For Jesus is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

1 Timothy 4:4-5 (KJV)
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.

Every creature of God is good and nothing to be refused … for it is sanctified by Jesus and prayer.


The Word of God is inseparable from God because it is part and parcel God Himself, in the person of Jesus Christ.



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The Early Patriarchs

To us who live in the world today it is hard for us to understand the beginning of the created world and just how different it really was from what we see every day. 

So did the early patriarchs have the Law of Moses written on their hearts?

Did they know all that would later be written on stone tablets and in the books of the Law?

Here is an interesting fact that many may not realize or have thought about.

Adam lived 930 years. (Genesis 5:5)  Adam lived in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:15), walked with God in the cool of the evening (Genesis 3:8), sinned (Genesis 3:6), caused the first death of an animal by his sin (Genesis 3:21), was the cause of the earth being cursed (Genesis 3:17-19) and saw the fruit of sin in the first human death, his son Abel (Genesis 4:8).  Adam could know his descendants up until Lamech, Noah’s father!

When Adam was 130 years old he fathered a son named Seth. (Genesis 5:4)  Seth lived 912 years. (Genesis 5:8)  Seth lived long enough to have known Adam, Methuselah, Enoch and Lamech.  Seth never met Abel, but possibly Cain, because he was born after Abel’s death but I’m sure he heard much about him and the sin of his death at the hands of his own brother. (Genesis 4:25)

Enoch walked with God 365 years and then he was not because God took him. (Genesis 5:23-24)  Can you imagine the talk this caused?  But before Enoch was taken away Enoch preached about the coming of Christ. (Jude 14, 15)

The rest is done by adding up years.  (But note there is some slight discrepancy between different lists.)

Seth died just a few years before Noah.  Noah could have known all since Seth, except Enoch, who was taken away before Noah was born.  Methuselah would have been able to spend much time with Noah.  Most say that Methuselah died just before the flood.  Some even say Methuselah’s name means “when he dies it shall be sent”.

Noah’s son Shem would have been able to know Methuselah all the way through to Abraham’s son Issac.  Now we don’t know if they did or not and the Tower of Babel caused the languages to be confused.  But the Tower of Babel was in Shinar the area that Ham’s descendants populated, not particularly Shem’s.

Abraham could have known Noah and Shem. Abraham also would have known Jacob and Esau.

Abraham’s question in Genesis 18:23 has a different significance when we know how he could have heard about the Flood directly from Noah or at least his descendants.  The flood was just approximately 300 years before Abraham, not long with those kind of lifespans.  That last wrath of God wiped out all but eight people!

http://www.blueletterbible.org/study/parallel/timeline/index.cfm  There are many more time lines, but this is the easiest I found to read that is online.

When we look at how these men overlapped and how they knew the history of their forefathers, is it any wonder how they knew so much?

However the early Patriarchs did not have the Law of Moses written on their hearts.  That is because the Law of Moses is not an everlasting Law for all people. 


  • God created every animal and called them good, not unclean. (Genesis 1:31) Every green herb was given for meat, not animals. (Genesis 1:29-30The only limitation to the green herbs was not of the tree of knowledge (Genesis 2:16-17).  However, Adam and Eve sinned and all creation fell with them. (Romans 5:12)   Upon sinning in the Garden, the Lord made Adam and Eve coats of skin.  The first sacrifice for sin, yet we are not told what kind of animal or even told anything about clean and unclean.   Then Cain and Abel offer sacrifices, we are not told why, but assume it was instructed from the first sacrifice. But this was in a time when God walked with man and talked directly with man. (Genesis 3:8, Genesis 4:6, Genesis 5:22) We are not told what God spoke to them about beyond recorded Scripture.  Noah was told to gather seven of every clean animal. (Genesis 7:2,3) But obviously this had nothing to do with consumption but rather sacrifices. (Genesis 8:20)  It is not until Genesis 9:3 that man is told they may eat meat, so the clean and unclean was obviously for just sacrificing to the Lord for sins. But notice it says “Every moving thing that liveth … .” No clean / unclean mentioned.  It is not until the Law of Moses that we hear anything about the eating of clean and unclean animals.

  • No early patriarch was circumcised until God told Abraham to circumcise himself and his household. (Genesis 17:11, 12)  Adam through Terah were not circumcised, including Shem which lived after the time of Abraham’s circumcision.

  • Abraham married his sister against the Law of Moses in Lev 18:9; 20:17; Deut 27:22.  Of course, we know that many of the early patriarchs married siblings or at least close relatives.

  • Notice the Genealogy of Abraham’s family.  They were living close and they married closer than “kissing cousins.”  Genesis 11:27-29  Abraham married his sister, Nahor married his brother’s daughter, his niece, then Isaac marries a second cousin Rebekah.  But see that was not sin.  The Law of Moses was not on their hearts but written on tablets over 400 years later.  Otherwise, Adam’s descendants would have major problems.

  • Jacob married his sister-in-law against the Law of Moses in Lev 18:18.

  • Jacob set up a pillar or stone (Genesis 28:18) contrary to Ex 34:13; Lev 26:1; Deut 12:3; particularly Deut. 16:21-22.  {Note: The word translated as pillar is also translated as image in many places – Matstsebah.}

  • The birthright was in existence because we see Jacob and Esau fighting over it (Genesis 25:31,33; Genesis 27:36).  The birthright was mentioned in the Law of Moses in Deuteronomy 21:15-17, yet this was in relation to the son of an unloved wife being denied and favored over the son of a loved wife.  However, even God Himself did not follow the firstborn tradition.  See in Genesis 17:20-21, God choose Isaac over Ishmael even though Isaac was not the firstborn and Abraham gave all he had to Isaac (Genesis 25:5).   Then God choose Jacob over Esau, the firstborn. (Genesis 25:23)  Jacob chooses the sons of Joseph over his first born Reuben (Genesis 49:3-4, 1 Chronicles 5:1-2), and also chooses Ephraim over Manasseh. (Genesis 48:14, 17-20)  God chose the Levites over the firstborn sons of the Israelites. (Numbers 3:41)  The kingship also typically passed down to the first born (2 Chr. 21:3); however, David gave the throne to Solomon and not Adonijah as instructed by the Lord. (1 Kings 2:15)

So we have a hard time saying that the Law of Moses was on the hearts of all men since it appears they didn’t know them.



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So Much Fun

I have gone from not really being interested in studying the Law, through amazed at much of the NT is directed at the Law and not being bound to the Law of Moses and now, wow!  I have enjoyed this so much and learned more than I could possibly write down.  You know the jumping up and down can’t wait to share.  Keeping hubby up too late talking type of fun. 😀

Does that ever happen to you?

Or am I as strange as some say? 😆

I could have never explained Law of Moses, Law of God, & Law of Christ before.

Honestly, I really didn’t care, isn’t that bad!  That was for academics, not for a simple mom.

What has gotten you excited in studying God’s Word lately?



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The Law of Christ, Part 1 by Charles Leiter

This sermon is well worth listening to.  It explains the Law of Moses in relation to the Law of Christ.

Audio of the sermon – Law of Christ pt 1  

Below is my transcribed notes from the sermon which will give you the gist of it.

The Law of Christ, Part 1 by Charles Leiter 

1 Corinthians 9:19-22 (KJV)
19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;
21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.
22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

Three sets of people here in this passage.

The Jews – under the Law, the Law of Moses

The Gentiles – without the Law, the Law written on the heart

Romans 2:14-15 (KJV)
14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

Acts 28:3-4 (KJV)
3 And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.
4 And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.

How did the heathen Gentiles know this verse?  Who is Vengeance or Justice?

Numbers 32:23 (KJV) But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.

The Gentile without any Bible still has some of the Law written on his heart.  But essentially he is still without the Law.  The did not have the Law of Moses or the 10 Commandments.

The Christians – Paul himself

Notice what Paul says to the Jews “I became a Jew in order to win the Jews.”  Something tremendous happened to change Saul, the Pharisee, the Jew of all Jews, into Paul the Christian.  He says he became as those who are under the Law.  See he’s not under the Law any longer. 

To the Gentiles, he became as one without the Law. But just in case you think that Paul has gone wild, he points out that he still has the Law of God, I’m under the Law of Christ, yet he doesn’t use the term the Law of Moses.

Footnote: Notice that Paul used the term Law of Moses just a few verses earlier.

1 Corinthians 9:9 (KJV) For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?

 

What is the Law of Christ?  If we are believers we should be able to answer that question.

The Law of Christ isn’t:

The Law of Moses

Romans 6:14 (KJV) For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Romans 7:4-6 (KJV)
4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

Ephesians 2:14-16 (KJV)
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:

Colossians 2:13-14 (KJV)
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;

Galatians 2:19-21 (KJV)
19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.
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.
21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

The Law of Moses was a mighty thing.  God even wrote the 10 Commandments on tablets of stone.  Yet, 900 years later the prophet Jeremiah said:

Jeremiah 31:31-34 (KJV)
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.

You could be in the Old Covenant and not know the Lord, in fact most of them didn’t know the Lord.  Just look at what they did!   You could be a good Jew, keep your sacrifices – You’re born a Jew.  Born into that covenant without knowing the Lord.  This is why we do not baptize infants.  People say well look they circumcised infants, why shouldn’t we baptize infants?  They circumcised the infant because he really was in the Old Covenant by physical birth. 

We do baptize infants but they are spiritual infants.  Soon as someone is born spiritually they are in the New Covenant.  See we are talking about a Covenant where every single person knows the Lord. Do you know God personally?  Are you taught of God?

Their sins and iniquities I will remember no more.  They are gone. Taken care of.  The Jews knew this Covenant was coming.  600 years later Jesus says this is the Blood of the New Covenant.  This is not the blood of bulls and goats, but the Blood of Christ.  This is the real Covenant, not a shadow or a type.  In Hebrews the writer says:

Hebrews 8:13 (KJV) 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 Jews didn’t like that they said the believers must still keep the Law.  Once you add just a little bit of works in here, just a tiny bit, that is all it takes to put you in Hell forever!  This is a matter of Heaven or Hell.

How does Paul refute them?

What other Covenants were there?

The covenant with Abraham.

Before the Law of Moses there was a covenant made with Abraham.  It was a Covenant of Promise.

Galatians 3:15-29 (KJV)
15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.
16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.
18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.
21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
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.
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

What were the Promises to Abraham?

A seed – Isaac,

A nation – Israel,

Genesis 12:1-3 (KJV)
1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.  

A Land – the Land flowing with milk and honey

A Blessing – Abraham was blessed immensely.  Through you all the Nations of the world will be blessed.

Abraham received all of these in abundance.  But the things Abraham received were a type, a shadow, a figure of the real thing that was to come later.

A seed – The real seed was Christ.

A Nation – The real nation is a Spiritual nation the church

1 Peter 2:9 (KJV) But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

Matthew 21:43 (KJV) Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

Let’s look at the full context.

Matthew 21:33-43 (KJV)
33 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:
34 And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.
35 And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.
36 Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise.
37 But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.
38 But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.
39 And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.
40 When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?
41 They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.
42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

The church produces the fruit of the Kingdom.

The Land – A Heavenly Country, a better country.  Abraham was not just looking for Canaan, but for a heavenly country and city.

Hebrews 11:13-16 (KJV)
13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
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.

Romans 4:13 (KJV) For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

This is a promise, there is not something I must do to earn it, it a promise given. Not human performance.  By Grace. By Faith.

The Blessing – A spiritual blessing 

Galatians 3:7-14 (KJV)
7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Blessed is the man to whom God will not impute sin.

Romans 4:8 (KJV) Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

Go to the New Testament to interpret the Old Testament!!!

What was the big stumbling block to the Jew?  A crucified Messiah!  He died as a criminal, cursed of God.  The Messiah has come and he has died!?!

Isaiah said He would die under a curse not His curse but my curse.

We learn that all along history has been moving toward Jesus Christ.

Genesis 3:14-15 (KJV)
14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Israel is not a permanent nation, but just a step toward Christ.

The Law of Moses is given once the nation is established as a schoolmaster to get us to Christ.  The Law of Moses shows how sinful we are and how we need a Savior.  This is a shadow that gives way to reality eventually.  Israel is the Parenthesis.  God never goes backwards.  He has a true spiritual people now, not just people set apart by rituals and ceremonies.  There is reality and substance.

Now that the work is finished we are no longer under a tutor (The Law of Moses).

Nurse crop – When you planted alfalfa you planted another crop like oats.  The oats protected the baby alfalfa through the winter and then the oats died out in the spring so that the alfalfa could grow unhindered.

When John the Baptist came he said time for the nurse crop to die out.

The church is not physical or political, it is Spiritual.



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Can We Trust the Disciples Word?

This follows along with the post about Paul

Can we trust the word from the other disciples? 

Or could they have been deceived by Paul?

This might seem strange to most believers to question the disciples but that is what Satan wants us to do.  “Hath God Said?”  So Satan comes along and encourages others to question the disciples and the books in the NT written by them and Paul.  Satan doesn’t mind convincing you that you are doing just fine because you are willing to follow the Words of God, it is just the disciples or Paul that you question.  But that is very dangerous territory.

See who wrote the Words of God for us?

  • Moses
  • The Prophets
  • David
  • Solomon
  • The Disciples
  • Paul

Did God write down the Words of God?

Two instances that I know are recorded that the Lord physically wrote.

Exodus 31:18 And he gave to Moses, when he had finished speaking with him on Mount Sinai, the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God. ESV

John 8:8 And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. ESV

Beyond that every word of God was written by a man through the Holy Spirit.  So if we start throwing out, nullifying or belittling the writings of the disciples, we are tampering with Scripture ourselves.

How can we then know what God has said if we cannot trust the words written by Paul, the disciples or the prophets?



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Paul’s Gospel !?!

Is Paul’s “gospel” a different gospel?

Did he change God’s Word to fit his gospel?

Why Paul’s writings are accepted by the church?

Paul’s writing and teachings are typically accepted by the church today.  However, there are often groups that attempt to undermine Paul’s teachings by saying that they are different or contradictory to Jesus’ teachings.  I have actually heard women say Paul hated women because they feel Paul placed women lower than men and confined them to silence and the home without allowing for their gifts.  There is a new grouping called The New Perspective on Paul by NT Wright.  John Piper actually wrote a book refuting that position.  There are groups that say only the words of Christ are gospel (Red Letter Christians).  I can’t keep up with all the various teachings that denigrate Paul to being unimportant or to have taught a different gospel than Jesus did.  Some even call Christianity “Pauline Christianity”.

Satan wants to continually undermine God’s Word.  He won’t come right out and say it is all false, but Satan, as since the beginning with Eve, just questions little bits and pieces until he leaves God’s Word full of holes like Swiss cheese.

The Early Church accepted Paul’s writing because the original Apostles accepted Paul’s writings. 

The first time we meet Paul (Saul) in Scripture is here.

Acts 7:58 Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. ESV

Acts 8:1-3

1 And Saul approved of his execution. And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.

2 Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him.

3 But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison. ESV

By this point every single Apostle, believer and disciple knew who Paul was just as every German Jew knew Hitler.  Paul was so feared that when he converted he still was rejected for fear of him being a spy.

Paul was so gung-ho about persecution that he sought letters to allow him to enter other synagogues instead of just the Jerusalem Synagogues.  He wanted to eradicate all believers in Jesus.

But after the journey on the road to Damascus, Paul is forever changed and transformed.

We in Scripture are given little information about the entourage traveling with Paul at that time.  But several men were traveling with him, remember he was going to round up believers and kill or torture them.  That would require many men.

Acts 9:7 The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. ESV

Don’t you know these men reported this and talked of it to many?

Acts 9:8-9

8 Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus.

9 And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.  ESV

Then even after Ananis was told by God to talk to Paul he hesitated.  Why? Because everyone knew Paul and his reputation.  But look at what God told Ananis:

Acts 9:15-16

15 “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.

16 For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” ESV

That in itself is enough for us to trust what Paul says and has written.  Notice also this information is from Ananis and is recorded in Acts by Luke.  This isn’t Paul saying this.  But is that not exactly what Paul did.  God’s Word will be fulfilled exactly as He said, always.

Then next the turnaround in Paul was so distinct that everyone was amazed.

Acts 9:19-22

19 For some days he was with the disciples at Damascus.

20 And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.”

21 And all who heard him were amazed and said, “Is not this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem of those who called upon this name? And has he not come here for this purpose, to bring them bound before the chief priests?”

22 But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Christ. ESV

Imagine along the lines of Hitler changing and becoming a Jew, not just a Jew in name only but out “Jewing” Jews. 

The change in Paul was so profound that he was within a few days in risk of being killed by the Jews he had previously been working for.

Upon escaping Damascus and going to Jerusalem the disciples there would have nothing to do with him for fear of him.  However, Barnabas took Paul to the disciples and vouched for him and his faith.

Acts 9:27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles and declared to them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who spoke to him, and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus.   ESV

But even in Jerusalem, Paul’s life was in danger and the disciples sent him to safety.

Paul spent many years in Tarsus but after Barnabas came to get Paul and brought him to Antioch, then the church there began to grow by leaps and bounds, so much so, that prophets came from Jerusalem to be a part of the church in Antioch.

Set apart as a Missionary

The church in Antioch was praying and fasting and the Lord told them that they should set apart Barnabas and Paul for missionaries.

Acts 13:2-3

2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”

3 Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off. ESV

We read about Paul performing miracles.

Acts 13:8-12

8 But Elymas the magician (for that is the meaning of his name) opposed them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith.

9 But Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him

10 and said, “You son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, full of all deceit and villainy, will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord?

11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and unable to see the sun for a time.” Immediately mist and darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking people to lead him by the hand.

12 Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had occurred, for he was astonished at the teaching of the Lord.   ESV

Acts 14:3 So they remained for a long time, speaking boldly for the Lord, who bore witness to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands. ESV

Acts 14:8-10

8 Now at Lystra there was a man sitting who could not use his feet. He was crippled from birth and had never walked.

9 He listened to Paul speaking. And Paul, looking intently at him and seeing that he had faith to be made well, 

10 said in a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” And he sprang up and began walking. ESV

Paul and Barnabus would not allow others to worship them, but pointed all to Christ.

Acts 14:11-15

11 And when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in Lycaonian, “The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!”

12 Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the chief speaker.

13 And the priest of Zeus, whose temple was at the entrance to the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates and wanted to offer sacrifice with the crowds.

14 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they tore their garments and rushed out into the crowd, crying out,

15 “Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men, of like nature with you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them. ESV

After being stone Paul rose up and went back into that very same city preaching the gospel.

Acts 14:19-20

19  But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having persuaded the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead.

20 But when the disciples gathered about him, he rose up and entered the city, and on the next day he went on with Barnabas to Derbe. ESV

Even the demons knew who Paul was.

Acts 16:17-18 (ESV)
17 She followed Paul and us, crying out, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.”
18 And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour.

 Many of the church and the disciples were given visions about the impending death of Paul.

Acts 21:4 And having sought out the disciples, we stayed there for seven days. And through the Spirit they were telling Paul not to go on to Jerusalem. ESV

Acts 21:10-14

10 While we were staying for many days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea.

11 And coming to us, he took Paul’s belt and bound his own feet and hands and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘This is how the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.'”

12 When we heard this, we and the people there urged him not to go up to Jerusalem.

13 Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”

14 And since he would not be persuaded, we ceased and said, “Let the will of the Lord be done.”  ESV

James, Peter and John accepted Paul as being sent to the Gentiles.

Galatians 2:7-9

7 On the contrary, when they saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been entrusted with the gospel to the circumcised

8 (for he who worked through Peter for his apostolic ministry to the circumcised worked also through me for mine to the Gentiles),

9 and when James and Cephas and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given to me, they gave the right hand of fellowship to Barnabas and me, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. ESV

Peter accepted the Word of God as revealed through Paul calling it Scriptures.

2 Peter 3:15-16

15 And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him,

16 as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. ESV

Calling writings Scripture is accepting the fact that they are God Breathed.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV)
16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

So we can see that Paul’s writings were called Scripture by the Disciples and that Paul was preaching the Gospel of Christ, not Paul’s Gospel!

Acts 20:24-27

24 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

25 And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again.

26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all of you,

27 for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.  ESV

Galatians 1:6-12

6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—

7  not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.

8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.

9 As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.

10 For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.

11 For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man’s gospel. 

12  For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. ESV

So can we trust Paul’s word? 

Definitely you can, unless you are then also going to throw out the other disciple’s writings or maybe the Prophets.

It is a very dangerous thing to throw out the writings of Paul.

It is also very dangerous to say that Paul contradicts the Lord’s Word.

Paul’s writings are just as valid Scripture as any other writings in the Bible.

So if there seems to be a contradiction we must study the issue better and ask God for the wisdom to reconcile all of Scripture with itself, not our feeble opinions.



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