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What Does the Holy Spirit Do?

The Holy Spirit convicts the world of their sin.

John 16:7-11 (ESV)

7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.  

And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment:  

9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me;  

10  concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer;  

11  concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.  

 

The Holy Spirit opens our eyes to the deep truths in Scripture.

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.   

John 14:26 (ESV) But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.  

1 Corinthians 2:13 (ESV) And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.


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What Is Sodom?

Mary has suggested that maybe we have different definitions for Sodom. I agree that we must have correct definitions for words in order to have a serious discussion. But our definitions don’t really matter. We must see what Scripture says about Sodom and what Sodom is referring to throughout the Scripture. You might be surprised how many times Sodom is referred to beyond the account about Lot.

Terry mentioned one occurrence in Ezekiel 16:49-50 in her comments about Sodom.

Here is one other reference to Sodom which might surprise you:

Revelation 11:7-8 (ESV)
7 And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that rises from the bottomless pit  will make war on them and conquer them and kill them,
8 and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city that symbolically is called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was crucified.

So after you have a chance to find references to Sodom in the Bible; where is Sodom and what is Sodom’s problem based purely on the Scripture?



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Do You Know What Is In Your Bible?

Psalm XVI:
“… and didst thou lie among us, saying,
‘Thy trousers, they burn with a fire as though from Heaven,
thy nose lengthened as though
Lucifer hath pulled it through the eye of a needle…'” (
LIE version)

This verse was given as the source for the expression “Liar, Liar, pants on fire”  and also for the idea behind the story of Pinocchio.

See any problem?

How about that isn’t a verse from the Bible!

This would be more humorous if so many people didn’t fall for it.

Now surely most people would recognize that as not from the Bible, but what if some well respected pastor told you it was?

Would you actually check it?  What if just one or two words were changed?

When Paul was preaching in Berea, the people “received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” (Acts 17:11)



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Hebrews 12:18-29 to Ponder

Many of us have heard the phrase God is a comsuming fire many times and often used incorrectly. However, have you ever pondered the portion of Scriptures just before that?  It has alot to do with the Law and the New Covenant.

Hebrews 12:18-29 (ESV)
18 For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest
19 and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them.
20 For they could not endure the order that was given,  “If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.”
21 Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.”
22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering,
23 and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,
24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
25 See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven.
26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.”
27 This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain.
28 Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe,
29 for our God is a consuming fire.


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

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Lost Your Appetite For Bible Reading?

If you’ve lost your desire to sit down with God’s Word, what do you do?

Do you just pray for the Lord to give you that desire?

Do you find a good devotional to read in the meantime?

Do you force yourself to listen to a few sermons?

How do you get back that thirst for the Scriptures?

Dig in deep and keep digging until the desire comes back to read the Scriptures!

Here is a great example taken from Winnie-the-Pooh himself.

Sweeter Than Honey: A Lesson from Pooh

In Psalm 119:103 the psalmist exclaims, “How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth.” Though we may not put it in such eloquent words, that is the testimony of every true Christian.

Nevertheless, even true Christians, those who recognize the importance, excellence, beauty, and authority of the Scriptures, sometimes lose their appetite for the study of God’s Word.

Continue reading …



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We Believers Have Been Reconciled

Through Christ’s death burial and ressurection He has reconciled all things to Himself. 

Colossians 1:15-23 (KJV)
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:
23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; 

Colossians 1:15-23 (ESV)
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.
17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.
19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,
20 and
through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds,
22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,
23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.

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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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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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Law of Moses, Law of God, & Law of Christ

Have you ever studied the Laws mentioned in Scripture?

What is the difference between the Law of Moses, the Law of God and the Law of Christ?

Remember the passage in Corinthians that has all three terms?

1 Corinthians 9:9-22 (KJV)

9 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?
10 Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.
11 If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?
12 If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.
13 Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?
14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
15 But I have used none of these things: neither have I written these things, that it should be so done unto me: for it were better for me to die, than that any man should make my glorying void.
16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!
17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.
18 What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.
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.

Law of Moses

Joshua 8:31-32
31 As Moses the servant of the Lord commanded the children of Israel, as it is written in the book of the law of Moses, an altar of whole stones, over which no man hath lift up any iron: and they offered thereon burnt offerings unto the Lord, and sacrificed peace offerings.
32 And he wrote there upon the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he wrote in the presence of the children of Israel.
  KJV

Malachi 4:4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. KJV

Luke 24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.  KJV

Acts 15:4-6
4 And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them.
5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.
6 And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.
  KJV

Law of God

Nehemiah 8:8 So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.  KJV

Romans 7:21-25
21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
  KJV

Romans 8:7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. KJV

Law of Christ

Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.  KJV

1 Corinthians 9:21-22
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
. KJV

What is the difference between these Laws or are they different?



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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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