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          Beloveds, we must clear up the lie that when the Lord told Joshua he would have good success through obeying the Law, that this was meant for Christians today. The Lord told this to Joshua that in obeying the Old Covenant of the Law God would give him success in conquering certain lands and taking these lands for the nation of Israel: Joshua 1: 5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. 6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
          
          
          
          Also in keeping the Old Covenant of the Law, (which is all they had from God), he would not face the wrath of God and die as Aaron and Moses did for their disobedience to God in not keeping the Old Covenant of the Law: Num. 27: 12 And the LORD said unto Moses, Get thee up into this mount Abarim, and see the land which I have given unto the children of Israel. 13 And when thou hast seen it, thou also shalt be gathered unto thy people, as Aaron thy brother was gathered. 14 For ye rebelled against my commandment in the desert of Zin, in the strife of the congregation, to sanctify me at the water before their eyes: that is the water of Meribah in Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.
          
          Moses never preached that the Old Covenant of the Law would make anyone permanently righteous in the sight of God. Here is the truth, preached by our Saviour Jesus Christ: Jhn 5:46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.
          
           Luk 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.

          Gal 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, THEN CHRIST IS DEAD IN VAIN.
          
          See Galatians 3, which explains God’s purposes for the Law; and how Jesus Christ has delivered us from it for all time. Feel free to study on your own the numerous verses that fully declare that Jesus Christ is the eternal Saviour and final sole source of eternal salvation for all time for all who believe in Him. See John 14:6.

          

          Anyone willfully claiming salvation based on keeping the Old Covenant of the Law and/ or combining it with the New Covenant of Jesus Christ, or anything else is not considered a Christian according to the Bible.

          
          Gal 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, THEN CHRIST IS DEAD IN VAIN.

          
          Gal 3:10 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.

          1Ti. 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;
          7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

          1Ti 1:9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; 11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

          John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

          
          

    Sun, May 30th - 12:40AM

    THE CONFESSING CHURCH?



    Part 10

    Brothers and sisters, Jesus has given us the New Testament not written in pen and ink, but in His own precious blood. He is the author of the gospel, which means Good News, in which those who believe shall always greatly rejoice, with thanksgiving and worship to the Triune God who alone is worthy of it. Blessed be the triune God for the reconciliation of the cross.

    Just as the scriptures details the lineage, origins and credentials of the Aaronic priests, so it does also of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Jesus is fully God and fully man. First as God, always existent, cited for powers that belong only to the God Head. Jesus Creator: Col. 1:16 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.

    Jesus declares Himself that He is God: 6 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. 7 And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them. 8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.

    Isaiah 44:6-8 (KJV)

    Rev. 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

    God the Father says that Jesus is His Son and that the Father : Heb. 1:2 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…

    Jesus declares He is the Son of God:

    Jn. 9:35Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?

    Jn. 9:36He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?

    Jn. 9:37And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.

    Jn. 9:38And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.

    Jesus declares this again:

    Jesus declares Himself to be the Son of God, the author of eternal life, and that God and He are One:

    Jn. 10:36 Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?

    Jn. 10:37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.

    Jn. 10:38But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.

    God the Father commands Jesus is to be worshipped:

    Heb 1:6 And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.

    God the Father declares His Son Jesus, God:

    Heb. 1:8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

    God the Father ascribes eternal life, Lord and creatorship to His Son Jesus:

    Heb. 1:10And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:

    Heb. 1:11They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;

    Heb. 1:12And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.

    Eternal life comes only through Jesus, the son of God: Jn. 10:27My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: Jn. 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

    Jn. 11:15 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

    Jn. 11:26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? JN. 11:27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.

     

    1Jn. 4:15Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.

    Dear saints there are too many scriptures than I can post in this study that Jesus is the Son of God, the author of Eternal Life, the second person of the trinity ie God the Son. But the point is that through Him, Lord Jesus we Have a superior High Priest, under which we have a superior covenant. Feel free to look up other scriptures on your own.

    This is all for now, my beloveds. God willing the study will be continued. Until next time, dear saints, let us continually exalt the name of Jesus in all we say and do, for He alone is worthy.

    Love

    serola



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    Thu, May 20th - 10:08AM

    THE CONFESSING CHURCH?



    Part 9

    Just as the Old Testament cold cocks the idea of a man-ocracy being the Saviour of man-kind, it does so in the New Testament as well. Now it goes without saying, dearly beloveds, that there is a man-ocracy in the world today, where some men have pridefully exalted themselves above others. Some even claiming (falsely) the power to forgive sins (AS A MESSIAH) and who have divided their man- made kingdom into the superior ruling” clerics” over so-called inferior “laymen”. In the true church all saints are equal, even though some such as overseers have a greater responsibility, to Christ. We can know this with absolute certainty, because our King Jesus’ address to the churches in Revelation ALWAYS starts to the pastors or angels of the churches.

    **The New Testament clearly teaches that All followers of Christ share in the responsibility of service. In Christ, no one has a special status which separates an officer from the regular members. All have gifts of service, and All must serve. The whole church is a royal priesthood;

    —Holman Bible Dictionary

    the only head of the church is Christ. Every member has an “office,” whether or not that office is considered “official.”

    Therefore dear children, I mean this affectionately at all times, and in no way demeaning, for as our Lord holds each and every one of us, as dear to Himself, we ought to be similarly affectionate. Every saint can rest in his or her position in Christ, as equally loved at all times nothing wavering. I want to share why I believe this study is important, although many already know what is being presented here, I pray it will be an encouragement still. But there are some saints who suffer depression, some have committed suicide, because of error being taught regarding this very subject. No, I am not saying that all depressions or suicides are related to this, but yet I believe truth is a good medicine for everybody that loves the truth, and desire to know it, according to God’s word. We will continue with looking at confession for sin a little later on in this study.

    Just as we took a look at the Old Testament high priest, we must also look at the High Priest of the New Testament. It is very important to understand that it is Jesus Christ who has named the New Testament, and not I nor any other person, theologian, guru, of any kind. Therefore we must, dear saints pay close and strict attention to comprehend, and rightly divide what God says makes it new. Let us stop here for now and next, God willing, we must go to see just who is this Lamb of God, and how would He take away the sins of the world? And what did All the prophets say regarding Him? I would suggest, dear saints, to go back and take a look at the Old Testament and note that the forgiving of sins always required some sort of payment under the Mosaic Law, and nothing that old high priesthood ever did, could permanently take away sins.

    I pray that our Lord will be greatly magnified, adored and lifted up in our hearts and minds always, for God alone is worthy.

    Love

    serola



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    Tue, May 11th - 8:46AM

    THE CONFESSING CHURCH?



    Part 8

    Brothers and sisters in the New Testament we find confession of sins presented in two separate contexts, first vertically In relationship to God and secondly horizontally in relation of the saints to one another.

    We start in relation to God first:

    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 (G1843)their sins.

    Matt 3:4-6 (KJV)

    4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. 5 And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing (G1843) their sins.

    Mark 1:4-5 (KJV)

    Now, dear saints, it is imperative to understand that this confession under John the Baptist did not save anyone, but was a public confession that they were ready to turn from their sins, for John says:

    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.

    Matt 3:11-12 (KJV)

    Again my beloveds we must pay close attention to the kind of confession that was made under John the Baptist, the Messiah’s messenger: Greek Strong's Number: G1843

    exomologeo—Strong's Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary

    to acknowledge or (by implication of assent) agree fully :- confess, profess, promise.—Strong's Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary

    This kind of confession under John did not save them, but showed that they were ready to turn from their sins to God. Certainly, only those who understand that they are sick, will go to a doctor for help. Here John promises just such a doctor, even the Messiah saying:

    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.

    Matt 3:11-12 (KJV)

    Again John says:  29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. John 1:29

    John makes it quite clear that salvation and the forgiveness of sins rests solely in Jesus Christ.

    Even though John the Baptist was well known and highly favored as a preacher and prophet of God among the people, he was happy and content for Jesus to take the highest and rightful place. This is true humility, whatever we do, let Christ be honored for it, and God will do great things through us all.

    This is all for now, I pray that the peace of God will keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus, and rest abide on your spirits by the power of the Holy Spirit.

    love

    serola



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    Tue, May 4th - 7:27AM

    THE CONFESSING CHURCH?



    Part 7

    A dear saint invited me to her church service one Sunday. Her pastor along with the evangelists and the church as a whole had been going through their neighborhood, door to door, spreading the gospel for several weeks, and this particular Sunday was to be a celebration of praise, worship, and thanksgiving to Jesus for His strength and help in these efforts. The church, not very large, but composed of very dedicated saints met in one of the worst crime ridden areas of my city. The door was boldly left open, as we ministered unto the Lord. The gangs watched us menacingly as we entered, and some of the young saints sat bunched together, some of them afraid. I had the pleasure of being among those invited to minister to the saints, and especially to encourage the young saints, who by the grace of God acknowledged that by all of us they were greatly encouraged.

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    Dear saints, these young people live under the threat of death for their faith, and refusing to join a gang. Some of us in America must wake up, to the fact that more than a few Christians young and old worship under far less than ideal circumstances. Some Christians are worshipping in areas already spun out of control, a harbinger of this present darkness, in which they stand as a light shining forth the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost. I believe that through their understanding of the Gospel, they are greatly equipped to make their stand in a place that many would flee from in abject terror.

    Brothers and sisters, Yet today, some, but NEVER all, think of Christians as dreadful hybrid beings, terrible sinners always one step from falling, but who sometimes do good, only with great effort. Labeled “saved sinners”, who cannot help but be continually prone to sins, they live lives daily filled with fear and dread of the next sure slip into various kinds of sins. Their only hope a perverted salvation gained from continual confession to obtain a forgiveness that will last - only until the next sins. Oh they may say, I won’t lose my salvation, but I will lose my fellowship and favor with God, until I gain forgiveness again through confession. Sadly such are washed, but not cleansed, saved but not safe, blind to the finished work of Christ.

    Beloveds I will stop here for now, and next, God willing, it will be necessary again to lay out scripture. For scripture can and does interpret scripture. Therefore, let us look to the New Testament to further examine the concept of confession in the light of the finished work of Christ Jesus, our Lord, God‘s promise made sure to those who believe.

    Love

    serola



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