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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.

          
          

    Thu, Sep 30th - 7:42PM



    THE REAL JESUS CHRIST

    Mark chapter 12 study

     

    Brothers and sisters, what a glorious Saviour we have in Jesus Christ, our Risen Lord, who is our eternal sinless perfection in the perfect, complete sacrifice of Himself for us, and who has washed us, cleansed us, and forgiven us of all our sins for all eternity in His sinless blood. Now we are baptized into His death, and raised to life by His power, and given eternal life freely by His grace, let us boldly enter into His very presence with praises and thanksgiving always for He is worthy.

     

    Dearly beloveds, if any be troubled, if any be persecuted, afflicted, cast down or weary, know that this present suffering which many endure, is but for a moment- will have its end at the appointed time. Therefore, rest with us, be of good cheer in Him who has overcome the world, Jhn 16:33. Holy brothers and sisters, whosoever you may be, work, watch, wait and pray in patience, in steadfast faith, knowing that the God we serve is always in perfect control:   Psa 103:19; Dan 4:17.

     

    Mark 12:28And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?

     

    We know that the scribe having overheard Jesus’ reasoning with the Sadducees and referencing Moses as He was addressed in the burning bush by God was not asking a question at all regarding the Law of Moses. Why? Because God had not yet given the Law to Moses, therefore the scribe was asking Jesus regarding the Abrahamic Covenant, not the Law of Moses.

    Exo 2:24

    And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.

     

     

    Most certainly Lord Jesus and the scribe both knew that Israel had irreparably broken the Mosaic covenant of the Law:

    Jer31:31 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           

    Jer 31:32

    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:

     

    Therefore, Jesus did not rebuke the scribe, but answered him according to the New Covenant of which He is both Author and Finisher:

    Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

    With the authority as the Owner of the New Covenant Jesus Christ sets the standard of the primacy of loving God totally and evidenced in this same love towards His creations seeing all men as our neighbor, in which these two commandments become inseparably one and the greatest of all commandment.   

     

    Holy people, Jesus had come to fulfill the Law and bring forth the New Covenant in His atoning work. Jesus preached the New Covenant in the synagogues and everywhere, while upholding the Law until the appointed time when He would release all who believed in Him from the bondage of the Law. Luk 16:16;  Act 13:39, Rom 3:20.

     

    This scribe, brethren, believed the scriptures, unlike the unbelieving Sadducees, and asked his question in sincerity seeking to obey and trust in God according to the promises made to Abraham: Gen 17:7

    And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

     

    See  Gal 3:17;  Heb 8:8.

    Love, serola                                   

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    Tue, Sep 28th - 5:29AM



    THE REAL JESUS CHRIST

    Mark chapter 12 study

     

    Amen, brethren, thanks and praise be to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Father, we cannot thank you enough for all your everlasting grace and to the Holy Spirit, who comforts us in all our trials. Let us continually pray for one another and for all men. Jesus Lord, bring comfort to any among us that needs a touch from your powerful nail scarred hands, especially those who are grieving, and lift up those who might be sick amongst us, and lift up them Lord that need good cheer. Let us, brothers and sisters humbly go on in to meet the Lord together in this study and fully embrace all that He will surely reveal to us for our learning, and for our good and His glory.

     

     

    The scribes were of the Levites, they had several duties, but primarily their duty was to teach the people and help them understand the Law:

     

      Neh 8:13

    And on the second day were gathered together the chief of the fathers of all the people, the priests, and the Levites, unto Ezra the scribe, even to understand the words of the law.

     

    Mark 12:28And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?

     

     

    In a way, dearly beloveds, one could ponder why a scribe of all persons would ask Lord Jesus or anyone else that question, because according to the Mosaic Covenant all the commandments, statutes etc it contained had to be obeyed- no exception. These commandments given by God were never listed in terms of valuations of one being more important than another.

     

    Lev 26:15

    And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandmentsbut that ye break my covenant:

     Num 15:40

    That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God.

     

    2Ch 33:8

    Neither will I any more remove the foot of Israel from out of the land which I have appointed for your fathers; so that they will take heed to do all that I have commanded them, according to the whole law and the statutes and the ordinances by the hand of Moses.

     

     Jas 2:10

    For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

     

    Love, serola



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    Sun, Sep 26th - 12:04AM



    THE REAL JESUS CHRIST

    Mark chapter 12 study

     

    Brothers and sisters blessed be God the Father, and our Saviour, Shepherd and Lord Jesus Christ. As priests, under our High Priest Jesus Christ let us pour out to Him our liberal love, thanks, and praise offerings as a sweet-smelling sacrifice for God is worthy. Lord Jesus we come to your word, humbly seeking you, to learn of you. Guide us, feed us, strengthen us in the joy of loving and knowing you, comfort our spirits and satisfy us in your presence, and root us to the uttermost in your everlasting inerrant truth, that we shall glorify you above all forever.

     

    What was Lord Jesus feeling about these tricky Sadducees who clearly rejected Him? Was He angry, disgusted, hurt fed up, disappointed? Brethren, we don’t know. Jesus did not have to answer them, He could have simply walked away without a word. However, Jesus who is the Resurrection and the life (Jhn 11:25) would take the Sadducees to school as He declared the everlasting truth of scripture: Mark 12: 25For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven. 26And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? 27He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.

    Brothers and sisters, the Sadducees had willfully made the biggest error any one can make in this life in forsaking God, and choosing the empty riches of this life over the only eternal life that matters which arises from faith in God. Those who unrepentantly choose this life only are twice dead and have no part with God, who is life and the sole source of it. The Sadducees had the scriptures:

     Isa 65:17

    For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. There will be no need to ever remember the pain and baggage or anything of our former lives in our natural bodies.

     Isa 25:8

    He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.

     

    We understand, brethren, Jesus is not speaking of men living forever in their natural bodies. Unfortunately, the mega rich spend a great deal of money in hopes of either extending the range of human years, and /or even hope to prevent death of the natural body completely. Certainly, we ought to do our best to take care of our natural bodies to the extent that we can but even so:  Heb 9:27

    And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

    The fact of Lord Jesus referencing to the Sadducees “ have ye not read in the book of Moses” shows clearly that the Sadducees indeed knew scripture well and that although Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had died in their natural bodies, their souls remain alive in the presence of God until the resurrection of all saints at the appointed time, as do all who believe in Jesus Christ the seed of Abraham (  Gal 3:16).    

     

    Brothers and sisters, Jesus speaks to us even now, that we should not live for this life only for then we have no hope. Neither should we mourn over our deceased loved ones as unbelievers do. Instead let us  hold fast to the inerrant truth of scripture, and keep our eyes on Lord Jesus who is our life- fully embracing Him in faith knowing that it is impossible for God to lie and that:  1Co 15:52

    In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

    See(1Th 4:16-17).

     

    Love, serola                     

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    Wed, Sep 22nd - 3:34PM



    THE REAL JESUS CHRIST
    Mark chapter 12 study

    Brothers and sisters, thanks, and praise God that we have the word of God to teach and preach the wonderful gospel message of Salvation through the Son of God Jesus Christ whom He has appointed the Saviour and sole Mediator between God and man. What a wonderful privilege God has given to all that believe and obey Him to be called His very own children; the children of God, the called-out ones, children of light, children of the day; saints (G40 hagios). Thanks for hanging with me in this study as we humbly pour over the scriptures to partake in the glorious everlasting doctrine of the gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, in the presence of God the Father and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to whom be all the glory, honor, dominion, praises and worship forever. 


    Again, and again we do know that the Sadducees well understood and were all taught to know the scriptures and they knew God forbade the adding to or taking away from the scriptures, but did it anyway: 
     Deu 4:2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

    The Sadducees, dearly beloveds, like the Pharisees had their own personal doctrines and cherry picked and taught the Law to their advantage, just like the Pharisees, among others. Jesus warned His disciples about them: 
    Mat 16:11 
    How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you cocerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?

    Lord Jesus did not take false doctrines lightly: King James Bible
    Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
    These pernicious false doctrines corrupted and hindered people from coming to God, just like such false doctrines do today. 

    The Sadducees did not even believe in the resurrection: Mat 22:23 The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him,

    Why, brothers and sisters, would the Sadducees ask a question to which they already had their answer? Why didn’t the Sadducees openly tell Jesus they did not believe in the resurrection and directly challenge Him to prove them wrong?

    They came in deception with their question thinking that they would confuse Lord Jesus, make him stumble at the word, or be unable to answer which would cast further doubt on there being any resurrection in the minds of those hearers standing by, and discredit Lord Jesus as a trustworthy teacher. But Jesus knew their unbelief.


    For this reason, Jesus answered them with a question: 
    Don’t you err, willingly fall away from the truth and turn to sin (said of heretics) because you don’t know the scriptures nor the power of God?

    In other words, Jesus let them know the direct cause of them not knowing the power of God nor the scriptures is because they had willingly refused to believe the scriptures and had instead turned from God to their own error and sin.

    This, holy brethren, is the root cause of why we have so many false, greedy teachers desiring money, and power who even now have turned their backs on God and mislead/pervert scripture and hinder many trying to enter the kingdom of God.

    Jesus Christ is warning us today, brethren, stay on message and avoid those who willfully cherry pick and pervert the gospel. This is vain worship which is absolutely rejected by God. 

    Mar 7:7
    Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

    Love, serola                          



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    Mon, Sep 20th - 7:45PM



    THE REAL JESUS

    Mark chapter 12

    Brothers and sisters, praise God we all need the real Jesus. Thanks be to God for the diligent elders, teachers and the body general that are zealous for the word to teach it, live it, share it, meditate on it, and reflect it to a lost and dying world. Thank God, we can always find the real Jesus in His word, correctly interpreted. The real Jesus is who are hearts always long for, it is the real Jesus that comforts us in all our trials, helps us in every area of our needs, patiently, zealously disciplines us, and loves us into His image and His truth.

     

    As we continue on in Mark chapter 12 we come to the place where Lord Jesus answers the Sadducees: 24And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God? 25For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven. 26And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? 27He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.

     

     

    Some might think that Jesus in answering with the question: “Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?” means that the Sadducees are in error because they are innocently ignorant or didn’t know the scriptures or understand the power of God. We know from scripture that this would be a mistaken conclusion, because according to scripture they were all well taught the word by the Levitical priesthood, even kings had to study it daily, and every household was to teach it to their children night and day:  Deu 6:1

    Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it:

     

     Deu 6:7

    And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

     

    And it is needless to think that they were ignorant of the power of God, seeing it is well recorded of how He delivered them by His invincible power time and time again from their enemies and of His deliverance of them into the promised land, and time without end.

     

    So, dearly beloveds, what is Jesus telling the Sadducees, and what does our King and Saviour want us to learn from this?

    Love, serola  

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    Sat, Sep 18th - 1:17PM



    THE REAL JESUS CHRIST

    Mark chapter 12 study

    Mark 12:23In the resurrection therefore, when they shall rise, whose wife shall she be of them? for the seven had her to wife. 

     

    It is quite obvious, dearly beloveds, that the Sadducees and many other carnally minded persons who deny any resurrection or life after death believe that only the material gains and pleasures of this life makes life worth living. Such are greatly comforted thinking in error that they can do and live any way they want in this life and face no accountability or consequences after death. This kind of wrongful thinking goes a long way in killing the conscience and allows some to have no low to which they would not sink in order to achieve their ends, no matter how evil.

     

    Brothers and sisters, we know that Jesus would answer the Sadducees question; however, He knew that God Himself and His prophets had taught Israel all down its history that He is Sovereign over life and death. This was to prepare them to believe the Messenger of the Covenant who would arrive with the gift of salvation and eternal life. In fact, God demonstrated His awesome power over and as the giver of life and death continually and showed that if He desired, He could take a righteous person straight to heaven who never suffered any physical death at all. Besides Himself, God left many witnesses:

    Gen 5:24

    And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

     2Ki 2:11

    And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

     

    Job 19:25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:

    26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: 27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

     

    Dan 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

     

     

    Hos 13:14 I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.

     

    These Jews could have inquired of a widow’s son in the town of Nain: Luk 7:11-17; they could have inquired about a man named Lazarus: Jhn 11:43-44.

     

    They heard the explicit teaching/preaching of resurrection directly from the Messenger of the Covenant, Jesus Christ:  Jhn 5:28-29.

     

     

     Jhn 10:28

    And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

     

    This, brethren, shows how hardened were the hearts of these Sadducees. Some even today are hardened in unbelief and by the lusts of the flesh. They have no fear of God and if they die unrepentant they will face the absolutely certain wrath of God and eternal damnation. Against this back drop we can more fully grasp the insolence, disrespect, unbelief and outrageous insult/blasphemy that these Jews would even come to Lord Jesus Christ with such a question about the resurrection, directly challenging the power and truthfulness of God.

    Love, serola                           

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    Thu, Sep 16th - 7:48PM



    THE REAL JESUS CHRIST

    Mark chapter 12 study

     

    Brothers and sisters, what a mighty God we serve, how gracious that He would send us His only most precious Son Jesus Christ who would give Himself for us and purge us from our sins with His sinless body and blood. Now, brethren, most of us know that the body and sinless blood of our Saviour Jesus Christ absolutely did not rot and absolutely cannot ever rot or see corruption:  Act 2:27

    Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

    Act 2:31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.

     

     Act 13:35 Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

    36For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was unto his fathers, and saw corruption:

    37 But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.

     

    Then, holy people, as most of us know, God gives further evidence that Jesus Christ saw no form of corruption in His death nor resurrection. Under the Law the body and blood of those  sacrifice animals were weak insufficient to accomplish eternal forgiveness for all the people and even the human high priest had to offer up first for his own sins before he could offer the sacrifice for the sins of the people but this is not so with the eternal sinless Saviour Jesus Christ, see: Heb 9, which compares and contrasts the Mosaic Law with the Law of grace showing forth who, what, when, where and how  grace is the better and everlasting covenant and the Mosaic Law completed/fulfilled in Christ. Also see Gal 3.  Do not be deceived, tricked nor fooled, those who deny the eternal incorruptible sinless body and blood of Christ are still dead in their sins and should repent and come believing God for it is impossible for Him to ever lie.

     

    Mark 12: 18Then come unto him the Sadducees, which say there is no resurrection; and they asked him, saying, 19Master, Moses wrote unto us, If a man's brother die, and leave his wife behind him, and leave no children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. 20Now there were seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and dying left no seed. 21And the second took her, and died, neither left he any seed: and the third likewise. 22And the seven had her, and left no seed: last of all the woman died also. 23In the resurrection therefore, when they shall rise, whose wife shall she be of them? for the seven had her to wife. 

     

    Holy people, the Sadducees had no right to exist. Under the Law, had it actually been faithfully followed by the Levitical priesthood, the Sadducees should have been put to death. It was just another man-made sect of Jews that departed from and perverted the Mosaic Law in teaching false doctrines, to serve themselves and not God nor the people. They were never mentioned among the Levites and chief priests whom God had appointed over Israel to teach the people and uphold the Law. it is further evidence of the terrible wilful dereliction of duty and continued corruption of the Aaronic priesthood under the Law of Moses. Jesus warned about such teachers:  Mat 16:12, and it still holds true today about all false teachers.

    Love, serola                                

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    Mon, Sep 13th - 5:59PM



    THE REAL JESUS CHRIST

    Mark chapter 12 study

     

     

    Brothers and sisters, what joy, privilege, and great blessings we have to belong to God, and to one another because of Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God our eternal Saviour, who has sealed us with the Holy Spirit. Let us dig into the Word of God and I pray that He will feed us therein according to our need with His knowledge and deepen us in our understanding and strengthen us in our inner man, so that we can better serve Him, one another, and be a blessing and a light in this present evil world..

     

     

    Mark 12;13And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words. 

     

    Dearly beloveds, the fact that the ruling Jews would send the Pharisees for any reason shows the utter failure of the Levitical ministry and the great corruption of the High Priest. There should have been no Pharisees, who added to the Law their particular teachings. It was to be a death sentence for anyone who added to or took away from the Law. The Pharisees and the Herodians were well received because of their wealth, and they were most welcomed to give their generous tithes to fill the coffers of the ruling religious leaders. The connection of the ruling Jews to the Herodians shows they were co-conspirators of the same mind as the first Herod (the great) whose goal was to eliminate the Messiah to keep his own status and power.

     

    Mark 14And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man: for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not? 15Shall we give, or shall we not give? But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why tempt ye me? bring me a penny, that I may see it16And they brought it. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? And they said unto him, Caesar's. 17And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they marvelled at him.

     

     

     Saints (G40 hagios), Jesus knew how the ruling Jews loved money, and that they would have no dibs on Israel, because Israel was their cash cow which they fully intended to keep control of, by any means necessary, to milk it fully to maintain their lavish lifestyle:  Mat 6:24

    No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

     

    Nevertheless, brothers and sisters, Lord Jesus in Mark 11 overthrew the money changers and stopped the buying and selling in the temple, which apparently got on the last nerves of the ruling Jews. It seems as though they had a mindset that Jesus might mess with their money with impunity, but He would not mess with Caesar’s, and if He did what ever He said would be used to get Him in trouble with Caesar, which could mean His arrest and or death.

     

    They must also have felt confident that even if Jesus spoke in favor of the tribute, He would fall in disfavor among the Jews who might refuse to hear Him at worst, or stone Him at best, as it would displease the Jews who hated these taxes and thought tax collectors or publicans were the lowest form of humans. These religious leaders were cunning, they thought they had a win win situation, to finally get rid of Jesus; but they were wrong, they truly did not know the real Jesus.

     

    Jesus did not fear Caesar. It is before Jesus Christ that Caesar and every knee shall bow. It is the kingdom of God alone that shall last forever. Here our Beloved One explicitly states the mind of God and the will of God: give the temporal government whatever God permits it to have ( ( Rom 13:7), and render unto God every thing that belongs to Him.

     

     Jesus, brethren, would absolutely not comingle these two kingdoms-the temporals with the eternal. Jesus cares about injustice, and the poor, and helps their cause; however, there would be no wholesale conversion of His covenant to a social justice program to right all the massive on-going wrongs of the temporal kingdom. No! His work was and is to reform the hearts of men to save them through His Sinless blood, and establish the only kingdom that would last forever, which is His own.

    Love, serola   

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    Sat, Sep 11th - 7:21AM



    THE REAL JESUS CHRIST

     

    Mark 12 study

     

    Brothers and sisters, let us continually believe, study, meditate, and live the scriptures, so that daily we are more conformed to the very heart and image of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Let us diligently remember to pray for one another and all men, freely and often bringing our petitions and supplications to our Saviour, High Priest, Advocate, Mediator and Lord in full assurance that He hears us:  1Jo 5:14.

     

     

    3And they caught him, and beat him, and sent him away empty. 4And again he sent unto them another servant; and at him they cast stones, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully handled. 5And again he sent another; and him they killed, and many others; beating some, and killing some. 6Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son. 7But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours. 8And they took him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.

     

    Dearly beloveds, the reality of the parable that Lord Jesus speaks addresses the rabid savagery and relentless determination of the ruling Jews to keep God’s kingdom in the hands of men, even if it meant killing God’s very Son. Even from the time of Christ’s birth the rulers plotted to kill Him when He was a very young child. Since the child could not be identified, it was decided to kill all the kids from and certain age and under: Mat 2:16.  It’s beyond obvious that the only thing they wanted was to see Lord Jesus Dead, and they made no secret of it.

     

     9What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others.

    10And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head  or of the corner:

    11This was the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?

     

    Brethren, Lord Jesus does not hem, and haw here but frankly tells them that God will destroy them for their persistent violent and murderous rebellion and give their portion to others. Some might say, but, but, but God is love how could He destroy anyone! Yes indeed, God is love, and God is truth. However, God does not love evil; nor does His love exempt, excuse, or allow anyone to escape the consequences of their evil deeds. Does God hate?  Psa 11:5

    The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.

    Pro 24:20

    For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.

     Jhn 3:19

    And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

    Despite all the plots, plans, schemes, and traps of the ruling Jews to kill the Messiah, God still brought Him through and made Him the head of His kingdom. Oh, the wisdom and power of God, none can nullify His plans.

     

    12And they sought to lay hold on him, but feared the people: for they knew that he had spoken the parable against them: and they left him, and went their way.

     

    They were not embarrassed, remorseful, or ashamed for being called out, by Jesus. Instead, they were angry at

    Jesus as though Jesus had done something wrong in telling the truth about their evil deeds of continual resistance to God and His Messiah! All along lord Jesus’ will, as all the prophets before Him was to turn the Jews to God.

     

    Jesus did not care that the ruling Jews did not want Him, rejected Him, hated Him. He was absolutely not going to curl up into a ball and cry, and He was absolutely not going to pack up His bags and leave town. Jesus would not change the message of the Father to please men, nor out of fear of men; nor would He withhold the Message but would give it to all alike. Lord Jesus out of love for the Father and His creation would fight on to the end to save undeserving men, even knowing it would cost Him His life.

     

    Love, serola

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    Tue, Sep 7th - 9:01PM



     THE REAL JESUS CHRIST

     

    Mt. chapter 12 study

     

     

    Dearly beloveds, we know that the world is opposed to the things of God and finds it useful and comforting to paint a very “safe” neutral, or “non -judgmental” Picture of Lord Jesus Christ. It is not unheard of for some in the world to exclaim “sweet little baby Jesus” in referencing Him. However, praise God, the Bible presents our Lord and Saviour as the fully adult eternal God man who speaks the everlasting truth-ALL OF IT ALL THE TIME, whether anyone likes it or not. We must speak all just as Lord Jesus speaks without fear of men.

     

    Brothers and sisters, let us go on into this chapter together, where the Lord will speak to us, leading us, the Holy Spirit guiding us, in the presence of God the father. Pray with me that Jesus will deepen our understanding of Him, comfort/encourage us in our faith, that we will be strengthened and love Him more and more and one another, standing steadfast and immoveable in the everlasting truth.

     

    1And he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country. 2And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard.

     

    We know from the previous chapter that the them are: Mt 11: 27And they come again to Jerusalem: and as he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders, 28And say unto him, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority to do these things?

     

    These ruling Jews, holy people, had the Old Testament, the history of God with mankind from the beginning, for God had given it to them, they well knew the Messianic promise. Jesus the God man knew who He was dealing with, He knew their history of persistent rebellion, disobedience-and they had a nasty habit of killing His prophets and other servants He sent to them, and He most certainly knew that they hadn’t changed one bit:  

    Jesus the God man had heard the testimony of Elijah among others about what Israel did to His prophets: 1 Kings 19:10

     

    He said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.”

     

    Nehemiah 9:26

    “But they became disobedient and rebelled against You,

    And cast Your law behind their backs

    And killed Your prophets who had admonished them

    So that they might return to You,

    And they committed great blasphemies.


    We have the confirming testimony of Lord Jesus Himself: 

     Mat 23:37

    O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

     

    Come on brethren, you know a lesser man knowing these types of people, might have run the other way when He saw them coming. Or might have had second thoughts about saying anything to them at all, or at the least looked for ways to sugar coat his message to prevent from being killed outright by them.

     

    However, Lord Jesus, greatly outnumbered, and whose supreme authority they continually and outrageously challenged did not even hesitate to speak the word full throttle, knowing full well the last thing these unbelieving Jews wanted to hear about, even in a parable is the end of their rule, power, wealth, and the establishing of the Messianic kingdom:

     

    Love, serola                                             



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    Fri, Sep 3rd - 9:05PM



     GOD ONLY PLANTS GOOD SEEDS FOR THERE IS NO OTHER KIND

    Mt chapter 13 study

     

    Holy people, thanks, and praises to our Father God, and to His Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, and to the Holy Spirit who leads us into all truth as the truth is in Jesus Christ. Eph 4:21. Let us, brethren, continue on in this study with the Word our Lord Jesus, and God our Father who continually commands us to trust and obey Lord Jesus, and the Holy Spirit our teacher bringing to our remembrance all things that Jesus said and ministering the word the spiritual food for and to our hearts and minds, that builds us up in faith, obedience, love, and unity. Let us believe and apply the word in public and private, giving Him all the glory who has made us His family in heaven and earth of both Jew and gentile, Eph 3:15 .

     

    No truly powerful man on earth has ever waited so long and come so far to receive so little respect and acceptance from so many He came to save Another man might have become bitter, discouraged, and so enraged that he would have destroyed these ingrates on the spot. However, God is merciful and will not forsake His promises TO THEM THAT TURN TO OBEY AND TRUST IN HIM:  

    Jesus is not known as and called The Rock for nothing, He is unwavering, unyielding, immoveable,  1Co 10:4; Mat 7:24-25;  Deu 32:4; 2Sa 22:47. He absolutely will not ever allow mere men to dictate to Him who He would accept or not into His kingdom: Rom 9:8

    That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

    The biological Jew, or gentile, even the son of the son of the preacher man-  Rom 8:9…... But if any man hath not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

    It is the spiritual DNA that counts with God, the biological DNA without the Spirit of Christ means nothing to Him.

     

    Jesus the God man showed mercy, then and at this present time in that He still keeps the door open until the appointed time, afterwards the door shall be shut for all eternity. Jesus proved He is God in every way, in showing mercy to those who deserved none of it, while still zealously warning and commanding all:   Heb 3:8

    Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:

     Heb 3:15

    While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.

    Heb 4:7

    Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

     

    Jesus is the Prophet not like any other: Heb 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

     

    We all are commanded to Hear this Prophet of the last days Jesus Christ, who is above all prophets.

     

    Mat 13:58

    And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

    Jesus knew because they had hardened their hearts, they would no more be persuaded by His mighty works than they had been by His earlier teachings, which they rejected although they were astonished by them.

     

    Heb 6:7 For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:

     8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.

    AMP Heb 6: 7For soil that drinks the rain which often falls on it and produces crops useful to those for whose benefit it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God; 8but if it persistently produces thorns and thistles, it is worthless and close to being cursed, and it ends up being burned.

    Here, holy people, lies the core of and penultimate reason that condemns men and women to be judged by God worthy of everlasting punishment and eternal death-impenitent unbelief:

     

    Holy people, we too have received from God, even as Israel the knowledge of the Law, the sacred writings, the prophets, Abraham, John the Baptist, and the complete atonement of Jesus Christ in His New Testament and the Holy Spirit, so that we can be fully convinced, convicted, and persuaded to trust and believe in Him completely and steadfastly.

    Heb 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

    Therefore, saints (G40 hagios), let us all remain steadfast finally and completely resting in full confidence and faith in the eternal truth of Lord Jesus Christ. Let us, always give out the whole gospel message without fear even as Lord Jesus our Saviour and everlasting example of faithfulness, who by His power will present us to Himself without spot nor blemish, and keep us from falling Eph 5:27; Jude 24 .

     

    Love, serola  



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