Prophet Messiah In the Literal Bible (ASPI) Outline.

 

13-3:  Prophet Messiah In the Literal Bible (ASPI) Outline.

Beginnings of the Prophetic Predictions, a dominant part of The Message, on the Prophet Messiah. And as you would expect the beginnings of these Predictions of the Writing Prophets about the Prophet Messiah are in the beginning book of Genesis. Even as you were amazed about how much Moses in the Song of Moses foretold us of the future bad behavior of the Hebrew people except for a remnant, and even as you were amazed at the revelations form Gabriel through Daniel of the cutoff of the Jewish people three and one-half years after the Crucifixion, even so you will be amazed about how much Moses tells us in the five books that he wrote about Christ–Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, generally called the Pentateuch. {Perhaps have read volume 2 of the LEARN CHRIST commentaries, “Christ for Individuals” where I compare the five books from the Apostle John–Revelation, the Gospel of John, and the three little epistles, and in that order, to the Pentateuch of the five books from Moses–”The Law came by Moses but grace and truth came by Jesus

Christ…” Yet you will find in the rework of the Literal Bible (ASPI) Outline to follow that a lot of Christ also came by Moses; that is, from God through Moses.} Genesis

  1. Although an “Us” is obvious in Genesis 1:26 that demands the Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit at work in the Creation of Man even as in the acts of Creation, were it not for the interpretations in the NT from John 1:1-5, we would not have fully comprehend that Christ was right there as the “mediating cause” and Person in Creation. {In fact as we study the NT, especially Colossians, we recognize a sustaining work of Christ for the whole universe.}

(1). The “Us” of the Creation of Man By God through Christ with the Holy Spirit as the Effecting Cause.

“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them {“man” is also generic and plural for male and female, a “them”} have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creating thing that creeps on the earth.

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:26,27)

(2). Christ, called Word by John {John received this word “Word” for Christ in the revelations of the book of Revelation, before he wrote the Gospel}, was with God from the very beginning; all things were made through Christ as the mediating cause and Person; and furthermore there was not one single thing created which was made apart from the work of Christ, John 1:1-5.

  1. Christ is early established as “the Seed” here in Genesis 3:15 as Adam, Eve, and Satan get the sad news of the punishment on all and on all creation from the first sin committed against God in the Garden of Eden.

(1). Results of the Fall in Genesis 3:15. {The of the Fall here were the only three present beside the Us Trinity of God; that is Adam, Eve, and Satan.} “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” (Genesis 3:15)

(2). The Whole History of good seed versus bad seed, and the Seed Christ, is summarized much by the references in Revelation chapter 11 to the battle between the Seed of the Woman and the seed of Satan.

  1. In the “in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” of Genesis 12:13, we have a foretaste that the blessings on the world will come through Christ, in the lineage of Abraham–you remember the 14 generations from Abraham to David and then the 28 more generations from David to Christ–yet it takes Genesis 12:7, 13:15-16, and 24:7, and in the King James Version {KJV} the forever promise of the Seed to this as the Christ, especially when these quotes are properly interpreted and explained by the Apostle Paul in Galatians 3:16.

(1). The promises from God to Abraham about Christ as the Seed in Genesis 12:7, Genesis 13:15-16, and Genesis 24:7. {This is about the only time that I have been disappointed in the easier to read and understand New King James Version, primarily used in this commentary as well as in all my commentaries. Would that they had accepted the clear teachings from the Apostle Paul, the ASI, in the translation of these passages from Genesis about the Seed.}

“For all the land which thus seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy SEED for ever. {This also helps us understand how Christ inherits that promised land of Palestine forever, although the Jews after the cutoff of Daniel were denied the land, to be trampled under foot by the Gentiles, and even today we see the Gentile Palestinians doing so with much of the Palestinian land and with half of Jerusalem. Of course God still loves this piece of land, and having given it to Christ forever, will set up after the end, a new Jerusalem–which by the way according to Revelation will be lowered from heaven on the site of Jerusalem, and the rule of the new established kingdom will have its government there in Palestine.} And I will make they seed as the dust of the earth {you know how Revelation tells us after the end of time of the great multitude that no man can number of Gentiles standing before the throne of God with the 144,000 Jews, so that the Seed begets more seed, the seed of faith}; so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall they seed also be numbered.”  (Genesis 13:15, 16 KJV)

(2).  The New King James translation of Galatians 3:16 is good.

“Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, ‘And to seeds,’ as of many, but as of one, ‘And to your Seed, who is the Christ.” (Galatians 3:16)

The Seed is Christ, did you get that from the Word of God in Galatians; and it is almost as if Paul is writing what he does elsewhere about the Christ, the Prophet Messiah.

“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)

Exodus

13-4:  Prophet Messiah in the Pentateuch.

In our original Literal Bible (ASPI) Outline we passed from Genesis under “The Living God of the Living” to Exodus under “The Righteousness of God and Man”. You can see how the quotes in the original Literal Bible (ASPI) Outline, which will not be repeated here in order to save space but which you will find in chapter 5, from Genesis where it is he Living God at work, establishing among other things the Living Seed, even from the beginning seeking a second born seed from Christ that would live eternally; and how with the giving of the Law of Moses by God, and the subsequent dedication of the people and the Book of the Covenant, how efforts a promotion of both the Righteousness of God Himself and the righteousness of a few select men through the Seed, that is through Christ, would be promoted on earth during its whole history, as ordained and purposed and planned by God.

  1. Paul says in Hebrews 9:20 with a quote from Exodus 24:8 where after Moses read to all the people the “Book of the Covenant”, then sprinkled blood on it as the “blood of the covenant”, that God had in mind in the writing of Exodus and in particular in mind for His long range plan of salvation through the Messiah, the Christ, as Christ would once for all take away by His personal sacrifice all the sins of the world, past, present, and future; that is for those who believe in it. {Always in the OT and NT we have the larger invitation of all the world to be the people of God, even as it was extended to all the Hebrew people in the OT as they were selected to be a nation to learn about the One and Only God; but by freedom of choice and election only a few of the total world population for all time believe.}

(1). We know a lot about the covenant, and the Book of the Covenant, from previous chapters–a covenant broken often and continuously by God’s people of the Hebrew nation, a covenant extended and made probationary in the message to Daniel from God through Gabriel–well in the history of Exodus 24 we have the giving of that Book to Moses from God, the people agreeing as Moses read it “all that the LORD has said we will do, and be obedient” (24:7).

“And Moses took the blood, sprinkled it on the people, and said, ‘This is the blood of the covenant which the LORD has made with you according to all these words.” (Exodus 24:8)

(2). We should not be surprised that Paul quotes it in Hebrews 9:20, explaining in that chapter and the rest of the book of Hebrews how all the blood sacrifices of the OT and all the times that God overlooked the sins of those of real righteousness by faith in the OT, it was waiting for the time of the Crucifixion of Christ when full and complete, forever atonement would be made for the sins of the world, that is for the world of believers.

(a). Hebrews 9:19,20.

“For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law {the Book of the Covenant is here called the Book of the Law, which by and large we would have to consider the whole Pentateuch, often called the Law of Moses, and from which Jesus quoted often}, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, saying, ‘This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you….and according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.” (Hebrews 9:19-22)      (b) A conclusion and explanation from the Apostle Paul in Hebrews 9:15. “And for this reason, He {Christ} is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant {those sins overlooked temporarily by God in the OT were redeemed by Christ in His death, the old covenant sliding under the new covenant}, that those who are called {those called in NT times and beyond} may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance {may through salvation have eternal life, and this speaks of the everlasting covenant}.” (Hebrews 9:15)

Numbers

Perhaps you have not read Numbers sufficiently to realize that it also makes a contribution on Christ as the Prophet Messiah. Granted that so far, we have looked at more of the Messiah of Christ than the Prophet; but then again as we have considered teachings of Jesus, like we do below from John and on the new birth, we are looking at the teaching function of Jesus, recalling as Moses will say in Deuteronomy after announcing that another Prophet will come after him and like him to whom the people “must listen”. (Deuteronomy 18:15-19)

  1. While as recorded in John 3:14, you know the famous “new birth” discourse to Nicodemus, it is not a direct quote from Numbers 21:8,9 it is such a thorough reference by Jesus Himself to the “lifting up of the serpent in the wilderness” in order that the plagued people of God may physically live {some more of the outstanding care of them of physical healing along with sandals, clothes, food, and guidance}, that is almost the equivalent of a quote, either way providing us verification of history from Jesus Himself; and the point of Jesus is that preliminary to the new birth, which by the way was predicted by Jeremiah and Ezekiel as well as other OT Writing Prophets, a means of atonement must be provided, the lifting up of Jesus on the cross to come not long after this encounter with Nicodemus, might be compared to a lifting up the serpent in the wilderness, primarily in the sense that even as the children of Israel in the wilderness “looked and lived”, so can the world, including Nicodemus, look and live at the Crucifixion of Christ. {We have already spoken of the full atonement of Christ on the cross for past and future sins.}

(1). As the people in Numbers 21:1-7 journeyed from Mount Horeb by way of the Red Sea, and as the people became discouraged that they would die in the wilderness {a lack of faith in God in spite of all the blessings and guidance, a beginning of the cultivation of the 40 year old heart of unbelief in the living God}, specifically complained that there was in this way no food and water and that they were sick and tired of “this worthless bread”, the gift of God daily of the manna, {I think even here we can see the difference between material prosperity for more than manna that is preached in the Gospel of Prosperity and Wealth, and the promise of daily bread and daily needs that God does promise in the “Seek Ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you”, the things being daily needs as sandals, clothing, bread, and water, even guidance}; so that “God went fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died” (21:6).  {More dead bodies in the wilderness as God promised if He came back in among them after Mount Sinai. Yet when the people came to Moses to admit their sins for speaking out against God and Moses, Moses prayed to God for the people.} “Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live. So Moses made a bronze {I think in fiery we mean bronze for the glistening color} serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived”. (Numbers 21:8,9) {Don’t you see it took “faith” to believe God and to look at the pole.}

(2). Based on this historical event of faith in God and of looking in order to live,

Jesus launched behind His teachings on the new birth the famous “God so loved the world”, how “He gave His only begotten Son” that anybody could believe and have everlasting life, after launching these great teachings based on Moses and the serpent in the wilderness. {You know the great thing is that Jesus was right there with God, perhaps even more active than God as the Rock on the wilderness, when the decision was made for how the people could believe, look, and live; and no doubt at the bare minimum as Jesus often told in His three and one-half year ministry on earth of how He did the works and miracles of healing that He saw God do, this was one of them.}

“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:14,15) {Unfortunately we do know that even these who did not perish from the serpent bite, unless it was Joshua or Caleb, or youth under 20 years of age, did perish in the wilderness later; and never received everlasting life, as they were forbidden because of their lack of sustained faith in God in the face of even more miracles than this, to enter the eternal rest of God as well as the Promised Land.}

Deuteronomy

  1. We come now to the famous passage from Moses as recorded in Deuteronomy 18:15-19 and quoted by Peter in Acts 3:22,23, that established this very title of The Prophet Christ, Moses here emphasizing more the Prophet part, although you do see the Christ aspect, that is the Messiah of salvation, in the words from God, actually Moses received this at Mount Sinai in Horeb when the people asked to longer hear God face to face, those words telling of the connection between living and the teachings of Jesus.

(1). Moses started in 18:15 of how God will raise up “a Prophet” like him from right there among their own people and from their own kin, that “Him you shall hear”; and then recalls in assembly with the people in the wilderness how the people cried that they might not again hear the voice of God and see the great fire that accompanied Him lest they die, God having replied that “What they have spoke is good” (18:17); and then God speaking in advance much of what Moses said then: how God would raise up for them “a Prophet”; from among their brethren; how God would put His own words in the mouth of Jesus; and how Jesus would speak to Israel all the words God commanded Him {You recall how often in the Gospels Jesus said that the words or teachings He presented were not His own but came from the Father, and that whatever God instructed Him is what Jesus told His own generation, likewise our generations through the writings of the Apostles of Jesus.}; furthermore that God would hold them responsible to the extent of accountability, judgment, and life, for not listening to those words of Jesus {ever here we have hints of the cutoff from salvation of the Jews of Jesus own generation, three and one-half years after the Crucifixion, and from the land which would start in 70 A.D., remembering the parables and teachings Jesus told about the unfruitful fig trees and the laments over the woes on Jerusalem, immediately after the triumphant entry}.

 

     “I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. And it shall be that whoever will not her My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him.” (Deuteronomy 18:18,19)

 

God never tires of reaching out for a people to be called by His name; knowing then, and again Jesus was there and listening if not the main speaker in the Godhead–you know how the NT tells us in Peter that it was “the Spirit of Christ speaking in them” that moved the OT Prophets to write–with a whosoever call among God’s people to listen and live.

(2). If you do not see in the original of Moses from Deuteronomy, you will see in the quote of Peter in Acts 3:22,23, that not to listen to Jesus as the Prophet Messiah would mean “utter destruction”, meaning eternal destruction not even to mention the implications of a dedicated life on earth before eternity.

“For Moses truly said to the fathers, ‘The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you. And it shall be that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people. Yes, and all the prophets, from Samuel and those who follow, as many as have spoken, have also foretold these days {the days after the Ascension of Christ and a few days after the day of Pentecost}. You are the sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with out fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in our seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed” {thank goodness the NJKV got the quote from Genesis 22:18, 26:4, and 28:14 more correct, that our seed being the Christ which you know the Apostle Peter had in mind, the way he had been taught by Jesus}. To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus {herein you hear Isaiah and the Suffering Servant}, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities” (Acts 3:22-26) {Even here while Peter must know as Jesus told him that the cutoff day is approximately 3 years for the Jews to be saved, it is a matter of “every one of you” being turned away from their sins, we reading in Acts later how a multitude did believe of Jews in Jerusalem; and of course, we know of the 3000 Jews from every nation in the Roman Empire who believe previously on the day of Pentecost.} I wish that we had time to look at this Sermon from Simon Peter in detail as well as the one on the first day of Pentecost after the Ascension of Christ; but this would be a repeat of the more thorough discussion in the Literal Bible (ASPI) Outline based on these same passages, as you have read in chapter 5. Read it again if you desire; for you can find no better explanation of how Christ fit into the whole scheme of salvation for the Jews, and even the Gentiles, with mentions of the covenant, the Prophets of the Old Testament, and the recent NT events. You can get no better sermon on the “Truth of Grace” and the election of God than from the Apostle Peter; and although sometimes Prestonwood people chose to think that they are hearing “the Message” from Frank Graham, I think you will find better “the messages” from the Apostle Peter, certainly more of the Scriptures that teach both the Calvinism and Arminianism of the Word of God.

                                                        Job

13-5:  The Prophet Messiah in Job.

 

In the original Literal Bible (ASPI) Outline of chapter five the topical subject of this section was, “God, Man, and the ‘Son of Man”. You will recall how that in the Literal Bible (ASPI) Outline, the fourth major topic, we outlined the OT quotes with NT interpretations from Job and the first 39 chapters of Psalms, generally considered as part of the Bible Literature of Wisdom and Praise. Well, Job along with all the wisdom He had about God and Man in those quotes of chapter 5 under this topic, also had something to say about the Prophet Messiah in that Job called Him His Redeemer. Isn’t that amazing in what is considered the oldest book in the Bible, the book of Job, and in the very first of the Writing Prophets, Jesus, the Prophet Messiah is mentioned as the Redeemer; and what a statement of faith do we have here from Job.

  1. In the prayers of Job of Job 19:23-27 we find based on what we now know about the Life of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels and explained in the other epistles that Job had the answer to two prayers expressed here, and based on what we know form the NT will have the answer to one more: (1) that His words of faith and patience might be recorded in a book that would last through history and time, “engraved on a rock” and with “an iron pen and lead”, a good description of the way God has preserved the Bible through time and history {this happened in the book of Job of the OT and the book of James of the NT}; (2) His confidence that the Redeemer, who lived in heaven right there in his own lifetime, that is the Christ, would actually live and stand on earth sometimes in the future; and (3) the one that remains for him is the confidence that Job will see Christ in the flesh, for although Job is there now in the spirit, Job like all of us and with all of us must wait for the final Resurrection with a new body at the Second Coming of Christ. Amen and Amen!
  2. We recall from the Literal Bible (ASPI) outline of chapter 5 those most important things of Job considered by God to put quoted in the NT, like Job 5:13 in I Corinthians 3:19, Job 22:29 in James 4:10,and Job 42:2 in Mark 10:27.

(1) Job 5:13 and I Corinthians 3:19:–where God catches the wise in their own craftiness; (2) Job 22:29 and James 4:10–where God exalts the humble; and (3) Job 42:2 and Mark 10:27–where God can do anything including salvation.

(1). Job 42:2.

“Then Job answered the LORD, and said, I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? Therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but no mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”   (Job 42:1-6 KJV)       (2). Mark 10:27.

{NOTE: TWO MOST IMPORTANT AND FUNDAMENTAL DOCTRINES OF ALL THE BIBLE ARE SET FORTH HERE: (1) THE POWER OF GOD, NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD; AND (2) WHO THEN CAN BE SAVED SINCE IT IS SO DIFFICULT FOR A RELIGIOUS AND WELL ESTABLISHED LEADER IN SOCIETY TO BE SAVED?}

“And Jesus, looking around, said to His disciples, How hard it will be for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God. And the disciples were amazed at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. (Why, because most of them unlike Job can not say, ‘Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.) And they were even more astonished and said to Him, ‘Then who can be saved? Looking upon them, Jesus said, With men it is impossible, but now with God; for all things are possible with God.”   (Mark 10:23-27 NASV)

 

{NOTE AGAIN: IF NO OTHER QUESTIONS ARE ANSWERED IN THIS BOOK, THE ESSENTIAL AND MOST ESSENTIAL QUESTION THAT MUST BE ANSWERED IS THAT OF THE DISCIPLES TO JESUS, WHO THEN CAN BE SAVED? AND WHERE WE START IN THE REST OF THIS BOOK TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION IS WITH THE IMMEDIATE REPLY OF JESUS, WITH THE POWER OF GOD TO WHOM

NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE.}

 

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Christians Flunk on Love of the World!

NOTE:  It would seem that readers of posts either ignore or want to ignore the reality of the Narrow way of the Christian life as “IN THE WORLD” and ‘NOT OF THE WORLD”.  It appears that if the Bible teaching of the Apostle John, the Apostle of Love, is heeded by Christians  on “lust of the flesh” and “lust of the eyes”, then “PRIDE OF LIFE” gets them every time.

1 John 2:15-17  King James Version (KJV)

15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

So perhaps a blog by Cathy would help, very popular blogger, with both an emphasis on the new birth and the blog below on THE RULE OF THE MULTITUDE AND COLLISION AND CONFLICT!

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COLLISION AND CONFLICT

Posted on November 29, 2017 by Cathy
We don’t seem to hear much about this topic in our day. At least I don’t. Powerful Scriptures, powerful Sermon. Here’s another short excerpt…

John 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

Philippians 3:18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

THE PREACHER

J. Blackburn, Claremont Chapel, Pentonville, August 7, 1831

Brethren, be assured that there will ever be a collision between light and darkness – between the principles of good and evil – between the church and the world.

“The world will love it’s own – but because ye are not of the world therefore the world hateth you” – the seed of the serpent will oppose the seed of the woman, and we shall continually find in our hearts, in our houses, and in our spheres, the opposing principles in powerful operation and in fearful conflict.

Now the individuals whom the Apostle describes, wished to screen themselves from all the secular disadvantages which might result from their avowed attachment to the cross of Christ.”
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MINISTRY OF JESUS and Literal Bible.

 

The Literal Bible is understood by “The Spirit of the Lord”; by an Anointing to understand; preaches the gospel primarily to the poor of every nation; the literal Bible heals the bronken hearted, proclaims liberty to those in bondage and blind, provides true freedom; and the Literal Bible proclaims accurately eschatology.

“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.”  (Luke 4:18,19 and Isaiah 61:1,2)

It may seem strange to begin the chapter on “The Ministry of Jesus” from the Gospel of Mark with a quote from Luke; but I think that if Paul had lived long enough to complete all of his ministry as Chief Editor of the New Testament, he would have chosen just such a quote from Isaiah with which to outline the life and ministry of Jesus.  At least the ministry of Jesus, if not the life; and indeed we will find that the whole life of Jesus was dominated by His ministry.  When you think of what we know of Jesus besides the 3 and ½ years of active ministry which started with the baptism by John and the temptation in the wilderness, and shortly thereafter with the Galilean ministry, there is nothing except the incident at the Temple in Jerusalem as a 12 year old, temporarily lost to his parents and reprimanded by them as they found him talking with the doctors of the law in the temple, even there He said, “Don‛t you know that I must be about My Father‛s business?”

Mary and Joseph were startled as they had almost forgotten that while He was the virgin born Son of Mary, born as the power of God overshadowed her, He was only the adopted son of Joseph; and the shock was to be strongly reminded that His Father‛s business was the business of God Himself.  However, for you parents and children, the Scripture adds that from that moment until the turning of water into wine at Cana in Galilee, He went home to subject Himself  in obedience to His parents.  {It is Dr. Luke who also gives us the incident of the boy Jesus at the Temple with the teachers as well as almost all the details of the birth of Jesus, as you might expect in the emphasis of a medical doctor.}  Luke records how that for three days, Jesus marveled the best of Jewish teachers with His questions and answers, and also tells us of how Mary and Joseph puzzled over all of the aspects of this temple incident.

Let us see why Paul might have given this quote to Luke and Mark as an outline of the life and ministry of Jesus, with a quick look at the aspects of this Ministry.  Remember as we look at the aspects of how while many of the Prophets foretold details of the future Ministry of Jesus, it is the Prophet Isaiah who gives most details about this Messiah, which is Hebrew interpreted in Greek as Christ; and it is the Prophet Isaiah as perhaps the most respected Prophet of all Old Testament history, then and now. Indeed among the major prophets of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel, Isaiah is considered the Queen of Prophets, sort of like a preacher‛s preacher as Dr. R.G. Lee and George W. Truett were called, and as Joel Gregory, Charles Swindell, Criswell, and Adrian Rogers tried to imitate, rather proving the thesis of Dr. Lee in his famous sermon, “The Menace of Mediocrity”, where “wrens make prey where eagles dare not perch”.

The Ministry of Jesus as the Christ Outlined by Paul and Isaiah 61:1,2.

  1. “the Spirit of the LORD is upon Me” {always the capital letters mean God the Father as contrasted to the Lord Jesus Christ}.  You must notice that Jesus Himself is talking in Isaiah 61:1,2, at least four hundred years before His actual birth, as recently proven by the carbon dating of Isaiah in the Dead Sea Scrolls.  Jesus read to His hometown synagogue and afterward said that today “I fulfill this verse in your audience”; and what did He fulfill.  Well, the outline follows.  First, “the Spirit of the LORD is upon ME”, Jesus refers to Himself as performing the work of the Messiah-Christ, starting with the acknowledgment from God Himself during the baptism by John {“This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”}, and then as after 40 days of fasting and prayer in preparation for the beginning of His ministry in Galilee, the Holy Spirit of God came on Jesus in a special way in order for Isaiah and Jesus to use the word “anointed”.  This was not the commission or ordination of Jesus for the ministry, He came knowing that; but rather it is a special empowerment for the Ministry which does come in the New Testament to some, like Paul laying the hands on Timothy, Titus, and perhaps John Mark.  Jesus simply in preparation for the Ministry accepted the baptism and witness of John the Baptist as to Himself as the light of the world, the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world, and the One to come behind Him who sandals he was not worthy to unlatch; and to further make preparation, He spent time with the Father for 40 days in the wilderness.
  2. “because He has anointed Me to preach”. The Spirit of God, remember initial at baptism which came in the form of a dove, was not given just because Jesus was the Son of God; although that would be a necessary pre-requisite, but it was given from God the Father… {the Father is always the real source of the giving of the Holy Spirit in special ways}…in order that Jesus might PREACH.  How about that, the primary beginning ministry of Jesus was as a Preacher to the Poor–though we often think of Him as a Teacher, as the Crucified Christ, as a Personality of such character as to reveal what God is like.  {What better way to know what God is like than by looking at His only begotten Son.}

                                                                  The  Galilean

Look at the maps in the back of your Bible for the province Galilee, sort of like our small states or counties, in the Palestine of Jesus‛ day, and you will find it far north, in terms of walking distance, from Jerusalem and the province of Judea.  Galilee is famous for encompassing the Sea of Galilee which in turn dominated the lives of many of Jesus fisherman-disciples, and well known for such villages as Nazareth—Jesus‛ hometown after birth, Cana–where Jesus and His mother were at the wedding feast and He turned the water into wine, Capernaum by the Sea where many events of the ministry of Jesus took place, Tiberias also by the Sea—where I have had the privilege a the contemporary boat ramp of eating cheese and bread in an open air pub, and on the other side of the Sea—Bethsaida, Gergesa, and Gadara.  The regions of Galilee and Samaria, which is in between Galilee and Judea you will notice, formed most of the northern kingdom of Israel when the united kingdom of Israel under Saul, David, and Solomon became the Divided Kingdoms, the north kingdom of Israel and the southern kingdom of Judah.  {It can be confusing as you read your Bible where it writes of how “they went up to Jerusalem”, but this is because the altitude of Jerusalem is higher.  You do literally drive up or walk up to Jerusalem from any direction. Remember that “a city built on a hill, or a mountain, can not be hid.}  Of course, the citizens of Jerusalem and Judea looked on citizens of Galilee as the country bumkins and looked on Samaria as half-breeds.  In the time of Jesus, a lot of extra effort was put into bypassing Samaria in order to go from Judea to Samaria, and you will recall from the Gospel account of John of how surprised the disciples were that Jesus went into the village of Samaria, and even talked to a Samaritan woman.

What you will find is that the Galilean Ministry content of Mark for Jesus is one of the very unique characteristics of the Gospel of Mark as compared to Matthew, Luke, and John.  Previously we looked at Matthew and Luke.  You will recall how that Matthew, starting the Galilean Ministry in 4:12,13 mentions first Nazareth then Capernaum “by the sea”, and only briefly, rather focusing on Isaiah 9:1,2 as a foundation for the Galilean Ministry to be covered up through Matthew 15:21 where He and His disciples go north into the Gentile regions of Tyre and Sidon.  Why does Matthew cover so much detail on the Galilean Ministry?  Because for one thing he definitely has a bent for the Sermon on the Mount and the other teachings of Jesus, but also he himself was a tax collector in Jesus‛ hometown of Nazareth of Galilee.  This brief mention by Matthew of Nazareth on the way to Capernaum is not the same as the incident where Jesus was rejected by His hometown with an effort to kill Him.  It takes Matthew until the end of chapter 13 to come to this incident.

              The Authorized Semi-Public Interpretation (Literal Bible)

Have you heard of the ASI, the Authorized Semi-Public Interpretation of the Bible.  No, that makes one other Bible doctrine that you are not hearing about from the pulpits in the land.  The ASI would be the API, based on “no Scripture is of any private interpretation” since Public is the opposite of private; however it is obvious from the teachings of Jesus and the Apostles that only a small portion of the Public is allowed to know and understand the Bible, hence the Semi-Public in ASI. Learn Christ from the ASI would be the same as the Learn Christ from the Apostles and Prophets, and this chapter is an attempt on just one book of the Bible, the book of Mark, to make clear what that ASI approach really is.  We could beg the issue based on all the Old Testament quotes in the New Testament as listed and presented in the LEARN CHRIST commentaries; however, it might be more clear to present the ASI method for just Mark and the 18 Old Testament quotes in Mark.

Actually the 18 quotes in Mark from the Old Testament jumps to 25 when you consider that a verse or a few verses of Mark refers to more than one place in the Old Testament as a location for that quote.  In the second and third verses of chapter 1 of Mark, there are actually two Old Testament quotes run together as if to say, “This is an Old Testament quote, and that is enough to say without telling you which of the 66 books or the chapter and verse.”  Well, the chapters and verses did not exist when Mark wrote his gospel based on the books and the parchments that Paul left him, and it is rather difficult to tell if the 66 books as such were in the same format as we have them today.

Perhaps it would be wise before we go on in this chapter, to look at this example in Mark 1:2-3; and for thoroughness in order to progress the argument of this chapter, I will also add below what goes before as a lead-in to the quotes and then also add the authorized interpretation of the quotes as recorded in the verses of Mark after the quotes.

  1. Lead-in to the quotes, Mark 1:1-2a. {The 2a is for the first part of the second verse.}

“The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  As it is written in the Prophets:”

{You see that instead of saying like we do in this day and time, the quote if from Isaiah and Malachi, Mark simply wrote that the quotes are from the Prophets in general.  Remember during the time of Christ and Mark, the Old Testament Scriptures had the two major divisions of the Prophets and the Law. Today we have the Prophets divided into the 4 Major Prophets and the 12 Minor Prophets, so called simply because they are smaller and harder-to-find books than the majors like Daniel, Ezekiel, Isaiah, and Jeremiah, and for the Law we have all five books by Moses, often called the Pentateuch, given separate as Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.}

{Another thing you might notice is how the quotes are introduced.  Mark does not say, “This is a quote from the Prophets”, rather he writes, “As it is written in the Prophets”. This is a method of teaching and introduction that he, Paul, and Matthew learned from listening to Jesus.  Later we will look at the style of introductory words to all of the 25 quotes; and also how Jesus did it when He was often making quotes from the Old Testament, and those by the way, are a large part of the 25 quotes in Mark.}

  1. The first quote from Malachi 3:1a in Mark 2b.

“’Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.’”(Mark 2:b and Malachi 3:1a)

{It is important to note that this is not all of Malachi 3:1 that is being quoted, and we will discuss that next as we look at the total context of Malachi and Malachi 3:1.}

  1. A quick look at what is actually in the Old Testament in Malachi 1.

 {Now, do not expect all the words to always be the same in the Old and New Testaments.  Remember the Old Testament was originally written in Hebrew at the time the Prophets spoke, later as the Scriptures were translated an effort in the Roman Empire at Alexandria, Egypt translated the Old Testament Scriptures into Greek, the total Old Testament being called the Septuagint.  Now, I am not saying that you need Hebrew and Greek to understand the Old Testament. Many Greek and Hebrew scholars do not understand the Old Testament because they do not have access to the ASI method of interpretation, or because there larger goal of academic acceptance by way of historical criticism clouds just looking at the internal context in English, letting the Bible say what it wants to say.  You must realize that a careful reading of the whole context in English has priority over the Greek and Hebrew language since the Greek language itself cannot contain the new truths that were revealed in the Bible.  For example, the Greek of the market place would not have a truly equivalent word for the salvation of God, a truth that comes only from God.  The context makes clear what that is!}

“’Behold, I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me.  And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight.  Behold, He is coming,’ says the LORD of hosts.”  (Malachi 3:1, the whole verse)

You see how this helps in the understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  With the Mark 1a, the ministry of John the Baptist is introduced, which will later be elaborated on with the ASI in the rest of Mark 1.  Also in the context of Malachi 3:1 we see that another “Lord” is coming besides the LORD of hosts that is speaking, in other words the Lord Jesus Christ is coming and the announcement is coming from the LORD God the Father.  This Lord Jesus Christ is the “messenger” of the New Covenant, the new testament if you would based on the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.  “in whom you delight” helps to understand the anticipation of the people as they went out into the wilderness to hear John the Baptist preach, and then as they listened to and followed the Lord Jesus Christ.

  1. The rest of the quote from the Prophets in Mark 1:3, from Isaiah 40:3.

(1).   Isaiah 40:3 as recorded in Mark 1:3.

“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:  ‘Prepare the way of the LORD; make His paths straight.’”

(2). Isaiah 40:3 ad recorded in Isaiah 40:3.

“The voice of  one crying in the wilderness; ‘Prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”

You see some difference in the wording, but what is communicated is the same:   John the Baptist is doing and John the Baptist is shouting with emotion in the wilderness to make preparation for the coming of the Prophet Messiah, make His paths straight or prepare a highway in the desert for Him are equivalent.  And if you read the rest of Isaiah 40, especially the first five verses, it further predicts what Mark is going to write in  chapter 1 of John the Baptist with his introduction to Israel of the Messiah, the One Who “will baptize with the Holy Spirit.”  (Mark 1:8)  {Later we will want to look at all of Isaiah 40 in more detail for what is to come in Mark 1 and the rest of Mark; however, now we need to look at all of the quotes in Mark as an outline for the life of Jesus.  The way we will start is by looking at the manner Mark chose to introduce the 18 quotes.}

 

PREFACE:  A Cup of Water

How God and Jesus Separate the Goats from the Sheep

The nations of the whole world stand before Jesus at the End of the Age, and what does Jesus use as a basis to separate the sheep from the goats, a cup of water.  It is certainly scary enough to think that our eternal welfare, can depend on a single act of kindness like a drink of water, or a free meal, or visitation of the sick and needy; and that it is our treatment of the “least” in the kingdom of God that is most important; but beyond the significance of our eternal welfare in hell or heaven, is the respect and treatment of kingdom members, Christ‛s brethren, that He demands of us.  You will find in this study of “A Condensed Version of Mark with Comments” that Jesus fervently sought out the least in the kingdom in order to do them acts of kindness.  Certainly among the least were the fisherman He chose to be His Apostles, a tax collector like Matthew had little respect in the kingdom, then there were the Gentiles where He healed their children, and the woman of Samaria at Jacob‛s well that He engaged in a conversation about the welfare of her soul. It was the little children, of whom He said “don‛t stand in their way of getting to Him”, and who He made examples of the simple faith necessary for kingdom membership; it was the blind man along the road, the leper that was shunned by society, and we can go on and on; and we will go on and on in the chapters to follow from Mark, always using Mark as only a condensed guide to the rest of the Bible, taking from the whole counsel of God in the Book, what will help in the understanding of the Giant Parable called the Bible.

And we are also surprised that it takes so little to get into the kingdom of heaven–a cup of water, a meal, or a single visit or act of kindness for the less important person in the kingdom.  Surprised that the great wisdom of the universe could find nothing more as a criterion for final judgment, and separation of the goats from the sheep,  as simply  a cup of water. Like Naaham, the leper, we would look for some famous body of water to cleanse in instead of the muddy waters of the Jordan.  But there we are:  It is from Jesus Himself, and we dare not neglect what He is teaching us!

“Leave them Alone”

Although the parable of the tares has been alive and well since Jesus taught it over two thousand years ago, there are implications of it for today that are not comprehended.  For example, the tares in the kingdom and churches have leaders, and those Bible teaching and preaching leaders are to be treated with the same distant respect as the tares themselves.  When the Apostle John tried to stop some disciples from work for Christ, those who had been disciples of John the Baptist, the bottom line of what Jesus told them was, “let them alone”.  Increasingly we are seeing more and more heaping up of weird and unusual Bible teachers and preachers, which we do not wish to label as false prophets and teachers; and in an effort to treat them with the toleration demanded in an American Democratic Society, we have hit on the “itching ear” label of II Timothy 4 in order to explain what is happening in this time of the Falling Away.

The distant respect of  “Leave them alone” might be considered in the same category of  the “forget about them” that I heard from one southwest seminary professor in reference to the fundamentalists like James Robinson.  {I will explain later the differences between a fundamentalists and conservatives on the Bible; however, may it suffice for the moment to say that they are not the same.}  This was approximately 20 years ago at the climax of the period in which the Bible church fundamentalists took control of the Southern Baptist Convention led by men like Adrian Rogers, Charles Stanley, W.A. Criswell, and from a distance, Jerry Falwell.  It was a majority movement, very similar to the moral majority, where certain community traditions took precedence over real Bible.  It must remind one of how the religious leaders of scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees of Jesus‛ day were labeled as “teaching for doctrines the commandments of men”.  In the nature of church and denominational history it had to happen, but the shock of seeing it happen in the once most conservative and evangelistic denomination up to that point in history, made us seek explanations of the fundamentalists takeover in other terms.  {See some of the books written in the last 20 years with multiple attempts to explain what happened.}

However, I would maintain that the distant respect of “leave them alone” for these fundamentalists and other leaders of the tares is more like the “don‛t associate with them” of II Timothy 3, the roll call of bad church behavior, or the “do not keep company with such who are believers” of I Corinthians.  I hope you recall, or will check, these two Bible references on “non-associate” and “non-companionship” in II Timothy 3:1-9 and I Corinthians 5:9-11.

“In the World”, Not “Of the World”

“I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people.  Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.  But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone name a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person.”  (I Corinthians 5:9-11)

A few explanations about these Bible verses which may or may not be obvious:  (1) the policy of Paul and John, which by the way they got from Jesus and the Holy Spirit can be generalized as “in the world, but not of the world”.  Paul said when I said “not to keep company” with certain people, I meant not to keep company with certain believers who are church members.  There had been so misunderstanding of what Paul wrote in a previous letter:  some people thought Paul meant not to keep company with the people of the world who were sexually immoral as a habit of life, or who were covetous, extortioners, or idolaters.  No, Paul is writing now:  if were to not keep company with such people in the world, you would have to get out of the world.  So you see a summary is “in the world, but not of the world”.  {What the Apostle John means in the “not of the world” of I John will be discussed in a later chapter, or perhaps you can read of it in SOME MORE SOUNDS….Snatching, Stumbling, and the Falling Away.}  (2)

Here is the bottom line according to the Spirit through Paul, if you know any believer or church member who practices as a habit of life these bad behaviors, which by the way is much like the bad behavior characteristics of church members of II Timothy 3, then you are not to even eat out with them or eat in their homes and have them over to eat in your home.  (3).  Stop right here, I am not calling these fundamentalists, or even the heaped up itching ear weirdos on television, things like “sexual immorals”, or “drunkards”; but in the getting around the toleration of the tares in favor of A CUP OF WATER for the least brethren in the kingdom, we will find that they do fall into the category of “covetous” for money, disciples, and status—much like the bad church member characteristic of “lovers of money” and “lovers of self”, also the “extortioners” as they do seek and get extorted money under the disguise of more noble ends, and later in this book we will even make a case for idolatry for them.

The sad reality, according to Jesus in the parable of the tares and the wheat is that Satan has put the tares into that part of the kingdom called the local church, even beyond that to the church and denominations; and Satan has done that in order to cause offences against the least in the kingdom.  We must preserver against this most detrimental of all influence in order to get past these that take the first places in the kingdom in order to serve the least in the kingdom with at least a cup of water.

You see in itching ears Bible teachers what we are addressing is the kind of bible preachers who talk a great deal about Christ, God, and the Bible.  You do not wish to call false prophets and teachers anyone you hear talking a lot about God, Christ, and the Bible.  And those are the people that Jesus told John to “leave alone”.  Jesus elaborated, “For no one can speak lightly of me that is active as one of my disciples.”  You see, it is not those who speak against Christ that is the subject of a cup of water versus toleration of the tares, it is those who are constrained to guard carefully their words about Christ because in order to create the very impression that they know they are creating.

Conservative, Not Fundamentalist

Fundamentalists will not admit that it is possible to be conservative on the Bible without being a fundamentalists.  Like so many people in the world who operate more on appearance than reality, they claim to be the only conservatives; yet with their “pick and chose” Bible interpretation method, they are only conservative on what they “pick”, quite liberal in what they chose to ignore, especially on the current realities of the Falling Away.  Since it is difficult to simultaneously claim to have all the answers, as the fundamentalists do, they ignore the parts of the Bible that teach that the Falling Away must happen before the Second Coming. Listen, do you not hear them on the Second Coming, and you do not hear them on the Falling Away.  This silence on the Falling Away is within itself proof of the Falling Away.  If you think about it for a while, you will realize that one of the most outstanding characteristics of the Falling Away, besides as sin abounds the love of many waxes cold from Jesus, is the intolerance toward sound doctrine.  There is no more intolerance of sound doctrine than to leave it out completely as if it were not part of the Bible itself.  You see, what they do is to pick what is convenient for them to preach, and ignore what does not serve their purpose.  A case could be made that this kind of pick and chose method of interpretation is worse than liberalism.

Here I should remind fundamentalists that “all scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable”; and to ignore part of is to cheat church members and to overlook “every Word that comes out of the mouth of God.”  The time has already “come when they {the “they” in II Timothy 4 is obviously church members and other believers, but in the “tares” category} will not endure sound doctrine”, yet any Bible teacher can not ignore certain sound doctrines because they are not profitable to him or her personally or not profitable to the organization that he or she represents.  YOU JUST CAN NOT IGNORE ANY PART OF THE SOUND DOCTRINES OF SCRIPTURES.  {By the way the soundest doctrine of all is the kind of respect for all persons that must include the least in the kingdom, and the sound doctrine of giving them a drink of water.  What is truly being said by the example of the life of Jesus, and the teachings of Jesus, is that our treatment and graciousness toward the least brethren in the kingdom really is the evidence of our right to be among the sheep at the Final Gathering.}

The False Liberalism of the Scofield Feudamentalists of the Fundamentalists

Even the “proof text” method of Bible interpretation and teaching that they often practice is fraught with the “pick and chose” method when a verse or passage is not considered in the total context of the text.  This is the age old principle of hermeneutics called “exegesis” versus “isogesis”:  exegesis is to read the meaning out of the Bible, while isogesis is to come to the passage with some pre-conceived meaning or motivation to read meaning into it.  A case in point is the pastor of a large fundamentalist church and seminary in Memphis, Tennessee who wanted to preach an applicable message on the first Sunday of the year 2000, and he wanted that message to have some sense of urgency about end time.  So in his passage from one of the Gospels was the simple sentence that “after six days Jesus and the disciples went” some certain place.  Yes, you got it this fundamentalists spun and spiritualized the six days to be the equivalent of the last days on this earth.   There was no need for this:  there is Matthew 24 on eschatology, the book of Revelation, the teachings of Peter on the earth will melt with fervent heat, and Paul‛s book of II Thessalonians with the end time teachings that include the Falling Away, revelation of the man of sin, and the withdrawal of the Holy Spirit from the earth, with the clarity that these things must happen before Christ comes again.  Is he worse than a liberal?  I think so, because he is preaching and teaching something under the guise of from the scripture, it is not in that passage at all.

Can a person talk about Christ, God, and the Bible, be in the church or be a church leader, and still not be “wheat”?  Yes, that is the gist of the Parable of Tares that was told by Jesus.  You see we have isolated our concepts of church membership from the realities of the Bible,  The Bible, time and again, faces up to the reality that many can be in the churches, denominations, or even claim kingdom membership, who have not learned Christ. Paul looked at the Gentiles in Ephesus and the church members at the Ephesus church:  then he noted that he did not see any differences.  The behavior of the church members was the same as other Gentiles in Ephesus.  Paul wrote in Ephesians, “This is not the way you learned Christ, if indeed you heard Him and were taught of Him.”

Wow, did you miss that in reading the book of Ephesians.  I am sure that you did not hear it from your fundamentalists preacher; for in this time of the Falling Away, the preachers that survive in their positions do so primarily by:  (1) convincing their congregation or audience that they are the elect of God; (2) that by joining in with them you are engaged in the real work of God; and (3) that they have “THE SOLUTION”, and that if you join them, with or without the new birth, you are part of the solution.  Later in the book we will deal with what it means “to hear Jesus” and “be taught by Him”.  Let me say now, however, that it is the opposite of the famous instantaneous new birth {or born again} concept of the fundamentalists.  It is amazing how these evangelists can take the analogy of Jesus between physical and spiritual birth with the obvious statement “you must be born again”; then fail to realize that the new birth may take the same 9 months or longer as does physical birth.  Does that make sense to you?  That is it takes at least 9 months to be physical born, or in that ball park for a normal birth, then it must take some period of time for the spiritual birth, eliminating many who claim to experience an instantaneous new birth.  {You see another case of pick and choice from the fundamentalists.}  In the parable of the seed and the farmer that was told by Jesus, the individuals who were compared to the seed sown among thorns instantly received it with joy, but later as time passed the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and other things choked it out.  Now, you know in most churches during revival and in any assembly if a person were noted to instantly received the Word of God with joy, that person would be labeled as “saved” without waiting to see if the 9 month new birth would be completed.  There actually are some very large churches who would assist the new convert with their examples and messages to accept the “things” of the cares of this world to the extent that their messages actually serve to choke out the Word.  This in the old fashion jargon was called “putting a live bitty under a dead hen”.  What has changed now is that while the “dead hen” generally in the past was considered to be some lethargic church members, now in this time of the Falling Away it is the Bible teachers and preachers that are the dead hens.  And they are very good at it.  They talk about Christ, God, and the Bible so how can they be a bad example.  Remember it is what is not said that is as important as what is said; and it is the thrust of the message more than key words.  Does their influence exert itself in the direction of the cares of this world for personal gain and prosperity, for the deceitfulness of riches, or other things?

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The American Democratic Faith

At first I thought it strange that an authority on the history of American Thought would call his book THE MAIN DOCTRINES OF THE AMERICAN DEMOCRATIC FAITH.  However though the years as I have pondered what Bible teachers and believers substitute for the faith of the Bible and of Jesus, it has dawned on me that the substitute is an American Democratic Faith.  I use to gainsay what former prime minister of  Israel said about Americans and Jews.  What he said was that “we in Israel are born Jews just like you Americans are born Christians.”  At first it sounded ridiculous, but that the two kinds of faith have been mixed should be obvious.  I think there are some overlaps because it is obvious that during this time of the Fulness of the Gentiles, the period during which the Jews are blind to the Gospel, the United States has been the undisputed leader in the spread of the Gospel to every nation.  This is another way of saying that God has indeed used the United States to help in the spread of the Gospel to every nation.  Some of us also reluctantly accept the observation by a foreign student of the US who said “to be an American is more a religion and a character than a set of beliefs or a mater of citizenship.”  More often you will hear from mister average citizen what I heard as a young pastor visiting with a man up the valley in Arkansas when I asked him if he was a believer. “Yes”, the indignant reply was, “I was born in this country!”  And, “Did you think I am a heathen?”

Quickly I would mention five obvious differences between the American Democratic Faith and the Faith of the Bible and Jesus.

  • The majority is king in the American Democratic Faith while it is the minority in the Bible that goes the narrow way that leads to life eternal. You will note that the schools as the chief custodians of American culture, government, and society do most of their work in terms of the priority for the majority.  Always, in the Old Testament, and in any movement or country in history, there has been a “remnant” of real believers, definitely a minority type word and concept.  Quite often in the Old Testament, God preferred a dedicated minority to a majority.  Jesus taught the parable of the broad and narrow way, clarifying that the many that go the broad way to destruction are the majority and the few that go the narrow way that leads to eternal life are the minority.  One might contend that the United States is completely different from the world in which Jesus taught in that now in our country and in our time, the majority of US citizens go the narrow and right way and the minority of US citizens go the broad and wrong way.  Perhaps, if it were ever true of this country, in this time in which our country has also become part of the world wide Falling Away movement, it is no longer true.  As far as real faith in God, Christ, and the Bible there is little difference between citizens of America and citizens of any other nation, and you can make a much better case for that conclusion.

We might put it this way for simplicity and agreement:  While the emphasis in America is on the priority for the majority, the emphasis in the Bible is on priority for the minority.

What difference does it make?  Well, without this Bible concept of priority of the minority, you will be more influenced by the world.  Satan, the prince of this world, runs this world whether it is in the United States or elsewhere, and consequently he uses the majority of this world in order to deter and destroy faith in Jesus and the Bible.  {By the way if you claimed that the majority in American go the narrow way that leads to life, then maybe you would be inclined to think that Satan only works in other countries.  You could have the simplistic concept that all evil is in Korea, Iraqi, and I forget what the other country is.}  What difference does it make?  Well, without this Biblical majority-minority concept for now and in this country, you will have trouble accepting the Scripture, “all that will godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution”, and this is not limited by any means to physical persecution.  The politically correct in churches, government, and society can separate you as a member of that Jesus minority.

The greatest danger of all is that you can subject yourself to Bible teachers and believers that have already become victims of the Falling Away.  You will tend to become like them, and you will listen to what they do teach and preach even though long ago they came to the point where they would not endure sound doctrine, “they out of their own desires heaped up teachers with itching ears”, turned away from the truth and turned into fables. {One word of caution, look for Bible teachers and believers that are preaching (1) the Falling Away and (2) A 9 month of so new birth, and shun the progenitors of silence on the Falling Away.}

  • A second major difference between the American Democratic

Faith and the faith of the Bible and Jesus is on the concept of “toleration”.  So much that believers know to be true they will not even speak, for the fear that they will seem non-tolerant and therefore non-American.  An extreme example is that the Presbyterian Church a few years ago voted whether to decree that a stop should be made on the claim that Jesus is the only way of salvation, because it seems too intolerant.  I don‛t know how the vote came out, but the very fact that a so-called Bible believing denomination would have to vote on such a fundamentals Bible belief about Jesus and salvation is within itself intolerable.

A Condensed Version of Mark?

As you read this book, you may think there is a lot of other Bible to be simply a condensed version of Mark.  Yes, there is; and that is the point.  What we can understand of Mark, in the very nature of revelation and illumination, is “profitable for doctrine, etc.” only as it is kept in the total context of the Bible; and what we truly understand of Mark is true only to the extent that it is consistent with the Authorized Semi-Public Interpretation of the Bible.  The same God put the truth in Moses and John, Ezekiel and Revelation, Daniel and Mark.  The Bible when you come down to it is a reflection of the consistent mind and character of God; and above all in the characteristics of God we must see stability, consistency in God who is “the same yesterday, today, and forever.”  What you will find as you spend more and more time in the Bible is that you come to understand more as you also understand more the Great Author of the Bible.  It is like living with a loved one here on earth, the more you listen to them and see and hear the consistency of their character, the more you can even predict what they are going to say on other occasions. For example what God had to say in Daniel, and what God has to say in the many explanations of Old Testament quotes in Mark and other books of the Bible, lead to more understanding of the Christ and God we serve.

It will become more clear to you as you get away from the “kingdom” concepts of Darby and the 1000 year temporary reign of Christ on earth concepts of Scofield, those concepts effectively propagandized by the Scofield Reference Bible and Tim LeHaye, that with Jesus, Paul, and the first century Christians, we have seen most of what we are going to see in a spiritual movement from the Jews.  God gave them one year and the Messiah was cut off, as recorded in Daniel, to make things right with Him through faith-salvation in Christ, then the abomination of desolation was complete.  “What profit is it then to be a Jew?”  Paul asks and explains in Romans.  And the answer comes back, “because to them were committed the oracles of God.”  Wow, what a marvelous job, sometimes in spite of the majority movement among the Hebrews, did the Jewish people do in protecting and promoting the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament.  Paul was a Hebrew of the Hebrews, also a Roman citizen, and formerly a persecutor of the church, before the Ascended Christ decided that He needed a dedicated scholar and lawyer of the Jewish nation to write 14 book so the New Testament and sponsor with his influence and manuscripts three more, setting the pattern which Jesus gave to him in Saudi Arabia of quoting with an interpretation in the New Testament of the Old Testament truth.  So much of where fundamentalists {today‛s incarnation of Darby and Scofield, their hunt and peck method of Bible interpretation with superficiality of Bible more dangerous, with their fighting spirit, than even their concepts from Darby and Scofield}see in the Old Testament a period of peace and prosperity with a material kingdom in Israel is the “consummation” of Daniel.  It is the time, at the end of time, when the kingdoms of this world become really the kingdom of Christ; it is the time when the new Jerusalem is lowered down from heaven and all government is established there over all the multitudes which no man can number of every nation, tribe, and people; and it is the time when the new heaven and new earth are established by God for ever and ever, as the old heaven and old earth pass away, and there is no more sea.  It is going to be difficult for you to break free if you have been a victim of such fundamentalist teachings. One thing you will notice is that you are not hearing about the Falling Away from such fundamentalists that have taken control of the Southern Baptist Convention.  There are two reasons for that:  (1) it is difficult to stake a claim on having all the answers like Jerry Falwell, Tim LeHaye, and Charles Stanley—co-founders of the Moral Majority, and still admit that the Falling Away has come to fulfillment under their watch; and (2) they remain in power my convincing their audience that they are the chosen of God, therefore it is hard for them to say to the other Tares, you are Falling Away from God, Christ, and the Bible.  Indeed, Falwell believes as he says that Rick Warrens’ heresies in the name of church unity, LeHaye’s fictions, along with his political and social power are waves of spiritual revival, while indeed these efforts, including the takeover of the SBC by his group, are the very unsoundness in doctrine and spirit that has precipitated if not induced the Falling Away.  Certainly they have enhanced the Falling Away.  Why are they so silent on it.  That within itself is proof!  Won‛t it be amazing if these who have made themselves “first” in the kingdom of God, taking by force the prime seats at the feasts, are found to be the “last” when we come to the fulfillment of the kingdom of God.  And if they are among the tares, we will not see them at all!  Like the Jewish people of the first century, and about whom Paul wrote in Romans 1, they have tried to take and maintain the moral high ground.  While they would present themselves as teachers of the law, they need some one to teach them again what are the first principles of Bible and a proper spirit.

Although as we look for the two things to be fulfilled before the Second Coming as Paul laid out in II Thessalonians— the falling away and the man of sin; and while many times based on Daniel, we may lean toward Osama Bin Laden as the man of sin and of perdition; though sometimes we lean toward the Pope as the final anti-Christ which will be the man of sin, sometimes it seems that the fundamentalists have been the most dominant influence in the Falling Away.  I am sure it is our lack of understanding that forces us to speculate between men like Falwell, men like Osama Bin Laden, and men like the Pope for fulfillment of the man of sin.  And the fact, as Daniel was told, that our complete understanding of the last events is still somewhat sealed up, leads us to believe that we are still major steps from the Falling Away. Just remember, that like Satan himself, who was an angel of light, the man of sin and perdition must appear to be very right and righteous to be a wolf in sheep‛s clothing and in order to deceive many.  As sin abounds, he must be a leader in the waxing cold of love.  The love must diminish under his leadership, and the Gospel of the kingdom of Christ will have to be replaced with something else, like maybe the Gospel of the Moral Majority.

Book Bottom Line:  Spiritual Terrorism

“He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’”  (Matthew 13:28)  

Can You buy those words from Jesus Himself?  That there is spiritual terrorism within the churches.  We are concerned about physical terrorism in our country when we should be more concerned about the spiritual terrorism in our churches and the kingdom at large.  Our problem is that we can not tell the difference between wheat and tares even when they come out from being underground:  we do not know the difference between a Christian and a non-Christian, between a false Bible teacher and a true Bible teacher; and even when we do suspect a church member, a church, or a denomination, or their leaders we are so indoctrinated in the American Democratic Faith as to put tolerance ahead of dis-association from them as recommended by the Bible.  Do you get what Jesus is saying, “the enemy is within” the kingdom and the churches.  Satan has put many tares in our local churches in order to subvert the real work of the kingdom of God, and many of those tares are leaders with itching ears.

 

NDT Supplement: Morality and Justice.

Preliminary Note:  NDT is for National Dens of Thieves.  You are welcome to follow “Jeremiah on Politics and American Thought” on SunGrist Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/194432964326728/

Both morality and justice in American society are about to take an unusual twist with a hidden campaign of some group with unlimited funds. {Some news is saying that Congress has the taxpayers footing the bill for this campaign of injustice and revenge.} It is getting out of balance with some sort of woman’s lib or feminism movement that demands a pound of flesh for a single touch thirty years ago.

What in the world happened to the concept in American justice that someone is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law as judged by his peers, and whatever in the world happened to the teaching of Jesus like:  (1) revenge is mine, I will repay saith the Lord”; (2) “Let him (her) without sin (wrong doing) cast the first stone; and (3) “Neither do I condemn thee, go and sin no more”.

Some how do these unknow women think their status is improved by the tearing down of a man of status and reputation, the loss of his head so to speak mounted in their den as a trophy without due process and trial by jury.  And you can’t say that whatever this revengeful group is, they do not know of their use of a paid power of the press is not going to cause the loss of heads for a touch thirty years ago.  In American justice that is called “cruel and unusual punishment”, and a breakdown in American morality of the “punishment must fit the crime”.

Perhaps this vast amount of research and gossip propaganda money might be spent better on a “Modest Dress Movement”.

In many countries any display of flesh is considered lewdness, and the woman in the marketplace place can expect to be touched and fondled by many men unless surrounded by protectors. Perhaps this offers another solution to these revengeful without forgiveness and a true sense of justice ladies, body guards to protect them from a touch or a look.

God The Holy Spirit Related to Christians.

The Holy Spirit carries out multiple ministries in the life of the believer.

  1. At the moment of conversion, the Holy Spirit enters the believer’s life and dwells with him forever. In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 we read: “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

Jesus said, in John 7:38-39: “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.  (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive….)”

2.  The Holy Spirit seals the Christian. In Ephesians 1:12-14 we read these words:

That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

A seal in ancient times had two purposes: to identify as to its owner, and also to make secure.  So, the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives shows that we belong to Jesus, and also is our guarantee that we are secure in Christ–that we’ll never be lost again.

  1. The Holy Spirit gives assurance. Romans 8:16 declares: “The Spirit itself [NIV, himself] beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.”  Romans 8:9 says that “if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.”  He is called the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, and here the Spirit of Christ.
  2. The Holy Spirit comforts Prior to his crucifixion, resurrection and ascension, Jesus said, in John 14:16-17, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”
  3. The Holy Spirit teaches In John 14:26 Jesus said, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance.”
  4. The Holy Spirit guides In John 16:13 Jesus said, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth….”  One of the primary ways that he teaches us and guides us is through the Scriptures, which he inspired men to write.   2 Peter 1:21 says, “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
  5. The Holy Spirit imparts spiritual gifts to believers. In 1 Corinthians 12:1 Paul wrote, “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.”  He went on, then, to describe the various spiritual gifts that the Holy Spirit gives–and then in verse 11 he said, “But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.”
  6. The Holy Spirit produces spiritual fruit in our lives. Galatians 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”  Then in verse 25 we read: “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
  7. The Holy Spirit intercedes for us as we pray. Romans 8:26-27:

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself [NIV, himself] maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Jude 20 (CEV): “Dear friends, keep building on the foundation of your most holy faith, as the Holy Spirit helps you to pray.”

  1. The Holy Spirit works in the believer’s conscience. In Romans 9:1 Paul said, “…the Holy Spirit is a witness to my conscience.”  Among other things, that means that when we as Christians go astray, the Spirit convicts us by pricking our conscience.  
  2. The Holy Spirit gives us strength to resist temptation. 1 John 4:4 says, “…greater is he that in you [a reference to the Holy Spirit], that he that is in the world [a reference to Satan].”

Dr. Mike Minnix makes reference to an excerpt (“Charisma & Christian Life.” Oct 1991. Page 82) from Tim Stafford’s book, “Unhappy Secrets of the Christian Life.”  Stafford tells about the Thresher, a nuclear submarine that traveled under the Arctic ice to the North Pole. However, it went too deep and the water pressure became so great that the sub’s hull collapsed and imploded. At great depths like that, even thick steel bulkheads cannot withstand the tremendous pressure–but certain species of fish can. It would seem like these thin-skinned creatures would be crushed by the weight of the water. The reason they are not is simply because they have within themselves an equal and opposite pressure. When we face the pressure of the world and all its temptations, we don’t need to try to protect ourselves with thick steel walls. We just need to have an equal and opposite pressure inside us: the power of the Holy Spirit.

  1. The Holy Spirit empowers us for witnessing. Jesus said, in Acts 1:8, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”  Remember that we are to witness in two ways: (1) Certainly we are to verbalize our witness.  Psalm 107:2 declares, “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so….” (2) But we are also to witness by our life.  Jesus said, in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”  It is the Holy Spirit who gives us the courage to speak, and the power to resist Satan so as to be victorious in daily living.
  2. Now, WHAT RESPONSE must we Christians make in order to allow the Holy Spirit to do these things in our lives?

The answer is seen in Ephesians 5:18: “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.”  When you were converted you received, that very moment, all of the Holy Spirit there is to have, in terms of quantity.  So, when the Bible exhorts us to be filled with the Spirit, he is speaking of fullness of control–and notice that this is a command, which is an appeal to the will.  The Lord is saying to believers, “It is up to you to submit yourselves to the full control of the indwelling Spirit of God.  If you will so yield to his full control, he will bless you, empower you, and use you.”

Major Ian Thomas, the British evangelist, used the illustration of a glove.  He said: “If your glove is lying on the table, you can command it to do things all day, and it’s helpless to obey.  It just lies there uselessly.  But when you fill the glove with your hand, that glove can do anything you can do.  It can grasp a hammer, steer a car, shake a hand, or hold a Bible.”

You can download the complete work of Paul Brown on Basic Truths about the Holy Spirit at http://www.pastorlife.com/members/UploadedSermons/Basic%20Truths%20About%20The%20Holy%20Spirit-1.pdf  

 

Fundamentalism in the South 1900-1950.

Isn’t it strange that the PREs among fundamentalists were struggling to get a foothold in the SBC in 1955, and even fundamentalism found difficulty in being defined. In the recent Takeover and Warfare of the SBC, the Scofield believers of the fundamentalists destroyed careers and reputations of non-PREs, and are now with the leadership of the Dallas Theological Seminary and its graduates like Jeffress, Jeremiah, and Tim LeHaye with their own in political control, strive in turn to gain doctrinal control of the SBC with their non-Biblical words and false literalism centered around rapture, dispensationalism, and millennium. With all the noise they make all the way back to Scofield you would think that those 3 words were literally in the Bible. There is a sense in which all Baptists are fundamentalists as far as being conservative on the Bible, and the feudamentalists of the fundamentalists took advantage of that word. In STRANGERS IN ZION William Glass begins a process to study fundamentalism more objectively by a look at the history between 1900 and 1950.

“In Strangers in Zion: Fundamentalists in the South, 1900-1950 William R. Glass tells the story of the growth of Protestant fundamentalism in the American South and the subsequent conflicts between different branches of the movement. Glass argues that despite the generally conservative character of Southern society and religion, fundamentalists during 1900-1950 had difficulty making a home for themselves in the South, although they did gain a foothold through building a network of conferences, churches, and schools. These institutions, though, provoked the first sustained reaction by other Southern denominations against the fundamentalist presence in their midst. In these same years, a theologically liberal faction of ministers and administrators within mainstream southern denominations began to take a prominent role. The result was the introduction of fundamentalist controversy among Southern Protestants as fundamentalists fought to lessen liberal influence. These battles, particularly those among Southern Baptists and Southern Presbyterians, fostered the establishment of ongoing factions determined to resist and reverse the penetration of liberal theologies in their churches. In this way, Glass points to the origins of the current crisis among Baptists in the South as being much earlier than anyone else has suggested. “Strangers in Zion: Fundamentalists in the South, 1900-1950 succeeds in adding to our scholarly appreciation of the variety of fundamentalisms, in this case a richly developed portrait of a regional fundamentalism with much in common with others nationally but still distinctive. It is valuable in uncovering the roots of the contemporary Fundamentalist movement, in which—unlike earlier—the South has played the crucial role. This study will find a ready market among historians of American religion and those interested in understanding contemporary religious patterns.”—Charles Reagan Wilson, University of Mississippi

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