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|1||abide||1 John 2:3||Asis||216920|
|2||abide||1 John 2:3||Asis||216912|
Exactly. But if you follow this thread you will see that it has been stated that the only commands that need be followed are Love the Lord your God with all you heart and Love your neighbor as yourself. The rest do not apply anymore.
|3||abide||1 John 2:3||Asis||216905|
|John I thank you for your words they contain much truth. The thing I am wondering about is this. Jesus is the word made flesh. The word that was made flesh was what we call the Old Testament. So if Jesus is that word made flesh and he annulled part of the old then He annulled part of Himself. When a thing is fulfilled it is not done away with it is complete or perfected. The law or more appropriately the Torah was never meant to save but is God's instruction for living. I have heard many a preacher call the Bible "God's instruction manual." Are some of the instructions to be followed and others not? Galatians is and instruction to those people that they do not have to follow the rabbinical law to be saved. Circumcision of the flesh does not save. Salvation is only obtained through faith in Jesus. His substitution on the cross gives us the gift of God. We are free. Free to follow God's instructions because we want to not because we have to. Not a jot or tittle will pass away, so how can we follow some but not others. Is there really two covenants. I am not sure. God made a covenant with Noah and we didn't start a new book, He made a covenant with Abraham and we didn't start a new book, He made a covenant with David and we didn't start a new book. But when He restores His covenant through the work of Jesus and the giving of the Holy Spirit to give us the ability to follow His instructions, now we make a new book and say that the part of the old book is annulled. I have to believe that God wants us to follow all His instructions. All the sacrifices have been substituted by the awesome sacrifice of Jesus. Once and for all. I want to understand how God wants us to worship him in truth. His word is the truth and that word is all the Bible both books, it seems to me. I am just a man living for God, following Jesus, loving and being loved.
To answer your question I would like to suggest that you go to this website. www.wildbranch.org. I do not usually use others words to talk for me but brother Brad Scott is much more articulate than I in the matter of words. I hope you take the time to read what he has to say and then ask God if it is valid. Let the Spirit of our God be your teacher. I look forward to continuing this discussion of the importance of words in understanding scripture.
|Because the word that was used by Jesus and the disciples was NACHAM. A Hebrew word, so to know what it means we need to go to a Hebrew dictionary written by Hebrews.|
|I agree with you whole heartedly. One of the bedrock scriptures that every believer must believe is Numbers 23:19. If we believe this scripture it establishes all that God has said. therefore if He said it it is true. As God through His word renews my thinking my thoughts are His thoughts and my ways are His ways. We call this obedience to God's word. What we forget is that this book is written with eastern thought. To find the definition of words used by God in his word we should not use Webster's dictionary. The Hebrews define "repent" as turning to God's way. When I do something in my own way the Holy Spirit convicts me of doing it my way instead of God's way. As a disciple of Christ my desire is to choose always to do it God's way and therefore I repent and turn back to God's way. That is what Peter was telling those who asked "what shall we do to be saved". Peter said turn to God and be saved. Romans 10:8-13 lays down the criteria for salvation. This cannot occur if we are thinking the world's way. We must repent and choose to live God's way.
|Believing (our faith in God)that God is, is not the obedience that results in a right relationship with our Lord. Abraham "believed God" and it was credited to him as righteousness (Romans 4:3). We need to believe God as Abraham did. Abraham believe the what God told him would be so, believed in His promises and that is the condition that brings about righteousness. I am forgiven because of Christ's blood sacrifice. Not because of obedience. If it was by my obedience that I was forgiven of all my sins then I would have reason to boast. God wants all the credit. Our job is to surrender our lives to Him, believe and let Him live through us (Galatians 2:20).|
|Where do we live? in the Old or in the new. The Israelites had to work to attain righteousness. They were on their own. God watched over them and sent Prophets to guide them however it was up to them to DO the Law. But now we have a Savior who has done what was required to attain right standing with God. He has imparted to us His Holy Spirit to guide, instruct, and comfort us. Through His Spirit and the work of the Cross our flesh is dead. We have only to choose to follow God and live in the promised land.|
|I thought that I received salvation at the time when I believed and called Jesus Lord, said the "sinners prayer".|
|10||What benefit does Paul afford the Jews?||Rom 3:1||Asis||119533|
Romans 2:29 states that it is being circumcised inwardly that makes on a Jew. All those who believe in our Lord Jesus have been circumcised of the heart. This is our condition. Inwardly circumcised outwardly . . .
Col. 2:11 and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ;
God Bless, May the God the Father give you revelation and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
|11||Do we have to sin?||James 3:2||Asis||107752|
This is a quote from "Bone of His bone," by F.J. Huegel.
'We have been proceeding upon a false basis.
We have conceived of the Christian life as and imitation of Christ.
It is not an imitation of Christ.
It is a participation of Christ.'
It is not up to us to behave as Christ. It is up to us to let Christ live his life through us. "Not I who live but Christ in me." We spend to much time trying to understand God and not enough time submiting to God. Living the way He wants us. Some would want us to believe that the 'old nature' is still within us. They want us to believe that we now are a dual personality, the 'old nature' and the "new nature" side by side. Scripture clearly says that the old nature was crucified with Christ (Romans 6.6), that we have been made new and the new things are from God (2 Corinthians 5.17-18). So considering all that God has done for us to not be slaves to sin it seems to me that there are times when we do not sin. Is this not what God's word says. The only time I sin (and I can't explain why I do this) is when I choose to sin. As a believer I am free from the power of sin because I have been crucified with Christ and am a dead man (Gal 2.20; 5.24; 6.14). Therefore all that besets me is but a temptation, which I can either choose God (No temptation will come upon you that is greater than you can handle, my paraphrase) or I can choose sin. The choice is ours the power not to sin is God's. I pray we all choose Him over sin everytime.
By the way, what is sin?
|12||Unclean food for the Christian?||Lev 1:1||Asis||105981|
How does Matthew 5:17-18
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. [KJV]
fit in with what you are saying? Jesus seems to be telling us that the Law will stay in effect until the end of the age. I think that we as believers are not under the Law of sin and death but now are under a new Law, the law of the Spirit of life (Romans 8:2). Is it possible that when we try to do this "walk" by our own understanding and in our own effort that we place ourselves back under the Law that is still in effect for non-believers? The Law was the way to righteousness. A way that none of us could completely follow. A way of works. The purpose of the law was to show us that we, in our own effort, could not attain that which only Jesus was able to do, BE RIGHTEOUS. By our own inability to ovserve the Law in it entirety we learn how much sin is in control of our lives. We find that is is only through Jesus that we are able to attain the unattainable. Romans 3:21-28
But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;  Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;  Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:  Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;  To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.  Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.  Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. [KJV]
So now I understand that we are no longer under the law of sin and death but have a new and better contract the law of the Spirit of life. Not that the law has been abolished but that it has been superceded.
|13||How does one "take offense at" the Lord?||Matt 11:6||Asis||105585|
Repeatedly on this forum the Jews are mentioned as having rejected Jesus as the Messiah. If the bible I read is correct the "church", the followers of the Way, in the begining were Jews. It was the religous leaders, those back at headquarters, who refused to hear the message and believe the truth. For a long time the church had more Jewish believers in it than gentiles.
Accepting the truth is no different today. When truth is spoken which is contrary to religion the truth is considered heresy. Example Martin Luther. Saved by faith was considered a heresy to the existing religous leaders, just as the teachings of Christ were a stumbling block to those religous leaders of Jesus time. The Pharasees, the Saducees, and the scribes and teachers of the Law had a hard time believing Jesus. Yet there were some who believed, 11 at first. Nicodemus, Joseph of Arimathaea to name but two. Then there were 120 whose names escape me, then 3000 and more and more after that. So your last statemant is not true since those who wrote the quotes you use are Jews. We must remember our roots. Check it out it's all in the Book.
|14||True or False||1 Corinthians||Asis||102992|
I think you've got it. I look at the word "S"pirit as (God's) and "s"pirit as ours. God has given us His Spirit to indwell us. His Spirit communes with our spirit. His Spirit reveals the thoughts of God, the truths of God to us via our spirit. When God through His Spirit reveals a truth to our spirit we know it is the truth. The mechanism of "we know" is what Nee calls intuition. When Jesus revealed Himself to us "we knew" He was who He said He was. How would you describe the reception of that knowledge. Nee uses the term "intuition" and when you think about it fits. When I asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior I KNEW that the Bible was God's word and it was absolutely true. No one has been able to convince me otherwise. I just know.
Consider this from The Spiritual Man:
. . . What then can man do other than deliver himself into the hands of God for Him to work? His spirit (man's asis) shall remain forever dead unless he confesses that everything pertaining to man is useless and unless he stands in the place of death with the Lord Jesus and accepts His life.
Man's way cannot envisage acceptance of the Lord Jesus as Savior and a quickening of his spirit's intuition, but insists on substituting his mind for intuition. He thinks and cogitates until he creates many philosophies, ethics,or religions. But what is God's pronouncement? Isaiah 55:9
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. [KJV]
However intensively man may contemplate, his thoughts are earthly and not heavenly. After regeneration, God enables our intuition to know His thought and to apprehend His way so that we may follow HIM. . .
(me now) This is what Pauls is saying by the scriptures in Ephrim's post. We cannot understand the ways and thoughts of God until we have the Spirit of God residing in us and allow our spirit to reveal His thoughts and ways to us. We just know - by intuition.
Comprende? Si y No
|15||Asis, Where are we told don't follow OT?||Hebrews||Asis||102445|
|Once again I want you to know that the comment was made in reference to following the Law of the Pentatuech (spelling may be wrong) regarding Holy festivals.
What was decided was that "gentiles" did not have to become Jews to be Christians. However if you feel that it is necessary to be Jewish to be saved. Then be my guest and convert to Judeaism. Remember what Jesus taught about causing one of His to stumble.
|Christians who are from the Gentiles are not directed to follow the commands given to the Jews in the Tanahk.|
|17||God's or ours||Matt 28:18||Asis||101485|
|How are you gonna perfect your soul? If you could do it what is the point of Jesus death on the Cross and the promise of the Holy Spirit. God breaks every barrier we have between Him and us with trials/tribultions. Temptations are nothing more than temptations. The world's way or satan's way of asking you who do you choose? God or us. Our soul, our thinking, our doing it is not the way of God. That is what Adam did in the garden. He chose to do it his way instead of what God wanted. We are God's sons just because we believe God. Romans 8:14
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. [KJV]
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. [KJV]
It displeases God when WE do the work. the only way to please God is Hebrews 11:6
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. [KJV]
God wants you broken and contrite. Kowing that you can do nothing of yourself.
|18||God's or ours||Matt 28:18||Asis||101483|
I want you to know that I was suprised when I did not see my question on the Homepage. I did not get a Email that you had responded. I find it interesting that this thread is restricted. Any how.
How does the Spirit do His work on the earth. What mechanism does the bible show. How does it work in the new tetament believer. I am in union with Christ. 1 Cor 1:30, 2 Cor 1:23. My spirit resides in my heart and the Holy Spirit dwelling in me reside in my heart. The heart being the center of a man's being. The Spirit of God does His work through our spirit. Yea? God's power comes through our spirit? Nay? What do you think.
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|19||Explain the relationship between things||Luke 14:26||Asis||101285|
It really isn't that tough of a verse if the word "Hate" is defined as "to love less". therefore Jesus is saying that you must love me more than any in your family. Easy to say but a stark reality when confronted with the choice. However, if we will love God more than anything on this world it will prove a benefit. That is how I would explain it to a new believer.
|20||death of the apostles and how many?||Bible general Archive 2||Asis||101283|
That day is here it just is not here in America
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