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Weekly Bible Study – May 22, 2017


Dispensation of the Mosaic Law. The Jews Panic from fear.


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Prepare yourself for learning the Word of God!

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is; you have believed [trusted] in Him for His promised gift of eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to learn God's Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge (confess) your sins privately to God (i.e.; with your thoughts directed only to God the Father).

1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [unknown or forgotten sins]." NKJV (New King James Version) [italics added]; we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to have faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life: John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:30, 31.

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-15, 16, 17, 18, says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for worship and learning God's Word. If there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:


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Dispensation of the Mosaic Law. The Jews Panic from fear.


Once again, as many of you know, we are now dealing with the next dispensation in our study of the doctrine of dispensations which is the dispensation of the Law.

Dispensation = The Law; Rom 3:19-20.
Opening Event = Israel promises to keep the Law;
Man’s Responsibility = Believe and Obey;
Man’s Failure = The Law was broken repeatedly-
Man’s Tendency =Away from God; Dan 9:4-16.
Closing Event = Man’s Judgment –
Personal Salvation; By Grace through Faith-the blood of the Lamb.

I would like you to get a glimpse of how this dispensation of the Law began. It all began the day that they left Egypt. Before we go on, it’s important to review what is meant by the word dispensation.

A dispensation is a period of time in human history expressed in terms of divine revelation. Therefore, dispensation is a technical theological term used primarily by the apostle Paul in the presentation of the mystery doctrine of this Church-Age. Dispensations are divine categories of human history; therefore, both the divine outline and the divine interpretation of human history. Dispensations are the vehicle by which believers living at a specific time in history can orient to God’s will, plan, and purpose for their lives. God’s plan is not the same for every dispensation. In fact, the plan is quite different in each dispensation. The most difficult and subtle plan to learn by a believer is found in the Church-age where the predesigned plan of God is the protocol or the modus operandi (method of operation) for the Church-age.

Old Testament believers were under the ritual plan of God. Our Lord Jesus Christ was under the incarnation plan of God. Every Church-age believer is under the PPOG with emphasis on the mystery doctrine of the Church-age. No believer can ever glorify God in this dispensation of the Church-age without an accurate knowledge of the mystery doctrine of the Church-age.

Remember the words of the apostle Paul in Rom 16:25-26, “Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past, but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith;”

Or 1Co 2:7 but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom, which God predestined before the ages to our glory;

Eph 3:1-10, For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles if indeed you have heard of the stewardship or the dispensation of God’s grace which was given to me for you; that by revelation [not by the Old testament prophets but directly from God] there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief.

And by referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery doctrine of Christ, which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit; to be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel, of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God’s grace which was given to me according to the working of His power.

To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God, who created all things; in order that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.

Therefore, our sixth principle concerning the word dispensation; A dispensation is defined traditionally as a period of time during which a particular revelation of God’s mind and God’s will is active and during which time man is tested as to his obedience to that specific manifestation of God’s will, purpose, and plan. The believer’s orientation to both time and to human history is vitally necessary for understanding God’s plan and God’s purpose. So much then for the word dispensation.

Exo 14, we also need to note the typology which is given in the beginning of this dispensation of the Law. For example; Egypt represents a type of the world or the cosmic system. The Jews or Israel represent a picture of the believer’s soul. And so we begin with the Exit of the Jews from slavery.

Exo 14:5-14, When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his servants had a change of heart toward the people, and they said, “What is this we have done, that we have let Israel go from serving us?” So, he made his chariot ready and took his people with him; and he took six hundred select chariots, and all the other chariots of Egypt with officers over all of them. And the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and he chased after the sons of Israel as the sons of Israel were going out boldly.

Then the Egyptians chased after them with all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, his horsemen and his army, and they overtook them camping by the sea, beside Pi hahiroth, in front of Baal zephon. And as Pharaoh drew near, the sons of Israel looked, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they became very frightened; so the sons of Israel cried out to the Lord.

Then they said to Moses, “Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you dealt with us in this way, bringing us out of Egypt? “Is this not the word that we spoke to you in Egypt, saying, ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.”

But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. “The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.”

Now, here we need to note the first major problem that the Jews faced which was fear and panic. Therefore, they are all living in sin.

Rom 14:23, But he who doubts is condemned and whatever is not from faith is sin.
So, this principle explains why it is so difficult for many believers when they face disaster, it is the suddenness of it all. Things come suddenly to us! And the suddenness intensifies disaster and hinders the believer from concentration on promises and on bible doctrine which has been learned in Bible class under the concept of epignosis.

Therefore, normal reaction to disaster can very easily be fear and panic. Remember that many times fear is simple an emotional sin and a part of the emotional complex of sins. And this fear is designed to destroy what you have learned so that the rate of learning gives way to the rate of forgetting.

This is why Moses said in Deu 31:6, Be strong and of courageous, do not be afraid because of them, for the lord your god is the one who goes with you, he will not fail you nor forsake you.

This is something that Moses taught gave to over 2 million people to use and with the exception of a few, they all failed. They were believers who completely failed even though they were exposed to magnificent doctrine and promises from the Word of God.

They should have been able to use the shield of faith magnificently but they failed. Therefore, because they refused to operate in the faith-rest drill, this generation of Jews, with a few exceptions, they were excluded from ever setting foot into the promise land.

And it wasn’t a matter of their salvation but the fact that they could not handle stress, they could not handle pressure. And even though God did phenomenal things in grace for them, they failed to use the shield of faith. They were blessed in every possible way, including logistics. But they had one major problem which led to many more – fear.

1Jo 4:18, There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected or matured in love. And so, as a result of their fear, they failed and did not use the shield of faith. Think about it! Think about what they had just experienced in the last couple of weeks.

Plague 1 — Water was turned into blood; fish died;
Plague 2 — Frogs.
Plagues 3 and 4 — Flies, biting insects and wild animals.
Plagues 5 and 6 — Diseased livestock and boils.
Plague 7 — Thunder Storms – fiery hail.
Plague 8 — Locusts.
Plague 9 — Darkness for three days.
Plague 10 — Death of Firstborn

They saw the omnipotence or the power of God. They experienced deliverance from the love of God. Yet, they forgot everything God had done for them. As the prophet Isaiah said in Isa 5:4, “What more was there to do for My vineyard that I have not done in it? Why, when I expected it to produce good grapes did it produce worthless ones?

Don’t judge them because the majority of believers today, in all stages of spiritual growth, find themselves in panic palace because of adversity. And so, it is the suddenness that usually gets to people! You’re going along with the usual aches and pains of life and then all of a sudden something comes along that shocks you and you begin to stress over the situation. And always remember the principle; Adversity is in evitable, stress is optional.

Adversity is what someone or something does to you, stress is what you do to yourself. And it is the sudden stress that gets to so many believers! And the reason is that so many believers are just not in the spiritual condition to pick up and use the shield of faith. The principle is also found in Psa 56:3 when David said, “When I am afraid I will trust in you.

And the word trust is batach which is the word for body slamming or casting all your worries upon the Lord. And you do this by faith. True faith always selects something that is stronger than the problems that one faces. The faith itself is nothing except for the fact that faith itself reaches out and selects a promise from God or better yet, a doctrine to handle the stress. So, doctrine resident in the soul is the faith to have a large area from which to draw. The suddenness of adversity and even from prosperity, or what appears to be prosperity, causes many believers stress.

The following link is to a good news message describing how one can receive eternal life: Ticket to Heaven, it was written for anyone not absolutely certain about their eternal future.

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Preparing yourself for the study of God’s Word

Before we begin , if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is— you have trusted in Him for eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to take-in God’s Word or participating in a Communion Service, so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge your sins privately directly to God the Father. This will assure that you are in fellowship with God the Father and the Holy Spirit’s convicting ministry, also called the convincing ministry will then be able to teach you as the Holy Spirit is the real teacher and the pastor’s message is the vehicle the Holy Spirit uses to convince you what you are learning is true or not.

1 John 1:9 says—“If we confess [simply name, cite or acknowledge to God the Father] our sins [known sins], He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins [known sins] and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [all unknown and forgotten sins].” NKJV (New King James Version)

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins to God; the issue for you is to believe by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life and you will be saved the very second you believe in Him:

John 6:47 says: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” NKJV

Notice again what John 6:47 says, “he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” It doesn’t say, “will have”; it says, “has.” Therefore, the very moment you believe Jesus Christ’s promise of everlasting life, you have it (it’s really just that simple), and it can never be lost or taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-18 says: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for learning God’s Word, if there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:

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The Doctrine of Heaven. Part 12.
More Heavenly privileges from the Tree of Life.


1. Every tree being desirable to the sight is the first category which is designed for the prosperity of the soul.

2. The Second category of trees was the category called “good for food”.

3. The third category: the Tree of Life.

4. Category four is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

God in His grace has provided for us our own Garden of Eden which I call the PPOG, a perfect spiritual environment in this life.

After the fall, the purpose for the creation of man could only be perpetuated by cutting man off from the Tree of Life and providing a new

Tree of Life: the cross, 1Pe 2:24.

God cut man off from the Tree of Life.

This was another manifestation that justice has to come before love.

Judgment had to come because condemnation must precede salvation.

Perfect happiness excludes boredom and complaining about his present situation in life.

Man sins many times because he becomes bored and familiar with everything he faces in life.

For you can’t have God’s perfect happiness without capacity.

1. Every tree being desirable to the sight,

2. Those good for food,

3. The Tree of Life

Because good represented the plan of God, while evil represented the plan of Satan.

He would have rather seen His creation remain perfect and never have to choose to make a choice between good or evil.

We would not have known evil, sin, legalism, self-righteousness, religion, and the PPOG, if we had not fell or eaten from the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Only in sinfulness and spiritual death must man understand the issue of good versus evil.

How do you discover the Tree of Life in time?

The word blessed is the word ashreey meaning happinesses.

Wisdom is chokmah which is the Old Testament word for epignosis doctrine or metabolized doctrine.

Psa 62:10, Do not trust in oppression, and do not vainly hope in robbery; if riches increase, do not set your heart upon them.

It doesn’t say long life it says `orek jaamiym which means length of days referring to enjoying every day because you have capacity for life.

Prov 3:16, Length of days is in her right hand [the right hand represents the hand of power]; in her left hand [the Secondary hand] are riches and honor.

The word pleasant is the Hebrew word no`am meaning gracious.

Peace is shalowm meaning prosperity.

Prov 3:18 She [chokmah, wisdom, metabolized doctrine] is a Tree of Life to those who take hold of her; “to take hold” is the Hebrew word chazaq which means to seize, to be constant, to continue, to be established, to retain; to hold her fast is the Hebrew word tamak which means to obtain, to follow close, to maintain, to retain, to hold, to support, or to hold strongly with.

Prov 3:18 she [chokmah, wisdom, metabolized doctrine] is a tree of life to those who take hold of [to seize, to be constant, to continue, to be established, to retain her, and happy are all who hold her fast who obtain, follow close, maintain, retain, support, or to hold strongly with her.
The tree of life is also related to divine good in Prov 11:30, “The fruit of the mature believer is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.”

The tree of life is also related to a tongue which doesn’t gossip, malign, judge, criticize, ridicule, discredit, slander, defame, mock, undermine, Prov 15:4.

Prov 15:4 “A healing tongue is a tree of life, but perversion in it is the crushing of the spirit.”

Positive volition is related to the tree of life in Prov 13:12, “Hope deferred makes the right lobe sick, but desire fulfilled is a tree of life.”

This is why the Tree of Life will be located forever in the New Jerusalem, Rev 22:2.

It will be a place where the word of God is glorified and where desire is totally fulfilled.

Man was cut off from the tree of life because of his positive volition to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

When man has PVTD, the opposite happens he is cut off from the tree of knowledge of good and evil and back to the tree of life.

There are many distractions to Bible Doctrine which we have noted in the past, but there is a difference between distractions from doctrine and distractions to positive volition.

In Matt 13:7, 22, “thorns” refer to the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of riches choke out the word.

There is another problem which many believers face which can also extinguish or suffocate PVTD and that is arrogant subjectivity.

Arrogant subjectivity is an overemphasis of personal problems when listening to Bible Doctrine being taught.

Every message is not going to be for your present personal problems. Knowing this beforehand is the Greek word proginisko which means to have knowledge beforehand or before the moment needed the knowledge is given.

What Bible Doctrine says is reality to you,
2Pe 1:16 21.

Matt 17:2 And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light.

You may experience something, however, if what you experience does not line up biblically, your experience though real, is wrong.

The depository, our Lord Jesus Christ, will be providing for you the most fantastic blessings.

Reality is found in the doctrine of the word of God not in empiricism or experience.

Empirical phenomena is what you see, feel, taste, touch, and hear.

Peter, even though he has experienced a glimpse of the Second coming will emphasize “doctrine over experience”.

Question, What was more real to Peter? Seeing Christ as He would appear at the Second advent and hearing the voice of God the

Reality can only be determined by what is taught in the word of God.

Personal problems are non essentials, which demand the application of doctrine, and at the same time flexibility, regulation, and restraint when involved in the function of perception and metabolization of doctrine.

If you think your problems are more important than anything else in life, you are inflexible about your personal problems, therefore disassociated from reality.

Self centeredness is training yourself to think about you and only about you and your problems.

Under the principle of self discipline, the believer must be regulated by the filling of the Holy Spirit to approach doctrine with objectivity and concentration.

Authority orientation demands that Bible teaching overrule preoccupation with personal problems.

Rom 12:3, “stop thinking of self in terms of arrogance beyond what you ought to think…

When you think of your problems during Bible class, you are an arrogant person and have distracted yourself.

Rom 12:3 goes on to say but think in terms of sanity [objectivity] for the purpose of being rational without illusion.

You become an opportunist seeking to distort doctrine, so that you can rationalize and therefore remove your problems.

In fulfilling the function of perception, metabolization and application of Bible Doctrine, the believer must understand the interpretation of a scripture in terms of grammar, syntax, exegesis, isagogics and contextual application rather than personal application.

By failure to set aside your problems, you inject arrogance into the function of perception and metabolization and the result is subjectivity in your approach to the word of God.

Inflexibility in the non-essentials divorces you from the reality of what the passage is actually teaching, not what you would like it to teach.

Subjective distortion of doctrine to justify self or to solve personal problems is a non essential.

It becomes arrogant presumption and subjectivity to presume that every scripture is related to your current personal problems, or that

God is speaking directly to you concerning your personal problems.

Instead of objectivity in approaching doctrinal teaching for the purpose of receiving the correct interpretation, you subjectively distort what you hear to relate it to your immediate problems, so that your approach to teaching is subjective and you do not profit from the teaching.

2Co 10:5 “Assaulting and demolishing cosmic thoughts and every obstacle of pride which attacks the objective knowledge of God. even making a prisoner of every human viewpoint system of thought to the authority of Christ.”

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The following link is to a good news message describing how one can receive eternal life:
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Friday, May 12, 2017

Weekly Bible Study – May 15, 2017


Lord’s Supper Special: Be careful how
you treat the spiritual Temple of God.


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Prepare yourself for learning the Word of God!

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is; you have believed [trusted] in Him for His promised gift of eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to learn God's Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge (confess) your sins privately to God (i.e.; with your thoughts directed only to God the Father).

1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [unknown or forgotten sins]." NKJV (New King James Version) [italics added]; we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to have faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life: John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:30, 31.

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-15, 16, 17, 18, says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for worship and learning God's Word. If there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:


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Lord’s Supper Special: Be careful how you treat the spiritual Temple of God.


I believe that one of the most misunderstood subjects in the New Testament for believers in the Church-age under the principle of mystery doctrine is found in the use of the word Temple in the Word of God. But also, I believe that one of the other most misunderstood subjects is understanding the importance of what the Bible says about the principle or the doctrine of fellowship.

Not only are we vessels or Temples that the living God indwells as a Temple of God but we are also the spiritual body, known as the Royal family, the church of Jesus Christ, as a temple for God to indwell. And as a people gathered we are the temple of His Holy Spirit.

Now, it is for this reason that when it came to the Lord’s supper which was based upon fellowship that the apostle Paul gives us a few verses regarding the spiritual meaning of the Lord’s supper when he said, “I speak as to wise men; you judge or discern what I say.”

1Co 10:16, Is not the cup of blessing [that is the wine at the Lord’s Supper] which we bless [or ask God’s blessing upon] a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread which we break a sharing in the body of Christ?

In drinking the wine, we participate in and share a fellowship or communion in the blood of Christ (the Messiah). The bread which we break means that in eating it we participate in and share a fellowship, a communion in the body of Christ.

Now, then the apostle Paul also makes a very vital statement concerning us as members of His church, when He says in 1Co 10:17, Since there is one bread, we who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one bread.

No matter how numerous we are or where we are, we are spiritually a part of the spiritual body of Christ because we all partake of the one Bread which represents the Lord Jesus Christ. For as the apostle Paul says in Col 1:18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the first born from the dead; so that He Himself might come to have first place in everything. This is why we are told to be careful concerning the celebration of the Lord’s supper because it not only represents our fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

For in Matt 25:45, our Lord said, “Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.”

In fact, in Acts 9:1, when Saul who, later on became the apostle Paul, was threatening and murdering the disciples of the Lord, both men and women, and would bring them bound to Jerusalem to have them killed.

That we read in Acts 9:3-5, And it came about that as he journeyed, he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him; and he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And Paul [Saul] said, “Who art Thou, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting,

Now, who was Paul [Saul] persecuting, Jesus or the Christians? Well, it couldn’t have been Jesus because He was in heaven seated at the right hand of God. Therefore, it had to be the people of God or the Lord’s people. And so, the principle is that to persecute the Lord’s people is to persecute the Lord Himself, or the Lord’s temple where He indwells corporately. By corporately I mean as a community of believers who make up any local assembly as a Temple of God. The point being is that the way we treat others is how we treat the Lord Jesus Christ.

In fact, look 1Co 6:19, a passage that most of you are familiar with has a main interpretation but also a spiritual application where the apostle Paul said: do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?

It is true that your physical body is a temple of the Holy Spirit but so is your spiritual body which you are a part of the temple of the Holy Spirit. And then Paul goes on with a warning and a command when he says in 1Co 6:20, For you have been bought with a price: therefore, glorify God in your body.

Therefore, in 2Co 6:16 we read, For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; And I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

Notice here the temple is called “we” not “you” referring to the church that you are a part of. This is why I like what the apostle Paul wrote in Eph 2:19-21, So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together is growing into a holy temple in the Lord;

Notice once again that the Church, the body of Christ, is referred to as a temple. And with that in mind go back to 1Co 3, where the apostle Paul gives us a very serious warning concerning not only our communion and fellowship with the Lord but how the church should have communion and fellowship with one another and not judge one another.

1Co 3:16-17, Do you not know that you [Second person plural = believers] are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you [second person plural = ya’ll]. If any man destroys the temple of God, that is the church of God, — [notice the temple of God is called the Church of God]. What does Paul say that God will do? God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you [Second person plural = you all] are.

1Co 3:18-19, Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become foolish that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God.

For it is written, “He is the one who catches the wise in their craftiness;” The point that the apostle Paul makes in this passage is that, do you operate in the Temple of God, your local assembly, with your spiritual gift; for in Rom 12:6 “And since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let each exercise them accordingly.”

Or in 1Ti 4:14, The apostle Paul says, do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed upon you.

Or as the apostle Peter states in 1Pe 4:10, As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
Notice the three main words I mentioned, exercise, neglect, serve. The operation of your spiritual gift has been given to serve others in the Temple of God or the Church of Jesus Christ.

Do You? Have I? Or have I become your enemy because I am telling you the truth? Perhaps this is another reason why in 1Co 11:31, the apostle writes, But if we judged ourselves rightly, we should not be judged.

And how do you judge yourselves rightly?

PSD#1 [problem solving device #1] – Rebound or confession of sin or rebound and recovery (1 John 1:9), if needed.

Now, with all that we noted last week concerning the importance of Christian fellowship I want to speak on the second half of my message this morning with the balance of The Divine Perspective on Christian Fellowship.

First of all, we must never assume that loving God the Father, loving God the Son under occupation with Christ, and fellowship with the Holy Spirit be set aside for a lot of nonsense called “Christian fellowship” or social life with Christians? Too many believers assume this erroneous concept because there is no organization of their life and thinking around Bible doctrine. Therefore, they have no focus on invisible God. All their focus is on turning churches into Christian country clubs, what I have called for years, the dog and pony show, for those of you who are old enough I would say Lassie or Mr. Ed.

Christian fellowship is nice, but it is not the Christian way of life. Therefore, we need to learn to distinguish between fellowship with God and so-called Christian fellowship with people, which is nothing more than having social life with Christians. Christian fellowship is no substitute for fellowship with God. The reason there are so many problems today and sins among Christians is simply because of wrong priorities. You never put fellowship with visible people above your relationship or fellowship with God.

However, you cannot fulfill the #1 priority of fellowship with God simply by resolving to make God #1; it comes through the daily perception of Bible doctrine. Christian fellowship is no substitute for learning Bible doctrine from whomever is your right pastor. Spiritual growth and the execution of the PPOG [predesigned plan of God] and subsequent glorification of God only occurs through perception of doctrine and applying it to your life always, not through Christian fellowship.

Assembling together for a private Bible study and other forms of worship must never be confused with Christian fellowship. For example, look at what the writer of the book of Hebrews says in that popular passage found in Heb 10.

Heb 10:23-26, Let us hold fast the confession of our hope [confidence] without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near. For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,

Therefore, if you forsake assembling yourself together with the people or the Temple of God you are living in sin. There’s nothing you can do or sacrifice to get back into fellowship with God except rebound (1 John 1:9) and recover.

Heb 10:25, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another;

The word encouraging is the present active participle of the Greek verb PARAKALEO which means to be encouraged. But this is a participle used as a noun in the Greek, and so it should be translated “encouragement.”

Furthermore, this is known as a telic participle which indicates the purpose of the action of “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together” which is to gather together to receive encouragement, not from fellowship with one another but from the communication of Bible doctrine.

So, we are to assemble for the purpose of encouragement. What is encouragement in the assembly, the church, the temple, the body of Christ? It is perception of Bible doctrine and it application to our life, not Christian fellowship.

Bible doctrine must have #1 priority in your life. Without that you will never have fellowship with invisible God. That’s why Peter says 1Pe 1:8, and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,

The manifestation of invisible God is Bible doctrine. The only way you can have fellowship with invisible God is to learn Bible doctrine. And the only way you can learn Bible doctrine is to expose yourself to doctrine every time the doors of the church are open.

Why?

Because of what the apostle Paul says in Eph 4:11-16, And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,

Eph 4:12-16, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fulness of Christ. As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by that which every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.

So, in Heb 10:25 Encouragement comes from Bible doctrine, not from Christian fellowship. Someone may inspire you to come to Bible class once, but that will not keep you there. What keeps you coming to Bible class is your own motivation from your own understanding and perception of bible doctrine, and making it the #1 priority in your life. Assembling with other believers in a local church or its equivalent is for the purpose of encouragement through the perception of Bible doctrine.

In other words, Heb 10:25 is talking about learning Bible doctrine in the company of other believers not assembling together just for Christian fellowship. Your Christian fellowship with other believers is inconsequential! It is your fellowship with God that counts! The purpose of assembly worship is the function of post-salvation epistemological rehabilitation, and through the momentum from metabolized doctrine. This is so you can execute and fulfill the PPOG for your life.

Now, many believers cannot assemble for Bible doctrine and encouragement from the Word of God. They are isolated because of Geographic’s, handicaps, illness, lack of transportation or many other reasons. However, they are not violating this verse. Bible doctrine is the purpose of assembly, and they can learn Bible doctrine alone or with others. And as the apostle Paul said that although they are not with us face to face, they are with us in spirit.

For he said to the believers at Corinth when he was not with them face-to-face, 1Co 5:3-4, For I, on my part, though I am absent from you in my body I am present with you in spirit, In the name of our Lord Jesus, when you are assembled, and I am with you in spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus,

So since they are getting doctrine, they are in effect “assembling themselves.” The priority is to get doctrine to have fellowship with God. While some believers are isolated from Christian fellowship, they are not isolated from the communication of Bible doctrine. God always supplies a right pastor with doctrine for positive believers. In other words, positive volition will not be denied by God.

For those who live in geographical locations where pastors are not doing their job the Lord says to them.

Jer 23:4,“I shall also raise up shepherds over them and they will tend them; and they will not be afraid any longer, nor be terrified, nor will any be missing,” declares the Lord.”

For some positive believers, doctrine is provided through face-to-face teaching in a local church. For others, doctrine is communicated through the internet, tapes, audio, video, books, radio, etc. But God always supplies a right pastor-teacher with doctrine for the positive believer: 1) Through the local church under face-to-face teaching. 2) In an isolated situation where no assembly with orthodox teaching is possibly. Isolation can be caused by illness, handicap, or lack of accurate teaching in a town.

And while the isolated Christian cannot assemble himself with other believers, he still fulfills the concept of Heb 10:25 through his daily perception of doctrine on the internet through video, audio, books or wherever he is. And remember not everyone’s right pastor is located in the same geographical location.

The following link is to a good news message describing how one can receive eternal life: Ticket to Heaven, it was written for anyone not absolutely certain about their eternal future.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

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Preparing yourself for the study of God’s Word

Before we begin , if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is— you have trusted in Him for eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to take-in God’s Word or participating in a Communion Service, so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge your sins privately directly to God the Father. This will assure that you are in fellowship with God the Father and the Holy Spirit’s convicting ministry, also called the convincing ministry will then be able to teach you as the Holy Spirit is the real teacher and the pastor’s message is the vehicle the Holy Spirit uses to convince you what you are learning is true or not.

1 John 1:9 says—“If we confess [simply name, cite or acknowledge to God the Father] our sins [known sins], He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins [known sins] and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [all unknown and forgotten sins].” NKJV (New King James Version)

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins to God; the issue for you is to believe by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life and you will be saved the very second you believe in Him:

John 6:47 says: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” NKJV

Notice again what John 6:47 says, “he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” It doesn’t say, “will have”; it says, “has.” Therefore, the very moment you believe Jesus Christ’s promise of everlasting life, you have it (it’s really just that simple), and it can never be lost or taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-18 says: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for learning God’s Word, if there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:

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The Doctrine of Heaven. Part 11.


The ultimate reward or decoration when we are abiding in Heaven after the JSOC [Judgment Seat of Christ] will be the order of the morning star.

This decoration is taken from and named after our Lord’s third royal patent or title which is, “the King of kings, Lord of lords, the bright Morning Star; ” (Rev 22:16, 2Pe 1:19).

The winner believer can eat from the Tree of Life in the Paradise of God, located in the New Jerusalem.

Paradise – paradeisos according to the Theological word study of both the Old and New Testament is defined as a gazebo or a place of relaxation and entertainment.

This gazebo is located in Heaven it will be the quintessence of rest and relaxation for the winner believer who will be rewarded by God in a special way.

The Tree of Life is associated with perfect life and environment in the Garden of Eden as well as the perpetuation of a right relationship with God, Gen 2:9; Gen 3:22.

When man sinned and was driven out of the garden and he was cut off from the Tree of Life, Gen 3:24.

The literal Tree of Life is not seen again by man until the eternal state, Rev 2:7; Rev 22:2, 14.

The importance and prominence of the Tree of Life is that the human history began with the Tree of life in Gen 2 and ends with the Tree of life in Rev 22.

Rev 2:7 ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the spirit says to the churches. to him who overcomes [nikao- the winner], I will grant to eat of the Tree of Life, which is in the paradise of God.

The interesting thing is that in this life there is only one Tree of Life for mankind and it is related to the word of God or Bible doctrine, Prov 3:18.

Prov 3:18 She [doctrine] is a Tree of Life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who hold her fast.

PRO 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but desire fulfilled [positive volition] is a Tree of Life.

This is why the Tree of Life will be located forever in the New Jerusalem, Rev 22:2.

It will be a place where the word of God is glorified and where desire is totally fulfilled.

1. The first category is said to be every tree being desirable to the sight is the first category which is designed for the prosperity of the soul.

So, category one was designed for man’s pleasure of soul and for his capacity for happiness.

2. The second category of trees was the category called “good for food”.

Food and beverages were designed to express happiness, to stimulate, to perpetuate health.

3Jo 1:2 Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.

3. The third category: The Tree of Life.

Today, the closest you can come to the Tree of Life is reaching spiritual maturity.

If man, in spiritual death, had eaten from the Tree of Life, he would have lived forever in his present state of sinful immortality, in the status of spiritual death, and would eventually be condemned with the entire human race totally to the lake of fire.

The point is that you cannot have God’s perfect happiness and live in spiritual death and sin.

1Pe 2:24 and he himself bore our sins in his body on the tree.

Only winners in the Christian life have the privilege of eating continually and habitually from the Tree of Life in the garden of God in eternity.

Rev 2:7 “To the winner, I will give to him the privilege of eating from the Tree of Life which is in the paradise of God.”

1. Every tree being desirable to the sight is the first category which is designed for the prosperity of the soul.

2. The second category of trees was the category called “good for food”.

3. The third category: the Tree of Life.

4. Category four is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

God in His grace has provided for us our own Garden of Eden which I call the PPOG, a perfect spiritual environment in this life.

After the fall, the purpose for the creation of man could only be perpetuated by cutting man off from the Tree of Life and providing a new Tree of Life: the cross.

God cut man off from the Tree of Life – another manifestation that justice has to come before love.

Judgment had to come because condemnation must precede salvation.

For you can’t have God’s perfect happiness without capacity.

1. Every tree being desirable to the sight,
2. Those good for food,
3. The Tree of Life

Good represented the plan of God, evil represented the plan of Satan.

We would not have known evil, sin, legalism, self-righteousness, religion, and the PPOG, if we had not fell or eaten from the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Learning doctrine in time is as close as we can get to the happiness of the Tree of Life.

How do you discover the Tree of Life in time?
The word blessed is the word ashreey meaning happinesses.

Wisdom is chokmah which is the Old Testament word for epignosis doctrine or metabolized doctrine.

Psa 62:10 Do not trust in oppression, and do not vainly hope in robbery; if riches increase, do not set your heart upon them.

It doesn’t say long life it says `orek jaamiym which means length of days referring to enjoying every day because you have capacity for life.

Prov 3:16 Length of days is in her right hand [the right hand represents the hand of power]; in her left hand [the secondary hand] are riches and honor.

The word pleasant is the Hebrew word no`am meaning gracious.

Peace is shalowm meaning prosperity.

Prov 3:18 She [chokmah, wisdom, metabolized doctrine] is a Tree of Life to those who take hold of her.

“to take hold” is the Hebrew word chazaq which means to seize, to be constant, to continue, to be established, to retain.

“to hold her fast” is the Hebrew word tamak which means to obtain, to follow close, to maintain, to retain, to hold, to support, or to hold strongly with.

Prov 3:18 she [chokmah, wisdom, metabolized doctrine] is a tree of life to those who take hold of [to seize, to be constant, to continue, to be established, to retain her, and happy are all who hold her fast who obtain, follow close, maintain, retain, support, or to hold strongly with her.

The tree of life is also related to divine good in Prov 11:30, “The fruit of the mature believer is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.”

The Tree of Life is also related to a tongue which doesn’t gossip, malign, judge, criticize, ridicule, discredit, slander, defame, mock, undermine, Prov 15:4.

Prov 15:4 “A healing tongue is a tree of life, but perversion in it is the crushing of the spirit.”

Positive volition is related to the tree of life in Prov 13:12, “Hope deferred makes the right lobe sick, but desire fulfilled is a tree of life.”

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The following link is to a good news message describing how one can receive eternal life:
Ticket to Heaven, it was written for anyone not absolutely certain about their eternal future.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Weekly Bible Study – May 8, 2017


The Dispensation Of The Mosaic Law – (Featuring Moses)


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Prepare yourself for learning the Word of God!

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is; you have believed [trusted] in Him for His promised gift of eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to learn God's Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge (confess) your sins privately to God (i.e.; with your thoughts directed only to God the Father).

1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [unknown or forgotten sins]." NKJV (New King James Version) [italics added]; we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to have faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life: John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:30, 31.

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-15, 16, 17, 18, says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for worship and learning God's Word. If there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:


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The Dispensation Of The Mosaic Law – (Featuring Moses)


John 1:14-17, And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John bore witness of Him, and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me. For of His fulness we have all received, and grace upon grace. For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.”

Notice that the Law was given through Moses whom we saw a brief profile of this past week. For example, Moses was one of the greatest born-again genius’ of the O.T., he was handsome in face and body, he was an extremely powerful man, a genius in the field of music, writing, engineering, a military genius, an administrative genius, and he was a Jew.

We will study many of the passages where Moses was used during the Dispensation of the Law. Eventually he led the Jews to freedom from slavery and that is when the Exodus began, a marvelous story of one of the greatest man who ever lived and the beginning of God’s first chosen people.

In fact, an entire book was dedicated to this great event called the book of Exodus. The patience of that man, the courage, the mental attitude, the marvelous spiritual life and the humility of that man is fantastic, which is why Num 12:3 calls him the most humble man in all the earth.

In fact, as we noted this past week, one verse in his eulogy which describes Moses when it says, Num 12:3, Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth.

At one time everyone turned against him, including his sister Miriam, and those other loser believers and unbelievers who were in emotional revolt.

The Mosaic Law was given to Israel as the first client nation to God in 1440 B.C. according to Exo 19:13; Lev 26:46; Rom 3:19, 9:4.

Exo 19:1, In the third month after the sons of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt [that was their exodus or their mass departure from the place of slavery], on that very day they came into the wilderness of Sinai.

By the way, when it says that Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, under the principle of typology it refers to the believer getting away from Egypt, a type of the cosmic system.

Exo 19:2-6, When they set out from Rephidim, they came to the wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness; and there Israel camped in front of the mountain. And Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob and tell the sons of Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself. ‘Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. ‘These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel.”

Notice it says that what Moses says should be said to the Jews only, or to the house of Jacob and the sons of Israel: And then as Moses goes on in the passage, he communicates to them, principles from what we call today is the Law or the Mosaic Law, if you will.

If you look at the book of Leviticus where the Mosaic Law is given and warns God’s people of the different cycles of discipline, you will see once again that the Mosaic Law was originally given to the Jewish people only.

For example, in Lev 26:1-13, “You shall not make for yourselves idols, nor shall you set up for yourselves an image or a sacred pillar, nor shall you place a figured stone in your land to bow down to it; for I am the Lord your God. You shall keep My sabbaths and reverence My sanctuary; I am the Lord or I am Jehovah.

If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments so as to carry them out, then I shall give you rains in their season, so that the land will yield its produce and the trees of the field will bear their fruit. Indeed, your threshing will last for you until grape gathering, and grape gathering will last until sowing time.

You will thus eat your food to the full and live securely in your land. I shall also grant peace in the land, so that you may lie down with no one making you tremble. I shall also eliminate harmful beasts from the land, and no sword will pass through your land.

But you will chase your enemies, and they will fall before you by the sword; five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall before you by the sword. So, I will turn toward you and make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will confirm My covenant with you. And you will eat the old supply and clear out the old because of the new.

Moreover, I will make My dwelling among you, and My soul will not reject you. I will also walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt so that you should not be their slaves, and I broke the bars of your yoke and made you walk erect.

God promises blessings on the new people of God, or in context, the nation of God. And then, please notice if His people whom He has chosen do not do what they have been appointed to do, then all the negative consequences result; Lev 26:14-43.

The point is that the Mosaic law was never given to gentiles but only to the Jews. And, there is good news to these Jews as stated in Lev 26:44-46, “Yet in spite of this, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject them, nor will I so abhor them as to destroy them, breaking My covenant with them; for I am the Lord their God. But I will remember for them the covenant with their ancestors, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations, that I might be their God. I am the Lord.” These are the statutes and ordinances and laws which the Lord established between Himself and the sons of Israel through Moses at Mount Sinai.

Now, another passage that is extremely important for us as God’s people concerning the fact that we are not under the Law is found in Rom 3 beginning with verse 19.

Rom 3:19, Now we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those who are under the law [that would be the Jews not the gentiles], that every mouth may be closed, and all the world may become accountable to God;

Also, another passage we already studied in Rom 9.

The apostle Paul writes in Rom 9:1-3, I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart.

For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh, who are Israelites, to whom belongs the adoption as sons and the glory and the covenants and [then what also belongs to the Israelites?] the giving of the Law and the temple service and the promises,

So, let me give some Scriptural references to why the Mosaic is not for us and that the law was never given to gentiles, Deut 4:8; Rom 2:12, 14; 1Pe 3:15.
Look at Deut 4:1-8, “And now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the judgments which I am teaching you to perform, in order that you may live and go in and take possession of the land which the Lord, the God of your fathers, is giving you.

You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.

Your eyes have seen what the Lord has done in the case of Baal of Peor (Num 25:1-18), for all the men who followed Baal of Peor, the Lord your God has destroyed them from among you. But you who held fast to the Lord your God are alive today, every one of you.

See, I have taught you statutes and judgments just as the Lord my God commanded me, that you should do thus in the land where you are entering to possess it. So, keep and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.

For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as is the Lord our God whenever we call on Him? Or what great nation is there that has statutes and judgments as righteous as this whole law which I am setting before you today?’”

Rom 2:12-14, for all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law; and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law; For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law will be justified. For when gentiles who do not have the law do instinctively the things of the law, these, not having the law, are a law to themselves,

The Mosaic Law was never given to the church, Acts 15:5, 24; Rom 6:14; Gal 2:19.

Rom 6:14, For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law, but under grace.

Gal 2:19, “For through the Law I died to the Law, that I might live to God.
Now, the question arises is that if we are not under the Mosaic Law then what Law does God expect us to follow? This is the fallacy of what is known as covenant theology. We have a higher code in the royal family honor code. The Church has no animal sacrifices, no Saturday worship, no specialized priesthood, etc.

What Law are we under?

Gal 5:13, For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

We are under a law, it is called the law of love or the royal law of love. In James 2:8, we are told about the Law we are under; If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law, according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.
Notice we are under the Royal Law of love.

1Co 13:1-13, If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.

For we know in part, and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. When I was a child, I used to speak as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I shall know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

So, we will close with what we tried to close with on Friday evening which is Why the believer is not under the Law? We already covered the first six points of the seventeen points as to why the believer is not under the Law?

1. A believer under the law makes Christ a minister of sin, Gal 2:17, “But if, while seeking to be justified in Christ, we ourselves have also been found sinners, is Christ then a minister of sin? May it never be! The law and faith in Christ are antithetical. Why isn’t the believer under the Law?

2. The believer has died to the Law, Gal 2:19.

3. A believer has received all the benefits of the Spirit through faith, Gal 3:1-5 not through the Law.

4. The law brings nothing but condemnation, Gal 3:10-14.

5. God’s promised blessings to Abraham came before the giving of the law, therefore, the law cannot be a prior claim, Gal 3:15-17.

6. The law has no power to give life or to sustain life, Gal 3:21.

7. The law is intended only for the immature, while positionally, believers are full-grown sons, Gal 3:23-4:7.

Gal 3:23-24:9, But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed. Therefore, the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, that we may be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise. Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by the father. So also, we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental things of the world. But when the fulness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, in order that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Therefore, you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.

8. The law is a bondage to the believer, Gal 4:9.

Gal 4:9, But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again?

9. Law and grace are mutually exclusive principles; therefore, choose one or the other, Gal 4:21-31.

Gal 4:21-31, Tell me, you who want to be under law, do you not listen to the law? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the bondwoman and one by the free woman. But the son by the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and the son by the free woman through the promise. This is allegorically speaking: for these women are two covenants, one proceeding from Mount Sinai bearing children who are to be slaves; she is Hagar. Now this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem above is free; she is our mother. For it is written, “Rejoice, barren woman who does not bear; Break forth and shout, you who are not in labor; For more are the children of the desolate Than of the one who has a husband.” And you brethren, like Isaac, are children of promise. But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also. But what does the Scripture say? “Cast out the bondwoman and her son, For the son of the bondwoman shall not be an heir with the son of the free woman.” So then, brethren, we are not children of a bondwoman, but of the free woman.

10. The believer has an abiding freedom in Christ, Gal 5:1, It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

11. The believer must keep all the law, if he would attempt to keep even part of it, Gal 5:2-4.

Gal 5:2-4, Behold I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no benefit to you. And I testify again to every man who receives circumcision, that he is under obligation to keep the whole law. You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.

12. The persuasion to put the believer under the law is not from God, Gal 5:8, this persuasion {did} not {come} from Him who calls you.

13. Legalism of the believer does away with the offense of the Cross, Gal 5:11, but I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? Then the stumbling block of the Cross has been abolished.

14. All the law is fulfilled by the Holy Spirit, Gal 5:16-24, but i say, walk by the spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you just as i have forewarned you that those who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

15. The life of the believer must be sustained on the same principle as his new birth or regeneration, Gal 5:25, if we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.

16. The believer’s proneness to sin calls for his dealing with grace, not dealing according to the law, Gal 6:1-5, brethren, even if a man is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; {each one} looking to yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have {reason for} boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another. For each one shall bear his own load.

17. All who advocate the law for the believer cannot keep it themselves, and their intention is ultimate glory in the flesh, Gal 6:13, for those who are circumcised do not even keep the law themselves, but they desire to have you circumcised, that they may boast in your flesh.

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