The Way

The Way

The following lesson is intended as a means by which the reader may gain a perspective of God’s plan of salvation that gives him an understanding of the ‘bigger picture’.  The intent is to form a picture of history, of God’s purpose for mankind, and relate it all to the gospel using the Old Testament sanctuary as the model. The following is not an’ optional extra’ to the Christian faith, it is an essential understanding by which all may know that they are on the right path, for God Himself drew the plans.  In order to gain this better appreciation of our way to life, we must start at the beginning. At the very beginning of the conflict between good and evil, to the place where sin and rebellion had its woeful genesis. Continue reading

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Don’t be afraid…..

Phil. 3:12-14;

12  Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
13  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

 

1 Cor. 9:24-27;

24 ¶  Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
25  And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
26  I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
27  But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

 

2 Tim. 4:7.

7  I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

The above reveal that Paul likened his Christian walk to a race. This race however was not a race to win, but one to finish. Satan’s focus is to stop us from finishing the race. Fear is his greatest weapon, for fear negates faith, and without faith, it is impossible to please God.

61915e5eb968058b761b5ee3d2f124a8We are living in a time of immense uncertainty, and peoples hearts are even now failing them for fear of what is to come upon the earth. Fear of the unknown is bringing stress and perplexity not only to individuals, but also to governments, and most have abandoned historical solutions and are blindly following ideologies for answers, but finding none. Continue reading

The Full Gospel.

Many believe that so long as Jesus died for their sins, and they believe this, they are saved. Many see sanctification as a result or fruit of that salvation, as if sanctification isn’t a part of the good news of the gospel, or isn’t essential to our salvation. I would strongly state that sanctification isn’t an optional extra. It isn’t an “add-on” to the gospel app to enhance it and make it more attractive or easier to use.Calvary

That Christ died for me, a sinner, and that on account of the precious blood offered in my stead, I am accounted righteous before a holy God, is indeed a wonderfully marvelous thing. That such is at least part of the gospel is without doubt…but is it complete? Does that guarantee my eternal destiny to be in heaven or the new earth? Continue reading

Are the Dead Really Dead?

There are many aspects one could discuss related to death. But let us leave out all the philosophies of man and the vague interpretive opinions regards what the Bible means, but let us simply and humbly accept what the Bible says. Nor let us choose just one text or passage, but let us survey the whole scripture record, comparing scripture with scripture, line upon line, here a little there a little, and come then to a conclusion weighing up the evidence.

First, let us begin where God began…creation. Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Here described is the nature of man. Succinctly and clearly, with no ambiguity and no interpretation necessary. Man is a living soul. We are a combination of two things. Dust, and breath of life…spirit. That combination forms the soul. When we die, Ecclesiastes 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. And as a result of that separation of dust and breath, body and spirit, the soul ceases to exist. As Ezekiel says, the soul that sinneth it shall die. The man, the human being, dies. The body becomes corrupted and turns into mud, and the life force that animated the body making it a living soul, returns to God. There is no evidence in scripture, anywhere, hinting or speaking either implicitly or explicitly, that the spirit that returns to God at death has a life of its own carrying the consciousness or personality of the former man. Continue reading

Trinity.

The modern traditional concept of the trinity is commonly accepted on the premise of three co-eternal separate yet interdependent persons. I cannot accept this for two principle reasons.

1. If Jesus is as old (or as eternally co-existent with) as the Father, then this contradicts the entire idea of Father and son, a concept upon which the whole NT is founded upon, and the character of which brings glory to both for the sacrifice of Calvary…if it were not so the whole episode of Genesis 22:1-14 is rendered meaningless, among numerous others.

2. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. The spirit of man is the mind of man is it not? For when it is spoken of that we have in us the Holy Spirit, do we not from that time forth have the mind of Christ? When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, does not the scripture say that it is “Christ in us, the hope of glory’? Not another person, but Christ Himself abides in us. The Holy Spirit is not a third person, another mind apart from Christ and the Father. The Holy Spirit is the shared mind of the Father and Son. Continue reading

Scriptural Roots

Though Tyndale is known as the father of the modern Bible, it is true that there were numerous copies of the scriptures in Britain before Tyndale. These however were not derived from the corrupted Latin Vulgate, but from the Syriac or Peshitta translations of Lucian of Antioch. These formed the basis of the Cristian faith of such venerable Christians such as Dinooth, Aiden, Patrick, Columba and Columbanus of the Celtic church. Also the Waldensian Christians of northern Italy and southern France, as well as the Gaelic believers throughout Asia minor. The Christianity which came to these Celtic and Gaelic people was apostolic…it came direct from missionaries from Palestine and Syria, as did their scriptures, not from Rome, which by that time was slowly being corrupted by Origen, whose philosophies has been inculcated into Jeromes Bible, with Eusebius’ editorial help he also being a fan of Origen. Continue reading

Life after Death?

There are many aspects one could discuss related to death. But let us leave out all the philosophies of man and the vague interpretive opinions regards what the Bible means, but let us simply and humbly accept what the Bible says. Nor let us choose just one text or passage, but let us survey the whole scripture record, comparing scripture with scripture, line upon line, here a little there a little, and come then to a conclusion weighing up the evidence.

First, let us begin where God began…creation. Genesis 2:7  And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.  Here described is the nature of man. Succinctly and clearly, with no ambiguity and no interpretation necessary. Man is a living soul. We are a combination of two things. Dust, and breath of life…spirit. That combination forms the soul. When we die, Ecclesiastes 12:7  Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. And as a result of that separation of dust and breath, body and spirit, the soul ceases to exist. As Ezekiel says, the soul that sinneth it shall die. The man, the human being, dies. The body becomes corrupted and turns into mud, and the life force that animated the body making it a living soul, returns to God. There is no evidence in scripture, anywhere, hinting or speaking either implicitly or explicitly, that the spirit that returns to God at death has a life of its own carrying the consciousness or personality of the former man. Continue reading

History Repeating?

Four principle emotions are running rampant throughout the United States at present. Fear…self-preservation…anger…hatred. Also, an overwhelming distrust of western democracy due to corruption, the inability or unwillingness to face real issues, and a deep abiding suspicion that their government representatives are selling their nation out to globalist self serving power hungry banking cartels.
This situation is eeringly similar to what was taking place in Europe in the 1920s, and which blinded everyone to the dangers of totalitarianism in the rise of Hitler. Tremendously popular, promising future greatness, charismatic….it was Abraham Lincoln who wisely said, perhaps prophetically, “familiarize yourself with the chains of bondage and you prepare your own limbs to wear them. Accustomed to trample on the rights of others, you have lost the genius of your own independence and become fit subjects of the first cunning tyrant who rises among you.

From the ineffectiveness of liberal left wing governments are we about to see the other extreme in reaction? Is it possible  that both sides may have been successfully infiltrated by the same people who are fomenting unrest deliberately to accomplish a greater purpose? Think about it. Is the behaviour of the police normal? NO!! Is the behavior of the people normal? NO!! What if both sides have among them agents of one  who while professedly a friend to all but by division and creation of violence bring about a public reaction in favor of bringing this entity to power? Like Jesuits for example who would like nothing more than the formation of an extreme right-wing Protestant theocracy which would be under control of those self same Jesuits who have been infiltrating Protestant theological seminaries and universities for decades. Then through the current ecumenical movement (like the coming rally in Washington) hand over American democracy lock stock and barrel into the hands of Rome???

American Unrest

If anyone thinks that what is happening across communities in the US is normal and not worthy of attention, you are asleep and need a good kick. This kind of police action is far from normal, and the reaction from citizenry is far from normal. These events are being deliberately fomented to destroy constitutional democracy in America…and they are succeeding. And the goal? Inflame the people so far that they will be willing to cry out to anybody for relief. This may not take place tomorrow, but I know from whence that “relief” will come.
It will come from a Satanically devised and engineered Protestant theocracy, a mirror image to the Roman Catholic theocracy of the Middle Ages. America, as much as I admire and love you, your leaders are taking you down a path from which there is no return. Total complete national ruin. It’s coming. Religious liberty as you have enjoyed it for 200 years is soon to become an extinct species.

I believe this for two reasons. First and foremost, Bible prophecy…second, current observation and knowledge of the ambitions and goals of such as the Jesuits, of whom the current pope is one. The Protestant (extreme right wing) theocracy being now promoted will ultimately submit to papal authority, and coalesce into a global one world religion to which all other religions will gravitate. All socially orchestrated from Rome, with the ulimate goal of world domination from there.

The Son of God…literal or metaphor?

Due to the trinity teaching, it is believed by the majority of churches that Jesus Christ is not the literal begotten Son of God, but instead an equal, co-eternal God alongside the Father. The trinity teaching says that Jesus had no beginning and the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are three co-equal, co-eternal beings that are playing a ‘family role’. In other words, they are just play acting these roles of Father and Son. The Bible states that there is assuredly a Father and a Son, but are they a literal Father and Son, or are they just playing the roles?

The vast majority of Christian churches (including my own) in order to uphold the co-eternal co-equal nature of the Godhead must share the following as an official belief of sorts….”the father-son image cannot be literally applied to the divine Father-Son relationship within the Godhead. The Son is not the natural, literal Son of the Father … The term ‘Son’ is used metaphorically when applied to the Godhead.” A co-eternal relationship between the Son and the Father is neither possible nor logical unless the familial relationship is metaphorical.

And what does the main authority, the Word of God have to say on this? Does the Bible suggest in any way that Jesus is just playing a role as the Son of God? Or is He the literal Son? Let us look at some Bible texts to see if we can get some understanding as to who Christ really is. Continue reading

Back Home andCreating Controversy

Jesus entered the local synagogue one day in Nazareth. Each Sabbath the rulers of the synagogue had prepared readings which they would discuss and study. This Sabbath, Jesus was offered the scroll of Isaiah to read the stipulated text. Jesus however had something else in mind. “When He opened the book, He found the place where it was written”…and He quoted what we know today to be …
Isaiah 61:1 ¶ The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.

Now the scroll from which Jesus read was a large scroll. Huge. It would have taken a while for Jesus to find this precise scripture, and you can imagine what was going on the minds of the people as He searched. It was not chapter and verse in number form as the Bible is today. So although Jesus clearly knew the scripture, it still would have taken Him a while to find that text. “What’s He doing”….”what’s He looking for, we told Him what to read?”….”what on earth is He up to now, He was trouble enough when He was young, now He’s older He still thinks He can do what He wants” ‘sigh’…..
So Jesus reads the text and gives the scroll back to the minister, and sits down. Those Jews knew what that scripture was all about. It was a Messianic prophecy. It was a very important part of their entire belief system, an integral component of their hopes and aspirations. Have you ever been to a place and known that EVERY single eye in the entire place is focused on you? Continue reading