John 3: 5-8:
“Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” (NIV)
What does this look like? Jesus himself tells his disciples and all who believe because of their witness:
John 16: 12-14:
“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.” (NIV)
Jesus speaks this way to individual believers. The Spirit of truth leads those not yet in the faith to Jesus, as the Father enables them. No, I am not an idiot Calvinist neither am I an idiot Wesleyan. I am one who was led to Jesus by the Spirit and made alive by Jesus who died for my sins and rose from the dead. The Spirit of truth is a person. He has power as God and gives gifts to men.
The Bible is a great gifting to all men, however, it must be comprehensively and properly read.
This is called Rightly Dividing the Word of God. For instance, God told Adam and Eve not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, in the Garden of God. How relevant is obedience to this command (still written on the page) today for you and I? Since Adam and Eve fell it is a worthless command for you and I. We live in the shadow of that fall and cannot undo it by any obedience.
Another example would be the next great separation through God in commanding Noah to build the Ark. Eight humans and two of each dinosaur, elephant, rhinoceros, woodpecker and all the animals that creep upon the earth which God made on the same day he made Adam and Eve were saved from the worldwide flood. The evidence is crystal clear, in the geologic record, that this flood event occurred.
But obviously obeying the command to build an ark is useless since the Lord has promised never again to flood the earth to destroy all life.
Next God separated Abraham from his Chaldean Family in Ur, bringing him to Canaan and deeding it to Abraham, promising him his grandchildren would return after 400 years as slaves in a foreign land. Abraham also received the promise he would be the father of many nations and the Bible says, God credited Abraham as righteous because he believed God. 400 years later, God called Moses to fulfill the prophecy God made to Abraham to bring his grandchildren’s grandchildren back to Canaan. Thereafter called Israel.
God very specifically began to prophesy through Moses the disrespectful treatment Israel would act out toward God, and the Lord’s punishment in removing Israel as a nation and then restoring Israel in the time of the end.
Jesus was prophesied by Moses and all the prophets who prophesied the destruction of Israel according to the disobedience to the Law which Moses gave them, the Constitution of that nation.
Jesus, after his resurrection and this subsequent to his ministry to the Jews, Romans 15: 8:
“For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God’s truth, so that the promises made to the patriarchs might be confirmed 9 and, moreover, that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written:
“Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles;
I will sing the praises of your name.” (NIV)
This is confirmed prior by Jesus in Matthew 10:
“These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel.” (NIV)
Further in Matthew 15:
“Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”
23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”
24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”
We find definitively here, Jesus was not talking to all these false apostles, false teachers, false prophets, false evangelists etc., we hear in our time authoring confusion in Jesus’ name. For forty years Moses wandered in the desert. For about forty years after Jesus “confirmed the promises made to the patriarchs” the nation he ministered to exclusively and excluding the Gentiles as Jesus spoke, existed until God Utterly Destroyed it as Jesus predicted. Meantime Jesus spoke to Ananias. Acts 9: 9-15:
In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”
“Yes, Lord,” he answered.
11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”
13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”
15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.” (NIV)
Not Matthew, Not Mark, Not Luke, Not John, Not James, Not Peter, Nor Titus, Not the Pope, Paul is the one Jesus sent.
Paul first wrote Galatians. There he clarifies what has happened to the church at large i.e. the Falling Away prophesied before the end which is well underway and has been for centuries.
Galatians 5: 4:
“You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.” (NIV)
The Church of the Nazarene purposes to relate timeless biblical principles to contemporary society in such a way that the doctrines and covenants of the church may be known and understood in many lands and within a variety of cultures. We hold that the Ten Commandments, as reaffirmed in the New Testament teachings of Jesus Christ, demonstrated most fully and concisely in the Great Commandment and the Sermon on the Mount constitute the basic Christian ethic.
The Methodist Movement of John Wesley and the Azuza Street Charismatic Movement are the origins of this cult. What did Paul say about the Law, in Galatians?
“When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. 12 For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. 13 The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray.
14 When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in front of them all, “You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs?
15 “We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles 16 know that …a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ … .
So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be … justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.
17 “But if, in seeking to be justified in Christ, we Jews find ourselves also among the sinners, doesn’t that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not! 18 If I rebuild what I destroyed, then I really would be a lawbreaker.
19 “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” (NIV)
Paul in Romans chapters 4 and 5 makes this all incredibly clear:
What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, discovered in this matter? 2 If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. 3 What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”[a]
4 Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. 5 However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. 6 David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:
7 “Blessed are those
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
8 Blessed is the one
whose sin the Lord will never count against them.” (NIV)
4: 14, 15:
“For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless,15 because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.” (NIV)
“Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. 17 As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.”[c] He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.
18 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”[d] 19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 22 This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” 23 The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, 24 but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.” (NIV)
I will end for now with Romans 14: 4:
“Who are you to judge someone else’s servant?To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.” (NIV)
Chris Queen 2/7/2019. Please place faith in Jesus and know him by the Spirit of truth (John 16: 12-14); Romans 10: 9, 10:
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” (NIV)
John 16: 27:
“In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf.27 No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.” (NIV)
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