Who is a real Jew?
Romans 2:28-29 KJV
For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly;
neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly;
and circumcision is that of the heart,
in the spirit, and not in the letter;
whose praise is not of men, but of God.
Galatians 3:27-28 KJV
For as many of you as have been baptized
into Christ have put on Christ.
There is neither Jew nor Greek,
there is neither bond nor free,
there is neither male nor female:
for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
According to Romans the only real Jews
are the ones who believe in Jesus Christ
and on top of that, they're no longer
Jews, as we see in Galatians.
The word Paradise is used
3 times in the New Testament:
And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee,
Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.
2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.
3 And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)
4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
Comparing all 3 verses, we can see that the former thief on the cross, although having lived in sin up to the moment of death, overcame and went to the third heaven where the tree of life is located.
Items with the Glory
Any truth found in the New Testament can be traced back to the Old Testament, including the glory of God being transferred to items.
And when they go forth into the utter court, even into the utter court to the people, they shall put off their garments wherein they ministered, and lay them in the holy chambers, and they shall put on other garments; and they shall not sanctify the people with their garments.
The word, "sanctify" used in the above scripture can be defined as "clean". Over in the New Testament we see how items of cloth that had touched Paul, were laid on sick people and the sick were healed. I have no doubt that the people who saw the miracles that Jesus did through Paul, were aware of how the priest's garments were sanctified by the glory of God.
And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: 12 So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.
Did Jesus correct his Father?
Breach for breach, eye for eye, tooth for tooth: as he hath caused a blemish in a man, so shall it be done to him again.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, do not show opposition against an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other toward him also
Jesus did not correct or contradict his Father. The law of Moses in Leviticus 24:20 is not the Father speaking. It is the law. Jesus is teaching people grace and truth. The law is for law breakers.
Those who oppose Jesus
Over the years, while ministering to people in the marketplace, I would notice how humble people in need of healing would receive easily, but that those who were resisting the Lord, couldn't receive. In fact, I would usually sense an invisible wall to the power of God, which was available.
I don't wish to minister to people with that frame of mind, but sometimes I begin situations where I am not discerning the person's mindset until after beginning the situation. Even though they're hiding their true feelings, people with wrong thinking like that will usually say yes anyway, just because of curiosity. When nothing happens, their poisoned thinking is reinforced.
I believe the understanding of my point can be found in scripture. If you're willing to except it, the scripture is John 9:49-50, which says:
John answered and said, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name; and we tried to prevent him, because he does not follow along with us.” 50 But Jesus said to him, “Do not hinder him; for the one who is not against you is for you.”
Even though those verses don't directly apply to someone who is opposing Jesus, they do make the point that there's a difference between someone who is ignorant and someone who is in opposition. If you've watched enough of my healing demonstration videos, you would've come across me saying to an unbeliever, "You don't necessarily believe, but you're not opposing Jesus, right"?
Many Christians declare scripture over themselves. Here is a popular verse for this.
Philippians 4:19 - And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
However, because it's popular to declare a single verse of scripture over yourself, it's also easy to forget about the context of the verse. The context of Philippians 4:19 is generous, faithful giving.
Here is the context:
Philippians 4:15-19 - You yourselves also know, Philippians, that at the first preaching of the gospel, after I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving except you alone; 16 for even in Thessalonica you sent a gift more than once for my needs. 17 Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek the profit which increases to your account. 18 But I have received everything in full and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19 And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
In the context of those verses the main point that stands out for me would be that Paul tells the Philippians their giving is an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. The words "sacrifice" and "pleasing" show that they gave more than was comfortable, which is an example of faith in action. Without faith, it's impossible to please God.
Hebrews 11:6 - And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for the one who comes to God must believe that He exists, and that He proves to be One who rewards those who seek Him.
Those who live by the sword
published - 02/14/2024
I'm not against defending oneself or loved ones, but Jesus taught something that challenges this. When the religious thugs went to the Garden of Gethsemane to arrest Jesus the situation became violent. As it happens, the Apostle Peter had a sword which he drew out to defend Jesus from those who wanted to harm him. After having cut off the ear of the servant of the high priest, Jesus turned to Peter and told him to put his sword away.
Then Jesus *said to him, “Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword will perish by the sword. - Matthew 26:52
Peter was defending the only innocent person to ever walk the earth and he wasn't living by the sword and yet Jesus said that to him.
As Christians, we need to be very prayerful concerning our response to terrorist attacks. God is able to deliver you from violent people who wish you harm, but you must believe that he is willing to do that for it to happen. Otherwise, you could die by the sword, even if you're merely defending yourself or someone else.