Friday, July 29, 2005

Quid Est Veritas? (What Is Truth? - John 18:38)

God our Saviour wants all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth, see 1 Timothy 2:3 - 4. In John 18:37 Jesus says that everyone who hears His voice is of the truth. In the next verse - John 18:38 - Pilate asks: ¨What is truth?¨. We know that the people's answer was the robber Barabbas in the choice between him and Jesus, John 18:40. No one should marvel over this ¨since the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ¨, John 1:17. To follow the teachings of Moses instead of Jesus placed the people in a position of hatred and rebellion against God as pointed out in John 8:44, where Jesus says to the religious educated leaders and people of His time: ¨Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it¨.

But we know that God cannot lie, Titus 1:2, and that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, see John 14:6, and that He makes the truth known to us and sets us free, see John 8:32. Jesus is namely the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God, Revelation 3:14. Amen is in Egyptian mythology the name of the creator God, and in Hebrew it is an abbreviation for ¨God our faithful king¨. In the language of every day Amen has come to mean ¨so be it¨. Let us then worship Jesus in Spirit and in Truth, John 4:23, because He is the Creator, Romans 1:25, Hebrews 1:2, John 1:3 and 10, and since we now have obtained this wonderful salvation from the Jews, John 4:22.

All this means that the answer to Pilate's question "What is truth?" is that Jesus is the truth.

Today we thus also know that we reach salvation through the ¨Five Solas¨ or five Latin phrases (or slogans) which emerged during the Protestant Reformation in correcting the faith of the Roman Catholic Church:

1. Sola fide (¨by faith alone¨, see Hebrews 11:6).
2. Sola scriptura (¨by Scripture alone¨, see Romans 10:17).
3. Solus Christus (¨by Christ alone¨, see John 14:6 and Acts 4:12).
4. Sola gratia (¨by grace alone¨, see Romans 11:6, Ephesians 2:5 and Titus 3:5).
5. Soli Deo gloria (("Glory to God alone", see Romans 11:36 and 1 Corinthians 10:31).

¨Apud Deum autem omnia possibilia sunt¨, Matthew 19:26.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Do You Follow Jesus Or The Mosaic Law?

The New Testament in Christ replaces the Old Testament of Moses' law, see Hebrews 8:13. This means that if you follow the Old Testament law, Christ has become useless to you, Galatians 5:4. No one is justified by the works of the law, but only by the faith in Jesus Christ, ¨for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified¨, Galatians 2:16.

We have eternal life through Jesus Christ, Romans 6:23, and ¨whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved¨, Romans 10:13, ¨for the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost¨, Luke 19:10. But if righteousness comes by the law, then Christ is dead in vain, Galatians 2:21.

But now there is laid up a crown of righteousness unto all them that love the Lord Jesus and His appearing at the second coming, see 2 Timothy 4:8.

God did not spare the old world, 2 Peter 2:5, and God will not spare the Old Testament either, 2 Corinthians 3:11.

But who is God then? In 1 Timothy 3:16 we read about Jesus that God was manifest in the flesh. A still not fully convinced Christian may ask in a prayer, just like the apostle Philip asked Jesus: ¨Lord, shew us the Father¨, John 14:8. Jesus firmly answers that question with: ¨Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?¨, John 14:9. Jesus had earlier pointed out concerning Himself that ¨I and my Father are one¨, John 10:30, and ¨Before Abraham was I am¨, John 8:58, thus showing not only that there is no other God than Jesus, but also that the children of Abraham - the Romans (Esau), the Jews (Jacob), and the Arabs (Ishmael) - should remember that there existed justice, peace and civilization in the mediterranean world for thousands of years through the Greeks (Athens existed already 10 500 bc) before Abraham's children even existed and introduced the imperialistic Roman war machine, the Mosaic Torah of hell, and worldwide terrorism and oppression of women. However, the New Testament declares that there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek, Romans 10:12, but that everyone that believes in the Lord God Jesus shall be saved, Romans 10:9 and 13.

Now the Lord of Lords and God of Gods has washed us from our sins in His own blood, Revelation 1:5, and Jesus Christ has also abolished the law of the commandments of regulations, Ephesians 2:15.

Jesus has thus redeemed us from the curse of the law, see Galatians 3:13, since Christ is the end of the law, Romans 10:4, as it is written: ¨But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law¨, Galatians 5:18.

¨Et fecisti eos Deo nostro reges et sacerdotes, et regnabunt super terram¨, Revelation 5:10.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Did Jesus Get The Ten Commandments Wrong?

What did Jesus really think of the Old Testament prophets? Jesus explains in John 10:8 that they only are a bunch of ¨thieves and robbers¨. Jesus continues also in saying that there is only one way, or one door to salvation, and that He Himself is that door, John 10:7 and 10:9.

In Luke 16:16 Jesus states that the law and the prophets had its time until John the Baptist. Since that time the kingdom of God is preached. Now we know that Jesus shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and that there shall be no end of his kingdom, Luke 1:33. The reason for this is that Jesus is the true God, and eternal life, 1 John 5:20, for there is salvation in no one else, and there exists no other name which can save, Acts 4:12.

But what about Jesus and the ten commandments then? We know Paul's opinion, that the righteousness of God without the law is manifested through Jesus, Romans 3:21. Paul also confirms that Jesus is the author of all the different planets in the universe with intelligent life including our own planet earth, Hebrews 1:2. Paul concludes that those who live in slavery under extreme law based religions and philosophies have no right to be heirs with the son of the freewoman, Galatians 4:30. According to the apostle John only the Christians are kings and priests, Revelation 1:6, and we shall rule forever and ever, Revelation 5:10 and 22:5.

Now what Jesus Himself says about the ten commandments is that they can be boiled down to the following two: ¨Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment¨, Mark 12:29 - 30, ¨And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself¨, Mark 12:31.

Christians are not under the Mosaic Law. The New Testament believers are instead under grace and not under law, as stated in Romans 6:14. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes, Romans 10:4. Now we are led by the Spirit, and thus we are not under the Law, see Galatians 5:18, and therefore we are ministers of the Spirit and not ministers of Death, see 2 Corinthians 3:6 - 8, and the ministry of the New Testament will remain, but the ministry of condemnation will be done away with, 2 Corinthians 3:11. He who knows the beginning also knows the end. We know that Moses killed an Egyptian, Acts 7:24, and that the archangel Michael fought over the dead body of Moses, which contained the devil, Jude 1:9, but that Jesus is the one who raises up the dead, John 11:44, 1 Thessalonians 4:16 - 17 and Revelation 11:11. When magic is treated as real, darkness has no power over it. The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin, see 1 John 1:7.

One of the ten commandments in the Old Testament states that we should not make paintings, take pictures, or make sculptures, see Exodus 20:4. But now we have The New Testament, and therefore this evil commandment is abolished. In other words, if you like to take pictures with your camera, enjoy putting up paintings on your walls at home, or like to visit exhibitions of sculptures, then you are rightly enjoying your lives and the civilized freedom in Christ.

We Christians even have a new Sabbath day, compare with Exodus 20:8, since the Sunday is the Day of the Lord for the Christians, see Revelation 1:10. Jesus consequently even declared that ¨the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath¨, Mark 2:28. Furthermore, the four gospels state that the Resurrection of Jesus was on Sunday, Matthew 28:1, Mark 16:1, Luke 24:1, and John 20:1. Sunday has been the Lord's Day since the beginning of Christianity. However, the sound commandments that Christians should observe are mentioned in Mark 10:19, alongside with the new commandment in John 15:12, that we should love one another.

Now Christ is over all, because He is God blessed for ever, Romans 9:5.

It is a wonderful thing to be strengthened by the love and wisdom of Jesus, as it is written in Philippians 4:13: ¨Omnia possum per Christum, qui me confortat¨.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

The New Testament Wealth Creating Principles

Jesus laid down the principle for creating wealth in Luke 6:38 when he said: ¨Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.¨

God will supply your need according to the standard of his own wealth, as attested to us by Philippians 4:19: ¨But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus¨.

The investment advice Jesus gives in Luke 16:9 - 11 is to ¨Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?¨

However Christians have a duty to use their resources in ways that best serve the objectives of God's Kingdom, Matt. 25:24-30 and Luke 19:11-27. The doctrine of stewardship in the New Testament is also consistent with the human right to private property.

According to the Old Testament ¨The Lord maketh poor, and maketh rich¨, 1 Samuel 2:7. However, in the New Testament, believers in Jesus Christ are promised that they no longer are under the curse of the law, Galatians 3:13. Therefore, Old Testament scriptures which pronounce poverty or the taking of wealth, no longer apply.

Jesus explains his mission in John 10:10 where he says: ¨The thief cometh not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly¨.

Monday, July 04, 2005

Happy Birthday, USA!

¨And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus¨, Philippians 4:7.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Believe The Love

Now faith, hope and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love, see 1 Corinthians 13:13.

We know that God is love, 1 John 4:16, and that perfect love casts out fear, 1 John 4:18. What a blessing to believe in God, who is love, for then ¨sin shall not have dominion over you: since you are not under the law, but under grace¨, Romans 6:14. Whosoever is born of God cannot sin or be touched by the wicked one, see 1 John 5:18. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the only Potentate, the immortal King of kings, and Lord of lords, 1 Timothy 6:15 - 16 and Revelation 19:16.

What did Jesus really mean when he said ¨before Abraham was born, I AM¨, John 8:58? Clearly Jesus meant that ¨whoever commits and practices sin is slave of sin¨, John 8:34, but Jesus also promised that ¨you will know the truth and the truth will set you free¨, John 8:32. God will give blessings and call Egypt His people, Assyria the work of His hands and Israel His inheritance, Isaiah 19:25. Egypt is here modern day Israel, Assyria is the Church, and Israel is Greece. He who knows the beginning also knows the end. Thus we are now ministers of the New Testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit, for the letter kills but the spirit gives life, 2 Corinthians 3:6. This is the righteousness of God without the law, Romans 3:21, and our Lord God redeems persons out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation, Revelation 5:9, to be kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth forever and ever, Revelation 5:10 and 22:5. Thus we can fearlessly pass through the midst of our enemies, see Luke 4:30, who obey the devil, John 8:44, since the devil cannot touch the children of God, 1 john 5:18. All who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God, Romans 8:14, and now God's children have received the Spirit of adoption and freedom, and have thus been freed from the spirit of slavery and bondage, Romans 8:15. For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind, 2 Timothy 1:7. Resist therefore the devil, and he will flee from you, James 4:7.

Evil manmade laws are now replaced by God's love, and Christians have from the beginning followed Peter's exhort to ¨obey God rather than men¨, Acts 5:29. The commandment we got from Jesus was thus that we love one another as He loves us, John 15:12, and his blood cleanses us from all sin, 1 John 1:7. Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty, 2 Corinthians 3:17.

God did not send Jesus to the world to condemn the world, but that the world be made safe and sound through Him, see John 3:17.

Nothing is more important than to ¨know the love of Christ, which far surpasses knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God¨, Ephesians 3:19.