WHAT DID ISRAEL BELIEVE TO BECOME JUSTIFIED?

Luk 23:39  And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. Luk 23:40  But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? Luk 23:41  And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. Luk 23:42  And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. Luk 23:43  And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.       I think the best way for me to answer this is to more or less quickly survey the overall doctrine regarding justification unto eternal life in God’s program with Israel. And then having done so, look at the issue...

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HOW DOES THE SAINT OBSERVE THE LORD’S TABLE/COMMUNION?

1Co 11:23  For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: 1Co 11:24  And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 1Co 11:25  After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. 1Co 11:26  For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.   One of the most important doctrines that the saint is entrusted with is what the Apostle Paul gives the saints to do that he says will “shew the Lord’s death till he come.”...

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JESUS CHRIST THE “ROCK”

1Co 10:1  Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 1Co 10:2  And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 1Co 10:3  And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 1Co 10:4  And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.      Briefly put, my understanding is that the context has to do with godly sanctification and the opposition against it from the Satanic policy of evil. It’s the issue both with Israel when the designation is originally used by God when He brought them out of Egypt and they first confronted the policy of evil, as well as when the Song of Moses in Deuteronomy...

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KINGDOM OF HEAVEN AND KINGDOM OF GOD

Mat 4:17  From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Mat 4:18  And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. Mat 4:19  And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. Mat 4:20  And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.         Briefly and simply put, my understanding is that for the most part there isn’t any difference between the two expressions. To me it is evident from places such as Matthew 4:17 and Mark 1:14–15, (where both accounts are describing the commencement of the Lord’s public preaching following John the Baptist being put into prison), that as set forth...

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WHEN DID THE DISPENSATION OF GENTILE GRACE BEGIN?

Act 9:15  But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: Act 9:16  For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.   Simply and briefly put, I am persuaded from the testimony of Scripture that God began this present dispensation of His grace, and hence began forming His new creature, the church the body of Christ, when He raised up Paul as a brand new apostle, (as recorded in Acts 9), and made it evident that His program and dealings with Israel up until this time were now no longer continuing on as had been expected. I’ll briefly cite a few of the issues that persuade me that this is so.   Rom 2:4  Or despisest thou the riches of...

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THE FATHER’S DESIGN FOR A GODLY MARRIAGE

1Co 7:2  Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. 1Co 7:3  Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. 1Co 7:4  The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. 1Co 7:5  Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.         As saints “in Christ” we are taught of our Father how we ought to walk in godliness in this present evil world, and a good part of our godly education can consist of our being married to our...

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WHAT IS “THE OUTER DARKNESS” AND THE LOCATION OF THE LAKE OF FIRE

Mat 8:10  When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. Mat 8:11  And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. Mat 8:12  But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.     My understanding is that the Lord’s expression “outer darkness” refers to the issue of being outside the brightness and glories of the fulness of Israel’s land once God’s kingdom is established in it on the earth. In passages such as Isaiah 60-62 the issues of Israel’s “light” and “brightness,” (physical as well as spiritual), with...

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ARE YOU A GOOD SOLDIER OF JESUS CHRIST?

  2Ti 2:3  Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 2Ti 2:4  No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. 2Ti 2:5  And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. 2Ti 2:6  The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.     One of the most important parts of who we are in Christ is when we begin to work with God in what He is doing; this is the time when we begin to not only understand and appreciate how God would have us to think like He does, do things His way, and work together with Him, but that we can also ‘labor’ with Him by preaching and teaching the gospel, and establishing...

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THE REGENERATION~THE 24 ELDERS~THE 4 BEASTS

Isa 1:24  Therefore saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies: Isa 1:25  And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin: Isa 1:26  And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city. Isa 1:27  Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.   My understanding is that when “the kingdom of heaven” is established on the earth and in connection with it the 12 apostles receive what the Lord speaks of in Matthew 19:28, that they at that time will be the “restored judges” that God promised Israel,...

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THE 12 GOVENMENTAL POSITIONS IN HEAVENLY PLACES

Deu 32:7  Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee. Deu 32:8  When the most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel. Deu 32:9  For the LORD’S portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.   My understanding of this particular issue primarily comes from my understanding that there is a corresponding nature to the governmental structure of the principalities, powers, etc., in the heavenly places to that which God originally set up on the earth when He established its governmental structure with the nations. Or in other...

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