The law

 

THE TWO ACCOUNTS

 

Most of us have, to some degree,
done wrong to others.
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Most of us have also got angry
at wrongs done to us & to others.

God rarely gets involved in human affairs.
But he has opinions on all of them.
And his standards are high, indeed perfect.
Perhaps see the two Bible texts later section:
BUT, INSTEAD, FIRST OF ALL, JESUS SEEMED TO MAGNIFY JEWISH LAWS.,,,,,


Hence all our wrongs against each other
also offend our designer & maker.
All our wrongs against each other
are also sins.

 

Hence, technically speaking, we each have two accounts:

††††† 1.†† Our horizontal account, with the world:
††††††††††† a debt of Ė social/cultural/civil/civil/legal wrongs.

††††† 2.†† Our vertical account, with God:
††††††††††† a debt of Ė sins.

Oursocial
/cultural/civil/legal wrongsare against people.

Oursins
are against God.

 

But, two-thousand years ago,
God settled all our with-him accounts
using his Sonís willing self-sacrifice in our place.

So, now, our sins do not exist.
So, now, God cannot see them.

††††† So
†† oursocial/cultural/civil/civil/legal wrongs†† still exist,
††††† but††
oursins†† do not exist.

††††† But do you believe it
††††† and do you believe it applies to you
?
††††† Or do you insist on keeping your own righteousness
?

 

,†††††††† Hence, technically speaking, the sinnerís prayer is wrong:
,†††††††† ,†††††††† It should not be:
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† God, please Forgive me for my sins.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† It should be:
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† God, thank you for having already Forgiven all of us, all of our sins, via the Cross.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† I am one of those who believes it.

 

You might say:
††††† ďSins no longer exist in Godís eyes.
††††† But surely they still exist in our eyes.Ē

I say:
††††† ď
Sin is a word for Godís purposes only.
,
†††††††† Perhaps see later section: SINS ARE DIGITAL, NOT ANALOGUE, AND ARE GODíS MEASURE.


††††† What we call††
sins
††††† are usually††
social/cultural/civil/legal wrongs.
††††† But Iíll still often use the word†† sin
††††† as indeed the New Testament often does.Ē

 

Sins are:
††††††††††† always wrong, never right,
††††††††††† usually bad, rarely good.

Wrongs are, likewise:
††††††††††† always wrong, never right,
††††††††††† usually bad, rarely good.


Perhaps see earlier section:
GOOD & BAD, RIGHT & WRONG. , , , , ,

 

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Every one of our horizontal, with-the-world, accounts
is made of four sets of accounts:

††††† 1)Family & friends:
†††††††††††††††† social law . . . .money/work/favour . . owed to/by you.

††††† 2)Rest of society:
†††††††††††††††† cultural law . .money/work/favour . . owed to/by you.

††††† 3)Business:††††††
†††††††††††††††† civil law . . . . .money/work/favour . . owed to/by you.

††††† 4)Government:
†††††††††††††††† criminal law . . imprisonment/money . . owed to/by you.

 

 

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Human punishments for doing wrong
and Godís punishment for sinning
differ:

††††††††††† Jesusí Punishment in our place
††††††††††† was due to oursins.

††††††††††† Jesus Punishment in our place
††††††††††† was not due to oursocial
/cultural/civil/legal wrongs.

The differences show that:
†††††††††††
oursocial/cultural/civil/legal wrongs
††††††††††† and
†††††††††††
oursins
††††††††††† are parts of two, different, separate, accounts.


††††††††††† Hence the criminal on the other cross,
††††††††††† despite being the first Christian into Heaven,
††††††††††† remained on his cross.†††
Luke c23 v39-43

††††††††††† Hence also, Ďsiní is not a legal word
††††† ††††† or a human-cultural word.
††††††††††† You wonít find it in a western court of law
††††† ††††† or in secular conversation.

 

 

††††††††††† The gospel is the good news
††††††††††† that
Jesus was Punished in place of all of us:

††††††††††† His Punishment made all our sins (before God) vanish
††††††††††† even though all our wrongs (before each other) remain.
,†††††††† ,
†††††††† Perhaps see earlier section: WHY WAS JESUS EXECUTED? , , .

 

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You become a Christian:
††††††††††† not when you only know the gospel, in your mind,
††††††††††† but when you also believe the gospel, in your
heart/spirit.

,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† Rom c10 v10††


††††††††††† On believing Ė your
heart/spirit becomes grateful
††††††††††† and so renews your mind:
†††††††††††††††† 1)Duplicates its belief into your mind
†††††††††††††††††††††† so that even your mind believes.
†††††††††††††††† 2)Establishes:
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† the pattern of that belief,
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† the pattern of the gospel, agape love,
††††† †††††††††††††††††††††† throughout your mind.

††††††††††† then:
†††††††††††††††††††††† your
heart/spirit
†††††††††††††††††††††† & your mind
†††††††††††††††††††††† & Godís Spirit inside you
††††††††††† will be alike,

††††††††††† then all three can live & work together
††††††††††† instead of getting in each otherís way.


,†††††††† ,†††††††† Blue text copied from earlier section:
,†††††††† ,†††††††† WHAT IS A RENEWED MIND? , , .

 

 

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Our account with the Father is a debt now settled,
a debt now paid
.

But demons lie:

††††††††††† In the past demons could truthfully accuse us of sins
††††††††††† and tell God
††††††††††† and rightly expect him to act.

††††††††††††††††††††††
Rev c12 v10:
†††††††††††††††††††††† ctd Ö for the accuser of our brethren is cast down,
†††††††††††††††† ††††† which accused them
†††††††††††††††††††††† before our God
†††††††††††††††††††††† day and night.
†† KJV

††††††††††† But now, now that Jesus has suffered in our place,
††††††††††† demons can, if they are truthful, tell us
††††††††††† of only our wrongs,
††††††††††† not our sins.

††††††††††† Our sins no longer exist.


††††††††††† So they lie.
††††††††††† They encourage us to be simple & sloppy
††††††††††† and to think that we each have only one account:
††††††††††† a combination of:
†††††††††††††††††††††† our with-God account
†††††††††††††††††††††† and our with-each-other account.

†††††
††††† Hence they are keen on justice.

 

††††† ††††† Hence, for example, to prevent/reduce/undo
††††††††††† healing &/or deliverance,
††††† ††††† theyíll remind you of some wrong youíve done
††††† ††††† so as to trick you into being defensive:
††††††††††††††††
††††† making you think, even say,
†††††††††††††††††††††† that you did not do
†††††††††††††††††††††† that wrong.††
1 John c1 v8-10

††††† †††††††††††††††† Hence, for that crucial moment:
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† You forget, in your mind,
†††††
††††††††††† ††††††††††† that God has put all of us right with himself.
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hence belief remains active in your heart/
spirit
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† but becomes inactive in your mind.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,††††††††††††††††† Perhaps also see later section: UNBELIEF and its subsections
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,††††††††††††††††† and
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,††††††††††††††††† later section: SIN CONSCIOUSNESS.


††††††††††† Likewise, to prevent/reduce/undo healing,
††††††††††† demons will remind you of a wrong done to you.
††††††††††† Though theyíll not also remind you
††††††††††† that, collectively, itís our fault:
†††††††††††††††††††††† We isolated ourselves from God.
†††††††††††††††††††††† Hence nature does bad things as well as good.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,
†††††††† See earlier section: WHY IS THE UNIVERSE SECOND CLASS? .

††††††††††† Nor will they also remind you
††††††††††† that youíre dead to the world,
††††††††††† remind you to forgive all who hurt you,
††††††††††† remind you to be constructive.

†††††††††††††††††††††† Youíll conclude that God could have stopped
†††††††††††††††††††††† people hurting you, but didnít.

†††††††††††††††††††††† Hence, for that crucial moment,
†††††††††††††††††††††† you donít want anything to do with God.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,
†††††††† Perhaps see earlier section:
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† THE PROBLEM WITH BELIEVING THAT GOD STILL DOES BAD.


†††††††††††††††††††††† Hence, again, belief remains active in your heart/
spirit
†††††††††††††††††††††† but becomes inactive in your mind.

 

 

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††††††††††† All this is intuitive for demons:

†††††††††††††††††††††† They donít personally know Godís Forgiveness
.

†††††††††††††††††††††† But they do see more than we do
†††††††††††††††††††††† so they know about Godís Forgiveness.

†††††††††††††††††††††† They do know that they have to prevent us
†††††††††††††††††††††† believing Godís Forgiveness
†††††††††††††††††††††† if they are to continue Ďlivingí.

,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† See earlier sections: WE ARE PLAYGROUNDS
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† and
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† SATAN LIKES IT HERE
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† and first four cells of
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† later section: THE BASIC MECHANICES
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† and
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† later section: ANOTHER EXAMPLE: TEMPTATIONS.

 

 

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CONCLUSION TO
THE TWO ACCOUNTS

 

Technically speaking sins no longer exist.

Whatever you are guilty of before people
you are no longer guilty of before God.

††††††††††† The Cross enabled God to give us his Holy Spirit.
††††††††††† You believing that the Cross was for you
††††††††††† enables you to receive Godís Holy Spirit.

††††††††††† You renewing your mind enables Godís Spirit
††††††††††† to live in you without you ever disagreeing with him.

††††††††††† And that enables you to command miracles, in Jesusí name,
††††††††††† despite you having committed
†††††††††††
social/cultural/civil/legal wrongs.

,†††††††† ,†††††††† Perhaps earlier webpage: Christian healing leaflet. , , ,

 

Hence you can become covered with Godís glory(vertical)
while still being covered with human shame
(horizontal).

††††††††††† Even though Paul had killed Christians Ö
†††††††††††
Acts c6 v1 Ė c9 v2†† ††Acts c22 v4,
†††††††††††
Acts c22 v19-20††††††† 1 Cor c15 v9,

††††††††††† Ö he now believed the gospel, had renewed his mind,
††††††††††† and so did miracles.
†††††††††††
Acts c14 v3†††† Acts c16 v16-40†††† Acts c19 v11-12,
†††††††††††
Acts c20 v7-12†††Acts c28 v1-6†††† Acts c28 v7-9,

,†††††††† ,†††††††† Perhaps also see first cell
,†††††††† ,†††††††† of earlier section: THE GUILT WE FEEL
,†††††††† ,†††††††† and see
,†††††††† ,†††††††† later section: GODíS GLORIOUS SPIRIT IS IN YOU. , , ,

 

 

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JESUSí PUNISHMENT
WAS A LEGAL MATTER

 

The Bible often says that:

††††††††††† Jesus was Punished for our sins.†††
actions/verbs/processes
,,†††††††††††††††† 1 Cor c15 v3††† Gal c1 v4††† Heb c1 v3††† 1 Pet c2 v24††† 1 John c1 v7††† etc


And this communicates the gospel perfectly
to the common man:
††††††††††† actions are indeed a fair measure
††††††††††† of the structure that produced them.

 

But, technically speaking:

††††††††††† it was our bad points†††††
objects/nouns/structures
††††††††††† that produce our sins†††††
actions/verbs/processes
††††††††††† that Jesus was Punished for.

††††††††††† Jesus was Punished in our place.
††† Matt c20 v28, , .

 

††††††††††† Just as:
†††††††††††††††††††††† Jesus did not take our sicknesses,
†††††††††††††††† ††††† he took our place

††††††††††† so also:
††††††††††††††††††††††
Jesus did not take our sins,
†††††††††††††††† ††††† he took our place.

,,††††††† ,,††††††† Second & third lines, of this cell, copied from earlier section:
,,††††††† ,,††††††† THE COMPONENTS OF JESUSí PUNISHMENT.,,,,,

 

 

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THE LAMB OR THE SCAPEGOAT

 

In Old Testament & New Testament
there are, in each of them,
two descriptions of Jesus:

††††† S)Sacrifice
actions/verbs/processesfor sins actions/verbs/processes.

††††† R)Receptacle
objects/nouns/structuresfor sins objects/nouns/structures.

 

In the Old Testament:

††††† S) Flawless sacrificial lamb.†††
Exo c12†† &†† c29 v38-41†† Isa c53 v7

††††† R) Scapegoat: symbolically given sins, then sent away.†††
Lev c16

In the New Testament:

††††† S) Jesus: Sinless sacrifice.†††
John c1 v29-36†† 1 Pet c1 v18-19

††††† R) Jesus: taker of our sins & sickness.†††
Matt c8 v16-17†† 1 Pet c2 v24 .

 

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Objectively: S) and R) are both true
even though they are mutually exclusive.

Subjectively: S) and R) are both true,
are what it feels like, are what it seems like, to us.

 

 

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TESTAMENTS AND COVENANTS

 

The Bible is divided into Old Testament & New Testament.

††††††††††† In the Old Testament:

†††††††††††††††††††††† the Old Covenant
†††††††††††††††††††††† is a deal from God.

††††††††††† In the New Testament:

†††††††††††††††††††††† the New Covenant
†††††††††††††††††††† is a gift from God.

 

A covenant is an unconditional promise
but where the other side has no say.

A biblical covenant
is an unconditional promise
made by God
where the other side has no say.

The Old Covenant, to
Israel, has ended.
The New Covenant, to everyone, is now running.

††††††††††† The Old Covenant was:
†††††††††††††††††††††† A set of conditional promises
†††††††††††††††††††††† from me, to you Jews,
†††††††††††††††††††††† that I will reward, or punish,
†††††††††††††††††††††† individuals, or the whole nation,
†††††††††††††††††††††† depending on whether you obey my laws.

††††††††††† The New Covenant is:
†††††††††††††††††††††† A conditional gift, from me, to all humans,
†††††††††††††††††††††† of my Sonís righteousness (so discard your own)
†††††††††††††††††††††† & of everything good thing in this life
†††††††††††††††††††††† & of eternal life in the next.
†††††††††††††††††††††† All thanks to Jesus
†††††††††††††††††††††† taking the Punishment for our sins.

 

†††††††††††††††††††††† The condition being
†††††††††††††††††††††† that you must believe that the New Covenant:
†††††††††††††††††††††† is true,
†††††††††††††††††††††† and
†††††††††††††††††††††† that you must want
†††††††††††††††††††††† the righteousness that the Cross gave us
†††††††††††††††††††††† and never again your own righteousness.

 

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Demons, of all creatures, believe that Forgiveness is true.
But they know that it was not given to them.
Jam c2 v14-20††

†††††††††††
Jesus is human yet God,
††††††††††† the Son of a woman and God
.

††††††††††† He is not the Son of God & an angel or fallen angel or demon.
††††††††††† Hence Forgiveness was not given to any of them.

 

 

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THE OLD COVENANT
(THE JEWSí ACCOUNT WITH GOD)

 

In the Bible:

††††† The phrasenew covenantis in the New Testament.
††††† But, perhaps surprisingly, the phraseold covenantis not.

††††† Old covenantis, instead, called†† the law.

To clarify that Iím talking about this law, and not, say, secular law,
Iíll often call itJewish laworJewish laws.

 

The era of Jewish laws lasted
††††† from:
††††† 1,500bc approx(when God gave Jewish laws to the Jews)
††††† to:
††††† 33ad(when Jesus died & rose, and Godís Spirit came here).

††††† To begin with, in 1900bc approx, God made the Jews.
,†††††††† Perhaps see third cell (starting: Then God made the Jews)
,†††††††† of earlier sectionTHE PRE-CHURCH AGE (OLD TESTAMENT TIMES).


††††† Then,
from 1500bc approx to 33ad,
†††††
God gave the Jews laws, Jewish laws.
††††† Or, to be precise,
†††††
began imposing Jewish laws on the Jews.
,†††††††† Perhaps see: Exodus, Leviticus, & Deuteronomy.


††††† On the face of it:
†††††††††††
God gave Jewish laws to the Jews because:
††††††††††† having rescued them from slavery in Egypt,
††††††††††† & while taking them to the good land heíd promised them,
††††††††††† some of them were complaining, mistrustful, rebellious,
††††††††††† even after each miracle God did for them.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† Perhaps see:Exo c1 Ė c19†† and†† Exo c32.


††††† But a second reason God gave the Jews laws
††††† was that some of the laws were predictive signs
††††† that foreshadowed the New Covenant to come.
,†††††††† Perhaps see later section:
,†††††††† SOME OLD COVENANT LAWS SERVE AS SIGNS, SHADOWS,
,,††††††† OF THE NEW COVENANT
., , .

 

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It was virtually impossible to keep all Jewish laws
(hence there was also a system of sacrifices).

And the consequences of breaking just one law
were as bad as if you had broken all the laws
(itís all to do with holiness,
being perfect in the face of a perfect God).

††††† James writes:
††††††††††† Jam c2 v10:
††††††††††† For whosoever shall keep the whole law,
††††††††††† and yet offend in one
point,
††††††††††† he is guilty of all.
†† KJV


††††† And Paulís statement:
†††††††††††
Gal c3 v10†† (Gal c5 v3):
††††††††††† ctd Ö
for it is written, Cursed is every one
††††††††††† that continueth not
††††††††††† in all things which are written in the book of the law
††††††††††† to do them.
†† KJV
††††† refers back to:
††††††††††† Deut c27 v26 c27 v26:
†††††††††††
Cursed be he that confirmeth not
††††††††††† all the words of this law
††††††††††† to do them
Ö ctd†† KJV

 

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††††† Interestingly, the verse:
††††† ††††† Deut c28 v15:
††††††††††† But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto
††††††††††† the voice of the LORD thy God,
††††††††††† to observe to do all his commandments
††††††††††† and his statutes which I command thee this day;
††††††††††† that all these curses shall come upon thee,
††††††††††† and overtake thee:
†† KJV,
††††† plus:
††††††††††† the list of punishments in:
Deut c28 v16-68 c28 v16-68
††††† would have proven Paulís point for him better.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† Paulís point being:Forgiveness is better than Jewish laws.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† Perhaps glance back at earlier webpages:
,†††††††† ,†††††††† The four reasons Paul preached only Forgiveness
,†††††††† ,†††††††† and:
,†††††††† ,†††††††† God, through Paul, changed the meaning of the word Ďrighteousnessí.


††††† But Paul did not choose
Deut c28 c28.
††††† Instead he chose
Deut c27 c27.,,,

 

††††† I reckon he chose Deut c27 c28
††††† rather than
Deut c28 c28
††††† because:

†††††††††††
Deut c27 v26 c27 v26
††††††††††† is about God gives punishments to individuals.
††††††††††† So itís in keeping with the
individual nature of Forgiveness.
,,††††††† ,,
††††††† (As it happens, itís also in keeping with the individual nature of Judgment too.)


††††††††††† However, the Jewish laws, in Deut c28 c28, were not only:
†††††
††††††††††† God gives individual punishments to individuals,
††††††††††† but also:
††††††††††††††††
God gives general punishments to all Jews††
†††††††††††††††† for disobeying him,Deut c28 v15-68
c28 v15-68††
††††††††††† and:
†††††††††††††††† God gives general rewards to all Jews
†††††††††††††††† for obeying him,Deut c28 v1-14
c28 v1-14.,,,

 

††††††††††† Paul wanted to avoid the last scripture (red text)
††††††††††† because it supports Judgment.

††††††††††† Hence Paul avoided:
††††††††††††††††
God gives general punishments to all Jews††
†††††††††††††††† for disobeying him,Deut c28 v15-68
c28 v15-68††
††††††††††† because itís immediately after:
†††††††††††††††† God gives general rewards to all Jews
†††††††††††††††† for obeying him,Deut c28 v1-14
c28 v1-14.,,,

 

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In the Old Testament
the Jews treated their lawbreakers in two ways:
††††††††††† punishment Ė of the human,
††††††††††† animal sacrifice Ė the human provides a sacrificial animal.

Regarding animal sacrifices:
††††††††††† The priest inspected the animal, but not the owner:
††††††††††† did not ask the owner about the sin theyíd committed.
††††††††††† It was the animal that had to be perfect, flawless.

††††††††††† The animal sacrifice then made the owner blameless.
††††††††††† (Though not sinless.It merely covered the sin.††
Heb c10 v1-21), , , ,

 

††††††††††† The Old Covenant flawlessness of the animal
††††††††††† foreshadowed the New Covenant principle
††††††††††† that Jesus must never have broken any Jewish law.
††††††††††† (Indeed, must never have sinned, however small the sin.)

††††††††††† Conversely, backwards engineering:

†††††††††††††††† The Father knew that, in the future,
†††††††††††††††† his Son would take our place.
†††††††††††††††† So, in the past, the Father deliberately demanded
†††††††††††††††† that only flawless animals be sacrificed.

 

 

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JEWISH LAWS
ARE NOT FOR GENTILES

 

You may say:
††††††††††† ďSurely, weíre supposed to obey Jewish laws
††††††††††† because it was God who gave them to us.

I say:
††††††††††† ďGod gave Jewish laws (& punishments & sacrifices)
††††††††††† to only the Jews, not to gentiles.

††††††††††† God intends gentiles to
††††††††††† read Jewish laws, read the Old Covenant.
†††††††††††††††††††††† For the New Covenant
†††††††††††††††††††††† needs the Old Covenant
†††††††††††††††††††††† in order to make sense.
†††††††††††††††††††††† (Indeed, the New Testament
†††††††††††††††††††††† needs the Old Testament
†††††††††††††††††††††† in order to make sense.)
††††††††††††††††
††††††††††† But God intends gentiles to
††††††††††† only read Jewish laws, the Old Covenant.
††††††††††† Not enter into the Old Covenant,
††††††††††† in any way, to any degree.Ē
,†††††††† ,†††††††† A gentile is anyone who is not a Jew.

,†††††††† ,†††††††† N.B. The Creatorís Son is a Jew.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† Nearly all of the Bible was written by Jews.

 

 

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The Bible is divided into Old Testament & New Testament.

††††††††††† In the Old Testament:

†††††††††††††††††††††† the Old Covenant
†††††††††††††††††††††† is a deal from God.

††††††††††† In the New Testament:

†††††††††††††††††††††† the New Covenant
†††††††††††††††††††† is a gift from God.

We gentile Christians, despite being gentiles,
should nevertheless read the Old Testament
because:

††††††††††† the New Testament . . was built on . . the Old Testament
†††††††††††
&
†††††
††††† the New Covenant . . . replaced . . . . . the Old Covenant.

††††† ††††† Heb c8 v13:
†††††
††††† In that he saith,
††††† ††††††††††† A new covenant,
††††† ††††† he hath made the first old.
††††††††††† Now that which decayeth and waxeth old
††††† ††††† is ready to vanish away.

††††††††††† The Old Covenant was:
†††††††††††††††††††††† A set of conditional promises
†††††††††††††††††††††† from me, to you Jews,
†††††††††††††††††††††† that I will reward, or punish,
†††††††††††††††††††††† individuals, or the whole nation,
†††††††††††††††††††††† depending on whether you obey my laws.

††††††††††† The New Covenant is:
†††††††††††††††††††††† A conditional gift, from me, to all humans,
†††††††††††††††††††††† of my Sonís righteousness (so discard your own)
†††††††††††††††††††††† & of everything good thing in this life
†††††††††††††††††††††† & of eternal life in the next.
†††††††††††††††††††††† All thanks to Jesus
†††††††††††††††††††††† taking the Punishment for our sins.

 

We gentile Christians (unlike Old Testament Jews)
donít have any laws:

††††††††††† Acts c15 v28-29:
††††††††††† For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us,
††††† ††††† to lay upon you no greater burden
††††††††††† than these necessary things;
†††††††††††††††† That ye abstain from meats offered to idols,
†††††††††††††††† and from blood,
†††††††††††††††† and from things strangled,
†††††††††††††††† and from fornication:
††††† ††††† from which if ye keep yourselves,
††††††††††† ye shall do well. Fare ye well.
†† KJV

††††††††††† The last line shows that the five lines before it
††††††††††† are not laws but good advice:
†††††††††††††††† advice to changed people:
†††††††††††††††† people who now want to do right & not wrong.

 

.

 

††††††††††† Jesus seemed to give Christians
††††††††††† a law/commandment:

†††††††††††††††††††††† John c13 v34-35:
††††††††††† ††††††††††† A new commandment
†††††††††††††††††††††† I
[Jesus] give unto you,
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† That ye love one another;
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
†††††††††††††††††††††† By this shall all
men know that ye are my disciples,
†††††††††††††††††††††† if ye have love one to another
.†† KJV

††††††††††† But,
actually, this new commandment
††††††††††† is not a law/commandment
††††††††††† but self-expression.

†††††††††††††††††††††† Keeping it is not a cause of us being right with God
†††††††††††††††††††††† (as it is with the Old Covenant),
†††††††††††††††††††††† it is an effect.

†††††††††††††††††††††† An effect of Jesus having
†††††††††††††††††††††† put all of us right with God
†††††††††††††††††††††† and of you believing it.

 

 

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YOU MAY COMPLAIN

 

You may complain:
††††† ďBut the epistles contain instructions & rebukes.Ē

I say:
††††† ďPaul (& the other apostles) did not express their hearts
††††† in instructions & rebukes.

††††† They expressed their hearts in such texts as:
††††††††††††††††
1 Cor c13 NIV:
†††††††††††††††† Above all else, have love.†† my abbreviation

 

††††† However, reports, from distant churches, of Ďbelieversí:
†††††††††††
o††† Working proudly to be right with God.
†††††††††††
o††† Accepting sexual immorality as normal.
†††††††††††
o††† Etc.
††††† prompted the apostles to write epistles
††††† that contained instructions & rebukes.
,†††††††† ĎBelieversí are people who donít believe all that Jesus said:
,†††††††† are not (yet) believers, but who think they are.


††††† They were exasperated.What else could they do?

††††† Paul for example, had to meet those people
††††† on the level they were at.
†††††††††††††††† 1 Cor c3 v1:
††††††††††††††††
And I, brethren, could not speak unto you
†††††††††††††††† as unto spiritual,
††††† ††††††††††† but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.†† KJV

†††††††††††††††† Paul gave them the stick
†††††††††††††††† because they hadnít (yet)
†††††††††††††††† accepted the carrot.††
1 Cor c4 v14-21, ,

 

†††††††††††††††† I reckon Paul could have added:

††††† ††††††††††† You donít yet believe.Not in your hearts.
††††† ††††††††††† So donít even call yourselves believers yet.

††††† ††††††††††† Believers want to do whatís right.
††††† ††††††††††† They also know whatís right
†††††††††††††††† because they hear God.
††††† ††††††††††† But I had to send you instructions

 

 

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JESUS DID NOT ABOLISH JEWISH LAWS Ö

 

Jesus did not abolish Jewish laws.

†††††††††††
Matt c5 v18:
††††††††††† For verily I say unto you,
†††††
††††† ††††† Till heaven and earth pass,
†††††
††††† ††††† one jot or one tittle
†††††††††††††††† shall in no wise pass from the law
Ö ctd†† KJV

 

 

.

 

Ö BUT, INSTEAD, FIRST OF ALL,†††
JESUS SEEMED TO MAGNIFY JEWISH LAWS Ö

 

Jesus seemed to magnify Jewish laws:
††††††††††† seemed to show changes
††††††††††† that God would like to make.

††††††††††† Matt c5 v21-22:
††††† ††††† Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time,
††††† ††††††††††† Thou shalt not kill;
††††† ††††††††††† and whosoever shall kill
†††††††††††††††† shall be in danger of the judgment:
††††† ††††† But I say unto you,
††††† ††††††††††† That whosoever is angry with his brother
†††††††††††††††† without a cause
††††† ††††††††††† shall be in danger of the judgment:
††††† ††††††††††† and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca,
††††† ††††††††††† shall be in danger of the council:
††††† ††††††††††† but whosoever shall say, Thou fool,
††††† ††††††††††† shall be in danger of hell fire.†† KJV

††††††††††† Matt c5 v27-28:
††††† ††††† Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time,
††††† ††††† ††††† Thou shalt not commit adultery:
††††† ††††† But I say unto you,
††††† ††††††††††† That whosoever looketh on a woman
†††††††††††††††† to lust after her
††††† ††††††††††† hath committed adultery with her already
†††††††††††††††† in his heart.††
KJV

 

However, Jesus only seemed to magnify Jewish laws.
Jewish laws were, in fact, already strong.

Itís just that, over the centuries,
people had verbally weakened
the application of written Jewish laws.

††††††††††† See the first line of each of the above two Bible texts.
††††††††††† Then see:
CARMís Does the Old Testament
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,††††† teach to hate your enemies?
. ,,,,,

 

 

.

 

Ö THEN†††††
JESUS
FULFILLED JEWISH LAWS Ö

 

Jesus told his fellow Jews to keep the Jewish laws:

††††††††††† Matt c5 v17-19:
††††††††††† Think not that I am come to destroy
††††††††††† the law, or the prophets:
††††† ††††† I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
††††††††††† For verily I say unto you,
††††††††††† ††††† Till heaven and earth pass,
††††††††††† ††††† one jot or one tittle
†††††††††††††††† shall in no wise pass from the law,
††††††††††† ††††† till all be fulfilled.
†††††††††††
††††† Whosoever therefore
†††††††††††††††††††††† shall break one of these least commandments,
†††††
††††††††††† ††††† and shall teach men so,
††††††††††† ††††† he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven:
††††††††††† ††††† but whosoever
†††††††††††††††††††††† shall do
†††††††††††††††† ††††† and teach them,
††††††††††† ††††† the same shall be called
†††††††††††††††† great in the kingdom of heaven
.†† KJV

††††††††††† Itís clear that Jesus was addressing only Jews
††††††††††† by the verses that follow.
Matt c5 v20-24,,,

,†††††††† ,†††††††† Also see fourth cell
,†††††††† ,†††††††† (starting Jesus told his disciples to pray the Lordís prayer)
,†††††††† ,†††††††† of earlier section: THE LORDíS PRAYER.

 

Then, just like:
††††††††††† breaking Jewish laws led to punishment
††††††††††† or required a perfect animal, to be a sacrifice,
so also:
††††††††††† Jesus allowed himself
††††††††††† to be both punished and be a sacrifice
††††††††††† for all the sins that the Jews
††††††††††† had committed, were committing, and will commit.

 

††††††††††† Hence it was vital that Jesus had kept all Jewish laws,
††††††††††† had not broken any:
†††††††††††††††††††††† Otherwise he would not have been
†††††††††††††††††††††† the perfect sacrifice he needed to be:

†††††††††††††††††††††† Gal c4 v4-5:
†††††††††††††††† ††††† But when the fullness of the time came,
†††††††††††
††††† ††††† God sent forth his Son,
†††††††††††
††††† ††††† made of a woman, made under the law,
†††††††††††
††††† ††††† to redeem them that were under the law,
†††††††††††
††††† ††††† that we might receive the adoption as sons.KJV

,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† The above word Ďmightí is there because itís up to us
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† as well as up to God.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† Perhaps see later webpage:
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† WE CHOOSE WHERE WE GO Ė BY FORGIVENESS. , , ,

 

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Mind you, Jesus did break wrong application of Jewish laws,
wrong application Ė produced by wrong motivation.

†††††††††††
Matt c12 v1-7††† (Mark c2 v23-28)†† my abbreviation:
††††††††††† Jesus & his disciples were hungry.
††††††††††† So they picked corn, on the sabbath, to eat.
††††† ††††† Some Pharisees accused them of working on the sabbath.
††††††††††† But Jesus said that king David once did a similar thing
,†††††††† ,†††††††† [and the Pharisees didnít criticise him].
††††††††††† Then Jesus added:
††††† ††††††††††† ďGod wants mercy, not sacrificeĒ
[quoted from Hos c6 v6]
†††††
††††† in order to show that
††††††††††† the Phariseesí application was wrong.
†† my abbn

,†††††††† ,†††††††† Their application was wrong because Hos c6 v6 contradicts earlier sacrificial laws.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† Godís relationship with the Jews had started to change even by Hoseaís time.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† See later section:
,†††††††† ,†††††††† GOD DOES NOT CHANGE
,†††††††† ,†††††††† BUT HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH US CHANGES
.


And Jesus completely rejects
any added, so-called, laws:

†††††††††††
Matt c15 v1-20††† Mark c7 v1-23:
††††††††††† Jesus angrily points out
††††††††††† that wicked or misled religious leaders
††††††††††† fool the people
††††††††††† by replacing the right laws of God
††††††††††† with shallow, even wrong, merely human, laws.
††††††††††† Probably only to make themselves look good.†† my abbn

 

 

.

 

Ö THEN, JESUS SUFFERED & DIED
FOR EVERYONE.

 

Jesusí self-sacrifice was a fulfilment of Jewish law:

††††††††††† Yet it was not a Jewish sacrifice.
,†††††††† ,
†††††††† It was not the way a lamb would be sacrificed under Jewish law.†† Lev c3 v7-11

 

††††††††††† Nor was it a Jewish punishment.
,†††††††† ,
†††††††† It was not a Jewish stoning then hanging the body on a tree.Deut c21 v22

 

††††††††††† It was a punishment of the Roman Empire.
††††††††††† In effect Ė an international punishment.

 

To the above, add:

†††††††††††
Acts c10†† my abbreviation:
††††††††††† An angel, in a vision,
††††††††††† told Cornelius, a God-fearing Roman centurion,
††††††††††† to send some men to get Peter.
††††††††††† Meanwhile God showed Peter, in a trance,
††††††††††† a stretched out sheet of religiously unclean animals
††††††††††† and told him to kill & eat (Peter was hungry).
††††††††††† Peter refused.
††††††††††† God said: ďDonít call anything unclean
††††††††††† that I have made cleanĒ.
††††††††††† This whole argument repeated two more times.
††††††††††† Then Peter came out of the trance
††††††††††† and Godís Spirit said to him
††††††††††† ďYou have visitors.Go with them.Ē
††††††††††† They all went to Corneliusí house
††††††††††† where Cornelius then spoke of his vision of an angel.
††††††††††† Then Peter finally understood his trance:
†††††††††††††††† that Jesusí crucifixion
†††††††††††††††† and Godís Spirit
†††††††††††††††† were for, not only Jews,
†††††††††††††††† but for everyone.
†† my abbreviation

and we see that Jesus was Punished for,
and was a sacrifice for, everyone.

 

††††††††††† John c3 v14-18:
†††††††††††
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness,
††††††††††† even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
†††††††††††
that whosoever believeth in him
††††††††††† should not perish, but have eternal life.

††††††††††† For God so loved the world,
††††††††††† that he gave his only begotten Son,
††††††††††† that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
††††††††††† but have everlasting life.
††††††††††† For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world;
††††††††††† but that the world through him might be saved.
††††††††††† He that believeth on him is not condemned:
††††††††††† but he that believeth not is condemned already,
††††††††††† because he hath not believed in
††††††††††† the name of the only begotten Son of God
.†† KJV

,†††††††† ,†††††††† Believed, that is, after the gospel (this text is one form of the gospel)
,†††††††† ,†††††††† has been presented.Ideally presented convincingly: with miracles.

 

 

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CONCLUSION:
HOW IT ALL WORKS

 

Some Old Covenant laws are of the culture of their day
so they donít even make sense any more.

††††††††††† For example:
††††††††††††††††
Lev c14 v32-57:
†††††††††††††††† Complex instructions for getting rid of mould
†††††††††††††††† on the walls in your home.
my abbreviation
,,††††††† ,,††††††† ,,††††††† (They assumed it caused leprosy.)


But, even if the Jews of old
had been allowed to ignore such laws,
keeping the rest of the laws
would still have been virtually impossible.
Perhaps see third cell (starting: It was virtually impossible to keep all Jewish laws)
of earlier sectionTHE
OLD COVENANT (THE JEWSí ACCOUNT WITH GOD).


Hence, as well as giving the Jews laws,
God gave them:
††††††††††† punishments for the lawbreaker
††††††††††† and
††††††††††† sacrifices that the lawbreaker needed to make.

 

Two thousand years ago
God let his Son be Punished
in place of the rest of us.

††††††††††† Hence, now,
††††††††††† anyone can break any, still right, Old Covenant law,
††††††††††† yet not be in trouble with God.

††††††††††† But believers, if theyíve renewed their minds,
††††††††††† donít want to break any, still right, Old Covenant law.
,,††††††† ,,
††††††† Perhaps see earlier section:
,,††††††† ,,††††††† THIS APPARENT MISUNDERSTANDING IS NO ACCIDENT.


Believers who have renewed their minds
††††††††††† are grateful:
†††††††††††††††††††††† for Heaven to come
†††††††††††††††††††††† and Godís Spirit now.

Hence believers are constructive:
††††††††††† forgive everyone whoís wronged them,
††††††††††† love everyone,
††††††††††† keep all, still right, Old Covenant laws Ė without effort,
††††††††††† indeed do all natural good Ė without effort,
††††††††††† indeed do miracles Ė without effort.

††††††††††† Itís all self-expression.

 

 

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THE NEW REPLACES THE OLD

 

The New Covenant replaces the Old Covenant:

††††††††††† Heb c8 v8-13:
††††††††††† For finding fault with them, he saith,
††††††††††† ††††† Behold, the days come, saith the Lord,
††††† ††††††††††† when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel
††††† ††††††††††† and with the house of Judah:
††††† ††††††††††† not according to the covenant that I made
†††††††††††††††† with their fathers
††††† ††††††††††† in the day when I took them by the hand
††††† ††††††††††† to lead them out of the land of Egypt;
††††† ††††††††††† because they continued not in my covenant,
††††† ††††††††††† and I regarded them not,
††††††††††† ††††† saith the Lord.
††††† ††††††††††† For this
is the covenant
††††† ††††††††††† that I will make with the house of Israel
††††† ††††††††††† after those days, saith the Lord;
††††† †††††††††††††††† I will put my laws into their mind,
††††† †††††††††††††††† and write them in their hearts:
††††† †††††††††††††††† and I will be to them a God,
††††† †††††††††††††††† and they shall be to me a people:
††††† †††††††††††††††† and they shall not teach every man his neighbour,
††††† †††††††††††††††† and every man his brother,
††††† †††††††††††††††† saying,
††††† †††††††††††††††††††††† Know the Lord:
††††† †††††††††††††††† for all shall know me,
††††† †††††††††††††††† from the least to the greatest.
††††† †††††††††††††††† For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness,
††††† †††††††††††††††† and their sins and their iniquities
†††††††††††††††††††††† will I remember no more.
††††† ††††† In that he saith,
††††† ††††††††††† A new
covenant,
††††† ††††† he hath made the first old.
††††† ††††† Now that which decayeth and waxeth old
††††† †††††
is ready to vanish away.†† KJV

,†††††††† ,†††††††† Perhaps see second cell
,†††††††† ,†††††††† of earlier section: JEWISH LAWS ARE NOT FOR GENTILES.

 

††††††††††† I.E. The commandment contained in the new covenant
††††††††††† replaces
††††††††††† the commandments contained in the old covenant.

†††††††††††††††††††††† John c13 v34-35:
†††††††††††††††† ††††† A new commandment
†††††††††††††††††††††† I
[Jesus] give unto you,
†††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† That ye love one another;
†††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
†††††††††††††††† ††††† By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples,
†††††††††††††††† ††††† if ye have love one to another.†† KJV

 

††††††††††† Jesusí new commandment, above, is extreme.
††††††††††† He commands the same level of love between believers
††††††††††† as he had for believers,
††††††††††† strong agape love,
††††††††††† to the death love.

††††††††††† Hence Jesusí new commandment:
††††††††††† is
something you must want to do:
††††††††††† ††††††††††† with both soul and heart/spirit,
†††††††††††††††††††††† completeself-expression,
†††††
††††† not something you merely obey:
†††††††††††††††††††††† with only your soul.

 

††††††††††† Indeed, Jesus taught us to love everyone.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† Perhaps see earlier section: LOVE YOUR ENEMIES.


††††††††††† And loving includes forgiving.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† Perhaps see earlier section: FORGIVE US AS WE.


††††††††††† And loving & forgiving everyone
††††††††††† means that Jesusí new commandment
††††††††††† includes all Jewish laws:


††††††††††† ††††††††††† Rom c13 v8-10††† Gal c5 v14:
†††††††††††††††††††††† Loving everyone
†††††††††††††††††††††† means that you are also keeping
†††††††††††††††††††††† all Jewish laws
.†† my abbreviation

 

††††††††††† So, actually, this new commandment
††††††††††† is not a law/commandment
††††††††††† but self-expression:

†††††††††††††††††††††† Keeping it is not a cause of us being right with God
†††††††††††††††††††††† (as it is with the Old Covenant),
†††††††††††††††††††††† it is an effect.

†††††††††††††††††††††† An effect of Jesus having
†††††††††††††††††††††† put all of us right with God
†††††††††††††††††††††† and of you believing it.

 

 

.

 

ĎBelieversí are people who donít believe all that Jesus said,
are not (yet) believers, but who think they are.


Some Ďbelieversí try to:

††††††††††† Add: Jesusí new commandment
††††††††††† to the Old Covenant, the Old Testament commandments,

††††††††††† Then add
: the Old Covenant
††††††††††† to the New Covenant.

††††††††††† Then say: ďThatís what a Christian needs to doĒ
††††††††††† (with the emphasis on Ďdoí).

 

However:
††††††††††† the Old Covenant
cannot be added to:
††††††††††† the New Covenant

for the same reason that:
†††††
††††† Gen c12 v3:
†††††††††††
And I will bless them that bless thee,
††††† ††††† and curse him that curseth thee Ö ctd†† KJV
cannot be added to:
††††††††††† Eph c1 v3:
††††† †††††
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
††††††††††† who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings
††††††††††† in heavenly
places in Christ:†† KJV

for the same reason that:
††††††††††† Jews, do this, Ė and youíll get a good thing from God,
††††††††††† Jews, do that, Ė and youíll get a bad thing from God,
cannot be added to:
††††††††††† God has already given all good things to all of us

The cause-&-effect is reversed:

††††††††††† The Old Covenant is:
†††††††††††††††††††††† You Jews
†††††††††††††††††††††† do good
†††††††††††††††††††††† to humbly earn good things
†††††††††††††††††††††† from God.


††††††††††† The
New Covenant is:
†††††††††††
††††††††††† God
†††††††††††††††††††††† gave everything good
†††††††††††††††††††††† to everyone
†††††††††††††††††††††† so, out of gratitude, do good.

 

.

 

Jesus said:
†††††
Matt c9 v10-17††† Mark c2 v1 Ė c3 v6††† Luke c5 v27 Ė c6 v11:
††††† A new unshrunk patch
††††† cannot be sown onto an old shrunk garment.
††††† New wine cannot ferment
††††† in used, stretched, brittle, wineskins.††
my abbreviation

††††† The above text is in only Matthew Mark & Luke.Not John.
††††† Yet Jesusí new commandment is in only John.
John c13 v34-35††

††††† Hence the Matthew Mark & Luke links that I give
††††† extend beyond
††††† the text that I give
††††† so as to reveal the overall subject.

††††† The overall subject being:

†††††††††††††††† Jesusí new commandment
†††††††††††††††† is infinitely better than
†††††††††††††††† the old commandments.

†††††††††††††††† Indeed, the entire New Covenant
†††††††††††††††† is infinitely better than
†††††††††††††††† the entire Old Covenant.
†††††††††††††††† Forgiveness, Godís Spirit, & a renewed mind,
†††††††††††††††† are infinitely better
†††††††††††††††† than fasting, Jewish laws, sacrifices, & punishments.

†††††††††††††††† (Though the Old Covenant is vital
†††††††††††††††† for understanding the New Covenant.
†††††††††††††††† Also thatís the order things happened in.)

 

 

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GOD DOES NOT CHANGE
BUT HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH
US CHANGES

 

God himself never changes.
Num c23 v19†††† 1 Sam c15 v29†††† Mal c3 v6†††† Jam c1 v17
†††††††††† He always thinks & does whatís right:
††††††††††† whatís most constructive in the long run.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† Perhaps see earlier section:
,†††††††† ,†††††††† GOOD & BAD, RIGHT & WRONG, , .


But his relationship with us changes.

,†††††††† ,†††††††† Perhaps see first four sections
,†††††††† ,†††††††† of earlier webpage: The Church Age, ,
,†††††††† ,†††††††† and perhaps see
,†††††††† ,†††††††† earlier section: IN JESUS, THE FATHER REVEALS HIS HEART TO US, , .

 

.

 

1)The first part of the Pre-Church Age (Old Testament times)
††††† started when God made us.

†††††††††††††††† A relationship of love
†††††††††††††††† towards everything & everyone.

 

2)The second part of the Pre-Church Age (Old Testament times)
††††† started when we humans, Adam & Eve, started to do wrong.

††††††††††††††††
Hence God kept us away from the tree of life.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,
†††††††† We were already eternal.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† But the fruit of the tree of life would have made us
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† eternal and substantial (i.e. not like a ghost: Gen c3 v22). .


†††††††††††††††† It was a time when:
†††††††††††††††††††††† God destroyed the earth with a flood
†††††††††††††††††††††† because of its wickedness.
†††††††††††††††††††††† But then blessed righteous Noah & his sons.
†††††††††††††††††††††† Etc.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† Perhaps see earlier webpage: The good & bad that God does:

 

†††††††††††††††† A relationship of both love and justice
†††††††††††††††† towards all humans.

 

3)The third part of the Pre-Church Age (Old Testament times)
††††† started when God made the Jews.
,
†††††††† Perhaps see third cell (starting: Then God made the Jews)
,†††††††† of earlier section THE PRE-CHURCH AGE (OLD TESTAMENT TIMES).

 

†††††††††††††††† A relationship of both love and justice
†††††††††††††††† towards all Jews.

 

.

 

4)The first part of the Church Age
††††† started when God changed his relationship with the Jews
††††† from:
†††††
††††† a relationship of both love and justice
†††††††††† towards all Jews

††††† to:
†††††
††††† a relationship of love
†††††††††† towards all Jews.


††††† The first part of the Church Age
††††† splits into two time periods:
†††††††††††††††† 3 years: start of Jesusí ministry to Pentecost.
†††††††††††††††† 9 years approx: Pentecost to
Peterís vision.Acts c10,

††††† It splits because:
†††††††††††††††† Jesus was the first to preach Forgiveness
†††††††††††††††† hence the gospels are New Testament.
†††††††††††††††† But the gospels lack Pentecost
†††††††††††††††† hence the gospels are Old Covenant.


,††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† Perhaps see earlier section:
,††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† JESUS PREACHED BOTH JUDGMENT & FORGIVENESS
,††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† and earlier section:
,††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† REWARDS & PUNISHMENTS.


††††† To conclude: the first part of the Church Age was:
††††††††††††††††
a relationship of love
†††††††††††††††† towards all Jews.

 

5)The second part of the Church Age
††††† started when God said:
†††††††††††††††† that Forgiveness, the New Covenant,
†††††††††††††††† included gentiles (non-Jews) as well as Jews:
†††††††††††††††† that everyone has been Forgiven.

,†††††††† Perhaps again see earlier section.
,†††††††† THEN, JESUS SUFFERED & DIED FOR EVERYONE:

 

†††††††††††††††† A relationship of love
†††††††††††††††† towards all humans.

 

.

 

6)On Judgment Day
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† I call it Judgment and Forgiveness day.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† Perhaps again see earlier section:
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† JESUS PREACHED BOTH JUDGMENT & FORGIVENESS.

††††† God will change his relationship with us, for the last time,
††††† to make it:

†††††††††††††††† A relationship of both love and justice
†††††††††††††††† towards all humans.

 

 

.

 

,†††††††† Perhaps again see
,†††††††† first four sections
,†††††††† of earlier webpage: The Church Age, , , ,

 

 

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SOME OLD COVENANT LAWS
SERVE AS SIGNS, SHADOWS,
OF THE NEW COVENANT

 

When God gave the Old Covenant laws to the Jews
he made some of the laws to be predictive signs
that foreshadowed
the New Covenant to come.

††††††††††† Heb c10 v1-3:
††††††††††† For the law
††††† ††††††††††† having a shadow of good things to come,
††††† †††††††††††
and not the very image of the things,
††††† ††††† can never with those sacrifices
††††† ††††††††††† which they offered year by year
††††† ††††††††††† continually
††††† ††††† make the comers thereunto perfect.
††††† ††††† For then
††††† ††††† would they not have ceased to be offered?
††††† ††††††††††† because that the worshippers
††††† ††††††††††† once purged
††††† ††††††††††† should have had no more conscience of sins.
††††† ††††† But in those sacrifices
††††† †††††††††††
there is a remembrance again made of sins
††††† ††††††††††† every year.†† KJV

†††††††††††
Col c2 v16-17:
††††††††††† Let no man therefore judge you
††††††††††† ††††† in meat, or in drink,
††††††††††† ††††† or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon,
††††††††††† ††††† or of the sabbath
days:
††††††††††† which are a shadow of things to come; Ö ctd†† KJV

 

 

.

 

The Old Covenant sabbath law
foreshadowed, gave significance to,
drew attention to, helped explain,
the New Covenant to come:

†††††††††††††††† Deut c5 v12-15:
†††††††††††††††† Do not work, indeed do virtually nothing,
††††† ††††† ††††† on Saturday, the actual sabbath day . . .†† my abbreviation
††††††††††††††††
Deut c28 (v1) (v15):
†††††††††††††††† . . . in order to be blessed by God, not cursed . . .†† my abbn
††††††††††† †††††
Exo c31 v14:
†††††††††††††††† . . . and in order to not be put to death.†† my abbreviation

††††††††††††††††
The sabbath law, above,
††††††††††††††††
(which we are not supposed to obey)
†††††††††††††††† foreshadowed, gave significance to,
†††††††††††††††† drew attention to, helped explain,

††††††††††††††††
the sabbath rest, below,
††††††††††††††††
(which we should accept).

†††††††††††††††† Heb c4 v9-11:
†††††††††††††††† There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
††††††††††† ††††† For he that is entered into his rest,
††††††††††† ††††† he also hath ceased from his own works,
††††††††††† ††††† as God
did from his.
††††††††††† ††††† Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest Ö ctd.†† KJV

†††††††††††††††† Matt c11 v28-30:
††††††††††† ††††† Come unto me, all
ye that labour and are heavy laden,
†††††††††††
††††† and I will give you rest.
††††††††††† ††††† Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me;
††††††††††† ††††† for I am meek and lowly in heart:
††††††††††† ††††† and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
††††††††††† ††††† For my yoke
is easy, and my burden is light.†† KJV
,†††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† A yoke is the collar on a beast of burden (horse, ox)
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† which is connected to the burden (cart, plough).

 

The Old Covenant tithing law
foreshadowed, gave significance to,
drew attention to, helped explain,
the New Covenant to come:

††††† ††††††††††† Lev c27 v30-33:
†††††††††††††††† And all the tithe of the land,
††††††††††††††††††††††
whether of the seed of the land,
††††††††††††††††††††††
or of the fruit of the tree,
††††††††††††††††††††††
is the LORD'S: it is holy unto the LORD.
†††††††††††††††††††††† And if a man will at all redeem
ought of his tithes,
†††††††††††††††††††††† he shall add thereto the fifth
part thereof.
†††††††††††††††† And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock,
††††††††††††††††††††††
even of whatsoever passeth under the rod,
†††††††††††††††††††††† the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD.
†††††††††††††††††††††† He shall not search whether it be good or bad,
†††††††††††††††††††††† neither shall he change it: and if he change it at all,
†††††††††††††††††††††† then both it and the change thereof
†††††††††††††††††††††† shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.
†† KJV

,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,††††††††††††††††† For more details of the Old Covenant tithing law
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,††††††††††††††††† see: Num c18and:Mal c3 v10-12†††


†††††††††††††††† The tithing law, above,
†††††††††††††††† (which we are not supposed to obey)

†††††††††††††††† foreshadowed, gave significance to,
†††††††††††††††† drew attention to, helped explain,
†††††††††††††††† Jesusí promises, below,
†††††††††††††††† (which we should accept).


††††† ††††††††††† Matt c6 v33†† (
Luke c12 v31):
††††† ††††††††††† But seek ye first the
kingdom of God,
†††††††††††††††† and his righteousness;
†††††
††††† ††††† and all these things [i.e. all material necessities]
†††††††††††††††† shall be added unto you.
†† KJV

††††† †††††††††††
Mark c10 v29-30††† (Luke c18 v29-30):
††††† ††††† ††††† And Jesus answered and said,
†††††
†††††
††††††††††† Verily I say unto you,
†††††††††††
††††† ††††† There is no man that hath left house, or brethren,
†††††††††††††††††††††† or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children,
†††††††††††
††††† ††††† or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's,
†††††††††††
††††† ††††† but he shall receive an hundredfold
†††††††††††††††††††††† now in this time,
†††††††††††
††††† ††††† houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers,
†††††††††††
††††† ††††† and children, and lands, Ö ctd†† KJV

††††† ††††††††††† Luke c6 v38:
†††††††††††††††† 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.
†† KJV

 

.

 

Jewish laws (i.e. those in Leviticus) dealt with:
not only obvious crimes (murder, theft, etc),
but also merely yukky items & events.

††††††††††† When God gave the Jews the yukky Levitical laws
††††††††††† he was going along with
††††††††††† mere human observations:
†††††††††††††††††††††† If itís looks yukky to us
†††††††††††††††††††††† then itís spiritually unclean to God.
†††††††††††††††††††††† So the priest &/or God must act.

††††††††††† Yukky = animals that crawl, animals that ruminate,
††††††††††† mouldy walls, leprosy, skin diseases, bodily discharges,
††††††††††† womenís periods, menís semen.

††††††††††† In Old Testament times:
†††††††††††††††† the Jews, naturally,
†††††††††††††††† and God, supernaturally,†† Lev c9 v24†† Lev c10 v1-2††
††††††††††† acted on Levitical laws.
††††††††††† Now, however, God, at least,
††††††††††† does not act on them.

††††††††††† So, for gentiles, for now,
††††††††††† the yukky laws are not only impotent
††††††††††† but also silly (e.g. Jesusí words in
Mark c7 v1-23).††

 

††††††††††† The anti-yukky, holy, Levitical laws:
††††††††††† ††††† Life is in the blood (so you canít eat un-bled meat).
†††††††††††††††† Use an (innocent, helpless,) lamb to sacrifice to me.
††††††††††† were a symbolic foreshadowing
††††††††††† of Jesusí self-sacrifice to come.

††††††††††† Hence Godís anti-yukky, holy, Levitical laws
††††††††††† had a prophetic purpose for everyone.

††††††††††† But none of his Levitical laws
††††††††††† ever had a practical purpose for gentiles.

 

 

.

 

SIGNS/SHADOWS,
OR THE REAL THING?

 

So, donít do the Old Covenant, donít do the signs/shadows,
do the real thing, believe Jesus.
Perhaps see earlier section:
CONTINUING THE SONíS WORK.,,,,,


††††† ††††† John c6 v28-29:
††††† ††††† Then said they unto him,
†††††††††††††††† What shall we do,
†††††††††††††††† that we might work
†††††††††††††††† the works of God?
††††††††††† Jesus answered and said unto them,
†††††††††††††††† This is the work of God,
†††††††††††††††††††††† that ye believe
†††††††††††††††††††††† on him whom he hath sent.
††
KJV

††††††††††† This was Jesusí entire answer.
††††† ††††† Believe is all we need to do
††††††††††† (if you can call believing doing).

 

Of course, you will do things.
You wonít just believe.

Just make sure that the things you do
are an effect
not a cause:

††††††††††† An effect of God having put all of us right with him.
††††††††††† Not you trying to put yourself right with him.

 

 

.

 

SO, BEWARE OF THE OLD COVENANT

 

Perhaps see earlier section: WHY BIBLICAL TEACHER-HEALERS DO IT ,,,,,
and the remainder of that webpage.


In the
province of Galatia
Paul
had found people who werenít believers
but who thought they were believers.
(I call them Ďbelieversí)

They had accepted the preaching that,
to be right with God, you had to both:
††††††††††† believe in Jesusí Punishment in our place
††††††††††† and:
††††††††††† keep Jewish laws (i.e. become a Jew).

Hence Paul wrote:

††††††††††† Gal c3 v3-5:
††††††††††† Are ye so foolish?
††††† ††††† having begun in the Spirit,
††††† ††††† are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
††††† ††††† Have ye suffered so many things in vain?
††††† ††††† if
it be yet in vain.
††††††††††† He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit,
††††††††††† and worketh miracles among you,
††††† †††††
doeth he it by the works of the law,
††††† ††††† or by the hearing of faith?†† KJV

†††††††††††
Gal c3 Ė c5:
††††††††††† Godís Law is bondage.
††††††††††† Godís Spirit is freedom
.†† my abbreviation

††††††††††† Rom c3 v20:
††††† ††††† Therefore by the deeds of the law
††††† ††††† there shall no flesh be justified in his
sight:
††††† ††††† for by the law is the knowledge of sin.†† KJV

††††††††††† 2 Cor c3:
††††††††††† The law, including the Ten Commandments,
††††††††††† brings death.
††††† ††††† But the Spirit
††††††††††† brings life
.†† my abbreviation

 

You may say:
††††††††††† ďSurely, weíre supposed to obey Jewish laws
††††††††††† because it was God who gave them to us.

I say:

††††††††††† ďGod gave Jewish laws (& punishments & sacrifices)
††††††††††† to only the Jews, not to gentiles.

††††††††††† God intends gentiles to
††††††††††† read Jewish laws, read the Old Covenant.
†††††††††††††††††††††† For the New Covenant
†††††††††††††††††††††† needs the Old Covenant
†††††††††††††††††††††† in order to make sense.
†††††††††††††††††††††† (Indeed, the New Testament
†††††††††††††††††††††† needs the Old Testament
†††††††††††††††††††††† in order to make sense.)
††††††††††††††††
††††††††††† But God intends gentiles to
††††††††††† only read Jewish laws, the Old Covenant.
††††††††††† Not enter into the Old Covenant,
††††††††††† in any way, to any degree.

††††††††††† God gave Jewish laws to the Jews because:
†††††††††††††††† having rescued them from slavery in Egypt,
†††††††††††††††† & while taking them to the good land heíd promised them,
†††††††††††††††† some of them were complaining, mistrustful, rebellious,
†††††††††††††††† even after each miracle God did for them.
Ē
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† Perhaps see: Exo c1 Ė c19†† and†† Exo c32. ,,,,,

 

.

 

To conclude: God gave laws to the Jews
to try to mould their souls
(or, to be precise, their minds within their souls)
to counteract the moulding effects of:
††††† o††† our flesh and our earthly thinking,
†††††
o††† the earth and world weíve built from the earth,
†††††
o††† demonsí temptations.
Perhaps see later section:
THE EFFECT OF MANY SUGGESTIONS: MOULDING.


††††††††††† God designed the material of the universe
††††††††††† to be second class
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† See earlier section: WHY IS THE UNIVERSE SECOND CLASS?
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† and, immediately after it, first & second cells of:
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† IN WHAT WAYS DID GOD MAKE THE UNIVERSE SECOND CLASS?.

††††††††††† so that it moulds the souls
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† Perhaps see next cell (starting N.B. Jewish laws:)

††††††††††† of both humans and demons alike
, ,†††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† See first two cells of later section: THE BASIC MECHANICS.

††††††††††† to be legally minded.

††††††††††† Hence their souls feel at home here:
†††††††††††††††††††††† in this everything-must-be-earned world
†††††††††††††††††††††† thatís built from a competitive earth,
††††††††††† and love all the:
†††††††††††††††††††††† I-can-manage-to-keep-these-laws-that-I-choselaws.

 

.

 

††††††††††† N.B. Jewish laws (any laws, any thing):
†††††††††††††††††††††† do not finally mould the soul
†††††††††††††††††††††† only temporarily mould the soul
††††††††††† to counteract:
†††††††††††††††††††††† the world, the flesh, and the devil (demons),
††††††††††† which, likewise:
†††††††††††††††††††††† do not finally mould the soul,
†††††††††††††††††††††† only temporarily mould the soul
.

††††††††††† Only the heart/
spirit
††††††††††† finally moulds,
††††††††††† has the final say in moulding,
††††††††††† the soul.


,†††††††† ,†††††††† Perhaps see later sections:
,†††††††† ,†††††††† WILL,
,†††††††† ,†††††††† and immediately after it:
,†††††††† ,†††††††† FREE WILL.,,,,

 

 

.

 

The Old Covenant
moulded Jewsí souls
using:
††††††††††† o††† man-given, natural, animal sacrifices
†††††††††††
o††† man-given, natural, human punishments
†††††††††††
o††† God-given, supernatural, curses
†††††††††††
o††† God-given, supernatural, blessings.

,†††††††† ,†††††††† Perhaps see: Deut c28.


††††††††††† Notice that the above are only of this life.
†††††††††††††††††††††† The threat of Hell, and the chance of Heaven,
†††††††††††††††††††††† are
not in the Old Covenant.

†††††††††††
In the Old Testament:
†††††††††††††††††††††† Hell (Hebrew: Sheol) was not a place of punishment
†††††††††††††††††††††† but merely a Ďsleeping placeí for the dead.
†††††††††††††††††††††† Nor was Heaven a place that you or I might go to
†††††††††††††††††††††† as a reward.It was only Godís & angelsí home.

 

.

 

When God gave the Old Covenant animal sacrifices to the Jews
he made some of the laws to be predictive signs
that foreshadowed
Jesusí crucifixion to come.

††††† The sacrifice of lambs
††††††††††††††††
foreshadowed, gave significance to,
†††††††††††††††† drew attention to, helped explain,
†††††
Jesusí crucifixion to come.

 

††††† Hence, in the Old Testament,
††††† God initially gave the impression
††††† that he needed animal sacrifices.

††††† But, later, he had to admit
††††† that he didnít actually need animal sacrifices:

††††† ††††††††††† Psalm 50 v7-15:
††††† ††††† ††††† God says ďI want a word with you.
†††††
††††† ††††† I donít reject your sacrifices.
†††††
††††† ††††† But I donít actually need bulls and goats.
†††††
††††† ††††† I made everything, itís all mine.
†††††
††††† ††††† So donít think youíre actually giving me anything.
†††††
††††† ††††† Instead, offer your sacrifices,
†††††
††††††††††† then call on me when you are in trouble
†††††
††††††††††† and I will rescue you
†††††
††††††††††† and you will honour me.Ē†† my abbreviation

 

††††† And later, in the New Testament, God, through Paul, wrote:
†††††††††††††††† Heb c10 v4:
†††††††††††††††† For it is not possible
†††††††††††††††† that the blood of bulls and of goats
†††††††††††††††† should take away sins.
†† KJV

††††† Jesus, of course, was not an animal.
††††† He was (& is) God and human:
†††††††††††††††† Thatís why his self-sacrifice worked.
†††††††††††††††† whereas animal sacrifices had never worked.

†††††††††††††††† (God designed the material of the universe
†††††††††††††††† so that weíd see buying
†††††††††††††††† as an important function in life.
†††††††††††††††† Even the buying of Godís favours.)

 

 

.

 

To conclude:
††††††††††† T
he Old Covenant worked in an earthly way.
††††††††††† Not in an eternal way Ė like the New Covenant:

††††††††††† The Old Covenant:
†††††††††††††††† Does not have Judgment
†††††††††††††††† (nor
Forgiveness for that matter).
†††††††††††††††† Does not mention us going to Heaven or Hell.
,†††††††† ,
††††††††††††††††† See earlier section: REWARDS & PUNISHMENTS††
,†††††††† ,††††††††††††††††† and, perhaps, if you need to,
,†††††††† ,††††††††††††††††† earlier section: JESUS PREACHED BOTH JUDGMENT & FORGIVENESS
,†††††††† ,††††††††††††††††† and its subsections.


The main purpose of the Old Covenant
was to prepare us for the New Covenant,
was to show (first Jews, then the rest of us) that we:
††††††††††† Could not get ourselves right with God.
††††††††††† All needed God to rescue us, save us, do it for us.
††††††††††† Not merely help us.

††††††††††† Needed God to put us right with himself.

 

The Old Covenant is sometimes a humility filter.

But Forgiveness, the New Covenant, is always a humility filter.

††††††††††† It shows you are already humble, to the extreme,
††††††††††† to forever put your own righteousness to one side
††††††††††† and forever boast of only Jesusí work, for you, on the Cross.


,†††††††† ,†††††††† Perhaps see all of earlier section:
,†††††††† ,†††††††† REGARDNG JUDGMENT: GOD ALSO CONSIDERS MOTIVES††††

 

 

.

 

SO, BE CAREFUL NOT TO ENTER INTO
THE OLD COVENANT

 

Technically speaking:

††††††††††† Jesus did not destroy the Old Covenant.

††††††††††† Jesus added himself to the Old Covenant
††††††††††† to turn it into the New Covenant.

†††††††††††††††††††††† To the system of:
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† o††† man-given, natural, animal sacrifices
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
o††† man-given, natural, human punishments
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
o††† God-given, supernatural, curses
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
o††† God-given, supernatural, blessings
†††††††††††††††††††††† Jesus added one more sacrifice Ė himself
.

 

.

 

If you are a believer, a Christian,
then read
the Old Testament
because
New Testament statements
are prophesied in the Old Testament.

The New Testament . . was built on . . the Old Testament.

But donít believe in, donít enter into,
the Old Covenant.
Deut c28
to any degree.
The New Covenant . . . replaced . . . . . the Old Covenant.

††††††††††† Donít see Old Covenant laws
††††††††††† as still Godís laws, as still active.
††††††††††† It would imply that there are consequences, from God,
††††††††††† if you break them.

††††††††††† Hence, if you are a believer
††††††††††† (whether a gentile believer or a Jewish believer)
††††††††††† and have ever failed to:
†††††††††††††††††††††† keep the Jewish tithing law,
†††††††††††††††††††††† keep the Jewish sabbath law,
†††††††††††††††††††††† make the appropriate sacrifice
†††††††††††††††††††††† for failing to keep some law or other,
†††††††††††††††††††††† etc,
††††††††††† then do not believe that you have
††††††††††† cut yourself off from God to any degree.

††††††††††† To believe the Old Covenant:
†††††††††††††††††††††† that your wrong actions
†††††††††††††††††††††† cut you off from God,
††††††††††† is a form of unbelief
††††††††††† that works against:
†††††††††††††††††††††† your belief
†††††††††††††††††††††† that Jesus put you right with his Father.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,
†††††††† Perhaps see later section: UNBELIEF and its subsections
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† and
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† earlier section: UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.


,†††††††††† And, even though:
†††††††††††††††††††††† Jesus changed Godís Old Covenant into the New
†††††††††††††††††††††† so that Godís Old Covenant curses no longer work,
††††††††††† demons would nevertheless:
†††††††††††††††††††††† impersonate God
†††††††††††††††††††††† by performing his Old Covenant curses Ďforí him.

,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† See item 4)
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† of earlier section:
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† SO, Ė WHERE DO TODAYíS BAD THINGS COME FROM? , ,

 

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Only when you:
††††† fully understand
††††† that you have infinite blessings
††††† that the New Covenant (found in New Testament) gives

should you:
††††† articulate those blessings†††
As Paul does, in: Rom c4 v1-22&Gal c3.

††††† in terms of the finite blessings
††††† that the Old Covenant (found in Old Testament††
Deut c28 v1-14 )
††††† would have given
††††† were it still active.

 

.

 

Jesusí audiences were usually Jews,
so their questions were usually Old Covenant questions.
E.G. ďWhich is the greatest commandment?Ē††† Matt c22 v37††† Mark c12 v30

When you read, in the gospels,
where Jesus is speaking to the crowd,
it can be easy to identify with the crowd:

It can be easy to think:
††††††††††† ďGod told us to honour our father & mother.
††††††††††† Thatís why, in
Matt c15 v4-9, Jesus was angry at the Pharisees
††††††††††† because they etc.Ē

However:
††††††††††† God never told us gentiles to honour our father & mother.
††††††††††† God never gave us gentiles
††††††††††† any of the Ten Commandments.
††††††††††† God gave all of the Old Testament commandments
††††††††††† to only Jews.

††††††††††† A practicing Jew may privately laugh
††††††††††† at a gentile Christian who said that
††††††††††† he/she had been given the Ten Commandments.

††††††††††† The Jew would think:
†††††††††††††††† ďWere your ancestors at the foot of
Mount Sinai
†††††††††††††††† when Moses came down with them?No.††††††
Exo c34
†††††††††††††††† Why, you might even be descended from
†††††††††††††††† the peoples God drove out for us!Ē†††††††††††
Exo c34 v8-17, ,

 

††††††††††† Hence Peter was right to tell gentile Romans:
†††††††††††††††††††††† to convert directly to Christianity,
†††††††††††††††††††††† & not become Jews first.

†††††††††††††††††††††† Acts c10: Peterís and Corneliusí visions.†† my abbn

††††††††††† Hence Paul was right to tell gentile Greeks:
†††††††††††††††† ††††† to convert directly
†††††††††††††††††††††† from Diana of the Ephesians to Christianity,
†††††††††††††††† ††††† & not become Jews first.
†††††††††††††††††††††† Acts c19: The gospel is resisted in Ephesus.†† my abbn

†††††††††††††††††††††† Gal c3 Ė c5: Godís Law is bondage.
†††††††††††
††††† ††††† Godís Spirit is freedom.†† my abbreviation


†††††††††††
Hence also Paul was wrong to suggest,
††††††††††† again to the Ephesians:
†††††††††††††††††††††† that honouring your father and mother
†††††††††††††††††††††† is a commandment, from God, for them.†††
Eph c6 v1 .


,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† Paul, a Jew, had once been a Pharisee Ė and old habits die hard.

 

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The Old Covenantís cause-&-effect line was:
††††††††††† God says:
††††††††††† ďYou Jews: Do whatís right so Iíll reward you.Ē

††††††††††† (Itís like the world.)

Whereas the New Covenantís cause-&-effect line is:
††††††††††† God says:
††††††††††† ďEveryone: Iíve given you every good thing.
††††††††††† Believe it so that you receive it.
††††††††††† Then, out of gratitude, do good

††††††††††† (Itís the other way round to the world.)

 

 

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YOUíVE PROBABLY ALREADY FAILED ANYWAY

 

Whether you are a Jew or a gentile,
itís probable that you havenít kept all the Jewish laws.

And, assuming that you are a gentile Christian,
itís probable that, where you have not kept Jewish laws,
that you havenít made the appropriate sacrifices
or undergone the appropriate punishment:

†††††††††††
Exo c31 v12-15:
††††††††††† God said that whoever works on the Sabbath (a Saturday)
††††††††††† must definitely be put to death
.†† my abbreviation

†††††††††††
Exo c35 v1-2:
††††††††††† God said that whoever works on the Sabbath (a Saturday)
††††††††††† must definitely be put to death
.†† my abbreviation

†††††††††††
Num c15 v32-36:
††††††††††† A man was found
††††††††††† gathering sticks on the Sabbath (a Saturday).
†††††
††††† God told Moses to tell everyone to stone him to death.
††††††††††† So they all stoned him to death.
†† my abbreviation

And, as well as failing to keep the Sabbath,
youíve probably also failed to tithe properly.
Though, as Russel Earl Kelly
puts it (in cell after next):
††††††††††† only Jewish farmers,
††††††††††† within old
Israel,
††††††††††† could tithe.

Indeed, the Old Covenant says that you are cursed
if you donít keep every law.
†††††††††††
Deut c27 v26: Cursed be he that confirmeth not
††††††††††† all the words of this law to do them
Ö ctd†† KJV

Most church leaders cherry-pick Old Covenant commandments:
choose the do-able ones, &/or change them to be do-able.
Or past church leaders have done so
and todayís church leaders follow suit.

 

This is a good point to show why:
††††††††††† a Christian who believes in tithing
and:
††††††††††† a Christian who does not believe in tithing
may both get
results that support their beliefs:

††††† Christians who do believe in tithing:
††††††††††† Rightly believe that the God of the New Covenant is good.
††††††††††† Hence they are able to:
†††††††††††††††††††††† ignore the curses of the Old Covenant
,,††††††† ,,††††††† ,,††††††† ,,††††††† Deut c28 v15-68
†††††††††††††††††††††† yet believe the blessings that are written
†††††††††††††††††††††† right next to them
,,††††††† ,,††††††† ,,††††††† ,†††††††† Deut c28 v1-14
†††††††††††††††††††††† and, because they believe, they receive.

,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† See last lines of first cell
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† of earlier section: MY ATTITUDE TO THE BIBLE.


††††† Whereas Christians who do not believe in tithing:
††††††††††† Rightly believe that the New Covenant replaced the Old.
,†††††††† ,
†††††††† Perhaps see earlier section: THE NEW REPLACES THE OLD.

†††††††††††††††††††††† So they donít believe in, donít enter into,
††††††††††††††††††††††
any of the Old Covenant.

†††††††††††††††††††††† And, even if they started to believe
†††††††††††††††††††††† in any of the Old Covenant,
†††††††††††††††††††††† they believe theyíd lack the authority:
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† to believe one Old Covenant scripture
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† yet ignore another Old Covenant scripture
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† thatís right next to it.

 

You might like to see:YouTube: Ė Should The Church Teach Tithing?:
††††††††††† a debate betweenRev Mike Kola Ewuosho
††††††††††† andRussel Earl Kelly Ph.D.
††††††††††† first shown on 30th March 2011
††††††††††† on the Live@nine show, Revelation TV.

 

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I reckon that tithing is a result of us having
ten fingers & thumbs.

††††††††††† Hence its origins are worldly,
††††††††††† are from the counting of goods or money
††††††††††† on fingers & thumbs.

††††††††††† If it had been Godís idea
††††††††††† it would have been a seventh or a twelfth.

††††††††††† So donít think that giving a tenth is more Godly
††††††††††† that giving any other fraction.

 

 

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GREAT FAITH

 

I saw, in one of Pastor Joseph Princeís TV programmes,
that he once had an interesting conversation with God
about two people in the Bible:

†††††††††††
Luke c7 v1-10††† (Matt c8 v5-13):my abbreviation
††††††††††† Jesus went to a centurionís house to heal his servant.
††††††††††† But the centurion sent friends out, saying:
†††††††††††††††† ďDonít bother coming in, I am not worthy.
†††††††††††††††† Just speak.
††††††††††† ††††††††††† I am under command.
†††††††††††††††††††††† And others are under my command.

,,††††††† ,,††††††† ,,††††††† ,,††††††† [I understand authority]

†††††††††††††††††††††† So your words alone will heal my servant.Ē
††††††††††† Jesus told the crowd that the centurion had great faith.
††††††††††† So
[Jesus spoke, and] the servant was healed.†† my abbreviation

†††††
†††††
Matt c15 v21-28††† (Mark c7 v25-30)†† my abbreviation
††††††††††† A Canaanite (
Syrophenician) woman came to Jesus
††††††††††† begging him to cast a demon out of her daughter.
††††††††††† At first Jesus ignored her, but eventually he said:
†††††††††††††††† ďI came for only lost Israelites.Ē
††††††††††† She said:
†††††††††††††††† ďLord, help me.Ē
††††††††††† He said:
†††††††††††††††† ďIíll not throw the childrenís bread to the dogs.Ē
††††††††††† She said:
†††††††††††††††† ďTrue.But even the dogs eat the crumbs
†††††††††††††††† that fall from the masterís table.Ē
††††††††††† He said:
†††††††††††††††† ďYou have great faith.Have what you want.Ē
††††††††††† And her daughter was healed.
†† my abbreviation

,†††††††† ,†††††††† Notice that Jesus didnít mention her great humility.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† God knows that faith already includes humility.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† See first cell of earlier section:
,†††††††† ,†††††††† REGARDING JUDGMENT: GOD ALSO CONSIDERS MOTIVES, , , ,

 

††††††††††† This centurion and this Canaanite woman
††††††††††† are the only two people in the Bible
††††††††††† who Jesus said had great faith.

 

††††††††††† Pastor Joseph Prince:
†††††††††††††††††††††† having read the above scriptures
†††††††††††††††††††††† and having thought the above conclusion,
††††††††††† asked God:
††††††††††† ††††† ďWhy did Jesus tell only these two
†††††††††††††††† that they had great faith?Ē

†††††††††††
God replied:

††††††††††† ††††† ďWhat was unusual about them?Ē

†††††††††††
After about fifteen minutes Pastor Joseph Prince said:
††††††††††† ††††† ďI give up.Whatís the answer?Ē

†††††††††††
God replied:
††††††††††† ††††† ďThey were both gentiles.Ē

 

.

 

I reckon that the above shows that every generation of Jews
taught the next generation:

††††††††††† The Creator is holy, and we are sinful.
††††††††††† So, in order to have the Creatorís blessings,
††††††††††† and not his curses,
††††††††††† every sin must be paid for:
††††††††††† by the sinner
††††††††††† or by the sinnerís community.


But the centurion & the Canaanite woman, not being Jews,
had not been endlessly taught this.
All theyíd personally experienced was Jesus.

So they had great faith in the God of the Jews.
Or rather, great faith in the God of love of the Jews.

 

 

.

 

CAN NEW TESTAMENT MIRACLES
BE LARGE-SCALE?

 

Old Testament miracles
often involved everyone in the tribe of Israel.
Hence they were often large-scale miracles.

Can New Testament miracles (e.g. fixing global warming)
also be large-scale?No.

††††† a)†† Jesus commanding a storm, to instantly stop,
††††††††††† Matt c8 v23-27†††† Mark c4 v35-41†††† Luke c8 v22-25:††
††††††††††† was a New Testament miracles
††††††††††† and seems to be a large-scale miracle.

††††††††††† But it was witnessed, as a miracle,
††††††††††† by only the disciples:
†††††††††††††††† Only they saw him say ďPeace, be stillĒ
†††††††††††††††† and
†††††††††††††††† saw it instantly stop.

,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† There were people, in other boats,Mark c4 v35-41..
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† But they wouldíve been too far away to see Jesus speak.

,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† Indeed, they were probably pointing the other way
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† and partly returned, since Mark mentions only one boat ending up
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† at the other side of the lake/sea,Mark c5 v1-2.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† Those other people would have thought that their distant God did it,
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† would not have realised that it was a hands-on miracle.


††††† b)God, through Paul, could have stilled the storm off Malta
††††††††††† (after all, Paul had raised the dead,
Acts c20 v7-12).

††††††††††† But, instead, God had everyone swim or float to safety.
††††††††††† God saved them, miraculously
††††††††††† but inconspicuously.
Acts c27.,,,

 

 

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††††††††††† Old Testament:
†††††††††††††††††††††† is of only Israel†††††† (all of Israel, but only Israel)
†††††††††††††††††††††† is not personal.

††††††††††† New Testament:
†††††††††††††††††††††† is of all people
†††††††††††††††††††††† is personal.


,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† See third cell (starting This place is merely temporary)
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† of earlier section: WHY IS THE UNIVERSE SECOND CLASS?.

 

Hence Moses led all of Israel through the parted Red Sea
whether every inividual wanted to go or not.

In contrast:

††††††††††† The Pharisees eventually killed Jesus.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† So at least some of the Pharisees were his enemies.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† See: Luke c4for context.

,†††††††† ,†††††††† Iím sure there were others too.See first cell
,†††††††† ,†††††††† of earlier section: WHY WAS JESUS EXECUTED?, , , ,

 

††††††††††† Hence Jesus healed people out of sight of his enemies.
†††††††††††
And most people who wanted healing
††††††††††† had to come to Jesus, or be carried to him,
Luke c5 v17-25
††††††††††† or send a request for him to comeMark c5 v21-43.

††††††††††† Merely going to Jesus was an act of faith.

,†††††††† ,†††††††† Perhaps see first four cells
,†††††††† ,†††††††† of later section: ACTS OF FAITH, , , ,

 

 

To conclude:

††††††††††† Old Testament miracles were sometimes
††††††††††† large-scale and impersonal.

††††††††††† New Testament miracles are always
††††††††††† small-scale and personal.

 

 

.

 

 

Another difference between Old Testament miracles
and New Testament miracles
is that:

††††††††††† Old Testament miracles were:
†††††††††††††††††††††† good, constructive,
†††††††††††††††††††††† or:
†††††††††††††††††††††† bad, destructive.

††††††††††† Whereas New Testament miracles are always only:
†††††††††††††††††††††† good, constructive.

,,††††††† ,,††††††† Perhaps see earlier section:
,,††††††† ,,††††††† GOD DOES NOT CHANGE
†††††††††††††††††† BUT HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH US CHANGES
.,,,,,

,,††††††† ,,††††††† Perhaps see earlier section:
,,††††††† ,,††††††† GOOD & BAD, RIGHT & WRONG, , , ,

 

 

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,,††††††† ,,††††††† To understandthe significance
,,††††††† ,,††††††† of New Testament miracles being only good, being only constructive:
,,††††††† ,,††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† see earlier webpage:
,,††††††† ,,††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† Proof of Godís existence††
,,††††††† ,,††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† and, immediately after it:
,,††††††† ,,††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† Godís origin., , , ,

 

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GOOD RELIGION
& BAD RELIGION

 

As you may have gathered, and as Paulís epistles show:
††††† the word religion can have a good meaning
††††† or a bad meaning:

Bad religion Ė is to have:

††††††††††† An analogue, variable, earthly, view
††††††††††† of wrong ways (sins):
†††††††††††††††††††††† ďOnly big sins count.
†††††††††††††††††††††† Small sins donít count.Ē

††††††††††† An analogue, variable, earthly, view
††††††††††† of Heaven:
†††††††††††††††††††††† ďIím good enough for Heaven,
†††††††††††††††††††††† Virtually nothing in me needs changing.Ē


,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† Perhaps also see later section:
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† SINS ARE DIGITAL, NOT ANALOGUE,
,††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AND ARE GODíS MEASURE
.


Good religion Ė is to have:

†††††††††††††††† A digital, perfect, heavenly, view
†††††††††††††††† of wrong ways (sins):
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ďEven small sins count . .

†††††††††††††††† A digital, perfect, heavenly, view
†††††††††††††††† of Heaven:
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ď . . hence none of us are going to Heaven
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† without help.So Iím so grateful to Jesus
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† for putting us right with his Father.

 

 

.

 

The Fatherís heart is entirely loving . .

††††† 1 John c4 v16††† (& v8):
†††††
ctd Ö God is love [i.e. agape love] Ö ctd†† KJV
,†††††††† Any kind of human love is less than Godís kind of love: agape love.
,
†††††††† I suppose thatís why itís:†† God is love,†† and not:†† love is God.

 

. . hence bad religion:

††††† seems God-led,
††††† but is actually
††††† people-led

††††† is an extension of the world:
††††† leaves you as a part of
††††† the world,

††††† leaves God as unknown

 

 

 

††††† inspires, in you, a love,
††††† but only for those
††††† who deserve it

 

††††† needs enforcing

††††† involves your soul
††††† but not your heart/
spirit.

. . hence good religion:

††††† is Godís Son
††††† having reconciled
††††† all of us to his Father

††††† gives you Godís Spirit
††††† and the certainty of an
††††† eternal home in Heaven

††††† produces a big, warm,
††††† knowing, familiar,
††††† relationship with God

††††† inspires, in you, a love
††††† for everyone,
††††† even for those who
††††† donít deserve it

††††† is attractive

††††† involves your heart/spirit,
††††† which then involves
††††† your soul.

 

 

.

 

Good religion is:
††††††††††† agape love, in God, towards us.

which produces:
††††††††††† agape love, in us, towards God & others.

††††††††††† 1 John c4 v19:
††††††††††† We love him,
††††††††††† because he first loved us
.†† KJV

 

.

 

Bad religion is often called dead religion
(or just religion, dead being shown by the context):


††††††††††† Dead religion:
†††††††††††††††††††††† has only the Judgment mechanism.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† See left column, JUDGMENT TO COME,,,,
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† of earlier section: JESUS PREACHED BOTH JUDGMENT & FORGIVENESS.


††††††††††† Good religion, i.e. Christianity:
†††††††††††††††††††††† has the Judgment mechanism
††††† ††††† ††††† ††††† and the Forgiveness mechanism.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† See both columns
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† of earlier section: JESUS PREACHED BOTH JUDGMENT & FORGIVENESS. ,,,


††††††††††† In dead religion:
†††††††††††††††††††††† What you believe must be exact.
†††††††††††††††††††††† What you do must also be exact (legalism).
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† See earlier section:
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† THE OLD COVENANT
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† (THE JEWSí ACCOUNT WITH GOD)
. ,,,


††††††††††† In good religion, i.e. Christianity:
†††††††††††††††††††††† What you believe must be exact.
††††††††††††††††††††† But what you do
††††† ††††† ††††† ††††† is Ďmerelyí a result of what you believe
††††† ††††† ††††† ††††† and so may vary from person to person (love).

 

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In Christianity:

††††† ††††† Dead religion:
††††† ††††† ††††† Lets belief in Jesus to exist in your heart/
spirit.
††††† ††††† ††††† Stops your heart/
spirit duplicating that belief
††††† ††††† ††††† into your mind.
†††††††††††††††††††††† Hence belief is only in your heart/
spirit.
†††††††††††††††††††††† Hence you have joy in your heart/
spirit
†††††††††††††††††††††† but not in your soul.
†††††††††††††††††††††† In your soul you have only happiness.
,†††††††† ,††††††††††††††††††††††††††† See third cell of earlier section:
,†††††††† ,††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NATURAL BEAUTY & SPIRITUAL BEAUTY., , , ,

††††††††††† Dead religion is:
†††††††††††††††††††††† A soporific for the righteous.
†††††††††††††††††††††† A cover for the wicked.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,,††††††† ,,††††††† Perhaps see earlier section:
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,,††††††† ,,††††††† JESUSí USE OF THE WORDS ĎRIGHTEOUSí AND ĎWICKEDí, , , ,


In the world:

††††††††††† Secular dead religion:
†††††††††††††††††††††† Is the legislation of love.
†††††††††††††††††††††† But, as love cannot be legislated, itís fake,
†††††††††††††††††††††† mere forced politeness.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† For a definition of love, see: 1 Cor c13 NIV. ,,,,,


††††† ††††† Secular dead religion is powered by:
††††† ††††† ††††† ††††† fear of people
††††† ††††† ††††† ††††† or love of self (i
f it feels good it's right).

 

Good religion is:

††††††††††† God putting us right with himself, through Jesus,
††††††††††† so that we are grateful
††††††††††† so that we do good with ease:

†††††††††††††††††††††† John c10 v10:
††††††††††††††††
††††† The thief cometh not, but for to
†††††††††††††††† ††††† steal, and to kill, and to destroy:
†††††††††††††††† ††††† I am come that they might have life,
†††††††††††††††† ††††† and that they might have it
†††††††††††
††††† ††††† more abundantly.†† KJV

†††††††††††††††††††††† Matt c11 v28-30:
†††††††††††††††††††††† Come unto me, all
ye that labour
†††††††††††††††††††††† and are heavy laden,
††††††††††††††††††††††
and I will give you rest.
†††††††††††††††††††††† Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me;
†††††††††††††††††††††† for I am meek and lowly in heart:
†††††††††††††††††††††† and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
†††††††††††††††††††††† For my yoke
is easy,
†††††††††††††††††††††† and my burden is light.
†† KJV
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† A yoke is the collar on a beast of burden (horse, ox)
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† which is connected to the burden (cart, plough).

††††† ††††† Also we become holy in Godís eyes & mind.
††††††††††† Hence he was able to give us his Holy Spirit.
††††††††††† Hence we can do good miracles.
,†††††††† ,
†††††††† ĎDoí is the verb used in the KJV.

 

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In Christianity, dead religion
makes you think:
††††† ††††† earthly at worst
††††† ††††† Old Testament at best.

††††††††††† Hence you wrongly see:
††††††††††† ††††††††††† This universe Ė with its limited resources.
†††††††††††††††† ††††† But not God Ė with his unlimited resources.

††††††††††† and wrongly envisage
†††††††††††††††††††††† In these New Testament times,
†††††††††††††††††††††† only miracles that are materially vital.
†††††††††††††††††††††† (Just like Old Testament miracles
†††††††††††††††††††††† were all materially vital.)


Whereas good religion leaves you
thinking New Testament, thinking heavenly:

††††††††††† Hence, as well as you envisaging
††††††††††† miracles that are materially vital,
††††††††††† you also envisage
††††††††††† miracles that are not materially vital.

††††††††††† Just like some of Jesusí miracles
††††††††††† were not materially vital.

†††††††††††††††† Calming a
storm.

†††††††††††††††† Matt c8 v23-27†††† Mark c4 v35-41†††† Luke c8 v22-25†††††

††††† †††††††††††††††† Wait until the stormís over.
†††††††††††††††††††††† Or miraculously make it
†††††††††††††††††††††† not get so bad in the first place.

†††††
††††† ††††† Walking on water.
††††††††††††††††
Matt c14 v22-33

††††† †††††††††††††††† Walk around the lake.
††††††††††††††††††††††
(Jesus impressed with healing miracles anyway.)

†††††
††††† ††††† Cursing a fruitless fig tree.
††††††††††††††††
Matt c21 v17-22†††† Mark c11 v11-25††††
††††† †††††††††††††††† Chop it down, or just ignore it.

†††††
††††† ††††† Miraculously catching a huge catch of fish.
††††††††††††††††
Luke c5 v1-11,,,,,

†††††††††††††††††††††† (Jesus impressed with healing miracles anyway.)
†††††††††††††††††††††† Also, they didnít need the fish;
†††††††††††††††††††††† they just left them all behind.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,
†††††††† I reckon John c21 v1-6 is forged, so I ignore it.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† Perhaps see earlier section: BIBLE VERSES THAT I OMIT. ,,,,,


†††††
††††† ††††† Miraculously feeding 5,000 people
†††††
††††† ††††† merely because it was late in the day.
††††††††††††††††
Matt c14 v13-21†††† Mark c6 v31-44
††††††††††††††††
Luke c9 v10-17††† John c6 v5-15

††††† †††††††††††††††† Send them home before it gets any later.

,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† This is different from another congregation, of 4,000 people,
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† who had already gone three days without eating
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† and so actually needed food to miraculously appear
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† to sustain them for the long walk home.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† Matt c15 v32 Ė c16 v10††† Mark c8 v1-9


†††††
††††† ††††† Miraculously foreknowing Nathanael.
††††††††††††††††
John c1 v43-51

††††††††††† ††††††††††† (Jesus impressed with healing miracles anyway.)

††††† ††††††††††† Miraculously finding a coin, in a fishís mouth,
†††††††††††††††† to pay a tax.
††††††††††††††††
Matt c17 v27††

†††††††††††††††††††††† Ask around for it or borrow it.

†††††††††††††††† Miraculously changing 160 gallons of water into wine.
††††††††††††††††
John c2 v1-11††
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† Mind you, though it was no medical emergency,
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† perhaps it was a social emergency.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† See: Crisis of Wine and Joy in Cana. ,,,,,

 

 

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GODíS METHODS

 

Ironically, if Christians today:
††††††††††† did the same miracles Jesus did
††††††††††† listed in the last cell of the previous section
††††††††††† (as compared to, say, healing miracles),
many other ĎChristiansí would accuse them
of doing demonic tricks.

††††††††††† I reckon theyíd accuse because:
††††††††††††††††
o††† They go to church
†††††††††††††††††††††† but do not believe all Jesus said.
††††††††††††††††
o††† They are earthly minded
†††††††††††††††††††††† and judging heavenly matters.
††††††††††††††††
o††† Because such miracles are not vital.

††††††††††† Here are some examples of current, non-vital, miracles
††††††††††† that include some body-changing-for-the-better miracles.

,†††††††† ,†††††††† YouTube: Ė Supernatural weight Loss?
,†††††††† ,†††††††† and:
,†††††††† ,†††††††† YouTube: Ė Supernatural weightloss is easy on her knees
,†††††††† ,†††††††† and:
,†††††††† ,†††††††† YouTube: Ė Jesus gave her a new tooth and more
,†††††††† ,†††††††† and, dare I add:
,†††††††† ,†††††††† YouTube: Ė Money manifesting out of thin air.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† (God does not forge money,
,†††††††† ,†††††††† so Iím sure someone, a human, gave it, sacrificially
,†††††††† ,†††††††† somewhere along the line.)

,†††††††† ,†††††††† YouTube: Ė Heidi Baker: Intimacy for Miracles Ė CBN.com
,†††††††† ,†††††††† See: creating chicken & beads, at:2m 30sto5m 45s.

,†††††††† †††††† YouTube: Ė GIRL'S BACK OF THE HEAD GREW 15 mm,
†††††††††††††††††† jaws and ears realigned!
. ,,,,,

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Such ĎChristiansí might also condemn:
†††††††††††
laughing in the Spirit, being drunk in the Spirit,
††††††††††† being slain in the Spirit, shaking in the Spirit,
††††††††††† burning in the Spirit, etc
.

Whereas I reckon that such things are of God.

(Mind you, like anything thatís of God,
demons can produce a worldly fake.
Matt c7 v15-23),,,,,
Perhaps see later section: TRICKS & MIRACLES.,,,,,

††††††††††† Regarding normal laughter, earthly laughter:
†††††††††††††††††††††† It needs knowledge of two (or more)
†††††††††††††††††††††† different, earthly, concepts/situations
†††††††††††††††††††††† before the punch-line suddenly reveals
†††††††††††††††††††††† their incongruous juxtaposition.
†††††††††††††††††††††† (
Sudden relief is how a comedy punch-line works.)
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† Perhaps see sixteenth cell (starting In fourth cell of)
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† of earlier section: BREAKDOWN OF THE etc.

 

††††††††††† Regarding laughing in the Spirit:
†††††††††††††††††††††† Itís not objective but subjective.
†††††††††††††††††††††† You suddenly see
†††††††††††††††††††††† that you have already moved:
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† out of the kingdom of the world
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (this temporary, judging, world
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† with its good side and bad side)
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† into the eternal kingdom of light.

,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† In 1907 Smith Wigglesworth once inadvertently caused
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† eleven of his congregation to fall to the floor,
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† helplessly laughing in the Spirit.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† Perhaps see near foot of:
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† WIGGLESWORTH BAPTISED IN THE HOLY SPIRIT,
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† or ch5 (p49) of Smith Wigglesworth: Apostle of Faith,
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† by Stanley H Frodsham.

,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† Perhaps also see:
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† YouTube: Ė The FIRE of the HOLY SPIRIT comes down:
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Peterborough UK revival meetings.
.,,,,,
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† A short, 13m, video of the miraculous.

,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† I suspect that all the burning

,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† was build up, or somesuch,

,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† to the Ďdemon wrapped around the headí deliverance, at 8m 38s.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† At 10m 56s, ĎThat your joy might be fullĒ lesson
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† makes sense to me.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† John c14 v1-11†††† John c16 v23-24†††† 1 John c1 v1-4,,,,,

.

Christians differ in their methods of ministry.
Perhaps see eighth cell (starting Mark Hemans, Australian)
of earlier section
ABOUT BIBLICAL TEACHER-HEALERS GENERALLY.


††††††††††† Mark blows the Holy Spirit onto the microphone
††††††††††† as well as onto the person.
John c20 v22,,,,,
††††††††††† He also does the Ďlaying on of the footí
††††††††††† as well as the laying on of hands.
†††††††††††
Deut c34 v9†† Acts c8 v17-19Acts c9 v17†† Acts c19 v6,,,,,

††††††††††† Mark also believes, and so experiences,
††††††††††† Godís Spirit, in him, and around him:
†††††††††††††††††††††† casting out demons,
†††††††††††††††††††††† fixing body & soul,
††††††††††† often accompanied, within the person,
††††††††††† by a feeling of burning.††
Matt c3 v11†† Luke c3 v16,,,,,

Of course, Jesus, and any Christian who miraculously heals,
have the Holy Spirit in common:

††††††††††† In every case,
††††††††††† ††††††††††† Itís Godís Spirit who does the actual healing.

††††††††††† And, in every case:
†††††††††††††††††††††† Itís Godís Spirit who gives guidance
†††††††††††††††††††††† (helpful prophesy &/or helpful words of knowledge).

For Jesus, and for any Christian,
the Holy Spiritís guidance varies:

††††† ††††† Telling to heal one person one way
††††††††††† and to heal another person another way,
††††††††††† even when itís the same illness.

That may seem random.
But actually it varies according to
the healer, the patient, the circumstances, and the sickness:

††††††††††† Does the patient believe the gospel?
††††††††††† Do they also believe that God will heal them now?
††††††††††† If they have belief,
††††††††††† do they also have unbelief: doubt, in their mind
††††††††††† (i.e. does this sickness scare them,
††††††††††† more than other sicknesses)?
††††††††††† Are there others, in their life,
††††††††††† who would prompt/encourage them to doubt?
††††††††††† Are those people, in thought or physically, present?
††††††††††† If theyíre not present, might they discourage them later
††††††††††† and so (inadvertently) cause them to lose their healing?
††††††††††† Even if they believe, are they also doing something wrong?
†††††††††† Has doing that sin/wrong
††††††††††† been an invitation, to a demon, to come, and stay,
††††††††††† with his Ďgiftí of encouragement to sin/do wrong?
††††††††††† Which act of faith would be appropriate
††††††††††† for the person to do, if any?
††††††††††† Etc.

††††††††††† N.B. Let God:
†††††††††††††††††††††† do the calculations
†††††††††††††††††††††† then tell you what to do.

.

Most Christians assume that Jesusí methods,
or rather the Holy Spiritís methods, enacted through Jesus:
††††††††††† were, and are, perfect,
††††††††††† are what we should all be aiming for:

††††††††††† That means, perhaps, that
†††††††††††
laughing in the Spirit, being drunk in the Spirit,
††††††††††† being slain in the Spirit, shaking in the Spirit,
††††††††††† burning in the Spirit, etc,
†††††††††††
are all part of an inferior phase we are in.
††††††††††† For Jesus did none of these things.

††††††††††† Also, we speak in tongues, but Jesus did not.

††††††††††† Also, Paul wrote that tongues, prophesies, & knowledge,
††††††††††† will all cease.††
1 Cor c13†† Note v8.
,†††††††† ,
†††††††† Makes sense when you think about it.

††††††††††† All this means that we are in an inferior, passing, phase.

††††††††††† Conversely, Jesus said that we would do
††††††††††† greater miracles than he did:

††††††††††† John c14 v12-14:
††††††††††† Verily, verily, I say unto you,
††††††††††† ††††† He that believeth on me,
††††††††††† ††††† the works that I do
††††††††††† ††††† shall he do also;
††††††††††† ††††† and greater
works than these shall he do;
††††††††††† ††††† because I go unto my Father
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††† [i.e. I die Ė so that he can send you the Holy Spirit, permanently.]

††††††††††† ††††† And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name,
†††††††††††††††† that will I do,
††††††††††† ††††† that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
††††††††††† ††††† If ye shall ask any thing in my name,
†††††††††††††††† I will do
it.†† KJV


,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† Perhaps see later section: CONTINUING THE SONíS WORK
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† and
,†††††††† ,†††††††† ,†††††††† earlier section: GODLY SELF-CONFIDENCE., , .

††††††††††† That this isnít happening yet
††††††††††† also supports the idea
††††††††††† that the manifestations in the previous cell
††††††††††† are temporary,
††††††††††† are evidence that we are in a passing phase,
††††††††††† an inferior, passing, phase.

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Jesus always obeyed the Spirit such that,
because people, circumstances, & sicknesses, all vary,
he, ended up doing things in a variety of ways.

If we, too, always obey the Spirit,
then,
because people, circumstances, & sicknesses, all vary,
we too, should end up doing things in a variety of ways.

††††††††††† If our variety of ways
††††††††††† gets to be exactly the same as
††††††††††† Jesusí variety of ways
††††††††††† then thatís less variety than it could be.

††††††††††† Thatís not what the Constructor wants.
,†††††††† ,†††††††† Perhaps again see earlier section: GOOD & BAD, RIGHT & WRONG.,,,,,


††††††††††† Hence our variety of ways of doing things
††††††††††† should vary, where it can vary,
††††††††††† from Jesusí variety of ways of doing things.

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Some Christians heal people a whole crowd at a time,
a method that Jesus never used.

††††††††††† Jesusí method, the one-at-a-time
method, is best
††††††††††† because thereís the opportunity
††††††††††† for, perhaps vital, discourse;
††††††††††† discourse in the form of:
††††††††††† words of knowledge, words of wisdom, and prophesy.
†††††††††††
Mark c9 v21-24†††† Luke c7 v6-10†††† Mark c7 v24-30 ,,,,,


,†††††††† ,†††††††† For the difference between prophesy and words of knowledge
,†††††††† ,†††††††† see: YouTube: Ė Prophetic Word vs. Word of Knowledge
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† // Katia Adams // Vineyard Insights
. ,,,,,

Smith Wigglesworth was the first to miraculously heal
a whole crowd at a time (others have since followed suit).

But it was only because he was forced to do so
by the Swiss police (though God knew how it would all go):

††††††††††† The police were going to arrest him
††††††††††† for ďpracticing medicine without a licenseĒ
††††††††††† if he continued to heal people individually.

††††††††††† Presumably they saw it as healing:
†††††††††††††††††††††† if he laid his hands on people
†††††††††††††††††††††† or gave them individual attention.
††††††††††† But not healing:
†††††††††††††††††††††† if he healed them a whole crowd at a time
†††††††††††††††††††††† without touching them,
††††††††††† which is what, in
Switzerland, he then continued to do.

,†††††††† ,†††††††† Perhaps see: YouTube: Ė Insider view of Smith Wigglesworth, 2m 15s,
,†††††††† ,†††††††† or ch6 (p68 onwards) of Smith Wigglesworth: Apostle of Faith,
,†††††††† ,†††††††† by Stanley H Frodsham, (also ch9 p113 onwards).

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If Jesus miraculously healed people today, in the UK,
he would be repeatedly arrested and eventually jailed;
charged with ďpracticing medicine without a licenseĒ.

Likewise if, in the UK,
any believer who does what Jesus did,
does what Jesus told us to do:
††††††††††† Matt c10 v8:
†††††††††††
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead,
††††††††††† cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give
.†† KJV
would be also arrested and eventually jailed.
See later section: BAPTIZED IN GODíS SPIRIT LATER?., , .

Of course there is no such license.It doesnít exist.
There is no college, there is no test/exam, there is no license,
for
doing miracles.
For medicine, yes.For doing miracles, no.
ĎDoí is the verb used in the KJV.

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Another problem might be that:

††††††††††† If someone:
†††††††††††††††† is miraculously healed,
†††††††††††††††† and used to do some sin/wrong
†††††††††††††††† that, somehow, demonically caused
†††††††††††††††† their illness/condition,
††††††††††† then:
†††††††††††††††† even though theyíre now healed,
†††††††††††††††† if they go back to doing that sin/wrong,
†††††††††††††††† their illness/condition will return.
†† John c5 v1-14 ,,

,†††††††† ,†††††††† Perhaps see more
,†††††††† ,†††††††† in later section:
,†††††††† ,†††††††† UNBELIEF, & KEEPING YOUR HEALING ,,,,,

 

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