About The Newness Promised in The Bible (Ezekiel 36:26-27)

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Introduction

The Old Testament spoke of newness which could be had by believing the New – by believing in Messiah (Christ) who was given for the New covenant (Isaiah 42:6, 49:8, 2 Corinthians 5:17).

Here the newness and what it consists of will be explained – but first a main passage on this matter is;

And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.
Ezekiel 36:26‭-‬27 ESV

What Is This Newness?

These verses speak of a [figurative] new heart and G-d’s Holy Spirit, as causing a person to observe His commmandments. These two items will now be explained;

About The New Heart

The new heart, means that a person will no longer desire the sinful things they used to indulge/dabble in – but rather have a heart for and be open to, G-d’s commandments.

A person will naturally be inclined to seek, learn, and then observe the Law of Moses.

About The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit within, means that in addition to having a soft heart and being open to the commandments, this newness (being born again), means that person will cease being a slave to sin;

Negative sinful deeds, which may have been habitual and/or second nature – no longer overcome, defeat, or even seem pallitable to a believer in Christ;

For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
Romans 8:13 ESV

And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Galatians 5:24 ESV

‘…we who died to sin…’
(Romans 6:2 ESV).

An example of this would be a former shoplifter or adulterer, who now no longer wants to do shoplifting/adultery at any time, as opposed to just having a short break from the sinful deed, and then returning to it habitually (2 Peter 2:20, Hebrews 10:26).

The very thought of shoplifting/adultery is offensive and an impossibility now that they believe in Messiah (Christ) and have repented.

This person had read up on the commandment ‘do not steal’/’do not commit adultery’ – and ever since, this good instruction has resonated with them, along with the rest.

This is a process, as a person must learn the law of Moses, before they can observe it – hence;

‘…to be conformed to the image of his Son…’
(Romans 8:29 ESV)

A believer might slip along the way (G-d forbid) – however – not wilfully (1 John 2:1, Hebrews 10:26).

There is the matter of the ‘overwhelming scourge’ in a believer’s life which Isaiah 28:18-19 ESV speaks on – however, one will find that this spiritual phenomenon means that the believer has not sinned (Romans 7:17), but rather the one(s) who sent it (the spiritual overwhelming scourge) are at fault (Ephesians 6:12) [See; You Are Not Sinning, They Are (Ephesians 6:12)].

As we are on the topic of the Holy Spirit within a believer, this also refers to the assistance/actioning of any good deeds which a person might do.

A believer in turn credits these good deeds to G-d, as without Him, we would likley not have even lifted a finger or come to the knowledge of the truth – despite trials and time spent in getting there;

for it is God who is at work in you, both to desire and to work for His good pleasure.
Philippians 2:13 NASB2020

‘…What do you have that you did not receive?…’
(1 Corinthians 4:7 NASB2020)

‘…perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth,’
(2 Timothy 2:25 NASB2020)

How Does This Newness Look?

Despite this born again newness being life changing – especially with one’s daily conduct – from the outside, this change in a person’s lifestyle typically looks organic / non-miraculous, from another person’s point of view.

How Is This Classified As Spiritual Newess, And Not Just A Person Having A Simple Change Of Heart?

This newness does not mean a person will become a robot, and begin to see visions and arrows pointing the way in which they should go. Nor is this newness part of a limited man-made self-help seminar.

On the other hand there is enduring positive change in a person, and this change is in line with what Holy Scripture defines as good.

Once, a person has had the door opened to them after knocking without ceasing (Luke 11:8, 11:10, Matthew 5:6), one will find that a believing person has then been born again – and that believer will cease being a slave to sin, and this all grows stronger as they learn what Holy Scripture defines sin actually is.

This means negative sinful deeds, which may have been habitual and/or second nature – no longer overcome, defeat, or even seem pallitable to a believer in Christ;

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV

The Law of Moses (Torah) is spiritual. Believe it or not, the Law of Moses (which includes the famous Ten Commmandments) is a spiritual law according to Holy Scripture;

‘For we know that the law is spiritual…’
(Romans 7:14 ESV).

If a person believes believes in Christ and is upholding the law of Moses (Romans 3:28, 3:31 ESV) – both in public and private; this is a very strong indicator that they are born again and spiritual (John 3:3);

For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
Romans 8:7‭-‬8 ESV

This believer being spiritual is known as being ‘born again’ / ‘born from above’ (John 3:3), and this also represents the newness that is being discussed here.

Such a person is also demonstrating positive qualities and traits which are referred to as the ‘fruit of the Spirit’ – as a derivative of their believing;

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Galatians 5:22‭-‬23 ESV

What Is The Purpose Of This Newness?

• Freedom from slavery to sin
• Aquiring of positive values, qualities, and traits,

In an effort to

• Be heaven ready, and live forever without end, upon resurrection, in the new heaven and new earth which are above;

For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.
Romans 8:13 NIV.

Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found spotless and blameless by Him, at peace,
2 Peter 3:14 NASB2020

Hoping it is fruitful with you.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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The First Of The Famous Ten Commandments Explained – (Monotheism And It’s Importance)

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Introduction

“You shall have no other gods before me.
Exodus 20:3 ESV

The first of the ten commandments which forms part of the law of Moses, can potentially be misunderstood by some, and explained away by others.

Explanation

When it says you shall have no other gods before Me, this means you shall not worship any other god at all.

It does not mean, ‘you can have other spiritual worship practices, but should just try to keep G-d as number one on your list.’ – and we see this in other verses which state that the worshiping or even associating with other gods is not allowed for G-d’s people;

‘…you shall not worship any other god…’
(Exodus 34:14 NASB2020)

The word ‘gods’ here has a lower case little ‘g’ which is appropriate in this instance.

By having g a lower case ‘g’, this means the verse is making a distinction between the uncreated creator of all things (the G-d of Abraham), and all other spirits which He created that qualify for the title god.

Did you know that in the Bible, that angels, and even men are referred to as gods? We see such examples in verses such as;

I said, “You are gods, And all of you are sons of the Most High. Nevertheless you will die like men, And fall like one of the princes.”
Psalms 82:6‭-‬7 NASB2020

‘…you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.”’
(Genesis 32:28 ESV)
[Re: no man can or should wrestle with God, thus here he likely wrestled with an angellic spirit type creature].

One of the reasons for this is because ancient words can have multiple meanings.

Regardless however, we see that the practice of worshiping men, and even angels is forbidden;

When John went to worship an angel (by accident, as he may have probably thought it was G-d for a moment), the angel said you must not do that – instead worship God;

‘…I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel… but he said to me, “You must not do that!… Worship God.”’
(Revelation 22:8‭-‬9 ESV)

The book of Colossians tells us that worship of anything but the uncreated G-d, is worthy of disqualification with regards to this faith and everlasting life;

Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind,
Colossians 2:18 ESV

It is listed as a negative, forbidden, sinful practice.

We can conclude here, but just quickly if someone reads Holy Scripture and notices it states in verses such as Matthew 14:33, that people worshipped the Lord Jesus Christ (Yehoshua); if one was to quickly review the ancient word being translated, they would see that the legal definition that fits context here is more along the lines of ‘reverence’ or to ‘honor’ – much like how men used to respectfully greet one and another in ancient times.

Some examples of ancient greetings, where they honored earchother out of respect etc. read;

Then Abraham bowed down before the people of the land.
Genesis 23:12 ESV

He himself went on before them, bowing himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.
Genesis 33:3 ESV

With this Scripture states clearly that with regard to spirit type angelic creation, there is only one mediator between G-d and mankind;

For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,
1 Timothy 2:5 NIV

And today – more so than ever due to itching ears – anything past this is outside of the bounds of Holy Scripture – it says;

For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.
2 Timothy 4:3‭-‬4 ESV

Instead, certainly the Gospel is everlasting;

‘…the eternal gospel…’
(Revelation 14:6 NIV)

Shalom and hoping it is fruitful.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His created, risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua/Yeshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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Further Reading

A Person Cannot Worship Christ – (worship vs. honor)

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Ephesians 2:15 Explained – ‘…abolishing the law of commandments…’

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Introduction

Some may currently and mistakenly feel that ‘Ephesians 2:15 says that some parts of the law of Moses have been cancelled…’;

by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace,
Ephesians 2:15 ESV

Politely, Ephesians 2:15 does not speak of this at all, and this explanation of the verse will show how it refers to how both Jews and Gentiles who believe in Christ (Messiah), are now one, and thus they are no longer forbidden to assosiate with each other, but allowed.

Explanation

Ephesians 2:15 speaks of creating ‘one man’, and we will see that when it says ‘…abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances…’ (ESV) – that this relates to how Jews and Gentiles who believe in Messiah (Christ), may assosiate, live, and eat together as they are now one in Christ.

Previously, it was illegal for Jews to live or associate with unbelieving Gentiles – we see this demonstrated when Simon Peter spoke;

And he said to them, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit anyone of another nation, but God has shown me that I should not call any person common or unclean.
Acts 10:28 ESV

However, when a Gentile believes – that person is no longer deemed ‘common’ and unclean, but is now ‘clean’ (Acts 10:15). This also applies to those who have been designated by G-d to believe (John 6:44), as we see in the example of Cornelius and his household in Acts 10-11.

The verse above Ephesians 2:15 (v.14) speaks of ‘…the dividing wall of hostility.’;

For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility
Ephesians 2:14 ESV

And verse verse v.16 speaks of ‘hostility’ [again, between Jews and Gentiles on either side of this wall who do not believe] being not existing any more;

and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.
Ephesians 2:16 ESV

Verses 20-21 show us further that this enmity between Jews and Gentiles, which is referred to as the ‘wall of hostility’, is no longer there – as when these people believe in Christ (Messiah), they are one, joined together;

‘…Christ Jesus… being joined together…’
(Ephesians 2:20‭-‬21 ESV)

Verses 19 and 12 show us that these Jews and Gentiles who believe, are now one and are both ‘fellow citizens’, of the ‘…commonwealth of Israel…’;

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,
Ephesians 2:19 ESV

‘…the commonwealth of Israel…’
(Ephesians 2:12 ESV).

For Contextual Support

Galatians refers to the above emnity between Jews and Gentiles who do not believe in Christ, when it speaks of the wall of hostility and the act of building and tearing down;

For if I rebuild what I tore down, I prove myself to be a transgressor.
Galatians 2:18 ESV

The explanation of Galatians 2:18 is as follows;

Cephas (a devout Jew) was not welcoming to Gentiles who had believed (Galatians 2:11-14).

Cephas may have still been grasping the good news of the Gospel, in that in Christ ‘…all the nations of the earth…’ [are] ‘…blessed…’ (Genesis 22:18 ESV, Galatians 3:16). Believers become citizens of Israel (Ephesiams 2:19, 2:12, Isaiah 53:11)] and are Israelites (Galatians 6:15-16).

Cephas may also not have known at the time, that the Gentiles eating at the table in Galatians 2 were genuine born again believers in Messiah (Christ).

What does this mean?

By Cephas not welcoming the Gentiles who believed, as native Israelites, Cephas was in a metaphorical way trying to ‘build up’ the wall of hostility that exists between unbelieving Jews and Gentiles. This wall had already been ‘torn down’ – because these Gentiles believed in Christ.

This is why dear Cephas was corrected by the faithfully observant apostle Paul, so that he would be walking in line with this truth with regard to the gospel (Galatians 2:11, 2:14) which is in agreement with the Torah (‘…people of all nations…’ – Genesis 22:18).

Hoping it is fruitful.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His created, risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua/Yeshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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The Commandment Is ‘…not too hard for you…’ – (Deuteronomy 30:11 Explained).

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Introduction

‘not too hard…’ – or is it- ‘not hidden…’?

Deuteronomy 30:11, can be quite hard to understand when read in many English translations on this occaision.

The purpose of this explanation is to show that observing all commandments on this fallen earth, is actually very hard (Acts 15:10), especially without sinning; Thus any translation which states it is ‘…not too hard for you…’, might not be best communicating the meaning of the verse.

The Clearer Translation is that the Law of Moses ‘…is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.’ (Deuteronomy 30:11 KJV), this meaning that ‘the Law of Moses has now been revealed, and is not hidden from you, but is now near and has been made available in your hands’.

The Hard To Understand Translations

ESV
“For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off.
Deuteronomy 30:11 ESV

NASB
‘…not too difficult for you…’
(Deuteronomy 30:11 NASB2020)

NIV
‘…not too difficult for you…’
(Deuteronomy 30:11 NIV)

Explanation On Why The Above English Translations Might Not Be Best In This Instance;

Without malice, if a translation says here that [all of] the law is ‘not too hard to do’, such goes against a key premise, which is expressed in the entire scope of Holy Scripture;

‘no person can observe all the law without failing in atleast one point of it – as all people born of fallen man’s seed, here, sadly sin (ref. Ecclesiastes 7:20 KJV).

Scriptures states that a person is to keep all commandments all the day;

‘…keep all my commands always…’
(Deuteronomy 5:29 NIV, also see 28:1; ‘…all…’)

Meaning, G-d seeks His people to do all commandments, always.

Therefore,

For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.
James 2:10 ESV

and,

For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.
Romans 3:20 ESV.

The disciples confirm that even their observant fathers could not do everything 100% correctly without fail, in this life here;

‘…a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors have been able to bear?’
(Acts 15:10 NIV).

The Law states that a person is to do ‘all’ the commandments ‘all the time’ (Deuteronomy 5:29 / 5:26 translation dependant).’, and this interpretation along with the supporting Holy Scriptures, inturn means that maintining the doing of all the commandments can be hard on this fallen earth (Acts 15:10). Kindly note that this is not a free licence to relax and stop observance (Matthew 5:19-20).

With this, G-d shows us that instead of His people bringing an animal sacrifice to the temple for their sins; that, He instead ultimately rathers that they do not sin at all, or continue in any lawless ways.

If sin ever become habitual in nature within a person and the in the culture of Israel (G-d forbid), then the incorrect mindset that such behaviour can continue, so long as an animal sacrifice is later brought to ‘make up for it’ might become a norm of sorts. Hoping all overcome such a bond (Genesis 4:7, Romans 8:13, Revelation 21:6-7).

This is what it means when it says,

For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
Hosea 6:6 ESV

(Note: Strong’s Hebrew Concordance word H1847, translated here as ‘knowledge’, is used in both Hosea 6:6 and Isaiah 53:11, interlinear text.

This ‘knowledge…’ is a word used in both verses, which indicates a person knows the law of Moses and does it very well, even perfectly.

In Isaiah 53:11-12, it speaks of how by Messiah’s knowledge [of G-d and inturn His law] he would make many accounted righteous [he would be walking uprightly, and then afyer his death and resurrection, was declared the high priest in the order of Melchizadek (Psalm 110:4). Christ then goes on to make intercession (prayer), ‘bear[ing] their sins’ (ref. Isaiah 53:11) in this way – as the ‘mediator’ (1 Timothy 2:5) for the new covenant that he was given for (Isaiah 42:6, 49:8).

With these findings, it could be said that (without malice) the above translations of Deuteronomy 30:11 might not communicate the meaning of this verse clearly to some, in this particular instance (the genuine efforts of the translators are greatly appreciated here despite this).

The Clearer Translation Of Deuteronomy 30:11

The clearer English translation for Deuteronomy 30:11 in this instance can be found in the KJV;

For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.
Deuteronomy 30:11 KJV

Explanation: ‘The Law of Moses has now been revealed, and is not hidden from you, but is now near and has been made available in your hands’.

Such a translation and explanation, also tends to agree in this particular instance with the commentary from Rashi on Deuteronony 30:11.

The explanation also follows the writing style of the next verses of Deuteronomy – which go on to say;

It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’
Deuteronomy 30:12‭-‬13 ESV.

Verse 14, then goes on to say;

No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.
Deuteronomy 30:14 NIV

Meaning, the commandments are now known, and one can also move forward by learning and doing them.

Support From The New Testament (Brit Chadasha);

Romans 10:6-8 mimicks the writing style used, when compared to the verse(s) from Deuteronomy.

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” —that is, the word of faith which we are preaching,
Romans 10:8 NASB2020

The verses in Romans 10 however speak on the statute that Isaiah had later prophesied/penned. The statute is about ‘righteousness and everlasting life about being made available to mankind by grace through faith’ (Isaiah 28:16-18);

‘…a precious cornerstone… ‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’
Then your covenant with death will be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol will not stand…’
(Isaiah 28:16‭, ‬28:18‭, ‬28:22 ESV)

‘…Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.’
(Ephesians 2:20 NIV)

This is a central statute expounded upon in the New Testament, which relates to the New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:31-34).

Romans 10:8, is speaking in the context of it [the statute found in Isaiah, which is by faith] being near, and no longer hidden or far away – and this is in a similar style of writing to the subject verse that this explanation is based around, Deuteronomy 30:11.

Hoping that the above is fruitful with you.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His created, risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua/Yeshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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Luke 11:5-9 Parable Explained: The Gospel Is Eternal – Even After The End Of The Age, Everlasting Life.

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The purpose of this explanation of the parable found in Luke 11:5-9, is to show how it is communicating the fact that everlasting life will always be available to anyone who believes and endures here.

This is despite the fact that the doors to the kingdom of heaven are now ‘locked’, and the wedding feast of the Lamb has ended.

It is now dark and way past midnight here.

The parable begins now, and will be explained section by section in [brackets];

‘Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say,…’
(Luke 11:5 NIV)

[Suppose I (Christ) have a friend (G-d), and I go to Him at midnight – at night, when no one can work outward miracles (John 9:4), and it is past the end, and say,]

‘…‘Friend lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ 
(Luke 11:5-6 NIV)

[G-d, please lend me much grace, as a believer in You and in me (Isaiah 50:10, John 14:1) has died on the earth that you raised me from (Isaiah 53:10), and he is now here (at the door of the Kingdom of Heaven) seeking the promised grace and everlasting life that all who believe in Christ and endure to the end recieve (Revelation 14:12, Acts 15:11).

He has made it here believing, despite the end if the age having already been! (Matthew 24:34-35).

As a result of his lateness arriving with faith, I have no grace left to offer him now that he has died and is here (ref. Acts 15:11). This is because the banquet has concluded – meaning that it is now past midnight, and thus past the prophesied ‘end of the age’ – the end of the earth.

We can see that the baked bread represents the kingdom of heaven as being complete and established from the parable of the three measures of leaven in Luke 13:20-21, which represent the kingdom of heaven. Whilst Christ was on the earth, it was still being baked. Thus, in the parable that is being explained; there is no no entry, no grace – as essentially ‘all is and done’, meaning this latecoming believer has no hope of gaining everlasting life and access into the kingdom of heaven, unless he recieves grace by his continuing to knock at the door – as we’ll see in a moment.]

And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ 
Luke 11:7 NIV

[And suppose G-d, from His temple, which is not located in the new earth (which is above this earth), but is in the new heaven, which is above the new earth (Isaiah 66:22, 66:24, 65:17, Revelation 21:1Revelation 14:17), said;
It is passed midnight, passed the end, all is done, the wedding feast the Lamb has ended; the doors to the kingdom of heaven are now ‘locked’ (Matthew 24:34-35, 24:29, Luke 14:24).

The supper/banquet that G-d holds for the Lamb (Christ), and the ‘bride’ (‘new jerusalem’ – ref. Revelation 21:2) – with his brothers and sisters (Matthew 22:1-14, Luke 14:15-24, Revelation 13:7-9), is now finished.

The second coming of Messiah (Christ) took place spiritually before this (Matthew 24:33, Mark 13:26-27), and now they look down from the new heaven/earth at the lake that burns with fire forever (Isaiah 66:24, Revelation 20:13-15) – this old earth which is essentially desolate of righteousness (Matthew 24:12), especially Spirit and truth (John 4:24).

I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.
Luke 11:8 NIV

[G-d will not give grace which leads to everlasting life to a believing latecomer – based soley on that latecoming believer being ‘friends’ with Messiah (believing the gospel) and in turn believing in G-d (ref. 1 John 2:23);

However, because the latecoming believer kept on knocking all along the way of his journey here (which means, ‘they were faithful, believing the Gospel, repenting, immersing (baptism; ref. 1 Peter 3:21, Matthew 28:19-20), and observing the law of Moses (Romans 3:31 ESV)); grace is given in consideration of this – which results in everlasting life, and thus entry to the kingdom of heaven, from G-d, by the hand of Christ.

Isaiah says He ‘…will not destroy them all.’ (Isaiah 65:8 ESV). Revelation says the Gospel is ‘…everlasting…’ (Revelation 14:6), and this means that whosoever believes in Christ (Messiah), will not simply just perish [eventually], and be sent back to the lake that burns with fire, but will live forever without end (ref. Isaiah 28:16, 28:18, 28:22, John 3:16, Revelation 21:8, 22:14).]

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
Luke 11:9 NIV

[The Gospel is everlasting (Revelation 14:6). The diligently latecomer beliver will recieve the grace that will result in their resurrection to everlasting life without end, by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9) – not shrinking back (Hebrews 10:39, 10:38), and not worshiping/taking the mark of the beast (Revelation 14:9-10).

This believer’s continued, learned, steadfast patience and endurance (ref. Romans 2:7, 5:3-5) is fruitful.

The call to come out of all sin and foreign worship has never been so urgent and encouraging;

‘…“Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues;’
(Revelation 18:4 ESV)]

Luke 11:5‭-‬9 (NIV) interpreted and explained.


Hoping it is fruitful with you, and your believing;

‘…the everlasting gospel…’
(Revelation 14:6 KJV).

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

Shalom v’kind regards,

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Rosh Hashanah: How The Seventh Month, And Not The First – Is The New Year

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Introduction

The aim of this explanation is to share how Rosh Hashanah (The Feast of Trumpets – ref. Leviticus 23:24), which takes place on the first day on the seventh month (Tishrei) on the Hebrew calandar, is actually the beginning of the Jewish new year – despite Nisan (Abib) being described as the beginning of the year in Exodus 12:2.

Quick Fact

Before we begin a fact to be aware of is that according to it’s definition, Tishrei (the seventh month) is ‘…from Akkadian tašrītu “Beginning”, from šurrû “To begin”…’* – however, we will not rely soley on this for the explanation.

Supporting Passage

Leviticus 25:8‭-‬13 is the supporting passage for this explanation, and will be explained on a moment;

‘…you shall sound the loud trumpet on the tenth day of the seventh month. On the Day of Atonement you shall sound the trumpet throughout all your land. And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you, when each of you shall return to his property and each of you shall return to his clan. That fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you; in it you shall neither sow nor reap what grows of itself nor gather the grapes from the undressed vines. For it is a jubilee. It shall be holy to you. You may eat the produce of the field.   “In this year of jubilee each of you shall return to his property.’
(Leviticus 25:9-‬13 ESV)

Explanation

This passage from the book of Leviticus tells us that in the seventh month – the fiftieth year (jubilee) is to be consecrated (v.10), declared as holy (ref. Rashi on Leviticus 25:10:1).

This is done on the Day of Atonement (v.9).

The Day of Atonement takes place a little over a week after Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish New Year). Rosh Hashanah is deemed the new year by way of tradition and custom.

How do we know that when it says to ‘consecrate’ a year, that this means it is the start and not the end of the year instead?

Today the instruction of the Pharisees (typically unbelieving, though zealous rabbis – Matthew 23:1-3) state, that in the land of Israel; the land is to rest in the fiftieth year (as well as every seventh year).

This means that from the beginning of the year right to the end of the year, work such as sowing, commercial reaping, and the selling of produce is forbidden – for the entire year.

Paraphrasing the context of IBN Ezra on Leviticus 25:13:1, he confirms that the phrase that reads along the lines of ‘In the year of this jubilee’ in verse 13, speaks of action at the beginning of the year.

A Question Which The Mishnah Can Answer

A person might have a question like this thus far;

‘why would we consecrate (v.10) the jubilee (declare the year holy) a little over a week after Rosh Hashanah (the traditional new year)?’

Perhaps we can see the reasoning for this, from another matter touched upon in the Mishnah applying here;

When paraphrasing context from the Kehati Mishnah, Taanit 1,1 – it says ‘one must make himself acceptable, before making a request…’; i.e. one has made sure he has ceased sowing and reaping, and one has also returned ‘…to his clan…’ (Lev 25:10 ESV). This person can now be sure that all is in order and acceptable, and only then can in turn consecrate that year (declare that year holy).

Other Supporting References And Commentary

In this particular instance, a person could see the commentary of Rashi on Exodus 23:16 relating to this matter, which further agrees – though in a different way.

Exodus 23:16 states that the Festival of Ingathering (Festival of Booths / Sukkot) which is just after, though in the same month as Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur – is in the new year, as the old year has just gone/passed (see Rashi on Exodus 23:16);

And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering, the year having just gone (since Rosh Hashanah, the Hebrew New Year) [H3318], when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field.
Exodus 23:16 KJV [amended]

IBN Ezra on Exodus 23:16:2 further agrees when it states that the civil new year begins with Tishrei, which is the seventh month (Rosh Hashanah being on the first day of Tishrei) – the same month that the above mentioned Feast of Ingathering (Sukkot) is also in.

What About Nisan (Abib) As The First Month?

From this explanation, we can also see that when Holy Scriptures speak of the month of Nisan as being the first month of the year in the book of Exodus;

“This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you.
Exodus 12:2 ESV

That the contextual explanation is that Nisan is the first of months from the beginning of your exodus (see Kehati Mishnah, Seder Moed, Rosh Hashana 1,1, Kehati [free mobile application]).

Rashi when paraphrasing context, also states that this verse’s explanation is that; Nisan is simply to be known as the beginning of the order in which the months are counted for a year (ref. Rashi on Exodus 12:2:1) – with regard to the listing order of the year’s months, and not the actual commencement of the year (see also Kehati Mishnah, Seder Moed, Rosh Hashana 1,1, Kehati [free mobile application]).

Rosh Hashana, the first day of the seventh month [on this ‘list’] – being the actual beginning/commencement date of a Jewish new year.

Summary

By tradition and custom, we can see that on the Hebrew calendar the Biblical new year takes place on Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year, The Feast of Trumpets).

From Leviticus 25:8-13, we can also see that the jubilee year (the fiftieth year in the fifty year continuous cycle) is formally consecrated in the new year – though a little over a week or so after Rosh Hashanah, on the Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) ceremony.

From rabbinic commentary (IBN Ezra on Leviticus 25:13:1), we can see that the actioning of some of statutes that take place in the jubilee year, are actioned at the beginning of the year, and that this consecrating after the commandments have been completed – is a recorded school of thought on the approach to certain other matters, as we read in the Mishnah.

Hoping that this is fruitful with you.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua/Yeshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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‘Ear’, ‘Body’, or Both? – (Psalm 40:6, Hebrews 10:5)

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Introduction

Hebrews 10:5 references Psalm 40:6 – however, instead of saying ‘ear’ as the Psalm does, Hebrews says ‘body’.

Here the two verses are reconciled and explained in context;

Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me;
Hebrews 10:5 NIV

In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted, but you have given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required.
Psalm 40:6 ESV

Explanation:

A body [with open, instructed, and obedient ears (ref. Psalm 40:6, Hebrews 10:5) that has knowledge of the Holy G-d and His commandments (Isaiah 50:4-5, 53:11), walked this earth without sin].

As per the full scope of Holy Scripture, this man is the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua/Yeshua HaMoshiach).

His walk here was beyond righteous (Isaiah 53:9), and thus more acceptable than sacrifice to G-d (Hosea 6:6, Proverbs 21:3).

We know that this is the interpretation, as human sacrifice is forbidden by Torah Law (the law of Moses – ref. Deuteronomy 24:16, Ezekiel 18:20, 2 Chronicles 25:3-5), and that Christ was instead faithfully obedient to death (Isaiah 53:8) in order to become High Priest in the order of Melchizadek (Psalm 110:4, Matthew 28:18) upon being ressurected (Psalm 45:7) so that he could make intercession (pray) for sinners (Isaiah 53:12).

Note: In the New Testament where it says in Hebrews 10:5, ‘body‘ – as opposed to Psalm 40:6’s, ‘ear’, the context could also potentially be read as a metaphor;

‘A body of believer’s you have prepared and predestined (Romans 8:29-30) to obtain grace, and new hearts – leading them to cease their former lives of wanton sin, and instead walk in your ways (ref. Ezekiel 36:26-27, Hebrews 8:10-11, 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV; Re: ‘new’).’

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Some Supporting Verses:

For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice,  the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
Hosea 6:6 ESV

To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
Proverbs 21:3 ESV

The Sovereign LORD has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed. The Sovereign LORD has opened my ears; I have not been rebellious, I have not turned away.
Isaiah 50:4‭-‬5 NIV

‘…he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous…’
(Isaiah 53:11 ESV)

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Hoping it and the week ahead is fruitful.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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The Apostle Paul Baptized With Water (1 Corinthians 1:17 Explained)

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This simple explanation of Holy Scripture, aims to show how the apostle Paul baptized new believers in water, just as faithful Peter did – and that there are no istructions to not baptize new believers post the resurrection of Christ (Messiah).

Subject Verse

‘For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel…’
(1 Corinthians 1:17 ESV)

This chapter speaks of how perhaps one congregation were tending to be petty, and arguing over minor things such as who they prefer as teaching them the way of G-d. They were perhaps almost at a point where such arguing was about to cause negative divisions.

It says;

‘…there is quarreling among you, my brothers. What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.”’
(1 Corinthians 1:11‭-‬12 ESV)

Holy Scripture then goes on to show that the apostle Paul does not approve of such conduct, and in a way, he was relieved that he did not baptize any of these particular people – except perhaps two and a handful more in this particular location;

I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name.
(I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.)
1 Corinthians 1:14-16 ESV

This is the context of 1 Corinthians 1:17; Paul’s intention and priority is to share the gospel in it’s correct context, and is thus to inturn see these people living right – new, out of love, and not quarrelling.

For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
1 Corinthians 1:17 ESV

This verse showcases the priority of powerful newness (Ezekiel 36:26-27, 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV), which can also be had at water baptism – as it is both an outward appeal to G-d for such (a ‘good conscience’), and is also a type of seal for a genuine born again believer who shows the fruit of the Spirit in their walk;

Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
1 Peter 3:21 ESV

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
Mark 16:16 ESV

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Galatians 5:22‭-‬24 ESV

Upto this point, we now see that 1 Corinthians 1:17 does not abolish baptism an all.

An Example Of Water Baptism For Gentiles Who Believed

Before we begin this point, kindly note; faithful Peter was sent to minister to the Gentiles as was Paul;

And after there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe.
Acts 15:7 ESV

This means that both were unified and proclaimed the same fundamental points which Holy Scripture instructs – including water baptism.

Cornelius and his houshold were Gentiles, and were baptized in water after believing the Gospel in Acts 10 – just chapters before Peter spoke in the above verse;

‘At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius… the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. “Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?”
(Acts 10:1‭, ‬10:45‭, ‬10:47 ESV)

After it the says, what prevents them from being baptized in water, meaning ‘let us now baptize these Gentiles in water’.

They were then baptized ‘in the name of’ Jesus Christ – which as per the explanation entitled ‘The Formula For Baptism Explained’, means – that this is a phrase meaning in ‘recognition/honor of Christ’, and this in turn means ‘as per his instructions as found in Matthew 28:19-20’;

And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days.
Acts 10:48 ESV.

Hoping it is fruitful.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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Hebrews 8:13 Explained: ‘…a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete.’

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Introduction

The following explanation is intended to share how Hebrews 8:13 in no way says that a believer no longer observes the law of Moses – but rather in context, we will see that it instead speaks of something else – and that a believer observes the Law of Moses (Torah) with this faith.

In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete.
And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.
Hebrews 8:13 ESV

Hebrews 8:13 Explained

The verse will now be explained sentence, by sentence;

‘In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete…’
(Hebrews 8:13 ESV)

Explanation: If a person believes in Christ, G-d makes the mosaic covenant obsolete for that person – but in what sense?

The word ‘covenant’ here refers to the way a person is to be found righteous. It also refers to blessings and curses of the Mosaic covenant, which depend on a person either observing all, or not observing all commandments (‘…keep all my commands always…’ ref. Deuteronomy 5:29 NIV) – which found in places such as Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28.

The old is obsolete, because a believer is now blessed in the new covenant – which ultimately means everlasting life without end upon resurrection (Isaiah 28:16, 28:18, Eph 2:20), amongst other blessings.

such a person is no longer under the law for righteousness, rather they are accounted as righteous due to their faith, and with this they uphold the law.

This is similar to the formula we see in Abraham (Genesis 15:6, Genesis 17:23, Romans 4:11);

‘And he received circumcision as a sign, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised…’
(Romans 4:11 NIV)

Unlike Abraham’s time, the statute found in Isaiah 28:16, 28:18 – which means everlasting life without end upon ressurection, was enacted when the new covenant was put in place, and this was at the time the Messiah (Christ), was given (‘died’), and then ressurected (Isaiah 42:6, 49:8).

This is also likley why it says Abraham was looking forward to the arrival of Christ and seeing his walk completed here on this earth;

Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.”
John 8:56 NIV

Now we will look at the second part of Hebrews 8:13;

‘…And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.’
(Hebrews 8:13 ESV)

Explanation: Up until now, Hebrews 8 has been referring to Jeremiah 31:31-34 – and in keeping inline with the time that the Old Testament (Tanach) passage was written (the ‘tense’ of it), we can then read the next sentence of Hebrews, in context.

Hebrews 8:13 here, is speaking of how at the time of writing of Jeremiah chapter 31, the new covenant was still not quite put in place, just yet.

The new covenant was made active and available, just as soon as Christ (Messiah) had walked the earth and was resurrected.

How do we know?

The death and resurection of Messiah (Christ) was where he was given to be the mediator (1 Timothy 2:5) for the new covenant (Isa 42:6, 49:8) – by becomming the High priest (Hebrews 2:17) in the order of Melchizadek (Psalm 45:7, 110:4) – between the Holy G-d and mankind.

We see evidence of Gentiles recieving a heart for the commandments of God upon their believing just post Shavuot (Pentecost) in the Holy Scriptures (e.g. Acts 15:8, Romans 3:31, Ezekiel 36:26-27, 2 Corinthians 5:17) – and thus have moved from death (Old covenant (blessings and curses) which lead to eventual perishing (Ecc 7:20, James 2:10, Ezekiel 20:25), to [everlasting] life (1 John 3:14).

What Does This All Mean?

This verse shows us that a believer is no longer under the curses (Romans 8:1) as per the mosaic covenant, as we cannot do all the law (Acts 15:10-11, James 2:10).

Rather a believer upholds the law of Moses with their believing in G-d and Christ – the mediator/High priest in the order of Melchizadek (1 Timothy 2:5, Psalm 110:4).

A believer seeks saving, final grace (Ephesians 2:8-9), on the understanding standing that;

For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.
Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
Romans 3:28‭, ‬3:31 ESV

And by saving final grace, this means everlasting life without end upon resurrection (Isaiah 28:16, 28:18), and not simply a potential long life in the new heavens and earth above (Isaiah 65:20, IBN Ezra on Isaiah 65:20, Isaiah 28:22).

Hoping it is fruitful with you.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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‘Then the angel of God said…I am…God…’ (Gen 31:11‭, ‬31:13 ESV) – There Is No Trinity.

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Introduction

This explanation aims to show that when the angel of the LORD says such things as ‘I am… God’ (Gen 31:11, 31:13) – that such is simply forwarding the words of God, and not a claim that the angel is making for itself.

We have already learned that the angel of the LORD is not necessarily the same being (e.g. is not Christ) in every instance that it is mentioned – from the article which explains that the angel of the LORD in Luke 2:9, 2:11 cannot be Christ as it was informing men on earth that Christ had just been born. That article can be read here.

These will ideally assist a person grasp the word better, and also understand that the mistaken man-made doctrine known as the ‘trinity’ does not agree with Holy Scripture.

Subject Passage:

Many might read the following passage, and mistakenly and incorrectly conclude that the angel of the LORD is G-d Himself;

‘Then the angel of God said… I am the God of Bethel…’
(Genesis 31:11‭, ‬31:13 ESV)

Potential Rebuttal:

A person might say ‘But didn’t the Angel of the LORD in Genesis 31:11‭, ‬31:13 say that he was the God of Bethel?’

Response:

Peaceabley, the actual context here is that ‘the angel of the LORD is not God Himself, but is rather speaking the words of God that it was given’.

See the link where a person who listens to the words that a servant of God speaks, are actually counted as listening to God’s words;

‘…I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them… whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him.’
(Deuteronomy 18:18-19 ESV)

Also, see the link where the words that the angel says, are actually counted as the words that God has [already] said;

“But if you carefully obey his voice and do all that I say, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.
Exodus 23:22 ESV

See also another, which has the same context as these;

“The Spirit of the LORD speaks by me; his word is on my tongue.
2 Samuel 23:2 ESV

Hoping these verses which provide us with context for hard to understand verses such as Genesis 31:11‭, ‬31:13 and even the famous Moses and the burning bush account (Exodus 3), will be fruitful with you.

Hoping it is fruitful.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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Relevant Reading

The ‘angel of the LORD’ – There Is No ‘Trinity’

http://www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/04/23/the-angel-of-the-lord-there-is-no-trinity/

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1 Corinthians 15:27; ‘Everything Under’ Christ – Explained (There Is No ‘Trinity’ feat. Matthew 28:18)

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1 Corinthians 15:27 is explained out of love, and the chief aim is to show how it does not speak if the incorrect man-made doctrine known as the ‘trinity’.

A number of other verses which are similar will also inturn be explained.

Verse

For he “has put everything under his feet.” Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:27 NIV

Explanation

With G-d being only the Father, we can instantly see that G-d put every thing under Christ’s (Messiah’s) command, except for G-d Himself – as Christ is not G-d.

Supporting Verse

This interpretation is again supported in verses such as the following, which also confirm that God is above all, though he has put Christ as king over all creation;

And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,
Ephesians 1:22 NIV.

Peaceably, this explanation might sound simple, however, there are some who genuinely cannot see it just yet.

This being said and with the context now known, we can understand the meaning of other verses such as;

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Matthew 28:18 NIV

(Context: This being said, God is still above all, including over Christ – as per what we have read previously.)

If we read on from our core subject verse, 1 Corinthians 15:28 is quite interesting and will be explained;

And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then the Son also himself [will] be [under] him [(- that is, at God’s right hand)] [Who] put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
1 Corinthians 15:28 KJV [amended with explanation in brackets]

This verse has been ranslated a little more clearly.

As per the Strong’s Greek Concordance, one word that has been amended here is G5293 which has been rendered as per it’s legal definition, ‘under’.

So then how do we explain the verse when it says ‘…then shall the Son also himself be under Him…’ (God)?

The verse is perhaps actually speaking of Matthew 28:18 (above), where after having been ressurected, the Lord Jesus Christ informed his disciples that ‘… “All authority in heaven and on earth…’ (Matthew 28:18 NIV) had been given to him.

The Son is thus ‘under’ God, however at His right hand – and this expression means that God has appointed Christ as king over all, except for G-d Himself;

So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
Mark 16:19 KJV

The right hand being an expression, which means as an approved, appointed, person – and this relates to ‘power‘, and does not relate to a man being G-d;

‘And Jesus said, I am… the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.’
(Mark 14:62 KJV)

For reference God’s commandments state that G-d is not a man or son of man in Numbers 23:19.

Hoping it is fruitful.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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Messiah As Priest, No World Peace Here, Messiah Rules From Above, Levite Priests?

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Table Of Contents

This explanation aims to be of benefit in the following matters;

The Priesthood Of Melchizadek Is Recognized By God:

Abraham tithed to Melchizadek the priest, and inturn so to did the Sons of Aaron (Levite Priests) whilst in his loins.

Messiah (Christ) Was Sent Here To Become A Priest In The Order Of Melchizadek.

Showing how human sacrifice is forbidden as per Torah Law. Also showing how one of the primary reasons the Messiah was sent here – was to walk faithfully, and ultimately be pronounced and appointed High Priest in the order of Melchizadek as per Psalm 110:4.

What Does This Then Mean For The Levitical Priesthood – Is It Abolished And No More?

The Levitical Priesthood exists forever as per Torah Law.

What is The Need Of A High Priest In The Order Of Melchizadek?

What is the point of a High Priest in the order of Melchizadek then, if the dear zealous sons of Aaron still serve him as priests? The New Covenant (ref. Jeremiah 31:31-34).

No Holy ‘World Peace’ Here Amongst Men, Rather It Is Between The Holy God and Mankind (Who Believe And Repent):

Messiah was not sent to make world peace among men as we know it, rather he was sent to make peace between the Holy G-d and fallen man (Isaiah 49:3, 49:5).

Scripture states this is an unclean, fallen place (Isaiah 66:24, Leviticus 18:25).

With this, verses which might speak of world peace are typically referring to the new earth which is above and spoken of as a monotheistic place of peace in Isaiah 65:17-23, 66:22-23, Revelation 21:1-4.

Messiah Rules From Above, Right Now In The New Heaven And Earth

The Messiah was prophesied to ultimately rule in the new heaven and new earth (Psalm 45:7), which are above (Isaiah 66:22).

Potential Rebuttal;
We don’t need a mediator’

A person might mistakenly think or say ‘we do not need a mediator’.

The example of Moses acting as a type of mediator is shared with supporting Scripture.

Intended Aim:
• By addressing the above matters to an extent here, the Messiah is further shown and confirmed to be the Lord Jesus (Yehoshua/Yeshua) Christ – the created righteous man the LORD has sent, given and raised.

• A firmer grasp of the Word.

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■ The Priesthood Of Melchizadek Is Recognized By God:

Abraham tithed to Melchizadek the priest of G-d, when they were both on the earth (Genesis 14:18-20);

‘And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (He was priest of God Most High.) And he blessed him… And Abram gave him a tenth of everything.’
(Genesis 14:18‭-‬20 ESV)

Scripture tells us that he observed all of G-d’s good laws and statutes (Genesis 26:5).

With this, Scripture also inturn tells us that the Sons of Aaron (Levite Priests) symbolically tithed to Melchizadek, whilst in Abraham’s loins;

One might even say that Levi himself, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, for he was still in the loins of his ancestor when Melchizedek met him.
Hebrews 7:9‭-‬10 ESV

As, Abraham and inturn the Levite priests tithed to Melchizadek – in this sense, Holy Scripture tells us how this was an indicator which shows that the Priesthood of Melchizadek is greater than that of the Levitical Priesthood;

And without all contradiction the less [Abraham, and inturn the Levitical priesthood] is blessed of the better [Melchizadek, and inturn the priesthood in the order of Melchizadek].
Hebrews 7:7 KJV [Explanation in brackets]

The Brit Chadasha (New Testament/Covenant) is very insightful here, as it essentially expounds on what we have just read from the book of Genesis – and this inturn assists in what we see in the Psalms, and other Scriptures, which we will share in a moment.

Briefly though, why would the Melchizadek Priesthood be described as greater?

Answer: It gives way to everlasting life upon ressurection (Isaiah 28:16; 28:18, Ephesians 2:20, Jeremiah 31:31), and not simply a ‘potential long life’ in the new heaven and new earth which are above (ref. IBN Ezra on Isaiah 65:20).

This is part of the New Covenant, and is explained in greater detail in a little later here.
A new heart and G-d’s Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit), as promised in Ezekiel 36:26-27 are also promised, and these enable a believer to ultimately be perfected (ref. Hebrews 7:11, Hebrews 10:14).

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Messiah (Christ) Was Sent Here To Become A Priest In The Order Of Melchizadek.

There is a lot of mainstream misunderstanding as to why Messiah (Christ) was even sent to the earth.

Holy Scripture totally forbids human sacrifice in the Torah (Deuteronomy 24:16, Jeremiah 31:30, Ezekiel 18:4. Ezekiel 18:20) – thus politely, any belief that a man was sent to be a literal human sacrifice for sins, is not and cannot be correct.

Ultimately the Messiah was sent to earth, to walk faithfully and observantly. He was appointed as High Priest in the order of Melchizadek, upon his ressurection.

This interpretation of a main, primary reason as to why the Messiah (Christ) was sent to the earth, is further reinforced in the Psalms where it says that he loved righteousness and hated wickedness [during his walk on the earth] – therefore he was annointed above his fellows (fellow creation) [upon being ressurected];

Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore [g]od [Messiah/Christ], thy God [the LORD], hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
Psalm 45:67 KJV [with amendments]

He was thus inturn declared High Priest – not in the order of the sons of Aaron (because he is not a levite by birth), but rather in the order of Melchizadek, by G-d decreeing it;

The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind, “You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”
Psalm 110:4 ESV.

This Psalm is referred to in the Brit Chadasha (New Testament/Covenant) in places such as Hebrews 7:17.

This a priesthood based on Hashem’s (the LORD’s) decree and not by lineage (blood descendants) (Hebrews 7:16, 7:21).

The Levitical Priesthood is based by genealogy, and here men though relativley righteous, are fallible.

Whereas the Messah is sinless (Hebrews 4:15), was declared a Priest by G-d, and is the mediator of the New Covenant (ref. Jeremiah 31:31-34), to which the promised new heart and Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) causing a person to walk in God’scommandments and statutes, with everlasting life (ref. Ezekiel 36:26-27, Isaiah 28:16, 28:18, Ephesians 2:20, John 3:14-16).

We also see Scripture agreeing, where in another place it states that Messiah becomes a Priest [after G-d raised him from the dead], in a definitive verse which shows the Psalms and even Isaiah 53:12, even more clearly;

Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
Hebrews 2:17 ESV.

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■ What Does This Then Mean For The Levitical Priesthood – Is It Abolished And No More?

The Levitical Priesthood exists forever as per Torah Law. There is no dispute here, these zealous men serve Hashem (G-d) and the king Messiah above;

‘…Aaron and his sons…shall have the priesthood by a permanent statute. So you shall ordain Aaron and his sons.’
(Exodus 29:9 NASB2020)

‘“Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest… and… his descendants after him, a covenant of a permanent priesthood, because he was jealous for his God and made atonement for the sons of Israel.’ ”‘
(Numbers 25:11‭-‬13 NASB2020)

Other supporting perhaps include Isaiah 66:21.

Messiah (Christ), being above all, except for G-d Himself Who is above all;

For he “has put everything under his feet.” Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:27 NIV

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■ What is The Need Of A High Priest In The Order Of Melchizadek?

What is the point of a High Priest in the order of Melchizadek then, if the dear zealous sons of Aaron still serve him as priests? The New Covenant (ref. Jeremiah 31:31-33, Isaiah 42:6, 49:8).

To be brief: Everlasting life (Isaiah 28:16, 28:18), instead of a potentially long life (ref. IBN Ezra on Isaiah 65:20) above – after this short life, is the purpose and need of Messiah as High Priest for the New Covenant, which is better.

The New Covenant, which Jeremiah 31:31 speaks of in required a new priesthood, the priesthood in the order of Melchizadek as per Psalm 110:4 – Messiah (Christ) as the mediator of it (Isaiah 42:6, 49:8, 1 Timothy 2:5).

How do we know?

Isaiah 42:6 and 49:8 both tell us that Mesaiah was given to the people for a [new] covenant;

‘…I will give you as a covenant for the people,  a light for the nations,’
(Isaiah 42:6 ESV)

‘…I will keep you and give you as a covenant to the people…’
(Isaiah 49:8 ESV).

It is this person (Adonai Yehoshua/Jesus HaMoshiach) whom mediates the new covenant – just as it is written;

‘…he… makes intercession for the transgressors.’
(Isaiah 53:12 ESV)

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No Holy ‘World Peace’ Here Amongst Men, Rather It Is Between The Holy God and Mankind (Who Believe And Repent):

Messiah was not sent to make world peace among men as we know it, rather he was sent to make peace between the Holy G-d and fallen man, spiritually by faith and repentance (Isaiah 49:3, 49:5).

Scripture states that this is sadly an unclean, fallen place forever (Isaiah 66:24) – it is a designated, smokey wasteland (ref. Isaiah 9:18-21), a lake that burns with fire (Revelation 21:8).

With this, verses which might speak of world peace are instead typically referring to the new earth and new heaven which are above – as above is a monotheistic, and peaceful especially in the holy city of new Jerusalem, and on G-d’s Holy mountain (Isaiah 65:17-23, 66:22-23, Revelation 21:1-4).

The Holy Scriptures instead show us that the Messiah was sent to bring back Israel (spiritually) to Hashem (G-d) in faith and repentance;

³ And he said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”  

⁵ And now the LORD says, he who formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him; and that Israel might be gathered to him— for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD , and my God has become my strength—
Isaiah 49:3‭, ‬49:5 ESV

(The explanation for the riddle of Isaiah 49:3 and 49:5 (above) can be found here.)

Essentially, verse 3’s ‘Israel‘ is one man, whilst verse 5’s is the nation Israel, whom verse 3’s ‘Israel’ (Messiah/Christ) brings back to G-d, in faith and repentance.

Through trials in a body of flesh, Messiah relied on G-d, in a weak body of flesh (Matthew 26:41).

Also note Isaiah 49:6, it was a relatively ‘light’ thing for Messiah to bring back fallen Israel to G-d, and be a light to the nations of hope – by his own individual faithful walk which led to him becomming High Priest.
We then see in verse 4, which communicates Messiah’s caring desire and yearning to have all saved – as sadly not all currently believe. Scriptually this is the will of G-d (ref. 1 Timothy 2:3-4).

How is this peace between the Holy God and mankind achieved?

As Abraham’s offspring, and as priest of the new covenant in the order of Melchizadek – Messiah (Christ) makes intercession (prayers) for transgressors, as per Isaiah;

‘…he… makes intercession for the transgressors.’
(Isaiah 53:12 ESV)

This is referred to and spoken of continually in the Brit Chadasha (New Testament/Covenant), in verses such as;

‘…he always lives to make intercession for them.’
(Hebrews 7:25 ESV)

And,

‘…Christ Jesus… is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.
(Romans 8:34 ESV).

By his knowing of the Torah, and his faithful observance of it, with G-d blessing and annointing him with the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) (Isaiah 48:16 NIV) – the Messiah never sinned (‘he knew no violence’ – 53:9) – and once G-d raised him from the dead (‘prolong his days’ – 53:10), he continued to care for his people and made intercession (prayer) for them.

G-d accepts his prayer (Proverbs 15:29, Isaiah 53:12), and this results in many being accounted righteous;

‘…by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.
Isaiah 53:11 ESV

Explanation: Messiah (Christ) bears the iniquities of believing mankind by his prayer to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

So here, we have peace between the Holy God and fallen mankind, by believing in Messiah (Christ).

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Messiah Rules From Above, Right Now In The New Heaven And Earth

The Messiah was prophesied to ultimately rule in the new heaven and new earth, which are both above this old earth (Isaiah 9:7, 66:22, 66:24).

This is arrived at as Psalm 45:7 states that Messiah hated wickedness, though loved righteousness during his walk in the earth here – he was therefore then annointed above his fellows.

Thy throne, O [g]od [Messiah/Christ], is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. 
Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore [g]od [Messiah/Christ], thy God [the LORD], hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
Psalm 45:6‭-‬7 KJV [with amendments / explanation]

Psalm 110:4 states that the Messiah (Christ) was inturn declared High Priest in the order of Melchizadek;

The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
Psalm 110:4 KJV

Psalm 110:1 shows us that God has Messiah (Christ) sitting at His right hand (in the highest heaven) – as it says;

‘The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand…’
(Psalm 110:1 ESV).

Messiah being High Priest and in turn mediator of the New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:31, 1 Timothy 2:5).

His throne as our king who serves G-d, is forever (Psalm 45:6).

The Scriptural fact that Messiah reigns from above and not here, is further reinforced when we review Isaiah chapter 9.

Isaiah 9:6-7 speaks of Messiah (Christ) being born and ruling forever more.

How do we read it?

After reading verse 6 where he was born, a reader pauses and then can complete Isaiah 53 (his death and ressurection), then they resume Isaiah 9:7.

Verse 7 goes on to speak of the Messiah’s ever increasing government and rulership forever more, above in the new the heaven and new earth – where things are described as monothiestic and peaceful
(Isaiah 65:17-23, 66:22-23, Revelation 21:1-4).

The rest of of Isaiah 9, then goes on to agree with Isaiah 66:24, in that this place is an unclean smokey place – a lake burning with fire (judgement and wrath), forever.

This is the view when looking down from above;

“And they will go out and look on the dead bodies of those who rebelled against me; the worms that eat them will not die, the fire that burns them will not be quenched, and they will be loathsome to all mankind.”
Isaiah 66:24 NIV

For reference, the passage of Isaiah 9:6-7 reads as follows;

‘For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders…. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.’
(Isaiah 9:6‭-‬7 NIV)

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Potential Rebuttal;

‘We don’t need a mediator’

A person might mistakenly think or say ‘we do not need a mediator’.

The peaceable, Scriptural response is, ‘ Whilst he was on the earth, Moses was the mediator between the Holy God and Israel, as we see here;

‘Now when all the people… stood far off and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die.” The people stood far off, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.’
(Exodus 20:18‭-‬19‭, ‬20:21 ESV)

Moses said to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God.
Exodus 18:15 NASB2020

Isaiah 42:6, 49:8 has just shown us that there was one given [as a mediator] for the new covenant (Jeremiah 31:31, Hebrews 8:8) – to which the Brit Chadasha (New Testament) agrees and explains is Christ (Messiah);

For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
1 Timothy 2:5 ESV

‘…one between Hashem and kol Bnei Adam, the man Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach Yehoshua,’
(Timotiyos I 2:5 OJB, for context in this instance)

Isaiah further speaks on the statute and promise which ultimately means everlasting life to all whom believe in this mediator;

‘…a precious cornerstone
‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’ 
Then your covenant with death will be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol will not stand…’
(Isaiah 28:16‭, ‬28:18 ESV)

The identity of this man (the ‘precious cornerstone‘), is then revealed in the New Testament, once again;

‘…Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone,’
(Ephesians 2:20 ESV)

The mediator of the new covenant which means everlasting life to all whom believe.

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Hoping it is fruitful, and may the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach (the Lord Jesus Christ). Amen.

Shalom v’kind regards,


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Related Reading;

How Christ Prays, And Is Not A Literal Human Sacrifice For Sin – (Verse explanations; Hebrews 9:26, 9:23, 10:5, 10:9, 10:12, 10:14, Isaiah 53:12)

http://www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/04/22/how-christ-prays-and-is-not-a-literal-human-sacrifice-for-sin-verse-explanations-hebrews-926-923-105-109-1012-1014-isaiah-5312/

Christ [Became] A High Priest – (Hebrews 2:17)

http://www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/04/08/christ-became-a-high-priest-hebrews-217/

‘Propitiation’: Intercession, Not Human Sacrifice (1 John 2:2, Isaiah 53:12)

http://www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/03/10/propitiation-1-john-2-2-isaiah-5312/

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Hebrews 7:27 Explained – Human Sacrifices Are Forbidden.

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Here, Hebrews 7:27 is explained in it’s correct context to show how it does not speak of human sacrifice (e.g. the crucifixion and ressurection), as human sacrifice is forbidden by the Holy G-d. The actual meaning of the verse is inturn shared, and we will see this in a moment;

He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself.
Hebrews 7:27 ESV

Subject Phrase;

‘…he did this once for all when he offered up himself.’
(Hebrews 7:27 ESV)

Explanation;

We know that the expression ‘offered up himself’ is with regard to him willingly laying down his life in order to fulfil Scripture (John 10:18) – for example, ‘…he was cut off out of the land of the living…’ (Isaiah 53:8 ESV).

We know that Christ then became High Priest in the order of Melchizadek (Psalm 110:4), when the Psalms tell us that during his walk here, he ‘…loved righteousness and hated wickedness…’ (Psalm 45:7 ESV) whilst on the earth.

As a result, he was annointed above all fellow creation (Psalm 45:7, Matthew 28:18, Psalm 110:4);

Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore god, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
Psalm 45:7 KJV [amended]

The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
Psalm 110:4 KJV

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Matthew 28:18 KJV

This attaining to the position of mediator (1 Timothy 2:5) and high priest, means he can now go on interceding (praying) for us (Isaiah 53:12 ESV, Romans 8:34).

Summary

This is the sense of what it means when it says ‘he offered up himself once’; it is speaking of his death and resurrection out of obedience, which led to him becoming High Priest. With this one act of faithful obedience, he can now intercede for us and our shortcomings (1 John 2:1);

God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.
Acts 5:31 ESV

For clarity, Christ had no sin (Isaiah 53:9, Hebrews 4:15), and his humble sinless nature is spoken of Hebrews 13:8 – where it tells us he was the same yesterday, today, and will be forever

Peaceabley, this verse thus does not speak of human sacrifice at all.

The law of Moses (Torah), and the rest of the Holy Scriptures forbid human sacrifice, and some references for this are; Deuteronomy 24:16, Jeremiah 31:30, Ezekiel 18:4. Ezekiel 18:20.

Related Reading;

How Christ Prays, And Is Not A Literal Human Sacrifice For Sin – (Verse explanations; Hebrews 9:26, 9:23, 10:5, 10:9, 10:12, 10:14, Isaiah 53:12)

http://www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/04/22/how-christ-prays-and-is-not-a-literal-human-sacrifice-for-sin-verse-explanations-hebrews-926-923-105-109-1012-1014-isaiah-5312/

Christ [Became] A High Priest – (Hebrews 2:17)

http://www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/04/08/christ-became-a-high-priest-hebrews-217/

‘Propitiation’: Intercession, Not Human Sacrifice (1 John 2:2, Isaiah 53:12)

http://www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/03/10/propitiation-1-john-2-2-isaiah-5312/

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‘…to give his life as a ransom for many.”‘ – (Matthew 20:28 Explained)

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The aim of this explanation of Holy Scripture is to peaceably share how in no place does it, or any other Scripture allow for human sacrifice – rather, the verse uses the word ‘ransom’ in a unique way as the Law of Moses and the rest of Holy Scripture forbid human sacrifice (Deuteronomy 24:16, Jeremiah 31:30, Ezekiel 18:20 etc.).

The verse reads as follows;

just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Matthew 20:28 NIV

Interpretation

He gave his life as a ‘ransom’ for many in the sense that he would then become High Priest in the order of Melchizadek (Psalm 110:4, 45:7), by fulfilling prophecy (e.g. Isaiah 7:14, 9:6, 42:6, 49:8, 49:3 & 49:5, 53, Micah 5:2 ESV), and in turn make intercession (prayer) for mankind – in his position as mediator, high priest and representation for such (1 Timothy 2:5, Isaiah 53:11-12, Romans 8:34).

Where the word (G3083) rendered in English ‘ransom’ appears in the interlinear text, this is used in a ‘figurative’ manner as per the Strong Exhaustive Concordance’s root word useage.

When we see the Standard Strong’s Concordance speaking of useage(s) for the word ‘ransom’, it may legally be used in the sense of ‘expiration‘ – this speaks of ‘the acts of making amends’.

Such ‘making amends’ can be seen in Messiah (Christ), with his faithfully observant walk even unto death; so that he could then (Psalm 45:7) obtain the position and act as high priest in the order of Melchizadek – making many to be accounted righteous, just as Isaiah had foretold;

He [G-d] shall see of the travail of his soul [shall see Christ’s faithful obedience], and shall be satisfied [satisfied with His Son]: by his [Christ’s] knowledge [of the Law of Moses and the rest of the Holy Scriptures, the way of the LORD] shall my righteous servant justify many [shall Christ make many to be accounted righteous (ref. esv) – as]; for he [Christ] shall bear their iniquities [by way of prayer (intercession; v.12) as mediator 1 Timothy 2:5]. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death [faithfully and obediently]: and he was numbered with the transgressors [though he hadn’t sinned (v.9)]; and he bare the sin of many [as mediator and high priest in the order of Melchizadek (Psalm 110:4, Hebrews 4:14-16)], and made intercession for the transgressors [(Romans 8:34)].
Isaiah 53:11‭-‬12 KJV.

Potential Rebuttal;

The interpretation says that Christ was not declared high priest in the order of Melchizadek, until he was raised from the dead.

There is a verse which says that Christ has always been the same though;

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Hebrews 13:8 ESV

Response; Peaceabley, when read with the fuller scope of Holy Scripture, we see that Hebrews 13:8 (above) is speaking chiefly of Christ’s steadfast faith, and inturn his sinlessness (Isaiah 53:9) – here in verse 7;

Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.
Hebrews 13:7 ESV

This also speaks of the ‘outcome’ of the lives of the faithful (i.e. Christ), and his outcome was to obtain his position as sole mediator between the Holy God and men (1 Timothy 2:5).

The risen King Messiah (Christ) was declared High Priest, and we see this in such places as the following, when words like ‘arises’ are used that show progression etc.;

And this is clearer still, if another priest arises according to the likeness of Melchizedek,
Hebrews 7:15 NASB2020.

Psalm 45:7 speaks of how Christ hated wickedness [by interpretation (during his walk)], and instead loved righteousness. He was subsequently annointed above all creation, by G-d;

Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore [g]od, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
Psalm 45:7 KJV ([amended])

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach).

Related Reading;

How Christ Prays, And Is Not A Literal Human Sacrifice For Sin – (Verse explanations; Hebrews 9:26, 9:23, 10:5, 10:9, 10:12, 10:14, Isaiah 53:12)

http://www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/04/22/how-christ-prays-and-is-not-a-literal-human-sacrifice-for-sin-verse-explanations-hebrews-926-923-105-109-1012-1014-isaiah-5312/

Christ [Became] A High Priest – (Hebrews 2:17)

http://www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/04/08/christ-became-a-high-priest-hebrews-217/

‘Propitiation’: Intercession, Not Human Sacrifice (1 John 2:2, Isaiah 53:12)

http://www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/03/10/propitiation-1-john-2-2-isaiah-5312/

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http://www.FewWhoFindit.com
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http://www.OrthodoxMessianicJudaism.com

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If A Person Is Not Born Again Here, Now – Can They Be ‘Born Again’ In Heaven After Death, Later?

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In summary, from Scripture we find that the answer is no, however there is great benefit if a person continues to ‘knock at the door’, believing the gospel and turning to G-d – by doing His commandments, with their repentance and baptism (immursion) in water (ref. Matthew 5:6, Romans 3:28, 3:31).

It is hoped that this explanation is quite helpful – as without being born again Scripture states a person cannot see the Kingdom of God:

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again. ”
John 3:3 NIV

Table Of Contents

Introduction
What We Know
Brief Summary
You’re Not Sinning, They Are
Why Does Isaiah Say It Is Terror For A Believer To Understand What This Overwhelming Spiritual Scourge Means?
Why Can’t A Believer Overcome this Scourge?
Encouragement To All Believers

Introduction

Let us now read and review how this was arrived at;

‘…He gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures.’
(James 1:18 NASB2020)

There is a consistent theme and trait among believers in the Holy Scriptures;

• newness
and
• nolonger being a slave to the sinful desires one naturally has and also inherits.

Verses like the one above might be read and then mistakenly be interpreted by some as meaning ‘some are born again here (John 3:3, 3:6-7), and then some are born again later above in the new heaven and new earth after they die’.

– Such would be an incorrect interpretation and let us now see why.

What Do We Know?

What we know is that God’s Law (the law of Moses, which consists of the famous Ten Commmandments and the rest) – is spiritual (ref. Romans 7:14).

A person who’s mind is set on the flesh, therefore cannot submit themself [fully] to it;

because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so,  and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
Romans 8:7‭-‬8 NASB2020

This means that such a person will sadly be living in sin, in some way – despite them even claiming to be faithfully observant.

For example, they could still be involved in foreign worship / idolatry – e.g. worshiping the beast (devil/serpant/beezlebub), and the fruit that comes of such forbidden practice is further wanton sin (e.g. sexual immorality, liars etc. ref. Revelation 21:8).

Scripture tells us that if we are born again believing in Christ (Messiah), we cannot go on deliberately sinning – rather a believer has ‘died’ to sin;

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? Far from it! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?
Romans 6:1‭-‬2 NASB2020

Scripture goes on to confirm this by stating that those born of God (ref. John 14:1), are freed from slavery to sin and any desire of it.

Scripture confirms that this freedom is a process, by using words and phrases such as believers are ‘conformed’ to the image of God’s Son (ref. Romans 8:28).

This being freed from sinful desire and slavery to evil deeds, occurs by God giving believers His Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) – and it is this recieving of the Holy Spirit that means a person will live forever, upon ressurection, should they continue in the way of the LORD;

For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
Romans 8:13 ESV

This ability and desire to walk in God’s good commandments and statutes is spoken of in the Tanach (Old Testament);

And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.
Ezekiel 36:26‭-‬27 ESV

Scriptures confirming that this newness and freedom from the slavery of sin, can be only recieved by believing in Christ (Messiah), are listed sequentially as follows; Isaiah 42:6, 49:8, Jer 31:31, Isaiah 28:16, 28:18, Ephesians 2:20, John 3:16.

Holy Scripture says that being born again and in turn putting the sinful deeds of the flesh to death, now, is vital as whatever we gain or are freed of here (good or bad traits and habbits), is what is secured for existence after death;

Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Matthew 18:18 ESV.

The encouragement and exhortation to a person who is not born again, tangled in sin is to stop sinning, stop forbidden practices – it says;

‘… ‘Come out of her, my people,’ so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues;’
(Revelation 18:4 NIV)

Brief Summary


This should all briefly confirm and establish what the Holy Scriptures say about the matter of being born again in this life now, and how it means a believer can be free of slavery to, and desire of sin – and gain everlasting life.

We know this as, if a person has not put sin to death in the flesh by way of G-d’s Holy Spirit – it says they will eventually perish (ref. Romans 8:13, John 3:16).

This is all taken soberly, on the understanding that even the most faithfully righteous disciples could not observe all of the Law flawlessly – so they continued to believe for grace upon ressurection (Acts 15:8-11). This belief however is not free licence to relax commandmets and sin though (ref. Matthew 5:19-20).

What else is there to consider with regard to this topic?

——-

You’re Not Sinning, They Are;


In another article, the spiritual phenomenon known as the ‘overwhelming scourge’ (ref. Isaiah 28:18 ESV) is touched upon.

‘…‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’  Then your covenant with death will be annulled… when the overwhelming scourge passes through, you will be beaten down by it…. it will pass through, by day and by night; and it will be sheer terror to understand the message.’
(Isaiah 28:16‭, ‬28:18‭-‬19 ESV)

This affects those who understand the gospel message (believers) and what the scourge actually means (ref. Isaiah 28:19 ESV/NASB).

This overwhelming scourge, is what the apostle Paul speaks of in Romans 7 – it is a spiritual force (ref. Romans 7:23; ‘another law’/phenomenon emerging that a believer is conscious of) which makes one sin;

‘…I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.’
(Romans 7:23 ESV)

So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
Romans 7:17 ESV

Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
Romans 7:24 ESV

So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.
Romans 7:21 ESV

‘…I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.
(Romans 7:25 ESV)

Despite Romans 7:24 (above) confirming this spiritual overwhelming scourge means that a believer is infact not sinning, and then verse 25 confirming that it is instead the weak manipulatable body of flesh which is sinning seperate to the believer; Ephesians 6:12 brings this home further.

Ephesians 6:12 also confirms that a believer does not struggle with his flesh, rather it then expounds and states a believer struggles against the people of the world who wield these dark ‘powers’, spiritual wickedness, which then causes the body of the believer to sin;

For we wrestle not against [our own] flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Ephesians 6:12 KJV (with explanation in [brackets])

Such spiritual wickedness is accessed through the people of the world worshipping the devil/satan/serpant/beezlebub. Such is also forbidden by Torah Law (the law of Moses).

Why Does Isaiah Say It Is Terror For A Believer To Understand What This Overwhelming Spiritual Scourge Means?

‘…when the overwhelming scourge passes through, you will be beaten down by it…. it will take you;… and it will be sheer terror to understand the message.’
(Isaiah 28:18‭-‬19 ESV)

Because a believer essentially cannot totally overcome or be freed of this external spiritual provocation and torment – when it comes, until G-d allows it;

‘it will take you; for morning by morning it will pass through, by day and by night…’
(Isaiah 28:19 ESV)

Why Can’t A Believer Overcome this Scourge?

The access to such spiritual wickedness is via devil worship, and is therefore not permitted according to Torah Law;

Thou shalt have none other gods before [except for] me.
Deuteronomy 5:7 KJV (with explanation in [brackets]).

This is dark spiritual power (power of the air) and how it is linked to the devil (prince of the power of the air), is spoken of in verses such as;

‘…the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.’
(Ephesians 2:2 NASB2020)

‘You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning… there is no truth in him…. for he is a liar and the father of lies.’
(John 8:44 NIV)

‘…by Beelzebul…do your sons cast them out…’
(Contextual excerpt of Matthew 12:27 NASB2020)

Holy Scripture states that trials and persecution are fruitful for a believer and their traits;

And not only this, but we also celebrate in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;
Romans 5:3‭-‬4 NASB2020

It also speaks of the need to keep those who ‘understand the message’ (ref. Isaiah 28:19 ESV), humble, weak and yet strong;

‘…because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.’
(2 Corinthians 12:7‭, ‬12:10 NIV)

We also see an increased yearning for what is good, when amidst such trouble;

‘So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good….
I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.
Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!… I myself serve the law of God with my mind…’
(Romans 7:12‭, ‬7:18‭, ‬7:24‭-‬25 ESV)

Scripture thus indicates that to an extent, this scourge acts as a forging type of mechanism in a believer, and though they cannot overpower the scourge at it’s extremes – Scripture says;

‘…“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”…’
(2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV)

——-

Encouragement To All Believers;

But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
Matthew 24:13 ESV

‘If you do well, will you not be accepted?.. sin is crouching at the door… you must rule over it.”’
(Genesis 4:7 ESV)

‘…To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.’
(Revelation 21:6‭-‬7 ESV)

‘And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,… “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among the people, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them , and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”’
(Revelation 21:2‭-‬4 NASB2020)

Hoping it is fruitful.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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The ‘angel of the LORD’ – There Is No ‘Trinity’

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This explanation aims to show that ‘the angel of the LORD’, is not necessarily the same angel in every instance. Such would inturn mean that the incorrect man made doctrine known as the ‘trinity’ – which typically counts every instance of ‘the angel of the LORD’ (especially in the Old Testament) as being a reference for it meaning it is Christ appearing – as incorrect.

This is intended to be done very briefly, by sharing the account of when Christ (Messiah) was born on the earth – and at the same time, the angel of the LORD appeared before some people with the glory of the LORD surrounding them all in another place.

This angel of the LORD let those people know that Christ had just been born (Luke 2:11);

Luke 2:9 reads as follows:

And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.
Luke 2:9 ESV

Let’s look at the Greek interlinear text (link here);

One will see that the word ‘the’ appears in [brackets] and was inserted twice. The word [with] was inserted once, perhaps amongst other words such as ‘an’ etc.

This is an example of where a contextual English insertion in Holy Scripture has been made for easier reading of the hard, ancient, holy texts – be it Hebrew or Greek etc..

Thus the following is very humbly submitted here;

Here is what the verse (Luke 2:9) might perhaps look like if no insertion was made by an English translator, who had decided not to try and convey the contextual sense and meaning of it, in an easily absorbed way;

And, lo, the angel…Lord came upon them, and the glory…Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
Luke 2:9 (based off KJV translation)

If I were a first time reader, or even an 80 year old ‘veterin’ in the Scriptures – I would certainly have some questions based off this hard to understand, and therefore incomplete English translation;

1) Who is the angel Lord?
2) Who is the glory Lord?

The explanation here is that the English insertions in this instance are highly positive and condusive of getting the sense of the verse – for the most part (the writer holds it should read ‘…the angel of the LORD…’.

Inserted English words are at times arrived at from linguistic standpoint, however, in places where the ancient text is very brief, contextual insertions/renderings (e.g. ‘a’/’the’, ‘God’/’god’, ‘worship’/’honor’, ‘in’/’on’ etc.) – play an almost essential role in assisting us better understand the Holy Scriptures today.

Hoping that this peaceable explanation is encouraging, and perhaps if you have time – please feel free to read some explanations of Holy Scripture at http://www.FewWhoFindit.com etc.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach).

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Relevant Reading

‘Then the angel of God said…I am…God…’ (Gen 31:11‭, ‬31:13 ESV) – There Is No Trinity.

http://www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/04/30/then-the-angel-of-god-said-i-am-god-gen-3111%e2%80%ad-%e2%80%ac3113-esv-there-is-no-trinity/

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Commandments You Can Buy Now, With This Faith

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This explanation of Holy Scripture aims to briefly, and peaceably share some commandments in a concise manner. The commandments and customs which will be explained and shared are the Mezuzah, tefillin (phylacteries), tzitzit (fringes), talit gadol, siddurs (prayer books). Scripture is referenced and discussed along the way.

■ Mezuzah

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This commandment is found in Deuteronomy 6:9 amongst other places.

Today, a mezuzah contains a handwritten scroll which features select passages from the Torah. These scrolls are written by the dear scribes and Pharisees.

It is a great commandment, and also assists in being mindful of the G-d’s good ways, upon entering one’s gates/doors.

The are various customs with regard to installation on your door posts – however typically the mezzanine is installed on the right of the door(s) (when entering), about 3/4 of the way up the door.

The mezuzah can be slightly angled on a diagonal, with the top towards the left, the bottom towards the right.

■ Tefillin (phylacteries)

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This commandment is found in Deuteronomy 6:8 amongst other places, and we see its implementation and use in verses such as Matthew 23:5 – where the tefillin of Deuteronomy 6:8 (totophoth [Strong’s Hebrew Concordance word number 2903]), are referred to as ‘phylacteries’. (phulaktérion [Strong’s Greek Concordance word number 5440])

Tefillin consists of the batim (two boxes) filled with handwritten select passages from the Torah, and retzuot (tefillin straps, used to bind/tie/affix the batim to the head and arm, during a morning prayer.

The tefillin making process is typically all by the dear scribes and Pharisees, from leather selection, pressing and forming, the copying of Holy Scripture to parchment scoll by hand, and to paint application.

Like Mezuzah scrolls, there are various grades of quality for the construction, the grade of leather, and also the parchment that make up tefillin.

■ Tzitzit (fringes)

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This commandment is found in Numbers 15:37-41, and we see it being implemented in verses such as Matthew 23:5, Matthew 9:20 and Luke 8:44.

Due to modern dress and society, the commandment of fringes (tzitzit) is generally carried out today by way of wearing a Tallit Ketan (undershirt, with four distinguished corners nearing the waist, similar to a poncho).

The commandment is also demonstrated by those who pray with a tallit gadol (prayer shawl) during their prayer.

Siddurim (Prayer Books)

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These can be an excellent tool in learning ancient blessings, and prayers – and even some Hebrew along the way as you go.

Siddurs such as the Artscroll Transliterated Interlinear English Siddur, display the Hebrew, the Transliterated Hebrew (Hebrew with English letters to pronounce), and the English on the page.

As per the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13), we can see that the instruction and a contextual message to be learned, is to not make our prayers unnecessarily long;

‘Pray then like this:…’
(Matthew 6:9 ESV)

From this, and with the learning of ancient/old prayers from a siddur – one can perhaps make a selection from a prayer book in their prayers.

A person should carefully review such books, and even perhaps make amendments where needed – as Messiah (Christ) has been, risen, and appeared.

In the siddur mentioned above, a person might see that some of the morning blessings/requests are similar/referenced in the Lord’s Prayer.

The disciples were certainly devoted to prayer;

‘And they continued stedfastly… in prayers.’
(Acts 2:42 KJV)

‘…we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.’
(Acts 6:4 KJV)

Where To Buy?

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These commandments and customs can usually be purchased today from a reputable Judaica store.

There are also online sellers of such, whom offer ‘kosher certificates/certification’ with regard to construction and quality as per the various customs.

The writer has purchased both locally and online from such places as http://www.ajudaica.com – which at the time of writing, is still trading. Remember to refrain from a purchase on the Sabbath!

Potential Rebuttal from a person with regard to the commandments of Tefillin and Tzitzit;

A person might read Matthew 23:5 and initially mistakenly say something like ‘this passage means we no longer do these commandments anymore – as G-d’s Law is written on our hearts…’;

They do all their deeds to be seen by others. For they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long,
Matthew 23:5 ESV

Such an interpretation however is incorrect, as the context of this passage is essentially saying ‘do the commandments, however do not seek the praise of men whilst doing them. Instead do them out of love and obedience to God’.

We see such to be true in the next two verses – where it goes further into the context and speaks of people whom might be seeking the praise of men, instead of the praise of G-d;

‘…broad and their fringes long,
and they love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces and being called rabbi by others.’
(Matthew 23:5-‬7 ESV).

May the Holy God bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua/Yeshua HaMoshiach);

With this faith, as we go on learning (Acts 15:21) and upholding His Law (the law of Moses, which features the famous Ten Commandments and the rest);

For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. Do we then overthrow the law by this faith?
By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
Romans 3:28‭, ‬3:31 ESV

Amen.

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How Christ Prays, And Is Not A Literal Human Sacrifice For Sin – (Verse explanations; Hebrews 9:26, 9:23, 10:5, 10:9, 10:12, 10:14, Isaiah 53:12)

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Table Of Contents
■ Introduction
■ Hebrews 9:26;
■ Hebrews 9:23;
■ Hebrews 10:12
■ Hebrews 10:14
■ Humble submission on Isaiah 53:12

Introduction

The aim of this explanation is to further interpret verses which speak of either Christ’s death and ressurection, or his blood – as they are; poetic and meorphical in a certain way, especially if they read along the lines of ‘sacrifice’ or ‘makes us clean’.

Instead we find that they are ultimately speaking of how Christ is always faithful and obedient, and laid down his life as specified in Holy Scriprure. The Law of Moses states that human sacrifice is not allowed (Deuteronomy 24:16) – the end result of his walk here, was that Christ was declared High Priest in the order of Melchizadek (Psalm 110:4, 45:7), and this means that the new covenant was instituted (Isaiah 43:6, 49:8, Jeremiah 31:31-34), and this means newness and everlasting life to all who believe (Isaiah 28:16, Ezekiel 36:26-27, 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV).

As High Priest, Christ in turn makes intercession (prayer) for people, and the Father (G-d) hears (ref. Romans 8:34, Isaiah 53:12, Hebrews 2:17, 1 John 2:1).

Let us now review and explain some verses;

Hebrews 9:26;

for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
Hebrews 9:26 ESV

▪︎Explanation:
Scripture tells us why he laid down his life only once, and also suffered willfully (ref. John 10:18) – in a way which is in agreement with other verses which speak of such in a [literal] manner;

‘…so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.’
(Hebrews 2:17 ESV)

This means, to become high priest, he only had to die once, and not over and over again.

Then, when it says ‘to make propitiation’ – this is again what he now does as high priest, and Scripture actually says he does this continually – ‘propitiation’ here meaning to ‘pray for transgressors’ (Romans 8:34, Isaiah 53:12, Hebrews 2:17, 1 John 2:1).

This is also what we see in literal verses which relate to him being;

• ‘mediator’ (1 Timothy 2:5),
• declared High Priest – because he hated wickedness when he was here (Psalm 45:7), and,
• making intercession (prayer) for sinners to God – scriptually, this is how forgiveness of sins works by grace through faith, especially without a temple and certified Levitical priests;

‘…Christ Jesus who died–more than that, who was raised to life–is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.’
(Romans 8:34 NIV)

‘…makes intercession for the transgressors.’
(Isaiah 53:12 ESV)

‘…if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.’
(1 John 2:1 NIV)

In plain, brief – yet reverential English;

Christ (Messiah) is active, ongoing, representation for mankind that falls short. (Psalm 110:4). He died once, and was declared High Priest as per the Psalm (45:7).

More importantly, through this new covenant, this is how everlasting life is obtained, by a person believing ‘in’ Christ;

‘…‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’’
(Isaiah 28:16 ESV)

‘…Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone,’
(Ephesians 2:20 ESV)

‘…whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.’
(John 3:16 KJV)

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Hebrews 9:23;

Thus it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
Hebrews 9:23 ESV

Hebrews 9:23, is referring to heavenly sacrifices such as the praise and prayer (intercession of Christ [Isaiah 53:12], which according to Psalm 40:6, Hebrews 10:5, 10:9 – confirm are better sacrifices than burnt offerings.

▪︎Explanation:
‘…the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.’ (ESV)

– Without getting too aloof and poetical, Scripture literally states that thanksgiving, steadfast love, and good deeds (without sin) are looked upon more favourably than sacrifices;

Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
Hebrews 13:15‭-‬16 ESV

Christ literally praises and prays to God as mediator for the forginess of sins of people (Romans 8:34, Isaiah 53:12, Hebrews 2:17, 1 John 2:1);

‘…we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.’
(1 John 2:1 ESV)

Here is a proof text of three verses which ultimately agree here, in that Christ does God’s will and such is pleasing to God, and God hears the prays of the righteous (Proverbs 15:29). The explanation of them follows;

Sacrifice and offering you did not desire– but my ears you have opened — burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require.
Psalm 40:6 NIV

‘Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said,  “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me;
…“Behold, I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first in order to establish the second.’
(Hebrews 10:5, 10:9 ESV)

Interpretation of these three verses which go towards explaining Hebrews 9:23;

‘…Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired…’ (ESV) means;

God does not really desire sin offerings over and over- he desires open ears, hearts, and diligent observance of His commandments. He desires no sin from His people.

Christ does God’s will perfectly, a sin offering is not really required of him for actual sins, as he did no violence (Isaiah 53:9) – he is annointed beyond maximum (Isaiah 48:16, Colossians 2:9).

Rather it then says,

‘…I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first in order to establish the second.’ (ESV)

And this refers to how;

A) out of obedience, Christ was given to death in order to be confirmed and declared High Priest (in the order of Melchizadek),

And this was so,

B) his obedient walk in a body of flesh could be fulfilled as per Scripture (Isaiah 52:13-15, Micah 5:2 ESV, John 19:19-22)

And,

C) ‘…the second.’ (ESV) [covenant] could be established, as it says in Isaiah 42:6, 49:8;

It was so the new covenant (Jer 31:31) could become active for those who believe in Messiah (Christ); Everlasting Life for people (Isaiah 28:16, John 3:14-15).

Thus believers are no longer under the curses which lead to perishing (‘wasting disease’; Deuteronomy 28:22 ESV, John 3:16 KJV); These they do not perish after ressurection, and thus there is no condemnation towards them (Isaiah 28:16-22, John 3:14-16, Romans 8:1).

Hebrews 9:23, is thus referring to sacrifices such as the praise and prayer (intercession of Christ), which according to Psalm 40:6, Hebrews 10:5, 10:9 – confirm are better sacrifices than burnt offerings.

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Further Verses With Concise Explanation;

Hebrews 10:12

(with explanation in [brackets]);

But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice
[referring to Christ laying down his life in obedience to G-d, where he was given to death, once. This was so he could be mediator and high priest of the new covenant (ref. Jer 31:31, Isa 42:6, 49:8, Hebrews 8:6)]
for sins forever
[believers have their sins forgiven and recieve righteousness (qualities etc., Ref. Heb 10:14) from God by believing in Christ (Philippians 3:3). Christ then goes on interceding for transgressors however (Romans 8:34, Isaiah 53:12, Hebrews 2:17, 1 John 2:1)]
, sat down on the right hand of God;
Hebrews 10:12 KJV (with explanation in [brackets])

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Hebrews 10:14

For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
Hebrews 10:14 KJV

Explanation;

Christ was given once (he laid down his life out of obedience), so that he could become High priest of the New Covenant, where people can recieve of the righteousness of God through faith in him (Philippians 3:3). 

This does not then mean that Christ does not then go on interceding (acting as mediator for what sadly continues to fall short – people [ref. Acts 15:10-11];

Now, therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.”
Acts 15:10‭-‬11 ESV

We know this as other verses tell us that even now he is mediating between the Holy God and people, because of their sins (Romans 8:34, Isaiah 53:12, Hebrews 2:17, 1 John 2:1).

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Humble Submission On Isaiah 53:12;

Isaiah says that the Messiah (Christ)
[figuratively]

‘…bore the sins of many…’,
(Isaiah 53:12)

However,

Isaiah also says that Christ
[literally]

‘…makes intercession for believers and/or transgressors.’
(ref. Isaiah 53:12 ESV, see Acts 15:11)

Explanation:

It is put to you that as per the explanation, all references with regard to ‘blood washing the robes of believers clean’ (ref. Revelation 7:13) and the like, are metaphorical.

This is said, as if his death was in fact a literal human sacrifice (which it is not, as that is prohibited by the Law of Moses ref. Deuteronomy 24:16) – then there would be no reason for him to have to continually pray for sinners and believers as we have read in (Romans 8:34, Isaiah 53:12, Hebrews 2:17, 1 John 2:1).

Thus the ‘bore our sins [by way of his death]’ is a figurative metaphor, and the literal is in his acting as high priest and mediator – by interceding (making prayer) for people, an activity which is on going.

Lastly (and peaceably), Holy Scripture says that Christ was,

‘…given as a [‘new’ ref. Jer 31:31] covenant for the people…’
(Isaiah 42:6, 49:8)

How and in what way?

Answer: Sent and given once as per John 3:16 KJV;

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.
John 3:16 KJV

This once part was so he could be made high priest after his faithful walk, as he fulfilled Scripture (Hebrews 2:17).

And Why and what for?

So all who believe can recieve everlasting life and forgiveness of sins, as described in the new covenant with him as mediator (Jeremiah 31:31-34, Ezekiel 36:26-27, Isaiah 27:16).

Hoping it is fruitful.

May G-d bless beyond maximum in Moshiach (in Christ).

Shalom.

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Recommended Reading;

• ‘Propitiation’: Intercession, Not Human Sacrifice (1 John 2:2, Isaiah 53:12)

http://www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/03/10/propitiation-1-john-2-2-isaiah-5312/

• Christ [Became] A High Priest – (Hebrews 2:17)

http://www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/04/08/christ-became-a-high-priest-hebrews-217/

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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‘…There Are Three That Testify…’ (1 John 5:7-8 Explained)

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The purpose of this explanation of Holy Scripture, is to show how both 1 John 5:7 and 5:8 do not speak of the man made doctrine known as the ‘trinity’.

Rather, verse 7 speaks of heaven and how God, Christ, and God’s Holy Spirit are unified (Christ serves God, the Holy Spirit comes from God – these do God’s will).

And verse 8 speaks of earth and how a successful baptism by believing in Christ is so important, and is thus to be sought after rather than the approval of men.

1 John 5:6

Before we begin, 1 John 5:6 will assist with reference for the subject verses – and so here is it briefly with its explanation;

This is he [(Christ/ Messiah)] that came by water and [his own] blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water [John’s Baptism (ref. Matthew 3:14)] and [his own faithfully observant] blood [by which he was obedient unto death and sinless (Hebrews 12:4, Isaiah 53:9)]. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness [as it even bore witness when it descended upon him at his water baptism (Luke 3:22)], because the Spirit is truth.
1 John 5:6 KJV (explanation in [brackets])

1 John 5:7

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
1 John 5:7 KJV

Explanation

Verse 7 here is written after Christ was resurrected.

It speaks of what is in heaven as being one – meaning; ‘united in purpose’;

Christ serves G-d and the Holy Spirit (G-d’s power) proceeds from God.

God and Christ are naturally unified in purpose, this is quite easy to grasp – as Christ serves God.

The Holy Spirit proceeds from God (John 15:26), and as it is G-d’s power (if you will), it also it naturally does the will of God – and thus is also one (unified) with God.

Any good works/fruit that come as a result of the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) in a believer’s life, are also indicitive that a believer is unified with God’s (the Father’s) will.

Lastly here, we know that this expression ‘…these three are one.’ means unified in overall purpose – as we see that believers can also be one (unified) as God and Christ are one (unified);

‘that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you….’
(John 17:21 NIV)

As believers can all be one just as God and Christ are one, this means we are not speaking of the in correct man made doctrine known as the ‘trinity’.

1 John 5:8

And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
1 John 5:8 KJV

Explanation:

Verse 7 was speaking of what is in heaven. Verse 8 is now speaking of what is on earth, and encourages us to seek it – and that is a fruitful baptism.

If we explain the three elements in dot points that are presented here in verse 8 they are;

• the Spirit –
The Holy Spirit is present at or before baptism in a believer (Mark 1:10, Acts 10:44-48).

• the water –
The water is necessary for baptism, however unlike standard bathing or even John the Baptists baptism – by believing in the next element (Christ), one may obtain the first element (the Holy Spirit) for newness (Matthew 3:11, 1 Peter 3:21).

• the blood –
The blood represents a person believing that God raised the Lord Jesus (Yehoshua/Yeshua) Christ (Messiah) from the dead. (Romans 10:9-10 ESV).

The next verse (v.9) then goes on to support this by saying that the testimony of men is not what is important;

If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son.
1 John 5:9 ESV

This is referring to yearning for acceptance among men – namely the devout unbelieving orthodox Jews, as not being what a person should strive for or value (e.g. in a similar fashion to how Galatians 4:9, 4:17, 6:12 describes Pharisees who try to destabilise new believers, and try have them put their confidence in their deeds as opposed to in Christ whilst they uphold their deeds).

Rather, the testimony of G-d is greater. It includes the new heart and spirit, and so a fruitful baptism by believing in Christ is what is to be sought, as it is condisive of appealing for such goodness (1 Peter 3:21).

Verse 10 then confirms this even further, by stating that the testimony of Christ (that a person believes in Christ) is found within a believer – and this speaks of both the newness (heart, spirit) found believing in Christ (Ezekiel 36:26-27, 2 Cor 5:17), which expresses itself in fruit (Galatians 5:22-23) and deeds (Romans 3:31 ESV, Matt 5:19).

This is also spoken of in verse 5, where a person can only overcome the world (which means to overcome slavery to sins – public or private), with God’s Holy Spirit (Rom 8:13).

This verse also thus states that a person who does not believe, will not have said fruit or deeds – at least in Spirit and truth (John 4:24), and despite this, will sadly still be a slave to their sinful desires.

This confirmation of how 1 John 5:8 is about fruitful baptism (an instruction Mtt 28:19-20, Mark 16:16) and in turn about a person believing in Christ – is spoken of up to the end of verse 13.

For sake of fuller context, people can be born again prior to baptism, such as the example of Cornelius in Acts 10-11, however faithful baptism still remains a type of seal for a believer (Mark 16:16).

Hoping it is of help.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum,  believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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The Formula Of Baptism Explained – (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 2:38)

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Introduction:

This explanation will explain the risen King Messiah’s (Christ’s) instructions for baptism verse by verse, and also break down the formula line by line, as per Matthew 28:18-20.

Then, what it means to be baptised in the name of the Lord ‘Jesus Christ’ (ref. Acts 2:38), will also be explained.

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Matthew 28:18-20

VERSE 18:
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Matthew 28:18 KJV

EXPLANATION:
This verse is linked in another verse which briefly states that God has put all things at the King Messiah’s (Christ’s) feet (control), except of course for God Himself, as He is above all;

For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him.
1 Corinthians 15:27 ESV

1 Corinthians 15:27 shows us that G-d remains above all including Christ – hence,

‘…the Father is greater than I…’
(John 14:28).

VERSE 19 And Explanation:
•’…baptizing them in the name of the Father,…’

[a
person recognises and believes that G-d is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,].

‘…and of the Son…’
[a person recognises and believes that the Lord Jesus (Yehoshua/Yeshua) Christ is the Messiah – the created Son of God, whom God has raised from the dead,].

‘…and of the Holy Ghost…’
[a person recognises and is seeking the refreshing and renewal that is promised to all who believe in Christ (1 Peter 3:21, Acts 15:8, 3:19 NASB, 2 Cor 5:17 KJV, Ezekiel 36:26-27, John 14:1, Isaiah 50:10). This refreshing newness comes from God by His Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh), and is part of what is known as the New Covenant (Jer 31:31-34, Ezekiel 36:26-27)], and described as;

‘…an appeal to God for a good conscience…’
(1 Peter 3:21 ESV),

which means,

‘…rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,’
(Titus 3:5 NIV).

VERSE 20:
‘Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you…’
(Matthew 28:20 KJV)

EXPLANATION:
With this faith, Believers are to uphold G-d’s good commandments and statutes – which are known as the Law of Moses;

‘…commandments… whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.  For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.’
(Matthew 5:19‭-‬20 ESV)

Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
Romans 3:31 ESV

‘…we uphold the Torah.’
(Kehilah in Rome 3:31 OJB)

What Does It Mean To Be Baptised In The Name Of Jesus Christ? (ref. Acts 2:38);

Acts 2:38 reads as follows;

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:38 NIV

Briefly, the expression ‘…in the name of…’ is a phrase used in recognition / to honor a person and or refer to their instructions/words.

This can be seen in other older literature, such as the Mishnah/Talmud – where it might read as this; ‘…r. Yochanan said in the name of r.Mordicai, r.Mordicai said to wash before evening every night – just in case.’

This assists us now with what Acts 2:28 is trying to communicate – which when paraphrased is saying;

‘In honor/recognition of the risen Lord Jesus Christ and his instructions, be baptised in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. With this faith also learn and uphold God’s good commandments and statutes.’.
(par. ref. Matthew 28:19-20)

How – By Immersion Or Sprinkle?

Holy Scripture shows us in passages such as Acts 8:36-39, that baptism is by immersion in a body of water.

Hoping these things are fruitful with you.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus (Yehoshua/Yeshua) Christ. Amen.

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The Gift Of Tongues Scripturally Defined

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Introduction:

This explanation of Holy Scripture intends to share exactly what the miraculous gift of tongues was; a gift the original early believers were gifted with, to allow the sharing of the gospel with people who spoke foreign languages.

Coherent Language or Jibberish?

The one who was speaking in tongues, likely did not understand the message he/she was delivering on behalf of God, out of their mouths.

It says that the person with the gift of tongues did not understand what they spoke (1 Cor 14:11, 14:13, 14:14) – however the words that they spoke were actual recognized languages that other people could understand in their different native languages (Acts 2:6, 2:8, 1 Cor 14:10);

And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language?
Acts 2:6‭, ‬2:8 ESV

¹⁰ There are doubtless many different languages in the world, and none is without meaning, 
¹¹ but if I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a foreigner to me. 
¹² So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.
¹³ Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret. 
¹⁴ For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful.
1 Corinthians 14:10-14 ESV

As the person was speaking in a foreign language, they thus required a translator for the rest of say the native Hebrew speaking congregation, whenever they gathered together (1 Corinthians 14:27-28) – or the person speaking had to pray that he would be able to interpret the foreign language himself, so the congregation could understand (1 Corinthians 14:13);

If anyone speaks in a tongue, two—or at the most three—should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and to God.
1 Corinthians 14:27‭-‬28 NIV

For this reason the one who speaks in a tongue should pray that they may interpret what they say.
1 Corinthians 14:13 NIV

Purpose Of The Gift Of Tongues:

The gift of tongues was primarily given to some believers and not all;

‘…Do all speak in tongues?…’
(1 Corinthians 12:30 NIV)

This was so foreigners could hear the gospel in their own respective languages and help them better understand it (Acts 2:4-11).

The gift was initially given to simply assist in the spread of the good news of everlasting life being available me now to all who believe in G-d and in Christ (John 14:1, Isaiah 28:16, 50:10);

So then, tongues are for a sign,… to unbelievers…’.
(1 Corinthians 14:22 NASB2020)

Is This Gift Active Today?;

The gift of tongues ceased along with prophecy and other miracles quite some time ago. This is intended to ideally be shown in another explanation, G-d willing.

Peaceably, it is with the above explanation of what the gift of tongues actually is, and the fact that no person on this earth today actually performs it as it is intended to be used; that one can safely conclude that if they attend a church building or congregation who claim to use such a gift – they are sadly mistaken.

‘…the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light’
(Matthew 24:29 NIV)

‘…Night is coming, when no one can work.’
(John 9:4 NIV)

Therefore by allusion the following is applied, in this instance;

‘…if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away with; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away with.’
(1 Corinthians 13:8 NASB2020)

Hoping it is fruitful.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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‘Under vs. Uphold’ – The Law Of Moses And You.

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With regards to Orthodox ‘Mesaianic Judaism’ perhaps this is best described as a search term for ‘Christianity in it’s correct context’.

Peaceably, many ‘mainstream’ Christians here may see such a concept as legalistic and ‘under the law’.

With regard to the Law of Moses matter, to clarify, perhaps it could be best explained as this:

Under vs. Uphold

Under:

To be under the law, means that a person does not believe in Christ, and instead, is really relying on their own good deeds for a ruling which is ideally favourable, when they are judged.
This approach is not conducive of everlasting life without end (ref. Deuteronomy 28:15 , Galatians 3:10, Isaiah 28:22).

An article which explains what it means if a person is seeking to be ‘under the law’, can be found here. It features Galatians 4:21;

‘Tell me, you who desire to be under the law…’
(Galatians 4:21 ESV)

Uphold:

To uphold the law, means a person does believe in the risen Lord Jesus Christ, and is believing for saving grace at judgement from God through Christ – as they observe the Law of Moses.
This approach means everlasting life without end (ref. Isaiah 28:16, Ephesians 2:20, John 3:16).

Hence,

For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.
Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
(Romans 3:28‭, ‬3:31 ESV)

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Christ [Became] A High Priest – (Hebrews 2:17)

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This explanation of Holy Scripture further demonstrates the connection between Christ in the Psalms where it is said that Christ ‘hated wickedness but loved righteousness’ and was therefore then ‘annointed’ as priest in the order of Melchizadek after being raised from the dead ref./par. Psalm 45:7, 110:4);

Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
Hebrews 2:17 ESV

To this, some may say something along the lines as ‘but doesn’t it say since Christ was created, he has always been the same – and thus he has always been high priest?’;

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Hebrews 13:8 ESV

Peaceably, the answer to such a question without breaking Scripture, is no.

The above verse (Hebrews 13:8) is with regard to his character.

This is said as Hebrews 2:17 states that Christ had to be born like his brothers as a man, instead of his original angelic-god type spiritual form (ref. John 1:1 NWT). Such thus means he would not be the same, once born in a body if flesh.

Further, if one is declared a priest in the order of Melchizadek – they were likley not one prior to such a decree;

Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore god, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
Psalms 45:7 KJV (amended)

The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”
Psalms 110:4 NIV

‘…he…makes intercession for the transgressors.’
(Isaiah 53:12 ESV)

‘…he always lives to make intercession for them.’
(Hebrews 7:25 ESV)

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach (the Lord Jesus Christ). Amen.

Recommended Reading;

‘Propitiation’: Intercession, Not Human Sacrifice (1 John 2:2, Isaiah 53:12)

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Messiah: In Genesis, Created, In Isaiah 48:16, Confirmed In Proverbs 8, And More.

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Table of Contents

Here we will see;

Proverbs Confirming Christ Was Created, New Testament Confirming His ‘Nickname’ As ‘Wisdom’.
(Proverbs 8:12, 8:22 NASB, Luke 7:35, Matthew 11:19)

Everlasting Life By Believing In Wisdom (Christ)
(With the above; Proverbs 8:35, Isaiah 28:16, Ephesians 2:20, John 3:16 KJV)

Christ As Wisdom, And Was There At The Beginning Of The Rest Of Creation
(Proverbs 8:12, 8:21-22 NASB, 8:24‭-‬29‭, ‬8:35 ESV)

Isaiah Writes The Words of Christ Speaking; How He Was There At The Beginning Even In Genesis 1:26 – However, With The Other Dot Points Here And Commentary; This Does Not Mean The ‘Trinity’ Is Real.
(Isaiah 48:16, with the above and Genesis 1:16)

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■ Proverbs Confirming Christ Was Created, New Testament Confirming His ‘Nickname’ As ‘Wisdom’.

(Proverbs 8:12, 8:22 NASB, Luke 7:35, Matthew 11:19)

Proverbs reads;

I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, …
The LORD created me at the beginning of His way, Before His works of old.
(Proverbs 8:12‭, ‬8:22 NASB2020)

At least two New Testament verses confirm that ‘wisdom’ is used in select instances to refer to Christ (Messiah) (i.e; ‘wisdom’ who was the one ‘created’ in Proverbs 8:12, 8:22 NASB);

The New Testament reads;

‘The Son of Man… Yet wisdom is justified by all her children.”’
(Luke 7:34‭-‬35 ESV)

‘The Son of Man… Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”’
(Matthew 11:19 ESV)

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Everlasting Life By Believing In Wisdom (Christ)

(With the above; Proverbs 8:35, Isaiah 28:16, Ephesians 2:20, John 3:16 KJV)

The second last verse of Proverbs 8 (Proverbs 8:35) is especially beautiful;

For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the LORD,
Proverbs 8:35 ESV

Isaiah 28:16 ESV, Eph 2:20, and John 3:16 KJV – all agree that everlasting life is indeed given from God to those who believe in His Son;

‘…a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
(Isaiah 28:16 KJV)

‘…Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone,’
(Ephesians 2:20 ESV)

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.
John 3:16 KJV.

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■ Christ As Wisdom, And Was There At The Beginning Of The Rest Of Creation

(Proverbs 8:12, 8:21-22 NASB, 8:24‭-‬29‭, ‬8:35 ESV)

I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, And I find knowledge and discretion. To endow those who love me with wealth, That I may fill their treasuries. “The LORD created me at the beginning of His way, Before His works of old.
Proverbs 8:12‭, ‬8:21‭-‬22 NASB2020

When there were no depths I was brought forth,
when there were no springs abounding with water.
Before the mountains had been shaped,  before the hills, I was brought forth, 
before he had made the earth with its fields, or the first of the dust of the world.  When he established the heavens, I was there;
when he drew a circle on the face of the deep, 
when he made firm the skies above,
when he established the fountains of the deep, 
when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command,
when he marked out the foundations of the earth, 
For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the LORD,
Proverbs 8:24‭-‬29‭, ‬8:35 ESV

■ Isaiah Writes The Words of Christ Speaking; How He Was There At The Beginning Even In Genesis 1:26 – However, With The Other Dot Points Here And Commentary; This Does Not Mean The ‘Trinity’ Is Real.

(Isaiah 48:16, with the above and Genesis 1:26);

Perhaps lastly here for now, here is the King Messiah (Christ) speaking of being there when God made the world;

“Come near me and listen to this: “From the first announcement I have not spoken in secret; at the time it happens, I am there.” And now the Sovereign LORD has sent me, endowed with his Spirit.
Isaiah 48:16 NIV

And with this,

G-d was therefore speaking with His beloved created Son way back in Genesis 1:26 – out of courtesy where it says ‘let us’ create;

‘Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness….’
(Genesis 1:26 ESV)

Explanation:
Some scholar(s) like Rashi tend to agree in a capacity, where perhaps when paraphrased they say;

‘…G-d consulted (spoke) with His heavenly council (the angels), and this was simply out of courtesy…’

Without malice, the above commentary is quite accurate – however with this, Proverbs, Isaiah, and the rest of what we have explored here; tend to indicate that the Father was speaking with His created Son almost for certain.

For more clarity, we know that the Father is G-d alone, the Creator – as it says in another place;

‘For in Him all things were created…’
(Colossians 1:16 NIV)

That is,

‘In G-d all things were created…’.

Hoping this is fruitful, and may the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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Godhead – Explained

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The aim of this explanation is to share the meaning and sense of the word ‘Godhead’, and how it does not in any way refer to the incorrect man-made doctrine known as the ‘trinity’.

The word usually exclusively appears in the KJV English translation of the Bible. Other translations typically render the Greek word(s) to ‘divine’ or ‘diety’ etc., instead.

Civilly, the term appears perhaps three times in the New Testament in the KJV translation – and to be concise and to the point – ‘Godhead’ simply means; ‘Uncreated Head of the gods’.

The Head being the uncreated God (the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) Who is also known as the Father.

The gods are then all the created spirits which are addressed as ‘gods’ (notice the lower-case ‘g’).

Here are the three instances ‘Godhead’ (Uncreated Head of the gods) appears in the Holy Scriptures, and with the above explanation – perhaps it will be easier to understand that Scripture speaks of the Father insuch places;

Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.
Acts 17:29 KJV

(Note the NIV reads; ‘…the divine being…’)

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Romans 1:20 KJV

(Note the NIV reads; ‘…his eternal power and divine nature…’)

For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
Colossians 2:9 KJV

(Note the NIV reads; ‘…the fullness of the Deity…’)

(Re: Colossians 2:9; this is simply referring to where Isaiah states that God has endowed Christ with His Holy Spirit (power) – ref. Isaiah 48:16, and this is essentially the light mentioned in John 1:4, within him)).

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‘My Lord and my God…’ – Explained (John 20:28, Psalm 84:3)

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The aim of this explanation is to simply show that John 20:28 is in no way a verse which supports the man made doctrine known as the ‘trinity’ – therefore it does not state that Christ is G-d.

Instead we will see that just as the King Messiah (Christ) quoted the Psalm ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me…’ (Psalm 22:1) out of reverence to the Scriptures – so to does righteous Thomas quote a Psalm to Christ, giving thanks to G-d also – as we are instructed to do out of love for the word;

‘speaking to one another with psalms…’
(Ephesians 5:19 NIV)

Such conduct and reverence of God’s Holy Scriptures are a pleasing thing to God and worshipful to Him Who is above all.

Subject Verse;

Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
John 20:28 NIV

Refrenced Psalm;

Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O LORD of hosts,  my King and my God.
Psalm 84:3 ESV

Linguistic Proof;
Psalm 84:3 – ‘King’ is the Strong’s Concordance word H4428
Definition: king
Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance;
Definition: king, royal

John 20:28 – ‘lord’ is the Strong’s Concordance word G2962
Definition: lord, master

Further, the HELPS Word Study here seems to agree here stating along the lines that, the word can speak of a person in absolute control; a King could certainly be seen as such in a land.

Hoping it is fruitful.

Shalom and kind regards,

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How Muhammad cannot be the Comforter of John 14:26

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This explanation is an answer to dear Muslims of Islam, and aims to peacably show how Muhammad cannot be the ‘Comforter’ which Holy Scripture speaks of in John 14:26 – for the following reasons;

• If we read John 14:26 again, we will see that the Lord Jesus (Isa) Christ says that G-d will send the Comforter to the disciples;

That was about 30 AD perhaps, and Muhammad did not exist until say 570 AD.

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
John 14:26 ESV.

This means that the faithful disciples would have died before the Muhammad was born – how could he teach them then? The answer;

• John 14:26 is speaking of G-d blessing His people and teaching them His ways with His Holy Spirit (i.e. power);

And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.
(Ezekiel 36:26‭-‬27 ESV)

If a person looks at John 14:26 and notices that it says ‘…he shall teach you…’, a person should note that this ‘he’ is an English translation – and according to the Strong’s Concordance and Exhaustive Concordance, the better definitions are;

And thus, the better legal translations of John 14:26 for people to understand are;

‘…it shall teach you…’ (John 14:26)

‘…that [thing] (the Holy Spirit) shall teach you…’ (John 14:26)

Hoping the above, and the following detailed document with neat contents section, will be of help to you;

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‘Christ Is The Image Of The Invisible God’ – (Colossians 1:15 Translated More Clearly)

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Here, Colossians 1:15 is lightly re-translated – with the explanation and proofs shared. The purpose is to gain a clearer understanding of what it is communicating – and as a derrivitive this also will all show us that there is no such thing as the ‘trinity’.

‘Who is the image [representation] of the invisible God…’
(Colossians 1:15 KJV [Amended])

G1504
Definition: an image, statue, representation
Usage: an image, likeness, bust.

With regard to what the Strong’s Concordance, we know that the better fitting definition is ‘representation’ – as others in English can tend to be a little misleading and allow for allusions to the incorrect man-made doctrine known as the ‘trinity’ (ref. Numbers 23:19).

If one was to consider applying a registered usage to the definition of ‘representation’ from the concordance, such could perhaps be ‘likness’ – given the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23) is present in Christ beyond maximum (Col 2:9, Isaiah 48:16), he is thus imitating God’s likeness as His representative, and we are encouraged to be imitators also (Ephesians 5:1, 1 Corinthians 11:1).

Hoping it is fruitful.

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‘Do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies…’ – Explained (Q5:51)

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Introduction

The purpose of this explanation is to show the context of Q5:51 of the Quran – for the sake of clarity on how it is not referring to ‘genuine born again Christians or zealous Jews who do not willfully sin etc.’.

Believing in Christ and observance of the Torah are also promoted, along with a reminder to abstain from any texts that take away from faith in God and Christ, and your observance of the Law of Moses – as if we do not move forward, all we do is go around in a circle.

When Q5:51 says;

‘…Do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies; some of them are allies of one another…’
(Quran 5:51 Clear Quran)


– in context it is actually saying;

‘.. Do not take Christians who are trinitarians (Q5:73), who do not observe the law of Moses (Q5:66) and thus are sinners (Q5:59) – or Jews who do not follow the Torah or Gospel, but sin instead and spread corruption (Q5:64)…’

Here are the proofs, with a quick summary at the end;

‘Had they observed the Torah, and the Gospel… but evil is what many of them are doing.’
(Quran 5:66 Clear Quran)

‘The Jews say, “God’s hand is tied.” It is their hands that are tied, and they are cursed for what they say… they strive to spread corruption on earth. God does not love the corrupters.’
(Quran 5:64 Clear Quran)

‘Had the People of the Scripture believed and been righteous, We would have remitted their sins…’
(Quran 5:65 Clear Quran)

‘Why do the rabbis and the priests not prevent them from speaking sinfully and from consuming forbidden wealth?…’
(Quran 5:63 Clear Quran)

You see many of them competing with one another in sin and hostility, and their consuming of what is illicit. What they have been doing is truly evil.
(Quran 5:62 Clear Quran)

‘“O People of the Scripture!… most of you are sinners?”’
(Quran 5:59 Clear Quran)

——-

Peacful Summary;

The context of Q5:51 is not to be close friends with bad influences – which in this instance are people who call themselves Christians whom are trinitarian and do not observe Torah, and also Jews who do not believe the torah or gospel – but sin.

If any other documentation disagrees with Holy Scripture, takes away from learning and doing God’s good commandments (Rom 7:12), and/or leads you around in circles and philosophy; then it should peacably be deemed excess.

Why? The main goal of the Gospel is to bring people of all nations to God by believing in Christ (Genesis 22:18, Galatians 3:16), repentance, and baptism, with faithful observance of the Law of Moses.

Believers are then known as the ‘Israel’ of God (ref. Galatians 6:15-16).

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People Of Different Cultures Believed And Observed Torah Law

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Introduction

The purpose of this explanation is to show that people of all different cultures/nations believe the Gospel. They inturn will also observe the Law of Moses also.

There are extra Biblical texts such the Quran, which may state that there is a different way to everlasting life, and some may sadly use such material as a way to justify their not observing the law of Moses etc. – for example;

‘…For each of you We have assigned a law and a method. Had God willed, He could have made you a single nation, but He tests you through what He has given you. So compete in righteousness….’
(Quran 5:48 Clear Quran)

The following will peaceably show such a verse (sura) to not be what the Gospel instructs, and that everlasting life is for those who believe.

The Gospel means everlasting life – and is for people of all nations (Genesis 22:18, Galatians 3:16).

This is why we see other Holy Scripture confirming that gentiles (people of the nations who are not Jewish), believe and recieve newness by G-d’s Holy Spirit;

‘…the Gentiles…. And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us, and he made no distinction between us and them, having cleansed their hearts by faith.’
(Acts 15:7‭-‬9 ESV)

We see later that new believers who begin to ‘…turn to God…’ (Acts 15:19 ESV), are instructed to start abstaining from four sinful things to begin with;

‘that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.”
Acts 15:29 ESV

When it says ‘…If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well…’ (Acts 15:29 ESV), this means that by abstaining from these four initial things to begin with – they will be ‘on the right track’.

These new believers then go on to learn more commandments and statutes, and do them as we see it says;

Further, we know this to be true, as the apostle Paul even brought people who were originally born gentiles, though now believe in Christ – into the temple to observe a cleansing statute as per Torah Law.

It is well known that gentiles are not allowed in the temple at all, and as the dear unbelieving though zealous Jews did not then understand the Gospel, they thought the Gentiles where still Gentiles and not converted Jews who believe in Messiah. This is why they persecuted the apostle Paul.

You can read more about that here: https://orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/01/19/proving-paul-teaches-gentiles-to-observe-the-law-of-moses/

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The ‘Custom’ Of Christ, Not ‘Law’ (Galatians 6:2)

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Introduction

The verse is typically rendered in English as follows;

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Galatians 6:2 ESV

By rendering it ‘…law of Christ.’, this can become a little confusing to a reader with them perhaps thinking;

‘what is the law of Christ, and does this inturn mean we do not observe the law of Moses?…’

Civilly, the answer is no – the verse needs further explanation of this is a person’s thought;

Instead, the verse should be legally rendered ‘…the custom of Christ.’

Proof – Linguistic

The Greek word that has been translated law/custom is the Strong’s Concordance Greek word G3551.

The concordance states that the legal definitions and usages for the word are as follows;

Definition: that which is assigned, usage, law
Usage: usage, custom…’

Without going into the linguistics deeply, we see that ‘law’ can be used in the sense and use of a ‘custom’ – hence the rendering in the verse as ‘custom’ to move to provide more clarity.

What Is The Custom Of Christ?

If we read it, the chapter here so far is speaking of bearing the burdens of one and another – being there for one and another.

Back when the Lord Jesus Christ walked the earth, he spoke on this and such is his custom – to ‘go the extra mile…’;

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
John 13:34 NIV

This was Christ’s custom which he instructed his disciples to do. It is essentially the second greatest commandment (loving your neighbour as yourself) – elevated to a selfless level.

Contextually

The word rendered law/custom in Galatians 6:2, is also in Romans 3:31;

Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.
Romans 3:31 NIV

This same G3551 word is correctly rendered in Romans 3:31.

We know this by simple way of context.

The entire passage of Romans 3 is pointing to the subject of a person being delared righteous (justified) by faith – in a similar formula to how Abraham was (Romans 4:11).

Verse 31, then emphasises the importance of good deeds, and this is why it says we observe the law of Moses.

This again is similar to the formula we see in faithful Abraham, who then went forward and did good deeds, he got circumcised as a type of seal to the righteousness he already had accounted to him by faith, whilst he was still uncircumcised (ref. Romans 4:11 ESV);

‘He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised….’
(Romans 4:11 ESV)

Abraham believed God’s promises and was accounted righteous;

Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
Genesis 15:6 NIV

Abraham then also obeyed God and observed His commandments;

Abraham and his son Ishmael were both circumcised on that very day.
Genesis 17:26 NIV

Hoping it is fruitful.

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You Are Not Sinning*, They Are! (The Enemy; Isaiah 28, Romans 7, Ephesians 6:12)

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Introduction

Dear believer, you will now be introduced to your enemy – whom Ephesians 6:12 states are the rulers and authorities of this earth, ‘worldly…’ [people], and ‘spiritual wickedness’;

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 6:12 NASB

Explanation

In context, a believer had the deeds of the flesh put to death by the power of the Spirit (Rom 8:13), and thus the opening of the above verse might read better as;

‘For we wrestle not against [our own] flesh and blood…’
(Ephesians 6:12 KJV Amended)

These worldly people (unbelievers / not born again) spoken of in Ephesians 6:12, are sadly generally blinded (for the most part) of the need to believe in Christ (Messiah), repent to G-d, be baptized, and uphold the Law of Moses – as they typically serve the created god of this world, known as the devil/Satan (ref. Isaiah 14:12 KJV, Revelation 20:10);

‘…the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers…’
(2 Corinthians 4:4 ESV)

When Ephesians 6:12 is explained with the other Scriptures, worldly people here wield/control the wicked spiritual ‘force’ as spoken of in the verse.

This same spiritual wickedness is also referenced in Isaiah 28 as the ‘overwhelming scourge’;

‘…‘Whoever believes… when the overwhelming scourge passes through, you will be beaten down by it.
(Isaiah 28:16‭, ‬28:18 ESV)

This ‘overwhelming scourge’ spoken of in Isaiah 28:18 is the same thing that is spoken of in Romans 7, it essentially makes a believer sin (Romans 7:20, 7:23), by forcing their members (body) to do sinful things (Romans 7:19). The body is thus deemed a body of death (Romans 7:24), and seperate to the inner being of a believer (Romans 7:22) – it beats them down (Isaiah 28:18).

It is a spiritual force of wickedness (Eph 6:12), something new in a in a believer’s life.

In Romans 7, we will see that as the Apostle Paul is born again and is no longer a slave to sin (ref. Rom 8:13) – this ‘another law’ (phenomenon) then emerges and makes itself apparent/known in his walk (Rom 7:23);

‘…the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.
Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 
So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.
For I delight in the law of God
but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.
Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?’
(Romans 7:19‭-24 ESV)

One will find that this spiritual force is used by those mentioned in Ephesians 6:12 today, and that it hits believers, as believers are not of this world (i.e. they do not live in sin) (John 17:16).

It is accessed by devil worship, and as there is spiritual communication (weilding) with this spritual force if wickedness, it could also be seen as participating in spiritism – both practices being forbidden by Torah Law.

Isaiah makes it clear that this is spiritual tribulation that continually beats down (Isa 28:18) a believer.

It is generally not punishment from God (1 Thessalonians 5:9), but it is people of the world tormenting the faithful – as the faithful are spiritually born from above (born again) and thus believers not of the world – who;

‘…understand the message.’
Isaiah 28:19 ESV (i.e. message = ‘gospel’)

This phenomenon can thus be seen as part of the conforming process of a person believing in Messiah (Christ) (Romans 8:29), the forging (Isaiah 48:10), in the form of trials which ultimately promote steadfast faith and character (Romans 5:3-4). On the Sovereign level, it is loving disciple (Proverbs 3:7, Hebrews 12:5-8) for the faithful.

Disclaimer: Not To Twist

This explanation and matter is quite delicate, in that a ‘snake’ might desire to twist it to their advantage.

With regard to the spiritual wickedness (Eph 6:12) which is the unrelenting scourge (Isa 28:18), and how doses of this phenomenon ‘beat down’ (Isaiah 28:18) and ultimately make a believer sin (i.e. a bad deed done in a spiritually induced fit of rage, or depression etc.) – Holy Scripture defines this as the affected believer not sinning, but it is the other side of the equation (those weilding the wickedness in Eph 6:12) who are sinning instead, by inducing and provoking such;

‘…it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.  So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.’
(Romans 7:20‭-‬21 ESV)

As there are sadly many (non-born again people) who twist and break Scripture, this may be the case in the future, should this deeper doctrinal matter become well understood;

‘…There are some things… that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.
You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability.’
(2 Peter 3:16‭-‬17 ESV);

Some may thus abuse this spiritual truth which is the reality of a born again believer’s walk – confusing it as an excuse and a free licence to sin (heaven forbid).

Such isn’t the heart of a faithful, observant believer though, as they yearn to overcome this tribulation and be;

‘…one who conquers…’
(Revelation 21:7 ESV)

In the same line of thought though, as a believer in Christ (Messiah) is no longer a slave to their own fleshly (sinful) desires (Galatians 5:19-21), a believer has thus now ideally put the sinful deeds of the flesh to death (Rom 8:13).

This means they are no longer willfully sinning (Hebrews 10:26) – however – it does not mean that they are infallible, or do not slip (against their intended will) – heaven forbid;

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1 John 1:8 ESV.

‘Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own…’
(Philippians 3:12 ESV)

‘…But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.’
(1 John 2:1 ESV)

How To Treat Enemies

With regard to how a believer is instructed to approach their enemies – being the people spoken of in Ephesians 6:12, those of this fallen world;

‘…Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;’
(Matthew 5:44 KJV)

and,

Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt…’
(Colossians 4:6 KJV).

Hoping it is fruitful.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua/Yeshua HaMoshiach).

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How Born Again Believers Are Walking Testimonies Of God’s Grace (John 15:26, 1 John 5:10)

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Introduction

There are verses which speak of a believer having testimony that the Gospel is true in themselves;

‘Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself….’
(1 John 5:10 ESV)

This explanation will touch on how this happens.

By looking at the following verse, and also explaining it – we can learn that G-d (ref. John 4:24) gives His Holy Spirit to comfort/help those who believe in Christ, and that this gift actually testifies / acts as evidence that the Gospel is genuinely true, to those of the world from within a believer.

But when the Comforter is come [the Holy Spirit helping you walk in the way of the LORD, Ezekiel 36:26-28], whom I will send unto you [as Christ is mediator (1 Timothy 2:5), and as High Priest (Psalms 110:4) he has permission to interceding for such to take place] from the Father (who is the Spirit of truth) – which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me [note that the Holy Spirit comes from the Father, and not from the Son – as it is the Father Who is God]:
John 15:26 KJV [Amended and Explained]

Question:

How does the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) that G-d sends, bear witness about Christ?

Answer:

Briefly, it does so in perhaps a few ways by;

• promoting good deeds (Torah observance) within a believer, or at least the desire to uphold such;

for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
Philippians 2:13 NIV

‘…I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.’
(Ezekiel 36:27 ESV)

‘…the invisible God…’
(Colossians 1:15)

and also by,

• making the state of a believer new, and not just merely natural fallen flesh;

The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.
Romans 8:6 NIV

They then come across as spiritual, as they are conformed to the image of G-d’s righteous Son, along the way;

‘…those whom he… predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.’
(Romans 8:29 ESV)

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV

‘…unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”’
(John 3:3 ESV)

Note: Consulting with occultists, mediums, pagans, and the like, with regard to one’s spiritual state or any other spiritual assignment – is prohibbited by Torah Law;

“‘Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God.
Leviticus 19:31 NIV.

– With these testimonies that are found within a born again believer, the world will inturn know them by their fruits (Matthew 7:16), and perhaps more importantly that the Gospel of the risen Lord Jesus Christ;

is God’s prescribed, genuine, lovingly gracious way for human beings here to recieve complete forgiveness of sins and everlasting life without end, upon ressurection (ref. John 3:16 KJV).

Perhaps in closing here for now, the following verse will further show the meaning of John 15:26;

“No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light.
Luke 11:33 NIV

Shalom, and hoping it is fruitful.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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Answers To The Dear Muslims Of Islam.

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Introduction

Here, some very popular questions the dear Muslims may have, are responded to in a peaceable way – all in hope that the responses might be helpful to you.

Contents;

Popular Question:
Do you think the Quran is true?

■ Question:
The 3-in-1 ‘trinity’:
The Quran says that there is no such thing as the ‘trinity’ – is this a good thing?

Question:
The Quran says ‘that G-d does not have a Son…’ – what does that mean?

Question:
Does the Quran really say that they did not really kill Jesus at the crucifixion?

Popular Question;
The Bible says ‘…here are two swords…It is enough…’ – Is this allowing violence?

Popular Question;
Is Muhammad a real prophet from G-d?

Topic:
Circumcision, the Quran, and the Bible

Topic:
The Sabbath, the Quran, and the Bible

Popular Questions:
Why not have ‘Ishmael’ in the title, when speaking of ‘the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob…’?
+
And why should we seek to do the commandments given to Moses for Israel
(The Ten Commandments and the rest)
– as we believe in God, and also in Jesus?

Question:
Is it necessary then to even read the Quran?

■ Popular Question;
Do you think the Quran is true?

Answer;
The Quran is a very hard to understand text in any language – and especially in English, to an English ear.

The Bible (Genesis through Revelation) shares and explains how a person of any culture or nation can live forever without end after this life, by repenting to God, believing in Christ, repenting, being baptized, and upholding the Law of Moses.

The Quran actually states that it believes what was given to Moses and Jesus – and that is a good thing if that were truly so;

‘Say, “We believe in God, and in what was revealed to us; … and in what was given to Moses, and Jesus… We make no distinction between any of them, and to Him we submit.”’
(Q2:136 Clear Quran. Also see Q3:84)

The Bible agrees here in the sense that a believer is to;
a) believe in God,
b) believe in Christ (Messiah) and listen to what he has said,
c) observe the Law of Moses (the Ten Commandments and the rest)

The Quran verse above includes more text when read in it’s entirety, and this will be addressed a little later here a little later, below – for the most part however, the goal is to seek forgiveness from God, believe in Christ, and learn and observe God’s good commandments. This means everlasting life.

The 3-in-1 ‘trinity’:
The Quran says that there is no such thing as the ‘trinity’ – is this a good thing?

Yes, it is good that it says this.

One of the major matters the Quran speaks of is that G-d is one, and therefore He is not 3-in-1;

‘…believe in God and His messengers, and do not say, “Three.” Refrain—it is better for you. God is only one…’
(Q4:171 Clear Quran)

‘They disbelieve those who say, “God is the third of three.” But there is no deity except the One God….’
(Q5:73 Clear Quran)

The Bible (Genesis through Revelation) agrees, where it says;

‘God is not man…or a son of man…’
(Numbers 23:19 ESV)

And the Messiah (Christ) is known as the son of man – thus he is not God;

‘…the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.’
(John 3:14‭-‬15 ESV).

The Quran says that G-d does not have a Son… – what does that mean?

If a person today reads the Quran and sees it says that G-d has;

‘…no son…never had a partner’ (Q25:2 Clear Quran)

and that,

‘He is far above from having a son…’ (Q4:171, John 14:28)

– that this means Jesus is not God, in it’s correct context.

This is true, and this is what the Bible also says.

However, what a person should understand is that when the Bible says that the Lord Jesus is God’s Son – this simply means that Jesus was created by God (ref. Proverbs 8:12, 8:22-23 NASB [‘wisdom’ here is Jesus] -> Luke 7:35, Matthew 11:19 [Jesus refers to himself as being called ‘wisdom’], John 14:28 [Jesus confirms that G-d is greater than he).

And this is exactly what the following suras (verses) are trying to communicate;

‘…God is only one God. Glory be to Him! He is far above having a son…’
(Q4:171 Clear Quran)

He to whom belongs the kingdom of the heavens and the earth, who took to Himself noson, who never had a partner in His kingship; who created everything and determined its measure.
(Q25:2 Clear Quran).

So in summary here, God has a created son (many sons and daughters for that matter ref. Numbers 15:38, 2 Corinthians 6:18) – however, He has no equal or equal partner,  as He is above all;

‘one God and Father of all, who is over all…’
(Ephesians 4:6 NIV)

Hoping it is fruitful.

Does the Quran really say that they did not really kill Jesus at the crucifixion?

No, it does not.

Despite the Scriptually correct explanation of the Q4:157, and Q4:158 here which follows – sadly most dear Muslims today do not believe that the Quran actually says that people killed Jesus at the crucifixion, and then God raised him back to life from the dead.

One big passage that a dear Muslim reads about this topic is;

And for their saying, “We have killed the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, the Messenger of God.” In fact, they did not kill him, nor did they crucify him, but it appeared to them as if they did. Indeed, those who differ about him are in doubt about it. They have no knowledge of it, except the following of assumptions. Certainly, they did not kill him.
(Q4:157 Clear Quran)

Explanation:
In Q4:157 when it says,

‘….they did not kill him…’ by way of ‘…crucify[ing] him…’;

This simply means that the Lord Jesus Christ’s body did die, however, he was made alive in the Spirit (he lived in the spirit realm).

The next sura (verse) confirms this when it says God literally raised him up after he had physically died there;

Rather, God raised him up to Himself. God is Mighty and Wise.
(Q4:158 Clear Quran).

This is why the Bible says at the crucifixion, the following;

‘…He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.
After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits—’
(1 Peter 3:18-19 NIV)

When Jesus was made alive in the spirit straight after the crucifixion, he honoured his word and also had a kind meal with a former, forgiven sinner;

Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Luke 23:43 NIV

Hoping this is of help to you hear;

because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Romans 10:9 ESV.

Hoping it is fruitful with you.

Popular Question;
The Bible says ‘…here are two swords…It is enough…’ Is this allowing violence?

Physical violence is absolutley forbidden by the risen Lord Jesus Christ (Mtt 5:44 KJV).

With regard to the verse ‘…here are two swords…It is enough…’

And they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” And he said to them, “It is enough.”
Luke 22:38 ESV

Explanation;
This ‘bring two swords’-type verse is essentially saying this;

The world will get dangerous for those who believe in Christ, when compared to how it was on earth during the time when Christ walked it.

This is the expression and meaning behind the ‘…here are two swords…It is enough…’ line.

This context is also in agreement with this verse which says;

‘…lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.’
(Matthew 24:12 ESV)

Here is some more of the ‘two swords’ passage, which will better help a person understand the above explanation is referring to how life will get harder for believer;

And he said to them, “When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “Nothing.” He said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one.
…For what is written about me has its fulfillment.”
And they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” And he said to them, “It is enough.”’
(Luke 22:35‭-‬36, 22:37 22:38 ESV)

Here is a parellel verse which shows us again, that Christ has instructed peace and not violence from his people – as those who live by the sword will eventually perish;

And behold, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear.
Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword.
Matthew 26:51‭-‬52 ESV

Here is the account again in another place,

And when those who were around him saw what would follow, they said, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus said, “No more of this!” And he touched his ear and healed him.
Luke 22:49‭-‬51 ESV

So with regard to violence and weopons, the risen King Messiah has said;

‘…“No more of this!”…’
(Luke 22:51 ESV)

This is the context of it.

Further Support
In further support of the explanation here, is 2 Corinthians 11:20-21, which is telling us that bearing (being peacefully patient) with people by ‘turning the other cheek’ (ref. Mtt 5:38-39), and not engaging in violence – is a praiseworthy way of conducting oneself.

It says;

‘In fact, you even put up with anyone who enslaves you or exploits you or takes advantage of you or puts on airs or slaps you in the face. To my shame I admit that we were too weak for that!…’
(2 Corinthians 11:20‭-‬21 NIV)

Hoping it is fruitful with you.

Popular Question;
Is Muhammad a real prophet from G-d?

If dear, zealous Muhammad believed Q2:136 and Q3:84, meaning that he believed in God, and what was given to Moses and Jesus – then dear Muhammad would be peaceable with his enemies (Matthew 5:44 KJV), and even be referred to as an Israelite. (Ephesians 2:19, Galatians 6:15-16).

Despite secular historical reports making false claims on what ‘Christianity’ actually is, and being very inaccurate – it is perhaps worthwhile noting that secular reports state that zealous Muhammad may have coordinated military battles, and engaged in military combat on numerous occaisions;

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_career_of_Muhammad

https://www.historynet.com/muhammad-the-warrior-prophet .htm

Though the Quran is hard to understand, it does feature words like ‘kill’ and ‘fight’ in certain verses;

And kill them wherever you overtake them, and expel them from where they had expelled you. Oppression is more serious than murder. But do not fight them at the Sacred Mosque, unless they fight you there. If they fight you, then kill them. Such is the retribution of the disbelievers.
Q2:191 Clear Quran

and,

‘…Some of them you killed, and others you took captive.’
(Q33:26 Clear Quran)

Whether ‘kill’ in the Quran in certain places simply means ‘make new believers/converts peacefully’ or not – is hard to say.
Such an interpretation is arrived at, if we keep in mind that the document says ‘….we believe in what was given to Moses and Christ…’ (par. Q2:136, Q3:84).

Either way, the ‘God of Abraham…’ monotheistic nature of the Quran is a good thing – however, if we truly believe in what was given to Moses and the risen King Jesus – then we will believe the everlasting gospel and bless our enemies; not waging malicious war or participating in battle with them.

The instructions from the Messiah (Christ) – which came from God, are;

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Matthew 5:44 KJV.

Hoping that all good things go well.

Salaam, shalom.

Circumcision, the Quran, and the Bible

According to what was given Moses, circumcision is on the 8th day;

‘…every male among you who is eight days old must be circumcised…’
(Genesis 17:12 NIV)

If one believed in G-d, believed in Christ, and upheld the Law of Moses – such a person is typically known as born again if they recieved refreshing/renewal from above (Acts 3:19, Ezekiel 36:26-28), and is technically deemed an Israelite, as per Holy Scripture.

The law of Moses states that God’s male people are to be circumcised on their 8th day of age (Genesis 17:11-12).

It then tells us that when Abraham recieved this instruction, he went and got circumcised that very day – despite he being ninety nine years of age (Genesis 17:26, 17:24-25).

Of Abraham and his son Ishmael it says,

Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.
And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.
Genesis 17:24‭-‬25 ESV

Explanation
Peacefully, just because Ishmael was 13 years old when he got circumcised – it does not mean that from now on all sons of Ishmael are to be circumcised at 13 years of age from now on.

How do we know?

We know because faithful Abraham was 99 years of age when he was circumcised – and this by no means tells a son of Abraham to go and get circumcised at 99 years of age.

Rather, the commandment for all seeking to be found believing in God and in Christ (John 14:1), is to circumcise our children on their 8th day of age (Genesis 17:12).

Hoping it is fruitful.

■ The Sabbath, the Quran, and the Bible

The Quran states that people who break that believers who break the Sabbath, are cursed;

‘…We cursed the Sabbath-breakers. The command of God is always done.’
(Q4:47 Clear Quran)

This means that the Sabbath is a good thing.

All people seeking to be found believing in God and His created son the Lord Jesus Christ (Messiah), recieving everlasting life without end – are instructed clearly; that with this faith, a believer observes the Law of Moses;

Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
Romans 3:31 ESV

‘…we uphold the Torah.’
Kehliah in Rome 3:31 (OJB)

This means, that gentiles who are still turning to God, or are experienced believers – will be observing the Sabbath. It is a holy rest day, where there is no work.

The Sabbath begins before evening Friday, and concludes after evening Saturday – by customary instruction, at nightfall.

Of new gentiles (people of the nations) whom have believed, it tells us of four initial sinful things to abstain from, and that believers will ideally hear/read the law of Moses on the Sabbath;

Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who turn to God, but should write to them to abstain from the things polluted by idols, and from sexual immorality, and from what has been strangled, and from blood. For from ancient generations Moses has had in every city those who proclaim him, for he is read every Sabbath in the synagogues.”
Acts 15:19‭-‬21 ESV

More on this instructions found in this passage known as ‘The Letter To The Gentiles’, can be found here;

The Letter to the Gentiles’ – Where New Repentant Believers Start (Acts 15 and 21);

https://orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2020/06/30/the-letter-to-the-gentiles-where-new-repentant-believers-start/

■ Popular Questions:

Why not have ‘Ishmael’ in the title, when speaking of ‘the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob…’?
+
And why should we seek to do the commandments given to Moses for Israel
(The Ten Commandments and the rest)
– as we believe in God, and also in Jesus?

Answers:
With regard to the Name, we know the following for sure;

• God is the God of Abraham (Exodus 3:6).

• Abraham certainly then had two sons Ishmael and Isaac (Genesis 16:15, 21:3).

• G-d promised that he would bless and make a nation from Ishmael (Genesis 21:13).

However,

• The biggest blessings that the Holy Scriptures encourage and instruct a person to seek – are found by believing in Christ (Messiah), and belong to Israel;

‘…a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah…’
(Jeremiah 31:31 NIV)

Some of the biggest blessings for those who believe in Christ, that are found in the New Covenant – are complete forgiveness, being closer to G-d, and everlasting life without end (Isaiah 28:16, John 3:16).

• This New Covenant is made for Judah and Israel only;

‘…I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah…’
(Jeremiah 31:31 NIV)

And this is why believers in Christ (Messiah) are instructed by God to;

‘…uphold the Law…’
(Romans 3:31 ESV – [Law = Torah]).

– and not another set of religious rules.

• All those who believe in God and in Lord Jesus, automatically become known as citizens of Israel;

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,
Ephesians 2:19 ESV

‘…the Israel of God.’
(Galatians 6:16 KJV) (also see Isaiah 42:6, 56:6-7).

What About Those Who Do Not Believe In Christ?;

Commentator(s) such as IBN Ezra on Isaiah 65:20, perhaps tend to state that Isaiah 65:17-20 tells us people above who do not believe in Christ, might be living lives up to almost 1,000 years, depending on the person – give or take;

‘“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth…
No more shall there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not fill out his days, for the young man shall die a hundred years old, and the sinner a hundred years old shall be accursed.’
(Isaiah 65:17‭-‬18‭, ‬65:20 ESV)

It is our hope that you seek beyond maximum (saving grace, complete forgiveness, newness, and everlasting life) – entering through the narrow gate which leads to everlasting life;

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
Matthew 7:13‭-‬14 ESV

– believing, repenting, being baptized, seeking newness (Ezekiel 36:26-28), learning and upholding the law of Moses (the Ten Commandments, and the rest).

With this faith, a new believer ideally begins abstaining from the sinful things listed in Acts 15:19-21, as they observe the Sabbath, a day of rest.

Salaam and shalom.

Is it necessary then to even read the Quran?

If a person believes in God, and also in Christ (Messiah) (John 14:1), and what was given to Moses (the Law of Moses),

If a person is non-trinitarian (a monotheist),

And if such a person understands that the Gospel (good news) of everlasting life and forgiveness of sins, by faith in Christ – is an everlasting gospel, as per the Scripture;

‘…an eternal gospel…’
(Revelation 14:6 ESV)

‘…there is still a blessing in it,’… I will not destroy them all.’
(Isaiah 65:8 NIV)

– nothing else is required;

If any other documentation disagrees with Holy Scripture, takes away from learning and doing God’s good commandments (Rom 7:12), and/or leads you around in circles and philosophy; then it should peacably be deemed excess.

Why? The main goal of the Gospel is to bring people of all nations to God by believing in Christ, repentance, and baptism.

These people recieve forgiveness and everlasting life, and these blessings are part of what is known as the ‘new covenant’ (Jeremiah 31:31) – which is only for Israel (Jeremiah 31:31, 31:33-34, Hebrews 8:8, 8:10, 8:12, Zechariah 8:23, Genesis 22:18, Galatians 3:29, John 3:14-16).

Hoping it is fruitful.

Shalom.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua/Yeshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

Clear Quran content from http://www.ClearQuran.com is shared under Creative Commons 3.0 licence. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/3.0/
It is supplied here purely for reference to explain it in context when compared with the Holy Scriptures (Genesis through Revelation). Shalom, Salaam.

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Loving Enemies, Discipline, Wrath, and Overcoming.

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Loving Enemies

New Testament:
We know the famous New Testament Scripture which instructs believers to love their enemies;

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Matthew 5:44 KJV

Old Testament (Tanakh): Proverbs
With this we have Old Testament (Tanakh) verses which the above (and others like it) agree on in sentiment;

If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
Proverbs 25:21 NIV

Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt.
Exodus 22:21 NIV

Lamentations
We also have verses which when read in context, demonstrate the yearning of the righteous to have their enemies blessed;

“Let all their evildoing come before you, and deal with them as you have dealt with me because of all my transgressions; for my groans are many, and my heart is faint.”
Lamentations 1:22 ESV

Here in Lamentations, the hope is that enemies might be blessed by way of discipline from God – in a similar manner to how a relatively righteous person was being disciplined and humbled for his sins, back then (ref. Lamentations 1:14).

The relativley righteous man prayed such out of love, so that his enemies could perhaps be bettered, forged, humbled, and ideally made ready for a better life in the new heaven and new earth – being more pleasing in G-d’s eyes, by living in a more observant way to His commandments (Leviticus 18:27-28, 18:30).

G-d’s Discipline Is Good

The Holy Scriptures tell us that discipline (not wrath) from G-d is a very precious thing for a person to value, and it should not be despised or lightly regarded;

‘…For whom the LORD loves He disciplines, Just as a father disciplines the son in whom he delights.’
(Proverbs 3:11‭-‬12 NASB2020)

Whereas wrath is typically associated with judgement of a person’s sins, and this results in a person’s bonds to (eventual) death and their present sinful state being tightened and increased – they are in a sense thus literally put into the ‘hand of the evil one’ (devil);

‘…to loose the bonds of wickedness…’
(Isaiah 58:6 ESV)

‘…do not scoff, lest your bonds be made strong; …destruction…’
(Isaiah 28:22 ESV)

‘…handed over to Satan, so that they will be taught not to blaspheme.’
(1 Timothy 1:20 NASB)

‘…lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
(Matthew 6:13 NIV).

No Wrath For Born Again Believers

A genuine born again believer in Messiah (Christ), does not recieve wrath (Rom 6:14), but rather discipline from G-d. This discipline is part of the process to conform a person to the image (likeness) of G-d’s risen son (Rom 8:29, Proverbs 3:11‭-‬12);

For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under the Law but under grace.
Romans 6:14 NASB

For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
Romans 8:29 ESV

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Romans 8:1 KJV;

‘…we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus,…’
(Acts 15:11 NASB2020)

and,

For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.”
Galatians 3:10 NIV [‘…all who rely on their deeds…’ ; essentially meaning, those not believing in Christ]

Overcomming Sin and Trial

With this, as we bless our enemies, may we be liberated and triumph over trials and the inherited sinful nature that we are born with (Rom 5:12), G-d willing;

For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
Romans 8:20-21 NIV

‘…if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.
(Romans 8:13 NIV)

‘… I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion…’
(Philippians 1:6 ESV)

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach).

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Lamb, Son, Ram: An Allusion Or A Tip Off To Messiah’s Identity (Genesis 22, Isaiah 53)

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Introduction

With regard to the identity of Christ being the Messiah in the Old Testament (Tanakh), a person will find that Holy Scripture will in no place give the name of the Messiah.

Scripture does however provide riddles, clues, and even family lineage in prophecy (which must be read in a prophetic, spiritual way, and thus not a literal way).

It is on this note that the allusion with regards to the identity of Christ as being the Messiah, is shared from the books of Genesis 22 and Isaiah 53.

Links

The links are as follows, and the explanation will be given at the end;

Son
‘…son…’ (Genesis 22:2)
‘…offspring…’ (Isaiah 53:10 ESV)

Lamb
‘…lamb…’ (Genesis 22:8)
‘…like a lamb…’ (Isaiah 53:7 ESV)

Ram (a male adult)
‘…ram…’ (Genesis 22:13)
‘…he grew up… a man…’ (Isaiah 53:2-3 ESV)

Explanation

The above links will now be explained.

Genesis 22: With regards To The Abraham and Isaac Account.

In Genesis, Abraham was tested and instructed by G-d to sacrifice his son Isaac on a mountain.

Isaac was told by his father Abraham that God would be providing a lamb for the sacrifice and (in context), ‘all was in hand’.

Later on, at the top of the mountain we learn that instead of Abraham’s son, or even a lamb being sacrificed – that God had provided a ram (a mature adult sheep) to be offered instead.

Abraham was blessed for being faithful under a test and trial – as he was actually prepared to offer his son as instructed. (Genesis 22:15-18)

The account may be read in Genesis 22 here.

Isaiah 53: With Regard To Christ (Messiah).

We know that Isaiah 53 speaks of one man walking blamelessly, dying, being raised from the dead, and then praying (interceding) for a nation as their high priest – as it says;

● One man (Christ) walked blamelessly,

‘…he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.’
(Isaiah 53:9 ESV)

● Died,

‘…he was cut off out of the land of the living…’
(Isaiah 53:8 ESV)

● Was raised (‘prolong’) from the dead,

‘…He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days…’
(Isaiah 53:10 NASB2020)

and then,

● Prays (intercedes) for a nation as their high priest;

‘…he… makes intercession for the transgressors.’
(Isaiah 53:12 ESV)

‘You love righteousness and hate wickedness…’
(Psalm 45:7 NIV)

‘…“You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”’
(Psalms 110:4 NIV).

With regards to the allusion here, the Messiah (Christ) is referred to as God’s offspring (Isaiah 53:10, i.e. His ‘son‘).

He is described as an innocent ‘…lamb…led to the slaughter…’ (Isaiah 53:7 ESV), who had ‘…done no violence…’ (Isaiah 53:9 ESV).

He ‘…grew…’ up into a ‘…man…’ (Isaiah 53:2-3) – a man being a mature adult, which by metaphor can be likened to a ‘…ram…’ (Genesis 22:13).

Isaiah 53 can be read in full here.

In Finishing

The link between Genesis 22 and Isaiah 53 is quite apparent, but a strong hint of what is to come when we read the two Chapters side-by-side.

Isaiah poetically portrays the death and resurection of Christ, much like the slaughter of the ram which we see in Genesis 22.

The ram in Genesis was on a mountain, and Mesaiah (Christ) was also ‘…high and lifted up…’ (ref. Isaiah 52:13 ESV).

If a person still felt differently about Isaiah 53 being one man and not a nation as the servant here – perhaps they could read;

Isaiah 49:3 & 49:5 – The Suffering ‘Righteous Servant’ of Isaiah 53; one man and not a nation.

The ‘suffering servant’ is a Man, Given For The Nation (Isaiah 42:6, 49:8);

and,

‘Propitiation’: Intercession, Not Human Sacrifice (1 John 2:2, Isaiah 53:12)

Hoping it is fruitful.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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‘Why Is The New Testament Written In Greek And Not Hebrew?’

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Introduction

Question: ‘If the Old Testament is written in Hebrew, why is the New Testament written in Greek and not Hebrew?’

Short Answer: The New Testament (Brit Chadasha) was certainly written in languages native to Israel.

With this though, those who penned the Holy Scriptures were multilingual annointed, holy, Hebrew scribes (such as the apostle Paul) whom had to communicate the good news of everlasting life by believing in Messiah (Christ) not only to to Israel, but to the world outside of Israel;

(for He who was at work for Peter in his apostleship to the circumcised was at work for me also to the Gentiles),
Galatians 2:8 NASB2020.

Submission:

If the apostle Paul’s ‘job’ was to share the Good News and the rest of the Holy Scriptures with the people of the nations (Gentiles, i.e. Greeks ref. Romans 15:15-16, Acts 15:7), then the faithfully observant Paul would need to be able to communicate very well with these people in both writing and verbally.

Briefly, Holy Scripture says that the apostle Paul;

• Is a Jewish man, of the tribe of Benjamin, and a Pharisee of Pharisees (Philippians 3:5)

• Spoke the Hebrew language, and also thus spoke other different language(s) such as Aramaic (ref. Acts 21:40)

• Lived in Israel, Turkey, and within the Rome empire etc.
He was raised in Jerusalem, and spent quite a bit of time in Greece sharing the Gospel and the rest of the Holy Scriptures with Greeks. (Acts 21:39, 22:3, 22:27 ESV)

• Penned Holy Scripture to believers in different areas/locations (such as the Galatians) with his own hand (Galatians 6:11)

Supporting Scriptures

Here are some nice reference verses to support all of the above;

‘…he was addressing them in the Hebrew language…’
(Acts 22:2 ESV)

‘…he said to them in Aramaic:’
(Acts 21:40 NIV)

So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious.
Acts 17:22 ESV

‘“I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city…’
(Acts 22:3 ESV)

‘Paul replied, “I am a Jew, from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no obscure city….’
(Acts 21:39 ESV)

The commander went to Paul and asked, “Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?” “Yes, I am,” he answered.
Acts 22:27 NIV

See what large letters I use as I write to you with my own hand!
Galatians 6:11 NIV

Rumoured Physical Destruction Of Hebrew Manuscripts

It has been documented/rumoured that most/many of the Hebrew manuscripts were destroyed by those of an anti-Christ type stance.

This should be of no concern given the Holy Scriptures which show us that the Apostle Paul was annointed, multilingual, very well learned in Torah (Acts 22:3), and penned Holy Scripture with his own hand – even to those outside of Israel (Galatians 6:11).

In addition to this, other disciples and apostles had the task of sharing the good news with the dear Jews in Israel (Acts 15:2, Galatians 2:8). This means that they would have had to share the Gospel in Hebrew and any other popular languages within Israel’s borders aswell.

Timothy the disciple, whom assisted the faithful apostle Paul, had a mother who was a Jew, and his father was a Greek (Acts 16:1).

With his exposure to the Greek language, and his handling of ‘…the parchments…’ (2 Timothy 4:13) – this should be even more comforting to a person in relation to the question ‘Why is the New Testament written in Greek, and not Hebrew?’.

Hoping it is fruitful and may the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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The ‘suffering servant’ is a Man, Given As A Covenant For The Nation (Isaiah 42:6, 49:8)

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Introduction

This explanation aims to further share the Scriptures in their correct light, in that the Messiah is Christ, and not a nation of people instead – as per an incorrect interpretation.

Another two fantastic verses which show us that the servant whom G-d sent is one man (Messiah/Christ) and not a nation (many people), are Isaiah 42:6, 49:8);

“I am the LORD; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.

Isaiah 42:6-7 ESV

Thus says the LORD:  “In a time of favor I have answered you; in a day of salvation I have helped you; I will keep you and give you as a covenant to the people, to establish the land, to apportion the desolate heritages,

Isaiah 49:8 ESV

Here, we see that God has given His created, faithful Son Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach (the Lord Jesus Christ) as a covenant for the people (for many).

What Is This Covenant?

The covenant spoken of here is referred to in Jeremiah as the ‘new covenant‘;

‘…I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt,…’
(Jeremiah 31:31‭-‬32 ESV)

Briefly, this New Covenant means complete forgiveness of sins (Jeremiah 31:34, Ezekiel 36:33, Hebrews 10:17), a new heart and refreshing from God (Ezekiel 36:26-28, Jeremiah 31:33-34, Acts 15:9, 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV, Acts 3:19 NASB) – and everlasting life without end upon being ressurected.

A believing person who has been blessed with this will never die (perish) again after this life (Isaiah 28:16, Ephesians 2:20, John 3:16 KJV);

‘…a precious cornerstone…: ‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’
Then your covenant with death will be annulled
… Now therefore do not scoff, lest your bonds be made strong;… destruction…’
(Isaiah 28:16, 28:18, 28:22 ESV)
&
‘…Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone,’
(Ephesians 2:20 ESV)
&
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.
John 3:16 KJV

Why Does It Say A Man Was Given For The New Covenant?

The Messiah (Christ) was ‘given’ for this New Covenant, in the sense that ‘after his sinless walk here on this earth, fulfilling Scripture and prophecy – he was then declared High Priest in the order of Melchizadek’ (Psalm 45:6-7, 110:4, Hebrews 5:6);

The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand,  until I make your enemies your footstool.” The LORD sends forth from Zion your mighty scepter. Rule in the midst of your enemies! The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind, “You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”
Psalm 110:1‭-‬2‭, ‬110:4 ESV
&
Thy throne, O god, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore god, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
Psalm 45:6‭-‬7 KJV [amended].

As High Priest, Moshiach (Messiah/Christ) is referred to as the mediator between the Holy God and fallen man – in a similar (though suprerior) manner to how Moses represented the people at Mount Sinai;

For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
1 Timothy 2:5 ESV

Those who believe are thus represented in a very special way by the Messiah before God – in that they believe for, and recieve saving grace which allows for everlasting life without end (Acts 15:11). Christ (Messiah) makes intercession (prayer) for those who believe to God as High Priest (Isaiah 53:12).

With Messiah As King And High Priest, What About The Ancient Levitical Priests?;

A quick note on Levite Priests (Sons of Aaron) as per the Law of Moses (Torah).

Holy Scripture, certainly states that Messiah (Christ) is High Priest in theborder of Melchizadek as per the Old Testament (Tanakh) and New Testemant references above.

Such is a legal and established type of priesthood – recognised by G-d and found in Scripture;

Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High,
Genesis 14:18 NIV.

With this, in no place are the sons of Aaron abolished as serving as priests – rather, we see even in the books of Isaiah and Revelation that they indeed exist, are known for their service, and serve even in the new heaven and new earth above;

‘…it shall be for him and for his descendants after him, a covenant of a permanent priesthood…’
(Numbers 25:13 NASB)

And some of them also I will take for priests and for Levites, says the LORD.
“For as the new heavens and the new earth that I make shall remain before me, says the LORD, so shall your offspring and your name remain.
Isaiah 66:21-22 ESV

‘…you will be called the priests of the LORD; You will be spoken of as ministers of our God….’
(Isaiah 61:6 NASB2020)

Mistaken Thought;

I Thought That The Levites Are Nolonger referred To As God’s Priests, Because Christ is Now High Priest.

If a person raises the following verse;

For when the priesthood is changed, the law must be changed also.
Hebrews 7:12 NIV

and with this they then say something along the lines of;

‘Scripture states that there was a change of priesthood with Christ taking over, and this means that the Levites have since been removed from all office’s of priesthood – even in the new heaven and new earth.’

– such would be a mistaken interpretation.

Instead, the verse is referring to the High Priest in the order of Melchizadek.

It is referring to Christ and his office as high priest in this accepted priestly order (ref. Psalm 110:4), as ranking higher and for a very special purpose; everlasting life to those who he intercedes for (Isaiah 53:12).

Such is a statute and blessing which Isaiah wrote about long ago, and was not put in place and into effect until Messiah (Christ) was given for it (Isaiah 42:6, 49:8, 28:16, Eph 2:20, John 3:16).

Further supporting this, and the fact that genuine levite sons of Aaron are still priests to God as per Holy Scripture, is the fact that even the Apostle Paul, still acknowledges the Levitical priests in the second Temple – after Christ had been raised from the dead.

The apostle Paul brought payment for ceremonial cleansing for himself and other believers, and gave it to the certified Levite priest(s) in the authorised Temple in Jerusalem (Acts 21:24, see article here).

With this, Holy Scripture states that those who believe in Messiah (Christ) might also be known as part of this priesthood ‘in the order of Melchizadek’ (who was once king of Salem, ref. Gen 14:18);

‘…you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.’
(1 Peter 2:9 NIV)

and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.
Revelation 1:6 NIV

Harmony can be seen in this matter here.

Summary

Isaiah 42:6 and 49:8 speak of one man (Christ) being given as a covenant for the nation of Israel.

This means that as per the Scriptures cited above, he is the high Priest in the order of Melchizadek (an accepted priesthood in Scripture), and sole mediator between the Holy G-d and fallen man on this level.

Holy Scripture confirms that the Levitical sons of Aaron remain priests perpetually, however just as the statute in Isaiah 28:16 speaks of everlasting life for all who believe was put in place at Christ’s death and ressurection, so to a recognised priesthood was put in place for what is referred to verbatim as a ‘new covenant’ (Jeremiah 31:31) – the very one Messiah was given for (Isaiah 42:6, 49:8).

Hoping it is fruitful.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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‘Propitiation’: Intercession, Not Human Sacrifice (1 John 2:2, Isaiah 53:12)

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Introduction

This explanation aims to show how God’s good commandments forbid human sacrifices (ref. Deuteronomy 24:16, Ezekiel 18:20), and thus 1 John 2:2 (or any other verse for that matter) is in no way saying that Christ (Messiah) was a literal human sacrifice.

1 John 2:2

1 John 2:2 reads as follows;

He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

1 John 2:2 ESV (also see KJV)

Explanation

1 John 2:2 is perhaps often misunderstood by many, with some feeling it is speaking of a righteous man (Christ/Messiah) literally dying for the sins of many as a type of human sacrifice.

However the commandments forbid human sacrifices (ref. Deuteronomy 24:16, Ezekiel 18:20), and with this the verse will now be explained in it’s correct context both contextually, and then briefly linguistically.

Contextually

Any Scriptures which read along the lines of;

• ‘…the blood of Jesus Christ makes us clean…’ (ref. 1 John 1:7),

• ‘…he was wounded for our transgressions…’ (ref. Isaiah 53:5)

or even,

• ‘He is the propitiation for our sins…’ (1 John 2:2 ESV)

– are figurative and (respectfully) poetic in nature.

One will note that such figurative and poetic style verses will always be referring to key literal verses which better describe what the Scripture is referring to and how and why believing in Christ is vital for everlasting life.

One such verse explained which gives a reader a feel for overall context in this matter is;

‘For Christ also… once suffered for sins [to be proven observant in a body of flesh under the law, even to the point of death (Hebrews 12:4, Deut 13:4) and subsequently be declared mediator (1 Timothy 2:5) and high priest for all (Psalm 45:7, Psalm 110:4, Isaiah 53:11-12, Hebrews 4:14, 7:17) – fulfilling Holy Scripture], the just for the unjust [in the above sense; in that he walked this earth and diligently gave his all to be faith ful and observant, then was declared High Priest], that he might bring us to God….’ [mediating (1 Timothy 2:5), interceding (Isaiah 53:12)]
(1 Peter 3:18 KJV, explanation in [brackets])

This is humbly shared, as Christ’s walk here on earth was to;

• fulfil Holy Scripture (Matthew 5:17)
• observe the Law of Moses flawlessly before G-d (Isaiah 53:9, Psalm 45:7),
and ultimately
• be declared a Priest and mediator between the Holy God and fallen men – as Messiah (Christ) hated wickedness and loved righteousness, as per key verses from the Old Testament (Tanakh) (Psalm 45:7 [see article], Psalm 110:4), which are also referenced and confirmed in the New Testament (Hebrews 4:14, 7:17), where he makes intercession for transgressors as High Priest (Isaiah 53 :11-12, 1 Timothy 2:5).

There are other key literal verses which are similar to 1 Peter 3:18 – however for the sake of brevity, perhaps this will suffice for now.

Linguistically  – ‘Propitiation’

The key word in 1 John 2:2 translated as ‘propitiation’, when reviewed and explored a little more – allows for better understanding of the verse.

This ancient Greek word is the Strong’s Concordance’s Word G2434.

According to the concordance, the word can indeed be used in a ‘sacrifice’ type sense – however – the word is often recieved in the wrong context/usage.

Many mistakenly feel it is speaking of human sacrifice. Such an interpretation though would break the commandments that state a literal ‘human sacrifice’, is forbidden.

What can we do here? If we dig just a little deeper for sake of understanding, and review other legal definition(s)/useage(s) for the word ‘propitiation’, a simple dictionary explanation reads;

‘1 The action of propitiating or appeasing a god, spirit, or person.
‘he lifted his hands in propitiation’

1.1 Atonement, especially that of Jesus Christ.
(Lexico Powered By Oxford)

‘…If you propitiate someone, you stop them being angry or impatient by doing something to please them….’
(Collins Dictionary)

Here, Christ lifts his hands in prayer to God as our representation in a propitiation-like, priestly manner.

This agrees with a key verse in the Tanakh (Old Testament) which says that Christ does infact do just this.

In Isaiah 53:12, it says the Messiah makes intercession for the transgressors;

‘…he… makes intercession for the transgressors.
Isaiah 53:12 ESV

This agrees with the correct context of 1 John 2:2 and the dictionary’s definition of the word ‘Propitiation’ on how it may be legally used. Thus,;

‘Messiah (Christ) makes intercession (meaning to pray and/or mediate) for repentant humans…’

– and one may certainty pray with ‘lifted hands’ – as it says;

I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
1 Timothy 2:8 KJV

Summary

Christ was not sent to this earth to be a human blood sacrifice, and ‘die for your sins’ in a literal sacrifice context.

Rather, he was subsequently declared after his faithful observant life on this earth and ressurection, to be;

• High Priest in the order of Melchizadek (Psalm 45:7 [see article], Psalm 110:4, Hebrews 4:14, 7:17)

and,

• Our Mediator (1 Tim 2:5, Isa 53:11-12)

This respectful explanation of Scripture renders the inherited ‘died for our sins’ [literal] doctrine, inaccurate and mistaken.

In closing;

‘…Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.’
(Romans 8:34 NIV)

God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.
Acts 5:31 ESV

Hoping it is fruitful.

Shalom and kind regards.

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In The Temple – Paul Teaches Gentiles to Observe The Law Of Moses (Acts 21:24, 21:28, 26:19-21)

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In The Temple – Paul Teaches Gentiles to Observe The Law Of Moses
(Acts 21:24, 21:28, 26:19-21)

Introduction

This explanation of Holy Scripture will show you that the apostle Paul instructs both Jewish and Gentile believers in Messiah (Christ), to observe the Law of Moses (Torah).

This will be achieved by showing you that the apostle Paul brought believers who were originally born as Greeks into the temple of G-d to do a commandment (ritual) known as the Nazirite vow, a cleansing statute from the Law of Moses.

Only Jews are allowed in the temple, the penalty for a Gentile if they were in the temple was death (Acts 22:22). 

This is why when the dear unbelieving Jews saw Paul in the temple with some believing Greeks, they had him beaten, put him on trial, made many accusations and sought to have him killed for this;

‘…“Away with such a fellow from the earth! For he should not be allowed to live.”’
(Acts 22:22 ESV)

For reference, if the dear unbelieving Jews knew that if a Jew or a Gentile (e.g. a Greek) believes in Christ, that they are then deemed Israelites (Gal 6:15-16, Eph 2:13, 2:19-20); there would have been no issue or reason for violence in their minds.

Key Passage, Put Simply

This passage shows us that Christ (Messiah) instructed Paul to share the Gospel to the Jews and Gentiles, and that this also includes learning and upholding the Law of Moses (Torah);

‘…I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20 but declared … to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance. 21 For this reason the Jews seized me in the temple and tried to kill me.

(Acts 26:19-21 ESV)

Why does this verse mean believing Gentiles are also expected to observe the Torah, and how so? 

Above, Acts 26:20-21 states that the Jews were trying to kill Paul because he was sharing the gospel with the Gentiles and telling them how they should repent and be ‘performing deeds’ in keeping with their repentance.

Previously in Acts 21:24 we see that the apostle Paul was encouraging the Gentiles to observe the actual commandments and statutes of the Law of Moses – in this case a ritual cleansing as per Torah Law, in the temple. This having the Gentiles observe the law of Moses (on this occasion in the temple), is the reason why Paul was seized (ref. Acts 26:19-21);

Take these men, join in their purification rites and pay their expensesThen everyone will know… that you yourself are living in obedience to the law.
(Acts 21:24 NIV)

It is confirmed that these very ‘men’ that the apostle Paul went into the temple with were Gentiles in Acts 21:28, where just after he was found in the temple, he was seized – it says;

‘…he even brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.”’

(Acts 21:28 ESV)

NOTE:
These Greek believers were likely a little more advanced in the faith, as opposed to other new Gentile believers who [in context] had just believed and were beginning to learn some initial statutes. This we will perhaps see a little later, as we read on – however with regard to the new believing Gentiles, here are those four initial things to abstain from again;

‘…those from the Gentiles who are turning to God,
(Acts 15:19 NASB)


‘…as for the Gentiles who have believed, we have sent a letter with our judgment that they should abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality.”
(Acts 21:25 ESV)

Conclusion

A person can note that Holy Scripture confirms the elders also say that the apostle Paul lives in ‘…observance of the law.’ (Acts 21:25 ESV).

And what about Gentile believers?
Without malice, by citing (above) an actual account of how the apostle Paul encourages Gentile believers in Christ to uphold the Law of Moses – even in the temple -, it should assist a person in seeing that the context of the Gospel is not just simply; believing, repenting, and being baptised – but also learning and upholding the Law of Moses (Torah) with this faith.

The Law of Moses includes the famous Ten Commandments and the rest of His good ways (ref. Rom 7:12).

May the Holy G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob bless you beyond maximum in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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Matthew 5:17-18 Explained; ‘…not to abolish but to fulfill…’ and ‘…not a dot will pass from the Law until all is accomplished…’

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Matthew 5:17-18 Explained;

‘…the Law…I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them….’ (v.17 ESV)
&
‘…not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished….’ (v.18 ESV)

Brief Summary

Here we will see that in no place does the well read passage of Matthew 5:17-18 abolish or cancel Torah Law (the law of Moses).

Instead, we will learn that some things that this passage speaks of in context, include;

• Messiah (Christ) did not come to earth to abolish or cancel the Law of Moses – rather, he came to do and satisfy the commandments, and fulfil prophetic verses, without sinning once.

• Everlasting life without end now is obtainable by man, from God, by grace through faith, when a person believes in His risen Son (Ephesians 2:8). Everyone who believes [in Christ] will have their agreement with death that they were born with, cancelled. (Isaiah 28:16-22).

• Levitical sons of Aaron remain priests (Isaiah 66:21).

• An established and recognised priesthood in the order of Mechizadek (Genesis 14:8) is recognised, with Messiah (Christ) being confirmed as high priest in this order (Psalm 45:7, Hebrews 4:15).

The verses with the explanation read as follows;

Matthew 5:17 – With Explanation In Brackets.

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
Matthew 5:17‭ ESV

[This means, that Christ had not come to cancel the Law of Moses.
Instead, he came to fulfill (satisfy) the righteous requirement of the Torah (Law of Moses), which means that he literally did ‘…all…’ commandments (ref. Lev 26, Deut 28) – all commandments, ‘always’ [all the day] (Deut 5:29 NIV). By grace, such complete righteousness is accounted to a believer by grace through faith (Isaiah 53:11-12, Rom 8:4).

Now in Matthew 5:17 it also says that Christ came to satisfy the Prophets (writings) as well as the Law.
An example of a key Prophetic verse which Christ satisfies, is the vital statute found in Isaiah 28:16-22, which states;

‘…whoever believes will not make haste.’ (i.e. ‘will not perish’), and then the covenant to death which we are all born here with, will be cancelled (Isaiah 28:18) as a result.

We know this Prophetic passage is speaking of believing in Messiah (Christ), as it refers to him as a ‘precious cornerstone’ – to which Ephesians 2:20 agrees here and confirms it for us;

‘…Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.’
(Ephesians 2:20 NIV)

Isaiah 28:17 goes on to say that ‘…righteousness…’ is made ‘…the plumb line’…. And  this means that if a person is completely sin-free and thus completely righteousness, that such will result in everlasting life without end for a person. Ecclesiastes 7:20 KJV however states that such is impossible for fallen men to accomplosh, no matter how just they are – as we all sadly sin here;

For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.
Ecclesiastes 7:20 KJV

And this is why Galatians says;

Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, “THE RIGHTEOUS MAN SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.” (Galatians 3:11 NASB)

Later in Isaiah 53:9 it confirms that Messiah (Christ), who was never born of fallen man’s seed, is literally sin free – when it says ‘…he had done no violence…’ (Isaiah 53:9 KJV. See also 2 Cor 5:21),

and in Isaiah 53:11 ESV it then states that Messiah (Christ) makes ‘…many to be accounted righteous…’ (by grace and supplication. ref. Zech 12:10, Acts 15:11).

Isaiah 53:12 ESV then says he does this by making;

‘…intercession for the transgressors…’ (praying for those who believe).

So it is established that no fallen man here is sin free, and with this the statute in Isaiah 28:16 which says everlasting life is by believing is the only achievable way to obtaining this.

With this, why would Christ be making intercession (prayer) to God for people who believe etc.?

The answer, because Christ did all of God’s Law in a body of flesh without sinning, he was inturn confirmed as high priest by God, as Christ loves ‘…righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore…your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you…’ (Psalm 45:7 NIV).

It is this that Psalm 110:4 tells us has happened – when it says he is a;

‘…priest forever, in the order of Melchizadek…’ (Psalm 110:4 ESV),

And this declaration was perhaps made straight after he was raised from the dead by God – as it says; ‘…sit at My right hand…’ (Psalm 110:1)].

Matthew 5:18 – with explanation in brackets.

For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
Matthew 5:18 ESV

[Here, when it is saying ‘…not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.’, in no place is it stating that the Law of Moses would be cancelled or abolished. Not at all.

In fact, we have already mentioned two items which were mentioned in the Old Testament (Tanakh), though at the time then and even now, these might not have been overly known by all, and so some might mistakenly see the verse as abolishing Torah Law, which it is not.

Two things which Matthew 5:18 is speaking of, that were enacted as per Holy Scripture were,

1) Everlasting life is now available by believing in Messiah (Christ) the ‘precious cornerstone’ (Isaiah 28:16-22, Ephesians 2:20).


‘Everlasting life’ literally means, life without end upon being resurrected, and not a potential ‘long’ life after this life in the new heavens and new earth.

Without believing in Messiah (Christ), all commandments are not fulfilled by a person. The law of Moses states that if all commandments are not fulfilled (perfectly), that this results in certain curses (i.e. death; wasting disease [ref. Deut 28:22 NIV]), and not ‘all’ blessings (i.e. life; ref. Deu 28:13 ESV).

And chapters like Deuteronomy 28 and Leviticus 26 are summed up to an extent in this verse and other like it;

For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.
James 2:10 NIV

Believing in Messiah (Christ) is the vital key to being given everlasting life without end from G-d, and verses such as Isaiah 28:16-22 confirm this.

The other matter we spoke on that has been enacted since all has been ‘accomplished’ (i.e. at the death and resurrection of Christ) is that,

2) There is a high priest who is not a Levitical son of Aaron.
Psalm 110:4 states that God declared Christ as high (Heb 4:15) priest in the order of Melchizadek (ref. Psalm 110:4).

Such a priestly position is lawful and accepted by the Holy God who is Most High, as per Genesis 14:8. Genesis tells of when Melchizadek was priest to the Most High God, during faithful Abraham’s time on the earth.

With this a quick note; the sons of Aaron still serve as priests in the new heavens and earth, as per Isaiah 66:21 ESV ‘…priests and… levites…’. Messiah (Christ) however is the high priest, as per Psalm 45:7 ESV ‘…above thy fellows…’, and Hebrews 4:15 ESV ‘…a high priest…’ – thus;

‘…“God has put all things in subjection under his feet.”…’ (1 Corinthians 15:27 ESV).

These Two Statutes are Found In The Law of Moses

The two above items/statutes, are actually found in Torah Law, in the book of Deuteronomy – where a commandment reads as follows;

I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him.
Deuteronomy 18:18-19 ESV

Transparently, the above commandment speaks of all of God’s prophets, however, we arrive at the two statutes (everlasting life by believing in Christ, and Christ being high priest) – as being included in this commandment found in Deuteronomy, by following the Holy Scriptures which come after Deuteronomy;

Isaiah is God’s holy prophet. ->
Isaiah says that all who believe in this ‘precious cornerstone’ will not make haste (they will live forever without end upon resurrection) (Isaiah 28:16-22). ->
Isaiah confirms that the precious cornerstone is Christ whom is spoken of in chapter 53, by speaking of him earlier in chapter 49:3, and 49:5 (‘Jacob’ is mentioned twice there; the first instance (Messiah) in 49:3, brings back the second instance found in 49:5 (the fallen nation [Jacob and Israel] to God). Ephesians 2:20 confirms it also, that Christ is referred to as the ‘precious cornerstone’ here. ->

Messiah (Christ) also being known as a prophet then goes on to say;

‘…Believe in God; believe also in me.’
(John 14:1 ESV)

As,

‘…whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life….’
(John 3:16 KJV);

‘…He who believes in it will not be disturbed. Your covenant with death will be canceled, And your pact with Sheol will not stand; … And now do not carry on as scoffers, Or your fetters will be made stronger; For I have heard from the Lord GOD of hosts Of decisive destruction on all the earth.’
(Isaiah 28:16‭, ‬28:18‭, ‬28:22 NASB1995)

Summary,

Here we have seen that in no place does the well read passage of Matthew 5:17-18 abolish or cancel Torah Law.

Briefly we have seen that it speaks of;

• Messiah (Christ) did not come to earth to abolish or cancel the Law of Moses – rather, he came to do and satisfy the commandments, and fulfil prophetic verses, without sinning once.

• Everlasting life without end now is obtainable by man, from God, by grace through faith, when a person believes in His risen Son (Ephesians 2:8). Everyone who believes [in Christ] will have their agreement with death that they were born with, cancelled. (Isaiah 28:16-22).

• Levitical sons of Aaron remain priests (Isaiah 66:21).

• An established and recognised priesthood in the order of Mechizadek (Genesis 14:8) is recognised, with Messiah (Christ) being confirmed as high priest in this order (Psalm 45:7, Hebrews 4:15).

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum,  believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus (Yehoshua) Christ (the Messiah). Amen.

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‘Unbelievers Judged By The Law Of Moses.’ And What Happens? – (Revelation 20:12-13, Romans 2:12-13)

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Introduction

The purpose of this explanation is to show that G-d judges all people, and that even non-believers are judged by what G-d has stated is good and bad in His Law, the Law of Moses (Torah).

This includes those who try to observe the Law of Moses, and also those who do not believe in Christ – and that is what this passage means;

All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law.
For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.
Romans 2:12-13 NIV

Whether you are a dear Jew who is very schooled in G-d’s commandments, or a dear Gentile who is not schooled in G-d’s good commandments – a person’s deeds are weighed and determined as good or bad, when compared to what is written in God’s holy Law, the law of Moses. The law of Moses is also known as the Torah and features the famous Ten Commandments along with the rest of His good statutes.

Here’s a passage from the Torah, which shows that Gentiles (people of the nations) are penalised for doing deeds which have been defined as sins in the land. Israel is then being warned also – in that they are not to do the same, lest they be ejected from the land as well;

“Do not make yourselves unclean by any of these things, for by all these the nations I am driving out before you have become unclean, and the land became unclean, so that I punished its iniquity, and the land vomited out its inhabitants. But you shall keep my statutes and my rules and do none of these abominations, either the native or the stranger who sojourns among you (for the people of the land, who were before you, did all of these abominations, so that the land became unclean), lest the land vomit you out when you make it unclean, as it vomited out the nation that was before you.
Leviticus 18:24‭-‬28 ESV

We know that the commandments God has given, define what is good and bad for humans to observe and/or abstain from etc.

Overcoming sin is the challenge we (creation) all face;

‘…sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”‘
(Genesis 4:7 NIV)

The one who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.
Revelation 21:7 NASB2020

It is with this that Revelation 20:12-13 is now lightly re-translated according to the Strong’s Concordance, and explained.

Revelation 20:12-13 Translated and Explained;

And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books [the Law of Moses] were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written [G1125 usage; ‘it stands written (in the scriptures)…’, Exhaustive definition; ‘…describe…’; thus the rendering of; ‘described’] in the books, according [G2596; ‘against’; when compared] to their works [their good and bad deeds].

And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works
(Revelation 20:12-13 KJV [rendering/explanation in brackets])

What Do We Know So Far?

So far, to this point we know that after death, all peoples everywhere are judged by what they had done in their lifetime – good and bad deeds are all compared to God’s good rules (the Ten commandments and the rest, as per the the Law of Moses).

Exhortation To Unbelievers And The Outcome For Believers

A huge blessing for those who believe in Christ is that due to saving grace (Acts 15:11); they do not suffer condemnation;

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Romans 8:1 KJV

The exhortation to all is that a person can continue to knock at the door, believing and repenting to G-d – as they seek the forgiveness of sins and everlasting life which is offered to those believing in Christ (Messiah).

A reader here will also be benefited with knowing that G-d desires all do rightly, and such conduct is defined in the Holy Scriptures (Romans 3:31 ESV, Leviticus 18:24-28).

Thus now even unbelievers have some surity as to what benchmarks we are to strive to meet and uphold, with this faith.

What Is The Outcome For a Person Who Does Not Believe?

The chief aim of the gospel is to let all people know that forgiveness of sins, a new heart with desire (Ezekiel 36:26-27), and everlasting life without end – are available to all who believe in Christ.

It says, that those who sadly do not believe in Christ [eventually] perish (die);

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.
John 3:16 KJV

‘…a precious cornerstone… ‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’ Then your covenant with death will be annulled… understand the message…. do not scoff, lest your bonds be made strong; for I have heard a decree of destruction…’
(Isaiah 28:16‭, ‬28:18‭-‬19‭, ‬28:22 ESV)

This fact should be a concern as everlasting life without end in the new heaven and new earth, upon ressurection, cannot be had at all without believing here on this earth, first.

So what happens to unbelievers or people whom are not born again here, after their judgement?

According to commentary on Holy Scripture, perhaps people live upto circa 1,000 years (give or take) in the new heaven and new earth that is above us (ref. IBN Ezra on Isaiah 65:20, Isaiah 65:17-20), and this is it’s right application.

This inturn means that an unbelieving person would eventually die (i.e. ‘perish’; John 3:16 KJV).

After this, said person is perhaps born back here on this old earth.

This means that they have the opportunity to ideally do better – and even believe the gospel for everlasting life without end.

Proof of such perhaps exists in Holy Scripture, for example;

When the faithful disciples asked Christ if the man had sinned before being born so that he was then inturn born blind – they were likley then of the belief that the man existed prior in the past.

And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
John 9:2‭-‬3 KJV

What is interesting to note here, is that just about every published translation reads the same.

Also, the Lord Jesus Christ does not seem to see error in their question, and thus does not correct them for asking it in such a way.

Instead, the king Messiah appears to answer in this instance, that the man was not born blind as the result of him sinning in a previous life. This, when read as it is, lends itself to such an interpretation of people being born back here, after they live a potential long life above in the new earth/heaven.

With this, the scribes and Pharisees were perhaps all of the belief that such a ‘reincarnation’-type doctrine is a literal truth with questions to John the Baptist like;

‘…who are you? Are you Elijah?’
(John 1:21 NIV)

Briefly, there is also perhaps another place that some unbelievers (sinners) can go after this life at judgement, and that is a direct, return trip back here (old earth);

Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
Revelation 20:15 NIV

Such a judgement would be for a person whom may have not lived a pleasing life at all – their bad deeds, would be high, and their good deeds very, very low in comparison etc..

Upon returning back to this old earth, such a person’s circumstances might be greatly determined by their previous life’s bad deeds, and by what the verdict of the judgement is based on them.

We know that atleast two created beings dwell in this lake which is a haunt for every unclean spirit (ref. Revelation 18:2) – the devil/Satan/serpant/Bezzlebub and the false prophet that Revelation seems to speak on;

And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Revelation 20:10 NIV

Either way, unbelievers appear return to this old earth in one way or another; because even a potential long life, is limited, and naturally ends in dying (‘perishing’).

Brief Summary

The purpose of this explanation, is to promote the importance of a person seeking maximum blessings from God; everlasting life, complete forgiveness of sins and a new heart.

This is achieved by being found believing in God and in Christ (Messiah), repenting, being baptized (inmursed in water) – it will lead to the observance of the Law of Moses (Isaiah 50:10, John 14:1, Acts 3:19 NASB, Mark 16:16, Romans 3:28, 3:31). This is the core gospel message.

This never dying after ressurection, and then living in perfect circumstance without end – is intended to be seen as highly desirable when compared to the alternative; judgement, a potential long life above, dying (perishing), and then potentially having to exist again on this old earth here, where troubles and lawlessness are always increasing;

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
Revelation 21:4 ESV (also see Isaiah 65:17-18)

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
(Romans 8:1 KJV)

May the Holy G-d bless you in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach).  Amen (Omayn).

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Psalm 45:6-7 Translated More Accurately – ‘g’ and ‘G’ (There is No trinity)

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The following translation assists a person in reading the verse in it’s proper context. Many English translations render all instances of the word ‘god’ here with a capital letter ‘G’.

Whilst the efforts of various translation organisations are invaluable, here, such a generic rendering can tend to lead to confusion in the English language when read; if a capital letter ‘G’ is used when Christ is spoken of – this can promote incorrect belief systems such as the ‘trinity’.

May this rendering of the verse be fruitful;

6 Thy throne, O god [Christ], is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.
7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore god [Christ], thy God [the Father], hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
Psalm 45:6-7 KJV
with amendments and explanation in brackets in blue

May the Holy G-d bless you in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen (Omayn).

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Galatians 6:15 – Circumcision was never abolished.

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Another commonly misinterpreted passage of Holy Scripture is Galatians 6:15-16 – it says;

15 For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.
16 And those who will walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.
Galatians 6:15-16 NASB

This passage in no way abolishes circumcision or the rest of the law of Moses. Rather, in its correct context the text is highlighting how a ‘new creation’ (a new creature) is essential, and of the highest importance for eternal life.

Amongst other items, this ‘new creature’, includes the receiving of a new heart of flesh and G-d’s Holy Spirit in a person guiding them;

26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
27 And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.

Ezekiel 36:26-27 ESV

This newness described above, are free gifts which are included in what is known as the;

‘…new covenant…’
(Jeremiah 31:31, Hebrews 8:8).

Also included in the ‘new covenant’ is the complete forgiveness of a person’s sins;

‘…I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more….’
(Jeremiah 31:34 ESV).

 A person receives this by believing in Christ, by believing that the holy God raised His Son the Lord Jesus (Yehoshua) Christ from the dead – as this sinless man is the one given to enact the new covenant – to enact it;

‘…I will give you as a covenant for the people…’
(Isaiah 42:6 ESV)

‘…I will keep you and give you as a covenant to the people…’
(Isaiah 49:8 ESV)

Hence,

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.
John 3:16 KJV

Thus, this everlasting newness is found believing in Christ (Messiah);

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV

‘…Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.’
(John 3:3, 3:6 KJV)

Brief Summary

Civilly in closing, Galatians 6:15-16 does not in any place state that circumcision has been abolished – rather it is emphasising the importance of a person being made new (2 Cor 5:17).

This newness includes a new heart and God’s Holy Spirit leading a person in His ways (Ezekiel 36:26-28, Acts 15:8-9), and is received by believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Isaiah 42:6, 49:8, 28:16, Ephesians 2:20, John 3:14-16). 

This blessing of newness which is being emphasised here is known as the ‘New Covenant’ (Jeremiah 31:31-33, Hebrews 8:7-13), and with this blessing, believers are to ‘…uphold the law.’ (Romans 3:31).

May the Holy G-d bless you in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Omayn (Amen).

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Galatians 4:9-11 – You Observe Days, Months, Seasons and Years! (The Law was Never Abolished)

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But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more? You observe days and months and seasons and years! I am afraid I may have labored over you in vain. 
Galatians 4:9-11 ESV 

In no place here does it say that observing the sabbath, feast days and the like – are commandments that no longer need to be observed – no, not at all. 

Galatians 4:21 for Context

Rather, the correct context of this passage can be found when we read a little further, where in verse 21 it says;

Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not listen to the law? 
Galatians 4:21 ESV 

Verse 21 has confirmed the context for Galatians 4:9-11 for us.

When is says,

‘…whose slaves do you want to be once more…you observe…’ in verses 9-11 (ESV), this is speaking of believers seeking to be,

‘…under the law…’ (v 21). 

If one is ‘under the law’, this means that a person is relying on their deeds, instead of their faith in the risen Messiah (Christ) to be completely justified and saved with everlasting life – an impossible task as;

Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.”
Galatians 3:11 NIV

and,

‘…whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.
(James 2:10 NIV)

Therefore being ‘under the law’ means that a person must meet it’s righteous requirement to be saved by works, and the requirement of the law is to;

‘…keep all My commandments always
(Deuteronomy 5:29 NASB)

However, though the law says we are not to falter in one single commandment, fallen man cannot achieve such perfection by their own efforts;

‘…a yoke that neither we nor our fathers have been able to bear…’
(Acts 15:10 NASB, also see Ecclesiastes 7:20)

Thus, instead of the people in Galatians 4:9-11 seeking to neglect faith in Christ by trying to base their salvation on works instead, they were being encouraged to instead value the justification by faith in Christ that a believer receives, and with this faith – diligently uphold the law;

28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law….
31
Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
(Romans 3:28, 3:31 ESV)

Hence the example of faithful Abraham who was declared righteous by faith, and upheld good works as a type of ‘seal’;

‘He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised….’
(Romans 4:11 ESV)

Conclusion

In brief summary, in no place does Galatians 4:9-11 abolish observing the sabbath, feasts, or any of the other good commandments in Torah Law.

Rather, verse 21 shows us that the people in verses 9-11 might have been seeking to be impossibly justified and saved by their deeds alone and not by their faith, thus they were trying to be ‘…under the law…’ (v.21 ESV).

When read in the fuller scope of Holy Scripture we see that with this faith, a ‘born again’ believer is not ‘under’ the law for justification;

But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Galatians 5:18 NIV

And believing in Christ (Messiah), one continues to;

‘… uphold the Torah.’
(Kehillah in Rome 3:31 OJB)

May the Holy G-d bless you in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Omayn (Amen).

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Isaiah 9:6 – Better Explained (There is No trinity)

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Isaiah 9:6 is quite often translated into the English language in a manner that breaks the overall context of Holy Scripture – in a way so that the verse reads as if it incorrectly supports the man made doctrine known as the ‘trinity’.

It reads as follows;

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6 KJV

May the following video explanation on the sense of this verse be fruitful for this particular matter, and may the producers of it be blessed. The video runs for circa 10 minutes and demonstrates that Isaiah 9:6 in no way supports the ‘trinity’;

An additional written translation of Isaiah 9:6 which agrees with the above linguistic and contextual explanation – in a monotheistic sense, is the Sefaria translation found here; https://www.sefaria.org/Isaiah.9.5?lang=en&with=all&lang2=en

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Omayn (Amen).

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1 Corinthians 7:1 – ‘Not to Touch the Opposite Gender…’ (Negiah)

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The aim of this explanation of Holy Scripture is to share the more accurate translation of 1 Corinthians 7:1 and how it speaks of the instruction to ‘not touch the opposite gender, except for your spouse, or certain close relatives…’. Such a practice can be deduced from both the Old and New Testaments, and also in both ancient and current Judaism as well. 

For reference, the practice to not ‘touch’ is known as Negiah, and is defined for reference in the halakhah (the oral and written torah law combined).

Further, linguistic sightings for the same ancient Greek word rendered ‘touch’ from 1 Corinthians 7:1, will be shown in other verses found in the New Testament from a wide range of translations, to show consistency and that ‘touch’ is a legal translation – despite many other translations not following suite in this particular instance.

1 Corinthians 7:1 KJV and Other Translations

The verse reads as follows;

Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
1 Corinthians 7:1 KJV [also see NASB]

 The NASB translation agrees with the KJV in this instance – however, many other translations will render the ancient Greek word ‘touch’ differently, usually along the lines of ‘sexual relations’;

‘…”It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.“‘ 
(1 Corinthians 7:1 NIV)

‘…“It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.”’
(1 Corinthians 7:1 ESV)

Contextual Justification For ‘…touch…’ in 1 Corinthians 7:1

‘Touching’ can lead to such immorality amongst unmarried people, and that is a support for the interpretation.

For reference, verse 2 then goes on to speak of the temptation of sexual immorality, and recommends that if a person burns with passion (v.9) – that believers should marry to avoid sinning;

But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.
1 Corinthians 7:2 ESV

Verse 3 then goes on to state that physical marital intimacy is not forbidden, and that it is a consensual and considerate thing for each spouse to do, and therefore they should not deny each other of it;

The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband.
1 Corinthians 7:3 ESV

With this, the other translations which render verse 1 as ‘sexual relations’ instead of ‘touch’ (KJV/NASB) might appear to a reader as missing the sense and intention of this particular verse.

For sake of transparency, the chapter of 1 Corinthians 7 does indeed come with an exhortation to believers who marry their betrothed [a maiden/virgin (G3933)], and also a stronger one to the single believers who do not burn with desire and thus remain single;

So then he who marries his betrothed does well, and he who refrains from marriage will do even better.
1 Corinthians 7:38 ESV

Linguistic Support

In 1 Corinthians 7:1 KJV, if we review the interlinear text – we see that the word rendered ‘touch’ in the KJV and NASB translations, is the Strong’s Concordance Greek word number 680;

Strong’s G680, is also present in other chapters such as 2 Corinthians 6:17, where the word is also rendered as ‘touch’ – though, in a great number of other translations (e.g. ESV, NIV, OJB, etc.), as well as the KJV and NASB;

Further, in Luke 6:19 the very same Ancient Greek word (G680) is also present and rendered as ‘touch’ as well;

and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.
Luke 6:19 NIV

With this linguistic support, we can see that in this instance the KJV and NASB translation of 1 Corinthians 7:1 with the word ‘touch’, are perhaps more accurate.

This is also what we find, when further contextual support with regard to social interaction and values is referenced from the Gospel, and the Torah and shared along with the linguistic support (above).

Contextual Support in the Gospel and Torah

Talking to the Opposite Gender – is ‘surprising’
John 4:27 perhaps provides us with a glimpse of ancient social moral expectations for conduct during the second Temple period, with regard to dealing with the opposite gender;

‘Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman…’
(John 4:27 NIV)

Here, we see that even talking with a women who is not a spouse or close relative in ancient times, was a surprising thing to some.

Smiling with the Opposite Gender – is an ‘indicator of marital status’
The torah further shows us that even the act of laughing with a women in public; ‘was seen as a sign that a man is intimate with that women, and thus assumed to be married to her’ – it says;

‘…Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out of a window and saw Isaac laughing with Rebekah his wife.9 So Abimelech called Isaac and said, “Behold, she is your wife.…’
(Genesis 26:8-9 ESV)

Further Resources for Consideration

Some other further resources and information on the explanation of Negiah to review, include;

R.Machon Shilo with a video talk on this matter;

https://youtu.be/xZHMuTOhxe8?t=79

Chabad articles;

Two verses civilly submitted with these resources for consideration are;

‘“The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so do and observe whatever they tell you…’
(Matthew 23:2-3 ESV)
&
‘…“Watch and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”’
(Matthew 16:6 ESV)

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Omayn (Amen).

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1 Corinthians 7:17-24 – ‘About Relationships, and Not About Abolishing Circumcision.’

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1 Corinthians 7:17-24 is a complex passage which uses ‘circumcision’ as a metaphor for matters pertaining to relationships.

The explanation for this section of Holy Scripture will be shared in a verse-by-verse style format to assist in providing correct context – the end result will ideally show a person that in no place has the commandment of circumcision been abolished.

Before continuing, a reader is highly encouraged to read the entire chapter of 1 Corinthians 7 on its own. From this they will note that the entire chapter is addressing men and women and the topic of singleness (unmarried), being ‘betrothed’ [‘maiden/virgin’ (G3933)], being widowed, and marriage itself.

Yes, a person will find that the entire chapter both above and below verses 17 to 24, is infact addressing relationships – and it is this fact which also assists in determining correct context for this passage.

Verse By Verse Explanation

Verse 17
17 But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches.
[meaning; whether single or married, at the time of one believing ‘in Christ’, when the L-RD G-d has called that person to believe, let him walk, let him remain as is – married or single – provided they do not have desire, otherwise a single person may get married (1 Cor 7:9).
 This is referencing passages such as 1 Corinthians 7:6-9, and 7:26-28 which are just above and below this passage] 

Verse 18
18 Is any man called being circumcised?
[meaning; at the time of believing ‘in Christ’, is this man/women ‘single‘?]
let him not become uncircumcised.
[meaning; if single at the time of believing, do not seek to be ‘married‘ – that is, if you do not burn with desire]
Is any called in uncircumcision?
[meaning; Is this person married at the time of believing]
let him not be circumcised.
[meaning; do not seek divorce if you’re married]

Verse 19
19 Circumcision [meaning; being ‘single’] is nothing,
and uncircumcision [being ‘married’] is nothing,
but the keeping of the commandments of God.
[meaning; whether single or married, be sure to keep G-d’s good commandments (see Revelation 22:14 KJV ), and faith ‘in’ God’s risen Son (Isaiah 28:16, John 3:15, 14:1, Revelation 14:12, Matthew 19:17, 19:21)]

Verse 20
20 Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.
[meaning; stay the same as you were when called; single, or married.
For example, has this believer been given the ‘gift’ over their ‘passion’ (ref. 1 Corinthians 7:7-9 ESV)? If so, this is known as being made ‘eunuchs’ – spiritually speaking (Matthew 19:12, Isaiah 56:3-5)]


Verse 21
21 Art thou called being a servant?
[meaning; are you married to an unbeliever? (referencing 1 Corinthians 7:12, which is just above this passage)]
care not for it: [meaning do not seek divorce (referencing 1 Corinthians 7:12-14)]
but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather.
[meaning; you are not enslaved – you may separate (referencing 1 Corinthians 7:15, which is also just above this passage); however, you may not get a divorce on any other grounds other than sexual immorality (see Matthew 5:31-32) for clarification and correct interpretation of Torah Law, and the matter of divorce]

Verse 22
22 For he that is called in the Lord, [meaning; a believer ’in Christ’ who is thus referred to as ‘born again’ (see 2 Corinthians 5:17, John 3:3, 3:6, John 3:15)]
being a servant, [meaning; one who is entrusted with the ministry/sharing of the message of reconciliation (see 2 Corinthians 5:18-21)]
is the Lord’s freeman: [meaning; this person is a son of the L-RD G-d Almighty (Romans 8:14, Revelation 21:7), not under the law (Galatians 5:18), though is still obligated (as all are) to uphold the law (Romans 3:31 ESV)]
likewise also he that is called, [‘…called…’ ‘in Christ’ (in Messiah)]
being free, [meaning; being free from ‘slavery’ to sin, a highly spiritual concept (see Romans 8:2-4, Ezekiel 36:26-28)]
is Christ’s servant. [Such a believer serves the L-RD G-d Almighty (ref. Acts 24:14), and His righteous servant – His Son; the risen King Messiah (Christ). (Colossians 3:24)]

Verse 23
23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. 
[‘do not seek marriage if you are single when called and have no burning desire to do so, O born again believer’ (ref. 1 Corinthians 7:8)]

Verse 24
24 Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God. 
[meaning; If at the time of believing ‘in Christ’ you are single, remain single – or, if you are married remain married.
If betrothed [usually a maiden/virgin (G3933)], remain betrothed [a maiden/virgin (G3933)] (ref. 1 Corinthians 7:25-26).
Walk with God in that relationship status, walk humbly in that state and abide.]


– 1 Corinthians 7:17-24 KJV [with explanation in brackets, in blue].

This concludes the verse by verse explanation for the passage of 1 Corinthians 7:17-24.

It demonstrates how the words ‘circumcision’ and ‘uncircumcised’ are being used as a metaphor for being married and single.

Further Support For The Interpretation

Further support regarding this interpretation, can be found from the account in Exodus 19:10-15, where the men were to prepare for the third day – back when the famous Ten Commandments were given;

And he said to the people, “Be ready for the third day; do not go near a woman.”
Exodus 10:15 ESV

The instruction given to the men, was to stay away from women during this time to be purified and found in a ritually clean state (i.e. being free of ‘seminal emissions’, and observing Niddah laws; not coming in contact with menstruation or women menstruating etc.).

Abstaining from contact with the opposite gender was thus required in an effort to be ritually clean when the Ten commandments were received.

With this, circumcision is regarded as a clean state to be in (it is a positive commandment after all), and the metaphor of ‘circumcision’ thus can be seen to draw context from both the instruction at the receiving of the Ten Commandments account, and the positive commandment of circumcision i.e.;

‘being away from women at Mount Sinai = ritually clean.
The commandment of circumcision is positive = clean.

Thus Circumcision (clean) is likened to singleness (ritually clean) – and as per the Brit Chadasha (New Testament), uncircumcision is therefore an unclean state and associated with sin (the opposite of circumcision);

‘When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh,…’
(Colossians 2:13 NIV)

And so with regard to the metaphor in 1 Cor 7:17-24; Being ‘uncircumcised’ (unclean) is likened to marriage (i.e. at Mount Sinai, being near a woman would make one ritually unclean).

Some further points with regard to 1 Corinthians 7 follow;

To Marry Or Not To Marry? 

Before concluding this explanation of Holy Scripture, it must be clarified (to an extent) that marriage is not forbidden, even for those who are ‘betrothed’ [young ‘maiden[s]/virgin[s]’ (G3933)] at the time of believing;

25 Now concerning the betrothed, I have no command from the Lord, but I give my judgment as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy….
28 But if you do marry, you have not sinned,…’
(1 Corinthians 7:25, 7:28 ESV)

[kindly also see 1 Cor 7:36-38 which comments on those betrothed]

In addition to single (unmarried), betrothed, and married people – the chapter gives mention to widows;

8 To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is good for them to remain single, as I am. 9 But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry.
1 Corinthians 7:8-9 ESV

An Exhortation

With this explanation, Holy Scripture does give a big exhortation to a believer who is single – whilst the ‘married’ believer will do well;

So then he who marries his betrothed does well, and he who refrains from marriage will do even better.
1 Corinthians 7:38 ESV

Spiritually, those who remain single have been given a ‘gift’ of ‘self-control’ over their ‘passion’ (ref. 1 Corinthians 7:8-9 ESV);

I wish that all were as I myself am. But each has his own gift from God…’
(1 Corinthians 7:7 ESV)

To which Isaiah says of single ‘eunuchs’;

For thus says the LORD:
“To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,
    who choose the things that please me
    and hold fast my covenant,
5 I will give in my house and within my walls
    a monument and a name
    better than sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name
    that shall not be cut off.
Isaiah 56:4-5 ESV

Hence the Gospel being in agreement, when it says;

For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others–and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.”
Matthew 19:12 NIV

Planning a circumcision?

With regard to anaesthetic; the writer highly encourages a local injection – as opposed to a general anaesthetic which puts a person to sleep. This also means that the patient will be concious of all in the medical room during the procedure. Shalom.

May the Holy G-d bless you, beyond maximum believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Omayn (Amen).

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Acts 15:1 – Circumcision was never abolished.

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Introduction

Here Acts 15:1 will be explained to show how believers are deemed ‘saved’ before they are circumcised, and that the verse in no way abolishes the commandment of circumcision.

Believers are not forced to be circumcised by others, however will naturally seek to be circumcised – as this means they are trying to uphold the Law of Moses with their faith.

Begin

Acts 15:1-2 read as follows;

‘Some men came down from Judea and began teaching the brethren, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.”
2 … Paul and Barnabas had great dissension and debate with them…’
Acts 15:1-2 NASB 

Here, a person may now incorrectly conclude that ‘circumcision has been abolished’, When it says ‘Paul and Barnabas had… debate them’ – however, such a position is incorrect, and let us now civilly share why.

Acts 15:1 Is For Context; ‘saved’

‘Saved’ is the last word of verse 1, and it sets the context for what follows it.

Here, some of the believers who belonged to the party of the believing Pharisees, Pharisees who are believers (v.5), may have incorrectly thought at the time that a person is saved or declared righteous by their works upfront; They thought ‘saved because of their circumcision’.

This is the cause for the civil disagreement in verse 2. It should also be noted that in no place does the passage abolish circumcision.

Acts 15:5

In Acts 15:5 we see that some of the believing Pharisees may have been approaching the law of Moses in a somewhat unbalanced manner. Perhaps these zealous people were being too heavily of the opinion that works make one righteous, and neglecting the value of faith. 

It says;

‘…“It is necessary to circumcise them and to direct them to observe the Law of Moses.”’
(Acts 15:5 NASB)

The context here is ‘works to be saved’ (v.2), and such is an impossible approach, as to achieve such this the righteous requirement of the law must be , and that is to;

‘…keep all my commands always…’
(Deuteronomy 5:29 NIV).

This brings us to Acts 15:8.

Acts 15:8-9

In verse 8-9 we see that new believing Gentiles are actually divinely converted prior to being circumcised – before their works, by their faith in Christ (Messiah);

8 And God, who knows the heart, testified to them giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us; 9 and He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith.
Acts 15:8-9 NASB

Later, in verses 10-11 we then see that the disciples clearly state that it is not necessary to circumcise new believers on the impossible approach that ‘such a work will save them’ – rather, they diligently uphold the law and were believing for saving grace from God as Christ prays (Isaiah 53:12, Zechariah 12:10) for them;

But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.”
Acts 15:11 ESV

Planning A Circumcision?

With regard to anaesthetic; the writer highly encourages a local injection – as opposed to a general anaesthetic which puts a person to sleep. This also means that the patient will be concious of all in the medical room during the procedure. Shalom.

Brief Summary

From the explanation we can understand that Acts 15:1-2 does not abolish the commandment of circumcision. Rather the context is that ‘relying on our works to be saved, and not our believing in Christ – is an incorrect approach’. We can also gather all of this context from the last word of verse 1, which is ‘saved’.

This explanation also shares the context for the Apostle Paul and Barnabas civilly, and correctly not agreeing with some people whom may have sadly thought differently at the time.

Hence,

‘…the righteous will live by his faith.’
(Habakkuk 2:4 NASB)

May the Holy G-d bless you, beyond maximum believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Omayn (Amen).

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Acts 16:1-3; ‘Timothy’s circumcision’ – explained.

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Some people may currently and sadly hold the incorrect interpretation of this passage thinking that it may be saying ‘dear Timothy the disciple was circumcised either against his will or to please others…’;

Such an interpretation is incorrect, and let us understand why.

First let’s read the passage;

1 Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. A disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek. 2 He was well spoken of by the brothers at Lystra and Iconium. 3 Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.
Acts 16:1-3 ESV

Firstly dear reader, we must note that in no place has circumcision been abolished here in this passage –  no, not at all.

With this, and with the weight of the rest of all Holy Scripture [see the commandment of circumcision section] – this passage actually shows us that circumcision, and the rest of Torah law still applies today – as circumcision is upheld here before our very eyes. 

Acts 16:1

Here is what we can understand from Acts 16:1-3;

Timothy’s mother is confirmed to be both a Jewish woman and also a believer.

Timothy’s father was confirmed to be a Greek – however, nowhere in the passage does it say that Timothy’s father was a believer.

Timothy’s father was likely not a believer at that particular point in time – as it says ‘…but his father was a Greek…’ in verse 1 in order to make a distinction between Timothy’s believing mother and his then dear unbelieving Greek father;

‘…the son of a certain women, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek…’
(Acts 16:1 KJV)

The use of the word ‘…but…’ when describing Timothy’s father after it described Timothy’s mother as both a believer and a Jewess; denotes Timothy’s father as an unbelieving Gentile (a Greek), at that time.

Two Questions To Consider

Here are two questions which might assist us in summarising the context of Acts 16:1,

Question 1:
Why would it state that Timothy’s mother was both a believer, and also a Jew?

Answer:
To make a point; to confirm these two specific matters.

Question 2:
Why then does it use the word ‘but’ when it moves to address Timothy’s father’s ethnicity, though, the verse does not state that the father believed at that time as well?

Answer:
Because he was a Greek who was not a believer at that time, then and thus naturally would not have encouraged circumcision.

Verse 3

If we visit verse 3, it says; 

Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. 
Acts 16:3 ESV 

In context it says that potential Jewish hearers of the Gospel knew that at that time Timothy’s father was an unbelieving Greek. Timothy wanted to practice what he preaches, and the opportunity to share the Gospel with the apostle Paul presented itself as a blessed occasion to uphold the commandment;

‘…he took him and circumcised him…’
(Acts 16:3 ESV)

And with regard to practising what we preach;

‘…first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.’
Matthew 7:5 ESV 

Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
Revelation 14:12 KJV

In Closing

Acts 16:1-3 in no place abolishes circumcision, and in no way says that the disciple Timothy was circumcised against his will, or to please others.

In context, the passage shows us that dear Timothy wanted to observe Torah Law, like the Apostle Paul (Romans 3:31, Acts 21:24, Acts 28:17) – and also practice what he preaches. 

With this we can see that Timothy was led in his heart to be an imitator of those of faith (1 Cor 11:1), and that the meeting with the faithful apostle Paul was opportune to uphold this commandment – Timothy went and got circumcised.

For the sake of disclosure, the approach is for people to never force a new believer to get a circumcision (Galatians 2:3).

Planning A Circumcision?

With regard to anaesthetic; the writer highly encourages a local injection – as opposed to a general anaesthetic which puts a person to sleep. This also means that the patient will be concious of all in the medical room during the procedure. Shalom.

May the Holy G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Omayn (Amen).

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Galatians 5:11 – The apostle Paul preaches circumcision.

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Holy Scripture provides proof that the apostle Paul observes and preaches the commandment of circumcision in Galatians 5:11;

And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased. 
Galatians 5:11 KJV 

Here, Scripture confirms that the apostle Paul preached circumcision with this faith whilst on earth.

With this, Scripture also confirms that though the apostle diligently upholds the law (Rom 3:31), by living in complete observance of it (Acts 21:24, Acts 28:17), he still suffered persecution though and this persecution was because of, and is known as ‘…the offence of the cross…’ (Galatians 5:11 KJV).

So, what is the ‘offence of the cross’?

The offence of the cross is summarised plainly in Romans 3:28.

The offence of the cross that the apostle was being persecuted for is this; ‘justification by faith apart from works of Torah law, and with this understanding and approach; one gets circumcised.’;

‘For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law….
Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
(Romans 3:28, 3:31 ESV)

A person can be justified by faith, and faith alone; by believing in the risen Christ (Messiah). One then upholds the commandments.

An Example of Righteousness by Faith

Being accounted righteous by faith, is something we can see in the example of faithful Abraham;

Abraham was accounted righteousness by faith, while he was uncircumcised in Genesis 15;

And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.
Genesis 15:6 ESV

Later we read that Abraham got circumcised in an effort to keep God’s commandments;

Abraham and his son Ishmael were circumcised on the same day.
Genesis 17:26 ESV

&
‘…Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.”’
(Genesis 26:5 ESV)

This formula and example of Abraham are expounded upon in Romans 4:11.

The ‘offence of the cross’ thus follows this formula, a person is justified (accounted righteous) by faith alone; by believing in the risen Christ (Messiah). With this faith, a believer upholds God’s commandments.

Christ’s resurrection is a fulfilling of the law and the prophets as per Holy Scripture (e.g. Deut 18:18-19, Isaiah 28:16, Eph 2:20, John 3:16) – it’s the good news.

This news however may sadly be offensive, intolerable, or deemed as strange talk in the ears of a person who currently does not believe the truth – and it is this good news (the gospel) that the apostle Paul suffered persecution for, and this persecution is referred to as ‘…the offence of the cross…’ (Galatians 5:11 KJV).

For reference, an excerpt from the Torah with regard to the commandment of circumcision can be found in Genesis 17:10-14.

Planning A Circumcision?

With regard to anaesthetic; the writer highly encourages a local injection – as opposed to a general anaesthetic which puts a person to sleep. This also means that the patient will be concious of all in the medical room during the procedure. Shalom.

May the Holy G-d bless you, believing in His risen Son the risen Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Omayn (Amen).

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