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Understanding the Gospel

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 Charles Pinkney

"You CAN access the life of God 
without being sidetracked  by religious tradition."

The world of religion, what a world! Almost everyone is in their own particular place regarding a search for a personal belief system. How would we graph our place? Are you a believer in Christ the Messiah? Do you follow another faith or belief system? Do you doubt or deny a belief in God, or an simply don't know? Do you know what you believe and why you hold these beliefs? Some have a belief in a god of some description, others may not. Some pray, some believe in an afterlife, while others may doubt the continuation of their soul.

There are so many religions inside and outside of Christianity. There are so many named gods and paths to appeasing them. Within these myriad forms of belief or worship some have developed a set of moral values in accord with these beliefs. Indeed many of these values promote peace and brotherhood toward the greater community. Meanwhile, other religious beliefs may generate hatred and intolerance toward those outside of that faith. Now some religions compel its followers to convert the world to their viewpoint and to, in a word, cause the whole world to believe according to that religion.

Religion is an admirable study for some, a mandatory doctrine for millions. Religion in general revolves around the belief in "spirits" as defined by Margaret Mead, the anthropologist.

The crusades were a demonstration of wrong Christian beliefs. For centuries the Roman "Church" enacted unspeakable atrocities to millions in the name of their version of the true church. It is clear to almost anyone today that this was not true Christianity. The crusades and the inquisition were chapters in Catholicism that demonstrated the abuse of power that occurs when a man (the pope) is presumed to be the very power of God on on earth. This version of Christianity, like Islam is not only a religion but a political and military system that can lift a sword against their enemies in the name of religious kingdom building (conquest.)

Christianity as presented in this dispensation is rightfully a message of love, acceptance and forgiveness. This is the only acceptable spirit and practice which was bequeathed by Jesus to his disciples and those who would follow them after their passing. Violent judgment against unbelievers is not what Jesus (Jeshua of Nazareth) taught. He rebuked his disciples when they suggested that fire from heaven should be brought down of some that did not walk with them. The time of vengeance is taught in the Bible, yes, but for the time of the "age of grace" it is set aside. Vengeance is mine, I will repay says the Lord. The day when christ returns in his second coming (second advent) is when he will judge the earth and all the people who dwell on the earth.


This true Christian gospel must exhibit 3 factors to determine authenticity: (2Cor.11:1,2)

The true Gospel must acknowledge the right Jesus.
Who is this Jesus? Who do you say he is? If he is a righteous man and an inspired teacher this is not the true Jesus of the gospel. He has greater.
Nor is the right Jesus an angel; nor is he merely a prophet, a good man, a teacher. He must be the only begotten Son of God, the Jewish Messiah.
He is the head of the Kingdom of God. The man who was heralded as king the day came into Jerusalem in all humility. He was revealed to Israel as a man riding meekly upon a donkey; as the crowds waving palm branches surrounded him. They shouted and rejoiced, singing praise and heralding him as the Messiah. He was asked later that week by the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, " ... are you a king?" Jesus told him, "I am a king, I was born to be a king." But he went on to say, "Now my kingdom is not of this world." For since then he reigns invisibly in power, seated at the right hand of the Father. Soon his reign will be in actuality and physical upon the earth. How strange that a king would suffer and die as a sacrificial lamb for the sins of a fallen race! But by the actions of this one man, the king, we would be made alive!

The right spirit of the true Gospel is forgiveness and compassion. We are to come freely and receive of its promised blessings, partaking and expressing the power of Jesus' love, and forgiveness. There is no threat of sword to convert the unbeliever. Paul the apostle of grace did not come with philosophy or threats to persuade the unbeliever, but rather the demonstration of the supernatural power of God that has the power to convert the heart. It was not persuasive argument although there was the presentation of the cross and resurrection at all times. Because it is the cross and resurrection that allowed for the "gift of God" to work its supernatural work. The faith provided by the Spirit of the living God persuades each who believe, that there is a loving God in heaven who desires that no one should die under condemnation. "God so loved the world - - ," John 3:16 is the often quoted basic text. Condemnation never comes from the hand of a believer who is commanded to walk in the same love and forgiveness that Jesus modeled to all.

As for the right spirit, there are many spirits in the world, one is sacred and others are demonic. Spirits abound in the atmosphere of the earth. Every nation has their "ruling spirits" and have affected human life for thousands of years. Evil spirits addressed by disciples and apostles in Jesus' day are still present to seduce, deceive and steal from the life, liberty and spiritual potential of all, even a believer.

What is the spirit of this world? The spirit of the world is a spirit of self exaltation and pride. Of course modern thought and psychology discredits spirits as a primitive and obsolete belief system. However, it is to be noted that Jesus the Messiah came to "destroy the works of the devil," Satan, the ruler of all fallen beings who are still under his domination. It is God's purpose to restore the proper line of earthly rulership under the dominion of Jesus Christ. In due time nations will recognize him as the Holy One of God, appointed Lord of all things. Other evil or wrong spirits include, pride, rebellion, witchcraft, defilement, sensuality, gluttony, drunkeness, etc.

The right gospel, is the gospel of good news. It is the gospel of grace that speaks of a free gift, given and not earned. Humanity may come to the giver of life and receive eternal life and forgiveness freely. One has but to ask. It requires no mediation of any priest. It is it a gospel where your admission to the realm of heaven and the promise of redemption is not won by good works, neither is it a gospel of faith plus works combined.The door is open to any who call upon the name of the Lord! "Ask and it shall be given unto you." The Spirit of Christ is omnipresent to hear your cry.
He will allow admittance into his kingdom to any who believe in the gift he offers and asks to be made new.

The source of truth and understanding of this gospel is the Holy Bible.

"One God equals any other... " seems to be the current thinking among those outside of the kingdom of God, those who remain unredeemed.
The broad-minded, ecumenical world would like to assert that any god is essentially at par with any other, or declare they all are expressions of the same sublime higher One.

I am now a Christian believer, but this was not always so. The time came when I became disallusioned by religion. I was dismayed, sensing all of the superficialities, the hypocrisies, and the lack of any proof in the God of the Bible I went on searching and doubting, and trusting that I was good enough not to fall into condemnation in the event that my presumptions were wrong. I had heard the term "Good News" referring the Gospel of the Messiah Jeshua (Jesus). My experience in traditional Christianity was mostly valued in a sentimental way. I remembered events and times in my childhood of the activities surrounding church house religion. During these days I yearned to touch and experience more, something that was real, powerful and persuasive. This, I believe, is exactly where so many seeking people are at today. Hopeful, but without proof that God is real and reachable. I was not taught that God was a reality to be experienced and the Gospel is the Power of God to effect human life in many profound ways outside of my religious experience.

The Gospel as the power of God, powerfully persuades us to believe, in a God of love and a God who can impact human lives in remarkable life-changing ways that exist out of the realm of church life. This is no shallow tradition ruled religion, rather it is about knowing God who reveals himself as Saviour and King of the universe. And even more amazingly, after conversion we are persuaded that the Bible is entirely believable and consistent in spite of its detractors. Unbelievers, outside of the kingdom tend to discredit any belief in its accuracy, consistency or infallibility. Today when I hear of a God who walked with man in Eden I believe it; when I hear of a God who did wonders in the days of Moses or the prophets I do not doubt it for one moment; when I hear the prophecies of the appointed men of God who spoke declaring the end from the beginning I have no doubt in the veracity of any of those words. When I hear that a man is born of a virgin girl who is to be called Redeemer, Immanuel or Most high God in human form, I fully believe it.

God spoke through prophets with inerrant accuracy to declare the Messiah and his mission to redeem fallen humanity and all these prophecies came to pass. Jesus as the lamb of God came to close the divide between God and humanity. The resurrection of Jeshua, as irrational scientifically unsound it sounds on the surface, remains the foundation of Christianity. Resurrection establishes the "Power of the Gospel" and enables any believer to partake in His divine nature.

Religions of the world vary in name and beliefs. Establishing worldly kingdoms as the launching pad for those beliefs is contrary to the Gospel. Christian religions, including, Catholicism, Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, and most of the protestant denominations have distorted the simplicity of the Gospel greatly, making it formalistic and religious. Churches (Buildings with congregations) are now what people think of when we imagine Christian practices. When ceremony and ritual are the practiced, and where obligations or extraneous demands are taught, these are contrary to the original Gospel, e.g. the Apostolic epistles.

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Understanding the Gospel of Christ

The Gospel of the Kingdom

The Gospel of the Kingdom has many dimensions and is not to be dismissed casually as a mere token or religious phrase. The whole nature of the mission of Jeshua, Jesus, on earth was to manifest the authority of the Son of God unto the spiritual powers and principalities which had, up to the birth of Messiah, dominion in the earth. Humanity lost its dominion in the fall of Adam in Eden's garden.

The spiritual undertone of the Old and New Covenant must be recognized as the playing out of forces of Good and evil. Though mythic in concept it is none the less the focus of the Gospel of the Kingdom. Jesus began to teach the disciples who walked with him the nature of spiritual authority within that kingdom and to demonstrate the power of God against, the realm of nature, as well as the rulers and principalites of this world. As Jesus sent out the disciples by twos, first twelve then seventy, he instructed them to anounce to those they greeted, "The Kingdom of God is drawn near to you." If they were met with mockery or derision, the disciples, shook the dust from their sandles and departed; atestimony that grace had knocked but was refused. For those who welcomed them the Kindom was demonstrated in this way; the sick, blind, and afflicted were healed, demons were dispelled and peace came into their lives. This action of demonstrating the Gospel of Kingdom was one of power (dunamis) and authority (exousia) unleashed.

Later Jesus, instructed the disciples regarding the kingdom of God, when he addressed the subject prayer (The Lord's Prayer - - disciple's prayer) Here, Jesus reveals to the disciples certain amazing and previously unknown mysterious things; he instructed the disciples to pray, "Our father, instead of "Jehovah Almighty or some other impersonal but respectful greeting. This is an amazing even blasphemous departure from Old Covenant tradition; a dispensation in which God appeared remote and fearfully hidden behind clouds and outside of human fellowship. Church goers continue to pray the prayer routinely today, not realizing that we are sons or daughters of God, not unredeemed if we are in fact born from above!

Lucifer acknowledged as the god of this world

Lucifer, the fallen angel, aka Satan, addressed Jesus in the wilderness after Jesus first received the Holy Spirit, tempting him to become a king and authority over the whole earth by merely serving him. Lucifer declared that "All these kingdoms are mine, and I give them to whomever I choose to give them." Jesus of course, refused to submit to the temptations to receive authority under Satan's dominion. Jesus would accept no other than to re-establish the dominion authority upon the earth according to the form which his Father had ordained. This plan included the redemption of fallen humanity back to the status of Sons of God. The redeemed race of fallen man would be re-established as sons of God, having dominion in the earth and being participants in the glories of the heavenly.

The price of this redemption is also key to the Gospel of the kingdom. It required death and resurrection. Death upon a tree, the cross, accursed by God, in order to carry the sin of mankind upon himself. After his resurrection, Jesus finally declares, "All power in heaven and on earth are given to me - - ."before returning to the right hand of the Father in heaven to share the Glory that was once His own before the world was. (Jn 17) This same prayer reveals the plan of God to redeem and glorify those who would believe on his authority and commission.

The Gospel of the Kingdom remains the same today as it was then: To demonstrate divine power and authority and judgment against the spiritual powers of the heavenly. This is clearly described in the writings of Paul to Ephesus and to other early churches. Yet in institutional religion because of the constant barrage of spiritual deception, the enemy has been able to blind the eyes of those who would believe.

Looking at the "Hidden Gospel" 

To what degree does your understanding of Christianity correspond to Biblical Gospel?
It is possible that there are erroneous practices in your denominational doctrine.

The authentic Christian life that is described in the Scriptures, can only begin with an encounter with God and the experience of being born again or born from above. This supernatural renewal is a life altering event not an emotional or mental experience. It is the birth of the spirit Man/Woman within, not a mere mental assent to a doctrine, belief or an attitude. Upon this experience our names are written in the heavenly record book, "the book of life". This triumphal celebratory moment is shared by the citizens of heaven. All things become new and life begins under a new operation not flesh or soulishly directed but by the spirit of man open to communion with the Spirit of God. The act of baptism (click to read Mystery of the Cross) exemplifies the end of our old life of mental and fleshly limits and control by the god of this world. It is a mystery and a supernatural act which is not understood as a token of our death and being out of the reach of sin and limitations.

Uncertain outcomes await the undiscipled child of God

After this encounter three alternatives face us: 1.  We can either begin to grow and mature into the fullness of the Lord's promise for us, to learn  the nature of the believer in the Kingdom, through the WORD of God; or 2. We can become sidetracked by the religious traditions and formalities which abound in one variety or another. or 3. A third possibility is that we can be seduced back into the world from which we were delivered, with its deceptions, lusts, and values.

To grow and be nurtured properly into the life of a child of the king, a citizen of the kingdom, individuals need to be planted into an environment where there is truth and sound doctrine, where the Holy Spirit is given pre eminence, and where one can grow up to serve (minister - - see who ministers) in the unique giftings that God gives to all of his hand chosen adopted sons and daughters. Sonship and daughtership give us amazing authority and opportunity to minister with the same method and authority that Jesus knew.  (John 14) The Father in us doing the work!!  - - 1Pet.4:7) For as many as have received the gift, minister the same one to another

Discipleship:

The apostolic gospel is clear, that all believers are disciples who are called to be "saints" having the calling and the nature of Jesus. We are not to be different in any way from those early believers who were discipled by Jesus himself and later to those who believed in the Lord through their witness.  (John 17) There are ministry gifts given to the body for the edification of all the saints. (Ephes. 14, - 1 Corinthians Chps. 12 and 14.)

These writings speak to the issue of following in the right path, remaining in the fellowship (koinonia) of the Truth, with true believers and growing up into Him who is the "head" over all, The Lord Jesus. Who reigns forever in Glory. Praise to God through Christ Jesus the Lord.

Amen.

 

THE GOSPEL IS ABOUT ONE MAN

Jesus and Salvation Come from the Jews

Jesus is the Promised Messiah,

the Son of David, Jesus Christ the Son of God

Jesus submitted to the Father's Will

Jesus Christ, The Word Made Flesh

Reincarnation or Resurrection?

No Resurrection means no Gospel!

Jesus Was the Lamb of God

Abraham's Faith to Sacrifice his Only Son

Jesus Blood purchased our Souls

Blood bought the Provisions of the Gospel

Notable Encounters with Jesus

Liberty to the Children of God

A New priesthood, A New Form of Leadership and Headship

  THE GOSPEL IS ABOUT ONE MAN

Jesus of Nazareth, The Jesus of the Gospel 

It seems that in the course of living a "religious" life, we tend to lose ight of some of the most basic essentials of Christianity, essentials which contain within them foundational truths and indispensable revelation. Among these essentials truths is the fact that the Christian faith is built upon a man, one man who is the only begotten son of God.
Who is this man and what makes him special? Did he come to teach about love? Did he come to model a moral lifestyle? Did he come to found a religion replete with ritualistic protocols? Who do men say that I am?, Jesus asked his disciples. If we do not get the correct answer to that question, you can not avail yourself of the 'gift of God' which he brings. 

There is a simple African hymn-tune that states:God loved the world and sent a savior, That we might live with Him forever, If you believe, if you receive, You can be born again.   Jesus was born a man, he was a man, but he was more than a man. His name in Hebrew was Y'Shua, or Yeshua (equals Jeshua or Jesus) and it was only after his ministry, death and resurrection that he became known as the Christ. Christ was not his last name. Christ (Greek Kristos) is the equivalent title for the Hebrew Mashiach (Messiah), the Anointed One, the Son of God. 

Jesus name in Hebrew, Y'Shua , means Jehovah is Salvation. Angels were sent to announce the miraculous birth both to Mary and to Joseph, in the gospel accounts. The angels told them what his name was to be, You shall call His name Jesus (Y'Shua) for he shall save his people - -(Matthew 1:21; Luke 1:31). 

Prophecy foretold the Messiah's birth in detail. Prophecy is the testimony or witness of Jesus Christ. (Revelation 19:10.) It began in the earliest verses of the Book of Genesis and continues through the books of the law, the psalms, and the prophetic books of the first covenant, (old testament.) There is an unbroken line of scriptural promises and scriptural fulfillment attesting to the birth of Jesus. In addition Jesus Christ was portrayed metaphorically as a spiritual type throughout all of the Old Testament. In a sense the whole Bible is a composite picture which, when constructed shows the fullness of God in one Man, the Son of God, Jesus Christ. 

Prophetic words spoken and recorded hundred of years in advance, describe the birth, life, and death of Jesus Christ in perfect detail. His birth was to be at a certain place, at a certain time, under certain circumstances. At the birth of Jesus, God affirmed that Word of prophecy with precision. precisely and in perfect timing. Jesus's life continued on its prophetic course, as sure as hands on fine clock, from the time of Jesus matured and was presented to the public, to his being received as the messiah (by some) rejected, tried, and crucified. All of these events followed a precise time-line corresponding to the sure words of prophecy. 

God's prophets were afforded no misses in their predictions. A prophet who missed only 10% of the time was declared a false prophet and subject to death by stoning. 

There are many interesting books and commentaries which biblical scholars have written which detail the specifics of prophetic scriptures and their fulfillment pertinent to the life of Jesus. Though the study of prophecy per se goes beyond the scope of this writing, it is important to note that Messiah was promised by God. 

Jesus and Salvation Come from and through the Jews 

The Jews were the people that God fashioned to bring forth the Messiah. God chose a man, (Abraham) made a covenant with him with the singular purpose of having a people for His own special treasure and pleasure. The same people whose way was foreknown through Moses and the prophets, through trials, through captivity and deliverance, a people to nurture and prepare His man, His seed, His king, His savior. 

It was God's Wisdom, to construct this Way, in such a manner as to make the working impossible in man's eyes and in man's reasoning, so that He could prove the excellency of His own power. When God chose and man (Abraham,) he chose one as good as dead, old in years and whose wife (Sarah) was far past the age of child-bearing and nurturing. 

When He chose a king, He chose a shepherd boy, (David). When He chose a woman to bear the Messiah He chose a virgin. When Jesus Christ chose his disciples he chose unlearned fishermen or workmen. When He chose how to establish a kingdom he chose a king who would forego an earthly crown and die the death of sinful man upon a cross. 

God chose the way of faith. 

Faith is essentially a way of being persuaded by believing rather than by observation and reasoning. God chose to make reason and human smartness a pitfall to believing His word and His promises. 

Jesus The Jewish Messiah. 

The Anointed One, The prophesied Son of David. This Messiah, destined to sit upon the throne of an earthly kingdom will yet sit upon the throne of an earthly kingdom. But that time is still to come. He will at the end of this age put a total end to all opposition and rebellion against God's purposes. This end time event is described prophetically as The Day of Vengeance (Day of Wrath) or the Day of the Lord. The Day of the Lord is a time promised in scripture, when all unbelief, unrighteous, and rebellion will be addressed and overcome by God himself. It will not be accomplished through negotiation or compromise; it will not be accomplished with reasoning, negotiation, nor with political bargaining, nor with treaty making. Rather, God will exercise supernatural power, all of the forces of heaven and earth against all the nations and peoples who stand in rebellion against the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. 

The Messiah of the Gospels will return in majestic glory revealed in the skies. He will not be that charismatic politician winning over the peoples of the earth. He will rule with the force and authority of the name of God Almighty. And one more very important attribute, lest you should be deceived; He is the one who carries the imprint of the nails in His hands! (Zechariah 13.6.) 

Who is Jesus? The Son of God. 

Jesus was conceived by the Spirit of God. This makes him the only begotten son of God. He is the seed of the woman who is mentioned in Genesis 3:15. It is important to understand that the father's blood line of Jesusí parental inheritance is that of God himself who was and is sinless and undefiled. Yet within the human seed is the nature of humanity, weaknesses, want and human emotion. 

The life that Jesus lived was a life lived within the limits of the human condition. Yet scripture states that He knew no sin, and though he was tempted in all areas just as we are. He remained undefiled and separate from the sin nature which is particular to all of the natural born human race. (Hebrews 4:15, 7:26) 

He was a man, but certainly unlike humanity in a special way. The human race according to the bible, has an Adamic hereditary line or genealogy, descended from the line of Adam. Since Adam the human race is under a curse. The fall and the curse is portrayed in the first chapters of Genesis. At the moment, you may not believe in Adam or in any kind of curse, but for the time being, set that argument aside. God can work that issue out with you at a later time. It is necessary to believe that the Bible is not a fable or fiction. To argue against the Bible is to lose the blessing of believing in it, both in small questions and in larger questions. 

Jesus submitted his will to God the Father 

The Jesus of the Gospels demonstrated meekness, submission and servant-hood. He did not present himself as a worldly leader, nor a member of the religious establishment. 

Jesus did not demonstrate God-like powers at will from his infancy onward, though some apocryphal tradition stated this. Scripture indicates he did no miracles until his baptism in the Jordan river by the prophet who announced and made the way for Jesus' ministry, John the Baptist. After his baptism at the age of 30 the Spirit of God came upon him and filled him with the necessary endowment of miracle-working power. Even with supernatural spiritual endowments there were times when Jesus himself was not able to heal or do mighty works, this was owing to the belief or unbelief of those he ministered to. 

While Jesus did not flaunt God-hood it would be an error to say that he did not know of his DIVINE nature or of his divine calling. He spoke of being about his Father's business even as a child. Jesus was filled with grace and wisdom, both of which are spiritual enablements given by God. Jesus was the Logos (the Word, the whole counsel of God) made flesh. 

A movie which came out a few years ago, The Last Temptation of Christ, portrayed Jesus as mostly human and flawed with the worst of human weaknesses, dark passions, indecision and unbelief. It is a depiction of a Jesus with no divine or supernatural inheritance, whose only vision was of some kind of vague personal sacrifice. Though this is interesting fiction it does not dignify the person of Jesus Christ as having transcendent divinity or as having any potential for impacting humanity with eternal consequences. 

Jesus Christ, The Word Made Flesh 

The Son of God, the Word was made Flesh. He was born into human form but he also had pre-existence with God. This can not, however, be said of the rest of the human race. Jesus spoke of His own glory which he had with the Father before the world was in his prayer recorded in John chapter seventeen. From this it can be stated with certainty that Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God was also God. This becomes one awesome mysteries of the nature and person of God. I find it beyond my ability to comprehend but I expect that it will be revealed to my understanding at another time. 

Because Christ was pre-existent some may conclude that we all pre-existed. The question is appealing in some ways, curious and interesting at least. It is argued as a reality by those who have received spurious, demonically inspired revelation. But let it be said by a person who once thoroughly believed in reincarnation, that I have set that belief aside in favor of the bibleís teaching. It is appointed unto man to die once, and after that the judgment.(Hebrews 9:27). 

Reincarnation or Resurrection? 

The doctrine of resurrection which is taught in the Bible excludes the possibility of reincarnation. One life is promised, one body and eternal judgment for that one life at some time in eternity. The resurrection of Jesusí own physical body from the dead, will be replicated for every living human soul, both the good and the bad, righteous and unrighteous. Jesus was called, ñthe first fruits of they that sleepÑ1Corinthians 15:20.) 

The doctrine of the resurrection is given so much attention in the New Testament especially in the epistles that I could quote texts by the dozens, but at this reading it would be beyond the scope of this writing. Yes, it is unreasonable to the rational mind, to assert that a body which is dead or has even returned to dust can be brought forth alive out of the dust. But that is in fact the teaching of scripture from the prophet Daniel to Jesus, and restated by the apostle Paul in particular. 

The man Jesus, will be presented as he was already presented to the disciples in Gospel accounts, alive õ in the flesh, bearing the same nail scars and the same spear wound in the side. As he left in a physical body ascended into glory, he will also return in a physical body. As he departed from the Mount of Olives he will also return in glory to that same spot to begin his reign. 

No Resurrection, No Gospel! 

The doctrine of the resurrection is the proof and the cornerstone of the Gospel. Jesus had to rise again, having defeated death, alive with the keys to hell and the grave. The gospel which the apostle Paul presented stated this, If Jesus Christ is not risen from the grave, then all of our preaching, is for nothing and our faith is for nothing; furthermore our futures would hold only misery. (1 Corinthians 15:17-19 paraphrased) 

We could not have a supernatural Gospel without a supernatural Christ. We could not derive supernatural spiritual benefits from believing in a Gospel presented by a mere man, even if he was a great man! If this were the gospel we followed, the best we could do would be to try to live an honest and moral life with the limited powers of our own willpower, but we could not have received total acceptance by God without Jesus Christ's sacrifice. Because he was the Lamb of God

Who is Jesus Christ? The Lamb of God
A sacrifice is made, The price is paid.

I believe that if Christian religious traditions have shorted us on any one thing, it is the knowledge and understanding of Jesus Christ's sacrifice as the Lamb of God and the legacy of blessing that His sacrifice brings to change the life and circumstances of every soul on earth. The sacrificial death of Jesus, God's only begotten, is the reason that Jesus came. It is the cornerstone of the Good News, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

This same good news is not an option for possible consideration. The Lamb's gospel is established in the very heavens and every person on the earth will be held to account for it. For, the earth is the Lord and everything that is in it. (Exodus 9:29 Psalm 24:1) 

The sacrifice of the lamb of God is a better sacrifice than any of the First Covenant, where bulls and goats were killed and the blood of those offerings was applied to the sin of the nation. These offerings could not touch the innate sin nature of the people themselves, but were only a temporary fix, a covering over for the sin of the people. The Book of Hebrews goes into detail about the new covenant and the nature of the sacrifice which Jesus made on our behalf. It compares the First and Second covenant and the provisions of the new which transcend the original. 

The lamb of God was pre-figured in the sacrifice which Abraham was prepared to make of his own son, 

Isaac, the son of God's promise. Abraham took Isaac to the mountain and as he prepared to put him to the knife, said to his son, God himself will provide the lamb. (Genesis 22:8). 

The lamb of God was described prophetically in the Book of Isaiah, chapters 52 and 53. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter and as a sheep before the shearer is silent, he did not open his mouth. (Isaiah 53:3-9). 

The description of the purification of the priests who prepared to bring offerings into the Holy of Holies is a depiction of Jesus Himself. It was His blood that would purify and sanctify the mercy seat It was blood that was sprinkled seven times upon heaven's altar. 

Jesus' Blood: Shed for Us 

-- Was shed, when He sweat drops blood in the Garden of Gethsemene, gripped with the terror of separation from his Father, who turn from him, abandoning to death; and the prospect of being made a Curse separated from God by the sins of the world. 

- -Was shed, when the servant of the high priest smote him upon the face. 

- - Was shed, when the Roman soldiers ridiculed him, mocked him, stripped him, buffeted him and torn out His beard. 

- - Was shed, When he was flogged with the Roman flagellum, the deadly scourging with the lash, Each of the nine strands were tipped with an object which cut or wounded. 

- - Was shed, when the crown of thorns was plaited upon Jesus' head.

- - Was shed, when Jesus hands and feet were penetrated by the spikes which would hold him suspended above the earth upon a Roman cross (the curse of hanging on a tree.) 

 - Was shed, when the Roman officer pierced his side with a spear and blood and water flowed out upon the ground. 

Blood Purchased the Provisions of the Gospel 

Discussing the blood of the lamb may strike you as something primitive, strange  or disgusting but it is the fact that it is the living bloodwhich makes a sacrifice spiritually effectual. From the writings of Moses we learn that the Life is in the blood. Blood is the life of the soul and holds potential for both blessing and for defilement. Innocent blood is said to cry out from the earth. The blood of victims of war and of violence cry out with a certain voice from the earth. 

Jesus' blood was blood untainted by sin or by the curse or death. It was/is 100 per cent imbued with the power of life. This blood has within it perfect eternal life; it still has, in the present, perfect eternal life. That blood that sprinkled the earth from the Mount of Olives, to Pilate's hall of judgment, to the via Dolorosa, to the hill called Golgotha, is still nurturing the whole earth. As Jesus was dying the death of crucifixion upon a cross, he declared the sentence which his blood would continue to enforce, Father forgive them, they do not know what they do. Jesus blood purchased the price for our sins, sins past, sins present, and sins future.

Father forgive them, Among the last words spoken by Jesus upon the cross is the legacy which any person whose soul is in want can appropriate as his or her own personal blessing and legacy, eternal life.

Who is Jesus?(Aside from being the Son of God)
Jesus was A Really Nice Guy 

It is written in the law of Moses that we should make no graven image. Among all of the ten commandments this one may not lend itself readily to application although the first references seem to figure in the question of idolatry. I think, however, it has much more to apply to our present knowledge or lack of knowledge about God. One of the characteristics of human nature is to draw inferences and conclusions based upon things we see with the natural eye. 

Throughout the nearly two thousand years of Christian tradition we become the victims of iconography, Icons which in some manner or another depict God or the Son of God. Any of us who have ever been to a major museum have seen depictions of Jesus Christ created during different historical eras. The characteristics of portrayal is to make a presumptuous statement about the personality, the humanity or the divinity of the subject that is being portrayed. Iconography has colored our interpretation of who Jesus is. Some of these images are very static with a very narrow portrayal. A sense of Jesus Christ's humanity was not apparent for centuries. When he was depicted by the first Christian artists there was not a trace of life or humanity. For the period from the 4th century until the 14th, he was no more than an stylized icon, lacking any features which would make him like us. Later, after the fifteenth century, he was portrayed as very human in works by Rembrandt, or Caravaggio, Rubens, and others. The point that I am making is in respect to narrowness and misunderstanding of who Jesus was. Religious traditions sometimes portray Jesus in such a narrow light that we can not associate him in all of his attributes, human and divine. 

The human quality of Jesus needs to be preserved. I think the phrase "Jesus was a nice guy," may strike a negative chord among some who are religious and formalize so much of Christian life into liturgy. But I say it for a reason. We need to de-mystify Jesus and make Jesus accessible to people, especially in the now of the Gospel rather than the then of religion. The Lord is not someone who placed himself out of the reach of humanity. 

To think of Jesus as a friendly, loving and kindly person does not interfere with his divinity nor his sovereignty. 

There are other aspects to Jesus too, as depicted by the the Hebrew names of Jehovah: Nissi, Tsidkenu, Ropha, Shama, Jireh, Sabaoth, Shalom, and numerous others, as well as: the 'Righteous Judge', the 'Captain of the Army of God', or as the 'Ancient of Days', and many other powerful and illuminating titles. One day, we will all fall before Christ, the Righteous Judge. But for now Jesus is still bringing gentle compassion, forgiveness, restoration and blessing to those of us with a need. He is extending a hand of friendship to those who need a friend. 

Jesus' friendly and compassionate personality is described as a friend to sinners, one who went out of his way to meet and have fellowship with those that the religious community had excluded (Matthew 9:10-13.) Jesus was known to have been in the middle of fun and frolic where there was feasting and drinking. He said of himself, that he was accused of being a glutton and a wine bibber, but in spite of this Jesus, declared that wisdom is known by her offspring. (Matthew 11:19 paraphrase). 

Stories are numerous where men or women who were considered 'the wrong sort,' received mercy from the Lord's hand of compassion and acceptance:

Bible stories of people who encountered Jesus
Zaccheus the publican; (described in Luke 19:2-10)The Samaritan woman at the well of Sychar; (John 4:5-30).The woman taken in adultery  (John 8:4-11).Mary, a former prostitute anointed Jesus feet at the house of Simon the leper; (Luke 7:37-47).Jesus who came to the grave side of Lazarus and wept; (John 11).Jesus who consoled the man healed of blindness afterwards the church council expelled him; (John 9).At a certain miracle feast Jesus served and fed all those attending, (Luke 12:37).Plus all of the disciples, plus all of the un-named disciples - - called the 500.Plus the commissioned seventy, Luke 10. Plus the demoniac who was delivered of a host of demons, Plus all of the multitudes he healed and taught, Plus the religious authorities who wanted him silenced, And, me, and a great host like me!

The friendship factor as it pertains to the person of Jesus is something that must not be lost. There is a proverb that states, There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24) This is the love and friendship of Jesus Christ. 

There are so many who are hurting inside, there are so many who are bruised, and there are so many needing a friend. The love and power of the Spirit of Christ Jesus can supply this. It is a kind of supernatural miracle that someone who needs and asks believing can receive. 

LIBERTY OF THE CHILDREN OF GOD
"Where the Spirit of the Lord is There is Liberty"

Questions pertaining to liberty tests our individual insights. What is this liberty? How is this liberty to be expressed in the new testament church? What is its implication in terms of headship or leadership? 4.  When is it evident that Christian liberty is impeded or has been violated?
God grants and imparts a particular kind of liberty which is  according to His nature, through His Word. What ways is this liberty expressed? "And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts."    -- Psalms 119:45

God's desire for his people is freedom from bondage or liberty is announced by His prophets.
"This is the word that came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, after that the king Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people which were at Jerusalem, to proclaim LIBERTY unto them;"    -- Jeremiah 34:8 "But ye turned and polluted my name, and caused every man his servant, and every man his handmaid, whom he had set at LIBERTY at their pleasure, to return, and brought them into subjection, to be unto you for servants and for handmaids."    -- Jeremiah 34:16

Jesus announces God's desire for his people is freedom from bondage or LIBERTY.
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,"    -- Luke 4:18

Jesus criticizes the scribes and Pharisees for their placing burdens upon the shoulders of the people.
"For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them - -."    -- Mat 23:4

The Apostle Paul addresses the matter of LIBERTY, frequently.

"Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God."    -- Rom 8:21 (Is it only freedom from following religious laws or does it pertain to the expression in worship and fellowship also?)
"Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man's conscience?"    -- 1 Corinthians 10:29  "Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."    -- 2 Corinthians 3:17

False Brethren began to place the children of God into bondage again.
(What comprises this sort of bondage?)

"And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our LIBERTY which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:"    -- Gal 2:4 "To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you."    -- Gal 2:5 "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage."    -- Gal 5:1

Peter addresses liberty in his epistle, evidently having learned some lessons from Paul.
"As free, and not using your LIBERTY for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God."    -- 1 Pet 2:16

Burden bearing is ministering to people so that the yoke is made easier.

"Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ."    -- Gal 6:2

Self exaltation is a spiritual deception which causes certain people  to suppress others.

 "For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself."    -- Gal 6:3 "But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another."    -- Gal 6:4
 "For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith."    -- Rom 12:3  "Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another."    -- Gal 5:26

 "With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;"    -- Eph 4:2 "Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."    -- Eph 4:3

Where does edification come from in the new testament church?
Is it from the teachings or preaching of a single authority?

The body provides a variety of gifts in the person of other believers for the mutual gain and edification of all.
 "Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God."    -- Rom 15:7

"For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:"    -- Rom 12:4

"Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;"    -- Rom 12:6 "Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;"    -- Rom 12:7 "Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that showeth mercy, with cheerfulness."    -- Rom 12:8

The body of believers come together for mutual edification.

 "How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying."    -- 1 Corinthians 14:26
"Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another."    -- Rom 14:19 "Let every one of us please his neighbor for his good to edification."    -- Rom 15:2

Apostolic leadership is focused toward edification and liberty in correct doctrine.
"For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed:"    (What is it that brings forth edification? Love.)

The purpose of the gifts of ministry described in Ephesians 4:11
 "For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:"    -- Eph 4:12 "From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love."    -- Eph 4:16 (Every part's participation and every part's increase  causes the body to grow.)

Leadership is not like that of the rulers of the gentiles, Scribes or Pharisees , 
What does this mean?

 "For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;"    -- Acts 15:28 "And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man: for that which was lacking to me the brethren which came from Macedonia supplied: and in all things I have kept myself from being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself."    -- 2 Corinthians 11:9" - - I myself was not burdensome to you? forgive me this wrong."    -- 2 Corinthians 12:13  - -"Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours, but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children."    -- 2 Corinthians 12:14 (Speaking as a spiritual father to provide necessities for the children.)

- -"But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherishes her children:"    -- 1 The 2:7

 

Jesus' Blood: Shed for Us

-- Was shed, when He sweat drops blood in the Garden of Gethsemane, gripped with the terror of separation from his Father, who turn from him, abandoning to death; and the prospect of being made a Curse separated from God by the sins of the world.

- -Was shed, when the servant of the high priest smote him upon the face.

- - Was shed, when the Roman soldiers ridiculed him, mocked him, stripped him, buffeted him and torn out His beard.

- - Was shed, When he was flogged with the Roman flagellum, the deadly scourging with the lash, Each of the nine strands were tipped with an object which cut or wounded.

- - Was shed, when the crown of thorns was plaited upon Jesus' head.

- - Was shed, when Jesus hands and feet were penetrated by the spikes which would hold him suspended above the earth upon a Roman cross (the curse of hanging on a tree.)

- - Was shed, when the Roman officer pierced his side with a spear and blood and water flowed out upon the ground.

Blood Purchased the Provisions of the Gospel

Discussing the blood of the lamb may strike you as something primitive, strange  or disgusting but it is the fact that it is the living bloodwhich makes a sacrifice spiritually effectual. From the writings of Moses we learn that the Life is in the blood. Blood is the life of the soul and holds potential for both blessing and for defilement. Innocent blood is said to cry out from the earth. The blood of victims of war and of violence cry out with a certain voice from the earth.

Jesus' blood was blood untainted by sin or the curse or death. It is 100 per cent imbued with the power of life. This blood had within it perfect eternal life; it still has, in the present, perfect eternal life. That blood that sprinkled the earth from the Mount of Olives, to Pilate's hall of judgment, to the via Dolorosa, to the hill called Golgotha, is still nurturing the whole earth. As Jesus was dying the death of crucifixion upon a cross, he declared the sentence which his blood would continue to enforce, Father forgive them, they do not know what they do. Jesus blood purchased the price for our sins, sins past, sins present, and sins future.

Father forgive them, Among the last words spoken by Jesus upon the cross is the legacy which any person whose soul is in want can appropriate as his or her own personal blessing and legacy, eternal life.
Who is Jesus? (Aside from being the Son of God) Jesus was A Really Nice Guy

It is written in the law of Moses that we should make no graven image. Among all of the ten commandments this one may not lend itself readily to application although the first references seem to figure in the question of idolatry. I think, however, it has much more to apply to our present knowledge or lack of knowledge about God. One of the characteristics of human nature is to draw inferences and conclusions based upon things we see with the natural eye. The life of God draws its strength, faith, through not relying on the eye to inform or validate our understanding. Portraits of God or Christ become in a real sense a kind of icon. This icon restricts our knowledge of God's reality.

Throughout the nearly two thousand years of Christian tradition we become the victims of iconography, Icons which in some manner or another depict God or the Son of God. Any of us who have ever been to a major museum have seen depictions of Jesus Christ created during different historical eras. The characteristics of portrayal is to make a presumptuous statement about the personality, the humanity or the divinity of the subject that is being portrayed. Iconography has colored our interpretation of who Jesus is. Some of these images are very static with a very narrow portrayal. A sense of Jesus Christ's humanity was not apparent for centuries. When he was depicted by the first Christian artists there was not a trace of life or humanity. For the period from the 4th century until the 14th, he was no more than an stylized icon, lacking any features which would make him like us. Later, after the fifteenth century, he was portrayed as very human in works by Rembrandt, or Caravaggio, Rubens, and others. The point that I am making is in respect to narrowness and misunderstanding of who Jesus was. Religious traditions sometimes portray Jesus in such a narrow light that we can not associate him in all of his attributes, human and divine.

The human quality of Jesus needs to be preserved. I think the phrase "Jesus was a nice guy," may strike a negative chord among some who are religious and formalize so much of Christian life into liturgy. But I say it for a reason. We need to de-mystify Jesus and make Jesus accessible to people, especially in the now of the Gospel rather than the then of religion. The Lord is not someone who placed himself out of the reach of humanity.

To think of Jesus as a friendly, loving and kindly person does not interfere with his divinity nor his sovereignty.

There are other aspects to Jesus too, as depicted by the Hebrew names of Jehovah: Nissi, Tsidkenu, Rapha, Shamah, Jireh, Sabaoth, and numerous others, as well as: the 'Righteous Judge', the 'Captain of the Army of God', or as the 'Ancient of Days', and many, many other powerful and illuminating titles. One day, we will all kneel before Christ, the Righteous Judge. But for now Jesus is still offering gentle compassion, forgiveness, restoration and blessing to those in need. He is extending a hand of friendship to those who need a friend.

Jesus' friendly and compassionate personality is described as a friend to sinners, one who went out of his way to meet and have fellowship with those that the religious community had excluded (Matthew 9:10-13.) Jesus was known to have been in the middle of fun and frolic where there was feasting and drinking. He said of himself, that he was accused of being a glutton and a wine bibber, but in spite of this Jesus, declared that wisdom is known by her offspring. (Matthew 11:19 paraphrase).

ENCOUNTERS WITH JESUS

Stories are numerous where men or women who were considered 'the wrong sort,' received mercy from the Lord's hand of compassion and acceptance:

Zaccheus the publican; (described in Luke 19:2-10)

The Samaritan woman at the well of Sychar; (John 4:5-30).

The woman taken in adultery; (John 8:4-11).

Mary, a former prostitute anointed Jesus feet at the house of Simon the leper; (Luke 7:37-47).

Jesus who came to the grave side of Lazarus and wept; (John 11).

Jesus who consoled the man healed of blindness after the church council expelled him; (John 9).

At a certain future day when Jesus will be the host at a great feast and serve all of those attending. (Luke 12:37).

The friendship factor as it pertains to the person of Jesus is something that must not be lost. There is a proverb that states, There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24) This is the love and friendship of Jesus Christ.

There are so many hurting, there are man who are bruised, and there are man needing a friend. The love and power of the Spirit of Christ Jesus can supply this. It is a kind of supernatural miracle that someone who needs and asks believing can receive.
LITMUS TESTS TO TEST CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE
Your Religion May Not Meet these Criteria!

There are some indicators which we can use in testing Christian beliefs and doctrines. Use these to gauge when in doubt? Perhaps these are a little like the saying, "trust your gut."
 
  If we feel driven rather than led we can be pretty sure in is not in accordance with the Gospel. It is not God's nature to drive us. But to lead us  and to encourage us in peace.
 
  If we feel condemned rather than loved, we can be pretty sure it is not God for God is merciful and full of compassion. If we feel fearful rather than peaceful, we can be pretty sure this is not God, for God has not given us the spirit of fear. As long as our breath is in our body we may call upon the Lord Jesus to bring us to salvation and out of the condemnation of Satan's kingdom.
 
If we feel threatened with consequences rather than encouraged, we can be pretty sure it is not God, for God did not send His son to condemn the world but to save it. We are saved from our sin and the life lived in sin and moral degradation terminates. We may be rebuked or exhorted to leave a decadent life by a caring person, but it is the spirit within us that determines to direct us in that new direction
 
Since we are promoting a doctrine which is based upon Jesus the Messiah, Church Doctrine needs to conform to foundational Biblical standards, and not a system of human understandings or philosophy, it would be appropriate and good to go back to the ministry which he himself practiced and defined. What kind of ministry was it? How was it enacted or exercised? If we need a point of reference, we need to compare the person to person ministry and relationships to people that Jesus modeled, for these are the model not only of spiritual fellowship, but also loving service.
 
The universal (Universalist) view that God is in every person and only needs to be actualized, is not Biblical. Man is not a divine race but a fallen race. All Human lives require the work of redemption through faith in the Redeemer

False Prophets in the Last Days

Matt.7:15  Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16  Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

Matt 24:11  And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

I think it is time to tune up our discernment as the final days approach. It has always been a quirk of human nature to be misled. Charismatic leaders both Christian and Non Christian rise up and deceive many. The problem with making judgments is that we have our eyes on Religion, men or ministries more than our eyes upon Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith. 2Cor11:19,20
Paul Addresses the problem of false prophets and apostles "-- For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise.  "For ye suffer, if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take of you, if a man exalt himself, if a man smite you on the face."

Evangelicals are typically guarded toward anything that expresses a "spiritual" manifestation, for fear that it is demonic or out of order. They "resist the Holy Spirit" as Stephen declared to the Religious leaders who stoned him calling him an apostate. Their discernment was totally inaccurate!

Charismatics, on the other hand, may allow Spiritual manifestation but have difficulty discerning that which is Soulish and that which is Spirit. High emotion or energy has come to become itself an indicator of Spirituality. However, Spirit is not of the mind or emotion though it may be viewed as very emotive.

THE CHARACTER OF JESUS IS THE GAUGE OF AUTHENTICITY
 1. Meekness of Character:

Jesus and the True Apostles must always be the role model and the rule of character. Paul's letter to Ephesus, in Chapter 4 indicates that we one day grow and mature into a perfect man in the exact facsimile of Jesus Christ. This is a key Scripture!. Jesus declares in
Matthew 11:29, 29  " -- Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart:' and " 10:1  Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:" 2Cor 10:1

2. Denying self and taking up the cross:

Any person who becomes a big name or a superstar, a kind of spiritual idol is quickly on the road of becoming a false prophet or false teacher. Jesus corrected the early disciples who he sent to minister in "his name" they came back full of self exaltation, Luke 10:20  Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. Jesus took the focus off themselves. They had learned their lesson by the time Peter and John met the crippled man at the Gate: Acts 3:12  And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?

3: Selling out to the world and FAME --The error of Balaam

was a false prophet who "sold out" to the pagan world system. He was willing sell his gift for gain and bring a curse to the people of God. NT writings remind of this danger. Peter, (2Peter 2:15)Jude and the Revelation
Jude 11  Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. Revelation 2:14 " --  But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

Gainsaying of Core refers to a leader of Israel who always contended for Moses' leadership. Moses, was called 'the meekest man on earth' and Core probably assumed that he was much more dynamic and qualified for leadership. He contended for authority that was not given to him.  He finally was swallowed up by Hell.

4. False prophets bring in Doctrines of Demons

Any of the varieties and flavors of worldly behaviors or motivations which are not governed by the meekness and gentleness of Christ and Jesus' selfless love. There is a list of behaviors called the works of the flesh probably* are demonically inspired. Galatians 5: 19  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

21  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

*James 3:14, 15 (14  But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 15  This wisdom descends not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish -demonic-.)

 

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