God is not the creator of confusion. His Word is straight forward and clean and pure. It fits closely together without contradiction or error. The Word of God is given to bring enlightenment and certainty and joy and understanding:
In the physical, the time in which we live in is the greatest age of enlightenment. . . In the spiritual, our world is in the midst of the darkest night of confusion imaginable. In churches with crosses out front, we find doctrines preached which have their origins somewhere other than in the Word of God.
In such a manner, when confusion can be successfully sown about God and His perfect plan of salvation, then the devil’s work is accomplished. He need do nothing more, by the means of such confusion, those who base their faith upon upon such a belief, will be greatly weakened and prone to being led ever further astray into great false doctrines based upon such false beliefs. If the foundation be faulty how can the house stand?
There is no confusion in the Word of God. In God’s Word there is 1 God. We as Apostolics worship 1 God. There is no multiplicity of Gods. . .no confusing co-equal co-eternal tangled triangle in the godhead. I once heard a preacher, a believer in the Trinity, on the radio try to explain the Trinity. He said, as close as I can quote him, that almost anything you say about the Trinity is blasphemy. If I were speaking in his place, I would have removed 1 word and said, “That anything you say about the Trinity is blasphemy.”
I heard another learned man say, at a debate, his position being in defense of the Trinity, again a paraphrase, but as close as I can come to remembering his words: To try and understand the Trinity will drive you crazy. To not understand the Trinity will send you to hell. . .These were his concluding remarks at the debate.
It is not possible to understand the Trinity, because it is nonsensical. It is a total creation of man, arising long years after Jesus and the apostolic fathers of our faith.
It takes convoluted explanations of many many pages to explain the Trinity and still you are left in confusion. It takes 10 words to refute it:
This foretold Messiah was not some mysterious eternally begotten son. He was God. Isaiah said Jesus is to be called: THE MIGHTY GOD. . . THE EVERLASTING FATHER. . .COUNSELLOR. . .
There is no confusion in the Word of God. When something is repeated in the Bible, you know it is important. On four occasions Jesus is recorded as saying:
This knowledge of who God is, must be our foundation. This must be our starting point. To base our faith upon a confused idea of the godhead leads into doctrines which are not righteous and holy. Doctrinal confusion about God leads to darkness and acceptance of sin. We must know who we worship.
Jehovah of the Old Testament, robed Himself in flesh and came to the earth for our salvation. . . But how can that be, you ask??? The God of the Old Testament is all about blood and sacrifice, whereas Jesus is all about love and grace and forgiveness. . .Aren’t we now under a new dispensation? Aren’t we now under the cover of grace and not under the Law??? Aren’t we playing a new game by new rules in this the New Testament Age???
That phrase, “The dispensation of grace” only occurs once in Scripture:
Another translation of this verse:
Paul is saying that he was given stewardship, he was made the caretaker of telling the Gentiles (non-Jews) of God’s kindness for them.
I can find no where in Scripture that with the coming of the new contract, this new covenant, this New Testament between God and mankind that suddenly the expectations of God for mankind to turn away from sin were put away. Many believe that this supposed dispensation of grace under which we now live, does away with all need for us to be a holy and righteous people.
They have turned Scripture upside down and preach that if we are needful of being holy and righteous, that we are then saved by our own actions. . .They preach that if that is the case, then we are saved by works and not by the grace of God. But the Bible is clear:
You cannot have a close relationship with God and be a worker of iniquity, that is to be actively involved in committing sinful acts. God kicked Adam and Eve out of the garden of Eden when they sinned. He had to separate them from Him, when they sinned. The Spirit of God and sin cannot both reside within you at the same time.
Do you desire to have communion with God? Then you cannot be in the darkness of sin. It’s not about our salvation being based upon our good works, but rather our salvation is based upon a close and correct relationship with God. We cannot have a close and correct relationship with God and be sinning at the same time.
When asked what the most important commandment was, Jesus replied:
If you are loving God with everything that is you, then it is clear you are not sinning at the same time. If God is the most important thing in your life then you will not be in bondage to the desires of your flesh.
In the Law of Moses we are given examples of many crimes for which the penalty was death, but that is not only a doctrine of the Old Testament. It is clearly repeated in the New Testament that if you sin, then death awaits you:
Commit sin and you earn a paycheck. The denomination of payment is death. This is consistent. There is no difference with the Old Testament. But many churches today are trying to convince us that we do not need to quit sinning. As long as we believe that Jesus died for our sins we will be guaranteed everlasting life with Him in heaven. Very similarly, the snake told Eve she would not die for her sin:
The devil is a liar. He is the father of all lies, but like all good liars there is always a grain of truth to his lies. Adam and Eve’s flesh did not die immediately after eating the forbidden fruit. God speaks of spiritual things, the devil speaks of the flesh. Throughout the gospels, men would hear Jesus words and take His meaning as speaking of the physical, when He was speaking of spiritual things.
Jesus was clear. He came not to destroy the Law, but to fulfill the Law:
The Law required the sacrifice of an innocent life as payment for sin. Sin creates a debt which must be paid for with blood:
So the Children of Israel were commanded to sacrifice perfect and innocent animals as payment for their sins. Something must die to pay for sin. The Law was given as a shadow of a more perfect salvation to come:
The Law of Moses was a physical manifestation of the spiritual more perfect salvation to come. Jesus lived His entire life without sin:
If Jesus had committed even 1 sin, then He would have deserved to die upon the cross. In man’s law, there are misdemeanors and felonies. . .serious crimes and minor crimes, but with God there are no classifications of sin. A sin is a sin is a sin. A lie. . .a murder. . .a theft. . .an act of sexual immorality are all sins whose penalty is death. Even 1 sin on Jesus part would have made Him deserving of what happened on the cross. . . But! But! But!!!!! He lived His entire life without sin and yet paid the price for sin.
A question to consider. . . How many sins can a person commit in their lifetime? Think of the most evil man you might imagine, still they do not sin every second of every day of their lives. To my mind one of the most heinous crimes of mankind, was the invention of crack cocaine. No medicinal purpose exists for this drug, there is no beneficial reason for crack. It’s only purpose is to enslave people to is hugely powerful addictive qualities. To the account of this man or woman who invented crack is laid the millions upon millions of lives directly destroyed by the drug and to my thinking the even greater multitude of children, spouses, friends, parents whose existence has become a living hell because of crack must also be given to the inventor of crack. . .with 1 match a man can light a fire that destroys a city and kills a multitude. . .with 1 small lie a lifetime reputation can be destroyed, but yet there is only 1 price to be paid.
Only 1 death is required for sin. It’s not like really bad people have to die 10 times, while more moderate sinners only die once. The little white haired old lady who lies or steals or cheats, will pay the same price as child molester or a mass murder. In God’s eyes there is no acceptable sin. Jesus paid the same penalty as a man who might have lived and sinned every second of his life for a thousand years. . .Jesus’ sinless life therefore, is a blank check upon which our sins can be written. His sacrifice paid the price for our sins. His blood atoned for the debt we owed God by our sins.
He came not to destroy the Law. Jesus fulfilled all the sacrificial requirements of the Law. The law was a mere shadow of this more perfect salvation we have available to us. Again, the Law was a physical example of the spiritual law to come.
Death by stoning was ultimate penalty of the Law of Moses. Surely an awful and terrible vision arises in the mind, of your peers picking up rocks and throwing them and striking you until you are dead. Realistically though, after the first few rocks your suffering was over. The mercy in stoning was that unconsciousness was quick to come.
Many preach Jesus only with a lamb draped around His neck. The only scene given of Him, has children sitting on His lap as He gently talks with them, but one day Jesus will sit on the great white throne and judge all of mankind:
This too is an office that Jesus will take. He is first our Lord. He then becomes our saviour and in the end He will then be our judge. So the Law of the Old Testament is bloody and harsh. In the sentence of the New Testament judgement there will be no respite. No merciful unconsciousness awaits those cast into the lake of fire, but rather a never ending bleakness of suffering and agony and despair.
It is a lie of the devil, that we presently live in some special dispensation which is in direct opposition and contradiction to the Old Testament. Where by some transformation in this new age, God now accepts sin in our lives. This is a confusion brought by not correctly understanding the godhead. Our Lord is the same Lord that gave Moses the Law. Our Lord is He who paid an unimaginable price for our sin. Do you think then that after being hung on the cross for the remission of our sins, that He would take sin lightly? In fact consistent with all of Scripture. His sacrifice does indeed cover sin and we are forgiven, but we are not to continue in our sin:
His standards as to what constitutes a sin are governed not by the letter of the Law, but by the Spirit. Which of the 10 commandments have I broken, if beat a man close to death, but do not kill Him? Man’s law is focused on how not to act. It is so complex that legions of lawyers make their living exploiting the wriggle room between one rule and another for their clients advantage.
The Law of Moses is similar to the law of man. Rather than a mere 10 commandments which we are so familiar with, the Law of Moses actually contains some 613 laws. The Indiana legal code has some 36 sections with hundreds upon hundreds of subsections and further uncountable 1000’s of sub-chapters and still it takes hundreds of courts to handle all the arguments of the Law.
Man’s law and the Law of Moses are focused on the negatives, things not to do. Well, there are more ways of getting in trouble and committing sin than acres of bookshelves filled with laws are able to address. When Jesus was asked what the most important law was, this is how He responded:
The focus of Jesus was on how we should act and not on how we shouldn’t act. With the Law of Jesus, there is no wriggle room. Either you’re loving God with all your heart and you’re loving your fellow man as yourself or you’re not. It’s not a law written on tables of stone, but a law written in your own heart. It is your own heart which convicts you, not some external policeman:
This is a much tougher standard to live by, than by the Law of Moses. Again Jesus said:
We are now under a law, not of the flesh, but of the Spirit. This new law has much much higher standards than the Law of Moses.
The key is. . .”go, and sin no more”!!! That is His expectation, but how then can we live up to such a high standard? From the beginning God has desired a close relationship with us. In the garden of Eden:
God walked with and spoke with Adam and Eve until their sin. . .and then He had to remove them from His presence. . .
At the giving of the Law of Moses:
This follows immediately after the giving of the 10 commandments. God spoke directly to the Hebrew people, and the power of God terrified them. . . I weep. . .They did not understand what they were asking, but they said that they no longer wanted God to speak directly to them. . .They wanted God to speak to them, by way of Moses. They did not want a direct relationship with God. They only wanted what Moses could pass along to them.
Moses could only give them laws and rules. He could not give them the power. . .the sweetness. . .the joy of a direct relationship with them. . .
This new Covenant of ours with God, has higher standards than the Law of Moses, but we are given something that the children of Israel never had. . .In His final words before being take up to heaven, Jesus said:
This Holy Ghost coming to us was previously foretold of by Jesus:
If a man loves Jesus, he will keep His words. . .He will follow His commandments. To help us, God has given us the power of His spirit living within us. The children of Israel did not have this power. They rejected an intimate relationship with God, but it is by this relationship that we are saved from our sins. . . Now we are able to be filled with the Spirit of God and the power of God living within us, that we might be able to live according to His Word. . .
On the day of the feast of first fruits, the Spirit of God fell upon the believers:
The seed fell to the earth and was planted, by the death of Jesus on the cross. . .
Read the Word of God. . .
Study the Word of God for yourself. . .
Do not allow others to mislead you. . .
Love God with everything you have. . .
Seek to be filled with His Spirit. . .
I love you my God. . .
I say it a hundred times. . .
I love you my God. . .
Thank you for everything you do for me. . .