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The Clarion June, 2024

Volume 5, Issue 6        www.judeochristianclarion.com            June 2024  


Welcome

It’s time for fun in the sun. Everyone has their special season, but which season is best of all? Here is a sandiegram that talks about just that.

What Season is Best of All?

Winter, spring, summer, or fall—
Lord, what season is best of all?
How can I compare the beauty of a silent night
as the flakes of snow fall gently on the ground
to the beauty of spring as the trees become alive
and buds form on the branches?
Lord, how can I compare the beauty of Your blanket of snow
that covers the trees as they sleep to the beauty of spring
as the earth renews itself and gives life to nature?
How can I compare the wonderment of spring
to summer as the flowers bloom and the warmth of the sun returns?
How can I compare the excitement of summer and its time of relaxing
to the beauty of fall when the trees and shrubs
turn from green into lovely fall colors
and reach a new height of beauty?
Lord, just as You created the seasons of nature,
You also created the seasons of our lives.
All seasons have their beauty
just as all seasons in our lives are beautiful
and should be lived to the fullest in Your love, peace, and joy.

Sandiegram/What Season is Best of All/Copyright2010

Enjoy all that June has to offer, and remember, like every day is the day that the Lord has made, so too, with every month.

Egypt: The Kings Part 12

In the previous months we have gone from Abraham to Moses. We saw that it was mainly famines that brought the Patriarch to Egypt. It was a famine that brought Israel and when they left over 400 years later, Egypt’s crops and livestock were in ruins. Joseph was made second in command and Israel was welcomed, just as Abraham was welcomed. Moses became the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, and he too, was in line for the throne. Life was good in Egypt, but that all changed with the change in the Pharaohs. God did miracles in Egypt under Joseph, and He did miracles that brought judgment under Moses. It was like a two sided coin. But God delivered Israel as He said He would to Abraham. In Exodus 14:13 Moses told the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will perform for you today;  for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again.” Maybe that’s true for these particular Egyptians, because they all died, but Israel still wanted their Egypt. Time and time again in the wilderness the people wanted to go back to Egypt. Psalm 106: 7-15 tells us, “Our fathers did not consider    Your wonders in Egypt; they did not remember the greatness of Your mercy,   but rebelled against Him at the sea, by the Red Sea. Nevertheless He saved them for His name’s sake,    that He might make His mighty power known. He rebuked the Red Sea, and it was dried up,    so He led them through the depths as through the wilderness. He saved them from the hand of him who hated them    and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy. The waters covered their enemies;    there was not one of them left. Then they believed His words;  they sang His praise. But they soon forgot His works,     they did not wait for His counsel, but they lusted exceedingly in the wilderness    and tested God in the desert.He gave them their request,   but He sent a wasting disease on them.” 1 Corinthians 10:11 says this,   “Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.” Now if Egypt represents the world, then is it not like that still today? People, Christian people, still want to be part of Egypt. We leave Egypt when we see the truth about God’s salvation, but then like Proverbs 26:11 says,  “As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool returns to his folly.” We fall right back into our old habits, because today we think that we can be in Egypt, and still be with God. Scripture tells us that we can not sit on the fence. We can’t be lukewarm as Revelation 3:15-16 tells us. “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were cold or hot.  So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spit you out of My mouth.”  1 John 1: 6-10 says,  “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.  But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Messiah Yeshua His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.


 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.” In Deuteronomy 17: 14-17 God tells Israel this,  “When you enter the land which the Lord your God is giving you, and you take possession of it and live in it, and you say, ‘I will appoint a king over me like all the nations who are around me,’  you shall in fact appoint a king over you whom the Lord your God chooses. One from among your countrymen you shall appoint as king over yourselves; you may not put a foreigner over yourselves, anyone who is not your countryman.  In any case, he is not to acquire many horses for himself, nor shall he make the people return to Egypt in order to acquire many horses, since the Lord has said to you, ‘You shall never again return that way.’  And he shall not acquire many wives for himself, so that his heart does not turn away; nor shall he greatly increase silver and gold for himself.” God did not want His people to ever go back to Egypt. Why? Because the Israelites were slaves, and Egypt was their master. But God fought for them and He won the battle, and now the people belonged to God. Exodus 19:4-6 says,  “You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself.  Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine;  and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” So let’s look at Solomon, David’s son who sat on the throne, who was considered very wise. 1 Kings 3:1-9 records this prayer of Solomon. “Then Solomon said, ‘You have shown great faithfulness to Your servant David my father, according as he walked before You in truth, righteousness, and uprightness of heart toward You; and You have reserved for him this great faithfulness, that You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.  And now, Lord my God, You have made Your servant king in place of my father David, yet I am like a little boy; I do not know how to go out or come in.  And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people who are too many to be numbered or counted.  So give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, to discern between good and evil. For who is capable of judging this great people of Yours?” God gave Solomon the wisdom to rule and yet we find Solomon doing many things that were against God. 1 Kings 3:1-4, “Now Solomon formed a marriage alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh’s daughter and brought her to the city of David until he had finished building his own house and the house of the Lord, and the wall around Jerusalem. The people were still sacrificing on the high places, because there was no house built for the name of the Lord until those days. Now Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statues of his father David, except that he was sacrificing and burning incense on the high places.  And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, because that was the great high place;


Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar.” 1 Kings 9:16 goes on to say, “For Pharaoh king of Egypt had gone up and overthrown Gezer and burned it with fire, and killed the Canaanites who lived in the city; and he had given it as a dowry to his daughter, Solomon’s wife.”  1 Kings 10: 26-29 goes on to say,  “Now Solomon gathered chariots and horsemen; and he had 1,400 chariots and twelve thousand horsemen, and he stationed them in the chariot cities and with the king in Jerusalem.  And the king made silver as common as stones in Jerusalem, and he made cedars as plentiful as sycamore trees that are in the lowland.  Also Solomon’s import of horses was from Egypt and Kue, and the king’s merchants acquired them from Kue for a price.  A chariot was imported from Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse for 150; and by the same means they exported them to all the kings of the Hittites and to the kings of the Arameans.” 1 Kings 11:26-29 tells us this,Now King Solomon loved many foreign women along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women,  from the nations of which the Lord had said to the sons of Israel, “You shall not associate with them, nor shall they associate with you; they will certainly turn your heart away to follow their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love. He had seven hundred wives, who were princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his wives turned his heart away.  For when Solomon was old, his wives turned his heart away to follow other gods; and his heart was not wholly devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of his father David had been.  Solomon became a follower of Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and of Milcom the abhorrent idol of the Ammonites. So Solomon did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and did not follow the Lord fully, as his father David had done.  Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh, the abhorrent idol of Moab, on the mountain that is east of Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abhorrent idol of the sons of Ammon. He also did the same for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and sacrificed to their gods. Now the Lord was angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice,  and had commanded him regarding this thing, that he was not to follow other gods; but he did not comply with what the Lord had commanded.  So the Lord said to Solomon, “Since you have done this, and you have not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded you, I will certainly tear the kingdom away from you, and will give it to your servant.”

Remember, this was all written as an example to us so that we do not run back to Egypt once we leave it for our Messiah. Isaiah 27:13 says, “It will come about also on that day that a great trumpet will be blown, and those who were perishing in the land of Assyria and who were scattered in the land of Egypt will come and worship the LORD on the holy mountain in Jerusalem..” Yes, Egypt will be saved in the last days for they will finally recognize the One True God.


Kids Corner:                 Pentecost/Shavuot

Did you know that the Ten Commandments were given to Moses on the very first Pentecost, Exodus 19-20? In the days of the Apostles, on Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was given to them in the form of flaming fire upon their heads, Acts 2. In Hebrew the word for Pentecost is Shavuot. Shavuot means weeks, and Pentecost means 50. Pentecost comes 50 days after the Resurrection of our Savior, and Shavuot is 7 weeks after the Feast of First Fruits which is the Resurrection. Did you know that Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:20, that our Savior is the First Fruits from the dead? This means that the Word of God and the Holy Spirit work together. Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:17 that the Armor of God has a sword, and it is called the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. This year the Biblical Feast day of Pentecost also known as Shavuot is on June 12.


Hebrew Corner:                      Martyrs, Mark

Mark was born into the tribe of Levi in Cyrene, which is now Libya.  He is also known by the name John Mark. He came to the knowledge of the Messiah through Peter. He is the Mark that bears his name on the gospel of Mark. Mark is known as Mark the Evangelist. He was the cousin of Barnabas. After Yeshua called His original twelve Apostles, He sent out seventy more disciples and  Mark is one of these “Seventy Disciples” sent out in Luke 10:1, “After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.”

Mark later became a traveling companion to Peter and he wrote down all Peter’s sermons, thus allowing him to write the gospel of Mark. Coptic tradition according to John 20, also holds that Mark the Evangelist hosted the disciples in his house after Yeshua’s death, that the resurrected Messiah Yeshua came to Mark’s house  and that the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples at Pentecost in the same house. Mark’s mother’s house in Jerusalem also seemed to be the gathering place for the believers like when Peter was set free from jail by the angel, this is where he went first as Acts 12:11-12 tells us, “And when Peter was come to himself, he said, ‘Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.’ And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying.”’

After the Jerusalem Council Mark traveled with Barnabas. Nineteen years after the Ascension of the Messiah, Mark went to Alexandria and founded the first Messianic Congregation of Alexandria.  The Coptic Orthodox Church, Greek Orthodox Church of Alexandria and the Coptic Catholic Church all trace their roots to this congregation. Mark became the first Bishop and is honored as the founder of Christianity in Africa. Mark is also accredited to being in Antioch and Cyprus, Venice and Aquileia,  Italy. His symbol is a lion. When Mark returned to Alexandria in 68 Common Era, the pagan people resented him for turning so many of the people of Alexandria to Chrisitanity and away from their pagan gods whom they worshiped. So they put a rope around his neck and dragged him through the streets till he was literally in pieces. 

He is just one more person who sets the example of being a disciple as  Yeshua says in 

Matthew 16:24, “If anyone wants to be a follower of Mine, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.”

Walking In The Spirit

Last month we read about how one must die to be born of the Spirit. Now we want to look at how we walk in the Spirit. Well, we know that first, you must be born of the Spirit, and to do that we must die to ourselves and the world. Once we have been born of the Spirit now we can begin to walk in the Spirit. Walking in the Spirit requires a lifestyle of the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:1 tells us this, It was for freedom that Messiah set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” 

Free from what? Sin! When we died to ourselves and the world we died to sin. Now we are free to serve God and not ourselves nor the world. Galatians 5:13-14 says, “For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love.  For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Galatians 5:16-18 goes on to say, But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.  For the desire of the flesh is against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, in order to keep you from doing whatever you want.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.”

Now people think that this means that we no longer have to keep God’s Commandments. Yet, we saw that verse 13 says that we are not to turn our freedom into an opportunity for the flesh. 

Galatians 5:19-21 says, Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: sexual immorality, impurity, indecent behavior,  idolatry, witchcraft, hostilities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions,  envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

Paul is not condoning murder, stealing, blaspheming God, disrespecting parents, coveting people’s goods or spouses. The word Law was translated to mean everything from soup to nuts. Paul is speaking about becoming a Jew through ceremonial rituals. If you remember this is what he fought for in Acts 15, at the Jerusalem Council, that Gentiles did not have to become Jews ceremonially.

God’s Commandments like all of His Words, are eternal. I recommend you read or listen to our podcast on the “Sins of our Forefathers” for they have much to do with the incorrect interpretation of our Bibles today. Paul goes on to say in verses 22-26 this, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  Now those who belong to Messiah Yeshua crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let’s follow the Spirit as well.  Let’s not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.” 

Paul goes back to the fact that we need to begin our walk by crucifying our flesh. You see, if we do not die to ourselves and to this world then we cannot even begin to walk in the Spirit, because walking in the Spirit means that you now live for God and your nature is now dead. That is the hardest thing for man to do is to disregard himself and now live for others. If we truly have died to ourselves then we will bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit. There must always be fruit in our walk. 

Matthew 3: 7-11 tells us this, “But when he (John the Baptist) saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You offspring of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore produce fruit consistent with repentance;  and do not assume that you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father’; for I tell you that God is able, from these stones, to raise up children for Abraham.  And the ax is already laid at the root of the trees; therefore, every tree that does not bear good fruit is being cut down and thrown into the fire.’  ‘As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”’

You see, even John knew that a person had to show fruit even for repentance.  When we have been baptized in the Holy Spirit, we die to ourselves and rise to newness of life then we are new creations, 2 Corinthians 5:171 Peter 1:15-16 says, “But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

So how do we live holy lives? We must be set -apart from this world and all it has to offer. You see God’s wisdom sets us apart from worldly wisdom. 

Deuteronomy 4:6 tells us this, “ Keep them (commandments, statutes and judgments) and do them, for that will be your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.”’ 

1 Corinthians 2:12-14 says, “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.”

Let’s end with  2 Peter 1:3-11, “I can pray this because His divine power has bestowed on us everything necessary for life and godliness through the rich knowledge of the One who called us by His own glory and excellence.  Through these things He has bestowed on us His precious and most magnificent promises, so that by means of what was promised you may become partakers of the divine nature, after escaping the worldly corruption that is produced by evil desire. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith excellence, to excellence, knowledge;  to knowledge, self-control; to self-control, perseverance; to perseverance, godliness; to godliness, brotherly affection; to brotherly affection, unselfish love. For if these things are really yours and are continually increasing, they will keep you from becoming ineffective and unproductive in your pursuit of knowing our Lord Messiah Yeshua more intimately. But concerning the one who lacks such things—he is blind. That is to say, he is nearsighted, since he has forgotten about the cleansing of his past sins. Therefore, brothers and sisters, make every effort to be sure of your calling and election. For by doing this you will never stumble into sin. For thus an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Messiah Yeshua, will be richly provided for you.”

Who are you walking with in your life?

Made In The Image

How many times when babies are born do we hear the question, “Who do they look like?” Our children grow up and they begin to act like one of the parents. It’s natural, they have their parents genes and they have grown up in their parents’ ways. The Proverbs 22: 6 tells us, “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he grows older he will not abandon it.” 

Training happens by what we do and what we do not do, and by what we say and what we do not say. We must teach by word and example. We must teach what is good and what is bad. We also must teach by discipline which reinforces that which is good and that which is bad, as Ephesians 6:4 says, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”

But what about our heavenly Father? Do we look like Him or even act like Him? 

Genesis 1:26a- 27 tells us this, “Then God said, ‘Let Us make mankind in Our image, according to Our likeness.’ So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” 

If God created us in His image then what does God look like? We know that God is a spirit

as John 4:24 says, “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” 

Yet the Bible speaks of God as if He has a body, here are only a few scriptures, Matthew 4:4 tells us, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone,    but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

We know that God spoke the world into existence as it speaks of this in Genesis 1:3,6,9,11,20,24,26,  And God said, ‘Let there be light,” and there was light.”’

Isaiah 59:1 says, “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not so short that it cannot save; nor is His ear so dull that it cannot hear.”

 2 Chronicles 16:9a says, “For the eyes of the Lord roam throughout the earth, so that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.”

Deuteronomy 33:27 also says, “The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”

What else do we know about God? Well, we know that God’s Word became flesh as John 1:1-3 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him not even one thing came into being that has come into being”

John 1:14, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Colossians 1:15-16 says, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation:  for by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominions, or rulers, or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.”

In John 10:38, Yeshua, the Word says that He and the Father are one. 

So we see that God and His Word are one, like you and your word are one.

Proverbs 3:19-20 tells us this, “The Lord  founded the earth by wisdom, He established the heavens by understanding. By His knowledge the ocean depths were burst open, and the clouds drip with dew.”

We see here at the time of Creation that God spoke His Word, and His Word was wisdom and knowledge.

It’s hard to understand God, so the Scriptures speak of Him as if He was human, so that we can try to relate to Him as humans.

God speaks of His wisdom in Proverbs 8:21-28, 30-31, as if it were human. “God sovereignly made me—the first, the basic—  before He did anything else. I was brought into being a long time ago, well before Earth got its start. I arrived on the scene before Ocean,  yes, even before Springs and Rivers and Lakes. Before Mountains were sculpted and Hills took shape,  I was already there, newborn; long before God stretched out Earth’s Horizons, and tended to the minute details of Soil and Weather, and set Sky firmly in place,  I was there. Then I was beside Him, as a master workman; and I was His delight daily, rejoicing always before Him, rejoicing in the world, His earth, and having my delight in the sons of mankind.”

We see that the three witnesses of Creation were God, His Word and His  Wisdom. If Yeshua is the Word, then who is Wisdom? Wisdom is the Holy Spirit. We see Him hovering over the water in Genesis 1:2 We also know that Wisdom is the Holy Spirit from 1 Corinthians 12:8a, “For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit.”

We know that God and His Word are one, but what about the Holy Spirit?

Romans 8:9 says, “However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Messiah, he does not belong to Him.”

Galatians 4:6, “ Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”

 1 Corinthians 1: 24,30, “But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Messiah the power of God and the wisdom of God.” “But it is due to Him that you are in Messiah Yeshua, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption.” 

So we see that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Messiah. If God and His Word are one, and if the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Messiah who is one with God, then the Holy Spirit is also one with God.  God calls Himself, I AM, in Exodus 3:14. You too can say of yourself, “I am”, in other words, I exist. I am, me, myself and I. I can say that my words and I are one, because I am who I say I am and my words are my words.  We can also say that my thoughts, my wisdom and my knowledge also make up who I am, in other words my intellect, or my mind. So too, with God who also is one like you, because you are made in His image. You are only one yet, there is me, myself and I . There is I, there is me who exists, and I am made up of my words and my intellect, or you could say my  knowledge and my wisdom. I have my body, soul, and spirit, but I am not three people in one, I am only one, despite my  words and my intellect, and myself.  We are made in the image of God. Like God whom we have dwelling inside us, we have the gift of His Holy Spirit and we have the fruit of His Holy Spirit and we also have His Word to teach us how to live in Him.  When God said, “Let us make man in our image,” this is what God meant, that we would look like Him (spirit) and act like Him (in our deeds), and speak like Him (His Word) and we would be eternal like Him, because He made us with an eternal soul, the I am part of us. There are numerous Scriptures that speak about our souls living beyond the grave. So let’s look closer at our soul and our spirit.

The soul is made up of three parts: our mind, our emotions and our will and our spirit is also made up of three parts: our conscience, our spirituality and our intuition. Like God who is made up of three parts, we also are made in His image. Who knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God? So who knows our thoughts except our spirit as 1 Corinthians 2:11 tells us.

Our spirituality gives us the ability to communicate with God and serve Him as Romans 1: 9a says, “For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the preaching of the gospel of His Son.”

Romans 8:16a says, “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God.” 

Our intuition is our sense of feeling, our gut reaction. It’s like the first line of defense and our intuition is usually always right. 

The Heart

We call our soul, our heart. We love with our hearts. It is the emotional part of our soul, but it also is part of our spirit. Our heart thinks, it rejoices, and it is grieved.  Our conscience tells our hearts what is right or wrong. Paul struggled within him as he tells us in  Romans 7:15-20, “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.  Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good.  So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.  For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.  For I do not do the good I want, but 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.”

 With our spirituality the of heart man believes in God  and we are to love the Lord with all of our heart. We say that we have God in our hearts, that is in our spirit,  whereas our soul is to reflect God in our lives. 

Romans 10:8-10 tells us this about faith, “But what does faith say? ‘The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Yeshua as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;  for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”’

We see here in the proclamation of our faith that we are using our soul and spirit.

We see that we must believe in our hearts, that is our spirit and confess with our mouth, that is our soul. The soul expresses  and the spirit is where we receive and discern what is right and what is wrong.  It says, this is correct and so we believe, and so we have faith, and our soul takes that and puts it in our mouths, for out of the heart man speaks as Matthew 12:34b tells us, “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”  

Mark 12: 30 says this, “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”

Again we see the use of our soul and spirit. We must contain our love in our spirit and then express that love through our soul.

1 John 3:18 says, “Little children, let’s not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.”

Our forefathers brought about the teaching of the trinity, three persons in God, but this was man made.  We are made in God’s image and God is ONE! We are ONE! Tertullian has been called “the father of Latin Christianity”, as well as “the founder of Western theology”. Tertullian originated new theological concepts and advanced the development of early Church doctrine. He is perhaps most famous for being the first writer in Latin known to use the term trinity (Latin: trinitas).

The Council of Nicaea in 325 stated the crucial formula for that doctrine in its confession that the Son is “of the same substance [homoousios] as the Father,” even though it said very little about the Holy Spirit. Over the next half century, St. Athanasius defended and refined the Nicene formula, and, by the end of the 4th Century, under the leadership of St. Basil of Caesarea, St. Gregory of Nyssa, and St. Gregory of Nazianzus (the Cappadocian Fathers), the doctrine of the Trinity took substantially the form it has maintained ever since.

A Time For Truth, Part 3

The Scriptures tell us that the truth will set us free and yet, sometimes we really do not want to hear the truth. You yourself will have to decide if you really want the truth by reading this to the end. Today there is a group that is well, can I say, ultra Christian. We have seen this extreme ultra Christianity before in history, the Crusades, the Inquisitions, to name a few.  Just as truth sets us free, God also wants us to have the freedom to choose truth. That is what life is about, the freedom to choose life or choose death, to choose His free gift of salvation or reject it. We can not force our religion on anyone, beliefs are as personal as our own name. As believers we must take the great commission seriously, but that not only is to take the salvation message to people but to make disciples. Like the saying goes, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.”  

Today there are so many branches or should I say, denominations that it’s hard to believe that one can divide God’s Word into so many pieces. You have to ask yourself, “Which one is the right one?” There are so many translations that the same question has to also be asked. When Yeshua told His apostles to go out and make disciples, they knew the truth, because they heard Yeshua’s teachings. They were there when Yeshua performed so many miracles that they could not all be recorded for history. His teachings were their teachings, His Words were their words. The apostles did go out and make disciples and those disciples taught the same words and spoke the same truths as the apostles, as Yeshua. Throughout history those words have been changed. In our series “The Sins of our Forefathers” we have brought the truths of those changes out into the open. We are Judeo-Christians and that means that we should have the same truth as the apostles. Yeshua and His apostles were all Jewish. They all kept Judaism. They all kept Torah. What we call old are the Hebrew Scriptures and they are not obsolete, except maybe to those who came up with the idea that they were obsolete, so that they could create a new religion called Christianity. For them to be obsolete would mean that all of Yeshua’s teachings were obsolete. The same teachings that He instructed His apostles to go out and make disciples, not converts, were all based on Judaism. This is why we put more emphasis on Paul because we consider him a Gentile, but he himself says, “I am a Jew.” When he refers to his message that message is not anti Jew. His message to the Gentiles was that they did not ceremonially need to become a Jew for salvation. He never said that they did not need to keep Torah. God’s Word is for everyone. God is One and He is not some three person God who is obsolete, nor is He a person. We have lowered God and made Him a person so that He is now on the same level as man. Throughout the ages man has taken out the Jewishness of the Bible and they have even taken out the shed blood of Messiah so that now we are saved by grace. NO, we are saved because Yeshua, the Passover Lamb has been slain and His shed blood covers us, like the doorposts in Egypt.  The death angel passed over when it saw the blood, so too, the shed blood of Yeshua covers us and when God sees us now there is peace between Him and us and the death angel passes over us. We need our foundation and our foundation is in the Hebrew Scriptures. Yeshua quoted them, the apostles quoted them and so did Paul. The early believers sat in synagogues and learned the Hebrew Scriptures. They kept the dietary laws and the Appointed Times of God. They were true followers of the Messiah, and God’s Word…there were no other words, there was no printed Bible, only the writings of the apostles.  Romans 9:1-5 says this, “I say the truth in Messiah, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit,  that I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.  For I could wish that myself were accursed from Messiah for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:  who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises;  whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Messiah  came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.”

Paul wanted the Jewish  people to all accept the Messiah. He knew that they had God’s blessings in the covenants that are forever. He knew that for them to be complete, they needed the righteousness of Yeshua which comes by accepting His sacrifice on their behalf. The Jewish people are and always will be God’s chosen people. Romans 11: 13-16 says,  “But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Therefore insofar as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry if somehow I may move my own people to jealousy and save some of them.  For if their rejection proves to be the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?  If the first piece of dough is holy, the lump is also; and if the root is holy, the branches are as well.”

Paul had a true heart for his people. Yes, he was Jewish and continued practicing Judaism, as he tells us in Philippians 3:4-6, “If anyone else thinks he is confident in the flesh, I have more reason:  circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee;  as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless.”

Paul continues in Romans 11:17-24 by saying this, “But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree,  do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you.  You will say then, ‘Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.’  Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief, but you stand by your faith. Do not be conceited, but fear;  for if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you, either.  See then the kindness and severity of God: to those who fell, severity, but to you, God’s kindness, if you continue in His kindness; for otherwise you too will be cut off.  And they also, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in; for God is able to graft them in again.  For if you were cut off from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these who are the natural branches be grafted into their own olive tree?”

We continue in Romans 9:6-8 as it says this, “I don’t mean that God failed to keep His promise to the Jewish people. But only some of the people of Israel are really God’s people. And only some of Abraham’s descendants are true children of Abraham. This is what God said to Abraham: ‘Your true descendants will be those who come through Isaac.’ This means that not all of Abraham’s descendants are God’s true children. Abraham’s true children are those who become God’s children because of the promise He made to Abraham.”

You see when we follow in the footsteps of Messiah, then we are the children of Abraham, then we are grafted into the vine. But walking in the footsteps of Messiah means just that, we must be as He was. We must do what He did, even crucifying our flesh, and picking up our cross. Philippians 3:7-16 says “But whatever things were gain to me, these things I have counted as loss because of  Messiah. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Messiah Yeshua my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them mere rubbish, so that I may gain Messiah,  and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law (ceremonial laws), but that which is through faith in Messiah, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,  that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; if somehow I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.  Not that I have already grasped it all or have already become perfect, but I press on if I may also take hold of that for which I was even taken hold of by Messiah Yeshua.  Brothers and sisters, I do not regard myself as having taken hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Messiah Yeshua.  Therefore, all who are mature, let’s have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that to you as well;  however, let’s keep living by that same standard to which we have attained. Brothers and sisters, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us.  For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even as I weep, that they are the enemies of the cross of Messiah,  whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who have their minds on earthly things.”

These are not the Jewish people that Paul is speaking about. These are those who even call themselves Christians who have never let go of the world and its ways. These people who go to church, and yet, they have not crucified the flesh, let alone their appetite for everything, except denying themselves for others for the sake of the kingdom. They believe that Christians are the only ones who will be saved, because they have replaced Israel, and yet, they are the ones who have muddied themselves in the world and its ways. They are the ones who do not keep the Covenants of God. They are the ones who think that they do not need to repent, because Yeshua did it all, as if we do not have a part to play in salvation.

Philippians 2:1-16 tells us this, “Therefore if there is any encouragement in Messiah, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion,  make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility consider one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Messiah Yeshua, who, as He already existed in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,  but emptied Himself by taking the form of a bond-servant and being born in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death: death on a cross. For this reason also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,  so that at the name of Yeshua every knee will bow of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  and that every tongue will confess that Messiah Yeshua is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;  for it is God who is at work in you, both to desire and to work for His good pleasure. Do all things without complaining or arguments;  so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, holding firmly the word of life, so that on the day of Messiah I can take pride because I did not run in vain nor labor in vain.”

By the way, not only was Paul a Jew, but also Yeshua’s disciples, and Yeshua Himself and the early believers. God’s people are the Jews, and Israel is God’s chosen land and we, we, are those who were grafted into Israel with all of its covenants. God is one and His flock is one, and we must read and live by His Word, because it is also one. And that is the truth!

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The Privilege To Serve

Living In The Spirit

So what does it mean to live in the Spirit? We find Yeshua speaking to Nicodemus. Nicodemus was a Pharisee. The Pharisees believed in the resurrection whereas the Saduccess did not. Nicodemus was also a member of the Sanhedrin, we could say it was like our Supreme Court or even like our Congress, only dealing in matters of the Jewish Law. John 3:4-8  “Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a person be born when he is old? He cannot enter his mother’s womb a second time and be born, can he?” Yeshua answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which has been born of the flesh is flesh, and that which has been born of the Spirit is spirit.  Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’  The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it is coming from and where it is going; so is everyone who has been born of the Spirit.” 

So we must first be born of the Spirit to be able to live by the Spirit. To be born again one must die. To live by the Spirit we must follow in the footsteps of the Messiah and His footsteps lead us to the cross.

 Luke 9:23-25 tells us this,And He was saying to them all, ‘If anyone wants to come after Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me.  For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, this is the one who will save it.  For what good does it do a person if he gains the whole world, but loses or forfeits himself?”’  Luke 14:27, “And whoever does not carry their cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple.” Galatians 2:20 tells us this,  “I have been crucified with the Messiah. It is no longer I who live, but the Messiah who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Romans 8:13-14 says, “So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.  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.  For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” 

Romans 6:5-11, “For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His.  We know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.  For one who has died has been set free from sin.  Now if we have died with the Messiah, we believe that we will also live with Him.  We know that Messiah, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over Him.  For the death He died He died to sin, once for all, but the life He lives He lives to God.  So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Messiah Yeshua.”

So we see that we must die to ourselves and to our sinful nature so that we can be born anew.

Ephesians 4:17-24 tells us this, “Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds.  They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.  They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.  But that is not the way you learned Messiah, assuming that you have heard about Him and were taught in Him, as the truth is in Yeshua, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,  and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”

So we must not only die to ourselves, but we must also die to the world. James 4:4 tells us ,  “You adulterous people!  Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” 1 John 2:15-17, “ Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.  And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” Colossians 3:1-10, “If then you have been raised with the Messiah, seek the things that are above, where the Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.  For you have died, and your life is hidden with the Messiah in God.  When the Messiah who is your life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them.  But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.  Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices  and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.” 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Messiah, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” Romans 12:1-2, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Now you can start living in the Spirit.

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