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An in-depth study of 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 (3)

Daniel/romansthruphilemon
December-06-2011-3. edition

Added some more about 1 Corinthians 15:2, as requested by one of my blog readers.

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The Apostle Paul went on 3 apostolic journeys to Asia, Greece-Macedonia, and Rome. During this time covered in the book of Acts, he wrote Romans, Corinthians, Galatians and Thessalonians, or in chronological order: Thessalonians, Galatians, Corinthians and at last Romans. In each area he visited he went to the Jews first. Each time the Jews rejected him, he turned to the Gentiles (Acts 13:46, 18:6, 28:28). The book of Acts is God’s everlasting account of the fall and partial blindness that had come upon Israel, nationally, after their rejection of God the Father thru the prophets, The Son: Jesus Christ and at last the Holy Spirit thru Stephen in Acts 7. God set the kingdom program (associated with the nation Israel), or the bride of Christ program, aside, in favor of a brand-new program called the dispensation of the grace of God, or the body of Christ program. This program/dispensation, and the church; the body of Christ, started with the conversion of Saul/Paul, on the road to Damascus (Acts 9, 1 Timothy 1:15-16). Jesus Christ spoke from heaven, and started revealing the mystery to Paul, and he made him the Apostle to and of the gentiles.

The book of Acts should be read as what it is; a history book. It tells us WHAT happened, not WHY it happened.

It’s very important to understand that Paul went to religious unbelieving Jews, NOT already saved Jews (kingdom saints; those who were saved during the kingdom program). The Jews who believed his Gospel/good news (the good news Jesus Christ became members of the church; the body of Christ, and the grace assemblies Paul and his “converts” were establishing.
After the Acts period, Paul wrote Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Timothy, Titus, Philemon, or or in chronological order: Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon, Philippians, Titus and Timothy.

So, what does this have to do with 1 Corinthians 15:1-4? Let’s read it:

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 KJV
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

“According to the scriptures”?! Is Paul implying that Jesus Christ’s death for sin, burial and resurrection is in the Old Testament of the Bible?! Yes, he is! That was no mystery. It was prophesied (a spoken word), and the Jews knew very well about their Messiah: Jesus Christ, but they didn’t understand the prophecies. Let’s take a closer look at some relevant bible passages:

Isaiah 53:5-12 KJV
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Who are the “we”, “our” and “my people” mentioned in Isaiah 53? Israel! God’s favored nation/people at that time. They were to be a peculiar treasure unto God above all people/the gentiles , “a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation”:

Exodus 19:5-6 KJV
5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:
6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

…and the gentiles would come to Israel for salvation; to Israel’s light/”thy light”:

Isaiah 60:1-3 KJV
1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.
2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

A ransom for MANY:

Matthew 20:28 KJV Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

Mark 10:45 KJV For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

Again, who are the “many” spoken of here? Israel! Matthew-John covers Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry to the nation Israel, and not to the gentiles (Matthew 10:1-8, 15:22-28, Luke 12:32, Acts 1:21-26, 2:5, 2:14, 2:22, 2:36-38, Romans 15:4, 15:8). Where are the gentiles in all of this?

Ephesians 2:11-13 KJV
11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision [the Jews] in the flesh made by hands;
12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

We know that Jesus Christ, and the 12 disciples, preached the gospel/good news of the kingdom (Matthew 4:23, 9:35, 24:13-14, Mark 1:14-15). Did the 12 know about the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ?

Luke 18:31-34 KJV
31 Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished.
32 For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on:
33 And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again.
34 And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.

Matthew 16:18-23 KJV
18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
20 Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.
21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.
23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

Clearly they did not! “They understood none of these things”, and Peter even rebuked Jesus Christ for saying that he was going to “be killed, and be raised again the third day.”

In Acts 1, Jesus Christ ascends up into heaven. We see Peter in Acts 2 & 3, continuing where Christ left off, telling the Jews to change their minds about the source of their righteousness, never being the law (Leviticus 26:40-46, Deuteronomy 6:25).

Acts 3:19-21
19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:
21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

Notice when their sins were going to “be blotted out”: “the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord “. His second coming. He was going to be their High Priest and King, sitting on the throne of David, ruling and reigning over the nation Israel. God raised Him up in order for him to sit on that throne:

Acts 2:29-32 KJV
29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.
30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;
31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.
32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.

The Pharisees sat in Moses’ seat as the authority (religious/governmental) over the Nation.

Matthew 23:1-3 KJV
1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,
2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:
3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.

Had they repented in Acts 3, it would’ve started the next events on the prophetic calender, namely the time of Jacob’s trouble; the Great Tribulation, followed by „the day of the Lord“; the second coming of Christ. This is what Jesus Christ meant when he said he gave Peter the “keys” to the Kingdom (Matthew 16:19). Peter had the ability to “unlock” and “open the door” to the Kingdom; he proclaimed the message they had to believe. However, an open door does no good if no one walks through it, and that’s exactly what happened… The leadership of the Nation didn’t walk through it.

When Israel had possessed the land (Canaan), God set up judges to rule over them. God was King, but their physical ruler ship was facilitated by judges. In the Kingdom yet future, the judges come back. It is not the Pharisees that will sit in authority, it is the 12 disciples – those who were given the authority in Acts 1 to operate under the New Covenant.

Matthew 19:28 KJV And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

It didn’t happen, but it certainly will in a day yet future, when God resumes the kingdom program, and sets that nation at the forefront again.

Let’s review what we’ve discovered so far.
According to prophesy the Messiah: Jesus Christ was going to:
Die for sins, be buried and rise again from the dead.
Give his life a ransom for MANY: Israel.
Forgive their (national) sins at his second coming.
Raised up Christ to sit on his throne.

Let’s take a closer look at Paul’s gospel/good news (also referred to as the gospel of Christ/the gospel of the grace of God); the preaching of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery (Romans 16:25-26), and what makes it unique and distinct.

According to mystery, Jesus Christ gave himself a ransom for ALL (Mankind: Jew and Gentile), not just MANY:

1 Timothy 2:3-7 KJV
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.

We have all forgiveness up-front:

2 Corinthians 5:17-21 KJV
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their [the world’s] trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
21 For he [God the Father] hath made him [God’s only begotten Son, the God Man Jesus Christ] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Colossians 2:13-14 KJV
13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

Romans 5:6-10 KJV
6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

Reconciliation is the Greek word katallagē, it simply means a change in status or restoration to favor. That’s what forgiveness is all about. Reconciliation and forgiveness, where God is concerned, is of God: God accomplished it. Today it isn’t something we work for or wait for…it isn’t a future event, nor does it happen at the point of belief. It is something the world already has—Past, present,future. So, the issue where salvation is concerned isn’t sin, but righteousness. Belief or unbelief: believing what the cross-work of the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished on our behalf.

It’s man who needs to be reconciled to God, not the other way around. God is already reconciled to us, where our sins are concerned.

Ministers of righteousness (2 Corinthians 11:13-15) still believe that sin is the issue, almost 2000 years after God took care of it! In their mind, God is waiting for man to make a decision, so He can forgive them of their sins. Is Christ going to be crucified again for every lost person who makes that decision? Of course not, but that’s what they really believe!

Romans 6:9-10 KJV
9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

Colossians 1:21 KJV And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled

The Colossians thought that their wicked works were making them the enemies of God, but Paul is telling them that God is already reconciled where their wicked works are concerned.

What about those who believe that Jesus Christ didn’t die for all, just many or a distinct few?

2 Corinthians 5:14-15 KJV
14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

If Christ did not die for all, then all were not dead (or separated from God). We know that’s not the case:

Romans 3:22-24 KJV
22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

Or they believe that sin will be the issue at the judgment seat of Christ (for the saved) and the great white throne judgment (for the lost). If that would be true, God is going to judge sin all over again, which means that God is hiding the sins of the world behind his back for future judgment. What do they believe happened to the sins Christ died for?! Nothing! Either God didn’t accept the payment of the sin debt Christ paid for, or the payment Christ paid for wasn’t sufficient. It really is as simple as that.

God can’t dwell with someone less righteous than He (perfect righteousness). That’s why the lost will spend an eternity apart from God. The lost go to hell/the lake of fire with their sins paid for!

Many believe, in order to be saved, that man has to do some kind of work, ritual/ordinance (water baptism, communion/the Lord’s Supper etc.), abstain from doing certain things, endure to the end, keep the faith, you name it. Salvation is by grace, through faith, apart from any works, and has always been by grace, through faith:

Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Faith is simply taking God at His word, taking your stand where God takes His. If God would tell you to do some kind of work to be saved, like he did during the kingdom program, it wouldn’t be the work itself that saved you, but the faith you had which resulted in you doing that work. Big difference!
Today he’s telling us:

Romans 4:5 KJV But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the
ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

Then, there are those who reject the deity of Christ. They don’t believe that he was the only begotten Son of God; the sinless God-man (fully man, fully God). They believe he was simply a man. Most of them will also reject the resurrection of the dead, which was one of the issues at the Corinthian assembly, so Paul writes the whole fifteenth chapter to correct this false teaching:

1-11: Documentation/proof of the resurrection.
12-19: The importance and reasoning of the resurrection.
20-28: Triumph and order in the resurrection.
29-34: The witness and suffering for the resurrection.
35-50: What type of body we shall have (the resurrection bodies), and the nature of that resurrection.
51-53: The mystery of the resurrection; the catching away of the body of Christ prior to the Great Tribulation. Also labeled the rapture.

1 Corinthians 15:2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

Paul is reminding them of the Gospel he preached unto them, at a previous point in time, and the fact that it saved them, unless they didn’t believe it. The context of v2 is found in v12-14:

1 Corinthians 15:12-14
12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:
14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.

What’s the point of us being identified with a dead man? It would be of no benefit to us whatsoever. Paul’s preaching (which incl. his gospel), as well as their and our faith would be vain and pointless. Jesus Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again, in order for us to be identified with and joined to himself: having his test score (his righteousness, his faith) written on our paper. None of that would be a reality without the resurrection! Not including the resurrection in Paul’s gospel makes it another gospel, and another gospel does NOT save. The idea in 1 Corinthians 15:2 isn’t having to believe steadfastly, until the second you do, in order to obtain or maintain/keep your salvation, else you might loose it. NO! The moment a lost person believes the gospel of the grace of God, that person is sealed with the holy Spirit unto the day of redemption: they day when eternity awaits:

2 Corinthians 1:21-22
21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;
22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

Ephesians 1:12-14
12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Once sealed, always sealed. No one breaks what God has sealed. Also read Romans 5:5, 8:38-39, 2 Timothy 1:13-14, 2:13, 2:19.

Our faith (the faith IN Christ) enables God to justify us by the faith OF Christ (the faith belonging to christ-his faith):

Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith OF Jesus Christ, even we have believed IN Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith OF Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith OF the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Philippians 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith OF Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

Also read Romans 3:22-24, Galatians 3:22, Ephesians 3:11-12, Philippians
3:9, Colossians 2:12.

So you see, once we’re saved our faith means nothing. It’s all about the faith of Jesus Christ, and his faith is perfect, because he is God!

Romans 6:3-8 KJV
3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:

Colossians 3:4 KJV When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also
appear with him in glory.

Another major difference between prophecy (God’s earthly program) and mystery (God’s heavenly program) is that, according to mystery, Christ “was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification”:

Romans 4:25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our
justification.

Not raised again to sit on a physical throne, ruling over a physical nation called Israel, in a physical kingdom here on earth. The kingdom of heaven isn’t heaven, it’s a kingdom designed in heaven, brought down to earth (Revelation 21). That’s according to prophecy, and has nothing to do with the revelation of the mystery Jesus Christ revealed to Paul. Our conversation, or citizenship, is in heaven, not earth.

Philippians 3:20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

Let’s review what we’ve discovered thus far. According to mystery Jesus Christ:
Died for the sins of the whole world, was buried and rose again the third day.
Gave himself a ransom for ALL.
We have all forgiveness up-front, lost or saved, makes no difference.
Raised again for our justification.

1 Corinthians 2:6-8 KJV
6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

So, just because someone says that they believe that Jesus Christ died for their sins, was buried and rose again, doesn’t mean that they believe Paul’s gospel, and are saved. Most Catholics, Pentecostals, Baptists, Jehovah’s witnesses, Mormons, you name it, say they believe that. Are they saved? Sadly many aren’t! What do they believe about what the cross work of Jesus Christ accomplished, where their sins are concerned?! That’s the issue!

Let’s get back to…

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 KJV
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

It’s crucial to understand that Paul was talking to a mixed bag assembly of believers. The previously unbelieving Jews who were in the assembly could relate to what Paul was saying. He had shown them that Christ’s death for sins was in ‘their’ scriptures. According to the revelation of the mystery (Romans 16:25-26), Christ died for the sins of ALL, so Paul was not speaking contrary to the mystery. Paul is teaching Jews and Gentiles, which explains why Paul seems to speak contradictorily at times. Even though he was addressing the Jews at times, the Gentiles at times, and both at times during the Acts period, he was always speaking to those who he had won to his gospel; the gospel of the grace of God.

Have you ever seen or heard the term “the word of truth” (singular, distinctiv) being used? ‘The word of truth’ is the gospel/good news, and it appears in all of the 3 time periods in your Bible: time past-but now-ages to come.

Time past: Psalms 119:43.
But now: 2 Corinthians 6:7, Ephesians 1:13, 2 Timothy 2:15.
Ages to come: James 1:18

As we’ve seen, there hasn’t just been 1 gospel messages, but several. Keeping these gospels, and the doctrine/teaching associated with each gospel, separated is what ‘rightly dividing the word of truth’ is all about:

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

God made it easy, man makes it hard! This is not rocket science, so grab your Bible and do a good old bible study to shew thyself approved unto God 🙂

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Paul’s gospel in 15 seconds!

Where was the SIN QUESTION settled? Calvary.

What was the verdict? Guilty.

What was the penalty? Death. (Separation from God; spiritual deadness, physical death etc.)

Who took it? Jesus Christ.

How much of it? All of it.

How much did he leave for you? None of it…not imputing the world’s sins unto them; “not imputing their trespasses unto them” (2 Corinthians 5:18-21)

Curt Crist, pastor/teacher of ‘Welcome To Grace Ministries’: Welcometograce.com

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Priests?!

Daniel

July-10-2011

Priests PDF-FILE

I used e-Sword, a bible software, to see how many times the word “priest” occurs in the King James Bible.

Search term/method: “Priest”- Regular expression (REGEX) which incl. “priest”, “priests, “priesthood”, “high priest” etc.

844 verses found, 958 matches

Genesis

6 verses found

7 matches

Exodus

21 verses found

25 matches

Leviticus

155 verses found

195 matches

Numbers

69 verses found

77 matches

Deuteronomy

14 verses found

15 matches

Joshua

36 verses found

41 matches

Judges

13 verses found

15 matches

1 Samuel

27 verses found

33 matches

2 Samuel

6 verses found

7 matches

1 Kings

27 verses found

28 matches

2 Kings

36 verses found

45 matches

1 Chronicles

19 verses found

21 matches

2 Chronicles

73 verses found

90 matches

Ezra

34 verses found

35 matches

Nehemiah

44 verses found

47 matches

Psalms

5 verses found

5 matches

Isaiah

5 verses found

5 matches

Jeremiah

38 verses found

41 matches

Lamentations

6 verses found

6 matches

Ezekiel

24 verses found

25 matches

Hosea

6 verses found

6 matches

Joel

3 verses found

3 matches

Amos

1 verse found

1 match

Micah

1 verse found

1 match

Zephaniah

2 verses found

2 matches

Haggai

8 verses found

8 matches

Zechariah

6 verses found

6 matches

Malachi

3 verses found

3 matches

Matthew

27 verses found

28 matches

Mark

22 verses found

24 matches

Luke

23 verses found

23 matches

John

21 verses found

22 matches

Acts

25 verses found

27 matches

Hebrews

33 verses found

36 matches

1 Peter

2 verses found

2 matches

Revelation

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…did you notice something special? Take a closer look at the books between Acts and Hebrews: Romans thru Philemon (Paul’s epistles/books).Wait, they aren’t there?! Did I remove them?! Nope! So, the the words priest(s) and priesthood are mentioned 958 times in 844 verses throughout the Bible, BUTnot once in Paul’s epistles (Romans-Philemon)?! Why is that?

Because today, in the dispensation of the grace of God or ‘the age of grace’, there is only one mediator, or go-between, between God and us, and that mediator is Jesus Christ:

 1 Timothy 2:3-7

3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

7 Whereunto I [Paul] am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.

It’s not men dressed in robes and hoods…who work for the religious systems of this world…performing legalistic rituals and ordinances on Sunday mornings…keeping people under bondage; the law and doctrines of men…and claiming to have the ability to forgive sins if you confess them to them. There are no real priests today, and I’ll explain it to you.

Ephesians chapter 2 speaks of 3 time periods:

TIME PAST (the past):

 Ephesians 2:11-12

11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;

12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

Genesis (from Abram/Abraham) thru Acts 8.

God’s earthly program; the kingdom program or the bride of Christ program, concerning A nation; the nation Israel…God’s favored nation at that time. Jews. They would get the land promised them as an everlasting possession, and an earthly kingdom (the kingdom of heaven) to be set up in that land, if they’d simply change their mind (repent) about the source of their righteousness…..never being the law (Deuteronomy 6:25, Leviticus 26:40+, James 2:10)

Under prophecy and law. By sight. FOR us, not to us.

The nation Israel is temporarily fallen (Romans 11), because of their rejection of the messengers; God the Father thru John the Baptist, The Son: Jesus Christ (his earthly ministry in Matthew-John, and the early parts of Acts), and the Holy Spirit thru Stephen in the book of Acts (chapter 7). So, this program is temporarily put on hold, in favor of a new program;


BUT NOW (the present: the dispensation of the grace of God):

 Ephesians 2:13-16

13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

 Acts 9-Romans-Philemon. God’s heavenly program; the body of Christ program. God is not dealing with A nation today, and he’s not recognizing any nation above any other nation. He is dealing with individuals today; Jew or gentile (the non-Jewish people of the world)…makes no difference. Under mystery and grace (not under law). Not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). FOR and TO us.

Paul, the Apostle of and to the Gentiles, wrote 13 epistles: Romans thru Philemon. Covers Jesus Christ’s heavenly ministry to us, living in the dispensation of the grace of God.

 AGES TO COME (the future):

Ephesians 2:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

Hebrews thru Revelation.Fulfillment of prophecy. God’s earthly program; the kingdom program or the bride of Christ program, continues. Under prophecy and law. By sight. FOR us, not to us.

Primarily emphasis is on the great tribulation (wrath) and the earthly kingdom; the kingdom of heaven.

God’s future plan for Israel is that they one day will become a kingdom of priests:

Exodus 19:6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are

the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

In time past, Jew and gentile weren’t equal…they weren’t on the same level.

Matthew 10:1-8, 15:22-28, Acts 1:21-26, Romans 15:8

Ephesians 2:11-12

11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;

12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

 …so the gentiles had to go thru the nation Israel, in order to be saved. They had to proselyte to Judaism and take hold of their covenant. Being cut off from Israel, was the same as being cut off from God. No wonder why Jesus Christ, during his earthly ministry to the nation Israel, says that “salvation is of the Jews” (John 4:22)

 Romans 9:4-5 KJV

4 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;

5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.

So, as you can see the priests served as mediators between God and men.

 Isaiah 60:1-3

1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.

2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

Today, rather than having to go thru an earthly nation; Israel, in order to be saved, we now have direct access to salvation and God, thru Jesus Christ. This was a result of their fall (mystery), not their rising (prophecy).

 Romans 11:11-12

11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.

12 Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?

 Romans 11:15 For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?

 Romans 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

 This mystery was exclusively revealed to our Apostle; Paul, by the ascended, glorified Jesus Christ (as he spoke from heaven):

Romans 16:25-26

25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

God hasn’t done away with Israel entirely! In a day yet future, they will experience the state

of prominence God promised them throughout the pages of prophecy!

Hebrews 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he

might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for

the sins of the people.

1 Peter 2:9-10

9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

After the great tribulation, with the 2nd coming of Christ, God will make a new covenant with Israel, not according to the old covenant:

 Jeremiah 31:31-34

31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:

33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

 Also read Hebrews 8.

So, today there is no need for a priest, priesthood or a nation, to have fellowship with God.

Although there aren’t any real priests today, the saved are called to be ambassadors for Christ, of the ministry of reconciliation, telling the world about the word of reconciliation:

 2 Corinthians 5:18-21

18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

19To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

20Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

21 For he [God the Father] hath made him [God’s only begotten Son/God in the flesh: Jesus Christ] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

 1 Corinthians 15:1-4

1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

Ephesians 2:8-9

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Daniel

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Presenting the good news of Jesus Christ

Daniel

July-9-2011

Presenting the good news of Jesus Christ .PDF

Recently I had a conversation with a brother in Christ, about what a lost person has to believe (in) to be saved, and have eternal life in heaven. What should a decent, yet simple, gospel presentation look like? Which bible passages or verses should it include?

First of all, it’s WHAT we say that counts, not necessarily how we say it, but a rejection of the messenger does in many cases lead to a rejection of the message!

1 Corinthians 2:1-8

1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.

2For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

4And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

5That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

Colossians 4:2-6

2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

3 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:

4 That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

5Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

6Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

…and it’s important to keep in mind, that it’s the gospel (good news) message itself that saves…if it’s believed:

Romans 1:16-17

16For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

2 Corinthians 4:3-4

3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

With that in mind, what does a lost person have to believe (in) to be saved?

1: Who Christ is/The deity of Christ:

God’s only begotten Son: God in the flesh, or the God man. That God is one, yet 3 at the same time: the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost (the Spirit of God).

2: What Jesus Christ did and what it accomplished:

That Jesus Christ died for our sins, and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day…for our justification.

…and that it was an all-sufficient reconciliation, which resolved the sin issue ONCE and for ALL, where the entirety of the world’s sin debt was concerned, in the mind of the one to whom the payment for their sins was made; God the father! To believe this good news is to be reconciled in your mind (Colossians 1:21, 2 Corinthians 5:20), not God’s. It’s a SON issue today, not a SIN issue. The issue isn’t forgiveness of sin. The issue is believing what the cross work of Christ accomplished in your behalf, in order to be identified with and joined to Christ himself: His test scores (His righteousness and His faith) written on your paper.

3: Our responsibility: FAITH, apart from ANY works.

Salvation is a free gift, available to everyone; by grace, through faith. No works required, nor desired.

(Faith is NOT a work:

Romans 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.)

BIBLE VERSES:

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Now, there are many great bible passages you can use, but the following 5 bible passages are my favorites. I use them a lot because they cover point 1-3 to the point.

1 Corinthians 15:1-4

1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

Romans 4:25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

2 Corinthians 5:18-21

18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

21 For he [God the Father] hath made him [Jesus Christ] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

1 Timothy 2:3-7

3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

6 Who gave himself a ransom for ALL, to be testified in due time.

7 Whereunto I [Paul] am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.

Ephesians 2:8-9

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

…and this is why:

1: Who Jesus Christ is/The deity of Christ:

2 Corinthians 5:18-21

18And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

20Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

21For he [God the Father] hath made him [Jesus Christ] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

1 Timothy 2:3-7

3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

5For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

7 Whereunto I [Paul] am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.

2: What Jesus Christ did and what it accomplished:

1 Corinthians 15:1-4

1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

2By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

Romans 4:25Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

2 Corinthians 5:18-21

18And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

21For he [God the Father] hath made him [Jesus Christ] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

1 Timothy 2:3-7

3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

4Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

6Who gave himself a ransom for ALL, to be testified in due time.

7Whereunto I [Paul] am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.

3: Our responsibility: FAITH, apart from ANY works.

Ephesians 2:8-9

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9Not of works, lest any man should boast.

1 Corinthians 15:1-4

1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

The idea here isn’t having faith in the gospel of Christ 24/7-365 days! There were people at the Corinthian assembly who rejected the resurrection of Christ and the resurrection of the dead (1 Corinthians 15:12-22). These people had “believed in vain”: what they had believed in never saved them in the first place. It was another gospel, and another gospel does NOT save. That’s why it’s essential to believe and share the right Gospel.

2 Corinthians 5:18-21

18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

21 For he [God the Father] hath made him [Jesus Christ] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

1 Timothy 2:3-7

3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

4Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

6Who gave himself a ransom for ALL, to be testified in due time.

7 Whereunto I [Paul] am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.

Should we share right division (2 Timothy 2:15) with the lost? That is distinguishing between Israel’s mail and our mail. All of the Bible is given by inspiration of God (2 Timothy 3:15-16), and all of the Bible is written FOR our learning, but not all of the Bible is written directly TO us, living in the dispensation (or household, administration) of the grace of God:

Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

 

Right division doesn’t save, believing Paul’s gospel saves! Right division proves that Paul’s gospel is true, and that it’s the only gospel for the dispensation of the grace of God. It also validates Paul’s distinct apostleship, ministry and message. Our study of the word of truth, rightly divided, has eternal consequences. It is a work of faith (1 Thessalonians 1:3), and will therefore be judged at the judgment seat of Christ. So take them to right division after they’re saved; believed Paul’s gospel.

1 Corinthians 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

1 Corinthians 2:12-14

12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

 

I definitely think it’s a good idea to tell people that Paul is our Apostle, and that the ascended, glorified Christ (as he spoke from heaven) gave him the Gospel. 1 Timothy 2:7! Then they know where to start in their Bible: Romans thru Philemon.

 

Daniel,

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6: Baptism (Steve Atwood)

Steve Atwood, pastor/teacher of ‘Grace Bible Church Chattanooga Tennessee’.
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Watch the bible study, and read along! Thanks for your time, and have a nice day!

Daniel,

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2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Rightly dividing the word of truth is simply to distinguish between the Scriptures that were written to the nation Israel and the Scriptures were written to the church the body of Christ.

The old testament
The gospels: Matthew-John. The life of Jesus Christ and his earthly ministry, where he trained 12 men (disciples) to preach the gospel of the Kingdom. Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry to the nation Israel; to the Jews.
Acts 1-8: The ministry of the twelve disciples continues.
Acts 9: Paul is saved – given the gospel of the grace of God.
Paul’s epistles: Romans-Philemon.
The gospel of the grace of God
Committed to Paul
Paul the apostle of the gentiles
The dispensation of the grace of God
The church the body of Christ
Hebrew epistles: Hebrews-Revelation.
The doctrine of these books will match that of the kingdom gospel in Matthew-John.
Primarily emphasis is on the tribulation and the millennial kingdom.

I’ll talk to you about something that is is very controversial among some people: water baptism. I want us to consider what the Bible has to say about baptism. Maybe you’ve never considered this?! Maybe you’ve always considered that water baptism was the thing to do; either to be immersed or sprinkled?! I want to present some information about water baptism that may be a little bit different than what you’ve heard previously.

Ephesians 4:1-6
1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

It’s very interesting that the apostle Paul would say there that there is one baptism. I know that that has to be in relation to the church; the body of Christ. Paul is the apostle to the Gentiles. He was given the dispensation of grace of God, and Paul’s doctrine is to the church the body of Christ, during the dispensation of grace; a period of time in which we are living today. Now when Paul said that there’s one baptism, he must be talking in relation to the church, for in Matthew chapter 3 we find that obviously there would be a contradiction in the Scriptures, if we did not rightly divide the word of truth. In other words, if we don’t distinguish between what Paul said to the church, and what Christ taught the nation Israel, then there is going to be contradictions in the Bible, and personally I don’t believe there are any. I believe the Bible is perfect, pure and that it is the preserved word of God, and that you can understand the Scriptures by comparing Scripture with Scripture and by rightly dividing the word of truth.

In Matthew 3, John comes forth preaching the kingdom of heaven is at hand:

Matthew 3:1-12
1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
4 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.
5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,
6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

Now, he lists there (verse 12) three baptisms: with water, with the Holy Ghost and with fire. Now, I want us to notice those 3 baptisms, and how that those are associated with the nation Israel. First of all I want you to notice that the baptism of repentance was water baptism. You see, there are people today who practice water baptism and they believe in baptismal regeneration; that a person must be baptized in order to be saved. On the other hand there are those people who say “no baptism is not necessary for salvation, but we practice water baptism in obedience to the Lord”. Well, I don’t believe you can have it both way, because we find that the baptism of Matthew-Mark-Luke-John and the baptism of Acts 2 was not optional. Now, I do not believe that a person has to be baptized today to be saved. I believe that salvation is by grace through faith, without any works, and I’m sure that’s what the Bible declares, but there are many people today who try to have it both ways. They may say “well, we don’t believe it for salvation, but we believe it ought to be practiced by those who are saved”. I want you to see that it was necessary as far as the nation Israel was concerned:

Mark 1:4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.

In other words this baptism was for the remission of sins, just like Peter said in:

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

John 1:31-33
31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.

In other words, John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins; it was water baptism! Jesus Christ, before he ascends into heaven, said:

Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Water baptism under the kingdom gospel was absolutely necessary for salvation!

There is no doubt about that, if you believe the Bible means what it says.

Matthew 28:19-20
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

If he said “this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world”, and then immediately after his resurrection he told them to go and preach the gospel, obviously it’s the gospel of the kingdom. It’s not hard to figure out that that is exactly what happened, because they’re preaching the same thing; the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

It does not say because of. There are many people who try to get around the issue that water baptism was once required for salvation, because they don’t believe it’s necessary, and I don’t either, but they get around the issue by saying that Acts 2:38 should say “repent and be baptized BECAUSE of the remission of sins.” It is for the remission of sins, but that’s for the nation Israel.

Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

There are people today to talk about being fire baptized, let me tell you that if they were fire baptized, they wouldn’t be around to tell us about it it. Fire baptism, that we’re going to see in a moment, has to do with wrath, but at any rate Jesus Christ told the disciples;

John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter [the Holy Ghost] will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

Acts 1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

It’s absolutely clear that the tongues there were other languages. It was not the gibberish that you hear going on today in the charismatic movement. They were other languages, and they were baptized with the Holy Ghost; given the gift of other languages so they could fulfill the great commission they were given. That was to go into all the world and preach the gospel. How in the world were they going to do that when they could not speak the languages?! These were Jews, they were Hebrews. God gave them a supernatural gift to be able to speak the language of the people that they were talking to. Those were the tongues of Acts 2, and those tongues went away as their ministry declined.

Matthew 3:11-12
11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

The third baptism that he mentions (Matthew 3:11-12) is baptism with fire. In other words, during the tribulation as God is dealing with the nation Israel, there will be a period of time when fire will be poured out.

Luke 12:49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?

Isaiah 66:15-16
15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.
16 For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.

Malachi 4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

This is during the seventh week of Daniel, and it’s called the time of Jacob’s trouble. It’s the time when God is going to pour out his wrath upon this world.

It is clear then that there are at least three baptisms that are associated with the nation Israel. John mentioned all three in the very beginning of his ministry.

Three baptisms for Israel (not for the church today):

1: Baptism with water for the remission of sins.
It was performed by an individual with and in water. It was water baptism and it was absolutely necessary.

2: Baptism of the Holy Ghost.
Took place in Acts 2, a fulfillment of the prophecy in Joel 2, and as that baptism took place it empowered the twelve to do that which God Almighty had commissioned them to do in Matthew-Mark-Luke-John, and that was to go into all the world and preach the gospel.

Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

3: Baptism with fire.
Comes upon those that don’t get the baptism with water. It comes upon those that are rebellious.

Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

That gospel of the kingdom included water baptism, keeping the law, selling out, it also included enduring to the end, and that was based upon the fact that God was going to pour out his wrath upon them.

Matthew 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

Well, then the question comes up: Why in the world would the apostle Paul make a statement like he makes in Ephesians 4, that there’s only one baptism, when we’ve already seen that there are three that are clearly outlined in the Scriptures, numerous Scriptures about each one of them…why would Paul say that there is just one baptism? Well, because Paul is the apostle to the Gentiles, says he is several times. He says ‘be ye followers of me’ (1 Corinthians 4:16, 11:1, Philippians 3:17)

Paul’s doctrine is for the church today (the body of Christ), and for the church today (the body of Christ) there is only ONE baptism.

There’s not several baptisms, he said there’s one baptism. Now, you know people try to get around that all kind of ways. Some people say that one baptism is water baptism. Others say that one baptism is Spirit baptism, and some say that it’s only one that really matters, and that’s the Spirit baptism. There’s all kind of ways to try to manipulate the Bible and Scriptures to make it fit the doctrine that people have been taught by by tradition of men. The fact is folks that there is just one baptism today, and we find it in Paul’s writings. The same man that wrote Ephesians 4, wrote:

1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

The first thing people usually think of is; “well, if Paul said that there’s only one baptism, and it’s Spirit baptism, why did Paul baptize people?” Well, the same reason that Paul did several things in his ministry that was associated with going to the Jew first. In the book of Acts Paul kept the law, he had his head shaved under a vow (Acts 18:18), and he spoke in tongues. Paul did many things during the book of Acts, and he said (in Corinthians) that the reason he did those was because he became all things to all men. That’s why Paul baptized, but you know there is no way that Paul could have been under the same commission that we find that Peter and the other disciples were under. Jesus Christ told them emphatically, it was not optional, to ‘go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature, baptizing them that believe’.

What did Paul say?

1 Corinthians 1:17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

The ONLY baptism for the church today is Spirit baptism.

The baptism by the Spirit, and every saved individual today has experienced that baptism.
People say; “well, you don’t believe in baptism?”. Yeah, I believe in baptism, I believe in Spirit baptism. I believe 1 Corinthians 12:13; “by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body”. When Paul said there’s just one baptism, that’s the one that I find that he mentions, and therefore I know that there’s only one today, and therefore there is no need for anybody to practice water baptism today. It does nothing but get a person wet. It has nothing to do with their salvation. It has nothing to do with them being in obedience to Christ.
As a matter of fact;

Colossians 2:10-13
10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

Obviously, Paul is talking here about Spirit baptism. It’s interesting that people say “oh, no, that’s water baptism in verse 12!”. Well, if that is water baptism in verse 12, then it would only be reasonable to conclude that verse 11 is physical circumcision! In other words, if verse 11 is physical, then verse 12 would be physical, or they’re either both Spiritual, and obviously they’re Spiritual. In our next session we’ll talk about that circumcision of verse 11.
It’s interesting what Paul says in verse 10: “And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power”. There is not anything that you can do to add to that which Christ has already done in your behalf. He died for our sins, he was buried and he was raised again for our justification.

People look at Romans 6, and they assume that that’s water baptism. There is no way that Romans 6 can be water baptism, yet there are many people who say that salvation is by grace through faith, and that Romans 6 is not water baptism, and yet they’ll quote this while they’re baptizing people.

Romans 6:3-5
3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

“if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death” There’s the key! How is it that you could be planted together with him, if that’s water baptism. Obviously not everybody was baptized in water at one time. Well, we all were, as members of the body of Christ, identified with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection, identified by that Spiritual baptism. What do I mean by identification?

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

When Christ died on that cross, it’s as though you died! When he was buried, it’s as though you were buried, and when he was raised from the dead, it’s as though you were raised from the dead. We were raised with him to walk in newness of life. Not walk, raised out of water, we were raised from the dead, he died for our sins, we were buried with him and we were raised with him, to walk in newness of life.

1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

It’s interesting to me that there is so much emphasis today upon water baptism, among so many people. You ask people today “are you saved?” and they say “well, I’ve been water baptized”. People equate water baptism with salvation. It’s a dangerous thing to baptize people because when you do, you imply to them that it somehow has something to do with them being saved! Salvation is a free gift, it’s not by works, it’s not by water baptism, it’s not by joining the church, it is by trusting in the finished work of Jesus Christ, and that is clear in Romans 6, Colossians 2 and 1 Corinthians 12:13. The Spirit baptism that Paul talks about does things for people that water baptism could never do.

Spirit BAPTISM…

1: …is performed by the Holy Spirit and not by human hands.
This baptism is not one has to be scheduled. It is not one you have to dress up for.

2: …takes place the moment a person is saved.

3: …places a person into the body of Christ, and that person placed into the body of Christ is secure in Christ; “by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body “

4: …abolishes all national, social and sexual distinctions in Christ.

Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

5: …makes a person a partaker of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection.

6: …makes a person complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10).

7: …is the “one” and only baptism for the believer today in the body of Christ.

That’s why Paul said:
Ephesians 4:5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

Many people will say “baptism has nothing to do with salvation, but there’s two ordinances of our church; water baptism and the Lord’s supper”. I want you to consider how hypocritical it is for somebody who says that you can be a member of the body of Christ simply by trusting in what Jesus Christ did for you….that “salvation is by grace through faith; that salvation is by believing the gospel; trusting in what Christ did on the cross”, then turn around and say “you cannot be part of our local fellowship without being baptized in water”. Why is it that a local assembly would require more of people to be part of their assembly, than God requires to be part of the body of Christ? I tell you why, it’s because of one simple word, and that is tradition. Somewhere , somewhere along the line, somebody said that you had to be baptized to be part of this particular church, so it’s been passed down by tradition. There are scriptures that they go to, but they’re scriptures that are associated with the nation Israel. The word of God rightly divided, when you look at Paul’s epistles; Romans thru Philemon, you see that today there is just one baptism. That baptism is by the Spirit and that baptism places people that believe the gospel of Christ; that believe that Christ died for their sins, in Christ. That’s the only baptism today that needs to be associated with the church; the body of Christ. It’s not water baptism, it’s Spirit baptism.

The Apostle Paul said:

Ephesians 2:8-9
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Water baptism has nothing to do with your salvation today! Salvation is dependent upon what you believe, and water baptism is not a testimony of salvation today. A testimony of salvation is what comes out of your mouth; if you have believed the gospel of Christ, and trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior, then you can tell somebody that you have. That’s the testimony that’s important, not going into a pool of water and getting wet and coming forth. It has always amazed me that people who say it’s a testimony of salvation, only get baptized once in their life. It’s not a testimony of salvation, the testimony of salvation is to open your mouth and proclaim that Christ died for you and you’re trusting in him.

 
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NEWSLETTER: THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION [Curt Crist]

CURT CRIST
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A LETTER FROM DANIEL, A LISTENER IN NORWAY

I HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU PASTOR CRIST, CONCERNING THE GREAT WHITE
THRONE JUDGMENT. I WROTE SOMETHING TO ANOTHER GRACE BELIEVER AND
HE DIDN’T AGREE WITH ME. HE QUOTED REVELATION 20:12 WHICH STATES:

Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their WORKS.

YES, HE STATED, CHRIST DIED FOR EVERYONE’S SINS BUT ONLY THOSE THAT BELIEVE AND TRUST THE GOSPEL HAVE THAT FORGIVENESS ATTRIBUTED TO THEM.
ACCORDING TO THIS GUY, GOD IS STILL HOLDING THE SINS AGAINST EVERY INDIVIDUAL THAT ISN’T SAVED, WHICH MEANS HE’S STILL IMPUTING THEIR TRESPASSES UNTO THEM. THIS SOUNDS CONTRARY TO 2 CORINTHIANS 5:18-21. DO YOU HAVE AN ANSWER FOR THIS? THANKS BROTHER! DANIEL

My reply:
Just because God’s justice has been resolved concerning a person’s sins does not mean that person possesses the very righteousness of God himself. The problem is, God cannot dwell with anyone who fails to measure up to his righteous standard! People read the word ‘works’ there in Revelation 20:12 and they automatically assume that ‘works’ in this passage refers to ‘sins’. I believe it is talking about ‘works of righteousness’. See if this same word translated ‘works’ in revelation 20:12 sounds right, (when read the way it’s often translated), as we consider these statements from the Apostle Paul:

Titus 3:5 Not by works (sins?) of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

Titus 3:14 And let ours also learn to maintain good works (sins?) for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.

…and let’s be careful not to leave out Ephesians 2:8-9 where Paul wrote..

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Ephesians 2:9 Not of works (sins?), lest any man should boast.

You see, the word ‘works’ in these statements is the same word translated ‘works’ in Revelation 20:12, so the word ‘works’ is not always referring to works of unrighteousness as many presuppose (see 2 Timothy 1:9). This is why Paul said that he did not want to be found in his own righteousness which is of the law. Law keeping works were abundant in Paul’s day, as they are in ours! The problem was…Paul’s works of righteousness were insufficient to merit Paul a righteous standing before the Lord (Philippians 3:6-8, Galatians 2:16, 3:10):

Philippians 3:6-8
6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith OF Jesus Christ, even we have believed IN Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith OF Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

Galatians 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

The books will be opened at the great white throne judgment, but those in attendance will be judged because their ‘righteous works’ do not measure up to God’s righteousness (his glory; Romans 3:23). Therefore, the decree will be that they cannot dwell with God. As Paul stated in his letter to the saints at Thessalonica, these people will face the sentence of ‘everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord’. There will indeed be ‘weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth’, just as it will be in the kingdom program when the unbelievers of that day find they are not allowed into the presence of their promised ‘King’ (Luke 13:28). Cast out of the Lord’s presence forever! What conscious torment that will be! The bible says, “where their worm dieth not”, and (where) the fire is not quenched”.

I believe what this person is actually saying, is this, Daniel…
“Yes, Christ died for everyone’s sins, but only those who believe and trust the gospel will have their sins actually paid for.” If this is true, then how can God be telling us (through Paul) that we’re to tell those who are lost that God is no longer counting their sins against them because he counted them against his son at Calvary?

2 Corinthians 5:18-21
18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

How can we take the good news message to the lost world, that God is not imputing their trespasses unto them, if God is indeed continuing to count the sins of the lost against them until they believe? Do you see the inconsistency? Does that not sound like ‘religious confusion’ to you? Sure does to me!

Should Paul not rather have said, go to the lost world and say…God hasn’t really reconciled you to himself yet! Thus, Christ didn’t really pay for your sins yet! So, God is continuing to count your sins against you! But if you believe, then, and only then, will Christ’s payment be satisfactory to God the father where your sins are concerned!

Should Paul not have said, “tell the world that god is indeed counting their sins against them, and will continue to do so, until they believe”? You can see how this goes totally contrary to our ambassadorship as God stated it through Paul, in 2 Corinthians 5:18-21.

Why did many in Israel’s program fail to enter into their promised land?
Hebrews 4:6 says they entered not in because of UNBELIEF. (notice, it does NOT say, they entered not in because they had too many sins to be permitted into the land; those with the fewest sins ‘got the property’. No! they entered not in because of UNBELIEF.

I know I’m being facetious, but i do so to make a point. At the great white throne judgment, those present will be refused a dwelling place in the presence of the Lord for all eternity because of unbelief in what had already been accomplished at Calvary where ‘their sins’ were concerned! Christ paid for those sins and God the father has already accepted the payment for those sins as the author of Hebrews so clearly tells Israel, in:

Hebrews 9:25-26
25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

Unfortunately Daniel, there are many who refuse to believe in what Christ’s cross-work actually accomplished. Even the pope states that Christ died for his sins, and was buried, and then rose again from the dead. The problem the pope has is the same problem from which the religious world suffers. While they believe in a death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, they fail to understand what the ‘for my sins’ part of Paul’s gospel is all about! They refuse to acknowledge that Christ’s death at Calvary actually resolved God’s justice where the sins he died for are concerned. They continue to hang on the notion that God is hanging on to their sins! How sad!

In other words, the sins Christ paid for have not really been paid for at all! God is going to continue to hold on to those sins and keep imputing them to a person until that person comes to belief. Christ has simply stored up some credit these folks can access when they so choose is the idea of ‘religianity’. This renders Christ’s payment for sin ‘a partial payment’, a ‘down payment’, or a ‘future payment’ at best…rather than ‘a completed and satisfactory payment’ as the bible tells us is true!

If what this person has written is true, Daniel, Christ’s death at Calvary did not resolve God’s justice at all! When Christ said ‘it is finished’ (paid in full), should he not have said…’paid in part’? Future payment to made at the point of a person’s belief? You see what ministers of righteousness (2 Corinthians 11:13-15) who short-change the ministry of reconciliation by short-changing the accomplishments of the cross have instilled in the minds of those who (like the pope) continue to hang on to the notion that God has ‘not’ reconciled the world unto himself as he has said; he only reconciles believers to himself. (Very close to the calvinist idea, is it not? If the truth is known, Daniel, this is really what lies at the core of the reconciliation issue).

Of course, these folks will oftentimes want to turn ‘belief’ into a ‘work’ but scripture fully refutes that idea. Faith is not a work. There is a work concerning those who ‘have faith’. Rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15) is one of those works and that work will be judged at the BEMA (judgment seat) of Christ for reward or the loss of reward, not at the great white throne judgment. ‘Faith itself’ is not a work. Satan’s ministers of righteousness are doing a great job in blinding people’s eyes to the reality of what was actually accomplished for all by Christ at Calvary.
The fact is, God has ALREADY reconciled the world unto himself ‘in his mind’ according to the word of God itself. 2 Corinthians 5:18 states as much. God could not have had Paul state it any more clearly than he has! It’s religious individuals who are not reconciled to that fact in their minds:

Colossians 1:21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled

Until they believe Paul’s gospel to be true for themselves, they will not be placed ‘into the person of Jesus Christ’ by the baptizing ministry of the Holy Spirit, and not being ‘baptized into christ’ means these folks are standing in their own righteousness rather than Christ’s righteousness.
This will be the problem at the great white throne judgment, the people there will be dressed in ‘fig leaves’ (their own righteous works – Revelation 20:12), just like Adam was dressed in his, and thus they will be judged to reside throughout eternity in a conscious state of ‘everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord’. Why again? Not because God’s justice had not been totally resolved where their sins were concerned, but because they had rejected the one who resolved that justice. They had rejected the one who died having already paid for their sins. The sin issue has been resolved in its entirety. The gift of salvation has been purchased for all. God will not collect a debt twice! The question is…’will the people of the world for whom the gift was purchased accept the gift’?

A LETTER FROM NORWAY, CONCLUSION….

To accept Paul’s gospel, one must believe that Christ’s cross-work resolved the issue of their sins in the mind of the one to whom the payment for their sins was made; God the father! This is what 2
Corinthians 5:18-21 is telling us. To believe this good news is to be reconciled in your mind (Colossians 1:21), not in God’s. His mind has already been reconciled in that he has counted his son to be sin for the entire human race;

1 Timothy 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

At the point of a person’s belief, that individual is ‘joined to Christ’, thus having Christ’s righteousness freely imputed to their account.

Daniel’s friend seems to believe that Christ satisfied God’s justice for him because he has believed the Gospel, but that Christ’s cross-work has not really satisfied God’s justice for those who have not believed. This would not make this person unsaved because he has indeed trusted that Christ died for his sins, but it surely puts him squarely in the camp of the calvinist’s concept of ‘limited atonement’. I hope he can see this goes entirely contrary to the clear testimony of scripture as given us in 2 Corinthians 5:18-21. Why alter God’s word?!

Many, in the religious world today, believe the message set forth by ‘ministers of righteousness’. I sincerely hope he reads the passage in 2 Corinthians over and over again until he allows the truth Paul is revealing there to become ‘truth to him’. His faithful role as an ambassador for Christ, ‘telling the world’ that God has already reconciled them unto himself through the cross-work of his son and is therefore not imputing their trespasses unto them…is dependent upon it. This is the best news the world could ever hear. This is what makes Paul’s gospel the ‘good news’ that it truly is!

No, Daniel, Christ did not become a ‘storage tank for sins’; he is not hanging on to some of those sins for a future day when God will snatch them back off of his son and punish them yet again on someone else! Christ’s cross-work was a ‘justice resolution accomplishment’ for ‘all the sins he bore at Calvary’. Since he died for the sins of all according to the Apostle Paul, people will not be in hell for the sins Christ paid for, they will be in hell for their unbelief in (and thus their rejection of) the one who paid for them! Let’s hope your friend comes to accept Paul’s good news for the good news it truly is!

Curt Crist

 

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New heavens and a new earth [Curt Crist]

E-mail, Curt Crist. April-20-2010.

We know there was ‘an earth’ that was God’s house when Lucifer was the covering cherub. (edition 1)
When Lucifer rebelled, that earth was ‘cursed’. God’s brightness had left and darkness was upon the face of the deep. (edition 1 in a cursed condition)
Then, God revisited (didn’t dwell upon), but revisited the earth; let their be light) and prepared it for the first man. (The redemptive creation in 6 days might be considered edition 2). God had to prepare the earth for it’s human inhabitants.
After Adam’s rebellion, the earth became cursed once again. (edition 2 in a cursed condition)
Not the same as the first judgment with Lucifer’s rebellion, but in a cursed state nonetheless. Thorns and thistles, along with an animal kingdom that became carnivorous. Man had to toil to make the earth produce. A food ‘chain’ now necessary.
During the millennium, the curse will be partially lifted on the earth (edition 2, in a renewed fashion). The animal kingdom and the human creation will once again live in harmony. The extent of this renovation we’re not really told.
Then, after the millennium, there will be new heavens and a new earth (edition 3). One thing we’re told about the new earth is that will be no more sea. (Of course, the inhabitants with new spiritual bodies will not need water for survival as we need now). There will also be no more need of the sun, the moon, or the stars for light, because the God of the universe will light it. The same will be true in the millennium according to scripture as the Lamb will be the light of the New Jerusalem (Israel’s inhabitance). It’s my ‘opinion’ that the earth (3rd edition) will be like the earth (1st edition), but I couldn’t prove that by any means.
There’s so much we can only speculate about because the Bible doesn’t fill in ALL the blanks. In the previous (redemptive) creation, God refashioned the earth to sustain man. That earth was ‘divinely altered’ by Adam’s rebellion. It will be divinely renewed for the millennium. (Same earth but God will do the altering)
The new heavens and the new earth, I believe, will be ‘the same earth’, but in a much different form. God will divinely alter the elements, but it will still be called ‘earth’.

E-mail, Curt Crist. October-14-2010:

The expression ‘from the foundation of the world’ is only used in connection with God’s
program with Israel. That makes sense, in that Israel’s was ‘an earthly program’ and God’s
refashioning of the earth’ was done so that God could ‘repossess it’. Remember, God had
dwelt upon ‘earth’ prior to the refashioning of the earth in Genesis 1. The earth had been
God’s throne room. (See the lesson #108 ‘Why Two Programs’). Since God has given the territory of
his original throne room (Eden) to Israel, it only stands to reason that the statement ‘From the
foundation of the world’ would be used in connection with the earthly program. However,
before the foundation of the world, God had ‘the Body of Christ’ (His heavenly program with
those who have a heavenly citizenship) in mind. Thus, the expression ‘before the foundation
of the world’ in light of the mystery revealed to and through the new apostle, Paul.

E-mail, Curt Crist. April-20-2010.

The Bible talks about a new heavens and a new earth. Even though this is to be the case,
Israel has been promised the earth ‘forever’. Therefore, I believe they will still enjoy a
citizen on the earth (albeit the new earth) when that new earth is established. When the earth
that is to come (the new earth) is established, I believe it will be like the earth that was prior to
Lucifer’s rebellion. In otherwords, I do not believe it will be like the earth during Adam’s day
(an earth that had been refashioned from the earth Lucifer was on), but the earth as it was when
Lucifer was actually performing in his role as the ‘anointed cherub that covereth’. How beautiful and
magnificent was that first earth? We can only imagine. The curse will be partially lifted when the
millennial reign comes into effect. What will it be like when it is is entirely refashioned? Will there
be an animal creation? There will certainly be an animal creation during the millennium.
But, what about for the ‘new earth’? Will that animal creation be able to communicate with man?
Who knows the answer to all these things? We can only speculate. But aren’t they interesting
things to ponder?

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