I Thessalonians 5:20, 21

Do not despise expounding of scripture, but scrutinize all things. Hold fast that which is right.

Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

- I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery.


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Sunday, March 03, 2013

Are You Putting God in a Box of Your Making?

The only people I can find that Yahweh (God does have a name) made the promise of preservation to was the physical seed i.e., descendants, of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob/Israel. Genesis 15:5; 17:2-8;22: 15-18; 26:3-5.

Christians today like to separate the OT from the NT, something neither Christ nor the apostles did. Abraham is referred to in the NT some 75 times. Semantic Bible Hyper Concordance

Yahweh, as Christ, came to fulfill the promises made to the fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob/Israel. Luke 1:67-74. "I have not come but for the lost sheep of the house of Israel," Matthew 15:24.

Paul and the apostles then preached the gospel message of Yahweh keeping His promise of a New Covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, writing His law upon the hearts of His People, Israel. Jeremiah 31:31-34.

Paul was the messenger to those Israelites that left Egypt prior to the Exodus w/Moses and the giving of the Law at Mt. Sinai. Paul was also the ambassador for Christ to those Israelites that did not return to Judah after the Assyrian and Babylonian captivities, but instead migrated north and west, around the Black Sea into Galatia, Macedonia and Corinth (Greece).

These Israelites, the Nations, are referred to by Paul as the "uncircumcised." Peter was accused, along with Barnabas, of hypocrisy because they would not eat with those of the Nations, for fear of what the Judaeans would think. This is the reason for the confrontation between Paul and Peter recorded in Galatians. 2:11-16. Paul goes on to explain that Israelites are not saved by the rituals of the law, that is, circumcision, but through faith in Yahshua Christ. Galatians 2:16.

Some Christians point to this passage to support throwing the entire Old Testament Mosaic Law out the window. "We're not under law, but under grace. The Old Testament was Law, the New Testament is Grace." However, Paul is not talking about the entire OT Law in Ga. 2, only the rituals of that law, one of which was circumcision. Christ Himself told us what to think when it came to the Law. He said:  Think NOT, that I came to destroy the Law or the prophets. I did not come to destroy, but to fulfill. Matthew 5:17. How much plainer can it be said? Then why do so many think that the entire law was abolished, destroyed, done away with, in direct contradiction to what Christ said?   

More confusion results when readers don't know that Gentile is a Latin word, and should not be in an English translation of the bible. Ethnos is the original Greek word Paul used in Galatians 2:12 and 14 and should be translated Nations, as in Israelite Nations, not Gentiles, or "non-jews," as the judeo-christian cultists like Chuck Baldwin would have us believe.

Yahweh did the choosing of His People, the Israelites, "before the foundation of the world." Ephesians 1:3 There are no other people, no other family, no other tribe of people thus called. "Ye ONLY have I known of all the families of the earth;"  Amos 3:2

There are those who like to say everything changed after the cross, after the resurrection. Those same people will proclaim "God doesn't change; He is the same yesterday, today and forever," but throw that teaching out the window when confronted with passages that clearly state that it was to the Israelites, and the Israelites only, that Christ came.

Readers of Scripture need to cease from bringing preconceived ideas into Scripture. Instead, they need to use exegesis to understand what the passages under study say, and then form their understanding of what Scripture teaches, not the other way around.

Stop trying to put God into a box of your making.


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