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The New Covenant
Discipleship – The way to become ‘saved.’
Throw them out or leave? – How to deal with hypocrites
Do we still need Jesus? – Some say yes, but their actions say no.
Jesus said This is My blood of the Covenant which is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins. Matthew 26:28
Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other authority under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12
When we gentiles were without Christ, we had no hope and were without God in the world, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the Covenants of promise. Ephesians 2:12
Jesus ordained Paul to be a minister to us and a witness to open our eyes, to turn us from darkness to light and from the power of Satan unto God so we may receive forgiveness of sins and inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith that is in Him. Acts 26:18
Faith in Jesus, whom God sat forth to be an atonement through faith in His blood, declaring His righteousness for the remission of sins that have previously transpired. Romans 3:25
Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Romans 3:28
They which are of faith are the children of Abraham. Galatians 3:7
This includes both the physical descendants of Abraham that are of faith, as well as those of faith among the Gentiles which do not have the law, but by nature do the things contained in the law, showing the work of the law written in our hearts. Romans 2:14-15
So we who obey the law and are of faith, both Jew and gentile can say: “Now we, as Isaac was, we are the children of promise.” Galatians 4:28
Romans 9:6-8 tells us that the ‘children of promise make up Israel. Therefore, we who obey the law and are of faith are, through His grace, God’s Spiritual Israel.
Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid. We establish the law. Romans 3:31
Jesus declared: Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets. I am not come to destroy, but to accomplish. Matthew 5:17. For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law until all things are accomplished. Matthew 5:18
Know you not brethren (for I speak to them that know the law) how the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives? Romans 7:1
Whosoever commits sin transgresses the law; for sin is transgression of the law. 1 John 3:4
The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:2
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us. Gal 3:13
And for this reason Jesus is the mediator of the New Covenant, that by means of His death for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the First Covenant, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal life. Hebrews 9:15
What if we sin after salvation?
Who is he that condemns? It is Christ that died, yes rather, that is risen again, who is at the right hand of God, making intercession for us. Romans 8:34
Seeing that we have a great High Priest that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. Hebrews 4:14
For many did not receive the love of the Truth that they might be saved, and for this reason God sent them strong delusion that they should believe a lie. That they all might be damned who do not believed the truth, but have pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12
So, let us not be
Of them who draw back unto perdition, but of them that have faith and obtain eternal life. Hebrews 10:39
We must guard against strong delusion
By the word of Truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left. 2 Corinthians 6:7
Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:13
A disciple is defined as:
- A learner, pupil (Strong’s)
- A follower and student of a mentor, teacher, or other wise figure (Wikipedia)
- A Believer that continues in Jesus’s Word. (John 8:31)
Then said Jesus to those Jews that believed on Him, “If you continue in My Word, then you are truly My disciples.”
- Jesus indicated that not all could become His disciples:
No man can comes unto Me unless he is called by My Father. John 6:65
- True disciples can be recognized:
All men will know that you are My disciples if you have love one for the other. John 13:35
- Those called to be His disciple must:
Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, and you shall find rest unto your souls. Matthew 11:29-30
- The call to discipleship is immediate:
And another of His disciples said unto Jesus, “Lord, allow me to first go and bury my father.” But Jesus said unto him, “Follow Me and let the dead bury their dead.” Matthew 8:21-22
- Disciples of Jesus don’t follow the traditions of men:
The Pharisees and scribes asked Him: “Why don’t your disciples walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?” Mark 7:5
They who teach the commandments of men for doctrine and they who follow the doctrine of man worship Me in vain. Mark 7:7
- Disciples aren’t perfect, can fall from grace and lose their discipleship.
Then said the damsel that kept the door to Peter, “Aren’t you one of this man’s disciples?” He said, “I am not.” John 18:17
Having denied Jesus the third time, Peter lost his discipleship. This is made evident by the Angel’s statement to Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Salome:
Go your way, tell Jesus’s disciples AND Peter that He goes before you into Galilee. Mark 16:7
- By God’s mercy discipleship can be regained through repentance:
Jesus said unto him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonas, do you love me?” And Peter answered Him, “You know that I love you.” Then Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep and Follow Me.” John 21:17,19
- Paul teaches that true disciples of Jesus are not allowed to associate with hypocrites:
I am writing you not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer who is sexually immoral, or greedy, an idolater or verbally abusive, a drunkard, or a swindler. Do not even eat with such a person. 1 Corinthians 5:11
- Jesus cautions us to weigh the cost:
Which of you, intending to build a tower doesn’t first sit down and count the cost to see if he has enough to finish it? Luke 14:28
No man, having put his hand to the plough and looking back is fit for the kingdom of God. Luke 9:62
- Requirements to become a disciple of Jesus:
If anyone comes to Me and doesn’t love me more than his father and mother and his wife and children and his brothers and sisters, even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.
Whoever does not wish to bear exposure to death, or self denial cannot be My disciple.
One who does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple. Luke 14:26-27,33
- In addition to the requirements to become a disciple, there is a requirement to continue as a disciple:
Then said Jesus to those Jews that believed on Him, “If you continue in My Word, then you are truly My disciples.” John 8:31
Paul taught the disciples in Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch that we must suffer through much tribulation to enter into the kingdom of God. Acts 14:2
- Being a true disciple of Jesus is not easy.
Many are called, but few are chosen. Matthew 22:14
- The reward is great:
For the Son of man shall come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and then He shall reward every man according to his works. Matthew 16:27
You shall receive the reward of the inheritance, for you serve the Lord Jesus Christ. Colossians 3:24
Behold, I come quickly and My reward is with Me to repay every man for what he has done. Revelation 22:12
SPEAKING IN TONGUES
Three times in a year all of your men shall appear before Jehovah your God in the place which He shall choose: The Feast of Unleavened Bread, Pentecost and the Feast of Tabernacles. [Moses] Deuteronomy 16:16a
All devout Jewish men from every nation under heaven were tabernacling in Jerusalem for Pentecost. Acts 2:5
When the day of Pentecost was fully come, the Apostles were all together in one place. Suddenly there came a sound like that of a mighty rushing wind from heaven. It filled the whole house where they were staying.
Flames of fire in the shape of cloven tongues came and sat upon each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with a different language as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:1-4
-Pentecost. The 50th day after Passover counting from the second day of the Feast.
-Tabernacle. To pitch a tent.
Come, let us go down and confound the people’s language so they will not understand one another. Genesis 11:7
There are many different languages in the world. All have meaning. 1 Corinthians 14:10
How shall it be known what is spoken unless you utter by the tongue words that are easy to be understood? 1 Corinthians 14:9
I will return a Holy and Pure language to the people. [Jehovah] Zephaniah 3:9a
This occurrence was a partial fulfillment of the prophecy in Zeph.3:9 and a witness to it’s authenticity. The Apostles were temporally given God’s Holy and Pure language to speak for the occasion.
It’s obvious that the language the Apostles were speaking wasn’t Hebrew, because those present were celebrating the Festival. Hebrew was native to the residents of Judah. Devout believers and proselytes from abroad would have had Hebrew, or perhaps Greek as a second language to one degree or another, since those were the two languages the Tanakh was available in. For the most part, the majority would have relied on their own native language for daily communication.
The diversity of the group made it impossible to speak in any one known language and have the message understood by all, so the Holy language was given to ensure that everyone present who was a party to the Abrahamic Covenant would hear and understand what the Apostles were saying. “They were amazed.”
What about those that heard the Apostles as though they were ‘babbling drunks?” They were those outside of the Covenant. God didn’t open their Spiritual ears.
The final fulfillment of Zephaniah’s prophecy is still in the future.
A translation of the Hebrew Bible and some related texts into Koine Greek. Quoted a number of times in the New Testament, particularly in Pauline epistles and also by the Apostolic Fathers and later Greek Church Fathers. The title and its Roman numeral acronym LXX refer to the legendary seventy Jewish scholars who translated the Five Books of Moses as early as the 3rd century BCE.
ref: KJV, Strong’s concordance, Vines and Wikipedia. (Abridged)
PROPHESY OF JOEL
Peter, standing up with the eleven other Apostles, lifted up his voice and said unto them: “You men of Judaea and all that are tabernacling at Jerusalem: Know this and hearken to my words. We are not drunk as you suppose because it is only 9am, but this is the prophesy that was spoken by the prophet Joel.” Acts 2:14-16
And it shall come to pass that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. Also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my Spirit And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: Blood and Fire and pillars of smoke.
The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the great and the terrible day of Jehovah comes and it shall come to pass that whosoever shall call on the name of Jehovah shall be delivered, for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance as Jehovah has said and in the remnant whom He shall call. Joel 2:28-32
-Apostle. One sent forth. The Lord Jesus was sent by Jehovah God and Jesus sent the twelve disciples. The 12 foundations of New Jerusalem.
-Tabernacle. To pitch a tent.
Ref: (Abridged) KJV, Strong’s, Vine’s
Last update 3/13/16