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From JMac’s teaching on Ephesians 1:3…

We go to God and we say Oh God, I need more love, I just want You to give me more love. And the
Bible already says “That the love of God is shed abroad in your heart.” You say Oh, don't need that.

Lord, what I need is peace, I'm so distressed. And Jesus said when He left: “My peace I leave with
you not as the world giveth give I unto you, never let your heart be troubled.” Oh I got that too? Right

Well, what I need is I need joy, I'm unhappy. No, read John 15, He said that He was going to leave
His joy in us that our joy might be, what? Full. Oh, I don't need that either? No.

Oh, I know what I need, I need strength. No. You can already do all things through Christ who already
strengthens you.

You see, we spend a lot of time asking for what we've got. You say Well, What am I supposed to ask
for? James said ~ ask for wisdom and wisdom is the sense not to ask for what you've got. You see,
God has already dispensed to us all spiritual blessing. All blessing connected to the Spirit. And
people say Well, have you received the second blessing? I always say Yes. And the 5,000th too all
when I received Christ I received how many? All spiritual blessings.

I have all that I need.  Praise God!

I’m trying to understand how those who hold to an Amillennialist eschatology interpret Scripture.   I was shocked by the position presented on 5ptsalt blog which claimed Israel = Jesus.   I have never heard their position stated like that before.

In my personal Bible study, I find clear teaching that God has a plan for the future of ethnic Jews that survive the Great Tribulation.  Just one example is in the 12th &13th chapters of Ezekiel, the nation of Israel recognizes their sin in rejecting Messiah at His first Advent; recognizes that Jesus has the power to save when He defends Jerusalem at the battle of Armageddon, repents and is redeemed.

JMac puts it succinctly when he proclaims:

“And that’s a simple point, folks, you ought to make sure you understand. There is no forgiveness until there is repentance. There is no salvation until there is sorrow for sin. There is no cleansing until there is an awareness that cleansing is needed. And as they mourn and as they see Christ, they are doing what is required by God for cleansing.”

If it’s so understandable to me, however, how is it that those who hold to an Amill position see it differently?  How is it that they ‘replace’ Israel with Jesus?

I found a fabulous explanation from Fred Butler’s blog, Hip and Thigh.  He presents the following list of hermeneutic presuppositions that Amills hold to when they interpret Scripture:

1) The NT provides an over riding explanation of the OT. In other words, the NT must be utilized to interpret to OT. Sometimes the NT interpretation spiritualized the OT so that it is understood in the non-literal sense.

2) OT prophets spoke of the glories of the coming Messianic age from the pre-Messianic age. This means that when OT writers spoke of Israel, the Temple, David’s throne, the Kingdom of God, the NT reinterprets all those images to apply to Christ and His Church. The OT images, as real as they may have been, are really types and shadows found in the reality of Christ.

3) Use of the analogy of faith. Basically, this principle states unclear text will be interpreted in light of clear texts. The NT is the clearest revelation we have, so it will illuminate cloudy, OT texts.

This list apparently was from Kim Riddlebarger, who is from White Horse Inn, I think.

So Amills interpret the Old Testament through the lens of the New Testament.  They believe that all the prophecies have been fulfilled in Christ and we are now in the ‘1000 year’ reign of Christ.  Really???  Need more research into Amill & preterism.

I had a wonderful Sunday School teacher years ago who used to always say,  “The Old Testament concealed; the New Testament revealed.”  He taught from a pretrib rapture/ literal 1000 year position.

Still noodling it through in my head.  I am confident, however, that at this point I do not agree with the Amill’s position that Israel = Jesus.  God’s plan of redemption for a surviving remnant of ethnic Jews is clearly taught in Scripture–Genesis to Revelation.

42-17249832In our family Bible study we have been working through 1 Samuel.  This book focuses on the lives of Samuel, Saul and the early years of David.  We are specifically interested in David’s character, the Psalms that he wrote while being pursued by Saul and the way God handles the sins of Saul and David.  It has proven to be an exciting study and we have all enjoyed learning many new things.

Yesterday, I was going through some of the ‘clutter’ that had accumulated in the back pages of my Bible when I came across a slip of paper with some notes on it about David.  Apparently, I had written down some thoughts concerning David and Saul and had stuck it in my Bible for later reflection. 

             Here is what my notes said: 

David is a ‘type’ of Jesus who was annointed ‘King’ long before he actually took the throne.  While waiting for his reign to begin, David hid from sinful Saul, who is a ‘type’ of Israel. David always stayed just outside of Saul’s reach; he even had the opportunity to kill Saul but chose not to, hoping Saul would stop pursuing him (repenting).  Saul thought he was doing the will of God, but, instead, turned to pagan ways to get his answers when God was silent. 

What fascinating insight! 

           I am sure I must have heard a teaching on the subject.  I wish I knew who I was listening to!

Any thoughts, Ladies?

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bible-and-candle3In his letter to the churches of Galatia, Paul exposes false brethren who had secretly entered the church and compelled members to resort back to legalism and deny the ‘liberty which we have in Christ Jesus.’  (Galatians 2)

In the Apostle John’s first epistle, he warns “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”  (v.1)  He continues to list the marks of false teachers:  those that do not confess Jesus Christ, have the spirit of Antichrist, are of the world and the world hears them.

May I propose a question?  At what point does a person become a false teacher? 

Today’s Christian bookstore are chockerblock full of teachers who claim to be Christian.  How are Bible-believing Christians to know which ones to read?  Rick Warren?  Joyce Meyers?  Joel Osteen? Brian McLaren? Rob Bell? Tony Campolo? TD Jakes? Beth Moore?  Are they worthy of your time?  Do they qualify as a false teacher? 

What do you think, Ladies?  I would love to know your thoughts! 

“And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we my know Him who is true: and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ.”

Galatians 5:20

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Lately, bible-and-candle2I have been reading some discernment blogs on the topic of Dominionism and/or Kingdom Now Theology.  I am not clear on all the details concerning this heresy, but the basic idea is that Christians are supposed to set up the Kingdom of God here on earth now before Christ returns.  Somehow they see this as a type of salvation as it involves ‘christianizing’ government, education, business, all religions, and more.  Every aspect of society/culture is to be ‘taken’ for Christ. 

Reading in the Gospel of Mark, Jesus warns His disciples saying: ‘Take heed that no one deceives you.’  (ch. 13 v. 5)  He sets the stage for the end times, ‘…when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet.’  (v.7)  This does not sound like a christianized world to me.

He continues in chapter 13 telling them that ‘…the gospel must first be preached to all the nations.’  (v.10)  It would seem that Jesus was not instructing His disciples to attempt to set up the Kingdom of God here on earth, but instead to preach the Gospel to all people. 

Scripture teaches that,  ‘...by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.’  (Ephesians 2:8-9)  Salvation is not earned by trying to change governments, businesses or education.  This ‘works mentality’ will leave you spinning your wheels and distorts the Great Commission which commands us to ‘…make disciples…’  not culture.

                                                                     

So….what do you think, Ladies? 

Are you familiar with this type of teaching? 

What other Scripture verses might clarify what God expects of us in this world?

Remember:  ‘As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.’  (Proverbs 27:17) 

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bible-and-candle1Many times when I am reading Scripture there are passages that just do not make sense.  Jesus explained most of His parables to His disciples privately so their ‘ears would hear’.  The parable of the cloth and wine skins, however, was one that Jesus did not explain. 

As I continue to work my way through the Gospel of Mark I discovered a passage of Scripture that, at one point, had been boxed with a big question mark next to it.  Apparently, the last time I visited these verses I did not understand this parable.  So….I slowed down a bit to get a better idea. 

Here’s the scenerio:   Jesus has just chosen Levi, the tax collector, to follow Him as a disciple.  In those days, the Jews regarded tax collectors as outcasts.  When Jesus was found later by the scribes and Pharisees eating a meal at Levi’s house they began to question Jesus.  They specifically wanted to know why His disciples were not fasting along with John’s disciples and themselves.  Jesus proceeded to compare His disciples to guests of the bridegroom at a wedding and continued with the parable of the cloth and the wine skin.  (Mark 2:14-22)

This time around, I seemed to get a better idea of the LORD’s meaning.  I wrote my thoughts in the margin of my Bible.  Was the parable like an analogy that the old wine skins (Pharisees) could not accept the new wine (true meaning of fasting)?  Would the Pharisees not be able to understand that Jesus is the Bridegroom? 

            I need my iron sharpened, Sisters! 

                                  Is this what is meant by the parable?

                                                                What are your thoughts?

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