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Upon This Rock - Part I

Posted by: Administrator on August 07, 2005 4:20:54 PM (30388 Reads)

- What is the other “name” of Peter?

- Who/what is the “rock?”

- What is the Church?

- What does Jesus mean by “the gates of hell?”

 

UPON THIS ROCK
(I will build my Church)

“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.”

(Mathew 16:18)

 

Some Christian sects see this as the very foundation of their church organization, and claiming Peter as the head thereof. It is worth noting when Jesus Christ told Peter about this. It was after Jesus and His Disciples went to Caesarea Philippi where people there saw and heard Him speak.

 

Mat 16:13 “When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?”

 

It turned out that it was not enough to see and hear Jesus for people to recognize Him.

 

Mat 16:14 “And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.”

 

At this instance Jesus asked His Disciples.

 

Mat 16:15 “He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

 

Who among people from different sects would not say the same thing about Jesus being “the Christ and the Son of the living God” as Simon Peter confessed? But can they equally say this is the revelation of the Father, or only taught by somebody? Otherwise, we would not be hearing different identifications of Jesus:

 

  • Some people say, “Jesus is only a man and not God”
  • Others say, “Jesus is only a minor or mighty God for there is a supreme or Almighty God”
  • Still others say, “Jesus Christ is the name of the Father and the Holy Spirit”
  • Many say, “Jesus is both God and man and is the second person of the Trinity”

Perhaps it is to be emphasized, for many people seem to ignore it, that it takes the revelation of the Father to clearly recognize Jesus.

 

Mat 16:17 “And Jesus ...said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.”

 

Recognizing Jesus, “by the revelation of the Father,” should follow identifying the Father also! Without this “miracle,” how many people will be exempted from the following rebuke?

 

Joh 8:19 “...Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.”

 

But what we hear regarding the identity of God is, “The infinite Father God is a mystery incapable of clear identification with the finite mind of man?” For Simon Peter who recognized Jesus by divine revelation, no longer is he subject to this reproof! And it is at this point in time that our Lord told him:

 

Mat 16:18 “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.”

 

 

Basis for God’s choice

 

To note is the basis of Jesus Christ choosing Simon Peter established His Church on him. It is his true recognition of Him. While many people would profess, “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God;” as proof that this came only “from flesh and blood,” can they equally claim “obeying” the “first of all the commandments?” This refers to the identification of the One True God -- the object of love. Take note of the proper sequence for this virtue.

 

First Step – To know the One True God of the Old and New Testament, the God of Abraham and Simon Peter, whom the chosen will meet in heaven and to be with in eternity.

 

SECOND STEP – To love Him by following “His will.” God’s will is the truth in His words as He expounds on them, sans human wisdom. 1 To remember, God is speaking in parables, 2 as Jesus Christ was prophesied to speak dark sayings of old. 3 All these came to pass in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ. 3

 

THIRD STEP – To love one’s “neighbor” to be distinguished from fellowmen. The three steps are taken up in PART II.

 

 

“Thou shalt be called Cephas”

 

After Simon Peter truly identified our Lord Jesus, He called him “Cephas.” Let alone our Lord through His words what He means by “Cephas.”

 

Joh 1:42 KJV “...And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas,5 which is by interpretation, A stone.”

 

Cephas therefore indicates a “stone” to distinguish Simon Peter from Christ that signifies “rock,” a large mass of stone.6

 

1 Cor 10:4 “And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.”

 

Therefore, our Lord by saying, “That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church,” reveals the two distinct characters:

 

“Peter,” called Cephas, means a stone, and “Rock” refers to the strong foundation upon which the Church is built

 

While to many people taking the context is the way of understanding the word, to God here is His instruction:

 

Isa 28:10 “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.”7

 

Some verses refer to stones as symbol for the real believers that compose the Church:

 

1 Pet 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

 

Luk 21:5 And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones...” (Our Lord is speaking “spiritual things.”]

 

The temple is made up of stones built on a strong foundation. The foundation is the “rock.” 8 Clearly the “rock” refers to Jesus Christ in the following:

 

1 Cor 10:4 “And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.”

 

The “Rock” existed before Abraham. Jesus told the Jews about this but they did not believe Him:

 

Joh 8:58 “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.”

 

Truly so, the following is written about Jesus Christ, identified as the Rock. God touches our inner self by just thinking who the “rock” is:

 

Deu 32:4 “ He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.”

 

1 Sam 2:2 “ There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.”

 

2 Sam 22:2 “And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer.”

 

Psa 62:6 “He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.”

 

Psa 78:35 “And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer.”9

 

Psa 89:26 “He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.”

 

Who can refute that Jesus Christ is “The Lord our God is one Lord”10 in the following:

 

Psa 18:31 “For who is God 11 save the LORD? 12 or who is a rock save our God?”13

 

God demonstrated the “testimony of the two witnesses for the truth.” The first witness refers to the “letter” of the word -- Jesus Christ telling Simon Peter, “Upon this rock I will build my church.” The second witness is the revelation of the Holy Spirit14 indicating Simon Peter is the “church” or temple:

 

1 Cor 3:16 “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God , and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”

 

To note, the basis for Jesus Christ making Simon Peter the “church” or temple was his clear identification of Him by “divine revelation.” Like Simon Peter, Martha also identified our Lord.

 

Joh 11:27 “She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.”

 

Joh 11:25 "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? “

 

So was Thomas, on realizing the testament of salvation of the Father was finally fulfilled at the death of Jesus.15 This is the victory that our Lord Jesus told Martha in John 11:25-26:

 

Joh 20:28 “And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.”

 

Psa 18:31 “For who is God 16 save the LORD? 17 or who is a rock save our God?”18

 

Further proof that Simon Peter, Martha, and Thomas clearly identified the Father in the flesh19 is revealed to John in the following. “Unseen” by the Natural Man is “laying down the life of God” refers to the death of the body only, while His soul and Spirit are unaffected at all. Can we not see the similarity of this with the death of a person? It is the body that turns into dust, but the soul remains alive.

 

1 Joh 3:16 KJV “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

Thus,

 

1 Joh 5:20 “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.”

 

Unmistakably, the “church” or temples of God are the real believers, not only Simon Peter, Martha, and Thomas, but all “poor in spirit”20 who identified JESUS, “not with flesh and blood, but by the revelation of the Father.”

 

1 Cor 6:19 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price:21 therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.”

 

2 Cor 6:16 “And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing;22 and I will receive you.”

 

The Disciples who recognized Jesus by divine revelation were separated from the rest of the Jews. So are real believers today never should they have spiritual (not social, economic, political, scientific) fellowship with pseudo-believers.

 

 

Church founded by Christ

 

Therefore which is the Church founded by Christ? Definitely it is not a sect or human organization. Rather it is the individual believer and their group thereof, who have satisfied these conditions:

 

The first step to salvation – spiritual humility:

 

Mat 18:3 “And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”

 

Designation after following the first step:

 

Mat 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

 

Characteristics following the first step – endowment of divine knowledge and wisdom which was true even in the Old Testament:

 

Mat 11:25 “At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.”

 

Isa 28:9 KJV “Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.”

 

The Church is the “household of God,” and never the sect or human organization.

 

Eph 2:19 “...fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”

 

In the narrower sense, the Church refers to the individual believers as in:

 

1 Cor 3:16 “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God , and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”

 

The binding force that unites the members of the “household of God” is not the human doctrines that we hear from sects, but the revelation of the Holy Spirit of the spiritual message on the “letter” of the word:

 

1 Cor 2:12 “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.”

 

Although the chosen are in different places and have no way of communicating with each other, with the guidance of The Shepherd, Jesus Christ, they have a common understanding and perception of the word. We do not find this in religious sects where, in order for the members to have a common belief, the leaders impose a uniform doctrine to be followed.

 

 

“The gates of hell”

 

“Gates of hell” indicates the way to damnation, in contrast to the way to eternal life, as seen in the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus.

 

Luk 16:23 “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.”

 

Jesus Christ rebuked the Scribes and Pharisees who pretend to be holy and righteous before the people. Their doctrines therefore lead to the “gates of hell.”

 

Mat 23:15 “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.”

 

Mat 23:33 “ Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?”

 

“Hell” is reserved to the damned and bad angels:

 

2 Pet 2:4 “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment.”

 

Rev 20:14 “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.”

 

The “poor in spirit” plead to God to be delivered from the “gates of hell.”

 

Psa 9:13 “Have mercy upon me, O LORD; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death.”

 

 

The religious sects in our time

 

All Christian sects claim to be the Church founded by Christ, and trace their routes in several ways like:

 

1. By incorporating the name Christ23in the organization

 

2. By claiming possession of the relics or vestiges of the first century Church24

 

3. By extolling the name of Jesus Christ with wonders25

 

The attraction of the sects is focused on the gratification of the senses.26 Another appeal is the psyche and feeling27 of the unsuspecting. All these are parts and parcel of the deception of the enemy.

 

Members take pride in the physical expansion in the form of chapels, churches and cathedrals. 28 This is believed to be the promise of our Lord, “The gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

 

However, God’s revelation of the truth in His words exposes the abominable religious traditions and human precepts on which this attraction of the sects is centered. Jesus Christ warns:

 

Mar 7:13 “Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.”

 

Earthly prosperity and worldly adulation of religious leaders is a subterfuge of the enemy of God.29

 

1. Justification for chapels, churches and cathedrals is made by comparing these with the temple built by Solomon, supposed to be the “house of the Lord.”

 

1 Kings 8:17 “And it was in the heart of David my father to build an house for the name of the LORD God of Israel .

 

1 Kings 8:13 “I have surely built thee an house to dwell in, a settled place for thee to abide in for ever.”

 

Psa 134:1 “Behold, bless ye the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD.”

 

Isa 2:3 “And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up ... to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths...”.

 

Isa 56:7 “Even them will I...make them joyful in my house of prayer:...”

 

Luk 19:46 “...It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.”

 

Unmindful is that God is speaking in parables:

 

Eze 20:49 “Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Doth he not speak parables?”

 

And our Lord Jesus was prophesied to speak dark sayings of old:

 

Psa 78:2 “I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old.”

 

Therefore the literal meaning does not convey the spiritual message. The physical temple cannot be the “house of the Lord.” Taking the “letter” of the word would disqualify a person to be a “minister of the new testament.”

 

2 Cor 3:6 “Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.”

 

To God the temple built by Solomon symbolizes the real believer as revealed to Paul, an outstanding “minister of the New testament.”

 

Act 7:47 “But Solomon built him an house. 48 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands...”

 

1 Cor 3:16 “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God , and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”

 

Temple , as a “place for prayer” symbolizing the real believer, connotes continues relationship with God as in:

 

1 Thes 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.”

 

Look how our Lord deemphasized the generally accepted form of prayer and worship:

 

Mat 6:5 “And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.”

 

Chapels, churches, and cathedrals are places where members pay “respect to persons.”

 

James 2:9 “But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.”

 

To justify violation to this edict, religious leaders cite the “virtue of respect” in politics, social and other human activities. These are distinct from the spiritual relationship among the chosen in the eyes of God.30

 

2. The joy of being with the greater number of membership is in contrast to what was demonstrated by our Lord Himself. Jesus Christ in His entire ministry where multitudes followed Him, and in one instance He fed 5,000 and in another 4,000 men, only 120 truly believed in Him. These were all the people worthy to receive the Holy Spirit at Pentecost:

 

Act 1:15 “And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,)”

 

Act 2:1 “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. :2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost...”

 

3. Recognition of sects for material prosperity like the establishment of schools, colleges, universities; and civic undertaking like home for the aged, and hospitals; all these are classified as religio-civic achievement.

 

4. For the claim of elitism of members, our Lord’s followers were of the opposite. The Jews mocked our Lord for being with straw men or plebeians.

 

Never do we read in the four gospels and in the epistles where all these attractions are seen in the ministry of our Lord and His Apostles.

 

 

Indestructibility of the Church in the eyes of God

 

“The gates of hell shall not prevail against it” was amply demonstrated in the individual followers of Christ. Falsehood and deception of the enemy did not prevail in their firm belief of the truth.

 

While the sects of the Pharisees and Sadducees boast of material and earthly prosperity, the real believers boast solely on the truth in the word.

 

2 Cor 11:10 “As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this boasting...”

 

This, to our Lord is “The gates of hell shall not prevail against it,” because confidence of the chosen few is founded on the infallible truth in the word. Christ is the Truth symbolized by a ROCK!

 

 

Keys of the kingodm

 

Mat 16:19 “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.”

 

The “keys of the kingdom” were given to Simon Peter after recognizing Jesus “by the revelation of the Father.” The same “keys” were likewise given to Nicodemus when he came to Jesus Christ by night. This is evidenced by the fact that he followed our Lord thereafter. Together with Joseph of Arimathea they brought down the body of Jesus from the cross.31 These are the “keys” given to Nicodemus, means to enter the kingdom of heaven.

 

Joh 3:5 “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God .”

 

The “keys” are the “two witnesses” to the truth:

 

1. “To be born of water,” and

2. “To be born of the Spirit”

 

“Water” symbolizes the “letter” of the word. To be “born of water,” therefore, is to accept all the written word of God.

 

Eph 5:26 “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.”

 

To be “born of the Spirit” means to yield to the revelation of the Holy Spirit as regards the intended message of the “letter” of the word.

 

1 Cor 2:13 “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.”

 

Illustrations:

 

1. “Thou shalt not steal.” (Exo. 20:15)

 

a. For the “letter” of the word, as “first witness,” it simply means following the virtue of honesty. This to our Lord is “cleanliness on the outside of the cup and platter.”32

 

b. For the “testimony of the Spirit,” as “second witness,” it means to be honest to the spiritual truth in the letter of the word. This to our Lord is “cleanliness of the inside of the cup and platter.”

 

Joh 10:1 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.”

 

2. “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” (Exo. 20:14)

 

a. For the “letter” of the word as “first witness,” it simply means being faithful to the spouse.

 

b. For the “testimony of the Spirit” as “second witness,” it means to remain faithful to the spiritual husband – GOD. As spiritual wife to God, never should a real believer accept “seeds” or teachings other than the truth in the word.

 

Jer 3:14 “Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family...”

 

Isa 54:5 “For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name...”

 

3. “Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.” 1 Cor 14:34

 

a. For the “letter” of the word as “first witness,” physical female are not permitted to speak in the churches. However God does not recognize physical gender in:

 

Gal 3:28 “There is neither Jew nor Greek... there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”

 

b. For the “Spirit” of the word as “second witness,” only God is the “man” authorized to speak in the churches. All people in the eyes of God are “spiritual women.” This is what is meant by:

 

Mar 4:34 “But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.”

 

Taking the “letter” of 1 Corinthians 14:34 is the cause of division of Christianity. Religious leaders think they are the “men” authorized to speak in the churches. Unknown to them, they are “spiritual women” speaking and thus, unwittingly, taking the role of our Lord who alone is the sole authority to explain His words.

 

The “keys” of the kingdom of heaven therefore, “Born of water and of Spirit,” open the gate for conversion from a “spiritual goat33 to a spiritual sheep34.”

 

2 Cor 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

 

Every real believer holds these “keys.” The evidence thereof is clear recognition of the Shepherd, Jesus Christ, and to understand and speak His “spiritual or heavenly language.”35

 

 

 

CONTINUE ON PART II ---->

 

 

 

footnotes...

 

1 1 Cor 1:19 “...I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?”

 

2 Eze 20:49 Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Doth he not speak parables?

 

3 Psa 78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:

 

4 Mar 4:34 “But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.”

 

[Were Peter, John, Paul, or professing apostle of Christ authorized to expound on the word?]

 

5 1 Cor 15:4 “And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 5 And that he was seen of Cephas (Simon Peter), then of the twelve.”

 

6  Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

Etymology: Middle English rokke , from Old North French roque , from Latin rocca
1 : a large mass of stone forming a cliff, promontory, or peak
2 : a concreted mass of stony material; also : broken pieces of such masses
3 : consolidated or unconsolidated solid mineral matter; also : a particular

mass of it.

4 : something like a rock in firmness: (1) : FOUNDATION, SUPPORT (2) : REFUGE

 

7 And this is God’s warning:

 

Isa 28:11 “For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. 12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.”

 

8 Declaring Jesus Christ is the “rock” is not enough without identifying Him, “by the revelation of the Father,” so as to have the revelation of the identity of the Father also:

 

Joh 8:19 “Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.”

 

9 Isa 44:24 “Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself.”

 

10 Deu 6:4 “Hear, O Israel : The LORD our God is one LORD.”

 

Mar 12:29 “And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel ; The Lord our God is one Lord.”

 

11 1 Cor 8:4 “..., and that there is none other God but one.”

 

1 Co 8:6 “But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things...”

 

12 1 Cor 8:6 “... one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things...”

 

13  Deu 6:4 Hear, O Israel : The LORD our God is one LORD:

 

Mar 12:29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel ; The Lord our God is one Lord:

 

14 1 Cor 2:13 “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.”

 

15 1 Tim 3:16 KJV “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh...”

 

1 John 3:16 K V “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us...”

 

16 1 Cor 8:4 “..., and that there is none other God but one.”

 

1 Co 8:6 “But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things...”

 

17 1 Cor 8:6 “... one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things...”

 

18  Deu 6:4 “Hear, O Israel : The LORD our God is one LORD.”

 

Mar 12:29 “And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel ; The Lord our God is one Lord.”

 

19 1 Tim 3:16 “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh...”

 

Isa 9:6 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father...”

 

20 Mat 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

 

Mat 18:3 “And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”

 

Mat 11:25 “At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.”

 

Isa 28:9 KJV “Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.”

 

21 The price paid is God’s death of His human body on the cross. <;/p>

 

1 Joh 3:16 KJV “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us...”

 

22 Isa 52:11 “Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD.”

 

23 Church of Christ .... Church of Jesus Christ ...Assembly of Christ... Church of Christ of the Latter Day Saints...

 

Warning : Mat 24:23 “Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 25 Behold, I have told you before.”

 

24 Claiming, “We have the wood and nails for the cross of Christ; bones of the saints of so and so,” and so on and so forth...

 

Warning : 2 Cor 5:7 “For we walk by faith, not by sight:”

 

25 Claiming, “The power of Christ is with us as evidenced by the different miracles.” Are these really ‘miracles” or just wonders? Miracles benefit the soul, while wonders the body. Miracles are superior to wonders as shown in the “serpent from the rod of Aaron swallowing all the serpents from the rod of the wise men of Pharaoh” (Exo.7:10-12)

 

Mat 24:23 “Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 25 Behold, I have told you before.”

 

Warning : Mat 7:22 “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me...” [God requires mutual identification or recognition.]

 

26 1 Cor 1:22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

 

27 1 Cor 1:22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

 

28 Rev 12:9 “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”

 

29 Isa 29:13 “Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: 14 Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.”

 

30 Luk 22:25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. 26 But ye shall not be so...”

 

31 Joh 19:38 “And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus... took the body of Jesus. 39 And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes...40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.”

 

32 Mat 23:26 “ Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.”

 

33 1 Cor 2:14 “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.”

 

34 1 Cor 2:15 “But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.”

 

35 Joh 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

 

2 Cor 4:18 “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

 

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