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Semi-Biblical vis-a-vis Biblical Christianity

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Human perception vs. Divine revelation

SEMI-BIBLICAL vis-a-vis BIBLICAL
CHRISTIANITY

Human perception vs. Divine revelation

 

Preface

 

Perhaps the reader would think, who am I and by what authority do I have to write this sacred article. Respectfully, this is my testimony:


We are a family of Roman Catholics. My sister is a Benedictine Nun, and we have 2 priests grandsons of my brother. Serious of salvation, I thought of GOD whom I will meet comes Judgment Day. I asked our priest and he told me about the TRINITY which we learned in our religion class in primary school. I mentioned to him about our prayer in “The Apostles Creed” citing a portion “…He descended into hell, on the third day He rose again from the dead, He ascended into heaven and sits at the ‘right hand of God’…” Who then shall we see?

 

To my surprise, in a cautious voice he said, “God is a mystery incapable of clear identification. With our finite mind, it is impossible to identify the infinite God.” I asked a Pastor of our relatives who belong to other sect. I received the same answer, further adding “To know God, then we will be like Him already”. It was then that I read the Holy Bible “from cover to cover” that took me more than two years. In frustration I almost burned the Bible; good I just hid it in my bookshelf.

 

Seven to eight years past, never will I forget this date, the night 11:30  on February 3, 1981, at random I just opened my Bible. In chapter 6 of Matthew, Jesus Christ was speaking about the “lilies of field…and some other things”.  I read His rebuke, saying, “For after all these things do the Gentiles seek…”. This word hit me hard for all along we were taught, and I believe “we are children of God”. I put my right palm on my forehead and my mind accepting, “Lord, I am a Gentile”! “I am a Gentile”! Suddenly, I felt the “love of God” that engulfed me, and again in profound thought kept on repeating, “Lord, I don’t deserve it”. Until now I cannot describe this, it is a deep thought “force” that struck me! I was crying with joy and could not sleep the whole night. 

 

The following days as I opened the Bible, I was surprised as if there is a change in its complexion for it became pleasant to read. Little by little, I can find the answer to some of my questions right there in this book. Since then, the Bible became my precious “confidant and consultant”. God must have opened my eyes thinking what Jesus Christ did to the man born blind in John 9:30-32. Who would not have believed that by the power of Jesus Christ this man instantly saw Him and the surrounding. Aside from this, many more great “miracles” I read in: 


Matthew 11:5  The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. 

 

Before, I also enjoyed the preaching of Jesus Christ in the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John that made me very religious. Today, many miracles very clearly happened physically, some documented and witnessed by many people. 

However, in reading the following, the “spectacular incident that happened to me on the night of February 3 changed my perception of the word of God in the Holy Bible: 

 

John 9:39  And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

 

How true did Jesus perform this miracle, “they which see might be made blind”? I have not read a single incident where in a fit of anger, Jesus Christ made a person physically blind that he had to be led in his walk. No, nothing is written! In which case, it seems Jesus Christ was not true to His word. However, I knew our Lord was referring to the Religious Leaders who called them “blind” for not having recognized Him. Before, the miracles I read may either be “physical or spiritual”, but now I am convinced they are “spiritual”.

 

God changed my perspective of His words that “they are SPIRITUAL and not literal-physical”. This is when I read the following that many Bible believers ignored: 

 

2 Corinthians 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.  

 

2 Corinthians 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.  

 

Very clear to me now God gave us His WORD for the salvation of the SOUL, the body is only secondary. After all, is He not “harvesting souls” for His Eternal Kingdom? Taking the “letter” or literal meaning just benefit our “physical life” that eventually ends in the grave. And so now, I can see that the words of God are expressed in “parables” that need God’s “divine revelation” for His intended message.

 

In the Old Testament 

 

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

 

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

 

In the New Testament: 

 

Mark 4:34  But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he [Jesus Christ] expounded all things to his disciples.  

In the beginning of His ministry, Jesus Christ demonstrated this truth when He drove the merchants in the TEMPLE. The Jews asked Him by what authority did He do this. Jesus said “Destroy this TEMPLE and in three days I will raise it up”. The Jews said “Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?”  
Now taking the “letter” for literal TEMPLE was vividly demonstrated. As Jesus Christ was nailed on the cross, the Jews taking the TEMPLE literally mocked Him, saying, “Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.”

However His Disciples realized when Jesus rose from the dead, He was actually referring to His “His BODY” as the TEMPLE: 

 

John 2:21  But he spake of the TEMPLE of his body.

 

John 2:22  When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.  

 

All these opened my eyes that the “miracles” of our Lord have their “spiritual message”, thus:

 

  • The “blind see by recognizing the True Christ, and now “can walk on the narrow gate” of spiritual humility.
  • The “deaf and dumb now “understand and speak the spiritual message of the word”.
  • The “dead rise again” when they are freed from the shackle of spiritual ignorance.

     

    Proverbs 21:16  The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead

I forgot to mention on the night while still overwhelmed with the “love of God”, it came to my mind to remain “spiritually “loner”. I thought I would become a laughing stock for being too focussed on God’s revelations of His words. However, my Lord Jesus Christ took over and now we have this Website that spread out His “true gospel”.

 

 

Introduction

 

The basic question is, “Who is our God and Savior”? The following truth cannot be ignored and remain unheeded:

 

That Jesus Christ is the TRUTH

 

John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me

 

Jesus Christ is the real GOSPEL

 

2 Corinthians 11:4  For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. 

 

Jesus Christ is the chief corner stone

 

Ephesians 2:20  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

 

From the foregoing, Biblical is distinguished from Semi-biblical Christianity. The Christian religion teaches that the Holy Bible is God’s mode of communicating with people. Therefore, the “Spirit God” is represented by His “words”. We read this both in the Old and New Testament books:

 

Psalms 40:7  Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume   of the book it is written of me,

 

Hebrews 10:7  Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

 

 

To do thy will, O God” –

 

It appears only in the New Testament that “people can do the will of God”. Everybody knows the New Testament started from Jesus Christ. Therefore, real EVANGELISM must have started only from Him when the “testament of salvation” of the FATHER was fulfilled with His death on the cross.

 

Why not in the Old Testament? This article in the Internet, “CAN CREATION HARMONIZE AND BLEND WITH EVOLUTION” (www.purechristianity.org) must have “divinely revealed” this seemingly unbelievable truth!

 

Now our mind is laid to rest with this great revelation of God regarding salvation. We imagine God is talking to us using our language or dialect with which the Holy Bible is translated. Example, God is speaking English to the Americans and British, Spanish to the Spaniards, Tagalog to the Filipinos, etc.

 

Thus, the general belief that the Holy Bible can be studied like books authored by men.  And so, today we find Seminaries and Bible Schools producing religious leaders called, Pope, Cardinals, Bishops, Priests, Pastors, Ministers, Preachers, and Clergymen being trained to preach the GOSPEL. The result, proliferation of groups called sects and denominations of the Christian religion. What is inconceivable each group professes preaching the “real GOSPEL” when they cannot congregate as one, and all of them claim to be Christians.

 

Therefore, the key to untangle this seemingly chaotic condition of CHRISTIANITY is for God Himself reveal the “true GOSPEL”. He revealed this to Paul, formerly known as Saul of Tarsus, who identified Jesus Christ personally on his way to Damascus:

 

2 Corinthians 11:4  For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. 

 

Further cementing the TRUTH that JESUS CHRIST is the real GOSPEL, and the “chief corner stone, this was prophesied in:

 

Isaiah 28:16  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

 

As prophesied, JESUS CHRIST proclaimed this!

 

John 14:6  Jesus saith… I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 

 

And so, the Apostles preached it:

 

Ephesians 2:20  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

 

Therefore, the foundation of the CHRISTIAN religion is JESUS CHRIST. How come we hear different GOSPELS preaching different JESUS CHRIST? Because many verses are given in support for each doctrine, this triggered proliferation of sects and factions in CHRISTIANITY. Such as:

 

  1. JESUS CHRIST is only a man and not God (a doctrine espoused by Arius in 256–336 AD, a Christian presbyter in Alexandria, Egypt).

    1. JESUS CHRIST is only a “mighty or minor God” for the FATHER is the “Almighty God” named JEHOVAH. This doctrine was espoused by Charles Taze Russell in 1879, just a derivative of the teaching of Arius for JESUS can never be a “minor God”.
  2. JESUS CHRIST is the “name” of the FATHER and HOLY SPIRIT (Oneness doctrine or Modalism espoused by Sabellius  a 3rd century Theologian). Warning:

Revelation 13:11  And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon

 

  1. JESUS CHRIST is both God and man, the 2nd person of the Blessed Trinity (doctrine defended by Athanasius in the Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D). 

In Semi-biblical Christianity, therefore, there are three (3) different identities of JESUS CHRIST. The truth about the clear identity of GOD of the Holy Bible has never been resolved:

 

 

In the Old Testament

 

Father God also known as the “God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob” claimed the following:

 

Isaiah 43:10  Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me

 

Isaiah 43:11  I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour

 

 

In the New Testament

 

God as professed by the Apostles:

 

1 John 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

 

And so, the “one true GOD” of the Holy Bible remains unresolved ever since and this caused the preaching of “different GOSPELS”. We are all witnesses to this truth!

 

  • Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the saviour, citing:

     

    Luke 2:11  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

 

  • Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is being worshipped.

     

    Matthew 2:2  Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

 

ALL believe in miracles considered blessings from Jesus the Son of God.

 

John 3:2  The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

 

John 6:2  And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.

 

Matthew 11: 4  Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: 5  The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. 

 

ALL believe in the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

 

ALL rely on the “letter” or literal meaning of the word in the Holy Bible from which respective doctrines are formulated.

 

ALL build Chapels, Churches, or Cathedrals, although some groups are contented gathering in available media or place for preaching and worship.

 

ALL have their set of LEADERS (called Pope, Cardinals, Bishops, Priests, Ministers, Pastors, Clerics) who are highly honoured and respected.

 

ALL establish and sustain their organization and propagate their doctrines with their literal interpretation of “Tithes and Offering”.

 

ALL claim spiritual salvation with their respective doctrines.

 

ALL are fully devoted to serve and endure sacrifices even to the extent of martyrdom.

 

 

Different doctrines of salvation

 

  • One sect promulgated the 7 sacraments as the way to salvation.
  • Another teaches obedience to the Ten Commandments.
  • Others simply accepting Jesus Christ as savior and Lord.
  • To another, once accepting “Jesus Christ as Lord and savior”, salvation is “sealed” without failure.
  • Still another, salvation is to be identified with the sect or organization.
  • Following the edict on morality plus “good works”.
  • Plus several more distinct doctrines.

 

WARNING!

 

What is overlooked and completely disregarded is misconception on the written words of the Holy Bible:

 

2 Corinthians 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.

 

Very clear, therefore, the word should not be taken literally for this is not yet the “intended message” because God is speaking in parables:

 

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

 

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

 

The foregoing caused “different interpretations” of the Holy Bible. Unknown to many this is limited to “physical life” that will eventually end in the grave.

 

To emphasize, the Holy Bible is given for the salvation of the SOUL. Therefore, it should be focused on “things unseen”, rather than on “things seen”:

 

2 Corinthians 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

 

True, ALL doctrines are biblically supported that made members of every group confident of their salvation. Hence, it is now difficult to renounce their so-called “faith” which is but the dictate of emotion! Warning:

 

Jeremiah 17:9  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

 

However, everybody is happy and rejoicing with what they believe and accept as truth. This is the state of CHRISTIANITY today that will greet GOD comes Judgment Day. How can these Christians all claiming salvation present themselves before the “True Christ”. I believe this is something to think about. This is no different in a marathon where racers took different routes; of course, they will never reach the “finish line”. Contemplating on it what would be one’s reaction:

 

Luke 16:15  ... Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

 

At Judgment Day, how will professing Christians react on meeting JESUS CHRIST?

 

Luke 13:25  When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:

 

Luke 13:26  Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.

 

Luke 13:27  But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.

 

Luke 13:28  There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.

 

WHAT WENT WRONG?

 

Too late to realize, simple things have been overlooked in spite of serious study of the Holy Bible for two millenniums. Did not Jesus Christ teach “spiritual humility” the key to salvation?

 

Matthew 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. 

 

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

 

Since Old Testament time this has been God’s way in order to endow “divine wisdom”:

 

Isaiah 28:9 KJV 1611 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that areweaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts

 

The punctuation mark “period” (.) is sometimes changed to “question mark” (?) as in NIV and other Bible versions. The reason is taking the “letter” of the word which is contrary to this warning:

 

And so, following God’s way this is what we read:

 

2 Timothy_3:15  And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

 

James 1:5  If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. 

 

Now who can accept this truth?

 

1 John 2:27  But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. 

 

How many pondered on the sharp rebuke of Jesus Christ?

 

Matthew 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.

For refusing the foregoing, this is the penalty!

 

1 Corinthians 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? 21  For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God

 

And so, God’s counsel:

 

1 Corinthians 3:18  Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

 

 

Something to think about:

 

Let us now consider the following conversation of a “humble Scribe” and our Lord Jesus Christ:

 

Mark 12:28  And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all

 

Would not the following be the answer of many Christians?


Mark 12:30  And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment

 

Mark 12:31  And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself

 

To conclude, Semi-biblical Christianity by simply taking the “letter” of the word is limited to MORAL lessons, and so many Christians are satisfied with “religiosity”. Hidden from them is “spirituality” from the “spiritual word” that pertains to the SOUL.

 

Surprisingly, Jesus Christ answered the question differently by citing verses in the Old Testament:

 

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

 

Deuteronomy 6:5  And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 

 

 

BIBLICAL CHRISTIANITY
Is not this that Jesus Christ wants to preach?
Human perception vs. Divine revelation

 

BIBLICAL Christianity from the “spiritual message of the word” shows the way of salvation of the SOUL. To refresh, let us listen to JESUS CHRIST responding to the question of the “humble Scribe”:

 

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

 

(Note: This is very far from the answer of many Christians by simply citing the “Two Great Commandments of God.”)

 

Let us ponder on the reply of Jesus Christ:

 

  • Hear”   –  to emphasize listening and contemplating on His answer.
  •  “Israel” –  this is not only directed to the Jews, but to all professing Christians.
  • The Lord our God is one Lord” – this reveals the identity of the One True God that      

 

Semi-biblical Christianity considers Him a mystery.

 

It is only after “identifying GOD” that the Two Great Commandments can be followed for never can LOVE come before to KNOW. And so,

 

Mark 12:30  And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 

 

Mark 12:31  And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. (Let our Lord distinguish “neighbour from fellowmen” later.)

 

The response of the Scribe:

 

Mark 12:32  And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he33  And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices. 

 

Commendation of Jesus Christ to this humble Scribe made him a “Biblical Christian”!

 

 

Baptism

 

Baptism was prophesied in the book of Isaiah:

 

Isaiah 40:3  The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

 

Isa 40:4  Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain

 

Isa 40:5  And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. 

 

John the Baptist was the person whom God commissioned to do this. John very sharply rebuked the Pharisees and Sadducees calling them generation of vipers. He warned them that an “axe is laid unto the root of the trees, and every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire”. (Matthew 3:1-10)

 

Jesus the Son of God was baptized by John the Baptist:

 

John 3:22  After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized. 

 

John 3:23  And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized. 

 

In Semi-biblical Christianity baptism is performed “literally” in several ways. It is just a religious rite of sprinkling water onto a child or person's forehead or of immersion in water, symbolizing purification or regeneration and admission to the Christian Church.

 

In Biblical Christianity BAPTISM follows God’s divine revelation from His words, thus:

 

Ephesians 5:26  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word

 

Therefore, immersion in “literal water” very clearly refers to total acceptance of the “written word”. As Jesus the Son of God is baptized by John the Baptist, the HOLY SPIRIT descended on Him:

 

Matthew 3:16  And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him

 

With baptism, therefore, the Holy Spirit endows the CHOSEN with “divine wisdom” from the ‘literal word”. Hence, the following benefits from “spiritual baptism”:

 

  • make straight a highway for our God”.

JESUS must be the “way” and so the “truth” as we read in John 14:6.

With BAPTISM, Jesus Christ is divinely revealed as Peter and Paul recognized HIM.

 

  • “valley shall be exalted”.

This must be Jesus Christ in Semi-biblical Christianity who is like a “spiritual valley that needs to be exalted or levelled. For Jesus as “spiritual valley” this could refer to His identity as simply “a man” in the Arian doctrine of Arius, yet He is worshipped although “He is not God”. 

 

  • “crooked shall be made straight”.

This must be Jesus Christ in the JEHOVAH doctrine where He is considered a “mighty or junior God”, for the FATHER is the “Almighty” and God of the Holy Bible.

 

  • rough places plain”.

 

Jesus Christ in the “Trinity doctrine” shows Him simply as both God and man together with the FATHER and HOLY SPIRIT.

Coupled this with Jesus Christ  in “Modalism or Oneness doctrine” where God is simply identified by His name Jesus; indeed, doubly makes the “way” rough or jagged with this warning:

 

Revelation 13:11  And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon

 

With spiritual BAPTISM, Peter and Paul recognized JESUS CHRIST making Him the “real GOSPEL”.

 

2 Corinthians 11:4  For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. 

 

 

PAUL

 

Saul was a fanatical adversary of Jesus Christ when this incident happened:

 

Act 9:1  And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, 

 

Act 9:3  And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 4  And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 5  And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest

 

The Lord of Saul is Father GOD in the Old Testament:

 

Isaiah 43:11 I, evenI, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.

 

Isaiah 43:10  Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me

 

Very clear, this was a “miracle” for Saul now to recognize JESUS CHRIST as his God. From then on, Saul later named PAUL became our Lord’s leading Apostle.

 

 

Great revelations of God to PAUL

 

We all read FATHER God made a “testament of salvation” with Abraham and his “offspring” (Genesis 17:7). With the birth of Jesus Christ, now ALL nationalities are covered in this “testament” provided they belong to the True CHRIST.

 

Galatians 3:28  There is neither Jew nor Greek… for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise

 

Regarding the “testament of salvation” the following was revealed to PAUL:

 

Hebews 9:16  For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

 

Very clear FATHER God was the “maker or testator” of this “testament”. Now, how could FATHER God a “spirit” die? Everybody would surely conclude “this is impossible”! However, by “divine revelation” this “mystery” led to the clear identification of JESUS CHRIST!


1 Timothy 3:16  KJV 1611 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles…

 

(Without divine revelation NIV and other Bible translations changed “God with Jesus Christ and others with “he”, and the Catholic Confraternity Douay version omitted the word God.)

 

 

SIMON PETER
(Also known as St. Peter)

 

At Caesarea Philippi:

 

Matthew 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? 14  And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist (1): some, Elias (2); and others, Jeremias (3), or one of the prophets (4)

 

(Let us be reminded of the 4 different identities of JESUS CHRIST preached in Semi-biblical Christianity.)

 

Today, professing Christians have access to all applicable verses regarding the identity of the “true CHRIST”. It was after this incident that Jesus Christ asked His Apostles:

 

Matthew 16:15  He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am

 

Matthew 16:16  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

 

Matthew 16:17  And Jesus answered and 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.

 

Matthew 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

 

Simon Peter must have recognized JESUS CHRIST in His two (2) roles:

 

In His primary ROLE:

 

  • JESUS is the GOD of the Holy Bible, the “Father in the flesh
  • JESUS is the creator
  • JESUS is the saviour
  • JESUS is the one performing miracles
  • JESUS alone deserves worship

 

Demonstration to prove this primary role of JESUS:

 

Matthew 2:11  And when they [wise men from the East] were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him

 

John 9:38  And he [the man born blind] said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him

 

At His resurrection:

 

Matthew 28:9  And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they [Mary Magdalene and the other Mary] came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.

 

Luke 24:52  And they [the Apostles before Jesus ascension to heaven] worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy:

 

His Secondary ROLE as “Son of God- here, Jesus simply serves as model in spiritual humility to the chosen.

 

  • Jesus cannot be God
  • Jesus is not the saviour
  • Jesus cannot be a co-creator
  • Jesus cannot perform miracles
  • Jesus does not deserve worship

 

Very clear, Jesus as “Son of God” in His early years worked as a carpenter:

 

Mark 6:3  Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.

 

But when Jesus reached the age of 30 (Luke 3:23), He began His ministry and His two (2) roles are clearly discernible. Verses demonstrating this secondary role of Jesus:

 

Luke 18:18  And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?19  And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one,  that is, God.

 

John 5:19  Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do…

 

Matthew 24:36  But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

 

 

Second appearance of Jesus Christ:

 

Hebrews 9:28  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. 

 

1 John 3:2  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.    

 

Following the identity of Jesus Christ, the HOLY SPIRIT as Comforter, clearly points to HIM in His role as FATHER. Before Pentecost and Jesus ascension to heaven:

 

John 14:18  I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

Matthew 28:20  … lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 

 

The foregoing truth regarding the identity JESUS CHRIST can never be comprehended with “human wisdom”, for all these are “by divine revelations” only. After Simon Peter clearly recognized JESUS CHRIST, He told him:

 

Matthew 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

 

There are two (2) references for “rock”:

 

  1. Rock” that refers to GOD in the wilderness, and clearly pointing to JESUS CHRIST:
  2.  

    Deuteronomy 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 Corinthians 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.

  1. rock” that refers to a “stone” capable of being broken into pieces:
  2.  

    Jeremiah 23:29  Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces

     

    John 1:42  And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him(Simon Peter), he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone

From the foregoing, the “rock” to whom the “church” is founded very clearly refers to Simon Peter as well as to Paul after identifying Jesus Christ. And so, this applies to the CHOSEN becoming “temple” of the Holy Spirit:

 

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

 

1 Corinthians 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?

 

Very clearly, to the CHOSEN is engraved on them the trutheven that gates of hell shall not prevail against it”.

 

It is Jesus in His role as “Son of God” who fasted for 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-9). That is why Satan tempted Him as he does with the CHOSEN.

 

 

Divine vs Human
Wisdom

 

In Biblical Christianity God endows “divine wisdom” to the “humble in spirit”. Note the two roles of Jesus Christ are clearly distinguished:

 

Luke 10:21  In that hour Jesus (the Son) rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord (JESUS as Father) of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.

 

How to acquire divine wisdom (Matthew 18:3):

 

James 1:5  If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. 

 

2 Timothy_3:15  And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

 

Very clear, therefore, “Human wisdom” is incompetent to expound on the written words. This is clearly demonstrated in Biblical CHRISTIANITY:

 

 

The “ORIGINAL SIN”
Tree of knowledge of good and evil

 

The prohibition:

 

Genesis 2:17  But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

 

Why, for the last 2 millenniums the mystery of this “forbiddentree and its fruits” had not been uncovered! Otherwise, we should have known the cause of our own FALL. Many speculations have been proposed, like it is an “apple”. Finally, we hear it is just disobedience to God’s decree. Furthermore, Theologians made the sin hereditary which is contrary to this truth:

 

Deuteronomy 24:16  The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.

 

We have to accept that God’s “intended message” from His words should not be interpreted for they are expressed in parables (Psalms 78:2, Mark 4:34). That is why we read the following that is avoided by Theologians and Bible Scholars:

 

Revelation 5:1  And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. 2  And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? 3  And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. 4  And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. 5  And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. 

 

Very clear the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David is JESUS CHRIST. However, if indeed this is a close book why did God still include it in the Holy Bible for a message. Could it be a test for man to realize his own foolishness that JESUS continued His word in the following?

 

Revelation 10:8  And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. 9  And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. 10  And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter

 

The words in the “little book” are eaten as Religious Leaders claim they feed their “flock” or congregation. Very clear this must be­­­ the Holy Bible “they are opening when it is a “closed BOOK”! And so, what they learn is just MORALITY. Undoubtedly it is “sweet in the mouth as honey” and the people are happy and rejoicing thinking it is already the message of God. Exactly this is how the serpent succeeded in enticing  Eve to eat the “tree of knowledge of good and evil” and offered it to Adam.

However, swallowing the “little book” makes it “bitter in the belly”. To God this is the equivalent to what He told Moses before crossing the Red sea, telling the Israelites “to eat bitter herbs” that they would have the strength from God (Exodus 12:7-8).

 

TODAY, the “bitter herbs” are the “bitter words” from God’s revelation of His words. Are we not surprised the words in this ARTICLE may be “too bitter” to swallow by many people reading it?

 

This must be the “key” distinguishing the word of God fed in Semi-biblical and Biblical Christianity. With this, Jesus Christ said:

 

Matthew 22:14  For many are called, but few are chosen.

 

From the foregoing the forbidden “tree of knowledge of good and evil” clearly symbolizes the SOUL whose attributes are the “intellect and feeling”. “Eating the fruits” or using “intellect and feeling” on matters pertaining to God would surely make our own “standard of good and evil”. Hence, these warnings:

 

      • Proverbs 3:5  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding 
      • Jeremiah 17:9  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
      • Jeremiah 17:5  Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm…

The result is very glaring in Semi-biblical Christianity where sects and denominations have different “standard of righteousness”. The rebuke:

 

Romans 10:3  For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

 

Therefore, EVE that represents us suffered the punishment of “death”. It is not physical, but spiritual as explained in the following:

 

Proverbs 21:16  The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead

 

This clearly illustrates how God speaks:

 

For the “letter” of the word, Adam and Eve were physically alive as if God did not fulfill the punishment on them. But for the “spiritual message” of God, Eve while literally alive, she was “spiritually dead” for not understanding the word of God. From then on, Adam and Eve were separated from the “Tree of Life” symbolized by the Holy Spirit (Genesis 3:24) the sole Teacher:

 

1 John 2:27  But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie…

 

Later, God will reveal ADAM actually is a personification of Jesus Christ.

 

 

BORN AGAIN

 

In Semi-Biblical Christianity, “born again” takes several forms, like:

 

  • Spiritual rebirth” by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and saviour resulting change of life to morality.
  • For the Catholic Church, “rebirth takes place through baptism”.
  • For other sects "Born again” is regeneration in the inward working of the Spirit which induces the sinner to respond to the effectual call.
  • To the Jehovah’s Witnesses, a belief that individuals do not have the power to be born again, but that God calls and selects his followers "from above". Only those belonging to the "144,000" are considered to be born again.
  • Plus, many more doctrines catered to respective groups or denomination.

In Biblical Christianity, “born again” presupposes exemption from Jesus Christ rebuke of His true identity:

John 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

 

Very clear, therefore, a prerequisite to being “born again” is the clear identity of Jesus Christ in His two (2) roles:

 

JESUS as FATHER God in the flesh, He is the creator, the savior, the one performing miracles, and the only one to worship.

 

Isaiah 43:10  Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me

 

Isaiah 43:11  I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour

 

Jesus Christ confirmed this in:

 

John 8:24  I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. 

Jesus in His secondary role as “Son of God”, here He is considered the “eldest brother of the chosen”. So He cannot be the savior, neither can He perform miracles, and so He does not deserve worship.

 

Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

 

1 Peter 2:21  For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps

 

We read “born again” in the conversation of Jesus Christ with Nicodemus:

 

John 3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God

 

Born again” converts a person from spiritual “goat” to “sheep” making him a “new creature”.

 

2 Corinthians 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. 

 

But simply being “born again” is not enough “to enter” the kingdom of God. It needs something more:

 

John 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

 

As “spiritual sheep” the CHOSEN now have two kinds of life:

 

  • Physical life – consists of the BODY with the senses, and SOUL whose attributes are “intellect and feeling”. Here, the SOUL is for the chosen to use the “intellect and feeling” to the maximum for the general welfare of his “physical life” while on earth.
  • Spiritual life – consist of the Spirit of God and the SOUL. To note, SOUL is present both in “physical” and “spiritual” life of the CHOSEN. However here, the “intellect and feeling” are to be fully submissive to the dictate of the “Spirit of God”.

It is with this truth that God makes His CHOSEN “kings and priests” unto Him while still on earth:

Revelation 5:10  And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

 

The CHOSEN, as spiritual sheep, are “spiritual kings” in their “physical life” since they are expected “to rule” over it to become “salt of the earth” for the “spiritual goats” to see.

 

Matthew 5:13  Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

 

The CHOSEN, as spiritual sheep, are “spiritual priests” in their “spiritual life” for they are supposed to be “light of the word” for the spiritual goats to notice so as to open their eyes to the truth.

 

Matthew 5:14  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

 

 

Literal Temple

 

Everybody knows how Jesus Christ went into the TEMPLE:

 

John 2:15  And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; 16  And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise

 

John 2:17  And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up. 

 

The JEWS did not like what they saw, so they confronted Jesus:

 

John 2:20  Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days

 

John 2:19  Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up

 

Of course there were many people watching, but spiritually only two (2) classes:

 

  1. The Disciples knowing how Jesus Christ speak (Mark 4:34), so they waited for three (3) years for this incident happened at the beginning of His ministry.

      John 2:21  But he spake of the temple of his body. 22  When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said. 

  1. The Jews who took the word of our Lord literally. At His crucifixion:

     

    Matthew 27:40  And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildestit in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.

It is hoped we realize the spiritual stupidity of simply taking the “letter” or personal perception of the written words of God.

 

 

Spiritual TEMPLE

 

It is written in the Old Testament how God instructed Solomon to build Him a “temple”. Once it was finished God was so happy, saying:

1 Kings 9:3  And the LORD said unto him…I have hallowed thishouse, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.

 

And so today, taking the word literally sects and denominations have their respective Chapels, Churches and some imposing Cathedrals in preaching the gospel as their place of worship. They base this from the letter of Paul:

 

Hebrews 10:25  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. 

 

But also revealed to Paul who recognized JESUS CHRIST personally, the temple built by Solomon is not a physical structure but a “spiritual dwelling place of God”.

 

Act 7:47  But Solomon built him an house. 

 

Act 7:48  Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, 

 

Act 7:49  Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest? 

 

Very clear Semi-biblical Christianity completely disregards the foregoing warning. However, Paul who wrote Hebrew 10:25 preached Biblical Christianity by emphasizing it is the CHOSEN who are the real “spiritual temple” of God.

 

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

 

1 Corinthians_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?

 

It was at PENTECOST when Jesus Christ revealed Himself as the HOLY SPIRIT that actually fulfilled His promise:

 

John 14:18  I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

 

Matthew 28:20  …I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 

 

 

Prayer

 

From several verses we read the need for prayer. An example is the “Lord’s Prayer” ( Matthew 6:9-15):

 

Matthew 6:6  But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

 

Again this cannot be literal for this is revealed to Paul:

 

1 Thessalonians 5:17  Pray without ceasing

 

In Biblical Christianity “praying without ceasing” actually means the “spiritual relationship” of the CHOSEN with Jesus the Son, showing the “way”, and JESUS the Father as Teacher and Counsellor. And so Jesus Christ told His Disciples:

 

Matthew 6:8  Be not ye therefore like unto them(Semi-biblical Christians): for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him

 

The “things ye have need of” do not refer to material things as Jesus Christ said:

 

John 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. 

 

Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

 

More important is the needs for “spiritual humility” which is the key to salvation. However, Semi-biblical Christianity simply takes this for granted. Therefore, we hear God’s rebuke to many people:

 

Hosea 4:6  My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. 

 

On another instance God rebukes the Religious people:

Isaiah 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

 

Isaiah 29:14  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

 

 

CHRIST DISCIPLES AFTER HIS ASCENSION TO HEAVEN

 

The Disciples of Christ did not build physical structures to conduct their fellowship. What we read they dispersed and did not gather in groups. Occasionally some meet in houses (Acts 20:8-9), along the river bank (several verses), and in any convenience place. And so, today as Jesus Christ told His Apostles:

 

Matthew 18:20  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

 

Physically, “two” may refer to a chosen and a companion talking about the “word of God”. This is enough for them to be fed with His word.

 

Spiritually, “three” refers to a chosen when he is alone. However, knowing the True Christ performing two roles, the two (2) other companions are Jesus the Son as model leading the “way”, and JESUS the Father as Teacher and Counsellor (1 John 2:27 and John 14:26 ). Indeed, this must be a “sacred fellowship”.

 

God demonstrated this when Elijah was alone in the wilderness hiding from King Ahab. God sent a raven to “feed” him. This is spiritual of course.

 

Spiritual fellowship of the CHOSEN in Biblical Christianity:

 

1 Corinthians 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.

 

1 Corinthians 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. 

 

As expected from the Natural Man:

 

1 Corinthians 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

 

As to Evangelism or how the gospel of truth is spread (2 Corinthians 11:4), it is conducted in a “mysterious way” having the “hand of God” guiding the CHOSEN. It is here that God allows “human wisdom” for His glory. With the kind of technology today, the INTERNET and highly scientific MEDIA, “truth” reaches the four corners of the world as Jesus Christ told His Disciples. This is aside from “mouth-to-mouth” sharing of the word. As foreseen by Jesus Christ, He told His Disciples:

 

Luke 13:29  And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.

 

How can “human wisdom” refute our Lord’s “divine way” of EVANGELISM? Compare this with how the more than 3000 groups of sects and denominations the way they spread the word of God. This alone demonstrates the power of God!

 

 

“In My name

 

The power of the name JESUS CHRIST!

 

Mark 16:17  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 

 

Mark 16:18  They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

 

In Semi-biblical Christianity, Religious Leaders take advantage of this. And so, by the powerful name of Jesus Christ they captivate many people with their “physical miracles” unaware of these warnings:

 

  • John 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 Corinthians 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
  • 2 Corinthians 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

Is not this rebuke clear enough to warn gullible people for the deception?

 

Matthew 7:21  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 

 

Matthew 7:22  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name (Jesus Christ)? and in thy name (Jesus Christ) have cast out devils? and in thy name (Jesus Christ) done many wonderful works

 

Matthew 7:23  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

 

This is the “great signs and wonder” that Jesus Christ warned His Disciples:

 

Mark 13:22  For false Christ and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.  23  But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.

 

What then is the secret and powerful name of Jesus Christ? This is revealed to the CHOSEN who have recognized Him by “divine revelation” as demonstrated to Paul and Peter, the leading Apostles. It is written by Apostle John:

 

Revelation 19:13  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

 

Of course it is not the “literal word” that Semi-Biblical Christianity propagates. The “Word” must be the “intended message” revealed only to the CHOSEN as demonstrated in this article. For a reminder:

 

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

Mark 4:34  But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he [Jesus the FATHER] expounded all things to his disciples

 

With this “name” the two (2) roles of Jesus Christ are clearly demonstrated:       

 

Revelation 3:12 Him that over cometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God (Jesus the Son)… and I will write upon him the name of my God (Jesus the Son)… and I will write upon him my new name (Jesus as FATHER).

 

Very clear now, this “new name” refers to the “intended message” of the word. From this, further revealed are the “hidden manna” and “white stone” and also a “new name” only the CHOSEN know:


Revelation 2:17  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

 

 

Hidden manna

 

This is the “spiritual food” that refers to the “intended message” of God from His words as illustrated in this article. Biblical Christianity  is very clearly distinguished from Semi-Biblical Christianity when JESUS CHRIST fed the 5000 men with just “five barley loaves, and two small fishes” (John 6:9).

 

John 6:12  When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. 13  Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten. 14  Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world. 

 

A day past and Jesus was separated from them. They sought for Him:

 

John 6:25  And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither? 26  Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. 

 

John 6:27  Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you… 28  Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? 

 

John 6:30  They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work? 31  Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. 

 

Joh 6:32  Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father(Jesus as Son of God) giveth you the true bread from heaven. 33  For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. 34  Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread

 

John 6:35  And Jesussaid unto them, I am (JESUS the Father) the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. 36  But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. 

 

John 6:38  For I(JESUS the Father) came down from heaven, not to do mineown will, but the will of him that sent me (Jesus the Son)

 

John 6:42  And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven

 

John 6:47  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. 48  I am that bread of life. 49  Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead

 

Who have not read, preached, or heard this in Semi-biblical Christianity? Did God reveal the great “intended message? With this boundless revelation of God of His words, I hope many “eyes will be opened to the truth”:

 

Jesus Christ further said (take note after revealing His dual role as “Father” and “Son”):

 

John 6:54  Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I
will raise him up at the last day.

 

John 6:55  For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 

 

John 6:56  He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, andI in him

 

John 6:57  As the living Father hath sent me(as Son), and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me(as Father), even he shall live by me

 

 

Unbelievable!

 

John 6:60  Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it

 

John 6:66  From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him

 

 

On seeing this:

 

John 6:67  Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? 

 

John 6:68  Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.

 

John 6:69  And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ(Father), the Son of the living God(Son)

 

 

“flesh and blood”
(hidden manna)

 

This is revealed when Peter, also called Simon Barjona, recognized JESUS CHRIST. 

 

Matthew 16:15  He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am

 

Matthew 16:16  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

 

Matthew 16:17  And Jesus answered and 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. 

 

Here “flesh and blood” of Peter indicate human incompetence to comprehend matters pertaining Christ and His words; plainly stated this is “human wisdom” that God condemns (Genesis 2:17).

 

The “flesh” of JESUS refers to His Word, as we read in:

 

John 1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

 

And so, to “eat the flesh of JESUS is to eat his Word” that Religious Leaders also teach the laity or their followers. But to become real “spiritual food for the soul”, it must be with “His blood”.

 

We all know the blood of JESUS shed on the cross” fulfilled the “testament of salvation” as evidenced by the dwelling of the HOLY SPIRIT on the CHOSEN at Pentecost. Very clearly now, “flesh and blood” of CHRIST refers to His “words by divine revelation” that obviously serves as “food for the soul”.

 

This is the distinguishing feature of Biblical Christianity that can never be counterfeited. And this is how Jesus Christ separates the CHOSEN from the CALLED:

 

Matthew 7:13  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 7:14  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

 

Matthew 22:14  For many are called, but few are chosen.

 

In Semi-biblical Christianity, Religious Leaders feed their congregations with their respective “interpretations of the Holy Bible”. Hence, the proliferation of sects and denominations can never be united as one.

 

 

White and black stone

 

Again, the book of Revelation sets the distinction of this two kinds of Christianity:

 

Revelation 2:17  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it. 

 

The most important “stone” actually refers to the two tablets of stone with which the Ten Commandments were written with the “finger of God”.

 

Exodus 31:18  And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.

 

Repeating the following, Semi-biblical Christianity completely ignored this warning:

 

2 Corinthians 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.

 

2 Corinthians 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

 

If the “letter” or literal meaning of the word does not convey the real message, so this indicates they were just written on “tables of black stone”. Only lessons learned is MORALITY as in, “Thou shalt not steal…commit adultery…etc.”

 

In Biblical Christianity, the Ten Commandments were written on white stone”. Here, God reveals the “spiritual message” that benefits the SOUL. Taking the commandments to the “letter” or literally, this is limited to GOODNESS that simply benefits “physical life”.

 

 

Thou shalt not steal
(Exodus 20:15)

 

In Semi-biblical Christianity, this is to take money or anything of value not owned. The lesson, therefore, is simply focused on morality becoming a simple virtue for religiosity.

 

With God’s revelation, however, stealing refers to robbing God of His honour and glory. This is a warning since Old Testament time. Professing Christians are very familiar with the following honorific titles:

 

Psalms 111:9  He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.

 

Matthew 23:8  But be not ye called Rabbi means Teacher, Pastor, Minister for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. 9  And call no man your father (or Fr.) upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. 10  Neither be ye called masters (Leader, Director, Superior): for one is your Master, even Christ. 

 

 

“Thou shalt not commit adultery”
(Exodus 20:14)

 

In Semi-biblical Christianity, this is sexual infidelity in marriage, and fornication or sexual intercourse between people not married to each other. Therefore, following this commandment is just MORALITY, a virtue for RELIGIOSITY.  Clearly, all these end in the grave.

 

In Biblical Christianity adultery is “spiritual” since there are only two male entities, GOD and Satan. In the “eyes of God” people are supposed to be “spiritual women” as written in Galatians 3:28 “There is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus”. And so the following “spiritual truth”:

 

Isaiah 54:5  For thy Maker is thine husband

 

Jeremiah 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…

 

To be “faithful to God”, we have to accept “His seeds” referring to the real message of His words (Luke 8:11). Hence, the constant warning:

 

2 Corinthians 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.

 

2 Corinthians 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

 

Marriage” or union with God bears spiritual children called “fruit of the Spirit”:

 

Galatians 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance…

 

Therefore, we read salvation in childbearing, very clear refers to the “fruit of the Spirit”.

 

Timothy 2:15  Notwithstanding she [the chosen] shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith …

 

In Semi-biblical Christianity God is openly professed “He is a mystery incapable of clear identification”. Since God is the husband, the “fruit of the Spirit” is a farce and this cannot be denied that it is fleeting or transitory.

 

 

“Tithes and Offering ”
Merchants in the Temple

 

In Semi-biblical Christianity it is with “Tithes and Offering” that sects and denominations are able to progress and  survive. Unknown to many Christians, the “Merchants in the Temple” incident is actually a rebuke of Jesus Christ. That is why He drove away those selling “sheep”, “doves”, and “exchanging money”, that have “spiritual” equivalent:

 

dove” – symbolizes the Holy Spirit

Matthew_3:16  And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

 

sheep/lamb” – very clear symbolizes Jesus Christ, the truth.

 

John 1:29  The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. 

 

exchanging money” – can religious congregations survive without money?

 

In Biblical Christianity the “spiritual temple” are the CHOSEN:

 

1 Corinthians 3:16  Know ye not that ye are the templeof God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you

 

1 Corinthians 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? 

 

With this truth, God reveals the real message of “Tithes and Offering”.

 

Deuteronomy 14:22  Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year. 

 

Deuteronomy 14:23  And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always

 

Since the “intended message” of God from His words is notliteral-physical” but “spiritual”, and so the equivalent of the “offering”:

 

corn” – made into bread refers to the “word of God” that Jesus Christ in His “fasting for 40 days and 40 nights” told Satan(Matthew 4:1-3):

 

Matthew 4:3  And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

 

Matthew 4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. 

 

wine” – in the Last Supper Jesus Christ told His Apostles to “drink”, that to Him refers to His “blood”. Truly so, after His crucifixion and resurrection the HOLY SPIRIT became available to the CHOSEN. Hence, “blood” symbolizes the Holy Spirit.

 

oil” – in many verses this refers to the Holy Spirit that the CHOSEN have in their life, as anointing:

 

Exodus 29:7  Then shalt thou take the anointing oil, and pour it upon his head, and anoint him.

 

firstling of the flock” – clearly this refers to Jesus Christ (the truth) the “first-born among many brethren” (Romans 8:29). With truth, this is what the chosen offer to God.

 

Very clear “Tithes and Offering” is only for the CHOSEN as directed:

 

Deuteronomy 14:23  And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always.

 

(Literally it is a PLACE, but spiritually a PERSON with whom to share the word of God and together happily “eating the word of truth”; thereby “learning to fear the LORD always”. Is not this EVANGELISM of the highest order?)

 

Therefore, the practice of substituting money in “Tithes and Offering” is clearly contrary to the practice of the Apostles. Paul the leading apostle worked with his hands in order to live:

 

Acts 18:3  And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers

 

And to emphasize the zeal in serving God, Paul wrote:

 

Act 20:33  I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel. 34  Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.

 

2 Thessalonians 3:8  Neither did we eat any man's bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you: 9  Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us. 10  For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat

 

The foregoing was revealed in the Old Testament:

 

Proverbs 30:25  The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;

 

Proverbs 6:6  Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:

 

Conclusion:

 

Tithes and Offering” is spiritual EVANGELISM for the chosen where the following clearly applies:

 

Malachi 3:8  Will a man rob God (for spiritual offering)? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. 9  Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation (for blind following). 10  Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse (truth), that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing(great spiritual revelations), that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

 

Luke 6:38  Give, and it shall be given unto you (not money but the word of truth); good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom (great joy from the truth). For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. 

 

God’s blessing:

 

Very clear “Tithes and Offering” is not “literal–material”, but spiritual as Apostle Paul attests to his blessing of joy and glory, and this author also testifies:

 

Very clearly “tithes and offering” does not refer to money, vain honor, but the “fruit of the Spirit” as the Disciples of Christ reaped:

 

  • 1 Thessalonians 2:20  For ye (those who heard and accepted the truth) are our glory and joy. 
  • 2 Corinthians 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

 

Pseudo CHRISTIANS vis-a-vis real CHRISTIANS

 

In Semi-biblical Christianity professing CHRISTIANS have only one (1) – “physical life”. This is composed of the BODY made up of the senses and instinct. And also the SOUL whose attributes is the “intellect and feeling”. This covers social, political, and scientific activities for personal well-being.

 

To distinguish Semi-biblical from Biblical Christianity, it is “human wisdom” that separates the two. Proof, Theology became the foundation of learning that Seminaries and Bible Schools are established. And so, we read this rebuke:

 

Corinthians 1:19  For it is written, 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?

 

1 Corinthians1:21  For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God

 

Limited to the “letter” of the word, the way of salvation is founded on “morality” which is but RELIGIOSITY in the eyes of God. This is very attractive that personal sacrifices is preached capping up with “martyrdom”; unwittingly mistaken to glorify the unknown or mysterious God.

 

In Biblical Christianity, CHRISTIANS with the Holy Spirit are provided with two (2) kinds of life:

  1. Physical life” – this is composed of the BODY made up of the senses and instinct, and the SOUL whose attributes are the “intellect and feeling”. This covers social, political, and scientific activities for personal well-being.
  2. Spiritual life” – this is composed of the SOUL whose attributes are the “intellect and feeling”. Together with the HOLY SPIRIT actually is JESUS CHRIST in His two (2) roles as Father God who teaches and counsels, and the Son who shows the way to spiritual humility.

To observe, the SOUL is present both in “physical and spiritual” life of the CHOSEN.

 

In “physical life”, the SOUL (intellect and feeling) makes the CHOSEN learn what is right in all aspects of life and try to do it. From this, Jesus Christ told His Disciples:

 

Matthew 5:13  Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

 

In “spiritual life”, however, the SOUL (intellect and feeling) should be fully submissive to God. This is where the CHOSEN are like “little children” spiritually humble as their model “Jesus, the son of God”:

 

John 5:19  … Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do…

 

John 5:30  I can of mine own self do nothing… because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

 

From the foregoing, the CHOSEN are called “kings and priests”:

 

Revelation 5:10  And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

 

To “reign on earth”– simply means the kind of life that the CHOSEN have while still alive. They are “kings” in their “physical life” where they are supposed to “govern” or take control of how they should live to become “salt of the earth”. This is “morality-filled kind of life” that attracts professing Christians.

 

The CHOSEN are “priests” in their “spiritual life’ by following the “truth in the word”, for JESUS CHRIST in His role as FATHER is the “High Priest”.

 

 

No Congregation

 

In Biblical Christianity there is no congregation. The following should not be taken to the “letter” or literally as warned in 2 Corinthians 3:6 and 4:18:

 

Hebrews 10:25  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. 

 

As earlier stated, real Christians need not have congregations for Jesus Christ told His Disciples:

 

Matthew 18:20  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

 

Physically, “two” sharing God “intended message” from His words is enough for the CHOSEN to sustain them realize the importance of “spiritual humility”, the real “food for the soul”.

 

Spiritually, “three” for a CHOSEN who is alone, knowing the True Christ with His two roles, FATHER teaching and counselling him,  and the SON leading to the straight path  to “spiritual perfection”.

 

This is demonstrated when Elijah was alone in the wilderness hiding from King Ahab who wanted to kill him. However, God sent a raven to “feed” him.

 

Very clear, therefore:  (physically with a fellow chosen) to GOD “two (2) is enough and (spiritually with JESUS dual roles) three (3) is the flock”. This is how the CHOSEN conduct fellowship.

 

 

PRAYER
“Personal relationship with Jesus Christ”

 

Since Old Testament time we read God wants His people to pray (Psalms 55:17). And Jesus Christ told His Disciples, for He Himself as Son of God prayed to the Father:

 

Matthew 6:9  After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name…thy kingdom come…. 

 

Matthew 26:36  Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.

 

Matthew 26:41  Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

 

The foregoing is expressed in the “letter” of the word, with this warning:

 

2 Corinthians 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.

 

Spiritual prayer, however:

 

1 Thessalonians 5:17  Pray without ceasing

 

Pray without ceasing” actually is personal relationship with JESUS CHRIST in His 2 roles:

 

  • As  FATHER God JESUS teaches and counsels.
  • As SON of God Jesus as model in spiritual humility.

 

With this kind of relationship, the CHOSEN need not ask anything from GOD anymore:

 

Matthew 6:8  Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him

 

Very few, indeed, would accept this kind of relationship, but this leads to “pure in heart”:

 

Matthew 5:8  Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

 

Titus 1:15  Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.

 

 

“Thou shalt not commit adultery”
Exodus 20:14

 

Physical gender” – male and female are classified as “man” and “woman”. This is how Semi-biblical Christianity follows the commandment, “Thou shalt not commit adultery”. Man having sexual relationship with a woman not his wife, or a woman to a man not her husband is adultery. Or, an unmarried man to a woman not his wife, or an unmarried woman to a man not her husband is fornication.

 

Spiritual gender” – male is for “God and Satan”, and the people are “spiritual female or women”, as revealed in:

 

Isaiah 54:5  For thy Makeris thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel…

 

Jeremiah 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…

 

From the foregoing, “Spiritual adultery” is committed by receiving the “seeds of Satan” and this refers to the “word of God” (Luke 8:11); but referring only to the “letter” (2

Corinthians 3:6). This is how and why Jesus Christ rebuked the people:

 

Matthew 12:39  … An evil and adulterous generationseeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:

 

Taking the Holy Bible literally, the Pharisees wanted to test Jesus Christ whether He would execute this law in the Old Testament:

 

Leviticus_20:10  And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.

 

Here is the incident is John 8:3-9:

 

The Scribes and Pharisees brought Mary Magdalene to Jesus accusing her of having committed adultery. They wanted to see whether Jesus would apply this law that she deserved to be stoned to death. However, Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking Him, He lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him cast a stone at her.

 

John 8:10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 11  She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. 

 

Religious Leaders by taking the letter of the incident give this lesson with what Jesus said: “He that is without sin among you, let him cast a stone at her.”  They say this is “love that Jesus taught”. However, did He nullify the punishment of “death for the adulterer and the adulteress” in Leviticus20:10?  No!  Jesus Christ wrote two (2) times on the ground with His finger with following spiritual message.

 

First: 

 

Matthew 5:17  Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 

 

Second:

Ultimately death to the adulterer and adulteress in the “lake of fire”:

 

Revelation 20:10  And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone… 14.  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

 

 

“Women keep silence”

 

Literal or spiritual?

 

1 Corinthians 14:34  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.35  And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

 

Spiritually here, “women” are people, male and female:

 

Galatians 3:28  … there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29  And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. 

 

Very clear, God is the spiritualhusband”:

 

Isaiah 54:5  For thy Makeris thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel…

 

Jeremiah 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…

 

No wonder Jesus Christ vent His sharp rebuke on the Religious Leaders for simply preaching the “letter” or the literal word. They prohibit “physical adultery”; yes this is a virtue but in the eyes of Christ this is hypocrisy:

 

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

 

They are blind to “spiritual adultery” that Jesus Christ kept repeating:

 

Matthew 16:4  A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed. 

 

From all of the foregoing, perhaps we may now appreciate JESUS CHRIST bitter rebuke to the Religious Leaders:

 

Matthew 23:8  But be not ye called Rabbi(meaning teacher, pastor, minister) for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.

 

Matthew 23:9  And call no man your father(Fr.)upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

 

Matthew 23:10  Neither be ye called masters(leader): for one is your Master, evenChrist.

 

Matthew 23:4  For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

 

Matthew 23:5  But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments

 

Matthew 23:6  And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, 

 

Matthew 23:7  And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.

 

Matthew 23:13  But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

 

Matthew 23:25  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter(outside appearance), but within they are full of extortion and excess. 

 

Matthew 23:24  Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat(littlethings), and swallow a camel. 

 

Matthew 23:28  Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. 

 

Matthew 23:33  Yeserpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? 

 

Since Old Testament time this has been the warning of God:

 

Psalms 11:9  He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverendis his name.

 

 

Neighbour and fellowmen

 

It is “neighbor and not “fellowmen” that is used both in the Old and New Testament. Example:

 

Exodus 20:16  Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

Mark 12:31  Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

 

Literally,  fellowmen are the people to love, but clearly this only benefit the BODY that will eventually end in the grave.

 

Spiritually,  neighbor refers to people “humble in spirit” that are potential CHOSEN of God; hence, it is the SOUL that is benefited.

 

Jesus Christ actually is referring to “neighbor” and not “fellowmen” comes Judgment Day in the following:

 

Matthew 25:35  For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in

 

“I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat”:

 

  • For fellowmen,hungred” pertains to the satisfaction of the stomach.
  • For neighbour, “hungred  refers to feeding with the “flesh of Jesus, He calls living bread”, which the truth in the word.

“I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink

 

  • For fellowmen,thirsty” is to provide with literal water.
  • For neibhbour, Jesus refers to His “blood” as drink, where after His crucifixion on the cross the Holy Spirit was made available.

“I was a stranger, and ye took me in

 

  • For fellowmen,stranger” is a person in need of shelter.
  • For neighbour, it refers to a person “humble in spirit” invited to join the “flock of Christ”.

Matthew 25:36  Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me

 

“Naked and ye clothed me” – This is evangelism:

 

  • For fellowmen,naked” refers to a person provided with clothes.
  • For neighbour, it is a person needing to be clothed with the “garment of salvation”.

Isaiah 61:10  I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness

 

For the garment of salvation – this refers to:

 

Matthew 5:14  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

 

For robe of righteousness – this refers to:

 

Matthew 5:13  Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

 

“I was sick, and ye visited me

 

  • For fellowmen, the sick are people in the hospital suffering from diseases, such as cancer, tuberculosis, genetic and heart disorders, and many more. Of course a visit would give them psychological comfort.
  • For neighbour, these are persons “humble in spirit”. They were spiritually blind and now they can “see the true Christ”, deaf can now hear the “intended message” of God from his word, lame can now walk on the “spiritual way”.

“I was in prison, and ye came unto me

 

  • For fellowmen, going to penitentiaries and inspiring the prisoners alleviates their dreary and lifeless life in solitary condition.
  • For neighbour,  persons who are imprisoned with erroneous doctrines, and now set free for knowing the truth.

 

Warning!

 

Very popular now is “self-reflections” of Religious Leaders in their Bible study. On their own, they “expound the letter of the word”. Very clear this is “human wisdom” that is nice to hear and follow.

 

Unknowingly, this is the cause of the FALL of Eve. Does not the “tree of knowledge of good and evil” symbolize the SOUL? Clearly the fruits are the “intellect and feeling”:

 

Genesis 2:17  But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die

 

To repeat, this is “human wisdom” that God condemns. It was not physical, but spiritual death for Eve that represents mankind:

 

Proverbs 21:16  The man that wanderethout of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead

 

Who can deny that we are all “spiritually dead” before God “opened our eyes to see the True CHRIST, and opened our ears to understand His “intended message” from His words? The FALL of man is caused by “human wisdom”:

 

1 Corinthians 1:19  For it is written, 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? 21  For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God

 

1 Corinthians 3:18  Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

 

Today’s equivalent can easily be identified:

Luke 10:21  In that hour Jesus (as Son of God) rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father (in His role as Father God), Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight. 

 

 

Divine wisdom to the CHOSEN

 

How do Semi-biblical Christians look and interpret the following?

 

Revelation 5:6  And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. 

 

The CHOSEN very clearly see the characters and objects in the foregoing:

 

  • Lamb – this is Jesus Christ the “lamb of God”:

John 1:29  The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

 

  • Four (4) beasts – beasts are classified as “clean” and “unclean” (Leviticus 20:25). “Clean beasts” are considered chosen of God like Cornelius (Acts 10:9-35). And so, these 4 beasts represent the Apostles of Christ who wrote the 4 GOSPELS of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
  • elders” – these are the CHOSEN of God by virtue of their “spiritual humility” they are all considered “elders of the Church”.
  • 7 horns – Number 7 indicates perfection for on the 7th day God finished His creation (Genesis 2:2). 7 “horns” therefore is God’s perfect way forsalvation: 

Psalms 18:2  The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. 

 

  • 7 eyes – Since 7 indicates perfection, so is “God’s all-seeing eyes”:

Job 24:1  Why, seeing times arenot hiddenfrom the Almighty, do they that know him not see his days?

 

  • 7 Spirits of God – these are God’s spiritual endowments to the chosen.

Revelation 5:12  Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive (1) power, and (2) riches, and (3) wisdom, and (4) strength, and (5) honour, and (6) glory, and (7) blessing.

 

Another test for Semi-biblical Christians  are the following that seem to be contradictory:

 

Matthew 19:19  Honour thy father and thymother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

 

Luke 14:26  If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

 

          • hate father” – before becoming CHOSEN of God, the “father” is Satan. Of course he should be renounced and hated.

John 8:44  Ye are of your father thedevil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

 

  • hate mother” – before becoming CHOSEN of God,  if Satan is the “father” clearly the congregation is the “mother”.
  • wife, children, and sister” – before becoming CHOSEN of God, all these refer to the SOUL whose attributes are the “intellect and feeling”, actually “human wisdom” that should be hated:

     

    Deuteronomy 13:6  If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own SOUL

 

All these have been clearly demonstrated in different examples and circumstances.

 

 

The CHOSEN in heaven
(Starts from Pentecost)

 

On being “born again”, the chosen can see and so aspire to be in three (3) heavens as revealed to Paul in:

 

2 Corinthians_12:2  I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.

 

Defining moment for God’s Eternal Kingdom

 

Act 2:2  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 

 

Act 2:3  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, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

 

Act 2:5  And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. 6  Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. 7  And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans(language of Jesus Christ)? 8  And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? 

 

In Semi-biblical Christianity, generally this is just taken to the “letter”. However, as regards speaking with “other tongues”, to the Pentecostals/Charismatics, and also to some other sects now, we hear “bubbling or fizzy words”. In some instances “uncontrollable acts” are seen and this is caused by “emotionalism”. God warns:

 

Jeremiah 17:9  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? 

 

And, as reminder read: 2 Corinthians 3:6 and 2 Corinthians 4:18, and:

 

Matthew 24:23  Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.

 

Matthew 24:24  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. 

 

Matthew 24:25  Behold, I have told you before       

 

In Biblical Christianity, however, speaking “other tongues” refers to the “spiritual language” of God by “divine revelation”. This is how the CHOSEN are separated from the rest of the people.

 

Act 2:5  And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. 6  Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. 7  And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans(language of Jesus Christ)? 8  And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? 

 

Today, “Devout men, out of every nations” are people of humble spirit belonging to different sects and denominations”. While they have their own respective doctrines, surprisingly they could understand the spiritual language of the CHOSEN. At this very moment, this may be happening to some readers of this article.

 

There are actually three (3) heavens as revealed to Paul:

2 Corinthians 12:2  I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.

 

Obviously, therefore, there must be first and second heaven.

 

 

FIRST HEAVEN

 

To the Apostles and now the CHOSEN, “first heaven” started at Pentecost. Jesus Christ revealed this in the following:

 

Luke 17:20 The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21Neither shall they say, Lo here! Or, lo there! For, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

 

Now, Jesus Christ’ “where two or three are gathered together, there I am in the midst of them” gives a very deep message for truth. The individual chosen with “JESUS the Father teaching and counselling; and Jesus the Son guiding to the “spiritual walk”. Here, JESUS is now the HOLY SPIRIT!

 

Paul describes “First Heaven”:

 

Romans 14:17  For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; butrighteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

 

1 Corinthians 4:20  For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

 

This truth very clearly applies to the two classes of Christians, as Jesus Christ said: My “sheep” are separated from the “goats”.

 

 

SECOND HEAVEN

 

This is demonstrated in the life of Lazarus the beggar. At his death, he was in Paradise in the bosom of Abraham. The Rich Man who did not recognize Jesus Christ in his lifetime was thrown to hell asking Abraham to send Lazarus back to earth to advise his brothers (Luke 16:22-25).

 

Of course, both Lazarus and the Rich man did not have their body anymore, but the SOUL is alive! That is why the Rich man suffered “thirst for water”, but this is not literal but “spiritual water” symbolized by the “word of God”:

 

Ephesians 5:26  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word

 

Lazarus was not only “born of water”, but “of the Spirit” as well that Jesus Christ told Nicodemus:

 

John 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. 

 

 

THIRD HEAVEN

 

This is the “dwelling place of God and the CHOSEN. At the Last Judgment when the “sheep are separated from the goats” (Matthew 25:31-40). To reach Second and Third Heaven, the CHOSEN must have endured to the end.

 

Revelation 3:5  He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

 

 

SOME GLARING CONTRADICTIONS
(As revealed to the CHOSEN)

 

“Not only coat, but cloke also”

 

Matthew 5:40  And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. 

 

In Semi-biblical Christianity, this is taken to mean corporal works of mercy. Thus, we find different “charitable works” being organized. Who would not say this is not good; but this is limited to the BODY for physical life.

 

In Biblical Christianity, however, God revealed His word for the salvation of the SOUL and the chosen are reminded of the following:

 

2 Corinthians 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(Also, 2 Cor. 3:6)

 

For “coat” – this refers to the salvation of the SOUL as God clarifies:

 

Isaiah 61:10  I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness

 

garment of salvation” – points to the truth that JESUS in His role as Father told His Disciples for them to become the “light of the world”:

 

Matthew_5:14  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

 

For cloke - this refers to “robe of righteousness”. Opening the chosen’s eyes to the secondary role of Jesus as “Son of God”, He becomes their perfect model in spiritual humility and in “physical life” becoming “salt of the earth”.

 

Matthew 5:13  Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

 

 

Pluck right eye

 

Matthew 5:29  And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

 

In Biblical Christianity, since God is speaking in parable, with our 2 eyes we only see one single image. To God for a person seeing 2 visions is demonstrated in the case Esau born having the blessing of his father Isaac, that actually means SALVATION. Very clear this applies to Esau. For his “right eye” seeing the preservation of his BODY over the salvation of the SOUL:

 

Genesis 25:29  And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: 30  And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage;for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. 31  And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.

 

This is what Esau saw with “his right eye”, and now he is in hell having 2 eyes!

 

Genesis 25:32  And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? 33  And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. 34  Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright. 

 

The bitter end:

 

Hebrews 12:16  Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. 17  For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears

 

In Semi-Biblical Christianity, Religious Leaders lacking of Christ’s revelations expound this with “human wisdom”. This pleases their congregation and happily praising God that they do not even know.

 

Second example is the fall of King SAUL. He was given this exalted position the equivalent of being a chosen of God because of “humilityin the beginning. This may happen in the CHOSEN’S life. However, Saul’s humility began to fade and tried justifying himself thinking it is for the glory of God, when actually it is for “his own glory”.

 

Samuel told Saul to kill everything and to spare nothing “man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass, etc.” (Of course, this is spiritual.)However, Samuel sensed that some were spared. Saul justified this saying his people did it. Anyway, he told Samuel “bless me for they are good to offer to God”. (1 Samuel 15:1-31)

 

1 Samuel 15:35  And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death … and the LORD repented that he had made Saul king over Israel.            

When Saul was chosen by God, he had two eyes; but later, his “right eye” saw a different image. This caused his eternal damnation.

 

 

“Cut right hand”

 

In Biblical Christianity, since God is speaking in parable, we have two hands to use for our benefit. However, Jesus Christ said:

 

Matthew 5:30  And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

 

Very clear this cannot be “literal”, a stern warning to the CHOSEN. Let us be careful with “deceitful heart” or emotion:

Jeremiah 17:9  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? 

 

Simon Peter was given the wisdom of identifying JESUS CHRIST when he said, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God”. (Matthew 16:16-17) Jesus continuing:

 

Matthew 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

 

Peter saw himself as a favored Apostle that he was tempted to brag about his love for our Lord.

 

Matthew 26:31  Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. 

 

The temptation:

 

Matthew 26:33  Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.

 

Matthew 26:34  Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. 

 

Matthew 26:35  Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples. 

 

This is an example how Peter cut off his right hand when he realized his sin and then repented with tears:

 

Matthew 26:75  And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly

 

 

The “leaven bread”

 

There is a law in the Old Testament regarding leaven:

 

Exodus 12:15  Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.

 

leaven” is yeast that causes bread to rise or expand”. And so, Jesus Christ warned His Apostles:

 

Matthew 16:6  Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. 

 

The Apostles without divine revelation took this literally:

 

Matthew 16:7  And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread

 

Jesus Christ rebuked them for not realizing “leaven” does refer to bread, but how the Pharisees and Sadducees take their personal perception of the word of God. This article clearly demonstrates the “spiritual leaven” of Semi-biblical Biblical Christianity the way the word of God is understood and followed.

 

 

Personal competence vs humility

 

In Semi-biblical Biblical Christianity personal competence cannot be avoided trying to obey the law or the letter of the word. Example, for the Ten Commandments following several and feeling confident claims the following:

 

Material blessings for obedience of following the law as listed in Deuteronomy 28:2-14. (Please read)

 

However, because of “spiritual blindness”, they cannot see this warning:

 

James 2:10  For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point,he is guilty of all

 

And for salvation they mistake sacrifices highlighted by martyrdom. Good works is only for the BODY (physical life). It is “spiritual humility” that can save the SOUL to the Eternal Kingdom of God. God said in the Old Testament and the humble Scribe realized it:

 

Hosea 6:6  For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

 

Mark 12:32  And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: 33  And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love hisneighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices

 

In Biblical Christianity personal sacrifices is not needed. It is continues steps to “spiritual humility” as Paul the leading Apostle did:

1 Corinthians 15:31  … I die daily.

 

 

And for ADAM

 

Adam the husband EVE actually personifies JESUS CHRIST as EVE the people:

 

Jeremiah 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, and I will bring you to Zion: 


Adam for his love of Eve took and ate the “forbidden tree of knowledge of good and evil”. Clearly, therefore, he was not deceived:

1 Timothy 2:14  And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

This, therefore, explains why JESUS in His role as FATHER (Genesis 17:7) who made the “testament of salvation” shed His blood on the cross:

 

Hebrews 9:16  For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator

 

And women referring to the CHOSEN are saved through “childbearing”. Of course the “spiritual child” here refers to the “fruit of the Spirit” enumerated in the following:

 

Galatians 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23  Meekness, temperance..

1 Timothy 2:15  Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

 

 

LIFE OF THE REAL CHRISTIANS

 

How then do Biblical Christians conduct their life? This may not be attractive to many, but this is how they live following the Jesus the Son of God as their model:

 

Matthew 18:20  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

 

For “physical life”, Jesus the Son simply lived as a carpenter. Biblical Christians live in whatever they are in their respective work, profession, or avocation. “Human wisdom” allow them to learn what is right and they must do it”, for then they become “salt of the earth”.

 

And for “spiritual life”, again following the “spiritual model”, the FIRST HEAVEN is demonstrated in the following:

 

As the third”in Matthew 18:20,

 

John 17:1  These words spake Jesus [as Son of God], and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father [His primary role], the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

 

John 17:4  I [as Son of God]  have glorified thee  [His primary role], on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

 

John 17:5  And now, O Father [His primary role], glorify thou me[as Son of God] with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

 

John 17:6  I have manifested thy name unto the men [chosen] which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.

 

John 17:7  Now they [chosen] have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.

 

John 17:8  For I have given unto them [chosen] the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

 

John 17:9  I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they [chosen] are thine [FATHER].

 

John 17:10  And all mine[SON] are thine[FATHER], and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them [CHOSEN].

 

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Who is my “neighbour?
Clearly demonstrated here is “my neighbour!

 

“all mine are thine, and thine are mine”
“they may be one, even as we are one”
“they may be one, as we are”

 

(Clearly, this refers to the CHOSEN, the SON Jesus, and Jesus the FATHER)

 

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John 17:11  And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee [FATHER],  Holy Father, keep through thine own name [Father’s spiritual word] those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

 

John 17:12  While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name [Father’s spiritual word]: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition[Judas Iscariot]; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

 

John 17:13  And now come I to thee [FATHER]; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

 

John 17:14  I have given them thy word [Father’s spiritual word]; and the world hath hated them (chosen), because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

 

John 17:15  I pray not that thou shouldest take them [chosen] out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

 

John 17:16  They [chosen] are not of the world, even as I am [Son] not of the world.

 

John 17:17  Sanctify them [chosen] through thy truth [Father’s spiritual word]: thy word is truth.

 

John 17:18  As thou hast sent me [Son] into the world, even so have I also sent them [chosen] into the world.

 

John 17:19  And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth [Father’s spiritual word].

 

John 17:20  Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word [Father’s spiritual word];

 

John 17:21  That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

 

John 17:22  And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

 

John 17:23  I in them, and thou in me [son], that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

 

John 17:24  Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

 

John 17:25  O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.

 

John 17:26  And I have declared unto them thy name [Father’s spiritual word] and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

 

Finally, the followers of Semi-biblical Christianity should be forewarned of this warning in the book of Revelation.

 

Revelation 13:11  And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. (Revelation 12:9)

 

Revelation 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. 

 

Revelation  13:18  Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. 

 

The number of the BEAST is “666” clearly pointing to the three (3) identities of JESUSCHRIST!

 

 

Now something to think about !

 

JESUS CHRIST
The real GOSPEL
2 Cor. 11:4

 

Body ~ Soul
Sweet ~ Bitter
Visible ~ Invisible
Physical ~ Spiritual
Religiosity ~ Spirituality
Inferno ~ Heaven

 

 

Adiel A. Jezneel
(a pseudonym)

 

Adiel (1 Chro 27)      – meaning witness of the Lord
Amitai (Jonah 1)       -  meaning true and fearing
Jezneel (1 Chro. 12)  -  A warrior in David’s army