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Upon This Rock - Part II and III

Posted by: Administrator on August 07, 2005 4:24:24 PM (14844 Reads)

 

PART II

 

HOW DEEP IS THE MYSTERY OF THE HOLY TRINITY?

( The virtue of love)

 

 

FIRST STEP FOR LOVE – KNOW GOD

 

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

 

How easy for many people to profess, “The Lord our God is one Lord.” But to Simon Peter it was revealed who the Lord and God “is” by divine revelation. Seriously speaking who is the One True God that the chosen will meet in heaven and to be with in eternity? What is His name?

 

Recognizing the Father and the Son Jesus

 

  • Simon Peter identified Jesus “by divine revelation from the Father” 36
  • As a result Peter truly recognized Jesus, thereby clearly identifying the Father also 37 .
  • The truth is there is only one God 38 .
  • As revealed to Paul, there is only One God and this is the Father 39 .
  • This One God, the Father a Spirit 40 , made a covenant/testament of salvation with Abraham and His seeds 41 .
  • In the eyes of God, there is no distinction as to physical forebears for, “there is neither Jew nor Greek” 42 .
  • A covenant or testament can only be fulfilled by the death of the maker or Testator 43 .
  • Father God, the Testator or maker of the testament, had to manifest himself in the flesh in order to fulfill it. 44
  • There can be no other entity pointing to the Father in the Flesh but Jesus Christ 45 .
  • Thus, the death of Jesus Christ fulfilled the testament of the Father. Otherwise if Jesus were not the Father in the flesh, until now the Testament of Salvation is yet to be fulfilled. This is the reason why Jesus Christ admonished His listeners:

 

    John 8:24 [KJV] “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.”

     

    Joh 14:8 “Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. 9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? 10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me?...”

 

  • This truth about the Father, the One God in 1 Cor 8:6a, is now confirmed in:

 

1 John 3:16 [KJV & Bishops Bible only)] “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us…”

 

  • This led to the truth about Jesus Christ as revealed in:

 

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…”

 

  • Truth is anathema to the dictate of the intellect and senses because the Son is relating to the Father. To the Natural Man, Father and Son are two separate and distinct entities 46 . “Spiritual blindness” does not permit seeing the two roles of Jesus. In His role as FATHER, the death of His body fulfills His testament of salvation. In His role as SON, He shows the Way 47 , by example 48 , as model to the chosen 49 . These are the two reasons for God manifesting Himself in the flesh.
  • Jesus being called the “only begotten Son of God” [John 1:18 ] is revealed to mean He is “Father in the flesh” because real believers are simply called “sons of God” [John 1:12 ].
  • Jesus as the Father : He accepted worship, and was addressed Lord, Master, and Teacher. The death of His body on the cross fulfilled the testament of the Father testator that requires His death.

 

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

 

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

 

Joh 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head...”

 

  • Jesus as Son: Jesus, showing the example as model, fully depended on the Father. He did not even accept that He is good.

 

Joh 5:19 “...Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do...”

 

Luk 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.”

 

 

Recognizing the Father and the Holy Spirit

 

  • In the Father God’s testament of salvation, He promised Himself to be the inheritance 50 to the priests. The priests in the New Testament are the real believers composing the Church 51 .
  • But Father God in His Spirit manifestation is a frightening God 52 .
  • Father God executes this plan making Himself acceptable to the beneficiaries by taking the characteristics of a “dove” 53 .
  • At the fulfillment of the testament, 54 Father God was then ready to give the inheritance 55 .
  • By “comparing spiritual things with spiritual,” 56 it is revealed that the Holy Spirit is the Father in His friendly and amiable manifestation 57 .
  • Two roles of the Father:
  •  

    Father God as the Holy Ghost:

     

    Mat 1:18 “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost..”

     

    Father God as the father of Jesus:

     

    Joh 17:1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

     

     

Recognizing Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit

 

  • Jesus Christ promised to come back and to be with His disciples till the end of the world 58 .

Joh 14:18 (Jesus speaking) “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.”

 

  • Using human intelligence, the senses and intellect, Jesus Christ left His disciples and went up to heaven 59 . No wonder the Natural Man awaits the 2 nd coming of Jesus Christ:

1 Thes 3:13 “…your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.” [Plus many more verses]

 

  • Following this perception of the Natural Man, Jesus Christ has “not fulfilled” His promise of “being with His disciples till the end of the world,” because He is yet “to come.” But Christ will always be true to His words. This is God’s revelation of who the Lord and the Spirit is.

2 Cor 3:17 “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

 

  • There is only “one Lord Jesus Christ” 60 . The Disciples expected to receive the Holy Ghost as promised. 61 The Holy Ghost is the Spirit. 62
  • With the unfolding of this mystery of the identity of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, our Lord’s 2 nd coming is realized. Truly He is now with His disciples till the end of the world 63 .
  • Therefore, the Spiritual Man 64 only awaits the 2 nd Appearance of Jesus Christ 65 !
  • The Natural Man, 66 because he/she only recognizes Jesus with “flesh and blood” or human competence, is still waiting for the 2 nd coming of Christ, and due to “spiritual blindness” cannot see Jesus can never be remiss with His promise.

    Joh 14:18 “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” 67

     

    Mat 28:20 “...lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

     

  • With the use of the senses and intellect, the Natural Man relies on words of the two angels. People therefore conclude that Jesus is still physically residing up there in heaven.

    Acts 1:10 “And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee , why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”

     

  • “Unseen” by the Natural Man is Jesus’ capability to show himself visibly or invisibly after His resurrection.

    John 20:19 “Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.”

     

  • Perhaps many people are wondering how could all these contradictory things regarding Christ’s second coming and His promise to be with these disciples made so confusing. Our Lord gave the reason in the following:

    Mark 4:11 “And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: 12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.”

     

  • Thus the two roles of the Holy Spirit are fully exposed to God’s “chosen few,” but remaining hidden from the “many called” ones. Is not this a “stumbling stone” to many people?

Joh 14:26 “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

 

 

The visible God

 

Father God is a Spirit, so is the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is the visible God and in Him dwells the fullness of the Godhead bodily.

 

Col 2:9 “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.”

 

In Jesus Christ is seen the totality of the power of God.

 

Luke 22:69 “Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God.”

 

Finally, it is revealed that the Son Jesus with His bodily form is really the Father in the flesh and that of the Holy Spirit. Is it impossible for God to change His form or manifestation in order to fulfill His testament of salvation?

 

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

 

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.”

 

Isa 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.”

 

The name of God is Jesus Christ! 68

 

Matthew 28:19 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”

 

Acts 2:38 “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

 

Despite the advent of modern machines and equipment like the television, radio, satellite communication, computers, and the establishment of religious training centers, Jesus Christ remains unrecognizable to many people in the 21 st century as He was to the Jews 2000 years ago. The statement of our Lord is relived:

 

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.”

 

Many people professing to love God ignore the importance of the “first of all the commandments.”

 

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:

 

But to God’s chosen few who humble themselves like little children, He reveals everything to them whatever is needed to know. Foremost of these is His IDENTITY! Therefore, the so-called Holy Trinity is never a mystery to them.

 

 

SECOND STEP – LOVE OF GOD

 

After identifying the One True God follows the commandment of LOVING Him.

 

Mar 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...”

 

Loving God is to follow “His will.” God’s will is His explanation of His words, not man’s explication as this caused division in Christianity. That is why real praise to Him is through His word:

 

Psa 56:10 “In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word.”

 

 

The pitfall

 

Overlooked is that God is speaking in parables. Many people think just because the Holy Bible is translated in English the Americans and British can comprehend the message already, Spanish to the Spaniards, Mandarin to the Chinese, and so forth. They forget that Jesus Christ when He was talking to the Jews was like speaking a “strange language” to them. Example, when He told them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up,” did they not mock and ridicule Him?

 

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

 

How many people observe the Disciples of Christ, acting as “babes,” just waited for our Lord’s explanation (by demonstration], 69 conscious of Mark 4:34. 70 Are not true “ministers of the New Testament” distinguished from professing ones in the following?

 

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

 

Without God explaining His words, how do professing Christians do “His will?”

In like manner, without God revealing the secrets in His words, do the chosen recognize the true Christ?

 

Take the Ten Commandments. Behind the “letter” is the spiritual meaning that the Teachers of the Law did not comprehend. Example: “Thou shalt not steal.” For not taking a single dinar, the Scribes and Pharisees professed following this commandment. To our Lord that is only “cleanliness of the outside of cup and platter.” 71 He called them hypocrites. They did not see the “spirit” of the word that our Lord revealed to His Disciple:

 

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

 

Another example is the law on TITHES. We do not read in the four gospels where Jesus preached it. Neither did His Apostles follow it literally. Yet our Lord said:

 

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


Our Lord preached the law on tithes SPIRITUALLY, as evidenced in Paul enjoining the believers to follow him as he followed our Lord:

 

1 Cor 11:1 “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.”

 

Paul worked with his hands and earned his living.

 

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 Thes 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.”

 

He rebuked the believers who depend on others instead of working to supply for their needs:

 

2 Thes 3:7 “For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among 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.”

 

 

THIRD STEP – LOVE OF “NEIGHBOR”

 

The third and final step refers to “love of neighbor.” Many people cannot distinguish “neighbor” from “fellowmen.”

 

Mar 12:31 “...Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

 

“Neighbor” is identified by our Lord in the Parable of the Good Samaritan. 72 The victim was leaving Jerusalem and going to the city of Jericho . Jerusalem is known for Godliness while Jericho a wicked place. 73 The act and description of “neighbor” may be compared with the child Jesus who was taken by Joseph and Mary from Judea , a place known for Godliness, to escape from Herod, a Jew. They brought Him to Egypt , supposedly a wicked place. Does not this speak well for the victim escaping from religious hypocrisy in Jerusalem and going to wicked Jericho that fittingly gave the message of our Lord in?

 

Mat 9:13 “...I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

 

Now think of the victim of the thieves 74 that was ignored by the priest and Levite who, in the eyes of men were Godly people. However, our Lord sharply rebuked them as religious hypocrites. 75 “Neighbor” refers to a searcher of the truth, and a real believer. Therefore what help can the priest and Levite extend to the “victim” who themselves know not God? That is the message for ignoring the victim of the thieves. In the eyes of God, they are in the company of the spiritual thieves and robbers but because of “spiritual blindness” they cannot identify themselves. 76

 

To the Jews, the Samaritans are religious outcast for not having the pure blood of Jacob. Yet we find a Samaritan recognizing our Lord in this parable, and also the Samaritan woman by the well of Jacob. 77

 

Unknown to many people, the three steps for LOVE are embodied in the TEN COMMANDMENTS:

 

 

First Part or Step 1 – ON IDENTIFYING GOD

 

“I am the Lord thy God...” (Exodus 20:2)

 

“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:3)

 

“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God...” (Exodus 20:4-5)

 

Second Part or Step 2 – LOVE OF GOD

 

“Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.” (Exodus 20:7)

 

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work...” (Exodus 20:8-10)

 

Third Part or Step 3 – LOVE OF “NEIGHBOR”

 

“Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.” (Exodus 20:12)

 

“Thou shalt not kill” (Exodus 20:13 )

 

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

 

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

 

“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” (Exodus 20:16)

 

“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, or his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s.” (Exodus 20:17)

 

Look what God told His chosen people in the Old Testament before loving Him – His true identity. It is the same as in Mark 12:29. And just as our Lord Jesus “spake not except in parables,” so did God in the Old Testament. 78

 

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

 

 

 

PART III – THE “STUMBLING STONE”

 

Of all people, it was to the Jews that God entrusted His words as He did to Christianity. However, here is a prophecy that our Lord would be a “gin (trap) or a snare” to them.

 

Isa 8:14 “And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel , for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem . 15 And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.”

 

This prophecy refers to Jesus Christ. Prophet Isaiah repeated the warning how our Lord would be “a stone of stumbling and a rock of offence” that many would fall and be broken.

 

Isa 53:1 “Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? 2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”

 

Truly so when Jesus Christ the Messiah came, instead of loving Him they hated and mocked Him:

 

Joh 10:20 “And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?”

 

Jesus told them:

 

Joh 8:54 “...it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: 55 Yet ye have not known him...”

 

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

 

Joh 10:30 “I and my Father are one.”

 

The hatred of the Jews to Jesus Christ was fully demonstrated when they chose Barrabas to be set free rather than Jesus Christ.

 

Mar 15:11 “But the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas unto them.

 

Instead, the Jews crucified Him!

 

Mar 15:12 “And Pilate answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews? 13 And they cried out again, Crucify him.”

 

Today, how true is the prophecy of Isaiah regarding Jesus? On Sundays chapels, churches, and cathedrals are teeming with people praising and glorifying Him. As prophesied, and “heaven and earth will pass away the word will never pass away,” anybody saying these people hate Jesus Christ would be hated, and shouts of nonsense and baloney will be heard.

 

Jesus is the Truth!

 

While “many” people say, “Jesus is the Truth,” could they love the Truth and hate hypocrisy and falsehoods? All Bible readers are familiar with the following:

 

Mat 23:2 “Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat..”

 

Does not this refer to religious leaders’ position of honor in religious affairs? 79 We never saw this in the Apostles and Disciples of Christ knowing that “God is Jealous.” (Exo. 34:14)

 

Mat 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.”

 

Does not this refer to the religious leaders’ scheme of frightening the members of not paying TITHES as violation of the law in the Old Testament? 80 Never did we hear Jesus Christ and His Apostles preached the law on TITHES literally. Rather, they followed this spiritually as revealed through the word and demonstrated by their example. This is found in the article: TITHES & 0FFERING [In a pamphlet and article in the website: http://www.purechristianity.org/tithes.htm]

 

Example, Paul a leading apostle of Christ showed the case in point of earning his living and never depended on the people for his sustenance. 81 Another example of “binding heavy burdens” is the building of chapels, churches and cathedrals that never did we see the Apostles do. These structures are not at all necessary since “only a few” believe in the truth anyway. They conducted their “spiritual worship” in appropriate places only. 82

 

The TRUTH in the word is testified by “two witnesses”: the “letter” of the word and the revelation of the Holy Spirit on the word. 83 The spiritual revelation on the word is discerned by deeds/acts of the Apostles, they being the “spiritual foundation” of belief. (Eph. 2:19-20)

 

Mat 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, :6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues.”

 

Did we see in the Apostles of Christ a flair for showmanship and distinction, except to simply voice what they heard from our Lord?

 

Mat 23:8 “But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. 9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.”

 

Rabbi means Teacher or Pastor . Never do we find any of the apostles ever addressed as Pastor or Father, much more Reverend (Rev.) or Holy. 84

 

Luk 22:24 “And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest. 25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. 26 But ye shall not be so...”

 

Mat 23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

 

Does not “devouring widows houses mean greed for material wealth?" Is not “long and well-crafted prayer” of religious leaders made to make an impact on the members?

 

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

 

Does not this refer to zealousness in following the “letter” of the word that refers only to morality, but remaining “blind” to the “spiritual message” of the word that cleanses the soul?

 

Rom 10:2 “For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. 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.”

 

One example is taking pride in the virtue of honesty, but remaining blind to the condemnable religious traditions and human precepts. Thus, unwittingly “not passing the door of the sheepfold is a thief and a robber” [John 10:1]

 

Mat 23:27 “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. 28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.”

 

Let us all discern this that we may appreciate our Lord’s sharp rebuke unto the persons concerned.

 

Mat 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.”

 

How do religious leaders react to this truth that is laid bare before the people? Will they not discourage them from reading and believing these?

 

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

 

What is the Scribes and Pharisees’ perception of Jesus Christ?

 

Joh 10:20 “And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?”

 

How many people believe that Jesus Christ is the TRUTH? While professing, indeed, He is; are they willing to renounce unscriptural teachings and practices? Finally, Jesus Christ told them:

 

Mat 23:38 “Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.”

 

In the eyes of the people, the “house” of the Scribes and Pharisees was never deserted or in desolation. On the contrary, their group even prospered physically and gathered more members. But “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away,” says our Lord. 85

 

1. Did Jesus speak except in parables?

 

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

 

2. Were Peter, John, James, Paul, or any of the professing apostles today authorized to “expound on the words that are expressed in parables?

 

3. Did we hear Peter, Paul and other apostles being addressed as “Father”? 86

 

4. Did we hear Peter, Paul, and other apostles being addressed as “Rabbi” that means Teacher or Pastor and Lord? 87

 

Now it is clear that, indeed, “Truth is a stumbling stone and a rock of offense!” to many people.

 

END

 

 

footnotes...

 

36 Matt 16:16 “And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17And 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.”

 

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

 

38 1 Cor 8:4 “...we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.”

 

39 1 Corinthians 8:6 “But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things…”

 

40 Joh 4:24 “God is a Spirit...”

 

41 Genesis 17:7 (Father God speaking) “And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.”

 

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

 

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

 

44 1 Tim (KJV & Bishop’s Bible only) 3:16 “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh…”

 

45 Philippians 2:6 “Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”

 

John 10:30 “I and my Father are one.”

 

46 Joh 14:8 “Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. 9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? 10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me?...”

 

47 John 14:28 “…I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.”

 

John 20:17 “Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.”

 

48 John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way…”

 

49 1 Peter 2:21 “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ ...leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps.”

 

50 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.”

 

51 Ezekiel 44:28 [Father God speaking] “And it shall be unto them for an inheritance: I am their inheritance…”

 

52 Ezekiel 44:15 “But the priests… 16…shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge.”

 

1 Peter 2:5 “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God…” (Also: Rev. 1:6)

 

53 Exodus 20:18 “And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. 19And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.”

 

54 Mark 1:10 “…he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him.”

 

55 John 19:30 “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”

 

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

 

57 1 Cor 2:13 “Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with

spiritual .”

 

58 Ephesians 4:30 “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”

 

59 Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

 

60 Acts 1:9“And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”

 

61 1 Cor 8:6 “But to us there is but … one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.”

 

Joh 14:26 “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

 

62 John 7:39 “But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.”

 

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

 

John 14:26 “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

 

All these are contrary to the dictate of man’s intelligence. That is why our Lord tells us to be “converted like little children” so as not to be philosophical (Matt. 18:3, 11:25 ).

 

64 1 Cor 2:15 “But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.”

 

65 Heb 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.”

 

66 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.”

 

67 Does not “leaving without comfortless” refer to the work of the Comforter, the Holy Spirit?

 

68 Zec 14:9 “And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.”

 

69 Joh 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.”

 

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

 

71 Mat 23:25 “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. 26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.”

 

72 Luk 10:25 “And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? 30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.”

 

73 Joshua 6:1-27

 

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

 

75 The priest and the Levite in the parable refer to the Scribes and Pharisees. Read Matthew 23.

 

76 Luk 6:39 “And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?”

 

77 John 4:4-30

 

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

 

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

 

80 Rom 10:4 “For Christ isthe end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” And Rom 7:14 For we know that the law is spiritual...”

 

81 1 Cor 11:1 “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.”

 

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.”

 

82 Acts 20:20 “...have taught you publicly, and from house to house,”

 

Acts 9:20 “...he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.”

 

Acts 16:13 “...we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down...”

 

83 1 Cor 2:13 “Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual."

 

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

 

85 “Gates of hell shall not prevail against it” and “house not left desolate,” to Christian sects today justify these with their chapels, churches, cathedrals, and schools of learning, like seminaries, colleges, universities, and civic projects like hospitals which the Apostles did not even consider them.

 

86 Mat 23:9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.