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Mary Magdalene Personifies the Ideal Believer

- Who would think that Mary Magdalene typifies the ideal believer?

- Have you read, that from her acts and the privilege accorded to her by our Lord, Magdalene occupies the premier position among the apostles and disciples?

 

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PERCEPTIONS OF THE HOLY BIBLE

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Posted Aug 26, 2006 at 3:00:47 PM
Subject: PERCEPTIONS OF THE HOLY BIBLE
Some people say the Bible is a work like any book written by men. To these people, therefore, the Bible does not have much use as any other book. Other people say the Bible is not within the "province" of man. You will just go crazy understanding it. To these people, reading the Bible is a waste of their "precious" time. [b]To the religious people, the Bible is written by men and authored by God. It is the words of God that instruct the people about His ways and plan. To these people, therefore, the Bible can be easily understood if only one would "search the scriptures." God gave us the intellect to understand His great message, they say. Is not God love? He, therefore, gave His words that many people would be saved. The Bible is a source of strength in character leading to righteousness[/b]. [i]To a very few people, the Bible is written by men but authored by God. It contains the words of God that represent Him. Since the spiritual words stand for God, who can decipher the "language" but God Himself. These people, therefore, never attempt to interpret the great message of the word, although they understand the literal meaning. People in the four categories during the time of Jesus Christ may be the following: [/i] To the first , belong the Romans who, at that time, ruled Israel . Included also were other nationalities who had other concepts of God and supernatural things. To the second , were the Jews who had their interest other than the Laws handed to Moses. [b]To the third , were the Teachers of the Law and their followers. Generally, they may be called the religious people. The Teachers of the Law took upon themselves the authority to interpret and to preach the Laws handed down to Moses. When they met our Lord, however, in His tender age of twelve years, they found themselves as ignorant as anyone else. [/b] Luke 2:42-47 "And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast... the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it... And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers." [i]To the fourth , were the fishermen, tax collectors, prostitute, and sinners in general. They were Peter, Andrew, John, James, Magdalene, Matthew, Levi, Zacchaeus and others. Did these people ever took upon themselves the intelligence and capability to comprehend the word of God? When our Lord spoke, "Destroy this temple and in three days, I will raise it up again," did they understand what He was saying? They were as ignorant as the rest! They only came to know the meaning when our Lord explained it to them by a "demonstration." That is, at His resurrection after 3 days that the temple refers to the body of our Lord. [/i] [b]One thing that separated these "simple people" from the rest: [/b]They were "little children" who knew nothing and could do nothing in eyes of our Lord. They were unworthy sinners, destitute and ignorant. Unknown to them, however, they had the key to the kingdom of heaven: Matthew 18:3 [b]"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."[/b] [u][b]Jesus Christ confirmed their "possession of the key" when He addressed them:[/b][/u] John 13:33 "Little children , yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you." It is a fact, aside from the truth, that these "unworthy simple people" where the ones endowed with wisdom from on high: Matthew 11:25 [b]"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."[/b] [u]If we are to see the four kinds of people in our time, can we possibly identify ourselves? [/u] To the first are the people who do not believe in the Holy Bible as the word of God. These are the different religions of the world who have their own "inspired writings." To the second group belong the people who, although they know that the Holy Bible is the word of God, do not put much thought about it. They are preoccupied with some "important matters" in life. [b]To the third are the religious people in our time. Trusting in manís intelligence and capability, they spend many years in Bible schools "burning the midnight oil," so to speak. With the diploma/s in hand, they profess authority from God as prophets, apostles, evangelists, pastors, teachers. Just like their counterparts during the time of Christ, they draw many people with their eloquent preaching of the Law of God. Everything is seen in them as Christ saw in His time: the title and honor (Matthew 23:8-10), authority and heavy burden imposed on the people (Matthew 23:4), distinction in attire (Matthew 23:5-7), peculiarity in speech, manner and conduct (Luke 20:47 ), beautiful prayers (Matthew 6:7), and "cleanliness" as our Lord saw "cleanliness" in them (Matthew 23:25 -26). [/b] [u]Today, with great wisdom men debate on the "truth." There is an unending argument on the basic truth as to the right way of salvation. Reminiscence of the struggle between the sect of the Pharisees and the sect of the Sadducees. All profess to love and worship God, but just as what our saw in His time. [/u] John 8:54-55 [b]"Jesus answered... it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: Yet ye have not known him..."[/b] [u][b]Great men today are still at a loss as to Who Jesus Christ, the Father, and the Holy Spirit is/are. Coming from their very lips, "God is a mystery, incapable of clear recognition." God never missed in His words:[/b][/u] 1 Corinthians 1:19-21 [b]"... I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world... the world by wisdom knew not God..."[/b] [i]Today, where can we find the fourth category of people? Where did we find the disciples of Christ? In high society? In politics? They are obscure as the Disciples of Christ. They are, however, as knowledgeable and assertive of the great message of the Word of God as their counterpart almost 2000 years ago![/i] Just as God had "not hidden" Himself from the Disciples, God is equally conspicuous to them. They banner their clear recognition of God - the "One Lord and one God!" And since, "In the beginning was the Word...and the Word was God," to them the great message of the Holy Bible is as bright as the sun, so to speak. What a great contradiction to many people! These people profess intellectual destitution, yet they know many things about God and His words. The reason is that truth is seen in them: Isaiah 28:9 [b]"Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts." (KJV only)[/b] 2 Timothy 3:15 [b]"And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation..." [/b] [i] With their true spiritual humility, [i]they recognize [/i]the AUTHORITY of God! [/i] Isaiah 55:8-9 [b]"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."[/b] [u][b]How easy for many people to quote that verse. Test for real trust in God: How many people accept the following truth? [/b][/u] James 1:5-8 [b]"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. 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. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways."[/b] www.purechristianity.org
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Posted: Aug 26, 2006 6:27:58 PM
Subject: Only a few
[color=darkblue]Only a few recognize these kinds of people. Otherwise many could have identified themselves where they belong. Then they would suddenly find themselves unshackled from the bondage of spiritual ignorance. But the truth is, "only a few" really.[/color]
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Posted: Aug 27, 2006 9:26:50 PM
Subject: God's Plan
Scott, What you teach is not "new." It began in the Garden of Eden when the serpent said to Eve: "Yea, hath God said?" You teach that you, and "a few" are chosen. You ignore where the Bible speaks clearly of God's universal desire to be gracious to all human beings. Read John 3:16; 1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 2:2. You will bring up in your desire to shut up the kingdom of heaven to the "poor in spirit" by quoting Exodus 33:19, "I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious," also quoted by Paul in Romans. 9:15. These verses are talking about God's choice of people (as individuals or as nations) for service. You have become so inamored with yourselves in the idea that you have been "chosen" of God; your teaching has become the antithesis of the love of Jesus Christ. You have "chosen" to follow the teachings of John Calvin in that "Sovereign Grace" is Irresistible. This false teaching has God ready to bestow his grace on the elected sinner, he will infallibly do so with neither cooperation nor resistance from the sinner, lest his sovereigty be violated. On this forum, is a terrible rendering of the text in an article of "Pentecost and Cloven Tongues." It is an embarrassment to the original author, Luke, whose hand was guided by inspiration. No where in Peter's message does he say that he is speaking to "the chosen." No where, does Luke inform the reader that God poured out his "Holy Spirit" upon all that were there that day. The original writer said: "Then they that gladly received his word (Peter's), were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. Plainly, these sinners, chose God by obeying the command: "Repent and be baptized EVERYONE OF YOU, in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:38). The confussion on this forum is that many have chosen to follow a deceiving "spirit." You have chosen not to follow God's plan, but have developed a plan of your own. My question in love to you: Has God said?

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Posted: Aug 27, 2006 9:29:04 PM
Subject: God's Plan
Scott, What you teach is not "new." It began in the Garden of Eden when the serpent said to Eve: "Yea, hath God said?" You teach that you, and "a few" are chosen. You ignore where the Bible speaks clearly of God's universal desire to be gracious to all human beings. Read John 3:16; 1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 2:2. You will bring up in your desire to shut up the kingdom of heaven to the "poor in spirit" by quoting Exodus 33:19, "I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious," also quoted by Paul in Romans. 9:15. These verses are talking about God's choice of people (as individuals or as nations) for service. You have become so inamored with yourselves in the idea that you have been "chosen" of God; your teaching has become the antithesis of the love of Jesus Christ. You have "chosen" to follow the teachings of John Calvin in that "Sovereign Grace" is Irresistible. This false teaching has God ready to bestow his grace on the elected sinner, he will infallibly do so with neither cooperation nor resistance from the sinner, lest his sovereigty be violated. On this forum, is a terrible rendering of the text in an article of "Pentecost and Cloven Tongues." It is an embarrassment to the original author, Luke, whose hand was guided by inspiration. No where in Peter's message does he say that he is speaking to "the chosen." No where, does Luke inform the reader that God poured out his "Holy Spirit" upon all that were there that day. The original writer said: "Then they that gladly received his word (Peter's), were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. Plainly, these sinners, chose God by obeying the command: "Repent and be baptized EVERYONE OF YOU, in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:38). The confussion on this forum is that many have chosen to follow a deceiving "spirit." You have chosen not to follow God's plan, but have developed a plan of your own. My question in love to you: Has God said?

Hermeneutics is the science of interpretation, and Exegesis is the pratical appliance of the rules or principles of this science in determining the intended message of the author.

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