“Paul’s Letter.”

 

“Paul’s interpretation of Christianity. There are many interpretations of the Bible and so what I write down as my interpretation as to what I believe Paul was saying is fully open for debate and discussion. Nonetheless, I think this will serve as a good guide toward your walk with the Lord, and for which I am greatly humbled to have a part.
As a side note I think the greatest part of Paul’s testimony for the Lord lies not in his understanding of the faith but in his redemption as a person. Paul, once known as Saul, was a strict Jew who hated Christians and persecuted them. It could also be argued he helped murder some including the martyred Stephen. In Acts, chapters 7-9, the book talks about Saul’s hatred and it is in Chapter nine that we see Saul’s conversion from a Jew who urges the death of the followers of Christ to one of Christianity’s greatest protectors and spreaders of the faith. On a walk one day, Saul is blinded by a light from Heaven and he falls on his face and Jesus asks, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?”

“And Saul asks who is speaking to him and Jesus tells Saul who He is. Saul asks what the Lord would have him do and Jesus tells him to go to Damascus in which he was going and He would tell him there. Saul is temporarily blinded for three days and Christ sends a man named Ananias to him to restore his sight. The restoration of his eyesight is symbolic in the fact that he was once blind to the truth but in accepting Christ he could now see. Even when Christ reveals unto Ananias His purpose for Saul, Ananias doubts and says of the evil Saul has brought upon Christians and how powerful he is in the sight of the Jews, but the Lord answers and says, “Go your way; for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and the kings, and the children of Israel: for I will show him how great things he must suffer for My Name’s sake.”

“I encourage you to read Acts 7-9, or at least nine to grab a better understanding of the man whose work we’re looking at here. Basically, he was a horrible person who found favor with God and became perhaps the greatest Christian advocate in spreading the teachings and the word of Christ. For this fact, his life speaks so clearly of the love of God. Here you have a bad person that God loves and his life, his past, doesn’t matter. What does matter is that he accepts Christ. The same is with us. Our past doesn’t matter. If you accept Christ this does matter for this is far more important than what roads you traveled to get here. Look at Saul- not exactly the easiest road did he travel. As a Christian I firmly believe the greatest thing we can do is accept Christ. Though that’s good enough, it’s not nearly enough. There is so much more to the love of God and it’s through the knowledge and the following of Christianity that we may see His love.”

“The price of following Jesus is not without consequence. When Saul persecuted Jesus’ followers, Satan did not pay as much attention to him. When Paul picked up his cross and started to follow Jesus, however, Satan horded him with great spiritual battles. Many of these battles were held between Paul and other followers. Many of them were disciples. If Satan is going to destroy the word of God, what better way than to divide the body of Christ? Once this is accomplished, Lucifer would attack the body of Christ directly by forming his own religion and pitting it against Christianity. In the form of the mighty Archangel Gabriel, Lucifer would create, through the line of Ishmael, the Islamic religion for the purpose of destroying the body of Christ and the word of God. The wild, corrupt seed planted thousands of years ago would rotten just enough when Satan handpicked Muhammad to be his puppet.”

 

I am The Bread of Life

For we [being] many are one bread, [and] one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.

Matt.{14:15} And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals. {14:16} But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. {14:17} And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.{ Five = Grace and Two = the Church{14:18} He said, Bring them hither to me. {14:19} And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass,{ Man is as Grass, and their works as the Flower of Grass} and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to [his] disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.{ The Word of God given by the Holy Spirit to God’s disciples and God’s disciples give the Word to the Men in the Church.} {14:20} And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. {14:21} And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.

Matt{15:35} And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. {15:36} And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake [them,] and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. {15:37} And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken [meat] that was left seven baskets full. {15:38} And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children.

Matt.{16:5} And when his disciples were come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. {16:6} Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. {16:7} And they reasoned among themselves, saying, [It is] because we have taken no bread. {16:8} [Which] when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread? {16:9} Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? {16:10} Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? {16:11} How is it that ye do not understand that I spake [it] not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? {16:12} Then understood they how that he bade [them] not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

Mark{6:42} And they did all eat, and were filled. {6:43} And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes. {6:44} And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.

Mark {8:8}So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken [meat] that was left seven baskets. {8:9} And they that had eaten were about four thousand: and he sent them away.

Mark{8:16} And they reasoned among themselves, saying, [It is] because we have no bread. {8:17} And when Jesus knew [it,] he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened? {8:18} Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember? {8:19} When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve. ( Twelve is the church of God. The twelve Elders, Gentiles, The Viner.) {8:20} And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven. {8:21} And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand? (HOLY SPIRIT Jesus was a Jew,The Jews, The Fig Tree)

John{6:1}After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is [the sea] of Tiberias. {6:2} And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased. {6:3} And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. {6:4} And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh. {6:5} When Jesus then lifted up [his] eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? {6:6} And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do. {6:7} Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. {6:8} One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith unto him, {6:9} There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? {6:10} And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. {6:11} And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. {6:12} When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.(The believers are the fragments that remain){6:13} 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.

John{6:31} Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. {6:32} Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. {6:33} For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. {6:34} Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. {6:35} And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. {6:36} But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. {6:37} All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

John{17:12} While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

This is the verse that tights all together!!!

ICorinthians{10:14} Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry. {10:15} I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say. {10:16} The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? {10:17} For we [being] many are one bread, [and] one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread. {10:18} Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?

COMMUNION: The sharing or exchanging of intimate thoughts and feelings, especially when the exchange is on a mental or spiritual level:

Galatians{3:26}For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. {3:27} For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. {3:28} There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

Twelve equals the Body of Christ. Them that have eaten (Word) are in the body. The Twelve baskets full are for those yet to eat, and yet come into the body of Christ. For we being many sare one bread and one body. True Bread from Heaven
John 6:33

The new way of the Spirit

With this historical perspective from the early New Testament church in mind, we can now examine different views about the law of God for Christians.

If God has already made his new covenant with Christians, what effect does this have on their relationship to Old Testament law? Some might assume that it means a Christian must now fulfill the law not only according to the letter, but also according to its full spirit and intent. Thus, the obedience demands of the law are intensified and are even more binding on a Christian.

This view assumes that much of the law of the old covenant is simply transferred into the new covenant, with the additional benefit of the Holy Spirit. Such a view is flawed, as can be seen in the example of circumcision. If God expects Christians to fulfill both the letter and spirit of the law, then all males must be physically and spiritually circumcised. The early New Testament church decisively rejected this conclusion at the Council of Jerusalem.

This position sees everything in terms of laws to be obeyed, with Jesus Christ providing the perfect example of obedience and the Holy Spirit providing the power to obey the laws. It inevitably leads to legalism because it focuses on law rather than on Christ.

The extreme opposite of this view is that Christians are under “grace,” and therefore all law is abolished. However, this view leads to antinomianism (Romans 3:8), which Paul strongly rejected. Rather, he upheld the law (Romans 3:31) and made it clear that being under “grace” was not license to sin (Romans 6:15–23).

The alternative to both these extremes is that under the terms of the new covenant a Christian’s relationship to Old Testament law is transformedrather than intensified or abolished. This is brought out in Romans 6 and 7. Paul explains that Christians “are not under law, but under grace” (6:14) and that they “died to the law through the body of Christ” (7:4). He writes,

By dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code. (7:6)

This is elaborated in 2 Corinthians 3, where Paul contrasts the administrations of the old and new covenants:

He [God] has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant — not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. (verse 6)

So under the new covenant Christians serve in a “new way” — the way of the Spirit. The “old way” of the written code has been superseded. It has ended because the old covenant was a temporary system designed to act as a guardian for the nation Israel until the Messiah came (Galatians 3:19). Humanity’s relationship to God is no longer regulated by a written law code on tables of stone or in a book, as it was for ancient Israel. It is now based on faith in Jesus Christ (verses 22–24). “Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law” (verse 25).

In what way, then, is our relationship to old covenant law transformed through faith in Jesus Christ?

“Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes” (Romans 10:4). The Greek word telos, translated as “end,” can mean 1) termination,” “cessation,” or 2) “goal,” “culmination,” “fulfillment.” In this verse, it is best understood in the latter sense, that Christ is the fulfillment of the law. He brought the law to completion by perfectly obeying its demands and by fulfilling its types and prophecies. Through his life and death, Jesus fulfilled all the righteous requirements of the law, thereby freeing Christians from the condemnation of the law.

A major purpose of God’s law is to lead humans to Christ by convicting them of sin. But because believers are justified by Christ’s righteousness, the law has no claim over them in the legal sense. After explaining in Romans 7 the accusatory nature of the law and that rescue is through Jesus Christ, Paul writes,

There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:1–2)

As its fulfillment, Jesus Christ transcends the law. This is what Jesus meant in Matthew 5:17-19: “Do not think I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” Jesus’ teaching does not abolish the Law or the Prophets, but brings them to their intended eschatological climax. (For a discussion on this passage, see Appendix One.)

In terms of the new covenant, the law no longer exists in the form of a written code apart from Jesus. God’s law, in its spirit and intent, exists in Christ alone. He is greater than the law. The law kills, but the Spirit, which we receive by faith in Christ, gives life (2 Cor. 3:6). Fulfilling the law is through trusting him rather than obedience to an external written code.

Our spiritual connection with God is based on a personal relationship with Christ, not on obedience to an impersonal list of rules. Living faith can be to Jesus Christ only, because salvation is through him.

The One And Only True God-Do You Know Him?

Everyone worships something. Some people worship objects, some worship a man, some worship an image, and others worship themselves. They reveal their devotion to their god in various ways. As the multitude of these people give their devotion to these gods, there still remains a longing and cry in their hearts. These people are able to find only a temporary relief for the cry of their souls and have little courage to face tomorrow. To their disappointment the future is always the same as the past. The god they are serving is unable to fill the void in their lives.

Whom do you worship? Where does your god live? Is he alive? What did he do for you today? Did you talk with him today? Did he answer the cry of your heart? What do you believe?

Let me introduce you to the one true God who has conquered Satan, our greatest enemy. He is the God of creation, who spoke everything into existence. The Holy Bible will tell you of this God of heaven, who created man from the dust of the earth. Read Genesis, chapters one and two.

He is the eternal God. He has no beginning and no end. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is the Creator, Preserver and Sustainer of all things (Acts 17:22-34).

This great God who dwells in the heavens is also interested in you as a person. He sees you among the masses of people. He loves and cares for you. He wants to be more than your friend. He has sent His Son to be your Savior. He wants to live with you, and even more than that, He wants to live within you. He says, “Abide in me, and I in you” (John 15:4).

If He does not dwell in your heart, who does? By looking about us we can see that Satan is ruling and ruining the lives of the masses of people. He is the one who rules these hearts. He suggests all these evils such as lying, stealing, lusting, cheating, seeking revenge, and self-promotion. If Satan lives in your heart, and entices you to indulge in any of these sins and more, why not come to the God of gods who has given His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die for your sins and the sins of the whole world (John 3:16).

You ask, “How can this be true? How can One, who is so great, all powerful, and almighty dwell in my heart” (Isaiah 57:15)?

If you are sick and tired of sin, why not call upon God and repent. Through faith in God and by the atoning blood of Christ your sins will be forgiven and you will receive a new nature. Then when Satan comes to tempt, you will feel the presence of the almighty God. He will give you direction and teach you in all things (John 14:26).

In John 10:10, Jesus promises an abundant life and He is able to give it to you. This gift will be yours as long as you remain faithful and obedient to Him. “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land” (Isaiah 1:19). No other God is this great. If this speaks to your heart, you may want to read the tract: Ye Must Be Born Again.

What Is the Law of God for Christians Today?


In the King James Version, 1 John 3:4 defines sin as “the transgression of the law.” John was referring to the law of God, but how do we define the law of God for Christians today? We know it can’t be all of the law of the Old Testament, because the New Testament clearly shows that the sacrificial system ended.
But what about the other Old Testament laws? Are they still as binding on Christians today as they were for Israelites before the coming of Jesus Christ? Christians frequently ask about their relationship to the laws of the Old Testament. Which Old Testament laws does God command them to obey today?
A similar question troubled the early New Testament church, and even required a council of apostles and elders to address the issue. The conclusion of that council, with the writings of the apostle Paul and other New Testament authors, are instructive in understanding what God’s law is for Christians today.
The New Testament controversy
A controversy that troubled the early New Testament church was whether God required Gentile Christians to be circumcised and live according to the Law of Moses. The basic message of Paul’s preaching to the Gentiles was that their salvation was a gift that came through faith in Jesus Christ, and that they were complete in him. Paul placed no demands on his converts that they be either circumcised or required to perform other Old Testament laws as preconditions for justification.
However, the position of some Jewish Christians was that “Gentiles must be circumcised and required to obey the Law of Moses” (Acts 15:5). Without the authorization of the apostles (verse 24), they had spread this disturbing message to certain Gentile congregations.1
The effect of this teaching was to deny the sufficiency of the Gentiles’ faith in Christ for their salvation. These “Judaizers” wanted to combine the gospel of Christ with the observance of the Law of Moses. Their error was not that they substituted something for Christ’s work, but that they tried to add something to it. For them, salvation was not by faith alone: It was by faith in Christ and obedience to the law.
Paul strongly resisted the idea that adherence to the Law of Moses was a requirement for salvation or for maintaining one’s salvation. He appears to have fought a running battle with these “Judaizers,” whom he regarded as “false brothers” who had infiltrated the Gentile churches (Galatians 2:4). He wrote his epistle to the Galatian church to counter their teaching, which he labeled a “different gospel” (Galatians 1:6).
Paul and the covenants
It is instructive to analyze how Paul responded to the heresy of the Judaizers in his letter to the Galatians. Although the focus of the Judaizers’ message appears to have been on ritualistic parts of the Mosaic Law (particularly circumcision), one doubts they would have been content with Gentiles observing these laws only. Paul seems to anticipate this view in Galatians 5:3, where he makes the point that, in order to be consistent, those who submit to circumcision are “obligated to obey the whole law.” The Mosaic covenant was a complete unit — submission to its laws could not be selective.
In countering the Galatian heresy, Paul did not limit himself to addressing only the ritualistic part of the Law of Moses. His strategy in his letter was to show that the entire old covenant (that is, the Mosaic covenant) had ended and has been replaced by a new covenant (Galatians 4:24–26). Christians now live under that new covenant and are not obligated to live according to the requirements of the old covenant. They are justified through faith in Jesus Christ, and justification does not require additional works of the law.2
Paul saw the new covenant as the fulfillment of the covenant God made to Abraham. This covenant, based on Abraham’s faith and God’s promise, was not set aside by the Mosaic “law” that came 430 years later (Galatians 3:17). Since the Mosaic covenant was added later, it could not disannul the promises made to Abraham.3
In Galatians 3:19, Paul asks what purpose the law served. He explains that it was “added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred [Jesus Christ] had come.” What Paul means by “added because of transgressions” is not clear, but it may mean something like “to make wrongdoing a legal offence” (New English Bible) — that is, to explain more clearly what behaviors were wrong. (A further explanation of this verse, showing when the sacrifices were added, is found in Appendix Two.)
Paul goes on to explain the purpose of the old covenant law. It was to serve as a custodian or schoolmaster for the children of Israel “until faith should be revealed” (verse 23). In other words, the old covenant law was designed to keep them in the knowledge of God until Christ came, after which faith in Christ would prevail (verse 24). Paul concludes: “Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law” (verse 25).
Paul saw the new covenant as a present reality for Christians, not a future hope.4 In Galatians 4 he figuratively contrasted the old and new covenants to illustrate where Christians’ citizenship lies. The old covenant was represented by Hagar, who stands for Mount Sinai, which in turn corresponded to the city of Jerusalem (verse 25), then the center of Judaism.
The new covenant, on the other hand, was represented by the free woman (by implication, Sarah — see verse 22), who corresponds to “Jerusalem that is above.” She “is free, and she is our mother” (verse 26). Paul concluded that as Christians, “We are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman” (verse 31). In other words, Christians are the freeborn children of the new covenant, not slaves of the old covenant.
Then in chapters 5 and 6, Paul explains the implications in one’s behavior of living under the new covenant.

WHY CIRCUMCISED ON THE EIGHT DAY

Why circumcised on the Eight Day. Eight = eternity, Their are Seven days in earthly existence, the eight day equals eternity. Flesh and blood can not enter into the Kingdom of God. So the people of God were circumised to remove the flesh from the organ that produced the seed of the covenant, to show they were to enter the Kindom of God when they were removed from this earth upon their death. That is why a child of the covenant was circumcise on the eigtht day of its life and not on any other day of the week

THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF REVELATIONS 6:1-8

And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying. Come and see.
And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him; and he went forth conquering and to conquer.
PRAY FOR UNDERSTANDING: Phil.4: 6 the reason for understanding Psalm119: 34, Psalm119: 144
Luke 11:7 for everyone that asketh receiveth.
11Cor.4: 6 the light of the knowledge of the glory of God.
You need no teacher if and only if your a child of God: I John 2:27
John 14:15-17 God gives those that truly love him the HOLY SPIRIT, and the HOLY SPIRIT shall teach you all things. Your eyes will be opened to the scriptures! And
You will understand.
Now back to Revelations 6. First when you see thunder and lighting. In the Bible it deals with Judgment. Exodus 9:23-24
So whoever is coming is bringing judgment! He is riding upon a white horse. (There are seven colors in the spectrum; RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN, CYAN, BLUE, VIOLET.) All of which combine to produce a pure white light. (Seven color)
I John 1:5 this then is the message, which we have heard of Him, and declare unto you, THAT GOD IS LIGHT and in Him, is no darkness at all. (Pure White Light)
Lev.13: 13 It is all turn white he is clean Rev. 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment. I could go on farther to show how God is Light. But right now in foresight that white represents clean and pure, and points to God.
HORSE: Shows forth power! Exodus 15:19,I king 10:29,I Kings20: 25
White, represents, clean, he that over come it, points to God in ever way. The horse represents power and army.
So now we see who ever is bringing judgment, is coming on Power and Godliness.
This cannot be Satan as some commentaries state.
Lets go on, and he that sat on him had a bow. Ever wonder why a bow and no Arrows.
Could it be something else besides a bow and arrows? Didn’t we say who ever was coming was bringing judgment and Godliness. Is there another bow that will point in our direction? This has to be Christ no? Read Gen. 9:13 I do set my bow in the cloud. Rev.4:3 there was a rainbow aroundabout the throne. Here it is! Rev.10:1 And I saw another mighty angle come down from heaven, cloth with a cloud and a rainbow was upon his head. He had a bow (rainbow) It is CHRIST, given a crown by his Father, Christ is King of Kings And Lord of Lords.
Now he went forth conquering and to conquer. Where we not enemies of God before
Christ made all things new? Romans 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his son.
Christ comes on a white horse to bring the elect back to God! He Conquers!!

To God be the glory!