Luke 24:44-47 And The Preaching Of JESUS CHRIST.
Luke 24:44-47 And The Preaching Of JESUS CHRIST
Now HE Said To them, “These Are MY Words Which I Spoke To you while I was still with you, that all the things which are Written about ME In The Law of Moses And the Prophets And the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then HE Opened their minds to Understand The Scriptures ( Mark 9:31-32, John 20:9 ),… Luke 24:44-45.
Unless The LORD Builds The House, They labour in vain who build it; Unless The LORD Guards The City, The watchmen keeps awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labours; For HE Gives To HIS Beloved sleep. Psalm 127:1-2.
In CHRIST JESUS these verses of Psalm 127 can be understood thus; …According to The Grace Of GOD Which was Given To me, as a wise master builder I laid a Foundation, and Another Is Building Upon It. But let each man be careful how he builds upon It. For no man can lay a foundation other than The One Which Is Laid ( Once For all, as opposed to seeking other foundations being laid ; Jude: 3 ), Which Is JESUS CHRIST… 1 Corinthians 3:10-11.
Those who are In CHRIST JESUS; who confess JESUS CHRIST; obey HIM; preach and teach the very same as JESUS CHRIST with no variations whatsoever ( 1 John 4:1-3 ), are GOD’S Building ( as in ongoing ); So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but GOD WHO Causes The Growth. Now he who plants and he who waters are One; but each will Receive his own Reward according to his own labour. For we are GOD’S fellow workers; you are GOD’S Field, GOD’S Building. 1 Corinthians 3:7-9.
Those who are In CHRIST JESUS; who confess JESUS CHRIST; who obey HIM; preach and teach the very same as HIS Apostles with no variations whatsoever ( Acts 2:42, Galatians 1:10-12 ), are HIS Workmanship; …Created In CHRIST JESUS For good works, Which GOD Prepared Beforehand, that we should walk in Them... Ephesians 2:10.
We, who are In CHRIST JESUS; who confess JESUS CHRIST ( 2 John :8-11 ) may guard and keep watch only One Way, …For GOD has not given us a spirit of timidity ( fearfulness* ), but Of Power And Agape And Discipline ( Hebrews 12:7-15, 1 John 4:1-6, ). Therefore do not be ashamed of The Testimony Of our LORD, or of me HIS prisoner; but join with in suffering for The Gospel according to The Power Of GOD, WHO Has Saved us, and Called us With A Holy Calling, not according to our works, but according to HIS Own Purpose And Grace Which Was Granted us In CHRIST JESUS From All Eternity, but has now been Revealed By The Appearing Of our SAVIOUR CHRIST JESUS, WHO Abolished death, And Brought Life And Immortality To Light Through The Gospel, for Which I was Appointed a preacher and an Apostle and a teacher. For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know WHOM I have believed and am convinced that HE Is Able to Guard what I have entrusted to HIM until That Day. Retain The Standard Of Sound Words Which you have heard from me, In The faith and Agape Which Are In CHRIST JESUS. Guard Through The HOLY SPIRIT WHO Dwells in us, The Treasure Which Has Been Entrusted To you… 2 Timothy 1:7-14.
Clearly then, all things in matters Pertaining to GOD Come From GOD By Grace through faith in The LORD JESUS CHRIST. There is nothing more to be added, and nothing which can be taken away. In CHRIST JESUS it is obedience to The Truth as opposed to fruitless pursuits, fleshly wisdom in supposed cleverness of speech and believing in fiction and fable. All who are Sanctified are Sanctified By The FATHER By Grace through faith in The Truth: …”Sanctify them in The Truth; THY WORD Is Truth…” John 17:17.
I solemnly charge in The Presence Of GOD And Of JESUS CHRIST, WHO Is to Judge the living and the dead, And By HIS Appearing And HIS Kingdom: preach The Word; be ready in season out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure Sound Doctrine; but to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and will turn away their ears from The Truth, and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an Evangelist, fulfil your ministry. 2 Timothy 4:1-5.
Evangelist: a messenger of good, here in verse 5 being particular to Timothy ( Acts 21:8, Ephesians 4:11; making clear the distinctiveness of the function of The Gift in The Church for the common good ), yet what precedes verse 5 and the instruction to ‘be sober in all things’, that is, showing prudence in association with watchfulness and free from the influence of intoxicants, in whatever form they may come, whether drink or drug indeed any carnal indifference to Spiritual things ( Galatians 5:19-21 ), any teaching not in accordance with Sound Doctrine ( 2 Timothy 2:23-26, Titus 1:7-9 ), applies to us all and no exceptions. A little leaven leavens the whole lump:
...But you, Brethren, are not in darkness, that The Day ( The Day Of The LORD ) should overtake you like a thief ( take possession of you with detrimental effect ); for you are all sons Of Light and sons Of ( The ) Day. We are not of ( belonging to ) night nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep ( sleep; yield to sin, to be indifferent as to one’s Salvation, insensibility to Divine Things involving conformity to the world; Ephesians 5:13-17, Mark 13:36-37 ) as others do, but let us be alert ( give strict attention, be vigilant ) and sober ( showing prudence in association with watchfulness and free from influence of intoxicants ). For those who sleep do their sleeping at night ( metaphorically the period of man’s alienation from GOD; Romans 13:12 ), and those who get drunk ( are intoxicated ) get drunk at night ( in the period of man’s alienation from GOD; Hosea 4:6 ). But since we are of Day ( Hebrews 9:27-28 ), let us be sober, having put on The Breastplate Of faith and Love ( Agape ), and as a helmet, The Hope Of Salvation ( Ephesians 6:10-18 ). For GOD has not destined us for Wrath ( 2 Thessalonians 1:6-12, John 3:36 ), but for Obtaining Salvation Through our LORD JESUS CHRIST, WHO Died For us, that whether we are awake or asleep ( alive or dead; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18 ), we may live together with HIM. Therefore encourage one another, and build up one another,… 1 Thessalonians 5:4-11a.
Also, all missionaries; those sent in whatever capacity devoted to The Work Of GOD, who thus with them bring, declare, preach or show Glad Tidings ( Good News, Hebrews 4:2, similarly Hebrews 4:6 ) they ‘evangelize’, essentially being preachers of The Gospel.
i.e. “And we preach to you the Good News Of The Promise Made To the fathers, that GOD Has Fulfilled this to our children in that HE Raised Up JESUS, as it is also Written in the second Psalm, ‘THOU Art MY SON; Today I Have Begotten THEE.’… Acts 13:32. And, …How then shall they call upon HIM in WHOM they have not believed? And how shall they believe in HIM WHOM they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? Just as It Is Written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring Glad Tidings of Good Things!” Romans 10:14-15. And, Luke 4:18-Isaiah 61:1.
Before GOD there is great responsibility in this, and in this responsibility there is eternal consequence for wrong doing for every soul of man, whoever you are and whatever you may believe of yourself. Only GOD Is True and in like manner only GOD Is Just And The Justifier Of the one who has faith in JESUS. GOD Bears Witness in us, we cannot bear witness of ourselves. We cannot and must not ever attempt to justify ourselves nor speak from ourselves, that is, in the wisdom of the world. To do so is not Of CHRIST ( Galatians 2:20, & As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy [ Genesis 2:7 ]; and as Is The Heavenly, so also are those who are Heavenly [ Romans 8:14 ]. And just as we have borne the image of the earthy, let us also bear The Image Of The Heavenly [ Romans 8:29 ] 1 Corinthians 15:48-49 ) . And knowing the fear of The LORD is an absolutely essential beginning which must be maintained throughout our walk ( Proverbs 9:7-12 ). Knowing; true cognizance; awareness, clear and certain perception of the fear of The LORD.
It is to be certain that what we will preach and teach, what we show as the example of JESUS CHRIST is in fact only that which is Truly Ordained By GOD, wrought In GOD, as opposed to anything of the flesh and of mere fleshly logic and wisdom ( 1 Corinthians 2:12-16, Ephesians 4:23-24 ).
Thus Says The LORD, “Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind And makes flesh his strength, And whose heart turns away from The LORD. “For he will be like a bush in the desert And will not see when Prosperity Comes, But will live in stony wastes in the wilderness, A land of salt without inhabitant… Jeremiah 17:5-6.
In Luke chapter 10 we read of when The LORD JESUS CHRIST Appointed seventy others, and sent them out to every city and place where HE HIMSELF was going to Come ( v1 ). We who are Of The faith know with all certainty that one day, soon, The LORD Shall Appear The Second Time, and every eye will see HIM:
…Grace to you and Peace, From HIM WHO Is And WHO Was And WHO Is To Come; And From The Seven Spirits Who Are Before HIS Throne; And From JESUS CHRIST, The Faithful Witness, The First-Born of the dead, And The Ruler Of the kings of the earth. To HIM WHO loves us ( is Well-Pleased, Contented with us ), and Released us from our sins By HIS Blood, And HE Has Made us a Kingdom, priests to HIS GOD And FATHER; To HIM The Glory And The Dominion Forever And Ever. Amen. Behold, HE Is Coming with the clouds ( Acts 1:7-11 ), and every eye will see HIM, even those who pierced HIM; and all of the tribes of the earth will mourn over HIM. Even so. Amen.
“I AM The ALPHA And The OMEGA,” Says The LORD GOD, “WHO Is And WHO Was And WHO Is To Come, The ALMIGHTY.” … Revelation 1:4b-8.
In the fear of The LORD, wherever you go, wherever you are, be sure too that you are worthy of your wages as a Brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation and Kingdom and perseverance In JESUS, that you may also truly say to all, ‘The Kingdom Of GOD has come near to you’. Holding to the witness of JESUS, because The Testimony Of JESUS Is The Spirit Of Prophecy ( Revelation 19:7-10 ).
Prophecy is not necessarily, nor even primarily, fore-telling. Prophecy is the declaration of that which cannot be known by natural means, it is the Forth-Telling of The Will Of GOD, whether with reference to the past, the present, or the future. The Gift of Prophet in The Church ( 1 Corinthians 12:28, Ephesians 4:11 ) is for edification; building, promoting other’s growth in Christian wisdom, piety, happiness, Holiness, and exhortation; intreaty, admonition, encouragement, that which affords comfort, consolation in The Truth; GOD’S Truth ( 1 Corinthians 14 ).
…Test yourselves if you are in The faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognise this about yourselves, that JESUS CHRIST Is In you – unless indeed you fail the test? 2 Corinthians 13:5. And how Paul writes of himself and those with him in the proceeding verse, But I trust that you will realize that we ourselves do not fail the test. 2 Corinthians 13:6. It is why such a man as the Apostle Paul wrote and writes in another place to all, …Be imitators of me, just as I also am of CHRIST. 1 Corinthians 11:1.
Of such a one only are these words true; …”The one who listens to you listens to ME, and the one who rejects you rejects ME; and he who rejects ME rejects The ONE WHO Sent ME.” Luke 10:16.
THOU Hast Commanded THY Testimonies In Righteousness And Exceeding Faithfulness. Psalm 119:138. As GOD Has Charged, Imputed HIS Witness In Righteousness And Exceeding Faithfulness it is that we are Called also to discharge in the same manner;
“I AM The Light Of the world; he who follows ME shall not walk in darkness, but shall have The Light Of Life.”… John 8:12.
Does The FATHER, Through HIS HOLY SPIRIT Bear Witness with your moral qualities and activities that you are a child Of GOD? …The SPIRIT HIMSELF Bears Witness with our spirit that we are children Of GOD, and if children, heirs also, heirs Of GOD And fellow heirs With CHRIST, if indeed we suffer with in order that we may also be Glorified with. Romans 8:16-17.
…O Timothy, Guard What Has Been Entrusted To you, avoiding worldly empty chatter the opposing arguments of what is falsely called “knowledge” – which some have professed and thus gone astray from The faith. Grace Be With you. 1 Timothy 6:20-21. Here in this statement, one cannot deviate, depart, from what or where one has not once known or been. …My zeal has consumed me, because my adversaries have forgotten THY Words. Psalm 119:139. Again, one cannot forget what one has not once known.
Brethren, join in following my example, and observe ( take heed, regard ) those who walk according to the pattern ( model for imitation as a die struck; 1 Peter 5:1-4 ) you have in us. For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, enemies of the cross Of CHRIST, whose end is Destruction ( 2 Thessalonians 1:7-12, Matthew 7:13-27 ), whose god is their appetite ( the seat of thought, feeling, choice ) and glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things… Philippians 3:17-19.
What is here written in Philippians 3:18-19 is of those who will maintain to others a faith in JESUS CHRIST, yet oppose in their thoughts, feelings and choices such as is written in John 7:37-39;
…“If any man is thirsty, let him come to ME and drink. “He who believes in ME, as The Scriptures Said, ‘From his innermost being shall flow Rivers Of Living Water.” But this HE Spoke Of The SPIRIT, WHOM those who believed in HIM were to Receive; for The SPIRIT was not yet, because JESUS was not yet Glorified ( John 12:23-50, John 17:1-5 ) John 7:37-39.
…”Therefore take care how you listen; for whoever has, to him Shall Be Given; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has Shall Be Taken Away from him.” Luke 8:18. Whoever is in possession of The Truth, to this one more shall be Bestowed, Granted, and whoever has not The Truth and holds not The Truth, even what he himself thinks he has, what he himself is of the opinion that he has, what he himself supposes he has, Shall Be Taken Away, Removed from him.
The Apostle Paul understood fully exactly WHO Gives, WHO Supplies All that is required by all in All Matters Pertaining To GOD;
…and ( pray In The SPIRIT ) on my behalf, that Utterance may be Given To me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness The Mystery Of The Gospel, for Which I am an ambassador in chains; that I may speak It boldly, as I ought to speak. Ephesians 6:19-20.
After listing The Full Armour Of GOD ( Ephesians 6:14-17, read and apply all to yourself also ), Paul instructs that with all prayer and petition to pray at all times In The SPIRIT, being attentive, watchful; without sleeping, towards this, and indeed of the same with all perseverance and entreaty to GOD for all the Saints ( v18 ). In verses 19-20 he asks for prayer on his behalf that Utterance may be Given To him in the opening of his mouth that he may make known with ‘parrhesia’, the Greek word we have translated in English as ‘boldness’ or ‘boldly’, to make known The Mystery Of The Gospel. What he is asking is for prayer that he may speak plainly, without ambiguity, that is, without unclearness, without speech indefinite or susceptible of double interpretation, without undetermined words, speaking freely The Mystery Of The Glorious Gospel Of The Blessed GOD.
…Now The LORD Is The SPIRIT; and where The SPIRIT Of The LORD Is, Is Liberty… 2 Corinthians 3:17.
If I, or anyone, seeks to speak in The Name of a Christian of matters Pertaining To GOD, and in doing so will seek to speak other than what is contained in Scripture; The Commandments Of The Eternal GOD, be that method or content of speech contrary to Divine Instruction, then I, or anyone doing so will not be being Led By The HOLY SPIRIT in what we are doing. This is an undisputable fact.
The Holy Scriptures ( before the writing of The Holy Scriptures Of New Testament ) are divided into three sections. These are, The Law, The Prophets, The Writings. Just as in Luke 24:44 The Risen LORD JESUS Speaks of them to Show HIS Disciples, “…that all The Things Which Are Written about ME In The Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be Fulfilled.” And HE Opened their minds to Understand the Scriptures.
So we as professing Christians must be able to do so also. Those Commanded and Instructed By The Risen LORD JESUS to, “Go into all the world and preach The Gospel to all Creation. “He who has believed and has been Baptized shall be Saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. Mark 16:15-16, had no more than The Law of Moses and The Prophets and The Writings, although of course they were eye witnesses of The Resurrection of JESUS CHRIST also. Yet, just as The Risen LORD JESUS Spoke To Thomas, “Reach here your finger, and see MY Hands; and reach here your hand, and put it into MY Side; and be not unbelieving, but believing.” Thomas answered and said to HIM, “My LORD and my GOD!” JESUS Said To him, “Because you have seen ME, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and believed.” John 20:27-29.
…”They are not of the world, even as I AM not of the world. “Sanctify them in The Truth; THY WORD Is Truth. “As THOU Didst Send ME Into the world, I Also have Sent them into the world. “And For their sakes I Sanctify MYSELF, that they themselves also may be Sanctified In Truth. “I do not Ask in behalf of these alone, but for those who believe in ME through their Word; that they may all be One; even as THOU, FATHER, In ME, And I In THEE, that they also may be In US; that the world may believe that THOU Didst Send ME… John 17:16-21.
Any house divided against itself cannot stand. And if we, in our own strength and wisdom, seek to preach and to teach anything other than The Gospel, anything that is not in accordance with Scripture, yet we will do this claiming it to be for the purpose of The Gospel, then we are not as One with the Apostles Of our LORD JESUS CHRIST. It is in this Oneness that the world may believe that The FATHER Sent The SON, and not through division will they believe. THOU Hast Commanded THY Testimonies In Righteousness And Exceeding Faithfulness. Psalm 119:138.
Now I make known to you, Brethren, the Gospel which I have preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are Saved, if you hold fast The Word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also Received, that CHRIST died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that HE was buried, and that HE was Raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that HE Appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve ( Acts 1:15-26 ). After that HE Appeared to more than five hundred Brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; then HE Appeared to James, then to all the Apostles; and last of all, as it were to one untimely born, HE Appeared to me also. For I am the least of the Apostles, who am not fit to be called an Apostle, because I persecuted The Church Of GOD. But By The Grace Of GOD I am what I am, and HIS Grace Toward me did not prove vain; but I laboured even more than all of them, yet not I, but The Grace Of GOD With me. Whether then I or they, so we preach and so you believed. 1 Corinthians 15:1-11.
Here Paul states clearly that it is not he who laboured, that is, he himself did no works according to his own strength and wisdom, but The Grace Of GOD With him ( 1 Timothy 2:7, 2 Timothy 1:11 ), which, Toward the Apostle Paul did not prove to be vain.
Paul knew of obedience to The Truth and forsook all else putting no confidence in the flesh so that he might be a partaker of The Grace Of GOD and may indeed gain CHRIST ( Philippians 3, Matthew 25:16, v17, v20, v22 ). In Philippians 3:8 when Paul writes, …More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of The Surpassing Value of knowing CHRIST JESUS my LORD, for WHOM I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish in order that I may gain CHRIST,… he is stating, in the context of this passage of Scripture, of practically appropriating himself, that is, accepting only what is suitable and fitting to CHRIST and which is belonging to CHRIST, and what is Of CHRIST; that CHRIST becomes the Dominating Power and Authority in and over his whole being, and so in whatever circumstance he may find himself; so that he may literally ‘gain CHRIST’ in order to know CHRIST and The Power Of HIS Resurrection and joint participation with HIM in HIS Sufferings, being Conformed to HIS Death; in order that he may attain to The Resurrection from the dead:
…Or do you not know that all of us who have been Baptized Into CHRIST JESUS have been Baptized into HIS Death? Therefore we have been Buried with HIM Through Baptism into death ( of the flesh and all of its ways and wisdom ), in order that as CHRIST was Raised from the dead Through The Glory Of The FATHER, so we too might walk in newness of Life. For if we have become united with in The Likeness Of HIS Death, certainly we shall be also Of HIS Resurrection, knowing this, that our old self ( the flesh and its ways and desires and wisdom ) was crucified with, that our body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin… Romans 6:3-7.
No where in Scripture do the Apostles Of our LORD JESUS CHRIST waste time in seeking out any new ‘methods’ and ‘wisdom’ through which to attempt to preach and teach The Gospel. Theirs was faith to the Preserving of the soul; theirs was faith in The Living GOD.
Remembering always; It Is Saved By Grace through ( by the means of ) faith. The faith, and The Righteousness Of GOD Which Comes through faith is The Gift Of GOD ( Romans 5:15-19, Ephesians 2:8-9, Hebrews 10:36 – 12:3 ).
A gift, any gift, can be given, and a gift can be received. Just as a gift, any gift, can be allowed to lay idle, not being used in accordance with the purpose for which it was given. Think about it; meditate upon it and heed the warnings, such as Written in Matthew 25:14-30. We Receive Sanctification, GOD’S Work in our hearts through faith; GOD’S Gift, By HIS Grace. Then it is that to allow true faith; The Gift Of GOD to lay idle, that GOD’S Grace Toward any will have proved to be vain; empty; with special reference to quality and as a result such a one being destitute of Spiritual Wealth; ( Proverbs 8 ).
The Reward of humility and the fear of The LORD Are Riches, Honour And Life. Proverbs 22:4.
The Ransom of a man’s life is his Riches, But the poor hears no rebuke. Proverbs 13:8.
The Crown of the wise is their Riches, the folly of fools is foolishness. Proverbs 14:24 ( 2 Timothy 4:7-8 ).
Let no one deceive you with empty ( vain ) words, for because of these things The Wrath Of GOD Comes Upon the sons of disobedience. Ephesians 5:6.
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to CHRIST. For In HIM The Fulness Of Deity Dwells In Bodily Form, and In HIM you have been Made Complete, and HE Is The Head Over All Rule And Authority; and In HIM you were also Circumcised With A Circumcision Made without hands, in the Removal of the body of the flesh By The Circumcision Of CHRIST; having been buried with HIM in Baptism, In Which you were also Raised Up with HIM through faith In The Working Of GOD, WHO Raised HIM from the dead. Colossians 2:8-12.
This word here in verse 8, ‘philosophy’, the Greek, ‘philosophia’, denotes the love and pursuit of wisdom, hence, philo-sophia; the investigation of truth and nature; the rational investigation of the truths and principles of being, knowledge, or conduct.
In Colossians 2:8 is warning to perceive, to beware, to take heed if any man shall lead you away, seduce you by the means of rational investigation, indeed, vain, empty deceit, through procedural directive or rules as for performance; action of conduct: precepts; ordinances; traditions of men, according to suggestions and considerations accepted, adopted, that are of the world, rather than according to CHRIST.
The Gospel Of CHRIST both removes and testifies against such as philo-sophia as a means to attaining to the Knowledge Of GOD and to Salvation; 1 Corinthians 1:17 – 2:16. Anything other than The Gospel is inadequate to The Higher Standard, which cannot be understood nor taught by mere human logic, because GOD’S Infallible Word States that this is so.
You believe there is ONE GOD. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless ( dead ).James 2:19-20
You see, it is not our works; For By Grace you have been Saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, The Gift Of GOD; not as a result of works, that no one should boast. For we are HIS Workmanship, Created In CHRIST JESUS For good works, Which GOD Prepared Beforehand, that we should walk In Them. Ephesians 2:8-10.
The SPIRIT Of The LORD GOD Is Upon me ( ME; Luke 4:18-21 ), Because The LORD Has Anointed me ( ME ) to bring good news to the afflicted; HE Has Sent me ( ME ) to Bind Up the broken hearted, To proclaim Liberty to captives, And Freedom to prisoners ( Psalm 146 ); To proclaim The Favourable Year Of The LORD, And The Day Of Vengeance Of our GOD; To Comfort all who mourn, To Grant those who mourn Zion, Giving them A Garland instead of ashes, The Oil of Gladness instead of mourning, The Mantle of Praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called Oaks Of Righteousness, The Planting Of The LORD, that HE may be Glorified. Isaiah 61:1-3.
The Prophecy here Written in Isaiah ( around 700 BC ) is of course of The Coming of MESSIAH JESUS; WHO Through HIS Life, Death and Resurrection Is The Beginning; The First Born from the dead Of The New Covenant ( Hebrews 2:9 – 3:4 );
For HE ( The FATHER ) Delivered us From the domain of darkness, and Transferred us To The Kingdom Of HIS Beloved SON, In WHOM we have Redemption, the Forgiveness of sins. And HE ( The LORD JESUS CHRIST ) Is The Image Of The Invisible GOD ( John 14:7-12 ), The First Born Of All Creation. For By HIM ( The LORD JESUS CHRIST ) All Things Were Created, in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – All Things Have Been Created By HIM And For HIM. And HE ( The LORD JESUS CHRIST ) Is Before All Things, and In HIM All Things Hold Together. HE Is Also The Head Of The Body, The Church; and HE Is The Beginning, The First Born from the dead; so that HE HIMSELF might come to have First Place in Everything. For It Was The Good Pleasure For All The Fullness To Dwell In HIM, and Through HIM To Reconcile all things to HIMSELF, having Made Peace Through The Blood Of HIS Cross; Through HIM, whether things on earth or things in Heaven. And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind in evil deeds, yet HE Has Now Reconciled you In HIS Fleshly Body Through death, in order to Present you before HIM Holy and blameless and beyond reproach – if indeed you continue in The faith firmly established ( Romans 16:25-27, 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24, 1 Peter 5:6-11 ) and steadfast and not moved away from The Hope Of The Gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all Creation under Heaven, and of which I, Paul, was Made a minister. Colossians 1:13-23.
The LORD’S Disciples we read of in The Holy Scriptures heard well, and carried out HIS Commandment to go into all the world and preach The Gospel to all Creation. Whether to Jew or Gentile, they constantly preached JESUS CHRIST and HIS Glorious Gospel. There was nothing else for them to either preach or teach. As the Apostle Paul writes warning of distortions of The Gospel ( and to us it should be noted it is however they will come, in whatever form they will manifest themselves ), …But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed. For am I now seeking the favour of men, or of GOD? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant Of CHRIST. For I would have you know, Brethren, that The Gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but through a revelation of JESUS CHRIST. Galatians 1:8-12.
…So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by The Word Of CHRIST… Romans 10:17.
The Brethren of whom we read in The Holy Scriptures who used only The Scriptures, testifying of MESSIAH JESUS; fixing their Hope on The Living GOD WHO Is The SAVIOUR Of all men, above all of believers:
But an angel Of The LORD spoke to Philip saying, “Arise and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza.” ( This is a desert ). And he arose and went; and behold, there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he had come to Jerusalem to worship. And he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the Prophet Isaiah. And The SPIRIT Said To Philip ( Luke 12:12 ), “Go up and join this chariot.” And when Philip had run up, he heard him reading Isaiah the Prophet, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. Now the passage of Scripture which he was reading was this: “HE was led as a sheep to slaughter; And as a lamb before its shearer is silent, So HE does not open HIS Mouth. “In humiliation HIS judgement was taken away; Who will relate HIS generation? For HIS Life is removed from the earth.” And the eunuch answered Philip and said, “Please, of whom does the Prophet say this? Of himself, or of someone else?” And Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached JESUS to him… Acts 8:26-35.
We are told that beginning from this Scripture in Isaiah 53 Philip then preached JESUS to the eunuch. Through Philip’s words In The SPIRIT the eunuch believes, and is baptized ( v36-38 ).
Now when they had travelled through Amphipolis and Appolonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. And according to Paul’s custom, he went to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and giving evidence that The CHRIST had to Suffer and Rise again from the dead, and, “This JESUS WHO I am proclaiming to you is The CHRIST.” And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, along with a great multitude of the GOD- fearing Greeks and a number of the leading women. Acts 17:1-4.
Again, Paul reasoned with those before him from The Scriptures, explaining and giving evidence that The CHRIST had to Suffer and Rise again from the dead, so proving, to those with ears to hear, both Jew and Gentile; “This JESUS WHO I am proclaiming to you is The CHRIST.”
And when he ( Apollos ) wanted to go across to Achaia, the Brethren encouraged him and wrote to the Disciples to welcome him; and when he had arrived, he helped greatly those who had believed through Grace; for he Powerfully refuted the Jews in public, demonstrating by The Scriptures that JESUS Was The CHRIST. Acts 18:27-28.
Again, Apollos used no other method other than The Scriptures to prove JESUS Fulfilled Prophecy Contained in them; to prove JESUS Is MESSIAH.
…And when they had set a day for him ( Paul ), they came to him at his lodging in large numbers; and he was explaining to them by solemnly testifying about The Kingdom Of GOD, and trying to persuade them concerning JESUS, from both The Law of Moses and The Prophets, from morning until evening. And some were being persuaded by the things spoken, but others would not believe… Acts 28:23-24.
All that Paul puts forth is, as here stated, from The Law of Moses and The Prophets, in the hope of persuading all concerning JESUS. Some were persuaded, and others disbelieved, and so by implication they chose to disobey GOD. All who will do such as this ( disbelieve ), whether Jew or Gentile, are themselves counting themselves as unworthy of Eternal Life. The Living GOD Is The SAVIOUR Of all men, especially of believers ( 1 Timothy 4 ).
It is essential to be able to show and to prove what The Old Testament Scriptures show is necessary Of MESSIAH, to show WHO Indeed Is MESSIAH. And The Only ONE WHO Fulfills them all is JESUS. And now, unlike the time of these we read of and from in The New Testament Scriptures who sojourned here, we have their accounts, their writing, In The SPIRIT, which further proves, aligned with The Law of Moses And The Prophets And The Writings that JESUS Is The CHRIST. There is therefore in matters Pertaining to GOD nothing else which can be preached, taught and put forward, other than the preaching of JESUS CHRIST and HIM Crucified; The Glorious Gospel Of The Blessed GOD; nor should there be. Anything else is not Of The faith, and so is not Of The SPIRIT. Do not insult The SPIRIT Of Grace.
…Guard Through The HOLY SPIRIT WHO Dwells in us, The Treasure Which Has Been Entrusted To you. 2 Timothy 1:14.
Now HE WHO Establishes us with you In CHRIST And Anointed us Is GOD, WHO Also Sealed us And Gave The SPIRIT In our hearts As A Pledge. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22.
…In HIM we have Redemption Through HIS Blood, The Forgiveness of our trespasses, according to The Riches Of HIS Grace, Which HE Lavished Upon us. In All Wisdom And Insight HE Made Known To us The Mystery Of HIS Will, According To HIS Kind Intention Which HE Purposed In HIM ( JESUS ) With A View To An Administration Suitable To The Fullness Of The Times, The Summing Up Of All Things In CHRIST, Things In The Heavens And Things upon the earth. In HIM Also we have Obtained An Inheritance, having been Predestined According To HIS Purpose WHO Works All Things After The Counsel Of HIS Will, to the end that we who were the first to Hope In The MESSIAH should be to The Praise Of HIS Glory. In HIM Also, after listening to The Message Of Truth, The Gospel Of your Salvation – having also believed, you were Sealed In HIM With The HOLY SPIRIT Of Promise, WHO Is Given As A Pledge Of our Inheritance, with A View to The Redemption Of Possession, To The Praise Of HIS Glory. Ephesians 1:7-14.
Do no work which shall forfeit The Pledge ( The Guarantee of obtaining The Inheritance Is The Work Of The SPIRIT, and a pledge by its very definition can be forfeited ); ‘work’ ‘deeds’ ( vain, empty deceit, as opposed to obedience of faith ) ultimately speaking emptiness, thus not believing The GOD Breathed Word, ultimately calling GOD a liar, and making GOD’S Grace To you void. It is Saved By Grace through faith. GOD Works through the believers faith; The faith, Which Is The Gift Of GOD.
The MESSIANIC Prophecies of The Hebrew Scriptures are the basis of The New Testament, and therein is shown fulfilment in The Conception, Birth, Life, Death And Resurrection Of JESUS CHRIST.
…and HE Said To them, “Thus It Is Written, that The CHRIST Should Suffer And Rise Again from the dead the third day; and that repentance for Forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed In HIS Name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem…” Luke 24:46-47.
We are to walk sober-minded, understanding what The Will Of The LORD Is, keeping The faith, not moved away from The Hope Of The Gospel, so that we too may say as the Apostle Paul; …I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept The faith ( 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 ); in the future there is Laid Up For me The Crown Of Righteousness, Which The LORD, The Righteous JUDGE, Will Award To me on That Day; and not only To me, but also To all who have loved HIS Appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8.
And, ‘all who have loved HIS Appearing’ means those who love dearly HIS Manifestation, even, Epiphany; HIS Shining Forth Upon.
So, in all matters truly Pertaining To GOD, Take pains with These Things, be in Them, so that your progress may be evident to all ( may be made Manifest as having been Wrought In GOD; John 3:20-21 ). Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things; for as you do this you will insure Salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you. 1 Timothy 4:14-15.
…And inasmuch as it is Appointed for men to die once and after this Judgement, so CHRIST also, having been Offered Once To Bear the sins of many, shall Appear A Second Time For Salvation without sin, to those who eagerly await HIM. Hebrews 9:27-28.
MESSIAH Shall Appear The Second Time For The Saving Of GOD from The Wrath Of GOD ( 2 Thessalonians 1:8-12 ) and so this Second Time Separate from sin; to those who assiduously, that is, who are constant in application, working diligently; persevering and patiently wait for HIM. The one who endures, that is, holds up, bears with, sustains Sound Doctrine, who keeps HIS Word; the one who obeys The SON; meaning who believes in The SON, this one has Eternal Life. The one who does not obey The SON Of GOD shall not see Life, but The Wrath Of GOD Abides on him ( John 3:36 ).
And truly understanding what means to be an imitator of CHRIST ( 1 Corinthians 11:1 );
“Truly, truly, I Say To you, The SON can do nothing of HIMSELF, unless It Is Something HE Sees The FATHER Doing; for Whatever The FATHER Does, These Things The SON Also Does In Like Manner. “For The FATHER loves ( Phileo; more nearly represents tender affection; John 16:27, 1 Corinthians 16:22 ) The SON, and Shows HIM All Things That HE HIMSELF Is Doing; and Greater Works Than These Will HE Show HIM, that you may marvel. “For Just As The FATHER Raises the dead And Gives them Life, even so The SON Also Gives Life To whom HE Wishes. “For not even The FATHER Judges anyone, but HE Has Given All Judgement To The SON, in order that all may honour The SON, even as they honour The FATHER. He who does not honour The SON does not honour The FATHER WHO Sent HIM ( 1 John 5:10-12 ). “Truly, truly, I Say To you, he who hears MY Word, and believes HIM WHO Sent ME, has Eternal Life, and does not come into Judgement, but has passed Out of death into Life. “Truly, truly, I Say To you, and hour is Coming and now Is, when the dead shall hear The Voice Of The SON Of GOD; and those who hear shall Live. “For Just As The FATHER Has Life In HIMSELF, Even So HE Gave To The SON Also To Have Life In HIMSELF; And HE Gave HIM Authority To Execute Judgement, Because HE Is SON Of Man. John 5:19-27.
…These Things speak and exhort and reprove with all Authority. Let no one disregard you. Titus 2:15.