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Featured Truths of the New Testament

Discussion in 'Eschatology - Endtimes & Prophecy Forum' started by keras, Feb 11, 2019 at 12:42 AM.

  1. keras

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    Principle truths of the New Testament: The Christians are the Focus;

    1/ The coming of Jesus into the world is the fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham. The promise of Abrahams seed, blessing all the nations of the world has been fulfilled in preaching the gospel in all the world and the conversion of the Gentiles over the past 2000 years. Galatians 3:26, Romans 9:8

    2/ It is the gospel church that is central to God’s purposes today. This is not some parenthesis that we are living in, heading for some extraordinary new time when God stops dealing with Christians, and goes back to Jerusalem and the State of Israel, the Jewish people. The Great Commission going out from Jerusalem, to Judea, to Samaria and all the world is not going to end. Jesus sent them out, as previewed in Luke 10:1-10 and in the last days, the 144,000 will finally cover the uttermost parts of the earth. God’s focus is His righteous, faithful people in all the nations of the earth and Jesus builds His church, ready for Him to Return to in glory.

    3/ God’s chosen people are Christians. They are no longer the Jews. Membership of the chosen people of God is open to every ethnicity on the basis of God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Even in the Old Testament other races were welcomed into the true Israel of God, Rahab from Jericho and Ruth from Moab. In the New Testament the word ‘chosen’ is only used of converted Jews and Gentiles. Christians alone under the New Covenant are the chosen peoples of God. Psalms 87:4-6, Isaiah 56:1-8, Revelation 5:9-10


    4/ The promised Land belongs to God and residence in it was always conditional on obedience to God. The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants. Leviticus 25:23 God never gave away the freehold. Permanent residence is on the basis of faith in the Lord not ethnicity.

    The House of Israel, the ten Northern tribes and the House of Judah, the two Southern tribes were removed from the Land because of their apostasy and sins.

    Jeremiah was directed to buy a field and bury the title deed for a long time to come. Jeremiah 32:6-15 That prophecy and many others say how the Lord will restore all the holy Land and then only His people will live there. Isaiah 49:8-13, Romans 9:26


    5/ God does not have a plan for ethnic Israel separate from the church.

    In Romans 2:28-29 Paul declares, A man is not a Jew if he is only one outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. No: a man is a Israelite if he is one inwardly and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit not by the written code. Such a man’s praise is not from men, but from God. Romans 2:27-28

    We Christians have been grafted into the spiritual olive and vine that is Jesus Christ. Barren branches have been pruned or cut off and we non-Jews are admitted for our belief and faith. Christians have received the Holy Spirit which is the promise God made to Abraham. We are the true circumcision of the heart: All Christian Gentiles and Jews who trust in the Lord Jesus are the Israelites of God. Galatians 6:14-16

    6/ God has not rejected the Jews. As unbelievers, they are exhorted to put their trust in Christ and be saved. Whoever believes in him, Jew or Gentile, shall have everlasting life. There is now one new humanity. There is only one people of God. There is no longer Jew or Gentile; we are all one in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 4:4-6, John !0:16 We are the heirs of the promise. Galatians 3:29

    7/ The Jews have experienced a partial hardening. Most of them sided with Caiaphas and their leaders who judged Jesus to be a phony, a blasphemer and a criminal who deserved the capital punishment he got. They judged Jews who believe in Jesus to be turncoats and wicked men at worst, and gullible, misguided fools at best. Unbelieving Jews experienced a hardening against Jesus Christ and his message. But it was not a total and comprehensive resistance. The apostles themselves were all converted Jews, and so were the 3,000 converted to becoming disciples on the day of Pentecost, and so were the hundreds of priests who were a little later to believe in him. It was only a partial hardening of the Jews. Lots of them became Christians and are Messianic Christians today, but scripture is clear: only a remnant will be saved. Romans 9:27


    8/ The full number of the Gentiles is continuing to be added to the people of God. How did this great fullness of the Gentiles come in? Today there are millions of Christians in the continents and countries of the world, as many Christians alive today as all the Christians since Jesus came. You know how it came about, that these Jews, Matthew and Mark and also Luke: though from Gentile descent had become a God-fearing convert to Old Testament religion before becoming a follower of Christ. Then; John, Peter, Paul, James, Jude and the writer to the Hebrews, all these Jews accepted the gospel message. Then some years later they began to commit it into writing with the supervising help of the Spirit of God. They wrote the message of the whole counsel of God. When that was completed, in the full New Testament – all 27 books – it went out and out into all the world in the following centuries, sometimes in great irresistible surges of the Spirit as in the Reformation and the Great Awakening and in the missionary expansion of the church. And the effect of the Jewish written Scriptures read and preached was life from the dead for the blinded, deaf, idol-worshipping Gentile world. It transformed Europe and the Americas, South Korea and now increasingly China and Africa. All of them are amongst the full number of the elect men and women whom God the Father gave to Jesus the Son before the foundation of the world. The Son willingly came into the world to show the Way, the Truth and the Life and he died the death that they should have suffered under the judgment of God, and he did all this as their substitute and advocate to become their Saviour. All those chosen, called and faithful people were saved and will be saved as the Jewish written Scriptures are preached to them in the power of the Holy Spirit.


    9/ All Israel will be saved. That is: all the chosen and called and elect descendants of Jacob, be they Jews or from the other tribes, known only to God, Amos 9:9, will one day irresistibly be saved, but not any of those who refuse to repent or trust in Jesus, Ezekiel 20:37-38, but all who believe on the Lord Jesus will be saved. Every person from every tribe, race, nation and language, Revelation 5:9-10, are saved by grace through faith in our Saviour alone. God said this would happen and so it did, and so it continues to be done.


    10/ All Israel will be saved through personal faith in the Deliverer.

    …..as it is written: ‘The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins. Romans 11:26-27

    What did the prophets say? The deliverer will come from Zion. Who is the deliverer? Jesus the Son of God, of course, the only deliverer, that Jewish man, born in Bethlehem who lived in Nazareth, preached in Galilee, and died in Jerusalem.

    What did the deliverer do to Saul? He turned godlessness away from him. Was there a more godless Jew in the first century than Saul? What did he call himself? The chief of sinners. Yet Jesus turned his godlessness away from him and from all of Jacob/Israel – the name for all the elect, believing Christians. He changed their hearts, making them godly with god-fearing hearts.

    The Bible proof text for believing that Israelites means the people of the whole church made up of Jews and Gentiles together being saved and bearing that rightful covenant name of Israel, is found in Paul’s letter to the Gentile church in Galicia. Paul writes a farewell to the Galatians, and he phrases it like this, “Peace and mercy to all who follow this [Christian] rule, even to the Israel of God. Galatians 6: 16 So all Israel means every single born again Christian.

    This has been how most of the Christian church understood the meaning of this verse in the early centuries, and how John Calvin interpreted this verse. Ref: Geoff Thomas
     
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    Thank you for this well crafted summary.

    Blessings,

    Carl Emerson.
     
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  3. BABerean2

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    Amen, to the above.

    We find below the risen Savior revealing that the Old Testament is a book about Him.


    Luk 24:25 Then He said to them, "O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!
    Luk 24:26 Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?"
    Luk 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.


    The ultimate fulfillment of Israel is the first verse in the New Testament.
    He is the seed of Abraham through which all the families of the earth would be blessed.


    Mat 1:1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham:

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  4. Douggg

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    Ezekiel 39:21-29 proves it to be faulty doctrine.
     
  5. BABerean2

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    Paul used the Olive Tree as a symbol of the New Covenant Church made up of both faithful Israelite, and Gentile branches.

    The Greek word "houto", which is translated as "so" in Romans 11:26 refers to the "manner" of salvation.

    Verse 26 refers back to verse 23.

    Paul provides no path to salvation outside of the New Covenant Church in the passage.



    Rom 11:23 And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.
    Rom 11:24 For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?
    Rom 11:25 For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.
    Rom 11:26 And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: "THE DELIVERER WILL COME OUT OF ZION, AND HE WILL TURN AWAY UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB;


    Did Paul change his mind after writing about the remnant in Romans 9:6-8, and Romans 9:27, and Romans 11:1-5?
    Those promoting John Nelson Darby's doctrine must ignore these earlier verses to make their doctrine work in Romans 11:26.


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    Ezekiel 39:21-29 proves this "So all Israel means every single born again Christian" to be a faulty doctrine.

    A person does not become Israel, nor a Jew, by becoming a Christian.


    The house of Israel went into the 2000 year dispersion for rejecting Jesus. This does not fit Christians.

    Jesus speaking in the text, after He has returned sometime in the near future, and after the Jews will have turned to Him as their King, Savior, and Lord their God.

    Ezekiel 39:
    22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward.

    23 And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword.

    24 According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto them, and hid my face from them.
     
  7. BABerean2

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    If the Olive Tree in Romans 11 is not a symbol of Israel, then what was Paul referring to in Romans 11:1-5?

    Is Christ the ultimate fulfillment of Israel in Matthew 1:1?

    Who was James speaking to in James 1:1-3, when he used the term "the twelve tribes"?


    Who was Peter talking to on the Day of Pentecost when he referred to the crowd as "all the house of Israel", when about 3,000 Israelites became a part of the Olive Tree found in Romans 11?


    Am I Abraham's seed and heir to the promise in Galatians 3:29?
     
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    The olive tree is them who will inherit the Kingdom of God. Israel, the cultivated nation chosen, were first in line to receive the Kingdom, but some of the branches from the nation of Israel were broken off for rejecting Jesus.

    Separately, the gentiles, them of other nations, as the wild olive tree, who were not the first in line to inherit the Kingdom of God; nonetheless, some of them got grafted in as branches of the Kingdom of God tree because they received Jesus.

    The olive tree is them who will inherit the Kingdom of God. Some will be from Israel. Some will be from the gentile nations.

    Paul is using metaphor - but it is not one great big metaphor, as you are trying to make out of it.


    Out of Israel would come the messiah, the King of Israel. Isaiah 9:6, unto us a child is born.

    On top of being the messiah, and more importantly, Jesus is the Savior of mankind from the penalty of our sins.

    Jews, descendants of the twelve tribes, which had become Christians.

    In Acts, Peter was addressing Jews who, as pilgrims had come to Jerusalem for the feast of weeks, from the nations. Their tribal affiliation was of all the twelve tribes.

    Yes, but you are not of Jacob's (Israel's) seed.
     
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  9. BABerean2

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    How do you know that I have none of Jacob's DNA?

    The Northern tribes were taken into captivity by the Assyrians hundreds of years before the time of Christ.
    Their DNA was spread throughout Asia and Europe after that time.
    They were direct descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

    The chances of me not being a direct descendant of Abraham would be almost impossible, since most of my ancestors came from Europe.




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  10. Douggg

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    It is irrelevant. We've been through all this before.

    How do you know that you are not part nephillim, instead?

    Your question was are you of Abraham's seed - which is not speaking of literal bloodline. Which is yes.

    But unless your mother is a Jew, you are not considered to be a Jew. And your tribal affiliation would go by what tribe your father belonged. Of the ancestry descending from Jacob.
     
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    You must be very confused if you think only those from the tribe of Judah are related to Abraham.

    Rom 11:1 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.


    You must also be confused if you are depending on the traditions of modern Orthodox Jews, who are lost without Christ.

    Why are you also attempting to ignore what Paul said about genealogies in Titus 3:9?


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    Literal bloodline was irrelevant to God here.

    Genesis 17
    12 And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed.

    When and where did He change His mind?
     
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    You think Paul was not a Jew, because he was not of the tribe of Judah?

    (Paul speaking)
    Act 22:3 I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.

    How can Paul be of the tribe of Benjamin, and also be a Jew?

    I have been telling you why. Paul was a Jew because his mother was a Jew. His father was of the tribe of Benjamin.

    A Jew is not someone, necessarily of the tribe of Judah. The mother does not even have to be of the tribe of Judah. She can be of any of the twelve tribes.

    The definition of who is a Jew changed back in the days of Ezra and Nehemiah came back to Jerusalem and found all the caretakers there has taken foreign wives not from any of the twelve tribes of Israel.

    The caretakers were shamed into sending away their foreign wives and children by them. From that point it became that who was a Jew, was based on their mother being a Jew (defined as being from any of the twelve tribes).
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    In a hypothetical case...

    If Paul's father had not been a Jew (someone of the twelve tribes). Paul would still be a Jew because his mother was a Jew. But Paul would not have any tribal affiliation because his father was not a Jew (someone of the twelve tribes).

    You are thinking to be a Jew is someone of the tribe of Judah. But that changed in Nehemiah's and Ezra's day. Paul was not of the tribe of Judah, but of the tribe of Benjamin. Yet Paul was a Jew, stated so himself.
     
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    You are going off on a tangent.


    The question Bab2 asked was "Am I Abraham's seed and heir to the promise in Galatians 3:29?"

    The answer is yes, he is Abraham's seed, but it is not talking about the literal seed of Abraham in regards to believers in Jesus. Christians are of Abraham's seed because we believe in Jesus, not because we are the literal seed of Abraham.

    We are not Jesus. Jesus Himself is the literal seed of Abraham.
     
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    Jesus' ancestry doesn't change His Father's ageless covenant criteria in Genesis 17:12 one iota.

    Faith and obedience. Spiritual DNA.

    Nothing else.
     
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    Well Douggg, you got that right.
    But why do you insist that the House of Israel in your previous posts, is the Jews? That mixed race people who call themselves Jewish, but have no proof of it and who follow a religion that follows the Talmud and Mishna, totally rejecting Jesus and Christianity.

    Your quote of Ezekiel 39:22-24 and many others that specify the House of Israel as it was in ancient times, was the only way for the Prophets to refer to the group that would eventually become every faithful born again Christian. The people of the Israel of God. Galatians 6:14-16

    It is quite evident what your issue is with this premise; as a 'rapture to heaven' believer you must have the Jews as a people who will eventually be God's Israelites, according to the false idea of the Church being taken to heaven: it will be the Jews who will experience all the nasty things to come as prophesied. You think they will all finally come around to accepting Jesus.
    That all this is error and false teaching, is easily proved by the fact of only a remnant of ethnic Israel will be saved; Romans 9:27, Zechariah 13:9, Isaiah 6:13, + Just the few thousand that have become Messianic Jews now. Now is their chance, like everyone else.

    Ephesians 2:11-18 and other scripture, makes it crystal clear that ethnicity has nothing to do with Salvation. We Christians are people from every tribe of Israel, every race, nation and language.
    Understand this Bible truth: No one goes to heaven, except the One who came from there. John 3:13 Soon Jesus will come again and eventually God too, will dwell with mankind on an earth, that will be literally heaven on earth. Revelation 21-22
     
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    Have you got any scripture to back up your claim above?

    Based on what you are saying, if my mother had any Jewish heritage at all and did not know it because the records were lost, then I am automatically a Jew.

    Therefore, the Irish people who have any Jewish DNA from their mother's side of the family are most certainly "Jewish", based on your definition.


    Are you still trying to ignore what Paul said in Titus 3:9?

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    Go to JEW IN THE BIBLE

    A word search of Jew in the bible. Basically the first time Jew(s) is found in the bible applies to them of the twelve tribes that were the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

    If you mother's mother was a Jew, but the records were lost, yes you would be Jew, but not know it.

    Forget the DNA arguments, there has been intermarriage between groups since time in memorial. In the bible, who was a Jew or not was not based on DNA testing. It went by family history.

     
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    Your two statements above are an oxymoron.

    First you say if my mother's mother was a Jew, but the records were lost, I would be a Jew.


    Then you turn around and claim it is determined by family history.

    Which is the truth?


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  20. Douggg

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    Ezekiel 39:22-24 is Jesus speaking, so the two houses, the house of Judah and the house of Israel will have been joined as it says in Ezekiel 37, and Jesus is the one king over the whole house of Israel.

    Not based up religion, although they will all be Christians when Jesus returns. But based upon family history.

    The house of Israel in Ezekiel 39:21-29 is the whole house of Israel, all of the twelve tribes.

    When a word search is done on "Jew" in the bible, 2Kings16:6 is the first mention to come up. Which appears to be talking about them of all of the twelve tribes who were the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Then you get a whole lot of Ezra and Nehemiah.

    And I was saying to Bab2, in my post #13, the definition of who is a Jew changed, (actually became more well defined), in Ezra's and Nehemiah's day regarding the caretakers of Jerusalem marrying outside of the twelve tribes.

    So in Ezekiel 39:21-29, I equate the Jews in those verses, with the house of Israel, but the whole house of Israel because the two houses have to be joined before Jesus returns. Which effectively has been done, when Israel became a nation again in 1948, not divided north and south.

    I will be the first to admit the subject matter is confusing because when the split of the Kingdom of Israel took place following Solomon, it was primarily along geographic tribal lines. Nonetheless, it was not a perfect segregation because some of all of the twelve tribes still remained in Jerusalem.
     
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