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  • OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS OR GOD"S RIGHTEOUSNESS?

    The priesthood of Jesus is the Melchizedek priesthood. Under the Aaronic priesthood, we sin and we perpetually ask for forgiveness, in the Old Testament. Under the New, we are completely washed, and our sins are taken away, we are completely forgiven. It is a wide concept, and I still have much to say.

    The Bible says by one man we were made sinners and by one man (Christ Jesus) we will be made righteous. We always think we can take care of our sins by ourselves. I have not seen anyone who was committing sin before accepting Jesus, who ceased from doing so, after accepting Jesus.

    So if we commit sin, even after we accept the Christ, why do we think Christ died for our past sins only? Many people do not have any doubts about that, about their past sins, that Jesus paid the penalty for that one.

    The Bible says should we continue in sin and say the grace of God should abound? Two things - continue in sin, the grace of God should abound. What is the grace of God. The grace of God is, Jesus paid the penalty for all our sins, we do not have to pay the penalty again. We continue in sin, if we do not believe this.

    Jesus came to die for the sins of the whole world, we either choose to believe this, or we choose not to believe. The Bible says the law came by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus.

    The disciples of Jesus asked him to teach them to pray " as John taught his disciples to pray." Jesus told them to pray in part like this - Father forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us - and at that period in time Jesus had not shed his blood on the cross. Later as he was about to die he boldly proclaimed, this is my blood of the new covenant shed for the remission of sin. Now, I would ask you all to do a study on the word remission, especially as it is found in the original Greek

    Also Jesus told the woman caught in adultery, go and sin no more. The law brought the woman to Jesus. She should have been condemned to death, however Jesus set het free, but she had not met with Jesus. Jesus said go and sin no more, he gave her the law, so she would know she could not keep it, so she would eventually discover him. Because Jesus told the woman go and sin no more, so now people try to lead "a sinless life." There is nothing like "a sinless life" in reality. The Bible says there is no man that liveth and sinneth not.

    Perfection is not attained, perfection is obtained, in Christ. Most people say they are striving toward perfection, but when we believe in Christ, we obtain perfection from the LORD.

    We have many examples in the Bible. Job was said to be perfect, in the Bible. Zachariah and Elizabeth were perfect, they were said to be upright and blameless before the LORD.

    If I asked you a question, if you commit sin, even after you accept the Christ, does that make you less perfect before God? If you say no to this I will tell you one thing - you need to check your faith in Christ.

    Job, Zachariah and Elizabeth were said to be perfect in the Bible, because they did not have their own righteousness but the righteousness of the LORD, just ws we do the righteousness of our Lord Jesus. They all used to commit sin. We are no more sinners, that is why Christ died for us, though we still commit sin - by one man we were made sinners, and by one man we will be made righteous.

    This is why the Bible talks of faith. God says Jesus took all our sins away, we should believe this. If God says something is white, though to all your sesnses it looks black, which one would you choose to believe?

  • THE GUILT WE HAVE BECAUSE WE COMMIT SIN

    The Bible says we should not have the consciousness of sin. The consciousness of sin is as dangerous as sin itself, they are both one, and the same thing before God. Why should'nt we have the consciousness of sin, or why should we even have the consciousness of sin, in the first place? We should not have the cosciousness of sin because Jesus paid the penalty for all sin, for every sin.

    Now the Bible talks of two kinds of sorrow, godly sorrow, and the sorrow of the world. These are the two types of sorrow that are possible, when we commit sin. In the case of godly sorrow, he or she knows all sins have been forgiven, in Christ. In the case of the sorrow of the world, these people think they can take care of their sins by themselves, and this works death, this brings about death. God has forgiven us all our sins in Christ, this is what the name of Christ implies. When we believe this, when we believe in Christ, and in God, God gives us the Holy Spirit to lead, and guide us, he does not leave us as orphans, the power of the Holy Spirit helps us.

    There is place for confessing in the Bible, and the concept is very wide (confession is derived from the Greek word Homologeo, to say the same thing as God, to have the same mind as God). In the mind of God all our sins have been forgiven, the Bible says their sins and iniquities will I remember no more, says the LORD. God does not remember our sins and iniquities anymore, when we believe in Christ. In the book of Daniel, talking about the Messiah's sacrifice, the Bible mentions everlasting righteousness, we are righteous in Christ.

    As I said there is place for confessing, in the Bible. There are many types of confession. We confess Christ, we believe he took all our sins away. This is the type of confession in the early part of 1 John which says if we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves, but if we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us all our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. The other type of confession is the one we make, because we have the guilt of sinning, though our sins have been forgiven. We do this one to be rid of guilt, and we usually do it before brethren.

  • ABOUT TITHES AND TITHING (PART 2)

    Bring "all" the tithes into the storehouse so that the should be meat in my house - that's what many pastors use, to cajole people. Actually what they really used to mean by this is - bring all the tithes into the storehouse so that there should be meat in my house (in the pastor's house). They usually quote this from Malachi 3:10, but they do not always tell the full story about tithing. The Bible menttions " all" the tithes in the verse quoted from Malachi 3. They do not mention that tithing had nothing to do with money initially, though the concept of money is involved in tithing; neither do they mention the tithers were the main people involved in eating their tithes, and that the tithes were for orphans, for widows, and for those doing the work of God (Deuteronomy 14, verse 22, to the end). They also do not mention the reason God instituted tithing - to fear him and to take care of people under a system of Theocracy, an economic and polical system, we no longer practice. Though, like all concepts found originally in the Old Testament, they still have their place in New, but they must be applied knowing we are no longer under the law in the New Testament, but under grace.

  • AGAIN ABOUT SIN (PART 2)

    2 Peter 1:1-9King James Version (KJV)

    1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:

    2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

    3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

    4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

    5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

    6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

    7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

    8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

    The Bible says in the last verse above, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. This verse, people take a wrong intetpretation of this verse, to their own destruction. By the use of the word old, they only believe Jesus died for their past sins only, and they have to keep on confessing their sins and asking for forgiveness, evem when we explain the scriptures to them fully, and tell them Jesus paid the penalty for all their sins, for every sin.

    There is a difference between the word past, and the word old. The word rendered old above is the Greek Palai. It means of old time, long ago, ancient. The sacrifice of Christ is eternal. Though he came to the world about two thousand years ago, in real fact all had been achieved in the spirit realm "long ago."

  • AGAIN ABOUT SIN

    The tabernacle in the wilderness was oriented east to west, and north to south, I think on the shorter side. On the eastern side was the brazen alter, where sacrifices were made. As you moved deeper into the tabernacle, you moved toward the western part, the area in which were the Holy place, and the Holy of Holies.

    Only the High Priest entered the Holy of Holies, once a year, and this he had to do without sin. If he entered the Holy of Holies with sin, he would simply die. Jesus is our spiritual High Priest, and he entered the Holy of Holies on our behalf, after paying the penalty for our sins. The tabernacle in the wilderness was patterned after that in the heavenlies.

    We can not enter heaven with sin, and this we can only do by believing in Jesus, that he took all our sins away, and that we are no more sinners. The Bible says by one man we were made sinners, and by one man we will be made righteous. God has purer eyes, than to behold sin.

  • SIN (PART 6)

    When we accept Christ God gives us his Holy Spirit. The Bible says there is now no condemnation for those who walk in the Spirit, and not after the flesh. Sometimes, we might walk after the flesh, we could walk after the flesh if we follow our own thoughts, rather than the leading of the Holy Spirit.

    The Bible makes a difference between the flesh (Sarx in the Greek) from the body (Soma). The flesh also has a mystical sense in the Bible. The works of the flesh are fornication, adultery etc, whereas the Bible talks of the deeds done in the body. We could relate things like adultery, fornication and anger to the flesh.

    When we walk in the flesh God chatises us as a loving Father, however all our sins have been forgiven, in Christ. The Bible says by one man we were made sinners, and by one man we would be made righteous. Our righteousness in God, is based on Christ.

    Jesus came to die in our stead, the wages of sin is death. However, the Bible says there is a sin (Harmatia) unto death, and there is a sin (Harmatano) not unto death. There is a sin not unto death because Jesus paid the penalty for all sins, for those who would believe. There is the sorrow of the world, and godly sorrow, according to the Bible.

    The sorrow of the world is the sorrow of those who do not believe all their sins have been paid for, godly sorrow is the type of sorrow og those who believe all their sins have been forgiven, when they do sin. The sorrow of the world worketh death, according to the Bible.

    The Bible says without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin. It is not by asking and praying for forgiveness God forgives us, God has forgiven us, in Christ. Christ shed his blood, once and for all time, for all our sins. We believe this by faith, that God took all our sins away. Their sins and iniquities will I remember no more, says the LORD.

  • SIN (PART 5)

    The Bible says without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin. In the book of Hebrews chapter ten we find, Jesus shed his blood once and for all mankind, he shed his blood once.

    Now, most people pray God should forgive them, but the scriptures say without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin. Faith is a very important concept in the Bible, far more important than works, except the works are acts of faith.

    God says he has forgiven us all our sins, in.Christ. However, when we accept the Christ, we find we still commit sin. Another thing, one pastor used to tell the people who cared to listen to him, do you know if you do not commit sin God will be angry with you? This he used to say because the Bible.says there in man that liveth and sinneth not. That is the word of God, often we still find people who say they are striving to lead "a sinless" life.

    Faith requires we accept the word of God, though it go against our senses. We still commit sin, God says all our sins are forgiven, how can we believe this? The Bible, the word of God, actually helps. That is why the Bible.says there is a sin unto death, and there is a sin not unto death.

    God promises us his Holy Spirit, when we believe. Between you and the Holy Spirit, whom would you rather commit your life? We see people saying they want to live "a sinless life" because they want to commit their lives into their own hands, and because they do not believe in the Christ.

    We are in the safe hands of God, when we commit our lives unto Christ. Wby you might think I am preaching heresy is, you refuse to believe the word of God, and you still have your own set ideas how things should be.

  • HE IS FAITHFUL AND JUST TO FORGIVE US OUR.SINS.AND TO CLEANSE US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS

    Jesus died for all our sins, when we believe in him God gives us his Holy Spirit - this is God's righteousness. However, man's righteousness only believes their past sins were forgiven, and they believe they have to take care of the rest, all by themselves, even though the sacrifice of Christ is eternal, and even with the fact he has paid the penalty for the sins of those yet unborn.

    The problem this people have is the fact they live in the realm of time. Since they say they accept Christ at a particular point, they clearly make a demarcation between the past and the rest of time, concerning their sins. And they forget one fact - there is really no difference, just as we were commiting sin before we accept Jesus, we still keep on sinning even after we have accepted him. There is really no difference. There is no difference with the past, but they make a difference with the past in their hearts.

    The word of God says God forgives us all our sins and cleanses us from all unrighteousness, but these people want to cleanse themselves from all unrighteousness, by themselves. They have their own righteousness. Actually they do not believe in the Christ.

  • SIN (PART 4)

    The Bible says if we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Later, in the same book of 1 John, the Bible says he that is born of God does not commit sin, for the seed of God remaineth in him.

    Confession (from the Greek word Homologeo) is a wide concept in the Bible. When we accept Christ, when we confess him, God wipes off all our sins (the Bible says he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.)

    Later the Bible says he that is born of God does not commit sin for the seed of God remaineth in him. Any fundamental interpretation we form of the word of God must be based on the fact Jesus took all our sins away, and on the fact we still commit sin, even after we accept the Christ.

    He that is born of God does not commit sin because all his sins have been forgiven. Everything is reckoned according to the Christ ( the seed), who took all our sins away.

  • FAITH AND FEAR

    2 Thessalonians 3:3-4 King James Version (KJV)

    3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.

    4 And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.

    That we believe in God does not mean we might not fear sometimes. Even Paul, many times in his missionary journeys, Jesus had to send his angel to him saying, Paul fear not. However, if we would focus on the word of God, and his promises, this would build faith in our hearts.

    Many people, when they do not have faith concerning a matter, or thing, they try to force themselves to have faith, instead of relying on the Lord completely. The father of the epileptic boy told Jesus, Lord I believe, help thou my unbelief.

    That we do not have faith concerning a matter today, does not mean God will not strengthen our faith, concernining it tomorrow. The passage above says you do, and will do the will of God. God will strengthen our faith.

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