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    MATTHEW 3:7 WRATH

    Matthew 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? The wrath to come are the events of the great tribulation and the day of the Lord, in which, Israel will be turned from ungodliness, refined and purified, and will turn to the Lord. Matthew 3:10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Matthew 3:12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. In the tribulation, apostate, unbelieving Israel, will be seperated from the believing Israel of God. 1 Thessalonians 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come. The church, the body of Christ, has been delivered from the coming wrath of God.      
  2. Matthew 3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, Matthew 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. One of the reasons John came was to exhort the nation of Israel to repent, change their mind, and prepare themselves to enter the prophetic kingdom promised them. The kingdom is prepared in heaven and will be brought down to earth. Daniel 7:18 But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever. The kingdom is to be given to the believing Israel of God. Luke 22:29 And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; Luke 22:30 That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. Above, Jesus was assembled with the twelve Apostles at the passover. Here we can see that his kingdom will include the Apostles who will sit on thrones; it also includes the tribes of Israel. The kingdom of heaven is not given to the church, the body of Christ, but rather to Israel.    
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    HEBREW PARTAKERS

    Hebrews 6:4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 6:5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6:6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. Some say that partakers of the Holy Ghost in verse 4 applies to Jewish believers; some say this applies to unbelievers. Hebrews 3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; In the verse above the brethren are believers in Christ and are called partakers. Above, the brethren are referred to as partakers. Hebrews 12:8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 12:9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 12:10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. In the passage above, we can read that partakers, once again, is applied to believers. Therefore, since partakers in the book of Hebrews, is never used in the sense of being unbelievers, it can be concluded, that it refers to believers. Jewish believers fall away by reverting back to the Levitical priesthood. The book of Hebrews details a change in the law, and a change in the priesthood, because of the sacrifce of Christ. Hebrews 7:11 Hebrews 7:12 Hebrews 7:27 If they reverted back to Levitical sacrifices they would be putting Christ to an open shame. Hebrews 6:6 Like Esau, they would find no place of repentance to recapture their assurance, blessings and reward again. Hebrews 6:11 Hebrews 10:35 Hebrews 12:17
  4. Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, Under the old covenant's Levitical priesthood, there was no provision for sins of presumption, or sinning willfully. In the verses below we can read that no sacrifice was provided for intentional sin. Numbers 15:28 And the priest shall make an atonement for the soul that sinneth ignorantly, when he sinneth by ignorance before the LORD, to make an atonement for him; and it shall be forgiven him. 15:30 But the soul that doeth ought presumptuously, whether he be born in the land, or a stranger, the same reproacheth the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people. 15:31 Because he hath despised the word of the LORD, and hath broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him. The book of Hebews gives Jews, undergoing persecution, the knowledge of the full scope of the new covenant that Jesus provided by His blood sacrifice. The book of Hebrews presents Jesus as high priest after the order of Melchisedec, not after the Levitical priesthood. Hebrews 6:20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. The law, as well as the priesthood, was changed. Hebrews 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. Under the new priesthood, and change in the law, there still remained no sacrifice for willful sin. Below is a warning to the Hebrews about reverting back to the Levitical priesthood, and it's sacrifices. They are warned about willfully rejecting the blood sacrifice of Christ as being sufficent to remove all their sin, and bring in the new covenant. Hebrews 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?  
  5. Hebrews 3:17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? 3:18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? 3:19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. Israel, in the wilderness, was promised a rest. Israel, because of unbelief, did not enter into that rest. Numbers 14:22 Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice; 14:23 Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it: Israel murmured, and rebelled against the Lord. Israel, in unbelief, did not obey the Lord in regard to entering the land as commanded; and because of this, they fell in the wilderness. 4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. 4:2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. 4:3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. Unto the Hebews, a promise remained for rest; if they believed. Above we read that the gospel was preached unto us, as well as unto them. What gospel was preached to Israel in the wilderness? Deuteronomy 1:8 Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them. Above, is the gospel preached to Israel in the wilderness. Israel was to possess the promised land. The Hebews in Hebrews 3:8 were not to harden theirs hearts, in departing from God, as they did in the wilderness. Hebrews 4:6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: 4:7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. 4:8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. 4:9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. In the passage above, the gospel preached to the present Hebrews is conveyed. These Hebrews can enter into the promised rest if they obey their gospel. Their gospel is that they can enter the remaining promised rest, through belief. The gospel of entering into God's rest through belief in the book of Hebrews is not the same gospel given to Israel in the wilderness to possess the land. We can see how the word gospel can have more than just one use in the Bible.          
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    THE DAY OF CHRIST

    1 Corinthians 1:7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: 1:8 Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. From the verses above, we can read that the "day of Christ", is not the "rapture" of the body of Christ, wherein the body of Christ is caught up to meet the Lord in the air, but rather, it is the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Again, the "day of Christ", is the coming of the Lord. Paul is not saying, that, our gathering together unto him, or the "rapture", is the "day of Christ", but rather, Paul is saying; We beseech you by "the coming" and "by our gathering together". Paul is saying, it is by these two things, that we beseech you. By these two things, we beseech you, that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, that the day of Christ is at hand; the day when Christ comes. The Lord does indeed come to gather us unto him, but it is not the "day of Christ". 2 Thessalonians 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: The Lord, in his "day of Christ", will come to destroy that "Wicked", the antichrist.      
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    NONE OFFENCE

    1 Corinthians 10:32 Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God: I understand that the above verse identifies those whom we should not offend. The Jews, are unbelieving Jews. The Gentiles, are unbelieving Gentiles. 1 Corinthians 1:2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both their's and our's: The church of God consists of kingdom saints; Jews or Gentiles that believed the gospel of the kingdom, preached by Jesus and the twelve Apostles. It also consists of Jews and Gentiles, in the body of Christ, that believed the gospel of grace preached by Paul. They are all in Christ. Jesus Christ is both their Lord, and ours. This implies two groups of saints. "Theirs" is the saints that are in Christ by believing on the name of Jesus, and believed the gospel of the kingdom. "Ours" are the saints who believed Paul's gospel, who are in the body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. At the time referenced above, Paul persecuted the church of God. At this time, the church of God consisted only of Jews and Gentiles who believed on the name of Jesus, and believed the gospel of the kingdom; kingdom saints. It is only in Paul's epistles that we read of the body of Christ. The body of Christ was revealed only to Paul, and when he persecuted the church of God, this was not yet revealed. Paul had yet to have the Lord Jesus speak to him on the road to Damascus. It is obvious that, Paul called the kingdom saints the church of God. 1 Corinthians 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. Also obvious, is that Paul addressed the church of God as being the body of Christ. Therefore, it can be concluded, that the church of God, is comprised of kingdom saints and body of Christ saints.    
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    ABLE MINISTERS

    2 Corinthians 3:6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. 3:7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: 3:8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? Paul was made an able minister of the new testament. The new testament replaced the old, and fulfilled what the old testament could not. Paul did not administer the old letter of the law, he administered the Spirit. The new testament, by the death, and shed blood of Christ, provides redemption for Israel's transgressions, which are under the first testament. Matthew 26:28 Hebrews 9:15 The new testament, or covenant, is given to Israel. God will, by His Spirit, write His law in their hearts; by His Spirit, enable them to keep His law, and be a light to the Gentiles. Jeremiah 31:31 Jeremiah 31:33 Isaiah 60:3 Paul is a minister of the Spirit. Paul expounds the spiritual blessings, the spititual benefits, of the new testament, given to the body of Christ by the ministration of God's Spirit. The blessings, which are bestowed, by the cross of Christ. The new testament blood of Christ, has also been applied to His body, the church. Romans 3:25 Romans 4:25 Romans 8:16 1 Corinthians 2:12 1 Corinthians 12:13 Philippians 3:3 Paul is also an able minister to the Jews. Paul details that God will keep His covenant with the Jews. God has not cast away Israel. Romans 11:2
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    FELLOWHEIRS

    Ephesians 3:6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: Paul is revealing a mystery here; he is revealing that the Gentiles are to be joint heirs with Christ. Gentiles are not fellowheirs with Israel; Israel is fallen temorarily. Israel is set aside as a nation, and now, Jews may become heirs of Christ freely by the propitiation of Christ, by believing the gospel of Grace. Romans 8:17 Galatians 4:7 Romans 11:12 Romans 3:24 Romans 1:16 Both Jew and Gentile, through faith in the gospel of Christ, are of the same body, the body of Christ, and have become, members one of another, a new creature. Galatians 3:28 Romans 12:5 Galatians 6:15 Revealed is that the Gentiles, by the gospel, are partakers of his promise in Christ. Galatians 3:29  
  10. Colossians 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. 1:21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 1:22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 1:23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; If ye continue in the faith does not mean we are saved unto eternal life by our effort to remain in the faith. It is not saying that if we do not continue in the faith, we lose salvation. These verses are encouraging us to continue in the faith in order to please God, and recieve reward at the judgment seat of Christ. We, by the faith of Christ, have been reconciled. We have peace with God through the blood of His cross. 1 Thessalonians 4:1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. We are to please God in our daily living. 2 Corinthians 5:9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. We will recieve reward at the judgment seat.  
  11. Galatians 2:14 But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews? The gospel is the power of God unto salvation. By believing the gospel we have eternal life, the forgiveness of sin. But, there is more to the gospel. Romans 1:16 Ephesians 1:13 Peter, fearful of the Jewish believers, was reverting back to law keeping for justification; seeking to conduct oneself in a manner approved, and pleasing to the Lord; sanctified, or purified for use. Paul was preaching a gospel of liberty from the law; and walking in the Spirit for our justification, or sanctification. Paul was rebuking them for falling back to lawkeeping to sanctify themselves. The law does not have the power to help us live unto God; we are dead to the law, that we might live unto God. Galatians 5:25 Galatians 5:4 Galatians 2:19 In Galatians 2:14, Paul spoke of not walking uprightly ( acting right, how we conduct ourselves ) according to the truth of the gospel. The gospel contains what Christ has done for us on the cross. Christ died for our sins, but also unto sin. Christ has freed us from sin. Romans 6:10 Romans 6:7 We have been baptized into Jesus Christ, and his death, by the faith of Christ. We are raised with Him to walk in newness of life. Romans 3:22 Romans 6:4 We are to reckon ( deem ) that our old man is dead, crucified with Christ; that we should not serve sin, but serve God. Romans 6:6 Romans 6:22 We reckon that what God says is true. We are to obey the doctrine we are given. By faith, we believe it, and acknowledge who we are in Christ. We chose to believe, we do not have to let sin have dominion over us; we do not have to sin. Romans 6:17 Romans 6:14 When we do sin, we know we have been forgiven, and press on; we are to determine that the power of Christ's resurrection is ours as well. Philippians 3:10 We do not attain to this resurrection, but we press on, to obtain it as our goal. To whatever we have attained, we should walk by it. Philippians 3:12 Philippians 3:14 Philippians 3:16
  12. 2 Timothy 2:10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. 2:11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: 2:12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: 2:13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself. Some say that the verses above are saying that if we suffer, we shall reign with Christ; if we do not, we won't be qualified to reign. It is my assertion, that in the verses above, Paul is referring to Israel. The elect in verse 10 above is Israel. Isaiah 45:4 In verse 11 above; Israel knew that God is the God of the living. Matthew 22:32 In verse 12 above; Israel was given to know that it would suffer persecutions; and was to endure in the tribulation, before his glory was revealed, and they would reign on earth with Christ. Revelation 5:10 1 Peter 4:13 Also in verse 12 above; If Israel denied Christ, they would be denied. Matthew 10:33 In verse 13 above; God would remain faithful to His word and promises even if Israel was in unbelief. Numbers 23:19 Romans 3:4 Romans 9:6 Romans 11:29 Paul endured so that Israel could also be saved. Paul's desire was to save Jews unto eternal life by believing the gospel of Christ. Paul also wanted the nation of Israel to receive the inheritance of the earthly Kingdom promised to them by God. Romans 1:16 Romans 9:4 Romans 10:1 Romans 11:26 Romans 11:27 Romans 11:28  
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    TWO KINGDOMS

    2 Timothy 4:18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. There is a heavenly kingdom. The body of Christ, both Jew and Gentile who have been justified by the faith of Christ, will sit in heavenly places with Christ. Ephesians 2:6 Philippians 3:9 The kingdom of God consists of heaven and earth. 1 Chronicles 29:11 Genesis 13:15 For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. Above, we read that God has given Israel the land for ever. This is an everlasting earthly possession. Genesis 17:8 Jeremiah 23:5 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. Deuteronomy 4:40 Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, for ever. As can be seen in the above passages, the Lord will also establish His kingdom on the earth. Jesus will sit on His throne in the kingdom; the twelve Apostles will also sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes. The Lord has given the earth to Israel. Israel will reign with Christ in the earth. Daniel 7:14 Matthew 19:28 Psalms 45:6 Isaiah 9:7 Revelation 20:4 Revelation 20:6 Revelation 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. In the above verse, we read that, in the earthly kingdom, Israel will be kings and priests. Isaiah 61:6 Exodus 19:6 God will fulfill His promise of the new covenant, given to the nation of Israel. Israel will turn to the Lord, and believe on Jesus Christ. Deuteronomy 30:8 Jeremiah 31:31 Jeremiah 31:33 Ezekiel 36:27 Zechariah 12:10 In the fulness of times, all things will be gathered together in one in Christ. Ephesians 1:10
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    NO MORE WORKS

    Romans 11:5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. Some say that verse 6 above is saying that at one time, God saved people unto eternal life by their works, but now it is by grace. This is because the verse reads it is " no more of works", therefore, it used to be. I do not hold to this. Romans 9:31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. 9:32 Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; 9:33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. In the verses above, the meaning of "no more of works" can be found. Paul is saying that Israel sought righteousness, not by faith, but by the works of the law. Romans 11:6 is saying, the election of grace is God's determination to save those that believe by faith; faith would be based on the propitiation of Jesus. Israel stumbled at the stumblingstone of Christ. The remnant attained righteousness by faith. This righteousness is by grace, not by works. The remnant did not attain righteousness by the works of the law. Paul stated that all of Israel were not children of God by virture of being of the seed of Abraham; Israel is counted as being the children of God thru the promise God gave through Isaac. Rebecca had two sons, Jacob and Esau, by Isaac; God elected to chose Jacob to make the covenant. Romans 9:11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) Election is God chosing how, and through whom, he will fulfill His purposes. God did not chose Jacob because he did good, and Esau did evil. The election of grace is not dependant on doing good or evil. The election is of grace. The election is not of works. That is why Romans 11:6 says that it is "no more of works". The remnant attains righteousness by the election of grace. If the election is by grace, then it is no more of works. Grace has been chosen by God for righteousness. Works have been eliminated as a means of attaining righteousness.
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    IF SO BE WE SUFFER

    Romans 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. I do not see this verse saying, as some do, that we are heirs; but to be joint-heirs, we must suffer with Christ. I see this verse saying, that if so be, can be understood as saying, seeing, though, if indeed, or if it is so. Then the verse can be understood as; if indeed we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together; or, if it is so that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. The emphasis in this verse is our glorification. we are heirs and joint-heirs, and will be glorified together with Christ. We are to view suffering in light of our future glorification. Our response to suffering is to contrast our present sufferings to future glory, and acknowledge that our glorification far outweighs our sufferings. Romans 8:18 We are to comprehend that no suffering can seperate us from the love of God, in Christ. Romans 8:39  
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