The way in which God recovers and secures his interest in men is by giving them an understanding; for by that door he enters into the soul and gains possession of it. 2Samuel 22:31 “As for God, his way is perfect, the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.”
PREAMBLE by Robert
December 2017, a dear sister in Christ was in conversation with me, we were discussing should the time of the Lord’s return be known. Like many, she believed we should and felt handling that truth would prepare her for the arrival knowing the date. My explanation was in two parts the first God stated there were heavenly secrets we are not privileged to see. Matt. 24:36 “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”
The second was our conversation swung to this statement “it seems everybody believes and holds fast they have the truth.”
They all claim the God they understand and worship is the true God. We know in Judaism God had several names and each name drew those holding it to Him. As an example the Israelites knew him as Elohim (אלוהים) – God or gods – is the generic term for God that we find in the Hebrew Bible.
It might be used as a plural noun if it is applied to the gods of other nations, and it is used as a singular noun when it refers to Israel’s God. On the other hand, Adonai (יהוה) is the absolutely unique and personal name of the God of Israel, and the name most frequently used in the Hebrew Bible.
Therefore, it is important to notice the difference in the names of God used at the beginning and the end of this story. When the test begins, it is Elohim that commands Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. Elohim is the generic term for God or gods, and the command is one that other ‘Elohim’ could make and made: the practice of human sacrifice was well-known to Israel’s neighbours. However, it was Adonai, Abraham’s God, who stopped his hand in the end.
In today’s worship circle there are many different sects claiming cover under the umbrella of Christian worship and like my friend stated all claim to hold the truth.
My reply is, I do not have the answer to your question, but I do recognize “Yeshua” positively stated there is only one way to eternity and life and that is through Him (Matt.7:14). Just a few will find it, and many will believe they have found it only to see destruction.
As I illustrated earlier when we read the story of Abraham hearing from God (Elohim (אלוהים) to sacrifice Issac he obeyed, and it took the real God of Israel (Adonai (יהוה) to stop Abraham. These examples of truth are important to our walk they give us a deeper reason to fully research out what we believe to be the truth which is drawing us closer to “Yeshua” through knowing how we are building a relationship with “Yeshua.”
I desire in these releases to bring as much information as I can find forward to share as starting points for research, some from Historical writings, some from scriptural commentaries all from the Scriptures.
I reminded my friend of our earlier conversation knowing when Yeshua was returning and that there were some Heavenly Secrets we were not privileged to see.
The upcoming information is not one of those, quite to the contrary God wants us to know the truth and desires us to find and build on it so we can understand and share with others.
“Vi.” stated I just want to keep things simple and am only following the Ten Commandments which she believed would keep her in the truth and “Vi,” is right it will. Matthew Henry (1662-1774) comments “God’s dealing with men under the gospel, in the way of grace, assures us, that he will deal with the despisers of the gospel, in the way of judgment.
We cannot worship God acceptably unless we worship him with reverence and godly fear. Only the grace of God enables us to worship God aright. God is the same just and righteous God under the gospel as under the law.
The inheritance of believers is secured to them, and all things about salvation are freely given in answer to prayer. Let us seek for grace, that we may serve God with reverence and godly fear.”
That should be the Truth we are seeking nothing else. The world presents a number of different paths, and the misguided belief is they all lead to God.
This statement is partially correct as it does lead to a god, just not Yahweh. We are informed by Yeshua there is a broad path many will follow, but it only leads to destruction. However, there is just one path, and it is narrow leading to eternity and life, and few will find it. We should not doubt these words based on the truth we see in 2Samuel 22:31.”As for God, his way is perfect, the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.“
OPENING PRAYER by Robert
Heavenly Father we come before your throne and lay our petitions before thee, Lord. Loose upon us Father your grace, that we might do your bidding as you have asked of us that we might be seen as obedient children, Place within us Father wisdom and discernment that we may be pleasing to you as obedient servants.
Fill our hearts Father with a desire to fulfill your willingness to share your love throughout the world. We come before you Lord as humble, meek, obedient children desiring your guidance love and wisdom. This we pray in your name Yeshua (Jesus Christ) Amen and Amen.
OPENING STATEMENT by Robert
“Here is a truth,” we cannot proceed, nor persevere, in the right way. Unless God quickens us and puts life into us; we are therefore here taught to depend upon the grace of God for strength to do every good work, and to rely upon it as grace, as purely the fruit of God’s favour.
“Another truth” which comes from Acts 19:1-7 comments by Spiros Zodhiates: this event took place in Ephesus, and it concerned the disciples of John the Baptist there. These people had received the baptism of John but not the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which would be consequent to their exercise of faith in the Lord. The statement that they made,
“We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost,” reflects their lack of knowledge about the Holy Spirit’s work or ministry, not their denial of His existence.
It is understandable in verses four and five that these people had not believed in Yeshua but in the repentance that John the Baptist had preached. Thus there is no conflict here with the belief that all believers receive the Holy Spirit at Salvation.
I wonder how many today are caught up in the repentance movement? Remember if there is an enmity before God in the church and improper teachings the Holy Spirit cannot and will not be there within it (Matthew 10:13,14,15).
There possibly would be the teaching of repentance as John the Baptist taught. But it is our responsibility to walk in the truth and know our surroundings as David points out in Psalm 119.
For us to have the facts, we must seek information beyond what is being presented from the pulpit. It is not enough for us to just accept what we hear is providing the full story about our walk and personal relationship with Yeshua (Jesus Christ).
We are warned by the Lord that false prophets and teachers will infiltrate our churches. 2Peter 2:1: But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privately shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom, the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingers not, and their damnation slumbers not.
CLOSING PRAYER by Robert
Receive our cries of gratitude Heavenly Father, as we recognize the wisdom thou hast cleaved to our hearts through striving to find your truth. We thank you, Father, for removing the shrouds from our eyes that we may reflect your light into the darkness and see your blessings in truth.
We honour your call to walk in the midst of truth and your commandments. We thank you, Father, for your ongoing protection and the words we require to bring those lost to your glory and promises. This we pray in the name of Yeshua. Amen and Amen.
CLOSING COMMENTS by Robert
My intention with my messages is to show some of the missing or incorrect interpretations knowing they were not intentional by those who interpreted.
However, if we can find additional info explaining the definition, so we gain a better understanding of God’s Law and teachings I will strive to bring that forward.
I have always understood the word “ekklesia” to mean the body or members of God’s church. However, my research is showing there are many interpretations that show it as a building.
John McKee Comments in his article ANSWERING: WHAT IS LAW? In the Apostolic Scriptures no reader can deny how (ekklesia) is used as a term to define the Body of Messiah, and so by extension, it is rendered as “church” in most English translations of the New Testament.
But whether this is an appropriate rendering or not is something critical to ask, because when many people encounter the word “church,” they think not of a living and breathing group of Messiah followers, but instead of a building with a steeple.
This Christian commentary says that “assembly” would be the best, consistent translation of the word (ekklesia). The Septuagint, or ancient Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible dating three centuries before Yeshua, frequently translates the Hebrew word (qahal) or assembly/organization, as (ekklesia). Qahal is one of the main Hebrew terms for “assembly” or “congregation” used in the Tanach, which almost exclusively refers to Israel. The reason I brought this information forward is to show who really holds the truth and how we are able to determine what the truth is.
“Ok”, who why where when and what I believe is answered very simply with this definition of (ekklesia) as assembly and I want to take that one step further.
Please contemplate this scripture from Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” I firmly have aspired to this scripture as my definition of (ekklesia), and the finding and sharing of truth as the gathering is Yeshua’s name where only truth is present.
It may be debatable, discussed, researched historically through the discussions and sharing but one fact has always reigned “God’s word takes precedence over all information.
So, if I sum up this article I would say the truth of God endures forever Ps. 117:2, So when we assemble in our Lord’s name we would find the spirit of truth as spoken of in John 16:13. “Howbeit, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.”
Matthew Henry comments: “The Holy Spirit would be their Comforter, and neither men nor devils, neither sufferings in life nor in death, would ever deprive them of their joy. Believers have joy or sorrow, according to their sight of Christ, and the tokens of his presence. Sorrow is coming on the ungodly, which nothing can lessen; the believer is an heir to joy which no one can take away. Where now is the joy of the murderers of our Lord and the sorrow of his friends?”
Personally, when I read this scripture I believe at this moment the Holy Spirit is the voice of God. Speaking God’s truth to our assembly where two or three gathers in His name, note: [he] the Holy Spirit will speak not of himself, but what he hears from God and will share it with us.
Remember these are the words of a Watchman dedicated to delivering the Lord’s word as received through the Holy Spirit. God’s blessings to all.