May 14, 2018

Scripture calls all who believe to be led by His Spirit

...because God gave Himself in Truth for all, that His grace and glory may flow through us to all. We are saved by grace to do good so others may believe in and be drawn to God's grace also

ACTS 15:4-11 And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them.
 5  But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to
▪circumcise them,
▪and to command them to keep the law of Moses (#LawOfMoses).
And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.
And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them
Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
 11  But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved

💛 #Gentiles: Greek translation is: ethnos (G1484): meaning:
▪a multitude of individuals of the same nature or genus; the human family
▪a tribe, nation, people group
▪in the OT, foreign nations not worshipping the true God, pagans, Gentiles
▪Paul uses the term for Gentile Christians

💛 #mouth: Greek translation is: stoma (G4750): meaning:
▪the mouth, as part of the body: of man, of animals, of fish, etc;
since thoughts of a man's soul find verbal utterance by his mouth, the "heart" or "soul" and the mouth are distinguished
▪the edge of a sword

💛 #hear: Greek translation is: akouō (G191): meaning:
1. to be endowed with the faculty of hearing, not deaf
2. to hear:
▪to attend to, consider what is or has been said
▪to understand, perceive the sense of what is said
3. to hear something
▪to perceive by the ear what is announced in one's presence
▪to get by hearing learn
▪a thing comes to one's ears, to find out, learn
▪to give ear to a teaching or a teacher
▪to comprehend, to understand

💛 #TheWord: Greek translation is: logos (G3056): meaning:
▪a. of speech:
1. a word, uttered by a living voice, embodies a conception or idea
2. what someone has said:
▪a word
▪the sayings of God
▪decree, mandate or order
▪of the moral precepts given by God
▪Old Testament prophecy given by the prophets
▪what is declared, a thought, declaration, aphorism, a weighty saying, a dictum, a maxim
3. discourse:
▪the act of speaking, speech
▪the faculty of speech, skill and practice in speaking
▪a kind or style of speaking
▪a continuous speaking discourse - instruction
4. ☛doctrine, teaching☚
5. anything reported in speech; a narration, narrative
6. matter under discussion, thing spoken of, affair, a matter in dispute, case, suit at law
7. the thing spoken of or talked about; event, deed

▪b. its use as respect to the MIND alone:
1. reason, the mental faculty of thinking, meditating, reasoning, calculating
2. account, i.e. regard, consideration
3. account, i.e. reckoning, score
4. account, i.e. answer or explanation in reference to judgment
5. relation, i.e. with whom as judge we stand in relation; reason would
6. reason, cause, ground

▪c. In John, denotes the essential Word of God, Jesus Christ, the personal wisdom and power in union with God, his minister in creation and government of the universe, the cause of all the world's life both physical and ethical, which for the procurement of man's salvation put on human nature in the person of Jesus the Messiah, the second person in the Godhead, and shone forth conspicuously from His words and deeds.

💛 #gospel: Greek translation is: euaggelion (G2098):
1. a reward for good tidings
2. good tidings
▪the glad tidings of the kingdom of God soon to be set up, and subsequently also of Jesus the Messiah, the founder of this kingdom. After the death of Christ, the term comprises also the preaching of (concerning) Jesus Christ as having suffered death on the cross to procure eternal salvation for the men in the kingdom of God, but as restored to life and exalted to the right hand of God in heaven, thence to return in majesty to consummate the kingdom of God
▪the glad tidings of salvation through Christ
▪the proclamation of the grace of God manifest and pledged in Christ
▪as the messianic rank of Jesus was proved by his words, his deeds, and his death, the narrative of the sayings, deeds, and death of Jesus Christ came to be called the gospel or glad tidings

▪Origin from the same as: euaggelizō (G2097): meaning:
to bring good news, to announce glad tidings
1. used in the OT of any kind of good news
▪of the joyful tidings of God's kindness, in particular, of the Messianic blessings
2. in the NT used especially of the glad tidings of the coming kingdom of God, and of the salvation to be obtained in it through Christ, and of what relates to this salvation
3. glad tidings are brought to one, one has glad tidings proclaimed to him
4. to proclaim glad tidings
▪instruct (men) concerning the things that pertain to Christian salvation

Origin from: aggelos (G32): meaning:
a messenger, envoy, one who is sent, an angel, a messenger from God

💛 #believe: Greek translation is: pisteuō (G4100):
1. to think to be true, to be persuaded of, to credit, place confidence in:
a. of the thing believed:
▪to credit, have confidence
b. in a moral or religious reference:
🔺🔺☛☛▪used in the NT of the conviction and trust to which a man is impelled by a certain inner and higher prerogative and law of soul☚☚
▪to trust in Jesus or God as able to aid either in obtaining or in doing something: saving faith
2. to entrust a thing to one, i.e. his fidelity:
to be intrusted with a thing (#HolySpirit)

Origin from: pistis (G4102): meaning:
1. conviction of the truth of anything, belief; in the NT of a conviction or belief respecting man's relationship to God and divine things, generally with the included idea of trust and holy fervour born of faith and joined with it:
a. relating to God:
▪the conviction that God exists and is the creator and ruler of all things, the provider and bestower of eternal salvation through Christ
b. relating to Christ:
▪ a strong and welcome conviction or belief that Jesus is the Messiah, through whom we obtain eternal salvation in the kingdom of God
c. the religious beliefs of Christians
d. belief with the predominate idea of trust (or confidence) whether in God or in Christ, springing from faith in the same
2. fidelity, faithfulness:
a. the character of one who can be relied on

🔺☛☛When there had been much disputing - By those of the sect of the believing Pharisees; for they strongly contended for circumcision, and at the head of these, tradition tells us, was Cerinthus, a name famous in the primitive Church, as one who labored to unite the law (#LawOfMoses) and the Gospel, and to make the salvation promised by the latter dependent on the performance of the rites and ceremonies prescribed by the former. Though the apostles and elders were under the inspiration of the Almighty, and could by this inspiration have immediately determined the question, yet it was highly necessary that the objecting party should be permitted to come forward and allege their reasons for the doctrines they preached, and that these reasons should be fairly met by argument, and the thing proved to be useless in itself, inexpedient in the present case, and unsupported by any express authority from God, and serving no purpose to the Gentiles, who in their uncircumcised state,
☛by believing in Christ Jesus, had been made partakers of the Holy Ghost.☚ (#FruitOfTheSpirit #Gal5verse22to23 #Holiness)

Peter rose up, and said - This was after the matters in dispute had been fully debated; and now the apostles, like judges, after hearing counsel on both sides, proceed to give judgment on the case.

A good while ago - Αφ' ἡμερων αρχαιων, From the days of old: a phrase which simply signifies some years ago; and, if he here refers to the conversion of Cornelius, (see Acts 10:1-48), he must mean about ten years before this time; but it is more likely that he refers to that time when Christ gave him the keys of the kingdom of heaven, that be might open the door of faith to the Gentiles.

God made choice among us - That is, he chose me to be the first apostle of the Gentiles.

Why tempt ye God? - Why provoke him to displeasure? Why, since he has shown his determination to accept them without such rites, do you provoke him by attempting to impose on his own people rites without his authority, and a against his manifest will? The argument is, that God had already accepted them. To attempt to impose these rites would be to provoke him to anger; to introduce observances which he had shown it was his purpose should now be abolished.

To put a yoke - That which would be burdensome and oppressive, or which would infringe on their just freedom as the children of God. It is called in Gal 5:1, "a yoke of bondage." A "yoke" is an emblem of slavery or bondage Ti1 6:1; or of affliction Lam 3:27; or of punishment Lam 1:14; or of oppressive and burdensome ceremonies, as in this place, or of the restraints of Christianity, Mat 11:29-30. In this place those rites are called a yoke, because:

(1) They were burdensome and oppressive; and,

(2) Because they would be an infringement of Christian freedom. One design of the gospel was to set people free from such rites and ceremonies.

Which neither our fathers ... - Which have been found burdensome at all times. They were expensive, and painful, and oppressive; and as they had been found to be so, it was not proper to impose them on the Gentile converts, but should rather rejoice at any evidence that the people of God might be delivered from them.

Were able to bear - Which are found to be oppressive and burdensome. They were attended with great inconvenience and many transgressions, as the consequence.

But we believe - We apostles, who have been with them, and have seen the evidences of their acceptance with God.

Through the grace ... - By the grace or mercy of Christ alone, without any of the rites and ceremonies of the Jews.

Grace of the Lord. Peter urged that it was not conformance to the law that brought salvation, but the grace of the Lord. This statement came as his closing argument.

Shall be saved. The salvation God promises is by grace (see Rom. 3:21-26; 5:1, 2; 11:5, 6; Eph. 2:5, 8). The works follow upon the receiving of the gift of salvation by grace (#HolySpirit fruit / work: the result with His Spirit presence within us is #Gal5verse22to23;  Rom. 8:4; Eph. 2:9, 10; Phil. 2:12, 13).

▪God raised His Son from death and will raise up a worthy bride for Him...

▪1 John 3:23 This is His commandment,
▪that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ,
▪and love one another (even our enemies #Matt5verse43to46),
just as He commanded us (in #John13verse34to35)

▪1 John 5:1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him.

▪1 John 5:10 The one who believes in the Son of God (#Jesus) has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe, God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in ☛the testimony that God has given concerning His Son☚.

▪Heb 4:3 For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said, "AS I SWORE IN MY WRATH, THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST," although His works were finished from the foundation of the world

The Sabbath is a type of life in the Holy Spirit who dwell in born again believers, which is resting in our Father (from self-will and pride) to serve others with His Son's love. The Lord of the sabbath knows that we need rest, but the hour is late and there is no better rest than walking in His Holy Spirit.



LOVE comes ONLY from God it's a GIFT from Him. If you dont love you dont have God ...  1John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love...



Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law (of Moses), do ye not hear the law?  For it is written, that Abraham had
☛two sons☚,
▪the one by a bondmaid (#LawOfMoses),
▪the other by a freewoman (#HolySpirit #FruitOfTheSpirit #Gal5verse22to23 #LawOfLove)
...For these are the
two #covenants
...Galatians 4:21‭-‬31






❤ Act 10:5-6 And now send men to Joppa, and call for oneSimon, whose surname is Peter: 6 He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.

Act 10:20  Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.

Act 10:32-48 Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee. 33 Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God. 34 Then Peter opened hismouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. 36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) 37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; 38How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. 39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly; 41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, evento us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead. 42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to bethe Judge of quick and dead. 43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. 44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. 45And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, 47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

Act 11:12-18 And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man's house: 13 And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter; 14 Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved. 15And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning.16 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost. 17 Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.

Mat 16:18-19 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. note 19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Joh 3:27  John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.

Joh 15:16  Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your
☛☛fruit ☚☚should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you

☛☛Fruit☚☚: #FruitOfTheSpirit / His work through your flesh: #Gal5verse22to23: The fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is
▪love [unselfish concern for others],
▪ joy,
▪[inner] peace,
▪patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting],
Against such things there is no law.

#Christians are called "chosen or elect" of God.
Jesus Himself in His HOLY Spirit now dwell in born again believers, exhort, advise,  command and direct His elect (spiritual Israel)

🔺Through the Holy Spirit God brings believers out of slavery and into his family

🔺“Judaisers” should be resisted, To be “in Christ” is to be spiritually circumcised

🔺impartiality: The ability to be unbiased towards any one race, class or person. This attitude is demonstrated by God and is to be emulated by the human race.

🔺Rejected by Jews, Paul turns more to the Gentiles

🔺Cleansing from sin or uncleanness, by means of ritual washing under the old covenant, but through the ☛☛blood of Jesus Christ under the new covenant.☚☚
▪Purification of the inner person

🔺Faith is the means by which God’s grace in Christ, and with him the blessings of salvation, is received. Paul’s doctrine of justification by faith emphasises the centrality of faith in the Christian life:
▪The gift of the Holy Spirit
▪Access to God
▪New life
▪Victory over death

#Love #GiftOfTheHolySpirit #Holiness #FruitOfTheSpirit #Gal5verse22to23 #LawOfLove #Righteous #Righteousness