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Jerusalem


By Admin, 2022-01-18


Those who read the Bible with any degree of understanding will know that Old Testament Jerusalem is a picture of something far more wonderful than an earthly city.  

“…he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.
And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.” Revelation 21:10-14.

Of course, the Apostle John uses “picture language” to describe the heavenly Jerusalem, but that is only that we may have “an understanding” of what he describes. However, it is the heavenly Jerusalem that is the real city of God, the earthly Jerusalem was a type of the true.   

Abraham “…looked for a city which has foundations whose artificer and constructor is God.” Hebrews 11:10

“…they earnestly desire better, that is, a heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He prepared for them a city.” Hebrews 11:16





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Jesus


By Admin, 2021-12-27

JESUS

Ἰ ησο ῦ ς (Jesus [Joshua])

Hebrew יְהוֹשׁוּעַ

Which is a combination of…

יָשַׁע Oasha (Salvation)

יְהֹוָה Jehovah (The Lord)

Jesus = Jehovah our salvation (or Jehovah “our Saviour”)

The meaning of Jehovah יְהֹוָה (Yehovah).

“It is a combination in marvellous perfection of the three periods of existence in one word - the future, the present, and the past.” Thomas Newberry.

YEHi (He will be) - hOVe (being) - hahyAH (He was).  

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come , the Almighty”. Revelation 1:8.

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Citizens


By Admin, 2021-12-27

“…he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God”. Hebrews 11:10

“For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come”. Hebrews 13:14

The inhabitants of cities are citizens. Abraham waited and looked for a city that has foundations. Those who are of the faith of Abraham have no continuing city here (in this world), for those who are the children of promise have their citizenship in heaven.

“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself”. Philippians 3:20-21

Our citizenship is no longer of this world, though we yet dwell therein.

“…we know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the wicked one”. I John 5:19

For God, through Christ, has delivered us from the wicked power of this world and transferred us to His Son’s kingdom. 

“My kingdom is not of this world” John 18:36 

“He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love”. Colossians 1:13

“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth”. Colossians 3:1-2

“Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” Ephesians 2:19-22

”For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and he of the freewoman through promise, which things are symbolic. For these are the two covenants: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar— for this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children— but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all”. Galatians 4:22-26

“Jesus answered, Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again (born anew from above)’.” John 3:5-7

“But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel”. Hebrews 12:22-24

“…I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband”. Revelation 21:2

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The Author


By Admin, 2021-12-08
The Author

There are two Greek words translated author in the New Testament writings; these are...

ἀρχηγός - The author, chief leader (captain, prince).

"For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings." Hebrews 2:10

Young's Literal Trans: "For it was becoming to Him, because of whom are the all things, and through whom are the all things, many sons to glory bringing, the author [ἀρχηγός] of their salvation through sufferings to make perfect..."

"...looking unto Jesus, the author [ἀρχηγός] and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:2 

The other word translated author is 

αἴτιος - The reason, cause, or author

An author is the originator, of a thing, whether literally as in author of a book, or the beginner of thing. It is the source or cause of something.

Jesus is the author, the cause, of eternal salvation. Without Him there is no salvation.

"Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; and being made perfect, he became the author [αἴτιος] of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him..."
Hebrews 5:8-9

Young's Literal Trans: "through being a Son, did learn by the things which he suffered—the obedience, having been made perfect, he did become to all those obeying him a cause of salvation age-during."

αἴτιος is used but once in the New Testament and ἀρχηγός is used twice, and all three occasions in the book of Hebrews; clearly "authorship" was important to the Apostle.

The significance of authorship
The foundation of the Apostle John’s ministry was the Word (λόγος), that which was in and from the beginning (ἀρχή = first principle). Clearly there is great similarity between John’s beginning and the Hebrews writer’s author. Both centre on the origin and the source. In the Epistle to the Hebrews the writer’s emphasis is that of cause: i.ebe-cause of (by cause of), the reason for, on account of. So in chapter 2:10, “to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings”. The one who is the cause (ἀρχηγός) of their salvation.

Author signifies the cause of (or the reason for) something, and is, therefore, also the authority of the thing itself. “What’s your authority for saying that?” “By what authority do you do this?” It is important to understand that Jesus Christ is both the author and authority. The authority of the name Jesus is absolute because of Him who bares it. “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11. Albeit, the misuse of the name (without the authority invested in it) may result in undesirable consequences - Acts 19:13-16.

Jesus! the Name high over all,
In hell or earth or sky;
Angels and men before it fall,
And devils fear and fly.

Jesus! the Name to sinners dear,
The Name to sinners giv'n;
It scatters all their guilty fear,
It turns their hell to Heav'n.

Jesus! the prisoner's fetters breaks,
And bruises Satan's head;
Power into strengthless souls it speaks,
And life into the dead.

O that mankind might taste and see
The riches of His grace!
The arms of love that compass me
Would all the world embrace.

O that my Jesu's heavenly charms
Might every bosom move!
Fly, sinners, fly into those arms
Of everlasting love.

Thee I shall constantly proclaim,
Though earth and hell oppose;
Bold to confess Thy glorious Name
Before a world of foes.

His only righteousness I show,
His saving grace proclaim;
'Tis all my business here below
To cry "Behold the Lamb!"

Happy, if with my latest breath
I may but gasp His Name,
Preach Him to all and cry in death,
"Behold, behold the Lamb!"


Charles Wesley 

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The Faith of God. Joseph Ellison


By Admin, 2021-11-16

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How Sons of Men May Become Sons of God. Joseph Ellison

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His Son in me


By Admin, 2021-10-29

"...I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: and profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.

But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood..."

Galatians 1:11-16.

"...to reveal his Son in me"
No doubt we have heard teaching on this wonderful verse many times, and we may have a good understanding of what the Apostle Paul was meaning. If I may be permitted I would also like to say a few words about this.

First, I will say that this was always the purpose of God, not only to reveal "His Son" in the Apostle Paul, but to reveal His Son in all man*.

Secondly, I'd say it was the sole purpose of His creation, and the reason why, when He had finished His creation, said "it was very good", and why He rested from His works.

Thirdly, I am sure it was the only reason why Satan deceived Adam and Eve - in order to prevent or hinder God's sole desire to create the image of His Son in man.  But Satan is not God (although he hates to be reminded of the fact or admit it), and although he may have thwarted God's purpose, he could not prevent it.

We will not consider here the historical events that led up to Calvary, but we will consider in part why Calvary was necessary in regard to God’s purpose.

The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Romans, said, “our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin” (6:6). In order for God to reveal His son in men, he had to first get rid of the usurper - referred to by Paul as the old man. The image if His Son cannot dwell in the same body as the old man, and needed to be “put to death”.

The Lord Jesus was not only “wounded for our offensives” but also “made sin for us”. Men are not only sinners and sin-full, but have within them the corrupted nature (seed) of the first Adam. This is the reason why men must be born again, of the Spirit.
“And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven” (I Corinthians 15:45-47).

The new birth is not a transformation of the old man into a new man, as if by some magical power, it is the creation of the new man.

“…ye have put off the old man with his deeds; and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him“ Colossians 3:10.

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10.

“…put off concerning the former conversation (life) the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts.. And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Ephesians 4.22&24.

The Fashion of Christ
Salvation is nothing less than Christ being formed in us. "My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed* in you." Gal 4:19. *μορφόω (morphoō) to "fashion". The tabernacle furniture was fashioned according to the Lord's requirements. "...thou shalt rear up the tabernacle according to the fashion thereof which was shewed thee in the mount". Exodus 26:30. The verb fashion means to "make into a particular form." God has but one fashion, and that is Christ, of which the Old Testament tabernacle was type.


Christ is formed in us by His indwelling Spirit.
“Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you.” Romans 8:9-11.
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” II Corinthians 3:17-18.


to be continued...

*Man/men = mankind 

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The Anointing


By Admin, 2021-10-26

All those who are seeking the saintly life will recognise the anointing as its central and pre-eminent characteristic.

It does not save, but it does sanctify.
It does not redeem, but it does endue with power.
It does not deliver, but it does ordain for service.

Its immediate effect is to fill us with “the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation in the knowledge of God” (Eph. I:17).
Its secondary effect is to separate us from all dependence upon unanointed teachers, because “The anointing we have received… teacheth us all things, and we need not that any man teach us.” (I Jno. 2:27).
Now “He who anointed us is God, who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts” (I Cor.I:21-22, and II Cor. 3:17-18).

 

Joseph Ellison (The Anointing)

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