The Greater Glory

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1 Peter 2:20 “For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.”

(a) For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently?

As Christians, we esteem our own selves highly when we patiently in Christ, overcome verbal assault or mockery in regards to our past errors, inconsistencies or wrongful doing. We pray, we search the scripture, we plead with God for Grace and strength to withstand the scoffers, and as we overcome, we feel a sense of victory.

However difficult and trying that may be, and Lord know’s these kinds of situations can be tremendously taxing, yet scriptures begs the question, “for what glory is it?”. Consider a christian man who is faced with a situation, where in his local church he is labelled and set aside from leadership simply because of a past sin or fault. But with prayer and patience in Christ endures, showing continual love for the brethren and stays a faithful attendee. That’s character, and this is evident to onlookers by his actions.

(b). .but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.

In light of this latter part of the verse, consider the very same man, but without past faults, in fact an elder in the church with 20 years of service, yet out of nowhere is falsely accused of attempted rape of a troubled young woman from the youth. Without fair judgement, the Pastor and leadership expel the elder, and tell him never to return to the church again. This is no ordinary church, this is his home, a church where his majority of friends attend, a church where he grew up, a church close and dear to his heart, but he accepts the ruling.

Why? Because too return would endanger the church, possibly causing a split and further damage to an already fragile membership. But if only it ended there, living a in small community, the town citizens soon hear the rumblings in the wind, his friends close their doors to him, other churches refuse to accept him and he is stared at in the streets, with vehement disgust. His image is tarnished, his testimony is gone and the only one who know’s his innocence, is the LORD. That friend, is “acceptable with God”.

(c) The Right Kind of Glory

The “Glory” in 1 Peter 2:20 has nothing to do with what is esteemed in the eyes of men (whether God is esteemed in what the man has accomplished or not); but rather, what is esteemed of by God alone. Note the man above is suffering for a choice he made, he alone knows the truth, and yet he stands by his decision for what he believes to be obedience unto God.

As Christians in modern times, we think so highly of ourselves, when we ensure hardship of being criticized for our faults, for being mocked at for our failings or even judged for our past sins. Yes there is a battle and we depend on Christ and His Word to get over it; but friend what Glory is it? True suffering friend, God-honoring suffering and God pleasing suffering is not sought after, but is attained when a man despite being innocent bears patiently the affliction, the trial, the difficulty, the hardship – without retaliation vengeance and murmuring. Is this not the example of our Lord Jesus Christ, is this friend not the GREATER GLORY?

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The Trial of Christ’s Christian

 

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As Christians we know trials are hard, we know consciously that they will come, and we know we need to press on. But there is a particular trial, which often times we don’t label a trial, but is; and that is “suffering wrongfully”. Consider arriving at a four-way stop, a person approaches from the right, they have their indicators on to turn left, so you begin to move straight across. Suddenly you realize they are not turning, instead continuing straight. Immediately you slam your brakes and as they pass just in front of your vehicle, the driver and his passenger curse at you with verbal assaults and hand gestures.

I don’t know about you, but this makes me quite angry; why? Because despite them being in the wrong and causing a near accident, they ‘magically’ blame me, assuming me to be the guilty party, and they the VICTIM. How dare they insinuate I am wrong, when they are in error? How dare they accuse me, when I am innocent? Sound familiar….

I know this is simplistic and perhaps doesn’t relate to you, but the gist of being accused wrongfully and the frustration one feels thereafter, should. For it is on this ground we see a refraction of light from the heavenly’s as we consider that Jesus Christ in being God’s son, was falsely accused, but kept silent; was mocked, but never resorted to a malicious response; was made naked and ashamed, but never veered from His Father’s obedience; was prosecuted by the authorities for crimes He didn’t commit, but never rebelled; was whipped, beaten and spat at, but never fought back; was taken to a Cross and Crucified despite being innocent, yet never calling down a legion of Angels to rescue Him from the torture, the pain, the agony and the shame.

It is by that example, we heed the words of scripture – 1 Peter 2:19“For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully”. Thankworthy there simplistically means, for this is acceptable. Friend it is acceptable in God’s eye, it’s esteemed, it is looked upon with pleasure when someone in obedience to God (not man), is wrongfully accused and bears it (despite being innocent).

The question thus must be asked – is Christ’s example our own? In life (particularly in our church communities), do we carry this attitude, this obedience which is acceptable before God, or do we resort to that which is “unacceptable”, choosing to think of ourselves more than we ought, to defend our honor, our name, our pride, our self-image; instead of “bearing our conscience toward God”. Is it Him we thinking of, or is it us?

 


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Why do we DO NOTHING while SOULS head off to DIE?

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I’m not a big believer in God ordaining man,
to the pits of all damnation, in line with satan’s plan.
I’m of the firm opinion, that Christ died once for all,
to make a plan of salvation, to the sinners like Saul & Paul.

Now dear Christian reader, you call yourself TRUE,
but do you do the Master’s work,
or is this life, just all about YOU?
Millions are dying every day, yet we stand there full aware,
while having the cure, we stand obscure,
to scared to tell the truth.

That Jesus Christ came to the earth, 2000 years ago,
to bear His life upon a cross,
considered nothing more than useless dross.
But on that Cross, He did atone, for my sins and your’s alone,
bearing the pain, and awful shame,
He the FATHERS OWN.

Now Christian reader, how long will you sit idly by?
When thousands in around you are headed of to die.
The place they are going is not some simple tomb,
it’s a burning fiery furnace of eternal darkened gloom.
But instead of rushing forward to warn these dear souls,
We’re sitting in our seats, warming up against the cold.

Oh how long will we forget the Master’s cause,
That He came to die, for you and I,
and to save our precious souls.
Now is the hour dear friend, hear the bells long rung,
redeem the precious time that’s now,
and shout the Hosanna song.

Let us stop the excuses, let us not further shy away,
but tell others about Jesus, so they won’t be cast astray.
Time is off the essence, they soon may die today,
Please just go and tell them,
He died for all their sins to PAY.

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What is Bible Doctrine?

Doctrine

As defined by the modern world dictionaries is this;
“a belief or set of beliefs held and taught by a Church, political party, or other group”.

You talk to Christians and to most people, even Pastors and men in the faith and they will confirm this is what “doctrine” is. That definition is not biblical! Why?

Important Points in Understanding the Bible (or a Word in the Bible)

  1. In studying God’s Word; definitions for words are not found in Modern Day Dictionaries but the Bible itself. If the Bible defines something you know it’s going to be spot on; because it’s as God defined it! That’s a reliable source.
  2. The Bible defines itself best – take the word you looking for and run the references in a concordance, then group the words according to definition or how they are defined in context. The bible is it’s own dictionary and interpreter (it is the Word of God right!)
  3. Dangerous mistake: Taking a word and applying it all the way through scripture. For example; the word “justified” (just as if I’ve never sinned). I don’t like that definition and I don’t enjoy hearing it; why, cause it gives the impression, that every time you come across it, that will be its definition. What happens when you hit passages like James 2:24 “Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only” – this is exactly how we ended up with Armenians, Methodists and notable cults.
  4. Another Deadly Mistake is to assume you know the definition of a word, when you have not taken the time to study it out, and allow the word of God to define it.
  5. English definitions change through time. The word “gay” once considered to mean happy or jovial, now refers to homosexuals
  6. More often than not; the Bible will have multiple definitions for a Word given context and situation, and those definitions will be found throughout scripture; never just off themselves.

So then what is Doctrine?

Doctrine – The Bible’s Definition:

Firstly there is 51 references to the word “doctrine”. Doctrine is used 6 times in the OT, and 45 times in the NT. Clearly in our age, “doctrine” has become far more important, given the lack of prophets, signs, wonders, dreams and God speaking directly to man; because we were given and left with, the Word of God (infallible, accurate, and from God Himself).

There are multiple definitions to the word “Doctrine” in the Bible, given their context, history and situation and they are below.

  1. A Principle (4 references):
    • Proverbs 4:2: For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. (Book of truth and wisdom; Solomon giving wisdom as a Father)
    • Examples: Good doctrine would be following a form of dating that is God-honoring; being mindful of the music one listens. These are good principals learnt through experience or from application of scripture.
  2. It’s Truth (9 references):
    • Job 11:4: For thou hast said, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in thine eyes.
    • I Timothy 1:3: As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine,
    • Examples: Doctrine here is seen as truth that it should not be deviated from. It is pure and right.
  3. It’s False Truth (5 references):
    • There is no such thing as false truth; but my point here is, that to the believer of the instruction given is truth, but it is false. Why? Because it’s from a corrupt source and not from God!
    • Jeremiah 10:8: But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities [the doctrine of the heathen]
    • Revelation of John 2:14: But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
    • Examples: Doctrine here, is teaching that comes from a source other than God. Listening to men, rather than God is “false truth”. Too often we condescend upon the heathen or other men and women; who engage in lies and deceit; yet I have seen so-called men of God, while doing “right” ruin a church. This is false truth! Right is not right alone, right is right, when it meets the desire of God, it meets the timing of God!
  4. Teaching (31 references):
    • Ephesians 4:14: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
    • I Timothy 1:10: For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
    • Hebrews 6:1: Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
    • Examples: There are many teachings around us, and huge differences even among Baptists. We have those that hold to dispensations, and those hold to law and grace; men teach differently because their personality apply focus to certain character traits of God, or some men teach differently just because of their flesh. But in all these 31 references and the 3 we just looked at, Doctrine, is simply “teaching”.

Looking at this in overview – the weight or the number of references that lie in the definition of our last point (31 references); thus the definition for “Doctrine” is simply “teaching”. BUT What is clear an evident, that “doctrine” is neutral, and can be both “good” and “bad” (based on it’s source); hence the Bible makes reference to “sound doctrine”.

Let’s look at all the references (4 references):

  1. I Timothy 1:10: For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
    • It is the Pauline Epistles, which form the foundation of our doctrine; or shall I say our teaching from scripture. Scripture teaches much, and sometimes they conflict; but in reality they don’t as the audience is different, the dispensation is different and there is doctrine that is instruction and doctrine that is for learning.
    • Our Doctrine comes from the Pauline Epistles; and that is our foundation for defining truth and God’s teaching for us in this dispensation. I’m not a Hyper-dispensationalist but that is how God defined our approach.
  2. II Timothy 4:3: For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
    • A great picture of our time; the mega-churches of time or those that proclaim TRUTH with compromise; either in the Word of God (using other versions); or simply making the church more worldly.
    • Men will go where their “lusts” can be met, thus they hope from church to church; they not looking for a place where they can feel comfortable amidst the people; their looking for a place to be comfortable
  3. Titus 1:9: Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
    • The wonderful thing about “sound doctrine” is that its truth has it’s foundation in the Word of God. And if we hold “fast” to the faithful, the outcome, the benefit is that we are able to “exhort” (build up, encourage) and convince the gainsayers (turn the direction of those that speak for their own self-gain).
    • So a question then? Perhaps, you sitting here this morning and believe you are well grounded in “sound doctrine”; then surely there is evidence in your life; of being able both to exhort and convince the gainsayers!
    • The COST of TRUTH is that it needs to BE TOLD; it must be SHARED!
  4. Titus 2:1: But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
    • I must admit this confused me a little; how can Titus speak/teach something that becomes sound doctrine. Sound doctrine by itself is from God, and He is the source, thus making it eternal. Can man (in this case, Titus), speak a new revelation (from God) that becomes “sound doctrine”. No, we know that this is not true in light of the Pauline Epistles. It was at that moment I realized; I was seeing “sound doctrine” as one WORD.
    • So I took the word “sound” and searched it through scripture; and found 86 results. In the majority of it’s usage, it’s about something that is audible – what you hear, and own others, a clearer view into this verse.
    • Turn with me to II Timothy 1:7: For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.* (Sound there means, unbroken, un-decayed).
    • II Timothy 1:13: Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. (again, un-decayed, unbroken)
    • Titus 1:13: This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; (rebuke them, so their faith may be unbroken)
    • So sound means – “unbroken, un-decayed”.
    • Now let’s read on in the passage for context; Read Titus 2 vs. 2-5; 7-8; 10; 15.
    • The point being made here by Paul, is that Titus needs to teach these things, so that the doctrine, the truth, the teaching of Paul (of Christ), will remain unbroken, un-decayed; for what is doctrine, if they do not produce “works”. Paul is emphasizing that doctrine is seen as sound when it produces the right result!

So to summarize; “Doctrine” is a neutral word in the bible used to indicate an instruction from a source. And the source’s can be; self, the devil or God. It’s simply “teaching”.

Sound Doctrine is off God. He is the source; and it’s found in scripture, it’s an eternal truth, which cannot be changed or altered. Sound doctrine is an instruction from God

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How to be pleasing to God?

Faith

As in previous posts I’ve been trying to come to a clearer understanding of what the Lord would have of me, not what is dictated to me by Preachers, Pastors, Men in the Faith, Men who are mentors, people in our church or the norms of religion (or whatever denomination you or I may be). I’m not saying we are to exist outside the body to which we form part off (the church); that’s unhealthy, unscriptural, and makes for a breeding ground for wolves. But what I am questioning, or bringing into the light is this – is your definition, and mine in relation to pleasing God, equal to His own?

This is so simple yet in our Christian lives, it is this simplicity which confounds (the wise right?). The best place to understand what is pleasing to God, is in Hebrews 11. It is there we will find the answer as to what pleases God, by the very men and women God takes the time to articulate as being “Heroes of the Faith”. It is here, we will see how we too can be found to be pleasing, and perhaps a hero/heroine of the faith.

Hebrews 11:6a simply states; “But without faith, it is impossible to please him”. Hold on just a minute friends, take note, that it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God, except it be done in and through faith. So God requires us to have “faith”. The next logical question should then be, but what is “Faith”? Faith as defined by some, is a gift – that contradicts this portion of scripture, as most of the hero’s had a journey that built their faith (Moses, Abraham, Sarah, David). Some say “faith” is a continuous conversation with self, to believe God will deliver on their own desires, needs or wants. Wrong again, an analysis of the heroes that are viewed through a magnyfying glass in this chapter show men and women led by God, to fulfil God’s purpose, their conversation is not with self, to will, to believe more, to grow more in faith, but to converse with God and trust His promise.

Faith’s definition is found in Hebrews 11:6bfor he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Wow! If you run this definition through the lives of each hero mentioned in this portion of scripture you will see the very reality of this definition and it’s beauty.

Abraham received a promise from God, to seek out a city whose builder and maker is God, did he see it, no! Moses was promised to deliver God’s people to Canaan, and did he see or enter Canaan, no! Noah was given a promise by God that He would send a flood to judge the earth, and for 120 years that promise never came. Imagine Noah preaching the promise, but it never coming, imagine how for those 120 years he was mocked, scoffed and laughed at. But he still endured, believing God and His promise. Sarah was given a promise of a seed that shall multiply as the stars of heaven, and how long did her and Abraham wait. And it is this, Hebrews 11:6 that is the heart to every hero of the faith; coming to God, believing that He is; but far more that He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him.

The problem we face in modern church today, is men and women take the first step, trust in Jesus Christ, and when trials come, and when their faith in God is put to the test, they run to the hills to find shelter, instead of resting under God’s pavillion. When reality and hardship cross the “fickle” Christians path; he finds it hard to hold onto God, because the loss of his/her loved one, the pain and difficulty their enduring does not match up with what God promises (or so they think), and thus they run away from Him.
Friends, true faith is not what you receive when you believe, but believing and holding onto Christ despite not receiving the promise, but trusting He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. That is faith, and that is what pleases God. Hebrews 11 is soaked with it.

I think no greater clarity is found but in this verse;

Hebrews 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on earth

Grace dear friends

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Are we building strong families?

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Family is something taken for granted in this modern day and age. I say taken for granted because very little effort is made to effectively manage it, to understand it’s priority, to understand it’s role and importance biblically. How so?

One only needs to look at the amount of time the modern family spends together. Both parents are now working, and to have a wife stay at home seems archaic or unnatural. Parents then spend 9-10 hours of their day away from their kids (working) – while others raise their kids indirectly, through direct or indirect conversations and behaviour. Parents then get home (tired, irritable and weary) and spend perhaps 2 hours with their children before sleep time. That’s collectively on a worst case scenario – 10 hours together as a family. 10 hours in a 120 hour work week. That serious strain on the family!

My thoughts here simple; are we following mainstream society in developing and building our families? Is the current day family ecological system right? Is the status quo sufficient for building strong families, for raising kids who are strong in spirit and able to be overcomers in the world?

God’s very clear on the importance of family, and initially when I started seeking for Biblical evidence I was a skeptic (believing that there was very little or unsubstantial). To my suprise, the Bible itself is built upon the foundation of family! Let’s review the facts:

  • References that speak of family (this is amazing!):
    1. Father – 852 references
    2. Mother – 226
    3. Brother – 331
    4. Sister – 103
    5. Child – 181
    6. Son – 1785
    7. Husband – 104
    8. Wife – 360
    9. Family – 76
  • Not only is there a plentitude of verses, but the very God-head, God himself, consists of family nuclei – a Father and a Son. Wow!
  • Jesus Christ was born into a family. That sounds simple – but realistically God didn’t need to do that; but Jesus was raised with a Father and Mother.
  • Jesus Christ came to earth to die for us, why? So that we may be called – the sons of God. All saved are now brothers and sisters in Christ.
  • The Bible calls believers – the family of Heaven and Earth.
  • The Lord Jesus Christ will one day soon return for His Bride. Husband shall betroth wife! A beautiful union – a marriage – a family!

That to me is an eye-opener; and if God could supplant theses truths in His Word, surely their important and to be considered.
It’s easy to say “My family comes first!” – but perhaps our assumption about our approach is not quite what it should be. Friends, we have the oppurtunity, sorry the privilege to raise our children, and either we spend the time writing on the pages of our childrens hearts; or those pages will be filled with the thoughts, morals and opinions of others (found at school, television, friends and society). How well are you guarding your treasures?

In Christ
Dane

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Does God desire I surrender all at the cost of my family?

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As a Christian in service to Jesus Christ, I often find myself overwhelmed by my passion to please Jesus Christ in contention with my desire to honour and love my family. How so you may ask – simply by the use of time.

I work 9 hour working day like anyone; get home and spend 3-4 hours with my 10 month old daughter and my darling wife. In fact my daughter sleeps much earlier, so in actual fact I really only see her for 1.5-2 hours (maybe an extra 30 minutes in the morning). That isn’t much to be influential, nor is it significant to write on the pages of her life – to impress upon her lessons about life, morality and the Lord Jesus Christ. Thankfully, my wife is at home, and she homeschools.

Then after the hectic work week comes the weekend, but it has it’s own commitments; Saturday Evangelism, Men’s Prayer in the afternoon, and two Sundays services (morning and eve). Now too me that’s a tall order! In these moments and events, a Father has to find time to minister to his wife, educate his child, and interact with his family in a way that is meaningful and filled with love.

Don’t get me wrong, serving and being involved in the ministries of a local church is not work, nor duty, but born out of a desire to please the Lord Jesus Christ. Secondly I’m clearly aware that “ministering” unto others is not momentary (at a scheduled time weekly), but rather hour by hour oppurtunities found in daily life. But in that itself, lies both answer and problem.

By way of an answer; there lies an approach to ministering and being a father – taking oppurtunities as they come, as life happens.
By way of problem; some events need to be planned and scheduled to get it done, or for it to be effective, and in that comes contention for one’s time.

The weights of these demands (work, church, family and the world) are ruining families, hurting church relationships, producing religion in Christians, causing children to love the world more than Christ, divorce and more so guilt. Over the next few weeks I intend through scripture to find some balance to this tension, and to answer the following questions:

  • Is it necessary to be at every church meeting?
  • What does God consider a faithful Christian?
  • What is my calling as a Father and Husband?
  • Life is about priorities, as it determines what get’s taken care off and how; where does my family fit in?
  • Does God care about families? Where is the scriptural evidence?
  • How much time should I be spending with my family?

This is my desire and hope that in looking to God for wisdom, that these articles may help others.

Grace and Peace

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God’s People Israel

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The Confusion:
There is some confusion today over who God’s “special people” are. Yes the obvious answer is those that believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ and trust in Him for their sin’s atonement. But to be more Biblical, or rather technical – we are not. Prior to us was the nation of Israel, and whether we choose to accept it or not, scripture is clear that God will again deal with the nation of Israel.

Why is this important?
Because it is causes a ripple affect of incorrect division of scripture, which leads to the formation and persistence of a myriad of cults and religious movements. Doctrines that this thought process helps promote; is replacement theology, works salvation, soul sleep, eternal life on earth and a whole host of ‘cult-type’ philosophies.

Proof? Give me Proof!
We will break down the proof into plain logic, by looking at the Bible in overview, and then delve more specifically into some scripture (as often times, that which is logical when viewed in accordance with His Word becomes unbiblical and thus illogical).

A Logical Argument:
Firstly, in the Bible we see God deal with different groups of people, and give those people different instructions. We clearly see the Gospel being different through the ages; the good news for Noah’s time (was get in the boat, the floods coming), for Adam and Eve (don’t eat from the tree of knowledge, of good and evil); for Israel as a nation – obedience to God’s law and pardon for sin through sacrifice (not forgiveness of sin). God spoke to individuals and nations; and had specific instructions for them.

Now the OT predominantly deals with who as a people? Israel! There is no church, and in fact there is little to any “salvation” for non-Jews (Gentiles). The books in the OT (39), predominantly deal with Israel, and are instructions for them. Before you begin allegorizing, and making application, or labeling a chapter prophetical; it has primary roots in being HISTORICAL; for a time, for a people and written by a people; ISRAEL.

Jesus Christ came to what area? Who did he predominantly minister too? What descent where the 12 disciples? What descent was Jesus? In the genealogy of Christ, shown in Matthew 1; all the people mentioned are of one nation? Repeatedly, the answers will be the same; God from the OT (up until Acts 2) was working with the nation of Israel and in a predominantly Jewish area.

Scripture references:
For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God:the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth (Deuteronomy 7:6)
I’m really strong on multiple verse support, but this verse is a clincher. It just nails it down instantly, and to which there is no debate, or response. Israel, Jacobs sons (forming the 12 tribes), are God’s special people! We are not Jewish (Israeli), we are Gentiles, grafted in, due to their rejection of the Messiah, and the Kingdom of Heaven. Not enough for you, check the following references: Deut 14:2;Isaiah 41:8-9; 43:10; 44:1; 48:12; Daniel 11:15.
Read Romans 9. A snippet, 9:4 – Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises.
The Bible is so clear, I’m going to end right here – let the truth shine forth!

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