Old Testament Messianic Prophecies – Prophecy #12

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The prophecy of the Lord Jesus for our consideration and edification, written centuries prior to His earthly existence is

Prophecy #12
Description
As Isaac’s seed, will bless all nations
Old Testament Prophecy
 Genesis 22:18
Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together.
New Testament Fullfillment
Gal 3:16
Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ.

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Old Testament Messianic Prophecies – Prophecy #11

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The prophecy of the Lord Jesus for our consideration and edification, written centuries prior to His earthly existence is

Prophecy #11
Description
The Lamb of God promised
Old Testament Prophecy
 Genesis 22:8
Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together.
New Testament Fullfillment
John 1:29
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

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Old Testament Messianic Prophecies – Prophecy #10

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The prophecy of the Lord Jesus for our consideration and edification, written centuries prior to His earthly existence is

Prophecy #10
Description
Seed of Isaac (Gen 21:12)
Old Testament Prophecy
 Genesis 17:19
God said, “No, but Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his offspring after him.
New Testament Fullfillment
Rom 9:7
and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.”

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Old Testament Messianic Prophecies – Prophecy #9

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The prophecy of the Lord Jesus for our consideration and edification, written centuries prior to His earthly existence is

Prophecy #9
Description
The Last Supper foreshadowed
Old Testament Prophecy
 Genesis 14:18
And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (He was priest of God Most High.)
New Testament Fullfillment
Matt 26:26-29
Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.”

And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you,

for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

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Old Testament Messianic Prophecies – Prophecy #8

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The prophecy of the Lord Jesus for our consideration and edification, written centuries prior to His earthly existence is

Prophecy #8
Description
King of Peace and Righteousness
Old Testament Prophecy
 Genesis 14:18
And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (He was priest of God Most High.)
New Testament Fullfillment
Heb 7:2
and to him Abraham apportioned a tenth part of everything. He is first, by translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, that is, king of peace.

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Old Testament Messianic Prophecies – Prophecy #7

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The prophecy of the Lord Jesus for our consideration and edification, written centuries prior to His earthly existence is

Prophecy #7
Description
A priest after the order of Melchizedek
Old Testament Prophecy
 Genesis 14:18
And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (He was priest of God Most High.)
New Testament Fullfillment
Heb 6:20
where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.

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Old Testament Messianic Prophecies – Prophecy #6

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The prophecy of the Lord Jesus for our consideration and edification, written centuries prior to His earthly existence is

Prophecy #6
Description
The Promise made to Abraham’s Seed
Old Testament Prophecy
 Genesis 12:7
Then the LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him.
New Testament Fullfillment
Gal 3:16
Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ.

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Old Testament Messianic Prophecies – Prophecy #5

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The prophecy of the Lord Jesus for our consideration and edification, written centuries prior to His earthly existence is

Prophecy #5
Description
Seed of Abraham will bless all nations
Old Testament Prophecy
 Genesis 12:3
I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
New Testament Fullfillment
Gal 3:8
And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.”
 Acts 3:25-26
You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.’

God, having raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness.”

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Old Testament Messianic Prophecies – Prophecy #4

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The prophecy of the Lord Jesus for our consideration and edification, written centuries prior to His earthly existence is

Prophecy #4
Description
 and let Canaan be his servant.
Old Testament Prophecy
 Genesis 9:26-27
He also said, “Blessed be the LORD, the God of Shem; and let Canaan be his servant.
May God enlarge Japheth, and let him dwell in the tents of Shem, and let Canaan be his servant.”
New Testament Fullfillment
Luke 3:36
the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech,

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Old Testament Messianic Prophecies – Prophecy #3

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The prophecy of the Lord Jesus for our consideration and edification, written centuries prior to His earthly existence is

Prophecy #3
Description
The bodily ascension to heaven illustrated
Old Testament Prophecy
 Genesis 5:24
Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.
New Testament Fullfillment
Mark 16:19
So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.

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Old Testament Messianic Prophecies – Prophecy #2

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The prophecy of the Lord Jesus for our consideration and edification, written centuries prior to His earthly existence is

Prophecy #2
Description
He will bruise Satan’s head
Old Testament Prophecy
 Genesis 3:15
I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
New Testament Fullfillment
Heb 2:14
Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil,
 1 John 3:8
Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.

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Old Testament Messianic Prophecies – Prophecy #1

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The prophecy of the Lord Jesus for our consideration and edification, written centuries prior to His earthly existence is

Prophecy #1
Description
Seed of a woman (virgin birth)
Old Testament Prophecy
 Genesis 3:15
I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
New Testament Fullfillment
Gal 4:4-5
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law,

to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.
 Matt 1:18
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.

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Evangelism – A New Method!

In my forty years of Christian life I have sought to evangelize by many methods.

One that I especially enjoy is door knocking.

I began to go door to door while I was working in a church in Quebec, with a six question survey. You see, I needed the survey because my French was so weak, I needed the survey to be able to communicate with the populace. I was in a very small church, and we needed to find new folks to join us.

The survey asked six questions,

  • Do you believe in God?
  • Have you obeyed all the ten commandments?
  • Can you tell me the 8th commandment?
  • Have you ever stole anything?
  • Why would God allow you into heaven if you have broken His commandment?
  • Who is Jesus Christ?

It was a feeble attempt to get people to consider their standing before God. I would like to tell you hundreds rushed to the church and we had a revival, but such was not the case. I spent many days in front of puzzled Quebecois, trying to communicate good news to a religious people.

Our family eventually ended up in an English part of Canada and I brought the door knocking method with me. It was so much easier to communicate, I found a partner who has been a great friend for decades, and we had some minor success in communicating good news to our neighbors.

All of that as an introduction to a letter I received 3 days ago.

A hand written envelope carried a hand written letter addressed to me.

Dear Carl – My mother and I live in the same area with you . We cannot speak with you personally, but we have some important information we want to share with you.

Right away I’m thinking this realtor has got a strange way of getting my attention. That misconception didn’t last long, for the letter continued with a few statements on how scary the world is, and yet there is hope in Jehovah. At this point I assumed the letter came from a Jehovah’s Witness adherent, and I always love to chat with these folk, so my interest was piqued.

The last paragraph continued with..

We engage in this activity because we are genuinely interested in our neighbors.

The author eventually gave me their email address. No signature, phone number, physical address or any other way of contacting this person – Golly, I don’t even know if the author is a male or female.

Immediately, I mocked this effort, and then realized I was falling into a judgmental/condemning thought pattern. Definitely not the life I want to exist in! Who knows if the author is physically disabled and cannot leave his/her home.

I decided to send off an email, seeking to be of assistance to this family.

Hello
I received a handwritten letter from you this evening, where you stated you cannot speak with us personally.
Since you know our name and where I live, it occurs to me that you may have some restrictions that are keeping you from coming to my home.
I would be happy to visit with you at your residence if you are physically disabled or unable to venture out for some other reason.
Please supply your name, address and available times to visit.  Hopefully we can schedule a mutually conducive time to visit and get to know one another.
Thank you 
Carl

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Repent of Your Sins – Metanoia – Repentance Verse List

repent-of-your-sins-isnt-found-in-the-bible-even-one-time-e1599255371527.pngA brother asked me recently to check the Bible for the phrase “repent of your sins”.

As the attached graphic states, the specific phrase “repent of your sins” does not occur.

My previous post referred to the verse lists for my study. This post supplies the list for the word “Repentance”, with an added bonus at the end.

Repentance – Strong’s G3341repentance-greek-def.png

Matthew 3:8

Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.

Matthew 3:11

“I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Mark 1:4

John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

Luke 3:3

And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

Luke 3:8

Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham.

Luke 5:32

I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

Luke 15:7

Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

Luke 24:47

and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

Acts 5:31

God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.

Acts 11:18

When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.”

Acts 13:24

Before his coming, John had proclaimed a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.

Acts 19:4

And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.”

Acts 20:21

testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Acts 26:20

but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance.

Romans 2:4

Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?

2 Corinthians 7:9

As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.

2 Corinthians 7:10

For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.

2 Timothy 2:25

correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth,

Hebrews 6:1

Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,

Hebrews 6:6

and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.

Hebrews 12:17

For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears.

2 Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

Unrepentant – G279

Added bonus for those brave souls who read the full post!  The following verse uses the negative term for repentance, translated as impenitent.

Romans 2:5

But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.

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Repent of Your Sins – Metanoeó – Repent Verse List

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A brother asked me recently to check the Bible for the phrase “repent of your sins”.

As the attached graphic states, the specific phrase “repent of your sins” does not occur.

My previous post referred to the verse lists for my study.

This post supplies the list for the word “Repent”

Repent – Strong’s G3340

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Matthew 3:2

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Matthew 4:17

From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Matthew 11:20

Then he began to denounce the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent.

Matthew 11:21

“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.

Matthew 12:41

The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.

Mark 1:15

and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Mark 6:12

So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent.

Luke 10:13

“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.

Luke 11:32

The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.

Luke 13:3

No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.

Luke 13:5

No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

Luke 15:7

Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

Luke 15:10

Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Luke 16:30

And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’

Luke 17:3

Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him,

Luke 17:4

and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”

Acts 2:38

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 3:19

Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out,

Acts 8:22

Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you.

Acts 17:30

The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,

Acts 26:20

but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance.

2 Corinthians 12:21

I fear that when I come again my God may humble me before you, and I may have to mourn over many of those who sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual immorality, and sensuality that they have practiced.

Revelation 2:5

Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.

Revelation 2:16

Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth.

Revelation 2:21

I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality.

Revelation 2:22

Behold, I will throw her onto a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her I will throw into great tribulation, unless they repent of her works,

Revelation 3:3

Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.

Revelation 3:19

Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.

Revelation 9:20

The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk,

Revelation 9:21

nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.

Revelation 16:9

They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory.

Revelation 16:11

and cursed the God of heaven for their pain and sores. They did not repent of their deeds.

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Repent of Your Sins – Introduction

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A brother asked me recently to check the Bible for the phrase “repent of your sins”.

As the attached graphic states, the specific phrase “repent of your sins” does not occur.

So, obviously repentance is not required of sinners, and evil men have twisted the pure gospel.

What?

That is ludicrous!

Lets get so particular that all we end up doing is finding unjustified specific claims to justify erroneous teaching that is broadly taught throughout the Scriptures.

This is a common tactic of those who despise and hate the message of a loving God who is looking for those who will worship in spirit and truth. This is also a tactic that believers have been warned of for centuries.

I think Paul supplied some counsel on this, in stating the need to understand the whole counsel of God.

Acts 20:27

..I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.

I could go looking for many specific phrases that describes clearly indisputable doctrines in the Bible and come up blank.

Lets try “God exists”. Doh – Nothing, not one single verse includes that phrase. Okay, using the same logic as above, there is no justification for teaching this truth since the specific phrase “God exists” doesn’t occur in the Bible.

As my momma used to say, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.”

I would like to suggest that repentance is an incredible truth that is required for both the lost and the saved.

Okay, now you’ve gone too far Carl.

I hear some of you out there thinking, why do I need to repent after I get saved? Or even, why do I need to get saved again?

Good questions! (I don’t think I could have come up with those on my own!)

As many of you know, I am an engineer by day, and love me them spreadsheets. Using this method gives me a high level view of the general teaching of the New Testament in relation to repentance.

So I retrieved all the verses that include the words repent and repentance in the New Testament, and compiled them in a handy dandy spreadsheet below.

Note that I used the Greek terms below to search for my verse.

Repent

  • Strongs # G3340
  • metanoeó μετανοέω

Repentance

  • Strongs # 3341
  • metanoia μετάνοια

One caveat about this spreadsheet.

I have categorized two groups of people that the call to repentance is given. Lost humanity, those that have had no relationship with the Eternal God of All. The second category deals with covenant people, and this is where I feel I need to explain some of my thinking.

The Lord Jesus came to a nation that was in covenant with the Eternal God and His focus in preaching repentance was two fold. First off, He was searching for those within the nation that did not personally know the Eternal God, and yet belonged to the covenant nation of Israel. An example may be Nicodemus.

As you may know by now, I found the remnant teaching in the Old Testament a few years ago, and it cleared up some questions I had. Very enlightening. If interested, see the “rant” in my post called Promises to Israel – 2. The Seed

Secondly He was seeking the nation of Israel (a covenant people) to repent of her ways nationally, and return to God. An example of this preaching can be found in Matthew 24 and 25, where He addresses the leadership of Israel.

In the spreadsheet below, I have identified those who were called to repent in relation to their status as covenant people first. Understand this group would also, for the greater part of the population, need to enter into a new covenant personal relationship with God through the Messiah.

If you are interested in taking this thought further, (and I am sure it can be taken further!) drop me a comment and I can send you a copy of the spreadsheet for your use.

I shall be posting the full verse lists for both of these terms related to repentance in the following days.

Who is Called to Repent?
New Testament Verse Strong’s # Covenant People Lost Humanity
Matthew 3:2 G3340 a
Matthew 3:8 G3341
Matthew 3:11 G3341 a
Matthew 4:17 G3340 a
Matthew 9:13 G3341 a
Matthew 11:20 G3340 a
Matthew 11:21 G3340 a
Matthew 12:41 G3340 a
Mark 1:4 G3341 a
Mar 1:15 G3340 a
Mark 2:17 G3341 a
Mar 6:12 G3340 a
Luke 3:3 G3341 a
Luke 3:8 G3341 a
Luke 5:32 G3341 a
Luke 10:13 G3340 a
Luke 11:32 G3340 a
Luke 13:3 G3340 a
Luke 13:5 G3340 a
Luke 15:7 G3340 a
Luke 15:7 G3341 a
Luke 15:10 G3340 a
Luke 16:30 G3340 a
Luke 17:3 G3340 a
Luke 17:4 G3340 a
Luke 24:47 G3341 a
Acts 2:38 G3340 a
Acts 3:19 G3340 a
Acts 5:31 G3341 a
Acts 8:22 G3340 a
Acts 11:18 G3341 a
Acts 13:24 G3341 a
Acts 17:30 G3340 a a
Acts 19:4 G3341 a
Acts 20:21 G3341 a
Acts 26:20 G3341 a
Acts 26:20 G3340 a a
Romans 2:4 G3341 a
2 Corinthians 7:9 G3341 a
2 Corinthians 7:10 G3341 a
2 Corinthians 12:21 G3340 a
2 Timothy 2:25 G3341 a
Hebrews 6:1 G3341 a
Hebrews 6:6 G3341 a
Hebrews 12:17 G3341 a
2 Peter 3:9 G3341 a
Revelation 2:5 G3340 a
Revelation 2:16 G3340 a
Revelation 2:21 G3340 a
Revelation 2:22 G3340 a
Revelation 3:3 G3340 a
Revelation 3:19 G3340 a
Revelation 9:20 G3340 a
Revelation 9:21 G3340 a
Revelation 16:9 G3340 a
Revelation 16:11 G3340 a

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Faith – Oligopistos – Matthew 16

Faith 2As mentioned in my earlier post, I was in discussion with my Sunday School teacher and we verred into the topic of faith.  This topic addresses the first Greek word in our table below

Faith

He had told me there are a number of Greek words in the New Testament that are translated “faith” in our English Bible, and I let him know I thought otherwise.

So I came home and did a quick study, using Blue Letter Bible web site.  The following table gives a summary of the New Testament Greek words used when describing our English word “faith”.

Strongs # Greek Transliterated English Equivalent
New Testament (Greek) for “faith”
G571 ἄπιστος apistos that believe not, unbelieving, faithless, unbeliever, infidel, thing incredible, which believe not
G1680 ἐλπίς elpis hope, faith
G3640 ὀλιγόπιστος oligopistos of little faith
G4102 πίστις pistis faith, assurance, believe, belief, them that believe, fidelity
G4103 πιστός pistos faithful, believe, believing, true, faithfully, believer, sure not tr
G6066 ὀλιγοπιστία oligopistia littleness of faith

little faith

Strong’s Number G3640 matches the Greek ὀλιγόπιστος (oligopistos), which occurs 5 times in 5 verses in the Greek concordance.

We will look at the the last of the four instances that Jesus (and only Jesus) used this Greek word in this post.

Matthew 16:5-12

When the disciples reached the other side, they had forgotten to bring any bread.

Jesus said to them, “Watch and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”

And they began discussing it among themselves, saying, “We brought no bread.”

But Jesus, aware of this, said, “O you of little faith, why are you discussing among yourselves the fact that you have no bread?

Do you not yet perceive? Do you not remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets you gathered?

Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many baskets you gathered?

How is it that you fail to understand that I did not speak about bread? Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”

Then they understood that he did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

 

 

Ortho...In our last post concerning Peters effort to walk on water, we considered Peter’s orthopraxy, that is the way he lived out his faith (in a very specific instance), and one of the many harsh experiences he had to under go to become a man of God.

This passage, the littleness of faith is referring to the disciples orthodoxy, that is thier interpretive understanding of the Lord’s teaching.

Lets set the stage.

The disciples had forgot bread.  A simple statement.

Jesus begins to teach on the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadduccess.  The word “leaven” stirred the disciples thoughts about bread, and they went directly to thier failure to supply. The disciples conscience started to condemn them, remembering that they had forgotten once (or twice) before.

As an aside, hadn’t the Lord supplied bread for them previously?  We are not to presume upon the Lord’s supply, but I feel this may have been simply an oversight on the disciples part.  The disciples had forgot bread.  Why was this foremost in thier thoughts?  Because they had thier mind on things below?  Because this seemed to be a habit?  Not sure.  Maybe not important.

metaphorJesus was speaking of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadduccess.  He was teaching metaphorically, not literally.  The disciples listened the the Lord literally, and missed the truth.

Jesus corrected the disciples immediately, referring to thier past history with bread.  Twice they had dropped the ball, and twice the Lord used the shortage to teach.  Here the Lord redirects the disciples to larger issues than simply food.

We so often get things sdrawkcab.  Seek ye first the kingdom of God, …

 

To the point, Jesus speaks to the disciples, and us about the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.  But what is that teaching?

The Pharisee’s and Sadducee’s Doctrine/Teaching

The passage clearly combines the Pharisees teaching with the Sadduccess teaching.  But they were worlds apart on various teachings.  I found this description informative (check here for more info.)

Religiously, the Sadducee were more conservative in one doctrinal area: they insisted on a literal interpretation of the text of Scripture; the Pharisees, on the other hand, gave oral tradition equal authority to the written Word of God. If the Sadducee couldn’t find a command in the Tanakh, they dismissed it as manmade.

I have always considered the Sadducee to be comparable to liberal elitists, and the Pharisees likened to the tradition laden believers within the church.  Both of these groups promoted a teaching that Jesus warned us of.

Dang it if I can’t find anything clear in this particular passage, but may I suggest a common thread of both these groups?

Both the Pharisee and Sadducee had these common traits

  1. They were both religious.
  2. They were both political.

1. Religion

no religionJesus came to create religion.  Why is He knocking it?

Nope.

That is wrong thinking Carl.  Jesus did not come to create a religion.  (Dang it if it wasn’t religion that killed the Messiah.)  Jesus never used the word religion when He preached. He condemned both the Pharisees and Sadducees in thier religious practices (which of itself doesn’t condemn all religion). I can’t find any of the apostles referring to religion (in a positive way) except in the book of James, which definitely does not describe the religion touted by the groups we are speaking about.

James 1:26-27
If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

2.Politics

organized religionSo, how does your Christian life relate to the turmoil of the political landscape in your land?  Do you get caught up in the promises, the hopes that politicians freely provide.  Do you see that political power is a positive influence in your nation?

The Pharisee and Sadducee parties were heavily involved in acquiring and maintaining  influence upon the people through the political process.  Political power is the ability to exert external pressure to make citizens/subject to conform, to fit into a certain mold, to control a population.

Christianity_Politics_NationalismI am convinced that Christianity and political power cannot exist together.  Religion and politics can exist, since they both seek to influence souls externally.  Not so with Christianity.  Christianity is completely different – The Spirit of God is internal, living and powerful, convincing and convicting each believer to follow God.

Christianity is to be the voice calling corruption to the carpet, not to be in bed with the earthly power.

Somehow, I feel Jesus may have been alluding to this unholy partnership.  Whether this passage speaks of this topic, I will leave with the reader.

Back to the Littleness of Faith

No matter, the littleness of faith spoken of by the Messiah can be directly connected with the manner in which we hear His words.  As a technically trained professional, I struggle daily to communicate literally, clearly and without contradiction, in order to have my message understood.  Vagueness and metaphors are not my cup of tea. (Ooops)

Not so with the Lord.  He often spoke in parables, likening earthly things with heavenly things, communicating on a different level.  He sometimes came down to our level, but He didn’t stay there.  He is calling us to have ears to hear His message, not to change the intent of the message to conform to our culture and training.  This is a mighty challenge!

The Word is powerful, but it is powerful the message it supplies.  We need to hear not only the words but the intent behind them.

Let us not have littleness of faith in our understanding of the Word of God.

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Faith – Oligopistos – Matthew 14

Faith 2As mentioned in my earlier post, I was in discussion with my Sunday School teacher and we verred into the topic of faith.  This topic addresses the first Greek word in our table below

Faith

He had told me there are a number of Greek words in the New Testament that are translated “faith” in our English Bible, and I let him know I thought otherwise.

So I came home and did a quick study, using Blue Letter Bible web site.  The following table gives a summary of the New Testament Greek words used when describing our English word “faith”.

Strongs # Greek Transliterated English Equivalent
New Testament (Greek) for “faith”
G571 ἄπιστος apistos that believe not, unbelieving, faithless, unbeliever, infidel, thing incredible, which believe not
G1680 ἐλπίς elpis hope, faith
G3640 ὀλιγόπιστος oligopistos of little faith
G4102 πίστις pistis faith, assurance, believe, belief, them that believe, fidelity
G4103 πιστός pistos faithful, believe, believing, true, faithfully, believer, sure not tr
G6066 ὀλιγοπιστία oligopistia littleness of faith

little faith

 

Strong’s Number G3640 matches the Greek ὀλιγόπιστος (oligopistos), which occurs 5 times in 5 verses in the Greek concordance.

We will look at three of the four instances that Jesus (and only Jesus) used this Greek word in the following post.

Matthew 14:28-31

And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”
He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus.
But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.”

Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

In our last post, Jesus rebuked the disciples for littleness of faith. They were poverty stricken of faith.  I noted that they had been given much teaching, personal interaction and many miracles to base thier faith on.  In this passage, the disciples had spent an additional few weeks (possibly more) since the previous rebuke, and received additional teaching and miraculous experiences

RiskIn this passage, the disciples are in a boat again, and it is in the middle of a storm, but it is Peter that “risks it all”

You gotta give it to Peter for his willingness to step out.  He saw the example of Jesus on the water, realized that as a disciple, he was to mimic the Master.  He verified the identity of the Master (Lord if it is you…) and asked for the empowerment (command me to come…).  Both of these prayers are commendable.  As believers, we are to verify the voice we are following, since there are many out there seeking our attention.  Secondly, we need to have the command of God to base our actions upon.  Both Peter did!

He jumped out of the boat and kept his eyes on Jesus.  Is this foolhardy?  Yes!  The lake was deep, full of danger, and cloaked in darkness.  When the surrounding exterior conditions became Peters focus, he began to sink into them.

How common for me to start out with my eyes on the Lord, anticipating no resistance or failure since He is so kind and good.  When I start to fall, slip or go under, my first response is to consider Him to have failed me.

RebellionThis is rebellion.

I need to hear the Lord’s rebuke, the status of my faith.  Reality checks are critical if we are to walk in truth.  My commitment to obey requires accountability and Jesus is faithful in supplying this, if we will listen.  If we listen.

Peter listened.  Did he experience shame, loss of stature among the brethren, increased doubts?  Maybe.

Did he eventually become a man of God?  Definitely.

Peter in the waterNote that upon sinking, Peter cried out to the Lord.  Immediately Jesus rescued him.  No longer did Peter walk on the water, looking to Jesus.  Jesus physically held on to him, but spoke of his littleness of faith.

In the midst of this obedience, Peter saw the tumult of his surroundings and doubted.  Peter doubted and did not pass this test.  But he stayed in the “game” and the Lord continued to challenge him, working with him in Israel for decades after, establishing the mother church and leading many to know Him.

Test 1How about you?  The last “test” you were provided?

How did you do?

  • Did you verify who was leading you?
  • Did you request power to get through it
  • Did you keep your eyes off your circumstances and on the Lord?

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Faith – Oligopistos – Matthew 8

Faith 2

As mentioned in my earlier post, I was in discussion with my Sunday School teacher and we verred into the topic of faith. This topic addresses the first Greek word in our table below

Faith

He had told me there are a number of Greek words in the New Testament that are translated “faith” in our English Bible, and I let him know I thought otherwise.

So I came home and did a quick study, using Blue Letter Bible web site. The following table gives a summary of the New Testament Greek words used when describing our English word “faith”.

Strongs # Greek Transliterated English Equivalent
New Testament (Greek) for “faith”
G571 ἄπιστος apistos that believe not, unbelieving, faithless, unbeliever, infidel, thing incredible, which believe not
G1680 ἐλπίς elpis hope, faith
G3640 ὀλιγόπιστος oligopistos of little faith
G4102 πίστις pistis faith, assurance, believe, belief, them that believe, fidelity
G4103 πιστός pistos faithful, believe, believing, true, faithfully, believer, sure not tr
G6066 ὀλιγοπιστία oligopistia littleness of faith

little faith

Strong’s Number G3640 matches the Greek ὀλιγόπιστος (oligopistos), which occurs 5 times in 5 verses in the Greek concordance.

We will look at the second of the four instances that Jesus (and only Jesus) used this Greek word in the following posts.

Matthew 8:25-26

And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.”
And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.

Let’s consider the situation.

fisherman

The disciples, many of which are professional fishermen, are in a boat with the Master crossing the lake, when a massive storm erupts. As skilled fishermen, they have seen these squalls come up and of all the men in Israel, would understand the clear and present danger the storm represented. They knew their storms.

Jesus is of a completely different ilk. He is a carpenter, a land lubber. And the complete and only God who controls all. Not concerned. Just ticked off.

By this time in the disciples experience, the true identity of this Jesus had not settled in. In thier walk with Jesus, the disciples had experienced the following….

  • Teaching Jesus Teaching (Mat 4:23-25; Mk 1:35-39, Lk 4:42-44).
  • Miracle A Man With an Unclean Spirit (Mk 1:21-28; Lk 4:31-37).
  • Miracle Simon’s Mother-in-law Sick (Mat 8:14-17; Mk 1:29-34; Lk 4:38-41).
  • Miracle A Leper Came to Him (Mat 8:2-4; Mk 1:40-45; Lk 5:12-16).
  • Miracle They Brought to Him a Paralytic (Mat 9:2-8; Mk 2:1-12; Lk 5:17-26).
  • Miracle Healing at the Pool of Bethesda on the Sabbath day (Jn 5:1-47).
  • Miracle Healing on the Sabbath (Mat 12:9-14; Mk 3:1-6, Lk 6:6-11).
  • Teaching And in His Name Gentiles Will Trust (Mat 12:15-21; Mk 3:7-12)
  • Experience Then He Appointed Twelve (Mat 10:2-4; Mk 3:13-19; Lk 6: 12-19).
  • Teaching The Sermon on the Mount (Mat 5-7; Lk 6:20-49).
  • Miracle A Certain Centurion’s Servant (Mat 8:5-13; Lk 7:1-10).
  • Miracle Raises the Dead Son at Nain (Lk 7:11-17).
  • Teaching Are You the Coming One? (Mat 11:2-19; Lk 7:18-35).
  • Teaching My Yoke is Easy and My Burden is Light (Mat 11:20-30).
  • Miracle The Woman With the Alabaster Flask (Lk 7:36-50).
  • Teaching Mary Called Magdalene (Lk 8:1-3).
  • Teaching Blasphemy of Holy Spirit (Mat 12:22-37; Mk 3: 19-30; Lk 11:14-20).
  • Teaching We Want to See a Sign From You (Mat 12:38-45; Lk 11:16-36).
  • Teaching Woe to You, Scribes and Pharisees, Hypocrites (Lk 11:37-54).
  • Teaching He Began to Say to His Disciples (Lk 12:1-59).
  • Miracle Parable of the Fig Tree (Lk 13:6-9).
  • Teaching Parable of the Sower (Mat 13:1-23; Mk 4:1-25; Lk 8:4-18).
  • Teaching Many Such Parables (Mat 13:24-53; Mk 4:26-34).
  • Miracle Jesus Rebukes the Storm (Mat 8:18-27; Mk 4:35-41; Lk 8:22-25).

Before we judge these disciples, consider your situation.

I don’t know about you but my situation is not dissimilar to the disciples. Of course I don’t enjoy the opportunity to physically walk with the Master, but He has supplied much teaching.

Miracles 1

Miracles?

I would suggest that I have seen miracles in the last 38 years of knowing Him.

I’ve seen believers give of thier bodily organs to heal a fellow believer. I’ve seen poor believers supply funds to people they do not know. I’ve seen young men, wild in thier youth, go preaching the gospel from door to door. I’ve seen believers suffer pain and doubt, yet still clinging to the hope of the gospel.

Excuses?

Not so much when I think of it!

Miracles? Yes

Lord – Show mercy to this frail man, and give me strength to stand in the day


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Faith – Oligopistos – Matthew 6

Faith 2

As mentioned in my earlier post, I was in discussion with my Sunday School teacher and we verred into the topic of faith.  This topic addresses the first Greek word in our table below

Faith

He had told me there are a number of Greek words in the New Testament that are translated “faith” in our English Bible, and I let him know I thought otherwise.

So I came home and did a quick study, using Blue Letter Bible web site.  The following table gives a summary of the New Testament Greek words used when describing our English word “faith”.

Strongs #GreekTransliteratedEnglish Equivalent
New Testament (Greek) for “faith”
G571ἄπιστοςapistosthat believe not, unbelieving, faithless, unbeliever, infidel, thing incredible, which believe not
G1680ἐλπίςelpishope, faith
G3640ὀλιγόπιστοςoligopistosof little faith
G4102πίστιςpistisfaith, assurance, believe, belief, them that believe, fidelity
G4103πιστόςpistosfaithful, believe, believing, true, faithfully, believer, sure not tr
G6066ὀλιγοπιστίαoligopistialittleness of faith
 
little faith
 

Strong’s Number G3640 matches the Greek ὀλιγόπιστος (oligopistos), which occurs 5 times in 5 verses in the Greek concordance.

We will look at the first of four instances that Jesus (and only Jesus) used this Greek word in the following post. (Matthew 6:30 is parallel passage in Luke 12:28)

Matthew 6:25-30

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
 

Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

 

And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?

And why are you anxious about clothing?

 
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,
 

yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

GrubWorry over Grub and Garb

Worry worry worry.

Garb

A concern over food and clothing just doesn’t connect with me, residing in the USA and having much more than I need.  The disciples didn’t have it so good.  They had food for the day, thier daily bread. They may have had one set of apparel, and when it became worn, purchasing new wear would constitute a significant burden on thier resources. An inner garment and an outer garment, a belt and some sandals.  Food and clothing was a justified concern.

Does Jesus simply say not to worry.  No – He elevates our standing before God via  directing our attention to a bird and a little flower.  Amazing.  Let’s consider the lily.

The Lily

Madonna_lilyWe find Jesus talking to His disciples, speaking of the toil (growing exhausted) and spinning of a simple lily compared with the splendor of Solomon, (Israels wealthiest King).

This alone is instructive for us as believers, since we surely estimate King Solomon’s splendor (clothing/appearance) to be greater than that of a humble lily.  But the Master states that thinking to be wrong thinking.

Solomon spent his days toiling to create a splendor he enjoyed.  The lily does not toil, and is simply a splendor. (By the way, in the Lord’s estimation the greater splendor.)

Solomon had splendor that was external.  The lily’s splendor comes from within.

As believers, Jesus tells us the Father will “much more clothe” us.  He has greater concern for us than the lily, yet the lily had great splendor.  He compares the lily of the field (which has a temporary existence) with believers (non-temporary existence) who have so little faith.

Is Jesus simply speaking of the literal clothing on our back?  The Word states He supply’s our every need, so the clothing on my back is provided by the Father.

He is addressing the topic of worry.  Worry over the clothes on our back and the food we eat.  He reminds us numerous times that we are of much more worth than a sparrow or a lily.

MickeyMy greatest downfall in my walk with the Father is worry.  A mind numbing, paralyzing worry.  I have so little faith.

My worry comes from one source.  I have my eyes fixed on the wrong object.  Solomon’s splendor was visual, pride elevating, of this world.  The lily simply exhibited the life God supplied.  The lily didn’t toil for something beyond its reach, or seek to add to its current splendor, or even compare its splendor with a dandelion.

This is against my nature! I continually set goals to gauge my progress, compare myself with others and seek more out of life instead of simply enjoying the life supplied by the Father.

Abstract Watercolor TextureMy perspective is completely upside down.  Oh – I can justify my worry, calling it careful planning, walking in wisdom, careful stewardship.  How shallow and of no impact.

How accurate when Jesus called me out, that one with little faith.  Father forgive me and teach me to keep my eyes on you.

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