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    Ephesians 1:9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
    Ephesians 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

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    .Background on the city of Ephesus
    .Paul’s prayer
    .Plymouth Rock
    .Church of England
    .Some history of the Puritans and their rejection of the Church of England [Anglican] keeping some of the High Church practices of the Catholic Church

    TEACHING- [Past posts- corrections? Below]
    Intro- Ephesus was the capitol city of the Roman province of Asia- it was one of the top cities of the day [Like Rome- Corinth- Alexandria- etc].
    It was a major commercial center because of a port to the Aegean sea- [Now silted up]
    And if you remember my Acts study- the famous temple of Diana was located there- which was considered to be one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world-
    Paul spent more than 2 years there and he probably penned this letter while sitting in jail at Rome [House arrest]
    I actually just covered the history of this in my study on the book of Acts- so I thought it fitting to now start a new study on the letter the apostle wrote to this Christian community.
    Chapter 1-
    Paul begins the letter acknowledging God’s sovereignty in his own calling-
    Ephesians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
    His own conversion was an example of God’s choice- God converted Paul that day on the Damascus road- when Paul was on the way to persecute Christians-
    So his own experience is seeing God picking him- not based on his [Paul’s] own choice-
    And Paul reminds the believers that is the same choice of God that picked them as well-
    Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
    Ephesians 1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
    The doctrine of predestination is clearly taught in this passage-
    It has been a hotly debated doctrine thru out the history of the church-
    But it is simply stated in the above passage- God chose us to become his children- before the world was made.
    Yet- the purpose of God is greater than us- people in time- who have believed-
    God’s greater purpose is reconciling all creation to himself thru Christ- who was/is the eternal Logos who himself made all things-
    Ephesians 1:9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
    Ephesians 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one ALL THINGS in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
    Paul also speaks of this redemption of creation in his letter to the Romans- %5Bsee chapter 8]
    The scope of what God has done in Christ is difficult to grasp at the start- and the apostle prays that their spiritual eyes might be able to see the bigger picture-
    Ephesians 1:15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
    Ephesians 1:16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
    Ephesians 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
    Ephesians 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
    Ephesians 1:19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
    Ephesians 1:20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
    The raising of Jesus from the dead and his ascension to the right hand of the throne of God shows us that ultimate rule and authority are now exercised in the kingdom of God-
    A kingdom that is above all others-
    Ephesians 1:21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
    This authority given to Jesus Christ has also been delegated to us- the body of Christ-
    We are the community of people where the Spirit of God resides- Jesus being the head of the church- we being the Body- and all things having been put under his feet- speaks of all authorities being subjected to the Body as well- who we are-
    Ephesians 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
    Ephesians 1:23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
    All of these great mysteries have come to pass- because these things are planned by the counsel of God himself-
    Ephesians 1:9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
    The power given to the church is an enormous responsibility- the gift of the wisdom of God to enter into these realities also comes with a balance- a discretion-
    Ephesians 1:8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
    All of these things were made possible only thru the obedient act of the Son who went to the Cross to redeem us-
    8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
    9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
    Phil 2-
    Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; [Some sites see here ]
    The death of Christ for the sins of man positions those who believe to stand blameless before the throne-

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    Luke 2:14

    Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

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    Isaiah 55:10

    For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

    ON VIDEO- [Went to Rock City church this Sunday and spoke on the verses that Pastor David preached on]

    .Frankie and the cigarette

    .Tina’s Cross- the story

    .She came back from the dead

    .Gave me the Cross

    .And went back

    .Just Bee

    .Jesus at 12

    .The scholars were amazed at his questions

    .They saw him again one day- when he flipped the tables of the money changers at the temple

    .Did they remember it was the same boy about 18 years earlier?

    .The Purse story- where did it come from?

    .NYC Port Authority

    .You cannot serve God and Money- Jesus Christ said this


    This day I attended Rock City Church- and spoke on some of the verses Pastor David taught on-

    I also shared some recent experiences that I wanted to talk about.

    The verse that came to my mind earlier in the day was from Isaiah

    Isaiah 52:14

    As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:

    In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations

    As we celebrate the birth of Christ during this season- I simply meditated on the price that Jesus paid-

    I thought of his miraculous birth- the signs surrounding his life- how his mother ‘pondered’ these strange events as he grew to adulthood-

    And then the 3 years of ministry that he embarked upon after his baptism by John.

    How he truly fulfilled the prophecies about him- even the ones that spoke of his rejection from others-

    Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

    Some in his day even thought he was mentally unstable-

    20Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. 21When his familyb heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.” Mark 3

    And even his closets friends doubted him at times-

    57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.

    58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.

    59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.

    60 Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?

    Then came the day he was born for- the day that had to be- in order for the promise to come to pass-

    This promise- [Some sites see here ]

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    ACTS 28- [Conclusion of the Act’s study]

    Isaiah 25:7
    And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations.

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    .Stranded on the island
    .Melita [Malta] founded by the Phoenicians around 1000 BC
    .Paul gets bitten by a snake
    .The ‘natives’ think he is being judged
    .Then when he doesn’t fall down sick and die-
    .They think he is a ‘god’ [Fickle]
    .Where did these ‘natives’ get the concept of justice? [natural law theory is true]
    .Paul functions in the gift of healing
    .The ship he takes to Rome has the names ‘Castor and Pollux’- who were they?
    .The mythical sons of Zeus
    .Paul at Rome
    .He makes his case to the Jews
    .Some believe- some don’t
    Note- when we study church history we realize there was already a church [believers] at Rome before Paul got there
    .So we often teach that Paul was not responsible for the church at Rome
    .Yet here we see he did introduce some Roman Jews to Jesus- so he certainly played a role
    .Paul quotes from Isaiah 6- which in a way sums up the last half of the book of Acts [see my teaching below]
    After thoughts-
    .Would you go to hell to save the world?
    .A talk I had with a homeless friend
    .Do we live with a self preservation mentality?
    .Are our churches centered around this mentality?
    .Your purpose is to fulfil the mission- even if it does not ‘save’ you [The Cross]
    .A polarized nation- our times
    .Yet- their is a redeemer- Jesus God’s own Son

    TEACHING- As we end the Acts study- I’ll add my past teaching below- and just mention a few things.
    The last few chapters was the lead up to the climax- Paul was going to Rome to appeal his case to Nero-

    His accusers have been on his trail the whole time-
    And as he arrives in Rome- he calls together the Jews to present his case first to them.
    He figured they heard all the rumors about him- and wanted to make a defense.

    As it turned out- they were not aware of all the stuff he was going thru.
    So he presents the gospel to them- some believe- others do not-
    Then he quotes one passage out of Isaiah 6-
    Acts 28:25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers,
    Acts 28:26 Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive:
    Acts 28:27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
    Acts 28:28 Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.
    It’s interesting- because the whole chapter of Isaiah 6 [posted below in the verses section] sort of sums up Paul’s whole experience in the last half of the book of Acts.

    He has been going from city to city- desperately trying to persuade his fellow Jews that Jesus is indeed the Christ- the anointed one- the promise that they have been waiting for.
    And in this excitement of the reality that they were living in the time when the promise made to their father’s thru the prophets- has now been fulfilled-

    Yet- he is dumbfounded that his fellow Jewish brothers refuse to believe it!
    And that sums up the chapter of Isaiah 6-
    God called the prophet to go and preach to his fellow Jews-

    Yet it was thru this preaching of Isaiah that their hearts would be hardened- and they would not believe-
    Isaiah even asks God how long will this go on- God says until he makes a full end.
    Isaiah 6:9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
    Isaiah 6:10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.
    Isaiah 6:11 Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate,
    Yet- there is still the promise of the remnant- which Paul himself speaks about in his letter to the Romans-
    Romans 11:5
    Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
    In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations

    Paul even quotes out of Isaiah again-
    Romans 9:27
    Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:
    In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations

    And God also speaks about the remnant to Isaiah- [some sites see here ]
    Isaiah 6:13 But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.
    Meaning there would be a period of time in the history of God’s dealings with the Jewish people- and

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    Galatians 6:17 From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.
    Galatians 6:18 Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

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    .Abe from North Bergen
    .Paul says ‘good bye’
    .Steve Miller band
    .Stevie Nicks [landslide]
    .Legal and experiential justification
    .Grace is not a license to sin
    .Not an anti-Jewish letter
    .We are ALL one in Christ
    .It’s an inclusive message
    .Some North Bergen stories
    .Comments on media
    .Malachi Martin
    .St. Augustine
    .The Catholic Church does not teach salvation by the law
    .Have grace with one another

    TEACHING- [past posts- verses below]
    During this study I have been adding an old commentary I wrote years ago- the videos are new.
    I’ll just add a note here at the end.
    This letter is a ‘theological’ one- meaning- the purpose is to show how God- in Christ- has fulfilled the law.
    And we become justified- not by the law- but by faith in Christ.
    Pretty simple.
    When Paul speaks ‘harsh’ about the ‘circumcision’- meaning his Jewish brothers who were trying to institute circumcision as a rite for the gentile believers-
    He is not in any way making anti-Semitic statements- or ‘bad’ statements against any ethnic/religious group.
    He is fighting for the gospel of grace.
    Over the history of the church- some Christians did indeed espouse anti- Jewish beliefs- based on these portions of scripture.
    Yes- Paul was hard on the ‘circumcision’- the Jews under the law- but it had nothing to do with ethnicity.
    It was theological-
    In this last chapter he even says to restore those who are wrong- in the spirit [attitude] of meekness.
    In the world we live in today- it’s important for Christians- in my mind- to stand for the truth- but to do it in a way that does not demean other people.
    Whether that be Jewish- Muslim- or any other group.
    Yes- as Christians we fight against false doctrine- and at times- these are tough fights.
    Thus the strong language we see at times in the New Testament.
    But even Paul himself spoke about God reconciling all people- whether they be Jew- gentile- male- female- in Christ.
    He fought hard against the Judiazers- because in reality they were indeed preaching an ‘exclusive’ message.
    Saying the only ones who God accepts- are those who get circumcised- and join ‘their group’.
    But the message of grace leaves the door open for all who believe.
    Jew- non Jew- male- female- all are accepted equally thru the message of the Cross.
    So I just wanted to end this brief study with this point.
    Yes- read these bible books for yourselves.
    Go thru the bible- the Letters I have been covering.
    Whatever background you come from- it makes no difference.
    You are here now- reading this stuff- or maybe watching some of the videos.
    The purpose is for you yourself to engage in the grand debate- that has been going on for 2 thousand years now [since the time of Christ that is].
    Yes- the debate about life itself- what’s man’s purpose in it?
    What does the bible actually teach about all these subjects?
    The bible was written for the common man to read- and understand.
    I’ll admit there is some stuff that is hard to understand at times.
    But when you engage in the text- read the background of the times- see what the teachers over the years have said as well-
    In the end- the main message of grace is clear- it is easy to understand.
    The free gift of God by grace is for all of us.
    And remember- it is a gift for all. [Some sites see here ]

    PAST LINKS [ Teaching I did before that relates to today’s post- ‘Galatians 6’- Verses below]

    Galatians 1

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    And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out. Luke 19:40

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    .Web sites

    .Rocks cry out- who are the rocks?

    .Occupy till he comes

    .1st and last Adam





    .Passover Lamb

    .Money changers [here’s my book- I mentioned it on the video]

    .Descartes- Leibniz- Pascal


    .Theology- Philosophy- Science

    .Pascal’s wager


    .Who is considered the 1st scientist?


    .Jansenism- I talked about this movement on the video-


    Teaching- [Past teaching below]

    I covered the verses from the Sunday Mass and a few notes from Church Unlimited-

    I’ll add my past teaching below that relates.

    I did teach some on Philosophy- Descartes- Leibniz and Pascal.

    Descartes was born in 1596- died in 1650-

    The most famous saying from Descartes is Cogito Ergo Sum- loosely meaning ‘I think- therefore I am’.

    Pascal is also famous for his writings called the Pensees these were various thoughts he had written down which became famous after his death.

    They were not intended to be a complete teaching on the existence of God- but simply insights he jotted down during his life.

    He was a Catholic Christian [like the others I mentioned above] and did associate himself with the Jansenist’s- a catholic movement that was a sort of Reform movement in itself- but they remained within the Church-

    They revived the teachings of Saint Augustine- and challenged the institutional church of their day.

    I actually mentioned Augustine while I talked philosophy- his famous bent oar example- when you see an oar in the water- the senses [sight] seem to show it as being bent-

    Though it just ‘seems’ that way to the eye- yet in reality it is not bent.

    This example came up while I talked about the whole subject of how we know what we know- a field all the thinkers I mentioned in this post dealt with- called epistemology.

    The history of Theology- Science- Philosophy- were all intertwined when you sought a higher education in the classical sense-

    As we got into Aristotle and Plato- I could not think of the school Plato started-

    After I shut the vidoe off- I remembered- I believe it was the Academy [Honest- haven’t checked it yet- but taught all this before so if I’m right I’ll leave this note- I have since checked- here’s the link- ].

    There were a few ‘coincidences’ that fit in with this weeks teaching- I share them on the video.

    Leibniz shares the distinction as one of the inventors of Calculus [along with Newton]-

    And at the end of the video I mentioned Pascal’s Wager- my daughter mentioned how it was funny- because she just moved her own copy of the book the day or so before-

    So these are just a few notes- I’ll add the rest below-

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    ACTS 27

    Acts 27:22 And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship.Acts 27:23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,Acts 27:24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.

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    .Shipwreck on the way to Rome
    .Launched from Sidon [modern day Lebanon]
    .Made it to the island of Crete
    .Paul says for them not to set sail again- because this time of the year the winds get bad
    .The commander rejects Paul’s advice
    .They sail and the ‘North east front ‘ gets them
    .Then the shipwreck- stuck at Malta- a known island just south of Sicily
    .Why all the history- geography here?
    .Luke is writing a 1st century history of the events surrounding Jesus and his early followers
    .How the movement spread- where they went- and all of this history is indeed true
    .Lot’s of the historical evidence in Act’s does confirm the bible- that’s in not just a bunch of made up fables
    .Yes- the critics challenge the faith- and have tried to discredit Christianity
    .But the faith of the church is not founded on fairy tales- but historical truth
    .And even the ship wrecks and the islands they landed on in the 1st century- show the bible to be true after all

    PAST POSTS- [Parts of my past teaching that relates- Verses below]

    ACTS 27- Paul heads to Rome! He sets sail under guard and has a few harrowing experiences. He warns the ships captain not to sail at one stop, the time of severe weather is at hand. They refuse to listen, they set sail and wind up almost dying. Paul gives them a classic ‘I told you so!’ and says ‘don’t worry, an angel from God appeared to me and told me your lives will be spared’ [poor Paul, when is he going to see that these prophetic experiences are ruining his ministry!] they all swim to shore after the ship gets stuck off shore. At one point while still stuck in the water Paul tells them ‘you guys have not eaten in 14 days, have some food’ he breaks bread, thanks God and invites them to eat. I really see this as a type of ‘Lords supper’ thing. I have showed you guys in the past that the early church practiced a type of ‘common meal’. They seemed to take Jesus words in John 6 [Paul in Corinthians too] to teach that ‘as oft as you do this’ [do what? As oft as you get together and eat a meal from this time forth, you will remember that your actual spiritual life is pictured by you eating and drinking for physical life. I am your daily bread of life. You live because I live!]The early believers seemed to take it in this ‘buffet style’ way. So Paul seems to be holding some type of ‘invitation Lords meal’ and saying come and dine! At the end of this chapter Paul’s life is spared by the favor he had with the centurion Julius. God gave him protection to complete the mission. Paul has been witnessing of Jesus to all these gentile [Roman] authorities and he will take it to Rome. Ultimately it will take 3 centuries before the whole kingdom [Roman Empire] will bow the knee, but Paul was the firebrand who set the match.

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    ACTS 26

    Acts 26:22 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:Acts 26:23 That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.

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    ON VIDEOS- [Past teaching- verses below]
    JFK and Descartes video-
    .The paragraph from the new document release said he was shot- from the front
    .A brief review of Descartes
    .The Jesuits
    .Protestant Reformation
    .Edgar Hoover said ‘ ít’s important that the public believes there was only one shooter’- huh?
    .Dewboy Lister update

    Acts 26 video-
    .Paul makes his case- again
    . ‘’I was just like them’’
    .Then came the Damascus road
    .He became a witness of the resurrection
    .He was being persecuted- for the same hope they were all waiting for!
    .They just didn’t see it yet
    .Justified by faith
    .Alice recall

    TEACHING- [Past stuff]

    PAST POSTS- [Past teaching I did that relates to this post- ACTS 26- Verses below]

    (766)ACTS 26- Paul makes his case before Agrippa. Paul says that he is being accused of the hope that all the Jews are waiting for and serving God day and night to receive! It’s funny how all the religious requirements of the law and temple, the whole culture of Judaism. All the symbols that made up their heritage. All the times they would quote Moses or Abraham ‘we have Abraham as our father’ ‘we know God spoke to Moses’ all of these things were for THE SOLE PURPOSE of coming to a point in Jewish history where the Jews would receive their Messiah. Paul states ‘this actual hope and reason for our existence as a Jewish nation is the cause of contention that the Jewish leaders have against me’. What an amazing thing! Now once again Paul will state the basic Christian doctrine of Jesus and his resurrection ‘king Agrippa, why would it be so hard to believe that God can raise the dead’? Did you ever ponder this question? A few years ago you didn’t exist [30-50-70?] since you were born you have been taught that you exist because of certain natural means. You learned the process of birth, and some of you have actually had kids yourselves. During you life you have heard and learned about the universe, planets, the history of man. We have lived thru an industrial and technological revolution. We put men on the moon, we splice genes, we take men’s hearts out of their bodies and put pumps in there place! Plus all these things came from a point in time where there was no thing! Hebrews says God made every thing from nothing! Science actually does agree with this [read my section on Evolution] and after all this experience and knowledge you have attained in your very short life, yet if God were to say ‘I will raise the dead’ people say ‘now, how can you expect me to believe that?’ We do have pea brains at times! Paul also retells his conversion and says how Jesus told him he would be a witness of the historical events of Christ and his resurrection, but Jesus also said ‘and you will testify of the things I will reveal to you in the future’. Now we have to do some stuff. What were the things that Jesus was going to reveal to Paul in the future? We read these things in Paul’s letters. Basically the great reality of our sharing in the divine nature [actually this is Peter] our sonship. The great mystery of God making one new man out of Jew and Gentile. Truths concerning the ascension and the heavenly realities of redemption [Hebrews]. The point is the ‘future revelation’ of Jesus to Paul was not some knowledge outside of the boundaries already laid down in the gospels. The doctrine of the Apostles was already being taught thru out the book of Acts. God simply gave Paul greater insight and revelation into the truths that already existed. The Gnostics [early second century cult of Christianity- the word comes from the Greek term ‘Gnosis’- knowledge]. They taught a type of special knowledge that said the basic Christian who only has the historical truths of Jesus are at a lower level. Once you become a Gnostic, you then have special revelation that can’t be learned thru normal means. A popular Christian teaching comes close to this ‘revelation knowledge’. Many years ago I was a student of E.W. Kenyon and the word of faith movement. Brother Kenyon taught a type of mystical teaching that said God can reveal things to people outside of the 5 senses, and this is ‘revelation knowledge’. Can God do this? To a degree, yes. We actually read how Agabus gave Paul a prophecy about being bound at Jerusalem. Or Paul dreaming about a man in Macedonia asking for help. I see the reality of God being able to reveal things to us supernaturally as a gift of the prophetic. We are born of Gods Spirit and we do receive understanding from God as his Spiritual children. But yet Paul will write ‘study to show yourself approved’. So Jesus told Paul he was going to show him stuff in the future. Paul based his apostolic authority on this fact [Galatians 1-2]. He would say ‘the gospel I preach was not given to me by men, but God revealed it to me’ what gospel is Paul talking about? The gospel [good news] of the grace of God. Jesus revealed the more important stuff to Paul as time went on, Paul was seeing more and more grace! [Some sites see here ]

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    Sunday sermon

    Acts 1:3
    To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

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    Sunday sermon video!Aocp2PkNEAGMi0oTQlcxLhm8L-Wc

    .The longer reading
    .Who wrote the most chapters in the New Testament?
    .Who wrote the largest part of the New Testament? – Good Question [Word for word- Luke. Most letters- Paul]
    .The promise of the Spirit
    .The importance of the ascension
    .The Kingdom question in Acts 1?
    .The unfolding of the plan/mystery of God
    .The present ministry of Jesus
    .Continual intercession
    .He showed himself alive- after his passion
    .How about us?
    .Passover- Pentecost
    .Jesus and his church are the fulfillment of these great feasts
    .The good argument Justin Martyr made
    .Tabula Rasa
    .The 2nd coming of Christ

    Hebrews 7:25
    Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
    In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations

    Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

    TEACHING [Past posts below]

    Today I have no plan on making a video- so this will be it until Monday night.
    I just finished a study for the weekly text posts- and I’ll start a new one Tuesday, God willing. I want to wish all of you a great Lord’s day- hopefully most will attend a church service in the city you live in.
    I realize some are not able to attend for various reasons- but would encourage you to fellowship with other believers- even if it’s in a home setting- it’s important for believers to meet together- it builds each other up when we do this.
    Ok, that’s it for this brief note-
    God bless all

    James 2:26
    For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

    [These verses thru out the post are some I quoted on the video- all the verses I quoted or taught from are at the bottom of this post]

    PAST POSTS [These are links and parts of my past teachings that relate in some way to today’s post- Verses below]

    Acts 1
    ACTS 1
    Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1

    .The Jesus movement
    .Is it just a ‘story’?
    .Act’s proven to be historically accurate
    .Industrial revolution leads to field of archeology
    .We found stuff
    .field of documentary evidence arose-
    .That proved it too
    .Sir Ramsey changed his mind
    .Church in world history
    .Descartes- Copernicus- etc.
    .Jesus ascends
    .Wait for the promise of the Father
    .Judas replaced
    .Power is on the way
    .early 20th century- Spirit comes to Azusa
    .Then at Duquesne University
    .Catholics get it too
    .Charismatic movement [Some sites see here ]
    PAST TEACHING [below are my past links/teaching I did that relate to today’s video- ACTS 1]

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    Galatians 5:5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

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    Galatians 5 videos-!Aocp2PkNEAGMg08R75QPEHmGLZxm!Aocp2PkNEAGMg08R75QPEHmGLZxm

    .Not under law
    .Walk in the Spirit
    .Law fulfilled by love
    .Against such there is no law
    .Fruit of the Spirit
    .We wait for the hope of righteousness
    .Calvinism- Arminianism
    .We are all in process
    .Self-control is a fruit
    .To be effective in the kingdom you need discipline
    .Protestant Reformation- Trent responds
    .Legal fiction?
    .Evangelical reductionism
    .You are all 1 in Christ
    .MLK Jr.

    PAST POSTS [Past teaching I did that relates to today’s video- Galatians 5- verses below]

    (1335) GALATIANS 5- Paul’s main theme is if we possess the Spirit as believers [being indwelt by God’s Spirit] then let us also walk in/by the Spirit, as opposed to trying to please God by the law and being circumcised. Paul will use the somewhat controversial term ‘ye are fallen from grace’ which simply means that these Gentile believers started by faith and went back to the old Jewish system, much like the themes in the book of Hebrews. Paul says when you go back to the law you have left grace. Christ has ‘become of no effect to you, you who are justified by the law’. This is a good example of how words and certain phrases can develop over the centuries of church history and develop a different meaning over time. In essence the bible does teach that a person can ‘fall from grace’ but this does not describe what the modern reader might think. The first church father who attempted to formulate the Christian doctrine of the Trinity was a man named Tertullian, he lived in the second century and was what theologians refer to as one of the Latin fathers [as opposed to the Greek ones- Origen, etc.] Tertullian was famous for the sayings ‘what does Jerusalem have to do with Athens’ and ‘I believe because it is absurd’ he was resisting the influence of Greek philosophy on the church, he felt that Greek wisdom was influencing the church too much. He was trained in law before becoming a theologian [like Luther and Calvin of 16th century Reformation fame] and he used the words ‘God is one substance/essence and also three persons’ later church councils would agree with this language. But the word ‘person’ at Tertullian’s time was the Latin word ‘personi’ which was taken from the theater and meant a person/actor who would put on different masks during the play; the word had a little different meaning then what we think of today as ‘person’. Later centuries would come to condemn certain Christian groups who seem to have formulated language on the Trinity that expresses the same thing as what the original developer of the doctrine meant to say, but because words and their meanings change over time we get ourselves into disputes that might be getting us off track. Paul also tells the Galatians that if they become circumcised that they are obligating themselves to keep all the law. Of course the medical procedure that many have done in our day is not what he is speaking about, but in Paul’s day getting circumcised was the religious rite that placed you into the religion of Judaism, and this is what Paul is refuting among the Galatians, he tells them not to go down that road. This chapter has lots of good ‘memory verses’, the famous lists of the works of the flesh versus the fruit of the Spirit are found here, and it seems pretty clear to me that Paul identified circumcision with the moral law of the 10 commandments, that is he saw being circumcised as an act that obligated you to ‘keep all the law’ some theologians are discussing whether or not Paul meant the law of Moses when speaking about going ‘back under the law’ some think Paul was speaking only of the ceremonial law and the system of animal sacrifices when he was telling the gentiles that they should not go under the law, I believe if you read Paul in context both in this letter and the book of Romans, that he is speaking of the moral law too, not just the ceremonial law. All in all Paul exhorts these believers to fight for their right to be free from the past restraints of religion and bondage, he tells them to not desire to go back under a system of bondage, that Christ has made us free from that legalistic way of life and he has liberated us by giving us the Holy Spirit- if we ‘walk in the Spirit we will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh, for the flesh lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh, and these two are contrary one to the other, so that you cannot do the things that you would’ amen to that.
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    ACTS 25

    Acts 25:19 But had certain questions against him of their own superstition, and of one Jesus, which was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.

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    6-5-22 Mazzaroth [last Youtube video]!Aocp2PkNEAGMkTLCVaq5g4W3kl8v

    Acts 25 videos-!Aocp2PkNEAGMg202UhWtOO2o1BhS

    .Paul’s appeals
    .The new governor comes in
    .festus replaces Felix
    .The local court out of Jerusalem still had the plot!
    .From Ceasarea to Jerusalem was about 60 miles- a 2 day trip back then
    .Paul appeals- to Nero!
    .Seneca the Stoic
    .King Agrippa the 2nd- and Bernice the queen
    .Wait- aren’t they brother and sister?
    .Bernice is the oldest daughter of Agrippa the 1st- and Agrippa the 2nd is his son
    .How they they be King and Queen?
    .Can you solve this riddle?
    .Homer- Iliad- Odyssey

    TEACHING – Just a few notes- these past few chapters are simply covering Paul’s appeals thru the local court system [Sanhedrin] and going up the ladder to the top court of the land- Caesar of Rome.

    The caesar at this time- is Nero-
    Nero was one of the worst persecutors of the early church- yet Paul took his case to him.

    At this stage Nero was not ‘as bad’ as we know him to be later on.
    He actually will martyr both Paul and Peter later on.
    Yet at this stage of the game he was influenced by Seneca- a Stoic philosopher-

    Though the Stoics were not considered Christians- they did indeed have moral elements to their teaching.
    Self denial- stuff like that.

    So it would not be strange for Paul to take his case to him.
    Another point-
    Paul has been sitting in the ‘county jail’ for 2 years by now.
    Governor Felix left office- and festus took his place.

    So the case is reviewed by the new governor-
    And after 2 years- the high priest at Jerusalem [the top judge in the county] still wants to kill Paul!
    We see a lot of corruption in the system- and how those who hold seats of authority- positions the public should be able to respect- yet these same people are some of the most corrupt of the day.

    Yet- we also see Festus- and in his dealings with Paul- he does what is right.
    The local court out of Jerusalem wants Festus to bring Paul to them- so they could carry out the plot to kill Paul.

    Paul is aware of the plot- for 2 years now.
    And he appeals his case to Rome- and Festus takes the appeal.
    I’ll add my past teaching below- but wanted to simply give this update-
    John. [Some sites see here ]

    NOTE- The regular PAST POSTS and VERSES section is still below- but I made this short post [below] last night-

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