Big Gun in our Spiritual Warfare

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1/26/22 God-Dream: The Big Gun in our Spiritual Warfare

 

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Last night I saw the Marvel movie The Eternals and although it was a cool sci-fi escape from my work and I had a good spiritual conversation with an old friend, by the time I got home I thought “How worthless are so many movies!  They promise us so much with all their supernatural abilities and weapons against evil forces but are so far from the reality of mankind that is still left as helpless victims of evil people all around them.  The calls for “Defund the police” are killing us while those calling for this have high walls around their homes with state of the art security and personal teams of body guards – “rules for these but not for me” is destroying our society!  How long can we tolerate this smug, authoritarian hypocrisy?  We are our own worst enemies and it seems the world is ‘going to hell in a hand-basket.’  Meanwhile the masse have been given false hopes of super-heroes that will swoop in to save the day.  But none are ‘stepping up to the plate’ – everybody is living in fear of reprisal.  However, the Lord has given us a Big Gun in our Spiritual Warfare!

 

The problem is that we have people in all walks of life – in Big Government, in Big Tech & Social Media, in Big Hospital Systems, in Big Pharma that has them ‘in their back pockets,’ in Big Religion, and in Big Finance that has them ‘in their back pockets’ – who have “all the gold, and those with all the gold make all the rules.”  The rest of us feel like helpless victims, so we flock to Marvel movies that give us hope that super-heroes will swoop in to save us.  How is all this evil being perpetuated?

 

Answer:  “For [singular] root of all kinds of evils is presently/ongoingly [singular] philarguriaavarice, covetousness-love of money,’ which some-people routinely/habitually orego ‘stretching oneself out toward to touch/grasp, being pulled towards by desire/aspiration to attain’ apoplanao [thus] have wholly/definitively become ‘led/seduced away by this cause to the needless pains arising from this’ – away from The-Trusting-Relying-Faith [of Christianity] kai and/thus have wholly/definitively peripeiro ‘all-around, thoroughly pierced/wounded themselves with many odune ‘personal emotionally-lethal sorrows, anguish, pain, or grief.  However, you O man of God (Timothy) [I strongly urge you to] pheugo ‘shun/avoid/flee/vanish from or seek safety away from danger by flight/escape from’ these things” per Paul to Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:10-11 – see Bible Info for my credentials for Greek & Hebrew translation.  Greed is killing us all!

 

This greed of money is a greed for power over others through censorship, mandates, and other ways to manipulate the masses for personal gain.  It seems like the saying ‘everybody has their price’ is true!  Unless you open up the secretive Swiss bank accounts of all these people in power, you will never know who is working for who.  China has plenty of money to offer anybody, but so does the Vatican, Saudi Arabia, and George Soros!  “Do not harm the oil” in Revelation 6:6 is appropriate because crude oil is the source of most wealth on this planet and nations will even create an Armageddon to get it!  That’s why Russia will likely invade the Ukraine!  That’s why the Muslim nations will try to “push Israel into the sea” as they have tried many times to do!  Vast oil resources, not to mention ancient hatred for the Jews!  Today everybody is feeling the effects of evil working its way through Satan’s pawns & puppets “to wholly/definitively klepto ‘steal by deception and stealth’ and/also to wholly/definitively thuo ‘kill as a sacrifice or offering on Satan’s own altar to worship himself,’ and/also to wholly/definitively ‘destroy utterly/violently by cutting us off absolutely/eternally from God” per Jesus in John 10:10.

 

 

Big Gun bullets - prophecy of The Big Gun in our Spiritual Warfare for Spirit Music Meet-Ups

 

As I was waking this morning I was given a God-dream about a Christian’s “weapons of warfare” against evil spreading throughout this world.  Jesus didn’t leave us to be victims of evil in this world!  The Lord has given us a Big Gun in our Spiritual Warfare!  “The one routinely/habitually poieo ‘constructing, manufacturing, making, causing, or doing’ the harmartia ‘sin, missing of the target of God’s nature’ is presently ek out-from The Diabolos ‘slandering, falsly-accusing, defaming, maligning, dividing-to-conquer, backbiting Devil’ because The Devil has been presently/ongoingly harmartano sinning from the first/beginning.  Eis touto ‘toward/reaching this very reason’ the Son of God was wholly/definitively revealed:  In order that He might wholly/definitively luo ‘loose, untie, unleash, unbind, release what was bound, demolish, destroy, overthrow, do away with’ the ergon ‘works, deeds, doings, accomplishments’ of The Devil” per John speaking about Jesus in 1 John 3:8.  Jesus came to defeat Satan’s works!  But where do we come in?

 

Answer:  Paul speaks much about “putting on the armor of light to cast off the works of darkness” in Romans 13:12 and “putting on the whole armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the schemes of The Devil” in Ephesians 6:11, so these passages are certainly worthy of study and application!  Why, because as bad as The Devil’s work is as described in John 10:10 above, which we NOW see playing out every day in our world, the rest of John 10:10 gives us this great hope per Jesus:  “I actually came in order that people might presently/ongoingly have-to-hold/possess zoe genuine-life kai and/coupled [they] might presently/ongoingly have-to-hold/possess [IT] perissos ‘all-around, excessively, exceedingly, beyond expectations.”  I’m ready for that!  Are you?

 

In the dream I saw a Big machine Gun laying out on a table.  I was told that the “stock” that you lambano ‘grab hold of to possess for yourself’ is very custom-fit because this is the part that the Gun user interfaces with.  It’s true that guns can come with different stocks and can be quite customized to “fit” the body of the user.  Some people like beautiful wood stocks that is even ornately carved.  Some stocks absorb the recoil shock more than others.  Some stocks fit into the shoulder better than others.  Some stocks are very light to make easier to carry long distances.  And some stocks fold up for compactness and concealment.  There are probably 31 flavors!

 

The Lord told me the Gun won’t do a darn thing unless we lambano it by its “stock!”  As we’ve seen the “stock” is customized to our self-identity and so it’s natural to put our trusting-relying-faith in our own “might and power” and skill when we grab the Gun.  But the Gun will not accomplish its purpose by this alone!  It’s simply not enough no matter how much our ego wants it to be.  In the battle against Satan, hordes of his fallen angels and his created mutant demons who manipulate our flesh and that of billions of people in this world, the “stock” is utterly powerless against these professionals over a millenniums!

 

 

Not against people but spiritual forces - prophecy of The Big Gun in our Spiritual Warfare for Spirit Music Meet-Ups

 

Like Paul said in Ephesians 6:12-13 “The pale ‘wrestling bout, struggle, conflict, fight’ to us [Christians] is presently/ongoingly absolutely-in-fact-NOT pros ‘towards and reaching the plan [to fight against]’ flesh and blood but instead pros ‘towards and reaching the plan [to fight against]’ The Arches ‘Firsts, Rulers,’ pros ‘to fight against’ The Exousia ‘Powers delegated from the Arches,’ pros ‘to fight against’ The Kosmokrator ‘Cosmos/World Rulers that influence the lives of worldly people’ of/belonging-to The Skotos toutou Present Darkness, [finally who is behind it all] pros ‘to fight against’ The pneumatikos spirit-kind-of The Evil [One] in the epouranios heavenly/celestial-realms. Because of this [I strongly urge you to] wholly/definitively analambano ‘grab/take-up/raise for your own possession, even once-again’ the complete armor of God in order that you might wholly/definitively be dunamai ‘dynamite-like empowered’ to anthistemi ‘stand up and hold your ground against’ [the hierarchy of the Evil One] in the day/period of The Evil [One] kai and/thus having wholly/definitively katergazomai ‘worked/accomplished down to an end-point’ all-these-things to wholly/definitively histemi ‘stand up and hold your ground.”  What looks like a battle against evil men in our world is really a battle against Satan and his hierarchy of angel generals down to his demon pawns that use men as ‘pawns and puppets’ to carry out his evil work.  And the Lord has given us a Big Gun in our Spiritual Warfare!

 

But the Lord once told me how to “stand against The Devil so that he will flee from you” from James 4:7 in a 10-27-20 Dream of the Massive Rock Fortress of Christ to find rest and safety from sin in the world:  “The Massive Rock Fortress extended down the beach as far as the eye could see in both directions.  I asked, “How far?”  The Voice answered, “Around the globe and to the right hand of God where Christ sat.”  It was pure black rock, minutely fractured, sharp as dull razors, like volcanic crystals so it was a bit reflective, but far more rugged than Italy or Oregon’s coastline.  [Later the Lord told me that this was His Holiness].  The ocean waves crashed and beat against it incessantly, yet there was no erosion. I had been walking along the beach sight-seeing and even playing in the waves.  However, I was told to RUN up the beach away from the waves that would eventually drown me, no matter how I resisted or fought back.  The Lord said, “This is Sin in the world.  RUN to the Rock Fortress for safety!”  The rest of the story is amazing!

 

Now back to my Gun dream!  No matter how we customize the “stock” to fit our identity, our flesh’smight and powerskill is not enough.  In fact, if we put our trusting-relying-faith in it, we are doomed!  The Gun won’t fire and the waves of sin in the world fueled by a hierarchy from the Evil One will continue to “steal, sacrifice as his offering, and then kill us eternally by separating us from God.”  The Lord really drove home this point by what He showed me next!

 

 

Machine Gun - prophecy of The Big Gun in our Spiritual Warfare for Spirit Music Meet-Ups

 

The Lord has given us a Big Gun in our Spiritual Warfare!  The middle section of the Gun was the biggest part and the most complicated, taking great Wisdom and Understanding to genuinely know the many designed and engineering internal workings that hold the ammunition, load it quickly and smoothly, and detonate the bullets.  For most of us this is a ‘black-box’ and we really don’t need to know how all this works, as long as we know where & how to load our bullets, how to keep all this clean so it won’t jam, where the safety lever/button is so we get it off in time, where & how to use the sights, and where & how to pull the trigger(s).

 

However, the Lord speaks much about being like little children to receive the secrets of the kingdom.  The Lord reminded me that “His ways & thoughts are higher than our ways & thoughts as the heavens are above the earth” per Isaiah 55:9.  I just stared at this section of His masterpiece design and engineering!  He told me that this is where all the real work gets done – by Him, just as Zechariah 4:6 declares concerning the transition from the palaios ‘old, worn-out, useless’ covenant to the chadash/kainos completely-different-in-kind, superior New Covenant:  “Absolutely no longer by [man’s] might and power but instead by-the-means-of My Spirit’ says Yahweh of hosts of angel-armies.”  The message of the dream was to surrender my control to this section of His Gun by putting my trusting-relying-faith in the Lord’s dunamis enabling-power instead of my own “might and powerskill that the “stock” represented.

 

The 3rd and final part of God’s Gun was the long-tapered barrel.  This is where the spiraling grooves inside the barrel spin the bullet to make it cut thru the air, fly straighter, and inflict more drilling damage when it hits its target.  Of course God’s dunamis enabling-power has a dynamite-like explosive tip!  It’s actually nuclear!  Paul says in 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 “The weapons of our warfare are absolutely-in-fact-NOT flesh-kind-of but instead Divinely dunatos ‘preeminently dunamis able/powerful’ to the demolition of ochuroma ‘heavily fortified, rock-walled, military fortresses,’ kathaireo ‘forcibly pulling/tearing/casting down and destroying for oneself’ logismos ‘value-reflecting reasoning-arguments’ [presented to us by so-called ‘knowledgeable’ Jews, philosophers, and even Satan by his deceptive reasoning] and/coupled every hupsoma ‘elevated-thing like walls, ramparts, and bulwarks’ that routinely epairo ‘raises itself up’ kata down-from/against The Gnosis Informational-Knowledge of/belonging-to God kai and/thus routinely aichmalotizo ‘leading away as captives of war, thus subjugating or bringing under control’ every [single] thought eis ‘toward and reaching the goal of’ the hupakoeobedient surrender’ belonging-to Christ.”

 

 

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This is a direct stab at the Gentile Gnostic & Mystery religions that saturated their Greek & Roman culture’s thinking.  Genuine gnosis knowledge belongs to God alone and the only way to acquire this is obedient surrender to Christ!  Can you see Paul’s description of siege warfare with Divine weapons that can pull down the walls of heavily-fortified cities of Satan and make them surrender to Christ?  The Lord has given us a Big Gun in our Spiritual Warfare!  How can the Christian avail themselves of such Divine weapons?  Surrender to Christ to be given God’s Gnosis Knowledge.  In the dream, the Lord explained that the barrel delivers the bullets of God accurately and effectively toward His targets by-the-means-of the dunamis enabling-power of the Holy Spirit!

 

The Lord made it clear to me that if I want this dynamite-like enabling-power for personal holiness/sanctification and my Spirit Music Meet-Ups ministry of playing Anointed, Prophetic, Spontaneous drumming music that will do His work in these last days, then I too will have to pick up His Gun, hold it properly, load up His bullets, aim at His targets – His will He has already disclosed and will disclose “in that very hour,” take His safety off because this is serious business now, and pull His trigger in complete trusting-relying-faith that He will do all the real work to properly chamber the bullets and project them accurately to His targets to completely destroy them.  Praise the Lord!  I have a little part of surrendering control to Him and proseuche conversationally-praying to prophetically see, hear, and feel His instruction for the other little parts I play.  Koinonia relationship and fellowship is all about partnership!

 

 

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1-22-22 Prophetic Drums of The Truth against the winds of deception in the USA & World

 

1-22-22 Prophetic Drums of The Truth against the winds of deception in the USA & World

 

On my birthday in my favorite park as a storm was blowing in, the Lord gave me a sense of urgency as I was playing to prophetically speak by the Spirit against the lies, deception, and fraud being perpetuated against us.  Notice how the wind gets really loud as the decrees against forces of darkness are being made!

 

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1/8/2022 Dream: Being a little child in the presence of the Lord

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1/8/2022 Dream:  Being a little child in the presence of the Lord

 

 

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I woke up from the most incredible God-dream!  It began with me as a middle-aged man waiting in a room for a job interview, though oddly I was dressed very sloppily with sweat pants on.  I was facing a large computer screen, sitting next to a young man on my right also doing the same.  We waited forever it seemed!  He was so bored that he fell asleep slumped in the chair with his mouth wide open.  I was so bored I turned on the computer and was starting to do some interactive program, but it was so much like a multi-tasking video game geared to this ADHD generation that I got frustrated and thought that if this company was looking for these kind of “wired” people, forget it!  Just then a lady in a white power suite came up to escort me into the hiring office.  I saw a candidate leave.

 

The man behind the desk was like so many professionals I’ve seen with their fancy suits thinking they are someone really important and so very intimidating.  I jumped through his ‘hoops,’ but felt like his questions never really accessed who I am, the persevering hard worker that I am, or the initiative and adaptability I’ve displayed in various careers.  I left the office frustrated that their screening process was so superficial and that I probably slipped right through there ‘mesh’ and that they “lost a good one.”

 

When I became aware of this negative dream I asked the Lord why I would be dreaming something so stressful and seemingly non-applicable.  I’m 62 years old and You told me that I would “never have another ‘job’ again” because You spoke my Identity to me and gave me my mission that started www.SpiritMusicMeetups – see My Story for details.

 

Then I saw the young man that had left the hiring office before me all dressed up in his fine dark grey suit playing with a motorized submarine in a koi pond that was in one of the rooms – this was a fancy building!  I was judgmental that a grown man was playing with a kid’s toy – and in their koi pond!  He asked me to join him but I laughed and said I had better things to do with my time!  Then he waded into it with his nice shoes and socks and I said, “Are you kidding me?  You’re going to ruin your leather shoes!”  In real life I had koi pond it would stain anything with its stinky muck!  Then he waded up to his knees and I said, “You are going to stain your expensive pants!”  Then he waded up to his chest and I said “You’re crazy!  You are going to ruin you nice jacket!”  He just laughed and invited me to join him.  I thought he must have a screw loose – no wonder he didn’t get the job!  None of this made any sense so I left that room.

 

Then I found myself in the room where all the little children are dropped off by parents that work in the building.  It was like so many day-cares at gyms with plenty of things for children to play with.  However, it was their ‘nap time,’ like I remember from my kindergarten days, and they were all in their beds – 1 here, 2 there, etc.  When I came into the room, for some reason I laid down on a bed right next to 2 little kids and before long all the kids were all on that bed with me like so many pillows!  One little child, so small he looked the size of a large baby, crawled up onto my chest, but he slid off and off the bed and almost went head first onto the floor, but I caught him just before he did!  We were all on the bed laughing, feeling joyful, playful, and peacefully-restful and knew we would fall asleep together like a pack of animals in the wild!

 

Then suddenly I found ‘my real self’ on the outside balcony of this building.  I say ‘my real self’ because I realized that the Man in that room with the little children was not me, though I was looking through His eyes.  This has happened often in other prophetic dreams when I suddenly realized that I’m looking through Christ’s eyes!  The ‘real me’ was now on a shady balcony looking out towards beautiful landscaping with tall trees and green grass in bright light.  The balcony had an old iron trellis with vines framing my view.  As I admired the view and contemplated these past events of childlike behavior even from adults, the stresses of playing the pretentious game of being an adult and a professional, and then the “Joy of the Lord” with this kids, suddenly the trees started shaking with a buffeting wind that rattled the iron trellis.  It was so strong it was pushing me backwards so I grabbed the columns that framed my view to try to hold on.  The light was shimmering like reflections off the leaves of the tree.  It was violent, but instead of fear I was filled with such intense joy I just wept and wept and wept – when I woke up my pillow was wet!  I knew that I was genuinely, experientially, relationally epiginosko knowing the “Joy of the Lord that is our Strength” (Nehemiah 8:10).  I wanted to stay there forever, but I woke up with my annoying cough!

 

I had been battling an annoying cough for days from sinus drainage but last night was my first trying a cough suppressant.  It must have worn off!  I had this cough show up around 4 am during the night when the first round wore off, but I learned from the Praying Medic to bind those demons time and time again until they finally leave.  They will keep coming back to test your resolve, but if you persist rebuking them in the name/authority of Jesus, then they will finally give up and you will get your healing.  Well at 4 am I wasn’t too good at it because I was so tired.  It worked for a while.  I would start falling asleep and it would come back.  I did this 3 times and finally just got up and took my dose.  How do I know this was demonic?  Because it always came right when I started praying and falling asleep!  Now this morning when I wanted to go back into the prophetic dream to ask more from the Lord and re-live this profound joy, which I have been able to do up to 2 hours long in previous prophetic dreams, after getting a bit of insight from the Lord, sure enough the coughing spell returned!  And it was so frustrating that I felt like I had to get up!  Obviously, I still have to learn more about taking Christ’s authority over demons for healing!

 

But I managed to get this insight from the Lord:  I have been really wrapped up with the ‘nuts & bolts’ establishing of the content foundation, search-engine-optimization, and visibility of this www.SpiritMusicMeetups.org ministry.  It’s taken so much time and has worn on my health, likely setting me up for this cough.  I haven’t gone out into the park as much lately to “play my drums prophetically” and even to “learn as a little child by experimenting to keep it fun.”  I’ve been obsessing about being an adult doing my ‘adult work’ – even professionally, even worrying about finances like adults do.

 

Thank You Jesus for ‘waking me up’ to what You really care about, and that I can trust You by faith for the rest – and that I can peacefully-rest in this!  Then Jesus reminded me of what my student’s mom told me yesterday that helped her get through the nights with her bad cold that I likely got from her last week:  “Just do what we used to do as kids – spray the back of your throat with Chloraseptic Spray.”  So I’m heading out to get some today!  Thank You Jesus for speaking to us so many ways!

 

 

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Conversational Prayer – BT22

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Drawing near, conversational-prayer is most effective when done by the Spirit, which is likely by tongues, to build yourself up on your most holy faith

 

 

 

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In 1 Corinthians 14:14-15, Paul says: “If I presently/ongoingly proseuchomai conversationally-pray in a glossa tongue/language, the [Holy] Spirit (a) of/belonging-to me presently/ongoingly (b) presently/ongoingly proseuchomai conversationally-prays (c), but the mind of/belonging-to me is presently/ongoingly akarpos unfruitful (d). What am I to do? I shall actually proseuchomai conversationally-pray [by-the-means-of] (e) the Spirit (a) of/belonging-to me (c), but also I shall actually proseuchomai conversationally-pray [by-the-means-of] (e) the nous mind (f) of/belonging-to me; I shall actually psalmo sing (g) [by-the-means-of] (e)the Spirit (a) of/belonging-to me (c) kai and/also the nous mind (f) of/belonging-to me” We know from the next 2 verses that these tongues must consist of “eulogeo ‘speaking a good, beneficial logos message, thus blessing’ by-the-means-of [singular] Spirit” are directly related to “your eucharistia thanksgiving” in order for someone to “say Amen (h) to” if it were “eido mentally ‘seen’ to perceived/known,” thus the reason for interpretation within the assembly, especially for the sake of “oikodomeo edifying-building-up” any “idiotes uninformed/uneducated/outsiders” that may be there.

 

<Notes> a) definite article to + pneuma in Paul’s writings always means “The Holy Spirit,b) Paul as a Christian possess the indwelling Spirit within his spirit or “inner being” [Romans 7:22; Ephesians 3:16], “inner self” [2 Corinthians 4:16], “inner person of the heart” [1 Peter 3:4], or “koilia belly/abdomen/womb” [John 7:38] – see Identity, c) “the Spirit intercedes for us when we do not eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know what we should proseuchomai conversationally-pray for” per Romans 8:26-27, d) unyielding what it ought, unproductive, barren, useless, without understanding, e) no preposition but to pneuma is in the dative case of instrument/means, f) Paul sometimes use cardia heart and nous mind synonymously as many Jews do, but either are part of the psyche soul – see Identity, g) psalming can be singing and/or playing an instrument, h) means “so be it” as an affirmation.

 

Despite this point of orderly worship, Paul next says in 1 Corinthians 14:18-19 that “I thank God that I laleo ‘utter sounds, form words with the mouth’ [by-the-means-of] [plural] tongues more than all of you, though in [singular] church I would thelo will/desire/purpose laleo ‘utter sounds, form words with the mouth’ 5 logos messages [by-the-means-of] the mind of/belonging to me to katecheo ‘repetitively-instruct of foundational truths’ others than 10,000 logos messages en by-the-means-of [singular] glossa tongue/language.” That’s why Paul says in v. 14:5 “I presently/ongoingly thelo will/desire/purpose ALL you’all to presently/ongoingly laleo ‘utter sounds, form words with the mouth’ [by-the-means-of] [plural] tongues, but mallon ‘comparatively more’ in order that you should presently/ongoingly prophesy,” because this doesn’t also require the grace-gift of interpretation needed for “idiotes uninformed/uneducated/outsiders.”  It’s just crazy that so many churches ignore all of this, completely disobeying v. 14:39 “Therefore, brethren of mine, [I strongly urge you to] presently/ongoingly zeloo ‘zealously-desire, burning like boiling water’ to presently/ongoingly prophesy kai and/also in-possibility-NOT to koluo ‘hinder, restrain, cut-off, prevent, withhold, refuse, deny, or forbid’ to laleo ‘utter sounds, form words with the mouth’ [by-the-means-of] [plural] tongues.”

 

Concerning spiritual warfare, when Paul talks in Ephesians 6:18 about “routinely proseuchomai conversationally-praying in pas all-kinds-of kairos ‘suitable, right, seasonable, opportune seasons/occasions’ by-the-means-of  [singular] Spirit and/coupled eis ‘toward and reaching the goal of’ this, be routinely agrupneo vigilantly-watching by-the-means-of all proskarteresis devoted-relational-perseverance and/coupled deesis supplication-prayer for all the saints” that very like Paul is referring to praying in tongues!  Paul clearly understands that “the one who routinely laleo ‘utter sounds, form words with the mouth’ [by-the-means-of] [singular] tongue presently/ongoingly oikodomeo edifying-building-up oneself” (a) and that if interpreted it can oikodomeo edifying-building-up others in the ekklesia church-assembly (b), especially to accommodate those “idiotes uninformed/uneducated/outsiders.” <Notes> a) 1 Corinthians 14:4, b) 1 Corinthians 14:5, 26.

 

Similarly Jude 1:19-21 is likely talking about tongues:  “These [scoffing, ungodly] people are divisive, worldly, not having [singular] Spirit.  But you, beloved, routinely epoikodomeo ‘edifying or building up from a foundation’ [plural] yourselves [by-the-means-of] the most holy Trusting-Relying-Faith of/belonging-to you, routinely proseuchomai conversationally-praying en by-the-means-of [singular] Holy Spirit, [I strongly urge you to] definitively/wholly tereo ‘carefully watch/guard to maintain/keep’ yourself in The Unconditional-Love of God, routinely prosdechomai ‘expectantly waiting to interactively welcome’ the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal zoe genuine-life.”  The present participles “routinely building…routinely proseuchomai conversationally-praying” are the lifestyle-habits of how to “carefully watch/guard . . . to keep yourself in The Unconditional-Love of/belonging-to God.” That’s how you keep from “not having [singular] Spirit” like the “divisive, worldly people.” Here the HOW-TO for “routinely epoikodomeo ‘edifying or building up from a foundation’ [plural] yourselves [by-the-means-of] the most holy Trusting-Relying-Faith of/belonging-to you” is spelled out as by “routinely proseuchomai conversationally-praying en by-the-means-of [singular] Holy Spirit,” which again is likely tongues!  It’s really sad to see so many Christians not only misunderstand these verses but then resist learning them and enjoying their benefits by practicing them!  A lot of the problem is in our English bibles and the preachers & teachers that build doctrine from them instead of insuring that’s what the original languages say – see Bible Info.

 

I was a Christian for a long time before I learned how to let tongues happen in proseuche conversational-prayer.  It used to really worry me that maybe my tongues weren’t from God, but something I just was making up, until one night I was proseuchomai conversationally-praying a lot in tongues, when it seemed to just be gushing out of me. I expressed my worry to God and suddenly I was praising and thanking God in English with the most beautiful poetry I’ve ever heard, even more elaborately rhyming than the book of Psalms, and I knew it couldn’t be me because I hated poetry in school and really sucked at it!  And as this was occurring I absolutely knew it was an interpretation of what I had been saying in tongues. This went on for about 5 minutes, and afterwards I was sobbing in tears and greatly humbled that I doubted God’s grace-gift.  Any time I’ve ever wondered what I was saying, the Lord reminds me of that night, and all doubt flees!

 

 

 

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Drawing-near, conversational-prayer is where we can “be led by the Spirit as [mature] sons of God” into sanctification/holiness

 

 

 

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Drawing-near, conversational-prayer, not bible-study, is the key to starting the whole “personal holiness” ball rolling, and the Spirit of holiness (a), the Holy Spirit (b) takes it from there! It’s like a quarterback handing off the ball to his running back. Hogging the ball with “might and power” self-determination to zealously do the “works of righteousness” for God is nothing more than more Law!  Biblical prayer is all about surrendering-control! Renner.org recognizes proseuche conversational-prayer “demands surrender, consecration (holiness means ‘set apart’ sanctification or consecration), and thanksgiving from us.”  Isn’t it strange that although you find this practice of worshipful, thankful, patiently-waiting, watchful, listening, dialogue of proseuche conversational-prayer a dominant reason that started revivals and actually the dominant practice during revivals – and subsequent holiness throughout the area, you see very little of it in the modern Church today!  If there is any prayer, it’s a 5 minute ritualistic reciting of the ‘Lord’s Prayer’ as if it was something other than the model of how to pray that it actually is – and many Catholics still use the repetition of rosary beads, but in either case completely ignoring Christ’s warning to “not-in-possibility babble repetitiously as the pagans do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words” per Matthew 6:7!  <Notes> a) Romans 1:4, b) use only 3 times in the OT [Psalms 51:11, 63:10-11] but 95 times in the NT – this explains Zechariah 4:6’s “not by might nor power but by My Spirit” emphasis of the New Covenant.

 

As we’ve seen all along, “proseuche conversational-prayer” is the only thing we really can “do” and that’s just to get “the ball rolling” towards “genuinely, experientially, relationally epiginosko knowing God’s will by the means of all Spirit-kind of wisdom and understanding” that leads to “walking in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him: bearing fruit in every good work” (a). Just as Paul proseuchomai conversationally-prays, so should we in order to be “empowered through His Spirit in our inner being so that . . .we may be definitively/wholly pleroo filled-to-completeness with [the content of] the pleroma abundant-completeness of God” (b).  No amount of “working for righteousness” (c) will work to “be holy and blameless before Him” (d), “be holy without blameless” (e) and “above reproach before Him” (f), “calling us . . . in holiness” (g) for “you shall be holy for I am holy” (h) or “you must be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect” (i).  None of our “might and power” will work as Paul says in 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12, “To this end we ongoingly proseuchomai conversationally-pray always for you, that our God may MAKE you worthy of His calling and may definitively/wholly pleroo fill-to-completion every one [of your] delights/petitions of/belonging-to goodness and/coupled [singular] work of [singular] trusting-relying-faith by the means of His dunamis enabling-power, [in a manner so] that the name/authority of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, kata down-from/according-to the unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”  Holiness comes from unconditional grace not by works lest anybody boast (j)!  Praise the Lord! <Notes> a) Colossians 1:9-10, b) Ephesians 3:16-19, c) Romans 4:6; Titus 3:5, d) Ephesians 1:4, e) Ephesians 5:27, f) Colossians 1:22, g) 1 Thessalonians 4:7, h) 1 Peter 1:16 citing Leviticus 11:44, i) Matthew 5:48, j) Ephesians 2:9; Romans 3:27, 4:2.

 

Peter and Jude understood this link between theself-control” needed for holiness and “proseuche conversational-prayer” too!  Peter says:  “Now that the end has already [with ongoing effects] eggizo ‘drawn extremely close-beside’ [I strongly urge you to] definitively/wholly be sophroneo self-controlled and/coupled nepho sober-minded (b) eis ‘towards and reaching the goal of’ proseuche conversational-prayer” (c). Jude also understood how we can “be definitively/wholly tereo carefully-watching/guarding-to-maintain yourself in The Unconditional-Love of/belonging-to God” so as to not be “worldly people, devoid of the Spirit.” How?  The present participles following indicate how most likely sequentially: “routinely be building up yourselves in the most holy Trusting-Relying-Faith of yours, [by] routinely proseuchomai conversationally-praying by-the-means-of the Holy Spirit, [by] routinely prosdechomai ‘expectantly waiting to interactively welcome’ for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to zoe genuine-life everlasting (d). <Notes> a) sophroneo means “safety-minded, safe as to what regulates life like our diaphragm, also derived from phroneo, controls our ability to breathe which controls our heartbeat and thus our life.  It also means to have a sober outlook that reflects true balance, truly moderate, controlled to blend the extremities of truth on both side of a matter,” b) nepho:  not intoxicated or drunk, temperate, self-controlled, clear-minded, rational, c) 1 Peter 4:7, d) Jude 1:19-21.

 

The key to spiritual warfare isn’t learning more of the bible to quote back to Satan and his demons, but that’s what so many churches teach. Jesus said NOTHING but this kind of proseuche conversational-prayer would drive out some kinds of demons for healing, not even fasting (a).  James 5:13-18 says proseuche conversational-prayer is the solution to making it through troubles, even sickness!  Paul says in Ephesians 6:17-18, the “sword of the Spirit” to swing against the enemy isn’t bible verses, what churches says is “the Word of God” – but that’s not even what logos means in the NT as Logos Word of God shows!  Instead “the sword” “is presently/ongoing [singular] directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word of/belonging-to God,” and Paul tells you exactly how to get this – not through readying, studying, and memorizing the gramma writings in the logos messages of the bible, and certainly not the OT graphe scripture collection of gramma writings, but “dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of pas all-kinds-of proseuche conversational-prayer and/coupled deesis supplication-prayer.”  That’s because rhema words are directly-spoken and listened to be heard, not read!

 

<Notes> a) Mark 9:29 – “and fasting” was added in later by Catholic monks who practiced this OT “tradition of the elders” that is not even specified in OT Law – see Conversational-Prayer – BT4 on fasting but see also Net Bible note.  When Paul’s team appointed elders in every church in Acts 14:23 they did so with proseuchomai conversationally-praying.”  The addition of “and fasting” is not found even in textual variants nor is it warranted because in 3 of the 4 other uses of that form in Acts 1:24 choosing of the 12th apostles above, Acts 6:6 laying hands on the 7 chosen deacons above, and Acts 21:5 departing of Paul bellows, there is no implication of fasting.  However, the common rabbinical phrase “fasting and prayer” is found in Acts 13:3 of the early church of Antioch prophets and teachers gathered together to leitourgeo liturgical-worship-serve the Lord and/coupled fasting.  While doing so the Holy Spirit told them to set apart Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.  Then after again ‘fasting and praying’ they laid their hands on them [likely for anointing, blessing, and ordination] they sent the off.  Clearly the limited use of leitourgeo liturgical-worship-serving indicates that these Christians were Jewish still following many of the OT “traditions of the elders” like fasting.  As the church became more Gentile you see this fade away until the Catholic Church resurrected many of them after 200 AD.

 

Now let’s see how Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:18 to get “the sword of the Spirit that is presently/ongoing [singular] directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word of/belonging-to God”: by “routinely be proseuchomai conversationally-praying in pas all-kinds-of kairos ‘suitable, right, seasonable, opportune seasons/occassions’ by-the-means-of [singular] Spirit and/coupled eis ‘toward and reaching the goal of’ this, be routinely agrupneo vigilantly-watching by-the-means-of all proskarteresis devoted-relational-perseverance and/coupled deesis supplication-prayer for all the saints.”  Again, it doesn’t come from bible-study!

 

Can you see that even our proseuche conversational-prayer is to be empowered by the Spirit of holiness as a persevering routine lifestyle habit?  And we saw in 1 Corinthians 14:14-16 that “proseuchomai conversationally-praying (and even singing) by-the-means-of The [Holy] Spirit” is likely proseuchomai conversationally-praying in tongues! And when our “minds are unproductive,” when “we don’t dei behoove what to proseuchomai conversationally-pray for as we ought,” then “the Spirit Himself intercedes for us by the means of inexpressible/unspeakable groanings/sighs” per Romans 8:26. See also  Conversational-Prayer – BT22.

 

If we want sanctification/holiness we have to be enmpowered by the Spirit of holiness!  Paul said “for as many as are presently/ongoingly agoled or driven’ by-the-means-of [singular] Spirit of God, these presently/ongoingly are huios ‘matured-sons that can receive their inheritance’ of/belonging-to God” (a). Paul strongly-urges us “to presently/ongoingly peripateo ‘‘walk-all-around or live’ by-the-means-of [singular] Spirit” (b) even routinely (c), and because we already “presently/ongoingly zoa genuine-live by-the-means-of [singular] Spirit, we should also presently/ongoingly stoicheo ‘to walk in a line, in strict accordance to a particular pace or cadence, thus to keep in step’ by-the-means-of [singular] Spirit” (d).  Church growth doesn’t come from evangelism programs, but: “the church throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria . . . multiplied” exactly because it had “by-the-means of the paraklesis ‘exhortation from an urging by someone close-beside, thus motivation, inspiration, encouragement, comfort, counsel, or instruction’ of the Holy Spirit” and thus “it continually had peace, was routinely built up and/coupled poreuomai journeying-about in the fear/reverential-awe of the Lord” (e).  Let’s not get ‘the cart before the horses’ as many churches do!   <Notes> a) Romans 8:14, b) Galatians 5:16, c) Romans 8:4, d) Galatians 5:25, e) Acts 9:31.

 

This goes way beyond reading, studying, and memorizing commandments from the bible, for “sin, seizing opportunities through the commandments, deceives you and through the commandments will kill you” (a). If you follow human teachers, sooner or later, you will be deceived, for “evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived, but as for you, continue in what you have manthano ‘learned the facts through experiential, reflective knowledge’ and have firmly had trusting-relying-faith in, having already [with ongoingly effects] eido mentally ‘seen’ to perceive/know from [plural] whom you learned it” (b).  In context Paul isn’t telling Timothy to follow synagogue rabbis who taught OT scriptures or the Law, who were “always routinely manthano learning but never able to arrive at a genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of The Truth” (c).  The “whom” is plural, which could include in context his mother Eunice and maybe even his grandmother Lois (d), which were the prophetic portions of the “sacred gramma writings, [specifically] the ones that were able to make him wise for salvation dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith in Christ Jesus” (e).  But it could have the all the reinforcement by Paul since Timothy was his pastor-in-training who he is always writing to in order to instruct him.  All this may be true, but Paul’s use of eido is a word most common to personal prophetic vision acquired from direct contact with the Lord! <Notes> a) Romans 7:11, b) 2 Timothy 3:14, c) 2 Timothy 3:7, d) 2 Timothy 1:5, e) 2 Timothy 3:15.

 

Eido perception-knowledge is the same way all Christians “manthano learned Christ . . . as you were taught by-the-means-of Him, as The Truth is IN Jesus” (a). That’s exactly why the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant Way of the “yada/ginosko knowledge of God” is “absolutely not in possibility or in fact [such] that each one be teaching his neighbor or his brethren,” as was required under the old covenant to disseminate the gramma writings and the gnosis informational-knowledge about God and His will down from the greatest to the least, from Moses all the way down to the household servants and Gentile converts.  Instead God promises it will be now by “eido mentally ‘seeing’ to perceive/know Yahwehfrom the least of them to the greatest” (b)!  <Notes> a) Ephesians 4:20-21, b) Jeremiah 31:34 cited in Hebrews 8:11, cf. Hebrews 10:16-17.

 

Jesus explains clearly what “learning Christ” means:  “Take My yoke (a) and/coupled manthano learn from Me” (b), thus “Everyone who has already manthano learned from the Father comes to Me” (c).  This means the Spirit was teaching!  Learning from God comes from prophesy, which is hearing the directly-spoken prophetic rhema word of the Lord (d).  John warned his readers about teachers who would end up deceiving them, saying instead “you’all have been anointed by the Holy One, and so you’all already [with ongoing effects] eido mentally ‘seen’ to perceive/know all-things . . . The anointing that you already have received from God presently/ongoingly meno ‘abides, remains, lives’ IN you (e), and so you have absolutely-in-fact-NO need that ANYONE should teach you, . . . His anointing actually, presently/ongoingly teaches you ALL things, . . . therefore, just as it has already taught you, presently/ongoing meno ‘abide, remain, live’ in Him” (f). <Notes> a) connecting rod for training animals, b) Matthew 11:29, c) John 6:45, d) 1 Corinthians 14:31, e) a reference to the Holy Spirit, f) 1 John 2:20-27.

 

Despite what Paul and other church leaders have pressed, we are only supposed on have “One Teacher.”  Jesus made that crystal clear in Matthew 23:8 saying “One is presently/ongoing The Teacher of/belonging-to you” – see Teach One Another – BT10, so “that you’all in-possibility-NOT might not be called rabbi,” “which means teacher” (a).  Just as the Spirit led people to come to Christ (b), now that Christ is in heaven, Jesus has given us the promised grace-gift of the Father (c) of “another Parakletos “helper, advocate, counselor, teacher, comforter’ to be with [and especially IN] you forever” (d).  Now for us, the Spirit is still the “One Teacher” to “guide you into ALL The Truth” (e), “who will teach you ALL things” (f). Christians sure go to a lot of trouble finding their favorite teachers to follow, when they could just develop a deep enough proseuche conversational-prayer life to actually akouo listen/hear-to-understand/know the “One Teacher” who will always tell you exactly what you need to hear! <Notes> a) John 1:3, b) John 6:45, c) John 14:16, cf. Matthew 7:11; Luke 11:13; Ephesians 1:17, d) John 14:16-17, 26, 15:26, 16:7; 1 John 2:1, e) John 16:13, f) John 14:26.

 

Drawing-near to God is a Hebrew idiom for “seeking, inquiring of, calling on, hearing, delighting in, and ministering to” God through “reverential, trusting, heart-felt, listening, attentive, proseuche conversational-prayer” as we see in:  1 Samuel 14:37; the way to minister to God per Ezekiel 43:19; prayer in the house of God more important than foolish sacrifices per Ecclesiastes 5:1; more important than lip-service and blindly following man-taught commandments per Isaiah 29:13; important to actually hear the Lord per Isaiah 34:1 and 48:16, which is what God’s zeteo diligently-seeking and delighting people do per Isaiah 58:2; but rebellious people won’t listen or have trusting-relying-faith either per Zephaniah 3:1; Psalms 145:18 promises “The Lord is near to all who call on Him” and people experienced this per Lamentations 3:57.

 

In proseuche conversational-prayer James 4:6-8 strongly-urges us to eggizodraw extremely close-beside’ God” by “definitively/wholly hupotasso ‘voluntarily submitting, yielding or falling in line behind a commander’ to God” in order for “God to eggizodraw extremely close-beside’ to you” in order to receive “the present/ongoing giving of unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace from Him to those who are lowly/humble.”  This is how we definitively/wholly anthistemi ‘stand against or opposed to, to resist’ the devil kai and/thus he shall indeed flee from you.”  Otherwise, “God anthistemi ‘stand against or opposed to, to resist’ the proud/arrogant.” It all belongs together in the Greek – I’ve heard some strange doctrines from people pulling verses out of context!

 

Likewise Hebrews 11:6 says: “Without trusting-relying-faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would proserchomai draw near to God must have trusting-relying-faith that He is presently/ongoingly exists and/coupled is presently/ongoingly a Rewarder to those who zeteo diligently-seek Him” – yet another Hebrew idiom for worshipful prayer!   Hebrews 4:15 says, “Because we have a high priest that can sympathize with our weaknesses, having been tempted in every respect but without sin, let us then confidently proserchomai draw near to the throne of unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace.”  Bible verses from the 97.4% of the OT that is Law-based – see Logos Word of God – BT5a – sure won’t help us with holiness, as Hebrews 7:19, 25 says:  “The Law made nothing perfect, but we have been given a better hope through which we presently/ongoingly eggizodraw extremely close-beside’ to God.”  Hebrews 10:21-22 says “Since having a great priest over the house of God we should presently/ongoingly proserchomai draw near with a sincere-truthful heart by the means of the full assurance of trusting-relying-faith.” Hebrews 7:24-25, since Christ “holds His priesthood permanently . . . He is able to save to the uttermost those who presently/ongoingly proserchomai draw near to God through Him, since Christ lives forever to make intercession for them.”

 

Can you see how “devoted, heart-felt, humble seeking, drawing near, attentive-listening in reverential awe, calling on, and delighting in the Lord” are all one-in-the-same “proseuche conversational-prayer” and this does indeed require trusting-relying-faith that God is there to be found and that it’s worth the time and effort to daily practice this habit, especially have you want any hope of sanctification/holiness?

 

Metamorphic transformation won’t come reading the bible, let alone the books of Moses!  Paul warns Jewish-Christians in 2 Corinthians 3:7-18 that if they even read the Law of Moses (a), like Jews who atenizo ‘fixed their eyes on or gazing at’ Moses’ face that shown from directly meeting God, than now Jewish-Christians reading Moses will have their hearts be hardened just like the Jews’ were. Metamorphoo ‘metamorphic transformation’ (b) instead comes from kataoptanomai ‘fixing that eyes on or gazing with wide-open eyes [in amazement] as looking in a mirror’ the glory of the Lord [Jesus], who is the Spirit,” not by reading the old covenant of Moses!  Hebrews 12:2 says we should be aphorao ‘turning the eyes away from something toward fixing the eyes on another to observe, perceive-know, or discern it’ eis ‘toward and reaching the goal of’ Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our trusting-relying-faith.” This is where our focused-gaze should be, not on ancient biblical writings, and so watchful proseuche conversational-prayer is a great way to practice this! <Notes> a) technically the first 5 books of the OT, but 97.4% of the OT contains the conditions of obedience for God’s conditional-favor – see Logos Word of God – BT5a, b) Romans 12:2 – it’s highly questionable that Paul meant for “the renewing of the mind” by having your head buried in the bible, and certainly NOT the OT graphe scripture.  Paul’s writings consistently speak of the Holy Spirit renewing the mind through genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge through koinonia intimate-fellowship, not be acquiring gnosis informational-knowledge from books!

 

So much of sin comes from our knee-jerk reactions to “the cares/anxieties of the world.”  Proseuche conversational-prayer is where we can not only cast our anxieties to His personal care by “being still/quiet,” and then desperately cry out, call upon, ask, entreat, beg, plead, require, and even demand for the presence of God Himself, drawing near to God, learning to delight in Him alone, not just bringing our petitions “before God” but asking “for God” Himself, knowing that IN Him, BY Him, and WITH Him all our personal needs are met. This is where healing and strength against temptation is acquired – not by quoting scripture, but by feeding off every directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word that comes from the mouth of God, so the Lord becomes our daily bread! Christ’s directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word is Spirit and zoe genuine-life. Having such a resounding “Yes” within you gives you the strength to say “No” to the distractions of the world, the flesh, and the devil!  Prayer is where we can ask for the ability to forgive others in order to receive our healing and be set free from stronghold bondages in our lives. This is where we learn the gospel logos message of The Truth, who is Christ, who sets us free from every captivity to be able to live righteous and holy lives in an unholy world.

 

Good works?  As the nature or fruit of the Holy Spirit works in us more and more “both to desire and to do His good pleasure,” we experience how “easy Christ’s yoke is and how light His burden is,” and we will naturally find ourselves worshiping and praising the Lord more and more as we experience His awesome wonder. Sharing Christ will also be natural, from the overflow of the Spirit’s unconditional-love and joy in us.  These are certainly the “good works” we were created for!

 

This is where we open ourselves up to experience the grace-gifts, signs, and wonders of the Holy Spirit. This is how we can receive and practice tongues to build ourselves up in our trusting-relying-faith, praising and thanking God by the Spirit – see also Conversational-Prayer – BT22.  This is where we can patiently watch for dreams, visions, and prophecy, in order to be led by the Spirit, keep in step with the Spirit, and walk by the Spirit All this and much more happens when we are devoted to patiently waiting, watching, listening, worshipful, conversational-prayer.

 

This is what it means to be a disciple of Christ, a follower of the living person of Christ, not others or even the writings about Him. This is when we can learn to be humble, lowly, and “all ears” teachable like trusting, boldly-confident, relentless little children and the other Least Among You so that we can receive more unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace to be lifted up, strengthened, and renewed to walk, run, and even fly.  We will learn like little children do – directly from their parents by what they see and hear!

 

 

 

 

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Conversational Prayer – BT20

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Drawing-near, conversational-prayer does include giving thanks for His stuff but should lead us to worshipping God Himself

 

 

 

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See Conversational-Prayer – BT4 for seeking God Himself and not just His stuff or help.

 

We already saw in Conversation-Prayer – BT11 that proseuche conversational-prayer is also more like the Greek noun eucharistia, meaning “an attitude of gratitude and thankfulness expressed chiefly through prayer,” and that we should be devoted to it as Paul strongly-urges:  “be presently/ongoingly proskartereo persistently-relationally-devoted-toward (a) proseuche conversational-prayer, routinely gregoreo vigilantly-watching (b) in it with with eucharistia thanksgiving” (c).  He also strongly-urges us to “presently/ongoingly be proseuchomai conversationally-praying without ceasing, presently/ongoingly be giving eucharistia thanksgiving in all (or all-kinds-of) circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (d).  This is one of the few places “the will of God” is explicitly stated!  Paul tells Timothy “[I strongly-urge-you] that deesis supplication, proseuche conversational-prayers, enteuxis confident-approaching-intercessions, [and] eucharistia thanksgiving be made on-behalf-of all people, for kings and those in high positions, that we may lead a eremos ‘undisturbed, placid, tranquil, composed’ and/coupled hesuchios ‘still, quiet, calm, steady, settled’ life” (e). <Notes> a) proskartereo:  “pros towards-and-interacting-with plus kartereo ‘showing of steadfast strength,’ thus to consistently show strength that prevails in spite of difficulties, thus to endure and stay in a fixed direction, continuing to do something with intense effort despite difficulty, and so be persistently-relationally-devoted-to,” b) watching in prayer is the topic of Conversational-Prayer – BT17 and – BT18,  c) Colossians 4:2, d) 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18, d) 1 Timothy 2:1-2.

 

Furthermore Paul says, “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in Him and established in The Trusting-Relying-Faith, just as you were taught, abounding in eucharistia thanksgiving” (a).  So Paul strongly-urges us to:  “Be anxious about nothing but through proseuche conversational-prayer and/coupled deesis supplication [both together] with eucharistia thanksgiving, let your aitema specific-subordinately-asked-petitions be made gnorizo experientially, relationally known to God” (b).  That’s the cure for the “cares of this world” that can “choke the gospel logos message so it proves unfruitful” (c), so Peter also strongly-urges us:  “Lower/humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God . . . routinely casting ALL your anxieties upon Him, because He cares for you” (d).  Paul says that when we pray or sing in tongues we are most definitely offering blessing and thanksgiving to God:  “If you are eulogeo ‘speaking a good, beneficial logos message, thus blessing’ God by-the-means-of the Spirit, how will he who occupies the place of the uninformed/ignorant say ‘Amen’ (e) at your eucharistia thanksgiving [that tongues must contain] since he does absolutely-in-fact-NOT eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know what you say” (f)?  Obvious blessing-praise as an exuberant form of worship contains thanksgiving, and tongues is a great way to do it all!  This is also what Paul most likely was referring to when he strongly-urges us to “routinely, proseuchomai conversationally-praying in all occasions by the means of the Holy Spirit . . . routinely watching by the means of all persistency” (g) – see also  Conversational-Prayer – BT22<Notes> a) Colossians 2:6-7, b) Philippians 4:6, c) Matthew 13:22; Mark 4:19, d) 1 Peter 5:6-7, e) Hebrew for “So Be It” agreement, f) 1 Corinthians 14:16, g) Ephesians 6:18.

 

Clearly there is a strong relationship between worship and prayer.  In www.sermonindex.net, the New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology writes that “In OT prayer…the suppliant never forgot that he was addressing the holy, almighty God. The frequent use of the verb proskuneo for worship therefore indicated the customary bowing, kneeling, or prostrate posture in prayer.”  Indeed proskuneo means “to kiss another’s hand (as a dog licking the hand), kissing the ground in front of someone, or kissing the hem of one’s garment, kiss one’s hands toward someone, bend one’s waist forward toward someone, fall upon one’s knees toward someone, or prostrate oneself in reverent submission to someone.” In the OT, it showed respect for authority, reverence, submission, and in 75% of the time as worship, and these actions were the customary postures in proseuche conversational-prayer.

 

In the NT we also see the “bowing of knees before the Father” in Paul’s proseuchomai conversational-praying for Christians (a), in worship of Jesus (b), in the mock-worship of Jesus (c), and the worship of Jacob by His sons (d), and the worship of Baal (e). <Notes> a) Ephesians 3:14; Acts 21:5, b) Romans 14:11; Philippians 2:10; Luke 5:8; Acts 7:60, c) Matthew 27:27; Mark 15:19, d) Hebrews 11:21, e) Romans 11:4.

 

In Conversational-Prayer – BT8, we saw that the Greek word normally used for “drawing near” is proserchomai but eggizo can be used for “drawing extremely close” and both are Hebrew idioms for worship (a).  Notice that proseuchomai conversationally-praying and proserchomai drawing-near sound almost the same, both are used 86 times in the NT, and both have the prefix pros for “the bending, kneeling, throwing, or falling on one’s face toward” because both are nearly the same idea: euchomai is to wish-pray and erchomai is to come-from-one-place-to-another!  <Notes> a) James 4:8 “drawing-extemely-close to God in order that God will draw-extremely-close to us,” Hebrews 7:19, Ezekiel 43:19, Zephaniah 3:2, and Isaiah 58:2 uses eggizo, but other verses use proserchomai:  also a Hebraism for “seeking an audience with, approaching, inquiring of, calling on to visit, or be heard by” God, thus closely akin in spelling and meaning to proseuche conversational-prayer and proskuneo worship, used of approaching God’s grace through full assurance that God exists and rewards those who have trusting-relying-faith in Christ:  Hebrews 4:16, 7:25, 10:22, 11:6; of attaching/connecting oneself to Christ to participate in the benefits procured by Him:  1 Peter 2:4, cf. John 15:1-8 abiding in Christ; warnings of NOT drawing-close-to the  sound-messages of the Lord Jesus Christ but especially not teaching them:  1 Timothy 6:3; of priests about to offer sacrifices: Leviticus 21:17, 21; Deuteronomy 21:5, that can’t make anybody perfect as Jesus can: Hebrews 10:1; of seeking God’s counsel:  1 Samuel 14:36.

 

The Lord’s ‘Prayer model’ starts with adoring worship of The Father:  “[I strongly urge] to be definitively/wholly hagiazo ‘sanctified/dedicated separate/special, consecrate as holy/pure’ Thy name/person/authority” (a). The completely-different-in-kind chadash/kainos New Covenant be definition of chadash/kainos has absolutely nothing to do with latreuo liturgically-worship-serving God through commandments of circumcision, liturgical rituals and sacrifices, but “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us latreuo liturgically-worship-serve God acceptably with reverence and awe” (b), for Paul says:  “We are the [true] circumcision, who are routinely latreuo liturgically-worship-serve by-the-means-of the Spirit of God and/coupled routinely kauchaomai ‘holding the neck high with God-given confidence, boasting/exulting’ in Christ Jesus kai and/thus already having [with ongoing results] absolutely-in-fact-NOT peitho ‘put-confidence or persuasion in what is deemed trustworthy’ (c) in the [context: ritual circumcision or any works of the] flesh” (d).  <Notes> a) Matthew 6:9; Luke 11:2, b) Hebrews 12:28, c) this is at the root of pistis trusting-relying-faith in what/who is trustworthy, d) Philippians 3:3.

 

Can you see how Paul has redefined latreuo liturgically-worship-serving, and he does again!  After spending Romans chapter 11 about the place of Israel in God’s plans now that they rejected their Messiah, In Romans 12:1 Paul redefines the “acceptable, pleasing sacrifices to God” NOW under the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant: “I presently/ongoingly parakaleo ‘close-beside call on, exhort, encourage, counsel, and instruct’ you brethren . . . to presently/ongoingly paristemi ‘close-beside standing, ready to present’ your bodies [as a] routinely zoa genuinely-living thusia ‘official, prescribed sacrifice/offering acceptable to God as were many in the OT’, hagios sanctified/holy, euarestos ‘well/good-pleasing because they are fully acceptable’ to The God, this [being] [singular] logikos ‘divinely logical, rational, reasonable from the context of God’s logos message to us’ latreia liturgical-worship-service of/belonging-to you.”  So if you still want to “do something” to liturgical-worship-serve God it should be “routinely by-the-means-of the Spirit of God and/coupled routinely kauchaomai ‘holding the neck high with God-given confidence, boasting/exulting’ in Christ Jesus” – certainly not any of your ‘spiritual disciplines or sacrifices for your church – and “presently/ongoingly paristemi ‘close-beside standing, ready to present’ your bodies [as a] routinely zoa genuinely-living thusia ‘official, prescribed sacrifice/offering acceptable to God as were many in the OT’, hagios sanctified/holy, euarestos ‘well/good-pleasing because they are fully acceptable’ to The God.”  Personally, I like to physically gesture with my hand(s), even “lifting up holy hands” (a), this surrender to the Lord of my mind, emotions, will (psyche – soul) and then various parts or all of my body, thus encompassing all aspects of my flesh – see Identity. <Notes> ) Psalms 28:2, 134:2; 1 Timothy 2:8.

 

According to Vine’s Expository Dictionary and Preceptaustin.org, proseuche means to “an exchange immediately before, facing, or towards (pros) God, indicating close relational contact, of wishes (euche) that includes worshipful, adoring devotion – something not present in the words involving supplication/petition – the act of such prayer being itself an acceptable offering to God.” Hebrew-Streams.org recognizes that “Apostolic worship can be discerned by focusing on words such as prayer (predominantly proseuche and proseuchomai), praise, thanksgiving, blessing, and on the content of hymns.” We see this coming even from God-fearing Jews that act as a memorial before God (a), even the “prayers of the saints that ascend before God” (b). <Notes> a) Acts 10:4, 31, b) Revelation 5:8, 8:3-4.

 

To really bring home the point that it’s not where you worship God that matters but how you worship God under the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant that does, Jesus tells the Samarian woman at the well:  “The hour is coming when neither on this mountain (of Samaria) nor in Jerusalem (Temple) shall you actually routinely proskuneo worship the Father . . . But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true/genuine worshipers shall actually routinely proskuneo worship the Father en by-the-means-of [singular] Spirit and/coupled en by-the-means-of [singular] Truth, for the Father is presently/ongoingly zeteo seeking (a) such people to routinely proskuneo worship Him. God is Spirit kai and/thus those routinely proskuneo worshipping Him are presently/ongoingly necessarily constrained to presently/ongoingly worship en by-the-means-of [singular] Spirit and/coupled en by-the-means-of [singular] Truth” (b). The definite article “the” isn’t necessary in front of “Spirit” or “Truth” because they are both [singular].  In many other places of the NT it’s similarly missing, but always refers to the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ, respectively – see Promised Spirit and The Truth pages. It absolutely should not be translated as “in human spirit” and “in sincerity” as some bibles erroneously translate. Also translating the preposition en with words following in the dative case as “in Spirit” or “in Truth” as if it were the ‘dative of location’ ignores the more obvious choice of “by the means/instrument of” called the ‘dative of instrument’ that fits the meaning of the context:  it’s how people are going about worshipping God that Jesus is concerned, not where they do it at.  Wherever you can worship “by-the-means-of Spirit and by-the-means-of Truth” is perfect to God!  Thus by using “in” the translators make it very vague of what Jesus meant – another case of making the bible “mysterious” – see Bible Info<Notes> a) searching diligently in order to find, investigate, desire/crave, aim/strive after, b) John 4:23-24.

 

Religious people love to focus on WHERE they worship God, even on building altars and houses – see Conversational-Prayer – BT4.  It wasn’t God’s idea to even build the first Temple but King David’s and Nathan the priest okayed it without even going to God first (a).  The second Temple sure wasn’t God’s idea either – evil King Herod built it out of pure pride as he did everything in his rule!  The entire priesthood, scribes, and Pharisees made their lavish living from the Temple, not the mention the daily “marketplace” as a “den of robbers” that ‘feasted’ off the profits they could make right outside its door!  There were so many latreia liturgical-worship-services going on every day in the Temple, but that’s not the way Jesus viewed the Temple, but simply as “My bayith/oikos House (b) of tephillah/proseuche Prayer (c)” (d).  The focus is on “the dwelling place of God” but also where His family meets Him and one another.  And we know this prayer is a form of worship to Him.  How so?  By respectfully waiting for Him to speak by listening for Him and then to Him!  <Notes> a) 1 Chronicles 17:1, b) bayith:  a dwelling habitation, abode containing a family or household including servants; oikos: an inhabited house/building/place for dwelling/residence, the inmates forming a working-collective [demons] or family or household including servants, even representing a race of descendants, and only rarely of physical belongings, c) tephillah:  although it can simply refer to prayer in general, or the action of praying in general even as intercession, or can refer to liturgical prayer, it often refers to the attentive “giving of ear to” shama/akouo listening/hearing towards God during prayer or of God listening/hearing our prayers:  1 Kings 8:28, 38-39, 45, 49, 9:3; 2 Chronicles 6:19-20, 35, 39-40, 7:15; Psalms 17:1, 66:19-20, 86:6; Nehemiah 1:6, 11; Daniel 9:17– see also Conversational-Prayer – BT14 and – BT15, d) Matthew 21:13; Mark 11:17; Luke 19:46 citing Isaiah 56:7; proseuche: conversational-prayer that can include supplication – see Conversational-Prayer – BT10, but focuses instead on listening/hearing.

 

Isn’t it strange that although you find this practice of worshipful, thankful, patiently-waiting, watchful, listening, dialogue of proseuche conversational-prayer a dominant reason that started revivals and actually the dominant practice during revivals – and subsequent holiness throughout the area, you see very little of it in the modern Church today!  If there is any prayer, it’s a 5 minute ritualistic reciting of the ‘Lord’s Prayer’ as if it was something other than the model of how to pray that it actually is – and many Catholics still use the repetition of rosary beads, but in either case completely ignoring Christ’s warning to  “not-in-possibility babble repetitiously as the pagans do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words” per Matthew 6:7!

 

 

 

 

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Conversational Prayer – BT19

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Drawing-near, conversational-prayer should be a habit of devotion of relentlessly asking, seeking, and knocking for intimate-fellowship with God Himself

 

 

 

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All the NT words for the monologue of “asking, seeking, knocking” that indeed can occur within the dialogue of proseuche conversational-prayer in order to “receive, find, and have the door opened” – see Conversational-Prayer – BT10 – are all at least in the Greek present tense, meaning an ongoing action, but often we see a present participle form used to stress that it is to be a lifestyle, routine habit.  The “asking, seeking, knocking, drawing near” word meanings themselves all emphasize a “relentless begging, calling or crying out for, craving, striving after, and driven pursuit of.”  That is the “hungering and thirsting” that Jesus speaks so often of (a). There is so much spoken about “trusting-relying-faith in patience-endurance” or “steadfast-persistence” or “holding fast without wavering” to “inherit the promises” (b) throughout the NT – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT16.  Meno “abiding in the Vine of Christ in order to produce much fruit” (c) means “to remain connected to or to dwell together with,” which implies a koinonia intimate-relationship with genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge instead of gnosis head-knowledge. We’ve also already seen in Conversational-Prayer – BT3 the idea of being “devoted to proseuche conversational-prayer” to routinely experience the promised grace-gift of Spirit-Baptism. <Notes> a) Matthew 5:6; John 4:13-15, 6:35, 7:37, b) e.g., Hebrews 6:12-15, 10:23, 36, c) John 15:1-4.

 

Jesus is our example of this kind of devoted, routine proseuche conversational-prayer (a), whether early in the morning (b) or all night (c), whether often alone (d) or sometimes with others (e).  He even blessed little children this way (f)!  In Isaiah 50:4-7, God says He will give the future Messiah [Jesus] “a skilled, trained tongue in order to train (g) by sustaining a logos message to him who is weary.”  How? “Morning by morning He awakens…My ear to presently/ongoingly akouo hear/listen-to-understand/know, as those who are definitively/wholly prostithemi ‘trained as followers/disciples, joined toward-and-reaching the company of the one they follow’ . . . the Lord God has opened My ear and I was not rebellious – I did not turn backwards . . . the Lord God helps Me.” The “opening of our ears” is what we need to proseuche conversational-prayer for if we also want to be a disciple/follower of Christs! <Notes> a) Matthew 14:23, 26:35-36, 39, 42, 44; Mark 6:46, 14:32, 35, 39; Luke 3:21, 5:16, 9:18, 11:1, 22:41, 44-45, b) Mark 1:35, c) Luke 6:12, d) Luke 5:16; Matthew 14:23, e) Luke 9:28-29, f) Matthew 19:13, g) paideia:  gentle, simple children-rearing education – see Least Among You – BT11.

 

Jesus even gave us a model format of how to proseuchomai conversationally-pray – not a ritual recitation like so many babbling pagans who “think by their many words they will be heard” (a). The ‘Lord’s Prayer’ how-to model was simply:  humble adoration and worship, desperate asking/craving for God’s kingdom to come and will to be done, trusting-relying-faith in God for our physical needs for “your Father knows what you need before your aiteo subordinate-asking of Him,” trusting-relying-faith in God for the ability to forgive and then confessing this dependency, and trusting-relying-faith in God to withstand temptation/testing-to-prove-genuine and be delivered from the evil one’s works (b).  Pretty simple but religious people make it complicated or turn it into almost a meaningless ritual, the very thing Jesus warned about! <Notes> a) Ecclesiastes 5:2; Matthew 6:7-15, 32, Luke 11:1-13, b) Matthew 6:13, 26:41; Mark 14:38; Luke 11:4, 22:40, 46.

 

Jesus taught much about routine habitual proseuche conversational-prayer:  “Presently/ongoingly watch and/coupled routinely proseuchomai conversationally-pray at pas all-kinds-of times” (a).  Instead of “losing heart,” we “ought always to presently/ongoingly proseuchomai conversationally-pray” (b), giving many examples of steadfast-perseverance in proseuche conversational-prayer (c). Jesus even definitively/wholly proseuchomai conversationally-prayed 3 times (d) for His deliverance from His upcoming tribulations (e).  What we presently/ongoingly or definitively/wholly aiteo subordinately-ask in proseuche conversational-prayer for with trusting-relying-faith will then be received (f).  Instead of retaliating against abuse, we are to presently/ongoingly proseuchomai conversationally-pray for and show unconditional-love for “our enemies” (g) and even forgive them when routinely proseuchomai conversationally-praying (h).  When we presently/ongoingly [passively being in] proseuche prayer this isn’t supposed to be for show but a “secret” conversation with God (i), not continually proseuchomai conversationally-praying like the Pharisee in the Temple that thanked God he wasn’t like other men, but like the tax collector standing far off, who looked down and beat his chest saying ‘Be merciful to me, a sinner” (j). <Notes> a) Luke 21:36, b) Luke 18:1, c) Luke 11:5-10, 18:1-8, d) possibly as a symbol of completeness, e) Matthew 26:44, f) Matthew 21:22; Mark 11:24, g) Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:28, h) Mark 11:25, i) Matthew 6:6 – this is the only occurrence of this middle/passive form, j) Luke 18:11, 14.

 

The only time Jesus got angry was when the Jewish religion had turned His “house of proseuche conversational-prayer into a “marketplace” even for dishonest business by robbers (a).  The last verse of the OT is a prophecy in Zechariah 14:21 about the future temple of God after the Lord returns: “And there shall no longer by a Canaanite in the house of Yahweh of host on that Day.” The Canaanites were the peddlers of religion that Jesus drove out 400 years later, possibly a partial fulfillment of this prophecy and certainly completely fulfilling Jeremiah 7:11!  <Notes> a) Matthew 21:13; Mark 11:17; Luke 18:10, 19:46 citing Jeremiah 7:11.

 

The early Christians were also devoted to this kind of routine proseuche conversational-prayer – that’s what they spent much of their time together doing in the ministry of the gospel logos message, not bible-study (a), and “devotion to the ministry/service of the gospel logos message was directly coupled to “devotion to proseuche conversational-prayer” because that’s how they heard from God what to say and do (b). The proseuche conversational-prayer even comes with visions (c) or angelic visitations (d) with supernatural deliverance (e) and healings (f). <Notes> a) Acts 1:14, 24 2:42, 3:1, 9:11, 12:12, 13:13, 14:23, 15:28, 16:16, 21:5, b) Acts 6:4, 6, c) Acts 10:9, 30, 11:5, 22:17, d) Acts 10:30, e) Acts 12:5, 16:25, f) Acts 9:40, 28:8.

 

This is how Christians received Spirit-baptism, even long after their water-baptism (a) – see also Conversational-Prayer – BT3.  This “routine proseuche conversational-praying by-the-means-of the Spirit (b)” and “routine proseuchomai conversationally-praying at pas all-kinds-of times by-the-means-of the Spirit with proseuche conversational-prayer and/coupled deesis supplication” (c) is how you are “to build yourself up in your most holy Trusting-Relying-Faith,” which in turn, was directly related to “tereo ‘watching/guarding to maintain/keep’ yourself in The Unconditional-Love of God” (d). <Notes> a) Acts 8:12-19, b) Jude 1:20, likely in tongues as in 1 Corinthians 14:14-15– see also Conversational-Prayer – BT22, c) Ephesians 6:18, d) Jude 1:20-21.

 

Thus Paul strongly-urges: “I boulomai ‘resolutely plan’ then that in every place the men should presently/ongoingly proseuchomai conversationally-pray, lifting up holy hands” (a). Paul tells Christians to “be presently/ongoingly proskartereo persistently-relationally-devoted (b) to proseuche conversational-prayer and/coupled be routinely gregoreuo watching (c) in this with eucharistia thanksgiving” (d). Paul also strongly-urged Christians to “routinely be proskartereo persistently-relationally-devoted (b) in/by/with proseuche conversational-prayer” (e), and “presently/ongoingly be proseuchomai conversationally-praying without ceasing” and rarely stated “God’s will for us” to include this (f). <Notes> a) 1 Timothy 2:8, b) proskartereo: earnest, constant diligence, assiduous attendance, close adherence, c) gregoreuo: be alert, vigilant, cautious, d) Colossians 4:2, e) Romans 12:12, f) 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18.

 

Proseuche conversational-prayer is how Christians dealt with suffering (a), even anointing sick Christians and thus confidently-persisting in proseuche conversational-prayer for healing (b). The prayerful laying on of hands for healing (c) was also for blessing (d), for ordination (e), sending missionaries (f), and to open doors for the logos message (g). <Notes> a) James 5:13, b) James 5:14, 16, 17; Acts 28:8, c) Matthew 9:18; Mark 5:23, 6:5, 7:32, 8:23, 25, 16:18; Luke 4:40, 13:13; Acts 9:12, 17, 28:8, d) Acts 6:4, e) Acts 1:24, 14:23, f) Acts 9:40, 13:13, 20:36, 21:5, g) Colossians 4:3; 2 Thessalonians 3:1.

 

One night as I was asking the Lord, “Why do we need to relentlessly pursue You,” as I was drifting off, I heard Him tell me, “You must be like a little child to ‘see’ the kingdom of God.” I knew from all my studies about knowledge that eido mental ‘seeing’ perception/knowing is how the OT prophetsknew” God, and how the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant promises this for us ALL now, “from the least among you to the greatest” (a), since the so-called “last” shall be first, and the so-called “first” shall be last (b). Yes, the secrets of the kingdom will remain hidden from “the wise and learned” but revealed by the Spirit to little children (c). Jesus spoke so much about being like little children and absolutely not desiring to be arche ‘firsts’ or megas big, ‘head honchos’ with authority over others. To be great in God’s kingdom we must be like slaves that only take orders from others, servants like Jesus (d). The OT was all about a hierarchy of leadership and teachers from “the greatest to the least,” but now God has done away with ALL of that, actually turning it upside down – see Coaches and Facilitators and Least Among You.  <Notes> a) Jeremiah 31:34, b) Matthew 19:30, 20:16; Mark 9:35, 10:31; Luke 13:30, c) Matthew 11:25, 13:11; Luke 8:10, 10:21, d) Matthew 20:25-28; Mark 10:42-45; Luke 22:25-27.

 

So, I asked the Lord, “Why a little child?” Then the Lord showed me a little child pulling relentlessly on their parent’s clothes, persistently calling out UNTIL their request was granted. Then the Lord said, “That’s what I meant when I said, ‘If you, not being ‘good,’ give grace-gifts to your children, how much more will your Heavenly Father, who is ‘Good,’ give you the Holy Spirit (a) to those who routinely aiteo subordinately-ask Him?” (b). Then I understood, this is the WAY to routinely proseuchomai conversationally-pray “for Thy Kingdom to come, Thy will to be done on earth as it is already in heaven” (c). This is the WAY to “routinely zeteo diligently-seek the Kingdom of God first” (d) – relentlessly like a little child just as with trusting-relying-faith – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT16. <Notes> a) or ‘good grace-gifts’ in Matthew 7:11, b) Luke 11:13 and parallel Matthew 7:11, c) Luke 11:2; Matthew 6:10, d) Matthew 6:33.

 

Our NT English bibles use the word “devotion” 15 positive times and 5 negative times for:  2 times for devotion to Christ (a), 2 times for God versus negatively money and the things it can buy (b), 4 times to proseuche conversational-prayer (c), only 1 time to the Apostle’s teaching (d), only 1 time to the public reading (e), only 1 time to the ministry of the gospel logos message (f), only 1 time to the koinonia fellowship (g), only 1 time to ministry/service of the saints (h), only 1 time to the breaking of bread (i) (j), 2 times to good works that Christians were to devote themselves to be beneficially fruitful to others, especially those in urgent need (k), but 1 time negatively of devotion to Jewish myths and endless genealogies (l) or 1 time prosecho giving heed to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons (m) or 1 time paraphero being-carried-away to diverse and strange teachings concerning special foods (n). From this we can see 4 references to God or Christ and 4 times to conversational-prayer, eclipsing all other positive uses combined!  <Notes> a) 1 Corinthians 7:35; 2 Corinthians 11:3, b) Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13, c) Acts 1:14, 2:42, 6:4; 1 Corinthians 7:5, d) Acts 2:42, e) 1 Timothy 4:13 – “of scripture” is erroneously inserted into the text in many bibles, but the context is that of Paul’s own writings to this new pastor-in-training, and only until Paul returned to return his training of Timothy and/or personal preaching – see Logos Word of God – BT10, f) Acts 6:4, g) Acts 2:42, h) 1 Corinthians 16:15, i) love feast and Lord’s supper, j) Acts 2:42, k) Titus 3:8, 14, l) 1 Timothy 1:4, m) 1 Timothy 4:1, n) Hebrews 13:9.

 

Add to this Christ’s and Paul’s strong urgent calls: “They ought always to proseuchomai conversationally-pray and/coupled not lose heart” (a) and “Stay alert at all times, proseuchomai conversationally-praying” (b) and His teaching on persistently asking, seeking, and knocking until God answers (c).  We’ve already seen above the many strong urgent calls by Paul for that devotion of prayer in: 1 Timothy 2:8, Ephesians 6:18, Colossians 4:2, Romans 12:12, and 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18.  <Notes> a) Luke 18:1, b) Luke 21:36, c) Matthew 7:7-8; Luke 11:9-10.

 

It’s just so sad to see the modern day Church so devoted to just about everything else other than actual, genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, for Jesus said in John 17:3 that this alone is zoe genuine-life everlasting, by being devoted to patiently-waiting, watching, listening, worshipful, conversational-prayer.

 

 

 

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Proseuche conversational-prayer requires watchfulness for “Blessed is the one who eisakouo ‘hears/listens-to-understand/know toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of’ Me, shaqad wakefully-watching or phulasso ‘personally watch with uninterrupted vigilance to keep secure’ daily [for Me] at My gates, shamar keeping-watch beside My doors [for Me]” (a). Passover was to be “a night of watching kept to Yahweh” (b). The psalmists says: “I remember You upon my bed, and meditate on You in the watches of the night” (c), and “My soul waits for Yahweh more than watchmen [on Jerusalem’s walls] for the morning” (d). <Notes> a) Proverbs 8:34, b) Exodus 12:42, c) Psalms 63:6, d) Psalms 130:5-6.

 

Concerning end times, Jesus also said to “presently/ongoingly agrupneo sleeplessly-watch, routinely proseuchomai conversationally-praying at all times that you may have strength to escape these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of man” (a). Similarly, Peter warns: “The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and/coupled nephosober-minded, temperate, calm, collected’ eis ‘towards and reaching the goal of’ proseuche conversational-prayer” (b). Also, Jude says to “definitively/wholly tereo ‘carefully-watch, guard, attend-to to maintain/keep’ yourself in The Unconditional-Love of God, routinely prosdechomai ‘expectantly waiting to interactively welcome’ the [coming] mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that brings zoe genuine-life everlasting” (c). <Notes> a) Luke 21:36, b) 1 Peter 4:7, c) Jude 1:21.

 

I don’t think it’s coincidence that the Lord chose the Greek word tereo, from teros ‘a guard or watch,’ thus meaning to “carefully-watch, guard, attend-to to maintain/keep” in His ‘Great Commission’ for His apostles to make disciples in Matthew 28:20, “teaching them to tereo ‘carefully-watch, guard, attend-to in order in order to maintain/keep’ all that I have entellomai ‘officially-decreed commanded as universally-binding’,” especially knowing that Jesus gave only 2 commandments of trusting-relying-faith in Him and unconditionally-loving others combined into 1 given by God (a) – see Logos Word of God – BT14. This isn’t trying to “guard to maintain” 5000-plus commandments as I’ve seen some crazy websites say Christians have to be burdened with!  That’s religion for you! <Notes> a) 1 John 3:23.

 

It’s also very sad that so many bibles narrowly translate tereo as only “to observe, keep, or obey,” as if that’s what Jesus is focusing on in Matthew 28:20, though it certainly can have this force elsewhere as with:  “If you [really] unconditionally-love Me, you will tereo ‘observe, keep, or obey’ My commandments” (a) and “If you tereo ‘observe, keep, or obey’ My commandments, you will meno ‘remain connected to or dwell in’ My unconditional-love, just as I have tereo ‘observe, keep, or obey’ My Father’s commandments and meno ‘remain connected to or dwell in’ His unconditional-love” (b) and the proof of “coming to actually experientially, relationally ginosko know is tereo ‘observe, keep, or obey’ His commandments” (c). <Notes> a) John 14:15, b) John 15:10, c) 1 John 2:3.

 

However, the general meaning of every use of tereo is always “carefully-watch, guard, attend-to in order in order to maintain/keep” as in Christ’s proseuchomai conversationally-praying for God “to tereo them (Christians) safe from the evil one” (a), or of “jailers to guard others securely” (b), or of “staying within your own place of residence” (c), or “to maintain” (d) as with “The Trusting-Relying-Faith” (e) or our “place in heaven” (f). I could go on, but you get the idea of Jude 1:21 above – “definitively/wholly tereo ‘carefully-watch, guard, attend-to to maintain/keep’ yourself in The Unconditional-Love of God, routinely prosdechomai ‘expectantly waiting to interactively welcome’ the [coming] mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that brings zoe genuine-life everlasting” <Notes> a) John 17:15, b) Acts 16:23, 24:23, 25:4, 21; Matthew 27:36, 28:4, c) Jude 1:6, d) Ephesians 4:3, e) 2 Timothy 4:7, f) 1 Peter 1:4.

 

Watchful proseuche conversational-prayer is a great way to fix our eyes on Jesus! Paul warns Jewish-Christians in 2 Corinthians 3:7-18 that if they even read the Law of Moses (a), like Jews who atenizo ‘fixed their eyes on or gazing at’ Moses’ face that shown from directly meeting God, than now Jewish-Christians reading Moses will have their hearts be hardened just like the Jews’ were. Metamorphoo ‘metamorphic transformation’ (b) instead comes from kataoptanomai ‘fixing that eyes on or gazing with wide-open eyes [in amazement] as looking in a mirror’ the glory of the Lord [Jesus], who is the Spirit,” not by reading the old covenant of Moses!  Hebrews 12:2 says we should be aphorao ‘turning the eyes away from something toward fixing the eyes on another to observe, perceive-know, or discern it’ eis ‘toward and reaching the goal of’ Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our trusting-relying-faith.” This is where our focused-gaze should be, not on ancient biblical writings, and so watchful proseuche conversational-prayer is a great way to practice this! <Notes> a) technically the first 5 books of the OT, but 97.4% of the OT contains the conditions of obedience for God’s conditional-favor – see Logos Word of God – BT5a, b) Romans 12:2 – it’s highly questionable that Paul meant for “the renewing of the mind” by having your head buried in the bible, and certainly NOT the OT graphe scripture.  Paul’s writings consistently speak of the Holy Spirit renewing the mind through genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge through koinonia intimate-fellowship, not be acquiring gnosis informational-knowledge from books!

 

Paul said “I don’t run aimlessly” (a), but “aim to please Him” (b), “to please the one who enlisted me” (c), for “my aim in life” (d) is the same “the aim of our charge is unconditional-love that issues from an unmixed heart and a good conscience and a sincere trusting-relying-faith” (e), for “I decided to know in-possibility-NO thing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (f), for “the life I now live in the flesh I live by trusting-relying-faith in the Son of God, who unconditionally-loved me and gave Himself for me” (g), for “I count everything [h] as a loss liability (i) because of the surpassing worth of the gnosis informational-knowledge (j) of/belonging-to Christ” (k). Certainly this how we can skopeo ‘attentively observe/watch, contemplate, or take heed with scrutiny’ of heaven in order to “not lose heart” (l). <Notes> a) 1 Corinthians 9:26, b) 2 Corinthians 5:9, c) 2 Timothy 2:4, d) 2 Timothy 3:10, e) 1 Timothy 1:5, f) 1 Corinthians 2:2, g) Galatians 2:20, h) All that Paul had before in the Jewish religion, including expert scripture gnosis informational-knowledge, i) as garbage laced with feces, j) a rare occasion when Paul non-derogatorily speaks of gnosis, k) Philippians 3:8, l) 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.

 

 

 

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Drawing-near, conversational-prayer is when we vigilantly-watch for answers from God

 

 

 

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Proseuche conversational-prayer that perserchomai draws near to the Lord is where we watch for the Lord for the answer, just like watchmen (a) on the walls of Jerusalem or the temple (b) during the “watches of the night” (c), and watching the gates into the city (d), looking intensely for enemies approaching (e).  All the people were also to “watch Moses until he had gone into the tent” where the Lord met face-to-face with Moses (f). Passover was to be “a night of watching kept to the Lord” (g).  It is also speaks of the shepherd keeping watch over their flocks at night to keep them safe from wolves (h), or as the Church’s shepherds that should keep watch over their flock’s souls (i).  <Notes> a) 1 Samuel 14:16; 2 Samuel 18:24-27; 2 Kings 9:17-20, b) 2 Kings 11:18; 1 Chronicles 9:27; 2 Chronicles 23:18; Isaiah 62:6; Jeremiah 6:17, c) Matthew 14:24; Mark 6:48; Luke 12:38, d) Nehemiah 11:19, e) 2 Samuel 13:34, f) Exodus 33:8, g) Exodus 12:42, h) Luke 2:8, i) Hebrews 13:17.

 

Ezekiel was a type of Christ, a “Son of Man” Watchman giving warning to His people (a).  Likewise Daniel talks of “a Watcher, a Holy One, coming down-from/according-to heaven” (b).  So the psalmist says: “Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake [against possibility of invasion] in vain” (c).  God told Solomon who to watch for:  “Blessed is the one who shama/eisakouo ‘deeply/intentionally listens/hears-to-understand/know toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of’ Me, watching daily at My gates, waiting beside My doors” (d).  The psalmist understands:  “I remember You upon my bed, and meditate on You in the watches of the night” (e), and “My eyes are awake before the watches of the night, that I may meditate on Your promise” (f).  Isaiah speaks not only of their religion’s blindness but of the time of Christ when the bible-study expert scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees would also be blind watchmen:  “God’s watchmen are blind; they are all without experiential, relational yada/ginosko knowing” (g). <Notes> a) Ezekiel 3:17, 33:7, b) Daniel 4:13, c) Psalms 127:1, d) Proverbs 8:34, e) Psalms 63:6, f) Psalms 119:148, g) Isaiah 56:10, cf. Matthew 15:14, 23:16-19, 24, 26; Luke 6:39; John 9:40-41, 12:40; but God’s intention is Romans 2:19.

 

Jesus often strongly urged His disciples to horao ‘watch, be alert, be attentive’ or gregoreo ‘vigilantly watch’ or prosecho ‘set and hold a course toward’ (a), especially gregoreo ‘vigilantly watching’ in proseuche conversational-prayer (b) but especially to keep from falling into peirasmos ‘testing/trying-to-prove-genuineness or temptation’ (c).  Jesus “diastello ‘sent through division by expressly charging’ His disciples, routinely saying, ‘[I strongly urge you to] presently/ongoingly horao ‘watch, be alert, be attentive’!  [I strongly urge you to] blepo ‘physically see or be watchfully observant’ of the leaven of the Pharisees and/coupled/also of the leaven of Herod” (d). <Notes> a) Matthew 16:6, 25:13; Mark 8:15; Luke 21:34, b) Matthew 26:38, 40; Mark 14:34, 37, c) Matthew 26:41; Mark 14:38, d) Mark 8:15.

 

Paul told Christians to skopeo ‘attentively observe/watch, contemplate, or take heed with scrutiny’ for the false teachers who often cause divisions (a), blepo ‘physically seeing or being watchfully observant’ that divisions among them don’t consume one another (b), but instead “gregoreo ‘vigilantly watch’ that you stand firm in The Trusting-Relying-Faith (c).  In helping to gently restore a brother from sin, Paul advised “routinely being skopeo ‘attentively observant/watchful by contemplating or taking heed with scrutiny’ lest you also be peirasmos ‘tested/tried-to-prove-genuineness or tempted’ (d).  He strongly-urged Timothy, his pastor-in-training, “to presently/ongoingly epecho ‘attentively hold forth to observe’ himself and his teaching (e), but also strongly-urges Christians to “be presently/ongoingly proskartereo persistently-relationally-devoted [in/by/with] proseuche conversational-prayer, routinely gregoreo ‘vigilantly watching’ in this in/by/with eucharistia thanksgiving” (f) – shouldn’t that be reason enough to make it a habit? <Notes> a) Romans 16:17, cf. Titus 3:10; Jude 1:19, b) Galatians 5:15, c) 1 Corinthians 16:13, d) Galatians 6:1, e) 1 Timothy 4:16, f) Colossians 4:2.

 

1 Peter 5:8 says: “[I strongly urge you to] definitively/wholly be sober-minded.  [I strongly urge you to] definitively/wholly gregoreo ‘vigilantly watching,’ for the adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 2 John 1:8 warns Christians to “[I strongly urge you to] presently/ongoingly blepo ‘physically see or be watchfully observant of’ yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward.”

 

But in order to ‘see’ God’s answer we find in the desires and prayers of Jesus, Paul, and the other NT writers that we must humbly realize that we are blind and deaf, despite all our human efforts to acquire “wisdom and understanding” as the zealous Jewish bible-students failed at, and to realize we also need Jesus’s prayers to “open our eyes and ears wide” by the enabling-power of the Holy Spirit, so we can also:  1) recognize Jesus for who He really is and not miss Him, 2) be healed of our spiritual blindness and deafness, and even possibly from our own physical illnesses, 3) be able to have “eyes and ears wide open” to receive “wisdom and revelations” through visions, dreams, and directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words of prophecy from God directly by His Spirit to directly guide and teach us every single thing we need for life, godliness, and ministry.  This isn’t just for the prophets and apostles, but for us NOW in order to also experientially, relationally ginosko know the Lord, 4) especially to understand the secrets of the kingdom as true disciple-followers instead of only getting parables as the masses did, 5) to have the ability to turn from the darkness of sin to the light of sanctification/holiness, 6) to be equipped to naturally evangelize instead of forced out of obligation, and 7) be empowered in other ways to serve the Lord.

 

 

 

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In the Old Testament:

 

“Waiting upon the Lord” was a common Jewish idiom for patiently-waiting through difficulties in proseuche conversational-prayer that came with great promises:

 

In Genesis 49:18 Jacob gathers his sons together before his death to prophesy about their future as the 12 tribes of Israel:  “I have already ‘actively/intensively’ and ‘intend to presently/ongoingly’ (a) qavah/perimeno ‘wait/linger with endurance despite the tension of difficulties’ (b) for your soteria/yeshuah ‘salvation, deliverance, or victory,’ Yahweh.”  This is a Hebrew idiom for diligently staying connected to the Vine of Christ, Yeshua, our Savior and Salvation (c).  That’s a key reason to pray! <Notes> a) Hebrew Piel:  intensive, intentional, or repeated, extended actions;  Hebrew Perfect:  completed action of the past may be continued into the present = looked eagerly for, lie in wait for, linger or tarry for; Greek:  Present Active Indicative for present/ongoing, active, actual action, b) Hebrew qavah:  wait for, originally binding [twisting or stretching] strands into a cord or rope for strength like spider’s threads or web, then later of the tension of enduring, remaining, waiting; Greek perimenoperi all-around as an intensifier + meno ‘abide, remain, cohabitate,’ thus steadiness regardless of the obstacles involved, to endure by putting up with surrounding difficulties, used also in the NT only in Acts 1:4 for waiting for the promise of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, c) John 15:4-5; Philippians 3:20; 1 Timothy 1:1; 2 Timothy 1:10, 2:10, 3:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:9; Titus 1:4, 2:13, 3:6; 2 Peter 1:1, 11, 2:20, 3:18; Jude 1:25; Revelation 12:10.

 

In Isaiah 33:2, he prophesies:  “Yahweh, be chanan/eleeo ‘gracious or merciful according to covenant’ to us; for (a) we have already ‘actively/intensively’ and ‘intend to presently/ongoingly’ qavah/peitho ‘wait/linger with endurance despite the tension of difficulties’ (b) for/resting-upon (c) You.”  So the Hebrew separates the 2 phrases:  1) a request to be merciful, and 2) they have and will repeat their patient-waiting for Yahweh, presumably to show this mercy.  The Greek connects the 2 phrases:  They plead for mercy because of the ongoing effect of them already having been patiently-waiting on God keeping His covenant promise to delivery them from their enemies, putting their ‘rest’ upon Yahweh.  Can you see why building doctrine on bible verses can be very difficult – see Bible Info.  Isaiah continues:  “Be our arm every morning, our soteria/yeshuah ‘salvation, deliverance, victory’ in the time of trouble.”  The “outstretched arm of God” is associated with God’s “might hand by signs and wonders, war, and great terrors as God did for you in Egypt” (d), “everlasting arms . . . driving out the enemy before you” (e), “scattering your God’s enemies with His might arm” (f), and many other verses.  In prayer, we patiently-wait by resting upon the Lord to keep His covenant promise to save us from our enemies – Satan, his demons, and his angels (g) – “by His own mighty Spirit,” not by our “might and power.” <Notes> a) The Greek use gar to introduce a reason for the previous statement, b) Hebrew qavah is Piel Perfect as notes ‘a’ and ‘b’ explain; Greek peitho: to be confidently persuaded of what is trustworthy” in the Perfect Active Indicative for past action with ongoing results, active, actual action, c) Greek with dative following: epi resting at/on/upon, d) Deuteronomy 4:34, e) Deuteronomy 33:27, f) Psalms 89:10, g) Ephesians 6:12.

 

In Proverbs 20:22, the writer advises: “[I strongly urge you to] Do not say, ‘I will repay evil’; but-instead (a) [I strongly urge you to] ‘actively/intensively’ with ‘intention to presently/ongoingly’ or ‘definitively/wholly’ (b) qavah ‘wait/linger with endurance despite the tension of difficulties’ (c) or hupomeno ‘remain/tarry behind subordinately-under the load/tensions of troubles, thus to patiently-endure’ (d)  for/on (e) Yahweh and He will yasha ‘deliver, liberate, save from perils/troubles/evils’ or boetheo ‘run-to-quickly-meet an urgent distress-call-cry for help’ You.”  As Christians we are to patiently-endure evil done against us, by people and the spiritual forces of darkness behind them (f), by patiently-waiting upon the Lord to deal with the evil, knowing that He is not slow but actually running quickly to answer our cries for help, and that He indeed will “deliver us from the evil one,” just as we routinely pray (g), especially since Jesus “gave Himself for our sins to deliver us from this present evil age” (h). <Notes> a) Greek inserts “but-instead,” b) Hebrew Piel:  intensive, intentional, or repeated, extended actions; Greek uses Aorist tense to definitive/wholly accomplish, c) Hebrew qavah:  wait for, originally binding [twisting or stretching] strands into a cord or rope for strength like spider’s threads or web, then later of the tension of enduring, remaining, waiting, d) Greek hupomenohupo:  under, often under authority as a subordinate + meno:  abide, cohabitate, remain, continue = remain under the load/tension, bearing/enduring under; to remain or stay or tarry behind, thus not recede or flee but preserve or have fortitude under misfortunes, trials, tribulations; to cleave faithfully or wait for the Lord, to endure or bear bravely and calmly/patiently ill-treatment, e) 35 of 51 bibles translate “for” and only 12 of 51 translate “on,” f) Ephesians 6:12, g) Matthew 6:13, h) Galatians 1:4.

 

In Isaiah 8:17, he says: “And/But I have already ‘actively/intensively’ and ‘intend to presently/ongoingly’ (a) chakah ‘wait, tarry, long for’ (b) or ‘I will actively, actually, sometime in the future’ meno ‘abide, remain, tarry’ (c) for Yahweh, who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob, and I will hope in Him.”  Their rebellion against God brought them into harms way by their enemies.  When they turned their back on God they no longer had His face of blessing facing them, but this didn’t deter Isaiah from seeking God’s face.  Despite what looked like a hopeless situation where he couldn’t put his “hope in” them, he could still put his “hope in” Yawheh and this is by aggressive intention to continue longing for Yahweh while waiting for Yawheh.  The Hebrew versus the Greek seems to make more sense, because I doubt Isaiah is a “I will get around to it sort of guy” but a “I’ve been doing this and will repeat the action, determined sort of guy.”  We can learn from this prophet’s determination in the midst of troubles! <Notes> a) Hebrew Piel:  intensive, intentional, or repeated, extended actions;  Hebrew Perfect:  completed action of the past may be continued into the present = looked eagerly for, lie in wait for, linger or tarry for; Greek:  Present Active Indicative for present/ongoing, active, actual action, b) Hebrew chakah:  in Piel wait, tarry, long for as here and Isaiah 64:3, Zephaniah 3:8, Psalms 33:20, even for counsel: Psalms 106:13, even for a visions: Habakkuk 2:3, c) Greek Future Active Indicative.

 

In Isaiah 25:9 the prophet says of the coming eternal life by the Messiah when death is swallowed up:  “It will be said on that day, ‘Behold, this is our God; we have qavah have already ‘actively/intensively’ and ‘intend to presently/ongoingly’ (a) ‘wait/linger with endurance despite the tension of difficulties’ (b) or eplizo ‘continually-hoped’ for Him that He might yasha/sozo save us.  This is Yahweh; we have already ‘actively/intensively’ and ‘intend to presently/ongoingly’ (a) qavah ‘wait/linger with endurance despite the tension of difficulties’ (d) or hupomeno ‘continually (c) remain/tarry behind subordinately-under the load/tensions of troubles, thus to patiently-endure’ (e) for Him; let us be glad and rejoice in His salvation.” This is speaking of a future kingdom where all peoples will worship Him, all tears wiped away, and the reproach of His people taken away from ALL the earth – a massive persecution against Jews & Christians is coming! Similarly Isaiah 49:23 says: “Kings . . . queens [of nations] . . . with their faces to the ground they shall bow down to you [Israel in the future Millenial kingdom] and lick the dust of your feet.  Then you will experientially, relationally yada/ginosko know that I AM Yahweh; those who continually qavah ‘wait/linger with endurance despite the tension of difficulties’ or routinely hupomeno ‘remain/tarry behind subordinately-under the load/tensions of troubles, thus to patiently-endure’ for Me shall not be put to shame.”

 

<Notes> a) Hebrew Piel:  intensive, intentional, or repeated, extended actions;  Hebrew Perfect:  completed action of the past may be continued into the present = looked eagerly for, lie in wait for, linger or tarry for; Greek:  Present Active Indicative for present/ongoing, active, actual action, b) Hebrew qavah: wait for, originally binding [twisting or stretching] strands into a cord or rope for strength like spider’s threads or web, then later of the tension of enduring, remaining, waiting, c) rare Greek imperfect tense for continued action, d) Hebrew qavah:  wait for, originally binding [twisting or stretching] strands into a cord or rope for strength like spider’s threads or web, then later of the tension of enduring, remaining, waiting, e) Greek hupomenohupo:  under, often under authority as a subordinate + meno:  abide, cohabitate, remain, continue = remain under the load/tension, bearing/enduring under; to remain or stay or tarry behind, thus not recede or flee but preserve or have fortitude under misfortunes, trials, tribulations; to cleave faithfully or wait for the Lord, to endure or bear bravely and calmly/patiently ill-treatment.

 

Without getting into all the nitty-gritty grammar, here are more OT usages:

 

Isaiah 26:8 says “in the path of your mishpat/krisis equitable-judgments, Yahweh, we have already ‘actively/intensively’ and ‘intend to presently/ongoingly’ qavah ‘wait/linger with endurance despite the tension of difficulties’ or definitively/wholly eplizo hoped for or on/upon Him for You; your name and remembrance are the desire of our soul.”  Isaiah 30:18 says: “For Yahweh is a God of justice; blessed are all those who simply are continually chakah ‘wait, tarry, long for’ or routinely emmeno ‘in a state of steadfastly abiding-in/remaining-with/living-by’ for Him.”  Yes, if we remain connected to the Vine of Christ bears much yummy fruit per John 15:5.  Wow is Isaiah 40:31 encouraging:  “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength . . . but they who continually qavah ‘wait/linger with endurance despite the tension of difficulties’ or routinely hupomeno ‘remain/tarry behind subordinately-under the load/tensions of troubles, thus to patiently-endure’ for Yahweh shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

 

In Lamentations 3:22-27 “The steadfast checed/eleos ‘covenant-loyal loving-mercy’ of Yahweh never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. ‘Yahweh is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I shall indeed yachal expectantly-waiting-in-hope in Him.’  Yahweh is towb ‘pleasantly good’ or agathos ‘pleasantly good-natured’ to those who continually qavah ‘wait/linger with endurance despite the tension of difficulties’ or presently/ongoingly hupomeno ‘remain/tarry behind subordinately-under the load/tensions of troubles, thus to patiently-endure’ for Him, to the soul who shall actually zeteo diligently-seeks (b) Him.  It is towb ‘pleasantly good’ or agathos ‘pleasantly good-natured’ that [a person] be yachal expectantly-waiting-in-hope or should be hupomeno ‘remain/tarry behind subordinately-under the load/tensions of troubles, thus to patiently-endure’ duwmam waiting-quietly-in-silence or definitively/wholly hesuchazo ‘rest-cease from labor, even silently as here’ for the teshuah/soterian deliverance/salvation of Yahweh.” <Notes> a) agathos: “good-natured, pleasantly joyful, excellent or distinguished and thus useful, upright, or honorable,” b) frequently pursue, diligently search, crave, and worship.

 

Micah 7:7 commits: “But as for me, I shall indeed tsaphah/epiblepo ‘turn the eyes of a gaze upon’ Yahweh; I will repetitively yachal expectantly-waiting-in-hope or shall indeed hupomeno ‘remain/tarry behind subordinately-under the load/tensions of troubles, thus to patiently-endure’ for God, my yesha/soter Savior; my God will shama/eisakouo hear-unto me.”  God says in Exodus 24:12 to Moses:  “Come up to Me on the mountain and ‘repeatedly hayah be’ or ‘presently/ongoingly eimi be-present/exist’ there” also the ESV translates this as “wait there” and the NET translates “remain there.”  I really don’t appreciate them translating this as if it were other Hebrew and Greek words.  This is a common problem in bible translations – see Bible Info.

 

Now the Psalms speak of patiently-waiting with endurance for God the most!  In Psalms 27:14 [I strongly urge you to] qavah ‘actively/intensively wait/linger with endurance despite the tension of difficulties’ or definitively/wholly hupomeno ‘remain/tarry behind subordinately-under the load/tensions of troubles, thus to patiently-endure’ for Yahweh; be strong, and let your heart take courage; [I strongly urge you to] qavah ‘actively/intensively wait/linger with endurance despite the tension of difficulties’ or definitively/wholly hupomeno ‘remain/tarry behind subordinately-under the load/tensions of troubles, thus to patiently-endure’ for YahwehAgain in Psalms 31:24, “Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who are continually yachal expectantly-waiting-in-hope or routinely elpizo expectantly-waiting-in-hope for Yahweh! In Psalms 33:20 “Our soul have already ‘actively/intensively’ and ‘intend to presently/ongoingly’ chakah ‘wait, tarry, long for’ or presently/ongoingly hupomeno ‘remain/tarry behind subordinately-under the load/tensions of troubles, thus to patiently-endure’ for Yahweh; He is our help and our shield.

 

Psalms continues with keys to effective prayer.  In Psalms 37:5-9, “Commit (a) your way (b) to Yahweh; trust in Him, and He will act/make-to-do [in your behalf] . . . Be still-and-silent or definitively/wholly submit-by-falling-in-line (c) before Yahweh and/coupled chuwl wait-longingly or yachal expectantly-waiting-in-hope (d) or hikanoo ‘reach the place of sufficiently qualified’ for Him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices” and promises: “Those who are routinely qavah ‘waiting/lingering with endurance despite the tension of difficulties’ or routinely hupomeno ‘remain/tarry behind subordinately-under the load/tensions of troubles, thus to patiently-endure’ for Yahweh shall inherit the land.”  This being-still before the Lord is also found in Psalms 46:10 that was dissected in Conversational-Prayer – BT13. There it says:  “[I strongly urge you to] definitively/wholly become [passive] still (e) kai and/coupled definitively/wholly become [passive] experientially, relationally yada/ginosko knowing that I am God.”  Because yada/ginosko knowledge requires a 2-way relationship, we can become passively still forever without any results whatsoever.  Also we can actively try to relationally know God until we are blue in the face without any results – world religions have been trying forever and are no closer to God.  However, yada/ginosko is also passive, and so it implies that both becoming still and/coupled having a relationship with God are something we have to having trusting-relying-faith in God for.  If we do “passively-wait for Him” while “also passively being still” we stand a good change of actually being in a yada/ginosko relationship with God.  The context bears this out:  stop running around with your head cut off about the cares of this world and instead stop, shut up, and just patiently-wait for the Lord to create an amazing relationship WITH you that will save you from your worse fears and cares.

 

<Notes> a) roll off your burdens/cares onto His back, b) well-trodden course, c) Hebrew damam:  Qal form means to be/grow stupefied, astounded, dumb, silent, still – so both motion & speech or Greek hupotasso:  voluntarily yield, or fall in line behind a commander, d) normally the Hithpoel form in the participle means whirling as in whirlwind tempest per Jeremiah 23:19, 30:23.  The NET Bible says there was a dittography error and that the text should be the Hiphel form of yachal expectantly-waiting-in-hope.  Thus the Greek hikanoo is an odd fit too that bibles translate entreat for some odd reason. Bible translation is fraught with difficulties – see Bible Info, e) raphah, scholazo: take a vacation from your work, relax, rest, quiet yourself

 

So Psalms continues to encourage us:  In Psalms 37:34 “[I strongly urge you to] qavah ‘actively/intensively wait/linger with endurance despite the tension of difficulties’ or definitively/wholly hupomeno ‘remain/tarry behind subordinately-under the load/tensions of troubles, thus to patiently-endure’ for Yahweh and keep His way, and He will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off.”  In Psalms 38:15, “But for You, Yahweh, do I have already ‘actively/intensively’ and ‘intend to presently/ongoingly’ yachal expectantly-wait-in-hope or definitively/wholly elpizo expectantly-wait-hope; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.”  In Psalms 39:7 “And now, O Lord, for what do I have already ‘actively/intensivily’ and ‘intend to presently/ongoingly’ qavah ‘wait/linger with endurance despite the tension of difficulties’ or hupomone patient-endurance?  My towcheleth/hupostasis (a) covenant-entitled-hope is in You. In Psalms 40:1, “I have already ‘actively/intensively’ and ‘intend to presently/ongoingly’ qavah ‘wait/linger with endurance despite the tension of difficulties’ or routinely hupomeno hupomeno ‘remain/tarry behind subordinately-under the load/tensions of troubles, thus to patiently-endure’ for Yahweh; He inclined to me and heard my cry. Finally in Psalms 130:5-6, I have already ‘actively/intensively’ and ‘intend to presently/ongoingly’ qavah ‘wait/linger with endurance despite the tension of difficulties’ or definitively/wholly hupomeno ‘remain/tarry behind subordinately-under the load/tensions of troubles, thus to patiently-endure’ for Yahweh; my soul has already ‘actively/intensively’ and ‘intends to presently/ongoingly’ qavah ‘wait/linger with endurance despite the tension of difficulties’ or definitively/wholly hupomeno ‘remain/tarry behind subordinately-under the load/tensions of troubles, thus to patiently-endure’ and/couple in his dabar speech/saying or logos message  I yachal expectantly-waiting-in-hope; my soul waits (no Hebrew) or elpizo expectantly-wait-in-hope for the Lord/Master more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.  Looks like words got dropped – see Bible Info for many more problems. <Notes> a) Greek hupostasis: ‘standing under’ a guaranteed agreement, a title-deed or legal claim to precious promises or property, thus entitling someone to what is guaranteed under the particular agreement.

 

The New Testament also speaks of waiting:

  

 

Jesus told the disciples to “not chorizo depart from Jerusalem, but to presently/ongoingly perimenowait by remaining all around’ (a) for The Promise of the Father, … to be baptized by the Holy Spirit” (b).  How did they obey the Lord? “They were all in one accord devoting themselves to proseuche conversational-prayer (c).  They should be a real clue for us, but it’s amazing how few churches do this.  <Notes> a) perimeno only used here in the NT: peri all-around or as an intensifier + meno ‘abide, remain, cohabitate,’ thus to remain steady regardless of the obstacles involved, to endure by putting up with surrounding difficulties; used in Genesis 49:18 above in LXX for waiting for salvation, b) Acts 1:4-5, c) Acts 1:13-14.

 

Another Greek word used for waiting in prayer is apekdechomai (a): Paul says in Romans 8:23-25 that  “we ourselves, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we are routinely apekdechomai decisively-welcoming [our] divine-adoption as sons . . . But if we hope for what we do not see, we presently/ongoingly apekdechomai decisively-welcome [it] with hupomone patience-endurance.”  Paul is referring to our glorification at Christ’s coming, called “the blessed hope” (b).  Paul says in Galatians 5:5, “For through the Spirit, by trusting-relying-faith, we ourselves presently/ongoingly are apekdechomai decisively-welcoming the hope of righteousness.”  Having Christ’s righteousness is our only hope!  Paul want for these Christians in 1 Corinthians 1:7 to “not be lacking in any grace-gift, as you routinely are apekdechomai decisively-welcoming the coming-revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  The Spirit’s grace-gifts are super important even if so many churches are ignorant of them, contrary to Paul’s strong-desire-intention in 1 Corinthians 12:1 for them not to be ignorant.  Similarly in Hebrews 9:28, likely Barnabas who was Paul’s preaching companion writing in a much better Greek than Paul, says:  “so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are routinely apekdechomai decisively-welcoming Him.” <Notes> a) apekdechomai:  “away-from warmly-welcome, waiting that decisively ‘puts away’ all that should remain behind, looking completely away from this world to what is upcoming,” b) Romans 8:23-25; Titus 2:13; 1 Peter 1:3.

 

Lastly the Greek word prosdechomai is used to meanpros towards and interfacing with + dechomai warmly-welcome = receive in a personally-interactive, warm, open, welcoming manner; to wait actively, expectantly, ready and willing to give and receive, thus active ‘looking-for-and-waiting,” and since this involves personal interests or motivational, it’s always in the middle reflexive voice.  It’s used in Luke 2:25 “Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, prosdechomai ‘expectantly waiting to interactively welcome’ the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.”  In Luke 12:35-37, Jesus metaphorically teaches about His second coming:  “Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, and be like men who are routinely prosdechomai ‘expectantly waiting to interactively welcome’ for their Master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to Him at once when He comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the Master finds alert when He comes.” Finally, in Luke 23:50-51, “Now there was a man named Joseph, from the Jewish town of Arimathea. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man, who had not consented to their decision and action; and he was continually prosdechomai ‘expectantly waiting to interactively welcome’ the kingdom of God.”

 

 

 

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Conversational Prayer – BT15

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Drawing-near, conversational-prayer is stopping our talking, busyness, and works to listen/hear to understand/know God Himself

 

 

 

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See Conversational-Prayer – BT4 for seeking God Himself and not just His stuff or help.

 

Different from the various words for supplication and thanksgiving, proseuche conversational-prayer we can also stop talking and hear what God has to say!  In the OT, Moses even told the Jews to akouo listen/hear-to-understand/know whatever The Prophet (a) tells you, He who is like me from your brothers, who the Lord God will raise up” (b) where Moses adds “Every soul who does not akouo listen/hear-to-understand/know to that Prophet shall be destroyed from the people.” King David prophesies by the Holy Spirit: “For He is our God and we are the people of His pasture, the sheep of His hand. Today, if you akouo listen/hear-to-understand/know His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion” (c). <Notes> a) a reference to the Messiah, b) In Acts 3:22 Peter citing Deuteronomy 18:15-19, c) Psalms 95:7.

 

In the NT, The Father told us to akouo listen/hear-to-understand/know His beloved Son, My Chosen One (a). Jesus repeatedly told people to akouo listen/hear-to-understand/know Him, saying “he who has ears, [I strongly urge them to] presently/ongoingly akouo listen/hear-to-understand/know” but doing more than that with them (b), and lots of people did (c) and still are called to do (d) even to receive the Spirit accompanied by miracles by trusting-relying-faith (e), though some didn’t (f), but especially “to akouo listen/hear-to-understand/know what the Spirit says” (g). <Notes> a) Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 10:39, b) Matthew 11:15, 13:9, 43; Mark 4:9, 23; Luke 8:8, 14:35, cf. and “doing them” Matthew 7:24, 26; Luke 6:47, 49, 10:16 versus different responses to hearing:  Matthew 13:20, 22, 23, c) Luke 5:15, 6:18, 15:1, 21:38, d) Hebrews 3:7, 15, 4:7 citing Psalms 95:7, e) Galatians 3:2, 5, cf. Romans 10:17, f) Revelation 2:9, 11, 17, 29, 3:6, 13, 22, 13:9, cf. John 3:8, g) Romans 11:8.

 

Jesus told Pilate that “Everyone who is of The Truth akouo listens/hears-to-understand/know My Voice” (a). Jesus clearly defines Christian disciples/followers as “His sheep, those who have trusting-relying-faith [in Him], and actively, actually, experientially, relationally ginosko know Me, the Good Shepherd,” sheep who “won’t akouo listens/hears-to-understand/know the thieves and robbers,” but instead the sheep are “those who actually akouo listens/hears-to-understand/know My Voice (b) and actively, actually, ongoingly follow (c) Me” (d). <Notes> a) John 18:37, b) phone: sound of directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words, which absolutely doesn’t refer to reading written logos messages of a bible and certainly not to graphe OT scripture, c) be on the same road with, accompany or follow as a disciple, d) John 10:3, 8, 14-16, 25-27.

 

“Having trusting-relying-faith in, experientially-relationally ginosko knowing, akouo listening/hearing-to-understand/know, and following Christ” are Christ’s definitions of a His disciples. Jesus is looking for people who will “come to Me, akouo listens/hears-to-understand/know My sayings (a), and does them” (b).  Jesus defined who His mothers and brothers (His family) as those who “akouo listens/hears-to-understand/know the gospel logos message of God and does it” (c). <Notes> a) plural of the gospel logos message, b) Luke 6:47, c) Luke 8:21.

 

Jesus says “Truly, whoever akouo listens/hears-to-understand/know My gospel logos message and/coupled has trusting-relying-faith in Him [the Father] who sent Me has zoe genuine-life everlasting, not coming into judgment but has passed from death to zoe genuine-life” (a). You can hear the gospel logos message of God, the Father and Son, preached all day long somewhere (rarely at church nowadays), and never “do it,” that is, come to trusting-relying-faith in Christ alone, the only entole officially-decreed, universally-binding commandment to unbelievers in the New Covenant – see Logos Word of God – BT15, which is “the work of trusting-relying-faith” (b). <Notes> a) John 5:24, b) 1 Thessalonians 1:3; 2 Thessalonians 1:11.

 

Hebrews 4:2 says “the ‘Great News’ gospel [logos message] came to us just as to them (a), but this gospel logos message they heard did not benefit them, because their akouo listening/hearing-to-understand/know was in-possibility-NOT sugkerannumi ‘mixed together with, co-mingled, or united with’ The Trusting-Relying-Faith.” Paul asked the Galatians if they “had received the Spirit ek out-from works of the Law or ek out-from [singular] akouo listening/hearing-to-understand/know of/belonging-to [singular] trusting-relying-faith” (b)? Obviously the coming of the Holy Spirit was an obvious experience – not the non-experiential event that too many churches have preached! <Notes> a) the Jews in the wilderness, b) Galatians 3:2.

 

You can akouo listen/hear-to-understand/know everybody else’s voice preach the gospel logos message of God or even your own voice as you read the gospel, but really counts is if you akouo listen/hear-to-understand/know “the voice of Christ” calling you, even ‘knocking on your door, wanting to come in to you.’ Jesus promises, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone akouo listens/hears-to-understand/know My voice and opens the door, I will come into him and eat with him, and he with Me…[this is] the one who conquers” (a). Paul says in Romans 10:17 that “trusting-relying-faith comes ek out-from [singular] akouo listening/hearing-to-understand/know” but not hearing his gospel logos message preached, but “akouo listening/hearing-to-understand/know dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of [singular] a directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word of Christ (b). It only takes akouo listening/hearing-to-understand/know 1 word directly from Christ for trusting-relying-faith to come!  Many have attested to completely blanking out a sermon but having an inner conversation all around 1 word stuck in them, and often it wasn’t even on thing said by the preacher! <Notes> a) Revelations 3:20, b) external manuscript evidence strongly favors this reading over “of God.”

 

Jesus said “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him,” and those who “actually have been ‘taught by God,’ who have actually akouo listened/heard-to-understand/know and manthano learned from the Father, come to Me” (a). This has to be “granted to that person by the Father (b). Nevertheless, Jesus said His crucifixion “will draw ALL (c) people toward Myself” (d). <Notes> a) John 6:44-45, b) John 6:65, c) pas: often times doesn’t mean the whole/entirety of” but more often to “every of a category/class/type of,” as here because many people could care less about Christ’s death on the cross, d) John 12:32, a) Acts 2:17-18; Hebrews 8:11 citing Jeremiah 31:33-34; Psalms 32:8; Isaiah 54:13.

 

Are we just to busy?  Was Martha who “was distracted by much serving” choosing “the agathos ‘good, useful, excellent portion” (a) or Mary “who sat at the Lord’s feed and continually (b) akouo listened/heard-to-understand/know His teaching” (c)?  Jesus said “Mary, . . . which will not be taken away from her!” Martha was the one who complained that Mary needed to stop and help her. However, I actually heard a preacher at Vineyard Connections say that “Martha was more spiritual and had more trusting-relying-faith, and that’s why she was busy serving everybody. She was more ‘useful’ to the Lord.” The Spirit within me wept, and we walked out!  They were a new couple hired to ‘whip the church into shape.’  Yikes! <Notes> a) agathos: “good-natured, pleasantly joyful, excellent or distinguished and thus useful, upright, or honorable,” b) rare imperfect tense: continually, repeatedly, c) Luke 10:38-42.

 

Thus proseuche conversational-prayer is unique in that it is the time we can, if we press in, akouo listen/hear-to-understand/know the Voice of Christ, by the supernatural, dynamite-like enabling-power of the Holy Spirit. This is when we manthano learn directly from Christ, as every prophet whoever existed did, just as was “The Promise” for the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant’s Church age (a), so that we can really be a follower/disciple of Christ. <Notes> a) Acts 2:17-18; Hebrews 8:11 citing Jeremiah 31:33-34; Psalms 32:8; Isaiah 54:13.

 

Nowhere in the NT does it say the successful Christian life comes from reading, studying, and memorizing scripture as I was taught by so many churches and 5 bible colleges – see Bible Info.  Instead it says holiness/sanctification comes from akouo listen/hear-to-understand/know the Parakletos Spirit’s parakaleo alongside-counselling/teaching NOW as the phone voice of Jesus by the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words of the Lord – see Prophetic Word of God.

 

 

 

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Conversational Prayer – BT14

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Drawing-near, conversational-prayer is stopping our talking, busyness, and works to listen/hear to be taught directly by God – it’s the ‘easy button’ compared to bible-study

 

 

 

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Proseuche conversational-prayer is often the translation of the Hebrew word tephillah.  Although the Hebrew can simply refer to prayer in general, or the action of praying in general even as intercession, or can refer to liturgical prayer, it often refers to the attentive “giving of ear to” shama/akouo listening/hearing towards God during prayer or of God listening/hearing our prayers:  1 Kings 8:28, 38-39, 45, 49, 9:3; 2 Chronicles 6:19-20, 35, 39-40, 7:15; Psalms 17:1, 66:19-20, 86:6; Nehemiah 1:6, 11; Daniel 9:17.  As much as listening-to and hearing-from God is stressed in the OT and especially the NT, you certainly don’t see that many books on conversational-prayer either!  My wife Charlotte and our counselor friend Elizabeth Roberts have found great growth from theophostic prayer now called transformational prayer and especially from 4 Keys to Hearing God’s Voice by Mark & Patti Virkler, which I’ve had family and friends benefit from greatly!

 

Isaiah 50:4 said the Messiah would be taught by God “how to sustain with a logos message in season to [him who is] weary.” Jesus indeed invited us:  “[I strongly urge you to] You-all duete come-here-NOW pros ‘toward to reach the goal of’ Me all who labor-toil-work and/coupled overburdened (a), kai and/then I will give you ‘peaceful-rest, ease or repose.’ [I strongly urge you to] definitively/wholly take My yoke (b) upon you and/coupled/thus [I strongly urge you to] definitively/wholly manthano learn apo away-from Me (c) for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and [then] you will find peaceful-rest for your souls, for My yoke [is] easy (d) and/coupled My burden-load presently/ongoingly actually light (e)” (f). He said this right after v. 11:25 “these things” or v. 13:11 “the secrets of the kingdom” (g) remain “hidden from the ‘wise and understanding’” (h) but are “revealed to little children.” The context is the burden of the Jewish religion (a) with its many “works of righteousness” (i) to obey 613 commandments in the OT, more from the Oral Torah, and even the esoteric learning of the Greeks, which are indeed a huge burden to carry. Trying to know God through rules or gnosis book knowledge or philosophy is a lot of work!  The solution is to come to Jesus, take a ‘vacation’ (j) from the book-learning gnosis info-knowledge and works of religion, and instead be directly meno abiding/connected-to the Vine (k) and let Him manthano train us directly by that harness connection – and Jesus said this was gentle, easy, and light – it’s the ‘easy button!’

 

<Notes> a) context: with the load of the Law’s commandments: Luke 11:46, b) training harness, c) manthano:  “increase one’s knowledge, be informed, or hear or learn from” but here in person rather than from books, cf. ‘learned from the Father’ to be ‘taught by God’  per John 6:45, ‘learned Christ’ per Ephesians 4:20, learning by prophecy per 1 Corinthians 14:31, d) chrestos used as an predicate adjective so [is] supplied:  manageable, mild, pleasant, kind, well-fit to the animal, so there’s no chaffing sores, e) in weight, thus easy to carry.  The yoke/harness is not a long, heavy bar like you see in some carriages but ‘light as a feather,” f) Matthew 11:28-30, g) Luke 8:10, h) context: the Jewish experts of the scripture or Gentiles of philosophical writings, i) Titus 3:5; Romans 4:6, j) “Be still” of Psalms 46:10 “in order to yada/ginosko experientially, relationally know God” comes from raphah, scholazo:  “take a vacation from your work, relax, peacefully-rest, quiet yourself, k) John 15:1-4.

 

The ‘yoke/harness method of learning’ directly from Jesus is relatively “manageably-easy (a) and/coupled My burden/requirements light (b)” so much so that we can actually find “peaceful-rest, ease or repose, that is a ‘vacation’ from our work,’ for our souls.”  In context, it has to be significantly ‘easier and lighter’ than the ‘burden/requirements’ of the so-called “wise and understanding ones” of Matthew 11:25, especially since it is to be “revealed to nepios little children.”  Nepios refers to milk-feeding infants or little children that still require the gentleness of a nursing mother per 1 Thessalonians 2:7 and Hebrews 5:13.  Jesus said the ‘easy button’ was simply by obeying: “duete come-here-NOW pros ‘toward to reach the goal of’ Me . . . for I am gentle and lowly in heart” in Matthew 11:28.  You have to ‘harness up’ to the lead-horse on God’s horse-drawn carriage, and that is Jesus.  That is how we “definitively/wholly manthano learn apo away-from Me” in verse 11:29 (c). <Notes> a) chrestos used as an predicate adjective so [is] supplied:  manageable, mild, pleasant, kind, well-fit to the animal, so there’s no chaffing sores, b) from elauno:  wind that drives ships or clouds and from elasson:  younger, smaller. The yoke/harness is not a long, heavy bar like you see in some carriages but ‘light as a feather,” c) manthano:  “increase one’s knowledge, be informed, or hear or learn from” but here in person rather than from books, cf. ‘learned from the Father’ to be ‘taught by God’  per John 6:45, ‘learned Christ’ per Ephesians 4:20, learning by prophecy per 1 Corinthians 14:31.

 

Therefore “coming to [in order] to learn from” Jesus directly, must be the essence of proseuche conversational-prayer, the “easy” and “gentle and lowly/humble in heart” way that Jesus would teach us the “little children” we are to be like (a) – see Least Among You – and not the so-called “wise and understanding” bible-study experts like the scribes and Pharisees “who searched/studied the scriptures diligently [erroneously] dokeo supposing (b) that in them they would hold-to-have zoe genuine-life” but nonetheless “presently/ongoingly refuse to come to Me so that you may hold-to-have zoe genuine-life.” Although they prided themselves in ‘knowing God’s Word,’ as so many Christian scholars and pastors do, Jesus had this to say of them: “You do absolutely-in-fact-NOT have God’s logos message dwelling in you, for you do absolutely-in-fact-NOT have trusting-relying-faith in the One [Christ] whom He [the Father] has sent” (c). <Notes> a) Matthew 19:14; Mark 10:14; Luke 18:16, b) dokeo:  have the opinion of, seem to think, suppose what seems to be, make a subjective mental estimate, which directly reflects the personal values of the person(s), making this a subjective judgment call, c) John 5:38-40.

 

We know from the NT that the “heavy burden that was hard to bear that is laid on people’s shoulders” is what the bible-study expert scribes and Pharisees “presently/ongoingly preach but don’t practice” (a). But this legalism came right into the Church!  Peter challenged the Jewish-Christian “apostles and elders” of Jerusalem Church saying: “Why are you placing a yoke (b) on the neck of the [Gentile] disciples that neither our [Jewish] fathers nor we have been able to bear?” (c), so they prayed to know what to write the Gentile churches to do. God answered: “For it has-already-been dokeo supposed (d) to the Holy Spirit and/coupled to us to lay on you no greater burden than these requirements:  that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols (e) kai and/specifically from blood and/coupled from what has been strangled and/coupled from [temple] prostitution (f). If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell” (h). These were all Gentile practices of temple idol worship (i). <Notes> a) Matthew 23:2-4; Luke 11:46, b) context: of circumcision as the ‘seal of obedience’ to the Law of Torah “instruction,” c) Acts 15:6-10, d) dokeo:  see note ‘b’ above, e) offered to demons, thus co-participating with demons: 1 Corinthians 10:20; Revelation 9:20, f) porneia: sexual intercourse outside of marriage, harlotry common in temple worship, especially Corinth famous for it’s “more than 10,000 beautiful women prostitutes,” g) , h) Acts 15:28-29, i) see Acts 15:20, 21:25, cf. Romans 2:22; 1 Corinthians 5:10-11, 6:9, 8:4, 7, 10, 10:7, 14, 19; Galatians 5:20; Ephesians 5:5; Colossians 3:5; 1 Thessalonians 1:9; 1 Peter 4:3; 1 John 5:21; Revelation 2:14, 20, 9:20, 21:8, 22:15.

 

By 95-110 AD, John has to remind Christians again of Christ’s only 2 commandments of “trusting-relying-faith in the Son and/coupled unconditional-love reciprocally to one another,” which together is the ONLY commandment of God (a), which are “absolutely-in-fact-NOT burdensome” (b), just as Jesus said in Matthew 11:30 above, “My burden is light [as a feather or clouds driven by wind] to carry.” Christ’s yoke/harness is not a long, heavy bar like you see in some carriages!  Evidently, the teachers of the Law and likely Gentile religions (c) were still “trying to deceive them” (d). So John has to remind them, “you have absolutely-in-fact-NO need that anyone should presently/ongoingly teach you, for as His anointing (e) actually, ongoingly teaches you about ALL things, and is trustworthy, thus is of no lies – just as it has already taught you, meno abide-remain-dwell IN Him” (f). Christians don’t need a book or teachers, only the Holy Spirit to “guide them into ALL truth” (g) as promised in the OT (h). <Notes> a) 1 John 3:23, b) 1 John 5:3, c) both of them “antichrists” who “don’t confess the coming of Christ in the flesh” who are “practicing unrighteousness” and “denying sin”, d) 1 John 1:8, 2:26, 3:7; 2 John 1:7, e) context: Holy Spirit in 1 John 2:20, f) 1 John 2:27, g) Matthew 10:20; Luke 12:12; John 14:26, 16:13, h) Ezekiel 11:19-20, 36:26-27.

 

While Jesus was on earth, He was always defending His ministry to the bible-student scribes and Pharisees, for “it is written in the Prophets (a), ‘And they will be [the ones] ALL taught of/belonging-to God.’  Everyone having akouo listened/heard-to-understand/know para ‘from close beside’ the Father kai and/thus having manthano learned presently/ongoingly comes to Me” (b).  Yes, manthano generally means “increase one’s knowledge, be informed, or hear or learn from” but here in person from God rather than from gramma writings. But what about after Christ ascended?  <Notes> a) Isaiah 54:13; Jeremiah 31:33-34 the distinction of the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant cited in Hebrew 8:10-11, b) John 6:45.

 

Paul regarding Christians who  “should no longer be walking/living as the Gentiles do . . . because of the agnoeo ignorance (a) that is in them,” because “that is absolutely-in-fact-NOT the way you manthano learned The Christ” (b).  Notice Paul didn’t say “learn about Christ,” which is what you would get from hearing others like himself or reading books.  However, in another letter Paul says there is a place for sharing prophecies, “each in turn” and “letting the allos ‘others of the same/similar kind’ diakrino ‘judge-thru thoroughness’ (c) what was said . . . you can ALL prophesy one by one, so that ALL may presently/ongoingly manthano learn and/coupled ALL be parkaleo encouraged-close-beside” (d).  The Holy Spirit as the close-beside Parakletos “advocate, intercessor, and counsel” thus parkaleo encourages-close-beside the congregation through the prophets.  In context, is is any wonder that Paul said earlier “Now I thelo will-desire-purpose you ALL to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy” (e).  Therefore the allos ‘others of the same/similar kind’ could mean other prophets they should all be, or other Spirit-kind-of people operating in/by/with the grace-gifts of the Spirit, not the agnoeo ignorant (a) and certainly not the idiotes idiot-outsiders that may wander into the church (f).  In another letter, Paul says: Now concerning brotherly-love you have absolutely-in-fact-NO need for [anyone or me] to write to you, for yourselves [are] (i) [the] you-alls theodidaktos taughtofGod (i) to unconditionally-love one another” (j).  This may be referring to the entole officially-decreed, universally-binding commandment to unconditionally-love one another” given to by Christ that some of these Christians may have been fortunate enough to have heard – see Logos Word of God – BT16.  Some scholars believe Paul wrote this 51-52 AD, 19-20 years after Christ’s death, so it’s possible, but Paul’s use of this only-once-occurring word theodidaktos in the NT is saying this is what these Christians are characterized as NOW – people who are NOW taught-of-God. This can must be a reference to the present/ongoing teaching of the Spirit of Christ (k), especially since Paul earlier spoke of the Holy Spirit to these Christians, particularly of its enabling-power during His preaching they witnessed and the joy they experienced of/belonging to the Holy Spirit even in their suffering (l).  Obviously Paul is referencing the same “taught-of-God” that Jesus was in John 6:45 above as prophesied in the OT (m), but here particularly of the Holy Spirit that would dwell in them to do just that (n) after Christ ascended (o). See also Teaching page.

 

<Notes> a) Ephesians 4:18, 1 Corinthians 10:1, 12:1, 14:38, b) Ephesians 4:18-20, c) diakrino: to judge thru-the-realizing-channel-of being thorough, thus to investigate or discriminate thoroughly either rightly by close-reasoning or wrongly by going too far or vacillating back and forth, as determined by the context, d) 1 Corinthians 14:27-31, e) 1 Corinthians 14:5, f) 1 Corinthians 14:16, 23-24, i) theodidaktos is a predicate adjective so the verb [are] is supplied.  In Greek writings the theodidaktos were those who spoke directly with the gods, therefore publishers and interpreters of divine oracles, versed in sacred science, j) 1 Thessalonians 4:9, k) Romans 8:9; Philippians 1:19; 1 Peter 1:11; Acts 16:7 l) vv. 1:5-6, 4:8, m) Isaiah 54:13; Jeremiah 31:33-34 the distinction of the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant cited in Hebrew 8:10-11, n) Matthew 10:20; Luke 12:12; John 14:26, 16:13, o) Ezekiel 11:19-20, 36:26-27

 

 

 

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Conversational Prayer – BT13

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Drawing-near conversational-prayer isn’t talking, busyness, or works but peacefully-resting from all of it

 

 

 

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The OT gives a key imperative about prayer: “[I strongly urge you to] definitively/wholly become [passive] still (a) before Yahweh and/coupled [I strongly urge you to] definitively/wholly become [passive] patiently-waiting for Him” (b) and gives us this amazing promise: “[I strongly urge you to] definitively/wholly become [passive] still (a) kai and/coupled (c) definitively/wholly become [passive] experientially, relationally yada/ginosko knowing that I am God” (d).  Because yada/ginosko knowledge requires a 2-way relationship, we can become passively still forever without any results whatsoever.  Also we can actively try to relationally know God until we are blue in the face without any results – world religions have been trying forever and are no closer to God.  However, yada/ginosko is also passive, and so it implies that both becoming still and/coupled having a relationship with God are something we have to having trusting-relying-faith in God for.  If we do “passively-wait for Him” while “also passively being still” we stand a good change of actually being in a yada/ginosko relationship with God.  The context bears this out:  stop running around with your head cut off about the cares of this world and instead stop, shut up, and just patiently-wait for the Lord to create an amazing relationship WITH you that will save you from your worse fears and cares.  When quieting the storm that caused so much fear among the disciple of “little trusting-relying-faith,” Jesus strongly urged with the imperative: “presently/ongoingly actively siopao Be Silent!  Phimoo Become [passive] Muzzled-Silent!” and “there was a great calm” (e).  We need to be peacefully at rest in order to really know the Lord in order to find peaceful-rest from the threatening-chaos of the world. <Notes> a) raphah, scholazo: take a vacation from your work, relax, rest, quiet yourself, b) Psalms 37:7, c) kai can have many other meaning than “and-coupled or and-related” like “still, besides, also, moreover, likewise, even, indeed, namely, specifically, d) Psalms 46:10, e) Mark 4:39.

 

That’s why Jesus taught, “Come To Me, all who labor/work/toil and/coupled overburdened [a], and I will give you peaceful-rest/ease/repose. Take My yoke (b) upon you, and manthano learn from Me (c) for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and [then] you will find peaceful-rest for your souls, for My yoke [is] easy (d) and My burden (load) is presently/ongoingly actually light (e)” (f).  He said this right after v. 11:25 “these things” or v. 13:11 “secrets of the kingdom” (g) remain “hidden from the ‘wise and understanding’” (h) but are “revealed to little children.” <Notes> a) context: with the load of the Law’s commandments: Luke 11:46, b) training harness, c) manthano:  “increase one’s knowledge, be informed, or hear or learn from” but here in person rather than from books, cf. ‘learned from the Father’ to be ‘taught by God’  per John 6:45, ‘learned Christ’ per Ephesians 4:20, learning by prophecy per 1 Corinthians 14:31, d) manageable, mild, pleasant, kind, e) in weight, thus easy to carry, f) Matthew 11:28-30, g) Luke 8:10, h) context: the Jewish experts of the scripture or Gentiles of philosophical writings.

 

The writer of Hebrews to Jewish-Christians being tempted to go back to the Law of commandments for their security, wrote: “the promise of entering God’s peaceful-rest (a) still stands” (b), “for we who have had trusting-relying-faith [in Christ] enter that peaceful-rest” (c), “so then, there remains a Sabbath Rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s peaceful-rest has also rested from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore strive to enter that peaceful-rest” (d). <Notes> a) from His work on the 7th day of creation: Hebrews 3:11, 4:4, 10, b) v. 4:1, c) v. 4:3, d) v. 11.

 

 

 

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Conversational Prayer – BT12

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Drawing-near, conversational-prayer includes calling or crying out for God Himself not just His stuff

 

 

 

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See Conversational-Prayer – BT4 for seeking God Himself and not just His stuff or help.

 

In this kind of proseuche conversational-prayer we can indeed humbly “call on the Lord.”  Paul promises in Romans 10:12-14, “Everyone who calls on the name/person/authority of the Lord [Jesus] shall actually be saved . . . bestowing His riches on all who call on Him,” but then Paul asks, “How then will they call on Him in whom they have not had trusting-relying-faith in?”  Paul tells Timothy to “De and-now flee youthful passions de but-instead-now pursue righteousness (a), trusting-relying-faith, unconditional-love, [and] peace (b) along with those who call on the Lord from a katharos pure (c) heart” (d).  Psalms 116:17 says, “I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving and/coupled call on the name/person/authority of the Lord.” <Notes> a) context: right-living, thus sanctification/holiness. Notice how this is associated with trusting-relying-faith, b) context: harmony with others.  Notice how this is associated with unconditional-love, c) katharos:  purged, clean, pure, unmixed – similar to hagios holy, d) 2 Timothy 2:22.

 

“Calling on the name/person/authority of the Lord” is a Jewish idiom (a) equated with “Calling on/to the Lord” Himself (b) that carries a great promise: “The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in/by/with truth [i.e., sincerely]” (c), “so let us presently/ongoingly proserchomai ‘towards coming-from-one-place-to-another drawing-near’ with a true [sincere] heart in full assurance of trusting-relying-faith” (d).  We saw that “calling on the Lord from a katharos pure-unmixed heart” in 2 Timothy 2:22 above, for “blessed are the katharos pure-unmixed in heart, because they shall horao ‘observe, perceive, discern’ God” (e). <Notes> a) Genesis 12:8, 21:33; Psalms 105:1, 116:4, 13, 17; Joel 2:32; Zephaniah 3:9, 13:9, b) Psalms 99:6, 118:5; Judges 16:28; 2 Kings 20:11; 1 Chronicles 21:26, c) Psalms 145:18, d) Hebrews 10:22, e) Matthew 5:8.

 

“Crying out to the Lord for us” is the proseuche conversational-prayer Moses did for Israel (a). It is equated with “calling upon the Lord” above in 2 Samuel 22:7, “I called upon the Lord . . . He heard my voice, and my cry came to His ears.” It’s equated to proseuche conversational-prayer by the psalmists: “attend to my cry, give ear to my proseuche conversational-prayer” (b), and “hear my proseuche conversational-prayer, O Lord; let my cry come to you” (c), and “Have regard to the proseuche conversational-prayer . . . and to his deesis supplication-prayer, O Lord… listening to the cry and to the proseuche conversational-prayer …who proseuchomai conversationally-prays before you” (d).  It is associated with waiting-patiently (see a BLOG below): “I waited-patiently for the Lord; He inclined to me and heard my cry” (e). This ‘crying’ is in the morning, noon, even all day and night (f).  We see Jesus listening to a Canaanite woman who cried out to Him (g) and the blind man that Jesus healed (h) and say, “will not God give justice to His elect, who cry to Him day and night?” (i).  Paul says, “because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, by whom we cry ‘Daddy, Father’” (j). <Notes> a) Exodus 14:15, b) Psalms 17:1, c) Psalms 102:1, d) 1 Kings 8:28 and 2 Chronicles 6:19, e) Psalms 40:1, f) Psalms 22:2, 86:3, 88:1; Lamentations 2:19; Jeremiah 20:16, g) Matthew 15:22-23, h) Mark 10:47, i) Luke 18:7, j) Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:6.

 

Therefore, in proseuche conversational-prayer we can indeed wholeheartedly “cry out to the Lord” for mercy, rescue, and with our deesis supplication-prayers, just what Israel asked Samuel to never stop doing for them (a).  Samuel said:  “Gather the elders and land’s inhabitants to the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord” (b).  Job realizes that unfortunately man waits until they are at the end of their ropes: “Because of the multitude of oppressions people cry out; they call for help” (c).  Hosea accuses the Jews:  “Woe to them, for they have strayed from Me! . . . They do not cry to Me from the heart, but they wail while lying in their beds (d)” (e).  David sings “Be merciful to Me, O God…I will take refuge . . . I cry out to God Most High, . . . He will send from heaven and save me . . . God will send out His steadfast unconditional-love and His faithfulness.” He also says, “O Lord, God of My salvation, I cry out day and night before You” (g), and “With my voice I cry out to the Lord; with my voice I plead for mercy to the Lord” (h), and again: “But I, O Yahweh, cry to You; in the morning my proseuche conversational-prayer comes before you” (i), and again:  “Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord” (j), and finally: “In my distress I called upon Yahweh; to my God I cried for help. From His temple He heard my voice, and my cry to Him reached His ears” (k). Can you see why God favored David?  Lamentations says, “Arise, cry out in the night, … pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord!  Lift your hands to Him” (l).  Jesus asks: “Will not God give justice to His elect [people], who cry to Him day and night? (m)? <Notes> a) 1 Samuel 7:8, b) Joel 1:14, c) Job 35:9, d) this is a euphemism: yelling out ‘O, God’ during intercourse, just as people often do today, e) Hosea 7:13-14, f) Psalms 57:1-3, g) Psalms 88:1, h) Psalms 142:1, i) Psalms 88:13, j) Psalms 130:1, k) Psalms 18:6, l) Lamentations 2:19 , m) Luke 18:7.

 

 

 

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Conversational Prayer – BT11

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Drawing-near, conversational-prayer includes more child-like confidence but also humility and thankfulness

 

 

 

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Proseuche conversational-prayer is also more like the Greek noun enteuxis, meaning “an attitude of child-like confidence, trust, boldness, and free approach to God that can then boldly intercede for others,” but it’s used only 2 times in the NT:  The OT dietary Laws and Traditions of the Elders were unnecessary because “everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with eucharistia thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the gospel logos message of God and [also] by enteuxis confident-approaching-prayer” (a).  Paul also tells Timothy “[I strongly-urge-you] that deesis supplication, proseuche conversational-prayers, enteuxis confident-approaching-intercessions, [and] eucharistia thanksgiving be made on-behalf-of all people, for kings and those in high positions, that we may lead a eremos ‘undisturbed, placid, tranquil, composed’ and/coupled hesuchios ‘still, quiet, calm, steady, settled’ life” (b). Notice again that the monologue of deesis supplication is distinct from proseuche conversational-prayer, intercession, and thanksgiving? How easily we confuse them because so often our English bibles don’t differentiate them! <Notes> a) 1 Timothy 4:4-5, b) 1 Timothy 2:1-2.

 

Proseuche conversational-prayer is also more like the Greek noun hiketeria, meaning “an attitude of lowliness/humility or self-deprecation when approaching God for favor, as with holding out an ‘olive branch’ to signal an approach for supplication,” used only 1 time in the NT:  During Christ’s life, He offered both deesis supplications and/coupled hiketeria ‘lowly/humble requests for favor’ with loud crying and/coupled tears to the One [Father-God] who was able to save Him from death and/coupled having been deeply-heard because of His eulabeia ‘reverently-grabbing of what is good, thus devout caution,’ even though being a Son, He learned this hupakoesurrender to what is akouo heard/listened-to-understand/know from the things He suffered (a). We, too, can be “deeply-heard because of our eulabeia ‘reverently-grabbing of what is good, thus devout caution’ in our lowly-approach to God for favor. <Notes> a) Hebrews 5:7-8, b) Philippians 2:8, c) Matthew 23:12; Luke 14:11, 18:14, d) Matthew 18:4.

 

Other words for lowering/humility are the noun/verb tapeinos/tapeinoo of Jesus “tapeinoo lowered/humbled Himself by becoming submissively-obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (b). Thus Jesus taught that “whoever tapeinoo lowers/humbles himself will be exalted” (c) and similarly that “whoever tapeinoo lowers/humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (d). James groups the phrases “God gives unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace to the tapeinos lowly/humble” and “hupotasso ‘assign, put in order/appoint under as with a ‘military’ post/duties’ yourselves therefore to God” and “tapeinoo lower/humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you” and associates all this to “eggizodraw extremely close’ to God kai and/then He will eggizodraw extremely close’ to  you” (e).  <Notes> a) Hebrews 5:7-8, b) Philippians 2:8, c) Matthew 23:12; Luke 14:11, 18:14, d) Matthew 18:4, e) James 4:6-10.

 

Proseuche conversational-prayer is also more like the Greek noun eucharistia, meaning “an attitude of gratitude and thankfulness expressed chiefly through prayer,” used only 15 times in the NT:  In Paul’s final instructions to the Colossians, he strongly urges them to “be presently/ongoingly proskartereo persistently-relationally-devoted-toward (a) proseuche conversational-prayer, routinely gregoreo vigilantly-watching (b) in it with with eucharistia thanksgiving” (c). We saw above that Paul tells Timothy “[I strongly-urge-you] that deesis supplication, proseuche conversational-prayers, enteuxis confident-approaching-intercessions, [and] eucharistia thanksgiving be made on-behalf-of all people, for kings and those in high positions, that we may lead a eremos ‘undisturbed, placid, tranquil, composed’ and/coupled hesuchios ‘still, quiet, calm, steady, settled’ life” (d). Also to Timothy that the OT dietary Laws and Traditions of the Elders were unnecessary because “everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with eucharistia thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the gospel logos message of God and [also] by enteuxis confident-approaching-prayer” (e). <Notes> a) proskartereo:  “pros towards-and-interacting-with plus kartereo ‘showing of steadfast strength,’ thus to consistently show strength that prevails in spite of difficulties, thus to endure and stay in a fixed direction, continuing to do something with intense effort despite difficulty, and so be persistently-relationally-devoted-to,” b) watching in prayer is the topic of another BLOG, c) Colossians 4:2, d) 1 Timothy 2:1-2, e) 1 Timothy 4:4-5.

 

Furthermore Paul says, “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in Him and established in The Trusting-Relying-Faith, just as you were taught, abounding in eucharistia thanksgiving” (a).  So Paul strong urges us to:  “Be anxious about nothing but through proseuche conversational-prayer and/coupled deesis supplication-prayer [both together] with eucharistia thanksgiving, let your aitema specific-subordinately-asked-petitions be made gnorizo experientially, relationally known to God” (b).  Can you see how many forms of prayer can occur together?  Concerning un-interpreted tongues in public services, Paul writes: “If you are praising God by the means of the Spirit, how will he who occupies the place of the uninformed (ignorant) say ‘Amen’ at your eucharistia thanksgiving [that tongues must contain] since he does absolutely-in-fact-NOT eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know what you say” (c)?  Paul says that those who sow the seed of the gospel logos message are enriching the Corinthian Christians in every way so they call also all be generous to others, especially in their giving, which produces dia thru-the-realizing-channel of us eucharistia thanksgiving to God (d).  Paul exhorts Christians to “be imitators of God . . . and/coupled walk-all-around/live in/by/with unconditional-love . . . [I strongly urge you to] absolutely-in-fact-NOT even let be named among you . . . filthiness and/coupled foolish-talking or crude-joking which are absolutely-in-fact-NOT fitting [for saints] but-instead rather eucharistia thanksgiving” (e). <Notes> a) Colossians 2:6-7, b) Philippians 4:6, c) 1 Corinthians 14:16, d) 2 Corinthians 9:11, e) Ephesians 5:1-4.

 

 

 

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Conversational Prayer – BT10

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Drawing-near, conversational-prayer can include asking, seeking, and knocking but especially to delight IN God Himself not just His stuff

 

 

 

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See also Conversational-Prayer – BT4 for seeking God Himself and not just His stuff or help.

 

In the OT, Isaiah 58:2 says: “MY people . . . they zeteo diligently-seek (a) delight to daath prophetically or ginosko experientially, relationally know My ways, . . . they ask Me to make just decrees of judgment; they delight to draw near to God.” In Proverbs 8:17, Wisdom personified says, “I unconditionally-love those who unconditionally-love Me, and those who shachar/zeteo ‘look/seek early or diligently for’ me will matsa/heurisko ‘find or attain to/find what was sought after’ Me.” Jeremiah 29:11-13 says to the Jewish exiles: “For I yada/logizomai ‘experentially, relationally know or logically/reasonably account/reckon’ the plans I have for you, declares Yahweh, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and/coupled proseuchomai conversationally-pray to Me, and I will hear you. You will-definitively (b) ekzeteo diligently-seek-out (c) Me and/coupled find Me, when you (d) ekzeteo diligently-seek-out (c) Me with your holos whole heart.”  Amos 5:4 says, “[I strongly urge you to] ekzeteo diligently-seek-out (c) Me and [you] shall actually zoe genuinely-live.” 1 Chronicles 28:9 says, “If you (d) ekzeteo diligently-seek-out (c) Him, He shall actually be found by you.”  2 Chronicles 7:14 speaks of “baqash/zeteo (a) ‘seeking to find or diligently-seeking’ My face” and likewise Daniel 9:3 says: “turning/set my face to the Lord God, baqash/zeteo (a) ‘seeking to find or diligently-seeking’ Him by tephillah/proseuche conversational-prayer and deesis supplications with fasting (e) . . . I proseuchomai conversationally-prayed to the Lord,” and Lamentations 3:25-26 says: “the Lord is good to those who wait for Him, . . . who darash (c)/zeteo (a) diligently-seeks Him.  It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”  None of this is casual once-in-a-while ‘in a pinch’ proseuchomai conversationally-praying – see also Obedient Steps of Faith – BT16 for the relentless of trusting-relying-faith.

 

<Notes> a) zeteo:  searching diligently in order to find, investigate, desire/crave, aim/strive after, b) perfect tense: definitively, c) ek + zeteo for the Hebrew darash: search out diligently in order to find, investigate, desire/crave, aim/strive after – another Hebraism throughout the OT for diligent worship in order to find God, d) imperfect tense: continually/routinely, e) although fasting is often associated to prayer in the OT, nowhere is it commanded.  The actual NT uses are very infrequent of the earliest Jewish-Christians still struggling to let go of OT “traditions of the elders” and many occurrences are later additions by Catholic Monks under the legalism the Catholic Church brought back in after 225 AD that Origen significantly started.

 

In Christ’s model of how to proseuchomai conversationally-pray in Matthew 6:5-13 and Luke 11:2-4, He uses many illustrations in context to emphasize us “presently/ongoingly aiteo subordinately-asking (a) UNTIL we receive, presently/ongoingly zeteo diligently-seeking (b) UNTIL we find, and presently/ongoingly knocking UNTIL the door is opened.”  A.S.K. – Ask, Seek, Knock. These are actions of trusting-relying-faith that persist UNTIL they get results as Jesus illustrates in several stories (c) – see also Obedient Steps of Faith – BT16 for the relentless of trusting-relying-faith, like a little child trying to get into the cookie jar – see Least Among You – BT12. <Notes> a) aiteo: from a subordinate position to willfully request/call out for/petition, beg, require/desire/crave, b) zeteo: search diligently in order to find, investigate, desire/crave, aim/strive after, c) Luke 11:5-8, 18:1-8.

 

This has nothing to do with asking for our physical needs or wants to be met!  In Matthew 6:19-33 context, Jesus said we aren’t supposed to be “laying up for ourselves treasures on earth . . . but in heaven . . . for where our treasures are, what our ‘eye’ is on, reveals where our hearts really are . . . for you cannot serve 2 masters . . . God and money. Therefore, do not be anxious about your life – what you will eat or drink or . . . clothing.” Nor should we be about “zeteo diligently-seeking after all these THINGS as the Gentiles do, for you heavenly Father already knows that you need them, but presently/ongoingly zeteo diligently-seek foremost the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and these [other] THINGS [then physically require to survive] will be given to you as well.”  But God doesn’t promise anything more here than your basic needs.  Therefore Jesus warns about our asking:  “Don’t heap up empty phrases and . . . many repeating words, like the nations/people do, thinking they will be heard, for your Father already knows what you need before you aiteo subordinately-ask Him” (a).” Instead, Paul says in Romans 8:5, to be “setting your minds on the things of the Spirit (b) instead of the things of the flesh in order to live down-from/according-to the Spirit.”  Much of the ‘name-it-and-claim-it Faith Movement’ is a disguise for “setting your minds on things of the flesh.” <Notes> a) Matthew 6:7-8, b) desires of the Spirit: Galatians 5:17.

 

The real purpose of Christ’s discourse on persistent “asking, seeking, knocking” (A.S.K.) is expressed in His Prayer Model’s thesis recap, as every good teacher leaves their audience with, in Luke 11:13 about routinely-asking for “the good grace-gifts . . . giving the Holy Spirit to those who routinely aiteo subordinately-asks Him,” or in the parallel account in Matthew 7:11 that good Father “give the good things to those who routinely aiteo subordinately-asks Him.” For us to get this grace-gift of the Spirit, let alone the Spirit’s “good things or grace-gifts,” Jesus has to “erotao entreat the Father to give us another [other than Jesus] Parakletos (a) to be with us forever” (b), who is the Holy Spirit. This is “The promised grace-gift” that keeps on giving – the actual dunamis dynamite-like enabling-power of the “kingdom of God to come and His will to be done on earth as it already is in heaven” that was Christ’s thesis statement we should pray for (c). Also, Christ isn’t teaching unbelievers to get the indwelling Holy Spirit once and for all at their conversion, but teaching Christians throughout time, who will already have the deposit of the Holy Spirit dwelling within them, to make it a routine lifestyle of aiteo subordinate-asking for the Holy Spirit!  This is how they will “presently/ongoingly zeteo diligently-seek foremost the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (d). God’s “kingdom and righteousness” have nothing to do with a list of commandments to do for God, regardless of how many sermons you’ve heard about this, but seeking The Holy Spirit’s kingly-reigning enabling-power of Jesus, the Kingly Righteous One (e)!  The Lord told me that one night on a long prayer walk – It’s 2 “Who’s to know,” and not 2 “What’s to do.”  <Notes> a) ‘Close-beside’ caller, summoner, or inviter; helper, succorer, or assistant; encouraging teacher, counselor, comforter, or consoler; defense-attorney, judicial-advocate, or court-intercessor, b) John 14:16, c) Matthew 6:10; Luke 11:2, d) Matthew 6:33; Luke 12:31, e) “the Righteous One” per Acts 3:14, 7:52, 22:14; see also “the Lord our righteousness” per Jeremiah 23:6, 33:16.

 

This is relentless “pauo unceasing proseuchomai conversationally-praying” or routine “present/ongoing having of trusting-relying-faith that you will lambano ‘grab hold of to receive’ what you are proseuchomai conversationally-praying for” (a), “by trusting-relying-faith without doubting” so should be for “wisdom instead of things to satisfy your own passions” (b). Jesus doesn’t teach us to go on and on “as the Gentiles do, heaping up empty phrases, thinking they will be heard for their many words” or even about “giving us this day our daily bread,” but says “do not be like them, for your Father already knows what you need before you ask Him” (c). In fact, proseuchomai conversationally-praying for “our daily bread” may not only be for our physical needs, but for “Christ, the bread of zoe genuine-life” (d) or possibly even for “the bread that man can live on alone – every directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word from the mouth of God” (e), because as Christ says: “My directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words are Spirit and zoe genuine-life” (f), for certainly our “hunger and thirst” should be for “righteousness to be satisfied” (f) by “coming to Me, the bread of zoe genuine-life . . . having trusting-relying-faith in Me” so we can “not hunger and never thirst” (g). <Notes> a) Matthew 21:22; Mark 11:24; Colossians 1:9, b) James 1:5-6, c) Matthew 6:7-8, 11; Luke 11:3, d) John 6:32-38, 50-51, 55-58, e) Matthew 4:4, Luke 4:4, citing Deuteronomy 8:3, f) Matthew 5:6, g) John 6:35.

 

Instead of praying for stuff, Paul’s team ceaselessly prayed for Christians to “be filled [to completion] by the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of God’s will by the means of all Spirit-kind-of (a) wisdom and/coupled sunesis ‘connect-the-dots’ understanding (b) – this isn’t comprehension of bible gnosis info-knowledge but “’connecting the dots’ insight from discernment of the Spirit” (c). That’s why Jesus’ final teaching on proseuchomai conversationally-praying is to “routinely ask for the good grace-gift of the Holy Spirit” as the enabling-power to accomplish our proseuchomai conversationally-praying for God’s “kingdom to come and will to be done” (d).  Part of that kingdom is “asking God to forgive our sins/debts (e) as we also forgive others theirs (f), and/coupled being delivered from the evil [of sin and unforgiveness] instead of being tested by it to prove our genuineness” (g). <Notes> a) genitive adjective of pneuma, b) Colossians 1:9, c) 1 Corinthians 2:14, d) Matthew 7:7-8, 11; Luke 11:9-13, e) to cleanse us from all unrighteousness: 1 John 1:9, f) Matthew 5:23-24, 6:14-15, even our enemies: Matthew 5:44, lest we stand as “the judge” over others with this “log in our own eye” per Matthew 7:1-15, g) Matthew 6:12-13; Luke 11:4.

 

How much “watching and listening/hearing” should we do compared to supplication? Paul clarifies in Ephesians 6:18, “routinely be proseuchomai conversationally-praying in pas all-kinds-of kairos ‘suitable, right, seasonable, opportune seasons/occasions’ by-the-means-of [singular] Spirit and/coupled eis ‘toward and reaching the goal of’ this, be routinely agrupneo vigilantly-watching by-the-means-of all proskarteresis devoted-relational-perseverance and/coupled deesis supplication-prayer for all the saints.”

 

Proseuchomai conversationally-praying by trusting-relying-faith” is eido “mentally ‘seeing’ to perceive/know that God hears us” (a), addressing “the Father in Christ’s name/person/authority” (b), even trusting that we have already received it (c), confident that Jesus “will do it that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (d), especially since Jesus doesn’t have to erotao entreat our aiteo subordinate-askings to the Father for us (e). However, Jesus says we must “meno ‘remain-connect-to or co-habitate’ in Me and/coupled My directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words meno ‘remain-connect-to or co-habitate’ in you” (f) for us to be confident about receiving from God. This absolutely doesn’t mean stuffing ourselves with bible verses (g), as I was taught for so many years. It’s means akouo hearing/listening-to-understand/know Jesus through proseuche conversational-prayer!   Then we can have trusting-relying-faith that “God can do far more abundantly than we can ask or even imagine, kata down-from/according-to the dunamis dynamite-like enabling-power at work within us (h). 1 John 3:22-23 tells us we can have this confidence when we are “tereo ‘carefully watching/guarding to maintain’ God’s entole ‘universally-binding, officially-decreed commandments’ and/coupled doing those things that are pleasing to Him, and this is His [singular, compound] commandment: that we presently/ongoingly have trusting-relying-faith in the name/person/authority of His Son Jesus Christ and/coupled unconditionally-love one another, just as He [Christ] has already given us [singular] commandment” – see Only 2 Commandments. Also, proseuchomai conversationally-praying “in agreement” with others is very effective (i). <Notes> a) 1 John 5:14-15, b) John 15:16, 16:23, 24, 26, c) Mark 11:24; later, less reliable texts have “are asking for,” d) John 14:13, e) John 16:23-26, f) John 15:7, g) logos messages buried in 2000-3500 year old gramma writings compiled hundreds of years later by mere men into graphe scripture, h) Ephesians 3:20, i) Matthew 18:19.

 

Proseuche conversational-prayer also comes with a reward. We know Jesus said in His Prayer model to proseuchomai conversationally-pray privately in secret, not for show, and “your Father who sees in secret will apodidomi ‘give back from what you gave, thus return as payment to’ you” (a). Hebrews 11:6 says, “Whoever would routinely proserchomai draw near to God must have trusting-relying-faith that He presently/ongoingly exists and/coupled [that] He is a misthapodotes ‘rewarder, paying what is of due value’ to those who routinely ekzeteo diligently seek-out (b) Him.” <Notes> a) Matthew 6:4-6, 18, b) ek out-from + zeteo:  search out diligently in order to find, investigate, desire/crave, aim/strive after – yet another Hebraism for worship.

 

 

 

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Conversational Prayer – BT9

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What drawing-near, conversational-prayer is mostly NOT

 

 

 

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How do we get wisdom, understanding, and revelation from the Holy Spirit? By doing what Paul and others did – being devoted to proseuche conversational-prayer!  This is really the only way we can personally “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our trusting-relying-faith” (a) and skopeo “fix our attention’ on the unseen things” of heaven in order to “not lose heart” (b). This focus of proseuche conversational-prayer is the essence of trusting-relying-faith and hope, keeping our eyes forward and not looking back, as Lot’s wife did upon Sodom and Gomorrah as God was destroying them, turning her into a pillar of salt (c). <Notes> a) Hebrews 12:2, b) 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, c) Genesis 19:26.

 

But what exactly is proseuche conversational-prayer? It’s really sad that so many English translations treat all the many completely-different-in-kind Greek words for our conversation with God practically the same by lumping them into the words “prayer” or “pray.”  However, some words focus on man, others on God – some on the monologue of our speaking TO God, but many more on the dialogue of God speaking WITH us. Now we’ll explore the ‘monologue’ words!

 

The main word used for a monologue TO God is deesis “supplication in which we make our personal requests or petitions of need to God.” For many Christians and churches, that’s all prayer turns out to be!  The NT uses the word 18 times for supplication to God so we won’t be “anxious about anything but also with eucharistia thanksgiving, by offering our aitema petitions to God” (a), just as Jesus did with “loud cries and tears,” and us doing so even by the means of the Spirit. According to the NT, this supplication should include:  remembering/interceding for other Christians for deliverance and healing, for Israel’s peace and salvation, and for “all people, including rulers and all those in authority for peaceful lives in godliness and honesty” (b), especially because “the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous and His ears open to their supplication” (c). And the NT says Christians are “the righteous, who are filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ,” because of living by trusting-relying-faith in Jesus Christ, the only Holy and Righteous One (d), thus ending and abolishing the Law that defined righteousness (e). <Notes> a) Philippians 4:6, b) 1 Timothy 2:1-2, c) 1 Peter 3:12 citing Psalms 34:15 “their cry”, d) Acts 3:14, 7:52, 22:14; Romans 1:17, 3:22, 5:17-19, 10:6; 1 Corinthians 1:30; Galatians 2:20, 3:11; Philippians 1:11, 3:9; Hebrews 10:38; 1 Peter 3:18; 2 Peter 1:1; 1 John 2:1, e) Romans 10:4; Galatians 2:21; Ephesians 2:15; Colossians 2:14; Hebrews 7:18, 8:13.

 

The Greek word deomai is the verb form of deesis above, meaning “to want out of lack, to desire or long for out of need, to entreat, plead or beg for, thus to supplicate out of recognized need,” used only 9 times concerning prayer. Christians are to entreat God to send out workers into His harvest (a), and at all times being watchfully-alert and/coupled entreating God to have strength to escape the judgments to come (b) – we will see in a later BLOG about “watching in prayer.”  Deomai is also used of Christ’s supplicating for Peter’s trusting-relying-faith not to fail” (c) and Peter telling Simon the magician to repent/turn-to and/coupled plead/beg the Lord to forgive his attempt to buy the Holy Spirit’s enabling-power (d) – can you see the need to surrender-control in prayer?  It is used of Cornelius, a God-fearing man, who supplicated to God regularly (e) and of Paul’s pleading/begging to God to visit the Roman church (f), like Paul’s team pleading/begging God night and day to see the Thessalonian church in person (g).  We may not even know it’s the will of God but out of our great need, we are hoping it is, like the Christians who pleaded/begged to God for boldness to preach the gospel logos message and found out it was God’s will because they were then Spirit-baptized with enabling-power to do what they just prayed for (h).  Many deesis/deomai prayers are NOT answered because the person’s monologue excluded finding out from God whether it’s even His will what they are praying for, because that takes the dialogue of proseuche conversational-prayer.  Monologue-type prayer can really be ‘hit or miss’ and unanswered prayers of this type discourage many people from praying! <Notes> a) Matthew 9:38; Luke 10:2, b) Luke 21:36, c) Luke 22:32, d) Acts 8:22- 24, e) Acts 10:2, f) Romans 1:10, g) 1 Thessalonians 3:10, h) Acts 4:31.

 

Another Greek verb erotao is used to mean: “to form a question, ask, request, entreat, or even beg” as often used concerning supplication.  It is used only 5 times in the NT:  of Jesus “entreating the Father to send the Holy Spirit” (a), of Jesus “entreating the Father to NOT take His disciples out of the world” (b), and of Jesus “entreating NOT only on their behalf but also on the behalf of all those who will have trusting-relying-faith” (c).  Once again you can see that Jesus had that questioning, subservient attitude of “Not My will but Thy will be done” (d), but there is a confident-assuredness implied that this is the will of God.  Erotao is also used of a Christian’s confident-requests of the Father in Christ’s name/authority – there’s the source of our confidence – that are answered directly by the Father, not as a request by Jesus to the Father in our behalf (e) that is another kind of prayer called intercession.  Note this is somewhat synonymous with aiteo below:  Christians can certainly aiteo ‘subordinately ask/petition’ God to grant zoe genuine-life to another Christian found in sin as long as it isn’t currently life-threatening (f), but John isn’t telling them to eroteo entreat God concerning life-threatening sin (g) (h).  Again, it seems that eroteo has more confident-assuredness than aiteo subordinate-asking. <Notes> a) John 14:16, b) John 17:15, c) John 17:20, d) Luke 22:42, cf. John 5:30, 6:38, e) John 16:23-26, f) in other words, you have time to ongoingly ‘aiteo ask’ for deliverance from their sin, g) it’s time to act, for you to help, not go home to ‘aiteo ask’ God to help, h) 1 John 5:16.

 

However, the Greek noun euche by itself has much less ‘confident-assuredness’ because it means “a wish expressed as a petition to God” but in James 5:15 the euche wish-petition of/belonging-to The-Trusting-Relying-Faith would eliminate any such doubt, and this would heal the sick.  However, it can also mean “a vow that obligates oneself” as in Acts 18:18, 21:23.  When the prefix pros meaning “towards and interacting with another, or before another in time or place, even of bending or lying prostrate before” is added to euche to create proseuche, the meaning is thus greatly intensified and expanded, which we will talk about in the next BLOG, but you can still see the surrendering-control aspect to God we see both in euche and proseuche.

 

The Greek verb from of euche is euchomai, meaning “to wish, will, or wish-petition,” used only 5 times in the NT:  of Paul’s shipmates lost in a storm at night where they dragged 4 anchors from their ship fearing that they would run aground into the rocks, wish-petitioning for the day to come [to be able to see the rocks]” (a).  It’s used of Paul wish-petitioning that the Corinthian church wouldn’t do wrong but instead what is right, being strong, and thus restored (b).  It’s used of John wish-petitioning for his friend Gaius that all will go well with him, for good health, even with his soul (c).  It’s used of Paul defending himself before King Agrippa concerning his gospel of bodily resurrection, a doctrine that the Jewish king should agree with, so he isn’t embarrassed to preach this truth of Christ’s resurrection and for the king to be a Christian whether in a short or long time.  In fact, he wish-petitions to God that ALL who were hearing him that day would become like him, except for these chains (d). Based on its limited usage, and the element of doubt because it’s so difficult to have trusting-relying-faith about it as in James 5:15 above for euche, maybe a bulk of our praying should be more than just wish-petitioning? <Notes> a) Acts 27:29, b) 2 Corinthians 13:7, 9, c) 3 John 2, d) Acts 26:29.

 

The Greek noun form of aiteo below is aitema and thus refers to “a specificpetition or request for a specific thing, either of God or man, but from a subordinate position,” used only 3 times in the NT:  The Jews’ specific-subordinately-asked-petition of Pilate to crucify Christ (a), and of Paul encouraging Christians: “Be anxious about nothing but through proseuche conversational-prayer and/coupled deesis supplication-prayer [both together] with eucharistia thanksgiving, let your specific-subordinately-asked-petitions be made gnorizo experientially, relationally known to God” (b) – yes, there is a place of monologue within dialogue as long as it is in kononia relationship with God.  Finally, John tells us that “This is the confidence that we have toward God:  If we should aiteo subordinately-ask anything kata down-from/according-to His will, [then] He presently/ongoingly akouo listens/hears-to-understand/know us, and/coupled then-if we eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know that He akouo listens/hears-to-understand/know us, [then] if whatever we might aiteo subordinately-ask, [then] we have already [with ongoing results] eido mentally ‘seen’ to perceive/know that we echo hold-to-have those aitema specificpetitions that we have already [with ongoing results] aiteo subordinately-asked from Him” (c).  But that’s the trick isn’t it – you have to know beyond a shadow of doubt that your aitema specific-subordinately-asked-petitions are “down-from/according-to His will” or you “must in-possibility-NOT suppose that he will lambano ‘grab hold of to receive’ anything from the Lord” (d).  But how are you going to know this unless you akouo hear-to-understand/know from the Lord His will in proseuche conversational-prayer – see also New Covenant Ways – BT16.  Without this, much of our aiteo subordinate-asking isn’t being answered by God because we are so self-centered in our asking (e). <Notes> a) Luke 23:24, b) Philippians 4:6, c) 1 John 5:14-15, d) James 1:6-8, cf. Matthew 21:21, e) James 4:2-3.

 

Now the most common word for petitioning is the Greek verb aiteo, meaning “to ask or petition from a subordinate position, to willfully crave, call or cry out for, require or demand, or beg for?” It’s used in the NT only 27 times:  of Christians strongly-urged to ongoingly be subordinately-asking the-one-routinely-giving-God for wisdom, but subordinately-asking in/by/with trusting-relying-faith thus without doubting, and “it shall actually be given to him kai and/because” this “one-routinely-giving-God’ does so “to ALL generously and/coupled in-possibility-NOT finding fault” (a).  “The subordinately-asking for wisdom” is one of the few explicitly-stated prayers that God will always answer – that’s exactly what Solomon did and “it pleased the Lord that Solomon had shaal/aiteo subordinately-asked this, saying ‘Because you have asked THIS . . . behold I now do according to your dabar/rhema directly-spoken-words, behold I give you a wise and discerning mind greater than all before or after you.  I give you also what you have not shaal/aiteo subordinately-asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king king shall compare with you in all your days’ ” (b).  Solomon didn’t fall into the asking-trap James warns of: “you presently/ongoingly are absolutely-in-fact-NOT echo ‘holding to have’ because you presently/ongoingly are in-possibility-NOT subordinately-asking,” and “if you are presently/ongoingly subordinately-asking kai then you absolutely-in-fact-NOT presently/ongoingly lambano ‘grabbing hold of to receive’ because you wrongly are presently/ongoingly subordinately-asking in order that you might ‘spend or squander’ in/by/with your-own passions” (c).  If Solomon would have asked for the other things that God gave to him, he would have got nothing. The whole ‘name it and claim it faith movement’ is bogus! <Notes> a) James 1:5-6, b) 1 Kings 3:5, 7-13, c) James 4:2-3.

 

Nevertheless, aiteo is used of subordinately-asking the Father directly in Christ’s name/authority to lambano ‘grabbing hold of to receive’ (a) or “directly subordinately-asking Jesus in His name/authority” (b), but do you really want to involve Christ’s authority in something that’s not God’s will?  We already saw above that John says we can only have confidence before God:  “This is the confidence that we have toward God:  If we should aiteo subordinately-ask anything kata down-from/according-to His will, [then] He presently/ongoingly akouo listens/hears-to-understand/know us, and/coupled then-if we eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know that He akouo listens/hears-to-understand/know us, [then] if whatever we might aiteo subordinately-ask, [then] we have already [with ongoing results] eido mentally ‘seen’ to perceive/know that we echo hold-to-have those aitema specificpetitions that we have already [with ongoing results] aiteo subordinately-asked from Him” (c).  The question really is whether we have that eido prophetic-visionary knowledge from God?   Martha had this kind of confidence by involving Christ in the possible raising of her brother Lazarus from the dead:  “Even now I eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know that whatever you subordinately-ask from God, God will give you” (d).  John also gives us this confidence:  “If whatever we might be presently/ongoingly aiteo subordinately-asking [then] we presently/ongoingly actually are lambano ‘grabbing hold of to receive’ from Him [only] because we presently/ongoingly actually are tereo carefully-watching/guarding-to-maintain The Entole ‘officially-decreed, universally-binding commandments’ of Him (e) and/coupled we presently/ongoingly poieo do to make occur’ the things pleasing before Him” (f).  It’s that simple! <Notes> a) John 16:23, 24, 26, 15:16, b) John 14:13-14, c) 1 John 5:14-15, d) John 11:22, e) there are only 2 commandments in context, integrated into 1, per v. 3:23, of trusting-relying-faith and/coupled unconditional-loving, f) 1 John 3:22.

 

Jesus preached the same confidence: “Whatever we might definitively/wholly subordinately-ask by-the-means-of proseuchomai conversationally-praying, [if] we routinely have trusting-relying-faith, then we shall actually lambano ‘grab hold of to receive’ it” (a).  Christ only gives us this confidence if:  “you meno abide/remain/live in Me and/coupled My directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words (b) meno abide/remain/live in you” (c).  If we have the same goal as Christ does:  “I chose you and/coupled appointed you that you should go and/coupled bear fruit and/coupled that your fruit should meno abide/remain/live” then we can also have this confidence: “so whatever you might definitively/wholly subordinately-ask the Father in My name/authority, [then] He might definitively/wholly give it to you” (d).  There’s also enabling-power in numbers, just as the evidence of 2-3 witnesses are needed for just judgments (e), when 2-3 Christians are gathered in Christ’s name/authority insuring Christ’s presence so that if even if two sumphoneo ‘agree harmoniously together like a symphony’ about-about any matter, if they definitively/wholly subordinately-ask [then] it shall actually ginomai ‘come into being or birthed’ for them para from-close-beside My Father, the [One] in [singular] Heavens” (f). <Notes> a) Matthew 21:22; cf. Mark 11:24, b) these are not written logos messages, even of the gospel, and definitely not graphe OT scripture of gramma writings that can only produce gnosis informational-knowledge of the bible, c) John 15:7, d) John 15:16, e) Deuteronomy 17:6, 19:15; Hebrews 10:28; Matthew 18:16; 2 Corinthians 13:1; 1 Timothy 5:19, f) Matthew 18:19.

 

In ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ model follow-up teaching about prayer, Jesus strongly urges using the imperative: “Ongoingly subordinately-ask and it shall [some indefinite future time] actually be given . . . [same for seeking and knocking] . . . for everyone who routinely is subordinately-asking actually, ongoingly lambano ‘grabs hold of to receive’.”  We have to have trusting-relying-faith that “the Father shall actually give good things to those who are routinely subordinately-asking Him” (a), where Jesus clarifies what these are referring to: “give the Holy Spirit to them that routinely ask Him” (b), who then gives the “good things” to the Church, this being the grace-gifts of/belonging to the Holy Spirit (c). <Notes> a) Matthew 7:7-8, 11; Luke 11:9-11, b) Luke 11:13, cf. Acts 2:38, 10:45; Hebrews 6:4, c) Ephesians 4:8; Hebrews 2:4.

 

Finally, Paul has confidence that “God can do far more by His enabling-power than we can subordinately-ask or even imagine” (a).  Therefore, Paul’s team ceaselessly routinely proseuchomai conversationally-prays to God and/coupled routinely subordinately-asking to fill the Colossians with the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of God’s will by-the-means-of pas ‘all-kinds-of’ wisdom and/coupled understanding (b) Spirit (c).  We already saw John encouraging Christians to aiteo ‘subordinately ask/petition’ God to grant zoe genuine-life to another Christian found in sin as long as it isn’t currently life-threatening (d), but John isn’t telling them to eroteo entreat God concerning life-threatening sin (e) (f).  From all this study, we can see that our monologue of relaying our craving, our needs, our requiring, our begging, and our demands as subordinately-asking from God can be within the practice of proseuchomai conversational-praying, but we will find that the latter involves much more of a dialogue where we listen more than talk! <Notes> a) Ephesians 3:20, b) adjectively: that belongs to the Spirit, thus Spirit-kind-of, c) Colossians 1:9, d) in other words, you have time to ongoingly ‘aiteo ask’ for deliverance from their sin, e) it’s time to act, for you to help, not go home to ‘aiteo ask’ God to help, f) 1 John 5:16.

 

Proseuche conversational-prayer is so much more than asking, petitioning, wishing, our giving or supplications to God.  Proseuche conversational-prayer doesn’t necessarily involve petition or supplication, though this asking can certainly happen during it (a), as with petitions to remember Christians (b), for travel (c), and for needs to be met to give us hope (d). This is in keeping with the trusting-relying-faith we see that Paul has in proseuche conversational-prayer for practically everything in Christianity (e). <Notes> a) Matthew 21:22; Mark 11:24; Romans 1:10; Philippians 4:6; Colossians 1:9, b) Ephesians 1:16; 1 Thessalonians 1:2; Philemon 1:4; Romans 15:30; Acts 12:5; Colossians 4:12, c) Philemon 1:22; Romans 1:10, d) 1 Timothy 5:5, e) Ephesians 1:15- 16, 3:14, 6:18; Romans 1:10, 8:26, 10:1, 15:30; 1 Corinthians 7:5, 11:4-5, 13; 2 Corinthians 1:11, 9:14, 13:7-9; Philippians 1:3, 4, 9, 1:19, 4:2; Colossians 1:3, 9, 4:3, 12; 1 Thessalonians 1:2, 3:10, 5:25; 2 Thessalonians 1:11, 3:1; 1 Timothy 2:1, 8, 4:5, 5:5; 2 Timothy 1:3; Philemon 1:4, 6, 22.

 

However sadly, many Christians think that proseuche conversational-prayer is primarily giving God our needful requests or begging pleas, as “God-fearing” Jews often did (a), when that is what supplication entirely is as we saw above, even though it is important to do so “with thanksgiving” in order to “not be anxious about anything” (b), especially to petition God to send out workers (c), before going on a mission (d), or for boldness to preach the gospel logos message (e). Nevertheless, proseuche conversational-prayer than aiteo/aitema subordinate-asking that can be synonymous with deomai/deesis supplication (f), though we need to still confidently eido ‘see’ to perceive-to-understand/know what is God is hearing from us (g).  Proseuche conversational-prayer is more than erotao entreating, even if confidently because it’s in Christ’s name/authority (h). Proseuche conversational-prayer is certainly more than euche wish-petition God, even if with trusting-relying-faith to heal the sick and deliver them from sin (i) or the verb form euchomai used to wish-petition during frightening storms that you won’t die (j). <Notes> a) Acts 10:2, b) Philippians 4:6, c) Matthew 9:38; Luke 10:2, d) Romans 1:10, e) Acts 4:31, f) Philippians 4:6, g) 1 John 5:14-15, h) John 16:23-26, i) James 5:15, cf. 3 John 2, j) Acts 13:7, 9.

 

‘Asking’ prayer has a lot of qualifications in order to be answered.  We’ve already touched on some of this.  Jesus says “you shall receive if you remain/dwell in Me and/coupled My directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words remain/dwell in you” (a) and especially in order to bear fruit for God (b).  James says, “You ask and do not receive because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your own passions” (c).  John says, “This is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything down-from/according-to His will He hears us, and if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, then we know that we have the requests that we have asked of Him” (d). Jesus teaches much about what to “seek/strive foremost” and what to “treasure in our hearts” – it’s not our “stuff” to “worry about” or to “seek/strive after like the godless Gentiles do” but for “the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (e) and to be “laying up treasures in heaven not on earth” (f) and to be “serving God not money” (g), which is, as Paul says, just “setting your mind on things of the flesh” rather than “things of the Spirit” (h), for the “cravings of the flesh oppose the cravings of the Spirit” (i). Instead we are “not to be anxious about our lives” (j), but to have trusting-relying-faith in God to meet our “daily bread” needs (k), knowing that “your Father knows what you need before you ask Him” (l). The very last thing Jesus said we should ask for ‘Lord’s Prayer model,’ the last thing is that is often a recap of the first thing as every good speaker does, is routinely ask the Father for “the good things/grace-gift of the Holy Spirit” (m), which is the “how-to” enabling-power for the first thing we ask for “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done” (n). <Notes> a) John 15:7, b) John 15:16, c) James 4:3, d) 1 John 5:14, e) Matthew 6:32-33, f) Matthew 6:19-20, g) or the things it can buy: Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13, h) Romans 8:5, i) Galatians 5:17, j) Matthew 6:25, 31, 34; Luke 12:22, 26, k) Matthew 6:11; Luke 11:3; Philippians 4:6, l) Matthew 6:8, m) Matthew 7:11; Luke 11:13, n) Matthew 6:10; Luke 11:2.

 

Just as the religion of the Jews had turned God’s “house of proseuche conversational-prayer” (a) into something else – even a market place (b), the religion of church-ianity and even bible translation has turned much of biblical prayer from a proseuche conversational-prayer dialogue into primarily a monologue of many Greek words for giving God our ‘shopping list’ or ‘honey-do list.’  However, we will see the NT uses of proseuche/proseuchomai dialogue-prayer far outweigh all uses by all words combined for monologue-prayer.  Yet, you would never know because of most of our English bible translations.  There is something wrong with this – see Bible Info. Because of this many Christians think of God as a ‘cosmic vending machine’ or a ‘cosmic Santa Clause,’ when this is hardly the NT view of even the relatively few mentions of monologue-prayer!  Can you imagine how you would feel if every time your kids came up to you, it was simply to ask for something?  Well, let’s look more into what biblical prayer really is! <Notes> a) Acts 3:1, b) Matthew 21:13; Mark 11:17; Luke 19:46; John 2:16.

 

 

 

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Conversational Prayer – BT8

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Conversational-prayer includes proserchomai drawing near, even eggizo very close-beside to God Himself

 

 

 

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See also Conversational-Prayer – BT4 for seeking God Himself and not just His stuff or help.

 

Proserchomai “drawing near” is a Hebraism for “seeking an audience with, approaching, inquiring of, calling on to visit, or being heard by” God, thus a Hebraism for worship, and so closely akin in spelling and meaning to proseuchomai conversational-prayer and proskuneo worship.  It was the way prophets heard from God (a) and the way the people should listen to the prophets to hear from God (b), the way priests ministered to God (c).  This was the careful way people were to listen to God in the Jewish Temple, which was supposed to be a “house of God, [people] ready to akouo ‘hear/listen to understand/know’” (d) instead of a “house of trade” or “den of robbers” (e).  People weren’t supposed to just ‘give lip-service’ to an OT commandment to worship/fear God (f), as Isaiah 29:13 says:  “This people draws near with their mouth and/coupled honors Me with their lips, while their hearts are far from Me, and/coupled their reverential-fear of Me is [only] a commandment taught by men.” Instead Isaiah 58:2 says that it should be:  “My people . . . they zeteo diligently-seek (g) Me daily and/coupled delight to daath prophetically or ginosko experientially, relationally know My ways, . . . they ask Me to make just decrees of judgment; they delight to draw near to God.” Can’t you see so many elements of prayer in here:  delight in getting near God and His ways? <Notes> a) 1 Samuel 14:37, b) Isaiah 34:1, 48:16, c) Ezekiel 43:19, d) Ecclesiastes 5:1, e) John 2:16; Matthew 21:13; Mark 11:17; Luke 19:46, f) Exodus 20:3-5, 34:14, g) zeteo: frequently pursue, diligently search, crave, and worship.

 

Proseuchomai conversationally-praying is only 1 letter difference from the Hebraism of proserchomai “drawing near to God to worship.”  Hebrews 11:6 warns and promises: “Without trusting-relying-faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would routinely proserchomai draw near to Him must have trusting-relying-faith that He exists (that He is really there to ‘call on to visit’) and that He rewards those who routinely ekzeteo diligently-seek-out (a) Him.” It certainly does take trusting-relying-faith to “listen for the voice” of God and “delight to draw near to God” (b) – a lot more than just doing bible-study! <Notes> a) ek out-from + zeteo:  search out diligently in order to find, investigate, desire/crave, aim/strive after – yet another Hebraism for worship, b) Zephaniah 3:1.

 

Drawing-near to God, whether by eggizo or proserchomai, is indeed Hebrew idiom for “seeking, inquiring of, calling on, hearing, delighting in, and ministering to” God through “reverential, trusting, heart-felt, listening, attentive, proseuche conversational-prayer” as we see throughout the OT:  1 Samuel 14:37; the way to minister to God per Ezekiel 43:19; prayer in the house of God more important than foolish sacrifices per Ecclesiastes 5:1; more important than lip-service and blindly following man-taught commandments per Isaiah 29:13; important to actually hear the Lord per Isaiah 34:1 and 48:16, which is what God’s zeteo diligently-seeking and delighting people do per Isaiah 58:2; but rebellious people won’t listen or have trusting-relying-faith either per Zephaniah 3:1; Psalms 145:18 promises “The Lord is near to all who call on Him” and people experienced this per Lamentations 3:57.

 

In proseuche conversational-prayer James 4:6-8 strongly-urges us to eggizodraw extremely close-beside’ God” by “definitively/wholly hupotasso ‘voluntarily submitting, yielding or falling in line behind a commander’ to God” in order for “God to eggizodraw extremely close-beside’ to you” in order to receive “the present/ongoing giving of unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace from Him to those who are lowly/humble.”  This is how we definitively/wholly anthistemi ‘stand against or opposed to, to resist’ the devil kai and/thus he shall indeed flee from you.”  Otherwise, “God anthistemi ‘stand against or opposed to, to resist’ the proud/arrogant.” It all belongs together in the Greek – I’ve heard some strange doctrines from people pulling verses out of context!

 

Likewise Hebrews 11:6 says: “Without trusting-relying-faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would proserchomai draw near to God must have trusting-relying-faith that He is presently/ongoingly exists and/coupled is presently/ongoingly a Rewarder to those who zeteo diligently-seek Him” – yet another Hebrew idiom for worshipful prayer!   Hebrews 4:15 says, “Because we have a high priest that can sympathize with our weaknesses, having been tempted in every respect but without sin, let us then confidently proserchomai draw near to the throne of unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace.”  Bible verses from the 97.4% of the OT that is Law-based – see Logos Word of God – BT5a – sure won’t help us with holiness, as Hebrews 7:19, 25 says:  “The Law made nothing perfect, but we have been given a better hope through which we presently/ongoingly eggizodraw extremely close-beside’ to God.”  Hebrews 10:21-22 says “Since having a great priest ove the house of God we should presently/ongoingly proserchomai draw near with a sincere-truthful heart by the means of the full assurance of trusting-relying-faith.” Hebrews 7:24-25, since Christ “holds His priesthood permanently . . . He is able to save to the uttermost those who presently/ongoingly proserchomai draw near to God through Him, since Christ lives forever to make intercession for them.”

 

Can you see how “devoted, heart-felt, humble seeking, drawing near, attentive listening in reverential awe, calling on, and delighting in the Lord” are all one-in-the-same “proseuche conversational-prayer” and this does indeed require trusting-relying-faith that God is there to be found and that it’s worth the time and effort to daily practice this habit?

 

I can’t overemphasize that Jesus is the better Way than the OT to the Father as Hebrews 7:19-25 says:  giving us a “better hope through which we presently/ongoingly eggizo draw extremely-near (a) to God,” because “Jesus is the guarantor of a [exceedingly] better [New] covenant . . . and because He holds His priesthood permanently since He is eternal, He is able to save to the uttermost those who proserchomai draw near to God [the Father] through Him [Christ] since He lives forever to make intercession for them.”  Hebrews 4:15-16 says “we have a high priest who is able to sympathized with our feeble-impotent-weaknesses . . . so let us confidently-boldly proserchomai  draw near to the throne of unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace to received mercy and find unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace to help in our time of need.” Reading and studying the Law of commandments will only destroy our confidence!  <Notes> a) eggizo: bring extremely near or close-beside, approach to join.

 

Hebrews 10:1, 19-22 says, “For since the Law has [contained in it] but a skia backward-shadow (a) of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can NEVER . . . make complete-perfect those who routinely proserchomai draw near . . . NOW we have bold-confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the kainos ‘completely-different-in-kind New’ and Living Way that He [Christ] opened for us through the [separating] curtain (b), that is, through His [Christ’s] flesh, and/coupled since we have a great Priest [Christ] over the House of God (c), let us presently/ongoingly proserchomai draw near with a true [sincere] heart in full assurance of trusting-relying-faith – with our hearts sprinkled clean (d) from an evil [sinful soul] conscience and/coupled our bodies [sinful flesh] washed with pure water (e).” Unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace, not Law, is our ticket! <Notes> a) skia: shade cast backward from an object, cf. Hebrews 8:5, Colossians 2:8, b) into the Holy of Holies, God’s presence, c) Christ’s Body, the Church, is NOW the house or temple of God:  Ephesians 2:19, 22; 1 Timothy 3:15; 1 Peter 2:5, 4:17; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19; 2 Corinthians 6:16, d) ceremonially purified by sacrificial blood, e) ceremonially of OT ablutions and water-baptism but likely also a reference to Christian water-baptism.

 

Psalms 145:18 gives us a great promise: “The Lord is qarob/eggus near to all who call on Him . . . in truth,” and Lamentations 3:57 says, “You qarab/eggizodrew extremely-near or close-beside’ when I called on You.” James 4:6-8 echoes this: “God stands-firmly-in-opposition-to (a) the proud but gives unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace to the lowly/humble. Submit-by-falling-in-line (b) yourselves therefore to God . . . [definitively/wholly] eggizodraw extremely-near or close-beside’ to God, and He will [then] eggizodraw extremely-near or close-beside’ to you.” In the missing . . . verse, James says, “stand-against (c) the devil, kai and/then he will flee from you,” but I’ve always heard this taken out of context to mean, “fight against the temptations of sinful passions.” However, in all likelihood, James isn’t jumping all around with his train of thought.  More likely, James is saying ‘stand against’ the devil’s temptations to keep you from eggizodraw extremely-near to God in proseuche conversational-prayer, his temptations for you to be too proud to admit that we desperately need God, his temptations for you to not be humbly teachable to listen to God, and not voluntarily fall in line behind God as Supreme Commander.  If we don’t ‘stand against’ Satan, then God’s ‘stands firmly against’ us!<Notes> a) antitassomai: stands at a post firmly against, resists, b) hupotasso:  voluntarily yield, or fall in line behind a commander, c) anthistemi: stand against.

 

 

 

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Conversational Prayer – BT7

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What proseuchomai conversational-praying exactly IS

 

 

 

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Proseuche/proseuchomai conversationally-prayer seems to be the clear emphasis of the NT, fully eclipsing all other Greek words used for prayer. Although these 2 words can include the ideas of a one-way conversation or monologue of wishing, asking, entreating, petitioning, or supplicating, or even the attitudes of child-like confident trust or self-deprecating humility, or even grateful thanksgiving that the others words for prayer focus on, these 2 words evidently include much, much, much more:  1)worshipful devotion” (according to Vines) and more importantly, 2) “an exchange (pros) of wishes (euche) towards or facing (pros) one another.”

 

In other words, this kind of prayer is a dialogue conversation WITH God “immediately before and facing Him” (pros), hence involves “adoration, devotion, and worship” that is in itself an “offering to God.” In early Greek, a physical offering was brought to make the prayer more acceptable to God, but later the prayer itself became the acceptable offering.  Www.preceptaustin.org also notes that Vines indicates that “proseuchomai/proseuche carries with it a notion of worship that is not present in the other words involving supplication. Thus, this kind of prayer is meant to bring us face to face or in close, relational contact with God.” Www.renner.org recognizes this kind of prayer “demands surrender, consecration/sanctification/holiness, and thanksgiving from us as we come face to face with God.” Www.hebrew-streams.org recognizes that “Jewish apostolic worship can be discerned by focusing on words such as prayer (predominantly proseuche and proseuchomai in that section), praise, thanksgiving, blessing, and on the content of hymns.”

 

Biblical prayer uses the Greek verb form proseuchomai nearly 3 times more than the noun proseuche, actually 86 times in the NT, and together with proseuche is used nearly 2 times more than all the other words in the previous BLOG for the monologue of asking, petition, entreaty, or supplication combined. That should tell you something about the priority of having a prayer-dialogue WITH God instead of a prayer-monologue AT God.  As before, I will just include the key verses here.

 

Jesus is our example of proseuchomai prayer:  frequently withdrawing to the wilderness (a), getting up very early in deserted places (b), going up into quiet mountains (c), where He was once transfigured (d), proseuchomai conversationally-praying the whole night (e), proseuchomai conversationally-praying in a mountain garden in anguish (f).  Jesus blessed children with hands and proseuche conversational-prayed for them (g).  Jesus “told His disciples a parable to the effect that they ought always to proseuchomai conversationally-pray and/coupled not lose heart,” using an illustration of a widow that keeps coming to a judge to demand justice, where the judge gives into her saying “because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice.” Jesus then asks, “Will not God give justice to His elect, who cry to Him day and night?” (h) – see also Obedient Steps of Faith – BT16.  Jesus told His sleepy disciples, “proseuchomai conversationally-pray so that you will not fall into temptation” (i).  Jesus was trained by God to prayer;  In Isaiah 50:4-7, God says He will given His future Messiah a skilled tongue to train [as with little children], personally training His Messiah-Servant to sustain a logos message to the weary. How? Every morning God woke Him, waking His ear to really akouo listen/hear-to-understand/know God’s teaching as a true disciple. Not only was Christ equipped to teach well, but was also helped to not turn back, always confidently going forward despite great suffering and disgrace. If we do the same, we will not get the same results? Can you see the key words above: “frequently, deserted or quiet places, all night, every morning, ought always to do so, demanding, insisting, even bothering, crying out all day and night, all in order to withstand temptation and to really akouo listen/hear-to-understand/know God in order to be a disciple?” Jesus is our example to follow!  <Notes> a) Luke 5:16, b) Mark 1:35, c) Matthew 14:23, d) Luke 9:28-29, e) Luke 6:12, f) Luke 22:41, 44; Matthew 26:35, 36, 39, 42, g) Matthew 19:13, h) Luke 18:1-7, i) Luke 22:40; Matthew 26:41; Mark 14:38; Luke 22:46.

 

‘The Lord’s Prayer’ is also a model of how Jesus proseuchomai conversationally-prayed (a), not a teaching on how to recite a 5-minute prayer like a religious ritual, for certainly this constitutes the warning Christ gave about prayer: “Now-when/if routinely proseuchomai conversationally-praying in-possibility-NOT definitively/wholly battalogeo ‘chatter many repetitions of logos words/messages’ (b) just as the pagans, for they suppose that in/by/with their polulogia ‘many logos words/messages eisakouo ‘they shall actually be heard/listened-to in order to be understood/known’.  Therefore, in-possibility-NOT be like them, for God, your Father, already [with ongoing results] eido mentally ‘sees’ to perceive/know what things you echo hold-to-have need of before this aiteo subordinate-asking Him” (c).” Yet, that’s what I hear in so many churches – religious babble of recitation of ‘The Lord’s Prayer,’ but how is that any different from pagan Catholic recitation in so many of their rituals or the Muslim prayers or the Hindu mantras?  <Notes> a) Matthew 26:44; Luke 11:1, 2, Matthew 6:9, b) battalogeo:  “blubber/chatter many, long-winded, empty/idle/vain, nonsensical repetitions of logos messages like King Battus of Cyrene who stuttered or the author Battus of tedious, wordy poems,” c) Matthew 6:7-8.

 

Instead Jesus simply gave us an outline HOW to proseuchomai conversationally-pray – even if all night long (a) or every early-morning (b) as also King David often practiced (c):  1) HOW to first show humble adoring worship of God, 2) HOW to then desire God’s kingdom will to be done on earth as it already is in heaven, 3) HOW to aiteo subordinate-ask for our physical needs to be met but NOT in a “vain repetitious manner as the pagans do, because “God, your Father, already [with ongoing results] eido mentally ‘sees’ to perceive/know what things you echo hold-to-have need of before this aiteo subordinate-asking Him.”  However, this asking for God to “grant us today the bread, the daily, of/belonging-to us” very well may have nothing to do with our physical needs, but instead refer to Jesus Christ Himself because “I AM presently/ongoing the bread of zoe genuine-life that came down from heaven . . . whoever feeds on this bread will zoa genuinely-live forever” (d).  Or it could refer to Christ’s prophetic rhema words that are presently/ongoingly Spirit and/coupled zoe genuine-life” (e), that is “every prophetic rhema words that comes from the mouth of God that man shall zoa genuinely-live by and absolutely-in-fact-NOT by [physical] bread alone” (f).  Christ’s subsequent teaching on prayer does seem to be leading us away from praying for even our physical needs (g) that is explored further below, 4) HOW to ask for God to forgive our sin, implying confession, 5) HOW to decide right here and now to also forgive other peoples’ sins against us since this definitely hinders our forgiveness of our sins and/or our receiving forgiveness and healing and the effectiveness of our proseuche conversational-prayers (h), and finally 6) being kept from peirasmos  ‘testing/trials/temptation that try our character to see if genuine’  but-instead by delivered from the evil [one].”  <Notes> a) Luke 6:12, b) Isaiah 50:4, c) Psalms 63:1, d) John 6:35, 41, 48, 51, 58, e) John 6:63, f) Jesus in Matthew 4:4 and Luke 4:4 likely remembering the logos message He gave to Moses, since He is the “Logos Word/Message of God that became flesh” per John 1:1, 14, g) Matthew 6:19-34, h) Matthew 5:23-25, cf. 1 Peter 3:7.

 

But Jesus taught elsewhere on HOW to pray:  1) HOW to proseuchomai conversationally-pray secretly and not hypocritically for show (a), 2) HOW to proseuchomai conversationally-pray for our enemies (b), and 3) by thru several illustrations HOW to not give up in our supplication, but persevering by routinely (c) be aiteo subordinately-asking (d) UNTIL we receive and knocking on His door UNTIL it is opened. These absolutely are not passive, casual, intermittent, nonchalant actions! Are we spending enough time waiting, watching, and listening in worshiping, submitting, begging, pleading, even demanding, forgiving, and incessantly-knocking proseuche conversational-prayer for koinonia fellowship, deliverance, and enabling-power?  I know that I’m not! <Notes> a) Matthew 6:6, b) Matthew 5:44, c) Jesus always uses the present active participle to stress routine, habitual action on our part, d) aiteo: subordinately ask, petition, crave, call or cry out for, require or demand, or beg for.

 

Jesus taught even more on HOW to pray!  He strongly-urged “presently/ongoingly zeteo diligently-seek (a) foremost the kingdom of God and/coupled His righteousness, kai and/thus all these things will be added to you” (b), but doesn’t in context “these things” mean all the “treasures that are stored up” (c) that “the nations/peoples epizeteo intensely-seek” (b)?  But that’s what the ‘name it claim it’ Faith movement would have you believe that Christians should now use God to get, like He is a ‘cosmic vending machine or Santa Clause.’  NO! In context, Jesus tells His disciples to instead “Lay up treasures in heaven” (d), because your “treasures” indicate where your “heart will be also” (e). It really reveals where your “eye” (or “heart”) is focused – toward light or toward darkness, toward God or toward money, to things of the Spirit or the things of the flesh (f). Jesus even tells His disciples to “not worry” about how their basic needs will be met, and certainly to not “epizeteo intensely-seek these things like the nations/peoples do,” because that’s their preoccupation, what their “eye” is set on and what their “hearts treasure!”  Instead, Jesus tells His disciples to keep their “eye” and “hearts” on the kingdom of God and simply trust God to meet their basic needs, as God does for all His dependent creatures (g).  That’s why it’s doubtful if Jesus teaching about HOW to ask God for “the bread, the daily” is even referring to basic needs (h). <Notes> a) zeteo: search out diligently in order to find, investigate, desire/crave, aim/strive after, and even a Hebraism for worship, b) Matthew 6:32-33, c) Matthew 6:19, d) v. 6:20, e) v. 6:21, f) vv. 6:22-24; cf. Romans 8:5; Galatians 5:17, g) vv. 6:25-34, h) v. 6:11.

 

One night on a long walk with my dog, I asked the Lord “What His kingdom and His righteousness” meant in Matthew 6:33 above, because after 5 bibles schools and serving in 15 churches, I’ve always believed they referred to ‘ministry things to do,’ like more bible-study, more church, and more evangelism. Then I saw the words come into my mind saying, “It’s not a what and a what.” That really confused me, so I asked “What?” Then I saw “It’s a Who and a Who.” Now I was really baffled and I rattled off my “ministry” list above. Then I saw “My kingdom is the Holy Spirit reigning within you; My righteousness is Jesus, the Righteous One. These are Who you should seek!” Then He downloaded verse after verse that said the same things (a), including 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If My people who are called by My name/authority lower/humble themselves, and proseuchomai conversationally-pray and seek My face and turn-from (= repent) their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” In Daniel 9:3-6, he said, “I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking Him by proseuche conversational-prayer and/coupled deesis supplication-prayer for mercy . . . And I proseuchomai conversationally-prayed to the Lord my God and made confession, saying “O Lord, the great and awesome God . . . we have sinned and/coupled did wrong and/coupled acted wickedly and/coupled rebelled, turning away from your commandments and rules.  We have not listened to your servants the Prophets.”  Notice the focus in proseuche/proseuchomai conversational-prayer is primarily on and for the person of God, and can include both monologue and dialogue-prayer, including confession of God’s greatness and repentance of sin. <Notes> a) like Romans 14:17; Matthew 5:3, 12:28; John 3:5; Acts 3:14, 7:52, 22:14; Romans 5:18-19; Hebrews 4:15.

 

The last thing Jesus taught on HOW to pray in His ‘Prayer Model’ was not the least important, but the most important!  Just as every effective speaker leaves the best for last, Jesus then gave the most important point, a point that completes His teaching on prayer by showing us HOW to get the enabling-power for the 1st supplication in His ‘Prayer Model’ prayer’s first supplication of “Thy kingdom and Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  So what is the key action item?  “If you then, who are poneros ‘pain-ridden from evil’ [fathers], know how to give agathos ‘good (a) grace-gifts’ to your children, how much more shall actually your Father (b) who is in heaven give agathos ‘good (a) things’ (c) to those who routinely aiteo subordinately-ask Him” (d).  Notice Luke 11:13’s parallel text that says: “how much more shall actually the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those to those who routinely aiteo subordinately-ask Him.” So if you are routinely aiteo subordinately-asking for the Holy Spirit you are certainly going to get the Spirit’s plural “good things” or “good grace-gifts.”  THIS is the HOW to get “the kingdom of God and His will on earth as it is in heaven!” <Notes> a) agathos:  “good-natured, pleasantly joyful, excellent or distinguished and thus useful, upright, or honorable,” b) “good gifts” would definitely comes from a non-poneros ‘good father” for certainly “Absolutely-in-fact-NO one is agathos good except God alone” per Mark 10:18, Luke 18:19, c) by parallelism, the “good things” are grace-gifts , d) Matthew 7:11.

 

James 1:13-17 says we can’t blame God for our ‘testing/temptation’ that Jesus said to pray we should be “in-possibility-NOT being led into [by God] peirasmos ‘testing/trials/temptation that try our character to see if genuine’ . . . but delivered from” (a), because James says “God presently/ongoingly peirazo ‘tests/tries/tempts to see if genuine’ absolutely-in-fact-NO one, but each person is presently/ongoingly peirazo tempted when he is routinely lured-away and/coupled routinely enticed by his own desire . . . every act of giving agathos good (b) and/coupled every teleios perfected (c) grace-gift is presently/ongoing from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is absolutely-in-fact-NO variation or show of shifting.”  One again, it’s impossible for a “Good God” who is “perfect” by definition to give anything but what is good and perfect!  Evil certainly can’t come from God! <Notes> a) Matthew 6:13; Luke 11:4, b) agathos: “good-natured, pleasantly joyful, excellent or distinguished and thus useful, upright, or honorable,” c) teleios: “consummated or mature from going through the necessary stages to reach the end-goal, thus developed into a consummating completion by fulfilling the necessary process or spiritual journey.”

 

There’s that mention of “every good . . . grace-gift” again that Jesus says we should pray for!  On Pentecost, Peter’s 1st sermon says “the [singular] promise of the [singular] grace-gift of the Holy Spirit” is for “all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to Himself,” to those who “repent/turn and/coupled are water-baptized in the name/authority of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins” (a). Acts 10:45 says, “the [singular] grace-gift of the [singular] Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles.” However, Paul talks about “imparting some grace-gift to you of the [b] Spirit to strengthen you” (c), implying there are plural grace-gifts. We know from 1 Corinthians chapters 12-14 that indeed there are many:  that the “things of the [b] Spirit” refer to “varieties of grace-gifts” but from the same [singular] Spirit.”  Hebrews 2:4 also says that: “God also testified/bore-witness by signs, wonders, and various miracles and/coupled by grace-gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed down-from/according-to His will” and that these same Jewish-Christians “having already been enlightened, who have tasted the [singular] heavenly grace-gift, and/coupled have metochos shared-to-be-changed by of [singular] Holy Spirit and/coupled have tasted the goodness of the [gospel] logos message of God and/coupled the dunamis enabling-power (d) of the age coming” in Hebrews 6:4-5.  <Notes> a) Acts 2:27-39, b) adjectival: belonging to the, thus Spirit-kind-of things,  c) Romans 1:11, d) dunamis: a common reference to the working of the Holy Spirit – see Spirit-Power.

 

Therefore, it’s very likely that Matthew 7:11’s “good things” or “good grace-gifts” also spoken of in Luke 11:13’s ‘Lord’s Prayer Model’ is the content of the “goodness of the [gospel] logos message” that is the “heavenly grace-gift” that they “shared-to-be-changed by of the Holy Spirit” that is the “dunamis enabling-power of the age coming,” even the Church Age, which they witnessed by the Spirit’s manifestations that is Paul’s “things of the Spirit” such as “signs, wonders, miracles, and grace-gifts given to the Church” From Hebrew 2:4.

 

Paul also testifies elsewhere: “For those who live down-from/according-to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit” (a), and “The natural person (of the flesh) does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are discerned [of/belonging to] the Spirit” (b). The book of Hebrews Jewish-Christians had only “tasted the goodness of the . . . dunamis enabling-power of the age coming.”  The writer of Hebrews desperately wants these Jewish-Christians to continue onto the “solid meat” that comes from the Holy Spirit’sdunamis  enabling-powers of discernment trained into them by constant practice” (c) – see New Covenant Ways – BT16, just as Paul did in 1 Corinthians 3:2, encouraging them to no longer rely simply on the “elementary abc’s” or “milk” of the OT prophetic writings that lead them to trusting-relying-faith in Christ – see Logos Word of God – BT6, saying “I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it.” <Notes> a) Romans 8:5, b) 1 Corinthians 2:14, c) Hebrews 5:12-14.

 

That’s also why Jesus ended His ‘Prayer Model’ with HOW to “routinely be aiteo subordinately-asking God” for God’s “Holy Spirit who gives good things or good gifts.” That’s because no matter how much human understanding, insight, or wisdom we stuff into our heads to acquire gnosis information-knowledge of God’s will, and no matter how much we ‘work for God’ through our own “might and power” according to Zechariah 4:6 to obey God’s will, and no matter how much we “serve or minister” to God by the “palaiotes ‘old, antiquated, worn-out, useless, obsolete’ ways of the gramma writing” of graphe scripture (a), it will never be enough to “bring the kingdom of God and His will from heaven to earth” – to make us truly “holy/sanctified” no matter how long and hard we try. Anyone teaching otherwise is still stuck in the old covenant’s “might and power” and self-deceived, unable to move onto the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant Way of “by-the-means-of My Spirit, says the LORD of hosts.” The only way that any of the asking/supplications in the ‘Lord’s Prayer Model” are even possible is if we routinely lambano ‘grab hold of to receive’ the dunamis enabling-power of the Holy Spirit (b) that can alone make us holy in an unholy world!  Jesus says, the only way this will happen is if we routinely keep on asking for the ‘Holy Spirit’ to be given to us – it the only ways to get the “the good things/gifts of the Holy Spirit.” <Notes> a) Romans 7:6, b) Acts 1:8.

 

However, Christ’s ‘Prayer Model’ is not teaching Christians to ask for the Holy Spirit 1 time or even a few times, nor to stop once you get Spirit-baptized once, or that this somehow unnoticeably occurs during salvation at water-baptism, contrary to what too many churches teach, if they even teach about the Holy Spirit at all.  No!  The book of Acts shows the same Christians routinely being filled by Spirit or Spirit-baptized (a), even imperatively strongly-urged to with all the pleroma abundant-fullness of God by the means of the Holy Spirit” (b). This is the only way Christians can routinely pray for God’s kingdom to actually come into their lives!  Jesus is teaching ALL Christians for ALL ages throughout ALL their lives to make ALL of these asking-supplications in His ‘Prayer Model’ lifestyle requests, but especially to be filled with the Holy Spirit in order to have the enabling-power to do any of it!  This is “The Normal Christians Life!” <Notes> a) Acts 1:5, 2:4, 4:8, 31, 10:47, 11:16, 13:52, b) Ephesians 3:19, 5:18.

 

Regarding the Holy Spirit and the routine practice of proseuchomai conversationally-praying, Jesus was filled by the Holy Spirit during His water-baptism while proseuchomai conversationally-praying (a), so wouldn’t that be key?  Nevertheless, Paul says even when we don’t know how to proseuchomai conversationally-pray, the Holy Spirit helps us by interceding for us with inexpressible groaning (b). Yet Paul says he will continue to pray in tongues: “If I proseuchomai conversationally-pray in a tongue, The Spirit of/belonging-to me (c) proseuchomai conversationally-prays, but the mind of/belonging-to me is ‘unfruitful-unproductive of what it normally would produce’.  What should I do? I shall, in the future, actually proseuchomai conversationally-pray by-the-means-of-the [singular] Spirit  (d) but kai also by-the-means-of-the [singular] mind (e) kai and/also I shall, in the future, actually sing praises by-the-means-of-the [singular] Spirit  (d) but kai also by-the-means-of-the [singular] mind (e)” (f).  Jude is also like referring to tongues:  “But you, beloved, routinely building yourselves up in your most holy Trusting-Relying-Faith and/coupled routinely proseuchomai conversationally-praying by-the-means-of [singular] Spirit, [I strongly urge you to] keep yourselves in The Unconditional-Love of God” (g) – the 2-part participle phrase is HOW you “keep yourselves IN!”  See also Conversational-Prayer – BT22.  Paul’s team ceaselessly proseuchomai conversationally-prayed to God and/coupled aiteo subordinately-asked God [implying the first is listening and the second is talking] to fill the Colossian church with the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of God’s will by the means of pas all-kinds-of wisdom and/coupled sunesis ‘connect-the-dots’ understanding of [h] [singular] Spirit (i).  <Notes> a) Luke 3:21, b) Romans 8:26, c) The Spirit is always a reference to the Holy Spirit that Christians possess, not our human spirits or mind, and certainly in 1 Corinthians:  2:4, 20, 11-14, 6:11, 7:40, 12:3, 7-8, 14:2, 12, certainly giving no reason why Paul would suddenly deviate from this, d) there is no need to repeat the definite article ‘the’ for the singular to mean “The Holy Spirit,” e) there is no need to repeat the definite article ‘the’ for the singular to mean “the mind of me,” f) 1 Corinthians 14:14, 15, g) Jude 1:20-21, h) adjectively: that belongs to the, thus Spirit-kind-of wisdom and/coupled understanding, i) Colossians 1:9.

 

Paul also strongly urged Christians about prayer:Dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of pas all-kinds-of proseuche conversational-prayer and/coupled deesis supplication-prayer, routinely be proseuchomai conversationally-praying in pas all-kinds-of kairos ‘suitable, right, seasonable, opportune seasons/occasions’ by-the-means-of  [singular] Spirit and/coupled eis ‘toward and reaching the goal of’ this, be routinely agrupneo vigilantly-watching by-the-means-of all proskarteresis devoted-relational-perseverance and/coupled deesis supplication-prayer for all the saints” (a). Again, ‘listening’ proseuche conversational-prayer and deesis ‘talking’ supplication are parts of routine proseuchomai conversational-praying, and the recommended way to do this is by the Holy Spirit, which may very well be by tongues as we saw above, not just with your ‘producing’ mind, in order to build one’s trusting-relying-faith up in order to stay in The Unconditional-Love of God, yet still being routinely attentive and watchful to persevere in supplication for all the saints – see also Conversational-Prayer – BT20.  In other words, it’s NOT all about you:  prayer is NOT all about our focus on our vertical koinonia fellowship with God through greater experience of trusting-relying-faith and unconditional-love by the Holy Spirit, but also horizontally unconditionally-loving others, particularly fellow Christians, also by the enabling-power of the Holy Spirit. That’s why “Faith and Love” are the only 2 commandments in the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant. <Notes> a) Ephesians 6:18.

 

It’s God’s will to be proseuchomai praying!  Paul says that 1 of only 3 things that is explicitly-stated as “God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” other than “always rejoicing and giving thanks in all circumstances” is: “presently/ongoingly be proseuchomai conversationally-praying adialeiptos ‘not thru-the-realizing-channel-of leaving, thus without any time-gap’” – giving a double-emphasis (a). Paul says, “I parakaleo ‘close-beside encourage’ first of all that deesis supplications, proseuche conversational-prayers, enteuxis confident-intercessions, and eucharistia thanksgivings be made on behalf of all men . . . I boulomai ‘resolutely plan’ then that in every place the men should proseuchomai conversationally-pray, lifting up holy/sanctified hands apart from anger and dissension” (b). <Notes> a) 1 Thessalonians 5:17, b) 1 Timothy 2:1, 8.

 

Proseuchomai praying was an early church devotion.  “They were routinely proskartereo persistently-relationally-devoted in/by/with the teaching of the apostles and/coupled the koinonia fellowship – the breaking of the bread – and/coupled the proseuche prayers” (a).  We see this later in the gathering in Mary’s house with her son Mark and many other disciples had been ongoingly proseuchomai conversationally-praying together (b). <Notes> a) Acts 2:42, b) Acts 12:12.

 

The apostles laid hands on church-chosen servant-deacons, having proseuchomai conversationally-prayed for them, likely for anointing and leadership ordination as OT Prophets did for succession (a).  The original 11 apostles also proseuchomai conversationally-prayed to find out from the Lord through lots who the 12th replacement apostle would be (b).  When Paul’s team appointed elders in every church in Acts 14:23 they did so with proseuchomai conversationally-praying.”  The addition of “and fasting” is not found even in textual variants nor is it warranted because in 3 of the 4 other uses of that form in Acts 1:24 choosing of the 12th apostles above, Acts 6:6 laying hands on the 7 chosen deacons above, and Acts 21:5 departing of Paul bellows, there is no implication of fasting.  However, the common rabbinical phrase “fasting and prayer” is found in Acts 13:3 of the early church of Antioch prophets and teachers gathered together to leitourgeo liturgical-worship-serve the Lord and/coupled fasting.  While doing so the Holy Spirit told them to set apart Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.  Then after again ‘fasting and praying’ they laid their hands on them [likely for anointing, blessing, and ordination] they sent the off.  Clearly the limited use of leitourgeo liturgical-worship-serving indicates that these Christians were Jewish still following many of the OT “traditions of the elders” like fasting.  As the church became more Gentile you see this fade away until the Catholic Church resurrected many of them after 200 AD.  Paul knelt down and/coupled proseuchomai conversationally-prayed with the Ephesus elders before departing (c). Before leaving the disciples in Tyre, Paul & Barnabas knelt down on the beach and they all proseuchomai conversationally-prayed together before saying farewell (d).  It was also common for Jews to “stand proseuchomai conversationally-pray,” which Jesus acknowledge in His teaching on prayer (e).  God directed Peter’s ministry when he fell into a trance and had a vision while proseuchomai conversationally-praying (f).  Paul asks Christians to routinely proseuchomai conversationally-pray for them for success in the preaching of the gospel logos message (g), even strongly-urged using the imperative (h).   <Notes> a) Acts 6:6, b) Acts 1:24, c) Acts 20:36-38, d) Acts 21:3-6, e) Mark 11:25, f) Acts 10:9, 30, 11:5, 22:17, g) Colossians 4:3, h) 1 Thessalonians 5:25; 2 Thessalonians 3:1.

 

Proseuchomai conversationally-praying was important for suffering and healing.  Suffering individuals were to proseuchomai conversationally-pray, and church elders were to proseuchomai conversationally-pray and anoint sick Christians requesting this in order to be healed, but they should do so with the fervent-intensity that Elijah did for rain who “proseuchomai conversationally-prayed with proseuche conversational-prayer” and thus saw miracles – the repetition be a Hebrew idiom to show intensity (a). Paul and Silas were routinely proseuchomai conversationally-praying and singing praises to God while suffering in prison and that’s when angels miraculously delivered them (b). Peter knelt down and/coupled proseuchomai conversationally-prayed to raise the disciple Tabitha/Dorcas from the dead (c). Paul did laid hands on and proseuchomai conversationally-prayed to heal the father of Publius (d).  <Notes> a) James 5:13-17, b) Acts 16:25-26, c) Acts 9:40, d) Acts 28:8.

 

Proseuchomai conversationally-praying was important to receive the Holy Spirit.  In Acts 8:14-15, Jerusalem’s apostles sent Peter and John to the Samaritans that had dechomai ‘warmly welcomed to receive’ the gospel logos message of God so they could also be proseuchomai conversationally-prayed for in order that they might lambano ‘grab hold of to receive’ the Holy Spirit.”

 

 

 

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Proseuche/proseuchomai conversationally-prayer seems to be the clear emphasis of the NT, fully eclipsing all other Greek words used for prayer. Although these 2 words can include the ideas of a one-way conversation or monologue of wishing, asking, entreating, petitioning, or supplicating, or even the attitudes of child-like confident trust or self-deprecating humility, or even grateful thanksgiving that the others words for prayer focus on, these 2 words evidently include much, much, much more:  1)worshipful devotion” (according to Vines) and more importantly, 2) “an exchange (pros) of wishes (euche) towards or facing (pros) one another.”

 

In other words, this kind of prayer is a dialogue conversation WITH God “immediately before and facing Him” (pros), hence involves “adoration, devotion, and worship” that is in itself an “offering to God.” In early Greek, a physical offering was brought to make the prayer more acceptable to God, but later the prayer itself became the acceptable offering.  Www.preceptaustin.org also notes that Vines indicates that “proseuchomai/proseuche carries with it a notion of worship that is not present in the other words involving supplication. Thus, this kind of prayer is meant to bring us face to face or in close, relational contact with God.” Www.renner.org recognizes this kind of prayer “demands surrender, consecration/sanctification/holiness, and thanksgiving from us as we come face to face with God.” Www.hebrew-streams.org recognizes that “Jewish apostolic worship can be discerned by focusing on words such as prayer (predominantly proseuche and proseuchomai in that section), praise, thanksgiving, blessing, and on the content of hymns.”

 

Specifically, biblical prayer predominantly uses the Greek noun proseuche, meaning “properly, an exchange (pros) of wish-petitions (euche) towards or before (pros) another, but particularly of holy prayer of worshipful devotion specifically towards God.”  The ‘exchange’ aspect means it is a dialogue, not a monologue.  Therefore, it doesn’t necessarily involve the monologue of asking, entreaty, or supplication as we saw in the previous BLOG.  However, proseuche can also refer to “a place set apart or suited for the offering of holy prayer, such as a synagogue, or the bank of a stream or shore of a sea where Jews could wash their hands before holy prayer (a).”  Proseuche is used 37 times in the NT:  “If you have trusting-relying-faith, whatever we aiteo subordinately-ask in proseuche conversational-prayer, you will lambano ‘grab hold of to receive’” (b).  Deacons (c) were chosen so that the apostles could “proskartereo persistently-relationally-be-devoted-to proseuche conversational-prayer and/coupled the service/ministry of the gospel logos message (d) – this absolutely is not a reference to bible-study, but prophetically hearing from God ‘what, when, where, and how’ to spread the gospel logos message. <Notes> a) Acts 16:13, 16, b) Matthew 21:22, c) servants of physical needs, d) Acts 6:4.

 

This devotion wasn’t so different than what the earliest Christians enjoyed: “They were proskartereo persistently-relationally-devoted-to together in proseuche conversational-prayer with one mind” (a), and “themselves proskartereo persistently-relationally-devoted-to . . . proseuche conversational-prayer” (b).  Paul tells Christians as “members of the Body-of-Christ, using the grace-gifts given to them” how to “present their bodies as living sacrifices, . . .  which is their logical liturgical-worship-service” and then giving a list of imperatives for strong-urgings, including “routinely being proskartereo persistently-relationally-devoted-to [in/by] proseuche conversational-prayer” (c). In Paul’s final instructions to the Colossians, he strongly urges them to “ongoingly-be proskartereo persistently-relationally-devoted-to proseuche conversational-prayer and/coupled be routinely gregoreo vigilantly-watching in this with eucharistia thanksgiving” (d). Paul tells Timothy “[I strongly urge you] that deesis supplication-prayers, proseuche conversational-prayers, enteuxis confident-approaching-intercessions, and eucharistia thanksgiving be made on-behalf-of all people, for kings and those in high positions, that we may lead a eremos ‘undisturbed, placid, tranquil, composed’ and/coupled hesuchios ‘still, quiet, calm, steady, settled’ life” (e).  Peter believed the end was near, saying: “So be sophroneo sound/temperate-minded (f) and/coupled nepho sober-minded (g) eis ‘towards and reaching the goal of’ proseuche conversational-prayer” (h). <Notes> a) Acts 1:14, b) Acts 2:42, c) Romans 12:1-12, d) Colossians 4:2, e) 1 Timothy 2:1-2, f) sophroneo means “safety-minded, safe as to what regulates life like our diaphragm, also derived from phroneo, controls our ability to breathe which controls our heartbeat and thus our life.  It also means to have a sober outlook that reflects true balance, truly moderate, controlled to blend the extremities of truth on both side of a matter,” g) nepho:  not intoxicated or drunk, temperate, self-controlled, clear-minded, rational, h) 1 Peter 4:7.

 

Jesus educated His disciples much about the need for proseuche conversational-prayer.  Some demons “come out only by proseuche conversational-prayer” for healing (a).  Jesus led the way:  He would spend the whole night in proseuche conversational-prayer upon a mountain (b), and “got up from proseuche conversational-prayer” in the garden before His death (c).  The earliest Jewish Church before 70 AD, as was their Jewish custom, went to the temple for proseuche conversational-prayer (d).  Before this Jesus drove the merchants out of the temple, because they had turned God’s “house of proseuche conversational-prayer for all nations” into a “house of trade (e),” not just a “den of robbers” (f).  Many of today’s churches have also turned their building into ‘a marketplace’ with every thing possible for sale, even equipped with a full-blown coffee shop, right outside the door to the inner sanctuary!  I went to a Christian concert at a Calvary Chapel in Tucson, Arizona and there were tables of stuff for sale from the entrance all the way past their bookstore right up to their coffee shop, but although it cost more than Starbucks, I was not allowed to drink it in their sanctuary for the concert.  “Agent Smith” from the Matrix, complete with wires sticking out of his ear, immediately told me I had to take it out to sit at a few tables among all the merchandise and watch the concert from big screen TVs, even though I paid good money at the entrance.  Had I known all this would take place, I would have done a U-turn.  I could feel the Lord’s heart inside me weeping the whole time.  When I finally got inside the sanctuary to watch the artist, he didn’t even have a band, and despite all his theatrics could not get anybody to worship except the first few rows.  The rest of the people were looking at their phones.  Man, I about cried!  Were are these people:  God-fearing Jews like Cornelius had their “proseuche conversational-prayers heard by God” (g).  Christians were ektenos ‘extended-out without let-up’ making of proseuche conversational-prayer for Peter while in prison (h).  This important because “the proseuche conversational-prayers of the saints ascend before God” (i). I sure didn’t see much from this supposedly ‘on-fire’ church! <Notes> a) Mark 9:29 – “and fasting” was added in later by Catholic monks who practiced this OT “tradition of the elders” that is not even specified in OT Law, b) Luke 6:12, c) Luke 22:45, d) Acts 3:1, e) a marketplace, emporium of merchandise, f) Matthew 21:13; Mark 11:17; Luke 19:46; John 2:16, g) Acts 10:4, 31, h) Acts 12:5, i) Revelation 5:8, 8:3-4.

 

Paul encouraged a devotion to prayer: “Thru-the-realizing-channel-of pas all-kinds-of proseuche conversational-prayer and/coupled deesis supplication-prayer, routinely be proseuchomai conversationally-praying in all kairos ‘suitable, right, seasonable, opportune seasons/occassions’ by-the-means-of  [singular] Spirit and/coupled eis ‘toward and reaching the goal of’ this, be routinely agrupneo vigilantly-watching by-the-means-of all proskarteresis devoted-relational-perseverance and/coupled deesis supplication-prayer for all the saints” (a).  Evidently “proseuche conversational-prayer and supplication-prayer” are distinct parts of “praying” and this can be done by the means of the Holy Spirit, especially being vigilantly-watching to entreat God for others.  Paul encourages:  “Be anxious about nothing but through proseuche conversational-prayer and/coupled deesis supplication-prayer [both together] with eucharistia thanksgiving, let your specific-aitema subordinately-asked-petitions be made gnorizo experientially, relationally known to God” (b).  Paul advises Christians married couples to not abstain from sex except for specific mutually-agreed-upon times of sholazo ‘being still devotion’ (c) to proseuche conversational-prayer d)” (e). Paul remembers Christians in his own proseuche conversational-prayers (f) and included God in his travel plans (g), even asking Christians to do so on his behalf (h).  It’s not easy doing this:  Paul “agonizoma agonized in proseuche conversational-prayer” for others (i).  You have to endure in prayer:  Widows truly in need have set their hope on God, having continued in their deesis supplication-prayers and proseuche conversational-prayers night and days (j). <Notes> a) Ephesians 6:18, b) Philippians 4:6, c) sholazo: being still, ceasing activity, taking a vacation, in order to give oneself to, d) “And fasting” was added by Catholic monks in later manuscripts because of their assimilation of OT “traditions of elders” not even found in the OT Law – see Net Bible note.  This ‘borrowing’ from the OT is shameful but part of The Great Wall quenching the Holy Spirit, e) 1 Corinthians 7:5, f) Ephesians 1:16, 1 Thessalonians 1:2, Philemon 1:4, g) Philemon 1:22; Romans 1:10, h) Romans 15:30, i) Colossians 4:12, j) 1 Timothy 5:5.

 

James encouraged prayer in the midst of suffering too:  These suffering Christians should proseuchomai conversationally-pray (a) just as Church elders were to proseuchomai conversationally-pray and anoint sick Christians with the same confident-persistence that Elijah did for rain, who “proseuchomai conversationally-prayed with proseuche conversational-prayer” (b) (c). <Notes> a) James 5:13, b) a Hebraic structure found here in the Greek to show intensity, c) James 5:14, 16, 17. 

 

Peter speaks of proseuche conversational-prayer too:  He tells Christian husbands to treat their wives with time perceived-value/honor, as a fragile vessel so nothing will hinder their proseuche conversational-prayers (a).  “Therefore since the end of all has already [with ongoing results] eggizo ‘drawn extremely close’, definitively/wholly be sophroneo sound/temperate-minded (b) and/coupled definitively/wholly be nepho sober-minded (c) eis ‘towards and reaching the goal of’ proseuche conversational-prayer” (d). <Notes> a) 1 Peter 3:7, b) sophroneo means “safety-minded, safe as to what regulates life like our diaphragm, also derived from phroneo, controls our ability to breathe which controls our heartbeat and thus our life.  It also means to have a sober outlook that reflects true balance, truly moderate, controlled to blend the extremities of truth on both side of a matter,” c) nepho:  not intoxicated or drunk, temperate, self-controlled, clear-minded, rational, d) 1 Peter 4:7.

 

 

 

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What would Jesus say to so many religious Christians today?

 

 

 

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The same thing He did to all those stuck in religion:  “You really don’t eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know God nor do you genuinely, experientially, relationally epiginosko Him as I do, though you gnosis informationally-know a lot about God from the scriptures you diligently search/study, erroneously supposing that in them you will take hold of zoe genuine-life everlasting.  However, they simply testify/bear-witness all around Me. My sheep akouo listen/hear-to-understand/know My Voice and these directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words of Mine are Spirit and zoe genuine-life.  So without God’s Spirit within you, you ongoingly look for zoe genuine-life somewhere else and thus ongoingly refuse to Come to Me and/coupled learn-directly from Me.  You are stuck in your faith, O you of little trusting-relying-faith!  You have ‘fallen into the trap and snare of the table’ that bible-students rolled out the scrolls on to study, ‘always learning but never coming to a knowledge of The Truth,’ and so ‘your backs will be bent forever,’ and your hearts hardened, always resisting the Holy Spirit.’  You really don’t have God’s unconditional-love within you, because you really don’t have the Spirit of God within you.  You really don’t have intimate koinonia fellowship with God, where the Holy Spirit becomes your ‘One Teacher’ and writes My ways on your heart.  Instead you put your trusting-relying-faith in writings on stone or paper. And because you don’t have the enabling-power of the Spirit within you, you ergo ‘do/work’ for God, even trying to ‘ergo do/work your salvation out with fear and trembling.’  But I didn’t say that!  I said, ‘You are My workmanship to will and to do My good pleasure – this is what you are to ‘work out,’ just as exercising in a gym doesn’t actually build muscle – it tears it down and I rebuild it at night when you are peacefully-resting from your ergon doings/works.”

 

It sounds too good to be true, that NOT doing any “might or power” – even bible-study – but simply being together WITH the Lord and carefully-listening to Him in conversational-prayer will actually accomplish far more “by-the-means-of My Spirit” than ALL one’s learning, understanding, wisdom-application, plans, strategies, skills, time, money, and sweat will ever accomplish – if only we will simply surrender-control by loosening our grip, ‘letting God by letting go’ of our rope, falling into God’s arms, and spending time getting to genuinely, experientially, relationally epiginosko know Him through a conversational-prayer fellowship with Him!  But that’s what God’s ‘Plan A’ promises!  That’s what Jesus came to restore:

 

An intimately experiential, abundantly fulfilling, powerfully transforming, and abiding fellowship with God by: 

 

 

  • Devoted, restfully-waiting, stillfully-watching, quietly-listening, worshipful, conversational-prayer dialogue where any routine asking, seeking, and knocking is for God’s Promised Holy Spirit to fill us with all the fullness of God Himself!

 

 

 

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Religion concerns itself with more than an intimate relationship with God Himself

 

 

 

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If the subject of our prayers is God Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit instead of just the stuff He can give us or to help us try to do “works done by us in/by/with righteousness” (a) like religionists would, or even to do the “good works that were created in Christ Jesus for” and even to be “zealous for” and “devoted to” (b), then our prayers can’t go wrong!  Psalms 37:3-4 says, “Trust . . . and [exquisitely] delight in Yahweh, kai and/then He will give you the mishalah/aitema [specific prayerful] ‘desires expressed as subordinately-asking petitions’ of your heart.” We need our priorities straight!  We were created primary to have koinonia intimate fellowship with God, literally walking/living humbly with God to dwell with His people (c). <Notes> a) Titus 3:5, cf. Romans 4:6, b) Ephesians 2:10, cf. Matthew 5:16; Acts 9:36; 1 Timothy 2:10, 5:10, 25, 6:10; Titus 2:7, 14, 3:8, 14; Hebrews 10:24 – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT15 and – BT17, c) Genesis 3:8, 5:22, 24, 6:9; Hosea 11:12; Micah 6:8; Ezekiel 37:27; 2 Corinthians 6:16 citing Leviticus 26:11-12 because Christians are NOW God’s rightful Temple; Revelation 2:1, 13; cf. 2 Chronicles 6:18 not in a temple, and according to rules:  Deuteronomy 5:33, 10:12; Joshua 22:5; 1 Kings 8:23; 2 Kings 10:31; 2 Chronicles 6:14; Nehemiah 10:29; Isaiah 8:11; Jeremiah 7:23.

 

Once during a long proseuche conversational-prayer walk I heard the Lord tell me that “the kingdom of God and His righteousness to seek foremost” (a) was actually “The Holy Spirit and Jesus” – 2 “Who’s to know,” and not 2 “What’s to do,” and then downloaded so many verses about seeking God’s face (b). The Lord once changed my words before coming to Him in proseuche conversational-prayer 3 times from: “I come before You” to: “I come for You.” This baffled me, but I soon understood that all I sought was within the Lord Himself – only 3 letters make all the difference! <Notes> a) Matthew 6:32-33, b) like Deuteronomy 4:29; Daniel 9:3; 2 Chronicles 15:4, 7:14; Isaiah 55:5-7; Jeremiah 29:13; Acts 15:17, 17:27; Romans 3:11; Colossians 3:1; Hebrews 11:6.

 

This reminds me of a time in 2008 when my pancreas was malfunctioning so much that I feared the reaction I would have eating even simple foods, even with digestive enzymes. I was so afraid that I would proseuchomai conversationally-pray for 5 minutes before every meal asking God to help me digest it, and giving Him thanks for doing so. One time as I was doing this, He kept changing the words in my mouth from “I thank You for this food” to “I trust You for this food.” Again, I thought I was going mad, but eventually understood He was trying to help be really have trusting-relying-faith in Him. So that day I ate without my pancreatic enzymes and I had no problems whatsoever!  This was a turning point for my healing, because I found out much later that my enzymes were laced with too much calcium which was throwing my electrolytes out of balance. However, God knew this and was helping me take “Obedient Steps of Faith” (a) to eliminate some of my problems!  Reading and studying the bible would have never led me to this truth, but “the Spirit of The Truth . . . will guide you into ALL The Truth” (b). <Notes> a) Romans 1:17, b) John 16:13.

 

Religion concerns itself with the “what, where, when, why, and how” ABOUT God and His will.  Plan A doesn’t because “the righteous ones” are those who are preoccupied with the “WHO” of God!  I was told directly by God on a proseuche conversational-prayer walk that “The Kingdom of God and His Righteousness” that I was to seek wasn’t “a what and a what” of things to do as I had been taught by so many churches, but “The WHO and The WHO of The Holy Spirit and The Son” to genuinely, experientially, relationally epiginosko know, to ask for until we receive, to seek for UNTIL we find, to knock on the door for until it is opened!  You will never find that in the bible or its study notes, even though the bible says over and over that the Holy Spirit is the enabling-power of the reigning King and that King Jesus is The Righteous and Holy One of Israel!  That is vast difference of prophetic rhema words directly from the Lord.

 

Every religion, even the OT, is about might and power” – man’s inherent flesh external and internal abilities or ergon ‘doings/works,’ even about how to worship – see also Identity.  Religion makes the walls to God tall and difficult to climb, giving us only a small window for outside light to shine through onto your “bible-study table and chair” – a vision God showed me.  Plan A doesn’t have a tall ladder because God says in Zechariah 4:6 the completely different-in-kind New Covenant will “absolutely no longer be by might or power, but by My Spirit, says Yahweh of hosts!”  Jesus says that “God is Spirit and the true worshipers are those who worship Him by [singular] Spirit and/coupled [singular] The Truth,” which because of the kai coupling is the same as “The Spirit of/belonging-to The Truth” found in 4 other verses because “The Spirit is The Truth” in another. That’s why Jesus said, “Absolutely nobody can come to the Father except through Me – I AM The Way to the Father, because I AM The Truth, and My directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words are The Spirit and The zoe genuine-life because I AM the zoe Genuine-Life.  God once said in prayer, “Speak to the wall in the name/authority of Jesus 7 days and I will make it fall.”  But now in the vision I mentioned, He said:  “Get up out of your chair, walk away from the study table, and open the door who is Christ and go outside.”  When I did I saw the bluest sky, greenest vegetation, and brightest flowers ever, and sparkling bread floating down from heaven like floating diamonds and I was filled with incredible joy!  In another dream, God said the more accurate books about God, the theology of God, were on the oldest top shelf of the Library of Congress long before 1452’s printing of the Guttenberg bible, but there was no ladder to reach them but an old rugged cross.  Nevertheless, no matter how you use the cross to climb up, you will never reach the true theology of God, because even if you read the old scrolls, they are still second-hand knowledge from mere men, and only handwritten copies by later scribes at that – see Bible Info!  The True Theology can only be received humbly at the foot of the old rugged cross as the angels descend and ascend upon it to deliver it to us by the revelation of the Holy Spirit.  Jesus said, unlike all the “other rabbis, His yoke of instruction to learn from Him would be kindly-useful and His burdens of commandments/works forever light to carry, as a cloud is blown by the wind.”

 

Every religion elects some people to be “special leaders” or mediators, translators, scribes-scholars-lawyers, or clergy to “learn about God” and then relay this knowledge down a hierarchy of leaders (Sadducees) and teachers (Pharisees, Levite priests) to everyone else, the ‘laity,’ but by then all this becomes nothing more than second-hand gnosis info-knowledge about God.  Churches have even redefined the “equippers” that really are only coaches and facilitator to be the ministers, when it actually “the saints who do the work of ministry.”  Talk about usurping power!  What’s worse, is that the “leaders” or “equippers” often have never actually heard from God directly, but are just passing down something they read or devised from their own thinking.  Plan A doesn’t because God says “to be still in order to [or resulting in] experientially, relationally yada/ginosko know God” such that “you have absolutely-in-fact-NOT need of any other teacher!”  The first thing Paul said about having a “renewed mind for God’s kingdom” is “that no man should think of himself higher than others, for we are all brethren of one Body-of-Christ, each member equally important with different praxis functions” – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT21, Skill – BT5, Teach One Another – BT8, and Coaches & Facilitators.  Furthermore, Jesus said: “The greatest among you shall be the slave of others, just as I came to serve and not be served,” and He strongly warned His disciples on more than one occasion to: “never in fact desire to have authority over others, but to follow His example of being a servant, even a slave.”

 

Every religion has “special titles for special offices for special people” signifying their level of authority, even within the modern Church whether Catholic, Protestant, or Orthodox, such as Catholic or Eastern Orthodox ‘Fathers,’ Eastern Orthodox or Mormon ‘Patriarchs,’ Anglican ‘Lords’ or University ‘Masters,’ Protestant ‘Head Pastors,’ and Messianic-Church ‘Rabbis or Chief Rabbis’ or with great honor ‘Our Master-Our Teacher-Our Rabbi.’  Plan A doesn’t use them because Jesus warned about using titles or offices of authority like: “Father, Lord/Master/Head, or rabbi Teacher” because “you are ALL brethren,” and respectively, “there is only One Heavenly Father, One Lord Jesus Christ, and One Spirit of The Truth who guides you into ALL truth.” See also Teaching and Coaches & Facilitators.

 

All the places in the NT that talk about church assembly never say anything about 1 or 2 authoritative men doing all the teaching or even a “worship music team,” but instead about the “gospel logos message dwelling/residing among them richly by addressing/teaching and admonishing ONE ANOTHER…EACH OF YOU bringing an instrumental psalm, a composed hymn, a spontaneous song by the Spirit, a teaching, prophecy, revelation, logos message of wisdom, logos message of knowledge, a tongue, its interpretation, all submitting to one another for the building up of the Body.”  Body-of-Christ ministry was the only prescribed ministry!  Everything else is “self-prescribed worship-service, made and taught by men,” no different from the “traditions of the elders” the Jews came up with.  The “apostles, prophets, evangelists-preachers, and shepherds-who-are-able-to-teach” weren’t supposed to be the “special people/offices who to the work of ministry” but simply “praxis functioning grace-gifts of Christ’s Spirit that equip/coach/facilitate the saints who are the ones who are supposed to do the work of ministry!”  That makes them the “ministers” not the “equippers!”  Once again, the modern Church thinks it’s all about “special people” when instead it’s about a multitude of grace-gifts given to the entire Body-of-Christ, which even change due to the particular situation, ALL that should be working equally together to build up the Body into the likeness of Christ. What has happened to 1 Corinthians 14:26-39 where all the people in a congregation are encouraged to prophesy or give a message in tongues with some one giving an interpretation, but doing it orderly one after another, listening to each other, and everybody else weighing in on what was said?  That’s what Paul meant about “orderly worship!”

 

Religious people even try to correlate the lists of the Spirit’s different grace-gifts and then believe that it’s somehow complete. Good luck, because Paul’s lists evolved over time with his experiences with the Spirit, we are missing letters of Pauls, and that was never his point anyway – they are only examples of God’s unlimited enabling-power to get His work done through “a diversity of grace-gifts and manifestations,” through a Body that should be treating each other equally, just as “God shows now partiality or favoritism!”  A careful study of “authority” will also show that the top-down, vertical, hierarchal structure of religion (and many churches) is actually patterned after Satan’s angelic/demonic kingdom, externalized in the world of fallen men, and not God’s horizontally-flat kingdom structure where there is “only 1 Head over ALL of us WHO is given ALL authority, WHO is Jesus, and we are ALL brethren, reciprocally one belonging to the other, equal children of God.” The same metron ‘measuring-cup’ of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith and The-Unconditionally-Loving-Favor-of-Grace was used to insure equity from a Just, Equitable God.  Again, what differs is the praxis function of the grace-gifts so nobody “can think more highly of themselves.”

 

Every religion erects “special buildings” for prayer and worship. The Jews and half-breed Samaritans had their temples or “places of worship,” and invariably they become “marketplaces, places of business, even by robbers and thieves” by the peddlers of religion, the Canaanites.  Plan A doesn’t because there are no Christian “building programs” in the early Church after the Jewish temple was destroyed in 70 AD, unlike every church today that seem to have an “edifice complex,” until Catholicism was made institutionalized by Emperor Constantine 300 years later, when he patterned the basilicas after pagan Greek and Roman temples.  Please don’t try to use the argument that Christians were persecuted until then so they couldn’t build churches.  That is ‘fake news’ because there were long periods of time when there was tolerance and no persecution.  If it was a priority of Christians, they would have built as they do in other tolerant nations today dominantly controlled by hostile religions, but we don’t have any writings or archeology to indicate any church buildings other than a few homes with inner walls knocked down for gatherings up to 35 people.  Jesus called the Jerusalem temple, “My Father’s house of proseuche conversational-prayer,” but told the Samaritan woman that “the true worship of God would no longer take place in a place, either in Jerusalem or Samaria, where they routinely carried out liturgical-ritual-worship-services FOR God, because God is Spirit so the true worshippers that the Father seeks are those who will worship by [singular] Spirit and/coupled [singular] Truth,” which Jesus says concerning:  “The Spirit of The Truth, WHO I AM, will dwell in you, WHO will bear witness about Me, and WHO will guide you into ALL The Truth.”  Because of the indwelling Spirit of Christ, Christians, even their individual and corporate Bodies, are now “God’s Temple,” and so we are now God’s actual “house of proseuche conversational-prayer” and “offering our bodies as living sacrifice is NOW our logical liturgical-ritual-worship-service FOR God.”  Plan A reverts everything back to God’s original design.

 

Every religion also looks intently or gazes at or studies holy gramma letters as writings” and the collection of these into “holy graphe books” that the Jews called “scriptures,” in order to learn about God and His will to then “take hold of zoe genuine-life.”  It really does take Greek and Hebrew scholars, the so-called “wise and understanding ones,” to adequately translate or understand the bible, and they argue constantly on which manuscripts are more accurate and what the words really mean – see Bible Info.  There are 1000s of manuscripts with 1000s of textual variants – 400,000 just in the NT – and the scholars are always changing their minds!  There are many college courses on textual, literary, and biblical criticism, biblical archeology, biblical languages and interpretation (hermeneutics), biblical and church history, and theology – and I’ve taken too many!  It’s exhausting and our English bibles don’t come close to even relaying the meaning of any agreed upon text!  Plan A doesn’t rely on any of this, but tells us to be like little children with their parents, to optanomai fix our wide-open eyes and ears of our hearts on God Himself.  To these God promised revealed prophetic knowledge, clear sunesis connect-the-dots understanding that goes beyond left-to-right sequitar reasoning, and gives us zoe genuine-life through the experiential, relational ginosko knowledge of the Father and the Son.  Paul says, God “thwarts and destroys the wisdom of the  ‘wise and understanding ones’.”  Jesus ridicules their “diligent searching/studying of the scriptures to take hold of zoe genuine-life.”  Isaiah mocks their “line upon line, precept upon precept” expositional approach as elementary ‘abc’ gibberish, while giving God’s wisdom and understanding to those the Prophets who will simply be like little children and just relentlessly aiteo ask their Heavenly Father, wait, and listen – see also Obedient Steps of Faith – BT16 for the patient-endurance of trusting-relying-faith.

 

Jesus doesn’t train disciples any other way than He was discipled by God.  Isaiah’s prophecy said that Jesus learned through His devotion to proseuche conversational-prayer and that’s the only “spiritual discipline” we see Jesus devoted to while on earth!  Only once did the NT say that Jesus read scripture – once in a synagogue to say He had fulfilled it. We have to remember that He was the eternal Logos Message of God, so everything that Moses and the Prophets wrote was told to them by the Son!  That’s why at 14 years old Jesus could debate the socks off the scribes and Pharisees!  His disciples never read scripture and there is no indication as a carpenter Jesus would have had access to them outside of the synagogue!  Although all rabbis had scribes to write down their sayings, Jesus never did nor did He ask His disciples to.  Instead He and the apostle John said the Holy Spirit, The Anointing of the Holy One, would be their “One Teacher of ALL truth” after Jesus left them, because the Spirit would be Him now living in them, not just close-beside them!  The “kingdom of God is within” and that is where the “One Teacher” does the teaching!

 

Every religion promises that the reading and study of their “special books” will lead us to knowing The Truth that will transform us into God’s glory and set us free from sin, but it actually hides God’s glory from them behind a veil/covering and their hearts become hardened and sin multiplies.  Plan A doesn’t promise this.  It removes the veil or curtain for direct access to God to find that The Truth isn’t a “what, where, when, why, and how” to read, study, analyze, memorize, and debate in order to acquire gnosis info-knowledge about God and His will.  It doesn’t come through the “sophia wisdom and sunesis connect-the-dots understanding” of logos “second-hand communication of content in a message” through “holy gramma letters” collected into grapheholy books” called “scripture,” which can only be accurately done by the so-called “wise and understanding ones” – the scribe-scholars and clergy or rabbiteachers and Pharisee leaders, who were the very people Jesus mocked as “diligently searched/studying the scriptures” who were “the blind watchmen leading the blind, who never akouo heard/listened-to-understand/know God’s actual Voice [as the Prophets did], never eido mentally ‘seen’ to perceive/know God or His will [as the Prophets did], and thus never experientially, relationally ginosko knew God [as the Prophets did], and so they couldn’t possibly have God’s unconditional-love meno abiding/living within them [as the Prophets did].”

 

However, Jesus came to bring God’s people back to Plan A of genuinely, experientially, relationally epiginosko knowing “The WHO of The Truth, the Son WHO can actually set them free from the practice of sin.” All the so-called NT proof texts for “studying the bible” completely fall apart when you read them from the original Greek in context!  The KJV “spoudoza study to shew thyself an approved workman” is a deceptively bad translation that kept the 70 bible translators gainfully employed at their universities by King James in 1611!  Politics, money, and power have had much effect on bible translations!  Spoudoza means “to be diligent or zealous” as the better translations have noted  – see Logos Word of God – BT19!    So much of church-ianity is perpetuating ‘the way’ of the other religions, especially the OT one, when the New (a) Covenant calls for the completely-different-in-kind new (a) ‘way’ of the Spirit!  <Notes> a) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely-different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior.

 

Every religion has “special truths” to read, study, and memorize about God!  Plan A doesn’t because the NT says that the OT is NOT “The Truth or even The Unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace” but only “shadows, figures, outlines, sketches, prototypes, copies, or elementary ‘abc’ principles of good things to come.”  Instead, Jesus Christ is “The Truth” and “The Unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace” that came into existence – “The aletheia Absolute Reality” of God!  Jesus “fulfilled/completed” the “first covenant in order to establish the second,” so that the first’s “glory vanished away, ended, and was finished, done away with, and abolished because it was nailed to the cross,” so that the second’s glory will be an “everlasting covenant.” Christians should have “died to the Law and been freed/liberated from the Law’s yoke of slavery” – the first covenant should be history – in order “to belong to another – Christ,” and thus “absolutely no longer serving God by the way of the gramma writings!”  The old covenant “absolutely cannot perfect those who draw near to it,” but the New Covenant can!  “Christians are now the epistles hand-written-personal-letters of God, gramma written absolutely-in-fact-NOT by letters on stone tables or ink on paper but by the Spirit of God on tablets of human hearts!”

 

Every religion has “special statements of The Faith” or “creeds” they recite that prove by confession that you are saved.  The Catholic Church created one after another from 180 AD on – see Salvation – BT9, as did the Protestants from 1517 AD on.  All through history you will find that when the Church falls away from trusting-relying-faith in the ministry of the Holy Spirit and His supernatural prophetic grace-gifts, it looks to bible-study, apologetics, dogma, theology, and creeds to articulate this for the people to adhere to, feel secure and confident, especially in the Church, and also differentiate themselves from what the Church will then label as “heretics” to excommunicate or persecute, even by torture and death!  Many godly men, Spirit-baptized, even theologians and bible translators were tortured, hung, or burned alive. Plan A doesn’t do this!  Although historians try to find creeds in the NT like “Jesus is the Christ,” which means Messiah, the Anointed One of God, or “Jesus Christ is Lord,” which means “Supreme Master,” or “Jesus Christ has come in the flesh,” or “Jesus is the Son of God,” there is only one occurrence of each of these, and John only says to “Confess Jesus” or “Confess the Son.”  Can you see how religious people can’t just let the Holy Spirit guide people?

 

The closest we get to a saving creed to confess at water-baptism below is Paul’s in Romans 10:9, but notice the emphasis:  “If you confess with your mouth that ‘Jesus is Lord (Supreme Master) and/coupled have trusting-relying-faith in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall actually be saved.”  However, Paul may have been adding “raised from the dead” because of the current heresy going through the Church that Jesus wasn’t even human in the flesh – see Identity, so He couldn’t die, let alone resurrect.  That’s because the Greeks and Romans believed in ‘dualism’ that said the world of flesh and the spiritual world are completely separate.  The NT was written to address specific needs for specific groups of people, and never conceived of as new set of universally-binding graphe “scripture!”

 

The NT was never intended to be more graphe scripture – a term applied by the Catholic theologian Tertullian around 200 AD when arguing against the Jews that Christians also had authoritative writings – what a desperate knee-jerk reaction!   Jesus instead teaches:  “For out of the heart, speaks the mouth” – words aren’t that important except to reveal the heart!  That’s what confession of sin and confession of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith does – see Surrender-Control.  Peter says: “This water-baptism, which corresponds to Noah’s family being saved by the ark dia through-the-medium-of flood waters, [to safely land on shore even though it buried a world of people] now saves you also, …because it’s a ‘request-appeal or profession-pledge’ of/for a good/sincere conscience toward God – this water-baptism saving you dia through-the-medium-of  the resurrection of Christ.”  Water-baptism is the “reality/substance/type that corresponded to the antitype” OT shadow of Noah’s flood.  The “request-appeal or profession-pledge” was the common public confession all Gentile proselytes to Judaism made before their full-body Spirit-baptisms, which they believed saved them also!  The Greek really says “the request . . . conscience” phrase is really more about “the Holy Spirit working together with the person because of their surrender to help them mentally experience their reaching toward God” – it’s a communal, epignosis experiential-knowledge not a ritual.  This is what Jesus and the early Church also taught, just as Paul does in all his writings, like Romans 6:3-5.  They didn’t try to separate the confession “request-appeal or profession-pledge” from the waters of baptism because both were part of “one baptism that now saves you also.”  But it only saves anyone because of Christ’s resurrection, so it isn’t a work to earn favor, but an act of trusting-relying-faith to take hold of the free grace-gift of God’s unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace given to us.

 

Every religion has “special wisdom sayings” or “Proverbs” to read, study, and memorize to become “wise and understanding.”  Plan A doesn’t because God mocks the so-called “wise and understanding ones” who acquired it this way, “thwarting and destroying” their efforts, but instead gives the “directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words of wisdom, understanding, insight-enlightenment, and gnosis info-knowledge through revelation by the Spirit to ‘little children’ and the other “least among you” through a genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of God – even to those that can’t hear, see or read!”  God shows no favoritism except to favor the least before the greatest!  Again, the ability to “walk in a manner worthy, fully pleasing, bearing fruit in every good work” comes from what I just described, not from books, not even from the bible!

 

Every religion has “special prayers” to recite as an ergon ‘doing/work’ to please God or to earn something from Him.  They even “pray the promises of God” from the bible, but the bible never says to do that.  Then there was the fad of “declaring blessings,” taken from the OT.  Then there was the fad of “declaring bible verses” to defeat Satan or unlock God’s promises.  Then there was the fad of finding the few explicit statements of “the will of God” that would certainly be answered.  Now there is the fad of gleaning from the prayers of people in the bible what we should pray!  All of this is just religious ergon ‘doings/works’ that again requires reading, studying, and memorizing the bible, just like other religions do of their “holy gramma writings” to use them in similar fashion.  Paul says, it’s all nonsense!  It all shows favoritism!  Plan A doesn’t because the Lord’s Prayer isn’t a ritual prayer as most churches treat it – it’s simply a brief model or outline of how to practice proseuchomai conversationally-praying “the way or in this manner,” and it behooves us to treat it this way!  Jesus said that pagan Gentiles pray with “many repetitive words or phrases like someone stuttering or stammering, which is vain babble, supposing that by their many words that God will hear them.”  This recitation of prayers is simply a ritual like Eastern religions reciting Mantras or the Catholics praying the Rosary Beads or the Muslims their many daily prayers!  Superstitious pagans!

 

The NT says God already knows what we will ask; that our words should be few; that we can groan or sigh without words and the Spirit will intercede for us, and that we can even proseuchomai conversationally-pray by the Spirit in supernatural tongues the perfect will of God.  God sees what’s in our hearts and cares more about us surrendering-control and listening than our monologue of words.  The “Word of God that never comes back void but accomplishes what it was sent out to do” is not bible verses, it is prophetic rhema – the directly-spoken/heard words of God that is the “bread that man can actually live on!”

 

Jesus preached and taught then – and still does – by His Spirit with His directly-spoken/heard rhema words.  The NT writers say much more about examining, discerning, or scrutinizing the will of God through continual practice in renewing one’s mind via routine listening proseuche conversational-prayer, as given by the Wonderful Counsel of the Spirit, than they ever do explicitly stating the will of God as logos messages for Christians to read-to-understand – see Least Among You – BT8 and New Covenant Ways – BT16.  Nevertheless, you can see Christ’s priorities within His ‘Lord’s Prayer’ model, so it’s a great idea to use this to guide your proseuche conversational-prayer as He intended!  The number of words are very small, so evidently proseuche conversational-prayer has much more to do with listening than talking!  After all, what did Jesus do all night long – say the same things over and over?

 

Now “the logos Word of God that is to meno abide/live in” new believers to make them true disciples isn’t OT scripture or any “holy gramma writings” but the gospel logos message of Jesus Christ they akouo heard/listened to preached.  And regarding this preached logos message of The Truth, who is Jesus, Paul says, “Trusting-relying-faith comes from akouo hearing/listening-to-understand/know the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words of God.”  Jesus said that “people can’t even come to Him unless the Father first draws them and teaches them” – by His Spirit!  You have to akouo hear/listen-to-understand/know “Jesus knock on your door to come in and intimately dine with Him” in order to say “Yes” to His logos message to you!  The sermon isn’t what you are answering – it can only provoke you to be open to akouo hear/listen-to-understand/know Christ speak through His gospel logos message directly to your heart!  John says “If you let what you akouo heard/listened-to-understand/know to from the beginning meno abide/live in you, then you will meno abide/live in the Father and Son.”  That’s why Jesus said we had to have His directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words meno abiding/living in us if we want our aiteo asked-prayers answered!  See Prophetic Rhema Words.

 

Every religion creates “special commandments, ordinances, precepts, rules, and regulations” to ergo ‘do/work’ in order to “curb the indulgence of the flesh” to stop sinning and become more holy/sanctified. But the OT Law of 613 commandments “cannot make anything perfect” and not only “reveals sin, it multiplies sin to make us exceeding sinful, and then kills us to be dead as a doornail!”  I’ve read on the internet that there are 500 or 1000 commandments for Christians to obey!  Lies!  Plan A doesn’t put this “heavy burden on us to carry.”  The Messiah has already sanctified or “set us apart or consecrated us as ‘special’ for God’s use, making us ‘clean’ and thus holy by His own sacrificial work to blot out or wash away all our sins forever to give us His Holiness in exchange for our sin – this atoning exchange called “propitiation” – and then instills within us His Holy Spirit to transform and renew us daily as we follow Him in intimate koinonia fellowship!  We can stop working for it and starting having trusting-relying-faith and instead thanking Him for it!

 

The completely-different-in-kind New Covenant Way or ministry of the Spirit has absolutely nothing to do with the old, antiquated, feeble, useless way, or ministry of the holy gramma writings. The NT says this so often because it was hard for Jews and religious Gentiles to believe it!  The Spirit alone can set us free from “the Law of sin and death!”  Now God’s instruction or Torah is the completely-different-in-kind New Law of only 2 commandments integrally connected into ONE from God:  “Trusting-relying-faith in the son He sent,” the “work of the Father that saves you,” and “unconditionally-loving one another as I have unconditionally-loved you,” “the completely-different-in-kind New Commandment or Law of Christ” that Jesus “gave My or His commandment to us,” written on our hearts, no longer on stone tablets or with ink on scrolls, so “there is absolutely-in-fact-NO need for anyone to write you concerning unconditional-love for the brethren, because you have already been taught by God.”  John says, “because of the Anointing of the Holy One, you have absolutely-in-fact-NO no need of any other teacher, because He actually, ongoingly teaches you about ALL things, especially to continue meno abiding/living in Christ.”  The OT prophetic “oracles of God” used to convert Jews to Christ, only 2.6% of the OT, were “infant’s milk” and “elementary ‘abc’ fundamentals” compared to the “solid food” of the Spirit’s teaching!   “The Wonderful Counselor” is within us as the Spirit of wisdom, revelation, discernment, enlightening-insight, and understanding given through prophecy, dreams, and visions and most often as a result of routine conversational-prayer – for certainly this is the will of God that He will be eager to answer! For this is “The Promise” of the New Covenant, not more graphe scripture that didn’t even work for the Jews in the old covenant!

 

Every religion creates “special ergon doings/works” to be ergo ‘done/worked’ into order to earn God’s favor, blessing, and unconditional-love or to avoid His just wrath and judgment. This is the old covenant or Law that saturates the 97.4% of OT such that Jesus, the NT writers, and modern Jews consider them the OT and Law as synonymous.  Plan A doesn’t because instead we are to simply ergo ‘do/work’ by “obedient steps of faith” in God’s unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace and unconditional-love through Christ, so that we can finally “rest from our ergon doing/works.”  We are to instead have trusting-relying-faith that surrenders control to God’s Spirit “to will and do His good pleasure IN us.”

 

Every religion puts God in a box to be taken out when we aiteo ask-pray or for a worship-service during “special events” like holy festivals, or taken out for “special days” like holy days, New Moons, Sabbaths, or Sundays at church, or taken out for “special times” like saying ‘grace’ for our food, or taken out for “special religious liturgical-ritual-services for God” like circumcisions, sacrifices, ordinations, consecrations, and water-baptisms.  Most churches call these “worship services!”  Plan A doesn’t!  Jesus and the NT writers practiced and taughtproseuche conversational-prayer at all times and/coupled places” because fellowship with God requires cultivation ‘of the garden’ by regular visitation, communication, and sharing of each other’s lives.  Christ’s conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well was to move her away from “special times and places” to “true worship by [singular] Spirit and/coupled [singular] Truth.”  Every day is “special” when we spend it together WITH the The Truth Son and His Holy Spirit!  Paul says “We are the true circumcision, whose liturgical-worship-service is by the Spirit of God and thus are putting no confidence in the flesh [of man-made religious liturgical-worship-services], now offering our bodies as living sacrifices to God, which is now the logical-way to liturgically-worship-serve God.”  The NT returns us back to biblical proseuche conversational-prayer which has always been considered the true worship of God that all the Prophets enjoyed.

 

Every religion has “special foods and drinks” and “spiritual disciples like fasting and asceticism.”  Plan A doesn’t!  Paul writes extensively of the “weak-in-The-Trusting-Relying-Faith” Jewish-Christians who practice such things, still enslaved by the yoke of the Law, and that such severities to the body, though appearing wise, are but man-taught rules, like ‘elementary abc fundamentals’ common to all self-imposed religion, which are of absolutely-in-fact-NO value in curbing the indulgence of the flesh.  They are “zealous, ceremonial, rituals and disciplines of holiness that are self-prescribed,” because Jesus doesn’t prescribe them!  Instead Jesus said that fasting is “the old wineskin that you can’t pour new wine in, or the old garment you can’t put a new unshrunk patch on, or both will ruined.” All the NT ‘proof texts’ for fasting crumble when examined carefully from the Greek manuscripts – see New Covenant Ways – BT2b.  These “fasting” references either pertain to Jewish-Christians struggling to break free from Judaism, as Paul kept urging them to do, or were from Catholic monks who added these into the later texts to justify their church laws – we can see their earlier additions in the margins later being added to the text – shame on them!  The OT never actually commanded fasting, but found only in the “tradition of the elders,” yet this shows up in later NT writings.  The fasting of Jesus in the wilderness was only mentioned in one account by a very Jewish Matthew and the idiom may actually mean “eating only of desert foods.”  Jesus and His disciples were accused of NOT fasting like John’s disciples and other Jews!  Jesus said, “It’s not what goes into a man that makes him unclean” and He and the other writers teach to “give thanks for ALL that God provides!”

 

 

 

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Conversational Prayer – BT3

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Relentless, devoted conversational-prayer is often required to experience Spirit-baptism for enabling-power

 

 

 

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Spirit-baptism is the enabling-power for metamorphic transformation, and this is only through the renewal of our hearts and minds by a habitual lifestyle of conversational-prayer!  The overwhelming teaching and historical evidence of the NT and subsequent early Church history, as well as the history of subsequent revivals, is that the outpouring, immersion, or filling of Spirit-baptism didn’t just occur once at Pentecost to start the Church or even once at a person’s water-baptism when they proseuchomai conversationally-prayed for this “promised grace-gift,” but occurred repetitively to the same Christians because of individual and corporate obedient steps of faith to clear NT imperatives to “be routinely filled by the Spirit” (a) and to be devoted to “routinely asking for this in proseuche conversational-prayer until they received this grace-gift of the Father” (b). It’s the only way to experience “Thy kingdom come…Thy will be done” (c)!  If your trusting-relying-faith is stuck in the bible, that’s all you get! <Notes> a) Ephesians 5:18, b) Matthew 7:11; Luke 11:13, c) Matthew 6:10; Luke 11:2.

 

Cessationism is a “doctrine of demons” taught by powerless men to keep Christians powerless! The early Church writers said you can’t separate the grace-gifts or signs & wonders from the fruit of the Spirit, because excluding the former is “cutting yourself off from the Vine so that you cannot bear fruit” (a).  The indwelling Spirit wasn’t a doctrine that you had to simply take by trusting-relying-faith – simply confessing the creeds and dogma that a later powerless Church came up with!  When the Spirit came into a new believer, there were visible signs of overwhelming unconditional-love, joy, peace, and exuberate worship, often with supernatural tongues and prophecy – hearing prophetic rhema words directly-spoken to you from God and then speaking them to God and others.  This was the evidence that a person actually does have Christ and is saved!  There was no wishing or guessing involved.  It was obvious to you and everybody else!  A lot of so-called Christians are not saved at all, though they may say they are. The NT is full of people saying one thing, but the NT writers saying they were tragically deceived. <Notes> a) John 15:4-7.

 

Paul “wants all Christians to earnestly desire the Spirit’s grace-gifts, all to proseuchomai conversationally-pray and sing by the Spirit in tongues, just like he does, but especially to prophecy.” “Apostling, prophesying, evangelizing/preaching, and shepherd-teaching” are the Spirit’s ongoing “grace-gifts to simply equip – coach and facilitate – the saints to do the ergon ‘doing/work’ of ministry,” according to Paul (a).  This is about Body-Ministry, not watching the referees and coaches play the football game!  Peter quoted the Prophet Joel on Pentecost (b) that said only “prophecy, even thru dreams and visions,” was the singular way God would speak to His “men and woman servants in the Last Days/Church Age.”  <Notes> a) Ephesians 4:7-12, b) Acts 2:17-19.

 

Many so-called ‘Christians’ are not only NOT saved, but they don’t have the supernatural enabling-power to stop practicing sin, because only The Truth, Jesus, by His indwelling Spirit “can set you free from the slavery of sin!  ONLY God’s Spirit poured into our hearts will cause us to keep His statutes and obey His ways” (a).  For the unconditional-love of/belonging-to God constrains or controls us; we unconditionally-love because He first unconditionally-loved us – this is not a doctrine but genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge!  “Self-control” is the end result or final ‘flavor’ of the [singular] fruit of the Spirit presently/ongoingly is-defined-as/exists-as Unconditional-Love!  It isn’t a word to study and try to do – you will fail miserably!  I actually heard 1 preacher say that you need to study and master the fruit of Unconditional-Love, and then study and master the fruit of joy, and then study and master the fruit of peaceful-rest, and keep doing this until you finally get to the 9th fruit of self-control. This is insane!  Karpos fruit is singular, not plural, and the first word agape Unconditional-Love is the direct object, just as 1 John 4:8, 16 says “God is-defined-as/exists-as agape Unconditional-Love” period, and the other 8 words are simply adjective-nouns describing the flavors of the singular fruit.  Also, what vine or tree have you ever seen that has 9 different kinds of fruit on it?  Insane!  Only after we filled by the Spirit of Unconditional-Love will we have peaceful-rest from our ergon ‘doing/works’ of holiness/sanctification attempts to be free from sin. Only then will we have food and drink for our hungering and thirsting for righteousness. <Notes> a) Ezekiel 11:20, 36:27; Philippians 2:13; Hebrews 13:21; 1 Corinthians 12:6, 15:10.

 

Plan A simply relies on a routine lifestyle habit of conversational-prayer, but every religion insists on something else or tries to put the cart before the horses by trying to do the ergon ‘doing/works’ ourselves through “spiritual disciplines” or “church programs” to get the “3 results that God promises” in the previous BLOG without following the “4 Parts of 1 obedient step of faith” also in the previous BLOG.  Religious people work to acquire the grace-gifts on their own or to earn it from God, but then they would NOT be by the unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace, and thus religious people won’t have enough trusting-relying-faith to follow these “4 Parts of 1 obedient step of faith” that “the righteous ones shall live by.” For more about the relentlessness of trusting-relying-faith, see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT16.  For more about the relentlessness of conversational-prayer, see Conversational-Prayer – BT19..

 

 

 

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Conversational Prayer – BT2

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A short summary of the study that led me to understand God’s simple ‘PLAN A’ from the previous BLOG – 4 Parts of 1 Obedient-Step with 3 Results

 

 

 

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Jesus ‘saved or restored’ God’s original ‘Plan A’ given even for the “least among you,” that God had spelled out to Moses to present to His people in Exodus 19 and 20 at Mt. Sinai, a plan that the people rejected but Moses obeyed. Thus only Moses received the benefits of a direct personal fellowship, and the people got what they wanted instead – a religion of indirect communication with God, “commandments expressed in ordinances” (a) through gramma writings (b), collected many years later as graphe scripture, and secondarily taught by a hierarchy of mere humans. But Jesus restored how God’s children were to relate to their Heavenly Father, by the “obedience of faith,” where the righteous ones live by trusting-relying-faith, from one obedient step of faith to another” (c), thus the thesis statement of Paul’s “Book of Romans,” the gospel explained to Gentiles. For the full 34 page documentation fo this summary, Contact Us.   <Notes> a) Ephesians 2:15, b) with ink:  Romans 2:27, 7:6; 2 Corinthians 3:7; 2 Timothy 3:15, versus by the Spirit:  2 Corinthians 3:3, 6; Romans 2:29, c) Romans 1:5, 17, 16:26.

 

Jesus calls us to “repent or return” to Exodus’ ‘Plan A’ of 1 simple “step of faith” – for purposes of explanation I’ve broken it into 4 parts – to enjoy a genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of God through intimate koinonia fellowship, where God comes near/close-beside us to get a close-up look at us or to quiz/examine His disciples/students to ascertain what they really know and to help them to learn it better:

 

Part 1:  No longer continue to stand far off in doubt and fear as the Israelites did at Mt. Sinai, but instead have child-like, trusting-relying-faith with reverential submission, yet with the child-like confidence to boldly claim what God desires to freely give His beloved children – that’s the actual meaning of routine aiteo “asking” in prayer!

 

Part 2:  Truly be Christ’s “disciple or follower” by being presently, ongoingly, repeatedly, persistently, routinely-as-a-lifestyle, relentlessly like a little child continually crying out to their parents, abidingly, always-at-all-times, unceasingly, without-wavering, and patiently-enduring, and thus being single-mindedly, whole-heartedly, sincerely, truthfully, delightfully, urgently cravingly with a hunger and thirst, and earnestly or diligently taking the “obedient step of faith” that Jesus and the early Church were singularly devoted to, which is:

 

Part 3:  A dialogue of proseuche conversational-prayer, not just a monologue of petitioning God with deesis prayer-supplications, by simply doing:

 

Part 4:  Going up, coming toward, or drawing near to God through Mt. Sinai’s darkness, i.e., past our doubts and fears, “to where God is,” and then calling on, crying out to, asking, seeking, searching for, pursuing, knocking, waiting-patiently upon, being still or quiet or taking a vacation or resting from our works, watching attentively with the eyes of our heart to see the Lord’s prophetic visions and dreams (a), fixing our eyes upon, gazing with wide-open eyes at, setting our minds on, listening with our inner man’s ears carefully to understand the Lord’s voice of directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words. <Notes> a) the oldest book of Job says this is where God “opens the ears of men to give warnings.”

 

That’s what biblical proseuche conversational-prayer really is, which Jesus says is the “true worship of the Father by [singular] Spirit and/coupled [singular] The Truth,” where Paul’s teaching about the “renewing of our minds/hearts” actually does occur – not by reading the bible or hearing a sermon preached from it!

 

These 4 Parts are simply ONEobedient step of faith” asked of us in the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant.  Radically simple!  Don’t get hung up on all the words the bible uses above to describe the same thing!  The title of the study really boils it all down.  God’s PLAN A for us is simply to have:

 

An intimately experiential, abundantly fulfilling, powerfully transforming, and abiding fellowship with God by: 

 

 

  • Devoted, restfully-waiting, stillfully-watching, quietly-listening, worshipful, conversational-prayer dialogue where any routine asking, seeking, and knocking is for God’s Promised Holy Spirit to fill us with all the fullness of God Himself!

 

I, like many others, have had the hardest time with Part 2 above: “routinely-as-a-lifestyle, relentlessly like a little child . . . patiently-enduring . . . and thus being single-mindedly, whole-heartedly . . .  proseuchomai conversationally-praying” – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT16, for these 4 reasons:

 

  1. Mistaking this for a “performance-work” to earn God’s favor and thus falling into a Law-mentality – see Obedience Steps of Faith – BT17.

 

  1. Not fully believing that Part 3 above of “a conversational dialogue of devoted relational prayer” is the only NT “spiritual discipline or devotion” that will accomplish the “3 results that God promises” below – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT27.

 

  1. Being easily distracted and preoccupied instead with accumulating religious gnosis info-knowledge through much bible reading, study, and sermons as so many bible colleges, books, and churches have drilled into me – see Bible Info.

 

  1. Being easily distracted by the many worries, pleasures, and comforts of this world!

 

 

Here are 3 results that God promises for ergon ‘doing/working’ the 4 Parts above of ONEobedient step of faith.” If we relentlessly draw near as a little child to our Father UNTIL He comes near/close-beside us to ascertain what His disciples/students really know in order to help them learn it better, then we really are Christ’s disciples/followers – not just ‘believers’ – and these supernatural things will actually be done BY God ergo ‘doing/working’ in us – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT21:

 

  1. The adoring, reverential awe or true worship of God by the Spirit of The Truth will come over or shine upon us as the glory of God, because we will have found WHO we are looking for, received WHO we are asking for, and the door to this “intimate, dining-together koinonia fellowship” was opened by the WHO of Jesus! “The kingdom of God and His righteousness we seek” are not 2 ‘what’s, where’s, or how’s’ of religion to zealously do but instead 2 “WHO’s to intimately know” – the Spirit and The Son, for they represent and serve the Father.” The object of our proseuche conversational-prayer is the presence of God Himself.

 

  1. In addition to Himself, God desires to give whatever we routinely aiteo ask for, but only if it is according to “the will of God.” However, the NT doesn’t often explicitly state in gramma writings what that is for a reason, and when it does it’s usually very broad, because “holy gramma writings” are “the way” of the OT.  Instead the NT’s way is “discerned through revelation by the wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and insight of the Holy Spirit particularly through a genuine, experential, relational epignosis knowledge of God” as cultivated only by proseuche conversational-prayer.  Jesus said you can only be confident that your deesis prayer-supplications will be answered if you are meno abiding/living in Him and/coupled His directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words are meno abiding/living in you – not bible verses of “holy gramma writings!”  You can’t really follow Jesus as one of His sheep unless you first can akouo hear/listen-to-understand/know His Voice!  There is no indication that Jesus is speaking figuratively – He means His sheep are defined as those who actually akouo hear/listen-to-understand/know His Voice and consequently follow Him!

 

  1. Finally God promises all the riches of His glory as well, but this is God’s ergon ‘doing/work’ so that we can “peacefully-rest from our ergon doings/works” to receive the “peaceful-rest of the Holy Spirit that is beyond understanding.” Then this glory of the Spirit, whose [singular] fruit/productive-essence is Unconditional-Love, the essential-nature of God, will Spirit-baptize us with all the abundant-fullness of God in order to:

 

  • Genuinely, experientially, relationally epiginosko know God and mentally grasp The Unconditional-Love of/belonging to Christ, which is actually The Truth of God, through the enabling-power of the Spirit’s revelational wisdom, discernment, understanding, and insight within our innermost being, which exceeding surpasses all gnosis info-knowledge, as Paul often declared.

 

  • Only then will the darkness of doubts and fear of judgment flee with the coming of Christ’s light and unconditional-love, because Christ’s “perfect/complete unconditional-love casts out all fear, because fear has to do with judgment.”

 

  • Only by being connected to and by meno abiding/living in the Vine of Christ will we experience the zoe genuine-life of Christ from the Breath of God, the Holy Spirit. I can’t forget that dream where the Massive Head of Christ was hovering over an ADHD-busy robotic body, always moving to its next “thing to do,” much like Martha serving Jesus and the apostles, but when it stayed still long enough for the Head to connect to it, like Mary at the feet of Jesus, I then felt an intoxicating surge of life as I inhaled my first breath, like I had never been alive before, but before long the Body-of-Christ would move to the next “to-do” of its programs and schedules. The “equippers” pushing the saints into these are part of The Great Wall quenching the Holy Spirit in the Church.

 

  • Only then will we bear much fruit unto God, because not only will we intimately know the [singular] fruit/essence of God’s Spirit who is Unconditional-Love, but we will be filled with the enabling-power of God to actually “both desire and do God’s will.” Jesus says, “Apart from Me you can absolutely-in-fact-NOT do anything!” The Greek is clear that “If we are meno abiding/living in/by/with Christ’s unconditional-love, then we will have the enabling-power’s self- constraint/control to obey God’s commandments” – and there are only 2 – not vice-versa as too many English bibles say, putting the cart before the horses!

 

  • “Resisting the devil so that he will flee from us” is a by-product of a surrendering koinonia communion with Jesus. “Resisting” doesn’t mean “standing or moving forward to fight.” God showed me in a vision that I must turn/repent and flee/retreat from the repetitive waves of the world’s sin crashing up against me, running to a sea-cave in the Massive Rock – Jesus, “the Petra Rock He builds His Church on” – that created a cliff along the seashore. But then He told me to continue walking deep inside it until I was in the middle, safe from the drowning waters near the entrance, but that it would take even more “obedient steps of faith” to walk into “the thick darkness” of the cave.  No amount of Zechariah 4:6’s “might or power” human way to relate to that towering Rock Wall of God’s holiness would save me!  Jesus told me that this is what He meant by “meno abiding in/by/with the Vine for zoe genuine-life or enabling-power to bear any fruit” – continuing until you are in the middle of, living in relation to, living by the means of, and living with the instrumentality of the Vine, who is Christ. Remember that Jesus said we could only expect to receive answers to deesis prayer-supplications if we were meno dwelling ‘in the middle’ of Christ and Christ’s directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words were meno living ‘in the middle’ of us – that’s the only way to genuinely, experientially, relationally epiginosko know the will of God!  The deeper in the cave I travelled the quieter it got, until there was no outside noise.  That’s when I could really akouo hear-to-understand/know God talking to me!  See also 11-21-2021 Vision on Feeling meno connected to Jesus.  That’s the secret of answered proseuche conversational-prayer – going deeper to actually akouo hearing-to-understand/knowing the will of God for yourself!

 

 

 

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Categories: Conversational Prayer

12-23-2021 Revelation – Lambano receiving promised gifts of God by grace to epignosko experience them thru koinonia sharing

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I’m in my favorite park to do anointed, prophetic, spontaneous drum videos, but I have a powerful message the Lord gave me the night before that will determine if you get to genuinely, experientially, relationally epignosko know the many awesome promises of God’s agathos ‘excellently good, joyful, and beneficial’ grace-gifts He wants to give to you by His unconditionally loving-favor-of-grace through intimate koinonia relationship together-with Him.

 

Some of the confusion about receiving gifts from the Lord is caused by poor bible translation – see Bible Info.  The English word “receive” meaning “to get or be given something, to react to something in a specific way, to welcome someone in usually a formal way” is very ambiguous and doesn’t reflect accurately the 2 distinctly different Greek words used in the New Testament, so English bibles have really confused matters by translating both “receive!”  Dechomai is passive and accommodating, but Lambano active and aggressive.  Dechomai is “warmly-welcoming as with a fond friend,” but this can vary from a visual or verbal greeting from afar to a simple or firm handshake to even a hug or a kiss, so the context may give a clue!  Lambano “grabbing hold of to possess for yourself” goes further by ‘bringing it in’ so para close-beside you and inside you that you take personally ownership of it!  All the important Truth of the New Testament has to go beyond dechomai and deeper into lambano for you to actually genuinely, experientially, relationally epiginosko know how agathos ‘excellently good, joyful, and beneficial’ these grace-gifts are, because it takes this level of meno ‘abiding connection-to’ them through koinonia intimate-fellowship with them and the Giver!

 

He showed me 3 responses to His grace-gift that produce 3 results:

 

1.  Yes, He personally offers the grace-gift to you, but you outright say ‘No’ to the Giver by rejecting Him in disbelief, so this instantly produces a ‘Yes – No = NO’ result.

 

2.  Yes, He personally offers the grace-gift to you, but you only ‘Yes’ dechomai ‘passively, warmly-welcoming as a fond friend’ some aspect of the grace-gift but then give a ‘No’ answer by NOT lambano ‘actively, grabbing hold of it to possess for yourself’ by ‘bringing it in’ para close-beside you to fully ‘own it,’ especially through using it in order to genuinely, experientially, relationally epiginosko know it because of your koinonia intimate-relationship to it, so this still produces a ‘Yes – Yes – No = NO’ result.

 

3.  Yes, He personally offers the grace-gift to you, and ‘Yes’ you dechomai ‘passively, warmly-welcome as a fond friend’ and also ‘Yes’ lambano ‘actively, grab hold of to possess for yourself,’ and so this produces a ‘Yes – Yes – Yes = YES’ result. Jesus doesn’t want us to swear oaths at all, but to simply make our ‘Yes’ a Yes or our ‘No’ a No, so that we will not fall under condemnation (Matthew 5:33-37; James 5:12), especially since God’s gospel logos message to you has not been ‘Yes – No,’ but in Him it is always ‘Yes – Yes’ (2 Corinthians 1:18-19).

 

In the video the Lord gave me an excellent analogy of how all this works with a Fed-x delivery of an awesome Christmas Present with beautiful wrapping inside a box sent from the Giver personally to you, so valuable that He insured it so you have to sign for it.  Listen to the video for amazing details.  The bolded, underlined text are links on my website that thoroughly discuss these subjects for even more depth!

 

Application:

 

1.  What is God’s promised grace-gift for Me because of His great unconditional-love for Me that desires only agathos ‘excellently good, joyful, and beneficial’ things in my life, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares Yahweh, plans to give you a hopeful-future of shalom/eirene ‘wholistic, reconciling, peaceful-rest’ and ou me ‘absolutely in fact and in possibility NOT’ for ra/kakos bad-or-evil” (Jeremiah 29:11):

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2.  Lord, I physically open my hands to “Let Go and Let God” of whatever I am holding on to, which I am saying or doing concerning my identity that is keeping me from receiving Your grace-gift:

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3.  I physically, mentally, and emotionally dechomai ‘passively, warmly-welcome as a fond friend’ this grace-gift ‘into my house’ but I know I must go further to “make my ‘Yes’ a Yes.”

 

4.  I physically, mentally, and emotionally lambano ‘actively, grab hold of to possess for myself’ this grace-gift from Your offering Hand and ‘bring it in’ para close-beside me as ‘inner-circle’ best friend, even into my psyche soul’s identity of intellect, emotions, and will, even within my innermost spirit.

 

5.  I declare-as-the-truth and decree by the name/authority of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, that I NOW fully ‘own it’ because it is NOW fully mine. NOW I can genuinely, experientially, relationally epiginosko know this grace-gift in koinonia intimate-relationship together-with IT and its GIVER.

 

6.  Thank you Father so much for this blessing solely given by Your unconditionally-loving-favor-of-grace so that I cannot boast. Therefore, I also dechomai ‘passively, warmly-welcome as a fond friend’ and lambano ‘actively, grab hold of to possess for myself’ any instructions You have on how to best use this grace-gift to get the most agathos ‘excellently good-and-joyful benefit’ from in order to epiginosko experience that “super-abundant zoe genuine-life that Jesus came to bring” (John 10:10).

 

7.  Amen “So Be It”

 

 

 

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Categories: My Rhema & Logos

Water-Baptism – BT6

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Water-baptism is a required part of the ‘Great Commission’ to go and make disciples of all nations

 

 

 

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We touched on this already in Water-Baptism – BT2In the ‘Great Commission’ of Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus said to His apostles to:  “Definitively/wholly poreuomai already having therefore ‘transported/gone to another place,’ [I strongly urge you to] definitively/wholly matheteuo make-disciples-of ALL the nations, routinely baptizo water-baptizing them eis ‘toward and reaching the goal of’ the [singular] name/authority of-the Father and/coupled of-the Son and/coupled of-the Holy Spirit, routinely teaching them to tereo ‘watch-carefully/guard to maintain/preserve/keep-intact’ hosos how-ever-many that I have entollomai ‘officially decreed/commanded as universally-binding’ you.”

 

The parallel passage in Mark 16:15-16 has Jesus saying a similar thing: “Definitively/wholly poreuomai already having ‘transported/gone to another place,’ eis ‘toward and reaching the goal of’ the pas whole world [of people], [I strongly urge you to] definitively/wholly kerusso proclaim-herald-preach [the logos message of] the gospel to pas all that creation.  The [one] who has definitively/wholly had trusting-relying-faith kai and/coupled definitively/wholly has been baptizo water-baptized shall actually be saved; however, the [one who] had definitively/wholly not-had-trusting-relying-faith will be condemned.”   This passage is usually considered the earlier, shorter version of the ‘Great Commission.’  Notice the same structure of assuming they have already ‘gone into the whole world”, the imperative’s strong-urging of Jesus, but here Matthew’s “disciple-making by routinely water-baptizing” of Matthew’s “all the nations” or Mark’s “the whole world [of people] . . . all that creation [of people]” must therefore equate to “proclaiming/preaching the gospel that brings the whole world’s people to take 2 coupled required actions in order to “actually be saved”:  1) “definitively/wholly have trusting-relying-faith kai and/coupled 2) “definitively/wholly be baptizo water-baptized.”  And the opposite of this that meets with condemnation is simplified to “NOT definitively/wholly having trusting-relying-faith.”  Adjoined phrases in Greek are NOT separate ideas but the same parallel idea described 2 ways for clarification and emphasis, much like poetic stanzas are.  As we have seen in previous BLOGs and Obedient Steps of Faith – BT15, the NT writers understood that genuine trusting-relying-faith that actually saves you is a process of 5 steps – see Salvation – BT1.  And here we see here that this last opposite “condemnation” phrase in parallel means that that not being condemned salvation thus requires a trusting-relying-faith that includes water-baptism, made even clearer by the kai coupling of trusting-relying-faith to water-baptism!

 

Let’s now ‘unpack’ Matthew’s version:  “Go” and “make disciples” are both Greek aorist tense verbs that tell of the timing – the chronology relative to the other actions in the verses.  The aorist passive participle of poreuomai “go” is better translated, “You-all [11 apostles], already having been [passively] definitively/wholly transported to other destinations [by My orders and thru the Holy Spirit as we see in the book of Acts].  The aorist participle puts this in the past relative to the other verbs in the sentence of “making disciples, water-baptizing, and teaching.”  It is assumed they will be ‘marching’ to other ports!

 

The Greek verb matheteuo formake-disciples-of” is used only 3 other times.  In Matthew 27:57 it literally means, “who also himself was disciple-by Jesus.”  In Matthew 13:52 it’s translated “has become-a-disciple-of … the kingdom of heaven.”  In Acts 14:21, it is translated “had made-many-disciples” as something done additionally to preaching the gospel logos message. This could explain why Mark 16:15-16’s shorter version of the ‘Great Commission’ doesn’t mention “disciple-making” – Jesus assumed it in the preaching of the gospel, but by Matthew’s version and Acts 14:21, clarification needed to be made? It should have been common knowledge that a disciple is one who “voluntarily takes on the disciplines given to him by his leader in the process of learning from and following him.”

 

Jesus said His disciples would have to make hard choices to follow Him, even leaving family members (a), bearing your own cross of self-denial and of persecution from others (b), and renouncing everything for Jesus (c).  You can’t just agree with His gospel logos message for a little while, you have to meno ‘abide, remain, continue, live with’ His gospel logos message in order to actually be set free (d).  An endurance of trusting-relying-faith is required to be truly saved – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT16Unconditionally-loving one another proves we are His disciples, and is our only true witness to the world (e), for certainly this is the “proving” fruit that glorifies the Father (f).  The only 2 NT commandments of “Trusting-relying-faith and unconditional-love” are intergrally tied together throughout the NT – see Only 2 Commandment – BT6. <Notes> a) Luke 14:26, b) Matthew 16:24; Luke 14:27, c) Luke 14:33, d) John 8:31, e) John 13:35, f) John 15:8.

 

Jesus didn’t use the imperative to strongly urge the apostles to “make believers” or people who simply ‘mentally-agree with’ the gospel logos message they preached about Jesus as their Messiah or Savior – that’s not the definition of having pistis trusting-relying-faith – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT2.  Nor to get people to simply confess the Creeds of the Christian faith, because that is not the definition of repentance – see  Surrender Control or the meaning of confession – see also Obedient Steps of Faith – BT15.

 

A “disciple” is much more – those who have made Jesus the Lord/Master of their life – and Jesus is about to further define the “disciple-making” process in Matthew’s account.  The earliest confessions of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith were “Jesus is Messiah-Savior and Lord!”  Here the imperative verb “make-disciples-of” is indicating Christ’s central strong-urging for which all the other verbs relate.  It’s assumed that once the 11 apostles have poreuomai already ‘transported/gone to another place’ that it was for the purpose of “making disciples,” not just enjoying the view, doing business, or just preaching the gospel.  Again, the aorist tense means that Christ is viewing the action as a whole, for certainly discipleship is a lifetime process.  Because of the imperative Jesus could also be emphasizing it definitively – “get it done as good as done!” Now, the next 2 present participles actually describe adjectively what goes on in “making disciples.”

 

The present active participle of baptizo Water-baptizing is better translated, “you-all [11 apostles], ‘routinely as a lifestyle habit’ be water-baptizing.”  Yes, water-baptizing people was supposed to be their habit of “making disciples” or followers of Jesus.  It’s erroneous to think that you can be saved without being a follower of Jesus – “whoever does absolutely-in-fact-NOT presently/ongoingly takes up his cross and/coupled presently/ongoingly follows Me is absolutely-in-fact-NOT worthy of Me” (a), and “My sheep akouo hear/listen-to-understand/know My Voice and/coupled I experientially, relationally ginosko know THEM and/coupled THEY follow Me” (b), and “If anyone serves Me, he MUST follow Me – and/so where I AM, there will also be My servant” (c).  Thee will be a lot of so-called ‘Believers’ of Jesus at Judgment Day who never became followers/disciples of Jesus because they were never water-baptized, but then in actuality they are “absolutely-in-fact-NOT worthy of Jesus” and are “NOT His sheep or relationally known by Him” and certainly are “NOT His servants to be where Jesus is now.”  What a rude awakening it will be for them to face hell instead! <Notes> a) Matthew 10:38, 16:24, cf. 8:22, 19:21; Mark 8:34, 10:21; Luke 9:23, 59, 18:22, b) John 10:27, c) John 12:26.

 

But that’s not all is required for “making-disciples!”  The next present active participle is didasko “teaching,” but in context this doesn’t mean teaching them to obey everything that Jesus taught about on every subject – and remember, most never got written down (a).  Too many preachers have made this their mission but it wasn’t Christ commission.  If it were, you would never finish working with even 1 believer in order to make Him a disciple!  Nope!  Jesus said instead: “routinely as a lifestyle habit’ teaching them to tereo ‘watch-carefully/guard to maintain/preserve/keep-intact’ hosos how-ever-many/ that I have entollomai ‘officially decreed/commanded as universally-binding’ you.”  A careful study will reveal only 2 such commandments in the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant, so perfectly combined in 1 John 3:23:  “And this is God’s [singular] entole commandment:  that we should definitively/wholly have trusting-relying-faith in the name/authority of His Son Jesus Christ and/coupled presently/ongoingly should unconditionally-love one-another-reciprocally, just as He (Jesus Christ) already has given [singular] entole commandment to us.  This was the catechism taught as part of the gospel logos message to become disciples.  The 1st entole commandment from the Father is directed to unbelievers to enter into His unconditional-love – see Logos Word of God – BT15.  The 2nd entole commandment from the Son is directed to believers to live His life of unconditional-love thru them for witness/testimony to bring the kingdom of God to earth – see Logos Word of God – BT16. Again, there are a lot of components taught about each of these commandments in order to be obeyed – even 1 John goes into great length about each, but particularly the unconditional-love these believers are struggling with.  Both are required to be disciples/followers of Jesus and thus to be saved. <Notes> a) John 21:25.

 

 

 

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Categories: Water-Baptism

Water-Baptism – BT5

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Jewish water-baptism was NOT something new to NT Jewish-Christians but required for confession and repentance from sin

 

 

 

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In the OT, ritual purification of a thing or person was always by complete immersion so that all parts of the thing or person were cleansed by the ritual, especially considering that the main Hebrew word mikvah was used of the “collection or gathering of the waters” (a). King Solomon’s temple had a 15 foot diameter x 7.5 foot high basin along with 10, 240 gallon basins for this ritual (b). The mikvah is also the basin or “vessel” in which the ceremonial washing occurs. Ancient mikvahs dating from before the late 1st century can be found throughout the land of Israel as well as in historic communities of the Jewish Diaspora (c). The Jews believed that immersion in water was absolutely necessary and that the water must touch every part of the body to become ritually katharos ‘clean, purged, pure, unmixed.’ <Notes> a) Genesis 1:9, b) 1 Kings 7:23, 7:38 and 2 Chronicles 4:2, c) after the temple was destroyed in 70 A.D.

 

The mikvah is so important to the Jews that an Orthodox community is required to construct a mikvah before building a synagogue. The “living waters” collected from a spring or a cistern collection of water are the only waters considered katharos ‘clean, purged, pure, unmixed’ for use in the mikvah (a), which is thus considered a hagionholy place” (b). Leviticus 15:5-10 details the process of total immersion of the whole person (c), or total immersion of clothes or other things that have been kabac defiled. In modern Judaism, the OT mikvah is used interchangeably with rabbinic tevilah (c). <Notes> a) Leviticus 11:36, Numbers 19:17, b) Leviticus 16:24, c) rachatz or rabbinic tevilah; louo means “bathe or wash the whole person, but not a part of them as would be the word nipto,” as distinguished in John 13:10.

 

However, all Jews, Aaron and his high-priest sons still had to be rachatz/louo completely bathed with water per Leviticus 8:6 (a). The Levites as priests had to be taher purged by sprinkling them from the main bath of the mikvah, shaving their whole body, and washing their clothes after first being completely rachatz/louo washed and made katharos “clean” per Leviticus 8:6 above. All these rituals ceremonially purified them (b). The priest or household member that touches anything akathartos “unclean” (c) cannot eat the sacrifices of God until they are bathed completely “clean” (rachatz/louo) per Leviticus 22:7 and 17:15-16 (d). <Notes> a) cf. Exodus 29:4, 40:12; Leviticus 16:24, b) Numbers 8:5-7, 15, 21, c) a corpse, a man who has a seminal emission, a woman during her menstruation or childbirth, anything with a swarm of flies on it, a person with a skin disease or other bodily emission, eating an animal that died of natural causes or torn by beasts, or an “unclean” person like a Gentile, d) see also Leviticus 13:34-37, 58-59, 14:8-9, 15:7-11, 13, 16-18, 21-22, 27- 28, 16:28, 19:10, Deuteronomy 23:10-11; Exodus19:10, 14; Numbers 31:21-34.

 

What about regular Jews who somehow became “unclean” and what about the [by default] “unclean” Gentiles that camped with the Jews? Under Leviticus 16:19-34, the Day of Atonement would cleanse them from ALL their sins, but God also had a “permanent ordinance” for frequent cleansings (a), lest “that person must be cut off from among the community, because he has polluted the sanctuary of the Lord; the water of purifications were not sprinkled on him, so he is unclean.” <Notes> a) Numbers 19:20.

 

Synonymous to rachatz/louo bathing/washing above is tabal/baptizo/baptismos, which means “to plunge or immerse.” Elisha, the prophet, told Naaman, the commander of the king of Syria who had leprosy, to go rachatz/louo bath/wash in the Jordan 7 times to made “clean” and be healed. . . Naaman’s servants said “It seems you should be happy that he simply said, ‘rachatz/louo bath/wash and be clean’. . . So Naaman went down and tabal/baptizo plunged/immersed himself 7 times in the Jordan according to the saying . . . (a). We can see this synonymous link between terms in the NT “doctrine of baptismos baptisms” of Hebrews 6:2 and 9:10 that link OT practices of shataf or netilah yadayim/baptizo washing of hands and the kabac/baptismos washings of cups, pots, and kettles (b). <Notes> a) 2 Kings 5:10, 13-15, b) Mark 7:4.

 

According to Strong’s Lexicon, the word baptizo for “plunge, submerge, immerse, make fully wet, wash” is slightly distinguished from bapto for “dip into as to cover wholly with a fluid, to moisten a part of a person, to stain or dye to color something.” To show this difference, in 200 B.C., Nicander, a Greek poet and doctor wrote a recipe for making pickles: “The vegetable is first bapto dipped-temporarily into boiling water, but then baptizo immersed-permanently into vinegar.”  Dipping doesn’t affect permanent change!

 

Tevilah rabbinic baptism by immersion was (and still is) a strict ceremony! The person has to remove anything that would be an obstacle between the body and the water. Any intervention that prevented the water from reaching a part of the body rendered the immersion invalid. For example, all clothes and jewelry have to be removed, and women have to remove braids, hair accessories, make-up, nail polish, or anything else but the body and the water. Jewish Law requires at least 3 witnesses (usually magistrates) to be present for certain immersions, as ordained by the Sanhedrin in the time of Christ. Then the priest examined the situation to confirm the presence of any impurities and provided instruction for cleansing. Later, after the physical cleansing was completed and after the impurity was eradicated, additional rituals were performed for further ceremonial cleansing. When all of this was completed, the priest could finally declare that ‘cleanliness’ had been re-established. The Torah required full immersion for the cleansing ceremony to valid.

 

The same exacting care went into gerim Gentile proselyte baptism, but with even more requirements!  The proselyte must begin to learn the Jewish religion, Law, and customs, and begin to observe them, which generally takes at least one year to experience each of the Jewish holidays. After the teaching is complete, the proselyte is brought before a rabbinic court, which examines the proselyte and determines whether he or she is ready to become a Jew. If the proselyte passes their oral examination, the rituals of conversion are performed. If the convert is male, he is circumcised. If he was already circumcised, a pinprick of blood is drawn for a symbolic circumcision. Both male and female converts are made ceremonially “clean” through tevilah/mikveh whole-body self-immersion via total rachatz/louo bathing/washing of the body – the witnesses weren’t allowed to touch them. The proselyte would make a “confession of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith” before the witnesses and then would totally immerse themselves by placing themselves in a sitting or fetal position under the water with a witness or “baptizer” doing the officiating. They would then stretch themselves back into a standing position (a), reciting another blessing as they rose from the water. Water-baptizing “in the name of” was a reference to the witnesses being present – it declared the authority from whom they were water-baptized. The convert is then given a Jewish name and can now be introduced into the Jewish community. The children of proselytes need not go through these rituals. Only then can the proselyte enter into the Temple to worship God and offer sacrifices for their sin. Non-public or “secret” (private) immersions were not acknowledged as valid. Can you see why early Christian water-baptism was always a very public testimony of their “confession of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith”? <Notes> a) “straightaway out of the water,” just as Jesus did at His water-baptism.

 

Did the Jews of Jesus’ day believe this actually purified the Gentiles? You bet! According the debates by Shammai and Hillel, both contemporaries of Jesus, a “Gentile is made … like a child new born.” The Talmud teaches that a person enters the waters as the “womb of the world,” dies to himself, is buried, and emerges on the other side a “little child just born” or “child of one day” and thus hagios sanctified/separate or “clean” from the pagan “unclean” world. Water-baptism symbolized moving from a state of impurity to purity. This sure sounds like a “born again” experience to me – see Salvation – BT8. Jesus was likely using terms that Nicodimus should have been very familiar with!  In fact, rabbinic literature use the term “born again” in 6 places, each of them for a lifechanging experience, water-baptism: 1) of Gentile converts, 2) At the crowning of a king, 3) At a boy’s embracing of God’s covenant at 13, 4) at marriage, 5) at becoming a rabbi, and 6) at becoming the head of a rabbinic school.

 

Tevilah rabbinic baptism by immersion required a day of repentance. According to 12th century Moses Maimonides, regarded by many as the greatest Jewish philosopher, declared that ritual cleansings “are to be treated as divine statutes which baffle human understanding . . . that the regulations concerning uncleanness and cleanness are decrees of the Holy Writ, and do not belong to the subjects which a man can rationally explain. They thus belong to the category of statutes. Similarly the act of immersion to rid oneself of impurity belongs to that class of ‘statutes’ because defilement is not material filth that can be removed by water. It is but a decree of the Holy Writ, and the removal is dependent upon the intention of the heart. (a). On that account the Sages said, ‘If a man immersed himself without specific intention, it is as though he had not immersed himself at all.’ In the same way that a person who directs his heart to self-purification attains cleanness as soon as he immerses although there has been no physical change in him, so the person who directs his heart to purify his soul from spiritual impurities, such as iniquitous thoughts and evil notions, becomes clean as soon as he determines in his heart to keep apart from these courses, and bathes his soul in the waters of the pure knowledge.” <Notes> a) This is the exact language of 1 Peter 3:21 “Water-baptism . . . now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an “a request/appeal to God for a clear conscience free of sin” though I’d rather take the Greek ‘as is’ for the Holy Spirit working together with the person because of their surrender to help them mentally experience their reaching of God, but ALL of this saves them only because it is REALIZED thru the resurrection of Christ” – see Water-Baptism – BT4.

 

The Encyclopedia Judaica describes repentance as: “Repentance is a prerequisite for divine forgiveness:  God will not pardon man unconditionally but waits for him to repent. In repentance, man must experience genuine remorse for the wrong he has committed and then convert his penitential energy into concrete acts. Two sub-stages are discernable in the latter process: first the negative one of ceasing to do evil and then the second, the positive step of doing good. It is a call to return to God, or t’shuvah ‘to return.’ The motion of turning/returning implies that sin is not an ineradicable stain but a straying from the path, and that by the effort of turning – a power God has given to all men – the sinner can redirect his (or her) destiny.”

 

Is it any wonder that people confessed their sins at their water-baptisms per Matthew 3:6, Mark 1:5?  It was standard practice for repentance in all forms of cleansing – see also Surrender Control.  There is so much more written on the details of water-baptism, but you can see from the facts here, that total-body immersion water-baptism was actually a requirement for salvation – it simply was expected!

 

 

 

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The NT and early Church didn’t separate the required ergon ‘doings/works’ of salvation

 

 

 

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See also Salvation and Obedient Steps of Faith – BT15. The Obedient Steps of Faith for salvation require these five components:  1) akouo hearing/listening-to-understand/know the gospel logos message of Jesus Christ who is The Truth2) the routine having of trusting-relying-faith in Jesus as your Messiah-Savior, the “Anointed-One” Christ, and Supreme-Lord-Master of your life, 3) repenting or turning from sin to the Lord, 4) publicly confessing your sin and confessing “Jesus is the Christ as Savior and Lord/Master,” 5) and then being water-baptized to “welcome and grab-hold-of” the Spirit-baptism.  Leave any out and don’t bet on being saved when you stand before the Father at the Great White Throne Day of Judgment.

 

All Jewish-Christians simply did all 5 steps above because that is what they were accurately taught, believing they were integrated and inseparable for salvation. The internal reality and the outward display of trusting-relying-faith can’t be separated, for “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks,” even evil (a), and “the good person, out of the agathos good-natured (b) treasure of his heart, prophero ‘bears/produces forward or forth’ agathos good-nature (b, c), and “you will genuinely, experientially, relationally epignosko know them by their fruit” (d). The soteria process of salvation (e) isn’t something that can be separated from our mouth and actions!  Paul’s mission was to “bring the Gentiles to obedience – by logos message [from their mouths] and deed” (f) and said, “Whatever you DO, by logos message [from their mouths] or deed, DO everything in the name/authority of the Lord Jesus” (g). This separation of the body’s actions from the mind/spirit’s beliefs doesn’t come from the Jewish thinking behind most of the NT, but from the Greek philosophy of “dualism” (h) that crept into the later Catholic Church, and more so by religious rationalism by the Catholic St. Thomas Aquinas (i) that combined with empiricism to create the scientific method (j). This all greatly added more “traditions of men.” Do your own homework on water-baptism (k). <Notes> a) Matthew 12:34, 15:18-19; Mark 7:21, b) agathos: “good natured, pleasantly joyful, excellent or distinguished and thus useful, upright, or honorable.”, c) Luke 6:45, d) Matthew 7:16, 20, e) soteria/soterias is a process of deliverance, reconciliation, and restoration to healthy wholeness, f) Romans 15:18, g) Colossians 3:17, h) the universe consists of separate good/mind versus evil/matter, i) 1224-1274 AD, j) 1473-1642 AD, k) Matthew 3:11, 28:19; Mark 1:4, 16:16; Luke 3:3, 24:47; Acts 2:38, 41, 8:12-13, 16, 36-38, 9:18, 10:47-48, 16:15, 33, 18:8, 25, 19:3-5, 22:16; 1 Corinthians 1:13- 17, 12:13; Galatians 3:27; Ephesians 4:5; Colossians 2:12; and 1 Peter 3:21.

 

The apostle Peter didn’t try to separate the components of salvation, even in the first sermon of the Church where he uses the imperative to strongly urge the Jews in Acts 2:38-39, “Repent (a) and/coupled be water-baptized every one of you in the name/authority of Jesus Christ eis ‘toward and reaching the goal of’ the forgiveness of your sins, kai and-then you will lambano ‘grab hold of to receive’ the grace-gift of the Holy Spirit gar ‘for the reason of’ to you This [singular] Promise [of the Holy Spirit] and/coupled to your children kai and-also to all who are far off, as many as whom the Lord our God calls to Himself.” Can you see how “being born of [singular] water and/coupled [singular] Spirit” (b) thru water-baptism is dependent on repenting by turning to Jesus and that forgiveness of sins doesn’t come just from repenting, even if you speak it by confession, but must be accompanied by water-baptism? <Notes> a) metanoia:  an after-effect of mind/heart/inner man, implying an internal change after an activity, where the ‘activity’ is defined by the context – see Surrender Control.  In the context, the Jews needed to do a U-turn about their conviction about Christ, having just crucified Him, b) see John 3:5 – see Salvation – BT8.

 

That’s also why the apostle Peter explained all this in his first letter in 1 Peter 3:21 that says: “Kai and-also water-baptism, which antitupos ‘as an antitype prefigures’ this (a), now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but-instead as an eperotema ‘response to any inquiry’ (b) of/belonging-to an agathos good-natured (c) suneidesis ‘together-with [the Spirit’s] eido mental seeing-to-perceive/knowing’ (d) eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of God, dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of the action of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” It’s not the water, but the enabling-power of Christ’s resurrection that delivers you “through the flood waters” that condemned the flesh to death, just like the waters that covered the earth washed away the sin of the world but also delivered Noah’s family to safety! <Notes> a) v. 3:20: Noah and his family saved through the flood waters, b) eperotema:  This could have been an answer to the baptizer’s catechism question of what their confession of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith was, c) agathos:  “good-natured, pleasantly joyful, excellent or distinguished and thus useful, upright, or honorable,” d) the phrase could mean “a request/appeal to God for a clear conscience free of sin” or maybe a “profession of faith in Christ as Savior and Lord for a clear conscience from God” as others have translated it, but I’d rather take the Greek ‘as is’ for the Holy Spirit working together with the person because of their surrender to help them mentally experience their reaching of God, but ALL of this saves them only because it is REALIZED thru the resurrection of Christ.

 

The Apostle Paul also assumes every Christian will have been water-baptized in Romans 6:3-8 (a), “Do you not know that all of us who have already been water-baptized into Christ Jesus were water-baptized into His death? We were buried therefore with Him by the means of water-baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of zoe genuine-life. For if we have already been united with Him in a death like His, then we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His (b). We know that our old self was already crucified with Him in order that the body of sin might be rendered powerless/inactive, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin (c). For one who has already died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we have trusting-relying-faith that we will then/also live with Him.”  Did you catch that “if . . . , then . . .” statement again (b)?  The “then” results can only be true for a person, if they have done the “if” conditions. Have you been water-baptized to be confident of the “resurrection” and to have a fighting chance against sin? <Notes> a) cf. Colossians 2:12, b) Did you catch the If…then statement?, c) So if you don’t get water-baptized, the enabling-power source of sin is still alive.

 

Regarding the “old self” above, the natural, unredeemed “old man/self/being” or “inner man/self/being” dwelling in our initial “spirit/breath of man” that God gave us to make us a “living being” – see Identity, well according to Romans 6:6 this old self MUST be crucified with Christ in water-baptism for this old self’s enabling-power to stop influencing and energizing – like an evil ‘Energizer Bunny’ would – the rest of man, this being his soul and/coupled body together as “flesh” – see Identity.  The power-plug must be pulled!  It’s the only way to be free from the old self’s dominion that enslaves you to sin.  And the only way to have our “spirit” redeemed or ‘purchased for freedom’ and given the completely-different-in-kind New zoe Genuine-Life and enabling-power of the Spirit of holiness is for us to resurrect from the dead with Christ and be given His completely-different-in-kind New Spirit, and this only happens in water-baptism (a).  <Notes> a) Romans 6:4-5, 8; Colossians 2:12-13.

 

Sanctification/holiness in the Christian life is then a matter of keeping the old self’s dirty clothes off us and the completely different-in-kind New Self’s (a) fresh, clean clothes on us (b).  It’s a shame so many churches speak so little of water-baptism, when the NT speaks so much about it. No wonder there is so much sin in churches – they call for holiness but then don’t unplug the old self.  Futile, especially because it’s doubtful they even are a “New Self” or “New Creation” (b) without water-baptism!  They are trying to make “the natural man” or “old self” sanctified/holy – and that’s the definition of every religion in the world! <Notes> a) 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 6:15; Ephesians 2:15, 4:24; Colossians 3:10, b) Colossians 3:9-10; Ephesians 4:22-24.

 

Paul wrote this before he got to Romans 10:9, “If you confess (a) that ‘Jesus is Lord’ (b) and/coupled have trusting-relying-faith in your heart (c) that God resurrected Him from the dead, you will be saved.”  Paul already spoke of what occurs by “confession” of Christ’s Lordship – it involves dying in water-baptism so that afterwards you can “consider/recognize yourselves dead to sin (d) but alive to God in Christ Jesus . . . presenting yourselves to God as those who have actually been brought from death to zoe genuine-life (d)” (e).  The whole book of Romans is sequential – you can’t just jump to chapter 10 as if that’s all that is involved in salvation! Confession wasn’t just verbal agreement to a creed, but proved through water-baptism you really did have trusting-relying-faith that Jesus was now Supreme Master-Lord of your life! Gentiles simply don’t understand “confession” because water-baptism was standard practice for all disciples of the Jewish religion, as we’ll see in the next BLOG – it’s a necessity to Surrender Control. And the earliest Church was ALL Jewish for quite awhile! <Notes> a) homologeo: literally means “to declare the same [homo] message [logos]”, b) which requires the Holy Spirit’s enablement: 1 Corinthians 12:3, c) not your nous head, d) context: because of water-baptism, e) Romans 6:11-13.

 

Water-Immersion was standard practice for salvation for all Jews and Christians!  To understand water-baptism in the day of John the Baptist, Jesus, and all Jewish-Christian disciples who were water-baptizing, you obviously need to know what water-baptism already meant to a Jew. Jews were already considered katharos “clean” (a) by their Jewish birth and male circumcision, so no water-baptism was needed (b). When a Gentile, who was by default akathartos ‘unclean, impure, defiled’ was converted to Judaism, they not only had to be circumcised according to the Law (if a man), but they had to be water-baptized to be made “ceremonially or ritually clean.”  The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia further states, “Water baptism, as an initiatory rite [as with other pagan religions], was no less familiar to Gentile converts who had no acquaintance with the Jewish religion. These water-baptisms, like the water-baptism of proselytes were immersions for purification.”  <Notes> a) katharos:  “purged, clean, pure, unmixed,” cf. hagios: sanctified, separated, dedicated, made holy and pure for God, b) the water-baptism of Jews didn’t start for centuries later – see Wikipedia’s Mikveh.

 

That’s why the experts in the Law asked why John was water-baptizing Jews as if he had greater authority (a) than Moses who said Jews were already “clean” where this greater authority would be that of Elijah who was to precede the Messiah (b), the Messiah prophesied as “The Servant of Yahweh” by Isaiah, or The Prophet that Moses said would come. In the next BLOG, we will see that Gentiles were water-baptized for conversion, but Jews only by priests for ritualistic cleansing under very particular situations.  Moses prophesied: “It is to The Prophet you shall listen-to-understand . . . the Voice of Yahweh saying: ‘I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brothers, and I will put My directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words in His Mouth, and He shall speak to them ALL that I command Him, and whoever will in-possibility-NOT akouo hear/listen-to-understand/know The Prophet (c) who shall speak in My name/authority, I Myself will carry out [by] exact-punishing-justice a penalty from him” (d).  This is a strick warning to not ignore The Prophet! <Notes> a) John 1:25, b) Jesus said John was him: Matthew 11:14, 17:12; Mark 9:13, c) Greek text fits the flow better, but the Hebrew says instead: ‘hears/listen-to-understand/know This Rhema’ [of Him], d) Deuteronomy 18:15-19.

 

What changed was NOW John the Baptist and Jesus’ disciples were water-baptizing ALL Jews (a), presumably still a “water-baptism for repentance” because there is no mention of “water-baptizing in the name/authority of Jesus” (b) until after Christ’s resurrection when He was “given all authority in heaven and earth” and when He gave the ‘Great Commission’ to the 11 apostles to preach (not write) His gospel logos message to make disciples by water-baptizing them as we saw in Matthew 28:18-20 as discussed in Water-Baptism – BT2. <Notes> a) John 3:22, 26, 4:1-2, b) Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38, 8:16, 10:48, 19:5.

 

In the writings of early church tradition (a), some of which date back as far as 50 AD before many of the NT writings, the early Church Fathers clearly explain, as Matthew Ropp so accurately summarized for his degree to Dr. Nathan Feldmeth for Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of Theology 1998 Early Church History 500-level course: “the primary and innate purpose and results of water-baptism was purification from sin and regeneration of the sinner into new life; for the purpose of and affecting a new spiritual birth; necessary for salvation; and certainly required for membership in the Church.”

 

All 5 components of salvation are required:  1) akouo hearing/listening-to-understand/know the gospel logos message of Jesus Christ who is The Truth2) the routine having of trusting-relying-faith in Jesus as your Messiah-Savior, the “Anointed-One” Christ, and Supreme-Lord-Master of your life, 3) repenting or turning from sin to the Lord, 4) publicly confessing your sin and confessing “Jesus is the Christ as Savior and Lord/Master,” 5) and then being water-baptized to “welcome and grab-hold-of” the Spirit-baptism.  Public repentance, confession of sins, calling out to Jesus as the Christ or Savior to save you, and water-baptism by immersion for the washing away of sins, forgiveness, and salvation were intricately connected from the very beginning – all these were obedient steps of faith and surrender of control! <Notes> a) e.g., the Didache or “The Teaching of the 12 Apostles,” the writings of Barnabas, Ignatius, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, and many more.

 

 

 

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Sola Fide “Faith Alone” is a later, non-biblical “tradition of men”

 

 

 

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The Sola Fide (a) churches that don’t believe water-baptism is required for salvation but think it is simply symbolic of the trusting-relying-faith that alone saves you are too many (b). Boy, are they in for a rude awaking!  James would ask: “Can such trusting-relying-faith save them?” (c). That’s what we will explore now. <Notes> a) by trusting-relying-faith alone, b) Anabaptist, Evangelical Free, Grace Communion International, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Presbyterians, United Church of Christ, Baptist, Quakers, Salvation Army, Unitarians, Christian Scientist, Bahai, c) James 2:14.

 

James continues in v. 2:17, 20, 22, 24, 26 to make it crystal clear:trusting-relying-faith, if it does in-possibility-NOT have ergon ‘doings/works’ is nekros ‘useless, as good as dead,’ [if] kata down-from/according-to itself (i.e., alone).” So much for Sola Fide!  In referring to Abraham, James continues: “you see that [his] trusting-relying-faith was continually (a) working-together (b) with his ergon ‘doings/works’, and trusting-relying-faith was made telos ‘fulfilled to be finished/ended’ by his ergon ‘doings/works’” and so “you see that a person is justified/made-declared-righteous ek out-from ergon ‘doings/works’ and absolutely-in-fact-NOT ek out-from trusting-relying-faith alone.”  However, we also have to keep in mind that James’ immediate context for ergon ‘doings/works’ is the showing of “mercy that triumphs over judgment” (c) by impartially, unconditionally-loving the brethren who were suffering, which makes it “the perfect Law of liberty” (d). <Notes> a) rare imperfect tense: continually, repetitively, b) sunergeo: co-working, partnering, c) v. 2:13, d) v. 1:25.

 

Can you see why Martin Luther, who started the Sola Fide Protestant Reformation as a reaction to Catholic abuses of “works of salvation,” wanted James thrown out of the bible? But Luther wasn’t the only one that doubted it. Many in the western churches doubted it because it was written for Jewish-Christians and not widely circulated among Gentile-Christians. The Muratorian Fragment (a) and Tertullian (b) didn’t mention it, and Origen (c), Eusebius of Caesarea in his Church History (d), Bishop Theodore of Mopsuestia (e), Jerome (f), and Gaius Marius Victorinus (g) all questioned it. However, Irenaeus (h) uses it, and Eusebius refers to a lost work of Clement of Alexandria (i) using it. Nevertheless, the Bishop Athanasius of Alexandria included it in the 27-book NT (j). Can you see how the canon of the NT sure isn’t God’s idea? – see Bible Info.  Nevertheless, James understood that saving-faith is not alone – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT15. <Notes> a) 170 AD, b) 155-240 AD, c) 225 AD, d) 313 AD, e) 350-428 AD, f) 347-420 AD, g) 355 AD, h) 130-202 AD, i) 150-215 AD, j) 367 AD.

 

It wasn’t until the 5th century when Saint Augustine described a “Sacrament as an outward and visible sign of an inward and invisible unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace” giving way for the Catholic Church to create another non-biblical “tradition of men” called the “Sacrament of Baptism.”  He borrowed the idea from the early Catholic theologian Tertullian in the early 3rd century, who used the Latin word sacramentum (a) to translate the NT Greek word musterion (b) for “mystery,” to avoid association with the pagans that used “mystery” to describe their secret, hidden rites of their initiations.  So many false doctrines are created by ‘knee-jerk’ reactions. <Notes> a) sacred oath of allegiance to the emperor by a Roman soldier, b) hidden, secret, mystery: Matthew 13:11; Mark 4:11; Luke 8:10; Romans 11:25, 16:25; 1 Timothy 3:9, 16; 1 Corinthians 2:1, 7, 4:1, 13:2, 14:2, 15:51; Ephesians 1:9, 3:3-4, 8, 6:19, 5:32; Colossians 1:26-27, 2:2, 4:3; 2 Thessalonians 2:7; Revelation 1:20, 10:7, 17:5, 7.

 

The Anabaptists latched onto Augustine’s ideas in the early 1500’s, creating the idea of “water-baptism as a symbolic outward sign of an inward reality following an individual believer’s experience of forgiving unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace.” Baptists then created the idea of “Believer’s Baptism”baptizing professing believers only, and that water-baptism is thus not a requirement for salvation, but rather symbolic and a public expression of one’s inner repentance and trusting-relying-faith.” Can you see how these “traditions of men” get started, one error leading to another and another and another, until you are miles away from the original text. Jesus accused the Jews of the same thing: “Why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? . . . for the sake of your tradition you have made void the logos word/message of God” (a) or “You leave the commandment of God and hold onto the tradition of men . . . you have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition . . . making void the logos word/message of God by your tradition that you have handed down” (b). Nothing has changed with the religion of Christianity! <Notes> a) Matthew 15:3, 6, b) Mark 7:8, 9, 13.

 

 

 

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Water-Baptism – BT2

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Water-baptism is necessary to wash away your sins for forgiveness, justification, and salvation

 

 

 

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Many Christians haven’t done their homework on water-baptism, but simply follow some denomination’s view on it.  All you have to do is read the bible’s use of the words for water-baptism and the first 100 years of Christian writings to see it’s very clear that disciples/followers were ALL expected to be water-baptized (a), and this was directly linked to salvation (b), when your sins were bathed/washed (c) away:  “Why do you wait? Rise and be water-baptized and louo bath-wash away your sins, [while] calling on His name/authority” (d), “He saved us . . . by the louo bathing/washing of regeneration” (e), “our hearts sprinkled clean…our bodies louo bathed/washed with pure water” (f), “you were louo bathed/washed ….made/declared justified-righteous in the name/authority of the Lord Jesus Christ” (g), the “Church . . . that Jesus sanctified/made holy, having cleansed her by the louo bathing/washing of water in/by his directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word” (h). <Notes> a) even Paul was: Acts 9:17-18, 22:12-16, b) Mark 16:16; 1 Peter 3:21, c) louo: washed ‘clean’, d) Acts 22:16 , e) Titus 3:5 , f) Hebrews 10:22 , g) 1 Corinthians 6:11, h) Ephesians 5:26.

 

Water-baptism is surely for the forgiveness of sins (a) which is based on repentance (b), just as John’s water-baptism was for the forgiveness of sins based on repentance (c). <Notes> a) Acts 2:38, cf. Matthew 26:28; Luke 1:77, 24:47; Acts 5:31, 10:43, 13:38, 26:18; Colossians 1:14; Hebrews 9:22, b) Mark 1:4; Luke 3:3, 24:47; Acts 2:38, 5:31, 8:22; 2 Corinthians 7:10, c) Mark 1:4; Luke 3:3.

 

Water-baptism was the required place for public confession (a) of sins (b) and “confession of Jesus to be Christ” (c), “confession that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh” (d), was “the apostle and high priest of our confession” (e), or “confessing with your mouth that Jesus is Lord . . .will be saved” (f), “the good confession in the presence of many witnesses” (g), for whoever “confesses the Son has the Father also” (h), which we also know is part of repentance involved within the “Obedience Steps of Faith – BT15” (i). Water-baptism “in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” (j) or at least “in the name of the Jesus Christ” or “the Lord Jesus” (k), clearly indicated you were really a follower/disciple of Jesus (k) – see Surrender Control for more about confession. <Notes> a) ex out from + homou local assembly + gospel logos message = profess/declare out agreement in a local assembly before 2-3 witness as in a court of law, b) Matthew 3:6; Mark 1:5; Acts 19:18, cf. James 5:16; 1 John 1:9, c) John 9:22, 12:42, d) 1 John 4:2, e) Hebrews 3:1, f) Romans 10:9, cf. Philippians 2:11, g) 1 Timothy 6:12, h) 1 John 2:23, i) Romans 1:16; Ephesians 2:8; 2 Timothy 3:15; 1 Peter 1:5, 9, j) Matthew 28:19, k) Acts 2:38, 8:16, 10:48, 19:5, l) 1 Corinthians 1:12-16.

 

Other early creeds of public confession of Christ were simply “Jesus is the Christ/Messiah” (a), or “Jesus is the Son of God” (b) or “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God” (c), or “Jesus is Lord” (d), where “Lord” means “Supreme Master!” By the 2nd century The Roman Creed had grown to 86 words. By the 4th century it had grown to 175 words, and it just kept growing – see Salvation – BT9. Why? Because the Catholic Church had become obsessed about gnosis info-knowledge and universally-binding doctrines/decrees/ordinances (e) instead of genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge – see Knowledge of God.  But confession isn’t the only thing that was supposed to happen for salvation to occur – see Obedience Steps of Faith – BT15 and Salvation – BT1.   <Notes> a) 1 John 2:22, 5:1, b) 1 John 4:15, 5:5, c) John 20:31, d) 1 Corinthians 12:3, e) dogma: used negatively in Luke 2:1; Acts 17:7; Colossians 2:14; Ephesians 2:15, and positively only in Acts 16:4.

 

In the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus speaks to His apostles: “Therefore having definitively/wholly routinely gone [I strongly urge you to] definitively/wholly matheteuo make disciples (a) of all the nations, routinely water-baptizing them in the [single] name/authority of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, routinely teaching them to tereo ‘carefully observe to maintain/keep’ all that I have entole [officially, universally] commanded you . . .” The whole process (b) of making disciples (a) is described by the present participles of:  routinely water-baptizing and also teaching them Christ’s only 2 commandments (c), not everything Jesus ever did or taught (d)!  A disciple is defined as “a follower who voluntarily takes on the disciplines given to him by his Leader (Jesus) in the process of learning from and following Him.” Jesus didn’t strong urge his apostles to “make believers” who simply confess the creeds of Christianity’s Trusting-Relying-Faith, nor to simply say a “Sinner’s Prayer” for forgiveness. <Notes> a) matheteuo: Matthew 13:52, 27:57, Acts 14:21, b) aorist tense, c) 1 John 3:23 combines 1 from the Father + 1 from the Son into 1 from God – see Only 2 Commandments and Obedient Steps of Faith – BT20, d) most of which hasn’t even been recorded; John 20:30, 21:25.

 

Just look at the Great Commission of Mark 16:16, where Jesus says: “Whoever has [singular] trusting-relying-faith and/coupled is water-baptized will be saved, but whoever does not have trusting-relying-faith will be condemned.” It’s obvious that if you really had trusting-relying-faith, it would include the response of water-baptism – both coupled together is what saves you! This is an integral part of “the gospel preached to the whole of creation” from v. 16:15!  Saving faith involves ernon ‘doings/works’ – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT15.  For more details about these ‘Great Commissions’ see Water-Baptism – BT6.

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT27

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Our part is to draw close-beside in conversational-prayer, but this also takes faith

 

 

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From the previous BLOGS you can see that key to righteous-living for God’s “kingdom to come and His will to be done” (a) is simply routinely having trusting-relying-faith, but the key to having that comes done to routinely having a genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of the Lord through routinely having a koinonia communal, sharing relationship of agape unconditional-love with Him, but the key to having that comes down to routinely proseuchomai conversationally-praying!  See Conversational-Prayer. <Notes> a) Matthew 6:10; cf. Luke 11:2.

 

But even that takes some level of trusting-relying-faith as Hebrews 11:6 states: “For whoever would routinely proserchomai draw near/close-beside to God (a) must definitively/wholly have trusting-relying-faith that He presently/ongoingly exists and that He presently/ongoingly becomes a rewarder to those who routinely earnestly seek Him out.”  I know some people who haven’t prayed to God at all because they don’t even have this much trusting-relying-faith! <Notes> a) a Hebrew idiom closely associated to worshipful proseuche conversational-prayer.

 

Faith feeds faith just as Paul said:  “For the righteousness of/belonging-to God is presently/ongoingly uncovered-to-be-revealed from [1 step of] trusting-relying-faith eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of [the next step of] trusting-relying-faith, just as it has been written (a): ‘And The righteous [one] shall-actually zoa genuinely-live ek out-from trusting-relying-faith” (b).  The Christian life is birthed and grows from routinely having trusting-relying-faith, from one step to the next until our end, and that’s the only way God’s righteousness is accomplished under the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant. <Notes> a) from Habakkuk 2:4, b) Romans 1:17.

 

We have one part to play to get the ball rolling!  It is to draw close-beside to God through Christ who intercedes for us (a) with a non-doubting single-mindedness of trusting-relying-faith that God will also eggizo draw extremely near/close-beside us in response (b) with confidence to the throne of unconditionally-loving-favor-of-grace for help in the time of need (c) with a full assurance of trusting-relying-faith (d) or with hope dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of which we presently/ongoingly eggizo draw extremely near/close-beside to God (e) for without trusting-relying-faith it is absolutely-in-fact impossible to please/gratify God (f). <Notes> a) Hebrews 7:25, b) James 4:8, c) Hebrews 4:16, d) Hebrews 10:22, e) Hebrews 7:19, f) Hebrews 11:6.

 

Proseuche conversational-prayer is “alert or watchful” (a) similar to the OT “watchmen over the house of the LORD” (b) that Jesus said was “God’s house of prayer” (c), where you “wait for Yahweh” (d).  It most often talked about in the New Testament (e) and commanded “ought to” or “routinely be earnest” and “constantly” or “continue steadfastly” or “without ceasing” or “at all times” or “always” (f).  That’s not even counting all the times “ask, seek, or knock” (g) are spoken of regarding prayer that are always in the present participle form to stress a routine, habitual lifestyle.  It’s the most-often-spoken devotion of the early Christians (h) that we must create as a habitual lifestyle. How else are we going to discern the will of God – see below?  With all that said, it’s amazing that it’s practically the last priority of many modern churches and Christians.  No wonder we are so powerless! <Notes> a) Matthew 26:38, 41; Mark 14:38; Colossians 4:2; Ephesians 6:18; cf. Matthew 24:42; Romans 12:12, b) 2 Kings 11:18; 2 Chronicles 23:18, c) Isaiah 56:7; Matthew 21:13; Mark 11:17; Luke 19:46, d) 2 Kings 6:33; Psalms 27:14, 31:24, 33:20, 37:9, 34, 130:5-6; Proverbs 20:22; Isaiah 8:17, 40:31, e) 37 times as the noun proseuche and 86 times as the verb proseuchomai, f) Luke 18:1, 21:36; Romans 12:12; Colossians 4:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:17, g) together in Matthew 7:7-8; Luke 11:9-10, h) Acts 1:14, 2:42, 6:4; cf. 1 Corinthians 7:5.

 

Speaking in tongues is likely a form of proseuche conversational-prayer by the Spirit as a grace-gift (a) instead of your mind – see Conversational-Prayer – BT22. Jude 1:20-21 says: “routinely be building-up yourselves in the most holy trusting-relying-faith of yours, routinely proseuchomai conversationally-praying by-the-means-of [singular] Holy Spirit.  [I strongly urge you to] keep yourself by-the-means-of [singular] unconditional-love of God.”  There is the common coupling of “faith and love!”  This sounds much like Ephesians 6:17-18 that admonishes us to “put on the whole armor of God” that includes “taking-up the sword of the Spirit, which is the directly-spoken-rhema-word of God, dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of proseuche conversation-prayer and/coupled deesis supplication-prayer, routinely proseuchomai conversationally-praying in every season by-the-means-of [singular] Spirit and eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of watching this-very-thing.” <Notes> a) 1 Corinthians 12:10, 28.

 

But we also know from Paul in 1 Corinthians 14:14-15 that “if I proseuchomai conversationally-pray in a glossa tongue, The Spirit (a) of/belonging-to me proseuchomai conversationally-prays o de but-now-to-the-opposite-party [singular] mind of/belonging-to me (b) is unfruitful-unproductive.  What am I to do?  I will proseuchomai conversationally-pray by-the-means-of The Spirit of/belonging-to me, de kai however also by-the-means-of the [singular] mind . . . [same for singing].” This prayer in tongues (c) shouldn’t be confused with addressing the congregation to deliver a logos message in tongues that should be interpreted in order to build everybody up (d) because it’s actually a sign for unbelievers (e) (f), as with “all Spirit-kind-of grace-gifts should be earnestly-desired” (g). <Notes> a) singular pneuma with the definite article is always a reference to the Holy Spirit, b) no article, also indicates a different party, c) 1 Corinthians 13:8, 14:16, d) 1 Corinthians 12:30, 14:6, 23, e) as missionaries can attest, f) to1 Corinthians 14:22, g) 1 Corinthians 14:1.

 

Therefore Paul brags:  “I thank God that I presently/ongoingly speak in tongues more than all of you” (a), so he encourages then: “now I presently/ongoingly desire-what-is-best-for you ALL to presently/ongoingly speak in tongues” (b) and “to in-possibility-NOT to presently/ongoingly forbid presently/ongoingly speaking in tongues” (c).  It’s absolutely insane so many churches have blatantly disobeyed Paul’s clear teaching and warnings on praying and publicly giving messages by tongues!  Nevertheless the key signs of the Holy Spirit coming upon Christians was tongues and prophesy (d) that are often related (e).  <Notes> a) 1 Corinthians 14:18, b) 1 Corinthians 14:5, c) 1 Corinthians 14:39, d) Acts 2:4, 10:44-46, 19:6, e) 1 Corinthians 14:6.

 

Proseuche conversational-prayer, NOT bible-study is how the apostles discerned what, when, where, and how they were going to preach the gospel to fulfill the Great Commission to “make disciples of all nations” (a) and “going into all the world to proclaim the gospel to the whole creation” (b) – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT7.  A key to “being metamorphically transformed by the renewal of your mind in order that by practice-testing you may dokimazo scrutinize-to-discern what is the will of God is routinely being proskartereo persistently-relationally-devoted in proseuche conversational-prayer” (c).  Paul also said:  “Ongoingly peirazo test/try-to-prove yourselves to see whether you are in The-Trusting-Relying-Faith.  Now, you can see why I created an entire BLOG on proseuche Conversation-Prayer and several on prayerful discernment – see Bible Info – BT2, Least Among You – BT8, and New Covenant Ways – BT16.   Through this devotion everything else grows, especially your trusting-relying-faith! <Notes> a) Matthew 28:19, b) Mark 16:15-16, c) Romans 12:2, 12.

 

In Colossians 4:2 Paul says,Ongoingly be earnest towards (a) proseuche conversational-prayer, habitually watching (b) in it with thanksgiving.”  Why?  Because he understands that if we pray like he did, we can also be filled with the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of God’s will, as Paul said earlier in Colossians 1:9-12, “We have not ceased to proseuchomai conversationally-pray for you and/coupled asking [God] in order that you might be filled-to-completion with the genuine, experiential, relational, epignosis knowledge of God’s will by all [kinds of] Spirit-kind-of sophia wisdom and/coupled sunesis ‘connect-the-dots’ understanding/knowledge.”  Clearly this is how we “learn, discern, or understand” God’s will – through revelation by the means of the Spirit!  But the whole process starts with proseuche conversational-prayer! <Notes> a) persevere, diligent, attend assiduously, b) staying awake, alert, attentive, vigilant.

 

That’s why Paul realizes in 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12, that although the road to the final judgment of God is very long and there is much affliction and suffering expected from persecution meanwhile, the only way these Christians were going to get through it is by God’s enabling-power and this requires proseuche conversational-prayer:  “To this end we always proseuchomai conversationally-pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of His calling and may fulfill every one [of your] delights of/belonging-to goodness and/coupled [singular] work of/belonging-to [singular] trusting-relying-faith by-the-means-of His dunamis enabling-power, [in a manner so] that the name/reputation of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in/among you, and you in Him, kata down-from/according-to the unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”  In Romans 15:13, Paul knows how Christians are going to get the things they need:  “May the God of hope pleroo fill-to-completion you with all joy and peace in/by/with having The-Trusting-Relying-Faith, so that by-the-means-of the enabling-power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT26

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Even the saint’s ‘work of ministry’ in proclaiming the gospel isn’t done by using man’s wisdom and understanding

 

 

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The whole point of Body-Ministry in the Church is to build our trusting-relying-faith:  “Christ gave grace-gifts to men . . . He gave [in the Greek: these 4 groups of grace-gifts]:  the apostles, moreover the prophets, moreover the evangelists, moreover the shepherds and/coupled teachers, pros ‘towards and interacting with the goal of’ the katartismos coaching-facilitating of the saints for [singular] work of [singular] ministry, for [singular] building up of the Body-of-Christ UNTIL we ALL attain to the unity of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith and/coupled of the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of the Son of God eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of mature manhood, that is to the metron standardized-size measuring-cup of the pleroma abundant-fullness of Christ in order that we many no longer be children tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes” (a). <Notes> a) Ephesians 4:8-14.

 

This isn’t a 4 or 5-fold ministry!   These 4 groups are only coaches and facilitators for Body-ministry because they ALL do the building-up of the Church so that the people wouldn’t be susceptible to deception, often by one-man-show teaching, and it’s not through accumulating bible gnosis-informational knowledge, but direct, experiential, relationship epignosis knowledge of Christ!  Nowhere in the NT do you see Christians meeting for bible-study!  In fact, most doctrinal-error comes from bible-teachers that aren’t ‘checked’ by their congregations when the Holy Spirit says “red alert” inside them and they don’t say, “Wait a minute, what about xyz?”  That “weighing in on what was said by the others” is what the early Church considered part of “orderly worship” (a) – today, many churches would escort you out because you were being “disorderly.”  That is what authoritarians do, the very thing Romans 12:3 denounces!  They are “haughty . . . wise in their own sight” (b).  Likewise, the apostle John’s own disciples were kicked out the church of an authoritarian bishop Diotrephes “who likes to put himself first” (c).  This is part of The Great Wall quenching the Holy Spirit in the Church. <Notes> a) 1 Corinthians 14:29, 40, b) Romans 12:16, c) 3 John 1:9-10.

 

So the “work of ministry” by the Body-of-Christ in Ephesians 4:12 or “work of an evangelist” in 2 Timothy 4:5 is not supposed to be a “word-only” preaching-ministry as so many today have done, but a “full-gospel” ministry.  Paul says to the Corinthians:  “For Christ . . . sent me to preach the gospelabsolutely-in-fact-NOT in/by/with wisdom of/belonging-to logos messages, lest the cross of Christ should be kenoo ‘emptied of its value . . . I came absolutely-in-fact-NOT kata ‘down-from or according to’ huperoche ‘excellent, elevated, authoritative-sounding’ of logos-messages or wisdom, routinely proclaiming/preaching to you the testimony/witness of God . . . my logos message and my proclaiming/preaching [were] absolutely-in-fact-NOT in/by/with peithos  ‘skillful, plausible, persuasive, enticing’ logos message of wisdom but in the demonstration/proof-manifestation of the Spirit and/coupled of dunamis dynamite-like enabling-power (a) so that your trusting-relying-faith might NOT-in-possibility rest in the wisdom of men (b) but in the dunamis dynamite-like enabling-power of God.  However, we [do] speak [the Spirit’s] wisdom among those who are mature, yet absolutely in-fact-NOT the wisdom of this age, NOR of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing . . . we speak absolutely-in-fact-NOT in human-taught logos messages of wisdom  but instead in/by/with [those] [singular] Spirit-taught . . . for the kingdom of God does absolutely-in-fact-NOT consist in/by/with logos message but-instead in/by/with enabling-power” (c).  Paul said in Romans 15:19 that these “proofs” were “what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience – by logos message and/coupled ergon work/doing in/by/with the enabling-power of signs and wonders, in/by/with the enabling-power of the Spirit of God.” <Notes> a) The “coupling/linking” means that “enabling-power is the demonstration/proof-manifestation of the Spirit,” b) the preacher/teacher Paul as a Pharisee used to be operating with eloquent and lofty speech, c) 1 Corinthians 1:17, 2:1, 4-6, 13; 4:20.

 

It’s really hard to argue against thesigns and wonders” of God that should “accompany those who have trusting-relying-faith:  In My name/authority they shall actually cast out demons; they shall actually speak in new tongues . . . laying hands on the sick to recover . . . and they [all] went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the logos message by accompanying signs” (a).  I suspect the problems and ineffectiveness of most pulpit and street preaching is that they don’t believe or obey this, leaving them only with a “logos message that may be plausible/persuasive” to play on the same field using the same “fleshly” weapons of their enemy.  Futile!  Peter didn’t want just anybody speaking in churches about anything on their minds, like they do today.  He says in 1 Peter 4:10-11 “As each has received a grace-gift [from the Spirit: they assumed every Christian would have one], use it to serve one another . . . whoever speaks – do as one who speaks [prophetic] oracles of God . . . by the strength that God supplies.” <Notes> a) The Great Commission in Mark 16:17-20.

 

Signs and wonders like miracles sure won’t happen without someone having trusting-relying-faith!  We saw above that Paul wondered why Christians would look to rule-keeping instead of the Spirit for holiness/sanctification, but then asks this follow-up question:  “The [one] supplying to you the Spirit and/coupled miracles among you – [is it] ek out-from ergon ‘doings/works’ of/belonging-to [singular] Law OR ek out-from [singular] akouo hearing/listening-to-understand/know of/belonging-to [singular] trusting-relying-faith?” (a).  Mark 16:17-18 lists 5 supernatural things as “signs that will accompany those who are have definitively/wholly had trusting-relying faith.”  Jesus said that if you “do not-in-possibility have doubt in your heart but-instead definitively/wholly have trusting-relying-faith that what you say will come to pass, it shall indeed be done for you” (b).  To His disciples Jesus promises:  “Truly, truly, I say to you that the [one] routinely having trusting-relying-faith in Me will also do the [miraculous] works that I do; and greater works than these will he do because I am going to the Father. [So] whatever you aiteo ‘ask for, seek or earnestly-desire’ in My name/authority, this I will do that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (c), and “Truly, I say to you that if you have trusting-relying-faith like a grain of mustard seed . . . absolutely-in-fact nothing will be impossible for you” (d). Hebrews 2:4 also says, “God also bore witness/testified by signs and wonders and various miracles and by grace-gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed down-from/according-to His will.” <Notes> a) Galatians 3:5, b) Mark 11:23, cf. Matthew 21:21, c) John 14:12-13, d) Matthew 17:20.

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT25

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Without faith, our prayers fall flat and we are powerless for holiness/sanctification

 

 

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Our prayers don’t even work for us without faith!  Jesus taught that “all things, as many as you might aiteo ‘ask or petition from a subordinate position, to willfully crave, call or cry out for, require or demand, or beg for’ in/by/with the proseuche conversational-prayer, routinely having trusting-relying-faith, [then] you shall indeed lambano grab-hold-of-to-receive” (a) and “all things whatever you presently/ongoingly are proseuchomai conversationally-praying also presently/ongoing aiteo asking-petitioning, [I strongly urge you to] presently/ongoing have trusting-relying-faith that you definitively/wholly receive and-thus it shall indeed be yours” (). <Notes> a) Matthew 21:22, b) Mark 11:24.

 

You also won’t get the enabling-power of the Spirit without faith!  That’s why Paul wrote:  “To this end we ongoingly proseuchomai conversationally-pray always for you, that our God may MAKE you worthy of His calling and may definitively/wholly pleroo fill-to-completion every one [of your] delights/petitions of goodness and/coupled [singular] work of [singular] trusting-relying-faith by the means of His dunamis enabling-power, so that the name/person/authority of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you IN Him” (a).  He also prays for them:  “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,  give to you [singular] Spirit of wisdom and/coupled revelation by the means of [singular] genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of Him, having already had [with last results, now extending into be routinely having] the eyes of their hearts enlightened so that you may eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know what is the elpis hope (faith for the future) to which He has called you, what are the riches of His glorious inheritance, what is the immeasurable greatness of His enabling-power toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of us, the ones routinely having trusting-relying-faith” (b). <Notes> a) 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12, b) Ephesians 1:17-19.

 

We won’t even get holiness/sanctification without trusting-relying-faith!  Paul asks::  “Having begun by the means of [singular] Spirit, now are you being perfected/completed by the means of [singular] flesh? (see Identity) (a).  Yes, Law-obedience is fleshly, not Spiritual!  Jesus told Paul concerning the Gentiles:  “I am sending you to open their eyes . . . so that they may epistrepho turn-oneself-back (like ‘repent’) away-from darkness to light and/coupled from the exousia delegated-power of Satan to God, in order that they may lambano grab-to-receive forgiveness of sins and/coupled a kleros distributed-lot-for-an-inheritance among those already having been [with ongoing effects] sanctified/made-holy by the means of trusting-relying-faith in Me” (b).  Elsewhere, with the use of the conjunction kai, Paul couples “hagios holiness/sanctification by the means of [singular] Spirit” to “by the means of trusting-relying-faith of/belonging-to [singular] Truth” as both necessary “eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of soteria salvation” (c), and we know this need for “hagios holiness/sanctification” is written  by Paul to Christians as “the will of God” for them to experience (d). <Notes> a) Galatians 3:3, b) Acts 26:17-18, c) 2 Thessalonians 2:13, d) 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4, 7; Romans 6:19, 22; 1 Timothy 2:15, cf. Hebrews 12:14.

 

This is not by our ergon ‘doings/works’ butholiness/sanctification of/belonging to [singular] Spirit” (a) and only because “Jesus became for us our holiness/sanctification” (b), and thus it’s clear that like soteria salvation it is NOT a 1-time event but a process – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT16 for enduring faith. We are “God’s workmanship” (c), for “it is God who works in you, both to desire/will and to do/work for His good pleasure” (d).  Concerning religion teaching by “some that will depart from The-Trusting-Relying-Faith,” who are requiring “abstinence from [particular] foods,” Paul says this comes from “deceitful spirits and teachings of demons” because such “foods God created to be lambano grabbed-to-receive with thanksgiving by the pistos faithful-ones and/coupled [the ones] already having had [with routine results] The Truth, for everything God created by God is good kai and/thus absolutely-in-fact-NOT a thing is to be rejected if it is lambano grabbed-to-receive with thanksgiving, for it is made-sanctified/holy by the logos message (Jesus and/or gospel) of God and/coupled enteuxis ‘God-led intercessory prayer’” (e).  The “weak in faith” Jewish-Christians are actually the ones still listening to the Law-teachers about what makes them sanctified/holy, who thus wouldn’t abandon dietary and other lifestyle Laws (f). <Notes> a) 1 Peter 1:2, b) 1 Corinthians 1:30, c) Ephesians 2:10, d) Philippians 2:13, e) 1 Timothy 4:1-5, f) Romans 14:1-23.

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT24

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Without faith, we won’t get the nature of the Holy Spirit like joy and peace from love

 

 

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Paul emphatically stated that thekingdom of God is absolutely-in-fact-NOT a matter of eating or drinking but of righteousness and/coupled peace and/coupled joy by the means of the Holy Spirit” (a).  We’ve already seen from Obedient Steps of Faith – BT2 and – BT17, Paul’s many arguments like this that our righteousness comes from Christ’s righteousness.  It doesn’t come from obedience to OT commandments or Traditions of the Elders that expanded on them, but in trusting-relying-faith in Christ, “who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and/also holiness/sanctification and/coupled redemption” (b) “so that IN Him we might ginomai emerge-and-change-to-become the righteousness of/belonging-to God” (c).  Again, being changed into the righteous (right-living) nature of Christ’s Spirit by holy-sanctification is not a 1-time event but a process just as soteria salvation is – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT16 for enduring faith.  It’s not set in stone, but it “might” happen, because though we “emerge” as “New Creations IN Him” the word “might” only implies the possibility of “becoming the righteousness of/belonging-to God.”  Acquiring the holy/sanctified nature of God does require koinonia co-participation/fellowship with God!  Because the Spirit of the Father and Son is infinitely gentle (d), He will not strong-arm us into His nature!  <Notes> a) Romans 14:17, b) 1 Corinthians 1:30, c) 2 Corinthians 5:21, d) 2 Samuel 22:36; Psalms 18:35; Isaiah 40:11; Matthew 11:29; 2 Corinthians 10:1; 1 Corinthians 4:21; Galatians 5:23, 6:1.

 

Also notice from above thatpeace kai and/coupled joy by the means of the Holy Spirit” are also both linked by the conjunction kai to “righteousness,” clearly indicating the emphasis on “right-living” that has nothing to do with OT dietary Laws!  But Paul also clearly indicates that this “peace and/coupled joy” are the principle ‘flavors’ of the “[singular] fruit of the Spirit that presently/ongoingly IS-defined-as/exists-as Unconditional-Love” (a) and thus associates being “pleroo filled-to-completion with pas ALL ‘kinds/types of’ joy and/coupled peace in/by/with The Trusting-Relying-Faith eis toward-reaching-the-goal-of you to abound in/by/with The elpis Hope (b) by the means of [singular] dunamis enabling-power of/belonging-to [singular] Holy Spirit” (c). <Notes> a) Galatians 5:22, b) of the Christian Faith; elpis hope is trusting-relying-faith for future events, c) Romans 15:13.

 

Therefore, righteousness and/coupled peace and/coupled joy” come ONLY from trusting-relying-faith in The Unconditional-Love of God shown through-the-realizing-channel-of Christ and by the means of His Holy Spirit (a).  They come ONLY by the means of unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace of God through Jesus, “no longer on the basis of works” (b).  <Notes> a) Romans 1:17, 3:5, 21-22, 5:5, 10:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 5:22-23, b) Romans 11:6.

 

You won’t find real peace without the Spirit through trusting-relying-faith!  We saw that above but also in many other verses (a).  Peace is actually “multiplied-to-capacity to you in/by/with [singular] genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of God and/coupled of Jesus our Lord” (b). Peace comes from Unconditional-Love after having trusting-relying-faith (c). <Notes> a) Romans 8:6, 15:33, 16:20; Ephesians 4:3; 1 Corinthians 14:33; 2 Corinthians 13:11; Philippians 4:7, 9; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:20, b) 2 Peter 1:2; cf. 1 Peter 1:2; Jude 1:2, c) Galatians 5:22; Luke 7:50, 8:48; Romans 5:1, 6:23; 2 Timothy 2:22; Titus 1:4.

 

Until we have reconciled-peace with God by the death of His Son (a), we remain ungodly sinners and enemies of God, alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, and thus under the feet of God, still under the condemnation of the world (b). The apostle Paul writes, “Therefore, since we have been justified (c) by trusting-relying-faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (d).  If you are a “child in The-Trusting-Relying-Faith” you can also experience “unconditionally-loving-favor-of-grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and/coupled Christ Jesus our Lord” (e). <Notes> a) Romans 5:10; Colossians 1:22, b) James 4:4; Romans 5:6, 8; Colossians 1:21, Matthew 22:44; Mark 12:36; Luke 20:43; Acts 2:35; 1 Corinthians 15:25; Hebrews 1:13, 10:13; John 3:17-18; Mark 16:16, c) acquitted of the charges of sin against us, declared or made in right standing with God, d) Romans 5:1, e) 1 Timothy 1:2; Titus 1:4.

 

Christ is our Sabbath Rest, not Saturday or Sunday:  “God rested on the 7th day from all His ergon ‘doings/works’ . . .  Since therefore it remains for some to enter the rest [of God], and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of apeithes disobedience . . . So then, there remains a Sabbath Rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his ergon ‘doings/works’ just as God did from His . . . Let us therefore strive to enter that Rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of apeithes disobedience” (a).  That’s why Jesus invited us:  “Come to Me, all who toil and are heavily-burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and/coupled learn [directly] from Me for I am gentle and/coupled lowly in heart, and you will find rest for you souls, for My yoke is easy-to-do and/coupled My burden is feather/cloud-light to carry” (b). <Notes> a) Hebrews 4:5-6, 9, 10-11, b) Matthew 11:28-30.

 

“Going in peace” comes after healing which comes after trusting-relying-faith (a).  Peace comes after joy which comes after Unconditional-Love, the [singular] fruit-essence-nature of the Holy Spirit (b).  In fact, we are strongly urged to “presently/ongoingly flee youthful passions; Now [strongly urged to] presently/ongoingly dioko ‘aggressively chase like a hunter pursuing a catch’ righteousness, trusting-relying-faith, unconditional-love, [and] peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a katharos ‘purged, clean, pure, unmixed – similar to holy’ heart” (c). <Notes> a) Mark 5:34; Luke 7:50; 8:48, b) Galatians 5:22; with agape love: Romans 1:7; 2 Corinthians 13:11; 2 John 1:3; Jude 1:2; 1 Peter 5:14; with faith, love:  2 Timothy 2:22; Ephesians 6:23, cf. Psalms 85:10, c) 2 Timothy 2:22.

 

You won’t find real joy without the Spirit through trusting-relying-faith!  We saw that above, so do you also want to be one of these “disciples that pleroo filled-to-completion of/belonging-to joy and/coupled [singular] Holy Spirit” (a). “Joy of the Holy Spirit” comes from Unconditional-Love after having trusting-relying-faith (b), but there is also a “joy of/belonging-to The-Trusting-Relying-Faith” (c).  This is how Jesus was able to face the cross:  Jesus “had routinely set before Himself joy to humomeno patiently-endure-under-trial the cross, despising the shame” (d). <Notes> a) Acts 13:52, b) 1 Thessalonians 1:6; Galatians 5:22; Matthew 25:21, 23, c) Philippians 1:25, d) Hebrews 12:2.

 

Likewise, Peter says of the suffering Jewish-Christians in 1 Peter 1:4-9, “God “has given us a new birth into a living elpis hope (faith for the future) . . . into an inheritance . . . it is reserved in heaven for you, which is kept-guarded by the means of [singular] enabling-power of God through-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith toward-reaching salvation to be revealed in the last time. In/by/with this you presently agalliao joyfully leap/exalt, although you are now having to suffer for a short time in various trials in order that the dokimion tested/proven genuineness of your trusting-relying-faith, more precious than gold, this routinely apollumi being permanently destroyed through-the-realizing-channel-of fire though routinely being dokimazo refined-to-pass-the-test-as-genuine [so that it] may be heurisko discovered-after-searching [that it is] toward-and-reaches epainos praise and/coupled glory and/coupled honor when Christ is revealed. [Until then], although you have in-possibility-NOT horao mentally observed/perceived-to-know/discern Him [as many Jews who physically saw Jesus], you actually, ongoingly are unconditionally-loving Him and/coupled although you are not in possibility now routinely horao observed/perceived-known/discerned Him, you nevertheless are routinely having trusting-relying-faith, agalliao joyfully leaping/exalting with inexpressible chara joy/delight and/coupled already have been [with ongoing results] routinely been rendered/esteemed glorious, presently/ongoing obtaining the outcome/end-goal of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith, the salvation of your souls (a).”  After the jailer’s household was water-baptized after hearing the gospel logos message from Paul and Silas, “they agalliao joyfully leaped/exalted having already had [with ongoing results] trusting-relying-faith in God with all his household” (b). <Notes> a) psyche:  mind, emotions, will – see Identity, b) Acts 16:30-34.

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT23

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Without faith, we won’t even get the promised seal of the indwelling Holy Spirit

 

 

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We introduced this in the last BLOG.  Jesus promised the Spirit-baptism:  To the Samaritan women at the well, Jesus promised “living water” as the “dorea ‘gift didomi bestowed upon us’ of God” (a).  Later at a great feast of the Jews, Jesus said:  “Whoever has trusting-relying-faith in Me shall absolutely-in-fact-and-possibility-NOT thirst at-any-time/ever” (b).   Jesus “stood up and cried out, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.  Whoever has trusting-relying-faith in Me, as the scripture has said, ‘Out of his innermost belly/womb (c) will flow rivers of living water.’  Now this He said about the Spirit, whom those who had trusting-relying-faith in Him were to presently/ongoingly lambano grab-hold-of-to-receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been [given,] because Jesus was not yet glorified [after His resurrection]” (d).  <Notes> a) Koilia physically is the “interior cavity, gullet, or womb” of a man, but translated from the OT Hebrew as “the innermost part, soul, or heart of man as the seat of thought, feeling, and choice.”  This is one of the times Jesus and other rabbis quoted scripture that we do not have today, but have been lost in time.  Contrary to Christian propaganda, the bible we have now is not complete – see Bible Info<Notes> a) John 4:10, b) John 6:35, c) koilia:  a place of reproduction, implying that this is where God’s creative power will now reside and operate, d) John 7:37-39.

 

Paul promised this in his gospel:  “In Christ you also, when you heard the logos message of The Truth (a) – the gospel of your salvation – in whom [you] also having-had trusting-relying-faith, [you] had been sealed with the Spirit, the of-the-promise [one], the Holy [one], who is the guarantee of our inheritance” (b).  To Jewish-Christians tempted to Law-teachers to go back to Moses, Paul asks:  “Did you already lambano grab-hold-of-to-receive the Spirit ek out-from the works of [singular] Law or ek out-from akouo hearing/listening to understand/know of/belonging to trusting-relying-faith?  Are you so foolish?” (c). When Paul met some believers in Ephesus is Acts 19:1-7, the first question out of his mouth, which shows His priorities that should be ours is:  “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you had trusting-relying-faith?”  But he wasn’t asking about if they prayed ‘the sinner’s prayer,’ because when they said, “No” the next thing out of his mouth was “Into what then were you water-baptized?”  When he found it was only John the Baptist’s, he preached the gospel to them, got them water-baptized, and THAT IS WHEN they got Spirit-baptized with the visible signs of tongues and prophesying.  They expected both baptisms to occur in the “one baptism” of The Christian Faith (d).  <Notes> a) The Truth:  a typical reference to Christ per John 1:14, 17, 14:6, 8:30-32; 1 John 2:27, 5:20; Ephesians 4:21 or His gospel logos message about Himself: Galatians 2:5, 14; Ephesians 1:13; Colossians 1:5 – see Truth page, b) Ephesians 1:13-14, c) Galatians 3:2, 5, d) Ephesians 4:5.

 

Paul also promises: “In Christ, the blessing of Abraham (eternal inheritance) might also come to the Gentiles, in order that we [all] may receive the promised Spirit (a) dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith” (b), not by obedience to OT commandments.  “The Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same Body, and/thus koinonia partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of the gospel” (c), “when you heard the logos message of The Truth (d) that is, the gospel of your salvation (e).  Many churches are ripping people off with their bad doctrine of separating the saving, depositing, and filling functions of water-Spirit baptism! I have in the BLOGs because so much is written about the function of each, but they really belong together!  <Notes> c) the logos word/message of God in the NT has radically been redefined from the OT because of a completely-different-in-kind New Covenant.  In the NT 99% of the time it’s either refers to Jesus Christ Himself as with John 1:1 or His gospel message, as here. <Notes> a) Luke 24:49; Acts 2:33, b) Galatians 3:14; cf. v. 3:2, 5, c) Ephesians 3:6, d) The Truth:  a typical reference to Christ per John 1:14, 17, 14:6, 8:30-32; 1 John 2:27, 5:20; Ephesians 4:21 or His gospel logos message about Himself: Galatians 2:5, 14; Ephesians 1:13; Colossians 1:5 – see Truth page, e) Ephesians 1:13.

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT22

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The promises of God come by NT faith not by OT works of righteousness

 

 

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The Israelites didn’t enter into “The Promised Land” because “they despised the pleasant land, having no trusting-relying-faith in His promise” (a).  However, likely Barnabas, Paul’s preaching companion, in the book of Hebrews (b) encourages Jewish-Christians to: “be imitators of those who dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith and/coupled makrothumia long-suffering-patience before expressing retributive-force from anger’ inherit the promises,” so therefore “let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful,” giving us many examples:  “By-the-means-of trusting-relying-faith Abraham went to live in the land of promise . . . living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise . . . by-the-means-of trusting-relying-faith Sarah received enabling-power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered Him faithful who had promised . . . [many other people] all died in trusting-relying-faith . . . by-the-means-of trusting-relying-faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, kai and/specifically he who had received the promises was then in the act of offering up his only son . . . [man other people] dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith . . . obtained promises.” <Notes> a) Psalms 106:24, b) Hebrews 6:12, 10:23, 11:9, 11, 13, 17, 33, 39.

 

Paul explains promises that go to the remnant who have faith: “They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the Law, the latreia liturgical-worship, and the promises” (a).  But NOT all of the children of Abraham are the children of God:  “it is absolutely-in-fact-NOT the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise (b) are counted as offspring” (c), for “only a remnant of them will be saved” (d).  Gentiles “were alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world” (e), but “the mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs [of Abraham], members of the same Body, kai and/thus koinonia partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of the gospel” (f).  Just as with the Jews only a “remnant of mankind will seek the Lord” (g), for “so too at the present time there is a remnant chosen by unconditionally-loving-favor-of-grace” (h).  <Notes> a) Romans 9:4, b) context: of Isaac’s birth by Sarah, not Hagar’s child, the father of the Arab nations, c) Romans 9:7-9, d) Romans 9:27, e) Ephesians 2:12, f) Ephesians 3:6, g) Acts 15:17, h) Romans 11:5.

 

Christ’s 1st coming and salvation He brought “showed the mercy promised to our fathers and/thus to remember His holy covenant, the oath that He sword to our father Abraham” (a), for “of this man’s [singular] sperma ‘seed-offspring’ God had brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, just as He promised . . . and we presently/ongoingly euaggelizo preach the gospel that what God promised the fathers, this He has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus [from the dead] . . . and now I stand here on trial because of my hope in the promise made by God to our fathers” (b).  <Notes> a) Luke 1:69-73; Acts 7:17, b) Acts 13:23, 32-33, 26:6.

 

Paul explains elsewhere as “a servant of Christ Jesus, . . . set apart for the gospel of God, which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy scripture concerning His Son” (a).  “Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs [of Israel]” (b).  “God is faithful, our logos message to you has not been ‘yes and no.’  For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you . . . was not ‘yes or no,’ but in Him it is always ‘Yes,’ for all the promises of God find their ‘Yes’ in Him” (c), and “since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit” (d). Peter also explains:  “Jesus of Lord’s divine enabling-power has granted to us ALL things that pertain to zoe genuine-life and/coupled godliness dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of Him, who called us to His own glory and/coupled excellence, dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of which He has granted to us His precious and/coupled very-great promises in order that through them you may become koinonia partakers of the divine nature” (e).  <Notes> a) Romans 1:1-3, b) Romans 15:8, c) 2 Corinthians 1:18-20, d) 2 Corinthians 7:1, e) 2 Peter 1:3-4.

 

One of those “precious promisesfrom above is “the promise of the zoe genuine-life that is in Christ Jesus” (a), “the hope of eternal zoe genuine-life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began and at the proper time manifested by-the-means-of His logos message through the preaching with which I have been entrusted by the command of God our Savior (b)” (c).  “This is the promise that He (the Son) made to us – eternal zoe genuine-life” (d).  <Notes> a) 2 Timothy 1:1, b) Jesus commanded Paul to preach the gospel: Titus 1:3; 1 Timothy 1:1; Romans 1:1, 5-6, 16:26, c) Titus 1:2-3, d) 1 John 1:25.

 

James 2:5 assures us: “has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich by-the-means-of trusting-relying-faith kai and/coupled/thus heirs of the kingdom that He promised to those routinely unconditionally-loving Him?”  2 Peter 1:1-4 speaks “to those who have obtained a trusting-relying-faith . . . by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ . . . His divine enabling-power has granted to us all things that pertain to zoe genuine-life and/coupled godliness dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of the [One] having called us dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of [His] own glory and excellence, dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of which He has given to us the precious and/coupled magnificent promises in order that dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of these [promises] you might become koinonia partakers of the divine-God nature.”  The promises weren’t meant to give us a bible but God’s nature – and by the 3 uses of  dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of, you can see how!

 

We’ve already seen Paul explain this in Galatians 3:12-14, 16, 18, 22-25, “The Law presently/ongoingly is absolutely-in-fact-NOT ek out-from trusting-relying-faith . . . Christ redeemed-by-ransom-payment us from the curse of the Law, having become for us [singular] curse for . . . ‘cursed is everyone hanging on a tree’ in order that the blessing of Abraham might come eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of the Gentiles by-the-means-of Jesus Christ in order that the promise of the Spirit we might definitively/wholly lambano grab-hold-of-to-receive dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith. . . . Now the [plural] promises were made to Abraham and to his [singular] offspring . . . who is Christ . . . for if the inheritance comes by the Law, it no longer comes by promise . . . But the graphe Scripture (a) definitively/wholly sugkleio ‘closed/locked up together in prison without a way of escape and thus subjugated to the power of the jailer’ ALL things (Jews for sure) hupo subjugated-under SIN in order that The Promise (b) from Jesus Christ ek out-from trusting-relying-faith might be given to those routinely having trusting-relying-faith . . . <Notes> a) whole of OT Law per A1 of Logos Word of God – BT5, b) of the Spirit as an inheritance from v. 3:14, 18-19.

 

. . . BEFORE The-Trusting-Relying-Faith erchomai came-from-one-place-to-another, we were phroureo ‘guarded as with a military sentinel’ hupo subordinately-under the Law, routinely having been sugkleio having been imprisoned eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of The mello surely-about-to-happen Trusting-Relying-Faith was to be revealed/uncovered, so that the Law had become [with lasting effects] our (Jews) paidagogos child-guardian (a) eis toward-and-reaching-for-the-results-of Christ came in order that we might be justified ek out-from trusting-relying-faith . . . <Notes> a) paidagogos:  hired servant that would insure minor-aged kids got to school and back safely – see 1 Corinthians 4:15-20.

 

. . . BUT NOW that trusting-relying-faith has come, we are absolutely-in-fact-NO LONGER under a paidagogos child-guardian (a), for in Christ Jesus you are ALL huios mature-sons (b) of God, through trusting-relying-faith.”  It seems many churches don’t know the difference between BEFORE, NOW, and NO LONGER because they mix OT commandments, even the 2 greatest of “loving God and loving neighbor” that sum up the Law (c) in with NT trusting-relying-faith, which by definition of a conditional Law and unconditional Grace are impossible to mix. <Notes> a) paidagogos:  hired servant that would insure minor-aged kids got to school and back safely – see 1 Corinthians 4:15-20 “countless guides in Christ”, b) although Gentile-Christians are adopted, we are also NOW at the age to receive our inheritance, born not of the slave woman Hagar or Law but of the free woman Sarah, the first-fruit or guarantee of that inheritance being the promised-Spirit that enables us to be led by the Spirit in our freedom:  Romans 8:14, 23; Galatians 3:18, 4:3-9, 30; Ephesians 1:11, 13-14, c) Matthew 7:12, 19:19, 22:40; Galatians 5:14.

 

Paul also explains this in Romans 4:13-14, 16, 20-24:  “The promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the Law but through the righteousness of trusting-relying-faith.  For if it is the adherents of the Law who are to be the heirs, trusting-relying-faith is null and the promise is void. . . . That is why it depends on trusting-relying-faith, in order that the promise may rest on unconditionally-loving-favor-of-grace kai and/thus be guaranteed to ALL his offspring – not only to the adherent of the Law but also to the one who shares the trusting-relying-faith of Abraham . . . No apistia NO-trusting-relying-faith made Abraham waver concerning the promise of God (a), but-instead endunamoo was-passively-empowered (b) by-the-means-of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith (c), having already given glory to God, kai and/thus [eventually] fully convinced that God was able to do what He had promised.  That is why his trusting-relying-faith was ‘counted to him as righteousness.’  But the words ‘it was counted-as-credit to him’ were not written for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be counted-as-credit to us routinely having trusting-relying-faith upon The [One] Jesus our Lord, having already been raised from the dead.”  Clearly “hupomone ‘patient-endurance under trials’ of trusting-relying-faith” (d) is called for! <Notes> a) that despite Sarah’s bareness he would have a son, b) his impregnating of Hagar showed his initial doubt and thus wavering of trusting-relying-faith, c) Yes, faith will empower you, d) Revelation 2:19, 13:10, 14:12; Hebrews 12:1.

 

The second “precious promise” from above is “the Father’s promise of the Holy Spirit” (a) that is “also received by trusting-relying-faith” (b).  Jesus didn’t just save us for heaven to live like hell meanwhile, because soteria salvation is a “process of being delivered, rescued, and restored to wholeness” and this will require the enabling-power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us to create holiness/sanctification to make the process possible.  That’s exactly why Paul asks:  “What shall we say then?  Are we to continue in sin that unconditionally-loving-favor-of-grace may [be required] to abound?  By no means!  How can we who died to sin [g] still live in it?” (c)!  <Notes> a) Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4, 2:33, 38-39, b) Galatians 3:14; Ephesians 1:13, g) with Christ in water-baptism per Romans 6:3-4, c) Romans 6:1-2.

 

“The sealing of the promised Holy Spirit came “when you heard the logos message of The Truth, the gospel of the salvation of you, in whom [Christ, v. 1:12] you kai specifically had trusting-relying-faith” (a), “putting His seal on us kai and/specifically giving us His Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee” (b), where “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (c), “sealed for the day of redemption” (d), a reference to our glorifying transformation at Christ’s second coming (e).  <Notes> a) Ephesians 1:13, b) 2 Corinthians 1:22, 5:5, c) Romans 8:16, d) Ephesians 4:30, e) Titus 1:2, 2:12-13; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 1:10; Romans 8:17-18, 29; 1 Corinthians 13:12, 15:42, 52-54; John 5:25, 28; Luke 20:35-36.

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT21

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“Faith and love” commandments are not an ergon ‘doing/work’ that we ergo ‘do/work’ out-from ourselves but ergo ‘done/worked’ by-the-means-of the Holy Spirit

 

 

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See also Only 2 Commandments – BT7.  Paul said:  “Trusting-relying-faith and unconditional-love are [located] IN Christ (a) and “Peace . . . and/coupled unconditional-love meta ‘changed afterward after being with’ trusting-relying-faith [coming] apo away-from God [singular] Father and/coupled [singular] Lord Jesus Christ” (b).  The NT’s only 2 commandments can only be done by the enabling-power of the Holy Spirit see Only 2 Commandments – BT7.  That’s why Paul proseuchomai conversationally-prays that God would grant Christians the Holy Spirit’s supernatural, enabling-power in our inner man so that Christ might permanently-inhabit in your hearts through-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith (c). <Notes> a) 1 Timothy 1:14; 2 Timothy 1:13, b) Ephesians 6:23, c) Ephesians 3:14-17.

 

We each are given the equal ability to have The Faith.  Paul says in Romans 12:3-10: “that everyone among you are NOT-in-possibility to think of themselves more highly than they ought to think, but instead to think with a sophroneo temperate/sound mind, each kata down-from/according-to a [singular] metron measuring-cup of/belonging-to (genitive of possession) [singular] trusting-relying-faith that God has already merizo ‘measured out into a distinguishable portion(s)’.”

 

In those times the metron “measuring-cup” measured a standard EQUAL portion of grain or whatever that was being sold to insure fairness and equity for all – a quart is a quart for everyone!  It was also a weighting-mechanism used to insure that their scales were “balanced” or fair, one side EQUAL with the other (a).  But that’s not what a lot of churchmen believe – they believe they either got a bigger measure than the cup could hold or maybe they got multiple cups, even though no scriptures support this idea!  Instead God is the One who has distributed to each one of us so that Body-ministry is balanced, EQUAL, and thus fair and equitable – this is the basic idea of dikaiosis “justification” for “God’s krino judgments are always dikaios just/equitable” (b).  He is not measuring out trusting-relying-faith with this metron device as too many translations erroneously imply.  The ‘genitive of possession’ means the metron measuring-cup belongs to a “[singular] trusting-relying-faith,” which up until this verse is Paul’s way of referring to The Christian Faith, the “Law of Faith” rather than any other religion or philosophy’s trusting-relying-faith (c), which is akin to Jude 1:3’s “The Trusting-Relying-Faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.”  <Notes> a) Matthew 7:2, 23:32; Mark 4:24; Luke 6:38; John 3:34; Romans 12:3; 2 Corinthians 10:13; Ephesians 4:7, 13, 16; Revelations 21:15, 17, b) Revelation 15:3, 16:7, 19:2; cf. Psalms 111:7 [just-judgment: mishpat, krino], 119:137, c) Roman 1:5, 8, 12, 16-17, 3:21-22, 25-28, 31, 5:1-2, 9:30, 32, 10:6, 8, 17, 11:20.

 

It is NOT the nature of a dikaios just or “impartial” (a) God to merizo measure-out different portions to each of His people – that’s what the “robbers and thieves” were doing in the Temple that Jesus drove out (b) – but an EQUAL portion to each.  Furthermore, the Holy Spirit’s characteristic of “faith/faithfulness” (c) is that of a whole Person and not a force or substance – Christians get the whole Person, not pieces of Him!  <Notes> a) Deuteronomy 10:17; 2 Chronicles 19:7; Luke 20:21; Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11; Galatians 2:6; cf. 1 Timothy 5:21, b) Matthew 21:13; Mark 11:17; Luke 19:46; John 2:16, c) Galatians 5:22.

 

That’s why many scholars think that in Ephesians 2:8-9dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of [feminine] trusting-relying-faith” refers to “[neuter] THIS is absolutely-in-fact-NOT ek out-from, [THIS is] the [neuter] doron ‘uncaused or coerced gift’ of God, absolutely-in-fact-NOT ek out-from [your] ergon ‘doings/works’ in order that in-possibility-NOT one [person] may boast,” even though I believe that the neuter “doron ‘uncaused or coerced gift’ of God” and the pronoun “THIS” don’t refer back to “dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of [feminine] trusting-relying-faith” but to the entire phrase “you are saved by-the-means-of [feminine] unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of [feminine] trusting-relying-faith” so that the entire soteria salvation “process of being delivered, rescued, and restored to wholeness” is a “doron ‘uncaused or coerced gift’ of God” and not the result of us earning favor as a conditional, merited wage due us (a).  The very definition of charisunconditional-loving-favor-of-grace” means “unconditional, unmerited, and unearned.”  That’s why we can’t “boast” even of our trusting-relying-faith, and thus the reason Paul says in Romans 12:3 to “NOT-in-possibility to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think.”  Body-Ministry grace-gifts all part of God’s “doron ‘uncaused or coerced gift’ to us!  And I believe this is because the metron “measuring-cup” merizo measures-out EQUAL portions of the SAME grace-gift of The-Trusting-Rely-Faith, The Christian Faith, in Jesus to us all EQUALLY, because we all have the SAME whole Person of the Holy Spirit! That’s not what makes us different!  <Notes> a) Romans 4:4.

 

Though the amount of The Grace-Gifts doesn’t differ, the praxis function in us individually does!  Paul continues in Romans 12:3-10, “For just as in one [physical] body we have many members and/coupled the members do absolutely-in-fact-NOT all have the same praxis function (a), so that we, though many [members], are One Body in Christ, and/thus individually members reciprocally of/belonging to one of another.  Having charismata grace-gifts that are diaphoros different-in-kind kata ‘down-from or according-to’ the unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace didomi ‘bestowed upon us’ (as a gift; see ‘a’) to us, let us use them:  prophecy kata ‘down-from or according-to’ the unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace didomi ‘bestowed upon us’ (as a gift; see ‘a’) to analogia ‘move from one point of logical reasoning up to another’ of/belonging-to The-Trusting-Relying-Faith, or service-ministry [then us it] by-the-means-of The Service-Ministry . . . [list of other grace-gifts for Body-Ministry with same ‘if then use it’ format] . . . [Let] unconditional-love be unupokritos ‘un-hypocritical, thus sincere’ . . . devoted to on another by-the-means-of philadelphia brethren-love, proegeomai ‘leading the way by example’ by-the-means-of honoring one another.”  That’s the solution to wanna-be leaders thinking too highly of themselves from verse Romans 12:3 above!  <Notes> a) as a gift:  cf. Matthew 4:9, 7:11 19:21; Luke 1:32, 11:13, 12:32; Ephesians 4:8; Psalms 67:19; Acts 24:26.

 

It’s NOT The-Trusting-Relying-Faith that is different, or even our metron ‘measuring-cup portion’ of it, or even the unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace didomi ‘bestowed upon us’ (as a gift; see ‘a’ above), and neither are the grace-gifts by quantity different, because by definition they simply kata “come down-from” unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace.  What is diaphoros different-in-kind, just as there are diaphoros different-in-kind members in a body, is the praxis function of each grace-gift<Notes> a) praxis: functions, implying sustained activities, deeds, and/or responsibilities – see Matthew 16:27; Luke 23:51; Acts 19:18; Romans 8:13; Colossians 3:9.

 

These different “functions” correspond to the diaphoros different-in-kind charismatagrace-gifts.”  The Greek word charismata comes from charis, which is our word for unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace. These “grace-gifts” are given to us solely by the unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace of God, by the Spirit of God, thus the term “grace-gifts,” to carry out God’s will in His Church.  So much is written about these Spirit’sgrace-endowments” in the NT (a), but one thing is clear about them – they absolutely have nothing to do with our “might and power” talents, skills, dedication, and service, or that God likes or loves any one of us more or less than another.  If any of this were true, the grace-gift would no longer be unmerited or unconditional – see Grace-Gifts. <Notes> a) Romans 1:1, 5:15-16, 6:23, 11:29, 12:6; 1 Corinthians 1:7, 7:7, 12:4, 9, 28, 30, 31; 1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:6; 1 Peter 4:10.

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT20

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Faith and Love are the only 2 commandments integrally connected in the New Covenant

 

 

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Only 2 commandments were given in the NT – one to the unsaved as “the Law of trusting-relying-faith” (a) or “work of trusting-relying-faith” (b) – see Logos Word of God – BT15, and the other to the saved as “labor of unconditional-love” (c) that is the “Law of Christ to carry one another’s burdens” (d) that is Christ’s commandment to “unconditionally-love one another” (e) that is “the perfect Law of Freedom/Liberty” where “mercy triumphs over judgment” (f) – see Logos Word of God – BT16.  Really, there are only 2 commandments in the NT to the saved and unsaved and both are inseparably related to each other – see Logos Word of God – BT14 and Only 2 Commandments – BT6. These have nothing to do with any of the old covenant’s 613 commandments either – see Only 2 Commandments – BT4, not even their 2 greatest “to Love God wholly or to Love your neighbor” despite this common misconception – see Only 2 Commandments – BT3. <Notes> a) Romans 3:27, cf. John 3:16-18, 36, 40, 6:29, 20:31; 1 John 3:23, 5:10, 13; Acts 18:8, b) 1 Thessalonian 1:3; 2 Thessalonian 1:11, c) 1 Thessalonians 1:3, d) 1 Corinthians 9:21; Galatians 6:2, e) John 13:34-35, 15:12, 17; 1 John 3:23; Romans 12:10, 13:8; 2 Corinthians 13:11; Galatians 5:13; Ephesians 4:2; 1 Thessalonians 3:12, 4:9; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; Hebrews 10:24; 1 Peter 1:22, 4:8, 5:14; 1 John 3:11, 4:7, 11-12; 2 John 1:5-6, f) James 1:25, 2:13.

 

These are the very things the Father, the Son, and the indwelling Holy Spirit “causes” us by His unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace within us to “walk/live in, by, or with!” (a). 1 John 3:23 combines each entole universally-binding commandment into 1 commandment from God:   trusting-relying-faith in the name/authority of His Son . . . and/coupled unconditionally-loving one another.”  So important are these that Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13:13 that only trusting-relying-faith, hope – faith in future events – and unconditional-love will remain forever.  Why?  Because all 3 are necessarily in relationships to prosper, and eternity will certainly require a relationship with God.  <Notes> a) Ezekiel 36:27; Philippians 2:13; Hebrews 13:21; 1 Corinthians 12:6, 15:10.

 

Pistis faith and agape love are naturally koinonia relationship words based on epignosis genuine, experiential, relational knowledge and not at all on gnosis informational-knowledge words of dogma creeds or didache doctrine or theology acquired through reading, study, analysis, debate, or memorization as the Jewish scribes and Pharisees erroneously relied on to know God and obviously failed (a). And much of Protestant teaching as fallen into the same “trap and snare” – see New Covenant Ways – BT17 and – BT18. <Notes> a) John 5:37-40, 7:28, 8:19, 55, 16:3.

 

NT writers often integrally connect “trusting-relying-faith and/coupled unconditional-love.”  They are inseparably coupled 6 times (a), combined into 1 commandment from God (b), in reverse in 5 places (c), and closely associated 19 times (d).  See Only 2 Commandments – BT6 page. <Notes> a) 1 John 3:23; 1 Thessalonians 3:6, 5:8; 1 Timothy 1:14, 2:15; 2 Timothy 1:13; Revelation 2:19, b) 1 John 3:23, c) Ephesians 6:23; 1 Timothy 4:12; Titus 3:15; Philemon 1:5; Revelations 2:19, d) 1 Corinthians 13:2, 13; 2 Corinthians 8:7; Galatians 2:20, 5:6, 22; Ephesians 1:15, 3:17; Colossians 1:4; 1 Thessalonians 1:3; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; 1 Timothy 1:5, 6:11; 2 Timothy 2:22, 3:10; Titus 2:2; James 2:5; 1 John 3:23; Revelation 1:5.

 

“Faith and Love” are integral to the gospel message.  Paul strongly-urges his pastor-in-training to “presently/ongoingly echo ‘hold on to possess’ the pattern-example of the hugiaino ‘sound, in-balance, all-parts-working, healthy-condition’ logos messages (gospel) that you have already heard from me, in/by/with the trusting-relying-faith and/coupled unconditional-love that are in/by/with Christ Jesus” (a).  This is the essence of the gospel logos message that they preached and taught to pastors to preach!  Paul tells those his team is training:  “the aim of our charge is unconditional-love that issues from an unmixed heart and/coupled a good conscience and/coupled a sincere trusting-relying-faith” (b). <Notes> a) 2 Timothy 1:13, b) 1 Timothy 1:5.

 

In fact, these 2 commandments are what is supposed to be taught to make disciples, per “The Great Commission” to the 11 apostles, not everything that Jesus taught!  Jesus actually specifically commanded them in Matthew 28:20, “to be teaching them [the disciples they just made in v. 28:19] to tereo ‘watch carefully to guard or keep’ ALL that I have entellomai ‘officially-decreed as universally-binding commandments to’ you,” but again, there were only 2 entole commandments found anywhere in the NT, 1 from the Father (a) and 1 from the Son (b), thus only 1 compound commandment from the Godhead: “having trusting-relying-faith in the name/authority of God’s Son Jesus Christ and/coupled unconditionally-loving one another, just as He (Jesus) has given us an entole commandment” (c).  How beautifully simple for even little children and the other Least Among You<Notes> a) John 6:29, b) John 13:34, 15:12, c) 1 John 3:23.

 

Our Christian lives or peri ‘comprehensive, walking all arounds’ are begotten or “born again” from “Faith and Love” and continue to grow because of it.  We are called to “walk in the footsteps of the trusting-relying-faith that our father Abraham had” (a), which is “peripateo ‘walking all around, comprehensively’ dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith, absolutely-in-fact-NOT by sight” (b).  We are also to be “stoicheo ‘walking in line, keeping in step, to a particular place’ unconditional-love” (c) “just as Christ unconditionally-loved us (d) and gave Himself up for us” (e) – “this is unconditional-love . . . this is the commandment (f), just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should peripateo ‘walking all around, comprehensively’ in/by/with it” (g).  For “whoever says he meno abides-remains-lives in Christ ought to definitively/wholly peripateo ‘walking all around, comprehensively’ in the same way in which He was ongoingly peripateo ‘walking all around, comprehensively’ ” (h). <Notes> a) Romans 4:12, b) 2 Corinthians 5:7, c) Romans 14:15, d) John 13:34, 15:9, 12, 17:23, e) Ephesians 5:2, f) a completely-different-in-kind New Commandment: John 13:34; My commandment: John 15:12, g) 2 John 1:6, h) 1 John 2:6.

 

“Faith and Love” are key characteristics of the Holy Spirit (a) and thus of Christians (b) who have the indwelling Holy Spirit. Our trusting-relying-faith is also in God’s unconditional-love for us through Christ (c), having already been rooted and grounded in/by/with Christ’s unconditional-love.  Nevertheless, Paul prays for these Christians “to definitively/wholly be strengthened-empowered dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of dunamis dynamite-like enabling-power of Him [Christ] eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of the inner man [for] The Christ to definitively/wholly dwell dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of your hearts in/by/with unconditional-love in order that you might definitively/wholly exischuo ‘be out-from aggressively-strengthened for the difficult task of’ katalambano ‘grasping hold of to receive down from’ [heaven] with all the saints what is the breadth and/coupled length and/coupled and/coupled height and/coupled depth – that is, to definitively/wholly experientially, relationally ginosko know The Surpassing, The Gnosis informational-knowledge (d) of/belonging-to The Christ, in order that you might be definitively/wholly pleroo filled-to-completion eis ‘toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of’ or ‘with-the-content-of’ ALL the pleroma abundant-fullness of The God (e). <Notes> a) Galatians 5:22 – scholars see “pistis trusting-relying-faith or faithfulness” as only one of the adjective-noun descriptions, facets, or ‘flavors’ of “the [singular] fruit of the Spirit being unconditional-love” thus making trusting-relying-faith an expression of unconditional-love, b) James 2:5; 1 Peter 1:8; 1 John 3:23, 4:16, 5:1; Revelation 2:19, c) Galatians 2:20, d) this is a rare occasion that Paul speaks of gnosis positively, e) Ephesians 3:16-19.

 

Christ’s unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace overflows to us meta ‘changed afterward after being with’ [singular] trusting-relying-faith and [singular] unconditional-love that are in/by/with Him (a), and thus trusting-relying-faith and/coupled unconditional-love are consequently the definitive aspects of Christian evangelistic witness (b).  <Notes> a) 1 Timothy 1:14, b) Ephesians 1:15; Colossians 1:4; 1 Thessalonians 3:6.

 

So Paul rightly “thanks God always when I remember you (Philemon) in my proseuche conversational-prayers, routinely akouo hearing/listening-to-understand/know of/belonging-to your The Unconditional-Love and/coupled The-Trusting-Relying-Faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus kai and/also for all the saints, [praying] so that koinonia fellowship-sharing of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith of you might become energes ‘active, energized, operational, and effective’ in [singular] genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of every agathos ‘good-natured’ (a) [thing] that [is] in/by/with us eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of Christ” (b).  In other words, evangelism is only effective when you are in a koinonia relationship with Christ, so that’s the priority!  In other words, our horizontal koinonia relationship with each other, even through evangelism, is empowered by our vertical koinonia relationship with God (c) – see Unconditional Love – BT9. <Notes> a) agathos:  “good-natured, pleasantly joyful, excellent or distinguished and thus useful, upright, or honorable,” b) Philemon 1:3-6, c) 1 John 4:7-8.

 

Consequently, trusting-relying-faith and/coupled unconditional-love are “the example” to pursue for Christian workers (a), being Paul’s aim in life (b), the aim of his charge against false teachers (c), and the subject of Paul’s greetings (d), blessings (e), kneeling before God (f), and thanksgiving (g). <Notes> a) 1 Timothy 4:12, 6:11; 2 Timothy 2:22, 3:10, b) 1 Timothy 4:12, 6:11; 2 Timothy 2:22, 3:10, c) 1 Timothy 1:5, d) Titus 3:15; Ephesians 6:23, e) Ephesians 6:23, f) Ephesians 3:17, g) 1 Thessalonians 1:3; 2 Thessalonians 1:3.

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT19

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NT ‘Obedience’ and ‘Good Works’ for ‘faithfulness’ have been redefined from the OT

 

 

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This has happened to so many words in the NT because of the more complete revelation of the NT writers in the redemptive plan of God – see Bible Info.  The NT writers purposely use terms Jews are familiar with, but they use them in a completely-different-in-kind way, and they justify this because many verses say that the OT is but “a copy and/coupled shadow of the heavenly things, of the things to come, but the reality belongs to Christ” (a).  It’s no longer OUR obedience to OT commandments!  The NT’s hupakoe obedience or “hypo beneath another person + akouo to hear/listen-to-understand/know, thus submission to what is akouo heard/listened to” is completely different than the OT obedience, just as the chadash/kainos NEW covenant is by definition “completely-different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior.”  It is NOW an “obedience to The Truth” (b) that we know is Jesus (c), thus “obedience to the Son” (d) or “obedience to Jesus Christ” (e), which is NOW “obedience to God” (f).  By our “obedience to confessing ‘Jesus Christ is Lord’ . . . for it is God routinely ergo ‘working/doing’ in you, both to desire/will and to work over-beyond-in-behalf-of His good pleasure” (g).  It is NOW “obedience to the logos message” (h) that is the same as “obedience to the gospel of Christ or God” (i) – see Logos Word of God<Notes> a) Colossians 2:17; Hebrews 8:5, 9:23, 10:1; 1 Peter 3:21, b) Romans 2:8; Galatians 5:7; 1 Peter 1:22, c) The Truth:  a typical reference to Christ per John 1:14, 17, 14:6, 8:30-32; 1 John 2:27, 5:20; Ephesians 4:21 or His gospel logos message about Himself: Galatians 2:5, 14; Ephesians 1:13; Colossians 1:5 – see Truth page, d) John 3:36, e) 1 Peter 1:2, 14; 2 Corinthians 10:5; Hebrews 5:9, f) Acts 5:29, 32, g) Philippians 2:11-13, h) 1 Peter 3:1, i) 1 Peter 4:17; Romans 10:16, 15:18-19; 2 Thessalonians 1:8.

 

This is NOW how tounconditionally-love God and/coupled obey His commandments” (a), which in context is combined into 1 compound commandment by God to “definitively/wholly having trusting-relying-faith in the Son and/coupled ongoingly unconditionally-loving others as Christ unconditionally-loved us” (b) – see Logos Word of God – BT14, even though Paul’s gospel thesis of Romans of “obedience of [singular] Trusting-Relying-Faith” (c) is particularly focused on the unsaved.  It’s all about putting out trusting-relying-faith in “the One Man’s (Christ) obedience that the many will be made/declared righteous” (d), because “He learned obedience through what He suffered” (e). But for our holiness/sanctification, it’s also about “presenting yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, thus being slaves of the one whom you obey, either of Sin (personified), which leads to death, or of Obedience (personified as Christ’s Spirit), which leads to righteousness” (f), “serving our Lord Christ, instead of your own appetites . . . for your obedience” (g), even “destroying strongholds, destroying arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the gnosis informational-knowledge of/belonging-to God, taking every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, until your obedience is complete” (h). <Notes> a) 1 John 5:2, b) 1 John 3:23, 4:21, c) Romans 1:5, 16:26, d) Romans 5:19, e) Hebrews 5:8, f) Romans 6:16, g) Romans 16:18-19; cf. 2 Corinthians 7:15; Philemon 1:21, h) 2 Corinthians 10:4-6.

 

In the NT there are only 2 ‘good works’ that we must OBEY and it’s NOT works of the OT Law – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT1These are the very things the Father, the Son, and the indwelling Holy Spirit “causes” us by His unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace within us to “walk/live in, by, or with” (a).  In Revelation 2:19, the Lord “eido mentally ‘sees’ to perceive/know your ergon ‘doings/works’:  your service [of] unconditional-love and/coupled hupomonepatient-endurance under trials’ [of] The-Trusting-Relying-Faith” – that is what the parallel phrases in the Greek translate to.  The prominent use of the definite article “The” is clearly associating trusting-relying-faith as something Christians should specifically and definitely know.  Let’s explore “good works” more below. <Notes> a) Ezekiel 36:27; Philippians 2:13; Hebrews 13:21; 1 Corinthians 12:6, 15:10.

 

Clearly “the kalos good works” (a) in mind we are called to do in the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant are simply trusting-relying-faith and unconditional-love. That’s why 1 John 3:23 takes these 2 entole officially-decreed, universally-binding commandments and combined them into 1 that God has given us – just 1 – see Logos Word of God – BT14.  Kalos has a broad meaning:  “1) to make beautiful physically or morally, this is distinctly the ‘beauty‘ that comes from harmony or proportional symmetry and thus completeness, or 2) to make excellent in nature or character, thus well adapted for its use, and thus praiseworthy and noble.”  Paul told his minister-in-training:  “Follow the pattern of the hugianio uncorrupted-healthy-functioning logos messages that you have heard from me – by-the-means-of [singular] trusting-relying-faith and/coupled [singular] unconditional-love that are IN Christ Jesus” (b). <Notes> a) Matthew 5:16; John 10:32; Acts 9:36; Ephesians 2:10; 1 Timothy 2:10, 5:10, 25, 6:18; Titus 2:7, 14, 3:8, 14; Hebrews 10:24, b) 2 Timothy 1:13.

 

We must obey the preached gospel logos message of trusting-relying-faith in Christ in order to be saved, which is the only way to eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know God and escape the flaming-fire vengeance of God (a) – see Salvation.  We’ve already spoken of the ergon ‘doings/works’ required for salvation – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT15.  The first thing that Jesus preaches in Mark 1:15 is that: “You all presently/ongoingly repent and/coupled have trusting-relying-faith in the euaggelion ‘Great News’ gospel.”  This is how we “obey Christ” (b) – by your “submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ” (c).  Regarding the Jews, Peter says:  “The one who is routinely having trusting-relying-faith shall absolutely-in-possibility-and-in-fact-NOT be put to shame.  Therefore, to you [is] the precious-honor, The Routinely Trusting-Relying-Faith.  However, [to those] apisteuo routinely NOT-having-trusting-relying-faith:  ‘The Stone the builders rejected has become the Cornerstone’ and ‘A Stone of stumbling and a Petra Massive-Bedstone-Rock of offense.”  They stumble because they apeitheo disobey the logos message, as they were destined to do” (d).  Similarly Paul says “Israel pursued a Law belonging-to righteousness, but toward-and-reaching [that] Law [to attain righteousness] did absolutely-in-fact-NOT attain [it].  Why?  Because [it was] absolutely-in-fact-NOT ek out-from trusting-relying-faith but instead ek out-from works.  They have stumbled over The proskomma lithos Stumbling-Stone” (e).  Concerning this “Stumbling-Stone” Paul says of Jesus:  “To the Jews indeed a skandalon bait-trigger-for-a-snare or trap, thus a Stumbling-Stone” (f). <Notes> a) Romans 1:5, 10:16, 15:18, 16:26; 2 Thessalonians 1:8; 1 Peter 4:17, b) 2 Corinthians 10:5; 1 Peter 1:2, c) 2 Corinthians 9:13, d) 1 Peter 2:6-8 also cites Isaiah 8:14, 8:14, and Psalms 118:22, e) Romans 9:31-33, citing the same OT passages as Peter did, f) 1 Corinthians 1:23.

 

Apeithes ‘disobedience to God’ or me aresko ‘displeasing God’ or skandalizo ‘setting off the trigger of a snare or trap’ resulting in sin or harmartia ‘missing the target’ resulting in sin, like so many other words used by the NT writers, have been redefined from the OT based on the fuller revelation of the gospel – see above on the new definition of “obedience” and also Bible Info.  It is no longer from breaking 1 of the 613 OT Laws, where “every transgression or parakoedisobedience from not having close-beside listening, thus from disinterested, contrary people’ received a just retribution” (a)!  John the Baptist came to “turn . . . the apeithes disobedient . . . to make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (b), “for as by the one man’s [Adam] parakoedisobedience from not having close-beside listening’ (c) the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s (Christ) obedience the many will be made righteous” (d) – this divine exchange on the cross for atonement is called  hilasterion, hilasmos, or hilaskomai “propitiation” (e) – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT14. The devil is “the prince of the exousia delegated-authority of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of apeithes disobedience” (f) that the “wrath of God comes upon” (g). <Notes> a) Hebrews 2:2, b) Luke 1:17, c) Romans 10:21, d) Romans 5:19, e) Respectively:  Romans 3:25; Hebrews 9:5. 1 John 2:2, 4:10. Luke 18:13; Hebrews 2:17, f) Ephesians 2:2, g) Ephesians 5:6.

 

But NOW that Christ has come, “God rested on the 7th day from all His ergon ‘doings/works’ . . .  Since therefore it remains for some to enter the rest [of God], and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of apeithes disobedience . . . So then, there remains a Sabbath Rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his ergon ‘doings/works’ just as God did from His . . . Let us therefore strive to enter that Rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of apeithes disobedience” (a).  The Sabbath is no longer Saturday nor changed to Sunday as more erroneous “traditions of men” have falsely taught!  Peter explains that Christ was “the Stone rejected by the builders that has become The Cornerstone . . . a Stone of stumbling and a Rock of offense . . . they stumble at the logos message (preached NT gospel), routinely being apeithes disobedient, as they were destined to do” (b).  <Notes> a) Hebrews 4:5-6, 9, 10-11, b) 1 Peter 2:7-8.

 

Since none of the 613 OT commandments apply to Christians, not even “the sign of circumcision as the seal of the righteousness” from all those ergon ‘doings/works’ under the old covenant Law (a), Paul NOW indicates the only 2 commandments that do apply under the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant:  “For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision nor uncircumcision actually, ongoingly has ischuo ‘inherent strength/force/power to prevail (b) through resistance’ but instead/only trusting-relying-faith dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of unconditional-love routinely working” (c).  Both combined together (d) are NOW the only valid ergon ‘doing/work’ that actually works for Christians!  These are the very things the Father, the Son, and the indwelling Holy Spirit “causes” us by His unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace within us to “walk/live in, by, or with!” (e). <Notes> a) Romans 4:11 per Genesis 17:10-11, cf. Romans 4:6; Galatians 3:10; Titus 3:5, b) not “avail” as 13 bibles incorrectly translate, c) Galatians 5:6, cf. “Law of trusting-relying-faith” in Romans 3:27, cf. John 3:16-18, 36, 40, 6:29, 20:31; 1 John 3:23, 5:10, 13; Acts 18:8, d) 1 John 3:23, e) Ezekiel 36:27; Philippians 2:13; Hebrews 13:21; 1 Corinthians 12:6, 15:10.

 

Many churches teach saving ergon ‘doings/works’ other than trusting-relying-faith, and Paul warned of this:  “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from The Trusting-Relying-Faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teaching from demons through . . . liars . . . who forbid marriage (a) and require abstinence from foods (b) that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who have trusting-relying-faith and/coupled have already-had [with ongoing results] genuinely, experientially, relationally epiginosko known The Truth” (c), which in the NT always refers to Jesus Christ or His gospel logos message (d). <Notes> a) the Catholic Church, Eastern Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, b) Trappist monks, Franciscans, Benedictines, Carthusians, Cistercians, Seventh-day Adventists, meat-free celebrations of Lent by Anglicans, Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists, and Orthodox denominations, c) 1 Timothy 4:1-3, d) The Truth:  a typical reference to Christ per John 1:14, 17, 14:6, 8:30-32; 1 John 2:27, 5:20; Ephesians 4:21 or His gospel logos message about Himself: Galatians 2:5, 14; Ephesians 1:13; Colossians 1:5 – see Truth page.

 

They are not much different than Jewish teachers of the Law that Paul combatted, so Paul would similarly be writing about them today:  “As I urged you [before] . . . charge certain persons in-possibility-NOT to teach any different doctrine (a), nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies (b), which promote speculations (c) rather than God’s oikonomia redemptive plan (d) that is by-the-means-of trusting-relying-faith (e).  Certain persons, by swerving from this, have wandered away into vain discussion (f), desiring to be teachers of the Law” (g).  Paul goes on in 1 Timothy 1:8-11 to say they are misapplying the Law to Christians as if they were “ungodly sinners, unholy and profane,” as if Christian behavior was somehow contrary to “the sound doctrine (h) that is down-from/according the gospel of the glory of the blessed God, which I have been entrusted.”  <Notes> a) Jesus is our hope 1 Timothy 1:1 by ‘The-trusting-relying-Faith‘ in v. 1:2, and unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace, mercy, and peace are from the Father and/coupled Jesus our Lord, b) all Jewish tendencies, c) the Jewish scribes and Pharisees prided themselves in controversy and debate – see note ‘f’ below, d) household stewardship, management, or administration, e) opposite of works of the Law, f) craving for controversy and quarrels about words – see 1 Timothy 6:4; debate of the scribes – see 1 Corinthians 1:20; plausible arguments – see Colossians 2:4; arguments and lofty opinions against obeying Christ – see 2 Corinthians 10:5, g) 1 Timothy 1:3-7, h) see also 1 Timothy 6:3; 2 Timothy 1:13, 3:10, 4:3, 6; Titus 1:9-10, 13, 2:1-2.

 

Later Paul warns:  “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from The Trusting-Relying-Faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, who forbid marriage (a) and require abstinence from foods (b)” (c).  And later to Timothy, Paul warns:  “Avoid those who . . . are contrary to the doctrine you have been taught” (d), and “avoid the irreverent babble (e) and contradictions of what is falsely called ‘gnosis informational-knowledge’ . . . but serving from The-Trusting-Relying-Faith [in Christ alone]” (f), “avoiding foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the Torah Law of conditional-favor (g) for they are worthless and useless” (h), and “avoid such people, who have the appearance/form of godliness, but deny the enabling-power of it” (i).  <Notes> a) as does the Catholic Church, Eastern Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Oriental Orthodox, b) as do the Trappist monks, Franciscans, Benedictines, Carthusians, Cistercians, and Seventh-day Adventists, with meat-free celebrations of Lent by Anglicans, Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists, and Orthodox denominations, c) 1 Timothy 4:1-3, d) Romans 16:17, e) 2 Timothy 2:16, f) 1 Timothy 6:20-21, g) scholarly debate is still encouraged to ‘unlock’ the scriptures, and the Jews saw it as “worshipping God with their minds”, h) Titus 3:9, i) 2 Timothy 3:5-6.

 

No more OT ergon ‘doings/works’ to ergo ‘do/work’ to not sin?  “We are God’s poiema workmanship created in Christ Jesus for agathos ‘good’ (a) ergon ‘doings/works’ that God prepared beforehand” (b), for “it is God who ergo ‘does/works’ IN you, both to desire/will and to do/work for His good pleasure” (c). It is God who empowers all the grace-gifts put IN us, ministry-services to others operating through us, and then energema effectual-workings into others to complete the process to care for the entire Body-of-Christ (d).  God will “equip you with everything beneficial that you may do His will, ergo ‘doing/working’ IN us that which is pleasing in His sight” (e).  Even Paul understood:  “I worked harder than any of them [other apostles], though it was not I, but the unconditionally-loving-favor-of-grace that is with me” (f). “I planted . . . but God gave the growth” (g), “not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God” (h). <Notes> a) ‘good-natured, pleasantly joyful, excellent or distinguished and thus useful, upright, or honorable’, b) Ephesians 2:10, c) Philippians 2:13, d) 1 Corinthians 12:4-25, e) Hebrews 13:21, f) 1 Corinthians 15:10, g) 1 Corinthians 3:6, h) 2 Corinthians 3:5.

 

And so what is sin as harmartia “missing the target” NOW?  Paul declares that NOW:  “Whatever does is absolutely-in-fact-NOT ek out-from [singular] trusting-relying-faith is harmartia sin” (a) for “without trusting-relying-faith it is impossible to euaresteo please God” (b).  And in context this isn’t believing God wants you to have a Mercedes Benz like false-teachers promise you, but the gospel of trusting-relying-faith in Christ as your Savior and Lord (c), the mission of Paul to the Gentiles and the Church in general to call them to “obedience to The-Trusting-Relying-Faith” (d). <Notes> a) Romans 14:23, b) Hebrews 11:6, c) Romans 10:16; 2 Thessalonians 1:8; 1 Peter 4:17, d) Acts 6:7, Romans 1:5, 16:26.

 

So what are the “good works” for Christians (a).  The context has nothing to do with any of the 613 OT commandments!  Christ says of the churches:  “I eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know the ergon works of you:  The unconditional-love [of you] and/coupled the trusting-relying-faith [of you] and [respectively] the service [from the unconditional-love] of you and/coupled the patient-endurance [from the trusting-relying-faith] of you . . . The one who routinely nike conquers-victoriously (b) and/coupled routinely carefully tereo ‘watches, guards, attends-to-maintain’ My ergon works to the end, to him I will give authority over the nations . . . even as I myself have received authority from My Father” (c). This must also be consistent with Paul’s “the ergon work of/belonging to the Lord [Jesus], knowing that in the Lord [Jesus] your extreme weariness/fatigue from labor (d) is not in vain” (e), just as with Paul’s “ergon work of trusting-relying-faith” and “extreme weariness/fatigue from labor (d) of unconditional-love” are the distinguishing marks of the Christian (f). <Notes> a) 2 Corinthians 9:8; Philippians 1:6; Colossians 1:10; 2 Thessalonians 2:17; 1 Timothy 5:10; 2 Timothy 2:1, 3:17; Titus 1:16, 3:1, b) officially, authoritatively, set apart on a mission as an apostle, b) nike: “hold fast trusting-relying-faith unto death”, c) Revelation 2:19, 26-27, d) kopos:  deep fatigue or extreme weariness from toiling labor, even as if struck by blows, e) 1 Corinthians 15:58, f) 1 Thessalonians 1:3; 2 Thessalonians 1:3, 11; Colossians 1:4; 1 Timothy 1:14, 4:12.

 

It’s no wonder that 1 John 3:23 integrates “definitively/wholly have trusting-relying-faith in the name/authority of God’s Son Jesus Christ and/coupled ongoingly unconditionally-love one another” as the only 2 NT commandments, the “Law of trusting-relying-faith” (a) and “Law of Christ to carry one another’s burdens” (b) that is Christ’s commandment to “unconditionally-love one another” (c), which is “the perfect Law of Freedom/Liberty” where “mercy triumphs over judgment” (d) – see Logos Word of God – BT14<Notes> a) Romans 3:27, cf. John 3:16-18, 36, 40, 6:29, 20:31; 1 John 3:23, 5:10, 13; Acts 18:8, b) 1 Corinthians 9:21; Galatians 6:2, c) John 13:34-35, 15:12, 17; 1 John 3:23; Romans 12:10, 13:8; 2 Corinthians 13:11; Galatians 5:13; Ephesians 4:2; 1 Thessalonians 3:12, 4:9; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; Hebrews 10:24; 1 Peter 1:22, 4:8, 5:14; 1 John 3:11, 4:7, 11-12; 2 John 1:5-6, d) James 1:25, 2:13.

 

These are certainly the ONLY 2 “good works” of a true Christian!  After all, “Faith and Love” are a coupled 6 places in that order (a) and in reverse in 5 places (b) and otherwise associated in 19 other places (c).  These are the very things the Father, the Son, and the indwelling Holy Spirit “causes” us by His unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace within us to “walk/live in, by, or with!” (d). See Only 2 Commandments page.  <Notes> a) 1 Thessalonians 3:6, 5:8; 1 Timothy 1:14, 2:15; 2 Timothy 1:13, b) Ephesians 6:23; 1 Timothy 4:12; Titus 3:15; Philemon 1:5; Revelations 2:19, c) 1 Corinthians 13:2, 13; 2 Corinthians 8:7; Galatians 2:20, 5:6, 22; Ephesians 1:15, 3:17; Colossians 1:4; 1 Thessalonians 1:3; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; 1 Timothy 1:5, 6:11; 2 Timothy 2:22, 3:10; Titus 2:2; James 2:5; 1 John 3:23; Revelation 1:5, d) Ezekiel 36:27; Philippians 2:13; Hebrews 13:21; 1 Corinthians 12:6, 15:10.

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT18

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It’s all about timing!  The Law had its time but NO LONGER!

 

 

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The OT was simply to form the Jews as a “peculiar people” for Himself (a), holding His children by the hand, as Paul explains in Galatians 3:22-25 “The graphe Scripture (b) definitively/wholly sugkleio ‘closed/locked up together in prison without a way of escape and thus subjugated to the power of the jailer’ ALL things (Jews for sure) hupo subjugated-under SIN in order that The Promise (c) from Jesus Christ ek out-from trusting-relying-faith might be given to those routinely having trusting-relying-faith. . . . <Notes> a) 1 Peter 2:9 in KJV, BRG, PHILLIPS, NMB, b) whole of OT Law per A1 of Logos Word of God – BT5, c) of the Spirit as an inheritance from v. 3:14, 18-19.

 

. . . BEFORE The-Trusting-Relying-Faith erchomai came-from-one-place-to-another, we were phroureo ‘guarded as with a military sentinel’ (a) hupo subordinately-under the Law, routinely having been sugkleio having been imprisoned eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of The mello surely-about-to-happen Trusting-Relying-Faith was to be apokalupto ‘revealed to uncover what is currently there but hidden,’ so that the Law had become [with ongoing effects] our (Jews) paidagogos child-guardian (b) eis toward-and-reaching-for-the-goal-of Christ came in order that we might be justified ek out-from trusting-relying-faith .  .  . <Notes> a) just as the Holy Spirit’s enabling-power now does over our hearts: 1 Peter 1:5; Philippians 4:7, b) paidagogos:  hired servant that would insure minor-aged kids got to school and back safely – see 1 Corinthians 4:15-20.

 

. . . BUT NOW that trusting-relying-faith has come, we are absolutely-in-fact-NO LONGER under a paidagogos child-guardian (a), for in Christ Jesus you are ALL huios mature-sons (b) of God, through trusting-relying-faith.” Why would any Christian want to read or attempt to do any of the 613 commandments of the OT Law when they make you an enslaved prisoner, and 97.4% of the OT is based on the Law, so the early Church in no way used most of the OT – see Logos Word of God – BT8<Notes> a) paidagogos:  hired servant that would insure minor-aged kids got to school and back safely – see 1 Corinthians 4:15-20 “countless guides in Christ”, b) although Gentile-Christians are adopted, we are also now at the age to receive our inheritance, born not of the slave woman Hagar or Law but of the free woman Sarah, the firstfruit or guarantee of that inheritance being the promised-Spirit that enables us to be led by the Spirit in our freedom:  Romans 8:14, 23; Galatians 3:18, 4:3-9, 30; Ephesians 1:11, 13-14.

 

Don’t Christians understand the differences between BEFORE, BUT NOW, and NO LONGER?  In Galatians 4:9, Paul questions why these huios ‘mature sons ready for their inheritance’ from v. 4:7 having “come to experientially, relationally ginosko know God, or rather to be experientially, relationally ginosko known by God [through Christ], how you can [NOW] turn back-again to the [Law’s] asthenes weak-worthless-beggarly-poor and/coupled ptochos destitute stoicheion elementary or rudimentary ‘abc’ fundamental principles to which you desire back-again, again to be enslaved?”  Paul would ask the same of many Christians that insist on reading, studying, and trying to do any of the 613 commandments of the Law!

 

The Law was like epitropos household-guardians and/coupled oikonomos household-managers [they were] hupo subjugated-under UNTIL the time appointed by [singular] Father” (a) while they were learning their stoicheion rudimentary ‘abc’ fundamentals (b) from the logion oracle-utterances of God (c), especially the prophetic ones that spoke of the Messiah and His completely-different-in-kind New Covenant (d) – this is only 2.6% of the OT was prophetic and thus useful to convert early Jews – see also New Covenant Ways – BT13a – and maybe only for Jewish conversion in today’s church, not the whole of the OT as many have misinterpreted the Greek of 2 Timothy 3:15-16 – see Logos Word of God – BT7.  Even Jesus said:  “For ALL the Prophets and/coupled the Law prophesied UNTIL John” (e) and SINCE THEN the Good News (gospel) of the kingdom of God is preached” (f) – there is nothing here about writing it down to later be read. <Notes> a) Galatians 4:2, b) Galatians 4:3, 9; Colossians 2:8, 20; Hebrews 5:12, cf. 2 Peter 3:10, 12 the building-block-elements of the earth will be destroyed by fire, c) Romans 3:2; Acts 7:38, d) Hebrews 5:12; cf. 1 Peter 4:11 likewise people speaking in church should be utter these oracles NOW, e) Matthew 11:13, f) Luke 16:16.

 

Christ is the telos consummating-ending-aim of the Law eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of righteousness to everyone routinely having trusting-relying-faith” (a), “having ‘obliterated, blotted or washed out’ the grapho handwriting of dogma ‘authoritative, universally-binding doctrines, precepts, decrees, laws, and ordinances’ that was against us. He has already taken [with ongoing results] it out of the way (or our midst), having definitively/wholly nailed it to the cross” (b). <Notes> a) Romans 10:4, b) Colossians 2:14-15.

 

Even though there is a big difference between circumcised Jews and uncircumcised Gentiles, “God is ONE – who will justify the circumcised ek out-from trusting-relying-faith (NOT the Law) and/coupled the uncircumcised dia through-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith (a).  “Christ Himself is our peace, who has made us both One . . . , katargeo having ended, abolished, nullified, and made ineffective’ the Law of commandments expressed in ordinances in order that he might create IN Himself One man in place of the two, so making peace, and/coupled might reconcile us both to God IN One Body through the cross” (b).  “Therefore, since we have been justified ek out-from trusting-relying-faith (NOT the Law), we have peace with God dia through-the-realizing-channel-of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Dia through-the-realizing-channel-of Him we have kai and-also (Gentiles, not just Jews) obtained access by-the-means-of trusting-relying-faith eis toward-and-reaching-for-the-goal-of this unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace in which we stand” (c).  Paul warns Jewish-Christians tempted to return to the Law:  “We know that a person is absolutely-in-fact-NOT justified ek out-from works of the Law but dia through-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith belonging-to Jesus Christ, kai and-even we [that] have already-had trusting-relying-faith eis toward-and-reaching Christ Jesus, in order to be justified ek out-from trusting-relying-faith belonging-to Christ and/coupled absolutely-in-fact-NOT ek out-from ergon ‘doings/works’ belonging-to-the Law, because ek out-from belonging-to-the Law absolutely-in-fact-NOT will be justified any-all flesh (see Identity)” (d). <Notes> a) Romans 3:30, b) Ephesians 2:14-16, c) Romans 5:1-2, d) Galatians 2:16.

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT17

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NT ‘work of Faith’ in God’s grace for righteousness is the opposite of OT obedience to ‘WORKS for righteousness’

 

 

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The Greek Septuagint Old Testament (OT) uses the noun pistis for trusting-relying-faith only 26 times (0.11%) (a) as compared to 296 times (3.7%) in the NT, or the verb form pisteuo only a 43 times (0.19%) in the OT (b) compared to 222 times (2.8%) in the NT.  Total OT usage is 69 times (0.29%) compared to 518 times (6.5%) in the NT.  That means the NT use of “faith” words is 2141% more than the OT!  Clearly the emphasis of the NT is completely-different-in-kind than that of the OT! <Notes> a) Deuteronomy 32:20; 1 Samuel 21:2, 26:23; 2 Kings 12:15, 22:7; 1 Chronicles 9:22, 31; 2 Chronicles 31:12, 18; 34:12; Nehemiah 9:38; Psalms 32:4; Proverbs 3:3; 12:17; 14:22; 15:27; Jeremiah 5:1, 7:28, 9:3; 15:18, 35:9, 39:41; 40:6; Lamentations 3:23; Hosea 2:20, and Habakkuk 2:4, b) Genesis 15:6, 42:20, 45:26; Exodus 4:1, 8, 14:31, 19:9; Numbers 14:11, 20:12; Deuteronomy 9:23, 28:66; 1 Samuel 3:21, 27:12; 1 Kings 10:7; 2 Kings 17:14; 2 Chronicles 9:6, 24:5, 32:15, Job 4:18, 9:16, 15:15, 31; 24:22, 29:24, 39:12; Psalms 26:13; 77:22, 105:12, 115:1, 118:66; Proverbs 14:15, 24:24; Isaiah 7:9, 28:16, 43:10, 53:1; Jeremiah 12:6, 25:8, 47:14; Lamentations 4:12; Daniel 6:23; Jonah 3:5; and Habakkuk 1:5.

 

Here’s a more extreme statement from a scholarly work about unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace:  “There is no word in the Hebrew OT that can represent all the meanings of charis grace in the NT (118 verses), and in the OT Greek Septuagint charis itself is practically used only as a translation of the Hebrew chen (favor) or ratson (acceptance) in such passages as Isaiah 60:10 and Psalms 44:3, or chesed (kindness or mercy) as in Exodus 20:6, etc.  That is because technically, salvation by grace in the NT is opposed to the OT doctrine of salvation by works (a), or what is the same thing, by Law (b) – i.e. men and God are thought of as parties to a contract-covenant, to be fulfilled by each independently.  Most of the legislation seems to presuppose some idea of man as an entity quite outside of God.  But the promise is made that the God who has manifested Himself as a forgiving Father will in due time take hold of His children to work in them actual righteousness (c).” <Notes> a) Romans 4:4; 11:6, 2 Timothy 1:9, b) Romans 4:16, 6:14; John 1:17 “The Law was given through Moses, but [singular] unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace and [singular] Truth came-into-being through Jesus Christ”, c) Isaiah 1:26; 4:3-4; 32:1-8; 33:24; Jeremiah 31:33-34; Ezekiel 36:25-26; Zechariah 8; Daniel 9:24; Psalms 51:10-12.

 

Paul said whether you obeyed the Torah Law of conditional-favor or not, it counts (a) for absolutely in fact nothing (b) because the circumcised Jew or uncircumcised Gentile (c) are both made/declared righteous by pistis trusting-relying-faith alone (d) by “God’s charis unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace as a charismati grace-gift through the redemption…in Christ” (e), having been resurrected into a new creation by trusting-relying-faith (f), and “the promised Spirit (g) is received by trusting-relying-faith” (h). The “free grace-gift of God” is “zoe genuine-life everlasting in Christ” (i) when we are “made/declared righteous by trusting-relying-faith…by His blood …. saved by His zoe genuine-life….a free grace-gift …the unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace of God …the free grace-gift by that unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace of the one man Jesus . . . receiving the abundance of unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace and the free grace-gift of righteousness . . . through one man Jesus (j). The “promise relies on trusting-relying-faith that it may rest on unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace” (k), having “obtained access by trusting-relying-faith into this unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace” (l). <Notes> a) is strong, forceful, robust, sound, able, serviceable, b) Galatians 5:6, c) circumcision is the identifying seal of the Law for a Jew, d) Romans 3:30, e) Romans 3:24, f) Colossians 2:12, g) Luke 24:49; Acts 2:33; Ephesians 1:13, h) Galatians 3:14; cf. v. 3:2, 5, i) Romans 6:23, j) Romans 5:1-17, k) Romans 4:16, l) Romans 5:2.

 

So the emphasis of the NT is trusting-relying-faith in God’s unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace for righteousness and no longer on the works of the Law for righteousness as was the OT (a):  “The gospel ongoingly exists-as the enabling-power of God for salvation to everyone who is routinely having trusting-relying-faith, and only “in/by it the righteousness of God is revealed ek out-from ‘trusting-relying-faith eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of trusting-relying-faith (b) just as it is written, ‘The righteous [ones] shall indeed zoe genuinely-live ek out-from trusting-relying-faith” (c) for “NOW the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the Law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it – the righteousness of God dia through-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith in Jesus Christ [given] for all who have trusting-relying-faith” (d), for “it is evident that absolutely-in-fact-NO one is justified/made-declared righteous before God ek out-from the Law but ek out-from trusting-relying-faith in Jesus Christ” (e).  For more about grace vs. works, see Grace-Gifts – BT2 and about faith vs. works, see Only 2 Commandments – BT1. <Notes> a) Galatians 2:16, 21, 3:11; Philippians 3:9; Romans 3:20, 28, b)faith to faith” is a common Greek structure for one level to another, from one step to another, like “glory to glory” in 2 Corinthians 13:8, c) Romans 1:16-17, d) Romans 3:21-22, e) Galatians 2:16, 3:11.

 

Again Paul says:  “At the present time there is a remnant, chosen by unconditional-loving-favor-of-graceBut if it is by unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace, it is absolutely-in-fact-NO longer on the basis of ergon ‘works/doings;’ otherwise unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace would absolutely-in-fact-NO longer be unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace” (a), exactly because “to the one who ergo ‘does/works,’ his wages are absolutely-in-fact-not counted as unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace but as his due.  And to the one who does not-in-possibility ergo ‘does/work’ but routinely is having trusting-relying-faith in Him who justifies the ungodly, his trusting-relying-faith is counted as righteousness” (b).  Here the context is the ergon ‘doings/works’ of the Law as a Jew (c).  Paul says: “You have been saved by-the-means-of unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith – and this is not your own doing; THIS is the grace-gift of God, absolutely-in-fact-NOT a result of ergon ‘doings/works,’ so that no one may boast” (d). <Notes> a) Romans 11:5-7, cf. Romans 9:27; Acts 15:17, b) Romans 4:4-5, c) Romans 3:20, 27-28, cf. Galatians 2:16, d) Ephesians 2:8-9:  The Greek neuter “THIS” pronoun doesn’t point back to feminine “grace” or “faith” but to the entire phrase “saved by grace dia thru faith” – a common argument of Paul’s – not through our works!

 

Faith in Jesus is the only saving ergon ‘doing/work’ – see Logos Word of God – BT5.  The Jews asked:  “What must we ongoingly poieo make-to-do/work, in order to ongoingly be ergazomai working-to-accomplish the ergon ‘doings/works’ of God?” (a).  Jesus answered: “This is “the ergon ‘doing/work’ . . . that [does not] perish, the [work] for the food that routinely meno ‘abides, remains, lives’ [unto] zoe genuine-life everlasting, which the Son of Man will give to you . . .This is the ergon ‘doing/work’ of God:  that you ongoingly have trusting-relying-faith eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of Him (Christ) whom He (God) has sent.” <Notes> a) John 6:27-29.

 

Righteousness only comes from trusting-relying-faith in the “Holy and Righteous One” (a), otherwise there is “none righteous, no, not one . . . all have turned aside . . . for ALL have sinned and/coupled fall short of the glory of God” (b).  However, “Christ Jesus became to us wisdom from God, righteousness – both holiness/sanctification and/coupled redemptive-salvation” (c).  Despite Paul having been a leading Pharisee of the Law, Paul’s “counts pas ALL ‘kinds of a class/portion of’ things [of His past training] a complete-loss . . . counting them as excrement-rubbish in order than I may trade-to-gain Christ and/coupled be found IN Him, [thus] in-possibility-NOT having my own righteousness which [is] ek out-from [the singular] Law but instead that [is] dia through-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith belonging-to Christ, the righteousness ek out-from God on the basis of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith” (d). In fact, “Christ is the telos consummating-ending-aim of the Law eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of righteousness to everyone routinely having trusting-relying-faith” (e).  Now Christians can “be filled-to-completion with the fruit of righteousness that comes dia through-the-realizing-channel-of Jesus Christ eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of the glory and praise of God (f). <Notes> a) Acts 3:14, 7:52, 22:14, b) Romans 3:10-23, c) 1 Corinthians 1:30, d) Philippians 3:8-9, e) Romans 10:4, f) Philippians 1:11.

 

We must have faith in Christ’s atonement for our sins:  “We are justified/made-declared-righteous by God’s unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace as a grace-gift through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation (a) dia through-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith in/by His blood eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of [singular] showing-forth of the righteousness of Him (God), because in His divine forbearance He had passed over former sins. [It was] pros motion-toward-to-reach [singular] showing-forth the righteousness belonging-to Him in the present time eis toward-and-reaching-for-the-goal-of Him to-ongoingly-be [singularly] just and/coupled routinely justifying [the one] ek out-from trusting-relying-faith belonging-to Jesus.  Then what becomes of our boasting [as Jews]?  It is excluded!  By what kind of law?  By a Law of works?  No, but by the Law of trusting-relying-faith.  For we hold that one is justified by trusting-relying-faith apart from works of the Law” (b). By the entrance of the Holy Spirit during saving water-baptism (c) concurrently with Spirit-baptism for “one baptism” (d) we “belong to Him” (e) as “completely-different-in-kind New Creations” (f).  <Notes> a) the nouns hilasterion or hilasmos and verb hilaskomai speak of the atoning-sacrifice that transfers our sin onto the Messiah as the perfect ‘Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world’ so that His righteousness is transferred to us.  This was ritually and symbolically practiced on the Ark of the Covenant’s Mercy Seat on the Day of Atonement each year as conducted by the High Priest, who is now Jesus, b) Romans 3:25-28, c) Romans 6:3-6; 1 Peter 3:21, d) Acts 2:38, 19:1-3; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 4:5, e) Romans 8:9, f) 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 6:15.

 

Jesus is “a merciful and/coupled faithful High Priest in the service of God to make propitiation for the sins of the people” (a).  How?  “He IS-defined-as/exists-as the propitiation for our sins, and/but not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world” (b).  Actually, “This IS-defined-as Unconditional-Love:  absolutely-in-fact-NOT that we have unconditionally-loved [with ongoing effects] God (that’s the OT Law) but instead that He already unconditionally-loved us kai and-specifically already sent the Son of/belonging-to Him, a propitiation for the sins of/belonging-to us (c). <Notes> a) Hebrews 2:17, b) 1 John 2:2, c) 1 John 4:10.

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT16

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Our “work of faith” must relentlessly endure to the end for us to be considered “devoted, faithful, and saved”

 

 

 

Enduring Faith or Faithfulness needed for Drumming too!

 

 

 

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See also Only 2 Commandment – BT2.  Like soteria salvation, trusting-relying-faith is not a 1-time event but an ongoing work!  When the Jews asked what the saving work of God was, Jesus answered “This presently/ongoing is the ergon ‘doing/work’ of/belonging-to God:  that you should presently/ongoingly have trusting-relying-faith in Him (Jesus) whom He has sent” (a).  However, Jesus emphasized:  “The one who has humomenopatiently-endured under trial’ eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of [the] telos completed-end will be saved,” even if we are “hated by all for My name’s sake,” even near the end when “many will fall away, betray and hate one another, lead astray by many false prophets, and the unconditional-love of many will grow cold because of increased lawlessness” (b).  Jesus warns: “be pistos faithful-trustworthy achri as-far-until death, and I will give you the crown of zoe genuine-live, conquering until [singular] end to rule over nations” (c), and again warns:  “I am coming soon!  Krateo ‘seize-hold-of to carefully-retain’ what you have, so that no one may seize your crown” (d).  <Notes> a) John 6:29, b) Matthew 10:22, 24:10, 13; Mark 13:13, c) Revelation 2:10, 26, d) Revelation 3:11.

 

“We are God’s house, IF indeed we katecho ‘hold down securely’ our confidence and our boasting in our hope” (a).  Paul said, “Now I remind you, brethren, of the gospel I preached to you, which you already paralambano ‘grabbed-hold-of to be close-beside,’ in which you have already [with lasting effects] taken-a-stand, and by which you are presently/ongoingly being saved, IF you katecho ‘hold down securely’ to the logos message I preached to you; otherwise IF not-in-possibility, [then] in vain you have already had trusting-relying-faith” (b).  Again, Paul warns Christians to “be routinely epecho ‘attentively holding forth to observe’ the logos message (gospel) of zoe genuine-life, so that in the Day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain [in preaching to them the gospel]” (c).  <Notes> a) Hebrews 3:6, b) 1 Corinthians 15:1-2, c) Philippians 2:16.

 

We can’t “be nothros ‘dull, slow, lazy, slothful, or sluggish’ but be imitators of those who through-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith and/coupled makrothumia long-suffering-patience before expressing retributive-force from anger’ inherit the promises” (a), like “Abraham, who having makrothumia long-suffering-patience before expressing retributive-force from anger’, obtained the promise” (b).  We must “be makrothumia long-suffering-patience before expressing retributive-force from anger’ . . . until the coming of the Lord . . . as the farmer awaits the precious fruit of the earth, being makrothumia long-suffering-patience before expressing retributive-force from anger’ for it until it receives the early and latter rains (c).  You also be makrothumia ‘long-suffering-patience before expressing retributive-force from anger’; strengthen your hearts because the coming of the Lord has already [with lasting effect] drawn near. . . Take as an example the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord, suffering evils and/coupled makrothumia long-suffering-patience before expressing retributive-force from anger.’  Behold, we consider those blessed who have already humomenopatiently-endured under trials.’  You have heard of the humomenopatient-endurance under trials’ of Job” (d). <Notes> a) Hebrews 6:12, b) v. 6:15, c) an allusion to the Holy Spirit outpouring at the ‘early spring’ beginning and ‘latter autumn’ end of the Church age – Joel 2:23, 29:28; the coming of the Lord:  James 5:7, metaphorical of physical rain:  Deuteronomy 11:14; Jeremiah 5:24; Hosea 6:3, d) James 5:7-11.

 

Trials are permitted in order to prove the genuineness of our faith:  James encourages persecuted Christians: “The dokimion tested/proven-genuineness (a) of your trusting-relying-faith produces hupomonepatient-endurance under trials’ ” (b).  Likewise Peter says: “You have been grieved by various trials, so that the dokimion tested/proven-genuineness (a) of your trusting-relying-faith – more precious than gold that perishes though it is dokimazo tested/proven-to-be-genuine (a) by fire – may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (c).  Paul says the same thing to saved Christians:  “Now if anyone builds on the foundation of gold, silver, precious stones, [or] wood, hay, straw – each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day [of judgment] will disclose it, because it will be apokalupto ‘revealed to uncover what is currently there but hidden’ by fire, and the fire will dokimazo test-to-prove-genuine each-unit of the ergon ‘doing/work,’ what sort it presently/ongoingly is” (d). <Notes> a) dokimion from the verb dokimazo:  “test, examine, or discern to demonstrate or prove something is acceptable, genuine, approved, good, and approved”, b) James 1:3, c) 1 Peter 1:6-7, d) 1 Corinthians 3:12-13.

 

We have to echo hold-to-have The Trusting-Relying-Faith of/belonging-to our Lord” (a).  We must “krateoseize-hold-of to carefully-retain’ the confession” (b) of our elpis hope without wavering” (c).  “You have need of hupomonepatient-endurance under trials’ so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised” (d). The context and Greek words for the “paideia child-discipline-rearing that we must humomenopatiently-endure under trials’ ” (e) has nothing to do with punishing Christians as disobedient children but instead gently and patiently-educating them during times of persecution and other hardships – see Least Among You – BT11. <Notes> a) James 2:1, b) Hebrews 4:14, c) Hebrew 10:23, cf. Romans 4:20; Psalms 26:1, d) Hebrews 10:36, e) Hebrews 12:7.

 

This takes enduring, trusting-relying-faith to routinely aiteo “ask or petition from a subordinate position, to willfully crave, call or cry out for, require or demand, or beg for” the good grace-gift of the Holy Spirit UNTIL it is given to abundantly fill you to completion with God’s own abundant-fullness (a).  <Notes> a) Luke 11:13; Ephesians 3:19, 5:18.

 

This also takes enduring, trusting-relying-faith to routinely zeteo “search diligently in order to find, investigate, desire/crave, aim/strive after” Him as for silver, gold, or fine pearls UNTIL you find Him (a).  There is so much written in the OT and NT about zeteo seeking or ekzeteo seeking-out intensely, diligently, and whole-heartedly the Lord UNTIL you find Him to be greatly rewarded (b), often explicitly-stated as by prayer (c), particularly the idiom proserchomaidrawing closely-near to God” (d) even eggizoextremely close-beside” (e) – see also proseuchomai Conversational-Prayer. <Notes> a) Matthew 7:7-8; Luke 11:9-10, b) Deuteronomy 4:29; 1 Chronicles 16:10-11, 22:19; 2 Chronicles 7:14, 11:16, 12:14, 14:4, 15:12-13, 16:12, 20:3-4, 19:3, 26:5, 30:19; Job 8:5; Psalm 9:10, 14:2, 27:4, 8, 34:10, 69:32, 77:2, 105:3-4, 119:2, 10; Proverbs 8:17, 28:5; Isaiah 51:1, 6, 45:19, 55:6-7; Ezra 8:22; Jeremiah 29:13, 50:4; Hosea 5:6, 10:12; Lamentations 3:25; Amos 5:4, 6; Zephaniah 1:6, 2:3, 8:21-22; Acts 15:17; 17:27; Romans 3:11; Hebrews 11:6, c) 2 Chronicles 7:14; Daniel 9:3, d) 1 Samuel 14:26; Ecclesiastes 5:1; Isaiah 45:20, 48:16, 58:2; Ezekiel 43:19; Zephaniah 3:2; Hebrews 4:16, 7:25, 10:22, 11:6, e) Hebrews 7:19; James 4:8, cf. physically: Luke 15:1, 18:40.

 

This also takes enduring, trusting-relying-faith to routinely krouo “knocks, raps, or beats for admittance’ UNTIL the door is opened” and you enter in “to intimately supper with Him,” the custom of koinonia intimate-fellowship (a).  The Lord once told me that “seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness is not ‘a what and what’ but a ‘who and who’ because the Spirit is the enabling-power of Jesus who is our Righteousness” (b). The heathens, even religious ones knowing the ‘What of God,’ who don’t actually know the ‘Who of God’ are the ones “presently/ongoingly epizeteointensely, diligently seeking after or for the objectives of’ these things (neuter) of ‘what shall we eat, drink, wear, etc.’ ” Likewise, the Jews “presently/ongoingly epizeteo intensely-seek after signs” (c) or “presently/ongoingly epizeteo intensely-seeking after righteousness that it has absolutely-in-fact-NOT obtained” (d).  However, will we “continually-repetitively (e) epizeteo intensely-seek after Jesus” (f) and “definitively/wholly epizeteo intensely-seek after His gospel logos message (g), and “presently/ongoingly epizeteo intensely-seeking after nothing on earth but His country that is to come” (h)? <Notes> a) Matthew 7:7-8; Luke 11:9-10, 12:36; Revelation 3:20; cf. Luke 13:25, b) Matthew 6:25-33; Luke 12:22-31; Mark 1:24; Luke 1:35; John 6:69; Revelation 3:7; Hebrews 7:26; Acts 3:14, 22:14; 1 John 2:1, 20, c) Matthew 12:39, 16:4, d) Romans 11:7, e) rare imperfect verb tense, f) Luke 4:42, g) Acts 13:7, h) Hebrews 11:114, 13:14.

 

Will we diligently-seek after the Holy Spirit?  Proverbs 2:2-5 says: “Make your ear attentive to Sophia (feminine) Wisdom   . . . your heart to Sunesis (feminine) Understanding . . . If you cry out for Sophia Wisdom and lift up your voice for Sunesis Understanding  . . . If you baqash/zeteo diligently seek (a) HER (autos is feminine) like silver and/coupled chaphas/exereuneo diligently search out (b) HER (autos is feminine) like hidden treasure, THEN you will actually suniemi ‘connect-the-dots’ to understand the fear (c) of the Lord and/coupled continually-in-process (d) find/obtain/perceive/discover the genuine, experiential, relational da’ath/epignosis knowledge of God” – see also Proverbs 8:1.  See Obedient Steps of Faith – BT6 and – BT9. <Notes> a) Hebrew baqash:  seek to find, secure, seek the face/person/audience of, desire/demand, require/exact, ask/request; Greek zeteo: searching diligently in order to find, investigate, desire/crave, aim/strive after, b) Hebrew chaphas in the Qal form:  search for, think-out/devise, search/test; Greek exereuneo:  search wholly out from, carefully search out with all diligence in an investigative, examining manner of the facts, c) Hebraism: reverential, worshipful awe and respect of, d) rare imperfect tense.

 

The Hebrew word ruach for the Spirit everywhere in the OT is also feminine.  It’s no coincidence that “She” is called “the Spirit of Sophia Wisdom and Sunesis Understanding” (a), and it’s no coincidence that the 4 God-dreams I’ve had with the Holy Spirit in it “She” was a Queen, “God, the Mother.” <Notes> a) Proverbs 2:2-5, 8:1; Isaiah 11:2; Colossians 1:9, 3:16; Acts 6:3, 10; 1 Corinthians 12:8; Ephesians 1:187, cf. Deuteronomy 34:9; even viewed by pagans: Daniel 5:11, 14 that actually escapes the so-called ‘wise and understanding ones’ Matthew 11:25; Luke 10:21; 1 Corinthians 1:19 citing Isaiah 29:14, cf. Job 5:12-13, Jeremiah 8:9.

 

In Proverbs 2:5 above, this is a progressive knowledge you discover only through relationship, not by cramming your head with gnosis informational-knowledge before a test!  This was obviously written to all the so-called “wise and understanding” bible-scholars of the day that thought they could really know God through understanding their religious book!  Are you going to be like one of them – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT9.  However, did you catch the relentless pursuit required for genuine knowledge?

 

We must be relentless!  We are constantly admonished to be like little children and the other least among us – see Least Among You.  Little children are relentless when it comes to “routinely Asking, Seeking, and Knocking (A.S.K.)” (a) UNTIL they receive, find, and have the door opened!  Every little child goes through that phase where they are constantly asking questions from their parents: “why, why, why?”  Unlike our inpatient parents who get tired of this, the Lord’s “perfect patience” (b) from the “Father’s perfect heart for caring” (c) will gladly answer all our questions!  Little children will pull on your shirt-tail until you take them to the bathroom!  I can’t remember how many times I asked for cookies and tried everything to get to the cookie jar, even climbing on shelves until they broke!  Prayer should be a habit of devotion of relentlessly asking, seeking, and knocking” – See Conversational-Prayer. <Notes> a) Matthew 7:7-8 and Luke 11:9-10 teaching on the Lord’s Prayer, b) Galatians 5:22; 2 Peter 3:9, 15, c) Jesus personally told me this.

 

I once had a revelation about relentlessness one night when I was hanging on my inversion table for my back.  When I came up each time, I could swear I saw the words “Repentance” on the drum poster but I didn’t have my glasses on and things were blurry.  I thought how odd!  I thought, “Is there something the Lord wants me to repent of?”  When I got off the machine and looked closer I saw that it actually said “Relentless.”  Then I understood that God wanted me to repent about my defeatist attitude about prayer I was having because I was struggling to make contact, but instead be relentless in my pursuit of Him.  Several nights later I was grumbling to the Lord again: “Why do we need to relentlessly pursue You?”  As I was drifting off, I heard Him tell me, “You must be like a little child to ‘see’ the kingdom of God” (a).  So, I asked the Lord, “Why a little child?” Then the Lord showed me a little child pulling relentlessly on their parent’s clothes, persistently calling out UNTIL their request was granted. Then the Lord said, “That’s what I meant when I said, ‘If you, not being ‘good,’ do give grace-gifts to your children, how much more will your Heavenly Father, who is ‘Good,’ give you the Holy Spirit (b) to those who routinely aiteo ‘ask or petition from a subordinate position, to willfully crave, call or cry out for, require or demand, or beg for’ Him?” (c). Then I understood, this is the Way to pray for “Thy kingdom to come, Thy will to be done on earth as it is already in heaven” (d).  This is the Way to “routinely zeteo ‘search diligently in order to find, investigate, desire/crave, aim/strive after’ the Kingdom of God first/foremost” (e).  This is the Way to routinely krouo “knock, rap, or beat for admittance’ UNTIL the door is opened to enter into intimately supping with Him,” the custom of koinonia intimate-fellowship (f) – relentless like a little child! <Notes> a) cf. Matthew 5:8; Mark 9:1; Luke 8:10, 9:27; John 3:3; 1 Corinthians 13:12; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 John 3:2-3; Hebrews 12:14, b) ‘good grace-gifts’ in Matthew 7:11, d) Luke 11:13, e) Luke 11:2; Matthew 6:10, f) Matthew 7:7-8; Luke 11:9-10, 12:36; Revelation 3:20; cf. Luke 13:25.

 

The early church was only persistently-devoted to 5 things but mostly 1:  The noun proskarteresis means “devoted, relational, perseverance that prevails by interacting with God.”  Paul uses it in Ephesians 6:18 when speaking about how to put on the full armor of God, including the shield of trusting-relying-faith (v. 6:16) or breastplate of trusting-relying-faith along with unconditional-love in 1 Thessalonians 5:8 for effective Spirit-kind-of warfare.  How?  By “routinely proseuchomai conversationally-praying in every season by the means of [singular] Spirit dia through-the-channel-of pas ALL ‘kinds-of’ proseuche conversational-prayer and/coupled deesis asking-supplication – to that end, routinely alertly-watching with pas ALL ‘kinds-of’ proskarteresis devoted-relational-perseverance and/specifically pas ALL ‘kinds-of’ deesis asking-supplication for pas ALL the saints.”

 

The verb form proskartereo correspondingly means:  “pros towards-and-interacting-with plus kartereo ‘showing of steadfast strength,’ thus to consistently show strength that prevails in spite of difficulties, thus to endure and stay in a fixed direction, continuing to do something with intense effort despite difficulty, and so be persistently-relationally-devoted to.”  The earliest Christians “were routinely being proskartereo persistently-relationally-devoted with one accord in proseuche conversational-prayer” (a).  That should immediately tell us our #1 priority, but good luck on finding such a church!  Then next occurrence says “Now they were routinely  being proskartereo persistently-relationally-devoted in the teaching of the apostles and/coupled in the koinonia fellowship [that is,] in the breaking of the bread (b) and/coupled the proseuche conversational-prayers . . . every day routinely  being proskartereo persistently-relationally-devoted  with one accord in the temple then at each house breaking bread (c).  Eventually the apostles got too busy with ministry-serving of food to people that they had the people choose deacons to take over that duty so that “We now in the proseuche conversational-prayer and/coupled the ministry-serving of the logos message (gospel) shall then actually proskartereo be-persistently-relationally-devoted-to” (d).  See Body Ministry – BT17 and Knowledge – BT6. <Notes> a) Acts 1:14, b) agape love feasts per Jude 1:12 where they also celebrated the Lord’s Supper 1 Corinthians 11:17-34, c) Acts 2:42, 46, d) Acts 6:4.

 

This ‘devotion’ is NOT bible study but listening to God in prayer to discern what, when, where, and how they were going to preach the gospel to fulfill the Great Commission to “make disciples of all nations” (a), “going into all the world to proclaim the gospel to the whole creation” (b) – see  Obedient Steps of Faith – BT7.  A key to “being metamorphically transformed by the renewal of your mind in order that by practice-testing you may dokimazo scrutinize-to-discern what is the will of God (this isn’t bible-study) is routinely being proskartereo persistently-relationally-devoted in proseuche conversational-prayer” (c) and finally Paul’s final instructions to:  “In the proseuche conversational-prayer be ongoingly proskartereo persistently-relationally-devoted, routinely alertly-watching in it with eucharistia thanksgiving-prayer” (d).  Paul also said:  “Ongoingly peirazo test/try-to-prove yourselves to see whether you are in The-Trusting-Relying-Faith.  Ongoingly dokimazo scrutinize-to-discern yourselves, or do you not eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know this about yourself that Jesus Christ is IN YOU – unless indeed you fail to meet this dokimos scrutinizing-discerncernment” (e)?   Now, you can see why I created an entire BLOG on proseuche Conversation-Prayer and several on prayerful discernment – see Bible Info – BT2, Least Among You – BT8, and New Covenant Ways – BT16.   Through this ‘devotion’ everything else grows, especially your trusting-relying-faith! <Notes> a)Matthew 28:19, b) Mark 16:15-16, c) Romans 12:2, 12, d) Colossians 4:2, e) 2 Corinthians 13:5.

 

After documenting so many modern-day revivals around the world, when probed by so many people wanting to write more church-growth books and pastors wanting to create mega-churches, George Otis, Jr. said, “Desperation in prayer is the only common element I could find.”  When I heard that while driving, I about drove off the road!  Craig Alan Myers on “Prayer and Revival” writes:  “Such desperation in prayer is rarely heard today.  Prayers are not bold pleas to God for revival, for the reason that many Christians are not interested in having a new visitation of God.”  The history of revival bears witness to this!  Regarding the 1742 revival at Baldernock and other Scotland towns:  “This desperation in prayer led to the conversion of about 90 people in July of 1742 . . .” This was also the conclusion of Mary S. Relfe in Cure for All Ills.  Jim Cymbala in Storm says “Desperate and soul-stirring prayers results in answers.  When God is sought in desperation, He responds.”  Bob Hostetler writes in Guideposts about how God answers desperate prayers: “Desperation can be the soil and seed that bears the fruit of answered prayer.”  Past and present revivals of individuals, groups, cities, and even nations depend on how much we really want to enter into the presence of God through proseuche conversational-prayer.  Many others are understanding this desperate ‘hunger and thirst’ like Eric Gilmour.

 

The Lord gave me a vision on 10/24/2021 about ‘pressing in’ that showed me a tap root ‘in the soil below the surface’ causing the problems I was combating ‘above the surface’  Like Martha I was very busy with my own life and even ‘serving the Lord,’ too busy to do “the better thing” of Mary who “became still, stopped moving and shut up in order to yada/ginosko experientially, relationally know the Lord” (a) at the feet of Jesus (b).  The ‘bread that we can alone zoa genuinely-live by” is the directly-spoken, living, prophetic rhema word that comes from the mouth of God” (c).  Then the Lord showed me the desperate women bleeding from her genitals, having tried everything else for so long, now ‘at the end of her rope,’ was desperately pushing through huge crowds to finally touch Jesus and she was immediately healed (d).  The Lord told me, “This is what it take. There are many people and things in your ‘crowd’ that will try to block you.  But if you press thru them and just touch Me, you will be healed.  This is what it takes.” <Notes> a) Psalms 46:10, b) Luke 10:38-41, c) Matthew 4:4 citing Deuteronomy 8:3, d) Matthew 9:18-22; Mark 5:25-34; Luke 8:42-48.

 

Jesus urgently invited the crowds using the Greek imperative exclamatory saying:  “You-all duete come-here-NOW pros toward-to-reach-the-destination-of Me, ALL who toil and/coupled are heavily-burdened-from-toil, and I will give you peaceful-rest” (a).  This certainly implies more than 1 step or 1 event.  Pros indicates “extension toward a goal with implied interaction, with presumed contact, even a responsive reciprocity and reaction after making contact. It is often used as a prefix to include the idea of being ‘before’ someone physically or in time, but also of submissive respect by bowing, kneeling, or prostrating.”  Using the aorist indicative verb tense for “wholly, definitive, actual action,” Jesus tells His disciples to “let the little children erchomai come-from-one-place-to-another pros toward-to-reach-the-destination-of Me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (b).  In fact, Jesus promises “ALL that the Father gives Me shall-indeed heko came-to-reach-the-destination-of pros toward-to-reach-the-destination-of Me and/coupled the [singular one] routinely erchomai coming-from-one-place-to-another pros toward-to-reach-the-destination-of Me I will absolutely-NOT-in-fact-or-in-possibility cast out” (c).  <Notes> a) Matthew 11:28, b) Matthew 19:14; Mark 10:14; Luke 18:16, c) John 6:37.

 

However, “Absolutely-in-fact-NOT one dunamis is-powerfully-enabled to definitively/wholly erchomai come-from-one-place-to-another pros toward-to-reach-the-destination-of Me unless the Father who sent Me definitively/wholly helko powerfully-attracts-to-draw-in Him” (a) or “unless it is offered-granted him by the Father” (b), even though we see Jesus again offering this to the crowds:  “If anyone presently/ongoingly dipsao painfully-suffers-the-need-of-thirst, [I strongly urge] let him presently/ongoingly erchomai come-from-one-place-to-another pros toward-to-reach-the-destination-of Me and/coupled presently/ongoingly drink-to-imbibe.  The [one] routinely trusting-relying-faith eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of Me . . . ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’  Now this He said this about the Spirit, whom those who already-having trusting-relying-faith in Him were-about to presently/ongoingly actively lambano grab-hold-of-to-receive” (c).  This explains more of what Jesus said earlier: “I presently/ongoingly AM the bread of zoe genuine-life; the [one] routinely erchomai coming-from-one-place-to-another pros toward-to-reach-the-destination-of Me shall absolutely-NOT-in-fact-or-possibility peinao painfully-suffer-the-need-of-hunger, and/coupled the [one] routinely having-trusting-relying-faith eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of Me shall absolutely-NOT-in-fact-or-possibility dipsao painfully-suffer-the-need-of-thirst” (d).  This is like “as a deer arag/epipotheo pants for flowing streams, so my souls arag/epipotheo pants-in-longing/intensely-craves-possession for you, O God” (e).  David continues:  “Early in the morning I diligently-seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh faints for you as in a dry and weary land where there is no water” (f). <Notes> a) John 6:44, b) John 6:65, c) John 7:37-39, d) John 6:35, e) Psalms 42:1, f) Psalms 63:1.

 

This explains why Jesus said to the scribes and Pharisees, the experts at bible-study:  “You people have absolutely-in-fact-NEVER heard my Father’s phone Voice nor-absolutely-in-fact-NEVER seen His form at any time, nor-absolutely-in-fact-NEVER do you have His logos message residing in you, because you do absolutely-in-fact-NOT presently/ongoingly have trusting-relying-faith in the One whom He sent. [In contrast] You presently/ongoingly diligently-search/study the graphe scriptures because you think/suppose that in/by/with them you echo will-lay-hold-of zoe genuine-life everlasting, kai and-but these present/ongoingly are the ones that routinely are bearing-witness-as-a-martyr peri all-around-encompassing-comprehensively-of Me, kai and-but you absolutely-in-fact-NOT presently/ongoingly are willing to definitively/wholly erchomai come-from-one-place-to-another pros toward-to-reach-the-destination-of Me in order that you may presently/ongoingly echo lay-hold-of zoe genuine-life” (a). <Notes> a) John 5:37-40.

 

Obviously Jesus was criticizing their ‘diligence’ of studying the bible because “they failed to obtain what they were seeking.  The elect-chosen obtained it, but the rest were hardened” (a).  However, we can see from above that relentless, diligent devotion of seeking proseuche conversational-prayer is oppositely rewarded!   2 Timothy 2:15 has absolutely nothing to do with “studying scripture to be an approved workman of God” as too many translations and churches have erroneously taught.  Instead the Greek word spoudazo means “to use speed or be prompt; make effort or be earnest, diligent, or zealous” and the context refers to Timothy spoudazo being diligent in using his prophetically-given, grace-gift of evangelism, by the laying on of hands.  How dare they distort this verse to promote bible-study – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT7 and Logos Word of God – BT19!  That’s not how little children and the least among you that we are to be like, shall learn from God – see Bible Info – BT2, New Covenant Ways – BT16 and Least Among You – BT8, and Least Among You – BT7<Notes> a) Romans 9:31, 11:7.

 

Therefore duete or erchomai “coming to Jesus” is NOT a 1-time event but is to be a present, ongoing, and even routine, habitual lifestyle.  It’s all about having a koinonia relationship with the living God!  It’s not about bible-study to gather gnosis informational-knowledge about God, but about routinely visiting God in proserchomai ‘drawing near-close’ or eggizo “drawing extremely close-beside’ in proseuche conversation-prayer in order to have a koinonia relationship with God the Father through-the-realizing-channel-of God the Son by the means or instrument of the God the Holy Spirit for epignosis genuine, experiential, relational knowledge of God.  That’s exactly why we don’t need to be like the scribes and Pharisees who learned through bible-study gnosis informational-knowledge only about God, but instead be like little children who learn from others primarily through koinonia relationships, especially with their parents through direct one-on-one teaching and example!  The Parakletos Holy Spirit means “close-beside teacher like a counselor” (b).  That’s exactly why Jesus said, “My sheep akouo hear/listen-to-understand/know My VOICE” (a).  Jesus never had bible-study in mind!  You have to routinely make time with the Lord to have a koinonia relationship with him.  <Notes> a) John 10:27, b) as the subject:  John 14:26, 15:26, 16:7 or as the accusative direct object Parakleton:  John 14:16; 1 John 2:1.

 

The Lord told me once that “the works you did at first” that we are to “repent (turn back to) and do,” written in Revelation 2:5 to an old church are “the works of their early relationship with Him.”  Then He showed me my early relationship with my wife 8 years ago, which really convicted me, and I relived how obsessed I was just to listen to her voice, just to look into her eyes, just to reach out to hold her hand, and just to be in her presence.  Then, the Lord said, “That’s what I meant, regardless of what you’ve heard others say.”  This really brought me back to the most important priority of proseuche patiently-waiting, watching, listening, relational conversational-prayer.

 

The present participle often used by Jesus is NOT a 1-time event or even describing a present even or somehow an ongoing event as the present indicative form would, but more explicitly describes a “routine action or lifestyle habit.”  We’ve already seen both used many times above.  In fact, “the tax collectors and sinners were routinely eggizo drawing-extremely-close-into-one’s-presence to akouo listen-to-understand/know Jesus” (a).  Jesus warned: “If anyone would come after Me, let him definitively/wholly deny himself and/coupled definitively/wholly take up his cross daily kai and/then/thus presently/ongoingly follow Me” (b), for “whoever does absolutely-in-fact-not presently/ongoingly take his cross and/coupled presently/ongoingly follows Me he is absolutely-in-fact-not worthy of Me.  Whoever has routinely found/kept his life shall actually lose it, but/coupled whoever has routinely lost his life for My sake shall actually find it” (c).  <Notes> a) Luke 15:1, b) Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23, c) Matthew 10:38-39.

 

We are also strongly urged by the present imperative form to “presently/ongoingly steko persistently-stand-erect-and-firm/fast – a double emphasis in endurance – in the trusting-relying-faith; act like men; be strong” (a), because “for freedom Christ has set us free; therefore, ongoingly steko persistently-stand-erect-and-firm/fast and/coupled do absolutely-in-fact-NOT submit again [as Jews] to a yoke/chain/harness of slavery (b)” (c).  Rejecting the Law and persecution from the Jews teaching and enforcing it, we are strongly urged by the present imperative “to presently/ongoingly steko persistently-stand-erect-and-firm/fast in the Lord” (d).  Paul wanted their lives “to be worthy of the gospel of Christ . . . that I may akouo hear/listen-to-understand/know of you presently/ongoingly, actually steko persistently-standing-erect-and-firm/fast in one Spirit with one mind striving side-by-side for The Trusting-Relying-Faith of the gospel” (e). “Timothy has brought us the good news (gospel) of your trusting-relying-faith and/coupled unconditional-love . . . we have been comforted about you through your trusting-relying-faith.  For now we zoe genuinely-live IF you are presently/ongoingly, actually steko persistently-standing-erect-and-firm/fast in the Lord” (f).  “So then, brethren, [we strongly urge you to] presently/ongoingly steko persistently-stand-erect-and-firm/fast and/coupled krateo ‘seize-hold-of to carefully-retain’ to the paradosis close-beside-given-over-instruction/traditions that you were taught by us” (g). <Notes> a) 1 Corinthians 16:13, b) context: to the commandments and ritual traditions of the written and oral Law, c) Galatians 5:1, d) Philippians 4:1, e) Philippians 1:27, f) 1 Thessalonians 3:5-8, g) 2 Thessalonians 2:15.

 

Finally, the “presently/ongoing peripateo walk of trusting-relying-faith that is absolutely-in-fact NOT by sight” (a) is not 1 step because peripateo means to “walk all around, thus comprehensively.”  True Christians are those that “routinely peripateo walk-all-about-comprehensively down-from/according-to the Spirit and in-possibility-NOT down-from/according-to the flesh” (b), yet to Jewish-Christians tempted to return to the Law, Paul has to write:  “[I strongly urge you to] presently/ongoingly peripateo walk-all-about-comprehensively by the means of the Spirit and/coupled absolutely-in-fact-and-possibility-NOT gratify the passionate-longing-desires of the flesh” (c). We are to “be routinely stoicheo walking in the [plural] footsteps of the trusting-relying-faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised [and long before any other requirements of obedience like the Mosaic Law]” (d), where stoicheo means “to walk in a line, in strict accordance to a particular pace or cadence, thus to keep in step.”  This reminds me of a dream in 2-17-2020 in which I and others were told to closely follow the step of the Holy Spirit in a complicated maneuver of great importance. The early Church multiplied because it was “routinely poreuomai journeying in the fear/reverential-awe of the Lord and/coupled in the paraklesis alongside-encouraging-comfort-and-instruction of the Holy Spirit,” where poreuomai means “to personally move from destination to destination” (e). <Notes> a) 2 Corinthians 5:7, b) Romans 8:4, c) Galatians 5:16, d) Romans 4:12, e) Acts 9:31.

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT15

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Nevertheless faith requires certain ergon ‘doings/works’ to receive the free gift of salvation

 

 

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Yes, there is an ernon “work of faith” to ergo ‘do/work’ (a) and it must patiently-endure to the end for us to hear from Jesus “Well done, good and faithful servant – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT16.  You have been pistos faithful-trustworthy over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your Master” (b).  It’s built into the very definition of pistos faithfulness – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT2.  Let’s explore this more fully here!  <Notes> a) 1 Thessalonians 1:3; 2 Thessalonians 1:11, b) Matthew 25:21, 23; cf. Matthew 24:45; Luke 19:17.

 

We are also urged to excel in trusting-relying-faith (a), pursue trusting-relying-faith (b), be healthy or sound in trusting-relying-faith (c), and fight the good fight of trusting-relying-faith (d).  But we are also called to steadfastly-endure in The-Trusting-Relying-Faith (e) as we will now further explore. <Notes> a) 2 Corinthians 8:7, 10:15, b) 1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 2:22, c) Titus 1:13, 2:2 d) 1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 4:7, e) Acts 11:23; Colossians 1:23; 1 Thessalonians 1:3; 2 Thessalonians 1:4; 1 Timothy 6:11; 2 Timothy 3:10; Titus 2:2; James 1:3; Hebrews 11:27, 12:1-2; Revelation 2:19, 13:10, 14:12.

 

Salvation requires a response to hearing the preached, not written, gospel!  In fact, the “akouo hearing/listening-to-understand/know must be mixed together (co-mingled/united) by/with trusting-relying-faith” (a) in order to actually “benefit” the person (b). When “Paul saw a crippled-from-birth man who was akouo hearing/listening-to-understand/know to Paul speaking, Paul looked intently at him and/coupled seeing that he presently had trusting-relying-faith to be sozo healed, said in a loud voice, ‘stand upright on your feet.’  And he sprang up and began walking” (c).  Just hearing the Law didn’t help the Jews either (c)! <Notes> a) some manuscripts have “it did absolutely-in-fact-NOT meet with trusting-relying-faith in the hearers,” b) Hebrews 4:2, c) Acts 14:9-10, d) Romans 2:13.

 

James questions whether trusting-relying-faith can even save you without some kind of ergon “doing/working” (a).  In referring to Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac to obey God, James argues: “You see that [his] trusting-relying-faith was continually-repetitively (b) sunergeo working-together-to-partner with his works [of obeying God], kai and/thus trusting-relying-faith was made telos fulfilled-completed by his works” (c), and so “you see that a person is justified/made-declared righteous by works and/coupled absolutely-in-fact-NOT by trusting-relying-faith alone” (d). However, we also have to keep in mind that James’ immediate context for “the obedience of works” is the showing of “mercy that triumphs over judgment” (e) by impartially, unconditionally-loving the brethren, which is the “perfect Law of liberty” (f) or what Paul calls “The Law of Christ” (g). <Notes> a) James 1:22, 2:14, 17-10, cf. Matthew 7:24-27; John 13:17, b) rare imperfect tense used, c) James 2:22, d) James 2:24, e) James 2:13, f) James 1:25, g) 1 Corinthians 9:21; Galatians 6:2.

 

However, our “ergon (a) work of faith” while NOW “under the Law of faith” (b) can’t be anything like that of the heavy burden of the Law imposed by the Law-teachers (c).  That’s why Christ’s invitation was unique from the other demanding, haughty rabbis:  “Come to Me, all who toil and are heavily-burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and/coupled learn [directly] from Me for I am gentle and/coupled lowly in heart, and you will find rest for you souls, for My yoke is easy-to-do and/coupled My burden is feather/cloud-light to carry” (d). <Notes> a) where we get our English words:  ergo, ergonomics, ergometry, and ergotism, b) Romans 3:27; 1 Thessalonians 1:3; 2 Thessalonians 1:11, cf. John 3:16-18, 36, 40, 6:29, 20:31; 1 John 3:23, 5:10, 13; Acts 18:8, c) Matthew 23:4; Luke 11:46, d) Matthew 11:28-30.

 

We MUST ergo “do/work” by responding to the offered gift in order to receive salvation!  Mark states:  “Whoever has had trusting-relying-faith and/coupled has been water-baptized shall indeed be saved” (a).  Jesus said “Have trusting-relying-faith in Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me, or at least have trusting-relying-faith on account of the [plural] ergon works/doings (b) themselves” (c), which many people did (d), because “the ergon works/doings that the Father has given me to accomplish, the very ergon works/doings that I am doing, bear witness about Me that the Father has sent Me” (e), with dire consequences for rejecting this (f). <Notes> a) Mark 16:16, b) context: signs & wonders Christ performed, c) John 14:11; cf. John 10:38; Matthew 11:4, d) John 2:23, 11:45, e) John 5:36; cf. John 10:25, f) John 15:24.

 

Repentance is a required ergon “doing/work” for salvationPeter’s first sermon gives the first ‘alter call’:  “Repent (a) and/coupled be water-baptized every one of you in the name/authority of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins and/coupled [then] you will receive the grace-gift of the Holy Spirit” (b). Later he preached “repent therefore and/coupled turn back that you sins may be blotted out” (c).  Paul “testified both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and/coupled trusting-relying-faith in our Lord Jesus Christ” (d).  Paul had declared everywhere practically “that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance” (e).  Christ’s Great Commission states:  “that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaim in His name/authority to all nations” (f).  “Godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret” (g), but what’s really involved in repentance?   <Notes> a) metanoia: turn the direction of your conviction – Matthew 3:2, 4:17; Mark 1:15; see also strepho “turn/convert by changing the direction/course of our mind – Matthew 18:3, 19:14; Mark 10:15; Luke 18:17; 1 Peter 2:2, b) Acts 2:38, c) Acts 3:19, d) Acts 20:21, e) Acts 26:20, f) Luke 24:47; Acts 8:22; cf. John’s baptism: Luke 3:3, g) 2 Corinthians 7:10; cf. Acts 5:31.

 

There is also the required ergo “doing/work” of confession:  “If you confess with your mouth that ‘Jesus is Lord’ and/coupled have trusting-relying-faith in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall indeed be saved for with the heart one has trusting-relying-faith and/thus is justified/made-righteous and/coupled with the mouth one confesses eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of salvation” (a).  Confession is actually part of the definition that Hebrews 11:1 gives of pistis trusting-relying-faith: “Now pistis ongoing IS-defined-as/exists-as [the singular] confident-trusting-assurance of [plural things] routinely being elpizomenon ‘hoped-for, like having faith for future promises,’ [the singular] conviction-confession (b) of things absolutely-in-fact-NOT routinely being seen.”  The “confession of our elpis hope . . . [is] because He who promised is faithful” (c).  <Notes> a) Romans 10:9-10, b) elegchos:  an inner conviction that proves or confirms God’s in-birthing of faith, thus an internal persuasion or ‘reproof’ from God per 2 Timothy 3:16 regarding Jewish prophetic ‘portions of’ scripture regarding the Messiah being useful in the NT Church – see Logos Word of God – BT6 and – BT7.  In court, it is a charge that is shown to be true, often confessed by the accused. In this case it is a confession of The Truth about Jesus, c) Hebrews 10:23.

 

This is “the good confession or “pledge for a good conscience” of “Jesus is Lord or Christ in the flesh as our Apostle and High Priest” (a) to “have the Father also” (b) that was also routinely done during water-baptism in front of witnesses (c), which was always viewed as “saving you . . . through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (d), which indicated WHO you “followed as a disciple” (e), and was where “you receive the grace-gift of the Holy Spirit” (f), especially with visible signs of Spirit-baptism for those having trusting-relying-faith (g).  There is a lot at stake if you haven’t been water-baptized!  More on that below. <Notes> a) John 9:22, 12:42; Romans 10:9; 1 Corinthians 12:3; Philippians 2:11; Hebrews 3:1, 4:14; 1 John 4:2-3, 15; 2 John 1:7 – see Salvation – BT9 for historical confessions of faith, b) 1 John 2:23, c) Matthew 3:6; Mark 1:5; 1 Timothy 6:12, d) 1 Peter 3:21 – see Water-Baptism, e) 1 Corinthians 1:12-16, f) Acts 2:38; 1 Corinthians 12:13; implied in Acts 18:24-26, g) Mark 16:16-20; Acts 19:2-7.

 

“This is the confession of our hope” (a) that is “the good confession in the presence of many witnesses” as we saw above that started the “good fight of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith” (b), but this doesn’t refer to trusting-relying-faith in general but specifically by the use of the definite article to The Christian Faith once for all delivered to the saints (c). “For the Gate is narrow and/coupled the Way is constricted that is routinely leading eis ‘toward and reaching the goal of’ zoe genuine-life and/thus those who are routinely finding it are few” (d), because Jesus is “The Way and/coupled The Truth (e) and/coupled The zoe Genuine-Life – Absolutely-in-fact NO one comes to the Father if in-possibility-NOT dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of Me” (f).  All roads don’t lead to God! Jesus is “The Door” (g) and any other way into the sheepfold make that man a “thief and a robber” (h).  Ultimately if you don’t make it through “The Door” of Christ, you will be “in outer darkness and in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (i). <Notes> a) Hebrews 10:23, b) 1 Timothy 6:12, c) Jude 1:3, Acts 6:7, 13:8, 14:22; 16:6; 2 Corinthians 13:5; Galatians 1:23; Ephesians 4:13, Philippians 1:25; Colossians 1:23, 2:7; 1 Timothy 1:2, 3:9, 3:13, 4:1, 6, 5:8, 6:10, 12, 21; 2 Timothy 3:8, 4:7; Titus 1:13, 3:15; James 2:1, d) Matthew 7:14, e) The Truth:  a typical reference to Christ per John 1:14, 17, 14:6, 8:30-32; 1 John 2:27, 5:20; Ephesians 4:21 or His gospel logos message about Himself: Galatians 2:5, 14; Ephesians 1:13; Colossians 1:5 – see Truth page, f) John 14:6, g) John 10:9, cf. Revelation 3:20, h) John 10:1, i) Matthew 8:12, 13:42, 50, 22:13, 24:51, 25:30; Luke 13:28.

 

Even throughout the Christian life, there is a ‘work’ of confessionThe confession of sins not only occurred publicly during water-baptism to become a Christian (a), but routinely afterwards for healing: “The euche requesting-prayer of trusting-relying-faith will sozo save/heal the one who is sick . . . and/coupled if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.  Therefore confess your sins to one another and/coupled euchomai requesting-praying for one another so that you may be iaomai healed-to-wholeness [because sin can create disease via demons]” (b). <Notes> a) Matthew 3:6; Mark 1:5, cf. Acts 19:18, b) James 5:15-16.

 

But why is the ergon “doing/work” of confession required for salvation and ongoing forgiveness and cleansing from sin?  It’s actually the only way to “receive” these free gifts-by-grace from God!  The passive word dechomai  means “welcoming in a warm, receptive way” and is used 56 times in the NT, especially of welcoming Christ (a), welcoming the unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace of God (b), God or Christ welcoming us (c).  If you never let someone that is standing at your door knocking to come into your house, you simply cannot benefit from what they are freely offering!  Jesus’ standing invitation to enter into your life is:  “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone akouo hears/listens-to-understand/know My Voice and/coupled opens the door, I will come into Him and/coupled dine with Him, and He with Me” (d).  In those days, this “dining” meant a long night of feasting and intimate koinonia fellowship!  <Notes> a) Matthew 25:35; John 4:45, b) 2 Corinthians 6:1, c) Romans 14:3, 15:7; Luke 8:40, d) Revelation 3:20.

 

Additionally, the active word lambano means “active, aggressive grabbing or laying hold for yourself to accept or receive” and is used 261 times in the NT, not to mention the many forms of it.  It is used especially:  to actively paralambano ‘grabbed-hold-of to be close-beside’ the preached gospel (a), to actively paralambano ‘grabbed-hold-of to be close-beside’ Christ Jesus the Lord (b), to actively receive mercy and unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace and the free grace-gift of righteousness (c), to actively receive the forgiveness of sins through Christ’s name (d), to actively receive the inheritance [of eternal life] as your reward (e), to actively receive the promised grace-gift of the Holy Spirit dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying faith (f), and finally to actively receive the Spirit’s grace-gifts (g). <Notes> a) 1 Corinthians 15:1; Galatians 1:9, b) Colossians 2:6, c) John 1:16; Romans 1:5, 5:17; Hebrews 4:16, d) Acts 10:43, 26:18, e) apolambano receive-back in Colossians 3:24 and Luke 18:30; lambano in Matthew 19:29; Mark 10:30; Hebrews 9:15, 11:8, f) John 7:39; Acts 2:38; Galatians 3:14, g) 1 Peter 4:10.

 

Lambano “receiving” is not a passive, mindless, unconscious action like ‘receiving’ something in the mailbox.  No!  It means going out of your house to take it out of the hand of the postman when they are about to put it into the mailbox!  It’s an active, mindful, conscious acquisition!  God offers His free grace-gifts in His open hand, by unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace without work or merit demanded of you, but until you lambano reach out and grab it for yourself by trusting-relying-faith, even to paralambano ‘grabbed-hold-of to be close-beside’ you, they will still be sitting in His hand and not be in your life.  God does not throw any His grace-gifts at anybody, in their faces, or down their throats, nor by twisting their arms to receive it. That’s because His unconditionally-loving nature is infinitely gentle (a). You have to take them from His hand! <Notes> a) Galatians 5:22-23; 1 Corinthians 4:21; Ephesians 4:2; 1 Timothy 6:11.

 

In your Christian life, you also have to routinely lambano ‘grab to receive’ the grace-gift of continual forgiveness and cleansing as  1 John 1:5-10 says:  “This is the announcement (a) we have heard from Him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in Him is absolutely in fact no darkness at all.  1) If we say we have koinonia intimate-fellowship with Him while we presently/ongoingly walk/live in darknesswe lie and do not practice The Truth (b).  A) However, if we presently/ongoingly walk/live in the light as He is in the light, then we actually have koinonia intimate-fellowship with one another, and/coupled the blood of Jesus His Son actually, presently/ongoingly cleanses (c) us from all sin.  2) If we say we presently/ongoingly have absolutely-in-fact-NO sin, we planao ‘wander off-course into deception/error’ ourselves and The Truth (b) is absolutely-in-fact-NOT in us.  B) If we presently/ongoingly confess our sins, then He is actually, presently/ongoingly trustworthyfaithful and/coupled righteouslyjust in order to definitively/wholly forgive us our sins and/coupled definitively/wholly cleanse (c) us from ALL (d) unrighteous-injustice (e). 3) If we say we have already [with lasting results] absolutely-in-fact-NOT sinned, we make Him a liar and His logos message (gospel) is absolutely-in-fact-NOT in us.”  There are 3 “If we say” lies or deceptions going on, but 2 parts ‘A & B’ of 1 “The Truth” (b) that is discussed deeper in Surrender Control – BT10<Notes> a) in context:  of the gospel logos message of The Truthb) The Truth:  a typical reference to Christ per John 1:14, 17, 14:6, 8:30-32; 1 John 2:27, 5:20; Ephesians 4:21 or His gospel logos message about Himself: Galatians 2:5, 14; Ephesians 1:13; Colossians 1:5 – see Truth page, c) katharizo: purify us from all admixture, filth, d) this is one of the fewer times pas means “the whole of” instead of “every of a kind/class of/portion of” as in 2 Timothy 3:15-16, “pas scripture [the portion that is] God-breathed is profitable for instruction” in the context of v. 15 is referring to Messianic prophetic “oracles of God” [as in Hebrews 5:12 and 1 Peter 4:11] that were able to make Timothy and others “wise unto salvation through trusting-relying-faith in Christ Jesus” – see Logos Word of God – BT7.  In no way would Paul permit the reading of the 5 books of Moses per 2 Corinthians 13:4-18 – see Logos Word of God – BT8, e) violation of God’s justice that brings divine disapproval.

 

So many people quote Paul in Romans 10:8-13 about confession for salvation to say the ‘sinner’s prayer’ is enough for salvation, but fail to mention the many other things Paul says, even in the same book of Romans (Romans 1:16, 2:4, 13:11) that are required for salvation thru justification, and especially earlier in Romans 6:3-11 where Paul explained to his Gentile audience how the Jewish ritual of water-baptism NOW applies to Christian water-baptism absolutely required for salvation by actually participating in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ in order to receive the promised Spirit (a) dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith” (b). The NT and earliest Church don’t try to separate out the salvation components of:  surrendering control through repentance, confession of sins and The-Trusting-Relying-Faith of “Jesus is Savior and Lord”, and receiving Spirit-baptism during water-baptism.  Instead the early Church simply did them, believing they were inseparably integrated and therefore all necessary for salvation<Notes> a) cf. Luke 24:49; Acts 2:33, 38; Colossians 2:12-15, 3:1; Ephesians 1:13, 2:5-6, 4:5; 1 Corinthians 1:13-17, 12:13; 1 Peter 3:21, b) Galatians 3:14; cf. v. 3:2, 5, 27.

 

It’s all based on the Jewish Tevilah baptism ritual in a Mikveh pool for gerim Gentiles to be converted:  They were made ceremonially “clean” through whole-body self-immersion to wash Hebrew rachatz or Greek louo sins away.  They would first make a “confession of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith” of Judaism before the witness(es) and then would totally immerse themselves by sitting or getting into a fetal position under the water with a witness or ‘baptizer’ doing the officiating. They would then stretch themselves back into a standing position (a), reciting another blessing as they rose from the water.  See Wikipedia’s History of Baptism and Essene Baptism and Mikveh & Baptism. There is much written about the disappearance of the Essenes after John the Baptist and Jesus arrived – they became Christians!  <Notes> a) just as Jesus went “straightaway out of the water” in His water-baptism in Matthew 3:16; Mark 1:10.

 

Therefore it is irrelevant to debate whether water-baptism is asaving work” after you read so many verses that integrate it with repentance and confession of trusting-relying-faith of “Jesus as Lord” all “for the forgiveness of sins” so that “you may receive Spirit-Baptism” and was the core of the Great Commission “to make disciples of all nations, routinely water-baptizing them in the name/authority of the Father and/coupled of the Son and/coupled of the Holy Spirit” as practiced routinely in the early Church (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38, 41, 8:12-13, 16, 36, 9:18, 10:47-48, 16:14-15, 33, 18:8, 19:5; Ephesians 4:5; Colossians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 12:13), so “now why do you wait?  Rise and be water-baptized kai and/coupled/thus wash away your sins, calling on His name” (Acts 22:16) – see Water-Baptism.

 

As we’ve seen water-baptism has always been a Jewishobedience step of faith” as an external public testimony of a person’s internal trusting-relying-faith.  Neither ‘step’ is saving by itself because they are integrally and inseparably connected.  The unique Christian difference is the NOW “water-baptism is in the name/authority of Jesus Christ” and during it we NOW get “Spirit-Baptism” as the “promised grace-gift of the Father” (a).  Only later Greek philosophers and western Christian denominations influenced by them would try to separate all these components and say one is saving and one isn’t.  The Anabaptist created the false-teaching of “Believer’s Baptism” as a reaction to Catholic infant-baptism who were then followed by the Baptists and Dunkards.  However, the NT and early Church kept them together and so should we!  Neither our “receiving by welcoming and grabbing-hold-of” the gospel logos message by a repentant-turn by our conviction of trusting-relying-faith in Christ, or our confession of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith, or our water-baptism by itself has any ability to save.  It only saves because of Christ’s resurrection and it only saves if we fully participate in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ to get Spirit-Baptized, but the only way to do that is to ergo “do/work” all components (b) – see also Surrender Control, Water-Baptism, and Spirit-Baptism pages. <Notes> a) Matthew 3:11, 16; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33; Acts 1:5, 2:38, 10:47, 11:16; 1 Corinthians 12:13, b) see also Matthew 3:11, 28:19; Mark 1:4, 16:16; Luke 3:3, 24:47; Acts 2:38, 41, 8:12-13, 16, 36-38, 9:18, 10:47-48, 16:15, 33, 18:8, 19:3-5, 22:16, Romans 6:3-4, 8, 8:15; 1 Corinthians 13-17, 12:13; Galatians 3:27, 4:5-7; Ephesians 4:5; Colossians 2:12; and 1 Peter 3:21.

 

In summary, the 5 simple steps of salvation of:  1) akouo hearing/listening-to-understand/know the gospel logos message of Jesus Christ who is The Truth, 2) the routine having of trusting-relying-faith in Jesus as your Messiah-Savior, the “Anointed-One” Christ, and Supreme-Lord-Master of your life, 3) repenting or turning from sin to the Lord, 4) publicly confessing your sin and confessing “Jesus is the Christ as Savior and Lord/Master,” 5) and then being water-baptized to “welcome and grab-hold-of” the Spirit-baptism are the 5 required ergon “doings/works” for your salvation – see Salvation.  Leave any out and don’t bet on being saved when you stand before the Father at the Great White Throne Day of Judgment.

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT14

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Our faith is to be in the faithfulness of God, especially Jesus as Messiah-Savior and Lord-Master for our salvation

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT2 we touched on the fact that pistis faith is never in a THING but in the pistis/pistos faithfulness or trustworthiness of God, but especially of Jesus Christ as the Messiah.  We know that “God ongoingly IS-defined-as/exists-as [singular] agape Unconditional-Love” (a) period, just as the “the [singular] fruit/essence/nature of the Spirit ongoingly IS-defined-as/exists-as [singular] agape Unconditional-Love” (b), but then Paul lists adjective-nouns without punctuation or conjunctions that further describe this agape Unconditional-Love like flavors of wine that ‘open up’ in the mouth over time:  “joy, peace, makrothumia long-suffering-patience before expressing retributive-force from anger’, kindness, goodness, pistis faith/faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (c).  Paul expounds on the characteristics of agape Unconditional-Love in His other letters (d).  <Notes> a) 1 John 4:8, 16; 2 Corinthians 13:11, b) Galatians 5:22; cf. Colossians 1:8; Romans 5:5, 15:30; 1 Corinthians 4:21; 2 Corinthians 6:6, 13:14; Philippians 2:1; 2 Timothy 1:7, c) Galatians 5:23, d) 1 Corinthians 4:21, 8:1, 13:4-7; Romans 12:9-10, 13:10, 14:15, 15:30 unconditional-love of/belonging-to the Spirit”; Ephesians 4:2, 15-16; Philippians 2:1.

 

Notice that “long-suffering, patience” is associated with pistis trusting-relying-faith (a), even thru long-suffering (b) that proves our faithfulness (c), and also associated with agape Unconditional-Love (d)!  Therefore, ‘long-suffering, patiently-enduring’ pistis faith/faithfulness is the nature of unconditional-love that is the nature of God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!  It saves us from the wrath of God wiping us out in retribution for our sin – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT16 about enduring faith.  It also makes sense that if we have more of the Holy Spirit’s nature manifesting Himself in us, we will be not only have more faith in the Faithful or “Trustworthy One,” but be more faithful to the Lord simply because we will have more faith living in us – one of the meanings of pistos faithful is “fullness of trusting-relying-faith,” as we will explore next. <Notes> a) 1 Timothy 1:16; 2 Timothy 3:10; Hebrews 6:12; Revelation 2:19, b) Philippians 1:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; 1 Peter 5:9, c) Revelation 2:10 versus Numbers 14:33, d) cf. 1 Corinthians 13:4; 2 Corinthians 6:6; Ephesians 4:2; 2 Timothy 3:10; Revelations 2:19.

 

We saw in Obedient Steps of Faith – BT2 that the Greek word pistos can emphasize “those who have fullness of pistis trusting-relying-faith or loyalty to pistis trusting-relying-faith, thus having faithfulness or trustworthiness.”  This is especially true of Father-God keeping His promises, even to Sarah to have a child in her old age (a), just as we should keep our promises (b), in Father-God calling us (c) into the fellowship of His Son (d), in giving us unwavering confession of hope for the Day of Christ’s return for us (e), not letting us to be tempted beyond our ability to find the way of escape He has provided (f), establishing and/coupling guarding us against the evil one (g), and so we should entrust our souls to a faithful Creator, even while suffering as we do good (h).  <Notes> a) Hebrews 11:11, b) 2 Corinthians 1:18, c) 1 Thessalonians 5:24, d) 1 Corinthians 1:9, e) Hebrews 10:23, f) 1 Corinthians 10:13; g) 2 Thessalonians 3:3, h) 1 Peter 4:19.

 

Jesus is the “witness to the peoples, a leader and commander” (a) or “faithful witness” (b) or “faithful and true witness” (c) of Father-God, “bearing witness to The Truth” (d), “to what WE have seen” (e) and “heard” (f), accurately conveying His logos gospel message by “specific words and sayings” (g).  Even “if we are faithless, Christ remains faithful for He cannot deny Himself” (h)  <Notes> <Notes> a) Isaiah 55:4, b) Revelation 1:5, c) Revelation 3:14, 19:11, d) John 18:37, e) John 3:11, 8:18,  cf. 5:31, 8:13-14, f) John 3:32, g) John 8:26, 40, 12:49-50, 15:10 [10:18], 15:15, 17:8, 14, h) 2 Timothy 2:11-13.

 

This enduring-faith doesn’t mean we deny we have sinned or will again sin, but that “if we presently-ongoingly confess our sins [that’s the condition to meet, then:], He is actually, presently-ongoingly pistos trustworthy-faithful in order to definitively-wholly forgive us our sins and/coupled righteous-just to definitively-wholly cleanse us from ALL unrighteous-injustice” (a), because Jesus is a “merciful and/coupled pistos trustworthy-faithful high priest in the service of God to make propitiation (b) for the sins of the people” (c).  Who are these people?  John says about Jesus: “He ongoingly IS-defined-as/exists-as the propitiation for our sins, and/but not for ours only but/also for the sins of the whole world” (d).  <Notes> a) 1 John 1:9, b) atoning-sacrifice transference of our unrighteousness for His righteousness by His blood,  c) Hebrew 2:17, d) 1 John 2:2.

 

But does this propitiation get applied to all the people of the world?  Peter tells the God-fearing Gentile-proselytes to Judaism:  “Everyone routinely having trusting-relying-faith eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of the name/authority of Christ lambano ‘grabs to receive’ forgiveness of sins” (a).  Sure Jesus was sent to the world to be its Savior by taking away its sins and drawing all people to Himself by His crucifixion (b), but “not all obeyed the gospel” (c), and so “all may be condemned who did in-possibility-NOT have trusting-relying-faith-in The Truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (d), for “those who are of self-interest and/coupled routinely disobeying The Truth but instead routinely obeying unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury” (e).  The Universalist and Unitarian churches will be ‘dead in their sins’ wrong!  <Notes> a) Acts 10:43, b) 1 John 4:14; John 1:29, 4:42, 12:32, c) Romans 10:16, d) 2 Thessalonians 2:12, e) Romans 2:8.

 

Everybody loves to quote Jesus’ preached gospel in John 3:16 about “God so unconditionally-loved the world that He gave His only Son” but forgets to quote verse 18 that gives only 1 condition to experience God’s saving love:  “Whoever is routinely having trusting-relying-faith eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of Him is absolutely-in-fact-NOT presently/ongoingly judged, but the [one] in-possibility-NOT routinely having trusting-relying-faith already has been [with ongoing results] judged because he has in-possibility-NOT already had [with ongoing results] trusting-relying-faith eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of The Name/Authority/Person of the only-begotten (a) Son of God.”  You must meet that 1 condition to be saved – see Salvation.  <Notes> a) monogenes: one-of-a-kind, unique child.

 

Saving faith is found only in God’s pistos faithfulness through Christ.  David hopes for it:  “O God, in the abundance of your steadfast unconditional-love answer me in your saving faithfulness” (a).  But it’s Jesus that says: “Your trusting-relying-faith has saved you” (b), and “makes you well” (c).  James 5:15 also recognizes that “the euche wishing/vowing-prayer of The Trusting-Relying-Faith shall indeed save the one who is sick.”  Paul says we are “saved dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith” (d).  Since by definition soteria salvation is “a process of being delivered, rescued, and restored to wholeness,” Peter says that Christians are being “guarded by God’s enabling-power through trusting-relying-faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the Last Time . . . “they obtain the outcome of their trusting-relying-faith – the salvation of their souls” (e). Yet Jesus speaks of ways that akouo hearing/listening-to-understand/know the logos message of the gospel doesn’t result in “faith that can save you” (f).  Clearly not all people in the world will be saved<Notes> a) Psalms 69:13, b) Luke 7:50, c) Mark 10:52; cf. Mark 5:34; Matthew 15:28; Acts 3:16; 1 Corinthians 12:9, d) Ephesians 2:8; cf. Acts 15:11, 16:31; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 1:21, e) 1 Peter 1:3-5, f) Luke 8:12; cf. John 12:47.

 

Paul’s mission is to preach the gospel, not write the New Testament, even though 51% are Paul’s writings:  “God made a choice among you that thru-the-realizing-channel-of my mouth the Gentiles should akouo hear/listen-to-understand/know  the logos message of the gospel kai and/moreover (a) to have trusting-relying-faith” (b).  He preached it even in prison, and when his jailor asked ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’  Paul answered: ‘Have trusting-relying-faith in the Lord Jesus and you shall indeed be saved, you and your household. . . . and they all were water-baptized’” (c).  Paul confirms it:  “For by the means of unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace you have been saved thru-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith” (d), since “the gospel is [singular] enabling-power of God eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of salvation to everyone who has trusting-relying-faith” (e). Thus “we preach to save those routinely having trusting-relying-faith” (f).  Clearly you need trusting-relying-faith in Christ to be saved!   The whole world isn’t going to be saved<Notes> a) kai has other meanings than “and/coupled” like “still, besides, also, moreover, likewise, even, indeed, namely, specifically”, b) Acts 15:7, c) Acts 16:31-32, d) Ephesians 2:8, e) Romans 1:16, f) 1 Corinthians 1:21.

 

The “people of God” (a) are “absolutely-in-fact-NOT of the [whole] world” (b), just as Christ “is absolutely-in-fact-NOT of the world” (c), just as His “kingdom is absolutely-in-fact-NOT of this world” (d), just as “not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel” (e) – as with mankind, “only a remnant of them will be saved” (f).  They are those having “salvation by the means of [singular] holiness/sanctification of/belonging-to the Spirit and/coupled [by the means of] trusting-relying-faith of/belonging-to [singular] Truth” (g).  Paul told Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:15 that “the sacred gramma writings” (see note ‘2B’ of Logos Word of God – BT4) he was “from childhood acquainted with . . .[are] the ones that are able to make you wise eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of salvation dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith in Christ Jesus.”  This is only 2.6% of the OT used to convert Jews and keep Jewish-Christians from lapsing back to the Law, not all of the OT as many pastors misinterpret the pas graphe “All scripture” of v. 3:16, because pas often means ‘every of a portion/category/group of’ as the case here by understanding the Greek meaning of v. 3:15  – see Logos Word of God – BT5,   – BT6 and –BT7.   <Notes> a) Matthew 1:21; Luke 1:68, 77; Hebrews 4:9, 11:25; 1 Peter 2:10; Revelation 21:3, b) John 15:19, 17:14-16, c) John 17:14, 16, cf. 8:23, d) John 18:36; Satan owns the world’s kingdoms: Matthew 4:8; Luke 4:5; but in the end Christ owns them:  Revelation 11:15, e) Romans 9:6, f) Romans 9:27, 11:5; Acts 15:17, g) 2 Thessalonians 2:13.

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT13

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Putting faith in ‘being good’ by obeying the Law turns the Light switch OFF because the glass is only partially full – to your peril!  Righteousness is ONLY thru Christ

 

 

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If we try to obey the commandments of the Law to work for our righteousness to ‘be good,’ we will end up failing miserably and die in our sins unless we instead have trusting-relying-faith in Christ (a), “for the Law made nothing perfect” (b) and “can in-possibility-NOT perfect the conscience of the worshiper” (c), for “the Law is but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, thus it can absolutely-in-fact-never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near-close-beside [God]” (d), because “by-the-means-of Christ everyone who is routinely having trusting-relying-faith is justified/made-righteous from everything from which you were absolutely-in-fact-NOT able to be by-the-means-of [singular] Law of Moses” (e) – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT1 and Obedient Steps of Faith – BT17. <Notes> a) John 8:21, 24, 11:25-26; Romans 7:9, b) Hebrews 7:19, c) Hebrews 9:9, d) Hebrews 10:1, e) Acts 13:39.

 

Once Christ came, Hebrews 11:6 could NOW state that: “Without trusting-relying-faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would routinely proserchomai draw near-close-beside (a) to Him must have trusting-relying-faith that He presently/ongoingly exists (b) and that He rewards those who routinely ekzeteo diligently-seek-out-to-find (c) Him.” <Notes> a) proserchomai:  a Hebraism for “seeking an audience with, approaching, inquiring of, calling on to visit, or be heard by” God, thus closely akin in spelling and meaning to proseuche conversational-prayer and proskuneo worship, b) that He’s really there to fellowship with, c) ek + zeteo for the Hebrew darash: search out diligently in order to find, investigate, desire/crave, aim/strive after – another Hebraism throughout the OT for diligent worship in order to find God:  Proverbs 8:17; Isaiah 58:2; Jeremiah 29:13; Amos 5:4.  Jesus used this common OT phrase “You will seek Me” to rub it into the Pharisees and scribe that they will NOT find God this time and die in their sins for their rejection of Him:  John 6:26, 7:34 36, 8:21, 13:33, cf. Proverbs 1:28; Romans 10:20 citing Isaiah 65:1.

 

Paul makes it clear that Christians should have absolutely nothing to do with the old covenant or Law, or teachers of it – we are to be freed from its yoke of slavery:  “The Law of the Spirit of zoe genuine-life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the [OT] Law of sin and death, for God has done what the Law [of commandments], asthenes ‘beggarly-poor, weak, feeble, and impotent’ by the flesh, was adunatos absolutely-powerless-to-do” (a), just as we saw above!  Paul continues: “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (b), which in context is “liberty from the Law,” and warns of “those (false brothers) who have slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us back into slavery [to the Law]” (c), especially warning about Law-teachers (d).  Romans 14 is written about how to handle Jewish-Christians “weak in faith” because they still feel compelled to follow Jewish dietary Laws. <Notes> a) Romans 8:2-3, b) 2 Corinthians 3:17, c) Galatians 2:4, d) Romans 2:20-21.

 

Paul warned his pastors to:  “charge certain persons in-possibility-NOT to teach any different doctrine (a) nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies (b), which promote speculations (c) rather than God’s oikonomia household-management-plan that is by-the-means-of trusting-relying-faith . . . Certain persons, by swerving from this, have wandered away into vain/fruitless discussion, desiring to be teachers of the Law” (d).  Paul also said: “put these things before the brethren, being a good servant of Christ Jesus, ongoingly being entrepho nourished/educated by the logos messages of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith and/coupled the [singular] kalos ‘beautiful, harmonious, excellent, praiseworthy’ teaching that you have followed” (e).  Faith-teaching is what’s beautiful!  Even Peter says, “Live as people who are free” (f). <Notes> a) Paul taught:  Jesus is our hope in 1 Timothy 1:1 by ‘The-trusting-relying-Faith‘ in v. 1:2 that unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace, mercy, and peace are from the Father and/coupled Jesus our Lord, b) a Jewish tendency: 1 Timothy 1:4; Titus 3:9, c) for debate and arguments: 1 Timothy 1:7, 6:4; 1 Corinthians 1:20; Colossians 2:4; 2 Corinthians 10:5, d) 1 Timothy 1:3-7, cf. 1 Timothy 6:3; Galatians 1:6-7; cf. Romans 16:17 that says “watch out for them . . . avoid them,” e) 1 Timothy 4:6, f) 1 Peter 2:16.

 

“The Law is holy, . . . righteous and/coupled good” (a), but NOT if used unlawfully, that is against Christians “freed from the Law” (b), as Paul explains in 1 Timothy 1:8-11, because Christians are no longer “unjust, lawless, disobedient, ungodly, sinners, unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, practicing homosexuals, enslavers, liars, perjures and whatever else that is contrary to the sound doctrine (c) that is down-from/according the gospel of the glory of the blessed God, which I have been entrusted.”  Christ has made them justified, so the Law doesn’t apply to them, so it would be “unlawful” to do so! Yet so many Christians and churches insist on adding at least 1-10 of the Law’s commandments back it, creating The Great Wall quenching the Spirit in the Church. <Notes> a) Romans 7:11, 16, b) Romans 6:14, 18, 7:3-4, 8:2, c) see also 1 Timothy 6:3; 2 Timothy 1:13, 3:10, 4:3, 6; Titus 1:9-10, 13, 2:1-2.

 

Later in 1 Timothy 4:1-3, Paul warns Timothy:  “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from The Trusting-Relying-Faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, who forbid marriage (a) and require abstinence from foods (b).” Later in 1 Timothy 6:20-21, Paul warns:  Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called ‘gnosis informational-knowledge’ . . . but-instead serve [God] from The-Trusting-Relying-Faith [in Christ alone].” <Notes> a) as does the Catholic Church, Eastern Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Oriental Orthodox, b) as do the Trappist monks, Franciscans, Benedictines, Carthusians, Cistercians, and Seventh-day Adventists, with meat-free celebrations of Lent by Anglicans, Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists, and Orthodox denominations.

 

Similarly Paul warns Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:14-16 “do not quarrel about words . . . avoid irreverent babble for their talk will spread like gangrene,” and in 2 Timothy 3:1-11 “In the last days . . . people will be . . . having the ‘outward appearance or external form’ of godliness, but denying the [Spirit’s] dunamis enabling-power of it – avoid such people . . . some men (a) are always learning (b) but never able to arrive at the genuinely, experientially, relationally epiginosko knowing of The Truth, . . . men who oppose The Truth (c), men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding The-Trusting-Relying-Faith . . . You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my trusting-relying-faith, my patience, my unconditional-love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, and sufferings.” <Notes> a) or the ‘weak women’ certain men taught, b) to increase rational gnosis knowledge or sunesis understanding, c) these were the teachers of the Law.

 

Similarly Paul warns Titus:  “avoiding foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the Law for they are worthless and useless” (a).  This Jewish scholarly debate is still encouraged to ‘unlock’ the scriptures, and the Jews saw it as “loving God with their minds” to obey the Law (b). <Notes> a) Titus 3:9, b) Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27.

 

Paul says that:  “Whatever the Law says it speaks to those who are under the Law” (a), and “All who are out-of/from the works/doings of the Law are under a curse” (b) . . . but living as bond-servants (c) of God” (d).  However, Christians are to “no longer be under the Law but under unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace” since it should be true of them that they “are led by the Spirit” (e), for “before The Trusting-Relying-Faith erchomai ‘came from one place to another,’ we were held captive subjugated-under the Law, imprisoned eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of The ‘about-to-happen’ Trusting-Relying-Faith being revealed” (f), but “when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His son, . . . to ‘fully out and out buy to redeem’ those who were under the Law” (g).  See Logos Word of God – BT5a and – BT8. <Notes> a) Romans 2:12; Jews – 1 Corinthians 9:20, b) Galatians 3:10, c) freed slaves who chose to still serve their masters, d) 1 Peter 2:16, e) Roman 6:14-15; 1 Corinthians 9:20-21; Galatians 5:18, f) Galatians 3:23, g) Galatians 4:4-5.

 

Thus righteousness thru Christ ALONE is the NT’s gospel logos message:  “The righteousness of God is revealed (a) – from [one step of] trusting-relying-faith to [another step of] trusting-relying-faith” (b), “manifested apart from the Law, although the Law and Prophets bear witness/testify to it – the righteousness of God dia through trusting-relying-faith in Jesus Christ for all who have trusting-relying-faith . . . made/declared-righteous by His unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace as a free grace-gift, thru-the-realizing-channel-of the redemption (c) that is by the means of Christ Jesus, whom God publicly displayed at His death [to be] a propitiation (d) dia through-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith by the means of His blood toward-reaching demonstrable proof of His righteousness thru-the-realizing-channel-of the remission of sins . . . that God might be just/righteous and the justifier/righteous-maker of the one who has trusting-relying-faith in Jesus” (e), just like with Abraham, having “trusting-relying-faith counted/credited to us as righteousness as well . . .the righteousness of trusting-relying-faith . . . a righteousness that is by trusting-relying-faith . . . the righteousness based on trusting-relying-faith” (f), “absolutely in fact not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the Law, but that which comes through trusting-relying-faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that relies on trusting-relying-faith” (g), “the righteousness that comes by trusting-relying-faith” (k). You would think after the NT says it so many times Christians would believe it, but many don’t, so they go back to at least 1-10 of the 613 OT commandments or start making up their own. <Notes> a) uncovered from being hidden, b) a common Greek idiom meaning step by step to the end:  Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38, c) by ransom payment, d) substitutional atonement – our unrighteousness transferred to Christ and His righteousness transferred to us, e) Romans 3:21-22, 26, f) Romans 4:9, 11, 13, 22, 9:30, 10:6, g) Philippians 3:9, h) Hebrews 11:7.

 

If you don’t have trusting-relying-faith that Jesus is the prophesied Messiah-Christ of the OT even after reading 61 prophecies, then you are defying the statistical odds and thus highly irrational, or just plain hard-hearted and defiant against God.  If you can still be an agnostic or atheist after reading 365 prophecies, then you are either unconscious, mentally disabled, insane, or just pissed off at God – see Salvation – BT4:  Jesus fulfilled 365 Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah.

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT12

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Faith does NOT come from ‘seeing’ bible verses either, only Jesus – don’t limit your faith!

 

 

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Paul makes it clear in 2 Corinthians 3:1-18, since Christians are NOW the “epistole handwritten letters of God, written absolutely-in-fact-NOT by-the-means-of ink but by-the-means-of [singular] Spirit of the living God on human hearts (a) . . . we are ministers of a completely-different-in-kind New Covenant, absolutely-in-fact-NOT of [singular] gramma writing (b) but instead of [singular] Spirit, for the gramma writing (b) kills, but the Spirit gives zoe genuine-life. . . . but their minds were hardened for to this very day, whenever they read the old covenant, the same veil (c) remains unlifted . . . yes, to this very day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts . . . Now the Lord [Jesus] is the Spirit and/coupled where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom [from the Law]. . . but we [Christians] with unveiled faces, as we are routinely katoptrizo ‘gazing with wide-open eyes as into a mirror’ the glory of the Lord [Jesus] are presently/ongoingly being metamorphically-transformed-into the same image, from [one level of] glory to [another level of] glory, just-as away-from the Lord [Jesus], [singular] Spirit.”  Transformation doesn’t come from bible-study, especially of Moses’ writings or anything based on the Law, but from the Spirit by staring at Jesus, which is prophetic vision – see Prophetic-Rhema and Obedient Steps of Faith – BT7 and – BT11<Notes> a) cf. Romans 2:15, 10:8-9; Jeremiah 17:1, 31:33 cited in Hebrews 8:10, 10:16, b) in context, not just the Mosaic writings of first 5 books of the OT or the Pentateuch, but particularly the old covenant or Law – see Logos Word of God – BT4, c) the veil over Moses’ face hide God’s glory at the giving of the Law from the people because they were afraid, but also because Moses didn’t want them to see that it was “fading away,” I believe because he had trouble leading them all along.

 

The bible is something you can ‘see,’ but didn’t Paul say we are to be “in-possibility-NOT to routinely skopeo ‘attentively observe, contemplate, or take heed with scrutiny’ the things routinely blepo ‘physically seen with our eyes’ but instead the things in-possibility-NOT blepo ‘physically seen with our eyes’ for the things routinely blepo ‘physically seen with our eyes’ are temporary?  However, the things in-possibility-NOT blepo ‘physically seen with our eyes’ [are] eternal” (a) . . . for we presently/ongoingly walk-all-around dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith, absolutely-in-fact-NOT dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of eidos ‘outward, visible appearance of what is physically seen” (b)” (c).  We are NOT supposed to be “routinely aphorao ‘attentively looking away from all else to fix our distinct gaze upon in order to correctly discern” the bible, but upon “Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our trusting-relying-faith” (d). <Notes> a) 2 Corinthians 4:17-18, b) although derived from eido, eido is most often used of prophetic, visionary, mental ‘seeing’ to perceive/understand/know, c) 2 Corinthians 5:7, d) Hebrews 12:2.

 

So, if you read the bible, don’t get stuck with what you physically ‘see’ – ask the Lord to show you what is NOT visible, for ‘a picture is worth a 1000 words,’ and based on the last BLOG on hearing, ask the Lord to akouo hear/listen-to-understand/know what He has to say instead of 2000-3500 year old writers of the bible.  You do know that many of the writers claim no inspiration or even mention when they are interjecting their opinions?  However, when I am “in the Spirit,” the Lord ‘downloads’ volumes to me between words and lines, and He will for you if you ask with trusting-relying-faith!  Only your faith limits your experience!

 

You get from the Lord pretty much only what you have trusting-relying-faith to handle – if just the bible, then that’s only what you get!  We will see in Obedient Steps of Faith – BT5, that elpis hope or “expectant trusting-relying-faith for future events” is based on the level of your trusting-relying-faith NOW.  Is your trusting-relying-faith limited to relying on God to speak to you only through a bible of men’s writings who once had first-hand contact with God, but long after this fact were loosely collected by many other men, many who were no longer directly in contact with God, especially if you read the early Church writings to see that many were very politically motivated?  Then that is YOUR limitation.  If you can still do this after finding out that countless manuscripts having been lost or destroyed by the ravages of time and warring invasions, and that scholars are still arguing over what the actual text is from those we have found, let alone an accurate translation of them, then that’s YOUR limitation and you get what your trusting-relying-faith can accept!  Your reality is limited by your faith!  If you simply don’t believe these facts I’ve stated, start using Wikipedia and other scholarly resources to dig into these topics:  Bible Manuscripts, Textual Variants, Textual Criticism, Bible Translation, and Bible Canon.  You will be absolutely shocked that many of YOUR views of the bible gathered from pulpit and Christian book tidbits are not based on much fact!  Of course, God can always make a rock, a donkey, the hard-hearted high priest Caiaphas speak for Him, even a 2000-3500 year old bible – see Bible Info and Obedient Steps of Faith – BT7.

 

However, God’s preference is for us to have trusting-relying-faith and by that to relentlessly ask, seek, and knock, looking with eager expectation for His answer.  He wants to koinonia partner with us!  If you have trusting-relying-faith in God’s promised-Spirit that you can akouo hear-to-understand/know first-hand prophetic rhema words just as much as the original writers did, even from such verses about “the promises” of the Spirit (a), then that’s exactly what you will get also!  Our trusting-relying-faith is the only thing that limits our genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge with God! <Notes> a) Acts 1:4, 2:17-18, 33, 39.

 

So instead of all this complicated study, you could take amazingly easy, childlike, obedient steps of faith to better understand The Truth:  You can go “boldly before the throne of unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace” (a) and “routinely be asking, seeking, and knocking until you receive, until you find, and until the door is opened” (b), in order that “the eyes of your heart to be enlightened, that you may eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know ” (c) in order that “you might definitively/wholly be filled with the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of His will by-the-means-of all-kinds-of Spirit-kind-of sophia wisdom and related sunesis ‘connect-the-dots’ understanding” (d).  That is really the ‘easy button!’  The NT does not have much positive to say about bible-students of their day but does about being like a child (e). <Notes> a) Hebrews 4:16, b) Matthew 7:7-8; Luke 11:9-19, c) Ephesians 1:18, d) Colossians 1:9, e) Matthew 11:25, 18:3, 19:14; Luke 10:21; John 5:39-40.

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT11

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The “precious promise” of the Spirit is meant for us to hear and see prophetic rhema words directly from Christ

 

 

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See also Prophetic Rhema Word of God.  The real promises of supernatural, zoe genuine-life are through the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words of Christ’s Holy Spirit (a), which is God’s singular “Word” (b) spoken faithfully by Jesus (c) because He had the Holy Spirit without measure (d). This sure aren’t read bible verses but “every directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word that comes from the mouth of God that man shall zoe genuinely-live on” (e).  Many preachers claim: “The bible is God’s Word that will never come back empty-handed, but accomplish what it was sent out to do.”  However, God actually says:  “My [singular] directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word that goes out of My mouth that … shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it” (f).  Directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words of God make nothing impossible for Him (g).  They have the Spirit’s power to create universes (h).  It is Christ’s powerfully-enabling Voice that His sheep here (h) that sustains all things (i).  God’s rhema word endures forever and it is this that originally made up the content of the preached gospel logos message (j).  This verbal preaching is the apostles’ witness (k).  Their gospel logos message of rhema words alone can save us (l), because it is Christ’s rhema words that will judge all people on the last day (m).  <Notes> a) John 6:63, 68, b) John 8:47, c) John 17:8; 14:10, d) John 3:34, e) Matthew 4:4 citing Deuteronomy 8:3, f) Isaiah 55:11, g) Luke 1:37, h) John 10:27, i) Hebrews 1:3, j) 1 Peter 1:25; Acts 5:20, k) Acts 5:32, l) Acts 11:14, m) John 12:47-48.

 

The phrase “preach the gospelis used at least 26 times and so naturally “trusting-relying-faith comes from akouo hearing/listening-to-understand/know and akouo hearing/listening-to-understand/know through-the-realizing-channel-of [singular] directly-spoken rhema word of Christ” (a), “but how are they going to akouo hear/listen-to-understand/know [Christ call them to Himself] without someone preaching” (b)?  Again, “We heard of your trusting-relying-faith in Christ Jesus  . . . Of this you have heard before in the logos message of The Truth (c) – the gospel – which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing, just as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace of God in/by/with [singular] Truth” (d).  Therefore, Paul asks: “Proseuchomai conversationally-pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the logos message, to laleo ‘speak with voice’ the mystery of Christ” (e), “the mystery of the gospel” (f).  <Notes> a) Romans 10:17, b) Romans 10:14, c) The Truth:  a typical reference to Christ per John 1:14, 17, 14:6, 8:30-32; 1 John 2:27, 5:20; Ephesians 4:21 or His gospel logos message about Himself: Galatians 2:5, 14; Ephesians 1:13; Colossians 1:5 – see Truth page, d) Colossians 1:4-6, e) Colossians 4:3, f) Ephesians 3:6, 6:19.

 

Finally, Paul concludes:  “For Christ . . . sent me to preach the gospelabsolutely-in-fact-NOT in/by/with wisdom of/belonging-to logos messages, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect. For the logos message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are routinely being saved (a) it is the enabling-power of God.  For it is written:  ‘I will destroy the sophia wisdom-knowledge of the wise, and bring to nothing the sunesis connect-the-dots understanding-knowledge of the understanding ones.’  Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the sophia wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of/belonging-to God, the world through [human] sophia wisdom did absolutely-in-fact-NOT experientially, relationally ginosko know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the kerugma proclamation/heralding-preaching to save those who have trusting-relying-faith (b).  <Notes> a) soteria salvation is “a process of being delivered, rescued, and restored to wholeness”, b) 1 Corinthians 1:17-21.

 

There simply isn’t anything in the NT about reading ancient bible writings!  From 1980 to 2008 I only knew about God through gnosisknowledge bible study, but once I learned how to actually akouo hear/listen-to-understand/know from God I really started to experientially epiginosko know Him – see About-My Story, My Spirit-Baptisms, and My Prophetic Words.

 

If you still insist on reading the bible, as I am doing to write this, you have to realize that NT trusting-relying-faith doesn’t come from reading or studying its 2000-3500 year-old words interpreted by mere men to translate into our language – and there are 900 English versions alone and most differ quite a bit, but according to Paul in Romans 10:6-9, “The righteousness [of God] based on trusting-relying-faith says . . . ‘The directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that is, the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word of trusting-relying-faith that we proclaim [in their gospel logos messages], because if you confess with your mouth that ‘Jesus is Lord/Master’ and/coupled have trusting-relying-faith in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall actually be saved ” and thus in Romans 10:17,  “So The-Trusting-Relying-Faith [is] ek out-from akouo hearing/listening-to-understand/know de and/moreover this akouo hearing/listening-to-understand/know dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of [singular] directly-heard/spoken [singular] rhema word of/belonging-to Christ.”  Yes, there needs to be a gospel logos message about Jesus for people to put their trusting-relying-faith in Jesus, but it is NOT read, as Paul explains in verse 10:14, “How then will they call on Him [for salvation from v. 13] in whom they have not had trusting-relying-faith? And how are they to have trusting-relying-faith in Him of whom they have never akouo heard-to-understand/know?  And how are they to akouo heard-to-understand/know without someone preaching?”  Paul never envisioned the gospel heard by reading the bible!

 

This is how we know:  “Their voice that has gone out to all the earth, their directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words to the ends of the world” (a) – not by reading about any logos messages in a bible 2000-3500 years later!  When people akouo heard-to-understand/know Jesus speak His gospel logos message, that’s when they could respond with trusting-relying-faith (b).  Rhema words need to be near us, that is, in our mouths (c) and written on the tablets of our hearts as was promised, not on stone or with pen and ink (d).  Rhema words are what we are to treasure up and ponder (e).  Christ’s directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words are what is to remain in us, and if they do, then our prayers are answered (f).  Rhema is the voice of the Holy Spirit spoken through the apostles and prophets (g), thus it is the very nature of prophecy (h) – see Prophetic-Rhema. <Notes> a) Romans 10:18 cited from Psalms 19:14, b) John 2:22, 4:42, 50, 5:24; Luke 8:12-15), just as in the NT Church (Acts 4:4, 13:48, 15:7, 18:8, 21:20; Romans 10:14, 16; Ephesians 1:13, c) by the confession of our faith: 1 Timothy 6:12; Hebrews 10:23, d) Romans 2:15, 10:8-9; 2 Corinthians 3:2-3; Jeremiah 17:1, 31:33 cited in Hebrews 8:10, 10:16; not our writing on our hearts as in Proverbs 3:3, 7:3, e) Luke 2:19, 51; Job 23:12; Hebrew emer  ‘My utterance’ Proverbs 2:1, 7:1, cf. Psalms 4:4, 101:2; Proverbs 15:28, f) John 15:7, g) Acts 28:25; Romans 10:18, h) nebuah, propheteia: a discourse emanating from divine inspiration.

 

This is because Jesus said in John 10:16, 27, 18:37 “My sheep that are not of this fold I must bring them in also, and they shall indeed akouo hear/listen-to-understand/know My phone Voice . . . My sheep presently/ongoingly are akouo hearing/listening-to-understand/know My phone Voice. . . Everyone who is of/belongs-to The Truth (a) presently/ongoing akouo hear/listen-to-understand/know My phone Voice.”  Yes, the Greek word phone is where we get our English word “telephone” – you don’t read and study rhema words on a phone but listen to them spoken directly to you!  Directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words are revealed by the Holy Spirit’s prophecy in visions and dreams as ‘The Promise’ for the Church age (b), for the “testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy” (c). “Akouo hearing/listening-to-understand/know with trusting-relying-faith, not the works of the Law” is how we “receive the promised Spirit” (d) and are “perfected/completed to maturity” (e).  Hearing Jesus directly is what changes us, not reading about Him in an old, dusty bible! <Notes> a) The Truth:  a typical reference to Christ per John 1:14, 17, 14:6, 8:30-32; 1 John 2:27, 5:20; Ephesians 4:21 or His gospel logos message about Himself: Galatians 2:5, 14; Ephesians 1:13; Colossians 1:5 – see Truth page, b) Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4, 2:17-18, 33, 39, c) Revelation 19:10, d) Luke 24:49; Acts 2:33; Ephesians 1:13, e) Galatians 3:2-3, 5, 14, 22.

 

The gospel logos message was preached everywhere by the early Church and its ministers (a) as a logos message of their testimony/witness, even to the end of the ages despite persecution (b).  It was also taught as the sound doctrine of trusting-relying-faith, unconditional-love, and godliness to pastors of high moral character to correct those who would contradict it (c).  It is the “logos message of/belonging-to Christ that is to dwell in us richly” (d), but how does that happen?  It is the “logos message of/belonging-to God” that NOW dwells [by the Holy Spirit] IN Christians to overcome the evil one (e).  It is the “logos message of/belonging-to God” that makes all things (f) holy, but this isn’t the OT scriptures but the gospel logos messages of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith (g).  It is the “goodness (h) of the gospellogos message of/belonging-to God and/coupled the dunamis enabling-power [of the Holy Spirit] of the age to come” that Jewish-Christians had already “tasted” (i), but they were to go on ‘gobbling’ it up! <Notes> a) Acts 4:31, 6:2, 7, 8:14, 25, 40, 10:36, 11:1, 12:24, 13:5, 7, 46, 14:7, 21, 15:17, 16:10, 17:13, 18:11; Romans 1:15, 20, 16:25; 1 Corinthians 1:17, 9:14, 16, 18, 15:1; 2 Corinthians 2:12, 8:18, 10:16, 11:4, 7; Galatians 1:8-9, 11, 2:2, 3:8, 4:13; Ephesians 6:19; Philippians 1:14; Colossians 1:23, 25; 2 Timothy 2:8-9; 1 Thessalonians 1:6, 8, 2:9, 13; 2 Thessalonians 3:1; Titus 2:5; 1 Peter 4:6; Hebrews 13:7; Revelation 14:6, b) Matthew 24:14; Mark 13:9; Luke 21:13; John 15:27, 21:24; Acts 8:25, 20:24; Philippians 1:13-14; 2 Timothy 1:8; Revelation 12:11, c) Galatians 6:6; 1 Timothy 1:10, 6:3; 2 Timothy 1:13; Titus 1:9, 2:1, 5, d) Colossians 3:16; 1 John 1:10, e) 1 John 2:14, f) even that forbidden by the OT, g) 1 Timothy 4:5-6, h) see ‘good grace-gifts’ of Matthew 7:11; Luke 11:13, i) Hebrews 6:5.

 

The Church is “sanctified by cleansing her with the washing of the water (a) by the prophetic rhema word of Christ” (b) – not bible verses!  Christians are meant to “taste the good directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word of God and the miracles of the coming age” (c) and ‘gobble up’ more – not bible study!  Spiritual warfare is to be fought with “the sword of the Spirit, which is the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word of God” (d), not bible verses!  Jesus told us the secret of answered deesis supplication-prayer:  “If you remain in Me and My directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word remains in you, ask and it will be done for you” (e) – not bible verses!  We’ve already said all this, but it bears repeating!  There’s 77 promises of rhema ‘Word of God’ in the NT, but not that much about logos ‘Word of God” except the power of the preached gospel logos message when it is akouo heard/listened-to-understand/know!  Our English bibles are covering up the truth – see Bible Info. <Notes> a) likely a reference to the Spirit in water-baptism, b) Ephesians 5:26, c) Hebrews 6:5, d) Ephesians 6:17, e) John 15:7.

 

As important as logos messages of God are as Jesus Christ, the living word (a) or His preached gospel (b), most of the promises of supernatural, zoe genuine-life, even as the preached gospel, are through the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words of Christ that are Holy Spirit (c), which is God’s singular “Word” (d) spoken faithfully by Jesus (e), because Jesus had the Holy Spirit without measure (f). This sure isn’t about gramma writings of the bible but “every rhema word that comes from the mouth of God that man shall zoe genuinely-live on” (g).  Many preachers claim: “The bible is God’s Word that will never come back empty-handed, but accomplish what it was sent out to do.”  However, God actually says:  “My [singular] rhema word that goes out of My mouth that … shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it” (h).  Rhema words of God make nothing impossible for Him (i).  They have the Spirit’s enabling-power to create universes (j).  It is Christ’s powerfully-enabling Voice that sustains all things (k).  God’s rhema word endures forever and it is this that originally made up the content of the preached gospel logos message (l) as discussed above.  This verbal preaching is the apostles’ witness (m).  Their gospel logos message of rhema words alone can save us (n), because it is Christ’s rhema words that will judge all people on the last day (o).  Logos must get us to Rhema or it is useless! <Notes> a) John 1:1; 1 John 1:1; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:23, b) Acts 8:25, 15:7, 18:5, 20:35; 1 Corinthians 1:17; Ephesians 1:13, 6:19; Colossians 1:5; 1 Thessalonians 1:5; 1 Timothy 6:3; 2 Timothy 1:13; Hebrews 12:24; Revelation 1:2, 9; 20:4; Philippians 2:16 implied by context, c) John 6:63, 68, d) John 8:47, e) John 17:8; 14:10, f) John 3:34, g) Matthew 4:4 citing Deuteronomy 8:3, h) Isaiah 55:11, i) Luke 1:37, j) Hebrews 11:3, k) Hebrews 1:3; Colossians 1:17, l) 1 Peter 1:25; Acts 5:20, m) Acts 5:32, n) Acts 11:14, 18:8, o) John 12:47-48; Romans 2:16; cf. Deuteronomy 18:18-19 of Jesus as The Prophet who will judge those that don’t listen to Him.

 

Is it any wonder that of all theSpirit-kind-of grace-gifts to earnestly-desire” that Paul strongly urges in 1 Corinthians 14:1, “especially that you may prophesy,” and then after summing up 38 verses in 1 Corinthians 14:39, “so my brethren, [I strongly urge you to] earnestly-desire to prophesy, and in-possibility-NOT to forbid speaking/praying in tongues.”  Yet, many churches disobey both!

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT10

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Our relationship-faith is thus the limiting factor to us learning from God by the Spirit

 

 

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Also see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT6.  I can say from experience that if you stay in the limited paradigm/mindset of trusting-relying-faith in bible-study to only know gnosis information about God, no matter how sure you are of it, as I once was, it will keep you “snared and trapped with a retribution” – see New Covenant Ways – BT17 and – BT18.  Also “your eyes will stay darkened and your backs bent forever” (a) with “a veil that will remain unlifted to harden your heart” (b). Your stubbornness will keep you from experiencing zoe genuine-life ‘by the Spirit” (c).  <Notes> a) Romans 11:9-10 citing Psalm 69:22, b) 2 Corinthians 3:14, c) Zechariah 4:6.

 

Many Christians simply have not grasped the complete difference between the old covenant “way” of obedience FOR God that puts your trusting-relying-faith in your own “might and power” of Zechariah 4:6 and the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant “Living Way” that puts your trusting-relying-faith  in “by-the-means-of My Spirit, says Yahweh of hosts” – see New Covenant Ways.

 

If you can’t get out of putting your trusting-relying-faith in the external resources and internal skills and intellectual prowess of your “might and power” or flesh, you simply can’t get into the realm of “by-the-means-of My Spirit resources and abilities (a).  You have to surrender control of the former to embrace the latter because they flesh and Spirit oppose each other (b)!  If you want the Apostle Paul’s experience, you have to make the same trade:  “Whatever gain-profit I had, I have already [with ongoing effects] counted as detrimental-loss dia through-the-realizing-channel-of The Christ.  Therefore indeed I also presently/ongoingly count ALL things as detrimental-loss dia through-the-realizing-channel-of the surpassing excellent-worth of the gnosis informational-knowledge (c) of/belonging-to Christ Jesus my Lord, dia through-the-realizing-channel-of Whom I have already experienced-the-loss of ALL things kai and/now presently/ongoingly count-as skubalon ‘garbage thrown to dogs’ in order that I may gain Christ and/coupled be found in Him, in-possibility-NOT having my-own righteousness that [is] ek out-from the Law, but instead that which [is] dia through-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith of/belonging-to Christ, the righteousness ek out-from God [that is] upon [the base of] The Trusting-Relying-Faith” (d). <Notes> a) Zechariah 4:6, b) Galatians 5:16-17, 25-26, c) a rare moment that Paul ever speaks positively of gnosis, d) Philippians 3:7-11.

 

What keeps you stuck in “might and power” is pride, conceitedness, or arrogance, but “God opposes the proud but gives unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace to the humble” (a) who “reverentially-fear-with-awe Him” (b).  Otherwise you will “become puffed up with conceit and fall in the condemnation of the devil” (c), becoming “arrogant people” (d), just as are false-teachers (e).  “The pride of life . . . is from the world” (f) and is an “evil thing that comes from within to defile a person” (g), and such people God “scatters” (h).  The unconditional-love of the Spirit (i) simply is not arrogant (j).  Thus overseers-bishops-elders “must in-possibility-not be arrogant” (k).  However, the last days will see many people “lovers of self, . . . proud, arrogant . . . swollen with conceit” (l). <Notes> a) James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5 citing Proverbs 3:34 and Isaiah 54:7; cf. Philippians 2:3, b) Romans 11:20, c) 1 Timothy 3:6, d) 1 Corinthians 4:19, e) 1 Timothy 6:3-4, f) 1 John 2:16, g) Mark 7:22-23; cf. James 4:16, h) Luke 1:51, i) Galatians 5:22; Romans 15:30; Colossians 1:8; 2 Timothy 1:7, j) 1 Corinthians 13:4, k) Titus 1:7, l) 2 Timothy 3:2-4.

 

Is your trusting-relying-faith limited to God only being able to speak to you through a bible of men’s writings who once had first-hand contact with God, but hundreds of years after this fact, were loosely collected by many other men, many who were no longer directly in contact with God, especially if you read the early Church writings to see that many were very politically motivated?  Then that is YOUR limitation.  If you can still do this after finding out that countless manuscripts having been lost or destroyed by the ravages of time and warring invasions, and that scholars are still arguing over what the actual text is from those we have found, let alone an accurate translation of them, then that’s YOUR limitation and you get what your trusting-relying-faith can accept!  Your reality is limited by your faith!

 

If you simply don’t believe these facts I’ve state, start using Wikipedia and other scholarly resources to dig into these topics:  Bible Manuscripts, Textual Variants, Textual Criticism, Bible Translation, and Bible Canon – see Bible Info.  You will be absolutely shocked that many of YOUR views of the bible gathered from pulpit and Christian book tidbits are just not based on much fact!

 

The NT writers didn’t intend for their letters to be collected into a book, which took 300 years!  There’s absolutely no evidence of this!  They spent most of their time preaching the gospel (a), as was commissioned (b), even to bear witness to the end of the ages, even despite persecution (c), not writing!  When people akouo heard-to-understand/know Jesus speak His gospel logos message, not read about Him in a book, that’s when they could respond with trusting-relying-faith (d), just as in the NT Church (e).  <Notes> a) Acts 4:31, 6:2, 7, 8:14, 25, 40, 10:36, 11:1, 12:24, 13:5, 7, 46, 14:7, 21, 15:17, 16:10, 17:13, 18:11; Romans 1:15, 20, 16:25; 1 Corinthians 1:17, 9:14, 16, 18, 15:1; 2 Corinthians 2:12, 8:18, 10:16, 11:4, 7; Galatians 1:8-9, 11, 2:2, 3:8, 4:13; Ephesians 6:19; Philippians 1:14; Colossians 1:23, 25; 2 Timothy 2:8-9; 1 Thessalonians 1:6, 8, 2:9, 13; 2 Thessalonians 3:1; Titus 2:5; 1 Peter 4:6; Hebrews 13:7; Revelation 14:6, b) Matthew 24:14, 26:13; Mark 13:10, 14:9, 16:15; Luke 24:47-48; Acts 1:2, 10:42; Titus 1:3; 1 Corinthians 9:14, c) Matthew 24:14; Mark 13:9; Luke 21:13; John 15:27, 21:24; Acts 8:25, 20:24; Philippians 1:13-14; 2 Timothy 1:8; Revelation 12:11, d) John 2:22, 4:42, 50, 5:24; Luke 8:12-15, e) Acts 4:4, 13:48, 15:7, 18:8, 21:20; Romans 10:14, 16; Ephesians 1:13.

 

The preached gospel was also taught as the sound doctrine of trusting-relying-faith, unconditional-love, and godliness to pastors of high moral character to correct those who would contradict it (c).  It is the “logos message of Christ that is to dwell in us richly” (d).  It is the “logos message of God” that dwells [by the Holy Spirit] in Christians to overcome the evil one (e).  It is the “logos message of God” that makes all things (f) holy isn’t the OT but the preached gospel logos messages of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith (g); the “goodness (h) of the preached gospellogos message of God and/coupled the dunamis enabling-power [of the Holy Spirit] of the age to come” that Jewish-Christians had already “tasted” (i). <Notes> c) Galatians 6:6; 1 Timothy 1:10, 4:6, 6:3; 2 Timothy 1:13; Titus 1:9, 2:1, 5, d) Colossians 3:16; 1 John 1:10, e) 1 John 2:14, f) even that forbidden by the OT, g) 1 Timothy 4:5-6, h) see ‘good grace-gifts’ of Matthew 7:11; Luke 11:13, i) Hebrews 6:5.

 

But when they did write, it usually was to individuals (a), individual churches (b), or individual groups within churches (c) to address specific issues like combating deception from teachers (d), rarely to explain the gospel (e), and often because they couldn’t speak in person (f).  <Notes> a) Philemon 1:19, 21; 2 John 1:1, 12; 3 John 1:1, b) 1 Corinthians 4:14; 2 Corinthians 9:1; Philippians 3:1; Colossians 4:18; 2 Thessalonians 3:17; 1 John 2:13-14; Revelation 1:11, c) Gentiles in Acts 15:19-20, d) 1 John 2:21, 26; Jude 1:3; 1 Timothy 1:3-4, cf. 1 John 3:7, 2 John 1:7, e) Luke 1:3; Acts 1:1, f) 2 Corinthians 13:10; 3 John 1:13.

 

If the NT writers did write something for a general audience, their stated purpose sure wasn’t for later analysis, study, dogma, creeds, apologetics or theology as religious men have treated them!  Case in point is the stated purpose of John’s gospel to the general public:  “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are absolutely-in-fact-NOT written in this book; but these things are written so that you might presently/ongoingly have trusting-relying-faith that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and/thus in order that you’all routinely having trusting-relying-faith [then] you’all might hold-to-have zoe genuine-life in His name/authority” (a) and ends with “This is the disciple who is bearing witness about these things, and who has written these things,  . . . Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.”  Evidently, that wasn’t their mission! <Notes> a) John 20:30-31.

 

Furthermore in his later letter to Christians, John said:  “I write these things to you’all in order that you might presently/ongoingly eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know (a) that you presently/ongoing have zoe genuine-life everlasting, those who are routinely having trusting-relying-faith in the name/authority of the Son of God” (b).  Paul’s treatise to the Roman world states his purpose in the beginning:  “to bring about the obedience of trusting-relying-faith for the sake of Christ’s name/authority among all the nations” (c) and at the end says:  “made known to all nations . . . to bring about the obedience of trusting-relying-faith (d).  Jude says:  “I found it necessary to write to you parakaleo close-beside-encouraging to focus-on-contending for The Trusting-Relying-Faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (e). <Notes> a) based on a past action: perfect tense, b) 1 John 5:13, c) Romans 1:5, d) Romans 16:26, e) Jude 1:3.

 

However, if you have trusting-relying-faith in God’s promised-Spirit that you can hear first-hand just as much as the original writers did, even from such verses about “The Promise” as Acts 1:4, 2:17-18, 33, 39, then that’s exactly what you will get also!  Our trusting-relying-faith is the only thing that limits our ability to have genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge with God!

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT9

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Faith in our own biblical wisdom and understanding versus God’s that comes through intimate relationship with Christ

 

 

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Paul’s view of the world’s wisdom and understanding is shown in 1 Corinthians 1:17-31: “For Christ . . . sent me to preach the gospelabsolutely-in-fact-NOT in/by/with wisdom of/belonging-to logos messages, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.  The logos message (gospel) of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us . . . the dunamis dynamite-like enabling-power of God, for it is written, ‘I will destroy/thwart the wisdom of the wise ones, and/coupled the sunesis rational ‘connect-the-dots’ understanding of the sunetos understanding ones I will hide/conceal’ (a). Where is the wise one, the scribe (b), the debater of this age (c)?  Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? (d).  For since . . . the world did absolutely-in-fact-NOT experientially, relationally ginosko know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the ‘folly’ of what we preach to save those who have trusting-relying-faith. . . but we preach Christ crucified, a skandalon ‘bait-trigger-for-a-snare, trap, thus a stumbling-stone’ to the Jews, and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called [by God], Christ – the dunamis dynamite-like enabling-power and/coupled wisdom of God.  Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is mightier (e) than men.  For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise down-from/according-to the flesh, not many mighty (e), not many noble, are called.  But God has chosen the foolish things (f) of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things (f) of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty (e); and the base things (f) of the world and the things which are despised (f) God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that in possibility no flesh might glory in His presence.  But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God – and righteousness and sanctification/holiness and redemption – that, as it is written, ‘He who glories, let him glory in the Yahweh‘.” <Notes> a) Isaiah 29:14, b) grammateus: not just professional writers or copiers of gramma writings of graphe scripture, but ‘expert’ interpreters and teachers of it, c) Jew and Gentile religions prided themselves in all of this, d) Yes, the study of scripture for wisdom is just as foolish, e)might and power” is the external and internal resources of the flesh – see Identity, f) see Least Among You.

 

Instead, according to Paul in Ephesians 1:17-19 w get from God “the Spirit’s wisdom and/coupled revelation by-the-means-of the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of God, having routinely had the eyes of our heart enlightened in order to eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/understand/know:  1) what is the elpis hope of His calling, 2) what are the riches of His glorious inheritance (a) in the saints, and 3) what is the surpassing greatness of His dunamis dynamite-like enabling-power eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of us, those routinely having trusting-relying-faith.”  Similarly in Colossians 1:9-12 Paul says: “We have not ceased to proseuchomai conversationally-pray for you and/coupled aiteo ‘asking for, seeking or earnestly desiring for in prayer’ [God] in order that you might be pleroo filled-to-completion with the genuine, experiential, relational, epignosis knowledge of God’s will by-the-means-of all [kinds of] Spirit-kind-of sophia wisdom and/coupled sunesis ‘connect-the-dots’ understanding/knowledge.”  The grace-gifts of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12:8 are to be exercised for Body-Ministry include “a logos message of wisdom” and “a logos message of gnosis informational-knowledge (b).  God’s wisdom comes by the Spirit thru prayer – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT27. <Notes> a) this is “the blessed hope” of glorified transformation into Christ’s likeness for eternal zoe genuine-life with Him: Titus 1:2, 2:12-13; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 1:10; Romans 8:17-18, 29; 1 Corinthians 13:12, 15:42, 52-54; John 5:25, 28; Luke 20:35-36, b) the only times Paul speaks positively of gnosis is if it comes from God:  Romans 2:20, 11:33, 15:14; 1 Corinthians 1:5, 13:2, 8, 14:6; 2 Corinthians 2:14, 4:6, 6:6, 8:7, 10:5; Philippians 3:8; Colossians 2:3.

 

Proverbs 2:2-5 tells us to diligently seek and listen with our hearts: “Make your ear attentive to Sophia (feminine) Wisdom   . . . your heart to Sunesis (feminine) Understanding . . . If you cry out for Sophia Wisdom and lift up your voice for Sunesis Understanding  . . . If you baqash/zeteo diligently seek (a) HER (e) like silver and/coupled chaphas/exereuneo diligently search out (b) HER (e) like hidden treasure, THEN you will actually suniemi ‘connect-the-dots’ to-understand/know the fear (c) of the Lord and/coupled continually-in-process (d) find/obtain/perceive/discover the genuine, experiential, relational da’ath/epignosis knowledge of God” – see also Proverbs 8:1. The Hebrew word ruach for the Spirit everywhere in the OT is also feminine. <Notes> a) Hebrew baqash:  seek to find, secure, seek the face/person/audience of, desire/demand, require/exact, ask/request; Greek zeteo: searching diligently in order to find, investigate, desire/crave, aim/strive after, b) Hebrew chaphas in the Qal form: search for, think-out/devise, search/test; Greek exereuneo:  search wholly out from, carefully search out with all diligence in an investigative, examining manner of the facts, c) Hebraism: reverential, worshipful awe and respect of, d) imperfect tense, e) the pronoun autos is feminine.

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT8

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Faith in Christ is the ONLY point of the bible

 

 

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The entire bible was written ultimately just to point people to Jesus – to have pistis trusting-relying-faith in THE PERSON of Jesus Christ who alone perfectly obeyed God to take away our unrighteousness in exchange for His righteousness, which is called “propitiation.”  Paul declared:  “Dia through-the-realizing-channel-of the obedience of the One the many will be authoritatively-brought-down-to-stand-in-place-as righteous” (a), by “a Son that learned obedience through what He suffered” (b), so “being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (c).  We don’t place our trusting-relying-faith in the bible or our own obedience to the Law for righteousness but in Christ’s obedience – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT17 on works of righteousness.  <Notes> a) Romans 5:19, b) Hebrews 5:8, c) Philippians 2:8.

 

John 20:30-31 explains why John waited until nearly the end of his life to write his gospel logos message account: “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are absolutely-in-fact-NOT written in this book.  However, these things have already been [with lasting results] written in order that you might have trusting-relying-faith that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by having trusting-relying-faith you might have everlasting zoe genuine-life in His name/authority.” And later in John 21:25 he says: “Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.”  All the gospel logos message accounts were written fairly late (68-100 AD), so apparently it was more of an after-thought by the apostles, because only 4 of the 13 wrote anything down at all, Paul writing 51% of the NT, because Mark, Luke, Barnabas, and James weren’t even apostles.  Mark and Luke were Gentiles at that, disciples of Paul’s that simply collected information to later report, with no mention that the Holy Spirit even guiding them.  So until this time, apparently the early Church simply relied on the Holy Spirit to be sufficient as “The One Teacher” for Christians!  If they had this confidence, maybe it’s a good idea to place our trusting-relying-faith there also!  Are we pointing others to the “Who” of Christ’s Spirit or a “What” or ancient writings that came much later and not even collected into a bible for another 200 years!

 

In John 5:37-40, we see Jesus scolding the bible-student scribes and Pharisees:  “You people have absolutely-in-fact-NEVER heard my Father’s phone Voice nor-absolutely-in-fact-NEVER seen His form at any time, nor-absolutely-in-fact-NEVER do you have His logos message residing in you, because you do absolutely-in-fact-NOT presently/ongoingly have trusting-relying-faith in the One whom He sent. [In contrast] You presently/ongoingly diligently searching/studying the scriptures because they [erroneously] suppose in/by/with them you presently/ongoingly hold-to-have zoe genuine-life everlasting, and-but these are presently/ongoingly they that routinely bear-witness/testify comprehensively-all-around Me, and-yet you absolutely-in-fact-NOT are willing to definitively/wholly erchomai come-from-one-place-to-another pros towards-and-interacting-with Me in order that you may presently/ongoing hold-to-have zoe genuine-life.”  The bible students missed the entire point of the bible!

 

Jesus told the people early in His ministry:  “For ALL the Prophets and the Law prophesied heos UNTIL-the-ending-point-of John the Baptist” (a) and “The Law and the Prophet were heos UNTIL-the-ending-point-of John – since then the good news (b) of the kingdom of God is preached” (c), indicating the end of the OT era and beginning of the NT era!  After Jesus resurrected he had to even open the eyes of His disciples “and beginning with Moses (d) and ALL the Prophets, He thoroughly-explained to them in ALL the Scriptures the things concerning Himself” (e).  Some of the early disciples recognized this:  “Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found him of whom Moses in the Law also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth.’” (f). <Notes> a) Matthew 11:13, b) gospel logos message, c) Luke 16:16, d) Jesus is “The Prophet” in the Law: Deuteronomy 18:15, 18-19, cf. John 1:21, 25, 5:46 and especially Acts 3:22, 7:37, e) Luke 24:27, f) John 1:45.

 

Paul explains in Galatians 3:19, 21-26 the limited purpose of the Law:  “Why then the Law?  The Law was added for the sake/cause of (a) transgressions [from specific commandments] heos UNTIL-the-ending-point-of the ‘offspring’ should come to Whom (b) the promise (c) had been made . . . For if law had been given that could give zoe genuine-life, then righteousness would indeed be by the Law.  But the scripture imprisoned everything under sin (d), so that the promise [to Abraham for the nations] ek out-from trusting-relying-faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those routinely having trusting-relying-faith.  However, before trusting-relying-faith [in Christ] came, we were held captive under the Law, imprisoned eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of the coming trusting-relying-faith [in Christ] would be revealed. So then the Law was our paidagogos ‘legally-appointed child-educator/superintendent-guardian’ (e) eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of Christ came that we would be made/declared righteous/justified by trusting-relying-faith [in Christ].  However NOW that trusting-relying-faith [in Christ] has come, we are no longer under a paidagogos legally-appointed child-educator/superintendent-guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are ALL [mature] sons (f) of God through trusting-relying-faith [in Christ].”  Paul clarifies our sonship:  “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God” (g).  Our inheritance we can claim only when we are free, mature “sons” didn’t come by the “slave children” under the Law (h).  Sonship inheritance only came through Jesus as the “mediator of a New Covenant” (i).

 

<Notes> a) adverb charin from charis unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace that furnishes the reason to take action of, b) Jesus, the Christ from Galatians 3:16, c) to Abraham and his singular offspring Jesus that ‘In you shall all the nations be blessed’ v. 8, 16, so that the inheritance comes by the promised Spirit through trusting-relying-faith v. 2, 5, 14, 18, d) because 97.4% of the OT is Law-based – see Logos Word of God – BT5a, e) paidagogos:  servants hired by the upper class to take their little boys to/from school UNTIL the age of manhood, cf. ‘the 10,000 supervisor-guardians’ of 1 Corinthians 4:15, f) huios: although we are adopted sons, we are NOW under the New Covenant made to share the same nature as their Father, able to receive their inheritance, g) Romans 8:14, h) Galatians 3:18, 4:30; Ephesians 1:11-18, i) Hebrews 9:15, 10:36, 11:8; Acts 20:32; Exodus 32:13; Colossians 3:23-24; 1 Peter 1:4.

 

Paul explains in Romans 16:25-26 that the “unhiding-revelation of the secret/mystery [of Christ] that was kept silent for long ages has NOW been brought-to-light-to-openly-manifest (a) and/also through the [OT] prophetic writings has been made know to all nations . . . to bring about the obedience of trusting-relying-faith.”  In Romans (b) Paul says:  “The gospel of God that He promised beforehand through His [OT] prophets in the Holy scriptures (c) concerning His Son . . . The righteousness of God is unhidden-revealed – from [one step of] trusting-relying-faith to [another step of] trusting-relying-faith, . . . manifested apart from the Law, although the Law and Prophets bear witness/testify to it – the righteousness of God dia through trusting-relying-faith in Jesus Christ. <Notes> a) by Christ’s appearing: 2 Timothy 1:10, Christ’s gospel logos message about Himself:  Titus 1:3, and then to the saints:  Colossians 1:26, b) Romans 1:1-3 (cf. Luke 1:70), 3:17, 21-22, c) graphe never referred to anything other than the OT until the Catholics tried to apply it to NT writing in 225 AD – see Logos Word of God – BT5.

 

Peter preaches in Solomon’s Portico in Acts 3:17-18, 24 “Now brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers, but what God foretold by the mouth of ALL the prophets – that His Christ would suffer – He thus fulfilled. . . . ALL the prophets who have spoken from Samuel and those who came after him also proclaimed these days.”  Peter tells the God-fearing Gentile-proselytes to Judaism in Acts 10:43:  “To Jesus ALL the prophets bear witness that everyone who has trusting-relying-faith in Him lambano grabs-hold-of-to-receive forgiveness of sins dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of His name/authority.”  Even Jesus said:  “For ALL the Prophets and/coupled the Law prophesied UNTIL John” (a) and SINCE THEN the Good News (gospel) of the kingdom of Good is preached” (b).  Only 2.6% of the OT was ever used by the early Church to convert Jews to Christ – see Logos Word of God – BT6, not all of the OT as many mistranslate 2 Timothy 3:15-16 – see Logos Word of God – BT7.  Nevertheless, Jesus is found in every OT book – see Salvation – BT3. <Notes> a) Matthew 11:13, b) Luke 16:16.

 

 

 

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