Logos Word of God – BT20

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Christians are NOW the holy writings of God

 

 

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They are absolutely no longer written scriptures under the New (a) Covenant!  The New (a) Covenant’sholy writings” are also completely-different-in-kind NEW (a) than gramma writings of graphe scriptures that recorded God’s will for the old covenant, for Paul says in 2 Corinthians 3:3, 6, “YOU-all are a Letter (b) from Christ (c) delivered by us, eggrapho written-inscribed-engraved absolutely in fact not with ink (d) but by the means of the Spirit of the living God, absolutely in fact not on tablets of stone (e) but instead on tablets of human hearts . . . However, WE are ministers/servants of a completely-different-in-kind New Covenant, absolutely in fact NOT of [singular] gramma writing but of the Spirit, for the gramma writing apokteino kills-to-death, but the Spirit gives zoe genuine-life.” <Notes> a) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely-different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior, b) epistle: any written communication or official dispatch, c) the Anointed One, d) an obviously slap at the OT scrolls, e) an obviously slap at the OT 10 commandments tablets.

 

This sounds just like the New Covenant’s prophecies in the OT (a), and the “zoe genuine-life of the Spirit” that “is the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words of Christ” (b), the “Spirit of zoe genuine-life that has set you free in Christ from the Law of sin and death” (c), “the Spirit is zoe genuine-life because of [Christ’s] righteousness” (d). Again, there isn’t any indication that more “holy writings” on paper or stone were ever intended!  Quite to the contrary! <Notes> a) Jeremiah 31:31-34 cited in Hebrews 8:10, 10:16, Ezekiel 11:19-20, 36:25-27, b) John 6:63, c) Romans 8:2, d) Romans 8:10.

 

Continuing in 2 Corinthians 3:7-18 about the Law, Paul says: “Now if the ministry-service of death, entupoo imprinted-engraved by gramma writing-of-letters on stones, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses’ face because of its glory (a), which is presently-routinely being katargeo thrown-down-to-be-inactive-useless, will not the ministry-service of the Spirit have even more glory?  For if there was glory in the ministry-service of condemnation, the ministry-service of righteousness (c) must far exceed it in glory.  Indeed, in this case, what once had glory has come to have no glory at all, because of the glory that has surpassed it.  For if what is presently-routinely being katargeo thrown-down-to-be-inactive-useless came with glory, how much more will what is permanent have glory!  Since we have such a hope, we are now very bold, not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what is presently-routinely being katargeo thrown-down-to-be-inactive-useless. But their minds were hardened. For to this day, whenever they (Israelites) read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read (d) a veil lies over their hearts. But when one turns to [be face-to-face with] the Lord [Jesus], the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (e).  But we all, with unveiled faces, katoptrizo wide-open-eyes-as-in-a-mirror-awed-gazing upon the glory of the Lord, are being metamorphically-transformed into the same image from glory to glory. For this comes from [the] Lord [Jesus] [the] Spirit.” Yes, it’s Jesus as the Spirit doing this within us! <Notes> a) this occurred in the Tent of Meeting where Moses spoke face-to-face with God to write with ink the many scrolls of the 5 books of the Law, b) thrown down to be inactive and useless, terminated, destroyed, voided, annulled, and thus released from – see Ephesians 2:15, c) not “righteousness by the Law” but by the Spirit because of Christ’s righteousness – Romans 8:4, 10, 14:17; Galatians 5:5, d) The 5 books of Moses is the Law or the old covenant, but actually 97.4% of the OT is based on this – see Logos Word of God – BT5 and  – BT5a, e) in context: from the Law, f) katoptrizo that is kataptron mirror + a derivative of optanomai = gaze in awe with wide-open eyes as in a mirror.

 

Do you want a ministry of death and condemnation to continue to veil your heart from the glory of God in Christ?  Then just keep reading Moses’ Law or old covenant that saturates 97.4% of the OT.  Or you can turn your face away from gramma writings of graphe scripture that have long ago been katargeo thrown-down-be-inactive-useless and put your katoptrizo wide-open-eyes-as-in-a-mirror-awed-gazing upon the glory of the Lord and that’s how you will get metamorphically-transformed into the same image from glory to glory.  Paul is pointing us away from writings to the Holy Spirit of Jesus!

 

The OT did have holy writings on tablets and then on scrolls, but the NT says God’s writings are NOW directly on human hearts, so that now Christians, not the graphe scriptures, are the ‘holy writings’ of God, just as a “church” is not a building but the Christians in it!  Christians are NOW the physical logos message of God – Christ, the “living Logos message of God” NOW living in us!  The anointing of the Holy Spirit makes ALL Christians the ‘holy writings’ of God, “so that we have absolutely no need that any man teach us, for we ALL have the anointing that teaches us all things” – see Anointing – BT2.  So why are we still lugging around our bible of holy writings?  It really makes no sense!

 

The Lord confirmed the context of 2 Corinthians 3:18 to me in a dream: Only when we meet with Jesus face-to-face, will His glory transform us – and this time it won’t fade away like Moses!  Reading 97.4% of the OT will just keep the hiding the glory of God in Christ, keep the veil of Moses in place over our hearts, keeping them hard, precisely because 97.4% of the OT is based on the conditionally-loving favor of the old covenant’s Law of commandments.  Only 2.6% of it pointed people to Jesus, the whole point of scripture – see Logos Word of God – BT6.

 

Reflection:

 

 

As Christian musicians, why are we re-reading palios “old, antiquated, worn-out, weak, worthless” contracts with God’s people that long ago were katargeo thrown-down-to-be-inactive-useless, of which 97.4% of the OT is based on?  Don’t we realize that God created a completely-different-in-kind, superior New Covenant to completely replace the old?  Why are we trying to mix them when we are warned so many times not to?  If we even read Moses, which is 97.4% of the OT, the ministry of death and condemnation, you can guarantee “sin to multiply, the power of sin to come alive, and sin to become exceedingly sinful, and a veil to cover and harden your heart from actually seeing the glory of God in Christ.”  You will not become holier that way, only more fallen from grace and more sinful – see New Covenant Ways – BT5b!  This is what the NT says WILL happen!  Aren’t we aware that NOW every Christian is be taught directly by “the One Teacher” Holy Spirit as His writings are NOW in our hearts, no longer on stone or paper?  We are NOW called “the holy writings of God!”  God never envisioned us walking around with bibles, because WE are His bible!

 

Prayer:

 

 

Lord, we praise Your name that you freed us completely from ALL the “old, antiquated, worn-out, weak, worthless” gramma writings that could never reveal Yourself to us directly like Your Holy Spirit does NOW.  We surrender totally to hearing and seeing from You directly, just as you promised in Jeremiah 31:34 and so many verses.  No more writings, only coming before You and being filled with all Your abundance by the means of the Holy Spirit just as Ephesians 3:19 and 5:18 exhort us to routinely do.  And we will!  We will gaze upon Your glory with wide-open-eyes as when we do looking into a mirror, because as we see ourselves, we know where Your glory now resides – the kingdom is within us – see Kingdom – BT1.  And as we do, thank You for transforming us from glory to glory!  No longer by reading writings but through prophetic vision!

 

 

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Logos Word of God – BT5a

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At least 97.4% of the Old Testament graphe scripture actually is the old covenant or Law

 

 

 

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According to Wikipedia, Law or Torah has a range of meanings:  1) It can most specifically mean the first 5 books, Pentateuch, or Books of Moses of the 24 books that make up the Tanakh or Mikra text of the OT, or 2) It can mean this plus the rabbinic commentaries called Perushim on the Tanakh, also known as the Oral Torah or “Traditions of the Fathers or Elders,” or 3) It can mean the continued narrative of the entire Tanakh text of the OT, thus all gramma writings that make up graphe scripture.  See also Logos Word of God – BT4 and – BT5, or 4) It can even mean the totality of Jewish teaching and practice.” Definition #3 for the entire OT graphe scripture is supported by many other sources, including “The Bible Background Commentary of the New Testament” by Craig S. Keener.  According to Strong’s Lexicon, Torah can also include the “body of prophetic teaching” called “The Prophets,” thus “The Law and The Prophets” being a typical division of the OT scripture.  The Free Dictionary explains how inclusive the Torah really can viewed as an: “Entire body of religious law and learning, including not just sacred literature but also oral tradition.” It really is bewildering that so many Gentile-Christians don’t see how “Jewish” it is for them to be reading, studying, memorizing, and trying to do the OT scriptures!

 

That’s why in actual Jewish usage ALL of the 2 ‘portions of’ (The Law and The Prophets) or 3 ‘portions of’ (The Law, The Prophets, and The Writings) or 4 ‘portions of’ (The Law, The Prophets, The Psalms, and The Writings) of sacred gramma writings collected together into graphe scripture are often referred to by Jesus, the NT writers, and ALL Jews to this day, collectively as “the Law.”  The NT speakers often quote from the Prophets and Psalms, yet refer to these citations as “the Law or old covenant.”  For example, Paul cites the prophecy of Isaiah 28:11-12 from 1 Corinthians 14:21 but then calls this “Law!”  Jesus also equates “the Law and the Prophets” with “the Law” (a). Jesus quotes Psalms but refers to it as “the Law” (b). Jesus quotes Prophets but calls them “the Law” (c). The chief priests and Pharisees in John 7:40-49 cites Psalms 89:3-4 but refers to this as “the Law” the crowds didn’t know. <Notes> a) Matthew 5:17-19, cf. Luke 16:16-17, Matthew 22:40, b) John 10:34 citing Psalms 82:6; John 12:34 citing Psalms 18:4, 110:4; John 15:25 citing Psalms 35:19 or 69:4, c) John 12:34 citing Isaiah 9:7 and Ezekiel 37:25.

 

The conditions for God’s blessing, favor, and love through man’s “works of righteousness” dependent solely on man’s obedience of 613 commandments are strewn out throughout every book of the OT, and much of the historical narrative and personal dialogues are based on it, making it often very difficult to distinguish the prophetic portions of the Messiah, the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant, the righteousness and salvation that is instead through Christ’s unconditional-love based on unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace depend instead on man’s obedience of trusting-relying-faith. The OT is full of Law “land mines” waiting to blow your arms and legs off!  It’s “the Law of sin and death” (a), a “ministry of death” (b).  Gentile-Christians just don’t see how dangerous it is to be involved with the most of the OT, despite so many warning by the NT writers!  It’s like playing with hand-grenades after the pins have been pulled. <Notes> a) Romans 8:2, b) 2 Corinthians 3:7.

 

Paul equates the whole of scripture to the Law:  “The [whole of] scripture (a) imprisoned ALL under sin, so that “The Promise” by trusting-relying-faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who have trusting-relying-faith.  Now before trusting-relying-faith came, we were held captive under the Law, imprisoned UNTIL the coming trusting-relying-faith would be revealed” (b). <Notes> a) singular with article: the whole of: cf. John 10:35, 19:28-30; Romans 11:2 – see Logos Word of God – BT5.  Nevertheless, in context it appears the Paul is speaking of The Law ‘portion of’ scripture, but remember that can be quite large, b) Galatians 3:22-23.

 

The sacred gramma writings of graphe scripture are sometimes equated to the Law, based on the context: “He who is physically uncircumcised but keep the Law will condemn you who are circumcised and have the [singular] gramma Writing, but then break the Law . . . but a Jew is one inwardly and circumcision a matter of the heart – by the Spirit, not by the [singular] gramma Writing” (a). The “completely-different-in-kind New (b) Covenant [is] absolutely in fact not of/belonging-to the gramma Writing but of/belonging-to the Spirit, for the gramma Writing kills, but the Spirit gives zoe genuine-life” (c).  When God’s will was written down, it instantly condemned mankind.  Paul says “Now we are released from the Law, having died to that which held us captive, so that now we serve in the completely-different-in-kind New (b) Way of the Spirit and absolutely not in the palios ‘old, antiquated, worn-out, useless’ way of the gramma Writing” (d)? Can you see that the “completely-different-in-kind NEW Way of the Spirit” is being pitted against the ‘old, antiquated, worn-out, useless’ “Way of the gramma Writing” or “the Law” or “old covenant?”  One is written, the other isn’t! <Notes> a) Romans 2:27, 29, b) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely-different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior, c) 2 Corinthians 3:6, d) Romans 7:6.

 

The sign of the old covenant was circumcision, so you couldn’t be a Jew to be “right with God” without it. Yet Paul says it’s absolutely pointless whether you obey the Law that is much of the OT if not ALL, as represented by circumcision, or not:  “For in Christ, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts (a) for absolutely in fact anything, except trusting-relying-faith thru-the-realizing-channel-of unconditional-love routinely, actively, energetically, and effectively being worked.”  That’s the work that counts!  It seems that “trusting-relying-faith in Christ and unconditionally-loving one another” have over-ruled the entire OT or at least 97.4% of it.  The first 5 books of the bible, the Torah Law of conditional-favor, makes up 97.4% of the essence of the entire OT, because only 600 verses of 23,145 refer to New Testament (NT) realities!  But remember that most Jews view the entire OT as The Law!  <Notes> a) is strong, forceful, robust, sound, able, serviceable.

 

Reflection:

 

 

As Christian musicians, do we really want to involve any of the Law, which is the basis of 97.4% of the OT scripture, in our ministry?  Aren’t we playing with ticking time-bombs?  If the scripture imprisoned the Jews, why are we locking Gentiles up in it?  It was only written UNTIL Christ could come.

 

Prayer:

 

 

Lord, keep us from playing around with fire as little children because it can kill us.  We choose to NOW put all our focus on Christ and the completely-different-in-kind NEW Spirit and not on the ministry of gramma writings that kill.

 

 

 

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Logos Word of God – BT19

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But doesn’t 2 Timothy 2:15 tell us to study the bible?

 

 

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But what about the King James Version (KJV) translation of 2 Timothy 2:15 that says:Spoudazo study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly cutting-straight-along-a-pattern-of (a) the logos message of [singular] Truth.”  Doesn’t this tell ALL Christians to be bible students?  Or at least “serious Christians” and for sure those who want to “serve the Lord?”  After all, haven’t we heard so many pastors tells us this?  We will find out No!  Paul has already told Timothy what “pattern” to “cut-straight-along” in 2 Timothy 1:13 “Follow the hupotuposis pattern (b) of the hugiaino sound logos messages that you have already heard from me:  in/by/with [singular] trusting-relying-faith and/coupled unconditional-love that are in/by/with Christ Jesus,” but more about this below. <Notes> a) cutting a straight road, without deviation, thus handling or teaching straight along ‘pattern’ given to you, b) hupotuposis:  pattern, outline, form, sketch, example, sample, c) hugiaino: sound, in-balance, all-parts-working, healthy condition.

 

First, we know that Timothy was the “workman” or “man of God” (a) that Paul is addressing this to – a pastor-in-training, not the average Christian as so many have erroneously applied this to as is often the problem when you don’t discern the intended audience!  <Notes> a) 1 Timothy 6:11; 2 Timothy 3:17.

 

Second, “the logos message of [singular] Truth” in context has absolutely nothing to do with biblical writings!  Paul clearly defines “the logos message of The Truth” as “the gospel of the salvation of you” (a), “the logos message of The Truth, the gospel” (b), “to us the logos message of this salvation has been sent” (c), just as Peter does:  “God made a choice among you that through-the-realizing-channel-of my mouth the Gentile should hear the logos message of the gospel and/coupled to have trusting-relying-faith” (d). This is particularly obvious when you understand that “The Truth” is gnosis informational-knowledge of the bible at all, but a special NT term used for Jesus Christ as the perfect revelation of the Father (e) and His Spirit (f) – see The Truth page.  Thus the gospel logos message is about Jesus Christ who is The Truth about the Father, and remember that very little of this was even written down for so many years!  The phrase “preach the gospel” is used at least 26 times and so naturally “trusting-relying-faith comes from akouo hearing-to-understand and akouo hearing-to-understand through-the-realizing-channel-of [singular] directly-spoken rhema word of Christ” (g), “but how are they going to akouo hear-to-understand [Christ call them to Himself] without someone preaching” (h)?  There simply isn’t anything here about reading ancient bible writings! <Notes> a) Ephesians 1:13, b) Colossians 1:5, c) Acts 13:26, d) Acts 15:7, e) John 1:14, 17, 8:31, 36, 14:6; Ephesians 4:21, f) John 14:17, 15:26, 16:13; 1 John 4:6, 5:6, g) Romans 10:17, h) Romans 10:14.

 

As we saw in Bible Info – BT1, the NT writers purposely use terms Jews are familiar with, but they use them in a completely-different-in-kind way, almost redefining them based on New Revelation, 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).  The redefinition of “logos Word of God” has been the subject of all these BLOGs, and so this is just another case of it. <Notes> a) Colossians 2:17; Hebrews 8:5, 9:23, 10:1; 1 Peter 3:21.

 

Third, Paul did this so Timothy “won’t neglect his prophetically-received grace-gift” (a) of evangelism or preaching the logos gospel message of trusting-relying-faith in/by/with The Truth, who is Jesus Christ (b) and/coupled Christ’s only entole commandment to unconditionally-love one another as He did us.  As stated earlier in 2 Timothy 1:13, this IS the same as Paul’s advise to “Follow the hupotuposis pattern of hugiaino sound logos messages (c) that you have already heard from me” – not the indiscriminate preaching or teaching of OT scriptures – see also Only 2 Commandments!  Paul would be “having some words” with many pastors today! <Notes> a) 1 Timothy 4:14, b) 2 Timothy 4:2, 5, c) 1 Timothy 1:10, 4:6, 6:3.

 

Fourth, this has nothing to do with “studying” any writings!  The Greek word spoudazo means “endeavor or be so diligent or zealous that it causes you to rush forward.” Www.spoudazogroup.com defines spoudazo as “zealous concentration, earnest, diligent effort – to give maximum effort, do your best, spare no effort, and be eager when pursuing something or carrying out tasks.” Paul was simply telling Timothy to get off his duff and get out there to preach the gospel, to not neglect his grace-gift of evangelism/preaching, lest he “get entangled in civilian pursuits” (a) – preaching the logos gospel message of The Truth based on Paul’s “sound teaching,” not “the irreverent babbling” or “quarreling about words” or “ignorant or foolish controversies” about the Law or “endless genealogies” like the Jewish false teachers did (b)!  <Notes> a) 2 Timothy 2:4, b) 1 Timothy 1:4, 6:4, 20; 2 Timothy 2:14, 16, 23; Titus 3:9 – see Logos Word of God – BT8.

 

Out of 54 (a) bible translations, only 10 (b) got it wrong by saying spoudazo means “study.” So, why did the KJV start a bad precedence for the other 9?  In 1611, when the KJV was written, the 3rd most common definition of “study,” actually the least common, did mean “to endeavor diligently,” so the translators weren’t completely dishonest in choosing “study” for spoudazo.  However, they still were very misleading to even the readers of their day, because the more common meanings were at that time: “1) to fix the mind closely upon a subject; to muse, to dwell upon in thought; and 2) to apply the mind to books.”  Why then would the translators purposely mislead their readers?  Could it have something to do with the fact that their livelihoods as professors and scholars in universities employed under King James relied on students “hitting the books, learning, analyzing, investigating, examining, scrutinizing, and earnestly contemplating?”  Since this is also our modern definition for “study,” can you see how misleading that this would be to a modern reader? <Notes> a) Such as: ASV, CSB, DARBY, DLNT, EXB, HCSB, MOUNCE, NASB, NKJV, NMB, WEB, and YLT, b) KJV, KJ21, AKJV, AMP, AMPC, BRG, DRA, GNV, JUB, and MEV.

 

It seems many translators and Christians have fallen into the same ‘trap’ as the scribes and Pharisees.  They were the expert bible students of Christ’s day, but look what Jesus said of them in John 5:39-40:  “You diligently search/study (a) the scriptures (b) because you suppose (c) that in them you will lay hold of zoe genuine-life everlasting, but instead it is they that bear witness of Me, yet you refuse to COME TO ME that you may have zoe genuine-life.”  Clearly their “supposing” was wrong!  They missed the point of the scriptures – to prepare them for Christ!  In fact, their “tables” for rolling out their scrolls to compare and study them had become a “snare, trap, and stumbling block” and God had cursed their efforts with a “retribution – bend backs forever!” (d) – see New Covenant Ways – BT17. Smart people can really get stuck – bent over!  Paul also warns of people “always learning but never able to arrive at a genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of The Truth” (e). That’s why Paul rhetorically asks about who really was in the Church:  “For it is written, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the sunesis ‘connect-the-dots’ understanding of the understanding-ones I will thwart.’  Where is the wise one?  Where is the scribe?  Where is the debater of this age?  Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world” (f)?  Being a bible student wasn’t the answer!  <Notes> a) ereunao:  diligently search, inquire, seek, examine, or investigate in order to sunesis ‘connect-the-dots’ to understand, a major step for gnosis info-knowledge, b) the bible of their day, c) 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 making this a subjective judgment call.  In other words, it may not be the truth at all, d) Romans 11:7-10 quoting Isaiah 28:13, cf. Romans 11:7-10; 1 Corinthians 3:19; Job 5:13, e) 2 Timothy 3:7, f) 1 Corinthians 1:19-20

 

Reflection:

 

 

As Christian musicians, we have to be careful that we aren’t perpetuating wrong doctrines by preaching/teaching from our English bibles, many of which “mishandle” the original texts.  We need to “cut along the pattern” that was actually given us in the NT, not the traditions of the Catholic and Protestant churches that came much later.  Even if we don’t know how to use the many online tools to access more accurate meanings of Greek and Hebrews words, just reading verses carefully in context can keep you from get side-tracked into error.  Just using www.biblegateway.com to read several more modern accurate translations (see Bible Info) can alert you to a possible problem with the text.  But the best way is still to learn how to really eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know and/or akouo listen/hear-to-understand the prophetic-rhema words of God from the “One Teacher” of the Holy Spirit, and this happens in proseuche conversational-prayer.

 

Clearly the Logos Word of God has been redefined from the old covenant scripture to the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant’s Jesus Christ, who is completely The Truth about the Father, and His preached gospel message of unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace which have absolutely nothing to do with even 1 of the 613 commandments, not even the 2 greatest one of “loving God and neighbor” that “sum up The Law and The Prophets.”  The only 2 commandments we have NOW of trusting-relying-faith in Christ and unconditionally-loving others as Christ have absolutely nothing to do with the old covenants commandments.  Christians are set free from “the imprisonment of scripture” to “belong to another – the person of Jesus Christ.”  Now “trusting-relying-faith comes from hearing the prophetic-rhema words of Christ, especially during the preached logos gospel message” – no longer learning about God by reading and studying ancient scrolls as the scribes and Pharisees were “trapped” by.  Let us not fall into the same trap!  We have the promise of the OT – the Holy Spirit Parakletos along-side “One Teacher.”

 

Prayer:

 

Lord, keep us from being “snared and trapped” by the study “tables” of the Jewish scribes and Pharisees, “every leaning but never coming to genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of The Truth” who is Your Son.  We don’t want their punishment for being so stubborn – “bent backs forever.”  We heed to the purpose of ALL biblical writings and that to be as simple little child or other “least among you” to humble and simply “Come close-beside You so that You will come close-beside us.”  Thank You that we no longer need to read and study in order to sunesis ‘connect-the-dots’ to understand and become wise.  All we need to do is “Come to You and take Your yoke of instructions upon us to learn directly from You” by the “One Teacher” of the Holy Spirit.  Thank You that You have simplified the logos Word of God now to Your Son and His gospel message of only 2 commandments to carefully guard to do:  Ongoing trusting-relying-faith in You and unconditionally-loving others the way You do.  Thank You so much for keeping it simple for us!

 

 

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Logos Word of God – BT18

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Early Church writings validate my research about the use of the Old and New Testaments

 

 

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You can also validate my previous BLOG conclusions about OT usage in the NT church if you research early Church practices before 200 AD.  For example, in the The Didache or Teaching of the Twelve Apostles (parts written in 48-50AD, but most within 1st century) included in church services:  “break bread and give thanks” using orthodox Jewish forms for prayer before and after the meals that began with thanksgiving over the cup and the loaf. When offering the cup, the worship leader would give thanks for the “holy vine of David,” likely a reference to the Messianic community in Psalm 80:8, following up with a doxology, “To you be glory forever.”  After the doxology, the worship leader would give thanks over the broken loaf, thanking God “for the life and knowledge You have revealed through Jesus, Your Child,” concluding with another doxology.  That was followed by a community meal called the agape (love) feast.  Not that this early Church service makes no mention of either ‘the body or the blood of Christ?’  Instead, the emphasis is on the gathering of the church Body per 1 Corinthians 10.17.  The worship service as practiced by the first Christians was a “praise-celebration” of the congregation of God’s people, an event where prayers and thanksgiving, interwoven with doxologies, were offered to God. Do you see how simple the early Church was?  Notice the Jewish Orthodoxy in part.

 

We know from early Clement I of Rome (a) around 92-99 AD that he quotes the OT scriptures ONLY to support the Christian’s resurrection of the dead, to support a Christian’s virtuous life, to cite Messianic prophecies, and to use typology (antitypes and types) to support Christian doctrines. Clement I of Rome, like Ignatius Theophorus of Antioch (b) and Polycarp (c), who were both disciples of Apostle John, looked at Jesus as being the pleroo completed-fulfillment or teleo fulfillment-accomplishment-completing-finishing of the OT scriptures. Bishop Clement of Alexandria (d) used an “open canon, since he seemed practically unconcerned about canonicity,” including many books that had local acceptance such as:  Barnabas, Didache, 1 Clement, Revelation of Peter, The Shepherd of Hermas, Gospel according to Hebrews, Gospel of Egyptians, Preaching of Peter, Traditions of Matthias, Sibylline oracles, and the Oral Gospel. <Notes> a) the 1st Apostolic Father, consecrated by Apostle Peter, 2nd or 3rd Bishop of Rome after Peter, b) 35/50 – 98/107 AD, c) 69-155 AD, d) 150-215 AD.

 

Later in Justin Martyr’s First Apology (155-157 AD) writes:  “And on the day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in the country gather together to one place, and the memoirs of the apostles OR the writings of The Prophets are read, as long as time permits; then, when the reader has ceased, the president (elder-overseer) verbally instructs, and exhorts to the imitation of these good things. Then we all rise together and pray, and, as we before said, when our prayer is ended, bread and wine and water are brought, and the president in like manner offers prayers and thanksgivings, according to his ability, and the people assent, saying Amen; and there is a distribution to each, and a participation of that over which thanks have been given, and to those who are absent a portion is sent by the deacons. And they who are well to do, and willing, give what each thinks fit; and what is collected is deposited with the president, who succors the orphans and widows and those who, through sickness or any other cause, are in want, and those who are in bonds and the strangers sojourning among us, and in a word takes care of all who are in need. But Sunday is the day on which we all hold our common assembly, because it is the first day on which God, having wrought a change in the darkness and matter, made the world; and Jesus Christ our Savior on the same day rose from the dead. For He was crucified on the day before that of Saturn (Saturday); and on the day after that of Saturn, which is the day of the Sun, having appeared to His apostles and disciples, He taught them these things, which we have submitted to you also for your consideration.”  Wow, that’s pretty simple!  You can still see some use of the prophetic OT but it’s now an option!

 

Around 200 AD, Hippolytus of Rome, a mostly Gentile church, describes in a manual of church order and worship known as the Apostolic Tradition typical church services that consisted only of water-baptisms, consecrations of bishops with the laying on of hands, greetings or kisses of peace, introductory blessings and congregational responses, thanksgiving for Christ’s coming, a narrative of Christ’s suffering, Christ’s words about the Lord’s Supper, recollection of Christ’s death and resurrection, invocation of the Holy Spirit upon the assembly – see Body-Ministry – BT14, and a doxology.  Can you see how the religion of Christianity starts adding more, but not that there are no more OT readings?

 

That is because by 200 AD the Church was decidedly Gentile, so why would there be any reading of OT scripture prophecies about Jesus?  There were so few Jewish-Christians in the Church!  After 70 AD when the Jerusalem Temple was destroyed and the Jews scattered, there were many Jewish uprisings and wars in the Roman Empire, making it dangerous to even be associated with the Jews.  What’s more important is that the Church was “practicing and persisting in . . . the parklesis summoning, calling near, or invocation” of the Parakletos Holy Spirit (a) as the One who “comes close beside” us to be our “One Teacher” (b) just as 1 Timothy 4:13 was correctly interpreted in Body-Ministry – BT14<Notes> a) Parakletos: ‘Close-beside’ caller, summoner, or inviter; helper, succorer, or assistant; encouraging teacher, counselor, comforter, or consoler; defense-attorney, judicial-advocate, or court-intercessor, b) Matthew 23:8-10.

 

However, it wasn’t long before a Catholic theologian Tertullian in 208 AD, started calling NT writings “graphe scripture.” Nobody before then referred to the NT writings as “sacred or holy gramma letters” let alone graphe scripture, and certainly not Peter as some erroneously twist 2 Peter 3:15-16 to say – see Logos Word of God – BT11.  “The remaining ‘portions of’ scriptures” in context refers to non-prophetic ‘portions of’ scriptures concerning Christ’s coming judgment that these scoffers were also known for twisting/distorting, the actual emphasis in the text, just as they often twisted the prophetic passages in the OT.  They were doing the same with Paul’s prophecies of end times (a) – so “hard to understand” that Paul was forced to write another letter (b) to clear up the confusion!  Paul’s very long arguments, side-tracking, leaving of words out to save space (ellipsis), pronouns ambiguity, and relatively-poor Greek indeed make many things Paul said “hard to understand!”  However the teachers that Paul and Peter speak of were often profiting off the confusion, often financially taking advantage of confused Christians. I question how many people read verses in their context or really study passages from the original languages before building doctrine from them?  Many commentators and translators including the NET Bible correctly note that this “twisting/distorting” is what all cults, denominational sects, and scoffers do, focusing on the more difficult, obscure passages of the bible, often the prophetic and the supernaturally miraculously – not on its plain teachings!  However, Mark Twain correctly noted:  “Most people are bothered by those passages in scripture which they cannot understand.  However, as for me, I have always noticed that the passages which troubled me most are those which I do understand.” <Notes> a) 1 Thessalonians 1:10, 2:19, 4:16-17, 5:2-9, 23, b) 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10, 2:1, 8, 12-14.

 

We also know that the Catholic theologian Origen between 233-254 AD, according to one well-known historian, “single-handedly fixed the place of the Old Testament in the Catholic Church” through ground-breaking publications: 375 sermons as a commentary on the entire OT based his immense, word-for-word comparison in 240 AD of the Greek OT Septuagint/LXX version, the Hebrew Masoretic text, a Greek transliteration of the Hebrew text, and the other Greek translations Aquila of Sinope, Symmachus the Ebionite, and Theodotion.   He went from relative insignificance to wealth and fame very quickly!  He indeed brought the OT back into the Church for study, preaching, and doctrine!

 

By then the Church had already become corrupted with power, money (a), inventing the priesthood (b), inventing the mono-episcopacy or “one-bishop” rule (c), a time when all of the bishops were trying to rule larger and larger (richer and richer) cities ultimately to get to become the Bishop of Rome (the Pope), who would receive many favors with the Emperor, thus inventing the division of the Body-of-Christ into “clergy” vs. “laity” (d), and reinstating one OT commandment after another despite all the warnings of the NT, and creating more rules – all to exercise control over the Church. It’s also no coincidence that at this time there had also been a systematic stamping out the charismata grace-gifts, especially prophecy, by labelling it heretical, even though Irenaeus and Tertullian argued for them by giving many proofs. <Notes> a) reinstating OT tithing to pay for a priesthood, b) patterned after the OT, c) patterned after the high-priests of the OT, d) based on the OT idea of the Levites.

 

It wasn’t until around 300 AD that we have anybody seriously interested in determining the NT canon or “list of official books,” but especially after Emperor Constantine decriminalized Christianity in 313 AD, the writing of Church History by Eusebius in 330 AD, Constantine’s First Council of Nicaea in 325 AD, and Constantine’s commissioning of 50 bibles for his Church of Constantinople in 331 AD. It wasn’t until the Council of Laodicea, made up of 30 clergymen in 363 AD, did they “set out of judge which books were to be read aloud in churches,” which excluded Revelation. In 367 AD, Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria gave us the current 27 book canon of the NT.  One guy!  Other canon lists that came after disagreed.  It took Pope Damasus I in 383 AD to fix the canon in the Roman Catholic Church.  Still there were many challenges to it. The Eastern Church, “had a weaker feeling for the necessity of making a sharp delineation with regard to the canon. Similarly the canons of the Syriac, Armenian, Georgian, Egyptian Coptic, and Ethiopian Churches all have minor differences.” Again, if you really dig into this, you will see that there was many political and financial motivations at work here, and there was little agreement that wasn’t somehow forced upon the Church.

 

According to www.EarlyChristianWritings.com, there were at least 167 early Christian writings that millions of Christians enjoyed reading, but never considered as a “bible” for the first 200 years, and many of the early Church Fathers didn’t even agree on what NT books were “authoritative.” Additionally, 49 more writings came in the next 100 years. And these are just the ones we have found!  Many manuscript experts, historians, theologians, and segments of Judaism and the Christian Church still disagree as to exactly what belongs in the bible – check out Wikipedia’s Biblical Canon  and also Development of the New Testament Canon.”

 

This isn’t even dealing with the many debates about the integrity of the text – see Bible Info and Wikipedia’s “Textual Variants in the New Testament.”  If you think everybody agrees what the actual text of the bible, guess again!  There are “around 400,000 textual variants of the NT, a staggering number when coupled with the fact that there are only 138,000 words in the Greek NT, meaning there are almost 3 variants per word.  However, less than 4000 (2.8% of the NT) have a good chance of being authentic and changing the meaning of the text,” writes scholar Tim Barnett 5/24/2016.  There are also 3,415 languages translated into and numerous versions within each of these, even 900 English bibles.  If you don’t think much is “lost or modified in translation” you need to compare them – see Wikipedia’s “List of English Bible translations” and at www.biblegateway.com I last counted 63 NT versions and I’ve seen radical differences in meaning in so many passages!

 

It wasn’t until 1611 when the Protestant King James decided to call the bible a “Holy Bible” though the idea of “sacred or holy books” (biblia sacra) or a “bible” (biblia) for short was first coined in the Middle Ages (465 – 1500 AD) by a Latin Catholic theologian.  However, it wasn’t until 1611 that King James decided to call the OT and NT collection “The Holy Bible.” 1 king gets to make this decision for everybody!

 

The more you dive into this, the more you realize that only “wise and learned/understanding” men can even start to scratch the surface of making any sense from all this. This certainly can’t be God’s plan for knowing Him or His will?  Is this a perfect God’s plan, or imperfect man’s attempts to get around God’s perfect plan?

 

Reflection:

 

 

Since the NT and the early Church before 200 AD didn’t use more than the OT prophecies concerning Christ and His completely-different-in-kind New Covenant to convert Jews to Christ or keep Jewish-Christians from lapsing back to the Law of Moses as the Logos Word of God – BT6 page and subsequent BLOGs pointed out, then why are we so quick to include OT scripture, even the Law, even writings that have nothing to do with Christ or His New Covenant or His gospel logos message of saving trusting-relying-faith or His cross and resurrection or His supper’s celebration, or His only 2 commandments of having trusting-relying-faith in Him and unconditionally-loving each other like He does?  If you think that the text and canon of scripture is solid, you just haven’t looked into this very deeply.  If you think that the Church always used the OT, then you haven’t studied history.  If you think any of this is God’s idea, then you must have a very imperfect view of a perfect God.

 

Prayer:

 

Lord, call us back by Your Holy Spirit to the simplicity of the early Church that You were in control of before legalistic religious men came into to borrow old covenant ideas and drag them forward into your completely-different-in-kind New Covenant to build The Great Wall quenching the Holy Spirit in the Church.

 

 

 

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Logos Word of God – BT17

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The New Testament doesn’t promise more gramma writings or teachers to learn from

 

 

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There is nothing in the NT about studying Christ’s or anybody else’s “saying” or logos messages in order to live on this as our “daily bread,” for unlike every other famous rabbi teacher who always kept scribes nearby to write his words down in order to teach other disciples, Jesus never asked anybody to record His words.  Instead Jesus said to His disciples, “Do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say” (a), and “Do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour.  For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you” (b). <Notes> a) Luke 12:11-12, b) Matthew 10:19-20.

 

Jesus explains why:  “Nevertheless, I tell you the truth:  It is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Parakletos Alongside-Helper (a) will not come to you.  But if I go, I will send Him to you. . . When the [Holy] Spirit of The Truth comes, He will guide you into ALL the truth” (b).  Earlier Jesus said:  But the Parakletos Alongside-Helper (a), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you ALL things and bring to your remembrance ALL that I have said to you” (c).  So you can see there was absolutely no need for new writings! <Notes> a) Parakletos:  ‘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 16:6-7, 13, c) John 14:26.

 

Thus Jesus explains why we shouldn’t follow others: “However you are absolutely in fact not to be called ‘rabbi’ (a) for you have ONE Teacher (b) and/but/thus you are ALL brethren (c); and/coupled call in possibility no man your ‘father’ (d) on earth, for you have ONE Father, who is in heaven; moreover not in possibility be called leader (e), for you have ONE Leader, the Christ (f)” (g) – see Coaches and Facilitators page.  It wasn’t soon before the Catholic Church disobeyed all 3 emphatic teachings of Christ, but the Protestants perpetuated the disobedience! <Notes> a) rabbi in Hebrew means esteemed teacher, b) didaskalos: instructor, c) the point is clear that the “brethren” weren’t to be called “teachers,” d) originator, e) kathegetes: literally “to lead down-from,” used of a leader as someone who brings other ‘down the road of learning’ by giving needed instruction, thus a master-teacher-leader; used in Greek literature of educator-facilitators, f) Christ means Anointed Messiah, g) Matthew 23:8-10 – see Teach One Another – BT10.

 

The Apostle John also reminds ALL Christians in 1 John 2:20, 27 in answer to teachers coming into the Church confusing and deceiving them: “You’all have been anointed by the Holy One [Christ] and/thus you’all had [with ongoing results] eido ‘seen’ to understand/know . . . I write these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you.  However, the anointing that you have already received from Him ongoingly abides/lives in you and/thus you have absolutely in fact no need than anyone should teach you, but just as His anointing ongoingly teaches you about ALL things and is trustworthy and indeed no lie, just as it has already taught you, ongoingly abide/live in Him.”  Clearly the apostle wasn’t expecting his readers to blindly follow him and his teaching either, but to follow the “One Teacher” of the anointing – and we know that to always be the promised Holy Spirit!

 

Paul also speaks out against following teachers, even himself (a).  After all, wasn’t it Jesus that said: “Follow Me” so many times (b)?  Thus even Paul qualified “Follow/imitate me” with “as I also [follow/imitate] Christ” (c).  We have to remember that Jesus said:  “The sheep [of His] hear His (d) Voice, and He calls His own sheep by name/authority and leads them out [to pasture].  When He has brought out all His own, He goes before them, and the sheep follow Him, for they eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know His Voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they absolutely in fact do not eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know the voice of strangers. . . . My sheep listen/hear-to-understand My Voice, and I experientially, relationally ginosko know them, and they follow Me” (e). There simply isn’t anything here about reading ancient logos messages written with gramma letters into a bible, but everything here about prophetic-rhema words which we know is ‘seen’ and ‘heard’ only by the means of the Holy Spirit. <Notes> a) 1 Corinthians 1:12, 3:4, b) Matthew 4:19, 8:22, 9:9, 10:38, 16:24, 19:21; Mark 1:17, 2:14, 8:34, 10:21; Luke 5:27, 9:23, 59, 18:22; John 1:43, 12:26, 21:19, 22, c) 1 Corinthians 11:1, d) the Good Shepherd’s, e) John 10:3-5, 27.

 

The Holy Spirit of The Truth” is spoken about often by the Apostle John (a), and since “The Truth” is NT shorthand for “Christ” (b), John could have just as easily said: “The [Holy] Spirit of the Christ,” which is exactly what the other apostles did (c).  Another variation is: “The [Holy] Spirit of the Lord [Jesus]” (d).  Clearly the NT expected “the Holy Spirit of Lord Jesus Christ” to be the ONLY teacher to “follow or imitate” for Christians of the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant, never again putting their trusting-relying-faith in others, and certainly not to an authoritative, top-down hierarchy of teacher-leaders we see enacted in the OT Law.  That didn’t mean that Christians shouldn’t because of Christian love consider heeding the advice of other (e), or “Unconditionally-love one another with devoted family affection, that is, esteeming one another in/by/with perceived-honor/value” (f), but in context the caveat is:  “Let unconditional-love be genuine:  Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is agathos good” (g).  In other words, you shouldn’t follow in man, and only follow their example if they are following Christ so that it’s indeed “good” – inherently the “good” that originates from God alone (h). <Notes> a) John 14:17, 15:26; 1 John 4:6, 5:6, b) see The Truth page, c) Romans 8:9; Philippians 1:19, 1 Peter 1:11, d) Acts 5:9, 8:39; 1 Corinthians 6:17; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18, e) 2 Thessalonians 3:7-9; 1 Corinthians 11:1, Hebrews 13:7, f) Romans 12:10, g) Romans 12:9, h) Mark 10:18; Luke 18:19.

 

John 20:30-31 explains why John waited until nearly the end of his life to write his logos message gospel 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 logos message gospel accounts were written fairly late (68-100 AD), so apparently it was more of an after-thought by the apostles and only 2 of the 12 wrote anything down, because Mark and Luke we’re even part of the 12 and Gentiles at that, disciples of Paul’s that simply collected information to later report, with no mention that the Holy Spirit was 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!

 

Reflection:

 

 

As Christian musicians, if the early Church for 300 years didn’t have a bible to rely on, and only a few scattered letters after 50-100 years, but instead was taught directly by “The One Teacher” of Christ’s Spirit, and since all the NT writings point to the latter with absolutely no mention of intended writings, let alone a study of them, maybe we should also have that simple childlike faith that learns directly from being “yoked to Jesus”?

 

Prayer:

 

 

Lord, I praise Your name that “You have kept the secrets of the kingdom hidden from the so-called ‘wise and understanding ones’ – the scribe writers/copiers of biblical texts and teacher-leader Pharisees who study and teach them and the philosopher debaters of this world – but instead un-hidden them for little children and the other ‘least among you’ for certainly then “You show no partiality” and “destroy the wisdom of the so-called wise and thwart the understanding of the so-called understanding ones.”  Praise Your name that you eliminated the need for a top-down hierarchy of teacher-leaders under the old covenant to teach us to know You, but under the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant per Jeremiah 31:31-34, there is absolutely in fact and possibility NO NEED that any man teach us, because of the Anointing of the Holy Spirit so that NOW you teach us ALL directly, so that we might ALL eido mentally “see” to perceive/know You and Your will.  What an incredible simple plan that eliminates all sources of error – You taking over complete control of the process!

 

 

 

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Logos Word of God – BT15

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The New Testament has only 1 commandment to the UNSAVED

 

 

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Even obedience to God has radically changed from the old covenant’s obeying commandments of the Law in order to be “right and pleasing” to God to the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant’sobedience of trusting-relying-faith” (a) in “Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord” (b), thus NOW simply “obedience to Jesus Christ” (c) and “obeying the gospel” of God about His Son (d).  The UNSAVED have 1 thing to work or do to NOW be “right and pleasing” to God.  <Notes> a) Romans 1:5, 16:26, b) 1 Corinthians 12:3; Romans 10:9; Philippians 2:11, c) 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 10:5, d) 1 Peter 4:17; Romans 10:16; 2 Thessalonians 1:8.

 

To the UNSAVED, Christ gave only 1 entole commandment (a), a word used very infrequently in the NT because of its universally-binding status.  Jesus said:  “The Father who sent Me has Himself given Me a [singular] entole commandment – what to speak.  And I know that His [singular] entole commandment is zoe genuine-life everlasting (b).  So what was it that Jesus said to the UNSAVED Jews?  “Then they said to Him, ‘What must we do, to be doing the [plural] works (aka OT commandments) of God?’ Jesus answered them, ‘This is the [singular] work of God, that you have trusting-relying-faith in Him (the Son) whom He (the Father) has sent’” (c).  Notice that Jesus diverted their attention away from OT plural “works of commandments” to 1 NT commandment.  Paul also speaks of the “work of God” (d) being the “work of trusting-relying-faith” (e).  Jesus also told unbelieving Jews:  “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 works [of miracles Jesus performed] themselves” (f).  <Notes> a) entole: official-decree, all-authoritative, universal orders – see Only 2 Commandments page, b) John 12:49-50, c) John 6:29-30, d) In the context of Romans 14:20 this is trusting-relying-faith versus obedience to dietary Laws, e) 1 Thessalonians 1:3; 2 Thessalonians 1:11, f) John 14:11.

 

In other words, the 1 entole official, all-authoritative, universally-binding decree given to Jesus by the Father to give to the UNSAVED Jews who followed the Law of commandments was to “put their trusting-relying-faith instead in Jesus as the Son of God, their Messiah, the Christ or Anointed One and their Lord.”  Similarly, Paul’s logos gospel message to the UNSAVED Athenian intellectuals: “But now He (God) commands-as-over-troops (a) all people everywhere to repent (b), because He has fixed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by [one] Man [Jesus] whom He has appointed” (c), so the gospel message was one of repentance to turn to Christ (d).  In 14 places where “trusting-relying-faith and unconditional-love” are associated, they are in that order (e), 6 places directly coupled as such (f).

 

In 5 places the order is reversed to “unconditional-love and trusting-relying-faith” (g).  So as the previous BLOG states, 1 John 3:23 aptly describes GOD’s single entole commandment under the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant, one part to the UNSAVED and one part to the SAVED:  1) that we have trusting-relying-faith in the name/authority of His (the Father’s) Son Jesus Christ, and/coupled 2) unconditional-love one another – just as He gave a [singular] entole commandment to us.” <Notes> a) paraggello: orders or charges, as a commander his troops, b) metanoeo: turning your heart/mind to trusting-relying-faith in Christ, c) Acts 17:30, d) Matthew 3:2, 4:17; Mark 6:12, e) Ephesians 1:15, 3:17; Colossians 1:4; 1 Thessalonians 1:3, 3:6, 5:8; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; 1 Timothy 1:14, 2:15, 6:11; 2 Timothy 1:13; 2 Timothy 2:22, 3:10; 1 John 3:23, f) 1 Thessalonians 3:6, 5:8; 1 Timothy 1:14, 2:15; 2 Timothy 1:13, g) Ephesians 6:23; 1 Timothy 4:12; Titus 3:15; Philemon 1:5; Revelations 2:19.

 

Salvation through the total surrender or repentance, confession, and water-baptism is the “obedience of trusting-relying-faithPaul preached to the UNSAVED, obedience to 1 commandment.   Repentance, confession, and water-baptism into Christ were closely linked in the Great Commission passages (a) as with: “Whoever has trusting-relying-faith and is water-baptized will be saved, but whoever does not in fact have trusting-relying-faith will be condemned” (b).  Really simple but religious people always try to get around simplicity!  This was integral to the Church’s evangelistic preaching, starting with the first logos gospel message by Peter that concludes in Acts 2:38-39, “Repent and/coupled be water-baptized every one of you in the name/authority of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the grace-gift of the Holy Spirit – for this promise [of the Holy Spirit] is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to Himself.”  If that’s not clear, try Peter later on in 1 Peter 3:21, “Water-baptism, which corresponds to this (c), now saves you – not as a removal of dirt from the body but [saves you] as a pledge/confession/appeal to God for a good/clear conscience – thru-the-realizing-channel-of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”  Nothing saves us unless Jesus rose from the dead, but because He did the same Holy Spirit will raise us from the dead into glorified bodies to be with Christ forever.  This is the blessed hope Paul preached (d).  <Notes> a) Matthew 28:19-20, Luke 24:47, b) Mark 16:16, c) Noah and his family saved through the flood waters, v. 20, d) Romans 8:23-25; Titus 2:13; 1 Peter 1:3.

 

The outward act of water-baptism, also a common Jewish practice for Gentile conversion that resulted in them being “born-again” Jews, was also viewed during the first 30 years of the mostly Jewish-Church as a person’s public confession or pledge of “trusting-relying-faith in Jesus as Messiah and Lord,” and “appeal” to be cleansed by the blood of Christ for their “conscience to be made good,” but only possible because of “the resurrection of Christ.”  This is just as Paul says in Romans 10:9, “If you homologeo confess (a) that ‘Jesus is Lord’ (b) and/coupled have trusting-relying-faith in your heart that God resurrected Him from the dead, [then] you will be saved.”  Confession was a person’s audible reciprocation of the logos gospel message that was just evangelistically shared or preached to them that “Jesus was Lord,” indicating verbally that they were in total agreement, like when we say “Amen” to mean “so be it.”  See Surrender Control page. <Notes> a) homologeo: literally, to declare the homo same logos message, b) 1 Corinthians 12:3.

 

The NT and the early Church Christians didn’t try to separate confession from repentance, or separate these from trusting-relying-faith, or separate any of this from “receiving/embracing/welcoming” the logos gospel message, or from water-baptism, or from salvation, or from Spirit-baptism for godly enabling-power and grace-gifts of ministry.  Instead they are ALL intimately and inseparably connected as so many verses show, even in the Great Commission (a). <Notes> a) Matthew 3:11, 28:19; Mark 1:4, 16:16; Luke 3:3, 24:47; Acts 2:38, 41, 8:13, 16, 36-38, 9:18, 10:47-48, 16:15, 33, 18:8, 25, 19:3-5, 22:16; Romans 6:3-4; 1 Corinthians 1:13-17, 12:13; Galatians 3:27; Ephesians 4:5; Colossians 2:12; and 1 Peter 3:21.

 

It’s irrelevant to debate whether water-baptism is asaving work” after 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.”  Water-baptism has always been a Jewish “act of obedience” as an external public testimony of a person’s internal trusting-relying-faith.  Neither is saving by itself because they are integrally and inseparably connected.  The unique Christian difference is the NOW “water-baptism in in the name/authority of Jesus Christ” and we get “Spirit-Baptism” as the “promised grace-gift of the Father.”  Only the 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 NT and early Jewish-Church kept them together and so should we!  Neither our repentant turn to trusting-relying-faith in Christ, our Confession of The 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 and the only way to do that is to do all components (a) – see also Surrender Control, Water-Baptism, and Spirit-Baptism pages. <Notes> a) see also Acts 2:41, 8:12, 16, 36, 9:18, 10:47-48, 16:33, 18:8, 19:4-5, 22:16, Romans 6:3-4, 8, 8:15; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:27, 4:5-7; Ephesians 4:5; and Colossians 2:12.

 

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Thank You God that Your Son Jesus met ALL the conditions of obedience, and did ALL the “works of commandments” of the OT, so that NOW Your unconditionally-loving-favor-of-grace towards ALL the UNSAVED is to DO only 1 work, 1 rule, 1 law, 1 commandment – to repent or turn their hearts/minds to put their trusting-relying-faith on the finished work of Christ and/coupled publicly confess this through water-baptism so that they can receive Your saving Holy Spirit.  We will not add anything to Your perfect plan!

 

 

 

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Logos Word of God – BT14

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The New Testament only has 2 commandments combined in 1

 

 

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Jesus gave only 2 entole commandments (a) for the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant.  For even more details, see Only 2 Commandments – BT4.  All of the other OT commandments belong to the palios old covenant or Law – “old, antiquated, worn-out, and useless.”  And we know from so much negative written in the NT about the Law that absolutely NONE of it carries over into the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant.  In fact, that is what the definition of “New” means (b), and here’s just a few things the NT says about the old:  “filled to completion, fulfilled, accomplished, completed, finished, ended, violently put to death, nailed to the cross, nullified, abolished, set aside, done away with, vanished, passed away, is no longer binding, so we are no longer under it, and freed from it” – see Logos Word of God – BT8<Notes> a) entole: official-decree, all-authoritative, universal orders – see Only 2 Commandments page, b) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely-different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior.

 

The NT says there are only 2 commandments for Christians to obey well articulated in 1 John 3:22-23: “We tereo carefully-watch/keep-guard-over the entole commandments of His (Father-God) and/coupled do the things pleasing before-the-watch-of Him, and/coupled this is His entole commandment [compound-singular]:  1) that we have trusting-relying-faith in the name/authority of His (the Father’s) Son Jesus Christ, and 2) unconditional-love one another – just as He gave a [singular] entole commandment to us.”  Jesus says prophetically of the Church, “I know your works – your  unconditional-love and/coupled trusting-relying-faith, and/coupled [in parallel] service and patient-endurance” (a).  The Apostle Paul writes extensively on the Christian’s unique no-strings-attached, unconditional-love that goes far beyond the OT command to “love your neighbor,” and he routinely combines “trusting-relying-faith and unconditional-love” together (b).  Because of these verses and others, and early Church writings, many theologians and historians believe, like myself, that the early Church’s “good works” or “obedience to commands” was indeed that simple, simple enough for “little children” and other “least among you” to get – simply to tereo “carefully-guard” only 2 commandments of Christ until He returns.  It’s no coincidence that Matthew 28:20 Great Commission uses the same 2 key words: “the whatsoever I have entellomai commanded (c) you” to “teach the made-disciples” to “tereo carefully-guard.”  That’s it, just 2!  It wasn’t until much later around 200AD that the Catholic Church started pulling more and more of the OT commandments back in.  Are we complicating our lives and those of others by adding more to what Christ commanded? <Notes> a) Revelation 2:19, b) Ephesians 1:15, 3:17, 6:23; Colossians 1:4; 1 Thessalonians 1:3, 3:6, 4:9, 5:8; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; 1 Timothy 1:14, 2:15, 4:12, 6:11; 2 Timothy 1:13; 2 Timothy 2:22, 3:10; Titus 3:15; Philemon 1:5 c) entellomai is a verb form of entole commandment that emphasizes the end-objective, purpose, or consummation of an officially-decreed, universally-binding charge.

 

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As Christian musicians, why are trying to continue the OT commandments when there are so many NT verses that say that every one of them was “fulfilled, completed, nailed to the cross, nullified, finished, so that we are no longer obligated to it, having been replaced with only 2 NT commandment of trusting-relying-faith in Christ and unconditionally-loving one another universally as Christ did?  Remember it’s supposed to be simple enough for the little children and other “least among you” so that nobody, including God, is showing partiality.

 

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Lord, keep us from showing favoritism by complicating the NT logos message to more than trusting-relying-faith in You and unconditionally-loving others like You did us, the only “good works” You have for us now.  Praise Your name for such simplicity!

 

 

 

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Logos Word of God – BT13

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Shouldn’t the 2 greatest OT commandments be included in what is “profitable for teaching?”

 

 

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What about the 2 greatest OT commandments of “love God and love your neighbor as yourself?”  Shouldn’t these be included in the “profitable for teaching, etc.” scriptures of 2 Timothy 3:16?  Well we know from early BLOGs (a) that the Law was NOT included in Paul’s instructions to Timothy.  After all, didn’t Jesus teach them to His disciples?  Aren’t these to be included in the Great Commission by Jesus to His apostles:  “teaching the disciples you have made to carefully-watch/guard ALL (b) as-much-as-this (c) that I have already definitively/wholly commanded-for-an-end-purpose (d) you” (e)?  Did Jesus ever entellomai command these 2 OT entole commandments to be taught?  Nope! <Notes> a) see Logos Word of God – BT7 and BT8, b) pas typically used for ‘every of a portion of’ as is here – every of the kind that Jesus commanded, c) hosos is a comparative or correlative pronoun meaning: “as/so great a space as, as many whatsoever as of, as/so long time as, as much as this, so much more, in so far as”, d) entellomai is a verb form of entole commandment that emphasizes the end-objective, purpose, or consummation of an officially-decreed, universally-binding charge, e) Matthew 28:20.

 

The ONLY places you see these 2 OT commandments mentioned by Jesus is when He simply responded to a trick question posed by scheming Pharisaical lawyer-scribes (a).  Jesus never expounds on either one of these to His disciples.  As much as Jesus loved the Father and as important as the “loving God with your whole being” OT entole commandment, Jesus never expounded on it to His disciples.  And the only time He talked about the “love your neighbor” OT entole commandment was to point out to the unbelieving Jews, not His disciples, the deficiency of that command, because “neighbor” in Hebrew and Greek means “those of like status, location, religion, etc.” giving way for the Pharisees to conveniently have another “Tradition of the Elders” entole commandment to “Hate your enemy.”  This allowed the Jews to hate Gentiles, especially the Roman occupiers and half-breed Samaritans.  However, Jesus countered these Jews with: “Love your enemies and proseuchomai conversationally-pray for those who persecute you” (b).   <Notes> a) Matthew 22:38-39 Mark 12:30-31, Luke 10:25-28, b) Matthew 5:43-44, Luke 10:27-36.

 

What about Paul’s use of these OT entole commandments?  Most of Paul’s citations from the OT are from the prophetic ‘portion of’ scripture to prove that Jesus was the Messiah in order to convert Jews to Christ or to bolster Jewish-Christian’s trusting-relying-faith in Christ instead of the Law that ‘spying’ teachers were pushing.  He would never teach any portion of the Law due to his strong negativity towards it and its teachers (see Logos Word of God – BT8).  He warns Christians to not keep even the smallest part of the Law unless you want to be obligated to keep ALL of it (a).  James says:  “For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it” (b).  It’s ALL or nothing with the OT Law, and the NT writers consistently say “nothing or you are obligated to do it ALL.”  <Notes> a) Galatians 5:3, b) James 2:10.

 

So why does Paul resort to quoting the “love your neighbor” entole commandment?  In one place a frustrated Paul resorts to this particular Law only to make a point to stubborn Jewish-Christians to stay out of debt to avoid conflict with civilians and arbitrating governing authorities in Romans 13:9-10. However, Paul has already appealed to Christian unconditional-love coming from God poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit (a), that which comes from Christ dying for us (b) that we can’t be separated from (c).  Paul has already told them to unconditionally-love other genuinely, even with brotherly affection, outdoing each other in the showing of honor, as part of the transformed life (d).  So Paul has already laid the ground-work for Gentile and Jewish Christian love, but now he frustrating appeals to the Jewish-Christians who revered the Law, essentially reminding them that what he asking them to do in Romans 13:9-10 was also said in their revered Law, so really they have no excuse!  However, once Paul deals with this appeal to stubborn Jewish-Christians he goes right back to Christian’s real reason to unconditionally-love – Christ’s death (e) and so his final appeal is “by the unconditional-love of the Spirit” (f).  Why are so many Christians so quick to pull Romans 13:9-10 out of the context of Paul’s many verses in Romans about NT Christian universal unconditional-love just to expound 2 verses on OT Jewish neighborly-love<Notes> a) Romans 5:5, b) Romans 5:8, c) Romans 8:35-39, d) Romans 12:9-10, e) Romans 14:15, f) Romans 15:30.

 

In the only other place Paul frustrating uses this particular OT Law of “love your neighbor” is in Galatians 5:13-14, again only to Jewish-Christians.  He tells them NOT to use their newfound freedom from the OT Law as an opportunity for the flesh to be nasty to each other, but through unconditional-love serve one another.  But Paul already had appealed to the only 2 NT entole commandments (a) of trusting-relying-faith in Christ working through unconditional-love for one another as Christ did for us (b), and Paul tells us where this ability to unconditionally-love like Christ comes from – from His Holy Spirit (c), not ourselves trying to obey the Law!  So once again, Paul returns to the Holy Spirit!  Christ and His Spirit is always the context of unconditional-love for a Christian, not the Jewish Law.  Again, why are so many Christians willing to take isolated appeals to stubborn Jewish-Christians, ignore the larger context that appeals to all Christians, and then try to apply the isolated appeals to all Christians, even Gentiles? <Notes> a) 1 John 3:23 – see Only 2 Commandments. Paul frequently couples faith and love:  1 Thessalonians 3:6, 5:8; 1 Timothy 1:14, 2:15; 2 Timothy 1:13, as Jesus did:  Revelation 2:19.b) Galatians 5:6, c) Galatians 5:22-23.

 

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Why is it that so many Christians are so quick to latch onto OT commandments as their rules for successful Christian living?  Could this be because of “a different spirit” (a) that leads people to “another ‘Great News” gospel” or a “different gospel” (b)?  Or to “itch their ears” away from the “sound teaching” (c) of the Christ’s gospel that accords with godliness (d), that is by trusting-relying-faith (e), with our sanctification/holiness not by the Law but by the Holy Spirit (f) and empowered by Holy Spirit (g) not our only “might and power” to obey the Law?   <Notes> a) 2 Corinthians 11:4, b) Galatians 1:6-7; 2 Corinthians 11:4, c) 2 Timothy 4:3-4; 1 Timothy 1:10; Titus 1:9, 2:1 d) 1 Timothy 6:3, e) Romans 1:16; Philippians 1:27; Colossians 1:23; 1 Thessalonians 3:2, f) Romans 15:16; 1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 10:29; 1 Peter 1:2, g) Acts 1:8, 8:19; Romans 15:13, 19; 1 Corinthians 2:4; Ephesians 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 1:5; 2 Timothy 1:7.

 

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Lord, keep me from being distracted from the simplicity of the gospel, so simple that even a little child can live it.  Let me not take verses out of context, miss the point, and build doctrines that cause me to live in the old covenant instead of the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant of “trusting-relying-faith in You and universally unconditional-loving others that way You did.”  Thank You for only giving us these 2 commandments to faithfully watch-over and guard carefully, and that’s what it means to be a disciple of Yours!

 

 

 

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Logos Word of God – BT12

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The OT letters were religious ‘abc’ fundamentals for children treated like slaves or prisoners

 

 

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In Galatians 4:2-3 the apostle Paul calls the OT Law, as with ALL religious regulations, stoicheion “elementary or rudimentary ‘abc’ fundamental principles” that “held captive” and “imprisoned everything under sin” (a) the Jews under the “paidagogos guardians (b) and oikonomos household-managers (c)” of the old covenant scripture, for “the Law had become [with ongoing effects] our paidagogos guardian (b) reaching-toward/lasting-until/arriving-at Christ, in order that we might be justified/made-righteous by trusting-relying-faith.  But NOW/instead having come to trusting-relying-faith, we are absolutely in fact no longer under a paidagogos guardian (b), for in Christ Jesus you are ALL huios sons (e) of God, through trusting-relying-faith” (d).  But now in in Galatians 4:9, Paul questions as “mature sons,” 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 asthenes weak-worthless-beggarly-poor and/coupled ptochos destitute stoicheion elementary or rudimentary ‘abc’ fundamental principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more?”  Now you can see why Paul was stoned and beaten by the Jews so many times!  <Notes> a) Galatians 3:22-23, b) 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’ 1 Corinthians 4:15, c) oikonomos were freed slaves that functioned as stewards of a household, d) Galatians 3:24-26, e) huios: mature sons, of the same nature as their father and ready for their inheritance.

 

In Colossians 2:8, 16-23, Paul continues: “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, coming from human tradition, coming from the stoicheion elementary or rudimentary ‘abc’ fundamental principles of the world, and/thus not coming from Christ. . . Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of [Jewish] food and drink, or with regard to a [Jewish] festival or a new moon or Sabbaths. These [Jewish regulations] are a shadow (a) of the things to come (b), but the soma reality/body is [of/belonging to] Christ.  Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels (c). . . If with Christ you died to the stoicheion elementary or rudimentary ‘abc’ fundamental principles of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations — ‘Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch’ – referring to things that all perish after they are used – down-from/according-to the entalma results-from-following-ill-advised-entole-commandments and/coupled teachings of/belonging-to men?  These have indeed a logos message of wisdom in promoting ethelothreskeia self-determined-ritual-religious-worship (d) and/coupled tapeinophrosyne self-imposed-showy-humility and/coupled apheidia ascetic-unparing-severity of the body, but they are absolutely in fact of NO time perceived-value/worth in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.”  <Notes> a) skia: shade cast backward from a body, Hebrews 8:5, 10:1, b) see ‘copies’ of Hebrews 9:23-24, ‘type’ of Romans 5:14, ‘symbol’ of Hebrews 9:9, ‘corresponds to’ of 1 Peter 3:21, c) as with Jewish mysticism, d) ethelothreskeia: self-determined religion via ceremonies, rituals, and religious disciplines.

 

That’s right!  The OT commandments and follow-up “Traditions of the Elders” indeed promise they are “wise” for helping you use your “will-power” to ritually-worship God and to impose bodily disciplines like fasting to help subjugate your flesh to God.  That’s exactly the “might and power” of the old covenant, but God replaced this with “by My Spirit” in Zechariah 4:6, exactly because of the inability of the Law “to make perfect those who draw near to God” (a), for “the Law made nothing perfect” (b), and so “The Law of the Spirit of zoe genuine-life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the Law of sin and death for-the-reason-of the powerlessness of the Law in that is was asthenes weak-worthless-beggarly through-the-realizing-channel-of the flesh, God sent His Son to condemn sin in the flesh (c).  The gospel logos message of the Spirit’s dynamite enabling-power is NOT the logos message of the Law – the first is God acting for man and the second is man acting for God!  <Notes> a) Hebrews 10:1, b) Hebrews 7:19, c) Romans 8:3-4.

 

 Hebrews 5:11-14 really blasts Jewish-Christian thinking about going back to obeying the OT scriptures:  “You have become dull of hearing.  For though by this time you ought to be teachers (a), you need someone to teach you again the stoicheion elementary or rudimentary ‘abc’ fundamental principles of the logion prophetic-oracles/utterances of God (b).  You need ‘milk’ [c], not ‘solid food’ [d], for everyone who lives on ‘milk’ is un-skilled in the logos gospel message of righteousness [e], since he is an infant-child.  But ‘solid food’ is for the mature, for those who have their enabling-powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.”  Paul says that discernment is a progressive grace-gift of the renewing, light-giving Holy Spirit received during genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of Christ (f) that Hebrews 4:12 says comes from hearing the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words of God, these “being sharper than any two-edged sword, discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”  This is the way NOW the little children of God are to learn directly from Him – see Least Among You – BT8 and New Covenant Ways – BT16<Notes> a) in context, this is certainly not of the Law but of the ‘solid food’ of Christ’s logos gospel message of The Truth of saving trusting-relying-faith, b) context:  concerning the Messianic and New Covenant promises, c) as a new-born Jewish-Christians, that’s what the OT prophetic-oracles about Christ were, d) context:  of the gospel logos message and the Holy Spirit’s means of revelation NOW through discernment, not through rote-learning of the Law as with our ‘abc’s’, e) context: our source of righteousness is Christ, no longer from obedience to the OT Law, f) 1 Corinthians 2:14, Romans 12:2, Ephesians 5:8-10, Philippians 1:9-10.

 

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The OT scripture served its purpose to lead “the immature children” Jews to Christ, but NOW that we have Christ, His logos gospel message of The Truth, and the enabling-power and “One Teacher” of the Holy Spirit that is the actual “Promise” of the New Covenant there is no need for the OT scripture, especially 97.4% that is Law-based – see Logos Word of God – BT5a!  Instead, let us put our trusting-relying-faith in the Holy Spirit to “guide us into ALL The Truth” (a), and that “His anointing teaches us about EVERY single thing” (b), and that the ‘solid food’ of new Holy Spirit’s prophecy and revelation with His enabling-power for a life of godliness?  Or will we put our trusting-relying-faith in the asthenes weak-worthless-beggarly and/coupled ptochos destitute stoicheion elementary or rudimentary ‘abc’ fundamental principles of this world’s religions with their ceremonies, rituals, self-imposed disciplines of obeying laws, commandments, rules, precepts, ordinances, and regulations to be studied in gramma writings, even if these are in the OT itself?  <Notes> a) John 16:13, b) 1 John 2:27.

 

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Lord, praise Your name for freeing us from the “guardian-manager imprisonment” of the OT scriptures that were only meant to get the “little children” Jews read for Christ so they could be mature sons of God to receive their inheritance.  Thank You for getting us past the weak & worthless “rote ‘abc’ learning” of biblical writings, even NT writings, and their slavery, but NOW teaching us through the discernment of the Holy Spirit, the actual promise of the New Covenant, so we have no need of any other form of teaching – no more indirect learning through biblical writings or their teachers, but NOW directly by You.  Thank You for helping us see what the NT writers said about this and why they fought so hard for this freeing truth.  We will grab a hold of “the clear reality and substance of Christ” instead of the “fuzzy-shadows and copies” projected back into biblical writings.  Thank You for showing us that “spiritual disciplines of the body,” especially OT practices like fasting, don’t make us godly, but the intimate koinonia fellowship with the Spirit of holiness.  Every religion as a book, but what even the ritual-religion of Christianity doesn’t have is the reality of the Holy Spirit through genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of Christ.  This is the “Great News” of the gospel!  Regulations are the bad news of every religion, even the OT one and that which “enslaves and imprisons” so many legalistic Christians.

 

 

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Logos Word of God – BT11

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Paul’s writings were NOT called “scripture” in 2 Peter 3:15-16

 

 

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Some say that Peter referred to Paul’s writings as “scripture” in 2 Peter 3:15-16.  We’ve already seen from the previous BLOGS that the NT writers most often quote the ‘portions of’ graphe scripture that were prophetic in nature to prove to Jewish readers the validity of their gospel logos message of Jesus Christ for salvation by trusting-relying-faith in Him alone.  Likewise, Peter has already done this in 1 Peter 2:6 concerning Jesus being the “Cornerstone in Zion/Jerusalem” citing Isaiah 28:16, also using graphe scripture in the singular without the definite article.  Now in this 2nd letter Peter makes his view of OT scripture very apparent in 2 Peter 1:20-21 that “no prophecy of/belonging-to scripture (a) comes from someone’s own interpretation.  For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” There are only 3 places in the NT that graphe scripture is used without the definite article (a) and in all 3 cases, the context makes it clear that the writer is thinking about a certain ‘portion of’ scripture, i.e., prophetic, and not ‘the whole/entirety of’ scripture. <Notes> a) This is the only use of graphe in the singular with the article:  1 Peter 2:6; 2 Peter 1:20; 2 Timothy 3:16 – see BT5 a.

 

Again, it is most likely prophecy of/belonging-to scripture is also in Peter’s mind in 2 Peter 3:15:16, because immediately before this in 2 Peter 2:1-2, 12 he warns about the “false prophets” in those OT days, “just as there will be among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master [and Christ’s teaching about His return] who bought them,” who also “blaspheme about matters of which they are ignorant,” and later in 2 Peter 3:2-3, 9 “You should remember the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words of the holy Prophets and/coupled the entole officially-decreed, universally-binding commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.’ . . . The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”  The only 2 entole commandments in the NT are having trusting-relying-faith in Christ and/coupled unconditionally-loving one another as Christ unconditionally-loved us (a). The Great Commission of the apostles to preach the gospel and make disciples by teaching them to carefully-observe/guard all that I have entole commanded you . . . to the ends of the world/ages” until Christ returns for them is likely what is in view here (b).  <Notes> a) 1 John 3:23 – see Only 2 Commandments, b) Matthew 28:16-20; Mark 16:14-20; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21-23; Acts 1:8; John 14:2-3, 18, 28.

 

This all leads up to 2 Peter 3:15-16 “And count the makrothymia long-waiting patience (a) of our Lord [not having already returned] as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you (b) according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand (c), which the ignorant and unstable [people] twist, as they do the loipoy other (d) scriptures, to their own destruction.” <Notes> a) makrothymia:  long-tempered waiting to express anger to avoid short-temperted premature, reactive use of force, b) since 2 Peter was written about 65-68 AD, this could be referring to Paul’s writings about Christ’s coming and His ‘patient’ delay in 1 Thessalonians 1:10, 2:19, 4:13-5:11; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-2:14 written between 51 and 53 AD, c) actually many because Paul’s Greek is poor and has very long sentences that can get you easily lost, d) loipoy: the rest, residue, remnant, or remaining of whatever is being spoken of, in this case the prophetic ‘portion of’ graphe scripture.  Remember from above that graphe scripture in the singular without the definite articles occurs only 3 times and in each case the context makes it clear, as is here, that the prophetic ‘portion of’ scripture is in mind.

 

Peter really isn’t saying that Paul’s writings are equal to “scripture,” as some would have you believe, who admit that this is their only “proof text!”  Instead Peter is simply saying these false-teaching scoffers don’t just stop with trying to twist/distort the prophetic ‘portions of’ OT scripture about the “Great and Terrible Day of the Lord’s” coming judgment, but they scoff and twist for their own greedy gain (a) the loipoy remaining ‘portions-of’ OT scripture,” which in context are the non-prophetic OT scriptures, particularly the torah/nomos Law and Writings.  In the Greek text, as I’ve shown above, “as they do the loipoy remaining ‘portions of’ scripture” comes after “the ignorant and unstable twist,” to show the emphasis is on the verb “twisting” that the “ignorant and unstable, in-it-for-money scoffers” do.  Moving this phrase further away as too many translations do, further obscures this connection.  Peter is NOT emphasizing that Paul’s writings are scripture!  <Notes> a) 2 Peter 2:3.

 

Peter’s only point concerning Paul’s writings is that “some things in them are hard to understand,” which is very diplomatic way of saying that Paul was a “beloved brother,” considering how Paul publicly condemned Peter in Galatians 2:11-14 (Acts 15:1).  Maybe Peter was attempting to mend the rift between them and set a good example of Christian unity.  Every Greek scholar will tell you that ALL of Paul’s writings are complicated and “hard to understand,” especially because of his very long run-on sentences without punctuation in the original manuscripts, difficulty in sorting out his grammatical structure, complex vocabulary, unique revelations, deep theology, and his learned legal-ease style as a Pharisaical lawyer. His Greek wasn’t as good as other writers, and nothing like the polished Greek of the book of Hebrews, likely written by his travelling companion Barnabas.

 

The real point Peter is addressing is the controversy that was created by Paul’s teaching on the Lord’s return and how these scoffers have had a hay day with it, for their personal gain. Paul’s teaching in 1 Thessalonians 1:10, 2:19, 4:13-5:11 created such confusion and misunderstanding that Christians were doing absolutely crazy things, like selling their houses and waiting on mountain tops, which the false prophets and teachers certainly took advantage of.  It was so bad that Paul had to write another letter to try and correct this with 2 Thessalonians 1:5-2:14.  And the confusion and controversy continues to this day!

 

Many commentators/translators (including the NET Bible) correctly note that this “twisting” is what all cults and scoffers do, focusing on the difficult, obscure passages of the bible – not on its plain teachings.  The emphasis in 2 Peter 3:15-16 is clearly on these scoffers and their twisting/distorting of OT scripture, not on whether Paul’s writings are “scripture.”  Peter’s point is that these people don’t just do it to Paul’s teachings about the Lord’s second coming for judgment, they’ve been doing it to not only to the difficult, hard-to-understand parts the prophetic ‘portions of’ OT scripture about the Lord’s coming judgment but also to the difficult, hard-to-understand parts of the Law and Writings, simply because it’s miraculous or supernatural, and they certainly don’t believe in a God that is above or outside the natural laws of the universe!  Nothing has changed in 2000 years!

 

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Well hopefully after clearing up in the last few BLOGS the “muddy waters” in that others have created over the years trying to prove the unrestricted use of the OT scripture and even treating the NT as “holy scripture” will help you take one more step to understanding how completely-different-in-kind the New (a) Covenant and New (a) Way are of pistis trusting-relying-faith in Christ and His Holy Spirit.  Did you know that the term “Holy Books” was created by the Catholic Church sometime between 465 – 1500 AD, and the term “Holy Bible” was created in 1611 by the authors of the King James Bible.  Can you see how the “traditions of men” get started?  They don’t have any early Church precedence!  <Notes> a) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely-different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior.

 

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Lord, I thank You that we don’t have to be “wise and understanding” Greek scholars to genuinely, experientially, relationally epiginosko You or Your will because You have given us ALL impartial access to You by the means of the Holy Spirit “One Teacher” to be “guided into ALL truth, so that “by Your anointing we ALL have eido mental ‘seeing’ to perceive knowledge, and so we have absolutely in fact no need that any man teach us,” including the “difficult-to-understand writings” of Paul or his differences of doctrinal opinion from that of Peter or James.  We don’t have to follow any of these “so-called pillars of the Church” because we can learn directly from You under the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant.

 

 

 

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Logos Word of God – BT10

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“The public reading” in 1 Timothy 4:13 sure wasn’t the Law ‘portion of’ scripture

 

 

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For a detailed breakdown of this, see Body-of-Christ-Ministry – BT13.  In 1 Timothy 4:13 Paul says: “Until I come, I strongly urge you to ongoingly hold attention toward (a) the reading (b), the exhortation (c), the doctrine/teaching (d).”  The 3 “the” definite articles imply these are specific congregational practices that Timothy would be familiar with, which Paul would take back control of when he arrived.  <Notes> a) prosecho: ‘hold toward,’ set and keep a course toward, b) ana + gnosis = again knowing gnosis information, c) paraklesis: or from Church history: invocation, d) didaskalia.

 

THE READING in the immediate context and that of everything else Paul has written to his evangelist-in-training Timothy, has absolutely nothing to do with “the reading” of the books of Moses.  It’s very possible Paul was simply referring to the “sound teaching” he often wrote Timothy about to convey to others (a).  We also know that many letters of Paul’s have been lost!  Therefore, Timothy’s “reading” could indeed simply be the things Paul wrote to him or left with him.  Well, regardless Paul instructs Timothy to do this UNTIL Paul arrives. <Notes> b) 2 Timothy 1:13; Acts 15:31 where Paul also speaks of “reading’ and parakletes encouragement/exhortation, c) ana + ginosko, d) paraklesis.

 

However it’s much more likely that Paul was referring to a collection of Messianic prophetic passages from the OT scriptures that Paul and Barnabas (a) often quoted from to convert Jews to Christ, just as Timothy was converted by!  That’s because we know from 2 Timothy 3:14-16, that these were the “sacred writings, that is, the ones able to make you wise for salvation through trusting-relying-faith (b) in Christ Jesus” that Paul reminded Timothy that he had “learned from childhood.”  In context, these are actually the ‘every of a certain ‘portion of’ (c) scripture that is inspired by God and/thus profitable for teaching” – see Logos Word of God – BT7.  We also know from early Church writings that this list of prophetic “oracles/utterances of God” (d) existed in the predominantly Jewish Church to continue to encourage converts to stick with Christ and not be tempted by “the teachers of the Law,” which is a theme throughout Paul and Barnabas’ teaching since they travelled as an evangelistic team and would sound very much like each other. <Notes> a) likely the author of the book of Hebrews, b) pistis: relational conviction of trusting reliance, c) pas is often translated this way instead of as ‘the whole/entirety of’, d) Acts 7:38; Hebrews 5:12; 1 Peter 4:11.

 

It’s shameful that 31 bible translators (a) have actually inserted the words “of scripture” or one bible inserted the “Word of God” (b) at the end of “UNTIL I come, devote yourself to the reading” phrase in 1 Timothy 4:13, based on pure conjecture, and often with no footnoting to justify their decision! This is abhorrent, especially when nothing in the immediate context would lead you to do this as we’ve clearly seen above and will see below!  Can you see how “winds of doctrine” get started in the Church!  Thank God 28 translations did NOT create such a crime! <Notes> a) including: AMP, CJB, CEV, ERV, ESV, EXB, GW, GNT, ICB, ISV, TLB, MSG, MOUNCE, NOG, NASB, NDV, NET, NIRV, NIV, NLT, NRSV, RSV, TLV, VOICE, b) NLV.

 

The context of 1 Timothy 4:13 actually proves that “THE READING of all scripture” is absolutely NOT what’s in mind!  From 1 Timothy 4:3, the “logos message (a) of God” and the “prayer of thanksgiving” that makes “everything God has created, which is good” now “ongoingly holy (b)” has absolutely nothing to do with the OT Law!  It was Jewish “teachers of the Law” that were “requiring abstinence from foods that God has created” (c)!  But Paul is telling Jewish-Christians otherwise: They should be “received with thanksgiving by those who have trusting-relying-faith and/coupled have already, with ongoing results, genuinely, experientially, relationally epiginosko knew The Truth” (c).  But “we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior (Jesus) of all (d) people – particularly those belonging to trusting-relying-faith. Command and teach these things” (e)!  Can you see what Paul is telling Timothy to relay UNTIL he arrives?  This is absolutely not the food Laws of the OT, which there are many! <Notes> a) logos in the NT in all must just a few cases refers to Jesus Christ or His gospel message, b) hagios: sanctified, consecrated, separated, dedicated, made ceremonially ‘clean’ or pure, c) 1 Timothy 4:3, d) pas: again ‘every of a kind,’ as is clear by the qualifying adverbial phrase following, e) 1 Timothy 4:10-11.

 

We also know THE READING does have something to do with Timothy’s grace-gift of preaching the gospel (a) that he should “practice, be immersed in” (b), and that he is to “carefully watch for himself and his teaching, persist in” (c). This absolutely cannot be ‘the whole/entirety of’ OT scripture because “by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers” (c).  The OT Scripture won’t save anybody, certainly not the Torah Law of conditional-favor that makes up 97.4% of it – see Logos Word of God – BT5a, no matter how much you read it!  We can’t forget:  “For if that first [OT] covenant had been not memphomai faulted-blameworthy-rejectable-condemnable, there would have been no occasion to look for a second [NT covenant]” (d) and “For on the one hand, a former [OT] commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness – for the Law made nothing perfect – but on the other hand, a better [NT] hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God” (e). <Notes> a) 1 Timothy 4:14, b) v. 15, c) v. 16, d) Hebrews 8:7, e) Hebrews 7:18-19.

 

We also know from Paul’s writings that “The Truth” (a) that these Christians “have already genuinely, experientially, relationally epiginosko known” sure isn’t gnosis info-knowledge about anything, not even OT scripture, but actually is Jesus Christ (b) and the “logos gospel message of The Truth of God of the Lord (c). “The logos gospel message of The Truth” that Timothy was to be devoted to “preach, teach, be immersed in, and persist in” is that which will ALONE “save him and his hearers,” thus certainly not the ‘whole/entirety of’ the OT scriptures and certainly not the Torah Law of conditional-favor that makes up 97.4% of it!  Then why would Paul tell Timothy to then “devote himself to THE READING” (d) of “the [OT] scriptures” as so many translations have erroneously inserted?  As we’ve seen Paul already had told Timothy what to be devoted to!  How could “READING the Law of the scriptures,” the very ones the teachers were using to enforce food laws, be “The Truth” that will “save both yourself and your hearers?” <Notes> a) 1 Timothy 4:3, b) Ephesians 4:21; Titus 1:1; 2 Corinthians 11:10, cf. John 14:6, c) Acts 8:25, 15:7; 1 Corinthians 1:17; Galatians 2:14; Ephesians 1:13; Colossians 1:5, e) 1 Timothy 4:13.

 

The “THE READING of [all] scripture” translators also ignore the context of Paul’s writings concerning “pas:  all of a kind of scripture,” particularly 2 Timothy 3:16 – see Logos Word of God – BT7.  They believe that pas means “the whole of scripture . . . is profitable for teaching,” but this doesn’t fit any of Paul’s use of pas and it seriously violates everything Paul says about the Law and teachers of the Law in the Church!  They believe Paul is including the Torah Law of conditional-favor based on obedience to 613 commandments, which are strewn throughout most of OT scriptures, making for 97.4% of the verses, but concentrated in the 5 books of Moses.  These seriously violates 2 Corinthians 3:14-18 where Paul criticizes people for listening to the Jewish teachers of the Law who continue to press Christians to “read Moses” or the old covenant.  Paul says “to this very day,” it causes the hearer’s hearts and minds to be hardened and blocked from seeing God’s glory that is alone in the face of Jesus Christ. Do you want this to happen to you? The way to metamorphic transformation is to turn your face, heart, and mind away from Moses to the Lord.  As we fix/gaze our wide-open eye on Jesus, then this “cocoon to butterfly” change can happen ONLY by the Spirit, who is the Lord!  Paul’s argument is that this will never come from reading the Torah Law of conditional-favor.  In fact, the exact opposite will happen, for “the enabling-power of sin is the Law” (a) because the “Law came in [time] to increase the trespass” (b).  It’s called “Law of sin and/coupled death” (c) for that very reason! <Notes> a) 1 Corinthians 15:56, b) Romans 5:20, c) Romans 8:2.

 

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As Christian musicians, do we really want to keep taking verses out of context and ignoring their specific vocabulary from the original languages to prove our “pet doctrine” that churches should be reading from the entire OT scripture?  Exegesis is getting the meaning from the text to build our doctrine, not reading into the text our traditions to interpret the text to support them!  1 Timothy 4:13 “public readings” in predominantly Jewish-Christian church gatherings were once again likely the ‘portions of’ the OT scripture that are prophetic discussing the Messiah, His gospel logos message for salvation through trusting-relying-faith in Christ within the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant, and is the same 300-600 verses that the early Church used to convert Jews, which the NT writers use liberally  especially Paul and Barnabas.  This “reading” would never include the 5 books of Moses or old covenant, for much is written to prohibit this – see Logos Word of God – BT8.  It’s possible that Paul is asking Timothy to read portions of his “sound-doctrine/teaching” that he has already communicated to Timothy, but again much of this is based on Paul building arguments from these select prophetic verses.

 

Prayer:

 

 

Lord, thank You for keeping the Law out of our lives, because we died to the Law when we were water-baptized into Your death.  I pray that You will free other deceived Christians who still think that the ‘milk’ that is the scriptures, which “imprisoned everything under sin,” that was simply designed to bring the “child-like” Jewish people to mature sonship through trusting-relying-faith in You as their Messiah, still applies to them, even when most of these Christians are Gentiles!  Free them so they can move onto the ‘solid food’ of “discerning good and evil by the Holy Spirit” – see New Covenant Ways – BT16, which is the actual grace-gift “promise” You have for them – not reading old scripture with it rules and “shadows that are not the substance” or even ‘new scripture,’ as Catholic traditions erroneously named the NT writings.  Free us from the traditions of men, so that You alone become our One Teacher by Your Holy Spirit.

 

 

 

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Logos Word of God – BT9

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Roman 15:4 also does NOT teach Christians to use all ‘portions of’ scripture

 

 

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Some Christians will say, “What about Romans 15:4?  Doesn’t it say “For (gar) whatever was written in former days was written for our teaching/instruction, that through hupomone patient-endurance and through the paraklesis alongside-encouragement of the graphe scriptures we might have elpis hope?” Doesn’t that mean ‘the whole/entirety of’ scripture?   Only if you take it completely out of context and don’t know that graphe scripture in the plural only refers to ‘the entirety/whole of’ scripture in 1 place (a), but in all other cases refers to various books or large general ‘portions of’ scripture (b), or more often to specific prophetic ‘portions’ from all the general ‘portions’ like from the prophetic “Oracles of God” (c) and prophetic ‘portions of’ the Law (d) pertaining specifically to the Messiah and His gospel logos message of the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant, used specifically to convert Jews to Christ (e) – see BT5<Notes> a) John 5:39, b) Matthew 22:29; Mark 12:24, c) Hebrews 5:12; Romans 3:2, d) Acts 7:3, e) Romans 1:2, 16:26; Matthew 26:56; many of throughout the book of Hebrews.

 

There are key words in this verse that refer back to the context.  “For (gar) whatever (hosos) was written . . .”  This Greek word gar lays out the “reason” from the previous statement:  “For (gar) Christ did not please Himself, but as it is written, ‘The reproaches (a) of those who reproached You (Christ) fell on Me (God).’”  The context of Psalms 69:9 make it clear the king David was speaking prophetically of the Messiah and His Father God.  Paul used a specific prophetic verse about the persecution of Christ actually against God, especially since we know that Jesus lived ONLY to please God in perfect obedience (a), thus whatever was brought against Christ was brought against God.  Therefore, the specific reason for Paul writing this “whatever was written . . . the graphe scriptures . . . hope” is because Paul is referring back to this specific prophetic verse and what it is saying to give Christians “endurance . . . encouragement . . . and hope.”  <Notes> a) insolent, abusive, insulting language and treatment.

 

There’s more though!  But even that statement of “For (gar) Christ did not please Himself ….” is linked back using gar again to the reason for Paul’s main point in verse 2:  “Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.”  In Greek, verses 2-4 are one big sentence, not 3 as your English bible erroneously shows!  The reason for Christians to please others to build them up, even if we have to suffer, is because that’s how Jesus lived to please His Father.  The context is Romans Chapter 14 – strong Christians, those who broke free from the Law’s many regulations, even of diet, because of their trusting-relying-faith in Christ shouldn’t use their freedom to eat prohibited food with weak-in-faith brothers still enslaved to the Law to do the same, because these weak-brothers end up sinning because their actions are “not-because-of-faith.”  Their freedom caused a brother to sin.  This is not unconditional-love for others.  Instead of the strong pleasing just themselves, they should have pleased the weak. <Notes> a) Matthew 3:17, 12:18, 17:5; Mark 1:11; John 5:19; Luke 3:22; Romans 5:19.

 

In addition, the Greek word hosos is a comparative or correlative pronoun meaning: “as/so great a space as, as many whatsoever as of, as/so long time as, as much as this, so much more, in so far as.”  Paul is comparing or correlating the following statement “written in former days for our instruction” to his previous statement that quotes Psalms 69:9, just as the conjunction “for (gar)” indicates the latter statement is the reason for the previous statement.  Paul is consistent!  Thus Paul is saying, I cited Psalms 69:9 in the previous verse for as much as this was “was written in former days” about Christ’s pleasing others, it NOW is the reason it applies to us, that is, that it “was written  reaching-toward/arriving-at (eis) our teaching/instruction . . . endurance . . . encouragement . . .we might have hope.”

 

Again, there is a specific reason it applies to them NOW, because the gospel logos message NOW has only 2 commandments in it, 1 to the unsaved about trusting-relying-faith in Christ, and 1 to the saved about unconditionally-loving others, and that’s Paul main argument we saw above.  Romans 15:1-4 are all about this 1 subject!  We must not miss this context!  Seeking the good of others over oneself (a), insuring that one’s own liberty is NOT becoming a stumbling block for others (b), and here that “We who are strong have an obligation to bear the failings of the weak, and/thus not to please ourselves . . . but to build them up” (c), is all about all about building up the body through unconditional-love (d), all about “bearing one another’s burdens and so fulfill the Law of Christ” (e), and all about “being transformed by the renewing of the mind . . . so let everyone among you absolutely NOT in possibility to think of himself more highly than he ought to think” but instead “the members of 1 body absolutely in fact do NOT have the same praxis function” (f).  It’s Christ’s only commandment to the saved:  “unconditionally-love one another just as I have you” (g).  <Notes> a) 1 Corinthians 10:24, b) 1 Corinthians 8:9, c) Romans 15:1-2, d) Ephesians 4:16; 1 Corinthians 8:1, e) Galations 6:2, f) Romans 12:1-4, g) John 13:34, 15:12; 1 John 2:7; 2 John 1:5.

 

Here’s more context leading to “hope.”  Romans 15:4 “. . . graphe written-with-letters reaching-toward/arriving-at (eis) our teaching/instruction in order that through-the-realizing-channel-of hupomone patientendurance and/coupled through-the-realizing-channel-of the paraklesis alongside-encouragement of/belonging-to the scriptures we might have elpis hope.”  The hope Paul is speaking about in Romans is uniquely Christian:  “hope of the glory of God” as a result of “obtaining access to peace with God through Jesus Christ into this unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace in which we stand and rejoice” (a), a “hope that does not put us to shame, because God’s unconditional-love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (b), “For I consider the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.  For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God . . . the children of God . . . we wait eagerly for adoptions as sons, the redemption of our bodies, for in this hope we were saved. . . we wait for it with hupomone patientendurance” (c).  So we “rejoice in hope, be patiently-enduring (verb of hupomone) in tribulation” (d).  The hope Paul has in mind throughout Romans is our patiently waiting through suffering-tribulation with the endurance/steadfastness of trusting-relying-faith in Jesus Christ for the redemption of our bodies, glorified with Christ because we suffered with Christ (e).  Paul speaks of this bodily transformation often (f) at Christ’s return, our blessed hope (g).  This “hope is in Christ” (h), “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (i), and “through the Spirit, by trusting-relying-faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness” (j), not the righteousness that comes from obedience to 613 commandments of the Torah Law of conditional-favor!  Because “the scripture imprisons everything under sin” (k) for “the gramma letter kills” (l), because 97.4% of it is Law-based – see Logos Word of God – BT5a  , and “when the Law came I died” (m), Paul sure wasn’t see much Christians hope in 97.4% of scripture.  You can see from the other key words bolded above, that it’s the prophetic ‘portions of’ scripture Paul has in mind! “<Notes> a) Romans 5:1-2, b) Romans 5:5, c) Romans 8:18-25, d) Romans 12:12, e) Romans 8:17, f) 1 Corinthians 15:52; Philippians 3:21, g) Titus 2:13, h) Ephesians 1:12, i) Colossians 1:27, j) Galatians 5:5, k) Galatians 3:22, l) 2 Corinthians 3:6, m) Romans 7:9.

 

The “whole/entirety of’ scriptures don’t give us any hope!  Most of Paul’s writings argue that 97.4% of the scriptures condemn us!  Paul tells us the ‘portions of’ scripture that do right here, those “of/belonging-to the scriptures” – it’s the ‘portions for our teaching/instruction” that give us hope “through-the-realizing-channel-of hupomone patientendurance and/coupled through-the-realizing-channel-of the paraklesis encouragement.”  The Law doesn’t give us either!  That’s why 97.4% should NOT be used “for our teaching/instruction” just as Paul said so often – see BT8.  What does gives us these 3 things?  It’s the prophetic ‘portions’ that bring us to Jesus for salvation, the kind that “are powerfully-enabling to make you wise unto salvation through trusting-relying-faith in Christ Jesus” (a), and that encourage us to hold onto that trusting-relying-faith through suffering tribulation!  We see this close link between elpis hope and pistis trusting-relying-faith in Jesus often (b).  <Notes> a) 2 Timothy 3:15, b) Hebrews 11:1, Romans 5:2; 1 Corinthians 13:13; Galatians 5:5; Colossians 1:23; 1 Thessalonians 1:3, 5:8; 1 Peter 1:21.

 

It is also no coincidence that Paul speaks so much about this special-kind of paraklesis encouragement as that which comes through salvation directly by God (a), by the Holy Spirit’s “alongside-counseling, consoling, comforting, or instruction” (b), that comes from intimate koinonia fellowship with the Spirit (c).  The Holy Spirit is the Parakletos (d)!  <Notes> a) Romans 15:5, b) Acts 9:31, c) Philippians 2:1, d) John 14:16, 26, 15:26, 16:7; 1 John 2:1.

 

The bigger context makes it even clearer!  Romans 14 is all about not passing judgment on Jewish-Christians for not following OT commandments concerning its food Laws just because you were strong-in-The-Trusting-Relying-Faith but also not judging Jewish-Christians who still followed these Laws because they were weak/feeble/impotent in The-trusting-relying-Faith.  “Sin” is no longer defined as “transgressing the Law” but simply “doing anything not from trusting-relying-faith!”  Paul is certainly upset that some “weak” Jewish-Christians are still trying to “be instructed, get endurance, get counseling/encouragement, and find hope” from Jewish Laws, so clearly Romans 15:4 has nothing to do with perpetuating this false trusting-relying-faith in scripture’s commandments.  Romans 15 continues chapter 14’s thought: The strong Jewish-Christians (or Gentiles who were ignorant or disregarded the OT Laws) are to “bear with the failings of the weak (Jewish-Christians) . . . to build them up, not pleasing themselves only, but being like Christ who suffered reproach from the Jews, citing the prophecy in Psalms 69:9 “just as it is written: ‘The reproaches that routinely reproached You (Christ) fell on Me (God).”

 

This begins the immediate context of OT citations that apply to Romans 15:4.  In Romans 15:9-12 Paul cites other OT prophecies, to explain that although “Christ became a servant to the circumcised (Jews) . . . to confirm the promises given to the [Jewish] fathers” (v.8), He also did this “in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy” (v. 9), citing Isaiah: “the root of Jesse will come, even . . . to rule the Gentiles; in Him will the Gentiles hope,” and Paul does all this to explain his mission to the Gentiles (vv. 14-21), giving both Jew and Gentile-Christian this blessing: “May the God of hope fill you will all joy and peace by having trusting-relying-faith, so that by the supernaturally-enabling-power (dunamis) of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” (v. 13).

 

So, you can see from the context, the prophetic scriptures about Christ’s servant-suffering and ultimate rule for our hope are what was in view here by Paul to instruct Jewish-Christians to endure all kinds of suffering for the sake of Christ, and to maintain their trusting-relying-faith and unconditional-love through the encouragement of the Holy Spirit that they can get from specific prophetic scriptures concerning Christ and His sufferings, and all of this so they endure long enough to realize their Christian hope, a hope the Gentiles now even have, something that these prophetic scriptures also promised!

 

Reflection:

 

 

As Christian musicians, do we really want to take verses out of context and build our theology on English translations to push our pet doctrines, even erroneously believing that the entire OT scripture was written for our instruction/teaching?  Based on Paul’s select Greek working vocabulary, sentence structure, prophetic OT verses quoted, and the context of Romans 14 and 15:1-4, there is no way that can it mean this, not to mention Paul’s extreme negativity towards the Law shown in the last 2 BLOGS?

 

No, once again Paul is speaking about the prophetic ‘portion of’ scripture concerning Christ and His gospel logos message of salvation through trusting-relying-faith by unconditional-favor-of-grace for a completely different-in-kind New Covenant, absolutely not through obeying commandments of the Law or old covenant.  Grace and Law simply can’t co-exist in 1 covenant.  You have to pick one to live under!  Paul links steadfastness of faith to the Holy Spirit’s encouragement, but neither come from the Law, which is 97.4% of scripture, but they sure do from those prophetic ‘portions!’  If you plan on converting Jews or teaching new Jewish-Christians still feeding on the ‘milk’ of prophetic scriptures, then don’t build doctrine from anything but a thorough understanding of the original Greek and Hebrew, because English as with all other translations can really botch it, especially when they violate the working vocabulary of the writers and the context – see Bible Info!

 

Paul’s main point is for these Jewish-Christians, who revere the scriptures, to learn from the prophetic ‘portions’ that speak of Christ pleasing His father despite His own sufferings.  Those ‘portions’ of scripture – Paul quotes many to prove his point to them – should indeed give them patient-endurance from the Holy Spirit’s encouragement during their suffering.  A lot of Jews and even weak-in-faith brothers were criticizing their freedom from the dietary laws!  Paul tells them there are times to stand up for your freedoms and times when you lay them down for the benefit of others, especially so they don’t violate their conscience and sin.  It’s all about building others up by loving them.

 

Prayer:

 

 

Lord, thank You that you have freed every Christian from the Law, 97.4% of the scripture, and even freed some of us from the ‘milk’ of the prophetic scriptures of the OT, instead giving us the ‘solid’ food of the discernment by the Holy Spirit – see New Covenant Ways – BT16.  I thank You that You meet us where we are, still needing ‘milk’ or ready for ‘solid food.’  Thank You that the prophetic ‘portions of’ scripture do convert Jews to Christ and that they can be encouraged by these ‘portions’ to patiently-endure in their faith even through persecution from others Jews, other religions, and even brothers that are weak-in-the-faith still bound to a religion of obedience to commandments in order to please You.  Give us discernment Holy Spirit when to lay our own personal freedoms down to build others up by unconditional-love so that we may win as many as possible to You Jesus.  Give us discernment when to stand up for a freedoms in Christ.

 

 

 

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The Law ‘portion of’ scripture sure was NOT “profitable for teaching” in the Church

 

 

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We’ve already seen that much of the OT scripture simply wasn’t used to convert Christians, especially because it only consists of shadows, copies, corresponding types, and prefigures of things to come, but the genuine ‘body or substance’ that casts the ‘shadow’ backwards in time through the OT scripture is Christ and His gospel logos message of a completely-different-in-kind New Covenant by the promised Holy Spirit (a). If we have the living person of Christ by the Holy Spirit, why do we need “shadows, copies, types, and figures” of scripture about Him?  <Notes> a) Romans 5:14; Galatians 4:25; Colossians 2:17, Hebrews 8:5, 9:23-24, 10:1; 1 Peter 3:21.

 

But NOW we’ll see even stronger arguments for not including the Law ‘portion of’ scripture, not just the 5 books of Moses but 97.4% of the OT that is based on it – see Logos Word of God – BT7 and Logos Word of God – BT5a  We have to remember “The Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by trusting-relying-faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who have trusting-relying-faith (a).  <Notes> a) Galatians 3:22.

 

The NT says so many extremely negative things about the “Law of commandments” that it’s impossible for Paul to be telling Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:16 in the previous BLOG to include it in the “pas ‘whole/entirety of’ scripture” so that it “is profitable for teaching . . .” giving just one of many reasons to prefer a ‘portion of’ translation of pas, where the ‘portion of’ is the prophetic or “God-breathed-kind’ that “is powerfully-enabling to make you wise unto salvation by trusting-relaying-faith in Christ Jesus.”

 

The Greek word nomos literally means “division into piles, as with grain or food.”  This also the basis of the various words for “judgment,” meaning to “point the finger or shoot an arrow at” one of those ‘piles’ of people and declare judicially “guilty” or “not guilty.”  And yet Christians are not to judge, especially by outward appearance (a).  Jesus criticized the Law-teachers for being very judgmental (b).  “They tied up heavy burdens [of the Law,] hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger” (c).  <Notes> a) Matthew 7:1; Luke 6:37; 1 Corinthians 4:3, b) John 7:24; 8:15, c) Matthew 23:4; Luke 11:46.

 

In application, nomos generally means “principles or ways” just as the Hebrew word torah it translates generally means “instruction of principles or ways,” and this is the way it is sometimes used in the NT.  For example, Paul says:  “So I find it to be ‘a law’ that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.  For I delight in the ‘Law of God,’ in my mind/heart/inner being, I see in my members ‘another law’ waging war against the ‘Law of/belonging-to my mind’ and making me captive to the ‘law of/belonging-to sin’ that dwells in my members” (a), but the context defines the ‘Law of my mind/inner being” to be the ‘Law of God.”  Now the tricky part is that the ‘law of sin in my members’ turns out to be directly linked to the “Law of God,” so that it ultimately becomes ‘the Law of sin and death’ (b).  The Law is a “ministry of death, carved in letters on stone . . . the ministry of condemnation” (c). <Notes> a) Romans 7:21-3, b) Romans 8:2, c) 2 Corinthians 3:3, 7, 9.

 

Paul concludes this rant about the effects of the “Law of God” by saying “For ‘the Law of the Spirit’ of zoe genuine-life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death” (a).  Yes, Paul is saying that the good, holy, righteous, and Spirit-kind-of (b) Mosaic Law that promises zoe genuine-life (c) ends up being a “Law of sin and death.”  How?  It’s not that the Law is defined as sin or is sinful (d).  The problem is that the Law not only exposes or defines what sin is (e) and brings light in to show us that sin is actually quite sinful (f), but Sin personified seizes the opportunity of the Law’s commandments to deceive us and produce all kinds of sin in us, for apart from the Law sin is lifeless.  Growing up, as soon as we become aware of the Law in our conscience (g), sin becomes alive in us and we are immediately sentenced to death, even though it promised zoe genuine-life.  Therefore, indirectly the Law brings death to us.  The Law doesn’t produce death in us, but the Sin it made alive does (h)!  Still the fact is that the “good, holy, and righteous Law” has effectively become “death to me” indirectly because of “Sin dia through-the-realizing-channel-of the Law is ongoingly working death inside me, which shows not only that Sin is defined as sin by the ‘good, righteous, and holy Law’ but that Sin might kata come-down-upon-us-as (or uses as an intensifier) exceedingly sinful (beyond measure) (i), because it certainly has produces all kinds of sin in us that the Law defined (j).  <Notes> a) Romans 8:2, b) Acts 7:53 delivered by angels, c) Romans 7:10, 12, 14, 16, d) Romans 7:7, e) Roman 7:7, f) Roman 7:13, g) thus the “age of accountability”, h) Romans 7:8-11, i) Romans 7:13, j) Romans 7:8.

 

That’s why Paul can still conclude in Romans 8:2 that it is a “Law of sin and death” that we need to be set free from by the “the nomos Law of the Spirit of zoe genuine-life,” exactly because “the sting of death is sin but the power of sin is the Law” (a).  Our deliverance comes from Jesus Christ our Lord (b).  “There is therefore NOW absolutely in fact no condemnation for those who are IN Christ Jesus. For God has done what the Law, weakened by the flesh, absolutely in fact could not do. By sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh (c) . . . You, however, are not ‘IN the flesh’ but “IN the Spirit,’ if in fact the Spirit of God dwells IN you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him.  But if Christ is IN you, although the body/flesh is dead because of sin, the Spirit is zoe genuine-life because of righteousness (c).  If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells IN you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give zoe genuine-life to your mortal bodies [d] through His Spirit who dwells IN you (e). <Notes> a) 1 Corinthians 15:56, b) Romans 7:24, c) propitiation or atonement means sin in our flesh transferred into His flesh on the cross so that at His resurrection His righteousness is transferred to us, d) This happens after the resurrection of the dead when we are glorified and our bodies are also redeemed, our blessed hope we patiently wait for – Romans 8:23-25; Titus 2:13; 1 Peter 1:3, e) Romans 8:1-3, 9-11.

 

The commandments of the “Law” are not just in the 5 books of Moses but permeate every other part of scripture, because the writers were “under the Law” that earns righteousness and favor with God through works or sacrifices to cleanse sin (a).  This conditional-loving-favor is the exact opposite of the NT’s gospel logos message of the unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace that is a free grace-gift of God by simply having “trusting-relying-faith” in Jesus Christ because of His one act of obedience on the cross. How does trusting the Law to therefore be “profitable for teaching . . .” have anything to do with “continuing in what you have learned . . . the sacred gramma writings that are powerfully-enabling to make you wise unto salvation by trusting-relaying-faith in Christ Jesus?”  Law and Grace are opposite concepts:  the first merited, earned, and conditional so what you receive is a wage, and Grace unmerited, unearned, and unconditional so what you receive is a free grace-gift.  You can’t even mix these two things – like water and oil!  <Notes> a) Romans 10:5; Psalms 119:142; Isaiah 42:21, 51:7.

 

The Jews also believed the Law and scripture would make them “wise and understanding” and that this would grant them eternal life (a), but they were wrong about that also!  Jesus told the bible-student Pharisees and scribes that all this “supposing” didn’t given them zoe genuine-life everlasting, because the scripture just “testifies about Me to come to Me for zoe genuine-life everlasting, but then you ongoing refuse to do so” (b). Ironically, “the secrets of the kingdom have been un-hidden for little children but kept hidden from the ‘wise and understanding ones” (c). <Notes> a) Psalms 110:10, 119:98; Deuteronomy 4:6; Job 28:28; Proverbs 1:7, 9:10, b) John 5:38-40, c) Matthew 11:25, 13:11; Mark 4:11; Luke 8:10; 10:2.

 

Paul has already told Timothy in his first letter (a) tocharge certain persons NOT to teach any different doctrine” than the gospel logos message.  They were teachers of the Law” who are “devoted to . . . [many Jewish traditions, vain discussions, speculations, etc] rather than the redemptive plan from God that is by trusting-relying-faith.. . . by rejecting this some have made shipwreck of their trusting-relying-faith.The NT writers often use the prophetic ‘portions’ of scripture to rebuke false teachers exactly because they taught the Law or simply read it in the churches (b). <Notes> a) 1 Timothy 1:3-7, 19, b) 1 Timothy 1:3-7, 6:3-5; 2 Timothy 2:16-18, 23-26; Titus 1:11, 13-14; 2 Corinthians 3:14-15; Acts 15:1.

 

For example, in 2 Corinthians 3:14-18 Paul criticizes people for listening to the Jewish teachers of the Law who continue to press Christians to “read Moses” or “the old covenant.”  Paul says “to this very day,” it causes the hearer’s hearts/minds to be hardened and blocked from seeing God’s glory that is alone in the face of Jesus Christ. Do you want this to happen to you? The only way towards metamorphic transformation is to turn your face or heart/mind away from Moses to Christ.  As we optanomai fix/gaze-with our wide-open eyes on Jesus, then this ‘cocoon-to-butterfly’ change can happen but ONLY by the means of the Spirit, who is the Lord!  Paul’s argument is that this will never come from reading the torah/nomos Law of conditional-favor.  In fact, the exact opposite will happen, for “the enabling-power of sin is the Law” (a) because the “Law came in [time] to increase the trespass” (b).  It’s called “Law of sin and/coupled death” (c) for that very reason!  So why would Paul include the Law in 2 Timothy 3:16 for what was “profitable for teaching?” <Notes> a) 1 Corinthians 15:56, b) Romans 5:20, c) Romans 8:2.

 

Paul said in his earliest letter to mostly Jewish-Christians in Galatians 3:21-22:  “If [a] Law had been given that could give zoe genuine-life, then righteousness would indeed be by Law.  The scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that ‘The Promise – by trusting-relying-faith in Jesus Christ – might be given to those who have trusting-relying-faith.”  Earlier in verse 3:14,  ‘The Promise” is the received Holy Spirit through trusting-relying-faith which is part of the zoe genuine-life that fulfills promises made to Abraham and His offspring Christ to receive an inheritance (a), which has nothing to do with the Law because these promises to Abraham were made 430 years before the Law (b).  The Law couldn’t bring zoe genuine-life (c).  Christians don’t receive the wages of the Law but their inheritance because of the promise (d), so we are children of the promise (e).  Why would the Law be “profitable for teaching . . .” to a children of a promise made 430 years earlier, whose inheritance has nothing to do with the Law? <Notes> a) Galatians 3:15, 19, b) v. 3:17-18, c) v. 3:21, d) v. 3:39, e) v. 4:28.

 

However, once Christ came, they were to be freed from this slavery to the Law, made mature adopted sons to receive their rightful inheritance. That’s when they could receive the [singular] firstfruit of their inheritance – the Holy Spirit (a) into their hearts so they could have a heavenly “Daddy” who unconditionally-loves them, and thus NOW experientially, relationally ginosko know God.  How could they go back to commandments about things like days, months, seasons, and years, although these are all specified in the Law as well as the “Traditions of the Elders”?  How could they go back to “weak and worthless stoicheion elementary ‘abc’ principles of this world?”  I wonder how many Christians Paul would have to say this of? <Notes> a) Romans 8:23.

 

ALL Jews for whom the graphe scriptures were written (a) are “in/by/with/under the Law” (b) who are therefore “under the dominion of sin” (c) until they are set free in Christ through His/our death to the Law (d) because of Christ’s “perfect law of liberty” (e), “the law of Christ” (f) of “unconditional-love for one another” (g).  Clearly the ‘Law of Christ’ “did away with” or “abolished/nullified” the Law or old covenant because it is now obsolete (h).  We’ve seen that the Law and scripture are often viewed synonymously, for “the graphe scripture imprisoned pas ALL things under sin, so that the promise out-from trusting-relying-faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who are routinely having trusting-relying-faith” (i).  <Notes> a) Romans 3:1-2 explains the advantages of being a Jew:  key was being entrusted with the logion Oracles of God.  Although by context this often refers only to the prophetic ‘portion of’ scripture spoken in Church as in Hebrews 5:12 that is a model for Christian prophecy in 1 Peter 4:11, it can also mean the Law spoken to Moses by a Messenger, likely Christ, as in Acts 7:38, or ALL of scripture or Law & Prophets as here in Romans 3:2, b) Romans 2:12, 3:19; 1 Corinthians 9:20-21; Galatians 3:23, 4:4-5, 21, 5:18; Philippians 3:6; Hebrews 9:22; James 2:12, c) Romans 3:9, 6:14, 7:14; Galatians 3:22, d) Acts 13:39; Romans 7:4-6, 8:2, 10:4, e) James 1:25, 2:12, f) 1 Corinthians 9:21; Galatians 6:2, g) John 13:34, 15:12; 1 John 2:27; 2 John 1:5; James 2:13, h) Hebrews 8:7, 13; 10:9; Romans 10:4; Ephesians 2:15; cf. 2 Corinthians 5:17, i) Galatians 3:22.

 

Another reason for NOT including the Law is found in Galatians 4:1-10.  Paul says that before Christ came, the Jews “under the Law” were like little children under “guardians and managers,” which were hired servants to insure children got to school and back safely.  However, this was only intended until they were of-age, mature sons, ready to receive their inheritance.  As little children, they were treated no differently than other house-servants, still enslaved to the stoicheion “elementary ‘abc’ principles” of the world, including Gentile religions and Judaism!  However, in Colossians 2:8 Paul warns that they are “taking you captive by philosophy (love of human wisdom) and empty deception, [that comes] down-from/according-to human traditions, down-from/according-to the stoicheion elementary ‘abc’ principles of the world, enslaving you once again.”  Christians coming out of slavery to Jewish and other world religions and Greek philosophy returning back to them become “enslaved once again.”

 

Paul is certainly speaking of the Law here, because he refers to circumcision Colossians 2:11, the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands being set aside when it was nailed to the cross in Colossians 2:14.  However, Christians were not to be ruffled by Jewish judgments against them regarding the Law’s dietary regulations, festivals, new moons, or Sabbaths, all of which are scriptural shadows of Christ in Colossians 2:16-17.  “If with Christ you died [in water-baptism] to the stoicheion elementary ‘abc’ principles of the world, why…do you submit to regulations again” in Colossians 2:20?

 

There are just so many NT bible verses that poop-poo the Law but here is a summary:  The Law was only “UNTIL John [the Baptist], but SINCE then the gospel is preached”; it has been stamped “null and void” or nullified, like a paid-off loan, so that the contract is worthless and can thus be thrown away; its ‘way of serving God’ is old or antiquated; is fulfilled and filled-to-completion, accomplished, ended, or finished by Christ and thus has faded, vanished, and passed away; it has been abolished since Christ fulfilled it; has been set aside because of its weakness and uselessness; Christ has does away with it violently or has put it to death the first covenant in order to establish the Second radically-different-in-kind New Covenant; it is no longer binding since we have died to it and thus no longer under it; there is NOW no such Law for those who live by the Holy Spirit; it was added originally by God only as a schoolmaster/escort service, guardian, or manager to protect the Jews when they were being treated as ‘little children‘ slaves of the household, but only until the coming of Christ when they would be freed from slavery and treated as mature sons that could then receive their inheritance; the Law’s regulations to control indulgence are ‘elementary or rudimentary ‘abc’ fundamental principles’ given to the Jews, as in all religions, as infantile ‘milk’ only to lead them to the person of Christ, rules that are actually powerless and absolutely of of no value in curbing the flesh as compared to the ‘solid food’ of the Holy Spirit’s discernment of good and evil – see New Covenant Ways – BT16; the old covenant was changed to a ‘better covenant’ because of a better logos message, better priesthood, better sacrifice, better hope, better promises, and better inheritance; the reading of Moses continues to this day to cover the hearts of the hearers with a veil that blinds, separates, and hardens them from the glory of God in Christ Jesus;  the ‘teachers of the Law’ were not permitted to teach in the Church and so were referred to as ‘false teachers or Judaizers or the Circumcision Party’.

 

The negativity gets worse:  The ‘Law of sin and death’ that we’ve been set free by the Law of the Spirit of zoe genuine-life; The Law is weakened by the flesh; makes sin known to us and shows sin to be sin so that through the commandment sin might become sinful beyond measure; the Law holds us as captive slaves and controls us.  The scripture imprisons everything under sin; the Law arouses our sinful passions; it is the enabling-power of sin; it is the reason sin comes alive in us; Personified Sin uses the Law to produce all kinds of sin in us; the Law multiplies sin; it condemns us; it kills us; it brings wrath and death; by it no one is justified; doing of one rule of the Law commits us to doing it all, bringing a curse upon ourselves; the Law only promises merited, earned, conditional-favor from God, which is the opposite of unconditional-favor-of-grace so that any attempts at the doing of the Law causes us to fall from unconditional-favor-of-grace, causing us to be severed from Christ; the Law is absolutely not of trusting-relying-faith in Christ that alone saves; and the Law made nothing perfect, so absolutely won’t perfect us.

 

We know from Paul’s writing that these “impostors . . . deceiving and being deceived” of 2 Timothy 3:13 are actually “teachers of the Law” that have disguised, which is a key to “deceiving” others, themselves as Christians, “false brothers secretly brought in, who slipped in to spy out our freedom (a) that we have in Christ, so that they might bring us into slavery (b)” (c), those who insisted on circumcision (d), which oppose the “truth of the gospel” (e).  <Notes> a) context: from the Law’s commandments and works, b) context: to works of the Law, c) Galatians 2:4, d) Galatians 2:3, see also Circumcision Party: Acts 11:2, Galatians 2:12, Titus 1:10, e) Galatians 2:5.

 

Paul has already warned Timothy in his earlier letter “As I urged you [before] . . . charge certain persons 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 redemptive plan (d) that is by 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 1:8-11 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 that is down-from/according the gospel of the glory of the blessed God, which I have been entrusted.”  <Notes> a) Jesus our hope 1 Timothy 1:1, by ‘The-trusting-relying-Faith‘ v 1:2, and unconditional-favor-of-grace, mercy, and peace from the Father and Jesus our Lord v 1:2, b) all Jewish tendencies, c) the Jews prided themselves in controversy and debate, d) household management, e) opposite of works of the Law, f) craving for controversy and quarrels about words – 1 Timothy 6:4, debate of the scribes – 1 Corinthians 1:20, plausible arguments – Colossians 2:4, arguments and lofty opinions against obeying Christ – 2 Corinthians 10:5, g) 1 Timothy 1:3-7.

 

These “teachers” are thus “contrary” to “The-Trusting-Relying-Faith, hope, mercy, unconditional-favor-of-grace, and peace” that alone is in the gospel!  Paul is telling Timothy to “shut them up!”  Paul told Timothy earlier in 2 Timothy 2:14-18 to “remind [the Jewish teachers] of these things (a), and charge them before God not to quarrel about words (b), which does no good, but only ruins the hearers (c). . . . avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene . . . [like those] who have swerved from The Truth (g) . . . upsetting The Trusting-Relying-Faith of some.”  But to Timothy, Paul said in 2 Timothy 2:15, “Give zealous concentration and diligent effort (d) to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling (e) logos message of The Truth, which is we know is the gospel message (f) of Jesus Christ, who is The Truth (g).  <Notes> a) salvation in Christ – v. 10, b) I witnessed this in 5 bible schools: debating the meaning of bible words, which manuscript readings are more accurate, etc, c) that’s why I didn’t finish my Masters in Divinity, d) spoudazo  doesn’t mean ‘study’ as the KJV, KJ21, AKJV, AMP, AMPC, BRG, DRA, GNV, JUB, MEV erroneously propagated, e) cutting a straight road, without deviation, f) Colossians 1:5; Acts 15:7; Ephesians 1:13, g) John 14:6.

 

The Jewish teachers of the Law were misapplying the scriptures to Christians, when it was so clear that through the Messiah’s final sacrifice for all time, Christians were now set free from the Law (a), and died through water-baptism to the Law that held us captive (b).  Paul makes it crystal clear in Romans 7:6 that since “we are now released from the Law, having died to that which held us captive, we now serve [God] by the means of the completely-different-in-kind New (c) Way of the Spirit and absolutely not in fact by the means of the palios old “antiquated, worn-out, weak, worthless” way of [singular] gramma Letter (d).”  That’ why Romans 8:2 says “the Law of the Spirit of zoe genuine-life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the Law of sin and death.”  The “tablets of stone” is the “ministry of death, carved in letters on stone . . . the ministry of condemnation” (e).  <Notes> a) Romans 8:2, b) Galatians 2:19; Romans 7:4, c) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely-different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior, d) gramma without article: sacred writings of scripture as a composite whole, not distinguishing a portion of it such as the Law – see BT4, e) 2 Corinthians 3:3, 7, 9.

 

That didn’t stop the Jewish teachers from continuing to misapply the scriptures to Christians:  Judging them for not obeying dietary laws, festivals, new moons, and Sabbaths (a); forbidding Christian leaders from marriage (b) and requiring obedience to abstinence from foods (c); requiring obedience to food and drink Laws, ceremonial washings, and regulations for the body (d); obedience to many strange teachings about food rather than about unconditional-favor-of-grace (e); that God’s kingdom was about righteousness through obedience to ‘eating and drinking’ rules instead of the ‘righteousness, peace, and joy by the Holy Spirit‘ (f).  They think their bible was meant to debate (g) or quarrel about words (h), creating foolish controversies, dissensions, and quarrels about the Law, stirring up division in the Church (i).  They are worldly people, devoid of the Holy Spirit, causing divisions (j).  Paul also tells Titus the same thing, “They must be silenced . . . teaching . . . what they ought not to teach” (k).  <Notes> a) Colossians 2:16, b) like the Catholic Church and other religions do, c) 1 Timothy 4:3, d) Hebrews 9:10, e) Hebrews 13:9, f) Romans 14:17, 21, g) the Jews still believe this is a form of worship or meditation, like the movie “Yentl”, h) 2 Timothy 2:14, i) Titus 3:9-10, j) Jude 1:19, k) Titus 1:11.

 

Paul was telling Timothy to not get confused (a) between what WAS the logos word or message of God in the old covenant and what IS NOW that logos Word or Message of God in the completely-different-in-kind New (b) Covenant.  Even the commandments of God have radically changed.  If you don’t understand this, you will certainly not “cut a straight line” and thus “mishandle” much of the bible!  Obviously Paul is not including the “Law of commandments” into the ‘portions of’ scripture that are “profitable for teaching . . .” in 2 Timothy 3:16 – see the many other reasons in BT7. <Notes> a) as the Jewish teachers were, b) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely-different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior.

 

The only “good works” that count now under the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant are the only 2 commandments rolled up into ONE (a):  “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision [to obey the Law] nor uncircumcision [to not obey the Law] counts for anything, but ONLY trusting-relying-faith working through-the-realizing-channel-of unconditional-love.”  It is “the work of trusting-relying-faith and/coupled work of unconditional-love” (b).  So at the end, Jesus says “I know your works:  your unconditional-love and/coupled trusting-relying-faith even your service [to others] and/coupled your patient endurance” (c) – note the parallel structure called ‘metonymy!’  It’s no wonder “faith and love” are coupled 6 times (d).  <Notes> a) 1 John 3:23, b) 1 Thessalonians 1:3, c) Revelation 2:19, d) 1 Thessalonians 3:6, 5:8; 1 Timothy 1:14, 2:15; 2 Timothy 1:13; Revelation 2:19.

 

That’s because there was only 1 “work for the food that endures for zoe genuine-life everlasting, only 1 “to-do to be doing the works of God” and Jesus said:  “This is the work of God, that you should ongoingly have trusting-relying-faith in Himself whom God has sent (a).  And there is only 1 other entole officially-decreed universal commandment given to Christians found in the NT, that Jesus said was “My commandment” (b) and rightfully said it a completely-different-in-kind “New Commandment” by definition, that Christians were taught from the very beginning of their trusting-relying-faith (c) and that is “to unconditionally-love one another JUST as I have unconditionally-loved you.”  That’s why this commandment is called “the Law of Christ” (d), thus “bearing one another’s burdens” (e), “bearing one another in unconditional-love” (f).  Can you see how the definition of “Law” and what “commandments” are part of it have radically changed going from the old to the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant?  Why are many Christians “borrowing” from the old and carry them forward into the New?  Paul would argue vehemently against you!  This is actually the foundational problem creating The Great Wall quenching the Holy Spirit in the Church!  <Notes> a) John 6:28-29, b) John 15:12, c) John 13:34; 1 John 2:7; 2 John 1:5, d) 1 Corinthians 9:21; Galatians 6:2, e) Galatians 6:2, f) Ephesians 4:2.

 

Reflection:

 

 

As Christian musicians, why do so many Christians spend more time reading the OT, which is all “shadows, copies, corresponding types, and prefigures of things to come” that simply “testify about Me,” Jesus said, when they can NOW “come to Me for zoe genuine-live everlasting,” and thus have His New Covenant, and the Holy Spirit that the scripture promised?  Why settle for the shadow when you can have the person casting it, especially when “the scripture imprisoned everything under sin?”  With the multitude of terribly negative things the NT says about the Law, much that Paul wrote, how could Paul be telling Timothy to include the Law in the “portion of’ scripture that is “profitable for teaching . . .”  He would be more than contradicting himself!

 

The Law is very negative by definition, being very judgmental and condemning.  No wonder those who read and study it become the same, being the opposite of Grace and Truth that came into being only through Jesus per John 1:17!  Grace being unconditional, unmerited, and unearned loving-favor is the polar opposite of Law being conditional, merited, and earning loving-favor.  The can’t mix, like New wine of the Holy Spirit in the old wine-skins of the OT, like the anointing oil of the Holy Spirit trying to mix with palios old, stagnant, weak, worn-out, used-up OT Laws.  You can’t mix the 97.4% of the OT that is Law-based and 100% of the NT that is Grace-based.  One is bad new and the other is the “Great News” of the gospel.

 

Sure the Law was intended to be good, righteous, and holy in that it came from God who alone is any of that!  It was intended for our “instruction” but because of Sin taking advantage of the commandments of the Law it aroused and multiplied sin exponentially, instantly condemning us to death, and the demon-lawyers in heaven’s courts use it day and night to accuse us before God.  That’s why it’s called “The Law of sin and death.”  “The power of sin is the Law.”  The book of ALL our lives are filled with lines and lines of sin, and the ONLY way they can be blotted out before The Great White Throne Judgment Day after The Great and Terrible Day of the Lord, is for Christ’s blood to stamp them “Paid in Full, Not Guilty.”  Our public repentance/turning-from-sin-to-Jesus and confession of “Jesus is my Messiah-Savior and Lord-Owner-Master” during our water-baptism where we die with Him as we go under the waters and resurrect with Him after coming out of this immersion into Christ, is the ONLY way we can get our names written in the Lamb’s Book of Eternal Life.  Religion will have to try everything else!  The LAW will have you try 613 commandments!  The ONLY way to cut the power-cord to the OLD MAN living inside of us that just wants to endless sin, being so self-centered, the ONLY way to make “sin to lie dead, lifeless” is to be “apart from the Law” by “dying to the Law with Christ in water-baptism.”  The only way to escape to sure consequences of sin that is eternal death or separation from God, is to die with Christ and be resurrected with Christ in water-baptism.  Just 1 Peter 3:21 says, “Baptism now saves you – not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal/confession to God for a good conscience – through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

 

“Wisdom and understanding” won’t come from the scripture, 97.4% which is Law-based, because now it’s “unhidden to little children that we must become like.”  They don’t read and study to learn.  We get by the means of the Holy Spirit as we humbly come to Jesus!  We get through genuine, experiential, intimate, relational epignosis knowledge, not through gnosis informational-knowledge at all!  Bible study can actually be a “trap, snare, and retribution with bent backs forever” – see New Covenant Ways – BT17.  Like Jesus, Paul heavily criticized the methods of learning from God the Law-teachers used, so why would Paul being telling Timothy to repeat their mistakes by even using the Law in his teaching?  Paul tells people that just “reading Moses” will harden your heart but true transformation comes for gazing at Jesus’ glory, not Moses’!

 

The ‘portions of’ the scripture being used in the NT are those to “reprove and correct” opponents, and “gently-as-with-a-child teach and train” Jews to become Christians, and these are clearly prophetic “oracles of God” about Jesus, salvation through trusting-relying-faith, His completely different-in-kind New Covenant, and the promise of the Holy Spirit for ministry no longer by the gramma writings.  However, these were still elementary-school ‘abc’ fundamentals ‘milk’ compared to the ‘solid food’ of learning through discernment by the means of the Holy Spirit that is promised under the New Covenant.  They needed to grow up out of the OT!  Writing-based learning, especially from rules is “a ministry of condemnation and death, for the gramma writings kill, but the Spirit gives zoe genuine-life.”  All these rules are for sure “elementary-school ‘abc’ fundamentals” to all religions.  But Jesus came to bring relationship to God, not rules!

 

The teachers of the Law were considered false teachers compared to the gospel logos message of the truth.  The Church has many impostors within it, seeking to drag free Christians back into rules-based obedience instead of “the obedience of faith” that Paul uses as his thesis for the book of Romans, starting with it and ending with it.  Paul told his pastors in training to shut these teachers up, but many of today’s churches invite them in!  However, going back to OT practices meant you fell from grace, abandoned The Faith, instead of “enduring to the end to be saved” and thus “no sacrifice for sins remains.”  Even just getting circumcised to feel safer by obeying the smallest “sign of the old covenant” was fatal!

 

Why are some Christians pushing the 10 commandments, even the 2 greatest in the OT?  Jesus only answered trick questions by the Law-teachers?  He never taught them to His disciples, but He told the people how much stricter God’s Law actually are so they would see the Law’s “faults that called for a second commandment to replace the first.”  They needed to see their need for a Messiah!  Now there is only 2 commandments in the equally completely-different-in-kind New Covenant – faith in Jesus and unconditionally-loving everyone, not just our “like-kind-fellow” neighbor as ourselves.  Even if we hated the Roman Gentiles, nowhere near our “like-kind-fellow” neighbors, and even if we hate ourselves, we are still called to unconditionally-love everyone just as Jesus does.  A radically different New Commandment by definition and description!  These are the “good works” of a Christian that Christ has foreordained. This is what makes us sanctified, holy, righteous, and godly in our living, though the Lord has declared us all these by His propitiation or transfer of His nature for our nature on the cross.  That’s why Paul only preaches and teaches about the cross.  Why are we doing otherwise?

 

The whole point of the OT was to act as a guardian, manager, even prison-guard to keep the Jews safe from the surrounding nations UNTIL Christ came.  But once He came and fulfilled the whole point of the Law that also testified about Him, albeit sparsely, then it has vanished away, ended, been finished, was nullified, was abolished, and replaced with the second New Covenant.  Christians should have died to the first covenant or Law.  If you go back to be enslaved by the Law, you forfeit your inheritance as redeemed sons of God.  The “commandments, rules, ordinances, precepts, and regulations of the Law may appear to be wise but are of absolutely no value in curbing the desires of the flesh.”  Only Christ’s blood can wash sin away through His death and our continued confession as often as we fail.  Only being filled by the Spirit can you possibly overflow with enabling-power over sin!  The kingdom of God isn’t about rules anymore but “righteousness, peace, and joy by the means of the Spirit of holiness.”  Let’s grow up by getting out of the OT and getting into the NT, but especially getting into the Holy Spirit that goes way beyond ancient writings!

 

Prayer:

 

 

Lord, move my gazing eyes away from ancient writings as “the Word of God” to You as God’s Voice to Your sheep.  Open my eyes that I might really see You and Your plans.  Open my ears to really hear to understand your prophetic-rhema words that are Spirit and zoe genuine-life that I might do Your will and for Your kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven.  I put down my religious obsession with ancient letters and come to You, the very purpose of the writings, and take Your yoke-harness of learning to learn directly from You by Your “One is Your Teacher” Holy Spirit.  I no longer settle for the “shadow” of the man Jesus that scripture is.  Lord, I know I have to choose Law or Grace, works or Faith, old wine-skins or the New Wine that won’t even fit in them, letters of writings about holiness or the Holy Spirit, a relationship with ancient rules of living from “the Word of God” or a relationship with the living “Word of God” as Jesus Christ.  Lord, I choose Grace by Faith, the New Wine of the Spirit of holiness, and relationship with the Living “Word of God.”

 

Lord, free me from the negative voice of the Law of commandments with its judgmental, accusing, pointing finger in my life or others.  I died with Christ to 97.4% of the OT.  I am free from it’s conditional-love slavery, it’s so-called “wisdom” that can’t curb the indulgence of the flesh.  I am free now to serve You by the Holy Spirit.  The secrets of the kingdom are revealed to little children but kept hidden from the bible scholars!  It’s now so simple that little children can obey:  Only 2 commandments – keep my trusting-relying-faith in You and keep unconditionally-loving others like You do.  And You made it even easier when we surrender to Your Holy Spirit to fill us up to overflowing and giving us Your enabling-power and self-control.

 

Lord, thank You that I died with You in water-baptism and I felt You come into Me when I resurrected to New Life coming out of those waters.  I felt the burden of sin lifted and uncontrollably cried even though I rarely do.  Lord, I now live my life in continual repentance, surrender, and confession just as with that day when I declared “Jesus is my Messiah-Savior and Lord-Master.  Now I live for You, no longer just myself!”

 

Lord, still use the prophetic ‘portions of’ the OT scriptures to lead Your Jewish people to their Messiah Jesus.  And for us Gentiles, let us move on from this “milk” to the “solid-food” of discerning good and evil simply by the means of the Holy Spirit.  Let us never by accused of being false teachers by teaching the OT Law of commandments, not even the 10 or the 2 greatest, but instead “preach nothing but Christ crucified” just like Paul vowed.  Now we only have 2 commandments coupled into 1:  Faith and Love.

 

 

 

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Doesn’t 2 Timothy 3:16 say that ALL scripture is profitable for teaching?

 

 

 

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The so-called “proof text” translation of 2 Timothy 3:16 for the “whole/entirety of graphe scripture (a) IS profitable for instruction . . .” turns out to be far from a “proof text” or accurate translation after you understand the Greek and read it in context!  It actually refers to “every of a ‘portion of’ scripture” and that ‘portion’ is the “God-breathed-kind” that is prophetic concerning the Messiah and His gospel logos message of salvation through trusting-relying-faith in Christ, the kind “which are powerfully-enabled to make you wise (b) for salvation through trusting-relying-faith in Christ Jesus” – just as many verses about graphe scripture are (c).  Do make this verse say ‘the whole/entirety of’ scripture, even the Law of commandments, would violate precedence and context!  How ignorant or shameful it is to deliberately take verses out of context to push one’s own theology!  How wrong it is for translators to deviate from their own rules to do the same!  A related passage of 1 Timothy 4:13-16, which will also be dissected in a later BLOG, of what to be “devoted to reading . . . teaching” has nothing to do with graphe scripture even though many translations have wrongfully inserted this word – a deliberate, shamefully-biased commentary inserted into the text without any footnoting!  This is how so many “winds of doctrine” (c) get started that wreak havoc to the Church!  <Notes> a) see BT5 to know what graphe scripture is and is NOT, b) Jesus and Paul both show a disdain for human wisdom and certainly that of the so-called “wise and understanding ones” like the Pharisees, scribes, and Greek philosophers and Gnostic religions – see Least Among Us – BT3.  However, the Spirit’s wisdom through the Prophets leads you to Christ – see Romans 1:1-5, c) see BT5 a3 and b3 definitions of graphe, c) Ephesians 4:14.

 

The Jews divided the graphe scripture into the 3 general ‘portions’ of:  Torah/Nomos Law  (a), Nevi’im  Prophets, and Ketuvim  Writings (b).  However, Jesus and the NT writers sometime divide into the 3 ‘portions of’ “Law, Prophets, Psalms” (c), or just 2 ‘portions of’ the “Law and Prophets (d) or “Moses and Prophets (e). Also, the term graphe used for scripture in Hellenistic Judaism frequently means a particular “book of scripture,” carrying over the idea of ‘portion of’ the whole.   <Notes> a) Pentateuch or 5 Books of Moses or old covenant, b) Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, c) Luke 24:44 d) Matthew 5:17, 7:12, 11:13, 22:40; Luke 16:16; John 1:45; Acts 13:15, 24:14, 28:23; Romans 3:21, e) Luke 16:29, 31, 24:27; Acts 26:22.  These are the general “books or portions” of graphe scripture that we see.

 

However, we can see that “Moses” and “the Law” are often equated, often explicitly as “the Law of Moses” (a), or “the Law given through Moses” (b), or “the [singular] book of Moses” (c), or “Moses in the Law wrote” (d), or “in the Law, Moses commanded” (e), or “Moses writes . . . based on the Law” (f), or “every commandment of the Law has been declared by Moses” (g), or “Moses commanded” (h), or “Moses said” (i), or “Moses wrote” (j), or “Moses showed” (k), or “have Moses” (l), or “with Moses” (m).  The Jews were certainly obsessed with Moses!  Thus “reading Moses” as prohibited by Paul in the Church (n) is the same as “reading the book of Moses” (o) or reading the torah/nomos Law.  We will examine this later, but why would Christians today embrace something Paul cast away?  Shouldn’t Christians be obsessed about Jesus rather than Moses like the Jews are? <Notes> a) Luke 2:22, 24:44; John 7:23; Acts 13:39, 15:5, 28:23; 1 Corinthians 9:9; Hebrews 10:28; Luke 2:22, 24:44, b) John 1:17, 7:19, c) Mark 12:26, d) John 1:45, e) John 8:5, f) Romans 10:5, g) Hebrews 9:19, h) Matthew 8:4, 19:7-8; Mark 1:44, 10:3-4; Luke 5:14, i) Matthew 22:24; Mark 7:10, j) Mark 12:19; Luke 20:28, k) Luke 20:37, l) Luke 16:29, m) Luke 24:27, n) 2 Corinthians 3:16, o) Mark 12:26.  I highly doubtful that Paul is saying that this ‘portion of’ scripture or including this in “the whole/entirety’ of scripture is “profitable for teaching . . .” in 2 Timothy 3:16, as we will see.

 

However, we must not limit “the Law” to any of this above, just as you find out that we can’t limit the “prophetic portion” to only the “book or portion of’ the OT called “The Prophets.”  Jesus, the NT writers, and Jews to this day routinely quote from the Prophets and Psalms, which rightfully contain ‘portions of’ scripture that are prophetic, even much about the Messiah and completely-different-in-kind chadash/kainos New Covenant, but then they ALL refer to passages from these other ‘books or general ‘portions of’ the OT” as “Law.”  Chadash, kainos means “fresh, completely-different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior.”

 

That’s because ALL Jews for whom the graphe scriptures were written (a) are “in/by/with/under the Law” (b) who are therefore “under the dominion of sin” (c) until they are set free in Christ through His/our death to the Law (d) because of Christ’s “perfect law of liberty” (e), “the law of Christ” (f) of “unconditional-love for one another” (g).  Clearly the ‘law of Christ’ “did away with” or “abolished/nullified” the Law or old covenant because it is now obsolete (h).  Yet, many Christians believe the Law is still is “in effect,” keeping them “under the dominion of sin.” The Law and scripture are often viewed synonymously, for “the graphe scripture imprisoned pas ALL things under sin, so that the promise out-from trusting-relying-faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who are routinely having trusting-relying-faith” (i). <Notes> a) Romans 3:1-2 explains the advantages of being a Jew:  key was being entrusted with the logion Oracles of God.  Although by context this often refers only to the prophetic ‘portion of’ scripture spoken in Church as in Hebrews 5:12 that is a model for Christian prophecy in 1 Peter 4:11, it can also mean the Law spoken to Moses by a Messenger, likely Christ, as in Acts 7:38, or ALL of scripture or Law & Prophets as here in Romans 3:2, b) Romans 2:12, 3:19; 1 Corinthians 9:20-21; Galatians 3:23, 4:4-5, 21, 5:18; Philippians 3:6; Hebrews 9:22; James 2:12, c) Romans 3:9, 6:14, 7:14; Galatians 3:22, d) Acts 13:39; Romans 7:4-6, 8:2, 10:4, e) James 1:25, 2:12, f) 1 Corinthians 9:21; Galatians 6:2, g) John 13:34, 15:12; 1 John 2:27; 2 John 1:5; James 2:13, h) Hebrews 8:7, 13; 10:9; Romans 10:4; Ephesians 2:15; cf. 2 Corinthians 5:17, i) Galatians 3:22.

 

Another example is Paul citing the prophecy of Isaiah 28:11-12 from 1 Corinthians 14:21 but then Paul calls this “Law!” Jesus also equates “the Law and the Prophets” with simply “Law” (a).  Jesus quotes Psalms but refers to it as “Law” (b).  That’s why “reading” any OT scripture is so very dangerous – it’s very easy to “read Moses” or “read the Law” almost anywhere in the OT, something that Paul warns against (c).  If that’s the case, why would Paul being advising Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:16 to include the Law into what was “profitable for teaching . . .” ?  <Notes> a) Matthew 5:17-19, compare: Luke 16:16-17; Matthew 22:40, b) John 10:34, see also: John 7:40-49, 12:34, 15:25, c) 2 Corinthians 3:6-18.

 

However, it’s quite clear that certain ‘portions of’ graphe scripture (a) were used to teach Jewish people, even little children, by the early Church to catechize-convert (b) them to Christ, and that these were obviously the prophetic ‘portions’ about Christ and the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant, not heavily Moses/Law-oriented ‘portions!’  However, we have to remember that about 97.4% of the OT is permeated by the conditional-favor-Law – see Logos Word of God – BT5a! Only about 600 verses are New Covenant based.  <Notes> a) see BT5 , b) katecheo: repetitive instruction of foundational truths: Luke 1:4; Galatians 6:6; 1 Corinthians 14:19; Acts 18:25.

 

Nevertheless, the prophetic ‘portions’ are what Timothy, as an evangelist, was converted by as stated in 2 Timothy 3:15, and naturally what he was to use for preaching the gospel and teaching “the sound doctrine” of The Trusting-Relying-Faith that accords with godliness (a).  In fact, the NT writers often use the prophetic ‘portions’ of scripture to rebuke false teachers exactly because they taught the Law or simply read it in the churches (b).  Also, as we’ve seen above, the NT writers often quoted from the OT, mostly from prophetic ‘portions’ to help restore Jewish-Christians who were being tempted to lapse back into Judaism (c), training/rearing them as if they were infants “needing milk again,” the stoicheion “elemental ‘abc’ principles” of the Jewish religion, but also common to all rules-based religions of the world.  The entire NT warns against this, that righteousness only comes through the trusting-relying-faith in the finished work of Christ.  Are you a Jew needing the prophetic ‘milk’ of the scriptures to come to Christ? <Notes> a) 1 Timothy 1:10, 6:3; Titus 1:9, 2:1, b) 1 Timothy 1:3-7, 6:3-5; 2 Timothy 2:16-18, 23-26; Titus 1:11, 13-14; 2 Corinthians 3:14-15; Acts 15:1, c) see the Book of Hebrews.

 

In 2 Timothy 3:16pas scripture, God-breathed-kind kai profitable for teaching” pas should NOT be translated “the whole/entirety of” as too many bibles do, which is admittedly the case when graphe scriptures are plural with the definite article (a) or singular with the definite article (b).  But we don’t have the definite article here in 2 Timothy 3:16!  Paul never uses graphe scripture without the definite article except here.  Everywhere else he is referring to a specific ‘portion’ of scripture in some way.  Why would he now suddenly switch here?  <Notes> a) Matthew 22:29; John 5:39; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 15:4, b) John 19:28; Galatians 3:22.

 

If you believe “pas scripture” means “the whole or entirety of scripture,” then you also have to violate everything Paul says about the ‘portion’ that permeates 97.4% of scripture that is the 5 books of Moses or Penteteuch called the “old covenant” or torah/nomos Law of conditional-favor, where our “blessing or favor by God” is “conditional” on our obedience to ALL 613 commandments – violating 1 commandment violates the whole Law and still condemns us.  For example, in 2 Corinthians 3:14-18 Paul criticizes people for listening to the Jewish teachers of the Law who continue to press Christians to “read Moses” or “the old covenant.”  Paul says “to this very day,” it causes the hearer’s hearts/minds to be hardened and blocked from seeing God’s glory that is alone in the face of Jesus Christ. Do you want this to happen to you? The only way to metamorphic transformation is to turn your face or heart/mind away from Moses to Christ.  As we optanomai fix/gaze-with our wide-open eyes on Jesus, then this ‘cocoon-to-butterfly’ change can happen but ONLY by the means of the Spirit, who is the Lord!  Paul’s argument is that this will never come from reading the torah/nomos Law of conditional-favor.  In fact, the exact opposite will happen, for “the enabling-power of sin is the Law” (a) because the “Law came in [time] to increase the trespass” (b).  It’s called “Law of sin and/coupled death” (c) for that very reason!  So why would Paul include the Law in 2 Timothy 3:16 for what was “profitable for teaching?” <Notes> a) 1 Corinthians 15:56, b) Romans 5:20, c) Romans 8:2.

 

Another reason for NOT including the Law is found in Galatians 4:1-10.  Paul says that before Christ came, the Jews “under the Law” were like little children under “guardians and managers,” which were hired servants to insure children got to school and back safely.  However, this was only intended until they were of-age, mature sons, ready to receive their inheritance.  As little children, they were treated no differently than other house-servants, still enslaved to the stoicheion “elementary ‘abc’ principles” of the world, including Gentile religions and Judaism!  However, in Colossians 2:8 Paul warns that they are “taking you captive by philosophy (love of human wisdom) and empty deception, [that comes] down-from/according-to human traditions, down-from/according-to the stoicheion elementary ‘abc’ principles of the world, enslaving you once again.”  Christians coming out of slavery to Jewish and other world religions and Greek philosophy returning back to them become “enslaved once again.”

 

Paul is certainly including the Law, because he refers to circumcision Colossians 2:11, the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands being set aside when it was nailed to the cross in Colossians 2:14.  However, Christians were not to be ruffled by Jewish judgments against them regarding the Law’s dietary regulations, festivals, new moons, or Sabbaths, all of which are scriptural shadows of Christ in Colossians 2:16-17.  “If with Christ you died [in water-baptism] to the stoicheion elementary ‘abc’ principles of the world, why…do you submit to regulations again” in Colossians 2:20?

 

However, once Christ came, they were to be freed from this slavery, made mature adopted sons to receive their rightful inheritance. That’s when they could receive the [singular] first-fruit of their inheritance – the Holy Spirit (a) into their hearts so they could have a heavenly “Daddy” who unconditionally-loves them, and thus NOW experientially, relationally ginosko know God.  How could they go back to commandments about things like days, months, seasons, and years, although these are all specified in the Law as well as the “Traditions of the Elders”?  How could they go back to “weak and worthless stoicheion elementary ‘abc’ principles of this world?”  I wonder how many Christians Paul would have to say this of? <Notes> a) Romans 8:23.

 

The next BLOG BT8 will go into greater depth of why the Law of Moses is NOT to be considered a ‘portion’ of what is “profitable for teaching . . .”  But for now it’s clear that this would be contrary to so much that Paul speaks negatively against the Law of righteousness through works of the Law (a) and the “wisdom and understanding” that the Law promised to those keeping its commandments out of fear of God (b).  Paul would never teach others to teach any of this!  They certainly having nothing to do with “powerfully-enabling anybody to be wise unto salvation through trusting-relying-faith in Christ Jesus!” Paul is telling Timothy to “continue following my instruction  . . . my aim in life, my trusting-relying-faith” (c) – not to follow the “evil people and impostors, who will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived” (d).  “But as for you, continue in what you have already learned [from his childhood training]” (e).  Paul tells the brothers to “continue standing on what they received, by which you are being saved, holding fast to what was preached to you – the gospel (f), not the OT Law or historical Writings, Proverbs, etc.  <Notes> a) Romans 10:5; Psalms 119:142; Isaiah 42:21, 51:7, b) Psalms 110:10, 119:98; Deuteronomy 4:6; Job 28:28; Proverbs 1:7, 9:10, c) 2 Timothy 3:10, d) v. 3:13, e) v. 3:15, f) 1 Corinthians 15:1-2.

 

In the NT, pas often has “the distributed or portioned sense” meaning “a quantity from every ‘portion’ of” or more often “every of a portion-of,” especially since a “whole/entirety of” translation would be an exaggeration or impossible to verify, though still used for literary effect, just as the Pharisees said: “If we let Him continue like this, pas ALL will believe in Him” (a) and “the world has gone after Jesus” (b). Obviously Luke wasn’t saying that the pas ‘whole/entirety of’ the world “was forcing/pressing-through-confined-space itself in the kingdom of God” (c) during Christ’s ministry, but that ‘every of a portion-of’ of mankind, the ‘portion’ being those hearing the call of God to come to Jesus (d), was forcing themselves through these huge crowds that were flocking around Jesus to the preaching of the gospel, and it seemed like a veritable sea of people.”  <Notes> a) John 11:48, b) John 12:19, c) Luke 16:16, d) John 6:44, 65.

 

Another example is in James 1:2,Hegeomai lead-the-way-by-considering-it as pas joy/source of joy/gladness/delight when you fall into various trials” doesn’t mean “When you stumble into various kinds of trials, consider them as-a-whole/in-entirety as a joyful/source of joy/glad/delightful experience!”  This is like calling black “white” and evil “good.”  It’s is a lie!  And it’s absurd!  God doesn’t want us lying to Him about our experiences – practicing liars don’t even make it into heaven (1 Timothy 1:10; Revelations 21:8)!  Instead James is saying:  “take responsibility for yourself by leading the way in the way you are thinking/supposing throughout various kinds of trials, by “thinking/supposing ‘a portion of’ chara joy/source of joy/gladness/delight.”  James is a pretty gloomy guy, even telling worldly Christians to “turn their joy into gloom” in James 4:9, but here in James 1:2-12 he defines “a portion of joy/source of joy/gladness/delight” in context to be what a Christian will get when you know your “tested faith produces steadfastness leading to completeness.”  An example is “the lowly brother boasting/glorying in his [later] exaltation” for “blessed/to-be-envied is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for WHEN/AFTER he has stood the test he shall indeed receive the crown of genuine-life.”  This is “the source of joy/gladness/delight” we can have during our trials!  We have to get our “head out of our currently earthly woes” and “look forward to our eternal rewards!”

 

That’s exactly what Hebrews 12:1-5 is saying:  “Let us also lay aside every weight, and/coupled sin – in context, likely the persecution of others causing us trials, our out temptation to give up our faith in Christ – which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our trusting-relying-faith, who for the joy/source of joy/gladness/delight that was set in front of him [in time] endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted [in your trials of persecution]. In your struggle against sin (see above) you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.”

 

Let’s look at the use of pas just in 2 Timothy.  Paul uses pas as “the whole/entirety of” often, clearly verifiable or ideal statement of truth (a), he also uses it as “a portion of” because the idea of “entirety” would simply be impossible, or impossible to verify, but more often an exaggerated perspective used for literary effect (b). <Notes> a) 2 Timothy 3:11-12, 4:8, 16-17, 21, b) 2 Timothy 1:15, 3:9.

 

The use of graphe scripture here in 2 Timothy 3:16 is singular without the definite article which always emphasizes ‘portions of’ scripture, the type determined by the context.  In this case, we will see that ‘portion’ is likely not limited to the OT Prophets, we’ve seen a common division of the OT, but to all “God-breathed” prophetic ‘portions’ everywhere in scripture, even the Law, as emphasized in the indefinite singular used in 1 Peter 2:6; 2 Peter 1:20 – see BT5, section a3.

 

For example, Moses speaks of “a Prophet like me from among you – it is to Him you must listen” (a).   Jesus said, “And beginning with Moses and pas whole/entirety-of the Prophets, Jesus interpreted to them in pas ‘portion of’ the scriptures the things concerning Himself. . . . pas ‘portion of’ things written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms (b) must be fulfilled/finished” (c).  Here you can see that the ‘portion of’ uses of pas are clearly defined as those “concerning Himself . . . written about Me.”  Philip told Nathanael, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and the Prophets wrote” (d).  Paul often cites prophetic ‘portions’ of scripture to prove the Messiah and His gospel, specifically to stubborn or wavering Jews (e), so likely Paul is simply telling Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:14-17 to do “continue in what you have already learned . . . from childhood . . . that powerfully-enabled you to be wise unto salvation through trusting-relying-faith in Christ Jesus . . . so that as the ‘man of God’ [that you are] may be complete, equipped for every good work” that you are called to do in your preaching-evangelism ministry.  It’s really important to read verse in context!  <Notes> a) Deuteronomy 18:15, b) we’ve seen a common 3-part division of the scriptures, c) Luke 24:27, 44, d) John 1:45, e) Romans 1:2, 4:3, 9:17, 10:11, 11:2, 15:4; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Galatians 3:8, 4:30; 1 Timothy 5:18.

 

Also, as I’ve said, in ALL of Paul’s other writings graphe has the definite article and only refers to specific ‘portions of’ scripture.  2 Timothy 3:16 is only place without the article, but likely Paul will be consistent, especially since the normal use by others, as we’ve seen, of the indefinite singular is as ‘portion of.’  Furthermore, the context tells us exactly what ‘portion’ is in mind:  theopneustos “God-breathed-kind” is an adjective right after “pas scripture” that very obviously qualifies what kind of scripture!  But even more obvious are the words that immediately preceded “pas scripture” – “from childhood you already have eido mentally ‘seen’ to perceive/know the sacred gramma writings, the ones able to make you wise for salvation through trusting-relying-faith in Christ Jesus.”  Thus the ‘portion’ is the theopneustos “God-breathed-kind” spoken by God prophetically throughout the OT!

 

The “breath of God” is the Jewish idea of the Spirit that gives man life (a), and was the way the disciples received the Spirit (b), the “wind of God that blows where it will” related to being born-again Christians (c) and “the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say” in their testimony of Christ (d), just like God came ‘upon or on’ the OT Prophets (e), and the Jewish-Christian Paul speaks often of the Spirit and prophecy, making it a top priority of Christians (f). The Spirit blew across the face of the waters to cause the land to appear (g). <Notes> a) Job 33:4; Acts 17:25; Revelation 11:11, b) John 20:22, c) John 3:8, d) Luke 12:12, e) Numbers 24:2; 1 Samuel 19:20, 23; 2 Chronicles 15:1, 20:14, f) 1 Corinthians 12:10, 13:9, 14:1, 5, 24, 31, 39, g) Genesis 1:2.

 

Though the adjective theopneustos Paul uses for “God-breathed-kind” isn’t used anywhere in the bible, the root pneo is used of the blowing of a strong wind (a), but in the NT of the Holy Spirit within born-again Christians moving them where He wills (b).  Paul could also have borrowed the idea from pre-Christian Greek writings where it refers to “divinely-inspired wisdom,” like Plato who believed “sole rulership of the divine spirit replaced human mental activity” in a prophet.  However, more likely Paul, as a Pharisee who studied under the famed Gamaliel (c), is “borrowing” from His great gnosis info-knowledge of prophetic scriptures and rabbinic Judaism, which spoke often of the “Spirit resting on and sometimes in the Prophets, speaking through them so that their words were from God by the means of the Spirit.” <Notes> a) Matthew 7:25, 27, John 6:18; Luke 12:55; Acts 27:40; Revelation 7:1, b) John 3:8, c) Acts 5:34, 22:3.

 

Paul did NOT write “All scripture IS God-breathed and/thus IS profitable for teaching.”  There is no “IS” in the Greek text that many bibles erroneously insert!  “God-breathed” and “profitable” are both adjectives, but then they say, “They must be predicate adjectives acting as direct-objects of verbs that here don’t exist, thus justifying the insertion of “IS.”  They argue that Paul has done this before in 1 Timothy 4:4 where he argues against following the Jewish food Laws as Christians:  “For the reason is:  every created-thing (noun) of/belonging-to God IS a-good-kind (adjective) and/thus [by parallel structure:] absolutely-in-fact no thing (noun) IS a-rejectable-kind (adjective), [but] routinely being received (participle) with thanksgiving.”  The participle phrase explains why “absolutely-in-fact no thing IS a rejectable-kind [of thing].”  Just because it makes sense here to insert IS, we aren’t forced to in 2 Timothy 3:16.  You can’t use just 1 case to force another case.

 

In first place, why would Paul be trying to make a point that the “whole/entirety of scripture IS God-breathed and-coupled-to-this IS profitable for teaching, for . . .”?  Wouldn’t that be stating the obvious to Timothy, his long-time protégé?  Isn’t that something His believing Jewish-Christian mother Eunice and grandmother Lois (a) would have clearly drilled into him to bring him to the Lord as a child?  If Paul was trying to prove to Timothy the inspiration of scripture, how come he didn’t given any proofs of this?  And Paul didn’t say “Because the whole of scripture IS inspired THEN it’s profitable for teaching, for . . .”.  When they chose the least obvious path of translation, they have to find a way to get around the many problems they create. <Notes> a) 2 Timothy 1:5; Acts 16:1.

 

Secondly, based on the fact that Paul just reminded Timothy of a certain ‘portion’ of scripture he was taught by Lois & Eunice that was prophetic regarding the Messiah and His New Covenant because they “are powerfully-enabled to make you wise for salvation through trusting-relying-faith in Christ Jesus,” it’s much more likely that the adjectives “God-breathed kai profitable” are NOT special predicate-adjectives but 2 normally-functioning adjective-modifiers linked by kai to again emphasize the prophetic ‘portion’ that Timothy was trained “from childhood” but that he also “already learned” (a) throughout 1 Timothy and 2 Timothy from “the sound doctrine/teaching” that Paul further trained him by (b). <Notes> a) “Knowing from whom you already learned it” has “whom” in the plural, allowing for Lois, Eunice, and Paul, b) 1 Timothy 1:10, 6:3; 2 Timothy 1:13, 4:3.

 

The main argument of the entire passage is to get Timothy to understanding that what he has already learned is also “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training-rearing (like Timothy had already undergone) . . .for the man of God to be complete, equipped for every good work.” The adjective “profitable for” introduces Paul’s main argument, not that it “all scripture IS God-breathed.”  The latter is the only a clarifying reason for why Paul is considering it “profitable for . . .”  That’s why “God-breathed” and “profitable for” are linked by kai.  This conjunction doesn’t always “couple similar things together” but often is best translated “and this too, and also, and likewise, moreover, even this, indeed namely, and thus” to introduce a conclusion from a previous argument.  That’s what we see here.

 

Therefore, it’s more likely Paul is saying:14Continue in what you have already learned . . . the sacred gramma writings, the ones that are powerfully-enabled to make you wise for salvation through trusting-relying-faith in Christ Jesus.  Pas ‘every of the ones in that portion’ of Scripture, the God-breathed ‘portion’ thus/indeed-are profitable for teaching, for . . .”  Thus Paul uses kai to introduce the conclusion of his argument started way back in verse 14, “continue in what you have already learned and have already firmly put your trusting-relying-faith in . . .”  You can trust your mother, grandmother, and me and you already know the value of the Messianic prophecies being God-breathed and making you spiritually-wise for saving-faith in Christ Jesus, so therefore NOW use them in your ministry as “a man of God so that you will be complete and equipped for every good work.”  Paul is saying, “Use what you have learned for yourself to help others in your ministry.”  It’s just so important to read everything in context to understand the main argument so that you don’t get side-tracked into other arguments that simply are NOT there if you translate correctly.  Paul is telling Timothy to use the ‘portions’ that you already learned from others, which you know the value of and have confidence in, the ‘portions’ that I routinely use in my own ministry, even in training you, the “sound teachings” that you see in all my writings.

 

Thirdly, the only 4 other places that graphe scripture in the singular (a) is used without the definite article (b) they ALL refer to a ‘portion’ of scripture, where that ‘portion’ is clearly prophetic, specifically of Jesus Christ and the logos gospel message of The Truth about Him – and Paul’s Romans verses are 50% of these!  Thus it is very likely Paul is doing the same here in 1 Timothy 3:16.  The prophetic ‘portion’ of scripture is also the “pay attention” emphasis of Peter:  “We have the prophetic logos message more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention to . . .  knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of/belonging-to scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation.  For no prophecy was produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (c).  So the main apostles of the Jews and Gentiles both zero in on ‘a portion’ of scripture in their logos message ministry.  It is no wonder that ALL the NT writers most frequently quote from the OT Prophets Shouldn’t we be wary of the other ‘portions’ of scripture?  <Notes> a) see BT5 – a section of definitions, b) John 19:37; 2 Peter 1:20; Romans 1:2, 16:26, c) 2 Peter 1:19-21.

 

Fourthly, the NT writers aren’t just obsessed by the prophetic ‘portion’ of OT writings, they are really obsessed about current prophetic experience!  Likewise, we consistently see the Holy Spirit “coming upon or on” God’s “servants” in the NT (a) with signs & wonders and grace-gifts bestowed as part of the promised Spirit during Spirit-baptism (b), as prophesied by the prophet Joel that Peter preached to begin the Church with (c).  Jesus is our example of Spirit-empowerment for ministry (d), and likely is how the kingdom of God comes upon us (e).  That’s the real promise of the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant – not just a few prophets who “see and hear” God’s directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words through “prophecy, dreams, and visions” or only a few “greatest among you” who receive this experientially, relationally ginosko knowing of God, but now to “ALL of God’s people” (f), ALL of God’s “men-servants and maid-servants” (g)!  If the NT writers are obsessed about the prophetic, old and new, then why aren’t we?  <Notes> a) Luke 1:35, 2:25; 1 Peter 4:14, b) Acts 1:8, c) Joel 2:28-29 cited by Acts 2:17-18, d) Matthew 12:18; Luke 4:18, e) Matthew 12:28, f) Jeremiah 31:33-34, g) Acts 2:18.

 

Fifthly, we also have to keep in mind who the audience is that NT writers are speaking to when they refer to any ‘portions of’ graphe scripture, even if they are prophetic.  If you do a careful analysis of every OT citation within the NT, you will find that they were ALWAYS done for a Jewish audience who would naturally revere the scriptures as authoritative, likely understand their meaning, and thus hopefully be convinced of the NT argument.  However, you will NEVER see this done for a Gentile audience who could care less, wouldn’t understand, and thus not be convinced.  This is the first rule of effective speaking – “know thy audience!”  You can look at the dates of books and see the difference!  Books written before the time when Paul & Barnabas turned away from the Jews to the Gentiles in Acts 13:45-46 around 48 AD, books especially after 64 AD Jewish Wars, and definitely books after the Jewish dispersion in 70 AD with the destruction of Jerusalem were predominantly written to Jewish-Christian audiences, unless clearly designated otherwise.  Know thy audience!  We especially see a change in vocabulary and scripture references in later Christian writers written predominantly to Gentiles!

 

Sixth, we have to keep in mind the radical shift in what was considered the logos “Word of God” from the OT to the NT – see BT3.  This made it easier and easier to “let go” of the palios “old, antiquated, worn-out, weak, worthless” covenant, scriptures, and ways.  The Church needed to radically shift to become “ministers of completely-different-in-kind New Covenant, absolutely in fact NOT of the gramma letter but of the Spirit. For the gramma letter kills, but the Spirit gives zoe genuine-life” (a).  The “living, active, sharper than a double-edged sword” (b) is absolutely NOT any bible writings, but Jesus Christ, our High Priest, our Sabbath Rest from scripture’s ‘works’ (c).  Context defines words!  The Jewish bible students who “diligently searched/studied the scriptures supposing that they could take hold of zoe genuine-life everlasting” were sorely mistaken!  These writings were simply there to “testify about Jesus,” but they “ongoingly refused to come to Jesus for that zoe genuine-life” (d), so they missed the whole point!  Once you have the “real thing” what do you need the “shadow and copy of it” (e) for?  And so we see over time, the early Church “letting go” more and more of the scriptures. <Notes> a) 2 Corinthians 3:6, b) Hebrew 4:12, c) Hebrews 4:9-11, 14, d) John 5:39-40, e) Hebrews 8:5, 10:1; Colossians 2:17.

 

Seventh, understanding how Paul has used these other words of “profitable, instruction/teaching, reproof, correction, training/rearing in righteousness, man-of-God, and good work” will clue us in what ‘category/portion/kind of’ scripture he is talking about.  We will see it’s absolutely NOT the Law!

 

Timothy is the “man of God” in mind, but also others Timothy will train (a).  All these “teaching, reproving, correcting” words Paul uses are descriptions of what the “man of God” Timothy, the preacher-evangelist-in-training, will need to do to counter the Jewish teachers of the Law that are opposing the gospel in the Church, trying to re-convert Jewish-Christians and Gentile proselytes back to Judaism – the book of Hebrews is dedicated to this.  Many of Paul’s letters are attempts to undo the damage down by Jewish teachers of the Law and the oral “Traditions of the Elders.”  We also know from the NT writings and early Church records that the prophetic ‘portion of’ scripture regarding the Messiah and salvation by trusting-relying-faith (b), were the main “tools” for converting or catechizing (c) Jews to Christ, just as Timothy had been.  This is what Paul means in 2 Timothy 3:16 by “training/rearing in righteousness,” as we will see later.  <Notes> a) 1 Timothy 6:11, b) like Romans 1:17 citing Habakkuk 2:4, c) katecheo: repetitive instruction of foundational truths: Luke 1:4; Galatians 6:6; 1 Corinthians 14:19; Acts 18:25 – see Teach One Another.

 

The “instruction/teaching” in 2 Timothy 3:16 refers to the “sound or good doctrine” of Jesus Christ and of the gospel’s trusting-relying-faith in Christ that accords with godliness (a).  See Teach One Another.  <Notes> a) 1 Timothy 1:10, 4:6, 6:3; 2 Timothy 4:2; Titus 1:9, 13, 2:1.

 

“Profitable” is used regarding physical training vs. godliness from the training (a) in the logos messages of The Trusting-Relying-Faith and/coupled of the good/beautiful doctrine/teaching that you have already followed” (b).  Godliness doesn’t come from the Law but the gospel-of-Faith training! <Notes> a) training to renounce godlessness: Titus 2:12, b) 1 Timothy 4:6-8.

 

“Reproof” could mean correcting the persistent sin of Church leaders in front of the Church (a), but in context means to patiently yet sharply refute and rebuke teachers of Gentile religions and particularly the Jewish Law that all contradict ‘sound doctrine,’ so that they may be sound in The Trusting-Relying-Faith, absolutely in fact not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commandments of/belonging-to men who turn away from the The Truth“(b).  Even if they are OT commandments of the Law, they are still “of/belonging-to men!”  Paul has little patience for teachers of the Law! <Notes> a) 1 Timothy 5:19-20, b) Titus 1:13-14.

 

“Correction” is the Greek word epanorthosis used only here of restoration to the ‘straightness of’ uprightness or godliness but is similar to anorthoo used in Hebrews 12:12 for “strengthening listless hands and weak knees” during the discipline of enduring persecution while keeping the peace, which is certainly a training in righteousness.  Jewish-Christians needed encouragement to keep from being swayed under trials and persecution to remain godly.  However, Timothy was told to reject the Law’s methods of godliness through commandments, but to be “trained in/by/with the logos messages of trusting-relying-faith and/coupled the good doctrine/teaching you have already followed” per 1 Timothy 4:6-8.

 

“Training” is the noun paideia meaning child-rearing instruction (a), the discipline of little children that trains them in the way of peace and righteousness (b), but the verb form paideuo similarly means gently-as-with-a-child corrective training of opponents of the Lord’s gospel servants (c), just as the unconditional-favor-of-grace of God trains us to reject godless ways (d), or as the discipline of the Lord that benefits us that we may share in His holiness (e).  Just as Timothy was ‘gently-reared’ by Lois and Eunice, the “man of God” needed to do the same for others, whether opponents or children, also “making them wise unto salvation through trusting-relying-faith in Christ Jesus” (f). <Notes> a) Ephesians 6:4, b) Hebrews 12:5, 7-8, 12, c) 2 Timothy 2:25, d) Titus 2:12, e) Hebrews 2:10, 12:6, 7, 10; 1 Corinthians 11:32, f) 2 Timothy 3:15.

 

“Good works” are ordained for every Christian (a), which are indeed “profitable” but “quarrels about the Law are unprofitable and worthless (b), something that teachers of the Law regularly engage in (c) because they believe it worships God with their “mind” (d).  However, in context “the good works” of this “man of God” Timothy is the “work of preaching/evangelism of the gospel” (e), in which Timothy was grace-gifted by the Holy Spirit to do (f).  Paul isn’t training him to teaching the Law!  <Notes> a) 2 Timothy 2:21; Titus 3:1; of women: 1 Timothy 2:10, 5:10, b) Titus 3:8-9, c) 1 Timothy 6:4; 2 Timothy 2:14, 23, d) Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27, e) 2 Corinthians 10:16; Philippians 4:3, f) 1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:6.

 

As useful as the prophetic ‘portions of’ scripture are to converting Jews, they are still stoicheion “elementary ‘abc’ doctrines” of Christ, foundational ‘abc’ teachings for Jewish-Christians which prepared them for Christian conversion, such as:  teachings about turning from the dead/useless works of the Law and instead of trusting God (a), about the uselessness of ceremonial washings (b), about priesthood ordination by the laying on of hands (c), the resurrection of the dead (d), and the judgement of God (e) (f).  It’s bewildering that so many Christians misinterpret this passage simply because they don’t know who the book of Hebrews was written to!  <Notes> a) trusting the Law vs trusting Christ that He was sent by God is the central logos message of the NT, b) not to be confused with Christian water-baptism, c) not to be confused with the anointing of the Holy Spirit, d) the Pharisees believed in this, but the Sadducees didn’t, but if Christ wasn’t raised from the dead there is no forgiveness of sin, e) which will NOW be by Christ having been given ALL authority after His resurrection, f) Hebrews 6:1-2.

 

The Hebrew writer spends so much time quoting OT prophetic scriptures about the superiority of Christ and the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant, which are all stoicheion “elementary, fundamental ‘abc’ principle” doctrines that led them originally to Christ, but “though by this time they ought to be teachers [to convert other Jews] you need someone to teach you AGAIN the stoicheion elementary ‘abc’ principles of the Oracles of God (a).  You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is untrained/un-skilled in the logos message of righteousness (b) since he is a child.  But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil” (c) – see New Covenant Ways – BT16<Notes> a) logion uttered messages in the old covenant: Romans 3:2; Acts 7:38; in the New Covenant: 1 Peter 4:11, b) Jesus is the logos Word of God, or The Truth, the Righteous One.  Again training isn’t supposed to come from the Law but Christ, c) Hebrews 5:12-14.

 

These “powers of discernment” certainly have something to do with “tasting the heavenly grace-gift, sharing in the Holy Spirit, tasting the goodness of the Logos Message of God (a) and/coupled the enabling-powers of the age to come.”  This is the same Greek word dunamis for “enabling-power of the Holy Spirit” used throughout the NT!  This is where discernment of good and evil is supposed to come from, not referring to commandments in the OT!   In context, the “milk” is the OT scripture, even if it is prophetic about Christ, and “solid food” is “powerfully-enabling revelation by Christ’s Holy Spirit to renew your mind/heart/inner man to discern the Lord’s will” (b), from the “living logos Message of God” (c).   God shows no partiality; even little children can discern by the means of the Holy Spirit to experientially, relationally ginosko know God and His will – see The Least Among You – BT8<Notes> a) Jesus and His logos gospel message of The Truth, Hebrews 4:12, b) 1 Corinthians 2:14; Philippians 1:9; Romans 12:2; Ephesians 5:10, c) Christ in context: Hebrews 4:12, John 1:1-3; 1 John 1:1.

 

Finally, Paul reminded Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:14 “from childhood you already have eido mentally ‘seen’ to perceive/know the sacred gramma writings.”  Eido isn’t gnosis info-knowledge gained from study like the Pharisees and scribes were experts of.  It’s not even emphasizing experiential, relational knowledge like ginosko, epignosis does, even though Paul often uses these words.  Eido is OT Prophet and New Covenant prophetic-rhema visionary knowledge!  Paul often uses eido for “knowing God” by perceiving Him with the mind’s eye (a), especially of knowing Jesus Christ (b), something he proseuchomai conversationally-prayed for every Christian to experience (c), which is the way God knows the mind of His own Holy Spirit (d), and the way the Holy Spirit knows the things of God (e), and by the Spirit is how we know the things freely given to us by God (f).  This “seeing” knowledge is indeed part of prophecy, visions, and dreams, thus “seeing” mysteries and knowledge (g).  About the false Jewish and Gentile teachers, Paul says they profess to know God but their deeds deny Him (h).  <Notes> a) Galatians 4:8; 1 Thessalonians 4:5, b) 1 Corinthians 2:2, c) Ephesians 1:8, d) He “sees” it: Romans 8:27, e) He “sees” it: 1 Corinthians 2:11, f) 1 Corinthians 2:12, though previously hidden from men – v. 2:9, g) 1 Corinthians 13:2, h) Titus 1:16.

 

The writer of Hebrews 8:11 citing Jeremiah 31:34 says the radical distinction of the completely-different-in-kind New (a) Covenant is that “absolutely no longer in possibility or in fact shall any man teach his brethren or neighbor to experientially, relationally yada/ginosko know the Lord because pas (b) shall eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know,” but this time “from the least to the greatest!”  The “seeing” knowledge of prophecy, dreams, and visions is “absolutely no longer” to just a few OT prophets but is now “promised” to ALL of God’s “men and maid-servants” (c).  Therefore the use of eido in 2 Timothy 3:14 is another clue that Paul is speaking of ‘the portion of’ scripture that is “God-breathed-kind” or in other words, prophetic<Notes> a) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely-different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior, b) every of a ‘portion of’ – clearly pas can’t be translated ‘the whole/entirety of’ the Jewish people because the NT says that “only a Jewish remnant are saved” so ‘the portion of’ are the elect/chosen remnant who are indeed God’s people under His New Covenant, c) Joel 2:28-29 cited by Acts 2:17-18.

 

The following from Logos Word of God – BT6 repeats some of what is above but adds more evidence, so is worth including here:

 

The prophetic ‘portion of’ sense of “pas all scripture” in 2 Timothy 3:16 above is even clearer by the next word, “breathed-out by God,” a compound adjective that comes from theos “God” + pneo “strong blowing” (a), which is associated with pneuma, the word for “wind, breath, Spirit.”  Therefore, the adjective means “Spirit-blown” (b). This likely refers to the “wind or breath” of God that came “upon” or “on” OT Prophets (c) and God’s NT servants (d) as the grace-gift or promised Holy Spirit (e) or that started Christ’s ministry (f).  Rabbinic Judaism ‘believed’ the “Spirit rested on/upon or rarely IN the Prophets, speaking through them so that their words were from God by the Spirit.”  However, I couldn’t find any biblical evidence that the Spirit came INTO OT prophets! See also Logos Word of God – BT7. <Notes> a) Matthew 7:25, 27, John 6:18; Luke 12:55; Acts 27:40; Revelation 7:1, b) John 3:8, 20:22; Genesis 1:2, c) Numbers 24:2; 1 Samuel 19:20, 23; 2 Chronicles 15:1, 20:14, d) Luke 1:35, 2:25; 1 Peter 4:14, e) Acts 1:8, 2:17-18 citing Joel 2:28-29, f) Matthew 12:18; Luke 4:18.

 

Neither this “Spirit-blown” adjective or the next coupled (by kai) adjective “profitable” have a verb, but too many translations insert the verbs “is” (a) as if both were “predicate adjectives” (b), as if Paul was about to prove to Jewish-Christians that “the whole/entirety of scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for … .” If that were the case, why didn’t Paul give us any proofs for “the whole/entirety of scripture being inspired by God?” No, Paul simply started with an “attributive adjective” what Timothy already know infant-childhood, simply adding this adjective modifier to remind Timothy what ‘portion of’ scripture Paul was talking about – the prophetic ones he grew up on and were converted to Christ by, the ones produced by the pneuma Spirit of theos God through the mouth of the Prophets!  Many Greek scholars agree this first adjective is “attributive” (c).  One reason is that anarthrous (d) adjectives, like “God-breathed,” always show up immediately after the noun they modify (here “scripture”), thus according to Vincent’s Word Studies (e), should be translated “every divinely-inspired scripture.” <Notes> a) some with no indication that it is an insertion, b) those that introduce additional statements, c) see franknelte.net/article 281, d) i.e., without an article, e) and other scholars Adam Clarke, Henry Alford, Daniel Mace.

 

Furthermore, the conjunction kai between “inspired” and “profitable” in 2 Timothy 3:16 is omitted in Old-Latin, Clementine Vulgate, Syrian Peshitta, and many of the Church Fathers. The Greek scholar Daniel Mace’s in his NT of 1729 didn’t include “and” either in his translation. The Greek scholar Adam Clark (1760-1832) stated that “kai is omitted by almost all the versions and many of the fathers, and certainly does not agree well with the text.” Henry Alford (1810-1871) though he “nevertheless acknowledged that the presence of kai in this verse is an awkward one, which really deprives the sentence of symmetry.”  So much effort has been made to force kai to mean “and” to couple “inspired and profitable” together and force them to both be predicate adjectives.  This is unnecessary because kai has other meanings “still, besides, also, moreover, likewise, even, indeed, namely, specifically” (a) that could just as easily apply. Based on the context, Paul probably meant: “Every portion/kind/class of scripture, i.e. [those] God-breathed prophetic “oracles of God”, are indeed/specifically profitable for . . .,” where the first adjective “God-breathed” is normally attributive, but the second is normally predicate to supply the verb for the rest of the sentence. You have to understand that Greek words have multiple meanings and you have to use the meaning that normally fits the context! <Notes> a) http://biblehub.com/greek/2532.htm, b) http://biblehub.com/greek/2532.htm.\

 

Even if you believe the arguments for both adjectivesis inspired and/coupled is profitable” being predicative adjectives to justify adding “is” in both cases, the vocabulary and contextual reasons stated above and below overwhelmingly indicate the meaning of “all scripture” to be “every of a kind/class/category/portion of scripture,” which in context are the prophetic ones that led Timothy as a child to trusting-relying-faith in Jesus Christ for salvation. These are certainly inspired and indeed profitable for the things that Paul will now talk about for Jewish audiences!  Whatever your understanding of Greek, the context makes it clear what Paul’s logos message to Timothy is. Never build a doctrine on one verse anyway, and certainly not by taking it out of context!

 

Reflection:

 

 

As Christian musicians, do we really want to teach poor translations of the bible, unsupported by the original languages or context, that create “winds of doctrine” that wreak havoc in the Church?  Let’s do our homework before we spout off theology!  Since the Jews were obsessed with reading and studying the Law of Moses, how are Christians so different?  Won’t we end up with the same “hard-hearted” results that Paul warned of, still “under the dominion of sin?”  We have to be careful about reading the scripture, because Jesus, all NT writers, and Jews to this day view the entire OT as the torah/nomos Law of God, not just the 5 books of Moses.  That’s because 97.4% of the OT is permeated by the conditional-favor of the Law.  Only 600 verses have to do with the unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace of Jesus, His gospel message, or His kingdom!

 

Sure, the early Jewish Church used the prophetic ‘portions’ of the OT to convert Jews to Christ, but even the NT writers considered this ‘milk’ to the ‘solid food’ of the Holy Spirit’s teaching.  Are you a Jew needing the ‘milk?’  Then maybe you should look at these ‘portions,’ but then shouldn’t you ‘grow up’ and be taught through the discernment of the Holy Spirit?  If you are a Gentile, why are you reading stuff written only for immature Jews?  Shouldn’t you be “free from the imprisonment of the scriptures” and be learning directly from Christ by His Spirit of holiness?

 

To translate 2 Timothy 3:16 as “pas the whole/entirety of graphe scripture is God-breathed/inspired and is profitable for teaching . . .” violates the way the NT uses the word graphe in the singular without the definite article, especially Peter and Paul as the apostles to the Jews and Gentile respectively, and also violates ALL other ways Paul uses graphe even with the article.  It also violates the way pas often means “every of a ‘portion’ of” instead of “the whole/entirety of” throughout the NT, especially of with Paul.

 

Therefore to be consistent, it should be translated “every of a ‘portion/class of’ scripture . . .”  To do otherwise violates everything Paul says negatively about the Law as not just the 5 books of Moses, for he often equates it with the “prison of scripture” in general, as Jesus, the other writers, and Jews to this today do.  The Law permeates 97.4% of the OT!  Paul won’t even allow Moses to be read in the Church, let alone teachers of the Law to drag Christians back into the slavery of Judaism. Why would Paul tell Timothy the Law is “profitable for teaching . . .” when so often he prohibits it?  All of the world’s religions that teach “commandments, precepts, ordinances, rules, and regulations” enslave people to these “weak, worthless, fundamental ‘abc’ principles.”  Weren’t Christians supposed to be set free and stay free from ALL of this?

 

Even by Greek specific language and clear context, 2 Timothy 3:16 is saying:  “the ‘portions’ of scripture, that is the God-breathed prophetic ‘portions’ that Timothy has already learned from Lois and Eunice in his childhood and recently from Paul’s pastor-in-training efforts, the ones that are “powerfully-enabling to make him wise unto salvation through trusting-relying-faith in Christ Jesus” that are the ones that are “profitable for teaching . . .” – but certainly not the Law of Moses!  God-breathed-speaking is exactly the grace-gift of prophecy that every Christian was supposed to ardently-desired above all every grace-gifts.  Prophetic grace-gifts, signs, wonders, and miracles are the unique “showing-off-demonstrable-proof” confirming the New Covenant gospel message.  If Christians were going to speak or “teach one another” in their Church assemblies, then they should as with the OT “oracles of God.”  It’s just terrible that many insert words into the text without any indication why, so you believe the original text contains them.

 

Paul didn’t write “pas scripture IS God-breathed and IS profitable for …”  There is no verb IS and you don’t have to treat the adjectives “God-breathed” and (kai) “profitable” as predicate adjectives to justify inserting IS.  There are very few reasons to do this and a lot of reasons not to!  The least obvious choice of translation often creates a slew of problems to then rationalize around.

 

The conjunction kai is introducing Paul’s real point of the entire passage:  That because ‘the portion of’ scripture that is God-breathed or prophetic has already led Timothy to salvation by trusting-relying-faith in Christ, he should continue in this, even as a ‘man-of-God’ ‘worker of good’ in his evangelism ministry to teach, reprove, and correct godless opponents of the gospel, especially under pressure from Jewish and Gentile religions and philosophy, but also to train/rear in righteousness with gentleness these opponents and possibly other children in the source of true righteousness, Jesus Christ The Righteous One is our Righteousness, just as Timothy previously already eido mentally ‘saw’ to perceive/know, a spiritual-insight knowledge.  The training Paul and the book of Hebrews is always talking about isn’t gathered from the commandments of the Law but the discernment of the Holy Spirit, that even little children can be guided and taught by, just as Jesus promised the “secrets of the kingdom would be un-hidden to but kept hidden for the so-called ‘wise and understanding one’ bible students that erroneously supposed that by their diligent study of the scripture that in them they would take hold of genuine-life everlasting.”  Boy were they wrong!  They only “testified of Jesus to come to Him” for this!  Bible writing are at best “milk for babies” while the Spirit’s teaching is “solid food for mature sons, ready for their inheritance.”

 

One of the greatest context violations is not understanding the intended audience, and thus Gentile-Christians mistakenly applying to themselves what was written specifically for Jews using their specialized vocabulary and historical-cultural understanding.  Another violation is not understanding the many ways the NT writers are re-defining terms Jews are used to, because they have more revelational “substance” behind the “shadows and copies” of them in the OT, especially what the logos “Word of God” is.  The NT also emphasizes things NOW for ALL of God’s servants that were only for a few in the OT, like eido mental ‘seeing’ to perceive/know visionary, prophetic knowledge of prophets, if which NOW all Christians are to aspire to become.  This is the word Paul used for the anointed Timothy had in his scripture learning.  This isn’t the gnosis info-knowledge of the bible-student Pharisees and scribes.  It’s a night and day difference!

 

If you erroneously believe under a completely-different-in-kind New Covenant and New Way, God is still using graphe scripture as His “Word of God” communication of Himself and His will to His people, then you will fight tooth and nail for a “the whole/entirety of scripture IS God-breathed/inspired and IS profitable for teaching . . .” interpretation, even if you have to twist and distort Greek definitions and ignore the context to do it.  Ironically, they become the very “twisters and distorters” Peter says in 2 Peter 3:16 some are doing with Paul’s hard-to-understand writings, just as they also do with other hard-to-understand OT scriptures.  These people always look for difficult passages, so they can “quarrel about words” as Paul warned Timothy about in 1 Timothy 6:4 and 2 Timothy 2:14.  Even if you don’t know the Greek, the context should have made it clear that 2 Timothy 3:16 couldn’t be talking about “the whole/entirety of scripture is . . . profitable for teaching.”

 

Prayer:

 

 

Lord, keep us as simple as little children who learn directly from their parents by watching and listening to them, not by reading biographies about them or rules written by them thousands of years ago.  What child reads an owner’s manual?  Thank You that You are impartial, yet “giving grace to the humble but opposing the proud,” even “un-hiding the secrets of the kingdom to little children but keeping them hidden from the so-called ‘wise and understanding ones.’”  Thank You from freeing us from “the imprisonment of the scriptures” and “ministry of death by the gramma letters that kill, but give us a ministry of zoe genuine-life by the means of Your Holy Spirit.”  Instead of being devoted to the “milk” sacred writings about You, we can NOW be devoted to directly eido mentally ‘seeing’ to perceive/know You and Your will through the “solid-food” discernment of the Holy Spirit.  This is NOW how we become holy, not by following old, dusty writings in a book and certainly not “commandments, precepts, ordinances, and regulations” of the Law.  Praise Your Name we are free to NOW know you personally by Your Spirit of holiness.

 

I know You speak right to where we are  – You know Your audience:  To the Jews, the scriptures mean something, and so You still use them to reveal Your New Covenant plan of salvation to them, but then you still call them to ween off the “milk” of writings for the “solid food” of the Spirit of holiness.  Thank You Jesus that You also reach us Gentiles right where we are, not requiring us to know even one thing from the OT.  In fact, You warn us to not fall in the “snare, trap, and retribution” the bible-students of Christ’s day stumbled over – they unwisely opted for paper over the person of Christ it testified of, mere copies and shadow instead of the reality they spoke of – see New Covenant Ways – BT17.

 

However, once we hear the “great news” logos message of The Truth, Jesus Christ, You reach right into our lives by Your Spirit “to convict us of sin, righteousness, and judgment to come.”  You call us to Your Son by Your Spirit and we respond by receiving your free grace-gift of genuine-life by coming to Jesus and saying, Yes!  I want You to be my Savior and Lord, my owner and master-ruler.  I confess my sin and turn away from ruling my life, surrendering completely to You NOW ruling my life.  Thus I turn or ‘repent’ and willingly die with You in water-baptism so that my old, self-seeking man will finally die to pull out the power-plug of sin. Then I will also been resurrected with You in water-baptism so that I have a completely-different-in-kind New Spirit-man in my innermost being so that NOW by continued surrender and Your indwelling Spirit’s power I may live more holy, godly, and righteous in order to NOW be able to serve You.

 

 

 

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The early Jewish Church only used 2.6% of the Old Testament and none before long

 

 

 

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Many Gentile-Christians and churches don’t understand that most of the NT was directed to Jews, or to specific individuals or churches to address specific problems, and that there is no indication these writings were meant for a broader audience – absolutely none!  Many times you can get this from just reading the introduction or by careful analysis of pronouns “we” and “us,” the context of “I write this” or “I say this,” and the specific topics discussed. The first rule of every effective teacher is “to know thy audience” and the first rule of every bible interpreter is “to know the intended audience” and not try to apply what is written to anybody outside the “intended audience” – in other words, stay within the context!  The NT shows great contempt for using the OT Law or old covenant’s scriptures within the Christian Church – see Logos Word of God – BT8, considering that 97.4% of the OT is based on the conditionally-loving favor of the Law – see Logos Word of God – BT5a, which is diametrically opposed to the unconditionally-loving-favor-of-grace that the gospel logos messages is based on.

 

Even a cursory reading of the OT will reveal that much of it is not prophetic, but mostly the Law of commandments, historical narrative, and doctrinal teaching. According to The Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecy by J. Barton Payne, there are only 1,239 (5%) OT prophecies within 23,145 verses, only 61 clearly about Jesus (0.26%), and only 7 about the New Everlasting Covenant (0.03%)!  There are about 600 verses (2.6%) that we see have been used in the early Church about Christ, the gospel logos message, and NT realities.  This is what the Jewish-Christians were gleaning from every book of scripture (Luke 24:27), every major portion of scripture (a), and even Moses (b) to convert Jews to trusting-relying-faith in Jesus, not the other 97.4%. <Notes> a) Luke 24:44, b) John 1:45; Deuteronomy 18:15.

 

In fact, the NT writers were very careful to NEVER use scripture except to prove to Jews the the completely-different-in-kind New Way of Christ, His gospel or logos message of The Truth,  “The Promise” of the Holy Spirit, and all NOW part of the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant (a).  Most of these come from the 600 prophecies that make up 2.6% of the OT, leaving 97.4% that are based on the Law, that “has vanished, ended, and been abolished” and that Christian were to “have died to.”  If the NT writers were so careful in their use of the OT, only using it to preach the gospel to Jews “imprisoned by the scripture” (b), will we follow their example?  Or will we still hold on to it as the Jewish bible students did (c), or the Jewish-Christians tempted by Jewish teachers to “turn back again to the weak and worthless stoicheion elementary ‘abc’ principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more,” which in context is referring to the Mosaic Law (d), which is the whole reason the book of Hebrews was written to defend against?  If the Jewish-Christians only used it to covert fellow Jews, why would Gentile use it to convert Gentiles?  <Notes> a) Matthew 1:22, 2:5, 15-17, 2:23, 3:3, 4:4, 6, 7, 10, 14, 8:17, 12: 17, 11:10, 13:14, 35, 21:13, 26:24, 31, 56, 27:9; Mark 1:2, 7:6, 9:12-13, 11:17, 14:21, 27; Luke 1:70, 2:23, 3:4, 4:4, 8, 10, 17, 27, 11:49-50, 19:46, 20:17, 21:22, 37, 24:44, 46; John 1:23, 2:17, 6:31, 45, 8:17, 10:34, 12:14, 16, 38, 15:25; Acts 1:20, 2:16, 3:18, 21, 24, 7:42, 48, 8:28, 30, 34, 10:43, 13:29, 33, 40, 15:15, 23:5, 24:14, 28:23, 25; Romans 1:2, 17, 2:24, 3:4, 10, 21, 4:17, 23, 8:36, 9:13, 33, 10:15, 11:8, 26, 12:19, 14:11, 15:3, 4, 9, 21, 16:26; 1 Corinthians 1:19, 31, 2:9, 3:19, 6:16, 9:9, 10, 10:7, 11, 14:21, 15:45, 54; 2 Corinthians 8:15, 9:9; Galatians 3:10, 13, 4:22, 27; Hebrews 1:1; 1 Peter 1:10, 16; and 2 Peter 1:19-21, 3:2, b) Galatians 3:22, c) John 5:38-40, d) Galatians 4:9.

 

The first 200 years of Church history confirms that early Jewish-Christians used only ‘portions of’ of OT scripture that were “routinely, powerfully-enabling to make you wise reaching-arriving at salvation thru-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith in Christ Jesus” (a), clearly defined by the immediate context (b) of what:  “you already learned and/coupled have already firmly had trusting-relying-faith by, having already [with ongoing results] eido mentally ‘seen’ to perceive/know from whom (c) you already learned it, even how from infant-childhood you had already [with ongoing results] eido mentally ‘seen’ to perceive/know the sacred gramma writings (d)” – not ALL of the ‘portions of’ the OT (e), but only “this [portion] that routinely is powerfully-enabling to make you wise reaching-arriving at salvation thru-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith in Christ Jesus.”  The Messianic portions!  <Notes> a) 2 Timothy 3:15, b) v. 3:14 , c) plural: not just Paul but Timothy’s grandmother Louis and mother Eunice, per v. 2 Timothy 1:5 and Acts 16:1, d) plural with no article = ‘portions of’ OT, e) see Logos Word of God – BT4 and  – BT5.

 

Only the prophetic ‘portions of’ scripture are what Paul now considers in 2 Timothy 3:16 to be “profitable for instruction,” which is learning/teaching doctrine regarding godliness (a), “profitable” in  what is the “Savior’s goodness, unconditionally-loving kindness, Christ’s appearing, salvation and justification by unconditional-favor-of-grace because of Christ’s works” (b), along with “devotion to good works” that “accords with godliness” (c), but certainly not “the unprofitable and worthless quarrels about the Law” (d). <Notes> a) 1 Timothy 4:8, b) Titus 3:8-9, c) 1 Timothy 6:3; Titus 1:1, d) 1 Timothy 1:10, 6:3; 2 Timothy 4:2; Titus 1:9, 13, 2:1.

 

This is the context in which to understand 2 Timothy 3:16’s “All (pas) scripture,” where pas most often means, when there is no definite article in the [singular] as is here, “every within a kind/class/category/portion of” (a) “scripture”, that is, ‘the portion of’ scripture referring back to “this [portion] that routinely is powerfully-enabling to make you wise reaching/arriving at salvation thru-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith in Christ Jesus.”  Pas “all” here is NOT the “composite whole” view of pas that occurs with the definite article of plural “scriptures” (b) or [singular] “scripture” (c) – see Logos Word of God – BT5.  Greek grammarians know this but few English bibles make the distinction!  <Notes> a) termed the “distributed or portioned” sense, cf. James 1:2; John 12:19; Luke 16:16 – see Logos Word of God – BT7, b) Matthew 22:29; John 5:39; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, c) John 19:28; Galatians 3:22; Romans 11:2.

 

Here “scripture” (graphe) in the [singular] without the definite article, with the “portioned” sense, in Hellenistic Judaism frequently means “a book of scripture” or in the NT, “a passage of scripture” (a), so likely, Paul is simply saying “every of a particular portion/book/passage of scripture.”  Furthermore, it’s no coincidence that everywhere “scripture” is used without the definite article (b) it refers to prophetic scriptures concerning Jesus and His logos gospel message, and Paul’s three writings are 60% of these!  <Notes> a) Mark 12:10; John 19:37; 20:9; Acts 8:35; 1 Timothy 5:18, b) John 19:37; 2 Peter 1:20, Romans 1:2, 16:26.

 

Traditionally, however, the 3 main “portions/categories/classes” of scripture are: “The Law/Torah, Pentateuch, or 5 Books of Moses (a), Prophets, and Writings,” though the NT only refers to the “Law and Prophets“(b), “Moses and Prophets” (c), and only in one place, “the Law, Prophets, and Psalms” (d). <Notes> a) the first 5 books of the OT, cf. Luke 24:27, b) Matthew 5:17, 7:12, 11:13, 22:40; Luke 16:16; John 1:45; Acts 13:15, 24:14, 28:23; Romans 3:21, c) Luke 16:29, 31, 24:27; Acts 26:22, d) Luke 24:44.

 

Is Moses what Christians were meant to have?  Moses was “The Master-Teacher” for all Jews concerning the “earned, merited, and deserved conditional, loving-favor” of the Law!  The teachers of Moses’ Law came into the Church as “false brothers secretly brought in – who slipped in to spy out our freedom (a) that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery (a)” (b). Jesus said nobody among Christians “are to be called kathegetes Master-Teachers, for you have One Master, the Christ (c)” (d) – see Coaches and Facilitators. <Notes> a) context: from Moses’s Law, b) Galatians 2:4, c) Messiah, the Anointed One, d) Matthew 23:10, cf. Jude 1:4; Luke 8:45, 9:33, 17:13.

 

Instead of the earned, merited, deserved conditionally-loving favor of God by the Law’s works of righteousness, aren’t we to “have the unearned, unmerited, undeserved unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace of God and/coupled the free grace-gift (a) by the unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace of the One man Jesus Christ” (b)?  Furthermore, “Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him” (c), for “as many of you as were water-baptized into Christ have put on [like fresh, clean, new clothes] Christ” (d). Only then we will “have the mind of Christ” (e), “having this mind among yourselves, which is yours [located] IN Christ Jesus” (f). <Notes> a) of righteousness through Christ’s ransom-redemption – Romans 3:24, 4:4, b) Romans 5:15, c) Romans 8:9, d) Galatians 3:27, e) 1 Corinthians 2:16, f) Philippians 2:5.

 

Finally, John warns Christians: “Everyone who routinely goes further than what is right/proper (a) and/coupled does not meno continue-to-dwell in/by/with (b) the teaching of Christ does not have God, but whoever does meno continue-to-dwell in/by/with (b) this teaching has both the Father and the Son” (c), and the context (d) of “this teaching” is that “Jesus Christ is coming (e) in the flesh” we know the antichrists and deceivers ridiculed, but Christians were to look forward to this to “win their full reward” (f) at Christ’s second coming (g), particularly Christ’s rewards at the Bema Seat of judgement (h). <Notes> a) proago: either forward or backward in time, b) see Bible Info for a discussion of the preposition en with the dative case following, c) 2 John 1:9, d) v. 1:7, e) not has already come of 1 John 4:2, f) 2 John 1:8, g) 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Thessalonians 2:1, h) 1 Corinthians 3:14.

The prophetic ‘portion of’ sense of “pas all scripture” in 2 Timothy 3:16 above is even clearer by the next word, “breathed-out by God,” a compound adjective that comes from theos “God” + pneo “strong blowing” (a), which is associated with pneuma, the word for “wind, breath, Spirit.”  Therefore, the adjective means “Spirit-blown” (b). This likely refers to the “wind or breath” of God that came “upon” or “on” OT Prophets (c) and God’s NT servants (d) as the grace-gift or promised Holy Spirit (e) or that started Christ’s ministry (f).  Rabbinic Judaism ‘believed’ the “Spirit rested on/upon or rarely IN the Prophets, speaking through them so that their words were from God by the Spirit.”  However, I couldn’t find any biblical evidence that the Spirit came INTO OT prophets! See also Logos Word of God – BT7. <Notes> a) Matthew 7:25, 27, John 6:18; Luke 12:55; Acts 27:40; Revelation 7:1, b) John 3:8, 20:22; Genesis 1:2, c) Numbers 24:2; 1 Samuel 19:20, 23; 2 Chronicles 15:1, 20:14, d) Luke 1:35, 2:25; 1 Peter 4:14, e) Acts 1:8, 2:17-18 citing Joel 2:28-29, f) Matthew 12:18; Luke 4:18.

 

Neither this “Spirit-blown” adjective or the next coupled (by kai) adjective “profitable” have a verb, but too many translations insert the verbs “is” (a) as if both were “predicate adjectives” (b), as if Paul was about to prove to Jewish-Christians that “the whole/entirety of scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for … .” If that were the case, why didn’t Paul give us any proofs for “the whole/entirety of scripture being inspired by God?” No, Paul simply started with an “attributive adjective” what Timothy already know infant-childhood, simply adding this adjective modifier to remind Timothy what ‘portion of’ scripture Paul was talking about – the prophetic ones he grew up on and were converted to Christ by, the ones produced by the pneuma Spirit of theos God through the mouth of the Prophets!  Many Greek scholars agree this first adjective is “attributive” (c).  One reason is that anarthrous (d) adjectives, like “God-breathed,” always show up immediately after the noun they modify (here “scripture”), thus according to Vincent’s Word Studies (e), should be translated “every divinely-inspired scripture.” <Notes> a) some with no indication that it is an insertion, b) those that introduce additional statements, c) see franknelte.net/article 281, d) i.e., without an article, e) and other scholars Adam Clarke, Henry Alford, Daniel Mace.

 

Furthermore, the conjunction kai between “inspired” and “profitable” in 2 Timothy 3:16 is omitted in Old-Latin, Clementine Vulgate, Syrian Peshitta, and many of the Church Fathers. The Greek scholar Daniel Mace’s in his NT of 1729 didn’t include “and” either in his translation. The Greek scholar Adam Clark (1760-1832) stated that “kai is omitted by almost all the versions and many of the fathers, and certainly does not agree well with the text.” Henry Alford (1810-1871) though he “nevertheless acknowledged that the presence of kai in this verse is an awkward one, which really deprives the sentence of symmetry.”  So much effort has been made to force kai to mean “and” to couple “inspired and profitable” together and force them to both be predicate adjectives.  This is unnecessary because kai has other meanings “still, besides, also, moreover, likewise, even, indeed, namely, specifically” (a) that could just as easily apply. Based on the context, Paul probably meant: “Every portion/kind/class of scripture, i.e. [those] God-breathed prophetic “oracles of God”, are indeed/specifically profitable for . . .,” where the first adjective “God-breathed” is normally attributive, but the second is normally predicate to supply the verb for the rest of the sentence. You have to understand that Greek words have multiple meanings and you have to use the meaning that normally fits the context! <Notes> a) http://biblehub.com/greek/2532.htm, b) http://biblehub.com/greek/2532.htm.

 

Even if you believe the arguments for both adjectivesis inspired and/coupled is profitable” being predicative adjectives to justify adding “is” in both cases, the vocabulary and contextual reasons stated above and below overwhelmingly indicate the meaning of “all scripture” to be “every of a kind/class/category/portion of scripture,” which in context are the prophetic ones that led Timothy as a child to trusting-relying-faith in Jesus Christ for salvation. These are certainly inspired and indeed profitable for the things that Paul will now talk about for Jewish audiences!  Whatever your understanding of Greek, the context makes it clear what Paul’s logos message to Timothy is. Never build a doctrine on one verse anyway, and certainly not by taking it out of context!

 

But Paul says in 2 Timothy 3:16 it’s also “profitable . . . for reproof (a), for correction (b), and for training (c), which the way God trains us to reject godless ways (d), in order to share in God’s holiness (e).  Paul continues “profitable . . . for training in righteousness so that the Man of God (f) may be complete, that is, equipped for every good work” (g). In context, this is the “work of preaching or evangelism of the gospel logos message” (h), in which Timothy was grace-gifted by the Holy Spirit to do (i). This was written to a pastor-in-training, working with Jews to convert them to Christ, just as Paul routinely used OT prophecies, but here also equipping Timothy to argue against false teachers like Paul did, many who were Jewish teachers of the Law infiltrating the Church (j), even disguised as Christians (k). <Notes> a) context: patiently yet sharply refute and rebuke false Gentile and Jewish teachers, cf. Titus 1:9, 13-14, 2:15; 2 Timothy 4:2, b) restoration to uprightness, cf. Hebrews 12:12; 2 Timothy 4:2, c) paideia: child-rearing education: Ephesians 6:4, or corrective-training: Hebrews 12:5, 7-8, 11-12; 2 Timothy 2:25, d) Titus 2:12, e) Hebrews 2:10, 12:6, 7, 10; 1 Corinthians 11:32, f) this is Timothy: 1 Timothy 6:11, g) 2 Timothy 2:21; Titus 3:1; of women: 1 Timothy 2:10, 5:10, h) 2 Timothy 4:5; 2 Corinthians 10:16; Philippians 4:3, i) 1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:6, j) 1 Timothy 1:3-4, 6-7, 4:7, 6:20; 2 Timothy 2:14, 16, 23; Titus 1:11, 3:2, 9, k) Galatians 2:4

 

OT prophecy about Christ and His kingdom gospel logos message is pretty much all the NT writers used of the OT:  John says the gospel “Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy” (a), and that same Spirit of Christ is who spoke through the OT prophets!  That’s exactly what Paul reminds his Jewish readers of:  “The gospel of God, which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy scriptures” (b).  However, Peter, being the apostle to the Jews, appeals the most to the prophetic aspect of the scripture to prove his gospel logos message of The Truth: “We have the prophetic logos message [of the OT scriptures] more fully confirmed, to which you (Jewish readers) will do well to pay attention . . . knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of/belonging-to scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (c).  It goes beyond the text to extrapolate these statements to something other that ‘the prophetic portions’ of scripture.  <Notes> a) Revelation 19:10, b) Romans 1:1-2, c) 2 Peter 1:19-2.

 

Paul often cites prophetic ‘portions of’ scripture to prove the Messiah and His gospel logos message, specifically to stubborn or wavering Jews (a). Similarly, the book of Hebrews quotes the OT extensively (b) simply to prove to Jewish-Christians in 63-64 AD, who respected their Jewish “fathers that God spoke to BY THE PROPHETS” (c) but had been converted to Christ by the stoicheion “rudimentary ‘abc’ fundamentals of the oracles (d) of God” (e), to no longer listen to the teachers of the Law that taught “righteousness by works of the Law” (f). That’s because the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant replaces it with “righteousness that is by trusting-relying-faith” (g), a “kreitton more-useful-serviceable-helpful-better Covenant” (h), being that “Christ’s ministry is so much more excellent than the old [of Moses] as the Covenant He mediates is kreitton more-useful-serviceable-helpful-better . . . enacted on kreitton more-useful-serviceable-helpful-better promises, for the first covenant is not memphomai faulted-blameworthy-rejectable-condemnable” (i), for “He is the mediator of a completely-different-in-kind New Covenant . . . redeeming them from the sins committed under the first covenant” (j). <Notes> a) Romans 1:2, 4:3, 9:17, 10:11, 11:2, 15:4; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Galatians 3:8, 4:30; 1 Timothy 5:18, b) 1:5-13, 2:6-8, 12-13, 3:7-11, 15, 4:5-6, 7:17, 21, 8:8-12, 10:5-7, 15-17, 37-38, 12:5-6, 13:6, c) Hebrews 1:1, d) prophetic utterances, e) Hebrews 5:12; Romans 3:2; Acts 7:38; 1 Peter 4:11, f) Romans 4:6, 10:5; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:21, g) Hebrews 10:38, 11:4, 7, h) Hebrews 7:22, i) Hebrews 8:6-7, j) Hebrews 9:15, cf. 12:24.

 

It is the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema of the holy prophets and the entole universally-binding commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles (The Great Commission to preach until Christ’s return)   . . . that scoffers in ‘the last days’ will come scoffing, following their own sinful desires, saying ‘Where is the promise of His coming” (a)?  Peter also refers to the “prophets who prophesied about the unconditional-favor-of-grace that was to be ours, this concerning your salvation” (b).  It was this same Spirit-filled Peter that reminded 3000-plus Jews on the Day of Pentecost, the beginning of “the last days” or Church age in Acts 2:16-17 of the OT prophecy of Joel 2:28-32 to explain God’s completely-different-in-kind New Way of communicating to ALL His people under the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant – not to just a few “special” leaders in the OT period but to “ALL of God’s men and women servants, not through gramma writings collected into graphe scripture taught by a few “special” leaders, but directly through prophetic words, visions, and dreams!   There simply is no mention of using any of the old “trappings” of the Jewish religion.  God has gone direct!”  <Notes> a) 2 Peter 3:2-4, b) 1 Peter 1:10.

 

In fact, Clement of Rome from 92-99 AD quotes the OT scripture only to support the Christian’s resurrection of the dead, to support a Christian’s virtuous life, to use messianic prophecies, and to use typology (anti-types and types) to support Christian doctrines.  Clement of Rome around 88-99 AD, Ignatius of Antioch (35-108AD), and Polycarp (69-155 AD) looked at Jesus as being the completed fulfillment of the OT scriptures.

 

The “good” Law “portions” of scripture are absolutely NOT meant for Christians to use, for to do so would then be “unlawful” – see Logos Word of God – BT8. That’s what Paul said in 1 Timothy 1:8-11 in his accusation against the teachers of the Law inflicting Christians!  The Law was intended by God “for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane.” The NT says Christians are now considered by God to be the opposite of all of this: “free from the Law” (a), “dead to the Law” (b), “released from the Law . . . so now we serve/minister in the completely-different-in-kind New (c) Way of the Spirit and absolutely in fact not in the old way of [singular] gramma writing” (d), “set free in Christ Jesus from the Law of sin and death” (e), “written no longer on tablets of stone (or ink). . . ministers of completely-different-in-kind New (c) Covenant, absolutely in fact not of the gramma writing but of the Spirit, for the gramma writing kills but the Spirit gives zoe genuine-life” (f) – see Logos Word of God – BT20.  <Notes> a) Romans 8:2, b) Galatians 2:19, c) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely-different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior, d) Romans 7:6, e) Romans 8:2, f) 2 Corinthians 3:3-6.

 

How could Paul include the Law in the ‘the portion of’ scripture . . . is profitable” in 2 Timothy 3:16, when we have seen so many negative things said about the Law – see Logos Word of God – BT8, even if the Law promised “wisdom and understanding” (a)?  For example, the Law: “was only UNTIL John, but since then the gospel“; has been stamped “null and void” or nullified; its “way of serving God is old and worn out”; is filled to completion, accomplished, ended, or finished by Christ, and thus has faded, vanished, and passed away; has been abolished since Christ fulfilled it; has been set aside because of its weakness and uselessness; Christ has does away with it violently or has put it to death . . . in order to establish the second Covenant; is no longer binding since we have died to it and thus no longer under it; that there is now no such Law for those who live by the Holy Spirit; was added originally by God only as a schoolmaster/escort service, guardian, or manager to protect the Jews (as ‘little children‘) only UNTIL the coming of Christ; that the Law’s regulations to control indulgence are “elementary or rudimentary ‘abc’ fundamental principles” given to the Jews as infantile “milk” only to lead them to the person of Christ; the Law’s rules are actually powerless (of no value) in curbing the flesh as compared to the “solid food” of the Holy Spirit’s discernment of good and evil – see New Covenant Ways – BT16; that the reading of Moses continues to this day to cover the hearts of the hearers with a veil that blinds, separates, and hardens them from the glory of God in Christ Jesus.  <Notes> a) Psalms 110:10, 119:98; Deuteronomy 4:6; Job 28:28; Proverbs 1:7, 9:10.

 

Furthermore, the “teachers of the Law” were not permitted to teach in the Church and so were referred to as “false teachers or Judaizers or the Circumcision Party”; that the scripture (including Law) were simply shadows, copies, corresponding types, and prefigures of things to come, but the real “body” that casts a shadow backwards into the scripture is Christ and His New Covenant’s promised Holy Spirit; the Law is of sin and death; is weakened by the flesh; makes sin known to us and shows sin to be sin; through the commandment sin might become sinful beyond measure; holds us as captive slaves and controls us; The scripture imprisons us under sin; the Law arouses our sinful passions; is the enabling-power of sin; is the reason sin comes alive in us; Personified sin uses the Law to produce all kinds of sin in us; the Law multiplies sin; it condemns us; it kills us; it brings wrath and death; by it no one is justified; doing of one rule of the Law commits us to doing it all, bringing a curse upon ourselves; the Law only promises merited, earned, deserved conditional-loving-favor from God, which is the opposite of unmerited, unearned, undeserved, unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace so that any attempts at the doing of the Law causes us to fall from unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace, causing us to be severed from Christ; the Law is absolutely not of trusting-relying-faith in Christ that alone saves; and the Law made nothing perfect, so absolutely won’t perfect us.

 

So Christians who keep reading, studying, trying to do, and teach the Law are using the Law just like these teachers of the Law did – “unlawfully” by judging themselves and others based on obedience to commandments (a), forbidding marriage (b) and requiring special foods (c), drinks (d), ceremonial washings (e), body regulations (f), debating/quarreling over the Law (g) as if it were way to latreuo worship-serve God (h).  Paul would scream! <Notes> a) Colossians 2:16, b) sounds like the Catholic priesthood, c) 1 Timothy 4:3; Hebrews 9:10, 13:9, d) Hebrews 9:10; Romans 14:17, 21, e) Hebrews 6:2, 9:10; Mark 7:4, f) Hebrew 9:10, g) Titus 3:9-10, h) 1 Timothy 6:4; 2 Timothy 2:14, 23; 1 Corinthians 1:20.

 

Why in the world are Gentile-Christians today trying to use 2 Timothy 3:16 to teach all Christians everywhere to use ALL ‘portions of’ the OT for their own spiritual growth? Again Paul would scream! Talk about “twisting/distorting” a verse to create a doctrine by taking it out of context!  Many of Paul’s letters were attempts to undo the damage down by Jewish teachers of the Law and the Traditions of the Elders.  Paul wrote volumes about not using the ‘portions of’ the OT that contain the “commandments of the Law,” so he certainly wouldn’t be advising Timothy to use the Law!  NO!  “The logos gospel message I preached to you” is what they were “to hold fast to” is the “gospel I preached to you, which you welcomed, in which you now stand, and by which you are being saved” (a).  How can so much of the Church be so confused?  95% of the sermons I’ve heard in 15 churches I’ve served in had nothing to do with Christ or His logos gospel message, and many times they focused more on OT scriptures (b) instead of the reality, substance, or true forms expressed in the NT writings!  Talk about no Holy Spirit guidance! <Notes> a) 1 Corinthians 15:1-2, b) the shadows, copies, symbols, types, corresponding figures.

 

Reflection:

 

As Christian musicians, if the early Church greatly limited OT usage to mostly prophetic passage to convert Jews to Christ, because they understood Christ had completed the ‘old’ revelation of God’s will to mankind, particularly the Jews, why do we use it “willy-nilly” in our personal Christian lives and for ministry to mostly Gentile people?  Are we being as careful to look at only 2.6% of the OT, or we falling into the “snare, trap, and retribution” – see New Covenant Ways – BT17 – of the other 97.4% that “imprisons and kills us?”  Are we unaware that what is “fulfilled to completion and ended is also nullified, so that we can die to it and be freed from its yoke of slavery?”  Are also being deceived by false teachers to “turn back to such weak and worthless ‘abc’ fundamentals to become enslaved again?”  Shouldn’t we heed the warnings not to and embrace “the promised grace-gift of the Holy Spirit given for these last days, so that we ALL will prophecy” instead of just reading about a few people who did 2000-3500 years ago?

 

Prayer:

 

 

Lord, give us faith to “let go” of the palios old, antiquated, worn-out, weak, worthless covenant writings, especially the Law that bound us, and move us forward into these later years of the “last days” to instead focus our attention and desire on the “promised grace-gift of the Holy Spirit and the way You want to speak to us ALL NOW – prophetically, even through visions and dreams.  Keep us from being captured by the “snare, trap, and retribution” that studying the scriptures became to the Jewish bible students, such that they were blind to see that they simply “testify of You.”  Lord, keep us from “majoring in the minors” by getting bogged down in ‘words about You’ instead of NOW simply “coming to You as little children, for such is the kingdom, and to them You un-hide the secrets of the kingdom but keep them hidden from the ‘so-called’ wise and understanding ones.”

 

 

 

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Graphe scripture as the logos “Word of God” never referred to New Testament writings

 

 

 

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The Greek word graphe refers to 1) in extra-biblical gramma letters or writings, anything written, 2) to all Jews including those of the New Testament, even today, graphe specifically refers to ONLY Old Testament gramma letters or writings translated in English ‘scripture,’ never to New Testament writings in these various ways as determined by singular and plural forms and their context:

 

a) in the singular it means either: a1) refers to a specific type (see below) of OT scripture like prophecy (a) which are “the God-breathed-kind of scripture [the kind that is] profitable for instruction” (b) that come from the “Oracles of God” used to catechize-convert (c) Jews to Christ (d) or the Law (e) or specific commandment of the Law (f), or a2) refers to a particular verse or section of scripture (g), even as if God was speaking as the scripture verse itself (h), or a3) refers to ALL of a type of scripture like the prophetic verses about the Messiah and His New Covenant (i). There are only 3 places in the NT that graphe scripture is used without the definite article (a) and in all 3 cases (j), the context makes it clear that the writer is thinking about a certain ‘portion of’ scripture, i.e., prophetic, and not ‘the whole/entirety of’ scripture. <Notes> a) 2 Peter 1:20, b) 2 Timothy 3:16 – this will be fully explained, c) katecheo: repetitive instruction of foundational truths: Luke 1:4; Galatians 6:6; 1 Corinthians 14:19; Acts 18:25, d) Hebrews 5:12, see b3., e) Galatians 3:22, f) James 2:8, g) Mark 12:10; Luke 4:21; John 7:38, 10:35, 19:37; Acts 1:16, 8:32; Romans 4:3, 9:17; 1 Peter 2:6, h) Romans 9:17; Galatians 3:8, 4:30, i) John 19:28 – see b3, j) 1 Peter 2:6; 2 Peter 1:20; 2 Timothy 3:16.

 

b) Or the Greek word graphe in the plural can means: b1) the OT viewed as a whole (see a1) or entirety, as with the bible-student Pharisees & scribes “who diligently-search the scriptures supposing they would take hold of zoe genuine-life everlasting” (a), but they “absolutely in fact neither eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know them nor the [associated] enabling-power of God (b), because “they testify of Me and yet you ongoingly refuse to come to Me for zoe genuine-life” (c), or b2) of the OT scriptures to various books or portions of it as specified, like just the Prophets (d), or b3) specifically the Messianic and New Covenant prophetic-rhema (e) or Jewish “Oracles of God” (f) from the Mosaic Law (g) and Prophets that Christ pleroo or telos fulfilled-to-completion (h) by which Jewish preachers used to convert other Jews (i), or b4) to several verses of scripture (j), or b5) OT verses that false teachers can twist and distort for their own purposes just as they do with Paul’s difficult-to-understand writings. The vocabulary, grammar, and context do NOT support the false teaching that Peter considered Paul’s writings to be equal with OT scripture, as I will detail later (k). <Notes> a) John 5:39, b) Matthew 22:29; Mark 12:24, c) John 5:40, d) Romans 1:2, 16:26 Matthew 26:56, e) very similar to Christian prophecy: 1 Peter 4:11, f) Hebrews 5:12; Romans 3:2 – see a1, g) Acts 7:3, h) Matthew 26:54; Mark 14:49; Luke 24:25-27, i) Acts 17:2, 11, 18:24, 28; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, of which the book of Hebrews and Paul’s writings constantly cite from.  See also a3, j) Matthew 21:42, k) 2 Peter 3:16.

 

Graphe NEVER referred to NT writings until the Catholic apologist Tertullian started defending Christianity against Praxeas and Marcion around 200 AD, desperately trying to give the loose, scattered, unorganized collection of NT writings the authoritative stature that the Jews had with the OT.  To say Peter referred to Paul’s writings in 2 Peter 3:16 as “scripture” is the very “twisting and distorting” that Peter was warning of.

 

According to www.EarlyChristianWritings.com, there were 139 Christian writings circulating throughout the Church by 200 AD, and there was little agreement as to what was authoritative (a).  In fact, the NT says: “The Law and the Prophets (b) were (past tense) UNTIL John, [but] SINCE then the ‘Great News’ gospel of the kingdom of God is ongoingly preached” (c).  You see Jesus had already done this: “Beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted to them (the disciples) in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself” (d), saying frequently: “For I tell you that this [prophecy of] scripture presently must be telos fulfilled-to-completion (e) in/be/with Me . . . For what is written about Me is presently having its telos fulfillment-to-completion (e)” (f), and on the way to His death: “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be telos fulfillment-to-completion (e)” (g), and again:  “Everything written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms (b) must be pleroo fulfilled-to-completion (h)” (i), and finally from the cross Jesus said:  “It is telio fulfilled-to-completion” (j), where “it” as the 3rd person-singular likely refers back the final events of “ALL things have been telios fulfilled-to-completion in order that the [singular] scripture (l) might be telios fulfilled-to-completion,” so much so that the “the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom” (k), signifying the “katargeo end/abolishment/nullifying/making-ineffective of the OT Law” (m) that separated the common man from the presence of God in the “Holy of Holies,” which was behind that curtain!  <Notes> a) For starters, read Wikipedia’s  Development of the New Testament Canon, b) a common split of the OT scripture, c) Luke 16:16, d) Luke 24:27 – see b3 above, e) telos: accomplished, fulfilled, concluded, and completed, f) Luke 22:37, g) Luke 18:31, h) pleroo: filled to ‘to the brim’ with fullness, ‘breaking-the-net’ capacity, or completeness, i) Luke 22:44, j) John 19:30, k) Matthew 27:51; Mark 15:38; Luke 23:45, l) ALL prophecies about Christ, see a3 and b3 above, m) 2 Corinthians 3:7, 11.

 

The “Law and Prophetsscriptures onlyprophesied heios UNTIL John” (a) or “[were] mechri UNTIL John” (b) because they were pleroo and teros “filled to completion, concluded, and finished.”  Heios “marks a limit of an action or effect, because of its termination in time.” Mechri does the same “as far as in time, place, measure, or degree until terminated.”  All the words thus speak of “definite completion or termination”  The last book of scripture was completed 400 years before John the Baptist, but Matthew and Luke were saying these prophetic scriptures were still “active UNTIL” John the Baptist.  Indeed, John was the last OT prophet, Elijah who was to come, in order to “prepare the way” for the Lord (c).  That clearly implied that once the Messiah came, ALL the OT scripture regarding the Messiah’s mission was no longer “active” <Notes> a) Matthew 11:13, b) Luke 16:16, c) Matthew 3:3, 11:14;17:10-13; Mark 1:3, 9:11-13; Luke 1:76, 3:4.

 

Yet, even as the Messianic prophetic scriptures were being “finished, terminated” or “nullifying and made of not effect” right in front of them, Jesus said this of the Jewish bible students of His day in John 5:39-40: “You diligently search the [whole of the – see b1 above] scriptures because you suppose that in/by/with them you will take hold of everlasting, zoe genuine-life; but it is they that bear witness about Me, yet you ongoing refuse to Come to Me that you may have [everlasting] zoe genuine-life.” They missed the point of the all the scriptures – to get them ready for Christ (see a3 and b3 above).  You would think that Christians wouldn’t make the same mistake!

 

Reflection:

 

 

As Christian musician, why if every OT Jew, NT speaker and writer, and Jew since never refers to any gramma writings as graphe scripture except OT ones, are any of us saying otherwise?  Are we really going to believe 1 Catholic theologian in 200 AD that started this notion that NT writings are “scripture” because he was desperate in his arguments against the Jews and heretics that we have authoritative writings, too?  Shouldn’t also be careful to see how the early predominantly-Jewish Church before the destruction of the temple in 70 AD used only portion of the scriptures mainly for singing Psalms and converting Jews to Christ?  And shouldn’t we see the universal break from the scripture that occurred after 70 AD in predominantly-Gentile churches?  If Christ pleroo fulfilled-to-completion the Messianic prophesies and telos finished, terminated, and nullified the Law, then what’s really left in the OT that Christians should read and study it?  97.4% of the OT is Law-based – see Logos Word of God – BT5a, something we should have died to and been released from?  Thus the reason that the early Church only sang Psalms according to Justin Martyr in 150 AD.  If all the reading and study didn’t help the bible experts of the day “Come to Jesus for genuine-life,” why do you think it would act any differently now?  Isn’t it a bit crazy to think you “can do the same things and expect different results?”

 

Prayer:

 

 

Thank You Jesus for completely-fulfilling all the prophecies about the Messiah to bring a New Covenant that is completely-different-in-kind and unprecedented, sharing nothing with the old covenant.  Thank You that the Law or old covenant has vanished away, ended, was nullified and abolished by your perfect sacrifice and resurrection, and replaced by a fresh, unique, radically-different New Covenant.  Thank You that the Law and Prophets were only UNTIL the preaching of the gospel!  We no longer have to read and study logos messages of the bible, even prophetic ones that simply “testify about You.”  NOW we can “Come to You” for zoe genuine-life everlasting directly NOW by the means of the Holy Spirit through repentance, confession, water-baptism, and a life of surrender.  Praise Your Name that even little children or the other “least among us” can easily do this so that no partiality is shown, that in fact, “the secrets of the kingdom are un-hidden to such as these but kept hidden from the so-called wise and understanding ones!”

 

 

 

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Logos Word of God – BT4

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The gramma writings of God as the logos “Word of God”

 

 

 

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The problem with thinking that the Torah/Nomos “Law” only refers to the 5 books of Moses is that the “if – then” conditional-favor-of-God that is based on human merit that is the format over every commandment, is actually prevalent throughout the 97.4% of OT gramma writings – see Logos Word of God – BT5a, whereas the other 600 verses are prophecies of Jesus and His completely-different-in-kind New Covenant.  That’s why the Jews then and now consider the entire OT scripture as “old covenant Law,” and happily include their Oral Torah  “Traditions of the Elders” in there as well!

 

However the NT says concerning “true Israel” that “a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the means of the Spirit, absolutely in fact not by the gramma letter” (a) and concerning NT ministry:  “God, who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a completely-different-in-kind New Covenant (b), absolutely in fact not of the gramma letter but of the Spirit.  For the gramma letter kills (c), but the Spirit gives zoe genuine-life.  Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone (d) came with glory . . . will not the ministry of the [Holy] Spirit have even more glory?  For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation (d), the ministry of righteousness [by the Spirit] must far exceed it in glory” (e), and “But now we are released from the Law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we minister by the means of the completely-different-in-kind New (b) Way of the Spirit and not in the palaiotes old/antiquated/worn-out/useless/obsolete way of the gramma letter” (f).  Why in the world are any Christians having anything to do with the obsolete OT writings of the Law when they have the Spirit now?  <Notes> a) Romans 2:29, 9:6-7; Galatians 3:7, 29; Philippians 3:3, b) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely-different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior, c) remember that 97.4% of the OT is Law-based that “kills” – it’s a veritable mine-field, d) 10 commandments later expanded to 613 on to scrolls by Moses in the Torah.  Can you believe many Christians want us all to post and religiously follow the 10 commandments?, e) 2 Corinthians 3:6-9, f) Romans 7:6.

 

Jesus accused the bible students of His day called “Pharisees and scribes” of proverbially “analyzing the bark on a tree” for so long they they completely “missed the forest through the trees” (), especially “supposing that in/by/with the graphe scriptures you will take hold of zoe genuine-life everlasting, but they testify of Me and yet you ongoingly refuse to come to Me to have that zoe genuine-life (b).  They would rather have a book than the person it pointed to!  <Notes> a) Matthew 15:1-6; Mark 7:8-13, b) John 5:38-39.

 

That’s why we will see that the NT writers were very careful in their use of the OT scripture, restricting it mostly to Messianic prophetic ‘portions of’ graphe scripture or the “gramma letters which are able to give you (a) wisdom for salvation through trusting-relying-faith in Christ Jesus”  – this is what Paul is referring to in the next verse when he says to Timothy as an evangelist-in-training: “pas scripture, [the singular ‘portion’ that is the] God-breathed-kind kai [is linked] profitable-kind for instruction . . . ” (b), where pas is always defined by context.  Usually it doesn’t mean “the whole of,” but like it does here based on verse 15, it’s the God-breathed-prophetic-rhema ‘portion of’ the graphe scripture that is in mind here, particularly Messianic and New Covenant portions that led Jews to saving faith in Christ. We will explore this more in a few more BLOGS. <Notes> a) Jews like Timothy during his “rearing”, b) 2 Timothy 3:15-16.

 

Reflection:

 

As Christian musicians, is being a bible student really the answer?  Being a bible student didn’t work for the Jews and they practiced this for 1500 years!  Why do we as Christians think we can “do the same things and expect different results?” Isn’t that the “definition of insanity” according to Einstein?  Are we just killing ourselves and others with that “ministry of condemnation and death” when teach these kinds of logos messages to others, which is 97.4 of the OT?  Are we also at risk of “missing the forest through the trees” and missing out on zoe genuine-life?  Or will we be “ministers of a completely-different-in-kind, unprecedented, unique New Covenant” of the righteousness that is through trusting-relying-faith in Christ by unconditional-favor-of-Grace instead of conditional-favor-of-Law” with different logos messages  about the enabling-power of the Holy Spirit that gives zoe genuine-life?

 

Prayer:

 

 

Lord, keep us from being so easily distracted by 97.4% of the OT that is mine-field of condemnation and death but keep our eyes on the promise of Christ, His Holy Spirit, and the New Covenant spoken of in only 600 verses.  Lord, keep us from getting bogged down into the details and miss the whole purpose of the OT.  Instead we DO come to You Jesus whom the scriptures simply testify of.  Instead of teaching us like You did the Jews “by rote” like elementary children feeding on ‘the milk’ of using tablets, paper, and ink to learn their gramma letters and stoicheion ‘abc’ rudimentary principles, we are ready to feed on ‘the solid food’ of the interpreting and discerning good and evil by the means the Holy Spirit that comes through trusting-relying-faith in You Christ – see New Covenant Ways – BT16.  We are ready to grow up so we can experience the zoe genuine-life You have for us!

 

 

 

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Logos Word of God – BT3

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There was a radical shift of the meaning of logos “Word of God” from the OT to the NT

 

 

 

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There was a radical shift from the OT to the NT in the meaning of the logos “Word of God.” It went from the OT meaning of “scripture” – categorized as “the TorahProphets,  and Writings” – to the NT meaning of either: 1) Jesus Christ, “the living, abiding, sharper-than-a-double-edged sword Logos of God” (a), or 2) “the ‘Great News’ preached gospel of the kingdom,” the logos message of trusting-relying-faith in Christ, the “obedience of faith” (b) in Christ for zoe genuine-life that is everlasting, of trusting-relying-faith in Christ’s righteousness, of trusting-relying-faith in God’s only 2 commandments NOW of “trusting-relying-faith and unconditional-love,” of trusting-relying-faith in Christ’s enabling-power by His Holy Spirit to guide and teach us everything needed for obedience, and finally trusting-relying-faith in the “blessed hope” of His Second Coming, (c).  <Notes> a) John 1:1-18; Hebrews 11:3; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 2 Peter 3:5-7; 1 John 1:1, 10; Revelation 6:9, 19:13, b) Romans 1:5, 16:26, c) Mark 4:15-20, Luke 8:11, 21; John 4:41, 50, 15:3; Acts 4:31, 6:2, 7, 8:14, 11:1, 12:24, 13:5, 7, 46, 15:7, 17:13; 1 Corinthians 1:18, 14:36; 2 Corinthians 4:2; Galatians 6:6; Philippians 1:14, 2:16; Colossians 1:25; 1 Thessalonians 1:6, 8, 2:13, 4:15, 18; 2 Thessalonians 3:1; 2 Timothy 2:9; Titus 1:9, 2:5; Hebrews 5:13; James 1:18, 21-23; 1 Peter 2:8, 3:1; 1 John 2:5, 7, 14; and Revelation 1:2, 9, 12:11, 17:17, 19:9, 20:4, 21:5, 22:6, 7, 9, 10, 18, 19,

 

The radical, completely-different-in-kindNew’ Covenant has a radical, completely-different-in-kindNew’ Way, by definition of ‘New’ (a) and context of every verse that uses it.  Also, early Christianity was called “the Way” (b) – the definite article indicating it wasn’t the “old way” of the gramma letter of scripture (c), or the “way” of any other religion.  Although religious people try, the NT says you absolutely can NOT travel the ‘NT Way’ and at the same time travel the ‘OT way’ or include any of its elements, by definition and context.  It is one or the other, and the results are just as diametrically opposed.  Which road or “way” will you travel on?  <Notes> a) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely-different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior, b) Acts 9:2, 22:4, c) Romans 7:6.

 

This radical NT shift in meaning of logos Word of God” is so clearly stated in the following:  “In Him (a) you also, when you heard the logos message of The Truth (b) – the gospel of your salvation – and put your trusting-relying-faith in Him (a), and were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit . . .” (c), and “We heard of your trusting-relying-faith in Christ Jesus  . . . Of this you have heard before in the logos message of The Truth – 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-favor-of-grace of God in/by/with [singular] truth (d), which again we know is a reference to Jesus (b), and “Proseuchomai conversationally-pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the logos message, to declare the mystery of Christ” (e), “the mystery of the gospel” (f).  <Notes> a) Christ from v. 12, b) often used in the NT synonymously for Christ, e.g., John 14:6, c) Ephesians 1:13, d) Colossians 1:4-6, e) Colossians 4:3, f) Ephesians 3:6, 6:19.

 

Paul clarifies what gospel he teaches: “If anyone teaches a different doctrine/teaching and does not agree with the hugianio uncorrupted-healthy-functioning logos messages of our Lord Jesus Christ  . . . he is puffed up with conceit and epistamai understands-by-prolonged-close-acquaintance absolutely in fact nothing” (a), and therefore: “Follow the pattern of the hugianio uncorrupted-healthy-functioning logos messages that you have heard from me – in/by/with [singular] trusting-relying-faith and/coupled [singular] unconditional-love that are in Christ Jesus” (b).  Notice the linking of these 2 aspects of the gospel message, which are not coincidently the only 2 commandments of the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant (c).  Paul tells Timothy, as with all Christians, to not buy into false teaching about celibacy or asceticism that includes fasting, “For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the logos message of God (d) and proseuche conversational-prayer.  If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being entrepho educated/nourished in the logos messages of The Trusting-Relying-Faith” (e).  Are our logos messageshugianio uncorrupted-healthy-functioning” ones of “[singular] trusting-relying-faith and [singular] unconditional-love that are in Christ?”  I’ve sure heard hundreds of sermons that have nothing to do with these!  <Notes> a) 1 Timothy 6:3-4, b) 2 Timothy 1:13, c) 1 John 3:23, d) God’s message concerning trusting-relying-faith per 1 Timothy 4:1, 6, e) 1 Timothy 4:4-5.

 

Christians are commanded to hold onto for dear life, Christ’s preached logos gospel message.  Paul says: “Let the logos message of/belonging-to Christ dwell in you richly” (a).  Jesus says of faithful Christians that they: “have kept His logos message and/coupled did not deny Him” (b).  Paul instructs ministers like Timothy to be “approved workers who have no need to be ashamed, rightly handling (c) the logos gospel message of The Truth (d), . . . proclaim/herald the logos message, ready in season or out of season (e),” and also: “But NOW in His own time, God has made His logos message manifest-evident through [singular] heralding/proclamation I was entrusted with down-from/according-to the command of God our Savior” (g).  None of these logos messages above are the gramma writings collected into graphe scripture, and certainly not the portion called the torah/nomos Law or Instruction of God.  Are we holding onto our big fat bibles for dear life or the simple logos gospel message of “The Truth . . . the Son that will set us free” (d)?  <Notes> a) Colossians 3:16, b) Revelation 3:8, 10, c) literally of cutting cloth straight, so figuratively here of interpreting the message of Christ and preaching it correctly, d) Christ per John 14:6, 8:32, 38, and “faith in Christ” – see 2 Timothy 3:8, e) 2 Timothy 2:15, 4:2, f) Titus 1:3, g) God our Savior. Use of the title “Savior” for God the Father is characteristic of 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus. It occurs 6 times in these letters, but only twice elsewhere in the NT. However, it occurs commonly in the OT, especially in Isaiah. It emphasizes the Father as the initiator and source of salvation.  However, we see in Acts 9:15-16 that it was the Lord Jesus who commanded Paul to preach the gospel.  Clearly the Lord Jesus is Yahweh God our Savior, which is what Yeshua means.

 

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As Christian musicians, are we going to remain ignorant of how the definition of logos “Word of God” radically shifted between the OT and NT, consequently spreading false teaching?  It is no longer scripture to reveal God and His instruction for us, but Jesus Christ and His sound, life-giving message of the gospel.  Do we still think there are 613 commandments of God, when there are only 2 in the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant?  Do you even know how “radically different and unique” they are by definition from everything preceding them?  If you don’t, then you’ve fallen in the “religion trap!”  Are you aware the Law and Grace are polar opposites by definition?  Are you aware that 97.4% of the OT is based on Law – see Logos Word of God – BT5a and 100% of the NT is based on Grace?  Which do you spend most of your time in?  This will likely determine if your logos messages are ‘uncorrupted, holistically-functioning’ or if you “understand-by-prolonged-close-acquaintance absolutely in fact nothing.”  What are we holding on to with devotion, Christ and His messages about faith and unconditional-love, or God forbid, something else?

 

Prayer:

 

 

Lord, we need Your help to stay devoted to WHO your logos “Word of God” is NOW, not the WHAT of the bible and certainly not the OT scriptures, and absolutely not the old covenant Law of Commandments, but Your Son Jesus, The Truth logos Communicator of God, and His Grace-filled logos gospel message of trusting-relying-faith in Him and unconditional-love for others.  He is NOW our “One Teacher” by the enabling-power of His Holy Spirit.  Thank You for keeping it so simple for us “little children” whom the “secrets of the kingdom are revealed.”  Amen.

 

 

 

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Logos Word of God – BT2

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Even the logos “Word of God” as the gospel can be powerless

 

 

 

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Even the preaching of the logos message of the gospel can be powerless!  But the apostle Paul confidently said:  “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the enabling-power of God for salvation to everyone who has trusting-relying-faith” (a).  So what could make it powerless?  Paul explains: “I absolutely in fact did NOT come routinely, decisively-proclaiming to you the marturion testimony/witness of God with huperoche superior/preeminent speech or wisdom [v.5: of men], for I decided to routinely, eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know absolutely in fact nothing among you except ‘Jesus Christ and Him having been crucified’ . . . and my logos message and/coupled preaching/proclamation were absolutely in fact NOT in/by/with enticing/persuasive/skillful logos messages of wisdom [v.5: of men], but in/by/with showing-off-demonstrating-proof of [singular] Spirit and/coupled enabling-power (b), in order that your trusting-relying-faith might not rest in the wisdom of men (d) but in/by/with the enabling-power of God (c) . . .  but we speak of a wisdom (d) absolutely NOT of this age, nor the rulers of this age, . . . we impart a secret and mysterious-hidden wisdom of God (d), having been hidden . . . for these things God has revealed/made-unhidden to US dia through-the-realizing-channel-of (e) the [singular] Spirit.  For the [singular] Spirit examines/diligently-searches everything, even the full-dimensions/profundities of God. . . We have received the [singular] Spirit, the one out-from God, in order that we might eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know the things given-by-the-unconditional-favor-of-grace to us by God, which we also speak, absolutely in fact NOT taught by the means of logos messages (f) of human wisdom (d) but instead taught by the means of [singular] Spirit (g), Spirit-kind-of things/people interpreting (h) by-the-means-of-Spirit-kind-of things/people (i). The natural [from-the-5-senses] person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is absolutely NOT in fact powerfully-enabled to experientially, relationally ginokso know them because they Spirit-kind-of discerned (j)” (k) – see New Covenant Ways – BT16.

 

<Notes> a) Romans 1:16, b) kai coupling Spirit and power together is like saying “Spirit’s power” or “power of the Spirit,” c) By parallelism, ‘God’s power’ is the ‘power of the Spirit’ thus making God and Spirit” the same, d) human wisdom of vv. 4-5, wisdom of this age and its rulers in v. 6 is absolutely in fact not the wisdom of God in v. 7, e) Paul usually uses en pneumati in the dative case for “by the means of the [singular] Spirit” but here writes it differently to show movement of unhidden things through the Spirit to US, f) en didaktos + logos in dative case, places the emphasis on didaktos taught, g) even though Paul leaves out the phrase “of logos messages of wisdom” by parallelism, Paul is saying:  “revealed things . . . revealed to US through the Spirit . . . taught to US by the means of logos messages of God’s wisdom . . . by the means of the Spirit.”  Again, hou can see the emphasis on “through/by the Spirit,” h) joining together or combining through comparison/contrast, i) dative case of instrument.  In context, this means testing prophecy, even his teachings he claims are from the Lord, by calling other prophets and Spirit-kind-of people together to hear from the Lord and get consensus.  The idea of testing prophecy against the bible is foreign to the NT, simply another “tradition of men” and “wind of doctrine blowing through churches,” j) anakrino:  to judge/distinguish vigorously ‘down to up’ by closely, even forensically, examining, investigating, or interrogating, thus a careful study or evaluation, k) 1 Corinthians 2:1-14.

 

I’m sure “interpreting or discerning Spirit-kind-of things/people by-the-means-of-Spirit-kind-of-things/people” is what Paul had in mind when he told Timothy to “straightly ‘cut’ the logos message of The Truth” (a) in regards to his evangelistic calling (b) to preach/proclaim/herald the gospel (c).  Essentially Paul is saying from experience as a Pharisee that you can “[diligently] search the scriptures” until you are blue in the face, like the bible students of Christ’s day did, erroneously “thinking that in them you will find zoe genuine-life” as Jesus observed (d), and even be as zealous about studying the NT and preaching of the NT logos gospel message, yet still “always be learning, yet never able to arrive at a genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of [singular] Truth,” who is the person of Christ (e).  How can this happen?  Because this “natural-man” approach of so many religious people simply can’t experiential, relational ginosko know these things of God, the wisdom of God, because they are Spirit-kind-of interpreted and discerned.  They have to be unhidden/revealed by/through the Spirit.  The logos gospel message by itself falls flat – it’s just as powerless as anything the Pharisees preached – if it is not accompanied with the showing-off-demonstrating-proof of the Holy Spirit “that bebaioo confirms/ratifies/guarantees the logos message by accompanying signs and wonders” (f).  <Notes> a) 2 Timothy 2:15, b) 1 Timothy 4:14, c) 2 Timothy 4:2, 5, d) John 5:39, e) 2 Timothy 3:7, f) Mark 16:20.

 

Reflection:

 

 

As Christian musicians, do we want to be involved into something that uses up a lot of our time and energy but is powerless?  Do we want to evangelize or preach, even a gospel message, that is powerless to bring salvation, falling flat on deaf ears?  Even if we use all our “might and power” external resources and internal abilities to bring superior/preeminent speech with enticing/persuasive/skillful messages of great human wisdom to preach the gospel, even with all the zeal of the Pharisees, it will be powerless without the accompanying signs, wonders, and grace-gifts of the Holy Spirit that are the showing-off-demonstrating-proof.  Without Spirit-kind-of revelation, interpretation, and discernment, the gospel will also be powerless!

 

Prayer:

 

 

Lord, we want our words to count!  We want them to have Your power!  We surrender our “might and power” striving for excellency of speech to persuade men of Your Truth of Jesus for their salvation.  We ask you instead for Your “By My Spirit” showing-off-demonstrating proof by accompanying signs, wonders, and grace-gifts of the Holy Spirit to powerfully-enable the preaching of the gospel for Your Truth to be revealed, interpreted, and discerned.  Amen!

 

 

 

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Logos Word of God – BT1

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The logos “Word of God” is NOT the directly-spoken/heard rhema “Word of God”

 

 

 

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Unfortunately many English bibles translate 2 completely different-in-kind Greek words rhema and logos both as “word,” as with the “Word of God,” grossly misleading readers into believing that their entire bible is NOW for them under the completely different-in-kind New Covenant is the same “Word of God,” when in fact, the bible is at best the logos message of God but never the rhema words of God. Many Christians are unaware of the RADICAL SHIFT from the OT to the NT in what defined as the logos “Word of God.”  They are clueless that God’s logos message had radically shifted, so the “logos Word of God” isn’t even close to being the same in the NT.  Therefore, it is entirely incorrect to hold a big fat bible high in the air and boldly declare: “This is the ‘Word of God’ for Today” – unless your bible is a NT, but you will see that even this is NOT entirely true!

 

There is also a lot of confusion about what graphe “scripture” is with a lot of people erroneously thinking it’s their entire bible, when ALL Jews, even Jesus and the NT writers, NEVER used the term for NT writings.  It wasn’t until around 200 AD that a Latin Catholic theologian first applied the term graphe “scripture” to the loosely collected, non-canonized, NT writings in his apologetic arguments against unbelievers, particularly Jews, and so-called “heretics.”  Also, there’s more misunderstanding as to the “portions of OT scripture” called gramma “letters” and a particular portion called the “Written Code” or more specifically torah or nomos “Law,” how the NT says we should view them, and even how to use them properly – not indiscriminately as to many Christians do.  I will endeavor on the page below to clear up some of the confusion.

 

There is even more misunderstanding in many Christian’s minds about what eventually ended up as their bible, the canonization or inclusions and exclusions of gramma writings into the graphe books of the OT and NT, which absolutely did NOT come about through nice, neat, smooth, orderly, unanimous, consensus.  Wars were fought over it!  Many manuscript experts, historians, theologians, and segments of Judaism and the Christian Church still disagree as to exactly what belongs in the bible.  If you have any questions about this, start with Wikipedia’s article on “Biblical Canon.”  Read a multitude of resources, because there is a lot of propaganda out there, smoothing over of the intense controversy and fighting, and trying to justify predetermined positions, like eisegesis translation, instead of looking at original source material objectively, like exegesis translation does.  A great resource for NT writings is www.earlychristianwritings.com.  Many English translations confuse matters more by stamping “Holy Bible” on the front cover, a term invented by King James in 1611 for his Protestant translation, but borrowed from a Latin Catholic theologian in the Middle Ages (465-1500 AD) who coined the Latin term biblia sacra  or “Holy Books” for the combined OT and NT.  Anyone who thinks that all the manuscripts of the NT are in mostly in agreement and any differences are ‘insignificant’ should start with Wikipedia’s Textual Variants of the New Testament.  The subject of OT textual variation is even broader, so just Google it.  Due to the extensiveness of these subjects, the page below won’t be able to explore these adequately, so it’s best to do your own homework.  I certainly have – see Bible Info.

 

What you will find in all this is such complexity that it really does take the “wise and learned” to come close to sunesis ‘connecting-the-dots’ to rationally understand it, and this may seem more than a little frustrating!  Don’t fret, but remember what the Lord Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious/unmerited/unconditional will” (a), and “the little children . . . for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (b), and “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn (repent) and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (c).  Since the completely different-in-kind New Covenant created a radically “New Way” to “experientially, relationally yada/ginosko know the Lord”  NOW from the least to the greatest” (d) so that God can NOW show no partiality in how He reveals Himself or His will (e), neither should our teaching of one another (f) or ministry (g) or any action (h) for that matter – see the Least Among You page.  <Notes> a) Matthew 11:25-26, Luke 10:21, b) Matthew 19:14, c) Matthew 18:3, Mark 10:15, Luke 18:17, d) Jeremiah 31:3; Hebrews 8:11; Matthew 11:11, 25:40, 45; Luke 7:28, 9:48, e) Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11; Galatians 2:6; Ephesians 6:9, f) Luke 20:21, g) James 2:1, h) 1 Timothy 5:21.

 

The page below will start to show you God’s simple New Covenant Way – the non-partial, fully accessible Holy Spirit as the “One Teacher” and “Parakletos Helper-Counselor” for ALL of us to NOW “experientially, relationally yada/ginosko know the Lord” and His will, regardless of our Zechariah 4:6 “might and power” external resources or internal abilities, or lack of it!  For more on this also see the Conversational-Prayer page.  You can also read how this theology impacts the bible’s understanding of man’s “might and power” on the “Might and Power” and Skill pages.  Finally, you can see how all this is useful to music ministry on the Spirit-Practice and Spirit-Perform pages.  If you have any questions about my biblical language and interpretation credentials, or resources you can use to do your own detailed research, please go to the Bible Info page.

 

Directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema  words  are “freshly spoken words from one’s mouth directly to someone else,” as God’s spoken words were to ALL the prophets of the OT and NT, thus the term “prophecy.”  Rhema is only used in the NT about 70 times, but the promises associated with it are night and day over logos.  If you want to read more about prophetic rhema, then go back to the Conversational-Prayer and Prophetic Rhema pages.

 

However, once directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema  words are written down, these become  logos  words, which is the Greek word for a broad range of communication from thought to written form, but that focuses more on the content of the message rather than on its delivery, as rhema focuses on, thus the common translation of logos as “message.”  It is very unfortunate that so many bibles obscure the vast different in meaning between rhema and logos by translating both as “word.”  In Hebrews 12:19, it recounts God attempting to speak personally to all the Jews on Mt. Sinai by His “Voice whose directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words made the hearers beg that no further logos message be spoken to them.”

 

When you read logos information, whether you later speak it with directly-spoken/heard rhema words or not, or write it down as more logos messages, your reading requires the left-brain, rational mind’s cognitive sunesis ‘connect-the-dots’ rational understanding of the logos message content.  This largely relies on your reading and study skills, vocabulary comprehension, and mental prowess, which favors the “wise and learned” and “the not many rich among us,” but excludes little children, the blind, the mentally impaired, and the poor who often can’t afford to be educated to read).  However, God “shows no favoritism or partiality” (a), so wouldn’t God rather use directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words directly into a person’s soul so they can understand them perfectly, and do this for EVERYONE?  See Least Among You page.  <Notes> a) Acts 10:34, Romans 2:11, Galatians 2:6, Ephesians 6:9.

 

Reflection:

 

As Christian musicians, do we want to remain ‘in the dark’ about the radical difference between logos and rhema “Word of God” and perpetuate the error of early Catholic theologians?  Are we going to remain ignorant of what the NT says about “scripture” being “fulfilled by Christ” so that its “old covenant is ended, vanished away, and been replaced” so that having “died in water-baptism with Christ to what once enslaved, we are now free to obey another – Jesus Christ who we were resurrected with also in water-baptism?”

 

Are we aware that most honest scholars aren’t totally confident what actually is the text and canon of the bible, but only those who are afraid to be honest, afraid that others will lose their faith in the Lord.  Their faith is built on confidence in the written logos “Word of God” and so they look the other way at the mounds of evidence that make this a “foundation of shifting sands.”  I know because for 28 years I was one of these Sola Scriptura folks that would argue for 100% confidence in the bible until I was blue in the face!

 

I worked in a Christian bookstore for 2 years and 80% of the books on the shelves are based on eisegesis – starting out with a thesis and taking most verses out of context to fit it.  Even this week I had to discount half the book of a well-known teacher because they “twisted to their own destruction” many verses just to build their argument.  We had to pull so many books off the shelf because they were worldly and heretical to the core beliefs of the Christian Faith!  Going to in 1987 to the first of five bible colleges towards a Masters in Divinity in Biblical Exegesis, was birthed after watching so naïve Christians and pastors not know much at all about biblical hermeneutics, especially the original languages or even reading things in context!

 

But what really got me back on the path of The Truth kicked in around 2008 when I began being flooded with supernatural experiences and was downloaded from that point on with hundreds of revelations, visions, dreams, and messages of knowledge, only some which are on the Prophetic-Rhema page, and especially when I learned that all you had to become, within the completely different-in-kind New Covenant, to receive all this is a simple, trusting, humble little child who learns best by listening to and watching their parents!  After all, God shows no partiality but “reveals the secrets of the kingdom to little children” first before “the wise and learned ones who they are kept hidden from.”  The fastest way to learn is to “be taught by God” by surrendering control of your “might and power” external resources and internal abilities to those of the “By My Spirit” so that Zechariah 4:6 can also me true in your own life!

 

Prayer:

 

Lord, please keep me “in the light” of Your fellowship and the truth that “You are The Truth,” not bible writings about You, that “sets men free from the practice of sin.”  You are the firm foundation to build my ‘house’ on, not the illusion that “in the bible I may take hold of genuine-life everlasting.  It simply testifies of You so that by coming to You I will find genuine-life.”  Lord, keep me from ‘getting caught up’ in second-hand gnosis informational-knowledge about You that is the entire bible, erroneously closing my eyes of its many textual and canonical problems, and instead ‘getting caught up’ in You through first-hand, genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of You under the completely different-in-kind New Covenant by the means of “The One Teacher” Holy Spirit.  Your “rhema words are Spirit and genuine-life, not a logos testimony about You, for “the flesh absolutely profits nothing.”  Now I understand I must boldly and relentlessly come before You as a little child, listening and watching You to teach Me directly, even by visions and dreams.  To such is the kingdom and the secrets of the kingdom.  I want to be one of them Lord!  Amen.

 

 

 

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