Only 2 Commandments – BT7

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The NT’s only 2 commandments can only done by the means of Christ’s Spirit

 

 

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Christ is the ONLY person to follow as our example (a) of the only 2 NT commandments – see Coaches & Facilitators.  In the 1-2 thousand words of Jesus, He taught these same things over and over:  “Having trusting-relying-faith in Him and ongoingly unconditional-loving others like He does.”  This proves our love for God and love for Jesus and being His disciple by following His gospel logos message and His only 2 commandments (b).  <Notes> a) John 13:15; Romans 15:3, 8; Philippians 2:5-8; 1 Peter 2:21, b) John 8:31, 13:35, 14:15, 15:7-10.

 

A careful study will show that both pistis trusting-relying-faith and agape unconditional-love” are experiential, relational ginosko knowledge words.  They are not informational gnosis knowledge words of dogma creeds or didache doctrine or theology at all!  Paul used the phrase “trusting-relying-faith and/coupled unconditional-love” 5 times (a).  There are 23 other verses that use them in close proximity to one another or connects them in some way (b). <Notes> a) 1 Thessalonians 3:6, 5:8; 1 Timothy 1:14, 2:15; 2 Timothy 1:13, b) 1 Corinthians 13:2, 13; 2 Corinthians 8:7; Galatians 2:20, 5:6, 22; Ephesians 1:15, 3:17, 6:23; Colossians 1:4; 1 Thessalonians 1:3; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; 1 Timothy 1:5, 4:12, 6:11; 2 Timothy 2:22, 3:10; Titus 2:2, 3:15; Philemon 1:5; James 2:5; Revelation 1:5, 2:19.

 

John often refers to this compound construction as “this commandment” (a) and thus naturally vacillates between the [singular] and [plural] of “His commandment” (b).  John says you can’t say you have one without the other – You can’t say you have trusting-relying-faith in and/or unconditionally-love God or Christ but then not unconditionally-love His children (c), because if the “God who is unconditional-love” is living in you as His seed (d) by His Holy Spirit (e) and you are “born of God” (f) then you will have, by nature, His unconditional-love for others, especially His own children!  Yet, even knowing all this isn’t enough!  Jesus didn’t leave us orphans with just gnosis info-knowledge of all this!  Only Christ’s promised Holy Spirit is “The Wayenabling-power to actually be holy – see Spirit-Promise and Spirit-Power pages. <Notes> a) 1 John 3:23, cf. 1 John 4:21, b) 1 John 2:3-4, 3:22-24, 5:2-3; 2 John 1:6, cf. John 12:50, 14:15, 21, 15:10; Revelation 12:17, 14:12, c) 1 John 3:10-11, 4:7, 11, 21, 5:1-2, 5-6, 9-11; 2 John 1:5; John 8:42, d) 1 John 3:9, e) 1 John 3:24, 4:13, f) 1 John 4:7, 5:1.

 

When Christ created a completely-different-in-kind New (a) Covenant by His blood, it wasn’t just “new” or “younger” in age which is the Greek word neos, it was “completely-different-in-kind and unprecedented from everything that came before it and thus superior.  As a patent term, it cannot “borrow” anything from the old covenant for the New Covenant!  This is exactly the meaning of the New Covenant “wine” of the Christ’s blood and Holy Spirit being put into the old covenant’s “wineskins” of commandment and rituals or “both will be ruined” – see New Covenant Ways – BT7, – BT8, – BT9, and – BT10.  In mathematical set theory, the two circles don’t even touch let alone overlap to create a union!

 

One of the biggest problems I see in the Church’s teaching is not understanding the radical difference between the 2 covenants.  It absolutely breaks my heart!  This is the foundational problem of “The Great Wall” blocking or quenching the Holy Spirit that’s keeping the Church from revival – they have built themselves on an old foundation of Zechariah 4:6’s “might and power” instead of the “NEW” (a) foundation “by My Spirit, says Yahweh of hosts.”  <Notes> a) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely-different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior.

 

The single “righteous requirement of the Law of commandments” (a) to be completely obedient to ALL 613 of God’s OT commandments was completely fulfilled by One man’s obedience – Jesus, so that many will be made righteous (b), so now Christians are no longer under the Law but under unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace (c).  We are completely free from the Law of commandments (d) that has been katargeo abolished (l) – rendered inoperative by working/bringing them down to the point of being idle, inert, inoperative, ceased, abolished, invalid, abrogated, and put out from us!  How?  Because Christ pleroo completely-fulfilled it (e), Jesus has teleo fulfilled, accomplished, completed, finished it (f), telos ended it (g), anaireo takes, lifts-up/away to abolish/abrogate it (h), by nailing it to His cross (i).  Why?  Because the first covenant was “memphomai faulted-blameworthy-rejectable-condemnable” (j) and “thus palaioo made old, dated, or ancient in time, but also worn out by use, or worse for wear, and thus obsolete.”  The second covenant is “a kreitton more useful, serviceable, helpful, better covenant” (k) in every way!  It amazes me how many Christians absolutely don’t believe this!  Every religion and Christian cult tries to add something to the finished, completed work of Christ. See New Covenant Ways<Notes> a) Romans 8:4, b) Romans 5:19, c) Romans 6:14, d) Acts 13:39; Romans 7:3, 8:2; Galatians 2:4, 4:22-23, 26, 30-31, 5:1, 13, e) Matthew 5:17; John 19:28, f) John 19:30, g) Luke 22:37; Romans 10:4; 2 Corinthians 3:13, h) Hebrews 10:9, i) Colossians 2:14, j) Hebrews 8:7, k) Hebrews 7:22, l) Ephesians 2:15; Romans 4:14, 7:2, 7:6; 2 Corinthians 3:11, 13, 14; Galatians 3:17

 

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As Christian musicians, Christ and His Spirit our examples not just in gospel teaching but nature and lifestyle of the only 2 commandments given to Christians of “trusting-relying-faith and/coupled unconditional-love for one another.”  In fact, the indwelling Holy Spirit producing this in our life is the only proof we are born again and actually know or love God or Christ and that we are indeed Christ’s disciples and not part of some philosophy, religion, or cult of this world, even the Jewish religion in disguise!  These 2 commandments, none of the 613 OT ones, are so integrated 28 times in the NT, even combined into 1 commandment from God, that they can’t be separated, because both have to do with God’s nature and our relationship with Him – God first showed His unconditionally-love for us by sending His only-begotten Son to die for us and offers that grace-gift to us.  Indeed polus ‘many, a great number, a multitude’ are kletos ‘called, invited, or summoned’ to salvation by God (a).  He voted for our salvation!  This is God’s NEW “labor of love.”  <Notes> a) Matthew 22:14

 

Because of free-will, having been made in the image of God, a response of “Yes” is kletos “called, invited, summoned” by us having trusting-relying-faith enough to dechomai welcome and lambano reach out and take that grace-gift for ourselves.  That is our vote for our salvation!  It is the completely-different-in-kind and superior NEW “work of faith” or “obedience of faith” expressed by our surrendering-repentance, confession of “Jesus is Lord,” and water-baptism in order to receive Spirit-baptism (a).  With 2 votes in for ‘us,’ we THEN become God’s eklektos “elect” (b), for polus ‘many, a great number, a multitude’ are kletos ‘called, invited, or summoned’ [ones] but oligos ‘few in number’ [are] eklektos elect [ones]” (c).  <Notes> a) Acts 2:38; John 9:22; Romans 10:29; Hebrews 3:1, 4:14; 1 John 4:2, 3, 15, b) Matthew 20:16, 14, 24:22, 24, 31; Mark 13:20, 22, 27; Luke 18:7, 23:35; Romans 8:33, 16:13; Colossians 3:12; 2 Timothy 2:10; Titus 1:1; 1 Peter 1:1, 2:9; 2 John 1:1; Revelation 17:14, c) Matthew 22:14.

 

God is gentle with His unconditional-love (a), so He is not going to ‘rig the vote’ like the 2020 election or ignore your vote – He believes in democracy!  He waits to see if you agree with Him, the very definition of homologeo confession and koinonia fellowship!  Unconditional-love is also The Way He feels and acts towards others, The Way that is living in Christians, and so it would naturally demonstrate itself in The Way we feel and act towards others – Christ is our only example to follow.  Be careful follow men – see Coaches & Facilitators<Notes> a) Matthew 11:29; 2 Corinthians 10:1.

 

These 2 NEW Covenant commandment by definition and all the verses that speak of them are not just neos “younger or newer in time,” but are chadash, kainos: fresh, completely-different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior.  You can’t mix these “NEW wine” elements with anything else and certainly not the OT Law “wineskins” of 613 commandments and latreuo ritual-worship-serving or both will be ruined.  You can’t mix oil and water no matter how much you shake it!  Any ‘borrowing’ creates The Great Wall quenching the Holy Spirit in the Church. You have to choose between Zechariah 4:6’s “might and power” or “by My Spirit, says Yahweh of hosts.”  It’s either our “obedience of works of righteousness” that “find favor, make us right, or please God” and thus is “earned, deserved, and merited,” which is the palios/palaioo “old, dated, or ancient in time, but also worn out by use, or worse for wear, and thus obsolete” covenant, or Christ’s “one act of obedience that makes many righteous” under the chadash, kainos New Covenant, based on unearned, undeserved, and unmerited, unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace.  Which will you choose to live under?  If you try to mix, you “have fallen from unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace and are severed from Christ” per Galatians 5:4!

 

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Lord, thank You for voting for our salvation by You unconditional-love through Christ’s suffering and death.  Thank You for giving us the free-will freedom to vote for our salvation by saying “Yes” to Your free grace-gift of Your gospel “Christ on the cross for us” logos message, by surrendering in repentance, confession, and water-baptism so that we can receive Your promised grace-gift of the Holy Spirit, Christ IN us, as a first-fruit of our inheritance to come, the resurrection of our bodies to be glorified in Your presence at Your coming.  Thank You for nailing all 613 commandments to Your cross so that we can NOW be free to have an actual trusting-relying-faith and unconditionally-loving relationship with You and others just as You gave us an example to follow through Christ.  Thank You that is no longer a matter of our “obedience works of righteousness” or “might and power” but having trusting-relying-faith, the “work of faith” or “obedience of faith” in Your “one act of obedience that made many righteous” and “your unconditional-love for the world that you would send your only-begotten Son to die for us.”

 

 

 

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Only 2 Commandments – BT6

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Christ’s only 2 commandments are so linked together they can’t be separated

 

 

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The “Word of God” is absolutely no longer the OT’s logos message of 613 commandments to live by to “be right with God,” but NOW is the NT’s gospel logos message of The Truth of God the Father’s, “unconditional-love for the whole world” (a) through His Son that consists of only 2 “sound sayings” (b) or entole officially-decreed, universally-binding “commandments” – combined into 1 integrally-connected, inseparable, compound entole “commandment.”  <Notes> a) John 3:16, b) sayings, words, or messages is the plural of logos: Matthews 7:28, 19:1, 26:1; Luke 7:1, 9:28; 1 Timothy 6:3; 2 Timothy 1:13.

 

This 1 commandment from the Father that Jesus faithfully preached, which all Christians “had from the beginning” (a) of their Christian walk has only 2 components coupled together by all the NT writers but especially Paul (b), expressed so well by John 6:28-29: The Jews who heard Jesus preach said: “What must we ongoingly poieo do-to-make, in order to ongoingly be energeo working the ergon works/doings of God?”  Jesus answered: “This is the ergon work of God: that you ongoingly have trusting-relying-faith towards-reaching Him (Christ) whom He (God) has sent.”  To Christ’s disciples in John 13:34 and 15:12 “this is My completely-different-in-kind-superior NEW commandment to you – to ongoingly unconditionally-love one another just as I have already unconditionally-loved you” – and this is even “for your enemies” (c), just as Jesus taught and walked, and so should we (d). <Notes> a) 1 John 2:7, 24, 3:11; 2 John 1:5-6, b) 1 Thessalonians 1:3, 3:6, 5:8; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; 1 Timothy 1:5, 14, 2:15; 2 Timothy 1:13, 2:22; Titus 2:2; Philemon 1:5; 1 Corinthians 13:13; Ephesians 1:15, 3:17, 6:23; Colossians 1:4; Revelations 2:19, c) Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:27, 35, d) 1 John 2:6.

 

Both parts make up the “sound sayings” (a) or “sound doctrine” (b) of the NT gospel logos message of The Truth, “our work of trusting-relying-faith and labor of unconditional-love (c), as we saw above that Paul often couples together.  Obedience to both parts of God’s single commandment is the only proof of genuine “love for the Father and the Son” that we indeed “meno abide/remain in God” (d) that we indeed “have confident access by one Spirit to God in proserchomai drawing-near, proseuche conversational-prayer” (e) and that we will indeed “have confidence for the Day of Judgment” (f).  John says, “This commandment is the gospel logos message that you (Christians) have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it – that we should ongoingly unconditionally-love one another” (g).  Just as the chadash/kainos New Covenant is by definition “completely-different-in-kind, one-of-a-kind, unprecedented, and superior” over the old covenant, so is Christ’s “kainos NEW commandment” over ANY commandment of the OT – even over the OT’s “love your neighbor as yourself!”  As we’ve seen, the definition of “neighbor” allowed Jews to “hate their enemy,” but not so with Christ’s NEW Commandment! <Notes> a) 1 Timothy 6:3; 2 Timothy 1:13, b) 1 Timothy 1:10; Titus 1:9, 2:1, c) 1 Thessalonians 1:3, d) 2 Corinthians 8:8; 1 John 2:6, 4:20; John 15:4-5, e) Ephesians 2:18; 2 Corinthians 3:4; Ephesians 3:12; Hebrews 3:6, 14, 4:16, 10:19, 35; 1 John 3:21, 5:14, f) 1 John 2:28, 4:17, g) 1 John 2:24, 3:11; 2 John 1:6.

 

At first appearance many see Paul and James opposing each other concerning trusting-relying-faith and works – see Only 2 Commandments – BT1!  Paul says: “What becomes of our boasting?  It is excluded.  By what kind of Law?  By a [OT] Law of ergon works?  Absolutely in fact NO, but by the [NT] Law of trusting-relying-faith.  For we hold that one is justified/made-righteous by trusting-relying-faith apart from ergon works of the Law” (a).  Paul promises:  “For with the heart one has trusting-relying-faith and [so] is justified/made-righteous, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved” (b).  Paul explains:  “For by the means of charis unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace [feminine] you are ongoingly saved through-the-realizing-channel-of pistis trusting-relying-faith [feminine], and/coupled/especially THIS [neuter] absolutely in fact NOT of yourselves; [it is] the grace-gift (neuter) of/belonging-to God (c).  The [neuter] grace-gift points back to the [neuter] pronoun THIS, but it doesn’t point back to the [feminine] pistis or charis, but to the entire phrase “For by . . . grace . . . ongoingly saved . . . through faith.”  God is in control of the entire process and all the components of it!  Praise the Lord!  That’s why there is no room for boasting in anything except the Lord (d), particularly “in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” (e).  <Notes> a) Romans 3:27-28, b) Romans 10:9-10, c) Ephesians 2:8, d) 1 Corinthians 1:31; 2 Corinthians 10:17, e) Galatians 6:14.

 

However, James says: “What good is it, my brethren, if someone says he has trusting-relying-faith but does not have ergon works?  Can that trusting-relying-faith save him?” (a) and “So specifically (b) The Trusting-Relying-Faith, if in possibility not it has ergon works, is-defined/exists-as unresponsive/dead/lifeless” (c).  Finally “you see that out-of/from ergon works [a] person [is] ongoingly justified/made-righteous and/coupled/namely absolutely in fact not out-of/from trusting-relying-faith alone/only” (d).  This seems to be the opposite of what Paul said above, like the two of them are arguing with each other through letters.  Paul didn’t think highly of these publically hypocritical “seemed-to-be-pillars” like Peter and James (e).  However, on closer examination of the contexts of all the related passages, they are both looking at “genuine, saving trusting-relying-faith” from different angles to address different abuses in the Church – see Only 2 Commandments – BT1!  <Notes> a) James 2:14, b) kai often means and-coupled, but can also mean “still, besides, also, moreover, likewise, even, indeed, namely, specifically”, c) James 2:17, d) James 2:24, e) James 2:9, 11-14.

 

Paul addresses Jews relying on the works of the Law, along with Jewish-Christians tempted by false teachers to do so, to make them “right and pleasing with God,” pointing out that without trusting-relying-faith in Jesus as “the Righteous and Holy One” (a), every single person will certainly die in their sins (b)!  <Notes> a) Acts 3:14, 7:52, 22:14; 1 Corinthians 1:30, b) John 8:21, 24; Ephesians 2:1-8.

 

James is addressing Jewish-Christians who pride themselves in beingthreskos religious in their observance of religious restrictions, fearing and latreia ritual-worship-serving God” but “don’t bridle his tongue” (a), who may be akouo “hearers/listeners” of the gospel then “are forgetful hearers and not doers of it” (b), who may “say they have trusting-relying-faith” (c) but then don’t take care of “orphans and widows in their affliction” (d), showing their lack unconditional-love for fellow Christians in need.  In fact, the wealthy in the Church were even oppressing poor Christians, having them dragged into court, and even sentenced to death (e).  These Jewish-Christians were even violating the OT’s “royal” Law of “love you neighbor as yourself” (f)!  <Notes> a) James 1:26, b) James 1:22, c) James 2:14, 18, d) James 1:27, e) James 2:6, f) James 2:8.

 

Paul, James and John deal with the incredulousness of Christians saying they know or love God but then don’t unconditionally-love Christ or fellows Christian as the children of God (a).  Paul reminds them that NOW the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant has 2 completely-different-in-kind, superior Laws:  “the Law of trusting-relying-faith” (b) and “the Law of Christ” (c) that is “to bear one another’s burdens” (d), but this is the same as James’ “perfect Law of liberty/freedom” (e) where “mercy triumphs over judgment” (f) and in context this is “compassion for other’s trumping a critical tongue and divisive favoritism of the rich over the poor brethren,” and all this is based on the “implanted logos message which is able to save your souls” (g), which we know is the gospel (h), not the bible and certainly not the Law!   <Notes> a) Titus 1:16; 1 John 2:4, 10, 3:10, 14, 17-18, 4:8, 20-21; 5:2; James 2:15-16, b) Romans 3:27, c) 1 Corinthians 9:21; Galatians 6:2, d) Galatians 6:2, e) James 1:25, f) James 2:13, g) James 1:21, h) Mark 8:35; Romans 1:15; Ephesians 1:13.

 

All the NT writers question the validity of people claiming to have “trusting-relying-faith in Christ,” claiming they are “saved,” claiming to “know or love God,” but then failing to exhibit the essential nature of God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit that they were presumably water-baptized into.  It seems that, just as is the case nowadays, there are many who can quote religious mantras like “God is One” (a) or creeds like “Abraham is our father” (b) or theological statements like “Our father worshipped on this mountain” (c), and then say they are “saved” or “right with God,” but then God’s essential nature of unconditional-love (d) that is supposed to have come into the person as the Holy Spirit (e) to prove they have “regenerating, reconciling, restoring, and healing” – that is, saving,  relationship with God through Christ is visibly missing!  <Notes> a) James 2:19 and Mark 12:29 citing Deuteronomy 6:4, b) Matthew 3:9; Luke 3:8; John 8:39; James 2:21, c) John 4:20, d) 1 John 4:8, 16, e) Galatians 5:22.

 

James says to the religious Jewish-Christians that always quote their OT bible:  “You have trusting-relying-faith that ‘God is One’ – you do well!  Even the demons have trusting-relying-faith [in that] and shudder” (a).  Genuine, saving trusting-relying-faith is clearly more than mental assent or theological gnosis info-knowledge, but a steadfast, certain pistis trusting-relying-faith IN Christ – not Moses, not the OT, and not even in NT doctrines, but in the person of Christ!  When God’s righteous/just, holy, and unconditionally-loving Spirit comes to dwell in a person, this will absolutely grow impartial and equitably just, unconditional-love inside that person – and this becomes the “work of God” within them (b), empowered by the Holy Spirit (c), the unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace with us (d), “caused to obey My rules” as promised for the NEW everlasting covenant (e).  <Notes> a) James 2:19, b) Philippians 2:13; Hebrews 13:21; Ephesians 2:10, c) 1 Corinthians 12:6, d) 1 Corinthians 15:10, e) Ezekiel 36:27.

 

“False teachers, antichrists, deceivers, and workers of wickedness” always negate some aspect of saving trusting-relying-faith in Christ so they sure won’t publicly “confess” these things:  Jesus “came in the flesh” (a) or Jesus is “the Son of God” (b) or or “Jesus is Lord, Supreme Master” (c) or that Jesus “resurrected from the dead in the flesh” (d), which was likely part of the public water-baptism ceremony (e).  They invariably come as “thieves and robbers” of the “sheep of God” (f) to “cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit, creating obstacles contrary to the the doctrine that you have been taught – avoid them” (g), and thus violating Christ’s only entole commandment to saved people – to “unconditionally-love one another the way He did.”  And they often disguise themselves as “false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves” (h), “false brethren secretly brought in, who slipped in to spy out our freedom [from the Law] that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery [to the Law]” (i), “false teachers among you who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them” (j). <Notes> a) 1 John 4:2, b) 1 John 4:15, 5:5, 10, 12, 13, c) Romans 10:9; 1 Corinthians 12:3, d) Acts 2:27, 31-39, 4:33; Romans 1:4; 1 Peter 1:3, e) 1 Peter 3:21, f) John 10:8, g) Romans 16:17; Jude 1:19, h) Matthew 7:15, i) Galatians 2:4, j) 2 Peter 2:1.

 

In fact, the “enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, and divisions” and other forms of “hatred toward fellow Christians, the brethren” that these people cause are a clear sign they couldn’t possibly personally know God, the Father of every Christian – despite what they say – for “pas every ‘of a portion of’ (a) the [singular one who] routinely unconditionally-loving the [singular One, the Father] having begotten [Him, Jesus] also (b) ongoingly unconditionally-loves the [singular One, Jesus] having been begotten of Him [the Father] – by this we experientially, relationally ginosko know that we ongoingly unconditionally-love the children of God:  when we unconditionally-love God and/coupled poieo make-to-do the entole commandments of Him” (c) and we know in context this is our trusting-relying-faith (d) and “whoever routinely unconditionally-loves God should also (e) ongoingly unconditionally-love his brethren” (f) and these TWO entole commandments are combined into ONE in 1 John 3:23 as we’ve seen above. <Notes> a) pas rarely means ‘the whole/entirety of’ but ‘every of a kind/class/category/portion of’ as here, “every one, the one who are routinely . . .”, b) kai sometimes can mean “even as or indeed or also as” as likely here, c) 1 John 5:1-2 – wow, this is bad Greek!, d) 1 John 5:4-5, 10, 13, e) kai sometimes can mean “even as or indeed or also as”, f) 1 John 4:21.

 

The NT’s hupakoe obedience or “hypo beneath another person + akouo to hear/listen-to-understand/know, thus submission to what is heard/listened to” is completely different than the OT, just as the chadash/kainos NEW covenant is by definition “completely-different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior.”  It is NOW an “obedience to The Truth” (a) that we know is Jesus (b), thus “obedience to the Son” (c) or “obedience to Jesus Christ” (d), which is NOW “obedience to God” (e).  By our “obedience to confessing ‘Jesus Christ is Lord’ . . . for it is God routinely working/doing in you, both to desire/will and to work over-beyond-in-behalf-of His good pleasure” (f).  It is NOW “obedience to the logos message” (g) that is the same as “obedience to the gospel of Christ or God” (h) – see the Logos Word of God page.  This is NOW how to “unconditionally-love God and/coupled obey His commandments” (i), which in context is combined into 1 compound commandment to “definitively/wholly having trusting-relying-faith in the Son and/coupled ongoingly unconditionally-loving others as Christ unconditionally-loved us” (j) – see Logos Word of God – BT14, even though Paul’s gospel thesis of Romans is obedience of [singular] Trusting-Relying-Faith” (k) is so focused on the unsaved<Notes> a) Romans 2:8; Galatians 5:7, b) John 14:6 – see The Truth page, c) John 3:36, d) 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 10:5; Hebrews 5:9, e) Acts 5:29, 32, f) Philippians 2:11-13, g) 1 Peter 3:1, h) 1 Peter 4:17; Romans 10:16, 15:18-19; 2 Thessalonians 1:8, i) 1 John 5:2, j) 1 John 3:23, 4:21, k) Romans 1:5, 16:26.

 

Obediencehas been redefined in the NT, as so many words have – see Bible Info, because NOW “one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous” (a) – no longer OUR obedience to OT commandments, but Christ’s!  Religious people always say that “obeying God’s OT commandments or more that they create from the teachings of Christ is what counts.”  They will die in their sins!  There are only 2 NT commandments<Notes> a) Romans 5:19.

 

NOW it ALL comes down for the unsaved to obedience to saving trusting-relying-faith in God’s unconditional-love through Jesus Christ’s propitiation by His blood – the divine, atoning exchange of Christ’s righteousness for our unrighteousness – that alone makes/declares a person righteous/justified (a) – see Logos Word of God – BT15.  And to the saved, it NOW ALL comes down to unconditionally-loving one another as God IN Christ first unconditionally-loved us (b) – see Logos Word of God – BT16<Notes> a) John 5:8, 8:39; 2 Thessalonians 2:16; Ephesians 5:2; Revelation 1:5, b) 1 John 4:19.

 

NOW genuine saving pistis trusting-relying-faith “trusts, relies, and depends” solely on the righteousness of Jesus Christ, and expresses itself by repentance – a total surrender to turn away from one’s self and turn to Christ’s rule, public confession of such trusting-relying-faith to identify with Christ’s Body or Church, and finally water-baptism to spiritually join with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection to receive the promised grace-gift of the Holy Spirit, which is a Spirit-baptism or filling that defined Christ’s ministry as unique from all previous Jewish water-baptisms.

 

When The Unconditional-Love of God comes into a person by God’s Holy Spirit then God’s unconditionally-loving nature (a) begins to “God routinely working/doing in you, both to desire/will and to work over-beyond-in-behalf-of His good pleasure” (b). That’s when “the patient-endurance of trusting-relying-faith in Christ and/coupled serving unconditional-love” (c) begin koinonia fellowship of “working together as companions or partners” to accomplish God’s desired end – “to the perfection/completion of His unconditional-love” (d) in our lives.  <Notes> a) Galatians 5:22; 1 John 4:8, 16, b) Philippians 2:13, c) Revelation 2:19, d) 1 John 2:5, 4:12, 17-18.

 

As long as we meno abide-cohabitate-remain in the Father’s & Son’s unconditional-love (a) by “keeping His [only 2] commandments” that is “keeping My logos message” (b) of “trusting-relying-faith and/coupled unconditionally-loving one another” in a koinonia intimate-communal-patnership para alongside-WITH God “that makes ALL things possible” (c), that is WITH the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (d) by experientially, relationally ginosko knowing the Father and the Jesus Christ whom He sent, that IS zoe genuine-life everlasting (e), THEN we can enjoy the completely-different-in-kind-superior NEWness (f) and super-abundance (g) of the zoe genuine-life of Christ (h), our daily bread of zoe genuine-life (i), NOW living within us (j).  <Notes> a) John 15:9-10; 1 John 4:16, b) John 14:15, 21, 23, 15:10, c) Matthew 19:26; Mark 10:27; Luke 18:27, d) 1 Corinthians 1:9; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 1:3, e) John 17:3, f) Romans 6:4, g) John 10:10, h) John 1:4, 5:26, 11:25, 20:31; 2 Timothy 1:1; 2 Timothy 1:10; 1 John 1:2, 5:11, 20, i) Matthew 6:11; Luke 11:3; John 6:33, 35, 48, 51, j) Galatians 2:20; John 17:23; 2 Corinthians 4:12. .

 

ONLY after the death of ourselves through total surrender-repentance, confession, and water-baptism described above, when our “grain of wheat . . . dies” does it THEN “bears much fruit” (a) and ONLY when we meno abide-cohabitate-remain in the Vine of Christ (b).  This glorifies the Father to prove we are Christ’s disciples (c).  We know from the only 2 commandments above the nature of that fruit and by the very adjective-descriptions or ‘flavors’ of the singular fruit-nature-essence of the Holy Spirit that is unconditional-lovejoy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith/faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control/mastery (d), just as “a tree is experientially, relationally ginosko known by its fruit” (e).  The only 2 commandments is how we “become koinonia partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire” (f). <Notes> a) John 12:24, 15:16, b) John 15:5, c) John 15:8; Colossians 1:6, 10, d) Galatians 5:22-23, e) Matthew 12:33; Luke 6:44, f) 2 Peter 1:4.

 

Without meno staying-connected to the Vine of Christ, “we can do nothing” (a) – even if we strive to do all the rules of the bible!  There is absolutely no indication that the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant was given to create a new theology of God to ascribe to, a new set of dogma doctrines to believe, and a new set of rules to follow – more of the old covenant but somehow different!  Religion simply doesn’t work – that is actually the message of the NT!  The NT is about “preparing The Way” (b) to the Father through Christ’s blood and His Holy Spirit, clearing The Way (c) to a genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of the unconditional-love nature of God.  And all the enabling-power of God is through this experience that starts and ends by trusting-relying-faith!   <Notes> a) John 15:5, b) Matthew 3:3; Mark 1:3; Luke 3:4; John 1:23, c) Matthew 7:13-14; Luke 1:79; John 14:4-6; Acts 9:2, 16:17, 18:25-26, 19:23, 24:14, 22; Romans 3:17; 1 Corinthians 9:12, 10:13; Ephesians 4:20; Hebrews 9:8; 2 Peter 2:2, 21.

 

According to John 15:1-8, when a Christian isn’t producing fruit, contrary to so much bad doctrine, often based on so many horrible translations of the bible, blowing through the Church, the Father as the Vinedresser doesn’t airo ‘cut off the branch’ and ballo ‘throw it’ into hell!  He airo “lifts up, raises upward, elevates, draws upward; take upon oneself and carry what has been raised up, thus bear; to bear/carry away what has been raised.”  This is the way the NT uses this word in 101 occurrences.  Every grape/wine gardener know that to keep branches from being eaten by small critters that travel under them, to keep them from being molded in the darkness, and to get the vines into the sun to produce more growth and ultimately fruit, you have to “lift them up and carry them” to the higher guide-wires and larger woody branches and tie them there!  That is what the loving Father as Vinedresser does for us, those “branches IN Christ” (a).  These are forever saved Christians, who Jesus just promised in John 14:16 that the Father “will give you another Parakletos Helper to be with you forever, even the Spirit of [singular] Truth!”  He also prunes these branches He has “lifted up” – that phrase is coupled by the use of kai.  It is not a separate idea like the use of de would indicate.  I used to be a wine-taster for a restaurant and have been to so many wineries talking with the master gardeners, so I’ve seen this first hand!  These disciples “are already clean/pruned simply because of the logos message that Christ laleo spoke to them.”  He said this to dispel any misunderstanding and thus fear of condemnation, just as Paul does (b). <Notes> a) John 15:2, b) Romans 8:1.

 

Yes, ballo means “to throw either with force or with purpose or carelessly.”  But you can’t understand this in English bibles because the Greek clearly shows that the actor that does the “throwing” is 3rd person [singular], “he, she, or it” and/coupled then “gathered” by “them” in the 3rd person [plural] to be ballo “thrown into the pur fire and/coupled it is kaio “set on fire, kindled,” but kaio is NOT an routine participle action-state as is described of hell in the bible, nor does it mean “consumed” as some translate.  The 3rd person [plural] group is not the singular Vinedresser Father or Christ doing any kind of judgment of the branches.  And this isn’t some unspecified angelic group doing God’s ‘dirty work,’ yet I’ve seen people come up with this craziness.  Actually, the same [plural] group doing “the ballo ‘throwing’ into the fire” consists of individual 3rd person [singular] “he, she, or it” people who ballo ‘throw’ out – hos “as, like as, in the same manner as” the branch.

 

Jesus did just warn them of “the ruler of this WORLD is coming, but he has no claim on me” (a) and right after Jesus talks about this abiding-to-produce-much-fruit, He warns them:  “if the WORLD hates you, know that it has hated Me before it hated you.  If you were of the WORLD, the WORLD would love you as its own, but because you are absolutely in fact NOT of the WORLD, though I chose you out of the WORLD, therefore the WORLD hates you. . . if they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you” (b).  Greek words are always defined by context!  The WORLD is in mind!  We see a [singular] “unclean spirit making a father’s son mute and ballo throwing him down . . . even ballo throwing him into the pur fire and into water to destroy him” (c).  Peter says to Christians:  “Beloved, do not in possibility be-surprised-at a trail toward-reaching among you by-the-means-of-purosis fire-burning (d) taking place to you, as though something strange were happening to you, but rejoice insofar as you share/partake-in Christ’s sufferings” (e).  <Notes> a) John 14:30, b) John 14:18-20, c) Mark 9:17-18, 20-22, d) purosis from verb puroo from noun pur:  ignition, smelting, conflagration, calamity as a burning test or trial, e) 1 Peter 4:12-13.

 

We see this “suffering with/for Christ” throughout the NT (a), but it come from [singular] and [plural] people of this unbelieving world.  We also know that precious metals are purified by this “testing by fire” that Peter also spoke of (b), directly referring to God’s people (c).  Clearly that is what is in mind by Jesus in John 15:6.  I’ve seen this with a lot of Christians that start doubting because they are “disconnected from Christ.”  Very soon, 1 person will show up their door from the Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses, or some other cult.  They attempt to kaio “set on fire, kindle” the disconnected-Christian with their false-teaching.  Then they show up with more of their comrades, even families, to convince them and thus ballo ‘throw’ them into the fire of trails – these Christians are being persecuted for their faith but they often don’t know it at the time because of deceptive-teaching.  My wife was even being daily tempted through videos by a Muslim she was baby sitting for – and of course, it came during a time of disconnection and doubt.  This is the way “the ruler of this WORLD” works – finding your weaknesses when we have “disconnected from Christ” and then sending 1, 2, 3, or more people to deceive you and throw you into the fire of trials!  And man is it hard to be “de-programmed” to get out of this cults and false religions!  It’s a real trail – because they won’t let you leave!  It was crazy for me getting out of the Church of Christ!  But God will turn evil into good – she came back stronger than ever (d).  <Notes> a) 2 Corinthians 1:5; Colossians 1:24; 2 Thessalonians 1:5, b) 1 Peter 1:7, c) Zechariah 13:9, d) Genesis 50:20.

 

When we “disconnect from Christ,” as all too often we do, we experience the “withering- away-drying-up” (a) separation from the zoe genuine-life of the Vine.  Then we become susceptible to the unsaved “WORLD of men” who will try to “gather us up” for themselves into their own “flocks” whether into bars, parties, gangs, terrorists, cults, or religions.  This is where Christians will really “get burned” as the WORLD, whether by 1 or more often as a group because of ‘power in numbers,’ throws them into fiery trials!  Remember, that it’s Satan and his people who “steal, destroy (corrupt, pollute), and kill” – not the Lord who come to “give super-abundant zoe genuine-life” (b).  Instead, the Father will “run out and great every returning prodigal son” (Luke 15:20). <Notes> a) John 15:6, b) John 10:10.

 

“Routinely aiteo ‘asking for, seeking or earnestly desiring’ the Holy Spirit” (a) and “Routinely being pleroo filled-to-completion by the Holy Spirit” (b) that is the same as “the baptism by the Holy Spirit” (c), is the only way “Thy kingdom can come and Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (d).  The Parakletos is “our ‘Close-beside’ caller, summoner, or inviter; helper, succorer, or assistant; encouraging teacher, counselor, comforter, or consoler; defense-attorney, judicial-advocate, or court-intercessor.”  Without Him there is no way “to do greater works” (e) than Christ or really “be His witnesses” (f). The Parakletos Helper of the Holy Spirit is Christ, our first Parakletos Helper (g) on earth for every Christian (g).  <Notes> a) Luke 11:13, b) Ephesians 5:18; Luke 1:15, 41, 67; Acts 2:4, 8, 4:31, 9:17, 13:9, 52; Romans 15:13; Colossians 1:9, c) Matthew 3:11, 16; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33; Acts 1:5, 2:38, 10:47, 11:16; 1 Corinthians 12:13, d) Matthew 6:10; Luke 11:2, e) John 14:12, f) Matthew 10:18; Mark 13:9; Luke 24:48; Acts 1:8, 2:32, 3:15, 5:32, 10:39, 41, 13:31; Hebrews 12:1, g) John 14:16, h) Luke 4:18; Acts 5:9; 1 Corinthians 6:17; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18.

 

Unlike every other Rabbi who traveled with a scribe to write down everything they said, Jesus never asked for any of His words to be recorded, because the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant would absolutely be nothing like the old covenant.  Remember the prophecy in Jeremiah 31:31-34 cited in Hebrews 8:11 that now ALL of God’s children shall actually be “taught by God” (a) so that “they shall actually ou absolutely not in fact nor me in possibility teach each one his neighbor (fellow Jews) nor each his brethren (family members) to experientially, relationally ginosko know the Lord, for they shall ALL eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know Me – [but this time] from the least to the greatest.”    There’s a huge difference between being taught by men to know all about the bible in order to know God and being taught by God Himself through intimate fellowship with His Holy Spirit!  <Notes> a) John 6:45; 1 Thessalonians 4:9 citing Isaiah 54:13.

 

This is the opposite of the OT dissemination/teaching of scripture down “from the greatest Moses to Aaron and his Cohen sons, through the Levites further down to the men from the other tribes, then down to the women, then down to the “least among you” children, slaves, and finally Gentiles.  No!  God didn’t promise more of the same but now somehow different!  And the “greatest” in Christ’s kingdom are those NOW “who are like little children and willing slaves of others” (a).  Remember the prophecies of Ezekiel (b) that “I, the Lord, will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk/live in/by My statutes (c) and/coupled to tereo carefully-watch/keep-guard-over My just-equitable/righteous and/coupled do-execute-carry-out them.”  <Notes> a) Matthew 18:4, 19:30, 20:16; Mark 9:35, 10:31; Luke 9:48, 13:30, 22:26, b) Ezekiel 11:19-20, 36:26-7, 37:14, c) appointed customs, manners, and ordinances.

 

Remember that Jesus told His disciples to not fret about how to testify or witness for Christ in their defense, “for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say” (a) and “He will guide you into ALL The Truth and declare to you things to come” (b) and “He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you” (c). <Notes> a) Matthew 10:19-20; Luke 12:12, b) John 16:13, c) John 14:26.

 

This wasn’t promised only for a handful of men 2000 years ago!  The NT writers are constantly reminding Christians to go to the “One Teacher(a) of the Holy Spirit of Christ instead of others for the answers in life, just as the John points out in 1 John 2:27: “But “the anointing (b) that you have already received from Christ actually, ongoingly meno abides-cohabits-remains in you, so that you have absolutely in fact no need that anyone should teach you, but as His anointing actually, ongoingly teaches you about ALL things and/even is trustworthy and/coupled no lie – just as it has already taught you – actually, ongoingly meno abide-cohabit-remain in Christ.”  Furthermore, the Great commission in Matthew 28:20 does NOT say “teaching all disciples to observe all that I (Christ) have taught you,” contrary to what so many churches have said – it says “all that I have entellomai commanded you,” which is only 2 commandments!  <Notes> a) Matthew 23:8, b) see 1 John 2:20, where “the anointing of the Holy One” gives “you-all ALL eido mentally ‘seen’ to perceive/knowledge” – a real slap in the face to the Gnostics and Mystery Religions but all the “so-called wise and understanding ones” Pharisees and scribes who were trying to teach the Law to Christians.

 

But the Great Commission does say to “kerusso proclaim-herald-preach repentance for the forgiveness of sins to all nations” (aa), “kerusso proclaim-herald-preach the gospel – whoever has trusting-relying-faith and is water-baptized will be saved” (b), that “these things are written so that you may have trusting-relying-faith that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by having trusting-relying-faith you may have zoe genuine-life in His name/authority” (c), “making disciples by water-baptizing them and teaching them to tereo carefully-watch/keep-guard-over all that I have entellomai commanded you” (d).  There is a big difference between “preaching, heralding, or proclaiming the Great News gospel” and “didasko teaching or instructing” bible dogma or doctrine.  And there’s a big different between “all that Jesus taught” and “all that Jesus entellomai commanded” – which we’ve seen is simply “saving trusting-relying-faith in Christ and unconditional-love for others as Christ did.”  <Notes> a) Luke 24:47, b) Mark 16:15-16, c) John 20:31, d) Matthew 28:19-20.

 

There is no indication anywhere in the NT that more “sacred writings” (scripture) were ever intended to be THE WAY Christians would “all be taught by God” (a), for the NT makes it clear the Holy Spirit would do this!  Jesus said “My sheep actually, ongoingly akouo hear/listen-to-understand/know My Voice [of spoken rhema words], and/coupled I experientially, relationally ginosko know them, and they follow Me” (b).  Jesus didn’t say, “They will routinely read my words in a bible that finally comes together 300 years from now, routinely study them, have group bible studies about, and even preach or teach them from those pages.”  <Notes> a) John 6:45; ongoingly: 1 Thessalonians 4:9, b) John 10:27.

 

There’s a huge difference in the written logos messages or logoi sayings of the bible – see Logos Word of God, and the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words of Christ – see Prophetic-Rhema, for “trusting-relying-faith comes from akouo hearing/listening-to-understand/know through the [singular] directly-spoken prophetic-rhema word of Christ” (a) – it only takes 1 directly-spoken rhema-word from Christ to your personally to get saved.  The Church is “sanctified-consecrated-made-holy by the washing-cleansing of the water (b) with the directly-spoken/heard prophetic-rhema word to be holy and without blemish” (c) – not by reading their bibles!  Also, “man does not zoe genuinely-live by bread alone but by every directly-spoken/heard prophetic-rhema word that comes from the mouth of God” (d) – not from the pages of a bible. <Notes> a) Romans 10:17, b) likely a reference to water-baptism – see 1 Peter 3:21, cf. Titus 3:5-7, c) Ephesians 5:26-27, d) Matthew 4:4.

 

For “the [Spirit] is who gives zoe genuine-life; the flesh (a) is absolutely in fact no help/profit/benefit at all.  The directly-spoken/heard prophetic-rhema words I have spoken to you are Spirit and zoe genuine-life” (b).  Unless Jesus speaks to you personally while you are reading your bible, good luck on finding “the Spirit and zoe genuine-life!”  Have you “tasted the good directly-spoken/heard prophetic-rhema word of God and/also the [Holy Spirit’s] miracles of the coming age” (c)?  Or do you just read the bible?  Are you trying to do battle against Satan by quoting bible verses?  Or do you have “the sword of the Holy Spirit that is the directly-spoken/heard prophetic-rhema word of God” (d)?  Are you quoting bible verses as you pray?  Of trust that “if you meno abide-cohabit-remain in Me and My directly-spoken/heard prophetic-rhema word meno abides-cohabits-remains in you, ask whatever you want, and it will be done for you” (e)?   <Notes> a) context: man’s efforts through the Jewish religion – see Identity, b) John 6:63, c) Hebrews 6:5, d) Ephesians 6:17, e) John 15:7.

 

Just as there is absolutely no indication that Christians were meant to use the OT commandments as their rule book to live by – Logos Word of God – BT8, or that they would get a long list of NT commandments to get busy doing in order to “be right, pleasing, and approved by God” there is no indication that Christians were to even use their “might and power” of Zechariah 4:6 to accomplish God’s will.  Instead the OT prophecies and NT writings make it crystal clear that “to will/desire and to work/do His good pleasure” (a) would only be possible now “by the dunamis, supernatural, dynamite-like enabling-power of the Holy Spirit” – see Spirit-power, through His “grace-gifts, miracles, signs, and wonders.” <Notes> a) Philippians 2:13.

 

Reflection:

 

 

As Christian musicians, just as with so many special terms, the NT writers redefined Logos Word or Message of God – see Bible Info, and so it’s “Law of commandments,” now to only 2 of trusting-relying-faith in Christ and unconditionally-loving one another as He did.  This is what was preached and taught in the gospel or “sound sayings or doctrine” of Jesus and His disciples.  Anything else, especially any part of the OT Law, was false teaching and prophecy, always to drag “withered, dried-up, disconnected Christians” into the slavery of commandments, often for their own ambitions and financial gain.  These people always cause problems and will involve “weak Christians” in fiery trials of this world, but God is faithful – He will lift them up higher to receive more of His Son-light and He will produces the wasteful growth away.  The only way to prevent this and produce much fruit to the glory of the Father is to stay “connected to the Vine of Christ.”

 

This is NOW how we have koinonia fellowship-partnership with God.  All koinonia sharing of divine nature and divine miraculous power come from meno abiding-cohabitating-remaining connected to the Vine of Christ.  These are the only 2 Jesus told the 11 apostles to teach disciples as part of the Great Commission.  Evidence shows these 2 simple commandments were likely confessed at one’s water baptism.  Both are so intertwined they can’t be separated, being the very nature of God and His Spirit, so they should ultimately come out as the “good works” or “obedience to The Truth, Christ, the Son, Jesus Christ, God, the Word/Message, and the gospel” fore-ordained for us because of the indwelling Spirit of Christ, becoming “the workmanship of God,” the “Righteousness of God” now being Jesus living in us.  Just as Zechariah 4:6 foresaw for the New Covenant:  “absolutely in fact NO longer by might nor power but by My Spirit.”

 

The “promise” was for the coming of the Holy Spirit “to be caused to do His statutes” that “He has written our hearts by His Spirit.”  The “promise” is to routinely ask for to prophetically learn and teach from the routine baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit – it’s vital to The Lord’s Prayer of “Thy kingdom and will come” even being possible.  The “promise” wasn’t for a continuation or addition of gramma writings in graphe scripture.  Jesus never asked for anything of His to be written down, unlike every rabbi in history!  The “promise” was that God would teach us personally and directly by His Voice, our daily bread, His original “perfect will” plan in Exodus 20:10-11!  He is back to being “The One Teacher” by His Holy Spirit. The real promises in the NT are by the prophetic-rhema word to bring faith and power to the gospel’s logos word/message of God.

 

These 2 commandments are completely-different-in-kind and superior to any OT commandment. The little children and other “least among you” will receive from God the secrets of the kingdom before the proud “wise and understanding ones.”  The patient-endurance of faith and serving unconditional-love of others like Christ did can’t be separated as so many religious people try to do – both Paul and James are correct!  You can’t quote bible verses, or believe theological dogma or doctrines, or say ‘you know or love God,’ and have either of these missing, without being deceived or a liar.

 

Prayer:

 

 

Thank You Lord for helping me pull so much material together from an exhaustive 31-page study on this subject and boil it down for others to understand.  Lord, set them free by the Truth, which is not so much this information, though it can keep them from so much damaging error, but Jesus Christ by Your Spirit living in them, teaching them every day, so “with the anointing they have absolutely in fact no need that any man teach them.”  Praise Your name that Your NEW Covenant WAY is so simple that little children and the other “least among you” will ‘get it’ before the so-called greater “wise and understanding ones” who study the bible all the time.

 

 

 

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Christ’s only 2 commandments in the New Covenant to the unsaved and saved

 

 

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If you do an exhaustive study of the use of the Greek noun entole or verb entellomai  for “an official, universally-binding, decree or commandment issued by a king,” you’ll find that Jesus only gave ONE such commandment for the New Covenant to unsaved people in order for them to made/declared righteous and thus be saved to have for zoe genuine-life – see also Logos Word of God – BT15:  “This is the ergon work/doing of God that you have trusting-relying-faith in Him (Christ) whom He (God, the Father) has sent” (a), because “God who so unconditionally-loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever would routinely have trusting-relying-faith in Him should not perish but have eternal, zoe genuine-life” (b).  This alone is how an unbeliever can “paralambano agressively-take-close-beside the Christ Jesus the Lord” (c) by “lambano agressively-taking the gospel logos message upon akouo hearing/listening-to-understand/know it” (d) through “trusting-relying-faith in your heart and public confession with your mouth” (e), that is to “confess Jesus” (f), that is to “confess Jesus is the Christ, the Anointed One” (g), that “Jesus is the Son of God” (h) and that “Jesus is Lord or Supreme Master” (i), thus “repenting (j) and/coupled being water-baptized in the name/authority of Jesus Christ FOR the forgiveness of sins and moreover to lambano agressively-taking the promised grace-gift of the Holy Spirit (k).  <Notes> a) John 6:29, b) John 3:16, c) Colossians 2:6, d) Matthew 13:20, e) Romans 10:9-10, f) 1 John 4:3, g) John 9:23, h) 1 John 4:15, i) Romans 10:9; 1 Corinthians 12:3, j) see Surrender-Control, k) Acts 2:38.

 

And to the now saved Christians (a) NOW under this completely-different-in-kind, superior kainos New Covenant, Jesus only gave 1 entole commandment – see also Logos Word of God – BT16,  that He says is “My commandment” (a) and “a completely-different-in-kind, superior kainos NEW commandment” (b):  “to unconditionally-love one another as I have unconditionally-loved you – by this all men shall know that you are My disciples” (c).  <Notes> a) John 15:12; 1 John 2:8; 2 John 1:5, b) John 13:34, c) John 13:34, 15:12, 17; Romans 12:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:9; 1 Peter 1:2; 1 John 4:11-12; 2 John 1:5.

 

The Apostle John, who rarely left the side of Jesus, integrated both into ONE commandment in 1 John 3:23, “This is His (God, the Father’s) commandment:  that we definitively/wholly have trusting-relying-faith in the name/authority of His Son Jesus Christ and/coupled ongoingly unconditionally-love one another, just as He (Christ is the last referent) has given us [singular] entole commandment.”  Unlike the old covenant that came with 613 commandments, the completely-different-in-kind, superior New Covenant really only has 1 compound entole commandment – talk about simplicity of focus!

 

The “gospel logos message of The Truth” orlogos Word/Message of God” or “Testimony of God” is that both parts must be ginosko experientially-known in fellowship WITH God to prove that the Holy Spirit of God’s unconditional-love and zoe genuine-life is indeed dwelling within the “born-again, regenerated” person to begin an ongoing process of transformation called “sanctification” (b).  These 2-in-1 commandments are the ONLY ones – see Logos Word of God – BT14, that Jesus refers to in the Great Commission in Matthew 28:20 “teaching the disciples to tereo carefully-watch/guard-to-maintain/keep pas all (c) that I have entellomai commanded you.”  Throughout the NT these entole 2 commandments withing Christ’s gospel logos message of God are what we are to “tereo carefully-watch/guard-to-maintain/keep” – and certainly not 1 of the 613 entole commandments! <Notes> a) “voluntary slaves, followers, or disciples belonging to Christ, the King”, b) separation or holiness for God, c) pas normally refers to “every of a kind/class/category/portion of” – here those entellomai commanded – and not “the whole/entirety of” that Jesus spoke.

 

The only “ergon work or obedience” that “counts for anything” to God is the obedience of faith” (a) – “working through unconditional-love (b). Only then can we confidently say we “experientially, relationally ginosko know God” (c) when we “walk in His light” (d) by “walking in the same way as Jesus walked” (e), and the contest is “in unconditional-love.”  Trusting-relying-faith alone in the Father without the Son is useless, just as trusting-relying-faith in the Son alone without His unconditional-love dwelling within you is as “dead/lifeless as a corpse” (f).  Neither one can save or practically benefit you or anybody else (g)?  See also Only 2 Commandments – BT1<Notes> a) Romans 1:5, 16:26, b) Galatians 5:6, c) 1 John 4:6-8; Titus 1:6, d) John 8:12, 11:9-10; Ephesians 5:8; 1 John 1:7, e) 1 John 2:6, f) James 2:17, 26, g) James 2:14-15.

 

However, to say weunconditionally-love because He first unconditionally-loved us” (a) is just our reciprocal religious duty or obligation (b) is missing a vital causal reality – the Holy Spirit of God, who by nature is unconditional-love (c) who dwells within a real Christian (d) makes this all possible, inwardly motivating and powerfully-enabling the genuine Christian to do so (e)!  NOW it’s not us working FOR God like the old covenant but “it is God who routinely energeo effectually-works IN you, both to ongoingly desire/will and/coupled to ongoingly energeo effectually-work/do for His good pleasure” (f), for “we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for agathos good (g) ergon works/doings, which God prepared-beforehand/pre-ordained, that we should walk in them” (h).  That’s why with no more Zechariah 4:6 “might or power” left in ourselves after our total surrender to boast in, Paul can say “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord” (i).  <Notes> a) 1 John 4:10, 19, b) 1 John 3:16, 4:11, c) Galatians 5:22, d) 2 Timothy 1:14, e) Acts 1:8, 8:19; Romans 15:13, 19; 1 Thessalonians 1:5; 1 Corinthians 2:4; Ephesians 3:16; 2 Timothy 1:7 – Spirit-Power page, f) Philippians 2:13, g) agathos:  inherent or intrinsic goodness, a unique quality or condition, excellent or distinguished in quality, respect, uprightness, honor, useful, beneficial, salutary, suitable, pleasant, kind, benevolent, agreeable, joyful, h) Ephesians 2:10, i) 2 Corinthians 10:17.

 

That’s why the NT’s commandments “are absolutely not burdensome” (a) like the 613 OT ones were, and why Christ’s “yoke (b) is chrestos easy (c) and His burden/load elaphros easy-to-carry (d)” (e).  God is living on the inside of us by His Holy Spirit to help us carry the load – that’s why He is called the Parakletos (f).  If we meno remain “connected to the Vine of Christ” (g) so that His “holy and righteous” (h) life can flow through us to “bear much fruit for God” (i) for certainly our experience is that “without Him we can do nothing” (j).  A Christian’s focus in life need no longer be on “WHAT to do to be ‘more’ right with God” but on the “WHO” of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to “experientially, relationally ginosko know” (j) more and more each day!  It’s no longer about “getting it all right” but about really getting to know “the One who is always right!”  This is what it means to “be free in Christ” (k).  <Notes> a) 1 John 5:3, b) bond or tie to us of learning, c) chrestos: comfortable, useful, beneficial, d) elaphros: easy to carry or move with, e) Matthew 11:30, f) ‘Close-beside’ caller, summoner, or inviter; helper, succorer, or assistant; encouraging teacher, counselor, comforter, or consoler; defense-attorney, judicial-advocate, or court-intercessor, g) John 15:4-5, h) Acts 3:14, 4:27, 7:52, 22:14; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 2:1, i) John 15:5, 16; Colossians 1:6, 10; 1 John 2:27-28, 3:17, 4:13, j) John 15:5, j) John 14:17, 17:3; Philippians 3:10; 1 John 2:3, 13, 14, 5:20, k) Romans 8:2; Galatians 2:4.

 

Our trusting-relying-faith in Christ has already secured the victory, having been made/declared righteous with assurance that the Righteous One and His Parakletos Advocate Holy Spirit intercedes daily for us in the court of our Father God.  Christians are now “free” from the horrible burden of always trying and often failing, then always running and hiding from God, and thus always wondering if they should fear Judgment Day – yes “free,” but not by going back to living in sin, but by being madly in unconditional-love with God in gratitude and letting Him live in us righteously by His Holy Spirit more and more each day!  The Holy Spirit is who makes it possible to confidently proseuchomai conversationally-pray “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven!”  That’s why Jesus tells Christians “to routinely aiteo petition-with-confidence (a) for the agathos good (b) grace-gift of the Holy Spirit.”  It’s the only way the kingdom of God can “come” into your life!  <Notes> a) aiteo “to ask or petition from a subordinate position, to willfully crave, call or cry out for, require or demand, or beg for, b) agathos:  inherent or intrinsic goodness, a unique quality or condition, excellent or distinguished in quality, respect, uprightness, honor, useful, beneficial, salutary, suitable, pleasant, kind, benevolent, agreeable, joyful.

 

Contrary to what so many people have been taught, the 2 greatest commandments of the old covenant (OT) to “love God with all your heart, mind, and soul, and love your neighbor as yourself” that 613 OT Law commandments and the Prophets depend on (a), are in no way, shape, or form the entole commandments of God for the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant, because by definition it is chadash, kainos: fresh, completely-different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior” – see Logos Word of God – BT13. <Notes> a) Matthew 22:40.

 

Jesus never taught the OT commandments to His disciples but in fact, explained to the Jews the inadequacy of them, as with “loving your neighbor as yourself” since “neighbor” was defined as “those of like status,” giving Jews the “out” to “hate the Roman Gentiles, their enemies.”  Whereas, Christ’s commandment to “unconditionally-loving one another as I have” is clearly without boundaries – this is the NT gospel logos message of The Truth of God, the “Law of Christ” (a) or “Perfect Law of Liberty” (b), where “mercy triumphs over judgment” (c).  <Notes> a) 1 Corinthians 9:21; Galatians 6:2, b) James 1:25, c) James 2:13.

 

When the other NT teachers refer to “love your neighbor as yourself” in Romans 13:9, Galatians 5:14, and James 2:8 it’s always to stubborn Jewish-Christians to point out that their unloving behavior not only is in disobedience to Christ’s gospel logos message but also violates the fundamentals of their own Law they so cherish, the “yoke of slavery” (a) the “teachers of the Law” (b) want them to “turn back again to the asthenes weak-worthless-beggarly-poor and/coupled ptochos destitute stoicheion elementary or rudimentary ‘abc’ fundamental principles of this world (and ALL its religions), whose slaves you want to be once more” (c).  However, Christians who are “not under Law but under unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace” (d) for “He ongoingly anaireo takes/lifts-up/away-to-abolish/abrogate the first [covenant] in order to histemi establish (e) the second [covenant]” (f), because the first was “memphomai faulted-blameworthy-rejectable-condemnable” (g) and “thus palaioo made old-obsolete” (h) (i).  The New Covenant, which is “superior” by definition of chadash and kainos, which is “a kreitton better (j) covenant” (k) in every way, also “carries absolutely nothing from the old into it” by definition – it’s “completely unique, unprecedented, and one-of-a-kind.” <Notes> a) Galatians 5:1, b) Luke 5:17; 1 Timothy 1:7, c) Galatians 4:9, d) Romans 6:14-15, e) set into place, made to stand up, balanced into place – this is another term used for those “placed” into leadership – see Coaches & Facilitators, f) Hebrews 10:9, g) Hebrews 8:7, h) palaioo: not just old, dated, or ancient in time, but also worn out by use, or worse for wear, obsolete, i) Hebrews 8:13, j) more useful, serviceable, helpful, better, k) Hebrews 7:22.

 

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As Christian musicians, if we are going to base our lives on doctrines of the NT, shouldn’t we be building them from the truth of the original Greek and not on poor English translations?  Religious people have confused and deceived so many Christians in believing that the old covenant Law is still active for Christians and that the 10 commandments or at least the 2 greatest ones of “loving God and loving your neighbor as yourself” should be strictly obeyed.  But the NT doesn’t teach this, but actually the opposite – the Law failed miserably due to the weakness of man’s flesh and was replaced with a completely-different-in-kind New Covenant with 2 completely New commandments – trusting-relying-faith in the Son and/coupled unconditionally-loving one another as Christ did, the first to the unsaved to be saved, and the second to the saved to live sanctified and holy lives pleasing to the Father.  There is only one work, one form of obedience, to be saved – faith in the Son.  There is only one labor or service for the saved to show they are Christ’s disciple and that is unconditionally-loving others as Christ walked and lived.  And this is now possible because of our surrender to routinely asking for the beneficial grace-gift of the Holy Spirit to empower us to desire and work God’s pleasure so His kingdom can come and His will can be done in our lives as it is in heaven.  Our faith working through love is all that counts for anything.  Our horizontal loving-service to others is only possible as we meno remain-connected through the patient-endurance of faith to the Vine of Christ.  Our life of righteousness is only possible if we remain IN Christ’s righteousness by the Spirit of holiness.  Close examination show that Jesus, Paul, and James never taught the OT commandments but actually used them to prove much more important NT truths.

 

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Thank You Lord for “ongoingly anaireo takes/lifts-up/away-to-abolish/abrogate the first [covenant] in order to histemi establish the second [covenant]” because the first was “memphomai faulted-blameworthy-rejectable-condemnable” and “thus palaioo made old-obsolete.”  You literally nailed it to Your cross so we could forever be free from its power to inflame sin, condemnation, and death.  Now we can serve you, but no longer by gramma writings or graphe scripture but by the Holy Spirit “One Teacher” and “Power of God” to work in us Your will and good pleasure.  By the same enabling-power living within us, we will patiently-endure in our trusting-relying-faith and ongoingly serve others with unconditional-love just the way You did.  Thank You again for keeping it so simple that little children and the least among us will get this first before the so-called ‘wise and understanding ones.”

 

 

 

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Only 2 Commandments – BT4

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The OT has 613 commandments but the NT only has 2

 

 

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We’ve already seen this discussed in Logos Word of God – BT14, but here we will get into more detail. “Definitively/wholly have trusting-relying-faith in the Son” and “ongoingly unconditionally-loving one another as Christ gave us entole commandment” are the only 2 entole officially-decreed, universally-binding commandments of the Father and Son in the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant – the first to unsaved – see Logos Word of God – BT15, the second to saved (a) – see Logos Word of God – BT16<Notes> a) John 6:29, 13:34, 15:12, 1 John 3:23, 4:16, 5:1; 2 John 1:5; Galatians 5:6; Ephesians 1:15, 3:17, 6:23; Colossians 1:4; 1 Thessalonians 1:3, 3:6, 5:8; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; 1 Timothy 1:5, 14, 2:15, 4:12, 6:11; 2 Timothy 1:13, 2:22, 3:10; Titus 2:2, 3:15.

 

Some scholars see this obvious coupling of trusting-relying-faith kai and/coupled unconditional-love” as further evidence that these 2 NT commandments were indeed part of early Christian katecheo catechism teaching (a) about the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant.  Read Love Revolution:  Rediscovering the Lost Command of Jesus by Gaylord Enns!  <Notes> a) katecheo: repetitive instruction of foundational truths: Luke 1:4; Galatians 6:6; 1 Corinthians 14:19; Acts 18:25 – see Teach One Another.

 

The NT only has 2 entole official, universally binding commandments perfectly combined into ONE compound commandment: “Now THIS is His [God’s singular compound] entole commandment: that we definitively/wholly have trusting-relying-faith in the name/authority of His Son Jesus Christ and/coupled ongoingly unconditionally-love one another – just as He (Christ is the last referent) has already given us [singular] entole commandment” (a).  Just as Jesus casually vacillates between the [singular] of “This is My [singular] commandment that you unconditionally-love one another as I have unconditionally-loved you” (b) or “a completely-different-in-kind New (c) [singular] commandment I give to you – that you unconditionally-love one another, just as I have unconditionally-loved you. By this [alone] all people will know that you are My disciples [rather than another teacher’s]” (d) and the [plurals] of “tereo carefully-watch/guard-to-maintain/keep My [plural] commandments” (e) and sometimes both in the same sentence “these [plural] things I entellomai command (f) you: that you unconditionally-love one another (g). John also routinely vacillates between God’s [single, albeit compound] commandment (h) and its [plural] components (i), depending on what the speaker is trying to emphasize.  In their mind, the [plural] is still [single]. We will see that only 2 commandments really can be viewed as 1, similarly to how ALL the OT Law commandments can be summed up as “love your neighbor as yourself” (j).  But we will find an even more integral connection between the only 2 NT commandments<Notes> a) 1 John 3:23, b) John 15:12, c) kainos or chadash in Hebrew OT: fresh, completely-different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior, d) John 13:34-35, e) John 14:15, 21, 15:10, f) entellomai is the verb form of entole, so only refers to officially-decreed, universally-binding commands, g) John 15:17, h) 1 John 2:7-8, 3:22-24, 4:21; 2 John 1:5-6, i) 1 John 2:3-4, 3:22-24, 5:2-3; 2 John 1:6, j) Romans 13:9; Galatians 5:14, cf. Matthew 22:40.

 

Only 1 out of 5 “Great Commission” charges to the 11 apostles say anything about them being teachers for the Church, and in this Matthew 28:18-20 account (a), it absolutely doesn’t tell them to teach every disciple everything Jesus ever taught or that was recorded, as I’ve heard so many preachers say.  Instead it says:  “routinely didasko teaching them (the disciples they are to make) to routinely tereo carefully-watch/guard-to-maintain/keep pas all (b) things of what I have entellomai commanded (c) you.” Again, a careful NT study of entole and entellomai reveals the Father and Son commanded only 2 commandments for the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant, just as the old covenant-agreement with God’s people came with 613 entole commandments, but NOW only 2:  trusting-relying-faith and unconditional-love. <Notes> a) also the only apostle to record so much of Christ’s teaching making it obvious that Matthew’s concern was that Jews would take Christ as a rabbiteacher seriously, b) pas normally refers to “every of a kind/class/category/portion of” – here those entellomai commanded – and not “the whole/entirety of” that Jesus spoke, c) entellomai is the verb form of entole, so only refers to officially-decreed, universally-binding commands.

 

NT writers often integrally connect “trusting-relying-faith and/coupled uncondition-love” as key characteristics of the Holy Spirit (a) and thus of Christians (b) who have the endwelling Holy Spirit. Our trusting-relying-faith is also in God’s unconditional-love for us through Christ (c), rooted and grounded in/by/with Christ’s unconditional-love by Him continuing to dwell within us through trusting-relying-faith (d), Christ’s unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace overflowing to us with [singular] trusting-relying-faith and [singular] unconditional-love that are in/by/with Him (e), a trusting-relying-faith and/coupled unconditional-love that are consequently the definitive aspects of Christian witness (f). <Notes> a) Galatians 5:22 – scholars see “pistis trusting-relying-faith or faithfulness” as only one of the adjective-noun descriptions or facets of “the [singular] fruit of the Spirit being unconditional-love”, b) James 2:5; 1 Peter 1:8; 1 John 3:23, 4:16, 5:1; Revelation 2:19, c) Galatians 2:20, d) Ephesians 3:17, e) 1 Timothy 1:14, f) Ephesians 1:15; Colossians 1:4; 1 Thessalonians 3:6.

 

Paul proseuchomai conversationally-prays that Philemon’s “sharing/communication of his trusting-relying-faith and/coupled his unconditional-love toward/at Christ and His saints may become effectively powerfully-enabling by the means of the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of every good thing that is in you toward-and-reaching Christ” (a).  In other words, our horizontal fellowship with each other is empowered by our vertical fellowship with God! Consequently, trusting-relying-faith and unconditional-love is “the example” to pursue for Christian workers (b), being Paul’s aim in life (c), the aim of his charge against false teachers (d), and the subject of Paul’s greetings (e), blessings (f), kneeling before God (g), and thanksgiving (h). <Notes> a) Philemon 1:5-6, b) 1 Timothy 4:12, 6:11; 2 Timothy 2:22, 3:10, c) 1 Timothy 4:12, 6:11; 2 Timothy 2:22, 3:10, d) 1 Timothy 1:5, e) Titus 3:15; Ephesians 6:23, f) Ephesians 6:23, g) Ephesians 3:17, h) 1 Thessalonians 1:3; 2 Thessalonians 1:3.

 

Trusting-relying-faith and/coupled unconditional-love is the actual content of the gospel logos message of God that Paul preached:  “following the pattern of sound logos messages that you have heard from me – by [singular] trusting-relying-faith and [singular] unconditional-love that are in Christ Jesus” (a). “Trusting-relying-faith and unconditional-love” are kai coupled 5 times by Paul.  Jesus declares in Revelation 2:19, “I eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know the [plural] works of you – the [singular] unconditional-love and/coupled the [singular] trusting-relying-faith even (b) the [singular] service (c) and the [singular] hupomone patient-endurance.”  In parallel, “the serving” is “the unconditional-loving” of others and “the patient-endurance” of “The Trusting-Relying-Faith.”  The prominent use of the definite article “The” is clearly associating this as something Christians should specifically and definitely know, for Christ teaches abundantly on His only 2 commandments of “the patient-endurance of trusting-relying-faith” and “the serving of unconditional-love.” Clearly trusting-relying-faith and unconditional-love are “the kalos good works” (d) in mind we are called to do in the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant! Kalos has a broad meaning:  “1) to make beautiful physically or morally, this is distinctly the ‘beauty‘ that comes from harmony or proportional symmetry and thus completeness, or 2) to make excellent in nature or character, thus well adapted for its use, and thus praiseworthy and noble.” <Notes> a) 2 Timothy 1:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:8; 1 Timothy 2:15, b) kai sometimes can mean “even as or indeed or also as” as likely here, c) diakonia: executing the commands of others, not giving them, d) Matthew 5:16; John 10:32; Acts 9:36; Ephesians 2:10; 1 Timothy 2:10, 5:10, 25, 6:18; Titus 2:7, 14, 3:8, 14; Hebrews 10:24.

 

For sure, the single entole commandment given to Jesus by the Father to speak still is zoe genuine-life everlasting (a), but what was Jesus talking about?  When the Jews asked Jesus, “What must we poieo make-to-do in order that we may be ergazomai doing/working the [plural] ergon doings/workings [saving, in context] of/belonging-to God?”  Jesus definitively answered them: “THIS is-defined-as the [singular] ergon work/doing of/belonging-to God in order that you have trusting-relying-faith in Him [the Son] whom He (the Father) has sent” (b).  What a great use of the different forms of ergon, where we get our words ergo, ergonomics, ergometry, and ergotism.  Later Jesus said: “Have trusting-relying-faith in Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me, or at least have trusting-relying-faith on account of the [plural] ergon works/doings (context: miracles Christ performed) themselves” (c). Therefore, the “ergon work of trusting-relying-faith” or “obedience of/belonging-to faith” (d) in Christ is the essence of the gospel logos message (e). <Notes> a) John 12:49-50, b) John 6:29-30, c) John 14:11, d) see Obedient Steps of Faith page, e) Mark 1:15; Acts 6:7, 15:7; Romans 1:5, 16, 10:16, 16:26; Ephesians 1:13; Philippians 1:27; Colossians 1:23; 1 Thessalonians 1:3, 3:2; 2 Thessalonians 1:11.

 

Trusting-relying-faith, the “obedience of/belonging-to faith,”  absolutely not obedience to commandments of the Law, is what pleases and “worships God in [singular] Truth” (a), exactly because it takes “the patient-endurance of trusting-relying-faith” to find and fellowship with the Lord, just as Hebrews 11:6 says: “Without trusting-relying-faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would routinely proserchomai draw near (b) to God must have trusting-relying-faith that He exists (c) and that He rewards those who routinely diligently-seek-out-to-find (d) Him.” Trusting-relying-faith shows God that we really believe that He is worth finding and fellowshiping with!  See how close the Greek word for watching, listening, proseuchomai conversational-praying is – one letter difference from the Greek word proserchomai for “drawing near to.” <Notes> a) John 4:23-24, b) proserchomai:  a Hebraism for “seeking an audience with, approaching, inquiring of, calling on to visit, or be heard by” God, thus closely akin in spelling and meaning to proseuche conversational-prayer and proskuneo worship, c) that He’s really there to fellowship with, d) ek + zeteo for the Hebrew darash: search out diligently in order to find, investigate, desire/crave, aim/strive after – another Hebraism throughout the OT for diligent worship in order to find God:  Proverbs 8:17; Isaiah 58:2; Jeremiah 29:13; Amos 5:4.  Jesus used this common OT phrase “You will seek Me” to rub it into the Pharisees and scribe that they will NOT find God this time and die in their sins for their rejection of Him:  John 6:26, 7:34 36, 8:21, 13:33, cf. Proverbs 1:28; Romans 10:20 citing Isaiah 65:1.

 

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As Christian musicians, it’s imperative to know that the NT wasn’t written in English and that Greek words are much more specific in meaning.  There are ONLY 2 entole officially-decreed, universally binding commandments in the NT that Jesus preached faithfully as part of the gospel logos message to experience soteria salvation-deliverance-restoration and zoe genuine-life.  Period!  You can’t just look up the English word “command” because there are many other Greek words they have ambiguously translated the same when they don’t mean the same thing at all, which is VERY misleading – see Bible Info.  Can you see how so much false doctrine is created?  “Faith in Christ and Unconditional-love for one another” are so integrated in meaning throughout the NT they are inseparable and even viewed as one!

 

These were faithfully taught as part of the Great Commission to water-baptism salvation candidates, but over time the religion of the Catholic Church added 100s of more commandments not only based on the teachings of Christ, some that were even peripheral, but shamefully from the OT – see The Great Wall, “binding” them to the backs of people just like the Pharisees and scribes did with the Oral Torah.  Now the internet says there are 1000s of commandments!  I echo the apostle Paul’s words:  “Anathema!  This is a different gospel which is no gospel at all.  Again I say, Anathema!”  Now there is only “the obedience of faith” or “work of faith” and the “labor of unconditional-love” that is NOW “the Law of Christ.”  Not 1 of 613 OT commandment is still active – every single one has been katargeo: ‘thrown down to be inactive and useless,’ thus terminated, destroyed, voided, annulled, and finally released from” and teleo “fulfilled, accomplished, completed, finished, telos ended, violently put to death, and nailed to the cross” because Christ pleroo “filled-to-completion” them ALL.  Wake up Christians – it’s over!  The completely-different-in-kind, superior New Covenant is NOW in effect!

 

Prayer:

   

 

Praise Your Name Lord that NOW all of us can still find You Jesus when we seek You with all of our heart, and even when we don’t know what to say, we can speak in tongues and Your Spirit prays for us, or we can even groan and Your Spirit will intercede for us.  Thank You for making Your completely-different-in-kind, superior NEW covenant so simple that even little children and the least among us can easily surrender to Your “easy and light-to-carry” Yoke of learning – all we have to do is meno stay-connected to You, the Vine of Christ, “in order to bear much fruit to the Father’s glory!”  And we do this through “patiently-enduring trusting-relying-faith” in proseuche conversational-prayer or proserchomai drawing-near or prokuneo worship, which really is all the same.  Now as Your disciples have only 1 entole officially-decreed, universally-binding commandment to “serve others” – “unconditionally-love them just as You did us.”  I just love how You K.I.S. (Keep It Simple) us!  Praise Your name!

 

 

 

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Only 2 Commandments – BT3

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NT teaching doesn’t include any OT commandment, only 2 completely NEW ones!

 

 

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The Jewish rabbi teachers were great at constantly judging people for not keeping the OT’s 613 Laws and “binding” even more commandments on the backs of people with their Oral Torah or “Traditions of the Elders.”  However, they were terrible at “loosing” them by refusing to help people carry the burdens of the Law, forgiving people for there failure, or subtracting some of these “traditions of men.”  Many on the internet have added 1000s of NT commandments to the list!  However, Jesus wanted His disciples to be completely-different-in-kind.  He wanted them to simply follow His example of unconditional-love toward others, serving and forgiving others, which is a completely-different-in-kind kainos “NEW (a) commandment” than even the OT commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself.”  The Hebrew for neighbor meant “fellow Jews,” which allowed them to hate Gentiles, their Roman enemies!  And if you are self-loathing, does that mean you can loathe others?  If you feel like committing suicide, should you help others do the same?  <Notes> a) kainos: fresh, completely-different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior.

 

No!  Christ’s “NEW (a) commandment to unconditionally-love one another as I have unconditionally-loved you” (b) is as completely-different-in-kind as the NEW (a) Covenant Way is over the old covenant, especially because that’s what “New” (a) means!  Christ’s own “NEW Commandment” is “The Law of Christ to bear one another’s burdens” (c), which involves “unconditional-love for even your enemies” (d), and certainly ALL of God’s own children, the Christian brethren (e).  This alone distinguishes us as a disciple of Christ and not of some other rabbi teacher<Notes> a) kainos or chadash in the Hebrew OT:  fresh, completely-different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior, b) John 13:34, 15:12, c) Galatians 6:2; 1 Corinthians 9:21, d) Matthew 5:43-44, e) 1 John 2:10, 3:10, 14, 16-17, 4:20-21, 5:1.

 

Jesus didn’t have any scribes record any of His teachings, nor ask His apostles to do so, like other important rabbis always did, and gave the reason to not worry:  “The Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say” (a), and “He will teach you ALL things and bring to your remembrance ALL that I have [specifically] said to you” (b) – see New Covenant Ways – BT13c<Notes> a) Luke 12:12, b) John 14:26.

 

Christ’s “Great Commission” to the 11 apostles never entellomai commanded ALL His teachings to be taught to ALL others, as I’ve heard too many pastors erroneously teach.  I suppose that’s why the internet says there are 1000s of NT commandments.  He actually entellomai officially-decree for universal complains in Matthew 28:20, “teaching them (a) to tereo watch-carefully-to-guard/keep ALL that I have officially-decreed as commandments (b) you,” but again, there were only 2 such commandments in a single compound commandment ever given in the NT: “having trusting-relying-faith in the name/authority of God’s Son Jesus Christ and/coupled unconditionally-loving one another, just as He (Jesus) has given us a commandment” (c).  <Notes> a) i.e., those you were made disciples by water-baptizing them, b) entole, c) 1 John 3:23; John 13:34, 15:12.

 

It seems like many in the Church have grossly mistaken the only 2 NT commandments with the 2 greatest OT commandments to “love God and love your neighbor as yourself.”  I’m not the only one who has noticed!  An excellent book is Love Revolution: Rediscovering the Lost Command of Jesus by Gaylord Enns.  See also Obedient Steps of Faith and Unconditional-Love pages.

 

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As Christian musicians, why are Christians trying to add more than the only 2 entole officially decreed, universally-binding commandments of trusting-relying-faith in the Son and unconditional-love for one another as Christ did for us?  Are we falling prey to the same religious spirit that drove the Pharisees and scribes to “bind” more commandments to the back of men?  And why do so many Christians think that the 10 commandments or at least the 2 greatest commandments of the OT are still applicable for the NT, even when so many verses say that Christians shouldn’t be following even 1 of the 613 OT commandments – see Logos Word of God – BT8, let alone the 2 greatest OT commandments of “loving God and loving your neighbor as yourself” that sum up the entire OT – see Logos Word of God – BT13.  The “NEW commandments” of the NT are completely-different-in-kind and superior to everything before it, by definition and use.  Jesus didn’t put the 2 NEW commandments on paper either, though others did, because they are written the Holy Spirit on every believer’s heart!  However, these are the only 2 that Jesus commands the 11 apostles to teach to every disciple to tereo watch-carefully-to-guard/keep – nothing else!

 

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Thank You Jesus for keeping it so simple that even little children and the least among us can learn these from you and be empowered to do them.  Discipleship is so much easier when we only have two focus on 2 things.  That’s why Your Yoke is easy and burden of commandments or laws is light to carry.  You certainly aren’t like the other rabbi-teachers but gentle and lowly!

 

 

 

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Faithfulness requires trusting-relying-faith to the end in order to be saved or healed

 

 

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The bible is clear that only those who “endure to the end will be saved or healed” for the word sozo means both (a), but it is our trusting-relying-faith, not our works of righteousness, that must endure (b). Such “steadfastness or perseverance” is often linked or associated to trusting-relying-faith or faithfulness, both translated from the same Greek word pistis as determined by the context (c), where trusting-relying-faith is also closely related to elpis hope (d) for “trusting-relying-faith is the assurance of things eplis hoped for” (e), as is Christ’s faithfulness (f), just as His Father is faithful (g). <Notes> a) Matthew 10:22, 24:13; Mark 13:13, b) Hebrews 11:27, 12:1-2; Revelation 2:19, 13:10, 14:12, c) Ephesians 6:18; Acts 11:23; Colossians 1:23; 2 Thessalonians 1:4; James 1:3-4, 12, 5:11; Romans 11:20; 1 Timothy 6:11; 2 Timothy 3:10; Titus 2:2; 2 Peter 1:5-6, d) 1 Thessalonians 1:3, 5:8; 1 Corinthians 13:13; Galatians 5:5; 1 Peter 1:21, e) Hebrews 11:1, f) Hebrews 3:6; 10:23; 2 Thessalonians 3:3; Revelation 1:5, 19:11, g) Romans 3:3; 1 Corinthians 1:9, 10:13; 2 Corinthians 1:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:24; 1 John 1:9.

 

One of the characteristics of the nature/fruit of the Spirit’s unconditional-love is trusting-relying-faith or faithfulness for certainly both are true (a), and the Spirit comes by hearing with trusting-relying-faith (b). Thus we must stand fast or firm in The Trusting-Relying-Faith of being a Christian through trusting-relying-faith (c). <Notes> a) Galatians 5:22-23; Acts 6:5, 11:24; 1 Corinthians 12:9; 2 Corinthians 4:13, b) Galatians 3:2, 5, 14, 5:5, c) Romans 11:20; 1 Corinthians 16:13; 2 Corinthians 1:24; Colossians 1:23, 2:5, 7; 1 Timothy 1:19.

 

The word for noun form of sozo is soteria for salvation meaning: “be protected, preserved, or kept safe and sound, rescued or delivered from danger or destruction, to be healed, made well, or restored to health and wholeness.” So you can see it doesn’t just mean a one-time rescue from our sins when we say a prayer to Jesus, as too many churches teach.  Restoration and healing is often a process that requires the steadfast endurance of trusting-relying-faith, which is finalized at the glorification of our bodies, “the blessed hope” (a). As I just wrote this, a 3-year old, used-once, snow-globe music box of “Away in the Manger” covered with dust on my desk, suddenly played for 2 seconds!  Startling confirmation!  <Notes> a) Titus 2:13.

 

“Through the Spirit, by trusting-relying-faith, we eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness [to be revealed at Christ’s coming]” (a). Paul’s gospel logos message in Romans 1:17 citing Habakkuk 2:4 says: “The righteous shall actually, zoe genuinely-live by trusting-relying-faith,” for “the righteousness of God that is revealed in the gospel from faith to faith (b).  Salvation is a life-long walk by trusting-relying-faith! <Notes> a) Galatians 5:5, b) an common Greek idiom for “one step of faith to another step of faith, from beginning to end” – see Obedient Steps of Faith.

 

That’s exactly why the NT recognizes that some Christians will depart from The Trusting-Relying-Faith (a), and that denying The Trusting-Relying-Faith makes you worse off than unbeliever (b), incurring condemnation for having abandoned their former trusting-relying-faith (b), having wandered away from The Trusting-Relying-Faith (c), and having swerved (d) from The Trusting-Relying-Faith (e). You have to have something to “depart, abandon, wander, swerve” from to thus “deny it!” <Notes> a) 1 Timothy 4:1, b) 1 Timothy 5:12, c) 1 Timothy 6:10, d) a + stocheo: missed their aim, e) 1 Timothy 6:21.

 

There are so many dire warnings in the NT about abandoning The Trusting-Relying-Faith: “no sacrifice for sins remains” (a), “their passions drew them away from Christ…incurring condemnation for having abandoned their former trusting-relying-faith” (b). If you don’t “hold firmly to the gospel logos message I preached to you, you have had trusting-relying-faith in vain” (c). <Notes> a) this is the context of “deliberate sinning” in Hebrew 10:26, 6:4-6, b) 1 Timothy 5:12, c) 1 Corinthians 15:2.

 

Only “if we endure [with Him], we will also reign with Him; if we deny Him, He also will deny us” (a). For “if after they have escaped the pollution of this world through the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first” (b). That’s pretty bad because Christ said in John 3:18, “Whoever routinely has trusting-relying-faith in Christ is absolutely in fact not condemned, but whoever does not in possibility routinely have trusting-relying-faith has already [with ongoing results], been condemned, because he has not in possibility already had trusting-relying-faith [with ongoing results] in the name/authority of the only Son of God.” It’s not how you start the race that counts, but how you finish it. <Notes> a) 2 Timothy 2:11-12, b) 2 Peter 2:20.

 

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As Christian musicians, let us continue to bind demons with Christ’s authority and continue to loose the Holy Spirit UNTIL we get the healing we seek.  Let us hold onto our trusting-relying-faith and expectant hope UNTIL we see the will of God accomplished in our lives.  It’s a war out there and we have to never stop fight in partnership with the Holy Spirit to see the victory.  It takes enduring faith to be faithful.  Salvation is a full-bodied word that far surpasses a 1-time event.  We must finish the race in order to receive any rewards.

 

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Lord, thank You that You will complete the work You started in us and we can get up after every stumble, crawl if we must, walk when we can, and praise You when we are running.  But You put that drive into us to never quit.  To confess our sin, be covered by Your blood, be made righteousness, and be reassured that we must get up and move forward with our faith.  We will not be defeated because You have overcome the world.  And WITH You all things are possible.

 

 

 

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Trusting-relying-faith versus works

 

 

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At first appearance many see the apostle Paul and James, the Lord’s step-brother and pillar of the Jerusalem Church along with Peter and John, opposing each other concerning trusting-relying-faith and works, so much so that the Protestant Reformer Martin Luther didn’t want the book of James in the bible, and many early Church Fathers felt the same!  Paul says: “You have been saved through trusting-relying-faith – and this is not your own doing/work; it is the grace-gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (a), and “For with the heart one has trusting-relying-faith and [so] is made/declared righteous, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved” (b). However, James says, “What good/usefulness is it, my brethren, if someone says he has trusting-relying-faith but does not have works? Can that trusting-relying-faith save him?” (c), and after giving examples of Christian’s physical needs being ignored by other so-called Christians, James says: “So also trusting-relying-faith, if it has no works, [is] dead/lifeless/useless” (d). He taunts these Jewish-Christians:  “You ongoingly have trusting-relying-faith that ‘God is one’ (e); you do well, but the demons ongoingly have trusting-relying-faith and they shudder/tremble-with-fear” (f).  After appealing to Abraham’s act of trusting-relying-faith that was rewarded with God’s blessing, James says: “You see that a person is out of/from works declared/made righteous and absolutely not out of/from trusting-relying-faith alone” (g). <Notes> a) Ephesians 2:8-9, b) Romans 10:10, c) James 2:14, d) James 2:17, e) a key Jewish creed, f) James 2:19, g) James 2:24.

 

However, on closer examination of the contexts of all the related passages, Paul and James are both looking at “genuine, saving trusting-relying-faith” from different angles to address different abuses within the Church.  Paul addresses Jews relying on the works of the Law and Jewish-Christians tempted by the teachers of the Law to make themselves “right with God,” pointing out that without trusting-relying-faith in Jesus as “the Righteous One,” every single person, Jew or Gentile, will certainly die in their sins! James is addressing Jewish-Christians who pride themselves in being “religious in their performance/service of outward ceremonial rituals to please God” and also works of the Law, who may indeed be “listeners” of the logos gospel message of The Truth but then “are forgetful hearers and not doers/workers of it,” who may indeed “say they have trusting-relying-faith” but then can’t control their “biting tongues” or even take care of “orphans and widows in their affliction,” thus showing their lack of impartial, unconditional-love for fellow Christians in need. In fact, the wealthy in the Church were even oppressing poor Christians, having them dragged into court, and even sentenced to death!  These Jewish-Christians were even violating the OT’s “royal” Law of “unconditionally-love you neighbor” (a)!  Both Paul and James deal with the incredulousness of Christians saying they know God but then don’t unconditionally-love God’s children, just as the Jews didn’t unconditionally-love God’s only begotten Son.  Paul reminds them that the New Covenant’s “Law” is “the Law of Christ, to bear one another’s burdens” (b), but this is the same as James’ “perfect Law of liberty/freedom” where “mercy triumphs over judgment” (c), and all this is based on the “implanted logos gospel message which is able to save your souls!” (d). <Notes> a) James 2:8, b) Galatians 6:2, c) compassion over criticalness and divisive favoritism, d) James 1:21, 2:13.

 

The apostle John also deals with the same issues, pointing out that having the “unconditional-love” of the Father and the Son living in you by the Holy Spirit should naturally bring about this same kind of “unconditional-love” for others, especially towards God’s own children – Christians who are now brothers and sisters of Jesus (a).  Remember that Jesus said, “If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you” (b), and “if the world hates you, know that it has hated Me before it hated you.  If you were of the world, the world would unconditionally-love you as its own; but because you are not of this world . . . the world hates you” (c), so “do not be surprised, brethren, that the world hates you” (d).  Hatred of the brethren is a sign that you are of the world, “still in darkness” (e), “making you a murderer, and you know that no murder has zoe genuine-life everlasting remaining/dwelling in him” (f), so “if you say, ‘I unconditionally-love God’ but hate your brother, you are indeed a liar” (g). <Notes> a) 1 John 2:9, 11, 3:15, 4:20, b) John 15:20, c) John 15:18-19, d) 1 John 3:13, e) 1 John 2:9, 11, f) 1 John 3:15, g) 1 John 4:20.

 

 

 

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