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The Logos Message of The Truth is Jesus Christ:
“The Truth” (a) shouldn’t be translated as simply “a subjective truth as a personal excellence or that openness of mind that is free from affection, pretense, simulation, or deceit,” especially because the definite article and context clearly says otherwise. Nor is it gnosis info-knowledge from the bible for us to learn, because Paul says that such “gnosis info-knowledge actually, ongoingly puffs up (b)” (c) – a direct stab at the so-called “wise and understanding ones” of the Jewish & Gentile religions. Notes> a) aletheia: actual or genuine, objective reality, b) phusioo: inflates, swells into pride, c) 1 Corinthians 8:1
“The Truth” certainly isn’t the Old Testament (OT) writings of Moses that the Jewish bible-students especially “searched/studied diligently because you suppose in them you will lay hold of zoe genuine-life everlasting” (a) “for the Law was given through Moses; [but] The Unconditionally-Loving-Favor-of-Grace and The Truth definitively/wholly came into existence (into history) dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of Jesus Christ” (b), concluding that the OT Law is absolutely NOT about The Unconditionally-Loving-Favor-of-Grace or The Truth of God. Notice that both of these have the definite article, something that many translations leave out to their discredit – see Bible Info. In fact, Isaiah 56:10 accused the Jewish bible experts of this religious gnosis info-knowledge: “God’s watchmen are blind; they are all with absolutely-in-fact-NO experiential, relational yada/ginosko knowledge.” The same could be said of many of today’s church preachers! Notes> a) John 5:39, b) John 1:17.
NOW in the New Covenant, the “logos Word or Message of God” is absolutely no longer the logos message of the old covenant, but “The Logos Message of The Truth!” Again, many bible translations don’t include the definite article ho “the” before “Truth,” even though it’s clearly there in the Greek, but it is imperative to understand that the New Testament (NT) is almost always referring to a very specifically-defined kind of “truth” as determined by the context, rather than “a subjective truth,” as stated earlier. Jesus said clearly in John 14:6, “I AM The Truth.” In fact, John 1:1-14 starts out saying: “The logos message was God . . . The logos message became flesh and dwelt among us, . . . full of [singular] Unconditionally-Loving-Favor-of-Grace and/coupled [singular] Truth” – the definite articles aren’t need because they are supplied in v. 1:17 as we’ve seen.
Later in John 4:21-24, when Jesus tells the Samaritan woman at the well to no longer concern herself with where to worship God (a) but instead to “worship the Father by-the-means-of [singular] Spirit and/coupled by-the-means-of [singular] Truth,” most Greek scholars are clear that “singular pneuma spirit” refers to The Holy Spirit, which in context is “The Spirit of/belonging-to The Truth” (b), which is “The Spirit of/belonging-to Christ” (c). Clearly “The Truth” is Jesus Christ, who is equated to His Holy Spirit (d), not gnosis info-knowledge about them! <Notes> a) Jacob’s well or Jerusalem, b) John 14:17, 15:26, 16:13; 1 John 4:6, c) Acts 5:9, 8:39, 16:7; Romans 8:9; 1 Peter 1:11; Philippians 1:19; 2 Corinthians 3:17, d) 2 Corinthians 3:18.
Later when Jesus says in John 8:31-32, “If you definitively/wholly meno ‘abide, remain connected to, dwell’ (a) in the logos message, this/that is of/belonging-to Me, then you really are My disciples, and [then] you [really] will experientially, relationally ginosko know The Truth, and [then] The Truth shall actually set you free (b),” Jesus isn’t talking about learning OT scriptural gnosis info-knowledge or even studying the gospel’s logos message of The Truth about Himself and stuffing it inside you, though I’ve heard so many churches even teach that the logos Word/Message of God is at least the NT or more likely the entire bible. Absolutely NOT! Jesus is referring to Himself as “The Truth,” for He says in v. 8:36, “If the Son actually sets you free (b), you shall actually be free (b) indeed,” where this “freedom/liberation” is from the slavery of sin in v. 8:34. <Notes> a) wee A 11-21-2021 Vision about Meno abiding, b) or liberate you.
Jesus is NOW the Logos “Word of God” Message:
Paul says Jesus is “The logos Word/Message that needs to dwell in us richly” (a). Jesus prayed for all Christians in John 17:17, “Sanctify ‘consecrate, set apart, dedicate or make hagiazo holy ‘clean’ or pure’ them by the means of The Truth; The Logos Message of/belonging-to You, [this singular] Truth, presently/ongoingly exists.” “The logos Message” and “[this singular] Truth” are both in the nominative case, meaning both are coupled together as the subject of the verb “presently/ongoingly exists.” This is just like Christ’s “I AM” statements (b), linking Himself directly to God’s name of the “I AM” that spoke to Moses (c). Christ “is the image of the invisible God” (d)! Jesus is “The logos Word/Message of God” that is “The Truth” that “sanctifies or makes holy” Christians – not bits & pieces of truth in a book called “The Holy Bible” for King James in 1611! Jesus says: “For this purpose I was born – to bear witness/testify to The Truth. Everyone who is of/belongs-to The Truth presently/ongoingly akouo ‘hears/listens to understand/know‘ My phone Voice” (e). There is no mention of reading a book arguably put together over hundreds of years – see Bible Info. <Notes> a) Colossians 3:16, b) John 8:58, 14:11, 18:5-6, c) Exodus 3:14, d) Colossians 1:15, e) John 18:37.
But how does Jesus, who left this planet 2000 years ago, still make Christians sanctified/holy as He prayed for us in John 17:17 above? In the immediate context, Jesus said it would be the “Spirit of/belonging-to The Truth” that would “guide you into ALL The Truth” (a), who “will testify/witness about Me” (b), “another parakletos to be meta ‘WITH or in the company of resulting in a change’ you forever, specifically The Spirit of/belonging-to The Truth . . . You presently already experientially, relationally ginosko know Him for He presents/ongoingly meno abides/resides para ‘close-beside WITH’ you kai and/then [in the future] actually shall be IN you” (c). It is “The Holy Spirit . . . who will teach you ALL things” (d). How so? <Notes> a) John 16:13, b) John 15:26, c) John 14:‘Close-beside’ caller, summoner, or inviter; helper, succorer, or assistant; encouraging teacher, counselor, comforter, or consoler; defense-attorney, judicial-advocate, or court-intercessor, d) John 14:26.
Jesus told us to personally listen to Him not read about Him:
Earlier Jesus said, “My sheep actually, ongoingly akouo ‘hear/listen to understand/know‘ My phone Voice; I shall actually, experientially, relationally ginosko know them; and they shall actually follow Me” (e) – “Other sheep I must bring into the fold also (yes, that’s us!), and they shall actually akouo ‘hear/listen to understand/know‘ My phone Voice so there will be One Flock, One Shepherd” (f). Yes, the Greek word phone is where we get “telephone” and “phonics,” and so Jesus absolutely does NOT mean: “My sheep read My words in some future New Testament,” but instead means: “actually, presently/ongoingly ‘hear/listen to understand/know‘ My actual Voice.” The New Testament makes it clear that only The Holy Spirit can, by supernatural revelation, supernaturally powerfully-enable a Christian to akouo ‘hear/listen to understand/know‘ the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words of Christ. Only “The Spirit of holiness/sanctification” (g) can make anybody holy/sanctified! <Notes> e) John 10:27, f) John 10:16, g) Romans 1:4.
Paul also says we “cannot do anything against The Truth, but only for The Truth” (a). Here he is talking about the “logos message of the gospel of the Lord” (b) or “logos message of The Truth” as an appositive equal to the gospel (c) or “The Truth of the gospel” (d), “The Truth we must come to a genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of in order to be saved” (e), “a genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of The Truth that repentance will lead to” (f) though “ever learning/studying” may actually not (g). It is “The Truth we must obey” (h), and “The Truth we must unconditionally-love to be saved” (i). See also: 2 Thessalonians 2:12-13; 1 Timothy 3:15; Titus 1:14; James 5:19; 1 John 5:6; Ephesians 4:21. In no way is Paul talking about scripture! <Notes> a) 2 Corinthians 13:8, b) Acts 8:25, 15:7, c) Colossians 1:5; Ephesians 1:13, d) Galatians 2:5, 14, e) 1 Timothy 2:4, f) 2 Timothy 2:25, g) 2 Timothy 3:7, h) Galatians 5:7; 1 Peter 1:22, i) 2 Thessalonians 2:10.
The “gospel logos message of The Truth” has absolutely nothing to do with OT logos messages from the Law of Moses, because the Jewish teachers of the Law were often the ones “hindering them (Christians) from obeying The Truth” (a) and were “upsetting The Trusting-Relying-Faith of some” (b). As we’ve already seen, there are many warnings against those “desiring to be teachers of the Law,” like: “charging certain people to absolutely not teach any different doctrine . . . rather than the dispensation from God that is by trusting-relying-faith, but the aim of our charge is unconditional-love. . . and a sincere trusting-relying-faith” (c), those “teaching a different doctrine that do not agree with the sound [gospel] logos messages of/belonging-to our Lord Jesus Christ . . . that accords with godliness, these people are puffed up with pride (d) (e), and “avoid this irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene” (f), and “having nothing to do with their foolish, ignorant controversies (g), knowing they only breed quarrels” (h), for “they must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by their teaching for gain, which is indeed shameful, what they ought not to teach” (i), so “rebuke them sharply that they may be sound in The Trusting-Relying-Faith” (j). These Jews “have had their minds hardened. For to this day, when the old covenant of Moses (k) is read, the same veil (l) remains un-lifted . . . a veil lies over their hearts” (m). Paul would have a fit that so many Christians are reading the very logos messages of Moses and even teaching them! <Notes> a) Galatians 5:7, b) 2 Timothy 3:18, c) 1 Timothy 1:3-5, d) tuphoo: cf. phusioo: ‘religious gnosis info-knowledge puffs up in pride’ per 1 Corinthians 8:1, e) 1 Timothy 6:3-4, f) 2 Timothy 2:16-17, g) the endless debate of Law teachers, h) 2 Timothy 2:23, i) Titus 1:11, j) Titus 1:13, k) first 5 books of bible, l) of Moses that hid God’s glory from the Israelites, m) 2 Corinthians 3:14-15.
Jesus is The Truth to know for salvation:
Yet, “God desires all people to be saved and/coupled come to a genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of The Truth” (a). Loving bible gnosis info-knowledge won’t save you – you have to have an intimate relationship with Jesus! “Salvation is by-the-means-of being sanctified ‘consecrated, set apart, dedicated or made hagiazo holy ‘clean’ or pure‘ of/belonging-to The Spirit and by-the-means-of [singular] trusting-relying-faith of/belonging-to [singular] Truth” (b). <Notes> a) 1 Timothy 2:4, b) 2 Thessalonians 2:13
Old Testament obedience doesn’t matter anymore (a), for “God created [these forbidden foods] to be received with thanksgiving by those who have trusting-relying-faith and/coupled genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of The Truth” (b). What “purifies our souls” is no longer obedience to OT commandments, but “by-the-means-of your obedience to The Truth, thus unconditionally-loving one another from a sincere and pure heart” (c). Again, this has absolutely nothing to do with obedience to a bible, but the “obedience of faith” (d) that is “obeying the gospel of the Lord Jesus” (e), which is “obedience to Jesus Christ” (f). <Notes> a) e.g., abstinence from certain foods, b) 1 Timothy 4:3, c) 1 Peter 1:22, d) Romans 1:5, 16:26, e) 2 Thessalonians 1:8, f) 1 Peter 1:2.
There were even Christian teachers “who have swerved from The Truth . . . upsetting The Trusting-Relying-Faith of some” (a) and “brothers among you who have wandered from The Truth” (b), though they “can be brought back” or “corrected with gentleness so that perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to a genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of The Truth, . . . yet there are men who oppose The Truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding The Trusting-Relying-Faith” (c). <Notes> a) 2 Timothy 2:18, b) James 5:19, c) 2 Timothy 3:7-8.
The Truth is that Jesus is the only sacrifice for sins:
Hebrews 10:26 warns Jewish-Christians tempted to go back to the ‘security blanket’ of the Law that they would then be “deliberately going on sinning [routinely as a lifestyle] after receiving the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of The Truth, [so] that there no longer remains a sacrifice for sin, only fearful expectation of judgment.” This is obviously the case, because they’ve “set aside” Christ, their only hope, and thus would be “trampling underfoot the Son of God,” having “treated as ‘common’ (a) the blood of the [New] Covenant, and [thus be] outraging the [Holy] Spirit of unconditionally-loving-favor-of-grace that had once set them apart!” It really irks me that I’ve heard so many pastor-teachers take this completely out of context and try to say that “all deliberate sin is unpardonable, even for a Christian!” By the way, how many sins are purely accidental or not “deliberate?” And at what point does sin become a habit or lifestyle – after 2 times, 3 times, and is this in a week, a month, a year, forever? Can you see how arbitrary all of this is? <Notes> a) a term used of ‘unclean’ Gentiles or un-holy household utensils and furniture.
The context is clearly about rejecting Christ as the only sacrifice for sin by going back to putting their trusting-relying-faith in obedience of commandments in their bible, even animal sacrifices, to be “right with God,” just as the Jewish-teachers were telling these Jewish-Christians to do! And that’s what so many legalistic pastor-teachers also do – I’ve heard many preach/teach the 10 commandments! Yikes! One pastor said, “I got ‘straight’ in jail from the 10 commandments, so that’s what I’m going to preach!” I watched The Spirit that was present in worship and prophecy leave when he started doing this, and it wasn’t long before the church disappeared. What a shame!
False teachers have to obvious traits – faithless-godlessness & money:
Yet, Paul speaks of a future time, which we have certainly arrived at: “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to The Truth and wander off into myths” (a), for certainly “The genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of The Truth accords with godliness” (b). The religious Jewish and Gentile teachers, many doing it for the money (c), create “constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of The Truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain” (d). The entire “Health and Wealth Gospel” or “Prosperity Theology” or “Gospel of Success” taught by Joel Osteen, Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagan, Oral Roberts, etc. is the same dang thing! When the Antichrist comes, “the activity of Satan will come with all exousia delegated-power, false signs and wonders, and all wicked deception for those who are perishing because they refuse to unconditionally-love The Truth and so be saved” (e). Again, this is about unconditionally-loving Jesus, who is The Truth, not bible gnosis info-knowledge! <Notes> a) 2 Timothy 4:3-4, b) Titus 1:1, c) see Donations for discussion of ministry finances, d) 1 Timothy 6:5, e) 2 Thessalonians 2:8-10.
On 11/24/2017 I woke from a dream about a very old, but joyful, Bill Graham preaching to a very small crowd with so many empty seats at Disneyland, man’s favorite place for entertainment. He put his arm around my very old dad and said “we’re family.” Then I heard a loud, authoritative Voice say to Billy, “Sew it up.” Before I woke to see the light of day, I heard a quiet, sad Voice say, “The morning is darkest.” I had no clue that Billy had just turned 99 on November 7th and now I hear many months later in February 2018 he just died. Billy Graham was known for preaching the pure gospel’s logos message of The Truth to packed mega-stadiums to over 215 million people in more than 185 countries, and radio to 2.2 billion people, free from political, financial, and sexual corruption that has plagued many Christian preachers. Although he preached for over 40 years, his entire net worth was only $25 million. Compare this to the “Success Gospel” preachers Kenneth Copeland ($760 million), Joel Osteen ($40 million), and Creflo Dollar ($27 million) – I wonder if he changed his name to “Dollar?”
However Paul says, “They have become callous and . . . sensual, greedy, [and] impure. But that is not the manner you understood/learned (a) the Christ (b) – assuming that you have already akouo ‘heard/listened to understand/know‘ Him and/coupled were already taught by-the-means-of Him, just as [singular] Truth is in/by/with this [Christ] Jesus, to: put off [like dirty clothes] your old (worn out) self . . . and to put on [like fresh clean clothes] the new (c) self . . . in/by/with [singular] righteousness and/coupled [singular] holiness/sanctification of/belonging-to The Truth” (d). <Notes> a) manthano: heard to be informed of. cf. ‘learned from the Father’ to be ‘taught by God’ in John 6:45, ‘learning from Christ’ in Matthew 11:29, learning by prophecy in 1 Corinthians 14:31, b) Anointed One, c) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior, d) Ephesians 4:19-25.
Jesus is The Truth that sets us free:
If you haven’t figured it out by now, “The Truth” is the person of Jesus, not gnosis info-knowledge in a bible about Him. The logos Word or Message of God that is The Truth is the preached gospel logos message of who Jesus is and about having trusting-relying-faith in Him for salvation. There is no other obedience that can help you! Superficial, cursory, or even deep gnosis info-knowledge from the bible will do you no good! Only genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of The Truth” will put you in a saving relationship with Christ, to be sanctified or made holy by-the-means-of the enabling-power of The Holy Spirit. Gnosis info-knowledge can’t set you free – only the Son, who is The Truth, can!
And this relationship with God will lead you into true godliness – being like the Triune God through the trusting-relying-faith and unconditional-love they share (a), which are the only 2 commandments in the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant. Any other teaching of religious commandments, rules, asceticism, indulgence, prosperity, etc. are just “traditions of men” and “doctrines of demons.” The New Testament is very clear on this: the Old Testament religious system has been “completely ended, done away with, and replaced” (b), only being the Jew’s “paidagogos guardian UNTIL Christ came and fulfilled it” (c), by the completely different-in-kind New Covenant of simply trusting-relying-faith and unconditional-love. It’s that simple – simple enough for a little child to get it! That is The Truth that will set you free!
<Notes> a) Galatians 5:22, 1 John 4:8, 16, and many other verses, b) Romans 10:4; Hebrews 8:7, 10:9 – see New Covenant – BT5 and – BT5a, c) Galatians 3:24-26, Matthew 5:17. The paidagogos guardian was a hired servant to insure little boys got to school and back safely, but also to administer disciplinary-instruction when necessary. They were only used until the immature boy was old enough to longer be in school to become a huios mature son that could assume his inheritance. Paul’s argument in Galatians is that all Christians are now such “sons of God through trusting-relying-faith in Christ Jesus” so why go back to the Old Testament Law? – see also 1 Corinthians 4:15. The OT religious system was like religious ‘abc’ elementary teachings for the ‘immature son’ Jews that kept them as slaves or prisoners but only UNTIL Christ would set the Jews free from it!
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