The Message of The Truth is absolutely NOT a bible of scriptural knowledge.
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“The Truth” (a) isn’t “subjective truth as a personal excellence which is free from affection, pretense, simulation, or deceit,” nor is it gnosis info-knowledge from the bible for us to learn, because Paul says that this “gnosis info-knowledge actually, ongoingly puffs up (b)” (c). It also isn’t the writings of Moses that the Jewish bible students especially “searched/studied diligently because you suppose in them you will lay hold of genuine life everlasting” (d) “for the Law was given through Moses; [but] The Unconditional-Favor-of-Grace and The Truth definitively/wholly came into existence (into history) through Jesus Christ” (e), concluding that the OT Law is absolutely not about Unconditional-Favor-of-Grace or The Truth of God. In fact, Isaiah 56:10 accused the Jewish bible experts of this religious gnosis info-knowledge: “God’s watchmen are blind; they are all without experiential, relational yada/ginosko knowledge.” Notes> a) aletheia: actual or genuine, objective reality, b) phusioo: inflates, swells into pride, c) 1 Corinthians 8:1, d) John 5:39, e) 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 gospel message of The Truth!” Many bible translations don’t include the definite article ho “the” before “Truth,” even though it’s there in the Greek, but it is imperative to understand that the NT is almost always referring to a very specifically defined kind of “truth” as defined by the context, rather than “subjective truth.” Here Jesus said in John 14:6, “I AM The Truth.” John 1:1-14 starts out saying: “The logos message was God . . . The logos message became flesh and dwelt among us, . . . full of [singular] unconditional-favor-of-grace and/coupled [singular] Truth.” When Jesus says in John 8:31-32, “If you definitively/wholly meno remain connect to/dwell in the logos gospel 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 (a),” Jesus isn’t talking about learning OT scriptural gnosis info-knowledge or even studying the logos gospel message of The Truth about Himself and stuffing it inside you, though I’ve heard so many churches even teach that the logos Word of God is at least the NT or more likely the entire bible. No! Jesus is referring to Himself as “The Truth,” for He says in v. 8:36, “If the Son actually sets you free (a), you shall actually be free (a) indeed,” where this “freedom/liberation” is from the slavery of sin in v. 8:34. Earlier in John 4:21-24, when Jesus tells the Samaritan woman at the well to no longer concern herself with where to worship God (b) but instead to “worship the Father in/by/with [singular] Spirit and/coupled in/by/with [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” (c), which is “The Spirit of/belonging to Christ” (d). Again, “The Truth” is Jesus Christ, who is equated to His Holy Spirit (e), not gnosis info-knowledge about them! <Notes> a) or liberate you, b) Jacob’s well or Jerusalem, c) John 14:17, 15:26, 16:13; 1 John 4:6, d) Acts 5:9, 8:39, 16:7; Romans 8:9; 1 Peter 1:11; Philippians 1:19; 2 Corinthians 3:17, e) 2 Corinthians 3:18.
Jesus is “the logos Word/Message that needs to dwell in us richly (a). Jesus prayed for all Christians, “Sanctify/consecrate/set apart/dedicate/make hagiazo holy ‘clean’ or pure them by the means of The Truth; The logos Message of/belonging to You, [this singular] Truth, ongoingly exists” (b). “The Message” and “[this singular] Truth” are both in the nominative case, that is, the subject of the verb “ongoingly exists.” This is just like Christ’s “I AM” statements (c), linking Himself directly to God’s name of the “I AM” that spoke to Moses (d). Christ “is the image of the invisible God” (e)! Jesus is “The logos Word/Message of God” that is “The Truth” that sanctifies/makes holy Christians – not bits & pieces of truth in a Holy Bible” as I’ve heard some claim. Jesus says: “For this purpose I was born – to bear witness/testify to The Truth. Everyone who is of/belongs to The Truth ongoingly akouo hears/listens to understand My phone Voice” (f). <Notes> a) Colossians 3:16, b) John 17:17, c) John 8:58, 14:11, 18:5-6, d) Exodus 3:14, e) Colossians 1:15, f) John 18:37.
But how does Jesus, who left this planet 2000 years ago, still make Christians holy as He prayed for in John 17:17 above? In the immediate context, Jesus said it would be the “Spirit of The Truth” that would “guide you into ALL The Truth” (a), who “will testify/witness about Me” (b), “the Parakletos (c), the Holy Spirit . . . who will teach you ALL things” (d). Earlier Jesus said, “My sheep actually, ongoingly akouo hear/listen to understand 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 My phone Voice so there will be one flock, One Shepherd” (f). Yes, phone is where we get “telephone” and “phonics,” and so Jesus absolutely doesn’t mean: “My sheep read My words in some future New Testament,” but instead means: “actually, ongoingly hear/listen to understand My actual Voice.” The NT makes it clear that only the Holy Spirit can, by supernatural revelation, supernaturally enable a Christian to akouo hear/listen to understand the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words of Christ. Only “the Spirit of holiness” (g) can make anybody holy! <Notes> a) John 16:13, b) John 15:26, c) ‘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, 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 gospel message of the Lord” (b) or “logos gospel message of The Truth” (c) or “The Truth of the logos gospel message” (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 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. <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 “logos gospel 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 logos gospel messages of 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) remain unlifted . . . 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.
A lot of the problem was with Jews “especially of the Circumcision Party” who are “insubordinate, empty talkers, and deceivers . . . who must be silenced . . . upsetting whole families by teaching for gain – this being shameful – what they ought not to teach . . . rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in The-trusting-relying-Faith, not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and/coupled the entole [official, universally binding] commandments of/belonging to men routinely turning back/away from (a) The Truth” (b). These were Jewish-Christians turning back to the commandments of the Law that require circumcision. They were in the Church but turning away from trusting-relying-faith back to works of the Law. <Notes> a) apostatizing: perverting, b) Titus 1:10-14.
Yet, “God desires all people to be saved and/coupled come to a genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of The Truth.” Loving bible gnosis info-knowledge won’t save you – you have to have an intimate fellowship with Jesus! “Salvation is by the means of being set apart/sanctified/consecrated or made holy/pure/‘clean’ of/belonging to the Spirit and by the means of [singular] trusting-relying-faith of/belonging to [singular] Truth” (a). OT obedience doesn’t matter anymore (b), 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” (c). What “purifies our souls” is no longer obedience to OT commandments, but “by your obedience to The Truth, thus unconditionally-love one another from a sincere and pure heart” (d). Again, this has absolutely nothing to do with obedience to a bible, but the “obedience of faith” (e) that is “obeying the logos gospel message of the Lord Jesus” (f), which is “obedience to Jesus Christ” (g). <Notes> a) 2 Thessalonians 2:13, b) e.g., abstinence from certain foods, c) 1 Timothy 4:3, d) 1 Peter 1:22, e) Romans 1:5, 16:26, f) 2 Thessalonians 1:8, g) 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.
Hebrews 10:26 warns Jewish-Christians tempted to go back to the “security blanket” of the Law that this would be “deliberately going on sinning [routinely as a lifestyle] after receiving the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of The Truth, 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 unconditional-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? The context is clearly about rejecting Christ as the sacrifice for sin by going back to trusting/relying on obedience of commandments to be “right with God,” just as the Jews 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! <Notes> a) a term used of ‘unclean’ Gentiles or non-sacred household utensils and furniture.
Yet, Paul speaks of a future time, which we have certainly arrive 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 in 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 enabling-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). 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 logos gospel 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 Him and/coupled were already taught by the means of Him, seeing that [singular] Truth is in 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 true righteousness and sanctification/consecration/holiness” (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.
If you haven’t figured it out by now, ‘The Truth’ is the person of Jesus, not gnosis info-knowledge about Him. The logos Word or Message of God that is The Truth is the logos gospel message of who Jesus is and having saving trusting-relying-faith in Him. There is no other obedience that can help you! Superficial, cursory, or even deep gnosis info-knowledge will do you no good! Only genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of The Truth” will put you in a saving fellowship with Christ, to be sanctified or made holy 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 fellowship will lead you into true godliness – being like the God through trusting-relying-faith and unconditional-love! This is exactly the nature of God! Any other teaching of religious commandments, rules, asceticism, indulgence, prosperity, etc. are just “traditions of men” and “doctrines of demons.” The NT is very clear on this – the OT religious system has been completely replaced by the completely different-in-kind New Covenant of trusting-relying-faith and unconditional-love. It’s that simple! Simple enough for a little child to get it!
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