THE SCRIPTURES in the King James Bible (1769) are the purely preserved Word of God, true, faithful, and accurate, without error. As promised, the purity of God's word has been faithfully maintained.
Psalm 12:6-7 - The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. Matthew 24:35 - Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
God's word is the authority not only in matters of salvation, but also in matters of history, science, geography etc... (2 Timothy 3:16).
Some say that only the "Original Greek" can be trusted. While the term "Original Greek" CAN mean that the New Testament was originally written in Greek, it can NOT mean that the original manuscript (a manuscript that no longer exists) was the only one that could be trusted. God is not a liar, and we can rest assured that His COPIES (not originals) have been perfectly preserved just as promised (Psalm 12:6-7). Since God approves the usage of copies, we could say a copy of the "Original Greek" continues to exist to this day, and can be found in the King James Bible. And it was God approved copies being used during bible times, and were considered to be the reliable inerrant word of God. Please examine the following evidence:
Deuteronomy 17:18 And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites: Joshua 8:32 And he wrote there upon the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he wrote in the presence of the children of Israel.
Are you seeing this? God's LAW was even copied. Esther 3:14 The copy of the writing for a commandment to be given in every province was published unto all people, that they should be ready against that day.
Even King Solomon's PROVERBS were preserved through COPIES, not the "originals":
Proverbs 25:1 These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.
Question: In Luke 4:16-20 when Christ stood up in the synagogue and read from the sixty first chapter of the prophet Isaiah, do you think He read from the "Original"? The probability of that would be very low since the book of Isaiah was written hundreds of years B.C, while Christ reading from Isaiah did not take place until the first century A.D. Therefore it is logical to believe that He could have very well been reading from a copy.
A bible believer will not doubt that "The words of the Lord" Psalm 12:7, have been kept and preserved "for ever" just as God promised. His word is the final authority in the ORIGINAL, and in the preserved COPIES. Many today do not believe that God's perfect word still exists, therefore having no final authority. -And beware, a man without a final authority is a dangerous man.
GOD is the only living and true God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-7; 1 Corinthians 8:4), creator of all things (Acts 17:24, Genesis 1:1-31, Ephesians 3:9), infinite and all knowing (John 4:24), perfect in all His attributes, eternally existing in three Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14), and the saviour of all mankind (1 Timothy 4:10).
JESUS CHRIST is God "manifest in the flesh" (1 Timothy 3:16.) For in him dwelleth all of the fulness of the Godhead bodily (Colossians 2:9) He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin into humanity as the Son of God and Israel’s Messiah. While living on earth, He was fully God and fully man. At no time during His human existence on earth did He cease to be God, or relinquish (lay aside) His divine attributes and/or power. He retained the full knowledge and wisdom of God, while in operation as a human. He did not sin, lived a perfect and Holy life according to the Law of Moses. Jesus Christ is the only Human person to ever accomplish this, because He was 100% God, and God cannot sin. He was king of Israel, (Matthew 2:2, Mark 15:9, Luke 19:37-38, John 1:49 ) but head of the church which is His body (Ephesians 1:22; 4:15; 5:23, Colossians 1:18).
HOLY SPIRIT is the spiritual personage of God, and He is male (Romans 1:20, & Colossians 1:15), and is given by God (1 Thessalonians 4:8). There is only one Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:4). He is a baptizer (1 Corinthians 12:13). He dwells within the believer (1 Corinthians 3:16). He seals the believer (Ephesians 1:13) until the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:14, 2 Corinthians 1:22, & Ephesians 4:30). He provides us with a sword "the word of God" (Ephesians 6:17). He is a intercessor who prays for us (Romans 8:26). He can be quenched (1 Thessalonians 5:19). He is a revealer (1 Corinthians 2:10, & Ephesians 3:5). He has an intellect (Romans 8:27). He speaks to us through the word (1 Timothy 4:1). He has a will (1 Corinthians 12:11). He produces fruit (Galatians 5:22-23 & Ephesians 5:9).
SATAN was a created cherub named Lucifer, who rebelled against God and later transformed himself into an angel of light. His purpose in transformation is an attempt to hide the saving Gospel of Christ from unsaved people. He is a literal being, and in the time of the Tribulation, will indwell the Antichrist, and ultimately be cast into the lake of fire forever.
CREATION was a literal event described in the book of Genesis. We reject the theory of evolution, as well as the "Gap Theory" (the idea that there is a large "gap" of time between Genesis chapters 1 and 2, or any variation of the idea of "missing" time periods during the course of the earth’s creation) and hold to scriptural evidence of what most refer to as a "young earth." On these issues, we choose to believe science as recorded in our Bible, rather than "science falsely so called:" (1 Timothy 6:20).
RECONCILIATION is the scriptural reference to the "rejoining" of God and mankind. This process requires participation from both parties in order to complete the deal. First, God did His part by taking the sins of the world out of the way. The shed blood of Christ provided the sole basis for forgiveness of sins. 2 Corinthians 5:19 tells us that while Christ was paying for our sins on the cross, God was in Him, reconciling the world unto Himself. This is not universal salvation, but rather, universal forgiveness. God has reconciled Himself to the world ONLY after all of the world's sins were paid for in full, by the sacrifice of Christ. God does not hold sins against us because they have already been paid for (every sin for every person.) Christ was made to be everyone's-every-sin (2 Corinthians 5:21). However, full reconciliation is not achieved until an individual "reconciles himself" to God (2 Corinthians 5:20). This happens upon belief of the gospel of our salvation. All humanity is forgiven but not all believe it. Being forgiven does not equal being saved, salvation comes by faith. Salvation is appropriated by faith, forgiveness of sins is NOT. Your sins were forgiven regardless of your belief. God did not need your faith at Calvary, He only needed His Son.
SALVATION is only gained by trusting Christ - via belief in the word of truth (the gospel of our salvation.) Salvation IS by works, just not our own. It is not of ourselves, but through the gift of God's grace that we are saved. Upon HEARING the gospel, if we BELIEVE the gospel, we are sealed with the holy Spirit of promise unto the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13-14). A lost soul can only be saved by trusting Christ to have done everything necessary for our salvation though His finished cross-work. Romans thru Philemon are the only books in the bible that explain salvation for today. In those books we find salvation is by faith alone, in Christ alone, without-any-works-of-any-kind-at-anytime. Christ died for your sins, and has risen for your justification (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) Put your faith in what He did rather than what you have done, are doing, or are going to do. Salvation is not getting-your-sins-forgiven, it's believing they already are. (2 Corinthians 5:19)
CHURCH is not a brick and mortar building or a religious denomination. Buildings are not sacred or holy, and are without any deity attributes. The Lord no longer dwelleth "in temples made with hands:" (Acts 17:24). According to the revelation of the mystery revealed to Paul, (Romans 16:25), He now dwells within each individual believer (Colossians 1:27), and it is these individual believers who are referred to collectively in the scriptures as the Church (which is His body, ie. The Body of Christ.)
WATER BAPTISM is not for the body of Christ church. Paul was not sent to water baptize but to preach the gospel (1 Corinthians 1:17). No other apostle would have dared to say this (Matthew 28:19) because water baptism WAS a part of their gospel and necessary for salvation (Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38). According to Paul's gospel on this side of the cross, there is now only ONE baptism (Ephesians 4:5). The one and only baptism for today is a dry one (1 Corinthians 12:13). "For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body,". Read the verse carefully and see that the Spirit has replaced the preacher, just as the body of Christ church replaced the water. Paul only mentions water baptism in the first chapter of 1 Corinthians, and it's there that he says he wasn't sent to do it. Water baptism is performed by a man, just as Spirit baptism is performed by the Holy Spirit. Simple math should shed light on this issue and solve the problem.
Water baptism + Spirit baptism = 2 baptisms. But Paul says there is now only "one baptism." -Which one will you choose? If the bible says there is only "one body" "one Spirit" "one hope" "One Lord" "one faith" and "one baptism", (Ephesians 4:4-5) why would anyone say there are TWO baptisms? -Must be that NEW math. God used water baptism by the hands of John the Baptist and the twelve apostles to declare Christ to Israel. The baptism of repentance for remission of sins has been replaced. Now there is only one spiritual baptism (no water) performed by the Holy Spirit (no preacher). This identifies each saved individual as being in Christ.
SPIRITUAL GIFTS: MIRACLES, SIGNS AND WONDERS, like water baptism, were used by God to declare something. Speaking in tongues was used for a sign to who? Unbelievers, not believers (1 Corinthians 14:22). The purpose of these phenomenons were to declare God's word to unbelieving Israel. Signs were used as confirmation in order to get them to believe his word (Mark 16:20). God does things on purpose, and understanding the purpose of miracles, signs and wonders, will allow you to understand why they are currently not in operation.
Miracle - an unusual extraordinary supernatural power to perform an action. Divine intervention in human affairs, -supernatural acts that were beyond human abilities.
Sign - supernatural, and will point to or signify something.
Wonder - a cause of great astonishment and amazement.
It was Israel who sought and walked after signs and wonders, (Psalm 74:9, Deuteronomy 26:8, John 4:48, 1 Corinthians 1:22) we who are members of His body are not to follow their pattern (1 Corinthians 1:23). We preach Christ crucified, the power of God, and the wisdom of God. And WE "walk by faith, not by sight:" (2 Corinthians 5:7). With that said, answering a simple question should bring great clarity to this issue. If miracles, signs and wonders are something that can be seen or heard (and they are) then they are not for us.
Miracles, signs and wonders were in operation when God placed Israel "high above all nations of the earth:",(Deuteronomy 28:1) during the time of their rise, (Isaiah 60:1-3) and during the time of the apostles (Acts 2:22, 43; 5:12; 6:8; 14:3; 15:12). But in this present day Israel has fallen, (Romans 11:11) and there are no more apostles today (Acts 1:21-22). They all died during the first century, and this is when the ministry of such gifts ceased. They worked until the end of the apostolic age (1 Timothy 5:23, 2 Timothy 4:20).
Will they ever occur again? Yes, in time future during the tribulation. -Then, God will supernaturally cause the earth to quake, the heavens to tremble, the sun and moon to go dark, and the stars to stop shining (Joel 2:9).
But during this time God will take care of Israel by feeding them with "hidden manna" from heaven (Revelation 2:17), and supernaturally providing them with water (Joel 3:18, Zechariah 14:8). This water will be home to sundry forms of marine life (Ezekiel 47:9).
John adds to our understanding by describing this river as being clear as crystal, and flowing out of the throne of God (Revelation 22:1). It flows down the city's street, and on both sides of the river is the tree of life that produces twelve different kinds of fruit every month of the year.
GIVING, rather than "TITHING" is encouraged according to 2 Corinthians 9:7 rather than Malachi 3:8. When we compare scripture with scripture we see that these two verses diametrically oppose one another. Not only that, but vs. 9 of Malachi chapter 3, clearly explains who these instructions were written to, and the church the body of Christ is nowhere in the context. Examine it for yourself: "Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation." When we honor the context, it's clear that God is addressing a nation (not the church: the body of Christ.) The "whole nation" is the nation Israel. A tithe was a tenth, and was mandatory for Israel. It was a necessity in support of the Levitical priesthood (a priesthood that does not exist today). However, Paul instructs US, the church which is his body, that every man should give whatever he decides in his heart to give. No longer a "necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver." Being made to give under the law does not produce a "cheerful giver" but rather one who gives from necessity. When we rightly divide the word of truth, we recognize that God sometimes said different things about the SAME thing. He gave instructions concerning Israel's PROPHECY program, (information "spoken...since the world began" Acts 3:21) that differ from his instructions concerning our MYSTERY program, (information "kept secret since the world began" Romans 16:25). And Prophecy giving = LAW, Mystery giving = GRACE. Law giving = a tithe, Grace giving = whatever you purpose in your heart.
DISPENSATION is a word specifically chosen by God, making it a BIBLE word and not man-made. It is found in the KJB, not once, twice, or three times, but on FOUR separate occasions (1 Corinthians 9:17, Ephesians 1:10, Ephesians 3:2, Colossians 1:25). Half of the people within the confines of modern day church-ianity, have no clue what the word means, and the other half don't even know its in their bible.
A dispensation is a God revealed body of information dispensed for mankind to follow. It is not a time-period but rather instructions FOR a time-period. Those who do not understand bible dispensations, display their lack of understanding by cherry picking certain instructions from various parts of the bible as if they were written to them. This vain attempt to please God doesn't please Him at all, and only leaves one unstable in their ways. In this present day, we are to live according to what God calls the "dispensation of the grace of God" (Ephesians 3:2). -A dispensation that was given to Paul to give to us. Each dispensation comes complete with instructions on how to have right standing with God, and what is expected from His people during that particular era. Specific instructions for periods of time marked by a change in God's method of dealing with humanity as a result of their sin.
For example: According to the gospel being preached prior to the cross, (The Dispensation of Law) to have eternal life, one must "keep the commandments" (Matthew 19:16-17). But according to the gospel Paul preached AFTER the cross, (The Dispensation of Grace) salvation has nothing to do with commandment keeping. How could it when "the law of commandments" were "abolished"? (Ephesians 2:15). Understanding dispensations will allow you to see the distinction the bible made between The Jew, The Gentile, and The Church the body of Christ. Your bible study will come alive when you begin to pay attention to who is doing the speaking, and who is in the audience. Examine the evidence by comparing James 1:1, (James speaking to the twelve scattered tribes of Israel) to Romans 11:13, (Paul speaking to the Gentiles). Also compare 1 Peter 1:1, (Peter again speaking to the twelve scattered tribes of Israel) to 2 Timothy 1:11, (Paul again speaking to the Gentiles). Different speakers different audiences.
"And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward , whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?" (Luke 12:42). A dispensation can be likened to a house rule or house dispensing. Paul is the apostle of the gentiles (Romans 11:13) and was given the responsibility of being a house manager, a steward "of the mysteries of God."
"Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful." (1 Corinthians 4:1-2).
Using Paul for our pattern (1 Timothy 1:16) we as members of the body are called to be faithful stewards of the mysteries of God. Paul was the Lord's faithful and wise steward...the Titus 1:3 due time testifier...of the 1 Corinthians 9:17 "dispensation of the gospel"....and the Ephesians 3:8 revealer of the unsearchable riches of God's grace.
Something important to remember is, there are different sets of House Rules found in the bible. Just as I am the man of my house, you may be the man (or steward) of yours. The rules for my house are different from the rules you have set for your house. Well, the bible has different stewards with different rules for different houses as well. A sincere bible student will see that God has not always dispensed the same information to people at all times. God never changes, but his instructions to mankind clearly did. Men, via they're denominational divisions, have orchestrated various ways to study the bible. These man-centered ways have left the flock unstable and having to take blind stabs in the dark. With no definitive answers the only thing to do is to guess. Well instead of that, why not approach the scriptures dispensationally and allow God to take away the guess-work? I have found that the bible comes equipped with its own *built-in-dictionary*. When we simply compare scripture with scripture and not preacher-to-preacher, the bible quickly begins to unfold and reveal itself to us.
Religious institutions have overlooked the word dispensation for far to long, and some have done so on purpose. Dispensation is a bible word found four times in the New Testament, and the concept is found in various places throughout scripture. In fact, the concept can be traced all the way back to Adam in the garden.
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