The Bible a book of books

A library of sacred or set-apart books
A library of sacred or set-apart books

God has used people to write down His Words. Those Words are collected in several scrolls or books, we call the “Bible”  (from Biblia = collection of books) or the Holy Scriptures or book of books.

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The books of the Judaic Scriptures or Old Testament, showing their positions in both the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible, shown with their names in Hebrew) and Christian Bibles. The Deuterocanon or Apocrypha are coloured differently from the Protocanon (the Hebrew Bible books which are considered canonical by all). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In that “Collection of books” that constitute the Scripture of the Christian churches we find 66 books of which it is agreed they should be considered as the infallible Words of God. Though for the Jews only the first part of the Bible, the Judaic Books or Old Testament is considered as God’s Word we should take at heart. These Pre-messianic Scriptures talk a lot about the Messiah to come. The Jews or children of Israel, are still expecting this promised Messiah, but we as Christians do believe that Jeshua is the send one from God about whom was been spoken all the time in those older works. We fall under that ministry of him in which we also have become in a restored relationship with God now being able to call ourselves children of the promise and  children of God.

Roman Catholics add apocryphal books (from the Greek ἀπόκρυφος, apókruphos,  meaning “hidden” or apokruptein ‘hide away’) to those adopted by other Christian bodies. By the Eastern Orthodox per the Synod of Jerusalem those books are called anagignoskomena. By protestants those books are also sometimes called deuterocanonical books.
The Apocrypha include the following books and parts of books: First and Second Esdras; Tobit; Judith; the Additions to Esther; Wisdom of Solomon; Sirach (also called Ecclesiasticus); Baruch; the Letter of Jeremiah (in Baruch); parts of Daniel (the Prayer of Azariah and the Song of the Three Young Men; see also Bel and the Dragon and Susanna1); First and Second Maccabees; the Prayer of Manasses (see Manasseh). All are included in the Septuagint and Vulgate versions but not in the Hebrew Bible, with the exception of 2 Esdras (4 Ezra). However, they were not included in the Hebrew canon (ratified c.C.E. 100), being considered Sefarim hizonim (extraneous books).
Jewish and Christian works resembling biblical books, but not included among the Apocrypha, are collected in the Pseudepigrapha. {The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. 2016; The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable 2006}
Anglican and Protestant translations of the Bible have, since the 16th century, placed books of the Apocrypha between the Old and New Testaments.

According to Christian belief, the collection of 5 (hence also called Pentateuch or Humash) Law books (Torah) with 22 Prophetic books (Nevim or 2nd main division of the Tanakh) and 12 Writings or Kethuvim Aleph as 3rd part of the Tanakh form the Old Testament were supplemented with the Messianic writings or Kethuvim Bet which consist of 27 books also called the New Testament.

English: Hebrew Bible, Jer. 27
Hebrew Bible, Jer. 27 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Those books are given to mankind so that he can come to see what the Divine Creator wants from him and what the Plans are. In all those writings man can find God’s revelation of what all people need to know about their origins, rebellion against God, sinful nature, salvation, spiritual development, and destiny.

The idea of a collection of holy writings developed early in Hebrew-Christian thought. Daniel in the 6th century B.C. E. spoke of a prophetic writing as “the books” (Daniel 9:2). The writer of 1 Maccabees (2nd century B.C.E.) referred to the Tanakh or Old Testament as “the holy books” (12:9).

Master teacher rabbi Jeshua, in the present world better known as Jesus Christ used the scrolls to show people the way to God. He alluded to the Tanakh as “the scriptures” (Matthew 21:42), and Paul spoke of them as “the holy scriptures” (Romans 1:2).

Matthew 21:42  (RNKJV): Yahushua saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is יהוה’s {Jehovah’s) doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?

Romans 1:1-3 (RNKJV): Romans 1
1 Paul, a servant of Yahushua the Messiah, called to be an apostle, separated unto the glad tidings of יהוה, 2 (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) 3 Concerning his Son Yahushua the Messiah our Saviour, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;

After Jeshua (Jesus Christ) died and the apostles of Jesus Christ got enlightened by God‘s Spirit they dared to come out of their isolation and wrote down what they remembered from their adventures with their master teacher. They had very well listened to the send one from God and knew his importance for mankind. Because they were convinced he was that promised Messiah, and the son of God who could lead us to God, they presented his words to their pupils and gave us the Messianic writings so that our and coming generations also would be able to find the Way to God.

Books_NTSeveral Christians talk about the Bible and then think only of the New Testament, but they should know that the New testament cannot be without the previous Old Testament. Because rabbi Jeshua constantly refers to the Judaic Scriptures followers of Christ should also have to know the Pre-Messianic Scriptures or the Old Testament. Actually “testament” is the translation of a Greek word that might better be rendered “covenant.” It denotes an arrangement made by God for the spiritual guidance and benefit of human beings. Through the ages many covenants were agreed between God and man. As such we can find an Edenic, Mosaic, Abrahamic, Old and New Covenants. The covenant is unalterable: humankind may accept it or reject it but cannot change it. “Covenant” is a common Old Testament word; of several covenants described in the Old Testament, the most prominent was the Law given to Moses, often referred to as Mosaic Law. While Israel was chafing and failing under the Mosaic covenant, God promised them a “new covenant” (Jeremiah 31:31).

Jeremiah 31:31  (RNKJV)
Behold, the days come, saith יהוה, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

The term “new covenant” appears several times in the New Testament. Jesus used it when he instituted the Lord’s Supper; by it he sought to call attention to the new basis of communion with God he intended to establish by his death (Luke 22:20; 1 Corinthians 11:25).

Luke 22:20  (RNKJV): Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

1 Corinthians 11:25  (RNKJV)
After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

The apostle Paul also spoke of that new covenant (2 Corinthians 3:6, 14; Hebrews 8:8; 9:11–15).

2 Corinthians 3:6  (RNKJV):Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

2 Corinthians 3:14  (RNKJV)
But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in the Messiah.

By the offering of Jesus, giving his body for the sins of all people, and God accepting his ransom offering, for those who will come in Christ the veil shall be taken away whilst the Jews still face the Old or Παλαιος (ancient) in contrast to καινος (fresh, verse 6) arrangement. The detailed description of Gods new method of dealing with people (on the basis of the finished work of Christ at the stake) is the subject of the 27 books of the New Testament.

From the older works we come to hear how God got on with and arranged matters for people in anticipation of the coming of this Messiah (Hebrew equivalent of “Christ,” meaning “anointed one”). His promise made in the Garden of Eden (long before Abraham was born) presenting a solution against the curse of death, is certainly the major theme of the 39 books of the Pre-Messianic books or Old Testament, though they also deal with much more than that.

Latin church writers used testamentum to translate “covenant,” and from them the use passed into English; so old and new covenants became Old Testament and New Testament.

At least the first half of the Old Testament follows a logical and easily understood arrangement. In Genesis through Esther the history of Israel from Abraham to the restoration under Persian auspices appears largely in chronological order. Then follows a group of poetic books and the Major (not meaning important, but meaning the books that are relatively long) and Minor Prophets (meaning the books that are relatively short), known as the Shnem Asar, i.e. ‘The Twelve’.

The Second Writings, variously called the Netzarim or Nazarene Writings, the Messianic Writings, Kethuvim Bet, the New Covenant, haBrit haHadasha or the New Testament, also follows a generally logical arrangement. It begins with the presentation of the personal views from Jeshua his chosen disciples. As personal representatives those chosen ones describe the birth, life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ in four Gospels.

In that first part of the New Testament we witness already how Jesus trained his disciples to carry on his work after his ascension. How they carried on is further shown in the Book of Acts. It details the founding of the church and its spread through Mediterranean lands.

In the latter part of the Messianic writings the spotlight focuses on Saul of Tarsus better known as the apostle Paul and his church-planting activities. In the Pauline letters or epistles Paul addresses the churches he founded or young ministers he tried to encourage. Following the Pauline Epistles comes a group commonly called the General or Pastoral Epistles.

The last book, Revelation of John, also called Book of Revelation (Lat., revelare, ‘to unveil’) or Apocalypse of John or Vision of John, is an apocalyptic work, using  the epistolary, the apocalyptic, and the prophetic genre. It is perhaps, by its extensive use of visions, symbols, and allegory, including figures such as the Whore of Babylon and the Beast, culminating in the Second Coming of Jesus, the most difficult book of the collection. It is itself also a collection of separate units composed by unknown authors who lived during the last quarter of the 1st century, though it purports to have been written by an individual named John — who calls himself “the servant” of Jesus — at Patmos, in the Aegean Sea. The text includes no indication that John of Patmos and John the Apostle are the same person. It begins with John, on the island of Patmos in the Aegean, addressing a letter to the “Seven Churches of Asia“.

Three languages were used for the Holy Scriptures: Hebrew with a few isolated passages in Aramaic in the latter books of the Old Testament and mainly Greek for the Messianic writings which are therefore also often called Greek Scriptures or Greek Writings.

The first books, or the Pentateuch, were written by Moses by about 1400 B.C.E. (provided one accepts the early date proposed for the exodus). If the last of 12 Old Testament books that bear the names of the Minor Prophets was written by  Malachi (a transliteration of a Hebrew word meaning “my messenger”, before 400 B.C.E.), composition took place during a thousand years of time. All the writers (some 30 in number) were Jews: prophets, judges, kings, and other leaders in Israel.

If James was the first to write a New Testament book before the middle of the 1st century and if John was the last (composing Revelation about C.E. 95), the New Testament was written during a 50-year period in the latter half of the 1st century. All the writers (probably nine) were Jews, with the exception of Luke (writer of Luke and Acts of the apostles), and they came from a variety of walks of life: fishermen, doctor, tax collector, and religious leaders.

In spite of great diversity of authorship in the Hebrew Writings or Old Testament and the Greek Writings or New Testament, and composition spanning over 1,500 years, there is remarkable unity in the total thrust. Christians believe that God must have been superintending the production of a divine-human book that would properly present His message to humankind.

We believe the library of books from those people God chose Himself to write down His messages bring not only the history of mankind but also a divine revelation.

The Old Testament starts with the beginning of the universe and describes man and woman in the first paradise on the old earth or old world; the New Testament concludes with a vision of the new heaven and new earth or new world.
The Old Testament sees humankind as fallen from a sinless condition and separated from God; the creatures themselves having chosen to go against God’s Wishes and damaging their relationship with God. The Hebrew Writings then focus on how God offered mankind a solution for their act of rebellion. Throughout the 39 books of the Old Testament there is regularly spoken of a coming Redeemer who will rescue men and women from the pit of condemnation.

In the New Testament is revealed how those Words spoken by God in the garden of Eden become a reality and as such all those words from God ‘become flesh’. From the beginning all things came into being by the Word of God and after long waiting the world could find that now there came a new opportunity to have life. That life was the light of mankind which shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it. The books after the major and minor prophets give us the words of the send one from God, the prophet whom God declared to be His only begotten beloved son.

John 1:1-5 (Ref.B.): John 1
1 In [the] beginning+ the Word*+ was, and the Word was with God,*+ and the Word was a god.*+ 2 This one was in [the] beginning+ with God.+ 3 All things came into existence through him,+ and apart from him not even one thing came into existence.

What has come into existence 4 by means of him was life,+ and the life was the light+ of men.* 5 And the light is shining in the darkness,+ but the darkness has not overpowered it. (Ref.B)

By God His speaking everything came into being and from the birth of that send one from God new life could come into existence. Those who come to believe in that send one from God can become partakers of his body and as believers are restored to favour through the sacrifice of Christ.
The New Testament reveals the Christos or Christ who brought salvation.

In most of the Old Testament the spotlight focuses on a sacrificial system in which the blood of animals provided a temporary handling of the sin problem; in the New Testament, Christ appeared as the one who came to put an end to all ritual sacrifice — to be himself the supreme sacrifice.

In the New Testament Jesus refers often to what was told in the Old Testament. He gives more information and helps people to understand those previous writings better. His actions and his words should people come to realise that Jeshua, Jesus Christ, is that in numerous predictions foretold coming Messiah who would save his people. In the New Testament scores of passages detail how those prophecies from the Tanakh were minutely fulfilled in the person of Jeshua, Jesus Christ: the “son of Abraham” and the “son of David”.

Matthew 1:1  (RNKJV)
The book of the generation of Yahushua the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

As Augustine said more than 1,500 years ago,

“The New is in the Old contained; the Old is in the New explained.”

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Preceding articles:

Are there certain books essential to come to faith

Life and an assembly of books

Reliability of message appears from honesty writers

Continued with: Revolt against the Authority of the Bible

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Additional reading

  1. Sharing thoughts and philosophical writings
  2. Are you looking for answers and Are you looking for God
  3. People Seeking for God 1 Looking for answers
  4. People Seeking for God 3 Laws and directions
  5. Inspired Word
  6. A question to be posed
  7. Looking for Answers
  8. Background to look at things
  9. Why believing the Bible
  10. Unsure about relevance Bible
  11. Coming to understanding from sayings written long ago
  12. Words to inspire and to give wisdom
  13. Who Wrote the Bible?
  14. The Bible: God’s Word or pious myth?
  15. Scripture Word from God
  16. Bible, God’s Word to edify (ERV)
  17. The Word of God in print
  18. Why think that (4) … God would reveal himself in words
  19. Why think that (5) … the Bible is the word of God
  20. How to look for and how to handle the Truth
  21. Determined To Stick With Truth.
  22. Bible and us
  23. Showing by the scriptures that …
  24. the Bible – God’s guide for life #1 Introduction
  25. the Bible – God’s guide for life #2 Needs in life
  26. the Bible – God’s guide for life #3 Fast food or staple diet
  27. the Bible – God’s guide for life #4 Not to get the best from our diet– or from ourselves
  28. the Bible – God’s guide for life #5 What is God like
  29. the Bible – God’s guide for life #6 Case example – King Josiah #1
  30. the Bible – God’s guide for life #7 Case example – King Josiah #2 Lessons from Josiah’s experience
  31. Appointed to be read
  32. Bible basic intro
  33. Absolute Basics to Reading the Bible
  34. Bible Word from God
  35. Bible Word of God, inspired and infallible
  36. Finding and Understanding Words and Meanings
  37. Pure Words and Testimonies full of Breath of the Most High
  38. Bible in the first place #1/3
  39. Bible in the first place #2/3
  40. Bible in the first place #3/3
  41. Loving the Word
  42. Fixing our attention
  43. Bible, helmet of health, salvation and sword of the spirit
  44. Human and Biblical teachings
  45. An uncovering book to explore
  46. Necessity of a revelation of creation 1 Works of God and works of man
  47. Necessity of a revelation of creation 4 Getting understanding by Word of God 2
  48. Necessity of a revelation of creation 6 Getting understanding by Word of God 4
  49. Necessity of a revelation of creation 7 Getting understanding by Word of God 5
  50. Necessity of a revelation of creation 9 Searching the Scriptures
  51. Necessity of a revelation of creation 12 Words assembled for wisdom and instruction
  52. Necessity of a revelation of creation 13 Getting wisdom
  53. Wisdom not hard to find nor hiding in remote places
  54. An anarchistic reading of the Bible—(1) Approaching the Bible
  55. When reading your Bible be aware of changing language
  56. Jesus spoke Hebrew and Aramaic
  57. Revival of Jesus’ language at Oxford
  58. Missional hermeneutics 1/5
  59. Missional hermeneutics 2/5
  60. Missional hermeneutics 3/5
  61. Missional hermeneutics 4/5
  62. Missional hermeneutics 5/5
  63. Bric-a-brac of the Bible
  64. Book of books and great masterpiece
  65. Unread bestseller
  66. The Bible is a today book
  67. Bible a guide – Bijbel als gids
  68. Bible in a nutshell
  69. Bible like puddle of water
  70. Of the many books Only the Bible can transform
  71. Possibility to live
  72. Genuine message of salvation
  73. Power in the life of certain
  74. Bible power to change
  75. Written down in God’s Name for righteousness
  76. Challenging claim
  77. Challenging claim 1 Whose word
  78. Challenging claim 2 Inspired by God 1 Simple words
  79. Challenging claim 3 Inspired by God 2 Inerrant Word of God
  80. Challenging claim 4 Inspired by God 3 Self-consistent Word of God
  81. Miracles of revelation and of providence 2 Providence
  82. Scripture words written for our learning, given by inspiration of God for edification
  83. Bible, sword of the Spirit to come into the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man
  84. Written by inspiration of God for our admonition, to whom it shall be imputed if they believe
  85. Full authority belongs to God
  86. Authority of the Bible
  87. The radiance of God’s glory and the counsellor
  88. Is God hiding His face when He is seemingly silent
  89. God’s promises
  90. Divine Plan and an Imperfect creation
  91. An unbridgeable gap
  92. Childish or reasonable ways
  93. Fear of God reason to return to Holy Scriptures
  94. Plain necessary food of the gospel
  95. Scripture alone Sola Scriptora
  96. In case you find contradiction between Old and New Testament
  97. Genre – Playing by the Rules
  98. The Need to Understand Genre
  99. The Metaphorical language of the Bible
  100. Colour-blindness and road code
  101. God’s design in the creation of the world
  102. God’s instruction about joy and suffering
  103. God His reward
  104. Incomplete without the mind of God
  105. A way to look for Christ, the Bible, Word of God
  106. Looking for blessed hope
  107. Working of the hope
  108. Words to bring into a good relationship
  109. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #4 Words in Scripture
  110. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #5 To meditate and Transform
  111. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #6 Words to feed and communicate
  112. Written down for God to bring us up to a virtuous life
  113. Written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope
  114. Scripture words written for our learning, given by inspiration of God for edification
  115. Testimonies to observe, inspired by God
  116. Who Gets to Say What the Bible Says?
  117. I can’t believe that … (4) God’s word would be so violent
  118. God’s will is that all sorts of men should be saved
  119. Creator and Blogger God 10 A Blog of a Book 4 Listening to the Blogger
  120. Creator and Blogger God 12 Old and New Blog 2 Blog for every day
  121. Interpreting the Scriptures (Part 5)
  122. Learn to read the Bible effectively
  123. Materialism, would be life, and aspirations
  124. Food as a Therapeutic Aid
  125. Bible containing scientific information
  126. When you don’t know what to do and hate yourself
  127. Bible for you and for life
  128. The Way To Life
  129. Chief means by which men are built up
  130. Engagement in an actual two-way conversation with your deities
  131. To find ways of Godly understanding
  132. Believing what Jesus says
  133. Do Christians need to read the Old Testament
  134. The importance of Reading the Scriptures
  135. Why can’t Bible scholars agree on how to interpret the Bible?
  136. Out of Context: How to Avoid Misinterpreting the Bible
  137. Archaeology and the BibleStatutes given unto us
  138. Summerholiday season time to read the Bible
  139. A feast for the Word of God
  140. Bible ownership and Bible knowledge slumped
  141. TV literary adaptation of The Bible
  142. Hebrew, Aramaic and Bibletranslation
  143. Some Restored Name Versions
  144. Celebrating the Bible in English
  145. What English Bible do you use?
  146. Murdock or Murdoch Bible
  147. 2001 Translation an American English Bible
  148. The NIV and the Name of God
  149. Use of /Gebruik van Jehovah or/of Yahweh in Bible Translations/Bijbel vertalingen
  150. יהוה , YHWH and Love: Four-letter words
  151. The Bible and names in it
  152. Comparisson Bible Books in English, Dutch and French
  153. Bible Translating and Concordance Making
  154. Accuracy, Word-for-Word Translation Preferred by most Bible Readers
  155. iPod & Android Bibles
  156. Cell phone vs. Bible
  157. Bible Companion now also available on Blackberry phones
  158. The Most Reliable English Bible
  159. NWT and what other scholars have to say to its critics
  160. King James Bible Coming into being
  161. Dedication and Preaching Effort 400 years after the first King James Version
  162. Codex Sinaiticus available for perusal on the Web
  163. Working on the Bible being like re-wiring an old house
  164. A Bible Falling Apart Belongs to Someone who isn’t
  165. Feed Your Faith Daily
  166. Devotees and spotters
  167. Discipleship way of life on the narrow way to everlasting life
  168. Bringing Good News into the world
  169. Bible exhibition
  170. Souls and Religions with Nirvana and light
  171. Breathing to teach
  172. Teaching Holy Scriptures in Schools
  173. How to Choose a Bible for Preaching

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Further reading

  1. The Bible
  2. The Bible: Unbreakable
  3. God’s Transforming Word
  4. God’s myth
  5. Books every Jew(-to-be) should have
  6. Amazing Tanakh, Or Five Reasons I Learned to Love the Old Testament
  7. Yeshayahu Thirty-Four: The Book of the Lord
  8. The New Covenant in Judaism and in Christianity
  9. 05.29.16 Guiding Light
  10. Is the Bible’s definition of faith opposed to logic and evidence?
  11. Yeshayahu Forty-One: Remember
  12. Yeshayahu Forty: Shepherd
  13. God vs. Abba
  14. Who are the Children of God?
  15. Children of God
  16. I am Abraham and this is my Isaac
  17. What Are You Building?
  18. Deliverance
  19. Did the Bible predict thousands of Muslims converting to Christ in Europe?
  20. Are We Really Too Busy?
  21. Color Coding Your Bible
  22. A Chivalry scroll
  23. The Evolution of Writing a Story
  24. Newly Discovered Egyptian Scrolls Reveal Pyramids were Built with Retarded Slaves
  25. The Mighty Quill, Wax Seals and Scrolls – scribal resources
  26. The Ultimate Reason We Must Weep
  27. New Technology Could Reveal Secrets in 2,000 Year Old Scrolls
  28. Titles of Psalms (4)
  29. What Do I Take For Granted?

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Religious people and painful absence of spring of living water

Religious people often are looking for their gods or for The God and may find those gods or God useful for obtaining things in life. It is said that

Christians find God beautiful and knowing Him is the chief good they seek. {Gazing Upon True Beauty}

Ichthys (Ichthus) Icon for Stub One of the sym...
Ichthys (Ichthus) one of the symbols used by early Christians (prior to Constantine) to identify themselves to each other. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lots of those people who call themselves Christian do not see the spiritual lifeline that will keep them from giving their heart to lesser loves and other beauties that will ultimately lead them into bondage, misery, and despair.

With most of those calling themselves Christian there is a painful absence of the spring of the living water, welling up in the lives of many walking around on this earth.

The fundamental reason why is that we have obeyed our thirst rather than embracing God’s gift. {Image is Nothing…Thirst is Everything…Obey Your Thirst}

Most Christians do not listen to the words of Jesus or do not want to hear what he says about his relationship with his heavenly Father.  They prefer to listen to the false teachings of those who call themselves theologians and twist the words of the Holy Scriptures.

To cherish to commend gave on 2016 March 18 a sound definition from the British-born Canadian Christian theologian who is known in the low church Anglican and Reformed traditions, James I. Packer his classic book Knowing God in the chapter “Thy Word is Truth”

“A person who acknowledges and lives under the Word of  God. He submits without reserve to the Word of God written in ‘the Scripture of truth’ (Daniel 10:21), believing the teaching, trusting the promises, following the commands. His eyes are to the God of the Bible as his Father, and the Christ of the Bible as his Savior. The Word of God has convinced him of sin and assured him of forgiveness. He aspires to have his whole life brought into line with it. The promises are before him as he prays, and the precepts are before him as he moves among others.

He knows that in addition to the Word of God spoken directly to him the Scriptures, God’s Word has also gone forth to create, and control, and order things around him; but since the Scriptures tell him that all things work together for his good, the thought of God ordering his circumstances brings him only joy. He is an independent fellow, for he uses the Word of God as a touchstone by which to test the various views that are put to him, and he will not touch anything which he is not sure that Scripture sanctions.”

J.I. Packer asked back in 1973: “Why does this description fit so few of us who profess to be Christians these days?” He concludes: “You will find it profitable to ask your conscience, and let it tell you.” {What is a Christian}

Jesus very well knew the Scriptures. After he was born he had to learn everything and before his death had still to say he did knew a lot of things not, whilst only God knows everything. The One Who can not die placed Jesus above the angels (him having been lower than angels before), but Jesus knew also he could not do anything without God Who is greater than him.

3rd quarter of 16th century
High-priest Jeshua presenting his body as an offering to God – 3rd quarter of 16th century (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Resurrection of Christ
Resurrection of Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Only True God Who send his only begotten beloved son to the world has given the world a spring for new life. Because that man, not doing his own will, not falling for temptation, always showing his love for God and fulfilling God’s commandments, accepted his ransom offering and took him out of the dead, to come to sit next to (or besides) Him (God) as a high-priest and mediator between Him (God) and man.

Ephesians 1:20  (Anderson)
which he made active in the Christ when he raised him from the dead, and caused him to sit at his right hand in the heavenly places,

Matthew 26:64 (Anderson)
64 Jesus said to him: You have said. Moreover, I say to you, Hereafter you shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of the Almighty, and coming upon the clouds of heaven.

Hebrews 1:3  (Anderson)
who, being the effulgence of his glory and the exact representation of his essence, and upholding all things by his own powerful word, when he had by himself made expiation for our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

Hebrews 10:12  (Anderson)
but after offering one sacrifice for sins, he himself sits continually at the right hand of God,

Hebrews 3:1-3 (Anderson)

Hebrews 3
1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the apostle and high priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, 2 who is faithful to him that appointed him, as Moses also was faithful in all his house. 3 For this man is counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who has builded the house, has more honor than the house.

Hebrews 3:1-3 (Anderson)

Hebrews 3
1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the apostle and high priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, 2 who is faithful to him that appointed him, as Moses also was faithful in all his house. 3 For this man is counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who has builded the house, has more honor than the house.

1 Timothy 2:5-7 (Anderson)
5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself a ransom for all, [of which] the testimony [has been given] in its proper times, 7 to give which testimony I have been appointed a preacher and an apostle; (I speak the truth, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faithfulness and in truth.

Holy Week at Santhome Basilica, Chennai (HDR)
One of those building s where Christians come together but where graven images of God and other gods or idols can be found in front many of them bow down. -Holy Week at Santhome Basilica, Chennai (HDR) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Those who call themselves Christian should belief what Jesus says and what the God Who does not tell lies says. they also should come together to the city of the living God, becoming partakers of the Body of Christ. Together they should unite and become one with Christ, as Christ is one with God. The ones who call themselves “Christian” should belong to the congregation of the firstborn, who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous, who have been made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant. They should really appreciate to have received the grace of salvation under the sprinkled blood that speaks of something better than Abel’s does.

Real Christians are those who follow the teachings of Christ and take care not to refuse the one who is speaking!

Hebrews 12:22-27 (Anderson)
22 But you have come to Mount Zion, and the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels; 23 to the general assembly and church of the first-born, who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the just made perfect, 24 and to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than the blood of Abel. 25 See that you reject not him that speaks: for if they escaped not who rejected that earthly man who gave the oracles, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that is from heaven, 26 whose voice then shook the earth; but now he has promised, saying, Yet once more I will shake not the earth only, but also the heaven. 27 And this [prophecy], Yet once more, signifies the removing of the things that are shaken, as of things that have been made, that the things which can not be shaken may remain.

The native New Mexican with roots in Santa Fe and Albuquerque Paul Smith, ventures into troubling waters today or is into foggy skies, wrestling for the past few days with a question that recurs frequently in conversations among brothers and sisters in Christ.

That question is, “Who is my brother or sister in Christ?” {Boundaries of Brotherhood}

Which is a very important question by which we as Christians should stand still. Because being a Christian is as follower of Christ also wanting to be a Brother in Christ.

At the center of the discussion is the frequently repeated and much discussed phrase, “in necessariis unitas, in dubiis libertas, in omnibus charitas.” (in matters of necessity, unity; in matters of doubt, liberty; in all things love) Confusion and ignorance reign. {Boundaries of Brotherhood}

We should be fully aware that there is a big difference in which way those Christians consider Jesus to be “Lord“. Lots of them want to make him to be the Most Highest Lord of lords instead of the worldly Lord of lords, the son of man and son of God.

Intellectually we may know that God’s grace must exceed our own human limits – otherwise we would be God!

– but emotionally I have a hard time welcoming those who disagree with me. After all, I am always right (c’mon – my tongue is firmly planted in my cheek). {Boundaries of Brotherhood}

writes the blogger of Instrument rated theology.

He seems to know that he must reject out-of-hand the growing chorus of the “easy believeism” that is sweeping through the Churches of Christ, and says

That is nothing other than the “Cheap Grace” identified by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. We cannot accept that two diametrically opposite views of Holy Scripture can both be correct. We cannot accept that two diametrically opposed views of worship – or especially of the requirements of Kingdom membership – can both be correct. We must allow for differences of opinion and conscience, but at some point there must be a determination of wrong and right, of heresy and of sound doctrine. Likewise, we must be careful that we do not elevate our own intellectual prowess to the level of God’s judgment. We do not tell God who is a part of his Kingdom, God does that. Refer to my Undeniable Truth for Theological Reflection #1, the foundation for theology must be humility. Our greatest error is in proclaiming that we are beyond making errors. If universalism is wrong, so is Phariseeism. {Boundaries of Brotherhood}

At the same time it is that want to have our human ideas instead of accepting the words of the Holy Scriptures that is dividing Christendom and Christianity. Human beings preferring to stick to human doctrines instead of Biblical doctrines make it that we do have so many denominations.

Problem is that not enough people are willing to pray for God’s Spirit to guide us into the healthy truth. When they ask their own gods (except from the Only One True God, not Jesus but Jehovah), whoever they might be, we do not think they will get answers from them, but if they listen carefully they shall be able to hear the Call of God, because God knows the heart, and when they sincerely want to look for God He shall guide them.

– the truth that sets proper boundaries where God has placed them, and not where fallible humans have placed them. {Boundaries of Brotherhood}

Pastor Craig Schweitzer thinks

Jesus is challenging us to open our hearts and minds to hear today’s humbling good news – God’s immeasurable love. {“God Loves You.” 03.06.2016 Sermon}

and asks

Are you and I open to that good news? The good news of our prodigal God’s immeasurable love that is freely and extravagantly shared with all: love that we cannot earn, love that we do not deserve. And our response to God’s grace and mercy encourages and invites us, even pleads with us, to share God’s perfect love with others. Even when those others look and act a whole lot like the two sons in today’s parable. (This section was inspired by the writing in Day Resources, Sundays & Seasons.com) {“God Loves You.” 03.06.2016 Sermon}

It makes it important for us to decide which way we do want to go. do we want ot keep to human tradition and keep sticking to the so called Holy Trinity, or do we want to take the Word of God, the Bible to be infallible and telling us the truth?

Fewer and fewer people take the time for deep study and thought anymore, partly because of the busyness of our lives.  We are quick to believe what we hear on social media or in the news because we just can’t be bothered with actually taking the time to investigate and think for ourselves. {Sounds Nice, But is it in the Bible?}

At this site we do ask you to compare what we and others say, with what is written in the most sacred Book of books and best-seller of all times: the Bible.

Let the living water flow of the pages of that book. Let it come into your hands, into your heart and into your spirit, opening your eyes and showing you that Jesus is the Way to the Only One True God.

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