Come let us Grow Together: Crucify your Flesh

Come let us Grow Together is a weekly series that deals with the many topical categories that exist within the Word of God. The purpose of this series is to grow in wisdom, knowledge, and understanding in things pertaining to God.

If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. (Lk 14:26-27)

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (Mt 16:24)

We must pick up our cross, deny ourselves, and follow after Jesus Christ to be His disciple. We must stop catering to the flesh. We must love the Lord more than anything else and place Him first in our lives.

And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. (Mk 12:29-31)

Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. (Rm 13:10)

We must learn to discipline ourselves and apply the teachings of the Word of God if we are to abide in life.

He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. (1 Jn 2:6)

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. (Jn 15:13-14)

If we care about others we need to sacrifice ourselves for them. We need to be there for them. We need to keep our repentance and follow after God!!

Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. (Gal 6:2) Let us seek after compassion and love!! Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: (1 Peter 3:8)

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: (2 Peter 1:3-10)

Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. (2 Tim 2:19)

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? (Rm 6:16)

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C & C: The Wages of Sin is Death

Connections and Comparisons is an ongoing weekly series that deals with many scriptures in the Bible, some of which are not commonly addressed. The purpose of this series is to examine the scriptures at hand comparing what is said and looking at the connections within.

Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die. The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. (Ezek 18:4, 20)

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? (Rom 6:16)

I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? (Rom 7:21-24)

The Apostle Paul has asked a question, who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. (Rom 3:23-28)

The Apostle Paul has let us know that it is through the Law of Faith and not the works of the Mosaic Law that we are justified and thus delivered from the body of this death through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. (James 2:20-24)

A big misunderstanding that many people have is understanding that the works of faith is not the same as the works of the Mosaic Law. We are not justified by the works of the Mosaic Law, but rather by the Law of Faith.

However, one must understand that even though we are saved by faith, faith without works is dead being alone as the Apostle James has told us. This is how the Apostle James can say, “Was not Abraham our father justified by works” while the Apostle Paul says, “For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. (Rom 4:2) Apostle James is speaking of the works of Faith, whereas the Apostle Paul is speaking of the works of the Mosaic Law.

Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law. (Rom 3:31)

But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. (James 1:25)

Again the Apostle James stresses the importance of being a doer of the work. For faith without works is dead being alone. He also mentions the Perfect Law of Liberty.

Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (2 Cor 3:17)

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Rom 8:1-4)

This Perfect Law of Liberty that the Apostle James is referring to is the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus. For where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. We gain access to this Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus by the Law of Faith.

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. (Mt 5:17)

This Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus sets us free from the Law of Sin and Death while at the same time allows us access to the righteousness of God without the law. This access to the righteousness of God without the law is established by faith of Jesus Christ.

Thus through the Law of Faith we have access to the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus which gives us access to the righteousness of God without the law, and now we are justified freely by Jesus Christ without the works of the Mosaic Law.

Therefore:

Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. (Gal 6:2)

The Law of Christ is the Law of Love.

If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: (James 2:8)

Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. (Rm 13:10)

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. (Jn 15:13-14)

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (Jn 13:34-35)

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Mt 22:37-40)

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: (1 Cor 13:4-8a)

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. (1 Jn 4:7-12)

Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. (1 Jn 3:15-19)

Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. (Gal 6:2) We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me. (Rm 15:1-3)

How was the law abolished and done away with while at the same time being fulfilled and established? This question is what is causing the majority of Christians to be confused. The law of commandments contained in ordinances was abolished and done away with, while the righteousness of the law was fulfilled by the love of God who gave his only begotten Son that would give his life in place of ours so making peace. Love fulfilled the law and established the law for righteousness without the law. We obtain this righteousness without the law by faith of Jesus Christ. Now the righteousness of the law is being fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 3:13-14
13 And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:
14 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 Christ.

Ephesians 2:15
15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

Colossians 2:14
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

Romans 10:4
4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

Galatians 3:25
25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

Romans 6:15
15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
Hebrews 10:9
9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.

Hebrews 8:13
13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

Matthew 5:17
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

Matthew 3:15
15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

John 3:16
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Romans 13:10
10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Romans 3:31
31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

Romans 3:21-22
21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

So the law given by Moses contained in ordinances was abolished and done away with while at the same time the law was fulfilled by the love of God by Jesus Christ who gave his life for ours so making peace, and this fulfilling of the law allowed the righteousness of God without the law to be established by faith of Jesus Christ. This is how the law was abolished and done away with while at the same time being fulfilled and established.

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What is the Truth (The Banishment of False Doctrines)

Banish – to expel from or relegate to a country or place by authoritative decree.

2 Corinthians 5:20
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

Ambassador – an authorized messenger or representative

2 Timothy 3:16
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

The root verse for exposing false doctrines. Question: Do you believe that all scripture is inspired by God, and is profitable for doctrine? reproof? correction?
and instruction in righteousness?

If you have answered no, then you are an unbeliever and your fate is:

Revelation 21:8
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

On behalf of Christ, as an ambassador of the King, I hereby banish all false doctrines to eternal damnation in the Lake of Fire, where there the fire is never quenched, and the worm dieth not.

If you have answered yes to the above question, I will now expose all false doctrines.

Hebrews 4:12
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Let’s Dive straight into the heart of the matter. If all scripture is inspired by God and all scripture is as we have now read, and all scripture is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness. We will now insert:

Acts 2:37-39
37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

Verse 37, the men asked Apostle Peter and the rest of the Apostles what they must do, since they had crucified the Messiah.

Verse 38 Apostle Peter gave the answer of what all must do in order to have their sins remitted.

Verse 39 Tells us this promise is to everyone from then even unto all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

Every doctrine that teaches you that you are saved after you repent and ask Jesus into your life, is FALSE.

Verse 38 very clearly tells us that you must Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.

Remission – pardon; forgiveness, as of sins or offenses.

To further back this we see it explained again in:

Colossians 2:11-14
11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

All scripture is given by inspiration of God and profitable for doctrine. That means you can not omit something you do not understand to make it fit your belief system. Such as saying.

Romans 10:13
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

This was an epistle written to a church that already followed the Acts of the Apostles and had been baptized in Jesus name. To compare this scripture to Acts 2:38 or Colossians 2:11-14 is to reject both accounts given to you. On the other hand. Romans 10:13 can work when you admit it was an epistle written unto an established church in doctrine that already had partook of Acts 2:38.

All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness.

Every doctrine that teaches you that you must be baptized in the name of the father, and of the son, and of the Holy ghost, and that you can not trust the Apostles, but we must do what Jesus told us to do according to Matthew 28:19, is FALSE.

2 Timothy 3:16
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

This includes both Matthew 28:19 and Acts 2:38. To ignore or omit Acts 2:38 and all accounts of the baptism in the book of Acts, goes against 2 Timothy 3:16 that tells us that All scripture is given by inspiration of God and profitable for doctrine.

Jesus is the one who gave the Apostles the instructions of what to preach in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost in:

Luke 24:45-49
45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
48 And ye are witnesses of these things.
49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

Verse 47 Jesus Christ clearly tells His Apostles to preach repentance and remission of sins, in His name, beginning at Jerusalem. So to obey Jesus Christ, you can not ignore what He told His Apostles to preach, nor can you omit what His Apostles taught. If you do, you are partaking of a FALSE doctrine.

John 17:6 Jesus says,
6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.

John 17:26 Jesus says,
26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

That name that Jesus manifested and declared was Jesus. So to fulfill what Jesus spoke both in Matthew 28:19 and in Luke 24:47, since Jesus gave both instructions, was exactly what Apostle Peter spoke on the day of Pentecost.

Acts 2:38
38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Since Jesus tells us to teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, and then Jesus tells His Apostles repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem, and Apostle Peter with the other eleven Apostles, after receiving the Holy Ghost, in Jerusalem, then told all that were gathered around what they must do, which was; Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, we then can conclude that the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is Jesus.

I John 5:7
7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

These three are one. Not one made up of three.

John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The Father – God, The Word – God, The Holy Ghost – God
And these three are one God. Not one God made up of three people.

Deuteronomy 6:4
4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:

Name = Jesus, as the Apostles instructed in fulfilling Matthew 28:19 in Acts 2:38.

John 14:16-18 Jesus speaking,
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

Jesus = Comforter as He just stated in verses 17 & 18. Comforter = Holy Ghost.

John 14:26
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

2 Timothy 3:16
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Every doctrine that teaches you that you receive the Spirit after you have repented, or it automatically happens after you are baptized according to Acts 2:38, or that it is not evidenced with speaking in another tongue as the Spirit gives the utterance is FALSE.

Acts 5:32
32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

Acts 8:15-16
15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)

Here we see plainly that the Holy Ghost had not yet fallen on those who were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Acts 19:3-6
3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.
4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

Verse 6 again shows us that it was not until the Apostle Paul had laid hands upon them, that they received the Holy Ghost and spake with tongues.

2 Timothy 3:16
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Ephesians 4:4-6
4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Psalms 119:89
For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

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Come let us Grow Together: We are the Body of Christ, and Members in particular

Come let us Grow Together is a weekly series that deals with the many topical categories that exist within the Word of God. The purpose of this series is to grow in wisdom, knowledge, and understanding in things pertaining to God.

For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: That there should be NO SCHISM in the body; but that the members should have the SAME CARE one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members SUFFER with it; or one member be honoured, all the members REJOICE with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. (1 Cor 12:24-27)

This is what we are striving for concerning Charity in the Body of Christ. Charity being Love.

Charity suffereth LONG, and is KIND; charity envieth NOT; charity vaunteth NOT itself, IS NOT puffed up, DOTH NOT behave itself unseemly, SEEKETH NOT her own, IS NOT easily provoked, thinketh NO EVIL; Rejoiceth NOT in iniquity, but REJOICETH in the truth; BEARETH all things, BELIEVETH all things, HOPETH all things, ENDURETH all things. CHARITY NEVER FAILETH: (1 Cor 13:4-8)

This is what we are striving for concerning Unity in the Body of Christ.

And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. These all continued with ONE ACCORD in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. (Acts 1:13-14)

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with ONE ACCORD in one place. (Acts 2:1)

And they, continuing DAILY with ONE ACCORD in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with GLADNESS and SINGLENESS of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord ADDED to the church DAILY such as should be saved. (Acts 2:46-47)

This is what we are striving to put away from us as the Body of Christ.

For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you ENVYING, and STRIFE, and DIVISIONS, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? (1 Cor 3:3)

Let all BITTERNESS, and WRATH, and ANGER, and CLAMOUR, and EVIL SPEAKING, be put away from you, with all MALICE: (Eph 4:31)

This is what we are striving for concerning the members of the Body of Christ!

And be ye KIND one to another, TENDERHEARTED, FORGIVING one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. (Eph 4:32)

Be of the SAME MIND one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. BE NOT wise in your own conceits. RECOMPENSE to no man evil for evil. Provide things HONEST in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live PEACEABLY with all men. Dearly beloved, AVENGE NOT yourselves, but rather GIVE PLACE unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is MINE; I will repay, saith the Lord. (Rm 12:16-19)

We then that are strong ought to BEAR THE INFIRMITIES of the weak, and NOT TO PLEASE ourselves. Let every one of us PLEASE his neighbour FOR HIS GOOD TO EDIFICATION. For even Christ PLEASED NOT himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee FELL ON ME. For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for OUR LEARNING, that we through PATIENCE and COMFORT of the scriptures might have HOPE. Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be LIKEMINDED one toward another according to Christ Jesus: That ye may with ONE MIND and ONE MOUTH glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Wherefore RECEIVE ye one another, as Christ also RECEIVED US to the glory of God. (Rm 15:1-7)

Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all SPEAK THE SAME THING, and that there be NO DIVISIONS among you; but that ye be PERFECTLY JOINED together in the SAME MIND and in the same judgment. For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. (1 Cor 1:10-11)

Finally, brethren, farewell. Be PERFECT, be of GOOD COMFORT, be of ONE MIND, live in PEACE; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. (2 Cor 13:11)

Only let your CONVERSATION BE as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in ONE SPIRIT, with ONE MIND STRIVING together for the FAITH OF THE GOSPEL; (Phil 1:27)

IF there be therefore any consolation in Christ, IF any comfort of love, IF any fellowship of the Spirit, IF any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye BE LIKEMINDED, having the SAME LOVE, being of ONE ACCORD, of ONE MIND. Let nothing be done through STRIFE or VAINGLORY; but in lowliness of mind let each ESTEEM OTHER BETTER than themselves. (Phil 2:1-3)

Finally, be ye all of ONE MIND, having COMPASSION one of another, LOVE as brethren, be PITIFUL, be COURTEOUS: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but CONTRARIWISE BLESSING; knowing that ye are thereunto CALLED, that ye should INHERIT a blessing. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him REFRAIN HIS TONGUE from evil, and HIS LIPS that they speak NO GUILE: Let him ESCHEW evil, and do GOOD; let him SEEK PEACE, and ENSUE IT. (1 Peter 3:8-11)

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C & C: Cain could have been Accepted

Connections and Comparisons is an ongoing weekly series that deals with many scriptures in the Bible, some of which are not commonly addressed. The purpose of this series is to examine the scriptures at hand comparing what is said and looking at the connections within.

Genesis 4:1-7
1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.
2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

Many questions have arisen by people concerning Cain and Abel as to why Cain’s offering wasn’t accepted? Even asking how could Cain know what God wanted or how could Cain know that he should have brought an animal sacrifice. Some people ask this in earnest with a good and honest heart looking to add to their learning, while others ask these questions so that they too can remain mad at God or wrathful toward God or so they can accuse God of unfair treatment while trying to justify their own rebelliousness and hatred toward God. Question. Are you God? Does this question offend you? Did God counsel with you when he made the Heavens and the Earth? (Eph 1:11) (Job 38:3-41)

Isaiah 64:8
8 But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

Romans 9:20-23
20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?
21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?
22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:
23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,

How do you know whether or not God had already explained what was acceptable unto Him? Were you there? Did you see the heart of Cain and Abel since you are all knowing and all powerful? Did you try the hearts and reins even as the righteous God? (Psa 7:9) Did you search out the inward parts of Cain and Abel’s spirit as the candle of the LORD? (Pro 20:27)

Hebrews 11:4
4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

The Lord chastises those that he loves. Did he not chastise Cain? “And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted?” What about you? If you do well and are obedient unto God will you not be accepted? Or are you even as Cain who was given the choice of being accepted followed by the love of God a warning “and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.”

Hebrews 12:6-17
6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

Could Cain not have purchased sheep of his brother for a sacrifice unto God in the manner of which God accepted? “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.” (1 Sam 15:23) “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” (Hos 4:6)

10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

Would you rather be a bastard, the servant of sin, the child of your father the devil, rather than to be accepted of the Lord that you might be a partaker of his holiness? Would you rather be offended and let a root of bitterness and offense grow in you and be defiled?

11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

Would you rather as Cain follow your own will rather than to exercise what is acceptable unto the Lord that you may yield the peaceable fruit of righteousness? Are you greater than God? Are your ways above Gods ways? (Isa 55:8-9) Will you chastise the Lord? (Job 40:2) Is your arm able to uphold you? (Isa 63:5) Can your right hand save you? (Job 40:6-14)

12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.

“And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.”

14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.

Understand he was rejected. He sold his birthright for one morsel of meat! The inheritance of the blessing of the promise given to Abraham and to his seed. Abraham had Isaac. Jacob and Esau were well aware of the blessing of God upon Abraham yet Esau, the firstborn, sold his birthright. He despised his birthright! (Gen 25:29-34) As it was just said “or profane person, as Esau” Esau was wicked! Jacob loved God!

Concerning Cain and Abel let’s look again at their offerings.

Genesis 4:1-7
1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.
2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

Notice that Cain only “brought of the fruit of the ground an offering” yet Abel brought forth “the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof”. Abel offered the first of his flock and even the fat of the flock! He in faith brought not just any of his flock but the firstlings. He also did not hold back the fat of which we learn later was required by God.

Leviticus 3:6-11
6 And if his offering for a sacrifice of peace offering unto the LORD be of the flock; male or female, he shall offer it without blemish.
7 If he offer a lamb for his offering, then shall he offer it before the LORD.
8 And he shall lay his hand upon the head of his offering, and kill it before the tabernacle of the congregation: and Aaron’s sons shall sprinkle the blood thereof round about upon the altar.
9 And he shall offer of the sacrifice of the peace offering an offering made by fire unto the LORD; the fat thereof, and the whole rump, it shall he take off hard by the backbone; and the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards,
10 And the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, which is by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away.
11 And the priest shall burn it upon the altar: it is the food of the offering made by fire unto the LORD.

Cain could have been accepted by God but chose the path of the wicked of which God who loved him and chastised him told him of his choices. “And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door.” (Gen 4:6-7)

You could be accepted too if you would hearken unto the voice of the Lord!

1 Samuel 15:22
22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

Mark 12:32-34
32 And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:
33 And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.
34 And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.

Ezekiel 33:10-20
10 Therefore, O thou son of man, speak unto the house of Israel; Thus ye speak, saying, If our transgressions and our sins be upon us, and we pine away in them, how should we then live?
11 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
12 Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth.
13 When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it.
14 Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right;
15 If the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die.
16 None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live.
17 Yet the children of thy people say, The way of the Lord is not equal: but as for them, their way is not equal.
18 When the righteous turneth from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, he shall even die thereby.
19 But if the wicked turn from his wickedness, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall live thereby.
20 Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. O ye house of Israel, I will judge you every one after his ways.

Cain could have been accepted and so can you!

John 3:16-17
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

If you want to be accepted of the Lord you must believe on the only begotten Son of God and that the world through him might be saved.

Luke 13:1-5
1 There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?
3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?
5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

If you want to be accepted of the Lord you must repent of your sins or you will all likewise perish.

Mark 16:15-18
15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

If you want to be accepted of the Lord you must be baptized.

Colossian 3:17
17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

If you want to be accepted of the Lord whatsoever you do in word or deed must be done in the name of Jesus including how you are baptized as whatsoever you do in word or deed must be done in the name of Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Luke 24:44-49
44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
48 And ye are witnesses of these things.
49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

Acts 2:37-40
37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.

John 17:20
20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

If you want to be accepted of the Lord you must believe on Jesus through the words of his Apostles including those of which were spoken by the Apostle Peter with the other eleven concerning how to be saved. This taking place just after Jesus opened the scriptures to them concerning himself and told them “that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem” which is what they did. Doing everything in Jesus name even as “whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” Saying, “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

Acts 4:10-12
10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

1 Corinthians 3:11
11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

If you want to be accepted of the Lord you must receive the Holy Spirit evidenced with the speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance.

Isaiah 28:11-12
11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.
12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

Acts 2:1-4
1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Acts 8:14-17
14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

If you want to be accepted of the Lord you must perfect holiness in the fear of the Lord.

2 Corinthians 7:1
1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Hebrews 12:14
14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

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Creation Versus Evolution

Exodus 20:11
11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

This scripture verifies that all that the Lord made, the heavens, the Earth, the sea and all things that were within the heavens, the Earth, and the sea were made in six literal days and the Lord rested on the seventh day! This would include dinosaurs! Everything was created in six literal days. Not periods of time. The gap theory is a lie as is any teaching that speaks of the six day creation of God as periods of time. The phrase “and all that in them is” is an all inclusive statement taking in everything that was created!! There is no way around this!! But there remains the scoffers, the ever learning and never able to come to the acknowledging of the truth, and those that are just full of rebellion against God, and sadly enough some good preachers and teachers of God who have some how lost sight and their faith have become entangled in sciences falsely so called and have tried to find a way to teach both the truth of God’s Word while also trying to manipulate God’s Word to fit their new found knowledge of how this world can exceed 6,000 years of which directly contradicts the teaching of God’s Word.

The So Called: Pre-Adamic world, The Luciferian Flood, and the Gap theory

The gap theory postulates that an indefinite span of time exists between Genesis 1:1 which reads, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” and Genesis 1:2 which reads, “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”

This time span is usually considered to be quite large (millions of years) and is also regarded to encompass the so-called “geologic ages.” Many proponents of the gap theory also postulate that a cataclysmic judgment was pronounced upon the Earth during this period as the result of the fall of Lucifer (Satan) and that the ensuing verses of Genesis chapter 1 describe a re-creation or reforming of the Earth from a chaotic state and not an initial creative effort on the part of God.

The reason for such an invention as this is to try to account for what man can not understand. Thus man in his own wisdom tries to give an account of what he can not accept by faith. That being that “in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day”. This being literally 24 hour days.

To believe that God created everything in six literally days is to accept that man and dinosaur walked the Earth together at the same time, that the geologic column is a false teaching, as well as the teaching of evolution.

The geological column is the theoretical classification system for the layers of rocks and fossils that make up the Earth’s crust such as the Mesozoic era. The geological age being within the geological era of time such as the Jurassic age.

The notion that the earth’s crust has on “onion skin” structure with successive layers containing all strata systems distributed on a global scale is not according to the facts. Data from continents and ocean basins show that the ten systems are poorly represented on a global scale: approximately 77% of the earth’s surface area on land and under the sea has seven or more (70% or more) of the strata systems missing beneath; 94% of the earth’s surface has three or more systems missing beneath; and an estimated 99.6% has at least one missing system.2 Only a few locations on earth (about 0.4% of its area) have been described with the succession of the ten systems beneath (west Nepal, west Bolivia, and central Poland). Even where the ten systems may be present, geologists recognize individual systems to be incomplete. The entire geologic column, composed of complete strata systems, exists only in the diagrams drawn by geologists!
Source: http://www.icr.org/article/ten-misconceptions-about-geologic-column/

The teaching of evolution and the teaching of the geological column and the geological ages are science falsely so called. Those who have erred concerning the faith to follow after these false teachings of science have compromised the truth of the Word of God by trying to insert an indefinite period of time between Genesis verse 1 and verse 2 as well as proclaiming that Genesis chapter 1 is actually describing a re-creation or reforming of the Earth from a chaotic state.

1 Corinthians 3:19-20
19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.

1 Timothy 6:20-21
20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:
21 Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.

2 Peter 3:5-7
5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

This very passage of scripture from 2 Peter chapter 3 that states that these people are willingly ignorant of the flood of Noah’s time is actually used to support the teaching of the gap theory. However, they claim this flood is not referring to the flood of Noah, but rather to the luciferian flood. Even though scripture clearly states it was the flood of Noah’s time in the previous chapter. “And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;” (2 Peter 2:5) So let me quickly make clear that there is no such thing as a luciferian flood. This is part of the gap theory teaching because they can not accept the clear teaching of scripture that “in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day”.

Let’s take a closer look at:

Genesis 1:1-2
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

These two verses of scripture give us a general introduction of the creation of the heaven and the Earth. We then read the account of what took place on each of the six days of creation from Genesis 1:3 – Genesis 2:3.

The idea of a pre-Adamic race is a false teaching that supposes that God created a race of humans who lived before God created Adam and Eve. There are several variations of this teaching but the reason for this teaching is the same as the reasons for the gap theory and that of the luciferian flood. That is they have chosen to doubt God’s Word and to look at our Earth and that of science to find that this Earth must be more than 6,000 years old. It is a love of worldly knowledge and worldly sciences falsely so called, who are continuously changing what they consider the facts to be to try to find a way to fit this so called scientific information into the Word of God.

There are several variations of the pre-Adamic world that exist. We will look at two. There are those that believe that God created people in Genesis chapter 1 and then Adam and Eve in Genesis chapter 2. This theory is trying to do away with the account of how the world’s population came from only one man and one woman, while also trying to do away with the fact that there were close family marriage relationships between brothers and sisters, uncles and nieces, aunts and nephews, cousins, and such that had taken place.

So this form of a pre-Adamic world places an entire human race outside of the Garden of Eden before the fall of Adam and Eve. The biblical claim for this doctrine is to separate the creating of mankind in Genesis chapter 1 with the creation of Adam and Eve in chapter 2. “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” (Genesis 1:26-31) “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.” (Genesis 2:1-3) “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.” (Genesis 2:7-8 )

This is a failure to understand that Genesis chapter 1 is the explaining of the entire creation account of the heavens, the Earth, the sea; and all that in them is. This including the creation of man and woman on the sixth day. Genesis Chapter 2 takes a closer look at the creation of the man and the woman that took place on the sixth day of creation.

The word replenish also becomes a snare to many people because they immediately believe that it means to fill again.

The Hebrew word in use for replenish:

or mala’, maw-law’; (Esth. 7:5), a primitive root, to fill or (intransitive) be full of, in a wide application (literal and figurative) :- accomplish, confirm, + consecrate, be at an end, be expired, be fenced, fill, fulfil, (be, become, × draw, give in, go) full (-ly, -ly set, tale), [over-] flow, fulness, furnish, gather (selves, together), presume, replenish, satisfy, set, space, take a [hand-] full, + have wholly.—Strong’s Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary

The Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words also agrees.

To Fill
A. Verb
male (4390) “to fill, fulfill, overflow, ordain, endow.” This verb occurs in all Semitic languages (including biblical Aramaic) and in all periods. Biblical Hebrew attests it about 250 times.
Basically, male means “to be full” in the sense of having something done to one. In 2 Kings 4:6, the word implies “to fill up”: “And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said….” The verb is sometimes used figuratively as in Gen. 6:13, when God noted that “the earth is filled with violence.” – The Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words

The first appearance of this word is found in the same chapter of Genesis just six verses prior.

With Strong’s Concordance reference numbers inserted:

Genesis 1:22
22 And God <H430> blessed <H1288> them, saying <H559>, Be fruitful <H6509>, and multiply <H7235>, and fill <H4390> the waters <H4325> in the seas <H3220>, and let fowl <H5775> multiply <H7235> in the earth <H776>.

Genesis 1:28
28 And God <H430> blessed <H1288> them, and God <H430> said <H559> unto them, Be fruitful <H6509>, and multiply <H7235>, and replenish <H4390> the earth <H776>, and subdue it <H3533>: and have dominion <H7287> over the fish <H1710> of the sea <H3220>, and over the fowl <H5775> of the air <H8064>, and over every living thing <H2416> that moveth <H7430> upon the earth <H776>.

Notice that the same Hebrew words are used in both verses in the same order! <H6509> <H7235> <H4390>

“the earth was without form, and void” (Genesis 1:2) and needed to be filled! Filled, not refilled from a chaotic state, but filled with the six day creation of God!

This particular teaching of a pre-Adamic world uses the separation of the creating of mankind in Genesis chapter 1 with the creation of Adam and Eve in chapter 2 as an explanation of how the earth was populated and how it was that Cain could have knew his wife at Nod. However, this also goes against the scriptures. “And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden. And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.” (Genesis 4:16-17)

There are several points of consideration here. Such as how long was Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden? Genesis 5:5 tells us, “And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.” We also know that God began keeping track of time in the creation account when he used the phrase “And the evening and the morning were the first day” etc. We were also told that Adam was 130 years old when Seth was born. “And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:” (Genesis 5:3) This lets us know without any uncertainty that Adam and Eve could not have been in the Garden of Eden for any longer than 130 years. Since Adam was 130 years old when he had Seth, and Cain and Able were born before this time, it only stands to reason that Adam and Eve must also have had daughters. We are not given the ages of Cain and Able but only told “Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground”, (Genesis 4:2) that both had enough understanding to make “an offering unto the LORD”, (Genesis 4:3) and that Cain was old enough to murder his brother with malice. (Genesis 4:6-10)

So when we read “And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden. And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch (Genesis 4:16-17) we must first take notice that it only says here that Cain went to the land of Nod and knew his wife. It doesn’t say that Cain found his wife there, just that he knew her there. So there is no evidence that Cain found this woman in Nod but rather most likely took her with him to the land of Nod. Who was this woman he took to the land of Nod? One of his sisters.

Another teaching of the pre-Adamic people are those that are found within the Gap theory and this generally takes into account the luciferian flood that destroyed this world via the judgment of God, of which God then recreates the world starting at Genesis 1:3. In this pre-Adamic world is where the dinosaurs would fit in and the result of the luciferien flood would give an account of the geologic column. Gap theorists place a gap of an unspecified time in between Genesis verse 1 and verse 2. ” In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” (Genesis 1:1-2)

Remember, the gap theory teaches that we have an old Earth that is possibly millions of millions of years old. One of the major reasons they believe this teaching is because of the so called geologic column, of which they claim is a direct result of the so called luciferian flood that left the world without form and void. Even though they teach from Genesis 1:2 that the earth was without form and void this doesn’t stop them from keeping the geologic column which houses the fossil records intact. Hmm. Without form and void… yet with the fossil record intact.

These people are lovers of false sciences and that of man’s wisdom!!!

These sciences falsely so called are a way for mankind in their folly to try to account for the things that they can not accept by faith of God’s word. They are willingly ignorant of Noah’s flood because it contradicts what they already believe to be true, which is the teaching of evolution, the Gap theory, and the luciferian flood. Therefore those who still hold to the Bible, yet believing the false science of evolution, try to find a way to include an indefinite period of time so that they can account for the amount of time needed for the teaching of evolution to take place. So they have created the gap theory as a means to try to account for this indefinite period of time as well as using this indefinite period of time to account for another false science known as the geologic column which contains the fossil records. Many proponents of the gap theory pose that this geologic column was produced by the luciferian flood that destroyed the Earth leaving it without form and void.

To try to blend these false sciences and teachings with scripture, they speak of a Gap between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2. They claim that verse two of Genesis chapter 1 is the destruction of the original creation that God created perfectly and that it was destroyed by water. The reason they have chosen water as the means for this destruction of what they claim to be the original creation is because they must give an account of “the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished” and this they do by claiming that Noah’s flood did not destroy the world that then was because Noah and his family lived. So they have created another false teaching of claiming that when Lucifer (Satan) fell God destroyed that world with a flood and this calamity is responsible for the geologic column and the fossil record.

Again, they are willingly ignorant that the flood of Noah’s day is responsible for the fossil record that we have today. But to believe this is to believe that dinosaurs walked the earth together with mankind and that is to deny the teaching of evolution and the so-called geologic column. By removing the false teaching of evolution one is left with only the Biblical account of creation. For those that hate and deny God this is not an option. And for those who claim to believe the teaching of evolution as well as the Bible deny the teaching of the Bible to keep their belief in the teaching of evolution.

Don’t believe it?

What the Bible teaches versus what evolution teaches.

Everything multiplies after its own kind!

1 Corinthians 15:38-40
38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.
40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.

Genesis 1:11-12
11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:21, 24-25
21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Light was created before the sun!

Genesis 1:3-5
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

Genesis 1:14-18
14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.

Oceans were created before land!

Genesis 1:2
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Genesis 1:9-10
9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.

Fruit trees were created before fish!

Genesis 1:11-12
11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good

Genesis1:20-21
20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Plant life was created before the sun!

Genesis 1:11-13
11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.

Genesis 1:14-19
14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

The sun & stars were created after the earth!

Genesis 1:14-15
14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.

Birds & fish were created on the same day!

Genesis 1:20-21
20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Birds were created before reptiles!

Genesis 1:20-23
20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

Genesis 1:24-25, 31
24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Man was made from the dust of the earth!

Genesis 2:7
7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Death was the result of man’s sin!

Romans 5:12
12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

According to the Word of God, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” (Psalms 14:1) The reason for their folly? “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.” (Romans 1:18-23)

So then, what took place between Genesis chapter 1 verse 1 and verse 2? Genesis chapter 1 verses 1 and 2 just describes to us the first part of the creation process that was not finished yet. The rest of the chapter tells us how God filled the Earth with life and that which was needful to sustain life.

So if man and dinosaur walked the Earth together does the Bible speak of dinosaurs?

Exodus 20:11
11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Genesis 1:21 (KJV)
21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:21 (NKJV)
21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

Hebrew word in use:

Tanniyn – intensive from the same as <H8565> (tan); a marine or land monster, i.e. sea-serpent or jackal :- dragon, sea-monster, serpent, whale.—Strong’s Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary

Smith’s Bible Dictionary:

Whale – As to the signification of the Hebrew terms tan and tannin, variously rendered in the Authorized Version by “dragon,” “whale,” “serpent,” “sea-monster” see DRAGON.—Smith’s Bible Dictionary

Dragon – The translators of the Authorized Version, apparently following the Vulgate, have rendered by the same word “dragon” the two Hebrew words tan and tannin, which appear to be quite distinct in meaning.

1. The former is used, always in the plural, in Job 30:29; Psal 44:19; Isai 34:13; 43:20; Jere 9:11 It is always applied to some creatures inhabiting the desert, and we should conclude from this that it refers rather to some wild beast than to a serpent. The syriac renders it by a word which, according to Pococke, means a “jackal.”

2. The word tannin seems to refer to any great monster, whether of the land or the sea, being indeed more usually applied to some kind of serpent or reptile, but not exclusively restricted to that sense. Exod 7:9, 10, 12; Deut 32:33; Psal 91:13 In the New Testament it is found only in the Apocalypse, Reve 12:3, 4, 7, 9, 16, 17 etc., as applied metaphorically to “the old serpent, called the devil, and Satan.”
—Smith’s Bible Dictionary

Our focus is on the word tannin but I have included both definitions so that you will understand why the strong’s concordance above read: i.e. sea-serpent or jackal. So I am not saying that every time you see the word dragon that it could be referring to a dinosaur, but I am saying that in some of those cases it might be.

At the time of the translating of the KJV Bible the English word dinosaur had not yet been coined.

Word Origin & History according to dictionary.com:

dinosaur – 1841, coined by Sir Richard Owen, from Gk. deinos “terrible” + sauros “lizard,” of unknown origin.

As you can see from the word origin of dinosaur it meant terrible lizard. As you know lizards are reptiles and the word dinosaur literally meant fearful lizard.

Funk & Wagnalls Dictionary
Dinosaur – One of a group of extinct reptiles, widely distributed during the Mesozoic period and including the largest known land animals.

There is two things of importance that I would like to draw your attention to here. First that in the very definition of the word dinosaur they include the Mesozoic period. Remember the Mesozoic period is referring to the geologic column of time of which is completely unbiblical.

World English Dictionary
Mesozoic
— adj 1. of, denoting, or relating to an era of geological time that began 250 000 000 years ago with the Triassic period and lasted about 185 000 000 years until the end of the Cretaceous period

The second thing of importance in the definition of the word dinosaur is that it included the largest known land animals, and as we learned from Smith’s Bible dictionary the word tannin seems to refer to any great monster, whether of the land or the sea, being indeed more usually applied to some kind of serpent or reptile, but not exclusively restricted to that sense.

Also please take the time to read Job chapters 40 and 41!

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Come let us Grow Together: Know you not your Life is a Written Epistle, Known and Read of all Men?

Come let us Grow Together is a weekly series that deals with the many topical categories that exist within the Word of God. The purpose of this series is to grow in wisdom, knowledge, and understanding in things pertaining to God.

Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart. (2 Cor 3:2-3)

There is a big difference between judging someone, and reading them! How do you know if you are reading them correctly? By the Word of God.

We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. (1 Jn 3:14, 18)

Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. (James 3:12-14)

This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. (James 3:12-18)

Many people use the phrase, “you’re judging me”. And “you are a hypocrite.” But what one needs to understand is that there is a big difference between judging someone, and reading them! Not only so. One must also realize that there is judging that is allowed. Hear it again.

For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. (1 Cor 5:3-5)

Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? (1 Cor 6:1-5)

So when someone reads your epistle and knows the Word of God they can prayerfully determine course of action against those who have done wrong in the Body of Christ. They can also read by your actions whether you are walking in light or whether you are walking in darkness still.

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. (Eph 5:1-5)

Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. (Eph 5:6-11)

Know you not your Life is a Written Epistle, Known and Read of all Men?

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