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August 22, 2019

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The following passage is spoken by Jesus Christ early in His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5–7). He starts with the “beatitudes” and acknowledges the kingdom of heaven. He then speaks about how we are salt and not to lose our savour, and letting our light shine before men. He then immediately follows with affirmation and clarification of where He stands in relation to the law and the prophets:

17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19 Whosoever therefore shall break loose from [annul] one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:17-19)

Heaven and the Kingdom of God

When we see the phrase “kingdom of heaven” as in Matthew 5:19 above, it is with the words “basileia” (kingdom) of “ouranos” (heaven) and it is talking about heaven at large. The phrase is only in the book of Matthew and is seen 32 times in 31 verses. The one verse where “kingdom of heaven” is found twice is in verse 19 above. The book of Matthew reestablishes clearly that there is a heaven. There is a lot of groundwork that the book of Matthew covers to reinforce some foundations to reassure us that, yes, it is God from the previous Hebrew text who we are talking about: the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Matthew 1:2) and also the God of David (Matthew 1:1). And that, yes, we are talking about the God of heaven. It is like what happens when we go from one grade to another after summer break. We are getting settled to move on, but first the basics have to be reaffirmed from the previous course. Matthew does this for us and then starts to move us into other principles. We are good to continue on and learn more. Matthew starts to interweave the understanding of the “Kingdom of God,” which uses the specific phrase five times in the book of Matthew (6:33, 12:28, 19:24, 21:31, & 21:43) while talking about the kingdom of heaven also, but not as the same thing. “Kingdom of God” is also in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 6:33. Jesus Christ is establishing both the kingdom of heaven and the Kingdom of God upfront at the beginning of His ministry. The Kingdom of God is in the kingdom of heaven. The “Kingdom of God” is found 64 more times in 63 verses in Mark, Luke (twice in Luke 17:20), John, Acts, Romans, I Corinthians, Galatians, Colossians, and I Thessalonians. “The Kingdom of God” is also called “the Kingdom of our God” (The Revelation 12:10), and “the Kingdom of Christ and of God” (Ephesians 5:5), or also referred to as just “kingdom” (basileia); while heaven is most often talked about as “heaven” (ouranos) and no longer the “kingdom of heaven,” which stops with the book of Matthew.

33 But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33)

20 For the Kingdom of God is not in word, but in power. (I Corinthians 4:20)

50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. (I Corinthians 15:50)

The delineation between “heaven” and the Kingdom of God is also found in II Chronicles 2:12 and Daniel 2:44 for just two examples; but it is also seen in the examples of those crossing Jordan from those who died in the wilderness and the difference between David from Saul. The kingdom of heaven or “heaven” is comprised of Israel, the Church at large that is saved from everlasting hell. The Kingdom of God is for those who have come into the rest (Hebrews 4:1-6), those who are chosen (Matthew 22:11-14). When anything to do with the Kingdom of God was spoken, the Pharisees (Canaanite pastors), the Sadducees (Girgashite teachers), along with the corrupt scribes (man’s religious tradition keepers), and lawyers (Girgashite law teachers) would seek to set Jesus Christ up with word entanglements or devious questions, and were the pushers to get Him out of their way as fast as they could. We see that these people are willing to give up their own inheritance to the beast as seen below.

17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfill His will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. (The Revelation 17:17)

When the Kingdom of God is left out of the gospel, the Church forfeits itself to become impotent and a temporal social gathering network that talks a lot about God, but not about labouring and conquering unto Him. The flocks gather to their most favored pastors and teachers and wait for a crumb or two with information and pieces of knowledge “about” God, Jesus, or the Bible. This is very different than what was taught by the disciples and the full Biblical text. The “gospel of the kingdom” is used in Matthew 4:23, 9:35, & 24:14 and is also in Mark 1:14 as “the gospel of the kingdom of God.” All four uses of “the gospel of the kingdom” are in the context of Jesus teaching and preaching. This was not taught as something apart from the gospel of salvation.

14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. (Matthew 24:14)

14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God, 15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. (Mark 1:14-15)

The word used for “gospel” is “euaggelion” and is used throughout Scripture. There is not one gospel for the Kingdom of God, another for the gospel of salvation, another for the gospel of heaven. It is one gospel, the message of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, which includes all of the information He taught. It was never the intent of Jesus or any part of Scripture to have a point of entry and then stop. That is not His purpose and is against all of His creative works. No, we are born again to start manifesting His life outside of the womb.

1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; 2 As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. (Mark 1:1-2)

6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment is come: and worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. (The Revelation 14:6-7)

It is good to refresh ourselves with what a pure pastor/teacher ministry communicates to us and desires for us. The book of Mark is the pastor/teacher perspective, the “man” face perspective (Ezekiel 1). It reveals how we are to operate when we are working in the pastor and teacher ministry (Ephesians 4:11). When we go to the book and read it for what it is, we are snapped into the depth and the attitude of how God intended our pastors and teachers to feed His people. This is in addition to most everything that Paul wrote, who was a strong apostle and a much producing teacher operating in the lion face and the man face often.

Evil additions

It is disconcerting that evil men would blatantly add texts or give deliberate mistranslations to the Bible. And it can give us a major jolt to the heart when we initially find out that this was and continues to be done by not noting in some translations that a particular passage or verse had been added or changed. This information should be available and spoken to all who read the Bible. It is not to be withheld on a “need to know” basis and pretended that if it was mentioned earlier it could have affected someone’s “spiritual walk” or that their faith in the Bible as being the Word of God would be diminished or completely thwarted. No, the wickedness should be spoken upfront and openly acknowledged. His people are not so fragile, nor do we buy into the notion that it is our job to defend the Bible as being the Word of God, any more than we would need to defend and justify to anyone that God is God. No, He is our defense and shield for believing in Him (Psalm 89:18). We study and read the Bible; we eat His Word because He is our purpose for living. He is God. There is no defense of or for this. And when the corrupted pastors and teachers try to guilt trip us with “being ready to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in” us (I Peter 3:15), it is not to present studied Bible facts, it is to share the piece of bread and cup of wine we ourselves have eaten or are eating at the time. His Ways work. Life in Him is not trying to prepare for a Jeopardy pop quiz that could come up on us at any time. The first part of I Peter 3:15 tells us to “sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer.” It is good when we keep our cupboards and refrigerator full, even if we have mainly left-overs or spare items (undeveloped thoughts), and are submitted to the Holy Spirit, who provides an answer or an idea on how to prepare a decent meal or even a quick snack for “anyone” we may come in contact with. Sometimes a person just needs a glass of tap water to hold them over until they get to their own house to study in their fellowship with God. It is important to note that I Peter 3:15 is preceded and followed by talking about being persecuted and suffering in Christ. Verse 15 is actually a mandate to us to keep ourselves in tune with God because that is how we interpret times of suffering and persecution.

14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; 15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: 16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. (I Peter 3:14-16)

We can see that the passage above has very little to do with witnessing or trying to hold friendly debates, which typically follows with an invitation to come to church next Sunday or Saturday night, where the pastor can speak better about “these things than I can.”

Satan and the corrupt religious systems will try to keep believers occupied by telling us that we are responsible for defending God, Jesus, and the Word by learning Bible “facts”. We do not have to defend that we believe God’s Word. We are to live it because it is alive. However, it is very much in our rightful territory for us to defend and expose when we are aware that men have not been good stewards in translating Scripture. His Word does not need defending, but the stewardship of His Word does. The unfaithfulness should be exposed the moment we know of it, rather than determining there is a better day, or if we need to expose it at all. We are not to avoid these kinds of things as though we are ashamed of what evil men have done to God’s Word. The only shame that comes to us is if we continue to keep the matter undisclosed. We are not exposing sexual nakedness of the flesh; we are exposing evil additions to sealed flesh. Satan used the actions of these men to jar our trust in Scripture; and to try to persuade us that only certain people can interpret Scripture or those with multiple doctorate degrees in foreign languages can even attempt to look into these things. But this kind of action is not too far from glossing over talking about the Kingdom of God or teaching that there are only pastoral and teaching ministries operating today, with few “approved” evangelists and apostles, and no prophets. The goals are the same things: to prevent others from working in their eternal call separate from the religious systems; to try to come between individual and personal growing fellowship with the Lord; and to keep the Church impotent and dependent on them.

When deliberate penciled in moles are put on top of the skin in a superficial, yet particularly precise manner, they try to present themselves as “beauty” marks that are written on the unblemished skin. The flesh is still unpenetrated, the skin is not broken, and we can easily brush off the penciled in mole. It is much quicker for us when these unholy moles are pointed out by honest Bible scholars who do so without prejudice; men who acknowledge these few added passages by putting notations in the text or footnotes in translations like the New International Version (NIV) and the English Standard Version (ESV), with most King James Version (KJV) printings unfortunately not being one of them. Below are some of the more major of these attempted drawn on moles to the Word of God. May better translations be produced that do not hesitate to delete out the added texts and may they work in total freedom with no weight put on them to even feel the need to point out where those texts were later added and what they said. May those who love languages be called and may they have much pleasure in their work as they prepare His Word for the eyes of man to read and hear. May you be fully persuaded that our Lord is with you.

The book of Mark ends with Mark 16:8. The verses 9-20 were later added and are not in the original manuscripts. When looking at this added passage, we can see that it tries to pick up with Mary Magdalene from John 20 where the book of John continues with Jesus breathing on the disciples to receive the Holy Spirit. The added passage then heavily takes excerpts from Acts in an attempt to consolidate a bunch of fond directives that are intermingled with Paul’s ministerial work, again from Acts, yet talking as though in a prophetic voice. The hick-up passage reveals itself in Mark 16:9-20 as not the same writer with its jam packed writing style trying to force multi concepts unlike the rich, yet consistent and flowing teaching text that the whole of Mark has. Satan’s deliberate placement of the contrived verses is to destabilize the pastor/teacher ministry. As mentioned earlier in this article, Mark is the pastor/teacher perspective. Another addition in Mark is verse 26 in Mark 11. It is a deliberate altered spin off of Matthew 18:35; however, Matthew 18:35 is in the context of having a heart ready to forgive if one repents, which is very different than forgiving without repentance. Mark 11:25, which is before the added verse 26, is talking about not being a hypocrite when we are coming to prayer to God. This relates to the concepts of how we are to view and relate to our brothers when they are in debt to us as seen starting in Matthew 18:21-35. All of the men in the Matthew 18 passage acknowledged their debt and knew they were held accountable for it. Jesus Christ starts the passage as it being likened to the “kingdom of heaven.”

John 7:53–8:11 (containing “he that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone”) is also an added text and not in the original manuscripts. It is clear by how the passage flows from John 7:52 going directly to John 8:12 without the added John 7:53–8:11 text that the writing came from a different source. Only the corrupt religious systems would think up and continue to promote the scenario of a woman “taken in adultery, in the very act” to put in the minds of God’s people. Their view of how Jesus would relate to the individuals as though there is something clever in how He supposedly “convicted” people is not only adolescent in their thinking but extremely unrighteous. The added verses also have the resemblance of mimicking the hand writing on the wall in Daniel 5, yet with leaving out the part of telling the readers what was written. God and Jesus Christ do not tantalize and tease nor frustrate His people or the Holy Spirit. Evil men at Satan’s disposal are always big on colorful base promotion and uncovering to segue into misleading and incorrect doctrine. They chose to lead in with a past prostitute in the added Mark 16:9-20 verses and a female adulterer caught in “the very act” in the John passage, just like how Ham, the father of Canaan, was with Noah in Genesis 9:22 with the desire to expose a person to others when they are uncovered in their own tent. The wicked intent is clear when we look at it. It reeks of the go-to passage for men absolving one another who embark in depravity. Why were the evil text adders so anxious to get a sexual event graphically exposed and absolved so quickly with no one being held accountable? Or, how about being caught in murder, the very act? Or caught in stealing, the very act? And Jesus being left alone when He was in the temple as verse 9 suggests is extremely unlikely. And did anyone think to cover the woman since she was caught in the very act? Or was she a fast dresser? Are we supposed to wonder what the secret and undisclosed message was that cleared out the place? Yes, that is what the evil Hittite spirits had in mind of where our thoughts would go: on the undisclosed message, on the woman, on the absolved men, and Jesus letting the whole thing drop — leading our thoughts everywhere and nowhere. We are thankful that some of the Bible translators pointed out in their footnotes that this passage is not in the earlier transcripts, but is an added text. The book of John is the eagle face perspective, the prophetic. The Bible allows us to look at His Word with a prophetic eye that we can move and breathe with. Hittite spirits, the evil spirits of prophetic distortion, were used in this passage to try to fill our minds with trash to suffocate His Spirit and keep us from breathing in and out with the Holy Spirit.

The infamous forgive without repentance because of ignorance ("Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do") while Jesus was dying on the cross in Luke 23:34a was placed just after the description of the two others on each side of Him and before the parting of His raiment and casting of lots. There is no greater mockery of our Lord’s martyrdom than what was attempted by evil men, who tried to put words in our Savior’s mouth. Forgiveness is not given without repentance that is sprinkled in absolution on our heads. And who was Jesus supposedly referring to by these words — some of them, everyone, the ignorant of the highest degree or the ignorant of the smallest degree? Forgive those who beat Him beyond human recognition? Forgive them for not realizing that He was really God? Forgive them for being happy that He was being crucified? Forgive them à la cart? Fortunately, these words also have been exposed as late additions and not part of the earlier manuscripts. Recall I John 1:9 and Psalm 32:5, which talk about confessing our sins and then obtaining forgiveness.

5 I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah. (Psalm 32:5)

I Timothy 1:13 talks about finding mercy because of past things that were done out of ignorance in unbelief. Forgiveness is given at the time of our slightest understanding and acknowledgement to God, through Jesus Christ. It is not a one-time sinner’s prayer thing. Yes, we are to be born again, but we do not deny that we were growing in the womb previously and growing after we are birthed from the womb. What we were ignorant of yesterday of doing in unbelief may be what God holds us accountable for today. Does this mean we lose our salvation and become “unborn”? No, it means we must grow, day by day with more and more accountability and privileges in the Lord. The evil addition was an attempt to reiterate the idea of full absolution for all for everything once. This is not our God; and it was and is used to keep all men leveled as laymen under pastoral coverings. The addition was deliberately put in by the hands and minds of those in Satan’s army in the book of Luke. And just as the Mark additions were placed to disrupt how a teacher and pastor operate and the John addition was used to disrupt the prophetic training of seeing and breathing with the Holy Spirit, the Luke addition was placed to disrupt the Ox face, the evangelistic anointing. Evangelists are the operators in conquering unto the Lord and experience the joy of victory. Satan was trying to put a stand down order on the evangelistic ministry, which all of us have the charge to operate in (II Timothy 4:5). We find out that the “forgive them for they know not what they do” words did not take hold, as we would have expected if they were actually spoken, several verses later in the dialogue that went on between the two malefactors. The enemy knows that we tend to linger a bit longer on the words spoken by Jesus. We tend to give them more weight because it is Jesus talking and we want to listen up. This is fine and it is not a problem, and that is why Satan wanted to try to place those words into His mouth. After we read the “forgive them” lie, we are a little stunned because He did not talk like that before. And it is inconsistent with His whole ministry. We put our guard down and think, well, yes He really did die for the whole world, or think something like that to kind of swallow it down. Some may even think about it as, wow, He sure knows how to forgive, I will do the same. Anyway, we get a little stalled because we have a bunch of unresolved thoughts about what we think Jesus just said and also remembering that it was said while He was there on the cross. So it really must be very important. Our attention is removed just a bit in preoccupied thoughts as we more quickly read on until we get to the next words of Jesus, which in some Bibles are the “words in red.” And that is exactly what Satan had in mind. The lie works to promote the forgive without repentance angle very well. But the big deal is to hope for a quick bypass of one of the most intense and graphic head to head match ups in Scripture. It is greatly urged to read the chilling interaction that the two men had with one another in Luke 23:39-41. This was the very interaction that Satan wanted muffled out and muted. No, we feel it and see it and understand it. No one was claiming ignorance. The two men did not ask for the “I am ignorant” entrée. No, that was not at all in their words. The pious and evil words of the added Luke 23:34a are meant to scare and intimidate us if we dare to question them, as though we are questioning Jesus Christ Himself. Let us look at the passage of Luke 23:39-43.

39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on Him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. 40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. 42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. 43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. (Luke 23:39-43)

Both men reviled Jesus (Matthew 27:44, Mark 15:32) in the beginning. However, one left off and shifted into speaking out as an apostolic evangelist. He starts by declaring the “fear of God,” which is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10, Proverbs 9:10), and then of condemnation deserved. He is able to see the difference between himself and Jesus, and then declares in righteous judgement that “this man hath done nothing amiss” (Luke 23:41). Do we hear him? Jesus was declared by a man who was also dying on a cross beside Him as being innocent. It was the choice of our Father to have this declaration pronounced by a man who was sealed to be with Jesus in paradise. The man knew and asked to be remembered when Jesus came into “thy kingdom” (verse 42). The man had a powerful evangelistic anointing, which he willingly operated most perfectly in the things that he knew. It is also important to note that the other man, who refused Jesus as God, also had an evangelistic anointing. But his view was that the power of God over life and death should be used to save Himself and them temporarily (Luke 23:39) rather than to be willing to die to save others for eternity. This passage was what Satan wanted so desperately to be overlooked. It reveals that both men had free choice. And that forgiveness is initiated by the receiver, not the giver.

Another bold addition to the Bible was when the protestant and catholic churches adopted an evil spirit’s suggestion of using “Old Testament” as a subtitle for Genesis through Malachi and “New Testament” as a subtitle for the books of Matthew through The Revelation. It looks fairly innocent at first and we can follow the logic because the idea of calling Matthew through The Revelation the “New Testament” refers to the new covenant that is represented in the blood of Jesus Christ and Jesus’ time on earth in the flesh is recorded in the “New Testament”. The distinguishing between the old and new covenant is evident in II Corinthians 3:14, Galatians 4:24, Hebrews 7:22, Hebrews 8:6-10, Hebrews 9:15-20, Hebrews 12:24, and Hebrews 13:20. The Greek word “diathēkē” is used for both words translated as “covenant” and “testament”. The covenants are extremely important, but the connotation of titling Genesis through Malachi as being the old covenant, old testament, in its entirety is sorely inaccurate. And to also have the connotation of Matthew through The Revelation as the entirety of the new covenant, testament, is equally inaccurate. It would be like using a subtitle “The Knuckle” and then when reading “The Knuckle” discovering you are reading about the whole hand, or calling a car “the tire.” It is also like calling a company the name of the mission statement, the ethic statement, or the bylaws and using that as a descriptive name for a company. The subtitles are not inspired by the Holy Spirit and Satan has used this incorrect focus to expand and at the same time shrink the purpose and meaning of not only God’s covenants but to place the idea of “old” and “new” as a constant backdrop to Scripture. The Bible is One Book. The entire Word is Jesus Christ the Lord (John1:14). We will reach the day when pastors and teachers no longer painstakingly need to or desire to compare and contrast as though they are not the same Book, the same Word, the same Christ, as though certain parts apply to us at a greater strength than others.

The new covenant is described in contrast to the old covenant in many passages. Whether it is about not using a new piece of cloth to mend an old garment because the rent would be made worse on the old garment (Matthew 9:16, Mark 2:21, Luke 5:36), not putting new wine into an old bottle lest it burst (Matthew 9:17, Mark 2:22, Luke 5:37-39), or the narratives given in Jeremiah 31:31-34, Hebrews 9–10, and most of the book of Romans to name just a few, they recognizably speak that there is a difference between the old and the new covenant. We are taught the privileges and the superior nature (Hebrews 7:17-19, Psalm 110:4) that the new covenant after the order of Melchisedec in Jesus Christ is afforded to all men who believe in Him. And that His blood was “shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:28, Mark 14:24, Luke 22:20, Hebrews 9:14-20). But the books of Genesis through Malachi are not to be replaced for the books of Matthew through The Revelation as though they are talking about the difference between the new and old covenants, nor are they to carry the connotation that the earlier written books are somehow less weighted manuscripts. This was Satan’s goal in titling the “Old Testament” and “New Testament”. We can see how it played out in ways that are too numerous to list, but the following are just a few: the idea that God’s temperament is different in Genesis through Malachi from Matthew on, Jesus’ words are watered down and misunderstood, Jesus’ words of what forgiveness is are modified, Matthew 24–25 are bypassed except for a few verses that are taken out of context, The Revelation is viewed as unavailable to our understanding, the concepts of mercy and grace are thought of as only expressed when Jesus came in the flesh, the law and prophets are treated like they are in a vegetative coma, the commandments are thought of as hard and without love.

Till all be fulfilled

17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. (Matthew 5:17-18)

The corrupted pastoral systems view the above verses as abolishing our accountability to the law and prophets. The idea sprung up that Jesus coming to fulfill the law and the prophets meant that all of a sudden we are not responsible for the information of what is contained in them because, well, it is “old” and Jesus “paid it all” and “we are complete in Him.” This denies that the whole Bible is Jesus Christ and “in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9). When we read Romans, II Corinthians, Hebrews, and Jesus’ words, there is no attempt to teach a distancing from or disdain for the law. It is quite the contrary.

30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith. 31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish [make stand] the law. (Romans 3:30-31)

8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled [carried into effect] the law. 9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10 Love worketh no ill evil to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling fullness of the law. (Romans 13:8-10)

When Jesus was questioned about adultery, He not only applied the law, but reached further into what that law meant. He transitioned the understanding of the law from no longer being an action but to seeing the initiation from our heart as also adultery. Scripture gave us this example in the words of Jesus Christ to let us know that the law is a stepping stone for going deeper, not for dismissing. We are responsible to remove adultery from our heart.

27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. (Matthew 5:27-28)

In many places in Scripture, God tells us that this or that happened and when it was fulfilled. We know because He is clear in telling us when an event has been fulfilled. For example, we are told in Matthew 27:6-10 that Jesus was betrayed for 30 silver pieces and that it was a fulfillment of a passage written in Zechariah 11:12. In doing a word study of “fulfilled” used in the Bible, the numerous examples clearly identify when and what was fulfilled. And just as in the other passages, when we look at Matthew 5:17 above, we see that Jesus is straightforward. He tells us that He has not come to destroy the law or the prophets, but He came so that they could be rendered full. He continues on to let us know when the law and prophets would be fulfilled, accomplished, in verse 18 by stating that not until heaven and earth pass. Heaven and earth have not passed away yet. He further tells us that not even the smallest detail will be lost from the law until all be fulfilled, accomplished. Many teach that Jesus and the compilation of the Bible were the fulfillment of the law, based upon the last part of Matthew 5:18 above that states “one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” And take it as the “all” means when the entire “all” of the Bible was compiled and Jesus came and went. This position incorrectly concludes that everything in the law and prophets has already occurred. Let us go one step further with the Holy Spirit in the works, which is how we are to operate as Jesus told us before His ascension. We can see a progression in growth that God expects of His people. II Corinthians 3:6-18 describes the transition as being the same image going from glory to glory. The living commandments in stone, the Solid Rock of God the Father, minister to the flesh; the commandments transition into a fleshly body, Jesus Christ, to minister to the soul; and then the commandments transcend into the spirit, the Holy Spirit, to minister to our spirit. We are to grow and see from glory to glory in the laws of God.

23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (I Thessalonians 5:23)

A way to look at the Bible, God’s Word, is to view it as a manual, an owner’s manual, or as an instruction book, which happens to be alive. Jesus Christ is the fullness of God in the flesh and is the ministering of the Bible. He is the Bible actually working. Have you ever purchased an appliance, a vehicle, or any complicated piece of machinery and start using it and then later need to refer back to the instructions or the owner’s manual to get further explanation on why and how the machine works? The same is with Scripture, all of it. It tells us what, how, when, and why to operate like Jesus did. The parts of Scripture that seem the most vague and complicated are letting us know that the “machine” we have is also far more than what we could have imagined. We do not tell the Bible when something is finished, the Bible explains to us when something is finished and to what degree. When we read the law and the prophets, we find out more and more about Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit. We do not want to drive a car for many years just to find out later that a certain knob was actually available to us that can turn a radio on. The analogy may seem weak because most of us do know how to turn our car radio on without the owner’s manual to tell us where and if there is such a knob. But that is how we have become with Scripture. We have not moved beyond the beginning word of Christ (Hebrews 6:1-3), and the only way to do that is with the Holy Spirit unfolding the entire Word, the entire Jesus Christ to us. If we have some sort of idea in our minds that God is different at different times of history, we will not be able to turn the engine over to start the car. We actually would not even think that the car could turn on or that we would be expected to drive it anywhere because we believed it when someone said, “Your car is complete, Jesus makes it all work, now we wait for Him.” But there has been an owner’s manual in the glove compartment all along, which someone told us is outdated and no longer applies to the specific model of car we are in. But be sure to keep the car clean; do not look under the hood because that will really confuse you. That was stuff that happened when the car was built at the factory in a place far away that is closed and all over now. Those people really did not have the freedom to drive in, excuse me, sit in cars back then the way we do now. No, just keep it nice and clean is all you need to do. And feel free to sit in it, sit in your salvation, by yourself or with your friends and family. We recommend sitting at least once a week to help in reminding how fortunate one is to have a car.

Teaching to annul the law

17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19 Whosoever therefore shall break loose from [annul] one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so [to do the same], he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:17-19)

52 Then said He unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed [a disciple] unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old. (Matthew 13:52)

The desire of translators and teachers to make sure that readers do not “go back” or regress into law living was and still is so strong that they are willing to skew and mistranslate to get their point across and not our Father’s. God knew and knows how many times and in how many ways He wants a concept or teaching given to us. When men try to “help Him out” to get what they want highlighted, Scripture becomes distorted. We are to rightly divide the Word of Truth (II Timothy 2:15), which can only be accomplished by the Holy Spirit working in us. We are not to teach others to break the commandments. In Acts 7:38, Paul called the law alive, living oracles that are given to us. They are old, but they are not dead.

37 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear. 38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sinai, and with our fathers: who received the lively [living] oracles to give unto us: 39 To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt, 40 Saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for as for this Moses, which brought us out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. (Acts 7:37-40)

When the law and prophets are taught as though we are no longer responsible for them, the weight of them comes upon our shoulders. And that is why so many say “we are no longer under the law,” as though we are under them if we embrace them. Just the opposite is true. We are free in them because they walk beside us, just like the rest of Scripture. The weight, burden, comes in the diminishing (breaking) of them, which happens with every part of Scripture that is considered less valuable. And the “fearful looking for a judgement and fiery indignation” (Hebrews 10: 27 below) kicks in and we become fearers of God the Father, not in respect because He is God, but because of guilt. Then the extremes start to take a grip with vacillations from a harsh God of the “old testament” to a sappy all forgiving Jesus in the “new” with both being critically incorrect. We become thinkers and livers like Adam and Eve at the time when they were sent out from the Garden of Eden as though little has happened since Genesis chapter 3; as though we were not given the commandments and as though we were also not given the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Fellowship with God becomes more detached and life is focused to the temporal as depicted in “Adam and Eve” written and sung by Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson on their “Wreck & Ruin” album released in 2012: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-p8zUdZMwKc.

26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know Him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge His people. (Hebrews 10:26-30)

All three accounts (Matthew 9:17, Mark 2:22, Luke 5:37-39) that describe not putting new wine in old bottles say that the purpose was so that the bottles are not “destroyed” or become “rendered useless” referring to the old bottles, the old commandments, oracles. When it is taught that the old is no longer relevant or valid to “do and teach” (Matthew 5:19 above) by using truth and wisdom from Matthew through The Revelation, two things happen. First, we break the old bottles; and secondly, the new wine is spilt in incorrect sacrifice and purpose. Once new wine has spilled because it was used incorrectly to justify breaking from and annulling the old bottles, the vessels for the new wine remain empty and man tries to figure out in their own understanding how to mimic or replace the spilt “shed” new wine, which cannot be done. Both the new and the old are to be preserved for what they are.

17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved. (Matthew 9:17)

36 And He spake also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old. 37 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish [be destroyed]. 38 But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved. 39 No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better. (Luke 5:36-39)

The desire to drink the new wine does not come immediately (Luke 5:39 above) because to drink the new wine requires a taste for Jesus Christ’s blood. A falsified or diluted wine will not be accepted as a replacement in a new bottle. After the city wall was built in Nehemiah 7, the people gathered to hear the reading of the Book of the Law (Nehemiah 8). The emotions were high that day because it was the marking of finishing the wall in the midst of great opposition. The people were returning to the LORD and they started to weep when they heard the words (Nehemiah 8:9-12). Nehemiah and the Levites calmed the people and encouraged them to celebrate because “this day is holy unto our LORD” and to not be sorry for the “joy of the LORD is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). The people went away happy because “they had understood the words that were declared to them” (Nehemiah 8:12). May we equally be moved to hear and teach His Word.

1 And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded to Israel. 2 And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that understood in hearing, upon the first day of the seventh month. 3 And he read therein before the street that was before the water gate from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the Book of the Law. (Nehemiah 8:1-3)

8 So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading. (Nehemiah 8:8)

The nature of God’s dependability

It is disheartening when we hear of what men have tried to do to Scripture with many in the corrupt pastoral systems attempting to cover it up and using those verses or parts of verses to keep their control over the thinking of the flock. Yes, it is disturbing and our heart does sink especially if we had previously assumed that this could not have ever happened or that it does not happen now. It can leave us with a sense of not knowing if we can fully trust what we read in His Word. Remember that our Saviour is unblemished. He was and is without spot. He was and is perfect in all. Despite the evil frenzy that was surrounding Jesus, even while He was on the cross, His perfection touched another. In Jesus’ presence and among the noise of scoffers that were equally close in distance, another became a warrior unto the Almighty God.

When we eat of His Word, we do eat fish that have bones that need to be taken out. These are not evil additions or subtractions that man has tried to violate Scripture with. No, this is part of eating and preparing meals that we do not choke on. A good teacher or pastor can get most of the bones, but sometimes they miss a few. When God tells us that we need to eat meat, we do not bypass what meat looks like. It needs to have some of the fat burned off, the bone must be removed, and it must be properly cooked. Some cuts of meat are more desirable to eat than others. We rarely have people in our lives who can prepare and serve a perfect tender steak to us for every meal. And in the times when we are fortunate to have a good cook in the house, we still must cut the meat ourselves and often take off the excess that is inedible. We can begin to see the truly beautiful things that the Word of God teaches us when the priests prepared the many different offerings in the temple.

There is so much to learn and enjoy of Him. And in the midst of evil, He will prepare the perfect meal that we are so hungry for, just as He did for the man who was beside Him on the cross. And the man in return prepared us a most perfect meal in return.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. (Psalm 23:5)

God does not leave us to hope with our fingers crossed that we do not swallow lies, miss out on things that evil men try to omit, or eat ill prepared meat. No, He will let us know. A wonderful assurance that God gives to us is His promise and assurance that He is dependable. He is the beginning and the final Word. He knows what we have ingested or what we are missing; and to what extent it has influenced our thinking about Him, ourselves, others, and all things around us.

14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect [full-grown], be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. (Philippians 3:14-15)

Are we willing to take God up on what He is offering? Are we willing to ask Him at any time and continue to keep asking Him, Father, am I off in anything big or small in my thinking or understanding of You? He takes responsibility in answering this question. And we in turn must be willing to release or embrace when we hear His answers. It is God who is the dependable One, the solid Rock (Isaiah 26:4), and the One who knows us through and through. He will reveal to us anything that is otherwise minded.