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THE CHURCH THE REDEEMED

"In whom we have redemption through his (Christ's) blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace." (Ephesians 1:7)

"To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified."óIsaiah 61:3.

God's desire has always been for a people who are made in His own image and likeness. (Gen. 1:26) God is holy and righteous. In the book of Genesis, where God stated at the beginning of creation: "Let us make man in our own image and likeness," we see that the initial plan and purpose in the heart and mind of God, was that man should be set apart unto God as administrators to carry out the divine will of the Lord. The wonder and the mystery of it all, is that God would send His own Son to die in the stead of fallen man. That through Jesus Christ's sinless life, and atoning blood, He would raise man from the depthes of the very depthes of sin and seat him together with Himself in heavenly places in Christ. Thus the phrase "Let us make man," found in Gen. 1:26, becomes a prophetic phrase. God looking into the future spoke His will and purpose to "draw or gather all things together in Christ." Included in the new Adam or race, made up of all those "in Christ," are the multitudes of sons and daughters of the Most High God, each working to help bring Christ's body to the measure of the fulness of the stature of Christ God intends, where we walk even as He walked as a man on earth. Each laboring to finish the work entrusted to him or her, in the great over all plan of God.

THE FACE OF DECEPTION (Gen 3:1-5)

Chapter 3 of Genesis introduces into the garden, the Serpent as the tempter, who is described as "more subtle than any beast of the field." The Hebrew word for subtle is arum. The Hebrew term has a broad range of meanings,which include subtle, crafty, shrewd, sensible, prudent and cunning. The Hebrew word for "serpent" is nachash, and it's closely related to "nechoshet, meaning "bronze." The background for Numbers 21:9, is that the people murmured against Moses authority, and as a result, were attacked by poisonous serpents, so that many died. The people came to Moses and said: We have sinned, because we have spoken against the Lord and you; intercede with the Lord, that He may remove the serpents from us. And Moses interceded for the people, and God told Moses to make a "bronze (fiery) serpent," and to lift it upon a pole or standard. As the people who'd been bitten, looked upon it, they were healed. This typifies the day in which sin was judged in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. (Numbers 21:5-9) This story is repeated in I Cor. 10:1-12, with an admonition to New Testament believers not to test God as some of them did and were destroyed by the serpents. Nor grumble as some did and were destroyed by the Destroyer. (I Cor. 10:10)

The story found in 2 Kings 18:4, speaks of King Hezekiah who was a good king in that he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that his father David had done. He removed the high places, and destroyed the idols. At this time, it was exposed that the Israelites were burning incense to an idolatrous object called Nechustan. What this was, was the brazen serpent 500 years later, but Israel was now worshipping a form, a representation of the manifestation of God's power in the past, instead of continuing to do what the Lord had told them to do. The serpent is spoken of in connection with the metal bronze because of the judgment for sin. In Rev. 1:15, Christ's feet are seen as "burnished bronze," representing the fact that through His atoning sacrifice He was judged for the sins of all mankind.

In the temptation of mankind in the Garden of Eden, there were two separate phases to the temptation, which was a spiritual attack on a man and wife wielding spiritual authority under God.

SATANIC ASSAULT

1)And he (the Serpent) said unto the woman: "Yea hath God said, Ye shall not eat of any tree of the garden?" The sentence questioned the authority of God: "Has God said you shall not eat of "any" tree of the garden?"The Serpent calls God by the name Elohim, as the woman does. In this first phase of the attack, Satan was looking for a place in Eve's thought-life. God commands us in scripture to give him no place! The enticing words of Satanic wisdom immediately while seeming to skirt the main issue, actually centralized Eve's focus on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which God commanded them not to partake of. Satanís initial strategy was to question the divine command. To cause the woman to reflect on why she or Adam should subject their will to another--Namely God's command! The serpent wanted to get her off balance spiritually speaking. To tempt her to view her position as one of "self-authority," as contrasted to one of being "under God's protective authority," as God created her to be. Eve responded to the Serpent's question regarding access to all the trees of the garden:

"Of the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat. She knew exactly what was authorized. She knew what was not. But of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it.

By placing the focus on the temporal pleasure of the tree, Eve's focus was diverted. Eve's response indicates that she clearly understood the prohibition. She could not eat of this tree. She countered by using the Word of God against the Serpent. This was what she should have done. However, she got out of the realm of spiritual authority in adding to the express command of God, in stating: "Neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die." In adding to God's command, Eve implies by the exaggeration that the command was stringent. She vocalizes, that she also clearly understood the severe penalty for entering into sin. By this time, Eve exposes that she was indeed pondering the possibility of touching the tree, but just not partaking of it, and this was all the Serpent needed to introduce the next phase of his assault upon this woman who possessed eternal life, but who had been told she would suffer the loss of this eternal life, if she did not hearken to God's command. The Serpent seems to sense doubt in her remarks, so he replies: You shall not surely die!

She failed to value eternal life and in this, she was the loser!

THE ADAM RACE AS ONE NATION (Satan's 2nd Attack)

22) For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 45) And so it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being." The last Adam (became) a life-giving spirit. (1 Cor. 15:22,45) "And so it is written, The first man Adam WAS MADE a living soul: the last Adam WAS MADE a quickening spirit." (I Corinthians 15:45 (KJV) Does your theology teach you that Yeshua/Jesus is now this very moment a "quickening spirit" able to bring life to you? Or are your eyes blinded by church traditions that do not line up with God's word? Yeshua/Jesus is is both God and man. He was made of a woman, born under the law. He is both Lord and Christ. Raised on a farm, we like to support farmers through the purchase of necessary products for our home. I loved to see the sheep with their baby lambs. As the cold weather approaches, we purchase warm wool socks from farms that raise sheep. In doing this, I saw a carved wooden sheep. Admiring the piece of folk art, I considered the purchase for my little . Weighing the cost of the object in my mind, I thought: "He is small." It was then that I heard the phrase: "Small but mighty!" And I laughed to myself! Yes, I thought, that is how it is to be a sheep in the fold of the Good Shepherd. We aren't simply "one small sheep." We are "strong in the Lord and in the power of His might." A pastor in commenting on a prophetic word God gave me for a nation, stated that this people had a complex in that they viewed themselves through a sense of smallness. Yet, God said of Bethlehem: "O thou Bethlehem Euphratah, though you be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall come forth He whose goings forth have been of old, from everlasting." (Micah 5:2)

God's holy nation began with one man Adam. The Lord God made him a helpmate named Eve, then the holy nation consisted of two. (Life Bringer) This concept of a holy nation stemming from one man or a small group is found throughout scripture. We read of Abraham, with whom God cut covenant that He might bless the SEED of Abraham. Of Noah who with his small family of 7, was spared in a time of worldwide calamity. Satan levels his attack against the individual because it is the potential of even one under God that he so greatly fears.

Genesis 3: 4-5 describes the second phase of Satanís (The Serpent's) attack, which blatently denies the consequences and penalty of sin. "And the serpent said unto the woman: Ye shall not surely die." Jesus called Satan "The father of lies" in John 8:44, because from the beginning, this has been characteristic of his interaction with mankind. Satan tempted Eve in three areas: These are reiterated in I John 2:16.

  • a.)The of the flesh.
  • b.) The of the eyes.
  • c.) The pride of life

Both Adam and Eve fell, but the Bible differenciates between their sins, and their personal responsibility concerning it. (I Tim. 2:13-14). The distinction is that Eve was deceived, and II Corinthians 11:3 addresses this stating she was beguiled from the simplicity and purity of devotion to the Lord, but Adam rebelled with full knowledge, and "through one man sin entered into the world and by sin, so that passed on all men." (Romans 5:12) "The FIRST MAN is of the earth, earthy. God created Adam from the dust of the ground, and breathed the breath of life into him. His origin was earthy. But the SECOND MAN came from above. His origin is heaven. He is the Lord FROM HEAVEN." In what way?

"For unto us a child is born, and unto us a Son is given. and the government shall be upon his shoulder. And his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace."

(Isaiah 9:6, I Corinthians 15:47) (KJV) Behold the Lamb! He identifies Himself as He who was and is and is to come. "The Almighty." (Rev. 1:8) He is the Faithful and True Witness. We should walk in agreement with all He has taught us, as He said.

The Bible clearly places the responsibility for the fall upon Adam as the representative head of the human race. (Rom. 5:12-21; I Cor. 15:20-24). This marked the breaking of the Edenic Covenant (Hos. 6:7).

THE ENTRANCE OF SPIRITUAL & THE NEED FOR ATONING SACRIFICE (Genesis 3:17)

"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (I John 1:8-2:2)

The fall into sin was spiritual for mankind. Scripture also defines this as "eternal separation from God." One of the immediate consequences of mankinds awareness of sin and shame manifested as a desire to hide themselves from the presence of God. They knew that their sinful condition was evident in the eyes of holy God." The Hebrew word for "naked"in Gen. 2:25 and 3:7 denotes the loss of innocence, which came as the result of spiritual defilement and disobedience. The eyes of the two of them "were opened," just as the Serpent partially prophesied, saying: But God knows that in the day you eat of it, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God knowing good and evil! (Gen. 3:5) Satan is a master at preaching partial or distorted-truthes. But God as the Eternal-All Seeing One, is the Father of Lights in whom is no darkness nor shadow of turning. He does not know good and evil by experience. The couple could not be like God by entering into sin's deception. God is holy! The first couple, as sinners had not lost their true sight, blinded by the deceiver.

Adam and Eve searched diligently about the garden for something to cover their ness before God. Shame had settled over them like a misty veil of darkness. They missed the light of the glory of God, which previously enveloped them as a heavenly garment. They sewed fig-leaves together to cover their shame. Why did they choose fig leaves? It was probably the largest leaf available of the trees amd shrubs in the garden, providing for them a covering. They made themselves aprons. They heard the voice of Jehovah God calling in the cool of the day. (Literally "the wind of the day.") There had been daily communion between them and the Lord, so the separation was painfully obvious. The brightness of God's shekinah presence troubled them, because although their bodies were covered, there was nothing covering their sin.

Jehoveh called to Adam: Where are you? Adam answered: "I heard the sound of you in the garden and I was afraid because I was , so I hid myself." God's next question was designed to cause an honest searching of the heart, to identify the intruder that lied to Eve, and to identify the extent of the disobedience. "Who told you that you were ? Have you eaten from the tree that I told you not to eat from?" For the first time, blame enters the scene. Refusing to be responsible for ones own actions. Adam said: "The woman gave me and I ate." The woman blamed the serpent, saying: "The serpent deceived me and I ate." The Lord made garments of skin for the man and woman and clothed them. (Gen. 3:21) They God drove them out and at the eastern end of Eden, placed an angel with a flaming sword to guard the tree of life.

HA MASHIACH'S/CHRIST'S REDEEMING SACRIFICE
(The Entrance of Eternal Life)

"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." (1 Tim. 2:5).

In order to redeem fallen man for His purpose, God robed Himself in flesh and came to earth in Messiah through the incarnation. He came as haShem, Yeshua haMashiach/Jesus Christ, our salvation. As Immanuel, God with us, he walked this earth. In His sinless life and atoning sacrifice, He was the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. (John 1:1,14,29) The scriptures make it clearly evident that there is universal need for all mankind to be saved, for all have sinned.

Why was a atonement necessary? Who or what was satisfied as a result of it?

  • a)God made the atonement to satisfy himself. When sin first occurred, and occurs today it is an offence to God first of all. Much is said of the impact of sin upon man. But God's heart was deeply wounded by the betrayal, and subsequent separation between Himself and His beloved creation, man. "Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savor." (Eph. 5:2)
  • b)The atonement was made for the benefit of the inhabitants of this world, who are estranged from God because of sin. All mankind can be pardoned, if they are brought to repentance by it. The atonement demonstrates God's self sacrificial love for all mankind. (i.e. the world." (John 3:16) It represents the greatest work that God could have wrought for mankind.
  • cThe atonement continues to benefit those who have experienced redemption on a daily basis, as they are recipients of the benefits of salvation. They can readily avail themselves of kingdom authority in Christ, including daily communion with the Lord, healing, financial blessing etc. The promise of the Redeemer promised in the seed of the woman (Gen. 3:15 is realized in the Root and offspring of David. Man who first clothed himself with fig leaves, and was clothed by God in animal skins, is covered by the of the Lamb. It has been given the church-The bride of Christ to array herself in fine linen clean and white, which is the righteous acts of the saints. (Rev. 19:8) Whereas man was banished from the garden, he now has free access to the city of the living God, to partake of the life of Christ provided in the atonement. He partakes of the benefits of calvarys tree.
  • d)Angels though not redeemed are benefited by the atonement, in that they nevertheless know God in a fuller way because of it. Fallen angels cannot be redeemed as man is through the of Yeshua/Jesus, but scripture indicates the angels are capable of growing in knowledge, and God's angels are described as desiring to look or peer into the various facets concerning the atonement. They witnessed the angels which fell. Through the church they can observe the manifold wisdom, grace and mercy of God. (1 Pet. 1:12) After the fall, God placed a cherubim to guard the way of the tree of life, to prevent man from partaking of it. (Gen. 3:24) The atonement brought man to worship God together with an innumerable company of angels which also as the redeemed saints of God, inhabit heavenly Mt. Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and general assumbly and church of the First-born. (Heb. 12:22-23)
  • e)The atonement made benefits the entire universe, for the universe itself was impacted by the fall. The very ground upon which man walked was cursed. Thorns and thistles grew. (Gen. 3:17) All creation groans and travails, together until now. They are waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God. (Romans 8) God made the atonement for the benefit of the universe. "For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son." (John 3:16)

"For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Jesus, whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed." (Romans 3:25)

  • 1) God is no respecter of persons, Act.10:34,35; Rom.2:911; Eph.6:9; Col.3:2325; 1 Pet.1:17; James 2:1,3,9; Prov.24:23; 28:21.
  • 2) It is God's will for all to make Christ the propitiation for their sin, for He desires all men to be saved, and is not willing any should perish, but that all should come to a saving knowledge of the truth." (1 Tim.2:4, 2 Pet 3:9) Christ died for the sins of all men.(1 Jn.2:2) He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world."

    The wages of sin is . (Rom. 6:23) There is a day appointed in which He shall judge the world in righteousness by Christ Jesus. () "The Lord is not slow about His promises, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance."

    Without the shedding of " there could be "no remission," and therefore no approach to God (Heb. 9:22). The of the Old Testament sacrifices of bulls and goats was only a figure of the true sacrifice of Jesus Christ. By reason of His shed , the vilest sinner who believes on Him is forgiven and made clean, and given the right to approach God. To enter into His holy presence, whenever he wills, without fear or doubting, "in boldness and full assurance of faith."

    "Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holy place by the of Jesus, by the way which He dedicated for us, a new and living way, through the veil, that is to say, the flesh." (Hebrews 10:19, 20)

    As the spotless Lamb of God offering Himself to the Father as our substitute, Christ died on the cross shedding His as the redemption price necessary, to take away the sins of the world. (John 1:29). I Peter 1:18-20 reveals that Mashiach/Christ was foreordained, prepared before the foundation of the world by God to be the redeeming Lamb. The of Christ was not an afterthought, but the central theme of the entire Logos before the foundation of the world was laid. An integral component of Godís original plan. Christ is the focal point of God's plan. As the mediator between God and man, "He is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him." (Hebrews 7:25).
    "Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holy place by the of Jesus, by the way which He dedicated for us, a new and living way, through the veil, that is to say, the flesh." (Hebrews 10:19-20)"Much more then, being now justified by His , we shall be saved from wrath through Him." (Romans 5:9)

    Here's how the church was born. It all began with 120 Jewish disciples who obeyed Jesus command to tarry in Jerusalem till they were endued with power from on high. The Apostle Peter preached a sermon during the Feast of Pentecost, in which he quoted the Prophet Joel, and 3000 Jewish converts responded to the message, repented, received on Yeshua/Jesus as Messiah, were water baptized in Yeshua/Jesus name and were baptized in the Holy Spirit.

    (Acts 2:1-13 (NIV)

    1) When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2) Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3) They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4) All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. 5) Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6) When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 7) Utterly amazed, they asked: "Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? 8) Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language? 9) Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10) Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11) (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs--we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!" 12) Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, "What does this mean?" 13) Some, however, made fun of them and said, "They have had too much wine."

    THROUGH FAITH & PATIENCE INHERITING THE PROMISES OF GOD

    "That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee." (Hebrews 6:12-14)

    "For the promise is for you and your children, and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God shall call to Himself." (Acts 2:39)

    What promise is Peter speaking of when he says "the promise"? The scriptures speak of God's promises. There is a well-known gospel song which says: "Every promise in the book is mine." It speaks of various things which God has promised.

    • God's promise to Abraham to multiply his seed or descendents like the stars of the sky and the sands of the sea, physically as well as spiritually. (Acts 7:17; Heb. 6:13, 15, 17).
    • The promise that Sarah would have a child (Rom. 4:20; Gal. 4:23).
    • The promise of the Messiah as Abraham's SEED, (Acts 13:32; Acts 26:6-7; Rom. 4:13,14,16; Gal. 3:17,19,22; Eph. 3:6; 2 Tim. 1:1).
    • The promise that through Isaac, the world would be blessed, (Rom. 9:8).
    • The promise of eternal redemption. (Heb. 9:15; 1 John 2:25).
    • The Promise that God would come to us as the rain. (Hosea 6:3) Of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit like rain. (Joel 2:23-38, Luke 24:49; Acts 2:33; Gal. 3:14).
    • The promise of Jesus Second Coming. (2 Pet. 3:4).

    The Apostle Peter spoke in Jerusalem at the Feast of Pentecost of Joel's promised outpouring, saying this promise is:

    • To you
    • To your children
    • To all who are afar off
    • Even to as many as the Lord our God shall call. (Acts 2:39)

    HOW TO RECEIVE SALVATION & YOUR APPOINTED DESTINY IN GOD

    Iím living on the mountain, underneath a cloudless sky. Praise God!
    Iím drinking at the fountain that never shall run dry. O yes! Iím feasting on the manna from a bountiful supply,
    For I am dwelling in Beulah Land.

    For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers, that our forefathers were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. {2} They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. {3} They all ate the same spiritual food {4} and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. (1 Cor 10:1-14 NIV)

    In Acts 2:1-13 Peter preached a sermon, quoting from many OT scriptures (Acts 2:14-35). In verse 2:22, he states: "Men of Israel, listen to these words..." Peter is addressing the Jews. Peter is speaking in the covenant language of God in quoting from the OT. In Acts 2:39 Peter addresses those who came to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost:

    "And it shall be in the last days, God says, that I will pour forth of My Spirit upon all mankind; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams, Even upon My bondslaves, both men and women, I will in those days pour forth of My Spirit." (Acts 2:17-18).

    "For I will pour out water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring, And My blessing on your descendants." (Isaiah 44:3

    Then Peter said unto them, 1) Repent, and be 2) baptized every one of you in the name of Yeshua haMashiach/Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, 3) and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 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. (Acts 2:38-39,1 Corinthians 10:2)

    What does it mean to be baptized in a cloud? Or baptized in the sea? First of all, notice who the Apostle Paul calls the "fathers" of the believers here in Corinth. Paul speaks of the Israelites as the church fathers. What made them children of Israel? Faith. They made the conscious decision to live by faith, and to wholy follow the Lord, whose Divine Presence manifested to them at that time, in a magnificent cloud that towered into the sky and overshadowed them from the burning heat, in a protective way. Some of you have made spiritual fathers of those whose doctrine has little to do with scripture. Secondly, look at whom Paul addresses this epistle about being baptized in the cloud and in the sea to: It's directed to the Corinthians,among whom Paul had planted the church at Ephesus on his second missionary journey. Corinth was built on a narrow isthmus tying the Peloponnesian Penninsula to the Greek mainland. During the first century, Corinth was the capital of Achia, the seat of the Roman procounsel governing southern and central Greece. By divine inspiration of God this epistle is not addressed to the Corinthians alone, but it's addressed to all believers in Mashiach/Christ, for all time.

    Paul's tremendous success in Corinth, surely had to do with the fact that he determined to know nothing among them, but Mashiach/Christ and Him crucified." (1 Cor. 2:2, 3:6-10) The pillar of cloud that accompanied the children during their wilderness journey was "the divine presence of God," who never forsook them in all of their trials, as they journeyed toward the Promised Land.(Nehemiah 9:19) Israel followed the guidance of the cloud. (Exodus 40:36,Psalm 78:14)

    ISRAEL MARCHED UNDER GOD'S AUTHORITY IN THE CLOUD

    "All our fathers were under the cloud." (1 Cor. 10:1)

    Israel marched under the pillar of cloud by day, as we see in Exodus 13:21, 14:19) and it covered or you could say immersed them in God's presence. Hadn't they known God back in Egypt? Yes, but when they all partook of the lamb for a house, they entered into covenant with God in a renewed way. There was not a weak nor feeble one among them. Some became weak and sick along the way, as they lost sight of the revelation of God, but to begin with, it was a tremendous miracle of God to see all of one mind and one accord focused on God for their direction, and living in divine health as such a large body of people. (Psalm 105:37)

    All were baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the Sea. (1 Cor. 10:2)

    The immersion was complete for all of them in the sea around them, and the cloud over them. Moses was their leader, and the scriptures emply the term "EIS" or into concerning the relationship of the Israelites to Moses, even as EIS or "into" speaks also of our baptism into Yeshua haMashiach/Christ Jesus, in Acts 2:38, Acts 8:16, Acts 10:46-48, Acts 19:5, and Galatians 3;27

    And baptized in the sea...(1 Cor. 10:2)

    If you, in your wildest dreams can imagine this Red Sea crossing, picture this: In order for such a massive amount of people to pass through the Red Sea in one night, here's one possible idea. If they crossed on a narrow path, double file;the line would be 800 miles long and would require 35 days and nights to get through. So there had to be space in the Red Sea, 3 miles wide for them to get through. They had to walk 5000 abreast to cross in one night.

    FEEDING ON SPIRITUAL MEAT

    "They ate the same spiritual meat. (1 Cor. 10:3)

    This is a reference of the manna given miraculously by God in the wilderness. (Exodus 16:13) It's termed "spiritual" because of it's heavenly origin or character, even as Jesus is the True Bread of heaven, which the manna merely typifies or symbolized. Consider this: The Quartermaster general of the army calculates, that Moses would have had to have 1500 tons of food per day to feed this many people. Two freight trains, each a mile long would be needed to bring in the rations. They were in the desert, so would need 4000 tons of firewood and trains to bring it in just for one days supply of meals.

    For they drank of that spiritual rock which followed them. (1 Cor. 10:4) Theirs was an abundant and continual access to a supernatural supply of water for the thirsty Israelites. It's been calculated by modern sources, that for these 3 million Israelites to have an adequate water supply, to drink and wash their dishes; 11,000,000 gallons of water would be required each day, and a freight train with tank cars, 1800 miles long to bring in the water. They followed God by faith, as obviously they didn't wait to accumulate provisions of this sort. But when needs arose, God met them, as Israel placed their trust in Him.

    WITNESSES OF THE SAVING POWER OF YESHUA/JESUS

    In Acts 1:8 the Yeshua/Jesus spoke to His disciples before ascended into heaven saying He wanted them to be His witnesses, and where: "But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and ye shall be WITNESSES unto Me both:

    • IN JERUSALEMĖthe starting point (see Luke 24:49)
    • IN ALL JUDAEAĖthe home of the JEWS
    • IN SAMARIAĖthe home of the SAMARITANS
    • UNTO THE UTTERMOST PART OF THE EARTH"Ėthe bane of the GENTILES

    THE SCRIPTURAL DEFINITION OF THE CHURCH

    (1 Peter 2:4-8) "And coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected by men, but choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For this is contained in Scripture: "Behold I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone, and he who believes in Him shall not be disappointed." This precious value, then, is for you who believe. But for those who disbelieve. The stone which the builders rejected, this became the very corner stone," and, "A stone of stumbling an a rock of offense"; for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word and to this doom they were also appointed."(1 Peter 2:4-8) In speaking of New Testament believers, I will begin with by stating that Jewish believers were the first upon whom the Holy Spirit was out-poured. This occurred at the Feast of Pentecost. (Acts 2:1-4) The New Testament focus is primarily upon the believer as the Temple of God.

    "What, know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God?" (1 Cor 6:19) However, the synagogues were utilized as a gathering place.

    The term synagogue, is derived from sunagoge, meaning 1) "a bringing together 2) Gathering (as of fruits), a contracting in the NT, 3) An assembling together of men, an assembly of men a synagogue. 4) An assembly of Jews formally gathered together to offer prayers and listen to the reading and expositions of the scriptures; assemblies of that sort were held every sabbath and feast day, afterwards also on the second and fifth days of every week. 5) A name transferred to an assembly of Christians formally gathered together for religious purposes the buildings where those solemn Jewish assemblies are held. Synagogues date their origin from the Babylonian exile. In the Yeshua/Jesus day not only in Palestine, but also among the Gentiles if a town or village contained a considerable number of Jewish inhabitants, there was least one synagogue, with arger towns possessing several or many. James tells us that Jewish Christians continued to congregate, in some cases, in synagogues. (James 2:2)

    In Acts 17:1-15, Paul visited two cities, Thessalonica and Berea. "It was Paul's practice at the time in his missionary journeys to visit the synagogue in the city he was visiting and preach the Gospel of Christ. He did this in both cities (Acts 17: 1-2, 10).

    The word translated as "church" in Scripture is translated from the Greek word "ekklesia." This Greek word is made up of two separate words:

    • 1) The first word is "ek," meaning "out of."
    • The second is "kaleo" which means "to call."

    Ekklesia literally means "called out ones." This word which is translated in the bible as "church, synagogue, assembly, congregation, gathering," means "called out ones" for a purpose. We are continually to "examine ourselves, to see whether we be in the faith." (2 Cor. 13:5, 1 Cor. 11:28) Furthermore, we are "called" according to God's purpose." (Rom. 8:28) Our English word "church" does however, comes from the Greek term EKKLESIA. This does not presuppose a cathedral like structure, such as came into vogue in Constantine's day, when pagan temples were converted to houses of worship. Unfortunately the pagans forced to convert were not. We know that believers met in private homes (Romans 16:3-5) and open air meetings. Chloe is noted as leader of a Christian meetings held at her house. (1 Corinthians 1:11) Other women mentioned in connection with the church are: The mother of Mark in Acts 12:12, Lydia in Acts 16:14-5, and Nympha in (Col 4:15).

    The Holy Spirit gives gifts to all believers, both men and women. (1 Corinthians 12:4-7) The New International Version obscures this message; in Verse 6 is translated "all men", whereas other translations use the terms "all", "all persons", "in everyone", and "in all." Paul refers to a married couple named Priscilla and Aquila as his fellow workers in Christ Jesus. (1 Corinthians 16:3) Paul refers to two women, Euodia and Syntyche, as his coworkers who were active evangelists, spreading the gospel. (Philippians 4:2) Paul writes his letter to "Apphia, our sister" and two men as the three leaders of a house church. (Philemon 2)

    God has "called His people from out of darkness" into His marvellous light. (1 Peter 2:9) As believers, we are born "not of , nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." (I John 5:4)

    The Greek word "kuriakos" is the root word from which the English word "church" is derived.

    The church through the new birth, becomes one with the Spirit of the living Christ, "bone of His bone, and flesh of His flesh. (Eph. 5:30) We are described in scripture, as the body of Christ, and He is the Head. (Eph. 1:22)

    Various names for the church include 1) The New Creation-Paul states that if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17)2) The branches-As extensions of Yeshua the True Vine. (John 15:1-11) 3) The People of God-These references include "My people, Romans 9:25-26 and remnant in Romans 9:27, 11:5-7 God's chosen (Ephesians 1:4) Godís own possession-Titus 2:14, Romans 8:33 and (Godís elect (Colossians 3:12, 1 Peter 1:2 and 2 Timothy 2:10, 1 Peter 2:9 as well as "A chosen race, a holy nation, a royal priesthood, a people for Godís own possession." (1 Peter 2:9-10)

    The New Testament church was birthed with the Old Testament pattern of extended periods of prayer. This was a pattern Yeshua/Jesus ed Himself. Worship involves freely praising God and giving him glory (expressing his greatness), both because of who he is and what he has done, and will do. We praise his holy and righteous character and thank him for the merciful deeds which He performs. Worship is described in Ephesians 5:19-20 as stemming from being filled with the Holy Spirit--The glory spills out in singing and making music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything."

    God is honoured as we rehearse the righteous acts of the Lord, so that we do not forget who He is and what He has done, and fall away from the faith due to unthakfulness. (Deuteronomy 8:19) Israel was commanded to remember the Passover as an act of worship (Ex 12:14-27). Jesus Christ atoning work on the cross is commenorated with the ordinance of communion. (Luke 22:16-20) "Do this in remembrance of me." Paul regulated this ceremony in 1 Corinthians 11:23-34. He stated that this wwill proclamation of the Lordís , until he returns (vs. 26).

    Was it Mashiach's/Christ's will to have a church? In Hebrews 10:7, we read:

    "Lo, I come to do thy will O God."

    Yeshua/Jesus lived to do His Father's will, being obedient even to on the cross. God in His love for His Son, gave the church to Christ. The one thing needful for Christ's receiving the church, holy and sanctified and without spot or blemish or any such thing, was that Christ be willing to pay the redemption price, for mankind was held in to Satan because of sin. The ransom price was very costly. It was His own shed through His atoning sacrifice. In John 17:10-11, Jesus prayed:

    "And all mine are thine and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one as we are."

    The church was not God's second choice after Israel. The church was included in the fulness of the LOGOS, or divine plan of the ages. For by aabolishing in His flesh, the enmity which is the law of commandments contained in ordinances, in Himself, He would of twain, (Jew and Gentile) make one new man, so making or establishing peace. (Ephesians 2:15)

    Yeshua haMashiach/Jesus Christ gave/gives to His followers the Great Commission, to share their faith and make disciples of all nations who will continue both to do and to teach all He has said.

    Go teach disciples, in every people group, (who have all the Godhead backing them), to do what Jesus commanded His first disciples to do. (Matt. 28:19)

    A commission is (1) An authorization to perform certain duties or tasks, or to take on certain powers, (2) Authority to act in behalf of another, (3) An entrusting, as of power, authority, etc., to a person or body.

    Who Is the great commission given to? It is given to all of the disciples of Yeshua/Jesus Christ. It was originally given to Jesus first disciples to obey, so the work of the gospel would be perpetuated.

    18 Then Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 "teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. (Matt 28:18-20)

    15 And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 "And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 "they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything ly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover." 19 So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen. (Mark 16:15-20)

    21 Then Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." (John 20:21)

    "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. (John 14:12) Believers today can do what the first disciples of Jesus did -- because they have the same authority and power and ability available to them in Christ Jesus. MATTHEW 10:1 NKJ 1 And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease. Jesus' instructions to His disciples as He sent them out to preach is recorded in Matthew 10:5-42. (Note that Matthew 11:1 says Jesus finished commanding His disciples.) You should read the whole passage in your Bible, but here are the first few verses. MATTHEW 10:5-8 NKJ 5 These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: "Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. 6 "But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 "And as you go, preach, saying, `The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' 8 "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the , cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. Luke's account is found in chapter 9. LUKE 9:1-2,6 NKJ 1 Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. 2 He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. 6 So they departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere. Yeshua/Jesus sent out the twelve, and then He sent seventy more disciples with the same instructions.

    1 After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. 2 Then He said to them, "The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. 3 "Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves. 4 "Carry neither money bag, sack, nor sandals; and greet no one along the road. 5 "But whatever house you enter, first say, `Peace to this house.' 6 "And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on it; if not, it will return to you. 7 "And remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give, for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not go from house to house. 8 "Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you. 9 "And heal the sick who are there, and say to them, `The kingdom of God has come near to you.' 16 "He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me." 17 Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name." 18 And He said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 "Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 20 "Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven." (Luke 10:1-9,16-20)

    Yeshua/Jesus is our pattern. We are commanded to follow in His steps and to learn how by His examples in scripture. We actually carry this out through the power of the Holy Spirit. This is why a person doesn't necessarily get healed because we spit and apply it to his eyes as Yeshua/Jesus did. He taught His disciples by example and the torsh so to speak is passed to each generation of disciples in this same way, so that there will be a rapid expansion of efective gospel miniostry through which to reach the world. He wants us to make disciples of all nations and this takes work.

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