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When did the New Testament take effect?

The New Testament begins at Matthew 1:1 and ends at Revelation 22:21.

A Testament is generally written before death. In Jesus case it was written by his life and with the aid of his friends. A Testament takes effect after death, but the death of the Testator does not cancel any part of the Testament.

If you don’t want to keep the Sabbath as Jesus and his early followers did or you don’t want to pray the Lord’s supper now because Jesus hadn’t died yet, that is your choice. However, you are errant if you think these examples of living after Jesus are not part of the New Testament.

Another word for Testament is will. The New Testament of the Holy Bible is exactly that. It shows us the will of God through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. In it Jesus is the perfect example of following the Father’s will. And it tells us how we are beneficiaries of God’ will.

When does the New Testament take effect? Ultimately, it takes effect when you let it.

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The Lord’s Prayer

Matthew Six Colon Nine Dash Thirteen Period.

It is still a valid prayer.

Why proclaimed Christians seek to undo the teachings of Jesus I do not understand. Has his kingdom come? Are you standing in the presence of God?

When you pray, remember Matthew 6:9-13. It is the Lord’s instruction. Followers of Jesus keep his words and cherish his every instruction.

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Then and Now

Context is important, but so is the big picture. The Holy Bible KJV was written by God and his servants both for you and to you.

There are those that take a chainsaw or wrecking ball to their Bible, picking and choosing what they like. They say the Ten Commandments were for the Jews. Exodus and Deuteronomy were written to them. New Testament commandments don’t apply because letters like Corinthians were written only to the church at Corinth and it only applied then.

If it was good to follow then. It’s probably good to follow now. Rightly dividing the word of God does not mean removing entire books and laws just because you don’t like them. It means correctly identifying God’s commands, teaching them to others, and doing them yourself.

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Freedom of Religion

I have heard several times how blessed we are to have freedom of religion and assembly in the U.S. I think the sad, but more accurate truth is that we have freedom in the United States to be lukewarm.

Where is the persecution Jesus promised?

It could be freedom and grace granted by God or it could be Satan has you solidly in his grip.

Do you follow the Ten Commandments? Is the law even preached in your church?

Satan is content to let you be lukewarm.

Don’t be satisfied with it yourself.

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David and Goliath

What did David have that I’m not sure the Ukrainians have?

Jesus Christ.

I don’t know the percentage of Christians in the Ukraine, but I do know through God all things are possible.

Appeal to Jesus.

Glory be to our God. Salvation is his.

1 Timothy 2:5 KJV
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

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A Bargain

I find the idea that a dollar bill is a seed in religious offering distasteful. If you give money with expectation it is no longer a gift. You are seeking to bargain with God.

The Bible says the Lord loveth a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7. It does not say the Lord loveth a cheerful sower.

If you want your dollars to be seed, invest in the stock market or play the lottery. If you want to give to God, give to God.

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The Gap

I recently heard a preacher, Robert Morris, state that when we say the scripture is pure and inerrant we mean in their original languages. This creates a gap where millions of opinions emerge. If you have to go back to the original Greek or Hebrew, this leaves room for every single preacher to think themselves language scholars and offer their own opinion or translation of every single verse.

It’s much wiser and easier just to trust in the already completed work of God in the King James Version Holy Bible. Authorized by God to a King’s work. You can trust in the KJV and in the previous work of the Church which decided which books were to become the Holy Bible KJV.

If you are unable to discern and accept God’s previous works, you’re subject to the vain and prideful works of men and women not subject to God’s authority, but rather their own influences.

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It Has To Be Biblical

It has to be biblical. I couldn’t agree more. But this statement from a speaker doesn’t mean you will always get the truth. They could still be espousing erroneous theology.

What you need to watch out for or indications of errant doctrine:

The word doesn’t mean what you think it means. In Greek or Hebrew it actually means this. Or simply it doesn’t mean what you think it means, it means what I’m about to tell you. For example, forever doesn’t mean forever. It means a certain period of time.

These verses don’t apply to you. Context changes the meaning. These verses only applied at that time period or to a certain group of people.

It doesn’t say it specifically, but common sense tells you it is so. An example of this would be the introduction of a distinction between public sin and private sin.

Be careful and be wary. I feel like most people should know the truth when they hear it, but the scripture does tell us hearing cometh by the word of God, so maybe some people are just not blessed to hear.

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Do You See What I See

Keeping the law is not intended to be difficult.

Matthew 11:28-30 KJV
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. [29] Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. [30] For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Is it work to not murder? Is it a pain to not steal?

Write the Commandments upon your heart and the rest will follow.

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Do You Hear What I Hear

I had a preacher recently tell me to keep the law and Jesus was adultery.

I told him to keep the law and Jesus was being an adult.

The thought was prompted by autocorrect but it does embody what I believe.

If you believe in Jesus, and call upon him, Jesus will help you keep the law. And in keeping the law you will be saved.

James 1:22 KJV But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

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