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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. KJV

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?

You can argue at Jesus’ death.

You can argue at its biblical compilation.

Or you can just accept it begins at Matthew 1:1 and ends at Revelation 22:21.

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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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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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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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Christmas Myths

I’ve heard two things this Christmas season that I think are worthy of dispute. I’ve heard the first one before, but the second was new to me.

1. Mary was 13 when she was pregnant with Christ and married Joseph.

2. Lit the Menorah and celebrated Hannukah just like Jesus did.

Neither one of these statements is supported by the Holy Bible. Personally, I wouldn’t want to accuse God of being a pedophile. 18 is widely accepted as an appropriate age for a girl to marry in the U.S. I don’t believe the jurisprudence of men is better than God’s, so I suspect Mary was around 18. Regarding Hannukah it is not one of God’s feasts from the Old Testament, nor is it mentioned by name in the New Testament. There is no evidence that Jesus ever lit a Menorah or celebrated Hannukah.

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Taking Sides

So I’ve seen two things on television in the past few weeks that kinda bothered me.

On CBN one of the Q&A questions was if there is unity in the Church, why are some Christians advocating for vaccination for Covid 19 and some others opposing it. Pat Robertson’s response was why assume those against the vaccine are part of the Church, strongly suggesting they were not.

You’re about to get my judgment. I’ve seen the commentary on Daystar. There appears to be strong proof that the Covid vaccines are not safe. Why Pat Robertson is advocating for the vaccine I do not know. However, my view is if you want to exclude others, you should first examine yourself. You might be the one who is not part of the one unified Church.

On the Jim Bakker Show there was a woman advocating the modernized Jewish nuevo name of Jesus, Yeshua. She said she had a word from God concerning those who stand by the name Jesus. She said God told her that those that are his bride love his name. She basically said people who stand firmly by the name Jesus are not part of his bride.

Here’s my judgment. She’s a liar. God’s Son name is Jesus. Yeshua is a modern Jewishization of Jesus name so that the Jews can feel more comfortable with our God. If anyone is not part of the bride of Christ it would be her. There is no ancient text proving Jesus was ever called Yeshua.

Talking yourself out of something good, like the Church, is a real danger for some. It reminds me of the old saying, check yourself before you wreck yourself.

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More or Less

Another disappointing Wednesday night service of people preaching and teaching that we are no longer under the law.

However, Jesus said he came not to destroy the law but to fulfill and if you love me keep my Commandments. Did he need to rename all of them? The New Testament says keep the commandment you have heard from the beginning.

They (errant preachers) claim we are under love and not under the law, but I say if you truly love the Lord why not let him write all his Commandments on your heart.

I once argued with a preacher, why would you keep nine commandments and not all ten. I told him I wanted to do more for the Lord. He said keeping the Sabbath, which admittedly I’m not doing well at, was not doing more.

You be the Judge, is Ten more than Nine?

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Rome

I don’t know about you, but I’m a fan of The Chosen. Have you seen Season 2, Episode 6? Mary has returned from a brief falling away concerned she has thrown away her redemption. The character Jesus responds, “Well that’s not much of a redemption if it can be lost in a day, is it?”

Honestly I think the writers got it wrong. I believe much can be lost in a day. Rome might not have been built in a day, but I do believe one can lose their salvation in a day. I believe there can be one unconfessed sin too many. I believe turning down the path of sin has a start and the end wages thereof is death.

Various verses come to mind. I think of Lot’s wife who turned back when she was told not to and died immediately. Genesis 19:26 KJV. I think she was made a striking example – warning us not to turn back to our old sins. Then there are the times Jesus healed someone or forgave them and said sin no more. John 5:14, John 8:11.

The verses that truly scare me straight are Hebrews 10:26-27 KJV 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.

Although my message may seem harsh my final request of you is let God judge. Don’t sit in God’s place. Don’t give up even if you feel all is lost. There still remains 1 John 1:9. If there is one sin too many, let God determine it. If you’ve started down a sinful path or returned to your old sinful ways, repent and walk in the light again and again.

Though damnation may occur in a day so can salvation. Accept the Lord Jesus as Messiah and Saviour. Repent and confess your sins. Be baptized by immersion in water in the name of Jesus or in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

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Sympathy For The Devil

I am sick of people on religious programs saying God’s love is unconditional. I honestly don’t believe these people know or understand love.

Yet, I must admit I’m finally convinced. God’s love is unconditional. Really? – No. Although perhaps I have been too harsh in my judgment. He does ask us to even love our enemies.

Here’s your choice though and it’s a big one: You can be loved by God in the same way He loves Satan or you can be loved by God as he loves Jesus.

I think if you study the Holy Bible you’ll find the only difference between the two is how they dealt with God’s conditions.

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Healed

The Bible says in Isaiah 53:5 KJV, But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Recently, I have heard many preachers saying that this means our physical healing of things such as diseases and ailments is already completed. They say Jesus bore them on the cross.

I don’t think this is what the verse means.

If we value the sacrifice and death of Jesus (his stripes) we will not continue in sin (we are healed) from iniquity.

In fact this is a theme of the Old and New Testament. Will we come to God and the truth to be healed?

Jesus said in Matthew 13:15 KJV For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

Spiritual healing is critical to our salvation. In fact, it is more important than physical healing. Iniquity is an illness leading to the second death. Hear the truth, value Jesus and his acts, and you will be healed!

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