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The hermeneutic used by the Jesus and the apostles interprets scripture in a repeatable, verifiable, self-correcting way, leaving nothing to the wild imaginations of well-intentioned preachers. It is such that a child can correct a master.  Not only is the Bible inspired and protected by God, but it's interpretation is guided by the very Spirit which gave it, so that we may know, even before we believe, that God alone is God <ref>Isa 43:10 Ye [are] my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I [am] he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.</ref>.
 
The hermeneutic used by the Jesus and the apostles interprets scripture in a repeatable, verifiable, self-correcting way, leaving nothing to the wild imaginations of well-intentioned preachers. It is such that a child can correct a master.  Not only is the Bible inspired and protected by God, but it's interpretation is guided by the very Spirit which gave it, so that we may know, even before we believe, that God alone is God <ref>Isa 43:10 Ye [are] my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I [am] he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.</ref>.
  
Though there are many good translations which suit their purposes, none do full justice to the Hebrew manuscripts. "Agape" is not just a Greek word for love, it is also a Hebrew word, and preference should be given to the Hebrew meaning rather than the Greek when translating.  ''Agape'' shares a root with 'the combatants' and is a word describing the love one gives to his enemy with no expectation of return. This is the Love of God, that while we were still sinners; while we were enemies, Christ died for us.
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Though there are many good translations which suit their purposes, none do full justice to the Hebrew manuscripts. "Agape" is not just a Greek word for love, it is also a Hebrew word, and preference should be given to the Hebrew meaning rather than the Greek when translating.  ''Agape'' shares a root with 'the combatants' and is a word describing the love one gives to his enemy with no expectation of return. This is the Love of God, that while we were still sinners; while we were enemies, Christ died for us <ref>Ro 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.</ref>
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Jesus gave us a very simple test to discern who does not understand the Bible: If someone believes that the marriage of the Lamb happens in the resurrection, they "do not know the scriptures nor the power of God" <ref>Mt 22:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.</ref> for he said there was NO marriage in the resurrection.
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The dietary law also gives lists of tests for teachers where eating is a metaphor for learning. We should learn from the clean animal which ruminates on the word of God and it produces a holy or separated walk. We should not learn from the camel; those who judge others, nor the badger; legalist, nor from the rabbit; drunkard, nor from the self-righteous swine who has no discernment.
  
 
=The Trinity=
 
=The Trinity=
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* An invisible aleph before ''bereshith'', the first word of Genesis 1:1 declares not only that there were three before the beginning, but that the Father and Son are one.  
 
* An invisible aleph before ''bereshith'', the first word of Genesis 1:1 declares not only that there were three before the beginning, but that the Father and Son are one.  
 
* The first two letters of Gen 1:1 are אב meaning 'Father', but since the aleph is invisible, 'from the beginning no man has seen the father.'.  The Gematria of 'father' is three. The first two visible letters are בר  meaning son; the Son makes the Father known.  
 
* The first two letters of Gen 1:1 are אב meaning 'Father', but since the aleph is invisible, 'from the beginning no man has seen the father.'.  The Gematria of 'father' is three. The first two visible letters are בר  meaning son; the Son makes the Father known.  
* John tells us that there are three in heaven who testify. He is explaining the metaphor meaning of the Hebrew letters in the word for heaven ''shamayim'' שמים. The two mems are the Father and the Son (and they are one); the shin is the Spirit. This is reinforced by God declaring that "the Spirit moved over the face of the waters.  The shin is on the face of the mem-yod-mem, which spells waters.  
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* John tells us that there are three in heaven who testify <ref>1Jo 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.</ref>. He is explaining the metaphor meaning of the Hebrew letters in the word for heaven ''shamayim'' שמים. The two mems are the Father and the Son (and they are one); the shin is the Spirit. This is supported by God declaring that "the Spirit moved over the face of the waters.  The shin is on the face of the mem-yod-mem, which spells waters.  
* John also explains the meaning of the letters in the word 'earth' and declares that Christ was the fullness of the Trinity on earth.
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* John also explains the meaning of the letters in the word 'earth' and declares that Christ was the fullness of the Trinity on earth <ref>1Jo 5:8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.</ref>.
 
* The gematria of 'heaven' and 'earth' is three for each.
 
* The gematria of 'heaven' and 'earth' is three for each.
* The words 'heaven' and 'earth' are used in Genesis 1:1, and reveal the Trinity. John is simply pointing back to show us it is there.  
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* The words 'heaven' and 'earth' are used in Genesis 1:1, and reveal the Trinity. John is simply pointing back to show us that it is there.  
 
* In Genesis 1:2 The Spirit is mentioned, and the metaphor for Father and Son is mentioned in 'waters'. Jesus uses this same metaphor when saying that one with faith could move a mountain to the sea (waters).
 
* In Genesis 1:2 The Spirit is mentioned, and the metaphor for Father and Son is mentioned in 'waters'. Jesus uses this same metaphor when saying that one with faith could move a mountain to the sea (waters).
 
* There is undeniably only one God, but the nature of God is so foreign to us, that he makes himself known in three persons, not merely three illusions of persons. They have a different set of knowledge: Only the Father knows the day of Christ's coming. They have different wills: The Son had to make his will 'limp' in order to be obedient to the will of the Father; he did not want to die. The Spirit was grieved by having to put the Son through tribulation of judgement, and was comforted by the Son.
 
* There is undeniably only one God, but the nature of God is so foreign to us, that he makes himself known in three persons, not merely three illusions of persons. They have a different set of knowledge: Only the Father knows the day of Christ's coming. They have different wills: The Son had to make his will 'limp' in order to be obedient to the will of the Father; he did not want to die. The Spirit was grieved by having to put the Son through tribulation of judgement, and was comforted by the Son.
* The metaphor of marriage is used to speak of the relationship of God with his people. The role of each person in that relationship is different. The Father arranged the marriage; the Son consummated it, and the Holy Spirit is like the best man announcing "The bridegroom cometh" and reporting how the man and his bride are fruitful and multiplying. These are expressed in thee portions of scripture: Genesis, the history of Israel, and the New Testament.
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* The metaphor of marriage is used to speak of the relationship of God with his people. The role of each person in that relationship is different. The Father arranged the marriage; the Son consummated it, and the Holy Spirit is like the best man announcing "The bridegroom cometh" and reporting how the man and his bride are fruitful and multiplying <ref>Ge 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.</ref>. These are expressed in three portions of scripture: Genesis, the history of Israel, and the New Testament.
  
 
=God the Father=
 
=God the Father=
Before creation, there was only God. When he chose to create the universe he had to find a place for it. There was no place outside of God for it, because there is no place outside of God. <ref>1Ki 8:27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?</ref>. So he opened a void within himself and arranged the void to be what we think is a physical universe. But God is the real reality, and we are but a shadow within him.  
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Before creation, there was only God. When he chose to create the universe he had to find a place for it. There was no place outside of God for it, because there is no place outside of God. <ref>1Ki 8:27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?</ref>. So he opened a void within himself <ref>Ge 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness [was] upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.</ref> and arranged the void to be what we think is a physical universe. But God is the real reality, and we are but a shadow within him <ref>Ps 144:4 Man is like to vanity: his days [are] as a shadow that passeth away.</ref>.  
  
He is like the river to the fish. We swim about, living our lives as we will, but he is silently and invisibly nudging us where he would have us be, to accomplish his purposes. In the same manner that fish cannot see water, we cannot see God.
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He is like the river to the fish <ref>Ps 139:8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou [art] there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou [art there].</ref>. We swim about, living our lives as we will, but he is silently and invisibly nudging us where he would have us be, to accomplish his purposes. In the same manner that fish cannot see water, we cannot see God.
  
The Father's is the preeminent will of God. All things are done according to his purposes. The primary attributes of the Father are not those of Greek invention, but those by which he chooses to be known: Holiness and love. He reveals himself in two 'channels' of communication. One channel expresses his holiness, the other his love. All the laws against mixing are warnings that we cannot understand them together until we see the cross.
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The Father's is the preeminent will of God <ref>Mt 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as [it is] in heaven.</ref> <ref>Mt 26:42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.</ref>. All things are done according to his purposes. The primary attributes of the Father are not those of Greek invention, but those by which he chooses to be known: Holiness <ref>1Pe 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.</ref> and love <ref>1Jo 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.</ref>. He reveals himself in two 'channels' of communication. One channel expresses his holiness, the other his love. All the laws against mixing are warnings that we cannot understand them together until we see the cross.
  
 
=Jesus Christ=
 
=Jesus Christ=
 
Jesus Christ is the physical embodiment of the fullness of the Godhead. He is the Unbegotten Only Son as the second person of the Trinity. He is the Only Begotten Son, as the son of Mary. He is the Usurping second Son; the Second Adam, who received the inheritance in the prophetic pattern of Seth, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and others.  
 
Jesus Christ is the physical embodiment of the fullness of the Godhead. He is the Unbegotten Only Son as the second person of the Trinity. He is the Only Begotten Son, as the son of Mary. He is the Usurping second Son; the Second Adam, who received the inheritance in the prophetic pattern of Seth, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and others.  
  
The Hebrew word for 'said', 'word' and 'lamb' are the same (sans modern vowels).When God ''said'' "Let there be light..." He created Light by the Lamb; by the Word. When John the Baptist said "Behold the Lamb of God" some heard him say "Behold the Word of God".  
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The Hebrew word for 'said', 'word' and 'lamb' are the same (sans modern vowels) <ref>''amar'' אמר </ref>. When God ''said'' "Let there be light..." <ref>Ge 1:3 ¶ And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.</ref> he created light by the Lamb; by the Word. When John the Baptist said "Behold the Lamb of God" <ref>Joh 1:29 ¶ The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.</ref> some heard him say "Behold the Word of God" <ref>Joh 1:1 ¶ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.</ref>.  
  
Though the doctrine of kenosis is thought to be a heresy by many, there arguments are filled with misunderstandings of scripture. The metaphor of the ''kof'' and the ''nun'' make clear the nature of Christ. He is fully God and fully man by ontological nature. However, in order to be found qualified to be our high priest, and be tempted in every way that we are, without sinning, he could not use his divinity to resist sin. He chose not to be omnipresent; limiting himself to being in one place at one time. He chose not to use omnipotence; limiting himself to the strength of a child which  grew to be the strength of a man. He chose to to use his omniscience; limiting himself to the knowledge of a child who was taught that he was the Son of God, by his parents, and then learned from scripture what that meant; including his death on the cross.   
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Though the doctrine of kenosis (the emptying) <ref>Php 2:7 But made himself of no reputation [κενόω], and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:</ref> is thought to be a heresy by many, the arguments are filled with misunderstandings of scripture <ref>And sometimes Greek mythology</ref>. The metaphor of the ''kof'' as 'the Son of God' and the ''nun'' as the 'Son of Man' make clear the nature of Christ. He is fully God and fully man by ontological nature. However, in order to be found qualified to be our high priest, and be tempted in every way that we are, without sinning, he could not use his divinity to resist sin. He chose not to be omnipresent; limiting himself to being in one place at one time. He chose not to use omnipotence; limiting himself to the strength of a child which  grew to be the strength of a man. He chose not to use his omniscience; limiting himself to the knowledge of a child who was taught that he was the Son of God, by his parents, and then learned from scripture what that meant; including his death on the cross.   
  
Using no divine advantage, he chose to die for us, in obedience to the will of the Father, that he discerned from scripture. In the same manner that Jesus saw the Father speak of the cross through the hidden mystery in the Old Testament, he saw the Father saying the same through circumstances in his daily life, with which he participated, to indicate his willingness to face the cross. The Father rewarded him with miracles to indicate his favor and to encourage him forward.  
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He taught the 'kenosis' when he confronted the rich ruler who thought he was as good as God by keeping the commandments. Paraphrasing, Jesus says: If you are as good as God, then do what God has done... I have left my high estate as creator of heaven and earth to be this poor man before you.. you go do the same.
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Using no divine advantage, he chose to die for us, in obedience to the will of the Father discerned from scripture. In the same manner that Jesus saw the Father speak of the cross through the hidden mystery in the Old Testament, he saw the Father saying the same through circumstances in his daily life, with which he participated in order to indicate his willingness to face the cross. The Father rewarded him with miracles to indicate his favor and to encourage him forward.  
  
 
Though not wanting to die, his greater desire was to be totally devoted to the Father, represented by the burnt offering. His Gethsemane experience was one of putting off the flesh in order to be obedient by his spirit. This is prophesied by the 'limping side' hidden in the account of the formation of Eve, the bruised heel of the seed of the woman in Genesis, and the withered thigh of Jacob.  
 
Though not wanting to die, his greater desire was to be totally devoted to the Father, represented by the burnt offering. His Gethsemane experience was one of putting off the flesh in order to be obedient by his spirit. This is prophesied by the 'limping side' hidden in the account of the formation of Eve, the bruised heel of the seed of the woman in Genesis, and the withered thigh of Jacob.  
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His death was real, and is represented in scripture as two deaths: one of the flesh and one of the Spirit. Though there was only one death, the imagery is that both the Son of Man died, and the Son of God died (as 'roles').  He was literally resurrected in the flesh. However his nature as the Son of Man; the one who had emptied himself, was not resurrected. In resurrection he took up his former glory as the Son of God, using and enjoying all of the divine attributes to which he had formerly closed his eyes. 'Closing his eyes' is used to illustrate that we do not go blind when we choose to close our eyes. Neither had Jesus given up any part of the divinity that he simply chose not to use prior to the cross. He was physically resurrected, but not to his prior state of 'emptiness' or kenosis' but in his full divine right.  
 
His death was real, and is represented in scripture as two deaths: one of the flesh and one of the Spirit. Though there was only one death, the imagery is that both the Son of Man died, and the Son of God died (as 'roles').  He was literally resurrected in the flesh. However his nature as the Son of Man; the one who had emptied himself, was not resurrected. In resurrection he took up his former glory as the Son of God, using and enjoying all of the divine attributes to which he had formerly closed his eyes. 'Closing his eyes' is used to illustrate that we do not go blind when we choose to close our eyes. Neither had Jesus given up any part of the divinity that he simply chose not to use prior to the cross. He was physically resurrected, but not to his prior state of 'emptiness' or kenosis' but in his full divine right.  
  
Jesus fulfilled all four offices of revelation, being the Word incarnate.  He was THE prophet, teaching the doctrine of the cross. He was THE judge, reproving us and removing all our excuses for sin by being tempted without sin. He became THE priest in resurrection correcting the failures due to our sin; making things right. And he was THE king, not only having discipline of his own flesh, but teaching us to discipline ours as well. He was portrayed as a sickly priest before the cross, unable to perform his priestly duties until the resurrection.
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Jesus fulfilled all four offices of revelation, being the Word incarnate.  He was THE prophet, teaching the doctrine of the cross. He was THE judge, reproving us and removing all our excuses for sin by being tempted without sin. He became THE priest in resurrection correcting the failures due to our sin; making things right. He was portrayed as a sickly priest before the cross, unable to perform his priestly duties until the resurrection. And he was THE king, not only having discipline of his own flesh, but teaching us to discipline ours as well.  
  
The primary purpose of the cross was not our salvation, though we love to be the center of attention. The primary purpose of the cross was for the Son to make the invisible Father known, by perfectly reconciling Holiness and Grace.  Salvation without knowing God is no salvation at all.
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The primary purpose of the cross was not our salvation. The primary purpose of the cross was for the Son to make the invisible Father known, by perfectly reconciling Holiness and Grace.  Salvation without knowing God is no salvation at all.
  
 
=The Holy Spirit=
 
=The Holy Spirit=
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The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ which now lives within us. For this reason we can boldly approach the throne of God, and Christ is our intercessor.  
 
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ which now lives within us. For this reason we can boldly approach the throne of God, and Christ is our intercessor.  
  
The Catholic church is divided over a silly argument whether the Spirit emanates, or is sent out by the Father, or by the Father and the Son. Though not a doctrine of sufficient import to negate the love of true brethren, it is easily resolved in the first verse of Jonah.  
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The Catholic church is divided over a silly argument whether the Spirit emanates, or is sent out by the Father, or by the Father and the Son. The doctrine is not of sufficient import that is should negate the love of true brethren. The schism should particularly embarrassing because it is easily resolved in the first verse of Jonah.  
  
 
''Jon 1:1 ¶ Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,'' The Word of the Lord is the Son. Jonah means 'dove', a symbol of the Spirit. And the Son said "Go." The Spirit was sent out by the Father AND the Son. Jonah contains a hidden teaching about the role of the Holy Spirit in the salvation of men.
 
''Jon 1:1 ¶ Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,'' The Word of the Lord is the Son. Jonah means 'dove', a symbol of the Spirit. And the Son said "Go." The Spirit was sent out by the Father AND the Son. Jonah contains a hidden teaching about the role of the Holy Spirit in the salvation of men.
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The schism is to Catholicism what the destruction of the temple was to Judaism. The temple was the premier symbol that God favored Israel. The 'Unity of the Faith' is the premier 'selling point' of Catholicism. God is doing the same with the Reformation "priesthood of the believer" demonstrating that man is not capable of supplanting Christ as priest. The priesthood of the believer mantra does not mean that everyone can make the Bible mean what he wants. As a nation of kings and priests we have dominion over our flesh and we intercede and absorb the sin of others through love <ref>see section: Love</ref>.
  
 
=Sin=
 
=Sin=
The law suggests two kinds of sin; that of the flesh, and that of the will. Eve chose to follow her instinct; it looked good, it smells good... rather than the word of God. We share the instinctive nature with animals, but we are more than animals. By instinct, we choose good and evil for ourselves, giving no thought to it at all as we usurp God's position. God alone declares good and evil.  
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The law suggests two kinds of sin; that of the flesh, and that of the will. Eve chose to follow her instinct; it looked good, it smelled good... rather than the word of God. We share the instinctive nature with animals, but we are more than animals. By instinct, we choose good and evil for ourselves, giving no thought to it as we usurp God's position. God alone declares good and evil.  
  
The results of Eve's sin, are reminders that we are not animals. We wear clothing while animals remain naked. We observe a Sabbath to remind us that God is God of time. The Hebrews would say a prayer while touching a Mezzuzah on the door post while entering and exiting, to be reminded that God is the God of space. We say a prayer at mealtime to remind us not to eat instinctively like animals; and marriage to not procreate like animals.   
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The results of Eve's sin, are reminders that we are not animals. We wear clothing while animals remain naked. We observe a Sabbath to remind us that God is God of time. The Hebrews would say a prayer while touching a Mezzuzah <ref>A box containing the law</ref> on the door post while entering and exiting, to be reminded that God is the God of space. We say a prayer at mealtime to remind us not to eat instinctively like animals; and marriage to not procreate like animals.   
  
 
But by acting instinctively, and thereby behaving as if we were God, we become his enemies; not acknowledging that He is God nor giving him thanks.  We choose things for our own benefit and as we do, we send out ripples of pain, suffering and death. Sometimes our own ripples hit us, and we know the cause. Sometimes our ripples hit someone else, and they may or may not know the cause. Sometimes our ripples join someone else's ripples , and the person they hit has no idea where they came from.
 
But by acting instinctively, and thereby behaving as if we were God, we become his enemies; not acknowledging that He is God nor giving him thanks.  We choose things for our own benefit and as we do, we send out ripples of pain, suffering and death. Sometimes our own ripples hit us, and we know the cause. Sometimes our ripples hit someone else, and they may or may not know the cause. Sometimes our ripples join someone else's ripples , and the person they hit has no idea where they came from.
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For this reason, our works are as filthy rags. We may choose to feed the poor believing it to be a good thing, where someone else feeds the poor because God says it is a good thing. Our work is not acceptable to God because WE chose it while pretending to be God. It didn't matter what God says about it, and it is only a coincidence that he thinks it is a good work too. It is the pretending to be God that makes us an enemy of God and our works worthless.  
 
For this reason, our works are as filthy rags. We may choose to feed the poor believing it to be a good thing, where someone else feeds the poor because God says it is a good thing. Our work is not acceptable to God because WE chose it while pretending to be God. It didn't matter what God says about it, and it is only a coincidence that he thinks it is a good work too. It is the pretending to be God that makes us an enemy of God and our works worthless.  
  
Instinctive sin can become rebellious sin when we become aware of it and choose to continue in it. Though we cannot get rid of instinctive sin, since by it's nature w are not aware of it, we can get rid of rebellious sin, since once we are aware, we have the means to resist.  
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Instinctive sin can become rebellious sin when we become aware of it and choose to continue in it. Though we cannot get rid of instinctive sin, since by it's nature is subliminal, we can get rid of rebellious sin, since once we are aware, we have the means to resist <ref>1Co 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it].</ref>.  
  
Jesus has told us to go and sin no more; no longer choosing to sin, though he may sin instinctively. But when made aware of the instinctive sin, he quickly repents and conquers it. Holiness is being separate; purposing in your heart to serve God in all your ways. This is available to all.  
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Jesus has told us to go and sin no more <ref>Joh 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.</ref>; no longer choosing to sin, though we may sin instinctively. But when made aware of the instinctive sin, we quickly repent and conquer it. Holiness is being separate; purposing in your heart to serve God in all your ways. This is available to all.  
  
Fasting is an exercise in recognizing the sinfulness of sin. You attempt to control the flesh, but you always give in. We cry with Paul, "Who can save me from this body of sin [and death]".
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Fasting is an exercise in recognizing the sinfulness of sin. You attempt to control the flesh, but you always give in. We cry with Paul, "Who can save me from this body of [sin and] death" <ref>Ro 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?</ref>.
  
 
=The fallen world=
 
=The fallen world=
The world did not fall and God did not lose control of his creation to a devil when Adam fell. We live in a perfect world by God's estimation, but we live in the isolation ward of crazy people who think they are God.  
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The world did not fall and God did not lose control of his creation to a devil when Adam fell. We live in a perfect world by God's estimation, but we live in the isolation ward of crazy people who think they are God. It is a perfect isolation ward.
  
He said that he would give us what we want and permit us to wallow in the consequences. <ref>Ro 1:18ff</ref> We wish to be gods. The consequences are pain, suffering and death. And this is good! We have two schoolmasters to bring us back to God. The law leads our mind and spirit to Christ, since there is  shadow in the law which speaks of the 'good things coming' <ref>Heb 10.:1</ref>.  Suffering is the schoolmaster that leads the flesh to repentance. In the midst of suffering, no one ever said, "This is the way it should be." They cry out that their suffering is wrong, and that it should not be that way. In doing so, they acknowledge that there is way it should be, and it is not their way; they have no control. Suffering forces us to acknowledge that we are not gods.
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He said that he would give us what we want and permit us to wallow in the consequences. <ref>Ro 1:18ff</ref> We wish to be gods. The consequences are pain, suffering and death. And this is good! We have two schoolmasters to bring us back to God. The law leads our mind and spirit to Christ, since there is  shadow in the law which speaks of the 'good things coming' <ref>Heb 10:1 ¶ For the law having a shadow of good things to come, [and] not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.</ref>.   
  
This is God' purpose for suffering in this world. When we suffer and we have acknowledged God as God, as we continue to suffer (for in this world there will be tribulation), we glorify him and give him thanks in the midst of it that he is in control, leading the world back to himself. If we were to demand that we not suffer, we would be demanding that God get rid of all suffering. That he would end the world prematurely, before every last soul came to Christ that will. The souls under the altar crying out for vengeance in Revelation are not Christian saints! The Christian saint is willing to suffer a bit longer so that Christ may receive his full harvest.  The Christian saint prays for God's mercy on his enemies. The Christian saint is willing to die so that one not assured of salvation may live for another opportunity to bow to Christ.
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Suffering is the schoolmaster that leads the flesh to repentance. In the midst of suffering, no one ever said, "This is the way it should be." They cry out that their suffering is wrong, and that it should not be that way. In doing so, they acknowledge that there is  way it should be, and it is not their way; they have no control. Suffering forces us to acknowledge that we are not gods <ref>Ro 14:11 For it is written, [As] I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.</ref>.  
  
If Christ sets up and tears down kings, isn't the government upon his shoulders now? There is no devil to stand in his way.  There is no need for a future time when the government will be placed upon his shoulders.  The need isn't for Christ to clean up the world, but to let the consequences of sin drive men to their knees in submission to him. He is King of Kings, Lord of Lords and God of Gods. This is his world.
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This is God' purpose for suffering in this world. When we suffer, if we were to demand that we not suffer, we would be demanding that God get rid of all suffering; that he would end the world prematurely, before every last soul came to Christ that will. The souls under the altar crying out for vengeance <ref>Re 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?</ref> are not Christian saints! They are Old Testament saints.  The Christian saint is willing to suffer a bit longer so that Christ may receive his full harvest.  The Christian saint prays for God's mercy on his enemies. The Christian saint is willing to die so that one not assured of salvation may live for another opportunity to bow to Christ.
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If Christ sets up and tears down kings, having ALL authority <ref>Mt 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.</ref>, isn't the government upon his shoulders now? <ref> Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.</ref> There is no devil to stand in his way <ref>Jas 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.</ref>.  There is no need for a future time when the government will be placed upon his shoulders.  The need isn't for Christ to clean up the world, but to let the consequences of sin drive men to their knees in submission to him. He is King of Kings, Lord of Lords and God of Gods. This is his world.
  
 
=Salvation=
 
=Salvation=
Salvation is of the Lord. Discussions of who is saved and who is lost are inappropriate since we do not know the state of a person in God's eyes. No one I have ever met who asked "What about the person in deepest darkest Africa, who has never heard?" has cared about the person in deepest darkest Africa or they would be on their way to tell them about Christ. Such arguments are excuses to not believe and be saved.
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Salvation is of the Lord. Discussions of who is saved and who is lost are inappropriate since we do not know the state of a person in God's eyes <ref>Joh 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.</ref>. No one I have ever met who asked "What about the person in deepest darkest Africa, who has never heard?" has cared about the person in deepest darkest Africa or they would be on their way to tell them about Christ. Such arguments are excuses to not believe and be saved.
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Our hypothetical debates do not constrain the sovereign will and actions of God.  We cling to a blessed hope which is; though we do not see how it is possible, we place hope in God's statement that it is not his will that any should perish, and we trust he can accomplish his will,  that all men may be saved through Christ, the only way to the Father, and we will glorify him forever together, all the while reminding one another of the warnings found in scripture of eternal torment for the lost.  
  
 
''Mt 18:11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.'' It is clear that the condition of lostness is something that happened in the past or present. It is not a condition to be determined at some future time. He did not say that he came to save those who would be lost in the future if he had not saved them now. He is saving them from their present lost condition. <ref>Mt 18:11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.</ref>  He calls them the lost sheep of Israel. <ref>Mt 15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.</ref> At the time of Christ, the world was already condemned <ref>Joh 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.</ref>.
 
''Mt 18:11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.'' It is clear that the condition of lostness is something that happened in the past or present. It is not a condition to be determined at some future time. He did not say that he came to save those who would be lost in the future if he had not saved them now. He is saving them from their present lost condition. <ref>Mt 18:11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.</ref>  He calls them the lost sheep of Israel. <ref>Mt 15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.</ref> At the time of Christ, the world was already condemned <ref>Joh 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.</ref>.
  
 
=The church=
 
=The church=
The Greek word for church is ''ekklesia'' which means 'called out'. The church is made up of those who are called out of the world, not those who are called into a building. This means that there may be people in the building who are not really the church. We don't fret it. Where would you rather have them be, than learning the word of God. There is one mechanism to remove people from the church and it is to be used only for the one who is teaching others to sin either by their words or by their unrepentant grievous and public sin.
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The Greek word for church is ''ekklesia'' which means 'called out'. The church is made up of those who are called out of the world, not those who are called into a building. This means that there may be people in the building who are not really the church. We don't fret it. Where would you rather have them be, than learning the word of God. There are two mechanisms to remove people from the local church. One is to be used only for the one who is teaching others to sin either by their words or by their unrepentant grievous and public sin <ref>Mt 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and [that] he were drowned in the depth of the sea.</ref>. The other is used by the Spirit to drive away those who were not of us <ref>1Jo 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would [no doubt] have continued with us: but [they went out], that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.</ref>.
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The letters to the churches are warnings as a guide to church discipline. Church leaders are servants;
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Niclolaitans are those who would be lords. They elevate one class of people over another. These are the self-appointed priests and gatekeepers to the church and grace. They block the door that Christ has opened.
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The doctrine of Balaam would compromise the church teaching that world change is through politics. God changes the world through the teaching of Christ. Western political ideas have no place in the global gospel. A Christian is able to live, without compromise, under dictators, Communist rule, and worst of all, individual freedom, where every man does what is right in his own eyes <ref>Jud 17:6 In those days [there was] no king in Israel, [but] every man did [that which was] right in his own eyes.</ref> <ref>Pr 12:15 ¶ The way of a fool [is] right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel [is] wise.</ref>. The church is not a social change instrument. It changes society by changing hearts. In the US, the government is of the people, which means we are the designated source of authority, and it is wise to take political participation seriously as individuals.
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The Judaisers are those who would impose law upon the ones set free by Christ. They use tradition as law, Biblical suggestions as law, examples as law; always building a hedge so that we do not sin. They do it in the name of Holiness. Holiness is not just keeping the law better. It is having a heart that loves God BY loving his enemies, and his neighbors, and his family.  God did not save you through a tithe and he won't keep you through one either.  He has called you to be totally devoted to him. The Judaiser just thought to himself: a devotion measured by this or that or the other thing. No, God measures the heart.
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Those who lost their first love deified Mary in the first century. But it is a warning against anything becoming more loved than Christ. Many love television, movies, the internet more than Christ. This IS measurable by the time spent doing those things. If in your work you do all things as unto the Lord, then you might count that on his side, but our wicked hearts deceive us to justify ourselves. It is a warning, not a justification. Be warned about the meaningless and counterproductive things that take up your time. The church is about teaching. If serving the poor replaces teaching, then we have lost our first love. As a reminder, when Jesus fed the 9000, they were not the poor, they were the ones being taught.
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=Love=
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Love is the opposite of Original or Universal Sin. Sin places oneself in to position of importance and preeminence.  Love places others first. "The first shall be last and the last shall be first" is a cryptic riddle to say, there will be Love.  Hate is merely putting someone in second position.
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The law says that if you are chopping wood, and the ax head flies off and kills someone "if [you] have not previously hated" the person, you may flee to a city of refuge. The implication is that the accident is an act of hate. You did not put the other person's safety first; you did not love them.
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When God "hated" Esau <ref>Ro 9:13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.</ref>, it was not an animosity. He moved him from the first son, to the second son position, giving Jacob preeminence.
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Love is putting others first. It is more than that.
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When David sinned by stealing a man's wife and having him murdered <ref>2sa 11</ref>, he repented saying "Against you alone have I sinned, Oh Lord" <ref>Ps 51:4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done [this] evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, [and] be clear when thou judgest.</ref>. He did not sin against the man or his wife, but against God, because the man and his wife belonged to God.
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When we take offense at something someone does, we make ourselves equal to God. This is sin. Love absorbs the offense.
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When you cheek is struck, you interpret it as an accident and there is no offense <ref>Mt 5:39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.</ref>. You have absorbed the sin. When you give the item stolen to the thief, you have absorbed his sin. There is no theft when it is a gift.  This is the love Christ demonstrated. Prior to the Wedding at Cana <ref>Joh 2:1 ¶ And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:</ref>, he was not sure if he would give judgement (and rightly so as God incarnate) or grace to man <ref>Joh 2:4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.</ref>. He chose then to give grace. So at the cross he says "Forgive them, they know not what they do." <ref>Lu 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.</ref> He was not talking about the Romans who had driven the nails, but of us, his bride , who was deceived by the flesh. He absorbed our sin by not taking offense.
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When we realize we have sinned; making ourselves equal to God by taking offense, we repent by forgiving. Forgiveness is an act of repentance for not having loved.
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=The Kingdom of Heaven=
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''Mt 13:33 Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.''
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The kingdom of heaven is 'teaching'. Jesus said the kingdom 'is here' because he was teaching <ref>Mt 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.</ref>.
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:'Jerusalem' means 'the teaching of Peace'.
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:The New Jerusalem is the 'New Teaching of Peace".
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:Jesus ushered in the New Jerusalem when he said "You have heard it said... but I say..."
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:The Hebrews would remove the old leaven before Passover as a symbol of removing the old teaching in preparation for the teaching of the cross.
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:'Elohim' אלהים means 'God ''el'' אל separated from his people [water below] ''eem'' ים by ignorance ה.'
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:'Israel' means 'man ''ish'' יש joined to God ''el'' אל by revelation ר.'
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:Jesus said "Go, teaching..."
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:The Hebrew word for marriage <ref>''laqach '' לקח </ref> also means doctrine. All the metaphor of the church being the bride of Christ means that the bride consists of those who are taught by Christ <ref>1Ti 2:11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.</ref>.
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The teaching of the kingdom of heaven is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the teaching of Love. We can live in it now.  Faith is obedience to God in the face of ridicule, persecution, and death, because God is faithful to keep his word <ref>Heb 11.1ff</ref> When you love according to the teaching, your faith is the incontrovertible evidence of the teaching... of the kingdom.
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=God's systematic theology=
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As interesting and illustrative of the degree of learning as a statement of faith can be, what is more important is how God has revealed himself. Before he spoke the world into existence he formed letters and words, such that even the strokes within the letters speak of Christ. The meaning of the strokes and letters is derived from reverse engineering 8000 Hebrew words, and then building the dictionary to show that it works. This work results in an unanticipated validation: a systematic theology specified by the numeric alphabet.
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The outline, where each letter is actually an index for a Hebrew expansion of a theological issue, produces a message of Christ:
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:aleph א - God spoke and created the heavens and the earth.
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:bet ב - He revealed to man
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:gimel ג - That he pursued them
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:dalet ד - with a command
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:he ה - which they did not understand
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:vav ו - but it distinguished them
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:zayin ז - as the bride
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:chet ח - when they did understand it
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:tet ט - through a marriage
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:yod י - they became a new creation
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:kaf כ - The Son of God
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:lamed ל - taught how the cross was
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:mem מ - the promise of the Father
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:nun נ - The Son of Man
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:samech ס - fulfilled the promise.
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:ayin ע - He was full of grace and holy in the flesh.
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:pe פ - He spoke in prophecy, parables, and riddles.
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:tsadi צ - Holiness and grace were reconciled on the cross and passed to man.
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:qof ק - The Son of God died
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:resh ר - revealing
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:shin ש - that his word did not return void
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:tov ת - the revelation resulted in a new life responding to God
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:final kaf ך - the Son of God died
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:final mem ם - finishing the works of God.
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:final nun ן - The Son of Man died
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:final pe ף - Prophecy was fulfilled
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:final tsadi ץ - Judgement was ended
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:final shin - We are joint heirs with Christ.
  
 
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3. Provide a detailed, specific, doctrinal statement of faith (include, but not limited to, the Bible, God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Trinity, Sin, Salvation, and the Church).

The Bible

Mt 5:18 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.

God seems to think that every stroke and dot of scripture is important enough to protect. The implication is that every dot and stroke has meaning. To get to this meaning, in every age some in the church have practiced an allegorical method of interpretation. To quote gotquestions.com: The problem with the allegorical method of interpretation is that it seeks to find an allegorical interpretation for every passage of Scripture, regardless of whether or not it is intended to be understood in that way. Interpreters who allegorize can be very creative, with no control based in the text itself. It becomes easy to read one’s own beliefs into the allegory and then think that they have scriptural support. [1]

The intent of scripture is easily discerned: Jesus said it all spoke of him [2] [3]. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proofs. To validate that it all speaks of Christ, it must do so using a hermeneutic which guarantees there is no free-for-all allegory. Jesus taught the apostles to read it that way, and they teach us in the New Testament.

It is incomprehensible that God would perfectly inspire the authors of his word to write the exact words that he desired, protect those words until the end of the age, and then leave the interpretation up to the fallible methods of Greek rhetorical invention, debate, logic, philosophy and myth. The doctrine of the unity of scripture implies that Jesus and the New Testament authors had a unity of faith cemented by a proper interpretation of scripture as guided by the Holy Spirit. What happened?

By the end of the first century, the church had done everything they were warned not to do;

They deified Mary and lost their first love [4]
They compromised with the flesh [5] [6]
They created a priesthood to lord over the laity [7].
It might be said they even welcomed the Judaisers, as they adopted Jewish ritual into their mass.

As factions arose in the church, unity of the faith was shredded over petty Greek debates [8] These debates remain, and there is no agreement on the interpretation of even the most simple parable [9]

The foundling Greek church had no desire to be Jewish, and was given a minimalist set the Jewish law [10]. Paul chose not to teach them the deep mysteries of the faith, but to know only Christ and him crucified [11].

By 400 A.D., Constantine in the east and Augustine in the west had removed anything that looked or smelled Hebrew. Augustine even advocated that the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Old Testament, was more reliable than the original Hebrew text. The church had eliminated Hebrew so completely from the church that by the time Jerome (347-419AD) wanted to learn Hebrew, he had to go to disbelieving Jews to do so [12] [13]

Fortunately, the method of interpretation used by Jesus and the New Testament authors is preserved in the New Testament itself. Each gospel author captured the collective learning, and teaching of the apostles at intervals of ten to fifteen years. Mark captured the earliest syllabus where the story of Christ began with the preaching of John the Baptist. Matthew captured the results of more study and was able to push the beginning back to Abraham. Matthew was able to interpret the pictures of Christ in the history of Israel. Luke saw Christ in the history beginning with Adam. And John captured the pinnacle of understanding, concerning the 'mystery hidden from the beginning' which all spoke of Christ, and derived the doctrine of John 1:1-4 from the first three words of Genesis 1:1.

The hermeneutic used by the Jesus and the apostles interprets scripture in a repeatable, verifiable, self-correcting way, leaving nothing to the wild imaginations of well-intentioned preachers. It is such that a child can correct a master. Not only is the Bible inspired and protected by God, but it's interpretation is guided by the very Spirit which gave it, so that we may know, even before we believe, that God alone is God [14].

Though there are many good translations which suit their purposes, none do full justice to the Hebrew manuscripts. "Agape" is not just a Greek word for love, it is also a Hebrew word, and preference should be given to the Hebrew meaning rather than the Greek when translating. Agape shares a root with 'the combatants' and is a word describing the love one gives to his enemy with no expectation of return. This is the Love of God, that while we were still sinners; while we were enemies, Christ died for us [15]

Jesus gave us a very simple test to discern who does not understand the Bible: If someone believes that the marriage of the Lamb happens in the resurrection, they "do not know the scriptures nor the power of God" [16] for he said there was NO marriage in the resurrection.

The dietary law also gives lists of tests for teachers where eating is a metaphor for learning. We should learn from the clean animal which ruminates on the word of God and it produces a holy or separated walk. We should not learn from the camel; those who judge others, nor the badger; legalist, nor from the rabbit; drunkard, nor from the self-righteous swine who has no discernment.

The Trinity

Though the word 'Trinity' is never used in the Bible, it is hidden in the 'mystery from the beginning'.

  • An invisible aleph before bereshith, the first word of Genesis 1:1 declares not only that there were three before the beginning, but that the Father and Son are one.
  • The first two letters of Gen 1:1 are אב meaning 'Father', but since the aleph is invisible, 'from the beginning no man has seen the father.'. The Gematria of 'father' is three. The first two visible letters are בר meaning son; the Son makes the Father known.
  • John tells us that there are three in heaven who testify [17]. He is explaining the metaphor meaning of the Hebrew letters in the word for heaven shamayim שמים. The two mems are the Father and the Son (and they are one); the shin is the Spirit. This is supported by God declaring that "the Spirit moved over the face of the waters. The shin is on the face of the mem-yod-mem, which spells waters.
  • John also explains the meaning of the letters in the word 'earth' and declares that Christ was the fullness of the Trinity on earth [18].
  • The gematria of 'heaven' and 'earth' is three for each.
  • The words 'heaven' and 'earth' are used in Genesis 1:1, and reveal the Trinity. John is simply pointing back to show us that it is there.
  • In Genesis 1:2 The Spirit is mentioned, and the metaphor for Father and Son is mentioned in 'waters'. Jesus uses this same metaphor when saying that one with faith could move a mountain to the sea (waters).
  • There is undeniably only one God, but the nature of God is so foreign to us, that he makes himself known in three persons, not merely three illusions of persons. They have a different set of knowledge: Only the Father knows the day of Christ's coming. They have different wills: The Son had to make his will 'limp' in order to be obedient to the will of the Father; he did not want to die. The Spirit was grieved by having to put the Son through tribulation of judgement, and was comforted by the Son.
  • The metaphor of marriage is used to speak of the relationship of God with his people. The role of each person in that relationship is different. The Father arranged the marriage; the Son consummated it, and the Holy Spirit is like the best man announcing "The bridegroom cometh" and reporting how the man and his bride are fruitful and multiplying [19]. These are expressed in three portions of scripture: Genesis, the history of Israel, and the New Testament.

God the Father

Before creation, there was only God. When he chose to create the universe he had to find a place for it. There was no place outside of God for it, because there is no place outside of God. [20]. So he opened a void within himself [21] and arranged the void to be what we think is a physical universe. But God is the real reality, and we are but a shadow within him [22].

He is like the river to the fish [23]. We swim about, living our lives as we will, but he is silently and invisibly nudging us where he would have us be, to accomplish his purposes. In the same manner that fish cannot see water, we cannot see God.

The Father's is the preeminent will of God [24] [25]. All things are done according to his purposes. The primary attributes of the Father are not those of Greek invention, but those by which he chooses to be known: Holiness [26] and love [27]. He reveals himself in two 'channels' of communication. One channel expresses his holiness, the other his love. All the laws against mixing are warnings that we cannot understand them together until we see the cross.

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the physical embodiment of the fullness of the Godhead. He is the Unbegotten Only Son as the second person of the Trinity. He is the Only Begotten Son, as the son of Mary. He is the Usurping second Son; the Second Adam, who received the inheritance in the prophetic pattern of Seth, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and others.

The Hebrew word for 'said', 'word' and 'lamb' are the same (sans modern vowels) [28]. When God said "Let there be light..." [29] he created light by the Lamb; by the Word. When John the Baptist said "Behold the Lamb of God" [30] some heard him say "Behold the Word of God" [31].

Though the doctrine of kenosis (the emptying) [32] is thought to be a heresy by many, the arguments are filled with misunderstandings of scripture [33]. The metaphor of the kof as 'the Son of God' and the nun as the 'Son of Man' make clear the nature of Christ. He is fully God and fully man by ontological nature. However, in order to be found qualified to be our high priest, and be tempted in every way that we are, without sinning, he could not use his divinity to resist sin. He chose not to be omnipresent; limiting himself to being in one place at one time. He chose not to use omnipotence; limiting himself to the strength of a child which grew to be the strength of a man. He chose not to use his omniscience; limiting himself to the knowledge of a child who was taught that he was the Son of God, by his parents, and then learned from scripture what that meant; including his death on the cross.

He taught the 'kenosis' when he confronted the rich ruler who thought he was as good as God by keeping the commandments. Paraphrasing, Jesus says: If you are as good as God, then do what God has done... I have left my high estate as creator of heaven and earth to be this poor man before you.. you go do the same.

Using no divine advantage, he chose to die for us, in obedience to the will of the Father discerned from scripture. In the same manner that Jesus saw the Father speak of the cross through the hidden mystery in the Old Testament, he saw the Father saying the same through circumstances in his daily life, with which he participated in order to indicate his willingness to face the cross. The Father rewarded him with miracles to indicate his favor and to encourage him forward.

Though not wanting to die, his greater desire was to be totally devoted to the Father, represented by the burnt offering. His Gethsemane experience was one of putting off the flesh in order to be obedient by his spirit. This is prophesied by the 'limping side' hidden in the account of the formation of Eve, the bruised heel of the seed of the woman in Genesis, and the withered thigh of Jacob.

His death was real, and is represented in scripture as two deaths: one of the flesh and one of the Spirit. Though there was only one death, the imagery is that both the Son of Man died, and the Son of God died (as 'roles'). He was literally resurrected in the flesh. However his nature as the Son of Man; the one who had emptied himself, was not resurrected. In resurrection he took up his former glory as the Son of God, using and enjoying all of the divine attributes to which he had formerly closed his eyes. 'Closing his eyes' is used to illustrate that we do not go blind when we choose to close our eyes. Neither had Jesus given up any part of the divinity that he simply chose not to use prior to the cross. He was physically resurrected, but not to his prior state of 'emptiness' or kenosis' but in his full divine right.

Jesus fulfilled all four offices of revelation, being the Word incarnate. He was THE prophet, teaching the doctrine of the cross. He was THE judge, reproving us and removing all our excuses for sin by being tempted without sin. He became THE priest in resurrection correcting the failures due to our sin; making things right. He was portrayed as a sickly priest before the cross, unable to perform his priestly duties until the resurrection. And he was THE king, not only having discipline of his own flesh, but teaching us to discipline ours as well.

The primary purpose of the cross was not our salvation. The primary purpose of the cross was for the Son to make the invisible Father known, by perfectly reconciling Holiness and Grace. Salvation without knowing God is no salvation at all.

The Holy Spirit

No allegory is sufficient to explain God, but the Bible does suggest one for the Trinity and the particular position of the Holy Ghost.

Ge 1:2 ...And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

We know that the Father and the Son are one and that no one can see the Father; we only see the Son. This is like a Chess board and we are like Bishops. The Father is like the light squares, and the Son is like the dark squares. We are like a bishop on a dark square. We can only see the dark squares. There is no way for that bishop to ever land on a light square. We can only see the Son. The Holy Spirit is like the line between the light squares and the dark squares.

When we pray, our prayers get intercepted by the Spirit and relayed to the Father. He moves or hovers between the waters. Like the diagonal vav ו between the yods י in the aleph א he is is connector between the heavens and the earth.

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ which now lives within us. For this reason we can boldly approach the throne of God, and Christ is our intercessor.

The Catholic church is divided over a silly argument whether the Spirit emanates, or is sent out by the Father, or by the Father and the Son. The doctrine is not of sufficient import that is should negate the love of true brethren. The schism should particularly embarrassing because it is easily resolved in the first verse of Jonah.

Jon 1:1 ¶ Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, The Word of the Lord is the Son. Jonah means 'dove', a symbol of the Spirit. And the Son said "Go." The Spirit was sent out by the Father AND the Son. Jonah contains a hidden teaching about the role of the Holy Spirit in the salvation of men.

The schism is to Catholicism what the destruction of the temple was to Judaism. The temple was the premier symbol that God favored Israel. The 'Unity of the Faith' is the premier 'selling point' of Catholicism. God is doing the same with the Reformation "priesthood of the believer" demonstrating that man is not capable of supplanting Christ as priest. The priesthood of the believer mantra does not mean that everyone can make the Bible mean what he wants. As a nation of kings and priests we have dominion over our flesh and we intercede and absorb the sin of others through love [34].

Sin

The law suggests two kinds of sin; that of the flesh, and that of the will. Eve chose to follow her instinct; it looked good, it smelled good... rather than the word of God. We share the instinctive nature with animals, but we are more than animals. By instinct, we choose good and evil for ourselves, giving no thought to it as we usurp God's position. God alone declares good and evil.

The results of Eve's sin, are reminders that we are not animals. We wear clothing while animals remain naked. We observe a Sabbath to remind us that God is God of time. The Hebrews would say a prayer while touching a Mezzuzah [35] on the door post while entering and exiting, to be reminded that God is the God of space. We say a prayer at mealtime to remind us not to eat instinctively like animals; and marriage to not procreate like animals.

But by acting instinctively, and thereby behaving as if we were God, we become his enemies; not acknowledging that He is God nor giving him thanks. We choose things for our own benefit and as we do, we send out ripples of pain, suffering and death. Sometimes our own ripples hit us, and we know the cause. Sometimes our ripples hit someone else, and they may or may not know the cause. Sometimes our ripples join someone else's ripples , and the person they hit has no idea where they came from.

For this reason, our works are as filthy rags. We may choose to feed the poor believing it to be a good thing, where someone else feeds the poor because God says it is a good thing. Our work is not acceptable to God because WE chose it while pretending to be God. It didn't matter what God says about it, and it is only a coincidence that he thinks it is a good work too. It is the pretending to be God that makes us an enemy of God and our works worthless.

Instinctive sin can become rebellious sin when we become aware of it and choose to continue in it. Though we cannot get rid of instinctive sin, since by it's nature is subliminal, we can get rid of rebellious sin, since once we are aware, we have the means to resist [36].

Jesus has told us to go and sin no more [37]; no longer choosing to sin, though we may sin instinctively. But when made aware of the instinctive sin, we quickly repent and conquer it. Holiness is being separate; purposing in your heart to serve God in all your ways. This is available to all.

Fasting is an exercise in recognizing the sinfulness of sin. You attempt to control the flesh, but you always give in. We cry with Paul, "Who can save me from this body of [sin and] death" [38].

The fallen world

The world did not fall and God did not lose control of his creation to a devil when Adam fell. We live in a perfect world by God's estimation, but we live in the isolation ward of crazy people who think they are God. It is a perfect isolation ward.

He said that he would give us what we want and permit us to wallow in the consequences. [39] We wish to be gods. The consequences are pain, suffering and death. And this is good! We have two schoolmasters to bring us back to God. The law leads our mind and spirit to Christ, since there is shadow in the law which speaks of the 'good things coming' [40].

Suffering is the schoolmaster that leads the flesh to repentance. In the midst of suffering, no one ever said, "This is the way it should be." They cry out that their suffering is wrong, and that it should not be that way. In doing so, they acknowledge that there is way it should be, and it is not their way; they have no control. Suffering forces us to acknowledge that we are not gods [41].

This is God' purpose for suffering in this world. When we suffer, if we were to demand that we not suffer, we would be demanding that God get rid of all suffering; that he would end the world prematurely, before every last soul came to Christ that will. The souls under the altar crying out for vengeance [42] are not Christian saints! They are Old Testament saints. The Christian saint is willing to suffer a bit longer so that Christ may receive his full harvest. The Christian saint prays for God's mercy on his enemies. The Christian saint is willing to die so that one not assured of salvation may live for another opportunity to bow to Christ.

If Christ sets up and tears down kings, having ALL authority [43], isn't the government upon his shoulders now? [44] There is no devil to stand in his way [45]. There is no need for a future time when the government will be placed upon his shoulders. The need isn't for Christ to clean up the world, but to let the consequences of sin drive men to their knees in submission to him. He is King of Kings, Lord of Lords and God of Gods. This is his world.

Salvation

Salvation is of the Lord. Discussions of who is saved and who is lost are inappropriate since we do not know the state of a person in God's eyes [46]. No one I have ever met who asked "What about the person in deepest darkest Africa, who has never heard?" has cared about the person in deepest darkest Africa or they would be on their way to tell them about Christ. Such arguments are excuses to not believe and be saved.

Our hypothetical debates do not constrain the sovereign will and actions of God. We cling to a blessed hope which is; though we do not see how it is possible, we place hope in God's statement that it is not his will that any should perish, and we trust he can accomplish his will, that all men may be saved through Christ, the only way to the Father, and we will glorify him forever together, all the while reminding one another of the warnings found in scripture of eternal torment for the lost.

Mt 18:11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. It is clear that the condition of lostness is something that happened in the past or present. It is not a condition to be determined at some future time. He did not say that he came to save those who would be lost in the future if he had not saved them now. He is saving them from their present lost condition. [47] He calls them the lost sheep of Israel. [48] At the time of Christ, the world was already condemned [49].

The church

The Greek word for church is ekklesia which means 'called out'. The church is made up of those who are called out of the world, not those who are called into a building. This means that there may be people in the building who are not really the church. We don't fret it. Where would you rather have them be, than learning the word of God. There are two mechanisms to remove people from the local church. One is to be used only for the one who is teaching others to sin either by their words or by their unrepentant grievous and public sin [50]. The other is used by the Spirit to drive away those who were not of us [51].

The letters to the churches are warnings as a guide to church discipline. Church leaders are servants;

Niclolaitans are those who would be lords. They elevate one class of people over another. These are the self-appointed priests and gatekeepers to the church and grace. They block the door that Christ has opened.

The doctrine of Balaam would compromise the church teaching that world change is through politics. God changes the world through the teaching of Christ. Western political ideas have no place in the global gospel. A Christian is able to live, without compromise, under dictators, Communist rule, and worst of all, individual freedom, where every man does what is right in his own eyes [52] [53]. The church is not a social change instrument. It changes society by changing hearts. In the US, the government is of the people, which means we are the designated source of authority, and it is wise to take political participation seriously as individuals.

The Judaisers are those who would impose law upon the ones set free by Christ. They use tradition as law, Biblical suggestions as law, examples as law; always building a hedge so that we do not sin. They do it in the name of Holiness. Holiness is not just keeping the law better. It is having a heart that loves God BY loving his enemies, and his neighbors, and his family. God did not save you through a tithe and he won't keep you through one either. He has called you to be totally devoted to him. The Judaiser just thought to himself: a devotion measured by this or that or the other thing. No, God measures the heart.

Those who lost their first love deified Mary in the first century. But it is a warning against anything becoming more loved than Christ. Many love television, movies, the internet more than Christ. This IS measurable by the time spent doing those things. If in your work you do all things as unto the Lord, then you might count that on his side, but our wicked hearts deceive us to justify ourselves. It is a warning, not a justification. Be warned about the meaningless and counterproductive things that take up your time. The church is about teaching. If serving the poor replaces teaching, then we have lost our first love. As a reminder, when Jesus fed the 9000, they were not the poor, they were the ones being taught.

Love

Love is the opposite of Original or Universal Sin. Sin places oneself in to position of importance and preeminence. Love places others first. "The first shall be last and the last shall be first" is a cryptic riddle to say, there will be Love. Hate is merely putting someone in second position.

The law says that if you are chopping wood, and the ax head flies off and kills someone "if [you] have not previously hated" the person, you may flee to a city of refuge. The implication is that the accident is an act of hate. You did not put the other person's safety first; you did not love them.

When God "hated" Esau [54], it was not an animosity. He moved him from the first son, to the second son position, giving Jacob preeminence.

Love is putting others first. It is more than that.

When David sinned by stealing a man's wife and having him murdered [55], he repented saying "Against you alone have I sinned, Oh Lord" [56]. He did not sin against the man or his wife, but against God, because the man and his wife belonged to God.

When we take offense at something someone does, we make ourselves equal to God. This is sin. Love absorbs the offense.

When you cheek is struck, you interpret it as an accident and there is no offense [57]. You have absorbed the sin. When you give the item stolen to the thief, you have absorbed his sin. There is no theft when it is a gift. This is the love Christ demonstrated. Prior to the Wedding at Cana [58], he was not sure if he would give judgement (and rightly so as God incarnate) or grace to man [59]. He chose then to give grace. So at the cross he says "Forgive them, they know not what they do." [60] He was not talking about the Romans who had driven the nails, but of us, his bride , who was deceived by the flesh. He absorbed our sin by not taking offense.

When we realize we have sinned; making ourselves equal to God by taking offense, we repent by forgiving. Forgiveness is an act of repentance for not having loved.

The Kingdom of Heaven

Mt 13:33 Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

The kingdom of heaven is 'teaching'. Jesus said the kingdom 'is here' because he was teaching [61].

'Jerusalem' means 'the teaching of Peace'.
The New Jerusalem is the 'New Teaching of Peace".
Jesus ushered in the New Jerusalem when he said "You have heard it said... but I say..."
The Hebrews would remove the old leaven before Passover as a symbol of removing the old teaching in preparation for the teaching of the cross.
'Elohim' אלהים means 'God el אל separated from his people [water below] eem ים by ignorance ה.'
'Israel' means 'man ish יש joined to God el אל by revelation ר.'
Jesus said "Go, teaching..."
The Hebrew word for marriage [62] also means doctrine. All the metaphor of the church being the bride of Christ means that the bride consists of those who are taught by Christ [63].

The teaching of the kingdom of heaven is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the teaching of Love. We can live in it now. Faith is obedience to God in the face of ridicule, persecution, and death, because God is faithful to keep his word [64] When you love according to the teaching, your faith is the incontrovertible evidence of the teaching... of the kingdom.

God's systematic theology

As interesting and illustrative of the degree of learning as a statement of faith can be, what is more important is how God has revealed himself. Before he spoke the world into existence he formed letters and words, such that even the strokes within the letters speak of Christ. The meaning of the strokes and letters is derived from reverse engineering 8000 Hebrew words, and then building the dictionary to show that it works. This work results in an unanticipated validation: a systematic theology specified by the numeric alphabet.

The outline, where each letter is actually an index for a Hebrew expansion of a theological issue, produces a message of Christ:

aleph א - God spoke and created the heavens and the earth.
bet ב - He revealed to man
gimel ג - That he pursued them
dalet ד - with a command
he ה - which they did not understand
vav ו - but it distinguished them
zayin ז - as the bride
chet ח - when they did understand it
tet ט - through a marriage
yod י - they became a new creation
kaf כ - The Son of God
lamed ל - taught how the cross was
mem מ - the promise of the Father
nun נ - The Son of Man
samech ס - fulfilled the promise.
ayin ע - He was full of grace and holy in the flesh.
pe פ - He spoke in prophecy, parables, and riddles.
tsadi צ - Holiness and grace were reconciled on the cross and passed to man.
qof ק - The Son of God died
resh ר - revealing
shin ש - that his word did not return void
tov ת - the revelation resulted in a new life responding to God
final kaf ך - the Son of God died
final mem ם - finishing the works of God.
final nun ן - The Son of Man died
final pe ף - Prophecy was fulfilled
final tsadi ץ - Judgement was ended
final shin - We are joint heirs with Christ.

References

  1. https://www.gotquestions.org/allegorical-interpretation.html
  2. Joh 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
  3. Lu 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
  4. Re 2:4 Nevertheless I have [somewhat] against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
  5. Re 2:14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
  6. Re 2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
  7. Re 2:6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
  8. 1Ti 1:4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: [so do].
  9. http://scholar.sun.ac.za/handle/10019.1/85594
  10. Ac 21:25 As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written [and] concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from [things] offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.
  11. 1Co 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
  12. http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jerome-x00b0
  13. "Jerome rocked the boat in which the early church had been comfortably settled for two hundred years. He upset Christian tradition by arguing for the priority of the Hebrew Old Testament over the supposedly inspired Greek Septuagint. "Jerome and the Jews: Innovative Supersessionism", William L. Krewson. https://www.amazon.com/Jerome-Jews-Supersessionism-William-Krewson/dp/1498218229
  14. Isa 43:10 Ye [are] my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I [am] he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
  15. Ro 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
  16. Mt 22:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
  17. 1Jo 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
  18. 1Jo 5:8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
  19. Ge 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
  20. 1Ki 8:27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?
  21. Ge 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness [was] upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
  22. Ps 144:4 Man is like to vanity: his days [are] as a shadow that passeth away.
  23. Ps 139:8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou [art] there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou [art there].
  24. Mt 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as [it is] in heaven.
  25. Mt 26:42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
  26. 1Pe 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
  27. 1Jo 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
  28. amar אמר
  29. Ge 1:3 ¶ And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
  30. Joh 1:29 ¶ The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
  31. Joh 1:1 ¶ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
  32. Php 2:7 But made himself of no reputation [κενόω], and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
  33. And sometimes Greek mythology
  34. see section: Love
  35. A box containing the law
  36. 1Co 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it].
  37. Joh 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
  38. Ro 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
  39. Ro 1:18ff
  40. Heb 10:1 ¶ For the law having a shadow of good things to come, [and] not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
  41. Ro 14:11 For it is written, [As] I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
  42. Re 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
  43. Mt 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
  44. Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
  45. Jas 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
  46. Joh 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
  47. Mt 18:11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
  48. Mt 15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
  49. Joh 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
  50. Mt 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and [that] he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
  51. 1Jo 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would [no doubt] have continued with us: but [they went out], that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
  52. Jud 17:6 In those days [there was] no king in Israel, [but] every man did [that which was] right in his own eyes.
  53. Pr 12:15 ¶ The way of a fool [is] right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel [is] wise.
  54. Ro 9:13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
  55. 2sa 11
  56. Ps 51:4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done [this] evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, [and] be clear when thou judgest.
  57. Mt 5:39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
  58. Joh 2:1 ¶ And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:
  59. Joh 2:4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
  60. Lu 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
  61. Mt 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
  62. laqach לקח
  63. 1Ti 2:11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
  64. Heb 11.1ff