THE MEANING OF WORDS, FIGURES OF SPEECH, TENSES, WHOLE SENTENCES, ENTIRE CHAPTERS & PUNCTUATION PUT SCRIPTURE INTO ITS RIGHTFUL CONTEXT AND MAKE IT EASY TO UNDERSTAND

Do you take note of what the Bible says when reading it, such as tenses (past, present and future), the actual meaning of words, punctuation, figures of speech such as similes, metaphors, et cetera? Particularly the words BUT NOW, NOW, YOU ARE or HENCEFORTH, words the Apostle Paul uses so many times which obviously pertain to the present tense.

Romans 16:

25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

Paul could easily have said, “To him that is of the power to stablish you according to THE gospel…..” but he didn’t.  He clearly stated, “NOW to him that is of the power to stablish you according to MY gospel…..”

What else did he mention in relation to his gospel (“my gospel”) which concerns the present tense (“now”)?

The preaching of Jesus Christ according to His earthly ministry?

or

The preaching of Jesus Christ according to institutionalized, mainline denominationalism?

or

The preaching of Jesus Christ according to the Kingdom Gospel?

NO.

He clearly said:

“….. and the preaching of Jesus Christ ACCORDING TO THE REVELATION OF THE MYSTERY

26 BUT NOW is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

Paul could have said, “Is made manifest”, or he could’ve stated, “Was made manifest by the 12 Apostles”, or even, “Was made manifest in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John”, but he didn’t.  He clearly said “BUT NOW is made manifest”.

What is NOW made manifest?  The revelation of the mystery revealed to the Apostle Paul by the ascended Christ.

And how else is it made manifest?  By the scriptures of the prophets.  What was made manifest by the scriptures of the prophets in Israel’s Old Covenant?  HOW that Christ died for our sins ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES – He suffered on Calvary cross, He died in our stead, He was a propitiation for our sins.  And that He was buried ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES – for 3 days and 3 nights.  His burial confirms that He died and it also confirms that He rose again from the dead on the 3rd day.  If he wasn’t buried, He didn’t die, therefore He couldn’t resurrect from the dead.  Common sense.

If there was no confirmation in the Old Covenant by the prophets how that Christ died for sins, was buried and rose again on the third day, it goes without saying that there would be no proof of Christ having died for our sins, being buried and rising again from the dead on the third day, and in turn no-one would be able to prove there is an ascended Christ who revealed a mystery to the Apostle Paul.

The mystery revealed to Paul by the ascended Christ is based on Christ’s death for our sins, His burial and His resurrection on the third day for our justification.    It’s all about Him and what He did, His plan of salvation which was given directly to the Gentiles as opposed to Gentiles having prostelyze or having to go through Israel in order to be saved, because there is no Israel today one can prostelyze through in order to be saved.

Because He rose from the dead, we are justified.  Why?  Because He lives, we as believers will live eternally with Him in glory.  And why will we live in glory with Him for eternity?  Because we are justified.  Why are we justified?  Because we believe in His finished work on Calvary’s cross and His resurrection, which means we believe what HE DID for us.  When we believe the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) a change in our judicial standing and spiritual status takes place.

Romans 3:21-25:

21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

Yet contrary to this scripture, mainline, institutionalized denominationalists still proclaim to keep the law in order to gain righteousness, and in so doing seek to be justified in the eyes of God by their own good works instead of by faith alone in Christ’s finished work on the cross and His resurrection alone.

And not only that, but we gain God’s righteousness by the faith of Jesus Christ (Pauline doctrine) today, meaning that salvation is only to be found in Pauline doctrine, particularly 1 Corinthians 15:1-4).  Pauline doctrine is a faith, namely the faith of Jesus Christ in this current dispensation which we are to believe.

22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

The spiritual status of mankind in his unsaved state – sinners who have come short of the glory of God.

24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

Justified freely by His grace.   Freely means freely.  It doesn’t mean one has to do anything/something in order to gain justification in the eyes of God.  All it takes if faith/trust/belief in Christ’s finished work on Calvary Cross for one’s sins, as well as His resurrection for one’s salvation.

So what was the Apostle Paul referring to before verse 21?

He was asking what advantage the Jew had in times past, and what did circumcision profit anyone in times past?  His answer was that the Oracles of God were committed to the Jews in times past – Genesis was written by Moses, they were given the Law, they were set apart from the Gentile nations, salvation was of the Jews (John 4:22).

Yet, even if Jews do not believe,today it will not make the faith of God of none effect today because Gentiles no longer have to prostelyze in order to be saved.

Jews no longer have a spiritual advantage over Gentiles.  All people have been declared guilty before God.

No-one is justified by the law today, instead the law is there to give us the knowledge of sin – where we have and do go wrong.

I have noted two areas in Paul’s epistles where he states to NOW and BUT NOW.  It’s up to you to study further….

 

 

 

Spiritual strength and fleshly weakness

2 Corinthians 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

When the world was cruel and battered his flesh, he grew to rely/trust more on the Lord Jesus Christ and his spirit was strengthened by the hope of spending eternity in glory, reconciled to God, knowing this life is short-lived and the things of the world do no matter.

WE HAVE HOPE.  The vast majority today have absolutely no hope whatsoever, they live in fear of dying, of suffering, of getting disease, of being disabled, losing their salvation, not knowing how God operates today and wishing for the best.

For when I am weak, then I am strong: I know the bad things that happen to me during this life do not matter because the magnificence of eternity lies ahead, which puts life on this earth into its rightful perspective.

Politics do not matter

Religion does not matter

Saving the planet from climate change does not matter

What matters during this life is MAKING ALL MEN SEE by the preaching of the gospel of 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 in order for them to have the same hope as us.

Without hope men die, not only physically, but spiritually as they partake of the second death which is for eternity.

 

The Apostle Paul’s claims and his ministry

1 Corinthians 1:17 – For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

  1. He wasn’t sent to baptize (with water) as most churches do today.
  2. He was sent to preach the gospel, yet most today are ignorant as to what the gospel is which saves men’s souls.

Followers of the Apostle Paul?   No.

1 Corinthians 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:2 – But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.

  1. He renounced the hidden things of dishonesty.
  2. Didn’t walk in craftiness
  3. Didn’t handle the word of God deceitfully.

Proof that he was an Apostle sent of God:

2 Corinthians 12:12 – Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.

1 Corinthians 2:1-3 – And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.Not with excellency of speech or of wisdom.

Yet modern-day preachers come with excellency of speech and worldly, man-made wisdom and want to know everything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

1 Corinthians 2:13 – Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

2 Corinthians 7:2 – Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.

Wronged no man, corrupted no man and defrauded no man – just told them the truth and nothing but the truth.  A claim institutionalized, denominational christianity cannot make as they defraud, corrupt and wrong men every day.

2 Corinthians 10:10 – For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.

Compare this to most Pastors/Preachers of today whose bodily presence is awe-inspiring and bold, dressed to the nines in expensive suits, being clean shaven, “dressed for success” and whose speech is anything but contemptible – they stroke peoples’ “tail feathers” instead, by telling sinners they are worthy and that salvation comes with a change in lifestyle.

2 Corinthians 12: 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

Today’s preachers claim to seek the Lord on such things and claim healing of same, yet the Apostle Paul sought God 3 times on this matter and the answer was a resounding NO (and with good reason).

2 Corinthians 10:1 10 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:

But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.

Unlike Dale Carnegie or modern-day preachers who claim rudeness of speech to be unloving, Paul told the Corinthians what they needed to hear in no uncertain terms.

1 Paul called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,

2 Corinthians 7:Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.

A lesson we can all learn: to be exceeding joyful in all our tribulation because:

Romans 5: And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

 

 

 

 

 

The flesh, outward appearance, thoughts, imaginations, weapons of warfare

 

Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? if any man trust to himself that he is Christ’s, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ’s, even so are we Christ’s.

For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed:

That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters.

10 For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.

11 Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, such will we be also in deed when we are present.

12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

Contemptible : hateful, shocking, offensive

Commend : applaud, praise, advance

Galatians 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Galatians 6:3-5

For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

For every man shall bear his own burden.

2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

 

BELIEVING WHAT GOD ACTUALLY SAID/SAYS

One of the problems most people, namely mainline, institutionalised denominationalists have when reading the Bible (and there is only one Bible – the Authorised King James Bible) is the fact that they do not believe what God ACTUALLY SAYS.  A certain number of Calvinists a few centuries ago didn’t believe what God said, so they changed it to suit themselves and their circumstances:

For example in Genesis 12:

“Now the Lord had said unto Jan Van Dyke, Get thee out of thy country which is Holland, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land called South Africa  that I will shew thee:

And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

Now, if you are self-righteous and believe the Bible to be a magic book that needs to be “handled correctly” you would probably be having apoplexy right now because “I have the nerve to change God’s words or the Bible”, yet this is what most people do every single day of their lives, hence the reason why most incorrectly apply Israel’s Old Covenant to themselves and take Israel’s Covenant promises for themselves too.

So the main reason for Jan Van Dyke’s current problems from his personal perspective is this:

2 Chronicles 7:14:

14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

His people, the chosen ones have turned away from God to wicked ways.  Remember:  Calvinists see themselves as the few chosen by God (limited atonement).

Jan blatantly does not believe who the book of Chronicles was actually written to:

2 Chronicles 7:1-3

1 Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the house.

And the priests could not enter into the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord‘s house.

And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.

The only other option remaining which rightfully explains why these people believe as they do is Replacement Theology, i.e., they think they are Israel or the “new Israel”, but I have encountered various others who state, “God was talking to the Jews who are people, the Gentiles are also people, so this applies to them too”.  But WHERE in the Bible does it state that God made a covenant with the Gentiles or Gentile nations in times past?

They believe they are chosen as Israel was.

In Ephesians 2:12 the Apostle Paul is clear when he says that Gentiles had no part in Israel’s covenant or the promises related to this covenant.

One cannot change God’s words to suit oneself, and if you do not believe what God said/says then you are obviously in……….. unbelief.

Unbelief is shown when one has to change scripture or omit scripture or ignore scripture or wrest scripture.

The Bible is sharper than a two-edged sword which means if you believe it as it is written and take scripture in its rightful context and apply that which is meant only for you, it is your friend, but if you change God’s words and wrest them, it becomes your enemy and condemns you.

Believe and apply the word rightly divided, including the grace gospel = friend, reconciled to God, saved, justified, sanctified, approved unto God, glory, eternity.

Unbelief, wresting scripture, bible blending and believing good news meant for another dispensation = enemy, punishment, suffering, lost, hell, regret, wailing.

A two-edged sword.  Something that causes both advantages and problems.  And the Bible is sharper than any two-edged sword.

A TRANSDISPENSATIONAL TRUTH:

Hebrewas 4:12

12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

 

 

Some Saved People Still (erroneously) See Themselves as Sinners, but:

Romans 8:

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

TO MAKE ALL MEN SEE…

How does one make a person see the revelation of the mystery, who despises the word “doctrine” and associates it with Marxism or Communism? Especially in lieu of the fact that the Apostle Paul tells us to adorn the doctrine given to him by the ascended Christ, in all things?

How does one make a person see that being a good person won’t get them into heaven, and that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God? People who boast of their own good works for salvation are under the impression that they will soon reach perfection.

How does one make a person see who believes that God still heals peoples’ rotten flesh today, yet consult doctors regarding their own physical or mental ailments? Yet they are unable to see their own contradiction.

How does one make a person see that one’s (corrupt, evil, sinful) thoughts do not lead to one getting diseases and sicknesses, but rather the reason for same is that we live in a sin cursed world, in sin cursed bodies? After all, we are fallen creatures in need of a Saviour, not flesh renewing apostate preachers.

How does one make a person see that God isn’t punishing or judging people today for their sins, but rather that He is pouring out His unmerited favour on mankind, and that it is there for the taking by anyone who believes in Christ’s debt payment for their sins, and that men are responsible for their own shortcomings and failures because they reap in the flesh what they have sown in the flesh?

How does one make a person see who enjoys being entertained in a so-called Church Assembly each Sunday morning? Laughing, easy-going, friendly preachers who do not preach the negativity of being lost and hell-bound for eternity. Paul doesn’t call them Satan’s ministers of RIGHTEOUSNESS for nothing.

How does one make a person see who thinks the Head Pastor of a so-called Church Assembly is untouchable with respect to what he believes and preaches? They draw doctrine from Israel’s Old Covenant to back up their theory of not criticizing or questioning God’s anointed, i.e., the Pastors who liken themselves to Israel’s priests and rabbis in times past.

How does one make a person see who is under the impression that giving to a so-called Church Assembly is the correct thing to do and in so doing one will be financially blessed and protected? So why are they themselves still struggling financially after tithing every Sunday?

How does one make a person see the revelation of the mystery who believes solidly in Psalm 91 for their daily protection? “Ten thousand will fall by your side”. Not likely. It’s more likely that if and when you do encounter one other person with a weapon and you so happen to be empty handed, the outcome will be obvious, need I say more?  Psalm 91, one of Israel’s covenant promises ain’t gonna help ya one iota.

How does one make a person see who is ensconded in Pentecostal euphemisms and judgments like labeling those “bitter” who disagree with their line of thinking and believe it’s not about “legalistic doctrine”, but rather that “it’s about love, holding hands and agreeing with one another” with regard to Bible blending, ignoring or being ignorant with respect to dispensational boundaries and lumping it altogether to form a “happy club” where everyone agrees with one another.

How does one make a person see who upholds a perverted Bible version? After all, perverted Bible perversions dumb down right division, not to mention Christ’s deity, and more often than not these same people profess that middle English is difficult to understand, hence their reason for not acquiring, reading and believing the KJB.

How does one make a person see who thinks attending a so-called Church Assembly every Sunday morning makes them stronger, holy and more spiritual and by the time Sunday afternoon arrives, all holiness and spirituality have conveniently flown out the window because reality has sunk in? These people attend church to obtain their weekly or bi-weekly “Holy Spirit” boost because they run out of “Holy Spirit” rather quickly and need to be refueled quite often so as not to lose their good and happy feelings or even their salvation.

How does one make a person see who thinks that one’s thoughts actually make one the person one is regardless of one’s upbringing and inherent personality traits one is born with? “You are what you think”, as opposed to: you are what you believe. You are a member of the body of Christ, complete, saved and sealed because of what you believe.

You are not a member of the body of Christ because you think you are one because you attend a local Assembly once a week and repent of your sins.

The Apostle Paul is correct. Unsaved men and women are unable to discern spiritual things. Explaining Right Division and Israel’s fall and the raising up of the Apostle Paul by the ascended Christ as a chosen vessel to preach salvation to kings, Gentiles and Jews whose doctrine is mutually exclusive to that of the doctrine given to the twelve, or even to that preached by Christ during His earthly ministry is anathema to them because they think the Apostle Paul’s doctrine emphasizes that of the twelve. “He’s just the 13th guy who was chosen to make it all look pretty” because he talks about love in 1 Corinthians 13 and grace throughout his epistles.

They think you’re the one who is stir crazy, belong to a cult and take pity on you because (a) you do not believe in miracles, (b) you do not believe in interesting stuff like prophecies, Bible codes, God raining down His judgment on nations, or (c) we’re living in the end times, so the Antichrist must already be born and he’s one of the leaders of the Gentile European Union which has absolutely nothing to do with Israel’s prophetic program, but rather everything to do with Atheistic, liberal, self-destructing, political correctness.  (The EU, that is).

Their mantra is most likely to be: “You don’t believe in water baptism? But most churches out there baptize with water”, therefore they are right because they’re in the majority and believe the same thing, which must make you wrong, sorry for you, mate, and all their ministers have attended Bible college and you have not, therefore your doctrine puffs you up, whereas their Bible College education makes them humble.  Read : seducers.

This is why one needs to preach the gospel to these people first and foremost. Unsaved men and women do not have a clue as to what 2 Timothy 2:15 means even when you give them Ephesians 1:13 and Galatians 2:7-9, especially when they have a Bible perversion which dumbs down right division. 2 Timothy 2:15 in Bible perversions state to correctly handle the Word of God, which in essence to them means, to continually wipe the dust off it, Not to throw it around, treating it with respect, not sitting on it and definitely not standing on it, and keeping it in a safe place where it cannot be damaged or be used as a door stopper.

Things become even more difficult when unsaved pew warmers have not read the Bible themselves but simply believe what is preached to them from the pulpit and swallow it hook, line and sinker Sunday after Sunday without question, and if they do read the Bible it’s by way of proof-texting to prove their mixed up doctrine. You can make the Bible confirm anything you believe, hence the reason there are so many denominations because “it says so in the Bible”.

One of the worst things a saved Mid-Acts Pauline Right Dividing Dispensationalist can experience during his or her tenure on this earth is having to experience either the death of an unsaved loved one, or knowing that some, if not all of one’s family, not to mention most men will reject the gospel outright in favour of New Age or vain philisophy preached from the pulpits of either mainline, institutionalised denominationalism or other religions, not to mention that some are Atheists.