Ten (41-50) More Quotes About Jesus and Galatians 6 – Fulfilling the Law of Christ

October 20, 2014

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Ten (41-50) More Quotes About Jesus

 918-1“God tests, but he does not tempt.”

Criss Jami

 

 

918-2“We might be wise to follow the insight of the enraptured heart rather than the more cautious reasoning of the theological mind.”

A.W. Tozer

  

918-3“The difference between Socrates and Jesus is that no one had ever been put to death in Socrates’ name. And that is because Socrates’ ideas were never made law. Law, in whatever name, protects privilege.”

E.L. Doctorow 

 

918-4“The unwounded life bears no resemblance to the Rabbi.”

Brennan Manning 

 

918-5“Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer.”

John Bunyan 

 

918-6“The sinners to whom Jesus directed His messianic ministry were not those who skipped morning devotions or Sunday church. His ministry was to those whom society considered real sinners. They had done nothing to merit salvation. Yet they opened themselves to the gift that was offered them. On the other hand, the self-righteous placed their trust in the works of the Law and closed their hearts to the message of grace.”

Brennan Manning  

918-7“Immanuel, God with us-that He would leave the spiritual realm and be present in the flesh and blood in such an act of humility is a staggering notion. As it is, He willingly gave His blood, in the flesh, so that others might find life, for it is written: “He did not come by water only, but by blood,” and “Without the shedding of blood there is no remission.” Now blood is required to give new life to the dead. 

I tell you, He did not give only a small amount to satisfy this requirement. He was beaten and crushed and pierced until that blood flowed like a river for the sake of love. It was for love, not religion, that He died. 

There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Immanuel’s veins. And those plunged beneath that watery grave to drink of His blood will never be the same.”

Ted Dekker

918-8“He has a plan for everybody here and it’s all a matter of whether you answer it when He calls you.”

Lacey Mosley

  

918-9“For me the most radical demand of Christian faith lies in summoning the courage to say yes to the present risenness of Jesus Christ.”

Brennan Manning

918-10“As for those who state that it is thanks to a woman, the lady Eve, that man was expelled from paradise, my answer to them would be that man has gained far more through Mary than he ever lost through Eve.”

Christine de Piza

This is the last chapter of Galatians; tomorrow we’ll start with… 


This is the last chapter of Galatians; tomorrow we’ll start with…

Galatians 6
Fulfilling the Law of Christ

1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.918-a

2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

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

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

5 For every man shall bear his own burden.

918-b“Bear his own burden” –the “For” at the beginning of the verse connects it with v. 4.  Each of us is responsible before God.  The reference may be to the future judgment (the verb is in the future tense), when every person will give an account to God.

6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.

7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.918-c

10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

11 Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand.

“Large a letter” – may have been for emphasis or as some have suggested, because he had poor eyesight.

“With mine own hand” – the letter up to this point had probably been dictated to a scribe, after which Paul took the pen in his own hand and finished the letter.

12 As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.918-d

13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.

14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

“New creature” – in Christ man undergoes a transformation that results in an entirely new being.  Creation again takes place (see 2 Cor 5:17).

16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.918-e

17 From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.

“Marks” – in ancient times the Greek word was used of the brand-marks that identified slaves or animals.  Paul’s suffering (stoning, beatings, and illness) marked him as a “servant of Christ.”

18 Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

Written to the Galatians written from Rome.


…Book of Ephesians.


Magic in the Greco-Roman World and Galatians 5 – Liberty Threatened by Legalism

October 19, 2014

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Magic in the Greco-Roman World

Various types of magical practice flourished in the Greco-Roman world. Spells, charms, amulets, potions and even voodoo-type dolls were used to procure the favor of supernatural powers.

Real lector priests performed magical rituals to protect their king, and to help the dead to rebirth.  By the first millennium B.C., their role seems to have been taken over by magicians (hekau).  Healing magic was a specialty of the priests who served Sekhmet, the fearsome goddess of plague.

Real lector priests performed magical rituals to protect their king, and to help the dead to rebirth.
By the first millennium B.C., their role seems to have been taken over by magicians (hekau).
Healing magic was a specialty of the priests who served Sekhmet, the fearsome goddess of plague.

The borders of magic were fluid; some “magical potions” may have been legitimate attempts at pharmacology, while certain “magical spells” had a strong component of prayer and worship.

Nonetheless, the idea of magic as manipulating supernatural beings for one’s personal benefit still accurately represents this underground spirituality.

Various substances—anything from bits of the hair of a desired lover to baboon dung or drowned field mice—were employed in spells.

These substances, combined with the “right” ritual practices and the proper magic words, supposedly guaranteed the compliance of the deity who was to accomplish the task.

The words might be nonsense syllables or secret names of the gods. It was not unusual for such spells to end with an abrupt command such as “Quick! Quick! Do it! Do it!”

While practitioners commonly called upon evil spirits of the underworld to do their bidding, any divinity was likely to be invoked.

Some magicians even attempted to manipulate the God of Israel. Indeed, he is invoked frequently in the magical papyri, generally under the name”lao,”a possible pronunciation of the name Yahweh by 1st century Christians.



Father, I just can’t understand how people can be so stupid not to accept Jesus.  

When He was on earth the people saw all the things He was able to do through You and each thing He did, from feeding the 5,000 to healing the cripple to giving sight to the blind along for other things was always for their benefit.

The Devil Has Many Faces A likeness has been noticed between Moroccan actor Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni, who plays the Devil in the program 'The Bible', and U.S. President Barack Obama. I'm not claiming Obama is the devil.  The devil is intelligent and far from a puppet.

The Devil Has Many Faces
A likeness has been noticed between Moroccan actor Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni, who plays the Devil in the program ‘The Bible’, and U.S. President Barack Obama.
I’m not claiming Obama is the devil. The devil is intelligent and far from a puppet.

But when they see someone else managing to fool them through trickery or the devil’s evil power they disregard Jesus and claim that He is of the devil.  

Now days they aren’t called magicians, but politicians.

Yet, there are some people that say great things about Jesus, tomorrow we’ll look at… 

Galatians 5
Liberty Threatened by Legalism

1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

“Made us free” – the freedom spoken of here is freedom from the yoke of the law.

“Yoke of bondage” – the burden of the rigorous demands of the law as the means for gaining God’s favor – an intolerable burden for sinful man.

Ivory Wands Metal wands representing the snake goddess Great of Magic were carried by some practitioners of magic.  Semi-circular ivory wands - decorated with fearsome deities - were used in the second millennium B.C.  The wands were symbols of the authority of the magician to summon powerful beings, and to make them obey him or her.

Ivory Wands
Metal wands representing the snake goddess Great of Magic were carried by some practitioners of magic.
Semi-circular ivory wands – decorated with fearsome deities – were used in the second millennium B.C.
The wands were symbols of the authority of the magician to summon powerful beings, and to make them obey him or her.

2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.

3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.

“Debtor to do the whole law” – the Old Testament law is a unit; submission to it cannot be selective (see Jas 2:10).

4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

“Fallen from grace” – placed yourself outside the scope of divine favor because gaining God’s favor by observing the law and receiving it by grace are mutually exclusive.

5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

“Faith which worketh by love” – Faith is not mere intellectual assent but a living trust in God’s grace that expresses itself in acts of love.

7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?”

Angry deities, jealous ghosts, and foreign demons and sorcerers were thought to cause misfortunes such as illness, accidents, poverty and infertility.  Magic provided a defense system against these ills for individuals throughout their lives.

Angry deities, jealous ghosts, and foreign demons and sorcerers were thought to cause misfortunes such as illness, accidents, poverty and infertility.
Magic provided a defense system against these ills for individuals throughout their lives.

Ye did run well” – before the Judaizers hindered them.  Paul was fond of depicting the Christian life as a race.

8 This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.

“Persuasian” – by the Judaizers.

9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.

A proverb used here to stress the pervasive effect of Judaism. When the word “leaven” in the Bible is used a as symbol, it indicates evil or false teaching, except in Matt 13:33.

10 I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.

11 And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? Then is the offence of the cross ceased.

12 I would they were even cut off which trouble you.

“Were even cut off” – the Greek word can also mean “to castrate.”  The Galatians would be better off if these Judaizers who are preaching circumcision were themselves “cut off.”

In Phil 3:2 Paul uses a related word to describe the same sort of people as “the false circumcision.”  His sarcasm is evident.

Horus A type of magical stela known as a cippus always shows the infant god Horus overcoming dangerous animals and reptiles.  Some have inscriptions describing how Horus was poisoned by his enemies, and how Isis, his mother, pleaded for her son's life, until the sun god Ra sent Thoth to cure him.

Horus
A type of magical stela known as a cippus always shows the infant god Horus overcoming dangerous animals and reptiles.
Some have inscriptions describing how Horus was poisoned by his enemies, and how Isis, his mother, pleaded for her son’s life, until the sun god Ra sent Thoth to cure him.

13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

“Use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh” – see Rom 6:1; 1 Pet 2:16.  LIberty is not license but freedom to serve God and each otehr in love.

14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

“All the law is fulfilled” – doing to others what you would have them do to you expresses the spirit and intention of “the law and the prophets” (Matt 7:12; cf. Mk 12:31).

15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.

“Bite and devour one another” – opposite vv. 13-14.  Seeking to attain status with God and man by mere observance of law breeds a self-righteous, critical spirit.

16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

“Walk” – present tense – “go on living” (used of habitual conduct).  Living by the promptings and power of the Spirit is the key to conquering sinful desires.

17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

“Not under the law” – not under the bondage of trying to please God by minute observance of the law for salvation or sanctification.917-g

Or in other words if you walk with Jesus and sin your punishment/chastisement (Heb 12:3-11) will not be under due to the Mosaic law, but done so through God’s grace.

19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Ancient Egypt Magic and Corruption The gods themselves used magic and charms against one another. The literature of Egypt is full of magicians of wizards who dry up lakes with a word, or cause severed limbs to jump back into place, or raise the dead. The king had magicians to help or guide him; and he himself was believed to have a magical power to make the rain fall, or the river rise. Life was full of talismans, spells, divinations; every door had to have a god to frighten away evil spirits or fortuitous strokes of bad luck. Children born on the twenty-third of the month of Thoth would surely die soon; those born on the twentieth of Choiakh would go blind.

Ancient Egypt Magic and Corruption
The gods themselves used magic and charms against one another.
The literature of Egypt is full of magicians of wizards who dry up lakes with a word, or cause severed limbs to jump back into place, or raise the dead.
The king had magicians to help or guide him; and he himself was believed to have a magical power to make the rain fall, or the river rise.
Life was full of talismans, spells, divinations; every door had to have a god to frighten away evil spirits or fortuitous strokes of bad luck.
Children born on the twenty-third of the month of Thoth would surely die soon; those born on the twentieth of Choiakh would go blind.

23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

“Walk in” – a military term meaning “keep in step with,” or “walk in the line with.”  A different Greek word for “walk” was used in v. 16, meaning “live,” involving one’s conduct.

26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.


…ten (41-50) more quotes about Jesus.


The Gods of the Greeks and Romans and Galatians 4 – Do Not Return to Bondage

October 18, 2014

The words in Black and Maroon is the text from historical/archaeological facts or the numbered scriptures from the Bible.  
Words in Blue are God – Red is Jesus – Green is Jerry.
Jerry is not a scholar, but a very curious 12 year old boy who loves Jesus and likes to research.
If you have any questions you would like to be answered privately or any subject you would like posted please contact me here.

The Gods of the Greeks and Romans

The “religious marketplace” was extremely crowded during the Hellenistic era.

Zeus was the king of the gods and is often portrayed as being a user and manipulator of humans.  Zeus uses a thunderbolt as a weapon, among other things, and that is faithfully recreated in the "God Of War" games.  You encounter Zeus in each game, often in different forms, and he ends up being the main antagonist of the series.

Zeus was the king of the gods and is often portrayed as being a user and manipulator of humans.
Zeus uses a thunderbolt as a weapon, among other things, and that is faithfully recreated in the “God Of War” games.
You encounter Zeus in each game, often in different forms, and he ends up being the main antagonist of the series.

The Olympian deities (and their Roman equivalents) still held a place in popular religion: mighty Zeus and his consort Hera, warlike Ares, erotic Aphrodite, prophetic Apollo, the virgin warrior Athena, Artemis the huntress, Hermes the messenger of the gods, Hephaestus the smith, Poseidon of the sea, Demeter of the field and Hestia of the hearth.

Pluto, the grim god of the underworld, was not always listed among the “Twelve” but retained a significant place in religious thinking.

While these deities were certainly reverenced, they were seldom seen as admirable characters. To the contrary, myths described them as violent and lustful, as well as capricious and conniving in their dealings with humans and with one another (as is seen in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey and in Ovid’s Metamorphoses).

It is not surprising, then, that these deities and their stories were later sanitized by the philosophers. In some systems, for example, Zeus was equated with the organizing principle of the universe (examples are Cleanthes’ Hymn to Zeus and Aratus’s Phaenomena).

This transformation of the idea of Zeus was so thorough that Jews and Christians could sometimes make use of material related to Zeus in their apologetic teaching in the Hellenistic world (as in Paul’s reference to a poem by the stoic Aratus in Acts 17).

Foreign cults also proliferated in Greece and Rome during the Hellenistic age. The worship of the god Sarapis was particularly popular, even though it appears that he was invented as late as the 3rd century B.C.,drawing together characteristics from various Greek and Egyptian deities.

Hera is the wife and one of three sisters of Zeus in the Olympian pantheon of Greek mythology and religion.  Her chief function was as the goddess of women and marriage.  Her counterpart in the religion of ancient Rome was Juno. The cow, lion and the peacock were considered sacred to her.  Hera's mother is Rhea and her father Cronus.

Hera is the wife and one of three sisters of Zeus in the Olympian pantheon of Greek mythology and religion.
Her chief function was as the goddess of women and marriage.
Her counterpart in the religion of ancient Rome was Juno.
The cow, lion and the peacock were considered sacred to her.
Hera’s mother is Rhea and her father Cronus.

Widespread stories of his offering help to his followers (deliverance from shipwreck, healing, etc.) compensated for his lack of a long history, Isis and Osiris, other Egyptian dieties, were also popular objects of worship.

In addition to these major deities, there remained a host of local spirits and gods that attracted veneration throughout the empire.

Household gods, preserving hearth and home, were especially popular among the Romans Naiads were described as water-nymphs associated with fountains, just as Dryads were associated with trees and Nereids with the sea.

Various spirits connected with the earth were thought to bring fertility to crops, as well as to be associated with death and the underworld.

The terrifying goddess Hekatewas particularly prominent and was frequently invoked in magic spells.

Finally, heroes from the past, most notably Hercules, were thought to aid people in distress and sometimes to serve as spiritual mentors.


As stated in the above article, magic spells were related to the false Roman and Greek gods, so tomorrow we’ll look at… 

Galatians 4
Do Not Return to Bondage

1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;

Facade of Nereid Monument  The Nereid Monument is a sculptured tomb from Xanthos in classical period Lycia, close to present-day Kinik in Antalya Province, Turkey.  It took the form of a Greek temple on top of a base decorated with sculpted friezes, and is thought to have been built in the early fourth century B.C. as a tomb for Arbinas , the Xanthian dynast who ruled western Lycia. The tomb is thought to have stood until the Byzantine era before falling into ruin.  The ruins were rediscovered by British traveler Charles Fellows in the early 1840s.  Fellows had them shipped to the British Museum: there some of them have been reconstructed to show what the East facade of the monument would have looked like.

Facade of Nereid Monument
The Nereid Monument is a sculptured tomb from Xanthos in classical period Lycia, close to present-day Kinik in Antalya Province, Turkey.
It took the form of a Greek temple on top of a base decorated with sculpted friezes, and is thought to have been built in the early fourth century B.C. as a tomb for Arbinas , the Xanthian dynast who ruled western Lycia.
The tomb is thought to have stood until the Byzantine era before falling into ruin.
The ruins were rediscovered by British traveler Charles Fellows in the early 1840s.
Fellows had them shipped to the British Museum: there some of them have been reconstructed to show what the East facade of the monument would have looked like.

2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.

3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:

4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

“Fulness of the time was come” – the time “appointed” by God for His children to become adult sons and heirs.

“God sent forth His Son” – see Jn 1:14, 3:16; Rom 1:1-6; 1 Jn 4:14.

“Made of a woman” – showing that Christ was truly human.

“Made under the law” – subject to the Jewish law.

5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

“The adoption of sons” – with the full rights of sons.  See Rom 8:15, where the “spirit of adoption” is contrasted with the “spirit of bondage”. 

God takes into His family as fully recognized sons and heirs both Jews that believe (those who had been under the law) and Gentiles who believe in Christ.

6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.

A young warrior dies. Block from the greater podium frieze. The upper, shallower frieze on the podium also consisted of 22 blocks, and three have been lost.  Each of the four sides of this frieze represents the siege of a city. The cities are portrayed with characteristic Lycian merlons, and the frieze is thought to represent Arbinas's conquest of Lycian cities so as to ensure his succession to the leadership. Arbinas is represented in various ways, including sitting in Persian style, shaded with a parasol, and with his feet supported off the ground by a footstool. There is also variety in the soldiers, including heavily armed hoplites and archers, and there are prisoners being led away, and besiegers scaling city walls with ladders.

A young warrior dies. Block from the greater podium frieze.
The upper, shallower frieze on the podium also consisted of 22 blocks, and three have been lost.
Each of the four sides of this frieze represents the siege of a city. The cities are portrayed with characteristic Lycian merlons, and the frieze is thought to represent Arbinas’s conquest of Lycian cities so as to ensure his succession to the leadership.
Arbinas is represented in various ways, including sitting in Persian style, shaded with a parasol, and with his feet supported off the ground by a footstool.
There is also variety in the soldiers, including heavily armed hoplites and archers, and there are prisoners being led away, and besiegers scaling city walls with ladders.

9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?

10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.

11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labor in vain.

12 Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am; for I am as ye are: ye have not injured me at all.

13 Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first.

14 And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.

“Received me” – Paul implies that under the influence of Judaizers they have changed their attitude toward him.

15 Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? For I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me.

16 Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

17 They zealously affect you, but not well; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might affect them.

18 But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you.

Arbinas, in Persian dress, receives emissaries. Scene from the upper podium frieze. The frieze on the architrave on top of the columns is carved in a simpler, more naive style than the podium friezes.  It again portrays scenes of combat, but also a boar hunt, figures bearing offerings, and preparations for a banquet.

Arbinas, in Persian dress, receives emissaries. Scene from the upper podium frieze.
The frieze on the architrave on top of the columns is carved in a simpler, more naive style than the podium friezes.
It again portrays scenes of combat, but also a boar hunt, figures bearing offerings, and preparations for a banquet.

19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,

20 I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.

21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?

22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.

“Two sons” – Ishmael was born to the slave woman, Hagar (Gen 16:1-16), and Isaac to his wife Sarah (Gen 21:2-5).

23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.

24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.

25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.

“Answereth to Jerusalem which now is” – Jerusalem can be equated with Mount Sinai because it represents the center of Judaism, which is still under bondage to the law issued at Mount Sinai.

26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

One of the nereids. The monument is now named after the life-size female figures in wind-blown drapery. Eleven survive, which would have been enough to fill the spaces between columns on the east and west sides, and the three on the north.  Jenkins speculates that there might never have been figures on the south side. They are identified as sea-nymphs because various sculpted sea creatures were found under the feet of seven of them, including dolphins, a cuttlefish, and a bird that may be a sea-gull.  They have generally been called Nereids, though Thurstan Robinson argues that this is imposing a Greek perspective on Lycian sculptures, and that they should rather be seen as eliyãna, Lycian water-nymphs associated with fresh-water sources and referenced on the Letoon trilingual inscription, which was discovered a few kilometres to the south of the site of the monument.

One of the nereids.
The monument is now named after the life-size female figures in wind-blown drapery.
Eleven survive, which would have been enough to fill the spaces between columns on the east and west sides, and the three on the north.
Jenkins speculates that there might never have been figures on the south side. They are identified as sea-nymphs because various sculpted sea creatures were found under the feet of seven of them, including dolphins, a cuttlefish, and a bird that may be a sea-gull.
They have generally been called Nereids, though Thurstan Robinson argues that this is imposing a Greek perspective on Lycian sculptures, and that they should rather be seen as eliyãna, Lycian water-nymphs associated with fresh-water sources and referenced on the Letoon trilingual inscription, which was discovered a few kilometres to the south of the site of the monument.

“Jerusalem which is above” – Rabbinical teaching held that the Jerusalem above was the heavenly archetype that in the Messianic period would be let down to earth (cf. Rev 21:2).

Here it refers to the heavenly city of God, in which Christ reigns and of which Christians are citizens, in contrast to the “Jerusalem which now is.”

27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath a husband.

Paul applies Israel’s joyful promise to exiled Jerusalem (in her exile “barren” of children) to the ingathering of believers through the gospel, by which “Jerusalem’s” children have become many.

28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.

29 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.

30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.

“Cast out the bondwoman” – Sarah’s words in Gen 21:10 were used by Paul as the Scriptural basis for teaching the Galatians to put the Judaizers out of the church.

31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.

“We are not children of the bondwoman” – the believer is not enslaved to the law but is a child of Promise and lives by faith.


…magic in the Greco-Roman World.


Paul’s Jewish Opponents and Galatians 3 – Receiving the Spirit by Faith

October 17, 2014

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Paul’s Jewish Opponents

Throughout his Christian ministry Paul was dogged by Jewish opponents who sought to undermine his message.

Every year at Christmas time we see advertisements to come and hear “Handel’s Messiah.”  We all have that wonderful chorus ringing in our ears during the Yuletide season, “For Unto Us A Child Is Born.” Yet the Jews in their pig-headedness will tell you, “Jesus Christ was an imposter.”  The best amongst the Jews will tell you, “Jesus Christ was a great teacher but not the Messiah.”  Or the worst amongst the Jews will tell you, “Jesus Christ was a magician.”  But when push comes to shove the Jews will finally say, “I was born a Jew and I will die a Jew.” (What they mean is, “I will never become a Goy (a Jewish name for a non-Jew).

Every year at Christmas time we see advertisements to come and hear “Handel’s Messiah.”
We all have that wonderful chorus ringing in our ears during the Yuletide season, “For Unto Us A Child Is Born.”
Yet the Jews in their pig-headedness will tell you, “Jesus Christ was an imposter.”
The best amongst the Jews will tell you, “Jesus Christ was a great teacher but not the Messiah.”
Or the worst amongst the Jews will tell you, “Jesus Christ was a magician.”
But when push comes to shove the Jews will finally say, “I was born a Jew and I will die a Jew.” (What they mean is, “I will never become a Goy (a Jewish name for a non-Jew).

Some of these challengers were Jews who (ejected the Messianic claims of Jesus and sought to halt the growth of the church by open persecution, just as Paul himself had once done.

On other occasions, however, Paul seems to have been opposed by Jews who were perhaps offended not so much by the fact that Paul preached Christ but that he did not require Gentiles to become proselytes (i.e., to embrace the ways of Judaism, such as circumcision, observance of the Sabbath and avoidance of non-kosher foods).

It appears that the Christians in Galatia had been persuaded not to turn away from Christ but to become proselytes. For Paul this was an alarming development because it undercut the core message of the gospel; if salvation could not be attained without embracing Judaism, then the death of Christ was insufficient.

Scholars have become vitally interested in understanding Paul’s Jewish adversaries, because this issue is key to understanding Paul.

The traditional Protestant view is that Paul’s Jewish opponents were “legalists” who believed that salvation is not received by grace through faith but must be earned by “good works” (which in this case meant adherence to the ritual laws of Judaism).

Judaism. The evil eye is a malevolent look that many cultures believe able to cause injury or misfortune for the person at whom it is directed for reasons of envy or dislike.  Talismans created to protect against the evil eye are also frequently called "evil eyes." The term also refers to the power attributed to certain persons of inflicting injury or bad luck by such an envious or ill-wishing look.  The evil eye is usually given to others who remain unaware.

Judaism.
The evil eye is a malevolent look that many cultures believe able to cause injury or misfortune for the person at whom it is directed for reasons of envy or dislike.
Talismans created to protect against the evil eye are also frequently called “evil eyes.”
The term also refers to the power attributed to certain persons of inflicting injury or bad luck by such an envious or ill-wishing look.
The evil eye is usually given to others who remain unaware.

Against this, some have recently argued that first-century Judaism was not really “legalistic” at all but that it held to the belief that forgiveness was obtained purely by the mercy of God.

These scholars charge that Protestants have judged ancient Jews out of the context of the Protestant Reformation, when Luther faced the legalism of Roman Catholic masses and indulgences, rather than truly listening to the 1st century Jews themselves.

To the contrary, such critics insist, faithful Jews believed that God had chosen them purely on the basis of his grace and that he required only that they regulate their lives according to the terms of his covenant.

The “rules” of Judaism, according to this perspective, helped Jews to preserve their identity and faithfulness but were not a means for acquiring God’s favor.

This viewpoint on Judaism has led to an altered perspective on Paul. If the early Jews were not in fact legalistic, then our interpretation of some of Paul’s words needs significant revision.

On the other hand, many believe that it is valid to claim that many 1st century Jews did embrace an excessively moralistic and institutionalized view of religion and that Paul was reacting against this code.

The meaning of "Afterlife" is not same as "Eternal LIfe" that Jesus promises.

The meaning of “Afterlife” is not the same as “Eternal Life” that Jesus promises.

Scholars are currently involved in research to try to determine exactly what these early Jews believed about how God’s favor was to be obtained.

Even so, it is probably unnecessary to prove that 1st century Judaism was formally and theologically legalistic in order to demonstrate that many of Paul’s opponents were legalistic in their approach to their religion.

When Jesus opposed the Jewish leadership, he was concerned not so much with debating the Pharisees over hypothetical elements of theology as with their lack of repentance.

When religious people are unrepentant, they often become harsh and judgmental, adhering to a letter-of-the-law code of moral and ethical standards.

Their ability to perform religious rites and duties becomes a substitute for an authentic and personal knowledge of God.915-5

This is true in Christian communities as well, notwithstanding the fact that no one in these communities disputes that Christianity holds to salvation “by grace and not by works” as one of its core teachings.

Thus, even though many of Paul’s opponents may have formally accepted that forgiveness depends entirely upon the mercy of God, in their practical religious lives they may well have been legalistic.


The world knows what Jews are like, an easy summary of them is the riddle I have posted before: “What is the objective of Jewish Football?”  Get the quarter back.915-j-1

The Jews despise Jesus because of two reasons: 1) He is greater then them and 2) They can’t spend or trade Him.

They are the only nationality that has been here since their beginnings, maybe that’s why they are so good at being disgusting?

The Jews have always worshiped nonsense, so tomorrow we’ll look at…

Galatians 3
Receiving the Spirit by Faith

1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?

“Foolish” – they weren’t mentally deficient but simply failed to use their power of perception.

2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

Legalism, in Christian theology, is a usually pejorative term referring to an over-emphasis on discipline of conduct, or legal ideas, usually implying an allegation of misguided rigour, pride, superficiality, the neglect of mercy, and ignorance of the grace of God or emphasizing the letter of law at the expense of the spirit. Legalism is alleged against any view that obedience to law, not faith in God's grace, is the pre-eminent principle of redemption.

Legalism, in Christian theology, is a usually pejorative term referring to an over-emphasis on discipline of conduct, or legal ideas, usually implying an allegation of misguided rigour, pride, superficiality, the neglect of mercy, and ignorance of the grace of God or emphasizing the letter of law at the expense of the spirit.
Legalism is alleged against any view that obedience to law, not faith in God’s grace, is the pre-eminent principle of redemption.

“The Spirit” – from this point on in Galatians Paul refers to the Holy Ghost 16 times.

3 Are ye so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

“Begun in the Spirit…made perfect” – both salvation and sanctification are the work of the Holy Ghost.

“By the flesh” – a reference to human nature in its unregenerate weakness.  Trying to achieve righteousness by works, including circumcision, was a part of life in the “flesh.”

4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? If it be yet in vain.

Paul hopes that those who have been misled will return to the true gospel.

5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.

7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

The poster boy for subversive Jews all over!  My theory is that some church group kindly (or stupidly) offered their vacant offices to his ARA outfit as a meeting place for what they thought were a sensitive and ”public-spirited” youth group.  Late one evening, when no one else was there, him and his ARA chums went around checking out the place.  Going down a hall, they came across a symbol of Jesus and the filthy little Jew asks his bud to take a shot of him pretending to be sodomized by Jesus: These people pretty much don’t respect anything, especially  Christians.

The poster boy for subversive Jews all over!
My theory is that some church group kindly (or stupidly) offered their vacant offices to his ARA outfit as a meeting place for what they thought were a sensitive and ”public-spirited” youth group.
Late one evening, when no one else was there, him and his ARA chums went around checking out the place.
Going down a hall, they came across a symbol of Jesus and the filthy little Jew asks his bud to take a shot of him pretending to be sodomized by Jesus:
These people pretty much don’t respect anything, especially Christians.

“Children of Abraham” – Abraham was the physical father of the Jewish race, and the spiritual father to all that believe in Jesus Christ, no matter what race they are.

8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.

9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

“Are of the works of the law” – the reference is to legalists – those who refuse God’s offer of grace and insist on pursuing righteousness through works.

“Under the curse” – because no one under the law ever perfectly kept the law.  God’s blessing has never been earned, but has always been freely given.

11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.

12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.

In 2008, Russian archaeologist Dmitry Vasilyev unearthed Itil, the long lost capital of the Kingdom of Khazaria.  New DNA science proves that today’s “Jews” come from Khazaria and are not the seed of Abraham.

In 2008, Russian archaeologist Dmitry Vasilyev unearthed Itil, the long lost capital of the Kingdom of Khazaria.
New DNA science proves that today’s “Jews” come from Khazaria and are not the seed of Abraham.

13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law” – see 4:5; Rom 8:3.

“Tree” – used in classical Greek of stocks and poles on which bodies were impaled hereof the cross.

Have any Jewish friends?  Wondering what to buy them for Christmas?  How about a tree?

14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.

“Man’s covenant” – the Greek word normally indicates a last will or testament, which is probably the legal instrument Paul is referring to here.

But in the Septuagint it had been widely used for God’s covenant with His people.

Christians NOT Jews are Gods chosen people, not meaning that a Jew can't be a Christian. Jews have beguiled (just like their father (Jn 8:44; Rev 2:9) did to Eve - Gen 3:13) Zionist-Christians into believing that they, the Jews, are God’s “chosen people.” Jews tell Zionist-Christians that when God said to Abraham, “I will bless those who bless thee,” that He would withhold His blessings upon Christians unless they support Israel!  How utterly unbiblical! Are Christians to bless the murderers and blasphemers of Jesus Christ? St John the Baptist did not teach an unconditional blessing upon the Jews when he rebuked them, saying, “Do not say you have Abraham for your father, for God is able to raise up from these stones sons of Abraham.” (Matt 3).

Christians NOT Jews are Gods chosen people, not meaning that a Jew can’t be a Christian.
Jews have beguiled (just like their father (Jn 8:44; Rev 2:9) did to Eve – Gen 3:13) Zionist-Christians into believing that they, the Jews, are God’s “chosen people.”
Jews tell Zionist-Christians that when God said to Abraham, “I will bless those who bless thee,” that He would withhold His blessings upon Christians unless they support Israel!
How utterly unbiblical!
Are Christians to bless the murderers and blasphemers of Jesus Christ?
St John the Baptist did not teach an unconditional blessing upon the Jews when he rebuked them, saying, “Do not say you have Abraham for your father, for God is able to raise up from these stones sons of Abraham.” (Matt 3).

16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.

18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

“Was added” – from the time of Abraham, the promise covenanted to him had stood at the center of God’s relationship with His people. 

After exodus the law contained in the Sinatic covenant (Ex 19-24) became an additional element in the relationship – what Jeremiah by implication called the “old covenant’ when he brought God’s promise of a “new covenant.”

“Till the seed should come” – after God promised through Abraham’s seed (Jesus Christ) to regenerate the nations, He added the Mosaic law to reveal and restrain sin until Christ should come and provide righteousness to all who believe (Jn 3:16; Rom 10:4).

The purpose of the law has been fulfilled within those who have obtained righteousness and sonship in Christ.

915-f20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.

The Mosaic covenant was a formal arrangement of mutual commitments between God and Israel, with Moses as the mediator.  But since the promise God covenanted with Abraham involved commitment only from God’s side (and God is one), no mediator was involved.

21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.

The reason the law is not opposed to the promise is that, although in itself it cannot save, it serves to reveal sin, which alienates God from man, and to show the need for the salvation that the promise offers.

22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

“Faith” – in Christ.915-g

“Kept under the law” – to be a prisoner of sin and a prisoner of law amounts to much the same, because law reveals and stimulates sin.

24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

“Was our schoolmaster” – the expression translates the Greek paidagogs (from which “Pedagogue” is derived). 

It refers to the personal slave-attendant who accompanied a freeborn boy wherever he went and exercised a certain amount of discipline over him.  His function was as much that of a baby-sitter as a teacher.

25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

By adoption, the justified believer is a full adult and heir in God’s family with all the attendant rights and privileges.

915-h27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

“Baptized in Christ” – see Rom 6:3-11; 1 Cor 12:13.

28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

Unity in Christ transcends ethnic, social and gender distinctions.  These earthly distinctions and roles remain, but all who are “in Christ” are positioned as full and equal sons and heirs of God.

29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Christians are Abraham’s true, spiritual descendants.


…the Gods of the Greeks and Romans.


Antioch of Syria Center of Christianity and Galatians 2 – Paul Accepted by The Church

October 16, 2014

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Antioch of Syria Center of Christianity

There are two cities in the New Testament by the name of Antioch: Antioch of Pisidia in Asia Minor, evangelized by Paul (Acts 13:14-50),and Antioch in Syria, an early center of Christianity.

Stone carving from Syrian Antioch

Stone carving from Syrian Antioch

Antioch of Syria was located on the Orontes River, about 15 miles  from the Mediterranean coast. Today this is the site of Antakya in southern Turkey, close to the border with Syria.

Due to its status as a major commercial center at the junction of trade routes running eastward to Mesopotamia, westward to the Aegean and south to Damascus, Palestine and Egypt, it was one of the greatest cities in the ancient world.

Paul, in Gal 2:11-14, provided us with a look at church life in this early center of Christianity, a place where Jewish and Gentile believers came together.

Antioch in Pisidia – alternatively Antiochia in Pisidia or Pisidian Antioch is a city in the Turkish Lakes Region, which is at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, Aegean and Central Anatolian regions, and formerly on the border of Pisidia and Phrygia, hence also known as Antiochia in Phrygia.  The site lies approximately 1 km northeast of Yalvaç, the modern town of Isparta Province. The city is on a hill with its highest point of 1236 m in the north.

Antioch in Pisidia – alternatively Antiochia in Pisidia or Pisidian Antioch is a city in the Turkish Lakes Region, which is at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, Aegean and Central Anatolian regions, and formerly on the border of Pisidia and Phrygia, hence also known as Antiochia in Phrygia.
The site lies approximately 1 km northeast of Yalvaç, the modern town of Isparta Province. The city is on a hill with its highest point of 1236 m in the north.

It became the base of the early church as a result of persecution, which forced followers of Jesus to flee there from Judea during the 1st century.

Paul and Barnabas spent much time in Antioch preaching and teaching; Paul embarked upon his missionary journeys from there ; and it was there that believers in Jesus were first called Christians (Acts 11:26).

Excavations from 1932 to 1939 revealed the main street of 1st century Antioch, flanked by broad walkways, temples, shops and baths. Herod the Great paved the street with marble, and Tiberius later added colonnades.


Paul worked hard at spreading the Good News and many accepted him, but not all.  Tomorrow we will look at…

Galatians 2
Paul Accepted by The Church

1 Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also.

We made a full day excursion to Antakya (biblical Antioch of Syria).  Turning south along the Mediterranean we passed the plain of Issus where the armies of Alexander and Darius fought in 333 B.C.  Further south we passed Iskenderun (Turkish word for Alexandria) which was founded by Alexander the Great.

We made a full day excursion to Antakya (biblical Antioch of Syria).
Turning south along the Mediterranean we passed the plain of Issus where the armies of Alexander and Darius fought in 333 B.C.
Further south we passed Iskenderun (Turkish word for Alexandria) which was founded by Alexander the Great.

“Barnabas” – means “One who encourages.”  His given name was Joseph, and he was a Levite from the Island of Cyprus.  He was Paul’s companion on the first missionary journey.

“Titus” – A Gentile Christian who served as Paul’s delegate to Corinth and later was left in Crete to oversee the church there.

2 And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.

“Had run, in vain” – see 1 Cor 15:58; Phil 2:16.

3 But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised:

4 And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:

“False brethren” – Judaizers who held that Gentile coverts should be circumcised and obey the law of Moses.

Antioch of Syria is located on the Orontes River. Principal river of Syria which originates east of the Lebanon ridge rises near Heliopolis in the Beka Valley of Lebanon, and flows north some 250 miles through Syria and Turkey before turning southwest into the Mediterranean south of Antioch-on-the-Orontes (Antakya) to reach the coast just south of ancient Seleucia, the seaport of Antioch.  This river is never actually mentioned in the Bible but was famous for its association with Antioch, which owed to the river the fertility of its district.

Antioch of Syria is located on the Orontes River.
Principal river of Syria which originates east of the Lebanon ridge rises near Heliopolis in the Beka Valley of Lebanon, and flows north some 250 miles through Syria and Turkey before turning southwest into the Mediterranean south of Antioch-on-the-Orontes (Antakya) to reach the coast just south of ancient Seleucia, the seaport of Antioch.
This river is never actually mentioned in the Bible but was famous for its association with Antioch, which owed to the river the fertility of its district.

5 To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.

6 But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man’s person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me:

“Accepteth no man’s person” – cf. Deut 10:17; 1 Sam 16:7; Lk 20:21; Jas 2:1.

7 But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;

“Gospel of the uncircumcision” – Paul’s ministry was not exclusively to the Gentiles.  In fact, he regularly went first to the synagogue when arriving in a new location.  He did, however, consider himself to be foremost an apostle to the Gentiles.

8 (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)

9 And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.

10 Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.

Antioch, present day Antakya, is the capital of the Turkish province of Hatay.  Situated in the Orontes valley on the slopes of of Mount Silipus (altitude 509 meters), 25 kilometers from the Mediterranean sea with an elevation of 80 meters, Antioch was once known as the "Queen of the Orient" because of the abundance of its goods and great monuments, and the richness of its culture.

Antioch, present day Antakya, is the capital of the Turkish province of Hatay.
Situated in the Orontes valley on the slopes of of Mount Silipus (altitude 509 meters), 25 kilometers from the Mediterranean sea with an elevation of 80 meters, Antioch was once known as the “Queen of the Orient” because of the abundance of its goods and great monuments, and the richness of its culture.

11 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.

“Antioch” – the leading city of Syria and third leading city of the Roman empire (after Rome and Alexandria).  From it Paul had been sent out on his missionary journeys.

12 For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision.

“Them which were of the circumcision” – Judaizers, who believed that circumcision was necessary for salvation.

13 And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation.

“The other Jews” – Jewish Christians not associated with the circumcision party but whom Peter’s behavior had led astray.

14 But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?

The term Ancient Crete refers to the civilization that existed on the island of Crete, just south of Greece, in the Mediterranean Sea.  From around 3000–1100 B.C., inhabitants known as Minoans controlled the island of Crete and ruled the island autonomously.  Despite the fact the Minoans were able to rise to a position of political and economic dominance during this time, their civilization and subsequent control over Crete was destroyed by a large volcanic eruption 300 km away, layering it in hot volcanic ash.  It is from this period onward that Crete began to fall under the control of the near-by Greek city-states and eventually the Roman Empire.

The term Ancient Crete refers to the civilization that existed on the island of Crete, just south of Greece, in the Mediterranean Sea.
From around 3000–1100 B.C., inhabitants known as Minoans controlled the island of Crete and ruled the island autonomously.
Despite the fact the Minoans were able to rise to a position of political and economic dominance during this time, their civilization and subsequent control over Crete was destroyed by a large volcanic eruption 300 km away, layering it in hot volcanic ash.
It is from this period onward that Crete began to fall under the control of the near-by Greek city-states and eventually the Roman Empire.

15 We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles,

16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

A key verse in Galatians.  Three times it tells us that no one is justified by observing the law, and three times it underscores the indispensable requirement of placing one’s faith in Christ.

“By the works of the law” – Paul is not depreciating the law itself, for he clearly maintained that God’s law is “holy, and just, and good” (Rom 7:12).  He is arguing against an illegitimate use of the Old Testament law that made the observance of that law the grounds of acceptance with God.

17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.

18 For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.

19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.

We are the body of the church, Jesus is the head. "And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence" (Col 1:18).

We are the body of the church, Jesus is the head.
“And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence” (Col 1:18).

20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

“Christ is dead in vain” – to mingle legalism with grace distorts grace and makes a mockery of the cross.


…Paul’s Jewish Opponents.


Satanism in Washington D.C. and Galatians 1 – No Other Gospel

October 15, 2014

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Satanism in Washington D.C.

This is our government hard at work.  The following words and invitation to join comes directly from Satanists in Washington D.C., verbatim.  913-1

If you listen to the video you’ll see that they believe they are powerful and wise, but they can’t even spell.

The Satanic Underground of Washington, DC is a long-established informal circle of avowed Satanists from Baltimore to Richmond who live Satanism in accordance with the tenets expressed by Anton Szandor LaVey in The Satanic Bible and in The Church of Satan. 

The sole purpose of this unholy cabal is to provide a point of contact for confirmed minions of Satan to meet other Satanists of like mind and to occasionally come together for fun, magic, support and indulgence. 

You do NOT have to be a member of the Church of Satan to become part of the Underground but you absolutely MUST….

* Be a dedicated Satanist – If you are not certain, do not apply.

The All-Seeing Eye as seen on the United States one dollar note. The All-Seeing Eye was added to the original design of the Great Seal of the United States in 1776 by Pierre Eugène Du Simitière and remained on the Seal with the addition of an unfinished pyramid when it was finally adopted in 1782.  In 1935 the Great Seal was added to the $1 dollar note, the most widely circulated note on the planet, by President and Freemason Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The All-Seeing Eye as seen on the United States one dollar note.
The All-Seeing Eye was added to the original design of the Great Seal of the United States in 1776 by Pierre Eugène Du Simitière and remained on the Seal with the addition of an unfinished pyramid when it was finally adopted in 1782.
In 1935 the Great Seal was added to the $1 dollar note, the most widely circulated note on the planet, by President and Freemason Franklin D. Roosevelt.

 

* Be an adult over the age of 18

Be familiar with the literature of Satanism

* Live within driving distance of Washington, DC for at least part of the year

* Complete a fairly basic e-mail questionaire (available on request)

If you meet the first four requirements, then please send us a brief introductory email at… DC_Satan@Hotmail.com.

DO NOT e-mail us if you are not a Satanist or if you do not meet all of the first four requiremets. DO NOT e-mail us for basic education about Satanism.  The Underground is NOT an initiatory or teaching organization.

To delve into the deep, dark reality of Satanism, you must begin with The Satanic Bible by Anton Szandor LaVey.

It is available in the magick / occult section of almost every major bookstore.  We do not tolerate ignorance well.

DO NOT e-mail us with boring Christian drivel.  We are well past that and will likely retaliate against you for wasting our time.  We are vicious and brutally vengeful.  That is the only warning you will get.

"El Diablo" Shows His Horns—The Devil Rides Out! People that are Christians now, but were Satanists, recognized President Clinton's signal at his inauguration as a sign of Satan.  That seems fairly cut and dried, and it is. Clinton communicated what he wanted to the people to whom he wanted to communicate.  The whole affair with him flashing the Satanic hand signal took only a couple of seconds.  Fritz Springmeier  Bloodlines of the Illuminati It is being flashed everywhere—on TV, in newspapers and magazines, at sporting events, and even at presidential inaugurations.  I'm referring, of course, to the sign of El Diablo, the horned devil, also known as the sign of Il Cornuto and as Diabolicus.  It began in the modern era with the followers of satanic cults, the members of the official Church of Satan. THE HAND SIGNS 1. The thumb over the fingers is the Satanic salute from the satanic Occult. 2. With the thumb under the fingers represent the horned god of witchcraft. 3. With thumb out it means. I love you Satan.

“El Diablo” Shows His Horns—The Devil Rides Out!
People that are Christians now, but were Satanists, recognized President Clinton’s signal at his inauguration as a sign of Satan.
That seems fairly cut and dried, and it is. Clinton communicated what he wanted to the people to whom he wanted to communicate.
The whole affair with him flashing the Satanic hand signal took only a couple of seconds.
Fritz Springmeier
Bloodlines of the Illuminati
It is being flashed everywhere—on TV, in newspapers and magazines, at sporting events, and even at presidential inaugurations.
I’m referring, of course, to the sign of El Diablo, the horned devil, also known as the sign of Il Cornuto and as Diabolicus.
It began in the modern era with the followers of satanic cults, the members of the official Church of Satan.
THE HAND SIGNS
1. The thumb over the fingers is the Satanic salute from the satanic Occult.
2. With the thumb under the fingers represent the horned god of witchcraft.
3. With thumb out it means. I love you Satan.

Are you scared now?  Stupid or perverted men say that when a woman says “No,” she means “Yes.”  These Satanists are pretty stupid, I think I’ll email them.

Do not misunderstand, I would never confront the devil himself because God tells us not to (1 Pet 5:8), we are no match for him.  

But these are just stupid people and even though they worship Satan he cannot do anything to me as long as I don’t enter his ground without God’s go ahead.

As Paul said, “…If God be for us, who can be against us” (Rom 10:31).

For those wishing to know what a genuine Satanic ritual looks like, this video is highly accurate depiction almost precisely as prescribed in The Satanic Bible.


This has got to be the most boring and ridiculous video ever made.  The creation of this video is from the website, “Satanism in Washington D.C.” The video is almost 42 minutes long and as I said, extremely boring and ridiculous.

Even when I didn’t believe in Jesus there is no way I would get involved in such a ludicrous foundation.913-4

The first 38 or so minutes is just babbling about how wonderful Satan is and mostly the speaker yells “Hail Satan” and the audience repeat it.  Obama, Bush and Congress are probably in the audience.

At the beginning of the video and throughout the entirety of it there is a blonde lady half-dressed laying down on a shelf but raised up behind the speaker. 

I don’t know who she’s supposed to be, maybe Jezebel or the whore from hell (Rev 17:5).  Maybe next year instead of the blond being there Oprah will be there, but they’ll have to get a wider shelf.

The last two or so minutes, the High Priest gets up on the podium and babbles a bit and then says his prayer to Satan, and it’s basically the same as the Lord’s Prayer, but it’s basically just the opposite and the word “Heaven” is replaced with “Hell” and “Hades.”

This video isn’t much different than a Catholic Mass.

913-5I have placed the video here so everyone can see how ridiculous Satan worshippers are.  Aside from these people’s moronic actions, they actually think Satan is impressed by them.  He’s probably laughing at them as much as I did.

Oh yeah, now you can see how wise our government is.   

Do know that I’m not here trying to recruit any morons into a foolish organization, I’m doing what God asked me to do, isn’t that right, Father?

I’m here just to let everyone know how ridiculous people, including our government, can be.  Yet, I’m also not here to try and stop you.  God has given us freewill, meaning we choose own destination – Heaven or Hell.

The Satanic High Mass

We’ll look at how Satanic Washington D.C. is later, the fools in the above article would not like Paul, especially the things he says in the below chapter.  And to go with that, tomorrow we’ll go back to Paul and…

Galatians 1
No Other Gospel

1 Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)

I have not seen Oprah showing the Satanic hand sign, but you don't have to worship Satan to go to hell. Following the New Age, or anything other than Jesus will put you in hell.

I have not seen Oprah showing the Satanic hand sign, but you don’t have to worship Satan to go to hell.
Following the New Age, like Oprah does, or anything other than Jesus will put you in hell.

 

“Paul” – writers of this time customarily put their names at the beginning of letters.

2 And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia:

“Churches” – this was a circular letter to several congregations.

“Galatia” – the term occurs four times in the New Testament.  In 2 Tim 4:10 the reference is uncertain.  In 1 Pet 1:1 it refers to the northern area of Asia Minor occupied by the Gaul’s.

Here and in 1 Cor 16:1 Paul probably uses the term to refer to the Roman province of Galatia and an additional area to the south, through which he traveled on his first missionary journey.

3 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,

4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:

Not only are believers delivered from the power of darkness and translated into the kingdom of God’s dear Son, but the sacrifice of Christ which made this deliverance possible, also delivers God’s children from this present evil world. This is a very important truth in our day when so many who profess to be God’s children are so deeply involved in “this present evil world.”  Instead of recognizing the world as an enemy, they treat it as a friend. Instead of repudiating the ways of the world, they foolishly claim that they can use those worldly ways to win the lost to Christ or to enjoy a godly walk. Remember, "Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils" (1 Cor 10:21).

Not only are believers delivered from the power of darkness and translated into the kingdom of God’s dear Son, but the sacrifice of Christ which made this deliverance possible, also delivers God’s children from this present evil world.
This is a very important truth in our day when so many who profess to be God’s children are so deeply involved in “this present evil world.”
Instead of recognizing the world as an enemy, they treat it as a friend. Instead of repudiating the ways of the world, they foolishly claim that they can use those worldly ways to win the lost to Christ or to enjoy a godly walk.
Remember, “Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils” (1 Cor 10:21).

 

“Present evil world” – the present period of the world’s history.  In contrast to the age to come (the climax of the Messianic age), this present age is characterized by wickedness (Eph 2:, 6:12).

5 To whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

“Accursed” – the Greek word anathema originally referred to a pagan temple offering in payment for a vow.  Later it came to represent a curse.

9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

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.

11 But I certify you, brethren that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.

12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.913-c

13 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it

“The Jews’ religion” – the Jewish faith and way of life that developed during the period between the Old Testament and the New Testament.

14 And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.

15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace,

16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:

“Heathen” – the term commonly designated foreigners – hence pagans or the non-Jewish world or the United States Congress and White House.

913-d 17 Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.

“Arabia” – the Nabatean kingdom in Transjordan stretching from Damascus southwest to the Suez.

“Damascus” – ancient capital of Syria (Aram in the Old Testament).  Paul had been converted en route from Jerusalem to Damascus.

18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.

19 But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother.

20 Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not.

21 Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia;913-e

22 And was unknown by face unto the churches of Judaea which were in Christ:

23 But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.

24 And they glorified God in me.


..Antioch of Syria Center of Christianity.


The Book of Galatians

October 14, 2014

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 Summary of the Book of Galatians

The book of Galatians is a Pauline Epistle (letter from Paul).

It was written by the Apostle Paul about 49 A.D. prior to the Jerusalem Council which had taken place in 50 A.D.

912-1This quite possibly could have been Paul’s first letter. The key personalities of this book are the Apostle Paul, Peter, Barnabas, Abraham, Titus, and false teachers.

Paul writes this book to deal with the problem of circumcision and Jewish legalism toward Gentile believers.

Chapters 1-2 – Paul gives his testimony about how he had received the authentic Gospel message. He said:

…If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed (1:9).

Paul was speaking of the one true Gospel that he had received; Please read 1st Cor 15:1-4.

Paul then declares that Christ now lives within him, and directs, and empowers him to live as Christ’s ambassador and instrument:

I am crucified with Christ: never the less I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (2:20).

Chapters 3-5:12 – Paul begins by declaring that salvation is through faith and trust in Jesus Christ “Alone”, and cannot be obtained through the keeping of the Law.

O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?

This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? (3:1-3).

The Law (the 10 Commandments) is our tutor to lead us to salvation in Jesus Christ:

Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith (3:24).

No one can obey the 10 Commandments. It is impossible. Every person has broken them; therefore, we can only attain salvation through trusting in our Savior Christ Jesus.

Chapters 5:13-6 – He teaches that we have to:912-2

…Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. the Fruits of the Spirit and tells us to “walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh (5:16).

Good works does not save, but a Christian must have the desire to produce good fruit, obey God’s Law and live a holy and righteous life in the eyes of God. Christians should live this redeemed life.


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