Ten Most Essential Precepts
For Understanding the
Anyone who begins to study the Bible’s New Testament for the first time is
challenged to know which information is most important to understand from
among the twenty-seven books and 260 chapters. Typically, our
understanding is limited to information presented by a “minister” or
another religious expert. As a result people possess a partial, fragmented
and incomplete understanding of God’s Word. This is likely to be a
nonspiritual understanding of the church, the “Gift
of God” and the nature of redemption.
I have selected ten precepts which I believe unlock God’s indispensable
promises for eternal life. To know these is to be able to recognize and
receive the Gift of God
and the eternal
reward it provides. I am always amazed
that Christians have so little understanding of the New Testament and its
promises and provisions. I have gathered these essential, life-changing
understandings after 30 plus years of study and I offer them freely. To
share the ‘good news’ is to share who Jesus really is and what is provided
through his life, death, and resurrection. Many nominal Christians sit in
a pews for years and never hear these precepts presented in a coherent
Miracle of the New Birth (John 3:3)
the Power For a Changed Life (New
(Romans 10: 9-10)
the principal of “Faith towards God”
The Gospel Employs the
Supernatural Power of God.
(Romans 1:16 and others cited)
Power from God: You Shall Receive Power after the Holy Spirit Has Come
Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry was to the Jews only ,
lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
The Church Age Opens the Gospel of Grace
To the Gentiles
Began and Continues Being called the Age of Grace
Calls Believers to Escape the Grip of the “God of This World.”
Prophetic Future Speaks of a Time of Judgment, Tribulation and the Day
of God’s Wrath
New Commandment, the Guiding Attribute of Spiritual Life
With Their Scriptural Sources
1. The Miracle of the New Birth (John 3:3)
answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless
one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Becoming a Christian does not happen as a result
of church attendance or going through rituals or sacramental ordinances.
Neither does it come automatically by “making a decision”
at an evangelistic crusade, although this can be an initial first step.
Rather, It is having your fallen nature, the state of your natural self,
changed by the very power of God on our behalf. This transformation is
something we must desire, seek and ask for. Here is the scripture that
describes this transformation from the old us into the new.
2 Corinthians 5:17 “- 17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have
passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18-
things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ,
and has given us the ministry of reconciliation..” There
can be no denying the reality of this phenomena.
the Power For a Changed Life
(Including being born again.
(Romans 10: 9-10)
“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe
in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth
confession is made unto salvation.
Here is Paul’s
teaching on what is necessary to access and receive God’s gifts
and provisions; Paul the apostle explains that we must acknowledge the
finished work of Christ (on
the cross and his resurrection)
and ask to receive the gift of eternal life that it brings. Salvation
of the human soul is not merely to choose a new world view or a change
in lifestyle. It is a mandatory requirement that impacts our eternal destiny.
Without it we remain an unredeemed soul facing the sentence of damnation,
very unpopular viewpoint).
again to John
vs.18 and 36,
the concluding verse of that chapter,
He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe
the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
When we become “born of the Spirit” we will know it. This
is a permanent change of status for the human being. No one can snatch
that salvation from us. (John 10:28- And I give them eternal life,
and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My
saved through a gift of God, not by our own efforts or religious status.
2:8-10 (NKJV) 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and
that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone
should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for
good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
believe in your heart indicates a need to be sincere in your knowledge
of Jesus being the Way and only One Savior. God makes this judgment and
knows our hearts.
Understanding the principal of “Faith towards God”
(Hebrews 11:6) v6
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to
God must (first) believe that He is, and that He rewards those who diligently
Hebrews chapter 11 is known as the “Faith
chapter.” It is explained that the natural man, (or
is required to take a
in order to experience and receive anything from God. To understand further
is to realize that the unredeemed person is “dead
lacking any desire to come to God. Unless the Spirit of God beckons he
or she remains dead in their
Precept 10 below^)
Thus there is a boost from God that is required, a
gift of a “measure
The text that explains this is Hebrews
chapter eleven. Atheists and those struggling to believe are not yet at
the point where they can receive anything from God!
need to understand who the Bible calls the “Natural
are all natural men or women or children who are born with our natural
human attributes. The natural man (also called the person without the
1 Corinthians 2:14
the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for
they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually
aspect of the believer’s life is activated by this faith principle
(believers are now called sons/daughters of God). Receiving salvation
results from applying this principle. Likewise, answered prayer engages
the same principle. The activation of every Spiritual gift (listed
in 1 Corinthians chapter 12)
also derives from this principle. Belief in God or any other supernatural
Spiritual enablements in the universe are activated by the
assurance that God IS and
rewards. He is the great I Am. Earlier in the faith chapter we are assured
that every gift from the Eternal One is accessed through faith. The initial
measure of faith is a
gift that is given
to us who are heirs of salvation.
We would have no faith if that measure needed to believe were not given
to us this is due to the fallen nature of every natural man or woman.
The Gospel Employs the Supernatural Power of God.
(Romans 1:16 and others cited)
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the “power
of God” to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew
first and also for the Greek.
read it expressed also in 1
Corinthians 1:18 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for
it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for
the Jew first and also for the Greek.
see V1:24 and 2:5).
A gospel without
the power of God is not
the Gospel. Most churches today are devoid of any evidence of the power
of God. Certain denominations teach that God’s miracle-working power
is no longer in manifestation (cessationism).
It is imperative to understand that true salvation
is itself, the first authentic expression of the “power of God.”
Though most church-goers don’t seem to have a problem with being
part of a powerless church, God has a very big problem with such. 2 Timothy
chapter 3 describes the powerless, (Laodicean)
church this way:
Timothy 3: 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof:
from such turn away.”
is a supernatural being. His children have received supernatural gifts.
1 Corinthians Chapter 12.)
Their lives have been changed by the power of God and given an eternal
inheritance in an eternal kingdom.
Power from God: You Shall Receive Power after the Holy Spirit Has Come
The promise of the Father is described in John’s fourteenth chapter:
I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that
he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of Truth; whom the
world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but
you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you. (And, John
14: 26) But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will
send in my name, he shall teach you all things,
and bring all
things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
The fulfillment of the promised Holy Spirit is found in Chapter one of
the book of Acts.
Acts 1:4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that
they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the
Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. Acts 1:8- But ye shall receive
*power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall
be witnesses (one who attests to the action) unto me both in Jerusalem,
and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the
is Holy Spirit, heavenly power, which is always supernatural in character
because it is God’s own hand in action.
Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry was to the Jews only ,
lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
Matthew 10:6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 15:24
24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of
the house of Israel. Matt. 15:27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs
eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters table.
was sent to minister unto his own people (the
He was the prophesied Mashiac foretold in the Torah and the Prophets and
the Psalms (messiah).
The book of Daniel, “Chapter
9, vss. 24-27”
foretells the precise day of the arrival of the Messiah seated on the
foal of an ass (Palm Sunday) and his subsequent death. The time
of the final Kingdom rule of the Messiah Jesus and details preceding the
fulfillment are detailed of Daniel's chapter 9, called the prophecy
of “the 70 weeks. vs. 24 details what will be achieved:
weeks are determined For your people (The Jews) and for your holy city
(Jerusalem). To finish the transgression, To make an end of sins, To make
reconciliation for iniquity, To bring in everlasting righteousness, To
seal up vision and prophecy, And to anoint the Most Holy.”
majority of the Jews followed Mosaic Law and Temple worship. They did
not receive Jesus. Only a remnant became believers and followers of Messiah
Yeshua (Jesus). He was tried and sentanced to death by crucifixion for
blasphemy making it known that he was God’s Son and
King of the Jews.
was a Jew born under the Law. He followed the laws of Moses perfectly
and fulfilled every requirement. Jesus was the only one able to fulfill
the law perfectly, being the
Only begotten Son of God,
as he was born without sin from a virgin.
Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not
say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And
to your Seed,” who is Christ.
The disciples of Jesus were all Jews
although one of the Gospels was written by Luke, a gentile.
The New Testament Gospels record no ministry to non Jews except the
woman and the woman from the well of Samaria. Certain non-Jews were converted
by Jesus’ during his visit to the city of Samaria where he stayed
“2 days”. This 2 day encounter foreshadows the 2 thousand
year church age which brought the gospel to the gentiles following Christ’s
The Church Age Opens the Gospel of Grace To the Gentiles
49:6 – Is one of the O T prophecies the speaks of the gathering
of the gentiles).
states the great commission;
“- - Go therefore and make disciples of all the *nations, baptizing
them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”
The provision of taking the gospel
message of grace
and making disciples from every nation came into being after the birth
of the “church.” We know that the term “*nation”
is the Hebrew
pertained to all
outside of the covenant of Israel.
The goyim had no access or inheritance
to God’s promises. The new dispensation of the
extended the gift of redemption to any
and all without regard for religious laws or temple ordinances. This gospel
is for those who recognize the price paid by one man for “the
sins of the world”(John
Jesus’ promise of grace and forgiveness has replaced all the Mosaic
(Hebrews 8:6 “-But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry,
by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established
upon better promises.”
Peter needed special convincing that
any association with gentiles would be permissible. His visit to the Roman
records that the first outreaching to gentiles who received salvation
and the Holy Spirit.
Rabbi Saul of Tarsus, a high ranking Pharisee,
was charged with eliminating *the
Jesus revealed himself supernaturally to Saul on the Road to Damascus,
Syria. Saul (Paul) was powerfully transformed and became known as
apostle to the gentiles.
The birth of the church and the “age of grace” began at Pentecost
fifty days after the Jesus’ resurrection on Jewish “First
*Jesus’ followers were called the way until a new description “Christian”
was used in Antioch Syria.
The Church Age
Began and Continues Being as the Age of Grace
Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the
gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim
liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at
liberty those who are oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of
The description of Christ’s
ministry mission continued as the mission of the church age is defined
by the above parameters. The age we now live (2019) is called the “Church
Age or the Age of Grace.”
It had a Beginning and will also have an end.
The church age has existed for about 2 thousand years. The Spiritual expression
and characteristics of the age of Grace were modeled by Jesus during his
earthly ministry. He revealed the scope of his ministry in
Luke 4:18 with the
reading from the
text of Isaiah 61v1. “The
Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To
preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to
those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the
He ends the reading before the portion that follows describing the future
time of wrath and judgment. These words describe Jesus’ ministry
as well as the period of grace and favor that his disciples follow after
his resurrection. The day of God’s wrath and judgment awaits after
the close of the age of Grace. Any times that the church wielded vengeance
upon people was a perversion of the church’s mandate.
Grace and forgiveness
are the rule throughout his ministry even until he speaks this blessing
from the cross:
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
Stephan, the first Christian martyr
speaks in like manner, saying:
And he knelt down, and cried with a
loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said
this, he fell asleep.”
What applies to Jesus and to Stephan continues to apply to any blood-bought
believer today. We live to bless and to forgive.
Lord’s prayer includes an important clause of forgiveness.
Forgiving and seeking forgiveness is
a daily requirement for our Christian
and forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors.
When the Church age ends God will be
dealing again with Israel and the Jews. They will again offer sacrifices
in the (new) temple and assume the practices interrupted in the Roman
God Calls Believers to Escape the
Grip of the “God of This World.”
Romans 8:30: “..
For whom he did foreknow, he also
did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might
be the firstborn among many brethren.
Moreover whom he did predestinate,
them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom
he justified, them he also glorified.” KJV
There is not a single authentic believer who has not been called by God
(The Father). The Greek word translated “church” is
called out ones.”
God desires to have sons and daughters who become his children and partake
in ‘his divine nature’.
See 2 Peter 1:3,4
his divine power
hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through
the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
whereby are given unto us exceeding
great and precious promises: that by these ye
might be partakers of the divine nature,
escaped the corruption that is in
the world through lust.”
We who have been blinded to the things
of God, are rescued from the control and deceptions of the evil one. Satan
(Lucifer) is called the “god
of this world.”
It is he, Lucifer, who offered Jesus a chance to rule the kingdoms of
the world if he would worship him. Remember Satan received the authority
to rule the kingdoms of this world when Adam forfeited dominion in the
days of Eden.
2 Corinthians vs. 3,4
we see the power of “the
at work: “..
if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe
not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image
of God, should shine unto them.
The unredeemed person
values the things that are valued in Satan’s world: Physical might
and power; Self exaltation, Lust of the flesh, Pride of Life, Lust of
the eyes and so on. (See 1 John 2: vvs. 15-17:)
not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love
the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world, the lust
of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not
of the Father, but is of the world.
the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will
of God abides for ever.
unredeemed person can pursue religion,
engage in philanthropy, and cloak themselves in morally righteous actions
and still be unredeemed. Satan is a subtle schemer who knows how to function
in religion and in the supernatural. The day is soon coming when the
god of this world
will present himself to Israel and the world. He will appear in the form
and manner of a glorious messiah having beauty, goodness, wisdom and power.
This final world ruler is identified by Jesus as a counterfeit messiah.
The Prophetic Future Speaks of a Time
of Judgment, Tribulation and the Day of God’s Wrath
A. Luke 21:23 “But
woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those
days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and
upon this people.”
Jesus foretells a wrath to come; it befell Israel in 70 a.d. but continues
as a future prophecy for the time when the Antichrist is revealed at the
end of the age as well.
The “time of Jacob’s trouble
will see a focus on the Jews once again. These Jews will have returned
to their land and who have a rebuilt temple and received a counterfeit
B. Romans 1:18:
the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness
of men, who hold the truth in
C: Romans 2:5
but after thy hardness and impenitent
heart treasures up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation
of the righteous judgment of God;
Romans 13:4b “..God,
(is) a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.”
because of these things cometh the wrath
God upon the children of disobedience.”
And from Revelation:
And the kings of the earth, and the
great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men,
and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and
in the rocks of the mountains;
said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face
of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
for the great day of his wrath is come;”
To address the matter of whether the
Believer, the called Christian, will go through this period of wrath described
in Revelation; it is clear that only those named as evil and unrighteous
and unbelieving will suffer the consequence of God’s wrath. Those
who are truly SAVED are delivered from the wrath to come. 1
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our
Lord Jesus Christ.”
has been stated that the Bible is more than ¼ Prophecy. Many churches
and ministries avoid the subject of Prophecy today. Among the clear prophetic
doctrines found throughout the New Testament is that there is coming a
day of Wrath or Judgment. (Foundational doctrines are described in Hebrews
6. Among these is the listing of Judgment.
Hebrews 6:3: “..
and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.”
The passage of Daniel 9 (vss.
noted above includes the future day of wrath in the 70 weeks prophecy.
Old Testament prophets all mention “the day of the Lord” (More
than 2 dozen times).
This prophetic period will be a terrifying time to be visited upon all
who dwell on the earth. The unbelievers and unrighteous people who have
rejected the message of salvation through Christ Jesus. This time will
result in the destruction of the ungodly from the earth which will also
be desolated. Revelation, a book that is avoided by too many pastors and
readers, outlines the future seven-year time before the 1000 year kingdom,
when God will visit judgment upon the people who have heaped evil upon
others for the sake of power, influence and riches. This can not happen
during the age of Grace described above.
denominations of Christendom hold to the belief that there will be no
The New Commandment, the Spirit of the New Covenant
My list of ten precepts have been proven as essential for Christian
doctrine. Clergy leadership who oversee dozens of denominational groups
touch upon some or more of these to varying degrees. Yet within the formal
practice of church life the emphasis remains focused on pastoral control
of a large number of souls who fulfill their role of believers mostly as
audience and less as disciples. The church fathers modeled these precepts
of Christian life so that their disciples would extend and continue the
ministry of Jesus on earth.
might suggest that I have missed (at
important precept. I wanted to confine my list to ten that affect
interpretation and understanding. A conspicuous omission from this list
addresses the Spiritual side of the entire New Covenant. The “new
commandment” given by Jesus to his disciples. John 13:34 – “A
new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved
you, that you also love one another.”
sums up all of the law and prophets. God so loved the world (us) in order
to provide every good and perfect gift to those who believe in him. The
nature of this agape love is detailed in
To walk in the light of His love is to have the power to transform the
world on soul at a time.
title is dated 1-18-2019