Understanding the Gospel
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world of religion, what a world! Almost everyone is in their own particular
place regarding a search for a personal belief system. How would we
graph our place? Are you a believer in Christ the Messiah? Do you
follow another faith or belief system? Do you doubt or deny a belief
in God, or an simply don't know? Do you know what you believe and
why you hold these beliefs? Some have a belief in a god of
some description, others may not. Some pray, some believe in an afterlife,
while others may doubt the continuation of their soul.
is the spirit of this world? The spirit of the world is a spirit of
self exaltation and pride. Of course modern thought and psychology
discredits spirits as a primitive and obsolete belief system. However,
it is to be noted that Jesus the Messiah came to "destroy the
works of the devil," Satan, the ruler of all fallen beings who
are still under his domination. It is God's purpose to restore the
proper line of earthly rulership under the dominion of Jesus Christ.
In due time nations will recognize him as the Holy One of God, appointed
Lord of all things. Other evil or wrong spirits include, pride, rebellion,
witchcraft, defilement, sensuality, gluttony, drunkeness, etc.
God equals any other... " seems to be the current thinking among
those outside of the kingdom of God, those who remain unredeemed.
of the world vary in name and beliefs. Establishing worldly kingdoms
as the launching pad for those beliefs is contrary to the Gospel.
Christian religions, including, Catholicism, Mormonism, Jehovah's
Witnesses, and most of the protestant denominations have distorted
the simplicity of the Gospel greatly, making it formalistic and religious.
Churches (Buildings with congregations) are now what people think
of when we imagine Christian practices. When ceremony and ritual are
the practiced, and where obligations or extraneous demands are taught,
these are contrary to the original Gospel, e.g. the Apostolic epistles.
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The Gospel of the Kingdom has many dimensions and is not to be dismissed casually as a mere token or religious phrase. The whole nature of the mission of Jeshua, Jesus, on earth was to manifest the authority of the Son of God unto the spiritual powers and principalities which had, up to the birth of Messiah, dominion in the earth. Humanity lost its dominion in the fall of Adam in Eden's garden.
spiritual undertone of the Old and New Covenant must be recognized
as the playing out of forces of Good and evil. Though mythic in concept
it is none the less the focus of the Gospel of the Kingdom. Jesus
began to teach the disciples who walked with him the nature of spiritual
authority within that kingdom and to demonstrate the power of God
against, the realm of nature, as well as the rulers and principalites
of this world. As Jesus sent out the disciples by twos, first twelve
then seventy, he instructed them to anounce to those they greeted,
"The Kingdom of God is drawn near to you." If they were
met with mockery or derision, the disciples, shook the dust from their
sandles and departed; atestimony that grace had knocked but was refused.
For those who welcomed them the Kindom was demonstrated in this way;
the sick, blind, and afflicted were healed, demons were dispelled
and peace came into their lives. This action of demonstrating the
Gospel of Kingdom was one of power (dunamis) and authority
Lucifer acknowledged as the god of this world
the fallen angel, aka Satan, addressed Jesus in the wilderness after
Jesus first received the Holy Spirit, tempting him to become a king
and authority over the whole earth by merely serving him. Lucifer
declared that "All these kingdoms are mine, and I give them to
whomever I choose to give them." Jesus of course, refused to
submit to the temptations to receive authority under Satan's dominion.
Jesus would accept no other than to re-establish the dominion authority
upon the earth according to the form which his Father had ordained.
This plan included the redemption of fallen humanity back to the status
of Sons of God. The redeemed race of fallen man would be re-established
as sons of God, having dominion in the earth and being participants
in the glories of the heavenly.
what degree does your understanding of Christianity correspond to Biblical
Uncertain outcomes await the undiscipled child of God
After this encounter three alternatives face us: 1. We can either begin to grow and mature into the fullness of the Lord's promise for us, to learn the nature of the believer in the Kingdom, through the WORD of God; or 2. We can become sidetracked by the religious traditions and formalities which abound in one variety or another. or 3. A third possibility is that we can be seduced back into the world from which we were delivered, with its deceptions, lusts, and values.
To grow and be nurtured properly into the life of a child of the king, a citizen of the kingdom, individuals need to be planted into an environment where there is truth and sound doctrine, where the Holy Spirit is given pre eminence, and where one can grow up to serve (minister - - see who ministers) in the unique giftings that God gives to all of his hand chosen adopted sons and daughters. Sonship and daughtership give us amazing authority and opportunity to minister with the same method and authority that Jesus knew. (John 14) The Father in us doing the work!! - - 1Pet.4:7) For as many as have received the gift, minister the same one to another
The apostolic gospel is clear, that all believers are disciples who are called to be "saints" having the calling and the nature of Jesus. We are not to be different in any way from those early believers who were discipled by Jesus himself and later to those who believed in the Lord through their witness. (John 17) There are ministry gifts given to the body for the edification of all the saints. (Ephes. 14, - 1 Corinthians Chps. 12 and 14.)
These writings speak to the issue of following in the right path, remaining in the fellowship (koinonia) of the Truth, with true believers and growing up into Him who is the "head" over all, The Lord Jesus. Who reigns forever in Glory. Praise to God through Christ Jesus the Lord.
Jesus of Nazareth, The Jesus of the Gospel
It seems that in the course of living a "religious" life, we tend to lose ight of some of the most basic essentials of Christianity, essentials which contain within them foundational truths and indispensable revelation. Among these essentials truths is the fact that the Christian faith is built upon a man, one man who is the only begotten son of God..
Who is this man and what makes him special? Did he come to teach about love? Did he come to model a moral lifestyle? Did he come to found a religion replete with ritualistic protocols? Who do men say that I am?, Jesus asked his disciples. If we do not get the correct answer to that question, you can not avail yourself of the 'gift of God' which he brings.
There is a simple African hymn-tune that states:God loved the world and sent a savior, That we might live with Him forever, If you believe, if you receive, You can be born again. Jesus was born a man, he was a man, but he was more than a man. His name in Hebrew was Y'Shua, or Yeshua (equals Jeshua or Jesus) and it was only after his ministry, death and resurrection that he became known as the Christ. Christ was not his last name. Christ (Greek Kristos) is the equivalent title for the Hebrew Mashiach (Messiah), the Anointed One, the Son of God.
Jesus name in Hebrew, Y'Shua , means Jehovah is Salvation. Angels were sent to announce the miraculous birth both to Mary and to Joseph, in the gospel accounts. The angels told them what his name was to be, You shall call His name Jesus (Y'Shua) for he shall save his people - -(Matthew 1:21; Luke 1:31).
Prophecy foretold the Messiah's birth in detail. Prophecy is the testimony or witness of Jesus Christ. (Revelation 19:10.) It began in the earliest verses of the Book of Genesis and continues through the books of the law, the psalms, and the prophetic books of the first covenant, (old testament.) There is an unbroken line of scriptural promises and scriptural fulfillment attesting to the birth of Jesus. In addition Jesus Christ was portrayed metaphorically as a spiritual type throughout all of the Old Testament. In a sense the whole Bible is a composite picture which, when constructed shows the fullness of God in one Man, the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
Prophetic words spoken and recorded hundred of years in advance, describe the birth, life, and death of Jesus Christ in perfect detail. His birth was to be at a certain place, at a certain time, under certain circumstances. At the birth of Jesus, God affirmed that Word of prophecy with precision. precisely and in perfect timing. Jesus's life continued on its prophetic course, as sure as hands on fine clock, from the time of Jesus matured and was presented to the public, to his being received as the messiah (by some) rejected, tried, and crucified. All of these events followed a precise time-line corresponding to the sure words of prophecy.
God's prophets were afforded no misses in their predictions. A prophet who missed only 10% of the time was declared a false prophet and subject to death by stoning.
There are many interesting books and commentaries which biblical scholars have written which detail the specifics of prophetic scriptures and their fulfillment pertinent to the life of Jesus. Though the study of prophecy per se goes beyond the scope of this writing, it is important to note that Messiah was promised by God.
The Jews were the people that God fashioned to bring forth the Messiah. God chose a man, (Abraham) made a covenant with him with the singular purpose of having a people for His own special treasure and pleasure. The same people whose way was foreknown through Moses and the prophets, through trials, through captivity and deliverance, a people to nurture and prepare His man, His seed, His king, His savior.
It was God's Wisdom, to construct this Way, in such a manner as to make the working impossible in man's eyes and in man's reasoning, so that He could prove the excellency of His own power. When God chose and man (Abraham,) he chose one as good as dead, old in years and whose wife (Sarah) was far past the age of child-bearing and nurturing.
When He chose a king, He chose a shepherd boy, (David). When He chose a woman to bear the Messiah He chose a virgin. When Jesus Christ chose his disciples he chose unlearned fishermen or workmen. When He chose how to establish a kingdom he chose a king who would forego an earthly crown and die the death of sinful man upon a cross.
God chose the way of faith.
Faith is essentially a way of being persuaded by believing rather than by observation and reasoning. God chose to make reason and human smartness a pitfall to believing His word and His promises.
The Anointed One, The prophesied Son of David. This Messiah, destined to sit upon the throne of an earthly kingdom will yet sit upon the throne of an earthly kingdom. But that time is still to come. He will at the end of this age put a total end to all opposition and rebellion against God's purposes. This end time event is described prophetically as The Day of Vengeance (Day of Wrath) or the Day of the Lord. The Day of the Lord is a time promised in scripture, when all unbelief, unrighteous, and rebellion will be addressed and overcome by God himself. It will not be accomplished through negotiation or compromise; it will not be accomplished with reasoning, negotiation, nor with political bargaining, nor with treaty making. Rather, God will exercise supernatural power, all of the forces of heaven and earth against all the nations and peoples who stand in rebellion against the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.
The Messiah of the Gospels will return in majestic glory revealed in the skies. He will not be that charismatic politician winning over the peoples of the earth. He will rule with the force and authority of the name of God Almighty. And one more very important attribute, lest you should be deceived; He is the one who carries the imprint of the nails in His hands! (Zechariah 13.6.)
Jesus was conceived by the Spirit of God. This makes him the only begotten son of God. He is the seed of the woman who is mentioned in Genesis 3:15. It is important to understand that the father's blood line of Jesusí parental inheritance is that of God himself who was and is sinless and undefiled. Yet within the human seed is the nature of humanity, weaknesses, want and human emotion.
The life that Jesus lived was a life lived within the limits of the human condition. Yet scripture states that He knew no sin, and though he was tempted in all areas just as we are. He remained undefiled and separate from the sin nature which is particular to all of the natural born human race. (Hebrews 4:15, 7:26)
He was a man, but certainly unlike humanity in a special way. The human race according to the bible, has an Adamic hereditary line or genealogy, descended from the line of Adam. Since Adam the human race is under a curse. The fall and the curse is portrayed in the first chapters of Genesis. At the moment, you may not believe in Adam or in any kind of curse, but for the time being, set that argument aside. God can work that issue out with you at a later time. It is necessary to believe that the Bible is not a fable or fiction. To argue against the Bible is to lose the blessing of believing in it, both in small questions and in larger questions.
The Jesus of the Gospels demonstrated meekness, submission and servant-hood. He did not present himself as a worldly leader, nor a member of the religious establishment.
Jesus did not demonstrate God-like powers at will from his infancy onward, though some apocryphal tradition stated this. Scripture indicates he did no miracles until his baptism in the Jordan river by the prophet who announced and made the way for Jesus' ministry, John the Baptist. After his baptism at the age of 30 the Spirit of God came upon him and filled him with the necessary endowment of miracle-working power. Even with supernatural spiritual endowments there were times when Jesus himself was not able to heal or do mighty works, this was owing to the belief or unbelief of those he ministered to.
While Jesus did not flaunt God-hood it would be an error to say that he did not know of his DIVINE nature or of his divine calling. He spoke of being about his Father's business even as a child. Jesus was filled with grace and wisdom, both of which are spiritual enablements given by God. Jesus was the Logos (the Word, the whole counsel of God) made flesh.
A movie which came out a few years ago, The Last Temptation of Christ, portrayed Jesus as mostly human and flawed with the worst of human weaknesses, dark passions, indecision and unbelief. It is a depiction of a Jesus with no divine or supernatural inheritance, whose only vision was of some kind of vague personal sacrifice. Though this is interesting fiction it does not dignify the person of Jesus Christ as having transcendent divinity or as having any potential for impacting humanity with eternal consequences.
The Son of God, the Word was made Flesh. He was born into human form but he also had pre-existence with God. This can not, however, be said of the rest of the human race. Jesus spoke of His own glory which he had with the Father before the world was in his prayer recorded in John chapter seventeen. From this it can be stated with certainty that Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God was also God. This becomes one awesome mysteries of the nature and person of God. I find it beyond my ability to comprehend but I expect that it will be revealed to my understanding at another time.
Because Christ was pre-existent some may conclude that we all pre-existed. The question is appealing in some ways, curious and interesting at least. It is argued as a reality by those who have received spurious, demonically inspired revelation. But let it be said by a person who once thoroughly believed in reincarnation, that I have set that belief aside in favor of the bibleís teaching. It is appointed unto man to die once, and after that the judgment.(Hebrews 9:27).
The doctrine of resurrection which is taught in the Bible excludes the possibility of reincarnation. One life is promised, one body and eternal judgment for that one life at some time in eternity. The resurrection of Jesusí own physical body from the dead, will be replicated for every living human soul, both the good and the bad, righteous and unrighteous. Jesus was called, ñthe first fruits of they that sleepÑ1Corinthians 15:20.)
The doctrine of the resurrection is given so much attention in the New Testament especially in the epistles that I could quote texts by the dozens, but at this reading it would be beyond the scope of this writing. Yes, it is unreasonable to the rational mind, to assert that a body which is dead or has even returned to dust can be brought forth alive out of the dust. But that is in fact the teaching of scripture from the prophet Daniel to Jesus, and restated by the apostle Paul in particular.
The man Jesus, will be presented as he was already presented to the disciples in Gospel accounts, alive õ in the flesh, bearing the same nail scars and the same spear wound in the side. As he left in a physical body ascended into glory, he will also return in a physical body. As he departed from the Mount of Olives he will also return in glory to that same spot to begin his reign.
The doctrine of the resurrection is the proof and the cornerstone of the Gospel. Jesus had to rise again, having defeated death, alive with the keys to hell and the grave. The gospel which the apostle Paul presented stated this, If Jesus Christ is not risen from the grave, then all of our preaching, is for nothing and our faith is for nothing; furthermore our futures would hold only misery. (1 Corinthians 15:17-19 paraphrased)
We could not have a supernatural Gospel without a supernatural Christ. We could not derive supernatural spiritual benefits from believing in a Gospel presented by a mere man, even if he was a great man! If this were the gospel we followed, the best we could do would be to try to live an honest and moral life with the limited powers of our own willpower, but we could not have received total acceptance by God without Jesus Christ's sacrifice. Because he was the Lamb of God.
I believe that if Christian religious traditions have shorted us on any one thing, it is the knowledge and understanding of Jesus Christ's sacrifice as the Lamb of God and the legacy of blessing that His sacrifice brings to change the life and circumstances of every soul on earth. The sacrificial death of Jesus, God's only begotten, is the reason that Jesus came. It is the cornerstone of the Good News, the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
This same good news is not an option for possible consideration. The Lamb's gospel is established in the very heavens and every person on the earth will be held to account for it. For, the earth is the Lord and everything that is in it. (Exodus 9:29 Psalm 24:1)
The sacrifice of the lamb of God is a better sacrifice than any of the First Covenant, where bulls and goats were killed and the blood of those offerings was applied to the sin of the nation. These offerings could not touch the innate sin nature of the people themselves, but were only a temporary fix, a covering over for the sin of the people. The Book of Hebrews goes into detail about the new covenant and the nature of the sacrifice which Jesus made on our behalf. It compares the First and Second covenant and the provisions of the new which transcend the original.
Isaac, the son of God's promise. Abraham took Isaac to the mountain and as he prepared to put him to the knife, said to his son, God himself will provide the lamb. (Genesis 22:8).
The lamb of God was described prophetically in the Book of Isaiah, chapters 52 and 53. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter and as a sheep before the shearer is silent, he did not open his mouth. (Isaiah 53:3-9).
The description of the purification of the priests who prepared to bring offerings into the Holy of Holies is a depiction of Jesus Himself. It was His blood that would purify and sanctify the mercy seat It was blood that was sprinkled seven times upon heaven's altar.
Jesus' Blood: Shed for Us
-- Was shed, when He sweat drops blood in the Garden of Gethsemene, gripped with the terror of separation from his Father, who turn from him, abandoning to death; and the prospect of being made a Curse separated from God by the sins of the world.
- -Was shed, when the servant of the high priest smote him upon the face.
- - Was shed, when the Roman soldiers ridiculed him, mocked him, stripped him, buffeted him and torn out His beard.
- - Was shed, When he was flogged with the Roman flagellum, the deadly scourging with the lash, Each of the nine strands were tipped with an object which cut or wounded.
- - Was shed, when the crown of thorns was plaited upon Jesus' head.
- - Was shed, when Jesus hands and feet were penetrated by the spikes which would hold him suspended above the earth upon a Roman cross (the curse of hanging on a tree.)
- Was shed, when the Roman officer pierced his side with a spear and blood and water flowed out upon the ground.
Discussing the blood of the lamb may strike you as something primitive, strange or disgusting but it is the fact that it is the living bloodwhich makes a sacrifice spiritually effectual. From the writings of Moses we learn that the Life is in the blood. Blood is the life of the soul and holds potential for both blessing and for defilement. Innocent blood is said to cry out from the earth. The blood of victims of war and of violence cry out with a certain voice from the earth.
Jesus' blood was blood untainted by sin or by the curse or death. It was/is 100 per cent imbued with the power of life. This blood has within it perfect eternal life; it still has, in the present, perfect eternal life. That blood that sprinkled the earth from the Mount of Olives, to Pilate's hall of judgment, to the via Dolorosa, to the hill called Golgotha, is still nurturing the whole earth. As Jesus was dying the death of crucifixion upon a cross, he declared the sentence which his blood would continue to enforce, Father forgive them, they do not know what they do. Jesus blood purchased the price for our sins, sins past, sins present, and sins future.
Father forgive them, Among the last words spoken by Jesus upon the cross is the legacy which any person whose soul is in want can appropriate as his or her own personal blessing and legacy, eternal life.
It is written in the law of Moses that we should make no graven image. Among all of the ten commandments this one may not lend itself readily to application although the first references seem to figure in the question of idolatry. I think, however, it has much more to apply to our present knowledge or lack of knowledge about God. One of the characteristics of human nature is to draw inferences and conclusions based upon things we see with the natural eye.
Throughout the nearly two thousand years of Christian tradition we become the victims of iconography, Icons which in some manner or another depict God or the Son of God. Any of us who have ever been to a major museum have seen depictions of Jesus Christ created during different historical eras. The characteristics of portrayal is to make a presumptuous statement about the personality, the humanity or the divinity of the subject that is being portrayed. Iconography has colored our interpretation of who Jesus is. Some of these images are very static with a very narrow portrayal. A sense of Jesus Christ's humanity was not apparent for centuries. When he was depicted by the first Christian artists there was not a trace of life or humanity. For the period from the 4th century until the 14th, he was no more than an stylized icon, lacking any features which would make him like us. Later, after the fifteenth century, he was portrayed as very human in works by Rembrandt, or Caravaggio, Rubens, and others. The point that I am making is in respect to narrowness and misunderstanding of who Jesus was. Religious traditions sometimes portray Jesus in such a narrow light that we can not associate him in all of his attributes, human and divine.
The human quality of Jesus needs to be preserved. I think the phrase "Jesus was a nice guy," may strike a negative chord among some who are religious and formalize so much of Christian life into liturgy. But I say it for a reason. We need to de-mystify Jesus and make Jesus accessible to people, especially in the now of the Gospel rather than the then of religion. The Lord is not someone who placed himself out of the reach of humanity.
To think of Jesus as a friendly, loving and kindly person does not interfere with his divinity nor his sovereignty.
There are other aspects to Jesus too, as depicted by the the Hebrew names of Jehovah: Nissi, Tsidkenu, Ropha, Shama, Jireh, Sabaoth, Shalom, and numerous others, as well as: the 'Righteous Judge', the 'Captain of the Army of God', or as the 'Ancient of Days', and many other powerful and illuminating titles. One day, we will all fall before Christ, the Righteous Judge. But for now Jesus is still bringing gentle compassion, forgiveness, restoration and blessing to those of us with a need. He is extending a hand of friendship to those who need a friend.
Jesus' friendly and compassionate personality is described as a friend to sinners, one who went out of his way to meet and have fellowship with those that the religious community had excluded (Matthew 9:10-13.) Jesus was known to have been in the middle of fun and frolic where there was feasting and drinking. He said of himself, that he was accused of being a glutton and a wine bibber, but in spite of this Jesus, declared that wisdom is known by her offspring. (Matthew 11:19 paraphrase).
Stories are numerous where men or women who were considered 'the wrong sort,' received mercy from the Lord's hand of compassion and acceptance:
stories of people who encountered Jesus
we feel driven rather than led we can be pretty sure in is
not in accordance with the Gospel. It is not God's nature to drive
us. But to lead us and to encourage us in peace.
we feel condemned rather than loved, we can be pretty sure
it is not God for God is merciful and full of compassion. If we
feel fearful rather than peaceful, we can be pretty sure
this is not God, for God has not given us the spirit of fear.
As long as our breath is in our body we may call upon the Lord Jesus
to bring us to salvation and out of the condemnation of Satan's
we feel threatened with consequences rather than encouraged,
we can be pretty sure it is not God, for God did not send His son
to condemn the world but to save it. We are saved from our sin and
the life lived in sin and moral degradation terminates. We may be
rebuked or exhorted to leave a decadent life by a caring person,
but it is the spirit within us that determines to direct us in that
think it is time to tune up our discernment as the final days approach.
It has always been a quirk of human nature to be misled. Charismatic
leaders both Christian and Non Christian rise up and deceive many. The
problem with making judgments is that we have our eyes on Religion,
men or ministries more than our eyes upon Jesus who is the author and
finisher of our faith. 2Cor11:19,20
Paul Addresses the problem of false prophets and apostles "-- For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise. "For ye suffer, if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take of you, if a man exalt himself, if a man smite you on the face."
Evangelicals are typically guarded toward anything that expresses a "spiritual" manifestation, for fear that it is demonic or out of order. They "resist the Holy Spirit" as Stephen declared to the Religious leaders who stoned him calling him an apostate. Their discernment was totally inaccurate!
Charismatics, on the other hand, may allow Spiritual manifestation but have difficulty discerning that which is Soulish and that which is Spirit. High emotion or energy has come to become itself an indicator of Spirituality. However, Spirit is not of the mind or emotion though it may be viewed as very emotive.
and the True Apostles must always be the role model and the rule of
character. Paul's letter to Ephesus, in Chapter 4 indicates that we
one day grow and mature into a perfect man in the exact facsimile of
Jesus Christ. This is a key Scripture!. Jesus declares in
Matthew 11:29, 29 " -- Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart:' and " 10:1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:" 2Cor 10:1
2. Denying self and taking up the cross:
Any person who becomes a big name or a superstar, a kind of spiritual idol is quickly on the road of becoming a false prophet or false teacher. Jesus corrected the early disciples who he sent to minister in "his name" they came back full of self exaltation, Luke 10:20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. Jesus took the focus off themselves. They had learned their lesson by the time Peter and John met the crippled man at the Gate: Acts 3:12 And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?
3: Selling out to the world and FAME --The error of Balaam
a false prophet who "sold out" to the pagan world system. He was willing
sell his gift for gain and bring a curse to the people of God. NT writings
remind of this danger. Peter, (2Peter 2:15)Jude and the Revelation
Jude 11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. Revelation 2:14 " -- But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
Gainsaying of Core refers to a leader of Israel who always contended for Moses' leadership. Moses, was called 'the meekest man on earth' and Core probably assumed that he was much more dynamic and qualified for leadership. He contended for authority that was not given to him. He finally was swallowed up by Hell.
4. False prophets bring in Doctrines of Demons
of the varieties and flavors of worldly behaviors or motivations which
are not governed by the meekness and gentleness of Christ and Jesus'
selfless love. There is a list of behaviors called the works of the
flesh probably* are demonically inspired. Galatians 5: 19 Now
the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication,
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.
*James 3:14, 15 (14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 15 This wisdom descends not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish -demonic-.)
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