Treasure or Peculiar Treasure

Treasure or Peculiar treasure is another scripture defined word that is ignored or not understood.

Matthew 13:44 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.”

The word treasure or peculiar treasure is defined by scripture.

Psalms 135:4 “For Yahweh hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.”

Christ stated His purpose.

Matthew 15:24 “But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

Did Christ fail? It is only because the world has the wrong people as Israel that churches teach Christ failed in His purpose. Believe the scripture, question the world.

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The Bible is Exclusive to Israel in 1 Timothy 2:4

1 Timothy 2:4 “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

Continuing a discussion that some wanted to make scripture more inclusive by advocating a broad view of 1 Timothy 2:4 having all men on the planet included. However the text shows more detail.

1 Timothy 2:6 “Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”

It should be noted that in discussing those same men the text says that Christ gave Himself as a ransom for all. Again we are dealing with the exclusive Law of the Kinsman Redeemer. Those men then had to be kin of the one doing the ransoming or redeeming. The act of redemption is exclusive to true Israel.

1 Timothy 2:7 “Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.”

The Latin word Gentiles was inserted into the text in verse 7 by the translators protecting church doctrine of the day. Paul actually used the word Nations. He did this instead using Israel letting us know that he was specifically talking about the Ten Northern tribes. Hosea details the impending divorce of the Ten Northern Tribes by God. These tribes lost the right to be called Israel and were renamed “not my people” in Hosea 1:9. These “not my people” are the subject of Romans 9:24-26.

Romans 9:24-26 “Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Judeans only, but also of the Gentiles? As he saith also in Hosea, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved. And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.”

With Christ these “not my people” or Nations again became known as Christians. This has all occurred as history shows.

Hosea 2:23 “And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God.”

By the way “sow” is a key word. See the Matthew 13 parables.

It is important to remember that the people of Israel now make up many nations, a multitude of nations and a company of nations as promised to Abraham, Jacob and Ephraim. (The modern day Jews are not Israelites.)

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The Bible is Exclusive to Israel in Revelation 5 and 7

Recently there was a discussion that some wanted to make scripture more inclusive by advocating a broader view of Revelation 5:9 and 7:9. Many Christian churches unfortunately teach this broader view.

Revelation 5:9 “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation”.

Revelation 7:9 “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands”.

Part of the answer is in the Greek preposition “ek” meaning out of. It turns out that both verses answer the prophecy of God in Amos 9:9 to sift the children of Israel “among” all nations.

Amos 9:9 “For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.”

So God spread the children of Israel through deportations among the nations and then brought them “out of” all nations to the new promised lands, 2 Samuel 7:10.

The word plainly says “out of” in Revelation 5:9 along with the use of the word redeemed. Remember redemption is based on the exclusive Law of the Kinsman Redeemer. Redemption is exclusive to true Israel. One must be kin to act as the Kinsman Redeemer. This is why Christ’s lineage is listed in Matthew 1 and Luke 3.

In Revelation 7:9 the translators used “of” in the KJV when it should read “out of” all nations. The verse also starts with “after this”, but the Greek meaning is “Amid or Among this”. Among this is included a listing of the twelve tribes or nations of Israel who were sealed.

It is important to remember that the people of Israel now make up many nations, a multitude of nations and a company of nations as promised to Abraham, Jacob and Ephraim. (The modern day Jews are not Israelites.)

It is a precarious action to make solid doctrine, giving away the inheritance, out of text that is highly symbolic.

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The Law of God is for Our Protection

Many years ago a preacher told a story that I have modified to teach a lesson.

There are cows in a very large pasture. The pasture is protected by a fence. The cows are Israel. The fence is the Law of God.

Now we are in the new testament time. Men came along and tied each cow to a rope and stake in the field. Most of the cows accepted this because it had the appearance of being a higher moral ground. While they were at it they tore down the fence saying that it was no longer necessary.

More men came along and fully tied up each cow saying that this would further protect them.

Ever since the fence was torn down wolves and other wild animals have been coming in and having all of the cows that they wanted.

This is what is going on today. This can be used to show the evils of Asceticism, the Gnostics to even immigration. It works even better with sheep instead of cows.

God’s Law protects and brings blessings.

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Bearing Fruit or Who Does the Saving?

Recently I received an email from one who was very worried and losing sleep over their lack of ability to get other people saved. Here is my response.

You have nothing to worry about. You are not God.

1 Corinthians 3:6 “I planted. Apollos watered. But God gave the increase.”

Only God gives the increase. Only those God draws to Himself are able to be saved.

John 6:44 “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

If you want to have a better experience consider the ground in which you are planting the Gospel.

Read the parables in Matthew 13 for information. A farmer does not spend all his time worrying about the rocky and thorny ground. He spends his time on the good ground. Spending time on good ground gives the better increase. Most have been ignoring the good ground for the last couple of decades and the good ground is going fallow. In other words spend your time teaching the people who have been the most prolific Christians of the last 2000 years. We can teach the gospel to all, but it is not a real conversion if incentives are used. Missionaries are notorious for using incentives to make their numbers look better. When the incentives are removed one finds very few of those people left to teach. However, when people see Christians being blessed by God they come to those asking about the blessings.

One other detail of the parables and the whole of scripture. Follow Christ’s example. Did He spend more time teaching personal salvation or the Kingdom of God? Do as Christ did. It works.

In Acts, Peter didn’t offer an invitation. The people were convicted by the Gospel and they asked him what they should do.

Tim

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The Law of God is not “Done Away”.

Isaiah 40:8 “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.”

Some teach that the Word of God, The Law of God has been done away. This is blasphemy.

Matthew 5:17 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill (do it).”

Those who teach that God ended His Law use the above verse when it plainly teaches the opposite. They ignore the next two verses and Christ’s own explanation of what He fulfilled. Luke 24:44 says that Christ fulfilled or did all that the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms said that He would accomplish.

There is a huge disconnect of logic to believe the Law is done away. Without God’s Law there is no grace, no new covenant and no Savior. Christ condemned any who would ignore the writings of Moses.

John 5: 46-47 “For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?”

Any who say God’s Law is ended thus do not believe Moses and thus can not know Christ. Paul was not double minded. If you think Paul said the following and yet said God’s Law is done away, then you are misunderstanding Paul. Note the verb tense.

Romans 7:2 “Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.”

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What is the Unpardonable Sin?

Recently I was asked that question.

Matthew 12:31 “Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.”

Sin is a transgression of God’s Law. If God’s Law were truly done away there would be no sin as Paul confirms. (There would also be no grace, no new covenant and no need for a savior.)

Blasphemy is vilification (especially against God). It comes from a word meaning scurrilous [grossly or obscenely abusive], that is, calumnious [slander] (against man), or (specifically) impious (against God). This comes from two more Greek words that mean a saying, that is to make known, a rumor (“fame”) that is to injure another.

We only worship one God. He has revealed Himself to us in three ways, Father, Son and His Spirit.

I have known some who think the sin is miscegenation. That is to make a mixed race child since it is something that can not be undone. This is a sin, but I do not believe that this is the unforgivable sin. It seems rather plain from the Greek word meanings above.

Blasphemy against the Spirit of God is just what it says. It is obscenely abusive slander. I would recommend one to consider what is obscenely abusive. I would also recommend one to consider that from say, one hundred years ago rather than today.

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Taking Responsibility

Recently someone on line went beyond what scripture says and claimed that David raped Bathsheba. So I was thinking about what would upset people the most if this had happened this year.

It wouldn’t be the murder of Uriah or the adultery. That sort of thing is on television all the time. If it were publicly known it would be a scandal alright, but people watch violence and sex on TV and movies. No, that wouldn’t be the worst problem.

David did not compound his sin. He did the right thing. He took responsibility for his actions. He married Bathsheba and took responsibility for the child. That is what people in the churches today would be the most upset about. Think about it.

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Bathsheba and Patriarchy

There is an effort on the part of many today to destroy God’s patriarchy.

I once read an online paper that had to have been written by a man in prison trying to justify a rape. He used Bathsheba as an example and laid the blame entirely on her. No, the blame was entirely on David.

Scripture backs that up. He was the King. He had the power. He called Bathsheba to him. We might consider that in that day and time it may have been perfectly normal to see people in various states of dress or undress. If you do your research you will see that nudity was only considered shameful when it was forced or involuntary. Apparently there were no witnesses to the act as scripture requires two or three witnesses. We do not know any other details. We don’t know if Bathsheba resisted, called out or fully cooperated. We just do not know. Any other ideas about guilt are guesses. The intent by some is to discredit Patriarchy. Men sometimes don’t act as they should, but that does not discredit God’s plan. God has a plan for women as well. Most women today are in total rebellion to God.

2 Samuel 11:2 “And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.”

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Following the Wide Path

Acts 17:6 has the people of Thessalonica claiming that those who were teaching Christianity were turning the world upside down.

Matthew 7:14 “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

Are “Christians” who are teaching the same acceptance and tolerance as the world teaching Christianity or have they become friends of the world.

“Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” James 4:4b.

It is good to question your beliefs if you find yourself believing the same thing those do who hate Christ. It is good to question your beliefs if you find yourself believing doctrines that the majority of “Christianity” teaches. You may find yourself fighting against Christ. One day Christ will say,

“But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.” Luke 19:27.

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