Sin Unto Death

Under the Law of Yahweh God there are some sins that have a judgment of death. For years I have heard them referred to as death penalty sins.  These sins are also referred to in the new testament under God’s Law.

1 John 5:16 “If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life for those who sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I don’t say that he should make a request concerning this.”

There has been a misunderstanding with the following verses.

Romans 10:5 “For Moses writes about the righteousness of the law, “The one who does them will live by them.””

Galatians 3:10-12 “For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse. For it is written, “Cursed is everyone who doesn’t continue in all things that are written in the book of the law, to do them.” Now that no man is justified by the law before God is evident, for, “The righteous will live by faith.” The law is not of faith, but, “The man who does them will live by them.””

Paul was trained in the Law. God’s Law is written very precisely as are legal documents. When the Word says “live by them”, that is to be understood as live. This is compared to the other option of not living, being dead. Think about living happy and well as opposed to not living at all. Also notice that Paul said that Moses wrote about how the law was righteous. Paul also quoted the Law stating that anyone who did not obey the Law was cursed. Reread the verses above.

We read many verses with a negative understanding that were intended to have a positive understanding. The point is that no one can perfectly obey God’s Law. Those with faith no longer have to concern themselves with the Law’s judgment of death.

Romans 10:4 “For Christ is the fulfillment of the [judgment of death] law for righteousness to everyone who believes.”

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Never in Bondage

John 8:33 “We are Abraham’s seed and were never in bondage to anyone.”

Obviously they were proud of their ability to say they descended from Abraham. However it is a curious statement to say that they had never been in bondage to any man. All of Jacob’s children were in bondage in Egypt. After Egypt the nation of Israel was in bondage many times during the times of the Judges of Israel. Since all Israel had been in bondage many times these people were likely not of Israel.

It is important to know the make up of the people who inhabited Judea during the time of Christ. John Hyrcanus had conquered Edom and forced them to adopt their religion. However, it had been corrupted during the house of Judah’s stay in Babylon. This was a bad choice on the part of Hyrcanus. Within a very short time those Edomites had taken over the government of Judea. By the time of Christ they were a vassal state of Rome. It was more complicated than that, but the results were that even the Sanhedrin was run by many Edomites. Only a few actual Israelites of the house of Judah sat on the council. Many of the rulers in Jerusalem at the time of Christ were of Esau/Edom.

John 1:11 “He came into His own land, and the men of the country received Him not.”

This makes more sense when one realizes that the men of the country of Judea were mostly not Israelites. There were many different peoples living in Judea. They did not receive Christ because they had no kinship with Him. That is why Christ spent most of His ministry in the North around Galilee.

Matthew 15:24 “I wasn’t sent to anyone but the put away and punished sheep of the house of Israel.”

When one sees the word Jew in the new testament it almost always has the meaning of Judean. That is as in any people living in that country. The modern day Jews still follow a modified form of the corrupted Hebrew religion from the time of the new testament Pharisees. Their holy book is the Talmud, not old testament. Of course most of today’s Jew’s ancestry did not become a part of Jewry until 740 AD or later. A small portion of the modern day Jews can trace their lineage to the Edomite Pharisees of the time of Christ. Several years of the Jewish Encyclopedia state this fact with “Edom is in modern Jewry.”

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Who Can Marry

No one even thinks about it. If someone wants to get married they go to the government to get a license to do so. It was not always this way. Government’s “marriage” was originally designed to give approval for man made types of “marriage” that God would never allow. Should we expect it to be any different today?

Yahweh God’s marriage has existed since the creation of the world. God’s marriage is based on his moral laws. For the Christian, God’s marriage is the only marriage that has validity before God. There are only a few rules for God’s marriage.

  • One must marry someone of the same general kin or race.
  • One must marry someone of the opposite physical gender.
  • One must marry someone who is also a Christian.

Exodus 20:14 “You shall not commit adultery.”

In both the Greek and Hebrew the word adultery includes the idea of miscegenation. God does not recognize as valid a union between people of different races.

Genesis 2:24 “Therefore a man will leave his father and his mother, and will join with his wife, and they will be one flesh.” Also see Matthew 19:5, Mark 10:7 and Ephesians 5:31.

In Genesis 2:24 the Hebrew word for man has a masculine gender. In the Hebrew the word for wife is of feminine gender in the possessive case and actually is the word woman.

2 Corinthians 6:14 “Don’t be unequally yoked with unbelievers, for what fellowship have righteousness and iniquity? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?”

God does not recognize a union between a Christian and a non-Christian. For those who already have a union of this type, they may stay together if it is desired to do so. The Christian is however free to leave and marry a Christian. 1 Corinthians 7.

Exodus 21:10 “If he takes another wife to himself, he shall not diminish her food, her clothing, and her marital rights”

A marriage recognized by Yahweh God is strictly between one man and one woman. Although it is very unpopular and not politically correct today God does allow a man to have more than one of these marriage relationships before God. The man must continue to provide for previous wives as before. The first wife also has a special place as the wife of his youth.

Deuteronomy 25:5 “If brothers dwell together, and one of them dies, and has no son, the wife of the dead shall not be married outside to a stranger. Her husband’s brother shall go in to her, and take her as his wife, and perform the duty of a husband’s brother to her.” Also see Deuteronomy 25:6-10.

This is commonly referred to as Leverite marriage. The reason is spelled out in the full quote as to protect the future lineage of a man in Israel. The term brother in Hebrew has a broader meaning than the English word and can include any close male relative.

Scripture has much more to say about marriage. The intent of this article only concerned who can marry. The only approval a Christian needs for marriage is Yahweh God’s and the father of the virgin woman.

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Real Bible Study

True Bible study really starts when you realize that much of what you were taught about the Bible might be incorrect.

Cognitive Dissonance is the concept that one holds two contradictory beliefs at the same time. A very simple example is John 3:16.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”

As stated before most understand the word perish as “have everlasting life in torture“. The word means perish and that meaning is backed up in several other verses. Word studies can be helpful.

Don’t reject truth for church doctrine. Let the scriptures teach what they say.

2 Thessalonians 2:11 “For this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie”.

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Who Does the Potter Save

John 6:44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up in the last day.”

God saves whom He wills.

Romans 9:15 “For he said to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion”.

Remember this next time you hear someone say that all who want to be saved can be saved. Who are we to question the potter?

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Do Not Spiritualize What You Do Not Understand

The writers of the New Testament wrote what they meant and meant what they wrote. Spiritualizing what they wrote takes away the meaning they intended.

We understand that there are no seven headed dragons with ten horns. That is symbolic and has a hidden meaning. However, too often churches spiritualize a passage because it does not make sense with their theology. They need to consider that their theology might be incorrect.

For example, if your preacher tells you that the phrase “twelve tribes” in James 1:1 means the church, tell him James knew the word for church as he used the word church later in James 5:14. If that is what he meant he could have written church, but he wrote twelve tribes.

James 2:21 says “Was not Abraham our father…”

James mentioned Abraham in a physical setting and intended the mention to have a physical understanding. James was written to all twelve tribes. James was written to those of Israel who were “scattered abroad”, Israelites of the Assyrian dispersion who were residents in foreign nations.

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No Law, No Need to Die

If the Law of God was done away with then there is no longer sin.

Romans 7:8b “For apart from the law, sin is dead.”

However Paul, who was instructed according to the strict manner of the law of our fathers said,

“Therefore the law indeed is holy, and the commandment holy, and righteous, and good.” Romans 7:12.

If God’s Law is done away, then why did Christ die for our sins? All that had to be done was remove the Law of God.

Romans 5:13b “but sin is not charged when there is no law.”

Since none of us were born during the time before Christ’s death then none of us have ever sinned if there is no Law. Over simplified yes, but it makes the same amount of sense as those who teach the Law is ended.

“Don’t think that I came to destroy the law or the prophets. I didn’t come to destroy, but to fulfill.” Matthew 5:17

What did Christ fulfill? Christ didn’t come to destroy the law, but to do it. Christ did all that was prophesied by the Law and the Prophets. Christ fulfilled prophecy. Keep all of this in mind when reading Galatians and Romans chapters 8 and 10. Paul is not double minded.

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Teach only Love and Political Correctness

John 6:60 “Therefore many of his disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying! Who can listen to it?”

Some of what scripture has to say is difficult for the politically correct “Christian” to accept much less listen to. Many verses of scripture are skipped over without question or spiritualized. In today’s politically correct fake morality some of what scripture says sounds hateful and evil. Teachers have taught a different gospel that neutralizes some of the meat of the word of God. It is sad but many people refuse truth so they don’t get kicked out of their comfortable PC churches or lose their PC friends.

Isaiah 30:9-10 “For it is a rebellious people, lying children, children who will not hear Yahweh’s law; who tell the seers, “Don’t see!” and to the prophets, “Don’t prophesy to us right things. Tell us pleasant things. Prophesy deceits.”

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Judeans

The Bible is very precise in its wording.

The Bible says that Jesus is a Galilean, a Nazarene from Nazareth and of the tribe of Judah, a Judahite Israelite. His lineage goes back to Judah. He is a Hebrew.

The term Jew, invented in 1775, is not equivalent to the word Israelite. In the old testament it was applied only to the two Southern tribes of the house of Judah. Mostly in the NT it should have been translated Judean (as in country, not race or people). It is the same as you would use Texan to mean anyone living in Texas. Jesus could be called a Judean because he was born there. As an adult He never lived in Judea. Very few Israelites actually lived in Judea at the time of Christ. Most Israelites lived to the North in the old territory of the ten Northern tribes. The woman in Samaria called Christ a Jew, but that does not mean she was correct.

Today, the term Jew is applied to an unrelated people as they admit in historical and official writings.

“Strictly speaking, it is incorrect to call an ancient Israelite a “Jew” or to call a contemporary Jew an “Israelite” or a “Hebrew.” The first Hebrews may not have been Jews at all,“ The Jewish Almanac (1980)

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Some Doctrines of Men

Just a little Bible study can easily show how the world has turned Christian beliefs upside down. Here are a few common examples.

  • The Jews are God’s chosen people. Their own history invalidates that. Most just take their public word for the claim. Their own authors dispute it.
  • God’s Law is done away. God does not change and He does not change His morals or His Law.
  • Divorce is a sin. If divorce is a sin, then God is a sinner. God tells us that He divorced the house of Israel in Jeremiah 3:8.
  • Abraham married his actual sister. Abraham married his niece, one of the daughters of his dead brother Haran.
  • Noah’s flood was worldwide. The flood in Genesis chapter one was world wide. The Chinese have documents describing the extent of the flood of Noah.
  • God Love’s everybody and you should too. We must love our enemies, but if you love God’s enemies He will punish you.
  • The rapture is for those saved. Scripture teaches that those who are evil are the ones taken and their bodies are found by scavengers.
  • Money is the root of all evil. The love of money is a root of evil.
  • The church is a building. The church is made up of people, those called out by God.
  • The saved spend eternity in heaven. If that is true then why will there be a renewed earth and the new Jerusalem descends to the earth?
  • Jesus was a Jew. Scripture tells us that Jesus was born in Judea and thus a Judean. He was a Hebrew, Judahite of the tribe of Judah and a Nazarene since he grew up there. The modern day Jews are not related.

These are a few for which the truth is the opposite or considerably different. Study to show yourself approved!

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