What Separates Christianity from All other Religions (Part 2 of 3)

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Now this may come as a shock, but Christianity is NOT a religion! It absolutely is NOT!!

This is our starting point for this second part of three parts– ‘What Separates Christianity from ALL other Religions.’ Well, if Christianity is NOT a religion (and it’s NOT), then what is it? That’s a great question. To answer this, let’s find out what a religion is. Then, where did the word Christian come from and its derivative–Christianity, originate? Finally, what this thing most people refer to as Christianity is, is like the polar opposite or the exact opposite of religion? We have our work cut out for us. Let us begin.


From the Greek there are two words we will look at— “religious” and “religion”.
Greek θρησκός thréskos translated “religious” it occurs only one time in the New Testament

“If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.”

James 1:26 KJV

Hmmm, a religious person has an unbridled tongue, deceives themselves. That’s what the Word said.

The word translated religion is the Greek word θρησκεία thréskeia (s). It’s meaning is. ritual worship, religion, (underlying sense: reverence or worship of the gods), worship as expressed in ritual acts, religion. This word only appears 4 times in the Greek New Testament: Acts 26.5, Colossians 2:18, James 1:26 and James 1:27.  Lets look at them in order.

#1“Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.”

Acts 26:5 KJV

This is the Apostle Paul that used to be called Saul. He was, prior to his becoming a (follower of the Way), a Christian, he was a deeply religious man, that followed his religion strictly. According to what we read earlier, Saul had an unbridled tongue and deceived himself. Was he sincere? Yes he was, but sincerity is no guarantee for truth.

#2“Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,”

Colossians 2:18 KJV

The word “worshipping” is the Greek word thréskeia (religion). Religion involved the worship of the gods in ancient Greek and Roman times. The word angels is tranlated as “messengers.”

#3 “If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.”

James 1:26 KJV

So, in addition to a religious person having an unbridled tongue and deceiving themselves, worshipping gods, angels and messengers, their religion is vain. Again, that’s what the Word says.

#4 “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

James 1:27 KJV

What a contrast, comparing religion with “pure religion”! To walk undefiled before God, and to visit the fatherless and widows (caring for those that cannot care for themselves), in their affliction and to keep themselves unspotted (uncontaminated), from the world. Whatever this is, it is the opposite of religion and religion is all, in vain.

“But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”

Matthew 15: 9 KJV

“Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.”

Titus 1:14

“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

II Timothy 3:5 KJV

We will look at this word “godliness” later, but pay attention to the words, “having a form of godliness”. Religion is the doctrines and commandments of men (all-inclusive noun – includes women). It is an unbridled tongue (says whatever it feels), and deceives itself, thus deceptive to anyone that heeds them. All of religion is, every religion is, vain or in vain. There is no profit in it whatsoever, but it could sure look like the real thing or have a “form of godliness”.

Religion deals with works and these works are outward, believing that these will lead toward God or to inner peace, nirvana, enlightenment, and etc. But these works are without profit. Whatever the opposite of religion is, it starts inside and then leads outward to others. So what is this opposite of religion profitable for?

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”

II Timothy 3:16 KJV

The words “given by inspiration” is the Greek word theopneustos θεόπνευστος: “God-breathed” It’s profit is for “doctrine” (how to believe rightly). And “reproof” (corrects practical error to turn back to the doctrine – how to believe rightly). And “correction” corrects the doctrinal error (after practicing error for a while it becomes like a doctrine), and to turn back to the “doctrine”, how to believe rightly. The word “for” should be translated according to usage, “which is”. The profit of the God-breathed word is, “doctrine, “reproof and correction”, these three as one “which is, instruction in righteousness.”

From one verse of scripture we just read the profit of the Word. Now in one verse we will read what its purpose is.

“ That the man [all-inclusive noun – includes women] of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”

II Timothy 3:17 KJV

Origin of Christianity

“And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.”

Isaiah 35:8 KJV

The Old Testament is full of prophecies of signs of the messiah who was to come. And full of signs that he would be the one. He would show the way of holiness so plainly and so simply, not even a fool or child could miss it, make a mistake, “err therein”. In the gospel of John, Jesus Christ was teaching his disciples about this very thing.

“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.”

John 14:1-4 KJV

People for the most part do not want to told, they need to be shown. To use a perhaps familiar quote to you, the mission of a certain newspaper/magazine, “inquiring minds want to know!” After the verses above, one of Jesus Christ disciples, Thomas asked the following question.

“Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?

John 14:5 KJV

“ Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

John 14:6 KJV

Before the followers of Jesus Christ were called Christian, they were first called, followers of the way.

“And Saul [Jewish name and his Greek name is Paul], yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.”

Acts 9:1, 2 KJV

“But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus.”

Acts 19:22 KJV

“And the same time there arose no small stir about that way.

Acts 19:23 KJV

“And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.”

Acts 22:4 KJV

Yes, this is the apostle Paul speaking and he the same man once known as Saul that had followers of “the way” killed and delivered men and women to prison (s), plural.

“But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:”

Acts 22:14 KJV

WOW, Paul the same Saul once was so religious and he had such knowledge of the law and the prophets, he had a form of godliness, but was himself, deceived and his religion was vain, without profit or godly purpose.

“And when Felix heard these things, having more perfect knowledge of that way, he deferred them, and said, When Lysias the chief captain shall come down, I will know the uttermost of your matter.”

Acts 24:22

Even non-believers, non-followers were familiar with The Way, “that way,” followers of The Way.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

Romans 12:1 KJV

The word “reasonable” is the Greek word λογικos (logikos). It is only used here and in I Peter 2:2. The word logic is derived from this word. As opposed to religion which requires sacrifice, God requires a living sacrifice. A living sacrifice is the logical or reasonable or if you will, the only acceptable religious service to God.

All religions teach, demand and require some type of sacrifice, self-sacrifice or some other sacrifice. Even the nation of Israel was motivated to sacrifice, in order to obtain a better resurrection (the resurrection of the Just). They were works-oriented. But Jesus Christ had to come to deliver all, because of the imperfection innate in all of humanity. It is therefore impossible, by works to please God! Jesus Christ fulfilled the law and bridged the gap, between God and humankind. Instead of a dead sacrifice, God requires a living sacrifice. How is one to do that?

“Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

I Peter 2:1-2 KJV

The words, “of the word”, is our Greek word, logikos. If we are babies, we are not mature enough to eat adult food. This is comparing malice, guile, hypocrisies, envies, all evil speaking to religion and babies. Instead of doing those the contrast here is to desire the sincere milk of the Word that we can grow into adults. The logical, reasonable and if you will, the religious service is to be a living sacrifice, How is this possible?

“ And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Romans 12:2 KJV

WOW, this is new stuff! This may be new to you and I. It may be new to the world. It was new, brand new the day it was first spoken and written in the book of Romans. Instead of religion and religious works, laws and commandments of men (and women), being deceived and all the other things we have looked at that religion is and does, a follower of “The Way” is NOT to be conformed (shaped, influenced, motivated, pressured, to think, to act and etc.), according to this world, but to be transformed. The word “transformed” from the Greek has been transliterated over into out present word, metamorphosis. This transforming is like a caterpillar changing into a butterfly! This renewed mind is to put on, think and do what the Word says. And by so doing, one proves to themselves, what is that good, acceptable and the perfect will of God. This is what “The Way” of holiness is and what it means to be a follower of “The Way, The Truth and The Life”!

So what about the name Christian? Compared to the many Biblical references to some form of “The Way” the word “Christian” only appears three times in the Bible. The word “Christian(s)” is only found in Acts 11:26, Acts 25:28, and I Peter 4:16. The first usage of a word used in the Bible is significant. It is important. It sets the tone and carries its meaning on to every usage. To save time here, we will look at only the first usage of the word “Christian(s)”.

“And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”

Acts 11:26

In Acts chapter 11, many things were happening, signs miracles and wonders and even Gentiles were being added and multiplied to the Church daily. The “he” above refers to Barnabas, who had been working much in the area we are looking at here. The word “him” refers to the apostle Paul. Barnabas went to find Paul to bring him to this area. News of all the incredible things happening in the area, had already been heard about in Jerusalem (the then center of outreach in the first century church.

WOW, this is incredible seeing that Antioch was about approximately 300 miles away. Barnabas leaving was incredible and that the news got there before he did, even though travel was slow in comparison to our time. Travel would have likely been on foot. It would take nearly 2 weeks to walk this distance with breaks, stopping for meals and rest!

This is incredible because Barnabas was a leader in the area, but he believed what was happening in Antioch was so incredible that he was willing to leave and go inform the apostle Paul and bring him back. Nothing short of him personally making the trip to Jerusalem would do. This was so incredible that Barnabas likely traveled by foot and it took him almost two weeks to get to Jerusalem. To avoid the heat of the day, he likely traveled by night and slept during the day. What about the weather? What about bandits or wild animals? Who leaves their work when so much is happening? Barnabas left because of and in spite of all of that because, it was so important! This is incredible because, when he got to Jerusalem they already knew what was going on in Antioch and the apostle Paul, also already knew knew.

Now Jerusalem was the hub, the epicenter of outreach in the first century church. It is where Paul was and needed to be; most likely where he wanted to be. But what he had heard in Jerusalem before Barnabas arrived was so incredible and what Barnabas must have told him so incredibly incredible that both men traveled about 300 miles in around two weeks and stayed in Antioch for a year! Who does this and why?

One important thing to remember is that many gentiles were becoming followers of “The Way” in Antioch. Although not an entirely new thing, it was happening more and more on a regular basis. This was a precursor to the beginning of multiples of disciples, leaders, centers of references (other centers besides just Jerusalem), and to the longer view that in the space of about 2 years and three months, all of Asia Minor heard the Word of God! It began to permeate the culture and the word in Acts 17:20 says, “So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.” INCREDIBLE indeed!!!

Yes, Barnabas and Paul stayed there a whole year. And many (“much”), people were taught. And the disciples (followers of “The Way”), were first called “Christians” in Antioch. Who called them this? I do not know and the Word does not say. Was it the followers of “The Way” that called themselves “Christians”? I do not know. Was it the rest of the city (non-believers, non-followers of “The Way’, the non-Christians that said this? I do not know. But I do understand and it is pretty easy to know why.

In the city of Antioch there were many signs, miracles and wonders happening. How do I know? It says so in Acts chapter 11 and signs, miracles and wonders always follow, the teaching of The Word of God, “The Way, The Truth and The Life”!

Men and women saw men and women doing the works like Jesus Christ did and “greater works.” They saw Jesus Christ in them or Christ-in them and called them, Christ-ins or simply, Christians!

So, if you are a believer or call yourself a follower of “The Way” or if you call yourself a “Christian”, just because the label is changed on the jar of peanut butter, does not change what is inside the jar. Just because you do not know that peanut butter is inside, does not mean it is not. And even if you know what is inside, does not mean you will open the jar and share what is inside. My suggestions are to know what it is, get it, open up your jar and share– “The Way, The Truth and the Life”, the Christ-in you (your Christianity), “the hope of glory”, with everyone you meet, including that person you see in your mirror likely every day! To me, the most beautiful thing I have ever read are these words – “Christ in you the hope of glory”!!! I will reserve another post at another time, for this incredible richness of the glory of this mystery.

Now we have seen what religion is and what being religious looks like. We have seen that to be a follower of “The Way” or to be a ”Christian” looks nothing like religion or being religious. As a matter of truth, they are completely opposite! To close this second part of three parts, then what is it? In one word, it is godliness.


There are many verses in the Bible about godliness and its association with holiness and righteousness and “The Way”. Remember from Isaiah 35:8 there shall be (speaking then of the future which is now), a “way” and it was called “the way of holiness”? Remember Jesus Christ in John 14:6 clarified and specified that he is, “The Way, The Truth, and The Life”? He is the also, “The Way” to holiness, to righteousness and godliness (among many other things), according to the Word. But lets look at the opposite of religion. Let’s look at the word “godliness.”

The Greek word is εὐσέβεια eusébeia. It is a noun. Its literal meaning is “godly heart-response”, reverence, respect. In the Bible everywhere, it is piety toward God. It is translated as “godliness”. There are many occurrences of our word eusébeia “godliness”, but for now, at the nearing end to this post, I will share just one verse. And I will do so with little, but necessary explanation and commentary as possible.

“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”

I Timothy 3:16 KJV

Most of this wonderful verse is clear and easy to understand. There was no controversy when this verse was written, about its subject, “the mystery of godliness [eusébeia]. It is a mystery or it was a mystery. But once it has been revealed, it is no longer a mystery. The next word “God” has been added and it does not appear in the original texts. Don’t take my word for it, look it up for yourself! Try E.W. Bullinger’s Companion Bible and look at the notes and appendices that accompany this verse.

Excerpt from E.W. Bullinger’s Companion Bible, page 1803, I Timothy 3:16

Excerpt from E.W. Bullinger’s Companion Bible, page 1803, I Timothy 3:16

I do not apologize if this has upset your theology, but this is, the accuracy and integrity of God’s Word. So let us read this verse again with the word God omitted and the word “which” properly being the original translation, of the Greek word ho (which).

“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: which was manifest [in manifestation, seen, in evidence, and etc.] in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”

I Timothy 3:16 KJV

What is this verse talking about? Who is this verse talking about? What is this “mystery of godliness”? First, it is something that God does! Next, how was this manifest “in the flesh”? It became evident (was seen), in the miracle birth and life (the works that he did), of Jesus Christ. It was justified in the spirit that Jesus Christ had upon him, the spirit of God. And this spirit of God enabled him to do the works that he did. He was seen of angels when he arose from the dead, ascended into and through the heavens and sat down on the right hand of God. Jesus Christ, “The Way”, The Truth and The Life, the way of holiness, the righteousness of God is, “godliness”! He was publicly preached (declared) to the gentiles. This, “The Way” was and is, still believed on in the world. He, Jesus Christ was, received up into glory as will all who will be in the resurrection of the just and those that are born again of the spirit of holiness, the righteousness of God—”godliness”, the very nature of God!

What is this “mystery of godliness”?? Godliness is, a vital spiritual and personal relationship with God the creator, God the Father! There is no religion on the face of the earth, never has been, cannot now be nor ever shall be, able to do that!!!

So, we could stop right here. “The Way” is not; Christianity is NOT, a religion! It is a personal and intimate relationship between The Father and His Children!

But I said there would be three parts to this post. Next time we will look at several differences between “The Way” – Christianity and religion. Not that we need to because, there is no comparison between two diametrically opposed (total and complete opposites). But just for fun and OK, information, we will do it anyway. 🙂

Christianity is not a religion. It is a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ

Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…

…a witness,


Next time: What Separates Christianity from All other Religions (Part 3 of 3)- FINAL


What Separates Christianity from All other Religions (Part 1 of 3)

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First, before the differences, we must begin with the following fundamentals:


There are technically only three beliefs. There are only three responses to God:

I believe
I do not believe
I am unsure

A belief is not based on faith (a noun, a person, place or thing). A belief is based on action (a verb, to ‘believe’ connotes action). All actions will bring either results or consequences.

Results or consequences (verbs, actions), are the proofs of the existence of, nouns (persons, places or things).

To accept anyone or anything by faith (a noun), is to concede the inability to articulate in words and this makes language useless, as a tool for communication. If it (the belief), cannot be or is not communicated, there can be no results or consequences (actions – verbs), without outside influence. Therefore, God (noun), must communicate and prove (by verbs- actions), himself. That you and I believe, do not believe or are unsure, is irrelevant to the will and purposes of God. It is only relevant or not, to you and I.

Since it is impossible, for you and I to prove that God exists, does not exist or may/may not exist, God therefore must provide a means, a mediator, a bridge between himself and ourselves.

God, thus far is, where we begin to show differences between all other religions and Christianity.

To prove that God exists, one needs to be greater than God. To seek to prove that God exists, only proves that they have no proof.

To prove that God does not exist, one needs to be greater than God. An Atheist does not believe in God. To seek to prove that God does not exist, only proves that they have no proof.

To be unsure if God exists only proves that the individual is ignorant and unable to argue, one way or the other. This non-committal attitude does neither afford them further opportunity to know the truth or to lead anyone else.

The common denominator to all three responses is GOD, therefore God exists.

If neither you nor I, or anyone can prove or disprove the existence of God, are therefore the agnostics (uncertain if God exists), the only ones whose beliefs (actions), hold the only logical conclusion?

Shall we all then live out our lives and indeed, all people from the beginning of time, those living in its continuance or until the end of time, be doomed to such uncertainty?

Shall we then live our lives as the ancient Epicureans, to eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die?

Followers of Epicurus (who died at Athens Greece around 270 B.C.), were adherents of the Epicurean philosophy (Acts 17:18). This philosophy was a system of atheism, and taught men to seek as “their highest aim, a pleasant and smooth life.” They did not believe in God or the resurrection from death, no hereafter, life after, everlasting life or eternal life. The Epicureans were similar to the Sadducees (if not the same and only with a name change), in the times in which Jesus Christ lived.

I must interject some levity here, even if it is lame levity. If there is no hereafter, what then are we here after? 🙂

And the Sadducees were so sad you see because, they did or do not believe, in the resurrection from the dead. 🙂

But anyway, there were many Sadducees among the elders of the Sanhedrin (the ruling body of Israel). The Great Sanhedrin (also spelled Sanhedrim), was the supreme council, or court, in ancient Israel. There were also smaller religious Sanhedrins in every town in Israel, but the Great Sanhedrin supervised them all. The Great Sanhedrin was comprised of 71 sages (thought to be wise through reflection and experience), plus the high priest. The high priest served like a president and it is obvious, his vote could be a deciding vote, if the other members were equally divided. The members came from the chief priests, scribes, and elders, but there is no record on how they were chosen. There were other Jewish sects as the Stoics and Pharisees among others, which made up the Sanhedrin, but the following two verses encapsulate the belief (actions), of the Epicureans and Sadducees.

“And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die.”

Isaiah 22:13

“If the dead are not raised, Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”

I Corinthians 15:32

A final fundamental for this Part 1 of 3 parts involves, classification of people. This has nothing to do with race, nationality, culture, languages or religions and etc. But prior to the Day of Pentecost (Acts chapter 2), there were only two classifications of people upon the earth, Jew (Judaean, Israeli), and Gentiles. After the Day of Pentecost (Act chapter 2), the Bible in one verse of scripture, places all people in one of three classifications. Now I don’t mean to offend anyone, as I’m not saying this, God said it.

“Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:”

I Corinthians 10:32 KJV

Among these there are, either those that believe in God, do not believe in God or are unsure of the existence of God.

If no one not a Jew, a Gentile or anyone of the  Church of God (a Christian), can prove or disprove the existence of God, then God, by sheer logic, has to prove himself! This is where we are going next time. Happy Passover or Easter, to all those celebrating these holidays.

Christianity is not a religion. It is a relationship with God through Jesus Christ

Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…

…a witness,


Next time: What Separates Christianity from All other Religions (Part 2 of 3)

Proofs of God

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“Oh, Yeh? Prove it!”

“Prove it!”

This is a familiar phrase often heard or seen, in response to what you or I have said or written. We experienced this as children. We experience this still today, as adults. But this post, this piece is not to prove that God exists, but rather to prove to ourselves, His proofs, the proofs of God.

Numerous times in the Bible, God says to prove him. The following is one example of many.

“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”

Malachi 3:10 King James Version (KJV)

“For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:”

I Corinthian 1:22 (KJV)

All people whether Jew or Greek (Gentiles), seek after signs or wisdom which is the application of knowledge. It is how we are wired. It is how we are made and formed. We all are, looking for proof.

The Jews require [seek, ask Gr.  aiteó] after a sign [Gr. semeion], and the Greeks [Gentiles] seek [seek, ask Gr. aiteó] after wisdom:

aiteo = to ask for something to be given. Commonly used of an inferior addressing a superior.

semeion = a sign. This word has regard to the significance of the work wrought, whether in itself, or in the reason, object, design, and teaching intended to be conveyed by it.

The applied knowledge (wisdom), is seen throughout life in science, mathematics, formulas, equations and etc.. These are “proofs.” They employ logic and reason. There really is no difference between the Jews seeking a sign and the Greeks (Gentiles), seeking wisdom, both seek “proof!” The Jew would seek the proof from outside their individual seeking and the Greek (the Gentile), seeks the proof in that which they can discover and apply, prove, for themselves.

Adam and Eve, the first man and first woman, according to the scriptures in Genesis, were made, formed and created. Their bodies were formed from the same elements found in soil or dirt. Their souls, their in-breathing, their breathing, their individual selves, were made of something which already existed when God first created air-breathing mammals. Their spirit was created upon a condition. Adam and Eve could learn and discover life through their bodies and souls, but they could also, learn from God by the spirit of God upon them. All was paradise in paradise until, the day they decided to walk according to ONLY their five senses (body and soul), and the spirit of God upon them, died. After that time, God could only communicate with humankind through some form of His coming into concretion in the senses world or at specific times through men and women with whom, He placed the spirit upon them, again, on a condition. As long as they walked according to the word and will of God, the spirit of God upon them, remained. All that have ever had the spirit of God upon them, died. Even Jesus Christ died, physically and spiritually, but God raised him from the dead.

If you think about and ask, why were men and women of the Bible able to do the great things they did? Now, if you think about that, all the signs and wonders and miracles in the Old Testament and including, those done by Jesus Christ (who came to fulfill the law), were because, they had the spirit of God upon them. Proof of these things was the works that they did.

  1. Men and women at times gave words of prophecy. They forth-told or declared the Word forth. It was not the kind of prophecy that foretold the future, but they forth-told. Moses was called a prophet and he forth-told, but he never foretold the future.
  2. Men and women were able to discern spirits. The knew by the spirit of God upon them, whether others had the spirit of God, if an angel were present or if, some other spirit was present.
  3. They received word of knowledge. This knowledge was above, over and beyond the senses realm. This knowledge was from God’s perspective, the big picture.
  4. They received word of wisdom, which is, what to do about the spiritual knowledge received.
  5. They operated the manifestation of believing (i.e. raised the dead and etc.).
  6. They instantly (instantaneously), were able to perform miracles.
  7. They healed people.

These seven manifestations or evidences were the proof (proofs), that they had the spirit of God upon them. These were the proofs of God.

These were all very much like another thing familiar to us as children, ‘show and tell.! To be more accurate, Tell & Show’!

God would communicate (tell and show), in the language and understanding of the individual, what He wanted spoken, what He wanted done and HOW to do it, but the individual was responsible, to tell & show and show & tell, by their own free will and beliving.

Tell & Show!

There are many examples of these manifestations, evidences, operations, ‘showing and telling’, these proofs of God, in the Old Testament. Jesus Christ, in the four Gospels, did these as did his 12 disciples (all 12, including Judas Iscariot, who later betrayed him). As a matter a fact, Jesus said the following to his 12 disciples, including Judas:

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He [or she] that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he [or she] do also; and greater works than these shall he [or she] do; because I go unto my Father.”

John 14:12 King James Version (KJV)

Verily, verily (truly, truly), the thing is said twice and it is established. He or she (whosoever), that believes (a verb which connotes action), on Jesus Christ, shall (absolute tense, not will, but absolutely), do, the same works as Jesus Christ did! Not only that, but the verse also says that they would be able to do (absolute tense again, absolutely do), even “greater works!” WOW, even greater works than Jesus Christ? Yes! That’s what the Word says and that what the Word means! Why would this be possible? It was possible, it was made available because, he (Jesus Christ), went unto his Father.

When Jesus Christ was crucified, resurrected and ascended up and into and through the heavens, he sat down on the right hand of God. On the day of Pentecost, around 1 A.D., something happened that had never occurred before that day. Men and women could have a new spirit created not upon them or upon a condition, but something NEW, something more. This new spirit was and still is, created in a man or a woman, the moment they confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and believe that God has (past tense), raised him (Jesus Christ), from the dead. This new spirit was unconditional. At that moment, men and women were not as Israel, adopted as the Father’s children, but they became the true sons and daughters of God by birth. This is, the new birth, being born again. Being born again with this new birth, this new creation, men and women were able to do, “the greater works,” that Jesus Christ told his 12 disciples they would absolutely be able to do in John 14:12. These greater works would include, not only the seven manifestations, evidences, proofs of God, as seen in the Old Testament and the four Gospels, but three brand new, “greater works!” Why were these even “greater works” that even Jesus Christ could not do? These “greater works,” were not available until, the day of Pentecost and Jesus Christ was already, seated on the right hand of God.

There were two new proofs of God added, to the original seven manifestations and today, right now, there are nine. And one more of these “greater works” was first available on the Day of Pentecost (see: the book of Acts, chapter 2). And this is, the ability to communicate to others, the words of truth (if believed), that will lead anyone freely desiring to believe, into this new birth, this eternal life spirit, this everlasting spirit, this being born again, as sons and daughters of God!

From God’s perspective, this new creation is eternal, for it had no beginning or end. It has always been in His foreknowledge, His heart, His desire, and even before the heavens and the earth, and all life was created in the beginning. From the individual’s perspective, it is everlasting, from the moment they become born again, as a child of God.

In the Old Testament, the spirit of God upon them could be lost. Even Jesus Christ “gave up the ghost (the spirit of God upon him), when he was crucified. But in the administration of grace, the Church administration, in which you and I live today, we cannot lose the spirit of God that is in us! If this were possible, it would not be “everlasting life!” It is!

So today, along with the NEW “greater works” of leading people to this NEW birth, there are two more, NEW manifestations, NEW evidences, NEW operations; NEW proofs of God. But one thing has not changed. This one thing is, changeless, ageless, timeless! It is an immutable law. It is an eternal truth.

Something must first come, before any sign, miracle or wonder. And this one eternal thing is, God’s Word. From God’s perspective, from his point of view, how does He see His Word? What value, does He place in His Word?

“…for thou [God] hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”

Psalm 138.2b (KJV)

God almighty, the creator of the universe, has not merely set His Word above all his name, He magnified it! His name represents all His power, all His works and all His creation of the past, present, future and, for all eternity! This is an eternal, unchanging, timeless and immutable law of God that before any creation, any work of God, any “greater works,” any sign, miracle or wonder, first, there must be, the Word of God, His Word!

Before any creation, any work of God, any “greater works,” any sign, miracle or wonder, first, there must be, the Word of God, His Word!”

“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”

Genesis 1:3 (KJV)

Let us look at the definition of miracles.


Miracles are spoken of in the New Testament under three names:

1. dunamis = power. In the singular, power in the abstract; but in the plural it = mighty works, i.e. the manifestations of power. (See Ap. 172. 1.) The word occurs 38 times in three of the four Gospels: 13 times in Matthew, and is rendered “power”, or “powers” 5 times; “mighty works” 6 times; “wonderful works” once (7:22), and once “ability” (25:15). It occurs ten times in Mark; and is rendered “virtue” once (5:30); “mighty works” 3 times; “power, or “powers” 5 times; and “miracle” once (9:39). In Luke it occurs 15 times, and is rendered “power” or “powers”, 11 times; “virtue” twice; “mighty works” twice. In John it does not occur at all.

2. teras = a wonder. This word has regard to the effect produced on those who witnessed the mighty work. It is always translated “wonder”, The rendering “miracle” should be confined to this word, teras.

3. semeion = a sign. This word has regard to the significance of the work wrought, whether in itself, or in the reason, object, design, and teaching intended to be conveyed by it.

All three of the above words occur in one verse (Heb. 2:4) : “God also bearing [them] witness by signs (semeion), both with wonders (teras) and various mighty works (dumanis), and distributions of pneuma hagion [holy spirit] (See Ap. 101. II. 14), according to His own will”.

Excerpts from: E.W. Bulinger’s Companion Bible

Let us now, read, Hebrews 2:4

“God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?”

Hebrews 2:4 (KJV)

First, I would like to point out that God did not argue or need to defend His word. Truth needs no defense. God bore witness that His word was the truth, by the works, the signs, miracles and wonders, the ‘proofs’ of His word. And God bore “them,” “witness” that in doing His Word (speaking , believing and doing), signs, miracles and wonders, the ‘proofs’ of His word, follow. We, his children, are not called to argue or defend His word, as truth needs no defense. We are called to be witnesses of the truth of His word and this witness is, the works, the signs, miracles and wonders, the ‘proofs’ of His word!

We are called to be witnesses of the truth of His word and this witness is, the works, the signs, miracles and wonders, the ‘proofs’ of His word!

The words, “according to his,” [plural pronoun = men/women], refer to the nearest noun as its antecedent (what comes before – a preceding circumstance, event, object, style, phenomenon, etc.), is, the pronoun, “them” This verse is not referring back to “God,” but to “them.” It is according to the free will of men and women that these signs, miracles and wonders, these manifestations, these evidences, these ‘proofs’ happen. But first, or before that, there must be, The Word of God! Today, this is still the only way to see, to manifest, to “witness” these signs, miracles and wonders, these ‘proofs of God.’ Someone has to speak the truth of God’s Word (TELL), have the spirit of God in them, and will to believe, to bring them to pass. And then, the signs, miracles and wonders follow (SHOW)!

Someone has to speak the truth of God’s Word, have the spirit of God in them, and will to believe, to bring them to pass. And then, the signs miracles and wonders follow! Tell & (then) SHOW!

This is still the only way to bring to pass these signs, miracles and wonders, these ‘proofs of God!’ Know what the Word of God says! Get yourself born again! Know what you have! Know what these “greater works” are and how to operate them! Believe to operate them and operate them. You and I, yes, you and I! You do it! I must do it! We must do it! What we do is God’s business, but that we do it is ours, our responsibility!

So, beyond the “greater works” of leading men and women to the new birth, what are these other “greater works” that you and I need to do? What are these manifestations, theses operations, this exercising of the spirit of God in us? What are these ‘proofs of God’?

1 Bunch (spirit), with 9 grapes (manifestations)

“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led. Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation [singular – includes all 9 like we would say a bunch of grapes] of the Spirit is given to every man [plural noun = all inclusive – men and women], to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith [Greek pistis – beliving – here, the manifestation of believing] by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers [many] kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

I Corinthians 12:1-10 King (KJV)

Note: The words above,  “the manifestation…” (in the singular), “…of the spirit,” are equal to the words “the fruit…” (in the singular), “…of the spirit,” from Galatians 5:22, 23. Things equal to the same thing are, equal to each other. One gift has nine manifestations and produce from one gift (the manifestations operated), nine fruits. Every child of God has the potential ability to operate all nine of the manifestations and receive the nine fruits  (benefits), of the spirit in operating, in exercising the spirit of God in them. Later, we will see that not only do we have this potential to do all nine and receive all nine benefits from doing so, this is the will of God, “the commandments of God!”

…not only do we have this potential to do all nine and receive all nine benefits from doing so, this is the will of God, “the commandments of God!”

“Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied:  for greater is he [or she] that prophesieth than he [or she] that speaketh with tongues, except he [or she] interpret, that the church may receive edifying. Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine? And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped? For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle? So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air. There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification. Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me. Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church. Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray [believe] that he [plural noun = he or she] may interpret. For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest? For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified. I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue. Brethren [brothers and sisters], be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men [men and women]. In the law it is written, With  men [and women] of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord. Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe. If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad? But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth. [These are the ‘proofs of God’] How is it then, brethren [brothers and sisters]? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying. If any man [or woman] speak inan unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one [the same one]interpret. But if there be no interpreter[they do not believe to interpret], let him [or her] keep silence in the church; and let him [or her] speak to himself [or herself], and to God. Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. For ye may all prophesy [this is still referring to prophets] one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.[The same is true of anyone, operating the spirit of God, any born again believer, not just those operating the gift ministry of a prophet!] For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. Let your women keep silence in the churches: [the nearest noun of antecedent is the “prophets”, so this refers to the women (wives), of the prophets]for it is not permitted unto them [the wives of the prophets] to speak; but they [the wives of the prophets] are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law. And if they [the wives of the prophets] will learn any thing, let them [the wives of the prophets] ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women [the women of the prophets] to speak in the church. What? came the word of God out from you [the wives of the prophets]? or came it unto you [the wives of the prophets] only? If any man [or woman] think himself [or herself] to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him [or her] acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord [this refers to the prophets and all children of God by inclusion of the word “things” written and that we here, just read!]. But if any man [all inclusive plural noun = men and women] be ignorant, let him [or her] be ignorant. Wherefore, brethren [brothers and sisters], covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. Let all things be done decently and in order.”

I Corinthians 14: 1-40 (KJV)

So, there we have it. These are the manifestations of the spirit. They are 9 in number:

1. speaking in tongues
2. tongues with interpretation
3. prophesy (forth telling NOT foretelling)
4. word of knowledge
5. word of wisdom
6. discerning of spirits
7. the manifestation of believing (walking on water, parting the red sea, raising the dead and etc.)
8. miracles (bringing to pass the impossible at ones command, instantly
9. gifts of healing

Two of these (speaking in tongues and tongues with interpretation), were NOT available in the Old Testament. They were not available in the four Gospels and NOT even Jesus Christ could operate them! Why or Why Not? Because, they were not available until, the Day of Pentecost, in the book of Acts, chapter 2. Together with leading men and women to the new birth by the Word of God and now with these 2 manifestations + the other 7 = 9 are, the ‘proofs of God! These are, the “greater works,” of John 14:12!

Operating the 9 manifestations of the spirit and leading others to the new birth, so that they can do the same are, ‘The Proofs of God!’These are, the “greater works,'”of John 14:12! 

In short, if one is not seeing signs, miracles and wonder on a daily basis, they are not promoting the right stuff. These ‘Proofs of God’ are, His marketing and advertising programs, if you will call it thus, that He is God, His Word means what it says and it says what it means, for He Magnified His Word, above all His Name!

Get busy proving God! Show and tell others that God lives and He is alive and well in you!

P.S. To all Jehovah Witnesses, Mormons, All the ‘End Time’ folk and anyone else, there is a day coming on this earth, when three of these proofs of God, these “greater works” (leading one to the new birth, speaking in tongues and the interpretation of tongues), will NOT be available! But it is NOT this day, NOT today because, all three of these are still available, right NOW!!


Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…

…a witness,


Next time: What Separates Christianity from all other Religions (Part 1 of 3)

The Kerygma

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By Dahni
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The Kerygma is ‘The Message’

The Kerygma, pronounced [kay-roog-mah], is a term that is largely unfamiliar to most Christians. κήρυγμα, Kērygma, is a Greek neuter noun. It comes from the Greek verb kēryssō, kā-rü’s-sō, κηρύσσω.

The Kerygma is, the very heart of the gospel [good news], the core message of Christianity that all believers are called to proclaim.

Note: all Scriptures used in this post are from the King James Version – KJV

Outline of Biblical Usage 

I.  That which is proclaimed by a herald or public crier, a proclamation by a herald
II.  In the NT the message or proclamation of the heralds of God or Christ

Original Communicators, telecommunication devices, foot-fones’ 🙂

Strong’s Definitions

κήρυγμα kḗrygma, kay’-roog-mah; from Strongs Concordance G2782; a proclamation (especially of the gospel [good news]; by implication, the gospel [good news] itself):—preaching.

The Greek word kēryssō, kā-rü’s-sō, κηρύσσω, corresponds to Strongs Concordance G2784.

Kērygma is used 8 times in the Bible:

1. Matthew 12:41- G2782
2. Luke 11:32- G2782
3. Romans 16:25- G2782
4. I Corinthians 1:21- G2782
5. I Corinthians 2:4- G2782
6. I Corinthians 15:14- G2782
7. II Timothy 4:17- G2782
8. Titus 1:3- G2782

Thayer’s Greek Lexicon

“Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching G2782 of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,”

Romans 16:25 KJV

“But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith [Gr. pistis believing], which we preach; G2782

Romans 10:8 KJV

“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher G2784 [The Greek word kēryssō]?

Romans 10:14 KJV

“And how shall they preach, G2782 except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”

Romans 10:15 KJV

The Gospel of Peace = Glad tidings = Good Things. Things equal to the same thing, are equal to each other. The “feet” during these times were clad mostly with sandals. The feet were, for most people, the main mode of transportation. They were mobile. They were often dusty and dirty, but because they carried (figuratively), the literal gospel [good news], the good news and these glad tidings, they were beautiful in God’s sight. Today, we mostly wear shoes and socks and have many modes of transportation available to us, but when we speak God’s Word, The Kerygma as keryssos – kerusso (heralds), our feet are no less beautiful!

The kerusso  (heralds), are the messengers with beautiful feet 🙂

Imagine yourself as a herald or town  crier. Although your job is important, it is the message you deliver, which is most important. The message is delivered publicly and will be received in three ways:  accepted, rejected as being impossible or rejected as foolishness.  The herald or town crier is not responsible for the message or how it is received. They are to just deliver the message (the information).

“But we preach G2782 Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;”

I Corinthians 1:23 KJV

Modern Day protective cases, for the original ‘Messenger’ service 🙂

The Kerygma is a “stumbling block” to the jews because, they do not believe the promised Messiah, has yet to come. The Kerygma is “foolishness” to the Gentiles because, they require “signs”, in order, for them to believe. But this Kerygma is not just mere words. It is God’s Word. It is the true word, It is the truth. And according to John 8:32 “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” KJV

This Word of God, this Kerygma is life and life-giving. It is the core of Christianity because, it takes the Jew (Israel), and the Gentile and makes them each, one new creature (created thing). And God has given us all, each Christian, this one right (of several rights), to His true children and the responsibility, to reconcile (bring together what was separated), men, women and children, by the ministry (service), of reconciliation.

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;”

II Corinthians 5:17,18 KJV

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

Acts 4:12 KJV

As contrary as this may seem to all religions, major world religions and all others, there is NO other name given under heaven among men [and women, “men” is a plural and all-inclusive pronoun; includes men, women and children], whereby there is salvation. The service of the herald is to deliver this truth. The message is so important because, salvation is in the Word of God and the power of God is behind His Word! It is believing the Word of God (not just believing in God, but to, believe Him). A herald’s job is to publicly declare this Word of believing. Believing is a verb and connotes action. The word “faith” in English may be thought of as a noun, but from the Greek word pistis, “faith” it is a verb and is always, always translated as, “believe”, “believing” or “faithfulness” (faithful to continue to believe), according to its context, as used in the Bible. Never in the Bible does God EVER require anyone to accept anything by faith! Never does the Bible say, one has lost their faith. Never does God’s Word say that anyone, does not have enough faith. God requires only one thing and that is to believe. Believe what? God requires one to believe His Word because, in it is the truth of salvation and the power behind His Word is to save. To save or salvation means to make whole or to be, made whole. Again, a herald’s job is to declare this Word of believing. So, what is this word of believing?

The book of Romans is an interesting doctrinal epistle [how to believe rightly]. It is the first of three in the New Testament: Romans, Ephesians and Thessalonians. All three are each and altogether, all doctrinal epistles. Parts of Romans is written to: Jews (Israel), Gentiles and the Church of God. Romans is a transitional doctrinal epistle because, it transitions the end of the Christ administration to the administration of Grace and the age of the Church, the Church in Christ, in which we are still in. Romans transitions the Jew (Israel), and the Gentiles to the new creatures (created things), out of both Jew (Israel), and Gentiles, to the “new creatures” or as we have come to understand, to be, Christians. The Church of God is made up of both former Jews (Israel), or former Gentiles. These two become a new creature in the Church of Christ.

God classifies all people as one of the following: Jew (Israel), Gentile or part of, the church of God.

“Give none offence, neither to the Jews (Israel), nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:”

I Corinthians 10:32 KJV

In the very first verse of Romans, chapter one, we read the following—

Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.”

Romans 10:1 KJV

One principle of Biblical research is to follow the nearest noun as its antecedent. An antecedent noun or a thing or an event, is that which existed before or logically precedes another. Another biblical research principle is that interpretation and application is, according to, to whom it is written. In this first verse of Romans, chapter one, it is crystal clear that this verse is, to the Jew (Israel). You can follow these nouns all the way down in chapter one from verse 1 through verse 10. From verse one, “Israel” , as a noun, leads to chapter one and in verses 9 and 10 and from there, it leads back to Israel [or the Jew], in verse one.

“But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith [Gr. pistis believing], which we preach; G2782

Romans 10:8 KJV

According to what we have read, this word of believing, this Kerygma, this preaching, relates to “thee” (Israel) and “thy” (Israel) . Verses 1-8 of Romans, chapter 1, are all, written to Israel (the Jew). Now look at Romans 10:9

“That if thou [Israel], shalt confess with thy [Israel], mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine [Israel], heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou [Israel], shalt be saved.”

Romans 10: 9 KJV

“For [indicates purpose or reason], with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Romans 10: 10 KJV

So, from the above two scriptures, we see HOW both righteousness and salvation is possible. One has to confess with their mouth that Jesus is Lord. No big deal right, anyone can do this? This should be understood that to confess Jesus as Lord, it is to truly or really say, that Jesus is Lord. To do so, one has to believe that Jesus is Lord.

Along with this confession, the same person has to believe, that God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. How is that possible? Were you or I (those of us reading this in the year 2017), there? Did we see Jesus Christ being raised from the dead? NO!

So, somehow, one has got to get to the place that they confess Jesus Christ as Lord (really and truly say it because, they believe he is their Lord), and must believe, that God raised him from the dead. How? Remember, according to John 8:32 “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” KJV

The word “shall” is in the absolute tense of the word. This word of believing, the Word of God, the Kerygma, will absolutely not set, but absolutely (“shall”), “make” one free! What’s the difference between being set free and being made free?

If I were in prison and you had the keys to my cell, you may be able to unlock the door and set me free. I could walk out, get caught and put back into prison. I could, for whatever reason(s), decide to stay there, even though you set me free.

To be made free is to have the cell door opened yes, and to be set free, but prior to this, I have been prepared to live free. Then, because I have chosen to be made free, God by his Word, the word of believing, the Kerygma and His power in His Word, has prepared me to be free, unlocked my prison door, taken me to freedom and in Him, I can (He has given me the ability), and I may (my choice), live free!

This is how important it is for the herald, the messenger the kerusso to deliver the truth and nothing but the truth! For it is the power in and behind the message, the truth, the Word of God, the word of believing, the Kerygma, which shall truly, really, make anyone that believes, made whole!!!! Always, it is on one condition and that condition is, to believe (pistis)!!

God through His Word, per each person that wills to believe, must provide each individual with exactly whatever the person needs, to be able to believe! It is not the power of the herald which declares the Kerygma. The power is IN the Kerygma, the Word of God itself, which enables one to confess Jesus Christ as Lord (to really say and to really mean it), and believe that God raised him from the dead.

OK, so what? Didn’t I say that Romans 1:1-10 was written to the Jew (Israel)? NO, I just merely declared, I herald the Kerygma. The Word of God says this! Well, I don’t know about you, but I was a Gentile. If verses 1-10 were written to the Jew (Israel), and they were, what about me? Yes, what about me and all Gentiles? Look at the very next verse in Romans.

“For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. “[disappointed in their expectations].

Romans 10:11 KJV

Just one word in Romans 10:11 “Whosoever”, transitions away from the Jew (Israel), in Romans chapter one and verses  1-10, to anyone that will to believe, in verse 11. This is how important and how powerful, this word of believing, this Kerygma, declared by a herald is!!!

Contrary to what we may believe, have been taught, may one day believe or are taught, believe is a verb that connotes action. All people have the innate ability to believe. To believe is an active verb which ends in either results or consequences. We need proof(s) or evidence to believe. God both knows and understands this! It is our nature to believe, our pathos or pathology to believe.  The Jews (Israel), saw and see the heralding (preaching),  of the Kerygma as, a “stumbling block” because, they did not and do not believe in the first coming of the promised Messiah. The Gentiles saw and see the preaching (heralding), of the Kerygma as, “foolishness”, for they sought and seek “signs” that Jesus Christ was or is, ‘The One.’  Both the Jews (Israel), and Gentiles were and are, looking for proof(s), for “signs”; for evidence. Again, God knew, knows; understood and understands, the nature of humans. He  has provided all the proof that anyone would require, to believe!

Proofs to the Jews (Israel)

To the Jew (Israel), these proofs were first written in the stars and taught to Adam & Eve by God and Adam & Eve passed this on to their children and on and on and on. The stars and their meaning were the Word of God, the word of believing, the Kerygma.

Next, the proofs to the Jew (Israel) were in the spoken and then the written records of God’s Word, the word of believing, the Kerygma. Many of the OT words were in the form of prophecies, by prophets and were about future events. In the OT, there was the prophecies of, the four aspects of, the coming Messiah.:

My messiah “the branch”
My servant “the branch”
My man “the branch”
My son “the branch”

These four aspects or characteristics of, the coming messiah— prophecies in the OT, were fulfilled in the four gospels of: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

So, the Jew (Israel), had to first know the Word of God, the word of believing, the Kerygma and THEN, they could see the proofs in the due course of time and WHEN they saw the life of Jesus Christ and the works that he did and how both lined up with the OT prophecies. The four gospels were written, so that they (the Jew or Israel), would not have to “stumble.”

Proofs to the Gentiles

To the Gentiles, these proofs were in the works done by men and women that had the spirit of God upon them, so that they could see the “signs.” 

Since the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1), these proofs can be seen by both the inerrant accuracy and integrity of the Word of God, the word of believing, the Kerygma and in the works done by (and available to anyone— that is a Christian, who is, born again, saved, made whole), those in whom the spirit of God dwells within them.

There are numerous times in the Bible where God says (tells, commands), people to “prove” Him (God). What follows is just one example.

”…prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”

Malachi 3:10b KJV

“Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.”

John 14:11 KJV

For anyone to believe that Jesus Christ was (is), ‘The One’ was/is, to know the OT prophecies about him and to see the proofs in the four gospels fulfilled or to believe, because of, the works he did. This is, the job or the work of a herald, to preach, to declare, to herald the word of believing which is, the Kerygma!

The importance of and the order of God may be understood by the next verses of scripture, the Word of God, the word of believing, the Kerygma.

“How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
“God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?”

Hebrews 11:3,4 KJV

First, there is the Word of God, the word of believing, the Kerygma

• Written in the stars
• Spoken
• Written

Then, the signs, miracles and wonders, follow. It all begins with God, the Word of God, the word of believing, the Kerygma!

Of all of God’s creation, the one thing above all the rest is His Word, the word of believing, the Kerygma. God did NOT just merely set His word above all His creation, all his name (all his name represents), He magnified it, His Word, the word of believing, the Kerygma!

“…for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”

Psalm 138:2b KJV

Look at all of this, like this. Social media is the world. It is facetime (face to face). The cell phones, communicators; telecommunication devices are the heralds. They are the messengers, the communication apps. Protective cases (if applicable), are the shoes or footwear of the messengers (the heralds, town criers, the kerysso). Used with socks and shoes or not, these mobile devices (the feet), are— “beautiful” (dirty or not), because, they carry and deliver the messenger with the message to the recipient, the content, across the whole of social media, one by one (person to person). The content, the message is, the word of believing, the Kerygma of God!

The Messengers are the heralds, but the Message is the Kerygma

Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…

…a witness,


Next time: Proofs of God

Wise, Mighty & Noble?

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Can you appreciate someone’s talent and skill (talent is something innate and skill is developed), while simultaneously despising their behavior and character?

Can these same people of renown, despise you and/or I for lack of success— fame, wealth and influence and who need them because, you and/or I are fools, weak, and ignoble?

Have you ever desired success— fame, wealth and influence, and have seen it in others? Can you marvel at their success— fame, wealth and influence and at the same time, have no desire to be like them, to imitate them, and find nothing in common with them or worthy of being a role model or an example of success?

Have you ever wondered why so often, the most talented, most skilled, most famous, wealthiest and most influential people are, the most abhorrent, despicable, loathed and vile?

With what success brings (fame, wealth and influence), wouldn’t you imagine it could be used, for good and not evil? Do you even believe in or still believe in,  good and evil?

I have pondered such questions. Perhaps, so have you? If this is true of you, then you and I have something in common and we are, not alone!!

Many others have thought on these things, for at least around 2,000 years, if not since the beginning of humanity. But about 2,000 years ago, these questions were implied and answered by, implication.

“For ye see your calling, brethren [plural noun includes women], how that not many wise men [plural noun includes women], after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:”

I Corinthians 1:26, The Bible, New Testament, King James Version (KJV)

This verse is fraught with information, by implication!

First, if you and I look at our own calling, it is likely (not impossible, but unlikely, that you and I are not among the “wise”, the “mighty” or the “noble”.

Next, the opposite of wise is foolish or one is a fool.

willfully self-blinded and self-deaf fool

The opposite of mighty is weak.


The opposite of noble is (choose your antonym) – ignoble, servile, commoner, lowly, low-born, low-life, poor, unprivileged, vulgar, wanting, un-aristocratic, unsophisticated, and etc.

lowly commoner

The words “after the flesh” are, accurately translated, “according to the flesh.” This implication implies the world’s point of view and its opposite, which is, God’s point of view. In other words, what the world calls “wise”, “mighty” and “noble”, God views as, foolish (fools), weak and ignoble.

The next implication is, if you and/or I have NOT been called, by what the world views as, the “wise”, the “mighty”, and the “noble”, then you and/or I have been called by, what the world views as the foolish, the weak and the ignoble.

This verse does NOT say that according to the world view, not ANY “wise”, “mighty”, and “noble” are called, but NOT, “many”. Oh yes, there are some “wise”, “mighty”, and “noble” that are called, just NOT “many”!

Just one question, by implication, remains? The same reason that not “many” “wise” “mighty”, and “noble” are called is, they are NOT available and therefore, have been “called” elsewhere!

“But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
That no flesh should glory in his presence.”

I Corinthians 1:27-29, The Bible, New Testament, King James Version (KJV)

Well, so much for the world view of success— fame, wealth and influence, by fools, the weak minded (insane, no discernment of right and wrong, good and evil), and God the creator and “the god (lowercase) of this world” the devil!

“In 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.”

II Corinthians 4:4, The Bible, New Testament, King James Version (KJV)

Yep, most of the world’s “wise”,  the “mighty”, and the “noble” , the world’s most successful, the— famous, the wealthiest and most influential, have been called by the god of this world, the devil. Well, no wonder the true God cannot call them, they are already called elsewhere. Now you can call them if you want to, but don’t be surprised if they don’t answer or if they treat you like a fool, a weak willed and lowly commoner.

Let me be thought a fool and weak and just a commoner. Thank You, for those compliments, for I count myself, from God’s point of view, among the “wise”, the “mighty”, and “noble” (of a royal, spiritual, blood line), through Jesus Christ (and a joint heir with him, my brother), and one of God’s true children! So should you! Were you called? Yes, unless you were not/are NOT available because, you were and/or are called elsewhere.

Were You, Are You Called?

Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…

…a witness,


Next time: kerygma

Why History (the Past) is important to Both Our Present and Our Future

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Arrows splitting arrows each one dead center- Bulls-Eye

History is so that we are not ignorant. And if we are not ignorant, then we are to be informed, we are to be educated. The whole aim of education is action. The Goal of education is simplicity in presentation, that all, young, old, all people, and that even a fool or a child can understand, can hit the target dead-center (bulls-eye)!

History is the target of seven things. Students of history are to aim towards hitting those targets dead-center. Actually, it is one target with the aim of hitting it seven times, dead center. I believe putting an arrow into dead center of a target and placing another one (or six more) into center of each one, is called, ‘A Robin Hood.’

A ‘Robbin Hood’ – One arrow shot into the center of another arrow

History is in the past. And recently, in the recent past, there are those so offended by the past that they want reminders of this past, as statues of the offending past, to be removed from view,  from the present and likely, for the future. Some seek to remove statues of confederate soldiers from the American Civil War, because, slavery is offensive to them. I’m not sure why, because slavery is in the past, at least in the United States of America. But even the Lincoln Memorial has been defaced. Cries from public persons and even congressional leaders have called to remove many of these offending pieces, from our nation’s capitol. When it comes to slavery, within the United State’s past, Abraham Lincoln (the emancipator of slavery), George Washington (the first president of the United States), and Thomas Jefferson (3rd president of the United States and writer of The Declaration of Independence), are not immune because, all three either owned slaves or employed them (Lincoln’s White House). Why stop with statues of confederate soldiers or just these three? Why not get rid of (an attempt to rewrite history), The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States of America? These were both written by and consented to by, pale or lighter skinned (so-called white), men (not women or children or of any other color), and most of them had slaves. Yes, why not get rid of these two documents from history, our history? It has been considered. It is being considered. Should those of darker skinned be also removed? Do they not remind some of slavery? Oh how irrational are these things! Irrational thought precedes irrational action.

Can history be re-written?

One can forget the past, not recall it, not share it, write it or teach it, but it cannot be re-written. Even to re-word something, to add, omit or change something does not re-write it. That is an irrational thought which moves one to irrational action.

We are not born to be irrational creatures. We differ from all other animals in potential, for scope and activity. Beyond emotions and instincts to just survive, we can reason and thrive, more abundantly (more than abundant), than mere animals. All animals have memory including us, which are, biologically, animals. Memory is a storage of the past, the history of some living thing or as in the case of the non-living, like the memories on our cell phones, they were designed and made by the living. Memory may exist in our present, but only as, records of the past. The past is past. It only becomes what we may call history, if someone(s) record it in some manner or write it down. But recorded or not, it is still history; it is still in the past, whether or not it is recorded.

We cannot escape or rewrite history. NO, No it cannot be done because, it is in the past. Whether we believe it, like it, are offended by it, remember it, recall it, are motivated by it or not, we cannot escape it or rewrite it because, it is our past; it is our history.

So what is the purpose of history?

Some or many may be familiar with the following:

“Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.”

The quote is most likely attributed to, Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás, known in English as George Santayana, born December 16th 1863 in Madrid, Spain and died September 26th, 1952 in Rome, Italy. He was a philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist. The original words read:

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Likely written by: George Santayana

But are these things true? They are indeed facts, thought by and written and known by some, but are they true? Is this a true statement for once and for all people, for all time? People that have not known history have certainly repeated mistakes of the past, so this appears to be a true statement. But people that have known history, have also, repeated the same mistakes of the past. Therefore, the quoted texts above would NOT be a true statement. Having been born in and grown up in Missouri, but of course I would share a favorite author, essayist and humorist of mine, native son, Samuel Clemens, aka, Mark Twain. What did he have to say about history?

“History doesn’t repeat, but it does rhyme”

 Mark Twain

Well, what does that mean? It means the past is past. Events and things in the present and in the future may be similar (they might rhyme in time), but they are not identical, they are the past. It is history. So, what good is history then?

Without history, there is ignorance. The opposite of ignorance is, to be informed; to be educated. Education is like a target. The purpose of a target is to aim for a bull’s-eye, to hit in the center of the target. There are two Greek words that are apropos in this study:

Agnoeō (pronounced: ag + no + eh + oh) άγνοέω
Skopeō (pronounced: sko + peh + oh) σκοπέω

The English word agnostic is transliterated from the Greek word. Agnoeō. It is a combination word made up of nous “mind’ (the organ of metal perception), and ag, “without.” The literal translation according to its usage (agnoeō) is, “without mind.” In the vernacular language it would be, [out of their (his or her) mind].

The Greek word Skopeō means, “to aim towards” [with the intent of hitting the target and hitting a bulls-eye, hitting the target, dead center.

Now you can continue on here primarily if you are a Christian, profess to be a Christian or perhaps instested in learning about being one, but anyone can learn from the following.

There are Seven Things God Does Not Want Us Ignorant of . And being informed, being educated and not ignorant, there are seven things we are to aim towards.

  1. Not ignorant of our watching over you—

“ Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.”

Romans 1:13

Aim towards the goal of watching over the things of others—

“Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”

Philippians 2:4

  1. Not ignorant of The Mystery—

“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.”

Romans 11:25

People classify others by many things i.e. race, color, creed and etc. The Bible classifies all people as follows:

“Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:”

I Corinthians 10:32

Notice first off, those of the church of God are not to give a reason to any of an offense. Secondly, the promises God initially made were to and for, His chosen and adopted people, the 12 Tribes of Israel. Gentiles would be favored as long as they lived in harmony with Israel, but the Gentiles (all other peoples), were not promised as God had promised His people. This “mystery,” which God hid in Himself, even before the world came to be was that a day would come in the future that out of the Jews and Gentiles, would come a new classification of people, the church of God.

Aim Towards the Goal of Things not seen, but eternal—

“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

II Corinthians 4:18

  1. Not ignorant of Old Testament Believers and Their Walk—

“Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.”

“ Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.”

I Corinthians 1:1-6,11

Aim Towards the Goal of Other Believers and Their Walk in Christ—

“Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.[example]

 Philippians 3:17

  1. Not ignorant of Spiritual Matters—

“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.”

 I Corinthians 12:1

Aim Towards the Goal of Light in Our Walk Not Darkness—

“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth [cleanses] us from all sin.”

I John 1:4-7

  1. Not ignorant of the Trouble in Asia Out of Which God Delivered Us—

“For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:  Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;”

II Corinthians 1:8-10

Aim Towards the Goal of Avoiding Them that Cause Divisions and Teach Other Doctrines [right believing=right thought=right action]—

“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.”

Romans 16:17

  1. Not ignorant of Satan’s Devices—

“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”

II Corinthians 2:11

Aim Towards the Goal of Watching that You Are Not Tempted—

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

Galatians 6:1

  1. Not ignorant of The Return of Christ—

“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”

I Thessalonians 4:13-18

Aim Towards the Goal of The Prize of His High Calling at the Return of Christ—

“I press toward the mark  for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 3:14

The words, “press toward the mark” is, the one Greek word Skopeō. To “not be ignorant,” the Greek word Agnoeō (without mind, out of your mind, emotional, offended, irrational) is, accomplished by aiming towards the bulls-eye, the center of the target.

To summarize, the purpose of history is to not be ignorant, but informed, educated (to have a target), and to be able to aim towards that target with the intent of hitting a bulls eye, hitting it dead center, in the center of that target. This is not a separate thing (being not ignorant, but informed, educated), and aiming towards (the goal of archery), the center. They are both one and the same action. And since is impossible to always hit the target dead center, every single, time, this is a continuous and a continual thing—always in process of being educated (not staying ignorant), and always aiming towards hitting the direct center of life. These may be understood by the 7 things NOT to be ignorant of and to aim towards. Seven numerically and biblically is, the number of perfection.

  1. Not ignorant of people in the past that watched over you, stood for you, lived, bled and died for you to leave you a target in the present and the future to hit. Aim towards watching over (do the same), for others.
  2. Not ignorant that all people have the same opportunity. Make yourself an example and let it be recorded as such, let it be your history that you gave no people a cause to be offended. Aim towards the goal of things not yet seen.
  3. Not ignorant of other’s examples in the past. Aim towards following the example others set in the present and the future.
  4. Not ignorant of spiritual matters. Be educated to use your gifts and abilities to their full potential. Aim towards walking in the light, not darkness. Continue to be educated and use your gifts and abilities. Continue to develop them.
  5. Not ignorant of past troubles and trouble makers, from which we were delivered. Aim towards avoiding those that cause divisions and offense and teach, for right believing (action), those things that cause the target to be unseen and you to miss the mark (the bulls-eye).
  6. Not ignorant of emotional and irrational push and pull and manipulation. Aim towards not being tempted, not falling prey to these devices, orchestrated by people out of doubt, worry, fear and the love of money.
  7. Not ignorant of hope, The Hope. Aim towards the goal of  receiving the prize, for hitting your mark.

In the Seven Church Epistles: Romans, I & II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and I & II Thessalonians, Thessalonians (I & II), was written first, but God placed them seventh in the Epistles. Seven is the number, for spiritual perfection.

All of the 7 church epistles are doctrinal, reproof or correction. Romans is a doctrinal epistle. I and II Corinthians reproves the practical error that crept into the church, for failing to adhere to the revelation in the doctrinal epistle of the book of Romans. Galatians corrects the doctrinal error that crept into the church for failing to adhere to the revelation in the doctrinal epistle of the book of Romans. Next, Ephesians, is a doctrinal epistle. Philippians reproves the practical error that crept into the church, for failing to adhere to the revelation in the doctrinal epistle of the book of Ephesians. Colossians corrects the doctrinal error that crept into the church, for failing to adhere to the revelation, in the doctrinal epistle of the book of Ephesians. There are no corresponding reproof or correction epistles to the books of I and II Thessalonians! Why? Spiritual perfection is obtained (the target is hit dead center), and we shall see him like he (Jesus Christ), is, not as he was, but as he is NOW), we shall be like him, and we shall forever be, with him.

In conclusion, history in the Bible is, His Story. There are 66 books in the Bible— 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New. Jesus Christ is the subject of every single book. His Story is history, and he is coming back!

That’s my story of history (His story), and I’m sticking to it!

Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…

…a witness,




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By Dahni


It is not the things that I have done
Nor the things I have failed to do
All of these I have tried to hide

It is not the things that have been done to me
Nor the things others have failed to do for me
All of these I have tried to hide

All these are filthy rags

It is the nature of nature
For the stones to purify the water
It is the nature of nature
For the water to polish the stones
It is the nature of nature
For the stones to agitate and dislodge the filth
It is the nature of nature
For the water to wash the filth away
It is the nature of nature
And the nature of nature is God
Who created the rocks to purify the water
That polishes the stones
That wash my filthy rags
And makes me and the river to sing

Sordida— Latin adjective – sordid, filthy, dirty

‘But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”

Isaiah 64:6 King James Version (KJV)

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Romans 12:2 King James Version (KJV)

from the collection: ‘Psalms in the Key of Thee’
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Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…

…a witness,


Next time: ‘Why History is Important’

The One Job of Job

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What was the One Job of Job?

What was the One Job of Job?

Was it to endure patiently?  Are we to have the patience of Job? Was Job as many teach, just to suffer, for the Lord?

I realize it’s early, but I have been awake since around four. What woke me out of a sound sleep? I have no idea, but someone was on my mind.

I saw a face in my mind. I’m not really all that great in praying or praying for other people. It’s not that I won’t or don’t, it’s just that I’m not very good at it. I’m not real consistent. And sticking with a job until, the job gets done is not, one of my long suits, strengths or characteristics. I do know some that are good at praying for others and if I know them, trust me, I have already contacted them about you and they are, praying for you!

In my past, there were many times when I actually saw someone who reminded me of someone who I knew. I didn’t know why, I would be seeing these odd look-a-likes, so I just started praying for them.

I’m sure you’ve heard the line, “God works in mysterious ways,” and I don’t know where that line came from, but it seems to me that in my experience, if God wanted me to pray for someone, he would put me or someone on the same path who reminded me of someone I knew and I would just start praying for them. I don’t know, maybe God thinks it’s fun and funny to look around to see who’s awake or wake them up like me, to pray, even if it’s four o’clock in the morning. LOL  🙂

By prayer I mean, not the regular kind, the praying or prayer with folded hands on my knobby knees prayers, praying with my understanding prayers, but perfect prayer. What? Is there such a thing? Why yes, yes there is. I am referring to what the Bible calls, “speaking in tongues” and praying in the spirit or praying— spiritually.

“Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.”

I Corinthians 14:14-15 KJV

Praying with your understanding and praying with your spirit

So I spoke in tongues, for my friend, silently to myself.

Now my prayers with my understanding might generally suck, but the spirit in me knows what to pray for, so I would just start speaking in tongues. And I did and I do, particularly when God reminds me. LOL  🙂

And then I started thinking about Job.

The Storms and sufferings of Job, of Jesus Christ, of You and I and others may seem overwhelming!

I know it might suck right now being you and going through all that you are. But sometimes, it’s not about us and what we need, but what others need. There have been and there are people, who have, are, or will endure equal to what you are going through and some even greater. There as it is said, is, someone that’s worse off than you. We can each come up with our own examples.

Job was an example to Jesus Christ.

Both men had to endure a lot physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Both were guiltless and blameless, but they had to go through, what they had to go through.

Job and Jesus were both surrounded by what Job called, ”miserable comforters.” Family and friends, though well-intentioned, may still be like these, sometimes. Many people talk and teach and preach about the patience of Job. Now I get it that to endure, one has to have patience, but there is something far greater about Job, about the book of Job and about the parallels between Job and Jesus Christ.

We can be our own miserable comforter

But it wasn’t patience that delivered either man! It was prayer! Prayer not for self, but for others like the many that are praying right now, for you.

I was once diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease (PKD). My prognosis was not good. It was to be— dialysis, a slim chance of a transplant, I was to inform my immediate family because, it’s supposed to be genetic, I was told not to have any children and not to expect, to live much longer than five years. I guess you now realize that I’m still here?  🙂

As a matter of fact, I have out-lived the physician that diagnosed me initially. He passed away in January of this year, 2017.

Oh sure, science and medicine and doctors can be wrong. They don’t know everything. But my diagnosis and my prognosis did not come from just one person. It came from many and many tests and from a multiple number of records that I carried with me, in the trunk of my car, for almost two years. Having had procedures and tests after tests and from many different specialists across several states, I would say there was a consensus. They all concurred that I did indeed, have PKD. After all, I had originally been diagnosed by then world’s foremost authority on the disease. He was then, part of Kansas Medical Center, in Kansas City, Kansas. His name was Dr. Jared James Grantham, 1936 – 2017. Look him up. He had a very impressive career and co-founded the PKD Institute, the first of its kind. My records had been seen from countless specialists including, the then world-renowned radiologist, from Germany. I had to be checked every 6 months, to see if the cysts had increased in size or number. Then it happened.

Per all doctors suggestions, I was to make an appointment, every six months with a nephrologist, no matter what state I might be living in, at the time. At that time, I was in Michigan, Kalamazoo, to be more precise. I made the appointment with a new physician, a specialist whom I had been referred to. He ordered an ultrasound which was done, on my birthday, at a hospital that had the required equipment and by which he had professional privileges. On the day, I took out my hefty records, from the trunk of my car. I had the ultrasound done. I waited quietly in a hospital bed, for the results. One by one, I saw a group of the doctor’s colleagues, come into my room. Not a one of them ever addressed me or even looked in my direction. Instead, they pored over my records and my latest ultrasound, along with the specialist who had ordered the test. Then, one by one, they all filed out of the room, still never saying a single word to me, nor even glancing over in my direction. How rude! Then, the nephrologist, I had the appointment with, turned and walked towards me. He was visibly upset. No, in fact, he was angry when he spoke to me. He told me that he did not know what my problem was and to get up, get out and never waste his time or that of his colleagues, ever again. Confused was I, when I asked him what he was talking about??? He at point-blank range and with a red face, angrily answered and told me that I was not fooling anyone, “You are not the same person whose records you have brought here. For whatever your misguided reasons are, in carrying this around, you have tried to falsely dump on us here. You are an insult to medicine and what we are trying to do, in helping people.”

He would not believe that those records were mine. He insisted, NO, he was adamant, about my leaving immediately, before threatening to call security. As I got up and dressed, the only other thing I could get from him was how he could say my records were not mine? His answer was, the ultrasound that I just took, did NOT match the records I brought. “It shows a marked decrease in size and numbers of cysts and that sir, is a medical impossibility, now LEAVE, he demanded and yelled at me rather loudly!!!.

Oh, could have my last ultrasound been mistakenly swapped or misread? Sure. But that was in 1994, over 20 years ago and I have already lived, four times longer, than I was expected to. You just go right ahead and believe what you want and think what you want. As for me, to use a line perhaps familiar to you and one that I could not track down its source…

“God’s not finished with me yet.”


OK, so what does any of this have to do with Job, Jesus Christ and prayer? When I first was seen in an emergency room, at a Baltimore, Maryland hospital, I had been sleepless from the pain in my lower right side, which had persisted and grown over the course of twenty-four (24),hours. Against advice of those I was staying with at the time and not wanting to wake them up, I drove myself to the hospital, early in the morning, before the rooster was awake. In route, the pain suddenly became so intense, I momentarily went blind and only recovered my sight, just in time, to miss hitting a telephone pole at 50 mph.

I had tests at the hospital and they were not conclusive. My attending trauma room physician, a female, thought it was just a kidney stone and told me, “This is the closest you will ever get to understanding what it’s like to give birth!” Well, it wasn’t a kidney stone, probably a bursting cyst, a kidney cyst, but not a stone. So two years after this, I walked out of that hospital in Michigan, on my birthday, and I’ve never had another issue since. I’m still here and I’m still alive.

But during the times of which I was originally diagnosed and given my not-so-nice prognosis, I had to come to grips with the fact that I was dying. Then, something I had heard before that was so profound to me, but that which I did not and could not understand, came to my mind…

“Life is worth living, even if you’re dying.”

Dr. Victor Paul Wierwille

The Storms within and outside of Eeyore and at times, any of us, may overwhelm!

Then, I understood. Then I could relate. Then I could say this as if I, was the first to say it, “Life was worth living even,” though I was dying! Where was the prayer or prayers in any of this? Only my immediate family and medical professionals knew these things. Who if anyone was praying for me? Me? No, not me, I was just preparing myself to not live much longer than five more years and pass about the age of forty. But I’ll tell you what, somewhere, someone or some unknown number of people, maybe who did not even know me, were praying for me! Maybe they were good at praying and God worked in them to pray for me? Maybe they were just awake at all hours of the day or night and prayed for me? Maybe like me, as for my friend, God woke me and others up early in the morning and I saw my friend’s face in my mind and perhaps they saw my face in their minds. So, I prayed and others prayed and pray.

Oh, I am so glad to still be around and still here, to write this today. And I am grateful to God because, He loves me, but mostly I believe, my life was spared BECAUSE, I had a lot left that God wanted me to do, for others.

For those of you that might find yourselves in a similar situation, I say, FIGHT!

Fight! If not for yourself, fight for others because, you are needed. Life is worth living, even if you are dying, FIGHT! Fight like Job did and Jesus Christ did! Fight for others and pray for them.

In the Old Testament, people looked for the first coming of Jesus Christ, the promised seed of the woman, the redeemer, the fulfill-er of the law, the king of Judah, the Passover Lamb, the High Priest, and more, and the son of the Most High God. What, if any, were their benefits in looking for something and someone, who had not yet come?

”But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”

Isaiah 53:5 King James Version (KJV)

The Old Testament believers looked for his coming and in the present tense, they would have said, “we are healed.” All manner of sickness in part or in full is, death. All manner of healing is, life in part or in full. The “looking for” is prayer. Prayer is believing. Believing is a verb. A verb connotes action. Love activates, both our believing and our hope.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Hebrews 11:1 KJV

“Faith” is the Greek word pistis and in this context, it should be translated as, “believing.”

“Now believing is the title-deed, the proof of things prayed for (believed for), the evidence they are yours, before they are seen.”

Hebrews 11:1 Translation according to usage

If we own a home, we know it, often before we even take possession of it or even see it for the very first time because, we have proof, we have the title-deed. Both believing and hope are similar in this regard. Both are dependent NOT on what our five senses may or may not tell us, but what does God say? This includes whatever the medical profession says or may say too! What does God’s Word say? What are His promises that His Word says we can believe for, in the present? What are His promises that His Word says we can hope for, in the future? Both have benefits for the present.

The old Testament believers looked, for his first coming. They believed, they hoped for; they prayed, for something coming in the future, something and someone who was then not yet available and because of it, the Psalmist said this…

“They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.”

Psalm 34:5

Today, we, the New Testament believers, look for his second coming, his return. We too must still believe for, hope for, pray for things and someone and others that our five senses may tell us are not available or is not possible now. But instead of only looking for him to return, we also look back at what he has already done, already accomplished for us; has already made possible!

“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”

I Peter 2:24 KJV

WOW, around forty-five years ago, a woman picked me up hitchhiking, twice in the same week and in two different cars. It was odd enough that a woman picked me up. But twice in the same week? In two different cars? Well, by the second time, to me, it was as if she was no longer a stranger. I was more apt to open up to her since now, all of a sudden, she seemed familiar to me? Well, this second time, I had just left my dermatologist’s (allergist’s) office. I joke with people who before I could read, if I even passed by a sign that said grass or used the word allergy, I would start sneezing or break out into hives or some symptom, of yet another thing I was allergic too.  🙂

I think I was allergic to being allergic. 🙂

But at the allergist’s office, I took off my shirt and laid face down on a table. They pricked my skin on my back with a lot of little tiny needles that had drops of various allergens. I think the test was called, ‘The Western Series?’ The point was, to see what if I reacted to any or all of them. What? I felt like such a fool. I think I already knew what I was allergic to. My prescription? The doctor told me to avoid those things I was allergic to and to move about every 2 years, so I just avoided becoming acclimatized to the area, for it would take about two years, for me to show new symptoms from some new allergen.

So, there I was in this car, telling my troubles to a perfect stranger (almost). I’ll never forget this. She rather sternly looked at me and demanded to know the answers to the questions, she next asked of me.

“Are you a Christian,” she asked? I answered, “I think so, I hope so!” I suppose, I thought I should appear humble, as this is all I thought I could say; was allowed to say. You don’t want to get cocky with God right? Not about being sure of anything, right? She then seemed to burn a hole through my eyes and through the back of my head with her eyes. “Well don’t you know, that by “by his stripes you were healed,” she angrily, rebuking and reproving me demanded?! Time seemed to suddenly stand still for me. I honestly felt at that moment, I was the only one left on the entire planet that did not know this! And I had never heard anyone, preacher, pastor, priest and etc., male or female, ever say anything about the Bible, with such authority and conviction! But did she not tell me what the Bible says, from I Peter 2:24? Yes, yes she did.

The Old Testament believers looked for the first coming of the Savior. In so doing, their faces became radiant (were “lightened”) and by the foretold prophecies of his first coming sufferings, they “are healed,”  [would be healed in the future]. We of today, look back to what he has already done and by his stripes, we “were healed,” [were healed in the past]. They of old, looked forward to a future event and in their present state, their looking for, their believing for, their hoping for;  their praying for, healed them! We look back to a previous reality and in our present state of looking for him, believing, hoping and praying, we are healed, NOW!

It was true of Job, surrounded by miserable comforters. It was true of my situations. These things were true of all believers of any time. These things are true, for us today! And It was even true, for Jesus Christ, as he was dying on the tree.

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, [believers], let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith [believing]; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Hebrews 12:1,2 KJV

The running of patience has been and remains the same, to look for, to believe, to hope, to pray. What joy did Jesus Christ have to look for; look forward to? What enabled him to endure what he did? What was his looking for, his believing for, his hope for; his prayers for? God showed him that through his sacrifice, he would draw all towards him. Jesus Christ saw an innumerable host of people all gathered together, you and I and all those that look for his return. While he was dying, did he not pray to God to forgive those who did not know what they were doing? Yes, yes he did.

What was and is God’s will? What is the primary will of God? Was it that Job suffer? Was is just so that God could teach him patience? Was God mad at Job? Were God and Satan just playing a game and Job was just a board-game piece they could manipulate? Was God wanting to hurry up Job’s death, so he could come be with Him in heaven? Was it that I was dying or destined to have so many allergies? Was it God’s will that Jesus Christ, His only begotten son, die? Remember, there were many writers of God’s Word, but ONLY one author, God.

”Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth [prospers].

III John 1:2 KJV

Health & Prosperity is God’s Will for your life!

First, God refers to his people as His “beloved,” His loved ones. Does any true parent not love their own children and want the best for them, not for them to suffer? The word “wish” is desire, fervent desire, white-hot desire that far exceeds red-hot desire in intensity. But “above all things,” His fervent desire is that we prosper and are in health. And what is the standard or the manner in which this is possible? It is made possible, even as our soul prospers. How does one have a prospering soul? It is to be mindful, even in the midst of so much uncertainty, doubt, worry and fear, to look for, to believe, to hope, to pray— for what God says, not what our five senses may or may not be telling us.

What did Job do? What did Jesus Christ do? What did I do in my circumstances? God doesn’t require much of us to receive so much that He is willing and able, for us to have. He wants us to have; He fervent desires above “all things” is that we prosper and are in health. He doesn’t so much care if we are healed by the body’s natural design to heal itself. He does not particular care if we seek out professional medical help. He does not care if we get delivered by prayer, kicking a can, standing on one foot and saying whoop-d-doo, getting prayed for, having someone spit on the ground and rubbing it in our eyes, washing in some filthy river, getting ministered to, by the “laying on of hands,” ingesting some herb or supplement or however we get healed, God just needs us to believe, to be healed!!! He just wants us to prosper and to be in health!!!! And He knows that being focused upon his Word, the looking for, that believing, that hoping; that praying— will change us! It’s NOT how we pray, the specific actions we take or the power of our words that cause it, it’s His Word, it’s HIM!!! That’s His job. Our job is to believe.

Too often, to many have been taught and teach that’s it is God’s will that we suffer, to teach us patience. But that is NOT what His Word says! And remember, the word “believe is a verb and it connotes action. Even thinking is an action. So what are we to think?

“But without faith [Greek pistis – “believing”], it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

Hebrews 11:6 King James Version (KJV)

This one verse captures the entire formula if you will, or the prescription needed, for healing!

1. Believing is, the receipt [“title deed” ] of our confession! Believe it first, THEN you will see it come to pass!
2. God’s willingness=God’s ability— What God is able to do, He is willing to do!

I understand timing. But more importantly, God understands timing. It takes time to believe. Some require more or less than others, depending on the individual and/or the circumstances. It took a woman in the Bible, 14 years to get to the point where she could believe to get delivered. It took the sound of Jesus Christ spitting in the dirt, make it into mud and placing it on the eyes of man born blind, for that man to believe to see! It took a wounded servant to believe his master would get him help and for his master to just ask Jesus Christ for a “word” that his servant would be healed, and his servant was!

Sometimes, it takes getting negative people out of the situation for deliverance to occur. Jesus Christ had to shut out everyone, for him to believe to raise Lazarus from the dead. Job and Jesus Christ both prayed for “miserable comforters” or for those that “knew not what they were doing.” for deliverance to take place. You and I may need to do the same? We made need to remove our good-intentioned friends, family and even the medical professionals that prevent us from receiving the will of God. The opposite of believing is fear. It is brought on by doubt and is magnified by worry. It is believing in reverse. It prevents believing and receiving the promises of God, the deliverance; the healing; the wholeness! We may need to deal with these doubts, worries and fears. It may be coming from the people we know, love and trust. And these doubts, worries and fears could be, between our own ears, in our own heads; our hearts. God cannot go beyond the mind. He cannot step over the freedom of will. It is always, always, always unbelief, that prevents the flow of God! Even Jesus Christ could not always heal everyone! Why?

“And he [Jesus Christ] did not many mighty works there because of their UNBELIEF.”

Matthew 13:58 King James Version (KJV)

It does not matter how little time or how long it takes to believe, just believe!

Use what may be called, aides to believing. See Jesus Christ touching you. See yourself completely whole. Imagine the Doctor saying to you, “this is a medical impossibility, but you’re healed anyway!” Pray for others! I don’t care and God could care less, what aides to eliving you use or HOW you do it, just see yourself whole and BELIEVE! Look on and upon Him!

”But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

II Corinthians 3:18 King James Version (KJV)

This “glass” was a mirror. In those days, a mirror was made of polished brass. It was not as clear as today’s mirrors of glass, but even then, there was a reflection, even though dim. “Beholding” is an active present state. It is something that is a continuous thing. “Are changed” should be properly translated according to usage, “are being changed.” The words “from glory to glory” are more properly rendered, from “one glory to another glory.”

What an incredible verse of scripture! As we look into this mirror continually, the image we see becomes more and more clear. The reflection is not our face, but the face of the Lord, from one glory to another glory by which we are, being changed. And we are being changed, by the spirit of God within us, which is producing the image, the reflection we see more and more clearly in that mirror, not our face, but the face of Jesus Christ, not as he was, but “as he is!” This is how their faces were lightened (became radiant) in the Old Testament. This is what they looked for, believed for, hoped for and prayed for. This is what Job did. This is what Jesus Christ did, they looked to God. This is what I did, even if it was to just believe that life was worth living, even if I was dying and what I did when I was reproved, for not knowing that by his stripes, it had already been made available, for me to have been healed.

And in conclusion, what was the one job of Job that made a difference? The book of Job is not about all he suffered or had to endure. It is not about all Jesus Christ had to endure. For Job, it was about him getting to the place where he could see the “daysman,” Jesus the Christ that was to come. For Jesus Christ, it was about drawing all towards him. For Jesus Christ, it was the joy of you and I being with him and seeing him “as he is”, for all eternity. It was about seeing, knowing and realizing, the true and primary will of God and that was to BELIEVE! It was about praying, for others…

“And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, WHEN he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.”

Job 42:10 KJV

The job of Job was to believe. He was delivered when, he prayed for his friends, whom he had previously called, “miserable comforters.” The job of Job is for an example. He was an example and is. Job was, an example to Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ had to endure much, not because of what he did, but for the wholeness of others. Jesus Christ like Job, had to often deal with “miserable comforters. Even sincere, well-intentional friends and family may need to be removed from around us. We may need to remove our own negative thoughts. Anything or anyone the contradicts what the Word of God says, contracts God and impedes the flow of His wholeness and prosperity, His fervent desire, for all to have!

We all have suffered and may be right now. We know others that have suffered and may be right now. We may all suffer, sometime in the future. But we must look outside of ourselves and look to pray for others, by looking toward Him in whom, all things are possible!

And so I say to my friend, lying in a hospital as this is being written, I say to myself and I say to anyone that has eyes to see this and ears to hear this, FIGHT…

Be the miracle that you are meant to be!

Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…

…a witness,


Next time: ‘Sordida’ (a poem)

He’s Up and He’s On His Way

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As moving as was the life of Jesus Christ and how horrible was his torture, humiliation, being tempting in all things; his suffering and murder and how necessary it all was to fulfill God’s Word and to redeem humanity and to be made, The Passover Lamb without spot or blemish, a perfect sacrifice, for all and for all time, God was not; is not finished yet.

How beautiful it was for Jesus Christ to have risen from the dead. How comforting to his disciples and apostles and friends and family to have seen him alive again and for forty days. How I would so desire to have been just one of those two, on the road to Emmaus when Jesus walked with them and talked with them and opened the Word of God to them and taught just those two, all the scriptures from Genesis to Malachi, concerning him and to have had my heart “burn” with joy within me! But God was not; is not finished yet.

How incredible would it have been to have seen Jesus Christ ascend into the cloud and out of sight in route to the right hand of God! How awesome would it have been to have been with him as he passed into and then through the heavens at the edge of the universe, whereis water, and to have experienced his witness to the chained (figuratively), bound spirits that had caused the flood in Noah’s day! How without words would it been, if it were possible, having been with Jesus Christ as he sat down, having completed his service, on the right hand of God and as far as God was concerned, from His perspective all, was completely, completely, complete. But God was not, is not finished yet!

Oh, to have been with them in the temple on the Day of Pentecost! Oh, to have heard a pin drop perhaps, it was all so quiet, during an hour of prayer and to have seen the apostles sitting all decent and in order and then to have seen cloven tongues of fire, land and rest on and inside them and to have heard them speak in tongues, the witness of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and to experience the new birth, the household and family of God, and Christianity, for the very first time! And to have heard them, that only knew one language (Estrangelo Aramaic), speak in tongues (lost or living languages or the tongues of angels) for the very first time! Oh, to have witnessed this, the “latter rain,” prophesied in the Book of the Prophet Joel and was then overflowing (lambano), for the very first time! And Oh, to have heard these different languages that many in the Temple heard and understood and then to hear the same speakers in course (decently and in order), interpret those words they just spoke, in their own language, the precise sum and substance of what they spoke in tongues! And Oh, to have witnessed this first evangelistic meeting if you will, where about three thousand souls were added to the Church, the very same day! But God was, is not finished yet!

Oh, to have been with Saul of Tarsus, a man trained in the law at the feet of Gamaliel, a rabbi and the leader of the Sanhedrin, the ruling body of Israel! Oh, to have seen this same Saul, himself a member of the Sanhedrin that had cast his lot to crucify Jesus Christ and persecuted the early church casting them into prison or worse and to have been with him on the road to Damascus, when Jesus Christ appeared unto him in a vision, and Saul too, became a Christian! Oh, to have seen the Rise & Expansion of the early Church, all the signs, miracles and wonders and to have experienced Saul, now the Apostle Paul, take God’s Word over all Asia Minor, in about 2 years and three months! Oh, to have experienced and spent time with the original apostles, Paul and others and to have been a witness of: “so mightily grew the Word of God and Prevailed!” But God was not, is not finished yet!

Oh, to have personally been taught the seven Church Epistles Romans, I & II Corinthians and Galatians and to understand grace, the love of God in the Renewed mind in manifestation, believing and hope and that this love is greater than all, for it activates all our believing, for what is presently available and our believing in the future, our hope! Oh, to have been personally taught Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians and to have understood “the mystery” that out of Jew and Gentile would become the one body of Christ and the Church, the family and household of God! Oh, to have understood the riches of the glory of that mystery that it is, Christ in us, the hope of glory!

Priscilla and Aquila a lovely married couple that helped the Apostle Paul

Oh, to have understood that the Word of God was complete when God had written all, in those 7 Church Epistles! Oh, to have been taught personally, I & II Thessalonians, by the Apostle Paul! Oh, to have researched, been taught and to have shared (fellowshipped) with Mary and Jesus’ kin, Mary Magdalene, Peter & John, Paul, Silas, Steven, James, Priscilla and Aquila, all the other original 11 disciples/apostles, and all those too numerous to mention, those never mentioned and all those I do not know their names or cannot recall and to have lived with them, ate with them, loved, laughed, joy-ed, rejoiced (re-joy-ed) and cried with them! But God was not, is not finished yet!

Aquila and Priscilla, The Way College of Emporia about 197?

Oh to have been there when all the other books in the Bible were written and to have heard them; had been taught them! Oh, to have been with John at Patmos and heard and understood the book of Revelation, along with him! But God was not, is not finished yet!

As great as all these things were and would have been if you or I had experienced them when they first occurred, we have something far greater than all of those first-hand experiences! We have a “more sure word of prophesy!”  We that are born again, his true children, have this witness of his resurrection within us! Every time and anytime we manifest this spirit of God, we are living proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ! We have this love of God (agape), this believing and this hope within us, but God was not, is not finished yet!

“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”

I Corinthians 2:9 KJV

Even so, in this life, this potentially more than abundant life (more than is needed so that we may freely give to those that need), we may still experience, trouble, sorrow, suffering and death. Here is where the Hope becomes the only thing which can truly comfort anyone. For it is in looking into this Hope, to the true person of Jesus Christ that he shines out to us, even in the midst of unfathomable darkness. But this true hope is not merely a reflection as in a mirror that shines out from within us, it causes the reflection and our faces to become radiant and to be exceeding glad, “for as he is, so are we in this world!”

No, God was not, is not finished yet! Jesus Christ is not finished. One day, he will return and the dead in Christ and those alive at his return will be gathered together with him and so shall they ever be, with him. Then, he will come back to the earth and touch down at the same place he left and with his saints. Then later, there will be the resurrection of the just and folks like Abraham, Moses, David and even Judas Iscariot I believe, are going to rise from the dead and judged according to their works. And then later, everyone else will be raised at the resurrection of the unjust and judged according to God’s Word. And then, at the end of all ends, the final victory will overcome all suffering, sorrow and death.

I have loved ones that are going through much in their lives at present, including the loss of their beloved. I close this out with a video. It is the greatest teaching I’ve ever heard on the Hope, True Hope, and the Return of Jesus Christ. It was this man’s last public teaching before, he too, fell asleep and is now waiting, the return of Jesus Christ.

This teaching answers so many questions about life, and death, the first and second coming of Jesus Christ and so much more. Grab a Bible and listen along. Look up the scriptures. This is still the greatest teaching on the True Hope, I have ever heard in my 60+ years of life! I thank God that even if all he ever did was this one teaching, the world is better off for it. I thank God for video and for Youtube! Comfort yourselves with these things!

Comfort yourselves with these things!

The Hope of His 2nd Coming

I will tell you what does NOT matter. It does not matter, who this man was, whether you knew him or not. It does not matter if you knew about the Way International or have ever heard of it. It does not matter if you were ever involved with it or still are. What does matter is, the Word that he taught above from the video! It is still as relevant today in 2017, as it was in 1985. The Hope is, the true comfort for it is, the—

True Hope!

I leave you now with this final thought and another video. It is the music and lyrics from an old English hymn. For all those troubled, or suffering anywhere, if you think I do not hurt when you hurt, you do not know me. For even me, when I try to care for you or care about you, pray for you, visit with you; be with you (and I love to do these things and more), but I too get overwhelmed. It is then and now and for all time; through all things, I must turn my eyes upon him and I can only encourage you to—

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

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Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…
…a witness,


Next time: ‘The One Job of Job’


True Hope

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Easter Bunny?

Is this post too early for Easter? What is Easter anyway? When is that exactly? Oh, do you mean the First Sunday after the First Full Moon after the Beginning of Spring? Not exactly.

Pink Moon?

Do you even know or care? Is it Sunday yet? Got your new Easter bonnet for the parade and maybe the only time you might go to church until December, yet?

This post was started on Thursday. Some religious folk celebrate it as Maundy Thursday. That always sounded like Monday-Thursday to me and actually that makes more sense, than what people celebrate it for. It is supposed to be the last Thursday before Easter, when Jesus assembled with his 12 disciples and had his last Passover meal. And you could accept that, that on this last supper there was that big table like Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’? Then Judas got ticked off, left, betrayed Jesus, then filled with guilt, he threw down the 30 pieces of silver (blood money, a bribe and the minimum price for a slave), to betray him. Then he went out and hung himself on a tree. Then Jesus went to the garden to pray. Then he was arrested. Then Peter denied knowing him three times before the cock crowed early in the morning or on, “Good Friday.”

Colored chicks from colored eggs?

“Good Friday,” Oh sure, Jesus was brought before Pontius Pilate, then, whipped, scourged and nailed to a cross and crucified in the midst of two others? What? Isn’t the word “midst” (middle) grammatically correct when there are more than two? If there were 2, wouldn’t the correct word be “between” and not “midst” (middle) which is, what the Bible says? What? Are you saying there were not only 2 crucified with Jesus, but more? NO, I’m not saying this, the Bible says so. So what? So WOW, can Friday get anymore gooder’ than that? I was misspelling on purpose and being sarcastic, just in case you are wondering.

This whole thing is starting to crack!

Friday rolls along then, Saturday and then, it’s Sunday. OH, so there you go, there’s three days and three nights? Not by a long shot! But OK, it’s Easter Sunday Morning and Jesus raised himself from the dead cuz’ he was, after all, God?

Is today Maundy, Monday or Thursday? If it is Thursday, this means that shortly, it will be, the so-called, “Good Friday?” What would have been so “good,” about someone dying on a Friday?

Now one has a choice, to either go by religious traditions or the source from where it all came from, but has been corrupted.

Then again, one could just stick to the more commercial traditions of: the Easter bunny, eggs, chocolate and stuff? Where did that come from? Easter is a pagan holiday. It comes from ancient Babylon, complete with fertility gods and goddesses, eggs, eggs in trees, rabbits and a whole host of sexual, virility and fertility rites and such stuff, probably not what your children want or need to know about? But the symbols continue today. Don’t get me wrong, I think a lot of this is fun like: egg coloring, egg rolls and races, Easter egg hunts, baskets and stuff, but I do know what’s behind it.

As to the pretended religious aspects, you could choose to believe that Jesus Christ died on “Good Friday” and pretend that the Sabbath was three days later on a Sunday. Talk about fantasy and fantastical thinking, WHEW and WOW! May I sell you some cheap land in Antarctica? How about a one square inch, you can build on it as high as you like!

Or, you could realize that to be legally deceased, according to the Old Testament, one had to be dead and buried for a period of 72 hours or “three days and three nights.” You could also accept that the Sabbath was generally, never on a Sunday. And you could accept that in the Bible times, there were two kinds of Sabbaths, the weekly one, always on a Saturday or a special High or Holy day, from whence we get our word, “holiday,” which could be on another day, but still called a Sabbath. And you could accept that in those days, a day ended and a new day began at sunset, not midnight. No matter how smart you might be or what your religious traditions tell you, you just can’t get 3 days and 3 nights (72 hours), from “Good Friday,” to Easter Sunday Morning. Is that about it? Are these the religious traditions you are familiar with? Hello professing Christians, is there any wonder WHY, so many atheists and others don’t believe, when many Christians cannot even do simple addition or count to 3???

Just another Spring time day?

Oh, Dahni, what difference does it make? Isn’t what is really important that the children just have fun and people make a buck including the dentist? HELL NO!

What difference does it make, what day Jesus died on or got up on? Isn’t it just that he died, isn’t that what is most important? OH HELL NO! It all makes, for maybe, a nice story, but it makes no sense. And if it makes no sense, it’s nonsense or nonsensical. It cannot be trusted and if you cannot trust, you cannot believe it and if you don’t or won’t believe it, there are no benefits to you, whatsoever! Why not? Cuz’ the truth aint’ gonna’ set you free, brother or sister, etc.

“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

John 8:31,32 KJV

So, IF, one continues (continually) in God’s Word, “THEN” you are a disciple or a disciplined one, and THEN you shall (not maybe or will, but it is in the absolute tense), “Shall” know the truth. I emphasized (capitalized), the word “THEN,” with purpose. The context involves both time (THEN) and certain actions and the order in which they must be taken to receive the benefit. What benefit? Knowing the truth will not set you free; it shall absolutely make you free! So yeh, I think it does make a difference what day, Jesus died on and got up on and all the other stuff surrounding these days of this, our month of April.

This is my blog. This, my post, on my blog, will also, be linked on my Facebook pages. My Facebook pages are mine. They are an extension of me and you could say, my house and my rules. This content here and what is shared on Facebook is mine. I am responsible for it. I trust it because, I verified it. You may not? That’s OK. You verify it or prove it wrong. You research it. I promise you, the truth is far greater, than all the traditions you are familiar with. And here is another benefit, one way or the other, “the truth shall make you free!”

The last supper was on a Wednesday at the time, leading up to the death and resurrection. Jesus wanted to eat the Passover meal one last time with his then called, 12 apostles, but there wasn’t time. He would become, the Passover Lamb that year, for his people that year and for all people, for all time. This night after sunset, was the 14th of Nisan, our Wednesday. Wednesday was the “preparation day,” when Israel was to select and prepare the lamb for the Passover meal. Jesus ate the last supper (not the Passover).

Note: At the last supper they were sitting and the Passover was to be done, “standing.” Eastern customs and manners show they were seated cross-legged on the floor on pillows with a small center table they supped from, shared food from, a “common bowl.” Sorry to ruin your picture Leonardo. No, no I’m not really.

Judas did leave and betrayed Jesus to the high priests, realized what he had done, threw down the 30 pieces of silver and left the temple area. But he was still alive until sometime, after the ascension of Christ,  He died, most likely by impaling himself or cutting himself in the middle, but however it was done, all his bowels (Innards) gushed out. Why? Because, he could not, would not, accept, God’s forgiveness, for what he had done. God cannot go beyond one’s freedom of will!

On Wednesday (still sometime after sunset), Jesus leaves for a garden to pray. He takes the 11 remaining disciples/apostles with him. They fall asleep. Judas with soldiers, points him out, gives him a kiss of respect on the cheek and he is arrested, falsely, in the dark.

Why did Judas kiss him? Well, if it were me, I would have hidden behind some rock and the cover of darkness and pointed out Jesus to the soldiers. But not Judas. I believe he kissed him on the cheek out of true respect and to force Jesus’ hand. Many, including Judas, were looking, for a political savior (the glory of Christ) not the suffering-humiliated one.

Judas had been chosen as a disciple. And he was chosen as an apostle. The man had great ability. Judas had the “bag” and was the treasurer. He probably had more natural ability than all of the other 11 disciples/apostles combined. With all due respect to Matthias, whom the other 11 chose to replace Judas with, I believe God would have wanted the man, Saul of Tarsus, later called, the apostle Paul, to replace him. This should speak loudly of Judas’ abilities! And if you take the time to read Acts Chapter 1:1-11, and follow the pronouns, you will see that Judas had been most likely with the other 11 Galileans (remember Judas was not a Galilean), and Jesus, for 40 days after his resurrection and that Judas saw him, ascend into the cloud. But Judas just could not; would not forgive himself nor is there any evidence to support that he ever asked God to forgive him. Then Judas, guilt ridden, left and later, killed himself, sometime after, he had seen Jesus ascend into heaven.

Another thing I find interesting in comparing Judas and Paul is, Judas betrayed Jesus, but Paul, a member of the ruling body of Israel and before he became a Christian, had actually voted (“cast his lot”) to have Jesus crucified. But Paul lived forgiven and Judas did not.

I believe Judas will be, in the “resurrection of the just,” for the works he did for God, prior to his betrayal of Jesus the Christ. But you believe what you want. I believe Judas saw Jesus ascend and he could have been forgiven and could have been part of the rise and expansion of the dynamic, First Century Church.

But, Jesus was taken and falsely charged, without either the required number of witnesses (and they offered up paid-for false testimony – perjury and bribery), was falsely tried, illegally beaten beyond recognition, tempted in all points, but without sin, and there was no evidence to support that he was ever given food, water or allowed to sleep, from the time of his capture until his death. He was humiliated then later, sent to Pilate. It is still Wednesday.

Early this Wednesday morning (remember, it started at sunset earlier), twice, Peter denies Jesus thrice, before the cock crowed that he did not know Jesus. “Thrice’ (three) times X “twice” (2 times) = 6 times.

Jesus was delivered to Pilate. Pilate was never persuaded that Jesus had done anything wrong. But he could not save Jesus because, he had no sworn oath from Jesus. Jesus was as a lamb, led to slaughter, he never said a word. Pilate ceremonially washed his hands because, he did not have a sworn oath (allegiance) and therefore, under the jurisdiction and/or protection of Rome. Jesus had already taught that no one should EVER swear by God, by a man, by heaven or by earth, for in doing so, “such cometh (comes) evil.”

Pilate lived under, by and administered Roman Law. He could not protect Jesus without a sworn oath. But there was no evidence to support his being condemned to death. Pilate tried to get Jesus to answer for himself. Jesus would not answer. Pilate marveled at this, but he also knew that entering a plea of either guilty or innocent without sworn statements and evidence, he himself, would be guilty of perjury, if the plea was found out later to be true or false, contrary to the plea registered.

He asked Jesus if he was a King. Jesus answered, “You say.” Pilate knew he, himself, could be held to perjury, if either Jesus confirmed he believed himself to be a king or evidence supported that he was not, had Pilate accepted and said Jesus was a king. The crowd even yelled, that they had no king but Caesar. Pilate could not make Jesus a king against Rome.

His wife was afraid of Jesus from dreams she had and told her husband not to have anything to do with him.

Pilate even released a known and convicted murderer (Barabbas) to appease the crowd and save Jesus.Is this guy, Pilate like most politicians we know about or what? Sure, Israel had a custom of releasing a prisoner for Passover. Pilate had the power of Rome to honor that or not. But why would the people want a known, convicted and scheduled for execution, a murderer to be released back among them? Why would Pilate honor that? And who submitted Barabbas’  name instead of a man (Jesus), falsely accused with no evidence that he had done anything wrong?

Pilate brought Jesus before the people to show them how pathetic and pitiful he looked, having been so badly beaten that even his own mother could not recognize him. Maybe the people would see he was just a confused and a harmless crazy man and they would be merciful? Pilate brought him to be seen by the crowd and said, “Behold the man.” But the people cried the more, “crucify him!” Then, even illegally and publicly having Jesus flogged (with pieces of bone, rock and leather ripping his flesh), the crowd still cried out the more, “crucify him!”

Pilate, having exhausted everything he could to save Jesus and keep himself blameless, he washed his hands publicly, to show that neither he nor Rome would be blamed, for what followed. The people agreed and said his, “blood be upon us.” Pilate merely covered his own ass. He could have acted because, this whole thing was an illegal, crowd-whipped-up and paid-for farce! But Pilate was afraid of these people and tried to appease them, to keep order, fearing a possible riot and that he might have had to give account to Rome and the Emperor himself.

Finally, Jesus was led away to be crucified. He was led with 2 other criminals that had committed the same type of crimes. Mostly likely, all but Jesus were compelled to drag their own stake, (tree/pole) behind them, their own instruments of death to further humiliate them. Jesus was in no shape physically, to do this, and the soldiers randomly picked Simon Cyrene in the crown of onlookers, to drag the tree of Jesus behind him. When the soldiers and Simon, Jesus and the two criminals led with him, arrived at Golgotha, there were two other different kinds of criminals, who had committed entirely different crimes, already crucified there. 2 + 2 = 4 and Jesus would be in the “midst’ (middle).

No, Jesus never touched the instrument of death until, he was nailed to it. It was a tree, not a cross. It was a limbless, branchless, twig-less; leafless tree. His hands were placed  together above his head and a single stake was driven through a cluster of nerves in both hands, held together and fasted into the tree, behind his hands. His knees were slightly bent and his feet were held together (one atop the other), and set over a notch in the tree and another stake was driven through one of his tarsus (cluster of the tarsal bones of the foot), through the other tarsus and then, into the tree. A rope was tied around his midriff and tied behind him on that tree, to hold him in place. The tree, with him on it, was then hoisted up and dropped into a hole in the ground to keep it erect. The sound and the shudder of this dropping, must have shook the ground nearby (the sound carrying far), and every nerve in the body of Jesus, screamed with searing pain.

Roman crucifixion was designed not to be a quick form of death, but a long and drawn-out ordeal, delivering the maximum amount of pain and humiliation possible, for as long as possible. The Romans in this public place, in essence, were displaying to the world that their gods (the Emperor of Rome included) was greater than, the gods of those being crucified. Now if you want to get a cross into this scene, a horizontal plaque was ordered to be nailed above his head, “This is Jesus…” And there he hung on a tree, for as it was written, cursed is anyone that hung on a tree. He became a curse, for all of humanity. It is still Wednesday, sometime between the evens from Wednesday until at sunset, became a new day, Thursday.

Because it was getting close to sunset, the soldiers were ordered to break the legs of all those crucified. This would remove the support of the weight at the legs and would hasten their deaths by asphyxiation, the added weight pressing on the lungs and depriving them of the ability to inhale or exhale. This was done so that they could be taken down and buried before sunset, which would be a holy day and none of Israel were allowed to touch any dead thing, to be able to participate in the Passover. The soldiers came to the first person condemned, the far outside and broke their legs, hastening death. Next, they came to the next criminal of a different crime that was to the inner or the immediate side or directly next to Jesus. The soldiers broke his legs and he soon died. But when they came to Jesus, he was dead already and they marveled at that because, crucifixion was not supposed to kill quickly. But Jesus was NOT killed, he laid down his life, and literally willed to die! Now I ask you, does not four crucified with Jesus make much more sense than two and the soldiers looking stupid by breaking the legs of the first, skipping Jesus, not even seeing that he was dead, breaking the legs of the other person on the other side of Jesus and then coming to Jesus and seeing him already dead?

Just another Spring time day?

The lamb for Passover had to be killed in the even (evening) before Passover. Jesus was not killed; he gave up his life, freely. But he had to be dead and buried before, this sunset (still Wednesday). No one that wanted to participate in the Passover was allowed to do any servile work or touch any dead thing, if, they wanted to be ceremonially clean to partake of the Passover. So, Jesus had to be dead and buried before sunset on Wednesday, which became the new day or Thursday. What time did he actually die? I don’t know, but it was between the evens (evenings of Wednesday and Thursday. Was it dark at say, 3 pm? Yes, there were thick clouds covering the area, so sure, it looked like night. And yes, technically, it was still between the two evenings of Wednesday and Thursday.

At sunset Wednesday, became the new day, Thursday. This was a special Sabbath day, a Holy Day or what we call, a holiday. This was one of those times (5 special Sabbaths each year) that at least every head of every household, of the children of Israel, were required to be in Jerusalem, no matter where they lived. Jerusalem was crowded. As they ate the Passover Lamb and bitter herbs, representing the bondage that God had brought them out of, from Egypt, the perfect Lamb of God, without spot or blemish, had already been sacrificed for them, for all humanity and for all time, and they knew it not.

Six times, Peter had denied Jesus Christ. All the soldiers and 3 of the four men crucified with him, railed on him (criticized, mocked, and condemned him). Everyone forsook Jesus except God. Only his mother Mary and John and Mary Magdalene were with him at the end. His disciples, including most likely, Judas Iscariot hid behind closed doors, for fear of the Jews. All but Judas Iscariot (from Iscar) were Galileans. They were more afraid of the Jews than they were of the Romans that occupied all of Israel. They were afraid of getting arrested and maybe even being crucified like Jesus. They (Galileans) were hated by the Jews anyway. But, Jesus died. He gave up his life. He chose to. He chose to do the will of God. And then he cried with a loud voice, not some damn lamenting, mournful, regretful cry of defeat, “My God, My God why hast (have) you forsaken me,” but a cry of triumph, of victory! What victory? Your redemption, the gift of redemption and wholeness, and healing by his broken flesh (bread) and his spilt blood (wine) for the world, and you and I!

Flesh and Bread Blood and Wine – a memorial to a perfect sacrifice for healing and wholeness

By Friday, before Sunset, which would become Saturday, the weekly Sabbath, Jesus had already been dead for about 48 hours. So, if there was ANYTHING good about that so-called “Good Friday,” it was that his sufferings were over, on Wednesday. There is no power in that he died. He was the perfect sacrifice, for all and for all time and the redeemer for all and for all time, but humanity was still held, to the power of death.

At sunset Friday, became Saturday, or the weekly Sabbath. No servile work could be done during this 24 hour period of time and no one could touch any dead thing. Only a short distance (“a Sabbath’s Day journey”) could be taken from your home or where you were lodging, to go to the Temple or your local synagogue.

From the 6th hour to the ninth hour, (from 11 to 12 noon through 2 to 3 PM, there was darkness over Jerusalem during the time of the crucifixion of Jesus.

Hours Of The Day

On a sundial , the the term “hour” referred to a period of time, one-twelfth of the daylight part of the day. While daylight is longer in summer than in winter, and therefore summer “hours” were longer than winter “hours,” as a general rule, the first hour was equivalent to 6 to 7 am on a modern-day clock, and so on:

The first hour = 6 to 7 am
The second hour = 7 to 8 am
The third hour = 8 to 9 am
The fourth hour = 9 to 10 am
The fifth hour = 10 to 11 am
The sixth hour = 11 am to 12 pm
The seventh hour = 12 to 1 pm
The eighth hour = 1 to 2 pm
The ninth hour = 2 to 3 pm
The tenth hour = 3 to 4 pm
The eleventh hour = 4 to 5 pm
The twelfth hour = 5 to 6 pm

Jesus Went to Hell

For simplicity, let’s fix the hour of Jesus’ death at 3 PM on Wednesday (The Day of Preparation, selecting and killing the Passover Lamb, before sunset). This was the “ninth hour” and it is very significant in the Bible. Research the term.

3 PM Wednesday-3 PM Thursday = 24 hours. Thursday was the Passover, a Holy Day, a High Day, a special Sabbath, a “holiday.” No servile work could be done, no dead thing could be handled and travel was limited to a “Sabbath’s Day journey,” a limited distance from your home or lodging to the Temple and back. Thursday 3 PM – Friday 3 PM is another 24 hours. Jesus had then been dead for a total of, 48 hours. Finally, from Friday 3 PM-Saturday 3 PM (another 24 hours), Jesus had been legally dead for 72 hours “three days and three nights.” He had been in hell, hades, the kingdom of the ded or gravedom for all this time. His body began to experience some degree of decomposition, took on a “part” of corruption as any corruptible mortal being.

But, God, got him up!

By the way, Jesus was actually placed into two (2) separate tombs, by two different people and their aides. Look that up too. One of these believed it was all over. Another actually believed, Jesus was going to get up and he, Joseph of Arimathea, was a member of the ruling body of Israel, the sanhedrin. He did not believe the proper burial techniques, ointments etc. were necessary. Later, this was known and when certain ones came to his tomb, their plans and thinking and believing was to try and fix what was considered sacrilegious, a grave (no pun intended), disrespect and degradation of their burial laws and rites. But oops, they were wrong, Joseph was right!

The Resurrection

Jesus was raised from the dead, exactly when God wanted him to rise, after exactly, 72 hours in the grave or “three days and three nights.” There was an earthquake. The soldiers at watch freaked out and ran off. Leaving their post was a crime, punishable by death. So why did they run? There was an earthquake, the stone was rolled away from the tomb and they saw an angel. Did they also see Jesus come out? I don’t know, but they saw enough to abandon their post. They were there to guard the tomb to keep his disciples from stealing it in the night, to falsely claim he had risen from the dead. Where did that stupid idea come from? The priests, the supposed spiritual leaders of Israel planted this idea in Pilates head, prompting him to basically say, you have soldiers, deal with it. The disciples would not have stolen it anyway, they were all behind closed doors, hiding out, for, “fear of the jews.”

Imagine you are one of those soldiers that ran off. Why would you then go tell this to those priests? It would be only a matter of time before they were found out that they left their one job. Maybe they hoped that with explanation, maybe they could get off. So what did the priests do. Oh, they were really good at offering bribes and they gave the soldiers money to keep their mouths shut and promised to protect them. The soldiers took the money and in so doing, they may have been guilty of another crime, punishable by death, besides their already dereliction of duty. They accepted a bribe, would be guilty of withholding evidence and perjury, by not telling the truth.

It is still Saturday, before sunset when Sunday would begin. It is the weekly sabbath. No servile work could be done, no dead thing could be handled and travel was limited to a “Sabbath’s Day journey,” a limited distance from your home or lodging to the Temple or synagogue. After Passover on Thursday, many may have stayed in Jerusalem before, they went back home. Others had already left for home and perhaps others already were and they would honor this weekly Sabbath by attending their local synagogue. At sunset became the next day, Sunday, the “first day of the week.” Beginning at sunset on Sunday until until early Sunday morning, it would have been too dark for those that wanted to properly prepare Jesus’s body for burial. They waited until “before day” daylight, perhaps just at the crack of dawn to head to the the tomb of Jesus (the last of the second tomb he was placed in).

At sunset Saturday, became the “first day of the week or our Sunday.

Early in the morning of Sunday, two Mary(s) went to the tomb to properly anoint the body of Jesus, for a proper burial. When they arrived, they were met by two angels (not just one) and the mighty stone had been moved away from, the then open and empty tomb. Jesus was already gone. He was already resurrected or raised from the dead. When? I don’t know, but from sometime before sunset on Saturday, which began the new day, Sunday. Even in death, Jesus still had to fulfill the law, all the laws (some 900+ of them). And when it was all fulfilled, God got him up. But still, there was just a little more he had to do.

Then, for forty days after this, Jesus showed himself alive to many witnesses, including Judas.

The Ascension

All 12 saw disciples/apostles (including Judas) saw Jesus rise from the earth and go into the clouds. At sometime during this, Judas leaves. Then, Jesus ascended up into the heavens (anyplace above earth). His disciples/apostles were told to wait, for, “the promise of the Father,” in Jerusalem, during the 5 hours of prayer, each day in the temple. Then, Judas having departed and guilt ridden, he commits suicide. The remaining 11 Galileans stood there and watched Jesus ascend up and out of their sight. Two angels asked them, why were they still standing around in disbelief/unbelief, “this same Jesus” will return one day.

They watched Jesus ascend out of their sight. He ascended up, into the heavens then through the heavens. Why did not God just bring Jesus, right to him? Because, Jesus had to witness his resurrection to the chained (figuratively) bound evil spirits above the waters of the heavens (above the entire universe), the same evil spirits which had tried to destroy the world by the ‘Flood.’ Yep, they did it, not God, but God spared Noah and allowed his wife and his three sons and their wives and all the pairs of most animals, to repopulate the earth. Why “most animals? I don’t know, maybe because some could swim and some could fly?

But then, Jesus sat down on the right hand of God. Then, almost all was finished, complete, and fulfilled. It was not the sacrifice or the redemption (already done at his death), but the power and glory of God, being made available to every man woman and child that would or ever will, accept this gift of God’s Grace until, he (Jesus Christ) returns FOR his saints and then WITH his saints! And that’s where the power is, to Christianity!

“And When the Day of Pentecost was Fully Come”

Fifty days after Jesus Christ was killed was, another holiday, a High Day, a Holy Day, a Special Sabbath. Again, at least every head of every family in Israel were required to be at Jerusalem and in the temple at the hours of prayer. And again, Jerusalem was crowded. Then, when the Day of Pentecost was “Fully Come,” (it had been coming since the world began), the 11+ Matthias, all Galileans, were sitting in the Temple at an hour of prayer, decently and in order and they saw as if it was, cloven tongues of fire split off and land on each of them and it filled each of them to overflowing and they were born again and began to speak in other languages. They were ignorant and unlearned men and knew only, a primitive language, Estrangelo Aramaic. THEN, they interpreted those words and the people heard them, understood the languages they were speaking and the interpretation and what the people heard them speak was, “the wonderful works of God.” This “speaking in tongues” (of men (women too) dead or living languages or languages of of angels that no mortal person knows or understand) was proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ in them. This was, this is, the witness. This was, the birthday, of the Church of God.

Now as great as all of this was and still is today, God was not finished. Jesus Christ is not finished. One day, he will return and the dead in Christ and those alive at his return will be gathered together with him and so shall they ever be, with him. Then, he will come back to the earth and touch down at the same place he left and with his saints. Then later, there will be the resurrection of the just and folks like Abraham, Moses, David and even Judas Iscariot I believe, are going to rise from the dead and judged according to their works. And then later, everyone else will be raised at the resurrection of the unjust and judged according to God’s Word. And then, at the end of all ends, the final victory will overcome all suffering, sorrow and death.

I have loved ones that are going through much in their lives at present, including the loss of their beloved. There is nothing I know of that gives anyone any greater comfort then to think on these things, practice these things, do these things. To look back not only on the memory of those that mean so much to us, as the things Jesus Christ did for all of us, but more than his life and more than his death and even more than his resurrection and ascension, even becoming a Christian, a beloved child of God and brother or sister of Jesus Christ, is the comfort that only can only be experienced, by looking for his coming again! For as we look to that, we are being changed from glory to glory. We become lightened as we see him not as he was, alive then humilated and horribly tortured, murdered, resurrected and ascending, but “as he is” right now! Comfort yourselves with these things. For the Hope, the return of Christ is, the true comfort, for it is, the—

True Hope!

The Hope of His 2nd Coming

Understanding ‘True Hope’ has both immediate assets Today and Tomorrow!

You may now return to your religious beliefs and traditions and/or go gather some eggs with the kids on Sunday and enjoy yourself. But still, you have here, just read the truth, from the Word of God. It was my words and my vocabulary, but it was God’s Word! Look into it and look it up for yourself!

Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…

…a witness,


Next time: ‘He’s Up and He’s On His Way!’