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Bible guide

Taking the Bible as a lead

In Jesus days people came together in the synagogue but also in their homes to study the rolls of the holy writers. For them it was clear that God had given these people the power and facilities to write down Gods Word. For the followers of Christ it was clear that they had to take the stories about Christ Jesus and the writing of his apostles also into account. The books of the Old time received a brother in the writings of the new time, after Jesus his resurrection. The Old and New Testament became the two pillars of educational material to build up faith and to keep to the Commandments of God.

Enthusiast followers of Jesus took the time to come to study these writings, which we know now as the Bible. They felt united in holding that the sacred Scriptures, Old and New Testaments, are inspired and are the final authority for authentic truth. They did not doubt the countenance of these writings and knew that if they prayed to God they also would receive guidance to follow and to comprehend them. They followed the rules of the Scriptures and wanted to establish their beliefs and faith in beliefs that harmonize all scriptures on each subject. The apostles had warned them to be careful not be carried away by worldly thoughts and that they should not make non-scriptural words to an article of faith.

In the early times of this time account, some had seen that Jesus was wholly flesh while on earth. While Jesus was miraculously begotten by God through the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary, they accepted that the Bible implies that she did not remain a virgin thereafter and many of the early Christians had met the other children by Joseph after the birth of Jesus. One of Jesus brothers had followed and believed in him. The people around Jesus could witness him. They had witnessed or heard about the many miracles, and about the most curious event, namely that this holy man had been raised from death. But there were also many who had nothing seen and by the growing years had nobody in their circles who had met people who had known Jesus in real life. They had to believe without seeing.

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Preaching Jesus

Studying the Bible those people interested in the Word of God were fully convinced that this Nazarene Jew by his death had brought them salvation. They knew that man is mortal by nature, and that immortality became available now, but only by meeting conditions of obedience. They held, as we hold today, that the human soul is not a distinct entity, but is the result of the union of the body and the breath, or spark, of life, and that death is the dissolution of these two elements. Jesus had died, been put in the grave, but after his resurrection had gone up to his Father to which he always stayed humble. Jesus always had pointed out to his Father as the One who did everything and to whom we had to give honour. Therefore they did not accept the position of co-eternity or co-equality between the Father and the Son. But they were pleased that since his resurrection Jesus had received the divine nature and could be the mediator between them and God.

Believing that Adam and Eve were created perfect, the believers position is that the sin of disobedience in the Garden of Eden resulted in all their posterity being born under the blight of sin, imperfection, and death. Because death is the dissolution of body and breath, every Bible Student should be aware that the soul that sins dies goes out of existence, and that we cannot escape death and the return to dust and ash. But in Christ Jesus they found the promised Messiah who was going to return. It is he who shall then start the resurrection process which begins in the future kingdom of Messiah. He had given his body as a ransom at the cross of Calvary. This peace offering is efficacious for all who have ever died. It promises resuscitation for all humanity in Christ’s 1000-year kingdom, along with the opportunity to obtain and maintain perfect human life for eternity. The ransom also provides for the rehabilitation of planet earth to perfect Edenic conditions.

From Pentecost onwards many thousands started to look forward to the return of Christ or Second Advent. At his first advent, Jesus had begun calling out from mankind a special class to be his church, or bride. To these he promised a part in heaven with himself and the Father, and a kingdom role of reigning over mankind with himself for blessing all the families of the earth. Those who accept this invitation make a complete consecration or commitment to do the will of God as they see it revealed and at the cost of a surrender of the right to a life on earth. This consecration is witnessed by a baptism (complete water immersion,). The expectation that Jesus Christ would return to finish the work that he began two thousand years ago became an important part of their faith. They followed the advice Jesus and his apostles had given, to study the Word of God and to come regularly together, also to remember the Breaking of the Bread as a sign of the New Covenant.

To organize such meetings they had to find places where they could meet, certainly after they were not welcome any more in the synagogues. In the different villages and small communities small groups were formed. By giving many ‘house parties’ the ‘house churches‘ were formed. Each group selected its leaders (elders and deacons) by a total vote of their consecrated members, and cooperated with other congregations as determined by that local group. But such meetings or gatherings brought also expenses. To cover them they paid entirely by freewill voluntary offerings with no collections of mandated costs.

Also today we as Bible Students want to keep to the ordinances given by God and by Jesus and our ministries are kept according the Biblical ways and serves on a non-paid and voluntary basis.

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  1. rhema?

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  2. […] with the eye on the accepted affairs, must be clarified on the first view with the Word of God. The Biblical explanation must lie on the foreground. Visitors have to be aware that for us the Word of God stand on the […]

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  3. We as Christians should follow Jesus and try to transform ourselves so that we come like Christ. Our Master teacher prepared the way for us to be able to approach our Father directly. To our Father we can ask to help us in fulfilling the tasks Jesus laid out for us. It is the Holy Spirit who can guide us and give us the possibilities to come to the necessary preaching and make it that we are under His Spirit in the meetings, the gatherings we do in the name of Christ.

    Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ who brought the Word of God to all, and we today as believers are the ones who can carry this word over the borders of any nation.
    “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17 KJBPNV)

    It is under the further instructions of Jesus that we should try to do our work for God.
    “Neither be you called masters: for one is your Master, even the Messiah.” (Matthew 23:10 KJBPNV)

    Our faith is in the hands of the one sitting at the right hand of the Father. We here on earth have to do his mission until his return and the moment that Jesus shall judge all. It are his commands which shall be taken into account, and we can help others to get to know them, getting them baptized and taking them up in our community of believers giving each other the brotherly love.

    “Looking unto Yahshua the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2 KJBPNV)
    Carying this love of Christ with us we can go out in the world and let his teachings be known.
    “Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:19-20 KJBPNV)
    “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness to all nations; and then shall the end come.” (Matthew 24:14 KJBPNV)
    “But be you doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” (James 1:22 KJBPNV)
    “You see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.” (James 2:24 KJBPNV)
    “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” (James 2:26 KJBPNV)
    “A new commandment I give to you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another.” (John 13:34-35 KJBPNV)

    Going by faith, keeping to the Word of the Only One God, we open ourselves to be corrected by Him and to help others to become corrected, having their old personality put aside and become more like Christ.

    “Lie not one to another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:” (Colossians 3:9-10 KJBPNV)
    “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know you not, that as many of us as were baptized into Yahshua the Messiah were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as the Messiah was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.” (Romans 6:1-6 KJBPNV)
    “No man, when he has lighted a candle, puts it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light. The light of the body is the eye: therefore when your eye is sound, your whole body also is full of light; but when your eye is evil, your body also is full of darkness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in you is not darkness. If your whole body therefore is full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle does give you light.” (Luke 11:33-36 KJBPNV)
    “Therefore all things whatever you desire that men should do to you, do you even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7:12 KJBPNV)
    “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished to all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJBPNV)
    “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:23-25 KJBPNV)
    “Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and your stranger that is within your gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear Yahweh your God, and observe to do all the words of this law:” (Deuteronomy 31:12 KJBPNV)
    “Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Neglect not the gift that is in you, which was given you by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate upon these things; give yourself wholly to them; that your profiting may appear to all.” (1 Timothy 4:13-15 KJBPNV)
    “Take heed to yourself, and to the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this you shall both save yourself, and them that hear you.” (1 Timothy 4:16 KJBPNV)
    “And in that day shall you say, Praise Yahweh, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted. Sing unto Yahweh; for he has done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.” (Isaiah 12:4-5 KJBPNV)

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  4. “…try to transform ourselves so that we come like Christ.”? Are we somewhere instructed to transform ourselves?

    Have yet to meet anyone who has (successfully) transformed themselves to come like Christ, while there is a good number who have been transformed by having/permitting their mind to be renewed.

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    • If God’s Spirit has not enlightened our reasoning, we are inclined to make the wrong choices. Our choices seem right at the time, but later we discover these choices have led us away from God because they were based on our own reasoning. No matter how we turn it without the Power of God we can not fully work at ourselves to become ‘holy‘.

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  5. Everything is in the mind, so it is the mind which has to be renewed. If we stay with our old way of thinking we are not going to make it (easily).

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  6. Our sign of authenticity showing we are truly God’s children is the Holy Spirit who lives in us. The Spirit helps bring forth the character of God in our lives (Galatians 5:22). The Spirit helps us when we pray (Romans 8:26-27). The Spirit empowers us to overcome sin (Romans 8:13) and gives us strength to do things we would never imagine were possible (Ephesians 3:14-21). The Spirit comforts us in our brokenness and makes God’s presence real in our lives (John 14:15-26). The Spirit is the truest sign that we are God’s children (Romans 8:9, 14-16).

    We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. (1 John 4:13, New International Version)

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  7. Because it took many years before the world got someone who was able to stay without any fault (sin) Jesus could become placed higer by His Father. None of us is able to reach that position of Jesus Christ, being totally without any sin. But we can try to correct ourselves and to do every time again and again an effort to become more like Christ, becoming a set-apart or becoming ‘holy’ like some say.
    The transformation in ourself can take place if we are prepared to open ourselves to the Pneuma, the Force of God, or the Holy Spirit. It is by allowing God to work in us taht we can change.

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