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14 Nisan a day to remember #1 Inception

14 Nisan a day to remember

The last day in the life of Jeshua, Jesus Christ

The day Jesus (the Nazarene Jeshua) was led from Caiaphas into the Praetorium  the Jewish priests didn’t enter into the Praetorium, that they might not be defiled, but might eat the Passover (Pesach/Pessah). (John 18:28) Earlier in the day, when darkness had come to enter Jesus and his closest friends had come together in an upperroom in the city Jerusalem. Between the two evenings Jesus and his disciples had kept to the tradition and to the Law of God to prepare to slay the Passover Lamb.

Giotto's depiction of Jesus before Caiaphas in...

Giotto’s depiction of Jesus before Caiaphas in the morning based on Luke 22 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jesus had remembered that Jehovah had spoken to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt that this month Nisan had to be to them the beginning of months. So for the People of God it became the first month of the year. On the tenth day of this month, the people in the time of Moses when they were still slaves in Egypt had take to them every man a lamb, according to their fathers’ houses, a lamb for a household; and if the household was too little for a lamb, then he and his neighbour next to his house to take one according to the number of the souls. The people of Moses had to choose a lamb without blemish, a male a year old. They had to keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month; and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel then had to kill it at evening. Next they had to take some of the blood, and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel, on the houses in which they were going to eat the flesh, roasted with fire, and unleavened bread and with bitter herbs. It was not eaten raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted with fire; with its head, its legs and its inner parts and nothing of it was to remain until the morning. That which remained of it until the morning had to be burned with fire or put on the Sheol (hell, the burning place for corpses out of a town).

“1 And Jehovah spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. 3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth [day] of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to their fathers’ houses, a lamb for a household: 4 and if the household be too little for a lamb, then shall he and his neighbor next unto his house take one according to the number of the souls; according to every man’s eating ye shall make your count for the lamb. 5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old: ye shall take it from the sheep, or from the goats: 6 and ye shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month; and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at even. 7 And they shall take of the blood, and put it on the two side-posts and on the lintel, upon the houses wherein they shall eat it. 8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; with bitter herbs they shall eat it. 9 Eat not of it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roast with fire; its head with its legs and with the inwards thereof. 10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; but that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.” (Exodus 12:1-10 ASV)

The Call of the Most High to evade the plague of death

God had ordered Moses to call for all the elders of Israel, and to tell them to draw out and to take lambs according to their families, and kill the lambs as a Passover. Because God had to pass those doors which had the strip of the bunch of hyssop, dipped in the lamb’s blood, at the lintel and the two doorposts. The blood of the Lamb was the sign for Jehovah that those houses could be passes through to strike the Egyptians. When he sees the blood on the lintel, and on the two doorposts, Jehovah passed over the door, and did not allow the destroyer to come in to their houses to strike them.

The Egyptian Firstborn Destroyed (illustration...

The Egyptian Firstborn Destroyed (illustration from the 1728 Figures de la Bible) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For all God’s People it is important to remember that night when God saved the children of Israel. Jehovah demanded to observe this thing for an ordinance to them and to their sons forever. Being it “forever” means that it still should happen today in the 21st century. God told them at the time of Moses that it shall happen when they had come to the land which Jehovah was going to give them, according as He had promised, that they shall keep this service. He told them that it will happen, when their children ask them, ‘What do you mean by this service?’  That they shall say, ‘it is the sacrifice of Jehovah’s Passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he struck the Egyptians, and spared our houses.’”

“21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out, and take you lambs according to your families, and kill the Passover. 22 And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two side-posts with the blood that is in the basin; and none of you shall go out of the door of his house until the morning. 23 For Jehovah will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side-posts, Jehovah will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you. 24 And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever. 25 And it shall come to pass, when ye are come to the land which Jehovah will give you, according as he hath promised, that ye shall keep this service. 26 And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service? 27 that ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of Jehovah’s Passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped.” (Exodus 12:21-27 ASV)

God went through the land of Egypt in that night of the first month of the new year, and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and animal, at places where there was no blood on the houses were killed. No plague came onto the people who listened to the ordinance of God.

A commandment by the Most High for a day to remember

“You shall observe this rite as a perpetual ordinance for you and your children.” (Exodus 12:24 NRSV)

Because God demanded to be that day to be for a memorial, which every believer had to keep it, a feast to Jehovah, the only One God. Throughout their generations they kept it a feast by an ordinance forever, and as such Jesus also celebrated on the 14th of Nisan. The first day there had to be to them a holy convocation not to eat leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day. Jesus his family and his disciples observed the feast of unleavened bread. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, they did not consume unleavened bread.

The Passover lambs were to be killed in the evening of Nisan 14. That means toward the end of Nisan 14, or late afternoon. The “evening” of a day is not its beginning, but its ending, before sunset (see Exodus 12:18, Leviticus 23:32). In these verses, notice that the Feast of Unleavened Bread begins at the “evening” of the 14th of Nisan (leading into the high holy day of the 15th); likewise, the Day of Atonement, which is the tenth day of Tishri, began “in the ninth day of the month at even” (Leviticus 23:32).

“In the first [month], on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even.” (Exodus 12:18 ASV

“12 “I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God.’” 13 That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. 14 When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. 15 When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread the LORD has given you to eat.” (Exodus 16:12-15 NIV)

The Angel of Death and the First Passover (ill...

The Angel of Death and the First Passover (illustration from the 1897 Bible Pictures and What They Teach Us by Charles Foster) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“27 “The tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. Hold a sacred assembly and deny yourselves, and present an offering made to the LORD by fire. 28 Do no work on that day, because it is the Day of Atonement, when atonement is made for you before the LORD your God. 29 Anyone who does not deny himself on that day must be cut off from his people. 30 I will destroy from among his people anyone who does any work on that day. 31 You shall do no work at all. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live. 32 It is a sabbath of rest for you, and you must deny yourselves. From the evening of the ninth day of the month until the following evening you are to observe your sabbath.” 33 The LORD said to Moses, 34 “Say to the Israelites: ‘On the fifteenth day of the seventh month the LORD’s Feast of Tabernacles begins, and it lasts for seven days. 35 The first day is a sacred assembly; do no regular work. 36 For seven days present offerings made to the LORD by fire, and on the eighth day hold a sacred assembly and present an offering made to the LORD by fire. It is the closing assembly; do no regular work. 37 (“‘These are the LORD’s appointed feasts, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies for bringing offerings made to the LORD by fire—the burnt offerings and grain offerings, sacrifices and drink offerings required for each day.” (Leviticus 23:27-37 NIV)

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Continues: 14 Nisan a day to remember #2 Time of Jesus

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: 14 Nisan een dag om te herinneren #1 Oorsprong

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Please also do find:
  1. 1 -15 Nisan
  2. Day of remembrance coming near
  3. Observance of a day to Remember
  4. Around the feast of Unleavened Bread
  5. A new exodus and offering of a Lamb
  6. A Great Gift commemorated
  7. Not making a runner
  8. Not bounded by labels but liberated in Christ
  9. No Other Name (But Jesus)
  10. Bread and Wine
  11. Peter Cottontail and a Bunny laying Eastereggs

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Additional reading:

Pesach

Dough baked it into matzah, unleavened bread

  1. Pesach
    Pesach, or Passover, is a major holiday in Jewish tradition, and is one of the three pilgrimage holidays, along with Sukkot and Shavuot. These are the holidays on which the whole Jewish people would come to Jerusalem in ancient times, when the Holy Temple was there, and would offer animal and grain sacrifices. Since the destruction of the Temple, a few of the holiday traditions have been retained, without the pilgrimage and the sacrifices, and many new traditions have been added.Pesach, which starts on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Nisan (usually in April), lasts for seven days and is celebrated to commemorate the exodus from Egypt – one of the main stories in the history of the Jewish people and in western culture in general.
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    Another name for Pesach is the Holiday of Unleavened Bread. The story of the exodus from Egypt relates that the Israelites left Egypt hurriedly and the dough they had prepared had no time to rise, so they baked it into matzah, unleavened bread.
  2. Pesach: Passover  Pesach (in Hebrew)
    Pesach, known in English as Passover, is one of the most commonly observed Jewish holidays, even by otherwise non-observant Jews. According to the 2000-01 National Jewish Population Survey (NJPS), 67% of Jews routinely hold or attend a Pesach seder, while only 46% belong to a synagogue.Pesach begins on the 15th day of the Jewish month of Nissan. It is the first of the three major festivals with both historical and agricultural significance (the other two are Shavu’ot and Sukkot). Agriculturally, it represents the beginning of the harvest season in Israel, but little attention is paid to this aspect of the holiday. The primary observances of Pesach are related to the Exodus from Egypt after generations of slavery. This story is told in Exodus, Ch. 1-15. Many of the Pesach observances are instituted in Chs. 12-15.
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    “Pesach” is also the name of the sacrificial offering (a lamb) that was made in the Temple on this holiday. The holiday is also referred to as Chag he-Aviv Chag he-Aviv (in Hebrew), (the Spring Festival), Chag ha-Matzot Chag ha-Matzot (in Hebrew), (the Festival of Matzahs), and Z’man Cheiruteinu Z'man Cheiruteinu (in Hebrew), (the Time of Our Freedom) (again, all with those Scottish “ch”s).
  3. Korban PesachThe Passover sacrifice (Hebrew: korban Pesakh קרבן פסח ), also known as the “sacrifice of Passover“, the Paschal Lamb, or the Passover Lamb, is the sacrifice that the Torah mandates to be brought on the eve of Passover, and eaten on the first night of the holiday with bitter herbs and matzo. According to the Torah, it was first offered on the night of the IsraelitesExodus from Egypt. Although practiced by Jews in ancient times, the ritual is today only practiced by Samaritans at Mount Gerizim.
  4. Jewish Encyclopedia article on the Passover Offering
  5. What is PassoverThe eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan. It commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt.
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    At the stroke of midnight of 15 Nissan in the year 2448 from creation (1313 BCE), G‑d visited the last of the ten plagues on the Egyptians, killing all their firstborn. While doing so, G‑d spared the Children of Israel, “passing over” their homes—hence the name of the holiday. Pharaoh’s resistance was broken, and he virtually chased his former slaves out of the land. The Israelites left in such a hurry, in fact, that the bread they baked as provisions for the way did not have time to rise. Six hundred thousand adult males, plus many more women and children, left Egypt on that day, and began the trek to Mount Sinai and their birth as G‑d’s chosen people.
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    search for chametz + burning of the chametz + matzah + recitation of the Haggadah, a liturgy that describes in detail the story of the Exodus from Egypt. The Haggadah is the fulfillment of the biblical obligation to recount to our children the story of the Exodus on the night of Passover.
  6. Making the Seder Memorable
    Seder night is the family education experience par excellence.
  7. The Passover Seder
  8. Matzah
  9. People in History:  Moses MO’SES (mo’zez). The deliverer, leader, lawgiver, and prophet of Israel. The name in Heb. is mosheh (“drawn out”), but the original is Egyptian ms’, a “child,” a “son,” reflecting that Pharaoh’s daughter simply named him “child” (cf. Thutmose, Ahmose, etc., in which the same element appears frequently in Egyptian names). Thutmose “Son of Thot,” etc. Moses belonged to the tribe of Levi, and was the son of Amram by his wife Jochebed. The other members of the family were Aaron and Miriam, his elder brother and sister.
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    Moses was a leader so inspired by God that he was able to build a united nation from a race of oppressed and weary slaves. In the covenant ceremony at Mount Sinai, where the Ten Commandments were given, he founded the religious community known as Israel. As the interpreter of these covenant laws, he was the organizer of the community’s religious and civil traditions. His story is told in the Old Testament– in the books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
  10. Moses Leads the People Out of Egypt (Exodus 14)God made a promise to Abraham that he would have an uncountable number of descendants – more than the stars in the sky! For exactly 430 years, Abraham’s descendants, the Israelites, had been slaves in the land of Egypt. Pharaoh was the ruler of Egypt. God sent Moses to Pharaoh to tell him to let God’s people go.
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    Pharaoh would not listen to God. God sent terrible plagues upon the land of Egypt.
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    The last plague that God sent was by far the worse plague. God sent the death angel to kill the first-born child of every family and the firstborn of every animal. The Bible says that there was loud crying in Egypt for there was not a household without someone dead. During the night, Pharaoh summoned Moses and told him to leave Egypt. This is exactly what God said would happen. Moses and all the Israelites left in a hurry. Their bread did not even rise, and this is why Jewish people today still celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
  11. Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement, holiest and most important holiday in Judaism
    It is a day of fasting and prayer that is celebrated on the 10th of the Hebrew month of Tishrei, 10 days after Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Yom Kippur marks the end of the “Ten Days of Repentance” or the “High Holidays,” and grants Jews a last opportunity to obtain forgiveness and absolution for their sins in the previous year.
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    Yom Kippur is not directly connected with any specific historical event, although some believe that on this day Moses came down from Mt. Sinai with the second set of tablets engraved with the Ten Commandments and God forgave the Israelites for the sin of the Golden Calf. This is a holiday ordained in the Torah, where it is called a Shabbat of Solemn Rest, a day on which no productive work can be done, just like on Shabbat.

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  • Preparations for the Passover Meal – Luke 22: 7-13 (shalommysticwind.wordpress.com)
    Except for certain redaction changes, the Lukan passage is a reproduction of its parallel in Mark 14: 12-16. Already in Luke 22: 1 the evangelist had identified the feast of the Unleavened Bread and the feast of the Passover, an identification which is not entirely wrong.
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    The present Lukan periscope (Lk 22: 7-13) clearly indicates that the Last Supper is a Passover Meal (cf. Lk 22: 7, 8, 11, and 13). The parallel passages in Matthew 26: 17-19 and Mark 14: 12-16 also present Jesus’ meal with his disciples as a Passover Meal held on the 14th or 15th night of Nisan.
  • Conspiracy of Jews against Jesus – Luke 22: 1-2 (shalommysticwind.wordpress.com)
    According to the evangelists, the events of Jesus’ passion are connected with the national Jewish feast of the Passover. The Christian expression “Paschal Mystery” in reference to the mystery of Jesus’ passion, death, and resurrection, is derived from the Greek word for ‘Passover’ – “Pascha.” The Passion of Jesus is thus understood as his own Passover, his ‘exodus’ from this world to the Father (God) (cf. Lk 9: 31).
  • Symbols and Signs – The First Month (cfcspn.com)
    According to the plan of God for His people, and as a symbol of the Lord’s Day, God told Israel they are to sacrifice the lamb on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, and that they are to eat unleavened bread for seven days. The eight day would have been a Sabbath, and on that day, they were to rest from all their labor.Rest was the symbol of God’s coming day of redemption, rest from the fear of death and deliverance from the power of sin. The Passover celebration is a sign to the nation, that through the memorial of the day they may identify their Messiah. However, as a part of God’s plan, and that He might bring the Gentiles into the relationship, and covenant of Israel, and fulfilling the promise  made to Abraham, Israel rejected their savior, and we as Gentiles accepting Christ has become the sons of Abraham.
  • Exodus Chapter 12 (maryrubow.wordpress.com)
    The Lord instructs Moses and Aaron, as the priesthood leaders of the Israelites, to consider this time the first month of their year, also known as Abib (according to the footnote, which references Exodus 34:18 and Exodus 13:4). They probably had been marking time as the Egyptians did, so this was how the Lord wanted time to be recognized and recorded for the Israelites.
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    As someone who is not Jewish, but who has been adopted into a tribe of Israel, through my own covenants with God, I wonder why I have never thought to recognize the dates which celebrate these amazing things. I believe that the law of Moses was fulfilled through the atonement of Jesus Christ, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t still recognize the glorious deliverance that the Lord provided for these people.
  • Exodus 12. God establishes the passover (bummyla.wordpress.com)
    And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.
  • Signs and Symbols – A Table in the Desert (cfcspn.com)
    Due to the fall of humanity Judgment came upon the world, and no one is safe from this universal judgment as we are all descendants of Adam the first man created in the image of God, and a man who rebelled against the will of God. And thrown out of the kingdom, he was sentenced to death; and as his children born in his house, we are counted as cursed children falling under the curse and judgment of death that was passed unto Adam our ancestor. However, God had promised to deliver him from this judgment, God declaring on behalf of man grace and mercy; however, for the enemy there would be no recall of judgment, he will remain under the curse forever.
  • Exodus Chapter 13 (maryrubow.wordpress.com)
    The Israelites began their journey from Egypt, with Moses as their prophet and leader. They had been given some instruction as far as the passover and how to handle the pascal lamb and unleavened bread. This was a time for the Lord to establish His laws with his people, who had been in bondage for over 400 years.
  • Red Letter Year: 2/22 (mikeraburn.com)
    Like Hemingway, Mark’s brevity contributes to the tension. An anonymous woman pours out her life savings onto Jesus’ head (nard came in an lidless alabaster container, it only opened by breaking, an early example of one-time use disposable packaging). Not because she knows he is about to die. Jesus provides that interpretation of her act.

Minimaliseren van Gods Kracht de Heilige Geest

De vroege dagen van het Christendom

1.2.       Aanzien als een gevaar

1.2.2.              Minimaliseren van Gods Kracht de Heilige Geest

Het “uitverkoren geslacht, een koninklijk priesterschap, een heilige natie, een volk tot een speciaal bezit” ( 1 Petrus 2:9 ) trachtte zich recht te houden en hun leerstellingen zuiver te bewaren. Zij verrichtten hun christelijke bediening onder heel moeilijke omstandigheden. Paulus bracht het als volgt onder woorden: „Wij worden in elk opzicht bestookt, maar toch niet zo in het nauw gedreven dat wij ons niet meer kunnen bewegen; wij zijn ten einde raad, maar niet totaal zonder uitweg; wij worden vervolgd, maar niet in de steek gelaten; wij worden neergeworpen, maar niet vernietigd.” (2 Korintiërs 4:8, 9).

Men hoeft slechts de eerste hoofdstukken van het boek Handelingen der Apostelen te lezen om te zien hoeveel enthousiasme en vreugde ervan uitging, zelfs ondanks vervolging (Handelingen 2:44-47; 4:32-34; 5:41; 6:7). Maar in de loop van tientallen jaren veranderde de situatie, en veel joodse christenen gingen het in de wedloop om het leven kennelijk wat langzamer aan doen. Een toestand van matheid en vermoeidheid, van onvervulde verwachtingen, uitgestelde hoop, bewust tekortschieten en feitelijk ongeloof kwam over de gelovigen. Zij waren christenen, maar hadden weinig waardering voor de heerlijkheid van hun roeping. Voor sommigen van hen leken Gods beloften onwerkelijk en een brug te ver.

Speyer---Cathedral---South-View---(Gentry)

4° Eeuwse bijeenkomstruimte. - Zuidzijde van de Kaiser- und Mariendoms zu Speyer. - Foto Alfred Hutter

Tijdens de eerste eeuw zag de toekomst voor de georganiseerde christelijke gemeente er donker uit. Jezus had voorzegd dat het zou zijn alsof een pas bezaaid tarweveld met onkruid bezaaid werd waardoor de tarwe vrijwel niet van het onkruid te onderscheiden was. Voor vrees dat men toevallig terwijl men de valse leraren zou verwijderen ook de normale gelovigen met hen zouden kwijt spelen. (Mattheüs 13:24-30). En zo geschiedde het ook. Tegen het einde van de eerste eeuw, toen de bejaarde apostel Johannes als de laatste belemmering tegen verdorvenheid fungeerde, bloeide de afval reeds (2 Thessalonicenzen 2:6; 1 Johannes 2:18). Niet lang na de dood van de apostelen ontstond er een afzonderlijke klasse van geestelijken, die de kudde onderdrukte en onderscheidende kledij droeg. De afval verbreidde zich als gangreen.

Van de dagen van de apostelen tot nu vindt men de wortel van de gehele opzet en heerschappij van klerikalisme. De filosofie en heterodoxie, zonder twijfel, deed er veel aan om de kerk te bederven en haar ertoe te brengen om zich bij de wereld aan te sluiten: maar de orde van de geestelijkheid en alles dat er bij behoorde moest op de godsdienst van de Joden worden gebaseerd. Het is meer dan waarschijnlijk, echter, dat velen dan kunnen overreed zijn om het christendom als een voortzetting van Judaïsme te nemen, in plaats van haar perfecte contrast te zijn. De Judaïzerende leraren bevestigden dapper dat het christendom slechts een enting op Judaïsme was. Maar door de epistels leren wij overal dat er zijn die tot het oude behoren en andere aan de nieuwe verwezenlijking behoren; dat de wet door Mozes werd gegeven, maar de gunst en de waarheid kwamen door Jezus Christus.

Ook al had Paulus de Hebreeën gewaarschuwd om op te letten dat er zich in niemand van hen ooit een goddeloos, ongelovig hart zou ontwikkelen, doordat hij zich zou terugtrekken van de levende God. Alsook bleken de andere waarschuwingen van de mede apostelen soms een maat voor niets. Sommigen die in de gemeente kwamen, begonnen hun geloofsovertuigingen in de termen van de Griekse filosofie tot uitdrukking te brengen, om datgene wat zij predikten aanvaardbaarder te maken voor de mensen van de wereld. Geleidelijk gingen heidense leerstellingen, zoals de Drie-eenheid en de inherente onsterfelijkheid van de ziel, deel uitmaken van een bezoedelde vorm van het christendom. Dit leidde tot het prijsgeven van de hoop op het Millennium.

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19° Eeuws beeld van de 1° eeuwse catacomben bijeenkomst - Catacomben van de heilige Calixtus - eind 19° eeuw

Het gevaar dat er dreigde werd meer en meer werkelijkheid en zonde en afval kwamen meer voor. Om die reden had Paulus de gemeenten er aan herinnerd steeds waakzaam te blijven en elkaar te vermanen.[1] Vanuit de gemeenschappen zelf kwamen mensen die er de voorkeur aan gaven verkeerde leerstellingen te prediken om zo volgelingen voor henzelf te verkrijgen. Op subtiele wijze schreven zij aan hun eigen meningen en leringen een zelfde of zelfs nog hogere waarde toe dan aan de Schrift. Toen de gelegenheid hiertoe zich voordeed, stelde deze afvallige kerk zich zelfs beschikbaar om de belangen van de politieke staat te dienen. (Handelingen 20:30; 2 Petrus 2:1, 3).[2] Om de gemeenschap te beschermen was het belangrijk om het gevoelen van eenheid hoog te houden, zoals dat ook vandaag nog steeds belangrijk is. Paulus’ uitdrukking „past op” beklemtoont de noodzaak om waakzaam te zijn (Hebreeën 3:12, 13). De vroege Christenen kregen de waarschuwing die ook vandaag nog steeds op gaat om geen gebrek aan geloof en Bijbelstudie te hebben, zodat wij in ons hart niets verkeerds zouden kunnen ontwikkelen, en wij ons zouden kunnen terugtrekken van Godin plaats van hem te naderen (Jakobus 4:8).

Toen en nu komt het er op aan dat de leden van de gemeenschap elkaar durven vertrouwen, steunen maar ook durven vermanen. Wij hebben de warmte van broederlijke omgang nodig. „Wie zich afzondert, zal zijn eigen zelfzuchtige verlangen zoeken; tegen alle praktische wijsheid zal hij losbarsten” (Spreuken 18:1). De noodzaak van een dergelijke omgang beweegt Christenen in deze tijd ertoe geregeld gemeentevergaderingen, grotere bijeenkomsten en congressen te bezoeken.

Men moest belangstelling aan kweken voor „de breedte en lengte en hoogte en diepte” van de waarheid, en aldus tot rijpheid voort gaan. (Efeziërs 3:18, Hebreeën 6:1, 2 Timotheüs 4:7)

Sommige Joden en heidenen die naar het christendom waren over gestapt bleken in gebreke te blijven hun waarnemingsvermogen te vergroten. Zij waren traag geworden in het aanvaarden van het toegenomen licht met betrekking tot de Wet en de besnijdenis (Handelingen 15:27-29; Galaten 2:11-14; 6:12, 13). Sommigen hechtten misschien nog steeds grote waarde aan traditionele praktijken zoals de wekelijkse sabbat en de plechtige jaarlijkse Yom Kippur of Verzoendag. (Kolossenzen 2:16, 17; Hebreeën 9:1-14).

In de eerste eeuw had de apostel Paulus reeds Timotheüs gewaarschuwd dat „goddeloze mensen en bedriegers” de christelijke gemeente zouden binnensluipen en velen zouden misleiden (2 Timotheüs 3:13)[3]. Deze grote afval begon na de dood van de apostelen (Handelingen 20:29, 30).

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Buste van Epicurus, in het Pergamon Museum, Berlijn.

Sommige christenen onderhielden misschien nauwe banden met personen die onder invloed stonden van de Griekse filosofieën, met inbegrip van die van de epicuristen. De epicuristen waren volgelingen van de Griekse filosoof Epicurus, die van 341 tot 270 v. G.T. leefde. Hij onderwees dat genot het enige of hoogste goed in het leven was. Hij onderwees daarentegen dat genot het beste te bereiken is door zich in het leven met beleid, moed, zelfbeheersing en gerechtigheid te gedragen. Hij bepleitte niet het najagen van onmiddellijk en kortstondig genot, maar van genot dat het hele leven duurt. Hierdoor kunnen de epicuristen, vergeleken met mensen die grove zonde beoefenden, deugdzaam hebben geschenen.(Vergelijk Titus 1:12). De epicuristen betrachtten bijvoorbeeld matiging in hun najagen van genot. Zij hechtten meer waarde aan lustgevoelensvan de geest dan aan lichamelijk genot.

De apostolische Vaders, zoals zij werden genoemd, zoals Clement, Polycarp, Ignatius, en Barnabas, waren oorspronkelijk de directe aanhangers van geïnspireerde. Apostelen. Zij hadden naar hun instructies geluisterd, met hen in het evangelie gewerkt en waren waarschijnlijk informeel op de hoogte van hen. Maar niettegenstaande de hoge voorrechten die zij als volgelingen van de apostelen genoten, vertrokken zij zeer spoedig van de doctrines die aan hen, vooral in verband met kerkoverheid overgebracht waren geweest. Zij schijnen volledig de grote Nieuwe waarheid van het Testament van de aanwezigheid van de Heilige Geest in de bijeenroeping vergeten te hebben – oordelend naar de Epistels die hun namen dragen. Hun ijdelheid om te beweren dat het slechts aan een bepaalde elite gegeven is om het Woord van God te kunnen begrijpen en te verklaren negeert gewoon de Kracht van God in Zijn zending van de Heilige Geest over alle mensen die wensen God te naderen.

De nieuwe leraren van de kerk schijnen ook de mooie eenvoud van de goddelijke orde in de kerk vergeten te hebben. Er waren slechts twee orden van ambtsbekleders – oudsten en diakens. De ene benoemd voor tijdelijke, de andere voor de geestelijke behoefte van de bijeengebrachte heiligen. Ouder, of bisschop, betekent eenvoudig opzichter, wie een geestelijke oplettendheid op zich neemt. Hij kan geschikt geweest zijn om te onderwijzen, maar ook niet; hij was geen verordende leraar, maar een verordend toezichter. En zoals voor de instellingen van goddelijke benoeming, vinden wij in het Nieuwe Testament slechts, doopsel en het Avondmaal van de Heer of het “Breken van het Brood”. Niets zou, in verband met alle aangevingen eenvoudiger, duidelijker, of makkelijker te begrijpen kunnen zijn dan die voor geloof en praktijk worden gegeven, maar er was geen ruimte gelaten voor de verheffing en de glorie van de mens in de kerk van God. De Heilige Geest was neer gekomen om de leiding in de vereniging of bijeenkomst te nemen, volgens het Woord van de heer, en de belofte van de Vader; en geen enkele Christen, hoe begaafd ook, dit gelovend, kon de plaats van leider nemen, en zo praktisch de Heilige Geest verplaatsen. Maar van het ogenblik dat deze waarheid uit het oog was verloren, begonnen de mensen voor plaats en macht te vechten, en natuurlijk had de Heilige Geest Zijn juiste plaats niet meer in de gemeente of congregatie.

Nauwelijks was de stem van inspiratie in de kerk stil geworden, of wij hoorden de stem van de nieuwe leraren die luid en ernstig voor de hoogste eer schreeuwden die aan de bisschop zou moeten worden betaald, en een opperste plaats die aan hem hoorde te worden gegeven. Niet een woord over de plaats van de Geest als soevereine heerser in de kerk van God. Dit is duidelijk van de Brieven of epistels van de bovengenoemde Ignatius, geschreven in 107 G.T.. Wij zijn bewust dat vele grote namen, hun authenticiteit hebben bevraagd; en dat vele grote namen naar genoegen vochten om hun echtheid bewezen te zien. Het echte geestelijk ambt is van de Heer en alleen van Hem. Dit is van wat wij zouden moeten opmerken in het licht van wat er plaats greep op de eigenlijke drempel van christendom. Enkel Christus is het ware Hoofd van de kerk. Het is een ernstig en plechtig ding voor om het even wie om zich in de eisen van Christus op de dienst van Zijn bediende te mengen. Dit te raken is de verantwoordelijkheid terzijde leggen aan Christus, en het fundamentele principe van Christelijke bediening omverwerpen.

St James' church - rood screen - geograph.org.uk - 868346

Vroegere geestelijken: Gregorius, Ambrosius, Jeromius en Augustinus - 15° eeuwse rood screen panels St James' church - Foto Evelyn Simak

Priesterschap was het onderscheidende kenmerk van de Joodse dispensatie; bediening, volgens God, is kenmerkend voor de Christelijke periode. Vandaar de uiterste mislukking van de bewerende kerk, toen het tot doel had om Judaïsme op zo vele manieren, zowel in zijn priesterschap als zijn ritualisme te imiteren. Als een priesterlijke orde, met riten en ceremonies, nog noodzakelijk is, wordt de doeltreffendheid van het werk van Christus in vraag gesteld. In feite, doch niet in woorden, slaat het bij de wortel van christendom. Maar alles wordt geregeld door het woord van God. [4]  „Maar deze mens, nadat hij één enkel offer voor zonden had aangeboden, voor altijd is gaan zitten bij de rechterhand van God; nog slechts wachtend op het ogenblik dat zijn vijanden worden gemaakt tot een voetbank voor zijn voeten. Want door een offer heeft Hij voor altijd hen die zich laten heiligen tot volmaaktheid gebracht. Dit getuigt ons ook de heilige geest. Waar de zonden vergeven en vergeten zijn, is geen zoenoffermeer nodig. We hebben nu ‘die grote priester die over het huis van God is aangesteld.’” (zie Heb. 10: 1-25)

Het geestelijk ambt is dus een onderwerp van de hoogste waardigheid en van het hoogste belang. Het getuigt aan het werk, de overwinning, en de glorie van Jezus, dat verlorenen kunnen worden gered. Het is de activiteit van de uitgaande liefde van de God aan een vreemde en geruïneerde wereld, en aan ernstig smekende zielen om met hem te worden verzoend. [5]  „God was in Christus, de wereld verzoenend in overeenstemming brengend tot zichzelf. Hij telde de fouten van de mensen niet en ons gaf Hij de boodschap van de verzoening mee. Zo zijn wij dan gezanten van Christus alsof God u door ons zou oproepen. (2 Korinthiërs 5:19-21)

Helaas vond de kerk spoedig dat om bediening te belemmeren, zoals het vóór ons in het woord van God wordt geplaatst, en een nieuwe orde van dingen te introduceren, dit geen belemmering gaf om afdelingen, afwijkingen en dwaalleren, en valse leraren deed ontstaan. Van die tijd – het begin van de tweede eeuw, en er vóór – werd de kerk zeer gestoord door dwaalleren; en aangezien de tijd verderging, groeiden de dingen nooit beter, maar altijd slechter. [6]


[1] “ Zorgt ervoor, broeders, dat onder u niemand zo’n slechte en trouweloze gezindheid heeft, die leidt tot afval van de levende God.  Spreekt elkaar moed in, elke dag, zolang dat ‘heden’ duurt, zodat niemand zich door de zonde tot zulk een halsstarrigheid laat verleiden.” (Hebreeën 3:12-13 WV78)

[2] “ Toch zijn er onder het volk ook valse profeten geweest. En zo zullen er onder u valse leraars komen, die heimelijk verderfelijke ketterijen invoeren. Zij zullen zich niet ontzien tot hun eigen schielijke ondergang de Heerser te verloochenen die hen heeft vrijgekocht.” (2 Petrus 2:1 WV78)

“ In hun hebzucht zullen zij u met verzonnen verhalen geld uit de zak kloppen. Maar hun vonnis is al lang geveld, hun ondergang zal niet op zich laten wachten.” (2 Petrus 2:3 WV78)

[3] “ Trouwens, allen die godvruchtig willen leven in de Messias Christus Jezus Yashua, zullen lijden onder vervolging, terwijl mensen met het kwaad in zich, deugnieten, charlatans en verleiders van kwaad tot erger zullen komen, anderen misleidend en zichzelf.” (2 Timotheüs 3:12-13)

[4] Miller’s Church History

[5] Miller’s Church History

[6] Miller’s Church History

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Minimizing the power of God’s Force the Holy Spirit

The early days of Christianity

1.2.       Considered as a danger

1.2.2.                    Minimizing the power of God’s Force the Holy Spirit

The “chosen family, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people having a special possession” (1 Peter 2:9) tried to hold itself straight and to keep their doctrines pure. They performed their Christian administration of the Last Sacraments under quite difficult circumstances.  Paul brought it as follows under words: “We become in each respect harassed, troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we see a way out of them. We are cruelly attacked, but not without hope; we are made low, but we are not without help” (2 Corinthians 4:8, 9).

One only has to read the first chapters from the book Acts of the Apostles to see how much enthusiasm and joy there was, even despite persecution (Acts 2:44-47; 4:32-34; 5:41; 6:7).  But in the course of ten years the situation changed, and many Jewish Christians did not keep up their speed in the race and obviously were going to take life a little more slowly. A state of lassitude and tiredness, of unfulfilled expectations, postponed hope, conscious not coming up the mark and actual disbelief came over the believers. They were Christians, but received little appreciation for the magnificence of their vocation. For some of them, Gods promises appeared unreal and a bridge too far.

During the first century, the future for the organized Christian municipality looked gloomy. Jesus had predicted that it would be as if a level strewn wheat field with bad seeds, so that the wheat would not be able to be distinguish with the weeds. For fear that by chance while taking out the false teachers they could be rooting up also the normal believers with them. (Matthew 13:24-30). And so it happened also.  At the end of the first century, when the elderly apostle Johannes functioned, as the last impediment, against corruption, the waste blossomed already (2 Thessalonians 2:6; 1 John 2:18). Not long after the death of the apostle arose a separate class from clergymen that suppressed the herd and clothed themselves with distinguishing attire. The waste spread as gangrene.

From the days of the apostles until now the root of the whole fabric and dominion of clericalism is there. Philosophy and heterodoxy, no doubt, did much to corrupt the church and lead her to join hands with the world: but the order of the clergy and all that belongs to it must be founded on the Jews’ religion. It is more than probable, however, that many may have been persuaded then, as many have been since, that Christianity is a continuation of Judaism, in place of being its perfect contrast. The Judaizing teachers boldly affirmed that Christianity was merely a graft on Judaism. But throughout the epistles we everywhere learn that some belong to the old, and the other to the new creation; that the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

Cuadro de la Trinidad en Percile

Representation of Three Gods: god the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost - La Trinidad - Santuario della Santissima Trinità - Vallepietra RM - Photo RoyFokker

Paul had warned the Hebrews to prevent that nobody there would ever develop in them a godless, unbelieving heart, because himself withdrawing of the living God. As well as appeared the other warnings of the other apostles sometimes a measure for nothing. Some who came in the municipalities, begun to bring their belief convictions in the terms of the Greek philosophy to expression, to make what they preached more acceptable for the men of the world. Gradually pagan doctrines came into the system, as the Holy Trinity and the inherent immortality of the soul, and became a part of a sullied form of Christianity. This led to the giving up of the hope in the Millennium.

The danger that there threatened became more and more reality and sin and waste came more in the community. For that reason Paul had reminded the municipalities to always remain watchful and to admonish each other. [1] From among the communities themselves came men who wanted to give wrong teaching, turning away the disciples after them. In subtle manner they ascribed to their own opinions and teachings a same or even yet higher value than the Holy Scriptures. When the occasion appeared for this purpose, this renegade church put itself available to serve even the interests of the political state. (Acts 20:30; 2 Peter 2:1, 3)[2]. To protect the community it was considerable to hold the feeling of unity high, as that is also today still important. Paul’s expression “take heed” emphasizes the necessity to be watchful (Hebrews 3:12, 13).  The early Christians got the warning that also today still goes on to have no flaw at belief and Bible so that we in would not develop something wrong in our heart, and we shall not withdraw us from God instead shall be able to approach him (James 4:8).

Then and now, it comes to it that the members of the community dare to trust each other, support each other but also dare to admonish. We need the heat of brotherly contact. “Who isolates himself, will be indulging his own desires; against all practical wisdom, defying all sound judgement, will he burst out” (Proverbs 18:1). The necessity of such contact moves Christians in this time to visit regular municipality assemblies, larger meetings and conferences.

One had to bring up interest for “the width and length and height and depth” of the truth, and according to go forward to maturity. (Ephesians 3:18, Hebrews 6:1, 2 Timothy 4:7).

Gathering on the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur - Drawing Jewish Encyclopedia

Some Jews and heathens that stepped over to Christianity appeared in flaw to remain to increase their observations. They became slow in the accepting of the increased light with relation to the Law and the circumcision (Acts 15:27-29; Galatians 2:11-14; 6:12, 13). Some handled perhaps still large value on traditional practices as the weekly Sabbath and the solemn annual Yom Kippur or Day of reconciliation. (Colossians 2:16, 17; Hebrews 9:1-14).

Already in the first century the apostle Paul had warned Timothy that “godless men and cheats” would creep in the Christian municipality and would mislead many (2 Timothy 3:13).[3] This large waste began after the death of the apostles (Acts 20:29, 30).

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Epicurus - Epikouros Bust - Herculaneum, Villa dei Papiri, Sala 8, National Archaeological Museum, Naples, Italy

Some Christians maintained perhaps narrow ties with people, which stood under influence of the Greek philosophies, including that of the epicurean. The epicureans were supporters of the Greek philosopher Epicurus, who lived from 341 until 270 b. C. T. He taught that enjoyment was the only or most high good in life. On the other hand he taught that enjoyment best can be reached by behaving in life with administration, courage, self-control and justice. He argued not the chasing of immediate and brief enjoyment, but of enjoyment that the whole life lasts. Because of this the epicurean can be compared with men that practised coarse sin, violated virtuousness. (Compare Titus 1:12). The epicureans for instance practised moderation in their chase of enjoyment. They attached more value to the on desire feelings of the mind than to physical enjoyment.

The Apostolic Fathers, as they are called, such as Clement, Polycarp, Ignatius, and Barnabas, were, at first, the immediate followers of the inspired apostles. They had listened to their instructions, laboured with them in the gospel, and probably had been familiarly acquainted with them. But, notwithstanding the high privileges which they enjoyed as scholars of the apostles, they very soon departed from the doctrines which had been committed to them, especially as to church government. They seem to have completely forgotten — judging from the Epistles which bear their names — the great New Testament truth of the Holy Spirit’s presence in the assembly.

Their vanity claims that it is only given to a certain elite to be able to understand the Word of God and to explain it, simply ignores the strength of God in His consignment of the Holy Spirit or Pneuma concerning all people who wish to approach God.

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4th century congregation house: Santa Balbina in Rome, Italy - interno. Photo by Lalupa.

The new teachers of the church seem also to have forgotten the beautiful simplicity of the divine order in the church. There were only two orders of office-bearers — elders and deacons. The one was appointed to attend to the temporal, the other to the spiritual need of the assembly of the saints. Elder, or bishop, simply means overseer, one who takes a spiritual oversight. He may have been “apt to teach,” or he may not; he was not an ordained teacher, but an ordained overseer. And as for the institutions of divine appointment, we only find in the New Testament, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper or the “Breaking of the Bread”. Nothing could be simpler, more plain, or more easily understood, as to all the directions given for faith and practice, but there was no room left for the exaltation and glory of man in the church of God. The Holy Ghost had come down to take the lead in the assembly, according to the word of the Lord, and the promise of the Father; and no Christian, however gifted, believing this, could take the place of leader, and thus practically displace the Holy Spirit. But, from the moment that this truth was lost sight of, men began to contend for place and power, and of course the Holy Spirit had no longer His right place in the assembly or congregation.

Scarcely had the voice of inspiration become silent in the church, than we hear the voice of the new teachers crying loudly and earnestly for the highest honours being paid to the bishop, and a supreme place being given to him. Not a word about the Spirit’s place as sovereign ruler in the church of God. This is evident from the Epistles of Ignatius, said to have been written A.D. 107. Many great names, we are aware, have questioned their authenticity; and many great names contend that they have been satisfactorily proved to be genuine. Real ministry is of the Lord and of Him alone. This is what we have to note in view of what took place on the very threshold of Christianity. Christ only is the true Head of the church. It is a grave and solemn thing for anyone to interfere with Christ’s claims on the service of His servant. To touch this is to set aside responsibility to Christ, and to overthrow the fundamental principle of Christian ministry.

Priesthood was the distinguishing characteristic of the Jewish dispensation; ministry, according to God, is characteristic of the Christian period. Hence the utter failure of the professing church, when it sought to imitate Judaism in so many ways, both in its priesthood and its ritualism. If a priestly order, with rites and ceremonies, be still necessary, the efficacy of the work of Christ is called in question. In fact, though not in words, it strikes at the root of Christianity. But all is settled by the word of God.[4] “But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins, for ever sat down at the right hand of God; from henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified…. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. We also have a great Cohen, a high priest, over god’s household.” (See Heb. 10: 1-25)

Ministry, then, is a subject of the highest dignity and the deepest interest. It testifies to the work, the victory, and the glory of Jesus, that the lost may be saved. It is the activity of God’s love going out to an alien and ruined world, and earnestly beseeching souls to be reconciled to Him. [5] “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them, and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us…” (2 Cor. 5: 19-21)

The church alas! soon found that to hinder ministry, as it is set before us in the word of God, and to introduce a new order of things, did not hinder divisions, heresies, and false teachers springing up. From this time — the beginning of the second century, and before it — the church was greatly disturbed by heresies; and as time rolled on, things never grew better, but always worse. [6]


[1]  “Brothers, be on guard that at some time a wicked and unbelieving heart never come to exist in you, leading to apostasy from a Living God. Rather, encourage one another every day as long as we call it “Today.” Do this so that none of you ever become hardened by the seduction of sin.” (Hebrews 3:12-13 MHM)

[2]  “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who secretly shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.” (2 Peter 2:1 KJBPNV)

“And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingers not, and their damnation slumbers not.” (2 Peter 2:3 KJBPNV)

[3] “Yes, and all that will live godly in the Messiah Yahshua shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall grow worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” (2 Timothy 3:12-13 KJBPNV)

[4] Miller’s Church History

[5] Miller’s Church History

[6] Miller’s Church History

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Please do find the Dutch version: Gelieve de Nederlandstalige versie te vinden onder:   Minimaliseren van Gods Kracht de Heilige Geest

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  13. The Victor
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  15. The builder of the Kingdom
  16. Can we not do what Jesus did?
  17. The increasing rejection of the teaching of Christ
  18. For those who have not the rudiments of an historical sense

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  1. How did the Trinity Doctrine Develop
  2. Historical Development of Trinity
  3. How the Doctrine of the Trinity came to the Church
  4. Trinity function
  5. Trinity versus Tritheism
  6. Why the trinity was accepted in Europe
  7. The Pagan Influence of The catholic church ……The Pagan Trinity, and Saint B
  8. Summary on trinity
  9. Holy Sabbath
  10. A man with an outstanding personality
  11. Misleading Pictures
  12. A small company of Jesus’ footstep follower
  13. Quit griping about your church
  14. Rebirth and belonging to a church
  15. An ecclesia in your neighborhood
  16. Making church
  17. Parish, local church community – Parochie, plaatselijke kerkgemeenschap
  18. Intentions of an Ecclesia
  19. He has given us the Pneuma, the force, from Him
  20. The radiance of God’s glory and the counsellor
  21. Millions of Christians leaving conventional churches to meet in homes
  22. Working for God
  23. Efeziërs 2:21-22 Church no longer holds a central place in many Christian lives
  24. Prefering to be a Christian

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  • What Does the Qur’an Say About the Jewish and Christian Scriptures (paulmarcelrene.wordpress.com)
    On many occasions I have heard Muslims attack the Bible. Some seem keen to slander it anyway they can. But what does the Qur’an say about it? This article examines what the whole Qur’an says about the Jewish and Christian scriptures. The Qur’an used is according to Imam Hafs and translated by Abdullah Yusuf Ali (AYA) or Mohammed Pickthall (MP).
  • Historical Jesus [Der historische Jesus] (consensuspatrum.wordpress.com)
    How do we know that the life of Jesus is not just a story that the Church made up?Tacitus, a Roman historian who wrote Annals in 115 CE, is considered one of the more accurate historians of the ancient world.
    He wrote: “To dispel the rumor that the fire was started by Nero, Nero substituted as culprits, and treated with the most extreme punishments, some people, popularly known as Christians, whose disgraceful activities were notorious. The originator of that name, Christus, had been executed when Tiberius was Emperor, by order of the procurator Pontius Pilatus. But the deadly cult, though checked for a time, was now breaking out again not only in Judea, the birthplace of this evil, but even throughout Rome, where all the nasty and disgusting ideas from all over the world pour in and find a ready following.” (Annals 15:44). This means there were a significant number of Christians in Rome in 64AD, only 30 years after the Crucifixion of Christ.
  • Jews reclaim Jesus as one of their own (religion.blogs.cnn.com)
    The relationship between Jews and Jesus has traditionally been a complicated one, to say the least.As his followers’ message swept the ancient world, Jews who did not accept Jesus as the Messiah found themselves in the uncomfortable, and sometimes dangerous, position of being blamed for his death.
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    Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, a media personality who recently launched a bid for a U.S. House seat, argues in his own new book, “Kosher Jesus,” that “Jews have much to learn from Jesus – and from Christianity as a whole – without accepting Jesus’ divinity. There are many reasons for accepting Jesus as a man of great wisdom, beautiful ethical teachings, and profound Jewish patriotism.”
    +The flurry of recent Jewish books on Jesus – including this month’s publication of “The Jewish Gospels: The Story of the Jewish Christ” by Daniel Boyarin – is part of a trend of Jews taking pride in Jesus, interfaith expert Edward Kessler said.”In the 1970s and 1980s, Christian New Testament scholars rediscovered the Jewish Jesus. They reminded all New Testament students that Jesus was Jewish,” said Kessler, the director of the Woolf Institute in Cambridge, England, which focuses on relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims.
  • He Is Not Here: For He Is Risen! (pastorbobcrowder.wordpress.com)
    The early church, persecuted to the point of imprisonment and death should have failed.  The message they carried triggered division.  Their leader was murdered and yet He was resurrected.  Many saw him and heard him speak after He rose from the dead.  The Roman guards were paid off to tell a lie.And yet, His followers flourished.
  • Sunday of the Publican & the Pharisee… (thehandmaid.wordpress.com)
    Saint Paul says that we will have practiced the Apostles’ Faith when we “…have carefully followed my doctrine [and] manner of life….” Let us not think we are true, Apostolic Christians because we can speak ‘about’ the Faith reasonably well. For what Saint Paul means by ‘follow,’ surely  involves a manner of living, a consistent, day-in-and-day-out  application of the consequences that come from holding convictions  learned from the Apostles.
  • Only One Church United in Doctrine? – Part 2 of 2 (godsbreath.wordpress.com)
    The Church at Corinth was still recognized as being “of Christ” (1 Cor. 3:23), and yet “carnal” and “babes”. They were divided among themselves in which they were instructed to be joined together speaking the same thing in the same mind and the same judgment. The Apostle Paul was guided by Christ’s Spirit to correct doctrine and their motives. Therefore, unity in doctrine is possible being commanded by the Spirit of Christ.
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    Christians can be united by teaching as the Apostle Paul does here to unite. We must always go to Christ, to His words, to His Spirit, to His revelation to His Apostles and prophets (cf. Gal. 1:11-12, Eph. 2:19, 3:3-5, 2 Pet. 3:2, Jude 17). Following the command for unity, Paul noted that they had rejected Christ in pursuing wisdom over the words of His Apostles.

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