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Sunday, 29 June 2014

Upon This Rock


Upon this Rock I will build my Church said Jesus unto Peter..
Thou art Peter Greek New testament (petros) = small stone and upon this Rock Greek New Testament (petra) = Large rock , I will build my Church.. Mat 16:18... 
The Petra/Rock is what Peter had just confessed "Thou art the Christ The son of the Living God" Vs16... 


It is upon that truth (who Christ is) as was revealed to Peter that The church is built.. Believers are the "Living stones" As Peter said in 1 Pet 2:5

Peter is Flesh and Blood said Jesus of him and as such not a suitable foundation for God's Spiritual house/church.. A spiritual house needs a spiritual foundation...That which is spiritual cannot be founded/built upon that which is natural (flesh and blood)

Jesus is the spiritual man..the second Adam (the Word of God) and He is the cornerstone of the church, and all who confess Him as Peter did, are united as "living stones" to the Foundational corner stone.  Furthermore; The Foundation upon which the church is built  Apostle Paul tells us is "the Apostles and the Prophets and Christ Himself the cornerstone".. Eph 2:19,20
If Peter was the foundational rock, surely Paul would have known about it and would have said so..


The suggestion that Peter was the first Pope has no scriptural backing.. Apostolic succession as well does not have scriptural backing and certainly has nothing to do with an elevated Apostle succeeding one another)
It is the 'Apostolic Faith' that is in succession from generation to generation and Christ the sole builder of His church will raise up and appoint Men according to His will as was the case with Apostle Paul  1Cor 3:10 to fulfil the task...

Christ is the Head of His Church from whom the entire body is supplied and held together Col2:19
(It is not the Pope who is the head ) nor any man for that matter for all are" flesh and blood"

Saturday, 28 June 2014

What of the End when Jesus returns?


The Bible tells what is to happen when Jesus Returns.. Jesus is Going to return from where He is seated presently at the right hand of the Father To 'judge the Living and the dead' He will do this by His appearing and His Kingdom 2Tim 4:1
"Do not marvel for an Hour is coming in which (((ALL))) who are in the tomb shall hear His (Jesus) voice and shall come forth some unto the resurrection of Life and others unto the resurrection of judgment" Jn 5:28,29..  (We understand that there is to be one resurrection with two outcomes)..
"For the son of man is going to come in the Glory of His Father with His angels and will then recompense (((every man))) according to their deeds" Mat 16:27.. (The deeds referred are the deeds of Faith and the deeds of unbelief.. The deeds of righteousness and the deeds of wickedness)..
"The son of man will send forth His angels and they will gather Out Of His Kingdom (present tense) all stumbling blocks.... then the righteous will shine forth in the ((Kingdom of their Father)))
We understand that there is to be a division where the wicked in unbelief are seperated from the faithful righteous..

The Lords Prayer as taught by Jesus is for the coming of the Father's Kingdom.. This is what the righteous pray for as instructed by Jesus..
It is in the 'Kingdom of the Father' that Jesus will drink the New wine/fruit of the vine with his disciples Mat 26:29...
Jesus said "on the (((Last Day))) I will raise Him Up" Jn 6:40,41 (the resurrection of the righteous)..

In1 Cor 15:12-23 the Apostle is speaking about the resurrection and says in  Vs24...."THEN COMES THE END" when He (Jesus) delivers up the kingdom to the God and Father when He has abolished all rule and authority and power. For He must reign (present tense) until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The Last enemy that will be abolished is death" 1 Cor 15:24-26

Death is abolished by the resurrection and the Apostle says that it is the LAST enemy.. There are no more enemies after the resurrection for Christ to subdue or rule over.. the Apostle says "He (Jesus) delivers up the kingdom to the Father"
Jesus said; "Heaven and Earth will pass away....But of that Day and Hour no one knows... 
Mat 24:35,36

((PASS AWAY)) by Fire,  BURNED UP just as Apostle Peter said 2Pet 3:10.. 

See what John The baptist had to say about that day Mat 3:12.. see also Mk 9: 43 about the supernatural unquenchable Fire
Is it the natural kingdom of Israel which is to be restored as is widely believed and propagated by many? The answer is NO!.. 
He will restore the Kingdom of the Father (the Kingdom of God) which is presently preached to Jews and Greeks/gentiles....The inheritors of the Kingdom are His people of the New Covenant, His Chosen Race and Holy Nation whom He purchased with His Blood.. It is not the restoration of the Davidic Kingdom as taught by dispensationalist.. nor is it the antichrist Zionists presently in the land  that will be restored..The Apostles make that very clear as explained above whose Kingdom it will be..
He will indeed restore the Kingdom  to 'His Israel' (the redeemed of the Lord) "The Olive Tree of Rom 11 made up of the Jewish and Gentile remnant...For God purchased no other than those washed in the Blood of Christ.. Today if you hear His voice harden not your heart for tomorrow is the day of Judgment.....

john B

Saturday, 21 June 2014

ABRAHAM THE FATHER OF MANY NATIONS


 When Apostle Paul made reference to the Jews in the NT, he meant those who were under the Law of Moses, These were the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who had been set free from the bondage of Egypt.
The Apostle went to great length in detail to explain that it is not the lineage of Abraham that counts for salvation but rather Abrahams promise given him through faith which was fulfilled by Christ, Abraham's only seed and heir of the promise given Him by God. That through Christ He (Abraham) would be the father of many Nations.. 
(It is in that Light and in the fulfilment of that promise which "The Israel of God" is to be found).. 

Grace has made obsolete Race or Nationality (Jew or Gentile) for that matter.. It is all about being a 'New Creation' in Christ Jesus.. "Old things have passed away"....
A Jew just as a Gentile (other nationalities) must be grafted into the Olive Tree. which is (a symbolic representation of The Israel of God).
 Let us understand; that this "Olive Tree" is not the Present  Zionist State of Israel!
in other words, the 'Zionist state' is not the Symbolic Olive Tree about which Apostle wrote
Rom 11:17
Apostle said; "and SO all Israel will be saved" He is not referring to the present Zionist state but only to those grafted in by the Grace of God (Jews & gentiles) They both together form the Israel of God which is to be save in its completeness..
There is no future promise to any man, Jew or Gentile  outside the ordained manner of Abraham's Faith..
The words 'and SO' defines the fashion/way by which The Israel of God is to be saved and that is "By Grace through Faith" Just as Apostle preached...
So; Abraham was called out/taken from a Gentile Nation (Ur) Gen 11: 31 to become the father of many Nations, Israel included...
As can be seen in the symbolic "Olive Tree" The Israel of God consists of both groups Jews and Gentiles who all have their source in Abraham. as the father of faith.....

Prior to His ascension into heaven, Jesus the Seed of the promise given to Abraham, commissions the disciples to Go and make disciples of all Nations.. 
What a marvellous Plan of redemption is entailed in the Grace of God..