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Jude: Once For All

Posted in Gospel, Jude with tags , , , , , , on November 14, 2018 by paulthepoke

Jude 1:3b …I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.

Jude’s message of the gospel is intent, earnest, and urgent. With deep feeling and dire straits, Jude informs that he παρακαλέω/parakaleo or appeals to readers. παρακαλέω/parakaleo as defined by Strong’s Concordance means: to call to one’s side, call for, summon; to address, speak to, (call to or upon), which may be done in the way of exhortation, entreaty, comfort, instruction, teach, etc.; to beg, entreat, beseech; to encourage, strengthen. The grammar indicates Jude’s intent is continual or as a matter of habit and lifestyle. Jude is pleading with all his heart, soul, and mind.

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Believers are called to chronically contend with intensity for the faith. Faith in what? Faith that was once for all. This is Greek word ἅπαξ/hapax. Simply put it means “once for all”. This is a reminder of the cross work of Jesus Christ. This is how Jesus manages sin, “once for all”. Christ’s one and only death is enough to cover the sins of the planet across the ages.

With Jesus, forgiveness of sin is not a one-time special offer. “For this year only…” No, you can come to Jesus any time you want. Now would be a good time. It does not have to be a special year or date. When Jesus dealt with sin, it was taken care of once and for all time. All people are covered if they are accepting of His effort and payment.

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit.

Romans 6:10a For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all…

Hebrews 9:28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

Hebrews 10:10 And by that will, we have been sanctified through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Who is this for? The saints.

 

But, Jude is changing course and topic…

 

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Please… Please Listen to Forgiveness

Posted in Gospel with tags , , , , , , , , on June 30, 2018 by paulthepoke

Acts 2:38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

ἄφεσις/aphesis is the Greek word for “forgiveness”. The term is used 19 times in the New Testament.  The word is defined as: a sending away, a letting go, a release, pardon, complete forgiveness, remission, or deliverance. “Forgiveness” is releasing someone from obligation or debt. This is a legal term.

“Forgiveness” is primarily used in relation to the debt of sin in the New Testament. The obligation of sin is death.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Ezekiel 18:4 Behold, all souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine. The soul who sins will die.

 

The primary word in the Hebrew regarding “forgiveness” is salach. The word is used 47 times in the Old Testament. It means to forgive or pardon. Salach is the word used in relation to God’s forgiveness in the Hebrew texts. Definitions provided by Strong’s Concordance.

 

Despite what the critic may say, “forgiveness” is built into the Mosaic Law. God has always been forgiving. God extends “forgiveness” to the individual as well as the nation of Israel. Below are a couple of many examples.

God is not a male chauvinist pig. God stands up for women’s rights. He forgives women and girls even when opposed by men or fathers. In fact, this is the first time the word “forgiveness” or salach is used in the Bible. God’s first example of “forgiveness” is granted to a female in regards to an overbearing father.

Numbers 30:5 But if her father opposes her on the day that he hears of it, no vow of hers, no pledge by which she has bound herself shall stand. And the LORD will forgive her, because her father opposed her.

The high priest made a sacrifice to the Lord on behalf of the nation Israel for sin. As a thought, do we have a high priest who sacrificed Himself on behalf of His people?

Numbers 15:25 And the priest shall make atonement for all the congregation of the people of Israel, and they shall be forgiven, because it was a mistake, and they have brought their offering, a food offering to the LORD, and their sin offering before the LORD for their mistake.

 holy grailThe new covenant in the forgiveness of sins is promised from the Old Testament prophet of Jeremiah. Jesus Himself confirmed this “new covenant” in the upper room with His disciples.

Luke 22:20 And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.” -Jesus

 

The forgiveness of the “new covenant” is quoted completely in Hebrews 8:8-12.

Jeremiah 31:31-34 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

 

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Our Daily Bread…Featuring Paul Beverly

Posted in Our Daily Bread with tags , , on February 11, 2018 by paulthepoke

Forgiveness is something I struggled with for years. I finally figured out it wasn’t necessarily for them, but for me. I needed to forgive to be able to let go & move on. Not forgiving leaves us stuck in the same place. Also, I had to learn to forgive myself & stop beating myself up. We need to learn to forgive as quickly as we want God to forgive us. Forgiveness brings peace.

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Mark 11:25 And when you stand praying, forgive, if you have something against anyone, so that your Father also who is in Heaven may forgive you of your trespasses.

Luke 6:37 Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven.

Have a forgiving week my friends!!!

Our Daily Bread…Featuring Paul Beverly

Posted in Our Daily Bread with tags , , on April 27, 2017 by paulthepoke

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Forgiving someone was an area I struggled in a lot at one time & still can if I’m not careful. You’re not forgiving them just for their sake, but for your peace. Forgiving allows you to let go & move on. Don’t stay stuck in bitterness.

Mark 11:25 And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in Heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgive one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Have a forgiving weekend my friends!!!

Our Daily Bread…Featuring Paul Beverly

Posted in Our Daily Bread with tags , , , , , , on March 9, 2017 by paulthepoke

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In a world full of hate, I choose love & kindness. Those who are kind will be rewarded. They will gain love & respect, which is equal to riches to me.

Ephesians 4:12. Be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgive one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Proverbs 11:17. A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself.

Have a kindness Friday my friends!!!

Trend Update: Pope Francis Extends Forgivesness, Abortion, November 2016

Posted in Culture, Gospel, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 2, 2015 by paulthepoke

November 21, 2016: Pope Francis has extended forgiveness for abortion. All priests around the world have been granted this authority from the Pope. This act of mercy and forgiveness is now a permanent edict from Pope Francis.

Previously, abortion brought automatic excommunication. There were special, technical conditions where excommunication could be avoided. But as of today…

“Pope Francis delineates the path of the future life of the church so that it can always be an instrument of mercy toward everyone, without ever excluding anyone,” Archbishop Fisichella.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/21/world/europe/pope-francis-abortion-priests.html?_r=0

On September 1, 2015, Pope Francis announced he was granting authority to priests to forgive women for the sin of abortion. Women must demonstrate contrition for the forgiveness. The forgiveness was available during the upcoming Catholic holy year of Jubilee. At the time, it was not clear if this forgiveness would be extended after the holy year was completed. Would it be a one-time only offer? The Pope was doing this as an act of mercy during the Catholic year of Jubilee. This Catholic Jubilee year is not to be confused with God’s Jubilee year described by Moses in the Law.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/09/01/pope-allow-priests-forgive-abortion/71502832/

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34118105

The Pope is a very likeable guy. He is the Pope of the people. Pope Francis is a nice man and appears to have good intentions. But, the Pope it is not capable of forgiving sin(s). Francis’ word or decree does not cleanse anybody. It is the shedding of Christ’s blood that is the forgiveness of sins.

Hebrews 9:12 He (Jesus) entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.

Romans 5:9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.

Jesus is our High Priest. He is our representative before the Father. At this time (September 2015), we do not need an earthly priest. Pope Francis, a priest, or any other human on earth does not represent us before God the Father.

Hebrews 7:24-26 but Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently. Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens.

With Jesus, forgiveness of sin is not a one-time special offer. “For this year only…” No, you can come to Jesus any time you want. It does not have to be a special year or date. When Jesus dealt with sin, it was taken care of once and for all time. All people covered if they are accepting of His effort and payment.

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit.

Romans 6:10a For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all…

The Greek word for “once” is hapax. It means: once, one time, once for all. Christ’s one and only death is enough to cover the sins of the planet across the ages.

Jesus forgives all sins. There is not a list of special exemptions or conditions. 1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. The Greek word for “all” used by John is pas. Per Strong’s Concordance it means: each, every, any, all, the whole, everyone, all things, everything. All sin is forgiven.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

God saves us from sin via the shed blood of His Son. The fine has been paid. There are no strings or conditions attached. Eternal life is a merciful, gracious gift, plain and simple.

Philemon, A Portrait of Forgiveness

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on May 31, 2012 by paulthepoke

Object Lesson:  A paycheck to contrast the wages of sin and the gift of God.

I wonder how many of you have ever been paid for doing some job. You know that I work and so I brought my check along today to use as our object lesson. 

Let me tell you about another paycheck. In my Bible I read, “The wages of sin is death,” Romans 6:23. My employer pays me in money, but sin pays its wages in death. Since everyone is a sinner, everyone receives this paycheck of death. 

If I should go to the bank to cash my check and find that the bank had failed and could not pay, do you know what would happen? Very likely the government would step in and cash my check, for the money in most banks is insured and the insurance would cover the loss. That is exactly what happened in regard to your sins and mine. Jesus Christ stepped in and paid the debt of our sins, not because we couldn’t die for our sins but because He loved us so much. He became our insurance against having to die. 

Now instead of death for your sins, you may have complete forgiveness. For in the place of death, the Lord Jesus offers you eternal life. “The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord,” Romans 6:23. I had to work for this check, but you cannot work for salvation. God says that salvation is for “him that worketh not,” Romans 4:5. Which will you have, the paycheck of death or the free gift of eternal life? 

Object Lesson by Charles Ryrie, Easy Object Lessons, p. 10.

As Christians, there will be many times in our lives when we are wronged by others. The issue is our response. How will we handle it? What example will we demonstrate? Mind you, forgiveness does not excuse punishment. Remember, Christ was still punished on the cross. Yet, we are forgiven. Forgiveness is often a concept that is misunderstood by our society. Forgiveness does not mean excuse a person from punishment. A punishment does fit a crime. But that person can still be forgiven. 

The letter to Philemon is written by the apostle Paul. The epistle is regarding a slave named Onesimus who has run away from his master Philemon. The penalty for a slave leaving his master was a high price to pay. But something happened after Onesimus left his earthly master. Paul introduced him to Jesus and he believed. Onesimus was now a fellow believer. 

Paul requests that Philemon take back Onesimus as a fellow brother in Christ and no longer as a slave. From Paul’s perspective, he is now more useful as a believer than he was previously as a piece of property. Paul had the authority as an apostle to command Philemon what to do, but he chose not to. Instead, Paul appealed to Philemon as a friend and to his sense of compassion, character, obedience, and forgiveness. 

This letter provides examples of how Paul follows the standard set by Jesus. Paul had not sinned against Philemon yet he was willing to pay the penalty of the crime committed by Onesimus against Philemon. Likewise, Jesus had not sinned and He was willing to pay the penalty for sin on our behalf on the cross by His death. 

Debts have to be paid. Onesimus’ debt to Philemon had to be paid just as the penalty for sin had to be paid. Paul accepted the responsibility of Onesimus’ debt. Christ paid the debt for the sins of humanity on the cross.

 

 

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