Christ Our Temple – Where true worship begins

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Philosophers past and present have made it their quest to seek the truth of their existence on this earth. Some said that this visible world is only a figment of our imagination. The famous French philosopher Rene Descartes, surrounded by these doubts of existence, concluded, “I think, therefore I am.” Man’s quest for higher education in all the institutions of learning around the world, secular and religious, is based on this. To modern man, his existence is all about the mind. The importance of a “formal” education is drummed into our heads from an early age. Yet, to this kind of knowledge Paul wrote, “If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know.” (1Cor 8:2, ESV2011). Relying on Bible and theological knowledge can and often does get in the way of our knowing Jesus in an intimate and relational way. We are made up of body, soul and spirit. The mind is part of our souls, but Jesus said, “They who worship God must worship in Spirit and in truth. God is Spirit and He has sent His Spirit into us to lead us into all truth.” (See John 16:13-15).

Two thousand years ago this man, Jesus Christ, came to the center of Jewish learning in Jerusalem, and challenged those scholars and priests who knew that their system of truth was the whole truth and the only way man can please God. To this Jesus said, “I AM the way, the truth and the life, no man can come to the Father but by me.” Needless to say, He became a target of their ire and consternation from the moment He began to present the New Covenant. He did not come to rule and reign in their temple, but to displace their whole religious system, dispensation and all its physical manifestations with a Spiritual man that we might all become “One new man in Christ.” Those who believe into Him become part of the temple of God with Jesus as it only foundation and cornerstone. Isaiah prophesied this event.

Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion, a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation: ‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’ (Isa 28:16, ESV2011)

Isaiah also foretold of this collision between the New Covenant in Christ and the keepers of the Old one founded on Moses’ Law.

And he will become a sanctuary and a stone of offense and a rock of stumbling to both houses of Israel, a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many shall stumble on it. They shall fall and be broken; they shall be snared and taken.” (Isa 8:14-15, ESV2011- emphasis added)

The destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans, under the command of Titus, AD 70- by David Roberts

Before His death Jesus cried out:

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you desolate. (Matt 23:37-38, ESV2011-emphasis added)

And Micah prophesied:

Therefore because of you Zion shall be plowed as a field; Jerusalem shall become a heap of ruins, and the mountain of the house a wooded height. (Mic 3:12, ESV2011- emphasis added)

In Hebrews we read this:

For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near… For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God… He does away with the first in order to establish the second. And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Heb 10:1-10, ESV2011)

Often the most important things that Jesus had to say about the New Covenant came from His conversations with individuals, not the crowds. So it is in our lives. After all, He is our Personal Savior. In John chapter four we read the personal exchange that Jesus had with a woman of Samaria.

The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain [at the Samaritan temple on mount Gerizim], but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:19-24, ESV2011)

About the importance to us of this divine encounter with a lowly woman T. Austin-Sparks wrote:

I want to focus your attention upon these contrasting words: “Neither… nor… but”. “Neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem… but in spirit and truth.” Not this, nor that, but… Not here, nor there, but… That is the heart of things here. Now let us analyze this whole statement. “The hour cometh, and now is.” The hour? …All this is very much in keeping with the way in which the Lord used this phrase: “In that day”, when He was speaking about the coming of the Holy Spirit. The ‘hour’ and ‘day’ are identical in the Lord’s meaning.

Now, what is this day that had come with the Lord Jesus but the coming of the Lord Jesus Himself? He says it quite emphatically: a new day, or a new hour, has come. We have now entered upon a new period in this world’s history. What is it? Of course, as to the actual period, it is undoubtedly from the first advent of the Lord Jesus to His coming again…

Dear friends, most of the errors, the confusions, the contradictions that abound in Christianity are due largely to the failure to recognize and accept the essential change which has come with this particular dispensation [see Hebrews chapter eight]. It is not necessary for me to dwell upon the errors and confusions and contradictions that abound in Christianity. The state of things! Sometimes it appalls us, sometimes it perplexes us, and sometimes it makes us ashamed, this thing called ‘Christianity’ in general, as we know it. And I repeat: A very large proportion of all that which is a contradiction to Christ is due to the failure to recognize and accept the immense change in dispensation that has come about with the advent of the Lord Jesus. That is a statement which we must follow up.

We used the word ‘dispensation’. It is a New Testament word, and is, in itself, illuminating. The Apostle Paul used it four times. It is a Greek word, ‘oikos’, which means ‘the house’, and ‘oikonomia’ is the order of the house, that is, the regime that exists in the house…

That is the meaning of this word ‘dispensation’, or ‘oikonomia’: the order of the house. With the coming of the Lord Jesus, and of the Holy Spirit, which two things are one in effect and meaning, as we shall see, the order of the house has been changed. The order in the Old Testament was one order, and the order in the New Testament is an entirely different order. The house order, or regime, has been completely changed. I have said that if somebody comes in and begins to change the order in your home there is usually trouble, and that is exactly what happened in the New Testament. Tremendous battles and troubles arose because the Old Testament order was being upset and put aside. Look at it – again and again! Paul’s whole life was a battle on this matter. He was the man who used this word ‘house order’, or ‘dispensation’ and because he was now recognizing and accepting the setting aside of the whole Mosaic order, the order of the law, and was pointing to the new order that had come in with the Holy Spirit, what a time he had everywhere! His battle for Galatia, for instance, focused upon this very thing – the change in the order from the old to the new. That wonderful Letter to the Hebrews was written on this very thing. There is an order in the Old Testament of angel messengers, of priests, of sacrifices, of covenants, and so on. The writer says: ‘That order is finished. A new order has come in with Christ’ – “God… hath at the end of these days spoken unto us in his Son” (Hebrews 1:1,2), and this is the new order that has been introduced. A heavenly order, not an earthly one. The old one was earthly, but the new is a heavenly one.

May I repeat, at the risk of tiring you, that it is failure to recognize and accept that that lies right at the root of most of our troubles. There are many people who are still living on a pre-Pentecost basis, trying to live an Old Testament kind of order in a New Testament day, and it does not fit with the Holy Spirit. There are many people who are living on a sub-New Testament basis, altogether below this, and not coming up to the high standard and level of this new order that has come in. There are some people who are trying to combine both, and the result is terrible confusion.

You can leave that if you don’t understand and cannot follow what I mean, but it is all an emphasis upon this: the necessity for a recognizing and accepting of this tremendous change that has taken place in the dispensation, in the house order, by the coming of the Lord Jesus and of the Holy Spirit.

The Nature of the New Order

There is no doubt, to come back to this fourth chapter of John, that Jesus was speaking to this woman of Samaria about the day or the hour of this new order. He spoke to her about the water which He would give, about the well which would be opened, and the stream within, about the life which He would give – but it is always with a forward glance and a forward look. He is thinking of that hour when the Holy Spirit would come, and this really did take place [on the day of Pentecost]…

But let us note – and this, dear friends, is the foundation of it all – that this new dispensation, this new order of things, is a spiritual dispensation. That is the thing the Lord has been trying to emphasize. That is what He meant with Nathanael. It was a figurative way of speaking: “Hereafter” – that is, when this hour is come – “ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man” (John 1:51). What is meant by that? Are we to take it literally? We know what it means – that Jesus Christ is the way of communication between heaven and earth, between us and God. That it is by Him, through Him and in Him that heaven and earth are united. We here are united with heaven, and all the communications of God, by the Holy Spirit, with us are in Christ. We understand something of that, don’t we? But that requires this new order.

Nicodemus: Is this a new spiritual dispensation? Yes, Nicodemus could not understand it. “How can a man be born when he is old? …That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” That is the new order. It is a new spiritual regime that is introduced in this hour, this dispensation. It is the dispensation of the Spirit, and, therefore, it is a spiritual dispensation.

And that is what He is saying to this woman. This hour, this dispensational hour, lasting all these centuries, is a spiritual order of things.

You focus, you see, right down on this: ‘The hourneithernorbut’. ‘Our fathers worshipped in this mountain, and they have always said that if you want to meet God you have to come to Mount Gerizim and our Samaritan temple, for that is where you will meet Him. You Jews say: If you want to meet God you must come to the temple in Jerusalem and that is where you will meet Him.’ Jesus said: ‘Neither… nor’ – just wiping out the whole thing. By one sweep of the hand dismissing the whole old order and bringing in an entirely new one and telling you what it is. Yes, it is the new order of the Spirit. And it is not focused locally at all, in the way that you are going to be bound by any localization of this thing, but “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them”. That is the new order. In John 3:16 it is: “whosoever believeth”, wiping out all racial distinctions, all geographical limitations, all differences here on this earth, with a great ‘whosoever’: throwing that at Nicodemus, who said: ‘No. Israel are the chosen people, the elect, the special people, the spiritual aristocracy. No, no!’ … “Whosoever, Nicodemus!”

That is what came out in Acts 15: “All the nations, upon whom my name is called” – “Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name” – “Gathered together in my name”. That is John 3:16 – “Whosoever”.

And in Matthew 18:20 it is ‘wheresoever’. This is not a matter of geography, of certain structures, edifices, places, kinds of meeting-places, or anything temporal at all. It is nothing of this earth. ‘Neither… nor… but in the Spirit.’ This is a spiritual dispensation, and everything that belongs to this dispensation is a spiritual thing.

In the Old Testament it was the old house order. If you are going to have a tabernacle it is going to be a temporal, earthly thing, made with hands. If you are going to have priests with their vestments, their beautiful garments, and Levites, and all the system of sacrifices and feasts and orders down here – well; that has gone forever with the coming of the Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit. What is the new house order? Are there going to be people in the Lord’s house who minister, serve? Be very careful of how you use that word ‘office’ – ‘holding office’ [1] – for in this new order there is nothing official. Everything is spiritual, and everyone who ministers, everyone who serves and everyone who has any place and does anything, does so because they are spiritual men and women, and on no other ground at all… [Note; there is no special priest cast in the New Covenant. We who are in Christ are His holy priesthood – see 1Peter 2:5-9]

That is very important, dear friends. What is the Church, and what are the churches? It is just this – nothing less and nothing more than this: the aggregate of those upon whom the Name has been called whether it be two, or three, or more… ‘Where I put My Name, there will I meet you’… “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them”. That is the Church: nothing less than that and nothing more than that. ‘Neither… nor… but in the Spirit’, and wheresoever that happens, there the Church is, in essence, in principle.

There is nothing legal about this at all. It is a spiritual matter entirely. And so everything else to do with this new order is spiritual. That is what the Lord is saying to this woman. [2]

[1] The word “office” in almost every case was added by the KJV translators in the New Testament and there is no Greek word in the original to justify this. The two exceptions are where it tells of function of the priests in the temple under the old dispensation. The Church is not ruled over by officers in their offices, but by Jesus Christ who is alive in our hearts.

[2] https://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/001836.html

10 comments on “Christ Our Temple – Where true worship begins

  1. Dick says:

    Michael-
    A few years ago when sensing that the Church, as I had known it, was actually a hindrance to a relationship with Christ I ran across an article entitled “Imprisoned Ideas” written by W.J. Brown in September of 1947 and appearing in The Spectator. The actual copy I read can be found at: fee.org/articles/imprisoned-ideas/
    However, I recently have been reading T. Austin- Sparks book call Prophetic Ministry and in Chapter 7, pgs. 120-121 he sites this very Article as a worthwhile read. The key stated in the Article is that we are either Servants of the Spirit OR Prisoners of an Organization. Shortly after this another article called “Outside the Camp,” came into my possession: judev3.co.uk./29OutsidetheCamp
    (Unsure of the Author) Powerful! Both of these Articles made me see the Book of Hebrews in a entirely new light!! I have been on a journey to the “tent of meeting” for sometime now and perhaps that is the wilderness for me, because while I know there are others on a similar journey you won’t find many companions in fact most are hooked to the weekend ventilator that they plug into. One church locally is celebrating part of Advent season by having an interview with Tim Tebow and his Miss Universe wife. Over 6 decades I was blinded to this hypocrisy but by the grace of God He has opened my eyes to this “thing.” My judgement is against the system not the people for I too was a willing proponent of its advancement. In the process I became a Prisoner of the Organization and like you want to alert people to it—- especially my wife and family! They know were I stand but “Dad we don’t want to hear about it, especially at Christmas time.” So I pray their eyes too will be open to the Spirit, especially in these dark days. Brother thank you for your testimony it has some overlap with mine but I believe you have gone much deeper in your relationship with the Lord. At 77 my goal is Christ not much else. If I don’t have Him as living Presence within there isn’t anything else that really matters.
    Always look forward to your Posts. Peace to you and your wife.

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    • Michael says:

      Thanks for sharing your story, my brother. I can identify with your journey, mistakes and all. God called me out of systematized Christianity over many years. I could write a book on all the delusions, disillusionments, and disenfranchisements I have gone through. Like one brother on this journey told me, “God has been taking me through the seven churches of Revelation by the ones I have been in with the same deep flaws… I think it is about over.” Of coarse Laodicea is the final one that is warned to repent.

      “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot!So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. (Rev 3:15-21, ESV2011)

      I could see how the churches had become lukewarm about their relationship with Christ and were focused on riches and prosperity and have been blinded by their success in the world by adopting the worlds ways of administration, merchandising and doing things and teaching and preaching cross-less messages. They are truly blind to how much they need Christ as their All in all. The leadership has become blinded by their own visions of greatness and they have left Jesus outside with their doors shut in His face. If the Spirit did move or spoke what was on God’s heart this was shut down immediately and it grieved me so.

      But one day as I was carrying this burden the Lord said, “They are blind guides leading the blind. Leave them alone and they will fall in the ditch.” Then I remembered how many religious ditches I fell into in my walk. Someone once said that a ditch is just a grave with the ends kicked out of it. Well, Jesus lifted me up out of each of them, eventually after I had learned what not to do or be in each one. God will teach us through our ditches if we are hard of hearing, “IF ANY MAN will HEAR my voice…”

      His training has not been easy. Jesus said,

      “And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.” (Luke 12:47-48, KJV)

      I have come to see that the strips from His chastisement are not because He rejects us, but “By His stripes we are healed.”

      So eventually I came out of those man made systems for the last time and a little while later He spoke to me and had me read Revelation 4:1 which is what John saw immediately after seeing the state of Laodicea with Jesus outside its locked doors knocking. Chapter four reads,

      After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” (Rev 4:1, ESV2011)

      You see, it was still Jesus’ voice that John was hearing, but this time with great emphasis (like a trumpet) calling from an OPEN DOOR in heaven. God is saying to us when we have had enough to let go of it and listen to HIM. To do this He calls us out and away from all that man-made stuff calling itself the “Church” unto Himself in a very personal way, “I will sup with him and he with Me.”
      It is here that our spiritual eyes are being opened wide, my brother, for it is here that He is showing us many things that are on His heart, things that MUST take place for the perfecting of the saints and as we read the rest of the book, they are not all contrary to God’s great plan. Most of what He has been showing me in the last few years has been about an ever deeper walk with Him by His Spirit, relational things that He desires us to walk in with Jesus and His saints.

      You wrote, “At 77 my goal is Christ not much else. If I don’t have Him as living Presence within there isn’t anything else that really matters.” In less than a week I also will be 77, my brother. I agree, Ever since I read John, ch. 17:23 five years ago of this great hope we have in Christ.

      “The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.” (John 17:22-23, ESV2011)

      When we are truly ONE with the Father and the Son, the world and its worldly Christians will see the difference.

      Praying for you and your family,
      Michael

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  2. Jim says:

    I appreciate your insight and what you shared in this post Mike. Truly there is only one body and one Spirit, and we are all members of that one body of Christ. As I read what you shared here it resonated with my spirit and experience 100%. We are living in between Christ’s first coming and second coming. That economy that was hidden in the heart of God from generations and was not made known to the son’s of men. But was revealed on the day of Pentecost with that other Comforter sent down from heaven, an entirely new oikonomian, not of this world but of the New Creation, of the Spirit. Christ our Head in heaven, and we the members of His body here on earth. Something entirely not of this world or of any religious system, but entirely out from this world, yet in the world, as a corporate expression as the body of Christ. Even though because of our weakness and infirmity we may be a feeble expression of it. And because of the corrupt system of Christendom ‘the camp’ so many are in confusion. But praise and thank God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ for Their mercy and grace. God bless you Mike, and thank you very much for sharing your gift of Christ.

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    • Michael says:

      Thanks, my brother. Yes, we who are IN Christ are living in an entirely NEW dispensation (Grk. Oikonomia) and how long it has taken many of us to come out of the trappings of that old one! Paul said “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2Cor 5:17, ESV2011) And Jesus said, “Behold, I am making all things new… Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (Rev 21:5, ESV2011). We have such a hard time understanding that when He said, “ALL THINGS NEW,” He meant just that! The apostles were commanded to preach the gospel first in Jerusalem, then in Judea and Samaria, and to the uttermost ends of the earth. Yet, most of them camped out there in Jerusalem and were still flirting with that old dispensation so much so that the Pharisees felt comfortable among them and contended against the gospel being preached to the Gentiles by Paul (see Acts 15:1-5). For God took one out of the Pharisees at the beginning and when He had his encounter with the living Christ it was “All Stop!” and “Oops! Back to the drawing board!” for him. Jesus stripped him down and built him back up as a truly NEW creation IN Christ for His NEW dispensation and made him a messenger of the NEW covenant.

      Just as the leavening of the Pharisees (which Jesus warned them against) crept back into the early church, and many of the churches Paul had established through the workings of the Judaizers, so Satan continued to pull the Church back down into the weeds of religion and his workings accelerated under the rule of Emperor Constantine until we have what we see today which can not be found in the NEW Testament. The “Reformation” never went far enough. All this claptrap of buildings, centralized power, offices, the keeping of the Sabbath, vestments, smells and bells, worship teams, order of service, children’s church, youth groups, mandatory tithing,etc. is NOT of the New creation in Christ, but of the old systems of men, many of which come right out of the Old Law. Men have taken something heavenly (the fellowship in Christ inspired by the moving of the Holy Spirit) and pulled it back down to earth and this is where all the divisions over doctrines comes from today. Jesus’ warning to the church at Ephesus still stand today,

      But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. (Rev 2:4-5, ESV2011)

      Jesus will not stand outside their door knocking forever for “Judgment must first begin in the house of the Lord.” Yet, many of us who were once trapped in those systems of men have heard His call as did John after being focused on the fallen state of the seven churches,

      “After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, ‘Come up here, and I will show you things…'” (Rev 4:1, KJ2000)

      It is an upward call, my brother. We are not called to orbit in the weeds of Christendom around that same old mountain in a spiritual wilderness, but to obey the call of the Spirit to “Come up here!” and it is here that our eyes are finally opened to see things as they really are.

      Love you IN Christ,
      Michael

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      • Jim says:

        The rivers of living water flow from you brother.

        O walk about,walk about Zion. (The heavenly Zion and heavenly Jerusalem of course.)
        O walk about, walk about Zion,
        Go round about her in love.
        O walk about, walk about Zion
        And count the towers thereof.
        2
        O set your heart on her bulwarks,
        O set your heart on her walls,
        O set your heart on her bulwarks,
        Consider her palaces.
        3
        In elevation how beauteous,
        The joy of all the earth!
        In elevation how beauteous
        Is Zion, that city of worth!
        4
        O there is a river in Zion
        That flows so deep and so broad.
        O how the streams of that river
        Make glad the city of God!
        5
        Praise waiteth for Thee, Lord, in Zion,
        Praise waiteth, O God, for Thee,
        Praise waiteth for Thee, Lord, in Zion,
        For Zion is filled with Thee.
        6
        How great the Lord is in Zion,
        How greatly to be praised,
        How great He is in that city
        Which over the earth is raised.
        7
        O bless the Lord out of Zion,
        O let His praises swell,
        O bless the Lord out of Zion,
        Ye who in Jerusalem dwell.
        8
        The Lord bless thee out of Zion,
        The Lord bless thee o’er and o’er!
        The Lord bless thee out of Zion
        With life for evermore!
        9
        Behold how good and how pleasant
        With all the brethren to be!
        Behold how good and how pleasant
        To dwell in unity!
        10
        O tell it to all generations,
        O tell it to all who will come,
        O tell it to all generations,
        The Spirit and Bride say, “Come!”

        I don’t know who wrote the song but it’s so good.

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      • Michael says:

        Thanks for sending this old Hymn, Jim. I found a website that had it, but no author was mentioned. The first comment on this Hymn lists all the verses in Psalms that it is derived from. Of coarse “The Spirit and Bride say, “Come!”” is from Revelation 22:17
        https://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/h/1223

        He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! (Rev 22:20, ESV2011)

        Yes, Jesus keep coming and growing in us until we overflow upon all around us with your great love. Amen.

        Thanks for sharing this, my brother,
        Michael

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  3. Patricia Lelión says:

    Gracias Michael por este mensaje. Unos amigos ahora son judíos mesiánicos y practican el Shabat y todas esas fiestas y ritos judíos, veo sus fotos con sus candeleros con velas prendidas y eso me da tristeza, que el Señor les dé ojos para ver.

    Abrazos fraternales.

    Tu hermana, Patricia

    Patricia wrote:
    Thanks Michael for this message. Some friends are now Messianic Jews and they practice Sabbath and all those Jewish festivals and rites, I see their photos with their candlesticks with lit candles and that makes me sad, may the Lord give them eyes to see.

    Fraternal hugs.

    Your sister, Patricia

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    • Michael says:

      Patricia, I think it made Paul sad to see the Gentile believers fall away from faith In Jesus Christ alone. I can only imagine how Jesus feels when we go back under the curse of Old Covenant.

      “Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham.And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.”So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.”Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.”But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.”Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.” (Gal 3:7-14, ESV2011)

      Your brother IN the Son,
      Michael

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      • Patricia Lelión says:

        Wow, que Dios tenga misericordia de mis amigos y abra sus ojos y su corazón a la vida maravillosa de Cristo con su gloriosa libertad.

        Patricia, tu hermanita.

        Patricia wrote,

        Wow, may God have mercy on my friends and open their eyes and his heart to the wonderful life of Christ with his glorious freedom.

        Patricia, your little sister.

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