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Hebrews 11

Daily News: August 2015

ANNOUNCEMENTS:  There is an anti God website out there which habitually lies by taking small points out of context and spinning them to appear to mean the precise opposite of the truth.  This is not a site trying to be accurate, but a site of willful lying.  Today they posted something that is such a clear and blatant example of this kind of lying that I thought it a good object lesson to learn about this kind of lying. 

They wrote:  

As crazy and off the wall that Dave Pack is, there are some out there that are even crazier!  There are followers of Chief Pharisee James Malm that have declared that Pack worships The Serpent.

How did those nut-jobs cum up with that?  Even Dave in all of his narcissistic glory could not come up with something as absurd.  The legalists that follow the Chief Bastardizer of the Law are looking for what ever reason they can find to “prove” that all of the Church of God’s are apostate tools of Satan.

One loyal Malmite pretend law-keeper states:

Did not know if some of your readers saw Dave Packs Serpentine gardens.
To me this shows who he really worships.
http://rcg.org/hq-info.html
He even has the wanna be pole barn on this property.
What Idolatry.

Then to prove that Dave is the grand poo-bah of Satan, the same writer goes on about the “evergreen tree’s” on Dave’s cult compound in Wadsworth.

Forgot to mention the evergreen stand on this property as well.

Ezekiel 6:13 Then shall ye know that I am the LORD, when their slain men shall be among their idols round about their altars, upon every high hill, in all the tops of the mountains, and under every green tree, and under every thick oak, the place where they did offer sweet savour to all their idols.
Deuteronomy 12:2 Ye shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which ye shall possess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree:
2 Kings 17:10 And they set them up images and groves in every high hill, and under every green tree:

Isaiah 57:5 Enflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree, slaying the children in the valleys under the clifts of the rocks?  http://armstrongismlibrary.blogspot.ca/2015/08/is-dave-pack-cavorting-with-serpent.html

Brethren, please do go to the two comments [accessible from the side bar comments]  and see what I wrote yesterday in response to these comments. 

Brethren, to attempt to deceive in this way is LYING.  BEWARE of these kinds of deception which take a point out of context and spin it.  This is an extremely common practice in the COG as a way of claiming that they are telling the truth as they use it to deceive. 

This is an extremely blatant example, there are many examples far more subtle; Watch out for this subtle method of Satan to deceive. 

 

Hebrews 11

INTRODUCTION:   The Epistle to the Hebrews at Jerusalem was to explain the transition from the Mosaic Covenant to the New Covenant and the necessity of a transition of the priesthood from the priesthood of Aaron to the New Covenant Priesthood of Jesus Christ. 

Then in Hebrews 10 Paul turns to the subject of faith in the New Covenant, its High Priest and its promises. 

Now in Hebrews 11 Paul speaks of those who have demonstrated their faith by their works of faith through history before the time he wrote. 

Remember that these chapter divisions were established by men for convenience in searching the scriptures and are not alawys appropriately placed. 

In ALL these cases one point stands out above all else: Every one of these people had the WORKS of FAITH. 

Not once did these powerful example of godliness ever say, that to believe is enough!  They believed and obeyed and stood boldly on their faith doing the WORKS of FAITH!  Shadrach these others set a Shining example for all people that only the Eternal is to be exalted, obeyed and worshipped! 

They ALL had faith and the WORKS of FAITH which is zealous obedience and to live by EVERY WORD of God!  Mat 4:4, Mat 4:10!  For faith without the works of faith is dead and useless! 

James 2:14   What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,

16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?

22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?

23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?

26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also

Therefore my friends, let us be full of faith in our perfect High Priest and follow him in His own Works of Faith; fully keeping the whole Word of God without any hint of turning or compromise!

Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.

Nineteen hundred years ago Paul spoke of physical things being made from the invisible things; which was confirmed by E=MC2 which means that the energy is mass times the speed of light squared or multiplied by itself.   The opposite is also true that mass consists of energy.  The Creator God who was spirit [pure energy] made matter by converting energy to matter! 

Paul understood this by faith; which thing is today confirmed by discovery of the facts.  Matter is energy concentrated into matter.  Just like ice is a form of water and water is a form of vapor! 

3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

That is Abel is dead and yet he is spoken of to this day, and he will be raised up in the resurrection.

5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

How can we obey God if we do not believe that He is?  and how can we please God [obey Him] if we do not believe he exists?

6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is [exists], and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, [believed God and] prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world [which would not believe teh warnings], and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

This is a lesson, that in the same way; those in the Ekklesia of the called out, who do not believe the warnings and turn to God in sincerity and truth will also be destroyed.

8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. 9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles [The Feast of Tabernacles requires that we dwell in temporary shelter to make the very point that if we are called of and faithful to God we are strangers in the world] ] with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God

We are to be focused on the spiritual things of the whole Word of God as Abraham was; and we are to be built on the whole Word of God which is the Writings, the Prophets and the Apostles with Jesus Christ being the Chief Stone of the foundation:  All of which was inspired by God!

Abraham believed God and therefore he acted on what God told him to do. To believe God is one thing; to actually act on what God sYS and to obey him, is something else.

We must believe before we can obey, but if we believe and do not  start obeying, there is no sacrifice for your sin and there is no reconciliation with God for us.

As long as we continue to break the commandments we can believe all we want and it won’t do us any good at all. We must believe and then we must act on that belief and start doing what God tells us to do.

Our reconciliation with God and our relationship with Him depends upon us keeping His commandments, and one of those commandments is to honor thy mother and thy mother.

In order to keep that commandment, we must be willing to do anything that God the Father tells us to do. Was there any law that said Abraham had to move to a different land? Was there any law that told Noah: by law you have to build this ark? No, there wasn’t.

The law is: Obey God in ALL things. We are obligated by the commandment do what our Father tells us to do, and He told Abraham to leave that land and He told Noah to build that boat. We are to obey our Father in whatever He tells us to do. This concept of obedience goes far beyond just the commandments. Yes, we are to keep all of His commandments but we are also to love Him with all our hearts, to serve Him will all our strength and to try and please Him in every way; and that means doing whatever He says; always, always, always, at all times.

11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. [Where was there any faith in Sarah regarding this promise?   She gave herself to her husband Abraham in her old age, truisting that God would give her a son!] 12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.

Out of Sarah and Abraham produced a son by God’s promise who was a very old man as “many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore enumerable. Now, if they in their great age had not believed that promise, and not added the works of faith to their belief and had not come together; the promise would have been of no effect!  The birth of Isaac was by faith in the promise of God, coupled with the works of faith!

Notice they all DIED: which means that Enoch also died. These all died in faith. Enoch was translated that he should not see death; in other words, he was moved from one place to another so that he would not be murdered or killed for his faith.  But later on he died;

13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth

Those who reject worldliness for godliness, are making a clear statement that they are not of this world and that they seek another and godly nation, the Kingdom  of God;  and if any turn aside from their zeal to keep the whole Word of God, which is the constitution of the Kingdom of God, and go back into worldliness; they are become worldly again.

14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.  15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.

And that is what dwelling in tabernacles or  temporary structures at the Feast is all about. To teach us that this flesh is temporary and that we are seeking a better promised land; an eternal spiritual future.

It is to remind us that we are temporary sojourners and foreigners in this society and we must be seeking a better society and a better and spiritual Promised Land, which is found in the Kingdom of God. We are really just temporary sojourners in this flesh; and we should all be looking forward to a better and more permanent place to dwell, a change to spirit and teh promise of eternal life. Which is the gift of God for all those who sincerely  repent, who turn from sin and commit to sin no more, who are reconciled to God the Father and given His Spirit.

Those who endure and overcome may then be given Eternal life in a new spiritual body at the resurrection when they are changed to spirit. However, right now we are living in this flesh, which is temporary, transitory, it will die. It will decay and we need to find a better way, and that better way is offered by God through Jesus Christ.

16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them [the faithful who believe and have the works of faith] a city.

Abraham had received promises that Isaac would be the father of countless descendants yet not understanding the command to kill Isaac with those promises, Abraham obeyed.

17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 11:18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: 11:19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

That is figuratively speaking, he received Isaac back from the dead because he was about to kill him and God delivered Isaac.

20 By faith [in God’s promises] Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. 21 By faith [in God’s promises] Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.  22 By faith [in God’s promise that he would bring Israel out of Egypt] Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.

23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.

24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; 25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

Who? Moses esteemed who? Paul showing here that he KNEW that Jesus Christ was the God who was an husband to Israel under the Mosaic Covenant declares:

By faith in the promise of God, Moses chose to reject Egypt and follow the God of his father Abraham.

27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

Moses obeyed the call of God from the burning bush in Sinai and by faith Moses believed God and killed the Passover in Egypt.  It Moses had said I believe and had not had the works of faith in commanding the killing of the lambs; what would have happened to Israel? 

28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. 29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned. 

What if Joshua had said I believe you can do it LORD; and then did not demonstrate his faith with the works of faith and did not march?

30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.

What if Rahab had not saved the spies and what if she had not tied the scarlet ribbon to her window?  have you ever wondered why a scarlet ribbon?  The red ribbon was a type of being under the protection of the blood of the Lamb!

31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.

132 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: 11:33 Who through faith [and the works of faith, doing mighty deeds in obedience to God] subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions.

34 Quenched the violence of fire [Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego], escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.

35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: 36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: 37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; 38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

All of these faithful called out over the past 6,000 years, who were FULL of the works of Faith died, and wait in their graves for the promise of the resurrection to eternal life in the Promised land of eternity!  Yet today, so many of the Ekklesia are afraid to take a stand to question and prove the words of men by God’s Word; afraid to learn and to keep the whole Word of God; afraid to take a stand against the deceivers and idols of men!

39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: 11:40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

All of these ancient called out people [and very many more since Paul] mentioned by Paul through faith did things. They didn’t say, “Oh, I’ve got faith. Praise the Lord,” and then do nothing. They had the FAITH to be DOERS of the Will and teh whole Word of God!

No watering down; No compromise; No dimming of their light of example, to appease the world!

They were valiant people, courageous people, godly people, and they were made strong by the power of their belief in God and the power of God’s spirit dwelling within them; which God gave to them because of their belief and their willingness to ACT on that belief full of the works of faith, to put Almighty God first and to act and do whatever God wanted them to do.

They had faith. Abel believed God and acted on that belief having the works of faith. These people acted on their faith and they did what God wanted them to do. They kept His commandments and they did whatever He told them to do.

Faith without works is dead.

They did not fear, nor did they love this world, they looked forward to another and a better world; being willing to give up their lives in this world to follow teh whole Word of God to attain that better world. While most today would not even give up a meal in a restaurant on Sabbath! Like Esau the church of God today has sold its birthright for a bowl of pottage; for the pleasures of this world and for fear of its trials.

Rev 21:7 He that overcometh [sin which is commandment breaking] shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

8But the fearful, [Those fearing deceiving idols of men in leadership positions or those afraid of persecution and fearing men more than God so that they compromise with God’s Word] and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Mat 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many [The zeal of many for God and his Word] shall wax cold. 13But he that shall endure [and reject temptation to break any part of the whole Word of God, and commit sin] unto the end, the same shall be saved.

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