The Unchangable Laws of God
I. Lesson One
II. Lesson Two
IV. Lesson Four
V. Lesson Five
VI. Lesson Six
VII. Lesson Seven
VIII. Lesson Eight
IX. Lesson Nine
X. Lesson Ten
XI. Lesson Eleven
XII. Lesson Twelve
by Prof. Dr. Kurt Huth
Jacksonville Theological Seminary
Doctor of Theology
March 25, 2021
First, God has set laws in motion for men to live by. It is twofold. The whole law is to love God and the neighbor (as ourselves). A law is an edict from God from which there is no retreat. God is full of grace and mercy and not for the unrepentant. God is the embodiment of righteousness. There is Salvation. God's plan is grace and mercy. John 1:17. Since man sinned, he is spiritually dead. We are all born in the nature of sin. We need to be born again, to be reinstated into live with God, like the live Adam had before sin. Jesus is the good shepherd. The devil is the one who steals sheep from the fold. Jesus is “the way, and the truth, and the life.” John 14:6 "Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come." 2 Cor 5:17 Life is "union" with God. Now we are “free from sin”. We are not compelled to sin. Jesus says we need to be “born again”. John 3:3 People today hate this word, but it is the correct word. A third of angels fell to the earth: Rev 12:4: "His tail swept down la third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth." Satan is referred to as a "star" which fell or was cast down to earth. "How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn!” Isaiah 14:12 He who believe in Jesus is not judged. God and the Lamb (Jesus) are the light (John 1:4-5; 3:19; Rev 21:23; Isaiah 60:1-3). “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame. 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:9-12 - We need to confess Jesus. We have the fivefold ministry. Not everyone has the same gift. “And he himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers.” Eph. 4:11 The man is freed from evil spirits by Jesus in Mark 5:1-20. He had to go to his own people to tell them, what the Lord had done to him.
Second, repentance leads to salvation, which was received at our conversion. Now we need to live by this Grace God gives us by his son Jesus Christ. He gives us the Holy Spirit. There are many parts of Scripture which prove that. When we live by the Spirit, we will live. Our body wants to get let off the cross. So, we need to control our appetite. We need not to much “sugar”. So, this means, we need to discipline ourselves to study and preach the Gospel to the lost world. The world in USA has stopped to hold school prayers or keep the commandments of God. So, homosexuality has crept in. The problem is worldwide (in the western world). In Jordan, with the old king, there was a strict rule of law and people could not have drugs, or were imprisoned, 20, 40 or 60 years. So, God has no “parole” for sinners. They will be thrown into hell. Only the repentant will be saved. 2 Cor 5:20: “So we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His appeal through us; we [as Christ’s representatives] plead with you on behalf of Christ to be reconciled to God.” (AMP) 1. John 2:15: “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” Jesus part was to rise on the third day. Our part is repentance for life. It is a commitment preceded by repentance. Repentance is not a bad word. Mark 1:39: Jesus was “preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons.” Our live is either for God or for the devil, demons. God put aside our old self. So, we must lay aside your old self. Now we need to live like Jesus. Our mind need to think as God thinks. We need to renew our mind. Eph 2:8: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
Third, the laws of God are found in Mark 12:30: “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. 31 And the second, like it, is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Prov 6:16: “These six things the Lord hates; Indeed, seven are repulsive to Him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that creates wicked plans,
Feet that run swiftly to evil, 19 A false witness who breathes out lies, And one who spreads discord (rumors) among brothers. Since love teaches us what we should do, we have to observe: Humility. It is not pride. There are various Bible verses for this: Psalm 94:1: “O Lord, God of vengeance, God of vengeance, shine forth! 2 Rise up, O Judge of the earth, Render recompense to the proud.”
Luke 1:51: “He has done mighty deeds with His arm; He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart. 52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones, And has exalted those who were humble. Isaiah 3:16 Moreover, the LORD said, Because the daughters of Zion are proud And walk with heads held high and seductive eyes, And go along with mincing steps And tinkle the bangles on their feet, 17 Therefore the Lord will afflict the scalp of the daughters of Zion with scabs, And the LORD will make their foreheads bare.” James 4:5: “Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously? 6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble. 7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” What is humble? To submit to another, to abase or be gentle. Faith is the hand who receives. Matt 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. 26 Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. 27 All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. 28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Jesus was our “substitutionary” sacrifice. Matt 23:9: “Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 10 And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ. 11 But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” We have to suffer persecution. (Not sickness etc.) We do not have to honor ourselves. God will honor us.
1 Peter 5:5: “Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble. 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” Prov 15:33: “The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, And before honor is humility.” Prov 18:12: “Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty, And before honor is humility.”
Fourth, Proverbs 6:16-19: a lying tongue: Festus was a Jerk. He was proud and did not want to become a “Christian”. Act 26:28 John 8:33: “They answered Him, we are Abrahams descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone.” If we are “descendants” of Abraham, it does not make us “clean”, since we are all sinners, Jews and Gentiles. We may either have the nature of God or of the devil. Descendants of Abraham do not have the godly nature. So, the devil speaks lies. 1 John 2:21: “I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ/Messiah? He is the antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.” We have to put on our new self in Christ: Aaron repented from making a gold calf. He never made it again. So, we need to “repent”. We do not have to lie again. Rev 21:8: “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” "Hands that shed innocent blood" To murder somebody is a sin. (the forceful taking the life of someone) Cain killed Abel. 1 John 3:15: “Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.“ John 8:43: “Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him.” Work with your hands so that you have something to give to somebody. Joshua 1:8: “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” To meditate it means murmer or mutter. “Feet that are swift in running to evil” - Gen 6:5: “Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.” “A false witness who speaks lies” - You shall not bear false witness. Luke 20:19: “And the chief priests and the scribes that very hour sought to lay hands on Him, but they feared the people, for they knew He had spoken this parable against them. 20 So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, that they might seize on His words, in order to deliver Him to the power and the authority of the governor.” "And one who sows discord among brethren." Prov 26:20: “Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; And where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.” Eph 4:22: “put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. 25 Therefore, putting away lying, Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.” Aaron repented from making a gold calf. He never made it again.
Fifth, the judgments of God are found in various parts of the Bible. God commanded Moses and the people of Israel to keep his commandments in Deut 28. They will be dispersed and persecuted, if the reject the Lord. But God promised them to bring a rest back. If we do not follow these commandments, is will happen to us personally, like to the rich man in Luke 16, where he ended in hell fire and the poor man in Abraham’s bosom. If we say, we will do this or that tomorrow, we do not know if we still live then. Luke 12:16-21 Adam was thrown out of paradise, the people in Noah’s time all died, even possibly Methusalah who became 969 years and may have died in the flood. In the book of Revelation 16, God pours out bowls of wrath on those, who follow the antichrist and have the mark of the beast 666. Jesus will judge us like the sheep and the goats. Some will go to the left and some to the right. Judgments stand firm. The unbelieving go to eternal judgment. We should warn these people. They scoff at you. Some people do not go to church, because they think there are hypocrites. But in the shops there are hypocrites. In Rom 1.19-2:11 we find how people do not see God, as he represents himself to everybody, live sinful lives and even encourage other to do so. Repentance means, we stop "sinful business". We replace it with righteousness. There is no grace and mercy apart from repentance. In the Lord’s supper (1 Cor 11), we celebrate the fellowship with God and proclaim he coming again. The great white throne judgment will judge us. 1 Corinthians 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord ("Yehovah" in Hebrew: Stalkinson and Margoliouth), that we may not be condemned with the world.
Sixth, the Laws of judgments: - The judgment of the righteous: The judgment for believers will be for the works. Our life is like a vapor. James 4:14: "…whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away." Mathematicians say that any number divided by eternity is 0. Eternal life occurs at "salvation". The wicked will receive "eternal death". It will be determined by our works. What we do, will determine our outcome: 1 Cor 3:10-15. This judgment helps us build our reward. There is no "time" in eternity. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air." 1 Cor 9:19-26 "And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last." Rev 22:12-13 "If you want good fruit, you must make the tree good. If your tree is not good, it will have bad fruit. A tree is known by the kind of fruit it produces. 34 You snakes! You are evil people, so how can you say anything good? The mouth speaks the things that are in the heart. 35 Good people have good things in their hearts, and so they say good things. But evil people have evil in their hearts, so they say evil things. 36 And I tell you that on the Judgment Day people will be responsible for every careless thing they have said. 37 The words you have said will be used to judge you. Some of your words will prove you right, but some of your words will prove you guilty." (Matt 12:33 NCV) The words we say, God will use to "judge us". There is no such thing as "unconditional grace". What are our motives and our thoughts? "Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 In this case, moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy. 3 But to me it is a very small thing that I may be examined by you, or by any human court; in fact, I do not even examine myself. 4 For I am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this acquitted; but the one who examines me is the Lord. 5 Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men's hearts; and then each man's praise will come to him from God." 1 Cor 4:1-5 "Only on this condition will the men consent to dwell with us, to be one people: if every male among us is circumcised as they are circumcised. 23 Will not their livestock, their property, and every animal of theirs be ours? Only let us consent to them, and they will dwell with us." 24 And all who went out of the gate of his city heeded Hamor and Shechem his son; every male was circumcised, all who went out of the gate of his city. 25 Now it came to pass on the third day, when they were in pain, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brothers, each took his sword and came boldly upon the city and killed all the males." Gen 34:22-25: "Simeon and Levi are brothers; Instruments of cruelty are in their dwelling place. 6 Let not my soul enter their council; Let not my honor be united to their assembly; For in their anger they slew a man, And in their self-will they hamstrung an ox." Gen 49:5-6 Phinehas judged the Israelites by piercing through his javelin through a man and a woman and the decease stopped. Num 25:7-13 The difference between Simeon and Levy, and Phinehas were the different motives. Very few people preach against "pornography". The Congress accepts laws, if we preach homosexuals. How can we justify that God does not judge sinners? Luke 8:16: "Now no one lights a lamp and then covers it with a container [to hide it], or puts it under a bed; instead, he puts it on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see the light. 17 For there is nothing hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come out into the open. 18 So be careful how you listen; for whoever has [a teachable heart], to him more [understanding] will be given; and whoever does not have [a longing for truth], even what he thinks he has will be taken away from him. " AMP 2 Peter 1:7: "...and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. 8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; 11 for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you." The parable of the servants: Matt 25:14-30. One servant dug in his money and lost all.
Seventh, "Grace" - definition
by Strongs: (a) a gift or blessing brought to man by Jesus Christ, (b)
favor, (c) gratitude, thanks, (d) a favor, kindness. Four points about Grace:
1. Repentance, 2. to confess Jesus. 3. to make our lifes to serve Jesus, 4. need
to allow God to flow through our lives by the Holy Spirit. Many Christians act
as if there is unlimited "grace". But there is no such thing. Grace
has to do with our choice. "7 In Him we have redemption through His
blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His
grace 8 which He lavished on us." Eph 1:3-14 It is only by Jesus,
we have grace, through his blood. We were sealed in him in Christ. Without
Christ in hell worms are eating us eternally.
Made alive in Christ: "1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. 3 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ, by grace you have been saved, 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them." Eph 2
1. Repentance - Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, Brethren, what shall we do? 38 Peter said to them, Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself. 2. To confess Jesus - We need to do what the Lord tells us to do. We need to confess our faith openly. "But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart - that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, 9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes in him will not be disappointed." Rom 10:8-11 3. We have a live for Jesus - we need to serve Jesus. Paul was a "bond-servant" to Jesus. Jesus has to be ""Lord" Jesus". "But He answered and said to the one who told Him, Who is My mother and who are My brothers? 49 And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, Here are My mother and My brothers! 50 For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother." Matt 12 NKJV 4. We need to allow God to flow through our lives by the Holy Spirit – Mark 16 There is an order: "16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. 17 "These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover." Mark 16:16-17 "Casting out demons" comes before speaking in tongues.
Eighth, the "twin" mercy - Dictionary: Webster Dictionary 1828 - Definition for "mercy". Mercy is a noun. It has close things that work with it and has synonyms. 1. To trespass "punishment". = compassion or forgiveness shown towards someone whom it is within one's power to punish or harm. 2. I am not worthy of the least of "mercy". 3. Pity, Compassion. Sample: the good Samaritan. 4. Clemency or bounty. 5. Charity - eternal life. 6. It is an act of sparing. 7. Forgiveness. 8. It is not unconditional - if you don't give your life to God, there will be no mercy. 9. Salvation is unilateral, but it is not unconditional. By "mercy" you do receiver compassion, for what you deserved. Eph 2:4: "But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ, by grace you have been saved, 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them." Salvation is a Gift of God. Not as a result of work. The parable of the sower: 3/4 of the earth, are going to the lake of fire. The way is broad. Romans 1 is full of people who reject God. Mercy is when you do not receive by compassion what you deserve. Mercygivers are the mercyful. Matt 23:23: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.” If we are mercyless, we do not receive mercy. We have got to be mercyful. Matt 18:23: ""For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. 24 "When he had begun to settle them, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. 25 "But since he did not have the means to repay, his Lord commanded him to be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made. 26 "So the servant fell to the ground and prostrated himself before him, saying, 'Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.' 27 "And the Lord of that servant felt compassion and released him and forgave him the debt. 28 "But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, 'Pay back what you owe.' 29 "So his fellow servant fell to the ground and began to plead with him, saying, 'Have patience with me and I will repay you.' 30 "But he was unwilling and went and threw him in prison until he should pay back what was owed. 31 "So when his fellow servants saw what had happened, they were deeply grieved and came and reported to their Lord all that had happened. 32 "Then summoning him, his Lord said to him, 'You wicked servant, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 'Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow servant, in the same way that I had mercy on you?' 34 "And his Lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him. 35 "My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart."" Matt 9:13: "Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”" Matt 12:1-2 It happened then that Jesus passed through the cornfields on the Sabbath day. His disciples were hungry and began picking the ears of wheat and eating them. But the Pharisees saw them do it. “There, you see,” they remarked to Jesus, “your disciples are doing what the Law forbids them to do on the Sabbath.” 3-4 “Haven’t any of you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry?” replied Jesus, “—how he went into the house of God and ate the presentation loaves, which he and his followers were not allowed to eat since only priests can do so? 5-8 “Haven’t any of you read in the Law that every Sabbath day priests in the Temple can break the Sabbath and yet remain blameless? I tell you that there is something more important than the Temple here. If you had grasped the meaning of the scripture ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice’, you would not have been so quick to condemn the innocent! For the Son of Man is master even of the Sabbath.” Condition 2: If we do not give mercy, we will not get mercy. One of God's provision is "salvation". If the Lord says, give him the car, you give him the car. Matt 18:32 "Then summoning him, his Lord said to him, 'You wicked servant, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 'Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow servant, in the same way that I had mercy on you?' 34 "And his Lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him. 35 "My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart."" Matt 9:13: "Go and learn the meaning of this word, I care for mercy not for sacrifice. For I have not come to call just men but sinners." Moffat Col 3:12: "Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do." NKJV Luke 13:1: "Now on the same occasion there were some present who reported to Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus said to them, "Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered this fate? 3 "I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. 4 "Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? 5 "I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish."" We receive mercy in his presence. Hebr 4:15: "For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." Look for the "obvious". He, God, is my father. So, as father he does all for us! 1 Peter 1:3: "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." So we should obtain "grace and mercy". Repetition - Conditions: 1. Mercy is a way of life,
2. If we do not give mercy, we will not receive mercy, 3. Mercy is only for the repentant, 4. We receive mercy in his presence.
Ninth, give the tithe to God and give still more offerings. "Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship." Rom 12:1 "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this," says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows." Mal 3:10. Melkedesek is the "king of righteousness" (zadik), "king of peace" (salem), neither beginning nor end of life. He is a picture of Christ. Abraham tithed to him. God commanded the Israelites to thigh and give even much more. The firstborn or the firstfruits were for the LORD (YEHOVAH/Jesus Christ). They had to be given to the Levites. Today it is for the “ministry” of pastors and deacons. It is also for mission, evangelization the church and common welfare. "There you shall bring your ===>burnt offerings, your ===>sacrifices, your ===>tithes, the contribution of your hand, your ===>votive offerings, your ===>freewill offerings, and the ===>firstborn of your herd and of your flock." Deut 5:6
"For the Scripture says, You shall not muzzle the ox while it is threshing, and “The laborer is worthy of his wages.”" 1 Tim 5:18 Many churches do not pay their pastors anymore. Many churches have less than 60 visitors and can not pay a pastor these days. "God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired." 1 Cor 12:18 So, where our “body” is, whe should give. There are tithes and there are offerings.
Tenth, the law of sowing and reaping: If you sow, expect God to give you hundredfold.
Treat all the people you want them to be treatet. Be a good Samaritan. “Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches.” Gal 6:6 “10 For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater.” Isaiah 55:10 “But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Cor 9:6-7 “Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting.” Psalm 126:5 “A man's gift makes room for him And brings him before great men.” Prov 18:16 We should sow in faith. “There was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines, in Gerar. 11 So Abimelech charged all his people, saying, He who touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death. 12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him. 13 The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous; 14 for he had possessions of flocks and possessions of herds and a great number of servants. So the Philistines envied him.” Genesis 26:1;11-14 “And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, 2 and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two copper coins. 3 So He said, Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; 4 for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.” Luke 21:1-3 “Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia: 2 that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality. 3 For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing, 4 imploring us with much urgency that we would receive the gift and the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. 5 And not only as we had hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the will of God. 6 So we urged Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also complete this grace in you as well. 7 But as you abound in everything, in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us, see that you abound in this grace also. 8 I speak not by commandment, but I am testing the sincerity of your love by the diligence of others. 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.” 2 Cor 8:1-9 God gave Joseph the interpretation of the dream of Pharao. The 20% they stored, they "saved the world". “Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. 31 And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. 32 But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. 35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. 36 Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. 37 Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:30-38
Eleventh, the law of the Church: Jesus is the head of the church. He is the builder.
Psalm 2:13: For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His habitation. 14 This is My resting place forever; Here I will dwell, for I have desired it. 15 I will abundantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her needy with bread. 16 Her priests also I will clothe with salvation, And her godly ones will sing aloud for joy. His habitation is Zion/Jerusalem. Jerusalem is the headquarter of the church. Isaiah 66:1: “Thus says the LORD, Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool. Where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is a place that I may rest? 2 For My hand made all these things, Thus all these things came into being, declares the LORD. But to this one I will look, To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word. Psalm 127:1: “Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain.” Matt 16:13: “Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, Who do people say that the Son of Man is? 14 And they said, Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets. 15 He said to them, But who do you say that I am? 16 Simon Peter answered, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17 And Jesus said to him, Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.” Peter is the small rock. Jesus is the big rock. The church is the body of Christ. The gates of hades will not overpower it. If you are born again, you have a “conviction”. There should be no homosexuality and fornication among pastors. There is a bad spiritual condition in today’s churches! 1 Cor 3:9 “For we are Gods fellow workers; you are Gods field, Gods building.” Everybody has a calling on their life. God called Kathryn Kuhlman to preach.
God called the deacons. One was Phillip, the evangelist. 1 Peter 2:4 “Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame. 7 Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone, 8 and A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense. They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed. 9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. 11 Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul.”
We are the spiritual house of God. We are the holy priesthood. Those who are the stumbling stones, are the religious who don’t believe.” Eph 2:10: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” The law of love is the beginning of good works. Don’t be a hoper, shopper or floater. We must be planted, in order to grow. Professor Huth planted 23 trees. You can not transplant trees every 5 months. Transplanted Christians (trees) die. God plants us where he wants us. God takes care of our growth if we stay planted. 1 Cor 12:9 “…to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.” Eph 4:11 “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers.”
If you are called by God and it does not seem glorious to you, it is a calling. Which church has various kinds of tongues? Acts 2:46: “So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”
Hebr 10:24: “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” Acts 6:1: “Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. 2 Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. 3 Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; 4 but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word. 5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch, 6 whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid hands on them. 7 Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.
Seven were appointed to the duty.”
1. They are people who have a good reputation in the church. (there is order in the church)
2. They had to be full of the Spirit. You should select them and we will appoint them.
After Prayer they laid hand on them. Acts 21:8: “On the next day we who were Paul’s companions departed and came to Caesarea, and entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him.” Act 20:24: “But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” Don’t choose a task: Luke 9:57: “Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, Lord, I will follow You wherever You go. 58 And Jesus said to him, Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head. 59 Then He said to another, Follow Me. But he said, Lord, let me first go and bury my father. 60 Jesus said to him, Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God. 61 And another also said, Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house. 62 But Jesus said to him, No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 10:1: “After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. 2 Then He said to them, The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.“ Matt 20:1: “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 Now when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, 4 and said to them, You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you. So they went. 5 Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise. 6 And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle, and said to them, Why have you been standing here idle all day? 7 They said to him, Because no one hired us. He said to them, You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right you will receive. 8 So when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the last to the first. 9 And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius. 10 But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius. 11 And when they had received it, they complained against the landowner, 12 saying, These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day. 13 But he answered one of them and said, Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. 15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good? 16 So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.” The last end up first and the first end up last. Everyone got the same wage. Psalm 132:13: “For the Lord has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place.” Psalm 127:1: “Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain.” Jesus Christ is the head of the church. We are coworkers. We are all part of one body. So, the foot is not the hand or the head. We are to finish well.
Twelfth, the Law of Church Order:
1 Cor 14:33: “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all
the churches of the saints. 34 Let your women keep silent in the churches,
for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law
also says. 35 And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own
husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church. 36 Or did
the word of God come originally from you? Or was it you only that it reached?
37 If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge
that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord. 38 But
if anyone is ignorant, let him be ignorant. 39 Therefore, brethren, desire
earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues. 40 Let all
things be done decently and in order.” 1. Jesus is the head of all things and
the church and every one in the church. Eph 1:20: “Which He worked in Christ
when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the
heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and
dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that
which is to come. 22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be
head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him
who fills all in all.” Submission has to be given. It can't be forced.
Jesus earned all that. Believers have to learn, that Jesus is "LORD".
Eph 4:24 “and that you put on the new man which was created according to
God, in true righteousness and holiness.” Eph 2:19: “Now, therefore, you are no
longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and
members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the
apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone, 21 in
whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the
Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God
in the Spirit.” The power of God can come on anybody. E.g. Samson. Prof.
Huth was healed by prayer for his feet. Healing come through the unity of
the body. So, we are part of the household of God. And we are built on the
Apostles and Prophets and Jesus is the corner stone. We are to grow into the
holy Temple in the Lord.
The Law of the Leadership in the Church
Eph 4:9: “Now this, "He ascended", what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things. 11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head, Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”
It is a "five job", but everybody needs to be a teacher. So, you can say, it is four.
There is no Bible verse that says: "apostles, prophets and evangelists" have passed away.
Sample: Pastor Bill never told Prof. Huth to mow the yard. So, he mowed it 12 years.
10% of the congregation do everything. But the Lord said, that every joint has to minister.
Ministers have to be "prudent". Not addicted to wine or pugnacious.
1 Tim 3:1: “This is a faithful saying: If a
man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work. 2 A bishop
then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of
good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; 3 not given to wine, not violent, not
greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; 4 one who rules
his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence, 5 for
if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the
church of God?; 6 not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into
the same condemnation as the devil. 7 Moreover he must have a good testimony
among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the
8 Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy for money, 9 holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience. 10 But let these also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons, being found blameless. 11 Likewise their wives must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things. 12 Let deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. 13 For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a good standing and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. 14 These things I write to you, though I hope to come to you shortly; 15 but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. 16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.” Rom 16:1: “I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is a servant (deaconess) of the church in Cenchrea. They must be dignified. They must be the partner of one person. Aaron repented. It is not about divorce, but about polygamy.”
Acts 6:1: “Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists (all Jews), because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. 2 Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples (learners) and said, It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. 3 Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; 4 but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word. 5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch, 6 whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid hands on them.”
Deacons also have the "ministry of the word". The hands of the apostles were laid on them.
Titus 1:5: “For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you. 6 if a man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of dissipation or insubordination. 7 For a bishop (overseer) must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine (addicted), not violent, not greedy for money, 8 but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, 9 holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.”
Bishops are Elders and Overseers. So, Bishops really are Elders. In USA a Bishop has oversight over other pastors.
1 Cor 12:18: “But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. 19 And if they were all one member, where would the body be? 20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body.” John 6:37: “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.” Psalm 127:1 A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon. Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain.
Matt 18:15: “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 17 And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector. 18 Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
NASV: 18 "Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven."
So, what we loose, is already bound by God. We do not establish our own "authority".
1 Cor 5:1: “It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles, that a man has his father's wife! 2 And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you. 3 For I indeed, as absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged, as though I were present, him who has so done this deed. 4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5 deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. 6 Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?”
Also read 1 Cor 5:1-6 in the Amplfied Bible
Sample: Prof. Huth said to a man, that God should destroy his body to save his soul. So, he was in a comma in 15 minutes, and was not able all his life to live normally, and gave up drinking and he served the Lord.
God has established order in the church. Jesus is the head. He has ordained leadership, Pastors and Deacons. And leadership has to be established by the word of God. Binding and loosing by the direction of the Lord Jesus and not by our will.