Christianity & Judaism

2019/05/19

Modern-day Judaism

Modern-day Judaism is not the same thing as the Judaism in the Bible. The simple reason is the temple is no longer in Jerusalem. The 2nd Temple was torn down by the Romans in the first century.

Judaism has adapted, but the real reason for the change in Judaism is Christianity.

Christianity

Christianity was considered a little-known sect of Judaism in the first century by outsiders. It rapidly grew to the dominant religion of the Roman Empire within three centuries.

To the Christian, Judaism is considered the Old Covenant. The New Covenant (Testament) was brought in with the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ.

National Religion

Christianity is not a national religion, but rather transforming relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Any person from any place can become a Christian.

Christianity is not a mere human philosophy. It is the revelation of God to mankind.

Jesus is the Son of God, who was, who is and who shall be. He is the beginning and the end: through him all things were created.

The universe was created for him, by him and through him. All things began with Christ. All things will end with him.

Jewish Messiah

Jesus is the Jewish Messiah and the Christian Savior. They’re one in the same. There was and is only one Jesus Christ. It says in the New Testament: in Christ their is neither Jew nor Gentile. In Christ Jesus all are one.

Adam & The Last Adam

The Bible says there are two Adams. There is the first one from whom the whole human race comes. Anyone who is born a human being in the world is said to be ‘of Adam.’

Then there is the last Adam, who is Jesus Christ.

That’s why Jesus said to Nicodemus, “You must be born again to see the kingdom of God.”

The last Adam is not the physical man, but the spiritual. Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation. They are a spiritual person.

Nicodemus, Born Again, How?

When Nicodemus asked Jesus, “How can a man enter his mother’s womb a second time?”

Jesus answered him, “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but Spirit gives birth to spirit.”

To be born again into the kingdom of God is a spiritual experience. To be born into the world the first time is a traumatic experience. To be born again is a glorious spiritual experience.

Shadow to Light

The Old Testament is called a shadow of the New Testament. The Law is a shadow, but the reality is Jesus Christ. To become part of the family of God is called being ‘in Christ.’

It means that a person has become part of the family of God. Their spiritual nature is born of God.

They are no longer simply a physical person but a spiritual one. They have been transferred spiritually from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light.

Light

It is light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that brings everyone into the light and sets them free.

It was always God’s plan to bring the gospel first to the Jew then the Gentile. For several years Paul the Apostle tried to bring the gospel to the Jews, and they rejected him. After that, he went to the Gentiles.

It was not there weren’t Jews who became Christian. All the early Christians were Jews or Samaritans.

But there was a great resistance among the Jews to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Even though, Jesus was the Jewish Messiah.

Anyone, Anywhere

It was a surprise to the some of early Christian non-Jews could also be saved.

On a one-to-one basis anybody can become a Christian. Anybody can accept Jesus Christ as Lord & Savior.

Paul the Apostle tried to bring the gospel to the Jews, and they rejected him. After that, he went to the Gentiles.

It was not there weren’t Jews who became Christians. All the early Christians were Jews or Samaritans.

But there was a great resistance among the Jews to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Even though, Jesus was the Jewish Messiah.

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Wisdom and Understanding

2019/05/04

Two of the greatest verses in the Bible Romans 10:9 & 10.

Romans 10:9 is the action verse. It tells us what we have to do to be saved.

If you confess the your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart God raised from the dead, you will be saved.

Romans 10:9 shows wisdom. It is wisdom to be saved.

Romans 10:10 gives us understanding of what we have done.

For with the heart man believes and is justified, and with the mouth he confesses and is saved.

Romans 10:9 tells us what to do. Romans 10:10 explains what has happened. We see the wisdom & understanding are together.

Between verse 9 and 10 wisdom comes before understanding. The Bible says to get wisdom and with your wisdom get understanding.

There is a progression to things. The progression is wisdom and understanding.

Rev 3:20

2019/04/27

In the story of the woman by the well, the Samaritans invited Jesus back to their town so they could hear him.

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

Rev 3:20

Revelation 3:20 explains what happens to the heart.

When a person invites Jesus Christ into their heart, they do so by the Spirit and the Word. Jesus comes to live with them. He does so by the Spirit of God.

In the Greek, the Holy Spirit is called the paraklete. That word means that it is as though Jesus is right there. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God and Jesus is the Truth of God.

The Bible says God is Spirit and He seeks worshippers to worship Him in Spirit and Truth.

Jesus is knocking at the door. If one hears His voice and opens the door, He will come in and have fellowship with us. That’s what it means when it says, He will eat with us and we with Him.

If you haven’t accepted Jesus Christ, then He’s knocking at the door of your heart. If you open the door and ask Him in, He will not disappoint. He will come in.

That is a promise of scripture. The New Testament is an agreement of promises and rewards.

The Woman by the Well

2019/04/27

Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers.

They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”

John 4:39-42

This is the story of the woman by the well. Jesus promised her living water.

Then before going on Jesus asked her about her husband. Jesus confronted the woman. He didn’t do it in a condemning way.

Jesus revealed himself to the woman by the well, and then in revealing himself, He also reveal who she was.

She ran back to town and told everybody. In telling everybody, she was making her confession of faith. Many believed in Jesus because of the woman.

They invited him back to their town. Jesus stayed with them for two days and talked to them. Jesus was always talking about the kingdom of God.

The Bible says many more came to believe in him.

now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.

The Samaritans first believed in Jesus because of the testimony of the woman.

They invited him to their town, and He stay with them for two days. Because of Jesus’s words, the Bible says, many more came to believe in him.

The Samaritans came to believe in Jesus for themselves. They told the woman that they no longer believe in him just because of her.

They were making a confession of faith. They were taking ownership. They were saying, we believe in Jesus, because of what Jesus says, not because of what someone else says. They were believing in Jesus for themselves.

That’s what happens when someone comes to the Lord. They may start out believing in Jesus, because of what someone else said, but then they get born again, and they believe in Jesus for themselves.

Seeing the Kingdom

2019/04/27

There was a man who came to see Jesus at night. His name was Nicodemus.

Nicodemus recognized Jesus was from God, because Nicodemus said to Jesus, “No one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”

Jesus answered surprising Nicodemus. “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

Nicodemus was surprised. He said, “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!””

Jesus explained, flesh gives birth to flesh. Spirit gives birth to Spirit. A man must be born of the water and of the Spirit.

Jesus told Nicodemus the essence of the gospel, and he explained it to him.

In order to see the kingdom of God, one has to be born again. Being born again is a an experience, it’s a spiritual experience

Jesus reduced it to symplicity: He said one has to be born of the water and the Spirit. In other words, one has to be born of the flesh and Spirit.

When God sends a person into the world, they come from God. He breathes them into the body of flesh. It says in the Bible that God knits us into the womb. Then, they’re born into the world physically. That’s what it means to be born of the water.

When they accept Jesus Christ into their heart, they are said to be born again. Being born a second time means being born of the Spirit of God.

Quotes from John 3, NIV