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Study to show yourself approved, unashamed

In my previous notes (fully equipped) I touched on the tools that may help in your reading time of the scriptures and turning them into future studies. God has given us the truth of the Word so we can get to know Him.  He has given us instructions how to do it, but he expects us to roll up our sleeves and dig in, for those who diligently seek Him, He will reward (Heb 11:6).

 
Getting Started

· Small note pad & pen (to write down words and concepts you don’t understand

· Dictionary (to look up the words you have written in your note pad)

To deepen your studies access to the original language they were written in.

· Interlinear bible ((with the Strongs references numbers will be useful)

· Lexicon/dictionary of the language (one that has the Strongs references as this will help you with the words you have found in the interlinear)

· E-Sword is an electronic version of the interlinear with dictionary all in one, which can be used on your PC or smart phone (www.e-sword.net)

 

One step at a time and remember the who, what, why, when method in our studies, for example: who wrote it and to whom was it written to, what is the subject and why they need to know it, when it was written is useful as it put the context into which dispensation is in operation at the time.

 

Note any differences

You may have not noticed in just reading but when you start to study you will be aware of differenced.  Some will say the bible is a contradiction.  It will help to note any you may come across and you will soon realise that God is never changing but changes things.

The Gospel of Matthew

· A gospel written by a Jew for the Jews.  Promoting the King of the Jews in the lineage, Jesus.

· In this message entry to the kingdom is based on works.

· To be forgiven you must first forgive others, to not forgive others means you won’t be forgiven by God the father.

Now compare...The Gospel of John

· A gospel written by a Jew for the world. Promoting the WORD of God coming in the flesh to His own (The Jewish nation) who rejected Him.

· In this message salvation through believing on the Son of God, Jesus.

· The message of Love written by the disciple who Jesus loved, to Love others and show our discipleship.

 

 Note any differences? Have a look at Matthew 10:5-6 After Jesus had called the 12 disciples he made them apostles gave them powers and sent them to who? Now compare it with Johns Gospel to the World, what had changed for John? Could it be the fall of Israel? Read Romans chapter 11 note verses 1,7,11-12.

 

Reading Romans as a whole making a note of 16:25-26 the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now (at the time of writing) is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God

Compare with Colossians again reading as a whole making a note of 1:25-26 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now (at the time of writing) is made manifest to his saints:

 

Are these 2 mysteries the same? Both written by Paul the Apostle to the Gentiles but written about 4 years apart. Both epistles contains the message of grace but the Roman Jew is first, promises made to them and gentiles are the wild olive grafted in to them for their hope is the promises made to them. The purpose, to provoke Israel to national repentance, this would then result in the setting up of the kingdom on the earth in fulfilment of the expected promises with Jesus ruling as king.

 

In Romans there is no equality being a first and second and the middle wall of the temple and the Jewish traditions was still in operation and the gentile who passes through the middle wall would be condemned to death. Yes gentiles saved by grace rules of judgment would still apply while the temple stood.

 

Colossians the sister epistle to Ephesians and should really be read together shows we are saved by grace with a mystery that goes back before time began, hid in God the unsearchable riches in Christ.  Not in the searchable scriptures of the prophets not subject to ordinances which are a shadow, middle wall now abolished.

 

Is the place of blessing us gentiles in the kingdom that has been promised to Israel or a new dispensation of God where the Jew isn’t first? Or is there equality making one new man, this one new man makes up the title of the church today, The Church which is His Body. Saved by grace and not works but His workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works. The purpose that in the age to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus, where? Col 2:6 which is Col 1:20-21.

 

Works

Our works are prepared by God and differ from the works that He prepared for other dispensations with His other children and for us to walk worthy in these works we need to know the differences and which belong to us and which don’t. Always remembering that ALL THE SCRIPTURE is profitable for doctrine but not all scripture is written to us or for us it is also written for our correction.

 

In our walk there is but a oneness, Eph 4:4-7  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. But unto every one of us is given grace...note the one baptism not the many of Israel or the 2 of the Acts period.

 

Read Matt 18:23 Luke 14:7-24 Are we to compel people to come into the kingdom where the wedding feast is to be enjoyed so they can be guests in the kingdom *of heaven  at the return of Jesus the king where some who knock at this door have been convinced they are doing the miracles of God in Jesus name with the reply from the Lord himself saying...See Matt 7:21-23 be warned 1 Cor 11:13-15 2 Thes 2:9-12 Rev 13:13-15

 

Or do you have your feet ready to share the gospel of peace praying for all men to see the mystery of the gospel to enjoy our blessings with God *in the heavenly places which are far above all heavens.  These are to be spiritual blessings to be enjoyed when Christ our Head is manifested. Both these gospels have Jesus as the means of access, but their blessings are different.

 

Php 1:10 that ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;

 

Be careful not to mix the message of grace with the message of works and judgment because this will lead to confusion make sure you know the hope of your calling and be ready always to give an account for anyone who asks. Eph 1:18 2 Peter 3:16 

*Don’t presume that these two mean the same thing, search and see if those things were so (Act 17:11).  For example Abraham looked for a city whose maker was God the New Jerusalem which descends out of heaven from God, to be enjoyed on the new earth. The new heavens relate to the heavens and earth of creation and not the heavenly places far above all heavens.