Simon Yap - Facebook 3 May 2021
Some many say this.
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
So they say your unbelief disqualifies from heaven.
Friends have you ever read this chapter as a whole?
Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge.
1. Paul was talking to the Jews.
Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.
2. He was talking about two kinds of beliefs. One is the law. The other is Christ.
Moses writes this about the righteousness that is by the law: “The person who does these things will live by them.” But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the deep?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).
3. Here he is comparing Moses and Jesus.
But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Paul was comparing having to climb up to the highest hill and dive into the deepest sea to be saved under Moses and just speaking under Christ to be saved.
Do Moses, the law and that righteousness which demanded you to climb the highest mountain and deepest sea still exist?
then are not by default already in Christ?
What belief are you talking about?
That belief was to choose Christ over Moses. Not Jesus over Satan.
By the way.
This is what Jesus is Lord actually means.
By myself I have sworn,
my mouth has uttered in all integrity
a word that will not be revoked:
Before me every knee will bow;
by me every tongue will swear.
They will say of me, ‘In the LORD alone
are deliverance and strength. ’”
All who have raged against him
will come to him and be put to shame.
The Lord alone. Not Moses and Christ.
Moses disappeared in AD70.
We have only Christ.
Belief or non belief. We are in Christ.
Simon Yap - Facebook 5 April 2021
For those of you who keep insisting that the Bible is the word of God, where does it say that the Bible is the Logos of God?
Also look at this.
2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
Notice 2nd Timothy was written at a time when the New Testament was not even compiled yet.
As such the scriptures referred here was the Old Testament which significantly was about the old covenant.
That being said it was the Law.
Now read this.
Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was given through angels and entrusted to a mediator.
Notice it is not given by God?
Now look at this.
God’s Final Word: His Son
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
Hebrews tells us only Jesus is the exact representation of the God.
Hebrews also tells us all that came before were not the exact representation of the Father.
Hebrews 1 thereafter speaks about those people as carrying the message of the angels.
So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.
For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment,
As such so does the verse in 2 Tim not contradict the rest of the New Testament?
So what was Paul talking about?
Notice what Paul actually said.
“profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
So... what is Paul really saying?
Paul is telling Timothy that scriptures are to be used in a way which is fitting.
Listen to what he says here.
2 Timothy 4:3
For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
What he is interested is sound doctrine.
Paul gives an example here.
1 Timothy 4:1
The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.
What are things taught by demons?
Teaching the law (old covenant) to believers and asking them to comply with it.
When you read this verse. Have that in mind. Paul is not saying we got the Bible like the way this picture depicts it.
Paul is saying all that which is recorded in the Old Testament, the mistakes, the lessons, the incidents, the history, basically the past is recorded to teach us and examples for us to follow.
Otherwise you will be then able to justify slavery, polygamy, murder and etc.
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