Joe Teisan: June 2018
DO YOU UNDERSTAND THESE OFTEN MISUNDERSTOOD SCRIPTURES?
Why did God give TEN COMMANDMENTS which I cannot obey, that convict me of sin? God’s Law showing us our sins and the punishment of death for breaking them, points us to Christ, the Savior (Ex.20, Ezek. 18:4, Rom. 6:23). The Law cannot make you righteous, but it multiplies sin, by forbidding it (Rom. 3:10-20, 7:7-13). The Law is “our trainer (our guardian, our guide to Christ, to lead us . . . that we might be justified (declared righteous, put in right standing with God) by and through faith” (Gal. 3:24, Amp.). The Law also reveals God’s absolute moral standard for all of us. Pushing aside TV morals, popular opinion and the Supreme Court, you are a sinner, and need to believe in Christ for forgiveness of sins, salvation and eternal life in Paradise.
“JUDGE NOT” means not judging others by my own unkind opinion, my self-righteous standard for all to obey (Mt. 7:1-6). Thinking Christians must make Bible based judgments constantly. The authority of God’s Holy Word and our Example, Christ, are the only Guides for faith and actions. “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment” are the words of Jesus (John 7:24, 2 Tim. 3:15-17).
THE BEATITUDES, Matthew 5:1-12. These 9 blessings are not telling us how to be saved. Jesus is speaking to His followers who are saved by faith in Him. Christ gives true believers His likeness, and His joyful spiritual happiness that shines in us. Growing in Him, we hate sin, love righteousness, mercy, peace, and rejoice when persecuted. Christlikeness erases the attractions of pride, materialism, shop till you drop, and too much is never enough. Enjoy the fruits of the Holy Spirit in Galatians 5:22-26.
“If your right EYE offend you, PLUCK IT OUT . . . if your right HAND offend you CUT IT OFF” (Matthew 5:27-30). Avoid lustful thoughts! Jesus is warning in strong language to keep eyes and hands under rigorous control. Christ is using a figure of speech that we often use called hyperbole, or exaggeration, for emphasis. Have you ever said, “I am so hungry, I could eat a cow”? Can you recall other examples of hyperbole?
“TO HIM WHO OVERCOMES, will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God” (Rev. 2:7). All who believe in Christ will never lose their salvation. In His power to hold and keep us, we are victorious overcomers, who will prevail to the end. “Thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory – making us conquerors – through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 15:57). “Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:4).
“THE BOOK OF THE GENERATIONS OF JESUS CHRIST, THE SON OF DAVID” (Matthew 1:1). Some are confused by this list of names proving the legal descent of Christ, from the royal family of David, the King. Matthew is the Gospel of the Kingship of Jesus, so he must open with Christ’s royal family record. Luke has the legal document showing Christ’s physical descent from Mary (Luke 3:23-38). Both prove His Virgin Birth. No Scriptures teach that Mary is the mother of God. God is the Eternal Creator, without beginning or end. “In the beginning (before all time) was the Word (Christ) . . . and the Word was God . . . and the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate)” (John 1:1-14, Amp.). Pray only to God through and in the name of Christ. “For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5).
Joseph A. Teisan