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Who is a Jew?

hey pastor john

i just decided to check emails, but while we was working on the pool deck today we started talking about jews, because we was discussing physical-born jews in the flesh. the verse that i asked myself about, over and over, is “He is not a jew who is one outwardly and that is not circumcision which is outward in the flesh.” Over and over all day today in my mind. Then something hit me. Is it possible that a jew, born in the flesh, isn’t a jew until he receives the baptism in spirit. When paul said “he is a jew which is one inwardly and circumcision is that of the heart in the spirit”, is that when everybody, jew and gentile, becomes a jew in God’s sight? this is what i have been thinking on all day. Every time i tried to stop thinking on it it just came back stronger

i am in no way coming against any jews. as peter told corneilius when he fell down before him, peter said get up im a man just like you.

thanks, robert

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Hi Rob:

You are thinking right. In Paul’s day, he was risking his life to teach that, and on several occasions, he was nearly killed because of it, just as Jesus told him he would suffer when he first called paul (Acts 9:16). It took great courage for Paul to stand for the truth as he did.

The same hatred is out there now, and when it is time, stubborn, rebellious children of God will lead the world to us just as Judas led the mob to arrest Jesus in the garden of Gethsemene. May God give us grace to be faithful!

Pastor John

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Hey Bro John,

I was reading in Ruth and it really stood out to me, that with much earnest, Naomi attributed her circumstances in life to God’s doing:

Ruth 1:19-21 “So they two went until they came to Bethlehem. And it came to pass, when they were come to Bethlehem, that all the city was moved about them, and they said, ‘Is this Naomi?’ And she said unto them, ‘Call me not Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me. I went out full, and the LORD hath brought me home again empty. Why, then, do you call me Naomi, seeing the LORD hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?’”

Jerry

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Hi Jerry:

It is people with Naomi’s kind of faith who live forever.

Pastor John

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Romans 2:12-16

Pastor John:

Romans 2:16-19 confuses me. What was Paul saying?

Romans 2

12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;

13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.”

R. J.

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Paul is just saying that the ancient Israelites will be judged by the law of Moses, which they had received from God, and that the Gentiles will not be judged by that law because they did not have it. However, the ancient Gentiles did have a conscience, which also was given by God, and therefore, God will judge each one of them according to whether or not his own conscience condemned him.

Pastor John

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Fulness

Pastor John:

I received the Baptism in the Holy Ghost in 1992. I have spoken some but not as I should. How do I receive the fullness of the Spirit?

J. N.

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Hi Sister Joyce:

There are three principal reasons for the Spirit not flowing as it should among God’s people. First, is the general condition of the body of Christ at this time in history. We are a divided, confused people, and we are all less than we could be because we are separated from one another by the conflicting doctrines and traditions of Christianity. Second, and related to the first, is that God’s people have been taught that the baptism of the holy Ghost is just something extra, an extra blessing. They do not know that the baptism of the Spirit, with the evidence of “stammering lips or other tongues” (Isa. 28:11-12) is the new birth. Thirdly, one’s personal conduct can affect your relationship with the Lord. Let it be your top priority to keep yourself morally pure and faithful in all things to Christ.

Pray for the whole body of Christ everywhere. It may be that the Lord will visit us and set us free from the things we chose instead of the unity and happiness he suffered and died for us to have.

Pastor John

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Covering the Ark

Pastor John:

When the Israelites moved from one place to another in the wilderness, did they cover the ark when transporting it?

RJ

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Yes, RJ, they did. In fact, God commanded Moses to have the priests to cover the ark with several layers of material before the Levites were allowed to enter the tabernacle to pick it up and carry it. Other than the priests who ministered in the tabernacle daily, no one — not even the Levites who carried the objects that were inside the tabernacle — was ever allowed to see that holy furniture. This included not only the ark but also the table of “shewbread”, the candlestick, and the little golden incense altar, along with the utensils associated with those objects. They were all covered before the Levites came in to pick them up and carry them.

You can read the details of God’s command to Moses in Numbers 4:5-15.

Pastor John

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I Was Thinking

Hi pastor John,

I would like to tell about the sweet correction that the Lord gave me this week end through you. “Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous.” It really hurt my heart and caused me some pain and brought me low in my spirit, and all day long Saturday I kept saying in my heart “Why did I say that? Why did I do that” I knew what came to me was from the spirit. It was the same feeling and spirit that gave me the fellowship dream just a few weeks before. But in your living room, what you were under, and what we were all feeling was nothing but pure, sweet fellowship in his spirit and there was no place for the flesh at all.

Then Sunday morning when you came and picked me from Rob’s and Donnas’ and I went with you to get some breakfast for everyone one at your house, as we talked the spirit started the healing process. When we got back to your house and you and Barbara and I were sitting in the living room talking about what had happened and why I had said what I did Saturday morning. (Right in the middle of what the spirit was doing, I had said, “John, I was thinking . . .”, and you interrupted me and said, “I am sorry!”) I asked you and Barbara, “Why did I do that?” And you said it was just pride.

“Wow” then I understood what happened to me. I knew it was the spirit that gave me something to say, but the pride that was in me put the “I was thinking” in there, like it was my thought; “Look at me! I am so great”, taking credit for something that did not come from me. All I had to do was just say what the spirit had to say and not add or take anything away from it.

John, I am so thankful that God did that for me, for us. I was used and corrected, and now I can say, as the Bible does, “nevertheless, afterward, it [chastisement] yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.”

Thank you John for caring for my soul and loving me with the love of God.

Your chastened sheep

Stuart

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Oh Stuart, thank you so much for that.

 Actually, it wasn’t I but the Lord that said, ‘I am so sorry”, when you said “John, I was thinking . . ” I knew you had been hurt by being cut off like that, and knowing that, hurt me. I prayed for you on and off the rest of the day and that night. Even while we were all still together Saturday morning, I was praying for you. I told somebody later in the day Saturday that I was sure that whatever you had to say was good and right, but the spirit just would not allow you to say it after you started to make it out to be your own thought. It made me so happy early Sunday morning when you were willing to ride with me to pick up the breakfast for the folks here.


Stuart, when we are proud, we are ashamed of the word of the Lord, and so, we make it out to be just something that we have thought or something that we feel. But Peter said, “If any man speak, let it be as of the oracles of God.” In other words, just say it, without prefixing it with anything that would detract from God’s glory.


Anyway, dear, dear brother Stuart, thank the Lord he got us through it – together.

your servant
John

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Hey,

I think this is so good! I am very thankful for this too. I talked with Brother Stuart after the meeting yesterday and asked him how he was doing. He told me what you said. It is very good. God just didn’t want anybody taking any credit for what HE was saying or doing. When we say, “I was thinking…or I just had a thought”…or any of those little phrases, we are taking credit for what God is doing. I have done this before instead of just saying what God wanted me to say, and it is so much better to just say it!

Anyway, I just wanted to say to Brother Stuart thank you…I learned something from this too. And it is good. 😎

Amy

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“God Speed”?

hi pastor john, i was reading in second john  verse 10 and the word said god speed  what does the word god speed refer to?

thanks,

R S

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Here is my translation of 2 John:

2John

Chapter 1

1. The elder to the chosen lady, and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I but also all who have known the truth,

2. because of the truth that abides within us, and it will be with us forever.

3. Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, in truth and in love from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son.

4. I was overjoyed that I found some of your children walking in the truth, just as we received commandment from the Father.

5. And now, I entreat you, lady (not as though I am writing a new commandment to you, but that which we had from the beginning), that we love one another.

6. And this is love, that we live by His commandments. This is the commandment (as you have heard from the beginning), that you should walk in love.

7. For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ when he comes into flesh; this is the deceiver and the antichrist.

8. Watch yourselves, that we do not lose the things that we’ve worked for, but that we receive a full reward.

9. Everyone who turns aside and doesn’t remain in the doctrine of Christ does not have God; the one who remains in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.

10. If anyone comes to you and doesn’t carry this doctrine, do not receive him into your house. Don’t even offer him a greeting,

11. for the one who welcomes him partakes of his evil deeds.

12. Although I have many things to write to you, I didn’t want to do so with paper and ink, but I do hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy might be full.

13. The children of your chosen sister greet you. Amen.”

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Footnotes

v. 6 “in love”

literally, “in it”.

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Hi Pastor John:

Concerning your answer to Rob S. about 1Jn. 10, would we be partaking of one’s doctrine if we allow such groups as: Jehovah Witness or some of the other “church” groups that come knocking door to door? I know it’s all but hopeless to talk with them about truth, but it feels good to allow them in, on occasion, and give my testimony.  (Sometimes I feel in my Spirit “Enter at your own risk”.:) )  I let some enter one time while Brittany was here a couple of years ago to let her see how the Spirit handles the spirit they are under.

Billy

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Hi Billy:

Always remember that, no matter what I tell you about anything, you must listen to the Spirit.  I can give you a general rule, but your life and your choices day-by-day are only to be led by the Spirit of God.  If the Lord leads you to allow anyone into your home, please do so.

jdc

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