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Understanding the language of the Bible is critical. The language of the N.T. is written in the later Greek, and the writers applied the Greek to subjects on which it had never been used by native Greek writers. The things concerning Jewish affairs, their theology, and rituals. I have committed the work of the Greek dictionary found within, to assist in your personal study, and in repelling those who choose to distort the word. Acquaint yourself with the language of the Greek N.T., you will find it to be of an indispensable importance.
The author of these articles and features quotes verses from the King James Version. We investigate the Bible's original text, examine the Greek, Hebrew, text, context, symbols, and terminologies. We will continue to make every effort to aid readers to grow in their individual faith. We will also make every effort to assist, and to support those who have vowed to honor our Lord Jesus Christ, and His finished work.
Call no man Father:
Our Lord is a jealous God:
Deut.4:23, “Take heed unto yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of the LORD God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the LORD your God has forbidden thee. For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.”
Catholics address the Pope in many ways, and some or his titles appear to have had a head on collision with the Word of God. Example;
The head of the Roman Catholic Church is referred to as the Pope; in Latin, it means papa or father, and we have heard the Pope called the Holy Father! But Matt.23:9 reads,
“Call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.” Of course we are speaking of A Christian’s spiritual Father. So who is our Father? For sure it’s not a man.
Isa.9:6, “For unto us a child is born (Jesus), unto us a Son is given, --- and his name shall be called --- the mighty God (Jehovah) the Everlasting Father.” So Isaiah writes that we have one Everlasting Father, He being the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Pope is also called the Vicar of Christ; so one may ask, what does Vicar mean? In a general sense, it points to a person authorized to perform the functions of another; or a substitute in office. The Pope claims to be Vicar of Jesus Christ on earth. He also has under him a grand Vicar, a Cardinal whose jurisdiction extends over all priests.
So did Jesus Christ give the Pope’s past, present and future the authority to stand in His stead until He returns? Or has this authority been usurped by Rome without the Divine authority of the Holy Spirit or Jesus Christ? And if Jesus did, than my Bible would be in error. It is written,
Isa.42:8, “I am the LORD: that is my name: and my GLORY will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.”
Now, can we construe these injunctions and condemn every title by which Church rulers may be distinguished from the flock? No, of course not, but if we did, it would be to condemn that rule itself: and there are those who do both, this against the whole strain of the New Testament and sound Christian judgment. But when we have guarded ourselves against any extremes, let us see to it that we retain the full spirit of this warning against that itch for ecclesiastic superiority which has been bane and the scandal of Christ’s ministers in every age.
Our Lord probably alludes to the Matt.20:21, by which Jesus gives his disciples to understand, that He would have no second established in the church of which He alone was/is the head; and that a perfect equality must subsist among ALL the brethren.
“Neither be you called masters: for one is you Master even Christ.”
God is in all respects jealous of his honor. To him alone it belongs to guide and lead His church, as well as to govern and defend it. Jesus is the sole teacher of righteousness. He alone is the Word, the Light, and eternal Truth who can illuminate the mind of man, and who as Savior and redeemer, speaks to every heart by His Holy Spirit.
Christ alone is our Master. We are all brothers in Christ Jesus, and disciples of the same Master and this would include every church leader. Call no man Father upon the earth; constitute no man the Father of your faith.” God alone must be allowed as the Father of our spirits,
Heb.12:9, “We have had fathers of our flesh which when we were young fed, clothed and corrected us, and so we gave them reverence: so, shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits and live?” Our religion, our faith must not be derived from, or made to depend upon any man. We must not pin our faith on any man’s sleeve because we know he cannot carry it.
Now Paul calls himself a father in 1 Cor.4:14-15, and Phil.2:22, but he uses that title to mean, not authority, but affection: therefore he calls them not his obliged, but his beloved sons.
One is our Father, who is in heaven. He alone is the Fountain of it, and its Founders; the Life of it, and its Lord; for whom alone, as the Original, our spiritual life is derived, and on whom it depends. Christ taught us to say, “Our Father who art in heaven;” therefore let us call no man Father upon the earth. Here is a precept of humility and mutual subjection Matt.23:11, He that is greatest among you shall by your servant. Take it as a promise; “He shall stand highest in the favor of God, that is most submissive and serviceable”; or as a precept; “He that is advanced to any place of dignity, let him be your servant.” He that is greatest is not a lord, but a minister. Here is a good reason for all this, Matt.23:12, “
He that is greatest among you shall by your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased (humbled) and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
Matt.23:25, “Woe unto you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
Ver.27; “Woe unto you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like unto whited sepulchers which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.
Ver.30-31, “(you) say, “If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherfore you be witnesses unto yourselves, that you are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill you up then the measure of your fathers.”
Phil LaSpino www.seekfirstwisdom.com
At times, and this is one of them, we Christian's must be reminded of who our Lord Jesus Christ is. Many of us get complacent in our worship of him, in the way we address him and speak of him to our friends and neighbors, and this seems to be spreading in many churches also.
Col.2:9, "For in Him (Jesus) dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily."
The Godhead meaning the Divine perfections, attributes, essence, and nature of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He who is the Word of God, is the Son of God, is the Son of man, absolute; for in Him dwells the fullness of all Divine perfections.
Jesus Christ as a man was not merely God-like, but in the fullest sense, the Almighty God. Rev.1:8, He declared himself to be the Almighty. He said, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, said the Lord, which is, and which was and which is to come, the Almighty.”
1 Tim.3:16, K.J.B. "God was manifest in the flesh, (and) justified in the (Holy) Spirit." He made himself that promised seed, and by the power of the Holy Spirit it is written,
Luke 1:35, “The Holy Ghost shall come upon you (Mary), and the power of the Highest (the Father) shall overshadow you: therefore also that holy thing (Jesus) which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God.”
John 1:14, "And the Word (Jesus) was made flesh, and dwelt among us,;” with 1 Tim. 3:16 K.J.B. “God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels ---.” with John 1:3, for, "All things were made by Him; and without him was not any thing made that was made."
John 1:18, "No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son (Jesus,) which is in the Bosom (embraced and cherished) of the Father, He (the Father) hath declared him." With Heb.1:3, “Who (Jesus) being the brightness of His (the Father’s) glory, and the express image (meaning counterpart of the Father’s essence and being) of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power.”
Jesus alone can declare the Father, and so He did! For He made known, unfolded, and revealed the Divine nature of the Father, who is in Him.
Isaiah gives to us an overview of who the child born of a virgin would be. Isa.9:6, reads, that the government would be upon His shoulders; He would be called Wonderful; Counselor; the Mighty God; the Everlasting Father; the Prince of Peace; the King who shall sit on the throne of King David, and is to rule forever in the Kingdom to come.
For this reason, we must be in Christ, and He in us, and we must trust fully in Him and in all things.
So we can trust in these things because, 2 Tim.3:16, "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God."
Col.2:10, "We (the body of Christ) are complete in Him (Jesus,) which is the head of all principality and power."
The world is falling head-long into a catastrophy, therefore you must prepare yourself your family and friend's for the soon return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
To be complete in Christ is to be filled and to abound in Him, absolute! Believers can fully participate in all the rich gifts of the Holy Spirit; and receive full communion of the whole body of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
Phil LaSpino www.seekfirstwisdom.com
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