A brief word is all that is necessary on this last glimpse of the church in Holy Writ. The combined call is addressed to Christ to come for His church, not for Israel, although she also will participate in the blessings of His return.
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After granting John a panorama of coming events, Christ returns to His church with a final exhortation. But in how many churches is the Book of Revelation testified to? Generally speaking, they are guilty of sinful silence when it comes to this closing book of the Bible. Three times over in the chapter we have the promise of Christ to come again, and so the Holy Spirit and all true believers in the church call upon the Lord to fulfill His promise to return.
Among the similes used of the church we have these three— The Bride , in which there is the thought of loving union; The Body Ephesians ; , 12 , 16 implying the idea of a living organism; The Building 2 Corinthians ; Ephesians , 22 or City Revelation ; Philippians , rv conveying the truth of an ordered unity. Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. The next step is to choose a monthly or yearly subscription, and then enter your payment information.
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Click the button below to continue. Close this window. Learn more today! Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your free trial. Three easy steps to start your free trial subscription to Bible Gateway Plus. Create or log in to your Bible Gateway account. What I care about is what the Scriptures state. And my fight is against 1, years of bad theology. Paul wrote in his last letter that all Asia had departed from him.
Do you understand what this means?
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What replaced it? He also has passages in his other letters 2 Corinthians, Colossians, etc. If you have read the Didache you can see this. Not one word of Paul is in it. It was written about A. And this poison has infected Christendom for the past 1, years. But if one will actually read the Scriptures, one will find they tell a wholly different story than tradition. And who exalts Christ more than Paul?
I really think this will cut right to the point of interest. Hi Chad.
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The gospel that I trust for my salvation is faith in Jesus Christ that He is the Son of God, that He lived as a man, that He died on the cross for my sins, that He was buried and raised and ascended to heaven, that He was the last Adam putting to death the Adamic race and was the second man, a life-giving spirit, heavenly and that through this faith I am incorporated into His body. Because of this I share in His cricifixion experiencing the death of my old man in Adam, death to the law and a complete rectification of my disposition to live a self-centered, selfish life to living a self-giving, others centered life of love which reflects the character and nature of Jesus Christ and the Father.
This is only possible because I have been placed in Christ by God and Christ has become for me wisdom from God, righteousness, sanctification and redemption and the life that I live I only live by faith in Him who gave Himself life for me. I would say for sure it is a Pauline gospel at the core. But what I struggle with is to say that no other NT writers had any of this same revelation.
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I totally believe Paul is the man. Hello all! As I read the comments above i think that there is possibly some over or misguided thinking. So, we then must ask ourselves when did the gospel go to the gentiles and who was the messenger that brought it? Once those questions are answered this debate is complete…In Christ!! Peace and blessing to all!! Keep up the good work and thank you. Peace and grace. Cliff and Matthew, I like those words and agree that under this dispensation we are saved by the gospel of His grace by faith alone, and this gospel was given directly to Paul by our savior Yahshua.
In fact in this dispensation, there is no jew or gentile there is no Israel so by definition there can be no covenant. Paul is the apostle of this secret gospel kept from the beginning so that Lucifer would not be able to intercept it. But there is some distinction. But in Ezekiel New Jerusalem is not all of Israel.
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Well Psalm 45 depicts the Messiah having both a Bride and Children. Isaiah 53 also says the Suffering Servant will have Seed. John 1 teaches Jesus came to give us the ability to become Sons of God. You act like being the Body of Christ contradicts being the Bride. But Jesus taught that Husband and Wife are made one Flesh. See my article, The Olive Tree. The Church is the Church and Israel is Israel. The Church is never called Israel. Israel is a technical term which only refers to the offspring of Jacob. Members of the Church, the body of Christ, are called children of Abraham, because Abraham was saved by faith alone.
That is different from Israel. The New Jerusalem has no Church imagery. The 12 foundations, gates, etc. The Twelve were apostles of Israel, not apostles of the Church. They had no ministry to Gentiles. The Church is nowhere present in Revelation. Revelation depicts the Day of the Lord. Paul explicitly taught that the Church is not present in the Day of the Lord 1 Thessalonians 1. Sound theology must be based upon what the Bible says, not upon what it does not say.
Steven, Abraham was saved by faith alone as Paul explained in Romans 4. For James, see my article, Faith vs.
Works in James. Great article! This has really helped me out and makes so much sense.
Thanks for your insights! Be Blessed. The church is spoken of in several different metaphorical terms. One would not say we are the flock of God with Christ as our chief Shepherd but not also the body of the Shepherd. Based on your argument we could easily say, well then how could the sheep be also the body of the Shepherd?
Revelation was written in code language apocalyptic literature. The Christians of the 1st century were able to decode it because the code was terminology from the Old Testament. For instance, when Babylon is used, it is not about Babylon, it is a reference to Rome.
And when Israel is mentioned, it is a reference to Christians. Most false doctrine is established when someone decides to misuse figurative literature. Steven, The Church is the body of Christ. Revelation is written in figurative language but behind all figures is a literal sense.
Without such discipline any interpretation is possible. That is why there is so much confusion regarding understanding Revelation. Depart from a literal hermeneutic and you have chaos. Most of the commentaries on Revelation are worthless in terms of understanding what the book means for most of the writers have abandoned the literal sense. Babylon is Babylon, not Rome. I agree, most false doctrine comes from the misuse of figurative literature.
The misuse is to not understand that behind the figures is literal reality. The wedding motif is about God reuniting with mankind via the spirit. Adam separated us and Jesus came to reconcile us again so that we could commune directly with our Father without the need of Mediators, Prophets, Priests, Teachers, etc. Matt The kingdom came in the first century. If you have been reconciled and have his spirit then the marriage has taken place.