When Do You Bring the Full Glory on the Son?

You don’t bring the full glory upon the king’s son until the king has passed away.  (That’s why, when the king dies and his son succeeds him, the cry is “The king is dead; long live the king!)

Thus, Jesus Christ was not fully glorified until the Second Coming in the late first-century A.D.

See Whatever Became of Jesus Christ? which is the biblical case for the Second Coming as accomplished fact.

At the Second Coming, Christ received all the glory that had been His Father’s (Isaiah 22:24).  Thus, “God died; long live God!”

To learn more about Christ versus the Trinity, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

Posts to Date on the Trinity Versus Christ

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

What Happened at the Second Coming?

Christ indeed came for His church, and the rest were shut out (Jesus Christ Has Already Come Again).  That is, He chose out of the church those who were truly His.  “Truly His,” meaning those who sincerely believed and genuine live according to His righteous law of love.

The church was well into apostasy by this time, which is why Jesus chose out of them those who who were truly His (2 Tim 2:19).

Ever since then, Christ has been “outside the camp” (Hebrews 13:13).  That is, the leaders of man-made church have forgotten Him and left Him outside.

You, therefore, leave the false church that you might find the true church, which is the kingdom of God.  That means serving Christ at all times and in all places.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

The New Testament Chronicles How the Old Testament Chronicles God’s Death and Resurrection

The New Testament shows how the Old Testament foresees the death and resurrection of God Himself.

God died and became Jesus of Nazareth, who was killed but then raised from the dead to live forevermore.  God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself.

For more on how you find God in Christ and not in the trinity, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

Posts to Date on the Trinity Versus Christ

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

God’s Priests in This Age

Those close to God’s heart in this age (the kingdom of God, the day of the Lord) are sent to His world as the prophets of old – sheep dogs who bark on behalf of the Shepherd of the sheep.  They bark repentance to those who have strayed.  And they fend off the wolves.

They are priests because they pray for others before being sent by Him.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

The Name, the Holy Spirit, and the Scriptures

In this age (which is the kingdom of God), we have the name of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit which have remained from the age before.  But how would we know for sure about either of them without the Scriptures of the prophets and the apostles?

In this age, all that remains of ancient Israel for us are the Scriptures.  We needn’t, for spiritual purposes, pay attention to anything that is going on in Palestine today.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Are You Making the Bible an Idol?

The Bible is not an end in itself.  Its purpose is to bear witness to Jesus Christ.  See John 5:39-40 and Luke 24:25-27, 31-32, 44-48.

As long as you are using the Bible to learn about Christ, you are using it wisely.  When you forget about Christ, the Bible can become an idol.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

The Lord Knows Those Who Are His

See 2 Timothy 2:19.

The Lord knows those who are His.  We do not need to put boundaries around the people of God or give them name tags.  We don’t always know who is following the Lord – but He does!  Let’s let Him take care of setting apart.  He knows how to make a distinction between those who obey Him and those who do not.

Let’s treat everyone the same.  And try to make the Lord proud of us so that He will consider us His.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Be Like Jesus

Be like Jesus.  It’s just that simple.  It’s not easy, but it is that simple.

Look to Jesus so that you might be like Jesus.  Your only purpose in studying the Bible should be to see Jesus more clearly…so that you can imitate Him.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Faith Is the Altar

Faith is the altar at which we serve the Lord.  Do not look for a physical altar.  Do not look for a physical sanctuary.

Everything in the Bible was to prepare us for living by faith in the day of the Lord.

Faith is having a conviction about things that you cannot see (Hebrews 11:1; Romans 14:22; 2 Corinthians 5:7).

Make faith your altar.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

God’s Silence Means Our Demise

Whether we do not listen…or God is silent…either way we are done for.  See Psalm 28:1 and 39:12.  (See also yesterday’s post.)

Therefore “Speak, Lord, for your servants listen!”  (See 1 Samuel 3.)

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Our Sin Is That We Won’t Listen to Him!

In Psalm 81:13, God cries out for His people to listen to Him.

This is our undoing – that we do not listen to Him.  If we would but turn our ears to Him, all would be well with us.

But if we don’t listen for His voice, even our prayers are an abomination.  See Proverbs 28:9.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Why the Gospels Might Have Been Written Later Than the Epistles

Bible scholars generally believe that the gospels were written later than the epistles.  If this is so, perhaps it is so for the same reason that the epistles conveyed so little of what the gospels conveyed (i.e., Jesus’ earthly life and teachings).  That is, the epistles (coming out of the apostles’ initial period of writing) were focused on Jesus’ reinterpretation of Hebrew Scripture.

Think about it.  Peter’s Pentecost sermon was not a recounting of Jesus’ parables or other sayings.  Rather, Peter was conveying Jesus’ spiritual understanding of the Hebrew Bible, which was an eye-opening experience for everyone.  And note also, at the other end of Acts, that Paul attempted to convince Jews in Rome about Jesus, not by quoting Jesus, but by focusing on how the Law and the Prophets had foreseen Him.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Grace Is Not Antithetical to Law

Grace is not antithetical to law, for this would lead to licentiousness.  Rather, grace is antithetical to a fleshly orientation.

Grace is given for the purpose of obeying God.  It is not given to render obedience moot.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

When Christ Was King of Israel and When He Became King of All Nations

In New Testament days, Jesus Christ was king of Israel.  In what the New Testament spoke of as “the age to come,” He would be the king of all nations.

Since we live in that “age to come” – which is also called “the day of the Lord,” “the day of Christ,” and similar terms – we know that Jesus Christ is now, and has been since the close of the biblical age, the king of all nations.

Therefore, we are no longer to live as in the Feast of Booths (the commemoration of temporary quarters), but are to enter the promised land (that is, the earth as ruled by God’s Messiah).

The New Testament age therefore was something of an interregnum between the rule of God since creation and the rule of God through the restoration of all things (new creation) spoken of by Peter in Acts 3:21.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

“But as for This Moses, We Do Not Know What Has Become of Him”

The quotation in the title is from Acts 7:40, which is Stephen’s quotation of Exodus 32:1, 23.

As with Moses, so with Jesus.  (See yesterday’s post.)

Aaron fashioned a golden calf and the post-apostolic church fashioned the trinity.  Both are false gods born of faithlessness.  That is, the leaders failed to believe in the return promised by the leader (Moses, and subsequently, Jesus).  These leaders were the false teachers whom the apostles said would arise in the last days of the New Testament church (e.g. Acts 20:29-30).

For more on how we should rightly view God, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

Posts to Date on the Trinity Versus Christ

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

How Did the Church Lose Track of Jesus?

The New Testament church proclaimed that Jesus had been raised into heaven and seated at the right hand of God, waiting for His enemies to be made a footstool for His feet.  Does the church today think that Jesus is still there waiting?  If so, His enemies have not yet been made a footstool for His feet.  And one of those enemies is death (1 Corinthians 15:26).  This would mean that death still reigns and that it has not been defeated.  If that’s the case, then everyone still descends to Sheol at death, just as they did throughout biblical times.  The church has lost track of Jesus.

“The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.” (Psalm 118:22)

For more on how Christ is the true God, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

Posts to Date on the Trinity Versus Christ

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

The Trinity Is a Man-Made Doctrine from a Man-Made Church

The Bible is “Thus saith the Lord.”  Church councils are “Thus saith people.”  There is a world of difference.

The Bible does not proclaim the trinity; church councils do.  But church councils do not carry the authority of God.

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”

For more on how Christ is the true God, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

Posts to Date on the Trinity Versus Christ

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

There Is No Need to Hang on to the God of the Past

There is no need to hang on to the God of the past because He is with us as Christ.

For more on how Christ is God to us, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

Posts to Date on the Trinity Versus Christ

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

We Are to Treat Christ as God…Because He Is God

The New Testament declares Messiah to have first place in the new age.  First place is God’s place.  This is okay because Christ is God.

We are always catching up to God.  He is always a step ahead of us.  No one can outsmart Him.

For more on how Christ is God to us, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

Posts to Date on the Trinity Versus Christ

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

The Son of God Is our God – Our Only God

Jesus inherited all the authority and glory of His Father.  Thus Jesus is to us God.  We are to have no other gods before Him!

For more on how Christ is God to us, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

Posts to Date on the Trinity Versus Christ

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

God’s Last Will and Testament

God the Father died leaving a last will and testament which bequeathed everything He had to His Son.  In other words, the firstborn Son inherited everything.  Thus God the Father died and was reborn in Jesus Christ.  He had left a will for which He Himself would be the heir!

For more on Christ being God, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

Posts to Date on the Trinity Versus Christ

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

The Messiah Is God

In the Scriptures, Messiah is the agent of God.

The great revelation of this age (the day of the Lord) is that Messiah is God.  Thus God became His own agent.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Messiah Is the Focal Point of God

Read the Scriptures and see that their focal point is Messiah.  In the Old Testament He is the one who was to come.  In the New Testament He was the one who had come and would come again.

Thus, ironically, the focal point of the Scriptures is not God, but rather Messiah.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

The Lord Is Speaking

It’s not merely that the Lord is.  It’s that He is speaking.

Therefore, do not ask, “Does God exist?”  Ask instead, “Does God speak?”

If He speaks, He surely exists.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

There Is Only One Lord; There Can Be Only One Lord

There is only one Lord and Jesus is His name.

For more on Christ versus the Trinity, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

Posts to Date on the Trinity Versus Christ

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ Transforms the Law of Moses

In the mouth of Moses, the Law applied to the flesh…and even then only to those who were descended through Abraham.

In the mouth of Jesus, these same Scriptures become a life-giving source of grace as they testify to Him.

Therefore, you can go to the Scriptures in search of law or grace.  Grace is better.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

He Who Extols God Has the Spirit of God

Where the Spirit of God is poured out, there God is extolled.

See what happened on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2:11.  See also Acts 10:46 and 1 Corinthians 12:3.

“We cannot stop speaking what we have seen and heard!”

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.