APOCRYPHA

Trajectories (links) through Early Christianity

J E Bradburn

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It is common to be taught the history of the Holy Bible from the New Testament, but does not include the Old Testament as well. It is indicative of a lack of learning by Christians who study only from the New Testament but know and understand very little of the Old Testament. The Truth is; if one reads any book but only the last chapter it is certain it will bring confusion about the plot, the culprit, the hero or heroine, the history, or any other confusion, even not enjoying or miss-understanding what the author is trying to present. So in this link I will go through THE DISPENSATIONAL PLAN OF THE BIBLE http://www.godsplan.org.uk/dispensationalplan.htm using the early Apocryphal writings of the New Testament but before this; I will introduce you kicking and screaming to the Old Testament because:

“STANDING AT THE BEGINNING SIGNIFIES A RETURN TO THE PARADISIACAL (PARADISE) STATE OF HUMAN KIND.”

2 Peter 3:5—6 (KJV)

5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: http://www.godsplan.org.uk/2%20Peter%203.htm 

 

ALREADY WE SEE WHAT MOST HAVE MISSED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

http://www.godsplan.org.uk/formerage.htm

 

Unless one has an inquisitive nature and mind, anyone can gloss over 2 Peter 3 even the shepherd priests of today, Bishops, Archbishops, and Popes. In the Old Testament before the Nativity of Christ http://www.godsplan.org.uk/nativityofjesus.htm people would leave the learning of God’s Word to Pharisees, Scribes, and Sadducees, who would in turn teach the populace in the Synagogues, and while going about, whatever they wanted to, lies, deception, suppositions &c, people soon became apostate http://www.godsplan.org.uk/apostasytogodskingdom.htm and enjoyed the earthly life over the spiritual, just as lost sheep  http://www.godsplan.org.uk/spiritualmaterial.htm. Even to handing over Christ to be crucified, they rejected His teachings http://www.godsplan.org.uk/teacher.htm and accepted a criminal instead named Barabbas, much over 2000 years ago.

 

John 15:16 (KJV) “Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in My name, he may give it you

http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Bereshith.htm

 

Comparing the Gospel of Thomas to the New Testament gospels is a complicated task. Which New Testament version should Thomas be compared to? Scholars who used the Coptic versions of the New Testament to understand the relationship between Thomas and the synoptic tradition have been accused of faulty methodology. As a result, research has been made on comparing Thomas to the Greek New Testament. But this can also lead to uncertain conclusions,

 

“SINCE NONE HAVE ACCESS TO THE ORIGINAL TEXT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT,” Andrι Gagnι

 

“Since none have access to the original text of the New Testament.” Here we have another deception, though unwarranted, because the statement above excludes the Holy Spirit who leads all “who study to prove themselves worthy of God,” into the TRUTH. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/gifts.htm The earthly and material mind leads educated scholars into all snares and traps, http://www.godsplan.org.uk/doctrineofdemons.htm it is only man who distorts the TRUTH; and since the learning has been left to the scholar as over 2000 years ago (above), belief to what they recite will lead to even more confusion and dis-belief.

 

“NOT TASTING DEATH”

The Promise of Everlasting Life http://www.godsplan.org.uk/deathswallowedup.htm

 

image002The idea of “not tasting death” as a reference to Eternal Life is also attested in the New Testament (John 8:52) by the Pharisees.

 

John 8:52 (KJV) Then said the Jews [Pharisees] unto Him, “Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep My saying, He shall never taste of death.”

 

The Pharisees blasphemes that Christ has a devil, which indicates who they were and how little they actually knew about Gods Future Kingdom, the Power of God, and the Resurrection of the soul. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/kingdom.htm. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/earthlytabernacle.htm http://www.godsplan.org.uk/jewishworld.htm

 

Ecclesiastes 12:7 (KJV) Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

 

PERSECUTING THE CHURCH

 

Paul “made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison” (Acts 8:3). Members of the Church in Jerusalem fled to other areas to try to escape from Paul.

 

Acts 8:3 (KJV) As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.

 

But he got permission to chase after them, even to Damascus! Paul would be able to arrest Christians there and drag them the long 140 miles back to Jerusalem. Paul was the enemy of the Christians. He was probably the one they feared the most. But then came a miraculous event that drastically changed the course of Paul’s life. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/christianmovement.htm

 

ON THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS

 

“As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Mehttp://www.godsplan.org.uk/stpaul.htm

 

TAXES PAID TO CAESAR

 

Mark 12:17 (KJV) And Jesus answering said unto them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. (and to Me which are Mine) [Apocryphal] And they marvelled at Him.

 

1.      Taxes which are Caesar’s http://www.godsplan.org.uk/spiritualmaterial.htm

2.      Things that are Gods: Worship, morality, Prayer, Faithfulness, & Servitude. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/kingdom.htm

3.      Thing’s which are Jesus’ http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Bereshith.htm (John 15:16 above)

 

John 20:29 (KJV) Jesus saith unto him, “Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed

 

The promise is for those who interpret the hidden sayings of Jesus. This is the most significant difference between John and Thomas. This emphasis on knowledge as a condition for “not tasting death” (can be found in Logia 18, 19) These two sayings can actually be read together. In 18, the disciples question Jesus on how their end will come about. Jesus’ response, however, does not concern their end but leads to another question about the beginning and the end.

 

http://www.godsplan.org.uk/revelation_%20revealed.htm   KNOWLEDGE OF THE END IS ONLY POSSIBLE WHEN ONE KNOWS AND STANDS AT THE BEGINNING. http://godsplan.org.uk/book1.htm

http://www.godsplan.org.uk/gathering.htm

 

is that he knows the end will “not taste death”. It what provides a clue to into what is meant by the beginning and the end. The blessing is given to one who was before coming into being . The final promise is that those who know the five unmovable trees in Paradise will “not taste death! http://www.godsplan.org.uk/deathswallowedup.htm

 

·        A Blessed is he who will stand at the beginning.

·        B He will know the end and he will not taste death.

·        A Blessed is he who was before he came into being.

·        B He who will know them will not taste death.

 

The two Makarisms (blessings) (A//A) share the same basic ideas: standing at the beginning corresponds to the moment before one came into being. Knowledge of the end (B) is parallel to the knowledge one has of the five trees

In paradise (B), and in both cases, the result is the same. These two implicitly refer to the prelapsarian condition of Adam in paradise a time when primordial man had not yet “tasted death”. Standing at the beginning signifies a return to the paradisiacal state of humankind. This condition is analogous (similar) to a return to the Kingdom, the place of origin of the solitary Adam. It is also comparable to the Light, the place from which the elect originate.

 

Mark 9:1 (KJV) And he said unto them, “Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.”

 

Matthew 16:28 (KJV) “Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.”

 

Luke 9:27 (KJV) “But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.”

 

 

1 Corinthians 15:51 (KJV)

51 “Behold, I shew you a mystery; ‘We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,’”

52 “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

 

Just as Jesus after His crucifixion: 1 Corinthians 15:4 (KJV) And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: After the Crucifixion Jesus visited His disciples to prove to them they would not taste death, Not long after He was taken up to Heaven where He sat at the right hand of God, all was given Him while He awaited the time in which Isaiah stated for His second Advent.

 

Isaiah 61: 1—2  (KJV)

1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me; because the Lord hath anointed Me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm  http://godsplan.org.uk/greattribulation2.htm

 

AN ACTION IS REQUIRED HOWEVER; ONE MUST “STAND” IN THE BEGINNING IN ORDER “TO NOT TASTE DEATH.”

 

Adam would not “have tasted death” had he not lost his original state of perfection. Adam had come forth of a great power and a great wealth, this most certainly refers to paradise, which is also to be understood as the “beginning of the end” the “Kingdom” and the “Light”. Adam’s loss of paradise is the cause of his unworthiness and death. Adam is said to be unworthy of “you”, a direct reference to the readers, superior to him since they can live forever. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/internalspirit.htm  Unworthiness is a characteristic of this fallen earth http://godsplan.org.uk/fleshage.htm, of those who do not follow Jesus, and of the female element in humankind (and why they are not worthy of vicars or Bishops). In order to “not taste death” then, one must be worthy, and this, is possible only to those who find the interpretation of the hidden sayings of Jesus. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/earstohear.htm It is through such knowledge that one “stands at the beginning” to uncover “the end”, and knows the five trees in paradise.

 

THIS IS THE ULTIMATE ESCHATOLOGICAL MOMENT. (a branch of theology concerned with the final events in the history of the world or of humankind).

 

The Johanine conditional subordinate clause stresses on the importance of “keeping” the word of Jesus. In the Fourth Gospel, keeping the word of Jesus is synonymous to “Believing”  that He is the plenipotentiary (invested with full power) of the Father, fulfilling the One who sent Him. Eternal life is promised to those who have such faith http://www.godsplan.org.uk/faith.htm

 

John 3:16—18  (KJV)

16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him [Jesus] should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.

18 He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

 

image004EXODUS; IN THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESIED THAT THE SON OF MAN WOULD BE LIFTED UP IN THE DESERT MUCH EARLIER THAN THE NEW TESTAMENT. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Lineage5.htm

 

John 3:14-21 (KJV)

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

15 That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him [Jesus] should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.

18 He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

 

The snake represents the serpent Satan, whose attack on Christ caused the much later crucifixion. This was the negative aspect of God’s Plan. In Genesis 1 of Bullinger’s Companion Bible KJV the side margins reveal the Truth. “An enemy hath done this” (Matthew 13:25, 28, 39 & 1 Cor14:33). In like manner man became a ruin. (Gen 3 Psalm 14:1-3; 51:5; 53:. Ecc 7:20. Rom 7:18). http://godsplan.org.uk/fleshage.htm

 

Psalm 14:1-3 (KJV)

1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

2 The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

 

Psalm 51:5 (KJV) Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

 

If (John 8: 52 KJV) stresses the importance of keeping Jesus’ Word, the Gospel of Thomas requires various actions from those who hope of “not tasting death”. One must find the interpretation of the hidden words of the living Jesus,

1.      Stand at the beginning to know the end,

2.      Know the five trees in paradise.

3.       Be worthy.

 

·        Q. Do all these prerequisites point in the same direction? 

The common thread between these Thomasine sayings seems to be knowledge, a significant motif for the author/compiler of the collection. The quest (and although repetitive is what it means) for the meaning into the hidden sayings of Jesus awakens one to the heavenly origin and return of the elect to the Kingdom and the Light, the place where “one will not taste death”. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/teacher.htm

(Quest a search for something, especially a long or difficult one; e.g. TRUTH).

 

There seems to be some dilemma between Jesus and God. It comes from being over grammatically analytical and ONE MUST “STAND” IN THE BEGINNING IN ORDER “TO NOT TASTE DEATH.”

1 All. Elohim occurs 2.700 times. Its first occurrence connects it with creation, and give it its essential meaning as the Creator. It indicates His relation to mankind as His creatures (see note on 2 Chron. 18:31, where it stands in contrast with Jehovah as indicating covenant relationship). 'Elohim is God the Son, the living "WORD" with creature form to create (John 1:1. Col. 1:15-17. Rev. 3:14); and later, with human form to redeem (John 1:14). "Begotten of His Father before all worlds; born of His mother, in the world." In this creature form He appeared to the Patriarchs, a form not temporarily assumed. 'Elohim is indicated (as in A.V.) by ordinary small type, "God". See table on page 7.

 

John 1:1 (KJV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. https://levendwater.org/companion/append4.html

 

II. Father. Jehovah. While Elohim is God as the Creator of all things, Jehovah is the same God in covenant relation to those whom He has created (Cp. 2 Chron. 18:31). Jehovah means the Eternal, the Immutable One, He Who WAS, and IS, and IS TO COME. The Divine definition is given in Gen. 21:33. He is especially, therefore, the God of Israel; and the God of those who are redeemed, and are thus now "in Christ". We can say "My God," but not "My Jehovah", for Jehovah is "MY God." http://www.godsplan.org.uk/jehovah%27sword.htm

 

2 Chronicles 18:31 (KJV) And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, “It is the king of Israel”. Therefore they compassed about him to fight: but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the Lord helped him; and God moved them to depart from him.

 

As for the incomprehensible, inconceivable one, the Father, the perfect one, the one who made the All, [Elohim], within Him is the All and of Him the All has need. Although He retained their perfection within Himself which He did not give to the All, the Father was not jealous. What jealousy could there be between Himself and His members? For, if this aeon had thus [received] their [perfection], they could not have come [back to] the Father. He retains within Himself their perfection, granting it to them as a return to Him and a perfectly unitary knowledge. It is He who fashioned the All, and within Him is the All and the All was in need of Him. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/christianrace.htm Standing at the beginning in order to know the end is again in thr same line of thought. All these ideas basically refer to the place of origin and return.

 

Mark 12:17 (KJV) And Jesus answering said unto them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's, [and to Me which are Mine] And they marvelled at Him.”

 

What does Jesus refer to when He says what is mine the Apocryphal book asks? It precisely lies with the question of the return to the place of origin. As noted above in (Mark 23:17 KJV), the preeminence of Jesus is also mentioned in the context of the origin and return of the elect.

 

John 6:37(KJV) All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.

 

It is understandable to me, how many people cannot work out how to find the answer to questions like this, even though the answers are in the New Testament. It is simply because the Shepherds are not shepherding.   

In agrarian societies, like the ones in which the Bible was written, the job description of shepherds was well known. This familiarity may have led to the metaphor in the Scripture between ministry leaders and shepherds. However, in our industrialized culture the nuances of shepherding have been somewhat lost. To make matters even more ambiguous (open to several meanings), ‘a shepherd’ is a person or role, a noun. However, the Bible also uses the term as a verb, ‘to shepherd.’ As a missional community leader, you are a shepherd and are tasked to shepherd God’s people. Confused yet?

Shepherds were tasked with watching over other people’s flocks of sheep. As a missional community leader, you are a shepherd. You have been called to watch over someone’s flock. In this case, the flock belongs to God, who has entrusted them to you the church: Protestant, Catholic, Jew, or any other denomination, for you to shepherd rightly in accordance to the Gospel..

 

As noted, the pre-eminence of Jesus is also mentioned in the context of the origin and return of the elect. This is seen in the parallel concerning the imagery of “light”. Therein, “light” is a reference to the place of origin and of return. The elect of the living Father are the sons of the “light” But what exactly is this “light”? It is the place from where the Elect originate. As the “light”, Jesus is the origin of the elect, the sons of light, and also emphasises the return to the place of light. A similar idea is also where the “ALL” is said to have come from and return to Jesus. When comparing the Apocrypha with the New Testament Gospels, one can clearly detect similarities with the Gospels of John and Mark is at the level of common language.

 

John 8:52 (KJV) Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death.

 

The emphasis is knowledge http://www.godsplan.org.uk/gathering.htm knowledge is the sine qua non (Latin: something absolutely indispensable or essential) for “not tasting death”, whereas the Johannine tradition focuses on the idea of faith http://www.godsplan.org.uk/faith.htm as requirement of eternal life. Both traditions share a common expression, however; the gathering of knowledge http://www.godsplan.org.uk/gathering.htm  goes by far, a long way to understanding the Word of God, therefore developing a strong faith towards the Eternal Plan http://www.godsplan.org.uk/eternalplan.htm 

 

Ephesians 3:11 (KJV) According to the eternal purpose which He proposed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

KNOWLEDGE OF THE END IS ONLY POSSIBLE WHEN ONE KNOWS AND STANDS AT THE BEGINNING  http://www.godsplan.org.uk/2%20Peter%203.htm  then http://www.godsplan.org.uk/gentont.htm

 

Only when one studies Bullinger’s Companion Bible (KJV), the world that then was the beginning above, does one progresses to Genesis 1 this fallen world  http://godsplan.org.uk/fleshage.htm through to Revelation in the New Testament http://www.godsplan.org.uk/revelation_%20revealed.htm. There are no short cuts, only hard work and study, however; I can assure you, every day that passes is nearer to the day of judgement and the coming of the one who will set you free http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm  http://godsplan.org.uk/greattribulation2.htm http://www.godsplan.org.uk/earthlytabernacle.htm from this burdening world we now live on. where the one world system without God is almost in place; so get studying if you wish to be with God.  http://www.godsplan.org.uk/bibleprophecytheend.htm

 

The New Testament and the Third Epistle to the Corinthians Alberto D’Anna

The so-called Third Epistle to the Corinthians (3 Cor) is a pseudepigraphic https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biblical_apocrypha work in the form of a correspondence between Paul and the Corinthian community. It includes a first short letter (verse 1), apparently sent to Paul by Presbyters from Corinth, in order to expound (to defend with argument) the doctrines taught by two newcomers, Simon, and Cleobius, and to ask the apostle for an opinion about them.

These doctrines make a distinction between God and the Almighty, that is to say between a superior God and the Old Testament Creator they also refuse the authority of the Old Testament (the Prophets); they state that the human nature of Lord is only apparent; they deny the resurrection of the flesh.

 

2 Corinthians 3 (KJV)

01 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?

02 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:

03 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.

04 And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:

05 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;

06 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

07 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:

08 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?

09 For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.

10 For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.

11 For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.

12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:

13 And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:

14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.

15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.

16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 

1.      The Corinthian’s make a distinction between God and the Almighty.

2.      Between a superior God and the Old Testament Creator.

3.      They also refuse the authority of the Old Testament (the Prophets)

4.      They also state that the human nature of the Lord is only apparent (clear or manifest to the understanding of the New Testament, excluding the understanding of the Old Testament);

5.      They deny the resurrection of the flesh.

 

So; let us take number 1 & 2 objections first:

 

Genesis 1:26-28 (KJV)

26 And God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”

27 So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

 

Answer to 1 & 2: Making a distinction between God and the almighty is a common error among New Testament Christians, Jehovah spoke, and Elohīm acted; Elohīm is the Son of God and performed the Creation with the help of a number of angels when Jehovah; His Father spoke the Word.  http://www.godsplan.org.uk/ethhaadham.htm  http://www.godsplan.org.uk/first&last.htm  http://www.godsplan.org.uk/book1.htm  https://levendwater.org/companion/append4.html 

 

John 1: 1—4 (KJV)

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2 The same was in the beginning with God.

3 All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made.

4 In Him was life; and the life was the light of men.

 

Answer to 3 The Testament of the Prophets of the Old Testament is paramount to the New Testament Christian; for without the knowledge we received through the Holy Spirit from God we Christians would have had only the New Testament and Revelation to try and put everything together. We owe the Judeans (Hebrew’s) everything for the knowledge they provided us (DO NOT FORGET IT).                                                        http://www.godsplan.org.uk/jehovah%27sword.htm  http://www.godsplan.org.uk/theprophets.htm

 

John 15:16 (KJV) “Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in My name, He may give it you.”

 

Answer to 4: https://bible.org/article/why-god-became-man

 

Answer to 5: This is correct: Ecclesiastes 12:7 (KJV) Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

 

image001The gathering of knowledge will stand you in good stead as you learn about Godsplan from the beginning.   http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Index.htm It will also like me, reveal how much you did not know or had forgotten. It is very important to use this knowledge that has been given to you, without wavering when giving the right answer to those seeking answers.

 

Luke 9:26 (KJV) For whosoever shall be ashamed of Me and of My words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when He shall come in His own glory, and in His Father's, and of the holy angels. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm

 

  Where the Acts of Paul had a larger fortune, 3 Corinthians was less conditioned in its diffusion by its presence in that work; it was considered authentic for a long time and it was inserted among the epistles of Paul not only in Syria but also in Armenia. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/stpaul.htm There, it stood firmly in the New Testament canon up to the 7th century and it kept enjoying a high consideration even later.

 

WORLDLY CHURCHES

 

The letters to the Seven Churches of Asia, (Revelation) describe a range of conditions, which can be seen within different churches to differing degree throughout history. Much of the criticism which Christ levels at the churches is an indictment of the ever-present tendency to compromise with the culture.

 

The Bible does not hesitate to condemn worldliness for the serious sin that it is. Worldliness is any preoccupation with or interest in the temporal system of life that places anything perishable before that which is [spiritual] eternal.

 

CHRISTIAN LIBERTY OR LICENTIOUSNESS?

 When faced with such pressures, it is often easy to rationalise participation in pagan activities and reinterpret them as being compatible with the grace of God and the maturity and freedom of the believer. Christian liberty can make weaker brothers stumble, and easily cross the line where we find ourselves participating in events, which are neither helpful or edifying and even border on licentiousness ( Lacking moral discipline or ignoring legal restraint, especially in sexual conduct, having no regard for accepted rules or standards) Rom. 6:1-2; Jude 1:4 http://www.godsplan.org.uk/apostasytogodskingdom.htm http://www.godsplan.org.uk/book1.htm

 

Romans 6:1-2 (KJV)

1 “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?”

2 “God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”

 

Jude 4 (KJV) For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Kenites.htm  http://www.godsplan.org.uk/parables.htm

 

ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE NT

3 Cor is a pseudepigraphic text https://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/pseudepigraphic attributed, in its second and larger part, to Paul. This choice witnesses that both the real author and the real receivers had a high opinion of him. Otherwise, the use of the Apostle’s name would have lost ab origine (from the very beginning) a huge part of its effectiveness: the author’s message would have not received a a particular recognition of aauthoritati8veness by means of the Pauline attribution and all the literary operation would have been pointless.

Pseudepigrapha

 (so͞o'dĭpĭ`grəfə) [Gr., = things falsely ascribed], a collection of early Jewish and some Jewish-Christian writings composed between c.200 B.C. and c.A.D. 200, not found in the Bible or rabbinic writings.

Apocalypses are well represented in the Pseudepigrapha; those of the early Judaic period may date from the 3d century B.C. The Testament, the genre of the farewell discourse, is also frequently encountered in the Pseudepigrapha. Prayers and hymns are found both independently (e.g. Psalms of Solomon, Odes of Solomon, Prayer of Manasseh), as well as incorporated into other genres. Most of the works are anonymous; only the apocalypses are strictly speaking pseudepigrapha.

The Pseudepigrapha have been transmitted in Western, Eastern, Ethiopian, and Egyptian Coptic churches and are often extant (currently or actually existing); only in the languages of those churches, i.e., Latin, Greek, Syriac, Georgian, Armenian, Coptic, and Ethiopic, though originally composed in Hebrew or Aramaic. Evidence of Christian interpolation and addition exists in some of these books. Some fragments of books included in the Pseudepigrapha have also been discovered among the Dead Sea Scrolls

A large proportion of the Pseudepigrapha can be explained by reference to early Judaism's persistent readiness to interpret and expand biblical traditions, reapplying them to new situations and problems. Virtually all the theological themes of the Pseudepigrapha can be located in the Hebrew Scriptures. Thus, the 2nd cent. B.C. Jubilees is basically a retelling of Genesis and the Moses narratives of Exodus, with various added details not found in the Bible.

In the second place, the author refers to traditions about Mariam and about the conception of Jesus http://www.godsplan.org.uk/nativityofjesus.htm which have no correspondence in the canonised Gospel. Mariam is said to come from the seed of David  about which, both Matthew and Luke are silent and consider Joseph as the means through which Jesus descends from David of the house of Jesse.

 

THE FOURTEEN LAY GENERATIONS

 

1.       ABRAHAM………………………………………………..

 

2.       Isaac………………………………………………………..

 

3.       Jacob……………………………………………………….

 

4.       Judas……………………………………………………….

 

5.       Pharas………………………………………………………

 

6.       Esrom………………………………………………………

 

7.       Aram……………………………………………………….

 

8.       Aminadab………………………………………………….

 

9.       Naasson……………………………………………………

 

10.    Salmon…………………………………………………….

 

11.    Booz………………………………………………………..

 

12.    Obed………………………………………………………..

 

13.    Jesse………………………………………………………..

 

14.     DAVID the King (in Hebron, 2 Sam2:4, 11).

 

http://www.godsplan.org.uk/thetwogenerations.htm  Matthew 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for That Which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost  http://www.godsplan.org.uk/nativityofjesus.htm

 

He thought [Joseph]: i.e. pondered about or contemplated this step. This was Satan’s assault, as he had assaulted Abraham before (Gen 12:11—13). See Ap 23 https://levendwater.org/companion/append23.html

Maryam or Mariam is the Aramaic form of the biblical name Miriam (the name of the prophetess Miriam, the sister of Moses). It is notably the name of Mary (another of Satan’s attacks it should be Mariam) the mother of Jesus. 

 

The importance of these data is stressed by their presence in a very short text, where the few evangelical elements stand out because of their imperfect conformity to the canonised traditions. They point both to a still fluent circulation of evangelical traditions and to the absence of a reference role for the texts which will be canonised, a role which can make the stories about Jesus uniform.

 

Acts 24:15 (KJV) And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.

 

This verse Acts 24:15 is absolutely correct. When Christ returns at the Second Advent dead, living, just, and unjust will be resurrected for judgement before going into the millennium.

 

Matthew 25:33-35 (KJV)

33 And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.

34 Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, “Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:”

35 “For I was an hungred, and ye gave Me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave Me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took Me in:”

 

Despite all this, 3rd Corinthians was in the Armenian Orthodox Church's canon for a while, and it is an interesting piece of ancient literature! https://www.christian-history.org/3rd-corinthians.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Epistle_to_the_Corinthians

 

KNOWLEDGE OF THE END IS ONLY POSSIBLE WHEN ONE KNOWS AND STANDS AT THE BEGINNING

 

2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

 

1 Corinthians 15:12-57 (KJV)

12 Now if Christ be preached that He rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?

13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen?

14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.?

15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom He raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.

16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised?

17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.

18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.

19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at His coming.

24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.

25 For He must reign, till He hath put all enemies under His feet.

26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/deathswallowedup.htm

27 For He hath put all things under His feet. But when He saith all things are put under Him, it is manifest that He is excepted, which did put all things under Him. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/stars.htm

28 And when all things shall be subdued unto Him, then shall the Son also Himself be subject unto Him that put all things under Him, that God may be all in all. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/perfection.htm

29 Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?

30 And why stand we in jeopardy every hour?

31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/state.htm

32 If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we die.

33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/doctrineofdemons.htm

34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/paganism.htm

35 But some man will say, “How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they comehttp://www.godsplan.org.uk/earthlytabernacle.htm

36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:

37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:

38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased Him, and to every seed his own body. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/internalspirit.htm

39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.

40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.

41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/thestarsalso2.htm

42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:

43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:

44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

45 And so it is written, ‘The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit

46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.? http://www.godsplan.org.uk/jehovah%27sword.htm

47 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/ethhaadham.htm  http://www.godsplan.org.uk/teacher.htm

48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/spiritualmaterial.htm

49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/theinformativestars.htm

50 Now this I say, brethren, “that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption (Ecclesiastes 12:7 KJV)

51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; “We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changedhttps://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/search.php?q=Shekinah+glory&bsec=Z&order=1

52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/deathswallowedup.htm

55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/book1.htm

57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm  http://godsplan.org.uk/greattribulation2.htm

 

https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Bible-Verses-About-Paradise/  Paradise found again.