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      That the Gospel, being rejected by the Jews, should be preached among the Gentiles is the topic, today, along with more on salvation by reading the Scriptures. As has occurred on a number of occasions, before I could complete my response to the person who posed the question, the identifying information was deleted by “Yahoo! Answers.” Even so, I may share what was posted by the writer using ID “Johnny” (Level 1 with 199 points, a member since November ?, 2012) as having been the following:

What did Paul mean “From now on I will go to the Gentiles.”?

And what is with all this Jewish pride chosen people crap?

THE BATTLE AXE: The Golden Ticket? (11/30/2012)—There is no instant and automatic access, simple formula, or golden ticket a person may use to gain a place in heaven. For believers in GOD through Jesus Christ, achieving a celestial home is accomplished as a peculiar “work” of dependence upon divine grace, of faith, and of daily living that displays uninterrupted righteousness. Believers must cooperate with the finished work for salvation that has been performed through the birth, life, ministry, death, resurrection, ascension, and eternal reign of Christ. The recovery of believers from death and sin is not a single, one-time event. The saved must undertake a journey to GOD that requires many acts of obedience, careful choices, and experiences of self denial. Rather than discrete events such as only reading the Bible, there will be repeated demands that absolutely must be met for change in behavior, conduct and desires; demands for growth in relationship and understanding with other believers; continuous demands for repentance from sin; and unquenchable demands for prayer, service and worship to embrace the presence of GOD.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth. And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed. And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region. But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts. (Acts 13: 46-50, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: According to the Eternal Purpose (11/20/2012); Still The “Chosen” (03/19/2012); GOD Does Exist (03/20/2012); The First Jews (02/20/2012); Upon This Rock (02/21/2012); Why Only Luke (02/22/2012); New Covenant? (01/08/2011); Annulled? (01/09/2011)

      The “good news” (the Gospel) proclaimed through the ministry of Jesus Christ has many aspects and levels. By declaring a mission to the Gentiles that would no longer be centered within and dependent upon the system of synagogues, or the practice of the Temple at Jerusalem, the Apostle Paul introduced the next phase in declaring the universal truth of salvation to mankind. Rejection by the Jews of the teachings that Jesus of Nazareth appeared in the earth as Messiah to fulfill holy promises from GOD that are recorded in Scripture would not be an obstacle to the completion of the divine work to anchor human understanding in a more complete and correct revelation of GOD. And this was good news.

      Like many others (for example, the prophets Daniel and John the Baptist, and the Apostle Peter), Paul did not immediately grasp the full understanding of GOD operating both in the flesh and through the spirit. Even modern day believers have difficulty with the many spiritual truths that must be accepted for mature service and worship. Historical truths that GOD had appeared and operated in the earth were in line with doctrines that identified GOD as using men in the earth through covenants. The priesthood that may be traced from Adam to Moses was seen as confirmed in the life and work of Jesus, rather than contradicted or denied. Because custom and tradition among the true followers of Moses had permitted the spread of human error, the duty to share spiritual benefit with the Gentiles had been deemphasized, ignored, and overlooked. After illumination from Christ, Paul was able to see that wholeness for the work of GOD could not be correctly accomplished without embracing the Greeks, Romans and all other peoples.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, that mankind is granted an impartial, yet, empathetic and experienced judge is good news. Because of sin, there have long been those who think themselves wise by showing disrespect to others. The problems of disbelief, ignorance and racism may cloud and delay a believer’s understanding; however, the light of the Gospel cannot be extinguished for those who realize that the necessary changes within their being (that also must come by death, re-birth, learning and growth) are primarily through the operation of the spirit imparted from GOD. And this, too, is good news.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.


      Whether or not one may escape hell by reading the Bible is addressed today, along with more on the scale of acceptance for the resurrection of Jesus. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Mystaku” (Level 4 with 3,733 points, a member since January 6, 2011) posted the following:

Christians : Question on John 12:47-49 – Did I interpret it correctly?

So I had asked the question “Christians : If a hindu reads the bible & chooses to remain a hindu & not accept christ will he go to hell?”;…

And one of the answers had the verse from John 12:47-49

47 “As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it. 48 There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day. 49 For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it.

So this means that anyone who has read the bible but has chosen not to accept jesus/bible, he/she will be ‘condemned till the last day” aka eternal torture in hell?

If you believe that a good person will go to heaven regardless of whether or not he/she has read the bible and/or follows/rejects jesus, are you saying that this verse from John is wrong?

THE BATTLE AXE: Given the Cloud of Witnesses (11/29/2012)—The holy writings and the indwelling spirit always agree; and by their combined testimony every believer experiences the exact same awareness given to an eyewitness. (See Isaiah 43: 8-12 and 44: 6-9, KJV.) In modern society, many declare that spiritual truth must come by personal understanding, and to that extent, belief is achieved in isolation, and may not depend upon trusting others. Many events from sacred history are recorded in the Bible that foretell and attest to the resurrection of Jesus. From the death of Abel and birth of Seth, to the account of Jonah delivered from the belly of a great fish, and to the raising of Lazarus, there are innumerable sacred documents of “witness” to the resurrection of Jesus as Christ and Messiah. However, the holy writings only permit shared focus and language to make visible a witness that is itself divine person residing within a believer. The conclusive proof and testimony a believer desires must come as spiritual substance from GOD, and is more than merely a record of extraordinary behavior, exchanges and social interactions. Believers, therefore, have been given clarifications that include John 5: 36-37, John 7: 16-18, 1st John 2: 20-27 and 1st John 5: 1-13, King James Version.)

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. (1st Corinthians 1: 18, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Believing Everything? (11/23/2012); Attending Church? (11/12/2012); Does Everyone Go To Heaven? (10/28/2012); Magick and Prayer (10/29/2012); Sin Unknown? (10/10/2012); The Gender of Angels (10/09/2012); A Man in Heaven? (09/23/2012); By Grace (09/04/2012); Shaken Once More (08/22/2012)

      When a reader properly appreciates the holy writings (i.e., places the correct value upon them), it becomes clear that they are making more than a simple choice of pancakes for breakfast instead of waffles, and they are not just getting a “golden ticket” to heaven. The carnal, material and fleshy decisions are overshadowed by the weight of divine imperatives, and eternal issues. To a beginner, the full spectrum of divine person that finally is revealed cannot be recognized. More than this, beginners may fail to grasp that they are entered into a continuous process of transformation whereby GOD reconfigures their spirit makeup. The Gospel and other teachings infused with the Holy Spirit are more than an evidence or “foot-print” that records where the divine presence once existed. The Scriptures are an immediate and present appearance of Divine Person using the forms (i.e., body, incarnation) of utterance. Included are pledges, praises, prayers, proclamations, promises, and prophecies.

      Where one embraces the word from GOD as did James, John and the Apostle Paul, “to believe” means more than simply “to hold an idea” or “to support a peculiar statement.” Believing is an aspect of realizing what you are, and how you exist. Thus, believing is not at the level of an intellectual exercise, meditation and mental gymnastics. Also, ideas of argument, debate and self-expression are inappropriate. Believing pertains to faith, a divine substance that exists only within the fullness of spirit-person that men now speak of as “GOD.” Faith is inseparable from such other sacred content as glory, holiness, humility, joy, love, wisdom and wrath against sin. (So to speak, you can’t find one without the other.)

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, believers must “die to sin,” be re-born, grow and mature before they completely leave behind the flawed human idea of “good person” to direct their own choices and decisions after the model of Jesus. Various operations of the Holy Spirit must occur within them including illumination, insight, regeneration, and sanctification. Only ones beginnings may be regarded as simple and childlike. For believers are dealing with the grand issues of the universe: being, cause, consciousness, existence, knowing, origins, and eternal sovereignty.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC