12 For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power
[making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than
any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life
(soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest
parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very
thoughts and purposes of the heart.AMP
(280-337), the Roman Emperor and his mother, Empress Helena, built many pagan temples. After his conversion in 313, he
continued his custom of building, but this time
it was “Christian" temples. They simple(y) went from worshiping the pagan
gods to the memorializing (of) the dead
saints. Many pagan buildings were later converted to churches This was really the official beginning of
recognizing buildings as churches.
something we can see and someone to represent us… something physical. Whether we are building a building to
reach the sky as the tower of Babel or an edifice tohold our pastor’s meetings on Sunday… we want our
own building. 7
Jesus himself stressed the importance of the
"scriptures" to our walk with Him.
Mt 5:17Think not that I am come to destroy the law , or the
prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.KJV
or as the amplified says;
Mt 5:17Do not think that I have come to do away with orundo the Law or the Prophets; I have
come not to do away with or undo but to complete and fulfill them.AMP
What makes this so hard to understand? Jesus make it plain
when he was questioned by one of the lawyers about eternal life.
then a certain lawyer arose to try (test, tempt) Him, saying, Teacher, what am I to do to inherit everlasting life [that
is, to partake of eternal salvation in the Messiah's kingdom]?
26 Jesus said to him, What is written in the Law? How do you read it?
he replied, You must love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all
your soul and with all your strength
and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself. [Lev 19:18; Dt 6:5.]
Jesus said to him, You have answered correctly; do this, and you
will live [enjoy active,blessed,
endless life in the kingdom of God].AMP
So where in the world did Jesus get this answer and for the
most part where did the lawyer get the response he gave to Jesus question?
Guess where, the law!
19:18 You shall not take revenge or bear any grudge against the sons of your
people, butyou shall love your
neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord. [Mt 5:43-46; Ro 12:17,19.]AMP
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your [mind and] heart and with
your entirebeing and with
all your might.AMP
Always remember that the only "Scriptures" that
existed before the 5th century was the "Law(Teachings of Moses),
Psalms(poetry of David) and the Prophets(prophetic foretelling of Yeshua
HaMascheach coming). There were by then
also a few letters and some other writings circulating. So what this means is,
the entire so called New Testament was built on the foundation of the then
known "Scriptures". Even Paul alluded to and taught everything he
knew from the Old Testament. I propose to you that Jesus and all the disciples
were taught out of the "scrolls".
Lk 4:17 And there was delivered
unto him the book
of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book , he found the place
where it was written, 18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath
anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the
brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight
to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the
acceptable year of the Lord. 20 And he closed the book , and he gave it again
to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the
synagogue were fastened on him.
GREEK> biblion (bib-lee'-on); a
diminutive of NT:976; a roll:
KJV - bill, book, scroll, writing.
GREEK> biblos (bib'-los); properly, the inner bark of the
papyrus plant, i.e. (by implication) a sheet or scroll of writing:
Now remember, Paul and Peter were martyred during the first
century, at a time when the Romans put down the Jewish rebellion that destroyed
the temple and Jerusalem was sacked. So where are they getting their
inspiration from? One was a Pharisee and the other walked with Jesus. They both
were filled with the Holy Spirit and wrote by Divine revelation of the
"scriptures" that were then in existence.
2 Ti 3:14 But continue thou in the
things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou
hast learned them; 15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy
scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which
is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in
righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto
all good works.KJV
2 Pe 1:19 We have also a more sure
word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that
shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your
hearts: 20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any
private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of
man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.KJV
And on a final note, Jesus validated the
"scriptures" Himself when he was walking to Emmaus with the two
disciples after His resurrection.
Lk 24:25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets
have spoken: 26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into
his glory? 27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all
the scriptures the things concerning himself.KJV
Pretty strong words for two "disciples" who walked
with Jesus. So, how much more should we, almost 2000 years disconnected from
Messiah's discourse with these two, pay more attention to the things of
This is only surface stuff. We need to deal with matters of
the soul and heart of man. This has absolutely nothing to do with man's
spiritual condition. It all deals with man's walk on this earth which we live
out in the flesh or human nature. These directives in the "Law" deal
with the flesh nature and the simplest way to illustrate this is Jesus died as
a "man" for us so we could have access to God's throne room by the
power of the Holy Spirit and His shed blood.
So God's grace is His empowerment for us to walk in the
earth and do the "works" of Jesus and greater works because we as the
"Ekklesia" can do as a unified body of believers more than Jesus
could do in Israel as one man, and a Jewish man at that. All of this is found
in the "scriptures". The Gospels, Acts, Epistles and Revelation are
just an unfolding of the Word of God in the scriptures.
We owe it to ourselves to prayerfully study the "Old
Testament" scriptures more deeply and lovingly. God reveals Himself there
and enlightens us in the "New Testament".
The writer of Hebrews stated the importance of the
scriptures this way.
Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let
them slip. 2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience
received a just recompence of reward; 3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first
began to be spoken by the Lord, andwas
confirmed unto us by them that heard him; 4 God also bearing them witness, both
withsigns and wonders, and with
divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?KJV
And again I reiterate....
4:12 For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active,
operative,energizing, and effective];
it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing ine of the breath of life (soul) and [the
immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and
analyzing and judging the very thoughts and
purposes of the heart.AMP
I suggest reading the account of Steven in Acts 6 and 7.
Here is a young Hebrew man, schooled since childhood in the
"scriptures" inspired by Holy Spirit expounding the
"scriptures" whose face shown like an angel. Yet the proud hearts of
those listening could not receive his report.
We need to get back to that time, now.
Am I saying you need to become a Jew? ABSOLUTELY NOT!
Am I saying you should leave your current fellowship? ABSOLUTELY NOT!
Am I saying the "Old Testament" is important today? ABSOLUTELY YES!