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This could be a divine appointment. Continue and you may find answers here that have puzzled many for an awfully long time. Warning: If you are comfortable with your current views on life or religion, and you do not want things to drastically change, really, do not study the material here.

Although the Bible and its revealed Gospel stands central here, being of Christian faith is no criteria for anyone to be interested and gain loads from reading this material.

This message transcends the need to be Christian, though people who have had some exposure to commonly used terminology among Christians may find it easier recognizing some of the wording and concepts explained.

There is a huge need for the Christian community around the world to re-evaluate commonly accepted doctrines, on Soteriology, Eschatology, and its practice of Hermeneutics. It is not for no reason that whole Christian movements branch off, away from a cold legalistic performance based religion with an out-dated and un-Biblical “top-down” hierarchical leadership style, to a more Grace based understanding of the Gospel with a leadership style that is serving by nature. Many, believers have known for years that something has been wrong with the way Church, and Ministry has traditionally been conducted. The secular world perceives the “Church goers” as self-righteous, hypocritical, and judgmental of those who do not believe like them. The secular world is not far off from the truth.

I believe there is a way to change this perception of the secular world around and for the local Church – Believers who organised themselves as a community – to become a haven of hope and encouragement they were always meant to be.

This online material may assist anyone, in their development of a fresh view of the Bible, Scripture and Prophecy, Spirituality, God, Jesus, the Father, our past, our future, our destiny, Heaven, Hell, the here and now, and ultimately their self-image, to the point that it could change everything. What if many of the things you took for granted are not actually so, and the reality is much, much better?

Did you know that in God’s eyes you are extremely valuable like the precious pearl that Jesus spoke of in his parable?

Did you know that all sins are forgiven and that you have been fully accepted by God?

Did you know that you were born righteous into this world before God?

Did you know that you are a son / daughter of God?

Did you know that God will never punish you?

Did you know there is no wrath of God in our future?

Did you know that when your life on earth ends, you will leave your physical body, receive your immortal body and be with God forever in heaven?

Did you know that there will not be a total catastrophic end of our natural world?

How do I know this is true? …

Because that is the Good News of the Gospel

Hebrews 9 King James Version (KJV)
10 (The Old Sinaitic Covenant) Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.

The true gospel of God’s grace reveals that redemption-reconciliation is an accomplished fact and everyone has been included. Modern organised Christianity teaches that this gift must be obtained by believing and accepting Jesus Christ as Lord. A thorough understanding of the Biblical message shows that it does not subject anyone to such a condition. If you believe that Christ has redeemed you, it can wonderfully change your life. If you do not believe this great truth, it won’t change the fact that you were already redeemed, and Christ lives deep in your heart. Yes, of course, the redemption of mankind was attained by faith, the very faith of Christ himself. Follow the traces of the Old Testament prophets, the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, the teachings of the apostles in all its context and you will eventually come to the same conclusion.

This truth has been here an awfully long time. However, it was kept hidden from our eyes because of religious mindsets.

The purpose of this blog site:

This blog page is dedicated to studying the Bible with fresh eyes, removing the 2000 years of self-righteous religious mentality as we re-discover the Gospel truth.

Providing articles and materials about the „Redemption of the World“ that was accomplished 2000 years ago by the death and resurrection of Christ and the establishing of His Kingdom on Earth.

The goal is to strike a practical balance between honest conclusions supported by in-depth Biblical and extra-Biblical research. A Balance must be stricken between uncomplicated summaries and the more in depth studies.

To present a solid truth that supports the premise that all generations have been redeemed forever by what Christ accomplished without the contribution of man’s efforts including their own personal faith.

Strategically present teaching articles that can free the searching heart from destructive religious indoctrination.

Present teaching articles in a meaningful way to establish the searching heart with a strong foundation in the only Gospel. The only Gospel that proclaims that all of humanity was in Christ at His death and resurrection, apart from anyone’s decision.

The golden principle here is that all people and individuals are equally valuable. All people are loved, valued, respected and honored. Not because of who they are in their social status, not because of what they do, do not do, believe, or don’t believe, but because everyone is in Christ and Christ is in all and so we are all one.

The fact that we are all one in Christ is a spiritually transcendent reality. This perspective must not detract from the fact that there is also an inherent physical reality that recognizes the beautiful diversity within humanity. A world without this spiritual transcendent perspective is only diverse, which leads to racism and all other forms of discrimination. We must have unity in our diversity. We must recognize our unity and celebrate diversity. This is a sacred wholesome balance. The Gospel will introduce that balance. It reveals our unity in Christ and teaches us to love and appreciate diversity in the human family.

Respect for the individual does not necessarily mean that one agrees with one’s opinions, beliefs and actions. Respecting and appreciating someone is not synonymous with agreeing with them. They are two different things. Sometimes we must love and appreciate the person and completely disagree with their opinions and or actions.

The Biblical Holy Inspired Scriptures are the basis for the Gospel message presented in the articles here. The articles on this blog site may also use references to teachings, philosophies and human sciences including selected ideas and doctrines from any religion or generally accepted views to reveal both what is error or that which could be beneficial for practical living. The destructive nature of many teachings can be revealed in a way that hopefully will not offend anyone.

It is our intention to do our best not to offend anyone in the articles presented here. However, due to the nature of the topics discussed here, this is by default almost a “mission impossible”.

Sometimes good and useful principles or truths can be drawn from any believe system or religion. However, to avoid false assumptions and to be precise: This blog site does not teach any of the following doctrines, religious persuasions, or philosophies:

Religion – Follow the link to read more about the root meaning for the word religion. This article is still German only.

Old Sinai-tic Covenant belief systems that were conditional and required obedience and perfection to receive God’s blessing. Obviously, the consequence of disobedience would be a (curse) punishment.

2 Timothy 3 King James Version (KJV)
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

I will be teaching from the Old Testament regularly because it is very valuable to help us understand it now from the perspective of the finished work of Christ’s and His Parousia in the first century, as described in the New Testament. It confirms that the Old Sinai-tic covenant was abolished in AD 70 and that we are not subject to the law of Moses.

* Christian universalism, a belief that eventually all people will be redeemed and reconciled to God.

* Unitarian universalism, a belief which includes ideas from many or all religions in search of spiritual truth.

* Ultimate reconciliation, a belief that all the wicked who died, along with the devil and his angels, will eventually be released from hell and reconciled with God.
Origen is considered to be the first theologian to deal with the teaching of the ‚Apokatastasis Panton‘ and the teaching of ‚all-reconciliation‘. Roughly, the assumption of apocatastasis is that at the end of time (the future, also futuristic eschatology) everything is reconciled with everything and the origin of God’s creation is restored.

* Millennial-ism. For an explanation of the different types of millennial-ism, please follow the link. This article is still in German only.

The theological views above, each marked with an asterisk *, have in common that both their eschatology and their soteriology have an „already, but not yet“ explanation for the prophetic fulfillment and salvation of the individual. This means that their view of ultimate fulfillment is futuristic.

Legalism or nomism

Legalism (nomism) in Christian theology is to place certain parts of Moses‘ law (or any written or unwritten rule) over the gospel by setting requirements to achieve and maintain salvation. Even though it gives lip service to the gift of salvation that Jesus Christ has accomplished and the principle of grace, it is quick to mix laws with grace and reduce the broad, inclusive, and general salvation in Christ to narrow and rigid codes of morals. It appears that most Christian church groups have an integrated form of nomism in their teachings. The usual example would be – „Come to Jesus as you are, He loves you unconditionally, He accepts you as you are.
But and if you become a regular visitor to the church group, a certain amount of group conformity will be required. If you fail to meet the group’s expectations, you may be considered less spiritual, or God will allow some form of punishment or may not bless you. Each group has its own mix of grace and law. The more principles of the law and the threat of punishment by God (directly or indirectly) dominate the demographic nature and dynamics of the group, the more sectarian characteristics can be identified.

Antinomianism. „[Part extract from Wikipedia].

[Antinomianism has been a point of doctrinal contention in the history of Christianity, especially in Protestantism, given the Protestant belief in justification through faith alone versus justification based on merit or good works or works of mercy. Most Protestants consider themselves saved without having to keep the commandments of the Mosaic law as a whole; that is, their salvation does not depend upon keeping the Mosaic law. The term antinomianism was coined by Martin Luther during the Reformation to criticize extreme interpretations of the new Lutheran soteriology. In the 18th century, John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist tradition, severely attacked antinomianism.

A consensus has been historically reached as to which laws of the Old Testament Christians are still enjoined to keep. These moral laws, as opposed to civil or ceremonial laws, are derivative of what St. Paul indirectly refers to as natural law (Rom. 2.14–15). Mosaic law has authority only insofar as it reflects the commands of Christ and the natural law. Christian sects and theologians who believe that they are freed from more moral constraint than is customary are often called „antinomian“ by their critics. Thus, classic Methodist commentator Adam Clarke held, „The Gospel proclaims liberty from the ceremonial law, but binds you still faster under the moral law. To be freed from the ceremonial law is the Gospel liberty; to pretend freedom from the moral law is Antinomianism.“]

The above explanation reflects the exact challenge of modern Christianity. The fact is we are not under any element of the Mosaic Law. None of the 613 rules throughout the law, including the 10 commandments. To put it bluntly, the Gospel is clear about this fact.

The New Testament is a testimony of the changeover and fulfillment of the five Old Covenants to the New Covenant. The law of Moses belonged to the Sinai-tic covenant.

As Christians, it would be a disregard for the contract of the New Covenant in Christ if we go back to the Old Sinai-tic Covenant and try to keep some of it in attempt to please God. We are not bound to the Sinai-tic Covenant and its Mosaic Laws. However, we have received a brand-new mandate.

1 Corinthians 9:21 King James Version (KJV)
21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.

We have a New Covenant with a unique directive.

John 13:34 King James Version (KJV)
34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

This new commandment is not an addition to the 613 commandments of the law of Moses. It is a New Commandment unique to the New Covenant contract.

The crucial question then would be how Jesus loved us. The verse was translated to reflect a past tense in the grammar. However, it was originally written in the form of a present continuum. What did Christ do for us? How did he show us his love and father’s love? And … how do you now experience His love for you? His constant unconditional love, appreciation, and acceptance of you without judgment is how He wants you to love others.

Jeremiah 31:33-34 King James Version (KJV)
33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

God was not saying that He would write the 613 commandments of the law of Moses on everyone’s heart. This prophecy is fulfilled by the Holy Spirit teaching everyone the principle of the New Commandment to love others as Christ loves us. On our self, we do not have the ability to unconditionally love others as He does. It seems that God commands us to do the impossible. The great thing is, however, that if we fail, there is no penalty for not keeping this commandment. Instead, if we fail, it inherently guarantees the promise of continued forgiveness and acceptance. The amazing thing is that God commands us to do something supernatural, and He gave us his spirit and power with which we can supernaturally love others as He loves us.

The new commandment to love others as Christ loves us is the supernatural directive, which inherently contains supernatural power from His Spirit. We are in Christ and He is in us and therefore we participate in this New Covenant. Christ himself in us will work through our personality if we by faith yield to Him. In this way, the new commandment can be fulfilled in all circumstances in which we might find ourselves.

Therefore, the reality of the New Covenant is the fact of the resurrection life of Christ within us who enables us to express the life of Christ and His unconditional love and strength through our personality. This is the great exchange of „not I that lives, but Christ who lives in me“.

In addition to, the above-mentioned answer to Anti-nomianism, Nomism is based on the erroneous assumption that the Gospel is mainly about right-living and upholding selected (both objective and subjective) moral principles. Yet that is a short-sighted assumption. The goal of the Gospel is to raise awareness that we have all become one with God in Christ. Living in such a way where the life of Christ can be expressed through us should be the fruit of our relationship with God. Everyone living from this reality does not need to be told that they cannot murder, commit adultery or steal or lie, et cetera.

The revelation of the Gospel creates a new self-image and awareness which can transform the character of a person in a naturally – supernatural way. Changing a person’s behavior only should never be an end in and of itself, but a natural effortless outflow of Christ’s life at work in us. Controlling and manipulating your behavior is not wrong and is often necessary. However, this is only possible through exercising our will and persistence.

The consequences will be obvious to people who do not listen to the gentle inner inspiration of their heart and harden themselves to the detriment of themselves and others. Those who live selfish, hateful or even criminal are still subject to the natural law of cause and effect, sowing and reaping and possibly their respective criminal justice system.

On this page we do not teach that someone is only free from the Law of Moses and that’s it. What’s crucial is that we have been given the new commandment to love one another as Jesus loves us, and He is the one who will do it through us by His Spirit and power if we yield to Him by faith.

Antisemitism

I refuse to engage in politics or pick sides with regards to the current conflict in Israel and Palestine. All I can say is that many valuable people on both sides have been killed or injured unnecessarily.
In this blog, we strongly support the international definition of anti-Semitism:
“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

It must be emphasized that the Gospel is the message of the redemption of Jews and non-Jews in Christ. From a Biblical perspective in the days of Christ, the world was divided into two groups, Jews and Non-Jews (Gentiles). Christ made of the two, one new man, a new species, or a new creation. Being in Christ is what is now a reality for everyone. (Even if they do not know it or believe it).
Through Him every single life is highly valued. Throughout history there have been those who have blamed the Jews for all sorts of problems, including the crucifixion of Christ. Above all, those involved in supporting the crucifixion of Christ were a relatively small group of a generation of Jews who lived or were in Jerusalem in those days. That does not make every Jew responsible. Secondly, not a single Jew crucified Jesus. The Roman soldiers crucified Him. Finally, and more importantly, Jesus said: “No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again”…John 10:18. If Jesus wanted, He could have stopped any attack on His life.

There are many articles and eschatological studies in this blog site that refer to Jews, Hebrews, the people of Israel from the context of the Biblical history within the Old and New Testaments.
Where the Bible shows the Jewish people to have fallen away from God or as faithful to God, the learned historical theology should only be understood in context of that time, location, generation i.e. its audience relevance. Anyone in our time, Jew or non-Jew, everyone is a beautiful person and was born of God.

* I invite you to present questions, feedback, corrections, or your opinion on any of the articles.

I will do what I can to respond in a timely manner.

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Grace & Peace

Patrick

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