Power to Reason – Let’s use it!


This blogger has spent time comparing translations with the Greek Interliner…

A Twist in Translation

The verses below show a major translation difference between the KJV (along with all other English translations) and the NWT. Take a look at them and then meet me again underneath the photo.

So above we see that the Kingdom interlinear shows the KJV to be on track and the NWT to be…not so much.

The other translations say things like “this is your logical worship.” This is your reasonable service or sensible worship and the like.

The last sentence is referring back to the “presenting of your bodies as a living sacrifice.” It describes that act as being a reasonable or logical and spiritual way to serve or worship God. The offering to God of our bodies should be something we naturally think is the right thing to do. It makes sense to us.

And the verse written that way also makes sense.

What doesn’t make sense?

Referring back…

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For Your Information…


Before we get upset with the Trump administration, a look back to this time last year might be in order:

THE WASHINGTON POST HEADLINE 

U.S. Offers to share Syria intelligence on terrorist with Russia 

June 30, 2016

THE WASHINGTON POST HEADLINE

Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian diplomats.

May 15, 2017

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Was the Washington Post story all about a HEADLINE?


WHAT’S MISSING FROM THE TRUMP/RUSSIA NARRATIVE?

What has been missing from the left’s narrative that Trump somehow colluded with the Russians? Two things were missing that would have made the left much more credible in the eyes of the public. –

1. Evidence that this really happened

2. A shocking headline

WHAT DID THE WASHINGTON POST PROVIDE?

The Washington Post provided just what all leftist have wanted to see for sometime!

Report: Trump shared secret info about IS with Russians

Search for the story on-line or pick up a newspaper and chances are you find this headline. The headline in today’s Chattanooga Times Free Press was only slightly different. 

Report: Trump gave secret info to Russians

Google the subject and you will pull up this same headline, or a slight variation, numerous times.

How many Americans will falsely believe this headline is referring to the House Intelligence Committee Investigation? Could this have been the real reason for the story being printed? I wonder because…

WHAT ABOUT THE REAL STORY? IT DIDN’T HAPPEN!

I didn’t see a single headline with this part of the story. H.R. McMaster called the story “false” and said he was in the room the entire time and it didn’t happen.” Others in the room agreed.

... world H.R.McMaster including his Height, weight, Age & Other DetailLet’s hope that once they get to print their headline, they move on, rather than trying to “fix” the lack of evidence.

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In the Book of the Revelation of Christ Jesus chapters 1-3, how did Jesus identify Himself?


JESUS INTRODUCES HIMSELF

1 This is the revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants what must soon come to pass. He made it known by sending His angel to His servant John, 2who testifies to everything he saw. This is the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.”I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and was and is to come–the Almighty.

Following this John describes the Person he sees. Of this Person John says:

“And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as though dead. And He placed His right hand upon me, saying…”

“Fear not, I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last…

…the Living One. I was dead, and behold, now I am alive forever and ever!

…I have the keys of Hades and of Death.

Him who holds the seven stars in His right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands.

These are the words of the One who has the sharp, double-edged sword.

These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like a blazing fire and whose feet are like polished bronze.

These are the words of the One who has the sevenfold Spirit of God and the seven stars.

These are the words of the One who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What He opens, no one will shut; and what He shuts, no one will open.

These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Originator of God’s creation.

Jesus is further revealed when He speaks to the churches and identifies Himself.

These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands. 

8 To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of the First and the Last, who died and returned to life.

12 To the angel of the church in Pergamum write: These are the words of the One who has the sharp, double-edged sword.

18 To the angel of the church in Thyatira write: These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like a blazing fire and whose feet are like polished bronze.

1 To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of the One who has the sevenfold Spirit of God and the seven stars.

This Jesus said to the Church at Philadelphia: “

7 To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of the One who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What He opens, no one will shut; and what He shuts, no one will open….For you have only a little strength, yet you have kept My word and have not denied My name.”

14 To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Originator of God’s creation.

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Praying protection for those we love…


PRAYING A HEDGE AROUND YOUR LOVED ONES

Hedges are used for beauty and for protection. The Brick House —In Pursuit of Stronger Lives reminds us that they also must be maintained.

Hedge of Protection..... | Biblical - Faith - Gospel | PinterestI am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. John 10:11
A Christian friend of mine shared with me that she prays for God to put a hedge of protection around her family. I did not do this when my children were young and I am sorry that I did not. It is biblical and failing to do so may have caused my children unnecessary grief for which I am very sorry.
Christians are protected by the Good Shepherd, but He admonishes us to pray. Luke 18
 

God speaks in several places of removing the ‘hedge’ when people sin. Satan falsely accused Job saying Job was only righteous because God put a hedge around Job. God tells us He wants us to be a hedge for others:

Ezekiel 22:30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.

At Scriptural Prayer there is a beautiful prayer based upon scripture.

PRAYING AS ASA PRAYED

And Asa cried to the LORD his God, “O LORD, there is none like You to help, between the mighty and the weak. Help us, O LORD our God, for we rely on You, and in your name we have come against this multitude. O LORD, You are our God; let not man prevail against You.”

ZIJUE SABABU ZA MUNGU KUJIBU MAOMBI YAKO. | Apostle Darmacy BlogBIBLICAL PICTURE OF A LIFE HEDGED IN BY OUR GOD

Psalm 91 is a beautiful picture of a life hedged in and protected by God.

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. 3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. 4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. 5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; 6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. 7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. 8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. 9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; 10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. 11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. 12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. 13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. 14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. 15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. 16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

HOPE FOR THOSE WHO MAY HAVE BEEN UNPROTECTED

If we have failed in the past, it isn’t too late to help either ourself or our loved ones if we are in God’s army. The same weapon that will put a hedge around us will also destroy the things that may have entered through a breach earlier.

For the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly, but divinely powerful toward the demolition of strongholds, overthrowing arguments, and every high thing lifting itself up against the knowledge of God, and taking captive every thought into the obedience of Christ, and having readiness within to avenge all disobedience, when your obedience may have been fulfilled. 2 Corinthians 10:4-6

the word of God | has been extremely busy lately this is one ...For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it pierces even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

 

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Do Christians sin by making copies of the cross as Watchtower teaches?


COPIES OF THE CROSS

Christians buy and make crosses. Some are used as jewelry. Some are on church steeples. Many are in forms of art or decor.

Christians, who would be condemned for worshiping Christ by Jehovah’s Witnesses, are severely criticized and even called idolaters for the making and buying copies of the cross of Christ.

COULD WATCHTOWER BE RIGHT ABOUT THIS ONE?

Because of the teachings of Watchtower, their failed prophecies, their adding to scripture and ignoring of scripture, I never believe something because they teach it. I do check in the Bible. I must say, however, that this accusation did concern me. Could they be right? The first commandment clearly says:

Exodus 20:“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

Now, I do not know of anyone who worships or bows down to a copy or replica of Christ cross, however, could we be wrong to make it in the first place. This has bothered me for some time and became a matter or prayer.

IS THE REPLICA AN IDOL OR A WITNESS?

The answer came from the book of Joshua. I’ve heard the story many times, but this time, I heard something I had not noticed before. After the Israelites entered the promised land, a problem arose. All Israel were ready to go to war with their brothers over an action by certain tribes. It seems that the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh built an imposing altar, a replica of the true altar found in the tabernacle.  They built it by the Jordan River on their side. Israel was extremely upset over this. Israel believed this was a turning away from the LORD, YHWH. We see this in verse 16 when they ask the question:

How could you turn away from the LORD and build yourselves an altar in rebellion against him now?

The Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh had an answer. Here is what they said:

Joshua 22:22 “The Mighty One, God, the Lord! The Mighty One, God, the Lord! He knows; and let Israel itself know! If it was in rebellion or in breach of faith against the LORD, do not spare us today 23 for building an altar to turn away from following the LORD. Or if we did so to offer burnt offerings or grain offerings or peace offerings on it, may the LORD Himself take vengeance. 24 No, but we did it from fear that in time to come your children might say to our children, ‘What have you to do with the LORD, the God of Israel? 25 For the LORD has made the Jordan a boundary between us and you, you people of Reuben and people of Gad. You have no portion in the LORD.’ So your children might make our children cease to worship the LORD. 26 Therefore we said, ‘Let us now build an altar, not for burnt offering, nor for sacrifice, 27 but to be a witness between us and you, and between our generations after us, that we do perform the service of the LORD in his presence with our burnt offerings and sacrifices and peace offerings, so your children will not say to our children in time to come, “You have no portion in the LORD.”’ 28 And we thought, ‘If this should be said to us or to our descendants in time to come, we should say, “Behold, the copy of the altar of the LORD, which our fathers made, not for burnt offerings, nor for sacrifice, but to be a witness between us and you.”’ 

As I read this, I saw a similarity with the cross. It isn’t a cross on which we want to hang another Christ. It isn’t something to which we bow and pray. It is a witness that when our unsaved or even saved friends see it, they will know that we worship the King of kings and Lord of lords who died at Calvary and raised on the third day to reclaim the glory that He had with the Father in the beginning and to be our propitiation for sin.

Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God…Romans 3:24-25

BE READY TO GIVE AN ANSWER IF ASKED ABOUT THE CROSS

Christians should see the cross and think of the atonement. The cross should cause us to remember that Christ suffered, bled, and died on a cross so that we might go free.

CARM lists the many things Christ did for us on that cross.

If someone asks why we have a cross in our possession, we need to be ready to give an answer:

Matthew 26:2, “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man is to be handed over for crucifixion.”

John 3:14–15, “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; 15 so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life.”

Paul said
Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”

Galatians 6:14, “But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”

 THE REST OF THE STORY CONCERNING THE ALTAR

Joshua 22:30 When Phinehas the priest and the chiefs of the congregation, the heads of the families of Israel who were with him, heard the words that the people of Reuben and the people of Gad and the people of Manasseh spoke, it was good in their eyes. 31 And Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest said to the people of Reuben and the people of Gad and the people of Manasseh, “Today we know that the LORD is in our midst, because you have not committed this breach of faith against the Lord. Now you have delivered the people of Israel from the hand of the Lord.”

32 Then Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, and the chiefs, returned from the people of Reuben and the people of Gad in the land of Gilead to the land of Canaan, to the people of Israel, and brought back word to them. 33 And the report was good in the eyes of the people of Israel. And the people of Israel blessed God and spoke no more of making war against them to destroy the land where the people of Reuben and the people of Gad were settled. 34 The people of Reuben and the people of Gad called the altar Witness, “For,” they said, “it is a witness between us that the LORD is God.”

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Only By Revelation


Having joined a group called Jehovah’s Witnesses and Biblical Discussion Group on Facebook, I have become more convinced than ever that knowledge of the personhood of the Lord Jesus Christ comes only through revelation.

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While the entire Bible is written to reveal Christ and the plan of salvation, one book in particular is fully dedicated to this subject:

REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST!

This should be no surprise because we are clearly told:

“All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and [the one] to whom the Son wills to reveal [Him]. Luke 10:22 & Matthew 11:27

We see this expressed when Christ ask his disciples about their understanding of His identity, or ” Who do men sat that I am?” Peter’s response and Jesus reply was:

13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I, the Son of man, am?14  And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

Galatians 1:15-17 does teach that if we have Christ living within us, our lives can serve to allow Him to be revealed. Paul wrote:

But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called [me] through His grace to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those [who were] apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.

Even so, the knowledge of Christ came through revelation. Arguing or even continuing to show people the verses in the Bible that teach Christ will not change a person’s mind unless the Spirit of Truth reveals to them the Person of Christ. I suppose our job is to pray for others as Paul did:

16…making mention of you in my prayers; 17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints…

Only the through revelation will we know Father, Son and Holy Spirit as The God who is all in all. 

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