…that Rock was Christ


1 Corinthians 10: 3 They all ate the same spiritual food 4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.…

Rocks can protect or be used in construction. In the Bible, water came from the rock.  

Numbers 20:8 Take the rod, and gather you the assembly together, you, and Aaron your brother, and speak you to the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and you shall bring forth to them water out of the rock: so you shall give the congregation and their beasts drink

The term rock, (Suram, Petra) is used in the Bible when referring to God. It is also used to describe the Person of Christ.

Deuteronomy 32: 4 “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is He.

2 Samuel 22:32 “For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?

2 Samuel 22:47  “The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock,
and exalted be my God, the rock of my salvation…

Psalm 18:31 For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?—

Psalm 89:26 He shall cry to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation.’

Isaiah 30:29 You shall have a song as in the night when a holy feast is kept, and gladness of heart, as when one sets out to the sound of the flute to go to the mountain of the LORD, to the Rock of Israel.

1 Corinthians 10: 3 They all ate the same spiritual food 4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.…

1 Peter 2:6,7,8 For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame. So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” and “A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

See also:

What does it mean that God is the Rock of salvation?

Knowing That Our Redeemer Lives

The LORD our Rock

One In Prayer

God the Rock

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JESUS REVEALED IN EXODUS


Luke 24:27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

 

 

LED OUT OF CAPTIVITY 

  • As the LORD God Almighty led Israel out of captivity and slavery, Christ has led us out of sin and bondage. 

Ephesians 4:7 Now to each one of us grace has been given according the to the measure of the gift of Christ. 8 This is why it says: “When He ascended on high, He led captives away, and gave gifts to men.” 

PROVISION MADE FOR LIFE’S NEEDS

  • Just as God provided manna and quail for food and water from the rock, Christ provides the Bread of life and Living Water. (Exodus chapters 16-17)

John 6:32 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34“Sir,” they said, “give us this bread at all times.”35 Jesus answered, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me will never hunger, and whoever believes in Me will never thirst. 36 But as I told you, you have seen Me and still you do not believe.

LORD OF THE SABBATH 

  • The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord God. Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath.  (Exodus 20:10)

Matthew 12:…7 If only you had known the meaning of ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. 8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.

OUR TABERNACLE 

  • The LORD God Almighty had the Ark of the Tabernacle built so that He might dwell among us. (Exodus 25:9, Exodus 26:31-34)

 John 1:14  And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Matthew 1:23 Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us)

Matt 27:50-51 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split.

See Also: Jesus in the Book of Exodus 

Finding Jesus In the Exodus: Christ in Israel’s Journey from Slavery to the Promised Land

Jesus Plus Nothing

 

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The Story of the White Stone and Those Who Are Born-Again


WHO WILL RECEIVE A WHITE STONE?

To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it. Revelation 2:17

The significance of a white stone isn’t common knowledge today, however, when the apostle John was writing on the Isle of Patmos all people knew the significance of receiving a white stone.

A ‘white stone’ meant a criminal or law breaker was declared ‘not guilty’ if they were presented with a white stone. It was an acquital of the crime of which a person was accused.

In biblical times, juries in a court of law used a white stone for a not-guilty verdict and a black stone for guilty. A white stone also gained the bearer entrance into such events as banquets…Our Daily Bread

Those whose lives were endangered due to their crimes and offenses must have been extremely relieved when the judge handed them a white stone and not a black stone.

THOSE WHO OVERCOME RECEIVE A WHITE STONE

There will be a point where time as we know it will end. Jesus told us in the passage below that the ones who ‘overcome’ will be given a white stone (declared not guilty). Others will find that Christ is at war with them and His weapon will be the sword of His mouth.

So who are the ‘overcomers’ spoken to in Revelation 2:17? They will get not only a white stone, but will also have a new name and be fed with hidden manna?

12 “And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write:
The One who has the sharp two-edged sword says this:  13‘I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is; and you hold fast My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days of Antipas, My witness, My faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. 14 ‘But I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit acts of immorality. 15 ‘So you also have some who in the same way hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16 ‘Therefore repent; or else I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of My mouth. 17 ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it.Scriptures at Bible Hub

Eight times in the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Christ promises blessings to those who ‘overcome.’

WHO DOES GOD SAY WILL OVERCOME THE WORLD?

God has told us in the Bible what it means to ‘overcome.’ Here is what we find.

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:4-5

Because the person who has been born of God will overcome, it follows that they will not fall victim to false teachings. Neither will they follow or practice the teachings of humans in place of the Living God and His word. Reread the above passage for what marked those who were not receiving a ‘white stone.’

In Pergamus, there were those who stood fast and remained witnesses for Christ. They did not deny the faith, even when they saw Antipas killed for standing fast and not denying, and even though they were dwelling in the place where Satan’s throne is. We must conclude that these were they who have been born of God or born again – born into a new life that is lived ‘In Christ.”

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places… Ephesians 1:3

May we hear and believe the word of our Lord Jesus Christ:

John 3:3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”…7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.

How can these things be? Paul wrote these words to help us understand:

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.

Born again believers who have faith in Christ will receive a ‘white stone.’

Because Jesus has overcome, we are safe in Christ. Thank you Father, Son and Holy Spirit!

 

 

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Five Ways One Cult Misuses Scripture


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

 First of all, you should know this: No prophecy of Scripture comes from one’s own interpretation…2 Peter 1:20

FIVE WAYS CULTS MISUSE SCRIPTURES

                 (Examples will follow)

1. Scripture is taken out of context and said to teach a doctrine not supported by the entire body of scripture.

2. Scripture may be changed by adding or detracting words.

3. Incorrect conclusions drawn and taught as scriptural.

4. Claims to have outside sources with authority to teach what a particular scripture means.

5. Ignoring scriptures that do not support the doctrine of a particular cult.

ONE EXAMPLE OF EACH

1. Watchtower uses Ecclesiastes 9:5 to teach that when we die we are not alive in any way until God or Jehovah recreates us. In teaching this they must ignore many scriptures: See Life After Death

2. Colossians 1:16 reads “For in Him (Christ) all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities. All things were created through Him and for Him.” Yet the NWT done by Watchtower reads: “because by means of him all ‘other’ things were created through him and for him.” The Greek interliner shows the word ‘other’ was not in the original manuscript.

3. With nothing to go on but their own ideas and the Watchtower’s writing of doctrine the organization has decided and even teaches as fact that Jesus was Michael the Archangel before coming to earth and returned to being Michael after He ascended. On their website they write, “Since God’s Word nowhere indicates that there are two armies of faithful angels in heaven​—one headed by Michael and one headed by Jesus—​it is logical to conclude that Michael is none other than Jesus Christ in his heavenly role.”

An intellectually honest study of scripture rules this out because not only does scripture clearly tell us who Jesus is, also, in verse 9 Jude tells us “But even the archangel Michael, when he disputed with the devil over the body of Moses, did not presume to bring a slanderous judgment against him, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” Michael leaves the rebuking of Satan to Christ. Also, we learn in 1 Corinthians 6:3 that we will judge the angels. We will NOT judge Christ. He is the judge. In Hebrews, angels are commanded to worship Christ Jesus the Lord.

4. The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit will teach us and lead us into all truth. The cult known as Jehovah’s Witnesses, however, have a source outside of scripture who claim to be the faithful and discreet slave mentioned in Matthew 24:25. They have NO basis for making this claim other than being self-appointed. They run an organization called Watchtower Bible and Tract Society that has usurped the role of the Holy Spirit and of Christ’s church. They interpret the Bible, establish doctrine, and set rules by which their members must abide. They publish massive amounts of literature and even make numerous prophecies (that have all failed), yet they continue to claim that the Governing Board is the faithful and discreet slave mentioned in Matthew 24:25. They claim to be ruling under the direct authority of Christ who has said in His word that He has established only one body on earth and that body is His church over which He is head. We know that it does not consist of one organization as He addresses churches in the Book of the Revelation separately with no mention of an organization of any sort.

5. While there are multiple scriptures that Watchtower does not teach to their members, one example is Romans 10: 8 “But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: 9 that if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.…” It is certain that the GB are aware of the truth of this verse, however, it doesn’t match with their doctrine, which teaches that one benefits from Christ death if they serve, saying, ‘… many now living may yet begin to serve God, and they too will gain salvation.”

 

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Christ Jesus restores our sight…


Jesus went about doing good and restoring sight to the blind. He is able to restore spiritual sight to those in darkness and deception.

THE BIBLE SPEAKS CLEARLY AND HOLY SPIRIT TEACHES, SO WHAT CAUSES A PERSON TO BELIEVE A LIE?

The LORD told Isaiah to  prophesy to the people and to say:

Isaiah 6:9 He said, “Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on listening, but do not perceive; Keep on looking, but do not understand.’ 10“Render the hearts of this people insensitive, Their ears dull, And their eyes dim, Otherwise they might see with their eyes, Hear with their ears, Understand with their hearts, And return and be healed.”

WHY DOES A LOVING GOD SEND STRONG DELUSION TO BELIEVE A LIE?

2 Thessalonians 2:11 “For this reason, God will send them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie…”

What is this reason?

2 Thessalonians 2:10 “…because they refused the love of the truth that would have saved them. “

Deception begins in a person’s life with the rejection of God’s written word and the Living Word. God will not allow a person who makes a choice to believe “every word” to be deceived. If, however, one chooses to add, detract, or reject any part of God’s word, deception follows:

Romans 1:25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator, who is forever worthy of praise! Amen. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…And the Word became flesh and dwelt (lived) among us…” John 1: 1,14

GOD’S WORD IS CLEAR

4 But Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’

Hebrews 4:12 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. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight; everything is uncovered and exposed before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

Many today are caught up in false religions, false beliefs and deception. How does this happen when we have a book from our Creator that teaches all truth and we have the Son who came in flesh and dwelt among us showing us the Truth?

SO WHAT IS THE FIRST LIE LEADING INTO DECEPTION?

Think about all cults and false religions. They all refuse to accept the true identity of Christ and will not believe verses that teach Christ as being God who gave His blood for our sins. Perhaps even more deadly is their denial of the person of the Holy Spirit in spite of teachings from the Bible. Among the passages rejected are the following:

28Keep watch over yourselves and the entire flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which He purchased with His own blood.

“Now all this was done that it might be fulfilled…’Behold a virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,’ which is translated, ‘God with us.'” Matthew 1: 22,23 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.…John 1:1-2

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For in Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities. All things were created through Him and for Him.…Colossians 15:5-6

Zechariah 12:8 “In that day the LORD will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem,…10 “I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced;…”

There are different gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different ministries, but the same Lord. There are different ways of working, but the same God works all things in all men.…1 Corinthians 12:4-6

ONE CANNOT REJECT THE LIVING WORD AND THE HOLY SPIRIT WITHOUT ALSO REJECTING THE WRITTEN WORD

Whenever a group rejects portions of scripture or adds words to change these scriptures, to be believable to their congregations, they must teach that God’s word was corrupted over time and they alone are able to make corrections . This flies in the face of what God Himself has spoken: Continue reading

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How do we overcome the world?


Many promises are made to those who “overcome” including:

To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.’ Revelation 2:7

How do we overcome as Christians?

1 John 5:3 “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome, 4 because everyone born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world: our faith.”

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God provided The Ark of the Covenant


GOD’S SPECIAL PURPOSE

Ark – A shelter or refuge

Covenant – to cut; a testament 

God uses the lesson of an Ark to teach us of His mercy and salvation. Even very young children can comprehend the lesson of the safety of the ark that Noah built where he and his family were spared from death by drowning because Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. His covenant assures us that we can trust a His divine mercy and salvation if we trust and obey.

The Ark of the Covenant was a structure made by the Israelites as directed by the LORD God. We find God’s instructions for building the Ark of the Covenant in Exodus 25. 

This ark, like Noah’s Ark, represents safety for mankind. God is a God who keeps His covenants with His people. The covenant required a cutting.

The Ark of the Covenant was placed in the Most Holy Place where God dwelt.

1 Kings 8:6, 9 And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the LORD unto his place, into the oracle of the house, to the most holy place, even under the wings of the cherubims…There was nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone, which Moses put there at Horeb, when the LORD made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt.

CUTTING OF A COVENANT

The seriousness of a covenant is demonstrated by the killing of an animal and cutting the animal in half. The parties to the covenant walked between the halves of the animal. Here is what happened when God made a covenant with Abraham:

“Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” And he believed the Lord; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness. Then he said to him, “I am the Lord who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess.” But he said, “O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?” He said to him, “Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” He brought him all these and cut them in two, laying each half over against the other; but he did not cut the birds in two. And when birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.

“As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram, and a deep and terrifying darkness descended upon him. Then the Lord said to Abram, “Know this for certain, that your offspring shall be aliens in a land that is not theirs, and shall be slaves there, and they shall be oppressed for four hundred years; but I will bring judgment on the nation that they serve, and afterward they shall come out with great possessions. As for yourself, you shall go to your ancestors in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age. And they shall come back here in the fourth generation; for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.” When the sun had gone down and it was dark, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your descendants I give this land […]” (Genesis 15:5-18)

God’s covenants are important. God’s ark is important as well. The Ark of His Covenant means for us that we can depend upon a place of safety if we are in Christ. Because we are sinners, the Ark of His Covenant contains a Mercy Seat.

THE MERCY SEAT

Along with the fact that the Ark represented the very presence of God, the importance of the Ark is seen in the Mercy Seat. As was stated at Got?Questions…

The real significance of the Ark of the Covenant was what took place involving the lid of the box, known as the “Mercy Seat.” The term ‘mercy seat’ comes from a Hebrew word meaning “to cover, placate, appease, cleanse, cancel or make atonement for.” …The Mercy Seat on the Ark was a symbolic foreshadowing of the ultimate sacrifice for all sin—the blood of Christ shed on the cross for the remission of sins. The Apostle Paul, a former Pharisee and one familiar with the Old Testament, knew this concept quite well when he wrote about Christ being our covering for sin in Romans 3:24-25: “…and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.” 

God uses the Ark to teach Israel about Himself, about His mercy, and about His steadfastness.

Numbers 10:33 And they departed from the mount of the LORD three days’ journey: and the ark of the covenant of the LORD went before them in the three days’ journey, to search out a resting place for them.

THE NEW AND EVERLASTING COVENANT 

We are blessed to be covered under the fullness of God’s promises in the new covenant that God promises for all who will trust Him.

Hebrews 9:14-14 How much more surely shall the blood of Christ, Who by virtue of [His] eternal Spirit [His own preexistent divine personality] has offered Himself as an unblemished sacrifice to God, purify our consciences from dead works and lifeless observances to serve the [ever] living God? [Christ, the Messiah] is therefore the Negotiator and Mediator of an [entirely] new agreement (testament, covenant), so that those who are called and offered it may receive the fulfillment of the promised everlasting inheritance — “since a death has taken place which rescues and delivers and redeems them from the transgressions committed under the [old] first agreement. (Amplified Bible)

FINAL REVELATION 

The final mention of the Ark is in the book of Revelation when John is allowed the vision of  the temple of God in heaven.

Revelation 11:19 Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail.

Judgment is pending for many, but the ark remains for those who have faith in God the Father and Son, Jesus Christ.

 

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