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If God Permits…   1 comment

Let’s sharpen… let’s build…

If you can add to this, please do so in the comments section below.
This is something that has just recently been brought to my attention, and so I am studying it further…

Hebrews 6

Verse 1 Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2 of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 3 And this we will do if God permits.

4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.

7 For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God; 8 but if it bears thorns and briers, it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned.

So, If I am understanding this correctly:

God, in His mercy, love, and wisdom, only permits SOME to go on to perfection. Therefore, He does NOT permit some to go on to perfection so that they are not ultimately lost.

“…let us go on to perfection…if God permits…For it is impossible for those… [who]…fall away, to renew renew them again to repentance…”

If He allows us to go on to perfection, then He knows that we CAN succeed. He tells us that He is “not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)

If some were allowed to go on, but God knows they would fail, then they would be lost.  Perhaps this is “many are called, few are chosen” (Matt.22:14)?

Another application is this:

God knows when a person is ready to grow, and so will only permit them to grow when the time is right. There may be times when we are simply not ready to possess understandings or are ready to grow in certain areas. Perhaps it would be too much for us to handle in our current state. Therefore, if we were to be allowed to go forward, God knows that we would not be able to succeed and it would cause us to fall away.

He knows what is best for us (and others) and when it is best for us (or others) to learn and grow, and move forward in our race towards perfection. We are ALL (John 3:16) in God’s perfectly capable hands. The timing of each our very calling, and each and every step (what He reveals to us) along the way after that…It is all perfectly timed.

So… “…let us go on to perfection…if God permits…For it is impossible for those… [who]…fall away, to renew renew them again to repentance…”

This also seems to go along with God not giving us more than we can handle. So let’s trust in God, that He will only give us what we can handle and bring us to perfection in HIS perfect timing. Not before. He does not want to lose ANY of us. (2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.)



Posted November 5, 2012 by buildupontherock in Bible Studies, Help Me Out Here

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His Name Is Jesus?   3 comments

Typically, when we translate from one language to another, a proper noun does not get translated. This includes a person’s name.

So… If your name is Jason… a good name by the way… then your name is going to be Jason in most any other language.

Just like Walmart is always “Walmart”, even in another language.

Understanding that…Why is it that we refer to the Savior of all mankind as Jesus? His name was Yeshua, not Jesus.

I could see altering it slightly to Joshua. That is done sometimes with names. eg. Robert becomes Roberto, Steven – Stefan, etc. But as far as I know, it is always at least similar in spelling and pronunciation.  If I go to China, my name doesnt suddenly become Yong.

I have done a little research, and… I have to admit a lot of what I found went over my head, but it seems that the change has something to do with the Hellenists in Greece. (pagans)

That would lead me to wonder if it is tied in with the pagan Greek God, Zeus.  (Jesus – Zeus. You can see the similarities)

My conclusion:  Just to clarify, I am not into the “sacred names” thing. (I can get into that in another blog sometime perhaps)  But I feel it’s good to try to use His real name (as it was when He walked the Earth) and as we are told to ask in His name, Yeshua, as much as possible.

BUT… I realize too, that Jesus, while not His name, is the name that society knows Him by. (Thanks to the Helenists for screwing our Savior’s name. And no, I don’t believe for one moment, that He liked the name Jesus better and so inspired someone to change it to ‘Jesus’ for us today. The name Yeshua was picked for a reason.) Therefore, if I use His correct, actual name with Joe Schmo off the street (or the internet), I am probably going to confuse or possibly even loose my audience if I don’t use the name Jesus. So my preference, (and I would think His) is to use His name correctly when and where I can, (with brethren, in messages, etc) but realize that, for now, (at least until we get to the last 3 1/2 years) there are times to still have to use the (pagan?) name Jesus when referring to our Christ, Yeshua.

In the end, Yeshua knows who we are meaning when we say Jesus.  He allowed it to be changed by the Helenists. While I am sure He doesn’t prefer it over His actual name, (I know I wouldn’t) there are many that only knew/know Him by this Helenistic name. We also know God is a very understanding God, so it’s obviously something He does not consider a matter of salvation. (Many have died in Christ, only knowing this man made name)

Still, we do have His actual name and can use it. So why would we not when and where we can? As He reveals more to His people about Himself, we need to be careful not to get stuck in the rut of, “there can’t possibly be more I can learn.” All knowledge has been given, and is out there for us. And we are to grow in grace and knowledge.

Ecc. 2:6 For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy:

2 Pet. 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior (Yeshua) Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

If anyone has any more info on this, perhaps that won’t be so technical as to loose the reader, it would be most appreciated. 🙂


UPDATED June 30th 2012: 

More thoughts on the matter:
It is true, this society knows Him as ‘Jesus’. If we use His real name in casual conversation with people, many wont know who we are talking about. But around the informed, or when talking to Him or the Father, I try to use His name as it actually was. (while here on earth). He’ tells us to ask things in His name. While it’s probably not a sin to use the Hellenist’s name they came up with, “Jesus”, for me at least, it feels more…correct…to us His name.
Again, and this is my thoughts… I would not want someone calling me Hadod, or something. My name is Jason. Granted, if a whole society knew me as Hadod, I’d respond to it. But those that took time to learn and use my real name, Jason, I would prefer that…since its my name. The name my father chose.
God did not choose “Jesus”. He chose the name Yeshua. As a Father, I dont like people calling my kids anything but what I named them. (for the most part. I do understand and am okay with friendly nicknames) I really dont even like it when people call Melanie, “Mel”. Maybe God is different. Maybe He doesnt mind people changing His Son’s name to something other than what He named Him. I don’t honestly know for sure.
What I do know is that He has allowed it. And that He still responds to it even though its not the name He actually had.
I also realize many other names in the Bible have been changed. But for me, again, this is God’s Son. My Elder Brother, High Priest, King, Creator, Savior, and future Husband (hopefully). And so, I prefer to use His actual name as it was given to Him. (and then to us to know Him by)
Why and how it got changed by the Hellenist’s, to me, is not as important as the relationship we build with our Savior. And so to further that relationship, I desire to use His name, not one made up by some ancient pagan religion. Again, this is just my preference. I am not saying those that don’t are sinning.
But it does make more sense to me that we should use His actual name that was given to us, Yeshua, if we know it.

If someone introduced my future wife to me as “Mel” and that’s what everyone called her… I’d still want to know and use her real name Melanie. It is endearing and brings a more intimate bond to our relationship.

Will it cost us our salvation if we do not? Highly doubtful. “Jesus”, while not His name, is the name we, as a society have to represent The Christ.
Will it endear us more when we are humbly striving to draw closer in EVERY way to Him including by using His correct name? I believe so.

I like the scripture Ryan quoted above: Acts 4:12 12 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”.

How privileged and blessed we are!

We can look forward to learning His Heavenly Name one day. A name that will not be tarnished or changed or altered by carnal man. But will be revered and held sacred by all, throughout all eternity.
Thy Kingdom Come!


UPDATED October 16th 2012:

Thinking about this more, and discussing it with other brethren, I realize that Yeshua really is not His name now either. It once was His name while  He walked the earth as a man, but it is probably not what He is now called up in heaven. So now I find myself fumbling a bit at the end of each prayer. Or usually just referring to Him by title, The Christ.

Maybe not getting hung up on it is best? I mean, He knows who I am talking to if I call Him Yeshua. While it’s not His current name any more, it is the name we were given to know Him by.

I still don’t like using the made up name (by the Hellenists)  “Jesus” though. But I sort of feel dumb using a name that He no longer carries per se any more either.  Again… I am probably getting too hung up on it. But its just how I am feeling.  When you go before a King, you want to get His name right. lol.

So anyway, I’ll be giving this more thought I am sure, as I find what I am comfortable with.  In the meantime, I’ll just use the name Yeshua, or His title, Christ. He’s probably less concerned about it than I am. lol.


God Healing Vs Our Healing   1 comment

Okay, I need your help with this one…

Why title it like that? Well, I guess it seems to be (at least in my mind) one of those topics that the thoughts and understanding of many on this subject are SO far from God’s.

Isa 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
Isa 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Just like when He says, I will come “soon”. Or behold I come quickly. Well, to us, a couple thousand years is a far cry from “quickly” or “soon”.

So I wonder then, if when God talks about healing and Him being our healer if we are just taking it and putting our own human definition on it.

For example: When I take my dog to the vet, I expect results…not 3 years later, but right away. All of us do, right? So when we read that God is our healer and that He will heal us, we expect results and get confused, and even discouraged when we don’t get it.

And so we read these verses:

Isa 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with His stripes we are healed.

1 Peter 2:24 (ESV) He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed.

Jas 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
Jas 5:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
Jas 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
So there they are. But is our understanding correct. Is God telling us that He will heal us when our physical bodies are sick or injured somehow? That He will heal us each and ever time? The in fact, we can call upon that healing because it’s already applied?

I have heard this said in annointing. “It says, by Your stripes we were/are healed”, relating that to the alment the person is asking healing on. Implying that the healing for the physical problem is promised and therefor will be delivered.

So is this the promise we can take away from these verses? Let’s examine these verse more closely and see what conclusions we may draw. The answer may surprise you.

Isa 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with His stripes we are healed.”

Note: “wounded for our” what? Transgressions! And: “bruised for our”…what? Iniquties! So we see this is talking about spiritual things. SIN. Transgressions are breaking of the law. Iniquities are sins. The verse goes on to say that “the chastisement of our peace was upon Him”. In otherwords, He was chastised so that we may have peace. These are not physical matters. These are spiritual matters. So the healing it is speaking of at the end of this verse (if one looks at it in the context of the verse to let the verse interpret itself) is of the spiritual. We are healed of our transgressions and of our iniquities. We are given peace from the ultimate penalty here wich is eternal death. So we ARE healed…spiritually. And thank GOD for that.

Also, further putting Isaiah 53 in context, we back up a verse to verse 4:

“Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him
stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.”

Okay… taking my own advice… putting the verses in context, I see that verse 4 does speak of infirmities in the New King James.

So I went to my trusty e-sword and looked this verse up in the King James.

Isa 53:4 Surely he hath borne(5375) our griefs,(2483) and carried (5445) our sorrows: (4341) yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

Griefs and sorrows have the following meanings:
2483 – malady, anxiety, calamity:- disease, grief, sick(ness)
4341 – anguish (or figuratively) affliction: – grief, pain, sorrow

Borne and Carried mean pretty much what you might expect. The numbers in Strong’s for them are: 5375 & 5445 respectively.

Of Note: Borne in particular can mean to ease or lift.

So… COULD this then also be referring to our physical being? Or physical illnesses? And if so, what is missing? God is not a liar. His promises are unbreakable. So the fault then must lie with either our understanding, or perhaps our application? (ie. something we are not fulfilling on our end)

I guess at this point I am back to the proverbial “drawing board”. I thought I was on to something, and perhaps I was/am. I was also going to also examine 1 Peter 2:24, because it too seem to only be about the spiritual, not the physical.  Whereas James 5:14-16 is clearly about the physical afflictions.

So for now, I’ll put this in the “Help” category, and see if we might be able to sharpen one another and shed some light on this, and grow in understanding. But let us NOT use our thoughts, beliefs, speculations, theories, etc; let’s see if we can only use Biblical Holy Scripture to solve this mystery.  🙂

Posted August 21, 2011 by buildupontherock in Help Me Out Here