Faith Part 2
FINAL HOURS MINISTRY
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December 7, 2020
[We are now going to look at what kind of faith the apostles and disciples showed after Yahshua’s death and resurrection.]
(Act 1:6-9 KJV) When they therefore were come together, they asked of Him, saying, Master, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? 1:7 And He said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in His own power. 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Set-apart Spirit is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 1:9 And when He had spoken these things, while they beheld, He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight.
[It would seem that they were more interested in the restoration of national power than the spiritual. We need to remember that in order to have freedom to worship as you please does seem to rest in the hands of those with political power. Here Yahshua is speaking of a greater power than any human can grant, the spirit sent from above from the heart of our Father Yahweh. Look how far they are promised their work would carry them -to the ends of the earth.]
(Act 1:10-11 KJV) And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 1:11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Yahshua, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven.
[The promise of Yahshua’s return is what every generation prays to see in person, but that which precedes His return is not a time of rejoicing, but of trouble such as has never been seen before, nor will be allowed again. They have been eye witnesses of the hatred shown toward Yahshua and realize they will be the next in line.]
(Mat 10:2-4 KJV) Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; 10:3 Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; 10:4 Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him.
[Mark and Luke who gave us half of the four books called the Good News/gospel were not apostles but disciples, but they were also among those who traveled with Yahshua. Only a few are called to take to the road of evangelism but we are all called to witness of that which has taken place in our hearts and lives because of our acceptance of that same good news.]
(Act 1:21-26 KJV) Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Master Yahshua went in and out among us, 1:22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that He was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of His resurrection. 1:23 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 1:24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Most High, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two Thou hast chosen, 1:25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. 1:26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
[The first order of business was to replace that which had been lost to sin. The stated qualifications: one who walked with Yahshua on a regular basis, and had been a witness of the His resurrection. Unless one has an experience like Paul no one today can be an apostle, but many can be disciples if they are willing to take up their personal cross.]
(Act 2:1-8 KJV) And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 2:4 And they were all filled with the Set-apart Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 2:5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. 2:6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. 2:7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? 2:8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
[The giving of the Set-apart Spirit was not done in secret. Yahshua had given this group of men special gifts to be used for all of mankind, and now the Set-apart Spirit was poured out in a visible manner before many. The gift of tongues was also given in a magnified manner, one that grabbed the attention of all who witnessed it and spread it abroad. This gift was given so that all men might hear the good news in their own language. It was not babbling, but plain to each in the language of home. Jerusalem was a trade center and the message must be plainly given so it would be spread to the far corners of the earth. What a great boon to both the teacher and the student.]
(Act 3:2-10 KJV) And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; 3:3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. 3:4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. 3:5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. 3:6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Yahshua Messiah of Nazareth rise up and walk. 3:7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 3:8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising Yahweh. 3:9 And all the people saw him walking and praising Yahweh: 3:10 And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.
[For one who was incapacitated the only support was begging. Small wonder that Paul had to tell him to look up. This man not only received the gift of strong legs, but also the ability to work for a living and put away the rags of the beggar. He did not go home and share his good fortune, but went first into the temple displaying the healing and giving praise to Yahweh. The disciples and apostles did not gather riches to themselves, but the spiritual gifts they had they shared.]
(Act 15:1-9 KJV) And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved. 15:2 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question. 15:3 And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren. 15:4 And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that Almighty had done with them. 15:5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses. 15:6 And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter. 15:7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago Yahweh made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the good news and believe. 15:8 And Yahweh, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Set-apart Spirit, even as He did unto us; 15:9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
[There are always those who question, and that is a good thing if the questions are truthfully answered. The question asked? What should be the minimum requirement to become an accepted believer, and was the requirement to circumcise necessary? Those doing the questioning were fellow believers, but Jews, not converts so the requirements for them, Jews, are spelled out in Torah. Paul replies with Yahweh’s answer which was the gift of the Set-apart Spirit.]
(Act 15:10-21 KJV) Now therefore why tempt ye Almighty, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? 15:11 But we believe that through the grace of the Master Yahshua Messiah we shall be saved, even as they. 15:12 Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders Almighty had wrought among the Gentiles by them. 15:13 And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me: 15:14 Simeon hath declared how Yahweh at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for His name. 15:15 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, 15:16 After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: 15:17 That the residue of men might seek after the Most High, and all the Gentiles, upon whom My name is called, saith the Most High, who doeth all these things. 15:18 Known unto Yahweh are all His works from the beginning of the world. 15:19 Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to Yahweh: 15:20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. 15:21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.
[Paul calls the Gentile believers disciples, those who are learning. James follows with instructions for all new believers to abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. Then he gives the reasoning for the abbreviated requirements. They can go to the synagogues and learn for the teaching is available every Sabbath day. Do we avail ourselves of this gift each Sabbath?]
(Act 13:26 KJV) Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth the Most High, to you is the word of this salvation sent. 13:46-49 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of Almighty should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. 13:47 For so hath the Master commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth. 13:48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and magnified the word of the Master: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed. 13:49 And the word of the Most High was published throughout all the region.
Gentiles- From The International Standard Version Dictionary
“jen´tı̄lz (גּוי, gōy, plural גּוים, gōyim; ἔθνος, éthnos, “people,” “nation”): Goy (or Goi) is rendered “Gentiles” in the King James Version in some 30 passages, but much more frequently “heathen,” and oftener still, “nation,” which latter is the usual rendering in the Revised Version (British and American), but it is commonly used for a non-Israelitish people, and thus corresponds to the meaning of Gentiles.” It occurs, however, in passages referring to the Israelites, as in Gen_12:2; Deu_32:28; Jos_3:17; Jos_4:1; Jos_10:13; 2Sa_7:23; Isa_1:4; Zep_2:9, but the word (עם, ‛ām) is the term commonly used for the people of God. In the New Testament ethnos is the word corresponding to gōy in the Old Testament and is rendered “Gentiles” by both VSS, while (λαός, laós) is the word which corresponds to ‛ām̌. The King James Version also renders Ἕλληνες, Héllēnes, “Gentiles” in six passages (Joh_7:35; Rom_2:9, Rom_2:10; Rom_3:9; 1Co_10:32; 1Co_12:13), but the Revised Version (British and American) renders “Greeks.”
The Gentiles were far less sharply differentiated from the Israelites in Old Testament than in New Testament times. Under Old Testament regulations they were simply non-Israelites, not from the stock of Abraham, but they were not hated or despised for that reason, and were to be treated almost on a plane of equality, except certain tribes in Canaan with regard to whom there were special regulations of non-intercourse. The Gentile stranger enjoyed the hospitality of the Israelite who was commanded to love him (Deu_10:19), to sympathize with him, “For ye know the heart of the stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt” (Exo_23:9 the King James Version). The Kenites were treated almost as brethren, especially the children of Rechab (Jdg_1:16; Jdg_5:24; Jer 35). Uriah the Hittite was a trusted warrior of David (2 Sam 11); Ittai the Gittite was captain of David's guard (2Sa_18:2); Araunah the Jebusite was a respected resident of Jerusalem. The Gentiles had the right of asylum in the cities of refuge, the same as the Israelites (Num_35:15). They might even possess Israelite slaves (Lev_25:47), and a Gentile servant must not be defrauded of his wage (Deu_24:15). They could inherit in Israel even as late as the exile (Eze_47:22, Eze_47:23). They were allowed to offer sacrifices in the temple at Jerusalem, as is distinctly affirmed by Josephus (BJ, II, xvii, 2-4; Ant, XI, viii, 5; XIII, viii, 2; XVI, ii, 1; XVIII, v, 3; CAp, II, 5), and it is implied in the Levitical law (Lev_22:25). Prayers and sacrifices were to be offered for Gentile rulers (Jer_29:7; Baruch 1:10, 11; Ezr_6:10; 1 Macc 7:33; Josephus, BJ, II, x, 4). Gifts might be received from them (2 Macc 5:16; Josephus, Ant, XIII, iii, 4; XVI, vi, 4; BJ, V, xiii, 6; CAp, II, 5). But as we approach the Christian era the attitude of the Jews toward the Gentiles changes, until we find, in New Testament times, the most extreme aversion, scorn and hatred. They were regarded as unclean, with whom it was unlawful to have any friendly intercourse. They were the enemies of Yahweh and His people, to whom the knowledge of Yahweh was denied unless they became proselytes, and even then they could not, as in ancient times, be admitted to full fellowship. Jews were forbidden to counsel them, and if they asked about Divine things they were to be cursed. All children born of mixed marriages were bastards. That is what caused the Jews to be so hated by Greeks and Romans, as we have abundant evidence in the writings of Cicero, Seneca and Tacitus. Something of this is reflected in the New Testament (Joh_18:28; Act_10:28; Act_11:3).
If we inquire what the reason of this change was we shall find it in the conditions of the exiled Jews, who suffered the bitterest treatment at the hands of their Gentile captors and who, after their return and establishment in Judea, were in constant conflict with neighboring tribes and especially with the Greek rulers of Syria. The fierce persecution of Antiochus IV, who attempted to blot out their religion and Hellenize the Jews, and the desperate struggle for independence, created in them a burning patriotism and zeal for their faith which culminated in the rigid exclusiveness we see in later times.” from ISV Dictionary
[I have underlined the last part of the third paragraph because of the word bastard. Most who read the scriptures do not have a proper understanding of Yahweh’s desire for the ‘seed royal’ NOT TO BE MIXED WITH THE SEED OF UNBELIEVERS. This is spelled out in Deuteronomy 23. How can a child easily make the choice to worship Yahweh if they live in a household where other powers than Yahweh are worshipped. If you do not believe there are spirit powers other than Yahweh and Yahshua you make yourselves a target for that which you do not believe in. In the above passages we see both Jew and Gentile being freed from the oppression of evil, and as with the man in the tombs we need Yahweh’s power to free us. For me the words faith and belief and trust boil down to the relationship we should all desire to have with our heavenly Father and Elder Brother. If I believe Yahweh exists, and that Yahshua our Elder Brother came from Him, I should trust them based on scripture and the changes in my own life they have brought about. If I believe and trust then why would I not have faith in their words?
I find that looking at myself I find no good thing so how can They trust me with the job of bringing others into the body? The truth of the matter is I am only a vehicle They have allowed the privilege of spreading their reputations before all who will listen. My life style is under constant oversight by their agency to keep me on the path to home, and they often use the unsaved to let me know when I err. If you want to know what you are doing wrong just ask someone outside the body and most will be able to tell you for all have some understanding of what we should be. They also use any slip or deliberate failure on our part to excuse their own shortcomings. If you want to increase your faith you need to trust Them to be what scripture says they are.]
(Mat 11:27-30 Webster) All things are delivered to Me by My Father; and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him. 11:28 Come to Me, all ye that labor, and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 11:29 Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me: for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest to your souls. 11:30 For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.
[All my life I have heard taught that Yahshua was our example and yet those who claim Him as their master/example set aside the very rules of life He walked out when on earth. We plainly read that Yahshua is the door, the only door, to the Father of us all – Yahweh! The door is there for any who are willing to become meek and to set aside personal pride and so follow the example set by Yahshua. We claim the walk is hard, but is not the reason for the difficulty found in our hearts that cling to the things of this world?]
(Act 18:5-11 KJV) And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Yahshua was the Messiah. 18:6-11 And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles. 18:7 And he departed thence, and entered into a certain man's house, named Justus, one that worshipped Yahweh, whose house joined hard to the synagogue. 18:8 And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Master with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized. 18:9 Then spake the Master to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: 18:10 For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city. 18:11 And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of Yahweh among them.
[Paul labored among the Jews until they refused to hear and blasphemed. They spoke against the Set-apart Spirit or refused to believe. Yahshua spoke to Paul and encouraged him and promised to be with him. That is a promise He has given to each of us when we come to Him in submission.]
(Php 4:11-13 KJV) Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 4:12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 4:13 I can do all things through Messiah which strengtheneth me.
(Jas 1:12 ISV) How blessed is the man who endures temptation! When he has passed the test, he will receive the victor's crown of life that Yahweh has promised to those who keep on loving Him.
[Are you loving Yahweh in spite of trials, or are you complaining that you have been trusted to pass the test? Are you still in love with Him?]
(Jas 1:13-18 KJV) Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of Yahweh for Yahweh cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth He any man: 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. 1:16 Do not err, my beloved brethren. 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. 1:18 Of His own will begat He us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.
[What more can be said? Yahshua said it and I believe it:
(Joh 13:35 ISV) This is how everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
This walk is a lesson in learning to love each other as we are loved by our true Father and Elder Brother who have paved the way home for everyone who is willing to endure to the end. That is what faith is – trusting their every promise to be meant for you personally when you yield to them and not self!]