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Israel's Covenant Land
Written by Ben Winslett   
Thursday, 08 September 2011 09:52

In studying Abraham's life in Genesis as of late, I was made to think on a portion of scripture that is potentially significant to believers in the arena of world affairs to this date. The text has reference to God granting Abraham's descendants a portion of land in which Abraham wandered as a pilgrim and a stranger. Notice Genesis 17, verses 6 and 7:

"And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God."**

This text promises the successive generations of Abraham's descendents the land of Canaan as a part of the covenant that God made with Abraham. Notice this very important detail, the land was guaranteed as part of the COVENANT, or legal contract. God made a covenant, a contract with Abraham, in which He promised this land. This Covenant is referred to as the Old Covenant.

Many believers today are practically obsessed with the current nation in the Middle East called Israel. There are churches, radio programs, ministries, and television shows devoted to the protection and expansion of today's Israel. It is, they feel, their duty to God to send money and soldiers to Israel. Some ministers (and I have their publications documented) go so far as to motivate God's people with promises of blessings or curses should they choose to abstain from supporting this nation. But is this God's will for believers? Is Israel guaranteed this land even today?

Well, notice from GOD'S WORD, that this land is a part of a Covenant benefit for Israel. For them to be guaranteed this land from God Almighty, the Covenant must still be in effect today.

Please notice the following language from Hebrews:

"But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second...In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away." - Hebrews 8:6-8, 13

"Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second." - Hebrews 10:9

These verses clearly set forth the fact that the Old Covenant (land, circumcision, temple worship, feast days, the priesthood, etc) has been "taken away" and that Christ, through His shed blood, is the mediator of a BETTER, New Covenant. True, the Genesis 17 promise to the land was "everlasting," but it was still on the basis of the Covenant. Take away the covenant, and the Divine guarantee to the land is also taken away. This means that there is no Biblical reason for Israel to possess the land today, and you shouldn't feel guilty for not sending finances and support to further Israel's political goals and continue the expanse of her borders. Is Israel a good political ally in the Middle East? Yes. Do Christians owe them a Biblical debt? No.

Again, the support of Israel as an American ally is fine. However, we must leave it as an issue with the State Department, not the Lord's Church. Our Lord has more important issues for us to concern ourselves with, such as growing in grace and knowledge of Him, visiting the fatherless and the widows, living sanctified lives, and sharing the true gospel of Christ with His hungering children.




**Some might object that this is God's covenant with Abraham, not the children of Israel, and thereby a different covenant, essentially making it still in effect today, whereas the the Old Covenant has been "taken away." I would point out the future tense words in this passage in Genesis, indicating that God would (future tense for Abraham) establish His covenant with Abraham AND the generations following him. When God delivered the children of Israel from Egypt, he did so on the basis of His Covenant that He made with Abraham and them through Abraham. They are not separate. Exodus 2:24

 
Tell me what I want!!
Written by Josh Winslett   
Friday, 02 September 2011 19:13

 

 

During the reign of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah (funny name-hehe), Jehoshaphat sent messengers to Ahab the king of Israel so they may join forces to take Ramoth-gilead from the king of Syria (1 Kings 22). The nation of Israel and Judah would usually have their prophets inquire of God on whether or not God would bless them with victory. Ahab gathered four hundred prophets that spoke smoothly to him. They told him what he demanded to hear. Jehoshaphat then asked if there was yet one more prophet to inquire of the lord. Ahab knew of just one more prophet, Micaiah. Listen to the description Ahab gives of Micaiah; "I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil." Reluctantly they called for Micaiah. When he was called, the messengers told him to "declare good unto the king with one mouth: let thy word, I pray thee, be like the word of one of them, and speak that which is good."

 

What would your answer be to such a command from the kings court? Pastors, what would your answer be to your congregation? Members, what would your answer be to your friends? How would you answer?

 

In the "cotton-candy-Christianity" that runs rampant in the ecumenical Christian pop culture, it has become increasingly difficult to proclaim God's truth without being considered a mean spirited fundamentalist. It becomes hard to answer the simplest questions. How did Micaiah answer? Micaiah said, "As the LORD liveth, what the LORD saith unto me, that will I speak" (1 Kings 22:14). Micaiah did not fall to the idol and peer pressure of popularity. He stood firm in his resolution and in God's truth in spite of the personal loss that might occur. This should be the strong conviction of every believer. We should, in spite of ALL opposition, speak whatsoever God has said through his word.

 

"....let God be true, but every man a liar...." -Romans 3:4

 

 

 
It Is Finished
Written by Ben Winslett   
Tuesday, 30 August 2011 08:23

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. - John 19:30

Don't overlook these words. What was the intent behind Jesus' words, "it is finished," as He hung upon the cross? These words are significant and when properly understood teach us a phenomenal truth, indeed, the most important truth ever to be heard by human ears. "It is finished" means that whatever Christ came to do, it was completed as He died upon the cross.

So, what was finished? To answer the question "what is finished" you must first consider the purpose of Christ coming into the world. Why did Jesus come to earth?

According to the angel, the Heavenly Messenger, in Matthew 1:21, Jesus came to save HIS people from their sins. He did not come to die for anyone who would accept Him. This would have placed uncertainty and the unavoidable potential of some failure in His Work. You see, had He died for all, and all were not saved, then there would be a degree of failure to His work. God forbid! No, He laid down His life for the sheep, His chosen people.

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. - Matthew 1:21

He laid down His life for His sheep. According to Ephesians 1 and Romans 8, these sheep were chosen by the Father before the foundation of the world. They were given to Christ as an espoused bride. He came to die for them, to redeem them, and redeem them He did. These people are described as being an innumerable host of people, chosen out of every nation, kindred, tribe and tongue. Christ was both their Great High Priest and also the Sacrifice (Hebrews 10) offered to take away their sin. He died upon the cross to pay their sin debt and secure their home in Heaven.

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love... - Ephesians 1:4

For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.- Romans 8:29

So, was that work of redemption completed? Absolutely! Remember, our study passage is Jesus' victory pronunciation upon the cross! Jesus' own words were "IT IS FINISHED." The eternal redemption of the elect family of God was secured by the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. They will join Him in Heaven and live as joint-heirs with Him for all of eternity. Why? Because IT IS FINISHED!

 
Repentance (Acts 2)
Written by Ben Winslett   
Saturday, 27 August 2011 09:17

 

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. - Acts 2:38

Notice in this text that Peter tells these Jewish brethren to repent. Sounds familiar, doesn't it? The gospel ministry is to call upon men to repent. However, there may be an element of this missing to our understanding.

Unlike many who have heard the command to repent of grievous sins such as drunkenness or fornication, these men were described earlier in this chapter as "Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven" (Acts 2:5). This word "devout" means holy and pious (faithful).

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Was Adam Made Spiritual?
Written by Sylvester Hassel   
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 16:18

Question. Was Adam made a spiritual man, and did he die a spiritual death when he ate the forbidden fruit?

 

No other man was ever like Adam, or even had his exact experience, and we can only know of him what the Scriptures teach us. It is worse than useless to speculate as to Adam or any other subject beyond the plain teachings of the Scriptures.

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Quotes from Elder John Leland
Written by Josh Winslett   
Thursday, 18 August 2011 20:13

In my evening studies, I came across two intriguing quotes from Elder John Leland.

 

"Government should protect every man in thinking and speaking freely, and see that one does not abuse another. The liberty I contend for is more than toleration. The very idea of toleration is despicable; it supposes that some have a pre-eminence above the rest to grant indulgence, whereas all should be equally free, Jews, Turks, Pagans and Christians." - A Chronicle of His Time in Virginia.


"Every man must give account of himself to God, and therefore every man ought to be at liberty to serve God in a way that he can best reconcile to his conscience. If government can answer for individuals at the day of judgment, let men be controlled by it in religious matters; otherwise, let men be free." - Right of Conscience Inalienable.

 

Wow!! What prolific words. John Leland was an amazing man and preacher. It is written that he was instrumental in gaining the freedom of religion in America. Over the next couple of weeks I will be posting some of his article in PDF format to the MTZ article library.

Here is a short bio of Elder John Leland: http://primitivebaptist.info/mambo//content/category/5/20/36/

 

~JW

 
Comment on the Very Elect
Written by David Pyles   
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 18:40

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. - Mt 24:24

The expression very elect in the above text is thought by some to refer to a special subset of the elect family of God. I do not believe such a conclusion can be drawn from this text. I concede that God does not deal with all of His elect the same. The same sovereignty whereby the elect were chosen over others is also of force in God's dealings with the elect themselves. For example, some elect have been shown extensive truth; others have been shown somewhat less, and yet others have been shown comparatively little.

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Ten Reasons Primitive Baptists Are Not Calvinists
Written by Michael Gowens and Lonnie Mozingo Jr.   
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 17:46

By Elders Michael Gowens and Lonnie Mozingo, Jr.

In the minds of most people, Christianity is divided into two major groups, Arminians (those who advocate the theology of James Arminius) and Calvinists (those who advocate the theology of John Calvin).


The distinction between Primitive Baptists and Arminians is so clear few would confuse the two.  However, when people hear Primitive Baptists proclaim the Doctrines of Grace (election, predestination, etc.) they sometimes assume that Primitive Baptists are some branch of the Calvinist family.  The fact is, Primitive Baptists have never been a part of either group, since they and their ancestors have maintained their identity since the days of Christ and the Apostles.

This article shows ten basic distinctions between Calvinists and Primitive Baptists.  It is the earnest desire of the authors that upon reading it, the Lord’s people will remember that “My dove, my undefiled is but one; she is the only one of her mother, she is the choice one of her that bare her.” Song of Solomon 6:9

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