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Archive 1 from The New Testament  

of video Programs 293-399>>>

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In Programs 382-399 we looked at Paul's letter to the Galatians as a follow up to the problems we had seen in previous Programs in the book of Acts at the Council of Jerusalem. I gave my "Wesleyan" take on Galatians as "saved by faith" from the requirements of the ritual law but unto good works, to be born again spiritual children of God in order to walk in the Spirit with the fruit of the Spirit. Not to be a wise-guy here but, in short, the point of Galatians 3 is Galatians 4, and the point of Galatians 4 is Galatians 5 & 6 (and all of this is developed in terms of larger philosophical/ worldview themes of the Natural and Special Revelations, the point of this Great Books of Western Philosophy video series.


Program 395: The New Testament

Galatians: The Reformation, the Gospel, salvation by faith, & faith/ works issues, Part IX

More, today, on the complexity of being saved unto good works but not by good works nor from good works, as we are saved from the requirements of the Old Testament "ritual law". (Not really that complicated when you get right down to it?)

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And also, today, the complexities of exactly why one cannot so-call "work oneís way back to God" or, that is, into the New Covenant. In truth, not since Trent Catholicism has much of anyone been trying to so work, anyway! And, further, the whole point of the Bible faith is direct relationship with Christ, and, hence, it is not to get some Saint to get an "in" for you with "the big guy," etc., etc.  Also, Paul has nothing good, and a lot bad, to say about the spirit beings behind religious statues. And, you will note, everyone worships in some "spirit and truth"! But which "spirit and truth" is the real truth and true Spirit of God? Finally, after two or three Programs now, I get to the so-called "priesthood of the believers" controversy and the various confusions surrounding that notion, and why it is so important, indeed, central, for Bible Christianity.


Program 393: The New Testament

Galatians: The Reformation, the Gospel, salvation by faith, & faith/ works issues, Part VII

Today, first, both the Natural Revelation (of conscience and "self-evident" moral truths) and the Special Revelation (of the Bible) are based on Reason. After this the question becomes, What is the true Christian faith? And in the Reformation this became either trusting in Christ or accepting Roman Catholicism as infallible in matters of faith and morals. In truth, this is not a tough call, if you stop and think about it?

If Christianity is seen to be trusting personally in Christís atoning sacrifice, then Roman Catholicism will eventually slide into, indeed embrace, an outright Bible Christianity, in my opinion. The errors of Trent led to Vatican II, clearly, and in a similar manner the errors of Vatican II, which is very similar to the Protestant "great falling away" (in denying the uniqueness of Christianity), will presumably, sooner or later, lead to a Bible Christianity Vatican III? But probably not until God lays this on the hearts of influential Roman Catholics. When? God only knows...


Program 385: The New Testament

Galatians: Believe and receive, believe and receive, believe and receive... Whatís the point?

Believe and receive, believe and receive, believe and receive... Whatís the point? Maybe, it is "believe and receive"? "Believe" in your heart is "faith," and "receive" is a purified ("born-again") heart to God, with, or, that is, accompanied by, the indwelling holy Spirit, of course...

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At some point, we will have, I think, in America and the world more generally, a great spiritual Awakening to the Gospel, to its (theological) truth and (spiritual) reality, though it may require (let us hope and pray not) some great tribulations or calamities to get us there, presumably, all as sent, or allowed, by God in judgment for our sin.


Program 382: The New Testament

"Doctrine" problems emerge: The famous Jerusalem Council, & Paulís strong Gospel letter to the Galatians

If you allow for a bodily Resurrection of Christ in history, an atoning sacrifice in the Crucifixion as a theological truth, and the coming of the unique Person fellowship of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, you are not a liberal, in all likelihood! In any case, today, we continue with historical events, theological truths, and new spiritual reality in Christ...  And, again, today, our philosophical worldview chart that covers all the philosophical bases, which I developed as a follow-up to "the worldview chart to start all worldview charts" from Ciceroís Laws in...   Program 376 Photo  


Programs 370-381: Luke's Acts of the Apostles. In my opinion, the good Dr. Luke is the liberal's and the humanist's worst nightmare, recording firsthand eyewitness accounts, never even remotely refuted by the skeptic. These videos also include the new Kingdom spirituality that came at Pentecost (as well as an attempt at "a worldview chart to end all worldview charts" in Program 376)

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Program 376: The New Testament

Special Revelation: Historical events, Doctrinal-Theological truths, & Holy Spirit reality, specifically

We know what the Apostolic faith is from year one of the Church, in the story of the early believers; the humanist, sometimes, but the higher critic, often, notwithstanding...  And, further, we know now, the same holy Spirit is still available for us, today, as well as the same new heart to God!

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After Mondayís chart, I am now working on this "philosophical worldview chart to end all philosophical worldview charts"!  Program 376 Photo  Look out! Lots of fun, philosophically!!! Best week in the history of this website? Possibly, maybe even probably? No small matter?  At 40:36 I mean New Testament text, of course, not Old Testament text.


Program 375: The New Testament

YES (or) NO, to the Faith of the Apostles, Peter, Paul: Fosdick questions Special Revelation as

Again, today, the question we consider is, "Did Jesus die on the cross for our sins in order to give us new hearts for God & new Spiritual Life in Him?"   Yes (or) No    Today, Fosdick questions the Bible Special Revelation as valid, and asserts: It is mere myth of primitive man, as (virtually) all higher critics hold! 


Program 374: The New Testament

Acts of the Apostles... Pentecost, Peter, Paul, Doctrinal Truth, Spiritual Reality: YES (or) NO

The question we consider today is Old Testament prophecies as well as the faith of the Apostles from day one...  So, "Did Jesus die on the cross for our sins in order to give us new hearts for God & new Spiritual Life in Him?" Yes (or) No...

And, today, a new worldview chart, to tie together this website, for the last 3 years, or so!!! >> Program 374 Photo  No problem, just for fun!!!


Program 373: The New Testament

 Acts of the Apostles... Pentecost, Peter, Paul, The New Testament, Spiritual Reality, & Apostolic Faith/ Jesus

One of our better Programs today, I think. Are the arguments today original with me? I do not know, but I am not aware of anybody else having made them. Without question, Paul is believing and/or (to be clear) certainly persecuting "the Apostolic faith" from the very beginning with the martyrdom of Stephen, which Paul participated in, and we know this as a fact of history, and even the most hardened humanist or most spaced-out Liberal does not debate this? So, do the math! The Apostolic faith of Billy Graham goes back to 33 AD and is the faith of Paul from that time and of the Apostles (that is, Peter, James, John and so forth) and, hence, it is presumably true, or an unbelievably complex conspiracy concocted after the crucifixion and made into a theologically complete story and conspiracy by the day of Pentecost, and from then forward! (Totally impossible?)

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This clever argument and actually very simple insight may, in fact, be original!>>>  Program 373 Photo The point to get here is that the letters of Paul in general and Galatians in particular are written to solve problems, everyone understands this, but in addressing a given problem, they are continuously using the Apostolic faith as a back drop. And one must now add this to the accounts of some old man (presumably in his 80s) alive in the 90s AD who claims to be John and claims that Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but by me." The old man is, no doubt, John, but he may be lying about Jesusí claims and be in on the conspiracy from day one at Pentecost. At 11:04 minutes, a correction, rather than 66 or 67 AD, Paul is generally held to be executed around 68 AD, and he makes some final records of the Apostolic faith, as on the chart, in I & II Timothy in a year or two or three prior to the end of his life, where he reiterates the Apostolic faith he has had for the past 30 plus years!


Program 371: The New Testament

Acts of the Apostles... Historical turning point: "The Kingdom of God present with power," as Jesus said..

Today, Peterís sermon at Pentecost, and though Luke may (or may not) be talking to Peter, personally, he is getting the story, presumably, from eyewitnesses, or at least people who claim to be there, but the key is Peterís sermon is, without any question, the same Apostolic faith, theological truths, and spiritual reality that will play itself out in the coming decades and generations of the early Church, and even in the later centuries, to this present day.  Peter at Pentecost is also pointing out that the bodily Resurrection of Christ is clearly prophesied in The Old Testament, no less. Also, there can be an early source document or two or more on Jesus that are lost and do not become Scripture, but so what, at some point? Again, the idea, the assumption, that the story of the early church, Jesus and the Apostolic Faith are passed around for generations without any written record is just silly, ridiculous, even flat-out, down-right, absurd?


In Programs 368-369 I developed my pictorial model of entering the Kingdom of God as a literal spiritual reality that we are in, and that is in us, as born again believers indwelled by the holy Spirit.>>> 

Program 369: The New Testament

Atonement, Apostolic Faith, New Hearts, Entering the Kingdom of God as a Spiritual Truth/ Reality

Today, we continue with "entering the kingdom of God" and what this means in its new spiritual reality for men and women on earth, as born again (holy) Spirit-filled creatures with new hearts... The "greatest" Program we have ever done? Probably not, but maybe the most "important"...  This Program will, I think, stand for this website with "the worldview chart to start all worldview charts" from Cicero's Laws... (Studied and analyzed for years to come? Maybe, two or three, anyway!) 

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Marker board Photo>> Program 369 Photo  Today, I bring the great Saint Augustine back from the grave to live for another 1000 years!!! ("Talent on loan from God"?)  Today, I do a spatial picture/ model drawing (as the great Bible commentator J. Vernon McGee says we need) for the spiritual Kingdom of God on earth and our entering into it. If it offends you, donít worry about it... The truth is the model is extremely Augustinian, after, and in honor of, one of my primary philosophical and spiritual mentors, to whom I dedicate this Program... Also, Pentecost is, of course, 50 days after the crucifixion not 40 days, as I say at 44:12 minutes.


Programs 357-367: mostly the Gospel of Luke (ending in 367 with a setup for a spatial model in subsequent Programs for an actual spiritual Kingdom of God)>>>

Program 367: The New Testament

Resurrection, Apostolic faith of Paul & John, & Basic Gospel & Kingdom Truths/ Realities

Today, we attempt to wrap up the historical facts (by reason) of what actually happened, that is, the historicity of the Jesus of the Bible, and now we will seek to go on to the theological truths and spiritual realities that follow for all mankind on earth for all time in the entire story of the creation. (No big deal?)  The plan is to take the analysis here to a new level, from historical facts to the theological truths and spiritual realities in all history as presented in The Old & New Testaments.


Program 362: The New Testament

The Gospel of Luke: The Apostolic Faith... Lie & Conspiracy or True, but not "myth" of long oral tradition

Again, and, again, I say again, The New Testament is not and cannot be "mythology" or fable. The starting assumption of the Liberal or Higher Critic is mostly the impossible idea of "myth."

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This is all to say, if the text is false, the Apostles themselves are either myth themselves (completely impossible most would hold) or flat liars, which few if any believe, though I would say H. G. Wells, the outright humanist, does believe this because he understands as few do that one must deal with how the text and the Apostolic faith came about, which was without question, for him, created by "the immediate followers" of Jesus. (As an aside one could say, a possibly forged document here or there in the canon is somewhat irrelevant since all texts are included because they maintain or assert the same Apostolic faith, in slightly different presentations.)


Program 361: The New Testament

The New Testament: The Apostolic Faith... Historically, by Reason, but, 3 Views on "Maryís Gospel"

We continue today with what I have called "the worst nightmare of the Liberal/ Higher Critic and the outright humanist/ atheist." Namely, the good Dr. Lukeís Gospel of Luke & Acts of the Apostles. The 3 possible views on Mary? 1.) telling the truth 2.) lying, and 3.) she nor Luke ever really existed, but rather both are, essentially, mythological figures. Take your pick...

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Today a new marker board, "Yes" or "No" to the Bible, New Testament accounts. Program marker board Program 361 Photo  The whole question is about the historicity of the text of The New Testament, and who is being more "reasonable"? This parallels the division on the Natural Revelation and who is really being Ďreasonable" there. Today, almost airtight arguments on the marker board on the reasonable historicity of the Apostolic faith? In any case, I do not think the good Dr. Luke really wanted to be anybodyís "worst nightmare"! I really donít! Poor Dr. Luke! He must feel terrible, looking down from heaven! (Or, as some of our brothers and sisters would say, I think falsely, "Looking down from purgatory? Maybe, we should pray to Mary that the poor boy get out?" A bit much for most Bible Christians.) In any case, I am not really a Christian "apologist" but a philosophy teacher, actually more student. The point today? The 2 views on "no" to the Bible and New Testament as the Apostolic faith are as either myth or forgery, or outright conspiracy, but neither can possibly be true, reasonably and objectively speaking. Last man standing? The good Dr. Luke, along with the rest of The New Testament writers, we can now say? The Natural Revelation and the historicity of the Special Revelation of the Bible are both based on reason, true "Reason" of the Logos of Heraclitus! (QED) 


Program 359: The New Testament

The Gospel of Luke & Acts of the Apostles: The Apostolic Faith... A New Testament Woven Web Package

Today, more on the Apostolic Faith in The Gospel of Luke & Acts of the Apostles. The problems for the Liberal and humanist in trying to refute the Bible accounts of the Apostolic Faith are simply insurmountable, in my opinion...  The circular nature of the argument of the Liberal and humanist is in saying the text cannot be true if it has miracles and that the miracles (or supernatural) prove it is not true. But, again, if there is a God of Genesis 1:1, there can be supernatural (or miraculous) events, quite reasonably.


In Programs 351-356 Jesus' last night as recorded in discourse and prayer in John's Gospel, almost without question the most intense thing in the Bible or even the history of mankind?!  This is Jesus, speaking bluntly, as the Son of God, to his disciples and to God the Father, no less...

Program 352: The New Testament

The Gospel of John: Johnís Last Supper, Spiritual Truths of the Kingdom, classic Gospel, classic Jesus

One of our better Programs ever, if not the best... One for the archives, but it is not my "brilliant" analysis and commentary, it is the content of the text, it is Johnís Last Supper (and following), and it is some of the most, indeed probably the most, heavy duty stuff in the entire Bible, and probably even ever spoken on planet earth. Of course, John did not really record this, the Liberal holds (and as I learned in seminary years ago), rather it is all myth supposedly made up by a clever forger decades after the events, and snuck into the Church community, but besides that it is heavy duty stuff for everyone else... off the charts, in fact.  And Johnís letters, in my opinion, are equally "John" thru and thru, and the Liberal does not buy into any of them either, of course. Whatís new? (At 10:34 I should say TEV (Todayís English Version) not NIV version.)

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Whatís particular about John (for me) is his tone. He is mystical, heís idyllic. He exists in his own plane of existence. We have all known people like this. It is as if he is not completely "here." But "where" is he? Who knows? But it is clearly John who realizes looking back that this talk and prayer on that last night may be the most important thing Jesus ever said. And, it so connects with John, and seemingly no one else. Interestingly, in this text we get that we are chosen by God as believers, but we also have a necessity to abide in Christ so as not to be ultimately thrown into the fire of destruction! Get back! (As is well known these points will themselves become "hot topics" for believers in the coming centuries!) Also, John 14:26 just flatly states (quoting Jesus, no less) that the holy Spirit brings all this recollection to mind for the purposes of writing this particular text of John, and implicitly that applies to other Gospel writers as well in remembering what Jesus had spoken to them, since Jesus is addressing all the disciples. And, of course, the Liberal will have none of this either. Look, virtually all of our problems in America, today, and even in the whole world more generally tend to be either moral problems or spiritual will and wisdom problems, and Jesus is trying to give all mankind new spiritual life in Him for those who want it! Do the math, here, come on, good grief... it really is not that complicated what Jesus is about once you "see" it.



Programs 343-350 look at "the harmony of the Gospels" (as the expression goes) and at the absurd folly of the so-called "higher critic" who is always trying to deconstruct the text one way or another for the flimsiest of reasons, called "Biblical scholarship" by its advocates.>>>

Program 346: The New Testament

Matthew & Mark: Part II-- Similarities, Differences, Myth, & De-constructionism

Today, more on Liberalism and so-called "de-constructionism" where there is supposedly some other motivation, consciously or unconsciously, by the author, than the plain meaning of the text. So, one must de-construct it! (Give me a break, please!)

Also, the point of Jesus to deny yourself and take up your cross and follow him is a clear spiritual truth, generally, and not really about actual martyrdom, as such, as the deconstructionist claims.


Programs 340-342 look at the off-the-charts Olivet Discourse of Matthew 24-25, about "the end of the age," but which age? Church Age? Old Testament Age? Kingdom Age? Or, even multiple fulfillment?! 

Program 341: The New Testament

Matthew 24-25 The so-called "Olivet Discourse" in terms of "The Big Picture"

Is the Bible, that is, the Special Revelation, a mythological castle in the air? Yes or no? "Yes," say the humanist and liberal (spiritual humanist or higher critic), and "no," says the Bible believer, just as in the natural revelation the two sides of humanism and rational moral truth/ theism argue over who is making a metaphysical castle in the air! Both sides claim the other is! Crazy, but true, and prophecy is even more rejected by the liberal and humanist! Why? It is not even history "in the can" that has already happened, let alone yet to come!

In any case, the Olivet Discourse is, in my humble opinion, about both the destruction of Jerusalem, and the end of the Church Age before the Kingdom Age (and, again, this is exactly how Isaiah reads, you will recall about the Kingdom Era and the destruction of Judah overlapping by type in prophecy). Prophecy can have with multiple fulfillment. (Also at 28:08 minutes I mean to say 168 BC, not AD, of course.) At 33:56 minutes and following: The Great Tribulation seems (to me, anyway) to deal with the theme of Noahís time that Godís Spirit "will not strive with man forever."  And "our thoughts," as in those past days, tend to be on "evil continually" and (as the Psalmist says) "God is in none of their thoughts." So, given this, Paul says "sudden destruction" will come on earth, at some point, and Jesus says it will be "as it was in the days of Noah," and people will be "eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage" (that is doing normal activities oblivious to the coming judgment) up until the last minute when two are in the field, and one will be taken, and two at the mill and one "taken the other left."  Not pretty but the text seems, to me at least, to be very clear here, tragically so... This does not appear to me to be a "rapture" out of this world but taken out in death, and Godís Judgment, no less. For example, in the Great Flu Epidemic after World War I there were stories of 3 women going off to work (seemingly healthy and happy) and only 2 coming home, because of quick death, etc. The idea is clear here? However, there is eventually a "rapture" at the end of the Kingdom Era (in my opinion) before the destruction of the world by fire by God.


Program 340: The New Testament

Matthew 24: The Destruction of Jerusalem, End of Age and/or World?, Kingdom on earth

This it it!!! Fasten your seatbelts... Today, the controversial stuff that can get some people so bent out of shape. We will try to make sense out of 1.) the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, and 2.) the end of the (Church) Age, not the world, as such, and 3.) the actual end of the world by fire which happens at the end of time (after the Kingdom Age), and God then creates a new heaven and a new earth... Letís do it...

Bottom-line: at some point, the Church Age gives place to the (said to be) "1000 year" Kingdom Age, and virtually all (Bible commentators) agree on this. And all of these themes play themselves out directly, or indirectly by type, in Matthew 24, just as they do in Isaiah, as we have seen before in our previous Old Testament study of a few years ago...


Programs 325-331 look at Matthew 10 & Matthew 13, two of my favorite chapters in the entire Bible, and though they are generally not considered of great significance, they contain great and important theological and spiritual themes of the Kingdom.

Program 331: The New Testament

Matthew 13-14: "... the carpenterís son?" & John the Baptist beheaded, & feeding 5000, & walking on...

Today, we move on in The New Testament in terms of the whole story of man in Adam or in Christ, and in terms of the truth of the entire Natural and Special (Bible) Revelation, and that both are known by Reason. We are starting to summarize, or wrap up, things today for 2008!

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Programs 318-324 look at John 3 & 4, and the key concepts of justification by faith, being "born again" (regeneration), and being Spirit-filled and worshipping (correctly) in spirit and truth.

Program 320: The New Testament

John 3-4: Again, one cannot "de-mythologize" the events, teachings, or spirituality of Jesus

The larger question today is, what is Kingdom "spirituality" in Bible Christianity, and is it really true and real, as well as unique to Bible Christianity? Again, John 3-4 has the entire package of rebirth, no condemnation before GOD (salvation) as well as the Holy Spirit within.

John 3 & 4 is the key to the whole New Testament, in my opinion, almost really the whole Bible (the Liberal, the Roman Catholic, and probably even the Mormon, notwithstanding?). These two chapters in John have re-birth or regeneration, and indwelling Spirit (given at Pentecost), salvation by faith by looking to Christ alone in John 3:16, and the two chapters have why the unbeliever rejects the Light and free offer of salvation, as well as having the key notion of "spirit and truth" (and also that "God is spirit" and not a person in a body in heaven, as some false religions teach?).  Also note: "spirit and truth" is an explicit (metaphysical/ philosophical) statement and exact parallel statement of the complete Christian life which was in the Sermon on the Mount with its implicit "heart and mind" (and true deeds, etc.) for the complete or "perfect" Christian life.  However, the Liberal does not have a place for theological "truth," of course, but only spirit, generally, or a spirit of oneness or tolerance, usually of some supposedly "higher knowledge," the classic error also of ancient Gnosticism as well as of modern New Age. Roman Catholicism, though not all individual Roman Catholics, has no place for spiritual rebirth (of the heart), nor salvation (big time) nor indwelling Spirit (of the Abba Father relationship). But, in truth, all of these themes are interwoven throughout The New Testament by God (inspiring these writers), no less; all as central, as in a great symphony, in His Book, here The New Testament!!!


Program 319: The New Testament

John 3-4: Woman at the well, & "a well of water... to everlasting life," & worship in spirit & truth...

Theologically speaking, in my opinion, John 3 along with 4 as a follow up give the most important themes in the entire Bible. Understanding the story of the woman at the well and worshipping in spirit and truth opens up almost unimaginable theological insights into the spiritual nature of the Kingdom reality.

For a variety of reasons most men and women on earth today are often not ready to accept the cosmological truths of the Bible, nor the historical truths of the Bible, nor the moral truths of the Bible, nor the theological truths of the Bible, nor the repentance truths of the Bible, nor the spiritual truths of the Bible.


Programs 306-315 look at the Sermon on the Mount of Matthew 5-7, the Bible's most famous passage? My take is the same as that of C. S. Lewis. This discourse is primarily about literal spiritual truths of the Kingdom that Jesus has come to establish more than yet another sermon on justification by faith (as some evangelicals hold).

Program 311: The New Testament

Matthew 5, 6, 7: The Sermon on the Mount, The Lordís Prayer... Deliver us from the Evil one, & 2 Masters

Again, in this video keep in mind that the term "Kingdom of God," a notion which confuses so many people, is used in 2 ways by Jesus. One is the Spirit come with power at Pentecost for the born-again believer, and the other is when all the nations come under the Lordship of Christ in the so-called "1000 year" Kingdom Era. At that time the nations of earth will be under the principles of good, truth, right, and justice of God.  Also, the "Kingdom of heaven" is generally, but not always, synonymous with the "Kingdom of God" in The Gospels. The "Kingdom of heaven" can deal with the place heaven, but letís not digress and complicate matters! And, again, the Sermon on the Mount is best seen, I think, as the spiritual truths of the Kingdom. And, this is in terms of Jesus' central message, "Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand."

Again, Jesus is not only not preaching a so-called "works salvation" here, he is for the most part not speaking of salvation, as such, though he does at times with "enter through the narrow gate," or "believing on Him," etc. At 3:05 minutes and following, I deal with all our various problems of "baggage." One more time, there are Christian works and rewards in heaven, but this is not a "works salvation," though "works salvation" was virtually the central issue of the Reformation, after which all the other issues of that conflict (so to speak) follow. We are justified and in a state of reconciliation by faith, period. This is throughout the New Testament. This is the Christian faith. Again, for the Roman Catholic, there is no state of salvation or reconciliation. This, in my opinion, is why Mother Teresa had all those doubts, dryness, and so forth, about which she wrote so much. No surprise here for Luther (or me or probably any other Evangelical). This was virtually the entire point of the Reformation! Luther was going crazy arguing against a no-salvation, and assurance of it, by faith in Roman Catholicism! In a real sense, Roman Catholicism, as such, is not only not "the Faith," as it presumptuously maintains, arguably it is not even attempting to be  in the New Testament "faith" of justification by faith at all, but that is another story for another day. However, again, almost all of this commentary on the relationship between justification, sanctification, and spiritual Kingdom truths is pretty much right out of John Wesley, who comes some 3 centuries after the Reformers Luther and Calvin, who by necessity had to center on "justification" issues, given the theological problems of their day. However, Wesley starts very consciously developing this bigger spiritual/ theological picture beyond salvation, or a state of reconciliation, as such, into sanctification, internal witness of the Spirit, personal holiness, and so forth. A short history lesson there.


Program 309: The New Testament

Matthew 5, 6, 7: The Sermon on the Mount, turn the other cheek, go the second mile, & pray for those who...

Again, Jesus is not saying the Pharisees are in good faith and 95% of the way to "perfection," and they fail, so, so will you. This is how the Evangelical usually teaches this passage. However, first, the Pharisees are not in good faith, second, they are not 95% of the way to God, and, third, Jesus is not addressing the faith/ works issue of Paul here. If you truly want to be right with God, it has to be in your heart and mind (spirit and truth) as well as in real moral actions. Again, Jesus is talking about true righteousness of the Kingdom rather than false righteousness of the Pharisees. So, Jesus says this is the type of (true or perfect) righteousness that God has! He is not, however, addressing the question that true righteousness for the believer comes by faith, and even though it does, you still live out that righteousness, and in doing so, you lay up "treasures in heaven," but neither of these points are necessarily a so-called "works salvation."

Jesus is giving Kingdom spiritual truths and even practical Kingdom truths. These are, as it were, works of the faith and even a striving but not a works or striving for "salvation," as such, or, that is, for a reconciled relationship, etc., which is simply by faith, as Luther figured out, and which is taught throughout the New Testament for entering into the New Covenant. And as Wesley says even all the works one does after salvation are in and by faith, as well. You might say, one does not, and cannot, do "the works of the faith," "outside the faith or faith"! The problem Roman Catholicism has, however, is that there is no state of salvation or, that is, reconciliation. For Paul, salvation, the state of reconciliation, is virtually the entire point of the faith (along with walking in the Spirit), and for Jesus salvation is assumed by virtually all of his Kingdom spirituality teaching, and at times he also even talks explicitly about "believing on Him" (that is, salvation by "faith only," in essence) and, hence, "never dying" and so forth, but that is not his central focus of his teaching, which is the Kingdom of God, and what it is, and how it works, etc. And his teachings about the Kingdom follow from the central message, "Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand." Even this central message is not a "works salvation." Jesus means, if I may say so, "Turn and live for God and enter the Kingdom spiritual reality by the narrow gate (that is, by faith in Him and His righteousness)." This is clearly the meaning of the text whether it is true or not, and salvation, as such, and even salvation by faith or entering by faith, etc., is just part of the whole message of Jesus, but a reconciled state of salvation (let alone, salvation by faith, as such) is non-existent in Roman Catholicism, and that is pretty much why there was a Reformation, or at least the driving force behind it!


Program 307: The New Testament

Matthew 5, 6, 7: The Sermon on the Mount, "Blessed are..." City on a Hill, heart and mind...

Today, we continue with the Sermon on the Mount and go into the difference between being "happy" and being "blessed," but, in truth, if you are blessed by God, you are pretty much going to be happy as well in a general sense (almost an Aristotelian, Ciceronian, Socratic sense of doing your duty). Still, "blessing" by God is more to an actual favor of God on you, materially, spiritually, and otherwise... Improved quality of life, shall we say?

At 19:33 minutes the point of the "full life in the Spirit" in the Sermon on the Mount is not simply about salvation by faith, as such, but spiritual truths of the Kingdom and "laying up treasures in heaven" and so forth, as well as the famous "City on a Hill" as founded upon the light, good, truth, and righteousness of God. (Relevant for a political season? Maybe, but we are not asking these sorts of questions in politics these days, one way or another?) Again, at 21:58 minutes (and following) Jesus is the confirmation of the Natural Revelation in the Logos (more or less Paulís point on Marsí Hill) as much as Jesus is the fulfillment of "the Law and Prophets" or, that is, the Special Revelation. This particular point, as such, is somewhat original with me, but I think certainly Bacon and Newton would agree with it.


Programs 300-305 Started our New Testament study with the Gospel of Mathew.

This followed our introduction to The New Testament with Paul's Mars Hill sermon

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Program 304: The New Testament

Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John, main themes of opening chapters: Judgment, Kingdom, Spirit, Fire, & Devil...

Today, I have this "inspiration" to, in effect, cover the prior 303 Programs in 25:00 minutes! And, I think I may come pretty close, almost anyway...

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Repent and live for God, not just not to go to hell but to enter the wonderful (spiritual) reality of the (spiritual) Kingdom of God in Christian salvation and with the indwelling Holy Spirit, and with new hearts for God! And, today, we start the beginning of Johnís Gospel... philosophical spiritual reality through and through, as is well-known... John is all Light, and Logos, and spiritual rebirth in Christ by believing on Him, etc. for "as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God (spiritually speaking), to those who believe in his name." (John 1:12, italics added)


Programs 293-299 continued the previous 2 Revelations Series (271-292)

by beginning The New Testament with Paul's Mars Hill sermon

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Program 295: The New Testament

Historical & Theological Truth, Genesis 1:1 & Godís Nature w/ Abraham, Moses, Jesus, & us...

Today, the Sovereignty of God in the sermon on Marsí Hill... God has determined, Paul says, "pre-appointed" times and places for us people to live, and further, Jesus even says the "very hairs on your head are all numbered" (Matthew 10:28-31), but what are the implications of this?!  More than we can even imagine!

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