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The following program is recorded content created by the Truth Network Jesus said. His yoke is easy and is Britain's life what you mean in this really true time for the light a fire with your host biblical scholar and cultural commentator Dr. Michael Brown your voice for more savvy and spiritual clarity called 866-34-TRUTH to get on the line of fire and now there's your host Dr. Michael Brown, joyous day on the line of fire. This is Michael Brown delighted to be with you in here edify you build you up, strengthen you and encourage you in the Lord today. Why well if we can shine our light brighter. The world will be less dark if we can be saltier will bring more conviction is the moral conscience of the society as we grow healthy and strong.
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That's a real eye-opener, or in the sports world.
As you say, but but as a businessman, that's when I opened her a reminder of why we say what we say why we have been warning why we have been shouting for years as I dress in my book silencing of the lambs.
There is really an attempt to cancel us something by holding to biblical Christian convictions is as I said a few days ago and wrote about it if you're a Christian leader and you don't have a target on your back. Something's wrong. If you're Christian leader and you're not spoken against something's wrong or we should have a great reputation with outsiders in terms of people with integrity, people of honesty, people of morality, hard-working solid marriages solid in our finances that we should be outstanding in those categories so that there is no reproach we bring to the gospel for that Peter writes about is that if if you suffer suffer as a Christian that is a Mettler busybody your swindler something like that suffer, let it be for Jesus but that being said, we will have targets on our back as we obey the Lord and honor him okay. You've all heard these words.
Jesus said this come to me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me from I'm gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. 50 years ago. Plus, I memorize that in the King James. Many of you those words come to me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, I give you rest.
So what was Jesus saying there was seem mean when he says, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light. So first let's let's go through this book but want to share with you think is really going to be helpful with your new believer with you been in ministry for decades. I think this is really going to be helpful as we open this up for you today. I got an article that will be up on the stream on this today or tomorrow. Opening this up as well. Should be able to share it very very easily on screen the Lord so burden down heavy laden, well, it could be burden by sin and guilt could be burdened by hardship and suffering could be burdened by the difficulties of life in this world could be burdened by religious legalism. Any of those categories right. He's inviting us an immediate context he's praising God for how he reveals himself to the simple and to the children and it hides himself from those who were wise in their own eyes and things like that so there's not a deep context before that that limits what he's talking about with those who are birds are heavy laden, so it can be any of those categories will become to Jesus truly not just come to him to get something from him but come to him to transact our lives come to him, to lay our lives than at his feet come to him to receive his life. We receive rest rest in what ways were set free from bondage to sin and as were set free from that it brings peace and rest. The burden of guilt lifts off some off the bus that brings rest and work were not under a religious system of do's and don'ts, trying to please God. From the outside in. And that brings rest and certainly when he talks about his yoke is contrasting it with the yoke of of dead religion. We see that because what follows immediately, as is Matthew recounts it is Jesus being Lord of the Sabbath and in Yeshua's disputes with some of the religious leaders about what you can and can't do over the Sabbath now in Mark and Luke that passage and in terms of this, the, the healing amount of the synagogue on the Sabbath and then picking grain in the in the fields on the Sabbath, so those passages immediately connected to the pastors about the wineskins. You can't put new wine in old wineskins here. Matthew connects it with this teaching this saying each of the gospel authors is putting things in certain orders for certain reasons. Some things clearly cut chronological and others are teaching put here to coincide with an event.
There to convey a larger meaning larger significance. So that's what you have here. So certainly there is a contrast with his yoke versus the yoke of dead legalism rules without relationship standards without the Savior right laws. Without love, try to transform from the inside out. That's what legalism does and then it keeps all kinds of extra burdens on you that God is not put on is what legalism does.
Jesus has come to me to find rest from that as well. What was he mean when he says my yoke is easy and my burden is light. I mean, didn't, didn't he tell us to leave everything and follow him. Didn't he tell us to strive to enter into the strait gate and to walk on the narrow path didn't say we have to deny ourselves and take up the cross and follow him. Didn't he say that those that follow him would be hated and persecuted as he was. How is that easy. What about that is easy, death to the flesh. This talk about going against the grain of the world.
This talk about hardship suffering.
Jesus said in in John 1633 in this world you will have trouble. But take heart of overcome the world. So how is it easy what led let's first understand what he actually means with what the Greek word means sexy Christos, which is close to Christos, which is side just so happens that their unrelated by the way, but just just so happens that is coastal. Let me read to you with the the low night lexicon of semantic domains explains this in terms of this word Christos in this context that it means pertaining to that which is pleasant or easy with the implication of suitability.
Pleasant, easy, would be the way to translate but notice that with the implication of suitability. The yoke, the Lord has for you fits just right. Greek scholar CL speak the. The French Greek scholar explains it like this.
It is a well conditioned yoke, one that is not rough and does not hurt or chafe the neck so the yoke that the Lord puts us the notices. Take my yoke upon you, so we come in his service, we come under his rulership. You won't find rest and to you do that, but the yoke that's put on us fits just right. It's it's actually comfortable. Think of that that that was a translate out to me money play clip for you. Those of you who remember the movie chariots of fire Academy award winner when the great Christian movies made by Hollywood is great seeing Eric with Dell as an Olympic level runner Raymond is called to the mission field.
These he assisted devout believers is about to tell her that he's been accepted to go to China on the mission field, but she okay clip is not working at the moment. All right's for some reason or YouTube clip is not functioning so all I'll recount the scene so he's he's with his his sister and he gives her the news. Hey, I I am accepted to go to China right and and then she's excited to hear it and he says this. I believe this article Dell in the movie. I believe that God may be for a purpose for China, but he also made me fast and when I run I feel is pleasure to give it up would be to hold him in contempt.
You're right it's not just fun to win is to honor him so he was telling her I'm going on the mission. I'm going on the mission field that's God's purpose me, but he also may be fast and when I run I feel is pleasure to run in the Olympics. First, and then go on the mission field, and that of course was the will of God and that of course is what gave him international fame and that of course is what drew so much attention to his testimony and that of course is what inspired the movie chariots of fire.
So what's the point, the yoke that God has for you fits right when you surrender your life to him, Lord, not my will but yours. Not my plans, but yours. Not my purpose, but yours that my desires, but yours. You surrender your life to him and you take his yoke on you farm this morning made me for that.
You have to crucify the flesh along the way. Yes, of course, in their times when we just have to humble ourselves and get low and serve someone else, but there's even grace to do that but the thing is here, look at my schedule.
So how did how do you do what you do if I sat down and told you what were my months look like and then the attack we get the resistance we get in the accusations and all the garbage that we deal with, and what were able to produce and put out in the travel and and everything else to say how in the world are you standing at the end. I'm thriving, I'm blessed because God made me for this because I'm doing what he called me to do because his grace and powers and is not man's him pause as I worked harder than all the other apostles.
First grade is 56 but I was in me was God's grace at work in me. So God puts the wind in your sails. So when you really categorically truly submit your life to God and take his yoke on you fits right you find this is what he made me for there is grace to do what he called you to do like a little more to say on this and I want to take some of your calls, 866-3487 84 phone lines are open to the line of fire with your host Dr. Michael Brown got on the line of fire by calling 866-34-TRUTH here again is Dr. Michael Brown transferred to someone fire for or open for any question you want to talk to me about today, 866-3487 80 foregoing the phones in a moment hate we've got a mega important announcement that will be sending out on Monday to all of you.
If you're not getting my emails great announcement some great new free resource we have for you if you go to my website today asked Dr. Brown.org SK dear brother. We have completely revamped it so if you've never been there. You'll love it if you been there before. You'll love it even more because you seen it before that you see it now, so check out what's there. But first, so you go there center for the emails and structure Brown.org center for the emails and will send you a free mini e-book as well argue that today will you asked Dr. Brown.org okay. John Wesley said this is as though I'm always in haste. I am never in a hurry. So what exactly did that mean that I'm always in haste.
So is always moving. He's active I'm never in a hurry while the rest of the quote explains that he said I never undertake any more work than I can get through with perfect calmness of spirit right. So let me read this again though I am always in haste. I am never in a hurry.
I never undertake any more work than I can get through with perfect calmness of spirit. So in my own life. I'm running I'm pushing but when I realize okay you're getting in the flesh you are you are pushing hard.
You're taking on too much. You are trying to do too much. Step back step. Okay, don't push that step back worship God lacks do something else. Step back, but because there is always grace to do what I'm called to do the I I look at people know homeschooling mom with six kids to go to and diapers to get kids in all different age groups and you know in their deceased and teaching them. She still got a cooking clean. It is not a housekeeper. Husband is out working out 12 hours a day, so he's pushing hard and then she says she's involved in church she serves here like how how how can she do that will God gives you grace is her calling can be challenging sometimes that you would send but then you come to God to give you the grace I look at other people what they do. Think how in the world you do that, but there's grace for I watch people forgive. You forgive someone that that murdered their child and they said okay you're going to jail. Your you're getting your just sentence but I personally forgive you and pray for your salvation and how you do it because there's grace to do what God calls us to do so many people discuss some things hard on the fly thing off your grace to do that that what you mean is I don't want to which you mean is I I would be spoiled baby and I and if I don't feel good doing it. I'm not going to do it on the spiritual prima donna will that's that's just immaturity. But if you're really walking with the Lord in your life is yielded to him then you'll i'm not some is not right here it do it you have a car that has AutoLink correction so as you start to move out of Lehman. The steering wheel vibrates you feel is the old what's happening on us certain vulgarly or maybe not, but you been on the highway and as you start to go off off the lane a little bit.
There's gravel on the sides immediately hear that you feel at all that that wake-up, that's how it should be with her walk with the Lord we were taking on something X like something just doesn't feel right now.
Again, if you're not disciplined if not yielded to the Lord, that it may just be your flesh doesn't like those fast doesn't feel right getting up early the morning to pray doesn't feel right, may just be her flustered like but when you receive grace to be discipline and you all. The Lord is the Lord. I just want your will and I want my agenda, but your will. He will give you the grace of have to humble yourself and get low if you have to let someone else take the credit for something you did still be grace and God's like I got you here. I got your back. His yoke fits just right so so don't try to take on somebody else's joke. You don't have their anointing and have the grace you don't have their their background. You don't have their makeup don't have their calling. You try to do it they're doing it will not succeed. But when you are honoring the Lord doing what is giving you to do. You'll find his yoke fits just right. If I could drop a perfect job description of my life be doing what I'm doing I be doing what I'm doing.
I'm obviously if I had 100 hours a day to do more of everything but be doing what I'm doing and I be doing even more effectively and be reach even more people receiving more fruit, but the terms of my role be doing what I'm doing. It's a joy it's glorious. It's wonderful but in 2020. I came to the end of the year or came to then 2019 look into 2020 and I thought there have been traveling too much. I was burnt out. I wasn't wasn't tired I was a struggling ally was on the road total of about 200 days including travel days in ministry days and I just thought know I'm I'm running too much. It's not what I once was been slow down some and my schedule remains intense but there's been definite slow down and taking one weekend a month roughly just to pray and be with the Lord is been life-changing. So find the Lord joke submit to it and you find it is suitable for you. I hope that helps. Lee felt strongly to share this with you today all right. Let's go to the phones and will start in Charlotte North Carolina with three welcome to the line of fire. Thank you MacColl sure got got a couple questions. The first one is and give you little background over the past I got more five-week a Jehovah's Witness coming to my house to speak to me right. And although I do not agree at all with their theology. They have brought up .0 which undecided research so one of the one was the name Yahweh in the Old Testament. My question to you is one of court likely Jehovah, but of my question to you is are part of my question is why has Yahweh been removed to replace the name Yahweh been replaced throughout the Old Testament and then the second part of my question is because of that, considering changing over agree that you have me now, but I'm considering the literal standard version. If you had any of feedback or any familiarity familiarity with the literal standard version. I'm not intimately familiar with, but I would recommend the ESV rather than that. Just to be candid it's it's can be better overall so as to why it says Lord L small caps awardee rather than Yahweh is because over the centuries the name was considered too sacred to pronounce and by the time of Jesus from what we can tell the custom was to not say that name, but rather to say Lord instead of that's why the New Testament when it refers to Yahweh. It just as curious Lord. It doesn't say Yahweh we don't have any Greek manuscripts of the Greek manuscripts of the New Testament that say say Yahweh or try this put that in Greek. Instead, it's this is Curry's because that's how you call them. At that point.
Lord, so it was honor and respect, and that was the reason for it over over period of time and in the fact of the matter is, since they they are sharing the wrong pronunciation of the name. Anyway, what, what good is it doing notice. I have as a change anything to say okay let's just put Yahweh 6000+ times in the Old Testament. It doesn't change anything. Is that when we say Lord that's over talk about the God who created everything, but yeah, it was just the by the by the time of Jesus could be centuries before the name is considered too sacred to pronounce and that's why that the oldest Greek manuscripts we have don't have his name, but rather curious Lord instead. Thank you yeah and that's been the Jewish custom of you know if if you are traditional Jew reading the Scriptures when you see that name.
You know, don't say that say other than I instead. But either way, even I am fine with the name being restored in on him saying if if if in our culture, we honor God by saying the name and in the best we understand as it was pronounced Yahweh that's fine with saying you know what you want to look for is if you see L then small caps awardee.
That's the translator telling you this, not the normal word for Lord that's the name Yahweh. There and then some. Every so if you see it was G small OD small caps OD God and it's the name there even though even the you will find if you look at, say, over the CSB Christian standard Bible, you'll see the name Yahweh use more.
There you may want to take a look at that it's it's free online with Bible Gateway to look at and check out but you know there it it it doesn't, it is necessary. Adding think as we know who were talking about. That's the key thing by the way, are you familiar with the Karma website CAR M.org not yet. So check that out typing. Jehovah's Witnesses would get a lot of good information there harm.org, but this is the bottom line is that this is not a conspiracy of Christian translators to keep some sacred truth from you that you Jehovah's Witnesses have discovered in their translation. New World translation is one of the worst it's ever been produced many Bible scholars and yeah I mean it's it's it's really snowing when I when I read this like this is sad. It's so bad and then they have no assurance of salvation. You know, in which I was there right there right back. Susan states that there will gets more calls on the other side of the break never get our emails get a big announcement once and that you next week. Ask Dr. Brown's K DR Brown done a great read will be right back. On the other side of the break in the line of fire with your host Dr. Michael Brown on the line of fire by: 866-34-TRUTH there again is Dr. Michael Brown that is call 866-34-TRUTH, I just read another great quote from John Wesley. He was asked how he got through so much work in so short a time.
He answered brother. I do only one thing at a time, and I do with all my might rule that's a bit of a rebuke to us in our distracted age isn't up yet read back to sorry to cut you off right before the break when I was saying that New World translation is terrible translation you're about to say something about their agree with you but bring it over and I looked through it and coming that so many errors in out like I don't want that level like that but but there are some things that they they made me think not think to convert the you know Joe Bilodeau know me but, like I was. I was unaware of how many Yahweh within the Old Testament and things like that but give me, but even whenever you are when whatever pointed out something even in their own version that they can't don't respond well to it because they of course they think Jesus was created by don't think is eternal and the main the main reason for that is up illegals. Colossians 115 where your part two of the firstborn well will not will not pay back what will it follow David, the firstborn is referred to as the firstborn and eat definitely one of the firstborn thought of data will perfect yet that's what is it means the one who has preeminence. He's the firstborn over all creation. So that means the one who has preeminence that's that's the meaning of it know in John 11 were in their in their version knew the word was a God. So yes, how many gods you have, then at the realist post of one God, it looks like you have two gods and then you know John fifth, 858 where Jesus is, before Abraham was, I am and they they actually invented something Greek the animal if they were fixed up with a call that the present indefinite tents there. They translated it differently and so Greek scholars look at it.
Really it is laughable if it wasn't so tragic and then when you asked about their testimony. So what's the Lord that in your life. Tell me about how you came to faith and how he forgave your sins and the hope of eternal life that I have any that they they didn't have a conversion experience. They didn't get born again have their sins forgiven. They don't have assurance of eternal life. They hope if they work hard enough you know they get their quota and work hard enough, then they'll be able to service like slaves in the millennial kingdom and hopefully get eternal life in you and in you know the rest of like it was a cruise right across an execution stake and that's the meaning of the Greek starless will. You can make a good case that was across and it was called starless but either way, was it matter not say/write if he was there was a mistake or hung on the cross is the same redemption the same blood that was being shy but they'll make you like. This is scandalously now it's just a translators debate but most are happy with cross and we leave it there, you know. And that's the imagery that we have the ancient world, but if if you wanted to other things. The Karma website is really helpful. Karma.org and then at a certain point if it's clear that they're not open and they are not there.
Not willing to change.
If you don't see them questioning words just even look in their eyes and see the things registry me with one of them. Then you just walk away from it all.
Many, many years ago I was I was coming home from school I was in high school so coming from school was 50 years ago.
I pull up in the driveway and there's a woman walking away from the house present. She's a Jehovah's Witness so we started going at it immediately and every verse. She throws at me.
I throw verse back in her and I could see it through her and I talked of Jehovah's Witnesses, and it didn't register. It was just like their program, that whatever I said they had their answer but I could see it shook her and over period of time she came out of Jehovah's Witnesses when she did. I asked her whatever happened when you talk to my mom and she said oh I'm not really interested religion.
But wait for my son to come home he'll convert you. He converts everybody so does my mom back them up.
May the Lord give you wisdom and you should God bless re-thank you all right let us go over to Raleigh, North Carolina. Susan, you are on the line of fire all sure that we found and I've been cheated… Anything. The father that I have a hard time with my heart. You you and God. When he goes to the garden. Get your will on. Thank God there.
Yes, sure, of course, you the first person to ask this question because it's it's the fact of God taking on human flesh, so this is what we call the mystery of the incarnation that audit the same time was God.
And yet human. So, as is the son so God as father summon spirits was the son comes into this world. He takes on humanity fully. You know it's it's not just like clothing that he's wearing.
He was born a baby.
He literally crawled. He literally learn to speak.
He he literally grew in wisdom and and in physical stature, right and self-consciousness. In other words, at a certain point he begins to realize who he actually is.
It's not like Jesus is a baby could speak 100 languages and could fly and he may believe that he was doing baby talk and career learning to crawl right so he was literally so as a man. He slept, he got tired, he got hungry. He ate he had human emotions but never sinned.
So as a human being. He prays to his father but you see in John 17 he asked God to give him the glory again that they had before the world began, and he says I I came from you.
He understands he came from God is going back to God and that he has authority to reveal the father to people so it's simply that he is fully human. So, as a man, he also prays that he prays in a unique way. He prays to Abba, he prays to the one from whom he came into whom he is returning and he praises one without sin. But if he had to eat and drink and sleep if you can have joy and sorrow, then why wouldn't he prays over 60 still human being as well as God. So it's it's Philippians 2 if you meditate on it.
Verses five through 11 Philippians chapter 2 verses five through 11 it talks about what he does.
How even though he's in God's reform. He doesn't hold onto that but takes on the form of a servant, and now lives this out, dying a criminal's death on our behalf, and he was literally whipped.
He was little he crucified. He literally die literally felt agony and he literally prayed, as it is a full human being was also fully God and it's it's mind-boggling does shatter the circuits of our brain. That's how that's how deeply God reached out to save us. I don't eat the man because he is God and others. Only God could do that do you do believe that God could God being triune father son and Spirit right that the sun could come and walk among us physically do believe he has the power to do that. I get my finite mind and I make a human level right so you have to ask God for insight because it's document spiritual truth right you have to ask God, open my heart and open my mind to understand this look, I know factually that God always existed right. My my logic tells me that that there had to be prime mover prime because that matter could not be eternal. It that's something had to come from somewhere, as opposed to from nothing, so I know it's factually true God always existed, but I can't get it my short-circuits my brain but I know it's true right you store one thing out.
We know that we were once in the room correct that the right we have no consciousness of no memory but we were sentient beings we we have what we were doing stuff right we are moving around in and we responded to certain things would kick and so on its reality.
I can you comprehend that you were once living inside your mother's womb, but we know it's true. So the more I think about it there there others so the idea of God taking on human flesh and God walking among us and if I think about it like if if somebody all this person they claim to be God, you're right. Sure human being, God seems preposterous and yet I know the reality of it. So Susan Wright go to God just say I believe it's true.
I don't get it on those that would you give me insight and that's where like sometimes if I think think think think I will get it when I step back and just, meditate on the word click sin I he gives me insight think that's it.
So ask him.
Revelation if you look in Ephesians 1. Paul prays a prayer for the Ephesians.
Any any prays that they would have a spirit of wisdom and revelation to know God better.
So what I've done and I learned this from others is to take the prayers that Paul prayed for the churches or for Timothy or for others and to pray them for ourselves and Ephesians 3. There's another person. If you look in Ephesians 1 and in Ephesians 3 you'll find prayers that Paul prays for the believers in Ephesus change them and prayed for yourself. Lord I pray that you would give me a spirit of wisdom and revelation that I may know you better. When the third chapter that we may know the depth and height and breath of the love of God which it surpasses knowledge, talking, though, so that surpasses knowledge. That's why we pray for. So that's what I do encourage you to do. Ephesians 1 Ephesians 3, the reader of the letters of Paul as well for this and the prayers that he prayed for the believers there pray them for yourself, and then meditate on Philippians 2. Special verses five through 11 Philippians 2 verses five through 11 you have the facts right. As you said in your mind. May the Lord grant Revelation in your spirit so that it clicks that's it will be right back to the line of fire with your host Dr. Michael Brown get on the line of fire by calling 866-34-TRUTH here again is Dr. Michael Brown go back to the phone but so you can hear this as it happened in the movie Carrie Safar alluded to earlier.
So Eric with Dell explaining to sister Jenny why he is going to run in the Olympics before going on the mission field and by the way if you've never seen the movie watch it watch with your whole family is is just incredible assault. Once the third with Nancy decades ago, and that the end of the movie. One of the dramatic moments of big race. She just here's Nancy. Here's some thick looks to see what was in the hospital he had for my seat is so caught up in the movie. But here's here's the scene that I quoted earlier, but I actually okay but the mistress of the long-running gin government of China also. I went to run his pleasure over content. So just send the when the owner check you one of my community contempt to not do it contempt for God while while right before go back to the phone. Let me just reference this situation in Australia Micah to go through the the entire guitar article, but there is a Christian man in Australia was employed with this at all. Andrew Thorburn and he was appointed the CEO of the Essington team, so this is what an Australian football team, the Australian football club and so he's appointed as the as the CEO right Susan around his trust that he's a respected businessman and all that and he's also chairman of city of Hope Church and which is pro-life and an stance against homosexual relationships right as the Bible clearly does so he's he's the CEO for one day and he quits he quits. Why is he found out that his views are considered unacceptable and or the organization. Even though he said he didn't fully agree with the sermon that was preached to about summits about how to survive same sex attraction as a Christian, this is pretest of course is pretty sinister. Jenny preached for Jim since extraction, here's how to deal with it as a follower of Jesus course if you help people deal with that and they can be freedom and transformation, but certainly start with saying no to the desire deny yourself, take up the cross, follow me, this gospel of the gospel basic stuff living for Jesus follow the Bible basic stuff God made men from women when ferment basic foundational right with the church is healthy for 2000 years in which which every true Bible believer who follows the Scripture does hold to and if you claim to be a probably window holds within your wrong your aromatic point is basic stuff here resign after one day he had to resign because there any cities always treated people fairly through his gravity. With the got Maria's is a risk everything is people based on any analyze of their qualify for the workplace.
The work they do what they do and he treats them with respect, but no princes. This is why we been warning you Subaru shouted from his 20 years.
The Sosa came out of the closet, plus the cost reference Gay lesbian person is not an activist average gay lesbian persons living a life of everybody else. The job the Maia family. They have their activities and friends, and that they swallow their laws to be left alone with their relationships be as accepted as heterosexual relationships are so that's the majority of was identified as gay, lesbian, the activists been very clear for years to come out of the closet when a person because we shouted for 18 years now this is just the latest example in tolerant diverse Australia right let us go back to the phones this time I was going to bow.
I was going to Perry South in southern California. I guess he couldn't hold, but his question was about. Matthew 1111. Truly I say to some to the city.
Among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist at the one whose least in the kingdom of heaven is greater then he writes so what Jesus is saying is that with his ministry now he has inaugurated the kingdom of heaven. The kingdom of God breaking out on the earth in a new way that those who are born from above. Now experience a relationship with God on a different level than those who came before, or will have a different status than those who came before there were those who were waiting for this error and there is now. Those who begin to experience this era.
He says that the prophets Wiseman long to see what you are seeing, but didn't see it. Let me reach you from the end of Hebrews chapter 11. So even though John was was the greatest profit of all time in that he announce the coming of the Messiah right Moses had his statue and what he did. A life that his stature we did Isaiah, Jeremiah, with their books and all that but John had the unique status of being the forerunner thing. This is him this is a this is the Messiah right so he is that unique status in the kingdom beyond those who came before. But the least. This child is born 10-year-old child born again today. It has has a different state that there is a different place that they're in a different greatness that they have. Beyond John and all who came before simply because were on the other side of Jesus. That's all where the other side of Jesus coming into the world, dying and rising from the dead, that simple so look at look at what it says about the heroes of faith in start reading in chapter 11 verse 32 Hebrews, what more shall I say for time would fail me to tell of Gideon Brock Samson, Jephthah of David and Samuel the prophet's who through faith. Conquered kingdoms enforce justice, obtain promises stuff the mouths of lions quench the power fire escape the edge of the sword remained strong out of weakness became mighty and more foreign armies to flight women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept the lease that they might rise again to a better life.
Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment stone. They were sworn into the re-killed with the sword went about in skins of sheep and goats destitute, afflicted, mistreated, of whom the world was not worthy wander about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth and all these though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised. Since God had provided something better for us that apart from us. They should not be made perfect snowbirds until the believers came along. Now that the Messiah and will born again through faith in him. And now the messianic error breaks through a transition error. The kingdom of God advancing on the earth as we await the kingdom coming inform us with the return of Jesus.
The messianic error advancing on the earth as we rate await the return of the Messiah for the full establishing of the messianic kingdom. We've been in a transition age is 2000 years the time of already and not yet of God spirit being poured out, and yet it is not the ultimate fullness of what we will see of of the power of God being demonstrated to the gospel and not yet the final and greatest demonstration of his power of forgiveness of sins and new life but not the fullness of that new life for me are completely without sin. So it's already and not yet we receive the deposit.
The down payment of that which is still to come. That's what confuses some people.
This is the messianic error widest the wars of when the transition age Messiah has come, was rejected as part of the plan of God. He dies rises from the dead. The message that goes out to all the world continues to spread around the world.
The appropriate time.
He will return and establish his kingdom on the earth, and after that we go to the eternal age but all those waiting in the Old Testament, they couldn't miss the king of the fullness of what they're waiting for without us because the body doesn't become whole till Messiah comes and brings together the saints of all the ages in a case there may been a different aspect of the question.
Matthew 1111 but the seven the verse there. I wanted to address it.
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