Music Download: Jesus Day
|GOD BELONGS TO EVERYONE WHO WILL ACCEPT HIM
The beginning of Jewry was through Abram when God made a Covenant
with him around 1868 BC. This was the beginning of Jewry, and he was still a Hebrew at that time (Gen. 14:13).
Abram was renamed “Abraham” (Genesis 17:5), The word “Jews” was the first indication of that ancestry
in 2nd Kings 18:26 in 704 BC. And the word “Jew” is first in the Bible in Esther 2:5, around 485 BC, and
the word “Jewry” is first found in Daniel 5:13 in 539 BC.
In the New Testament, the Apostle
Paul says in Romans 2:28-29, “For he is not a Jew which is one outwardly, neither is that circumcision, which is one
outwardly in the flesh. But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly, and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit,
and not in the letter, whose praise is not of men, but of God.”
Further, Galatians 3:7 says,
“Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.” The linage of Jesus began
with Abraham (Matthew 1:1-2). “And all Israel is not Jewish…not as though the word of God hath taken none
effect.” And Romans 9:6-8 says, “For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel…neither because
they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children; but in Isaac shall thy seed be called..that is, they which are the children
of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.
Jesus is of the Jewish linage, which began over 2,000 years before Jesus was born. Our culture still sees all descendants
of Abraham as Jews, but the Apostle paul said that the acceptance of Jesus supercedes that culture and denotes the true Jews
as being followers of Christ. Now, every Christian is a Jew of the heart through his or her belief that Jesus is the
Christian, take pride in being accepted to be a part of God’s Chosen People!
See also Acts 17:26, Rom. 2:28-29, 3:29, 4:9-13, 9:6-8, Gal. 3:7, 3:28-29, 4:5-7, 4:28 and Rev. 2:9.
I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.