Note 1 Quick Questionnaire

1. How many days are in a year?

               

2. What did Adam & Eve erroneously eat from the tree?



3. Who did Christ say He came for?



4. Does God Love Everyone?

       

If you chose the first answer to all the questions above, then you have essentially accepted the world's reality and not the Father's actuality. Let's take a look:

Answer 1: 364. There's only 364 days in a year. It's basic math. There's 52 weeks in a year, plus 7 days a week equals 364. So why do we have an extra day? Google "Gregorian Calendar" and you will see that in 1582, Pope Gregory XIII introduced the calendar that we honor today. So what was it before that?

Answer 2: Not Specified. When you read the book Genesis there's actually no mention of an Apple. So where did the idea of an Apple come from? Well, this misconception was perpetuated in the ideas of European people mainly due to the work of the numerous painters who decided to paint this scene with an Apple.

Answer 3: The Lost Sheep of Israel. In Matthew 15:24 Christ states, "But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel." Why would he say this if he came for everyone? In order to answer this question you have to know the significance of Israel. We'll touch on this later.

Answer 4: No. I know this may go against popular belief, but the Bible paints a different picture. We learn in Malachi 1:2-3 and Romans 9:10-13 that God loved Jacob and hated Esau. Why would this be the case? Who or what does Jacob represent that is different from Esau? We will discuss this in a later study.



How did you do? It makes you think, if we can't accurately answer these questions, then what else could we be wrong about? Some of you may be thinking that you don't agree with the answers above or that these things don't matter. Well, I guess the question for you is, do you desire salvation and do you want to know without a doubt that your faith is based on truth?

Paul says in the book of Romans, "For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God (Romans 10:2-3)." When we look back at John 4:23, we see that the Father is looking for those who will worship Him in spirit and truth. This would mean we most definitely have to know Him in order to worship Him.

Christ says in Matthew 7:13-14, "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." Apparently, the way to life is a narrow way in which few find it.

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Note 2 Test The Spirits

"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world."
-1 John 4:1

I think we sometimes forget that there's an enemy out there looking to steal, kill and destroy us (John 10:10). Did you forget how Eve was fooled in the garden by the serpent? Paul says in 2 Corinthians 11:3, "But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ." I love how he speaks of the "simplicity that is in Christ." Satan looks to complicate things and cause confusion, which is what he did with Eve. This is why John tells us to believe not every spirit and that many false prophets are gone out into the world. There's a lot of deception out there! We first have to come to terms with that. The Bible warns us constantly:

• 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 = "And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."

• Titus 3:3-6 = "For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. 4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour."

• James 1:22 = "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves."

• Romans 16:18 = "For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple."

• Hebrews 13:8-9 = "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. 9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein."

• Ephesians 5:6-7 = "Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them."

• 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 = "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God."

• Colossians 2:8 = "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ."

• 2 Timothy 3:13-14 = "But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them."

• 1 John 1:8 = "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us."

• Obadiah 1:3 = "The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?"

• Galatians 6:7 = "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."

• 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 = "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God."

• 1 Corinthians 15:33 = "Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners."

• Matthew 13:22 = "He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful."

Note 3 Where To Begin

"Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. 10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: 11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people." -Isaiah 28:9-11

What we learn from this passage is that knowledge and the understanding of doctrine comes from those who move past the basics, like a baby who has moved past the breast of the mother and on to the meat of things.

A Precept is defined in a general sense, any commandment or order intended as an authoritative rule of action; but applied particularly to commands respecting moral conduct. For example, The ten commandments. [Read Psalm 119]

Verse 11 reveals a fulfilled prophecy showing us that the Bible would eventually be translated from its original language of Hebrew and Greek into a language that His people would understand in their time, which for us is English.

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." -2 Timothy 3:16-17

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." -2 Timothy 2:15

Note 4 Faith Building

Here's a few scriptures that will help build your faith and remind you that you have to stay focused on Christ to live this life.

Reference Scripture
Luke 4:4 "And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God."
Joshua 1:8 "This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success."
Isaiah 40:8 "The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever."
Romans 12:2 "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
Ecclesiastes 12:12-13 "And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh. 13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man."
Psalms 111:10 "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever."