The Israel of God

Who is Israel?

Ignorance of the Bible is a serious problem today.  Most people do not even take their Bibles to church.  The rest of them seldom diligently study what the Bible teaches so that they can cooperate with God.  In fact, most of them don’t even know the basic facts of the Bible and Christianity.

I have to apologize for my colleagues in ministry because they are simply repeating what they were taught in school without ever checking the facts in the Bible.

 I made the same ignorant errors for years before I began to seriously study the Bible to learn from God what He said and wants us to do.  If we don’t wake up and begin to do diligent study of the Word of God we risk being thrown in the lake of fire at the final judgment. 

February 26, 2011. Topic “The Israel of God”. Who is modern Israel?

Many of us just depend on what our religious leaders say and go on as if we were not responsible to know the Word of God.  Jesus clearly rejected that idea in his Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 5 thru 7.

(Mat 7:21-29 KJV)21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:  25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:  27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: 29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Jesus said it.  So,… Don’t get mad at me for telling you what the Bible says.  Jesus will not ask you what your preacher taught you.  Your actions will be clear enough.  Not even I can blame being lost on someone else misleading me.

 Today I bring you a hard message, but it could be the saving of your soul.

 There is only one God and He is not me. Jesus gave us one key rule for salvation.

(Joh 6:26-29 KJV)26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.

27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?

29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

What is the evidence of our belief?

We just read in Matthew 7:23 that it is our “works” or behavior.

This is confirmed in James.

(Jam 2:19-20 KJV)19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

I will let you look up on your own the other witnesses to this fact of salvation.

Now to our subject of the message. Exactly who are the “Israel of God”??

by Richard Noel

(Gal 6:16 KJV)16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

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How To Receive Divine Healing

ReceiveI had been expecting a package to be delivered by UPS and wondered when it would arrive.  I went to the website of UPS.  To my surprise they said the package had been delivered some hours previously.  I went searching and found it on my front porch. I picked up the package and it was what I had ordered.   It was waiting for me to receive it by picking it up from the porch.

We often ask God for special help and blessings and then wonder why they are not present.  The problem is not with God.  It is with us and our ability to receive.  Let’s go to our first text.

by Richard Noel

NAS  John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,

The text does not say that Jesus made them God’s children.  It says He gave them the right to become

Many people go around saying that God will not accept me.  I have been too evil for Him to accept me. Our consciences have been condemning us so long that we have trouble actually believing this verse.  The Bible does not say as many as God accepted.  This is not God’s choice, it is ours.  It says (speaking of Jesus), that “as many as received Him”.

Don’t feel bad that you may have not noticed this before.  Many religious traditions have taught that we must crawl toward Jesus and if we are good enough He will receive us.  That tradition is not what the  Bible says. Like my package, God’s offer must be received by us for it to become effective.

Even Jesus’ disciples had problems with this process.  Not all of them believed the testimony of Jesus’ resurrection. One even had his own rules for receiving the message.

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God’s Method is to Work through People

If God chooses to speak through people and do everything through people does He ever do anything without doing it through people?

In order to understand how God works we need to start at the beginning, to look at how God set up things on this earth at creation.

by Richard Noel

In Genesis 1:26— God’s plan was for man to be the ruler of everything on this earth.  In Genesis 1:28 — God made man the absolute ruler of everything on this earth. Imagine what it would be like if God told you that you have absolute rule over everything on this earth?  You could command animals and they would obey.  You could even command insects and they would obey your command.

In chapter three Adam submitted to his wife and the serpent (Gen 3:17).  Revelation 12:9 identifies the serpent as Satan.  In Job (Job 1:6,7) we find Satan’s claim to authority over the earth is not even questioned.

Luke 4:6 “the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.”

Thus, Adam’s authority had been delivered to the devil.

Romans 6:16: “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?”

Witness Abraham and Abimelek (Gen. 20:1-17) —  God spoke directly to a heathen king that he needed to ask Abraham to pray for his healing. Abimelech had acted in integrity and God spoke to him.  Why didn’t God just heal Abimelek directly?  I will assert that Job was God’s man and when the story ends the other “comforters” are told to have Job pray for them (Job 42:7,8).

Even when God was going to destroy this wicked earth with a flood, He used a man (NOAH) to preserve the human race by following God’s instructions.

This story is for our benefit to understand how God works.  God promised Abraham that He would bless those who blessed Abraham and curse those who cursed Abraham.  Proverbs tells us that the curse causeless will not come to rest.  Not only that, but God promised to send the curses back on those who cursed Abraham.

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