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The Heart Of Darkness 4: The Earthbound


To recap, we learned Satan tempts us with lies and our own lack of understanding. We learned our reaction to sin; to blame others, and to cover it up with other things. Ok, so now we have to look at demons. Not the pop culture things but the actual things.

First lets look at where they came from. To understand this we need to look at fallen angels. People believe that demons and fallen angels are the same, but they are not. They are very different. Fallen angels do not seek embodiment. Demons for some reason do. So where are there bodies? To discover the origins of demons we are going to look to the book of Jude.

And angels who did not keep their own domain but abandoned their proper dwelling place, these He has kept in eternal restraints under darkness for the judgment of the great day, just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these angels indulged in sexual perversion and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire.

Jude 1:6-7 NASB

These angels that went after strange flesh are known as the watcher angels. They may have been the fallen angels or normal angels. I am not sure, I have seen arguments for both. However, we are not going to bother with that for now. We have a bit more work to do, now we are going to turn to Genesis 6.

Now it came about, when mankind began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw that the daughters of mankind were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose. Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not remain with man forever, because he is also flesh; nevertheless his days shall be 120 years.” The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of mankind, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.

Genesis 6:1-4 NASB

These angels mated with the human woman of the time and had children. These children were half human/ half angel hybrids. They were also giants. Actually you will find a strange thing occurs when you hybridize creatures that gigantism is very common. Off the top of my head the Liger comes to mind. For some reason when you hybrid creatures this pops up in them.

This would be something unnatural to our world. It is outside of God’s design. Apparently, these children were cannibals’, eating everything including people. Not only that but humans had become wicked. All flesh was corrupted aside from Noah. who was pure in his genealogy. I suppose that meant his line did not intermingle with angels.

Basically when these children of angels and humans died, they remained here. They are “earthbound”, meaning they remain as spirits, as demons. Demons are not the same as a fallen angel. Angels have distinct bodies. These things do not.

So what powers do demons have? Well, they can clearly take over someone’s body, even to the extent of multiple demons inhabiting the same body. This would suggest your body is more or less a device that you use to interface with this world. It suggests you too have a spirit and that there is something more. That’s just a little note I wanted to put in here. Here is an example and a bit more.

26 Then they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27 And when He stepped out onto the land, a man from the city met Him who was possessed with demons; and he had not put on clothing for a long time and was not living in a house, but among the tombs.

Luke 8:26-27 NASB

This man was possessed by demons. He was naked and he hung around the graves of dead people. This demons tend to hang around where they died. See many of these people were all over the world before God flooded the earth. Naturally they would have homes all over the earth. Some of these demons, such as Goliath, would have had homes in the tombs. They are not bound by any rules that say they have to remain near there grave but it would be a gathering place.

 29 For He had already commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had seized him many times; and he was bound with chains and shackles and kept under guard, and yet he would break the restraints and be driven by the demon into the desert.

Luke 8:29 NASB

Now this also demonstrates for us that demons can bind a person. They can throw a person to the ground against their will. They also can be sent away and come back. This is what people who believe them selves to be exorcists do normally. They send a demon away only for them to return soon after.

 30 And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion”; because many demons had entered him. 31 And they were begging Him not to command them to go away into the abyss.

Luke 8:30-31

As you know a Legion means a great many. A roman legion was normally 4000 to 5000. So we are talking about a lot of demons. Now, you may find this part interesting. The demons begged Christ not to be sent to the abyss. This is not Shoel, the land of the dead, nor is it Gehenna, which is hell. This is Tarterus, the bottomless pit. You see Tarterus is a holding place for the end times. It will be opened but not now. The demons feared going there. Jesus would actually hear them out and let them go, but it is clear from the text he could of sent them to such a place.

In another example, a demon will go out and get stronger demons to torment when cast out.

45 Then it goes and brings along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they come in and live there; and the last condition of that person becomes worse than the first. That is the way it will also be with this evil generation.”

Matthew 12:45 NASB

So a part I have no discussed, that is intrusive thought or voices inside you that do not belong to you. Demons have the express ability to give you wicked images in mind. Often they have chosen to show this ability through dreams. A succubus or incubus, often haunts ones dreams. They will present you with a temptation of some sort. Even going as far as raping you. These visions can drive one mad.

They can also bring sickness to you.

16 The people from the cities in the vicinity of Jerusalem were coming together as well, bringing people who were sick or tormented with unclean spirits, and they were all being healed.

Acts 5:16

So demons add another element to our issue. They can indeed torment us. They can make us ill. They can inhabit us. They can also abide in you. Not all demons miss treat their host. Some are beneficial to them. This poses a serious problem. See a demon will give you abilities for a lifetime if they can have you in death. Demons are not your friends. The romanticizing of demons is common in the modern era, however it also happened in the start.

16 It happened that as we were going to the place of prayer, a slave woman who had a spirit of divination met us, who was bringing great profit to her masters by fortune-telling. 17 She followed Paul and us and cried out repeatedly, saying, “These men are bond-servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you a way of salvation.” 18 Now she continued doing this for many days. But Paul was greatly annoyed, and he turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!” And it came out at that very moment.

19 But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was suddenly gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the authorities,

Acts 16:16-19 NASB

As you can see they gave this girl an ability and it was removed. They do not do these acts with magical talents or anything of the sort. They do it through tricking those around them. Once again, multi dimensional beings can do multi dimensional things. It is like playing shadow puppets. You simply do not see the hands performing the trick, only the shadow of that hand performing such a feat.

You cannot trust a demon ever. A repentant demon would not contact you because a repentant demon would do what God wills. Demons are like their fathers and mothers, wicked liars.

Next time on The Heart Of Darkness I will be going into Nimrod, the man who became like a demons and the man who inspired Babylon and all its iniquities and furthermore all religions.

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The Heart Of Darkness 3: Adam & Eve (& Satan)


Alright so we know the powers of fallen angels now. Now we need to look at what is important. The story of Adam and Eve is paramount to understanding what the nature of this battle is all about. It is why there is evil on earth. However first I need to retell the story of Adam and Eve because we have a lot of perversions of the story.

Adam was a direct creation of God. He knew God and walked with God. Adam also was charged with keeping the garden. This meant he was to guard it. Guard it from what? I find it rather shocking that in the beginning that he had to guard it from something. That is your first clue.

Eve was made from Adam rib. Eve is not a direct creation of God though God still had a hand in making her. Adam would have taught her what God told him. So if God told Adam not to eat the fruit of the knowledge of Good and Evil, you would assume he told Eve the same thing. However we know he did not.

When we see the Serpent with Eve, Eve says something very peculiar. Let’s look…

Now the serpent was more cunning than any animal of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God really said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’”

Genesis 3:1-3 NASB

Did you catch it? She said not to touch the tree. God never said not to touch the tree. Satan had his in. See repeating scripture and Gods words, it is important to know them and not add to them. Adam being worried about Eve he probably told her not to even touch it. This was all the devil needed to have an in.

The serpent said to the woman, “You certainly will not die! For God knows that on the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will become like God, knowing good and evil.” 

Genesis 3:4-5 NASB

See, no new tricks. Satan offered Adam and Eve godhood. You see Adam and Eve already knew good. What the did not know was evil. Satan gave evil to Adam and Eve.

Now, what was Satan doing in the garden. It was Adam’s job to protect the garden, to keep it. He was slacking on the job. By allowing Satan to hang around he clearly was not doing his diligence. Now it may be that he was so innocent that he allowed it not really knowing the danger but God told him to keep it. Clearly God instructed him on what he was keeping it from.

 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took some of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves waist coverings.

Genesis 3:6-7

Now Adam and Eve did the first act of religion. They tried to cover their nakedness. They sewed fig leaves together.

Now we see what Satan does to us. He lies to us to get us to do something we should not. Then we try to hide whatever it is that we are doing, even from God. This cycle repeats itself. It is constant and it is repeated.

Now they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” 11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree from which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me some of the fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” 

Genesis 3:8-13 NASB

I want you to notice this. This is proof that something was different. Adam who loved Eve betrayed her. He blamed her. Then Eve blamed God. Said it was his fault, then placed blame on Satan. You see we often do this as well. Instead of accepting responsibility for our actions and being open about our faults we blame other things. Sometimes even God.

14 Then the Lord God said to the serpent,

“Because you have done this,

Cursed are you more than all the livestock,

And more than any animal of the field;

On your belly you shall go,

And dust you shall eat

All the days of your life;

15 And I will make enemies

Of you and the woman,

And of your offspring and her Descendant;

He shall bruise you on the head,

And you shall bruise Him on the heel.”

Genesis 3:14-15 NASB

He cursed Satan to crawl on his belly. Notice that God did not curse snakes. It is sadly the whole reason why we fell in the first place. Adding to God’s word. We don’t do that. It may seem harmless at the time but later can be quite harmful.

Now God offers a prophecy here. This is a telling of Jesus, when he would come and take all of Satan’s power away. Satan’s power is through the law, he does not have power outside of it. A power which has been stripped away through Jesus’s sacrifice.

There is also another thing. The seed or the woman is Christ. Who is the seed of the Serpent. I will be talking about that as well. But keep that in mind. I will be coming back to that in another study.

16 To the woman He said,

“I will greatly multiply

Your pain in childbirth,

In pain you shall deliver children;

Yet your desire will be for your husband,

And he shall rule over you.”

Genesis 3:16 NASB

Another point, this contention between men and woman is something Satan uses. In man making him weak, selfish, conceded with pride. Instead of what is best for the family he does what is best for himself. Likewise with woman. They stand up and are defiant, selfish, conceded and with pride. I will go more into this when I talk about Feminism and why it create the man no one wants and the woman who is sad and lonely.

17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’;

Cursed is the ground because of you;

With [h]hard labor you shall eat from it

All the days of your life.

18 Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you;

Yet you shall eat the [i]plants of the field;

19 By the sweat of your face

You shall eat bread,

Until you return to the ground,

Because from it you were taken;

For you are dust,

And to dust you shall return.”

Genesis 3:17-19 NASB

Adam was cursed to labor all his life and then he would die. The same goes for Eve. Yet we strive not to work. We strive to live easy lives. The easier the better. This is another thing that Satan uses. Wealth. The ability to do less and yet make more. You see, nothing new.

20 Now the man named his wife Eve, because she was the mother of all the living. 21 And the Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.

Genesis 3:20-21 NASB

God offers the solution to all of the problems. He made Adam and Eve garments of skin. This shows that a sacrifice will be done in order for them to have eternal life. He will take our sins away but we first must trust him. Unashamed and truly trust him. Satan has no power over us but our fear. This is the important thing to remember. No matter what Satan does he cannot defeat God.

Remember this and go in peace. Next time we will be looking into the seed of the serpent, I will give you a hint, demons.

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The Heart Of Darkness 2: The Fallen Angel


So Lucifer is the chief of all our enemies. So, what are exactly up against? What powers does a fallen angel have exactly? I know most of us would like to be comforted by the thought of a fallen angel being fallen so in some way their power has been revoked. I hate to inform you that this is not true.

12 Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was standing in my way for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia.

Daniel 10:12-13 NASB

In this we see that even an angel, Gabriel to be exact, can be held up by fallen angels. These ones at the time were among the Persian people. It took Michael to cut a path for Gabriel. This means that Gabriel toiled with them for twenty one days.

This means that fallen angels retain their strengths and abilities. A chilling and frightening thought. Michael was able to defeat them… but I have an even more unfortunate verse for you…

 But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him an abusive judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” 

Jude 1:9 NASB

Michael does not over power Satan there, he issues a rebuke from God the father. Now Lucifer does not over take him either. So we can have some assurance there but I think Jesus is the only one able to take on Lucifer and have assurance of victory. Thank goodness we are protected by him.

Now lets look at some key verses not particularly about fallen angels but angels in general and we can exstipulate some abilities they have.

First thing to remember is God created all the angels. They are thus weaker than God because he made them all. Easy to forget, at times we place angels in a godlike state and we will find that the ancients did just that later.

36 for they cannot even die anymore, for they are like angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.

Luke 20:36 NASB

Angels are immortal beings. They cannot die like us. So all these action movies and stuff where you see people fighting and killing angels, not possible. It is hard to imagine beings who are immortal but they certainly are. This will go to their wisdom. They can live a thousand lifetimes and still live more. This means they would have an understanding of people and how we react to things. They would know how to lie, how to bluff, how to intimidate, how to seduce, how to pretty much anything.

“Who is this who darkens the divine plan
By words without knowledge?
Now tighten the belt on your waist like a man,
And I shall ask you, and you inform Me!
Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding,
Who set its measurements? Since you know.
Or who stretched the measuring line over it?
On what were its bases sunk?
Or who laid its cornerstone,
When the morning stars sang together
And all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Job 38:2-7 NASB

They were there when God laid out the plans for the earth. They were most likely made sometime between verse 1 and verse 2 of Genesis Chapter 1. That is also when Lucifer had his rebellion most likely. We cant be sure though so I wont go into that now. However, this means they have been here since the start of earth. They have had a lot of time to learn things. Think of how much we learn in our lifetimes. Now surmount that to… all lifetimes. You see they would be incredibly intelligent. Far far far more intelligent than us. Items we made and invented would certainly be, well, they would know how to use it. They most likely created things far beyond us.

21 while I was still speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision previously, came to me in my extreme weariness about the time of the evening offering.

Daniel 9:21 NASB

Angels are very fast. Gabriel was not there at the time he started his prayer. However he was by the time of the offering. Now we don’t know where he traveled from but we can assume it was a great distance. We can assume fallen angels are just as fast. Keep that in mind. Also they react to prayers or rather rituals? I am not sure but if they do that would explain why people can do summonings and they respond to them.

He makes the winds (angels) His messengers,
Flaming fire His ministers.

Psalms 104:4 NASB

Angels can be ethereal beings and physical being. They can reach though solid objects and touch you. I don’t understand this completely but here is my loose understanding of it. They can exist in a hyperspace. Spaces that have more dimensions than we do. So there could be gabs in solid objects we cant see and they can turn so to speak and reach through them. I could be totally wrong though. However they displayed some interesting abilities when it comes to solid objects and going through them. Mainly jail cells…

19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the gates of the prison, and leading them out, he said, 20 “Go, stand and [p]speak to the people in the temple area[q]the whole message of this Life.”

Acts 5:19-20 NASB

They did this without keys, so they can work a lock. Surely that means any device they can work with. I am not sure how advanced of technology they can do this with but they did it with Roman locks so that is something.

They have been shown to kill in the Bible. Sometimes times in great numbers. So they show signs of having super strength, super intelligence, and they are incredibly wise. We have a very powerful enemy in the fallen angels.

Now for some good news. One third of the angels fell. That means they are outnumbered 2 to 1. However, most of all, they are subject to Jesus. That’s right. They cannot act unless Jesus allows them to. Even Lucifer himself is subject to God. As much as he would like you to think he is not. Remember that always.

Knowing these things will help you understand why people fell for the things they did and why they could pose as the things they did. They may have other powers not listed but they are not God like, they can appear as such because of trickery. Most likely they have entire divisions focused on mere trickery. Lies.

With this understanding of the fallen angels abilities and how they operate through lies alone we can look more specifically how they handle humans. Adam and Eve is a great place to start because today he offers us the same deal. Next time on The Heart Of Darkness.

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The Heart Of Darkness 1: Lucifer, Son Of The Morning


Welcome to my Heart of Darkness study. This is going to be a study where we explore what “evil” actually is. I will attempt to show the movements of evil throughout history bare with me this is a big subject and I want to make it clear. So, Lucifer, why not start with who gave power to sin itself.

Lucifer, son of the morning…

12 How you have fallen from heaven,

You star of the morning, son of the dawn!

You have been cut down to the earth,

You who defeated the nations!

13 But you said in your heart,

‘I will ascend to heaven;

I will raise my throne above the stars of God,

And I will sit on the mount of assembly

In the recesses of the north.

14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;

I will make myself like the Most High.’

15 Nevertheless you will be brought down to Sheol,

To the recesses of the pit.

16 Those who see you will stare at you,

They will closely examine you, saying,

‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble,

Who shook kingdoms,

17 Who made the world like a wilderness

And overthrew its cities,

Who did not allow his prisoners to go home?’

Isaiah 14:12-17 NASB

The story of Lucifer is a dreadfully sad one. He was given so much and yet, he abandoned it. There is another place in the Bible that talks of his falling. But I wanted to preface it. It is not easy to see who God is talking about. See it says the King of Tyre. However, God was directly talking to the King of Tyre before, but he referred to him as Prince. The real King of Tyre was the spirit working through the Prince of Tyre, Lucifer.

This is of key importance that you understand that a leader has a spiritual power behind them. Even people have a spirit behind them. A guardian angel, or a terrible demon or worse a fallen angel. We all act out our parts on this stage. We can serve the Lord or serve Satan. There is no other option as much as we would like there to be a neutral place.

If you are watching a child in a burning car and let them burn when you could have got them out of the car by opening the door, are you not evil? You see we are on a battle field. There is those that will help and those that will turn terror and those that watch. Helping those that need helping is the only people that are considered good. So get moving. Now back to Lucifer…

11 Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 12 “Son of man, take up a song of mourning over the king of Tyre and say to him, ‘This is what the Lord God says:

“You had the seal of perfection,

Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.

13 You were in Eden, the garden of God;

Every precious stone was your covering:

The ruby, the topaz and the diamond;

The beryl, the onyx and the jasper;

The lapis lazuli, the turquoise and the emerald;

And the gold, the workmanship of your settings and sockets,

Was in you.

On the day that you were created

They were prepared.

14 You were the anointed cherub who covers,

And I placed you there.

You were on the holy mountain of God;

You walked in the midst of the stones of fire.

15 You were blameless in your ways

From the day you were created

Until unrighteousness was found in you.

16 By the abundance of your trade

You were internally filled with violence,

And you sinned;

Therefore I have cast you as profane

From the mountain of God.

And I have destroyed you, you [j]covering cherub,

From the midst of the stones of fire.

17 Your heart was haughty because of your beauty;

You corrupted your wisdom by reason of your splendor.

I threw you to the ground;

I put you before kings,

That they may see you.

18 By the multitude of your wrongdoings,

In the unrighteousness of your trade

You profaned your sanctuaries.

Therefore I have brought fire from the midst of you;

It has consumed you,

And I have turned you to ashes on the earth

In the eyes of all who see you.

19 All who know you among the peoples

Are appalled at you;

You have become terrified

And you will cease to be forever.”’”

Ezekiel 28:11-19 NASB

Lucifer was God’s perfect creation. He was wise and beautiful, covered in precious jewels, the worship leader for the choir of angels. The covering cherub. Dwelled among God on his holy mountain. We have terrestrial views on these things and I think God did that for our own understanding. Basically God is telling us he had everything he could have wanted.

However, the one thing he did not have is the worship of others. See he was not on the same level as God. God was above him. He wanted to be worshiped like God. He wanted to be God. So he went about speaking to the angels, campaigning, promising them they too can be worshipped like God.

While we do not find lying today to be anything new, at that time a lie did not exist. Lucifer was the first person to tell a lie. Many angels believed his lies as well. You see Lucifer wanted his own kingdom. His own heaven. His own throne. He wanted to set himself above God. He wanted to have his own angels. He even promised them they too could be like God. That they could be worshipped. Foolishly some believe him. They followed after him. They trusted him. This is why he is called a liar from the start and a murderer as well because he empowered sin; and sin is death.

Not only that but defiled his sanctuaries, all of them. I would assume that means doing unspeakable things to the angels that did not follow along. We don’t know the terror of those time in the Bible. It does not say. It does not say how long the fall was. It could have been moments but if he had time to talk with the angels about it… I think it went on much longer than we know, probably for our own good.

Most likely he accused God of being a wicked sycophant. Someone who is completely arrogant and prideful. You see I believe that because that is what we hear from those that do not believe today. They think of God as an angry man in the sky. Even if he was real, which he is not according to them, they would not want to worship him anyways. They see an hateful God, instead of seeing a loving caring father.

That is why the family unit is under attack. Satan cannot allow us to have images of God on earth. He wants our home broken because the mere sight of God angers him and anything of his order does as well.

Nevertheless; fire was brought forth and it consumed him. He was the father of Pride. Now he is a woeful angry and belligerent being. One that is true to his nature of being a liar.

We often think of Lucifer or Satan as being a devil with horns and red skin. This could not be further from the truth. He disguises himself like an angel of light. His true form I would imagine would be a burn victim. However, it is surely not the red horned devil we are used to seeing. That is based off of Pan. We will go into that later.

Most likely he would be appealing to the eyes to say the least. Though do not fool yourself either. The devil is cunning and wicked. He very well may choose an ugly appearance if he would believe he would be fooling you.

I know pop culture tends to have an image of the devil that is woefully different than the actual one. Another part of that image is him burning in Hell or rather having a throne in Hell. The devil is not in Hell. He dwells in the second heaven, even as far as visiting God in heaven.

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them.

Job 1:6 NASB

As you can see Satan is among the angels. He is in no way shape or form kept from heaven. I have seen many justifications but the text is the text. This means he does not get harmed from some holy symbol like cross. He stood before God himself. He is not the Lord of Hell either. I want dispel this common misconceptions about him.

As sci-fi as this sounds he most likely dwells to and from earth from space, and in between in hyperspaces. We know that Lucifer can only be in one place at one time regardless of what pop culture would have you think; and all these people with reports of being possessed of “the devil” are either faking their issue or it is a demon taking up his name; which I will go into later. Right now our focus in on this particular fallen angel, Lucifer. That being said, he can only be in one place at one time, and of course this limits him. How fast he can be in another place, we don’t know.

I want to dispel another misconception about the garden. We have all heard the story of Adam and Eve. I am sure images of a talking snake and an apple come to mind and Eve eating it. Right, wrong. Here is why it is wrong…

And the great dragon was cast down, the old serpent, he that is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world; he was cast down to the earth, and his angels were cast down with him.

Revelation 12:9 NASB

That was no snake in the garden. It was a serpent. A fiery one at that. Satan is a Seraphim. A dragon. The serpent in the garden was an angel. They would be very familiar with what an angel looked like. This was not Satan possessing a snake and making it talk. Understanding the Bible is important. Especially if you want to fight against evil. Truth is power.

Now that I have given you a full understanding of Lucifer, lets look into how he operates… next time on The Heart Of Darkness.

2nd John

Bible Study: 2nd John


We are going to be taking a look at the second letter from John recorded in the Bible. This one is penned with the Gnostic movement in mind. The Gnostics are a completely alien belief that bastardized most of Christianity in order to sustain itself. They have many weird beliefs. The old testament God, was an evil God. It is ridiculous. However, we are not studying the tenants of Gnosticism, we are studying the Bible.

The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth;

For the truth’s sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.

2nd John 1:1-2 KJV

John introduces himself as an elder of the church, but then, this is odd. I want you to notice that there is a lady that John is writing to. This is evidence of women being involved in the Church from the beginning. In fact they are saying her children. This might not be biological, because normally a “child” is someone you have brought to Christ. Brothers and sisters in Christ is not an actual brother and sister. It is something more. While flesh and blood may betray you, your brothers and sisters in Christ should never.

Likewise, if you are an elder it means you have a following. A following suggests some of those people following you are saved, thus they are your children. So in the hierarchy of things you would see John, then this lady, then the “children”. Then again, don’t make doctrine of this. This very well may be her children biologically. Just keep it in mind.

The truth John is speaking of is the truth of Jesus Christ dying as a perfect sacrifice for the sins of man. That all who believe in him and keep his ways and commands are indeed saved from eternal death but rather shall have eternal life. Be assured it is the truth.

Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

2nd John 1:3 KJV

This parallels very nicely with Ephesians.

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

Ephesians 2:4-5 KJV

It is always good to remember that our Peace comes from the knowledge that we are saved through Grace; receiving something we do not deserve, aka eternal life, and Mecry; which is not receiving something we do deserve which is death. Once again John is making this a key point in his letter. It is central to all things. To know these things will provide peace and through peace we have strength because if God is with you, who can stand against you. Surely you will be fearless because God has your back.

I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.

2nd John 1:4 KJV

For me, and I am sure you too, when you witness someone you have brought to the truth striving, it is a good feeling. It is not easy to watch those around us struggle. I hurts to see. When they are coming to the truth it is good to see. When they reach it, well that is the greatest feeling in the world. Then they start bringing others to Christ and its so wonderful. Imagine how much more pleasurable it is to God.

And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.

And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.

2nd John 1:5-6 KJV

Love is a choice. We choose to love one another or we choose not to. It is a choice.

For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

2nd John 1:7 KJV

There are many many religious movements that acknowledge Christ, Yushua/Jesus and yet do not see his deity as in the flesh. Instead they say he was a philosopher, or an ascended or rather was not flesh but a projection. All of this is wrong. Christ was and is flesh. He came to us 100% meat. He lived, he breathed, he went the bathroom. He was FLESH. This means he had all the carnal desires we had. He claimed victory over sin. Jesus went through a sinless life, for our sake and died a crimeless and sinless death. He was the perfect man, what we should strive to be.

Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.

2nd John 1:8 KJV

This here is a rebuke to the once saved always saved thing. There is no sin that can keep you from Jesus but you sure can. We can turn your back on the word that is Christ. If you say with your mouth you believe in Christ but it has not struck your heart, then you honestly do not believe in Christ. You can even believe in Christ and fall into disbelief, and in that disbelief you are not saved. It is important to KNOW that Christ died for you and to personally know it.

Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

2nd John 1:9 KJV

I don’t care what you do, that is the key to life. Your actions and fruits will be proof of your transformation, but do not delude yourself. You can do all the things a Christian does and be lost. It all is personal, its about your relationship with God and no one comes to the father but through the son.

10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

2nd John 1:10-11 KJV

John is specifically talking about Gnostic teachers of his time but we can extrapolate this to all false teachers in our time. We do not pray for blessings to be upon them. We instead rebuke them. We offer them sound teachings and if they will not listen tell them to get lost. They cannot be aloud among the flock. We have to protect our fellow Christian from such false teachings.

However, we only do this to those claiming to be Christian when they really are not. Non-believers we don’t need to hold to such standards because they are honest about not knowing Christ.

12 Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.

13 The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen.

2nd John 1:12-13 KJV

Ah yes, John always ends his letters this way. Simple and sweet. It is short but honestly just what is needed. If you know what is on this page, you are on the right path. However this is not good for teaching someone who is new to a Christian lifestyle but it is great to reinforce a Christian. Let this be a shield for you.

Good blessings to all of you. I pray you are well and that you have a good day and a better tomorrow. Till we meet on earth or in heaven, love you all.

Bible Study, Ecclesial Studies

Bible Study: 3rd John


This is the last epistle of John in the bible. It is a short letter to Gaius. It was traditionally delivered to Ephasis however, there is no proof of this. It was penned near the end of the century. Near the end of John’s life as well. We do however know that Gaius was an elder of the church. It was a private letter for his personal strengthening. So lets have a look at John’s personal letter to a fellow Christian. It is short so we can finish this “book” in one session.

The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.

3rd John 1:1 KJV

Here we have a standard greeting. We can see here that Gaius is an elder, where once again we don’t know. It is a term of rank rather than age. For a Jew this would be a judge. So he has been given some authority in the body of Christ. He is also beloved and loved by John. In here you can see the genuine affection a Christian should hold for his brothers and sisters in Christ. This should not be glossed over but rather highlighted.

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

3rd John 1:2 KJV

There are three things here. He wishes for him to prosper socially, physically, and mentally. To prosper socially and to flourish among people means his ministry shall be heard by many. Physical health because one indeed needs to be physically healthy. Then we have spiritually, which it is of course of most importance.

We often neglect these things. We think we can rest when we are dead. We tend to strive for far more and in the end are far less effective. We end up burning out in a blast instead of being a slow burning flame. Proper balance is required to have a good mission.

For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.

3rd John 1:3 KJV

Gaius apparently testified to John of Jesus. Whatever that testimony was we are not privileged to know. That however is not the important part. This is for all you people sitting in church or reading this. We also walks in the truth. That does not mean to know the truth. That is not to have heard it. That is to do it. The truth is the only way you are gonna get off this planet alive is by Christ alone. In him we have eternal life. He taunt us to tell the world about what he is offering. If only you believe in him and obey his commands, then you will have eternal life. That is what it means to walk in the truth. Walk in the truth.

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

3rd John 1:4 KJV

Now we can see that John was not one of those preachers that would “save” people and then go on his way. He checked in on them from time to time and saw what they were doing. He was a responsible brother. He looked after his siblings. He truly loved them.

Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers;

Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well:

Because that for his name’s sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles.

3rd John 1:5-7 KJV

Do unto others as you would have done unto you. He is living out this. Clearly John is pointing towards that as being an example to him. He is point to Gaius’s works to encourage him. Not only should that encourage him but God’s blessings will be upon him because God promises he will provide for those that loves others.

He also mentions taking nothing from the Gentiles. Why is that? Well it is because the “unsaved” are “unsaved” and they should not be solicited for help under any circumstance. They are in fact need of help. You should only ask for help from your brothers and sisters in Christ. It is not good to be in debt to someone who is an unbeliever. Do not unequally yoke yourself with the unbelievers. That is not to say dont love them. They can be great friends. That is not to say dont accept there help, but dont ask for it either.

We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.

3rd John 1:8 KJV

This might be a little concealed in the language here, so, John is pointing out that not only is service to others an opportunity but rather its obligatory for the believer. Today’s Church teachers everything with a lens of selfishness, coated in selflessness. I have a major problem with the idea that everything you do for God is extra; that you have no obligation to him and that anything goes. This is wrong and a teaching to tickle your ears. You are in fact obligated to be kind to others. It is his command. Not only that but you are to be generous in our friendliness to others. If we are not of that spirit than we are not of God.

I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.

3rd John 1:9 KJV

Now this is one thing all of you should note, John is not speaking highly of a church member. “But that is speaking ill of someone in the church. Isn’t this telling us to be kind.” Sometimes it is kind to call out someone when they are not following Christ. It is kind to tell someone when they are doing wrong. Not only are you warning others of their evil deeds, but you are also warning them. To be complacent with those that are against God, regardless of their title in the church, means nothing to God.

You should in fact call out those who are acting in the ways of the world. If they are contradicting scripture they are contradicting the gospel they claim saved them. It cannot exist among those who are of God. If people take their own opinions above that of the word that they claim that saved them, they are not saved.

10 Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.

3rd John 1:10 KJV

So apparently this guy, Diotrephes, developed his own doctrine. He was refusing to listen to the apostles of Jesus, who apparently were actively rebuking him. He used slanderous words against the apostles but apparently there was some sort of affinity for Christ. We can today and look at this as speaking in general of a Christian who is spouting off false hoods about Jesus or anything really to do with Christianity. Even in the early Church there were foul doctrines already being spread. The body was sickly from the start. Though at its core, and remains at its core, to be very strong. Do not be discouraged by false preachers, be emboldened by them.

11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.

3rd John 1:11 KJV

You can see John is trying to reassure Gaius of his certainty of what is from God and what is not. We often hear false doctrines, especially now, from the pulpits of the church. We are to always challenge everything we hear with the scriptures themselves. If someone is saying something that does not sound right listen with an open mind. There is no harm in doing that, but search the scriptures daily to see if the things you heard were true. Only what you know to be true should you hold to and trust.

There are people today who accept child sacrifice as Godly. I know of a woman in my area who openly supports a practice and yet she hold church in her house! There is no end to their heresy.

12 Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is true.

3rd John 1:12 KJV

And always like John, if you get an example of something wrong, he likes to end it with something good. We get a man that would have been known at the time. Demetrius, sounds like he too walks with the truth. He is a figure we know nothing about. However, we do know he was good. This can be an example of people that reach out and touch our lives. I often wonder if I too will be remembered with such fondness. I personally look up to Phil Robertson. Do you have anyone you look up to like that? I would love to hear it.

13 I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee:

14 But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name.

3rd John 1:13-14 KJV

As you can see in the closing that John plans on seeing Gaius. It is rather a nice ending to a letter and in a way lets you remember these church figures were just like us. Granted we have emails now but they were writing letters and going to see each other. Its hard to imagine. These were real people. Not just old dusty stories. When I think about it, I am inspired. Well I hope you enjoyed our time together, I also want to thank you for reading to the end. Have a blessed and wonderful day. Love you all.

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Matthew Chapter 8




Welcome back to another fantastic Bible Study on Matthew chapter 8. We have been going through the book of Matthew searching the scripture for treasures. We have found many things in this study so far. Right now we are going to focus on the more spiritual side of things. I feel right now it is needed to remember the true consequences of what is happening right now. So without further floundering, lets just get into the word.

Jesus Cleanses a Leper

8 When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.

Matthew 8:1 KJV

Remember we were just talking about Jesus sermon on the mount. So now he has left the mountain. He most likely was preaching there a number of months. So do not be confused with this being one sermon on the mountain. There were most likely several and the points in the Bible were comprised of the sermons. I also want you to note that there was a number of people following Jesus. That is a point we will come back to later.

2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshiped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

Matthew 8:2-3 KJV

Now notice how Jesus reacted to this particular leper. He cleansed this nameless man. So why did Jesus heal this man without any questions. If you noticed he saw him as not a lord but Lord. This is not anything he announced yet. Rather he made it a point to conceal who he really was at this time. Yet, this name knew him as Lord.

Leprosy is a bacterial disorder. It causes lesions and boils to form on the skin. It can even effect the eyes and nerves of a person. Advanced stages of leprosy look absolutely awful. Naturally no one quite knew how leprosy in the ancient world. There were some that had an idea of it being transmitted by touch. So they were considered unclean, sinful. Many actually believe it was in fact caused by some grievous sin against God, the gods if you were a gentile.

The idea of Jesus touching this man is anathema to the character of Jesus from a human understanding. A clean thing cannot touch something dirty or else it is not clean anymore. Jesus demonstrates to us however, he is like soap. He cleanses this name irregardless of any issues he had. Why? Because he called him Lord not only with his lips, but by his heart as well.

We too are in worse condition than a man with leprosy. We have a genetic disease in us called Sin. We too must be purged by Christ. We have defeated leprosy in our modern era but Sin is another story. For that only God is the cure.

And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

Matthew 8:4 KJV

Now this might seem like an odd request of Jesus. However this is required by the law. Leviticus 14 goes over this in great detail. Now having him do this also serves another purpose. This is Jesus revealing that God is in fact among them. A priest will surely recognize the workings of God. The fact he is to go straight to the priests suggests that they know of his condition. It also suggests that he is indeed cured as a leper in the temple courts it a big no no.

The Faith Of A Centurion

And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,

And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.

There is another account of this where I go into more detail however for our purposes here I want to point out the centurion is a gentile. He would have no reason to approach Jesus in regards to his servant yet, he believes in him. The word servant also is something to make a little bit of huff about. It literally means boy or young boy. So this is a child we are talking about. Not an adult as some would suggest to you.

And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.

Jesus does not even hesitate. He goes immediately to heal this boy. This however, is also very bad, Jesus is heading to a gentiles home. That is unclean for a rabbi to do. It goes to show what is sacred is not always what we believe to be sacred.

The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.

For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

Now this centurion not only once again sees him as Lord, acknowledging his authority, but he goes on to point out his own authority showing that he understands the nuances of what Jesus is doing. He does not want Jesus to defile himself by going under his roof. He recognizes that Jesus command alone could cure the boy.

10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

Jesus points out to the Hebrews in the area that this man gets exactly who he is. He in a way rebukes the people of Israel for not knowing who he is.

11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.

12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

There is a distinction being made here for the people of Israel and the gentiles. Some will go into heaven and others will go into the outer darkness. The outer darkness is not necessarily hell but it is clearly a place you don’t want to go. I think of the verse about the wall, and the people crying out to Jesus saying Lord Lord and Jesus turns them away. I am assuming those people will be forced out into that very same outer darkness.

Yet here is the great news. Jesus predicts that even us gentiles are saved through him. We will sit with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of Heaven, meaning we will indeed be saved.

13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

Most likely the child was well looked upon by the people. The condition most likely lasted him quiet a while. So when Jesus came along the Centurion must have heard rumors of his abilities by this time. Remember he was in the mountains for a while. People had to be testifying of him or else how did the Centurion know? It also suggests he had understanding of the Jewish messiah. The fact that he knew him as Lord tells you that. He was not the ordinary Centurion.

Jesus Heals Many

14 And when Jesus was come into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a fever.

15 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.

Take note, Peter was married. Catholics I know you love that don’t you. I am sorry to jab that one so hard and twist it on the way out, but your eyes need to be opened.

16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:

17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.

It would appear this is not a direct quote from scripture but I believe this is what is being referenced here.

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

Isaiah 53:4

Surely Christ was giving us an allusion as to what was coming for him. For us we can now look back and know what was planned for him. It is sad that the people following Jesus and also the apostles could not see what was to come. However Gods plans are the great mysteries of our existence. Only he knows the true nature of his plans. Even now there are things we will not understand. It is by Him alone that chooses to reveal the things of Him to us.

The Cost Of Following Jesus

18 Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side.

Jesus is clearly not having this multitude of people following him. Jesus literally gets on a boat and crosses the sea traveling to the other side. For some reason Jesus did not want to have crowds of people around him. He is troubled by them it seems. I believe the real reason is it simply was not in God’s plan and it would slow him down. He was on a mission and he had appointed times for all things. He has to be in the right place at the exact right time.

19 And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.

The term master here is didaskale (διδάσκαλε), in our modern language that would be like calling someone a Teacher. Now we know from Luke that his heart was not really in this. He wanted to follow Jesus but really was not into the the immediacy of his job. Jesus response was perfect.

20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

Basically Jesus is saying he is going out and regardless of the living situation or the hunger or any of the conveniences of life, he will go without any of them. These people clearly did not understand the urgency of Christs mission because this is what another man asks next.

21 And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

So basically, he is asking Jesus to wait because he needs to bury his father. Now we do not know if his father is dead or not. He very well could be asking if he could wait for his father to die! I lean to the latter because of the speed at which people bury their dead.

22 But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.

Now, Jesus clearly is not for waiting. Once again this is a testament to the urgency of his mission. He had places to be and a short time to do it.

This is something to remember. It is not important what happens to the body after death. It is not the person, just the vessel which carries them. Once the spirit has left a person, they are no longer that person. It is an issue of the world now. Let the spiritually dead, bury their dead. That is not to say don’t bury your dead but don’t give them some extravagant funeral. Its pointless. It will not bring them back either. Bury them and be done with it.

Jesus Calms A Storm

23 And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.

24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

I believe these kinds of storms in the Bible are supernatural. These guys are fishermen. They are familiar with these storms. The Galilean sea is prone to random storms out of nowhere. However there reaction is different as seen below.

25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.

26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

Now they came to Jesus and awoke him. They know how to deal with this sort of thing. Why didn’t they handle it? It was too extreme for them to handle. They thought for sure they were going to die. In fact it was described as a tempest. Seismos (σεισμὸς) a storm, or commotion, or even a great shaking. This was not a normal storm.

Christ when he was awoken, seems almost disturbed by them. The reason for his annoyance is because Jesus said they were going to the other side. They should have trusted him but clearly the men did not know exactly who he was yet.

He rebukes the winds and the sea. What is he rebuking? I believe that they were dealing with demons or fallen angels or unclean spirits who were working evil. Now maybe he rebuked nature, but that would defy what we know about nature. Then again he is God after all. Both are plausible but you will notice a clear motif even from Genesis about evil being in the sea.

27 But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

Now you have an argument for Jesus rebuking nature here. They did not notice any spirits. However would they?

Jesus Heals Two Men With Demons

28 And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.

Bible scholars are divided by this verse. Many of them suggest that since they crossed the sea the other incidents mention by Mark and Luke also speak of this man. While others say they were separate incidents. I am of the belief that they were separate incidents. They do not describe the same thing. Certain details of the events leads me to this ideal.

Now before we continue we must deal with the difference between a demon and a fallen angel and an unclean spirit. These are all different entities. Unclean spirits are spirits for whatever reason are evil. I am not entirely sure when they fell.

Fallen angels are very powerful beings able to fight the angels of God. Lucifer or Satan is one such fallen angel. Chief among them. Michael never speaks an ill word to Lucifer and does not question his power. Clearly he and the fallen angels retain some of the powers they had when they were angels of God.

This leads us to demons. The are the children or humans and fallen angels, Nephilim and Rephaim. The technology used to create them is unknown. However by some method by it physical, supernatural, or by some unknown method they were born as giants. They are supposedly ate people for lack of food. When they died there spirits we demons. The angelic and human nature of there soul caused them to be earthbound. I would imagine this would be a rather terrible predicament. They ALWAYS seek embodiment. This means they do not have bodies of there own. In the case of the Rephaim they were the living dead. By now there bodies have long been decayed. There is a rant about technology being used to embody hosting demonic spirits but ill spare you.

Now clearly these men who were possessed where enjoying themselves some tombs. They were among the dead. It is not clear why they chose this location. They would not allow others into this area. Which means that these demons are territorial.

29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?

30 And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding.

31 So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.

32 And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.

These demons recognized who Jesus was immediately. They are in fact worried that Jesus came to torment them. See these demons know there fate. They are going to suffer eternal punishment. They very knowledgeable about that time. So, there reaction seems to be like Oh crap, Jesus has come to torment us early!

Now they ask to go into the swine. Why? There are many thoughts but all of them are wanting in my opinion. The fact of the matter is Jesus permits it. The swine sensing the demons entering them they ran away, or did the demons run into the sea? Ether way they entered the sea and drowned. This is strange for a number of things. What exactly is with the sea and demonic entities? I don’t have a clue.

33 And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils.

34 And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts.

This is an odd thing too and one of those details why I believe they are different cases. I believe we have an unrecorded case. One of the spirits is clearly the focus of this passage. The other I don’t think the book records.



Bible Study, Ecclesial Studies, Matthew

Matthew Chapter 7




Hello everyone. Less than 24 hours this time. I hope to write these often. So lets go on.

Judging Others

7 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

Matthew 7:1-2 KJV

This is the most misquoted thing Jesus said in the bible. They constantly say this is a call not to judge. However, that is not what it is saying. It is saying be right with God before you judge. We are not to judge intent, only the person who does the act and God knows whats in the persons heart. We are to judge the fruit of their labor. If they are producing bad fruit, they are to be judge as bad. If they are producing good fruit they should be judged as good.

Understanding this verse is integral to our understanding of Christ. We are not to judge the world. Let the world do as the world does. It will not understand the things of God. So the unbeliever is not to be judged. The unbeliever by virtue of their unbelief needs rescuing. You do that by being a good example of Christ at all times or at least make an honest attempt at it. Let your yes be yes and your no be no. However within the body we are to judge the church, to the extent of helping. We are not to say someone is damned or going to hell or anything like that. That would be taking the place of God. Do not do that. Though there is a time when the sin is egregious and apparent that the congregation is to give them over to Satan.

The difference here is being a sinner and being wicked. There is a difference. Being a sinner is doing this against what your nature was designed for. Those are sins of passion so to speak. “Do what you want, but harm no one.” that is the sinners life style. However, to be wicked is a whole nothing thing. It is actively going against God and harming others. “Do what thy wilt, that shall be the whole of the law.” sums up the wicked pretty nicely. If you are living this way you need to stop. If you are living around people like this, you would be best to distance yourself from them. They to wrought only harm on you.

I could talk about this topic for a while but I will spare you.

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

A mote was a small branch that would be blown away in the wind. Some translations use speck. Than the beam is a considerably larger piece of lumber. Its well a beam most often used for support. Are you understanding the analogy a bit further?

Jesus point to minor transgressions, being less of a problem than a support beam holding up loads of sin. This can be alcohol for some, sex for another. The issue here is not to have something in your life that anchors you to continuously sin. Where as the mote/speck is a one off thing.

Jesus is saying not to judge someone on little sins when we have anchored our-self into a sinful lifestyle. It can be a hard thing to remove those things from your life. Notice God does not say the person with the beam is not saved. This is clearly in context of those who have been saved. Do not think your salvation means you do not need to work on your life anymore. You do. You always do.

He even goes as far to say you are a hypocrite if you do. From Greek it means actor. However it was also used as two-faced. To be double minded is certainly not something a Christian wants to be accused of.

Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

There is an understanding that is missed on this. Pearls are not kosher. Remember this is before Christianity formed as it is today. He was speaking to Jews and gentiles. The Jews should have been revolted at the idea of casting pearls. However they were not. It tells you of the value Christ puts on things. He considers it comparable to the holy things of God. They represent wealth.

So we have the two animals a Dog, and a Swine (Pig). The dog returns to its own vomit, and eats it; Proverbs 26:11. It is representative of a false teacher and their followers who consumes all manner of spiritual things and try to make it work. It clearly will not with any truth to the subject but they will try. The swine is some one who lays in the mud. That is someone who wallows in sin. They make no attempt to leave it. They don’t care about God or Jesus or anything really.

We are not to preach to them that will not listen. I am sure God understands if we try but if they are unperceptive Jesus tells us to move on to more fruitful people.

Ask, and It Will Be Given

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Now I have heard it said in regards to prayer anything you ask for you will get. This is untrue. This verse here is talking about finding Jesus and God and his Holy Spirit. If you seek, it is promised that you will find it. In fact I would go as far to say it is a commandment that you do because if you do not seek God, you will be doomed.

Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?

10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

People once again that have there mind on the material instead of the spiritual, will see a verse like this and think God is offering me material gain. While that may happen to you, it is not guaranteed to. He is speaking on spiritual matters. He will keep you and make you wealthy spiritually. Not saying he cannot or will not make you materially wealthy, I am just saying that is not the focus of the verse.

But notice how he calls you his child. He delights in you, in your happiness. He is a kind and loving God.

The Golden Rule

12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

The golden rule, a different version of it at least but the golden rule non the less. Do unto others as you would have done unto you. Jesus says this is a law. He even raises it up above that. The law and the prophets. Now I want you to notice the first word in this. It links it to the previous verse. So we should be God’s Agents here on earth in order to in-act his will. We should be giving, joyous, and loving. Remember that. By breaking this law we are hurting the representation of God the Father.

13 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.

Jesus in this analogy is the narrow gate; John 10 states this. Where as the world is the wide gate. You not only have to enter the gate but you must walk the path. You want to go down the narrow gate and down the narrow path. The narrow gate is narrow because there is restrictions. We all know that there are and our hearts need to be in line with what is right. If we allow our hearts to go astray and desire what it wants we are surely not going to care for others as we should in Christ.

A Tree And Its Fruit

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

False prophets seem like us. That is why they have sheep’s clothing. They outwardly appear like us to an extent but secretly they are attempting to lead you astray. Many pastors and church leaders fall into this category. Not only that but they are canines like dogs. We should go back to not giving holy things to dogs. I often get into arguments with people within our church because they cling to unsound doctrine. I can think of several people I have shewed away within our fellowship here in fact. On the discord as well. They are clearly false teachers and normally they will flee when they see you have truth. You don’t need to make them leave most of the time, they will run of their own accord.

Jesus tells us how we can spot a wolf, through there fruits. If they have evil fruits we should take not of that. For instance, they participate in seances or pow wows or they lie or perhaps they provide false information, you must be weary of them. They most likely are wolves, for sure if they commune with spirits. It says they will be cast into the fire. Don’t be too entangled that you too are cast in with them.

I Never Knew You

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.

This verse is one to remember. I want you to notice something. They are in heaven but not the kingdom of heaven. This could very well suggest that they made it to heaven but they are not allowed entry to the kingdom. Apparently heaven is a very large place with many places in it. The kingdom is the goal. Not heaven itself. These are clearly people of some form of spirituality. Most likely good men. However they did not know Jesus. It is vital that we know him and we have a relationship with Jesus. They is the only way to enter into the kingdom.

Do not be like these people who are kept outside the gates of the kingdom. For anyone that is saying they did not make it to heaven; where does heaven start and how can you be outside the gates of such a place? It is quiet clear that they are indeed in heaven but at the same place God questions Satan at in Job 1. Kept outside the kingdom. Clearly there is a separation even in heaven.

Build Your House On The Rock

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.

If we take Christ’s teachings and make them the foundation of our life and live them out to the best of our ability, we are promised he will see us as wise, full of wisdom. Wisdom is not the same as knowledge. Knowledge is knowing something you know. Wisdom is knowing something before you know it.

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.

You have the option to set your life up around your own beliefs. However God tells you, everything about you will collapse. Eventually we all die, there will be nothing for you in the after life. There might not even be an afterlife for you. You could face hellfire and the ultimate destruction of the soul. That is the consequence for doing it your own way. You had a good time for what 120 years at most. I am going to trust God, its worked pretty good for me so far. You know the reward of eternity is not bad either.

The Authority Of Jesus

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.

These things were taught in love. Love is not a system of iron clad laws. We should always remember to allow our heart to be in line with God and out of love we are to carry on. Its ok to falter. God already knows. He loves you and children stumble. Would you want anything bad to happen to your child? Of course you would not. You might be disappointed but its only because the consequences of what they are doing will negatively impact them. You yell “Stop that its going to burn you!” and the child burns their hand. You take the child and bandage them up and cool the burn. You don’t condemn them for it. God is like that. He want to have a relationship with you. Jesus ran the race. It is won, victory over death and all the forces of hell. Your eternal savior, he loves you. Do you love him?



Bible Study, Ecclesial Studies, Matthew

Matthew Chapter 6




Insert fancy into here. Hmmm alright glad you did that. Just what you needed to hear today right. Alright lets just get straight into the word.

Giving To The Needy

6 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.

Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:

That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

Alms simply means to give. Its a bit of an older word. The real thing that Jesus is emphasizing is seeking material things is really no good. If you get them in service that’s one thing but to seek or expect them is really not good. The reason for this is if you do a good deed to be rewarded then the reward of the deed is satisfactory. It served its purpose and you were not really helping someone you were providing a paid service to them. When a Christian assist someone it should be out of love and not seeking material gain.

The Lord’s Prayer

And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

Once again we see this theme of the heart being the most important thing to God. If you are praying long winded prayers God already knows what you have to say. You could literally say “In God I pray for the things on my mind”, and leave it at that. It is also not good to pray in order to create a spectacle. If you are praying so that others hear your prayer, then are you really praying to God or are you praying to yourself? This is why God tells us to pray in private. Let your prayers be between you and God.

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

We are to first recognize our Father for who he is. He is supreme ruler. However he is not long winded either as to who he is. Simply you are to recognize him as Holy. It is amazing how humble he can be at times. Titles of our government officials are longer. He is simply “Our Father in heaven, Holy is his name.” I am stopping and typing here because I want you to think about this. It truly shows his character and how humble our father is.

10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

What kingdom to come? A kingdom on earth that is in the future. We are to be steadfast and always remember the coming earthly kingdom. I know this a subject of controversy within the church but his words are his words and I cannot deny Christ calls for a future kingdom on earth. It will be in this kingdom as it is in heaven. Christ will rule from king David’s throne in the millennial (Thousand Year) kingdom. Holy be the day.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

The bread here can be taken as manna from heaven. The word, is our daily bread. We ask that Jesus give us understand so that we can be sustained by him.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Remember our forgiveness of others is not out of obligation but rather it is out of love. We have been forgiven by Christ for our sins, so naturally we should forgive others with the same love, at least try our best to emulate it. Sometimes I wish it were easier. I can truthfully say at this time there is no malice toward anyone in my heart. Can you say that about yourself? If you cannot that is ok. Sometimes things happen that hurt us very badly. It is understandable. Still work on it. God will give you strength.

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

God does not lead us into temptation, it is the second part the is the driving point. The evil one or evil, is Satan and his fallen angels and demons and unclean spirits and a whole host of other things. However, they are limited by God the Father, they can only do what he allows. I struggle with that sometimes. Not what God has allowed to befall me but I sorrow for others sincerely. Untold horrors, tragic ends, nightmares. The cruelty of man knows no bounds and I suppose it is even worse for those from below.

Always remember the end though. His kingdom, his power, his glory. It is about service to him above all things. If you do anything in life service to the Lord is the utmost importance. Nothing else matters as much. Always keep that in mind. Whatever you do, do it for him. Be the best. Be loving. Be brave.

14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Now you are probably saying “What! Didn’t he just say it is because Jesus forgave us! That’s why we are to forgive! Well this contradicts that!” You would be correct. But your not correct. See God does not seek our perfection. He wants us to try our best, better then our best, we are to follow him. Jesus was perfect in all his ways. He completed the race for us. We cannot get salvation through ourselves, it has to be through the blood spilt on Golgotha that grim day above Salem. What a glorious day that was. Jesus died for all of our sins, even the ones of not forgiving others. Make no mistake, it is a sin. However, through Christ you are forgiven. ALAS!!! You should forgive others.

Fasting

16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;

18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

I am sorry to all of you about this. I can’t shut up about fasting. I don’t complain about hunger as much but I am a total wimp. I fast often especially on the days of fasting. I could do a whole study on WHY YOU SHOULD BE FASTING!!! But I wont do that here. However I will tell you it would benefit you GREATLY if you fasted once or twice a week. I personally fast on Wensdays and Thursdays. So if you want to join me in fasting in spirit I would love that. Let me know, it keeps me accountable.

Lay Up Treasures In Heaven

19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Now this is a strange one for some people. They seem to think of physical things as treasures, but really I do not believe God is speaking of this as treasure. He is speaking of people being the treasures here. The more people you bring to Christ the more “Treasure” you will have in heaven. I believe very strongly this is what he is saying, though I will admit that I could be wrong.

Jesus is quoting Psalm 135:18 in verse 21.

22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

The word used for light here is λύχνος (luchnos) it literally means a portable lamp. Now the second us for light is actually a different word. φωτεινὸν (phōteinon) it is a bright light. So to understand further we need to break down the word single, ἁπλοῦς (aplous) it means simple or single… well that did not help. So if we go back in how this was used it was used like clear.

So if you eye is like a portable lamp make sure that the window is clear. Inside of it is bright, but only shines through the window of the lamp. So if your window is covered in soot and smoke, it will not shine brightly. You must check your internal prospective to have a clear view of things. Clean your soul and mind so to speak.

Staying in this analogy if the lense of lanturn is not clean and covered in soot, you cannot tell if there is light in the lanturn. It very well may be the fire has gone out in the larturn. See the human mind can be like this. If all you see is evil than surely evil may be within you.

24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Mammon is often refered to as money. Mammon is an old syrian god of riches. One of the few times God names a devil in the bible. Now a lot of you may be thinking “What is he on about?” Mammon is a spirit. There is power in the concept of wealth. It makes people sacrifice everything for it. You must see if you are worshipping this deity because God recognizes you worship of it and he tell you, you are worshipping two masters. Take heed.

Do Not Be Anxious

25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

It is true, God uses all things for his will including our lives and governments and the universe. He is a astronimically big God. What makes you think he cannot provide for you? He will. Trust in him. However! I want you to take notice, this come right after about serving two masters. One being mammon and really what is the purpose of wealth? It means security. You do not need to find secrurity in anyone but God. It is a sin to worry. I still do even though I have this knowledge. It is hard to overcome. This verse is not about that however, its more important to focus on God. Look to God and do right by him. It is not saying dont plan for your future. It is good to plan for your future. Don’t be a homeless person expecting hand outs.

27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

Can you add an foot to your height is basically what this is saying.

28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Jesus is putting the emphasis on that God will take care of everything. We simply need to allow him to. He will direct us as he did Solomon. If we only follow his voice to a better life.

30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

In closing for this chapter. I think we all need to consider are we really living for God or are we going our own way? If we are living for the gods of this world. We want to reconsider, following the one true God, the creator of all things. That is who we should be following.



Bible Study, Ecclesial Studies, Matthew

Matthew 5:13-48




Hello, I’m back. Its been a while I know. To recap we just went over the beatitudes. These are things we should exhibit in our own lives. Best if we try and pick ourselves back up when we fail. The goal is perfection through Christ, not above Christ. We can’t do it on our own, but he will be there to pick us up when we don’t succeed. Its the honest attempt that he cares about. Now we will continue with the rest of Matthew 5.

Salt And Light

13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

Matthew 5:13 KJV

This would be something everyone would have understood at the time. However now it is easy to forget what salt is used for. Today we add it for taste. While that is one use of salt, this is more like preservation. Salt was a very common thing for preservation because they did not have refrigeration or any kind of cooling. So meat and other things were dried and salted.

Another property of salt is it induces thirst. So what is this verse really saying here. Well, we are to be thirsty and make others thirsty for the word of God. Often it is called the living water because of this motif. He also wants use to preserve ourselves and the others around us.

Often I hear that Christian’s are not to be involved in world affairs but I would argue we are charged to be part of such things. We are to preserve our community. When we as Christians loose our thirst for the word, our ministry loses flavor. Then we are only good to be, trodden upon. Its a warning to those who do not preserve! If we do not preserve then we will be trampled.

14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 5:14-16 KJV

As you might know the primary form of light back in the day was fire. If you did not have it you would not be able to see in the dark. Light radiates out from itself. Jesus is instructing his people to be aware of there actions. It will radiate out into the world like a light on a hill. So do what is right because everyone will see it. The analogy assumes night. If you have ever been out to the country and saw a single house lit up and nothing around it, you notice that house no matter what.

The same can be said for Christians. Even the slightest of missteps will be taken note of. You will be labeled a hypocrite, and surely people will say, “Christians are just like us so why follow Christ?” So ensure that you have good works and be a testament to Jesus. God hates a liar, so don’t be counted as one.

Christ Came To Fulfill The Law

17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Matthew 5:17-18 KJV

You should take pause when you see language like this. He has not come to destroy the law but to fulfil it. Just to make this clear. We are going to look at the word destroy here. Katalysai (καταλῦσαι), it has a few meanings but Kata means to loosen down or to demolish, like a building. However it can also mean, to halt for the night or to end a shift. I think that is key to understanding this verse.

So we got another operative word, which is fulfill. Plerosai (πληρῶσαι), so it comes from the word pleres, which means to make replete, to cram, level up, or to furnish, satisfy, execute, finish, verify. I think that is clear that is means to complete or finish. So he did not come to end the Law, he came to finish the Law.

At the time this verse would have been perplexing to say the least, and not well liked among the spiritual authorities. So what does it mean today, do we follow the Law or disregard it.

Jesus certainly did complete the Law, not only as a sacrifice we all remember that he died for our sins, however we tend to forget, he lived a perfect life. So not only did he save us in his death but he lived his life so we are free to live our lives. The Law very much so is still a thing. However, Christ already completed the Law for us.

This is a crude view but V for Vendetta, when everyone put the mask on at the end. They were all V. Well that is a similar thing for us Christians. When we put the blood of Christ on we are all Christ because he completed the Law we also have completed the Law by his virtue, and not our own.

You see the Law was never meant to be completed by mortal man, it took God in the form of mortal man to complete it. It is however very important still. It diagnosis a problem. Without the Law we would not be able to see our predicament.

The verse is begging to be paid attention to, Christ wants us to take him seriously. Not only that but he is very clear. All will be finished in the whole book, before it is all over with. Even the jot and tittle, or the dotting of every i and crossing of every t. I might even suggest further that even the hidden scriptures, and between the characters, lies still things we will only understand later in the text.

19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:19 KJV

This should be a warning to you. Do not take the Lords name in vain. I want to beat that into your mind. That is not a question of saying Gods name. His name is YHWH and I am not afraid to say it. So what is taking the Lords name in vain. Its calling yourself a Christian or chosen or saying you believe in God but do not keep his commandments.

If you teach them then you know them, yet, you don’t keep them yourself. I am sure that boils God’s blood. Especially those that look down on others who blatantly don’t follow them.

We got a problem though, at least I do, and I am pretty sure you do. I can’t keep them while relying on myself to do so. It is only when we rely on God that we can manage such a task. Even still I am sure there are commands that I am not mindful of and yet I brake them.

The commands were never meant to be used to save us. We are fallen and there is no way to save ourselves. We must rely on someone above to do so. That person is Christ. I believe the Jewish people are trying to be best of there ability to keep the Law. There have a vast system of legalism because of it and they strictly adhere to it or at least attempt to. The problem arrives when that inevitable misstep occurs.

They are guilty of a death sentence according to the Law. That is it. They are done. There is no salvation. They are damned. That is why the Law cannot save anyone. Only through Christ we can be saved.

So what are these commands. A lot of people think well commands, must be the ten commandments. While they are partly right more so for us after being saved, we look to Jesus for our way of living and not the Law anymore. It is good to remember them but Jesus calls us to an even higher law. Right here, chapter 5, 6, and 7 of Matthew are a great place to find the commandments Jesus is speaking to. That is the whole point of the scriptures, it is to instill goodness in men.

20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:20 KJV

Once again, how can you exceed there righteousness. This wasn’t just a salty statement from Jesus, he meant it. How can you actually achieve this though. Its not an action thing, Jesus is not impressed with someones actions. A King can do more good in his life in a day than a poor beggar can in a life time. Its is a heart issue. If the heart is good naturally you will see outward actions. However if the heart is ill you will naturally see inward actions. Meaning if you are doing God’s work and things for God, it does not matter your reward, it is a conviction, it pains you to see whatever it is. However, if you are doing things just to be recognized and have everyone think you are good, watch out.

Jesus is not concerned with the outward actions of an individual, he cares about what is going on inside.

Anger

21 Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:

22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

Matthew 5:21-22

Though shall not murder. One of the ten commandments. This is where Jesus is teaching that higher righteousness. You are not to be even angry with your bother, WITHOUT A CAUSE. Meaning you are angry for the sake of being angry. If there is truly a reason to be angry, you are allowed to be angry. HOWEVER, to be angry without cause is a sin and it will be counted against you.

Though I will note, the without cause may have been added to the scriptures as an editorial notation. There are some version of this text where the words do not appear.

He goes even further, he says if you say Raca. What is Raca (Ῥακά)? “O empty one.” “Thou worthless” meaning you diminish him that is even worse. You have then committed murder in your heart. That is the same as actually murdering him. We should never do this.

Now the earthly repressions is a counsel or more properly the Sanhedrin (συνεδρίῳ). That is a place where the Jewish leaders would gather like court and hear one’s case. However, Jesus says you will be in danger of Hell Fire, Gehennna (γέενναν).

What this verse is calling for us to do is not fight with our brothers and sisters in Christ. We can have our arguments but never come to hate one. This goes for anyone though. It is not clear if Jesus was talking about his followers or not. I am going to air on the side of caution and believe he was not.

23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;

24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.

26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

So this might be a little strange to read so basically its like this. Jesus is talking to Jews. They still go to the temple to worship. Churches have not yet been established so they are still doing the normal offerings. When they present there offerings to the alter, Jesus is instructing them not to be at odds with anyone. If they are at odds with someone that they should reconcile with them.

You see Jesus warns of anger, because anger makes people do strange things. One such thing is to lie. Meaning that person may go to the authorities a say you did something you really did not. They will try to get you to be imprisoned. It goes over how they would go about doing that but that is the gist of what he is saying.

Jesus also says Verily here. Whenever you see this pay attention. He is doing something very specific here. He is saying “I say this to you” meaning he has lifted his teaching above that of Moses. Remember Moses to the Jews was the writer of the Law. God entrusted him with the Ten Commandments and the Law, there is almost no one more revered in there community, maybe Abraham. So this is shots fired. At the time language like this is severe.

Lust

27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:

28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Matthew 5:27-28 KJV

It can be very easy to lust after someones. Jesus puts the bar pretty high for us, to even look at someone and lust, and lust is not just pervy sexual stuff, but to even look at someone is like adultery. Yikes! We have a problem. Our entire society is based on this currency. We all want to be attractive. We want others to lust after us even if we don’t recognize that is what we are doing.

Its really hard, you see a sexy girl and you think things, and ladies don’t tell me you don’t see the bulge in a guys pants and think he has a large wallet. No, but seriously those are the more obvious examples of this. However the more subtle ones are perhaps even worse.

There is nothing wrong with being attractive but within reason. You don’t want to tempt others. You also may have a really stunning personality like me (just kidding) but you also need to keep that in check as well. For as much as we don’t like to admit it, we have a hand in drawing someone to lust as well.

29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

This can be pretty grim, plucking out eyes and chopping off hands is pretty serious stuff. I don’t think he was joking though or making an analogy. I think it is just as it says.

Its amazing how hard it is to fight our urges. I personally go through a struggle every single day with things. I for one don’t eat carbs or at least I avoid them. However, some days, if I have a pie, or a cake, I will have carbs. I don’t need it, but I want it. Now its not a sin, but how much more so should we avoid our sins and yet, like a dog eats its own vomit, we come back for more. We know how sick and evil it is and yet we keep going back to it.

If you are tempted to steal, removing your arm will surely make that harder to do. The same with your sight. You must find a way to deal with your sins and keep them under control or else they will control you. Now I don’t think at the first sign of sin you should lop off your arm. In fact I don’t think you should at all, but Jesus has thought that way.

Divorce

31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:

32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

Matthew 5:31-32 KJV

This is a very pertinent topic in today’s culture. People get divorced for a plethora of reasons. Most of them being not recognized by God. Ultimately. they will be however they would clearly be viewed as immoral. God calls a man and woman to cling together and not be separate once married. It is so important. Yet today many treat it as a things. Divorce really should be rare if ever in our vocabulary at all. Only in cases of fornication, what is fornication? Moicheuthēnai (μοιχευθῆναι), to have sex with someone who is married. Once married we are never to break that oath to a loved one. Never cheat on them. However once they have broken that marriage, they cannot be trusted, and divorce may be allowed. This includes a man as well.

Oaths

33 Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:

34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne:

35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.

36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.

37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

Matthew 5:33-35 KJV

In our culture today this is almost none existent as a concept because it has been profaned so much. Jesus is telling us here we are NOT TO SWEAR ON THE BIBLE OR JESUS OR BY GOD! Yet our courts have you swear every time you go in. We are NEVER to do this. In fact you are acting against God if you do. Your word should be stronger than steel. If you say you are going to do something, it should be considered done. If you say something it should be because its true. Do not lie. An old saying I don’t hear too much these days. “My word is my bond.” It should always be true.

Some people have suggested that this is not barring a legal oath, however I would warn someone to ALWAYS tell the truth when taking a legal oath. If you are to take the Lord’s name as your defense you must be TRUTHFUL. I will caution anyone from taking oaths of any kind.

Retaliation

38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:

39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Matthew 5:38-39 KJV

Alright, this is a hard thing to explain. We went over this before, however, this is a good place to do it. Jesus is in no way suggestion to let someone beat on you. However, he is asking us to endure for him. If someone strikes you in anger you are not to strike them back. This is not to say if someone is wailing on you, you don’t defend yourself, but you are not to go beyond defending yourself.

The golden rule applies very nicely here. If you strike someone in anger, you would not want to be struck back. If you are striking someone repeatedly and are out for blood you expect to be hit back.

There was also a law in Rome. A Roman had the legal right to hit a non-Roman once. However the guards would grab him if he was hit twice. Jesus is saying allow the authorities to take care of it. Most of the time though if someone is going to hit you more than once they have lost control. Always try to view things from the prospective of others. Do not allow your pride to govern your heart.

40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.

Matthew 5:40 KJV

This is likewise another thing to consider. If someone is in a petty squabble over legalities of minor things just give it to them. In fact give more than he asked for. The cloak in this analogy is worth more than the tunic. So you give him the more valuable of the items. This not only shows the person you meant no harm, but it also says to them you need it more than I do. Its a testimony. God will take care of you no matter what. This is not to say you don’t defend yourself. This is just saying if they are being petty about something like in today’s thing maybe suing you for 20 dollars give them 40. Another thing is avoiding the courts too. Jesus knew Christians would not receive a fair verdict, so avoid courts.

41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

Matthew 5:41-42 KJV

This is not familiar to our vernaculars today. In Roman times a soldier could ask you to carry his burden for a mile. By going two miles you are in fact doing twice as much as you should but also putting that soldier to shame. This could also be at time something as simple as a letter, in which case your by yourself. You would do it for the glory of God and also you would be a patriotic citizen.

So what is this really saying? If anyone asks you to do something, you should do it twice as well, to the best of your ability. God wants us to be model citizens. You are to be twice as good as anyone around you because Jesus is infinitely better than you. People should know you for being reliable and helpful. Have a strong work ethic basically. Something I maybe need to work on. I am sure most of us need to.

Love Your Enemies

43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Matthew 5:43-45 KJV

Jesus is telling us here just what it sounds like. We are not to hate our enemies but we are to love them and there are two ways of looking at this. One way, is it really a test to love someone who loves you… which Jesus will point out. If you love you enemies, how much more do you love those that love you? How much more will you love God?

It is hard to love someone who does not like you. They say all kinds of terrible words to you and offend you and its well, impossible to deal with at times. They make you want to pull out your hair. But in showing them kindness at times they warm up. I have experienced this myself. Over time people will come around to you, and if they don’t at least they can’t honestly say anything bad about you.

46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Matthew 5:46 KJV

Spicey. Publicans were public officials often tasked with taxing. No one likes the tax man. However, we are called to be more loving than that of a tax man. He was really striking at the hearts of people here. I am sure the publicans were not to happy to hear that, or maybe, like Matthew they were?

Now the last part, perfection. That is the standard we should strive to follow. I believe Jesus meant it. Through our lifetime here on earth we are to strive for perfection and nothing less.