1 This book marks the beginning of the New Testament, which alludes to the new covenant (contract) of God to man, ushered in by Jesus Christ. This long promised new covenant was not only to Israel, but was extended to all the nations of the earth. Jesus came and strengthened the law: He changed "an eye for an eye," to "turn the other cheek;" and "hate your enemies," to "bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who despitefully use you and persecute you." He made adultery, not just the act, but the thought in the heart. He made murder, not just the act, but the anger and hate in your heart. He told us not to repay injury or insult. He told us that restraint of sin was not enough, but that we were defiled by what was in our hearts; so our hearts must be cleansed of the desire or inclination to sin.
The good news that Jesus announced to all was the availability of God's heart and soul purifying grace to free us from the bondage of sin and enter the kingdom of heaven while on earth and forever, becoming a new creature in union with God and Christ. The Spirit of Grace both reveals your sins and then removes them, just like Jesus said 'repent,' and also healed. These wonderful, but forgotten, promises were made possible by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, whose ignored warnings — teachings, and promises, were treated with contempt by Israel then and by Christians of today who fail to apply his commands and warnings to themselves — always thinking the warnings and commands apply to bad people, not righteous believing people like themselves. Without any fear of God, Christendom ignores his teachings, his commands, and his warnings; thus they deny him as Lord and Master. To create their false Christianity, the blind guides of Christianity have taken a few verses out of context, while ignoring countless others, including those that specifically state the exclusions, requirements, and qualifying conditions of salvation; they also overlook that every man will be judged on his works and words.
To help you understand the interrelationships of belief, hope, faith, revelation, the cross, grace, and works, they are summarized below in progression:
All the terms that describe Christian success: in Christ, in the name, one with Christ, in the kingdom, redemption, sanctification, reconciliation, restoration, righteousness, justification, eternal life, and salvation, are to be witnessed within your heart, seen by the eyes of your heart in the light; none are to be assumed or presumed from reading about them or talking about them.
In reading this Bible, you will see the scriptures' hidden, wondrous beauty. This Bible and the entire web site's primary purpose is to help you seize and hold the true hope of the gospel: to become entirely free of sin, to hear and see your beloved Jesus, to enter the kingdom of God while still on earth, and to become united as one with Christ and God as children of the light while walking in the light; John 14 and John 17 detail the promise of union with God in His kingdom while still on the earth. From the Word of the Lord within: "Without our promises the soul is grieved; with them the soul settles down to a vigilant tribute to the Lord."
"The Father is in you all, Christ is in you, and the Kingdom of Heaven is in you; there, in your hearts, is where you will find them all. Know him there searching your hearts, and find him there trying your minds and hearts; incline your ears, and give ear to him there, who will render to everyone of you according to your words and works whether they are good or evil," (by George Fox). BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD. Psalm 46:10. From the Word of the Lord within: "He awaits you."
1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham:
2 Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judah and his brothers;
3 And Judah begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram;
4 And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon;
5 And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;
6 And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias;
7 And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa;
8 And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias;
9 And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias;
10 And Ezekias begat Manasseh; and Manasseh begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias;
11 And Josias begat Jechonias and his brothers, about the time they were carried away to Babylon;
12 And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel;
13 And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor;
14 And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud;
15 And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob;
16 And Jacob begat Joseph1 the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called the Christ.
17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon to Christ are fourteen generations.
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ occurred in this way: After his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, before they were married, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.
19 Then Joseph her [promised] husband, being a just man and not willing to make her a public example, was considering to put her away privately.
20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for what has been conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name JESUS, for he shall save his people from their sins."2 [Jesus saves people from their sins, not in their sins. He doesn't save us from the consequence of our sins, he saves us from our slavery to sin — he is the deliverer — he rescues men from their sins. For this purpose the Son of God is revealed [in us], that he might destroy [in us] the works [sin] of the devil. 1 John 3:8-10.]
22 Now all this took place that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet [Isaiah] who said,
24 Then Joseph awoke and did as the angel of the Lord had told him, and took Mary as his wife;
25 But he had no union with her until she had given birth to her firstborn son; and he called his name JESUS.
|Luke 3:23-38 |
23 Now Jesus himself was about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, who was the son of Heli,6
24 Who was the son of Matthat, who was the son of Levi, who was the son of Melchi, who was the son of Janna, who was the son of Joseph,
25 Who was the son of Mattathias, who was the son of Amos, who was the son of Naum, who was the son of Esli, who was the son of Nagge,
26 Who was the son of Maath, who was the son of Mattathias, who was the son of Semei, who was the son of Joseph, who was the son of Judah,
27 Who was the son of Joanna, who was the son of Rhesa, who was the son of Zorobabel, who was the son of Salathiel, who was the son of Neri,
28 Who was the son of Melchi, who was the son of Addi, who was the son of Cosam, who was the son of Elmodam, who was the son of Er,
29 Who was the son of Jose, who was the son of Eliezer, who was the son of Jorim, who was the son of Matthat, who was the son of Levi,
30 who was the son of Simeon, who was the son of Judah, who was the son of Joseph, who was the son of Jonan, who was the son of Eliakim,
31 Who was the son of Melea, who was the son of Menan, who was the son of Mata, who was the son of Nathan, who was the son of David,
32 Who was the son of Jesse, who was the son of Obed, who was the son of Booz, who was the son of Salmon, who was the son of Naasson,
33 Who was the son of Aminadab, who was the son of Aram, who was the son of Esrom, who was the son of Phares, who was the son of Judah,
34 Who was the son of Jacob, who was the son of Isaac, who was the son of Abraham, who was the son of Thara, who was the son of Nachor,
35 Who was the son of Saruch, who was the son of Ragau, who was the son of Phalec, who was the son of Heber, who was the son of Sala,
36 Who was the son of Cainan, who was the son of Arphaxad, who was the son of Sem, who was the son of Noe, who was the son of Lamech,
37 Who was the son of Mathusala, who was the son of Enoch, who was the son of Jared, who was the son of Maleleel, who was the son of Cainan,
38 Who was the son of Enos, who was the son of Seth, who was the son of Adam, who was the son of God.