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Jesus Motivates Us to Move to a Higher AGAPE Love Walk!

the-greatest-is-AGAPE-love-e1406073920848-608x404(Ver 1.1) I was studying the Bible recently and was led across something that I believe was very good for us all to learn from.  I believe the Holy Spirit pointed this out so that we could learn a potential new perspective on a familiar story that we have all probably heard taught more than once.  This will be a Bible basics subject lesson on one of the most important subjects found in the Bible called love.  Uh oh?  I may have just lost a bunch of readers.  How boring that is, you might think.  You might say to me “I don’t have any problem with my love walk!”  At least that is probably what you think right now.  However, I believe the subject of love is the central theme of the entire Bible and a vastly misunderstood subject.  I believe no other subject comes close to its importance in the Bible and I pray that you will agree.

INTRODUCTION TO LOVE

You may already know that there is more than one Greek word in the New Testament that is translated into the English word “love”. I believe that is a significant problem.  If we don’t spend the time in digging deeper to know the original language words and definitions we will probably miss the most important message that God was trying to teach us.  I believe words matter more than we can imagine, especially God’s words.  I believe the chosen words of God are not by accident, chance or placed into the Bible by random human selection or influence.  God is a highly intelligent being beyond our normal human capability to understand.  Therefore, when God selects two different Greek words for “love” and uses them both in the same verse setting that must mean something very important even if we don’t yet understand what  is.  I pray that you will agree and even if you don’t yet agree I pray that you will at least be open minded enough to continue reading.

I recently read a Bible commenter’s opinion on this subject of the Greek word choices being made in the New Testament. This person believed that each human writer influenced the text and word selection for the love word choice.  They implied that the every Greek love word was synonymously interchangeable and one word could easily be replaced with another without changing the meaning of the verse.  But, I could not disagree any more.  This type of logic removes God’s participation in the word selection process almost completely.  You see I am a firm believer in this next verse that we must use as a foundation to base all of our Bible beliefs on.  I recommend that we all memorize this verse and never let it slip away from our minds:

2Ti 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

“All” is one of the key words to focus on first. This verse clearly informs us that it concerns and applies to the whole Bible and every word that it contains.  In the Bible that would include every Hebrew and Greek Word of the original text that produced the translated 783,137 English KJV words.  However, I must disqualify the translated words.  I do not believe that any of the translated words were God inspired.  There are just way too many subjective translator opinions and errors imbedded to be found to conclude it is perfect like I believe the original text is.  I am not saying that we must all learn Greek and Hebrew in order to understand anything in the Bible.  But, I am saying that we all need to become a Berean type of Bible student like is found in Acts 17:11.  These Berean Christians were commended in the Bible for digging deep to confirm whatever is taught by men to be the truth is actually what God stated in the Holy scriptures.  I pray again that you understand how important this is.  Otherwise, we may just fall for any wind of doctrine that sounds the best and ignore what God actually said.

Today’s mini Bible lesson concerns two Greek words primarily that are both translated as “love” in the New Testament. These two Greek words in review are “Agapao” G25 and “Phileo” G5368.  You should be able to notice that these words are obviously two significantly different words based upon appearance, spelling and pronunciation alone and we have not yet attempted to learn the definitions.  We will dig into these love types much deeper as we continue the lesson.

JESUS TEACHES A HIGHER LOVE

Our Bible lesson is found in the book of John chapter 21. It occurs after the events of the death of Jesus on a Roman cross, the burial of His body in a tomb for 3 days and the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead.  I believe that this event that we can study today was Jesus attempting to restore and help Peter to grow into a higher level of confident love following his denial 3 times of Jesus Christ just a few days earlier.  We will begin reading about this event beginning in verse 15 of John 21 and then we will continue reading down until verse 17.  Please read all of the verses carefully as the subject overview and then I will begin to break them down to help reveal a hidden message not easily found in the English translation:

Joh 21:15  So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. 

Joh 21:16  He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 

Joh 21:17  He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

What did you get out of this reading? Did anything draw your attention from what I originally introduced you to before reading the verses?  Maybe nothing jumped out at you.  That is OK, but maybe the Holy Spirit pointed out something new for you to see and that is really great.  I believe that is God’s way.  He can use the same verse(s) to speak an infinite number of things to each and every person differently.  Let’s go through the verses one at time now and learn what we can see by digging deeper into them rather than a surface only reading, as I like to call it.  Let’s reread verse 15 first:

Joh 21:15  So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. 

Jesus suddenly focuses on one disciple named Peter and asks him a very direct and personal question concerning their relationship. I believe Jesus did this on purpose and by design to help strengthen and encourage Peter’s faith.  You might recall in Luke 22:31 the writer Luke gives us some related very important information.  In Luke 22:31 Jesus informs Peter that Satan had desired to sift him like wheat.  But, then Jesus informs Peter that He had prayed that his faith would not fail.  Also later in this chapter of Luke Jesus informs Peter that he will deny him 3 times before the cock crows the night that He would be betrayed.  I believe that Peter is being told these things so that he might be prepared for them and then afterwards that he would also understand that Jesus is fully the Christ as Peter declared in Matthew 16:16.  Remember when Jesus asked Peter “Who do you say that I am?” and Peter answered to Him saying “You are the Christ the Son of God”.

I firmly believe that Peter like the rest of the disciples struggled tremendously after seeing Jesus taken prisoner, beaten and then crucified on a cross to die. This had to be a major blow to their beliefs in Him.  Once His body was laid in the tomb and the rock was rolled over it and sealed with guards posted in front of it, they had to at least think that they had made a great mistake in following this man.  I just can’t imagine the full impact of the challenges to their faith that they were facing during this time of extreme circumstances.  Give it some thought and see how you may have reacted.  What would you have done after seeing all of this?  I know we can read the Bible now and we may think that we may have been able to stand stronger than they did but I really don’t believe that is true.

No matter how great you believe your faith in Jesus Christ is now, Satan will come to you and try to shake your foundation of faith just like he did with Peter. This is what happened to Peter and I believe that Jesus did all He could do to prepare Peter’s heart for these events.  For example, in John 21:15 Jesus begins a lesson of assurance by asking Peter a basic very personal question.  Jesus asked Peter “Do you love me more than these?”  I believe that Jesus is simply asking “Are you sure that you love me Peter?” It is interesting that Jesus also adds a comparison of Peter’s love level with the other disciples’ love level.  The question contains the key word “more” and this is added by Jesus to teach Peter and us that a love amount can vary in measure, intensity, type and capacity.  Jesus was teaching us that our love level for Him may not be as great as other’s love level yet and that we may need to grow more in our love.  By this question, Jesus is implying we can all grow up in a higher level of love.  Can you see this?

Here is another very important point to make when studying any text in the Bible. We must understand that there were no punctuation marks in the original Greek text that I know of.  No periods, no commas, no exclamation marks, no question marks as we know in the English language.  Therefore, we should be able to understand that the tone of voice being spoken in could potentially be different than we believe changing the entire meaning of the words being spoken.

For example, if Jesus yelled “LOVEST ME MORE THAN THESE!!!” Would a screaming angry and mad Jesus change how we viewed the question?  It would definitely do that for me.  However, that type of Jesus personality screaming at Peter would contradict with His revealed character and nature found in many scriptures verses that reveal Him to be a man of great and intense love, mercy and compassion.  Therefore, this statement cannot be an angry Jesus questioning the loyalty of Peter simply because He knew Peter denied Him.  No, I believe that the words were spoken very softly and graciously to Peter in a great loving and compassionate tone of voice that grabbed the heart of Peter’s attention immediately.  I believe Peter could also see the great concern in the Master’s eyes and perceive the great kindness in the heart of Jesus.

Here is where I want to introduce you to the first Greek word G25 that was translated as “lovest” in the question directed at Peter.   This Greek word represents the highest type of “Agape” divine love.  This category of love is the highest form of any type of love listed in the Bible.  It is always an underserved, unearned and unconditional love type that is being extended to another person regardless of what occurs or how they act towards the person showing it.  I believe this is the most important and highest type of love in the Bible.  This is why my blog is called “AgapeGeek”.  I simply desire to teach the Bible in a way that displays God’s love to every reader.  I hope you understand the basic concepts of the God kind of Agape love.  If you don’t please ask any specific question and I will attempt to explain it with the Lord’s help.

Ok, Jesus asked Peter if he loved “Agapao” Him more than these. The answer to this simple question should have been either “yes” or “no”. However, Peter must have ignored the love word because he does not answer the question correctly at all.  Of course you won’t see this by just reading the English translation.  Only if we dig much deeper into the Greek words can we begin to understand the problem that Jesus was dealing with.

In the English Peter appears to answer correctly by saying “Yes, Lord you know that I love you”.  But, Peter changed the Greek word “love” type from the G25 “agapao” category of love to the much lower and less committed G5368 “phileo” human category of love and that was not what Jesus asked, was it?  You see the “phileo” category of love is merely a fond type of relationship that we can have with a good human friend.  This is a love category on a much subordinate carnal level of conditional feelings.  In other words if a friend said or did something wrong or mean to us, this might change our liking of fondness level or feelings for them.  However, the “agape” G26 type of love that Jesus was asking about would continue on unmoved despite the friend’s wrong actions or words.

I believe I can begin to feel the Lord Jesus heart drop at hearing Peter’s answered response.   I believe there becomes a greater level of sadness upon each of the following question attempts to get Peter to change his answer to raise his love walk with Jesus.  You did notice that Jesus asked Peter the same question 3 times, didn’t you?  Why is Jesus being so repetitious?  As we continue to study this discussion further we should be able to see that Peter becomes a little more sad after each question.  I believe the “phileo” love that Peter claimed that he possessed was certainly being tested and I believe that Jesus was teaching Peter to try to come up higher to the “agapao” type of love that He originally asked.  Let’s read the second verse question:

Joh 21:16  He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

Here is another almost identical question and response session as was read in verse 15. However, Jesus asks Peter, do you “agapao” me but drops the “more than these” part of the question.  Why did Jesus omit the “more than these”?  I believe to show Peter to focus on his “agape” love and not anyone else.  And Peter again answers “Lord you know that I “phileo” you.  I believe another difference in this Q&A session from the previous one is the tone of Jesus’ and Peter’s voices being adjusted.  I believe Jesus asked His question with much greater, love, compassion and even some added sadness and disappointment and I believe that Peter answered with even a greater level of grief and frustration not understanding yet why it was asked again.  This is what I believe makes the most sense in the story, but I know this is my personal interpretation and you can believe otherwise if you choose.

I still ask myself and God why the omission of the “more than these” as part of the question. The only answer to that question that I have been able to determine is the fact that Jesus is giving Peter a much greater emphasis to the specific Greek word “agapao” type of love.  I even believe that Jesus is making an implied statement that maybe no one “agapao” loved Him yet.  But this might be wrong since John was one of the disciples there and he is often referred to as the “love” disciple since he wrote more about the subject than all of the others combined.  Now let’s read the last time the question is asked and observe what changes now:

Joh 21:17  He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

Reading the English translation it appears that almost nothing changed. So God is either wasting a lot of words and Peter’s time asking him the same question or we are just missing the point and I believe it is us missing the point.  You see Jesus changed the question dramatically the third time He asks and He used a totally different Greek word this time.  Why would Jesus do this and what was the reason for the modification?  If we dig deeper into the Greek language again we will learn that in the third question Jesus dramatically lowers the love level asked to Peter to a level of “phileo”, Peter’s previous two responses. I believe that Jesus changes His tone of voice to a much greater sound of sadness and hurt.  I believe completely that Jesus was saying this paraphrase “oh Peter, what do you mean that you are only my friend?”

I believe we can begin to see Peter’s change of heart in this attempt of Jesus to get him to love Him on the highest unconditional level. The KJV Bible translates Peter’s feelings as an emotion of “grief”.  The Greek word G3076 that is translated as “grieved” literally means that Peter was greatly saddened by Jesus asking Him 3 times.  However, I believe this is not completely accurate simply because Jesus did not ask Peter the same question the same way, 3 different times.  Either Peter is clueless to what Jesus was attempting to ask him or I am.   Please ask yourself this question and see if you can think of a reason why Jesus comes down to a much inferior love type in the final question.

WHY DID JESUS WANT PETER TO AGAPE HIM?

Please allow me to give you a solid foundation for why I believe that Jesus is attempting to teach Peter about his “phileo” love to change it into an “agapeo” love. We will begin this section with a verse spoken by Jesus before His death on the cross and subsequent ressurtion.  Let’s turn our Bibles to John chapter 14 and read:

Joh 14:15  If ye love me, keep my commandments.

You see Jesus taught this truth to us that if we “agape” (G26) Him, we will keep His commandments and this certainly implies that we will not let them slip away from our hearts and minds.   If the words of Jesus are first in our minds this will help us so that can continue to do them even in the tough times of persecution and other life challenges. This is why I believe that Jesus asks Peter what appears to be 3 different times in the English KJV translation what appears to be the same question.  I believe Jesus was teaching Peter the difference between just a human friend kind of love that can fail and the God kind of love that will never fail.  The God kind of love will obey Him and the friend kind of love may not obey when the going gets too tough and hard.  I believe Jesus was teaching us all that the road ahead is going to get very rocky and rough and we will need to raise our “love” level up much higher in order to endure it to keep doing what Jesus wants us to do for Him.

Joh 21:18  Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. 

Joh 21:19  This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me. 

We should be able to understand more clearly what Jesus was trying to emphasize to Peter by reading the rest of the story in verses 18 and 19. Reading these verses we learn quickly that Jesus changes from the right now do you love me to the future tense of years to come.  This informs me that the “Agape” love is what is going to be needed to endure the life that Peter was going to experience.  If you read early church history you should find that Peter is crucified upside down on a cross.  Wow what a horrible death that was.  Not to mention the times he spent in jails and chains for preaching the gospel.  If Peter had not raised his love walk to the love level of Agape I do not believe Peter would have been able to succeed in following Christ’s example fully.

All we need to do is to read Acts chapter 2 to find out how quickly the “love” level was raised to God’s Agape type of love in Peter’s life. Remember that Peter goes from denying Jesus 3 time only 50 days earlier to now preaching about Him in public to thousands.  Can you see how this is a fulfillment of the command of Jesus to “Feed my Sheep”?  I can see it very clearly.  This act of preaching was a demonstration of Peter’s divine love and it displays such an amazing transformation from his previous “phileo” level of love commitment to Jesus.

I believe that this is a lesson for each Christ follower.  We do not fully know what will happen to us tomorrow but we can prepare for even the worst possible events by embracing the God kind of Agape Love.  I pray this short Bible lesson was a great blessing to you and an encouraging word from the Lord to raise your love walk with Him.  May God bless you always.

BIBLE ANSWERS: How Can the Bible Be Called a Personal Love Letter Written to Me?

bible-answers2(Ver 1.1)  Today’s Bible lesson contains a response from the Spirit of God to answer a very important question asked by a loyal Agapegeek reader.  My reader asked me why I could call the Bible a personal love letter written from God to you and me.  I have mentioned this concept more than once in other Bible lessons.  I have suggested to peoplet that they read the Bible like it was”a personal love letter from God written to them”.  I firmly believe that if each of us would just change or adjust our perspective of the Bible slightly to see it differently from where we may have seen it before that it would be of great benefit for us to help us learn the truth.  What if we read the Bible as if it was a private love correspondence written from a very dear boyfriend or girlfriend?  How would this attitude change your expectations of the words on the page?  Would you consider the word’s of the Bible more meaningful or to be significantly changed by God’s great love for you?  I really do believe that you would.

I grew up in the age before email and text messaging.  In that age to reach someone of any distance you had to write a letter to them.  Yes, I know the telephone was there and that could be used to convey a lot of the same or even better information with feelings by hearing their voice directly.  But long distance calling was expensive so the best way to normally talk to someone in any length was to write a letter to your love.   While God could certainly boom out His message directly from heaven for everyone to hear, He too has chosen to reach out to us using a written form of messaging.  This raises two questions immediately in my mind and these were 1). for what purpose was the Holy Bible written and 2). what were God’s thoughts for us when it was written?  The intent of the Bible could have been anywhere from an attitude of anger, rage and hate on one side of the pendulum to being from a calm, peaceful and loving attitude towards us on the other side.  Which one was it?

Many people read the Bible as if it was written only by a powerful angry God of judgment and punishment for all of their sins and the evils that they have done in this world.  But I am not one of those and I believe the Bible came from a God with a personal caring attention and a specific communication style of love directed at at all of those that would take the time to read what He said!  I believe that we should each receive the Bible like it was an important special delivery love letter written from the most distant place called heaven from the most special person in our lives and see it as Him speaking directly sweet, kind and loving words written to us.  Look at the Bible as God making well intended promises about what He will do for us and to us when He comes for us because of His great love for us.

My reader said that God’s Spirit on the inside of him witnessed with his spirit that this type of Godly loving attitude of message content was a correct perspective to receiving the Bible.  He also felt that it was a true saying that I wrote about in my Bible lessons when I said we should read it like a love letter from God.  But, yet he still needed scriptural evidence and proof for the defense of this statement to confirm his belief.  In other words how could he defend this stated belief if someone asked him why he believed His Bible was a supernatural personal love letter written to him from God?  What an excellent question and what an admirable quality of Christian character to possess.  For someone to be so open minded and in tune with the Spirit of God but at the same time wanting to verify whatever is taught with the backing of the Bible caused him to be like one of the noble Berean types of Christians found in Acts 17:11.  I hope and pray that you are the same way.  Therefore let’s obtain foundation evidence from the Bible for a belief that God wrote the Bible as a personal love letter.

 

WHY WE NEED TO KNOW THE ANSWER

 Let’s open this Bible study with a directly related discussion to why we need to be able to answer when someone asks us a question about the Bible concerning why we believe the way we do about what is written in it.  What I want you to learn in this initial section is why it is important to learn, know and remember the sound Bible truths in order to respond to the questions of people desiring to understand the foundation basis of our beliefs and faith in Jesus Christ. We will begin reading form the book of Colossians:

Col 4:3  Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:

Col 4:4  That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

Col 4:5  Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

Col 4:6  Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

This is such an excellent set of verses.  Paul writes to the church of Colossae.  This information should immediately raise the question in your mind “why am I reading a letter written nearly 2000 years ago to someone else originally like it was applicable to me?  This is what many intellectual deceived people will conclude.  I have also heard religious people that graduate from unnamed seminaries use this argument to explain away verses that did not conform to their traditions.  However that is a lie from Satan.  This letter was written to the Church of Jesus Christ and that is me because I’m in the same body of Christ and they were. There is no new body of Christ today from back them.  I hope that you understand that.

Paul writes both a request for prayer as well as to give them instructions on our important subject question do we need to defend our faith to non-believers?  Paul asks for them to pray that God would open a door for him to be able to preach the mystery of Christ to the lost.  Paul expounds clearly and plainly that God’s word contains divine mysteries that are not easily understood by carnal minded unsaved people.  Therefore Paul then asks them to pray that God would show him what to speak so that he could walk in divine wisdom toward them that were unsaved.  This is an excellent prayer for me if you would have the time to do that.  I know if you are witnessing to people it would be a good prayer for you also.  Let’s continue to go through some more of the information found in these verses written to us in the church.

Paul is talking about speaking the right words for the specific situations for those coming opportunities that God was going to present to him through the open doors being prayed for.  Can you understand what Paul needed and why it is even necessary to ask God for this to help others get saved?  Think with me for a moment.  Every man is different.  Each individual being different will respond to only certain personal words.  One answer to one man will be rejected by another.   This is why we need God to help us because only He knows the right words to speak for every person we encounter.

What if someone that is unsaved comes to you and asks you why do you believe in Jesus?  Do you have an answer?  Wow, I think many do not.  Now let me ask you something related to what Paul prayed.  Do you have the answer that they will receive?  Someone coming to you and asking why you believe in Jesus is really no different than if someone comes to you and asks you why are you reading the Bible?  I believe that one possible good answer to that question would be “I read the Bible because this is God’s love letter that He wrote to me personally”.   However this answer may just bring up another direct question about why you said that?  Will you be able to answer that question also?  What kind of proof or evidence do you have to present to anyone in the court of human personal interaction to defend your statement?  I hope and pray that is the reason that you are reading this Bible lesson to find out.

Col 4:6  Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

Look at verse 6 again because this is the main point that I wanted you to see in this introduction.  God says through Paul for our speech (words spoken to the unsaved world) to always be done with God’s Grace (full of grace, spoken in grace, led by grace and even done with and for grace).  Then God says to let your words be seasoned with salt.  Wow now we are getting into more difficult symbolism.  We could spend days talking about the subject of salt but that is not my main subject today.  Therefore let’s move to the last statement in verse 6.

In the last statement in verse 6 God says if we let our words be as the seasoning and preserving salt filled with grace this will cause us to be able to answer any man’s question the way that we should.   What God is saying is you better expect questions concerning your faith and beliefs to come from unsaved people and then you also better expect to give them answers to those questions right away.  Are you ready to do that?

1Pe 3:15  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

Today the question asked to me was “Why I believe the Bible is written to me personally as a divine love letter from the Almighty God”.  Let’s get into the subject of why the Bible can be considered a divine love letter written to you and I from the most intelligent and all powerful being that you can imagine named God.

 

WHY SHOULD WE CALL THE BIBLE A LOVE LETTER?

 I’ll begin this section of the subject study by using a very basic important fact presented to us in the Bible about how God identifies to us His character as being love.  This basic foundational fact should be one of the truths that every Christian learns directly after being saved.  Knowing God’s true character and nature will help us to know how to understand the entire rest of Bible.  We should always balance God’s revealed character of love with His stated works and actions.  I will say that this is a complex question to answer and sometimes Bible answers to basic questions are not as easy as reading only one verse but I will still try to answer the question as best as I can in this presentation of message delivery.  Let’s start with seeing this very important basic Bible truth of God’s character found directly in the first epistle of John:

1Jn 4:8  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

1Jn 4:16  And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

Notice the declaration of divine character being presented to the church in these two verses that “God is LOVE”!  The Greek word translated as “God” in these verses is G2316 and this Greek word can be transliterated as “THEOS”.   THEOS is one of the dominate N.T. names of God and is found in 1172 verses.  THEOS is LOVE is one of the most vital statements of God’s makeup, character, personality and nature found in the entire Bible.  Love is stated to define who and what God is and this declaration must be the revealed source for His other great qualities such as His morals, His compassion, His mercy and His grace.  God wraps all of His other Bible described attributes in the one word named Love.  This word translated as “love” is the Greek word “AGAPE” (G26) and we all need to learn this word.  According to John 3:16 AGAPE means to give grace, mercy and compassion to someone when it is not desired, deserved, earned or even appreciated.  I am not going to explain that statement further so if you can’t read John 3:16 and see that this is a true statement you need to spend a great deal of time studying on this verse before you continue in this lesson.

God’s (THEOS) divine love (AGAPE) is nowhere close to a normal human type of expressed love.  The God kind of love is unconditional.  God loves us because this is His character and nature and not because of anything that we can do for Him or to Him to earn it.   I would like to make a point that God does not have love because these verses say very clearly that God is love.  There is a huge difference between being something and having something. For example if I had gold that is completely different than saying that I am gold.   Humans fall in love and fall out of love and this is not an example of God’s love (AGAPE).  God is never going to stop loving you because you did something wrong, made a mistake or even told Him that you did not love Him.  Wow, that is difficult to even comprehend.

What we observe from these two statements in 1 John 4:8 and 4:16 is that there is a definite mathematical law that what one (GOD THEOS) is the other (LOVE AGAPE) is.  Each are declared to be the equivalent representative of the other only using a different description, name, title or label.  Wow, that was a very powerful statement of truth.  What I am saying is when you see “AGAPE” you should see “THEOS” and when you see “THEOS” you should see “AGAPE”.  There is no difference between the two by God’s definition.  Remember that this is God’s definition and not mine.  God teaches us that they both are stated to be mathematically equivalent.    This truth is like saying “GOD/THEOS” = “LOVE/AGAPE” in mathematical notation terms.  Let’s check out another verse that claims God is love:

2Co 13:11  Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

Here we have further confirmation that God is love.  I like to give more than one verse to prove the statements that I make because God declares in the mouth or two or three witnesses from the Bible let every word be established.   Here is God writing through Paul to say “the God of LOVE”.  It would be perfectly fine to say “the God (THEOS) who is love (AGAPE) and peace will be with you”.   Wow, I just love the Bible.  This is simply teaching us because we have God on the inside of us we have LOVE present.  We cannot or at least should not deny that God (THEOS) is stated to be love (AGAPE).

Ok we have just learned and now should know that God and love are stated to be equivalent and so whatever God does should be concluded to be based upon HIS dominant descriptive quality of Him being LOVE.  Do you understand this logic so far?  Therefore, based upon 1 John 4:8, 1 John 4:16 and 2 Corinthians 13:8 we have a new mathematical rule to use that states wherever GOD (THEOS) is found LOVE (AGAPE) can be found also by the mathematical law of algebraic substitution.  Using these mathematical commutative laws it is perfectly acceptable and even encouraged to say GOD (THEOS) = LOVE (AGAPE) and therefore LOVE (AGAPE) = GOD (THEOS) and we can use either titled name form to describe Him or point others to Him.  Do you understand this very basic mathematical truth reality?  If you do then please read this verse next carefully with this in new information in the forefront of your mind:

2Ti 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Now change the single most important focused subject word “God” (THEOS) found in this verse to the equivalent of “Love” (AGAPE) using the mathematical laws of substitutionary equivalency and reread the sentence:

2Ti 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of LOVE (AGAPE), and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Now we should be able to begin to easily understand why I could say that God’s Holy Word was a personal Love Letter written to you and me.    Based upon this knowledge, one of the primary reasons for the purpose of the Bible being given to us is because of GOD/LOVE.  Then God explains in this verse because of His love His Word is beneficial to teach us (doctrine).  This literally means God’s Word instructs us like children helping us to grow up.  The next benefit for God’s word is “reproof” and this is a Greek word that means to give us “proof” or “evidence”.  Uh oh that is exactly what we all need to answer any question.  We are finding the proof that the Bible is God’s love letter simply by studying and learning what He says.  This is us again coming to God’s Word like 2 year old children asking their loving parent why, why and why.  Next the Bible is then stated to benefit us by “correcting” us.  This simply means a confirming repetition of the previous statements that God is turning us away from the ways that are not good for us using His loving Word.  This is exactly the role of a loving parent given to their child in a caring and loving relationship.  The final statement is a Greek word translated as “instruction” which declares the same loving purpose for the Word of God meaning “tutorage”.  God is simply saying My Word will train you in the way you should be going as a wise loving parent will do for any of their children with great love.

What we have just observed is a Loving Heavenly Father that gives us His word in Love and for AGAPE instruction, training and evidence.  This should be changing your perspective of the Bible dramatically by now if you are His child and want to grow spiritually.

 

HOW CAN ALL OF THE WORD OF GOD BE PERSONAL TO ME?

 Jer_29_11We have just gone through a simple quick introduction to the subject of why the Bible is a written love letter from God.  But we still need to connect why the entire Bible should be considered personally written to you and I?  In other words if the Old Testament was originally written to the natural nation of Israel, how do any of these previous Old Testament words apply to us today in the New Testament church?  I will answer that question by saying Old Testament verses do relate and apply to us if we know how to use them.  But let’s begin by taking a specific O.T. example to consider.  We will go back to a verse that is often used by modern church preachers.  This verse is found in the book of Jeremiah.  Yet it this old verse is often quoted to be for us now in the church.

Jer 29:11  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

First consider the verse using the knowledge gained from the second section in the lesson on the subject of GOD = LOVE.  Is this verse in Jeremiah 29:11 a love based statement?  I believe it is very clear that it is AGAPE based.  The LORD is speaking in this statement and He declares that He has good plans for the intended reader of this text.  It further says that God has good thoughts of peace towards these people also.   Sounds like a loving father to me, how about you?   If you read the context you will see in verse 1 of this chapter that these words were written to the remnant of Israel that was taken captive into Babylon.  This is clearly not me or you, is it?  So how does this type of verse apply to us in the church?  That is the great question.  Do verses like Jeremiah 29:11 have anything to do with you and I today?

Do you remember that we just learned from 2 Timothy 3:16 that “ALL SCRIPTURE” was given by inspiration of God for our instruction and this statement was written directly to the church and I am certainly in the church.  This verse in 2 Timothy immediately teaches us that even the Old Testament contains inspired words that are at the least important and beneficial for us to learn from.   Do you understand this so far?  Do you agree with this concept so far?

When the church was first established based upon the description given to us in the book of Acts, the disciples preached the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of that day using only the Old Testament writings.  Therefore the O.T. verses were the only divinely inspired Words of God that could be used to verify doctrinal information that they possessed or were presented.  The Old Testament was the only proof and evidence that was present to confirm everything that was being taught by the disciples.  If you read Acts 17:11 as I previously mentioned it declared the more noble Berean Christians searched these O.T. scriptures daily to verify what was being taught by Peter, James, John, Paul and etc.  This should help us to begin to understand the significance of why even the Old Testament is so important to learn and correctly understand for us in the modern church.  It is vital to remember that the Old Testament verses were given by the same inspiration of AGAPE that the New Testament verses were given by.  There is absolutely only one Bible written by only one author and He is the God called LOVE and this fact will sustain us to arrive at the truth if we continue to study and learn.

Christians today often still struggle to understand how a verse written to the Old Testament natural nation of Israel could be applicable to them.  Therefore, let’s examine some verses in the New Testament that help us to understand why they do apply to us.  We will begin by reading a verse found in 2 Corinthians:

2Co 1:20  For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

 Here is where life could begin to get complicated for many Bible readers.  This is a verse of Holy Scripture that teaches all of us in the church that “EVERY” promise made by God applies to us even if they were made by God during the Old Covenant.   That statement is also a complicated concept that passes over the head of Christians.  They tend to over analyze and see many O.T. promise verses as being only made to the people of natural Israel but that is not what this verse said.  Every is an all-inclusive statement omitting none of them.  That means if God made a promise it is ours by the definition of 2 Corinthians 1:20.   However there is a qualification given in order to be included in this statement.  Did you see it in the verse?  We must pay attention to every detail or we will fall into error easily.

The qualification for God’s promises to be made manifest was given to only those that were “IN HIM”.  I’ll say it again “All the promises of God are given to those that are in Him”.  All the promises of God are Amen (so be it) to ONLY those that are “in Him”.  What does that mean?   This simply teaches us a principle that is not widely taught in the church but I will try to explain this without going into great detail in this lesson.  I’ll begin by asking you “Are you in Him?”  The “Him” is of course referring to Christ Jesus!    You are either “In Him” if you are saved or you are “separated and apart from Him” if not saved.  That is the basic simple truth.

So why is it important for us to be in Jesus Christ?  Wow that is an amazing question to find the answer if you really think about it?  Who was Jesus Christ?  We should already know that Jesus was the Son of God the second person of the Godhead and trinity.  But, we should also know that He was the Son of Man (Adam) and a descendant of Abraham.  The genealogy of Jesus given by divine inspiration in Luke 3 proves to us the natural family lineage of Jesus as direct descendant of the natural nation of Israel.  This makes Jesus our qualifying partner.  Jesus was and is the reason we can possess the Old Testament promises of God written to natural Israel.  There are over 100 verses in the New Testament that informs us that we are in Christ Jesus.  Because we are said to be in Jesus Christ, we have what He has.  What Jesus possesses we possess.  It is very simple and yet so very profound.  Let’s explore some additional New Testament verses to help confirm what is being taught:

Gal 3:9  So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

Here is another potentially confusing verse.  They which “be” of faith is speaking of “you and I” if you are saved by God’s grace through your faith (Eph 2:8).  Are you of faith?  I know I am of the faith!  Then it says if you are of faith then you are blessed along with and the same as faithful Abraham.  Why would this be a true statement?  Many of us in the church are probably not a natural descendant of Abraham.  So how can we have the same blessings as Abraham?  Let’s continue down to another verse in Galatians to learn more:

 Gal 3:14  That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Oh, this verse is beginning to speak more directly of me because I’m definitely a Gentile man.  Notice that the blessings of Abraham will come upon the Gentiles through the Lord Jesus Christ.  Now we have two keys to the puzzle.  There was the mention of faith in verse 9 and mention of Gentiles being blessed through Christ Jesus in verse 14.  What we are doing is gathering puzzle pieces to learn how the spiritual things of God were accomplished and how they apply to us by faith.  But there is much more to learn and we are missing the main puzzle piece still.  Let’s continue to read down into verse 16:

Gal 3:16  Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

Notice what this verse says because this is a very essential New Testament truth ignored by many.  God through the Apostle Paul writes to us that all of the promises made to Abraham were made to him and to his seed.  But here is where the clarification comes from God that it was not all of the people that were born from Abraham but rather only one seed being Jesus Christ.   Do you understand this?  God promised the blessing to only Abraham and to only Jesus the seed of Abraham.  That is an amazing statement of truth being given by revelation to Paul.  Seed is a word that can be singular or plural without any modification.  It is only by the choice of the speaker which one it is.  Since God is the speaker we need to conform to which one He said it was and not what we thought or learned from a man.  Do you understand that principle?

Why did I just go through all of these verses in Galatians to teach you these basic Bible facts?  It is simply because since we are “IN CHRIST” we have everything that He has been given by God.  Every blessing that was promised to Christ belongs to me and to you also if you are in Christ.  I’ll say it one more time “What was given to Jesus has been given to us by our faith in Him”.   I will only go over one other puzzle piece in this chapter for the conclusion of this part of the section:

Gal 3:29  And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

If you are Christ’s then God declares that you are Abraham’s seed and an heir according to the promise given to Abraham and his seed.  Wow again an awesome statement.  This is just further confirmation that whatever God promised to Abraham in the Old Testament was given to Christ and because we are “IN CHRIST” we have also become the seed of Abraham.  Are you receiving this message from God?  The primary reason I am going through these verses is to teach you why statements made to the natural seed can and will still apply to us in the church today.  Most of the church today are not natural seeds of Abraham but because Jesus was a natural seed that the promise was made to then we have obtained the blessing also.  This is one of the primary reasons why most of the blessing verses written to natural Israel can and will apply to us today in the church.

Do you remember how we got here?  I began teaching this section declaring the truth of 2 Corinthians 1:20 that teach us that “all of the promises of God are in Him Yes and Amen in Christ Jesus”.  What we have accomplished is the placing together of many pieces to present a greater and more complete pictured truth.  Each individual picture piece represents a truth that when joined together correctly present a view into something that is truly much more significant for us to know.   I’ll end this section of the lesson with only one other verse concerning the promises of God:

Heb 8:6  But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.

This verse is again speaking of Jesus.  The works of God through Christ Jesus are so much greater than most of us really know or understand.  What God has done through Jesus and given to us because of His death, burial and resurrection is far beyond the human imagination.  All of God’s promises of blessings given to natural Israel have been given to us plus a whole lot more.  The promises of God in the New Covenant must be greater than all of those given in the Old Covenant or no one could call them better.  This is just another reason why it is legal for us in the church to go back into the Old Testament and use any of those words of blessing from God in our lives.  Whatever we can find spoken and written down by God through one of His prophets will be the minimum that we should possess.  In other words we can claim by our faith in Jesus because we are IN HIM and we now have better promises that trump those of the Old Testament.

 

CONCLUSION

 I hope and pray that you enjoyed this very basic but very essential Bible lesson answering the question “How can the entire Bible be considered a personal love letter from God written to me?”  This lesson should provide us a firm foundation for why the verses of blessing that were written to the natural nation of Israel can be applied and taken as a promise from God to us today in the church.  I began this lesson teaching the basic character trait that GOD/THEOS = LOVE/AGAPE.  I then took this truth and applied it to the Bible being given and inspired by GOD/THEOS who is LOVE/AGAPE.  We substituted AGAPE for THEOS in the verse of 2 Timothy and this taught us that the Bible was LOVE inspired written down by men of God for us to learn from.  We went through the fact that there are over 100+ verses in the Bible that tell us those that are saved are “IN CHRIST”.  These verses benefit us because we were given the promises of God made to Abraham by our faith the same as Jesus because we are “IN HIM”.

If you have any questions or comments about anything that was written down here I would be very glad to read them and to respond to them as time and the Lord permits.  Please share this website with you friends and family to help the Word of God’s truth be spread to everyone for free on this planet.  The more God can reach and help people the faster that Jesus can come back and take us out of this world.  I’m personally looking forward to Jesus coming very soon.  Redeem the time because the time is short.  Stand firm in the faith of Jesus Christ and tell everyone you can about His saving grace.  Thank you and may God continue to richly bless you to grow spiritually.

Understanding Hard Sayings in the Bible! Jacob Have I Loved and Esau Have I Hated! Part 6.2 (The Conclusion)

(Ver 1.1)  This is Part 6.2 and it will hopefully be the conclusion of the lesson on the “Hard Saying” concerning Romans 9:13 “Jacob I loved but Esau I hated”.  I will probably not be able to cover everything that I would have liked to cover on this subject because of the comprehensive nature of the information found in the Bible.  There are just so many scriptures in the Bible that are related to this subject that it would take many, many more lessons to try to cover them all, so I’m only going to hit a few of the high spots to point the direction for you to study the subject more on your own if you want to.  Please be advised that this is an advanced Bible lesson intended for spiritually mature Christians only.  It introduces subjects and topics that are over the natural heads of many people who call themselves Christians.  Therefore, evaluate yourself and become your own judge before you read this lesson.  I am not physically present as you read this lesson.  Nor do I control your natural thoughts, physical, mental or emotional reactions to new controversial spiritual things from God.  If you have not been a strong praying, Bible believing, church going, Bible reading and diligent Bible student type of Christian for at least 3 years then go and read someone else’s Bible lessons and not mine today.  This will be some new information and a new perspective and if you can see it that will be great, but if you cannot that is also fine.  I do not believe that anything I will say today is a salvation dependent teaching message.  In other words if you disagree with it, we can still both choose to be Christ followers walking in love towards each other without losing our salvation.   I have quickly learned that people see things differently even when looking at the exact same verses.  However, that does not mean everyone is right, it only means we are looking at the truth from different perspectives and placing our own interpretations on it. 

A hard saying is any Bible verse of scripture that is difficult to accept because in its literal interpretation it conflicts directly with many other verses that you can easily read in the Bible. A hard saying is one that conflicts with another verse that we thought we understood completely.     This is the root cause to every Christian theological difference that is present in the Body of Christ today.  For example, in Jeremiah 3:8 and Isaiah 50:1, God says to Israel “I divorce you” and He writes her a bill of divorcement effectively ending the covenant.  These are clearly very hard sayings for many Christians to accept since they conflict with the concept of an eternal covenant with Abraham and his seed that is also a clearly stated reality in the Bible.  How do you begin to resolve these types of complex conflicts?   People either 1). ignore the Bible verses that are conflicting to embrace the scriptures that like better, or they 2). attempt to explain them away as not saying what they say using their human reasoning, or they 3). actually do their homework, study and pray and ask God to resolve the problem.  I vote for number three personally. 

This is just one example of why so many people have learned to ignore the parts of the Bible that they do not understand in order to fully embrace the other parts that they think that they do understand.  However, that is not the correct way to interpret any of the verses in the Bible.  Ignoring any related verses and leaving conflicts unresolved makes our stated position of belief fallible and weak.  We must resolve every conflict and every verse that opposes each statement of individual truth in order to fully understand the entire truth.  Jesus told us if we “continue” in His word, then and only then we would learn the truth and that this truth that we learn would set us free (John 8:31-32).  Therefore a continual study of God’s Word is required to learn the truth.   It is progressive steps of increasing knowledge, understanding and wisdom with the help of the Holy Spirit and only that will lead us to know the actual truth which none of us know fully yet.  Did you hear anything that I just said?  These last two paragraphs might have been the most important information in this whole lesson.  Also, if you have not read the first lesson on this subject, please do not start reading the study in the middle, because you will have a much more difficult time understanding how we got to many of the conclusions that are being presented today.  Go back and start reading with “Part 6.1” and then come back here to complete the lesson.  

The complexity of the Bible is far greater than what many casual readers can understand or grasp.  The Bible is not a history book, but yet it contains valid historical facts.  The Bible is not a text book, but yet it contains many lessons for life.  The Bible is not a calendar, but yet it contains a complete overview of human existence.  The Bible is an interwoven book of compound spiritual information written and wrapped in an understandable natural word environment.  Thus the Bible contains natural information and spiritual information interwoven together.  All of these natural words ultimately point us to the hidden advanced spiritual messages and meanings written to us by the most intelligent spiritual author that has never been seen by us.  Our author God has never done a book signing or a physical appearance to promote His book, yet it is still the most popular bestselling book of all time.  The Bible is a distinctively designed book of spiritual knowledge that only permits those who want to see the truth the vision to know and understand and to those that do not wish to see the truth there are many other alternative realities that are also presented as valid but incomplete choices.  

God wrote the Bible in a way to allow every man the ultimate right to choose what they believed even if they are completely wrong and this is what I call the truth of God hiding in plain sight.  Here is another great problem that I have observed.  You can read the Bible and teach anything from it right or wrong.  That is why some people have even taught that abortion is allowable and permissible using scriptures from the Bible.  God has placed anything that you want to see in the Bible in some form and this further promotes the complexity of God’s Word.  However, that never means what you see in the Bible is the truth; sometimes it only means you might need to change what you are looking for or looking at.  It is like Jesus said, “Let him who has ears to hear, hear”.  We could also say “Let him who has eyes to see, see”.   Reading the words on a page does not give anyone the assurance that they have understood what they read.  People prove this every day.  When you read the Bible you must allow the Spirit of God to help you to understand what you just read.  So today, stop for a moment and pray and ask God for the spiritual eyes to see what He is saying.  Pray and ask God for the revelation knowledge of Jesus Christ hidden in His word.  Ask Him to change your natural perspective not to see as a mere man, but help you to see how He sees the Word.  That is what I do frequently and if you do the same God will honor your prayer of faith.  Let’s review what God hates:

Rev 2:6  But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

I wanted to confirm briefly what God hates with this verse to help you to see what I taught you in the first lesson.  Jesus says to the church at Ephesus you have hated what I have hated and this is a commendable and noteworthy action.  When I said that God does not hate Esau and that he must be a symbolic representation for evil deeds, this verse appears to help confirm that statement.  Jesus clearly does not say that he hated the earthly Nicolaitan people, but only their deeds.  We will be commended if we hate what Jesus hates and these are clearly the works of evil.  These are the written words of Jesus the Head of the church speaking to His body.  He implies that you better love the right things and hate the right things.  Therefore I believe Esau is a figurative representation and not a literal reference to a human man. 

So what do Jacob and Esau represent figuratively speaking from our verse of Romans 9:13?  That is where we will focus today.  I’ll continue by researching Esau and what is recorded in the Bible about this man. If you go through your Bible carefully you will discover that God hides information not from us, but for us to find when it is time to be revealed, then the Spirit of God teaches us.  Searching for the name of Esau in the Bible you will find that it occurs directly around 85 times in 9 different books of the Bible.  You can find the name Esau in 82 verses in the Old Testament and only 3 times in the New Testament.  Yet the New Testament references help to reveal that Esau is a hidden greater reference that points us to a new understanding of the many Old Testament references.  The first occurrence of Esau is of course found in Genesis 25:25 and the last direct occurrence is found in the book of Hebrews.  Three prophets of God other than Moses directly wrote of Esau in Jeremiah, Obadiah and Malachi.  However, when you do a more thorough search of Esau in the Bible you will see him called by different names like Edom, Edomites and Idumea and thus Esau is being referenced by many other books of the prophets like Psalms, Isaiah, Daniel, Ezekiel, Joel and Amos.   Clearly you can see that since all of these prophets wrote of Esau hundreds of years after Esau was gone that God is using Esau for something greater than just a historical reference to a dead man.  This is just a very common technique used by God to conceal spiritual information in the Bible.

Before I move further into the subject of Esau let me introduce you to something brand new that Jesus said that is also very relevant for us understanding the story of Jacob and Esau.  When we read the Bible we need to observe clues that help us to unfold the mysteries of God’s Word.  This is one of those types of clues that is so plainly significant that I want you to pay very close attention to what God says:

Joh 5:46  For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.

Wow that is a major statement of truth that Jesus just revealed to you.  Who wrote the book of Genesis?  Of course it was Moses.  I am personally convinced by what Jesus just said that all of the stories written by Moses in the book of Genesis point us to Jesus.  This statement that Jesus made must include the story of Jacob and Esau in Genesis.  Understand what Jesus is saying.  Since Jesus did not give us any specific story that He is mentioned in, we must conclude logically that His statement is an all-inclusive declaration not omitting any story that Moses penned.  Did you understand what I just said?  If Jesus would have just qualified the statement it would have limited the scope of the statement to a certain book, a specific story, a unique chapter, or some isolated verses, but since He did not do that, it represents a universal statement of truth.  I understand that in Jesus’ day that there were not any chapter or verse divisions so do not think I am being ignorant.  What I am saying is by Jesus’ own declaration every verse written by Moses has some relevance to Jesus in some known or unknown way.   Therefore, somewhere in the story of Jacob and Esau must be a descriptive reference to the hidden Jesus.  I called it a hidden Jesus because very clearly Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible and several of the Psalms and yet we cannot find the name of Jesus mentioned anywhere in these verses.  However, we can understand by Jesus’ own statement that these writings of Moses are about Him.  How can this be?  We must therefore, conclude that the words that are recorded by Moses have first a clear understandable message concerning things that we can read about and see while simultaneously hiding things about Jesus we cannot see.  God hides information in Genesis using several techniques and these include hidden typologies, symbolisms, allegorical content, foreshadowing and the many other methods of concealment found in the Bible to give us a hidden message about Jesus.  Here is another very important verse that will help to confirm what I am teaching you: 

Luk 24:27  And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

This verse tells me plainly that the subject of Jesus must be hidden in the stories written by Moses like Jacob and Esau if Jesus had to explain them to His disciples.  To “expound” is a technical teaching term that means to give detailed explanation, expressive interpretation and complete understanding of the words that were written for anyone to read.  This clearly means what was written down by Moses from God was neither self-evident nor self-explanatory and that is the infinite complexity of the Bible being revealed.  Do you understand that?  Earlier I alluded to God’s eternal covenant with Abraham that is found in Genesis 15, but now by Jesus’ own self-proclaimed instruction this story written by Moses was a story about Him and now Christians only want to focus on a natural people on the earth that they can see and then they ignore the Jesus that they have never seen.  The Bible clearly teaches us in 2 Corinthians 4:18 “While we look not on the things that are seen, but the things which are not seen for the things that are seen are temporary but the things that are not seen are eternal”.  What are you looking at and focusing on today?  Can you see it in the natural?  I am on Facebook and I see Christians or at least people that say they are Christians and they are focused almost entirely upon carnal temporary things like the economy, the president, earthquakes, natural disasters, wars or the natural nation of Israel.  Can you see things like natural Israel?  Can you travel and go visit natural Israel? Is natural Israel on the news almost every night?  If you said yes to any of those questions, then they are all temporary and of no eternal consequence according to the written Holy Word of God.  Do not get me wrong or misunderstand me, I’m not against the natural nation of Israel; I pray that they would all get saved just like Paul did (Rom 10:1).   However, looking at temporary carnal things is why there is such great confusion in the body of Christ over prophecy and things that they do not understand in the Bible.  Sorry, for the side trip let’s get back to Moses. 

I am personally convinced that we can see Jesus in some form in every story in the book of Genesis.  However the problem now becomes in allowing God to expound to us the hidden character of Jesus in these stories.  For example, I have easily found a hidden Jesus in the creation account from Genesis chapter 1 and He is never mentioned there by name at all.  I have found Jesus in a type of Adam in Genesis 2.  I have easily found Jesus in the type of Abel.   I have found Jesus in a pattern of Noah.  I have seen Jesus in the figure of Abraham.  I have seen Jesus in the figure of Isaac.  I have even found Jesus in the pattern of Ishmael.  I have seen Jesus in the figure of Jacob.  I have seen Jesus in a figure of Joseph and on and on I could go.  Realizing that God purposefully designed every word about each subject written in the Bible tells me that God utilized His extreme intelligence to His advantage in the selection process of which information He included and which information He excluded about each.  This represents complex creativity and extreme intelligent design beyond the capacity for human reasoning to create it. I have become convinced that every story that was selected in Genesis was carefully chosen for a greater purpose and a plan that points us to the Lord Jesus.  However, since we still do not fully understand the story we therefore do not yet comprehend God’s hidden connections to Jesus.  If you learn what I just said, this should radically change how you study the Bible; what you are searching for and what you see in every story.  I think I will start talking about Esau now with the last direct mention of Esau in the Bible found in the book of Hebrews: 

Heb 12:16  Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.

Heb 12:17  For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.

These are all very deep words about very deep subjects that I do not have the time to fully elaborate on.  However, notice that Esau is being compared to someone else not mentioned.  The stated term “as Esau” reveals a hidden comparison to an unknown or unnamed individual.  We are technically being warned not to become like an Esau.  We can take these verses personally as speaking to us and we should.  Esau is clearly given to us as an ungodly typology example for us not to follow.  There are several good points that need to be emphasized in these two verses.  God called Esau a “fornicator” and a “profane person” and neither are good descriptions or qualities to possess.  A “fornicator” is a term that means “to sell” as a prostitute.  Wow, that is a really tough subject.  Esau clearly sold his birthright in Genesis for just a meal from his brother Jacob, was that prostitution in the eyes of God?   A prostitute sells their body to fulfill the sexual desires of another.  The only thing exchanged is usually money or drugs, but neither participant gains anything of any lasting value.  Technically speaking more is lost than what is gained.  It is a very interesting concept where nothing is literally sold, but everything is usually sacrificed.  Clearly there is a comparative lesson in this concept to the subject of Esau.  God is teaching you that the natural gain of temporary substance is never sufficient for the loss of the eternal things that you have given away and cannot ever get back.   This is the stated moral to the entire story of Esau and Jacob.  Both Jacob and Esau gained temporarily, but one man gained an inheritance and one man lost his inheritance for a meal and neither were the same afterwards forever.  God is teaching us about a greater spiritual principle that is lost through a natural temporary short term gain.  

How is this information related to our subject of Esau?  If you search the N.T. you will see that this word “fornicator” is used in around 10 verses and almost always it is included in a list of the types of spiritual beings that will not be saved.  Who is it in the Bible that will never be saved?  From my research and study of the Bible I have only seen that there are two kinds of spiritual beings that will miss out on God’s plan of salvation.  They are the angels that rebelled in sin and the people of the earth that missed or ignored the opportunity to accept Jesus as their Savior.  Out of these two distinctive classes of spiritual beings, which one could Esau represent?  Technically I believe Esau could potentially be a type or a pattern of either and possibly both simultaneously.  To me Esau represents a type of sin that God hates.  Both Adam and Lucifer are reported original sinners just in different dimensions.  Clearly Satan is found to be the first named sinner in the Bible but you do not read about his sin until later through the prophet Ezekiel and several comment that were made in the N.T.  What we can read in the Bible is that Satan left Heaven, the spiritual domain containing eternal life within the family of God for a temporary situation on the earth to rule.  That was not the wisest choice that Satan could have made.  What Lucifer did was very similar to Esau leaving his inheritance being the firstborn to sell it for a temporary gain.     

The next word in Hebrews 12:16 that I want you to focus in on, is the one translated as “profane person”.  This is a fascinating Greek word.  It means to cross a door threshold as in exiting a house.  It comes from a root word that also means “foot” or “walk”.  This helps me confirm what I just said about Satan leaving heaven to come to the earth.  Also notice, what did Jacob grab a hold of when Esau was born first?  It was his heel or his foot.  Is this just a coincidence?  I really do not think so.  Esau represents the “foot” or the “profane person” that is attempting crush or to step on Jacob.  This word translated as “profane person” can also be defined as a “wicked” person.  Does that sound like anyone you know?   We will definitely explore these concepts more as we go. Finally notice in Hebrews 12:17 that Esau was supposed to inherit from his father, but God says he was rejected because there was no place for repentance.  What is repentance?  Repentance is based upon sorrow, but that is not repentance.  Repentance is technically a conscious decision to change or it can be associated with a committed behavior modification of an individual.  It is when you are going in one direction and you suddenly notice that it is the wrong way to go and you turn 180 degrees around to find the correct direction.  So Esau found no way to turn around even when he knew that he had made the wrong choice.  This is very bad news for Esau. 

Do you understand now why I mentioned that angels cannot be saved?  No angel has the option for salvation or repentance.  Every angel that has left heaven with Satan has made their own temporary choice for a temporary gain and they will be forced to reap eternally the consequences.  It does not matter if they are sorry, if they ask for forgiveness or if they change to now try to be good.  Jesus did not become an angel to die to save the angels; Jesus only became a man to die to save mankind.  Adam also had no way of salvation until Jesus came and He made the way for us all.  What I want to do next is to go over a list of Bible facts found concerning Esau.  These are not all of the Bible facts about Esau, just some that I have chosen to emphasize for the identity of Esau: 

Esau Bible Facts: 

  1. Called a Nation of people (Gen 25:23)
  2. Called a Twin (Gen 25:24)
  3. Called to Serve his brother (Gen 25:23)
  4. Called a weaker people (Gen 25:23)
  5. Called the Firstborn (Gen 27:19, 32)
  6. Called the Brother of Jacob (Gen 27:11, 23, 30, 41, 42, Mal 1:2)
  7. Hated His Brother Jacob (Gen 27:41)
  8. Struggled with his brother Jacob in the Womb (Gen 25:22)
  9. Called a Red man (Gen 25:25, 25:30)
  10. Called a Cunning Hunter (Gen 25:27)
  11. Jacob grabs his brother Esau’s heel at birth (Gen 25:26)
  12. Sells His Birthright for food (Gen 25:30-32, Heb 12:16)
  13. Despised his birthright (Gen 25:34)
  14. Desired to kill his brother Jacob (Gen 27:42)
  15. Called a father of the Edomites in Mt Seir (Gen 36:9)
  16. Calamity (destruction) is coming to Esau (Jer 49:8)
  17. Deceived himself with his own Pride (Oba 1:3)
  18. Called a Fornicator (male prostitute, a seller of self) for temporary gain  (Heb 12:16)
  19. Called a Profane or Wicked man (Heb 12:16)
  20. No stated way to repent or to be saved (Hev 12:16)

Reading through these few Bible facts concerning Esau, does anyone come to your mind that this might represent?  There are several key descriptions that are more self-evident to me than others.  There are also some typology facts that are very difficult to accept.  For example, the brother fact, the firstborn fact and the selling of the birthright for a meal fact are all difficult complex concepts that are not clearly tied to anyone that I know of on the surface.  The selling of the birthright for food could potentially represent the created man Adam.  God told Adam not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  This tree sounds like temporary food or you could call it a meal.  Adam was the first man that purposefully chose to eat from this tree of the knowledge of good and evil and thus he sold himself into the hands of Satan for the temporary gain of a meal.  Adam also lost what he could never get back and he only gained what he never actually wanted.  This was a very similar concept to what happened to Esau.  However, the rest of the factual descriptions do not fit Adam very closely.  The reference to the heel of Esau is also a very strange fact and it is certainly a curious detail for God to mention in the birth of twins.  I do not know of anyone else in the Bible that this fact is mentioned.  Do you ever wonder why God includes such apparently minor trivial facts in the Bible?  There has to be a reason for this “heel” reference.  The “heel” has to mean something and grabbing the “heel” has to mean something.   If you search the Bible you will find that this Hebrew word translated as “heel” is not widely used, so it must hold some valuable information for us to understand about the type of Esau.  God must have included it for a greater purpose to teach us about Jesus.  We will therefore attempt to use it to make a direct connection to someone.

Let’s briefly analyze the reference to the heel of Esau and what it might mean.  The “heel” is a very specific part of the foot.  Throughout the Bible the heel or the foot of one man on another’s head has long since been used symbolically in the Bible as a representation for the defeat of the person underfoot signifying the victory of the one that has stepped on him.  You can search and find this repeatedly.  Look for words like “tread” or “trodden” and other words that are related to people walking into victory over an enemy.   From the symbolism of Esau coming out first and Jacob grabbing his heel, this tells me that Esau was symbolically trying to overthrow or defeat his brother from their conception.  It signifies a temporary defeat of Jacob.  In other words, I can see that the brotherly battle that originated in the womb represents a spiritual realm battle which has now transitioned into the natural realm.   The first time that “heel” is mentioned in the Bible is when it is used by God in a prophecy that He speaks directly to Satan.  Is that a coincidence?  I do not believe it is.  I believe the prophecy is at least an interesting reversal of the typology given to us in the Jacob and Esau story.  What I see is a prophetical end that will demonstrate a correction to what began in the spiritual realm a long time ago when it appeared that Satan had won. 

Gen 3:15  And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

I literally do not have time to teach you what all of this verse means.  Just realize that here God is saying to Satan that he will end up defeated under the foot of the woman and the woman’s seed.  What I do want you to notice is the reference to the “enmity” or the implied “hatred” between two opposing factions, groups or we could possibly even call them nations as God called them in Genesis 25:23 speaking of Jacob and Esau.  You see I believe this verse is literally speaking about the Kingdom of God versus the kingdom of Satan.  One nation of the people of God will prevail over the other nation of people ruled by Satan.  Seed is often used as a reference for a nation of people in the Bible.  God told Abraham your seed will be as the stars of the heaven (Gen 22:17).  Looking at Genesis 3:15 closely we can observe two opposing types of seeds in a spiritual battle.  Not knowing what seed is causes many to miss the fact that Satan is stated to also have seed.  Did you notice in the list of Esau facts that he was called the “father” of the Edomites? A father is a male that has produced children through a female.  Uh oh? Was Satan ever called a father in the Bible?   I’m going to continue to tie in more verses using references to Satan to show you his direct connection to being a type of Esau:

Joh 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

I believe you can clearly see that Jesus is saying that Satan has children which are called seed on the planet.  If you research the parables taught by Jesus you will find one about a subject called the wheat versus the tares.  This is a parable of two opposing types of seeds competing for the dominion of the same soil, one is a good and fruitful seed and the other is an evil and worthless seed.  The wheat seed is used to produce bread products and the other seed is just burned.  The seed type called the wheat was planted by God and the other seed type called the tares was planted by Satan the enemy of God (Mat 13:25-30).   These are figurative representations of the two opposite kingdoms we saw represented by Jacob and Esau on the earth today, one is the Kingdom of Light and the other is the kingdom of darkness (1 Th 5:5).  A kingdom is always a nation of people with a prince or king ruler.  God is Light and in him is no darkness (1 Jn 1:5).  Jesus is called the King of kings and He rules the kingdom of the Day.  Conversely, Satan is darkness and in him is no light and he rules the kingdom of the night.  Satan rules the darkness or night and Jesus rules the light or day.  Light is always stronger than darkness.  Light always prevails over darkness.  Are you beginning to see how Jacob and Esau fit the respective types and patterns for Jesus and Satan yet?  We will get there, but let me prove that Satan has a nation of people to rule:

Mat 12:26  And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?

Jesus is speaking, therefore we understand that Jesus knows the truth and always speaks the truth.  Jesus tells us very clearly that Satan has a literal kingdom.  A kingdom designates an implied nation of subservient people to rule and further implies that Satan is their ruler.  We could confirm this with many other scriptures but I do not want to make this lesson any longer than absolutely necessary.  So we are talking about several key terms in unison.  We have seen the first reference to “heel” in the Bible and its direct connection to Satan’s impending defeat.  From this verse in Genesis we have also seen the indirect mention of two nations of opposing people called the seed of the woman and the seed of Satan.  We have seen Satan called a father as well as a murderer in John 8:44.  What did Esau plan to do to his brother Jacob?  Was it not to kill him?  I am observing patterns that are undeniably rich with parallels between Esau being a type of Satan.  Let’s tie all of this into another prophecy that has direct relevance to our subject of the heel: 

Psa 41:9  Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.

Here we have one of the very few verses in the Bible that mentions the same Hebrew word translated as “heel” which was connected directly to Satan in Genesis 3 and the description of Esau and Jacob’s birth. This verse certainly has specific ties to our story or Esau and Jacob by the direct association of the reference to “heel” and to the term “meal” that Esau ate from Jacob.  Reading this verse you would probably never know that it was a prophecy about Jesus unless you searched to find that this is the same verse that Jesus quoted to the disciples in the book of John when eating at the final Passover meal.  Let’s go to John and read the account: 

Joh 13:18  I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.

Jesus is talking to His disciples about His disciples.  Why is this verse connected to what we are talking about with the type of Esau being a potential type of Satan?  I believe it is tied in, because Jesus is the speaker and He is declaring someone’s heel that has been raised up against Him.  Is this not a parallel to the Esau heel being raised up against his brother Jacob?  Back up in the book of John and we will read this statement about one of the participants in the meal, it is very profound:

Joh 6:70  Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?

Jesus is telling the disciples I have chosen you and one of you is the devil.  While this cannot be literal, it does represent a figurative truth statement of a reality that did occur.  We know from this information and by searching the Bible that the Greek word translated as devil is used 38 times and the majority of time it is a direct literal reference to the spiritual being Satan.  Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness and this word for “devil” is this named tempter.  Both in John 6:70 and John 13:18 Jesus is speaking of Judas one of the twelve.  If you do a contextual review of the statement in John 6:70 you will see that this statement about Judas being a devil is in the context of Jesus teaching about He was the bread sent down from heaven and they must eat His flesh and drink His blood.  This is again a meal reference but these are all symbolic descriptions of spiritual truths.  Do you see the connection of spiritual things being described in natural things?  What I am saying without saying it is that Judas was not the devil incarnate, however he was a type of Satan and he was influenced and eventually possessed by Satan.

Think with me for a moment about why Jesus chose 12 disciples to be His first followers.  Jesus was a purpose driven man.  He did nothing by chance or accident.  He could have chosen any number of followers to begin, but He specifically chose 12 and that was a very recognizable designed pattern for something else.  I personally believe that this was another pattern for establishing Jesus to be a type of Jacob.  How many sons did Jacob have?  Were there not 12 sons that originated the 12 tribes of Israel?   But, here we have another twist in the puzzle.  We can clearly see in John 13 that Jesus was sitting at Passover with His 12 disciples and now He has called one of them the devil.  Why is the Lord Jesus sitting at a covenant meal with a representative type of Satan present?  You do understand that a meal is a covenant, don’t you?   People in the Middle East certainly understand this concept and they never eat meals with strangers until they get to know them.  They know by eating with them that they could be entering into a covenant with them and thus they could be joining themselves to their enemies unaware.  I believe that this is exactly what is happening here during the Passover meal.  I know this is very complex and very new to you.  I really cannot help that, you will have to dig deep and study if you want to know the truth.  Understand that when Esau ate the meal that Jacob prepared it was also a covenant meal and this was the same meal where we are told that Esau sold his birthright to Jacob.  Look at what happens to Jesus and Judas at the Passover: 

Joh 13:26  Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.

One of the disciples asked Jesus who is it that will betray you?  We can then observe Jesus taking a crumb of the unleavened bread and dipping it into the cup of wine and then giving it to Judas.  I know it does not say that, but these are two of the key elements of every Passover meal.  This was all done on purpose as a part of the plan to reveal the connection to other stories in the Bible.  Remember how we got here; we found the passover meal by searching for the occurrences of the word “heel” in the Bible.  To me it is amazing how God ties things together.  Now observe what is said to happen to Judas: 

Joh 13:27  And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.

As you should be able to see the spirit of Satan enters into the man Judas during the meal.  Thus Satan was participating with a covenant meal with Jesus the Spirit of God being inside of Him.  Jesus has just given bread to Judas after sopping it in the wine.  The bread and the wine constitute the symbolic covenant elements of the body and the blood of Christ.  Why is Jesus doing this?  And more importantly why is Satan letting Him do it and participating in it?  It would appear that Satan is despising his birthright by participating as Esau did with Jacob.  That is the way that I see it happening.  Can you see any of the typology of Esau selling his birthright and eating a meal prepared and given to him by his brother Jacob to eat?  If Judas represents the type of Esau then he is also a type of Satan that entered into him.  The spirit of Satan inside of Judas would certainly represent Satan selling his birthright to his brother.   Perhaps we need to connect what is transpiring with Jesus at passover to what transpired with Esau and Jacob. 

Gen 25:34  Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.

You can clearly see three distinct things being mentioned as repeated patterns from what happened in the Passover meal with Jesus.  No Esau is not said to have had bread and wine but they are bread and a liquid soup substance and Esau we are told does eat and drink them and then rises and leaves quickly.  All of this happened in John 13 with Judas and Jesus.  Judas is given a morsel of food dipped in liquid by Jesus and he eats it and then he is told to go do quickly what he must do.  These are all very similar circumstances and substances to what transpires with Jesus, Judas and Satan.  Notice that Esau eats and God says he has despised his birthright by eating.  Esau gained a temporary meal to satisfy his hunger and lost the more valuable inheritance from his father. 

 What is want to do is just to go through a list of the key facts concerning Esau and show you now they relate to Satan using verses found in the Bible.  There are actually many ways to continue this study, by exploring the other references to “heel”, “meal”, “bread” and etc.  But this lesson is getting rather long and I just need to summarize the best that I can for you so you can continue the study on your own if you desire.  Go and read the scripture references that I give you and then see if they correspond to my descriptions of Esau and to Satan. 

Esau

Satan

Esau is called a Separate Nation from Jacob’s nation (Gen 25:3) Satan’s kingdom is described to be separate from God’s kingdom (Luke 11:18)  The church is now called a Holy Nation (1 Pet 2:9)  This implies Satan’s nation is the opposite unholy one.
Jacob grabs Esau’s heel (Gen 25:26) Jesus claims fulfillment of Psalm 41:9 His old friend that ate his bread has lifted his heel against him (John 13:18).  Jesus was eating with Satan present.
Esau is said to hate his brother (Gen 27:41) Satan called the enemy of God (Mat 13:39)
Esau defeated himself because of his pride (Oba 1:3) Satan’s pride began his downfall (Eze 28:17)
Esau is called a father (Gen 36:9) Satan is called a father (John 8:44)
Esau called wicked (Heb 12:16) Satan is called the wicked one (1 Jn 2:14)
Esau desired to murder his brother (Gen 27:42) Satan would not have killed the Lord Jesus if he knew what would happen (1 Cor 2:8) Satan is called the murder (John 8:44).
Calamity and destruction coming to Esau (Jer 49:8) Satan will be thrown into the lake of fire (Rev 20:10)
Esau called a cunning hunter (Gen 25:27) Satan was described as a hunting roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Pet 5:8)
Esau called the firstborn (Gen 27:19)  Esau came into the world first then Jacob came into the world. Lucifer called the son of the morning (early light or first light) (Isa 14:12) and God is Light.  Clearly Satan existed for ages prior to the appearance of the physical Jesus who was born nearly 4000 years after the fall of Adam.  Therefor Lucifer the son of the morning pre-existed the physical Son of God.
Esau when born was described to be red (Gen 25:25) Satan is symbolically linked to the figure of the moon.  The moon rules the darkness (Gen 1:16)_  The prophecy is given that the moon will turn to blood (Joel 2:31, Acts 2:20, Rev 6:12)  Thus Satan is symbolically linked to becoming red like blood.
Esau struggled with Jacob in the womb symbolically representing the spiritual battle that was taking place (Gen 25:22) Jesus said “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven” (Luke 10:18).  Satan comes against God in heaven in Revelation 12:7 and is cast down forever losing his place in heaven.
Esau called a weaker people (Gen 25:23) Jesus is called the greater spiritual one in 1 John 4:4 emphasizing that Satan is the lesser spirit that is in the world.  Again these are two kingdoms and two opposing spiritual realities.
Esau to become subservient to his brother (Gen 25:23) Jesus said in Matthew 28:18 that all power (authority) had been given to Him making Satan subservient. 
   
   

I believe that Esau fits the pattern of Satan very distinctly.  Now I want to explore the Jacob facts given to us in the Bible.  There are technically too many references to Jacob and Israel to even begin to mention them all.  Jacob is mentioned in around 345 verses in the Bible and Israel is mentioned in over 2000 verses in the Bible.  I beleive this is another parallel that the Bible is pointing us to Jesus and not toa natural man or a natural nation.   Hopefully after you review and study the list you will begin to see how he precisely fits a pattern of Jesus.  Here is Jacob described to us in the Bible: 

  1. The name Jacob means “heel catcher” (Gen 25:26)
  2. Called a separate nation of people than Esau (Gen 25:3)
  3. Jacob’s name is changed to Israel (He will rule as God) (Gen 25:28)
  4. Jacob had twelve sons (Gen 35:22)
  5. Jacob called “My Servant” (Gen 32:4 , Isa 44:1, 8)
  6. Jacob called God’s chosen (Ps 135:4)
  7. The children of Jacob called God’s “Chosen Ones” (1 Chr  16:13)
  8. Jacob called a father (Acts 7:32)
  9. Jacob called a co-heir (Heb 11:9)
  10. Jacob called My Chosen Seed of Abraham (Isa 41:8)
  11. Jacob described to give us natural water to drink from His well (John 4:12)
  12. God gives Power to Jacob (Hosea 12:4)
  13. God gives truth to Jacob (Mic 7:20)
  14. The house of Jacob shall be a fire (Oba 1:18)
  15. Jacob will take root, blossom and bud and bear fruit in the world (Isa 27:6)
  16. The house of Jacob will walk in the light of the Lord (Isa 2:5)
  17. God will show (reveal, explain) His word unto Jacob (Ps 147:19)
  18. Jacob went down to Egypt and died there (Act 7:15)
  19. Jacob is described to have had faith (Heb 11:21)
  20. Jacob is loved by God.  (Mal 1:2)

What I ‘m going to do now is to go through the list of Bible facts concerning Jacob that I have just given to you and show you how they can fit as a pattern of Jesus.  I would suggest that you go through and read them carefully, looking up the verses and studying them. 

Jacob

Jesus

Jacob means heel catcher and grabs Esau’s heel (Gen 25:26) Jesus says “He that eats bread with me has lifted up his heel against me”   (John 13:18)
Jacob called a father (Acts 7:32) Jesus called the Everlasting Father (Isa 9:6)
Jacob had 12 sons (Gen 35:22) Jesus chose 12 apostles spiritual sons (Luke 16:13)
Jacob’s name changed to Israel (Gen 25:28) Jesus is given a new name (Rev 3:12)
Jacob called a servant (Gen 32:4 , Isa 44:1) Jesus called God’s servant (Isa 42:1, Mat 12:18) Jesus called the form of a servant (Php 2:7)  Jesus humbles himself and performs the deeds of a servant by washing the disciples’ feet (John 13:12)
Jacob called chosen of God (Ps 135:4) Jesus called chosen of God (Isa 42:1, 1 Pet 2:4, Mat 12:18)
Children of Jacob called God’s chosen ones (1 Chron 15:13) The church is called the chosen generation in the family of Jesus (Heb 3:6, 1 Pet 2:9)
Jacob is called a different nation of people than Esau (Gen 25:3) The church is called a “Holy Nation” a different people than the unholy nation of Satan (1 Pet 2:9)
Jacob called a co-heir (Heb 11:9) Jesus called co-heir with the church (Rom 8:7)
Jacob called the Chosen Seed of Abraham (Isa 41:8) Jesus called the one seed of Abraham (Gal 3:16)
Jacob described to give the people natural water to drink from the well (Jn 4:12) Jesus standing at Jacob’s well said “Whoever drinks from the water that I give, will never thirst”  Jesus was saying His well was the greater spiritual source of living water (Jn 4:14)
God will show (explain, reveal) His word to Jacob (Ps 147:19) Jesus grew in the wisdom of God (Luke 2:40)  Jesus observed to have great wisdom by the people he was teaching (Mk 6:2) Jesus expounded the scriptures to his disciples (Luke 24:27)
The house of Jacob called a fire (Oba 1:18) Jesus said “I am come to send fire on the earth” (Luke 12:49)
Jacob called a fruitful plant that had taken root and bears fruit (Isa 27:6) Jesus called the vine, the church is called the branches that bears the fruit (John 15:1-5)
The Chosen One, My Servant will be a light to the Gentiles (Isa 42:1-6) Jesus called the Light of the World (Jn 8:12, Jn 12:46)
God gives truth to Jacob (Mic 7:20) Jesus said He was the truth (Jn 14:6)
Jacob went down to Egypt and dies there (Acts 7:15) Jesus came down to the earth from heaven and dies in spiritual Egypt (Rev 11:8)
God gave Power to Jacob (Hosea 12:4) God gave Power to Jesus (Acts 10:38)
Jacob is loved by God (Mal 1:2) Jesus is loved by God (Mat 3:17)
Jacob described to have faith (Heb 11:21) Jesus Called the Author of Faith (12:2)
Jacob prevails over the angel (Gen 32:28) Jesus prevails over Satan (Rev 5:5)

There are just too many specific parallels between Jacob and Jesus for Jacob not to be a very specific type of the Lord Jesus Christ.  I have just seen too many Old Testament natural patterns that closely resemble the shadow pictures of the New Testament spiritual realities.  The imagery recorded in the Old is clear enough for us to see the outline of the New.  The shadow of the old is never the new real spiritual reality, just like my shadow projected on the ground is not me.  The new future spiritual reality however has been projected into the patterns of the historic old enough to make them recognizable.  The shadow of the old natural temporary will also always point us to the new spiritual eternal reality if we follow them closely.   The New Testament realities are the invisible spiritual things of God and thus God uses the natural occurrences found in the Old Testament to help teach us how to understand these new invisible spiritual concepts.  God says that the thing that has been is the thing that shall be again, that which was done is that which shall be done (Ecc 1:9).  Learning these concepts should help you tremendously to see things in the Old Testament with a completely new perspective helping to confirm that they all will eventually point us to Jesus.  Jesus is the reason for the whole Bible.  I did not cover everything that I would have liked to cover, but I gave you enough to get you started in the right direction.  The Bible is a gold mine of hidden revelation nuggets from God waiting to be found.  The deeper you dig into it and are led by the Spirit of God you will learn new things that you never could imagine were written there for so many years.  I hope and pray that you took something positive away from this very deep lesson.  I know I covered a lot in one lesson, but that is just the way it has been going lately.  I plan on talking about “Being Led by the Spirit of God” in the next lesson and continuing with that series that I never finished.  God Bless you until next time!

Understanding the Brotherly Love of the Lord in the Family of God!

(Ver 1.1)  Today is a lesson to me because I am challenged at times with turning the other cheek when people write me hateful self-righteous comments on my website, my flesh wants to strike back, but my spirit feels compassion and love for them.  This is a very constant internal struggle that we are all faced with over the course of our lives.  This is a battle of our wills, between what our flesh wants and what our spirit wants to do and as long as we live on the earth this is a never ending cycle.  Satan is bent upon getting real Christians to come out of the spiritual dimension and to get them back into the physical fight with our brothers and sisters but, we must learn that there is a higher path and ground to stand on.  So when a commenter left me a message yesterday telling me I’m not a Christian, my flesh wanted to write them back and tell them they were a self-righteous idiot to stand in the seat of judgment against a fellow Christian.  They didn’t know me, so they had no idea what I was or was not.   They obviously just read some words on a web-site and I guess I didn’t believe like they did so they have concluded I don’t know God.  Wow, I find that attitude very humorous.  People can act so foolishly and not even know it.  The Bible says in Isaiah 5:20 “Woe to you who call evil good and good evil”.  In the very next verse in Isaiah God says “Woe to you that are wise in your own eyes”.  In other words God calls someone who judges incorrectly and raises their own self higher than others, a person who is in jeopardy of being judged by God.

So rather than doing what my flesh wants to do today, I will teach on love towards your brother.   In doing this I will feed my spirit on the right things to do and build up myself to become stronger in this area.  You see I technically do not know if my commenter was my brother or not, but I will give them the benefit of a doubt since they were reading a Christian’s blog about Advanced Spiritual Bible study.

Rom 12:10  Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

To be kind means that you have the opportunity to not be kind at times.  It would seem that this occurs more often than you might think.  People can be easily misunderstood; their words can be taken incorrectly very easily.  Reading someone’s writing is not like hearing a person’s voice where you can pick up on voice changes, inflections, sarcasm, humor and emphasized or deemphasized expressions or whatever.  I have found that writing online is probably harder than just talking to someone in person because of these challenges.  So while I do not intend to offend anyone, I know sometimes I do.  The term translated as “kind affection” is a Greek word that is interesting to note in this verse.  The word means an “emotional cherishing or fondness of a family member”.  Did you know I was in your family that is if you are a Christian?  Obviously if you are not a Christian you are not in my family which is the family of the Most High God.  I am in the family of Jesus Christ and I know this for a fact whether you do or not.  Did you know that God has a spiritual family?  Christians need to learn this first and then learn how to treat their fellow family members with kindness.

Here in this verse we have another word that is translated as love, but is a different type of love.  The Greek word “philadelphia” is the word that is translated as “brotherly love”.  Brotherly love is a “fraternal love” of your family again.  If you did not know that there are different types of love in the Bible you should do a study on that subject.  Most intelligent people understand that you love your wife differently than you love your sister.  Unless your sister happens to be your wife, like Abraham’s wife was.   In John 3:16 it says “God so loved the world that He gave…”.  In John 3:16 the Greek word for love is “agape”.  This word in John 3:16 is the God kind of love where God loved us while we were even sinners and died for us when we did not deserve it, earn it, or ever could.  The Bible tells us that God is “Agape” in 1 John 4:8.  It does not say that God has Agape, it says He is Agape.  Then if you are a Christian this Agape is now a part of your spirit.    Agape is an unconditional God kind of love that every Christian possesses in their spirits.  However, getting “Agape” out to the external is a different subject entirely.  Philadelphia is similar but yet different.  It is kind of like the saying you can choose your friends but you cannot choose your relatives.  Well sometimes your natural relatives can be the most challenging to love, so it is in the spiritual family of God also.  In the real world you can walk away from someone being hateful, but if this is your brother doing this at the family dinner, then you have an opportunity to overcome the same internal challenge that I have been going through today.  Do you retaliate or do you try to smile and say something kind.  Wow, that is a bigger challenge than you can imagine. 

Next, in this verse it says “in honor”.  This is an interesting concept.  This word in the Greek means “something valuable” or “a great price paid”.  This word in 1 Peter 2:7 is used to describe Jesus Christ as being the “precious” stone that the builders rejected.  This is the exact same Greek word used in Romans 12:10 as “honor”.  Anything that is “precious” in the eyes of God should be precious to you also.  I believe that God is saying to treat others as being precious as you are.  Wouldn’t it be a nicer church if people would just do what God said?  I hope and pray that someday they will become a doer of the word of God and not just a hearer only.  The last phrase in this verse Romans 12:10 says to “prefer one another”.  This is another amazing truth that is very profound.  This Greek word translated as “preferring” means to “lead the way for others”.  Wow, is that a strong statement.  So obviously when someone hits you verbally and you want to hit them back, God instructs us to become an example to them so that they can be directed into the right path.  I use to have a sign in my office that said “He who leads when no one follows, only takes a walk”.  So today I am attempting to take a few people on the internet down a path of brotherly love and I am hoping someone will learn to follow.

1Co 11:1  Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

I’m not Paul and I’m certainly not Jesus, but I’m trying to follow their examples.  The Christian way is a complex life style that can be simplified if you approach your existence using God’s words to guide you into the right things to do.  Because people do not know the Bible they do not follow the Bible.  God says in Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge”.  Instead of getting the right knowledge from God, a lot of the time people are deceived into a distracted priority for a lesser way of learning and doing.  I am attempting to come up to a higher spiritual dimension today and to set an example of what to do when someone calls you names unjustly.  This will probably not be the last time that someone does this to me, so this will probably not be the last time that I write about love on this website.  I trust that those of you, who can see the difference, you have some understanding in what kind of spiritual battle I have been going through today.  Now that I read the Bible about love and looked up the definitions, reminding myself of the truth, I have a better and stronger resolve to do the words of God towards others.  So if you have been a faithful reader of this website, I apologize for writing a Bible lesson directly and mostly at myself.  I hope that you will display some grace towards the things that we probably all face at one time or the other and to my brother who left me this hateful comment, I will tell you that I love you anyway and I will pray that you will do the same in the future.  God Bless!

A New Commandment I Give Unto You!

(Ver 1.2)  This is Part 2 in a series of Bible lessons on the subject of Understanding the Purpose of the Law of Moses.  I covered a lot of new information about the Law already and I do not think that I will review any of what I have already covered.  Therefore, if you did not read the first lesson,  I would suggest that you go back and start your study with “Part 1“.  I will say that in my last lesson I introduced you to the fact that the Law was a positive thing given to us by God.  In other words I believe that the law was an intentional good thing designed for the benefit of the entire human race.  Without laws we would not know or understand sin, guilt, punishment, consequences, to name a few things that the knowledge of the law teaches us.  Laws give us guidelines, structure, organization and meaning or definition to what is right and what is wrong.  Without laws we would live in a world of full of nothing but chaos.   This would be a type of world where everyone would be doing what was right in their own eyes while ignoring the effects to what their actions did to those all around them.  Today’s lesson will be an introduction to another brand new concpet.  Are Christians in the church today under the Old Law, or under no law or under any new New Law?  Many today believe that we are noy under any law and that is not actually what the Bible says.  They base this belief on verses like Romans 6:15 which is an example of taking one truth and attempting to make it the only truth.  This is just an example of not finding the complete truth of God’s Word on a given subject.  Many are guilty of this and it is an easy trap to fall into.   Just because we are not under the Law of the Old Testament does not mean that we are not under any New Law.  That is the primary subject of the rest of my lesson today.

What is the difference between what is old and what is new? New sometimes can be a relative term. Is it new to you or is it new just because no one else has ever possessed it before you? New to me is definitely stated not to be the old. Old to me is definitely stated not to be the new. I view this concept in the same terms like the Old Covenant versus the New Covenant which are totally separate and distinct covenants of God. Both the Old and New Covenants bare a resemblance of characteristics and features, but they are totally and completely not the same.  That was my introduction to the Law of the New Covenant.  Let me now take you to some important verses in the New Testament and discuss this New Law of God.

Gal 4:4  But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

So I asked you a question in my last blog on this subject, did God put Satan under the law?  This verse in Galatians is very clearly a clue into the answer to that question.  Why was Jesus Christ born a man under the law of Moses?   Jesus’ physical mother was a virgin woman named Mary, a direct descendant of David the King of Israel.  We know that Jesus is therefore a natural born Jew from the tribe of Judah, by birth. Therefore, God in the Flesh being born under the Law is now bound to all of these laws, commandments, and statutes written in the O.T..   Exactly why did God do this?  The God that was outside of the Law and who gave the law has now placed Himself under the law that He gave.  That means whatever the law requires applies to everything that God can do and can’t do.  Those are pretty strong words aren’t they?  Why would God put any limitations upon Himself?  Obviously God gave the law, so He must have designed the law to serve a specific purpose that would help Him to accomplish something of greater value.  What was that something that God needed accomplished that only the creation of Law could do?  You should really think about things like this and search for them in the Bible to see if you can find them.  What you should take away from this verse in Galatians 4:4 is, if it was necessary for God to be born under the law of Moses, then it would be necessary for Satan to be put under the same law also.  As I tried to teach in the first lesson, that laws only apply to those that are under them.  No law is ever applicable to anyone not under the authority of that law.

Jesus made the statement that “I did not come to do away with the law, but I came to fulfill it” (Mat 5:17).  So what did Jesus do while he was in the flesh walking under the law to fulfill the law?  What did he accomplish to fulfill all of the Mosiac law?  Was it just the fact that he did not commit any sin?  Was this the fulfillment of the law?  I do not think that is the entire picture of what that actually means.  Did you notice that Jesus died on the cross?  So being sinless under the law did not save Him, did it?  We know from other scripture that the Bible says that “No flesh will be justified by God, for keeping the law” (Gal 2:16).  So was Jesus in the flesh?  Yes, then He was not justified or saved by keeping the law either.  This is not what made Jesus righteous or justifed Him.  We can discover some valuable clues by searching the scriptures and finding out God’s definition of what this means to fulfill the law:

Gal 5:14  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

We can begin to understand what the fulfillment of the law was in the eyes of God by reading this verse in Galatians.  God tells us that all of the law is fulfilled in just one word.  What was that word?  That word was Love!  This of course is not a human kind of love, but it is a God kind of love and that is totally different.   Humans love Coke, pie, hamburgers because they make them feel good or do something good for them.  That is not the God kind of love.   God does not love us because we do something good to Him or for Him.  Bible, love is not a feeling or even an emotional state.  Love is a choice to do the right thing for others even when you do not feel like it.

Rom 13:10  Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Here we have another witness to the fact that God says the law of Moses is fulfilled by the single isolated word of Love!  To do the right thing for your neighbor means that you do not steal from them, you do not hurt them, you do not lie to them, you do not covet or lust for what they possess, and on and on we could go.   Clealry God is defining a new definition for what the fulfillment of the Law represents to us.

Rom 13:9  For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

All of the law of Moses is summed up into the word “Love”.  We can only comprehend the rest of the law by understanding what Love is in the eyes of God.  This is why Jesus makes this statement in the Gospels:

Joh 13:34  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

If the Law was a negative thing God would be wanting to get rid of it.  However, we have discovered that the law is a positive and good thing and that is why Jesus gives us a New Law.  You do understand that we are still under the law being in the church right now?   It is not the Law of Moses, but it is the Law of Jesus.  Jesus initiated a New Covenant in His own shed blood and in doing so, He established a New Law.  This New Law is significantly less complicated than the old law while at the same time including all of the Old Law in the single statement.  It is amazing how complex the laws created  by our government are.  I believe the Health Care bill was a very thick stack of papers that are still being argued over to what they mean.  Would you say that more laws are better than less laws or are fewer laws better than many laws?   According to God less is better.  God replaces a thick book of written laws with a single statement and calls it better.  God is not opposed to the law, it is more what the law is intended to do and its purpose that God is most concerned with.  By Jesus giving us the Law of Love, we are now required to follow ONLY one rule.  When faced with a problem in the natural we should always stop and ask, “What would Love do with that?”   Did you notice that Jesus said you must love like I have loved you?  In other words we are not to love people like we love a can of Coke.   I do hope that you understand this profound concept.

Rom 3:31  Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

God says that by walking in the New Commandment of Love we now establish the law.  Isn’t that an interesting concept?   What all of Natural Israel was unable to do, God says that we are capable of doing.  Why is that?  For one thing we have God on the inside of us helping us to do it.  Plus we are not worried about hundreds or thousands of rules, because God has simplified it down to just One Rule!  That just makes it easier to follow doesn’t it?

If you would like to continue to read this series on understanding the Law you can go to “Part 3“.