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Colossians 3:12 (NLT)

Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

 
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April 2006

Dear Christian Believers,
God bless you and your family in the name of our risen lord and savior, Jesus Christ.

  Soon we will be celebrating the resurrection of our lord Jesus Christ. We'll be reading and teaching the scriptures concerning details of events leading up to his arrest and right on through to his resurrection and ascension. Whenever we present the Word of GOD, whether it be written or taught, formally or informally, we must do our best to rightly divide the Word of truth so that we have truth rather than private interpretation.

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

  During this time of year we read and hear a lot of material that is traditionally presented as truth when in reality it is not. Take for instance, Christian churches all over will celebrate "Food Friday," as the day Jesus died on the cross. They have their services usually around 3PM in the afternoon because that's considered the approximate time od his death. Then they celebrate "Easter Sunday Morning" as the day of his resurrection. Is this traditional teaching true?

Matthew 12:40
For as Jonas [Jonah] was three days and three nights in the whale's [great fish's] belly; so shall the Son of man [Jesus Christ] be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

  The record of Jonah being in the belly of the great fish is written on Jonah 1:17.

   How many times have we seen advertisements for getaway weekends that will say; "come stay in our resort hotel for three days and two nights." What does that mean? It means what is says! You can come for two days and two nights, but the third day you must check out by noon. You can't stay the third night. The third day is only part of a day it is not the whole day. Matthew 12:20 says that Jesus would be in the heart of the earth (in the tomb), for three days AND three nights. One day and one night is a twenty-four hour period of time, therefore three days and three nights would be a period of seventy-two hours. There is no way you can squeeze out 72 hours from approximately 3 PM on Friday until Sunday morning just before sunrise, between 5-6 AM. At most you can get about 40 hours total. If the scriptures would have just said 3 days and left out 3 nights, I could buy into their argument, but what does the scripture say? "Three days and three nights." It locks the time period into three 24 hour periods. To say anything different would be private interpretation.

2 Peter 1:20 says...
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

  If people are going to privately interpret GOD'S scriptures then hey will never be able to speak it with authority. It will be an, "I think this scripture means this or might mean that." That's not speaking the truth, nor does it have authority.

Titus 2:15
These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

  If we receive the Word of GOD with meekness, with reverence and respect towards GOD, then we will be able to truly acknowledge it's truth. We must speak the truth - don't change it or let it be watered down because we don't want to offend the traditions or our times, or to avoid confrontations.

2 Corinthians 2:17
For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:2
But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.

  Let's stay put on the truth of GOD'S Word while rejoicing in the celebration of Christ's resurrection, and live more abundantly and victoriously in his powerful complete works.


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