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Jesus' Teachings

Jesus the Teacher

 The Lessons of Jesus

The teachings of Jesus are so confusing that consensus on their meanings is very rare, and, often in the Christian Word of God describes Jesus’ very own disciples as not understanding his teachings.

Is all scripture inspired of God?

Saint Timothy says 2 Tim 3:16 he says yes, inspired of God.

Saint Paul says some of his words in the Bible are NOT inspired of God (2 Cor 11:17, 1 Cor 7:6, 12, 25).

Saint John says.. The scriptures do NOT bring salvation (John 5:39).

Do we have to “accept” Jesus’, or is his effect automatic?

Automatic

(John 1:29, 1 Cor 15:3, 22: “as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive,” Heb 2:9, 17, comparing it to the Jewish high priest making atonement for all the people, Rom 4:15, 5:12-19, no sin where there is no law given [contra: Rom 2:12], 1 John 1:7, 2:2, 1 Tim 4:10,

 Jesus is savior of all, especially those who believe, Rom 5:18);

 He died for all, the just and the unjust (1 Pet 3:18).

 Atonement sacrifices in the Old Testament were not conditional on repentance or acceptance (e.g. Lev 16:16-18, 21, 24, 30, 34).

 You must do something

(have faith, do good works, keep commandments, be baptized, or call on Jesus’ name, or some combination) See following subtitles on Salvation.

Salvation

How is salvation gained?

 Not many are saved (Luke 13:23-24).

 Moses and the prophets are sufficient for salvation (Luke 16:29-31).

 It is only through Jesus, and not through the Law of Moses (Acts 4:12, 13:39,) This means that all those who died before Jesus’ time, or who have never heard his gospel, are excluded and not saved.

Salvation is:

By Faith (belief) only (Luke 7:50, John 3:14-16, 18, 36, 5:24, 6:29, 35, 40, 47, 70, 10:25-28, Acts 13:39, 16:31, Rom 1:16, 3:20-26, Rom 4, 9:32, Gal 2:16, 3:11, 14, Eph 1:13, 2:8-9, 1 Tim 1:16, 2 Tim 3:14-15, 1 Pet 1:9, Heb 10:38-39, and 11:17, where Paul gives as an example Abraham offering Isaac).

 But mercy can substitute for unbelief (1 Tim 1:13).

 By Works only (including obedience to commandments) (“do the will” of God, Matt 7:21, “keep the commandments,” 19:16-20, Luke 10:36-37, 12:47-48, 19:8-9, John 14:15; also Lev 18:5, Ps 65:12, 103:17-20). Paul also says works (“law”) (Rom 2:5-6, 13, 2 Cor 5:10), and says we must “work out” our own salvation (Php 2:12).

 James also says works, giving the example of Abraham offering Isaac (James 2:20-24). James also says “faith without works is dead” (James 2:14-26), and “be doers of the word,” which you must also know (so that knowledge is also required; James 1:22-27). Also Ezek 18:1- 22, 30, Rev 20:12-15 (“judged according to their works”), 22:12-14, 2 Pet 1:10, 1 John 2:3-5, Ps 62:12, Jer 17:10, 2 Tim 3:17, Heb 5:9.

 Paul says charity is more important than faith (1 Cor 13:2, 13). Those who do not help the needy are condemned (Matt 25:34-46).

 By Grace only, i.e., it is a “gift” (John 6:44, 65, Isa 43:25, Jer 30:21, Acts 15:11, 22:14, Rom 3:24, 5:15-21 (a “free gift”), 6:23, 9:16, 11:5-6, Eph 2:5-9, 1 Pet 1:10, 2 Tim 1:9, Tit 2:11, 3:5-7).

 By confession of sin (Ps 32:1-5). Catholics like this one.

 By Repentance (Isa 55:6-7, Matt 3:1-6, 4:17, 9:10-13, Luke 13:1-5, Acts 17:30, Rom 6:23, James 4:7-10, 2 Pet 3:9, Rev 3:19-21).

 By repentance plus baptism (Mark 1:4, Luke 3:3, Acts 2:37-38, 22:16).

 By Baptism (Matt 3:1-17, 28:19-20, Luke 7:28-30, John 3:5, Acts 10:47-48, 16:25-33, 22:10-16, Gal 3:27, Heb 6:1-2, 1 Pet 3:21).

 By Belief and baptism (Mark 16:16).

 By repentance, faith, baptism, and laying on of hands (Heb 6:1-2).

 By Calling on the Lord’s (or Jesus’) name (Acts 2:21, Rom 10:13; but Matt 7:21 says “not everyone that saith Lord, Lord shall enter;” also Luke 13:25).

 By stating aloud a belief in Jesus and his resurrection (Rom 10:9).

 By Enduring to the end (Matt 10:22, 24:13, Mark 13:13).

 By Poverty (Matt 19:21-24, Mark 10:21-24, Luke 18:24-25, Luke 19:8-9).

 By losing our life for Jesus (Matt 16:25).

 By being “born again” (John 3:3).

 By eating Jesus’ flesh (John 6:48-58)

 But God decides, regardless of what we do (Matt 20:23, John 6:44, 65, 17:2, 6, 9, Acts 2:39, 47, 4:28, 13:48, Eph 1:4-5, 11, 2:10, Ps 133:3, 139:16, 1 Thess 5:9, 2 Thess 2:11-14, Rom 2:4, 8:29-30, 9:11-18, Cor 12:18, Php 2:13, 2 Tim 1:9, 1 Pet 2:8, 5:10, Rev 17:8).

Salvation Learned?

Salvation through Jesus can be learned from the scriptures, i.e., the OT (Luke 16:29-31, 2 Tim 3:15).

 But the Gospel had been kept hidden until Jesus (Rom 16:25-26, Col 1:26).

 Jesus uses parables so that the meaning will be hidden (Matt 11:25, 13:10-15, Mark 4:11-12, Luke 8:10).

 But Jesus came to bring the truth (John 18:37).

Was Jesus perfect?

Jesus said he was not perfect (Mark 10:18).

 The apostles said he was sinless (2 Cor 5:21, 1 Pet 1:19, 2:22, 1 John 3:3, 5).

For or Against Jesus:

Matt 12:30 says if you are not for him, you are against him.

 Mark 9:40 says if you are not against him, you are for him. (The indifferent or the undecided don’t know if the result is for or against.)

The Holy Spirit:

Jesus gave it to the disciples in his first appearance to them after the resurrection (John 20:22).

 It did not come to them until after Jesus left (John 7:39, 16:7, Acts 1:3-5, 2:1-4).

 But some had it before: John the Baptist (Luke 1:15), Elizabeth (Luke 1:41), Zechariah (Luke 1:67), Simeon (Luke 2:25). Gideon (Judg 6:34), Samson (Judg 13:25), Isaiah (Isa 61:1),

 It is had for the asking at any time (Luke 11:13).

 All flesh has it (Prov 1:23, Joel 2:28).

Will any, once saved, be lost?

None will be lost (John 10:27- 29, 2 Pet 3:9).

 Some will backslide and be lost (1 Cor 9:27, 1 Tim 4:1, Heb 6:4-6, 10:26-29, 2 Pet 2:20-22).

 The former righteousness of a sinner will be forgotten (Ezek 3:20, 18:24, 26, 33:12, 18).

Blood Sacrifice

The keystone of his plan of salvation, according to NT, is the blood sacrifice of his son, the Lamb of God, as the only acceptable atonement for Adam’s sin.

Sacrifices do not atone for sin (Heb 10:11).

Go to Hell

Anyone who has never heard of Jesus will go to hell (John 3:18).

Fear or Love God?

But fear and love cannot coexist (1 John 4:18).

 Love of God leads us to keep his commandments (1 John 5:2, 2 John 1:6).

 We should fear God because he can put us in hell (Matt 10:28, Luke 12:5, Heb 10:31).

Who is God’s “firstborn”?

Israel (Ex 4:22).

David (Ps 89:27).

 Jesus (Heb 1:4, 3:3, Col 1:18).

Jesus’ deeds

The world could not contain the books if all his deeds were written of (John 21:25).

 His deeds have all been written of (Acts 1:1).

Christ Invisible?

Paul says no one has seen Christ, he is invisible (1 Tim 1:17, 6:16).

 But this contradicts all the gospels stories of Jesus.

“Seek, and ye shall find”

Seek and ye will find. (Matt 7:7), especially if you seek the Lord (2 Chron 15:2, Ps 9:10, Isa 55:6, Jer 29:13).

 But Jesus’ followers will not find him if they seek him (John 7:34, 8:21).

Jesus Message for Who?

Jesus said his message was only for Israel (Matt 15:24, 10:5-6).

 But then he tells his disciples to preach to all nations (Matt 28:19).

 Jesus says there are two classes, “other sheep I have, which are not of this fold” (John 10:16).

 Once you become a Christian you are “Abraham’s seed” (Gal 3:29).

Hidden teachings

Nothing is hidden (Mark 4:22, John 18:20).

 God conceals (Prov 25:2, Deut 29:29).

 The truth has always been completely evident (Rom 1:18-20).

 God’s word is in books that are sealed (Rev 5:1).

Solomon

Jesus implies that he is greater than Solomon (Matt 12:42, Luke 11:31).

 But there could never be one greater than Solomon (1 Kings 3:12, 4:29, 10:23-24, 2 Chron 9:22-23).

New Commandment

Jesus says that he gives a new commandment, “love one another” (John 13:34). If it was new, this would violate Deut 4:2 and 12:32.

 But it is not new; it is the Mosaic commandment “Love thy neighbor as thyself” (Lev 19:18).

Forgiveness

Will all sins be forgiven to the believer?

 Yes (Acts 13:39, Col 2:13, 1 John 1:9).

 Not all (Matt 12:31-32, Mark 3:29).

 If sin is forgiven, Got forgets it (Isa 43:25, Jer 31:34, Heb 8:12).

 God still remembers it (Ex 34:7).

Are there any who are righteous?

No (1 Kings 8:46, Mark 10:18, Rom 3:10, 23, Ps 14:3, 1 John 1:8-10).

 Paul says he is the chief sinner (1 Tim 1:15).

 But James 5:16 says yes (also Gen 7:1, Job 1:1, 8, 2:3, Luke 1:5-6, 15:7). Ezek 18 lists what one must do to be “just” (=righteous?).

 God only protects the righteous (1 Pet 3:12), although Jesus died both for the just and the unjust (3:18).

 True Christians do not sin (1 John 3:6-9).

 Noah was perfect (Gen 6:9).

Burdens and troubles

God will relieve our burdens (Matt 11:28, 30).

 God will give us troubles and tribulations (Heb 12:6, John 16:33). God does both (Deut 32:39, 1 Sam 2:6-7).

 “Bear one another’s burdens” (Gal 6:2),

 but what about “Every man shall bear his own burden” (Gal 6:5).

Should we call anybody a “fool”?

Jesus says no, we would be in danger of hell-fire (Matt 5:22).

 But Jesus does so (Matt 7:26, 23:17, 19, 25:2, 38, Luke 11:40),

 and so does Paul (1 Cor 1:23, 3:18, 4:10, 15:36, Gal 3:1).

Should we boast?

No (Luke 18:9-14, Rom 11:20, 1 Pet 5:5).

 Paul boasts of his faith and says one should be proud of it (Rom 15:17, 2 Cor 11:17).

 Should we show our good works?

 Yes, say Matt 5:16, 1 Pet 2:12.

 No, says Matt 6:1-4, 23:5

Should we abstain from eating flesh?

Yes, if it offends, says Paul (Rom 14:21).

 But let no one pass judgment on you in matters of food and drink (Col 2:16, 1 Tim 4:3-4, see also Gen 9:3).

Should we worry about the future?

No, say Matthew 6:25-34, Luke 12:22-31.

 Yes, says 1 Tim 5:8.

Should we curse our enemies?

Jesus curses his enemies (Matt 6:15, 12:34, 16:3, 22:18, 23:13-15, 17, 19, 27, 29, 33, Mark 7:6, Luke 11:40, 44, 12:56).

 But Jesus says love your enemies (Matt 5:39, 44).

 But shun Gentiles, Samaritans, non-believers (2 John 9-11, Matt 10:5).

 God destroys his enemies (Luke 19:27).

 Paul curses his enemies (2 Tim 4:14).

 And do double what they have done to you (Rev 18:6).

 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls (Prov 24:16-18).

Should we please?

Paul does (1 Cor 10:33)

 Paul doesn’t (Gal 1:10).

Should we “run”?

Yes. 1 Cor 9:24

 No. Rom 3:10

Should we judge?

No (Luke 6:37, Matt 7:1).

 Yes (John 7:24).

 Should we swear oaths?

 It appears acceptable in Matt 23:20-22, Num 30:2, Gen 21:23, 24, 31, 31:53,, Heb 6:13.

 But Matt 5:34-35 forbids it.

 Should Christians “contend”?

 Jude 3 says yes. Paul contended (Acts 17:2-4, 17).

 Do not contend (Prov 18:6, 1 Tim 6:20, 2 Tim 2:14-16, 24, 3:1-7).

Answer an unbeliever (1 Pet 3:15).

Anyone who speaks to an unbeliever shares his evil (2 John 9-11).

 Exhort “with all long suffering” (2 Tim 4:2).

Are We Commanded to Baptize?

Are all apostles commanded to baptize?

 Jesus says yes at Matt 28:19.

 Paul says no at 1 Cor 1:14-17.

Honor Father & Mother?

Jesus said to honor father and mother (Matt 15:4;Matt 19:19, Mark 7:10, 10:19, Luke 18:20),

 but he required his disciples to hate father and mother (Luke 14:26), and

 Jesus said that he came to turn the children against their parents (Matt 10:35, Luke 12:51-53).

 “Call no man your father” (Matt 23:9).

 But you should provide for your family (1 Tim 5:8).

Do We Hate or Love?

If you hate your brother you are a murderer and cannot love God (John 3:15, 4:20).

 You must be willing to hate your brother (and your family) to be a follower of Jesus (Luke 14:26).

What do we reap?

You reap what you sow (2 Cor 9:6, Gal 6:7).

 Some reap without sowing (Matt 25:26, Luke 19:22).

 Is temptation a good thing?

 No, say Matt 6:13, Luke 11:4.

 Yes, says James 1:2

 Temptation

 Does God tempt?

 James 1:13 says no.

 But Gen 22:1, Matt 6:13, Deut 4:34, 8:2, Judg 2:22 (and others) say yes.

 God controls the extent of our temptations (1 Cor 10:13, 2 Pet 2:9, Rev 3:10).

 Temptation is joy (James 1:2).

 Can death be avoided?

 If you keep Jesus’ words, you will never see death (John 8:51).

 But all men die (Heb 9:27), even followers of Jesus (Matt 24:9).

 Enoch did not die (Gen 5:24, Heb 11:5).

 Elijah did not die (2 Kings 2:11).

 Coming of the Kingdom:

 You will see great signs and miracles (Joel 2:30-31, Matt 24:29-33, Mark 13:24-29).

 You will see nothing: it is within (Luke 17:20-21).

 Ascend to Heaven

 Jesus is the only one ever to ascend to heaven (John 3:13).

 An unnamed man known to Paul (Heb 11:5) ascended to heaven,

 Jesus also tells a parable in which Lazarus was in heaven (Luke 16:22).

 Elijah (2 Kings 2:11), Enoch (Gen 5:24, Heb 11:5), all ascended to heaven.

 Heaven Prepared?

 Heaven has always been prepared (Matt 25:34).

 Jesus is going to prepare it (John 14:2-3).

 Who will be judged?

 Believers will not be judged (John 5:24).

 Everybody will be judged (Matt 12:36, 2 Cor 5:10, Heb 9:27, 1 Pet 1:17, Jude 1:14-15, Rev 20:12-13).

 Who judges?

 God judges (Ps 62:12, 82:1, 98:9, Jer 17:10, Joel 3:12, Rom 2:2-5, 3:19, 14:12, 2 Thess 1:5, 1 Pet 1:17).

 God does not judge; Jesus judges (John 5:22, 27-30, 9:39, Acts 10:42, 2 Cor 5:10).

 God judges through Jesus (Acts 17:31).

 Jesus does not judge (John 3:17, 8:15, 12:47).

 Jesus says he cannot judge (Matt 20:23, Luke 12:14).

 The disciples will judge (Matt 19:28, Luke 22:30).

 The saints will judge (1 Cor 6:2). Ten thousand of the saints will help the Lord judge (Jude 14).

 When is judgement?

 In Jesus’ time (John 12:31).

 After Jesus’ death (Acts 17:31).

 After each person’s death (Heb 9:27).

 After the earth is destroyed (2 Pet 3:7-12).

 Sin

 Was there sin before the Law?

 Paul says yes (Rom 5:13)

 and Paul says no (Rom 4:15).

 Sex/Marriage

 God’s first words to Adam are the command to multiply (Gen 1:28). It is not not good for the man to be alone (Gen 2:18).

 Paul says to avoid marriage and sex (1 Cor 7:1, 8, 37). But it is better to marry than to burn (v. 9).

 Where is Satan?

 Chained in hell (2 Pet 2:4, Jude 6).

 Walking about in the earth (1 Pet 5:8 and Job 1:6-7; Job also says he occasionally visits heaven).

 He is the god or prince of this world (John 12:31, 2 Cor 4:4, Eph 6:12).

 He was “cast out” of the world at the time of Jesus (John 12:31).

 Devils

 Devils cannot tell a truth (John 8:44).

 Devils say that Jesus is the Messiah (Luke 4:41).

 Unbelief

 It is caused by the devil (Luke 8:12).

 Sometimes by God (2 Thess 2:11-12)

 Sometimes by Jesus (Mark 4:11-12).

 Whose is the Earth?

 Satan’s (John 12:31, 14:30, 2 Cor 4:4, Eph 6:12).

 Jesus’ (1 Cor 10:26, Rev 1:5).

 God’s (Ex 9:29, 19:5, Deut 10:14, Ps 24:1, 50:12, 89:11).

 Mankind’s (Ps 115:16).

 Enemies

 Jesus says to forgive and bless your enemies (Matt 5:44).

 But he will deny his enemies to God (Matt 10:32-33). God does not forgive his enemies, but condemns them.

 Jesus says that some of his followers will be put to death (Luke 21:16).

 But not a hair of their head will perish (v. 18).

 With His Disciples

 Jesus is always with his disciples (Matt 28:20).

 He is not always with them (Matt 16:11, Mark 2:20, 14:7, John 12:8).

 Paul Baptized Who?

 Paul says that at Corinth he baptized “none … but Crispus and Gaius (1 Cor 1:14).

 Then he says he baptized Stephanas’ family (v. 16). Then proceeds to say he doesn’t know whether he baptized any one else (v. 16).

 Paul Uses Trickery?

 Paul says he does not use trickery (1 Thess 2:3).

 Then Paul says he does use trickery (2 Cor 12:16).

 John the Baptist

 John the Baptist says he’s not Elijah (John 1:21).

 Jesus says he is Elijah (Matt 11:14, 17:11-13).

 Jesus says that no one yet born (including himself?) is greater than John the Baptist (Matt 11:11).

 Yet the same verse (Matt 11:11) Jesus says John the Baptist is the least in the kingdom of heaven.

 Cock Crowed

 Jesus said cock would not crow till Peter had denied him three times (John 13:38),

  The cock crowed after his first denial (Mark 14:66-68).

 Sabbath

 Sabbath: Must we keep it?

 Yes, under penalty of death (Ex 20:8, 31:15-17, 35:1-3, Jer 17:21-27, and many other passages).

 No (Isa 1:13, Hos 2:11). Jesus did not keep it (Mark 2:27- 28, John 5:16, Math 12:1-8).

 Paul says commandment was not permanent (Rom 14:5, Col 2:16).

 Catholics say they had the authority to change the Sabbath commandment to mean the day Sunday instead.

 Grass?

 All the grass on earth will be burned up (Rev 8:7),

 and then an army of locusts will be turned loose with instructions not to harm the grass (9:4).

Jesus Liable to the Hell of Fire

Jesus said;

But whoever says: "You fool," shall be liable to the hell of fire."  Matthew 5:22

Jesus said;

You [Pharisee] blind fools!  For which is greater, the gold or the Temple that has made the gold sacred?"  Matthew 23:17 19

"You [Pharisee] fools!  Did not he who made the outside make the inside also?"  Luke 11:40

 Jesus was the recipient of his own curse -- "liable to the hell of fire."

 Original Sin

 “Original sin” generally, which means that all humanity is punished for Adam’s sin (e.g Rom 5:12, 19, 1 Cor 15:22;)