2-3: THE COMPOSITE WITNESS OF THE BIBLE.
At least by this third in the 12 major subjects of the Bible, sometimes called the top 12, having consider the first of The Living God of the Bible and the second of The Righteousness of God and Man through faith in Christ, as you read the following you should catch on to the methology based on the internal structure of the Bible, that is the OT quotes in the NT and the fact that based on the authorized, non-private interpretation of the Bibe in II Peter 1:20,21, that is that the only authorized interpretation of any OT quote is either by Jesus or one of the Apostles. (In Paul as the chief editor of the NT, we discussed how he left manuscripts for John Mark and Dr. Luke for the writing respectively of Mark, Luke, and the book of Acts.)
NOTE: In other words, the primary objective of this Bible session of THRU THE BIBLE is to begin to catch on by example to the ASPI version of the Bible based on II Peter 1:20,21; the secondary being to continue a quick and exegetical sweep thru the Bible under 12 major topics.
“For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’ And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.
And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God (Apostles and Prophets)spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. (I Peter 1:16-221)
- The Importance of Witnesses.
- Deuteronomy 5:16, Exodus 20:12 and 21:17, Leviticus 20:9, and Mark 7:10 where with Honor to parents and the law of death with dishonor, Jesus teaches that what is inside man rather than what goes inside him is defiling.
- Importance of knowing the Commandments: Deut 5:16-20 and Mark 10:19.
You know the commandments, DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, DO NOT DEFRAUD, HONOR FATHER AND MOTHER. (Mark 10:19 NASV)
- What Commandment is Foremost? Mark 10:28-31 and Luke 10:26,27.
(1). First is THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD, Deut 6:4,5 and Mark 10:29,30.
(2). Second is Love Neighbor, Lev 19:18 and Mark 10:31.
- Worship God only and serve Him: Deuteronomy 6:13 and Luke 4:8.
- The importance of a special people to bear witness to God begins here and runs throughout the Old Testament: Deut 7:6 and Titus 2:14.
- Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4, and Luke 4:4: Man should not live by bread alone.
- OKAY, HOW IS MAN TO LIVE?
- Live by Listening to what Jesus, the Prophet Messiah has to say: Deut 18:15,19, Acts 3:22,23, and Acts 7:37.
Listen to the Apostle Peter as he preaches quoting from the Prophet Moses in Deuteronomy: Moses said, ‘The Lord God shall raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren; to Him you shall give heed in everything He says to you. And it shall be that every soul that does not heed that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people. (Acts 3:22,23 NASV)
- Live by Listening to the testimony of God the Father to God the Son: Mark 9:7, a paraphrase of Deut 18:15,19 except from God Himself, and a direct quote in Psalm 11:7.
“Then a cloud formed, overshadowing them, and a voice came out of the cloud, ‘This is My beloved
Son, listen to him!” (Mark 9:7 NASV)
- Live by Listening to other reliable and trustworthy witnesses: Deut 19:15.
NOTE: The principle of two witness for the consistency of the Bible; that is, with the agreement of An Apostle or Jesus with a Prophet. (You know that Jesus quotes the OT often.)
“One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth; at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.” (Deut 19:15 KJV)
(1). Deut 19:15 and Matthew 18:16: if your brother sins against you but refuses to listen, take your grievance to him byway of two or three witnesses; and if that does not work take it before the local church.
(2). Deut 19:15 and II Corinthians 13:1: Listen to the Apostle Paul!
NOTE: Paul confirms the principle of two or more witnesses for consistency of the Bible.
“This is the third time I am coming to you, EVERY FACT IS TO BE CONFIRMED BY THE
TESTIMONY OF TWO OR THREE WITNESSES.” (II Cor 13:1)
(3). Deut 19:15 and John 8:17: Listen to Jesus Himself!
“Even in your law it has been written, that the testimony of two men is true. I am He who bears witness of Myself, and the Father who sent Me bears witness of Me.” (John 8:17,18)
NOTE: Jesus practiced the principle, stating that He and His Father agreed.
(4). Deut 19:15 and I Timothy 5:18: Listen to the elder of any local church (same as the pastor or bishop) right up to the point that any accusation against him has been established in that local church at the mouth of two or three witnesses.
III. How Can you Listen to a Common Criminal Like Jesus of Nazareth who was cursed in that
He was hanged or crucified on a tree (cross)? Deut 21:22 and Galatians 3:13
- Deuteronomy 21:22.
“And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree; His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day;(for he that is hanged is accursed of God;) that thy land be not defiled; which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.” (Deut 21:22,23 KJV)
NOTE: Jesus was very familiar with this portion of the Word of God as He was with all of the Old Testament, and when crying on the cross My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me a cry of grief more than questioning He knew that God had to turn His back on such a curse on Christ for the sins of the whole world.
- Galatians 3:13.
ALL OF GODS WORDS AND WORD IS SERIOUS AND TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY WHETHER WRITTEN IN THE OLD TESTAMENT OR NEW TESTAMENT! Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us for it is written, ‘Cursed is every one who hangs on a tree.
(Galatians 3:13 NASV)
(1). We were cursed by the Law since striving to live by them and therefore keeping them, we knew ourselves to come far short; and therefore without real life!
(2). Jesus in the death on the Cross became a curse in our place.
- Listen to Jesus seriously on a few other matters.
NOTE: Especially if you think you were not under a curse because of your failures to live up to the Law and therefore did not need for Christ to become a curse in your place!
- Deuteronomy 24:1, Matthew 5:31, and Mark 10:4.
(1). Deuteronomy 24:1.
“When a man hath taken a wife (this is not the way you are cursed), and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favor in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her; then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house. And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another mans wife.” (Deut 24:1,2 KJV)
(2). Matthew 5:31.
“And it was said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of dismissal; but I say to you that every one who divorces his wife, except for the cause of unchastity, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.” (Matt 5:31,32 NASV)
(3). Mark 10:4.
“And some Pharisees came up to Him, testing Him, and began to question Him whether it was lawful for a man to divorce a wife. And He answered and said to them, What did Moses command you? And they said, Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away. But Jesus said to them, ‘Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, And the two shall become one flesh; consequently they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” (Mark 10:2-9 NASV)
- Deuteronomy 25:3-5 , I Corinthians 9:9, and I Timothy 5:18.
(1). Be just in judgment in that the punishment correspond with the violation; don’t muzzle the ox as he treads the corn, and let a brother raise up children to his dead brothers wife.
(2). It was written for our sakes more than for oxen in order that the worker may work with hope of reward for his works.
(3). The elder (pastor or bishop) that works hard at preaching and teaching should receive likewise double compensation.
- Deuteronomy 25:6, Luke 20:28,38, and Mark 12:19.
(1). Your dead brothers name is not to disappear from Israel.
NOTE: Why should the eternal laws of God be so concerned about this one single name of a brother who died before he could have any children. After all the last name of the dead childless and the brother would be the same!
(2). According to Jesus it is more important to realize that in heaven there is no marriage, rather men are like the angels; and that men do not did who believe in God and Christ like Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, because they are still alive with the Living God! (Luke 20:28,38 and Mark 12:19)
NOTE: The real concern is that any mans name, alias himself and his real existence, not disappear from the eternal Israel of Gods real people of believing Jews and Gentiles!
- Listen also to a few other matters from the Apostle Paul in the Word of God!
- Deuteronomy 27:26 and Galatians 3:10.
(1). Cursed is every man that does not confirm all the laws of God by doing all of them!
(2). None can truly be justified by the Law, only by faith.
- Deuteronomy 32:12 and I Corinthians 10:20.
(1). The LORD God led Israel and their was no strange gods among them.
(2). The Gentiles sacrifice to demons not to God, and the Christian is to have no part in this worship of demons.
NOTE: By now you should be catching on to the method of the Thru the Bible outline built on the internal structure of the Bible; for example look above at Deut 32:12 and I Corinthians, since Deut 32:12 is quoted in I Corinthians 10:20, the ASPI interpretation of the Bible, II Peter 1:20,21, the only authorized interpretation of the Prophet Moses by the Apostle Paul dictates the (1) and (2). And the topical placement of the two last quotes under V is derived from a study of the two verses and quotes.