Doctrine of Jesus; Substitution, Ransom, and the Curse of law.

"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

"Matthew 7:28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:" Let us see a few of his doctrines, so that we may have a feel for it. In Matthew 7:6 Jesus Christ says, "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you." He tells his disciples, not to teach holy things to religious fanatics because they will not accept them.

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Doctrine of Jesus

Church going Christians like to hear the word of God; but they cling to ceremonies, traditions, and rituals. Most of them listen to sermons and take the sermons as the word of God. But even those who preach the sermons do not know the word of God. In order to get their ordination and license, they study books of various authors, their theology, and only a few chosen scripture verses. Their theology is from ancient history, cultures, philosophy, psychology, traditions, ceremonies, and rituals. Preachers spread their doctrines in churches and Christians are infected by them. But Jesus Christ taught the doctrine of God, and people admired his doctrine. "Matthew 7:28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:" Let us see a few points from the doctrine that Jesus Christ preached.

In verse 6 he says, "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you." He tells his disciples, not to teach holy things to religion lovers, because 1, they will not accept the truth, 2, they turn around and hurt the disciples. Holy teaching belongs to godly people, who desire holy living. "In 13 he says, Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." It will apply to our churches also. They preach that we are saved by the grace and so, we all go to heaven no matter what we do. This is the "wide gate, and broad way:" It was Pharisees in his time; and now it is Christians. They will all end up in hell. But the ways of God, is to enter through the strait (tight) gate; we must squeeze through it to enter, and walk through the narrow way. If we have the desire to live a godly life, we will enter in and walk in the way. This will lead us to eternal life. "15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." Jesus tells us the nature of deceiving preachers. They appear to feed you milk, like sheep, but they will plunder and eat your flesh for lunch, like wolves. So be careful. If they do not have the doctrine of God, don't go near them.

Jesus says in "21, Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." That is, whatever we flatter and boast God, by songs, by praises, by witnessing, or by preaching, and such things; we cannot go to heaven. It is religiosity, but not godliness. But Jesus says, "he that doeth the will of my Father... shall enter into the kingdom of heaven." But what is the will of the Father? Is it to attend churches, to give big offerings, and to arrange crusades? "Galatians 1:4 says, ... our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:" Here, the will of the Father to Jesus Christ is to die and deliver his people from doing evil things of the world. But preachers say that he died to keep forgiving our sins, but not to prevent them. So, they keep sinning. "1 Thessalonians 4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: (and so on.) 7 says, For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness." Jesus Christ says that if we do the will of God, then only we will enter heaven; which is the kingdom of God.

Jesus Christ says in "22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." There are many rising stars among preachers, with healing under their wings, tell prophesies, and do miracles. They have heart touching appeals for various projects, including prayer towers to meet God halfway. But on that day, Jesus will tell them that he never knows them, and ask them to depart. But we thought that they were very intimate with God. What happened? Psalms 68:18 says, "thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them." So, God was present among the people doing miracles for them, despite the sin life of preachers. When these preachers go to God, Jesus will tell them, "depart from me, ye that work iniquity." God has done miracles, but they had iniquity in their life; so, they go to hell. This is the doctrine of Jesus Christ in a nutshell.

The Doctrine of Substitution

God has created the world and all the people. He loves all people in the world and people have sinned. So, Jesus died for the entire world to save them. We acknowledge that. However, Christians believe that we are the favorites of God. But God repeatedly says that he is not a respecter of persons. But he will save only those who obey him. "Hebrew 5:9 says, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;" But, preachers do not want to accept this. They love sin and religion. They defy obeying the commandments of Jesus Christ, as works. They claim that we are saved, not by works, but by grace. Theologians made the doctrine of substitution. It says that Jesus died on the cross, in our place, took our sins and our punishments upon himself. But, our punishment for our sins is, to burn in hell for eternity, but not to be crucified on a cross. But Jesus did not burn in hell for eternity but died on the cross. So, Jesus was not our substitution taking our punishment. Their doctrine was made up by the devil. "Galatians 1:4 says, (He) gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world," He died not as a substitution, but to deliver us from the evil world. "1 Peter 2:24  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness:" He bore our sins and died not as a substitution, but to help us to die to our sins and to live righteously. Scriptures do not say that Jesus Christ died in our place, but he died to become the Savior. If we obey him, we will be saved; if not we will be damned.

The Doctrine of the Ransom

1 Timothy 2 says, "4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time." Preachers pick up the word ransom from this verse. Ransom is a payment of big price for the release of someone from captivity. But who is the abductor, kidnapper, or the one who is holding the captive; to whom Jesus is paying the ransom? Preachers have no idea. Yet, preachers created a sensational story to preach. They say that we must be in hell, because of our sins. We accept it for a pretense knowing that it is just a gimmick. If we were really in hell, we will be afraid. Then preachers say, that Jesus died for us as a ransom, in order to free us from hell. So, we will be freed from hell and go to heaven. We already knew, it is coming, and so we accept it, the problem is solved, we are all happy, and so, we rest the case. But God says; "not so fast." Why? Let us look at the verses. "4 says, (God) will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth." God wish all men to be saved, and then come to the knowledge of the truth. So, the ransom is paid to free us from captivity, and then we must come and live in the knowledge of truth. If our captivity is not in hell, we cannot come back to live in truth. Then, what is it? "6 says, (Jesus) gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time." So, the ransom is himself, and it is to be given as a testimony to us, giving the knowledge of truth, for us to live in it. So, we receive the ransom. "Matthew 20:26 Jesus tells his disciples But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; 27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." Here, his life is the ransom, by serving his disciples and followers. Jesus tells us that if we are somebody on top, we must serve those who are under us as their servant. We must serve them as Jesus Christ was serving his disciples and followers. This practical life demonstration is the ransom. Who he is paying the ransom? He is giving it to us, or to our flesh. We learn from him to serve our servants, so that we may be freed from pride which is lust of our flesh. This is to mortify our flesh. Mark 10:43-45 also say the same thing. 1 Peter 2:21 says, "For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:" Jesus left his life as an example for us to follow. Romans 5:10 says, "we shall be saved by his life." Jesus paid the ransom, by becoming flesh like us, and living a godly life for us to follow. Religious people preach that he died as ransom; and so, they will be free from hell. So, they are encouraged to live in sin. But his ransom is his life, to give us the knowledge to live in truth. It makes us free from flesh, to follow the Spirit. "Romans 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." If we are sons of God, we will inherit the kingdom of our Father. The ransom is the life of Jesus; it is not to bring us out of hell; but it is given for us to live in the knowledge of truth.

The Curse of the Law

Galatians 3:13 says, "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:" Here, Jesus became a curse by dying on the cross and redeemed us from the curse of the law. It does not say that the law is curse, but it is the curse of the law. So, a portion of the law is curse. What is the curse of the law? Verse 10 says, "the works of the law are under the curse:" We have studied before that God gives us commandments and inside of it there is another commandment. For an example, God gave circumcision to Jews, but he wanted them to be circumcised of the heart. So, if they do the ceremony, but do not follow it in life, then the ceremony is the curse of the law. God tells us to be baptized of the water. But those who live in the newness of life are with Jesus Christ and others are not. "Ephesians 2:15 says, Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances;" So, the curse of the law is the ordinances, which are ceremonial, ritual, or the traditional part of the law, but the life application is the blessed part. "Colossians 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; ... 16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:" The curse of the law are ordinances that are ceremonies, rituals, traditions, food laws, feasts of the Jews, Sabbath law, circumcision, washings hands and pots, etc. So, religious following is the curse of the law, and the spiritual following is the blessed part of the law. But preachers say that the eternal punishment in hell is the curse that Jesus has removed by his cross. It is crooked and very tricky persuasion, because people are susceptible to believe this lie. But, hell and the lake of fire are not the curse, but they are the punishments for what we have done in our life, by the righteous judgment of the Lord Jesus Christ. Religious ordinances in our time are, for an example; Song services that is called worship, paying offering to preachers and churches, listening to sermons of preachers, boasting, flattering, and praising Jesus Christ, giving testimonies and witnessing about a healing or a miracle, and so many other religious activities. Living as Jesus lived in righteousness and holiness is the only requirement for eternal life. Please live such a godly life, then we will become sons of God, and will inherit the kingdom in heaven.

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