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3.20 – Beyond Creation Science (pt. 1)

3/20 – Wednesday Night Praise, Prayer, & Bible Study
Beyond Creation Science – Intro to the Study

Tonight’s Study Goals:
– Explore methods of study through BCS book
– Read through Forward & Introduction together (keep notes on back of this paper)
– Review outline and respond to questions below
– Resources for further study through the week

Could you relate to Normas Voss’s introductory story? How so?

 

“The inability of Christians to grasp the meaning and message of both Genesis and Revelation create a great divide in America. Christians struggle with both the beginning and the culmination of the Scripture – the Alpha and the Omega as they might be called. Both Genesis and Revelation bring a lot of baggage with them to the American religious scene”
– How have you personally seen this as true?

 

“You hold in your hands a book that offers a full picture of both ends of the story the Bible tells. You hold in your hands a book that brings together the story of origins with the story of redemption and provides the most complete and comprehensive understanding that I have ever seen in my decades of study”.
– What are you hoping to gain out of this study?

 

 

“conservative Christians in America” (pg. 13) 
cf. “We believe the Bible can be understood through careful consideration, intelligent inquiry, due diligence, and effort”.

You can watch the video review of this study at the following link; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnrPlXsXX-4

 

Further study:
Links for in- depth study of topics related to BCS & Covenant Creation
www.beyondcreationscience.com
http://deathisdefeated.ning.com/profiles/blogs/the-covenant-creation-archive

Blog – Returning To Our First Love – Presuppositions
https://mianogonewild.wordpress.com/2015/02/15/returning-to-our-first-love-presuppositions/

Blog – Responding To Newsweek – Mr. Kurt Eichenwald & Biblical Illiteracy
https://mianogonewild.wordpress.com/2015/01/17/responding-to-newsweek-mr-kurt-eichenwald-biblical-illiteracy/

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TJ Smith’s, Kingdom Come (Review of Wed. Night Study)

We recently did a few weeks study through TJ Smith’s book, Kingdom Come, in our Wednesday night Bible study at The Blue Point Bible Church. I had previously written a review for TJ’s book (the link to that review will be posted below). However, the goal of this short blog is to highlight some points we that were marked out in our studies sessions, a sort of outline for the book.

Here is the link to my previous review, https://mianogonewild.wordpress.com/2018/02/26/tj-smiths-kingdom-come-a-must-read/

  • Many of us marked out some issues we had with TJ’s comments about parables, and found ourselves disagreeing a bit (pg. 18-20). Also, at some parts some readings had a hard time discerning whether or not TJ trusts the Bible (pgs. 70-86). This allowed for great conversation around our study table.

 

  • TJ Smith explained early on in the book that his goal was to highlight the “progressive revelation” of the parables, in contrast to a “deferred hope” (pg. 13).

 

  • We had a great discussion about “demonology” and the influence of Hellenism due to details TJ shares on pgs. 67-69. I will be soon providing an audio clip detailing some of that discussion and more at wickedthingsexplained.wordpress.com

 

  • TJ created a “flannel board” for us to keep record of the parables and how they highlight “How to Build A Kingdom”. It looked something like this:
    – Bind the strong man (Chapter Two – Mark 3:20-29)
    – Formulate the message/ Build the Team (Chapter Three – Mark 4:2-20)
    – Product knowledge (Chapter Four – Mark 4:21-25)
    – Eliminate the competition (Chapter Five – Mark 4:26-29 cf. Joel :13-14)
    – Word of Mouth/ Best advertisement (Chapter Six – Mark 4:30-32)
    – Drain the swamp/ New distribution (Chapter Eight – Mark 12:1-12)
    – Trust the leadership
  • Nearing the end of the book, TJ makes some rather poignant statements that I would like to mark out here and challenge YOU further to read his book (again), go through the aforementioned parables, and be effective and fruitful in the fulfilled eschaton, worshipping the Lord in Spirit and in Truth.

 

“In the Hebrew mindset, the “harvest” was not always the glorious ‘golden – sunrise, wind-blown’ event Western Christians have viewed through rose colored glasses. When the Hebrews spoke of ‘harvest’, they typically understood it as judgement.”

 

“Believers need to be studying Scripture, learning of the customs and traditions of the ancient Hebrews. Studying idioms of the Jews. We need to learn how-to interpret the Bible and that can only happen when we understand ancient Jewish culture, customs, language, and times in which Jesus lived”.

 

“Yeshua accomplished everything He said He would; we rule and reign with Christ as ambassadors on earth; God dwells with us; He is our God and we are His people; He is the Tree of Life and we are the ‘leaves’ used for the healing of the nations. His righteousness dwells on earth, through us, since we are now the righteousness of God exhibited through love and grace”.

 

Get your hands on a copy and be blessed by all of this and more, not to mention starting on page 132, TJ Smith highlights and offers wisdom regarding our being in the Kingdom, Christ being our King, and our application of such a reality. Glory to God.

Be blessed and edified, and Worship Him,
Pastor Michael Miano
The Blue Point Bible Church
www.bluepointbiblechurch.org

 

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Provision of Justification By Grace Through Faith

Recently I was convicted by the following quote from Harry Emerson Fosdick, “A good sermon is an engineering operation by which a chasm is bridged so that the Spiritual goods on one side – the unsearchable riches of Christ – are actually transported into person lives one upon the other”.  That being so, I began to detail some of the riches we had in Christ in my sermons at The Blue Point Bible Church.

In this blog I want to specifically highlight the last two sermons I preached. On January 13th I spoke through the “gifts and riches we have in Christ”, namely, the free gift of grace that provides justification as detailed in Ephesians chapters 1-2, as well as Romans chapters 5-6.  On January 27th, I outlined the contextual details found in the Book of Romans. In both sermons I explained that in the Scriptures we find the details of “… corporate and individual aspect to God’s gift of grace”. Here are the links to those sermons;

http://www.buzzsprout.com/11630/918042-1-13-19-bpbc-worship-service

http://www.buzzsprout.com/11630/935576-1-27-2019-bpbc-worship-service

Ironically, these insights run directly against some charges that were made against Full Preterism, namely by Joel Sexton (an online “critic” of Full Preterism), in what he referred to as “soteriological implications”. A few months ago, in discussion with Joel, I had mentioned that I could use further study in the area of justification and how the implications of fulfillment pertain to that specific doctrine. Rather than honest conversation in these details however, Joel would rather join a ragtag group of online “Anti-preterists”, who make the substance of their confused theology to be attacking Full Preterism, and he asserted that this meant I did not understand justification. Also, he asserted that this must lend to my teaching a false gospel. Yikes, quite the charge, eh?

What I would like to do is cite the remarks he made and offer clarifying responses. Surely, you will come to see that Joel’s charges, as often is the case, are unfounded and without merit.

  • Joel asserts “If God’s wrath is fully exhausted in AD 70, there is no need for justification today (because justification is tied to judgement. Number 1 of his “Fourfold Soteriological Errors Concerning A Past Judgement). He also ties this to Romans 3:19-26; Romans 5:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 2:16; and Revelation chapter 15.

 

Joel’s assertions here are strange for someone what has been understood by some to be in the very least a Bible student. The context of the Book of Romans has often confused many, thus what is known as the “Pauline perspectives”, and should be understood in it’s properly context. In Romans chapter 3, the details are speaking to how the Law was used to lock Israel under sin, as well as the whole world (“those who not sinned in the likeness of Adam”). The wrath of God was being revealed against that generation and it was. Joel seems to be misplacing the appropriate understanding of how these details apply and failing to understand the various ways salvation is used throughout the Scriptures. Not to mention, just because something is fulfilled in Scripture, it does not mean the application or the effect have been terminated. Romans chapter 5 connects the details of justification to wrath and atonement, both aspects noted throughout the Law (praise God that recent scholarship has begun to take note of the Jewish context of the Romans letter thereby challenging honest Bible students to properly frame the details as per the “audience relevance”). When the people of God are justified whats the “telos”? Telos is the Greek word for goal or end. The question honest students of Fulfilled Bible Prophecy must study out, and the critics must acknowledge, is what was the goal of God justifying His people? What would a justified people produce? I believe that honest answer alone destroys Joel’s charge that if the wrath is done and over than justification is no longer needed.
I have already outlined most of this and the proper applicability of judgement to the here and now. I would encourage an honest study through the following link,  https://www.preteristarchive.com/2018_miano_gods-past-judgment/

 

  • Joel said that the Full Preterism understand of “God’s past judgement” leads to deism and he offered up Romans 3:19-26 and Romans 5:1-11 as his proof-text.

 

Deism is the philosophical understanding of God’s work within creation, and it makes the case that God does not directly interact with His creation any longer. Not only is this categorically incorrect, Joel’s use of the proof- texts demonstrate nothing. What is does show however is that Joel seems to fail to understand how proper use and understanding of Hebraic narrative and Spirituality actually applies. Maybe we could encourage more study of historical/cultural context and Biblical narrative through teachers like Andrew Perriman, Tom Holland, among others, rather than out-of-context citations of church fathers and reformers. These men, though at times in disagreement in how the story all fits together, are at least honest to admit the journey and do not spend their time attacking opposing positions.

 

  • This next “implication” seemingly demonstrates Joel in the least unknowingly stretching the Scriptures, in the worst willing abusing Scriptures to try and make his points. In number 2 of his “Fourfold Soteriological Implications…”, he says that justification is died to resurrection (which I believe he is asserting a yet future physical resurrection), but if you read the texts, appropriately and in context of course, the “we”, “they”, “ourselves” and “our” terms found in the text should sufficiently hint at the corporate nature of the details being talked about. Not to mention, far more than sufficient studies have been done by lead Preterist teachers to demonstrate the corporate nature and fulfillment of the “hope of Israel” as made known through the Law and the Prophets and preached by Christ and the Apostles.

 

  • In what seems to be another stretch of the Scripture, number 3 of Joel’s “Fourfold Soteriological Implications…” is that Romans 5:1-11 are in the “present active indicative”, as well as the glory in Romans 8:18 – 24. Well, maybe another “Bible student” can explain this one, I’m at a loss for words or thoughts for that matter. Why bring Greek details into what we are asserting the Scriptures clearly teach. Is my English translation sufficient or not?

 

  • And lastly, Joel’s number 4, his last attempt at attacking Full Preterism was a return to his initial point. If Full Preterism is true, which is it regardless to his confused list of “implications”, and there is no more wrath, then there is nothing to be saved from. This time he used Romans 5:8-10 and Ephesians 2:3 as his proof-texts. This is a strange correlation since the context of the passages are speaking about different points. The Romans text is speaking about the justification by faith that the Jews who were enemies of God by way of the death brought forth by sin magnified by the Law. The Ephesians text, speaking about how at one time the Christian Jews and Gentiles had once found themselves living in the same carnality those “in the world” at Ephesus did, at that time living “…by nature deserving of wrath”.

 

“…but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.  For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10)

 

“All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.” (Ephesians 2:3)
Neither of these texts do anything to bolster Joel’s charges, but rather through a proper study of the above verses, one can gain a healthy perspective as to what God was doing in the first century through the Gospel applied to Jews and Gentiles. Wrath would come upon the Jew first, and then the Gentile (Romans 1:16), both being guilty of sin and death, and would this need Christ, the fulfillment of the hope of the forefathers and mercy to the Gentiles (see, Romans 15:8-9). Or as Bible teacher Andrew Perriman has noted in reference to the early chapters of Romans, “Works of Law could not save Israel because the Law could not deal with the root of the problem of human sin; in the end it could only condemn God’s people to destruction. Only those Jews, along with a growing number of Gentiles, who took the narrow path of trusting in the way of Jesus – the way of suffering and vindication – would be justified, would have peace with God, would not come under condemnation, and would find themselves on the right side of history”.

 

With such a foundation as Fulfilled Bible Prophecy, what I regularly refer to as “the power of Preterism”, we should continue to have faith in the increase of God’s kingdom. That faith demonstrates our justification and provides the provision, the Body of Christ, as a means for justification of others. As brother Steve Baisden recently pointed out in an article he posted online, “Fulfillment does not mean termination”. The fulfillment and effectivity of God’s faithfulness, mercy, grace, and justification was shown and established in the first century and now the church continues to “show forth the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Jesus Christ” (see, Ephesians 2:7).

 

I made some strong points in this article with the intention to mark out Joel Sexton for what he has become. Not only confused, but on a mission to attack those who hold to the truth. Scripture tells us to mark these men out. I do hope that despite the strong tone, the details were edifying to others, and challenging in the sense that we might “reason together”.

In Service to Him,

Michael Miano
Apologist, MGW Apologetics
Pastor, The Blue Point Bible Church

 

 

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Could It Be A Coincidence?!?!

Allow me to start off by saying, I don’t believe in coincidences. Rather, I affirm the sovereignty and providence of God over every moment. So, the title of this blog was to grab your attention and get you thinking, no to really ask if what I am about to put before you are a confidence or not.

Earlier this morning, I began to tune in and listen the G3 Conference happening in Atlanta, Georgia and as soon as I tuned in Dr. James White was preaching. Dr. James White and I have had interaction before which you will come to understand better by the time you are done reading this blog. This morning, Dr. James was preaching through John chapter 8, and in my estimation, he did a great job showing the force of the interaction between the religious leaders and Jesus. The religious leaders had wandered over to false teachings, teaching the commandments of men rather than the truth (see, Matthew 15:9; Mark 7:8, etc.), and because of their clinging to the truth they thought they knew (regarding their lineage back to Abraham) they could not see the Truth right in front of them. Their intellectual dishonesty blinded them. I thought it was an interesting detail that the religious leaders would assert something, they had to knowingly know to be a falsehood (v.33), as Dr. White pointed out, to further bolster what they saw as their “truth claim”. Before I begin to detail a bit where I see other’s doing that and other aspects of intellectual dishonesty running rampant today, I’d like to appreciate one last point from Dr. White’s message. Taking note of John 8:24, Dr. White pointed out the doctrinal absolute we can get from this text, namely that in order to not “die in your sins”, you must believe that Jesus Christ is and was the “I AM”, and it is this truth that “shall make you free”.

That being so, I affirm that Jesus Christ is the “I AM” that appeared to Abraham, in the glory He had with the Father before the world began. That would make me a Christian.

So, what is the coincidence talk about? How does this relate to rampant intellectual dishonesty today?

Sure enough, as I opened my TimeHop application this morning (which takes me back to my previous posts each day throughout the years), today a conversation I had 3 years ago via Twitter with James White. I had emailed, Facebooked, and tried to reach Mr. White through Twitter to engage his thoughts on eschatology (as I have charged that he ignores inconsistencies in eschatology all the while debating Muslims who profane Christian pulpits), yet he continually ignored me. So yes, being a bit frustrated with his ignoring the reaching out, I charged him with “intellectual dishonesty”. The same intellectually dishonest that was exhibited by the religious leaders as they spoke with Jesus Christ. Yes, I have and am continuing to charge Christian leaders who operate under the confused guise of inconsistent “futurist” views of eschatology as “intellectually dishonest”. In this regard at least.  Why such strong words on my part? Well let me explain…

I will readily acknowledge that Islam is an aberrant teaching that needs to be taught and defended against. Oddly enough, if his speaking this am and popping up on my TimeHop was “coincidence” enough, I have also been in the middle of a study helping encourage a friend away from Islam – so hearing Dr. White surely seemed in perfect timing (as I do indeed appreciate much of his work in that area). However, we must not ignore the fractured nature of the Body of Christ regarding the ‘end times’, and a willingness to be content with the confusion, as long as the Full Preterist doesn’t come along. All the confusion is ok, but the clarity Full Preterism brings – no, that’s heresy. And yes, many have been abused and broken in the Christian Church due to the intellectual dishonesty and ignorance that runs rampant in that regard. For maintaining the consistent view of Full (Biblical) Preterism many have been ostracized, have been told to maintain a bad conscience regarding good theology to maintain the status quo, have been removed from leadership positions, divorced, and so much more…and yet this is subtly ignored, or just lambasted as “heresy” by many in the contemporary church.

So…the good news? 2019 is going to be a year that you can expect to see more purpose, clarity, and accountability within the “Preterist Movement”. We have marked out the need to see more practical and productive teachings regarding our living out the “fulfilled eschaton” and a continued call to accountability on behalf of Christian leaders to foster honest conversations and teachings in these regards (with the same conviction and passion they had in rebuking it).

Surely, there are no coincidences.

Submitted for Christ’s glory & the Church’s edification,

Michael Miano
Pastor, Director, & Apologist
The Blue Point Bible Church
The Power of Preterism Network
MGW Apologetics

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Celebrate Christ: The Fulfilled Lord’s Table

Yesterday, January 6th, Pastor Michael Miano preached a sermon about celebrating Christ in and through the Lord’s Supper at The Blue Point Bible Church. You can listen to that sermon at the following link, http://www.buzzsprout.com/11630/911968-1-6-19-bpbc-worship-service

In said sermon, he promised to put my notes online. Below you will find the sermon notes and an included online post about the Lord’s Supper from preacher Steve Baisden.


Sharing in the Lord’s Table
Communion = Fellowship

Celebrate Christ Sermon Series – 2 Peter 1:3

“Turn you eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of the earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace”. – Helen Howarth Lemmel

“Home is not a heavenly mansion in the afterlife but a safe place in the midst of our anxious world”. – Brenning Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel

“Let no one deceive himself. He who has no sight of Christ’s glory here and now, shall never see it in the hereafter”. – John Owen

Move into this with the right mentality – Psalm 139:23-24

Who are regarded as the beneficiaries of Christ’s provisions?

What can we do to deepen our understanding of and appreciation for the wonder of Christ’s presence?

How does the Lord’s Table provide insight for a new world in our day? 

WHAT COMES TO MIND WHEN YOU THINK OF THE LORD’S SUPPER?

Alot of thoughts shared in this message will be paraphrased quotes from “Bread Broken and Shared”.

(eternal life- John 17:3; salvation, baptism, covenant, His death, His life, His flesh, His blood, His presence and glory, etc)

“The danger…to be satisfied with only partial vision, the full brightness of the Truth might blind us and make us realize to what extent the Lord’s Table is a ongoing mystery of SURPASSING greatness and beauty”.

Let’s turn to 1 Cor. 11 – The Apostle Paul speaks of the Lord’s Table as a reality which all know and could agree on, in order to make a statement about the quality of the Christian life of the Corinthians. The main thing Paul was concerned about was what it means to love as brothers and sisters.

“The New Testament problem was unique: to find words to describe an experience of coming together as a community to share a meal at which Christ was both participant and nourishment”.

“The Lord’s Table is the way Jesus has found to transcend time and space”.

WHAT SHOULD COME TO MIND?

“Unless our life choices, our value systems, our actions, are informed by the Lord’s Table, they are not fully Christian”.  – “…it is the life of Christ which God offers us”.

“If we are to continue the work that Jesus has started, if our Lord’s Table celebration is to be reflected in our lives, we must learn to extend the reach of this celebration beyond it’s present limits”.

The Lord’s Table is all about RELATIONSHIP
“Attachment is the foundation of the soul’s existence”. – Boundaries
“Our deepest need it to belong, to be in a relationship, to have a spiritual and emotional “home”. The very nature of God is to be in relationship: “God is love”, says 1 John 4:16. Love means relationship – the caring, committed connection of one individual to another”. – Boundaries

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
“…the reality of our incorporation in Christ”.
“The Lord’s table is the source and summit of the Christian life” (define source and summit)

“The Lord’s Table perpetuates aspects of Jesus’s life and gives us the strength to pattern our lives after His”.

Eucharist prayer –  Through him, with him, in him,  in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours,  almighty Father,  for ever and ever.

GAINING A SCRIPTURAL UNDERSTANDING

“We are struck with a further realization: The four accounts of the Lord’s Table that we now possess were not written primarily to teach us about the Lord’s table! Rather, in each case the writers used an accepted tradition – one familiar to their readers – as a means to develop a specific truth”.

(Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-35; Luke 22:17-20)

“…situating these texts in the heart of Jesus’s last days, their concern was to use the Lord’s Table to clarify the meaning of Jesus’s suffering and death”.  cf. brought to mind – Jer. 31:31-34; Isaiah 42:1-9; 49:1-6; 50:4-11; 52:13-53:12

CHRIST IN US – HIS BODY – FILLING UP AND BEING FORMED
Ephesians 3:17
Colossians 2:7

Christ formed in you – Galatians 4:19; Colossians 1:24 -27

His death – Romans 6:3-4; Galatians 2:20; 2 Cor 4:10;

His life – glory (John 14 & 17); changed (1 Cor. 15😊; 1 Thess 4- gathered and glorified.

1 John 3:2 is to be interpreted through the lens of John 14 & 17
Glory (weight/value)- love- presence = relational terms

HOW SHOULD WE CONSTANTLY CELEBRATE HIS PROVISION OF “HIS LIFE IN US” AND REFORM OUR THOUGHTS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS TRUTH WE LEARNED TODAY?

“In memory of Me” – “In saying that the Lord’s Table is Christ’s memorial, we are acknowledging that through His grace and power God is able to even today to insert us into a past moment (“Dynamic Transcendence”) – keeping the reality actual and authentic for subsequent generations”.  – “God and man insert themselves in the accomplishments of the past”

“Examine Yourself” – True reflection at the Lord’s Table “…is never a passive, comforting moment alone with God that allows us to escape the cares and concerns of everyday life. (contrary to popular thought). Rather, the Lord’s Table is where all these cares and concerns come to a focus, and where we are asked to measure them against the standard lived by Jesus Christ..”

“When we meet Christ at His table and say “amen” to His body which is offered for us, we say in the words of St. Augustine, “amen, to what we are”.

“And when our supportive network is strong enough, we will all help each other mature into what God intended us to be: “bearing with one another in love. Making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:2-3)”.  – Boundaries

“Fundamentally, the Lord’s Table is a victory – a victory of One who is absent from the world to become present in a world which conceals Him”. – St. Cyril of Alexander

“The presence of Christ demonstrated in and through the Lord’s Table is at the heart of the church. But it will be a redeeming presence for us only if the whole ministry of Christ’s life is accepted and lived. Only in this way will the Church become the presence of Christ to the world”.  Essentially, “It moves us to become Christ for others”.

“By joining in on the Lord’s Supper, the provisions of the Son, we commit ourselves to do our part to continue His mission on earth”.  “The more authentic our commitment to mission, to share the broken bread, the more will Christ’s presence (God’s glory) will be recognized”

Our Lord’s Table message to the world – His Life in and through us:
“Faithful obedience is active remembrance”
“The first thing that we must come to understand is that seeing the glory of God means having friendship with God”. -Alan Bondar  (contrast of covenants, Heb 12:18-24; 2 Cor. 3-5)
“Only those who continue to seek the praise of God through genuine, self-sacrificial love for others will see more and more of God”. Why? Simply: Because God is love (cf. 1 John 4:15-16)



Steve Baisden
January 5 at 10:18 PM
“ye do show the Lord’s death till he come”

Invariably, whenever people want to dispute the idea that the Lord has already come a second time for the judgment and the resurrection they will bring up 1Cor 11:26 which says “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.” They will contend; “if you believe that the Lord has already come, then why do you still partake of the Communion because you are only supposed to do that till the Lord come”?

On the surface this seems to be a valid argument, and certainly it must be answered. In order to do this we will look at both the immediate AND remote context of (1Cor 11:26). We will examine the type/antitype (the Old Testament shadow compared to the New Testament’s reality of the Communion). We will show what the Lord said regarding the ‘when’ of the partaking would actually take place, and we will also show how the word “till” is used in scripture.

Jesus instituted and commanded the Communion observance. He instituted this act of worship at the Passover Meal in the upper room with the twelve the night before His crucifixion. He told them that He would not eat any more thereof until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God (Lk 22:16). He also told them He would not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God would come (Lk 22:18). The “fulfillment” and the “kingdom” had to both take place before our Lord would partake of those elements with His people. In Lk 21:20-32 Jesus said that the kingdom would come when Jerusalem was compassed with armies in that generation. This is the kingdom that Jesus was referring to as coming when all would be fulfilled! “When you see Jerusalem compassed with armies… these be the days of vengeance when all things written may be fulfilled” (Lk 21:20,22). In Lk 21:27-31 Jesus spoke of His coming in redemption and that is when He was bringing the kingdom in fulfillment. Jesus was not alluding to Pentecost. We know this because contextually (Lk 21-22) the kingdom Jesus was referencing would not come till Jerusalem was compassed with armies in its fulfilled sense in that generation.

Obviously Jesus planned on having communion with His disciples after his coming in the fulfilled kingdom. The communion’s actual observance with the Lord being present could not be observed until all be fulfilled, including that kingdom that was promised to come WHEN Jerusalem was compassed with armies in that generation (Lk 21:20-32).

Partaking of the Communion was a command for ALL Christians. Those who would partake of it before the Lord’s actual coming, Pre AD 70, would do it looking forward to that day when they could partake of it new with Him in His Kingdom. But we, on this side of His coming, post AD 70, partake of it with Him as He promised, in His fulfilled kingdom! Christians today can observe the communion as our Lord desired it to be observed, not as the Corinthians that Paul wrote to who were looking forward in anticipation to His coming in His fulfilled kingdom.

Context is key; Paul was writing to the Corinthians BEFORE the encompassing of Jerusalem in that generation when all would be fulfilled with the coming kingdom! Ask yourself which side of the encompassing of Jerusalem in that generation (2000 years ago) are you on.

“Till” in (1Cor 11:26) is translated from the Greek word “Achri” meaning (until, unto, up-to). Rom 5:13 uses this same word and says “For “UNTIL” the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.” Since the word “till” is used here does this mean that sin did not continue after the law came? CERTAINLY NOT! “Till” does NOT necessitate termination! It may simply mean a point in time when a change would happen. Paul would say “I have lived in all good conscience “until” this day” (Acts 23:1), does that mean after that day he did not live in good conscience anymore? Certainly not! The same is true with the Communion. The Communion for the CORINTHIANS pre AD 70 was to be taken in expectance of the Lord’s return. They would partake of it as a command waiting for His return at which time, they then, could partake of it with Him “new in His Father’s Kingdom” having been fulfilled (Lk 21,22, 32). “Till” only represents a point in time which a change would take place, NOT TERMINATION!

How many times have we all heard something to this affect “Till daddy gets home I want you to be a good boy for mommy.” Whenever a dad says this to their children, does this mean that when dad gets home it is then ok for the children to misbehave and be bad? After all Daddy did say “TILL’ I get home…” Doesn’t “till” mean that at that particular point a change will happen? Yes it does, but the question now must be, what is the change? It is NOT the little boys attitude that must change from good to bad, it IS the change in the household that now the father has returned. “TILL” does NOT necessitate termination! If it did then the little boy would have to terminate his good behavior. But we all know better than this… don’t we? In like manner, the change that would come with the “till” of (1Cor 11:26) was NOT an ending of the Communion, it was the change of the Lord returning to be with the saints when they partook (Mt 26:26-29, Lk 21-22).

Considering the communion is a command that all Christians are to observe, and certainly this includes the pre AD 70 Christians, then just as Jesus explained, they couldnt observe it as He promised “TILL” the fulfillment in His kingdom and Paul was simply reminding the Corinthians of this very thing!

This is the exact scenario we find in the type/antitype relationship with the Passover in the Old Testament as it foreshadows the Communion of the New Testament.

When the children of Israel were in Egyptian bondage they were commanded to partake of the Passover meal; this signifying that the spirit of death would pass over all the homes where the blood of the Lamb was applied and the death would not affect them. This was instituted the night before the death of the firstborn. In like manner, Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper the night before the death of the firstborn of God; Jesus. After that the nation of Israel passed through the red sea being baptized of Moses (1Cor 10). In like manner, after Jesus institution, His people were delivered from Judaism through baptism (Acts 2:37-47).

The nation of Israel, after passing through the Red Sea, entered a forty year time period of wandering before they crossed the River Jordan into the promised-land. After they crossed into the promised-land they continued to keep the Passover (Jos 5:10). In like manner, Christians entered into the forty year time period until they were delivered into the promised-land (Kingdom of God that was to come with the Lords return when Jerusalem was compassed with armies Lk 21:20-32, Mt 16:276-28). And in like manner, Christians are to continue in keeping the Communion, just as the Israelites continued in keeping the Passover!

God gives the shadow in the Old Testament, so that it will help us in understanding the actual in the New Testament (Rom 15:4, Heb 10:1)! The proper application of the type/anti-type of the communion is that after the fulfillment of the promise, we are to continue in observing the communion just as the Israelites continued in observance of the Passover!

Remote context also demands our continued observance. Isa 9:7 “Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” Isaiah promised the kingdom that our savior would bring, would never end! Luk 1:32-33 “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.” Isn’t it sad that so many Christians today expect the everlasting kingdom and its blessing of communing with Jesus to end at some future time?

Another angle; The same people that make this argument will also argue that they partake of the communion WITH THE LORD. So, if it is true, if they do commune with the Lord, and the Lord is there with them, then the Lord MUST have returned! Sometime between when Paul wrote the Corinthians and told them they partook showing the Lords death till He come and today when Christians say they partake with the Lord in their presence. The Lord must have returned and the ONLY logical biblical choice of His return is EXACTLY when He said He would… AD 70 when Jerusalem would be destroyed and all would be fulfilled (Lk 21:20-32)!

Now please tell me >WHEN< will the futurist commune with the Lord? They say once the Lord returns there is no more communion, but the Corinthians were taking it looking for His return. So, they were NOT taking the communion with the Lord, they were taking it looking for His return, yet when He comes the futurist say the communion ends, which means they will NEVER partake WITH HIM! 0h the blind hard-hearted position they have put themselves in….. never communing with the Lord, all the while Jesus said He would commune with all in his house….

May heaven help us to get back on the straight and narrow and continue to observe the communion as the Lord wills, WITH the Lord Jesus, not waiting for Him! [SB]

 

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Notebook Review (Oct. 2017 – Dec. 2018)

I recently saw a post that highlight the following sentiment that rang so true with me, “If you know me based on who I was a year ago, you don’t know me at all. My growth game is strong. Allow me to reintroduce myself”.

As you read through this blog, whether you are familiar with my passion for growth and maturity in my own life and in the lives of others, you will see this more clearly.

Two empowering quotes that I am drawing from my previous studies and carrying with me into the upcoming new year are:

“The secret to change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new”. – Socrates

“A passive mindset “manages” to live with mediocrity, but an active mindset leads to change until excellence results”. – Orrin Woodward

The Scriptural background I can use to enforce this type of thinking comes from 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us the spirit of timidity, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind”.

What I am seeking to do with this blog is empower, encourage, and edify you with details from my compiled notes. Every time I finish going through a 5-subject notebook I like to write a blog of review. I just happened to finish my notebook which recorded studies and details from October 2017 – December 2018.

HEALTHY BIBLE INTERPRETATION

Back in October 2017 I was doing quite a bit of study regarding proper Bible interpretation, namely considering the label “heretic” and “heresy”. Consider what Thomas Aquinas, historic Catholic scholar said about one who is to be rightly called a heretic:

 “He is a heretic who, while keeping the outward appearance of Christian religion, devises or follows false opinions for a desire of human approval, earthly reward, or worldly pleasures”.

Sadly, so many in the Church are wrapped up in vestiges of false teachings, in some respects even defending such teachings with animosity toward the truth (nothing new for followers of Jesus Christ). However, much of the tension and continuance of these false teachings simply comes from bad hermeneutics. Bob Dewey has a good article on Bible interpretation wherein he remarks, “The basic idea in hermeneutics (the science of Bible interpretation) is that the author’s meaning is to control our interpretation…This means, most importantly, that we love Truth and have a heart to learn, even if what we learn is not what we hoped for or expected”. Furthermore, he rightly notes. “Perhaps the most important antidote to errors of interpretation is not a method, but an attitude”.

What is needed is a necessary attitude of desire to admit our presuppositions and to move past them by gaining an audience relevance perspective regarding the Scriptures. Samuel Lewis Johnson, a conservative preacher from the early 1900’s, who surely had his share of presuppositions and paradigms, noted, “Failing to examine the methodology of the Scriptural writers carefully, and following to abjectly and woodenly the limited rules and principles of human reason’s presuppositions, we have stumbled and lost our landmarks along the pathway toward understand the Holy Scriptures, namely that Scripture is its own interpreter, a fundamental principle of Bible interpretation”. Again, I assert though, admitting our need to reexamine things considering audience relevancy is so vital.  Richard James Fischer said, “Separating what may be true from what is likely false is not an insurmountable task. There are tests we can apply”. Yes, however, that comes with the demand of an intellectual honesty in the reforms that are needed. The New Interpreter’s Bible said it like this, “Today, we are beginning to gain some clarity about the cultural otherness of the Biblical text, and more important, the cultural otherness of exegesis and interpretation for modern readers”.

This past year I wrote a few articles and prepared a few presentations that really leaned in on the necessity of good Bible interpretation. Here are a few links to those resources.

https://mianogonewild.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/how-do-we-literally-understand-the-scriptures/

https://powerofpreterism.wordpress.com/2018/08/05/revelation-14-correlating-verses-outline/

https://mianogonewild.wordpress.com/2018/07/23/884/

 

A THEOLOGY THAT AFFECTS MY LIFE

Recently in a conversation about the blessing of serving at and fellowshipping with The Blue Point Bible Church, it was noted that I live out a mature faith. Simply put, intellectual honesty leads to an authentic orthopraxis. I am so indebted to the various influences I have in my life, be they those who gather at BPBC, those in the “Preterist Movement”, or those who I may glean insight from in passing (in person or on social media). On Facebook, Apostle Lionel Blair remarked, “Stop using your imperfections as an excuse for carnal greed”. Rather, the Hebraic mind accepts our flaws and limitations but pushes on toward progress. As Rabbi Hillel remarked, “Where there are no men, be thou a man”. It is a praiseworthy thing to note that in the last year of my life I have given this necessary call, to do what ancient Christian Polycarp was told, “Play the man”. As I look through, I have most assuredly grown into a man of constant examination and challenge. Taking note of my convictions has surely been a good growth spurt, as was encouraged by the following quote from Pastor Jamaal Bernard, “A person who lives according to preference rather than conviction will be apologetic about his faith”.

 

REFORMATION NOW

In my life the concept of “reformation” is almost a motto. I believe that we see things fulfill their God-given design when they are ever-reforming, not stagnant nor prematurely complete. I was excited to read the following quote in the October 2017 issue of the Salvation Army’s publication, War Cry:

“There is enough truth in the Gospel to start a new reformation in every generation”.

True to that spirit, every year, I challenge myself and others to consider necessary areas of reformation (I have even gone on to develop a ministry aimed at doing exactly that in our local assembly).

On 11/1/2017, I wrote down the following insights as reforms that I see as necessary.

Reformation in life
– Good conscience provides authentic boldness
– Necessary boundaries lead to needed peace
– Growing into the man I respect (1 Timothy 1:5; 2 Peter 1)
– No distractions, proper prioritizing.

Reformation in Church
– Preterism
– Understanding of the Biblical narrative and our proper place in that narrative
– Nurturing a common disciplined life

Reformation in World
– Peace, Loy, Joy, Faith
– Restoration (#ProjectRESTORE)
– Conversations, evangelism, the manifold wisdom of God
– “The world will be saved by beauty”. -Fyodor Dostoevsky

And of course, a few months later, in a shorter fashion, I jotted down the following details to further foster necessary reforms in my life.

5/25/2018
“You cannot walk in faith if you are not expecting something”.
My hopes/expectations
– To be effective and useful in ministry
– Enjoyable, peaceable, home/family life
– To be a catalyst of encouragement & reform

2017 into 2018 surely was full of great studies, challenges, insights, conferences, and fellowship. All the more anticipated as we move into 2019. All 3 of my published works (Freaked Out by the New Covenant, Wicked, and Clarity in Revelation) are continuing to edify others, all 3 ministries (The Blue Point Bible Church, The Power of Preterism Network, and MGW Apologetics) are advancing, and so much more to come.

 

WEBSITES/ RESOURCES

Before I conclude with some encouraging thoughts, of course praying that your time spend reading through this review has been edifying, I’d like to leave you with a few links that I had jotted down in various places of my notebook.

Details from and about Wicked – www.wickedthingsexplained.wordpress.com

Sermons going through our series #ThinkingThruScripture from Genesis to Leviticus – www.buzzsprout.com/11630

Jewish Writings – www.Sefaria.org/texts

A Modern Rabbinical Look at things – www.Rabbisacks.org

Ministry & Pastor Resources – www.CreativePastors.com

 

CONCLUSION

A new year compels us to be grateful for all that we have and dedicated to a greater responsibility in living out our appreciation. I conclude this blog praying for you and myself, that we would find a greater hunger for Godly things, make better decisions, and continue to grow into an ever-reforming maturity. May the following quotes inspire you in those regards.

“We have to figure out how to hunger for more from God. King David had his problems when he lost his hunger…when we are hungry for more responsibility and more fruit, we embrace learning from anyone and anything…”. – Brian Tome

“The decisions you make today shape not only tomorrow, but the journey ahead”.
– Alan Hirsch

“The measure of my maturity is the extent to which I take responsibility for the maintenance of my Spiritual condition. Today this will be my highest priority”.
– Just For Today, NA Guide

 

In Service to Him,
Michael Miano
Pastor, Director, & Apologist

www.bluepointbiblechurch.org
www.powerofpreterism.com
www.mianogonewild.wordpress.com

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Chapter Six: The Hill To Heaven from Alan Bondar’s Book (TJBTV)

In our Saturday Bible Study at The Blue Point Bible Church (www.bluepointbiblechurch.org) we have been studying through Alan Bondar’s book, The Journey Between the Veils. Alan’s insights are very beneficial to gaining a Scriptural perspective of many things, especially Christ’s incarnational work and the temple typology regarding Paradise and Heaven.

In our study we have completed up to Chapter Six: The Hill to Heaven. These are some of the notes, as promised, from that study.

“He took the one way 40-cubit journey and permanently opened the way for us to get to God…Christ ascended the hill to heaven once and for all after 40 days (His ascension) and would come again, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who eagerly awaited Him (cf. Hebrews 9:28)”. – Alan Bondar

In Hebrews 8:4-5 we read, “Now if He were on earth, He would not be a priest at all, since there are those who offer gifts according to the Law, who serve a copy and a shadow of the heavely things, just as Moses was warned by God was he was to erect the tabernacle; for “See,” He says, “that you  make all things according to the pattern which was shown to you on the mountain”.

It was necessary that Christ complete this journey to consummate the wedding banquet.

In Psalm 24:1-10 we read, “The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, in the world, and those who dwell in it. For He has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood And has not sworn deceitfully. He shall receive a blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek Your face—even Jacob. Selah. Lift up your heads, O gates, and be lifted up, O ancient doors, That the King of glory may come in! Who is the King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O gates, and lift them up, O ancient doors, That the King of glory may come in! Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory.”

“Only the King of Glory may come in. Only the King of Glory may ascend into the hill of the Lord. Who is the King of Glory? It is none other than Jesus. But it is no coincidence that Jesus waits 40 days before ascending through the second veil into heaven through the glory cloud. It was a 40 cubit journey…Luke’s account of the steps of Jesus will take us on that journey in consecutive order beginning not inside the first veil, but outside the first veil.” – Alan Bondar

 

TEMPLE TYPOLOGY/ CHRIST’S WORK

Luke 23:44-49 – “…the veil of the Temple was torn into two…”

Luke 24:25-28, 29-35 – “…was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” Then beginning with Moses and with all the Prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures…They began to relate their experiences on the road and how He was recognized by them in the breaking of bread”. (cf. John 6:31-35; Matthew 12:1-8)

Luke 24:44-47 – “…Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem”. (cf. Isaiah 46:6; John 8:12, 20; Revelation 21:22-24; Acts 26:22-23; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Exodus 25:31-39)

Luke 24:48-51 – “…the promise of my Father…He lifted His hands and blessed them. While He was blessing them, He parted from them and was carried up into heaven”. (cf. Leviticus 9:22-24)

 

CONCLUSION

“The reason Jesus came in the flesh was to remove the veils for us so that we don’t have to die as we pass through them…Instead, because Christ passed through the veils for us, the glory of God can dwell in us”. – Alan Bondar

We have surely moved from hoping to having.  Live in the fullness of His faithfulness today.

 

Get your copy of The Journey Between the Veils at the following link, http://donkpreston.com/product/journey-between-the-veils/

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