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This is part 1 to a 2 part study called "the true people of God". this will be an Apologetic study in search for the identity of the church

This is part 1 to a 2 part study called "the true people of God". this will be an Apologetic study in search for the identity of the church

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  • 1. True People of God Bro. Harvey LincolnIf the apostle Paul were walking amongst our modern society, what group of assembled believerswould he be associated with? If Peter, one of the key holders of the kingdom of God (Mat16:18-19), were here gazing into the crowd of denomination Christendom, where would he saythe true Jesus Messieh built church is? Would they be assembled amongst those who deny thedeity of Christ? NO! Would they be assembled amongst those who believe Christian standards ofholiness is bondage, legalism, and of the devil? NO! Would they be assembled together withthose who believe in Tella-Tubbey unity (We can all believe what we want about truth as long aswe love each other)? NO! Would they be assembled amongst those who believe they can walk,talk and dress half naked or effeminate with no fight or desire for ridding themselves of thesefilths because they confessed Jesus as their savior and he loves them? The answer is anaffirmative… NO…NO…NO…NO!!!One of the only ways we would see them in these gatherings is f they were preaching, teaching,and reasoning against it with tears, love and grace in order to bring them out of this deceptionbefore it was to late! 2Ti 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.The testimony of scripture strongly affirms a great falling away from THE TRUTH in the lastdays. Sin desiring agents are being used to destroy the church and take as many people down tothe lake of fire as possible! Standards of holiness are being spoken against and labeled legalismand bondage. The question is this…What was THE TRUTH that Paul spoke of?What did the original church look like?Does what I believe and practice look like the first New Testament church?In order to understand this we must first start off with what the Old Testament prophets spokeabout in regards to the future dispensation of grace we call the church age. Gen 49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.This prophecy was given from the mouth of Jacob as he spoke individual prophecies andblessings upon their later heritage of people known as the 12 tribes of Israel. During this timeJacob speaks of a time of “gathering” that would occur in the last days. The word “gathering”here in the Hebrew is; Yiqqaha, which means: obedience. The implication of this passage couldred like this… “When Shiloh comes he will gather the people who will obey him.”Without going into much detail on the doctrine of faith and obedience it must be noted here thatany teaching that says we can have faith in Shiloh at his coming and separates faith from
  • 2. obedience is teaching deception and smooth flattery. This scripture confirms that there wouldcome a time when Shiloh (Jesus Messieh) would come from between the feet of Judah (Virginbirth of Mary) and at that time there would be a gathering of people unto himself. This wouldlater come to be known as “THE CHURCH”, or as the title implies, “THE TRUE PEOPLE OFGOD.”Lets examine another text of scripture… Duet 18:18-19 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.This prophecy of old was given by the mouth of Moses speaking of a time when a prophet wouldrise and that if the children of Israel did not listen, did not follow, and did not heed ALL THEWORDS of this individual it would be require of him. This phrase “required of him” is furtherexplained from the mouth of the apostle Peter… Act 3:22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.The time was soon coming when there would be a gathering of the true people of God and thisprophet to rise would be the separation line to determine who the true saints would be. J E S U S D I V I D I N G L I N E Isa 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste. Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place. Rom 9:33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 1Pe 2:6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
  • 3. Jesus is Shiloh to come and has come and he would be the rock, the dividing line in which woulddetermine who the true people of God were, and reveal who were not the real people of God. Hewould determine who the real called out gathered ones were and who were not. These peoplewere soon to be identified as converts to the name of Jesus and his authority as their Messieh.Those who followed him, learned of him and hearkened to all of his words were the true saints. Itwas not the people that came to him just to hear his powerful teaching and flatter him with lyingexhortation and admonishments. It was not those who received a miracle and were healed, butrather those who’s hearts were pricked with the reality that they were indeed lost in their sin andJesus was their only hope for salvation and to him they would cling to. It was not until the birth ofJesus that this gathering would occur, and then so, it was not until his baptism that he literallybegan to gather the people unto himself. Hearts were going to be revealed. Honesty was going tobe confronted. Hypocrisy was going to be shown. Those who hid behind religious covering andadornment were going to be challenged and unveiled for what they truly were. John 1:10-13 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. but as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.Many of the Jews of that time believed that because they were the natural children of Abrahamthey were automatically the chosen and true people of God regardless of what they did. Mat 3:9-12 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. John 8:33 They answered him, We be Abrahams seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? John 8:39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abrahams children, ye would do the works of Abraham. John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.The Jews carelessly misunderstood that the covenant made with Abraham was entirely tied inaccordance to faith in the promised seed. They did not realize that the prophecies that Moses,Jacob and many other prophets spoke of all meant that the children of Israel would have theirblessings, inheritance and salvation wrapped up entirely in the promised seed. This seed was noneother then the rising prophet, Shiloh, Jesus the Messieh. This is explained clearly by Paul whenhe says,
  • 4. Rom 9:7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed. Gal 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.The covenant made with Abraham was given by promise IN Issac meaning his loans. This meansthat the blessing and salvation and promises of eternal security would come through Christ theseed of the Covenant!When Jesus went out preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God after his baptism and hisrevealing to Israel as the Messieh in John 1:32-33, he confronted his own (Israelite Jews) for 3 ½yrs directly with the heart issues that they had. His PRIMARY mission was only to the Jews atthe time of his earthly ministry and we see this confirmed in Mat 15:24 and in Dan 9:24-27. InJohn 1:10-13 it says the he came to His own and his own did not receive him. How could it bethat the children of Abraham would reject and kill Jesus when Jesus said this was somethingAbraham would not have done in John 8:40? Easy! A Jew is not a Jew or child of Abraham whowas one outwardly, meaning birth or natural descent but rather one who had the faith and walkedin the footsteps and works of Abraham, these were the real Jews and children. The idea ofeternal security based on the fact that they were natural born covenant children and Jewsand nothing could take them from that place of security, blessedness and salvation such assin, hypocrisy and hatred of Jesus was a lie and Jesus utterly demolished this theory andfalsehood! Those who were the real Jews and children of Abraham did not reject Jesus! Thosewhose hearts were circumcised to believe God like Abraham’s did not reject Jesus! Only thosewho were of religious Hypocrisy, lies and hatred of God rejected Jesus. This is the clear teachingof Jesus in regards to the TRUE JEWS! The apostle Paul also confirms this, Rom 2:28-29 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God. Rom 4:12 And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.Any Natural born Jew who did not stride after the Law Covenant by faith (Rom 9:32) in hopes ofthe coming Shiloh to redeem them from their sin, inadequacy of keeping the law perfectly andtheir trangsression of it, WERE NOT TRUE JEWS BUT RATHER HYPROCRITES ANDTHIS WAS REVEALED THROUGH THEIR REJECTING OF THE PROPHETS ANDTHE KILLING OF JESUS!The only true people of God at this point of jesus walk and ministry were those who had come toJesus, as John the Baptist had preached and Jesus had preached, in faith believing he was themessieh who would save them from their sins. They did not understand it fully as they walkedwith Jesus but rather were people who believed the words of their Jewish teachings in the Torah,no doubt Jesus expounded to them. They were clinging to the words of Christ as a babestruggling to be held and taught fighting in faith to convert the words of their Torah (Headknowledge) to the reality of the substance which was Jesus Messieh who was now in their midst.What an excitement that they had knowing that everything they spent their life learning from theirlaw could now be held and touched. Their hearts were in a transition state from law to faith.
  • 5. …From letter to Spirit… Rom 7:6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.…From words in a book, to physically holding the word of life… John 5:39-40 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.… Rule of life no longer written upon stone but written upon their hearts… 2Co 3:3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.Words that John would later write was literally being experienced within them… John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ