In the Scriptural evidence of not being of this world, you’ll find many scriptures that discuss the topic of “not being of this world”. A lot of the scriptures came from Jesus directly, also the Apostle Paul & John spoke about it often as well. It’s quite clear that Christians, the church, the body of Christ, should not be of this world. But while this concept is easy & plain to see, it has been ignored by many believers. The lack of education and knowledge surrounding this concept has caused a lot of destruction for the body of Christ.
While Christianity is seemed to be a “religion” by mainstream opinion, but true born again believer’s will tell you it’s actual just a belief and relationship with God. Christians are those that’s spirit has been born again through belief in Christ dying & resurrecting for their sins. It’s receiving the gift that was not available freely until the resurrection of Jesus Christ. That gift is access to the Holy Spirit. By letting a Christian live through the power of the Holy Spirit in their life and using the Word of God in their lives, a Christian will live abundantly. By believing truly in our hearts that Jesus died for our sins we also will be saved on judgement day, escaping the second death. This is the new covenant or New Testament. It’s the Age of Grace that all that believers can take advantage of.
Jesus started His ministry at the age of 30. During His time He fulfilled many prophecies made. He chose 12 disciples and traveled through Israel performing miracles, being amongst the people, speaking in great parables. He was perfect. He drew in great crowds and became very popular.
After Jesus ascended back into heaven, he left Peter and his other disciples to build His church. The Apostle Peter (“Saint Peter” to the Roman Catholic Church) met with Paul and they went out to spread the gospel that Jesus revealed to them. Paul is a major figure in the birth of Christianity. He was once a Jew that persecuted believers in Christ. He did it well and passionately. One day on the road, Jesus met Saul at the time, blinded Him, and set him up with Peter. From there Paul would be the Apostle to spread the gospel the furthest.
It is very hard to explain the history of Judaism in a series brief articles. The main points will be told to understand what Judaism is and who the children of Israel are. It starts with Abraham. God started the first covenant with Abraham that he would be the father of a great nation. He also promised the land for Abraham and his descendants. This would be the land of Israel. Abraham passed this covenant down to his son Isaac, and Isaac passed it to his son Jacob. Jacob took this inheritance from his older brother Esau. Jacob then fathered 12 sons through 4 women. These are the sons of Israel (Jacob): Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, 2Dan, Joseph, Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad and Asher. These are the names of the sons of Israel (Jacob and his descendants) who went to Egypt: Reuben the firstborn of Jacob.
Everyone knows the story of Moses, who through the power of The Lord, made Pharaoh free the children of Israel of captivity. This was done through many plagues set out by The Lord, but the final straw was when God killed all the firstborn children of Egypt. He passed over all of the children of Israel’s home that put lamb’s blood over their door. This was known as the Passover and is celebrated by the Jews every year since.
Now Joshua takes Israel into the land of Canaan, the promised land of Israel. The 12 tribes spread out. The capital Jerusalem, was in the land of the tribe of Judah. Now when they were conquering their land they were led by the power of the Holy Spirit. When they were able to conquer land is because the power of the Holy Spirit was present. When they conquered land but kept some of the idols or money that the pagans had it quenched the Holy Spirit. They would lose battles until they destroyed the idols and killed the idolaters.
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