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Thursday, September 26, 2019



Draft commentary for upcoming Commonwealth of Israel Study Bible - by C.W. Steinle for the Commonwealth of Israel Foundation

Hosea 6:1-2

1 Come, let us return to the Lord.
He has torn us to pieces
    but he will heal us;
He has injured us
    but he will bind up our wounds.
2 After two days he will revive us;
    on the third day he will restore us,
    that we may live in his presence. - NIV

Jesus and Mary Magdalene

Perhaps quoting from an early creed, the apostle Paul reiterated in 1st Corinthians 15:4: "That He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures." Hosea 6:2 is sufficient in itself to stand as that scriptural reference. Hos 6:2 speaks, in context, of the revival and restoration of both houses of Israel. The iniquity and judgment of Ephraim and Judah constitutes the focus of Chapter Five, culminating with an analogy that flows through the first verse of the sixth chapter: "For I will be like a lion to Ephraim, and like a young lion to the house of Judah. I, even I, will tear them and go away..." (Hos 5:14) "He has torn us to pieces but He will heal us; He has injured us but He will bind up our wounds" (Hos 6:1). "Us," who sinned, who were injured, and who are to be restored are none other than the house of Israel and the House of Judah.

The promise of the restoration is to "live in His presence" (Hos 6:2). The obstacle to abiding before the face of God is sin: "But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you..." (Isa 59:2). Such atonement for sin is only afforded by the New Covenant, which was made specifically to resolve the sins of the two houses of Israel: “'This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days,' says the Lord: 'I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,' then He adds, 'Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more'” (Heb 10:16-17).

The forgiveness of sins is often attributed solely to Christ's sacrificial death. However, later in Paul's discourse on resurrection he asserts: "If Christ is not risen... you are still in your sins" (1 Cor 15:17). This requirement, not only for Christ's death but also for His resurrection, comes from the same source which implies an obvious third-day scriptural reference; obvious at least to both houses of Israel during the 1st century. Just as the House of Israel and the House of Judah could not live in God's presence without the forgiveness, reconciliation, and peace accomplished by Jesus, the Scripture of Hosea 6:2 would have been broken by a restoring resurrection on any other than the third day.

"That we may live..." (Hos 6:2) “Because I live, you will live also" (John 14:19) "If then you were raised with Christ" (Col 3:1). Life in God's presence, freed from the stigma of iniquity, relationship restored - all through faith that "Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures" (1 Cor 15:3-4).

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

This is my Father's World


Draft commentary on 1 John 2:15 from the upcoming Commonwealth of Israel Study Bible.

Verse 15 is paralleled in James 4:4 "Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God." Because Gnostic and dualistic philosophies have influenced religious thought from the time of the Classical Academy we must distinguish between a sinful, inordinate attraction to the glamours of the fallen world and a functional appreciation of the world of God's creation. "And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good" (Gen 1:31a). We have been taught to think of the world, the flesh, and the devil as the enemies of our soul. They are indeed three sources of temptation: "There are three things which tempt us, the flesh, the world, and the devil." - Peter Abelard, Epositiones. But just as "no one ever hated his own flesh," (Eph 5:29) the body and the world are not our enemies per se. A godly appreciation for the glories of nature is expressed throughout the Psalms. Eventually the world in its present form, as well as our natural bodies, will pass away (1Cor 7:31). In the meantime we are intended to "bloom where we are planted." "Then God blessed them, and God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it...'" (Gen 1:28). "Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it" (Gen 2:15). Through sin, man has forfeited his authority to subdue the earth; and, until now, the Devil is "the ruler of world" (John 14:30). But God is not finished with this world nor with man's place in this world. “What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You take care of him? You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, and set him over the works of Your hands. You have put all things in subjection under his feet'... But now we do not yet see all things put under him" (Heb 2:6-8). "Not yet" demands a future fulfillment of man's proper authority over the earth and its creatures. Thus, all creation awaits the "restoration of all things" (Acts 3:21; Rom 8: 20-23). The world that "God so loved" and will restore is not our enemy. Such a Gnostic notion must be recognized for its element of eastern dualism that would pit man against God's own creation.

"This is my Father's World" - by Glad

See also: The Rise of Western Lawlessness

Monday, August 26, 2019

EXTERNAL VS. INTERNAL LAW - Are you "under" or "free"?

Image: Part of the All Souls Deuteronomy, containing the oldest extant copy of the Decalogue It is dated to the early Herodian period, between 30 and 1 BC.

EXTERNAL VS. INTERNAL LAW - Are you "under" or "free"?

"Fear God, Honor the King" (1 Peter 2:17).
The fear of the Lord and the love of the Lord come through knowing the Lord; and all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are in Christ (Col. 2:3).
Virtuous character and conduct are driven either by external compulsion or by personal conscience.
Perception of right and wrong - righteousness and sin - is the basis of conscience.
"Through law is a knowledge of sin" (Rom. 3:20).
"The law was our tutor to bring us to Christ" (Gal. 3:24) [And remains the tutor to bring others to Christ].
"For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness..." (Rom. 2:14-15).
God's desire to grant autonomous, internal, conscience-based compliance to His will was expressed in the Old Testament: "Keep my commands and live...Write them on the tablet of your heart" (Prov. 7:2-3). Jesus exampled such internal compliance: "I delight to do Your will, O my God, and Your law is within my heart” (Ps. 40:8).
Compelling virtue by external means, whether by secular brute force or by the dead letter of the law, is oppressive - as expressed in Paul's terminology, "UNDER the law."
"Freedom in Christ" (Gal. 2:4; 5:1) refers to the autonomous compliance to God's law proceeding through the New Covenant which places God's law within the heart and mind (Jer. 31:33; Ezek. 36:26).
"The law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good" (Rom. 7:12)
"One jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled" (Matt. 5:18).
Without law the conscience has no bearing, the lost have no tutor, and the world is given over to lawlessness.
C.W. Steinle

Metamorphosis: A Multidimensional Approach to the Rapture

Awaking Report interview with Chris Steinle on the nature and purpose of the rapture.

This meeting is the same gathering mentioned by Paul in his second letter to the Thessalonians.
We shall be changed. We shall be robbed of our physical bodies – plundered. We will not be taken away immediately, but something will first be taken from us. Something that has already been purchased and merely waits for its redemption. The purchased possession includes both our spirit and bodies. For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Cor. 6:20

Why Most Christians Believe in a Post-Tribulation Rapture

Trunews interview with Christian author C.W. Steinle and his new book, "Why Most Christians Believe in a Post-Tribulation Rapture." Steinle reveals the statistical minority of pre-trib, and why the pre-trib theory opposes the obvious meaning of the Scriptures. Learn why St. Paul would never suggest that Jesus would leave the Father's right hand and descend before all of His enemies had been made His footstool.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Living the Kingdom Life Now

When I wish to redo the past, God says, "Do it now." When I long for future perfection, God says pray, "As in heaven so on earth."