From the whirlwinds of contractions emerges information that you can count on. From yesterday it was said that the Jesus declaration of, “Whatever you ask, I’ll do it,” is an erroneous expectation for today.
It is often erroneous thought that the New Testament replaced Old Testament Jewish customs. It didn’t! The following writers were primarily talking to Jews. The gospels, the epistles of James through Jude. And Revelation chapters 1-5, with the remaining chapters being applicable in a more universal manner.
It was a period of transition and controversy. There we find those writers talking to Jewish believers. For them there was only one requirement in order to experience forgiveness of sin. Jesus Himself established the criteria. Recorded as. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” See John 3:16. A period of transition because the Jews were steeped in Judaism and were found in their synagogues observing Jewish orthodoxy. Controversial because some Jews were experiencing the gift of everlasting life.
The criteria for Jew or Gentile is different today. And is recorded as follows, For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. See Romans 10:4. Now the expansion of belief for Jew or Gentile, “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” See Romans 10:9-10.
Because Jesus came to His own, and they rejected Him. Instead of Jesus establishing God’s kingdom on this earth in fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies. The Father created a detour by sacrificing His only Son on the cross. With His kingdom on earth to become a reality sometime in the unknown future.
In the interim, Jesus interrupted a Jew hating prosecutor and made him His ambassador to the gentiles. For the first time in history, God decided to include we gentiles in His plan of redemption.
This padre ventures to say that most of Christendom doesn’t have the slightest clue as to the implications of what has been discussed or will be discussed. Including the implication of the words of Jesus, “If you ask anything in my name, I’ll do it.” See John 14:13-14. Adequately discussed previously with the change forthcoming. Found it necessary to lay the right foundation for the best understanding.
Powerful stuff to settle the confusion which is necessary for the Way to emerge to be what it should be. Churches without walls. With people being mobilized to practice the way of Paul for the glory of His Savior and ours, the Lord Jesus Christ.