Friday, September 11, 2015


Our Bible Teacher Linda, at Open Door Church, spoke about the atmosphere during the years after Christ arose from the dead.  The Gospel went out to the then known world and many were born again, but also there was harsh persecution.  Many Christians were held in Prison, others suffered terrible deaths by lions and merciless torture. 
Our culture today is facing a similar maltreatment.  Christians in other lands are already experiencing this discrimination with beheadings - - as the normal event of the day.  Here in the USA Christians are being fired from their jobs or taken to court because of their faith.

Our Bible Teacher suggested interesting ways to study the scriptures.  Write it down, speak it out as you meditate on those things that apply to your situation.

We have a responsibility to understand what God is saying to you.  The Bereans daily searched the Scriptures to see if what they were being taught was truth.

1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

Our teacher stated that she uses commentaries to get views she might have missed.  Tyndale and Zondervan are trusted sources.  Be careful in using some commentaries as they are not accurate and can be misleading.  She stated that she enjoys Jewish New Testament commentaries as they know the Old Testament culture and their background to explain the New.

There are lots of words out there on the Inter-net; many are harsh and critical with angry rants especially against Faith groups where the Holy Spirit is moving. 

Proverbs 22:24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shall not go.

If you are NOT grounded in “Who You ARE IN Christ” you can easily be deceived with counterfeit teaching.  Bankers are taught to get familiar with the real 20 dollar bill so they can spot a fake. There are many promoting “Another Gospel,” such as cults and professed Apostles.

2 John 1:6-7 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.  For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

Our teacher said she likes to use Strong’s Concordance as it shows word meanings with other scriptures to explain deeper revealing truth.

Doing a research on the word “Covenant” brought out understanding of the Old Testament covenant and what Jesus did in bringing us the New Covenant.

Peter was schooled to read and write, but possibly did not have higher education, because he was a working man.  However he was Bi-lingual and was anointed by the Holy Spirit.

I Peter 1: 1-2 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

Word: CHOSEN:  Deuteronomy 7:6 For thou art a holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.

Ephesians 1:4-6 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

Actually God has chosen everybody to be saved, but each person must cast the deciding vote.  Peter was writing to people who were chosen and had accepted Jesus.

Word: SANCTIFIED:  - Consecration – Purification of heart and life.  Set apart by the Holy Spirit.  This does not mean you are better than others, because God is continually working on you and me; transfiguring our spirit.  We WERE a sinner, but now we ARE a new creature.

How are we to live our life in the Holy Spirit?  Our goal is to obey Christ Jesus according to His Word. The Holy Spirit will always reveal Jesus in us and show us the way.

Word:  SPRINKLED:  Sprinkling of Blood.  Hebrews 12:22-24 But ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,  To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,  And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaks better things than that of Abel.

Moses took the blood of a perfect lamb and sprinkled it on the alter.  This was a fore runner picture of Christ and this sprinkling continued through time, until Christ.

Exodus 24:6-8 And Moses took half of the blood, and put it in basins; and half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar.  And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the LORD hath said will we do, and be obedient.  And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the LORD hath made with you concerning all these words.

Peter understood this culture of Sprinkling the Blood. 

I Peter 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

It is interesting to note, the final act of Jesus completing his work of sacrificial death and resurrection and presenting his blood on the heavenly Mercy Seat: 

John 20:17. Jesus said unto Mary, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to  my God, and your God.

It is a done deal.  Jesus Christ presented his own blood upon the Mercy Seat, to our Father God and it was received by God as the angels shouted “Glory.”
Hebrews 9:12 But BY HIS OWN BLOOD he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”

Understand that YOU have been sprinkled with the blood of Christ!
There is POWER in the Blood of Jesus ! 
1 Peter 1:18,19 "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot."


Now walk worthy of your calling!

One of the best books I've ever read concerning the blood of Christ is


  1. Excellent post, and the commentaries you mention are trusted ones.

  2. Wonderful encouragement, Hazel. So thankful you shared!

  3. Hello Aunt Hazel. You always share words that are sincere and true.
    There are so many lessons in this one post.
    Many Blessings to you

  4. Amen! The only perfect Sacrifice for the final covering of sin...

    I love my Strong's concordance. I've pretty near worn it out, but I have too many old marks and memories to replace it!


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