There is a wrong perspective that if someone casts out demons, or did miracles or prophesied then they must be holy and God is with him/her and we must listen to them for they may speak on God’s behalf. But reality is, as Jesus mentioned, even the Pharisees whom Jesus referred to as hypocrites can cast out demons.
The events mentioned in last supper of Jesus Christ causes a lot of confusion when compared with Passover of the LORD when both are same. Where is bitter herbs in the last supper? Where is wine in the Passover? The fruit of the vine is compared to the blood of Jesus that was be poured out for us. The vine mentioned does not necessarily mean grape vine but rather vine that produces bitter fruits as per the requirement for Passover. Some examples of such vine include bitter melons or bitter gourds which produces bitter fruits.
Most Christians pray to God with many requests like having a huge grocery list. Praying without doubting is important for receiving from God. That’s fine while praying. As time goes by, many even forget their prayer requests but we worship a God who listens to all our prayers and remembers them. When God is answering your prayer request, and if you don’t believe in it, God will punish you. Hence, be careful what you ask for, and make sure you hold on to it and never doubt until you get it.
While circumcision of heart and ears are required for all Christians, circumcision of flesh is not mandatory since the law was never given to gentiles. Having said that, circumcised gentile Christians are not without benefits in the Scriptures. All Christian gentiles who are circumcised for God of Israel become part of Abraham’s household, can keep the Passover of the LORD, be as a native of Israel and finally can enter Ezekiel’s temple.
Christians often believe that they always have grace and mercy from God but reality is far from it. Christians are being repeatedly deceived that we are even living under the covenant of grace or dispensation of grace when Christ never even mentioned the word grace. God sees our heart and He decides to give grace or be merciful if He wants. Some will never receive any. God has no obligation to give you grace and be merciful. This is the sad truth of God’s grace and mercies. Which is why, we must always obey Him, keep His commandments and be sinless before Him.
Speaking in tongues is not unique to Christianity but a common practice by pagans, shamans and occult. After removing Paul’s letters, neither Jesus, nor His disciples in their letters or in Revelation we find any reference to speaking in tongues except in Acts. Speaking in tongues was given by God to confuse people at the tower of Babel. Even a donkey can speak new tongues to preach a prophet. On the day of Pentecost, just like the donkey, God used His disciples to preach to the people in their own tongues. It is not a gift of the Holy Spirit, nor a language of the angels as Paul lied. God can open the mouth of any creature at any situation to deliver His message for His glory.
There are several firstborns for God namely, Israel, Ephraim, David and finally Jesus Christ. Israel being God’s firstborn passes on his birthright to Ephraim. But God rejected Ephraim to chose David from the tribe of Judah and made him His firstborn. The birthright from David was passed on to Jesus Christ, who came in the line of David to reign over the house of Jacob forever. Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, who is the true firstborn over all who are born of God.
We live in a corrupted world where children are left on their own without disciplining them from a very young age. But God expects us to correct them from committing iniquity not just when they are kids but also after they had grown up.
The Flesh of Jesus is the Word of God as the Word became Flesh. This is why, we must feed on His Word so that we can abide in Him and He in us, and we can live. The blood of Jesus which is the true drink is synonymous to living waters which He will give us to drink, that is the Holy Spirit. As Jesus said, if anyone thirsts, let him come to Him and drink of this living water. If we desire to come after Him, we need to deny ourselves, take up our cross daily and follow Him. Only then we can drink of this living water which is receiving the Holy Spirit.
In the book of Genesis, we read about about Abraham making a covenant with Abimelech in Beersheba. The more you look into the covenant, we can see how Abraham tricks Abimelech because, his focus was on the promise of God. If Abraham was focused on God’s promise of a piece of real-estate, how much are we supposed to focus on God’s promise of eternal life? As Jesus said, we must be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.