Saturday, 13 September 2014

Your testimony or The New Covanent?

Today I was in a church, not a bible believing church listening to the class talking about their personal testimonies or really what it is, now they started with a   scripture from 2 Corinthians 3:3 "Forasmuch as ye are manifestly  declared to be the epistle of Christ  ministered by us, written not with ink,  but with the Spirit of the living God; not  in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables  of the heart."

Now at first glance, it could mean something about personal testimonies IF you take this out of context, twist and bend it towards this but look, this verse is NOT about your testimony.

At the beginning of the chapter, Paul is talking about when he begun this church at Corinth, he is saying that he is the apostle that Jesus used to achieve this, and required no letter of recommendation from anyone. Remember, in earlier chapters the Corinthians were saying, "I am of Cephas, and I am of Paul" these people were immature so they were saying shows us your papers, your certificates of merit per se.

Paul is saying here in verses 1-2 that you yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone” 

Verses 3-4 is basically saying that the people themselves served as authenticating proof that Paul was an apostle of Christ: “You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. Such confidence we have through Christ before God”

Then Paul explains in verses 5-6 that God is the real source of his authority. Paul says "not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter kills, but the spirit gives life".

After these verses, Paul begins to contrast the new covenant to the old covenant if you continue reading.

This is sound exegesis and the proper interpretation of scripture.



4 comments:

  1. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints is the only true church upon the face of the earth. We believe the bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. If we are not a bible believing Church then why did we use a scripture from Corinthians. The only one that taking this out of context, twisting and bending things forward is you. Your children a remembers of this church you talk about. If you want them to follow in your footsteps then be a better example to them and to me. From your wife.

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  2. If you doubt any one scripture in the bible you doubt the entire bible.

    2 Timothy 3:16-17 "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works"

    Your 8th Article of Faith tells me the Mormon church doubts the bible, so you don't believe it.

    Go to your LDS website and read the Joseph Smith Translation of the Holy Bible and see for yourself who takes and adds to scripture.

    https://www.lds.org/scriptures/jst?lang=eng


    There exist many copies of the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, Old and New Testament manuscripts from which we can compare the modern translations.
    For the New Testament we have close to 6,000 Greek manuscripts and manuscript portions, 10,000 Latin Vulgate, 9,300 other versions, plus 36,000 early (100-300 A.D.) relating to the early Christian theologians. such that all but a few verses of the entire New Testament could be reconstructed from these alone.

    In fact, the modern bible versions of the bible excluding the King James version and prior don't even use the majority texts and they are perverted as hell.

    They use apparently older manuscripts, Codex Alexandrius, Sinaiaticus, Vaticanus, only a handful of corrupt manuscripts are used for the latter translations.

    So show me how the bible (The KJV) is as far as it is translated correctly? show me the errors show me the scriptures that the Mormon church doubts. If All scripture is given by inspiration from God and your church doubts it's authenticity, then your church does not believe in the bible.

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    1. You are soo right my brother, even their 10th article of faith is a joke and they do err not knowing the scriptures. The 11the article of faith is a breach of the 1st commandment of God. They support the ecumenical movement which is in line with end time prophecy of one world religion which shall take place. I remember when Joseph Smith was quoted saying the Catholic church was the abomination and did he not say all churches were wrong? And look now, article 11th and their prophet is blossom buddies with the pope.

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  3. Being grounded in the truth is all that matters, and being in the Word is what will keep us from being deceived by the doctrines of men. Amen.

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