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Friday, May 15 2015

Proverbs 18: Why Are Christians Called Brothers And Sisters?

"For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus ... There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus"

The English-language words "brother" and "sister" are used as a term for siblings - children of common parents. The first brothers and sisters (and husbands and wives - when humans were yet genetically pure) were the children of Adam and Eve (see The Thinker From The Soil).

"5:4 And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters" (Genesis 5:4 KJV)

Abraham As it was from the beginning, a brother or sister is also defined as someone who has a single common parent e.g. Abraham and Sarah had the same father, but different mothers.

"20:12 And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife." (Genesis 20:12 KJV)

So too in English (and most other languages), brother and sister in the original Hebrew of the Bible was used to denote kinship. It's the reason that Abraham also referred to his nephew Lot as his brother ("we be brethren").

"13:8 And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren." (Genesis 13:8 KJV)

Humans have an infinitely-greater potential than their physical lives - although, physical life is the stage in which the children of Adam and Eve have the power to create children, not merely for themselves, but billions of potential children of God. When the "born again" time happens (see Leaving The Soul Behind and the Fact finder question below), physical marriage will have served its time and purpose. All humans (former husbands, wives, parents, ancestors, children, cousins and all "no relation") will be brothers and sisters - the children of God (see The Patriotism Prophecy).

The Sadducees (just as many other "religious" people do today) failed to realize or accept what "born again" really means because they "say that there is no resurrection." The Messiah made plain that there is indeed a resurrection coming in which the purpose of Creation will be fulfilled.

"22:23 The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him, 22:24 Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.

22:25 Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother: 22:26 Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh. 22:27 And last of all the woman died also. 22:28 Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her.

22:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. 22:30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven." (Matthew 22:23-30 KJV)

Just as all humans are the physical children of Adam and Eve, so will all who accept the LORD's offer of salvation be the spiritual children of God (see The LORD God Our Saviour and Where To Find The Path Of Life).

"3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 3:29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." (Galatians 3:26-29 KJV)

The Proverb "A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother" is a look-beyond view of who "brothers" and "sisters" will be (see the Fact Finder question below). Obeying the principles of God's Law is what will make the birth into that family possible (see Who Can Be Saved? and The Harvests Of Salvation).

The Holy Scriptures

"18:1 Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.

18:2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.

18:3 When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.

18:4 The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

18:5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.

18:6 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.

18:7 A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

18:8 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

18:9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

18:11 The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.

18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.

18:13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

18:14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?

18:15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

18:16 A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.

18:17 He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.

18:18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.

18:19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.

18:20 A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.

18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

18:22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.

18:23 The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.

18:24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother." (Proverbs 18:1-24 KJV)

Fact Finder: When will humans truly be "born again"?
See What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?

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This Day In History, May 15

495 BC: A temple for the Roman god "Mercury" was dedicated in Rome's Circus Maximus. Many of Rome's pagan religious customs, including sun worship, were carried over into their antichrist version of Christianity (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and How Did Rome Change True Time?).

392: Roman Emperor Valentinian II was assassinated while advancing into Gaul against the Frankish usurper Arbogast.

589: King Authari married Theodelinda, a daughter of the Bavarian duke Garibald I. A follower of Constantine's Church of Rome (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), she has great influence among the Lombard nobility.

1004: Henry II, the last Saxon ruler of Germany, was crowned king of Lombardy after the defeat of Arduin of Ivrea.

1213: King John submitted to the Pope, offering to make England and Ireland papal fiefs. Pope Innocent III then lifted the interdict (curse upon an entire country) of 1208.

Israeli Troops In 1948 1252: Pope Innocent IV issued the papal bull (a Latin abbreviation for "bulletin") ad extirpanda, which authorized the torture of "heretics" in the Medieval Inquisition. A number of the same "inquisition" torture methods, such as "waterboarding," have been used by various governments right into the modern era, ranging from Adolf Hitler's Gestapo in the 1940s, to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency in the present day under the term "enhanced interrogation techniques."

1455: A crusade against the Turks and for the capture of Constantinople was proclaimed by Pope Calixtus III (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

1525: Insurgents led by Anabaptist pastor Thomas Muentzer were defeated at the Battle of Frankenhausen, thereby ending the German Peasants' War in the Holy Roman Empire.

1536: Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII of England, stood trial in London on charges of treason, adultery and incest. She was found guilty and condemned to death.

1602: English explorer Bartholomew Gosnold discovered Cape Cod.

1701: The War of the Spanish Succession began.

1718: James Puckle, a London lawyer, patented the world's first "machine gun."

1755: Laredo, Texas was established by Spanish colonists.

1768: With the Treaty of Versailles, France purchased Corsica from Genoa.

1836: British astronomer Francis Baily detected the phenomenon called "Baily's beads" during an annular eclipse of the sun. Just before the moon's disk completely covers the sun, the narrow crescent of sunlight may be broken in several places by irregularity (mountains and valleys) on the edge of the moon's disk; the resulting appearance roughly compares to a string of beads.

1860: Giuseppe Garibaldi, with 1,000 volunteers, defeated the larger Neapolitan army at the Battle of Calatafimi.

1948: In response to Israel's proclamation of the State of Israel the day before, Arab armies of Egypt, Transjordan, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon invaded. The first major Israel-Arab War (see Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).

1955: The Vienna Treaty, signed by Britain, France, the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R, restored Austria's independence after the Second World War. Adolf Hitler was born in Austria; when Hitler came to power, he silenced his critics, that said he was foreign born, by making Austria part of Germany (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion; listen also to our Sermon The European World Wars).

1958: The Soviet Union launched Sputnik 3.

1960: The Soviet Union launched Sputnik 4.

1967: Egyptian leader Nasser remilitarized Sinai, moving in 100,000 men and armour, and ordering out the UN force which complied. The lead-up to the Six Day War.

1972: U.S. Democratic presidential candidate George Wallace was shot and left paralyzed while campaigning at a Maryland shopping center.

1988: The Soviet Union began its withdrawal from Afghanistan, eight years after their invasion. Their involvement in Afghanistan was one of the final "superpower" acts of the U.S.S.R. before it went bankrupt.

2008: California became the second U.S. State (Massachusetts was the first) to legalize (in man's eyes, not God's) "same sex marriage."


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