Jesus Explains the Scriptures Luke 24
Posted by adventbiblestudy on December 18, 2008
KJV Luke 24:25-27 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: 26. Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? 27. And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
Luke 24 explains, after His resurrection, Jesus showed Himself for the purpose of explaining the scriptures. There are a number of things Jesus could have said or performed as He approached these men along the road. Why was this important? Today this would not be considered a common occurrence. How many strangers do you meet and instantly begin explaining scripture to them? Rules of interpretation dictate, “If a word makes good sense as it stands, and does no violence to the simple laws of nature, it is to be understood literally; if not, figuratively.” Every word within this text makes perfect sense. It is the action that is out of the normal for this planet.
Jesus does not waste any time. His first concern is to explain why all of the past events needed to occur. Jesus not only supplied an explanation, He went through the entire Old Testament, explaining every prophecy concerning the events surrounding His life. This is an unusual experience. Today it is more common for people to explain an issue using their own words. People do not study, they merely read the Bible and rely upon their own thoughts to interpret what they have read. A common teaching seen today tells people to rely on the Holy Spirit to supply every thought on the Bible. Is this proper teaching? Very few people are equipped or have the ability to explain the life of Jesus from the scriptures. Jesus gives us this example for a purpose. If we do not study, and I mean study the scriptures; marking our Bible, writing our own studies, reviewing and scrutinizing studies by others, we are not prepared to give a proper explanation.
KJV 1 Corinthians 2:12-14
12. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
KJV Proverbs 1:2-7
2. To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; 3. To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; 4. To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. 5. A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: 6. To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. 7. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
KJV Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
The Bible has been written not to be interpreted by the knowledge or teachings of the world, but by the Holy Spirit, “comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” Nowhere does the Bible teach some mystical power will fall upon us revealing all we need to know. The Bible tells us, only a fool will have such thoughts. Learning, “through patience and comfort of the scriptures,” requires more than a casual reading of the scriptures.
KJV John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
When we are given such a vivid example from Jesus, why are so many people satisfied with providing vague explanations concerning the life of their Redeemer?
KJV Luke 24:44-48
44. And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. 45. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, 46. And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 47. And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48. And ye are witnesses of these things.
This matter is so important it is repeated within the same chapter. When God repeats Himself we had better pay attention. Being prepared to teach from the scriptures is only one point requiring our attention. As shown earlier, this text is certainly out of the ordinary and may contain a figurative meaning. When this text is properly examined in a figurative manner it will reveal a hidden treasure of knowledge enforcing the fact, not only words that oppose natural laws are a sign indicating a figurative meaning, actions out of the ordinary also indicate a deeper meaning can be found within the text after careful consideration and proper study.
A close examination of these texts will bring another important aspect to light. Jesus is not only teaching about His life, He is making it clear this information was given before He was born. This knowledge requires no explanation. God wanted the world to be prepared for the birth of Jesus. We can rely on the fact God is always consistent. If God went out of His way to ensure every detail surrounding Jesus’ first coming was available, wouldn’t it stand to reason the Bible contains every detail about His second coming. Few will argue this point, the information is there, within the Bible, but there are drastic differences concerning which text to examine and how to interpret this information. Has all the information been examined? More than two thousand years after His resurrection prophecies describing the life of Jesus are still being discovered. There is a lesson in this fact.
Today only a limited amount of text regarding Christ’s second coming are being studied. The text studied is not being studied in the proper manner. Denominations have developed a variety of interpretations regarding the time, conditions and sequence of Christ’s second coming. Relying on this limited amount of text has caused confusion and hardened the hearts of many theologians to such a degree it is impossible for them to accept concepts that do not directly support their assumptions. They do not realize this is the same error committed by the Pharisees during Christ’s first coming.
KJV Matthew 2:1-6
1. Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2. Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. 3. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. 5. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, 6. And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
Matthew provides proof of this. This text makes it clear the preferred leaders of the church had no clue the Son of God was about, or has just been born. Herod called the chief priests, questioning them about the birth of the King of the Jews. These were the people who dedicated their lives to interpreting scripture. Without a doubt they knew where to find the text but they had to idea what it meant. Herod immediately felt threatened by the birth of Jesus. Relying upon common concepts and beliefs Herod expected to find a king born to take command of a worldly kingdom. The priests were so certain Jesus could not be the king they were expecting it took them another thirty years before taking notice of the Son of God. The priests made at least one of the following mistakes, they misinterpreted the scriptures and shut their ears to all other explanations. They may have also denied Christ based on the assumption that God would not perform such a miraculous event without first consulting them.
We are not told who these wise men were or where they came from. We do not know what these men did for a living. This may have been a title Matthew provided for these men because they were the only people smart enough to see what the scriptures were saying. While the chief priests were busy interpreting who knows what, these three men read the very same words, opened their hearts and had a treasure beyond all belief revealed to them. Whatever the chief priests had studied does not matter. For the most part their interpretations had been long forgotten. On the other hand, the three wise men had the opportunity of a lifetime. We do not know their names but their deed has been told for more than two thousand years. Their dedication was paid a thousand fold, being one of the first to honor the birth of the King of kings.
KJV Luke 2:12
12. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
The simple birth place of Jesus illustrates many things, one of them being the simple birth of the church. When Jesus was born it marked the infancy of a new church, a new belief. During His life Jesus never departed from His simplicity. This was an illustration for His church to follow. “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.” KJV Acts 2:1. The location of this newly founded church is described as “one place.” The location was such a humble structure a name was never mentioned.
KJV Matthew 4:18-22
18. And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 19. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. 20. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. 21. And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. 22. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.
Jesus left us an illustration with the people He chose to be His closest followers. Jesus did not enlist military leaders in His quest to change the world. He did not attempt to persuade politicians to lend their influence to His cause. Jesus did not seek the financial support from chiefs of industry nor did He aspire to the advice of church leaders. Let us first put this into perspective. Jesus is going public, taking the first steps in creating what will eventually be His new church, which will one day reach to the ends of the world. The lives of billions of people lie in the balances. Every decision made, every action taken can result in reactions beyond imagination. Without a doubt, Jesus must be very careful with the choices He makes, these are the people that will be closet to Him. Their influence could have an effect on Jesus affecting the future of the world.
Jesus chose simple people. Jesus looked inside the hearts of those that could be changed. These people did not have preconceived ideas. They may have been bullheaded in many ways but they were not beyond reason. Even with His closest followers it took more than the words from the lips of the creator, for them to fully understand, it took actions. Is this is an illustration for the leaders of the church before the second coming? Are we to look for leaders in the most unlikely places, of the most unlikely type and variety? One thing is for certain. The Bible shows us these people were not easily taught. Does this indicate the leaders of the church in the last days must be ever more diligent, searching the scriptures for the strength and assurance Jesus needed and found in His last days. Jesus sought comfort from His closest followers who failed in this phase of their service. The Bible is clear, study and prayer will be very important factors in the last days.
We see the most popular churches amassing huge sums of money, building structures to rival Solomon’s temple in Jerusalem. Many churches ignore the example set by the birth place of Christ. Instead they appeal to the desires of the world through awe and splendor. Focusing on the most elaborate decor, comfortable seating and dress rather than presenting the simple bread of life. Stories and fables are designed to entertain rather than teach. Today’s church leader will most likely be a businessman or a speaker closely resembling a politician. This is a far cry from the humble fishermen chosen by Jesus to bear the task of establishing a new church.
“And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. For there shall arise false Christ’s, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
” KJV Matthew 24:3-5, Matthew 24:11, Matthew 24:24-25, 1 John 4:1-6.
Jesus tells us that there will be false leaders in the last days. How do we find a true leader? Scripture gives us the answer. There is no better description of Christ’s church found in the Bible than the details given in the sermon on the mount. When examining this text we find details describing many of the aspects the last day church should possess.
KJV Matthew 5:1-20
1. And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: 2. And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, 3. Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
There have been thousands of sermons preached on Matthew 5:1-11 by many different names and titles. Many of these sermons point out the fact, attributes shown in these text apply to church members, but few stress these attitudes must be present within the leadership and throughout the structure of the church. The Bible has many pages describing actions, personalities and reactions of the disciples. These people were not only Jesus’ closest followers, they were destined to be the first church leaders. There is more written about these church leaders than any other individuals within the New Testament. The reason for this is simple. Above all others, church leaders are to walk closer to Jesus and follow His example to become effective. True followers of Jesus will exhibit the qualities He came to teach the world. This will be a true indication of the church they are leading; not only the leaders but the fundamentals of church body.
This text not only describes attributes of the members of Christ’s church, the leaders, but also the beliefs of the church. The poor in spirit will inherit the kingdom of Heaven. What does it mean to be poor in spirit? Does it mean one must live in poverty? Or does it describe a characteristic of the church?
KJV Matthew 24:14
14. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
KJV Revelation 14:6-7
6. And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 7. Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
It would be very difficult for a poor church to reach the entire world. Reaching the entire world can be a very costly endeavor. The church of the last days will need funding. Being poor in spirit does not necessarily mean to live in poverty. Rather it confirms the church will react to conditions in the same manner illustrated by the life of Jesus.
KJV Matthew 4:22-23
22. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him. 23. And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
Jesus spent His life caring for others. Jesus saw their suffering and met their needs. Being poor in spirit is providing for the needs of others. The church is to be meek and merciful. They will comfort those that mourn. “But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” KJV 1 John 3:17-18.
KJV Matthew 5:5
5. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
The meek will inherit the earth. This is a literal promise given by Jesus. It also has a figurative meaning, stating another attribute found in Christ’s church. There are a number of different doctrines concerning this subject. Some teach the saints will spend eternity in Heaven. Others teach a long grueling ascent to Heaven containing many tests and trials. Another popular belief involves an indescribable spirit with no form floating within a type of void for all eternity. The true church will teach only from the scriptures.
“And the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” KJV Genesis 12:7, Genesis 13:15, Revelation 3:12, Revelation 21:1-5, Revelation 3:13
The church of the last days will teach the recreation of the earth after the final judgement which will be inhabited by the saints.
KJV Matthew 5:6
6. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Another important characteristic of the church found in the last days is described in the words, “hunger and thirst after righteousness.” Hunger and thirst can have only one spiritual meaning.
KJV Matthew 4:4
4. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
KJV John 6:35
35. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
KJV John 3:5
5. Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
KJV John 4:10-11
10. Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. 11. The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?
This church will hunger and thirst after the word of God, dedicating themselves to learning more about the teachings and life of Jesus. This church will be studying the scriptures much like the wise men taught about in Matthew. These men were not members of the popular church. This was an advantage. They were not influenced and burdened by popular beliefs. This allowed their minds and hearts to be open to the Holy Spirit. This dedication allowed these three to see God. “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh” KJV Matthew 2:11.
KJV Matthew 5:9
9. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
The peacemakers will be called the children of God. Examining this text in literal terms we would surmise the church will have power, or at least attempt to bring peace to this world. Is this possible? We find a statement made by Jesus, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.” KJV Matthew 10:34. If Jesus did not come to this world to bring peace, He would not have left this job to His saints. The meaning of peace must then contain a spiritual meaning.
KJV Matthew 26:63
63. But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.
KJV Mark 9:34
34. But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.
KJV Mark 3:4
4. And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace.
Scriptures supplies us with an easy explanation. Holding the peace simply means not talking. Members of the church will not fall into the traps set by Satan which now have the churches battling amongst themselves over conflicting doctrine. “Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.” KJV Matthew 22:29. God’s last day church will not fall to this temptation. By searching and knowing the scriptures they will enter into a highest walk with God. Jesus never entered into arguments concerning doctrine. Rather, He displayed a talent allowing Him to answer questions in such a way His opponents could not continue the debate. “But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why tempt ye me? And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?” KJV Mark 12:15, Matthew 9:4
Using these skills will be another identifying feature of God’s chosen church. “Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world” KJV 1 John 4:17
It is a sign of the close connection between God and His followers. A walk so close, they will be known as the children of God. “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” KJV 1 John 3:1-2.
KJV Matthew 5:10-11
10. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
The true followers of God will be persecuted. “And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.” KJV Revelation 12:13. A common interpretation of this text states the woman being persecuted is the church. The Bible does not specifically explain the details of the persecution that will take place. A factor far more important is identifying those responsible for the persecution. “Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.” KJV 1 Thessalonians 2:15, John 15:20-21.
The people responsible for the persecution of God’s church will not know God. They will be against all people and all beliefs. They may be a group or organization expert in the art of deception. Using others to accomplish their goal before reigning persecution in one form or another upon each former ally, one group at a time, until all opposition is removed and they become the undisputed leader.
KJV Matthew 5:12
12. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
The book of Hebrews provides a glimpse of what persecutions may be seen in the future. Here is a collection of persecutions seen in the past.
KJV Hebrews 11:32-40
32. And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: 33. Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions. 34. Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35. Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: 36. And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: 37. They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; 38. (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. 39. And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: 40. God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.
After reading Hebrews one may consider hiding in an attempt to seek safety. This may seem a logical choice but is this how God wants His church to act? Did Jesus hide away when the time arrived for His persecution? The prophecies confirmed the things Christ needed to suffer. They told about the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ in detail. Christ also made it clear His followers were to suffer in the same manner. The early church suffered in the same practice as Christ. As time progressed the methods of persecution changed. During the dark ages not only were the followers of Christ persecuted, Satan unleashed an attempt to destroy the word of God. After this strategy failed Satan relied upon the concept of twisting the word of God, expecting the same results experienced in the garden of Eden. To a large extent his plans have met with success. Today those best known for knowing of the scriptures waste countless hours preparing debates and arguments surrounding minute points of scripture they refer to as doctrine. Very few Biblical scholars search the scriptures with a dedicated heart and an empty mind, opening themselves to the Spirit who is able to bring to mind all truth. Very few scholars practice the art of comparing scripture with scripture. Their efforts are centered around locating text supporting doctrines they believe to be true.
In a sense these people are figuratively hiding. With hundreds of passages supplying information about the second coming of Christ and the condition of the church at His return, these theologians choose to stand fast to a handful of text with the expectation that if repeated often enough, if they convince people their interpretation is truth, they will become truth. God has never and will never work in the interest of popular belief. Biblical history has proven that truth is always in the minority. A minority was saved in the flood. Only a small minority of those that left Egypt entered the promised land. A minority of kings were faithful to God. It was a minority of people that followed Jesus. A very small minority were chosen to spread His gospel throughout the world.
KJV John 15:20-21
20. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. 21. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.
KJV Matthew 5:13-16
13. Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
When we are given the truth we are expected to share it with the world. God has placed this information within His Bible to communicate a message of hope to all those that seek His truth. The message given does not tell people to seek a secret church in hiding. The message makes it clear that this church will stand out like a light in the world. Which gives us another very important detail to look for. God’s last day church will be a world wide movement. Salt of the earth may be difficult for most to interpret. It has very little meaning when examined literally, however it has a clear spiritual meaning.
KJV Leviticus 2:12-13
12. As for the oblation of the firstfruits, ye shall offer them unto the Lord: but they shall not be burnt on the altar for a sweet savour. 13. And every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering: with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.
KJV Numbers 18:19
19. All the heave offerings of the holy things, which the children of Israel offer unto the Lord, have I given thee, and thy sons and thy daughters with thee, by a statute for ever: it is a covenant of salt for ever before the Lord unto thee and to thy seed with thee.
Salt was used in the sanctuary service. “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” KJV Colossians 4:5-6. Spiritually interpreted, seasoned with salt means the church will have a knowledge of the sanctuary.
KJV Matthew 5:17-20
17. Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. 18. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Finally, the church will follow the Lord’s law. This text makes it clear Jesus came to fulfill both the law and the prophecies of the Old Testament. There have been hundreds of prophecies found in the Old testament. All of these have been fulfilled by one person, Jesus. In these prophecies lies literal proof Jesus is the Son of God, the Redeemer, the Lamb of God, High Priest, Savior of the World, King of kings and Lord of Lords. Through His blood is the redemption of sin. There is no argument that can stand against the evidence given by the prophets.
The church will teach all of God’s commandments. “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” Within this text we find what many consider to be a strange statement. Those that teach others to break a commandment shall be called the least in the kingdom of Heaven. This text literally uses the word one, denoting or prophesying one commandment will be the center of debate and conflict in the last days. God in His infinite wisdom has seen this change within His church and prepared for it. There has not been one trial, a single short coming or deficiency God has not foreseen or planned for. This text is evidence of a need commonly found among the majority of churches in the last days. God has not only pointed out this deficiency but has offered salvation and forgiveness to those in error. Those that teach to break this one commandment will be called least in the kingdom of heaven.
“Whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” God has also known there will be those keeping and teaching all of the commandments. We do not know what the reward is for teaching all of God’s commandments. Those studying with an open heart, lead by the spirit are not concerned about the rewards. That is why one is not mentioned or offered. Simply to look upon the face of Jesus is reward enough. The same reward granted to the three wise men. Understanding is the reward to all those that follow Jesus. It is an understanding that surpasses all human knowledge. The reward is a free spirit, a connection with God, walking in the ways of Jesus, fulfilling His will in service to those in need.
“Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
KJV 1 John 3:9, 1 John 3:6, 1 John 3:22-24
In summary the Bible is written to be interpreted in the literal and figurative form. Text stating an event that is beyond the ordinary acts of men must be of a figurative nature that can easily be interpreted using other Biblical text.
The Bible contains numerous prophecies concerning the life and death of Jesus, the first advent. The life of Jesus as recorded in the New Testament reveal insights to the second coming and the state of God’s church leading up to that event. The events recorded by the authors of the New Testament are intended to guide God’s church. These recorded events can be used to identify God’s church in the last days.
God’s church will teach from the scriptures and avoid the worldly teaching of man. The birth of this church is reflected in the simple, modest birth of Christ. Like the leaders chosen by Christ, the leaders of this church will come from a diverse humble backgrounds, leading simple lives. They will lead by example not designed to impress through the desires of the world.
These leaders will diligently search the scriptures holding to the word of God while forsaking the precepts of men. They will rely upon prayer and Spirit of God, comparing spiritual things with spiritual which will lead them to the truth. This form of study will be fundamental in the organization of the church.
When faced with a trial this church will seek guidance in the same manner taught by Jesus, through prayer and study. The church will not enter into the controversies commonly found in the last days. They will answer questions in a same manner Jesus was know for. They will supply an answer through the use of scripture and the Spirit and then hold their peace.
This church will be known by its service to others, following the example Jesus has set. Not only will they be known for sharing the gospel, they will also be known for their humanitarian efforts and powers of healing. This church will make every effort to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and hold fast to the example He has set.
Even though this church will make an unprecedented effort to follow in the ways of Christ, they will be subjected to the persecution of others. This persecution will not hamper the effort to share their message with the whole world. God’s church has always been up against insurmountable odds and has always prevailed. Their dedication and hunger for God’s word will see them through every trial.
This church will be known for following all of God’s commandments. Maybe this will be a reason for the persecution. The Pharisees had one interpretation of the law while Jesus had another. This was one of the reasons the popular church viewed Jesus as a threat.
Only a small part of the Bible was used in this study. Therefore this may contain only a small portion of the attributes the church of the last day will possess. The main point of this study is to stress the point; the Bible needs to be studied not only in a literal sense but also considered using a figurative method. A figurative method of study uses only the Bible to explain the Bible.