Do You Know Which Parts of the Bible Are *Instructions* to You?

Excellent primer.

Jim Hanratty

✞ Do You Know Which Parts of the Bible Are *Instructions* to You?

– — – ALL the Bible is written ‘for you’ but not all is ”instructions” ‘to you.’ – – –
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God has two people in the Bible, ”Israel” and ”the body of Christ, the Church”, and two programs — a ‘theocratic program’ for Israel and a ‘redemptive program’ for the body of Christ, the Church.
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Israel is a national people with promised material blessings and an earthly destiny; the body of Christ, the Church is a universal people with spiritual blessings and a heavenly destiny.”
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In Biblical exegesis we ask 4 questions to any group of verses of scriptures in an endeavor to understand what was written to whom and is it applicable to you today.
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Questions:
1. Who Spoke this?
2. Who was this spoke to?
3 Am I in the group spoke to? (Jew, Gentile or Christian?)
4. Is this a vertical truth or a horizontal truth? (Is it universally applicable or to just the group spoken to?)

Examples:

This is a very simple of example of a Bible verse written *to* Israel only and no one else but of course *for* all the world to read and learn from. So it is a vertical truth instructions just to those spoken to but for the world to read and learn.
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Deut. 5:3.
“The LORD made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, [the Jewish nation] who are all of us here alive this day.”
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“This day” was around 1450 BC, when Moses originally wrote the Law that God gave him on Mt. Sinai for the nation of Israel.

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Next we have a verse example that is written to the entire world, a horizontal truth.
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John 3:16
”For God so loved ‘the world’ that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

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Last we have an example of scriptures spoken only “about” the body of Christ, the church, a vertical truth, but for everyone to read and learn from of course.
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1 Thess. 4:16,17
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
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These believers in Jesus who die during the Tribulation will be resurrected at Christ’s return and will reign with Him for a thousand years during the Millennium (Revelation 20:4, 6).
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Old Testament believers such as Job, Noah, Abraham, David and even John the Baptist (who was assassinated before the Church began) will be resurrected at this time also. Several passages in the Old Testament mention this event (Job 19:25-27)
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To receive Jesus Christ as your savior in this Age of Grace one *MUST* believe~>(trust in, rely upon) Jesus, that he is the only begotten Son of God, who was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, shed his blood and was crucified for the sins of the entire world and resurrected from the grave to justify those who will believe. (Eph.1.7, Ro.1.16, 1Cor.15.1-4)
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