The Early Church Knew That We Are Strangers And Pilgrims On The Earth

For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. – 2 Corinthians 5:1-3

There are many instances within the Bible where Jesus Christ and others make it clear about who we are and where we come from. Jesus Says in John 10:34, “Is it not written in your Law, I said ye are gods. Let’s take what the Messiah was quoting and find it’s source. In Psalm 82 the Psalmist Asaph, whose name means a collector and one who gathers writes, “They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.  I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.” Let’s take a look using e-Sword and the Strong’s Concordance to break it down a little further.

The original Hebrew says that the word used for God is Elohim. The word means gods in the ordinary sense, of the supreme God, and angels. The next highlighted word is naphal which means to fall, to be cast down, to be judged. So the verses translate back to English as, “They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.  I have said, Ye are angels, gods in the ordinary sense, of the Supreme God; and all of you are children of the most High. But ye shall die like men, and fall, to be cast down, to fall away, to fall down, to be judged, like one of the princes.” So in laymen’s terms with full understanding, Jesus in John 10:34, was telling them all that they were all angels. Why else would you think that the whole world was to about be judged? It makes a little more sense that if we are all fallen angels and the Bible says, “know ye not that ye shall judge angels,” that things slowly begin to make sense. It just wasn’t received by them, except for those who were his disciples.

Let’s now take a look at the words of Paul in Hebrews 11 where he says, “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.” We can also look at a portion in Greek and see what the word country translates to.

Paul is saying, “And truly, if they had been mindful of that Heavenly Home from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.” The word country or patris means a Heavenly Home, a Fatherland. We will now expand on it with the words of Peter, some additional books from Paul, and can also look deeper at the meaning of strangers and pilgrims. As you watch the video and follow along, you will be reading the KJV Bible, along with the narrator. Pay close attention as well to the translations. The video is non-monetized, there are no promotions, no gimmicks, or anything that could be conveyed as dishonest. The video also contains real world manifestations that can be seen when you have the eyes to see and the ears to hear. Sit back, follow along, and I will be back with you soon.

As you have seen, it is apparent in the Bible, the Word of God, that Jesus and the Apostles were telling us that we are angels here on the earth. Yet, we all fell like one of the princes that are all going to now die like men. Jesus tells us, “ye shall know the truth and the Truth shall make you free.” We also know from the Spirit of all Truth that it says, “All we like sheep have gone astray.” Additionally, the Messiah’s mission is stated in Isaiah 61:1, “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;” So, if you still may be wondering, we don’t belong here, we aren’t from here. If Jesus came to free the captives and to open the prison, and He didn’t free the Jewish people when He was here in the flesh, it should be understood that all of us are captives, that all of us are prisoners. “Ye are of your father the devil and the lusts of your father ye will do… and because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.”

Now, knowing who we are according to the Bible, what else is it that we are being told by Jesus and the writers of the New Testament? Let’s take a look at 1 Peter once again where he says, “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.” Take a closer look at the word’s abstain, conversation, and behavior.

Peter is telling us to abstain from fleshly lusts, having our behavior better, more beautiful, valuable or virtuous. Let’s look at what virtuous is the same as:

Peter is telling all of us that we need to be chaste, honest, upright, worthy, spotless, to be a virgin, etc… “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation (BEHAVIOR); Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” We can confirm that we need to be chaste in our behavior by what Paul says, “For this is the will of God, even your SANCTIFICATION, that ye should abstain from fornication: (SEX).” Jesus Christ gave the Apostles the teachings by saying things such as, “if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.” Finally, some final words from the Truth, even the Self Existent Eternal Jehovah: “So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not ALL that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.”

The Churches, ministers, pastors, and so called prophets are not sharing the fulness of the Gospel. And if they aren’t teaching you the way, the truth, and the life, all of your efforts, beliefs, and understandings are in vain. My prayer for you all is that the Word of Life will take root in you, that you won’t fall by the wayside, and that this message will not fall upon stony ground. May the Lord God bless you and keep you in seeking Him out in all that you do. “It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the Words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are Life.”

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

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