the Spirit or the spirit?
I just noticed the word spirit or Spirit is mentioned about 260 times in the New Testament. The Strong’s Concordance code for spirit is G4151 which means “pneuma”. The definition is breath, breeze, an angel, daemon, or Divine, Holy Spirit. So it could either be the devil or God.
I also noticed in Matthew 4:1 that the word spirit is capitalized. “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.” So why is this capitalized? Verse 5 says “then the devil taketh him up into the holy city” Why did the translators decide to capitalize Spirit, when we know that the devil is the one that leads us in to temptation? God leads us away from temptation (Matt. 6:13) Why did they capitalize this word when it is clear that the Greek word for spirit could be either God or the devil?
I believe that Jesus was led by the spirit of the devil to be tempted in the wilderness!
Watch this video!
Around the 3 minute mark, Piper says if we disagree that God ordains evil and allows evil, then we will reject the bible and will perish in hell forever! WOW!
I am a Christian and I believe in Jesus! John 3:16 says “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!”
I respectfully disagree with John Piper. I DO NOT believe God ordains evil. I believe the devil ordains evil.
John 3:17 – For God DID NOT send his son into the world to CONDEMN the world: but that the world through him might be saved.
Enough Said……I am praying for Piper and Calvinists
“He looks like a healthy normal toddler to me”
That’s what the Doc said as she was walking out of the door at Isaac’s 15 month wellness check up. Isaac was 7 months old when he started losing weight because his body wouldn’t take regular formula. We had to take him to Children’s Hospital and they put a feeding tube in him to get him back up to normal weight. Julie couldn’t breast feed him because he had a poor latch. So we decided to give him unpasteurized raw milk and believe me the Doctors DID NOT recommend we do this. But, with prayer we decided to go against what the Doctors recommended. Nothing against Doctors (well maybe a little against them 🙂 ), but to this day he still LOVES the raw milk. Whooooohooo go God go!
I am reminded of this Scripture John 9:2 As Jesus was passing by a blind man that was born that way. His disciples asked Him why he was born that way? Who sinned? Jesus answered NEITHER . My paraphrase: You guys don’t ask why bad things happen! Quit trying to figure out what caused the blindness and STAY FOCUSSED ON THE HEALING and GIVING GOD GLORY! This is how we choose to focus on Isaac’s situation. We don’t ask questions and we CERTAINLY DONT BLAME GOD. We focus on Isaac ALREADY HEALED and we give GOD the glory. Thank You Jesus for our beautiful “healthy normal toddler”
If I am a member of the Body of Christ and Jesus is the head, then I can see through His eyes and look down on the earth that is groaning which is waiting patiently for ALL of God’s children to realize that:
The Day of the Lord is ALREADY HERE
Jesus has ALREADY removed ALL THE SIN of the world
WE are ALREADY HEALED
God has ALREADY provided EVERY THING we need to be HOLY, PERFECT and RIGHTEOUS
Jesus has ALREADY overcome the world
The Body of Christ has ALREADY overcome the world by our faith
God has ALREADY destroyed ALL EVIL
The devil has ALREADY been disarmed
What if these things have ALREADY happened?
At one time, I was separated from God. I was His enemy in my own mind because of my sins against Him. But NOW He has made me His friend again. He did this by the death Christ suffered while He was in His body. God did this so that He could present me to Himself as a holy person, blameless, and WITHOUT ANY GUILT before Him. This is the Gospel and I must remain strong and keep believing in this ALWAYS. Nothing can get in my way to lose this hope if I believe this way.
Have you ever asked the question “Why did God put the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the garden of Eden?” Well, quit asking because God didn’t put it there, the enemy did! Genesis chapter 2:9 says “and out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.” Yes God planted a good garden with trees and fruit to eat from, but that ONE tree that God specifically warned Adam and Eve NOT TO EAT FROM was not planted by God. “An enemy has done this” Notice the parable in Matthew 13:24-28 The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while the man slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir didst not though sow good seed in thy field? From whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, “An enemy hath done this!” The tree of knowledge of good and evil is death and God has no part in death. Death is an enemy of God. Thank God for Jesus Christ who has revealed to us that the devil is the one who has been lying and murdering from the very beginning. (John 8:44) God did not put the tree of knowledge of good and evil there to test us. The devil is the one who tests us. Notice James 1:13 “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted by God” Tempt and test mean the same thing. God DOES NOT test us with evil. In the King James Strong’s Concordance the word tempted in the Greek is “peirazo” code G3985, which simply means to test! God is not the one who put that tree there to test us, the enemy did. Don’t you see – when the blade sprung up, it brought forth fruit- this is the tree of knowledge of good and evil – Adam and Eve ate, then appeared the tares. But thanks be to the grace of God that we have now have access to the tree of life which comes through accepting Jesus Christ.
God is good, the devil is bad