Sunday, September 25, 2022

878. You Don’t Work for an Inheritance (It’s Gifted)

Once Jesus came and fulfilled the law, faith was established. It would result in an inheritance. This is not something where you can earn favor by something you do, but an inheritance is something gifted when someone dies. Our inheritance is according to a promise that God made many years ago—and was ratified after the death of Jesus.

In Galatians, Paul contrasts the inheritance factor with the struggle of trying to attain eternal life through the works of the law. Hebrews 9 explains a will does not go into effect until the death of the one who made it. Jesus died and “willed” for us to become heirs according to the promise. The Greek word for “will” is often translated as testament or covenant in English Bibles. So it’s really by grace as a child of God that we freely receive the good things given by God.



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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Growing in Grace Together - Mike Adams of The UnSunday Show - The State of the Church Part 2

Here's Part 2 (of 2) of Joel's "Growing in Grace Together" interview with Mike Adams of the UnSunday Show."  Mike talks some more about how the institutional church of today has come to be the way that it is, including the misunderstanding of the Old and New Covenants, and how they're erroneously mixed together, as well as how we've "Christianized" all kinds of Old Covenant concepts and brought them into the church.  Carrying the Mosaic Law into the church has caused countless problems, as it was given exclusively to the people of Israel - not the body of Christ - and it was given only for a period of time in history.  One of the problems with institutional Christianity is that it has to keep people dependent upon itself, and this can hardly be done when grace alone is preached, so rules, traditions and laws must be added.

One key word from the original Bible manuscripts that is hugely mistranslated - even in many versions of the Bible today - is the word "ekklesia."  It's most often translated as "church," and as Mike explains how that is not a good translation at all, and how "church" and "ekklesia" are really quite different things, he also talks about how and why it came to be wrongly translated.

Other topics brought up:  The Old Covenant words of Jesus being used in the New Covenant church today; being a "strong" Christian vs. resting in Christ; and how growth is stifled for so many people when they're bound to the church system.  It's exciting that so many people are finally experiencing true growth and freedom by leaving the institutional church setting (not the same as the body of Christ) and getting to know Christ by His love and grace.  Listen in and be encouraged by the second half of Joel's conversation with Mike Adams.

Go to UnSunday.com to find out all about Mike Adams, and to listen to The UnSunday Show and read the UnSunday blog.




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Sunday, September 18, 2022

877. The Law of Stone Tablets Was Not Based on Faith - So Why Was It Given?

Once upon a time, God made a covenant with a guy named Abraham. It would be based upon a promise God made to him, and by believing that promise, it was counted as righteousness to Abraham. His justification was not based upon anything he did, but by what he believed in regard to the word God spoke to him. Several hundred years later, God made a covenant with a nation known as Israel, which would be based upon the Jewish people and their ability to obey a law of 613 commandments (works). They failed, but this would not annul the promise regarding the covenant God made with Abraham.

So why was the law given? Paul gives us at least a partial clue in Galatians 3. The law was in place as a guardian for those who were under it … but only until the promised Seed should come (Jesus). That old law was not of faith (Galatians 3:12), but when Christ arrived, faith came. Once faith made the scene, the Jewish people would no longer be under the old guard (the law of works). The promise made to Abraham came to fruition with a new and better covenant established through Jesus Christ after His death and resurrection. This new and everlasting covenant would annul/cancel/set aside the failed and faulty covenant made with Israel. This would open the door for all people to come together as one in Christ.



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Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Growing in Grace Together - Mike Adams of The UnSunday Show - The State of the Church Part 1

Joel is back with an episode of "Growing in Grace Together," in which he welcomes his friend and the host of "The UnSunday Show," Mike Adams.  In Part 1 (of 2), Mike talks about how the institutional church of today came to be the way that it is, and how it has strayed so far from biblical descriptions of how the body of Christ is to operate and assemble together.    Mike shares from his studies of church history, including the topics of how today's "pastor" has taken on an overwhelming amount of responsibility and power that is never described in the New Testament pages, how honorific titles have no place in the church, how the word "church" itself is not even what the biblical word "ekklesia" means, and what the differences are between the two words. 

This is by no means a "church bashing" conversation, as we both have great respect for our fellow members of the body of Christ, and the way the New Testament writings describe the body assembling together and using their spiritual gifts for the benefit of one another, and being equals with one another without the ungodly hierarchy that separates the members of the body into different classes.  Joel invited Mike onto the podcast to share from his understanding of how things came to be the way they are, knowing that Mike has much to share from his own journey of leaving the institutional church, and again, his rich understanding of church history.

Go to UnSunday.com to find out all about Mike Adams, and to listen to The UnSunday Show and read the UnSunday blog.




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Sunday, September 11, 2022

876. Old Covenant vs New: Attaining Right Standing With God

At the time of Moses, the Jewish people agreed to a covenant containing a law of works. They worked hard at fulfilling the agreement, but nobody (not one) ever attained it, regardless of how much they pursued it. The goal was to be right with God (righteousness). Contrast that with this … the rest of the world (Gentiles) had no covenant and were without hope in the world.

Therefore, they were not pursuing right standing with God. And yet unlike the Jewish people who were trying their best to obey stone-tablet commandments, the Gentiles attained righteousness—without working for it. It’s called faith, and it’s the driving force within a New Covenant that God established through Jesus Christ … who is the covenant and is our righteousness.



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Sunday, September 04, 2022

875. Differences Between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant

Over the years on our podcast, much of what we’ve talked about revolves around the New Covenant which was established at the time of the death and resurrection of Jesus. Sadly, many folks who regularly attend their local church are very unfamiliar with either covenant, and it’s rather shocking to see so many believers uninformed about the New because it reveals the truth of the gospel.

This week, we’ll chat about some specific differences between these two covenants and how the new way brought grace to the human race. A few nuggets we discuss … God made a covenant with the Jewish people—which they agreed to—and yet they failed miserably with that stone tablet ministry. Nobody could keep the requirement. It was all one law, not broken up into different categories. Religion has gotten it wrong by thinking some of the law ended and some of it still applies. The entire Old Covenant containing a law of works was made completely obsolete.



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Sunday, August 28, 2022

874. Jesus Is Not a Religion

Who could forget the famous quote from Jesus: “I have come to give you religion, and to give it more abundantly.” Whoops. That doesn’t sound quite like what Jesus said—because it’s not. He came to give life. He came to bring truth. He came to show the way. He came to bring peace. And these are all contained within Him. He is all of these! Religious rule-keeping isn’t based upon faith and doesn’t result into life eternal.

Only God’s Spirit can reveal the depth of God’s love and guide us into the supernatural life we have received from belief in the risen Christ. Christianity is not meant to be a religion or the “right religion.” But sadly, we have taken many of the concepts that thousands of lifeless religions have used. And it revolves around this: Trying to DO something to get a response from God, instead of resting in His response to us.



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