IS DEATH A CURSE? OR A NECESSARY STEP IN GOD’S PLAN TO BLESS ALL MEN? Ps.116:15

By Edward O’Hara, The Bible says death is our enemy. And while that is most certainly true, what I want to do in this message is to look at the role death has played in bringing the ultimate blessing of eternal life to all men. And something that will help with this is knowing that the death that passed to all men after Adam was sent from the garden is never described in the Bible as a curse. In fact, when we read the Genesis account we find that death came as a result of Adam becoming more like God. Not a sinner by nature as so many falsely teach. So death was not a curse. At least not in the Biblical sense. But, for so many death is something they have been taught to believe is a penalty brought…

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THE WORKS RIGHTEOUSNESS OF MORAL GOV’T THEOLOGY- THE INIQUITY THAT MAKES JESUS SAY “I NEVER KNEW YOU”

Edward

Iniquity. What is it when Jesus uses it in Mt.7:21-23 saying “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”   If we will consider the context as we must in everything we read in scripture we will see that Jesus is not referring to immorality here. Because these people are doing good things like casting out devils and prophesying. And they believe they are doing these morally good…

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HOW IS THE LAW SPIRITUAL? AND WHO IS CARNAL, SOLD UNDER SIN? FIND OUT IN THIS STUDY OF ROM.7:14

By Edward O’Hara, Many people have difficulty understanding how the law is both spiritual and temporal. In this study we will see why this is true. And how this spiritual law is a ministration of death and condemnation. A “spiritual law” that can never give life. Rom.7- 14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. To understand this passage correctly is to recognize first and foremost the context in which it is written. This is discovered by reading what was said before, that led up to this. We see this when we read Paul using “For” at the beginning of each of these statements. For having the meaning…

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EDWARD O’HARA: THE FAITH THAT COMES BY HEARING IS RIGHTEOUSNESS- ROM.10

aith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. What does this mean to you? When I hear these words it means that as we hear the message of the gospel and we are made aware of a choice we need to make. And when we make the free will choice to believe the gospel we are given the gift of faith. And now having this gift it gives us the ability to grow into the man or woman of God God wants us to be. If we will continue hearing God’s word. This growth happens when we go from saying yes to the gospel message when we first heard it. To continuing to hear God’s word. Because by this God builds into us a frame of reference by which we can understand more and more of His…

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FOR JOSHUA TO LEAD MOSES HAD TO GO AWAY… JUST LIKE JESUS- Deut.3 and John16

By Edward O’Hara, Today we will be thinking a little outside the box. Just a little. By looking at the “examples” for which God wrote about the things that happened in Old Testament times. Seeing some parallels between Moses and Jesus. And between Joshua and the Holy Spirit. Just reading through Deuteronomy and saw where God told Moses he was not going to go into the promised land. It started me thinking about why God did this. And that if you have been told that this was because Moses struck the rock that was to bring forth water for Israel. Instead of speaking to it as God had instructed him to do. Then I want to show you that there is more to this story than you have been told. Much more. In Deut.3 Moses said, “23 And I besought…

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WHY BELIEVING YOU MUST KEEP THE LAW MEANS YOU ARE SHUT UP FROM A SAVING FAITH- Gal.3:23-26

By Edward O’Hara , As I have said many times before. If you are defining sin by what the law says you are in the wrong covenant. The reason this is so very important for we who profess to believe in Jesus is that being in the wrong covenant keeps us from knowing Him and having the eternal life that is only made possible by knowing Him. This is why Paul said in Gal.3:23 while Israel was under the law they were “shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.” A faith that Paul says in Rom.10:17 “comes by hearing. And hearing by the word of God.” To show that faith for eternal life is only found in the New Covenant. And could not be found in the Old. Which is why we see that those in the…

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By Edward O’Hara, THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS WITHIN YOU- LUKE17:20,21

By Edward O’Hara. Jesus said “The kingdom of God is within you” to a people who were expecting a messiah to come who would deliver to them a physical kingdom after conquering their enemies. But, these expected a natural kingdom to be theirs by the hand of a judge/deliverer just as the judges like Samson, Moses, and others had in olden times. But, the kingdom Jesus spoke of was one that delivered them from the natural men they were from the time Adam was made, to spiritual men for which Jesus came to make all men. From an inheritance through flesh and blood by a water birth from their mother’s womb. To an inheritance through spiritual birth that made them children of God and heirs to His eternal and spiritual kingdom in heaven. Both are literal kingdoms. And the Jew…

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LIFE OR DEATH AS JESUS REVEALED THEM IN THE 2 RESURRECTIONS- JOHN5:28,29

By Edward O’Hara It’s hard to put into words just how much God loves us. The Holy Spirit tells us through the apostle John that the greatest love is when a man lays down his life for his friend. Citing Jesus’ example when He gave His life willingly for every man. As Dan.9:26 tells us He would. And when He did this He knew He had to because it was the only way He could conquer death. Even though the thought of what He would suffer was so excruciating that He sought the Father asking if there was any other way to do what must be done to save mankind apart from His having to suffer and die. But, knowing the Father’s will Jesus submitted to Him for the sake of mankind. God is so willing that everyone who has…

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IF SAVED BY GRACE IT CAN NOT BE BY WORKS!- Rom.11

As in all of Paul’s letters, here too he is emphasizing that salvation is by grace and not by works. Doing so because the flesh naturally gravitates toward works when trying to attain anything. So the problem with the flesh is that it works to attain what it wants. And not that it is evil in and of itself as so many falsely proclaim. And this works oriented nature is why Paul says in Rom.8 the flesh is at enmity with the spirit. And why in Rom.9 Paul cites where God said Jacob have I loved but Esau have I hated to illustrate this enmity. So in vs.1 what causes Paul to ask whether God has forsaken Israel in the first few verses of this chapter? It is because he is following up on what he said in ch 10.…

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Old Testament Sin- Was it just covered? Or was Israel sanctified and forgiven? Lev.4:35

By Edward O’Hara: There are many who teach that sins were not forgiven under the law, but only covered. Is this true? And what would make someone teach that it was only covered if the Bible says it was forgiven? In Lev.4:32-35 we read how sin was dealt with through the sacrifices under the law. It reads, “32 And if he bring a lamb for a sin offering, he shall bring it a female without blemish. 33 And he shall lay his hand upon the head of the sin offering, and slay it for a sin offering in the place where they kill the burnt offering. 34 And the priest shall take of the blood of the sin offering with his finger, and put it upon the horns of the altar of burnt offering, and shall pour out all the…

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