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When Hannah Mother Of Samuel Prophesied Of Jesus Christ

Posted by Job on November 11, 2011

1 Samuel 2:1-10 reads:

And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation. [There is] none holy as the LORD: for [there is] none beside thee: neither [is there] any rock like our God. Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let [not] arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD [is] a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. The bows of the mighty men [are] broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength. [They that were] full have hired out themselves for bread; and [they that were] hungry ceased: so that the barren hath born seven; and she that hath many children is waxed feeble. The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up. The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up. He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, [and] lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set [them] among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth [are] the LORD’S, and he hath set the world upon them. He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail. The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.

This prayer of Hannah is fascinating in ways that are almost too many to count. I will focus on some things that struck me about it as it read this text this morning.

1. How God uses adversity to bring about His purposes in His elect. This was a time of spiritual crisis among God’s people, during the time of the Judges. In these days Eli was the high priest charged with service of the tabernacle, as were his sons Phinehas and Hophni. However, Phinehas and Hophni were exceedingly wicked, and Eli, though he went through the motions of being outwardly righteous, refused to act to stop his sons, and also was willing to personally benefit from their evil deeds. God does not leave His people without a shepherd, however, so it was his purpose to raise up new spiritual leadership; a special child chosen from before his birth and set apart for this purpose.

In order to bring this about, God selected a righteous man, Elkanah the son of Jeroham, and his righteous wife Hannah. God temporarily closed the womb of this righteous woman, and permitted Peninnah, the other wife of Elkanah and who was bearing children, to vex and torment Hannah over her condition. Now this is yet another occurrence of rivalries between wives that the Bible tells us occurs with polygamy, including to the point of a woman using her children to gain status in the eyes of her husband at the expense of the other wives. However, also remember that during this time, childbearing was associated with God’s blessing and favor being with a woman, so a barren woman was often presumed to be disfavored by God, perhaps due to some sinfulness on her part. When you consider the very strong language that the Bible uses concerning Peninnah’s treatment of Hannah in 1 Samuel 1:6 – and her adversary vexed her sore, forasmuch as she upbraided her, because the Lord made her barren – it appears that some very strong accusations were involved, and should make one consider the charges against Job by his friends: that Job’s sins were the cause of his condition.

But rather than her trials and tribulations being evidence of her sinfulness or her not being smiled upon by God, they were instead evidence of the work that God desired to work both within and through her (James 1:2-4)! For God wanted to use the seed of Hannah and Elkanah to raise up new spiritual leadership. God wanted the child of Hannah and Elkanah to be given totally over to Him; to learn about God’s laws and ways to that this child would be able to use this knowledge to execute his leadership more effectively and perfectly. God allowed – or caused! – the affliction of His servant Hannah so that – in her grief – Hannah would make a prayer to the Lord that was acceptable to the Lord. Now of course, this prayer was not of Hannah, meaning of her own flesh and carnal nature, but came as she was carried along by the Holy Spirit. But the point is that the trials and tribulations that God saw fit to have Hannah experience plowed and tilled the ground of her heart, to create the conditions for her to be carried along by the Holy Spirit to make this prayer. She prayed for a man-child (for the spiritual leader had to be male) and dedicated the child to lifetime service to God (thereby renouncing parental or familial rights that were very important in that culture for legal, economic and social status reasons) in her prayer, including the vow that her child would be a Nazerite. Remember the Lord’s Prayer, where we are supposed to petition that God’s will in heaven be done on earth. It was the will of God in heaven for such a child as this to be born and dedicated to Him, so God created the conditions whereby this woman would pray for the birth of this child, and sacrificially offer up her son – and herself – as vessels for this divine service. That Hannah’s motivation may have been to remove her own reproach, take away the ability of her rival wife to torment and provoke her, and thereby gain the peace of her own mind is of little consequence. The main thing is that through her trials, she offered up a prayer that was acceptable to God because it was the will of God, and thus God granted what she requested. And it should be pointed out that by Hannah’s giving the child to God – as opposed to her desiring to hold onto the child herself for the purposes of getting back at her rival Peninnah, the natural thing to do – was evidence of this woman’s righteousness and Godly heart. So, if you are a believer in Jesus Christ that is currently enduring hardships, heartaches, persecution and tribulation, then do not despair but rejoice, because God will use these things to bring about His purposes in you as He did with Hannah! On the other hand, if you are mocker and persecutor of God’s people like Peninnah, well beware! Please note that the Biblical record treats Hannah much more favorably than Peninnah, and moreover just as the evil behavior of Peninnah was recorded for posterity, God is keeping inventory of our behavior in His book!

2. Let us not ignore the positive role and influence that Hannah’s husband, Elkanah played. Though many men did mistreat their barren wives in that day and time, Elkanah did the opposite: he comforted, elevated, loved and had compassion on her! Unlike Peninnah, 1 Samuel 1:5 hints that Elkanah knew that Hannah’s being barren was not any indictment against her value or character, but was of the Lord’s doing. So, rather than despising and rejecting his wife after the worldly manner that his wife took, Elkanah respected and submitted himself to the will of God – to the right and prerogative of God to make his wife barren – and instead loved his wife as Christ loves the church (Ephesians 5:25). Rejecting his wife because God decreed her to be barren would have been akin to rejecting the decree of God, and thus rejecting God. But by honoring the will of God through loving his wife, Elkanah honored God. Now perhaps one can fault Elkanah for not intervening when Peninnah persecuted Hannah, but the Biblical evidence in such instances like Abraham dealing with Sarah and Hagar and Jacob dealing with Rachel and Leah leads one to believe that the custom of the day was for men to generally refrain themselves from disputes among their wives.

Elkanah did not merely behave righteously with his wife, but also with his son. Imagine if your wife has a son, and she tells you “No, this is not going to be your child to love, raise, be proud of and carry on your name. No, I am going to give this child – your child – to the church. You are not going to have anything to do with raising this child … you aren’t even going to SEE this child. Instead, I am giving him away.” Even in our modern culture, that would be a difficult, almost unthinkable thing to do: the equivalent of a wife deciding to give up the child – the husband’s child – for adoption. In that culture, where men had almost absolute rights over their wives and children, and where male children gave great honor and esteem to their fathers before society, it was even more pronounced. Yet Elkanah willingly gave up his fatherly rights and privileges and consented to the designs of his wife. Why? Because he knew that the child was the result of God’s blessing his barren wife! He knew that this child came as the result of God’s honoring his wife’s petition, and that this petition included Hannah’s promise to give the child to God’s service. So, just as Elkanah submitted himself to God’s will when his wife was barren, he did the same when his wife was fruitful. This means that Elkanah’s love and obedience to God was not conditional! Instead, he honored and obeyed God regardless of the circumstances. Whether the Lord giveth (allowing his wife to bear children) or the Lord taketh away (causing his wife to be barren), Elkanah honored – or blessed – the Name of the Lord! In this manner, Elkanah reminds us of Joseph, earthly father of Jesus Christ, when he submitted to God’s will in taking Mary as his wife and raising Jesus Christ as his adopted son. Both Elkanah and Joseph chose sacrificial giving over behaving selfishly according to the interests of their own flesh. The union of Hannah and Elkanah was definitely that of a believing, obedient, faithful man and spouse, and such things are blessed indeed. Blessed is the man who has a believing, righteous woman. Blessed is the woman who has a believing, righteous man. And blessed is the God who providently brings the two of them together for His service and to His glory! In this case, God brought together a holy husband and a holy wife for the purpose of producing a child that would lead His people.

3. The angel of the Lord told Joseph in Matthew 1:21 “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Jesus, or Joshua, or Yeshua, means “God saves.” In the opening of her prayer, Hannah rejoiced in her salvation by this same Jesus spoken of in Matthew 1:21. Let no doctrine or teacher deceive you concerning this fact. The Hebrew word used by Hannah was “yĕshuw`ah“, which means salvation by God. Later in this prayer, she states “The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up” … a reference to death and resurrection by the will of God, just as the death and resurrection of God the Son Jesus Christ occurred according to the will of God the Father. Further: “He will keep the feet of his saints …” that is none other than a reference to the perseverance of the saints doctrine where Jesus Christ said concerning the redeemed that none could take them out of His hand (John 10:28-29). Instead, “the wicked shall be silent in darkness” which is exactly where the Lord Jesus Christ said that they would be cast (Matthew 8:12, 22:13, 25:30). As for “He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, [and] lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set [them] among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth [are] the LORD’S, and he hath set the world upon them” recall when our Lord said “the spirit of the Lord is upon me to preach the gospel to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised” in Luke 4:18? Also when Jesus Christ said “Blessed are the poor for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” in the Beatitudes? Further, “The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the ends of the earth” is a summary of “the day of the judgment of the Lord” teachings both given by Jesus Christ and revealed to John in the apocalypse. Thus, this prayer of Hannah was packed with a startling amount of things that Jesus Christ would later teach. By the Holy Spirit, Hannah revealed some of the very things that Jesus Christ would preach many hundreds of years later. But that is not all.

“And he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed!” Keep in mind that this prayer of Hannah was given generations before Saul, generations before David, long before Israel asked for the king or the establishment of the monarchy. Yet here Hannah prophesies concerning the coming king – God’s king – whom she also calls God’s anointed! Christ, or Christos in Greek means the same as Hannah’s term mashiyach (Moshiach or Messiah) in Hebrew: anointed. In this prophecy song of praise, Hannah reveals Jesus Christ as king, savior, and Messiah. And again, as the monarchy had not been instituted and was not even on the horizon or thought process of the Hebrews at the time of the Judges, the context points to a UNIQUE king, savior and Messiah that God will pour out HIS strength upon and that God would uniquely empower, exalt and glorify to the point that through this king God the Father would subdue, rule and judge the entire earth. When one adds the reference to death and resurrection, the only major doctrine apparently absent in Hannah’s Messianic prophecy song is an explicit reference to Christ’s Sonship, and hence His divinity, whereby this anointed king of the latter verse would also provide the salvation of the Lord spoken of in the former verse. Yet by virtue of both being included in Hannah’s song – and one prominently in the beginning and the other prominently in the end, and please remember the nature of Hebrew poetry where ideas that are in the beginning and end of a poem go together, a type of parallelism or harmony – the concept of the divine Saviour and the Messianic king being one and the same is still contained within the prophecy even if it is not yet explicitly given at this point in progressive revelation.

It is amazing to read God’s Word and see how He used His handmaid Hannah to both bear the child Samuel that would lead His people in that time, but also to prophecy of Jesus Christ, who would save and lead His people for eternity! Thus Samuel, the child that Hannah had was the prefigure or the type of the child that Mary would later have. And this came after God created the circumstances for this event by making Hannah (temporarily) barren and having her suffer persecution in her own home for this condition, yet not leaving her alone during this time of affliction but providing her with a believing husband as her minister to comfort her and help her endure it (and view this in the context of the promise of God given to believers in 1 Corinthians 10:13 concerning God’s giving us the ability to bear trials).

The wisdom and might of God knows no end, and neither does His blessings! For these reasons and an infinite multitude of others, let us not be slack in giving God His due praise!

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Jesus Christ Is The Messiah Who Died For The Jews Take 3

Posted by Job on April 2, 2008

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Jesus Christ Is The Jewish Messiah Take 2

Posted by Job on April 2, 2008

I prefer to believe God rather than John Hagee.  From VenomFang.

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Jesus Christ Is The Jewish Messiah Take 1

Posted by Job on April 2, 2008

From VenomFang.

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Romans 10:9 Jesus as Lord and Savior

Posted by Job on March 12, 2008

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BIBLE MEDITATION: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Romans 10:9

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: Have you ever thought that salvation was like a cafeteria where you can pick and choose the aspects of Jesus you want. “I’ll have a little Saviorhood, please, but no Lordship.” If Jesus is not your Lord, Jesus is not your Savior. What’s the difference? Well, suppose I perform a wedding ceremony and say to the young man, “Would you take Mary to be your lawfully wedded wife?” and he responds, “Well, I’ll take Mary as housekeeper.” Then I say to her, “Would you take John to be your lawfully wedded husband?” and she says, “Well, I’ll take him as provider.” Friend, we can’t pick and choose what we want from Jesus. We simply take Jesus as Lord over all!

ACTION POINT: Is Jesus Christ Lord of every area of your life? Take time to today to examine your life — your finances, your relationships, your hopes and dreams. share devotional with a friend visit lwf.org

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John MacArthur: The Murder Of God’s Son

Posted by Job on March 11, 2008

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One Body in Christ Romans 12:5

Posted by Job on March 1, 2008

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BIBLE MEDITATION: “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” Romans 12:5

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: My left hand is a member of
my body. So is my right hand. The right hand cannot direct the left
hand and vice versa. But both hands can receive instruction from the
head. If one hand is connected to the head and the other hand is
connected to the head, then it simply follows that our hands are going
to submit one to another. They’re not going to fight one another. It’s
the same way in the Body of Christ, the church. Who is the head of the
body? The Lord Jesus Christ. Who are the members of the body? You and
I. God put us in the church together that we might have a spirit of
submission in the fear of the Lord.

ACTION POINT: Is there someone in the church
with whom you’re having difficulties? Submit yourself to the Lord and
allow Him to give you grace to submit one to another. share devotional with a friend     visit lwf.org

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John MacArthur: The Persecution And Endurance of Christians

Posted by Job on February 17, 2008

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Evidence That Jesus Christ Is God!

Posted by Job on February 11, 2008

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Jesus Christ Lives Forevermore Revelation 1:18

Posted by Job on February 5, 2008

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BIBLE MEDITATION:  “I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore.” Revelation 1:18

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: I went to see Lenin’s tomb
when I was in Moscow. He is sealed in a crystal case. You can see his
waxen face and his trimmed beard, and on that tomb these words are
written: “He was the greatest leader of all peoples of all countries of
all times. He was the lord of the new humanity. He was the savior of
the world.” Do you notice it’s all past tense? He was. Jesus is alive.
He is the great I AM. It is an encounter with the living Christ that
makes the difference in our lives. We serve a Savior who is alive and
listening to our every prayer. He is bottling every tear and rejoicing
with every victory.

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A Powerful Picture of Salvation!

Posted by Job on February 3, 2008

Original Link: Pastor Michael Lewi’s Blog: Powerful Picture of Salvation!

I am so enjoying studying and preaching through the book of Romans. A study entitled, ‘Expedition 116’ for we are on a journey with a specific destination in mind. I hope you will journey with our church and invite new friends to journey with us. This Sunday I will be
preaching on the Rescue – i.e. our salvation in Christ.As I was reading before the Lord this morning His Word, He gave to me a powerful picture of salvation from the life of David from Psalm 18:16-19. Obviously this was the ‘fleeing years’ of David as he fled from the hand of King Saul and God continuously delivered him from the hand of his insane enemy. “He reached down from on high and took hold of me; He pulled me out of deep waters. 17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy and from those who hated me, for they were too strong for me. 18 They confronted me in the day of my distress, but the Lord was my support. 19 He brought me out to a wide-open place; He rescued me because He delighted in me.”The Lord has reached down from heaven and taken hold of me in Christ Jesus….. He has saved me from the guttermost to the uttermost! The Lord is my Rescuer, my Savior, and my Sustainer! Salvation is a wide-open place, and it is all based on His grace, His delight, His unmerited favor in my life. I am forever grateful!
Prayer:
Father God, I picture myself in the ocean of sin sinking… crying out for
help, and You rescued me by the marverlous mercy of the cross of Your
Son. You have reached down and taken hold of me.. .pulling me from the
waters and delivering me from the enemy of the devil and death. I
rejoice in the wide-open space You have brought me to… It is all
because of your Amazing Grace! In Jesus’ name I praise You….. Amen
and Amen!

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Exclusivity of Jesus Christ Still Controversial Today

Posted by Job on January 29, 2008

Exclusivity of Christ Still Controversial Today | Christianpost.com

The exclusive claims of Christ are just as controversial today as they were 2,000 years ago, says one national youth leader.

Jesus
as “the way and the truth and the life,” or the only way to salvation,
is hard to swallow in a postmodern culture where “more and more people
seem to think that Jesus is one of many ways to God and that salvation
is achieved through living a good life rather than received through
faith alone in Christ alone,” said Greg Stier, founder of Dare 2 Share
Ministries, which has equipped millions of youths to share the Gospel.

It’s
a belief held by many Christians today who do not have a firm grasp of
what they believe, many Christian leaders say. Most people view the
Gospel as a message that proclaims “all roads lead to God as long as
you’re sincere,” Stier noted in an e-mail interview with The Christian
Post.

“Most of them know that Jesus died on the cross but also
believe that God will accept you if you are sincere and seek to do good
deeds,” he said.

It’s one of Stier’s short list of reasons why
the world isn’t reached for Christ yet. He says the Gospel that is
being preached tends to be anything but.

“The word Gospel means
‘good news.’ It’s the good news that salvation is by faith alone in
Christ alone and not by good works,” Stier stressed. “But many who
preach the ‘Gospel’ today are adding all sorts of pre-conditions.”

Some
of those pre-conditions include keeping the law or some of the Ten
Commandments, getting baptized, or some kind of “to do” list.

“Many
seem hell bent on twisting the pathway to heaven to include some kind
of turning, committing or you-fill-in-the-blank human effort,” Stier
noted.

The prominent youth speaker recently finished filming in
Maui the second edition of a reality series called “GOSPEL Journey.”
It’s a series that explores how relevant the Gospel still is today and
if people are receptive to it and it further equips youths to answer
questions posed by non-Christians they encounter.

Participants of
the latest “GOSPEL Journey” included a Jew, Muslim, Mormon, Seventh Day
Adventist, Buddhist and a girl who believed that God was a big black
woman cooking cookies in the heavenly kitchen of unconditional love.

And to many of them, the exclusivity of salvation in Christ was unreasonable.

“The
toughest off camera question asked to me was by Jonathan (our
bodybuilding, modeling Jewish participant),” Stier said after filming
the reality series. “It went something like, ‘So Greg you mean to tell
me that all six million Jews who died in the Holocaust woke up in the
flames of hell because they rejected Jesus as their Messiah?'”

Ultimately,
Stier hoped the Gospel message would be crystal clear to them by the
end of the weeklong journey whether they accepted it or not.

“My hope is that they all understand that, accept it or reject it, Jesus claimed to be the exclusive way to God,” he said.

Despite
living in a culture that embraces tolerance, Stier calls Christians to
keep the Gospel message crystal clear. Otherwise, lives will not be
changed.

“Any gospel that puts the focus on what we must do
rather than on what Christ has done has lost the offense of the cross
and, therefore, is powerless to truly transform lives,” he stressed.
“If we really want to see the world reached with the Gospel then we
must preach the real, unadulterated gospel.”

Other reasons Stier
listed for why the world is not yet reached for Christ include the
church spending a disproportionate amount of money on buildings,
staffing and internal programs; the church not focusing on reaching the
most spiritually receptive demographics such as those under the age of
18 and the poor; and Christians not taking the responsibility to share
the Gospel and leaving evangelism up to the pastor or to Billy Graham.

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Church History: A Jewish Legend and a Roman Emperor

Posted by Job on January 29, 2008

From Dr. Randy Weiss of Crosstalk.com, who can be reached at randy@crosstalk.org

An interesting Jewish legend has developed around
Onkelos, a nephew of Hadrian. This ancient Jewish story
might help to inform modern Gentile Christians about
the beauty of Judaism. The legend focuses on Onkelos,
who was a famous ancient Jewish sage. He is known as
“the proselyte.” It is said that after visiting
Jerusalem, Onkelos decided to become a Jew. He studied
under Rabbi Eliezer ben Hyrcanus and Rabbi Joshua ben
Chananiah. This experience led to his conversion. He
learned the Torah and faithfully followed Judaism. This
would have been odd enough, given the poor conditions
that Jews suffered under the Roman occupation during
the reign of Emperor Hadrian. The situation was even
more incredible because Onkelos was a close relative of
Hadrian.

The story goes that after Emperor Hadrian realized the
dilemma posed by his nephew’s conversion, he sent
soldiers from Rome to bring Onkelos back from
Palestine. After his conversion to Judaism, he stayed
in Palestine studying the Holy Writings of Judaism. He
apparently learned some wonderful truths about the God
of the Jews. When the soldiers that had been sent from
Hadrian reached Onkelos to remove him with force,
Onkelos said, “Let me tell you one thing: among people
it is customary that the one of lessor rank lights the
way for those of higher rank, but my God is the
greatest and still he lights the way that people may
see where to go.” It is said that the soldiers were
converted after hearing of Onkelos’ wondrous God.
Hadrian sent more soldiers to complete the job of
bringing Onkelos back to Rome. This time, the emperor
warned the soldiers not to talk to Onkelos. They
reached their destination and proceeded to capture
their prize for the journey home.

As they were emerging from the house with him, he
placed his hand on the mezuzah and said to them: “See
the difference between a human ruler and the great God
of Israel. A human ruler stays within his house and his
guards stay at the gate, but here the people stay
inside the house, while the king stays at the door to
guard them.” Hearing this these soldiers also were
converted and the emperor sent no more soldiers to
bring Onkelos back.

Like those soldiers, Gentile Christians should be
stricken with the beauty and love of God portrayed
within Judaism. Conversion to Judaism is not the issue;
tolerance is. Gentile Christians must learn to find the
hatred of God’s chosen people to be an insult to God.
God most certainly does! Agreement is not a
requirement; but love is mandatory.

Jewish Christians were alienated from Judaism after the
time of Hadrian. It was during this Second Jewish
Revolt that the followers of Jesus were alienated from
those who eventually followed Bar Cochba. The revolt
was a complete disaster. It brought the total
destruction of Jerusalem sending the Jews who survived
into the Diaspora. Gentile Christians continued to
thrive in the Church and Jewish Christianity soon lost
favor among the Gentile believers as well.

Copyright 2005 by Randy Weiss, Ph.D. 

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