The Oracles of God
If anyone desires to understand scripture and know the truth they must base all their research upon the oracles of God. What are the oracles of God? The oracles of God are the old covenant writings by the prophets and holy men who wrote the scripture by inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God. This makes the view of the understanding uniquely Jewish or from Jewish thought because it was to the nation of Israel that God gave His oracles.
KJV Acts 7:38
38. This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:
The old covenant writings are the source of understanding, the lively oracles, and the place to begin your search for truth. Jesus and the Apostles taught the gospel from the old covenant writings because the new covenant writings were not yet written.
KJV Romans 3:1-2
1. What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision?
2. Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.
The Jews had an advantage over the Gentiles because they had the oracles, the beginning of knowledge. The new covenant writings are a further revelation of those oracles that contained the knowledge of salvation in shadow form. Only by the light of Christ on the oracles can the shadows be explained to gain knowledge and wisdom.
KJV Hebrews 5:12
12. For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
Many of the Jews in the days of Jesus would not come to light so that they could see what the shadow of the oracles were to teach them. Instead they remained in the shadows practicing the works of the law in a vain attempt to become righteous by their own works.
KJV 1 Peter 4:11
11. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
The foundation of truth begins with the oracles and proceeds from there into the light of Christ to reveal the meaning of those shadows. Today the churches have substituted Greek thought and ideas in an attempt to find truth that is uniquely Jewish in origin. If the shadows of salvation were given to the Jews why would someone look for truth in Greek ideas that had a culture far removed from Jewish ways. Salvation is not from the Greeks but from the Jews.
KJV John 4:22
22. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
Jesus was a Jew and he came to shed light upon the oracles of God. Greek thought, ideas or philosophy are far away from the truth and to interpret scripture from this mind set will always lead to error. The Greeks were a pagan people who had ideas about life, death and God that were completely wrong but yet most people today who claim to be Christian base their beliefs on this type of thinking and this has led to a multitude of false teachings.
Early in the primitive Catholic church an intense dislike developed for the Jewish people because they blamed the Jews for the death of Jesus and because of this they separated themselves from anything perceived to be Jewish and substituted their own Greek ideas for those that God gave to Israel. The oracles God gave to the Jews no longer had Jewish understanding but pagan Greek. It is no wonder there are so many churches today all claiming to be Christian but teaching different doctrines. The substitution of Greek thought to define Jewish thought has produced Babylon.
If you desire to know the truth on any doctrine use the definition of words describing that doctrine from the old covenant writings, the oracles of God, as the truth from Genesis to Revelation will remain pure. Truth never changes unless you change the way it is thought out and then it becomes a lie. Greek plus Jewish will equal lie but Jewish plus Jewish will equal truth. Jesus was not a Greek but a Jew and if truth is to be revealed it will begin with the oracles of God. An example of how Greek ideas changed the truth of the oracles of God is the false belief in the immortal soul that lives on after death in either heaven or hell. This is a classic Greek idea of paganism that is in total opposition to the truth of the oracles of God and alien to Jewish thought. If the oracles define what death is then that truth has not changed and is the same today as when it was written by the Holy prophets of God.
KJV Ecclesiastes 9:10
10. Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
KJV Psalms 146:4
4. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.
KJV Isaiah 38:18-19
18. For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth.
19. The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth.
KJV John 3:13
13. And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
The oracles plainly say that the dead are dead and have no life in any way, shape or form but Greek ideas changed this truth into a lie because Greek pagan beliefs in an after life entered and replaced Jewish thought. Even the false idea of life after death in heaven or hell is of Greek pagan belief and is totally against what the oracles teach about death. Jesus taught that only by a resurrection from the dead can a man ever live again and this only because of belief in him as messiah and son of God.
KJV John 3:16
16. 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.
Notice one must believe in Jesus to not perish and to have everlasting life. If you do not you will perish, die, cease to exist.
Everlasting life is a gift from God because of our belief in Jesus and we do not have this life by nature if it is a gift through faith.
KJV Romans 6:23
23. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is everlasting life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
KJV John 4:10
10. Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
Everlasting life, immortality or living forever is a promise of God to the saints that will be fulfilled when Jesus returns and resurrects the saints to immortality.
KJV 1 Corinthians 15:52-57
52. In a moment, in the twinkling of an
eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
56. The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
KJV 1 John 2:25
25. And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even everlasting life.
Do you see how Greek ideas have turned the truth of the oracles of God into a lie? This is only one example, there are many more and in this blog I expose these lies and tell you the truth of the oracles of God.