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Pentecost, June 3, 2001

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The earliest, oldest New Testament text has finally been released to the public.  You may read the Codex Sinaiticus online - but only if you know Greek!  To read it inCodex Sinaiticus New Testament H T Anderson English English, you need the only English translation we know.  The H. T. Anderson English Translation of the Codex Sinaiticus, with the three extra early New Testament books and the Sonnini Manuscript of Acts 29 included, and the original absences of certain verses (put in there later by the 'church') is now available only at here.  

THIS IS NOT A CHEAP, SCANNED-IN FACSIMILE. This is a first edition of the text published in easy-to-read Georgia font with plenty of room between verses for your notes.2 points between verses, hard or soft cover.

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The Nazarene Acts
of the Apostles

Also known as
The Recognitions of Clement

Ever wonder why PAUL and not PETER received the mission to the lost tribes?  Wasn't Peter the stone upon which the "church" was to be built?  In this new translation of the Nazarene Acts, we follow Kefa (Peter) as he itinerates from Jerusalem and up the Mediterranean coast up to Tripoli, as recorded in the journals of his successor, Clement of Rome (Phi 4:3).  Every message Kefa preached, the company he kept, and the great works of faith the the Almighty accomplished through him are herein recorded.  This 300 page volume has been 'hidden' in the back of an obscure volume of the "Church Fathers" all this time.  Could it be that, in establishing the Gentile 'church' by pushing away from Judaism, this history was purposely hidden?

   Oswald was out of work and his wife, Nancy, worked at home. One evening Nancy asked her husband to get the 2 kids out of the house so she could get some work done. "Take them to a movie," she commanded. Two hours later, Oswald returned with the kids. He burst through the door and proceeded to turn on every light in the living room. Then the kids and him got down on their knees and started looking for something on the carpet. Nancy came into the room -- "You’re home -- what are y’all looking for over there?" Oswald replied, "Honey I lost a contact lens and we’re trying to find it. I could hardly see the movie with out it." Nancy got down on her knees, and after about 15 minutes hunting, she said, "Oswald, are you sure you lost your contact here?" "Heck, no," Oswald replied. "I lost it in the theater. But you know how dark those places are. Me and the kids thought we’d come back home, turn on all the lamps, then look for it where the light's better." Nancy thought about what he said for a minute, then replied. "Well, then. It’s just a matter of time. With the four of us all looking, we’ll find that booger in a minute or two." We look at the same scripture every year on the Feast of Pentecost, and we find the same things. But this year, let’s go back into the darkness to find the original lens, through which we may discover the connection between the Feast of Pentecost and the Pentecost that we call "the Birthday of the Church."

We look at the same scripture every year on Pentecost Sunday, and we find the same things. But this year, let’s go back into the darkness to find the original lens, through which we may discover the connection between the Feast of Pentecost and the Pentecost that some call "the Birthday of the Church."

Acts 2:1. And when the day of Pentecost was now come, they were all together in one place. Who were ‘they’ and what were they doing?

Acts 1:13. and when ‘they’ had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James Alef and Simon the Zealot and Judas of James. 14. All these with one accord devoted themselves to prayer, together with the women and Marya the mother of Yahshua, and with his brothers. ... 15b. (the company of persons was in all about a hundred and twenty).

Why were they there? So they could be clothed with power and then witness to the devout pilgrims who were in Jerusalem for the Feast.

Luk 24:46. [Yahshua] said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Anointed should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47. and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all tribes, beginning from Jerusalem. 48. You are witnesses of these things. 49. And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city, until you are clothed with power from on high."

The Talmidim of Yahshua were criminals wanted by the authorities under a death sentence. Nevertheless, they tarried for 2 reasons:

(1) Obedience to Yahshua, who told them to wait there until they received the promise of his Father, which was "clothing with power."

(2) Obedience to the Torah of Yahweh, for it was Shavuot. Devout believers like the Talmidim were required to be in attendance in Jerusalem despite political authorities. Did you know that the Ordinance of Yahweh is higher than the Ordinance of Politics? Yahshua knew that if the Disciples risked their lives keeping the Feast, they would receive Set-apart Spirit!

Observance of the Feast of Pentecost is the commemoration of the giving of Yahweh's Law, which begins with the 10 Commandments of Exodus 20. Moses reads the Law of Yahweh to the people, who respond with these words: "All the words which Elohim has spoken we will do." And in the time of Acts, "devout men from every nation" obediently traveled to Jerusalem for the Feast, to hear the Law of Elohim read again so that they could reaffirm their obedience with the same, ancient words: "All that Elohim has spoken we will do."

Had the disciples not been obedient to the Law and the Commandment of Yahshua, there would have been no giving of the Spirit in their generation. But because they did, this Pentecost was different! It was the debut of the New Covenant promise that all obedient people could receive the Spirit of power that fueled the prophets of old (just one at a time).

The Disciples heard the sound of a strong, rushing wind. The words wind and spirit in Greek are the same: pneuma. They heard the Spirit of Elohim enter the room!

They were anointed with ‘tongues of fire’ -- ‘tongues’ simply mean ‘languages’ - fiery (prophetic) languages in order to bear witness to the world.

They were filled with the Spirit: in times past, the spirit would fall on only one; now, owing to the resurrection of Yahshua and the obedience of his disciples, the Spirit of power was given to any who would be obedient to the Commandments and the testimony of Yahshua, and open to receiving something supernatural.

When they "spoke in tongues," they spoke in foreign languages they had never learned. How many have tried to learn a foreign language? How many succeeded?

Why did the disciples need languages?

Since it was Pentecost, devout abiders of Elohim’s Law had come from all over the world to Jerusalem to hear the reading of the Law and affirm it, as they did every year at this time. These were not a bunch of church people gathered for an Easter egg hunt; these were fervent, righteous individuals who were obedient to their Elohims law and seeking all that he had to offer.

You can find out what was said in tongues by reading on through chapter 2 -- Peter’s ‘tongues’ is interpreted for you. This was the message in tongues: Acts 2:22. "Men of Israel, hear these words: Yahshua of Nazareth, a man attested to you by Elohim with mighty works and wonders and signs which Elohim did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know-- 23. this Yahshua, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of Elohim, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. 24. But Elohim raised him up, having loosed the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.

The speeches were so powerful, anointed and convincing, that the majority believed and were converted and baptized on the spot, indicating that they were not only devoutly obedient to the Law, but that they were also open and sensitive to that which was new. They were not afraid of change!

Finally, understand that these devout visitors to Jerusalem for the Feast of Pentecost didn’t know that what they had experienced a miracle.

Now, is this Pentecostal experience for today?

John Wesley is the founder of the Methodist movement. One of the foundations of our theology is the Pentecostal ‘the second blessing,’ which is available to obedient, devout believers today. Wesley said that to receive the ‘second blessing’ one would need to be a Commandment-keeper and a devout assembly-goer. Wesley would have seen it no other way.

Did you know that Methodists believe in this second work of grace beyond ‘salvation’? Maybe some old-timers remember when preachers used to preach "second-blessing holiness"! And the belief in the second blessing of Pentecost is the distinguishing doctrine that sets Methodists apart from neighbors down the road.

(1) Wesley taught that, if you have received the second blessing, you will know it -- and others will know it for sure, because you will have a tongue of fire. This does not necessarily mean a person will speak in tongues. It does mean that a person will not be afraid to tell others about what the Father has done without fearing to name Yahshua in the conversation.

(2) Wesley also taught that you are baptized in the Spirit, you start working out your salvation in love by keeping the Commandments. This is just the beginning of a narrow pathway that leads to believer Perfection - perfection in love. Methodists don’t ‘get saved’; instead they ‘strive for perfection.’

(3) Wesley also taught that the evidence of the baptism of the Set-apart Spirit would be obedience to the practices of the assembly that had been passed down to us from the very first. He himself passed down the best practices of the Church of England to the Methodists of America.

It is discouraging to see how the worst of the modern evangelical movement has transformed those who might have been second-blessing believers and commandment keepers into undisciplined masses of intellectuals.  It is encouraging to hear from those who have left Babylon looking for some spiritual food and found discipline and order.

Tongues and Tradition

This is in the spirit of the Apostle Paul, who wrote: "I commend you because you maintain the traditions [of the faith] just as I delivered them to you" (1 Corinthians 11:2). In another place he wrote, "What I received at first I also delivered to you..." (1 Corinthians 15:3). You see, there is a passing down of truth that we must be sensitive to when we speak of the power in tradition. That is what teaching time is all about!

Most people who claim to be baptized in the Spirit today say they can prove it because they speak in tongues. (This I have learned from hundreds of web surveys I have collected and assessed.)  Well, that is one evidence. But it seems to me like most people who speak in tongues and claim to be ‘experts’ in spiritual matters don’t know beans about the inspired traditions and practices delivered from Yahshua down through hundreds and hundreds of years and the blood of martyrs and saints, ‘devout men and women,’ obedient to the Commandments of Yahweh and the Testimony of Yahshua, even unto death.  And most don't really care, seeing discipline as legalism.

Traditions Passed to Us

Some ‘spiritual’ people say that tradition is dead -- often making an accusation about it -- "your dead traditions!" "We’re alive," they say, "and you are dead." Some tradition is very dead. But some  traditions, through the blood of the martyrs who handed them down to us, can be enlivening and powerful for living. It all depends upon one's attitude, faith, and commitment. I want to finish up by mentioning three powerful traditions that have been passed down from the very first until today: the Law of Yahweh, the Sacraments, and the Creeds.

(1) The Law of Elohim - How many times have you heard someone say, "The Law was nailed to the cross" - we are not obligated to keeping it anymore! The fact is, though the Ten Commandment were destroyed as stone tablets, they are supposed to be written on the heart of every Spirit-filled believer (2 Corinthians 3:3). If they are etched on your heart, then they are all the more binding on you today than when were merely written in stone. Read them sometime (Exodus 20). You will quickly learn whether they are written on your heart or not. But they should be. 

Those within the Nazarene movement have placed the greatest emphasis on this tradition.

(2) The Communion of Saints. Yahshua commanded that this tradition was to be observed often, and in an attitude of repentance and thanksgiving. The Methodist Church ( from which I originate )believes (as I do) that the elements of the communion, the bread and wine, really can / do become the body and blood of our Savior in a spiritual sense. Read it for yourself in the Discipline. If this is so, the utmost care must be taken when approaching the bread and wine , for they are the body and blood of your Heavenly Friend who gave you his flesh to eat when you are hungry and his blood to drink.

The words of the communion in the mainline books of worship have been passed down to us from the very first.  The only pollution of the Communion service is a faulty English translation, which we mean to clean up.  That being corrected, you may partake of the same very same communion service that the early shlichim and qadoshim observed, even though 2 millennia have passed.

Regarding communion, Yahshua said, "as often as you do it, do it in remembrance of me." The word ‘remembrance’ literally means to relive - to relive his passion. The service printed in your hymn book has been preserved to give us a pattern by which we may spiritually relive the passion of his Son in communion with all the saints in history, both living and dead, both in the present, past and future. Our Communion with the saints is a miracle more powerful than any Pentecost, if we are obedient to observe it as Yahshua and his Apostles taught.

We will look closely at this in a subsequent session.

(3) The final tradition I want to emphasize here is the Creed. Reliable tradition tells us that the Apostles Creed has been handed down to you by the Apostles themselves. Again, the only problem with it is that it retains the theological viewpoint of certain translators.  ‘Creed’ comes from the Latin word credo, which means ‘I believe.’ The Apostles Creed is made of twelve lines. Each of the 12 Apostles wrote a line. It represents what the Apostles believed. Shouldn’t we believe the same thing?

Reciting what you believe right out loud and in public sets up a very, very powerful supernatural force. You not only proclaim the story to all the living and dead, past present and future, in the communion of saints and make your position with them known, but reciting the creed is a strong form of spiritual warfare. The demons that try to ruin your life cringe and flee when they hear you testifying that you believe the same things as the Apostles, then filling yourself with the body and blood of their enemy. The Devil can’t stand it when you proclaim your faith.

In some churches I served, the communion and the creed were seldom used.  But in others, even one or two words changed would disrupt a service because of the connection and comfort the people felt in the traditions they had received word for word in the service and had passed down to their children.

Friends, these are not dead traditions. The Spirit of Pentecost brings them alive through your obedience. The power of Pentecost manifests itself not only in the supernatural and unusual experiences described in Acts chapter 2, but also in the commands, traditions and disciplines that grew out of the Pentecostal power. Among these are the fervent obedience to the Commandments, the serious reliving of the passion of Yahshua through Communion and the proclamation of the creed of the Apostles. Are you willing to make the same pledge to the Spirit that the Israelites made to their Elohim - "All that Yahweh says, we will do"? That Let us begin to experience afresh the power of Pentecost as we begin to live obediently among the saints of all ages.

Legend has it that the Apostles wrote this creed on the tenth day after the ascension. Each of the doctrines found in the creed can be traced to statements made in scripture during the apostolic period. The earliest written version of the creed we know of is the Interrogatory Creed of Hippolytus written around 215.

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Lulay he'emanti | “This I Believe” | Psalms 27:13, 119:66 

1.  I believe in Yahweh the Father, El Shaddai, maker of heretz and shamayim;

2.  And in Yahshua ha Moshiach, binka eth-yechidka, our master:*

3.  Who was conceived by Ruach ha Qodesh,

4.  Born of the almah Marya,

5.  Suffered under Pontius Pilate,

6.  Was crucified, dead, and buried.

7.  He descended into Sheol.

8.  The third day he rose again from the dead.**

9.  He ascended into the shamayim, and is seated at the right hand of the Father Yahweh El Shaddai.

10. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

11. I believe in the Ruach ha Qodesh, the Basar ha Qodesh, the forgiveness of sins,

12. The resurrection of the body, and chaim ha olam va-ed. Amein.

 

* binka eth-yechidka  (Genesis 22:2) | 'uion ton monogenh (John 3:16) = one begotten son

** alt., after three days

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