blessed hope

Titus 2: 11-15 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.  These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

The blessed hope is the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.

What spirit calls Jesus “the Holy One of God”?

John 6:68-69 KJB Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God

Notice in the KJB, John 6:69 quotes Peter as saying Jesus is the “Christ, the Son of the living God”.


When we see what demons call Jesus, we find that they call Him the “Holy One of God”

Mark 1:23-24 KJB And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.

Luke 4:33-34 KJB And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice, Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God

The demons (in agreement with the spirit of anti-christ 1 John 4:2) deny Jesus is the Christ and the Son of God.


When we look at John 6:69 in other Bible per-versions, we find they agree with the devils in that they substitute “Christ, the Son of the living God” with “the Holy One of God”.

ASV And we have believed and know that thou art the Holy One of God.

CJB We have trusted, and we know that you are the Holy One of God.”

DARBY and we have believed and known that thou art the holy one of God.

DLNT And we have believed, and have come-to-know that You are the Holy One of God”.

ERV We believe in you. We know that you are the Holy One from God.”

ESV and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”

ESVUK and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”

GW Besides, we believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”

HCSB We have come to believe and know that You are the Holy One of God!”

ISV Besides, we have believed and remain convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”

PHILLIPS “Lord,” answered Simon Peter, “who else should we go to? Your words have the ring of eternal life! And we believe and are convinced that you are the holy one of God.”

LEB And we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”

MSG Peter replied, “Master, to whom would we go? You have the words of real life, eternal life. We’ve already committed ourselves, confident that you are the Holy One of God.”

MOUNCE and we have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”

NOG Besides, we believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”

NABRE We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”

NASB We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.”

NET We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God!”

NIRV We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”

NIV We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”

NIVUK We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.’

NLT We believe, and we know you are the Holy One of God.”

NRSV We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”

NRSVA We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.’

NRSVACE We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.’

NRSVCE We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”

RSV and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”

RSVCE and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”

TLV We have trusted and have come to know that you are the Holy One of God.”

money

you know what God thinks of money by the kind of people He gives it to…

1 Tim 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

1 Tim 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows

1 Tim 3:3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous

1 Tim 3:8 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre

Titus 1:7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre

Titus 1:11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake

1 Peter 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

2 Peter 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. (sell you into slavery for their own profit Deu 24:7)

Matthew 21:12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves

John 2:6 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.

Luke 16:15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

Matthew 4:8-9 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;  and saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

James 2:5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?

2 Cor 4:3-4 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4 in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them

something missing

Matthew 19:16-22 (also Mark 10)
And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?

And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

He saith unto him, Which?

Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,  Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?

Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.

This young man who had great possessions felt there was something still that he lacked. 


Solomon who was denied nothing that he could possibly want, expressed the same thing in Ecclesiastes — that there was still something missing.

those who didn’t follow

Luke 9:57-62
And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.  And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.  Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.

And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

Matthew 19:16-22 (also Mark 10)
And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?

And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

He saith unto him, Which?

Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,  Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?

Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.

Matthew 16:24-25
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

by whom do your sons cast them out?

Luke 11:14-26

And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered.

But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils. And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven.

But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.

If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub.

And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges.

But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.



Prior to Jesus, there was no scriptural way to deal with demons other than a death sentence for those involved in divination or other occult practices.

People would go to the priests, rabbis, or occult practitioners to seek relief from demonic activity.   Since a means of exorcism was not prescribed by God in scripture, ritualistic exorcism as developed in babylonian traditions and kabbalah was practiced.  


However, without true authority these religious leaders were indeed trying to cast out demons through Beelzebub rituals.  They were accusing Jesus of what they themselves were guilty of.


What the religious leaders saw was that Jesus had true authority over the demons and brought complete deliverance from demonic posession.  This threatened and undermined they position and authority over the people.


One question remains… who is the “they” in “therefore shall they be your judges”?  Being that the religious leaders were treading in Beelzebub’s jurisdiction without true authority it would be the demons that have the legal advantage.

so all Israel shall be saved

Rom 11:25-27 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.  And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:  for this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.