Christian Theology by Pastor Melissa Scott

November 30, 2011 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 

It’s a hard – this is such an easy concept, but it’s so hard to explain because we have complicated our understanding of calling and election and predestination. Now watch what happens. There was no doctrine of predestination until Augustine. You read the textbooks. I don’t care where you are or who you are. Go and find a book of Christian thought, Christian theological – what has been laid out by the fathers and you will not find that topic until Augustine. Somewhere around 397 and it’s not because he did not have an inspiration. Oh yes, he had an inspiration, but the mistake we make – and I’m guilty of it. You say, “Where’s Mrs. Scott going?  You have to follow me to find out. The mistake that’s made if we are simplistic enough to do this, Strong’s Concordance, if we think that “predestination” and “predestinated” occurred just by the usage of the words, we’re terribly mistaken. Those words only occur twice in Romans and twice in Ephesians. Other times, may be “foreordained,” “foreknowledge,” “calling,” “election;” that becomes something else. But they’re not used. It became a doctrine, implemented by Augustine. And that’s not to say that I don’t believe that there’s something behind the something. If we understand, some doctrines creep into the church because it is man trying to comprehend. We reach up to grab God and bring Him down to where we are because our mind can’t comprehend beyond. We end up reducing God to our littleness or our insignificance if you will.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that Augustine was the one that really put it out there in response to Palagious. And you know because I’ve talked about this, Dr. Scott talked about this. Palagious and Augustine really went at it. In fact, and I applaud Augustine because I don’t agree with everything Augustine said, but some of the things that Palagious said and he followers said were insane. Listen to this. I’m going to read something to you. I want to make sure that I get this across because the subject of predestination, which I said I would discuss before we went into the second chapter, must have an appendage attached to it. If you remember Dr. Scott quoting Paul Tillich – now I have quote two people now. He used to say, “It’s as blasphemous to define God as it is to deny Him” or vice versa. So we come to a place where there’s the right desire to comprehend what saith the scripture. But this is how clever Satan is. Satan comes as an angel of light to make you focus in on an attribute of God, which is not wrong. That’s beautiful. But instead of focusing on the attribute, he makes you take your eyes off of the attribute and focus on a function. This is the function. Suddenly that becomes the reason for being not what brought you there in the first place. And all of these people, all of these church fathers had something to say on the subject.

The Father of Glory by Pastor Melissa Scott

November 8, 2011 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 

 

Pastor Melissa Scott; https://www.youtube.com/user/inthebrokenplaces

Pastor Melissa Scott

 

Paul’s prayer begins in verse 15: “Paul, to the saints that are at Ephesus….” I want to emphasize that he is talking to believers, just as I am talking to believers today. If you have any interest in hearing, even if you think that your interest is merely out of curiosity, then the Spirit of God is drawing you to listen. Hear these words, please. “Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you,” and He does, “may give unto you the spirit of wisdom, revelation in the fuller knowledge of him.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that the eyes of your heart,” literally, “of your understanding,” “be enlightened,” or “be illuminated,” “that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, what the riches of his glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to usward who believe,” literally faithe, “who faithe according to the working of his mighty power.” He goes on to say, “Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, set him at his own right hand in the heavenlies. Far above principality, power, might and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this world, but the one which is to come. He put all things under his feet, and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.”

That’s his first prayer in this letter, and it’s very subtle. We need to read this with the background knowledge that Paul is talking to converts at Ephesus. We could fall into the trap to say that he is speaking to those that don’t believe, that don’t have faith. No, he is speaking to those people who are already in the faith. And the last line of that prayer is pretty remarkable because he says, “the fullness of him that filleth all in all.”

Christ died on Calvary by Pastor Melissa Scott

November 4, 2011 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 

 

Pastor Melissa Scott Teaching from the Bible

 

Before I did the translation I was living with the spectacles of the King James Version. I had not looked it up. I do not spend all of my days looking up every single verse in the Bible all the time. So with this occasion, something stood out remarkably. “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people, upon thy holy city.” Now we’ve said “thy people” are Daniel’s people, the Jewish people, but we’re going to look to one place, Judah, as the source. Harness that thought in your mind. “Thy people and thy holy city,” Jerusalem, “to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins.”  Now how many have in your Bibles the word sins as plural? “And to make reconciliation for iniquity and to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up the vision in prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.”

Looking briefly at the grammar, we have the preposition “to,” “to finish”; the definite article “the” in “the transgression”; that is okay. “And to put an end,” uses the vav conjunction; “and to” again uses the preposition “to.” But the next part of the translation presents an anomaly when compared to the Hebrew. Literally, it should say, “and to put an end to the sin.” Notice the definite article before the word “sin.” It’s very subtle, but there is a world of difference between  sins in the sense of “the sins of the world,” and the expression “putting an end to sin.”

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that we are, like the song says, sinners being saved by grace. So what Christ did on Calvary was a once and for all act. I am still in Adam, even though I’m a new creature in Christ. So to put an end definitively to “the sin” means everything that is wrong, including everything that is “missing the mark.” That is the meaning of the Greek word hamartia translated “sin” in the New Testament. It encompasses everything. So we have here “seventy weeks of sevens are decreed upon the people of you, the holy city of you to finish the transgression and to put an end to the sin.”