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The Passage by Pastor Melissa Scott

Beth “house” beth “house of dead” and really “of dead ones.” Now, too many things to do and too little time to do it. Often times we tend to focus on the resurrection and don’t realize the resurrection was the doorway for some other work to happen. We kind of – there are some that hold the belief that the cross was the end. No the cross was the stair up to that final act earthly. But the work had to continue. That was the doorway. If we understand it’s a lot more than just being raised from the dead. The Syriac tells us something. That passage, if you’ll turn there quickly in the fourth chapter, the fourth chapter. We’ll get there eventually but I’m just going to show you why sometimes we have problems interpreting what is being said.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that the fourth chapter the 8th verse where it says, “wherefore he saith, when he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up for above all heavens, that he might fill all things. Picture that. We’ll get to it. But picture that picture because a lot of you who’ve been around heard Dr. Scott teach on this particular passage. It wasn’t just we read so many times it says that his body wouldn’t see corruption but remember, I started off by saying “I’ll build my ekklesia and the gates of hades shall not prevail against it.” going down somewhere below the earth. Many interpret this and they say, “no, it’s not; it’s a misinterpretation.” well my other languages prove very well that he went to be; he went when he was, what was worked in Him, in Messiah.

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God’s promises by Pastor Melissa Scott

Some have grown up in the church and they had a “promise box” in every room of their house; they would reach in and grab a promise out of the box, and that was their promise for the day. Others, like myself, only came to know God’s promises after a time of hearing and studying; it took some time for them to really sink in. We’re strange creatures: we can have God’s promises laid out for us, and we know that the Bible says “all the promises in him are yea, and in him amen,” but we reach for God’s promises like a thief grabbing for a morsel of bread somewhere and running off with it. Who said you have to claim promises like that? Who said that you can’t go and say all the promises are mine; every promise in this book is mine. It’s as much mine as it is yours or any person who is faithing. We are not to treat His riches as if we’re only entitled to a little. Now when I speak of His riches, I’m talking about His heavenly riches that He bestows on us through His Spirit. It is not a mere handout. I’m going to prove to you that Paul understood this, and I believe I’m beginning to understand. Paul is praying for something for these saints, and I hope you will share these things with me.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that Paul prays again in the third chapter, beginning at the fourteenth verse. This prayer in the Ephesian letter is like Mount Everest. You could pass by many times but unless you stop and really look at this whole laid out plan that he is speaking to the believers, you will probably not see the grandeur of it; it is very grand.

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The King James Version by Pastor Melissa Scott

This is followed by the vav conjunction, “and,” and the preposition el: “and to,” followed by the familiar word kappor from which we get kapporeth meaning “to cover.”  So it is saying, ““and to atone, atone for,” and the King James Version says “wickedness,” but it could also mean guilt or iniquity. This is followed by another vav conjunction. What’s fascinating is that this whole passage is what in Hebrew grammar is called a “construct.” This is followed by “and to bring righteousness,” sedek. The next word, olam, means “eternity,” but here the word is olamim, which makes it intensified. It means “forever and ever and ever and ever and ever, worlds beyond and unknown.” So “to bring in righteousness never to be ended and,” another vav conjunction followed by el again, meaning “and to,” and the next part is a little strange: the King James Version says, “and to seal up the vision and the prophecy.” But the Hebrew reads, “To seal up the vision and the prophet.”

Now that’s very significant. You can seal up a vision yet the prophet can still be walking around and talking.  I had to make sure, so I checked every source and this word being used clearly means “spokesman, speaker, prophet.”  It does not mean “prophecy” or “to prophesy,” to speak forth, but it refers to the actual speaker himself. So this verse should read, “everlasting righteousness, seal up the vision and the prophet.” And this is going to be important for understanding why this book of Daniel has had so much ridicule put on it. It’s been belittled by scholars. The book of Revelation suffered the same thing, because it’s easier to say, “Oh, that’s just too complicated.” When there is a clear path, the devil wants to get in there and say, “Hey, listen. Don’t read that stuff. That’s crazy stuff,” when the fact of the matter is it’s God’s floor plan, if we don’t mess it up, of what He wants to see and have happen for all of His people.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that the last one part of Daniel 9:24 reads, “and to anoint the most Holy.” Again it has the same “and to” conjunction and preposition, followed by the familiar word masach, meaning, “to anoint,” “and to anoint.” This is the same word in the Hebrew from which we get Mashuah, or Messiah.  The next work is kodesh, meaning “holy.” And this is interesting: it says literally “to anoint the Holy of Holies,” in the plural.  The King James Version says “most Holy,’ but some of your Bibles will have this alternate translation. Unless someone tells you this, it could sound like the passage refers to the anointing of the most Holy as a person. Now why is this important? Let’s read on in Daniel and we will see.

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The Bible by Pastor Melissa Scott

I keep my prayer, “More of you God, and less of me until I reach over there.” But if you’re like me swinging across those monkey bars and plummeting to the ground with your shoes of iron and brass, this message is for you.

Turn with me if you will to Deuteronomy 33:27. That was all background to get to here. Now I have to tell you while you’re turning and spinning, I am the most blessed person because those messages, what we’ve called Nitro Pill messages, I read them, I listen to them and it’s daily food for me. What I love about the Bible, the Bible is like a spring or well. If your soul’s thirsty it never runs dry; it’s always there to replenish and refresh.

I’ve put the King James text on the board. Let’s read what it says: “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them. Israel then shall dwell in safety alone.” The French translation reads C’est une retraite que Le Dieu qui est de tout tem(p)s, it’s ‘a retreat that the God who is of all times,’ et que d’être sous les bras, ‘and to be underneath His arms,’ eternel car il a chassé de devant toi, ‘He’s chased away from before you your enemies,’ tes ennemis, et il a dit extermine, I’m sure everybody can read that. You don’t have to read French to know what that says, ‘exterminate,’ ‘exterminator,’ like terminator; extermine. Israel donc habitera seul surement, ‘Israel will live alone surely.’

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Forgiven and Forgiveness by Pastor Melissa Scott

In this case the foreign word was the Latin perdonare: forgive. But not really, because per- “through” or “by,” and donare, “to give”; so it’s really not “forgiving.” You’ll see why in a minute. The compound, the underlying sense of it, was “to give wholeheartedly.” “To forgive in its roots at the beginning from where it came from: to give wholeheartedly. These two elements were translated in prehistoric Germanic times and assembled to give forgeban, which came to the German vergeben, Dutch vergeven and English forgiven.” So it is not even an English word.

And the better picture I can paint for you is this word here. I looked up the words forgiven and forgiveness in the Strong’s Concordance; you will find this word is very seldom being used. But if you start to reference and see how it’s being used, it is “to be released.” Now I hope I can do this properly, because it will kind of summarize for today what I want to say. Remember I said a couple of minutes ago, “the blood, His blood.” I said, “What would propitiate God?” As human beings, we need to feel expiated. We need to feel like we’ve been cleansed, that expiation is like all of what I walked through in my life that made me “dirty,” I want to feel now, because I believe I want to be expiated. I want to feel cleansed. And there’s a twofold, maybe threefold, action that goes on with this blood, which is the cleansing power. What good is it to say your sins are forgiven if you can’t say, “I’m made clean by the blood of the Lamb”? What good is it to say, like two people who have an argument, “I forgive you”?

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Type of the sacrifices in the Old Testament by Pastor Melissa Scott

Now, I’m not saying once saved always saved, lest anybody says, “Are you telling me that you believe that you can never become disconnected once you believe?” The Bible’s clear about what happens. Once you believe, if you turn your back on God, you can get disconnected from God. But the principle and the concept of these three words tells you if you are doing something at the market, the activity of market, being taken out of the market. Now this word here suggests if I were that person at the market who was bought out of the world, I wore a yoke. I wore chains and fetters. I was a prisoner of the world. This apolutrosin, “out from or away,” I’ve been released, I’ve been freed, the chains have come off, the fetters have come off.

If you follow the logic of those three words, it leads you to this word, which is not the value of the money; it’s the act of being freed. And I’m free; this action only comes because of this: “through his blood.” It wasn’t enough for Jesus to die. If it was just a question of dying and death, you look at the Old Testament. It will give you the pattern or the type of the sacrifices in the Old Testament where they would bring an animal. And even before the priest could perform the duties, he had to undergo the cleansing. And it was necessary for blood to be shed.

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An apostle of Christ Jesus by Pastor Melissa Scott

Now, this manuscript will help us. This page here is a Chester Beattie papyri. We have some other papyri on display downstairs. If you can see that, the very top of the letter says pro, and there’s Ephesians; there’s the title. Now if you look at these little lines above, that’s called nomina sacra. What looks like X P Y and I H Y, that’s what it looks like with the letters on top. They call that nomina sacra, where when they scribe, in order to condense “Christ Jesus,” they had these little codes: X P, depending if it was Kuriou Iesou Christou, or whatever the order was, they would put these nomina sacra codes. In your King James, and it seems like a hairsplitting thing, but to start off on the right foot, it says, “an apostle of Jesus Christ.” The original text, our best original manuscripts that we have, which date back far before the King James, let us know Paul is saying, “an apostle of Christ Jesus.”

Now to some, this may seem like I’m splitting hairs, but if I’m going to go do something, I look at everything. I’m going to look at all, everything that’s in the text and how it’s put out, and there are little nuances, little subtle things that we need to look at. When Paul says, “I’m an apostle,” he’s saying, “I’m a sent one on the authority of Christ. I’m not an apostle sent and chosen of men; I am an apostle of Christ.” And the difference between “Jesus Christ” and “Christ Jesus,” while Jesus walked the three plus years of His earthly ministry, Saul of Tarsus never encountered Jesus Christ.

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The book of Galatian by Pastor Melissa Scott

“Can I remind you again,” that’s the flavor of what’s going on. And I’ll just say this in passing. This little particle gar is very debated. The best manuscripts actually have de. For you who are not grammarians, you’ll say, “Who cares. Just give me the translation.” For you grammarians it matters because this gar, which is “for”, would lean heavily towards something that is an explanation hinged on an argument like, “now I’m going to make my case, therefore….” But P46 of the Chester Beatty Papyri, which is the second/ third century manuscripts we have, plates that we have, actually uses this word de, which would be more towards “but.” And being human “to you,” so “I make known to you,” “I’m having to make…, let me remind you guys, wake up,” is what Paul is saying when he says, “brothers”. 

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that on this handout, there are two or three other ones. I listed just a few where he references, but you can see almost in every chapter, he’s got a reference to “brethren,” which is why I said to you, you can’t read this letter without seeing some of those little subtle words. In fact in that opening, I think it’s 1:2, when he says, “And all the brethren which are with me,” that little word “with” – he doesn’t say, “and all the brethren that are against me and all the brethren that have abandoned me” – “all the brethren that are with me.” He includes them all. Alright. Here we go.

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The Theological Dictionary by Pastor Melissa Scott

Now in the Greek we have many words for giving and I’m going read a few of them to you: dosis; merismos; doron; didomi; apodidomi; metadidomi; epididomi; they’re all the didomi ‘give’ words, ‘to give.’ There is another word for giving in the Greek and that word represents for the most part ‘one act covering many.’ Now those that have been here have been taught. In the Greek the word koinonia means ‘joint-participator, jointly sharing.’ Show me your hands. How many people have been taught that? That’s enough people to know you’ve all been well taught about that. But hopefully I’ll say something that you don’t know today.

See, you like that? The word at the beginning koino was used to talk about or discuss things that where common. We’ve been taught in God’s Word when we encounter this – and we’re going to look at some of the scriptures because that’s not where I’m going, that’s not even my message. That when we encounter the word koinonia it means ‘jointly participating,’ which it does. And in the instances that I’m going to demonstrate it means jointly participating in money and things: God’s way.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that the word out of The Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, the word quickly just to tell you at its root the word koino, I tagged the page here. Koinos: ‘common,’ a common thing. It can express a legal relationship, common ownership. It can also express unclean or defiled used in different senses and different moods and tenses. But the word deriving away from koino you’ve got koinos and koinos means ‘fellow-participant.’ It implies fellowship or sharing with someone in something. Now there’s – I could go on and on but that’s the simplest definition.

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God’s Book by Pastor Melissa Scott

Now did you come to Church to hear about this? Absolutely. Because the biggest problem that I can see is people are using principles: ‘get rich quick in the name of Jesus Christ.’ Well I’m going to say something that’s going to shock the regular people here. It’s going to probably shock a lot of people. There are more things in the Bible although, God does not want us to be poor, but there are more things in the Bible that say give what you have. Jesus said more times “give what you have” than “I the Lord sayeth to you Suzy and Brother so-and-so you will be millionaires in my name because you’ve called a blessing down from Heaven.”

I can’t take it anymore. It’s time for a straight stick to be laid down beside all the crooked sticks out there. That if we’re going to talk about money let’s talk about it from God’s Book and understand what He wants. And He doesn’t want us to come up with some numerical figure based on a Psalm. “This month we’re going to have you give $63.17 because Psalm so-and-so says that this ought to be thus-and-so.”

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that this is a serious subject. It’s serious because anytime you have something good the devil comes in, plants the seed and corrupts it so badly even that, the seed, you hear everybody saying this. “Plant your seed, sow your seed.” There’s a paradox there and the paradox is it’s true. It’s like giving a child love. If you love the child and you raise the child in a Godly home and teach the child the things of God in your home, that is seed being planted that hopefully will continue and will blossom in the child. But it doesn’t always mean, you can be the best mother and father, plant the seed and the child turns out to be a rebel.

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