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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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Through the book of Revelation by Pastor Melissa Scott

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that we have so butchered and so destroyed what Christ came to do. This teaching we’ve been looking at through the book of Revelation. Why it’s important to me. No. It’s not just some exciting book. I love the Bible. But it shoves in my face how easily we can loose sight. What happened to that broken bread? What happened to the act of remembrance? What happened that the people can no long touch and take the cup. It’s a joyous occasion. It’s so joyful. I’m remembering what He did for me. You’re remembering what He did for you. Well if I did nothing else I could convey to people the need not just for – and listen closely.

Just because my sins are forgiven – God has forgiven me – but if I don’t receive that imputation from Him because I myself am the blockade for receiving it because I keep putting up new stuff and throwing more stuff back at Him. Do you think Heaven is populated with half-finished people? It’s not the way it works. We can’t be perfect here. We’re a work in progress. And that act when we say my sins are forgiven. He did it. We’re not only talking about forgiveness of sins. We’re talking about the whole picture. A work has begun. So each time you keep throwing back up that stuff basically you’re saying ‘I know You died on the cross Jesus, but.’

Now I had somebody ask me how can I stand so strong? How can my faith be so strong in the midst of all the things that I see, that I’m exposed to, that people do to me, the things, the very malicious things that people do to me? Do you know how hard it is? I had a long discussion with somebody. Do you know hard it is?

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The celebration of the Passover meal by Pastor Melissa Scott

We’re not going to partake here today. My hope is that I will lay a foundation so thick and so strong that when people actually go to partake of the elements something a little different than a rote action. You see, Communion, the Lord’s Supper – and most of you have been taught this but I’m talking now to people who haven’t been taught this – it’s not something strange. It’s not something outside of the Christian realm.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that the Lord’s Supper is right there in the Gospel records. Read it. Jesus partaking, going back to the celebration of the Passover meal, then Paul turns around and says Jesus was our Passover. They weren’t doing something weird; hocus pocus and all that stuff. He simply broke the bread. Just broke the bread. And said “this is my body which is broken for you” which just in that act, a simple act, if people could see. Here’s My cup. This is the blood, My blood of the New Testament.

When He said “do this in remembrance of me” to me the thought is that people think of Communion, they do – if they do it – they do it once a month when the church does it. Communion is meant to be in your home. Take it in your home. You can take it in a group. But there’s no timeline. If you need to take Communion twice a day, if that’s what you feel you need to do and the elements that we use. He broke bread. You can use unleavened bread. You can use a cracker. You can use a cookie. We’re not focusing on what these elements – these elements are not His body. They help us, somebody pointed out to me like a picture. If I were to be looking at picture of Dr. Scott, I would be remembering Dr. Scott.

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Christ talking to the church by Pastor Melissa Scott

“I will give you” – Jesus – “nations” – the gentiles – “as your inheritance. You will shepherd them with a rod of iron as a pot or vessel ceramic of a potter, you will shatter them.” Okay. Why the mention of ceramics? We’re nothing more that crocks of clay ourselves so the analogy is just perfect. Just a bunch of crocks of clay we are. What happens in the New Testament? Now remember this is pre-Christ.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that this is Christ talking to the church. He says “And I will give to him” – see it’s changed a little bit. Remember? “I will give to you” – “I will give to him” – autou exousian: authority – epi ton ethnon: over the nations so “I will to you – Jesus – nations, gentiles as your inheritance.” Here “I will give to him” – different person – “authority over the ethnos, the nations, the people. He – he – will shepherd them.” What does it say here? “You will shepherd them.” “He will shepherd them.” And what happens? “With a rod of iron” – and there’s a little, subtle change right here. And the exact pretty much thing here “pot or vessel of ceramic of a potter of clay you will shatter” – he will shatter them. Psalm 2.

Let me be silly. Psalm 2 is the Father talking to the Son. “I will give you, Son, I will give you the gentiles, the nations as your inheritance you, Son, you will shepherd them and with a rod of iron you will like the one being Potter” like Jeremiah 18, the right to reject and throw the pottery out the window, the ones that were non-responsive on the wheel. Yes, the pottery and the whole potter’s field deal. Yes, He’s got the whole field. But in the context of this “the one being Potter has the right to throw out the window and to shatter into pieces that which wouldn’t respond to the Master’s hands on it.” He says “Son, You will shatter them.”

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