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Living The Best To The Best by Pastor Melissa Scott

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that the fact of the matter is that no one wants to discipline themself to say, “what is entailed in bringing about that ideal man?  Hearing the word of God, living the best to the best of my abilities – I’m not talking about do-do and the don’t-do. I’m talking about what we’ve been taught: faith, faith, faith.

And then what? My trials, my tribulations, good times, bad times. The ideal man is what this church exists to bring forth. And God help me if I helped one person understand why we’re here. It’s not to have an entertaining service. I don’t want to entertain you. I want to bring forth people. I want t be able to stand on that day and say, “to the best of my ability, God, what you enabled me to do that I might help others that, just like Dr. Scott did” he tried to lead people the right direction and get away from those traditions that make void the word of God, to lead people to cross the finish line. Not just “I might make it in just because I believe.” “I’m charging through. Move out of my way.” now, you may be seated. You may be seated.

Now I’ve done a whole bunch of review for you. Now I want us to focus on something. Everything that I just said for the last whatever minutes that I said it, will be confirmed in Paul’s writing. Now I want to take you back to the book of Ephesians today and we’re going to finish off the first chapter. I gave all this background because Paul is going to show us that this is not some invention of a brilliant mind. Dr. Scott had a brilliant mind. But this is not some invention of brilliant mind. In fact this is more biblical than most anything you’re going to find. This taxonomy breaks it down for us to understand. And Paul’s writing will confirm that. Now I want to focus in.

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The Decree Of Darius by Pastor Melissa Scott

After the sixty-ninth week of Daniel there is a gap of time. But the most important thing is not the time that has elapsed; the most important date for interpreting this prophecy is its starting point: the time of the going forth of the decree. In verse 25, it says “from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to rebuild Jerusalem.” Different interpreters use different dates for this event: there was the decree of Cyrus, the decree of Darius, the decree in Ezra’s day, and the decree to Nehemiah.  But there is only one that qualifies as the decree to rebuild the city.  That was the decree issued to Nehemiah in 444 BC; it is the only decree that fits the text.  And if you calculate the seventy weeks of years using the starting point of 444 BC, that brings you to 33 AD.

Now my husband, Dr Gene Scott, has taught extensively on this. There are many books you can find of this subject which use a number of different calculations to arrive at the date of Jesus’ crucifixion. The problem with their calculations is that these books do not recognize the correct date of Jesus’ death. So all of their calculations are a hodge-podge. I’m really not that traditional, but it took me a long time studying with Dr. Scott to break some of those traditional ideas. There are some who will hear this teaching and they’ll say, “Well, I like all that teaching but that’s not what I was brought up, so it must be wrong, because that’s not what I know.”  I remember I was devastated to find out that certain things didn’t happen when I thought they really did, because that’s what I had been conditioned to believe. But it didn’t happen that way and anyone who takes the time to examine the facts will see that it is true. Because if you’re like me you’re going to want to see it for yourself and that’s okay. As long as once you see it you say, “I know what the truth is now.”

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that one challenge is to find the birth date of Jesus. Some people have the idea that He must have been born in the year 0, but there was no “year 0.” If He was thirty-three years old when He was crucified, then He had to either be born in 1 BC or in 1 AD, but some records say He was born around 5 BC.  Given the fact that there is no “year 0” and from 1 BC to 1 AD makes only one year, if you are trying to determine the time interval between 444 BC to 33 AD, you come out with 476 years, not 477 years.

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God Has A Plan by Pastor Melissa Scott

But once you cross that Rubicon and you have examine the facts and have become convinced of the fact of the Resurrection, you are then free to go into the book with the eyes that see the risen Christ. You can look at Scripture with a mindset that says that God is faithful to perform what He said in the past, such as the prophecies and the words spoken regarding the coming of Jesus Christ, like the prophecy in Isaiah 9, “For unto us a child is born.” With all of those things having been fulfilled, then how much more will He fulfill His word in other prophecies? But there is a series of things that must happen in order for everything else to be lined up.

Now there will be people that will say, “Do you think everything then is wound up in God’s word? It’s all wound up and then somebody pulled the chain so now it’s just going to start unwinding until the end time?” No. I believe God has a plan. Perfect case in point: God had a plan when He put Adam in the garden. To prove that His creation is not a wind up toy, God allowed Adam to make a choice. Adam made a choice and it was a bad choice; he made a choice to disobey. So is everything all wound up? No, but God’s plan is laid out for a road map of the redemption and the return, the restoration to what we were supposed to be that Adam messed up. God loves freedom, but God has established set times and patterns for us to learn from.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that in the book of Revelation, chapter 1, verse 10, Jesus begins to talk to John, and John says that he heard the sound as of a trumpet speaking behind him. And then Jesus begins to tell John certain things. Now this picture is important, because if you step away from reading John’s writing in the book of Revelation and you go back and fix your eyes on the Old Testament, you begin to see the meaning. We know that everything in the Old Testament is a shadow and type. The New Testament is infolded in the Old Testament, and the Old Testament is unfolded in the New Testament.

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Our ways and God’s ways by Pastor Melissa Scott

Zerowath, if you remember in Isaiah 53 we read “to whom the arm of the LORD is revealed,” zerowa, from the word oze which has a military use and connotation. ‘The arm of force,’ so the Septuagint wasn’t too far off in using ischun in its translation ‘strong arm,’ ‘strength.’

“Underneath bottomless,” ōlam which is being translated ‘bottomless,’ ‘endless.’ How far is bottomless? I have no idea, but you’ll know when you’re falling…it’s going to be far down. To me it also means however far I fall, He’s going to be there. I remember the first time I heard my husband speak on this passage and the first time I heard it I said “You know,” forgive me, “but it reminds me of Superman.”

Remember how Superman managed to always be around and had a place to change? He always knew where Lois Lane was and every time she found herself in a bind he would catch her. I know that’s a comic book hero, but the God we serve is real and He really does see us right where we’re at.

We can fall into the trap where we think our deliverance will be a certain way; when God comes in on the scene, it may not be the way we thought God would deliver us. Our ways and God’s ways are not the same. He comes in to deliver, He comes in to catch, He comes in on the spot but it might be different than what we thought.

Back to the Hebrew text, garesh, this word is the translation of our English ‘to throw out.’ ‘To thrust out’ is used in Genesis when Adam and Eve were ushered out of the Garden.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that “Underneath are the everlasting arms,” just to go right out of the King James, but when it says “Israel then shall dwell in safety alone” really it should read ‘tabernacle.’ Once God is done kicking out the enemy from before your face, the ‘tabernacle,’ the ‘tabernacling’ means the presence of God is going to be with you.

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House of God by Pastor Melissa Scott

We were reading in Revelation, Jesus is in the midst of the Churches. Now I want you to follow my line of thinking. Jesus is in the midst of the Churches and yet—the letter being sent to the seven Churches in Asia, which is the universal Church, which is the Church through history, through time—yet evil still crept into the Church with Jesus in the midst.

I want you to think about that because a lot of people will say “Well, a House of God should never have that.” Well, go back to the Garden, that’s the original House of God. Satan still found a way in there. That’s why we have the Parable of the Wheat and Tares, not only applying to you and me in the world but underneath the canopy of the Church. It says ‘Leave it to grow there until harvest time. The wheat I’ll put in my barn; the tares will be burnt up, but leave it there until then.’

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that there are places in God’s Book where Faith can’t work until He activates it. Let me explain. Read Philemon, in the letter written by Paul to Philemon you’ll read something that probably most of us—including myself until I read it, really read it—overlooked. Onesimus stole something from his master, Philemon, and ran away.

Philemon’s house was an ekklesia, it was a Church and under his master’s roof where Onesimus lived, where he served, he couldn’t be saved. He stole something and he ran away. Divine providence, believe it or not, made him run to where Paul was—in prison. I don’t know how Onesimus heard Paul, but he heard the Gospel preached by Paul and he was saved. It couldn’t happen in his own household where he lived and served but it happened there.

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The Price Of The Redemption by Pastor Melissa Scott

There is a very important definition to be seen in this word aphesin. Read the text, and it’s beautiful, in Ephesians 1:7, “In whom we have redemption through his blood,” not somebody else’s, “the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.” Let’s look over here. In the Hebrew: ashar, “who,” bo, “in Him,” and this word padah, which is going to be the equivalent of apolutrosin, “to redeem.” And there’s a specific word that happens that’s left out of the whole equation, which is you can redeem something, but once you’ve paid the price to redeem it, that word, I’ll spell it phonetically in the Hebrew, it’s called qana.

Once you have redeemed something, the price of the redemption, qana, you’ve paid it. Lanu, “to us,” here we have “in the blood of Him,” really “forgiveness of trespasses.” Why am I going to look at this? It doesn’t say “of sins.” Is it the same thing, “sins” and “trespasses”? Je ne sais pa. Let’s go check it out. This says really “guilty offences” or “trespasses.” And “the riches of his grace,” this should be a familiar word, penuo, “of his grace.” There’s only one anomaly in the Hebrew which is this word right here. Everything else is wonderful except for this word because we’ve just encountered our first discrepancy. It says sins here, this is “trespasses.” Are trespasses and sins the same thing?

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God Promises by Pastor Melissa Scott

So when it says here, “who hath blessed us….” “Where’s my blessing?!” “Who hath blessed us with His Word.” His blessing is eulogia. In fact, the exact word is eulogesas, “having blessed.” Eulogesas: He blesses us, He communicates to us through His Word, good words that He speaks to us, “with all spiritual blessings,” pneumatikos. The blessings that God promises in His book are ones spoken with words, good words, revealed through His Word.

I don’t know where we keep getting the idea that somehow the spiritual blessings are things that will line my pocket and do all these things for me. “Spiritual blessings”: we are blessed through His Word, the good Word of Him, which was in the beginning. John 1: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was of the same essence of God.” I’m trying not to do too many “Scottisms” here, but it’s very frustrating because the English language seems to be very lacking for me to say things that I want to say. Just as Jesus was an exegesis in type, when we do scriptural exegesis, we take a verse, we take a passage, and we pick it apart.

The idea is to make it come out from the rest to uncover it, to bring it forth, to reveal its truest meaning. Christ “exegesised” Himself; He was the exegesis, it says in the Bible, from the Word to Incarnate. So the good Word that was in the beginning became revealed in Him that blessed us. It’s a double blessing. So, “spiritual blessings in the heavenlies in Christ,” and we may talk about this “in the heavenlies” at another time; I don’t want to run out time. Verse 4: “Even as he chose us in him,” and you probably have marked in your Bible for “chose,” exelexato is the word in the Greek, “chose out for Himself.” This is the verse that spawned all of those doctrines of eternal security. He chose us for Himself.

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The Old Testament by Pastor Melissa Scott

Q. If we were to look to the Old Testament for examples of firstfruits, what would they be?

A. Well, let me pick a very shocking one first. When the Israelites came out of the wilderness into the Promised Land, it may seem strange that when they took the first city (which was in essence taking possession of the land), Jericho, they were not allowed to keep even one piece of silver or one garment. Everything in that city belonged to the Lord, because that was the first victory, the first taking of a city that was the first of any that they were to take in obtaining the promise of Canaan, and not one shred of anything was allowed to be kept by the people, because this city was the firstfruits. It all belonged to the Lord.

The great sin of Achan was that he decided he could keep a few little trifling items and hide them in his tent. He paid with his life, the life of his family, and the entire camp suffered. There is no more drastic portrayal of God’s sensitivity to the firstfruits belonging to Him than that example. Our response to that recognition is a response of honesty in relationship to God. We do not steal what belongs to the Lord. We receive His blessings on what He lets us keep, which also belongs to the Lord. Now Noah, the minute that they came out of the Ark provided an offering from the first fruit of his vineyard. The firstfruits every year were to be brought and when the crops were harvested, the firstfruits were to be brought to the Lord and given to the Lord.

There was the added benefit promise that an angel would go before them the rest of the year to protect and look out for them and if they didn’t give the firstfruits, the angel would be their enemy. (Exodus 23:20–21) That’s really either the icing on the cake or a terror to those that disobey. The simple, honest understanding is the tithe is the Lord’s and the firstfruits belong to the Lord. The first of anything that we have: the first week of the year or the first profit from a new venture. Firstfruits are not any more complicated than Tithe. The word ‘tithe’ means ten percent. ‘Firstfruits’ means the first of anything that you get. If you buy a lottery ticket and win the lottery on the first ticket, it’s the Lord’s.

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The Revelation Jesus Christ by Pastor Melissa Scott

I actually penned down five important things he will make known or he will remind. The five things: God raised Christ the crucified Messiah from the dead; Christ is at the right hand of the Father. These will be revealed later, but the most important one out of five, I’ll stop on the third: the revelation to him, to Paul, not The Revelation Jesus Christ, but the revelation on the Damascus Road, who while persecuting Christians, he was persecuting Christ. Now that’s a simple, simple thing. And yet I guarantee you when you leave here today there’s somebody in your life that brings persecution, who sits in judgment of you though you’re a walking container of the Holy Spirit. They’re not judging you.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that just think of that because it’s the same concept. We have to be able to look at what Paul is saying, what this man has been through. And he’s now going to try and make the case to say the revelation he received was of Jesus Christ, not just that somebody told him, “Oh, you’ve got to hear the Gospel message. It’s really great.”

But here is what’s interesting. Not only was Paul well-schooled in the whole Judaic realm, but when you read in the Book of Acts beginning at chapter 7; you read Stephen’s beautiful defense of his faith. And the Apostle Paul who is yet Saul, having heard the whole spiel that Stephen addressed to the people…. I guarantee that Saul was not listening to Stephen, there’s a difference between saying, “Preach it brother!” He was dying to throw the rocks, too. That’s why he held the coat. But that very one, that very man could turn around. This is why what he did in persecuting the church, it wasn’t just persecuting the church and the Christians, he did it to Christ.

That’s why I’m not done talking about this subject, but I just want to leave it with you as something to really think about.

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In Galatians 1 by Pastor Melissa Scott

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that in Galatians 1, what Paul is saying is “the gospel that I gospelized” or “that I good-newsed to you, by me, what I delivered, that is not according to man, nor did I receive it” – here’s the word, parelabone – “receive it, nor…” – houtay – “was I taught it” – in the past, the e puts it in the past – “was I taught it” or “learned it” – didaste from teaching or learning – “but” – di apocoloupheos; this should be familiar to anybody who sat through my teaching on Revelation. The book gets its name Revelation, that is in the Greek, apo, “out of” from the word coutine, which is to be “unveiled” or “lifted away.” And I love what this does because it was the unveiling of Christ to Paul on the Damascus Road.

And what’s so important is when you get into the grammar; you’ve got genitive. And the genitive case, you old timers know, but for you new folks, the genitive case tells you the origin of something. It’s source emanating from, like we have the book of Genesis, the book of beginnings. It is where things start from or emanate from or out of. So here, the revelation itself is genitive. And the preposition or the particle in front of it is genitive so we have this whole genitive set up basically saying – now watch what brainiacs will do. They will totally take this and say, you’ve all heard this, “Is it subjective genitive or is it an objective genitive?” Well the objective genitive would lessen the revelation, so in essence – let’s make this for everybody to understand.

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