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Several "musts" within scripture

By rdlb, 05 August 2018 · 762 views

Here are three very important MUSTS that are in the Bible.

The Greek dictionary/lexicon meanings: for the word MUST using Strongs numbers.
*NT: 1163
dei (die); third person singular active present of NT: 1210; also deon (deh-on'); neuter active participle of the same; both used impersonally; it is (was, etc.) necessary (as binding):

*KJV-behoved, be meet, MUST (needs), (be) need (-ful), ought, should.

NT: 1210
deo (deh'-o); a primary verb; to bind (in various applications, literally or figuratively):

KJV-bind; be in bonds, knit, tie, wind.

Webster’s dictionary defines MUST (1) used to express compulsion obligation, requirement, or necessity. (2) to express probability. (3) used to express certainty or inevitability.

The first important MUST is found in the following scriptures and is stated by Jesus.

John 3:1-8
1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews;
2 this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, "Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him."
3 Jesus answered and said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God."
4 Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born, can he?"
5 Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born 'of' water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 "That which is born 'of' the flesh is flesh, and that which is born 'of' the Spirit is spirit
7 "Do not be amazed that I said to you, "You MUST (NT: 1163 dei) be born again.'
8 "The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born 'of' the Spirit.” (*NASBU)

One key word here is "of", that which you are born "of" is what you become, water and Spirit. The water is a symbol for the word of God and the spirit is a symbol in this case for life or living. You become living water or a life of the word.

The second important MUST is found in the following scriptures and again is stated by Jesus.

John 4:20-24
20 "Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship."
21 Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.
22 "You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.
23 "But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.
24 "God is spirit, and those who worship Him MUST (NT: 1163, dei) worship in spirit and truth.” (NASBU)

Worship connects our affection, desire and love to the Father, and is a personal, living relationship. This relationship is a life in, of and from the Word of God, or in spirit and truth; the word “spirit” in many cases from the Hebrew and Greek contains the meaning “life”. Hence, God is life and we must act with Him in life and truth.
(See John 15:1-10)

The Apostle Paul writes the third important MUST in the scriptures to the Hebrews.

Heb 11:1-3 and 6
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.
3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God MUST believe that HE IS, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (*NKJV)

These scriptures from Paul to the Romans can help us to see how to determine our belief.
Rom 10:10-11 for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth, he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” (*NASB)

Our belief comes from our affections, desires or love (heart, our will). Our mouth confesses it or we act upon it. Jesus said that out of our innermost being would flow “rivers of living water”. If one does not believe that HE IS, they will not act on it from a true heart. A hypocrite can act upon what they do not believe, because they do not have any affection, desire or love (the true heart) for what is good and true (what HE IS), but only love for themselves and the things of the world. These spurious loves will take the Bible and use scriptures to support the end of the love of self and love of the world. When one does believe that HE IS, self takes a back seat and our heart is changed. God’s will, affections and desires become ours and we begin to love God and one another. We are set free from the power and effects of sin, i.e. salvation is ours.

“Within the printed Word is a ‘wellspring of life’ to those who hunger and thirst after His righteousness, whose source is the Spirit of God. To those who do not seek His righteousness within the printed Word, it is a ‘well of opinion’ from which they are the source”. ©rdlb 2004

Here are some more relevant scriptures that might be interesting to review.

Isa 28:16 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD,
"Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone,
A costly cornerstone for the foundation firmly placed.
He who believes in it will not be disturbed, (i.e. disappointed, NASBU).

Jer 31:33-34 "But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days," declares the LORD, "I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. "They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, "Know the LORD,' for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them," declares the LORD, "for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” (NASBU)

Six times, in these two verses, "I will" is used; (six is the number for man, for on the sixth day man was created), this is something God wants to personally, (I will) do in His New Covenant. Remember John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that, whomsoever believes on Him shall have eternal life".

Heb 8:10-13 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away. (KJV)

Here the Apostle Paul uses "I will" five times in his quote from the OT; five is the number for grace and mercy.

In my study of churches and their doctrines and making comparisons between them and the scriptures, I find it interesting that conclusions drawn from the letter (literal print) of the Bible does create a wide variety of opinion about the “MUST” born “of” the water and of the spirit. Some believe in baptizing (birthing) with water as infants, some when a child reaches twelve or thirteen, after one becomes “saved” and many other thoughts and ideas that lift up the material ritual and miss the point. The methods vary from sprinkling water on the forehead, emersion in a tank of water in a church building, to any river or lake, to only at the river Jordan in Israel. Yet all of these ways to perform a ritual cannot provide a true “born of” water and of spirit experience. Point, an individual does not become a sprinkling, a tank, lake or even the river Jordan. Point, when an individual immerses oneself into the Bible, (baptized into Christ and has put on Christ) they are allowing the Spirit to manifest or reveal itself to them. Then the individual begins to take on the characteristics of the living Word of God, a true birthing takes place. This “birth” creates the beginning to know the Father even as the Father knows us. (John 17:21-25) We must be born again, we must worship God in Spirit and in Truth, and we must believe that He Is and that He Is a rewarder to them that diligently seek Him.

*NT (New Testament), KJV (King James Version), NJKV (New King James Version), NASB (New American Standard Bible), NASBU (New American Standard Bible Updated)

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