Water and Fire at the Potter’s House by Pastor Melissa Scott

Let’s continue talking about the Potter’s House.  I’m going to add water to our  metaphor. How do I know these things? Because unlike Dr. Scott who traveled to the potter’s houses, I made pottery. You need water.

The water in our application will only go so far as to represent the Spirit of God and His word because that is needed to be the flow on which God will press His hands on us in our life situation.

And fire. You need a kiln. You need to bake this final product. And I know. I was the kiln girl because I took charge of making sure everybody’s art got safely into the oven.

 

The Flow Of Life by Pastor Melissa Scott

I start with Egypt. These that were in bondage, they lived in that environment. They didn’t have anything to compare it to. The course of this world, poetically, is the stream of life.

Here comes the stream of life, the flow which everything is going to flow out of: thoughts, impulses, the flow of life. I was in this flow going with the world, “the ages of this” (the Greek is iones of this kosmou).

In terms of the world, I’m not talking about trees and plants and flowers. “If you were of the world, the world love its own.”  The world is “the prince of the power of the air,” his area, his reign, his territory. “Well, I’m out in the world and I don’t do those things. I’m not like that.” Well the first place to start is to look at your condition, look at where you were found.

I heard, actually I read, a preacher and he wrote, “I stepped to the alter when the call was given. I went the first time when I was a young man. And I was overjoyed in the moment that I stepped forward because I felt this was the right thing to do. And the minute I left the alter and the minute I disbanded, just hours later I found myself wondering, ‘am I clean? I don’t feel different. How come I don’t feel changed? Is there something wrong with me?” So the next time at church, here comes the alter call, here comes the same man. He’s going to step forward because he thinks maybe he didn’t do it right the first time. He stepped forward again. This went on five times.

Comments on Predestination by Pastor Melissa Scott

People ask me, “what is your opinion of predestination. Tell me where do you stand?”

And I can say very simply, it is a subject that cannot be treated in an hour. It is a doctrine that man warped.

God chose Israel; His chosen people. If everything is a windup toy and everything is cranked to this end product, then tell me why it says, “He came to His own and His own received Him not?”.

If you read Zechariah and some of the prophetic books, you know that there is still a plan, even though they rejected Him.

So God’s book already spells out what He wants us to know because it’s like a Pandora’s box.  The basis of this doctrine by the way was implemented for this reason: for you or I as a believer to seek the assurance of salvation. That’s how this doctrine came to be implemented.

Well listen, if you need that assurance and you don’t have your assurance in Christ – I’m not talking about “once saved, always saved.”  I’m saying if you haven’t come to a firm realization that “I’m trusting Him, He wants me to trust Him and that’s where I’m putting my trust, and that’s my assurance” then I have nothing else here. If you need something else, you need to go back to the book and start over. For the reason He came was distrust in the beginning. It could only be mankind that would search for some idea of how to put God in a box. “I need to know definitively: God let me check this box to make sure that I’m really saved.”

Well if you’re putting God in that much of a box, the flipside is you’re going to be the same person to ask, “Is God the author of evil?” That same Pandora’s box that has the mind to probe into areas where, I can tell you, if God wanted us to know certain of these questions – and I’m not saying we shouldn’t discuss them. They’re wonderful discussions for us to ponder. But when they creep in to become doctrine, it means that (and this is my opinion now) we’ve opened the door to the devil, because that little door opens up for discussion and that becomes the doorway where somebody walks through and says, “Well if there’s evil in the land, it must be that God is the author of evil.” God forbid. But these are the things that have spawned doctrines.

The Resurrection Message by Pastor Melissa Scott

And he raised Him from the house of the dead, where the dead people live. Not just that he stayed in that tomb. The whatever it was, whether it was a millisecond in time or something more, I don’t know. We’ll never know. But this event, He went to where the dead ones are. Some speculate that He went to loosen those old testament saints. I don’t know. When we get to it I’ll have an answer for you, but right now that’s not my focus.

According to Pastor Melissa Scott my focus is to say it’s a lot more than just “raised Him up from the dead.” and if I may say I’ve heard so many people comment and say, “the resurrection message-” and I will say I’m proud every time that that message that plays on TV, when I hear it playing and I hear the response of eyes opened that say “wow! That’s the best presentation,” Dr. Scott’s proof of the resurrection “that’s the best presentation I’ve ever heard.” if you haven’t heard it, you need to hear it. But I’m going to tell you this. I have my own take on all this. I’m just going to do it real quick but I’ll tell you my own little take on this.

I’ve heard so many people say the disciples had association with Jesus and their risen Lord wasn’t really risen at all, but died a failure like Dr. Scott presents and therefore their synoptics, their writing just basically to add to the cover up of something that really didn’t happen. So I began to read and I thought, you know, the Bible says out of the mouth of two or three witnesses as thing is established and confirmed. Okay, throw the Gospels aside for a minute. Now I believe in the Gospel records, so I’m just saying for those skeptics, throw that aside.

The Messiah by Pastor Melissa Scott

“Know therefore and understand that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, threescore and two weeks.” And it says, “the street shall be built again, the wall, even in troublous times. After threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city.” Many people read this and they get confused, they think that all references to a prince or Messiah are the same. But when you read it in context, you see that the prince that is going to come is the antichrist, the deceiver, the substitute deliverer.

But in case people are not sure how to properly read this text, read verse 26, where it says, “the people of the prince that shall come and destroy the city….” It says, “he will destroy the people of the ruler of the one coming.” In my Bible it says “the people of the prince that shall come.” It seems as though the translators inserted this to mess with our minds or make us believe somehow in the historicists’ frame. But that term is not in the original. The Hebrew simply says, “the one coming,” and the grammar helps us to know that it has not yet happened: the one coming, the substitute deliverer. The Messiah is cut off at sixty-nine weeks, and the Hebrew helps us see the one coming, and that has not happened yet.  I really want you to think about this: the sealing up of the vision and the prophet. One man is told, “you must not tell anybody what you see.” But in the book of Revelation, another man is told to write down what he sees. Yet both are discounted by the critics.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that the part about anointing the Holy of Holies is even more significant. There are those who will read these passages and say that the events described therein have all happened in the past. And when they read Revelation 6 about “the man on the white horse,” they will get confused about who that is; they think that the passage refers to Christ because Jesus comes on white horse. No, the antichrist is the “substitute deliverer.” Why would the antichrist also come on a white horse? Because Jesus comes in the end on a white horse. The antichrist is a substitute, a copycat, which is what the devil is famous for.

 

Faith in the Promises of God by Pastor Melissa Scott

I’m guilty of assuming that everyone knows what Faith is. If you ask people why or what they believe, you will encounter a lot of people that have not learned the basic principles of Christian Faith. For that matter, if you went into their homes and could ask them “What is Faith? Define Faith for me,” you would probably not get a complete answer.

I confess I love digging into God’s Word and pulling it apart. I love grammar, I love history, I love God’s Word. Today you will hear a basic Faith message.

Let me start with this. We read in the book of Acts 16:25, Paul and Silas are praying. They’re in prison, praying and singing to God at midnight. Now my guess is that at any given time you could read that passage and not focus in on the same word that I’m going to focus on right now. Midnight. At midnight, in a dark cell, probably rat-infested, at midnight. In your life whatever your midnight is—and it can last a minute, it can last an hour, it can last who knows how long…. What I love about Paul is that if we look and analyze his Faith, you will never see it waver. His Faith is always at the same level. “I’ve learned in whatsoever state I’m in…” a solid not-moving expression of a state of being.

That prompted me to think, from my vantage point, that most people have equated Faith with some emotive hope. When things come, when trouble comes, when tribulation comes, when your midnight comes, do you get pushed around? You may have faith in faith, or faith in something else, but Faith in God and what He said is what we are going to talk about.

Forgiveness Of Trespasses by Pastor Melissa Scott

Now, when we fight as human beings, we have this innate ability to say, “Okay, I forgive you.” But we are never really forgiving the person, because most of the time, if it’s something so egregious, even though by speaking the words you say, “I forgive you,” you never have the ability to loosen what has been done. In other words, you can say, “Well, I forgive somebody for something,” but if it’s in your mind and you still keep it in your mind, you never released it. For example, if we now work together and I see you every day, and then we have another fight, and then a year down the road I say, “Well, remember what you did the last time?” You never released it. When people talk about forgiveness, and certainly of forgiveness of trespasses, thank God we serve a God who did the twofold action! He didn’t say, “I’m only going to do this and not do that.” “Well I’m going to shed my blood to appease and propitiate God,” and leave out the other side, which is expiate and cleanse.

When we say to somebody, “You’re forgiven,” it is not in our capacity. Only God can put that in us to release something. When we look at these words, again, it is not simply to say forgiveness, but a release that basically says, “It’s all gone!” I said this a year ago, man remembers everything. But, the God whom I serve and the God whom you serve, He forgets, He wipes out. I know there are people who don’t yet understand. Not you; you’ve been taught. But there are people out there who do not yet understand. That picture of the clay on the wheel that Dr. Scott so eloquently taught out of Jeremiah 18, you’re a person put on that wheel.

When you first were put on that wheel, you might have been in really bad condition, butchered up, cracked, marred by life. His blood, the power of His blood, and your life, which is your life being on that wheel that God is shaping you and forming you in, is that which basically, when He’s done shaping that pot, He takes it off and puts it in a place where it says, “This is a finished product.” It’s not going happen here; it’s going to happen over there, but the process has begun. And it’s by His blood that He looks at me now and He doesn’t see that dirty, stained, wretched person that I was. He looks at me and says, “You look like My Son Jesus.” God help the people who don’t understand that is the message of salvation and grace.

The Good News by Pastor Melissa Scott

In fact, the animal had to be emptied. It follows in the Levitical code and the Kashruth, even Kosher laws today, where they kill an animal. If they kill it, they hang it to let the blood drip out. I’m sorry to be so graphic, but that’s part of what we believe. You cannot take the blood of Jesus out of the Gospel. This is part of the Good News that He laid down: He emptied Himself for me. Not just that He laid down His life. He emptied everything that was in Him. And then He rose again. Let’s go to Leviticus 17:11. We’re familiar with the first part, but when you read the last part of Leviticus 17:11, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls.” What?

The blood. Not the animal, the blood, “for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” The animal didn’t have any power. The power to propitiate God, to please or appease God, was in the blood. There are a lot of people that would like to take the blood out of this, but it’s in there. And if you read through the Old Testament, it starts off right at the beginning. You’ve got the very first act of God killing an animal to cover Adam and Eve, and it goes right through the Bible, clear through to the Paschal, the Passover, the slaying, the killing of an animal, right into the law.

God our Father by Pastor Melissa Scott

Although He was Man-God and God-Man, while He was here, He was Christ Jesus, but He was also Jesus Christ. I don’t want to confuse people, but if you understand Jesus: the name given, Christ: the Savior, the Messiah. On that authority, he says, “I’m a sent one,” not on the authority of anything else. And lest people think, am I trying to divide the God and Man of Jesus Christ? Absolutely not.

But based on that authority, it’s very subtle, because you read in every letter, he says, “I’m an apostle; I’m sent.” That’s his authority, the Highest Authority. So that’s a good little footnote to point out. You can make the corrections in your Bible. It does not change the essence of the text. “By the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus.” If your Bible reads like mine, they did it right. The translators translated it “Christ Jesus.” So, we know two things: Paul was writing to those set apart for God and faithful in Christ. Now, I traced through all of the “in Christ” passages in the Bible. If people are confused or unsure, just five minutes or ten minutes of reading these passages where we have “in Christ” and “in Him” will direct you.

If no one else is directing you, this will direct you: “in Christ.” If you are in Christ, He’s in you. How do you get in Christ? Christ is formed in your heart by faith. “Grace be to you.” We know grace is “unmerited favor.” We did nothing to get it. If we worked to get it, it’s not grace. “And peace,” which is “cessation of againstness.” Quit fighting God. This is Paul’s greeting, but I would look at the key words as he’s saying “the saints,” “the faithful,” “grace,” – charis. That word by the way, charis, appears in the New Testament 156 times; 110 of those times are in Paul’s writing. That’s an awful lot grace in one place; that’s pretty good. “And peace, from God our Father,” and there are some subtle little things in here that I’m not going to pick at.

The revelation of Jesus Christ by Pastor Melissa Scott

“I’m going to remind you,” and “I’m going to tell you” – I think he’s saying really, “Let me remind you, brothers. The gospel” – and this is a noun. That’s important for a reason because “the gospel that I gospelize to you.” It’s not a made up word. It’s really how it would be translated, “the gospel that I gospelize to you” being a verb and a participle making it “gospelizing” but he says, “the gospel, the good news euangellion that I good-newsed to you” – now that’s; I don’t know if that’s English or not, it doesn’t really matter – “that I” – it’s another Scottism – “that I good-newsed” – however that would work, “to you.” He says, and by the way, I wanted to just point something out: this word is passive. It means the hearers received sitting like that, which is the way we all receive. Us, our teaching today is either orally communicated or we read a book, but Paul’s making an argument to say, “That’s not the way it was delivered to me, lest anybody want to talk about my apostleship and deny that I received and that” – this is why grammar is so good. It reveals to us that it wasn’t some objective sidebar.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that let me get to it, because I get excited about talking about this. Most people go, “Grammar. Wake me up when it’s over.” Alright. So “the gospel that was gospelized by me” – hoti, hoti ouk, hoti ouk – “so that” or “because not is according ” – kata – “according to man” – anthropone – “not, not according to man, not a man-invented thing. I didn’t receive it from a man. It’s not a human invention.” Until we really, really get the essence of what he is saying; it’s a simple thing. It’s a simple, simple truth. Any person who stands and says they’ve received another revelation other than what has been revealed…. There isn’t another. And quite frankly, it has spawned many different denominations outside of the body of Christ, which claim to be attached to the body of Christ, but they are not. There is no other revelation except for the revelation of Jesus Christ.