Monday, February 29, 2016
Sunday, February 28, 2016
Luke 21:12-13 Outlines format of proper testimonials.
John 13:35 Testimonies of character traits furnish knowledge to spiritually blind.
John 17:21 2nd hand answers from a testimony
Luke 23:9 Testimony withheld; don't cast pearls before swine.
1 John 3:10, 14 Righteous life provides an obvious testimony.
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Exod. 20:1 “And God spake all these words, saying, I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.”
2. Make no idols, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.
3. Not take the name of the Lord in vain.
4. Remember the Sabbath day.
5. Honor your father and mother.
6. Shall not murder Rom. 13:9
7. Not commit adultery. Rom. 13:9; 1 Cor. 6:9
8. Not steal. Rom. 13:9; 1 Cor. 6:9; Eph. 4:28
9. Not bear false witness.
10. Not to covet thy neighbors house, his wife, his male servant, his ox, his donkey or anything else belonging to him. Rom. 13:9
Friday, February 26, 2016
Thursday, February 25, 2016
1 John 1:6 “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth.”
The error of inherent goodness: Denial of the principle of sin and the possession of a sin nature. Vs. 8 teaches otherwise, "If we say we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves; because we are ignorant of God's word." The opposite situation: the cure of sin in the believer is confession. Vs. 9: "If we keep acknowledging our sins whenever we sin, God is faithful and just to forgive us, and to cleanse us from every act of unrighteousness." Forgiveness covers the guilt. Cleansing gets rid of the pollution.
- Because it is inevitable; we cannot avoid it; And
- Because it is so easily cured.
- The first may be seen in his urgent forbearance: "Sin not! Don't sin! Stop sinning! Be holy!" Period.
- The second is expressed by his assurance, "We have an Advocate."
- The believer has partnership, fellowship with God; he is as to position holy by God's provision in Christ.
- He is growing in his practice of holiness, as the Holy Spirit works in him.
- When he does commit sins [and he does] he confesses his sins, and the blood of Christ keeps cleansing him, preserving his holiness.
- When the process is completed, "we shall be like Him," completely holy, without spot or blemish. Jude 4; 1 John 3:2.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
The shepherd work of our Lord has 3 aspects:
1.As the "Good Shepherd" He gives His life for His sheep. [John 10:11]. “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” This answers to Psa. 22.
2.As the Great Shepherd brought back from the dead [Heb. 13:20] to care for and make perfect His sheep. “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom [be] glory for ever and ever.” This answers to Psa. 23.
3.He is the Chief Shepherd who is coming in glory to give crowns of reward to the faithful shepherds [1 Pet. 5:4] “And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.” This answers to Psa. 24.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
“To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?” Psa. 22:1
Monday, February 22, 2016
“For the cloud of the LORD was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.” Exod. 40:38
“And on the day that the tabernacle was reared up the cloud covered the tabernacle, namely, the tent of the testimony: and at even there was upon the tabernacle as it were the appearance of fire, until the morning. So it was always: the cloud covered it by day, and the appearance of fire by night. And when the cloud was taken up from the tabernacle, then after that the children of Israel journeyed: and in the place where the cloud abode, there the children of Israel pitched their tents. At the commandment of the LORD the children of Israel journeyed, and at the commandment of the LORD they pitched: as long as the cloud abode upon the tabernacle they rested in their tents. And when the cloud tarried long upon the tabernacle many days, then the children of Israel kept the charge of the LORD, and journeyed not. And so it was, when the cloud was a few days upon the tabernacle; according to the commandment of the LORD they abode in their tents, and according to the commandment of the LORD they journeyed. And so it was, when the cloud abode from even unto the morning, and that the cloud was taken up in the morning, then they journeyed: whether it was by day or by night that the cloud was taken up, they journeyed. Or whether it were two days, or a month, or a year, that the cloud tarried upon the tabernacle, remaining thereon, the children of Israel abode in their tents, and journeyed not: but when it was taken up, they journeyed. At the commandment of the LORD they rested in the tents, and at the commandment of the LORD they journeyed: they kept the charge of the LORD, at the commandment of the LORD by the hand of Moses.” Num. 9:15-23
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Has to do with phenomenon (a fact or occurrence
that can be observed). It is a truthful statement made by one that the
beginning and end of things are both absolutely hidden from science. God Who was there and will be in the end is not so
"Children in whom was no blemish, but well favored, and skillful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king's palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans." Dan 1:4
"O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called." 1 Tim. 6:20
KJV term (Dan. 1:4; 1 Tim. 6:20) for knowledge. Scripture describes Daniel's knowledge with admiration and approval but warns against meaningless debate of issues for the sake of human pride not leading to useful knowledge. See Gnosticism.
Men of science today have a low regard for the Bible as a science book when it is true to science and speaks in a manner to be understood by all men on this earth today.
Genesis comes in with revelation from a servant who was given the account from the Ones' Who not only were there but participated in the creation acts (Triune Godhead-all three present and active). Science must confess its impotence that revelation steps in, and, with the authority of God, reveals those things that are far above it. The beginning of Genesis, therefore, is a divinely inspired account of the events deemed necessary by God to establish the foundations for the Divine Law in the sphere of human life, and to set forth the relation between the omnipotent Creator and the man who fell, and the race that was to be redeemed by the incarnation of His Son. To deny that part of the Bible as not trustworthy lays waste to all of the foundational doctrines that cry out for a Redeemer.
- Failure to know of His love for that which He has created.
- Care for that which He has created.
- Desire for that which He has created.
- Failure to believe that He could have prior knowledge of the future destiny that He is unfolding.
- Daring to call the testimony that the Creator Himself gave in the NT concerning those 6 days as untrue and not to be trusted, lacking credibility.
- Ends with worshipping the creature rather than the Creator for their hope lies in the human as the source of problems as well as made up solutions to those problems.
1. There is no present evolution; only horizontal variations and extinctions.
2. There was no past evolution, only ubiquitous gaps between basic kinds in the fossils.
3. There can be no possible evolution, since universal laws of conservation and decay now govern all natural processes.
4. There has been no time period long enough for evolution, because historical records go back only a few thousand years, and the fossil record speaks only of rapid formation.
5. There is no Biblical evolution (see Gen. 1:25; 2:1-3; 1 Cor. 15:38-39).
6. There can have been no theistic evolution, for death came into the world only when man sinned (Rom. 5:12; 1 Cor. 15:21).
7. There could have been no pantheistic evolution, for God condemns all who worship the creation as its own creator (Rom. 1:20-25).
Friday, February 19, 2016
Revealed to be coming 1st as a Lamb, and next as a Lion of the tribe of Judah.
God lives in the eternal now and transports John to the Lord's Day.
John saw and heard all these things happening during the Lord's Day.
"Write therefore." This word is omitted in the A.V. although included in the R.V. and Greek text. It carries one back to vs. 11 where John is commanded to write what he sees, and now therefore commanded to write what he has seen as recorded in vss. 12-16.
Bullinger, Alford, and Moses Stuart translate vs. 19:
"Write therefore what things thou sawest and what they are (mean), even what things are about to happen hereafter." Alford and Stuart make chs. 2-19 to refer to the Church. Bullinger makes these chapters refer to Israel. This explains why they translate as they do.
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Imparting knowledge so that lives can make needful changes to come into right relationship with eternal things. The human mind has need of this because our ways are not His ways, our thoughts are His thoughts.
Monday, February 15, 2016
Sunday, February 14, 2016
In this great word of Hebrew Wisdom, we have incidentally what we may reverently describe as a revelation of Biblical psychology. The Hebrew word, here rendered spirit, is the word rendered breath in the passage in Genesis, which says that "God . . . breathed into his nostrils the breath of life." The rendering spirit, therefore is unquestionably accurate, and refers to that in man which constitutes him man, and differentiates between him and all animals. By that breath or spirit he is separated from the animal world, as surely as the sentient life of the animal is separated from the vegetable life beneath it - and to greater distance. Man is not an animal. That breath or spirit - says this word of Wisdom - is the lamp of Jehovah, searching all the deepest things in the personality of man. Here is the Biblical conception of conscience. Within the mystery of the spirit-nature of every man there is light. It is the instrument of God. It illuminates life. It is that by which man is constantly kept face to face with truth. Let us make no mistake about it: the most evil men know that their works are evil. No specious arguments can prove to the spirit-life of a man that wrong is right, that impurity is pure. The day may come when a man becomes content with wrong, satisfied with impurity. Perhaps the day comes to some when they are unable to make the distinction. I doubt it although America has sure tried to say wrong is right. But if so, then it is because that lamp of Jehovah is put out, that deep essential spirit-life is atrophied-perished. But that is not the end. That spirit-life cannot cease to be. There is a resurrection to condemnation. There will be a new lighting of that lamp, and therein is the awful mystery of retribution. "In Hades, he lifted up his eyes, being in torments." He finally displays remorse. A human condition not that of an animal although he might have acted with those attributes for most of his life on earth.
Saturday, February 13, 2016
Friday, February 12, 2016
- Gift from God. Amos 2:11
- Started with Moses. Jer. 7:25
- Also some women called a prophetess; women serving as God's spokesperson. Five women are explicitly identified as prophetesses: Miriam (Exod. 15:20); Deborah (Judg. 4:4); Huldah (2 Kings 22:14); Noadiah, a "false" prophetess (Neh. 6:14); and Anna (Luke 2:36). Jezebel claimed to be a prophetess (Rev. 2:20). The ministries of prophetesses varied greatly. Miriam called upon Israel to celebrate God's deliverance. Deborah combined the offices of prophetess and judge, even accompanying Barak into battle. Huldah spoke God's words of judgment (2 Kings 22:16-17) and forgiveness (22:18-20) to King Josiah. Anna shared the good news of Jesus' birth with the Temple crowds. The false prophetess Noadiah sought to frighten Nehemiah. Jezebel attempted to involve the church of Thyatira in idolatry.
- The prophet Joel anticipated a time when all God's people, "male servants and female servants," would be filled with God's Spirit and prophesy (Joel 2:28-29). This prophetic hope was fulfilled at Pentecost (Acts 2:17-18) and in the ongoing life of the “early” church (Acts 21:9 - 1 Cor. 13:8). The early church was said to have tasted of the powers of the age to come. They faded but shall permeate the age of Christ’s age in the Millennium. Paul encouraged all believers to desire to prophesy (1 Cor. 14:1), that is, to offer speech which builds up the church (14:5). 1 Cor. 11:5 presumes women were involved in prophesying and prayer in public worship. The wife of a prophet here was called a prophetess (Isa. 8:3).
- Prophetic office understood through Jeremiah. Deut. 18:9-22
- [nabbi] the prophet speaks God's words on God's behalf. Exod. 7:1-2. The prophet does not originate the message but proclaims it.
- [ro'eh] also made to see the message-concerns the reception of the message. Always holy, moral characters. 2 Kings 1:9, 11; 9:7; 17:13
- Mediators also. Preached revealed law. Predicated coming events. Finally watched over the leaders and people.