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Saturday, March 3, 2001
Principles on Physical Death
- Physical death was the means of terminating a revolution. Num 16:25-31.
- Physical death is a matter of the sovereignty of God based upon His
perfect integrity and omniscient knowledge of all the facts. Psa 68:19, 20.
- God prolongs life for certain believers who change their attitude towards
the Word of God and begin the daily advance toward maturity. Psa 102:19, 20,
23, 24, 118:18; Prov 14:27.
- Love is stronger than death. S.O.S. 8:6.
- Women must be taught to face the death of loved ones. Jer 9:20-25.
- The sin unto death does not bring glory to God. Isa 38:18.
- Death cannot be faced when the norm and standard function of the soulish
mind is destroyed. Lam 1:19-20.
- Dying in Grace makes death a promotion for the mature believer. Phil 1:21.
- God provides in dying Grace. Amos 5:8.
- God delivers the Grace believer from death. John 5:20, Psa 33:19, Psa
The Doctrine of the Classification of Death
- Spiritual death is no relationship with God in time. We are born
physically alive, but spiritually dead, possessing an old sin nature and the
imputed sin of Adam.
Gen 2:17, Prov 14:12, Ezek 18:20, Rom 5:12, 6:23, 1 Cor 15:22, Eph 2:1, 5.
- Physical death is separation of the human soul, and in the case of the
believer, the human spirit also, from the body.
Matt 8:22, Rom 8:38-39, 2 Cor 5:1-8, Phil 1:20-21.
- Second death is the perpetuation of spiritual death into eternity or
eternal separation from God. It is the final judgment of the unbelievers in
the human race and fallen angels whereby they are cast into the Lake of Fire
Matt 25:41, Heb 9:27, Rev 20:12-15.
- Positional death is part of the baptism of the Holy Spirit which
identifies all believers with Christ in His death on the Cross and
specifically with the rejection of human good and evil.
Rom 6:3-4, Col 2:12, 3:3.
- Operational death is failure to produce Divine Good on the part of the
negative believer under the influence of evil.
James 2:26, 1 Tim 5:6, Eph 5:14, Rev 3:1.
- Temporal death is the status of carnality or the believer out of
fellowship through personal sin.
Rom 8:6, 13; Eph 5:14, 1 Tim 5:6, James 1:15, Luke 15:24.
- Sexual death is the inability to copulate.
Rom 4:17-21, Heb 11:11, 12.
Old Testament Offerings
Burnt offering: Salvation, propitiation, the work of Christ.
Gift offering: No blood, salvation, propitiation, the Person of
Peace offering: Salvation, reconciliation.
Sin offering: Restoration of unknown sins.
Trespass offering: Restoration of known sins.
- The promotion of Grace believers.
A. The Grace believer is God’s man for a crisis. 1 Sam 17
B. Unless God promotes the believer, he is not promoted. Psa 75:6-7
- Areas of Grace capacity.
A. Freedom. Rom 8:21, 2 Cor 3:17, Gal 5:1
B. Life. 1 Sam 17:47, 18:5, 14
1. Category one: Love toward God. Deut 6:5, 30:20, Josh 23:10, 11, 1 John
2:5, 1 John 4:19
2. Category two: Love toward the Right-Man or Right-Woman. S.O.S. 8:6-7
3. Category three: Friendship. 2 Sam 1:26
D. Happiness. Psa 9:1-2, 21:1, 31:7, 43:4, 97:12, John 17:13, 1 John 1:4
E. Suffering. 2 Cor 12:7-10
Categories of Grace Represented by Jewish Heroes!
- Abraham: Grace prosperity – foundation of a new race.
- Joseph: Grace promotion and prosperity in a Gentile periphery.
- Moses: Grace leadership – the father of the Jewish nation.
- David: Grace leadership – both in the military and national
- Isaiah: Grace leadership in communication of the Word of God, the
greatest prophet and Bible teacher in the period the Southern Kingdom.
- Jeremiah: Grace in the time of national disaster – a monument to
the sufficiency of Grace resources under maximum pressure.
- Daniel: Grace blessing to a Jew in time of Israel’s dispersion
under the last administration of the fifth cycle of discipline in 70 A.D.
The Jewish Age is interrupted, but Abraham’s progeny, Paul, holds the
all-time record for doctrinal blessing and communication of
Notice all the resources of Grace that are depicted in these believers!
You often hear of old men going through their second childhood and actually
becoming senile. But that problem exists in Christianity. Most Christians are
in their second childhood. Where there is supposed to be growth, there is
The process of Christian growth is depicted for us in 1 John 2:13-14, where
we have listed children, young men, and fathers. That is the normal cycle of
growth, but what do we find? Second childhood!
1 Cor 13:11, “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a
child, and thought as a child, But when I became a man, I put away childish
Nothing wrong with children, but they have to grow up. Most women marry
children and find out they have another child they have to raise. 1 Cor 3:1, And
I brethren, could not speak unto you as spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as
unto babes in Christ.” No growth!
Heb 5:12, “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, you have need
that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God and
are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.”
That is why this command is so imperative:
“Grow in Grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus
Sunday, March 4, 2001
Many young people today lack confidence. Because of a lack of confidence,
they sublimate and end up with a false sense of confidence. They do this by
taking drugs, etc. and getting high. Even when they ask a girl out on a date,
they are afraid that they may be rejected, so they get high so they don’t know
they are rejected.
One of the by-products of the Word of God is confidence. It is explained
over and over again in the Bible. Here is a simple illustration:
“We know” “We know” “Knowing this we have
2 Cor 5:1, “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle
were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal
in the Heavens.”
2 Cor 5:6, “Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, while we
are at home in this body, we are absent from the Lord.”
2 Cor 5:8, “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from
the body, and face-to-face with the Lord.”
Knowledge of the Word of God builds confidence.
The Cure of Impotency!
Faith is a transitive verb, which means all the merit is not in faith, but
the Object of faith.
For example, faith in Jesus Christ as personal Saviour brings eternal life. It
is Christ where all the merit is. “Jesus Christ, the power of God.”
Faith in the Word of God as believers produces power in the Christian’s
life because “the Word of God is alive and powerful.”
That is why three times in Scripture the believer is told that “the just
shall live by faith.” “Without faith it is impossible to please Him.”
When the believer in the Lord Jesus Christ does not exercise His faith in the
Word of God, he is without power and he is impotent. Power is another word
”O ye of little faith” = O ye of little power.
”A faithless generation” = A powerless generation.
”I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto
salvation; to everyone who believeth, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”
Most Christians are impotent and there is only one cure: “Man cannot live
by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
The Secret to Divine Guidance!
- Three categories of will in history.
A. Divine will
B. Angelic will
C. Human will
- Cardinal principles of Divine Guidance.
1 John 3:23, “And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the
name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us
commandment.” This is the will of God.
A. For the unbeliever: Salvation, 2 Pet 3:9, “The Lord is not slack
concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to
us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to
B. For the believer: Spirituality. Eph 5:18, “And be not drunk with wine,
wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.”
- The humanity of Jesus Christ had free will.
Matt 26:42, “He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O My
Father, if this cup may not pass away from Me, except I drink it, Thy will
Heb 10:7, 9, “Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the Book it is
written of Me,) to do Thy will, O God.” “Then said He, Lo, I come to do
Thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that He may establish the
A. No free will in mankind would imply no free will in the humanity of
B. The basic principle of Divine Guidance, however, is based on the fact
that man possesses volition of the soul or free will.
- Types of the will of God related to the human race, i.e., Balaam.
A. Directive will. Num 22:12, “And God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt
not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed.”
B. Permissive will. Num 22:20, “And God came unto Balaam at night,
and said unto him, If the men come to call thee, rise up, and go with them;
but yet the word which I shall say unto thee, that shalt thou do.”
C. Overruling will. Num 23.
- Academic principles of guidance.
A. Knowledge of the Word of God in the human spirit.
Psa 32:8, “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt
go: I will guide thee with Mine eye.”
Prov 3:1-6, “My son, forget not My law; but let thine heart keep My
commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add
to thee. Let not mercy and Truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck;
write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good
understanding in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all thine
heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways
acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”
Isa 58:11, “And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy
soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered
garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.”
Rom 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by
the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and
acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
B. Yieldedness, which is the filling of the Spirit.
Rom 6:13, “Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness
unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the
dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.”
Rom 12:1, 2, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,
that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God,
which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be
ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that
good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Eph 5:17-18, “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will
of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled
with the Spirit.”
1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us
our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
C. Growth toward maturity and edification.
2 Pet 3:18, “But grow in Grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and
Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”
James 4:6, “But He giveth more Grace. Wherefore He saith, God resisteth
the proud, but giveth Grace unto the humble.”
Monday, March 5, 2001
Secret of Divine Guidance – Part Two
- Categories of the will of God for the believer in Christ.
A. Viewpoint will of God. What does God want me to think?
B. Operational will of God. What does God want me to do?
C. Geographical will of God. Where does God want me to be?
- Mechanics of the will of God. Acts 11.
A. Guidance through prayer, verse 5.
B. Guidance through the mind, verse 6.
C. Guidance through the Word, verses 7-10.
D. Guidance through providential circumstances, verse 11.
E. Guidance through the filling of the Spirit, verse 12.
F. Guidance through fellowship and comparison of data, verses 13-15.
G. Guidance through remembering Scriptures, verse 16.
The Doctrine of the Importance of the Military
- Protection of the national entity is two-fold.
A. Interior – The objectivity of law and good law enforcement.
B. Exterior – The military establishment. Neh 4:14-15.
- In spite of man’s efforts for peace, warfare will continue until the
Millennium. Matt 24:6, Mark 13:7, Luke 21:9. Therefore, warfare is not only
a bona fide part of history, Ecc 3:8, Num 21:14, but very necessary for the
maintenance of national sovereignty and freedom.
- In both the struggle for and perpetuation of Jewish freedom after the
Exodus, Jesus Christ Himself was the Lord of the Armies under the title,
“Lord of hosts.” Joshua 5:13-6:2, Isa 1:24.
- Armies both defend freedom and destroy freedom. In Jeremiah 34:7
the Jewish army fought to defend Jewish freedom while the Chaldean army
fought to destroy Jewish freedom.
- The issue of national sovereignty, integrity, and freedom depends upon
which army wins. The Chaldean army won, and the Jews lost their freedom. Jer
- God uses the military in action to demonstrate the degeneracy of a
nation. Failure of the military on the battlefield indicates the lack of
self-discipline, spiritual incentive, motivation for courage, and respect
for authority, which are so basic in perpetuating freedom.
Failure of the military indicates lack of character and stability among the
citizens of the national entity. Jewish military failure in 587-586 B.C.
can be attributed to both a spiritual and moral decline of the people.
More to follow …
The Doctrine of the Importance of the Military – Part Two
- Since the battlefield decides freedom, universal military training is an
important function in national life. Num 31:3-5, Luke 14:31.
- Importance of military leadership is an index of national character. Prov
Characteristics of leadership demand character:
A. Self and group discipline.
B. Relaxed mental attitude plus mental attitude dynamics, ability to think
C. Sense of responsibility and character to fulfill responsibility.
D. Knowledge of military science, strategy and tactics, or whatever one’s
part is within the military establishment. Confidence of leadership resides
in the knowledge of the job.
E. Common sense and good judgment.
F. Loyalty and recognition of authority.
G. Fairness to all personnel under one’s command in spite of personal
H. Understanding of others.
I. Executive ability. Ability to organize, categorize, synthesize,
systematize, delegate authority.
J. Health. Endurance and emotional stability.
K. Presence, poise, dress, carriage, courtesy, flair.
- Importance of military training is useless if men of the nation are
apostate, full of seared consciences, and emotional revolt, degenerate, and
addicted to drugs.
- Part of Divine judgment against a nation is military defeat, which
precedes the fifth cycle of discipline.
Ephram – 721 B.C. Assyria – 612 B.C. Judah – 586
B.C. Chaldea – 539 B.C.
The Biblical Perspective of Tongues!
- The prophecy of tongues. Isa 28:8-11.
A. A warning to the Jews of the fifth cycle of discipline. Lev 26:14-39,
Acts 2:8-11 .
B. The purpose of the warning was to turn the cursing of the fifth cycle of
discipline into the blessing of
regeneration. Acts 2:14-41.
- Initial fulfillment of the prophecy of tongues. Acts 2:1-11.
- Fulfillment interpreted. 1 Cor 14:21-22.
- Operation of tongues. 1 Cor 13.
- Regulation of tongues. 1 Cor 14.
- Tongues abused. 1 Cor 1:1-18, 12.
- Proper use of tongues as a sign of the fifth cycle of discipline set forth
in “three Pentecosts of
A. Jewish. Acts 2:3-11.
B. Gentile. Acts 10:44-46.
C. Transitional. Acts 19:2-7.
- Discontinuance of tongues after the fall of Jerusalem and the beginning of
the fifth cycle of discipline.
1 Cor 13:8, 10.
A. ‘That which is perfect” is a nominative singular, neuter gender, that
indicates a “thing,” not a Person.
B. It is a reference to the Word of God.
C. Replacement of the gift of tongues by the Word of God written in Gentile
- Tongues perpetuated as a satanic operation. 2 Thes 2:7-12.
- Mechanics of tongues as a satanic operation. Isa 8:18-19, 29:4, Rev
- Pseudo tongues as a false criterion for spirituality and the Christian way
of life. Rom 16:17-18, 2 Cor 6:11-12.
- The gift of tongues – its Biblical perspective:
A. Not necessary for salvation. 1 Cor 12:3.
B. Never a sign of spirituality. 1 Cor 12:11.
C. Must not be confused with the baptism of the Spirit. 1 Cor 12:13.
D. Should not cause other believers without the gift to have an inferiority
complex. 1 Cor 12:15-16.
E. Should not cause the user to have a superiority complex. 1 Cor 12:21.
F. The least of all spiritual gifts. 1 Cor 12:28.
G. Effectively used only when believers are exercising the gift if filled
with the Spirit. 1 Cor 13.
H. Temporary, therefore, not extant today. 1 Cor 13:8.
I. Need for regulation because of its abuse. 1 Cor 14.
“From Henceforth Thou Shalt Have Wars,” 2 Chronicles 16:9
Apostasy always precedes Divine judgment. Apostasy weakens the military.
God judges that nation with war.
All three factors are present in Judges 5:8. “They chose” – by their
own volition. “New gods” – apostasy. “Then was war in the gates: was
there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?” There was not.
Why? Because apostasy (religion) had destroyed the military.
“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole Earth” –
omnipresence. “To show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is
perfect toward Him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth
thou shalt have wars,” 2 Chr 16:9.
God is on a constant reconnaissance to protect believers whose heart
(mind) is perfect (mature, has Divine viewpoint) toward Him.
Our hope in this country today lies with you as a believer. But you are no
asset unless you function daily under the principle of growing in Grace. You
cannot glorify God in the angelic conflict without the Word of God. The Jews
had rejected the Word of God. “Therefore from henceforth, continually, thou
shalt have wars,” 2 Chr 16:9.
Women – The Casualties of Warfare!
“Moreover the Lord saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty (i.e.,
mental attitude sins) and walk with stretched forth necks (literally, proudly
elevated, pride) and wanton eyes (the result of pride, they flirt with
everyone) walking and mincing as they go (short, sexy steps), and making a
tinkling with their feet,” Isa 3:16.
In those days, certain women wore bells on their ankles to call attention to
their beauty. As they walked with short, sexy steps, the little bells rang.
These women had wiped out their mind, Titus 1:15b, with mental attitude sins.
“Haughty and wanton eyes” is a prelude to “operation fornication.”
”Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the
daughters of Zion (discipline), and the Lord will discover their secret
parts,” Isa 3:17. As a part of warfare, the women will be the recipients of
violence. “Their secret parts” is simply a way of describing rape by
”In that day the Lord will take away the bravery (glamour) of their tinkling
ornaments about their feet, and their cauls (hairnets), and their round tires
(necklaces), like the moon,” Isa 3:18.
”And it shall come to pass, instead of a sweet smell (perfume), there shall be
stink (of death); and instead of a girdle, a rent (a tear).” The result of
rape, and instead of well set hair, baldness. In the violence of being raped,
the hair has been ripped out of their heads, and instead of a stomacher (dress
coat), a girdling of sackcloth (slavery); and burning (scars) instead of
beauty,” Isa 3:24.
A flirting empty-headed woman can bring about her own destruction.
Women – the casualties of warfare.
Men – Casualties of Warfare!
“The men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war (literally,
your heroes shall die in battle). And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she
being desolate shall sit upon the ground (slavery),” Isa 3:25-26.
This is a description of national discipline. So don’t let any woman
ever do or say anything that would turn your husbands or sons into cowards. Such
as “Oh Honey, I don’t want you to go into combat. You might get hurt.”
They are protecting you!
In this country, the women have always had courage with regard to their men, and
even though they may never see them again, they do not send them off to war with
a weakened mentality. May it ever be so!
Jeremiah presents another aspect:
”My bowels, my bowels!” This is Hebrew for extreme, excruciating pain. “I
am pained at my very heart” (description of mental anguish). “My heart (my
mind) maketh a noise in me (his mind screams). I cannot hold my peace
(stability), because Thou hast heard. O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the
alarm of war (of the enemy),” Jer 4:19.
This is a cry of a soldier who is wounded, who has battle fatigue, and who is
about to go completely psychotic. What has happened to him? He keeps hearing the
sound of the enemy’s trumpet and the alarm of war.
Tuesday, March 6, 2001
“By His Stripes Ye Are Healed”
There are many things that happen to us in the physical realm which teach
1 Pet 2:24 – “By Whose stripes ye are healed.”
Isa 53:5 – “And with His stripes we are healed.”
Now many interpret and teach this passage incorrectly, teaching that there is
healing in the atonement. But that is incorrect. Having a physical ailment
before salvation does not remove the physical ailment after salvation.
Recently I underwent surgery and incisions were made in my body. This passage
brings out this principle of the application of the physical to the spiritual.
The incisions that were made in my body have come together of their own accord.
The incisions separated one part of my body from another and made a gap, and
began to slowly come together.
The spiritual application is that there is an incision, a gulf between man
and God, “and by His stripes we are healed,” is that the Cross has
reconciled us back to God, just as when you have an incision and you are
drawn together again.
Truly the body is wondrously made.
God Prepares Believers for War!
David is speaking in Psalm 18:34, “He (God) teacheth my hands to war.” 2
Sam 22:35, “He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by
David was a shepherd. He knew nothing about war. But during his shepherd years,
he learned the Word of God. This shepherd with the Word of God went to war. And
he made a fantastic beginning. In single combat he dispatched the arrogant
challenger to the Israelite army, Goliath And after that he learned war.
God taught him! He took basic training from the Lord. The Lord was his drill
sergeant. But please notice. God does not teach us to murder!
When war is legitimate, killing is necessary. When it is not, then killing
”He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by my arms,”
Psa 18:34. The “breaking of the bow” is an idiom for the annihilation of the
enemy. The same passage is found in Psalm 144:1.
This is dedicated to those believers and unbelievers who still think of
themselves as “conscientious objectors.” ”Blessed is the Lord, my Strength
(the Source of my military training) which teacheth my hands to war, and my
fingers to fight.” ”The Strength of the Lord” is the Word of God and
therefore, the believer’s fortification.
Nevertheless, at certain times it is necessary, for the protection of our
freedoms, to go to war. But since some cannot put on a uniform and stand at
attention and salute, and automatically become a soldier, the art of war must be
And so, “God teacheth my hands to war (which is combat) and my fingers to
fight (strategy, the drawing up of the plan of battle).”
Believers Are Protected in Time of War
Job 5:20, “In famine He shall redeem thee from death, and in war, from the
power of the sword.”
God is omnipotent and therefore able to protect the believer in any
situation. You are just as safe in combat as you are anywhere else. If
God’s plan is for you to continue to live, then God’s plan will go on.
”Knowest thou it (the Word of God), because thou wast then born? or because
the number of thy days is great?” The Word has to be learned.
”Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow?” Have you ever seen the
design of a snowflake? You may have, but Job did not. He did not realize that
every snowflake had been given a perfect design.
”Or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail?” Do you, Job, understand the
composition of the hail “which I have reserves against the time of trouble,
against the day of battle and war?” Job 38:21-23.
In other words, this passage explains that if God can design a snowflake, one
different from any other, or hold the universe together, “God can preserve
you against the day of battle and war!”
At this time there is a snow storm in the Northeast and also here in Indiana. So
look outside at the snow and hail and snowflakes and relate.
Wednesday, March 7, 2001
You Have a Choice – Heaven or Hell!
“He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe is judged
already, because he does not believe in the name of the Only Begotten Son of
God,” John 3:18.
“He who believes in the Son has eternal life, but he who does not believe
in the Son, shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him,” John
“These have I written unto you that you may believe that Jesus is the
Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His Name,”
“He who has the Son has life; He who does not have the Son does not have
life,” 1 John 5:12.
“I am the Way and the Truth and the Life, and no one comes to the Father
but by Me,” John 14:6.
“Verily, verily I say unto you, he that believeth on Me hath everlasting
life,” John 6:47.
“I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, for it is the power of God
unto salvation, to everyone who believeth, to the Jew first and also the
Greek,” Rom 1:16.
“We are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus,” Gal 3:26.
“He came unto His own, and His own received Him not; but as many as
received Him, to them gave He the power to become the sons of God,” John
“For there is salvation in no other, for there is no other Name under
Heaven given to men whereby we may have eternal life,” Acts 4:12.
Jesus Christ Died For You!
“He Himself bore our sins in His own body on the Cross,” 1 Pet 2:24.
“God demonstrated His love towards us that while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us,” Rom 5:8.
“He made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin, that we might be made the
righteousness of God in Him,” 2 Cor 5:21.
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who
gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us out of this present evil
world, according to the will of God our Father,” Gal 1:3-4.
“He died for all that they who live should no longer live for themselves,
but for Him who died,” 2 Cor 5:15.
“Our great God and Saviour Christ Jesus who gave Himself for us, that He
might redeem us,” Titus 2:13-14.
“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and man, the Man Christ
Jesus who gave Himself as a ransom for all,” 1 Tim 2:5-6.
“For if we while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the
death of His Son, much more being reconciled we shall be saved by His life,”
“He was delivered up for our transgressions and was raised because of our
justification,” Rom 4:25.
“He who spared not His Son, but gave Him up for us, how shall He not with
Him freely give us all things?” Rom 8:32.
“He is the Satisfaction for our sins, and not for ours only, but for the
sins of the whole world,” 1 John 2:2.
The Doctrine of Imputation!
- Abraham is the pattern of imputation of Divine righteousness. Gen 15:6.
- Divine righteousness is imputed only on the basis of faith in Christ. Rom
- Many Gentiles of Old Testament times found God’s righteousness by
believing in Christ, while many Jews, hung up on the law, missed imputation.
- Imputation is the basis of justification. Rom 4:22, 5:1.
- Imputation encourages faith in Christ. Rom 4:24-25.
- Imputation is a motivator for the Grace means for understanding and
utilizing the Word of God. Phil 3:8-9.
- Imputation is based on the work of Christ on the Cross.
“He made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin, that we might be made the
righteousness of God in Him,” 2 Cor 5:21.
The Doctrine of Justification!
- Definition: Justification means “vindication,” therefore, it is the
judicial act of God whereby He imputes His righteousness to the new believer
at the point of salvation, thereby vindicating, or justifying him.
- The meaning is derived from three Greek words:
A. DIKAIOO – To justify, to vindicate.
B. DIKAIOSOS – justification, vindication.
C. DIKAIOMA – An act of acquittal or justification.
- Stage one justification or vindication occurs at the moment of faith in
Christ. Rom 3:28, 5:1, Gal 3:24.
- Stage one justification is based on the doctrinal principle of Grace. Rom
3:24, Titus 3:7.
- Therefore, stage one justification does not occur through the Mosaic Law.
Rom 3:20, 28, Gal 2:16.
- The mechanics of stage one justification is the imputation of Divine
righteousness to the one believing in Christ. Gen 15:6, Rom 3:22, 4:4, 5,
- The work of justification was accomplished by Christ on the Cross. Rom
- Because the work for our justification was accomplished on the Cross,
Christ was resurrected to relate justification, the strategic victory.
- Stage two: The Christian way of life – justification or vindication is
the function and production of the Grace life. James 2:21-25.
- The means of stage two justification or vindication is the daily function
of growing in Grace. Wisdom is the utilization of the Word of God resident
in the mind. Matt 11:19, Luke 7:35.
Thursday, March 8, 2001
Doctrine of Positional Truth – Part One
- Positional truth is one of the five ministries of God the Holy Spirit
which occur at the point of salvation.
A. Regeneration: John 3:1-16, Titus 3:5
B. Sealing: 2 Cor 1:22, Eph 1:13, 4:30
C. Indwelling: John 7:37-39, Rom 8:9, 1 Cor 6:19-20, Gal 3:2, 4:6
D. Baptism: 1 Cor 12:13.
E. Spiritual gifts: 1 Cor 12:11.
- The baptism of the Spirit is the mechanics of positional truth.
Acts 1:5, 1 Cor 12:13, Eph 4:5.
The Holy Spirit places the believer in union with Christ.
- Positional truth belongs to the carnal believer as well as the spiritual
believer, and to the apostate believer, as well as to the believer growing
1 Cor 1:2, 30.
- Positional truth protects the believer from Divine judgment in eternity.
- Positional truth qualifies the believer to live with God forever.
A. Eternal life: 1 John 5:11, 12.
B. Imputation of God’s righteousness: 2 Cor 5:21.
- Positional truth is the key to both election and predestination.
- Positional truth creates a new creature – 2 Cor 6:17, Eph 2:10 – based
on who and what Christ is, therefore, what Grace accomplishes. It’s not
what changes we make at salvation or thereafter.
- Positional truth guarantees the eternal security of the believer. Rom
- Positional truth is classified under two categories:
A. Retroactive – identification with Christ in His death, which connotes
rejection of human good. Rom 6. Col 2:12, 3:3.
B. Current – Identification with Christ in His victory, resurrection,
ascension, and session.
More to come ...
Doctrine of Positional Truth – Part Two
- Current positional truth implies that the believer shares certain things
in union with Christ.
A. Eternal life: 1 John 5:11, 12
B. Righteousness of God: 2 Cor 5:21
C. Election: Eph 1:4
D. Destiny: Eph 1:5
E. Sonship: John 1:12, 1 John 3:1, 2
F. Heirship: Rom 8:16, 17
G. Sanctification: 1 Cor 1:2, 30
H. Kingdom: 2 Pet 1:11
I. Priesthood: Heb 10:10-14
- The characteristics of positional truth are six-fold:
A. It is not an experience – neither emotional or ecstatic.
B. It is not progressive – cannot be improved in time or eternity.
C. It is not related to human merit, ability, or human good.
Here are the implications of retroactive positional truth: there is no
place in the plan of God for human good.
D. It is eternal in nature, it cannot be changed by God, angels, or mankind.
E. It is known only through the Word of God.
F. It is obtained in toto at the moment of salvation.
The Doctrine of Reconciliation – Part One
- Definition: Reconciliation is the removal of the barrier between God and
man, or peace between God and man. While redemption is sinward, and
propitiation is Godward, reconciliation is manward. 2 Cor 5:18, Eph 2:16,
- Reconciliation and the blood of Christ.
A. The blood of Christ is a synonym for the saving work of Christ on the
Cross and the basis for reconciliation. Col 1:20.
B. Therefore, the work of the Cross is associated with reconciliation. Eph
- Reconciliation and mankind under the concept of reconciliation – Mankind
is regarded as the enemy of God. Rom 5:10, Col 1:21.
- Peace, a synonym for reconciliation – Reconciliation finds man the enemy
of God, but the saving work of Christ on the Cross connotes peace between
God and man. Eph 2:14, cf 2:16, cf Col 1:20.
- Reconciliation portrayed in the Levitical offerings – the peace offering
of Leviticus 3 depicts the Doctrine of reconciliation or Christ’s removing
the barrier between God and man. Lev 7:11-38, 8:15.
- Application of reconciliation to the royal family of God – Every member
of the royal family of God, the Church Age believer, is an ambassador
representing Christ on Earth. Therefore, each member of the royal family has
the ministry of reconciliation. 2 Cor 5:18-20.
- The prophecy of reconciliation. Isa 57:19.
More to come ...
The Doctrine of Reconciliation – Part Two
- The mechanics of reconciliation – The removal of the barrier.
A. Sin removed by unlimited atonement. 2 Cor 5:14-15, 19; 1 Tim 2:6, 4:10;
Titus 2:11, Heb 2:9; 2 Pet 2:1; 1 John 2:2.
Redemption: Gal 3:13; Eph 1:7; Col 1:14; 1 Pet 1:18-19.
B. Penalty of sin – Removed by expiation. Psa 22:16; Col 2:14.
C. Problem of physical birth – Removed by regeneration. John 3:1-18; Titus
3:5; 1 Pet 1:23.
D. Relative righteousness – Or human good removed by imputation. Rom 3:22,
9:30-10:10; 2 Cor 5:21; Phil 3:9; Heb 10:14.
And justification Rom 4:1-5, 4:25, 5:1, 8:29-30; Gal 2:16; Titus 3:7.
E. The barrier of God’s perfect character – Removed by propitiation. Rom
3:22-26; 1 John 2:1, 2.
F. Problem of position in Adam – Removed by positional sanctification. 1
Cor 15:22; 2 Cor 5:17; Eph 1:3-6.
”We have peace with God.”
Science and the Bible!
- The pre-chaotic Earth, which abounded with animals and plant life, was
apparently the headquarters for Satan.
- The fall of Satan and the resultant angelic conflict led to the
destruction of planet Earth with its animals (TOHU) and its plant life (BOHU)
– “Became empty and desolate” – no animals, no plant life.
- The Earth, for a time, was covered with an ice pack. The ice pack was the
result of freezing waters by
darkness ( the complete absence of heat).
- With regard to the antiquity of the Earth, neither science nor the Bible
gives us a clear picture. We have some methods of measuring age, such as
carbon dating and carbon 14, but these are not accurate in determining the
antiquity of the Earth.
- There is never a conflict between what the Bible says in the original
language and the true observations of such sciences as cosmology, geology,
astronomy, chemistry, anatomy, anthropology, and even psychology.
- However, actual scientific data and information in the Bible is extremely
limited. The Bible is not a scientific textbook, nor was it designed to be.
- Being a book of God’s Doctrines and filled with spiritual phenomena, it
is obvious that the Bible will occasionally allude to or comment on what we
classify as scientific subjects.
- Wherever the Bible comments on scientific subjects, the Bible is always
accurate in the original languages. God is the origin of all the laws and
all the phenomena which science seeks to categorize and classify.
- Therefore, science does not confirm the Bible, but occasionally the Bible
confirms scientific data or some scientific classification.
- If scientific speculation does not line up with the Bible, then such
speculation is inaccurate. If there is a true conflict between scientific
speculation, not observation, but speculation, and what the Bible says, then
the Bible is right. Just as when there is a conflict between some historical
interpretation and what the Bible says, the Bible is right. In other words,
where the Bible comments on science, science must agree with the Bible. The
Bible is not required to agree with science.
The Doctrine of Scientific Laws and the Universe
- The continuation of the Earth and the universe, including homo sapiens,
animal life, plant life, the stable state of our atmosphere with its various
components, all depend on the “omnipotence” and the “immutability”
of the Lord Jesus Christ. Col 1:17, Heb 1:3.
- “Scientific laws” is a misnomer. Scientific laws, as such, do not
exist because science did not develop these laws and science cannot enforce
them. For example, in chemistry, God promises that when certain elements are
combined, certain results will follow. This is a “Divine law” not a
- So-called scientific laws are based on the statistical assumption that the
universe, which operates according to a fixed norm, will continue to do so.
Science can “observe” and science can “apply.” Learn how to
distinguish between “observation,” “classification,” and the
“speculation” of science. Science can observe and classify certain
Divine laws and then apply them productively, but only God in His
sovereignty can guarantee the continuation of these laws.
- The universe, with the function of matter and energy, will not always
exist as it does at the present time. 2 Pet 3:10-12, Rev 20:11.
- Known scientific laws and phenomena which man has been able to observe,
classify, and apply, depend entirely upon the “faithfulness of God.”
Jesus Christ at this present time is guaranteeing the function of every bona
fide scientific law. Col 1:17.
- The reason for preserving the universe is to resolve the angelic conflict
in human history, “and to bring many sons into glory.” Heb 2:10.
- The Word of God will survive the destruction of the universe. 2 Pet 3:10,
for the Word of God will exist forever.
- Regenerate man in a resurrection body will live forever and survive the
changes in the universe, even surviving the destruction of this present
universe. Heb 12:26-28.
- It is Jesus Christ who holds the universe together by the power of His
Word, Heb 1:3, at the same time He is holding back eternity in order for the
human race to have the opportunity to appropriate the Grace of God.
This begins at the point of faith in Jesus Christ, so that the angelic
conflict will be resolved and ultimately God will be glorified forever and
ever and ever.
The Doctrine of Days!
The word “day” is used in the Bible in three different ways. If you
study the six days of “restoration,” you must learn to differentiate
- The day which is less than 24 hours.
A. The day of salvation – This is the moment of time when an individual
believes in the Lord Jesus Christ and refers to that moment of faith in
Christ. Act 16:31, 2 Cor 6:2.
B. The “day of Christ” is the Rapture of the Church, which will be
instantaneous, “in the twinkling of an eye.” 1 Cor 15:52, Phil 1:10,
C. The “day of wrath” is the Great White Throne Judgment, which is
described as “a day of wrath” in Rom 2:5. That will be the moment when
the unbeliever is judged by Jesus Christ and is cast into the Lake of Fire.
D. A “day of declaration” refers to the judgment seat of Christ. 1 Cor
3:13. It will be the judgment of the Church Age believer’s human good. 2
The Doctrine of Days – Part Two
- The day that is more than 24 hours.
A. The day of redemption – which refers to the believer in eternity in a
resurrection body, Eph 4:30.
B. The day of the Lord can have one of two meanings, depending on the
1. It can refer to the Tribulation, Second Advent,
and Millennium – a combined period of approximately 1007 years. Or,
2. It can refer to any one segment of the
Tribulation, Second Advent, or Millennium. Isa 2:12; 1 Thes 5:2; 2 Pet 3:10.
C. The day of God – which refers to eternity, 2 Pet 3:12.
- The 24 hour day – which is a solar day.
A. The six days of the Earth’s restoration were literal 24-hour days, Gen
B. The Sabbath. Ex 20:11, a holy day in the dispensation of Israel.
C. The Lord’s day – which is Sunday, Rev 1:10.
D. “One day at a time” concept in the Christian way of life, Rom 14:5-6.
E. Taking in the Word of God daily, Psa 119:97, functioning under growing in
Grace in every 24-hour period.
Some people don’t know what day it is!!
Friday, March 9, 2001
The Process of the Hardening of the Heart!
- While the believer is commanded to persist in the daily intake of the Word
of God, there are certain attitudes and moods that hinder persistence and
become enemies of positive volition to the Word of God. These attitudes are
disillusion, boredom, discouragement, self-pity, loneliness, frustration,
bitterness, and jealousy.
- The believer often caters to these attitudes by reacting with a frantic
search for happiness, be it a system of self-righteousness or
- The frantic search always upsets the balance of the soul – emotion takes
over from the mind, the mind becomes hardened because the emotion does not
respond to it. Remember that the soulish mind is the “right
man” and the emotion is the “right woman”. It is called the emotional
revolt of the soul, which supplies additional intensity to the frantic
search for happiness.
- The status of the soul results in a changed attitude toward the Word of
God and it may be apathy, indifference, or antagonism, but all lead to a
negative volition toward the Word of God.
- Negative volition toward the Word of God produces calluses on the soul.
The mind has already been hardened and a vacuum is formed in the soul and it
draws in the doctrine of demons, 1 Tim 4:1. This is how we get the “cup of
demons” in the devil’s communion table, 1 Cor 10:21. You cannot drink of
the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons at the same time. To drink of the
cup of the Lord is Grace. To drink of the cup of demons is disgrace and
negative volition toward the Word of God. This is not demon possession but
demon influence. Only unbelievers can be demon possessed, for the
believer’s body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, 1 Cor 6:19. Therefore, a
believer cannot be demon possessed.
- Demon influence shorts out all systems of the soul and results in
“blackness of the soul.” This is immediately followed by a complete
change of life, a blackout of the soul.
- Under the hardening process, the believer begins to reap what he sows.
First in the category of self-induced misery, second in the category of
Divine discipline – warning, intensive, and dying stages.
- General causes for suffering.
B. Justice, imprisonment, etc.
C. People, gossip, war, social conflict, etc.
D. Privation, hunger, thirst, etc.
E. Weather, heat, cold, tornado, hurricanes, etc.
F. Mental pressure, worry, fear, jealousy, etc.
G. Isolation by society, loneliness, ostracism, etc.
H. Mental attitude sins, self-induced misery.
I. Negative volition toward the Word of God – reaping what you sow.
- Categories of suffering.
1. Unbelievers in two categories.
A. Violation of
1. Believer has no more suffering, Rev 21:4.
2. Unbeliever, Lake of Fire, Rev 20:12-15.
- Premise of suffering.
A. All suffering is designed for blessing in the Christian life. 1 Pet 1:7,
8, 1 Pet 4:14.
B. The exception is discipline, Heb 12:6.
C. The exception is removed by restoration, 1 Cor 11:31, 1 John 1:9.
D. Suffering follows is the principle of Grace, Rom 8:28, 1 Thes 5:18.
- Purpose of Christian suffering.
A. To receive discipline for carnality or negative volition, Psa 38.
B. To glorify God, Job 1-4, Luke 15:20-21.
C. To illustrate Doctrine – the Book of Hosea.
D. To learn obedience, Phil 2:8, Heb 5:8.
E. To keep down pride, 2 Cor 12:1-7.
F. To develop faith, 1 Pet 1:7-8.
G. To witness for Christ, 2 Cor 3:4.
H. To demonstrate the power of God, 2 Cor 11:24-33, 12:7-10.
I. To manifest the fruit of the Spirit, 2 Cor 4:8-11.
J. To help others who suffer, 2 Cor 1:3-5.
K. From indirect action, because other believers get out of fellowship, Rom
14:7; 1 Cor 12:12, 13, 26; 1 Sam 21; 1 Chron 21.
“He Restoreth My Soul,” Psa 23:3
- Restoration must be understood in light of relationship with God, Jer
3:13, or in the light of positional Truth. Rom 8:1.
- The frame of reference for restoration is the efficacious death of Christ
on the Cross where He paid for our sins. 2 Cor 5:21, 1 Pet 2:4, 1 John 1:7.
- Eternal security is the prerequisite to understanding the restoration
technique, Rom 8:38-39. The believer sins after salvation but such sin is
categorized as “carnality,” not loss of salvation. 1 Cor 3:1-3, 1 John
- Restoration means fellowship with God and the filling of the Holy Spirit.
Prov 1:23, Eph 5:14 compared with Eph 5:18.
- The alternative to restoration is Divine discipline. 1 Cor 11:31, Heb
- The mechanics of restoration is to confess your sin, 1 John 1:9. Forget
it, Phil 3:13, 14. Isolate it, Heb 12:15.
- The discouragement to restoration is legalism and other Christians, Luke
- The Grace provision for helping others to be restored:
A. The mechanics, Gal 6:1 .
B. A mental attitude of Grace, Matt 18:23-35.
C. Grace orientation, Col 3:13.
D. Reward for assisting others, James 5:19-20.
- Biblical synonyms for restoration.
A. Confess, 1 John 1:9.
B. Judge self, 1 Cor 11:31.
C. Yield – an aorist tense, Rom 6:13, 12:1.
D. Lay aside every weight, Heb 12:1.
E. Be in subjection to the Father, Heb 12:9.
F. Lift up the hands that hang down, Heb 12:12.
G. Make straight paths for your feet, Heb 12:13, Matt 3:3.
H. Arise from the dead, or literally, “Stand up again out from deaths,”
I. Put off the old man, Eph 4:22.
J. Acknowledge thine iniquity, Jer 3:13.
- Old Testament restoration commands. Psa 32:5, 38:18, 51:3, 4; Prov 18:13.
What Christians Believe!
Christians believe that He who had no beginning ...
Had a beginning!!!
What Christians Believe!
Christians believe that Mary had a baby Boy …
And the baby Boy was older than His mother!!!
Saturday, March 10, 2001
The Doctrine of Divine Discipline!
- Divine discipline from God is designed for the believer only, Heb 12:5.
- Divine discipline is based on God’s love for the believer, Heb
12:6, Rev 3:19.
- Divine discipline, no matter how severe, does not mean loss of salvation,
Gal 3:26, 2 Tim 2:12-13.
- Discipline is related to the Grace principle of turning cursing into
blessing. Discipline may be removed by confession, 1 Cor 11:31. Exception is
found in recession of any stage of growth to total apostasy. The negative
believer manufactures his own discipline, Psa 7:14-16, through his negative
volition and only his positive volition toward the Word of God can reverse
the trend of the intensification of discipline.
- If suffering continues after the believer is restored back to fellowship,
the purpose of that suffering is no longer for discipline, but for blessing,
- All Divine discipline is confined to time. There is no discipline for the
believer in eternity Rev 21:4.
- Triple-compound discipline combines self-induced misery with Divine
A. Mental attitude sins motivate sins of the tongue. These mental attitude
sins are subject to discipline.
B. Sins of the tongue are the basis for further punitive action from God,
C. Whatever sins are attributed to the victim of sins of the tongue are also
added to the maligner, Matt 7:2.
- There are three categories of discipline in negative volition.
A. “The knocking at the door,” James 5:9, Rev 3:20. A general category
of discipline which may be removed by confession.
B. The intensified stage, which includes loss of heath and other extreme
types of discipline, the sphere of strong delusion.
C. The dying stage, the believer is under the sin unto death. 1 John 5:16.
- Continuation in the status of negative volition results in the sin unto
death, 1 John 5:16.
The Importance of Bible Doctrine – Part One
A. Bible Doctrine is the content of the Canon of Scripture with emphasis
on communication of that content by teaching and instruction.
B. The communication of Bible information on the basis of exegesis of
the original languages or an analysis and classification of the English
C. Doctrine is “the mind of Christ,” 1 Cor 2:16, and must be
communicated by authorized personnel – prophets and Levitical
priesthood in the age of Israel and pastor-teachers in the Church Age.
- Biblical nomenclature for Doctrine.
A. Hebrew noun, “EMETH,” Psa 31:5, emphasizes true Doctrine as
apposed to false Doctrine, Psa 25:5, 26:3, 86:11, 119:142, Prov 22:21.
B. Hebrew noun “CHAKMAH” refers to Doctrine with emphasis on its
residence in the soul, Prov 8:1.
C. Hebrew noun “SHEMUAH” translated “Doctrine” in Isa 28:9 means
“What is heard” which emphasizes growing in Grace from the
standpoint of concentration.
D. Hebrew noun “MUSAR” means, “instruction” and stressed the
communication of Doctrine from the disciplinary aspect of learning, Jer
10:8, Prov 1:2, 4:13, 23:23.
E. Derivates of Greek verb “GINOSKO” which denotes intelligent
of an object or a matter, therefore “to perceive” related to the
function of growing in Grace.
1. “GNOSIS” Doctrine in the mind
comprehended as objective reality.
2. “EPIGNOSIS” Doctrine in the human spirit
cycled into the mind where it is useable.
3.”PROGNOSIS” Doctrine in the mind of God
billions of years ago, therefore, an extension of God’s omniscience
sometimes translated “foreknowledge,” 1 Pet 1:2.
4. “GNOSTOS” “Known, capable of being
known intelligible" emphasizes the potentiality of learning
Doctrine, Rom 1:19.
5. “GNOSTES” an expert in Doctrine, Acts
F. Hebrew noun “LEQACH” translated “Doctrine” actually connotes
the poise and self-discipline necessary to consistently assimilate
Doctrine and to fulfill the tactical objective of victory in the
spiritual life, Deut 32:2, Job 11:4, Prov 4:2.
G. Greek word “DIDASKALIA” used for both the teaching of Doctrine
and what is taught, Matt 15:9, Eph 4:14, Col 2:22, 1 Tim 1:10, 4:1, 6,
13, 16, 2 Tim 3:10, 16, 4:3
H. Greek word “DIDACHE” means “act of teaching or what is
taught,” Matt 7:28; 22:33; Mark 1:22, 27; Acts 2:41, 5:28; Rom 6:17; 1
Cor 14:6; 2 Tim 4:2; Heb 6:2.
I. Greek “LOGOS” often used for Doctrine, Heb 6:1.
J. Doctrine bequeathed to royal family of God as their spiritual legacy
in the dying words of the Lord Jesus Christ, Psa 31:5, Luke 23:46.
The Importance of Bible Doctrine – Part Two
- Doctrine bequeathed to the royal family of God as their spiritual legacy
in the dying Words of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Psa 31:5, “Into thine hand I commit My Spirit: Thou hast redeemed Me, O
Lord God of Truth.”
Luke 23:46, “And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, He said, Father,
into Thy hands I commend My Spirit: and having said thus, He gave up the
- Existence of this legacy in Old Testament times.
Psa 138:2, “For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou
be, and it shall be well with thee.”
A. God the Father attaches the highest importance to Doctrine because it
expresses Who and What Christ is.
B. God the Father attaches the highest honor to the Person and the Work of
Christ on the Cross.
- Pre-existence of Bible Doctrine to the human race, Prov 8.
- Believer’s attitude toward Doctrine – the basis for blessing or
Prov 8:33-36, “Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed
is the man that heareth Me, watching daily at My gates, waiting at the posts
of My doors. For whoso findeth Me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of
the Lord. But he that sinneth against Me wrongeth his own soul: all they
that hate Me love death.”
- Doctrine resident in the soul – the basis for the distribution of Grace
Isa 53:12, “Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he
shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul
unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin
of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”
- Doctrine is the basis for the distribution of surpassing Grace blessings
Heb 11:9-10, “By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a
strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs
with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath
foundations, whose builder and maker is God.”
Compared with Heb 11:13, “These all died in faith, not having received
the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and
embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the
James 1:25, But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and
continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work,
this man shall be blessed in his deed.”
Compared with James 2:12-13, “So speak ye, and so do, as they that
shall be judged by the law of liberty. For he shall have judgment without
mercy, that hath showed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.”
- Reality of Doctrine over empirical knowledge, 2 Pet 1:12-21.
- Destruction of a nation through lack of Doctrine.
Hosea 4:1-6, “Hear the Word of the Lord, ye children of Israel: for the
Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is
no Truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. By swearing, and
lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out,
and blood toucheth blood. Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that
dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the
fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away. Yet
let no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy people are as they that
strive with the priest. Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the
prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy thy
mother. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast
rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to
me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy
- Bible doctrine is part of the principle of living Grace for the believer
A. Under living Grace, God provides temporal and spiritual factors to keep
the believer alive in time.
B. Temporal factors include food, shelter, clothing, and other necessities.
C. Spiritual factors are in the realm of academics. A text book, the Word of
God, a classroom, the local Church, a communicator, the Pastor-Teacher.
Eph 4:11-13, “And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some,
evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the
saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of
Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of
the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the
fulness of Christ.”
Col 1:25-29, “Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation
of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the Word of God; Even the
mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made
manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of
the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the
hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in
all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: Whereunto
I also labour, striving according to His working, which worketh in me
Heb 13:7, 17, “Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken
unto you the Word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their
conversation. Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves:
for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may
do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.”
- Advancement and vindication of the plan of God through Bible Doctrine.
Isa 53:10, “Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He hath put Him to
grief: when Thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His
seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper
in his hand.”
Rom 3:4, “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.”
More to come ...
The Importance of Bible Doctrine – Part Three
- Balance of residency established in the soul of the believer through the
communication of Doctrine by the Pastor-Teacher:
A. Balance of residency based on the fact that believers in the Church Age
comprise the royal family of God.
B. Doctrine is transferred from the written page of the Bible to the soul of
the believer under the function of Grace. 2 Cor 2.
C. The purpose of this transfer is to establish in the soul of the believer
a balance of residency.
D. As a badge of royalty, the body of every Church Age believer is indwelt
by God the Holy Spirit.
E. When the believer is filled with the Spirit in compliance with Eph 5:18,
a residency of the Third Person of the Trinity is established in the soul of
F. Since the Holy Spirit works through the Word of God, the filling of the
Spirit creates a vacancy of residency in the soul.
G. The vacancy is filled by the daily function of growing in Grace, which
creates a balance of residency necessary for the function of the royal
family of God on Earth.
- The importance of consistency in the function of growth.
Heb 10:25, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the
manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye
see the day approaching.” Heb 10:35, 36, “Cast not away therefore your
confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of
patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the
Col 2:6-7, “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk
ye in Him: Rooted and built up in Him, and stablished in the faith, as ye
have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.”
A. Every believer has a “paragraph” of Grace blessings in the Divine
Decrees promised by God in eternity past.
B. Consistency is the secret of growing up spiritually and taking the
highest ground of a Grace status.
C. Therefore the believer must function in Grace growth daily.
The Importance of Bible Doctrine – Part Four
- Results of Doctrine resident in the soul.
A. Produces confidence for the believer in time.
Job 5:24-27, “And thou shalt know that thy tabernacle shall be in peace;
and thou shalt visit thy habitation, and shalt not sin. Thou shalt know also
that thy seed shall be great, and thine offspring as the grass of the Earth.
Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn cometh
in in his season. Lo this, we have searched it, so it is; hear it, and know
thou it for thy good.”
2 Cor 5:6-8, “Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we
are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith,
not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from
the body, and to be present with the Lord.”
Heb 10:35, “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great
recompense of reward.”
B. Orients the believer to the plan of God.
Isa 26:3, 4, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on
thee: because he trusteth in Thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the
Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.”
Rom 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that
love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”
C. Causes Divine viewpoint in the mind and therefore mental attitude
Isa 55:7-9, “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his
thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him;
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your
thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. For as the Heavens
are higher than the Earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My
thoughts than your thoughts.”
2 Cor 10:5, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth
itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every
thought to the obedience of Christ.”
D. Produces stability of soul.
James 1:8, “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”
E. Basis for Divine guidance and execution of the will of God.
Rom 12:2, 3, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by
the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and
acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the Grace given
unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly
than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to
every man the measure of faith.”
F. Leads to maximum capacity to love God and occupation with Christ.
Eph 3:19, “And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that
ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.”
Phil 3:10, “That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and
the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death.”
Heb 12:2-3, “Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith; Who
for the joy that was set before Him endured the Cross, despising the shame,
and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him
that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest ye be
wearied and faint in your minds.”
G. Enables believers to attain and hold a Grace status.
Phil 3:12-14, “Not as though I had already attained, either were already
perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I
am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have
apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are
behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press
toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
H. Means of attaining surpassing Grace for eternity.
Heb 11:9, 10, 13, “By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a
strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs
with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath
foundations, whose builder and maker is God. These all died in faith, not
having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were
persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers
and pilgrims on the Earth.
James 1:15, “Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and
sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death,” compared with James 2:12,
13, “So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of
liberty. For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath showed no
mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.”
- Synonyms for Bible Doctrine resident in the soul:
A. Crucifixion synonym – Taking up the Cross and following Christ.
Matt 10:38, Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23, 14:27.
B. Priestly synonym – Construction of an altar in the soul.
C. Building synonym – Edification of the soul.
Eph 4:12, 16.
D. Theological synonym – More or greater Grace.
E. Military synonym –
1. Putting on the full armour of God.
Eph 6:11, 13.
2. Following the colors to the high ground of Grace.
3. The establishment of a “command post” in the soul.
F. Language synonyms –
1. Hebrew noun “CHAKMAH”
2. Greek noun “EPIGNOSIS”
3. Greek verb “EPIGINOSKO”
G. Time synonym – Redeeming the time.
1. Toward God.
2. Toward the unbeliever.
H. Chemical synonym – Salt, used for maximum Doctrine resident in the soul
which results in Grace status.
Matt 5:13, Mark 9:50, Luke 14:34a. Col 4:6.
I. Central control synonym – Having your own control system rather than
being a drone.
A Marriage Made in Heaven – What God Has Joined Together …
“The Marriage of Grace and Faith”
- Grace and faith are like the Right-Man and the Right-Woman in Category Two
1 Cor 11:7 – Grace is analogous to the Right-Man and faith to the
Right-Woman. “For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as
he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.”
- Therefore, Grace is the initiator and faith is the responder.
- Just as there is one Right-Man for one Right-Woman, so Grace is the only
match for faith.
- Grace and faith meet at the Cross. Grace and faith “marry” in
salvation. Acts 16:31, “And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ,
and thou shalt be saved.” Just as marriage is the framework for Category
Two Love, so salvation is the framework for Grace and faith.
1 John 5:4-5, “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and
this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he
that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of
- At the Cross, faith responds to Grace and results in salvation.
Eph 2:8-9 , “For by Grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of
yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should
- As in marriage, faith in the Christian life continues to respond to Grace.
2 Cor 5:7, “For we walk by faith, not by sight:”
Col 2:6, “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye
The faith response is both inhale of the Word of God and the exhale of faith
in the Promises of God.
- Conclusion: We are saved by faith and we live by faith.
2 Cor 5:7, Col 2:6,
Heb 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that
cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them
that diligently seek Him.”
- Faith excludes both human merit and works. Works is the wrong woman. Works
is the harem with which faith will not coexist.
Eph 2:9 , “Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Titus 3:5, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but
according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and
renewing of the Holy Spirit.”
Neither will Grace tolerate works. Faith is the only bride acceptable to
Grace. Therefore, faith must come alone to the Cross.
John 20:31, “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is
the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through
Grace as the Right-Man rejects the harem of works.
Gal 2:16 , “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law,
but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ,
that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of
the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.”
Faith is the only true responder to Grace.
- Since faith is the only true responder to Grace, faith is a part of the
Grace apparatus for perception.
A. For the Old Testament saints, faith was the basis of intellectual
comprehension in the mind and transfer of the Word to the human spirit.
Heb 4:2, “For unto us was the Gospel preached, as well as unto them: but
the Word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them
that heard it.”
B. For the Church Age believer-priest, faith is the basis for the transfer
of the Word to the human spirit.
Eph 3:17 , “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being
rooted and grounded in love,”
More to come …
Marriage of Grace and Faith – Part Two
- Since Grace and faith become one at the Cross, they live together in the
Christian way of life. Divorce occurs when the believer switches to
- In growing in Grace, all systems of works-perception are excluded. Works
is to Grace what calluses are to the lungs of the soul.
- The marriage of Grace and faith in the Christian way of life demands
production. And this is the subject of James. Human reproduction is based on
the sex apparatus. Spiritual production is based on the union of Grace and
faith. The Word is the seed, just as only human seed can conceive in the
womb. So the Word, the Seed, only conceives in the believer’s human
- For conception and production of Divine Good, faith transfers the Seed,
from the mind to the human spirit, where there is conception.
- Therefore, perception only becomes conception by means of faith. Faith,
therefore, is the key to growing in Grace.
- Conception of the Seed of the Word in the human spirit results in Category
Four – children.
A. Frame of reference progeny – Doctrine in the human spirit is cycled
into the mind as a frame of reference, and Doctrine is built upon Doctrine.
B. Application children – Exhale of Doctrine out of the left and right
banks of the soul is comparable to application and resting in faith.
C. The edification children – This is a building built up in the soul, a
D. The Divine Good children – Bona fide production in the Christian’s
- This explains how man becomes the image and the glory of God. 1 Cor 11:7,
“For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the
image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.”
What Christians Believe!
Christians believe that Mary gave birth to a Baby Boy
And the Baby Boy whom she held in her arms was older than His mother!
Sunday, March 11, 2001
How a Catholic Became a Christian
I grew up in the Catholic Church and I am familiar with the low and high
masses and the confessional box and the absolution slips and the Hail Marys and
the our Fathers. More Hail Marys than our Fathers???
I met a group called “The Christian Anti-Communism Crusade when I lived in
Miami. Cuba was only 90 miles away and I was concerned with the evils of
One day there was an announcement in the paper that one of the members of “The
Christian Anti-Communism Crusade” was going to speak at a “Protestant”
Church in Miami. While growing up in the Catholic Church, I knew I could not be
seen in a Protestant Church. But because my wife wanted to go and since she was
dying of cancer, I went to oblige her.
I sat on the last seat on the last row expecting all hell to break loose. As
soon as I sat down, the lights went out and I thought I was doomed.
The man got up and said that his mother didn’t raise any crazy children. He
said he had a beautiful home in Houston, but it was nothing compared to his
mansion in Heaven. That caught my attention. So, I followed him outside and
asked him to show me where that statement appeared. He said it was in the Bible.
But I had never seen a Bible. So, he
showed it to me and it really did say what he said it did.
It was John 14:1-6 and on the basis of that verse, along with John 3:16 and Eph
2:8-9, this Catholic became a Christian.
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me. In
My Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.
I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will
come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto Him, Lord, we
know not whither Thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him,
I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by
Me,” John 14:1-6.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life,” John
“For by Grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is
the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast,” Ephesians 2:8, 9.
Try it you will like it!
The Doctrine of the Human Spirit!
- Definition: The human spirit is that immaterial part of man designed by
God to store and utilize spiritual phenomena.
A. In original creation, man received the human spirit along with the soul,
Gen 2:7, “Breath of lives” including both soul and spirit.
B. The human spirit is not the same as the soul. It is distinguished in the
Bible. Heb 4:12, “dividing of the soul and the spirit.”
- Variations in the spiritual status of mankind.
A. Original man was trichotomous, Gen 2:7.
B. At the time of the fall, Gen 3:6, both Adam and the woman suffered
immediate spiritual death, Rom 5:12. This entailed the loss of the human
spirit plus the acquired permanent residence of the old sin nature in the
C. From the time of the fall, the unbeliever is dichotomous, 1 Cor 2:14,
D. The believer is trichotomous – possessing, spirit, soul, and body. 1
E. Therefore, the believer receives the human spirit at the point of
salvation simultaneously with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. And the two
spirits are the Grace keys to growing in Grace.
- Perception by means of two spirits. 1 Cor 2:12-16.
- The reality of spiritual phenomena resident in the two spirits, Rom 8:16.
A. The Holy Spirit is the Teacher of Doctrine. John 14:26, 16:12-16, 1 Cor
2:9-16, 1 John 2:27.
B. The human spirit is the target for Doctrine – the converter and
dispenser of Doctrine – and the foundation for edification. Eph 4:20-24.
- The storage of Doctrine in the human spirit.
A. The area of refreshment, 2 Cor 7:13.
B. The basis for Grace orientation, Philemon 25.
C. Spiritual I.Q. related to Doctrine stored in the human spirit, Job 32:8,
- The human spirit as the storage and distribution center of categorical
Doctrine, Eph 3:18-19.
- The Holy Spirit as the substitute for the human spirit in the
comprehension of the Gospel, Gen 6:3, John 16:8-11, 1 Cor 2:14, 16.
Monday, March 12, 2001
The Doctrine of the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit!
- The Scriptural documentation of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the
John 7:37, 39, 14:16-17; Rom 8:9; 1 Cor 3:16, 6:19-20, Gal 3:2.
- The purpose of the universal indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
A. The unique characteristic of the Church Age, which is necessary because
of the strategic victory of Christ through His death, resurrection,
ascension, and session.
B. The intensification of the angelic conflict with the new
C. The sign of escutcheon of royalty.
- The distinction between salvation and post-salvation ministry of the Holy
A. The indwelling or residency occurs at the moment of salvation. It is
permanent and immutable.
B. The Holy Spirit accomplishes five things for every Church Age believer at
the point of salvation – baptism, regeneration, sealing, indwelling, and
providing a spiritual gift.
C. The post-salvation ministry of the Holy Spirit is the inner control of
the believer’s soul known as “filling” or “walking.”
D. The vocabulary Paul. Eph 5:18, Gal 5:16.
The vocabulary of John. 1 John 2:27, 28.
E. Both carnality and negative volition result in loss of the “filling”
but not the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
F. Personal sin in the life “grieves” the Spirit, Eph 4:30, while human
good “quenches” the Spirit. 1 Thes 5:19.
- Nomenclature for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 4:27, 10:38, 2 Cor 1:21, 1 John 2:20, 27.
1 John 2:20.
- The prophecy of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
John 7:37-39, 14:16, 17.
- The distinction between the indwelling of Christ and the indwelling of the
A. Christ indwells the believer for the purpose of fellowship on the road to
Rom 8:10, 2 Cor 13:5, Gal 2:20, Eph 3:17.
B. The believer who is in negative volition is not indwelt by Christ.
2 Cor 13:5.
C. The Holy Spirit’s indwelling of the royal priesthood of the Church Age
is both permanent and functional.
- The primary objective of the indwelling.
A. The function of growing in Grace in learning the Word.
John 14:26, John 16:12-15, 1 Cor 2:9-16, 1 John 2:27.
B. The universal priesthood of the believer demands the permanent indwelling
or residency of the Holy Spirit for achieving the tactical objective of the
- The suppression, control, and neutralization of the functions emanating
from the old sin nature in the believer. Gal 5:17.
The Doctrine of Redemption!
- Etymology of redemption.
A. A compound Greek word “ANTILUTRON,” the substitution of money for a
slave or a prisoner. Therefore, payment for the freedom of a slave or a
prisoner, translated “ransom.”
B. “LUTROTOS,” Redeemer, deliverer. “LUTROSIS,” Redemption,
deliverance. “LUTROO” to release for a ransom, to redeem “AGOPAZO”
to redeem, to buy, “EXZAGORAZO” to redeem, to purchase from a
slave market, to set free are cognate words.
A. The work of Christ on the Cross directed toward sin.
B. The saving work of Christ by which He purchased the freedom of the human
race, born spiritually dead and in the slave market of sin, and set them
- Jesus Christ, the only qualified Redeemer.
A. By the virgin birth. Matt 1:23, 1 Tim 3:16, Heb 1:3.
B. By the impeccability of his humanity. Isa 53:9, John 8:46, 19:4, 2 Cor
- The positive volition of Jesus Christ.
A. The redemptive work of Christ on the Cross was an act of His own free
will. Luke 22:42.
B. Christ was obedient to the Father’s plan. Rom 5:19, Phil 2:8.
- Animal blood – the means of teaching the Doctrine of redemption in the
Old Testament. Job 19:25, 26, Heb 9:22.
- Blood of Christ – the ransom money or purchase price of redemption. Eph
1:7, Col 1:1.
A. The “coin of the realm” – 1 Pet 1:18-19 – by which the purchase
B. Depicts by representative analogy the saving work of Christ on the Cross
or spiritual death in which He was judged for our sins. 2 Cor 5:21, 1 Pet
C. A real analogy would be a literal death compared to a literal death.
D. In a real analogy, the physical death of the animal would be compared to
the physical death of Christ.
E. However, Christ did not die by bleeding to death.
F. Here, therefore, we have a representative analogy in which the physical
death of the animal on the altar represents the spiritual death of Christ on
the Cross – Two deaths of Christ on the Cross. Isa 53:9, “Deaths,”
G. The representative analogy demands that the blood of Christ be taken
More to come …
The Doctrine of Redemption – Part Two
- The soul of the believer is redeemed in salvation. Psa 34:22.
- Condemnation by the Mosaic Law resolved by redemption. Gal 3:10, 13.
- Results of redemption.
A. Forgiveness of sin. Isa 44:22, Eph 1:7, Col 1:14, Heb 9:15.
B. Basis for justification. Rom 3:24.
C. Basis for sanctification. Eph 5:25-27.
D. Basis for the eternal inheritance of the believer. Heb 9:15.
E. Basis for strategic victory of Christ in the angelic conflict. Col 2:14,
Col 2:15, Heb 2:14, 15.
F. Redemption of the soul in salvation leads to redemption of the body in
resurrection. Eph 1:14.
G. Redemption of the body is the ultimate or stage three status of the royal
family of God forever. Rom 8:23, Eph 4:30.
- Redemption related to the Mediatorship of Christ. 1 Tim 1:5, 6, Heb 9:14,
The Four Enslavements!
John 8:33, “They answered Him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in
bondage to any man, How sayest Thou, ye shall be made free?”
At this point, the religious Kibitizers answered Him in pride, in egocentricity,
“We are Abraham’s seed.”
Remember that religion is the devil’s ace trump, and when a religious man
opens his mouth, what he says is often wrong. You can visualize the Pharisees as
they swelled with pride and boasted of their lineage. They were very proud of
their Jewish heritage and the fact that they were descended from one of the
greatest men of all times. They were
counting heavily on their human relationship with Abraham. Heaven would be wide
open to them, since the Pearly Gates would never shut on any of Abraham’s
They go on to make a statement that is typical of anyone who has lost touch with
reality and is distorted in his perspective. “We were never in bondage to
It is interesting to note that at the time this phrase was uttered, they were
under four different systems of bondage:
- They were in bondage to the Mosaic Law.
- They were in bondage to their religious system.
- They were in bondage to the Roman Empire.
- They were in bondage to sin.
Grace Found A Way!
John 8:31, “Then said Jesus to those Jews who believed on Him, ‘IF
ye continue in My Word, then are ye My disciples indeed.”
Once a person has received Christ as personal Saviour, He must constantly study
the Word of God if He is to discover and utilize the Divine operating assets
available to Him.
Jesus Christ was emphasizing this point when He said, “If ye continue in My
Based on the technical structure of the Koine Greek language, every time you
find the word “if” in the New Testament, it means one of four things.
First class condition – “If and it is true”
Second class condition – “If and it is not true”
Third class condition – “If maybe yes or maybe not”
Fourth class condition – “If I wish it were true, but it is not”
The “if” in our passage, John 8:31, is a third-class condition and it is the
expression of free will and volition. Maybe you will and maybe you won’t. You
have a choice to make whether or not you want to take in the Word of God.
Catholic Prayers I Was Taught!
There is a prayer in the Catholic Church where you are
sure to get what you want. The name of that prayer is “Fatigue Deos,” which
means to tire out God. In other words, if you don’t get what you want, just
keep on asking Him and He will be tired and finally answer you. You fatigue Him.
What a malign that is to God’s character!
Then I was told to pray to Mary and Mary will ask her Son, and what Son
wouldn’t listen to His mother and give her what she asks. Well, first we
don’t pray to Mary – ever. We always pray and address God our Father. But
Jesus Christ doesn’t take orders from Mary.
”He told her, know you not that I am about My Father’s business.”
He also said to Mary, “What have I to do with thee.”
He said to His disciples, “Behold your mother and from that hour that disciple
took her unto his own home.”
I was also told that in 1954 Mary ascended up into Heaven in a physical body.
So that now we have a co-redeemer. And co-mediator.
But the only Person in Heaven with a resurrection body is the Lord Jesus Christ.
”And there is one Mediator between God and man, the Man Christ Jesus.”
But listen to what Mary says, “His mother said unto the servants.”
“Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it.”
”Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord.”
”And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.”
Her body produced the Lord Jesus Christ, being overpowered by God the Holy
Spirit. She magnified God in her spirit and soul and body.
Tuesday, March 13, 2001
The Doctrine of Polygamy!
- Polygamy was never authorized by the Word of God. Lev 18:18, Deut 17:17.
A. Polygamy is never the permissive will of God.
B. Only a man in negative volition or human viewpoint rationalism condones
- Polygamy is related to negative volition and is an expression of negative
A. Found in the line Lamech because of negative volition. Gen 4:19.
B. Jacob’s polygamy, Gen 29, set a precedent for the Jews, but was not
approved by God.
- Polygamy violates the doctrine of “Right-Man, Right-Woman.”
A. By an act of violation, a man can destroy his Right-Woman.
B. Man is not designed for an intimate relationship with more than one
- Polygamy is a form of self-induced misery and unhappiness for man.
- Monogamy is God’s order under the laws of Divine establishment. It
weakens a man to violate the laws of establishment.
- Many great believers had one wife, therefore, understood the Doctrine of
“Right-Man, Right-Woman.” Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Samuel,
- Trouble related to polygamy.
A. Concentration of jealousy of wives under one roof, illustrated by
Jacob’s wives in Gen 29, 30 and Elkanah’s wives in 1 Sam 6:1 ff.
B. Gideon’s polygamy caused trouble among his children. Judges 9.
C. David’s polygamy compounded the problems in the children, and the
discipline carried to the second generation. 1 Chron 3:1-9.
The Prohibition of Adultery!
Prov 5:15, “Drink waters of pleasure from your own cistern, and flowing
waters from your own well.”
First – a command to drink water. Water as an analogy of Grace is used three
ways in the Word of God. Here the water is the “Right Woman.”
In Isa 55:1 water is used as salvation. In Eph 5:26, water is used for the Word
So, we have here three great gifts from God to man. The command to drink
indicates that all Grace gifts must be received. However, this word means, “to
drink and enjoy it,” or “to drink and have your thirst quenched.” It has
the meaning of “living it up” in a good sense.
In this context it is used for the man who is thirsty for his Right Woman.
His thirst is quenched and he is gratified in his relationship with her. This is
one of the greatest happinesses of life.
All of the great happinesses of life are related to the gifts of Grace.
”Waters of pleasure” is plural because there are many acts of the
relationship between Right Man and Right Woman. But please notice:
”From your own well.”
There are many acts of drinking but “one well,” one Right Woman. A cistern
in Hebrew phraseology refers to a covered well. 2 Kings 18:31. The Right Woman
is covered to everyone else. Who pulls the cover off the well? Only the Right
Man. She is designed to be appreciated by one man only.
Proverbs 5:15, “Flowing Waters From Your Own Well.”
“Flowing waters” repeats the same principle as before. However, this
time, since the waters are running, the well is not covered.
So we have a different Hebrew word. The first word indicates the outside, “The
well is covered.” But where the Right Man is, the well is “not covered.”
The “flowing waters” describe the response of the woman to her Right Man.
“Flowing” has another beautiful connotation. When you are in water, it
always accommodates itself perfectly to your body. And that is the key here. In
Divine Design there is a perfect physical coalescence, Divine Design
programmed the Right Woman for the Right Man only.
Therefore, adultery is prohibited. If either the man or the woman fornicates
under negative volition to the Word of God, they destroy their Divine
programming for each other.
As the waters flow to slack the thirst of the man, so the response of the
woman gives complete satisfaction. Nothing really quenches the thirst like
plain, cold water, no matter how plain a woman may appear overtly.
She was designed by God to satisfy the thirst of one man. David is here once
again trying to teach Solomon to wait for his Right Woman. She is the only one
who can slake his thirst. And he blew it!
Proverbs 5:15, “Drink Waters of Pleasure From Your Own Cistern, and
Flowing Waters From Your Own Well.”
When anyone swallows cool, or cold water, the body heat immediately takes
care of it. By the time it reaches the stomach, it is warmer than it was before.
It adjusts itself to the body temperature.
Just so, in the relationship between Right Man and Right Woman. The woman is
also satisfied. However, the danger is that if she enters into fornication or
adultery, she becomes dissatisfied and frustrated. In her frustration she is
willing to give herself to anyone in the hope that just around the corner there
will be some man who will satisfy her physically.
She is trying to find Divine Design. But she is going about it in the wrong way.
It is like water jumping out of the well and splashing itself on every stranger
who walks by. A well is not designed to do that.
The water waits in the well for the one who has the right to drink there. If the
water is all splashed out through fornication, by the time the Right One comes
along, there is nothing in the well but sand. I have never yet seen anyone who
was satisfied with a bucket of sand when he wanted water.
There is a similar passage in S.O.S 4:12, “A garden enclosed is my sister, my
spouse, a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.” The “fountain sealed” is a
virgin. Here is a woman who is holding all her water for the quenching of the
thirst of her Right Man.
"A Deep Ditch”
Another verse which is closely related to the analogy in Prov 5:15 –
“Drink waters of pleasure from your own cistern and flowing waters from your
own well” – is this passage
Prov 23:27, “For a whore is a deep ditch, and a strange woman is a narrow
It is impossible to get water out of a deep ditch. Therefore, the person who
goes to the deep ditch or the narrow pit for the alleviation of thirst never
In other words, a person who goes to a whore to satisfy his libido is not
going to have his soul thirst satisfied. The water cannot be reached. It was
also dangerous to drink from an open ditches. The water was polluted.
Therefore, not only does one not receive the quenching of the thirst from the
deep ditch, but one might pick up a disease. By analogy, of course, this would
be venereal disease. It was safe only to drink from your own cistern, which was
covered storage for rainwater, or to drink running water, which was pure.
The whore has made what water she had for her Right Man unavailable to him, and
he has spent so much time exploiting sex, they simply become “ships that pass
in the night.” Both of them have destroyed that wonderful thing which is one
of the greatest happinesses in life.
When God forbids adultery, He is not being unkind. He is trying to save
something that is really great for every one.
”Thine own well” means the Right Woman that God has designed for you only.
Every time you go to another well you are trying to make it your own. You are
trying to program that well to you, to manufacture your Right Woman out of
everyone with whom you have a relationship. You will never slake your thirst at
anyone else’s well.
Many a man goes through life being totally frustrated because he is drinking at
everyone else’s well. Prov 9:17, “Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten
in secret is pleasant,” verse 18, “But he knoweth not that the dead are
there and that her guests are in the depths of hell.”
When Jesus Christ looked at Adam, before the woman was “built,” He said,
“LO TOBH.” “Not good” that man should be alone. So Jesus Christ provided
a Right Woman, a partner, for the first Adam.
Grace takes care of loneliness. And a Gracious gift was provided. The
Right Woman cancelled out “LO TOBH.”
Now, it was not good that Jesus Christ should be alone on the Cross. But just as
man had to be alone after he was created so that the Grace gift could come, so
the Last Adam had to be alone so that the gift of salvation could come to
While bearing our sins on the Cross, God the Father and God the Holy Spirit
forsook Jesus Christ. Matt 27:46. When Christ came out from the grave He was
alone in a resurrection body.
Today Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father, alone. He is waiting for
As Christ gave Adam a Right Woman, so the Father gave the Son a “Right
Woman,” the Church, the bride of Christ. The bride, which is being
prepared during the Church Age, is called “a body” because it is being
“built.” Eph 4:16.
It was not good for man to be alone!
And it was not good for the God-man to be alone!
The Father gives the bride away!
A No Verb Verse on the Fulfillment of a Marriage Made in Heaven
1 Cor 11:11, “Besides, neither woman apart from man, nor man apart from
woman, by the Lord.”
This is a very interesting verse. There are no verbs. Therefore, this puts
great emphasis on this point of Doctrine.
“Besides” is an adverb, designed to qualify man’s authority over the
woman. What is the qualification? Man’s authority over his Right Woman was
never designed to be a tyranny, but a mutual fulfillment.
When two become one, Right Man/Right Woman, they are totally depended upon
each other. “They will never be
anything without the other again.” Each is incomplete without the other.
But notice, this is not just a hit-or-miss thing, because one more point is
added. “By means of the Lord.” It is the Lord’s design.
The only exception to this is the gift or the consecration of celibacy under
the principle of supreme sacrifice, as in the case of the apostle Paul .
”For just as the woman out from the source of man, even so also the man
through the woman, but all things out from the source of God.” 1 Cor 11:2.
Just as before the fall, man was incomplete without his Right Woman, so after
the fall man cannot exist without the woman. Since the fall, man owes his
origin, his existence, and his fulfillment to womanhood.
First there is his mother – Divine Institution Number Three. Then the time
comes when the man must leave his father and mother to go to his Right Woman.
Man’s fulfillment from the source of his Right Woman is part of Divine
Institution Number Two.
One of the greatest problems in marriage is not the woman who goes home to
her mother, but the boy who never cut the umbilical cord.
The “all things out from the source of God” here are the parents and
Right Man and Right Woman, but the emphasis is on “all things” in the life
of the man, his mother, and his Right Woman.
This is something which is fantastic, absolutely fantastic, a Grace gift from
God to the human race. The only things that keep man from becoming an animal
are the two women in his life, his mother and his Right Woman.
The Creation of the Woman!
“For also man was not created because of the woman, but woman because of
the man,” 1 Cor 11:9.
The woman was created for the man. Whatever man lacks, she makes up for
it. And although man is the authority, he
is still incomplete. A general may be in command, but he is incomplete
without an army.
So, man “wearing his rank on his head” is incomplete without “ISHAH.”
God did a very humorous thing. He put the long hair on the woman, to remind
man that while he has authority over her, he is nothing without her. He is a
little short on hair to remind him that he comes up short without her. God’s
Grace package in flesh form.
The greatest form of human happiness for a woman is to be fulfilled by her
Right Man and the greatest in human happiness for a man is to be completed by
his Right Woman.
There is nothing to compare with this happiness outside of the spiritual
“I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.” “My beloved is mine and I
Wednesday, March 14, 2001
The Doctrine of Unlimited Atonement!
A. The efficacious work of Christ on the Cross on behalf of mankind.
B. Atonement as a noun means reconciliation after enmity or controversy and
includes satisfaction or reparation made for wrong or injury.
C. The verb has several related meanings such as “to be at one, to be in
accordance, to make amends, reparation, to make up for errors or
deficiencies, to reconcile.”
D. In the Old Testament the meaning of “atonement” is related to the
Hebrew verb “to pass over, to cover.”
- In the Old Testament times animal sacrifices were used to cover for sin.
A. God forgave and restored where sin was covered by the blood of animal
B. However, the true basis for “atonement” was not found in these animal
C. Animal sacrifices were used as a cover for sin until God the Father could
be propitiated by the efficacious judgment of Christ for our sins on the
Cross and the establishment of reconciliation between God and man.
D. Therefore, “atonement” in the Old Testament refers to the use of
animal sacrifices to represent
the saving work of Christ.
E. The two concepts of “atonement,” Old and New Testaments, are brought
together in Rom 3:23-26.
- “Atonement is unlimited.”
A. When Christ was judged on the Cross for sins, He paid for the sins of the
entire human race, not just for the elect. Rom 5:6; 2 Cor 5:14, 15, 19;
1 Tim 2:6, 4:10; Titus 2:11, Heb 2:9, 2 Pet 2:1, 1 John 2:2.
B. “Limited atonement” – the concept that Christ died for believers
only is totally fallacious.
- Unlimited atonement eliminates sin in the unbeliever’s indictment at the
A. When Christ died on the Cross, He was judged for all sins of the human
B. At the Cross, human good was rejected to be judged later.
C. Human good will be part of the unbeliever’s indictment at the Last
Judgment. Rev 20:12-15.
D. Since sins have been judged at the Cross, under the law of double
jeopardy they cannot be mentioned at the Last Judgment.
E. Unlimited atonement covers sins only.
More to follow …
The Pressures of Payment!
“My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?
“Why are Thou so far from helping Me?
”And from the words of My roaring?” Psa 22:1.
These words were uttered by the Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross.
The first vocative, “My God” was addressed to the First Person of the
trinity, the Father. Christ is God. He is also man. But He was speaking from His
humanity in this case.
The second vocative was addressed to the Holy Spirit and then the question,
”Why hast Thou forsaken Me?”
At that moment on the Cross, as Christ bore our sins, the First and the Third
Persons of the Trinity forsook the Lord Jesus Christ. They turned their backs on
Him. And Jesus Christ was so stating it in this question, “Why art Thou so far
from helping Me?”
The Father wasn’t helping, and the Holy Spirit wasn’t helping. In
spite of the fact that Jesus Christ was screaming, “roaring,” which is a
Hebrew word for “screaming.”
You must remember just why Jesus Christ was screaming. You must have some
picture of what happened to our Lord. Prior to the time, Jesus Christ had just
endured six trials. During this time, men had lied about Him. No one enjoys
being maligned. And yet Jesus Christ kept quiet
He did not answer or fight back. When the court finished taking the testimony,
they could not draw an indictment because the false witnesses did not agree. Men
began to step up and have a little fun at His expense. They took turns slugging,
cursing, and spitting on Him.
Jesus Christ was hit dozens and dozens of times. As the Bible says, “He was
buffeted,” which is simply the Greek word for “slugged.” Matt 26:67, Mark
Isa 52:14 tells us that He was so badly beaten that the features of His face
were completely destroyed. And yet He stood up and took it all and lived.
Literal Translation of Colossians 2:14
“Having once and for all cancelled the I.O.U.”
It is once and for all because the aorist tense in the Greek is a point of time,
divorced from time, and perpetuated forever. That was the historic event of the
”Took” is the perfect tense. Christ took sin out of the way in the past with
a result that God’s I.O.U. against us has been taken away forever. Where
once there was a barrier, there is now nothing between us and God except the
Person of the Lord Jesus Christ.
He blotted out the debt by nailing it to the Cross.
”There is one Mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus,” 1 Tim
“Blotting Out the Handwriting of Ordinances That Was Against Us, Which Was
Contrary to Us, and Took it Out of the Way, Nailing it to His Cross,”
The genius of the Holy Spirit in His inspiration of Scriptures uses Words of
|Sometimes He uses “wrestling terms” for putting your faith in the
Promises of God, where one wrestler throws another to the ground.|
|Sometimes He uses “military terms” like the words “entrenched,”
speaking of the flesh lusting against the Spirit and they are “contrary”
one to the other, which is entrenched.|
|Sometimes He uses boxing terms. Where Paul, talking about “Fanning the
air,” which is shadow boxing and not really boxing.|
|Sometimes He uses athletic terms like “running a race” for the
Christian way of life.|
|Sometimes He uses terms for “shooting crap” when He states that you
are “shooting crap with the devil” and you lose. Called “cunning
In the passage before us we have one of the more significant metaphors in the
Bible and one of the most descriptive is:
”Blotting out handwriting.” In the Greek it is a gambler’s term for the
cancellation of an I.O.U. Now what do I owe God as a member of the human race? I
owe Him perfect righteousness, absolute righteousness, and the big question is,
can I pay it?
Every member of the human race has this I.O.U. of perfect righteousness out
against him. When we check our assets, we find that we might be in the same
boat with Charlie Brown – one million plus deeds, but they will never be
That all add up to minus God’s righteousness. “We all come short of the
glory of God,” and this will not pay off the debt. Someone must pay the debt.
“Blotting out” means that the I.O.U. is cancelled.
”He made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin, that we might be made the
righteousness of God in Him,” 2 Cor 5:21. Righteousness must be imputed.
Psa 22:6, “I am a worm.” That is what Jesus Christ said.
There are many different Hebrew words for “worm,” but this one is the rarest
of them all. This was a special type of worm whose blood was gathered and used
in making the crimson dye of the ancient world. This most valuable dye was used
for the robes of kings.
Psa 22:6 pictures Jesus Christ as the Worm crushed on the Cross by our sins. And
as a result of His being crushed, we now wear the robes of kings.
The first six verses of Psa 22 actually constitute a picture of expiation.
Christ was separated and forsaken by the Father and the Holy Spirit so that you
and I might never be separated from God again.
Another passage on expiation is found in the New Testament:
Col 2:14, “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us,
which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His
Thursday, March 15, 2001
The Unpardonable Sin!
There is just one sin for which Christ could not die – one unpardonable
sin! It is not suicide. It is not calling your brother a fool.
It is the rejection of Christ as your personal Saviour!
He is the salvation “package” and if you reject Him, there is no other
way. Christ could not die for rejection of Himself.
|”When the Holy Spirit comes, He will convict the world of sin, of
unbelief in Christ.”|
|”Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other Name
under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved,” Acts 4:12.|
|”He that believeth on Him is not condemned, but he that believeth not is
condemned already, because he hath not believed in the Name of the Only
Begotten Son of God,” John 3:18.|
|”He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life and he that
believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on
Him,” John 3:36.|
|”Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved,” Acts
Redemption Pays the Price!
Psa 34:22, “The Lord redeemeth the soul of His servants and none of them
that trust in Him shall be desolate.”
The word “redeem” means, “to buy, to purchase.” In the case of a slave,
it means, “to purchase his freedom from a slave market.” One of the words
for “redemption” means not only to purchase the freedom of a slave, “but
to free him after you purchased his freedom.”
This is the word used here. Notice the fact that “the Lord” and no one
else does the redeeming.
”Since it is the soul that sinned,” Ezek 18:4, it is the soul that must be
saved. Psa 19:7, Heb 10:39. Jesus Christ paid for “the soul’s redemption”
“and set it free.”
From now on, when you read the Bible, every time you see the verb “to
redeem” or its cognate, “redemption,” you should understand that these
words refer to “purchasing the freedom of a slave.”
Christ Has Redeemed Us!
Revelation 1:5, Hebrews 9:11-14, and many other passages deal with the fact
that Jesus Christ has already redeemed us.
|Job said, “For I know that my Redeemer liveth,” Job 19:25.|
|Gal 3:13, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law.”
”The curse of the law” refers to the Ten Commandments, which simply
proves that man is a sinner and in need of a Saviour.|
|Eph 1:7, “In Whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness
of sins, according to the riches of His Grace.”|
|”For by Grace ye have been saved,” Eph 2:6.|
We have been redeemed. For Christ is our Redeemer.
Contrary to Some Religious Beliefs, Money Won’t Buy Our Salvation
Peter clarifies some of the mechanics of our redemption. “Forasmuch as you
know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things as silver and gold, from
your empty manner of life, received by tradition from your fathers,” 1 Pet
”Forasmuch” is literally, “because you know.” ”You know” should
become your motto, since knowledge of the Word of God is the most important
single factor in the Christian way of life.
God has made provision for every believer to know and understand every
Doctrine in the Word of God.
You can neither orient to the Grace of God nor advance to spiritual maturity
apart from “knowing the Word of God.” We are now commanded to “know” the
Doctrine related to “redemption.”
First, a negative. “We are not redeemed by corruptible things,”
“commodities which are perishable,” subject to decay or destruction. These
are defined more specifically here as “silver and gold,” but in the Greek it
is actually “silver and gold coins,” money, in other words.
Money will buy some things and there are many things people will do for money.
However, money will not buy happiness, love, or friends. And above all money
will not buy salvation.
Money will not liberate anyone from the slave market of sin. Nor will
materialistic possessions free us from a worthless, futile life.
The Jews had inherited a legalistic tradition of salvation and spirituality
by works that was in total conflict with both the Word of God and the Grace
principle of His plan. They had a glorious heritage of Grace provided from their
Scriptures, but religion and legalism had destroyed it.
The Big Three! What is Sin?
What exactly is sin? When used in Scripture as a singular noun, the word
“sin” refers to the old sin nature. As in Rom 7:14 and 1 John 1:8.
The presence of a sin nature in all members of the human race makes it
impossible for anyone to measure up to the perfect righteousness of God.
Personal sins which emanate from the sin nature are always directed against God,
even though they may involve wrongs towards oneself or others. Psa 61:4.
The Bible defines personal sin by means of several synonyms:
- Missing the mark, Rom 3:23.
- Transgression – rebellion against or overstepping the law, Psa 51:1.
- Trespass – self-will over God’s will, Joshua 22:20.
- Falling aside, Eph 2:1.
- Lawless – Failure in relation to the Mosaic Law, 1 Tim 1:9.
- Unbelief – the only unpardonable sin. John 8:24, John 16:9.
So, we miss the mark and we are in revolt and we are perverted.
“I Was shapen in Iniquity,” Psalm 51:5
Man is born with three strikes against him:
- He inherits Adam’s sin.
- He possesses the nature to sin.
- And eventually he commits personal sins.
The sin of Adam was passed on to the human race, and it is called imputed
sin. Through physical birth we inherit an old sin nature. That is what David
meant when he said, “I was shapen in iniquity,” Psa 51:5.
Not that there was anything wrong with his parentage, but it simply means that
being born through natural procreation, he inherited an old sin nature, which
made him a sinner.
In contrast, by means of the virgin birth, Jesus Christ came into the world
without imputed sin, and without an old sin nature. In addition, He lived a life
free from personal sins in order to be qualified to redeem mankind.
”He made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin, that we might be made the
righteousness of God in Him,” 2 Cor 5:21.
“One For All”
There is another way of looking at the payment for sin, called “unlimited
atonement,” which simply means that Christ died for the sins of every
person who ever lived.
”For the love of Christ constraineth us because we thus judge (conclude) that
if One died for all (first class condition – and He did) then were
all dead. And that He died for all that they which live should not
henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him that died for them and rose
again.” 2 Cor 5:14-15.
Twice we read that Christ “died for all.”
In a moment of time, the sins of “every person” who ever lived, about three
hundred, million, billion, quadrillion of infinitum, number of sins, were borne
by Jesus Christ. He carried them in His own body. Atonement simply means that
the sins of everyone in the world were borne by Christ on the Cross.
Let’s not worry about Adam’s and Eve’s, or Cain’s or Abel’s sins.
Just think about your sins for a minute. What sins have you committed in
the past? How many are you committing right now? Are there any lined up for the
future? Can you remember your first sin?
Don’t say yes, because this might make you a liar, and add one more to your
list. Everyone has committed hundreds and thousands of sins. And you say, I
haven’t committed that many. Maybe you don’t recognize all of the sins that
The point is that every sin you ever will commit was borne by Christ as He
hung on the Cross. Sin is no longer the issue. God’s Son is the issue.
What think ye of Christ?
“The Joy That Was Set Before Him”
In Hebrews 12:2 we read “Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our
faith, Who for the joy set before Him endured the Cross.”
Now, you are the joy that was set before Christ.
He could look down the corridor of time and see you personally and He did
the same thing for every other member of the human race.
2 Pet 2:1 teaches us that Christ even died for the false teachers. Our
Saviour left no one out. The payment was complete. That is unlimited atonement.
1 John 2:2, “And He is the propitiation (satisfaction) for our sins, and not
for our sins only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
He had you in mind when He went to the Cross.
He also had me in mind, which is hard both for you and me to believe.
Creation in Light of Four Hebrew Verbs!
“And God said let Us make man.”
There are four Hebrew verbs which are used in placing man and woman on this
Earth in their physical bodies, and with souls inside their bodies.
- “ASAH” means to manufacture something out of existing materials. Gen
1:26, Isa 43:7, 57:16.
- “BARA” means to make something out of nothing, the creation of the
invisible essence. Gen 1:27, 5:1, 2, Isa 43:7.
- “JATSAR” is used for the creation of the male body only. Gen 2:7.
- “BANAH” is used for the creation of the female body only. Gen 2:22.
Friday, March 16, 2001
United States in Light of the Four Cycles of Discipline!
- First cycle of discipline:
Lack of health, decline in agricultural prosperity, terror, fear and death,
loss of personal freedoms due to negative volition toward the Word of God.
- Second cycle of discipline:
Economic recession and depression, increased personal and individual
discipline for a continued negative attitude toward the Word in spite of the
first warning. Lev 26:18-20.
- Third cycle of discipline:
Violence and breakdown of law and order, cities broken up. Lev 26:21, 22.
- The fourth cycle of discipline:
Military conquest and foreign occupation, scarcity of food, reduced to one
tenth of the normal supply, and the breaking up of the families. Lev
- The fifth cycle of discipline:
Destruction of a nation due to maximum rejection of Biblical principles. Lev
The five cycles of discipline are also covered in Deut 28:15-68.
United States in Light of Biblical Conspiracies!
- Conspiracy was the basis of the Absalom rebellion. 2 Sam 15:12-13.
- Conspiracy brought about upheaval in Judah, the Southern Kingdom.
A. Assassination of Joash. 2 Kings 12:19-21.
B. Assassination of Amaziah, 2 Kings 14:17-19, 2 Chron 25:27.
- Conspiracy destroyed the northern kingdom. 2 Kings 15:30, 17:4-16.
A. Hosea, the last king of Israel, came to the throne on the basis of
conspiracy in 732 B.C.
B. He was also removed from the throne because of his conspiracy against
C. The conspiracy became the basis of the fifth cycle of discipline in 721
D. The principle is that if you build your house on conspiracy, it can be
destroyed by a greater conspiracy.
- Conspiracy also destroyed the Southern Kingdom under Zedekiah. 2 Chron
36:13, Jer 11:9.
- Jeremiah was the object of conspiracy from three sources.
A. Friends, his home town. Jer 11:19-23.
B. Family. Jer 12:6.
C. Right woman. Jer 12:7.
- Gedeliah was the object of conspiracy. Jer 40:13-16, 41:1-3.
- Paul was the victim of a religious conspiracy. Acts 23:13.
A. The plotters, scribes, and Pharisees.
B. The intriguers: young men who took a vow to assassinate Paul.
C. Machination crowd: leaders of Jerusalem Church who advised Paul to enter
into the temple to take a vow.
- Religious conspiracy involves every category of humanity. Ezek 22:25-31.
Grace Provision for Learning the Word of God!
- The formation and preservation of the Canon of Scripture.
Every believer in the Church age has access to God’s Word in written form
as his textbook for learning the Word of God. 1 Pet 1:23, Matt 24:35.
In the formation of the Canon of Scripture, God the Holy Spirit took the
pertinent information and brought into the perceptive mind of the human
authors, who, in the filling of the Holy Spirit, understood it.
From there through the function of growing in Grace and within the framework
of their own personality and individuality, they exhaled it in writing.
This is called “THEOPNEUSTOS” or “God breathed” – the inhale and
exhale of the Word of God, of inspiration. 2 Tim 3:16. In this way, God’s
complete and coherent thought toward man was recorded so that we now have a
completed Canon of Scripture in writing.
Throughout the ages, the Canon has been subjected to fantastic
Satan-inspired attacks, yet God has preserved His Word from destruction. And
that is Grace. None of us earns or deserves such Grace. The Bible continues
to be the world’s best seller and the only Book to date which has been
translated into over 1000 languages.
”Man cannot live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of
the mouth of God.”
Grace Provision for Learning the Word of God – Part Two
- Divine authorization of the Local Church as a classroom for learning
the Word of God. Col 2:7, Heb 10:25.
The Church Age is the first period in history where the principle of the
Local Church is Divinely authorized. You must remember that prior to this
dispensation there were bona fide sacred buildings – the temple and the
tabernacle – and there were sacred ceremonies – the Levitical offerings
and feasts – and the sacred modus operandi of the priesthood in which the
Word was communicated.
With this new dispensation and the completion of the Canon of Scripture, the
modus vivendi for believers has radically changed. We now have, under a
Grace principle, the authorization of the Local Church for the authoritative
communication of the Word of God.
Why is this so important?
All worship is now centered in the learning of the Word of God. Whereas
before, Christ was the direct target in the angelic conflict, the believer
is now the object of satanic attack. The Word of God is the only garrison
for the believer’s soul in this intensified stage of the angelic conflict.
Therefore, the provision of the Local Church and its continued existence
is vitally important for the protection of the believer. No believer
earns or deserves such Grace. Believers assembled in the Local Church are
students without portfolio and must submit to strict academic discipline
under the ministry of God the Holy Spirit.
If there is no Local Church that provides consistent and accurate Bible
teaching, then the believer must avail himself of other sources. This may be
in the form of printed material or information from taped Bible classes or
now on a website. It is up to each individual to discover the method best
for him for the daily intake of the Word of God.
”Search the Scriptures, for in them they speak of Me and in them you may
have eternal life.”
Grace Provision for Learning the Word of God – Part Three
- The spiritual gift of Pastor-Teacher for the authoritative
communication of the Word of God. Eph 4:11, 1 Tim 1:11.
The spiritual gift, which is restricted to males, includes both authority
and ability to communicate the Word of God to a congregation in a Local
Church. According to this principle, there is a Right Pastor for a right
The Pastor-Teacher does not receive some mysterious “call.” God the Holy
Spirit sovereignly bestows this gift at the point of salvation. No man has
ever earned or deserved the right to be a Pastor-Teacher. This is Grace! His
gift becomes discernable as he learns the Word of God and it functions
through proper preparation.
The spiritual gift of Pastor-Teacher must be exercised with authority, Titus
2:15. Therefore, monologue, not dialogue, is the order of teaching. By
dialogue we are referring to the current method of “sharing” where you
put in a little bit, and the teacher puts in a little bit, and you walk out
with nothing but “two bits.”
The Biblical concept of teaching is set forth in the Greek verb “DIDASKO,”
which is public speaking of the Word of God. Only in the communication of
the Word of God in a public assembly does the believer have the privacy to
learn the Word and to use it as unto the Lord and advance to spiritual
A Local Church is a private organization under God, which affords the public
a means to come and hear, but the principle of teaching by monologue must be
Grace Provision for Learning the Word of God – Part Four
- The royal priesthood of the believer for freedom and privacy of
reception of the Word of God. 1 Pet 2:9.
Each believer is a member of the royal family of God, therefore, a royal
priest. The royalty of the priesthood demands that the believer, through the
function of growing in Grace, achieve the Grace status of maturity, which is
the normal status of the believer-priest’s royalty.
The priesthood is designed to provide privacy and freedom to obtain that
objective. It is extremely difficult for believers to realize that they can
accept or reject what they hear. The whole purpose of public assembly is
that you can hear along with other believers and then make your own decision
Privacy, the principle of “live and let live,” is a great principle
found in the Word of God. Neither the Pastor, nor any other member of the
congregation, has a right to tell you how to live your life. The Pastor
merely transfers the Word of God to your soul through teaching. As the Word
of God becomes resident in your soul, it dictates your course of
action, and you become spiritually self-sustaining.
”One-on-one” is an intrusion on the privacy of the priesthood of the
believer. In a “one-on-one” situation, the preacher picks key people for
personal instruction. Such a system usually involves a check list operation.
“Have you witnessed today? To how many?” “Did you pray? How long?”
“Have your read your Bible? Why not?”
This constitutes bullying and coercion and promotes pseudo-spirituality. A
believer’s functioning as unto the personality and requirements of another
rather than as unto the Lord, you must live your life before the Lord only!
This is why it is not the business of a Church to organize programs or to
provide a social life.
”Feed the flock that is among you.”
Grace Provision for Learning the Word of God – Part Five
- The indwelling of the Holy Spirit for the proper function of growing in
Grace, 1 Cor 2:9-16, 6:19, 1 John 2:27.
The Grace apparatus for perception operates on the ministry of God the Holy
Spirit. This is our fuel. And we will never have an energy crisis.
For the first time in history, in the dispensation of the Church, the Holy
Spirit indwells the body of every believer. He functions in the soul to form
an apparatus for understanding the Word of God. Eph 3:16.
However, merely to be indwelt by the Holy Spirit is not sufficient for the
function of growing in Grace. The Holy Spirit must control the soul through
the elimination of any type of carnality.
Therefore, the next point must follow.
Grace provision for learning the Word of God – Part Six
- The technique of restoration to fellowship is the Grace means of
the filling of the Spirit. Eph 5:18, 1 John 1:9. This is the restoration
of the believer’s temporal fellowship with God through confession of
Therefore, this technique becomes the means of recovery of the filling
of the Spirit. Eph 5:14. Without being restored, you can not be
filled with the Spirit. And without the filling of the Spirit, you
cannot develop your spiritual I.Q.
The restoration technique leading to the filling of the Spirit is the
Grace procedure that triggers the function of growing in Grace. Just as
the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is a gracious gift from God, so the
means by which you are filled with the Spirit is Grace function.
”Confession,” 1 John 1:9, “HOMOLOGEO,” is simply naming your
sins. You are not required to feel sorry for your sins nor to agonize or
to do penance for them. When you cite your sins privately to God, you
are forgiven immediately, and that is totally Grace!
”If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us of our
sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” 1 John 1:9.
Saturday, March 17, 2001
The Finger Work of the Creation of the Universe!
Col 1:16, “For by Him (Jesus Christ) were all things created, that are
in Heaven (space) and that are in Earth (physical universe), visible and
invisible (material and spiritual realms) whether they be thrones, or dominions
(humanity), or principalities, or powers (angels); all things were created by
Him and for Him.”
Goodbye theory of evolution!!
Jesus Christ is omnipotent and omniscient – the One responsible for creating
the original universe. “His fingers” moved and everything came into
”When I consider Thy Heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the
stars, which Thou hast ordained,” Psa 8:3. Creation was “finger work.”
Salvation was “arm work.”
He created everything from the individual atom to galaxies of stars with the
snap of His fingers.
The aorist tense tells us that it was accomplished in a moment of time less than
a second. But when it came to providing our salvation, the Scripture declares
that this was arm work, Isa 59:16. The creation of the universe was as
nothing in comparison.
In Isa 53:1 we read “Who hath believed our report? And to whom is the Arm
of the Lord revealed?" The “Arm of the Lord” is the Messianic title in
connection with our salvation. It was “arm” work to go to the Cross and die
If He had the power to create the universe by snapping His fingers, and if He
were able to accomplish the even greater work of salvation, then certainly He
has the power to provide a new creation, a kingdom of born-again believers, and
to continue that kingdom forever and ever.
In the second occurrence of the word “created” in Col. 1:16, the tense
changes to the perfect tense. Literally, “Created in the past with results
that go on forever.”
Actually, in this tense the universe becomes an exhibit, or an evidence of the
power and the might of the King of kings, and Lord of lords. And it was
“created for Him,” to glorify Him.
Man Has Free Will! He Has the Ability to Make Choices!
One of the greatest choices man can make is where to spend eternity. Prov
14:12, “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are
the ways of death.”
John 14:6, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one cometh unto the
Father but by Me.”
”The way of the wise is from above.”
”Ye must be born from above.”
The Truth About St. Patrick’s Day!
- Saint Patrick was a saint in that he was a believer in the Lord Jesus
- St. Patrick was not Irish, but he was from Scotland.
- He was taken prisoner by the Irish and brought to Ireland.
- In Ireland he didn’t drive the “snakes” out, but he lead Catholics
to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.
- We paint everything green on St. Patrick’s Day.
- But the color green represents only the Irish Catholics.
- There is another segment of Irishmen and they are Protestants.
- Their color is orange and they are called “orange men,” meaning
- Why not have an “Orange men’s Day”? Protestant’s Day?
- The problem that exists in Ireland is the Catholics are trying to run the
Protestant Irish out of Ireland.
It is another holy war!
Sunday, March 18, 2001
A Personal Challenge! “And You”
“And having peace through the blood of His Cross, by Him to reconcile all
things unto Himself, by Him, I say, whether they be things in Earth, or things
in Heaven, and you that were sometimes alienated and enemies in your mind
by wicked works, yet hath He now reconciled,” Col 1:20-21.
Alienated from God and in a continuous state of estrangement since the
time of Adam’s sin, all mankind is under the condemnation and wrath of God,
and therefore separated from fellowship with Him.
This verse even goes a step further, to indict the thoughts of mankind as at
enmity with God. The area of the unbeliever’s hostility is in the mind.
Human viewpoint is hostile to God.
Further, no work of the unbeliever is acceptable to God. All human good
is relegated to the category of “wicked works.” ”We are all as an unclean
thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags,” Isa 64:6.
There are six strikes against every person born into the world, which
constitute an impassable barrier between God and man:
- Sin, imputed
- The penalty of sin.
- Physical birth.
- Relative righteousness.
- The character of God.
- Position in Adam.
”Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His
mercy He saved us.”
Christ is Not Only the Creator But He is Also the Sustainer
“And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist,” Col 1:17.
Jesus Christ sustains the universe. When you understand this tremendous
principle, you can see that the scientific laws can not be true laws because
science has no way of enforcing them or even guaranteeing that they will
continue to operate.
Science is merely an observation of the consistency of Jesus Christ.
But Scripture affirms that the universe, with its matter, energy, and laws, will
not always exist. 2 Pet 3:10-12. Rev 20:11. Known scientific laws depend
entirely on the omnipotence and immutability of the Lord Jesus Christ. Every
text on the pattern of the universe and the “laws of science” is a treatise
on the faithfulness of Jesus Christ, Who holds all things together “by the
Word of His power,” Heb 1:3.
The reason for holding all the galaxies in their place, for keeping the traffic
of the universe on its course, is so that He “might bring many sons into
glory,” Heb 2:10. So that Grace might run its full course, Jesus Christ is
keeping the universe together.
The law’s of the universe define God’s faithfulness in time. They can be
changed, overruled, or removed, and have been. But the believer in Jesus Christ,
under the promises of God, will survive the destruction of the universe. Thus,
scientific laws are simply the faithfulness of Jesus Christ holding back
eternity so that the human race will have the opportunity to appropriate the
Grace of God at the point of the Cross.
The completion of the plan of God will bring glory to God forever.
The Rules of the Church!
“And He is the Head of the body, the Church; Who is the beginning, the
First Born from the dead, that in all things He might have the preeminence,”
This verse presents the Lord Jesus Christ as the Sovereign Ruler of the
Church and sets forth a three-fold description of His rulership.
- The Head of the body, the Church, referring here to the universal Church
(Rom 12:5, 1 Cor 12:12, 13, Eph 1:22, 23, Eph 5:23), made up of all
believers in Jesus Christ, is often described as a “body” because the
body has function and action.
The human body also produces power, and in carrying out the analogy, the
body of Christ, through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, has power and
impact for the Lord Jesus Christ.
The head is the area where the brain is located, and while the body has
function and motion, coordination and power, each of these depends upon
certain parts of the brain. Not only the right and the left lobes, but the
motor parts of the brain as well.
In like manner, Jesus Christ, as the Ruler of the Church, sets up the policy
and provides the power whereby the body functions to the glory of God.
- The origin of the Church: Jesus Christ is called, literally, “The
Beginning who is the beginning.” The word for “beginning” here means
“origin.” Christ is the origin of the Church through His death, burial,
and resurrection, ascension, and session. These formed the foundation for
- “The Firstborn from the dead.” “Firstborn” denotes three
responsibilities and privileges of leadership: sovereignty, priesthood, and
heirship, or the double portion.
By resurrection, the humanity of Jesus Christ became the Sovereign Ruler of
the Church, emphasizing His ministry of intercession for the saints. He
became the Heir of the new creation, the Church, in the sense of providing
for the existence of the Church as a regenerate kingdom which will always
”On this Rock I will build my Church” – the Rock is Christ.
“The King of Kings Preeminent”
Col 1:18 concludes with a purpose clause, “that in all things He
might have the preeminence.”
In the Plan of God it is the purpose of the Father for the Lord Jesus Christ to
have the place of “preeminence.” “Preeminence” is translated as a noun.
But it is actually a present, active, participle, meaning, “the one who holds
It was used to describe athletes who had won the various events at the Olympic,
Pythian, Isthmian, or Nemean games, which were the great athletic events of the
ancient world. The winners were those “who held first place.” It was
occasionally used to describe the mayor of a city or a ruler of a country. It
is used here for the Lord Jesus Christ, the One who constantly holds first
The Scripture declares Jesus Christ to be preeminent. But whether or not He is
preeminent in the life of the individual believer depends upon the technique
called “occupation with the Person of Jesus Christ.”
The believer who is not occupied with Christ is a very miserable person, no
matter who he is or what he has. If you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ
and you have your eyes on yourself, you are guaranteed misery.
A close companion of “eyes on self” is “eyes on other people.” These two
usually coordinate and run together. If you have your eyes on yourself, you also
have a tendency to get your eyes on other people, for you interpret people in
the light of your sensibility.
How may a believer be occupied with Christ so that he constantly holds first
place in your life? First, occupation with Christ is based on knowledge of
the Word of God. You can neither know nor love the Lord Jesus Christ unless you
know the Word of God and are filled with the Spirit.
”Looking to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.”
The Possessor of Divine Attributes!
“For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell.”
Here is where the preeminence of Christ begins. The Father is pleased that
“all fullness” should dwell in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ.
“Fullness” is the sum total of all Divine power and attributes of God
residing in the Person of Christ.
Our happiness begins with the fact that God the Father is pleased with one
Member of the human race and since the believer is “in Him,” this
would mean potential happiness for every Christian.
All believers have the potential to possess happiness. There is no excuse why
every believer should not have perfect orientation, peace, and happiness under
every circumstance of life, whether it be success or failure, difficulty or
The joy or happiness which belongs to Christ is available, but it depends
upon our understanding and use of the Word of God. Positionally, this
fullness belongs to you and me, but experientially it depends upon the
techniques of the filling of the Spirit and
occupation with Christ through the Word of God, which results in edification of
Can we look back over the past week and say, “In every set of circumstances
Christ has been preeminent? If we cannot, it is time to get back into
fellowship and the filling of the Spirit, followed by occupation with Christ.
Only then can He be preeminent, only then can He be glorified. Christ cannot
be glorified before the unbeliever until He is glorified in our lives. 2 Cor
Six Strikes Against Man – Six Doctrines by Which the Barrier is Removed
- Redemption – Removal of the barrier of bondage to sin and slavery to the
old sin nature. The price being the valuable work of Christ. 1 Pet 1:18-19,
Gal 313, Eph 1:7.
- Expiation – The payment demanded for sin was paid by the death of
Christ. “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances was against us.” Col
- Regeneration – The new birth quickens or gives life to those who were
“dead in trespasses and sins,” enabling us to be born into the family of
- Imputation and justification – The solution to the problem of relative
righteousness. The perfect righteousness of Christ is credited to the
account of the believer, Rom 3:22, 2 Cor 5:21. On the basis of imputation,
God is free to justify the believer as he has the righteousness of God. Rom
4:25, Rom 5:1, Gal 2:16.
- Propitiation – The death of Christ satisfied the righteousness and
justice of God, making it possible for God to be just in justifying the
sinner and allowing Him to be righteously free to act for those whom He
loves. Rom 3:23-25, 1 John 2:1, 2 ... 4:10.
- Position in Christ – The death of Christ enables man be placed in a new
position, “in Christ,” severing his old relationship to Adam.
Eph 1:3-6, 2 Cor 5:17, 1 Cor 15:22. Thus the last barrier is removed and man
”There is one Mediator between God and man, the Man Christ Jesus.”
The Superiority of the Lord Jesus Christ!
Heb 1:4, “Having become so much better (more prominent) than the angels as
He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent Name than they.” This passage
goes on to develop Christ’s superiority.
The angel creation is used as the norm, for they are the highest of all created
beings. God is superior to angels. Man was created vastly inferior. But he
becomes positionally higher than angels at the point of salvation through
union with Christ, seated at the right hand of the Father. And experientially
higher at the Rapture when the Church Age believers receive their resurrection
Although angels were created superior to the human race, in the realm of His
humanity Jesus Christ “became” superior to angels by means of His ascension
and session at the right hand of the Father.
In His glorified body He has obtained, or inherited, a better name, a supremacy
of character over angels, because the Father said to the Son, “Sit Thou at My
We as believers and joint-heirs with the Son, also inherit the supremacy of
Christ. Heb 1:5-13 reveals seven ways in which Christ is superior to angels.
Christ Superior in His Relationship!
Heb 1:5, “For unto which of the angels said He at any time, ‘Thou
art My Son, this day, (the day of incarnation) have I begotten Thee.” This is
a quotation from Psalm 2:7 and is a part of the eternal decrees, which were a
declaration made by God the Father in eternity past.
”Son” is used for Jesus Christ in the New Testament only for Christ as a
Member of the human race, and for those regenerate members of the human race in
union with Him, who are the body of Christ.
Although angels are collectively know as “sons of God” in the plural, Gen
6:2, Job 1:6, 2:1, 38:7, they are never individually or personally called “a
”And again I will be to Him a Father and He shall be to me a Son,” Heb 1:5.
The last half of this verse is a quotation from 2 Sam 7:14. We understand that
the words “Father” and “Son” form a part of the language of
accommodation. They are words of relationship in the human race, and while they
do not adequately express relationship between the First and Second Persons of
the Trinity, they do give us some idea.
The First Person is the Father, and the Second Person is the Son. In eternity
past when salvation was prepared, the First Person made the Second Person the
heir of all things. This statement in Heb 1:5 is one of the things He said. It
establishes the fact for us that there is a relationship between the First and
the Second Persons of the Trinity.
This means that we can also have a relationship with the First Person of the
Trinity on the basis of relationship with Jesus Christ. We were entered into
union with the Son of God by faith in Him, and as the Father and the Son are
one, so we are one with the Son and the Father, John 17:20-24.
We now have a relationship with God the Father, the First Person of the Trinity,
because of our position in Christ.
”Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature,” 2 Cor
”Wherein He hath made us acceptable in the Beloved,” Eph 1:6.
Time after time we are brought face to face with this phrase. Always it refers
to our union with Him. It further demonstrates to us that Christianity is not
a religion.” “Christianity is a relationship with a Person,” “the
Son of God.”
Christ is Superior in His Second Advent!
Heb 1:6, “And again when He bringeth in the First Begotten into the world,
He saith, And let all the angels of God worship Him.”
”When He bringeth in” – the author of Hebrews is quoting Psa 97:7,
which refers to the Second Advent. The Greek word indicates “someone brought
back into something,” therefore, Jesus Christ is brought back into the world
by God the Father.
When Christ is brought back into the world at the Second Advent, believers will
be brought with Him, Heb 1:13. The subjunctive mood, with the aorist tense,
indicates an indefinite temporal clause in the Greek. This means an event in the
future certain to come, but the time of the advent is unknown.
There are three points connected with “the First Begotten,” or the
- Rulership or sovereignty. Christ is the Ruler of the family of God.
- Priesthood. Christ is the Royal High Priest forever after the order of
- The double portion. Christ is the heir of all things, including two
regenerate kingdoms – the kingdom of the Old Testament, the regenerate of
Israel, and the Church.
”He saith” – God the Father commands that all the elect angels will
worship Christ at the Second Advent, because “operation footstool” will be
completed. Fallen angels will be removed from the Earth and Satan will be bound,
and the angelic conflict will be suspended.
Christ Superior in His Ministry!
When God the Father called Jesus Christ God!!
Heb 1:7-8, “’And of the angels He saith, who maketh His angels spirits,
and His ministers a flame of fire,” quotation from Psa 104:4, “But unto the
Son He saith, Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever a sceptre of righteousness
is the sceptre of the kingdom,” quotation from Psa 45:6.
Angels are servants of God as indicated by the word “ministers.” As servants
of God, they are also used to administer judgment, “flame of fire.”
But verse 8 introduces a contrast between Christ as Sovereign and the angels as
servants. Jesus Christ, by becoming the Servant of JEHOVAH, actually became
superior to the servants in the angelic realm. Angels are servants, but
Christ has a throne at the right hand of the Father.
Christ is Ruler over the Church. When God the First Person addresses God the
Second Person, He addresses Him as Deity. Jesus Christ is God. God the
Father said so. This was addressed to Jesus Christ after He became flesh and
dwelt among us. He is called God. Christ rules forever while elect angels
serve forever. Just as Jesus Christ reigns forever, so every believer in Jesus
Christ will reign with Him.
“A Sceptre of Righteousness,” Heb 1:8
In His humanity He was “a sceptre of righteousness,” perfect
righteousness. This is the Doctrine of “impeccability.” The perfect
righteousness of Christ is contrasted to the unrighteousness of Satan, who
attempts to rule the world.
Satan’s world policy, first represented by the tree in the Garden, is human
good and evil. Gen 2:17. His “good” – religion, socialism, altruism
– is actually evil and in the promoting the improvement of his domain, he
seeks to displace God and create a “counterfeit Millennium” before Christ
The misery and depravity in the world are not by the devil’s design. Sin is
an embarrassment to him. They prove his inability to execute his plan. He is
doomed to failure because he disregards the reality of God’s plan and opposes
the Truth of the Word of God.
”The world is passing away, but he that doeth the will of God abideth for
Tuesday, March 20, 2001
We are approaching the baseball season, coming up in April. Here are some
Biblical baseball principles to think about:
- Eve stole first.
- Adam stole second.
- Cain struck out Abel.
- The prodigal son stole home.
- The giants and the angels were rained out.
And that was in the “big-inning” i.e., Genesis 1:1.
The Superiority of Christ in His Appointment!
“Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity, therefore God, even Thy
God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy fellows,” Heb 1:9.
”Thou hast loved righteousness” – the Divine plan.
”And hated iniquity” – the plan of Satan.
”Therefore God” – the Author of the Divine plan.
”Even Thy God hath anointed Thee” – the incarnate Christ.
”With the oil of gladness” – the sustaining ministry of God the Holy
”Above Thy fellows.”
While the Lord Jesus Christ was here on Earth in the flesh, He also chose the
righteous plan of God the Father rather than the iniquitous plan of Satan.
As revealed by the satanic temptation of Matt. 4, the plan of Satan was to
persuade the incarnate Christ to act independently of the Father’s plan,
by-pass the Cross, and take the crown.
In God’s plan the Cross must come before the crown. But because Jesus
Christ “set His face like a flint,” Isa 50:7, and would not be moved from
the plan of the Cross, God the Father gave Him a superior appointment above His
fellows, i.e., mankind.
The Superiority of Jesus Christ in His Appointment – Part Two
During the ministry of Christ on Earth, God the Holy Spirit indwelt His
humanity. Christ voluntarily restricted the use of His own Divine attributes,
depending completely upon the power of the Holy Spirit to perform miracles and
to live in a manner as a man pleasing to God.
His used His omniscience, but not to benefit Himself. He was “empowered above
Thy fellows,” that is, the Lord Jesus Christ was the first Person who was
literally and completely controlled by God the Holy Spirit.
No one in all of time was ever indwelt and filled with the Spirit as was the
Lord Jesus Christ. Having the same Holy Spirit indwelling us, we can be
empowered and controlled by the “oil of gladness” also, which is joy. “The
fruit of the Spirit is, love, joy ...”
Hebrews 1:10, “And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hath laid the foundation
of the Earth, and the Heavens are the work of Thine hands.”
This is a quotation from Psa 102:25, one of the many passages on creation. All
that you can see, as well as all you cannot see, came into existence by the Lord
Jesus Christ. Isa 44:24, John 1:3, Col 1:6 are other passages on creation.
Furthermore, it says that they came into existence by His hands. It was His
hands that created the universe. It was His hands that moved, and everything
came into being. Evolution?????
Yet those same hands were nailed to Calvary’s Cross that you and I might
have eternal life. It is beyond explanation. It is amazing Grace. How could
Jesus Christ do that for me?
How could the hand that created the universe be nailed to Calvary’s Cross?
Jesus Christ Himself cried, “They have pierced My hands and My feet.” He
did it because He loved you and me. Jesus Christ had an appointment with death
so that you and I might have life. Every member of the human race has an
appointment with death.
Christ kept His appointment. Will you?
”It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment,” Heb
9:27. If you accept Christ’s judgment as a substitute for your own before
you die, you will never have to keep the appointment to judgment after
Thursday, March 22, 2001
The Superiority of Jesus Christ in His Character!
“They shall perish, but Thou remainest, and they all shall wax old, as doth
a garment,” Heb 1:11 – quotation from Psa 102:26.
After the Millennial Age of Christ, the heavens in their present form will be
destroyed. Matt 24:35, 2 Pet 3:10-12, Rev 20:11, 21:1.
But “The Lord Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever,” Heb
13:8. As clothes wear out, so shall creation, but not the Lord Jesus
”From everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God,” Psa 90:2.
Heb 1:12, “As a vesture shall Thou fold them up, and they shall be changed,
but Thou art the same, and Thy years shall not fail” – quotation from Psa
A time is coming when the universe as we know it now will be destroyed, and the
Lord Jesus Christ will bring a new one into existence. “Nature is at the
mercy of Christ,” but He is never at the mercy of nature.
”For I am the Lord, I change not,” Mal 3:6.
The Superiority of Jesus Christ in His Position!
Heb 1:13, “But to which of the angels said He at any time, Sit on My right
hand, and I will make Thine enemies Thy footstool.”
The answer is none. Since He did not say this to any of the angels, here
is almost a paradox. Man is an inferior creation to angels, but Jesus Christ,
“the Man,” is superior to angels. We know this because the Father never said
to any angel “Sit on My right hand.” He said it to a “man,” the Lord
”On My right hand” is the place of highest honor. Christ “the Man” is
placed above the angels – the most dramatic moment in the history of the
universe, for the angelic conflict was won by Jesus Christ.
”The man” – 1 Pet 3:22, He is to sit there until the Second Advent at
which time “Operation Footstool” will be completed. His enemies, Satan and
all fallen angels, will be removed from the Earth – Zech 13:2, Col 2:15, 1 Cor
15:24, 25 – paving the way for the “perfect environment” of the
”Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister, for them who
shall be heirs of salvation,” Heb 1:14.
Angels who were created superior to us now minister to those who are believers
in Christ, because of our position in Christ, in union with Him. Because we
are heirs with Him, the angels who were once superior to us are now inferior.
The angels serve us, even as we serve the Lord Jesus Christ.
That introduces a most interesting subject. The Doctrine of the guardian angels.
This passage indicates that every believer has at least one guardian angel. I
don’t know about you, but there are times when I would like to converse with
my guardian angel. I will have a talk with him some day in Heaven. I would like
to find out how many ”close shaves” that I have had that I was not aware of,
like in World War II. It should prove to be very interesting.
“The Kingdom of God”
The superiority of Jesus Christ and its many ramifications are manifest
throughout the entire book of Hebrews. But let us move now to a closely related
portion of Scripture, Col 1:12-21, which reveals the exaltation of Jesus Christ,
the “King of kings,” the preeminent
Ruler over the Kingdom of God.
Col 1:12, “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet (qualified)
to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.”
Union with Christ is the foundation for every spiritual blessing in the
Christian life and is the basis on which we become children of God the Father.
”Ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus,” Gal 3:26.
There is no such thing as “the universal Fatherhood of God,” or the
“universal brotherhood of man.”
”Giving thanks unto the Father” is for believers only. As believers we
have much for which to be thankful. Jesus Christ is “the Heir of all
things,” Heb 1:2, and by virtue of our salvation, the Father qualifies us to
be partners in His inheritance.
Col 1:13, “Who (the Father) hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and
hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son.”
In addition to qualifying us for a share in Christ’s inheritance, the
Father is able to take people from one kingdom, “the kingdom of darkness”
(spiritually dead), and transfer them into another kingdom, “the kingdom of
Christ” (spiritually alive) and members of the family of God.
Russia in a sense has tried the same thing. They have taken people from one
nationality, and transplanted them into another place, in an attempt to
completely change their pattern of thinking and behavior.
But you cannot change an individual’s characteristics begun at birth. That
is the point here. You cannot completely transform a person “without birth.”
We are transferred to a new kingdom by a “new birth.”
“Hath Translated,” Colossians 1:13
If you could only understand the aorist tense of “hath translated”
as well as the true meaning of the verb in the Greek, you would understand
eternal security without going to another passage.
We are translated once and for all, which means that we cannot be
transferred back again. The Greek word also conveys the idea of removing people
from their native land and putting them in a colony which is better
location, not Siberia.
So we have been transferred “once and for all” out of our native state of
sin and place of “no fellowship” with God into a perfect place, a perfect
kingdom, where we have the righteousness of God credited to our account. Where
we possess eternal life, where our sins, past, present, and future, have been
blotted out, removed by the Son of God on the Cross. Where we are sure of a
resurrection body. Where we are certain of living in His presence and reigning
with the King of kings forever and ever. Where we can be sure of peace and power
and stability and security in this life as well. We have been transferred out of
a situation that is hopeless and desperate to a status that is wonderful and
It is called, literally “the Kingdom of the Son of His love.”
As long as there has ever been anything in existence, and there has always been
God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, the First Person has loved
the Second Person. God the Father has loved the Son eternally. He has always
been the focal point His love.
The infinite love of the Father has always been poured out upon His Son. This
kingdom into which we have been translated is a kingdom of regenerate creatures
in union with Christ. “Accepted in the Beloved.”
“The King of Kings”
We might very well wonder how it is possible for the Father to translate us
into such a marvelous kingdom. The answer is found in the nature of “The King
of kings.” Beginning with Col 1:14 we have several facts concerning the
incomparable, preeminent Person of the “King of kings.”
”In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sin,”
To be the Redeemer, Jesus Christ had to come to this Earth. He had to become the
“Last Adam.” He came as a Perfect Man through the virgin birth. The sin
nature or “old man” of Col 3:9 originated with Adam and it is passed down
through the man, therefore, to be born without the old sin nature, one must be
The virgin born Son of God is the only Person who has ever lived upon the
face of this Earth since Adam sinned, who was a perfect, sinless Man. Therefore,
under the Doctrine of redemption, He was a free Man. He was the only Person
who was not born in the slave market of sin. Therefore, the only Person
qualified to purchase the freedom of slaves on the inside of the slave market of
Only a free man can free a slave, and the only “Free Man” is Jesus
Christ. He came as a Free Man. He went to the Cross as a Free Man and as a
sinless Man bore our sins. He paid in full for every sin we could ever commit. Those
who accept His ransom can now be in a new kingdom because He purchased their
We are free from the bondage of sin. We have been transferred as those who
are free men because Jesus Christ paid for our freedom. We are therefore in a
new kingdom today because “the King of kings” is our Redeemer.
1 Pet 1:18-19, “We were not redeemed with corruptible things as silver and
gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, as a Lamb without blemish and
”When Christ sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
The Importance of Understanding the Bible From the Original Language of the
Just take one small little word ...“If.” There are four
different ”ifs” in the Greek language.
Matt 4:6, “And said unto Him, if Thou be the Son of God …”
If is a first class condition and it means if and it is true.
1 John 1:9, “If you confess your sins ...”
If here is a third class condition and it means, if maybe you will
and maybe your won’t.
Matt 4:9, “And said unto Him, all these thing will I give thee if Thou
will fall down and worship me.”
If here is a second class condition and it means if, and I know you
Acts 17:27, “That they should seek the Lord if happily they may feel
This is a fourth class condition, if, I wish it were true but it is not true.
Now you don’t get this in any of our English translations.
America’s Alienation From God and the Word of God!
Recent headlines reveal that America is heading towards atheism.
We read where children in elementary school can no longer exchange Valentine’s
Day cards with “Jesus loves you” on them.
A man puts up a billboard that says, “Read the Bible” and is charged with
not separating church from state.
What a ploy that is! Separation of church and state came from countries like
Germany where the state controlled the Church. You had to worship at the shrine
of the state and in their established churches.
Stalin was no doubt Satan possessed and out of the mouth of Satan came this
prophecy which is being unfolded today. I quote ...
”In one generation the United States will become atheistic.”
Joseph Stalin Satanic
prophecy coming true.
Christ said, “Perilous times shall come when they will not endure sound
America is alienating itself from God and the Word of God. Stay with us in
our ministry of spreading the Word of Truth.
The Visible Image of God!
Col 1:15, “Who is the image of the invisible God, the Firstborn of every
Here is the remarkable character of the Lord Jesus Christ – Deity and humanity
in one Person.
The first phrase asserts His Deity, while the second is the expression of His
humanity. He is said to be the “exact image of the invisible God.”
The absence of the definite article calls attention to and emphasizes the
character of the Person.
Thus, it declares emphatically and unequivocally that Jesus Christ is eternal
God, coequal with the Father and coequal with the Spirit. He is exactly the
same in essence. Only God can be the image of God. Therefore, Jesus Christ is
”All things are delivered unto Me of My Father and no man knoweth the Son, but
the Father, neither knoweth any man the Father save the Son, and to whomsoever
the Son will reveal Him,” Matt 11:27.
In the second phrase of Col 1:15, “Firstborn” indicates rank. It does not
imply that Jesus Christ was created. This word is not related to creation or
birth, but a title for rank. It was a designation for the sovereign of the head
of a family. Heb 1:5.
The brothers of the firstborn were always to take their orders from him. Christ
is the Firstborn, or the Sovereign, not “of” the new creation, but the Koine
Greek says literally, “with reference to the new creation.”
Jesus Christ is the Sovereign of the new creation of regenerate people.
Friday, March 23, 2001
In this 145th Psalm, we find some of the attributes or essence of
Notice the eighth verse: “The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion,
slow to anger, and of great mercy.” Literally, “Great in mercy.”
Certainly if we find One that we can depend on, One that we can expect to
understand us, One that we can go to in time of need, expecting help because we
know that He is “gracious, full of compassion,” meaning that He suffers with
us, and He is slow to anger, and is of great mercy.
We find He is One we can depend on and we find that we have the right to go
to Him expecting help.
In the ninth verse is another attribute: “The Lord is good to all and His
tender mercies are over all His works.” Christ is no respecter of persons.
Notice that great invitation to the individual in Matthew, “Come unto me all
ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest,” He said.
“All” – not “Come unto Me those of a particular group.”
This is to all. God is “respective” of persons. It is your need
that brings Christ close to you. He loves us and wants to help us.
Notice another attribute in verse 14: “The Lord upholdeth all that fall and
raiseth up all those that be bowed down.” In a moment of weakness we can
depend upon the Lord. He is the Almighty One. He is the One that we can go to.
He is the all-important One. He will do for us everything that we need.
Notice the 18th verse: “The Lord is nigh unto all them that call
upon Him, to all that call upon Him in Truth.” Whenever you are in need, your
need brings the Lord close to you. Just as the cry of your child in need
brings you close to your child, He will help you because He loves you. He is
full of compassion. He is Gracious and of great mercy.
”He will fulfill the desires of them that fear Him.” He also will hear
their cry, and will save them, verse 19. You can depend upon the Lord. Not
only does your cry of need bring Him to you, but it also guarantees that He will
”The Lord preserveth all them that love Him, but all the wicked will He
destroy. My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord, and let all flesh bless
His holy Name for ever and ever.”
What a wonderful blessing it is that God has given us the permission to go to
Him in hour of need. As long as we keep our minds on Him, He is going to keep
us in peace, peace. Therefore, like the psalmist, we shall praise Him
If you only had this Psalm, it would be sufficient.
“Remember, O Lord, Thy tender mercies and Thy lovingkindness for they have
been ever of old. Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions.
According to Thy mercy remember Thou me for Thy goodness sake, O Lord.”
The psalmist is praying to the Lord and asking the Lord to remember His tender
mercies and His lovingkindness rather than the sins of the psalmist when he was
young, and his transgressions when he was old.
He wanted God to remember that God’s love and mercy are from generation to
generation. I imagine there are many like this. They want the Lord to remember
that He loves them, that He is merciful toward them, that His mercy and Grace
endure through all generations.
But they don’t want the Lord to remember their sins, their mistakes, and
transgressions. Therefore, it is a wonderful thing to know that God tells us we
are His children under a new covenant.
”Wherefore the Holy Spirit also is Witness to us, for after He had said before
this is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, said the Lord,
I will put My laws into their minds and in their minds will I write them, and
their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.”
We are under the covenant that God said. “I will write My laws in their
minds.” Under the old covenant, the covenant of works, the law, the covenant
was written on tables of stone. But in the new covenant, God writes His laws
in our minds. He said, “Their sins and iniquities will I remember no
I think that is one the greatest truths for a child of God if he is going to
enjoy his salvation. He must realize that God has forgotten his sins and
iniquities. Remember the word “forgive” means to forget. God has
forgotten our sins. And if He has forgotten them, why don’t you forget them
also? Join Him in forgetting your sins.
”I will remember them no more.”
David went through a time for many years in his life that was very
distressing to him. Yet through it he learned something. After all, the way to
learn is through experience.
”Hear my cry, O God, attend unto my prayer,” Psa 61. He was crying out to
the Lord because he wanted the Lord to pay attention to him. ”From the end of
the Earth will I cry unto Thee, when my mind is overwhelmed.”
Regardless of where he was going, he was going to cry to the Lord. The first
thing we see is that he wanted God to hear his cry and to attend to it. His mind
was overwhelmed. There is nothing frivolous about this prayer.
Maybe your mind is overwhelmed and you have reached the point spiritually and
emotionally that you feel as thou you can’t go on any further. I just spoke to
a person the other day in this self same condition.
When we cry out to the Lord with a burdened soul, an overwhelming sorrow and
grief in our minds, God hears, and that condition brings Him close to you.
”The Lord is nigh to all them that call upon Him, to all that call upon Him in
Truth.” That means those that cry out in need really meaning business and
really depending upon the Lord, Psa 145:18. When you cry out to the Lord in
sincerity, it has the same effect the cry of your child has to you.
In the middle of the night your child may have a bad dream and cry out,
immediately you hear and rush to the child because that is the cry of one you
love. That cry of need, of fear, of pain, of bewilderment, touches your heart.
Even though you may be asleep, it wakens you and you go to them.
That cry from your child in need brings you to her and the cry of one of
God’s children with an overwhelmed mind, a distressed soul, a fearful mind,
brings Him close to us.
”The Lord is nigh to all that call upon Him, to all that call upon Him in
“The Comfort That Only Comes From the Scriptures”
There is a unique comfort and hope that comes only from the Scriptures
Therefore, those who are not interested in taking in the Word of God destroy the
opportunity that they might have of the comfort that comes from the
Rom 15:4, “For whatsoever things were written aforetimes were written for
In other words, those things under the old covenant were written for our
learning. The Old Testament Scriptures, the things in the Pauline epistles, and
the Gospels were written that we might learn them.
Why? “That we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have
hope.” I have in my lifetime talked to people where they had reached the point
of having no hope at all in the Word of God. They were in deep distress
spiritually, but when they turned to the Word of God and saw some of the blessed
promises in God’s word, a great change came into their lives as they were
patient and meditated on them quietly.
We find in the Psalms, “Quicken Thou me according to Thy Word.”
Revived hope is possible. In fact, it is guaranteed, through God’s Word. “These
things were written aforetime for our learning so that we might learn.”
Things that God has given us in His Word that through patience and comfort of
the Scriptures we would have hope.
Learn to relax and wait patiently for Him. Rest in the Lord. We need patience
and in order to have patience, we need to rest. We need to relax in the Lord and
wait for Him.
Don’t be distressed. Don’t run around and get into such a thither as so
many people do. Learn to be still and know that He is the Lord. The Lord Himself
tells us to do that. We should begin each day being quiet and calm and going to
the Word of God, letting Him speak to us.
Then we need to relax and wait patiently for Him. There is comfort.
Comfort comes with the assurance that God is faithful. If we will learn to relax
and rest in the Lord and recognize the comfort of the Word of God, we will find
into our souls will come that blessed, wonderful hope that God gives us in His
A soul cleaving unto the dust is revived and quickened with hope through the
study of God’s Word.
Saturday, March 24, 2001
Rejoicing in the Word of God!
“I have rejoiced in the way of Thy testimonies, as much as in all
riches,” Psa 119:14. The psalmist said “Blessed art Thou, O Lord. Teach me
A person whose soul is filled with the love for God and one that wants to
find God’s way with his whole soul, wants the Lord to teach him. He rejoices
in the Word of God and desires to learn more about it.
Here is something we need to think about a moment. Where do we find the
greatest joy? Let us be honest with ourselves. You are in your home. You are
by yourself or with someone you love and you don’t have to be “on guard.”
Which thrills you the most? When you have made additional money or when you have
learned some wonderful new Truth in the Word of God regarding your relationship
Do you get greater joy out of having closed a big business deal or knowing that
you will make more money, than you do out of finding in God’s Word that you
are His child, that He loves you with an everlasting love, and will supply your
needs? That He is interceding for you? That He is compassionate and faithful?
Which gives you the greatest thrill?
The psalmist says “I have rejoiced in the way of Thy Testimonies, as
much as in all riches.”
A soul that would be moved by the blessings that one finds in the Word of
God, a soul that would be moved by the great Truths of the Word of God is a soul
that is filled with the love for God. But to have that joy in God’s Word, one
must have confidence in the Lord Himself.
We can only rejoice in the promises of people whom we have explicit trust in.
It is ridiculous to try to rejoice and find assurance and joy in God’s
Word unless we have complete dependence on God, knowing that He cannot lie,
knowing that He will not lie, because He would lose everything. He doesn’t
have to lie.
So, when you are distressed and you go to the Bible for help and you don’t get
it, remember you have lost confidence in the Lord. Remember the Lord loves you,
therefore He wants to help you. He is almighty, therefore He can help you. He is
altogether faithful, therefore He will help you.
“Many Are the Afflictions of the Righteous, But the Lord Delivereth Him
Out of Them All,” Psa 34:19
God has promised us trouble. We know that. We will get persecution and we
will get trouble. And yet we know that while the righteous may have many
afflictions, they don’t give up.
Prov 24:16, “For a just man falleth seven times and riseth up again, but
the wicked shall fall into mischief.”
There are those that believe that a just man can’t fail, but he can. The Lord
picks him up. He is never cast off. He may go through very difficult times, but
God always sees that he gets back on his feet.
Some people exhibit a very strange characteristic when affliction hits others.
There are always those who think and some with less control of their tongues who
say, “He brought this upon himself” and they seem to feel happy that it
Some may make a big pretense of saying, “Poor, dear soul” yet all of the
time they are tickled to death. That is the reason that we find in Prov 24:17, “Rejoice
not when thy enemy falleth and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth,
lest the Lord see it, and it displeases Him. And He turneth away His wrath from
Let’s not rejoice in the failure of our enemies. They need our prayers.
When you see a Christian stumble, don’t say, “There is the government of
God. Just look at what God is doing.” Don’t do that because it will
displease God. We know the righteous are going to have many afflictions. Lots of
people don’t seem to understand that.
Did you ever realize that the afflictions that come into a Christian’s life
come because of “God’s faithfulness?” We find in Psa 119:75, “I
know, O Lord, that Thy judgments are right, and that Thou in faithfulness hath
Afflictions come into our lives because God is faithful and knows that we
need them. There are many of them, but God always delivers us out of them when
we have learned their lesson.
“Taste and See That the Lord is Good, Blessed is the Man That Trusteth in
Him,” Psa 34:8
Why is one blessed that trusts in Him? We find two reasons.
In Isaiah 26:3 we have the guarantee that God Himself will keep you in perfect
peace, literally peace peace, because you trust in Him. This is a promise to
each of His children.
Of course, you can’t trust in the Lord until you have accepted Christ as your
personal Saviour and become one of His children. The word “keep” means to
keep continually. It means that every desire, every hope will be fulfilled.
There will be no fear, no sorrow, or doubt, and God guarantees to keep you in
If God says He will do it, then it is His responsibility and not ours. Therefore,
the condition you may be in today cannot hinder this peace if you will trust
Him. When we trust in someone, we make that one the responsible party. When
we turn our lives over to the Lord, we cannot trust Him and still be disturbed.
When we put our lives into His hands He removes the causes of fear. This
is the experience of thousands of God’s children who have turned to the Lord
to trust Him. This is not trust for salvation only, but for all conditions.
In Jer 17:7 we find the second result of trusting in the Lord.
”Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord. And whose hope the Lord is, for
he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by
the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green, and
shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding
Any one who will trust the Lord will have a fruitful life. They shall be
as a tree planted by the waters. They will know that there is a purpose in their
life. They shall not cease from yielding fruit. The happy person is the one
whose life is fruitful.
The cause of most despair is because there is no purpose in life. Once you
trust in the Lord, you will have a purpose in life and bear fruit. The fruitful
life causes rejoicing.
“We Know That All Things Work Together for Good to Them That Love God, to
Them That are Called According to His Purpose,” Romans 8:28.
We need to have faith in God’s motives. Too many of us wonder why
certain things happen to us. We are very prone to forget the great love He has
for His children.
Notice it says, “We know.” It doesn’t read “We hope” or “We
think,” but “We know.” This is a Truth we all ought to have in our minds.
How do we know that? The statement itself should be enough. But Paul goes on and
explains why we know that all things are working together for good.
Notice “for” in the next verse. It is an answer to that which has gone
before. “For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate.” We notice
foreknowledge. Nothing happens by chance. God is never taken by surprise. He
knew the beginning from the end. He knew the condition you are in today and what
was going to happen. He knew it was going to happen and permitted it.
Second notice, “predestination,” which is nothing but God’s plan and
purpose for those He has chosen. He chooses those who have chosen Christ as
their personal Saviour. God arranged the destiny for them.
We do the same with our children. Before our children come, we make arrangements
for them to the best of our ability. God has all power and certainly can arrange
our destiny. With this understanding, can we not see that His motives are for
And, if it is for our good, then it must be for His glory. So the condition you
are in, whether it is sorrow, confusion, or heartaches, God understands. And He
knows and permits it for your good. “For all things work together for good.”
Sunday, March 25, 2001
Why Should We Trust the Lord?
We can trust the Lord because He can be depended upon. But we cannot depend
upon man. We trust the Lord because we cannot trust man. We cannot depend upon
We find in Jeremiah 17:5-6, “Thus saith the Lord, Cursed be the man that
trusteth in man and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart is departed from the
Secondly, we cannot depend or trust the way we feel. There is another thing
too many people are doing today. Too many people feel that they have lost their
salvation because they don’t feel good. They get a little sick and they feel
that God has forsaken them.
They feel miserable. They depend entirely upon the way they feel. Yet we find in
the 9th verse, “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately
wicked, who can know it?”
The word “wicked” is the word ANASH, which means sickly. The heart is so
easily influenced, don’t depend on the way you feel. Don’t do that. You
cannot depend upon your feelings, because there are many things that govern and
control your feelings.
Why Trust the Lord? – Part Two
We cannot depend upon our feelings, or man, and we certainly cannot depend
upon our understanding because the Lord tells us very plainly in Prov 3:5,
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own
Our understanding depends entirely upon our background, our culture, our
education, and a great deal upon the geography of where we live. Some things we
didn’t understand a few years ago that we do understand today.
Don’t depend upon your understanding because it is limited. Don’t depend
upon man and don’t depend upon the way you feel.
Also, we certainly should never depend upon what we possess because in Luke 12
the Lord tells us very plainly a man’s life consists not in the things, or the
abundance of things, which he possesses.
A lot of people spend a lifetime accumulating riches and fortunes. The minute
they die they are paupers. They have to leave everything behind. You can’t
take anything away. Whole lives are wasted. They feel that because they are
successful in life, they will be successful in Heaven. Yet the Lord said that
a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesses.
In Romans chapter seven we find that man cannot depend upon himself. We cannot
depend upon ourselves.
Why Should We Trust the Lord? – Part Three
So we can’t depend on man. We can’t depend on the way we feel. We cannot
depend upon our understanding. And we cannot depend upon ourselves.
But thank God we can depend upon God.
Psa 84:12, “O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in Thee.”
Yes, we can depend upon God. Why should we depend upon God? Well, first, we
should depend upon Him because He loves us.
1 John 4, “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and
sent His Son to be the Satisfaction for our sins.”
We can depend upon Him because He loves us. We know we can depend upon people
that love us because we know they want to do what they say. When we love someone
we want to help them.
Now we know that God loves us. We know and believe the love of God for us
because God is love. God cannot help but love us because it is His nature. He is
love, therefore, it is His nature to love us.
We know He loves us because He has proven that by the “love gift” of His
Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, if He loves us, He wants to help us. So,
the first reason why we can trust the Lord is that He loves us. Therefore, He
wants to help us.
When we love someone, we want to help that person. When someone really loves us,
he wants to help us. Love means “preference.” When we love someone, “we
prefer that person over ourselves, over anyone else.”
Monday, March 26, 2001
Why We Should Trust the Lord! – Part Four
The reason why we should depend upon Him is because He is all powerful,
therefore, He can help us.
In Matt 28 we hear our Lord saying, “All power in Heaven and Earth is given to
Me.” The word “power” implies more than physical power. It also means
He not only wants to help us, but He has the power and the right to help us.
We trust Him because He loves us, and He wants to help us. We should also
trust Him because He is all powerful and He can help us.
Why Should We Trust the Lord – Part Five
We can trust the Lord because He is faithful, therefore, He will help
2 Tim 2:13, “Though we believe not, yet He abideth faithful. He cannot
What would God gain by lying? What would God accomplish by lying?
He is the infinite God and the Almighty and Eternal God. What would He gain by
He would be unrighteous. He couldn’t be. It is not in God to do that.
It is impossible. In the first place, not only it is impossible, but also it is
He is faithful. He would do everything He promised.
2 Tim 1:12, “For I know whom I have believed in and am persuaded that He is
able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.”
He is faithful in keeping us saved. And how we need to appreciate that and
learn to trust that.
He is faithful in answering prayer. The joy that comes in the assurance of
knowing we are kept saved and the joy there is in answered prayer.
Matt 7:11, “If ye then being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your
children, how much more shall your Father which is in Heaven give good things to
them that ask Him.”
If we could just learn to depend upon Him in answered prayer, we could use
prayer to protect ourselves against our own desires.
Why Should We Trust the Lord? – Part Six
So we see that we can’t depend on man.
And we can’t depend on the way we feel.
And we can’t depend upon our understanding.
And we can’t depend upon ourselves.
- But you can depend upon the Lord because He loves you. Therefore, He wants
to help you.
- He is all powerful. Therefore, He can help you.
- He is altogether faithful. Therefore, He will help you.
- We can depend upon Him in not only keeping us saved.
- We can depend upon Him for answered prayer.
- And He is faithful in supplying our needs, too.
Psa 23, “The Lord is my Shepherd.” “I shall not want.” John 10, “I
am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep.”
Let me ask you a question. If He loved you and me enough to give His life for
us, certainly He loves us enough to supply our needs. Doesn’t He?
”I know that my God shall supply all our needs through Christ Jesus our
Lord.” Isn’t that right?
God sent His “Holy Dove”
To come upon His “Holy Son”
To manifest His Grace and love.
God sent His “Holy Spirit”
To indwell His “Holy Son,”
The Saviour of us all
To redeem man from original fall.
We All Come Into This World as Babies, and Our First Expression is to Cry
An indication of the condition we find ourselves in – aliens and enemies of
God and without hope and Christ and without eternal life.
Christ, as the Holy Child comes into the world but He doesn’t cry. But instead
He speaks and this is what He said,
”When He cometh into the world He saith, ‘Sacrifice and offerings Thou
wouldst not, but a body Thou has prepared for Me’.”
Unique baby talk!
Tuesday, March 27, 2001
What Will be the Result of Putting Our Trust in the Lord?
We will find the answer very plainly in Psa 36:7, “How excellent ...” The
word “excellent” should be translated “precious.” “How precious is Thy
lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the
shadow of Thy wings.”
We see here that it is because of the lovingkindness of the Lord that men put
their trust under the shadow of His wings, under the protection of His
Now what will be the result? ”They shall be abundantly satisfied with the
fatness of Thy house.” There and only there is where we find a satisfied
”And Thou shalt make them drink of the river of Thy pleasures.” It is only
in Christ. The only reason that we have that men really trust the Lord is that
they know that the Lord loves them, and therefore, we know that He wants to.
When you trust the Lord because the Lord loves you, then you will find
satisfaction because the Lord will meet all your needs.
If you trust the Lord because of His lovingkindness, you will be contented
with the Lord. We will be contented with what the Lord wants us to have.
Too many of us are influenced by our desires other than our Lord when we
shouldn’t be. A lot of people say they are trusting the Lord, but they are
not trusting the Lord. They are not trusting the Lord for the things that are
good for them.
A lot of people bring the will of God down to their own personal likes and
dislikes. They feel that if they want something, then God wants them to have it.
It is God’s will for them to have it or they wouldn’t want it. Therefore,
they go out and try to get it, and they don’t get it. They are disturbed and
disappointed and their faith becomes weak.
The Difference Between a Curse and a Blessing
Jer 17:7, “Blessed (happiness) is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and
whose hope the Lord is.”
Jer 17:5, “Cursed be the man that trusteth in man and maketh flesh his arm,
and whose heart departeth from the Lord.”
Notice the difference between a curse and a blessing.
Now you have to make the decision yourself. I can’t make it for you. It is
entirely up to you. Are you going to continue to depend upon man? Are you
going to depend upon the way you feel? Are you going to depend upon your
understanding? Upon what you possess? Are you going to depend upon yourself?
Your ability? Then God says you are going to be cursed. Evil is going to come on
Or, are you going to trust the Lord?
Then He says, “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord.” The choice
is yours. Choose this day whom you will trust!
The Jewish Messiah!
As foretold by the Old Testament prophets!
- Micah said where the Messiah would be born and that He was from
eternity past and that He would be the Ruler.
Micah 5:2, “But thou Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the
thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto Me that is to
be Ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from old, from
- Isaiah said how the Messiah would be born and what His name will be.
Isa 7:14, “Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: Behold, a
virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel,”
meaning “God with us.”
- Abraham said that the Lord would provide Himself a Lamb as a sacrifice.
Gen 22:8, “And Abraham said, My son, “God will provide Himself a Lamb
for a burnt offering.”
- Zechariah said that they would identify the Messiah because they would
see that He was pierced through crucifixion.
Zech 12:10, “And I will pour upon the house of David and upon the
inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of Grace and supplication, and they
shall look upon Me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him,
as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for Him, as one
that is in bitterness of his firstborn.”
- David tells us that the Messiah, while being crucified will cry out
because He will be forsaken by God the Father.
Psa 22:1, “My God, My God, Why hast Thou forsaken Me? Why art Thou
far from helping Me, and from the words of My roaring?”
- Isaiah says that the Messiah’s grave will be with the wicked and the
rich and that He was innocent and without sin.
Isa 53:9, “And He made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His
death; because He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His
- Solomon said that the Jewish Messiah would be God’s Only Son.
Prov 30:4, “Who hath ascended up into Heaven, or descended? Who hath
gathered the wind in His fists? Who hath bound the waters in a garment? Who
hath established all the ends of the Earth? What is His name? And what is
His Son’s name?”
These seven prophecies were fulfilled in only one Person, God’s Only
Begotten Son, our Messiah and Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.
”Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.”
Why Will the Man Who Trusts in the Lord be Blessed?
“For (or because) he shall be as a tree planted by the waters,” Jer 17.
First, he is going to be like a tree, meaning he is going to have a sense of
purpose in life. A tree planted has a purpose behind it. It just didn’t grow
up. It was planted for a purpose.
How many of God’s children have no sense of purpose in life? Yet we know
that every born again child of God has a definite purpose in life.
”For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works,” Eph
2:1. Literally, “For the purpose of good works which God had hath
before ordained that we should walk in them.”
Yes, we have a purpose. A man without a purpose in life is like a ship without a
rudder, floating down with the tide. It has great power within itself, but no
way to direct it because it has no place to go.
What a shame it is when you trust the Lord. The first thing you are going to
find is contentment and satisfaction because you are going to have a sense of
purpose in life.
“And Shall Not See When Heat Cometh,” Jeremiah 17
Which means your life is not going to be affected by the circumstances. This
“tree planted by the waters spread out the roots by the rivers” means they
are not going to see when heat comes.
”But her leaf shall be green and shall not be careful in the year of
drought.” Why? Because it has strength to draw upon. The conditions and
circumstances around it and drought do not affect this tree.
The circumstances and the conditions surrounding a Christian don’t affect
him if he is depending upon the Lord. He has a sense of purpose in life. He
draws each day upon the Lord’s strength. And the Lord is able to give him
You are not going to be affected by friends, or by people, or by
circumstances. Those things are not going to affect you a bit. Why? Because you
are not influenced by conditions because you are depending upon the Lord.
There are many who say, “Halleluja” and “Praise the Lord” as long as
everything is going their way. But the minute adverse circumstances hit them,
immediately they begin to retract and to worry. Why?
The Lord is the same. He hasn’t changed any. Why should they become
distressed? They say they are trusting the Lord. They say they are depending
upon the Lord. The Lord is the same as He was before, but the circumstances have
changed. Then they started to worry. Which means what?
They were not depending upon the Lord. They were depending upon the
circumstances. So they change when the circumstances change.
Wednesday, March 28, 2001
A good Christian friend has just gone into the hospital and has had a serious
surgery – a quadruple by-pass surgery. So I would appreciate if you would pray
for Bill and his wife and his two sons.
I know they would appreciate it and be encouraged if they knew that other
Christians were at the throne of Grace for them.
Thank you in Christ.
”Come boldly to the throne of Grace that you may find help in time of need.”
Thursday, March 29, 2001
Why Should We Trust the Lord?
He is the only One we can depend on. The only dependable thing on this
Earth is the Lord’s love for us. If you depend upon it, you will find joy and
you will find a satisfied life. And you will have a sense of purpose in your
Your life will not be influenced by circumstances and conditions and your life
will be fruitful.
It is absolutely great to be a Christian. “Delight thyself in the Lord, and He
will give you the desires of your heart.”
”Trust in the Lord, and again I say, Trust in the Lord, and lean not to your
Fear Ye Not!
Fear and doubt is very prevalent among all Chrisitans. We know that a
Christian should not fear, but they do occasionally.
|Some are afraid that God doesn’t answer their prayers.|
|Some are afraid that they are not saved.|
|Some are afraid of dying and death.|
|Some are afraid that they have committed the unpardonable sin.|
|Some are afraid to take the Lord’s Supper because they are unworthy.|
|Some are afraid they are going to lose their jobs.|
|Some are afraid that if they get married, their family will be unhappy.|
|Some are afraid that they are losing their minds.|
|Some are afraid that they are on the verge of a nervous breakdown.|
These are some of the ones I have heard.
What is behind these fears? Or, should we say fear in general? We know that
these fears do not come from our Lord and Saviour.
1 Tim 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of
love and a sound mind.” Then if it is not of God, it must be of the flesh,
or of Satan.
It is true, and there is one thing which we should remember, it takes a very
sensitive Christian to fear some of these things we have just mentioned.
What is behind fear? Coming up next time ...
What is Behind Fear?
Let’s go back to the beginning and find the first fear that man had that is
recorded in God’s Word. Here we find one of the causes of fear which is, of
course, a guilt complex because of sin. Gen 3:1-10.
”The Lord God called unto Adam and said unto him, Where art thou?”
Literally, Why are you where you are? “And he said I heard Thy voice in the
garden, and I was afraid.” Literally, I was fearful. “Because I was
naked and I hid myself.”
Now we find here that he was afraid because of sin. Notice that Adam changed the
reason for his fear and said he was “afraid because he was naked.” He
didn’t face the realities of his sin.
In verse 11 God tells him the cause, but Adam doesn’t answer him. ”And He
said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hath thou eaten of the tree whereof I
commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?”
Here we find the first fear connected with the first sin. But the first
sinner, Adam, refused to accept his sin as the cause of his fear.
That is one of the basic faults today with Christians, that they are fearing.
They will not accept the fact that they themselves have sinned.
Adam blamed the condition he was in, “not the act he had committed.” He
blamed his fearfulness on the fact that he was naked. He was naked before and he
was not ashamed.
God told him the cause was that he had disobeyed God. But no, Adam wouldn’t
accept it. In fact, he tried to change the subject and put the blame on his
”And the man said, The woman whom Thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of
the tree and I did eat,” verse 12.
In other words, “God, it is not my sin. It is the woman you gave me. You had
no business giving her to me. She is the one who did it.” He was placing the
blame on another. Sounds familiar!
Two Basic Troubles or Causes Why it is Hard For Some Christians to Get Fear
Out of Their Minds
First, they will not accept the fact that it was their act. They blame the
condition for their fear not the act for their fear.
Secondly, they will not assume the responsibility themselves, but they are
ever willing and usually blame other people. As long as one does that, he
will never in this world be delivered from fear. If you are fearful, chances are
that fear is due to a guilt complex of sin.
Therefore, you have to recognize that you, yourself, have sinned, and that fear
is a result of your sin, an act which you committed, not a condition that you
The first sin ... The first fear … Illustration: Adam in Gen 3.
The Ideal Woman, The Ideal Wife, The Ideal Mother!
In Proverbs 31 we have a picture of the ideal woman, wife, and mother. God
the Holy Spirit has set the text in a unique way so you can actually see what
the ideal woman, wife, and mother emphasizes.
- Verse 11, her husband – Trust.
- Verse 13, her occupation – Willingly.
- Verse 20, her character – Gracious.
- Verse 21, her household – Her interest.
- Verse 22, herself, last – Personal witness.
- Verse 23, her husband – Trust.
- Verse 24, her occupation – Willingly.
- Verse 26, her character – Gracious.
- Verse 27, her household – Her interest.
- Verse 28, herself, last, personal witness.
You will notice her emphasis and where it is focused. She is unselfish in
putting herself last.
Her husband, her household, herself.
”Her price if far above rubies.”
Fear – “Adam Was Afraid” – Genesis 3
Adam was naked before and was not afraid before he sinned. The worst part
about it was that he didn’t turn to the Lord when he had sinned, but he tried
to cover up his sin.
”And the eyes of them were both opened and they knew that they were naked and
they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons.”
Here we have three principles:
People try to cover up their sins. If you are indwelt with the Holy Spirit, the
Holy Spirit convicts you and it is your conviction that brings about
consciousness of sin, which in turn produces a guilt complex that produces fear.
Now there are three things:
Blaming a condition. Blaming others. And trying to cover up one’s sin.
That prevents the Lord from comforting you.
Friday, March 30, 2001
Fear Thou Not! Adam Was Fearful!
Fear naturally produces things in our mind that are bad.
First, fear due to a guilt complex, due to sin, always binds one to himself. A
person who is fearful is more mindful of himself than he is of God. Eyes on
We have a perfect example in Romans chapter seven, verses 14-24. We find the
words “I,” “me,” “my,” and “mine” used over 20 times. Paul used
the personal pronoun here probably more times than he did in his entire
epistles. He was conscious of himself.
”For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under
sin.” He recognized that he was under the power of sin, the sin nature.
”For that which I do, I allow not, for what I would, that do I not. But what I
hate, that do I.”
There is the expression of new tendencies. He wanted to do that which was good.
There were certain things he didn’t want to do, things he hated, but he did
them. He recognized it. Although we see an expression of new tendencies here on
his part, yet we see that he was bound to himself.
”If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is
He recognized not only new tendencies, but that he had a new outlook on life.
The fact that he didn’t want to do the things he did shows that he recognized
the law was good. The law told him not to do them. And the fact that he didn’t
want to do them even though he did, shows that he agreed to the fact that the
law was good.
But that didn’t help him. It did not help him a bit. The fact that he knew
the commandments of God were right and the commandments of God were good, did
not prevent Paul from sinning. If only we could recognize that.
So he recognized something, ”Now then it is no longer I that do it, but sin
that dwelleth in me.” There is a recognition of an old possession. The old sin
nature is there.
Fear and the Focus on Self!
The word “I” again
”For I know that in me dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with
me; but how to perform that which is good I find not,” Rom 7:14-24.
How we need to understand this. You can see that he is bound up entirely in
”For the good that I would do, I do not: but the evil which I would not, that
I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that
dwelleth in me.”
He recognized the old sin nature was still there.
”I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I
delight in the law of God after the inward man.”
He recognized the man born of God wanted to please God. He delighted in the
law of God. But the old sin nature was still there. He couldn’t separate
himself from it. He was bound up in it.
Fear does that. Guilt consciousness does that. A guilt complex because of sin
binds one to self and makes one miserable.
“O Wretched Man That I Am, Who Shall Deliver Me From the Body of This
You can see the wretchedness in this portion of Romans seven. How distressed
he is. Here we see the cry of an agonized soul crying out in spiritual agony.
”O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of this
You can see that he is bound up in himself. But then he says, “I thank God
through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Then he recognized something. “So then with the mind I myself serve the law of
God, but with the flesh the law of sin.”
Then he goes on to a great revelation. “There is therefore no condemnation to
them which are in Christ Jesus,” Rom 8:1.
We can certainly see that fear brought out by a guilt complex of sin binds
one to self, makes one see himself in his weakest condition. He sees himself as
helpless and hopeless. It does that.
Now, sometimes it is good to get to this point because we can learn to really
trust the Lord. ”When I am afraid, I will trust in Thee.”
”Body of death” is an interesting metaphor. When a prisoner was sentenced to
death, they tied a dead body on the prisoner and he walked around with this dead
body tied to him. An illustration of the old sin nature.
Fear not only causes you to focus your eyes on self instead of on the Lord.
When you have eyes on self you are disappointed, you disappoint yourself.
But fear also shows a lack of faith! There is no question about that. If
we had faith in the Lord, we just wouldn’t fear.
1 John 4:15, “Whosoever shall confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, God
dwelleth in Him, and he in God. And we know and believe the love that God hath
to us. God is love and he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God, and God in
We know that God loves us. We know that and we trust that.
”Herein is love for us made perfect. That we may have boldness in the day of
judgment because as He is, so are we in this world.”
The perfect love of God sent His Son to die on Calvary’s Cross, bearing our
sins. This perfect love that we see on the Cross should give us boldness, and we
shouldn’t fear, because “As He is, so are we in this world.”
”There is no fear in love, but perfect love casteth out fear, because fear
hath torment.” “He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love because
He first loved us.”
We see here the perfect love of God should cast fear out of our minds because we
should trust Him.
”The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by means of the Holy Spirit.”
Fear and Love Are Mutually Exclusive!
If God loved me enough to send His Son down here to die on Calvary’s
Cross for me, then God loved me enough to take care of me now.
There are those people who feel that they will not make enough money to be able
to pay their bills. If God loved me enough to send His Son to die for me, He
certainly loves me enough to supply my needs.
If God loved me enough to save my soul from hell tomorrow, He loves me enough
to save my soul from trouble today.
Eternity solved. Results in time solved.
If God is able to deliver from hell tomorrow, He is certainly able to deliver
my soul from trouble today. If He can’t do the one, He can’t do the other.
”In a day of trouble call upon Me and I will deliver thee.”
“Man is Born to Trouble as the Sparks Fly Upward”
What is Trouble?
The trouble lies within ourselves. On one side you have consciousness of your
weakness. And on the other side you should have consciousness of God’s power.
Now which of the two are you going to be influenced by?
Your mind is going to be influenced by one or the other, and there is no use
kidding ourselves. “As a man thinketh in his mind, so is he.”
”Guard your mind with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.”
Man’s life is governed by his thoughts. Science has proved that beyond a
particle of doubt. We know that. If you are going to think along the lines of
weakness, if you are going to let your mind be influenced by this weakness, by
your past mistakes, you are not going to be conscious of God’s power.
Whatsoever things are of virtue, pure, of a good report, think on those things.
”I will keep him in peace, peace, whose mind is stayed on Me, because he
trusteth in Me.”
”With the mind man believeth unto salvation.”
Many People Today Are Fearful Because of the Sins of Yesterday
In Hebrews 10 the Lord says, “This is the covenant that I will make with
them after those days, saith the Lord. I will put My laws into their minds, and
in their minds will I write them, and their sins and iniquities will I
remember no more.”
He has forgotten them. Forgiveness of sin means the bearing away. God has borne
them away ... He has forgotten our sins as if they had never been committed.
We who are in Christ are in a new creation. “Old things have been passed away,
behold all things have become new.” We are a new creation, entirely new.
Paul said that he wasn’t perfect, nor had he apprehended everything that God
had for him. He was not perfect then. “But this one thing I do, forgetting
those things which are behind, I press on,” Phil 3:13.
If God says He has forgotten our sins of yesterday and Paul says that there is
one thing he is going to do, and that is to forget all the things which are
behind. Then why can’t we forget them?
You are never going to have peace of mind, you are never going to have
tranquility of life, as long as you permit your mind to dwell upon your
weaknesses or your failures of yesterday and today. It is so unnecessary.
”Your mind may deceive you, but God is greater than your mind and knoweth all
Fear and Faith!
What is the only escape from fear?
Naturally, faith is the only antidote. But with that faith must come
something else. There are two things that cure fear:
Faith and prayer.
You have to confess your sins. We find that in 1 John 1:8, “If we say we have
no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the Truth is not in us.”
The Truth is not in anyone who says he has no sin, and he is deceived. If you
feel that you have reached the point where you have no sin, then God said you
are deceived and the Truth is not in you.
What are you to do then?
1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us of
our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” This is addressed to
believers in the Lord Jesus Christ who sin.
If your soul is troubled because your life is influenced by your mistakes of
yesterday, by your failures of today, well here is the solution. Just believe in
1 John 1:9 and just believe it because it is the same from Genesis 3, right
straight through to the last chapter of Revelation.
Now, to confess our sins, we must do one thing. We must judge our self. “If we
judge ourselves, we will not be judged with the world,” 1 Cor 11.
You have to judge yourself as having committed a sin and then go to your
heavenly Father and confess that sin. Just name it. He doesn’t tell you to ask
for forgiveness. He will forgive you if you will confess your sin.
You can’t judge an act as being sinful unless you have judged it as sin. And
no matter how great the sin, we are still under the Grace of God.
”And where sin abounded, Grace did much more abound.”
“I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not
bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles,
and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and
for my name’s sake hast laboured,
and not fainted.”
One would be very prone to think that there is a very godly Church. Certainly
one would say it is a spiritual Church.
- First they worked hard. They laboured and they had patience.
”And how thou canst not bear them that are evil.”
- They would have nothing to do with the ungodly.
”And had tried them which say they are apostles and are not and hast found
- They were orthodox. They insisted upon the fundamental doctrines of that
Here is a Church with a great deal of labour and work, a Church with a
separated life, a Church with orthodoxy.
”And hast borne and hast patience, and for My Name’s sake hast laboured
and hast not fainted.”
- They continued for His Name’s sake.
There is a very spiritual Church. But it is not!!
This Church, even in the face of what it was doing, was in a fallen
condition. Notice the next two verses,
”Nevertheless” ... “I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left
thy first Love.”
There is the answer. All of this that they were doing was not from a
motivation of love, but from a motivation of selfishness, self-exaltation, and
”Remember, therefore, from whence thou art fallen.”
- Here was an energetic Church.
- They laboured hard and long.
- They were patient and lived a separated life.
- They demanded orthodoxy.
Yet, they were in a fallen condition because the motive behind their work
was not love, which is the filling of the Spirit.
They had left their first love, love for the Lord. They were not doing those
things because of love for the Lord, but for themselves.
Love is the Greatest!
In 1 Corinthians 13 we find some blessed truths about love. The 12th
chapter begins the study of spirituality. Then in the 13th chapter,
he begins to speak on that which is the most important of all. We find that now
abideth three virtues:
”Faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love.”
There are now three virtues in the eyes of the Lord that are still in existence
that are continuous: Faith, hope, and love.
”Without faith it is impossible to please Him.”
We have a hope, “a Blessed Hope,” the appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ.
And we have love, “The love of God shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy
Which is the greatest??
Now what does the Lord say is the greatest?
”Now abideth faith, hope, and love, these three, but the greatest of these is love,”
the filling of the Holy Spirit.
Why is Love the Greatest!
We may not be great workers. Some Christians do not have time to deal with a
great deal of work. And you feel very inadequate and you may even feel insecure.
You may feel because you can’t do the work that others are doing in your
Church, that you are not as good a Christian. But there is one thing you can do
and that is, love.
Because this love is produced by the Lord, “It is the love of God that is shed
abroad in our hearts by means of the Holy Spirit.”
Love is the greatest, for five basic reasons if you have time.
A Basic Reason Why Love is the Greatest!
First, love is the greatest because love fulfills the whole law.
Matt 22:36-40, “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said
unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy
soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and the greatest commandment. And
the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these
two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
What do we find? We find love is the greatest of all – love for the Lord
and love for man.
Why? Because love fulfills the entire law. Our Lord said that upon these
two hang all the law and the prophets. Everything that the law or the prophets
taught hangs on love.
”For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this, Thou shalt love thy
neighbor as thyself,” Gal 5:14. ”Bear ye one another’s burdens and so
fulfill the law of Christ,” Gal 6:2.
So, we find very plainly and very definitely that love fulfills the whole law.
Everything that the law taught and that the prophets taught hung on these two
commandments – love for God and love for man.
Love is the filling of the Spirit. So we are under a new law, the law of the
Spirit-filled life. Gal 5:22, “The fruit of the Spirit is love.”
Eph 5:18, “Be not drunk with wine, but be filled with the Spirit.”
Saturday, March 31, 2001
The Second and Third Reason Why Love is the Greatest
Love is the bond of perfection or perfectness as we find in Col 3:14. “And
above all these things, put on love, which is the bond of perfectness or the
bond of perfection.”
What is the bond of perfection? God says love is the bond of perfection. Love
not only fulfills the whole law, but also is the bond of perfection. So, you
see there is not a great deal of work there. But it is the motive behind the
work that counts. Love, AGAPE, is a mental attitude void of anger, bitterness,
hatred. The motive is the reason.
Why should love be the bond of perfection? If you love someone you are not
going to hurt them.
Thirdly, what do we find in Romans 13:10: “Love worketh no ill to his neigbour,
therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”
Now we can all love because this love is given to us by God.
”Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God,” 1 John 4. This
love is the love that is given to man when he is born again. “It is shed
abroad in our hearts by means of the Holy Spirit,” Rom 5:5. It is the love of
God loves man and we can also love man if we will get self out of the way. The
filling of the Holy Spirit does that. There are those people who are trying to
keep the Ten Commandments, trying to do things for one purpose alone. That is,
so they themselves might feel secure.
There others that forget self entirely. When they see others in trouble, they
pray for them because they feel sorry for them. They have a burden for them.
They pity them and try to go to see them.
They go to see them to see if there is anything they can do to help them and
ask, Is there anything I can do for you? Love causes us to want to help
others. We want to help, but we can’t help.
The Fourth Reason Why Love is the Greatest!
1 John 3:14, “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we
love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever
hateth (the word “hateth” means to be indifferent to) his brother, is a
murderer, and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. Hereby
perceive we the love of God, because He laid down his life for us, and we ought
to lay down our lives for the brethren.”
”But whosoever hath this world’s good and seeth his brother have need, and
shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in
”My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue, but in deed
and in Truth.”
Using the vernacular of the street, “Put your money where your mouth
Love reveals an attitude towards others of concern. Love fulfills the
entire law, because love is the bond of perfection. And, because love keeps us
from hurting others and because love causes us to want to help our neighbor.
So we can see the importance of love. The filling of the Spirit is love.
Love is the greatest.
“The Fullness of Joy”
“These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you. And
that your joy might be full.”
First, we find the joy of loving.
Eph 5:2, “Be ye therefore imitators of God as dear children and walk in
love as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us; an offering
and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.”
It says “Walk in love.” That is the basis of the Christian walk. It is a
walk of love, which is the filling of the Spirit. Gal 5:22, “The fruit of
the Spirit is love.”
”These things have I said unto you that your joy might be full.”
First, we find the joy of loving. Anyone who looks back in his life and has
never loved anybody is the most selfish, the most pathetic person on Earth. A
person who has never known what love is, a person who has never experienced love
for others, is a very selfish person. Because his love has been for self. He
preferred self above others.
”In the last days perilous times shall come, men shall be lovers of themselves
more than lovers of God.”
Consequently, their lives are very lean. They have a great lean soul. He is
influenced by everything. He is greatly influenced by anything that he wants and
can’t get. He goes into deep depressive conditions. Anxiety, nervousness,
irritability are common conditions to one wrapped up in himself. There is a
joy in loving others.
Wouldn’t you hate to live a life and suddenly wake up to realize that you had
never loved anybody?
Yet there is joy in loving.
The Fullness of the Joy of Loving
Love is certainly essential to a well-organized and ordained life.
A home that is healthy is a home where everyone loves each other. That is a
healthy home. Some say I have a boy or a girl seven or eight years old. How can
I tell her or him, about sex?
It is a strange thing that so many mothers and fathers are timid in talking to
their children and explaining to them the great miracle of life, the great
mystery of life. I can’t understand it.
When a home is healthy, when you have a healthy condition in the home, there is
no hesitancy about telling the children the mystery of life. It is because the
home is unhealthy and because there is no love radiating from that home that
there is difficulty.
One of the great joys that God has given man is the ability to love one another.
”Walk in love.” “Walk in Truth.” “Walk worthy of your
“And Now Abideth These, Faith, Hope, and Love, But the Greatest of These
How many people pride themselves on the very opposite? They pride themselves
on their standing within themselves. They pride themselves on this, and they
pride themselves on that.
Of course, we know “without faith it is impossible to please Him” and that
“the just shall live by faith.”
But, there is something greater than that. There is hope. People pride
themselves on the Blessed Hope. The “Blessed Hope is a wonderful thing,” but
there is something greater than that.
God says so in 1 Cor 13:13. There is love.
Love is the greatest of all abiding virtues. Love is not only the
focal point of a healthy home life and a healthy personality, but it is also the
greatest abiding virtue today in the very eyes of God.
”Walk in love” “As I have loved you.”
Love is Obedient to the Word of God
John 14:21, “He that hath My commandments and keepeth them he it is that
loveth Me.” “And he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and
I will love him and will manifest Myself to him.”
If you are not interested in the Word of God, then you can’t say you love
the Lord Jesus Christ. But, if you are interested in the Word of God, then you
love the Lord and you are loved of the Father, and Christ will love you and
manifest Himself to you.
Do you see what you miss in not taking in the Word of God on a daily basis?
John 14:23, “Jesus answered and said unto him if a man love Me, he will
guard My Words, and My Father will love him. And We will come unto him, and make
our abode with him.” “He that loveth Me not, keepeth not My Sayings and the
Word which ye hear is not Mine but My Father’s which sent Me.”
Here we find love is the basis of obedience to the Word of God. The more we love
the Lord, the more we want to obey His Word.
”Love worketh no ill to his neighbor.”
The more we love the Lord and His Word, the more we love people and the less we
want to hurt people. If you love your neighbor, you are not going to hurt them
or steal from them. You are not going to lie to him. You are not going to
slander him, or gossip about him.
If you love Him and His Word, you are not going to hurt Him at all.
Love will solve the crime problem.
Love is the greatest. Walk in love. Walk in Truth.
The Fruit of Loving is Joy!
Love is not only the focal point of a healthy constitution, a healthy life, a
healthy home, but it is also the greatest of the three abiding virtues today.
Love fulfills the law. It is the basis of obedience to the Word. ”If a man
love Me, he will keep My commandments.”
This is very plain. You can see the value of love here. And when you do, you
will see that joy will come into your soul.
Now, a question. When do you feel better? When you love someone or when you
Be frank. If you are a born again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, you will
never get any joy out of disliking people. But, when you love people, you want
to be around the people you love. And you want to see them. And you want to
talk with them.
There is a great joy in your soul. Certainly there is the joy of loving.
The fulness of joy depends first upon the joy of loving.
Gal 5:22, “The fruit of the
Spirit is love ... joy ...”
Your Joy May be Full in Loving and in Answered Prayer!
The joy of answered prayer
John 16:23, “And in that day you shall ask Me nothing. Verily, verily, I
say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My Name, He will give it to
you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in My Name. Ask, and ye shall receive, that
your joy may be full.”
We find the joy in answered prayer. There is joy in crying out unto our heavenly
Father and have Him answer us.
Our argument to God that He should answer our prayer is as David said in Psa 86
and Psa 88. “Bow down Thy ear to me, and hear my cry, for I am poor and needy.
I am in trouble.”
The Lord said in the day of trouble to call upon Me and I will deliver thee.
There is joy in answered prayer. There is joy in being able to go to our
heavenly Father knowing that we have One there at His right hand who intercedes
on our behalf and in whose name we pray.
The joy there is in loving and the joy there is in answered prayer.
Why Pray? What is the Value of Prayer?
What can we get out of praying?
Matt 7:11, “If ye then being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your
children, how much more shall your Father which is in Heaven give good things to
them that ask Him.”
We can expect things which are good for us through prayer because God loves us
and is not going to give us anything that is not good for us.
Use prayer to protect yourself against yourself.
Use prayer to protect yourself against desires that you do not know whether
or not are good for you.
There are too many people who don’t. We find that we receive things that are
good for us. And we saw that we would have fullness of joy through answered
”The Lord God is a Sun and a Shield and He gives Grace and glory. There is no
good thing that He will withhold from those who walk uprightly.”
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