Sugar Sticks for April 2001
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Sunday, April 1, 2001
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything with prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God, and the peace of God
that passes all understanding shall garrison your mind through Christ Jesus,”
Besides joy, we find peace.
There is joy in answered prayer. In order to get anything out of prayer, you
have to first realize that you are speaking to a Person, our Heavenly Father.
We have to know that He loves us and we have to be conscious when we pray to
Him of His Grace and power. We have to know that we can influence Him, and that
He will be moved with our prayers.
He wants us to pray to Him. Prayer glorifies Him. We honor Him when we go to
Him because we are acknowledging that He is the One and the Only One that can
We can expect those things which are good for us because God will not give us
anything that is not good for us. If you went out and got something that hurt
you, you know that God didn’t give it to you. You got it yourself.
When we pray for something and don’t get it, we know it wouldn’t be good for
us – at least at that time. Therefore, God has protected us and we should
thank Him because He answered our prayer in the negative.
If you will only remember that God is only going to give you things that are
good for you, then you are going to have joy in knowing that you can depend upon
You can have peace. He will give you that blessed and wonderful peace that
guards your mind. You know that you haven’t a thing in the world to worry
about because you have turned your problems over to Him. You have talked
them over with Him and you have left them in His hands.
You want what is best for you. When we learn that, we will have the
“fullness of joy,” the joy of answered prayer.
“Faith Can be Seen”
We are told four times in Scripture, “The just shall live by faith.”
Romans, Galatians, Hebrews, and Habakkuk. Faith that honors God can be seen by
others and particularly by our Lord. “The just shall live by faith.”
Live by faith. Faith is life. It is a matter of faith and it can be seen.
Luke 5:20, “And when He saw their faith.”
Faith can be seen by others and particularly the Lord Jesus Christ.
“And behold men brought in a bed, a man which was taken with a palsy, and
they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him. And when they
could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude,
they went up upon the housetop and let him down through the tiling with his
couch into the midst before Jesus.”
If they hadn’t had faith in two things, they wouldn’t have been able to
do what they did. Faith embodies a two-fold attitude, or a two-fold knowledge.
First, they knew that our Lord could heal their friend.
People believe today that God can do something, but they don’t trust Him to
do it. Now a faith that can be seen is a faith that recognizes that God is able
to do everything that He promises and that God will do everything that He
These people went to a great deal of effort. If they hadn’t known, if they
hadn’t had faith in the Lord, not only that He could heal their friend but
also that He would heal their friend, they would not have gone to all this
There was evidence of their faith. That is the reason we find in Luke chapter
five, verse 20, “And when He saw their faith.”
Your life portrays and reveals your faith.
Your faith is revealed by the way that you live.
You can not evade that.
Faith That Takes God at His Word Honors God!
First, we recognize that He is truthful and we just depend upon His Word.
Second, it honors Him because it can be seen. Faith can be seen. We have a
wonderful example of that in Abraham. Remember Abraham was told that he was
going to be a father of many nations when he was about 100 years old.
Rom 4:19, “And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body dead,
when he was about 100 years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He
staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strong in faith
giving glory to God and being fully persuaded that, what He had promised, He was
able to perform. And therefore it was imputed to Him for righteousness.”
Here we find Abraham just taking God at His Word. God said it and Abraham
believed it. He didn’t have to have a sign or anything else. His faith honored
”The Jews seek a sign and the Greeks seek wisdom. But Christ is the Wisdom and
the Power of God.”
”Without faith it is impossible to please Him.”
Monday, April 2, 2001
“The Lord is Gracious and Full of Compassion, Slow to Anger, and of Great
Or, “Great in Mercy,” Psa 145:8-20
Certainly we find One that we can depend upon, One that we can expect to
understand us, One 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 great in 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 verse 9 we have another attribute. ”The Lord is good to all, and His tender
mercies are over all His works.” Christ is no Respecter of persons.
Notice the great individual invitation, “Come unto Me all ye that labour
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 irrespective of persons. It is your need that brings Christ close
to you. He loves us and wants to help us.
In verse 14 is another attribute. “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 we can go to. He is the all-important One. He will do for us
everything that we need.
Notice verse 18, “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. Your cry of need brings God close to you just as the cry of
your child in need brings you close to your child.
“Sing Unto the Lord a New Song. Sing Unto the Lord All Ye Earth,” Psalm
Here we find the psalmist conscious of the Lord. He wanted all to sing unto
the Lord. ”Sing unto the Lord. Bless His Name. Shew forth His salvation
from day to day.”
The Lord is the focal point of the psalmist’s thoughts. He said “Shew
forth His salvation.” Not our salvation. Not your salvation. But “the
Lord’s salvation.” Salvation is of the Lord.
”Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all of the people.”
Every Christian should have a song in his soul directed unto the Lord. Not an
oral song, but the joy that explodes in one’s soul, the real you. It just
Some people have great joy in their souls because of something they have done or
because of their ability to live a good life. This is not taking away from
service. This is not taking away from work. But some people seem to have a
greater joy in their accomplishment than in the Lord’s accomplishment.
But He said, “Declare His glory among the nations, His wonder
among the people.” The Lord is the center of this man’s thoughts. ”For the
Lord is great and greatly to be praised. He is to be feared above all gods, for
all the gods of nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens.”
This man is conscious of our Lord. When one is conscious of the Lord, he
ceases to be worried about anything else. He is occupied with Christ.
You cannot be conscious of the Lord and worry about anything. When a
Christian is more conscious of himself, his tragedy, the condition he is in, he
is bound to be resentful, distressed, hurt, bitter, and confused. It is
purely and simply because he is not “Christ-conscious.”
”Give unto the Lord, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and
strength, Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His Name. Bring an offering and
come into His courts.”
“Give unto the Lord. Give unto the Lord. Give unto the Lord. Bring and
David went through a time in his life for many years that was very
distressing to him. But through it he learned something. After all, the way to
learn is through experience.
”Hear my cry, O God. Attend unto my prayer.” 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 heart is
overwhelmed.” Regardless of where he was, he was going to cry unto the Lord.
The first thing that we see is that he wanted God to hear his cry and to attend
to it. His heart was overwhelmed.
Maybe your heart is overwhelmed and you have reached the point spiritually and
emotionally that you can’t go on. When we cry out to the Lord with a
burdened soul, an overwhelming sorrow, and grief in our hearts, God hears and
that condition brings Him close.
”The Lord is nigh to all them that call upon Him, to all that call Him in
Truth.” That means those that cry out in need really meaning business and
depending upon the Lord. Psa 145:18.
When you cry out to the Lord in sincerity, it has the same effect that the cry
of your child has on you. In the middle of the night, your child has a bad dream
and cries out and you run in.
”Whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.”
There are many believers today that are in deep distress. They have been
confused and hurt. And they may be in this condition because their friends and
loved ones have turned from them in misunderstanding.
Or, it may be that conditions are such that they just don’t know which way to
turn. If you are like that, remember that the Lord is the same yesterday,
today, and forever.
David was in a miserable condition in Psalm 55. “Because of the voice of the
enemy, because of the opposition of the wicked, for they cast iniquity upon me,
and in wrath they hate me. My heart is sore pained within me.”
He was greatly distressed. In fact, he said, “Oh that I had wings like a dove
for then would I fly away and be at rest.”
He felt that if he could run away he could find rest. But there is no rest in
running away. If you have a condition in your life that you have to face, you
must learn to adjust yourself to life as it is. Sometimes we get to such a point
that we don’t know how to do it and we need help. David had reached that
point, and I imagine there are many others that feel the same way.
”Oh that I had wings like a dove! For then would I fly away and be at rest.”
He wanted to get out of the situation. You may be just like David. You wish
there was some way in which you could get away and get out of that situation.
But there is no rest in running away. David said if he had the wings of a dove
he would leave. But he didn’t, so let us see what he really did.
Verse 16, “As for me, (he couldn’t fly away, so he said) I will call upon
God and the Lord shall save me.”
Because of previous experience, he knew that God was going to save him. Therefore,
in verse 17, “Evening and morning and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud, and
He shall hear my voice.”
David was going to pray in the morning and at noon and night. He was going to
cry out unto God and he knew that God would hear his voice. God always hears
the cry of His children in affliction.
Running away, a change of environment, is not the answer. “Stand still and
see the deliverance of the Lord.” “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for
“The Lord is My Light and My Salvation. Whom Shall I Fear?” Psalm 27:1
“The Lord is the Strength of my life. Of whom shall I be afraid?”
We see three needs of the soul found in the Lord. There is
first understanding. Second, salvation. Third, strength. If
we let the Lord meet these needs, there will come a three-fold assurance.
”The Lord is my Light.” The Lord can meet the need of the soul for He is the
true Light, John 1:4.
”The Lord is my Salvation.” In this life which I live in this old flesh, the
Lord is my Strength. If we will turn to the Lord for understanding and trust in
the Lord for our salvation, and if we will trust in the Lord for our strength,
then we will be able to say as David did, “For in the time of trouble He shall
hide me in His pavilion, in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me. He
shall set me upon a rock.”
David found if he would turn to the Lord for understanding, salvation, and
strength, then he would find shelter in a time of trouble. How blessed it is to
go to the Lord in a time of trouble knowing that He will guard us and shelter
us? “Do you live a sheltered life?”
Too many of us do not experience this because in time of trouble we go to every
other help but this True Help. We go to our friends and we try to depend upon
our wisdom and we try to reason things out that are beyond our understanding and
there is nothing but confusion.
If we would only turn to Him in time of trouble, there will come peace and
tranquility into our souls knowing that the Lord is taking care of us and
guarding us. He understands the condition you are in. Just turn to Him and He
will shelter you.
Live a sheltered life!
A Christian Never Dies!
How wonderful it is to know that there is no such thing as death for a
Christ said “He that liveth and believeth in Me shall never die.”
What a blessing to know that when we die, as we call it, we go out of this old
body of our home to be with the Lord, 2 Cor 5:8, and there is no fear on the
trip because “the Lord is with us.”
We go beyond that little thin veil of tomorrow where the whole existence is
dominated by a great love, to a place prepared for us, to meet the Lord. The
hope that there is in that knowledge, and there is comfort in knowing that.
”For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning,
that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope,” Rom
A person without hope is a pathetic person. But it is blessing to us who are
children to know that we have His Word and His Word is certain. It not only
cleanses our lives, but it strengthens us and permits us to live a life that God
can gain glory from.
Not only that, but it gives us assurance and we can go out and tell the
blessed story. We have a hope for tomorrow, the Blessed Hope, a hope that
was cemented for all eternity by the resurrection of our Lord.
In 1 Pet 3 we find “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
which according to His abundant mercy, hath begotten us again unto a lively hope
by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
We have a Living Hope. We know His Word is certain. Based upon His Word our
lives are cleansed. Not only are we strengthened, not only do we have assurance,
but also we have a Living Hope – a hope that lets us live today.
Tuesday, April 3, 2001
What Are We Trusting In?
“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses, but we will remember the Name
of the Lord our God.”
Notice that first phrase. ”Some trust in chariots and some trust in horses.”
That means man-made instruments. Horses are man-controlled power. Unfortunately
we find today that there are many of God’s children that are trusting in
“man-made things” rather than the Lord.
There are many who are not God’s children who are trusting in these also. But
many of God’s children, who because of wrong associations, are putting their
trust in the things made by man. And that is unfortunate.
The most unfortunate of all are those who have been blinded by man, who put
their faith and trust in things which man controls. I wonder how many people
believe that they are all right because they are a member of some church, or
some local assembly, or man-made denominations?
It is good to be in churches, don’t misunderstand. It is good to have faith in
your church. This is not finding fault with any church or group of churches.
There is a place for the church, but it is not the first place. The thing we
need to do is trust only in the Lord.
”But, we will remember the name of the Lord our God.”
There are many who take great pride in things made by man, and because they are
associated with that particular man-made thing or power, they think they are all
right. We who say that we know that the Lord saveth His anointed, and that He
will hear us. We will remember the Name of the Lord our God.
The Six-Fold Character of the Lord. Psalm 36:5-10
First: “Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the Heavens.”
Our Heavenly Father is a merciful God. He extends mercy to all those who cry
unto Him. He is ever willing to forgive and extend mercy to you.
Second: “Thy faithfulness reaches unto the clouds.”
Many forget the faithfulness of God. We find in Timothy, “Though we believe
not, yet He abideth faithful. He cannot deny Himself.”
Too many of us put on God the same stigma of faithlessness as we have in our
own lives. Because we are sometimes unfaithful, that does not mean that God
is unfaithful. We make promises that either in weakness or in time of
forgetfulness we are not faithful to the promise. But that does not change the
faithfulness of God.
Third: “Thy righteousness is like the great mountains.”
The fact that He promises makes it a certainty. God’s promises are the most
certain things on the face of this Earth. Man may rise and man may fall,
nations and kingdoms and empires rise and fall, but there is One that remains
true. There is One that is the same yesterday, today, and forever. There is One
that we can depend on and put our trust in, and that One is God because of His
righteousness. We need to place our faith not only in God’s mercy and
faithfulness, but also in God’s righteousness.
Fourth: “My judgments are a great deep.”
The decisions of God are eternal. The purposes of God are eternal. They are from
everlasting to everlasting.
Fifth: “O Lord, Thou preserveth man and beast.”
Not only do we find that He is merciful, faithful, and righteous, not only is He
eternal in His judgments, but we find preservation, too. He does the
preserving. How wonderful it is to be preserved, to be kept, to be guarded by
Sixth: “How excellent (literally, precious) is Thy lovingkindness.”
We see that God exhibits lovingkindness in His dealing with man. Because of
these six-fold characteristics of God, the children of men put their trust under
the shadow of His wings.
Why do we Trust the Lord? Why do we put our faith in Him? It is because of
His mercy, His faithfulness, His righteousness, His eternal judgment, His
preservation, and His lovingkindness.
When Christ Broke the Silence!
“When He cometh into the world, He saith, Sacrifice and offerings Thou
wouldst not, but a body Thou hast prepared for Me.”
Then the silence.
”As a lamb before his shearers is dumb, so He openeth not His mouth.”
Then He broke the silence.
”My God, My God, Why hast Thou forsaken Me?”
In these words we find great Truths. We see the explanation of the Cross. Our
Lord came as a sin offering. He was born to die. He became flesh that He might
bear our sins on the Cross.
In Hebrews we find “He endured the Cross, despising the shame.” In this cry,
“Let this cup pass from Me” He didn’t mean that He didn’t want to be our
sin sacrifice. He didn’t mean that He didn’t want to die. For that is
the reason He came.
He said it because He knew what the Father had to do. That is to forsake Him.
In these words, “My God, My God, Why hast Thou forsaken Me?” we find the
explanation of that cry of our Lord and we see the righteousness of God
Remember, “The wages of sin is death.” That is separation from God. When
Jesus Christ became what we were, God had to forsake Him. We find here a
phrase of eternity without Christ. Separated eternally from the Lamb who is
the Light of the world, we see the agony of the soul, and we find the Heavens
are silent to the cry.
Oh, what it must mean to be in eternity without Christ! The eternal darkness,
the eternal physical, spiritual, and mental agony, that terrible eternity when
the heavens shall be silent.
Also, in these words we see the absolute holiness and inflexible justice of God.
So holy is God that the very heavens are not clean in His sight. Job 15. So holy
is God that He “is of purer eyes
than to behold evil and will not look upon iniquity,” Habakkuk.
God did just that when Christ became sin for us. He had to deal with Him as
”He made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin, that we might be made the
righteousness of God in Him.”
He's Funny That Way!
I am not much to look at
And nothing to see
I am glad I am living
And happy to be.
I know the Lord
and He loves me.
He’s funny that way.
I don’t have a dollar
I can’t save a cent.
He wouldn’t bother
He would live in a tent.
I know the Lord
and He loves me.
He’s funny that way.
Though He would work
And slave for me every day
He would be much better off
If I went away.
But how can I leave Him?
Where would I go?
He would be unhappy
Without me, I know.
I know the Lord
and He loves me.
He’s funny that way.
A Cure for Depression– Psalm 38
In this Psalm we find David in despair. There are many who feel the same way.
You may find that in you there is no good thing and that you fall short of the
glory of God. Well, you can find help in this Psalm.
First, God’s children yearn that God will hear them when they cry out to
Him in need. ”For in Thee, O Lord, do I hope Thou will hear O Lord, my
Remember what Jesus Christ said to the blind man. “Be of good cheer.” That
is God’s answer. He hears your cry and He asks you what it is that you want
Him to do for you.
Second, “Forsake me not, O Lord,” verse 21. Here is the prayer not to be
forsaken. And God has promised never to forsake us. He will never leave us, even
in our weakness. In a hour of great trouble we will find our Lord close to
Third, “Make haste to help me, O Lord of my salvation,” verse 22. This is
the prayer for help. God has never turned His back on one of His own. Whosoever
believes in Him will not be ashamed. This is the One who died on the Cross to
save our souls. So, He will help you now in your hour of need.
He will hear your request. He will never forsake you. Here is David’s
petition from a broken heart. His friends had left him and many were trying to
do what they could to snare him. Yet in his hour of trouble he recognized three
God hears. God will not forsake. And God will help.
“God is My Refuge and Strength and a Very Present Help in Trouble,”
Who is this God that we should turn to for refuge, who promises us His
strength and says He will be a very present help in time of trouble?
Compare “Lord of hosts” found verse 7 with Genesis 2:1. The celestial bodies
are the hosts of Heaven. The “Lord of hosts” expresses the universal domain
All the armies of Heaven and every creature of the cosmos are the servants of
God. He is also the God of Jacob. This shows us that this Mighty Commander of
the armies of Heaven is willing to enter into a living and personal relationship
with any poor soul that will let Him. He is willing to lavish all of His love
and Grace and strength upon us, if we will let Him.
This is our trouble, real trouble. We do not have a vision of God. We use
the name God so flippantly sometimes. People discuss God without any depth of
thought. They take Him for granted. They need a vision of this “Lord of
hosts,” the Almighty God without limit of power, who wills and brings it to
We need to know that there is nothing too great for Him. He is waiting to
enter into a personal relationship with you only if you will let Him.
”He is tapping His foot waiting to be Gracious unto you.”
Don’t think of God as a three letter word. Think of Him as He really is –
the Almighty One who is concerned with every individual. We are prone to believe
that God is too busy to be interested in one person. But He is the God of Jacob,
one man. There is not one soul that God is not interested in.
“Not By Works of Righteousness That We Have Done,” Titus 3:5
Notice the reality of salvation.
First salvation is entirely unmerited. “Not by works.” All through the
ages man has shown his need and longing for a salvation and his earnest desire
to be right with God.
But, unfortunately man ever sought to accomplish this end by his own unaided
efforts. It was through the desire to be independent of God that man fell.
Almost ever since that day man has tried with the same independence of God to
get back to the Divine presence. That is, of course, impossible. We remember
that sin effects every part of the moral man. Therefore, we know if man is to
be saved, it has to be done outside of his works.
All mankind is divided into two classes: those who are utterly distrustful of
self and human merit who say, “Nothing in my hands I bring, simply to Thy
Cross I cling” and those who try to gain the approbation of God by their own
There are the two classes that began right outside the Garden of Eden with Cain
”Not by works of righteousness which we have done.”
”Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
”For by Grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is
the gift of God and not of works, lest any man should boast.”
We Find That Salvation is Divinely Merciful, Titus 3:5
“According to His mercy, He saved us.”
Salvation, if it is to be effectual, must of necessity be Divine. It must
be the work of God and no one else.
This is the burden of Christianity.
”Salvation is of the Lord.”
”God our Saviour” is one of the most remarkable titles of the Divine Being. It
is of His mercy alone that salvation has been brought to man. There is nothing
in man to merit it or deserve it. But God, in His own mercy, came to our rescue
and saved us in Christ with an everlasting salvation.
Man didn’t cry out to God to send His Son. Mankind was against God when He
sent His Son. It was the need of man that touched the heart of God. And in His
Divine mercy sent His Son that we might have everlasting salvation.
”To Him do all the prophets give witness, that through His Name is the
remission of sins.”
”There is none other Name under Heaven given to man whereby we must be
Wednesday, April 4, 2001
How Many Believers Are Actually Waiting for the Rapture of the Church?
“For we believe that Jesus died and rose again,” 1 Thes 4:14.
The question ... Do you believe this? If you do, fine. ”Even so them also
which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him. For this we say unto you by the Word
Notice that Paul continually refers to the Word of God. John refers to it. Peter
refers to it. Luke refers to it. Matthew refers to it. Mark refers to it.
But many of the churches today are getting so wise they don’t feel that
they need God’s Word. Not all, but quite a few are getting to the point
that the intelligentsia feel that they have outgrown the Word of God. Because
men have automobiles, airplanes, atomic bombs, television, and other
conveniences, he feels he doesn’t need God’s Word.
If you don’t feel that the Word of God is very important, let me ask you
a question. When you get to the point where you don’t know if you are going to
see tomorrow or not, what are you going to lean on? What are you going to depend
on? I thank God I have God’s promises and God’s Word and that means more
to me than anything else in this world.
Matt 4:4, “Man cannot live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth
out of the mouth of God.”
Luke 4:4, “Man cannot live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth
out of the mouth of God.”
How Many Christians Are Actually Waiting for the Rapture of the Church?
When you stand over a loved one that is passing out of this world and you
don’t believe God’s Word, and don’t think it is important, what do you
have? What can you tell them?
When Howard Paine’s mother was dying, she called her son, an atheist, to her
and said, “All right. Now I am dying. I am passing over to the other side. You
have taken away my God. You have taken the Bible from me. You have ridiculed and
taken away all the Truths that I had when I was young. Now I am dying. What do
you have to give me?” He turned away and bowed his head and walked away in
What do you have if you don’t have God’s Word? Nothing! And that is
the reason Paul said,
”For this we say unto you by the Word of God. That we which are alive and
remain until the coming of the Lord shall not precede them which are asleep. For
the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the
archangel and with the trump of God. And the dead in Christ shall rise first.
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the
clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words,” 1 Thes 4:13-18.
The most comforting thought in the Bible is found in these verses. We stand
over a loved one that is passing on and we know that one of these days we are
going to see him face to face.
What Do You Have if You Don’t Have ... 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18?
You don’t have anything. You can only look on in distress. I remember one
time I was in a hospital and the doctor’s father was passing away. I don’t
think I will ever forget it. The doctor was of a different faith.
I was walking through and saw him sitting down in a chair. And I said, “What
is the matter doc? Are you tired?” He said, “No, my father is in the other
I knew he was of a faith that does not believe in Christ. I asked him if he
minded if I went into the room and had a word of prayer. He told me he would
appreciate it if I would. So I went into the room and there was the dying
man’s wife kneeling beside the bed and crying.
”Oh, I will never see him again.” “I will never see him again.” Over and
over she cried the same thing. The loved ones were gathered around the bed
moaning and crying. They had no hope whatsoever. His daughter was there sobbing
broken hearted. I told them the son had told me that I could pray.
After I prayed, I turned away. While I was praying they hadn’t stopped sobbing
and crying. As I put my hand on the doorknob to go, I felt a hand on my arm and
turned around. There was the daughter.
She said “At times like this I wonder if we are not wrong and you are right. We
have no hope whatsoever but you do. I wish I had your hope.”
They didn’t have any hope because they didn’t have God’s Word. They
didn’t have the culmination of God’s plans and purpose for creation, for the
salvation of man. They had no hope because they had no Passover Lamb.
They had no risen Christ.
We Have Hope. We Have The Blessed Hope!
We have hope. We have the Word of God. We have the shed blood of our Lord as
the Lamb which taketh away the sins of the world.
We have the risen Christ who rose as Firstfruits and entered into Heaven as a
Forerunner, as our High Priest. We have the blessed hope that one of these days
He is coming back for us. Aren’t you glad you’re a Christian?
Take your stand on these blessed cardinal Truths and you will never be led
When you understand your true relationship with Jesus Christ, your faith in
Him will strengthen you and you will be able to walk during times of confusion
and distress, rejoicing in the Lord.
”Behold I shew you a mystery. We shall not all die, but we will changed in a
twinkling of an eye.”
”Absent from the body and face to face with the Lord.”
Who is afraid to go home?
There Are Four Cardinal Truths on Which We Can Stand Amidst the Clutter and
Clamor and Confusion of This World
- The first blessed and wonderful Truth is that we have God’s Word.
- The second blessed cardinal Truth we have is that our precious Lord is
- The third Truth that we can really take our stand on is the resurrection.
- We have a fourth Truth – our Lord’s second coming.
Take your stand on these four blessed cardinal Truths and you will never
be led astray.
”Stand fast in the liberty where Christ has made you free.”
What a Blessing We Have as God’s Children
What a contrast there is between those who don’t know the Lord and we who
do. Think of the confusion in the minds of those today that have no hope for
They just have blind opinions that they have formulated to satisfy their lives.
They know there is no basis for their opinions, but they continue trying to fool
Just think of their mental attitude. There is confusion, fear, distress, and
anxiety on the part of everyone. Doctors say we are in the age of anxiety. The
need for psychiatrists is multiplying.
A president of the American College of Physicians and Surgeons released the
statement that over 70 per cent of all illness is of psychosomatic origin.
The great need today is to have our Lord and to understand the relationship
of the Christian with Christ. I am glad that the Lord opened my eyes and the
Holy Spirit led me to accept Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour.
What a difference between the poor soul that has no hope and we who have. We
who hope in Christ have assurance and peace of mind. Through the study of the
Word of God we get a better understanding of what we really have in the Lord
Jesus Christ, so that our life is strengthened and we can walk during times of
confusion such as we are in today rejoicing in the Lord.
”Looking for that Blessed Hope and the soon appearing of our Lord and Saviour
How Can I Develop My Faith?
There are seven circles of faith.
- The first step is salvation. Eph 2:8-9.
- The second step is “Faith cometh by hearing,” Rom 10:17 – the daily
intake of the Word of God.
- The enlargement of faith by the exercise of faith, faith resting in the
Word of God. Heb 4:1-3.
- The fourth circle is the Spirit-controlled life, Gal 5:22-23, which
- The fifth circle is the area of testing or suffering. 1 Pet 1:7
- The sixth development is occupation with Christ. Heb 12:2.
- Finally, we move into the area of maturity and stability, classified as
Occupation With Christ
Psa 27:8 and 13, “When Thou saidst, Seek ye My face, my heart said unto
Thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.”
This is occupation with the person of Jesus Christ. This comes as a result of
a great pressure mixed with claiming the promises of God and trusting Him in the
midst of these pressures.
We build tremendous faith and stability when we take our sufferings, trials,
and problems and apply Scripture to every severe situation. If we turn the
battle over to the Lord., we can stand still and watch His deliverance.
Then we develop tremendous peace, blessing, and joy in life, which results in
occupation with the Lord Jesus Christ. Our eyes are upon Him. Heb 12:2.
No longer do we carry illusions with regard to people or things, or even
self. We are no longer guilty of lusting after materialistic things so that we
are off balance much of the time.
Psa 27:14, “Wait on the Lord.”
Psa 27:13 gives us the preview of it. “I had fainted unless I believed to see
the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”
The word for “believe” in verse 13 means to use God as a prop. It is our
English word “amen.”
”I had fainted” means I would have fallen apart mentally, even as a
Christian, knowing that I have eternal life, knowing that I have an eternal
relationship with Him, unless I believed it.
This faith which has been developing through the reading and the studying of
the Word of God, through the application of the Word, resting in the Promises of
God, through the filling of the Holy Spirit, through its application in time of
great adversity and trial. This faith now brings us to a place of peace,
stability, and blessing. We have found that in time there is a true happiness
which nothing can remove and nothing can destroy.
If happiness depended upon materialistic possessions, then we will find that
our materialistic possessions can be removed, leaving us unhappy. Therefore, we
will be constantly potentially unhappy even though we may appear happy, for we
will be constantly in fear of losing our materialistic possessions.
Having things causes us to worry about losing them. And, if I do not have
them, I am constantly wanting them. Either way we are off balance and
miserable, even though we may be believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.
But with true inner happiness we come to the place of contentment found in Phil
4:11-12. “I know both how to be abased and I know how to abound. For I have
learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” That is true
Christian happiness – inner happiness.
“Wait on the Lord,” Psa 27:14
The word for “wait” is a very interesting Hebrew word, “KIWAH.” When
you start out as a believer you start out like a string or a thread. You begin
as one strand. Anyone can pick you up and snap you, just as you can snap or
break a thread.
But as you begin to study and learn something, another thread is added. Now you
are just a little bit stronger and just a little bit bigger. You do the same
thing the next day. Then you have a problem and you claim a Promise which you
have read and studied.
The next day it is something different. Each day you read and apply. Then you
come to a very difficult spot in your life which you face with faith in the
Word. You keep weaving these strands and suddenly the life that started as a
little strand is now a great, powerful cable which nothing can break.
The word “wait” is the greatest word in the Hebrew language for trusting. It
means that you start out as a little strand but as you weave yourself in with
the Promises and Doctrines and all the things which are provided in the Word of
God. You become like a mighty cable – strong and unbreakable.
”Wait on the Lord, Be of good courage and He shall strengthen thine heart.
Wait, I say, on the Lord.”
“Without Faith it is Impossible to Please Him,” Hebrews 11:6
It is impossible for the believer to mature apart from the development of
faith. One of the characteristics of Christian maturity is a strong faith.
It requires each of the activities of “Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by
the Word of God.”
The rather trite expression which is used as a panacea, “have faith,” is
absolutely meaningless unless you follow the procedures of “growing in
There is no magic formula for the development of a strong faith. It requires
daily nourishment from the Word of God, the exercise of faith in the Promises of
God, the filling of the Holy Spirit, the pressure of suffering and occupation
All of these ingredients contribute to the development of faith from a grain of
mustard seed, to a power that can remove mountains. We are reminded in Heb 12:6,
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him.”
”The just shall live by faith.”
The Principle of the Negative Emphasizing the Positive
You may not know who is right for you, but you know who it is not! In
Scripture the structure is that the negative emphasizes the positive.
”Not by works of righteousness which we have done.”
”But according to His mercy He saved us,” Titus 3:6.
”But to Him that worketh not”
”But believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, His faith is counted for
righteousness,” Rom 4:5.
”The wages of sin is death.”
”But the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus,” Rom 6:23.
”For by Grace are ye saved through faith, but that not of yourselves”
”It is the gift of God.”
”Not of works lest any man should boast, Eph 2:8-9.
Don’t you wish everything in life would be that simple?
What Pleases the Father?
“For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell,” Col
Here is where the preeminence of Christ begins. The Father is pleased that
“all fullness” should dwell in the Person of Jesus Christ.
”Fullness” (PLEROMA) 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 word means potential happiness for every
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 to 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 maturity and
living the Grace life.
”This is My Son in whom I am well pleased.”
The Chronology of the Crucifixion!
A further evidence of the uniqueness of Christ is seen in the words that He
uttered as He hung upon the Cross. To understand all the spiritual lessons
involved, we need to review the chronology of the events of the Cross. It is
interesting to note that no one Gospel records all events because each has a
- The procession arrived at Golgatha. Matt 27:33.
- Jesus was offered a stupefying drink of vinegar and gall which He refused.
- Jesus Christ was crucified between two thieves. Luke 23:32, 33. Followed
by the first cry on the Cross, “Father, forgive them for they know not
what they do.” Luke 23:34.
- The soldiers gambled for His clothes as was the Roman custom. Matt 27:35,
- The Jews began to mock Him. Matt 27:39-43.
- The thieves began to rail upon Him, but one of them believed. Luke
- The second cry was uttered, “Today thou shalt be with Me in Paradise.”
- Then seeing to the care of His family, the third cry, “Woman, behold thy
son.” John 19:26, 27.
- At exactly 12 noon darkness covered the Earth. Matt 27:45.
- This was followed by the fourth cry, “ELOI ELOI LAMA SABACHTHANI.”
- The fifth cry, “I thirst.” Christ thirsted that we might never thirst.
- The sixth cry, “It is finished.” John 19:30.
- And finally, the seventh cry. “Father into Thy hands I commit My
Spirit.” Luke 23:46.
- After this the Lord dismissed His Spirit. Matt 27:50.
The recorded Words of Christ on the Cross.
Galatians 4:19, “Christ be Formed in You”
The simple application of the rules of Greek grammar and syntax will often
lead one to the discovery of some tremendous Truth which would be passed by
unnoticed in the use of the English translation, or even of the Greek text, when
the rule is not deliberately called to mind and applied to the exegetical
problem under consideration.
The phrase under consideration is “Christ be formed in you.” “Be formed”
is from “MORPHOO,” a Greek philosophical term referring to the outward
expression which comes from and is represented of one’s inner being.
Literally, “Christ be outwardly expressed in you.”
The verb is unmistakably passive in voice, since it is aorist in tense. This
puts us on sure ground here and we can bear down on the full significance of the
First, the subject of the verb is inactive, passive. Second, it is acted upon by someone or something else.
The passive voice is the voice of Grace, which means we receive “Christ being
formed in you.” The tremendous Truth brought out is that Jesus Christ is
resident in the soul of the believer and lives in an inactive or passive state.
But, this passivity or inactivity is defined and limited by the meaning of the
verb. He is not inactive when it comes to fellowshipping with the saint or
ministering on behalf of the saint in His office as Advocate.
But, He is inactive and passive so far as expressing Himself in and through the
life of the saint is concerned. That is the Truth brought out.
That Person who acts upon the Lord and expresses Himself through the life of the
saint is God the Holy Spirit.
Excellent Material For an Evangelistic Message is
Found in the Use of the Present Participle and the Aorist Subjective in John
3:13-14, Where Our Lord Says,
“Whosoever keeps on drinking of this water
shall thirst again.”
”But whosoever shall take a drink of the water that I shall give him,
shall never thirst.”
Continual drinking at the wells of the world never quenches the soul’s
thirst for satisfaction. But one drink of eternal life satisfies forever.
The use of the “aktionsart” of the present tense in the indicative mood and
in participles is durative action. The aorist subjunctive is punctiliar speaking
of the fact of an action.
Here we have the mechanics of the Greek syntax which produced the translation
offered above. The reason one drink of eternal life satisfies without a repeated
drinking of the same is given us in the context by the two words translated
The first speaks of a well into which water seeps, and which becomes stagnant,
but the latter refers to a “spring” always fresh, overflowing, and alive.
The one drink of eternal life the believing sinner takes at the moment he is
saved is in itself a supernatural spring, always alive, refreshing, and
satisfying the person in whom it has been placed by the power of God.
Thursday, April 5, 2001
“Where There is No Vision,” Proverbs 29:18
The spiritual life is necessary to have the true vision of God.
”Where there is no vision the people perish.” The word “perish” means to
go to pieces.
”Where there is no vision, My people go to pieces.”
That is the trouble today with so many. They don’t have the true vision of
God. Why? Because they don’t have the spiritual life. Their vision of God is
darkened by their opinions. They don’t have the true vision because they
don’t have the abundant life, the life of fellowship with the Lord.
When you have a true vision of God you see Him as He really is. What is God? He
is a Spirit. That is true, but what are His characteristics?
1 John 4:16, “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God
is love and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God. And God in him.”
Notice that we find that God is love. This is the most important thing in the
world for us to know. God is love.
”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.”
When we are confident of His love, there is no fear of judgment. We are
confident of His love when we are conscious of fellowship with Him and we know
that God is love.
”There is no fear in love, but perfect love casteth out fear because fear hath
torment. He that feareth is made perfect in love.”
Yea, “Perfect love casteth out fear.”
We need a true vision of God today.
The Spiritual Life is Necessary to Get the Most Out of Life in Eternity
Spiritual life does not go unrewarded. What is death to a Christian?
Death is homecoming.
Paul said, “To be absent from the body is to be at home with the Lord,
which is far better.” When we pass out of this old body we go straight home to
be with the Lord.
Now this is what God said, not what people say.
Paul said twice “to be absent from the body is to be at home with the Lord,
which is much better. And I believe it. When a person passes out of this world,
he goes straight out of this old body and goes straight home to be with the
That is when eternity, real life, begins. Life, real life, begins in
eternity. Of course, we have eternal life now. But when we get to Heaven then we
will really begin to live.
How we live here depends a great deal upon how we will live there. Death is a
homecoming. Life for a Christian begins when he or she goes home to be with the
”Absent from the body, face to face with the Lord.”
“Lay Not Up For Yourselves Treasures Upon Earth Which Moth and Rust Doth
Corrupt, and Where Thieves Break Through and Steal,” Matthew 6:19.
Don’t do that!
Don’t sell your future in eternity for things down here that are not going to
last very long. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have drive and
ambition. This is not saying that you shouldn’t try to be successful.
There is no doubt the Lord needs successes in this world, too. Some of the most
successful men in the world are Christians. But they are not laying up for
themselves only. They are using their wealth to help others in need.
”But lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust
doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal.”
A lot of people have prepared themselves to die. Every person that has
accepted Christ as their personal Saviour has prepared himself to die. But how
many of them have prepared themselves to live?
Our Lord tells us that we can lay up treasures in Heaven, or we can lay up
treasures on Earth. Which is it going to be for you? Which path are you going to
Matt 6:21, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” That
is the reason we should be laying up treasures in Heaven.
To get the most out of eternity we need the spiritual life today. The
spiritual life is necessary if we are going to be conscious of fellowship with
the Lord. We have the true vision of God and we know that God is love.
Man Has the Capacity to Know God!
In order to submit our will to God’s will, we must first know God. How
could one submit to one he knew nothing at all about?
But we find that man has the capacity to know God. John 17:1-3, “These words
spake Jesus and lifted up His eyes to Heaven and said, Father, the hour is come,
Glorify Thy Son, that Thy Son also may glorify Thee, as Thou hath given Him
power over all flesh. That He should give eternal life to as many as Thou hath
given Him. And this is life eternal that they may know Thee, the Only
True God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent.”
Notice this verse again. “And this is life eternal, that they may know
Thee, the Only True God and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent.”
Certainly we can see that man does have the capacity to know God, because that
is what eternal life is.
We Read God’s Warning to All Mankind in Romans Chapter One
Reading from verse 21 we see the charge against the Gentiles, the heathen
”Because that when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God,
neither were thankful, but became vain in their imagination and their foolish
heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and
changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to
corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.
Wherefore God gave them up to uncleanness.”
Notice, man knew God … at one time. But he turned from God. When mankind
turned from God, God turned from man.
We who are born again now have the capacity to know God, as it is written in
John 17:1-3. And knowing God gives us assurance.
2 Tim 1:12, “For the which cause I also suffer these things, nevertheless I am
not ashamed, for I know whom I have trusted, and am persuaded that He is able to
keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.”
Necessary to the spiritual life is assurance. And when we know God, we have
assurance. A sure assurance.
Man Not Only Has the Capacity to Know God, But Also the Capacity to Love God
Knowing God gives us confidence in His love. 1 John 4:16, “And we
have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love, and he
that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God and God in him.”
Here we find that you and I have the capacity to know God and knowing God as
He really is, gives us assurance. Because to know God is to know that He loves
What a blessing that is! It is worthwhile repeating. This is very important
for the man who desires the spiritual life. We have the capacity to know God.
And knowing God, knowing of His love for us, gives us assurance.
If man has the capacity to know God, man can know that God loves man. Therefore,
man also has the capacity to love God.
1 John 4:19, “We love because He first loved us.”
Man has the capacity to know God. Man also has the capacity to love God.
”If God were your Father, ye would love Me, for I proceedeth forth and came
from God. Neither came I of Myself, but He sent Me,” John 8:42.
In other words, Jesus Christ is telling the Pharisees that if they were born of
God, they would love Him because He came from the Father. We who are
Christians have been born again. That new birth produces love for the Lord.
We can’t help but love Him.
So, man not only has the capacity to know God. But man has the capacity to love
Man Has the Capacity to Obey God
Obedience is necessary for the spiritual life. Because man can know God,
man loves God. Man’s love for God makes him want to obey God. How we
need to know that!
This is very important to understand because the kind of life you live
depends entirely upon whether or not you love the Lord.
John 14:15, “If ye love Me, keep My commandments.”
Then in verse 21, “He that hath My commandments and keepeth them. He it is
that loveth Me and shall be loved of My Father and I will love him and will
manifest Myself to him.”
In verse 23, “If a man love Me, he will keep My Words and My Father will
love him. And We will come unto him and make Our abode with him.”
Man has the capacity to know God.
Man has the capacity to love God.
Man has the capacity to obey God.
What Are the Commandments We Will Keep if We Love God?
Every Christian you talk to has an answer to this question, but
unfortunately, too few give the answer we find in 1 John 3:22-23. “And
whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him because we keep His commandments and do
those things which are pleasing in His sight. And this is the commandment that
we should believe on the Name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as
He gave us commandment.”
”Believe on the Name of His Son Jesus Christ” is salvation.
And, “Love one another as He gave us commandment” is spirituality.
If we love God, we are going to try to obey Him. There are many people
who are trying to get others to live a good, spiritual life. They are honest in
their efforts. But they begin at the wrong end.
The basis of a spiritual life is love. You see God looks on the heart of man.
Man looks on the outside, but God looks within. God sees the desire of man. Man
sees the execution of man. The Lord knows that the only one who is obeying
His commandments is the one who loves Him.
The walk under Grace is motivated by love for God. We desire a good, clean,
separated life because we love the Lord and we know that the spiritual life is
the only life that brings honor and glory to Him and pleases Him. But love is
the motive and basis and power of the Christian life.
Friday, April 6, 2001
The “Much More Grace” of God’s Care – Romans 5:9-10
- Objects of His love. Eph 2:4, 5:2
- Objects of His Grace.
A. For salvation. Eph 2:8-9, “For by Grace are ye saved.”
B. For keeping. Rom 5:2
C. For service. Eph 4:7
D. For instruction. Titus 2:11-12
- Objects of His power. Eph 1:19, Phil 2:13
- Objects of His faithfulness. Heb 13:5, Phil 1:6
- Objects of His peace. Col 3:15
- Objects of His consolation. 2 Thes 2:16
- Objects of His intercession. Heb 7:5, Rom 8:34, Heb 9:24
A Heavenly Association
Eph 2:6, “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in
heavenly places in Christ Jesus:”
- 1. Partners with Christ in life.
Col 3:4, “When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also
appear with Him in glory.”
1 John 5:11-12, “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal
life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he
that hath not the Son of God hath not life.”
- Partners with Christ in position.
Eph 2:6, “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in
heavenly places in Christ Jesus:”
- Partners with Christ in service.
1 Cor 1:9, “God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of
His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.”
A. Workers together with God.
2 Cor 3:9, “For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more
doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.”
B. Workers together with Him.
2 Cor 6:4, “But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God,
in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses.”
C. Minister of the New Testament.
2 Cor 3:6, “Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not
of the letter, but of the Spirit: for the letter killeth, but the Spirit
2 Cor 5:20, “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did
beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to
2 Cor 3:3, “Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of
Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the
living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart.”
F. Ministers of Christ.
2 Cor 6:4, “But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God,
in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses.”
- Partners with Christ in suffering.
2 Tim 2:12, “If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him: if we deny Him,
He also will deny us.”
Phil 1:29, “For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to
believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake.”
1 Pet 2:20, “For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your
faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for
it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.”
1 Pet 4:12-13, “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial
which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But
rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when
His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.”
Vitally United to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
- In God. 1 Thes 1:1, Eph 4:6
- In Christ. John 14:20, Col 1:27
A. A member of His body, 1 Cor 12:13
B. A branch in the vine, John 15:5
C. A stone in the building, Eph 2:19-22
D. A sheep in the flock, John 10:27-29
E. A part of His bride, Eph 5:25-27
F. A priest of the kingdom of priests, 1 Pet 2:5-9
G. A saint of the new generation, 1 Pet 2:9
- In the Spirit. Rom 8:9, 1 Cor 2:12
Vitally United to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
- In God.
1 Thes 1:1, “Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the Church of the
Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace
be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Eph 4:6, “One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all,
and in you all.”
- In Christ.
John 14:20, “At that day ye shall know that I am in My Father, and ye in
Me, and I in you.”
Col 1:27, “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
A. A member of His body.
1 Cor 12:13, “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether
we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made
to drink into one Spirit.”
B. A branch in the Vine.
John 15:5, “I am the Vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and
I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do
C. A stone in the Building.
Eph 2:19-22, “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but
fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built
upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being
the Chief Corner Stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together
groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded
together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”
D. A sheep in the flock.
John 10:27-29, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow
Me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither
shall any man pluck them out of My hand. My Father, which gave them Me, is
greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father’s
E. A part of His bride.
Eph 5:25-27, “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the
church, and gave Himself for it; That He might sanctify and cleanse it with
the washing of water by the Word, That He might present it to Himself a
glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it
should be holy and without blemish.
F. A priest of the kingdom of priests.
1 Pet 2:5-9, “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house,
an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by
Jesus Christ. Wherefore also it is contained in the Scripture, Behold, I lay
in Sion a Chief Corner Stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on Him
shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe He is precious:
but unto them which be disobedient, the Stone which the builders disallowed,
the same is made the Head of the corner, And a Stone of stumbling, and a
Rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the Word, being disobedient:
whereunto also they were appointed. But ye are a chosen generation, a royal
priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the
praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous
G. A saint of the new generation.
1 Pet 2:9, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy
nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who
hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
- In the Spirit.
Rom 8:9, “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that
the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of
Christ, he is none of His.”
1 Cor 2:12, “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the
Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given
to us of God.”
Blessed With the First-Fruits and the “Earnest of the Spirit”
- Born of the Spirit.
- Baptized with the Spirit.
1 Cor 12:13
- Indwelt by the Spirit.
1 Cor 6:19, 2:12, John 7:39, Rom 5:5, Gal 4:6
- Sealed by the Spirit.
Eph 4:30, 2 Cor 1:22
Children of God
- Born again.
John 3:7, 1 Pet 1:23
Eph 2:1, Col 2:13
- Sons of God.
1 John 3:3, 2 Cor 6:18, Gal 3:26
- A new creation.
2 Cor 5:17, Gal 6:15, Eph 2:10
Titus 3:5, John 13:10, 1 Cor 6:11
Accessible to God by Jesus Christ
- Made the righteousness of God in Him.
Rom 3:22, 1 Cor 11:30, 2 Cor 5:21, Phil 3:9
- Set apart positionally. Christ Jesus who is made unto us
1 Cor 1:30, 1 Cor 6:11.
This is not to be confused with experiential sanctification in John 17:17 or
the final perfection of the believer.
- Perfected forever.
- Made accepted in the Beloved.
Eph 1:6, 1 Pet 2:5
- Made meet.
Vitally Connected to Christ for Judgment of the “Old Man” Into a New
- Crucified with Christ.
- Dead with Christ.
Rom 6:8, 1 Pet 2:24
- Buried with Him.
Rom 6:4, Col 2:12
- Raised with Christ. To walk a new life principle.
Rom 6:4, Col 3:1
The Lord is My Light
The light is on the inside. This light is His provision.
First of all, Christ is the Light and Christ is in us, indwells us, “the
Hope of glory,” Col 1:27.
Secondly, God the Holy Spirit is in us, indwells us, and is also called “our
Light” in Eph 5:8. The word “Spirit” should be translated “Light,”
which is the filling of the Spirit. Gal 5:22.
The principle is further stated in Eph 5:14, “Wherefore He saith, Awake
thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead.” 1 John 1:9 – restoration back
to fellowship, not salvation in this context. “And Christ shall give thee
light” – filling of the Holy Spirit.
The filling of the Holy Spirit, which produces light, also become a developer
“The Lord is My Light and My Salvation,” Psa 27:1
David wrote many hundreds of year ago that he had accepted the Promised
Messiah as his Saviour, for he said, “The Lord is my Light and my
The Lord is my Salvation. Salvation is a Person.
If Jesus Christ alone is salvation, whom else can we trust ? The answer is no
one. The whole principle of Psalm 27 is that eternal relationship with God
can only be obtained through faith in Christ. Eph 2:8-9.
The Cross is the only barrier that stands between you and God.
God cannot have fellowship with you because you are a sinner by birth and by
action. But Christ died on the Cross and paid for your sins. God cannot have
fellowship with you as a member of the human race because you are under the
penalty of sin, which is eternal death, which is separation from God.
When Christ died, He paid the penalty. Furthermore, God cannot have a
relationship with you because you are born into this world with three strikes
against you: imputed sin, inherent sin, and personal sin.
Jesus Christ resolved all three problems when He died on the Cross for you.
”He made Him to be sin, Who knew no sin, that we might be made the
righteousness of God in Him,” 2 Cor 5:21
By human standards your life may be impressive with many good deeds. But
as far as God is concerned, they all add up to relative righteousness – “We
come short of the glory of God.”
All the good deeds in the world cannot measure up to God’s standard of
absolute righteousness … “God is of purer eyes than to behold
Jesus Christ is equal with God, John 10:30, and yet at the same time, a true
Member of the human race. He was absolute righteousness.
Therefore, everything that God has against me as a member of the human race
was resolved at the Cross. The Cross takes care of everything, so that Jesus
Christ becomes my Salvation when I believe in Him.
”Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.”
”The Lord is my Light and my Salvation, whom shall I fear?” Psa 27:1, or
“Whom shall I Trust?” There is only one Person in whom I can trust. Because
there is only one Saviour, not two, or a dozen saviours. Not a lot of religions,
not a universal Fatherhood of God and brotherhood of man.
There is only one Saviour, Jesus Christ, and therefore only one condition of
salvation: ”Verily, Verily, I say unto you. He that believeth on Me hath
everlasting life,” John 7:47.
”For there is salvation in none other, for there is no other Name under
Heaven given to man whereby we must be saved.”
Assurance of Salvation
“The Lord is the strength of my life,” Psa 27
This has to do with eternal security. For remember that all security in time is
based upon security in eternity.
Once I believe in Christ, I possess eternal life. This eternal life which is
given to me at the moment of salvation is something that can never be removed.
There are many facets of this security.
First of all, I am in union with Christ. The moment I accept Him as my
personal Saviour, I cannot get out of that relationship.
Rom 8:1, “There is therefore no condemnation to them that are in Christ
Further Paul states, “I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, no angels,
nor principalities, nor power, nor things present, nor things to come, nor
height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from
the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord,” Romans 8:38-39.
To believe in Christ, to put one’s trust in Him, to depend upon Him for
salvation means that I cannot lose my salvation. This relationship cannot be
broken. There is nothing I can do to change this situation.
Once I have trusted in Jesus Christ, I possess a relationship with Him which
lasts forever. Eternal security is exactly what its definition implies –
secure for all eternity.
Consequently, in this verse we have not only salvation, but assurance of it.
I am assured of life forever in the presence of God. While it is impossible to
describe in human language, I am to understand that it is a fantastically
”I give unto them eternal life and no one shall pluck them out of My hand.”
John 10:28 … “and My Father’s hand.”
You are in good hands ...
Receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as My Personal Saviour
The assurance that nothing can take away this so great salvation, I
know that He is the One “who keeps me from falling and will present me
faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,” Jude
I know also that “I have an inheritance which is incorruptible and undefiled,
and that fadeth not away; Reserved in heaven for those who are kept by the power
of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time,” 1
I know that eternity is solved once and for all. And I know who solved it.
“The Lord is My salvation,” Psa 27:1. I did not earn it. I did not work for
it. I did not deserve it. Nor did I add anything to it. I simply trusted Him. I
simply believed it. As far as eternity is concerned, beyond the grave, beyond
death, there is nothing for me but blessing.
”There shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying. Neither shall there
be any more pain. For the former things are passed away,” Rev 21:4.
I know that “to be absent from the body is to be face to face with the
Lord,” 2 Cor 5:8.
I know that Jesus Christ said. “I am the Resurrection, and the Life, and he
that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live,” John 11:25.
I know that I, as well as other believers, will be in a place that is so
wonderful it is beyond human description. Therefore, immediately I say to
myself, beyond death there is nothing to fear. There is nothing harsh or
unpleasant to anticipate for ever and ever.
“One Thing Have I Desired,” Psalm 27
First, as soon as I am born again, if I am a normal spiritual baby, I have a
desire for spiritual milk. Spiritual milk is contained in the Word of God.
”One thing have I desired of the Lord.”
Regeneration brings a desire for the Word of God, for Divine Truth. ”That
will I seek after.”
This is the pattern of studying the Word of God. I will seek after the Truth,
the milk or the food that God gives.
First of all, then, there is motivation. I now have a desire to study the Word
of God. Before I believed in Christ, the Bible was just another book, one in
which I personally had little interest. Apparently a lot of controversy existed
over this Book, but I found other books much more interesting to read.
Now everything is changed. I believe in Jesus Christ. The Bible is a real and
living Book. The Bible is God’s Word. It is a Book which has stood all the
tests, all of the controversies,
all of the opposition of the ages. And continues to exist, right up to this
moment, as a best seller, even though at the same time it is the most attacked
Book in the history of mankind.
It is God’s Word in written form. In it I have promises and principles to
apply to every circumstance of life. I am suddenly aware that not only is
the Person of Jesus Christ my temporal and eternal security, but also that He
has very graciously given me something in addition to salvation. He has given
me written promises and principles to use in time. As I utilize and apply
these principles, I have the full realization of temporal security.
”One thing have I desired.” Motivation, desire, for the Word of God.
”That will I seek after.”
Divine Truth must be sought at its source. There is only one Source, the
Word of God, the Bible you hold in your hand.
A Complete, Thorough Study on the Doctrine of the Heart
”The heart” is a part of the mentality, the mind. The Hebrew word is
“LEB” and the Greek word is “KARDIA” – the thinking part of the
A. It is always used in the Bible for the origin of thinking. 1 Sam 16:17,
Prov 23:7. “As a man thinketh in his mind, so is he.” It is never used
for the physiological heart or from the emotions.
B. Gen 6:5 distinguishes between imaginations and thoughts of the heart.
1. “Imaginations” “everything formed”– that is
every frame of reference.
2. “Thoughts” – thoughts, designs, prospects.
- The essence of the heart.
A. The frame of reference, the entrance antechamber of the Word. Prov 4:4
B. The memory center, the “pump” that circulates the Word into various
areas of the mind, Phil 1:3.
C. The vocabulary storage – the empty house for the formation of thought.
D. The categorical storage – the supply house for the classification of
E. The conscience – storage for all norms and standards. Rom 2:15, 9:1,
13:5; 1 Cor 8:7; 2 Cor 4:2, 5:11; Titus 1:15; Heb 9:14; 1 Pet 2:19.
F. The launching pad – Source of all the mental attitudes in life.
- The analogy of the heart.
A. A heart is designed to dominate the soul. All other parts of the soul are
designed to be subordinate – self consciousness, volition, emotion.
B. The heart is the target for growing in Grace. To reach the target, the
Word must be passed through the mind and the human spirit.
C. Therefore, the doctrinal content of the soul must reside in the heart or
mind. 1 Kings 3:9, 12; Job 38:36; Psa 19:14, 119:11; Prov 2:2, 10:8, 15:14,
- The facets of the heart.
A. The heart can reject Bible teaching, Prov 5:12-13.
B. The heart is the source of discord and troublemaking, Prov 6:14, 18.
C. The heart of the prostitute is subtle, Prov 7:10.
D. Hatred emanates from the heart, 2 Sam 6:16.
E. The heart suffers disappointment from promises not kept, Prov 13:12.
F. The heart promotes mental attitude sins.
1. Bitterness, Prov 14:10
2. Sorrow and disappointment, Prov 14:13.
3. Pride, Prov 21:4, Obad 3
4. Worry, Ecc 2:23
G. Women use the heart to trap men, Ecc 7:26.
H. Frantic search for happiness is related to the heart, Ecc 1:13
I. Negative volition is described in terms of the heart, Jer 17:5, 9, Zech
J. Revolution and insubordination are described as being in the heart, 2 Sam
15:6, Jer 5:23, Ezek 6:9.
K. Hypocrisy is related to the heart, Job 36:13, Psa 55:21
More to come ...
Saturday, April 7, 2001
The Six Trials of Jesus Christ
- Annas – John 18:12, “And led him away to Annas first; for he was
father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year.”
- Caiaphas – Matt 26:57, “And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him
away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were
- Caiaphas –Luke 22:66, “And as soon as it was day, the elders of the
people and the chief priests and the scribes came together, and led him into
their council, saying,”
- Pilate – Luke 23:1, “And the whole multitude of them arose, and led
Him unto Pilate.”
- Herod – Luke 23:8, “And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad:
for he was desirous to see Him of a long season, because he had heard many
things of Him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by Him.”
- Pilate – Luke 23:13, “And Pilate, when he had called together the
chief priests and the rulers and the people.”
The Death of Christ
- His Spirit went to the Father – 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 Spirit.”
- His soul went to Hades – Eph 4:9, “Now that He ascended, what
is it but that He also descended first into the lower parts of the Earth?”
Luke 23:43, “And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt
thou be with Me in Paradise.”
1 Pet 3:18-21, “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for
the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh,
but quickened by the Spirit: By which also He went and preached unto the
spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the
longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a
preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. The like
figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of
the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by
the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
Psa 16:10, “For Thou wilt not leave My soul in hell; neither wilt Thou
suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption.”
- His body went into the grave – Luke 23:53, “And he took it
down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in
stone, wherein never man before was laid.”
What is So “Good” About “Good Friday”?
The Jewish time was that one day was from 6 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Matt 12:40, “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s
belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of
Day 1: Wednesday April 14 (after 6 p.m.) – the Passover – to
Thursday, April 15 – the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
Lev 23:6, “And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of
unleavened bread unto the Lord: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.”
Day 2: Thursday, April 15 to Friday, April 16
Day 3: Friday, April 16 to Saturday, April 17 – a Sabbath. Lev 23:3,
“Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of rest, an
holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the Sabbath of the Lord in
all your dwellings.”
Sunday, April 18 – the Firstfruits – Lev 23:10-11, “Speak unto the
children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I
give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf
of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest: And he shall wave the sheaf
before the Lord, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the Sabbath the
priest shall wave it.”
On Friday Christ was still in the grave. What’s so good about that?
A Personal Challenge!
“And having made peace through the blood of His Cross, by Him to reconcile
all things unto Himself. By Him, I say, whether there be things in Earth or
things in Heaven. And you, who were sometime 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,
therefore, separated from fellowship with Him.
This verse goes even a step further to indicate 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.
Furthermore, no work of the believer 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 righteousnesses are as filthy
rags,” Isa 64:6.
There are six strikes against every person born into this world which constitute
an impassable barrier between God and man.
The Total Concept of Salvation Encompasses Six Doctrines by Which This
Barrier Was Removed
One for each of the six strikes against man
- Redemption – Removal of the barrier of the bondage of sin.
1 Pet 1:18-19, Gal 3:13, Eph 1:7
- Expiation – The payment demanded for sin.
- Regeneration – The new birth giving life.
- Imputation and justification – The solution to the problem of relative
Rom 3:22, 2 Cor 5:21
- Propitiation– Satisfied the righteousness and justice of God.
1 John 2:1, 2, 4:10, Rom 3:23-25
- Position in Christ – Severing his old relationship to Adam
Eph 1:3-6, 2 Cor 5:17, 1 Cor 15:22
The Doctrine of the Heart – Part Two
- The relation of the heart to thinking and perception.
A. Function of growing in Grace. Deut 29:4
B. Thinking of a negativity. Psa 10:6, 11, 13
C. Thinking of atheism. Psa 14:1
D. Rationalization of education. Ecc 1:13-18
E. Rationalization of mental attitude sins. Isa 47:10
F. Communication of false teachers from the deceit of their hearts. Jer
G. Meditation on the Word. Luke 2:19
H. Ambitious thinking. Luke 9:46, 47
- The analogy to Right-Man/Right-Woman.
A. The heart is analogous to the Right-Man and dominates the soul in the
B. The emotion is the Right-Woman, designed to be a responder to the content
of the heart.
C. Therefore, they are linked in the following Scriptures. Psa 26:2, Jer
11:20, Jer 17:10, Jer 20:12
- The heart and capacity for life.
A. Since the emotion takes the place of the Right-Woman, the responder, and
since the heart is the Right-Man, the aggressor, all capacity for life must
be initiated in the heart.
B. All capacity for life resides in the frame of reference, memory center,
vocabulary, thinking, categorizing, conscience of the mind.
C. From these areas, the heart initiates and the emotion responds as in sex
between Right-Man and Right-Woman.
D. They are both positive and negative in capacity for life.
1. The positive love, Deut 6:5, 11:13, Joshua 22:5. Happiness,
Psa 19:8, 28:7. Dynamics,. Job 9:4.
2. The negative sorrow. Lev 26:16, Neh 2:2. Pressure, Psa
34:18. Cowardice, Joshua 14:8, 1 Sam 17:32. Discouragement, Num 32:7, 9.
- The basic area for happiness.
A. Gladness of heart. 1 Sam 1:13, 10:9, 1 Kings 8:66, 2 Chr 7:10, Esther
B. Merry heart. 1 Sam 25:36, 2 Sam 13:28, Prov 15:13, 15, 17:22
- The area of cursing in the soul.
A. Negative volition in the heart results in national disaster. Deut 28:47,
B. Revenge is a malfunction of the heart. Psa 24:1, 2, Ezek 25:15-17
C. The heart is related to psychosis. Isa 13:7, 8
D. Mental attitude sins relate the old sin nature to the heart. Psa 66:18,
Psa 101:5, Prov 6:18, Matt 12:35, 15:18, 19, Luke 6:45, 24:25
- A blessing to the growing believer
A. Heart related to Grace function. Prov 24:17.
B. Heart related to Grace orientation. Ezek 23:9.
C. Heart related to happiness. 1 Sam 2:1.
D. Heart basis of stability in a crisis. Psa 112:7-8.
- The relation to motivation in life.
A. Temporal life. Ex 35:25, 26, 35, 36:8.
B. Spiritual life. 1 Kings 18:7, 2 Cor 9:7.
- The relation to positive volition. Rom 10:9, 10
- The heart as an anthropopathism. 1 Sam 2:35, Psa 78:72, Jer 23:20,
A. An anthropopathism ascribes to God human feelings, passions, and thoughts
in terms of man’s feelings, passions, and thoughts.
B. It is designed to explain God’s policies, thoughts, acts, and decisions
in terms of
human language so that man can have a frame of reference.
C. Therefore, anthropopathisms are language of accommodation to express the
Divine attitude to homo sapiens in man’s vocabulary and language.
“And Be Renewed in the Spirit of Your Mind,” Ephesians 4:23
Literally, be restored by means of the Spirit, by means of your mind.
Restoration is achieved by confession of sin. 1 John 1:9. But the continuative
particle “and” with the present tense and the passive voice of “renew”
indicates that in addition to the points of time when restoration becomes
necessary, it is also essential to continue the function of growing in Grace in order to garrison your soul against negative
volition and to move on unto maturity.
”By means of the Spirit” is a reference to the Holy Spirit Who energizes the
function of growing in Grace.
”By means of your mind” is a rare use of the ablative of means, and when
accompanied by the implication of origin or source, indicates that the mind is
both the means and the source of cranking up growing in Grace.
The frame of reference provides an alarm system to detect false teaching and
erroneous doctrines of the myriad cults and religious con artists of this age. Such
discernment is vital during the intensified stage of the angelic conflict.
The frame of reference develops soul capacity and discernment to detect
important relationships in life, such as that of Right-Man/Right-Woman.
The frame of reference provides the “furniture” of the soul whereby God is
able to share His happiness with the believer.
The frame of reference is the basis for mental attitude dynamics, which lead
to the production of Divine Good. This includes proper communication in
witnessing, correct content of prayer, and accuracy in other functions assigned
to the believer.
“Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask
or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” Eph 3:20
“Ask” is the Greek word “AITEO,” and is the ordinary word for request
or prayer. The word indicates the
fact that we have the right to petition God for certain needs or desires. However,
a new believer or a believer minus Doctrine, has no ability to make proper
requests of God. He simply bases his requests on human concepts.
Effective prayer is dependent upon Doctrine in the frame of reference. A
person may not yet know the Doctrine of baptism and the indwelling of the
Spirit, lacking the necessary frame of reference. He asks for the Holy Spirit.
But he is wasting his time praying for something which he already has.
The same is true with the filling of the Spirit. We do not receive the filling
of the Spirit by asking. This occurs automatically through restoration
(confession of sins).
But with Doctrine in the human spirit cycled into the mind for frame of
reference, prayer exhaled toward God has spiritual content and becomes
”The power that worketh in us” includes both Doctrine and the ministry of
God the Holy Spirit operational through the function of growing in Grace. The
power of the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Heb 4:12 and Acts 1:8. ”The Word of God is alive and powerful.” “Ye shall
be witnesses unto Me when the power of the Spirit is come upon thee.”
That power is “DUNAMIS,” which is dynamite.
Ephesians 4:17, “This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that he
henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk in the vanity of their mind.”
”Vanity” is the Greek word “METAIOTES,” which is a vacuum in the
soul created by negative volition to the Word of God.
This is the concept of hardening of the heart. It is a stage of negative
volition in which the believer becomes entrenched in some form of negative
volition through reactor factors in the soul. This leads to a frantic search for
happiness and the emotional revolt of the soul. This vacuum becomes filled with
the doctrine of demons and results in a blackout of Doctrine in the mind.
This leads to the accumulation of calluses on the soul or hardness of the heart.
And therefore, a total lack of soul capacity with God.
Eph 4:18, “Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of
God through the ignorance that is in them. Because of the blindness of their
”But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit. For the Spirit
searcheth all things, yet the deep things of God,” 1 Cor 2:10.
”Hath revealed” is “APOKALUPTO.” This introduces the system of
perception. Under this verse there is no place for human meritorious
APOKALUPTO signifies only Grace perception. It actually connotes
“illumination,” “to bring to light.”
The plan of God and Doctrine have always existed. It is just a matter of
transferring them from the Bible to your mind. There are those who keep a Bible
handy so if ever they get into a jam they can open it up in a hurry and try to
The Bible is not like a medicine cabinet – for emergency action only. The
believer must be inculcated in advance against emergencies by a constant intake
of the Word of God.
God has designed you as a royal priest to be spiritually self-sustaining.
This is achieved only on the basis of inner resources.
The Bible is the exterior Source of your inner assets. The Word of God is
located forever in the Bible, but it has no value to you unless you take it out
of your Bible and make it resident in your soul.
More to come on APOKALUPTO, “hath revealed.”
“Hath Revealed” – 1 Corinthians 2:10 – “APOKALUPTO”
The aorist tense of APOKALUPTO indicates the point of time when you are
listening to Bible teaching under conditions of the filling of the Spirit.
You have been allotted a certain amount of time on this Earth after you are
saved. Since every waking moment cannot be spent in listening to the Word of
God, we therefore must listen at various points in time.
The active voice of the verb indicates that God the Father produces the
action through the agency of the Holy Spirit. The filling of the Spirit enables
the Grace apparatus for function.
The indicative mood is the reality of the existence of a Grace apparatus for
perception entirely apart from human I.Q. systems.
The preposition “APO” means that God the Father is the ultimate Source of
“For the Spirit Searcheth,” 1 Corinthians 2:10
“Searcheth” is the Greek word, “ERAUNAO.” This verb has four
meanings, which are all pertinent to the teaching ministry of God the Holy
Spirit to the believer under perspicacity by Grace.
What surpasses knowledge? Knowledge is the word “GNOSIS.” There is also “EPIGNOSIS.”
“EPI” means over or beyond “GNOSIS,” knowledge.
Over or beyond knowledge is the Word of God stored in the human spirit. This
passage is not saying you cannot understand the love of God because it passes
knowledge. It says you can understand God’s love because He had provided
“EPIGNOSIS,” the full categorical knowledge and understanding of God.
The Word of God in the human spirit and in the mind becomes capacity to love
Christ or occupation with Christ.
The result of “EPIGNOSIS” is “that ye might be filled with all the fulness
of God.” “The fulness of God” becomes the edification of the soul. The
word “edification” and “edifying” is “OIKODOME,” which means the act
of building up, or the act of erecting a spiritual structure in the soul, which
Teddy Roosevelt wrote about.
With this edification in the soul, the believer who continues to function
under growing in Grace moves into maturity. For the believer this is the
normal status quo, when he can have the capacity to receive and utilize the
superabundant blessings which God the Father has provided as a part of the
Doctrine of Divine Decrees.
To be Edified, or Edification of the Soul
This is an immaterial structure in the soul of a mature believer. The
foundation is the Word of God stored in the human spirit.
It is composed of five floors:
- Grace orientation – which is a relaxed mental attitude.
- Mastery over the details of life – which are details serving you.
- Capacity to love God.
- Capacity for Right-Man and Right-Woman or friends.
- Inner happiness.
This edification of the soul is the backbone of the soul and the bridge to
The word “believed” is translated:
- “Brought up” in Lam.4:5.
- “Sure” in Psa 93:5.
- “Verified” in Gen 49:20.
- “Established” in 2 Chr 1:9.
- “Faithful” in Num 12:7.
- “Standfast” in Psa 89:28.
- “Assurance” in Deut 28:60.
- “Steadfast” in Psa 78:8.
- “Trust” in Job 4:18.
Reading these words into the meaning and association of faith, we may say of
this man of faith:
He is “brought up” by the Lord’s ministry.
He is “sure” of the Lord’s love.
He is “verified” in the Lord’s Truth.
He is “established” in the Lord’s Grace.
He is “faithful” in the Lord’s service.
He “stands fast” in temptation for the Lord’s glory.
He is “assured” by the Lord’s promise.
He is “steadfast” in the Lord’s way.
He “trusts” in the Lord himself.
The Law of Radiant Faith
Faith is the Grace that receives from the Lord what He has to offer and rest
in the will of His Word. The verb “to believe” denotes the steady resting of
the soul upon an object outside of itself. Therefore, for one person to rely, to
trust, to depend upon another.
Faith depends upon the living God. It has no reliance upon itself.
The same word rendered “believed” in Gen 15:6 is rendered “nursed” in
Isa 60:4 where it says, “Thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.”
Referring to the Eastern custom of the mother carrying her child astride upon
the hip and with her arms around the body.
What better picture could we have of the act and attitude of faith than the
child resting on the mother’s hip and being supported by her?
”Abram believed in Lord and the Lord counted it unto him for righteousness.”
The Lord understood all the responsibilities of his salvation and need.
Sunday, April 8, 2001
The Truth Teaching the Truth
For an accurate and true understanding of what the Word of God has to say,
there is no better way than noticing what the Lord Jesus Christ has to say. It
is “the Truth” teaching “the Truth.”
The word to “abide” is the Greek word “MENO,” which means to be in one
place all the time. It is used to describe where a person dwells.
The word “MENO” is used by the Lord Jesus Christ in John 15, 12 times. It is
translated “abide,” “continue,” and “remain.”
Notice how Jesus Christ uses this word and you will see the meaning and the
application of it as the Lord of glory used it.
- Command to abide.
”Abide in Me,” John 15:4. This is a call to obedience and not an option
- Christ’s abiding in us depends on our abiding in Him.
“Abide in Me and I in you,” John 15:4. The order of our obedience
secures the omnipotence of His presence.
- Necessity of abiding.
The branch is useless and helpless in itself. Ezek 15:1-6. Its
fruitfulness depends upon being united to the Vine. So, union and
communion with Christ are essential for fruitfulness. John 15:4.
- Result of abiding.
“The much fruit” of His dying. John 12:24 finds its counterpart in
the “much fruit” of His living in us by our abiding in Him. John 15:5.
- Consequence of not abiding.
Want of fruit proves we are professors and not partakers. There may be a
fruitless vine, but there cannot be a fruitless Christ. For union with
Christ proves itself by fruit from Him. John 15:6 and Hosea 14:8.
- Blessing of abiding.
John 15:7. As we answer to the Lord in our obedience, He answers to our
prayers with His blessing.
- Sphere of abiding.
“Continue ye in My love,” John 15:9. As we live in the element of
God’s love, we inbreathe His affection to our comfort and we outbreathe
it to others’ help.
- How to abide.
“If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love.” John 15:10.
The royal road of God's benediction is the loyal road of our
- Fellowship of abiding.
John 15:10. Christ does not ask us to do anything He has done to God
for us and which He promises to do in us to God’s glory.
- The joy of abiding.
John 15:11. The things of the world pass away, but the joy of the
Lord comes to stay.
- Reward of abiding.
John 15:16. Abiding in the Son, we as abiding sons find the abiding
fruit, for He not only “gives the fruit of union,” verse 4, and the
“more fruit” of discipline, verse 2, and the “much fruit” of His
indwelling and abundant life to God’s glory, verses 5, 8, but the fruit
that remains, verse 16, which puts us in the place of prevailing prayer.
Here is a complete dissertation on the word “MENO,” with its meaning and
application by the Lord Himself.
No need to turn to any other for documentation. This is absolute accuracy.
The word “righteousness” in Romans is used in seven different ways. While
its primary meaning means to be right, the context suggests the sense in which
it is to be understood.
- Personality – what God is – or His acts consistent with His nature,
therefore that which is right. Rom 3:5, 9, 25.
- Righteousness of the law – or what God demands from men. Rom
10:5, Rom 9:31.
- Righteousness displayed in the Gospel – that is, God’s Grace
consistent with His character. Rom 1:17, 3:21-26, 5:17, 21, 8:10.
- The righteousness of God personified in Christ – that is, He is all
that God wishes and fulfilled all He required. Rom 10:3-4.
- The righteousness of faith – or what God puts to our account. When
we believe in Christ, namely, we are made the righteousness of God in
Christ. Rom 4:3-22, 9:30, 10:6, 10.
- The righteousness of the Spirit – or what He produces in the life of
the believer. Rom 14:17.
- The righteousness of the believer – or the practical outcome of union
with Christ. Rom 6:13, 16, 18, 19, 20.
”He made Him to be sin, Who knew no sin, that we might be made the
righteousness of God in Him,” 2 Cor 5:21.
“The Law of the Spirit”
“The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus makes us free from the law
of sin and death,” Rom 8:2. We are under a new law, the law of
A Spirit-filled life is extensive in its meaning. There are several phases and
phrases which have to do with a Spirit-filled life.
- Baptism – is the immersing word and denotes the Spirit’s power. Acts
- Anointing – is the qualifying word and speaks of His consecrating Grace.
2 Cor 1:21.
- Sealing – is the claiming word and avows His proprietary rights. Eph
1:13, Eph 4:30.
- Enduement – is His endowing word and proclaims His empowering ability.
- Earnest – is the assuring word and guarantees the coming glory. 2 Cor
- Full – is the sufficient word and tells of His satisfying efficiency.
- Filled – is the overflowing word and represents His constant inflow and
outflow in life and service. Acts 2:4.
”Filled in the Spirit,” not with the Spirit. The preposition “EN”
should read “in” and not “with.” The Spirit is in every believer as the
Spirit of adoption. But it is not every believer that is in the Spirit.
It is one thing to possess the Spirit and another thing to be possessed by
the Spirit. “Spirit-possession.”
Learn to Discriminate!
A critic who observed to Michael Angelo that he seemed in his work to be
careful about trifles, was answered, “Trifles make perfection. And perfection
is no trifle.”
Take two facts about the Lord Jesus Christ. He is called “the Only
Begotten,” John 3:16. And, “the First Begotten,” Heb 1:6.
As the “Only Begotten” He was the only One of God who could meet our need. He
stands alone in His Deity and majesty.
But, as “the First Begotten,” He arose from the dead as the One who was the
pledge of all the redeemed who should be raised and glorified.
God made His Son like to all that He might make all sons like unto One.
Exhortations From Scripture – “Let Us”
Exhortation means an appeal to the mind and conscience of the individual to
do something that is worthy and of importance and leads to a practical end.
We frequently find the apostles exhorting those to whom they write to do certain
things in connection with the words “Let us.” The following outline is
connected with the coming of Christ.
- Separation – Seeing “The night is far spent and the day is at
hand, Let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armour of
light,” Rom13:12. The clothes of the old man of sin are to be cast away
as useless and worn out and the armour of Him who is light is to panoply us.
- Walk – “Let us walk honestly and put on the Lord Jesus
Christ,” Rom 13:13, 14. To walk in the realm of honesty means to be open
to the light and free from any ulterior motives, namely to be transparent. To
be clothed with Christ signifies that He is seen and heard.
- Following – “Let us, therefore, follow after peace,” Rom
14:19. The association of these words is in relation to our conduct towards
each other. Our conduct will be reviewed at the Judgment Seat of Christ,
when we shall each have to give an account to God. Verse 12. Therefore, we
are not to judge or despise each other but to “follow after peace.”
- Reaping – “Let us not be weary in well doing, for in due season
we shall reap if we faint not,” Gal 6:9. We shall reap in kind what we
- Alertness – “Let us not sleep,” 1 Thes 5:6. To be in a
state of spiritual slumber, as the word “sleep” means, is to evidence we
are in a wrong condition of soul. To awake is to show we are alert to the
- Watchfulness – “Let us watch and be sober,” 1 Thes 5:6. We
need a watchful eye to see what the enemy is after, a watchful soul to keep
the garden of our inner being, and a watchful spirit to be ready for our
- Sobriety – “Let us who are of the day be sober,” 1 Thes 5:8.
Because of what we are, we ought to be different from others. Dare to be
Do you feel good about these exhortations simply because of the words “Let
us?” We are not alone.
The Distinctiveness of Scripture
The Word of God is finely and tersely made known in the use of the word
“this” in John’s first epistle, especially if we know that the same word
is rendered “herein” and “hereby.”
If students of the Word of God would look up the associations of the following
sentences, they will see what a glorious unfolding of Truth there is found in
“this distinctive word.”
”In this was manifest the love of God,” 1 John 4:19.
”This commandment have we from Him,” 1 John 4:21.
”By this we know that we love the children of God,” 1 John 5:2.
”For this is the love of God that we keep His commandments,” 1 John
”This is the victory that overcometh the world,” 1 John 5:4.
”This is He that came by water and blood,” 1 John 5:6.
”This is the Witness of God,” 1 John 5:9.
”This is the record,”1 John 5:11.
”This is the confidence that we have in Him,” 1 John 5:14.
”This is the true God and eternal life,” 1 John 5:20.
The Word of God is a distinctive Word of God.
The Promises Pertaining to the “Promised One”
|the Promised Seed of Eden,|
|the Sheltering Ark of Noah,|
|the Ram offered in the stead of Isaac,|
|the Passover Lamb of Exodus,|
|the Perfect Sacrifice of Leviticus,|
|the Life-Giving Serpent of Numbers,|
|the Accessible Refuge of Deuteronomy,|
|the Gracious Saviour of Joshua,|
|the Mighty Man of Valour of Judges,|
|the Kinsman Redeemer of Ruth,|
|the Dependent Conqueror of Samuel,|
|the Glorious Ling of Kings,|
|the Vigilant Administrator of Chronicles,|
|the Prayerful Builder of Nehemiah,|
|the Wise Leader of Ezra,|
|the Prevailing Intercessor of Esther,|
|the Delivering Daysman of Job,|
|the Patient Sufferer of the Psalms,|
|the Upright Son of Proverbs,|
|the Wise Man of Ecclesiastes,|
|the Attractive Beloved of the Song of Solomon,|
|the Beautiful Messenger of Isaiah,|
|the Weeping Prophet of Jeremiah,|
|the Glorious One of Ezekiel,|
|the Cut-Off Prince of Daniel,|
|the Refreshing Dew of Hosea,|
|the Resolute Judge of Joel,|
|the Raiser-Up of Amos,|
|the Satisfying Possession of Obadiah,|
|the Afflicted Substitute of Jonah,|
|the Caster-Away of Sins of Micah,|
|the Irresistible Stronghold of Nahum,|
|the Holy Searcher of Habakkuk,|
|the Glad Singer of Zephaniah,|
|the Faithful Blesser of Haggai,|
|the Smitten Shepherd of Zechariah,|
|the Coming Refiner of Malachi.|
”To Him give all the prophets witness, that through His Name is the
forgiveness of sin.”
Amos Repeats Himself – The Law of Repetition
Eight times in the prophecy of Amos in connection with eight peoples we have
this peculiar sentence. ”For three transgressions and for four, I will not
turn away the punishment thereof,” Amos 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 13, 2:1, 4, 6.
Then follows a reason why God dealt in punishment with the several parties which
are associated with the eight times God uses the word “because.”
Christ in the Gospel of Matthew uses the pregnant and personal sentence,
“Verily I say unto you” no less than 30 times.
Matt 5:18, 26, 6:2, 5, 16, 8:10, 10:15, 23, 42, 11:11, 13:17, 16:28, 17:20,
Repetition is Theological glue.
“You Cannot Be My Disciple”
Three times Jesus Christ uses the sentence, “Cannot be My disciple” in
laying down the conditions of discipleship. Luke 14:26, Luke 14:27, Luke 14:33.
Three times Christ reminded the Jews of the consequence of unbelief, namely,
“That they would die in their sins” “And whither I go, ye
cannot come.” John 8:21, John 8:24.
Three times Christ asked Peter the question, “Lovest thou Me?” John
Repetition is Theological glue.
- The three-fold reference to the Father in John 17, when Christ
speaks to Him as “Father.”
When He addresses “His Father” on behalf of His people, He says, “Holy
And then He refers to Him “as righteous Father,” John 17:1, 11, 25.
- Three-fold evil.
Sin is often coupled with “transgression” and “iniquity,” but they
cannot substitute the one for the other.
Sin is the missing of the mark of God’s requirement.
Transgression is going beyond the boundary of God’s law.
Iniquity is twisting what is straight and making it crooked. In Psalm 32:1
it tells us what God will do with these.
- Three-fold requirement of God’s request.
There are three things which He requires from His creature, man.
”What doth the Lord require of thee?
”But to do justly,
”And to love mercy,
”And to walk humbly with thy God,” Micah 6:8.
This is the verse Teddy Roosevelt put in the Bibles of the soldiers going
over seas during WWI with commendation.
Monday, April 9, 2001
The News is Saying That This Year at Easter Time on TV the Face of Jesus
Christ is Changing
One which most Americans don’t know.
I thought His face was so marred that He no longer could be recognized as a
man. Isa 52:13, “Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently. He shall be exalted
and extolled and be very high.” Isa 52:14, “As many were astonished at Thee;
His visage was so marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons
He was marred to the point where He could not be recognized as a man. Can
they show that picture on TV? I don’t think so.
Marred because of His being a Servant – a suffering Servant – bearing the
sins of the whole world. Marred in service – an honorable service.
A Full Revelation Concerning Giving
In 2 Cor 8 and 9, there is unfolded the worth and wealth of Christian giving.
Money as such is not mentioned, but it is described as:
|“the riches of liberality,” verse 2|
|”power,” verse 3|
|”the gift” and the “fellowship,” verse 4|
|”this Grace,” verses 6, 7|
|”abundance,” verse 14|
|”bounty,” verse 5|
|”the ministration,” verse 13|
|”liberal distribution,” verse 13.|
Tithing is not mentioned.
A Full Revelation Concerning Faith!
A full revelation of the characteristics of faith is found in Heb 11, where
we are reminded of
|the nature of faith;|
|it makes the unseen real;|
|the objective and the basis of faith;|
|the Word of God and the God of the Word;|
|the activities of faith in the several persons mentioned and what they
|the excellencies of faith and its rewards;|
Faith honors God to His glory. And God honors faith to its benefit and
The Law of Resemblance
The living Word ... and the written Word.
Both are said to be: ”sure,” “living,” “eternal,”
“wonderful,” “perfect.” The same law holds good in the resemblance
between Christ and the believers.
He is the Son of God ... And we are the sons of God.
He is the Living Stone ... We are living stones.
He is the Light of the world ... We are lights in the world to shine.
He is the Faithful and True Witness ... We are witnesses.
He is the Branch ... We are branches.
There is a resemblance. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. The tree
– where He bore our sins in His own body on the Cross.
Son of God
Christ is called the “Son of God” and the “Son of man.”
But the word “TEKNON,” a descendent, is not used when He is so called. He
is not a descendent of God. For His humanity was the product of the Holy
Spirit. Luke 1:35.
The word “HUIOS” for son, used of Christ as the Son of God and the Son of
man, denotes adoption and therefore, refers to the place He filled as “the
Only Begotten Son.” And to the place He assumed as the Son of man, who came to
seek and save lost humanity.
The importance of understanding the meaning of the Words of God the Holy Spirit
is to have the key to unlock their secrets.
There are two words in the New Testament which are rendered “son.” One
meaning the kinship of the same nature, “TEKNON.” The other, the
position of adoption, “HUIOS.”
Believers are said to be “the children of God” because they are “begotten
of Him,” John 1:12-13, 1 John 5:1-3. They are akin to Him and owe their
spiritual being to Him, even as the child owes his being to his parents.
But, we are waiting for the adoption, Rom 8:23, although we know we “are
predestinated unto the adoption of children,” Eph 1:5.
We are children of God now. But we have not the place of glory for which we are
A metaphor means one thing is used to explain another.
Christ said, “I am the Door.”
He did not mean He was a door, but as a door, as the means of entrance. So He is
the throughway Whom we enter into blessing.
Our Lord said of the bread which He broke, “This is My body.”
He did not mean the bread was His actual body, but that He represented it.
When Christ is called “The Lamb of God,” He does not signify He is a lamb.
But as the Lamb of the Passover was the means of diverting the judgment of God,
so He is the means to take away sin.
The Psalms, in speaking of God, are full of metaphors.
|”He is a Sun and a Shield.”|
|”A Refuge and a Fortress.”|
|”A Tower and a Defense.”|
A metaphor is one thing contained in another.
One profitable study is to trace out in an Epistle, a Gospel, or a Book, how
a theme is repeated or a word used.
The following are a few of them.
|”In that day” – Isaiah|
|”Thus saith the Lord” – Ezekiel|
|”The kingdom of Heaven” – Matthew|
|”Straightway” – Mark|
|”The Son of man” – Luke|
|”Light” … “and love” –
|”The Holy Spirit” – in Acts|
|”Righteousness” – in Romans|
|”Things of God” – in Corinthians|
|”Crucified” – in Galatians|
|”Riches” – in Ephesians|
|”Joy and rejoice” – in
|”Christ” – in Colossians|
|”Christ’s coming” – in Thessalonians|
|”Better things” – in Hebrews|
|”Precious things” – in Peter’s epistles|
|”Know” – in 1 John|
|”Truth” – 2 and 3 John|
|”Blessed and overcome” – in Revelation.|
Now, you can find the topic you are looking for.
No Subject So Glorious as He. No Theme So Affecting to Us.
Christ is the Fact of facts, the Bible’s Theme.
Who stands alone, august, unique, supreme.
The Man of pain, who feels all human pain,
And slakes the thirst, and turns all loss to gain.
He is the God, all light from Him doth gleam.
He is the Man of men, beyond all dream.
He is the God of love, all love Divine.
He is the hand of power, all strength sublime.
From Him all things come forth. In Him consists
To Him all tend. And all by Him subsist.
The Book, it speaks of Him, the Christ reveals.
The eyes that close to Him, all Truth conceals.
He is the Gospel’s Theme. He died for all.
His death alone can free from sin’s enthrall.
His resurrection life, the might of might.
His reign within the soul, the life of right.
His peace within the heart, the calm of love.
His joy untold, the thrill from realms above.
The Spirit came, the outcome of His death.
The power of God, His Grace and living breath.
He’s all! The visibility of God.
And we sing of Him, and onward plod.
God’s Affirmation in His Word That He has Spoken
- God has spoken generally through the medium of prophets.
There is a recurring sentence in Matthew’s Gospel and that is, “That
which is spoken of the Lord by the prophet saying.”
The hinge which causes the door of the sentence to open up with definite
meaning is the preposition “DIA” rendered “by,” which when found
with the genitive signifies something which is accomplished by the means of
an active agent. “By means of the prophet.”
- In particular, God affirmed to have revealed His mind to and through
Christ endorsed this fact in His well-known Words when He said, “Moses
wrote of Me,” John 5:46. The Jews, too, recognized that “God spoke unto
Moses,” John 9:29.
When we look back over the Books of Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers, even the
most superficial reader must be immediately arrested by the tremendous
sentence prefacing nearly every chapter. ”Then the Lord said unto
Moses.” “And the Lord said unto Moses,” Deut 18:17-20.
- God is said to have specifically spoken in Christ.
The climax of revelation is Christ Himself. “For God hath in these last
days spoken unto us by His Son,” Heb 1:2.
All those who preceded Him were but fore gleams of Him. And all modes and
methods by which God revealed Himself in the past were but shadows of Him,
the living Substance.
He is said to be “the Word,” John 1:1-3. The thought of God is resident
in Him. And expressed by Him, therefore, to see Him is to see and understand
the Father. The word “LOGOS” makes known the fact that all that He is,
did, and said, is doing, and will do, is the living thought of God in
How important then to listen to Christ’s Word about His Words. He says,
“The Words that I speak unto you are Spirit and life.”
Therefore, to feed on them is to find the true bread and drink. John 6:53, 63.
Christ is said to be the Mouthpiece of God.
There is no doubt about the sense and substance of the following Words of our
|”He that seeth Me, seeth Him that sent Me.”|
|”He that rejected Me and receiveth not My Words, hath One that judgeth
the Word that I have spoken.”|
|”For I have not spoken of Myself, but the Father that sent Me, to give Me a
commandment what I should say, and what I should speak.”|
|”I know that His commandment is life everlasting.”|
|”Whatsoever I speak, therefore, even as the Father said unto Me, so I
speak,” John 12:45-50.|
These words about the Words Christ uttered are prefaced by His claim to be the Light
of the world. He came as the Light to illuminate the darkness.
The words “He hath spoken” are claimed to be “the One” through whom the
Message of God is expressed.
We cannot therefore reject the Words of Christ without ignoring the thought of
God, and excluding the Light.
The sun of God’s being shines forth in the rays of His Son. “He that hath
seen Me hath seen the Father.”
”Show us the Father. It suffices.”
Alpha and Omega!
Christ declared He was the Alpha and Omega of Revelation.
When He speaks to the two disciples as they journeyed to Emmaus, He chided
them and said, “O fools and slow of mind to believe all the prophets had
spoken.” And then He asked the question and gave a subsequent answer, “Ought
not Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into glory?”
”And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all
the Scriptures the things concerning Himself,” Luke 24:26, 27.
He practically said the same thing to the disciples in the upper room. “And He
said unto them, These are the Words which I spake unto you while I was yet with
you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses,
and in the prophets, and in the Psalms concerning Me. Then opened He their
understanding that they might understand the Scriptures,” Luke 24:44, 45.
Around the double star of Christ’s sufferings and glory, everything centers
and is circumscribed, 1 Pet 1:11. These are the “Jachin and Boaz” of God’s
temple. 2 Chr 3:17.
As those pillars upheld all the temple of old, so every Truth of the Bible is
held together and focused in the Christ it makes known. We do not know
anything worth knowing, if we do not know Him. But knowing Him, we have the key
to all knowledge.
”Grow in Grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”
God is Said to Speak Through the Medium of Words
Again and again in the books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and others we have
the explanatory sentence, “For the Lord hath spoken.”
When the prophet Isaiah gave his solemn charge to Judah, he prefaced it by
saying, “Hear O Heavens, and give ear, O Earth, for the Lord hath spoken.”
And when he closed his charge with a warning of the consequences if they
“refuse and rebel,” he said, “For the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.”
At the declaration of the uselessness of Moab to pray, the prophet announced
“This is the Word the Lord hath spoken concerning Moab” and further says,
“But now the Lord hath spoken saying, within three years the glory of Moab
shall be contemned.”
The prediction “The glory of Kedar shall fail” and their “mighty archers
shall be diminished” is because “The Lord God of Israel hath spoken it.”
In a variety of ways, instances, and occasions, we find the same thing
announced. Sometimes “As the Lord hath spoken.” “For the Lord hath
spoken.” “The Lord hath spoken this Word.” “This is the Word the Lord
hath spoken concerning Him.” “The Lord will do this thing which He hath
spoken.” “I have spoken it and I will also bring it to pass.” “I, even
I, hath spoken.” “The mouth of the Lord hath spoken.” “I have spoken
unto thee in a Book.” “That which Thou hath spoken has come to pass.”
“Because I have spoken unto them.” “I, the Lord, hath spoken it.” “The
Word which I have spoken shall be done, saith the Lord God.” “This is the
day whereof I have spoken.” “The Lord of hosts hath spoken it.”
Now I know you don’t have time to look all these up for your confidence and
encouragement as to the importance of the Word of God, so here it is:
|Isa 1:2, 20, 16:13, 14, 21:17, 22:25, 24:3, 31:4, 37:22, 38:7, 39:8, 40:5,
46:11, 48:15, 16|
|Jer 9:12, 13:15, 25:3, 27:13, 30:2, 32:24, 35:17, 36:2, 4, 48:8, 51:62|
|Ezek 5:13, 15, 17, 12:28, 17:21, 24, 21:32, 22:14, 23:34, 24:14, 26:5, 14,
28:10, 30:12, 34:24, 36:5, 6, 36, 37:14, 38:19, 39:5, 8|
|Amos 3:1, 8|
Could anything be more explicit than these personal, pointed, prophetic, varied,
and clear messages, and to all and each of which might be attached the following
”I, Jehovah, have spoken it, it shall come to pass, and I will do it, I will
not go back, neither will I change my mind.”
To understand the full value of this section, the suggestion is made, that each
passage should be studied and examined in its setting.
Now has your pastor ever done this for you??
There Are Equivalent Sentences Which Declare God Hath Spoken
“Thus saith the Lord” and the fact that “He spake.”
Someone has counted them and declare they occur 2,601 times. 680 times in the
Books of Moses. 196 times in the poetic Books. 418 times in the historical
Books. And 1,307 times in the prophetical Books.
The psalmist says, ‘Thou hast magnified Thy Word above Thy Name,” Psa 138:2.
Therefore, we do well to glorify It above everything else.
Why Does the Lord Put His Emphasis on His Word?
It seems redundant that the Lord has to endorse His own Word. But knowing man
as He does, He has to reiterate the importance of “Thus saith the Lord.”
We should be magnifying His Word because:
- It is Divine in source.
To take one Book, the Book of Acts, we find the Word is referred to 35 times.
As “The Word of God,” 13 times – 4:31, 6:2, 7, 8:14, 11:1, 12:24,
13:5, 7, 44, 46, 17:13, 18:11, 19:20.
As “The Word of the Lord,” eight times – 8:25, 11:16, 13:48, 49,
15:35, 36, 16:32, 19:10.
As “The Word,” 13 times – 4:4, 6:4, 8:4, 10:36, 44, 11:19, 13:26,
14:3, 25, 15:7, 16:6, 17:11, 20:32.
And as “Thy Word,” once – Acts 4:29.
Magnify the Word because it is of Divine Origin and Source.
Magnify the Word of God Because It is Dynamic in Operation
Notice what it says about His Word in the Book of Hebrews. 1:3, 2:2, 4:12,
6:5, 11:3, 13:7. There lieth in the dynamite of God’s Word all latent
possibilities of the life of the Almighty.
”Upholdeth all things by the Word of His power.”
”The Word of God is alive and powerful.”
”Tasted of the good Word of God and the powers of the world to come.”
“The worlds were framed by the Word of God.”
”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 manner of life.”
”For if the Word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and
disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so
great salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was
confirmed unto us by them that heard it.”
”Man cannot live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the
mouth of God.”
We Should Magnify the Word of God Because It is Devoted to its Promises
The Word, as such, is coupled with what the Holy Spirit calls “the Word of
all His goodness.”
Solomon confessed that “Not one Word of God’s good promise failed,” 1
Kings 8:56. He failed the Word, but the Word didn’t fail him.
His promises and the performance of them are continually referred to. Psa
105:42; Acts 13:23, 32, 26:6, 7; Rom 4:20; Gal 3:14-29; Heb 6:13-17; 2 Pet 3:4,
”He staggered not at the Promises of God through unbelief, but was strong in
faith, giving glory to God.”
”As of this man’s Seed, hath God, according to His Promise, raised unto
Israel a Saviour, Jesus.”
”And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the Promise made of God unto
”Unto which Promise our twelve tribes instantly serving God day and night.”
Hope to come.
”The Lord is not slack concerning His Promise, as some men count slackness.
But is long suffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that
all should come to a change of mind.”
”Nevertheless, we, according to His Promise, look for new heavens and a new
earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”
”All the Promises of God in Him are yea and amen, to the glory of God.”
We Should Magnify the Word of God Because It is Definite in Its Claim
The Epistles to the Thessalonians illustrate the claims of the Word.
It is “The Word” in its authority, 1:6.
”The Word of the Lord” in its message, 1:8, 4:15, 2 Thes 3:1.
”The Word of God” in its power, 2:13.
The Word claims the faith of our obedience, the loyalty of our love, and the
desire of our hope.
”Search the Scriptures, for in Them They speak of Me.”
We Should Magnify the Word of God Because It is Distinct in Its Prophecy
The Book of Revelation may illustrate what is found in many places.
Christ is the Key, 19:13.
So to keep It is our responsibility, 1:9, 3:8, 10, 6:9, 20:4.
And to bear record of It our privilege, 1:2.
We Should Magnify the Word of God Because It is Distinguishing in Its
The many qualifying Words of the Word indicate its manifold Message.
|It is a Word of life to quicken, Phil
|The Word of faith to beget faith, Rom 10:8.|
|The Word of reconciliation to assure, 2 Cor 5:19.|
|The Word of God to slay, Eph 6:17.|
|The Word of Christ to indwell, Col 3:16.|
|The Word of the Lord to reveal, 1 Thes 4:15.|
|The Word of faithfulness to keep, Titus 1:9.|
|The Word of righteousness to adjust, Heb 5:13.|
|The Word of incorruption to endure, 1 Pet 1:23, 25.|
|The engrafted Word to fructify, James 1:21.|
”Thy Word have I hid in my heart, that I may not sin against Thee.”
We Should Magnify the Word of God Because It is Dedicating in Its Influence
When we call to mind what the Lord says He will do by means of His Word, we
can see how beneficent and practical It is in Its in-working and Its
Let us confine our thought to Christ and His teaching.
|He taught that the Word was a Fruit-Producer, Matt 13:23.|
|He taught that the Word was a Victory Gainer, Matt 4:4.|
|He taught that the Word was a Disciple Witnesser., John 8:31.|
|He taught that the Word was a Sanctifying Obtainer, John 17:17.|
|He taught that the Word was a Love Prover, John 14:25.|
|He taught that the Word was a Prayer Answerer, John 15:7.|
|He taught that the Word was a Heart Assurer, John 5:24.|
”Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way, by taking heed unto Thy
Prosperity in a Recession
In the ancient world, when the Bible was written, the Jews were under an
agricultural economy. In order to be prosperous in an agricultural economy, it
was necessary for you to have an “ox” to tread out the corn. That was
The first letter of the Hebrew alphabet is “ALEPH,” which is an “ox” and
it stands for prosperity. So, when you see the first letter of the Hebrew
alphabet at the beginning of a verse, you know it means the content of that
verse spells out prosperity.
In Psalm 119 we have 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet and we have eight verses
for each letter, making up the 176 verses of Psalm 119.
The first eight verses of Psalm 119 all begin with the first letter of the
alphabet, which is an “ox” and the letter looks like an “ox.” It tells
you what true prosperity really is in the eyes of the Lord.
Psalm 119:1, “ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the
Law of the Lord.”
2 Blessed are they that keep
His Testimonies, and that seek Him with the whole heart.
3 They also do no iniquity: they
walk in His Ways.
4 Thou hast commanded us to
keep Thy Precepts diligently.
5 O that my ways were directed
to keep Thy Statutes!
6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when
I have respect unto all Thy Commandments.
7 I will praise Thee with
uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned Thy Righteous Judgments.
8 I will keep Thy statutes:
O forsake me not utterly.”
Notice every verse of prosperity pertains to some part of the Word of God.
”Walk in the Law of the Lord. Keep His Testimonies. Seek Him with the
whole heart. Keep Thy precepts diligently. My ways directed to keep Thy Statues.
Respect unto all Thy Commandments. When I have learned Thy Righteous Judgments.
I will keep Thy Statutes.”
God’s viewpoint on prosperity. Next time you see an “ox,” smile.
The Prophetic Days of Christ and the Colors of the Rainbow
We have the crimson day of Christ’s
glory in the flesh. Crimsoned by suffering
and sorrow and sin. Yet full of the glory of Grace, love, and Truth.
The black day of man’s sin and iniquity,
seething with rebellion and lawlessness, and unbelief.
The variegated day of the Son in His many-sided present ministry at the Right
Hand of God.
The green day of salvation it its testimony
of God’s love and Grace.
The blue day of Christ’s satisfaction in
the splendor of His return for His own.
The yellow day of the Lord’s kingly rule.
The brown day of the Judge’s righteous
The purple day of the Son of man’s
And the golden day of God’s perfect glory.
No matter how old and feeble you may be
No matter how unsuccessful you have become,
No matter how insignificant you may appear to be,
No matter how alone you may think you are,
You are still something if you have someone to love,
And if you have someone who loves you, and you do, we all do.
”I have loved you with an everlasting love.”
”I have drawn you with the cords of love.”
Tuesday, April 10, 2001
New World Order
It began with the incarnation of Christ and ended with His crucifixion.
- When He came, He brought in a “new order of things.”
- “A new wonder was seen,” God manifested in the flesh.
- He no longer hid Himself in thick darkness, but was seen and heard in
- “A new unfolding” was given. An unfolding of the love of God as seen
in the compassion of Christ, which came to bless humanity like the morning
light which hallows with glory the hills lately shrouded in darkness.
- “A new attraction” was evidenced in the beautiful life of Christ,
which like an oasis in the desert, was felt in all He was, said, and did.
- “A new gift” was bestowed in the Good Shepherd giving His life, which
given life was to be the mystic key to open Heaven’s storehouse of
blessing and to hush every cry of Earth.
- “A new power” was realized in Christ’s resurrection from the dead,
which like a tornado, was to sweep hell’s power before it and supply a
force to move all the required machinery of the Church.
- “A new bestowment” was supplied in the Holy Spirit who should be like
the Earth, sun, and rain to the sown corn, the Fertilizer of the spiritual
life of the believer.
- “A new relationship” was inaugurated for those who receive the Christ,
and they would henceforth know God as their Father, hence His first Words to
His disciples on resurrection morn were, “My Father and your Father.”
The Significance of Christ at the Right Hand of the Father!
This has to do with Christ’s present ministry at the right hand of God.
This ministry has to do with “believers only.” He appears in the
presence of God “for us.”
- As our Representative, He lives for us.
- As our High Priest, He pleads for us.
- As our Advocate, He answers for us.
- As our Succourer, He aids us.
- As our Keeper, He preserves us.
- As our Shepherd, He tends us.
- As our Friend, He cheers us.
- As our Companion, He has fellowship with us.
We hear Him say, as He said of His own long since, “I pray for them,”
thus His present service is respective to God’s people.
The Day of Salvation is Elective in its Purpose
The Lord is taking out from the world a people to His Name. These constitute
the Church, which is His mystical body. In order to accomplish this, those who
are saved go forth and proclaim the willingness of God to save to the utmost.
Those who are blessed by Him receive a seven-fold benediction. They are:
The Day of Christ is Restrictive to the Redeemed
This period covers the time between Christ coming for and with His saints.
For that day believers are kept. And in that day they will be made like Christ.
They will stand before His judgment seat that their work may be tested, their
motives examined, their conduct reviewed. And rewards given for those services
rendered for the sake of Christ.
The Secret of Drifting Declension!
There are certain uniform dispensational features which distinguish every new
period. Each dispensation is marked by seven features in the following order:
- Increased light.
- Decline of spiritual life.
- Union between disciples and the world.
- A gigantic civilization, worldly in type.
- Parallel development of good and evil.
- Apostasy on the part of God’s people.
- Concluding judgment.
We are now in the seventh dispensation. The same seven marks have been all
alike, showing One controlling power.
”Deus in historia”
The history of the world’s powers is always from bad to worse and not from
worse to better.
Here is the moral of all human tales.
It is but the rehearsal of the past.
First freedom and then glory
When that fails,
Wealth, vice, corruption, barbarism, at last.
And history with all her volumes vast
Hath but one page.
The Drifting Declension in the Visions of Daniel
The golden kingdom of Babylon, with its absolute autocracy, is followed by
the silver kingdom of Medo-Persia with its parliament of princes. The brass
kingdom of Greece with its sweeping conquests under Alexander the Great and his
four generals, is followed by the iron rule of Rome, with its many senators. And
lastly we have the brittle clay of the powers in the time of the end.
If we look at the weight of these several materials in their specific gravity,
we see how there is a declension.
|Gold is equivalent to Dan 19:3.|
|Silver is equivalent to Dan 10:51.|
|Brass is equivalent to Dan 8:5.|
|Iron is equivalent to Dan.7:6.|
|Clay is equivalent to Dan 1:9.|
Thus we see the image is top heavy and we are not surprised at his overthrow.
The same principle is illustrated in the vision that Daniel saw as recorded in
The kingly and majestic lion is followed by the strong and brutal bear. The bear
is followed by the cunning and sleek leopard. And the leopard is followed by the
hybrid and horned monstrosity.
The Secret of God’s Judicial Method!
We find certain great principles illustrated and enunciated:
- That the Lord uses one nation to punish another, as in the case of Judah
being overcome by Babylon.
- God punishes the nation He has used to punish another. So, Babylon, in
turn, is crushed by the Medo-Persians.
- God deals with nations in their corporate capacity in time and not in the
Nations have no hereafter. The individual has.
Individuals are forgiven. But nations are not. God deals with them in
righteousness when they continue being negative to His Word.
Nations as nations have been cut out in the past.
”Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision,” Joel 3:14.
These words describe the gathering of nations. But the word “decision” does
not convey the thought. It should read “Multitudes, multitudes, in the valley
of excision,” which means a cutting off, or a cutting out. The Hebrew
word is used in describing the mining of gold, in separating the gold from the
refuse, Prov 16:16.
And the word is also used is speaking of a sharp threshing instrument, which is
used to separate the chaff from the corn, Isa 41:15.
Under the same thought where Christ speaks of a shepherd separating the sheep
from the goats, Matt 25:32.
The Secret of Loving Purpose!
There are two great and wonderful lines of prophecy in relation to Abraham
and David. God promised to Abraham that the land, which is called “the Land of
Promise,” the dimensions of which are given in Gen. 15:18.
Another line of prophesy is in connection with the throne of David and the
promises related to the occupancy of it by One of his seed. These are clearly
stated in 2 Sam 7:8-17 and expounded in Psa 72.
We call these promises “the secret of loving purpose,” for the simple
reason that God has covenanted with Himself, and thus placed Himself under
obligation to fulfill His Word and Oath.
He cannot do any other, and He would not if He could.
In spite of all the sin and iniquity of Israel, which as a nation has been
ruthlessly sifted among the nations, the Lord has pledged Himself in His love
and Grace that not a grain of the nation of Israel shall be lost.
His Word of promise is: “I will sift the house of Israel among all
nations. Like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall
upon the Earth.”
”In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen,
and close up the breaches thereof. And I will raise up His ruins and I
will build it up as in the days of old, and I will bring again the
captivity of My people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and
inhabit them and they shall plant vineyards and drink the wine thereof. They
shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.”
”And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be
pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the Lord thy God.”
Could any promise be more full, explicit, than that which is found in, the
seven golden “I wills” in the above words? Amos 9:9-15 .
The Secret of Focusing Goal!
There are some 666 general prophecies in the Old Testament, 333 of which
refer particularly to the coming Messiah and meet only in Him.
We are not surprised, therefore, that the goal of God’s purpose in which all
things are to be focused is the coming of Christ to take up the reins of
No more explicit word could be given than we find in Paul’s address to the
Athenians when he declared that God hath appointed the day, that is a period of
time, in which He will judge, or rule, the civilized world in righteousness by
that Man whom He hath ordained, whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in
that He hath raised Him from the dead,” Acts 17:31.
The only cure for all the ills of humanity and the disorders that are found
in the world, is the personal coming and intervention of the Lord Jesus Christ.
When we turn to the pages of this Book, we find by prophetic vision, by clear
statement, by predicted utterance, by many types, in the foreshadowing by
individuals, by the clear teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ, by the Holy
Spirit’s inspired Word, that it is God’s purpose to sum up all things in
the Son of His love.
Since this is so, how important is it that we should have fellowship with God
about the future glory of His Son.
The Progressiveness of Our Lord’s Christship! Messiahship!
A progressive revelation is made know in the Truth concerning our Lord as
The Gospels reveal the Lord Jesus Christ as the Christ who came to do a work
for us. Therefore, they are written, “That we might believe Jesus is the
Christ, the Son of God, and that believing, we might have life through His
Name,” John 20:31.
Also, it is upon His personal worth and work as the Christ that His Church
is built, as Christ Himself declared when Peter confessed, “Thou art the
Christ, the Son of the living God,” Matt 16:13-16.
Jesus Christ is exalted to the right hand of God in the place of authority
and power, and as the Giver of the Holy Spirit. Therefore Peter, under
Divine inspiration, said on the day of Pentecost, “God hath made that same
Jesus both Lord and Christ.” Or, as the original more emphatically states,
“God hath made Him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom ye crucified,”
The despised Man is in the place of absolute authority as “Lord” and as
“Christ” is the Giver of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, all through the
Book of Acts the testimony is “The Christ,” Acts 2:31, 3:20, 9:22.
More to come ...
The Progressive Revelation of Jesus Christ as Messiah – Part Two
Christ is made known as “The Christ,” which in a mystical sense
signifies Christ and the members of His body.
The Head is the complement of the members, and the members are the
complement of the Head. Therefore, the two are summed up as, “As the
Christ,” 1 Cor 12:12, Christ is the fullness of the Church, Col 2:9, 10.
And the Church is the fullness of the Head, Eph 1:23.
Christ is the one in whom believers are found, and with whom they are
identified. Therefore, “We are found in Him,” Phil 3:9. “Dead
with Christ.” “Risen with Christ,” Col 2:20, 3:1. “Quickened
together with Christ” and “Seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus,”
Eph 2:6, 7.
Christ is God’s Reservoir in Whom is found “all spiritual blessings”
for the Father has given to all believers all blessings in Him. Eph 1:3. He
has nothing to give us apart from Him. But there are no withholdings with
More to come on the progressiveness of the Christ, Messiah ...
The Progressive Revelation of Christ as the Messiah – Part Three
Christ as the Christ is the Secret of the Christian way of life. Christ
alone can produce the Christ-life.
Therefore, we need the strengthening of the Spirit to cause Christ to take
up His permanent abode in us, that we may know what the apostle knew, when
”Christ liveth in me,” Eph 3:16, Gal 2:20. Not Christ and me, but
“Christ in me.”
Christ is the guarantee that those who had fallen asleep in Him will be
raised from the dead, for ”The dead in Christ shall rise first,” 1 Thes
4:16. And then they and the living saints will be together in the glory.
For “Christ, the Firstfruits,” not the Firstfruit,” but “Firstfruits,”
includes all in the body, 1 Cor 15:3 and that, ”When Christ, Who is our
life, shall appear, we shall appear with Him in glory,” Col 3:4.
We have in this study an all inclusive support that Jesus Christ is the
Messiah, the Anointed One, the Appointed One, the Christ.
“If any man come to Me and hate not his father and mother, and wife, and
children, and brethren, and sisters, Yea, even his own life also, he cannot be
If a man allows love for his loved ones, or love for his own life, to conflict
with his loyalty to Christ, he cannot be our Lord’s disciple.
God does not tell you not to love your family, because He says just the
opposite. This is not a contradiction.
The word “hate” used here does not mean what we use the same word today to
imply. It means to disregard as far as loyalty to Christ is concerned. Our
devotion to Christ must come first – Category one love.
If our love for loved ones superceded our loyalty to Christ, we cannot be
Christ’s disciples. In other words, if you put Category two love before
Category one love.
We cannot have the spiritual life. To have a life dominated and influenced
entirely by God the Holy Spirit is to lead the spiritual life.
There are many people today trying to obey God’s Word and live the spiritual
life. They are trying to force themselves to be spiritual. But the spiritual
life must begin in the soul. It must begin with devotion to Christ.
Man looks from without, but God looks at within the heart of man. Devotion
springs from the heart, the mind. The spiritual life is the life energized by
the Holy Spirit, not by what other people expect of us.
A Seven-Fold Salvation for Israel
“Behold thy Saviour”
“Behold thy salvation cometh” or “See thy Saviour cometh,” Isa 62:11.
The announcement has special reference to the restoration of Israel. If Isa 61
and Isa 62 are studied, it will be apprehended what the Lord will do for His
people in the frequent “I will” of His Promise. The effect of His operation
is summarized in the repeated, ”Thou shalt.” “Thou shalt be called
by a new name.” “Thou shalt be a crown of glory.” “Thou shalt
no more be called forsaken.” “Thou shalt be called Hephzibah.” “Thou
shalt be called sought out.”
All the fulfillment of the Promises, and the experiences declared, shall come to
pass when the Saviour of Israel shall return.
When He comes as the Saviour, then a seven-fold salvation shall be known.
- The Lord will save Israel from the desolations and disasters of their
wandering state as a scattered nation, for He says,
”I will take you from the nations.”
- He will save Israel to Himself, for He affirms, “I will be your God.”
- He will save Israel from all their uncleanness, for He declares, “I will
save you from all your uncleanness.”
- He will save them from their unbelief, for He pledges to, “To take away
their stony heart.”
- He will save Israel from their disobedience, for He assures them, “I
will cause you to walk in My statutes.”
- He will save to the possession and the power of the Holy Spirit for He
promises, “to put His Spirit within them.”
- He will save Israel to be a praise among the nations, whereas before they
profaned His Holy Name among them, Ezek 36:23-29.
Behold I Make All Things New, Revelation 21:5
When we look out on the world, it is like a cauldron of boiling metal!
The fire of hell beneath is being stirred by the devil with a poker of hate.
There is only One who can remedy matters and that One is the One who says,
“I make all things new.”
The Nailed Hand of Calvary is the only Hand that can arrest the hard hand of
The love of Christ is the only power that can fuse the mass of mankind into
the common interest of brotherhood. The selfless Lord, who emptied Himself,
is the only One who can give the disinterestedness of mutual good.
When He begins to remake, the iron hand of anarchy will be broken, the
willful mind of lawlessness will be ended, the lusting heart of greed will
be suppressed, and the harmful fist of cruelty will be crushed. The covetous
eyes of selfishness will be put out. The stinging tongue of blasphemy will
be rebuked, and the order of “get-all-you-can-for-yourself” will give
place to “give-all-you-have-for-others'-benefit.”
This is no delusive hope, but a promise of Divine revelation.
Three times in Rev 21:5, 6 we have the declaration of “He said.”
His promise ... He said, “I will make all things new.”
His assurance … He said, “These Words are faithful and true.”
His accomplishment … “He said, It is done.”
“Behold, I come quickly.”
Wednesday, April 11, 2001
The Manifestation of Christ!
The Holy Spirit travels along many lines in His distinctive ministry to bring
us to the terminus of God’s revelation about His Son.
One such line is found in what He says regarding the purpose of Christ’s
The Greek words “PHAINO” or “PHANEROS” and “PHANEROO,” which are
rendered ”appear” and “manifest,” signify to show, to lighten, to shine
upon, to disclose, to exhibit, and to reveal. The words are used to describe:
|”A light that shineth,” 2 Pet 1:19.|
|”To give a reward openly,” Matt 6:4|
|”For that which has been done in secret,” “to come abroad,”
|”To make a person known by announcing his presence,” Mark 3:12.|
|”To exhibit anything to another so that it can be said that it has been shewed
unto him,” Rom 1:19. “To reveal” as when the apostle said, “The
life of Jesus was made manifest in our mortal flesh,” 2 Cor 4:10.|
|”And to appear before another as when Christ appeared unto the 11
disciples in the upper room,” Mark 16:14.|
There are at least 14 truths brought before us, covering a complete course of
Biblical study in connection with Christ’s manifestation.
Can you list them?
Fourteen Truths Concerning the Purpose for Christ’s Being Manifest
- “God – or Christ, the manifestation of God’s Person.”
”God manifest in the flesh,” 1 Tim 3:16.
Christ is God expressed in living characters.
God is not fully known apart from Christ. But God is well known if we know
Christ. Christ is the visibility of God.
- “Sin – or Christ, the Revealer of sin’s iniquity.”
”The Light shineth in darkness and the darkness comprehended it not,”
The Light revealed the sightless eyes of man’s ignorance, the evil of his
nature, the plague spots of his wickedness.
- “Love – or Christ, the manifestation of God’s love.”
”In this was manifested the love of God toward us,” 1 John 4:9.
Love is seen in three stages in 1 John 4:9-17.
”Love for us” – answering for our sins in the past, verse
”Love in us” – moving
us to love in the present, verse 12.
”Love with us” – giving us a bright outlook as to the
future, verse 17.
Only 11 more truths which are found in the manifestation of Jesus Christ.
- “Atonement – or Christ, the Satisfaction for sin.”
”Once in the end of the world He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice
of Himself,” Heb 9:26.
”Provisionally” He puts away sin by satisfaction for it in His death and
thus removes it as a hindrance.
”Substitutionally” He removes sin as a penalty, as we believe in Him. 1
“Effectively” He puts away sin as a power, as we identify ourselves with
Him by reckoning we are dead to it. Rom 6:8-11.
”Prophetically” He will remove sin as a presence, for He is the Lamb of
God who takes away the sin of the world.
- “Substitution – or Christ suffering in our stead.”
”He was manifested in these last times for you,” 1 Pet 1:20.
”For you” may be read “on your behalf,” and thus in your stead.
We must distinguish between provision, substitution, and identification.
”Provision” is for the needy world. For Christ has made it
possible for all to be saved.
”Substitution” is for the believing sinner, for Christ has
borne his sin and he will not have to bear it.
”Identification” is the Gospel for the saint, for we have
died with Christ in His death.
- “Resurrection – or Christ, the manifestation of God’s power.”
”He shewed Himself,” John 20:1-14.
The fact of Christ’s resurrection is the living flame which ever burns on
the altar of Christianity. It is also a living factor in the life of the
believer which lifts him from the realm of self to the fellowship of Him who
lives in the power of an endless life.
”The Grace of God that bringeth salvation, hath appeared to all men,”
”Provisionally” salvation is a blessing offered to all.
”Personally” salvation is a benefit to the individual believer.
”Practically” salvation is a force to mold us like to Christ.
In the first, Christ is offered to us. Acts 13:26.
In the second, Christ is accepted by us. Eph 2:8-9.
In the third, Christ by the Spirit lives in us. Eph 3:16-17.
Only seven more Truths found in the manifestation of the Lord Jesus Christ.
- “Life” – or Christ, the Communicator of life.”
”The Life was manifested,” 1 John 1:2.
Sin brings death, which means separation from God. Christ brings life, which
means union with God in Christ. John 17:3.
As the natural life is the union of the soul and the body, James 2:6, so
spiritual life is the union of the believer with Christ. Col 3:3.
Christ is revealed to us as “the Quickener from sin’s death.” Eph 2:1.
He is revealed to us as “the Sanctifier of heart and life.” Gal 1:16.
And He is revealed through us to others by a consecrated testimony. 1 Thes
”Manifested forth His glory,” John 2:11.
Glory is the excellence of anything in display. Christ’s first miracle
displayed the excellency of His power. It is fitting that His first miracle
should display His power to change things.
By the cleansing of His blood and the conformation of His Spirit, He changed
the sinner into a saint. Translation, transfiguration, and transformation
cover the ground of God’s Gospel of Grace, Godliness, and glory.
”Translated into His kingdom” as to place. Col 1:13.
”Transfigured by His Spirit” as to character. 2 Cor 3:18.
”Transformed by His coming” as to the glorified body. Phil 3:20-21.
- “Satan” – Christ was the Victor over the evil one.
“The Son of man was manifested to destroy the works of the devil,” 1
The works of the devil are mighty and manifold. But Christ has met him
upon his own ground and conquered and routed him. Take but one chapter
out of the Gospels, and in it we have a record of how Satan raised a storm,
demonized an individual, tormented a woman, and caused the death of a child.
But Christ raised the dead, healed the woman, delivered the man, and stilled
the tempest. Luke 8. Lest we forget.
- “Emancipation” – Christ is the Remover of sins.
”He was manifested to take away our sins,” 1 John 3:5. The word
“loosing” in Acts 27:13 is “lifted up” in John 11:41 and “take
away” in John 11:39, and it is the word “removed” in Matt 21:21.
The word signifies to take away by taking up upon one’s self and is so
indicated in John 1:29, “Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sins
of the world.” “Beareth away.”
Christ removes the sins from us by His propitiation, and power, by bearing
their consequences in His death, and by severing us from their control by
The final truths will follow.
Fourteen Doctrines found in one word, “manifested.”
- “The Holy Spirit” – Christ is the One who endowed and Who is
endowing with the Spirit.
”He was manifested,” John 1:31. John knew Christ when he saw the Spirit
resting upon Him. And knew also that He was the Baptizer with the Spirit.
Christ was anointed to do a definite work. Acts 10:38. Heb 9:14. When He
accomplished that work, He became the Anointed with the Spirit as a reward.
- “The Father” – Christ, the Revealer of the Father.
”I have manifested Thy Name,” John 17:6. John 17 reveals what that
1. A work done for us to the Father, verse 4.
2. The blessing of eternal life from the Father, verse 2.
3. Confidence in the Father, verse 8.
4. Possessed by the Father, verses 9, 10.
5. Kept through the Father, verse 11.
6. Message from the Father, verse 14.
7. Sanctified in the Father’s Truth, verse 17.
8.Oneness with the Father, verse 21.
9. Seeing the glory of the Father, verse 22.
- “Immortality” – Christ is the Bringer of life and immortality to
light, 2 Tim 1:10.
Life is more than perpetuity of existence. Immortality is more than
deathlessness. The latter is a state of holiness and bliss, in an
incorruptible and glorified body, from which it is impossible to fall. And
this life is holy in its nature and joyous in its bliss.
The revelation which God “makes to us” in the Scriptures, is meant to be
revealed “in us” by the Spirit through faith, and revealed “through us”
by His effective working in our testimony.
God the Holy Spirit Has Chosen Some Distinctive Words to Use!
There is a definite meaning in their use and application. There is a mass of
meaning in the giant words of Scripture as they operate in our life and
testimony. Such words as atonement, blood, reconciliation, purchase, redemption,
believed, beginning, and Lord.
There are seven vitalizing principles which govern all of these words.
- The first time a word occurs explains its meaning in other places.
- There is one verse which embodies the Truth.
- There is one Book which covers the many-sidedness of a word.
- There is one chapter in which a full revelation is given.
- There is one word in the New Testament which corresponds to the Old
- The derivations from the root word are colored by the original meaning.
- The specific revelation given in a word and its practical bearing.
More to follow ...
Grumbling Christians, Phil 2:14, 15
One of the ways to which the lack of harmony among the Philippian saints was
manifesting itself was for “murmurings and disputings.”
Paul had somehow gotten the fact our of an Epaphoditus whose love for his
brethren back home had led him to cover up their sins. Paul exhorts them to be
done with these. The word “murmurings” is the translation of a Greek word
which means, “to mutter, to murmur.” It was used of the cooing of doves. It
is an onomatopoetic word, that is, a word whose sound resembles its meaning. It
is spelled “GONGUSMON.”
It refers not to a loud outspoken dissatisfaction, but to that undertone
murmuring which one sometimes hears in the lobbies of our present day churches
where certain cliques are “having it out,” so to speak among themselves.
The word refers to the act of murmuring against men, not God The use of this
word also shows that the divisions among the Philippians had not yet risen to
point of loud dissension.
The word was used of those who confer secretly, of those who discontentedly
complain. The word is found in the secular document reporting an interview
between Marcus Aurelus and a rebel.
Thursday, April 12, 2001
First Observance of the Word Atonement”
The first time a word occurs explains its meaning in other places. It comes
under the law of the first mention principle.
The first time the word “atonement” occurs is in Gen 6:14, and it is
rendered “pitch.” ”Thou shalt pitch the ark within and without,” which
was God’s direction to Noah, both the verb and the noun occur.
The meaning of the word “atonement” is obvious here, namely, “to cover.”
The verb “KAPHAR” means to cover. The noun “KOPHER” signifies a
In a general sense, the words mean “that which covers, or the act of
covering.” In a particular sense to “make an atonement” signifies that
which answers for the offender and hides him from view.
The prevailing idea set forth both in the Septuagint and in other translations,
is that atonement is the doing away with a charge against a person by means of
expiation, propitiation, so that the accused may be received into Divine favor
and be freed from the consequence of wrong doing.
The more carefully the Scripture is studied, so much more will the unity, the
beauty, and the grandeur of God’s way of mercy commend itself to the soul.
Embodying Truth – Atonement
There is one verse which embodies the truth of “atonement.” ”For the
life of the flesh is in the blood and I have given it to you upon the altar to
make an atonement for your souls for it is the blood that maketh atonement
for the soul by reason of the life,” Lev 17:11.
The words “life” and “soul” are the same, “NEPHESH.”
Life is in the soul. Man’s life is forfeited on account of sin, therefore,
the life of another must be given to save the life that was forfeited.
The one thing that Christ emphasized was that He would give His life, and it
is in the substitutionary death that our salvation is found. ”For without
the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin.”
But, since the blood has been shed, every sin has been answered for.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in the
Lord Jesus Christ.”
Covering Book – Atonement
There is one Book which covers the many-sidedness of atonement and that is
the Book of Leviticus.
- The necessity for atonement.
”Make an atonement ...concerning his sin,” Lev 4:26.
If there had been no sin, there would have been no necessity to make an
atonement for it. The Cross is meaningless apart from the fact of sin.
- The authority for atonement.
”As the Lord hath commanded,” Lev 8:34, 9:7.
The Lord knew all the facts of the case and the requirements that were
essential to meet them. He has met every requirement in the atoning death
of Christ. And so there is no other requirement to meet.
- The person who could make an atonement.
”The priest.” 4:20, 26, 31, 35; 5:6, 10, 13, 16, 18; 6:7, 7:7, 12:7-8,
The priest acted in a twofold capacity. He represented God to the people,
and He represented the people to God. Christ did the same. He offered
Himself without spot to God, and He made reconciliation or atonement for the
people. Heb 2:17, 9:14.
- The means by which atonement was made.
“The blood that maketh atonement,” 10:17, 16:10-11, 17:11. We must
always remember that the blood shed indicates life given. Christ Himself
emphasized this in one of His parting messages to His disciples when He
said, “Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto but to
minister, and to give His life a ransom for many,” Matt 20:28.
- The person to whom the atonement was made.
”Before the Lord,” 14:18, 31; 15:15, 30; 16:10.
Sin is against the Lord. Therefore, atonement for it must be to Him.
He alone can estimate the sinfulness of sin, and He it is who says,
“Deliver him from going down to the pit, for I have found an atonement,”
- The blessings which come because of atonement.
Forgiveness – the outcome of atonement is tersely expressed.
”Make an atonement for his sin which he hath sinned and it shall be
forgiven him,” 4:20, 26, 31, 35; 5:10, 13, 16, 18; 6:7; 19:22.
The Doctrine of Redemption!
- First – the subjects of redemption.
”Those who were in bondage to a vain manner of life,” 1 Pet 1:18.
- The Source of redemption.
Of God it is said, “That His Grace operates through the redemption that is
in Christ Jesus and that the redemption comes to us according to the
riches of His Grace,” Rom 3:24, Eph 1:7.
- The price of redemption.
The price is “His blood,” Eph 1:7, which Christ gave as “a ransom,”
Matt 20:28, and is the equivalent for all demands, “ANTILUTRON,” 1 Tim
- The Substance of redemption.
Christ is the substance and embodiment. Therefore, “He is made unto us
redemption,” 1 Cor 1:30. There is no blessing apart from Him and there
is no withholding in Him.
- The receiver of redemption.
Faith like Anna, “looked for redemption,” Luke 2:38, finds what it looks
for in the Redeemer.
- The meaning of redemption.
”Deliverance” – the Lion of the tribe of Judah breaks every chain.
- The consummation of redemption is when our Lord returns. Therefore,
“We are waiting for the redemption of the body,” Rom 8:23.
One of the “take heeds” of the Holy Spirit is: ”Take heed to the sure
Word of prophecy.”
We can better apprehend the importance of this injunction if we look at the
original and leave out the word “made.”
”And we have the Word of prophecy more sure,” 2 Pet 1:19.
The apostle has been speaking of “the power and the coming of Christ.” We
are not at all privileged to have visions, but we have something “more
sure,” that is, “the sure Word of prophecy.”
The transfiguration was limited and passing. “The sure Word” is lasting and
The vision was the flashing forth of the glory for a moment. But the “sure
Word” is “a lamp” constant in its “shining” and it shines in its
forthgleaming “until the day dawn” of Christ’s millennial reign. ”And
until the Day-Star” of His coming for His own. Therefore, “We do well to
take heed to it in our hearts.”
Prophecy according to modernism is the application of history, but we believe it
is history made known before it comes to pass.
It is “sure” because, He who knows everything from the beginning makes it
God and Christ’s Coming!
In the earliest of the apostolic writings we find Paul closing his first
epistle to the saints in Thessalonica with these benedicting words.
”And the God of peace sanctify you wholly, and may your spirit, and soul, and
body be preserved entire, without blame, at the coming of our Lord Jesus
Christ,” 1 Thes 5:23. God and the coming of Christ are the genesis and
revelation of this verse. “The God of peace” is the God of infinite calm.
And He alone can give you what He desires. So we pray, “Give, Lord, what
Thou dost command, and then command what Thou wilt.”
He can preserve as the salt keeps the meat from putrification, the spirit of our
being in fellowship with Himself, the soul of our affection, and the body of our
senses, so that they, “Shall be wanting in nothing” and “Be in perfect
soundness,” James 1:4, Acts 3:16, where the word “whole” and its cognate
are rendered “entire” and “perfect soundness.”
As the altar mentioned in Deut 27:6 was to be built of unchipped or unbroken
stones, so the being of the believer is to be unbroken by the world of sin,
and unchipped by self-effort.
This preservation is emphasized by the word “preserved” which might be
rendered “kept,” “reserved,” and is so given in 2 Tim 4:7 and 1 Pet 1:4,
and is used of Peter being “kept in prison,” Acts 12:5-6.
This keeping is to be blameless, 1 Thes 2:10, 3:13. And all this is
“Unto the coming of our Lord,” or as it is literally, “In, the coming of
our Lord.” The preposition is “EN.” If He finds us when He returns,
thus free born from blame by God’s preservation, it will be seen what He has
done for us, and we shall not be ashamed.
Man and Christ’s Coming!
When God created man an indestructible soul, His purpose was that man might
“have dominion” over his works. Gen 1:26.
Absolute dominion has been lost by man’s sin. Therefore, “We see not all
things put under Him, but we see Jesus, Who was made a little lower than the
angels, for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour,” Heb 2:9.
We should remember what the Spirit already had said in connection with
Christ’s return. Namely, “When He bringeth again the First-Begotten into the
world,” Heb 1:6. When Christ first came, He was “the Only Begotten,” John
3:16. But as the “First-Begotten,” He is seen in resurrection as the One
who brings many sons to glory.
The whole argument of Hebrews chapter one and two is Christ, as the man, has
regained what man has lost by sin, and those who are identified with Him will
share that dominion.
We will fulfill with Christ, Gen 1:26,”Have dominion.”
Salvation and Christ’s Coming!
There is a goal, as well as a crisis and a process, in relation to salvation.
There is one sentence which expresses it. ”Unto salvation,” Heb 9:28, 1 Pet
1:5, Rom 13:11, 1 Thes 5:8-9.
Therefore, we look for a body of glory. Phil 3:20, 21. This future salvation
will “be revealed in the last time,” that is when our Lord arrives in
person. He alone can accomplish the work of atonement, to free us from the
penalty of sin.
He alone can fulfill the office of priest, to save us from the power and
pollution of sin. He alone can live out His life of holiness to reproduce His
own character in us.
And He alone can complete our redemption by freeing us from the body of sin and
saving us to a body which shall make us like to Him. He shall one day look upon
us and see His likeness in us. Then shall He be glorified in His saints and be
admired in them.
There will not only be a translation to be with Him, but a transformation,
which will make us like Him.
”He shall fashion anew the body of our humiliation” or “He will
reconstruct the body of our abasement” and what that reconstruction will mean
we can gather from the glorified Christ, as seen on the mount of
Transfiguration, and the detailed description given of Christ in Revelation
Sin and Christ’s Coming!
In Heb 9:26-28 we have two appearings mentioned. Christ’s past purpose in
coming into the world is distinctly and definitely stated. “He appeared to put
away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.”
Sin was the hindrance that kept God from man and man from God. And He, at the
expense of His life, put it away, removed it out of the way, so that man can now
come to God.
”He shall appear the second time without sin,” that is, without a sin
offering. His atoning work on the Cross was complete, sufficient, and eternal.
Therefore, there is no need to repeat it. But He comes forth the second time
to complete our salvation.
As Aaron, after the great work of expiation on the Day of Atonement, came forth
clothed again in his garments of glory and beauty to bless the people, so
Christ shall come, not in humiliation, but in power and in great glory to
receive His own to Himself and vindicate Himself and His people.
Friday, April 13, 2001
The Church and Christ’s Coming
Men deal in labels and adjectives to describe the Church. But the Lord speaks
of “My Church” and says in so many words “Life counts, not labels.”
In reading such a passage as 1 Cor 1, we find believers addressed as “The
Church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ.” And
to these “saints” the Spirit urges, that “They be waiting for the coming
of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
In each of the Church Epistles we find similar exhortations. It might be an
interesting study to see in the Church Epistles the relative importance, not
only to the Doctrines of the Word of God, but also to the ordinances and
practices of the Church.
Notice but one or two of them:
|The Lord’s Supper is observed till He come, 1 Cor 11:26.|
|Discipline is exercised now that the Spirit may be saved “in the day of
the Lord Jesus Christ,” 1 Cor 5:5.|
|Saints are not to go to law because they are going to judge angels and the
world. 1 Cor 6:1-8.|
|Saints are not to judge anything “until the Lord come,” 1 Cor 4:3-5.|
|Saints are to wait “for the Hope of righteousness by faith,” Gal 5:5.|
|We are to be living in the light of the Blessed Hope, Titus 2:13.|
|We are not to sleep because the day of the Lord cometh. 1 Thes 5:1-9.|
|We are to comfort one another in sorrow with the hope of being caught up
to meet Him. 1 Thes 4:13-18.|
|And we are to be faithful in service and life and love His appearing that
we may obtain the crown of righteousness. 1 Tim 4:1-8.|
Such injunctions are repeated again and again and all in the light of the
Lord’s return. Even so come.
The Last Things and Christ’s Return
|“The last enemy will be destroyed,” 1 Cor 15:26.|
|”The last trump” will be sounded, 1 Cor 15:52.|
|”The last plagues” will be ended, Rev 21:9.|
|”The last day” will arrive – when the Lord comes.|
It is a mystery how any one can read the Bible without seeing the Truth of
the Second Coming. When men place their self-made extinguishers upon the light
of the Truth, no light is possible. But let an unbiased mind and unprejudiced
reader ponder the pages of the Scriptures and the Blessed Hope and the appearing
of our Lord is evident beyond all dispute.
Further, let it be said that if any preacher or Christian fails to witness to
this Truth, he is keeping back part of the Divine revelation.
Christ’s command to His disciples:
”Teach all things that I have commanded you.”
He promises He would come again. He has commanded us “all” to watch. And He
has pledged that the faithful servants shall be rewarded and honored if He finds
us faithful to Him.
”I will honor them that honor Me.”
Luminous Words Which Speak of the Outlook
There are certain great words in the New Testament which have a soul of
embodying meaning, and from them there shines forth a revelation of conditions
which relate to the life of the future.
Some of these are “translation,” “transformation,” “eternal life,”
“glory,” “conformation,” “immortality,” “transfiguration.”
|”Eternal life,” or the life that is eternal, suggests a life that
corresponds to God’s nature.|
|”Translation” conveys the thought of a removal to another sphere.|
|”Transformation” embodies the fact of a changed condition.|
|”Immortality” proclaims the incorruptibility of a glorified body.|
|”Confirmation” speaks of a likeness to a pattern.|
|”Glory” – the excellence of anything in display.|
|”Transfiguration” proclaims the outcome of the changed internal in a
perfect luminosity of expression.|
Now, for your homework, can you give a dissertation on each of these luminous
Luminous Words – “Eternal Life”
The positive blessing of the Gospel is eternal life. Christ declared that
“those who believed on Him” possess this life. And those who do not believe
on Him shall not see life. John 3:16, 36.
This life is more than existence. All men are indestructible souls because
they are created in the image of God. We must distinguish between survival
after death and a state of bliss forever. The unsaved survive after death, but
they do not possess the life that is eternal.
Here again we must distinguish between eternal existence and eternal life. Man,
being a soul, lives on as long as the Lord lives.
”For the spirit of man is the lamp of JEHOVAH,” Prov 20:27.
But, the believer is eternally in union with the Father and the Son. Eternal
life is not an endless duration of being in time, but being of which time is not
a measure. It is beyond the limitation of time. It belongs to the being of God.
We need to emphasize the last sentence. “Eternal life belongs to the being
God in the essence of His being is love. The being of God may be compared to a
circle. Man is outside that circle and cannot get into it by himself. God in the
Person of His Son, has broken the circle, and the entrance into it is by the
atoning work of Christ. Therefore Christ says, “I am the Way and the Truth and
the Life. No one cometh unto the Father but by Me.”
Luminous Words – “Translation”
Of Enoch it was said, “He was translated that he should not see death; and
was not found, for God had translated him: for before his translation he had
this testimony, that he pleased God,” Heb 11:5.
The meaning of “METATITHEMI” and “METATHESIS” embodies two things –
“removal and change.” These words are employed to describe the carrying over
of a body from one place to another.
|As Jacob was “carried over” from Egypt to Sychem, Acts 7:16, to denote
those who are “removed” from the position of the liberty of the Gospel
to the legalism of law, as Paul described of the Galatians, Gal 1:6.|
|As describing those who “were turning” the Grace of God into
lasciviousness, Jude 4.|
|As pointing to the “removing” of one order of things to bring in
another, Heb 12:27.|
|And to the “change” effected by the bringing in of the Melchisedec
priesthood which displaced the Aaronic priesthood, Heb 7:12.|
Looking at these words, we find there are two thoughts suggested. First, the
removal of an object from one place to another, and second, an internal change
Enoch’s translation therefore speaks of two things – the removal of himself
from the present to a higher, and the necessary change to fit him for that new
sphere in which he found himself.
This is implied in the qualifying statement “He was not found” and “Should
not see death.” As to his body, it was evidently searched for, but he was not
found. He had undergone a change, for he did not “see death,” that is,
experience the dissolution caused by death.
Is not this the type of what will take place when Christ removes His own to be
with Himself? When Christ comes for His own, He will take their souls to be
with Himself and will change their bodies in a twinkling of an eye.
So it will be with the resurrection of the dead,
The body that is sown is perishable.
It is raised imperishable.
It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory.
It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.
It is sown a natural body.
It is raised a spiritual body.
1 Cor 15:42-44
“He is risen.”
Your love, O Lord reaches to the Heavens.
Your faithfulness to the skies.
How priceless is Your unfailing love!
Both high and low among men,
Find refuge in the shadow of Your wings.
Psa 36:5, 7
The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
Slow to anger and rich in love.
The Lord is good to all.
He has compassion on all He has made.
The Lord is near to all who call on Him,
To all who call on Him in Truth.
Psa 145:8, 9, 18
Saturday, April 14, 2001
Luminous Words – “Transfiguration”
One of the things the Lord will do when He returns is “He will fashion anew
the body of our humiliation,” Phil 3:21. ”Change” or “fashion” means
to change the form of anything, therefore to transform.
The word “METASCHEMATIZO” from “META” means “with,” therefore, an
accompaniment. The other part of the word is derived from “SCHEMA,” which
means a figure as seen in the external form, and is rendered “fashion” in
reference to “the fashion” of the world at this present time. And to Christ
as He “appeared in fashion as a man,” 1 Cor 7:31, Phil 2:8
But, the compound word “METASCHEMATIZO” means “to fashion with
another” and is rendered “transformed” when Satan is identified with an
angel of light and makes himself to appear as one. 2 Cor 11:13-15.
”Fashion anew the body of our humiliation.” He will reconstruct the body of
our abasement. What that reconstruction will mean we have some idea from the
transfiguration scene and from the description of Christ’s glorified body in
Rev. chapter one.
Luminous Words – “Conformation”
“Change” or “fashion” does not convey all the Lord intends for the
redeemed and so we have the added assurance, “We shall be fashioned like His
glorious body,” or literally, “Conformed to the body of His glory.”
The word “conformed” is “SUM MORPHOS.” The prefix “SUM” is from
the preposition “SUN” which means “union with” and “MORPHOS” is from
“MORPHE” which signifies “form” and it used three times of Christ.
”Who was in the form of God and yet took upon Him the form of a Servant,”
Phil 2:6-7. And who appeared to some of His disciples after His resurrection
“in another form,” Mark 16:12.
In its compound form, “SUM MORPHOS” denotes association with, and having
form like another. Therefore, when we are told Christ shall “change” or
“fashion” anew our body, it means to change into another form of character.
But this does not tell us what the character will be. Therefore, the necessity
for the positive statement, ”That it may be conformed to the body of His
”Like Him” expresses all that is meant and all that is needed. He went to
Heaven in the hey day of His perfect manhood, and what that body of glory is, we
have described in a detailed unfolding in Revelation, where Christ in His glory
is unveiled as the Son of man. Phil 3:20-21.
Luminous Words – “Immortality”
Man’s thought of immortality is deathlessness. Therefore, he speaks of
“immortality of the soul.” But the thought in the New Testament is the
incorruptibility of the body. Therefore, what is meant by immorality is a
state of holiness and bliss in a glorified body, from which it will be
impossible to fall.
It is important to distinguish between the survival of the soul and spirit after
the death of the body, and the alleged immortality of man by creation.
That Adam, when first created, did not possess an absolute and inherent
immortality is clearly shown by the conditions imposed upon him, namely, that he
should not eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
He might have had immortality. Yet by disobeying the Divine commands, he lost
his capacity to become immortal and was driven from Eden. The believers’
immortality does not arrive from a natural immortality at his creation, but
solely and entirely by reason of his union and identification with the Lord
This union is an organic union and the immortal life of the believer arises from
the fact “Because I live” says Christ, “ye shall live also.”
The great resurrection chapter plainly indicates that it not until Christ
returns that the dead will be raised incorruptible and the living ones will be
For it is “then” and not till then, that corruption shall put on
incorruption. For that blissful hour we wait. But it will arrive. For the sure
word is, “This mortal must put on immortality” and “It shall come to
pass” and then we shall know “death is swallowed up in victory,” 1 Cor
Notice the words “must” ... “shall” ... and “is” ...
Luminous Words – “Transfiguration”
The scene on the Mt. of Transfiguration is a type as Peter declared it of the
coming glory of Christ’s kingdom.
”We made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but
were eyewitness of His majesty, when we were with him in the Holy Mount,” 1
The different touches of this scene are suggestive:
Matthew says “He was transfigured and His face did shine as the sun, and His
raiment was white as the light,” Matt 17:2.
Mark says “his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow. So that no
fuller on Earth can whiten them,” Mark 9:3.
Luke says “The fashion of His countenance was altered, and His raiment was
white and glistening,” Luke 9:29.
There also “appeared in glory with Him Moses and Elijah.” The word
“transfigured” is rendered “transformed” in Rom 12:2 and “changed”
in 2 Cor 3:18.
In the glorified state, the internal conditions are independent of external
relations, and the internal relations are so perfect and complete and work in
such constant harmony, that they eternally harmonize.
Take a simple illustration. The bulb of the tulip in its internal nature
produces the beautiful and perfect flower. Supposing the bulb in its internal
conditions was eternally vivacious in life-producing proprieties, there would be
produced eternal flowering.
So, in the glorified condition our natures will be so changed that the glory of
that condition will be independent of our surroundings. Yet, as in the
transfiguration, from that inner life will flash out a glorious luminosity.
Luminous Words – “Glory”
Seven times within the compass of a few verses Paul uses the word
“glory,” 1 Cor 15:40-43, in calling attention to the different phases of
glory as seen in the sun, moon, and stars. He takes them as indicating the
difference between a natural body and the spiritual body.
The soulish or animal body will cease to exist, and therefore death cannot be
experienced. But the spiritual body will be spiritual, although actual in
substance. There will be a correspondence in likeness between the natural
and the spiritual and therefore the identity of the individual.
The bare grain in embryo has in it all the qualities of the beautiful corn which
it produces. But, there is a great difference between “the bare grain” and
the beautiful cluster of corn.
Human language cannot describe eternal glories. But the description of the
glorious city which John saw coming down from Heaven illustrates the fact, that
glory is excellence of anything in display.
In the Golden Age of Christ’s perfect rule after the Millennium as unfolded in
Rev 21-22:6, there will be a perfect condition of things.
Seven “Shalls” After the Millennium – Rev 21-22:6
- Perfect environment
All the imperfections of Earth are because man does not give God His right
place. But in the Golden Age, “The throne of God and the Lamb shall
be therein.” Rev 22:3 says the Spirit in speaking of the Lamb’s wife as
embodied in the new Jerusalem.
- Perfect service
”His servants shall do Him service.”
The word for “servants” denotes one who is bound to serve because he is
a slave. But when used in a Christian sense, expresses the highest devotion
of one who is bound by love because he has been purchased by the blood of
Christ. This is brought out in the highest word for service which signifies
sacrifice, and one who worships God, Heb 12:18.
- Perfect vision
”Shall see His face.” To see His face is to enjoy His favor and
fellowship, not like Absalom who was not allowed to see the king’s face, 2
Sam 14:24. But like the Queen of Sheba who was gladdened by seeing King
Solomon and all his possessions, so that she was over-joyed and awed by the
sight, 1 Kings 10:5.
- Perfect nature
”His name shall be in their foreheads.”
The name stands for nature and correspondence. As Moses and Elijah were
transfigured with Christ, so we shall be like Him. He will look at us and
see the correspondence to Himself.
The mark of sin left its leprous stamp on the forehead of Uzziah, 2 Chr
26:19, but the out-shining of Christ’s glory will cause us to shine
with a luminosity like His.
- Perfect day
”There shall be night no more.” Night with all its evil
associations of sin, robbery, preying beasts, and fear, will have fled away
from the luminous presence of the “sun of righteousness” and no more
shall the watchmen cry, “the night cometh.”
- Perfect illumination
”The Lord giveth them light,” therefore no light of man’s production
will be needed, nor will nature’s sun be required. The unchanging One in
His infinite power is the one who causes the endless light in all its
radiating power to shine in endless beauty and benefit.
- Perfect rule
”And they shall reign forever and ever.” “Ever and ever” or
unto the ages of the ages. How can we express such a sentence? Certainly it
conveys the thought without limitations of time or Earth conditions.
And their “reign” being stated as beyond limitations or opposition.
There is perfect dominance. They beyond need not trouble us. It is in the
gracious hands of Him who died for us.
He who is the Resurrection and the Life is also the “Great I am” so He
can bring to pass all the gracious purpose of His love.
As long as the sinner is without God, he is without at least seven things.
- Without the blood of Christ.
Which alone can remit the past and can release the sinner from the hold of
sin. Heb 9:22.
- Without Christ.
Who alone can save, sanctify, and satisfy. Eph 2:12.
- Without peace.
Which alone can calm the mind and silence the conscience. Isa 57:21.
- Without hope.
Which alone can clear the vision and make the future bright with coming
glory. Eph 2:12.
- Without life.
Which alone can qualify to see and enter the kingdom of God. John 3:3, 5.
- Without strength.
For the sinner has no ability to rise to the higher things. Rom 5:6.
- Without the Spirit.
For those who are not the Lord’s are summed up in destitution of their
need, “As having not the Spirit,” Jude 19.
What Easter Means!
“Alive unto God”
The Greek word rendered “alive” in Rom 6:11 is “ZAO.” It is a primary
verb and it means “to live.” An interesting study is suggested by the use of
the word applied to the spiritual life. It is a God-imparted and Christ-secured
life. For Christ came by the way of the Cross that we “might live through
Him,” 1 John 4:9.
- It is a Christ-centered life and a Christ-associated life. For He
says, “Because I live, ye shall live also,” John 14:19.
- It is a God-derived and Christ-sustained life. As Christ declares,
“As the giving Father hath sent Me and I live because of the Father, so He
that eateth Me even he shall live because of Me,: John 6:57.
- It is a self-displacing and Christ-centered life, for all those who
know Him “cease to live unto themselves, but unto Him,” 2 Cor 5:15.
- It is a Spirit-inscribed and a Spirit-indicted life, for believers
are the epistles of the living God and He inscribes His character on their
inner being. 2 Cor 3:3.
- It is a Christ-indwelt and a Christ-revealing life, for each
indwelt believer recognizes what the apostle said “I live, yet not I, but
Christ liveth in me,” Gal 2:20.
- It is a brethren-considerate and a Lord-controlled life. Therefore,
believers who “live unto the Lord” do not despise nor judge each other.
- It is a saint-helping and a missionary-loving life, for it ever
hears the voice of the missionary plea, “Now we live if we stand fast in
the Lord,” 1 Thes 3:8.
- And it is a God-controlled and a God-goaled life for “being alive
from the dead” we recognize “we are alive unto God,” Rom 6:11, 13.
Doesn’t this beat Rabbits and eggs???
“Ye Shall Receive Power, After That the Holy Spirit is Come Upon You,”
He brings the power and it is the power. He does not give us the power
that we may use it, but He is the power that He may use us.
There is a seven-fold power that believers need:
- Power to be.
- Power to do.
- Power to suffer.
- Power to keep.
- Power to pray.
- Power to give.
- Power to speak.
Can you explain each?
“After That the Holy Spirit Shall Come Upon You and You Shall Receive
- Power to be.
”Strengthened with all might according to His glorious power unto all
patience and longsuffering with joyfulness,” Col 1:11.
With all power – being empowered according to the grasp of His glory unto
all endurance and longsuffering with you. As the potter by the power of his
skill is able to form the beautiful vase, so the Holy Spirit, as He
grasps us in the hands of His Grace, can form our character in such a manner
that the traits of patient love and enduring Grace are the development of
His work within, and not the accretion of work without.
- Power to do.
The greatest work ever performed was that which God performed when He put
forth “the strength of His might in raising Christ from the dead”
Eph 1:19, which we are exhorted “to know” through the Holy Spirit’s
enlightening Grace, Eph 1:18-20.
”Give me a grip of your conquering hand” was the request of a soldier to
his commanding general when commissioned to carry out a difficult task He
felt that if he had a grasp of the hand which had obtained so many
victories, it would be an inspiration to him.
We not only want to grip the hand of the Holy Spirit, “but we need to
be gripped by Him” “then we can do” “because He does.” The grasp
of His might will give us such a grip, that we will grip to some purpose.
Sunday, April 15, 2001 – Easter Sunday
“After the Holy Spirit is Come Upon You, You Shall Receive Power”
- Power to suffer.
Many of God’s people are so continuously occupied with their own comfort,
and so frequently complain against suffering, that they miss the special
empowerment which comes to those who are equipped to endure by the
sufficient Grace of the Lord.
Paul’s summary of the lesson which he had learned in the “school of
suffering” through prayer and faith was, “I would rather boast in my
weaknesses that the power of Christ may spread a tent over me,” 2 Cor
That enveloping power would never have been known but for the blast of
trial. “Out of the eater” of suffering comes the sweetness of Grace.
Bethel’s hard pillar is the bottom rung in Heaven’s cast up way of
promise. Joseph found that Egypt’s throne was reached by the prison.
- The power to keep.
The true and effectual keeping is “to be kept by the power of God.” His
keeping is instant, like the eyelid preserving the eyes. Psa 17:8.
His keeping is incessant, like the stream which keeps clean the stone
lying in its bed. Psa 19:13.
His keeping is invulnerable, like the warrior who is encased in
bullet-proof armor. 1 Pet 1:5.
- The power to pray.
The reason why the Lord is able to do above anything we ask or think is
because of “the power that worketh in us.” Eph 3:20.
That power, the Spirit Himself, must be effective in His working within
if we would know the exceeding abundance of God’s supply from above.
We prevail so ineffectively with Heaven because we allow so little of the
Spirit’s effectiveness within.
”The Spirit Himself maketh intercession.” And for this we need to be in
the Spirit, that is, ungrieved communion with Him. “Praying in the
Spirit” is the prerequisite for the Holy Spirit to pray in us, even as the
atmosphere is essential for the transmitter of wireless telegraphy to send
- Power to give!
Paul in calling attention to the liberality of the Churches in Macedonia
says, “According to their power, I bear witness, yea, and beyond their
power they gave of their own accord.” 2 Cor 8:3.
The moving power which caused them to give so frankly and fully was “the
Grace of God bestowed.” 2 Cor 8:1.
When the life of God is low in the experience of the child of God, then
the giving will be small. But when the warm soul of love is throbbing, then
the willing hand of giving is liberal.
It is not then, how little can be given, but how much is He worthy. The
principle that the spiritual believer observes is found in the words of
Christ’s prayer to His Father when He said, “All Thine are Mine, and
Mine are Thine.”
When we know that what He has is ours, we recognize that what we have is
- Power to speak.
”They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and with great power gave the
apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Acts 4:31,
Speaking without the Spirit is like speaking in a foreign language to those
who do not know the language. While speaking in the Spirit, every word is
intelligible to those who hear.
Looking to ourselves we will say with Jeremiah, “I cannot speak, for I am
But filled with the Spirit we will know the Lord’s assuring Word as He
says, “Behold I have put My words in Thy mouth,” Jer 1:6, 9.
How many men owe everything in life to one young soul that trusted them when
all was doubtful, one faithful love that kept them company as long as ever
it could. ”I never was anything till I knew you,” wrote Tom Hood to his
How true are these words “I never was anything till I knew you” applied
to God the Holy Spirit, every believer testifies. We shall never be anything
nor continue to be anything except, “We know Him.” Know Him in the power
of His life, in the strength of His might, in the glow of His love, in the
lowliness of His humility, in the sanctity of His holiness, in the wisdom of
His guidance, in the inspiration of His Word, and in the glory of His
”After that the Holy Spirit shall come upon you and you shall receive
Isaiah said “Unless the Lord left a remnant, we would be like Sodom
Never before in Church history has this principle been more appropriate. A
“remnant” is a small percentage of believers in the Church Age who take in
the Word of God daily and make application of the Word of God to their own lives
and experience and become spiritually self-sustaining.
We hear of similar remarks in our country like “Uncle Sam needs you.” Or,
“Only a few good Marines.” A silent minority, like salt, which is silent,
yet has a quiet preserving effect.
They are slaves who fear to speak
For the fallen and the weak.
They are slaves who will not choose
Hatred, scoffing, and abuse.
Rather than in silence shrink
From the Truth they needs must think.
They are slaves who dare not be
In the right with two or three.
The Perfect Light
“And God saw the light that it was good,” Gen 1:4a.
Man does not see light in all its forms. He sees color because of light, and
he is able to do many things with refraction and polarization of light. The Qal
imperfect of the word “RA AH” says that God always does see.
Now, there is no verb before “good.” You simply have an elliptical phrase
here, and the omission of the verb puts great emphasis on the following word,
”TOBH.” Consequently we have ... “light good.”
The seeing of ELOHIM is an anthropomorphism to explain God’s attitude
toward His own creation on the first day of restoration.
Monday, April 16, 2001
Human good is man’s relative righteousness, which can never meet the
standards of God’s absolute righteousness.
Certain categories of human good are legitimate between people, but when offered
to God, “man’s righteousnesses are like filthy rags,” Isa 64:4.
Religion vainly seeks to earn the approbation of God through the “dead
works” of human good. Heb 6:1, 9:14. Whereas Christianity, which is not
a religion, is a personal relationship with God based not on human good but on
perfect Divine righteousness.
At the moment of salvation God imputes His own righteousness to every believer.
Gen 15:6, Rom 3:22, 4:3, 2 Cor 5:21. And declares each believer justified,
vindicated, acceptable to the absolute standards of God. Rom 3:19-30.
The Doctrine of Light!
- God is light. Light demonstrates both the essence and the personalities of
the Godhead. 1 John 1:5.
- Light is necessary for man’s existence on the Earth. Ecc 11:7, Jer
- Divine guidance for Israel was provided by God through light. Ex 14:20.
- Jesus Christ as the manifested Person of the Godhead is light. John 8:12,
1 Tim 6:16.
- The Word of God in the soul through the function of growing in Grace is
portrayed by light. Psa 119:105, 130.
- Maturity in the soul is constructed from the light of the Word of God. Psa
43:3, 119:130, Rom 13:12, Eph 5:8, 1 John 2:8.
- The Gospel is called the light. 2 Cor 4:3, 4, 2 Tim 1:10.
- Salvation brings the believer out of darkness into light, just as the
planet Earth was brought out of darkness into light by God. Luke 1:79, 1 Pet
- The believer reflects the light of the Word of God. 2 Cor 4:6.
Light and Darkness Are Mutually Exclusive
“The Evil Darkness”
“And God saw the light that it was good, and God
divided the light from the darkness,” Gen 1:4.
Darkness belongs to the devil. The devil cannot produce light, create life,
nor can he provide regeneration. The devil can do nothing constructive. So,
there must be a separation and we find it in this phrase.
”And ELOHIM divided.” The hiphil imperfect of “BADHAL” means “to
cause to separate.” “ELOHIM caused to separate the light from the
God does not obliterate darkness at this point, but allows it to coexist
with light so there will always be a perfect illustration of “Divine good
If God had obliterated the darkness, He would also have obliterated the
fallen angels and terminated the angelic conflict. It was God’s purpose
that man’s volition would be an extension of the angelic conflict.
Therefore, man must always have the opportunity to choose between the
kingdom of darkness and the Kingdom of Light.
At the time of the Second Advent there will be all light and no darkness.
Day and Night
“And God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And the
evening and the morning were the first day,” Gen 1:5.
All created things must have nomenclature from God. This phrase “God called
the light day” emphasizes the importance of words and nomenclature in
Scripture. It also stresses the importance of the mind where you have vocabulary
and categories. You can’t think without words. The name of a thing is the
expression of its nature.
While something named by man expresses the impressions made on his human mind, a
thing named by God expresses the exact reality of the thing. God used
vocabulary. Whether you are aware of it or not, words, vocabulary, and
categories are the invention of God so that you can use your mind for its proper
and intended purpose – “to think.”
”As a man thinketh in his mind so is he.”
”Guard your mind with all diligence for out of it are issues of life.”
”With the mind man believeth unto salvation.”
”Think” used to be the motto of I.B.M.
“And the evening and the morning were the first day,” Gen 1:5b.
”And the evening.” The Hebrew “ARABH” means “to become dark” – not
“to be dark.”
The English says, “and the evening and the morning were the first day.” But
that isn’t what the Hebrew says. The Qal imperfect of “HAJAH” should be
translated “and the evening became.” In other words, he became dark. Why?
The Earth was rotating. Light had energized its motion. A dead thing doesn’t
When the Earth was suspended in ice, it did not rotate because there was no heat
in the ice pack. Now, a very interesting thing began to happen. Because the
Earth was covered with fluids, fluid dynamics began to shape the Earth.
Up to this point there was concentrated light in one spot. As the Earth began to
rotate, it left the concentration of light and became dark. That is all that
“evening” means. “It is getting dark.” As the Earth continued its
rotation, it became morning. This is one complete revolution.
Literally, “So it became evening and then it became dawn. Day one.”
During the first three days of restoration, light was concentrated above the
Earth so that evening and dawn could reoccur every 24 hours as the Earth rotated
on its axis. It was not until the fourth day that God dispersed the concentrated
light into the sun, the moon, and the stars.
“And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters. And let
it divide the waters from the waters,” Gen 1:6.
The word for firmament is “RAQIJA.” It refers to atmosphere and occasionally
to the expanse of the heavens beyond the atmosphere.
”RAQIJA” is used four ways in the Old Testament:
- It is translated “a transparent work of sapphire,” Exodus 24:10, and
in that sense we see the color of the sky.
- The sky is called a mirror, “a molten looking glass,” Job 37:18.
- It is described as “a carpet spread over the Earth,” Isa 40:22.
- It is called “a curtain of gauze,” Psa 104:2, “spread over the
This presents the transparency of the atmosphere, illustrating the fact that
the atmosphere is made up of gases. So, the Lord said, “Atmosphere be.”
Remember the Earth had rotated once while it was completely covered with water.
Now, the water on the Earth was going to be divided by the atmosphere. Some of
the water will be above the atmosphere, and some will be on the surface of the
Earth below the atmosphere.
Therefore, the atmosphere would be between the waters.
“And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters and let
it divide the waters from the waters,” Gen 1:6.
There would be no rainfall on the Earth until the flood of Noah’s day. During
the period before the flood, all moisture would be provided by a system of
evaporation. Most of the waters for the Flood would come from below the
Earth. The Earth’s surface could not have been covered with water in just
40 days of rainfall, if vast amounts had not poured forth from the depths of the
The band of atmosphere around the Earth, which God provided on day two, is vital
to human, animal, and plant existence. We could not have life without it. The
moon, which is a satellite, is a dead world because he has no atmosphere. This
band of atmosphere around the Earth is composed of a mixture of gases in a more
or less stabilized form such as oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, helium, neon, etc.
We call this ”air.” The Bible calls it “atmosphere.” The composition of
air or atmosphere changes with regard to the amount of moisture and the amount
of carbon dioxide, but the other components remain constant.
Atmosphere has an important effect on our climate, radiation, weather, and even
our comfort. The relationship between water and atmosphere is very important.
Winds are a part of the atmosphere and were created with it on the second day.
God originally established a perfect balance between these things.
Genesis 1:7, “And God made the firmament and divided the waters which were
under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament and it was
Literally, “And God manufactured the atmosphere.”
God is ELOHIM, the Son, the Creator.
ELOHIM the Father gave the command in verse 6.
ELOHIM the Son executed it. There was no time lapse.
The Father said, “Atmosphere be in the middle of the water,” and the Son
manufactured the atmosphere immediately.
The word “made” is the Qal imperfect of “ASAH,” indicating that the
atmosphere was manufactured out of already existing material.
”And divided” is literally, “He caused to separate.” At the end of the
verse we read “and it was so.” This is a Hebrew idiom meaning something
prescribed was done. “And it came to pass.”
Literally, “ELOHIM the Son, manufactured the atmosphere out of already
existing material and caused to separate between the waters under the atmosphere
and between the water above the atmosphere, and so it came to pass as previously
”And God called the firmament Heaven and the evening and the morning were the
second day,” Gen 1:8.
”And ELOHIM called,” we have “QARA,” which means that He provided
nomenclature, vocabulary, a system for technical and categorical thinking. God
designated the atmosphere “Heaven” and the same as in verse 5, it became
evening, getting darker, and it became dawn, getting lighter. Day two.
Evil Thinking Believers
“As a man thinketh in his mind so is he.” You are what you think!
Rational thinking is the essential human activity that distinguishes man from
animals. Like the angels, man was created with a soul capable of rational
thought. Therefore, the mentality of the soul is the battlefield of the
angelic conflict. When a believer thinks evil, he is evil, and he resides in
Satan’s cosmic system. From evil thinking comes evil motivation, and from evil
motivation comes evil actions.
Believers can be evil and think evil and serve Satan and not the Lord Jesus
Christ. You would say, “Impossible. Not me!” Well we have it on the
authority of the Lord Jesus Christ that this is true. ”And Jesus, knowing
their thoughts, said, 'Why are you thinking evil in your minds?'”
In contrast, thinking that is consistent with the Truth has enormous
repercussions for good. Salvation itself is appropriated by a right thought by
nonmeritorious positive volition toward the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
”What do you think about the Lord Jesus Christ,” Matt 22:42.
”With the mind man believeth unto salvation,” Rom 10:10.
”Guard your mind with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life,”
The Doctrine of Evil!
A. Evil is the policy and modus operandi of Satan as the ruler of this
world, by which he seeks to capture and control the human soul, and to
establish his own millennium and become the victor in the angelic conflict.
B. Just as Grace and Doctrine represent the genius and thinking of God in
relation to the human race, so evil represents the genius and thinking of
Satan regarding the human race. Therefore, evil is a system of thought
just as Doctrine is a system of thought.
C. Evil is also the function of the old sin nature as the ruler of the
D. Evil is the distortion of Bible Doctrine and the laws of Divine
Establishment. Psa 50:16.
E. When either sin or human good are intensified, they become evil.
- The scope of evil:
A. While sin and evil often overlap, evil includes much more than sin.
1. Evil includes human good and every attempt to
solve the problems of life apart from the Word of God and apart from Divine
Establishment. Humanitarianism, philanthropy, socialism, public welfare,
the common wealth, social action, social security, the social gospel,
religionism, legalism, apostasy, Communism, and pacifism.
2. It also includes the restriction of human
freedom for so-called greater good, the distortion of law for the purpose of
solving economic problems, anti-gun legislation, the rise of bureaucracy,
governmental abuse of power, and interference in industry and free
enterprise, the present use of labor unions, and even Christian activities
which substitute service for spiritual growth outside the academic
discipline of the local Church, are all forms of evil.
B. Therefore, evil is the total inclusion of human ability, human talent,
and works, and the total exclusion of Grace.
More to follow on just what is evil …
What is Evil? – Part Two!
A. Hebrew words for evil.
1. AWEN – nothingness, vanity, evil
2. RA – bad, evil, worthless
3. RA-AH – feminine adjective for evil
4. ROA – Badness of quality, evil as quality
5. RA-A – to be evil
B. Greek words for evil.
1. KAKOS (adjective) – evil, bad, worthless
2. KAKOS (adverb) – wickedly
3. KAKIA – Depravity, wickedness
4. PONEROS (adjective) – evil, worthless,
5. PONEROS (noun) – evil intent, evil doer, evil
6. PONERIA – sinfulness, maliciousness
7. PHAULOS – evil, worthless, wicked
- Evil as related to Satan.
A. Satan’s angels are called evil spirits or demons. Luke 7:21, 8:2, Acts
B. Satan’s domain is called an evil world. Gal 1:4.
C. Satan’s policy is called evil. 1 Thes 5:22, 2 Thes 3:3.
D. Those under the influence of satanic policy are called evil men. Job
35:12, Matt 12:35.
E. Satan’s administrators are called inventors of evil things. Rom 1:30.
More to come on what is evil …
What is Evil? – Part Three!
- Both sin and evil originate from Satan. Gen 3.
A. Personal sin, human good, and evil in an individual emanate from the
old sin nature.
B. Sin is handled by 1 John 1:9, confession of sin. Evil is handled by
Doctrine and spiritual maturity through the function of growing in
- Evil is located in the soul. Matt 6:23, 15:19.
- Evil in the soul shortens your life. Amos 5:14-15.
- Evil is distinguished from other categories.
A. From sin. 1 Chr 21:1, 17.
B. From demon possession.
1. Believers can be evil
possessed but not demon possessed.
2. Evil possession is the
control of the believer’s soul by satanic Doctrine. Demon possession is
the indwelling of the unbeliever’s body by Satan’s angels.
C. From war and disease. Jer 28:8.
1. Warfare is often the means
of maintaining national freedom and involves suffering and pressure, but,
although evil may occur during war, war itself is not evil.
2. Disease may be
punishment for sin or evil, but in itself disease is not evil.
D. From evil in the administration of the fifth cycle of discipline.
1. The saturation of evil in a
nation leads to its destruction or the fifth cycle of discipline. Isa
2. The administration of the
fifth cycle of discipline is also called evil.
God uses an evil to punish an evil. Jonah 3:10.
More to come on evil …
What is Evil? – Part Four!
- Evil leadership is anti-God. Nahum 1:11.
- Since evil is altruistic, national leaders are often involved in
altruism. Luke 11:13.
- Sincere do-gooders practice evil. Rom 7:19, 21.
A. The sincere do-gooder is always frustrated.
B. Being under the influence of evil, his good always turns out evil.
C. Therefore, the believer is warned to be aware of evil practitioners. Phil
- Those under the influence of evil always have a price. 1 Tim 6:10.
- Evil rationalizes. Once human norms are established, they are called
“good.” Isa 5:20.
- Conspiracy and revolution are evil. Psa 64:4, 5, Prov 17:11.
- False doctrine is both evil and insanity. Ecc 9:3.
- Evil never understands Grace function. Matt 20:15.
A. Grace is related to Doctrine, not to human good works.
B. Therefore, in emphasizing works, evil distorts Grace. Psa 38:19, 20.
- An evil person seeks to build happiness on someone else’s
unhappiness. Psa 35:11-13.
- The influence of evil explains why prayers of believers are not
answered. Job 35:9-13.
- Evil is self-destructive. Psa 34:21.
- There is no evil in God. Psa 5:4, James 1:13.
A. Therefore, God judges evil. Psa 34:16, Isa 13:11.
B. In spite of evil, Jesus Christ controls history. Prov 16:3, 4, Isa 45:7.
C. Jesus Christ permits evil to run its course as part of the angelic
More to come in conclusion on evil ...
What is Evil? – Part Five!
- The believer must face the fact that evil was not judged on the Cross.
A. Only sin was judged on the Cross. 1 Pet 2:24.
B. Christ could not be judged for evil, Satan’s policy, for that would
cancel the angelic conflict.
- Submission to the authority of Divine Establishment protects the human
race from evil. Ecc 8:2-5, Rom 13:3-4.
- The issue in the Royal Family of God is whether the believer is
influenced by the Word of God or by evil. Prov 11:18, 19, 14:22, 15:3,
16:6, 22:3, 3 John 11.
A. Negative volition toward the Word of God causes the believer to be
changed by evil. Prov 5:13, 14.
1. Negative volition is always influenced by evil.
Psa 36:1-4, John 3:19.
2. Evil provides false security for those who are
negative. Micah 3:1, 12.
B. The Grace believer is protected from evil because he has a maximum
amount of the Word of God in his soul. Gen 48:16, 50:20, Psa 21:11,
23:4, 37:16-19, 91:10, 97:10, 119:101, 121:7; Prov 1:33, 2:10-14, 3:7, etc.
C. The believer is commanded to put away evil. Deut 13:5, Isa 1:16,
Rom 12:9, 1 Pet 3:9, 3 John 11.
D. The mature believer possesses a balance of residency between Doctrine in
the soul and the filling of the Holy Spirit, and avoids evil. Gen 48:16; 1
Sam 25:39; Job 28:28; Psa 37:25-27; Psa 84:10; Prov 16:6, 17; Isa 59:15; Jer
9:3, 23:21, 22; John 17:15;1 Cor 13:5.
E. Doctrine is the neutralizer of evil. Psa 54:5, Rom 12:21.
- Evil will be eliminated in the Millennial Reign of the Lord Jesus
Christ. Zeph 3:14, 15.
A Believer Who Finds Himself in a National Crisis!
James 5:17, “Elijah was a human being similar in feelings, circumstances
and pressures to us, and by means of prayer he began to pray not to send rain
and it did not rain on the land for three and one half years.”
Here is recorded for us a Grace believer in a national crisis. The prophet
Elijah was a spiritual giant, patriot, and Grace hero, and he stemmed the tide
of national negative volition by his prayer.
Elijah faced maximum apostasy and negative volition, which threatened his nation
with catastrophe. Aware that Israel was on the verge of the fifth cycle of
discipline, Elijah besought the Lord on behalf of the people.
What was the content of Elijah’s prayer?? That God “would knock on the
door” and for three and a half years God knocked on the door of the Northern
Kingdom to warn them of impending disaster. Deut 28:23-24.
Elijah had fearlessly announced God’s warning to Ahab, the king of Israel, who
promptly ignored it. Just as promptly the rain ceased and economic depression
The draught devastated the agricultural economy and ultimately served to spur
the nation to a change of mind and restoration.
While believers and unbelievers alike had been wasting time in negative volition
toward the Word of God, 1 Kings 16:30-31, Elijah redeemed the time through
prayer and Bible Doctrine and became the man for the crisis.
At the termination of three and a half years of famine, Elijah, who by now had a
price on his head, went back to King Ahab, 1 Kings 18:17-20, and issued his
ultimatum to the people of Israel. “How long halt ye between two opinions? If
the Lord be God, follow
Him. But if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word,” 1
Sounds like our condition today.
A Believer in a National Crisis!
Elijah’s heroic challenge to the prophets of Baal is well known. 1 Kings
In a period of great national apostasy, a Grace communicator of the Word of God
stands almost alone, 1 Kings 18:22. Elijah was no exception. He was by himself
as he order the 400 prophets of Baal to offer their sacrifice and call down fire
from their gods. When they were unsuccessful, Elijah called down fire from
Just as in the two instances of prayer offered for negative volition in James
5:14-16, so after preparing his sacrifice, Elijah prayed for a change of mind
in the nation, 1 Kings 18:36, 37.
Should the people respond, he would then be able to finish the prayer began
three and a half years before. The prayer for negative volition does not
become operational until they have a change of attitude toward the Word of God.
In answer to Elijah’s prayer, the fire from Heaven consumed the sacrifice, and
sparked the necessary change of mind. 1 Kings 18:39.
Elijah had begun his first prayer in Ahab’s palace. The prayer interrupted by
three and a half years of national depression would be concluded on Mt. Carmel,
1 Kings 18:42-45. This is explained in James 5:17.
“When Elijah began to pray” is an ingressive aorist of “PROSEUCHOMAI.”
In verse 18 the same morphology “PROSEUCHOMAI” is used, but this time, it is
the culminative aorist. He terminated his prayer.
”And he offered prayer again, and the Heaven gave rain. And the land
germinated, (sprouted, produced its production),” James 5:18.
There is a Biblical description of what some people call “Mother nature.”
Germinated, sprouted, produced its production.
A Thought For Today For the 24 Airmen Taken Hostage
Psa 18:34, “He teacheth my hands to war so that a bow of steel is broken by
sa 18:35, “Thou hast also given me the shield of salvation and Thy right
hand hath holden me up, and Thy gentleness hath made me great.”
Psa 18:36, “Thou hast enlarged my feet under me that my feet did not slip.”
Psa 18:37, “I have pursued my enemies and overtaken them, neither did I turn
again till they were consumed.”
Psa 18:38, “I have wounded them that they were not able to rise, they have
fallen under my feet.”
Psa 18:39, “For Thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle. Thou hast
subdued under me those that rose up against me.”
The battle is the Lord’s!
Believers Who Serve Satan!
Not every Christian with negative volition to the Word of God is removed from
this Earth immediately. God may keep a believer alive for a long time in the
intensive stage of Divine discipline.
Representing many different personalities, attitudes, and styles of living,
and taking many different approaches to life, cosmic Christians who periodically
receive intensive discipline serve Satan as cosmic evangelists.
Satan uses their negative attitude to distract positive believers from the
Plan of God. Cosmic believers draw into the pseudo-strength and superficial
attractions of the cosmic system.
Rev 2:2, “I know thy works, and thy labor, 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.”
With great finesse God may employ these eternally saved “enemies of the
Cross,” Phil 3:18, as agents of testing in the lives of growing believers. Specifically,
Christians suffering intensive Divine discipline may administer a test to the
spiritually adult believers.
Besides “enemies of the Cross,” Phil 3:18, other Biblical terms for cosmic
|”Enemies of God,” James 4:4.|
|”Haters of God,” John 15:23.|
|”Anti-Christs,” 1 John 2:18, 22, 4:3, 2 John 7.|
|”Hostile toward God,” Rom 8:7.|
|”Men of the flesh,” 1 Cor 3:1-3.|
|”Double-minded,” James 4:8.|
|”Agents of the devil,” 1 John 3:8.|
|”Disciples of the devil,” 1 John 3:10.|
All these phrases refer to eternally-saved believers, not to unbelievers.
The only reason God sustains the lives of some negative believers is to use them
to train others. These “enemies of God,” James 4:4, are still members of the
Royal Family of God and their eternal life is secure, but the only role they can
play in the glorification of Christ is to be a test for positive believers.
Because of their own failure to execute the plan of God, they become merely a
means of building strength in someone else. Obviously this is a Christian’s
Tuesday, April 17, 2001
The Importance of Doctrinal Thinking, or Thought Testing
Prov 23:7, “As a man thinketh in his mind, so is he.”
Thought determines the believer’s life. Thoughts have such a
powerful effect on the believer’s success or failure in the Christian way of
life that thinking must be considered a major test.
In all stages of Christian growth, the believer will face the pressure of
thought conflicts in the soul.
- Human viewpoint will conflict with Divine Viewpoint.
- False concepts will challenge Bible Doctrine.
- Arrogance will intrude upon humility.
- Expedients of all kinds will compete with the Plan of God.
- Fear will paralyze reason.
These are essentially private conflicts which the believer must resolve in
his own soul.
Quandaries, confusions, and unanswered questions motivate the positive believer
to apply the resources of the Word of God he has learned.
Concentration on the Word of God accelerates his spiritual growth. Thought
testing may exist when circumstances are overtly prosperous and tranquil.
A person is not always what he appears to be on the surface. The real person is
the thought content of his soul.
”Guard your mind with all diligence for out of come the issues of life.”
”What think ye of Christ?”
A Believer is What He Thinks, Not What He Eats
Because a believer is what he thinks, a thought can make or break him,
depending on the nature of the thought.
If his thought is consistent with the Word of God, “the mind of Christ,” he
advances in the Plan of God. If his thought is contrary to the Word of God, he
is distracted from his true destiny in life.
His mental attitude toward life is the function of his thinking, the composite
of all he knows and believes.
Prayer illustrates the importance of thought in fulfilling the believer’s
private responsibilities before the Lord. Each member of the Royal Family of God
is a priest with a tremendous privilege of representing himself before God. With
privilege comes responsibility.
God has established the plan which the believer must follow in using prayer. The
believer’s prayers must be consistent with God’s essence, objectives. Therefore,
accurate and careful “Doctrinal thinking” is the basis for effective prayer.
When his prayers reflect God’s own thoughts and desires, the believer can
be confident of receiving affirmative answers. “If ye abide in Me and
My Words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will and it shall be done unto
you,” John 15:7.
Jesus Christ explained that wrong and sloppy thinking guarantees failure in
prayer. “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as
the Gentiles do, for they think they will be heard for their many words,”
”But we have the mind of Christ”
Mankind’s great enemy is a thought called “arrogance.” Arrogance
can inflate or deflate man’s opinion of himself. He thinks he is better or
worse than he actually is.
Both self-aggrandizement and self-denigration distort and deny reality, which is
the realm in which God’s plan is effective. God’s Grace deals with us as we
But an egocentric believer who does not live in objective reality will never use
God’s Grace provisions to advance in the Plan of God.
”For if anyone thinks he is something,” arrogance, “when he is nothing,”
“he deceives himself,” Gal 6:3.
”God resists the proud and exalts the humble.”
”Pride goeth before a fall.”
“I Love You” and “Love One Another” – What is the Difference?
“I love you” is personal.
“Love one another” is impersonal.
”I love you” is with all facets of the soul.
”Love one another” is only the mentality of the soul.
Personal love for God comes first. As personal love for God increases, the
believer’s attitude about self improves and as this inner strength becomes
established in his soul, he is able to deal more consistently with others from
Impersonal love is defined by contrast to personal love. Both of these
categories of love can be illustrated in the sentence, “I love you.” In
personal love, the emphasis is on the “you” on the attractiveness,
character, intelligence, and personality of the object of love. Personal love
depends on rapport with the object. Obviously a personal love is exclusive.
Only a few people receive any particular believer’s personal love, which
requires a degree of intimacy, knowledge, trust, and reciprocation. For
compatibility to exist, the “I” and the “you” must perceive one another
as fulfilling each other’s norms and standards.
Impersonal love on the other hand is entirely a function of the “I,” the
subject of the sentence. The one who loves. What is his character? Does he
possess virtue? The term “impersonal love” acknowledges that no
compatibility, familiarity, reciprocation, or intimacy of any kind is required
between the subject and the object.
Impersonal love is the spiritually autonomous believer’s unconditional
attitude toward “everyone” he meets. It is the expression of his integrity
which is manifested by tolerance, patience, compassion, courtesy, and
”Owe no man anything but love.” That is impersonal love.
Grace Orientation to Life
Grace-oriented believers have a greater appreciation for the Grace policy
which God administers to all believers. ”We have received His Grace heaped
Grace totally excludes human effort, human strength, human merit, human
”For by Grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is
the gift of God, and not of works lest any man should boast.”
Human advantages do not contribute to the execution of the Plan of God. The
Christian way of life is a supernatural way of life and demands a supernatural
means of execution.
The spiritual believer understands his total dependence on Divine omnipotence.
Orientation to God’s Grace frees him from the last vestiges of legalism. A
spiritual believer does not abuse the freedom that Grace gives him. Instead, he
uses that freedom to comply with God’s will, purpose, and plan for the Church
Age. He utilizes available Divine omnipotence to perpetuate his spiritual
”Grow in Grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”
”The Grace of God that bringeth salvation has appeared to all men.”
”God resists the proud and gives Grace to the humble.”
Live and Let Live
A spiritual Christian becomes increasingly aware of his own destiny within
the plan of God. God is his destiny. God has designed a powerful plan for
blessing for Him to the maximum, a plan that enables his life to glorify Jesus
Christ both now and forever.
Once a believer is free from possessiveness and from seeking to control others,
he can concentrate or exercising his God-given prerogatives within the framework
of his own royal priesthood. He has learned to respect the privacy of others.
He has become tolerant of the flaws and foibles of those whom he would
ordinarily resent. His impersonal love means that he can interact with others
from the high ground of Christian integrity while concentrating on the
fulfillment of God’s purpose for his own life.
”This is the commandment, that you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and that
you love one another.”
”The fruit of the Spirit is love.”
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected
knowledge, I will also reject you, from being my priest. Since you have
forgotten the laws of your God, I also will forget your children,” Hosea 4:6.
This was written to believers.
Unheralded in the annals of history, Christians in relatively small numbers
anonymously determine the up trends and downtrends of civilization.
Jesus Christ prospers a nation when believers advance in the Divine Plan of
God. He disciplines the nation when believers live habitually in the world
Usually a nation will begin to decline under the weight of its own
degeneracy. If enough believers ignore the increasingly severe stages
of individual discipline and remain in the world system, the nation’s
spiritual pivot shrinks and the nation itself must receive collective Divine
As an application of this Doctrine – your primary duty to your country is
to advance to spiritual maturity in the Divine Plan.
”Don’t ask what you country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your
country?” “Grow in Grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour
Divine retribution against the nation intensifies through five cycles of
discipline which includes social disintegration, economic collapse, and
political chaos. Lev 26:14, 18, 21, 27.
The fifth cycle of discipline destroys the nation’s sovereignty through the
horrors of military conquest, reducing the vanquished populace to poverty,
barbarism, and slavery. Deut 28:49-67.
How patriotic are you?
How to be Happy Without a Tax Deduction
- Happiness is related to the essence of God.
God always possessed perfect happiness in eternity past and He always will.
Rom 1:25. God can’t be unhappy. Deut 28:63.
A. It is an inner integral part of His character expressed through Grace.
B. It includes His capacity to love, a relaxed mental attitude, and thinking
Grace toward man. Psa 43:4.
C. God doesn’t need emotion for a crutch.
- Happiness is related to the Plan of God.
In eternity past, God desired to share His happiness with mankind in
time. Psa 51:12, Psa 97:12.
A. To do so God must share something of His mental attitude and character
with man. Zech 10:7b, Hab 3:18, Psa 9:1, 2, 5:11.
B. It is only possible through regeneration and subsequent perception of the
Word of God. Psa 9:14, Neh 8:10, 12:43.
- Happiness is accomplished through Grace. Eph 2:8-9, Psa 31:7.
A. In Grace God found a way to share His happiness with the believer in
Christ. Psa 21:1, 32:10-11.
B. This includes the availability of the Word of God, the inhale of the Word
of God, resulting in maturity through growing in Grace.
C. God sows and man reaps.
”Blessed be the Lord.” Literally, ‘Happinesses is the Lord.”
”Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” Literally,
“Happinesses to the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”
The Pursuit of Happiness Without Leaving Your Room
- Divine happiness is confined to the Plan of God.
A. Man enters the Plan of God by faith in Jesus Christ. John 3:36, 20:31,
B. Therefore, the potential for inner happiness begins after salvation.
C. There is no instant or automatic happiness in the Christian life on
Earth. Emotional response is not happiness.
D. Certain conditions must be met, like the filling of the Spirit, which is
joy, the constant intake of the Word of God, and the function of growing in
Grace entering maturity. 1 John 1:4.
- The Word of God and the function of growing in Grace are the basis for
God has designed inner happiness to be permanent and stabilized
undergirding in the most difficult circumstances of life. Based on the
Word of God which abides forever, it is real and bona fide. 1 John 1:4, John
17:17 cf verse 13.
A. The first taste of Divine happiness comes through the filling of the
Spirit. Gal 5:22, Rom 14:17, 1 Thes 1:6.
B. The next step is the daily function of growing in Grace requiring the
believer priest to exercise positive volition to the Word of God. John 17:13
cf verse 17, 1 John 1:4.
C. Maturity is constructed from the Word of God in the human spirit with
joy. Phil 4:4a, Psa 30:5, Neh 8:10, John 17:17.
D. The final step to Divine happiness is occupation with Christ. Heb 12:2, 1
Pet 1:8, Phil 4:4b.
”Blessed are the poor in spirit, for they shall see God.”
Wednesday, April 18, 2001
Four Principles From Nature – Ecclesiastes 1:4-10
Life out of fellowship with God is like the cycles in nature which always
return to the same point. ”One generation passeth away and another generation
cometh, but the Earth abideth forever,” Ecc 1:4.
With every passing generation the Earth keeps right on going. One generation
comes along trying to find happiness apart from God and it disappears. And
another generation comes along and makes the same mistake. Then another and
another, and history continually repeats itself. So we conclude, “we learn
from history we learn nothing from history.”
|”The sun also ariseth and the sun goeth down and hasteth to his place
where he arose,” Ecc 1:5.|
Here is a description of the rotation of the Earth. As the Earth rotates,
the sun goes down, and as it continues its rotation, the sun comes up then
down again. In other words, the Earth is just going around and around and
around and so are a lot of people who are on it.
|The next illustration is a cycle which the Air Force uses. Winds aloft.
“The wind goeth toward the south and turneth about unto the north. It
whirleth about continually and the wind returneth again according to its
currents,” Ecc 1:6.|
The wind travels in circles of currents. This is just like people who are
seeking happiness apart from God. They are going around and around, but
always coming back to the same place. No happiness, only emptiness.
|“All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full;”
Why? Because the sun hits it and evaporates the water. “Unto the place
from whence the rivers come, thither they return again,” Ecc 1:7.|
When the water evaporates, it goes into the air. It forms cumulonimbus and
it moves over land. It precipitates then rolls down into the sea. The sun
hits it and it goes up again.
So, as in the other cycles, it goes around and around. People seeking
happiness apart from God are on a merry go round, a cycle, a rut, and they will
never get anywhere.
”The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing,” Ecc
A frantic search for happiness apart from the Lord ... Emptiness ...
Substitution for Fellowship with God
Solomon had everything and was searching for something new, something
different, something exotic, something to bring happiness, something whereby he
could be happy without the Lord.
He begins his search on a very high plane but each adventure he got a little
lower, and a little lower, till he hit bottom. ”And I gave my mind to seek and
search out by wisdom concerning all things that are under Heaven,” Ecc 1:13.
Education – he first decided that no one could be successful and happy in life
unless he went to college. Many people are sold on this today.
There is nothing wrong with higher education, per se. But, sad to say, it has
led many believers astray. And it has created confusion in the minds of many
But think of all the people you know who went to some liberal university and
graduated in a state of total disorientation to reality. I would rather just
be a graduate from an elementary school and understand the true principles of
life than to have graduated from some liberal college and be confused about
everything the rest of my life.
All the education in the world is not worth one second of by-passing
fellowship with God. None of it can fulfill the soul of the believer. It
takes the Word of God, the mind of Christ, to do that. Anything else sours and
becomes self-induced misery.
The study of many books brings weariness to the bones.
A Man Who Had More Education Than Anyone!
“I gave my mind to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that
are under Heaven,” Ecc 1:13.
In order to do this requires self-discipline and study, which caused Solomon to
conclude, “This sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised
If you want to be well-educated, you must study. But it is a sore travail.
In Ecc 12:12 Solomon tells us what happens when you study too much. “And
further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end;
and much study is a weariness of the flesh.” You burn out!
The primary job of the ministry is to study, study, study! That may sound
easy to many people. But just try sitting down and studying five or six hours a
day, after a few months people get burned out and they have to get away for
Here is a man who studied and studied and studied everything except the Word
of God. In fact, he tells us what he did study. But first he gives us his
conclusion from all that studying.
”I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is
emptiness and vexation of spirit,” Ecc 1:14.
”Vexation of spirit” is literally, “Feeding on the wind.”
”I communed with mine own mind saying, Lo, I am come to great estate and have
gotten more wisdom than all they that have been before me in Jerusalem: yea, my
mind had great experience of wisdom and knowledge. And I gave my mind to know
wisdom, and to know madness and folly,” Ecc 1:16-17.
Education is feeding on wind – madness and folly – weariness to the flesh
– apart from the Lord.
”Study to show thyself approved, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed;
rightly dividing the Word of God.”
The Pursuit of Pleasure as a Substitute for Fellowship with the Lord
From academics Solomon tried an entirely different approach to happiness –
pleasure. This follows a logical progression. After you have studied all week in
school, what do you do? You go out on the weekend and blow your cork. You live
it up – a complete change.
”I said in my mind, Go to now, (I have had enough of books) I will prove thee
with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure (I am going to find happiness by living it
up),” Ecc 2:1.
He started out by saying, “You know I am too serious. All this concentration
is making me a dull person. I need to relax a little, and to laugh now and
then.” But he soon discovered of laughter, “Of laughter, it is mad, and
mirth what doeth it?” Ecc 2:2.
Not finding happiness as a good-time Charlie, “Behold, this is also
emptiness,” verse 1. He turns to another form of pleasure.
”I sought in my mind to give myself unto wine, yet acquainting my mind
with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, till I might see that good for the sons
of men, which they do under Heaven all the days of their life,” Ecc 2:3.
One day, he says, I sobered up and realized that I was getting nowhere. I looked
around and saw all these “dead soldiers” (empty bottles), and I knew that I
was wasting my time that I was becoming nothing but a drunken bum or alcoholic.
He was still on a pleasure kick. He was only changing his brand of fun. This
too is vanity and vexation of spirit apart from fellowship with the Lord.
”Blessed be the Lord.” Literally, “happinesses is the Lord.”
“And the Earth was without form, and void, and darkness was upon the face
of the deep,” Gen 1:2a.
This should be translated, “But the Earth” not, “And the
We have the word “was” here, which is a Qal imperfect of “HAJAH” which
means, “had become.”
Since we know that God is perfect and His works are perfect, Deut 32:4, Matt
5:48, we know that the Earth was not created imperfect.
The Earth had become something it was not before.
The Hebrew says “TOHU WAW BOHU,” translated here “without form and
void.” In Isa 45:18 we have “TOHU” translated “in vain,” but in both
places it should be rendered “waste” or “desolation.” ”Void” as a
translation of “BOHU” is not correct. But it is better rendered “empty.”
”TOHU” applies to the original animal life on the Earth. “BOHU” refers
to the original plant life on the Earth. All we have left of some of this type
of life are some fossils and a few bones to show evidence of their existence.
”But the Earth had become desolate and empty.” After the creation of angels
and before the creation of man there was an indefinite period of time in which
“TOHU WAW BOHU” occurred. Why?
Angels were also created perfect. But through negative volition many rebelled
against God. Satan’s fall, Ezek 28:15-16, Isa 14:12-17, the angelic
conflict and God’s judgment of the rebellious angels resulted in chaos on the
Earth “And darkness was upon the face of the deep.”
Thursday, April 19, 2001
When is the Last Time “You Kissed the Son??”
“Kiss the Son lest He be angry and ye perish from the way when His wrath is
kindled but a little. Blessed are all they put their trust in Him,” Psa 2:12.
- The kiss involves recognition of who and what Christ is, the only
- This kiss involves the expression of a relationship and expression of a
mental attitude. Believing, faith, love, union with Christ.
- This kiss involves a reward, eternal life. The “kiss” is
non-meritorious, just as the following are non-meritorious:
C. And, of course, kissing.
- A kiss:
A. Expresses desire, positive volition to God consciousness.
B. Expresses surrender, faith at Gospel hearing.
C. Expresses relationship – the 34 things given to
you at the point of salvation.
D. It always involves two people. Therefore, it involves a response. The
response of God through faith.
- Translation of this verse:
”Kiss, believe, on the Son, lest He will be angry and ye perish from the
way, believers in fellowship, when His wrath is kindled but a little.”
“Kiss the Lips of a Right Answer”
Prov 24:26, “Every man shall kiss the lips that give a right
- This is describing a man that wants to kiss a girl, which is the analogy
of a believer who is hungry for the Word.
- The girl who responds is an analogy of a believer with Doctrine, supplying
- If the girl is unresponsive, it is picturing a believer minus the Word of
God supplying human viewpoint and result. The man (believer) minus Doctrine
but with positive volition does not want to kiss this person (believer minus
Doctrine) any more.
- An individual may kiss many girls without getting a response. This is
analogous to people getting great amounts of human viewpoint answers.
- To get a passionate response, which stimulates, is analogous to seeking
the Truth and finding it and learning the Word of God, and this brings a
- In this analogy, the one, woman, who returns the kiss is equivalent to the
communication of the Word. She fills the desire or the need, satisfies the
thirst for the Word by providing Divine Viewpoint.
The man with unfulfilled needs is the one not being satisfied with the Word
- Jesus Christ is the Creator of all things. Col 1:16, John 1:3, Heb
1:10. Jesus Christ is the Creator of man. Gen 2:7.
- There are two ways in which mankind came into the world:
A. Created: Adam – from the chemicals of the ground.
B. Physical birth – the principle of the perpetuation of the human race.
- Jesus Christ not only created man, but He created the principle whereby
man perpetuates himself – copulation between husband and wife.
- The body of a man is a factory, the house in which he lives.
- The body is the instrument of the soul.
- Physical life is the soul inside of the body and the body functioning.
The life of man is in his soul, not in his blood. The life of the
animal is in its blood because it does not have a soul.
- Physical death is the soul leaving the body, the body dying and
ceasing to function.
- Adam’s body came first. Gen 2:7, then God put into the body the breath
of life, and the Hebrew says “lives,” and he became a living
A. Physical life for the body.
B. Spiritual life had fellowship with God and Adam had a human spirit.
C. Soulish life, later he had fellowship with Eve.
- The human race is born spiritually dead – Eph 2:1, 5 – no
fellowship, no relationship with God.
- Therefore, man (unbeliever) is dichotomous – body and soul.
- Regenerate man is trichotomous – body, soul, and spirit.
- At physical death the soul continues to live.
A. Believer – the soul and the spirit goes to be with the Lord.
B. Unbeliever – the soul goes to Hades to await the Great White Throne
Friday, April 20, 2001
The Lord’s Supper
- While the Passover feast of the Old Testament looked forward to the Cross,
the Lord’s Supper of the New Testament looks back to the Cross. Both were
commanded in their respective ages. Command for the Lord’s table – Matt
- Whereas water baptism illustrates our relationship with Christ,
communion illustrates our fellowship with Christ. Communion means
fellowship. One should never partake of the communion as a believer out
of fellowship. 1 Cor 10:16-22, 1 Cor 11:27-32.
- To partake of communion out of fellowship puts the believer under
severe discipline, and often under the sin unto death. 1 Cor 11:30, 32.
- Thus the believer is to examine himself, and then eat after confession
of sin. 1 Cor 11:28.
- The bread element emphasizes the Person of Christ. The fruit of the
wine element emphasizes the work of Christ.
Body – a Person. Blood – a work. 1 Cor 11:24-26.
- Unity in a local Church is based on the Word of God taken in through
growing in Grace, 1 Cor 11:33-34.
- From the standpoint of the believer eating the bread, the bread of life,
it is a picture of faith in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ and drinking
of the juice is a picture of faith in the work of Christ.
- Malachi 1:7, “Polluted bread” and Malachi 1:8, “Ye offer the blind
for sacrifice” is an actual attack on the Person and work of Christ. They,
in type, polluted the Person of Christ, and therefore corrupted the work of
Christ. We are never to tamper with the Person and work of Christ.
- How often should communion be served? This is a ahot issue in many
locales. “This do as oft as ye drink it.” In the Greek this is a present
linear aksionart, which would make quarterly too often and probably once a
month right. The early Church had communion once a week. But then they also
met daily. The Passover gave way to the communion.
- Communion is based on “the fragrance of memories.” “Ye do
show the Lord’s death till He come ” – the rapture, 1 Cor 11:26. This
Doctrine, “the fragrance of memories” kept the Shulamite true to her
Shepherd Lover in Song of Solomon. The believer is never to forget the
memory of the Cross.
- Conclusion: Any believer has the right to partake of communion, however
only those in fellowship realize its true significance. If they are out of
fellowship they at least must understand the proper Biblical use of 1 John
1:9 and 1 Cor 11:31-32.
A Religious Man!
- The religious man is described for us in Rom 2:17-29.
- The religious man has the self-righteousness of a moral man and in
addition, he observes certain rituals of religion.
- The religious man regards himself as superior to all others because he has
done more in order to sustain a relationship with God. This is an illusion.
- The purpose of the Mosaic Law is to show man he is a sinner. Keeping
the Mosaic Law does not save you.
- The religious man says he is saved by keeping the law and yet he
can’t keep it.
- They were condemned by their own teaching. They, the religious, broke the
Mosaic Law. Rom 2:21-23.
- A religious man is guilty of teaching others a way of salvation which
he, himself, cannot execute.
- Religion is inconsistent. Rom 2:18-23.
- A religious man observes rituals, but has no reality.
- Principle: Ritual without reality is meaningless.
- Reality can be counted for ritual, but the ritual cannot be counted for
Ritual – water baptism.
Reality – Baptism of the Spirit, union with Christ.
- Jesus Christ condemned religion and He
called the scribes and Pharisees “whitewashed tombstones,” Matt 23:27,
- Every self-righteous person has an area of hypocrisy. He puts a facade
over something, whitewashing it.
Necessity for a Mediator
- Adam and Eve, in innocence, were in perfect environment in the Garden. In
fellowship with God, Gen 1:28-2:25, Jesus Christ was walking and talking
with Adam and Eve.
- Sin, negative volition, separated them from God. Gen 3:7-8, 10. They
lost fellowship with God and died spiritually. They did not need to hide
because “Your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your
sins have hid His face from you,” Isa 59:2.
- First act of legalism – sewed fig leaves together. Gen 3:7. Man
tried to help himself.
- First act of Grace – God came to them. Gen 3:8.
- Adam was created in the image of God. Gen 1:26, 5:1. His children were in
his own likeness after his image. Gen 5:3.
- The human race is “in Adam,” 1 Cor 15:22, imputed sin, spiritually
dead with an old sin nature, inherent sin – from which comes all personal
- This puts the human race behind the barrier, Rom 3:23.
- Man could come to God if someone would stand in the middle, a Mediator,
between God and man, a Man in the middle.
- Man is completely helpless to help himself. John 1:12, “But as
many as received Him, to them gave He the power to become the sons of
- Decision in the past to send a Mediator. 1 Pet 1:20.
- Gen 3:15 is the first promise of salvation.
Mental Attitude of Grace Forgiveness
- God treats the believer in Grace, in Stage One, Two, Three of salvation.
- Grace means we do not earn or deserve this treatment.
- God treats us in Grace because of His character, because of Who and
What He is.
- The most important mental attitude of one believer toward another is
that of Grace. Matt 18:23-28.
- When someone wrongs you, you should forgive as Christ forgives. Col
3:13, Luke 23:34.
A. Put it in the Lord’s hands, Psa 55:22, 1 Pet 5:7.
B. No retaliation, Rom 12:9.
C. Forgive as Christ forgave, Col 3:13.
D. Forget it, Phil 3:13.
- Grace thinking leads to Grace action.
- When another believer hates you, you keeping on thinking Doctrine –
eternal life, fellowship, and grow in Grace. They have the same position in
Christ as you have. They are subject to the same Divine discipline that
you are and God can do His own disciplining. He does not need help. If you
interfere, you are subject to triple compound Divine discipline. Matt
- You treat people in Grace because of who and what you are. “You
are what you think,” Prov 23:7, and you are thinking Grace.
- You don’t treat them on the basis of their actions, but you treat
them on the basis of what you think, not on the basis of what they think.
- You are in control of the situation when you think Grace, the Divine
Viewpoint. But you are out of control when you get on the mental attitude
sin level – their level.
Saturday, April 21, 2001
Mental Attitude Results
- The correct mental attitude in the Christian way of life is having the
Divine Viewpoint of life, which will give the believer victory, peace,
power, and stability. Phil 2:5, 2 Tim 1:7. It will also erect a spiritual
structure in the soul.
- All changes come from the inside. The Holy Spirit is the Powerhouse in
the Christian life. And the power is released through the control and
filling of the Holy Spirit.
- A believer can experience perfect inner peace even in the midst of
difficulties and suffering, Phil 4:7. Peace is what you think, Isa
- Divine Viewpoint, the knowledge of the Word of God, the function of
growing in Grace and the filling of the Holy Spirit, brings stability.
People get discouraged because they are thinking human viewpoint.
Flipping back and forth between human viewpoint and Divine Viewpoint makes a
- Unstable Christians need cleaning and renewing of their minds. They
need to go on a crash program of taking in the Word of God. James 1:8, 1
John 1:9, James 4:8, Eph 4:23.
- Stability of mind and character is a mental attitude. Isa 26:3-4,
Phil 4:7, 2 Thes 2:9.
- Victory in the Christian life is obtained through the filling of the
Holy Spirit, not when under the control of the old sin nature. Rom 8:8.
- The most important mental attitude of one believer toward another is
that of Grace.
- Love is a mental attitude. Deut 6:5, 11:13.
- Worldliness is a mental attitude. Rom 12:2, Gal 3:2.
- Mental attitude Divine Viewpoint, when developed, produces confidence
based on absolutes. 2 Cor 5:1, 6, 8, compare.
- New mental attitude in the Christian life. 2 Tim 1:7.
”For God hath not given us the spirit of fear (mental attitude hysteria),
but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” This new mental attitude
requires the Word of God for development.
Panorama of the Millennium!
Christ reigning forever is promised in the Davidic Covenant. 2 Sam
7:8-17, Psa 89:20-37.
Isa 2:1-5, 11, 12, 15; Chapters 11, 35, 62, 65, 66
Matthew, Mark, Luke. The King is on the Earth and is presented as the
King and He presents Himself as the King.
The Epistles of the New Testament – the Church Age is the postponement
of the reign of Christ on the Earth.
A. By the angelic herald. Rev 10
B. By human heralds, Moses and Elijah. Rev 11:1-4.
Satan, in his man, the Jewish dictator of Palestine, tries to get a jump on
the true kingdom of Christ. He, the second Anti-Christ of Rev 13:11-18,
palms himself off as the false Messiah. Don’t confuse the Anti-Christ of
the Revived Roman Empire and this man, the false prophet.
Christ reigns. Rev 11:15-19.
Minister – As Used in the New Testament
- The word “minister” is used three ways in Scripture.
A. Those in authority in a national entity, believer or unbeliever. An
example: a judge. Rom 13:4, ministering a Divine Institution.
B. Every believer is a minister. 2 Cor 3:6, 4:1, 6:4.
C. A pastor of a local Church. Eph 3:7, 6:21, Col 1:23, 4:7.
- The context will determine which one is intended.
- Regarding pastors, several words are used for a pastor of a Church.
A. Elder – “PRESBUTEROS,” a term that denotes rank. The pastor may be
young, but he is the ranking officer in the Church, and the final authority
in the local Church based on the Word of God. Heb 13;7, 17, Titus 1:5.
B. Bishop – “EPISKOPOS,” an overseer. This refers to the function of a
pastor, speaking of a shepherd looking after his flock.
C. Pastor – “POIMEEN,” shepherd. Eph 4:11.
Sunday, April 22, 2001
“Lame, Blind, and Sick”
In the Old Testament the sacrifices that were prophecies of the perfect
sacrifice the Lord Jesus Christ, who takes away the sin of the world, were
expressed vividly so there would be no mistaking Who and What He is and was.
|”To Him give all the prophets witness that through His Name is the
forgiveness of sin.” Acts 10:43.|
This sacrifice was without blemish, not even a bone was broken – showing
the uniqueness of the Lord Jesus Christ.
|”But whatsoever hath a blemish, that shall ye not offer for
it shall not be acceptable for you.”|
|”And whosoever offereth a sacrifice of peace offerings unto the Lord to
accomplish his vow, or a free will offering of sheep, it shall be perfect to
be accepted, and there shall be no blemish therein,” Lev 22:20-21.|
|”Blind, or broken, or maimed or having a wen, or scurvy, or scabbed, ye
shall not offer these unto the Lord, nor make an offering by fire of them
upon the altar unto the Lord,” Lev 22:22. The fulfillment was in
|1 Pet 1:19, “But with the precious blood of Christ as a Lamb without
blemish and without spot.”|
|John 19:36, “For these things were done that the Scripture might be
fulfilled, a bone of Him shall not be broken.”|
But notice what was offered in the days of Malachi:
|”And if you offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil.”|
|”And if you offer the lame and sick, is it not evil.”|
|”Offer it now unto thy governor, will he be pleased with thee, or accept
thy person? Saith the Lord of hosts,” Mal 18.|
They offered blind, lame, and sick sacrifices, which are evil. By
offering blind and lame and sick, they were saying that He is just another
member of the human race, and a sinner. It is evil to say that He was not
without sin, and qualified to be our Substitute.
How many of our sacrifices today are lame, blind, and sick?
What is a “Beeves” or a “Wen”?
Lev 22:21, “And whosoever offereth a sacrifice of peace offerings unto the
Lord to accomplish his vow, or a free will offering in beeves or sheep,
it shall be perfect to be accepted, there shall be no blemish therein.”
|”Beeves.” What is a beeve? Answer: Cattle, bullock.|
Lev 22:22, “Blind, or broken, or maimed, or having a wen, or scurvy,
or scabbed, ye shall not offer these unto the Lord nor make an offering by fire
of them upon the altar unto the Lord.”
|What is a wen? It is a scratch from itching. “Scabbed” – the
result of a scratch … scabs.|
When God says “without blemish,” He means without blemish.
Perfect Lamb and perfect Sacrifice. No sin.
There is a Fourfold Harmony Between the Mosaic Law and Justification by
- There is a fourfold harmony between the Mosaic Law as it operated in the
previous dispensation and justification by faith.
A. Both exclude boasting.
1. You don’t look at the Mosaic Law and boast.
2. You don’t look at the Cross and boast.
B. Both affirm the universal suffering of man.
1. The Mosaic Law affirms the perfect standard.
2. The Cross affirms the sinfulness of man. Jesus Christ
bore our sins.
C. Both reveal character.
1. The Mosaic Law reveals the true character of men,
2. Justification by faith reveals the true character of
D. Both have the same source: God.
It is impossible for God not to be coordinated at any point, so both the
Mosaic Law and justification by faith, having the same Source, fulfill their
proper yet different functions.
A. The Mosaic Law proves that man is a sinner and in need of a Saviour.
B. Justification by faith provides the solution and Saviour.
Moses Goes Five Rounds with Christ at the Burning Bush
- Round one – First objection:
”Who am I?” Ex 3:11-12. He thinks he can perform God’s will on the
basis of human ability.
- Round two – Second objection:
Moses doesn’t have a message. Ex 13:22, “I can’t go to those Jews
without a message.”
- Round three – Third objection.
Exodus 4:1-9, “They will not believe me,” literally, lean on me. The
word is amen.
- Round four – Fourth objection:
”I am not eloquent,” Exodus 4:10-12.
- Round five – Fifth objection:
”Lord send someone else,” Exodus 5:13.
Five gracious answers from the Lord.
- Round one:
God promises His personal presence with him, Ex 3:12.
- Round two:
”I am that I am.” Deliverance depends on
Who and What the Lord is, not on what we are. “I am that I
am” is perfect essence.
- Round three:
”What is that in your hand?” Exodus 4:2. You have the Word, now use
- Round four:
”I will be your mouth,” Exodus 4:11-12. Who made man’s mouth.
- Round five:
”The Lord sends someone else,” Exodus 5:13. This is where Moses gets
knocked out in the fifth round.
“As” ... “So” ... Analogy and Promise Fulfilled
“As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness,” “Even so, must the
Son of man be lifted up,” Num 21:8-9.
- This involved the second wilderness generation.
As discipline for Israel, the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people.
They were bitten and many died.
- The people came to Moses, confessing their sins, and requested that Moses
pray for them, which he did.
- Moses was instructed to take a fiery serpent (fiery means forged, how it
was made) and set it upon a pole.
- Promise given.
”Everyone that is bitten when he looketh (faith) upon it shall
live.” Salvation. Num 21:8.
”Look unto Me all ye ends of the Earth and be saved.”
Venom of the snake represented sin.
- This promise was fulfilled.
- The serpent on the pole was symbolic of salvation – Christ on the Cross.
- Christ was made sin for us. He bore our sin.
- Sin originated through negative volition with the serpent (Satan).
- Moses made a serpent of brass. Brass represents judgment.
- The pole represented the Cross. 1 Pet 2:24, “tree,” wood.
- Sin (venom of the serpent) was judged (brass) on the Cross (pole).
- Christ was judged in our place. The two deaths of Christ.
”As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of
man be lifted up,” John 3:14.
Monday, April 23, 2001
The Doctrine of Murder! “Murder is Not Debatable” – T.R.
- The devil was a murderer from the beginning, John 8:44. This means that
the devil, after the fall, was guilty of mental attitude sins. Murder always
involves two other mental attitude sins – jealousy and anger.
- The devil motivated Cain, an unbeliever, to murder his brother,
Abel, a believer, 1 John 3:12. The act was done with a sacrificial
knife – the word “slew him.”
- Hatred, a mental attitude sin, was the motivation for the first murder
in the human race, Gen 4:5.
- Murder is prohibited in the Word of God. Exodus 20:13, “Thou
shalt not murder,” Deut 5:17,Matt 5:21.
- Capital punishment is the penalty for murder according to Num 35:30-31.
This is true from the time of Genesis 9:6 also found in Romans 13:4.
- Murder is one of the seven worst sins, and the only one of the seven
that is overt. Prov 6:16-19. The others are mental attitude and sins of the
- Both anger and hatred are considered to be mental murder. Matt
5:21-22, 1 John 3:12.
- A person can be a believer and commit murder. 1 Pet 4:15.
- However, every murderer does not have eternal life abiding in him. 1 John
- First degree murder, premeditated, involves mental attitude sins.
Rom 1:29. Envy and jealousy precede murder.
- Murder is a part of crime. The approach to any nation to the fifth cycle
of discipline also has a rise in crime in this type. Jer 4:31.
- Nationalism is a number of national entities with each government
functioning over a segment of the human race.
- Nationalism is the means of protecting and perpetuating the human race
in order that no segment of the human race will gain so much power so as to
destroy the rest of the human race and inevitably destroy themselves.
- Nationalism is a Divine Institution. God divided the human race:
- Any form of internationalism, more than one nation under one head,
gives satanic control.
- Internationalism puts other nations under slavery, violating Divine
Institution number one – free will.
- Satan is frustrated by a large number of national entities with definite
- Principle: The national entity is a human barrier
against the supremacy of evil in the world controlled by Satan – the prince and the power of the air.
- World peace depends upon national entities being in the balance of power.
- When nationalism is in operation, worldwide evangelism is possible.
- When you have internationalism in control, you have heathenism, which
is negative volition at the point of God consciousness, Gen 11:1-9.
- The existence of nations in the Millennium, Rev 20:3, is a memorial to the
Grace of God in preserving the human race so that they can have a choice.
- Nationalism does not sanction personal revenge. “Vengeance is Mine saith
the Lord,” Rom 12:19.
There are two means of handling opposition:
A. Commit it to the Lord, which is our spiritual operation.
B. Commit it to the law of the land, our nationalistic operation.
- A major passage condemning internationalism and backing nationalism is
found in Genesis 10-11:1-9.
Occupation with Christ!
Heb 12:2, “Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, Who
for the joy that was set before Him ...”
Heb 12:3, “For consider Him (Jesus Christ) that endured such contradiction of
sinners against Himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”
- Definition of being occupied with Christ:
The believer filled with the Holy Spirit functioning under growing in
Grace, advancing toward maturity, and it is a Grace operation all the way.
- What destroys being occupied with Christ in the believer?
Mental attitude sins, which are the result of being out of fellowship
and operating under the law of the old sin nature, and thoughts are not
brought into captivity as per 2 Cor 10:5.
- Three ways to tell you are not occupied with Christ.
A. Mental attitude sins
B. Sins of the tongue.
C. Overt sin.
These can involve self-pity, eyes on self, eyes on people, materialism
- Four techniques that contribute to occupation with Christ.
A. Restoration back to fellowship. 1 John 1:9.
B. The filling of the Holy Spirit. Eph 5:18.
C. Faith in the promises of God. Heb 4:1-2.
D. Living in the Word, the daily function of growing in Grace, 1 Pet 3:18.
- Concluding definition.
A predisposition of the mind that sees all of life from the Divine
Viewpoint – Application.
Operation footstool is prophesied in Psa 110:1.
The following are steps which are necessary in dealing with Satan and the
- Virgin birth of Jesus Christ.
- The Cross, death and burial of Jesus Christ.
- Resurrection of the humanity of Christ.
- Ascension of Christ.
- Christ seated at the right hand of God the Father.
- Formation of the body of Christ.
- Rapture of the Church.
- Cleansing of the bride, the Church, of human good, preparing to return
- Second advent of Christ.
- Satan bound and demons bumped.
Operation Footstool – Part Two
Angelic conflict resume:
- God created angels with volition.
- Satan acted independently of God. The five “I wills” of Isaiah 14.
- God sentenced Satan. Matt 25:41.
- Satan impugned the character of God.
”How can a loving God cast His creatures into the Lake of Fire?”
Human viewpoint does not consider the entire essence of God – only
love. But God is also righteousness and justice.
- God’s answer.
God created man with volition.
Every time a member of the human race, who is created a little lower than
the angels, chooses for the Lord, the character of God is vindicated and
Satan loses the argument. This resolves the angelic conflict.
”There is joy in Heaven in the presence of the
angels when one person changes his mind about Christ.”
“For I am an Israelite,” Romans 11:1 – Paul
- The racial Jew. Phil 3:5-9.
A. “Of the tribe of Benjamin.” Saul was a very prominent name for anyone
from the tribe of Benjamin.
- The religious Jew. Acts 26:1-16.
A. Paul was one of the outstanding men in Judaism in his time. Phil 3, Acts
B. Before Saul became a believer, he was one of the outstanding
personalities of his day. His human abilities were tremendous. However,
human I.Q. and ability are nothing as far as Christianity is concerned.
C. He was a Pharisee, a brilliant young man, already a ruler.
D. He was a perfect balance of Jewish and Greek background academically, and
a tremendous concept of the ancient world.
E. He was the worst sinner that ever lived because he was the most
religious and self-righteous man who ever lived. 1 Tim 1:12-15. He
was the most legalistic person in the world.
- The regenerate Jew. Acts 9:1-16.
A. God did not use Paul’s success. God did not save Paul on the
basis of his merit. God did save Paul on the basis of His own character
– Grace through faith, in the Lord Jesus Christ.
B. Paul changed his name from Saul to Paul. Paul means “little.”
Nothingness. The word “little” is the emphasis on the Grace of God.
C. Because he recognized himself for what he was, little, he also realized
that before salvation he was the chief of sinners, the worst actually. 1 Tim
D. He became the chief of apostles, the 12th apostle, a spiritual gift. Only
Grace could accomplish such a thing.
E. As a believer, Grace made a great deal of difference and Paul became a
great believer. The secret to his greatness was orientation to Grace.
F. Paul oriented to Grace, realized that the only thing which counts is
the power of God and the Divine operating assets provided by God.
The Day of Pentecost, 32 A.D.
- The day of Pentecost was the fulfillment of two prophecies.
A. Prophecy of tongues. Isa 28:11. Jews would be evangelized in Gentile
languages as a sign that the fifth cycle of discipline would soon begin. 1
B. Prophecy of the baptism of the Spirit. Acts 1:5.
Baptism of the Spirit signals the beginning of the Church Age, John
14:20, 1 Cor 12:13.
- The day of Pentecost, approximately 32 A.D., is the day the Church
began. Do not confuse 32 A.D. with 70 A.D. In 70 A.D. the Jews went
under the fifth cycle of discipline. Lev 26.
- The Church began in only one local spot, Jerusalem.
- Consequently, on the day of Pentecost and after, there were Jewish Age
believers in other locations that had not had the baptism of the Holy
Spirit, entering them into union with Christ, making them Church Age
- The slack is taken up in:
A. Acts 2:1-4 – Jewish believers.
B. Acts 10:44-48, 11:15-16 – Gentile believers in Caesarea.
C. Acts 19:1-6 – Other believers of the Age of Israel in various
locations and at different times received the baptism of the Holy Spirit,
entering them into union with Christ, making them Church Age believers.
- The Church started local and then became universal. In 30 years the Church
covered the world.
- The Book of Acts is simply a history of the Pre-Canon Church.
- The Holy Spirit could not come, baptism of the Holy Spirit, in the Age of
A. Christ had not yet come in the flesh.
B. Christ had not yet died, risen, ascended, nor was He seated at the right
hand of God the Father. John 7:37-39.
C. Had to have death, burial, resurrection, and ascension before we could
have positional Truth, union with Christ.
Tuesday, April 24, 2001
Perception: Five Ways to Know That God Exists!
How everyone reaches God consciousness
- Religious approach
God exists because men universally believe in His existence, the religious
instinct. Psa 42:1-2.
Hearing other people speak of God, you become aware of His existence. Acts
Conclusion: Therefore it is worth investigating.
- Moral or anthropological
Man possesses a conscience with the urge to choose between right and wrong,
indicating that behind it is an absolute norm of right and wrong.
Conclusion: A material ungoverned universe would know nothing of moral values
and distinctions. Therefore, since moral values and distinctions exist – first
in government, second in individuals with a conscience – obviously there must
be some Supreme Being, an Instigator, behind these concepts.
Number one and two are more meaningful in primitive cultures.
- Philosophical: Ontological
The mind possesses a concept of perfect, absolute, Something beyond the relative
Conclusion: Therefore there must be a pre-existent, infinitely Existent.
Descartes, through rationalism, uses this philosophy.
The structure of the universe demands an Absolute Being as Designer, a Master
Designer. I.e., atom, galaxies.
Conclusion: Who is the Designer?
The intuitive perceived by the mind immediately. The law of cause and effect
demands the existence of God. The universe it not its own cause.
Conclusion: Here is effect. What caused it?
Points 3, 4, and 5 are more meaningful in highly-developed societies.
Position is the Main Thing in Life ... “In Adam” ... “In Christ”
- Barrier – Position in Adam.
A. Spiritual death came by Adam. 1 Cor 15:21-22. “Die” means
spiritual death. Eph 2:5-6.
B. Imputed sin.
The human race was counted guilty when Adam sinned because all of the human
race is born of Adam’s seed. When Adam was condemned, Adam’s progeny was
condemned. 1 Cor 15:21-22, Rom 5:12b.
C. Inherent sin.
Rom 5:12a. When Adam sinned, he acquired an old sin nature and brought into
existence the old sin nature.
- Work of Christ – Position in Christ.
A. Definition: When formerly we had a relationship with Adam, we now have
a relationship “in Christ.” Everything He is and has, we are and share
positionally. 1 John 5:11-12.
B. 1 Cor 15:22, “For in Adam all die (spiritually), even so “in
Christ” (positional truth) shall all be made alive.”
C. In our position in Christ we share:
1. Jesus Christ is eternal life. We have His life. 1 John
2. Jesus Christ is perfect righteousness and we have His
righteousness. 2 Cor 5:21.
3. Jesus Christ is the Son. We share His sonship. Gal
4. Jesus Christ is elected forever. We share His
election. Eph 1:4.
5. Jesus Christ is predestined. We share His destiny. Eph
6. Jesus Christ is the Heir of God. We are joint-heirs
with Him. Rom 8:16, 17.
7. Jesus Christ is sanctified, set apart, unto God. We
are sanctified. 1 Cor 1:2.
8. Jesus Christ is the High Priest. Every believer is a
priest. 1 Pet 2:5-9.
9. Jesus Christ has a Kingship. We share His kingship. 2
- Confession of sin, name the sin.
- Address God the Father.
- Turn on the searchlight of the Word of God.
- Thanksgiving for forgiveness.
- Pray in Jesus Name.
- Forget the sin as God has forgiven.
Seven Principles Concerning Prayer
- Prayer must be offered by the believer priest. John 15:7. Only the
believers have the right of prayer.
- Pray must comply with the principle of claiming the Promises of God,
Matt 21:22. ”Believing,” Mark 11:24, James 1:5-6.
- Prayer must be offered according to God’s will to be effective. 1 John
5:14. To know the will of God, you must know the Word of God. Effective
prayer warriors know Doctrine.
- Prayer must be offered in status of the filling of the Holy Spirit. Eph
- Prayer must be offered with thanksgiving. Eph 6:20.
- Prayer offered in carnality cannot be heard, unless the content is
confession of sin. 1 John 1:9, Psa 66:18, James 4:2-3. Any prayer heard
and answered outside of this principle is strictly Grace.
- Prayer must be offered on a Grace basis. Heb 4:16. There never will
be a time when any believer earns or deserves the right to be heard. Prayer
is approaching the throne of Grace.
- Prayer should be:
A. Directed to God the Father. Eph 5:20, Matt 6:9, 1 Pet 1:17.
B. In the Name of God the Son. John 14:13, John 15:16.
C. By the power of the Holy Spirit. Eph 6:18.
Conclusion: God does not hear a prayer addressed to the Holy Spirit, or to
Jesus Christ, although prominent Bible teachers claim to do it. It is never
bona fide. Some people pray “O Holy Ghost descend on us.” That type of
prayer will never be heard.
These prayers will not be heard because God the Holy Spirit directs His prayers
to the Father, and so does the Lord Jesus Christ. Rom 8:26-27, John chapter 17.
- Part One.
A. Dreams – Given to persons other than prophets.
1. Joseph, a believer.
2. Nebuchadnezzar, an unbeliever when he had dreams.
3. Pharaoh, unbeliever always.
B. Visions – Given to prophets.
1. Daniel. Dan 10:7-8.
2. John on the Isle of Patmos.
C. Trances – Primarily to prophets and apostles.
D. Direct – Spoken conversation.
Example: To Moses in the giving of the Law.
E. Christophany – Appearance
of the Lord Jesus Christ to Abraham, etc.
- Part Two.
Pre-Canon, post-ascension. Direct revelation of Scripture was given to
the apostles, the gift of knowledge.
- Part Three
Before the Cross:
Salvation is given by shadows. Shadows anticipate. In the type of the shadow
system, you do something over and over, lots of ritual involved.
After the Cross:
Revelation changes to reality. The Canon of Scripture. When reality comes,
the shadows no longer have a bona fide place. Once you are looking back this
Cross, and it is in writing
Bible Doctrine, then it becomes a matter of perception instead of ritual.
Wednesday, April 25, 2001
When God Was a Child!
- Mary was told that her Child would be holy.
Luke 1:35, “And the Angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Spirit
shall come upon you and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee;
therefore also that Holy Thing which shall be born of thee shall be
called the Son of God.”
The Child was holy as the Father is holy.
”Our Father, which is in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.” “Hallow” is
- When the Child came into the world, He would
declare what salvation really is.
Heb 10:5, “Wherefore when He cometh into the world He saith, Sacrifice
and offering Thou wouldest not, but a body hast Thou prepared Me.”
- This Child would do the will of God the Father.
Heb 10:7, “Then said I, Lo I come, in the volume of the Book it is
written of Me, to do Thy will, O God.”
- The Child was taught by God His Father.
John 8:28, “Then said Jesus unto them, When you have lifted up the Son of
man, then shall ye know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself, but
as My Father hath taught Me, I speak these things.”
- How this Child grew up.
Luke 2:40, “And the Child grew and waxed strong in Spirit, filled with
wisdom, and the Grace of God was upon Him.”
Pre-Canon – Temporary Spiritual Gifts
Although the average believer takes the completed Canon of Scripture for
granted, the Word of God makes a big thing out of the completed Canon of
Among other things, the completed Canon of Scripture explains why today there is
no gift of healing, nor gift of prophecy, nor gift of apostleship, or gift of
- The gift of tongues ceased operation in August of 70 A.D. when Jerusalem
was destroyed by the Roman legions. The temple was destroyed as well.
1 Cor 13:8, “Whether there be tongues, they shall cease.”
A. To understand why 70 A.D., you must understand the five cycles of
discipline in Lev 26. Tongues, of Isa 28:10-13 compared with 1 Cor
14:21-22, were a sign of judgment to Israel – the fifth cycle of
discipline – and also facilitated a crash program of proclaiming the
Gospel in the early Church. Israel would no longer be missionaries for the
B. When Israel was scattered in 70 A.D., there was no more need of the
warning of the fifth cycle of discipline, for it had already happened.
Therefore, no further need for tongues.
- In 1 Cor 13:8 it indicates that in a point of time tongues would cease,
come to a complete halt.
- The Pre-Canon period of Scripture was completed in 95–96 A.D. The
apostle John wrote Revelation and lived several years thereafter. But when
he died, the gift of apostleship ceased. No one had the gift of
apostleship after John.
- 1 Cor 13:10 compared with James 1:25 indicates that some spiritual
gifts ceased when the Canon of Scripture was completed. 1 Cor 13:8.
- Consequently, it is concluded that the gift of tongues has not been
operative Biblically since 70 A.D. and the other temporary sign gifts have
not been operative since 96 A.D.
- The extraordinary ability of a missionary or linguist to master a foreign
language and evangelize and edify is not the gift of tongues. A person may
be “gifted” in ability, but that is not the same as the spiritual gift
of tongues used between 32 and 70 A.D.
- The experience today called the gift of tongues is either demon possession
to the unbeliever, or demon influence or emotionalism. In believers it is
not demon possession but demon influence or emotionalism.
”Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan, with all power and
signs and lying wonders, 2 Thes 2:9.
The Doctrine of Pride
Ego is not pride. There is a difference between self-consciousness and
- Pride must not be confused with self-consciousness. Self-consciousness
is simply awareness of one’s existence, personality, or one’s being.
Self-consciousness is not a sin.
- Satan’s original sin was the mental attitude sin of pride. Isa
- Pride is an inordinate self-esteem or conceit. It is an arrogance coming
from the old sin nature.
- Pride is lofty self-respect, a feeling of elation or exaltation because
of what one is or what one has.
Principle: When self-consciousness is linked up with the lust pattern of the
old sin nature, then self-consciousness becomes a sin. Pride equals
self-consciousness plus one or more factors in the lust pattern.
- Pride evidently expressed includes haughty and overbearing behaviors
which are always disorientation to Grace. Pride is in direct controversy and
antithetical to the concept of Grace.
- Pride is an undue sense of one’s own superiority and is always a sin.
”Pride glorifies human good.”
- However, pride is not poise, or speaking with authority, or standing
erect. One who is properly self-conscious has a balanced sense of personal
existence, personal dignity, worth, and self-respect.
- Pride is the head of the list in Prov 6:16-19 of the worst sins.
- Be able to distinguish from boasting, which comes from the confidence
generated from the daily function of growing in Grace and heading toward
maturity. The key passage on this is 2 Cor 12:1-10. That boasting is bona
fide. Also, there is boasting that comes from the old sin nature. 2 Cor 12:5
has both in one verse.
”Of such a one will I glory, on behalf of myself I will boast, yet on
behalf of myself I will not boast.”
Paul is saying:
A. I will boast from my confidence in the Word of God.
B. I will not boast from pride, a mental attitude sin.
Three Great Prophesies of Genesis
- Genesis 3:15
The prophecy of salvation. “The Seed of the woman” is Jesus Christ.
- Gen 9:24
Whereas the first prophecy dealt with salvation, the second deals with the
course of nations. Satan tries to frustrate God’s plan in Gen 6 by angelic
Then he later tries internationalism, Gen. 11.
But here in Gen 9:24-27 information is given concerning the course of
Noah’s sons. Nations must exist if there is to be evangelism and
protection of the line of Christ.
- Gen 49:10
This deals with the Messiah coming through the tribe of Judah. Also
prophecy includes this whole chapter, the 12 tribes. The rest of the Old
Testament develops chapter 49.
“Give and it Shall be Given Unto You”
Years ago before most of you were born, when you went shopping, before the
super markets, and before the government's weights and standards measures, when
you went to buy, for example, some string beans, it was measured by the bucket.
A bucket of beans.
Israel being under an agricultural economy had the same rate of measure, which
was a basket. So God the Holy Spirit used that unit of measure from the
ancient world to emphasize Christian giving.
Luke 6:38, “Give and it shall be given unto you.”
”Good measure, pressed down” – so you can get more in.
”And shaken together” – make even more room.
“And running over” – more than a full measure.
”Shall men give into your bosom, for with the same measure that ye mete
withal, it shall be measured to you gain.”
Notice, you mete and it shall be measured unto you twice.
Once you get this picture in your mind of a basket, you see the emphasis that
the Lord put on Christian giving.
You can’t outgive the Lord.
Thursday, April 26, 2001
What Is It? Manna ...
- Manna could sustain life, but it could not give eternal life. John
- Manna came down every day, but it didn’t. Exodus 16:4, 5, 22, 27.
- Those who gathered a lot had not more than those who gathered a little.
- Manna spoiled, but it didn’t spoil. Exodus 16:19-20.
- Manna spoiled overnight, but was preserved without spoiling. Exodus 16:19,
- Manna melted, but it didn’t melt (manna melt). Exodus 16:21.
- Manna tasted good to some, Ex 16:21, but bad to others, Num 21:5.
- While manna was free to those who received it (Grace), it was expensive
to those who rejected it (judgment). Num 21:5-6.
- Regardless of how the Exodus generation failed the Lord, He was faithful
in providing manna once a day except on the Sabbath.
”I am the true Bread that came down from Heaven” – Jesus Christ
- Redemption was recognized in the Old Testament. Job 19:25-26.
- The Doctrine of redemption is used to orient believers in time of
stress. Job 19:25, “I know that my Redeemer liveth.”
- Redeemed means to be purchased from slavery.
- The principle of redemption is the concept of bondage to the slavery of
sin and freedom from its domination, John 8:31-36. “Servant” is
- Jesus Christ purchased our freedom from the slave market of sin. Psa
34:22, 1 Pet 1:18-19, Gal 3:13.
- The blood of Jesus Christ, who is impeccable, is the payment for the
redemption. Eph 1:7, 1 Pet 1:18-19.
- Redemption results in adoption. Gal 4:4-6.
- Redemption is the basis of our eternal inheritance. Heb 9:15.
- Redemption is the basis of justification. Rom 3:24.
- Redemption includes the total forgiveness of sins. Eph 1:7, Col 1:14.
- Redemption emphasizes the character of the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Propitiation emphasizes the character of the Father.
- At the point of redemption we can have peace of mind, stability, and a
relaxed mental attitude by knowing the Doctrine of redemption. 1 Pet
1:18-19. God has paid for and provided for everything.
God the Father and His Relationship to the Human Race
- There are only two categories in the human race: Believers and
- God the Father is:
A. The Father of all believers. Gal 3:26, 1 John 5:11-12. Believers
share Christ’s Sonship.
B. Also the God of all believers. John 20:17b. “I ascend unto My
Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.”
- God the Father is:
A. Not the father of unbelievers. John 8:43-44. “Ye are of your father
B. The God of the entire human race based on creation. Jer 32:27. “I
am the Lord, the God of all flesh,” whether acknowledged or not. All
souls belong to God, Ezek 18:4a, Dan 5:23b.
- No human being has the power to make himself a child of God.
This transforming power belongs to God alone and is conditioned on the
simple act of faith. John 1:12-13, Gal 3:26. “For ye are all the
children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”
- Birth into God’s family makes him our Father. Titus 3:5, John 3:5-6,
1 John 3:1-2, 1 Pet 1:23.
- He who was God is now Father also. Rom 8:15b. “Ye have received the
spirit of adoption, whereby ye cry, Abba, Father.” Abba is Aramaic for
The unbeliever addresses the Father as God. While the believer can
call the Sovereign of the universe “Father.” This is a privilege of
- The believer has assurance that he is a child of God. Rom 8:16. “The
Spirit Himself beareth witness with our spirit that we are the children
More to come on God our Father.
God Our Father – Part Two
- Nothing can ever remove the child of God from his new position in
Christ. Rom 8:38-39, “Nothing can separate us from the love of God
which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.”
- Because He is our Father, we have:
A. The love of the Father, John 16:27
B. The provision of the Father:
1. Verses – Matt 7:11, Col 1:12, 1 John 1:5
2. In union with Christ we share:
a. Eternal life, 1 John
b. Righteousness, 2 Cor 5:21
c. Sonship, Gal 3:26, Rom
d. Heirship, Rom 8:16-17
e. Election, 1 Pet 1:2
f. Priesthood, 1 Pet 2:5, 9
g. Sanctification, 1 Cor 1:2
h. Destiny, Eph 1:5, 11
i. Kingship, 2 Pet 1:11
“Our Father, hallow be Thy Name.”
“The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree”
The relationship between God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
- There is an acknowledged relationship between the Father and the Lord
Jesus Christ. Psa 2:7, “Thou art My Son.”
- It is a two-fold relationship. “God and Father,” 1 Pet 1:3, “Blessed
be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
- In Christ’s Deity:
A. There is a Father and Son relationship.
B. Making Jesus Christ the Son from all eternity.
Matt 16:16, “Thou art the Christ (Deity), the Son of the Living God.”
Rom 15:6, “Glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Isa 9:6, “Unto us a Son is given”– Deity.
- In Christ’s humanity, there is a Father-Son relationship.
Luke 1:35, “That Holy Thing which shall be born of thee shall be called
the Son of God.”
- In Christ’s humanity there is also a God-man relationship.
A. Isa 9:6, “For unto thee a Son is born,” humanity.
B. Heb 10:7, “I come to do Thy will, O God,” humanity.
- Jesus refers to humanity. Jesus Christ emphasis on humanity.
Christ refers to His Deity. Christ Jesus is an emphasis
on His Deity. The Lord Jesus Christ ... God-man-Saviour.
- Response of the Lord Jesus Christ to the First Person of the Trinity:
A. Declares His Father. John 1:18, because He, the Son, has been with Him,
the Father, forever. John 1:11.
B. Offered Himself, Heb 9:14.
C. Became obedient, even unto death, Phil 2:8.
Friday, April 27, 2001
Jesus Christ and the Angels
- The pre-incarnation of Jesus Christ.
In the Old Testament the Lord Jesus Christ appeared as the “Angel of
the Lord” – the Doctrine of Christophany.
- The pre-ascension period, the period of incarnation.
God the Son took on Himself true humanity.
A. “Made a little lower than the angels,” Heb 2:9. Took the form of
lower creation, humanity. However, He is always to be worshipped.
B. He became the God-man, Phil 2:5-8 – hypostatic union.
- The post-ascension of Jesus Christ, the Resurrected Christ.
The God-man is higher than the angels.
A. 1 Pet 3:22, “Who (Christ) is gone into Heaven and is on the right hand
of God, angels and authorities and powers being made subject to Him.”
B. Heb 1:3, “But to which of the angels said He, at any time, Sit on My
right hand until I make thine enemies thy footstool.”
- Because as believers we are heirs of salvation, in Christ, we are
positionally higher than angels. Heb 1:14.
A. Phase one: Salvation makes it so.
B. Phase two: Result – each believer has a guardian angel, Heb 1:14.
C. Phase three: In resurrection bodies believer will be in actuality
superior to angels.
- In the Old Testament:
A. Angels are called, “sons of God,” Job 1:6, Gen 6:1
B. Believers are called “servants of God,” Dan 3:26.
- In the New Testament:
A. Because of positional Truth, believers are called “sons,” Gal 3:26.
B. Angels are called “servants of God,” Heb 1:14.
Man to Angels
- Man was created lower than angels, Heb 2:7.
- Jesus Christ was made lower than angels so that He might provide salvation
for man, Heb 2:9.
- Man was created that he might resolve the angelic conflict, by accepting
the provision of salvation through a non-meritorious act of faith, proving
that God was fair in sentencing Satan to the Lake of Fire, because Satan
went negative against God’s provision for him and for all angels.
- Regenerate man, because of his position in Christ, is now positionally
higher than angels.
- Believers in the Church Age have their position in Christ for a reason.
Jesus Christ became the Heir when He was seated. It is necessary for the
“joint-heirs with Christ” to be superior to angels and still live on
- Believers in the Church Age die at different times. But all get their
resurrection bodies at the same time – the Rapture of the Church.
- At the resurrection of the Church, the believer is both positionally
higher and physically higher than angels, because he has a body exactly like
that of the Lord Jesus Christ, Phil 3:21, and he, in resurrection body,
is higher than angels, Heb 1:13.
- Because it is the Church, the body of Christ, who bumps the demons at
the Second Advent, in the Church Age satanic activity and demon activity
toward the Church, the body of Christ, is much more concentrated than at any
other period in history.
- It must gall Satan that so many believers, in and out of fellowship, are
positionally superior to him. What Grace can do!
Religion vs. Christianity
- Religion is the worst thing in the world! Notice Christ in action in Matt
23 … “Hypocrites.”
- Christianity is the best thing in the world, Jude 24.
- Religion is man seeking to gain the approval of God by human works.
A. Works for salvation.
B. Works for spirituality.
- Christianity is God doing something for man through His Grace and God
getting the glory both at:
- “Do-goodism” is the basis for religion. Rom 2, Matt 23.
“Religion” is against the basis Christianity. Titus 3:5.
- Religion is the greatest opposition to the Truth, the antithesis. It
is ritual without reality. See any passage dealing with the ritual of
- Religion is the satanic counterfeit of true
relationship with God. Isa 14, 2 Thes 2, Rev 13.
- Nothing Satan has ever devised has been so
successful as religion in blinding men’s minds to the Truth. 2
- Any system of religion which is man-centered, man seeking to solve
man’s problems by man’s efforts. is satanic in nature and basically
becomes the worship of Satan, as Satan is the author of religion and
- The old sin nature also has an area of human good which cranks out this
“do-goodism,” this sincere human good. This human good ultimately
worships Satan, as does all religion.
- Religion appeals to the lust pattern of the old sin nature, ego lust,
approbation lust, or the emotions, a desire to get into the glamour of the
- Religion is often the great killer, the great persecutor, the destroyer
of human freedom, as well as human bodies.
- Christianity recognizes the freedom of the individual and this
freedom cannot exist unless there is a separation of Church and state.
- Religion is “money-minded” – pledges, duns, etc. Also,
religion is used to develop businesses of some people within a religious
organization and to freeze out others.
- Religion purports to be a mass solution. Christianity is a personal
Repent – The Hebrew Word is
This word is used on connection with God, i.e., “God repented.” It is an
anthropopathism, which is a human characteristic ascribed to God to express
The meaning of the word “NACHAN” is a complete change of mental attitude.
God is always the subject in the Old Testament.
Repent – Part Two!
- The New Testament Greek word is “META..NOEO.” This always means a
complete change of the mental attitude. “META” means change and
“NOEO” means mind. The connotation is always mental and not
emotional. It is used under two categories:
A. The unbeliever.
In the following passages the subject is always the unbeliever and Christ is
always the Object.
The unbeliever is the one doing the “repenting” and he changes his
mental attitude towards either the Person or the Work of Christ, or both.
Christ is always the Object of our faith.
Matt 12:41, Mark 1:15, Luke 13:3, 15:10, 16:30.
Repent and believe are always synonymous in salvation. Acts 17:30, 20:20,
Acts 26:20, Heb 12:17, 2 Pet 3:9. This change of mental attitude is wrought
by the Holy Spirit. John 16:8-11.
The subject is the believer either stated or implied. The object varies.
Heb 6:2 … Subject ... The believer – Object ... Dead works
Rev 2:5, 16, 22 ..Subject ... The believer – Object ... Carnality.
2 Cor 12:21 … Subject … Believer – Object .. .Carnality.
- “METAMELOMAI” – this is translated “repent” in Matt 21:29, 32,
27:3, 2 Cor 7:6, Heb 7:21. It should be translated “regret.” It has an
emotional connotation. It is to feel sorry in one’s emotional pattern.
Judas was sorry that he had betrayed the Lord. But he did not repent,
however, change his mind, “METANOEO” about Christ.
The object of repent is never sin, because sin is no longer an issue.
Christ died for our sins. Now the issue is, What do you think of Christ?”
Easter Sunrise – Resurrection Morning
In case you missed the Easter sunrise service or missed the understanding of
what happened on resurrection morning. Things we know of the resurrection body
of the Lord Jesus Christ.
- His body retained the nail prints. He had some kind of epidermis similar
to ours since it showed scars. We won’t have scars, but Jesus Christ
A. Historical, John 20:25-27.
B. Prophetical, Zech 12:10, Psa 22:16.
- His body retained the scar of the wound in His side. John 20:25-27.
- It was recognizable as a human body, Luke 24, John 20:26-29. He made 17
- His body could be touched. Luke 24:39-40. It has substance. Matt 28:9,
- He breathed, but He did not necessarily need to breath. John 20-22.
- He carried on conversations, so His body must have had some system of
vocal chords and the use of air, Luke 24, John 20:26.
- His voice was recognizable immediately. John 20:16.
- His body had flesh and bones. Luke 24:39-40.
- On one occasion He ate, but He didn’t have to eat. He could eat or go
without food. Luke 24;30, 43.
- Apparently its structure is different because Jesus Christ walked
through closed doors. John 20:19, 26, Luke 24:36.
- The resurrection body was able to appear and disappear. Luke 24:17.
- The resurrection body could move vertically or horizontally. Matt
28:10, Acts 1:9-10.
- Our resurrection body will be exactly like the Lord Jesus Christ’s
body. Phil 3:21, 1 John 3:1-2.
I think there is going to be more fun in Heaven with a resurrection body
than you ever figured, based on these passages.
”Now you see me. Now you don’t!”
Saturday, April 28, 2001
Resurrection Morning and the Order of Events
An angel rolled away the stone. Matt 28:1-2. Jesus Christ had already left.
The stone was not rolled away to let Jesus Christ out, but to let the human
- Three women came to the tomb. Mark 16:1.
A. Mary Magdalene
B. Mary the mother of James
- Mary Magdalene, after seeing the stone rolled away, left the tomb to find
the disciples. John 20:1-2.
- Mary and Salome saw the angel, who told them that “Jesus is risen.”
- Mary Magdalene finds Peter and John and they return to the tomb.
- Peter wondered about what he saw. Luke 24:12.
- John believed that Jesus Christ had risen. John 20:8.
- Mary Magdalene comes again to the tomb, but mistakes Jesus Christ for the
gardener and meets the risen Christ. John 20:11-18.
Resurrection and the Post-Resurrection Appearances
- The pre-ascension appearances of Jesus Christ.
A. Mary Magdalene. John 20:15-17, Mark 16:9-11
B. Other women. Matt 28:9-10
C. Peter. 1 Cor 15:5, Sunday afternoon.
D. Two believers on the road to Emmaus, Mary and Cleophas. Mark 16:12, Luke
E. Ten disciples minus Thomas. John 20:19-25
F. 11 disciples with Thomas. John 20:26-29, Mark 16:14
G. Seven of the disciples by the sea of Galilee. John 21:1-2
H. 500 believers. 1 Cor 15:6.
I. Jesus’ half brother – James – who was an unbeliever until the
resurrection. 1 Cor 15:7, John 7:3, Acts 1:1
J. 11 disciples on the mountain near Galilee. Matt 28:16-20
K. The ascension passages. Acts 1:3-11 – 11 in all.
- The post-ascension appearances of Jesus Christ.
A. Stephen. Acts 7:55-56
B. Paul on the road to Damascus. Acts 9:1-8, 1 Cor 15:8
C. Paul in Arabia. Gal 1:12-17
D. Paul in the temple. Acts 22:17
E. Paul. Acts 18:9, 23:11
F. John on the isle of Patmos. Rev 1:12-20 – Six in all.
Jesus Christ probably ascended in June of 32 A.D.
”He is risen, He is not here.”
The Cross, the Meeting Place
Man is made the righteousness of God. 2 Cor 5:21, “He made Him to be sin
for us, Who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in
Man now has God’s righteousness because it is imputed righteousness.
Isa 61:10, “For He hath clothed us with His garments of salvation, He hath
covered me with the robe of righteousness.”
Psa 24:5 – “Receive” .... “Righteousness”
The perfect humanity of Jesus Christ satisfied the righteousness of God,
fulfilled the Mosaic Law, Rom 10:4, God’s perfect standard, nailing it,
the fulfilled Mosaic Law, to His Cross. Col 2:14.
The Lord Jesus Christ was willing to give this perfect life, John 10:18,
and paid the penalty for man’s spiritual death. Rom 6:23, “The wages of sin
is death” ... spiritual death. In the face of “all our righteousness are
as filthy rags,” Isa 64:6.
The Doctrine of Emotions
The vocabulary problem
Anatomy in the languages of the ancient world always doubled for the
functions of the soul, because they did not have a psychological vocabulary, a
vocabulary for the soul.
There are three words used for emotions in the Bible:
A. Belly, stomach. Prov 13:25, 26;22; Rom 16:17-18; Phil 3:19
B. Bowels. Gen 43:30; 1 Kings 3:26; Jer 4:19, 31:20; Lam 1:20, 2:11; Phil
1:8; Philemon 12, 20.
C. Reins. Psa 7:9, 26:2, 139:13; Prov 23:16; Jer 12:2, 17:10, 20:12.
This may help you better understand emotions.
How We Know That “All Things Work Together For Good,” Romans 8:28
- Suffering is combined or mixed with the plan of God, resulting in Divine
- This Good is absolute and a blessing. Only God can make it a blessing.
- God has only a short time in which to administer His love to you
through suffering. There is no suffering in eternity. Rev 21:4.
- God’s plan is perfect, therefore, it is greater than any suffering or
any combination of adversities or any problems that we will ever face.
- God has a solution for every problem, every difficulty. No matter
how you fall, or how you sin, or how you succeed, God has a plan designed
for you on this Earth whereby all will work together for your good.
- No problem catches God by surprise. He is omniscient.
- The link between God’s solutions and our problems and our failures is
knowledge of the Word of God and application of the Word of God to
experience in the human spirit.
- Therefore, when tragedy, suffering, strife, difficulty comes, God’s plan
calls for maximum blessing.
- The blessing is always there. The solution is always there. Example:
You have $1,000,000,000.000 in the bank. Whether or not you experience
that blessing depends upon your knowing God’s plan and getting with
- Suffering combines with the Word of God for the believer in time,
resulting in maximum blessing. Gen 50:20.
- The unbeliever is outside the plan of God. Rom 8:38b. He operates on
human systems, human good, human ingenuity.
- The plan of God contains the will of God for the believer.
A. He directs us to operate within the categories of His will.
B. He permits us to operate outside these categories.
C. He overrules in the sense He makes all things work together for good in
God does not coerce volition, but He uses
How God Worked All Things Together for Good in Joseph’s Life, Genesis 37
- Jacob’s favoritism – Bad, but works for good. Gen 37:3.
- Hated of his brothers – Bad, but works for good. Gen 37:4.
- Plot to kill Joseph – Bad, but works for good. Gen 37:8.
- Reuben’s intervention – Good, and works for good. Gen 37:22.
- Coming of the caravans – Good, and works for good. Gen 37:25.
- Judah suggesting selling Joseph – Bad, but works for good. Gen 37:26-27.
- Ishmaelites and Midianites in the caravan – Bad, but works for good. Gen
- Joseph arrives in Egypt as a slave – Bad, but works for good. Gen 39:1.
- Joseph is sold into the house of Potiphar, Gen 37:36. Bad (that it is
slavery), but good that it is Potiphar.
- Potiphar’s wife lied, which caused Joseph’s imprisonment – Bad, but
works for good. Gen 39:17-18.
- Joseph is in charge in prison, Gen 39:22. Good works for good.
- Joseph trusted in man – Bad, but works for good. Gen 40:14.
- Magicians and wise men were not able to interpret pharaoh’s dream, Gen
41:8. Bad for Pharaoh, but good for Joseph. Works for good.
- Good and bad are all woven into this tapestry of Rom 8:28, God’s Grace
turns cursing into blessing. God in His omniscience works all things, bad
and good, together for the good of those who belong to Him.
”They meant it for evil, but God meant it for good to deliver many souls
alive,” Gen 50:20.
”The Lord God is a Sun and a Shield; He gives Grace and glory and there is no
good thing that He will withhold from you who walk uprightly.”
Thought For the Day – A Love-Less Life …
People try to live life without love, but it is impossible. We have a great
adventure and a long journey before us all and many people try to take this
journey and great adventure without love.
The unbeliever, for example, lives life without love and it is
impossible. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life.” “But he
that believeth not on the Son, hath not life and the wrath of God abideth on
him,” John 3:36.
In exchange for love, the unbeliever does not have a life, and on top of that, without
love he lives under the cloud of having the wrath of God abiding on him.
We are fortunate as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ because we take this
journey and face this great adventure with love.
”God is love.” “The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by means of
the Holy Spirit.”
We have a love-life.
Sunday, April 29, 2001
Two Marriages – Romans Chapter Seven
The human race is born spiritually dead, no fellowship with God, married to
the old sin nature.
- First marriage.
A. Date – Physical birth.
B. Husband – The old sin nature.
C. Wife – Unbeliever.
D. Counselor – The Mosaic Law.
E. Children – Works of the flesh, old sin nature, Gal 5.
The Mosaic Law is the only good thing in the first marriage.
- Second marriage.
A. Date – New birth.
B. Husband – The Lord Jesus Christ.
C. Wife – Believer, formerly an unbeliever.
D. Counselor – God the Holy Spirit.
F. Children – The fruit of the Spirit, Gal 5.
- General principles.
The general principle set forth in Rom 7:2-3 is that when one partner in the
marriage dies, the other is free to marry again without becoming an
adulterer or adulteress. Rom 7:2-3, “For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.
So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.”
- When a person accepts Christ, as a believer he dies to the old sin nature,
although the old sin nature is alive to the believer. The believer still
possesses an old sin nature, but the Lord made provision for the believer to
handle his old sin nature.
- Application of the principle for the believer in time.
If the wife, the believer, goes back and lives with
and comes under the control of the first husband, the old sin nature, she is
an adulteress, carnal.
- Contrast between the fruitage of the unbeliever and the believer.
A. Unbeliever – Children of the first marriage are personal sins and human
B. Believer – Children of the second marriage are the fruit of the Holy
C. Believer – The wife, by living in adultery with the first husband, the
old sin nature, produces the same kind of children as the unbeliever –
sins and human good.
The Divine Viewpoint on Revolution
- Neither the Word of God nor history justify revolution. The
illustration of this is the Dathan and Abiram incident in Num 16:1ff.
- When human power and privilege are monopolized by a few, people become
oppressed, for when their freedom is limited, their opportunity is limited.
They may even be in slavery.
- Men and resources cannot be exploited apart from freedom without reaction.
This reaction is often violence even to the point of revolution.
- If the reaction is revolution, it does not achieve anything worthwhile.
Never! Anything achieved with revolution could have
been achieved without revolution.
A. The French Revolution achieved reform through a violent revolution.
B. Reform Bill of 1812 in England. In England they accomplished reform
through Parliamentary procedure.
- The French Revolution of 1795 is a classical illustration. The book on the
French Revolution by Edmund Burke is good.
- A revolution breaks sharply with the past and courts madness. This madness
leads to national trauma. In analogy, as the sanity of an individual lies in
the continuity of his memories, so the sanity of a group lies in the
perpetuation of Divine Institution number four, nationalism.
- Revolution leads to mobs without thought or sanity. Therefore, mobs are
neurotic in their reaction and are violent. Revolution is a violent
overthrow of power within an establishment within Divine Institution number
You may say “What about the Revolutionary War???” It was not a
revolution. It was “the war for independence.”
They were being taxed without representation in England, Parliament. This
was tyranny. It was no revolution. Every attempt was made to solve the
problem by peaceful means. Finally they had to fight for their freedom. There
has never been a revolution in the United States, and thank God for that.
Don’t believe what is being taught about “the
Revolutionary War.” It was “the war for independence.” Revolution is never
Remembrance – The Doctrine of the Memorial – The Doctrine of Thinking
- 1. Believers are commanded to remember the death of the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Cor 11:24-25, “This do in remembrance of Me.”
- Remembrance connotes thinking – thinking of the death of Jesus
Christ in this case “As a man thinketh, so is he.”
- Bona fide remembrance demands Doctrine, knowledge of the Word.
- Knowledge of such Doctrine in the human spirit and frame of reference
results in occupation with Christ. The maturing of the individual resulting
in a spiritual structure in the soul.
- The more of the Word of God one assimilates, the more “the fragrance
of memories” comes into focus as far as our Lord’s Person and work is
- Throughout eternity the Lord Jesus Christ will carry His scars from the
Cross. We will never forget what our Saviour did in dying for our sins.
- Also in the Doctrine of Right-Man and Right-Woman, like Song of Solomon,
the Doctrine of remembrance keeps the Shulamite woman faithful to her
- Thus, the Doctrine of remembrance or fragrance of memories is a very
powerful Doctrine in the life of the believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.
”Guard your mind with all diligence, for out of it come the issues of
- Scripture distinguishes between two resurrections.
A. Acts 24:15, “Just” – The justified through faith in Jesus Christ.
”Unjust” – those who rejected Jesus Christ.
B. John 5:24-29, “Done good” – Done the good, believers in
”Done evil” – Done the evil, those who rejected Jesus Christ.
C. Dan 12:2, “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the Earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.”
D. Rev 20:4-6. Verse 4 and the last sentence of verse 5 go together.
Verse 5a is a parenthesis and refers to the second resurrection.
- There is no judgment, condemnation, in eternity for those who are in
Christ Jesus. Rom 8:1. This principle applies to all those who believe
in Jesus Christ in any age.
- The judgment seat of Christ is for believers only, which is not for the
person of the believer, but the production of the believer.
- The first resurrection is for believers only and it is in four parts.
1 Cor 15:22-23 – “Every man in his order.”
- The time lapse between the two resurrections is given in Rev 20:4-5.
“They lived” – Began to live in a resurrection body.
”This is the first resurrection” – This goes with verse 4.
“But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years was
finished” parenthesis, which speaks of the second resurrection of
- The second resurrection occurs at the end of the Millennium. Rev 20:5 and
is for unbelievers only.
”Dead” – spiritually dead, Rev 20:11-15.
- They (unbelievers) will appear before the Great White Throne Judgment.
- No resurrection before Jesus Christ’s because His resurrection is a
guarantee of ours’ (believers’) resurrection.
Old Testament Salvation
- There never was a time and there never will be a time when God is not
saving mankind. Rom 10:13, 1 Pet 3:9.
- The Gospel was clearly declared in the Old Testament. Rom 1:1-4, 1
Cor 15:3-4, Acts 3:18.
- Regardless of age or dispensation, man is always saved in the same
manner – positive volition expressed in a non-meritorious way – faith in
the Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 4:12, Gal 3:6-8.
- The Object of faith in salvation is the Lord Jesus Christ, Gal 3:26.
However, the revelation concerning Christ varies with the dispensations.
- Generally, in the Old Testament, Jesus Christ is revealed by shadows. Heb
- While revelation from God is progressive, reaching its peak in the New
Testament, it is nevertheless sufficient for salvation of souls at all
periods of time. Gen 15:6.
- Once the Reality is come, we have the New Testament which is historical
- According to Isa 55:6, salvation in the Person of Jesus Christ is
always available. Acts 4:12.
- Gospel revelation in the Old Testament through simple declaration begins
in Gen 3:15 and reaches its peak in Isa 53.
- Shadow Christology is abundant in the Old Testament. Examples:
tabernacle, feasts, the modus operandi of the Levitical priests.
- Christophanies also revealed Christ in the Old Testament.
- Inanimate revelation is another means of revealing Jesus Christ, it
includes three categories.
A. Nature: Burning Bush, Rock, Shekinah glory.
B. Typology: Furniture in the tabernacle, Num 17:7.
C. Illustration: Noah’s ark.
- Many conversions are recorded in the Old Testament.
A. Noah, Gen 6:8-9. “Just,” Heb 11:7.
B. Abraham, Gen 15:6 compared with Rom 4. Righteousness is imputed to the
believer by faith.
- Heb 11, shows spiritual life, faith in the Word, was the technique of
Old Testament believers.
- Many Gentiles were saved in the Old Testament. Rom 9:24-25,
9:30-33, Exodus 9. The Jonah revival. Nebuchadnezzar.
- Old Testament imputation of righteousness. Psa 24:5, Isa 61:10.
The Events at the Second Advent
- The fall of ecumenical religion in the Tribulation in one day. Rev 18:8,
- Destiny of the beast and the false prophet. Rev 19:20.
- Resurrection of “C” Company. Rev 20:4-6.
- Satan is bound a thousand years. Rev 20:1-3.
- Demons are removed from the Earth.
- The baptism of fire for the Gentiles.
- The regathering of Israel.
- The baptism of fire for the Jews.
- The marriage supper of the Lamb. Rev 19:1-9.
- Fulfillment of the unconditional covenants to Israel, Isaiah chapters
17-25 and 35:1-10.
- Apparently there is a period of 45 days after the Second Advent until the
Millennium begins. Dan 12:11-12.
Monday, April 30, 2001
Marriage in the Ancient World – What God Has Joined Together!
- The potential bride and groom may or may not have met. Negotiations were
carried on by the parents. This did not hinder the Doctrine of
Right-Man/Right-Woman. The parents of the bride furnished a dowry. They may
or may not have had a courtship.
- The wedding consisted of the groom obtaining a carriage or chariot, and
going to the home of the bride. The father gives the bride to the groom.
They walk through the door, they are married.
- They now go to the groom’s house for the wedding supper (feast), which
may go on for 30 days. Sometime during this feast the bride and groom leave.
- The groom’s friends are already at the house, except the ones who
accompany the groom. The ones in the house have already had a head start.
- The bride’s friends have to wait outside until the bride and groom go
into the house.
- The bride’s friends are now permitted to enter.
Zechariah 15:1-9 and the Second Advent of Christ
- Some believers have fled into the mountains and some are fighting in
Jerusalem. When it looks the most hopeless, the Lord Jesus Christ returns.
- The Lord Jesus Christ comes in judgment, “Slaying with the Word of His
mouth.” These are the armies of the unbelievers who are destroyed. This is
separating believers from the unbelievers.
- Every eye shall see Him. Rev 1:7. No one needs to cry out “Where is
He?” No one will be deceived with “He is here or there.”
- The Lord Jesus Christ shall stand on the Mt. of Olives and the mountain
will split in two from east to west, so,the believers who stay and fight may
walk to safety. Zech 14:3-5. This is similar to the deliverance at the Red
- Even now there is a crack in the Mt. of Olives. This has been confirmed by
a geologist. A crack in the Earth’s crust.
- God’s faithfulness, omnipotence, and immutability hold the mountain
together in one piece.
- This earthquake will form a new canal, “Valley of the Mountain,” making
Jerusalem a seaport. Azal is the point at which the split will reach the
Mediterranean. Zech 14:5, Ezek 47:1-11.
- This will cause the Red Sea to overflow to the southward into the great
“desert valley” Wadi El Araba, which is a natural waterway, a rift
valley. Zech 14:8, Isa 43:19.
The Dead Sea is 1286 feet below sea level and the waters from the
Mediterranean will cause it to overflow, causing “the desert to blossom
like a rose. The rose is literally a crocus. Isa 35:1-2.
- Jesus Christ will take over immediately as King. There will be no
dependence on human volition as in the First Advent.
- Time element – Matt 24:29-31
”They shall look upon Him whom they pierced.”
Revelation 19:1-9 – The Marriage Supper of the Lamb!
- The marriage takes place in Heaven during the seven years of
Tribulation on Earth.
- The marriage supper takes place on Earth at the Second Advent.
- The Bridegroom is the Lord Jesus Christ, our Right-Man.
- The bride is the Church Age believers of the Church Age. Eph 5:25-27.
- Just as a bride prepares herself at home, so the Church, the bride of
Christ, is prepared at home in Heaven. Preparation involves resurrection
bodies, removal of the old sin nature, and the judgment of human good.
- Friends of the Groom.
Old Testament saints resurrected at the Second Advent.
Tribulational saints resurrected at the Second Advent.
“In the house” in resurrection bodies.
John 3:29, John the Baptist, “Friend of the Bridegroom.”
Part are already at the feast and part come back with Him.
- Friends of the bride – wedding guests.
Believers alive at the Second Advent, living Tribulational believers,
who go in physical bodies into the Millennium and populate the Earth.
Bible background. Matt 25:1-13. They are called virgins. They are free
will, mental virgins. All 10 heard the Gospel during the Tribulation.
Five is the number of Grace.
- When the Groom arrives on the Earth with the bride, there is the
wedding supper, Millennial reign of the Lord Jesus Christ.
”Even so come.”
Second Advent and the Ten Virgins, Matthew 25:1-13
- Verse 1, “Ten virgins” – People of the Tribulation. All heard
the Gospel. “Bridegroom” – the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Verse 2, “Five of them were wise” – Believers of the
Tribulation. “Five of them were foolish” – Unbelievers of the
- Verse 3, “Foolish took their lamps” – Their volition. “Took no
oil” – Negative reaction to the convicting ministry of God the Holy
Spirit, no regeneration.
- Verse 4, “Wise took oil” – Positive volition, prepared,
regeneration. Titus 3:5.
- Verse 5, “While the Bridegroom tarried” – There was preparation
going on in Heaven.
- Verse 5, “Bridegroom
cometh” – Second Advent.
- Verse 9, “Buy for yourself” – Believe for yourself.
- Verse 10, “Door was shut” – Believers who are in physical bodies
at the Second Advent go into the Millennium and populate the Earth.
Unbelievers are cast off.
Why “Every Eye Shall See Him”
- The day of the Second Advent will be a day of complete darkness, like
the day when Jesus Christ was on the Cross.
- The sun is blotted out on one side and thus the reflective light of
the moon is blotted out so that all sides of the Earth will be totally
enveloped in darkness.
- Jesus Christ is the Light of the world and will lighten the world at
- Darkness fulfills the principle of “Every eye shall see Him.” Light is coming in darkness –
darkness in which there was no light at all.
- This darkness occurred:
The first time – to hide Jesus Christ bearing our sins.
The second time – it will be to reveal Christ at the Second Advent.
Mark 13:24-27, Matt 24:29-31, Luke 21:25-28, Isa 13:9, 10, fire and
darkness, Joel 2:10-11, 3:15, Amos 5:18.
”They that sat in darkness saw a great light.”
Genesis 3:15 – The First Declaration of Salvation
- By cursing the serpent before the promise of salvation, there is a
separation between the serpent’s seed, homo sapiens, and the woman’s
Seed, the Lord Jesus Christ. Gen 3:15.
”I will put enmity” – the wall or barrier.
”Between thee” – Satan.
”And the woman” – man is not mentioned here because he
deliberately sinned. The woman was deceived.
”And between thy seed” – unregenerate homo sapiens.
”And her Seed” – Seed of the woman is Jesus Christ.
Satan is involved with the human race. The woman is the means via the
Lord Jesus Christ enters the human race.
- Why the seed of the woman and not man’s seed? John 8:44, “Ye
(unregenerate homo sapiens) are of your father, the devil.” This
emphasizes the difference between man’s sin and the woman’s sin.
- Out of the curse of the serpent will come the first declaration of
the Gospel, salvation. Gen 3:15.
A. Curse – “Upon thy belly thou shalt go.”
B. Result – He can only strike the heel and cannot crush the head. But
man can strike the head of the serpent.
Gen 3:15b – “It,” the Seed of the woman, the Lord Jesus Christ at
the Second Advent.
”Shall bruise thy head” – the crushing of the head. This is the
judgment on the Cross against Satan – his being bound for 1,000 years
and then the Lake of Fire.
”And thou” (Satan) “shall bruise” (crush) “His heel” (Jesus
Christ at the First Advent on the Cross).
Satan passed on his venom, sin, to man. Christ bore our sins on the
Cross. 2 Cor 5:21, 1 Pet 2:24. “Healed” is literally “Sown
- Emphasis in the first declaration of salvation is on the virgin
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