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Tuesday, May 1, 2001
Separation of Church and State
- Religion as a principle always tries to dominate the political situation.
- Religion must never gain ascendancy in any nation that values its
- Christianity recognizes the freedom of the individual.
- This freedom cannot exist unless there is a separation of Church and
- When religion and state become one, there is no freedom for the people in
that national entity.
- Religion takes over the state when there is no separation of Church and
- Bible Christianity cannot reach the nation when these distinctions are
- No nation has ever been ruled by religion without being enslaved. Example:
India. This applies to Christianity, too.
- The local Church, or any organization within the local Church, Christian
institutions, which communicate the Word of God, allow the individual to use
his volition in regard to it.
- The local Church functions as an entity separate from the government,
state, but it can have a great deal of influence on government through
witnessing, evangelism, and the presentation of the Word of God in a clear
- The influence of believers with Doctrine overflows into the life of a
nation ...”The salt of the Earth,” Matt 5:13.
- The most patriotic thing a believer can do for
his nation is to be a believer with Bible Doctrine, eventually growing into
maturity, and being spiritually self-sustaining.“The
light of the world.”
”Except the Lord left us a remnant, we would be as Sodom and Gomorrah.”
Satan seeks to get the eyes of the believer off the Lord Jesus Christ,
obscuring the focus of the believer.
- Eyes on yourself.
1 Cor 1:10-11, “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.”
Gen 3:1, “ Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the
Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”
Elijah in 1 Kings 19:10, “ And he said, I have been very jealous for the
Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken Thy covenant, thrown down
Thine altars, and slain Thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.”
Peter in Matt 26:31-35, “Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of
Me this night: for it is written, I will smite the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee. Peter answered and said unto
Him, Though all men shall be offended because of Thee, yet will I never be offended. Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny
Me thrice. Peter said unto Him, Though I should die with Thee, yet will I not deny
Thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.”
- Eyes on things.
Heb 13:5-6, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for
He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”
- Eyes on people.
Jer 17:5. Jealousy of people or admiration of people. “ Thus saith the
Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the
Answer: Heb 12:2, “ Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith;
Who for the joy that was set before Him, endured the Cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Col 3:1-2, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the
“Looking unto Jesus.”
Satan’s Strategy – Part Two
- Satan encourages believers to worry.
1 Pet 5:7-9, “Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you. Be
sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion,
walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the
faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren
that are in the world.”
- Satan gets believers occupied with the temporal solution to man’s
problems and therefore to neglect Divine solutions.
- Satan instills the fear of death in believers.
Job 5:1, “Call now, if there be any that will answer thee; and to which of
the saints wilt thou turn?” Psa 23:4, “Yea, though I walk through the
valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me;
Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.”
- Satan blinds the minds of the unbeliever.
2 Cor 4:3-4, “But if our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe
not, lest the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, who is the image of
God, should shine unto them.” 2 Thes 2:9-10, “Even him, whose coming is
after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And
with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they
received not the love of the Truth, that they might be saved.”
- Satan deceives nations.
Rev 12:9, “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the
Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the
earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” 20:3, 8, “And cast him
into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he
should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be
fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.” “And shall
go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth,
Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as
the sand of the sea.”
Satan’s Strategy – Part Three
- Heaven – Satan accuses believers to hinder the work of the Lord on
Earth. Satan has access to Heaven.
Job 1:6-11, “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present
themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them. And the Lord
said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said,
From going to and fro in the Earth, and from walking up and down in it. And
the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered My servant Job, that there is
none like him in the Earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth
God, and escheweth evil? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job
fear God for nought? Hast not Thou made an hedge about him, and about his
house, and about all that he hath on every side? Thou hast blessed the work
of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth
Thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse Thee to Thy
face.” 2 Cor 2:11, “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are
not ignorant of his devices.” Zech 3:1, “And he showed me Joshua the
high priest standing before the Angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his
right hand to resist him.”
The believer’s Defense Attorney is the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 John 3:1,
“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we
should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not,
because it knew him not.”
- Earth – Satan invites believers to ignore the Word of God and accept
1 Tim 4:1, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times
some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and
doctrines of devils;” 1 Cor 10:19-20, “What say I then? that the idol is
any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? But
I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to
devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with
devils.” 2 Cor 11:3, ”But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent
beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from
the simplicity that is in Christ.” 2 Cor 13-15; 1 Chr 21:1, “And Satan
stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.”
- Satan seeks to frustrate God’s will.
A. Operational will.
James 4:7-8, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he
will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse
your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” Gal
5:7, “Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the
B. Geographical will.
1 Thes 2:18, “Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and
again; but Satan hindered us.”
Sanctification – The Greek Word is “HAGIOS”
- Sanctification describes the modus operandi whereby God the Father
makes the believer like His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ and that is Grace.
- “Sanctification” is the word “HAGIOS,” which is the root word for
holy, holiness, sanctification, consecrate, or sanctify, meaning “to set
- The believer is called a saint, literally, a “set apart one.” 1
- Sanctification is Grace in function.
- There are three categories of sanctification. Rom 8:29.
A. Positional – Union with Christ, 1 Cor 1:2, 30, 6:11, 1 Pet 1:2.
Phase One, which is salvation. Heb 10:10, 14, 13:12, 2 Thes 2:13.
B. Experiential – Spiritually, 1 Thes 4:3, Rom 6. This is Phase
Two, the Christian walk. sometimes called progressive.
1. Experiential emphasizes spirituality.
2. Progressive emphasizes growth. John 17:17, 2 Pet 3:18.
Both experiential and progressive are mentioned in Eph
5:26, 1 Thes 5:23.
C. Ultimate sanctification – The Rapture. 1 John 3:1-2, 1 Cor
15:51-57, Phil 3:21.
- Agents of sanctification – Always the work of God, not of man.
A. God the Son. Heb 10:10-14, provision.
B. God the Holy Spirit. 1 Pet 1:2, mechanics.
C. God’s Word. John 17:17, Eph 5:26.
- The mechanics of progressive sanctification.
The use of confession of sin, 1 John 1:9, which results in the cleansing and
filling of the Holy Spirit. Eph 5:18. Also compare John 17:17 with 2 Tim
2:15, with 3:16-17.
”Sanctify them with Thy Truth. Thy Word is Truth.”
Wednesday, May 2, 2001
Separation From Believers
- We are to separate from carnal believers who are obviously perpetually
out of fellowship.
1 Cor 5:10-11, “Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or
with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye
needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep
company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous,
or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an
one no not to eat.”
- We are to separate from believers who reject the Word of God.
2 Cor 3:14-15, “But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth
the same veil untaken away in the reading of the Old Testament; which veil
is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil
is upon their heart.”
2 Thes 3:6, “Now we command you, brethren, in the Name of our Lord Jesus
Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh
disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.”
- We are to separate from believers who are in emotional revolt as a
habit of life and from believers who operate under some false system of
Rom 16:17-18, “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause
divisions and offences contrary to the Doctrine which ye have learned; and
avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but
their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of
- We are to separate from the fast crowd.
1 Pet 4:4, “Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the
same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:” Prov 1:10-19.
Also 1 Cor 5:11 and context (But now I have written unto you not to keep
company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous,
or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an
one no not to eat.”
This prohibition is for both classifications – believer and unbeliever.
- Sometimes the unbeliever – we are to separate from unbelievers in
those relationships where the Word of God is compromised.
2 Cor 6:14, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what
fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath
light with darkness?
Heb 13:13, “Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing
A. Marriage: A believer is prohibited from marrying an unbeliever.
2 Cor 6:14, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what
fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath
light with darkness?”
B. Certain business relationships: This does not mean that you do not
associate with unbelievers, or can’t do business with unbelievers. This
would be a partnership.
C. It can involve organizations such as frats or sororities.
- We are to separate from worldly human viewpoint thinking. This is a
mental separation. Rom 12:2 says worldliness is what you think. It has a
mental viewpoint. “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye
transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that
good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
A. Worldliness is becoming a sucker for a social action.
B. Worldliness is being hung up in liberalism.
C. Worldliness is thinking that the war on poverty has merit.
D. Worldliness is disrespect for the law.
Category of Sin – Colossians 3:5-10
“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the Earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:”
- Verse 5, “Mortify” means to render impotent. Use 1 John 1:9, Rom 8:13.
Mortify through the Holy Spirit. ”Members which are upon the Earth,” the
old sin nature, sin area.
One overt and four mental attitude sins.
A. “Fornication” – Overt sin, both technically referring to the
phallic cult and general.
B. “Uncleanness” – Mental adultery, lewdness, impurity of mind.
C. “Inordinate affections” – Depraved passion.
D. “Evil concupiscence” – Evil desire, lust, mental sin.
E. “Covetousness which is idolatry” – Mental attitude sin, putting
anything before the Lord.
- Verse 6, Divine discipline for believers.
- Verse 7, the carnal believer imitates the unbeliever.
- Verse 8, “Put off” – Take off dirty clothes. Be restored back to
fellowship and render impotent the old sin nature.
A. “Anger” – ORGE, emotion caused by jealousy, mental attitude sin.
May be a sudden burst of activity or an inward burn which results in
B. “Wrath” – A turbulence of emotions expressed outwardly. Mental
attitude sin-like tantrums.
C. “Malice” – Mental attitude sin. Lust to hurt someone. This may come
from jealousy or frustration. It generally expresses itself through the sins
of the tongue.
D. “Blasphemy” – Malign or slander, usually God, either His character
or His work. A tongue sin. It runs the gamut from legalism to the expression
of false doctrine.
E. “Filthy communication out of your mouth” – A tongue sin. Obscene
language which indicates a foul mind.
- Inner conflict between the old sin nature and the Holy Spirit. Rom 8:13,
“Die,” temporal death. “Live,” temporal life. The filling of the
Galatians 5:19-21 – Categories of Sin
- Sexual sins. Gal 5:19.
A. Adultery – Overt sin.
B. Fornication – Sex in the name of religion.
C. Uncleanness – Mental adultery.
D. Lasciviousness – Sexual lust.
- Directional sin, toward sin. Gal 5:20. The old sin nature can control the
A. Toward God – Idolatry.
B. Toward self – Witchcraft. Literally, “Pharmacies” in the Greek,
meaning drugs. Any type of addition, drugs, etc.
C. Towards others.
1. Hatred – Mental
2. Variance – Discord.
3. Emulation – Jealousy seeking to outdo others.
Playing spiritual “king of the mountain.”
4. Wraths – emotional sins, tantrums.
5. Strife – Taking sides without knowledge.
D. Towards the Word of God. Gal 6:20.
1. Seditions – Revolt against the Word of God.
2. Heresies – Opinion contrary to the Word of God,
either principle or application.
- Person sins. Gal 5:21.
A. Inner, envy, jealousy, etc. Mental
B. Outer, murder, drunkenness, reveling, orgy. Overt.
Alternative to the control of the old sin nature – Gal 5:22-23 the fruit of
the Spirit. In Greek culture, the body was beautiful. Sex was a religious
ceremony. So when they became born-again, this was a real problem to them, the
boundaries of marriage, etc.
Did God Create Sin?
- No! God is not the Author of sin. God is not the Author of temptation. James
1:13. It would be incompatible with Divine essence. All sins come from
the old sin nature. James 1:14-15.
- Sin originated with Satan through negative volition.
- God created Adam in innocence.
- Adam was a free moral agent, as Satan was. Adam had free will. The only
way that Adam could sin in innocence was negative volition, acting
independently of God.
- God did not create Adam with an old sin nature. Adam acquired an old
sin nature through negative volition.
- The sovereignty of God and the free will of man are co-existent on this
Earth. The ideal situation is when the volition of man crosses the
sovereignty of God, compatible at the Cross.
- The sovereignty of God gave man free will. Why? To resolve the angelic
conflict. Free will gave man the right to choose for himself, even in
opposition to the will of God.
- Adam’s choice was made against God’s will. “God is not willing that
any should perish,” 2 Pet 3:9.
- If Adam hadn’t sinned, would he have lived forever? No! He didn’t have
eternal life. Man receives eternal life by accepting Jesus Christ as
- Argument: God made all things and since sin is a thing, God made sin.
Answer: Sin is not a thing. Sin is acting independently of God, either
mental or overt.
- God did not create sin. Sin is a result of negative volition.
“Not Thinking Grace”
- Spirit of pride – exalted feeling based on success or position or
because of good training, appearance of natural gift and abilities, an inner
feeling of self-importance.
- Love or lust for human approbation or praise – A secret fondness to be
noticed and recognized by Christians. A love of supremacy, a drawing
attention by conversion, exhibitionism, or by playing spiritual “king of
- Social interaction – Anger or impatience, touchy and sensitive nature.
Resentment and retaliation when disproved and contradicted, jealousy, sour
grapes, envy, etc.
- Self-will – The concept of the stubborn or unteachable nature. A
disposition to be argumentative, harsh, bitter, a nit-picker, one who is
critical, one who minds the business of others more than his own, one who
has a long proboscis.
- Tendency to magnify the faults and failings of others while emphasizing
your own virtues. It is having an unpleasant feeling when others succeed and
- Negative disposition – Peevish, fretful disposition, that loves to be
coaxed and honored, a dishonest, deceitful disposition, a disposition that
tends toward discouragement and despondency under pressure or an attempt to
solve one’s problems by hysteria and tantrums.
- Apathy – Indifference to the Word of God and Scriptures in general.
The above are all manifestations of emotional revolt. It is the soul in
revolt. It is a carnal revolt piled high.
The Biblical Stability of a Nation!
- Stability through law and order. Rom 13:1-7.
A. God has ordained certain laws for each nation. They come out of the
Divine Institutions. Rom 13:1.
B. God is not the Author of confusion. Rom 13:2, 1 Cor 14:40, “Let all
things be done decently and in order.”
C. Rulers have the authority to uphold the laws of the land. Rom 13:3.
D. For enforcing the law of the land there are various degrees of punishment,
including capital punishment. Rom 13:4.
E. For financing the nation, God has ordained the principle of taxation –
that is taxation with representation. Rom 13:6-7.
F. When a national entity violates the Divine Institutions, such as the
USSR, Red China, the citizens of that country are under obligation to the
Word of God and not the slavery laws of that country which usually means
miraculous deliverance or death.
G. It is not “as the people” confusion, or the priest or the pastor
confusion, but as the pastor giving out the Word of God to the people
receiving the Word of God.
More to come ...
The Biblical Stability of a Nation – Part Two
- The stability through the salt and light principle. Matt 5:13-16.
Principle: The number of born-again believers does not guarantee the
deliverance of a nation. A majority of them may be carnal, but the
number of mature believers, the remnant, is the key to the nation’s
A. Salt principle. Matt 5:13.
1. Unseen preservative.
a. Pastor-teacher studying and
teaching daily, the believers functioning under the principle of growing in
Grace, maturing daily.
b. Congregation – taking in the
Word of God through the principles of growing in Grace and privacy of the
2. Flavor principle of “lost its savor” – meaning
out of fellowship.
a. Robbing the Word of its power,
sterile teaching of the Word.
b. Insipid, flavor not there,
c. “It is good for
nothing”– it has ability for nothing.
This is a
believer out of fellowship, not filled with the Spirit. Not filled with the
Spirit means no Divine ability. No Divine ability means filled with human
d. “Cast out” is a believer
out of fellowship.
e. “Trodden under foot” is
More to come on the stability of a nation ...
The Biblical Stability of a Nation – Part Three
The Light Principle – Matthew 5:14-16, John 8:12
- “You all are the lights of the world,” plural.
A. This is a phrase designating a mature believer. There is an inner
spiritual structure in the soul, edification, a building in the mature
B. A believer who is not in emotional revolt – emotions dictating
principles to the mentality of the soul.
- “A city” – a group of mature believers now as a Local Church.
A. “Cannot be hid” – This type of Church has an impact. Testimony.
B. The reflecting of the glory of God in the devil’s world.
- “A lamp” – A lamp under a big clay pot, out of fellowship, no
maturity. Walking in darkness. Don’t contribute darkness to a world of
- “Put it on a lamp stand and give light to the whole world.”
- Verse 16, “Let your light so shine,” command for maturity. Daily
study, daily function under growing in Grace and in the knowledge of our
Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
- “Good works” – the production of Divine Good, filling of the Holy
Spirit, the exhale of the Word of God and reaching maturity.
- “Glorify” – Reflect the glory of God – very important!
Thursday, May 3, 2001
Three Types of Sin – Three Parts of a Whole
- Definition: Sin is acting independently of God and God’s
provision – coming short of the glory of God. Rom 3:23.
- Three types of sin – three parts of a whole.
A. Imputed sin. 1 Cor 15:22, Rom 5:12, Rom 3:23. The human race was
counted guilty when Adam sinned. “For as in Adam all die.” First,
spiritual death, then the second death.
B. Inherent sin. Rom 5:12, “Wherefore as by one man (Adam) sin (the
old sin nature) entered into the world.” When Adam sinned, he acquired an
old sin nature and brought into existence the old sin nature. The human race
inherits the old sin nature through physical birth by means of an human
father, Psa 51:5, and retains the old sin nature after salvation. A sinner
saved by Grace.
C. Personal sin. Personal sin is a manifestation and result of having
an old sin nature. Use 1 John 1:9 because if we say we have no sin, we call
God a liar, and deceive ourselves.
The Sequence of the Three Types of Sin
It is like three dominoes in a row on edge.
- Imputed sin – Results in spiritual death. Domino number one. When
Adam sinned, the human race sinned, hence when Adam was counted guilty. The
human race is born of Adam’s seed.
- Inherent sin – Which makes man a sinner. Domino number
two. When Adam sinned, he acquired an old sin nature and brought into
existence the old sin nature. Rom 5:12a.
A. The human race acquired an old sin nature because of physical birth. By
means of a human father, every person is a sinner. We inherit our old sin
nature from our human father.
B. The human race is born spiritually dead because of imputed sin. Spiritual
death means no fellowship with God. Minus righteousness cannot have
fellowship with Absolute Righteousness.
- Personal sin – Domino number three. The human race from
Adam on sins personally because of an old sin nature, both before and after
When domino one falls, domino numbers two and three follow.
What Sins Do You Think God Hates?? Proverbs 6:16-19
In this passage there are seven things that God hates. The phrase “an
abomination” is the worst. There are four sins of the tongue, two mental
attitude sins, and one overt sin.
- “A proud look” comes through the eye gate. It is a mental sin. Pride.
Pride plus lust equals jealousy. Thinking pride, wicked imagination.
- “A lying tongue” is lying, a habitual liar, a sin of the tongue.
- “Hands that shed innocent blood.” Murder is not debatable. An overt
sin. Murder. Killing during a war is not murder. Exodus, “Thou shalt
not kill.” This is the Hebrew word for murder, not kill.
- “A heart that deviseth wicked imaginations.” The heart is the mind.
This is the mind controlled by the emotions, and it is a mental attitude
sin. This is the mind filled with jealousy, jealousy breeds suspicion,
and suspicion thinks the worst. The worst in the mind is the imagination.
- “Feet that be swift in running to mischief.” This is a sin of the
tongue and overt sin. This is a person going around and making trouble. Most
trouble is caused by the use of the tongue. This involves gossip, resulting
in an overt sin making trouble for others.
- “A false witness that speaketh lies” is a sin of the tongue.
downgrading someone, playing spiritual “king of the mountain.”
- “He that soweth discord among the brethren” is a sin of the tongue,
”As a man thinketh in his mind, so is he.”
”Guard your mind with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life.”
The Sin Unto Death!
- The sin unto death as a principle.
A. 1 John 5:16, “There is a sin unto death.”
B. Psa 118:17-18, Ezek 18:21-32.
- Characteristics of the sin not unto death.
A. It is a sin that is confessed. 1 John 1:9, 1 Cor 11:31, Psa 32:5, Psa 38
B. It is can also be characterized by a sin which is discontinued. Heb 12:1,
C. It is a sin which responds to discipline. Heb 12:6 compared with Heb
- Characteristics of a sin unto death. 1 John 5:16b.
A. An unconfessed sin, therefore persistent, never uses confession.
B. It is a sin that persists unchecked.
C. It is a sin that ignores Grace – warning and discipline. Lev 26.
D. It is a sin that has a maximum adverse affect on other believers. Acts 5,
Annias and Sapphira.
- Case histories of the sin unto death. 1 John 5:16b.
A. Cornithian incest. 1 Cor 5:1-5.
B. Lying to the Holy Spirit. Acts 5:1-10, trying to get credit for something
you didn’t do.
C. Persistent carnality at the Lord’s table. 1 Cor 11:30-31.
D. Disobedience to the Word of God. Example: King Saul. 1 Chr 10:13, 14, 1
Sam 13:9-14. Saul had no business offering sacrifices. He was a king, not a
priest. The priest didn’t show up when Saul thought he should. Saul was
told to annihilate Agag. He didn’t, so Saul consulted a medium, the witch
E. Self-righteousness and dependence upon man perpetuated. Isa 38, Hezekiah.
F. A believer turned apostate. Num 31:8, Balaam. 1 Tim 1:19-20, Hymenaeus
- Some of these sins are gross and overt and some are mental attitude.
- Conclusion: The sin unto death is not a particular sin, but a continual
Friday, May 4, 2001
The Unpardonable Sin!
A. The unpardonable sin is an unpardonable act. It is in unbelief, the
rejection of Jesus Christ as personal Saviour.
B. The unpardonable sin is listed as a sin against the Holy Spirit.
Therefore, we need to understand the following.
C. The unpardonable sin is not:
1. Adultery, suicide, using profanity – the willful
2. The constant repetition of any sin – the sin unto
3. Not calling your brother a fool, falling away, etc.
The above are the most common concepts of the
unpardonable sin and they are all wrong.
D. “All sins shall be forgiven,” Mark 3:28, is a source of comfort.
Correlate this with the Doctrine of unlimited atonement.
E. The unpardonable sin was not poured out on Jesus Christ and therefore was
not judged. All sins are pardonable except rejection of Jesus Christ as
personal Saviour. 1 Pet 2:24, 2 Cor 5:21.
- Characteristics of the unpardonable sin.
A. It is a sin, act, committed by an unbeliever.
B. It is impossible for the believer to commit the unpardonable sin.
Isa 1:18, 44:22, 1 John 1:7, Psa 103:12.
C. It is not a single sin or act. It is not progressive. It is not
repetitious except in its expression. If you reject the Gospel when you hear
it again, you may continue to reject it.
D. It is unpardonable. There is nothing in the plan of God which provides
forgiveness for it. Acts 4:12.
E. It is condemned. When this act of unbelief is operational, it is always
condemned. John 3:18.
F. The alternative to this unpardonable act is to believe and be saved.
But if rejection persists to the point of physical death, then there is no
hope and no help.
”He that believeth not on Him, shall not see life, but the wrath of God
abideth on him.”
Slave Market of Sin!
- Because of procreation we all come into the world spiritually dead. Romans
- There are three categories in the human race:
A. Immoral. Rom 1:18-32.
B. Moral. Rom 2:1-16, Isa 64:6.
C. Religious. Rom 2:17-19, 4:4.
- All categories have sinned and come short of God’s standard. Rom
- All are born in the slave market of sin.
A. John 8:34-35, “Whosoever committeth sin is the servant (bond slave) of
B. Gal 3:31. The law cannot get one out of the slave market of sin.
- Only a free man can free a slave.
Only Jesus Christ was born free from sin, without an old sin nature, and did
not commit personal sin. 2 Cor 5:21. Why? Virgin birth. The old sin nature
is passed down by the father, Psa 51:5. Jesus Christ had no human father,
Matt 1:20. Therefore, He had no old sin nature and was a Free Man not born
in the slave market of sin.
- The Lord Jesus Christ bought us, paid the price, from the slave market
A. 1 Pet 1:18-19, “Redeemed with the precious blood of Christ.”
B. 1 Cor 6:20, “Ye are bought with a price.”
- This freedom, from the slave market of sin, and from debt, is dependent
upon the exercise of the individual’s positive volition. The gate has
- There is only one way out of the slave market of sin.
A. John 14:5, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man cometh
unto the Father but by Me.”
B. John 8:36, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be
- The issue: What are you going to do with Jesus
The Origin of Spiritual Gifts
- Modus operandi of the Jewish Age was special empowering for special jobs
– that is, to perform miracles. Matt 10:1.
- When Jesus Christ ascended into Heaven after His resurrection, He emptied
Paradise and transferred the soul and the spirit of the Old Testament saints
to the third Heaven.
Eph 4:8, “Led captivity” – soul and spirit, no resurrection body –
Soul and spirit to Heaven, still no resurrection body.
- “He also gave gifts unto men,” Eph 4:8, spiritual gifts.
- All Members of the Godhead are involved in spiritual gifts.
- Each believer in the Church Age receives a spiritual gift at the moment of
salvation. 1 Cor 12:11.
- You do not seek a spiritual gift. You do not earn or work for spiritual
gifts. You do not get one on the basis of any human ability. Whatever gift
you have is the sovereign decision of the Holy Spirit.
- Since God the Father is the Planner, we assume He decided we needed X
number of Pastors-Teachers, Helps, etc. 1 Cor 12:28, “And God,”
that is God the Father.
- Jesus Christ provided the basis for spiritual gifts. Eph 4:8-11.
- The Holy Spirit appoints the gift to the person. 1 Cor 12:11.
- Spiritual gifts are the Father’s organized witness to the plan of
salvation. Heb 2:4. Behind any mass evangelistic campaign are all kinds
of spiritual gifts – a team concept. All members of the same team, but
they play different positions.
- Eph 4:12 gives the purpose of spiritual gifts.
A. Equipping: “For the equipping of the saints.”
B. Production: “For the work of the ministry” – every believer
represents the Lord Jesus Christ.
C. Supply: “For the edifying, building up, of the body of
You build on the body of Christ by adding new believers and helping other
believers to grow in Grace.
Spiritual Gifts – PNEUMATIKOS”
- Scripture: 1 Cor 12, Rom 12, Eph 4:11. All spiritual gifts are not listed
in Scripture, but are merely representative of categorical concepts. Some
require preparation, therefore, they are mentioned, “teaching types.”
The purpose of some of the spiritual gifts are mentioned in Eph 4:8-11.
- Every believer receives at least one spiritual gift at the moment of
salvation. 1 Cor 2:11.
- Each spiritual gift is necessary for you to function in the body of
Christ. The body of Christ is a team working together. Your spiritual
gift is your position on the team.
- It is not necessary for you to recognize your spiritual gift for you to
function under it. Function is dependent upon the filling of the Holy
Spirit, and growing in Grace, rather than knowledge of your spiritual gift.
- For Divine production from your spiritual gift, you need the filling of
the Holy Spirit and the transfer of the knowledge of the Word of God into
your human spirit.
- Spiritual gifts are the Father’s organized witness to the plan of
salvation. Heb 2:4. In evangelism many more gifts are operating than the
gift of evangelism. It is a team effort, a Divine Good effort, by the body
- The attitude toward spiritual gifts is given in Rom 12:3. One is not to
feel inferior or superior. It is a gift.
- Perspective of the spiritual gifts is given in 1 Cor 12. Possession of
a spiritual gift does not indicate merit or spirituality. “Gift”
connotes Grace. Paul was the worst sinner, 1 Tim 1:12, who ever
lived, and he had several gifts.
- There are two categories of spiritual gifts:
A. Permanent – Which
exist throughout the Church Age.
B. Temporary – Those used between the day of Pentecost and the
completed Canon of Scripture. Approximately 32–95 A.D. Most were
- Temporary gifts were necessary to get the Church started without a
completed Bible. 1 Cor 13:8-10. They functioned in the place of a
- Temporary gifts were used by God to focus attention on the message of
the Gospel. Heb 2:4.
Modifications of the Body
With the recent report on “modifications of the body” with tattoos, etc.
we see the emphasis is once again on the body to the exclusion of the real
you, the soul. This body we have is only temporal and is spoken of in
Scripture as a tent, which is a temporary dwelling place for the permanent soul.
We will receive a resurrection body, just like the one that the Lord Jesus
There will be no markings in our resurrection bodies. But the Lord’s body
will be the only One with any markings at all. He will appear as a Lamb freshly
They will look upon Him “Whom they have pierced.”
Lev 19:28, “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh, for the dead, nor
print any marks upon, I am the Lord.”
Spiritual Gifts in the Corinthian Church
- It is obvious from 1 Cor 1:7 that the Corinthian Church abounded in
spiritual gifts. They had spectacular gifts and many of them.
1 Cor 1:7, “So that ye come behind in no gift waiting for the coming of
our Lord Jesus Christ.”
- It is also obvious from the rest of the epistle that this was one of the
most carnal churches that ever assembled in the Name of the Lord. The
Corinthians were noted for their envy, jealousy, childishness, spiritual
bullying, litigation, divorce, drunkenness, and other carnal activity.
- Conclusion: The possession of a spiritual gift does not mean
- Principle: If the Corinthians with all their carnality could have more
people with spectacular spiritual gifts, then there is definitely no
correlation between possessing a certain type of spiritual gift and
- It is important to distinguish between spiritual gifts and
spirituality. A spiritual gift for its proper function depends upon
spirituality, but they are not the same.
- False teaching based on legalism and emotionalism had infiltrated the
Church at Corinth. Consequently we have chapters 12, 13, and 14 to refute
the legalism and emotionalism there. Also, it was written to deal with some
of the false impressions which came out of speaking in tongues. What was
happening in Corinth is happening today.
- One of the abuses in the Corinthian Church was that there were many people
speaking in tongues and they felt that they were the spiritual giants in the
assembly. They said the rest were peons and possibly not even saved. They
were looking down their spiritual noses at the rest and saying that until
they spoke in tongues they were not spiritual, or possibly not even saved.
- “Brother foot” has a inferiority complex. “Brother hand” has a
superiority complex. Both are ignorant of the Doctrine. They are both on the
same team, but play different positions. One is not better than the other.
- The spiritual gift you possess is not the important factor, but the
filling of the Spirit, the power on which the spiritual gift operated. 1
Corinthians chapter 13.
- 1 Cor 14. The gift of tongues was regulated. In the Church worship
certain spiritual gifts are to function and others are to be minimized or
Identification of Spiritual Gifts
- Spiritual gifts are sovereignly bestowed by God the Holy Spirit.
A. The Holy Spirit is the Instrument at the moment of salvation Who
appoints the spiritual gift. 1 Cor 12:11.
B. No spiritual gifts are given until after the ascension of Jesus
Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ provided the spiritual gifts. Eph 4:8-11.
C. You do not seek a spiritual gift. Be satisfied with the one the
Holy Spirit has given you.
- Spiritual gifts in order of merit, all spectacular. 1 Cor
A. Apostles – Temporary
gift, necessary when the Canon of Scripture was incomplete in order to
carry the Church through those difficult beginning days. The gift of
absolute spiritual dictatorship was set aside with the completed Canon,
with the Canon now being the absolute authority. No one now has
authority over more than one Church.
B. Prophets – The gift of both:
1. Foretelling – Prophecy, temporary.
2. Forth telling – Preaching, permanent..
C. Pastor-teachers, permanent.
D. Miracles, temporary. The person’s faith not involved.
E. Healings – Temporary. Person’s faith not involved.
3. Demon-induced illness.
F. Helps – Permanent. Gift of administration.
G. Governments – Permanent. Gift of administration.
H. Diversities of tongues. Temporary. A gift of speaking in a foreign
language not previously known, not ecstatics, last in order. Note this
is dealing with the 1 Cor 12:28-30 passage.
- The use of spiritual gifts does not mean spirituality. However, the
filling of the Holy Spirit allows you to use the spiritual gift to the
1 Cor 12:31 introduces chapter 13. “But covet,” as a Church, “the
best gifts.” Prophecy vs. tongues. Subject of chapter 14, “More
excellent way”. This is love produced by the filling of the Holy Spirit.
Gal 5:22-23, which is spirituality.
Six Greek Words for Forming Calluses on Your Soul and Having a Seared
- “MATAIOTES” – the emptiness or vacuum in the soul sucking in
darkness, legalism, cosmic wisdom, the English word “vanity” as
used in Eph 4:17.
- “DIANOIA” – The thoughts of the soul. Translated by the
English words “understanding” or “mind.”
A. Darkness – Satanic thoughts, Eph 4:18, Col 1:21.
B. Doctrine – Divine perception, 2 Pet 3:1.
- “SKOTIZO” – Have become blacked out, the blackout of the
soul. Rom 1:21, 11:10. Translated by the English word
- “APALLOTRIOO” – Alienated from the life of God. Eph 2:12,
Eph 4:18, Col 1:21. Translated by the English word “alienated” or
- “AGNOIA” – Ignorance. Eph 4:18.
- “POROSIS” – Calluses in the soul. Translated
“blindness” in Eph 4:18. Likewise in Rom 11:25.
Calluses on the soul and having the old sin nature in control of your
life results in an emotional revolt of the soul and self-induced misery.
Self-consciousness of the soul, not occupied with Christ.
Mentality of the soul, not thinking Divine Viewpoint.
Volition of the soul, not making decisions for the Lord.
Emotions, no appreciation for the Lord or His Word.
Conscience, seared, void of Divine norms or standards.
The old sin nature in control distorting the bona fide operation of the
soul. Past feeling.
Calluses on the Soul Are Built Up in Several Ways, Ephesians 4:17-19
- Adultery. Prov 6:32, Eph 4:19. Single or married.
- Mental attitude sins. 1 John 2:9, 11. Mental attitude sins include
bitterness, pride, jealousy, hate, revenge tactics in the thought pattern,
spite, guilt complex, etc.
- Also darkness and drugs can cause calluses on the soul.
- How calluses are removed:
A. The unbeliever loses the calluses at the point of salvation. Isa 43:25,
44:22. All calluses are removed.
B. The believer’s recovery from calluses formed on the soul.
1. Confession of sin, which provides the filling of the Spirit and sets up
the believer for the filling of the Holy Spirit, so that it can be removed.
1 John 1:9, Eph 5:18.
2. Crash program. Learning the Word of God. Hebrews chapter 6. The exhale of
the Word of God from the human spirit which results in forming a spiritual
structure in the soul, edification, which results in Grace orientation, the
mastery of the details of life, a relaxed mental attitude, and the capacity
for life and love and inner happiness.
- Calluses can completely cover the soul.
A. For an unbeliever, like Judas Iscariot, resulting in suicide. Matt
B. For a believer, like Ananias or Sapphira, it means the sin unto death. 1
John 5:16. Suicide can take place in believers as well, but they are still
Suicide cannot separate you from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus
our Lord. Rom 8:38-39.
The Doctrine of Shadows, Colossians 2:17
- Before the Cross, B.C., revelation was given by shadows.
After the Cross, revelation changes to reality, the Canon of Scripture.
- Before the Cross, shadows anticipate.
After the Cross, when reality comes, the shadows no longer have a bona
- Before the Cross, in shadow systems you do something over and over
again. A lot of ritual is involved.
After the Cross, once you are looking back at this and it is in writing,
then it becomes a matter of perception instead of ritual.
A. “Shadow” – “SKIA,” an image or a shadow cast by an object
and representing its form without being its form. Heb 10:1.
B. “Body” – “SOMA,” substance, reality. The Reality of the
shadows is the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ is the Reality which fulfills
”Me and my Shadow”
A Verse a Day for the Month of May!
“If I say, Surely the darkness shall hide me, and the light become
darkness around me, even the darkness will not be dark to you, the night
will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you,” Psalm
”My God turns my darkness into light,” Psalm 18:20.
”Wake up, O sleeper, Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you,”
”Light that shineth in darkness.”
”They that sat in darkness have seen a great light.”
A Verse a Day for the Month of May!
“He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds,” Psa 147:3.
”Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you,” 1 Pet 5:7.
”And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your
hearts and minds in Christ Jesus,” Phil 4:7.
A Verse a Day for the Month of May!
Raised in Glory!
“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.
”Therefore, we are always confident and know that as long as we are in
this body, we are far away from the Lord,” 2 Cor 5:6.
”But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that this all
surpassing power is from God and not from us,” 2 Cor 4:7.
Think not, of course,
That this is me,
This withered shoot,
This house of clay,
This hill of dust,
Soon blown away.
This staggering fragile child you see,
This bodily-prison isn’t me.
Death I know will set me free,
Will melt my shackles,
Break my chains,
Release my soul,
Ease my pains,
And land me on the crystal sea.
My death will finally set me free.
A Verse a Day for the Month of May!
“The eternal God is our Refuge and underneath are the everlasting
arms,” Deut 33:27.
”Your love, O Lord, reaches to the Heavens,
”Your faithfulness to the skies,
”How precious is Your unfailing love.
”Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of Your wings,”
Pilate Asked the Question of Questions???
“Whence art Thou?” John 19:9.
The whole Word of God answers that question.
He is pictured in Psalm 8 as “One who was for a little while made lower
than ELOHIM,” for that is the correct rendering of Psa 8:5. ELOHIM
is the plural Name by which we are first introduced to God in Gen 1:1. God,
the Strong One, EL, is singular and ELOHIM is plural.
The Lord Jesus Christ is seen in this uni-plural name. In the beginning was
the Triune God. “And God said, Let Us make
man in Our image, after Our likeness,” Gen 1:26.
The Great Creator became our Saviour. The Second Person of the
Godhead stepped down from that excellent glory “and made of Himself no
reputation, and took upon Him the form of a Servant, and was make in the
likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself,
and became obedient unto death, even the death of the Cross. Wherefore God
hath also highly exalted Him, and given Him a Name which is above every
name,” Phil 2:6-9.
The Book of Hebrews is the commentary on Psalm 8.
Heb 2:9, “We see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than ELOHIM
for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that He by the
Grace of God should taste death for every man.”
Eight Prophecies Fulfilled When Christ Was Born
- He was to be the Seed of a woman. Every other person ever born is the
seed of a man. Gen 3:15, Gal 3:16.
- He was to born at a special time in history. Gen 49:10.
- He was to come from the tribe of Judah. Gen 49:10, Heb 7:14.
- He was to be the Son of Abraham and the son of David. 2 Sam 7:12, Matt
- He was to be called the Son of God. Psa 2:7, Isa 9:6, Prov 30:4, Luke
- He was to be born of a virgin. That is the only way He could be the
Seed of a woman. Isa 7:14, Matt 1:18-23.
- His name was to be called Immanuel. Isa 7:14, Matt 1:23.
- He was to be born in Bethlehem. Micah 5:2, Matt 2:1.
These are all Old Testament Jewish Scriptures.
Sunday, May 6, 2001
Come Almighty to deliver
Let us all Thy life receive.
Suddenly return and never,
Nevermore Thy temples leave.
Thee we would always be blessing,
Serve Thee as Thy hosts above;
Pray and praise Thee without ceasing,
Glory in Thy perfect love.
Finish then Thy new creation,
Pure and spotless let us be.
Let us see Thy great salvation,
Perfectly restored in Thee.
Changed from glory into glory,
Till in Heaven we take our place.
Till we cast our crowns before Thee,
Lost in wonder, love, and Grace.
Why the Messiah the Jews Are Looking For Cannot Come Today!
Since the Jews have rejected Christ as their Messiah, they expect their
Messiah to come any day now. Some of Israel’s leaders are saying, “If you
listen carefully, you can hear the footsteps of the Messiah.”
But their Messiah cannot be born today.
Some of our orthodox Jewish friends believe He will come any day in fulfillment
of the Messianic hope. Is it possible for Him to be born today?
|No, because He must come from the Seed of Abraham, from the house of
David, and from the tribe of Judah. Gen 11:10-32, 49:8-10, 2 Sam 7:12-14.
Since the destruction of the temple in 70 A.D., all authentic genealogies of
genuine origin, respecting the 12 tribes of Israel have been lost. No one
today could prove his identity authentically.|
|No, because He must be born in Bethlehem. Micah 5:2. That is impossible
for Bethlehem is in the kingdom of Jordan and no Jew is allowed there today.|
|No, because He must die by crucifixion according to Psa 22. That mode
of capital punishment is not practiced today in Israel or any place in the
Middle East, even and if there is capital punishment.|
|No, because He already came 2000 years ago according to all Scripture and
”The fullness of time was come 2000 years ago. God sent forth His Son, made
of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law,” Gal
”He came unto His own (the Jews), and His own received Him not; but as many as
received Him, to them gave He the power to become the sons of God, even to them
that believe on His Name; which were born not of blood, nor of the will of the
flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God,” John 1:11-13.
The Sceptre Held Out!
“The sceptre shall not depart from Judah. Nor a law giver from between his
feet, until Shiloh (peace) come, and unto Him shall the gathering of the people
be,” Gen 49:10.
Just as Esther could not approach the king years ago, unless the golden sceptre
was held out to her, so today no person, Jew or Gentile, can approach God unless
the sceptre, the Lord Jesus Christ, is held out. He says to all who have ears,
“I am the way, the Truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but by
Me,” John 14:6.
“Do This in Remembrance of Me”
“For as oft as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you do show the
Lord’s death till He come again.”
By Christ redeemed, by Christ restored,
We keep the memory adored,
And show the death of our dear Lord
Until He come.
His body broken in our stead
Is here, in this memorial bread,
And so our feeble love is fed
Until He come
His fearful drops of agony,
His life blood shed for us we see.
The wine shall tell the mystery
Until He come.
And thus that dark betrayed night
With the last advent we unite.
The shame, the glory, by this rite
Until He come.
Until the trump of God be heard,
Until the ancient graves be stirred,
And with the great commanding Word,
The Lord shall come.
Monday, May 7, 2001
For 2000 years it has been impossible to carry out the Biblical instructions
for the “Day of Atonement” because there has been no temple. In 70 A.D. the
temple was destroyed and the prophecy uttered by Hosea has been in effect these
”For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without
a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod,
and without teraphim: Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and
seek the Lord their God, and David their king; and shall fear the Lord and His
goodness in the latter days,” Hosea 3:4-5. What a remarkable prophecy!
The ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are known as the “awesome
days.” They were the ten days of repentance when the Jewish people were
commanded to search their hearts and to “afflict their souls.” In Biblical
times, the emphasis on this was so strong that anyone who did not “afflict his
soul” would suffer death.
Hear again the pronouncement, “For whatsoever soul it shall be that shall
not be afflicted, in that same day he shall be cut off from among his
people,” Lev 23:29.
Where is there today a real affliction of the soul? The very fact that the
Jewish people do not so afflict their souls proves that God is dealing with the
Jews. Beating their breasts, but not afflicting souls.
God has only one way of salvation – whether it be in that future day for
Israel as a nation or for individual Jews and Gentiles today.
That one way of salvation is “JESHUA HAMASHIAH.” Obey Him Who said through
the prophet Isaiah, “Look unto Me and be ye saved all the ends of the Earth,
for I am God and there is none else,” Isa 45:22.
That is the way the nation Israel will be saved in that future day and that is
the only way any Jew or Gentile can be saved today.
”Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world,” John 1:29.
Jews celebrate the establishment of the state of Israel, but they do not
consider their individual salvation. “He,” JESHUA, the Messiah, “bore our
sins in His own body on the tree,” 1 Pet 2:24. Believe in Him and you will
have an eternal celebration in your soul and life.
Ezek 37:11 reveals a heart cry of the Jewish people. “Our bones are dried,
and our hope is lost. We are cut off for our parts.”
How wonderful that we have lived to hear Israel’s national anthem.
“HATIKVAH” means “the Hope.” Israel’s stirring anthem contains nine
stanzas which speak of the longing for Zion and the desire to return to it. The
”Yet is our hope not lost
The ancient hope
To dwell in the land of our fathers
In the city where David encamped.”
Israel’s true Hope is not to dwell in the land. But in all part of God’s
plan for His covenant people, “the Messiah is their true hope.”
But with Job they are saying, “Where is now our Hope?” Job 17:15. Israel’s
heart will continue to be sick. Prov 13:12. Until they say with David of old,
“Lord, What wait I for? My hope is in Thee,” Psa 39:7.
”Looking for the Blessed Hope and the glorious appearing of our Lord and
Saviour Jesus Christ.”
Both in the prophecy of Lev 23:10 and in the fulfillment in 1 Cor 15:23, it
is not called “firstfruit,” singular, but “firstfruits,” plural.
Not one ear, but a sheaf! “Christ the Firstfruits. Afterwards they that
are Christ’s at His coming.” ”Firstfruits” refers to the whole harvest.
Christ first. Afterwards those of us who are true believers.
So, just as Christ arose from the dead, they that are Christ’s will also be
resurrected from the dead at His coming.
1 Thes 4:13-18, 1 Cor 15:23, 1 Cor 15:51-52.
“Behold, I show you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall be changed
in the twinkling of an eye ...”
We are being told today what constitutes a family. There are many different
descriptions today of what a family really is. It is coming from the news media,
from our senators and congressmen, social workers, and even from some pulpits.
We hear all this talk about lifestyles and families and what constitutes a
marriage and a mother and a father.
The Lord created the first family. This is the way in which the One who created
the family described in detail what a family really is. He should know
because He created the family. Regardless of what is taught as to what a
family is, here it is:
”It is not good for man to be alone; I will make him a help meet for him.”
”And Adam gave names to all the cattle and to the fowls of the air, and to
every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found a help meet
”And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and he slept. And He
took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh instead thereof.”
”And the rib which the Lord God had taken from man, made He a woman,
and brought her unto the man.”
”And Adam said, This is now bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh, she
shall be called woman because she was taken out of man.”
"Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave
unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”
There is the Creator’s description of a family. “A help meet, a rib, a
woman, wife, one flesh.”
One man and one woman constitutes a family.
One rib. No spare ribs. Not two Adams. Not two Eves. Only Adam and Eve.
Tuesday, May 8, 2001
- What makes a person spiritual?
A. Is it an experience some Christians achieve to a greater degree than
B. Is it a stimulating feeling within which produces an ecstatic reaction?
C. Should we try to imitate the experience of another great believer in
order to become spiritual?
D. What does the Bible teach about spirituality?
- Spirituality is open to all believers just as salvation is open to all unbelievers.
- Spirituality is not an elusive and mysterious experience which some can
have that will set them apart from other believers.
- Spirituality in the Church Age is a relationship with God the Holy Spirit.
- Christianity is a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
- I am a Christian because of my relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
- I am spiritual because the Holy Spirit controls my life.
- Spirituality is not the baptism of the Holy Spirit, nor is the indwelling
of the Holy Spirit the basis of spirituality.
- Spirituality is the result of the filling of the Holy Spirit.
- Divine love is a manifestation of the filling of the Holy Spirit, which
is spirituality. Divine love is from the source of God, the Trinity.
- Spirituality gets its title from the Third Person of the Trinity.
- An understanding of growth is necessary to the understanding of
- Maturity is a result of growth and is often mistaken for spirituality.
- You can be a baby and be spiritual or carnal. An adolescent can be
spiritual or carnal. A mature believer can be spiritual or carnal.
- The issue of spirituality is that at any point I am either controlled by
God the Holy Spirit or by the old sin nature.
- The issue is growth/maturity and is progressive or retrogressive,
depending upon knowledge of the Word of God.
Spirituality is an Absolute
- God is not the author of sin. God does not therefore solicit to sin.
- It is incompatible with the Divine essence to originate, condone, or to
- What the old sin nature always promotes leads to sin.
- Therefore, what God has provided, the indwelling Holy Spirit, Who is God,
cannot sin, but promotes spirituality.
- The indwelling Holy Spirit is the basis for spirituality.
- Every creature must live according to his nature.
- The unbeliever has only the old sin nature.
- The believer has both the indwelling Holy Spirit and the old sin
nature. Therefore, we have this inner struggle. Rom 5:16-17, “The
flesh lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh, and they
are contrary one to another.” “Contrary” is literally
- To be born of God means living in union with Christ, indwelt by Jesus
Christ, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit.
- Through the filling of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit produces the
character of Christ in the believer. In this status it is impossible to sin.
Gal 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against
such there is no law.”
- The unbeliever has the nature to sin and lives habitually under the
control of the old sin nature. Gal 5:19-21, “Now the works of the
flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness,
lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath,
strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and
such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time
past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of
- The believer has God, the indwelling Holy Spirit, and in principle
should produce the character of Christ.
- In practice believers can walk in the light, fellowship, or in
darkness, out of fellowship. 1 John 1: 4-10, “And these things write
we unto you, that your joy may be full. This then is the message which we
have heard of Him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no
darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in
darkness, we lie, and do not the Truth: But if we walk in the light, as He
is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus
Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we
deceive ourselves, and the Truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is
faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all
unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and
His Word is not in us.”
- The believer has God, the indwelling Holy Spirit, Who cannot sin, and a
nature which can sin, the old sin nature. Human volition is the control
- In principle, the believer is born of God and cannot sin.
- In practice, he flips the control switch of volition, and comes under the
control of the old sin nature, and produces sin and dead works.
- 1 John 3 emphasizes the principle, while Galatians 5 emphasizes the
The Believer’s Walk – Spirituality
Areas of the believer’s walk – The filling of the Holy Spirit necessary
- We are told to walk in Doctrine. 1 John 3. The believer cannot
learn Doctrine if he is out of fellowship. This means to take in
Doctrine and transfer it by faith to the human spirit, making it applicable
- We are to walk in faith. Heb 4:1-3, the filling of the Holy Spirit
is necessary. Rom 14:23.
- Walk in the Spirit, Gal 5:16, which is a command to be filled with
the Holy Spirit.
- Walk in newness of life. Rom 6:4. The filling of the Holy Spirit
produces a different life, an inner love. You love one another. You love
the Lord. You are oriented to the Grace of God. You fulfill the principle of
worship, prayer, witnessing, and studying.
- Walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called. Eph 4:1. Every
believer is in full-time Christian service. This is being filled with the
Spirit and fulfilling your ambassadorship.
- Walk in the light. 1 John 1:7. The emphasis is on reflecting the
glory of God by being filled with the Spirit.
- Walk worthy of the Lord. Col 1:10. The filling of the Holy
Spirit glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Walk honestly as in the day. Rom 13:13-14. This means to stay in
fellowship and develop maturity and your life will have impact for the Lord
- Walk in good works. Eph 2:10. You produce Divine good works when
filled with the Spirit and functioning under growing in Grace.
- Walk in love.Eph 5:2. The filling of the Holy Spirit and
maturity has this by product, love, the fruit of the Spirit. Rom 5:5, “The
love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by means of the Holy Spirit.”
- Walk in wisdom. Gal 4:5. This is the application of the Word of
God. The Holy Spirit teaches our human spirit when the believer is in
fellowship. It is a matter of Divine guidance.
- To fulfill these “walk admonitions” is to be controlled by the Holy
Spirit, transferring knowledge as it goes into the mind from the printed
page to the human spirit by faith, which becomes the basis and the frame of
reference for learning more Doctrine.
Spirituality and the Command to Awake – Ephesians 5:14-18
- Verse 13, “Awake” – Wake up and find out how to operate all the
wonderful Grace equipment available.
”Thou that sleepest” – Those ignorant of the Word of God.
”Arise from the dead” – Temporal death, the prodigal son. Indifference
and apathy result when the old sin nature controls the life.
”And Christ shall give thee light” – The light that Christ gives is
produced by God the Holy Spirit. This light is a reflected light and a
structure in the soul. This light is a reflected light and brings glory to
His Name. The Holy Spirit animates the Christian life.
- Verse 15, “Fools” – A carnal Christian under the control of the old
“Wise” – A spiritual Christian, under the control of the Holy Spirit.
- “Redeeming the time” – Purchasing the time. They keep on buying up
time by being filled with the Spirit. Verse 16.
- Verse 17, “But understanding what the will of the Lord is.” The will
of the Lord in context is verse 18. A believer is to understand what the
will of the Lord is, that is, the filling of the Holy Spirit. It is a
command to spirituality.
- Verse 18, “Be not drunk with wine” – negative.
”But be filled with the Spirit” – positive.
This is a present tense and means keep on being filled with the Holy
Spirit. It is in the imperative mood, which is a command.
The analogy is liquor controls a person. Results – negative.
The filling of the Holy Spirit controls the believer. Results – positive.
The motivating Force on the inside that changes you should be the filling
of the Holy Spirit.
Commands Regarding Spirituality
There are two negative commands and one positive command.
- The first command, Eph 4:3, “Grieve not the Holy Spirit.”
A. Grieving the Holy Spirit is caused by any sin in the life of the
believer which involves a moral or ethical issue.
B. Grieving the Holy Spirit is producing sins from your area of weakness in
the old sin nature, such as immorality, sins of the tongue, mental attitude
C. These get the believer out of fellowship.
- The second command, 1 Thes 5:19, “Quench not the Holy Spirit.”
A. Quenching the Holy Spirit is disobedience to the Word of God that
doesn’t involve a moral or ethical issue.
B. It is producing human good from the area of strength in the old sin
C. Human good soothes your conscience and thus you fail to be restored back
to fellowship, 1 John 1:9. When you quench the Holy Spirit, it keeps Him
from controlling your life.
D. Disobedience to God’s Word, that is Eph 5:18. This keeps you out of
fellowship and keeps you from using 1 John 1:9.
The first two commands show that we can do
something “not to be spiritual.” The third commands shows “that we can
do nothing” to be spiritual. It is a supernatural way of life which
demands a supernatural means of execution.
- The third command, Eph 5:18, “Be filled with the Spirit”
indicating that we are not always filled.
A. The present tense means “keep on being filled” and indicates that we
are not always filled.
B. The Holy Spirit is God, and God cannot control when there is sin in
C. So, to be controlled by God the Holy Spirit, we must get into fellowship
by means of 1 John 1:9, confession of sin. Acknowledge it.
D. Confess means to identify or name our sin, which is non-meritorious.
We do nothing.
False Criteria for Spirituality
- Spirituality by tabooism.
A false idea that if a believer does not play cards, smoke, mixed bathe, go
to the movies, dance, etc. he is spiritual “I am spiritual because I
observe certain taboos.” One is not spiritual by outward externals, but
by being in fellowship. Some of the above taboos are not named as sins
in the Bible, but in principle the believer in fellowship may be led to not
indulge in them. Fine, but they are not a means to spirituality.
- Spirituality by relativity.
This means by comparing myself with others, I find that I am a better or
more spiritual person than they. Perhaps my sins are more refined than other
believers’ sins. This is wrong, first to compare people with people. And
then second, to make spirituality have degrees. There are degrees of
growth but no degrees of spirituality. You are either in fellowship
(spiritual) or out of fellowship (carnal). Spirituality is an absolute as is
- Spirituality by crucifying self.
This is self trying to cancel out self. This is impossible. Perhaps a
believer is frustrated, discouraged, defeated, as he decides to nail the
flesh to the Cross. He may do it through trying harder and going through a
system of sorrow for his sins, penance. Vowing to live as Jesus Christ
lived, all to no avail. One is spiritual because the Spirit of God
controls the believer. If one is not controlled by the Holy Spirit, then he
is out of fellowship and he gets back in by acknowledging the sin or sins
that the Holy Spirit points out. Rom 12:1, 1 John 1:9.
- Spirituality by prayer.
This is subtle. Prayer is wonderful. It is ordained of God for believers.
But one does not become spiritual by saying, “O Lord, help me to be
spiritual. Lord do it.” We do not pray for the filling of the Spirit.
The filling of the Holy Spirit comes with Biblical confession of sin. Once
the sin or sins are confessed, the automatic result is spirituality.
- Spirituality by asceticism.
This is extreme self-denial. The not eating of certain foods to be
spiritual, even monasticism, fasting to be spiritual, even doing things to
the point of self-torture to be spiritual. This is again just human works
which is no good. Spirituality is thus abused.
- Spirituality by discipline.
I make myself do certain things to be spiritual. I try harder. I get under a
schedule. I try to pray an hour a day and study the Word another hour. But
it doesn’t work for spirituality. Discipline is a part of the
believer’s walk with the Lord, but it is not the basis of spirituality.
- Spirituality by ecstatics.
This is spirituality by emotionalism. One of the facets of the soul is
emotions. It is the appreciator of the soul. But it is never a criteria for
More to come ...
False Criteria for Spirituality – Part Two
- Spirituality by facial expression or body language. This is superficial
A. A long, sad face is not a manifestation of spirituality, but neither is a
B. Spirituality cannot be judged on the basis of facial expression.
C. Spirituality is on the inside, and if in fellowship, there may be an
outward animation. But the outward manifestation is not the important
factor. Unbelievers can smile or frown. Anything an unbeliever can do is
- Spirituality by the second blessing.
Never! This is the so-called area of maturity by panacea. One day I am
carnal and a Christian failure, the next day I wake up and I have a great
experience and from then on I am a power for God. Never!
A. The filling of the Holy Spirit is needed whenever a person gets out of
fellowship. His Grace is not limited to two blessings. You have
received the fullness of God’s Grace at the point of salvation.
“Grace heaped upon Grace.”
B. Believers can have numerous blessings, but not of the so-called
- Spirituality by yieldedness.
This is the most popular error today in the field of spirituality. Rom
6:13 and Rom 12:1-2. “Yield,” forms the basis for this approach,
they say. However, yieldedness does not produce spirituality. Yieldedness is
explained as something the believer must do. No, on human works. There is
nothing you can do to be yielded. It is a non-meritorious operation.
True yieldedness is actually 1 John 1:9. When you confess your sin,
Biblically you are in fellowship, yielded. When you are out of
fellowship, you are unyielded. Only a faith operation puts you back in
fellowship. Anything more than confession is human works and it only
muddies the waters.
Not of works for salvation. Not of works for spirituality.
God is Light and in Him is No Darkness at All
- God is light, no darkness at all. 1 John 1:5.
- No darkness means no sin or sinfulness in God. God is perfect. Psalm
- Positionally every believer is in union with Christ, 1 Cor 12:13, in union
“with the Light.”
- Experientially, the believer “walks in the Light” only when he is
filled with the Spirit. When he sins, he is walking in darkness.
A. He is carnal.
B. He is out of fellowship.
C. He is under the control of the old sin nature.
- The believer then cannot have fellowship with God when his old sin
nature controls his life.
- Even though positionally the believer has fellowship with God forever,
temporal fellowship depends upon 1 John 1:9, confession.
- Just as absolute darkness and light are mutually exclusive, so
spirituality and carnality are mutually exclusive.
- Illustrated by two sides of one coin. Vocabulary.
A. John, walking in the light, the Holy Spirit controls.
Walking in darkness, the old sin nature controls.
B. Paul, walking in the Spirit, the Holy Spirit controls.
Walking in the flesh, the old sin nature controls.
- Negative volition gets you out from under the control of the Holy
Spirit. And you sin, confession of sin gets you back under the control of
the Holy Spirit.
- Because of our position, “in union with the Light,” we are told to
“walk in the Light.”
- When a believer is out of fellowship, he is called a weak believer, Rom
- “Walking in darkness” is emphasizing ignorance of the Word of God.
Wednesday, May 9, 2001
When I was growing up, the Catholic Church told me that if I committed
suicide, I would never go to Heaven, that this was an unpardonable sin.
- Jesus Christ died for the sin of suicide. 1 John 2:2, Isa 53. He
bore all sins, paying the penalty for everyone. This does not mean that
everyone is automatically saved.
- Saul, a believer, died of suicide. 1 Sam 31:1-6.
A. Saul was a believer. Study 1 Sam 10, 11.
B. Saul went to Heaven after he died. 1 Sam 28:19, “You and your sons will
be with me” in Heaven.
- A believer cannot lose his salvation, or be separated from the love of
God for any reason, Rom 8:35-39. When verse 28 says that “death cannot
separate the believer from the Lord,” it includes suicide. Study the
Doctrine of eternal security. John 10:28, 29, etc.
- A believer may be out of fellowship when he dies, but not out of an
eternal relationship. Apply the Doctrine of the Cross. Acts 5, Ananias
and Sapphira, and 1 John 5:16.
- A believer or an unbeliever commits suicide when they have a “seared
conscience” and close up the eyes of the soul. Study the life of the
unbeliever Judas in Matt 27:3-10.
- A misunderstanding of some major Doctrines like union with Christ and
positional Truth cause many believers to be off in their understanding of
suicide. Suicide is horrible, but it doesn’t mean loss of salvation.
- Six circumstances under which the human race suffers.
- Categories of suffering in time.
A. The Person of the Lord Jesus Christ, suffering of the Cross.
B. The unbeliever, to awaken him to his need of the Lord Jesus Christ.
C. The believer, 19 reasons why we suffer.
More to follow on why we suffer …
Nineteen Reasons Why Believers Suffer
- Suffering caused by the details of life, Ecclesiastes. With a seared
conscience everything you touch turns to misery.
- Suffering from a guilt reaction to sin and the suppression of the sin in
the self-conscious. 1 Tim 1:5, 6, 19-20, 3:9.
- Suffering because of calluses formed on the soul. Eph 4:17-19.
- Suffering from failure to isolate sin. Heb 12:15. The Doctrine of chain
sinning, lighting a new sin off of a confessed sin.
- Suffering from the rejection of authority. Judges 18-21, Matt 7:29-8:13,
Jer 7, Prov 30.
- Suffering from the rapid and accelerated growth to maturity. James 1:1-6.
- Suffering from inter-relationship with those who suffer. 1 Cor 12:26, Rom
14:7, 1 Chr 21.
- Suffering from the rejection of Right-Man/Right-Woman. Ezek 16, 23.
- Suffering from Divine discipline. Heb 12:6.
- Suffering from the rejection of the Word of God, therefore rejection of
the Lord as the Right-Man. Jer 13.
More to come ...
Why Christians Suffer – Part Two
- Suffering directly related to the angelic conflict. 1 Pet 1:12, 1 Pet
3:17, Eph 3:9-13.
- Suffering to demonstrate the power and provision of Grace. 2 Cor 12:1-10.
- Suffering in order to learn the value of the Word of God. Psa 119.
Especially notice verses 67, 68, 71. “Good for me to be afflicted,
for therein have I learned more of Thy Word.” “Before I was afflicted, I
- Suffering from national disaster. Isa 59:15-21.
- Suffering from the temporary loss of norms. Jer 2:24-25.
- Suffering from war. Deut 21, 24, Matt 24:6-7.
- Suffering from emotional short circuit in time of tragedy or disaster.
- Suffering in the process of dying. Job 5:20ff.
- Suffering because of a specific spiritual gift, as Paul suffered. Many
Now, when someone asks you why you are suffering, you can show them your
A Christian Survival Kit!
- In the days to come, you are going to need a survival kit – the Word
of God in the mind and a full knowledge in the human spirit. You will need
to function under growing in Grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and
Saviour Jesus Christ, and stay off of emotional revolt.
- Whether you survive or not depends upon the Doctrine you learn from the
Word of God.
- The Word of God determines what is going to happen to you in any given set
of circumstances in the days to come, “perilous times.”
- You carry the Word of God around with you. Or, if not, nox mix.
- Your rate of learning differs. But the important thing is to be
consistent. Isa 33:6, “Wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy
- Salvation. John 1:12. It is impossible to survive apart from a personal
relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
- The Doctrine of eternal security. Rom 8:35-39.
A. Salvation is the work of God.
B. God is perfect. His work is perfect.
C. You cannot do anything to lose it.
D. No one can ever take it from you. John 10:28-30.
More to follow …
Christian Survival Kit – Part Two
- The use of the techniques in the Christian life. The techniques are
designed to keep you in line until you take in the Word of God as a mature
believer. However, you will always use them.
A. Restoration back to fellowship. The consistent use of 1 John 1:9,
B. The filling of the Holy Spirit. This is when the Holy Spirit controls
your life and produces Divine good in your life. Eph 5:14-18.
C. Faith in the Promises of God. Heb 3:7-4:16, knowing and believing and
claiming the Promises of God.
D. Living in the Word. You have to function under growing in Grace. 2 Tim
2:15, Psa 119: 9-11.
E. Occupation with Christ, Heb 12:1-2, thinking Divine Viewpoint, a mental
attitude that is fixed on Christ.
- Start using the promises. Begin with at least ten.
A. Rom 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good.”
B. Matt 21:22, “And all things whatsoever you ask in prayer, believing, ye
C. 1 Pet 5:7, “Casting all your cares upon Him for He careth for you.”
D. Psa 55:22, “Cast thy burden upon the Lord and He shall sustain thee.”
E. Isa 41:10, “Fear thou not, for I am with you, Be not dismayed for I am
thy God, I will strengthen thee, yea, I will help thee, yea, I will uphold
thee with the right hand of My righteousness.”
F. Psa 37:4-5, “Delight thyself also in the Lord.”
G. 1 Sam 17:47, “For the battle is the Lord’s.”
H. Luke 1:37, “For with God nothing shall be impossible.”
I. Isa 26:3-4, “Thou wilt keep him in peace, peace whose mind is stayed on
J. Psa 56:3, “What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee.”
K. 1 John 1:9, the believer’s aspirin. Look it up and use it.
More to come on survival ...
Survival Kit – Part Two
- Growth to maturity.
A. There must be a communicator of the Word of God and people to take in the
Word of God.
B. The Word of God must be comprehended.
C. Then faith must be applied to the Word and the Word stored in the human
D. Then the Word is cycled into the mind filling the frame of reference with
memory center, the conscience with Biblical norms, and giving that believer
a viewpoint which reflects the mind of Christ.
E. The Word of God is applied and used in daily living.
F. And finally, a spiritual structure is erected with Grace orientation,
mastery over the details of life, living in the Word, capacity for love with
G. This preserves our nation, under the salt and light principle.
- Understand Doctrines and categories.
A. The essence of God – A foundational Doctrine.
B. Dispensations – Time Doctrine, understanding God’s time clock.
C. Christology – Who Christ is and what He did for you on the Dross, now,
and in the future.
D. The Holy Spirit – Understanding His part in salvation and spirituality.
E. Divine guidance – How to know the will of God at any point, under any
F. Volitional principles – Very important.
G. Suffering – A vast subject, and needed for the believer’s
H. Death – The concept of dying in Grace, and related Doctrines.
More to come …
Survival Kit for Believers – Part Three
- Orientation to the Grace of God.
A. We do not earn or deserve anything from God.
B. Everything depends on who and what the Lord is.
C. God has a purpose for you. Live as a believer.
D. If you fulfill the reason for being here, you are going to have a
wonderful life and you will live through anything.
E. If you do not fulfill that purpose, you will live miserably.
F. You need to understand the wedding of Grace and faith at the Cross.
1. Only Grace, God’s plan, and faith, man’s
non-meritorious system of perception, can conceive, result in, the new
2. If a substitute is made for faith, i.e., works, then a
Biblical spiritual conception does not take place.
3. Bringing works to Grace, makes Grace step aside. Grace
will not tolerate a harem of works.
a. Believe and ... for the
unbeliever – Wrong.
b. Confess and ... for the
believer – Wrong.
- Understand the Doctrine of the Grace apparatus for perception.
”Not of works” is the order of the day, both for salvation and
Temptation for the Believer
- The three sources of temptation.
A. The world, Rom 12:2 – thought temptation.
B. The flesh, Rom 8 – the old sin nature.
C. The devil, John 8 – religion and false Doctrines.
- The source of sin – the old sin nature.
- The areas of control in the believer’s life.
A. Control of the Holy Spirit.
B. Control of the old sin nature.
- Volition is the switch.
- There is nothing wrong in being tempted.
- Everyone has different areas of temptation.
- Sequence of action.
A. You are tempted.
B. You decide, volition, negative volition against God.
C. If, first class condition, this action, deed, etc, is a sin, and it
is, your decision puts you under the control of the old sin nature, even if
you were ignorant of the fact that this deed, etc, was a sin.
D. Now you are under the control of the old sin nature and you have
committed an act of sin and are dominated by the old sin nature.
- To reverse the action.
A. You realize you are out of fellowship.
B. You know the Doctrine of restoration back to fellowship, so the switch is
switched to positive.
C. You confess your sin and you are cleansed.
D. Now you are under the control of the Holy Spirit.
E. The Holy Spirit is God and cannot sin.
- You cannot sin while under the control of the Holy Spirit. You go negative
at the point of temptation and come under the control of the old sin nature,
at which point you sin.
- Front door to old sin nature control – volition and knowledge
Back door to old sin nature control – volition without knowledge
Ignorance of what sin is. Both involve willful sin. Why? You can’t sin
without the exercise of your volition, negative.
Test Your Knowledge of the Scriptures
“He that is slow to ____________ is better than the mighty,” Prov 16:32.
”For our Gospel came not n Word only, but in power and in the Holy Spirit and
in much ____________,” 1 Thes 1:5.
”In the world ye shall have tribulation but be of good _________, I have
overcome the world,” John 16:33.
”Wait on the Lord, be of good ___________ and He shall strengthen thy heart.
Wait, I say on the Lord,” Psa 27:14.
”For to me to live is Christ and to ________ is gain,” Phil 1:21.
Did you pass??
Thursday, May 10, 2001
- Taxation is a bona fide operation in a national entity. Rom 13:1-7,
A. Simply because keeping law and order costs money. Rom 13:4.
B. Because certain privileges enjoyed in a national entity cost money. Rom
13:5, “Subject,” like highways, park systems, etc.
C. Because bona fide welfare costs money – the poor in the land.
D. Because government leaders need support. Rom 13:6, full-time job.
- Taxation was enjoined by the Lord Jesus Christ. Matt 22:15-22.
A. “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto
God the things that are God’s.”
B. From the standpoint of the one being supported by taxes, it is a Grace
method. Why? They don’t earn or deserve it.
- The Old Testament tithing system was a method of taxation. Num
18:21-24, Deut 14:22-24, Deut 14:28-29.
- Taxation can be abused.
A. By graft, the split of the kingdom. 1 Kings 12:1-15, this causes
excessive taxation, excessive because luxurious living is promoted.
B. By non-bona fide welfare programs, supporting those who can work.
2 Thes 3:6, 10, 11, 12, Prov 24:30ff.
C. By guaranteed annual income programs. 2 Thes 3:6ff, condemns.
D. By socialized medicine. Cradle-to-the-grave programs, violate free
enterprise, take private practice and makes it a federal program with
resultant red tape that violates volition. You must participate or be
damned. This violates the discipline of God. Life is designed with trial,
heartache, difficulty. It makes you violate Divine Institution number four,
E. By federal laws bailing out bankrupt companies.
Whenever the federal government takes over and you get some payment, that
payment has strings attached. That takes some of your freedom away. As the
paperwork grows more and more, they need more staff to produce the slavery.
Before too long, the goose that laid the golden egg is dead.
- Abused taxation can ultimately bankrupt a nation. Lev 26:26.
- Abused taxation will cause slavery. Lev 26:25. Slaves don’t pay
The term “taxation” does not appear in the English Bible. The words for
“taxation” are translated “tithe” or “tribute” or occasionally
Truthfulness – What is Promised for Truthfulness?
“He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within My house, he that telleth
lies shall not tarry in My sight,” Psa 101:7.
”Lying lips are abomination to the Lord, but they that deal truly are His
delight,” Prov 12:22.
”A false witness shall not be unpunished and he that speaketh lies shall
perish,” Prov 19:9.
”Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his
deeds, and have put on the new man which is renewed in knowledge after the image
of Him that created him,” Col 3:9-10.
”The lips of Truth shall be established for ever, but a lying tongue is but
for a moment,” Prov 12:19.
”These are the things that ye shall do, Speak every man the truth to his
neighbor, execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates, and let none of
you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbor, and love no false oath,
for all these things are things that I hate, saith the Lord,” Zech 8:16-17.
”In your gates” is talking about government.
Lies and speaking lies are sins of the tongue, the worst. Notice what God
Soul Winning – A Word Not Heard Very Often Today
Many people feel inadequate as soul-winners. What promises does the Lord give
to those who win souls?
|”And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament
and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever,”
|”The fruit of righteousness is a tree of life, and he that winneth souls
is wise,” Prov 11:30.|
|”Let him know that he which converted the sinner from the error of his
ways shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins,”
|”To the weak I became weak that I might gain the weak. I am made all
things to all men that I might by all means save some,” 1 Cor 9:22.|
|”And he saith unto them, follow Me and I will make you fishers of
men,” Matt 4:19.|
|”He that is not with Me is against Me, and he that gathereth not with Me
scattereth abroad,” Matt 12:30.|
|”For they are white, already to harvest,” John 4:35-36.|
Test Your Knowledge of the Scriptures
“But He giveth more Grace wherefore He saith, God resisteth the proud but
giveth Grace unto the ____________ ,” James 4:6.
”They that sow in tears shall reap in ___________ ,” Psa 126:5.
”God is ________________ and he that dwelleth in _______________ , dwelleth in
God and God in him,” 1 John 4:16.
”I waited _______________ for the Lord and He inclined unto me and heard my
cry,” Psa 40:1.
”Whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister, and whosoever of
you will be chiefest, shall be ________________ of all,” Mark 10:43-44.
”For the wages of ___________ is death, but the gift of God is eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord,” Rom 6:23.
Case Histories of Believers Who Lived Through Difficulties
- Abraham. Gen 12-23.
- Joseph. Gen 37-50.
- Moses. Exodus 2-6.
- Jeremiah. Jer 26, 37.
- Daniel. Dan 1-6.
- John Mark. Acts 13-15.
- Paul. Acts 16, 21-28.
- Jesus Christ in the Gospel of John.
Difficulties will come, but they will also pass. The Lord wants to help
you in all circumstances, on all occasions, especially in difficult times.
”Call upon Me in a day of trouble and I will deliver thee.”
God has always promised strength to His children. What kind of strength has
|”In that day shall the Lord of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a
diadem of beauty, unto the residue of His people. And for a spirit of
judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to them that
turn the battle to the gate,” Isa 28:5-6.|
|”But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint,” Isa 40:31.|
|”Fear thou not, for I am with thee, be not dismayed, for I am thy God. I
will strengthen thee, yea, I will help thee, yea, I will uphold thee
with the right hand of My righteousness,” Isa 41:10.|
|”That ye may walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful
in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. Strengthened
with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience, and
longsuffering with joyfulness,” Col 1:10-11.|
|”And He said unto me, My Grace is sufficient for thee, for My
strength is made perfect in weakness, most gladly therefore will I
rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon
me,” 2 Cor 12:9.|
Angels in the Tribulation
An interesting study for serious Bible students – Not too frequently
taught in the pulpits of our country today
- ”Four beasts,” Rev 4, 6, and 15:7. They are living creatures,
angels, cherubim, half cherub, and half seraph, four angels that took
Satan’s place guarding the throne room of God. There are two Greek words
A. “ZOE” – Angelic kingdom, used here.
B. “THERIA” – Beast or wild animal, used for men that act like beasts,
the two dictators of Rev 13.
- “Twenty-four elders” – Angels of rank, elder denotes rank, not age.
Rev 4:4, Rev 5:8-12, Rev 7:2.
- Seven angels that administer the seven trumpet judgments, Rev 8:2.
- “Four angels standing on the four corners” – An idiom which refers
to the north, east, west, south. These are angels who are in charge of the
- Four fallen angels who are bound under the Euphrates River, Rev 9:14.
- The angelic herald of Rev 10.
- The elect angels are with Michael and the fallen angels are with Satan,
Rev 12:7, 9.
- The seven angels of judgment of Rev 14.
- The seven angels that administer the seven vial judgments, Rev 16.
- An angel is in charge of the water to preserve the water supply, Rev 16:5.
- An angel calls the fowls of the supper of the great God, a judgment
supper. Do not confuse this with the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
- It is an angel that binds Satan at the end of the Tribulation, probably
Michael, Rev 20:1-2.
Additional Angels in the Book of Revelation
A. Interpreting angel, Rev 1:1.
B. Rev 2, 3, “Angel of the Church” – The pastor-teacher.
C. 12 angels of the 12 gates of Jerusalem in eternity, Rev 21:12.
You will have to ask your pastor about the rest.
Abomination of Desolation! What is it??
- Understand prophecy, in its dual fulfillment.
A. First, the “abomination of desolation” was the statue of Zeus Olympus
in the days of Antiochus Epiphanes, Dan 8:13, approximately 164 B.C.
B. Second, “the abomination of desolation” will be the statue of the
dictator of the Revived Roman Empire in the Tribulation.
- Matt 24:15 uses the placing of the statue as a warning to the Jews to flee
Jerusalem, referring to it as “the abomination of desolation spoken of by
Daniel the prophet.”
- Daniel 9:27 gives the reason for the placing of the statue in the temple
– an alliance between the two dictators and protection for Palestine.
- Daniel 11:31 tells of the placing. ”Shall take away the daily sacrifice,
and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.”
- Dan 12:11 gives the time it will stand, – three and a half years. ”And
from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the
abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two
hundred and ninety days.”
- The statue is the link between the two dictators, both of whom are
demon possessed. Rev 13:2, 11, 12 – the dictator of the Revived Roman
Empire and the dictator of Palestine.
- The dictator of Palestine will have power to give life unto the image. Rev
13:15. The demon goes into the statue and the statue talks.
- There will be death for those who do not worship the image. Rev 13:15.
Friday, May 11, 2001
The Anti-Christ in the Tribulation
- In the Greek, the word “ANTI” can be translated two ways.
A. “Instead” – passing
himself off as the Messiah.
- This category is concerned with instead of Christ.
- In 1 John 2:8:
A. “Many anti-Christs” – those against Christ.
B. “Anti-Christ” – the dictator of Palestine.
- The term “anti-Christ” is used in connection with both beasts by some
- Actually, the second beast, the dictator of Palestine, is the Anti-Christ.
- He comes to the Jews and will deceive them into thinking he is the
Messiah. Dan 11:37, Rev 13:11, “Like a lamb.”
- The Anti-Christ comes from the tribe of Dan. Gen 49:16-18.
A. Verse 16. Dan is one of the worst of all tribes. Dan is going to rule his
people in the Tribulation.
1. He was the first tribe to go into idolatry, Judges
2. It was the last tribe to receive an inheritance in the
land, Josh 19:47-49.
3. It is mentioned last on every list that involves
merit, 1 Chr 27:22.
4. No evangelists, of the 144,000, come from the tribe of
Dan in the Tribulation, Rev 7.
5. It is omitted from the genealogies of 1 Chr 2-10.
6. He counterfeits the Lord Jesus Christ.
B. Verse 17. “Serpent” – dictator, Anti-Christ, the false prophet,
beast of Rev 13, controlled by Satan.
”Horse” refers to Israel in the Tribulation. Dan will seek to destroy
the believing remnant in the Tribulation.
”Rider” – Jewish remnant in the Tribulation.
C. Verse 18. The remnant of Israel offer this cry when Dan starts to oppress
them in the Tribulation. Dan depicts apostate Israel under the Anti-Christ
in the Tribulation.
- The dictator divides the land for gain counterfeiting the Abrahamic
Covenant. Dan 11:39.
Demon Activity in the Tribulation
Biblical background, Revelation 16:13-16
- Satan is behind the activity in the Tribulation. Also there is human
- The background of Armageddon is anti-Semitism. Rev 12:17. Satan’s
anger with Israel.
- There are three sources trying to get rid of the Jews.
B. The dictator of the Revived Roman Empire
C. The dictator of Palestine
- These two dictators are controlled by Satan and are indwelt by demons. Rev
13:2, 11, 12.
- Demons are sent “out of the mouth” by Satan – dictator of the
Revived Roman Empire, the dictator of Palestine, the false prophet, to
gather them to battle.
- The responsibility of these demons is to persuade the rulers to follow
- This gathering of the nations in the land is the basis for the destruction
of these armies at Armageddon.
- These demons enable these dictators to work miracles to impress people.
The less people think, the more they are impressed by what they do not
- Prophecy of Armageddon, Rev 17:4.
Divine Activity in the Armageddon Campaign
There is human activity in Armageddon.
There is demon activity in Armageddon.
- There will be four battles in this campaign, but the culmination of the
fighting will be done in the Valley of Esdraelon before the hills of
Megiddo. The boundaries form a natural valley of approximately 176 by 50
miles, Rev 14:20. Napoleon said, “All the armies of the world could
maneuver in battle here.”
- Three of the battles are:
A. The battle of Jehosphaphat.
B. The battle of Idumaea.
C. The battle of Esdraelon.
- Apparently the angels of judgment are responsible for killing off some of
these armies before the Lord Jesus Christ returns. Rev 14:14-20.
- The fourth battle is the siege of Jerusalem, which is terminated by the
Second Advent of Jesus Christ. Zech 12 and 14, Rev 19:11-21.
- The armies that come with the Lord Jesus Christ do not fight. Rev 19:14, “White
- The Lord Jesus Christ slays with His mouth these nations at Armageddon.
He alone will do the fighting. Rev 19:13, 21.
- The great slaughter is described in Rev 14:20, Ezek 39:12, Zech 14:3, Isa
- Many passages of Scripture hint that Jesus Christ will destroy by means of
“atomic fission or disintegration,” Isa 24:19, 20, 34:4, 9, Ezek
38:19-22, Matt 24:21, 29, Rev 18:8.
- The supper of the great God in Rev 19:17-18 is the feast of the fowls of
the air upon the dead bodies from Armageddon – the undertakers of the
Daniel’s 70 Weeks and the Tribulation
- God never reckons time with Israel when they are out their own land, or
out of Divine order – the fifth cycle of discipline.
- Dan 9:24-27 speaks of 70 weeks in God’s program for Israel.
A. One week equals seven years. “Weeks” as used in this passage is a
Hebrew word for “sevens.” 70 weeks are literally 70 sevens or 490 years.
B. Check out Num 14:34 and Ezek 4:6b.
- This period of 70 weeks is divided into three sections. Dan 9:25.
A. Seven weeks, 7 times 7 equals 49 years – troublesome times. This
is the period of time that Artaxerxes, 445 B.C. issued the decree to restore
and rebuild the city of Jerusalem in Nehemiah 2:1-8, until the walls were
B. 62 weeks, three score and two weeks, times 7 equals 434 years – the
time from rebuilding the walls to the Cross. 30 A.D.
C. 1 week times 7 v 27 equals 7 years, the Tribulation.
”A” and “B” make a total of 483 years but in Dan 9:24-27 they are
promised 490 years. The 483 years are cut off at the Cross. The last seven
years are picked up after the Church Age, Rapture.
The Tribulation is Daniel’s 70th age of Israel. These are lunar years of
Test Your Knowledge of the Scriptures
“But to him that __________ _________
but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for
”Verily, verily I say unto you. He that ______________ on Me hath eternal
”I do not frustrate the ________________ of God, for is righteousness cometh
by the law, then Christ died in vain.”
”Not by ______________ of righteousness which we have done, but according to
His mercy He saved us.”
A Happy Home!
Happiness in the home is God’s plan and everyone’s desire. What does the
|”But if any man provide not for his own and especially for those of his
own house, he hath denied the faith and is worse than an infidel,” 1 Tim
|”Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will
not depart from it,” Prov 22:6.|
|”For He appointed a law which He commanded our fathers that they should
make known to their children That they might set their hope in God and not
forget the works of God, but keep His commandments,” Psa 78:5, 7.|
|”For I told him I would judge his house for ever for the iniquity he
knoweth, because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not,
1 Sam 3:13.|
|”The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice, and he that
begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him,” Prov 23:24.|
|”Correct thy son and he shall give thee rest, Yea, he shall give delight
unto thy soul,” Prov 29:17.|
Human Activity at the Battle of Armageddon
- The Scripture primarily to be studied is Dan 11:36-45.
- The King of the North wants to get to Africa because of the “treasures
of gold and silver” ... “the precious things of Egypt,” Dan 11:43.
- The King of the North will choose two routes to Africa.
A. The fleet will take the water route to Africa.
B. The land route will go across the western end of Turkey into Syria, into
Israel. Dan 11:40.
- The King of the North will organize two attacks.
A. A strategical penetration toward the heart of Africa.
B. A strategical envelopment along the Mediterranean coast of Africa. He
will conquer everything from the Black Sea to Northern Africa.
- The King of the North chooses the time of the fifth vial, when darkness
covers the Revived Roman Empire, for his activities.
- In Dan 11:44 the Revived Roman Empire challenges the north fleet probably
at Hafia, to cut off their supply line.
A. “Tidings out of the north” – to the north of the King of the North
at this time.
B. “Tidings out of the east” – could be either the Arabs or the Kings
of the East. They are coming into Palestine, which would be to his east at
- “The Kings of the East” – have moved into Palestine, Edom. Rev
16:12. The Euphrates River is dried up to prepare the way. Vial #6.
- “The King of the South” – attacks Israel simultaneously with the
King of the North’s initial attack. Dan 11:40.
- “The King of the West” – will move into the Valley of Esdraelon,
which is called Armageddon, to stop the King of the North, who is coming up
from Africa. He does this as a part of the alliance made with the dictator
of Palestine. This is after the fifth vial judgment is over.
- This makes three major troop concentrations.
A. Valley of Jehoshaphat – near Jerusalem, Arabs from the south and the
King of the North from Africa.
B. Idumaea – the Kings of the East.
C. Esdraelon – Armageddon, King of the West.
Belief involves placing your trust in one who is thought to be trustworthy.
Here are some promises of “believe” to put your trust in.
|”And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt
be saved,” Acts 16:31.|
|“But as many as received Him, to them gave He the power to become the
sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name,” John1:12.|
|”For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting
life,” John 3:16.|
|”Be that believeth on Him is not condemned, but he that believeth
not is condemned already because he hath not believed in the Name of
the only begotten Son of God,” John 3:18.|
|”He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life, and he that believeth
not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him,” John
|”He that heareth My Words and believeth on Him that sent Me, has
everlasting life and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from
death to life,” John 5:24.|
Write your definition of belief. What did you believe when you believed?
Write down God’s promises that you would like to memorize.
Belief means trust and commitment. God invites you to put your trust in Him, in
His ability to forgive you of your sin and give you everlasting life. The
whole purpose of forgiveness is to enjoy God’s friendship.
The first words out of the mouth of Jesus Christ when He was born shows
that He knew the Word of God long before His Father taught Him the Word of God.
Here is what He said the day He was born:
|Heb 10:5, “Wherefore when He cometh into the world He saith,
“Sacrifice and offering Thou wouldest not, but a body Thou has prepared
This was a quote from the Old Testament which the Baby Christ spoke.
|Psa 40:6, “Sacrifice and offering Thou didst not desire, Mine ears hast
Thou opened; burnt offering and sin offering hast Thou not required.”|
He knew the Word before He was taught the Word, showing His fulfilling of
all the Old Testament prophecies and offerings and sacrifices – as the only
Saturday, May 12, 2001
Hanukkah – The True Light
Eight points where Hanukkah and Christmas are similar.
- Both originated in the same land by the same people
- Both are on the 25th day of the month
- Gifts exchanged
- Special songs sung
- Commemoration of great historic events
- Prominence of servant
- And commercialization
All this is known as the “Feast of Lights.”
The true “SHAMMASH,” the Servant of the Lord said, “I am the Light of the
world; He that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light
of life,” John 8:12.
Just as the “SHAMMASH” on the Hanukkah memorial lights all the other
branches, Christ is the true Light who gives light to all who come in contact
with Him, all who believe in Him.
”This is the condemnation, that Light is come into the world, and men loved
(AGAPE) darkness, rather than light, because their deeds were evil, for every
one who doeth evil hateth the Light, neither cometh to the Light, lest his deeds
be reproved, but he that doeth Truth cometh to the Light, that his deeds may be
manifest that they are wrought in God,” John 3:19-21.
Light and Darkness Are Mutually Exclusive
Light dispels darkness.
Light enables people to see.
Light brings life.
”The Lord is my Light, and my Salvation,” Psa 27:1.
”Arise, shine; for thy Light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon
thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the Earth, and gross darkness the
people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon
thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy Light, and kings to the brightness of
thy rising,” Isa 60:1-3.
”A light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of thy people Israel,” Luke
Christ is the effulgence of God’s glory. Heb 1:3, for any who are in darkness
to these spiritual Truths, this message is given.
”To open their eyes and to turn them from darkness to Light, and from the
power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and
inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in Me.” Christ,
Hanukkah celebration lasts eight days. On the first day, the “SHAMMASH,”
the prominent branch of the “Hanukkah Menorah,” the nine-branched
candlestick, is lighted.
The “SHAMMASH,” which means “servant,” is usually in the center and
the tallest of the branches of the candlestick. From it each of the other
branches is lighted on subsequent days, until all are lighted.
Tradition tells us that one of the priests in B.C. 164 found a cruse of oil.
With this the candlestick was replenished. It is also said that this small
quantity of oil was miraculously increased so that it lasted eight days. Hence,
the eight days of festivities.
The way in which the Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah today is very significant.
The customs of the joyous season points very definitely to One of whom all
the divinely inspired Jewish prophets of old wrote. The One revealed in the New
”To Him give all the prophets witness, that through His Name is given the
remission of sins,” Acts 10:43.
One of the interesting and exciting customs in Israel
during the historic celebration is the carrying of the “Hanukkah torch of
freedom” from Modin to Jerusalem.
The torches are lighted in Modin, the historic site near Lydda, where the
Macabees rebelled in ancient times. The flaming spears are carried by marathon
runners, both young men and women. They run from Modin in relays to Tel Aviv and
then on to
Jerusalem where torchlight processions are held.
”Holding forth the Word of life.”
The Importance of Bible Study
“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, but the Word of our God shall
stand for ever,” Isa 40:8.
”For verily I say unto you, till Heaven and Earth pass, one jot or one title
shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled,” Matt 5:18.
”Man doth not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of
the mouth of God,” Deut 8:3, Matt 4:4, Luke 4:4.
”Thy Words are found and I did eat them, and Thy Word to me was unto me the
joy and rejoicing of mine heart,” Jer 15:16.
”And these Words which I command thee this day shall be in thine heart,”
”Thy Word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against Thee,” Psa
”The Statues of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the Commandment of
the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes,” Psa 19:8.
”For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning,
that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope,” Rom
”Search the Scriptures for in them ye think ye have eternal life, and they are
they which testify of Me,” John 5:39.
”Sanctify them through Thy Truth, Thy Word is Truth,” John 17:17.
Mother’s Day – A Mother’s Prayer
Lord of life, Who once was cradled
On a human mother’s knee,
Fed and clothed, and taught and guided
Through the years of infancy.
Help and bless us, as we gather
With our cares and needs to Thee.
Waking in the early morning
To the round which each day brings,
Sitting late into the evening
Making garments, mending things.
Give us strength and cheerful patience
For these common happenings.
Lord, we thank Thee for our children
With their faces bright and fair,
With their laughter and their temper
Making gladness, bringing care.
Teach us how to keep them upright
True and gallant, everywhere.
Show us when to hold and curb them
When to set them finally free,
How to keep their love and reverence
Stainless through the years to be.
How to win their adoration
And their loyalty to Thee.
And since we have often faltered,
Missed the road and lost the way,
Known temptation, met with trouble
Hear us mothers as we pray.
Be Thyself their Guide and Master
Shape and fit them for their day.
Mother’s Day Prayer
Hush! my dear, lie still and slumber
Holy angels guard thy bed.
Heavenly blessings without number
Gently falling on thy head.
How much better thou art attended
Than the Son of God could be,
When from Heaven He descended
And became a Child like thee.
Soft and easy is thy cradle,
Course and hard thy Saviour lay,
When His birthplace was a stable
And His softest bed was hay.
May you live to know and fear Him
Trust and love Him all thy days,
Then go dwell for ever near Him
See His face and sing His praise.
Promises for Mother’s Day!
Prov 1:8, “My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the
law of thy mother.”
Prov 10:1, “But a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.”
Prov 15:20, “But a foolish man despiseth his mother.”
Prov 19:26, “He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother,
is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.”
Prov 20:20, “Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put
out in obscure darkness.”
Prov 23:22, “Despise not thy mother when she is old.”
Prov 28:24, “Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no
transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.”
Prov 29:15, “The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself
bringeth his mother to shame.”
Prov 30:11, “There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not
bless their mother.”
Prov 30:17, “The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his
mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall
Prov 31:27-30, “She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth
not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her
husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou
excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that
feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.”
Sunday, May 13, 2001
The Similarities Between the Grave of the Lord Jesus Christ and John the
Baptist ... and the Difference!
Matt 14:12, “And His disciples came and took up the body
and buried it and went and told Jesus.”
Matt 28:8, “And they departed quickly from the sepulcher with fear and great
joy and did run to bring His disciples word.”
There is a remarkable parallel and a still more remarkable contrast
between these two groups of disciples at the graves of their respective masters.
John the baptist’s followers venture into the very jaws of the lion to rescue
the headless corpse of their martyred teacher from a prison grave. They
bear it away and lay it reverently in its unknown sepulcher.
When they have done these last offices of love, they feel that all is over. They
have no longer a center, and they disintegrate. There is nothing to hold
them together anymore. As a school or as a distinct community they cease to be.
That sorrowful little group that turned from John’s grave parted then to meet
no more and to bear away only a common sorrow that time would comfort and a
common memory that time would dim.
The other group laid their martyred Master in His grave with as tender hands and
as little hope as did John’s disciples. The bond that held them together was
gone too, and the disintegrating process began at once, and they break up into
little groups and soon they, too, will be scattered.
The women come to the grave to perform the women’s office of anointing and
they are left to go alone, but all at once a new element comes in and all is
The earliest visitors to the sepulcher leave it not with the lingering sorrows
of those who have no more that they can do. But with quick buoyant steps of
people charged with great and glad tidings. They come to it wrapped in grief
and they leave it with great joy. They come to it feeling that all was over
and that their union with the rest who had loved Him was little than a
remembrance. And they go away feeling that are all bound together more closely
The grave of John was the end of a school. The grave of Jesus Christ was the
beginning of a Church. Why? The only answer is the message that the women
brought back from the empty sepulcher on that Easter day. ”The Lord is
risen!” What a difference!
Is the Spiritual Life Necessary?
The spiritual life is necessary to have the consciousness of our fellowship
with the Lord. If you are going to be conscious of fellowship with the Lord, you
are going to have to live the spiritual life. 1 John 1:3-10.
One of the hardest things in the world to do is to get “Christians” to admit
they have sinned. Sin separates us from consciousness of fellowship with the
When we sin we are told to “judge ourselves,” to “confess our sins.”
After we have judged ourselves as having sinned and confessed that sin to God,
God forgives us of that sin and cleanses us from all unrighteousness. He not
only forgives us, which means to forget, but He also cleanses us from all
Then we are living in harmony with God.
Roman 8:28 – And the Spiritual Life
It is only when we are living in harmony with our Lord that we can really
understand and appreciate Romans chapter eight.
If we are living in harmony with the Lord, if we have dealt with our sins, if we
have judged and confessed our sins to Him, then we can say, ”I know that all
things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are called
according to His purpose,” Rom 8:28.
If we love the Lord, we are going to obey Him. He tells us when we sin we
are to confess it to Him. Confessing is telling Him that we have judged
ourselves and we know we have done something wrong, When we do that, God
forgives us our sins and cleanses us from all unrighteousness. Then we are back
in harmony with Him.
The spiritual life is necessary to have consciousness of fellowship with the
The Spiritual Life is Necessary
The spiritual life is necessary if we are going to have the abundant, rich,
In John ten, our Lord said, “I am the good Shepherd. The good Shepherd giveth
His life for the sheep.” In the previous verse, ”I am come that they might
have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
It is through a sense of fellowship with the Lord that we can really enjoy
the Christian way of life.
Psa 16:8 the Psalmist said, “I have set the Lord always before me, because He
is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.”
The psalmist keeps the Lord always before him. He was always looking to the
Lord. Because the Lord was at his right hand, he said, “I shall not be
Because the psalmist kept his mind on the Lord, he knew he would not be moved
by circumstances and conditions.
A Mountain Top Experience
There are many Christians today who are on the mountaintops as long as
everything is going well. They rejoice in the Lord, and they are happy, and they
sing praises of the Lord. They talk about how wonderful it is to be alive and
how happy they are that they are Christians.
The next day they get up. They are the same Christian, in the same home, in the
same city, going to the same job. And you never hear them praising anything now.
All they say is, “Oh I wish I were dead. I wish the Lord would take me
Something has gone wrong. Something doesn’t suit them. Someone has failed
them. They are slaves to their problems. They are slaves to their circumstances,
and conditions. They don’t enjoy life.
Why? Because they are not conscious of the Lord. They have taken their eyes
off the Lord, and put them on their troubles.
There is only one way to enjoy life and that is to be conscious of fellowship
with the Lord.
The psalmist said, “I have set the Lord always before me. Because He is at my
right hand, I shall not be moved,” Psa 16:8.
He knew he wasn’t going to be moved by circumstances, conditions, opinions,
disappointments. He wasn’t going to be moved because his mind, his eyes, were
upon the Lord. He always set the Lord before him.
”Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.”
Monday, May 14, 2001
Christianity is a Relationship and not a Religion
Some times Christ calls us brethren
In the following passage He shows just how intimate our relationship is, in
that the way we are treated in this world, He is treated by us being in union
”For I was as hungered and ye gave Me meat.”
”I was thirsty and ye gave Me drink”
”I was a stranger and ye took Me in.”
”Naked and ye clothed Me,”
”I was sick and ye visited Me.”
”I was in prison and ye came unto Me.”
”Then shall the righteous answer Him saying,”
”Lord, when saw we Thee hungered and fed Thee?”
”Or thirsty and gave Thee drink?”
”When saw we Thee a stranger and took Thee in?”
”Or naked and clothed Thee?”
”Or when saw we Thee sick, or in prison, and came unto Thee?”
”And the king shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch
as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it
Now that it is a personal intimate relationship! He is affected when we are
How Christ Spent Mother’s Day
“Who is My Mother?”
|”Then one said unto Him, Behold Thy Mother and Thy brethren stand
without, desiring to speak with Thee.”|
|”But He answered and said unto him that told Him, ‘Who is My Mother?
and who are My brethren’?”|
|”And He stretched forth His hand toward His disciples, and said,
‘Behold My Mother and My brethren’.”|
|”For whosoever shall do the will of My Father, which is in Heaven, the
same is My brother, and sister, and mother,” Matt 12:47-50.|
Christianity is a personal relationship and not a religion.
The Result of Trusting in the Lord
“He shall not be afraid of evil tidings, his heart is fixed, trusting in
the Lord,” Psa 41:7.
His heart (mind) doesn’t jump from one to another. Too many people’s minds
are fixed on the Lord until trouble comes and then their minds become
immediately fixed on their trouble. Then they can’t have a great deal of help.
The trouble is that our minds are not fixed on Him.
David said in Psa 62:5, “My soul, wait thou upon God, for my expectation is
from Him.” There is the answer. It is trusting in the Lord.
He doesn’t expect anything from man. He only expects things from the Lord.
He was trusting Him. His mind was fixed upon Him.
God tells us if we fix our minds upon Him we are not going to be troubled at
evil tidings, because with our minds fixed on Him. We trust Him because we know
He is capable of helping us. We can’t help but trust Him.
We find that we will be delivered from fear if we are fixing our minds on Him,
because then we trust Him.
”I will keep him in peace, peace, because he trusteth in Me.”
“He Shall Not be Afraid of Evil Tidings Because His Mind is Fixed Trusting
in the Lord”
If your mind is fixed on Him, you don’t have to worry about anything. There
is nothing to worry about because “If God be for us, who can be against
The trouble is that our mind comes off the Lord and goes on our trouble. Then
our trouble becomes bigger in our minds than God because if our minds are upon
difficulties, our minds are off the Lord.
”As a man thinketh in his mind, so is he.”
”Guard your mind with all diligence, for out of it come the issues of life.”
Then our Lord becomes smaller and smaller and smaller.
One of the reasons for that is that we expect too much from ourselves. And
the more we expect from ourselves, the less we expect from God.
How we need to learn this and really know ourselves.
Are You Happy?
“Praise ye the Lord.” “Blessed (happy) is the man that feareth the
Lord, that delighteth greatly in His commandments.”
A good man is a God-fearing man, who delights greatly in God’s commandments.
He is a God-conscious man.
This man’s whole life is lived under the fact that he believes in God. He is
conscious of God when he gets up in the morning, and he continues this all the
way through the day. He delights in obeying God. He wants to obey God because he
is conscious of God, he fears God.
A lot of us get up in the morning and forget all about God. In fact, we are not
conscious of God unless something happens to cause us to remember Him.
Things are going good and we have a normal expectancy for the day. There may be
some pleasant things in store for us. Although we have decisions to make, we
feel that we have control of the situation.
Then we eat our breakfast and then we go down to work and start working. Our
mind is upon decisions, our mind is upon working, and we haven’t thought a
thing about the Lord.
But a man that fears the Lord, he delights greatly in God’s commandments. So,
we see a good man, a man whom God calls good, is a man that is not afraid of
evil things because he is God fearing, and God conscious, and he is a man whose
entire life is lived under the fact that he believes in God.
”You believe in God. Believe also in Me.”
“He That is Greedy of Gain Troubleth His Own House, But He That Hateth
Gifts Shall Live,” Proverbs 15:27
How many broken homes there are today purely and simply because the man of
the house is more concerned about money. More concerned about acquiring wealth
in this Earth, than he is in living the life of a good husband and a good
There are lots of successful businessmen that are utter failures as far as being
a husband or a father is concerned.
How true that is today. Father’s Day is coming up.
“Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble
therewith. Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and
hatred therewith,” Prov 15:16, 17.
I wonder how many of us know people, perhaps this is true of your own home, that
have everything that this world can offer. They have plenty of money, but their
home is torn to pieces.
I know you would much prefer lots less of this world’s goods and have a home
where there is love at the table.
While you may not have great sirloin steaks, or t-bone steaks, or crepe
suzettes, or any wonderful meals, you would much prefer to do without those
things, if there is more love at your table and in your home.
”Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble
It is a lot better to be poor and have fear of the Lord than to have wealth
and nothing but trouble. It is better to have a dinner of herbs where there is
love, than a great banquet without love.
Treasure and trouble ... or love at the table.
Tuesday, May 15, 2001
The Richest Man That Ever Lived – “Therefore I Hated Life”
Is your life worth living?
A lot of people are distressed for the wrong reason, because they forget
that material possessions of this world do not guarantee a happy life.
In the book of Ecclesiastes we find that Solomon was a great man. He was a very
wealthy man. He was a very wise man. Solomon was also the richest man in the
In Ecc 2:9 we find this. “So I was great and increased more than all that were
before me in Jerusalem. Also my wisdom remained with me, and whatsoever my
eyes desired I kept not from them. I withheld not my heart from any joy, for
my heart rejoiced in all my labour and this was my portion of all my labour.”
Here is a man who obtained everything he wanted. He was greater than anyone. He
had more wealth than anyone. He didn’t deny himself anything he saw that he
wanted. He had everything that he could possibly dream of.
But we find in verse 11, “Then I looked on all my works that my hands had
wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do. And behold all was vanity
and vexation of spirit. And there was no profit under the sun.”
He piled up human good, dead works.
And in verse 17 he said, “Therefore I hated life.”
Here was a man who was very wealthy and very powerful. There was no joy that he
had not experienced. He didn’t withhold anything from himself. Anything he
wanted he took. He could take it and he did. Yet he said, “I hated life
because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me. For all is
vanity and vexation of spirit.”
I imagine there are many today who find themselves in the same boat with
Solomon. They have anything they want in life, and yet they hate life, which is
the pursuit of happiness apart from the Lord – a frantic search for happiness.
Is Your Life Worth Living?
If life is going to be worth living at all, it must not be influenced by the
sins of yesterday, when we realize we are right with God, that God counts us
Then we find in Isa. 32:17, “And the work of righteousness shall be peace.
And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance for ever.”
When we realize that in the face of our sins God has declared us righteous; the
work of that righteousness should be peace, assurance, and quietness in our
But the trouble is we permit our mistakes of yesterday to influence our lives
today. Yet that is the very thing that God tells us not to do.
Heb 10:15-17, God said, “Wherefore the Holy Spirit also is a Witness to us,
for after that He had said before,” notice it, “This is the covenant I will
make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put My laws into their
minds and in their mind will I write them, and their sins and iniquities will I
remember no more.”
That means that God has forgotten our sins. After you have accepted
Christ as your Saviour, He has forgotten all of your mistakes and all of your
weaknesses, and all of your sins of yesterday, He has forgotten them. It is just
as though you have never sinned.
”Forgetting those things which are behind,” Phil 3:13.
The Greatest Accomplishment in Life!
The Lord said that man’s life does not consist of the abundance of the
things which he possesses. Solomon proved that. The trouble is, we put too
much emphasis and too much importance on possessions and not enough on
relationship and accomplishment.
Someone said to me, “That is one of the reasons why I am so distressed. I feel
that I have not accomplished anything in my life.”
”I see other men I went to school with and some I graduated from the same
class at college with me. Look at them. They are all millionaires. Look at me. I
am still working on the same salary. I have not accomplished anything.”
What do you mean “You have not accomplished anything?” “You are a
Christian, are you not?” And for life to be worth living you have to have a
sense of accomplishment. Don’t you realize that every born again child of
God has achieved the greatest accomplishment that man could possibly attain in
this world? You have accomplished that which mankind has been searching and
seeking and striving for ever since the dawn of history.”
What is the motive behind every Christian thought? Every Christian act? And
Christianity? What is the motivating thought behind them? What is the impetus of
them? What is the source of them? Why do we have Christianity?
Because man is trying to get back to a right relationship with God. That
began when God created man in His own image. Then, because of his sin, God drove
man from Him. From that day on man has been trying to get back to a right
relationship with God.
The greatest accomplishment that man could possibly achieve is to get back in
right relationship with God. We find that you and I as children of God have
Rom 3:23, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
”Being justified freely by His Grace through the redemption that is in Christ
”Whom God hath set forth to be a Propitiation through faith in His blood.”
”But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the
ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”
We are now in a right relationship with God and that is the greatest of
Wednesday, May 16, 2001
The Greatest Achievement Afforded Us in This World
God did the most for us when we were enemies and aliens of His. At the point
of salvation we accomplished the greatest of all achievements, our so great
Now that we are His children, He can only do much more for us than He did
when we were His enemies. That is the “much more of our great
Not only do we find that we are in a right relationship with God, but we find in
Gal 4:4, ”But when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth His Son, made
of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we
might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth
the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, Abba Father, wherefore thou art
no more a servant, but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through
Christ.” We are now sons of God, heirs of God, joint heirs with Jesus
You talk about accomplishment, this is the greatest accomplishment that
man could possibly achieve, to be back in a right relationship with God.
People don’t put much importance upon this. But it is the most important
thing in the world. How do you stand with God?
Years ago on TV, a leading physicist in the world was brought to our country and
was asked, “What do you think is the most important thing in the world for man
to strive for today?” ”Well, we know there is a God, and because there is a
God, don’t you think that He is the most important thing?” Newspapermen
looked at each other and couldn’t say a thing because, after all, God is
the most important thing.
“Wars and Rumours of War Till I Come”
Rev 20:2 says that Satan causes war on Earth with all of its horrors, for
when he is bound, war ceases, and when he is loosed, war is resumed.
Matt 24:6, “Ye shall have wars and rumours of wars.”
Mark 13:7, “Wars and rumours of wars.”
Luke 21:9, “Wars and commotions.”
Luke 22:36, “He that hath no sword let him sell ...”
Rom 13:4, “For he beareth not the sword in vain.”
1 Cor 14:8, “Who shall prepare himself to the battle.”
Matt 12:29, “Entereth a strong man’s house, bind the strong man.”
Luke 11:21, “A strong man keepeth his palace.”
Rev 20:7-8, “And when the 1000 years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of
his prison. And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four
quarters of the Earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, the
number of whom is as the sand of the sea.”
The word “battle” is literally the word “war,” the Greek word “POLEMON.”
Christ knew what he was talking about when He said “there would be wars and
rumors of war till I come.”
Despite the war on war, and the League of Nations, and the United Nations, we
still have war, even more than before. They can’t stop war from happening.
There will be a war, even after the Millennium – a perfect environment – is
brought in. Why?
”From whence cometh wars and fightings among you?”
”Come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?”
”Ye lust and have not.” “Ye kill, and desire to have and cannot obtain.”
”Ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.”
As long as there are people with old sin natures, there will be war.
God, “EL,” “ELOHIM,” means the Almighty One, the Creator of the
Heavens and the Earth.
Science has proved conclusively that this great cosmos of ours, this great
universe of ours, is a finite universe. They have found that scientifically.
Of course, the Bible has been teaching it for a thousand years, but they have
just discovered it in the past few years. That means as one great scientist
said, “Because the universe is a finite universe, we know for certain now that
there must be a great infinite God.”
Don’t you think then that the most important thing for you and for me is to
get to a right relationship with God? When we look down through the ages, we
see man striving, fighting wars over it, spending billions and billions of
dollars, man agonizing, man doing everything under the sun hoping to get back in
right relationship with God.
But only we who are putting our trust in the Lord are in right relationship
The Creator, Saviour, Jesus Christ said, “I am the way, and the Truth, and the
Life, and no man cometh to the Father except by Me,” John 14:6.
God counts faith for righteousness today.
The Principle of Imputed Righteousness!
“He made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin, that we might be made the
righteousness of God in Him,” 2 Cor 5:21.
When you trust the Lord, you are recognizing within yourself your complete
dependence upon God. And when you do that, God counts that for righteousness.
That means rightness with Him.
Therefore, He declares you righteous. He gives you His righteousness. Therefore,
you are in a right relationship with God, which is the greatest accomplishment
that man can achieve or ever has achieved since the dawn of man’s history.
People talk about the atomic bomb. They talk about nuclear physicists who have
accomplished great things. What is that? When they die, they close their eyes
here, and they leave it all behind.
The greatest thing in the world is for man to get back to a right
relationship with God so that when he passes on out of this old world, he goes
straight home to be with the Lord.
That is number one. Being children of God. Gal 3:26, Heirs of God and
joint heirs with Jesus Christ, and God watches over us and supplies our needs.
Yes, there must be first a sense of accomplishment. And we who are children
of God have accomplished the greatest achievement that man could possibly
attain, and that is getting back in right relationship with God.
“Forgetting Those Things Which Are Behind,” Philippians 3:13
“Remember Lot’s wife.” She never did reach safety. She never did reach
the place that God intended her, because she looked back at the place where
Lot’s mistakes and her’s were made. She looked back.
That is the trouble today with so many of God’s children. They are not
enjoying the Christian way of life as they should be. They are not getting
anything out of prayer. They are not getting anything out of their
relationship with God because they keep looking back at the place of their
When the children of Israel were delivered across the Red Sea, they whined and
cried every time that trouble came in on the horizon. And they said, “Why
didn’t you let us stay in Egypt?” Leaks and garlic. They kept looking back.
Out of six hundred thousand footmen, only two went into the Promised Land. The
ones who looked back never reached the Promised Land.
Let’s stop looking back and looking on. Looking unto Jesus. Let us look
forward and let us look up. Forget your mistakes. And thank God He has made it
possible for me to forget my mistakes of yesterday so that I can press on.
There can be no joy in the soul of anyone, no one, so long as he looks back. Let
us look forward. Do not let your life today be influenced by your sins of
“Where There is No Vision, the People Perish”
In order to have a life worth living, there must be a sense of purpose in
life. In Prov 29:18 we read, “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 with so many people
today, they don’t have a vision.
God has a purpose for each and everyone of you.
Eph 2:8-10. “For by Grace are ye saved through faith and that not of
yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast. For
we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God
before ordained that we should walk in them.”
The phrase “unto good works” is literally, for the purpose of good works. God
has a definite purpose for everyone that was saved. What is it? You tell me
what your work is and I can tell you.
”Well I don’t have any work. I am just a housewife.” You don’t have any
work? You are just a housewife?
That is one of the greatest works we have in this world. You can glorify
your heavenly Father by raising your children, by guiding them properly, with
the help of your husband.
Husbands you also fulfill God’s purpose for life which we find in Isa 43:27
that man was created for His glory. You can glorify God in your work by being
just in your dealings toward man and being faithful and loyal to your employer,
Children, you glorify God by fulfilling God’s purpose for you in honoring
your mothers and your fathers.
Man’s primary purpose for life is to glorify God. So life can really be
worthwhile living if you trust the Lord completely, not only for eternity, but
for your present life.
Sins in the Book of Jude!
We are told to keep ourselves from things which will defile the name of our
Lord, that would hurt our witness, that would cause people to question our
salvation, and hurt our standing before God.
There are several sins He warns us to be watchful of:
|First, the sin of unbelief as exampled by the children of Israel.|
|Second, the rebellion of the angels against God.|
|Third, in Sodom and Gomorrah immorality and lasciviousness.|
|Fourth, the arrogance of those who spoke against dignitaries and knew not
what they were speaking about.|
|Fifth, Cain’s envy and hatred.|
|Sixth, greed and covetousness in Balaam|
|Seventh, rebellion against the leadership of God in Korah.|
We are told to keep ourselves from those. And then comes the great question,
“How can we??”
It is very easy to have lack of faith. It is very easy to be a little bit
arrogant now and then and a little self-righteous. It is easy to be envious and
covetousness. Sometimes it is easy to rebel against God’s leadership. God puts
a man in a Church and we don’t like the way he combs his hair, or we don’t
like some sermon or message he has given, so we rebel against him. Forgetting
that God put him there because God places the pastors in the Churches. How
can we be certain we are not going to do these things?
In the 19th and 20th verses he gives us the instructions. “They be they who
separate themselves, sensual, having not the spirit.” ”But ye beloved,
building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.”
How can we strengthen ourselves in the faith? The most important thing is, “Learn
of Me and you will find rest for your soul.”
A Promise of the Lord in 1 Peter 3:12
“For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous.” That means those who
are putting their trust in the Lord.
”And His ears are open to their prayers, but the face of the Lord is against
that do evil.”
Notice that “The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous.” You and I
have been declared righteous. What do we find in Rom 4:5, “But to him that
worketh not, but believeth in Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is
counted for righteousness.”
God counts faith for righteousness ... not works.
If you are trusting the Lord, you have been declared righteous. God has given
unto you His righteousness and you are ever in His eyes. His eyes are ever upon
you. If His eyes are on you, He is thinking of you. Not only does He see you,
but he thinks of you.
”And His ears are open to your prayers.” God will hear your prayers. This
is a statement that I believe just as much as I believe John 3:16, if you have
put your trust in the Lord. If you are depending upon Him for your salvation,
then you are safe in His hands. His eyes are upon you. He says that Himself.
He is thinking about you. He is listening to you. It is sometimes hard to get
this gracious Truth into your mind, but it is wonderful when we understand it.
Thursday, May 17, 2001
While the national and international conditions may becoming adverse to what
we feel that they should be, yet remember that the Lord is not dealing with the
As far as the nation is concerned, He is “calling out” people out of the
nations. That is where the word “Church” comes from, the word “EKKLESIA”
meaning “a called-out body.”
The Holy Spirit is pleading with people to come to the Lord. They are forming
the one body, “the body of Christ,” the true Church. We are then sealed in
Christ. God has us in His hands. And when we are bowed down in great sorrow,
God will not let us go.
We find in Isa 41:10, “Fear thou not, for I am with thee, be not dismayed, for
I am thy God. I will strengthen thee, yea, I will help thee, yea, I will uphold
thee with the right hand of My righteousness ... For I, the Lord thy God, will
hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, fear thee not, I will help thee.”
We are safe in His hands. Because He is dealing with individuals now, His mighty
power is not being utilized to direct nations. We are in the “times of the
Gentiles,” or man’s day.
People say “If the Lord is what you say He is, why does He permit these
wars?” Man is incapable of governing himself. But he doesn’t think so.
Man is incapable of maintaining a peaceful prosperity because there is hatred
and jealousy in them.
If God would enter in and direct the affairs of man, then man would feel that he
is directing things himself. Therefore, man would not recognize any need for
Any thinking man that would look back at history would certainly understand his
need for God. But we who have turned to God do not have to worry, because we are
safe in His hands. There is no power in Heaven or Earth that can take us out
of that great power which is directed towards holding us. John 10:28-29.
“Fear Not” – Exodus 14:13
To you who have problems to face, to you who are going through trying times,
the Lord’s message is, “Fear not.” He tells you to stop worrying. Be still
in your soul.
Did you ever stop to realize that every time the Lord is mentioned to those who
put their trust in Him, the first exhortation is “Fear not”? The message of
our Lord’s birth was heralded with “Fear not, for I bring you good tidings
of great joy.”
There should be no room for fear in the mind of a child of God. And there
will be no fear in the mind of the child of God if he will keep his mind on the
Lord. It is only when one looks at trouble that fear comes into one’s mind.
When one looks at the Lord, fear leaves. There is “no fear in love.” When
we are conscious of God’s love, there is no fear in our minds.
Don’t exert yourself. Be calm. Stand still and turn your troubles over to
the Lord. Then you will see that the Lord will work for you. ”Fear ye not,
stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord.”
The “salvation of the Lord” embodies more than the salvation of one’s soul
from hell. That in itself is wonderful. But “the salvation of the Lord”
embodies much more than that.
It includes “God’s watch care” over you. He knows what you are going to
go through. He knows your needs better than you know them. When the time comes,
you will see that “His salvation” for which you have placed yourself in His
hands, embodies salvation from other things.
So, if you have a very difficult situation confronting you, turn it over to the
Lord and let Him go to work for you. His salvation not only embodies
preservation of the soul from hell, but also preservation of the soul from
trouble and distress.
Assurance, Security, Confidence, Courage
|To you who question your salvation,|
|To you who feel it is possible for you to lose what the Lord has done for
|To you who believe that God thinks more of sin than He does of the Cross
|To you who feel that there is more power in man’s sin than there is in
the blood of Christ shed on Calvary’s Cross,|
Let us see what the Lord has to say.
John 6:37, “All that the Father hath given me shall come unto Me and him that
cometh unto Me I will in no wise cast out.”
Now that is a blessed Scripture for preachers and for Sunday School Teachers.
You may feel that you are inadequate. You may feel that you fail the Lord
because someone hasn’t accepted Christ through your message or lesson.
All that the Father gives to the Lord goes to Him. And you can’t prevent it.
I have more faith in the power of God than I have in my weakness or yours.
God is able to reach through an indifferent pastor and a cold formal service,
and touch the soul of some lost soul and save him.
”For I have come down from Heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him
that sent Me, that of all which He hath given Me, I should lose nothing, but
should raise it up again in the last days,” verse 44.
”I shall give unto them 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
hands,” John 10:28-29.
This should help you to have assurance of your salvation.
We Are Invited To:
”Taste and see that the Lord is Gracious.”
It is based on this principle: “Christ tasted death for every man.”
The taste of death provides a taste of Grace.
Friday, May 18, 2001
When Solomon Died!
1 Kings 11:42, “And the time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all
Israel was 40 years. And Solomon slept with his father.”
Have you ever stopped to realize that Solomon, the greatest, mightiest,
wealthiest, and wisest of all kings of Israel was the most disastrous failure in
Israel’s history? Why? What happened at Solomon’s death?
Immediately there was a rebellion against the house of David because of Rehoboam.
Rehoboam, Solomon’s son, didn’t do what the elders of Israel advised him to
do, so we find in 1 Kings 12:19, “So Israel rebelled against the house of
Israel unto this day.”
Immediately after Solomon died, there was a division in the house of Israel. The
ten tribes of Israel turned and rebelled against Rehoboam, the son of Solomon,
which was of the house of David. They made Jeroboam, one of Solomon’s enemies,
”Then Jeroboam built Sheckem in Mount Ephraim, and dwelt therein; and went out
from thence, and built Penuel. And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the
kingdom return to the house of David: If this people go up to do sacrifice in
the house of the Lord of Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn
again unto their Lord, even unto Rehoboam, king of Judah.”
He was afraid that if the people were permitted to worship at Jerusalem, the ten
tribes that had rebelled against the house of David would turn back and follow
Rehoboam, the rightful king, and slay Jeroboam the usurper.
So what did Jeroboam do?
”Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto
them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: Behold thy gods, O Israel,
which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.”
Jeroboam set one in Bethel and the other in Dan and the people began to
worship idols. They even made priests of the lowest of the people which were not
sons of Levi.
So we see that after the death of Solomon, Israel rebelled against the house
of David. Judah was the only tribe that stayed with Rehoboam. The others
wanted a king, so they made Jeroboam king.
Was Solomon a failure or wasn’t he? All of Solomon’s life he was so
magnificent in his array and he built a tremendous standing army. He raised
Israel up to a wonderful nation, but through the magnificence of Solomon, Israel
lost the vision of God. All they could see was their own greatness. And not
the Grace of God.
“Whom Having Not Seen, Ye Love,” 1 Peter 1:8-9
“Whom having not seen, ye love; in Whom, though now ye see Him not, yet
believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end
of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.”
Notice the first phrase again. “Whom having not seen, ye love.” In other
words, while we have not seen Him face to face, yet we love Him because we
know that He first loved us. We find that in 1 John 4. We love Him
because He first loved us and He proved His love to us by what He did. He gave
His life on Calvary’s Cross, bearing our sins, that through His death, we
might have eternal life.
We can’t help but loving the Lord, realizing what He gave up for us. The
price that He paid – His own life. He came down here to people who didn’t
want Him, but that needed Him.
A lot of people unfortunately don’t want the very thing that they need the
most. All mankind needs our Lord. A lot of people don’t want Him. But that
doesn’t mean they don’t need Him.
When we realize what He did, we can’t help but love
”In Whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy
unspeakable and full of glory.” There is one of the greatest Truths of all.
Notice associated with the word “believing” we find the word “joy.” There
can be no joy in a Christian’s life unless there is faith in the Lord. We
cannot enjoy the Christian life unless we have faith. We cannot help but
worrying unless we have faith. If we would just have faith in our Lord and
His love for us, then we wouldn’t have any fear at all.
1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear:
because fear hath torments. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”
God’s perfect love for us should cast out fear, but it won’t unless we
believe. Stop a moment and meditate on this. Peter said, “We are in
heaviness of heart, because of many trials, and testings.” Yet he says,
“They are only for a season.” And we need them or they wouldn’t
happen to us.
The Lord loves us. He loves you and me, and He is almighty. We are safe in
His hands, so that anything that comes into your life is permitted by Him. And
because He loves us, anything He permits is for our good or He wouldn’t have
But regardless what comes into our lives, we can have joy if we will just trust
“Not With Wisdom of Words”
Business, government, warfare, athletics, labor. Paul, the scholar, draws
from them all as he seeks to make clear the message of God.
In business it may be a “title deed,” “the credit and debit side of the
ledger,” “the forfeiture of what was thought to be a gain,” “the earnest
money paid in the transference of property,” the receipt “paid in full,”
“a last will or testament or broken contract.”
In warfare, it is the soldier, his weapons, his armor, his shield, his wages.
In government, the common wealth, its citizens, their responsibilities and
privileges, appear in the apostle’s writings.
In the world of labor, the slave and the skilled artisan, the finished product.
The possibility that a piece of work my be returned by the employer, rejected
because of failure to meet specifications, all become illustrations which Paul
In athletics, the race course down which the runners speed, the crown of oak
leaves that graces the brow of the winner, the desperate agonizing efforts of
two wrestlers, the concerted team work of one group of athletes against another
group, the Greek stadium with the watchers intent upon the outcome, the
judge’s stand, all become for Paul illustrations familiar to the public of the
Roman world, and because familiar, an ideal medium by which to preach the
Paul, the scholar, the man of books, trained in the Greek schools, yet spoke
and wrote the language of the average man when he preached the Word of God.
Paul’s Use of a Business Term
Heb 11:1, “Faith is the substance.”
He uses a business term when he speaks of faith as the “title deed” of
things hoped for.
The word “substance” being translated from a Greek word used in legal
practice for a title deed.
When he warns the Hebrews against the act of renouncing their professed faith in
the Messiah and going back to Old Testament sacrifices after have been led along
by God the Holy Spirit in His pre-salvation work.
He says that renunciation would be like the act of a man breaking a contract
which they had made. Heb 6:6, for they would be breaking the contract which
they had made with the Holy Spirit in allowing Him to lead them on towards
Christ. The words, “fall away” being the ones referred to here.
The Believer as the “Servant” of the Lord
When Paul desired a word that he would give to the ordinary reader of the
first century, what the Christian system of teaching included with respect to
the individual believer’s relation to his Lord as a “servant,” he searched
the whole vocabulary of the laboring man for the proper term. He had a choice of
six words, all speaking of one who serves.
- One referred to a person captured in war, or kidnapped and sold as a
- One spoke of a household servant. Rom 14:4, 1 Pet 2:18.
- Another was used as a designation of a servant in official capacity with
emphasis upon his activity in the service. John 2:5, 12:26, Rom 13:4.
- Another referred to servants who were court officers. Matt 26:58.
- Yet another word, Heb 3:5, spoke of a servant who was an attendant upon
someone, the emphasis being upon the fact that his services are voluntary,
whether as a freeman or as a slave.
But Paul chose none of these.
The word that the Holy Spirit led him to use in found in Philemon 16. Onesimus
was the slave of Philemon. He was one bound to him, one born into slavery, one
bound to his master in a permanent relationship which only death could break, one
whose will is swallowed up in the will of his master, one who is devoted to his
master even to the disregard of his own interests.
Saturday, May 19, 2001
Paul borrows from the language of the soldier and of
war. The ”instruments” we are to put at the service of the Lord in Rom 6:13
are referred to by the Greek word as weapons.
The word was used of implements of war, either offensive or defensive –
harness, armor, the heavy shield used by the Greek foot soldier. Its use here
gives one the idea of two armies, Satan’s and God’s, with the believer in
The word “wages” in Rom 6:23 is from a Greek word which means “cooked
meat.” At Athens it meant “fish” and it came to mean the
“provision-money” which Rome gave its soldiers.
The same word is used in 1 Cor 9:7, “Who goeth a warfare any time at his
Wages or Provision-Money
As the Roman soldier received provision-money with which to sustain life so
that he could fight and die for Caesar, so the unsaved receive provision-money
from sin, spiritual death – the wages of sin – so that they can serve it,
then physical death, and finally banishment from the presence of God for all
Neither receives wages, only sustenance enough to enable him to serve his
Accoutrements of Warfare
In Ephesians 6 we have the accoutrements of warfare:
All illustrations which Paul took from the marching legions of Rome.
See his reference to the expected endurance of a soldier in 2 Tim 2:3 and to
the man in verse 4, who raised an army for military purposes.
In 2 Cor 2:14 in the words “causeth us to triumph” and in Col 2:15 in the
word “triumphing” we have another instance where Paul draws from the first
The translation should read “leadeth us in triumph” and “leading them in
triumph.” The word referred to a victorious general, home from the war,
leading a triumphal procession through the streets of Rome. The captives and
spoils of war would have preceded him, and he would follow in a chariot with a
slave holding over his head a jeweled crown. Then would come the victorious
Paul’s readers were all conversant with all this. They would understand his
illustrations as well.
In 2 Cor 2:14 it is God who leads Paul in a triumphal procession as His
captive, by means of whom the knowledge and fame of the victor is made manifest.
He rejoices that he has been so used of God.
In Col 2:15 our Lord, through His victory over the hosts of evil, is enabled to
lead them in a triumphal procession as His captives. In 2 Cor 10:4 Paul again
uses the illustration of war and of a fortress.
As to Paul’s use of terms taken from the language of government, we have
Phil 1:27 and Phil 3:20.
In the first passage, the words “Let your conversation be” are from a word
which refers to the duty of citizens to the commonwealth in which they lived.
The second “conversation” is translated from a Greek word meaning
The illustration is taken from the fact that the city of Philippi was a Roman
colony, its citizens possessing roman citizenship, with its privileges and
So the Philippian saints are citizens of Heaven, to live a heavenly life in
that colony of Heaven, far from their commonwealth itself.
Literally, “Only conduct yourselves as citizens as it becometh the Gospel of
Literally, “For the commonwealth of which we are citizens has its fixed abode
The frequency with which Paul refers to the Greek athletic games far
surpasses his illustrations from any other single department of first century
The Greeks were an athletic-minded people. Paul, himself, though a son of Hebrew
parents who maintained their Jewish separation even to the point of refusing to
read their Scriptures in the Septuagint translation (Acts 6:1, Phil 3:5), yet
did not wash his hands of his Hellenistic training before his fellow countrymen
when he admitted that he was a native of the Greek city of Tarsus, for he used
the milder of the two Greek adversatives. Acts 22:3.
He was influenced greatly by his Greek training and he could not deny it. Part
of that Greek culture included a familiarity with and interest in athletics.
It is significant that when writing to the Romans, he uses terms borrowed from
warfare, but his epistles to the Corinthians and Philippians, which were to
churches composed of Greek Christians, and those to Timothy whose father was a
Greek (Acts 16:1), abound with illustrations from the Greek games.
The great apostle was chosen by God for his Greek background as well as for
his Jewish training. Truly he was the apostle to the Gentiles and his Greek
training played no little part in his ministry to them.
The Greek Athletic Games
Paul’s references to the Greek athletic games, so well known even in the
Roman period, having such a background of history, in the time when Greece was
at the height of its glory. We have the following:
Both the Christian life, Phil 3:7-16, and Christian service, 1 Cor 9:24-27, are
illustrated by the stadium games and desperate agonizing efforts put forth by
the Greek athletes in their endeavor to win.
Paul visualizes the stadium crowds intently watching the contest. He speaks of
the garland or crown of oak leaves placed upon the winner’s brow.
Sunday, May 20, 2001
A Classic Passage on the Greek Athletic Games
One of the classic passages in which Paul refers to the Greek games is 1 Cor
9:24-27. The “Isthmus of Corinth” was the scene of the “Isthmian
Games,” one of the four great national festivals of the Greeks.
During the period of the writing of the Pauline epistles, these games were still
being celebrated. Paul was familiar with similar scenes in Tarsus and in all of
the great cities of Asia Minor, especially at Ephesus.
The word “race” in this passage is from a Greek word which comes over into
our language in the word “stadium” and “stade.” The “stade” was a
race course 606-3/4 feet long. The word came to mean a “race” because the
track at Olympia was exactly the number of feet in length.
Here Paul uses the figure of a race to illustrate the life of Christian
service. ”Striving for the masteries” is from a Greek word which refers
to an athlete contending or striving in the games.
”Temperate” is from a word occurring only here and in 1 Cor 7:9. Here it
refers to ten months of preparation and training, and the practice in the
gymnasium immediately before the games under the direction of the judges who had
themselves been instructed for ten months in the details of the games.
The training was largely dietary. Epictetus says “Thou must be orderly, living
on spare food, abstain from confections, make a point of exercising at appointed
times, in the heat and in the cold, nor drink cold water or wine at hazard.”
A Racing Technique From Paul
Phil 3:13-14, we catch a glimpse of Paul’s knowledge of racing technique.
He uses the illustration of a “runner pressing toward the mark for the
prize.” That is literally, “Pursuing down toward the mark for the prize.”
You could see him flashing down the race course. “He forgets the things which
are behind.” The word is a strong one, “completely forgetting.”
Paul knew that the moment a Greek runner would think of men behind him, the
thud, thud, of their pounding feet, his speed would be slacked. So, he presses
home the lesson that when a child of God thinks of his past failures, the
things he should have done and failed to do, the things which he did which he
should not have done, his onward progress in the Christian way of life is
When a Christian has made things right with God and fellow man, the proper
technique is to completely forget them.
“Looking Unto Jesus”
In Hebrews 12:1-2, Paul visualizes the stadium crowds, and the runners set
themselves for a race which they know will be a long grind and a real test of
endurance. But they run entirely oblivious of the thousands of onlookers; their
attention is diverted from every consideration except that of running the best
We get that from the words “looking unto.” The word “looking” has a
prefixed preposition, which implies abstraction. That is, the person is
concentrated upon one thing to the total exclusion of anything else.
It is “looking off or away to Jesus,” as the Greek runner looks away from
everything else and with eyes fixed upon the goal sees not the cheering crowds
or even his own opponents. To turn his head ever so slightly toward the tiers
upon tiers of spectators means that his speed would be lessened. And he himself
will be just that much behind.
What a lesson for Christians! The minute we turn our eyes toward our fellow
man and take them from our Lord, our pace is slackened.
Pride, discouragement, envy, the desire for praise, these and other evils
incapacitate the Christian “runner” as he looks at men instead of keeping he
eyes upon the Lord.
The word “fight” in 1 Cor 9:26, 27 is from a Greek word which means “to
fight with the fists.”
He speaks of the Greek boxer who “beats the air.” We call that “shadow
boxing,” that is, he practices without an adversary. Or, he might purposely
strike into the air in order to spare his adversary or the adversary might evade
his blow, and thus cause him to spend his strength on the air.
But Paul says that he is not like the Greek boxer in these respects. In his
conflict with evil, he strikes straight and does not spare.
Monday, May 21, 2001
“Keep Under” – 1 Corinthians 9:26-27
The words “keep under” are from a word which means “to strike under the
eye” or “to give someone a black eye.”
When we think that the Greek boxers wore a pair of fur-lined gloves covered with
cowhide, which was loaded with lead and iron, one can imagine the punishment to
which the recipient of the blows is subjected.
If a Christian would be as energetic against and unsparing of evil in his
life as the Greek boxer was of his opponent, and would strike with the same
devastating force, sin would soon be cleared out of his life.
What “softies” we Christians are with regard to sin in our lives. How we
sometimes cherish it, pamper it, play with it, instead of striking it with a
mailed fist of the Holy Spirit-inspired hatred of sin and refusal to allow it to
reign as king in our lives.
As we consider this illustration of a boxer which Paul uses, we must remember
that boxing among the Greeks was not the degraded form of pugilism such as we
have today with all its attendant evils and associations. But it was part of the
great program of the stadium athletic games which included foot races, discus
throwing, wrestling, and other forms of athletics engaged in by athletes of
splendid physique, expending their last ounce of energy, not for a money prize,
but for a simple garland of oak leaves which would fade in a few days.
“Castaway” – 1 Corinthians 9:26-27
The word “castaway” is from a technical word used in the Greek games
referring to the disqualifying of a runner because he broke the training rules.
He was barred from competing for the prize.
Paul was apprehensive, that, if he did not live a life of separation from the
world, if he did not live a victorious life over sin, God would disqualify him.
That is, take away from him his position as Apostle to the Gentiles.
A Christian sometimes wonders, after years of fruitful service, why he should
so suddenly see his usefulness gone, and his life powerless and without the joy
of the Lord. The answer lies in the words, ”Disqualified, broke training
Paul refers to this same matter of obeying training rules in 1 Tim 4:7-8 and 2
Tim 2:5, where he says that if a Greek athlete is to be awarded the victor’s
garland, he must strive lawfully, that is live up to the requirements prescribed
for the preparation which the athlete makes and the life which he lives while
engaged in athletic competition.
He warns Timothy regarding this and then in 2 Tim 4:8 uses the illustration
borrowed from the act of the judges at the goal awarding the victor’s crown to
the winning athlete.
So will Timothy some day, like Paul, receive a crown of righteousness from the
Lord Jesus Christ.
There are passages which the background of the Greek games is not so evident
in the English translation. For instance, in Phil 1:27, “Striving after” and
Phil 4:3, “Labored with” are from a Greek word used of athletes contending
in concert with one another against the opposition for the prize offered at the
athletic games. The root of the word that comes into English is our word
In Rom 15:30, “Strive together” is from a Greek word which refers to the
concerted action of a group of athletes working in harmony against opposition.
The Greek word comes into our language in the word “agony.” What a plea this
is for unity among the saints and the expenditure of agonizing effort in
contention against one another.
In Phil 1:30, “conflict;” Col 2:1, “conflict;” 1 Thes 2:2, “contention;”
2 Tim 4:7, “fight;” Heb 12:1, “race” are all from the noun whose root
gives us the word “agony,” referring in the Greek to the contests in the
Greek athletic games.
Col 1:29, “striving;” 4:12, “laboring;” 1 Tim 6:12, “fight;” 2 Tim
4:7, “fought” are all from the verb whose root comes into English in the
word “agony” and the meaning of which is “to contend in the Greek games
for a prize.”
Here we have instances where first century Christians were striving in concert
for the faith of the Gospel where some had labored with Paul in the extension of
the Gospel. Where others were exhorted to strive in concert with Paul in prayer,
where still others were having conflict, that is, were enduring persecution and
the case of Paul where he fought the good fight.
All these varied activities of the Christian life being referred to by the
two Greek words used of an athlete engaged in the intense competition of the
games even to the point of physical agony.
“I Have Finished My Course”
The word “course” is from the Greek word meaning “a race course,” and
here used in connection with foot races. It is the “cinder path” of college
The word “finished” means to come to an end. It is in the perfect tense in
the Greek, which speaks of a past-completed action with present existing
Paul, awaiting martyrdom in Rome, looks back upon his life as a runner who,
having won his race, is resting at the goal and is looking back down the cinder
path over which he has sped to victory. He sees the race as over, and its
results, “the STEPHANOS,” the crown of righteousness awaiting him.
The same tense is used when the Lord stated, “It is finished.” It is
finished in the past with results that go on forever.
A Soldier, An Athlete, and A Farmer
2 Tim 2:3, 4 – Paul uses the illustration of a soldier.
2 Tim 2:5 – Paul uses the illustration of an athlete.
2 Tim 2:6 – Paul uses the illustration of a farmer.
The words in verse 5, “strive for masteries” are from a word which
comes into our language in the word “athlete.” It means to exert one’s
self in a contest as an athlete for a prize or reward.
”Is crowned with a victor’s crown.” The same verb is used in
Heb.2:7, 9 where we see the Son of man, made for a little time lower than the
angels, now in His glorified state, crowned with the garland of victory.
We Are All the Children of God By Faith in Christ Jesus
We have a personal relationship with God the Father through the sacrifice
of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. We are sons of God and heirs with God and
joint-heirs with Jesus Christ.
We have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. It is individual
and private and intimate. Others may enhance our relationship with
Christ, but our relationship with Christ is unique. We should cherish it and
protect it because it is most valuable.
Don’t let anything come between your personal
relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ because it is the most important
relationship in life.
Have you ever, personally, quietly, told the Lord Jesus Christ that you loved
Him?? I don’t mean in a group, or a church assembly, or holding up your hands
and saying, “Oh how I love Jesus.” But quietly, peacefully, say, “Lord, I
You will be surprised of the results.
Try it you will like it, but don’t fake it. Remember Who it is that you are
telling that you love. He knows.
“Thought it Not Robbery”
Phil 2:5, “Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal
The word “thought” in the original language refers to a judgment based upon
facts. The word “robbery” is from a Greek word which has two meanings. “A
thing unlawfully seized,” and “a prize or treasure to be retained at all
The context decides which meaning is to be used here. If our Lord considered
that equality with God in the expression of the Divine essence was not a thing
to be unlawfully seized, then He would be asserting His rights to the expression
of Deity, for He would be claiming this as His rightful prerogative.
But to assert one’s right does not partake of humility. But if He did not
consider this expression of His Deity a prize or treasure to be retained at all
hazards, He would be showing a willingness to relinquish His Divine rights,
which is the essence of humility.
Paul is setting forth our Lord as an example of humility. Therefore, the second
meaning is the one to be taken here.
“My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?”
The Greek word for “forsaken” is a composition of three words: ”to
leave” ... “down” ... “in” ...
The first has the idea of forsaking one.
The second suggests rejection, defeat, helplessness.
The third refers to some place or circumstance.
The total meaning of the word is that of forsaking someone in a state of
defeat or helplessness in the midst of hostile circumstances.
The word means, “to abandon, desert, to leave in straits, to leave
helpless, to leave destitute, to leave in the lurch, to let one down.”
All these meanings were included in that awful cry that came from the lips of
the Son of God as He was about to die for lost humanity.
You don’t get all that in the translation of our English word “forsaken.”
Psalm 22 Was Uttered on the Cross by Our Lord Jesus Christ
Verses 1-6, speaking of His abandonment by Deity.
Verses 7-13, telling of the ridicule to which He was subjected.
Verses 14-18, describing His physical sufferings.
Verses 19-21, being His prayer for resurrection.
Verses 22-31, constitute His praise for answered prayer even before the prayer
for resurrection was actually answered.
This would make a good Bible study and message.
Tuesday, May 22, 2001
“My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?”
When our Lord cried out, “Why hast Thou forsaken Me? Why hast Thou left Me
hopeless, destitute, in the lurch? Why hast Thou let Me down?”
These words were addressed to God the Holy Spirit. All through our Lord’s
life as the man Christ Jesus, He lived in dependence upon God the Holy Spirit.
That was His normal life on Earth.
The words “Jesus being full of the Holy Spirit returned from Jordan and was
led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness,” Luke 4:1, are characteristic of
our Lord’s entire life.
No prayer our Lord ever uttered but was energized by the Holy Spirit. No
temptation He ever overcame but He did so in the power of the Holy Sprit. No
miracle He ever performed, but it
was done through dependence upon God the Holy Spirit. No thought ever passed
through His mind, no word ever left on His lips, but it was originated by God
the Holy Spirit.
But now! When He needed the help of the Holy Spirit most, in the midst of His
direst need, the Holy Spirit left Him helpless, destitute. He left Him in the
lurch. He left Him down in a set of circumstances that were antagonistic,
He was abandoned by Heaven, spurned by Earth, laden with
man’s sin, suffering the excruciating anguish of crucifixion. And He suffered
The same sin offering that forbade the inclusion of frankincense, forbade the
provision of oil. Oil is a type of the Holy Spirit. No oil in the flour speaks
of the withdrawal of the Holy Spirit’s sustaining presence at the Cross.
“My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?”
Not only did God the Father and God the Holy Spirit abandon the man Christ
Jesus on the Cross, but God the Son now turns against Himself.
It was as if a man of high ideals who had lived an exemplary life should at its
close be guilty of a loathsome deed. From the exalted position of His high
idealism, He looks down upon Himself, loathes and repudiates Himself.
Our Lord as the Son of God – holy, spotless – repudiated His own humanity
now laden with sin not His own.
The moral sense of His own Deity revolted against His own humanity, as the
representative of sin. Hear His words “But I am a worm,” Psa 22:6.
“Mine iniquities have taken hold upon me so that I am not able to look up.
They are more than the hairs of Mine head, therefore My heart faileth Me,” Psa
In Him, as He hung on the Cross, was the fulness of Deity. He was forsaken of
the fulness of Deity. That is the meaning of that terrible cry, “My God, My
God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?”
Does the unbeliever have even a small conception now of
what the Lord Jesus Christ suffered for them? He would have endured it all for
you alone if you were the only lost soul in the universe.
Does such love touch you? Do you see your own sinfulness and lost condition
in view of all this?
”He made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin, that we might be made the
righteousness of God in Him,” 2 Cor 5:21.
A Soul Winner’s Adornment!
In 1 Pet 3:1-5 we have the case of Christian women of the first century
seeking to win their unsaved husbands to the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour.
These husbands are of the non-persuadable type that will not listen to reason.
Obstinacy, stubbornness, and inflexibility are here personified. We see this in
the use of the words “obey not,” which come from a Greek word literally
The word “if” represents a fulfilled condition. There were such cases in
those days as there are in such instances today.
The Christian wife is exhorted to be in subjection to her unsaved husband in
order that he might, without a word, be won by the behavior of the wife.
”Behavior” is from a Greek word rendered “conversation,” the latter
having changed its meaning since the A.V. was translated. There is no definite
article before the second use of the word “Word.”
No one has ever been won to the Lord Jesus Christ apart from the Word of God.
Peter is exhorting these wives who have given the Gospel to their husbands time
after time, to stop talking about it and instead live the Gospel before them.
If the husband is so obstinate as to refuse to listen to her, well then, the
next best thing is to keep quiet and let the Gospel speak through a Christian
life. He may refuse to listen to her words, but he cannot but see the Lord Jesus
Christ in her life.
That is how I came to know Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour.
Soul Winner’s Adornment – Part Two – 1 Peter 3:1-5
As the Christian wife seeks to live her life before her husband, the apostle
warns her that she must not depend upon “outward adornment” in her effort to
win her husband to the Lord.
Her adornment must come from within, from a mind pervaded with the beauty and
fragrance of Jesus Christ. Thus it is the presence of Jesus Christ in the life
of the soul-winner which the Holy Spirit uses to attract sinners to Christ. Not
the adornment one puts on.
This is the principle that Peter brings before us in verses 3 and 4. The word
“adornment” is from the Greek word “COSMOS.” It means literally, “an
ordered system.” It speaks of that which is congruous and fitting. A
Christian worker’s clothing should be in keeping with simplicity, purity, and
beauty of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Spirit-filled life.
What one wears on the outside of the body should be an expression of the
mentality of the soul. “As a man thinketh in his mind so is he.”
“Guard your mind with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.”
Wednesday, May 23, 2001
Soul Winner’s Adornment – 1 Peter 3:1-5
The Holy Spirit speaks of three parts of a Christian woman’s adornment –
the way she wears her hair, the jewelry she puts on, and the apparel she
First, she is not to depend upon the plaiting of her hair in an effort to win
her husband to the Lord. Reference is made here to the extravagant and costly
excesses to which women of the first century went in hair adornment.
Quoting from an early manuscript we have this, “The attendants will vote on
the dressing of the hair as if a question of reputation or of life were at
stake. So great is the trouble she takes in quest of beauty, with so many tiers
does she load, with so many continuous stories does she build up high on her
head. She is as tall as andromache in front. Behind she is shorter. You would
think her another person.”
Thus, extravagant excesses and intricate artificiality of hairdress are
forbidden the Christian woman as adornment – not the emphasis in
Second, the wearing of gold is forbidden. The word “wearing” is from a Greek
word which means literally, “to hang around” as one hangs ornaments around a
Christmas tree. The wearing of jewelry is not forbidden here. But the gaudy,
conspicuous, extravagant, obtrusive display of the same as adornment. This is
not the emphasis in witnessing.
Third, dependence upon apparel is forbidden. The purpose of clothing is for the
protection of the body. The purpose of apparel is for the adornment of the
person. That which is forbidden is the donning of apparel for the purpose of
making ourselves pleasing in the eyes of the unsaved so that we may win them to
a saving faith in Jesus Christ.
The emphasis is on the Spirit-filled life of the wife.
The Soul Winner’s Adornment – 1 Peter 3:1-5
Why does not dependence upon outward adornment help us to win souls to the
Lord Jesus Christ??
- First, it is because the Holy Spirit does not use the styles of the
world in winning a soul to the Lord, as He seeks to work through the
- Second, it is because such an elaborate display satisfies the lust or
desire of the eyes of the unsaved one whom we are seeking to win. When a
Christian thus appeals to the fallen nature of the sinner, she cannot at the
same time appeal to him to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Third, it is because such a display destroys the personal testimony of
the soul winner. We may be fundamental in our Doctrine, and yet defeat the
power of the Word we give out by modernism of our appearance.
The unsaved person will say, what you appear to be on the outside speaks so
loudly I cannot hear what you are saying. For these reasons no dependence
must be placed upon outward adornment as we seek to win the lost.
The Holy Spirit convicts of unbelief in Christ – adorned with a meek spirit.
“Courteously” – Acts 28:7 and “Courteous” – 1 Peter 3:8
Both are from a word made up of “PHILEIN” and a Greek word speaking of
the “faculty of perceiving and judging.”
The courtesy spoken of here is the rare and beautiful combination of a total
soul rapport, “PHILOS,” and the tactful and delicate sense of perception and
judgment which should be a part of every Christian’s spiritual equipment.
There are four words for love in the Koine Greek language of the New Testament
– AGAPE, PHILOS, STORGE. The fourth is not found in the Bible, which is EROS.
God so loved the world – AGAPE, a mental attitude.
Men love darkness – AGAPE, a mental attitude.
STORGE is friendship, like family.
PHILOS is a total soul rapport.
The term "KURIOS" means “Lord.” It was used of a Divine title
of the emperor. It is also the official title of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This Greek word “KURIOS” is the translation in the Septuagint of the august
title of God in the Old Testament, “JEHOVAH.”
The term “lord” was understood to be a title which included within its
meaning of “master” the idea of Divinity. It was a Divine title.
These facts throw a flood of light on Paul’s assertion, 1 Cor 8:5-6, “For
though there be that are called gods, whether in Heaven or in Earth, (as there
be gods many, and lords many), But to us there is one God, the Father, of Whom
are all things, and we in Him, and one Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom are all
things, and we by Him.”
These words are set in a context in which Paul is pleading for separation from
the pagan Greek mystery religions. He cites the example of the Christian’s
separation from the cult of Caesar, arguing that if the Corinthian Christians
have thrown off their allegiance to the Caesar so far as worshipping him is
concerned, they ought also to separate themselves from any participation in the
Greek religious practices.
The Practice of Deification
The Lord referred to the practice of deification of the
emperor when He said in Luke 24:25, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship
The meaning of the word “lordship” here is not merely that the emperor rules
as an absolute autocrat, but that he rules as an “emperor-god.”
In answer to the question of the Herodians, Matt 22:15-22, “Is it lawful to
pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” He said, “Render therefore to Caesar the
things that are Caesar’s.”
The question was fully answered. The words, “and unto God the things that are
God’s” is a protest against “emperor worship.” Taxes should be paid to
Caesar, but no worship should be accorded him. To be worshipped is the
prerogative of God.
“My Lord and My God”
Thomas exclaimed. John 20:27, “My Lord and my God.” This was enough to
involve him in serious trouble with the Roman authorities had they known of it.
For he was acknowledging Jesus of Nazareth as his Lord and his God instead of
Polycarp, who lived A.D. 156, was confronted with the question by the Roman
official. “What is the harm in saying ‘lord Caesar’?” Because he refused
to acknowledge Caesar as lord, he was martyred. When he was martyred, he quoted
Eph 2:8-9 – his dying words.
Festus in Acts 25:26 said regarding Paul, “Of whom I have no certain thing to
write unto my lord.” His “lord” was Caesar – “lord” in the
sense that Festus recognized Nero, who was then Caesar, as the “emperor-god”
to whom worship was due.
”Caesar is KURIOS.” No! “Christ is KURIOS.”
The Imperialistic Challenge of Christianity
Phil 2:9-11, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him and given Him the
Name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow,
of things in Heaven, and things in the Earth, and things under the Earth; And
that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God
The terms “THEOS,” god, and “HUIOS THEOU,” “son of god,” were both
used in the cult of Caesar and were titles of the emperor.
Our Lord claimed oneness in essence with the Father. John 10:30. He said,
“Before Abraham came into existence, I am,” John 8:58.
He claimed to be “the Son of God,” John 9:35-38, and accepted worship as
the Son of God, thus demonstrating the fact that His position as Son of God made
Him a Co-Participant in the essence of Deity. This was in startling contrast
to the claims of the then ruling emperor, and our Lord knew it.
Luke 22:25 shows His accurate knowledge of the customs, political practices, and
happenings of His day, when He speaks of those who exercise authority over the
people as being called “benefactors.” The term “benefactor” was an
honorable title given to princes and other eminent men for valuable services
rendered to the state.
The emperor was also given the title of “overseer.” He was the
“overseer” of his subjects in that he was charged with the responsibility of
caring for their welfare.
The same term “Overseer” is given to God the Father, 1 Pet 2:25, where the
word meaning, “overseer” is translated “bishop,” “EPISKOPOS.” Peter,
in writing his epistle, must have been conscious of the imperialistic challenge
of Christianity when presenting the God of Christians as “Overseer of their
souls,” refusing to acknowledge the overseeing care of the emperor-god.
Thursday, May 24, 2001
Another title given the emperor was “Basileus,” or “king.” Some
monarchs used the title “king of kings” and our Lord claimed the title in
relation to His distinctive position as “the Messiah of Israel.”
The Jews recognized this as directly opposed to the imperial position of Caesar
as king. Not that there were no kings in the empire ruling under the authority
of the world-Caesar, but the Jewish leaders understood Old Testament Truth well
enough to know that our Lord’s claim to the position of King over Israel
involved world dominion, which at once struck at the throne of Caesar.
They tried to use this as a means of involving Him in difficulties with Rome,
for they said to Pilate, John 19:12, “If thou let this Man go, thou art not
Caesar’s friend. Whosoever maketh Himself a king speaketh against Caesar.”
They had accused Him of forbidding them to pay taxes to Caesar, which was a lie,
and claiming to be the Anointed of God, which was the Truth, Luke 23:2.
Upon our Lord’s acknowledging the fact that He was a King, Pilate turned to
the Jews and said “I find no fault in this Man,” Luke 23:3-4. One look at
Jesus Christ was enough to convince Pilate that He was not a dangerous
character, and he dismissed from his mind any disposition to treat our Lord’s
Had Pilate taken our Lord’s claims at their face value, his position as a
representative of Caesar would have demanded that he deal with the case before
him in no hesitant manner. When Pilate said to them in John 19:14, 15, “Behold
your King.” The Jews who hated and despised the Roman yoke and the emperor who
ruled them cried in a false patriotism, ”We have no king but Caesar.”
The King Eternal
Paul, after he had faced Nero as the prisoner of the Roman Empire and had
been liberated, wrote the following to Timothy, 1 Tim 1:17, 6:15, “Now
unto the King Eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be glory and
honor for ever and ever. Amen.”
”Which in His times He shall show Who is the blessed and only Potentate,
“the King of kings and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality dwelling in
the light which no man can approach unto; Whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to
Whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen.”
Again, the great apostle, having been snatched from the jaws of death at the
hands of Rome, puts himself within reach of the long arm of the empire when
he denies the supremacy of the emperor in things spiritual.
“SOTER” – Saviour
Not only did the emperor have the titles of lord, son of god, overseer, and
king, all of which where titles of our Lord also, for He was given the title of
At least eight of the emperors carried the title “saviour of the world.” For
the most part, the Roman world was well governed and policed. Roman laws were
administered in equity. The Roman roads caused travel and commerce to flourish.
And the Roman peace made living conditions bearable and in some instances
pleasant. Thus the emperors were the “world-saviours.”
Now comes Christianity with its imperialistic announcement. Luke 2:11, “For
unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Saviour which is Christ
But this Saviour’s name was Jesus, One who would save them from the sins,
which they loved and from which they did not want to be separated. What motive
would they have in transferring their allegiance from a “world-saviour” who
gave them the comforts of life and at the same time allowed them to go on in
their sin, to the Lord Jesus Christ, especially, when all allegiance to this new
Saviour could very well result in their crucifixion by Rome?
And yet for the first 300 years of the Church’s history, tens of thousands
willingly embraced this new Saviour and went to a horrible death. How can you
The only answer is that the “supernatural power” of God was operative in
their souls. The Samaritans said, John 4:42, “We have heard Him ourselves and
know that this indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.”
It took Grace to say that, for they realized that should this come to the ears
of Rome, they would be charged with treason.
The Coupling of Titles
In 1 Tim 1:1 Paul refers to the “commandment of our God and Saviour Jesus
Christ,” coupling the titles “God” and “Saviour” together as they are
in “the cult of the Caesar.”
In the same epistle, 4:10, he speaks of God as the Saviour of all men. Here Paul
uses the word “Saviour” in its sense of “preserver.” The word
“SOTER” is not limited in meaning to the salvation of the individual in a
spiritual sense, but it is also used of the healing of the body as in the case
of the woman who was healed of a physical ailment. Matt 9:21-22.
The words “whole” and “made whole” are from the word, “SOTER.”
The Roman emperor claimed to be the saviour of the world in the sense of
“preserver,” and Paul claims this office for God, Who revealed Himself in
Jesus Christ. That is exactly what the Roman emperor claimed to be.
No wonder that Rome recognized in Christianity a formidable enemy. No wonder the
Roman writer, Tacitus, says of Christianity, “This destructive superstition
repressed for a while again broke out, and spread not only through Judaea where
it originated, but reached this city also, Rome, into which flow all things that
are vile and abominable and where they are encouraged.”
Paul uses the words “God our Saviour” in Titus 1:3. Here the Saviour of the
believers is in a spiritual sense. Paul applies the title “Saviour” to our
Lord in his second epistle, 1:11, adding
the title “Lord,” which was also claimed by the emperor.
Jude closes his book with the words, “To the only wise God, our Saviour.”
Again a conscious assertion of the preeminence of God over all the claims of
Through the day Thy love has spared us.
Hear us before the hour of rest.
Through the silent watches guard us,
Let no foe our peace molest.
Christ, Thou our Guardian be
Sweet it is to trust in Thee.
Pilgrims here on Earth and strangers,
Dwelling in the mist of foes.
Us and ours preserve from dangers
In Thy arms may we repose.
And when life’s short day is past
Rest with Thee in Heaven at last.
Another term found in the Christian system and which was used by the Roman
emperors was “ARCHIEREUS,” meaning “high priest.”
The emperors were called “PONTIFEX MAXIMUS” in the east. The name was the
Latin translation of the Greek “ARCHIEREUS.” This was in contrast to the
arrogance, cruelty, and wickedness of the Roman emperor who was recognized not
only as lord, son of god, god, saviour, but also as high priest.
We have the words of Paul, “Seeing then that we have an High Priest that is
passed through the Heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our
profession, for we have not a High Priest which cannot be touched with the
feeling of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet
without sin, let us therefore come boldly to the throne of Grace that we may
obtain mercy and find Grace to help in time of need,” Heb 4:14-16.
The primary contrast here is undoubtedly between the Aaronic high priest and
our Lord as High Priest, but the background of the Roman imperialism seems to be
in the picture also. The Roman emperor was PONTIFEX MAXIMUS, a high priest upon
a high throne of the Caesars.
But our Lord Jesus Christ is a High Priest who, now seated upon a throne of
Grace, will some day as High Priest in the Messianic kingdom occupy the throne
of David in Jerusalem. As Zechariah says, “He shall be a Priest upon His
throne,” Zech 6:13.
Friday, May 25, 2001
Turning now to words used in a technical sense in the cult of Caesar with
reference to the people instead of the emperor, we have the expression,
“friend of the emperor,” which was
an official title in the imperial period. What a flood of light this throws upon
our Lord’s Words.
”Ye are My friends if you do whatsoever I command you, henceforth I call you
not bondslaves, for a bondslave knoweth not what his lord doeth, but I have
called you friends,” John 15:14-15.
As our Lord knew of the Roman custom of calling a servant of the state a
benefactor, Luke 22:25, so He knew of this custom of certain ones being called
“friends of the emperor.”
There was a real point to His Words and they were not lost upon His disciples.
Think of what faith this involved on His part and theirs.
The King of kings was on His way from the upper room where they had celebrated
the Passover together for the last time, to His crucifixion and death, the
rejected King of Israel.
Yet in all the dignity of His royal position as King of the Jews in the Davidic
dynasty, He said, “I have called you friends.” Yes they were friends of the
Emperor who would be raised from the dead, ascend into Heaven, and some day come
back to this Earth to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.
Another official title was “bondslave” – “DOULOS of the emperor.”
There were imperial slaves all over the Roman world. There was an honor in
even being a bondslave of Caesar.
Paul must have been conscious of the analogy when he wrote, “Paul, a bondslave
of Christ Jesus,” Rom 1:1. It was an honor in the Roman world to be a
bondslave of the emperor. What an exalted privilege to be bondslave of the
King of kings!
”Their were slaves in the house of Caesar.”
In 2 Cor 5:20 Paul calls himself, editorial “we” are ambassadors for
Christ. The Greek word is “PRESBEUO,” a technical term used of the
emperor’s legate, namely, the one who speaks for the emperor.
Paul was a spokesman on behalf of Christ. The word is used also in Eph 6:20 and
in Luke 14:32, in the latter text appearing in the translation as “ambassage.”
The word clearly refers to the imperial service of Caesar and in the
Scriptures the imperial service of Christ in which the saints are engaged.
Thus did Christianity parallel the imperialism of Rome.
An ambassador represents someone else, not himself.
The imperial secretary used the technical expression “PEPISTEUMAI,” which
meant “I am entrusted,” the qualifying word being added which would
designate the matter with which he was entrusted.
Paul as an imperial secretary of the Lord Jesus Christ entrusted with the
writings of the epistles which bear his name, uses the same technical phrase
current in the Roman world at that time.
The word is used in Gal 2:7, “committed;” 1 Cor 9:17, “committed;” 1
Thes 2:4, “Put in trust;” 1 Tim 1:11, “committed to my trust;” and in
Titus 1:3, “committed.”
The correspondence of the imperial secretary was designated by the technical
expression “HIERA GRAMMATA,” literally, “sacred writings.”
It was used of imperial letters and decrees. The expression “THEIA GRAMMATA,”
literally, “Divine writings” was used of imperial letters. Imperial
ordinances were referred to as “Divine commandments.”
This shows clearly how completely the religious or ecclesiastical position of
the emperor made its influence felt throughout the affairs of state.
Alongside of all this we have Paul using the same expression, “HIERA GRAMMATA”
in 2 Tim 3:15 in the words “Holy Scriptures.”
Here the writings of the Old Testament are put over against the imperial
decrees of Caesar, which latter had not only government but also religious
New Testament writings were looked upon by the early Christians in the same way.
The word “EUAGGELION,” or “good news” or “good tidings” was used
in a profane sense of any piece of good news. But it also had a sacred
connection as when it was used to refer to the good news of the birthday of the
emperor-god. At the accession of Caesar to the throne, the account of the event
was spoken of as “EUGGELION,” “good tidings.”
See the parallel in the imperialistic announcement by the angels. “Fear not,
for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people,
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour which is Christ the
Lord,” Luke 2:10-11.
How all this gives further point to Paul’s words. “I am ready to preach the
good news to you that are at Rome also. For I am not ashamed of the good news,
for it is the power of God resulting in salvation, to everyone who believeth, to
the Jew first and also to the Greek.”
Paul was expecting to come to Rome where the “good news” of the emperor
found its reality. That emperor who was called lord, son of god, god, king,
saviour, and high priest, and he was to announce the true Lord from Heaven
who was the Son of the eternal God, yes, very God Himself, coming King of kings,
Saviour of the believer, and High Priest who by His atoning death on Calvary’s
Cross paid for sin and put it away.
He was to announce this good news, this Gospel, for that is what the word
“Gospel” means, right in the stronghold of emperor worship. But he was
not afraid to do so, for he knew it was of Divine and of supernatural origin and
would accomplish that whereunto it was sent.
“I Will Keep Him in Perfect Peace Whose Mind is Stayed on Me,” Isa 26:3
Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin?
The Cross of Christ whispers peace within.
Peace, perfect peace, by thronging duties pressed?
To do the will of the Lord, this is rest.
Peace, perfect peace with sorrows surging round?
On the Lord’s bosom naught but calm is found.
Peace, perfect peace, with loved ones far away?
In Christ’s keep we are safe and they.
Peace, perfect peace, our future all unknown?
Christ we know, and He is on the throne.
Peace, perfect peace, death shadowing us and ours?
Christ has vanquished death and all its powers.
It is enough, Earth’s struggles soon shall cease.
And Christ shall call us to Heaven’s perfect peace.
Saturday, May 26, 2001
“Looking Unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of Our Faith”
I look to Thee in every need
And never look in vain.
I feel Thy strong and tender love
and all is well again.
The thought of Thee is mightier far
Than sin, and pain, and sorrow are.
Discouraged in the work of life
Disheartened by its load.
Shamed by its failures or its fears
I sink beside the road.
But only let me think of Thee
And then a new soul springs up in me.
Thy calmness bends serene above,
My restlessness to still.
Around me flows Thy quickening life,
To nerve my faltering will.
Thy presence fills my solitude,
Thy providence turns all to good.
Embosomed deep in Thy dear love
Held in Thy Word, I stand.
Thy hand in all things I behold
And all things in Thy hand.
Thou leadest me by unsought ways
And turn my mourning into praise.
The Greek inscriptions throw a flood of light on the New Testament. One of
the current expressions in the first century was the word “PAROUSIA,” which
was used in the East as a technical expression for the “royal visit of a king
The word literally means “the being beside,” thus “the personal
presence.” The “PAROUSIA” of the king must have been well known to the
people, for there were special payments and taxes to defray the cost of the
festivities on that occasion.
All over the world, advent coins were struck, after a “PAROUSIA” of a king.
Advent sacrifices were offered at these “PAROUSIAI,” a papyrus manuscript
speaks of contributions given for a crown of gold to be presented to the king at
A papyrus found among the wrappings of the mummy of a sacred crocodile, speaks
of the requisition of corn to help defray the expense of the “PAROUSIA” of a
king, which was being collected from the peasants by the village headman and the
These “PAROUSIAI” were noted for their special brilliance. New eras in the
history of mankind were proclaimed at the “PAROUSIA” of a sovereign. Advent
coins, the word “advent” being the Latin equivalent of the Greek for “PAROUSIA,”
were struck and became official coinage of the empire.
Solemn sacrifices were offered in the king’s presence. Monuments were erected,
the day of the visit was designated “a holy day” as the pagan world
designated the “PAROUSIAI” of its sovereigns by their number, so the
Christian system has its “three PAROUSIAI” of the King of kings and Lord of
lords, twice to the Earth and once between these advents, into the air.
“PAROUSIA” – Part Two
The word “PAROUSIA” is translated “coming” in our English text. In
relation to the “coming of our Lord into the air to catch His bride, the
Church,” 1 Thes 4:13-18. The coming of the Lord to the Earth to Israel to set
up His millennial kingdom, and the coming of the Anti-Christ to establish his
worldwide kingdom during the Tribulation, 2 Thes 2:1, 8, 9.
The Christians of the first century felt the parallelism between the
“PAROUSIA” of the reigning emperor and the “PAROUSIA” of Christ. In the
case of the Rapture, it will be a royal visit of the Bridegroom into the
atmosphere of this Earth to receive His bride, the Church, to Himself and to
take her with Him to Heaven.
In the case of the return of the Lord to this Earth, it will be the royal
visit of the King of kings and Lord of lords who comes from the royal line of
David, who will dethrone the Anti-Christ and set up the throne of David.
In the case of the Anti-Christ, it will be the coming of the wild beast. The
Greek of Rev 13:1-8, as a king to assume absolute authority as world dictator,
occupying Satan’s throne for a brief space of seven years.
“Parallelism of PAROUSIA”
Notice again, if you will, the parallelism which exists. As the royal visit
of a Roman emperor was marked by elaborate and brilliant festivities, so our
blessed Lord’s “PAROUSIA,” both when He comes “for His bride” and when
He comes to the Earth “with His bride” to reign as King of kings, will be
accompanied by a heavenly splendor that will far outshine the displays of the
As the “PAROUSIA” of the Roman emperor brought in a new era, so the “first
advent” of our Lord ushered in a new era, both dispensationally and for the
world at large. As advent coins were struck at the “PAROUSIA” of a royal
emperor, so our money is dated according to our Lord’s first advent.
But note the contrast:
Solemn sacrifices were offered before earthly sovereigns who were worshipped as
gods. Whereas our Lord, in His first advent, was “Himself the sacrifice”
that paid for sin.
”Every eye shall see Him.”
Other Scriptures where the word “PAROUSIA” occurs and in which it has the
meaning of the royal visit of a sovereign.
1 Cor 1:7, 15:23; 1 Thes 2:19, 3:13, 4:15, 5:23; James 5:7; 2 Pet 1:16, 3:4, 12;
and 1 John 2:28.
Such was the imperialism of Christianity in the first century that it clearly
saw the parallel between the “PAROUSIA” of an earthly sovereign and the
“PAROUSIA” of the Lord Jesus Christ and at the same time the rival claims of
These Christians were not afraid to give allegiance to the lowly Carpenter
from Nazareth, the travel-worn itinerant Teacher who was rejected by His own
people and nailed to a Roman Cross. They were convinced that He was what He
claimed to be – God the Son, incarnate in humanity. They were not intrigued by
the Roman purple, the armies of the empire, the far-flung colonies.
Their souls responded to the unique beauty of the meek and lowly Christ, and to
the fragrance of His person. He was the King of glory and they would rejoice in
Sunday, May 27, 2001
An Exegetical Study of the Power of the Christian Life
“Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from
fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conversation honest among
the Gentiles, that whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your
good works glorify God in the day of visitation,” 1 Pet 2:11-12.
The words “dearly beloved” are from a Greek word AGAPE which speaks of
God’s love in John 3:16 and Rom 5:5, where the same word is used referring to
the love expressed at Calvary in the giving of His Son and shed abroad in our
hearts by God the Holy Spirit. Peter is reminding the believers to whom he is
writing that they are divinely loved ones, divinely loved by God. What a
comfort that is to the sorely tempted soul.
The word “beseech” is from a Greek word which was used in the sense of I
ask, beseech, exhort, urge. I beg of you, please. Think
of the infinite condescension of God, who when asking something of His
blood-bought children, does not command but instead says I beg of you please.
The word “strangers” refers to a person living alongside of some
one else. It speaks of a temporary home.
The word “pilgrims” is the translation of a word literally meaning “to
live alongside of the natives in a foreign land.” Christians are living in the
midst of unsaved people in territory ruled over by Satan, for he is the god of
this age. The believers’ home is in Heaven. He sings, I am a stranger here
within a foreign land. My home is far away upon a golden strand. Ambassador to
be of realms beyond the sea, I am here on business for my King.
Living in the midst of a foreign population representing our Sovereign, the
Lord Jesus Christ, we are exhorted by God to abstain from fleshly lusts.
“Abstain” is literally “hold yourselves back from.“Lusts”
is confined today in its meaning almost entirely to an immoral desire. The Greek
word means simply a strong desire. And in our context it refers to a strong
desire coming from the old sin nature.
”Which” is literally “which are of such a nature,” the character of
these cravings is emphasized. “War,” which is from a Greek word which was
used in various ways “to lead a
military expedition, to lead soldiers to war, or battle, to carry on a
campaign.” These evil cravings are carrying on a campaign against
The word “against” is from a Greek word whose root meaning is “down.” We
get a picture of these evil cravings, hurling themselves down upon our souls in
a campaign designed to cause their downfall.
”Conversation” today refers to the interchange of words between two or more
persons. When the Authorized Version was made, it meant what the Greek word
means from which it is translated, namely “behavior or manner of life.”
”Having” in the Greek emphasizes actions going on steadily and so we
translate by the word “holding.”
”Honest” is from a Greek word meaning “good.” There are two words in the
Greek meaning “good.” One means, “inner intrinsic goodness.” The other
means, “outer goodness,” namely the expression of this inner goodness as
seen by the eye. Our Lord used the second word when He said in John 10:11, “I
am the Good Shepherd.” A sheep knows its shepherd not by what is in the
shepherd’s heart, but by what he can see of the shepherd.
So, it is the beautiful fragrance of our Lord’s Person that attracts His
sheep and by which they know Him. Peter uses the same word. It is the
beauty and fragrance of the Christian’s life which the unsaved see, not what
is in his heart. The Bible they read is your life.
The word “whereas” is literally “in which” and refers to the Christian
life the believer is exhorted to live. The unsaved speak evil of the goodness of
a Christian, defaming him as an evil worker. But the Christian is exhorted to
hold his manner of life steadily beautiful in goodness so that the world may
defame that beautiful life, many lost sinners beholding it, that is, viewing it
carefully, might be led to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, having
been attracted to Him by the Christian life of the believer.
The word “visitation” is translated from the same Greek word rendered
“overseer” in Acts 20:28; “bishop” in 1 Tim 3:1; “visitest” in Heb
2:6, and refers to the act of overseeing the spiritual welfare of another. It
refers here to the time when God shall become the Spiritual Overseer of their
souls, and that will be when the unsaved person appropriates the Lord Jesus
Christ as personal Saviour.
God’s Word testifies to the power of the Christian life, for it is able to
lead an unsaved person to the place where he has the desire to know the Lord
Jesus Christ and the simple Gospel story will tell him how he can be saved.
Someone has said that the greatest power in the universe next to the power of
God, is the power of a life definitely subject to God the Holy Spirit,
exhibiting the beauty of the Lord Jesus Christ.
An example of expository exegetical Bible teaching …
Monday, May 28, 2001
The voice that breathed in Eden
That earliest wedding day,
The primal marriage blessing,
It has not passed away.
Still in the pure espousal
Of Christian man and maid,
The Holy Three are with us,
The threefold Grace is said.
Be present, awesome Father
To give away this bride.
As Eve thou gave to Adam,
Our of His own pierced side.
Be present Son of God
To join their loving hands,
As You did bind two natures
In Your eternal hands.
Be present Holy Spirit
To bless them as they kneel.
As Thou, for Christ the Bridegroom
The heavenly Spouse dost seal.
O spread Thy pure wings over them
Let no ill power find place,
When onward to thine altar
Their hallowed path they trace.
To cast their crowns before Thee
In perfect sacrifice,
Till to the home of gladness
With Christ’s own bride they rise.
It surprises one to see how much of the life and speech expressions of the
first century are reflected in the statements found in Greek manuscripts of the
The writers under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, 1 Cor 2:13, constantly draw
from contemporary life as they seek to bring to man the message of God. To
understand something of the first century life and its use of words is to have a
clearer understanding of the message they bring. That is why knowledge of
the Greek language and a study of the early manuscripts, is of great help in the
explanation of the New Testament.
The one English word, “crown,” is used to translate two Greek words, each of
which speaks of a different kind of crown, both of them being in common use in
the first century in connection with the daily life of the people. To understand
their difference and significance as they are related to the local customs, is
to come into a fuller, clearer appreciation of those passages in the New
Testament which contain them.
One of the Greek Words for Crown is “STEPHANOS”
It was the crown given to the victor in the Greek athletic games, the runner
who first crossed the goal, the athlete who hurled the discus farthest, the
wrestler who pinned his opponent to the mat.
It was given to the servant of the state whose work deserved to be honored. It
was worn at marriage feasts. A “STEPHANOS” was therefore a symbol of
victory, of deserved honor, and of festal gladness. The crown was woven of
oak leaves, of ivy, of parsley, of myrtle of olive, of violets, of roses.
The inscriptions give us concrete evidence of its use. The emperor Claudius
acknowledged the “golden STEPHANOS” sent him by the worshipful gymnastic
club of nomads on the occasion of his victory over the Britians. An inscription
of A.D. 138-161 may refer to this club where “allowances” are made to an
athlete on account of his “athletic STEPHANOS.”
The word was used in the sense of a reward rather than a crown. An inscription
of 2 B.C. speaks of “PETEURIS” who promotes a reward “STEPHANOS” of five
talents of copper, on account of some special service.
The verb form of the noun “STEPHANOS” is found in a manuscript of 257 B.C.
in which a certain “HIEROKLES” writes to “ZENON” regarding a boy who is
“ZENON’S” nominee in the athletic games. “I hope that you will be
crowned, i.e., victorious through him.”
Today a Crown is Just a Crown
The English word usually brings to our minds the picture of a large golden
crown set with jewels such as is or was worn by the crowned heads of Europe. But
to impose this conception upon the passages in the New Testament where the word
“STEPHANOS” is found, is to misconstrue and at the same time lose some
But when the first century scholar found that word in the Holy Scriptures, he
recognized it as a word familiar to him by reason of its association in the
ordinary secular life by which he was always surrounded.
Thus he understood the full implication of this secular word brought over into
the sacred text of the new faith that was sweeping the Roman Empire. This
ability to understand a word like this was not merely confined to the native
Greek-speaking population of the empire. For the Roman world was as to its
culture, predominantly Grecian. The Greek language was the international
language. There was more Greek spoken than Latin.
The other word translated “crown” is “DIADEMA,” from which we get our
word “diadem.” The Greek word is derived from a verb meaning “to bind
around.” It referred to a blue band of ribbon marked with white which the
Persian kings used to bind on a turban or tiara. It was the kingly ornament for
the head and signified royalty.
A “STEPHANOS” is therefore a victor’s crown. Whereas a “diadema” is
a royal crown. We will study these passages in which each is found.
“All” ... “You All”
Psa 145 we find some of the attributes of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Psa 145:8, “The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion, slow to anger, and
of great mercy.” Literally, “great in mercy.”
Certainly we find One that we can depend on. One that we can expect to
understand us. One that we may go to in time of need. Expecting help because we
know that He is “gracious, full of compassion,” meaning He suffers with us.
“Slow to anger and is of great mercy.”
We find He is One we can depend on. And we find that we have the right to go
to Him expecting help.
Psa 145:9, another attribute. “The Lord is good to all, and His tender
mercies are over all His works.” Christ is no respecter of persons!
Notice that great invitation to the individual in Matthew. “Come unto Me all
ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” He said
“all” – not come unto Me those of a
particular group. This is to all. God is irrespective of persons.
It is your need that brings Christ close to you. He loved us and wants to
Psa 145:14, 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 that we can go to. He is the all-important One. He will do for us
everything that we need.
Psa 145:18, “The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon Him, to all
that call upon Him in Truth.”
Whenever you are in a 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 that child. He will help you because He loves you.
He is full of compassion. He is gracious and of great mercy.
Psa 145:19, “He will fulfill the desires of them that fear Him. He will also
hear their cry, and will save them.”
You can depend upon the Lord. Not only does your cry of need bring Him to
you, but it also guarantees that He will help you.
”The Lord preserveth all them that love Him, but all the wicked will He
destroy. My mouth shall sing the praise of the Lord, and let all flesh
bless His Holy Name for ever and ever.”
What a wonderful blessing it is that God has given us this permission to go to
Him in hour of need. As long as we keep our minds on Him, He is going to keep us
in perfect peace. Therefore, like the psalmist says, we should praise Him
Tuesday, May 29, 2001
A Christian “STEPHANOS”
The apostle Paul, in 1 Cor 9:24-27, is speaking of Christian service in a
context of Christian service that takes in the entire chapter.
In verse 21 he is using the “foot races” held in the Greek athletic games as
an illustration of the activity of a Christian in his work for the Lord. He uses
the same illustration borrowed from contemporary life in Phil 3:7-14, where he
speaks, not of Christian service, but of progress in the living of a Christ-like
He says that the Greek athletes run a race in order to obtain a corruptible
“STEPHANOS” of oak leaves that soon will whither and fade. But he speaks
of a “STEPHANOS” which a Christian receives as a reward for his services, as
an incorruptible crown.
Then he tells us that “he buffets his body” and makes it his slave in order
after preaching to others he might not be a castaway. The word “castaway”
comes from a Greek word which means “to be put to the test, and after being
tested, to be rejected because of not meeting that test.”
Paul draws this word from the “Greek games” where it was a technical
expression meaning “to disqualify a runner from competing for the STEPHANOS
because he broke the training rules.”
If Paul did not practice what he preached, he would be disqualified, not allowed
to compete for the crown given to those who rendered Christian service.
The first century reader, having this historical background of the Greek games
in his mind, would interpret this passage correctly. He would understand that
Paul was not speaking of his eternal salvation here, for rewards are in view,
and salvation is a gift.
The same can be said of Phil 3:7-14 where sanctification is referred to, not
justification. It is the victor’s crown won through Christian service which
Paul wants to win.
You have to understand the passage in the time in which it is written.
A Precious Promise!
”The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous,” 1 Pet 3:12. If His eyes
are upon you, He sees you. He is thinking about you, and He will answer your
prayers. ”And His ears are open unto their prayers.”
You and I have been declared righteous at the point of salvation. “He
made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness
of God in Him,” 2 Cor 5:21.
”But to him that worketh not, but believeth in Him, his faith is counted for righteousness,”
If you have trusted in Christ as your personal Saviour, you have been declared righteous.
God has given you His righteousness which qualifies you for Heaven.
You are safe in His hands and His eyes are upon you. God said that Himself, you
can take this to the bank. All this in exchange for our righteousness,
which is filthy rags in His sight. Isa 64:6.
Thinking … “As a Man Thinketh in His Mind, So is He …
Phil 2:6 literal translation, “Who, Jesus Christ, pre-existing in the
essence of God, in Grace thinking, thought it, Deity, not a treasure retained
being equal with God.”
Christ our Celebrity did some thinking. Remember – the meaning of a word is
determined by its first use in context.
”Thinking” was used in verse 3 of this passage for Grace thinking. Here we
are learning something else about the Lord Jesus Christ. Not only are His
thoughts infinite, but He thinks about you and me in the terms of Grace. This
means there was never or ever will be one believer who has earned or deserved
anything from God.
His Grace thinking towards us indicates that He is the only Source of
blessing. If you have anything that is wonderful, worthwhile, or valuable, it is
because Jesus Christ is ultimately the Source. No matter what intermediate
agency may be involved. This gives Him all the honor and
One fact that characterizes the believer who has the capacity to appreciate
the celebrityship of Jesus Christ is that to him the honor and glory of the Lord
Jesus Christ is more important than anything else in the world. Who and what
the Lord Jesus Christ is.
Philippians 2:6, Christ Thought it Not Robbery
In Grace thinking, He thought it not a treasure or a prize to be retained.
The treasure here is Christ’s Deity – His equality with God the Father and
God the Holy Spirit.
There is nothing greater or more valuable than the essence of Deity. Yet
He did not consider His Deity more important than our souls!
The very nature of Deity precludes the fact that any member of the Trinity could
be judged for sin.|
|Eternal life can never be born or die.|
|Righteousness and justice cannot have anything to do with sin.|
|Omnipresence cannot be reduced to one point – the
|Immutability cannot change.|
Therefore, since nothing can be subtracted from Deity, something must be
added. To be able to go to the Cross and pay the penalty for sin, Deity must
also become true humanity.
Jesus Christ was so occupied with us in eternity past that He did not consider
His equality with the other members of the Trinity a treasure to be clutched and
retained so as to hinder the Father’s plan of salvation.
Hebrews 12:2, “For the Joy That Was Set Before Him”
There never was a time when Jesus Christ was not occupied with you. You
were “the joy” of Heb 12:2, that occasioned His incarnation and His
substitutionary death on the Cross with all its shame and pain.
You were in His thoughts when all the Grace blessings were provided in eternity
It is important for you to realize that you now have the privilege of
occupation with Him, Col 3:10-11.
When you reach this stage, the celebrityship of Jesus Christ will be a reality
in your life.
Although you will have tremendous capacity to enjoy all the blessings that God
will pour into “your cup,” they will seem insignificant compared to the
One who gave them.
”Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.”
Wednesday, May 30, 2001
Occupation With Christ!
“Looking unto Jesus” ... “They saw no man but Jesus only.”
- The basis for occupation with Christ is the consistent daily intake of
the Word of God. Jer 9:24, “That He understandeth and knoweth Me.”
Eph 3:17-19, “That Christ might dwell in your hearts by faith” ...
- With the Word of God as the working Object of faith, the believer has
maximum category one love response toward God, therefore he is called a
“friend of God,” PHILOS THEOS, literally, Lover of God, James 2:22-23.
- Occupation with Christ is based upon the glorification of Christ, that
is His resurrection, ascension, and session. Col 3:1-2.
- Occupation with Christ is the standard operating procedure for the
Christian way of life. It is the normal Grace life. Heb 12:1-2.
- Occupation with Christ is beautifully illustrated by the Doctrine of
Right-Man/Right-Woman. 1 Cor 11:7-12, Eph 5:25-32.
- The function of growing in Grace is the believer’s response to
Christ’s love to the Christian in time. In other words, Christ initiates
love to the believer through the Word of God. 1 John 4:19.
- The sealing of the Holy Spirit, which occurs at salvation, guarantees an
eternal love relationship between Jesus Christ and the believer. Eph
- Occupation with Christ includes total dependence on Grace provision. Psa
- Stability, confidence, inner happiness, and capacity for life are
related to occupation with Christ. Psa 16:8-9.
- Occupation with Christ is the basis for blessing in suffering. 2
Cor 12:9, 10.
- Occupation with Christ is based on the believer’s entrance into maturity.
“Mine eyes are ever toward the Lord,” Psa 25:15, cf 141:8.
The Sustaining Ministry of the Holy Spirit to the Humanity of Christ!
- This ministry of the Spirit was prophesied in the Old Testament. Isa 11:2,
3, 42:1, 61:1-3.
- The Holy Spirit was given without measure to the humanity of the Lord
Jesus Christ. John 3:34.
- The Holy Spirit sustained Christ during His earthly ministry. Matt 12:18,
Matt 12:28, Luke 4:14, 15, 18.
- The ministry of the Spirit discontinued during the time when Christ was
bearing our sins on the Cross. Psa 22:1 – prophetic. Matt 27:46 –
When Christ said, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” He was
addressing the Father and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit Who sustained Him
was Deity. Since Deity could have nothing to do with sin, the Holy Spirit
forsook the humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ during the three hours He was
bearing our sins.
- The Holy Spirit had a part in the resurrection of Christ. Rom 8:11, 1 Pet
- The present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the filling of the Spirit
in the Church Age are related to the glorification of the Lord Jesus Christ.
John 7:39, 16:14.
Christ’s humanity was sustained by God the Holy Spirit. So does our
humanity need to be sustained by God the Holy Spirit.
The Humiliation of Christ in Relation to “KENOSIS”
- The veiling of the preincarnate glory of Christ; in taking upon Himself
humanity, Christ gave up the outward appearance of God.
- The union of eternal God with unglorified humanity is the “hypostatic
- Christ did not use His Divine attributes independently of the Father’s
plan, but relied on the ministry of God the Holy Spirit. Matt 4:1-2, 4.
- The greatest point of humiliation of Christ was bearing our sins. 2
Cor 5:21, 1 Pet 2:24. This anticipates Phil 2:8.
Although Christ was always Deity, He became true humanity. His two natures
are contrasted in John 1:1, 14 and Isa 9:6. The Child, humanity of Christ, is
born. The Son, Deity of Christ, is given.
”Likeness” is HOMOIOMA and has the connotation more of “similarity.”
This Greek word is used because Christ was not absolutely like us. He was
different in that He did not have an old sin nature, and He possessed a human
spirit at birth.
No man could see Jesus Christ in the flesh and tell that He was different from
any other human being. No man could see His inner perfection or Deity. It had to
be understood through the Word of God.
This was the problem of the Pharisees and other religious Jews. They saw only
His humanity and refused to accept Him as Messiah. The same problem exists today
Therefore, the hypostatic union is a pivotal Doctrine which must be
understood and mastered before you can appreciate the celebrityship of Christ.
The Necessity for the Humanity of Jesus Christ
- To be our Saviour. Luke 2:11, Phil 2:7-8, Heb 2:14-15.
- To be the Mediator. Job 9:2, 32, 33, 1 Tim 2:5-6.
- To be our High Priest. Heb 7:4-5, 14-28, 10:5, 10-14.
- To be the King. 2 Sam 7:8-16, Psa 89:20-37.
There is a gap between Deity and humanity. Therefore, only someone who is
equal with both parties can mediate the reconciliation.
A priest must always be a human being for he represents human beings before God.
God the Father made a promise to David that he would have a Son who would reign
forever. God keeps His Word. Luke 1:32-33.
Deity cannot go to the Cross. Divine essence is not subject to death or
change. God is eternal and can’t die, and God can’t change.
When Christ Spoke, Who Was Speaking?
Everything Christ spoke during the incarnation came from one of three
sources. This explains why there are no contradictions in anything that
- From Deity. John 8:58, “Before Abraham was I am.” His humanity did not
exist eternally, His deity did.
- From humanity. John 19:28, “I thirst.” Deity cannot thirst, and notice
Deity did not give His humanity a glass of water. Here is an example of
- From hypostatic union. Matt 11:28, John 14:6, “I am the Way, and the
Truth, and the Life, and no one comes unto the Father but by Me.”
”Come unto Me all ye who are weary and heavily laden, and I will give you
The Attributes of Jesus Christ
- Attributes which are true or the result of His whole Person.
All three attributes – God, man, hypostatic union – are necessary for
Christ to be our Redeemer. Therefore, Redeemer is an attribute true of His
- Attributes true only of His Deity, but the whole Person is the subject.
John 8:58, when Jesus Christ said, “Before Abraham was, I am,” He was
speaking from His whole Person. The attribute of eternity applies only to
the Divine nature or Deity.
- Attributes true only of His humanity, but the whole Person is the subject.
John 19:28 when Christ said, “I thirst” He was speaking from His whole
Person, but only humanity can thirst. This classification disappeared after
resurrection, ascension, and session because of the freedom from the
limitations of KENOSIS.
The Uniqueness of Christ’s Death
The humiliation of Christ reached its peak at the Cross.
In Phil 2:8 “obedient” means that He recognized the authority of the
Cross and the Father’s plan. The Cross is the place where Christ had to submit
or there would have been no salvation.
The Cross, therefore, was His objective and it represented authority. The
obedience was not to the Cross itself, but to His spiritual death on the
Although Christ knew that He would be judged for the sins of the world, He
was still willing to be submissive, to the extent of death.
”Death” is “THANATOS” in the Greek, and almost without exception this
word refers to spiritual death. Most people think when He says that
“Christ died for our sins,” Rom 5:8, 1 Cor 15:3, it refers to His physical
”It is finished” – yet He was alive. He was speaking. He kept
saying “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” The answer, “He
made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin, that we might be made the
righteousness of God in Him,” 2 Cor 5:21.
Upon the completion of bearing our sins in His own body, 1 Pet 2:24, He said,
“TETALESTAI.” It’s a perfect tense of “TELEO,” meaning it is
finished in the past, with the result that it keeps on being finished forever.
Salvation was completed before He died physically.
Physical death was no problem. He simply dismissed His Spirit. It was painless. The
horrible agony was spiritual death.
While many thousands of people were crucified by the Romans during S.P.Q.R. (Senatus
Populusque Romanus), no one ever died as Jesus Christ died. He
died twice on the Cross.
The Person was unique and the work was unique. His death was unique.
The Exalted Christ – Philippians 2:9
“Because of which the God has bestowed optimum exaltation and graciously
bestowed the highest office.”
The physical death of Christ was necessary for His physical resurrection, as
He could not go back to Heaven in a body of corruption.
Therefore, because of the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross, God the Father,
the Author of the Divine plan of Grace, has highly exalted and glorified Christ.
This is a reference to the resurrection, ascension, and session of Christ.
God the Father has also graciously bestowed the highest office on Jesus
Christ ... “Given Him a Name.”
”Name” – “ONOMA,” plus the definite article, is an idiom which means
office, rank, and dignity. It is a maximum expression of the celebrityship of
”The highest office above every office” is King of kings and Lord of
lords. Rev 19:16.
The Doctrine of the ascension describes the celebrityship of Christ in His
Thursday, May 31, 2001
Thought for the Day!
How Moses Solved the Mid-East Crisis!
“And it came to pass in those days when Moses was grown that he went out
unto his brethren and he spied and Egyptian smiting a Hebrew one of his
”And when he saw there was no man, he slew the Egyptian and hid him in the
sand,” Exodus 2:11-12.
The Doctrine of the Mental Attitude!
“As a man thinketh in his mind, so is he.” “Guard your mind with all
diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.”
- Every believer faces the inner conflict of Divine Viewpoint vs. human
viewpoint. Isa 55:7-9.
- The mental attitude determines both the life and character of a person.
- The Divine Viewpoint mental attitude is commanded in 2 Cor 10:4-5 and this
can be fulfilled only by the daily function of growing in Grace.
- Since the Word of God is the mind of Christ, such intake of the Word of
God under growing in Grace shapes the mental attitude. 1 Cor 2:16, Phil 2:5.
- The inner happiness of maturity produces the capacity for the Divine
Viewpoint of life. Phil 2:2.
- God’s plan, operation Grace, calls for a new mental attitude. Rom 12:2,
Phil 2:5, 2 Tim 1:7.
- A part of Divine Viewpoint is confidence, which results from knowing the
Word of God. 2 Cor 5:1, 6, 8.
- Stability is a mental attitude. Isa 26:3, 4, Phil 4:7, 2 Thes 2:2.
- Giving is a mental attitude. 2 Cor 9:7.
- Love is a mental attitude in the soul, therefore capacity for love is
resolved in the soul rather than in the sexual functions of the body. 1 Cor
- Human viewpoint mental attitude is called “worldliness.” Rom 12:2, 2
- Evil is something you think rather than something you do. Doing results
from thinking. Matt 9:4, Gal 6:3.
- Mental attitude sins produce self-induced misery. Prov 15:13.
- Salvation is obtained by the mental attitude – “With the mind
man believeth unto salvation,” Rom 10:10.
The Doctrine of Impeccability!
- Christ did not have an old sin nature by birth, nor did He commit sin
during the incarnation. Heb 4:15, 1 Pet 1:19, 1 John 3:5. The only way
Christ could have acquired a sin nature was the same way Adam acquired one,
- This does not imply that Christ was not tempted. He was tempted in the
area of His humanity, Heb 4:15, far beyond anything thing we could ever
understand. This is why His temptations in Matt 4:1-10 were unique.
- As with Adam in innocence or sinlessness, all temptation to the humanity
of the Lord Jesus Christ came from without. Neither had an old sin nature.
Adam was created without one. But Christ was born without one. Because we
have a sin nature, our temptations come from within and from without. We are
tempted with mental attitude sins from within and with overt sins from
- All temptations to Christ had to come through His human nature. The
human nature of Christ was temptable, but, the Divine nature was not
temptable. James 1:13.
- Christ resisted the greatest of all temptations in Gethsemane. Matt 26:39,
Mark 14:35, 36, Luke 22:42. The first Adam failed the volitional test, but
the Last Adam passed it with flying colors.
- In Matt 4:1-10 Christ resisted the temptation to use His Divine attributes
and thus act independently of God the Father. He could have turned the
stones into bread through His omnipotence, but His humanity under the
filling of the Holy Spirit, verse 1, refused.
- Because of the hypostatic union, the Doctrine of impeccability demands
A. The humanity of Christ, temptable and peccable.
B. The Deity of Christ, not temptable and not peccable.
C. The hypostatic union, temptable but impeccable.
A piece of copper wire may be bent or broken, but when it is welded to a
steel bar, it cannot be bent or broken. The wire is analogous to the
humanity of Christ, the steel to the deity of Christ.
- It was possible for the humanity of Christ during the incarnation to
suffer physical limitations that have no moral aspects, such as weakness,
fatigue, sorrow, hunger, thirst, righteous indignation, or death. But none
of these sufferings presented complications that in any way affected His
- Hence, was according to Latin phraseology.
”Posse non pecarre” – able not to sin.
”Non posse pecarre” – not able to sin.
Christ is God, and God is never the source of evil under any circumstance.
Evil stems from both angelic and human volition, but never from Divine
“HUPARCHO” – Another Grace, Greek, Word
“Who pre-existing in the essence of God in Grace thinking thought it not a
treasure retained being equal with God,” Phil 2:6.
”HUPARCHO” means that Jesus Christ always existed. There never was a time
when He was not God. He is eternal. He never grows old.
What is a celebrity? A role model? Someone who has status in life? Someone with
human talent? What is happening to celebrities in the human race? They
deteriorate, they lose their ability and their popularity, they grow old and
their glamour fades. They die.
Did you ever see a football player ten years after he was washed up as a
professional? Three hundred pounds of flab. Have you ever seen a movie queen
after her heyday? If she is working, she is playing character roles.
A true celebrity is perfect.
A believer with any knowledge of the Word of God would never make a celebrity
of a human being. Our True Celebrity is perfect. He has neither a beginning nor
an end. Rev 1:8.
“MORPHE” – Another Grace, Greek Word
“Took on Him the form.” The word rendered “form” in the English is
“MORPHE.” It does not refer to an outward shape, but to inner character or
From eternity past Jesus Christ possessed sovereignty, righteousness, justice,
love, eternal life, omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence, immutability, and
veracity. He has never changed His essence for anyone or anything.
”I am the Lord. I change not.” His character remains intact, and will
continue to do so throughout time and eternity.
”Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today, and forever,” Heb 13:8.
The True Celebrity of Christianity knew every person in the world from
eternity past. He has always known every need, every problem, every heartache,
every frustration in your life. He has gone through the entire angelic conflict
without being inconsistent or unstable in any way.
That is our Celebrity!
”In the beginning (which was not a beginning) there always existed Jesus
Christ (HO LOGOS) and the LOGOS was face to face with God, the LOGOS was God,”
literal translation of John 1:1.
No one can enter into occupation with Christ or appreciate His character until
He understands that Jesus Christ is God. Therefore, the Doctrine of the Deity of
Jesus Christ is necessary.
A Great Promise!
“The eternal God is my Refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms.”
Notice three things about this promise.
|First, the words “eternal God.”|
|Third, “everlasting arms.”|
The words “eternal God” mean the God of the beginning. “In the
beginning, God (ELOHIM) created the Heavens and the Earth.” The eternal God is
the God of the beginning.
Second, this is the only time the word “underneath” is used in the English
Bible and it means “bottom.” No one can get so low that “underneath “
will not be the “everlasting arms.” The eternal arm, portraying the
eternal power of God of the beginning. The great God of creation that brought
into being everything is our precious Lord.
Now we find that He is our Refuge, being convinced that the eternal God, our
precious Lord and Saviour, Who created the Heavens and the Earth, will have His
everlasting arms (speaking of His power) to protect and to save, underneath us,
being convinced that He is our Refuge, should free our souls from fear.
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