Introduction to the Literal Bible Series: OPEN COURT ON THE OPEN BIBLE (II Peter 1:21,22)

Open Court on the Open Bible

Introduction to the Literal Bible Series

(These are collections about the Bible and Literal Bible shared during the last 12 years on 4 Bible web sites and numerous free downloads Desktop Published.)

Open Court on the ASPI, the Authorized Semi-Public Interpretation

2 Peter 1:20-21 New International Version (NIV)

20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

by SunGrist (Jerry V. McMichael

 THE ASPI BIBLE VERSION is the Literal Bible.

NOTE:  Every now and then the truth of the Bible makes break thrus  anywhere in the world.

About the ASPI   (II Peter 1:21)

  • It is the Authorized Version from God.
  • since there is no “private interpretation of Scripture”, this demands only one authorized Interpretation.
  • God is the Source of the ASPI version.
  • “holy men of God spoke {and wrote) as they were moved by the Holy Spirit”
  • The Bible, according to Jesus, is “every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God”
  • It is public only to those that have an inward Spirit of God, necessary for proper understanding of “the faith once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3);
  • Hence the Bible is Semi-Public.

Respect for the ASPI Word of God

The Bible as the Standard for faith and practice.  It is the Word of God, divine in
origin, absolute in authority, sufficient in message, high fidelity in communications with the hermeneutics of the 
ASPI, dynamically alive, and self-interpretative with the ASPI version (I Peter 1:21

The Outline of Literal Bible:

  1. The Living God of the Living
  2. Righteousness of God and Man
  3. The Composite Witness of the Bible
  4. God, Man and the Son of Man
  5. The Resurrection
  6. Wisdom From God
  7. The Gospel
  8. Listening More Important Than Sacrifice
  9. What Happened to the Jews as the Chosen nation?
  10. The Salvation of God
  11. The New King of Israel
  12. The Living God Wants Others to Live

Bottom Line And Final 3 of Literal Bible:

This section contains the last three ASPIs (Literal Bible) of the Authorized Semi-Public Interpretation Version of the Bible, based on the authority of II Peter 1:20,21, the Apostle Peter and God Himself through the Holy Spirit.

ASPI-10:  The Salvation of God.
ASPI-11:  The New King of the New Israel.
ASPI-12:  The Living God Wants Others to Live.

ASPI-10:  The Salvation of God {called the One Baptism in Ephesians}.

I. God chose the time!
Isaiah 40-52
1. First, there was John the Baptist saying in effect THIS IS THE TIME: Isaiah 40:3-5, Matthew 3:3, Mark 1:2,3, John 1:23, and Luke 3:4-6.
2. It was inevitable since these things were already recorded in the Word of God that they would happen: Isaiah 40:8 and Luke 21:32,33:
(1) Most to happen during Christ’s generation; and (2) The rest on the final One Day of the LORD as the old earth and old heavens pass away.
3. The Mind of the LORD became the incarnated Mind of Christ:  Isaiah 40:13 and I Corinthians 2:16.
II. God Himself took the initiative by sending His own Son to planet earth.
1. This is My Beloved Son, God said of Jesus of Nazareth: Isaiah 42: 1-4, Matthew 3:17, Mark 1:11, Matthew 17:5, Mark 9:7, and Matthew 12:18-21.
2. God is faithful but He will listen to the cries of men for salvation in a time acceptable to Him: Isaiah 45:14 and I Corinthians 14:25.
3. It is inevitable that every knee will voluntary now and involuntarily at the end of time bow and worship to the praise of God: Isaiah 45:23 and Romans 14:11.
III. Men will come from the four corners of the earth to worship God.
1. Men will come from north, south, east, and west: Isaiah 49:7-12 and Matthew 8:11.
2. Heaven and earth will pass away, not Gods Word: Isaiah 51:6 and Luke 21:32,33.
3. Gentiles will come in large numbers in spite of the fact that God’s name has been blasphemed among them because of the Jews: Isaiah 52:5 and Romans 2:24.
4. Paul preached widely the Gospel of Christ where Christ was not already named in order that those who did not previously see and hear might both see and hear: Isaiah 52:15 and Romans 15:21.
IV.  Who Has Believed the Reports from God? {Another way the Bible asks the question how many and who has believed the Prophets and Apostles, the book of the Bible as the Word of God and respect them!}
                              Isaiah 53
1. To whom has the salvation, or arm of God, been revealed: Isaiah 53:1, John 12:38, and Romans 10:16.
2. Who and how many believed the miracles of healing as Jesus took on Himself the infirmities: Isaiah 53:4,7 and Matthew 8:17.
3. Who and how many believed when John the Baptist made the report, “Behold, the Lamb of God…” (Isaiah 53:4,7 and John 1:29,36)
4. The great report of Jesus from the cross as He is made a criminal and curse for mankind, and according to the predictions of the Old Testament: Isaiah 53:12 and Luke 22:37.

ASPI-11:  The New King of the New Israel.

I. Jews and Gentiles as fellow citizens in the new kingdom.  {yes, back to the kingdom again!}
                        Isaiah 54-66
1. The unmarried have more children that the married, the Gentiles have more children of God than the Jews: Isaiah 54:1 and Galatians 4:27.
2. None comes to the Father except as drawn by the Father, and all those who are taught by the Father: Isaiah 54:13 and John 6:45.
3. God gave in the Temple to the Jews a House of Prayer, but they had turned it into a den of thieves by the time of Jesus: Isaiah 56:7 and Matthew 21:13 and Luke 19:46.
4. All the nation of Israel that is really the Israel of the children of God will be saved: Isaiah 59:20,21 and Romans 11:26.
II. Characteristics of the New King of Israel.
1. The message to Zion is that your new King comes meekly, riding on a donkey: Isaiah 61:11 and Matthew 21:5.
2. Jesus told them in Nazareth of how the Spirit of God was upon him: Isaiah 61:1,2 and Luke 4:17,18.
(1). God anointed Him to preach the gospel to the poor. {A King especially for the poor people.}
(2). God sent Him to start the release of captives, and to make provisions that the blind might be able to see.
(3). To provide freedom for the downtrodden.
(4). To make a Proclamation as to when is the Acceptable Year of the Lord (the last days) that leads to the One Day of the LORD and Lord.
3. Happiness in this new kingdom will come only to those who first mourn because of their inability to do it for themselves: Isaiah 61:1,2 and Matthew 5:4.
III. The Method of Citizenship Only That From God, on Gods terms as dictated in the Old Testament and made evident in the New Testament.
1. The New Citizenship found of those who sought it not or who searched not for it (grace): Isaiah 65:1 and Romans 10:20,21.
2. Jerusalem is the city of the Great King: Isaiah 66:1 and Matthew 5:33.
3. The Christ, the Prophet Messiah, born in Bethlehem, Micah 5:2, Matthew 2:5,6, and John 7:42, to be: (1) A ruler of the people; and (2) A shepherd of the people.
4. The sowers of the Old Testament and the reapers of the New Testament will rejoice together in this New Kingdom: Micah 6:15 and John 4:37.
IV. The Good News of the Gospel of the Kingdom preached by messengers.
1. How welcome across the way on the mountain is the first sight of those who come with the Gospel: Nahum 1:15 and Romans 10:15.
Jeremiah 1-30
2. Yet most do not believe the report, foolish people without the ability to see or hear: Jeremiah 5:21 and Mark 8:18.
3. God established a House of Prayer but the nation of Israel turned it into a den of thieves: Jeremiah 7:11 and Matthew 21:13, and Mark 11:17.
4. Trust in God: (1) Whoever boasts, let him boast only in God:  Jeremiah 9:24 and I Corinthians 1:31; and (2) Trust only in God: Jeremiah 17:5,7 and II Corinthians 11:9.

ASPI-12:  The Living God Wants Others to Live.

I.  God’s desire after His originally chosen nation of Israel has continuously broken His covenant, forsaken Him, and served other gods.
Jeremiah 31-52
1. Rachel weeps for her children: Jeremiah 31:15 and Matthew 2:17,18.
2. Gods desire to walk among and dwell in His own people: Jeremiah 31:1 and II Corinthians 6:18.
II. The just, justified, or righteous must live by faith in God.
1. Righteousness by faith; Habakkuk 2:4, Galatians 3:11, and Romans 1:17.
2. Kingdom of God starts out small then grows larger: Daniel 4:9 and Mark 4:32.
III. The sanctified and glorified must live by faith in God.
1. The beginning of glorification is when see the Son of Man coming in great power and glory: Daniel 7:13, Matthew 24:20, and Mark 13:26.
2. The end of the ordinances of the law and the temple worship came during the Abomination of Desolation of Daniel, 80 A.D.: Daniel 9:27, 11:31, and Mark 13:14, and Matthew 24:15.
3. Before the Second Coming there will be a time of tribulation in which even the heavens and earth are affected: Daniel 12:1-3 and Mark 13:19.
4. Shook only the earth before, the last time will shake earth and the heavens: Haggai 2:6 and Hebrews 12:26.
IV.  Final Messages to Disciples and to All.
1. To Disciples: do you not see, hear, and remember: Ezekiel 12:2 and Mark 8:
2. To Jewish religious leaders: in vain they do worship: Ezekiel 33:31 and Matthew 15:7.
3. To Zion: your King is Coming: Zechariah 9:9, Matthew 21:4, and John 12:14.
4. To Crucifiers: they gaped on Him whom they pierced: Zechariah 12:10 and John 19:37.
5. To Disciples: will strike down the Shepherd and the sheep will be scattered: Zechariah 13:7 and Mark 14:27.
6. Jacob I loved and Esau I hated: Malachi 1:2 and Romans 9:13.
7. The Voice of One Crying in the wilderness “NOW”: Malachi 2:10 and Matthew 11:10 and Mark 1:2.

Warning Note:  Since the following are collections about the Bible and Literal Bible shared during the last 12 years on 4 Bible web sites and numerous free downloads Desktop Published, do not be concerned about some differences in starting over of numbering systems, and even color format.)

How To Read and Study the Bible

How to Read Bible.

Quite often in the experience of sincere seekers after Bible truth, there comes the time when a desire exists to really get into the Bible.  The number one mistake, unless there has been much previous experience like in Sunday School and even Bible courses, is to start in Genesis; and once into the endless genealogies of Bible history, more often than not, the reader quits.
Some recommendations are made here to prevent that, or stated more positively to enhance to completion any new found enthusiasm for Bible:  (1) Since the end goal of the Bible anyway is to clarify the life and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ, get into that life and teachings as soon as possible with the short and painless book of Mark; and (2) Simultaneously read a good guide like “Top 12 Topics of the Bible” to give yourself a good subjective feel for the prime subjects meanings, and messages of the Bible.

1-1:  Sincere Seekers after Bible Truth.

A word of caution that this preliminary advice from one who has
read and studied the Bible for a lifetime, this successful completion and maintenance of enhanced enthusiasm only works if your desire is for sincere seeking after Bible truth.  Seeking after Bible truth is closely akin to seeking after God.

1.  “…for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”  (Hebrews 11:6b)

The only way to get the rewards of Bible reading and study is to believe:  (a) God exists {atheists and agnostics are relying on a prejudiced assumption which denies the existence of God and hence the possibility of seeking and finding God}; (b) that you are coming to God the Holy Spirit when you come to Bible; (c) that God through the Holy Spirit will reward this seeking and study; and (d) the author of the Bible Himself, the LORD and Creator of this Universe including man requires “due diligence” of effort in that seeking after truth.  Yes, it is somewhat of a dilemma:  you must believe some in God to even seek more faith in God.  Or stated more tersely, “You must  believe in order to believe.”

2.  Pastor James in James 2:19, takes this from theory to practical reality.

“You believe that there is one God.  You do well.  Even the demons believe–and tremble.”  (James 2:19)

Obviously there is believe and then there is believe, degrees of belief or faith if you would; and obviously what you want in your seeking after God and Bible truth is the kind that leads not to fear like Satan and his followers destined for hell, but for a kind of belief in Bible reading and study where you experience the spiritual rewards of due diligence {you might call it a warm glow or subject feeling or experience of the inward person}.  Scientists, like the Nobel prize winning physicist Dr. R.A.Millikan, find the same principle to be true in science as in the seeking of specialized Bible truth:  a theory is an assumption, and if you go into any experiment with a presupposition that the theory is not true, it becomes impossible to prove.  Of course, like all else, there is a string attached:  You must “please God” before you can start reaping the benefits of diligent and  spiritual Bible study and reading.

3.  The very beginning of Hebrews 11:6b above is 11:6a with the words “But without faith, it is impossible to please Him…”  (Hebrews 11:6a)

Much of the Old Testament struggles of the Hebrew nation, indeed the struggle of man to seek after the supernatural, has been with a substitute method of pleasing God by works, thereby earning divine truth.  Not so!  The way you please God  in order to receive the rewards of Bible is the same way you do to get the salvation of God, not of works but by faith.  Faith before initial salvation and the new birth, and faith after initial salvation and the new birth.

1-2:  Does this Mean that you have to first experience the 9 month new birth before you can experience the rewards from God of due diligence in Bible reading and study?

Yes, and no!  You can never really come into the “full stature” of the knowledge and experience of maturity in Christ {often called “sanctification” or the process after initial faith and new birth of becoming more Christ-like}, until well after the initial 9 months of the new birth process {new and spiritual birth is just like the very common physical birth process where 9 months of incubation and growth is required before the historical moment of the first birthday}; but a little faith, God rewards a little, more faith, God
rewards more; and on and on until the boundless riches of the Bible unfold before you in your reading and study.  In fact, what you will find is that your faith in God, and in the Bible, will increase with Bible reading and study.  This is the meaning of the Scripture:  “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”  (Romans 10:17)
However certain spiritual realities must be faced up to such as even as the human spirit of this world  is drastically different from the human spirit of one born again, so being a natural person {one only born physically but not spiritually} is not enough, even if that natural person is extreme smart of the highest IQ type.
“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”  (I Corinthians 2:14)
Just jump into Bible study and reading, after a prayer for faith and wisdom; and like the Roman Centurion who asked  for Jesus help in the healing of his son; and to whom Jesus said, it is possible if you believe, then Jesus and the disciples heard the reply:  “I believe, help thou my unbelief.”   There is no better time and place to increase your faith than at the same time you are increasing your Bible knowledge and skill than while you are engaged in diligent Bible reading and study.

1-3:  Honestly, was all this previously written said just in order to say, “Study to Show Yourself Approved Unto God, a Workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”  (II Timothy 2:15)

Yes, and why not!

1.  Study Bible for the Approval of God.

You must realize that God has put a lot of time and effort over a period of a thousand years and through the writing of over 40 scripture writers to bring up the communication level to you of Bible truth.  And beyond that God, through the Holy Spirit, put in internal safeguards to assure that all readers would get the same meaning; which means, in short that the Bible is self interpretative.   Put that internal safeguard to work for you by reading through the outline of the Old Testament according to the New Testament.  Look at the outline, on the left is the location in the Old Testament of the original quote and to the right is the New Testament  location.  Carefully go through the Bible reading each location, and read more than the quote itself, read also the verses on either side; and you will be amazed at your increased Bible perspective.

a.  Download now the OT according to the NT outline in PDF.

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b.  Download now in Microsoft RTF.  {this is for constituents with Internet Explorer higher than 6.x:  it will open in WordPad automatically, then do a SAVE AS}

2.   Work at Bible Study and Reading as if your life depended on it, it does!

Jesus hardly said anything in vain, especially statements like “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through me.”  You really must start serious Bible study with this bottom line of life, salvation, and beginnings of spiritual insight.

a.  So right now download in PDF,  “A Condensed Version of
Mark with comments”.  Yes, it is a free eBook.

b.  Or download CUP OF WATER in Microsoft RTF.

3.   Accept the challenge of a Workman that is a Bible Scholar, not scholastically like those of the hideous Jesus Seminary but like the American Scholar of Ralph Waldo Emerson where he made the plea of long ago for facets of scholarship based on far more than pieces of paper.

The practical and long range implementation here is to enhance your experience with the outline of the OT according to the NT of recommendation #1 by more prolonged study of the same outline in a course format entitled “Top 12 Topics of the Bible”.   These 12 topics are actually derived from the same Old Testament quotes in the New Testament with a topic actually superimposed on sequential groupings of those quotes.  Well, when you experience it you will understand better!

Happy new experiences in Bible reading and Study, just stick with it!


Learn An ALL Scripture Approach and Movement

The ALL Scripture approach of II Timothy 3:16,17 which leads to the individual profits of ‘doctrine, reproach, correction, and instruction in righteousness” is:  (1) an attitude of respect for the Bible and the Word of God, every word of it being (a) divine in origin, (b) absolute in authority, (c) sufficient for life and living in content, (c) high fidelity in communications, it is alive and talks to the person with the right attitude, (d) self-interpretation, best seen in the OT quotes in the NT which include explanations, and (e) being based on the character of God, it is a gradual revelation throughout history and in concrete structures of what God is like, of course reaching an eternal climax in the Person and Teachings of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ; (2) a program, plan, and approach that overcomes satisfaction with only a few select scriptures of the Bible {how many quotes can you remember in the time of need, or when overwhelmed with the “cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches”}, striving to revel and even work hard, and with prayer meditation to get into the total Bible of 66 books, and in fact to live there while you are not required by necessity to be living by bread, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God”  (Luke 4:4); (3) it is a balanced approach and attitude that goes beyond the “wants” of the Falling away (II Timothy 4:3,4} to the needs for doctrine, reproach, correction {even chastisement, see Hebrews 12:3-11}; and (4) It gets Christians, church members, and others out of their spiritual and living {BREAD} comfort zones into more (a) discipline from God like a Father for children, and (b) amazingly yes, “He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness” (Hebrews 12:10).

“Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful, nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”  (Hebrews 12:11)

NOTE:  It is life and calamities, properly interpreted, in the context of Hebrews 12:3-11 and for professed children of God as a training program for “righteousness” and “holiness”.  Can you imagine the righteousness and holiness of God in your life?  And if not, then let the ALL Scripture approach help you!  To assist you in this quest, the website and 3 other websites of SunGrist_Bible are offered in all the fullness of its Bible resources that can help in the individual profitability {not to profit some TV evangelists, prideful church or denomination}, and more specifically the Bible resources noted below—

                           Bread and Bible, A Balanced Life!

“But Jesus answered him, saying, ‘It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”  (Luke 4:4)

12-1:  Jesus, our Master example, faced temptations from Satan based on quotes from the Bible of the Old Testament, and identified the Bible as words straight out of the mouth of God Himself.

There are so many assumed convictions from Jesus, the Son of God, that we fail in a simple reading and hearing to appreciate them:  (1) First there is the guarantee of a balanced life if we have enough respect for the Bible as words from God and the Word of God, a balance between first of all making a life by making a living and then supplemented with a diet of life and living that includes all the Bible {“every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God”}; (2) an assumed conviction and postulate that the Bible does record words straight from the mouth of God {granted the OT was the only Bible of Jesus’ days on earth, but notice that already Jesus continued the tradition of those words and books of the OT containing the words of God Himself, for Jesus quotes in His customary form beginning with “It is written”, and we can further our context of understanding by reading it from Deuteronomy 8:3}; (3) the quote assumes a respect and reverence for the Bible not only as words from His Father, but as a guide for life and living.

12-2:  Human pride does a funny thing to us in that we develop a false sense of freedom from Satan and our own sins and shortcomings that makes us captive to sin and Satan, and clouds our prideful sense of intellectual honesty and magnified toleration.

For example, many sceptics think they are so tolerant and noble, select among all Americans and intellectuals when they take a false balanced approach toward life and living by claiming an in-between conviction between the two extremes of atheist and belief.  It seems to them as if, even if God does not share their lack of commitment to either, history will record them as a very good and likeable and admired individual.

NOTE:  The horrors of such a conclusion in the sight of God as recorded in the Bible about His attitude.  You see, God looks at all His human creations and labels them as either (1) believers, or (2) unbelievers.  And although this is jumping somewhat to the conclusion before the full reasoning about a GOD BLESSED BALANCE BETWEEN BREAD AND BIBLE, THE ULTIMATE BALANCED LIFE, it must be stated up front, and hopefully you have or will read the message and chapter before this, “The Sceptic is Almost Doomed”–primarily because in other words out of the mouth of God through the Apostle Paul,
“He that comes to God must believe that He is and that  He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”  (Hebrews 11:6)

  1.  Skepticism is like the LIE in that it denies the testimony of the Holy Spirit in every human heart about “sin, righteousness, and judgement”, denies the things known of God from nature, the individual conscience, and the collective social conscience; then there is the Bible, preaching of the Word, so that to hold firm on skepticism is to hold firm on intellectual dishonesty, sin, Satan and pride to the full extent of the LIE.
    2.  Satan was and continues to be the Father of the Lie. (John 8:43,44) While sceptics and some around them along with the influential toward skepticism may consider themselves intellectual and with a certain status above the less moderate that believe, in the sight of God they have chosen THE LIE over “the truth of God” (Romans 1:25), a foolhardy choice with great detrimental consequences for doom in this life and the next.
    3.  The supreme, called the LIE in the Bible of Romans, lie is to deny that God wants good for every life, and the beginning of that captivity in the lying process is to deny even the existence of God.  How much believing that God is, and the goodness of God to reward all diligent seeking after God, if you are restraining in your sin and pride by the status of a sceptic.  {I can not even respect skepticism to put it in capital letters as a Sceptic, and this is out of respect for Our God.  I am offended when any slur or race skepticism on His name and character, or of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Bible.}
    NOTE:  You know these victims of pride and self-glory, even of
    being a good and likeable person, expect us to roll over and play
    dead in spite of the conversations in meditation and prayer and
    Bible we have with Him every day; and in spite of the equal number
    of years to the prideful that we have lived with Bible and God.  It
    seems like Satan has them as deceived on Christians as He does
    on the Lord Jesus Chris

    12-3:  And while we are on the subject of the last quote, let us lay up front the real gist of this message for your benefit, a real blessing of Refreshing Evangelism in 2018, or any year, TO DILIGENTLY SEEK GOD.

    Perhaps you will not always find Him because of the bad habits, sin, and pride in your life, also used by Satan to cloud your reasoning and heart, and the sad fact that you could have gone beyond the unpardonable sin, or God has not chosen you as a child; however you do have far more chance, than if you do not seek Him because of some false pride of intellectual skepticism, and even more chance if you will simply try DILIGENTLY to see Him, to take the route of pragmatism of William James, that is “test it, try it, and prove it.”

    12-4:  The Old Testament context of the “Bread and Bible” quoted from Jesus on the balance of life; and how it helps to further guide us away from skepticism and for those not inclined to skepticism, to also guide them into a more balanced life that is a God ordained and blessed balance of both making a living and making a life!

    “So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger and fed you with 
    manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He 
    might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but 
    man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”  
    (Deuteronomy 8:3)

In the preliminary words from Moses {also words from God which will be explained in terms of “holy men of God as they spake by inspiration and the will of God} to a balanced life above, it was a reminder to the assembly first people of God of the past 40 years in the wilderness, a time “to humble you, and test you to know what  was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.”  (Deuteronomy 8:1,2)

NOTE:  Doesn’t that sound like pragmatism except on the part of
God.  There were a new people of God just out of rescue from
Egyptian bondage, and God wanted to know what was in their
heart and if they would live a balanced life that keep His

Of course while it may seem a little drastic that God humbled them by way of first making them humble and hungry out there in the wilderness, and then providing for them in a historical manner, in a manner in which “you did not know and your fathers did not know,” while not always as dramatic, except when God does send calamities to chastise and correct His own people, chastisement through environment and circumstances has always been the New Testament teaching of how God deals with His own children instead of with bastard children (Hebrews 12:8).
1.  A few lessons of “instruction in righteousness” that we can learn from the BREAD and Bible balance of life from Jesus, from the original context of the quote; before we come back to the prime lessons of the Balance from Jesus.
(1).  You see some difference between the permissive and the directive will of God.  This kind of hunger problem is what one might expect during 40 years out in the wilderness between Egypt and Palestine; but although there was no limitations to Gods power and love for the people, in the words of Moses and Deuteronomy, He “allowed them to hunger”.  In some of the famous sayings, “All sunshine makes a desert” and “When it is dark men see the stars”, which we might translate to today on either the permissive or directive will of God, in the final analysis why does it matter which way the calamities come, it wakes people up and gets them out of the normal routines of life where they “eat, drink, marry and give in marriage” and they are totally preoccupied with BREAD over BIBLE, with the “cares of this world” and things and possessions or the “deceitfulness of riches”.  It could not be made any plainer, evidently not plain enough to those of Sandy Hook and New Orleans and so on, the intentions of God in sending small or large calamities on His own people by way of another quote {with explanation} from the OT, this time from Proverbs 3:11,12 and as quoted, and explained {remember there is no private interpretation so that the Bible is self-interpretative, and the Apostle Paul explains what the Prophet Solomon originally wrote:
“My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, nor be
discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; for whom the LORD
loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.”
(Hebrews 12:6 and Proverbs 3:11,12)

(2).  It would help you in the living of a balanced life, if we quickly noted some of the explanations from Paul and in Hebrews 12 about how to deal with the chastisements that chase calamities.  {See “Chastisement Chases Calamities” from the BIBLE STUDIES IN JEREMIAH.}:  (a)  endurance in the Christian race is required in light of the testimonies in Hebrews 11 of the heroes of faith and hope {See the previous message of Refreshing Evangelism on FAITH AND HOPE.}; (b) keep your eyes focused on Jesus as your Prime example who because of the joy of
eternity set before Him endured the cross and despised the shame {in other words, He took the long look of the complete story of life, before and after the END}; (c) in particular how Jesus endured the hostility of persecution, and consider that you have not resisted persecution to the extent of bloodshed; (d) then there are the “exhortations” (Hebrews 12:5) of further instructions in righteousness {II Timothy 3:16,17) such as if you endure God deals with you like sons, whereas if there is no chastening in your life you are bastard children of God, we need to be in more respect of God like a Father correcting His children, and LIVE  (Hebrews 12:9), God like our parents only chastened us for our own good for a few days, the end goal of such chastening is that “we may be partakers of His holiness” (Hebrews 12:10, and lastly take with endurance the long look–”no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful, nevertheless, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness in those who have been trained in it.”   (Hebrews 12)

12-5:  You probably never thought of reveling in the Bible as a prime method for the Diligently seeking after God {at least, hopefully you have come to note reveling in the Word as a time of refreshing from the presence of the LORD}; but for some of you across the shores from America, you may find it the only way, coupled with prayer, unless you can listen to good Bible based sermons or read some good, conservative Bible commentaries.

And in this near the END time, also when Jesus predicted in Matthew 24:11-14, the roadblocks to actually hearing properly the word of God like the rapid proliferation of deceptive false prophets, the awesome abounding of sin and lawlessness of the Falling Away; and although we are encouraged to be part of the preaching of the Gospel to every nation that will usher in the Second Coming and the END, right now as one challenge sufficient for the Falling Away you can diligently revel in the Word of God.
1.  One way the false prophets are increasingly deceptive today is in the false teachings, primarily through fiction based on fiction like with the “left-behind” series of a false rapture and millennium, not Bible based words, that happens before the END at the Second Coming.
2.  It is deceptive to lead listeners to believe that because they are Christians they will not be in the present Falling Away, nor be in the final tribulation, primarily physical as contrasted to the tribulation of persecution in the great tribulation of the first century.
3.  Equally as false is the message of hope of prosperity coupled with Christian faith, called the Gospel of Prosperity and another false gospel to replace the gospel that was delivered by Paul (Galatians 1:6-9).  It couples things, “cares of this life”, and the “deceitfulness of riches”  (Matthew 13:23) with the challenge to increased faith, and of course attendance at their church or support of their TV ministry.  There are so many of them, and they are so subtle and deceptive, that they tax American and world credibility to know which are true.  {By the way for you confessed sceptics of the Bible and the Lord Jesus Christ, this is a recommended type of skepticism from Jesus and the Word of God.}  They themselves look so prosperous and well-dressed, even normal and handsome {or beautiful in the case of ladies as now there are many lady false prophets, riding on the back of woman’s lib to preach a message that before about 68 with the beginning of the Falling Away would not have been listened to.}, that we just can not accept that our favorites are really “wolves in sheep’s clothing” (Acts 20:29)

12-6:  You know you can live Bible as real as read and prayerfully revel in IT!

There are fundamental ways like “remember the sabbath day”, or like a lack of rebellion against God’s plan for marriage, or respect for the name of God and for His book; however just as basic and fundamental is the imbalance of life that comes too much “making a living”, too many things” or to use the words of the Bible, also from Jesus in the parable of the seed and sower, to allow faith and the seed of faith to be choked completely out of your life by:  (1) “cares of this life”; and/or (2) the deceitfulness of riches (Matthew 13:22).  Perhaps you didn’t notice the living of Bible aspect in the quote from Jesus of Luke 4:4, yet it was hard to miss in the source and context of Deuteronomy 8:3, “…that He might make you to know that man does not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”
This implies:
1.  Like other Bible says, the implication here of a stronger contrast between living by bread alone and just living by Bible is that God at the same time promises that His own people will not go hungry.
2.  It implies that you should not fret for the things of this world, or for tomorrow, for there is enough evil today and God will look out for tomorrow (Matthew 6:25-34), and that God knows what you need like the sparrows and leaves of the grass which He knows about and provides for, and God will meet your needs as needed.
3.  The needs are met as the needs are encountered.  Recall also about the manna in the wilderness, and how those that labored to collect much had nothing left over, and those that were forced by weakness to labor little had plenty.  And how Paul explains this is straight from the heart and mind of God, a reflection of His love and character, also of His grace, as He takes care of us according to our needs.

  “His grace is sufficient, for His strength is made perfect in weakness.”  (II Corinthians 12:7-10)

  1. Last warning note by a practical way of implementation.  Do not allow the dominant concerns of making a living, drown out making a life; and in particular a life of hope and faith.  Watch those “cares of this life” and the “deceitfulness of riches” lest they rob you of a better life!
    5.  Also do not let pleasures, even the more righteous ones, lead you into the category of church members to stay away from, like in I Timothy 3:1-5 where they become “lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God”, and of course the old enemy of “pride” is there also.
    6.  Your storing up by way of Bible and Bible living may not show immediate results since the storage is in “heaven where neither rust or corruption can affect”, certainly not as much as immediate pleasures, lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and pride of life (I John 2:15-17), your cares of this life and the deceitfulness of riches; but a more moderate BALANCE OF BIBLE WITH BREAD will yield those “peaceable fruits of righteousness.”  (Hebrews 12:11

                           The Bible is the Standard for Faith and Practice

In spite of the obvious distortions of the Falling Away from the Bible of traditional denominations, sometimes even worse from new non-denominations groups that cater to the whims of the world, we can sometimes miss their traditions of the past where the Bible in many statements of faith was listed as “the sole criterion of faith and practice”.  “Listen to what the Spirit says today thru me”, taking the quote of Isaiah and departing into all kinds of isogesis (reading meaning into the Bible, instead of exegesis which is reading the meaning out}, is a classic example of the bad Bible hermeneutics {just rules in the Bible for proper understanding} of:  (1) failure to get verses and chapters and books of the Bible in the total context of the Bible {quite often the work of amateurs in the Bible with few years of Bible experience and study}; (2) the victims of Special Revelation that have the gall, many each year, to think in the Holy Zinger words of I Corinthians 14 that either the “Word of God came out of them, or the Word came to them only”, normally the same people of the rest of I Corinthians 14 which fail to heed Paul on Bible to speak only known tongues in public worship, reserving unknown
tongues for private devotionals, and also who consider they alone with their ministry and church must slight and ignore other Christians, missionaries, and missions across the world as if they are nothing, also practicing “sheep-stealing” where other men have labored for years; and (3) do not compare scripture with scripture as advised by Paul, preferring some kind of hunt and peck system that keeps them limited to about 300 verses of the Bible {See the recommended “All
Scripture Approach and Movement“.}

Above is another classic example, there is nothing new under the sun and we just keep each generation repeating the same follies of Bible interpretation, one of taking one verse out of context and as preacher boys said while learning
homiletics and hermeneutics, “going every  where preaching”.  However it is no joke, for this is the way new denominations and divisions in Christianity are started.  It is what Bernard Ramm in Christian Bible hermeneutics would call “special revelations” where some strive to add to the message of the Bible.

This time of the year as the nuts and weirdos come out of the woodwork and strive to increase their self-serving thrusts of the whole year, we must express in Christianity and in the real body of Christ presently on earth our appreciation for the STANDARD, the Bible, for all to believe and practice.  Also to express amazement for the wisdom and grace of God to take over 7,000 years and 40 authors from the human side to give us a Book that is a light for our  path and a guide for life and living.  Even as “a little leaven leaveneth the whole loaf”, so is the bad influence of one gone astray with tangents, diversions, and sin centered around Scripture, and sometimes they are even “that sort” of II Timothy that are to be avoided, at all cost, by other Christians

Bible Revelation Is

The Bible is divine in origin from God the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, always up-to-date as LORD God is more modern than modern {How can anyone be out of date that knows the future before it happens, Created all this universe with its many intricacies at the atomic and astronomical size and beauties beyond description, sees all, knows all, and is all powerful–you atheists, agnostics, DOMers, and unbelieving sceptics can criticize only when you really are superior to all that, not when you know just a puny amount of all the books in the world which the knowledge of God exceeds}; the Bible is absolute in authority, many so called Christians still do not get that connection that when the Supreme and Modern Author of the Bible with knowledge of all science, radar, and computers just to name a few {See “Your God is too Small by J. B. Phillips} , God the Father through the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit with the ASPI translation of the Word of God, the subject and interpretation is beyond debate {II Peter 1:20,21); sufficient in message for all guidance and questions of faith and life, and if you do not experience that wisdom and knowledge daily, along with prayer, you are missing out on the Christian View of Life and Living; the Bible is high fidelity in communication {boy, does it communicate};  the Bible is dynamic and alive, with time in It more and more jumping off the page to come out and get you; the Bible is self-interpretative according to the Authorized Semi-Public Interpretation {ASPI} of the Bible as clearly declared in II Peter 1:20,21; self-explanatory, setting down in the rules {hermeneutics} of the Bible how to understand the One God One Authorized interpretation; like interlacing rebar in a gigantic door of concrete, God foreordained a structure built around quotes in the NT from the OT during the over 4,000 years of writing from over 40 Apostles and Prophets, the quotes in the NT being not only a divinely ordained and chosen selection of top and best quotes from the OT but also accompanied with the proper explanation and implementation {like someone in Latin America responded “That is some book”}.

The primary gist of the Bible is Christ the Messiah and salvation for eternal fellowship with God the Father and for His glory.  The following portion of the Scriptures best summarizes that gist with the conclusion “that God may be all in all.”

“Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.  For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.  The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.  For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.  And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.”  (I Corinthians 15:24-28)

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