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PTB (Preaching thru the Bible) #1 of 48:  “The Living God of the Living”. 

Title of PTB (Preaching thru the Bible) #1 of 48:  “The Living God of the Living”. 

INTRO:  God, our Heavenly Father and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ is the only Living God: He is omnipotent as the book of Job tells us; He is One God in 3 Persons, the Trinity, as made clear when He Created Heaven and Earth and when He created Man, male and female; and He is the God of those that live forever, like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all our forefathers in the faith, and us.

I. Preaching and Sound Christian Doctrine:

  1. Preach Christ and Preach the Word.

“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction.”  (II Timothy 4:2 NIV)

“Jews demand signs and Greeks search for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.…”  (I Corinthians 1:22-24  Berean Study Bible)

  1.   The All Scripture Method and Movement of II Timothy 4:15,15 starts with profitable doctrine.

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man (this is generic man starting in Genesis with man as male and female) of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  (2 Timothy 3:16-17  NKJV)

  1. Ephesians may be considered as “The 7 essentials of Christian Doctrine”. You may wonder where in the seven Ones is the One Book, the Bible, it is included in the One Faith, once for all delivered to the saints, and the recognition of that will end a lot of un-necessary squabbles on sound doctrine from the Scofield mites, unfortunately for them it eliminates half their sermon notes on inerrancy.  You really don’t God in His omnipotent knowledge would leave the communication of the one faith to a dependence of the early churches on getting the proper 66 books together for complete Word of God.  And so many many of these useless squabbles of theology could be prevented by sticking primarily to the seven Ones.  A person might question the thoroughness of the 7 ONEs because one salvation is not in there, and goodness the fundamentalists know that above all and beyond all they should be saving souls; well, note their lack of understanding and refusal of understanding that the One Baptism is the One salvation.  And then there is Swaggart with his false concept on the message of the cross being everything, and him not being able to find the one cross in the seven ONEs.  Well, it is in the only new revelation, new as not predicted in the Old Testament about the One body, as Ephesians tells us it is by the cross of Christ that the one body of Jews and Gentiles comes.  It would seem that if Swaggart wants to major on the cross, he should start with a major on the One body of Jews and Gentiles.

II.  Expository:  A short Exegesis of Genesis 1:26 thru Genesis 33:8 and their NT equivalent.

God, Man, and Marriage , recorded in Genesis 1:26,27, Matthew 19:4,  and Mark 10:6, informs us God the Trinity said Let us make man in OUR image, speaking of the One God in 3 Persons at Creation.  In our image  and after our likeness  tells of some of the glory of man that during Creation was acquired from God. The dominion  of man over all the other works of Creation tells of the First Commission of man to be a pioneer in the exploration and control of the works of Creation.  The Bible refers to man as male and female  so that in marriage male and female becomes a complimenting couple of male and female.  That is the way God originally created them; and in marriage that is the way He intends for it to keep going according to Jesus, and absolutely no person is to have any part in the separation of those two which God has joined together.

From Gen 2:7 we learn that:  (a)  God created man physically from something that already existed, from the elements of the earth; (b) As far as the actual existence or inward spirit of man that came from God breathing into him the breath of life; and (c) With that spirit of life also man became a living soul.  From Gen 2:24 we learn of the one flesh  characteristics of marriage that God still intends and has always intended, that oneness emphasized by Jesus and the Apostles in the New Testament.  While Paul in I Cor 15:45 is emphasizing the difference between the first Adam and Christ the second Adam, also the difference between the natural and the spiritual body, the first man from earth and the second from heaven, he also contrasts the living soul and the living spirit.  As a man departs from the household of his mother and father, cleaving to a wife in marriage, the two become in Gods sight as one flesh. So serious is this matter of joining  with God that the Bible considers when a man has a relationship with a harlot that he becomes one body with her. Genesis 5:1,2 reinforces and builds on previous doctrine as God calls their name, male and female, Adam.

  1. God and the Gospel of Christ and the Everlasting Kingdom according to Genesis 12:1-3 and Galatians 3:8.9.

With Gods call to Abram to another land, God gave the everlasting covenant of:  (a) From Abram’s seed God would make the great nation of Israel; (b) Through his seed Christ the name of Abram would be great; and (c) Through Abram all the families and nations of the earth would be blessed.   Paul writes in Galatians 3:8,9 that When God said, “In thee shall all nations be blessed” God was preaching the Gospel to  Abraham; This all nations meant the Gentiles, or  heathen  which is the favorite word of the Bible for Gentiles;

This Gospel is justification through faith; and All Gentiles and Jews who believe in Christ become the seed of Abraham through faith.  In Genesis 15:5 God identifies that the seed of Abram will be as numerous as the stars of the sky, and in Genesis 15:6 since Abraham believed God will He said this the belief was counted for righteousness. In quoting “So shall your seed be” from Genesis in Romans 4:18, Paul emphasizes how Abraham believed in hope against hope that he would indeed be the father of many nations although he had at the time no sons. The Apostle James in James 2:23  reiterates how the faith of Abraham was counted as righteousness, adding that Abraham was called the friend of God.

In Genesis 17:5 and Romans 4:17 As God changes the name of Abram to Abraham, He says “A father of many nations have I made thee”.   Paul tells us in Romans 4:17 that this quote from Genesis 17:5 tells us two things about God Himself:  God is a life-giving God; and God is a God that can call into existence what did not previously exist.

  1. God of the Living, our Father in Heaven.

With Genesis 18:12-14  as quoted and explained in Mark 10:27,  God told Abraham and Sarah that though old and stricken in years they would have a son, and when Sarah laughed God said, Is any thing too hard for the LORD?  Jesus in Mark 10:27, not in the same context but with a paraphrase of the same meaning, talks of salvation as all things are possible with God .  Genesis 22:18 and Galatians 3:16 teach us that All nations will be blessed with salvation through the seed of Abraham with that Seed being singular for Christ Himself.  the Seed is Christ.  Recorded in the Word of God of Genesis 38:8 and Mark 12:19, Judah told Oman to raise up children to his brother Er whom God had slain.  When the Sadducees brought  up the matter of raising children by a died brothers wife and as to whose wife she would be in the resurrection, Jesus told them that what was important was that God was the God of the living, the God of the living Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

III.  Topical Bible:  Living God of the Living #1a.

  1.  This message of chapter 1, covering all of Genesis and Exodus 1-20, takes the gist of these 70 chapters of the Bible and of the Pentateuch {often called by Jesus and the Apostles the LAW as for example where the Apostle John writes in his Gospel “the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”  (John 1:17 NJKV)}…that is, the gist of the chapter comes from Exodus 3:6 where out of the burning bush, God identified Himself as the God of Moses’ father, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  This is the same God, the God of Creation of Genesis that we desire to know something about, to listen to in His book, and to pray to through the Lord Jesus Christ.  {If you have included in your studies the fictitious god of the Mormons and others, so different from the God of the Christian Bible, then you will also want to pray to the God of Moses, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all our forefathers in the faith.  Since there are no other real supernatural powers than God and Satan, if you are praying to any other god than God the Father, the bottom line is that you are praying to Satan.}  We will distinguish this God from the other “gods” of the Bible like Baal and Astoreth–which while not real were so detrimental to the nation of Israel–as “The Living God”, and base this on what Jesus taught in Matthew 22:32 that “God is not the God of the dead, but of the living” after quoting from Exodus 3:6,15. The Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, sought to entrap Jesus on whose wife a woman would be in the resurrection from the dead when during her life she had married seven brothers, of course one at a time.  {It sounds like a made-up story; and perhaps it is in the nature of parables–that is still true, but general in nature–but we can see today, especially in Hollywood, where we have the ultimate in rebellion against God on Bible marriage, how a star could have at death behind them seven wives or seven husbands.  You will recall also that Jesus encountered the woman at Jacob’s Well in Samaria, who attempted to mislead Him about no having a husband, to have hear Him say, “Well spoken; for you have had five husbands and the one that you now have is not your husband.”}

{NOTE:  It is important to understand this.  Jesus is not telling the woman to divorce her present husband.  What is important for that woman, Hollywood, and against the current trend in America today is to obey God on marriage, and where it is too late for initial obedience, to stop rebelling against God’s right to tell us what to do and how to do it.  Stop rebelling and ask forgiveness:  that is all that is required of you according to the Bible.}

2.  Genesis is the book of beginnings:  the beginning of the universe as God created the heavens and the earth, the creation of man and woman, the beginning of God’s first commission to man to subdue and replenish the earth {a commission that man tried to overlook after Noah and which God remedied by the confusion of the tongues at Babel} the beginning of marriage and the family, unfortunately also the beginning of sin and the work of Satan on earth {the lie in the Garden by Satan, first to the woman and then to the man was “Thou shalt surely not die” (Genesis 3:4) as God had told them; and when in II Thessalonians Paul talks about “THE LIE” to separate it from many other lies we know of, then surely that is also the big lie of Genesis and the Garden which in effect calls God a liar}. Less obvious in Genesis is the beginning of the warfare between the seed of Christ {and of the “woman” spoken of here and in Revelation  12} and the seed of Satan of Genesis 3:15.  Also less obvious is the beginning of the Gospel in Genesis 12, where Abraham, according to Paul had the Gospel preached to Him.  {You might easily say that God Himself was also preaching the Gospel in Genesis 3:15 when encompassed in that statement, not understood until the Apostles made it clear, was that Christ in His death on the cross would bruise the head of Satan.} And Genesis also records another famous first, the first destruction of the whole earth by God because of the wickedness of man, this time by water; and it is the New Testament which most fully explains how the second destruction will be by fire, and of the heavens as well as the earth.  {You can also find much of this in the Old Testament, generally centered around the subject of the “Day of the LORD”.}  To a certain extent Exodus is a book of beginnings in that it is the beginning of the Ten Commandments as well as other laws from God, the beginning of the nation of Israel although still a rag-tag congregation in the wilderness, the real beginning of God making His name known on a larger level as He warred with the Pharaoh of Egypt through Moses and Aaron.

The books of the New Testament that are part of our outline to follow of “The Living God of the Living” are:  Matthew, Mark, I Corinthians, Galatians, Romans, James, Luke, John, and II Corinthians in that order. {Not bad to preach a sermon on Genesis and Exodus including 9 of the 27 New Testament books to explain two Old Testament books.}  The four main points of the chapter message are:  (1) God, Man, and Marriage {this may seem like “the world, the universe, and other things; and so it is, but this is the beginning of man, the beginning of God’s dealings with man and woman, and God’s establishment of the institution of marriage about which Jesus spoke so much as recorded in the Gospels};

3.  Job

If you look at Table 1 in Appendix A, the table for all of the Old Testament quotes in the New Testament for Genesis, you will find that it leads off with Job 42:2 as quoted in Luke 10:27.  The reason for this is that there has been some attempt to sequence the Old Testament quotes according to their historical sequence, the book of Job being generally considered as the oldest in the Bible.  {Naturally in our Bibles you will find Job grouped with the other Literature of Wisdom and Psalms which would include Job, Psalm, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon, even as the find the minor and major prophets grouped together regardless of historical sequence.}  Although not straining too much at the exact historical sequence, it is still felt that with a certain closer approximation, we can also get a better sense of the Bible as “a gradual revelation of God coming to a great eternal climax in the Lord Jesus Christ”.  The message of Job is clear:  it is that the righteous suffer for no wrong which they have done; and as we study the life of the believer in the New Testament, we will find that it is dangerous to have all roses and no thorns.  WE are told in Hebrews that persecutions and afflictions allowed by God, even directed under the control of God, are proof of sonship as contrasted to “bastard children”, and that God uses these to makes us more like Christ.  However, don’t ever think that you must have the full message of the New Testament in order to gain additional spiritual insight from the Old Testament.  You can see in Job the agreement between God and Satan that the reason, according to Satan that Job served God, was because of the material blessings and health in his life; and that if God would withdraw these and his children, Job in the words of his wife would “curse God and die”.  Well, it didn’t happen through all the chapters of good and bad advice from friends and other counselors; and you can learn much from the example of Job, even as from all the prophets of the Old Testament.  As the Apostle James wrote in James 5:11.

“Indeed, we count them blessed who endure.  You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord–that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.”  (James 5:11 NKJV) Likewise there are depths of conviction about Jesus Christ as the Redeemer in Job which you will find exceeds much of the New Testament on that doctrine.

“For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another.”  (Job 19:25-27)

Can you imagine the extent of this faith and knowledge about the Lord Jesus Christ, the Redeemer and resurrected Christ, as well as the knowledge we learn from the New Testament most generally on the body-resurrection of all believers; and that Job had it even before Moses.  No, don’t sell the Old Testament short; and although we will most generally use the clearer teachings of the NT books to explain the OT quotes, some of the other way around will take place.  We will just “let the Bible say what the Bible wants to say.”  And back to the Job 42:2 quote of the Appendix Table on Genesis, it truly is a good beginning for this message on “the Living God of the Living” as it establishes an underlying principle of the Bible that “nothing is impossible with God”. Also, it is true, not because it is written that way; but is true based on the very nature of God.  The God who can “in the beginning create the heaven and the earth”, the God who can make man out of the dust of the ground and create woman from a rib of man, is also the God that can do anything.  When Jesus says the same words as Job in 42:2, it may not in your Bible be treated a quote; however, the words are almost the same–”…but God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26), the thoughts are exactly the same, so to me that is a quote.  You recall the incident after which Jesus made this statement to His twelve who marveled that any man could be saved as Jesus said, “how hard is it for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”  The bottom line of both incidents, the first in Job and the second in Matthew, is that God as shown in His workings of salvation, creation, and any other manifestation of Himself in the Bible, has no limitations on His power.

4.  The Prophet Messiah.

The greatest Prophet of the Old Testament or the New Testament is the Prophet Messiah, first foretold by the Prophet Moses; and that Prophet Messiah as made clear by the writings of the Apostles is the Lord Jesus Christ.  What this section of the chapter-message is all about under the title of “Prophet Messiah” is to understand the Christ of the Bible.  In this day and age when so many false prophets have multiplied far beyond the number of those of New Testament times who proclaim a Christ foreign to Bible exegesis, and lest we become discouraged with the futility of learning the real Christ, we must always continue our search after the Christ of the Bible. And somewhere along the line in the approximately 1990 years since Christ authored and finished the Christian Faith, the crossover was seemingly made where more false prophets came into existence than real prophets; but this seems true only if we fail to note the democratic nature of prophets and prophesy that started with New Testament times, focusing our attention more on the self-proclaimed leaders who wear robes, have positions in the name of Christ, and who demand obedience to themselves and their groups more than to the Christ of the Bible!

Before we can “Faith Contend with God’s Dimensions” in LEARN Christ volume 2 and receive a “Touch of the Eternal” in the book of Job that will lead us back to the Redeemer of the New Testament in Book 6, we must have a positive and dynamic presentation of the Christ of the Bible.  “Isn’t that what everyone is doing?”  you might say, “Trying to understand the real Christ from the pages of the Bible.”  No, that is not true; what they have done is rather than keep Christ in the total context of the Bible, taken a few isolated Scriptures with “private interpretations” out of the total context of the Bible in order to get followers and disciples more to themselves than unto Christ.  Some of these false prophets also make no bones about the fact that they are here on earth to supplement the Word of God as found in the Bible, stating either clearly or subtly with confusions between revelations and illuminations that they also are mediums of revelations from God Himself.  This is the great lie or deception of Satan from false prophets:  The Bible as the Word of God was complete with the writing of the 66 books of the Holy Prophets and Apostles; and the progress of the deception of nations by Satan through the false prophet and prophets is directly proportional to the extent that the Word of God can be replaced with these other so called revelations!

If Satan is allowed of God the Father to deceive all the nations of the earth again as he did in the Roman Empire, and after the thousand years in which he is bound, starting either with the destruction of the Western Roman Empire in 453 A. D., or with the destruction of the Eastern Roman Empire in 1453 A. D.; then this deception of the nations will progress on two fronts:  (1)  The political front where the Dragon, Satan, uses the beasts–a series of political leaders of great power–who gradual deceive the nations into a worship of themselves; and (2) The religious front where the false prophets back the beasts with lies and distortions of truth.  When we see the “bottomless pit” of Revelation into which Satan and his angels were cast when bound for a thousand years as the vastness of space, the same giant chasm that God looked over when He decided to create the earth in the middle of it; then we realize that the chain of Revelation that binds Satan to only the spirit world of influence on earth without physical appearances is that very restriction to spirit space–alias Satan is the prince of the power of the air, or space–then we realize also that after the loosing of Satan from bondage at the end of the thousand years, that his appearances and that of his angels will be from outer space to earth; and further that there is some evidence that this has started, even that such creatures have made contact with some world leaders!  What chance do we have of finding the real Christ in the midst of so many false prophets, beasts, and false leaders? Only one, by find the real Christ of the Bible, the Christ of the Holy Prophets and Apostles of the Bible; and in order that we might have fellowship with the real God of the real Lord Jesus Christ–

“That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ, and these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.”  (I John 1:3,4  KJV)

The Apostle John did not give up on real Christian fellowship, a fellowship with the real God and Christ, even though his First Century Christianity was already full of many false prophets and false Christian spirits–

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”

But he cautioned First Century Christians at the end of this letter of I John, and a caution that is even more for us in 1990, against idols of an unreal god and Christ–

“And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ.  This is the true God, and eternal life. Little children keep yourselves from idols.  Amen.”  (I John 5:20,21 KJV)

This section of the chapter-message, on the Prophet Messiah, is still another effort to get back to the real Christ of the Bible, and by finding the real Christ also to gain access to the “true God, and eternal life”.  It is strongly felt that even as false leaders have superficially, though very aggressively, taken Christ out of the total context of the Bible, that the best way to find the real Christ of the Bible, is in the total context of the flow of the Bible all the way from Genesis to Revelation; and therefore with two volumes in Book Two, “If Two Agree…”, A Harmony of John and Ephesians”, and “The Old Testament According to the New”, we will first in volume 3 find the agreements between the Holy Prophets and Apostles on the Prophet Messiah, the Christ, and then in volume 4, we will study the Old Testament based on the quotations and interpretations of the Apostles as recorded in the New Testament.  Further it is maintained that the way to find the real Christ is centered around the two words “The Prophet Messiah”; for this is both the terminology and concept of the Bible that consistently flows through the whole Bible from the beginning to the end.  In fact, “Messiah” is the Hebrew word for the Greek word “Christ”; and The Prophet for Jesus Christ only places Him in the perspective of the long line of Old Testament Prophets where the Spirit of Christ also signified unto them with what the Apostles of Jesus Christ told of what the Prophet Messiah did and taught.

After years of working on the Bible research and writing of ONE NEW COMMENTARY on the Bible and in particular of Book four on “Faith Contending with God’s Dimensions”, I have decided that we must only “contend for the faith” (Jude 3) in the total context of Christian Faith and the Bible even as the Apostle Jude did in the writing of the book of Jude, showing how the setting forth of the message and methods of faith contending were in the context of the “common salvation” about which he was already writing (Jude 3). If we do not do this, we tend to make a religion out of the method and message of Faith Contention even as false prophets and leaders make a religion out of their organizations and “orthodoxy”, and before long the “contend” itself comes to take the place of the Christ for Whom we are to Contend!

5,  The True Doctrine of Christ

“For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.  This is a deceiver and an antichrist.” (II John 7  KJV)

The true doctrine of Christ is to confess that “Jesus Christ is come in the flesh” so that those of I John who have committed the sin unto death are those deceivers and antichrists of II John who do not verbally confess that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, the same group of Jude on whom we are not to have compassion but to fear, and the same group of II John that we also can not even bid God speed else we become joint participants in their evil deeds.  Thus we have separated false leaders into two categories based on the Bible and the Doctrine of Christ:  (1) Leaders that verbally deny Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God; and (2) Leaders who do not verbally deny Jesus as the Christ, but whose excesses in freedoms with the Bible and grace of God by their works deny Jesus as the Christ.  And it is this second group that is the most dangerous; for only their inward spirits and conscience separates themselves from the true, the outward appearance is the same in order to deceive other sheep.  Of course, the motivation of such false leaders is not to deceive, it is just that they want disciples to follow themselves even as they follow, or more than, they follow true leaders!

IV.  The Cause of Christ in Ephesians.

  1. The Cause of Christ in Ephesians: Genesis 22:18 and Galatians 3:16 teach us that All nations will be blessed with salvation through the seed of Abraham with that Seed being singular for Christ Himself, the “all nations” being stated in the Jews and the Gentiles of Ephesians.

The Jews and the Gentiles covered the whole world then, and it covers the whole world now.  Somewhat amazing is the Abraham is never mentioned in Abraham, of course salvation is, nor is the Christ as the Seed being blessed which is the subject of other sermons based on Hebrews and Romans.  The word “salvation” is found only twice in Ephesians but is summarized in the major doctrine of One Baptism.

2. The Purpose of God, alias the Mystery of His will, is “your salvation”, Ephesians 1:9-14

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:  That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:  that we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”  (Ephesians 1:9-14)

3.  When you take the helmet of salvation for your head, you are taking the mental awareness of the whole matter of the One Baptism in Christ. This is a major doctrine that is seldom preached and taught in those words, Ephesians 6:13-18.

Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints…”

4.  It may at first be surprising that baptism is mentioned only once in the book of Ephesians, that in the 7 major major doctrines of the Bible on which there can be no compromise in the seeking of peace and unity.

“There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”  (Ephesians 4:4-6)

You will recall that Ephesians is a summary of the first 10 books of the Apostle Paul including the book of Romans where Paul labors that the one baptism is the one salvation, also Peter in the baptism that cleanses the conscience.

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A PLACE OF REST

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”  (Isaiah 26:3  KJV)

 “Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.  Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.”  (1 Timothy 4:15-16 NKJV)

The Bible Outline

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2-1:  THE LIVING GOD OF THE LIVING

  1. God, Man, and Marriage.

  2. Genesis 1:26,27, Matthew 19:4,  and Mark 10:6.

(1).  Let US make man in OUR image  bespeaks of the  plurality of  God during the time of creation.

(2).  In our image  and after our likeness  tells of some of the glory of man that during Creation was acquired from God.

(3).  The dominion  of man over all the other works of Creation tells of the First Commission of man to be a pioneer in the exploration and control of the works of Creation.

(4).  The Bible refers to man as male and female  so that in marriage male and female becomes a complimenting couple of male and female.  That is the way God originally created them; and in marriage that is the way He intends for it to keep going according to Jesus, and absolutely no person is to have any part in the separation of those two which God has joined together.

     (a).  Special  Bible instructions on Marriage before Marriage:  II Corinthians 6:14.

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”  (KJV)

     (b).  Special After Marriage:  I Corinthians 7:12-16

But to the rest I, not the Lord, say: If any brother has a wife who does not believe, and she is willing to live with him, let him not divorce her. 13 And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him. 14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy. 15 But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart; a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases. But God has called us to peace. 16 For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife?”

  1. Genesis 2:7,24, I Cor 15:45, Matthew 19:5, I Cor 6:16, and Mark 10:7,8.

(1).  From Gen 2:7 we learn that:  (a)  God created man physically from something that already existed, from the elements of the earth; (b) As far as the actual existence or inward spirit of man that came from God breathing into him the breath of life; and (c) With that spirit of life also man became a living soul.

(2).  From Gen 2:24 we learn of the one flesh  characteristics of marriage that God still intends and has always intended, that oneness emphasized by Jesus and the Apostles in the New Testament.

(3).  While Paul in I Cor 15:45 is emphasizing the difference between the first Adam and Christ the second Adam, also the difference between the natural and the spiritual body, the first man from earth and the second from heaven, he also contrasts the living soul and the living spirit.

(4).  As a man departs from the household of his mother and father, cleaving to a wife in marriage, the two become in Gods sight as one flesh  (Matthew 19:5,6 and Mark 10:7,8).

(5).  So serious is this matter of joining  with God that the Bible considers when a man has a relationship with a harlot that he becomes one body with her  (I Cor 6:16).

  1. Genesis 5:1,2, Matthew 19:4, and Mark 10:6.

(1).  Genesis 5:1,2 reinforces and builds on previous doctrine as God calls their name, male and female, Adam.

  1. God and the Gospel.

    • Genesis 12:1-3 and Galatians 3:8.9.

(1).  With Gods call to Abram to another land, God gave the everlasting covenant of:  (a) From Abram’s seed God would make the great nation of Israel; (b) Through his seed Christ the name of Abram would be great; and (c) Through Abram all the families and nations of the earth would be blessed.

(2).  Paul writes in Galatians 3:8,9 that:

  1. When God said “In thee shall all nations be blessed” God was preaching the Gospel to Abraham;

  2. This all nations meant the Gentiles, or heathen  which is the favorite word of the Bible for Gentiles;

  3. This Gospel is justification through faith; and

  4. All Gentiles and Jews who believe in Christ becomes the seed of Abraham through faith.

  5. Genesis 15:5,6, Romans 4:18, and James 2:23.

(1).  In Genesis 15:5 God identifies that the seed of Abram will be as numerous as the stars of the sky, and in Genesis 15:6 since Abraham believed God will He said this the belief was counted for righteousness.

(2).  In quoting “So shall your seed be” from Genesis in Romans 4:18, Paul emphasizes how Abraham believed in hope against hope that he would indeed be the father of many nations although he had at the time no sons.

(3).  The Apostle James in James 2:23  reiterates how the faith of Abraham was counted as righteousness, adding that Abraham was called the friend of God.

  1. Genesis 17:5 and Romans 4:17.

(1).  As God changes the name of Abram to Abraham, He says “A father of many nations have I made thee”.

(2).  Paul tells us in Romans 4:17 that this quote from Genesis 17:5 tells us two things about God Himself:

  1. God is a life-giving God; and

  2. God is a God that can call into existence what did not previously exist.

  • God of the Living, our Father in Heaven.

    • Genesis 18:12-14 and Mark 10:27.

(1).  God told Abraham and Sarah that though old and stricken in years they would have a son, and when Sarah laughed God said, Is any thing too hard for the LORD?

(2).  Jesus in Mark 10:27, not in the same context but with a paraphrase of the same meaning, talks of salvation as all things are possible with God .

  1. Genesis 22:18 and Galatians 3:16.

(1).  All nations will be blessed with salvation through the seed of Abraham.

(2).  That Seed is singular, the Seed is Christ.

  1. Genesis 38:8 and Mark 12:19.

(1).  Judah told Oman to raise up children to his brother Er whom God had slain.

(2).  When the Sadducees brought  up the matter of raising children by a died brothers wife and as to whose wife she would be in the resurrection, Jesus told them that what was important was that God was the God of the living, the God of the living Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

  1. Exodus 3:6 and Luke 20:37.

(1).  God told Moses in the call at the burning bush that He was the God of Moses father, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

(2).  About the dead being raised to life, Jesus quotes Moses and Exodus 3:6 how God is the God of Abraham, the God of  Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and with the emphasis on God as each time God with repeated with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

  1. Exodus 9:16 and Romans 9:17.

(1).  God has Moses tell Pharaoh that he has been put on the throne of Egypt for two reasons:  (a)  To demonstrate the power of God in securing the freedom of Israel; and (b) That the name of the living God and the God of the living might be declared over all the earth.

(2).  In quoting that in Romans 9:17 and in explaining the meaning in Romans 9:16,18, Paul is telling us of how God is in control of world events; and what  is important does not depend on the will of man or the competitiveness of man, but rather on the mercy of God, and that ultimately God will have mercy on whom He alone desires.

  1. Exodus 12:46 and John 19:36.

(1).  The Passover feast in remembrance of Gods rescue of Israel from Egyptian bondage among other things included that the lamb of the feast should not have a  bone of the body broken, a direct quote of which we will see later in Psalms.

(2).  When the Apostle John in John 19:36  tells of how at the Crucifixion of Jesus, and since Jesus was already dead contrary to custom, not a bone in His body was broken, John is quoting from both Exodus and Psalms 34:20.  (Psalms 34:20 is directly quoted, and the reference from Exodus 12:46 is closer to a paraphrase.)

  1. Exodus 16:18 and II Corinthians 8:15.

(1).  During Gods supply of manna during the 40 years in the wilderness, those who gathered much had nothing left over and those who gathered little were not hungry so that it was completely by the grace of God and according to the individual needs.

(2).  Paul quotes this in II Corinthians to illustrate equality  among Christians in the churches, or to illustrate the democratic nature of salvation.

 2-2:  RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD AND MAN

  1. The Ten Commandments.

    • Exodus 20, Luke 18:20, Mark 7:10, Matthew 5:38, Romans 13:8,9, and James 2:11.

(1).  These are the Ten Commandments according to Jesus and the Apostles.

  1. Exodus 21:17 and Mark 7:10: speaking evil of mother and father was considered so serious to God that those who did such were to be put to death.

  2. Exodus 21:24 and Matthew 5:38: under the law it was to be life for life, eye for eye, and tooth for tooth s greatly did God respect human life and welfare and desire Israel to do the same.

  3. Exodus 32:6 and I Corinthians 10:7:  Paul reminds Christians at Corinth not to be idolaters even as the children of Israel were while Moses was on Mount Sinai getting the Ten Commandments.

  4. The Laws of a Holy God.

    • Leviticus 4:18-20 and Hebrews 9:22: not a paraphrase or a quote, but rather in Hebrews 9:22 Paul summarizes what blood  could do in the laws and ordinances of the Old Testament, the practices of which Leviticus 4:18-20 is typical.

    • Leviticus 11:44 and I Peter 1:16: God requires that His people be Holy since He Himself is Holy.

    • Leviticus 18:5,16 and Galatians 3:12: any person who desires to live under the Laws must live by keeping the Laws.

    • Leviticus 19:12 and Matthew 5:33.

(1).  In these just and holy requirements of the Law of Leviticus since “I am the LORD”, His name is not be sworn by falsely nor profaned.

(2).  With this quotes and as a starting point, Jesus says don’t make any oath at all.

  • How Did the Law Read during the time of Jesus.

    • Luke 10:26: “And He (Jesus) said to him, `What is written in the Law?  How does it read to you?”  (NASV)

    • Leviticus 19:18 and Luke 10:27: (1) To Love God with all the heart, mind, and soul; and (2)To Love your neighbor as yourself.

    • Leviticus 18:5 and Luke 10:28: “And He (Jesus) said to him, `You have answered correctly; DO THIS, AND YOU WILL LIVE.”   (NASV)

NOTE:  If you could really do this, keep these laws, you would live eternally.

IV  The Laws Jesus Came to Fulfill, not Destroy.

  1. Leviticus 19:18 and Matthew 5:43: You have been told to love your neighbors and hate your enemies?

  2. Be like God (Matthew 5:44,45): “But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you in order that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” (NASV)

  3. Galatians 5:14, Romans 13:8,9, and James 2:8: All the Law is fulfilled in Love for Neighbor as yourself.

  4. Leviticus 20:9 and Mark 7:10 (with Exodus 20:12 and Deut 5:16): Since in the Law the requirement to “Honor father and mothers has already been established and quoted here, it follows also on the ordinances of the law, or applications, that those who curse mother and father should die.

NOTE:  The emphasis of Jesus in Mark 7:13 is that the religious leaders were trying to invalidate the Word of God by their traditions.

  1. Leviticus 28:12 and II Corinthians 6:16: God desires a distinct or special people among whom He can dwell and be their God.

NOTE:  In Isaiah 52:11 as quoted in II Corinthians 6:17 this is to be a clean and separate people.

  1. The real way to eternal life, to fulfillment of righteousness and the Laws, is through faith in the Crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ for the sins of the world.

  2. Numbers 9:12 and John 19:36 reminds us that as predicted in the Old Testament not a bone in the body of  Christ was broken during Crucifixion.

2-3:  THE COMPOSITE WITNESS OF THE BIBLE

  1. The Importance of Witnesses.

  2. Deuteronomy 5:16, Exodus 20:12 and 21:17, Leviticus 20:9, and Mark 7:10 where with Honor to parents and the law of death with dishonor, Jesus teaches that what is inside man rather than what goes inside him is defiling.

  3. Importance of knowing the Commandments: Deut 5:16-20 and Mark 10:19.

You know the commandments, DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, DO NOT DEFRAUD, HONOR FATHER AND MOTHER.  (Mark 10:19  NASV)

  1. What Commandment is Foremost? Mark 10:28-31 and Luke 10:26,27.

(1).  First is THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD, Deut 6:4,5 and Mark 10:29,30.

(2).  Second is Love Neighbor, Lev 19:18 and Mark 10:31.

  1. Worship God only and serve Him: Deuteronomy 6:13 and Luke 4:8.

  2. The importance of a special people to bear witness to God begins here and runs throughout the Old Testament: Deut 7:6 and Titus 2:14.

  3. Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4, and Luke 4:4: Man should not live by bread alone.

  4. OKAY, HOW IS MAN TO LIVE?

  5. Live by Listening to what Jesus, the Prophet Messiah has to say: Deut 18:15,19, Acts 3:22,23, and Acts 7:37.

Listen to the Apostle Peter as he preaches quoting from the Prophet Moses in Deuteronomy: Moses said, ‘The Lord God shall raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren; to Him you shall give heed in everything He says to you.  And it shall be that every soul that does not heed that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.   (Acts 3:22,23 NASV)

  1. Live by Listening to the testimony of God the Father to God the Son: Mark 9:7, a paraphrase of Deut 18:15,19 except from God Himself, and a direct quote in Psalm 11:7.

Then a cloud formed, overshadowing them, and a voice came out of the cloud, ‘This is My beloved Son, listen to him!   (Mark 9:7  NASV)

  1. Live by Listening to other reliable and trustworthy witnesses: Deut 19:15.

One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth; at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.   (Deut 19:15  KJV)

(1).  Deut 19:15 and Matthew 18:16:  if your brother sins against you but refuses to listen, take your grievance to him byway of two or three witnesses; and if that does not work take it before the local church.

(2).  Deut 19:15 and II Corinthians 13:1:  Listen to the Apostle Paul!

This is the third time I am coming to you, EVERY FACT IS TO BE CONFIRMED BY THE TESTIMONY OF TWO OR THREE WITNESSES.   (II Cor 13:1)

(3).  Deut 19:15 and John 8:17:  Listen to Jesus Himself!

Even in your law it has been written, that the testimony of two men is true.  I am He who bears witness of Myself, and the Father who sent Me bears witness of Me.   (John 8:17,18)

(4).  Deut 19:15 and I Timothy 5:18:  Listen to the elder of any local church (same as the pastor or bishop) right up to the point that any accusation against him has been established in that local church at the mouth of two or three witnesses.

  • How Can you Listen to a Common Criminal Like Jesus of Nazareth who was cursed in that

He was hanged or crucified on a tree (cross)?  Deut 21:22 and Galatians 3:13

  1. Deuteronomy 21:22.

And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree; His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day;(for he that is hanged is accursed of God;) that thy land be not defiled; which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.   (Deut 21:22,23  KJV)

NOTE:  Jesus was very familiar with this portion of the Word of God as He was with all of the Old Testament, and when crying My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me a cry of grief more than questioning He knew that God had to turn His back on such a curse on Christ for the sins of the whole world.

  1. Galatians 3:13.

ALL OF GODS WORDS AND WORD IS SERIOUS AND TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY WHETHER WRITTEN IN THE OLD TESTAMENT OR NEW TESTAMENT!  Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us for it is written, ‘Cursed is every one who hangs on a tree.   (Galatians 3:13  NASV)

(1).  We were cursed by the Law since striving to live by them and therefore keeping them, we knew ourselves to come far short; and therefore without real life!

(2).  Jesus in the death on the Cross became a curse in our place.

  1. Listen to Jesus seriously on a few other matters.

NOTE:  Especially if you think you were not under a curse because of your failures to live up to the Law and therefore did not need for Christ to become a curse in your place!

  1. Deuteronomy 24:1, Matthew 5:31, and Mark 10:4.

(1).  Deuteronomy 24:1.

When a man hath taken a wife (this is not necessarily the way you are cursed), and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favor in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her; then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.  And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another mans wife.   (Deut 24:1,2  KJV)

(2).  Matthew 5:31.

And it was said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of dismissal; but I say to you that every one who divorces his wife, except for the cause of unchastity, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.   (Matt 5:31,32  NASV)

(3).  Mark 10:4.

And some Pharisees came up to Him, testing Him, and began to question Him whether it was lawful for a man to divorce a wife.  And He answered and said to them, What did Moses command you? And they said, Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.  But Jesus said to them, ‘Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment.  But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.  For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, And the two shall become one flesh; consequently they are no longer two, but one flesh.  What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.   (Mark 10:2-9  NASV)

  1. Deuteronomy 25:3-5 , I Corinthians 9:9, and I Timothy 5:18.

(1).  Be just in judgment in that the punishment correspond with the violation; don’t muzzle the ox as he treads the corn, and let a brother raise up children to his dead brothers wife.

(2).  It was written for our sakes more than for oxen in order that the worker may work with hope of reward for his works.

(3).  The elder (pastor or bishop) that works hard at preaching and teaching should receive likewise double compensation.

  1. Deuteronomy 25:6, Luke 20:28,38, and Mark 12:19.

(1).  Your dead brothers name is not to disappear from Israel.

NOTE:  Why should the eternal laws of God be so concerned about this one single name of a brother who died before he could have any children.  After all the last name of the dead childless and the brother would be the same!

(2).  According to Jesus it is more important to realize that in heaven there is no marriage, rather men are like the angels; and that men do not did who believe in God and Christ like Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, because they are still alive with the Living God!  (Luke 20:28,38 and Mark 12:19)

NOTE:  The real concern is that any mans name, alias himself and his real existence, not disappear from the eternal Israel of Gods real people of believing Jews and Gentiles!

  1. Listen also to a few other matters from the Apostle Paul in the Word of God!

  2. Deuteronomy 27:26 and Galatians 3:10.

(1).  Cursed is every man that does not confirm all the laws of God by doing all of them!

(2).  None can truly be justified by the Law, only by faith.

  1. Deuteronomy 32:12 and I Corinthians 10:20.

(1).  The LORD God led Israel and their was no strange gods among them.

(2).  The Gentiles sacrifice to demons not to God, and the Christian is to have no part in this worship of demons.

2-4:  GOD, MAN, AND THE SON OF MAN                

  1. How God deals with men and with men Through Christ!

  2. Some evident things about God in the Bible of Job and Psalms.

(1).  God can do everything and anything without any limitations to His power in heaven and on earth.

(2).  God knows every thought and every action of every man on earth.

(3).  God tricks the wise men in their own methods of craftiness like an adult playing with toys and children.

(4).  God exalts the humble in His sight.  They can be down and out and still though humble in the ways of the world not necessarily be humble in the sight of God, and it is even harder for the up and out to be humble in Gods sight for they trust in their own riches or financial security.

  1. Job 5:13 and I Corinthians 3:19: God catches the wise in their own craftiness.

  2. Job 22:29 and James 4:10: God exalts the humble.

  3. Job 42:2 and Mark 10:27.

(1).  Job 42:2.

“Then Job answered the LORD, and said, I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.  Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge?  therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.  Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak:  I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.  I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear:  but no mine eye seeth thee.  Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”   (Job 42:1-6  KJV)

(2).  Mark 10:27.

NOTE:  TWO MOST IMPORTANT AND FUNDAMENTAL DOCTRINES OF ALL THE BIBLE ARE SET FORTH HERE:  (1)  THE POWER OF GOD, NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD; AND (2) WHO THEN CAN BE SAVED SINCE IT IS SO DIFFICULT FOR A RELIGIOUS AND WELL ESTABLISHED LEADER IN SOCIETY TO BE SAVED?

“And Jesus, looking around, said to His disciples, How hard it will be for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God.  And the disciples were amazed at His words.  But Jesus answered again and said to them, Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!  It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.  (Why, because most of them unlike Job can not say, ‘Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.)  And they were even more astonished and said to Him, ‘Then who can be saved?  Looking upon them, Jesus said, With men it is impossible, but now with God; for all things are possible with God.”   (Mark 10:23-27  NASV)

NOTE AGAIN:  IF NO OTHER QUESTIONS ARE ANSWERED IN THIS BOOK, THE ESSENTIAL AND MOST ESSENTIAL QUESTION THAT MUST BE ANSWERED IS THAT OF THE DISCIPLES TO JESUS, WHO THEN CAN BE SAVED?  AND WHERE WE START IN THE REST OF THIS BOOK TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION IS WITH THE IMMEDIATE REPLY OF JESUS, WITH THE POWER OF GOD TO WHOM NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE.

  1. God the Creator and Father looks at man, men, and then testifies to men.

  2. God the Creator notices that the Gentiles rage against Him and that the people of Israel imagine a vain thing and things about Him: Psalm 2:1,2 and Acts 4:24-26.

  3. God the Father has decreed and testified in the Bible as well as at the baptism of Jesus in the presence of many as the voice came from heaven that Jesus of Nazareth is, was, and is His Son:

Psalm 2:7 , Matthew 3:17 and 17:5, Hebrews 1:5 and 5:5, II Peter 1:17, and Mark 9:7.

(1).  Psalm 2:7.

“I will declare the decree:  the LORD hat said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.”   (Psalm 2:7  KJV)

(2).  Matthew 3:17.

“And after being baptized, Jesus went up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens, saying, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”   (Matt 3:16,17 NASV)

(3).  Matthew 17:5.

“And Peter answered and said to Jesus, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.  While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and behold, a voice out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; hear Him!”   (Matthew 17:4,5  NASV)

NOTE:  What God adds in His own testimony to Jesus as compared to the transfiguration after a similar testimony at the baptism is HEAR HIM . Paul did not mean in Ephesians 4:20,21 that like Peter, James, and hundreds of others you had to be there physically as Jesus taught.  What he meant was that through the help of the Spirit of God you must see and hear from yourself, personally.   This is the key to who can be saved!  By listening to Jesus and His words of life!

(4).  Hebrews 1:5.

“For to which of the angels did He ever say, ‘Thou art My Son, Today I have begotten thee?  And again, ‘I will be a father to Him, and He shall be a Son to Me?”   (Hebrews 1:5  NASV)

(5).  Hebrews 5:5.

“So also Christ did not glorify Himself so as to become a high priest, but He who said to Him, ‘Thou art my Son, Today I have begotten thee…”

NOTE:  This is the first time in this Bible study of the progressive revelations of the Bible from Genesis to Malachi that we have encountered Jesus as the great high priest.

“…just as He says also in another passage, ‘Thou art a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”   (Hebrews 5:5,6  NASV)

NOTE CONTINUED:  And we will come to this second quote in Hebrews 5:5,6 when we get in the progression to Psalm 110:6.

(6).  II Peter 1:17.

“Moreover I will endeavor that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance, For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.  For he received from God the Father honor and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.  And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him the holy mount.   (II Peter 1:15-18  KJV)

NOTE:  So that the Apostle Peter in writing for a permanent record adds his own testimony as a witness to Jesus with the witness of God the Father and that of Jesus Himself!

(7).  Mark 9:7.

“Then a cloud formed, overshadowing them, and a voice came out of the cloud, ‘This is My beloved Son, listen to Him!’”   (Mark 9:7  NASV)

LISTEN TO HIM, JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE BELOVED SON OF GOD!

  1. God chooses men and ways less esteemed among men as far as status in order to receive Honor and Praise to His name:  Psalm 8:2 and Matthew 21:16.

III.  What Can God tell us about ourselves as men and women?

  1. Psalm 8:3,4: When we consider the magnitude and vastness of all that God created in the Universe, how in the world can He give mind to a little man and beyond that visit man on the planet earth through the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ?

  2. Psalm 8:5,6: What does God specifically think of man based on the way He created him.

(1).  God made man a little lower than the angels, and recall that this is the generic man of Genesis of male and female.

(2).  God gave honor and glory to man by creating him in His own image or likeness, and God keeps that thought pattern in mind in all His dealings with man.

(3).  God entrusted man with all the other works of His Creation, placing man in dominion over all these works of Creation.

(4).  God remembers man.

(5).  God visits man.

  1. Hebrews 2:6: We must go beyond the primary level of meaning about Man to that about the Son of Man, the Lord Jesus Christ, who in Himself fulfilled all that God originally meant for man and more; and you see that in Hebrews 2:8

“Thou hast put all things in subjection under His feet.  For in subjecting all things to him, He left nothing that is not subject to him, But now we do not yet see all things subjected to him.”   (Hebrews 2:8  NASV)

  1. I Corinthians 15:27.

Granted that there are many stories, many chapters, verses, and books in the Bible; but the total subject matter for the practical purposes of Christian faith can be summarized as faith in God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Bible, and Salvation.  Get that and you have enough of the Bible for life.  The following important passage helps to establish the present and eternal relationship between God the Father and Christ the Son.

“The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.  For he hath put all things under his feet.  But when he saith all things re 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 15:26-28  KJV)

(1).  There are still some enemies such as death that has not be subjected to Christ as the Son of Man, or  Christ as the Lord of heaven and earth.

(2).  God the Father has ordained that all in heaven and earth be under the feet of Christ, and heaven is already there.  May Gods will be done on earth as it is in heaven as more people still on earth are subjected to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

(3).  God the Father did not put Himself in subjection to the Lord Jesus Christ.

(4).  After the Second Coming of Christ when everything on earth also comes under the actual Lordship of Jesus then Jesus will Himself be subjected to the LORDSHIP of the Father.

(5).  God the Father may ultimately be all in all .

  1. What did God find during the time of David and before when He looked down from heaven to take a close look at man (I suspect this was and is all the time)?

  2. Psalm 14:1-3: (1) God found fools who said in their hearts that there is no God; (2) He found a corrupt humanity of abominable works and an absence of doing good;  (3) When He searched again among men to see if any of man understood and sought God, He found that they all had missed the essential way, found filthiness, and a lack of doing good.

  3. Romans 3:10.

“As it is written, ‘There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is one who seeks for God; All have turned aside, together they have become useless; thee is one who does good, There is not even one.”   (Romans 3:10-12  NASV)

THIS IS HUMANITY WITHOUT FAITH AND RIGHTEOUSNESS THROUGH FAITH, HUMANITY WITHOUT JESUS CHRIST!

2-5:  THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS.

  1. What God did for Christ the firstborn and therefore what He also does for all that will believe in Christ as the secondborns!

  2. Psalm 16:8-11: God is at my right hand; I feel secure and realize that honor will be achieved; the pains of the flesh are assuaged by hope; God will not leave my soul in hell; and God will not allow His Holy One to see corruption in the grave;  God will show me the path of everlasting life where in His Presence there is fullness of joy; and at His right hand there is pleasure forever.

NOTE:  The only way Jesus could place the Father on His right hand and also be at the right hand of the Father is for the two to be facing in opposite directions which was true at the Crucifixion as Jesus became a curse for us!

  1. Acts 2:25: Listen again to the witness of the Apostle Peter as he preached on the first day of Pentecost after the historical coming of the Holy Spirit in power and fullness.

“Men of Israel, listen to these words:  Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know this Man, delivered up by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death.  And God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony od death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.  For David says of Him, ‘I was always beholding the Lord in my presence; For He is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken, Therefore my heart was glad and my tongue exulted; moreover my flesh also will abide in hope; because thou wilt not abandon my soul to hades, nor allow thy Holy One to undergo decay.  Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; Thou wilt make me full of gladness with thy presence.”   (Acts 2:22-28 NASV)

NOTE:  A Paraphrase on This Sermon from Peter.

The  Apostle Peters First Sermon was naturally on Jesus of Nazareth after he had explained what had been seen as manifestations of the historical coming of the Holy Spirit in power and fullness to take the place of Jesus on earth, Jesus immediately before having Ascended back to the right hand of God the Father.  First what Peter had told them about the Coming of the Holy Spirit to take the place of Jesus with a quote and explanation from Joel 2:28-32 (Acts 2:14-21): These men who are speaking on other languages that so that all men present here can hear in their own language, are not drunk; but is that historical event predicted by the Prophet Joel.  It is that at the beginning of the last days, in other words right now, God will pour out the fullness of His Spirit; and with this fullness of the Spirit will also come:  (1)  A more widespread and democratic knowledge of God through the widespread presence and power of this Spirit as young and old, servant and free, men and women receive the Spirit; (2) prophecy will also become more democratic as contrasted to the Prophets in the Bible who wrote Scriptures of the Apostles of the New Testament; (3) All this will happen between this beginning of the last days and the end of time when the old earth becomes the new earth as the sun and moon are turned into darkness at the end of time; and (4) The sole method of salvation from this beginning of last days to this end of time will be that

“Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Second what Peter told them about Jesus and salvation:  God the Father gave His own testimony of witness to Jesus through miracles, wonders, and signs that obviously had to come from God and which Jesus performed as well as the voice that came from heaven at the baptism and transfiguration of Jesus.  God did this in your midst the midst of Israel and in the First Century as all Israel well knew.  Yet Israel crucified Jesus on a tree, or cross, making Him a curse in the sight of God which was really the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God  as we have seen predicted in the Old Testament long before the First Century A.D. God in order to complete salvation and the testimony to His own Son raised Jesus up from the dead.  You see if He was His own Son, and He was, it was impossible that death and the grave could hold Him captive.  And like David wrote in Psalms as a prediction of that which was to come and as a decree from God of what was already settled in heaven that remained to be fulfilled on earth was that God would not leave Christs soul in hell for more than three days, that He would not allow the physical body of Christ to suffer the corrupting influence of the grave, and that as the Firstborn He would be restored to life and the Presence of God.

  1. What God will do for humanity during the period of time from the beginning of the last days after the Ascension of Christ and the end of time!

    • Psalm 18:25 and Matthew 5:7: God will bless the merciful by giving them mercy Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy.   (KJV)

    • Psalm 18:49 and Romans 15:9: God will spread the praise of His name and the name of Jesus among the Gentiles, another aspect of the democratic ways of God after the Coming of the Spirit in fullness.

  • Now we are in a position to understand Jesus cry of “My God, my God why hast thou forsaken me ?”  of Psalm 22:1 and Matthew 27:46.

    • It is to be understood in the total context of Psalm 22 which starts with the Crucifixion of Jesus and the words of Jesus on the cross in 22:1 and ends in 22:28-31 with establishment of the kingdom of Christ on earth in its fullness.

    • First we should realize that other portions of Psalm 22 relate ahead of time events about the crucifixion as they pierced the hands of Christ and as they cast lots for His garments: Psalm 22:16-18 and Matthew 27:35, also John 19:24.

    • Psalm 22:22 and Hebrews 2:12: Both He, Christ, who does the sanctifying, or setting apart of Christian in salvation, and those sanctified, that is the Christians, has the same source from the One God the Father; and therefore Jesus as the Firstborn is not ashamed to call the secondborn Christians as brethren .

    • So God the Father turned His back on Christ the Son was He was dying on the cross for the sins of the world, while Christ was being made a curse on the cross which a righteous God could not stand; and to that extent God the Father had to forsake Him for three days according to the plan that they had made in the counsels of eternity while Christ was on the cross being made a curse, and while Christ went to hell, the intermediary place after death for those who do not go immediately to heaven where He preached to the dead spirits.

  1. Who Then Will See God and Be Saved?

    • Those who are sensitive the Conscience of others as well as his own Christian Conscience, seeking their good as well as his own good: Psalm 24:1 and I Corinthians 10:26.

    • Those who have received a legally declared purity of heart through justification by faith and an inward potential of purity of heart through the daily process of sanctification, and that will also become the pure of heart with complete redemption or glorification at the Second Coming of Christ: Psalm 24:3-5 and Matthew 5:8.

    • Those who learn to love life and see longevity of life: Psalm 34:12-16 and I Peter 3:10-12.

    • Those who do not forget faith in Christ and in the Crucifixion of Christ for salvation and righteousness: Psalm 34:19,20 and John 19:36; and Psalm 35:19 and John 15:25.

(1).  In the crucifixion they hated Christ without a cause.

(2).  Not a bone in Christs body was broken like the Passover Lamb, but rather when His side was pierced out flowed blood and water, the sign of death by a broken heart.

2-6:  WISDOM FROM GOD

  1. Two Kinds Response/People.

    • Let a man ask in faith and without a desire to consume it on his own lusts in order to get wisdom from God: Proverbs 2:3-6 and James 1:5.

    • Wisdom of God includes discipline of the LORD: Proverbs 3:12 and Hebrews 12:6.

    • To turn sinner from error of ways: Proverbs 10:12 and James 5:20.

(1).  Saves a soul from death; and

(2).  Covers a multitude of sins.

  1. Some do the deed of their father the devil: Proverbs 18:4 and John 7:38.

  2. Some wise and unwise responses to God.

    • Those who have the knowledge of Jesus then return to worldly entanglements are like dogs returning to vomit: Proverbs 26:11 and II Peter 2:22.

    • To plan on tomorrow apart from the will of God is foolish: Proverbs 27:1 and James 4:13.

    • Rich foolishly fall into temptations and snares: Proverbs 28:20 and I Timothy 6:9.

  • Making life’s decisions in terms of the terminal One Day.

  1. After tribulation the sun and moon will be darkened, the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven will be shaken: Ecclesiastes 12:1-3 and Mark 13:24.

  2. Then the meek will inherit the earth: Psalm 37:11 and Matthew 5:5.

  3. In preparation for this new people of the new heavens and earth God has provided a body, the body of Christ, as He took away burnt offerings and sacrifices: Psalm 40:6-8 and Hebrews 10:5.      The unwise eats bread at the table of Christ while they lift up their heel against Him:  Psalm 41:9 and John 13:18.

  4. God’s Eternal Wisdom rests in Christ.

  5. God the Father, Psalm 45:6,7 and Hebrews 1:8, says of God the Son:

(1).  Your throne is forever, O God;

(2).  Rule of your kingdom is righteousness; and

(3).  You loved righteousness, hated iniquity.

  1. Some statements by Christ before made on earth:

(1).  They hated me without cause:  Psalm 69:4 and John 15:25.

(2).  The reproaches of God fell on me:  Psalm 69:9 and Romans 15:3.

2-7:  THE GOSPEL

  1. The Time Finally came.

    • Christ in parables told hidden things: Psalm 78:2,24, Matthew 13:35, and John 6:31.

    • The Father charged to angels to care for Christ: Psalm 91:11 and Matthew 4:6.

    • God knows the thoughts of the wise as vain: Psalm 94:11,12 and I Corinthians 3:20.

    • This is the time to hear the voice of God, not hardening the heart: Psalm 95:7-11 and Hebrews 3:15; 3:7; and 4:7.

  2. Some things God the Father says.

    • Of The Son You are Eternal though the earth passes away: Psalm 101:25-33 and Hebrews1:10.

    • Of angels, ministers and a flame of fire: Psalm 104:4 and Hebrews 1:7,8.

    • To Son, Sit on my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool: Psalm 110:1 and Hebrews 1:13.

    • That Christ is a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek: Psalm 110:4 and Hebrews 5:6 ,7:21.

  • Believe and Speak.

    • God made Jesus Lord and Christ: Psalm 110:1 and Acts 2:34,35.

    • II Cor 9:9 and Psalm 112:9.

    • II Cor 4:13 and Psalm 116:10.

    • Romans 15:11 and Psalm 117:1.

    • Psalm 118:22, Matt 21:42, and Luke 20:17.

    • Psalm 118:26 and Matthew 21:9.

2-8:  LISTENING MORE IMPORTANT THAN SACRIFICE

  1. Listen to God.

  2. Love of God and neighbor is and always was in the Old Testament more important than burnt offerings and sacrifices:  I Samuel 15:22 and Mark 12:33.

  3. To listen to Christ as Lord is more important than the legal requirements of the sabbath day: I Samuel 21:1,6, Luke 6:3,4, Mark 2:25, and \Matthew 12:2,3.

  4. When you listen to God in the predictions of the Bible you have to listen twice as hard as the predictions often have double meaning–that is, a wider spectrum of meaning than immediately obvious as here where it applies to King Solomon and King Jesus: II Samuel 7:12,14 and John 7:42.

  5. Listen to God talk about His own remnant of Israel when He tells Elijah that He has reserved 7,000 for Himself that have not bowed the knee to Baal: I Kings 19:10-18 and Romans 11:4.

  6. Listening Signs from the Early Prophets and Jesus.

    • The Listening Signs for This Generation is Both Solomon, Jonah and Jesus as recorded in the Bible while in Nineveh’s generation it was the Prophet Jonah and in Jesus time it was Him the Prophet Messiah:  Jonah 3:1-4 and Luke 11:29.

  7. Listen to the Apostle Peter on the first day of Pentecost after Christs Ascension as he quotes from the Prophet Joel to explain both what happened on that day, and what would happen from this the beginning of the last days until the end of time: Joel 2:28-31 and Acts 2:16-21.

  8. Listen to the Prophet Joel start the ball rolling on the prime them of the Bible about eschatology, the One Day of the LORD: Joel 3:13, Mark 4:29, and Mark 13:24.

  • Listen to God Himself tell in the Bible to what extent the nation of Israel was and was not His chosen people.

    • Immediately after rescue from Egyptian bondage God turned away from most of Israel, giving them up to worship the host of heaven; Amos 5:25-27 and Acts 7:42.

    • God takes a people for His name from among the Gentiles: Amos 9:11,12 and Acts 15:15-17.

    • These same Gentiles shall be called sons of the living God: Hosea 2:23 and Romans 9:25,26. Isaiah 1-39

    • If God had not chosen a small remnant out of Israel they would have been like Sodom and Gomorrah: Isaiah 1:9 and Romans 9:29.

  1. Listen to God Himself in His book on matters or eschatology, or last things.

    • You must first of all see the double nature of predictions as related to eschatology as when the Old Testament said,

“I will call my Son out of Egypt.” ( Hosea 11:1 and Matthew 2:15)  NOTE:  The Son has a double meaning: 

(1).  First it is the nation of Israel as the Son; and          (2).  Then it is Christ as the Son.

  1. Immortality and the sting of death: Hosea 13:14 and Isaiah 29:8.

  2. Day of the LORD: Isaiah 2:3,12,18, and 19, and I Corinthians 14:36, II Thessalonians 2:2, and II Thessalonians 1:10.

  3. Isaiah 35:51; 61:1 and Matthew 11:5.

2-9:  WHAT HAPPENED TO THE JEWS AS THE CHOSEN PEOPLE OF GOD?

  1. JESUS TAUGHT IN PARABLES TO EXPLAIN WHAT HAD HAPPENED TO THE JEWS AS THE CHOSEN PEOPLE OF GOD.

    • JESUS TOLD THE PARABLE OF THE VINEYARD WITH ISRAEL AS THE NATION WHO REJECTED THE RIGHTFUL OWNER OF THE VINEYARD: ISAIAH 5:1,7, MATTHEW 21:33, AND MARK 12:2.

    • THE OLD TESTAMENT AND JESUS EXPLAIN THE NATURE OFPARABLES AS SUCH THAT THEY WHO HEAR MAY NOT UNDERSTAND AND BE CONVERTED: ISAIAH 6:9,10, MATTHEW 13:14,15, MARK :12, AND MARK 8:18.

  2. GOD DID GIVE ALL IN ISRAEL ANOTHER CHANCE AS WITH GIVING THEM THE SIGN OF THE VIRGIN WITH CHILD TO BE CALLED IMMANUEL MEANING GOD WITH US :  ISAIAH 7:14 AND MATTHEW 1:23.

  3. “WHOEVER THAT FALLS ON THIS STONE SHOULD BE BROKEN, BUT ON WHOM THE STONE FALLS IS DESTROYED.” ( ISAIAH 8:14,17 AND MATTHEW 21:44)

  4. BUT JESUS CALLED AND CALLS BRETHREN  THE CHILDREN THAT GOD HAS GIVEN HIM:  HEBREWS 2\;13 AND ISAIAH 8:14,17.

  5. THOUGH THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THE NATION OF ISRAEL THROUGHOUT THE YEARS BETWEEN ABRAHAM AND CHRIST WERE AS THE SAND OF THE SEASHORE, ONLY A REMNANT OF THOSE WILL BE SAVED: ISAIAH 10:22,23 AND ROMANS 9:27.

  6. GOD EARLY CHOSE THAT HIS SON WOULD COME FROM THE FAMILY OF ABRAHAM AND KING DAVID, NEVER CHANGING HIS MIND OR INTENTION: ISAIAH 11:1-10, JOHN 7:42, AND ROMANS 15:12.

  • ISRAEL HAD THE SAME CHOICE AS THE GENTILES IN THAT CHRIST COULD BE EITHER A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENCE TO THEM, OR WHOEVER BELIEVED IN HIM AND THE GOD WHO SENT HIM WOULD NOT BE ASHAMED.

    • IF THERE IS NO LIFE AFTER DEATH, LET US EAT, DRINK, AND BE MERRY: ISAIAH 22:13 AND I CORINTHIANS 15:32.

    • At the Second Coming of Christ death will be swallowed up in victory: Isaiah 25:8 and I Corinthians 15:54.

    • All Israel that was chosen to be saved shall be saved: Isaiah 27:9 and Romans 11:27.

    • Whoever believes in Christ, Jew or Gentile, shall not be ashamed of that faith: Isaiah 28:16 and Romans 9:33, also Romans 10:11.

  1. What God did to Israel until the time of the fullness of the Gentiles is completed.

    • God gave them a spirit of slumber: Isaiah 29:10 and Romans 11:8.

    • Meantime the Jews continued to worship God as if it was real: Isaiah 29:13, Matthew 15:8,9, and Mark 7:6,7.

(1).  Worshiped with lips while hearts were somewhere else.

(2).  Vain worship.

(3).  Worship based on the teachings of men in the place of  the doctrines of God.

  1. God will destroy the wisdom of all these wise men according to the ways of the world: Isaiah 29:14 and I Corinthians 1:19. Isaiah 40-52

2-10:  THE SALVATION OF GOD

  1. God chose the time!

    • 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.

    • 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 Christs generation.

(2).  The rest on the final One Day of the LORD as the old earth and old heavens pass away.

  1. The Mind of the LORD became the incarnated Mind of Christ: Isaiah 40:13 and I Corinthians 2:16.

  2. God Himself took the initiative by sending His own Son to planet earth.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • Men will come from the four corners of the earth to worship God.

    • Men will come from north, south, east, and west: Isaiah 49:7-12 and Matthew 8:11.

    • Heaven and earth will pass away, not Gods Word: Isaiah 51:6 and Luke 21:32,33.

    • Gentiles will come in large numbers in spite of the fact that Gods name has been blasphemed among them because of the Jews: Isaiah 52:5 and Romans 2:24.

    • 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.

  1. Who Has Believed the Reports from God?

    • To whom has the salvation, or arm of God, been revealed: Isaiah 53:1, John 12:38, and Romans 10:16.

    • Who and how many believed the miracles of healing as Jesus took on Himself the infirmities: Isaiah 53:4,7 and Matthew 8:17.

    • 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)

    • 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.

2-11:  THE NEW KING OF ISRAEL

  1. Jews and Gentiles as citizens in the new kingdom.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  2. Characteristics of the New King of Israel.

    • The message to Zion is that your new King comes meekly, riding on a donkey: Isaiah 61:11 and Matthew 21:5.

    • 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.

  1. 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.

  • The Method of Citizenship Only That From God, on Gods terms as dictated in the Old Testament and made evident in the New Testament.

    • 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.

    • Jerusalem is the city of the Great King: Isaiah 66:1 and Matthew 5:33.

    • 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.

  1. 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.

  2. The Good News of the Gospel of the Kingdom preached by messengers.

    • 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.

    • Yet most do not believe the report, foolish people without the ability to see or hear: Jeremiah 5:21 and Mark 8:18.

    • 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.

    • Trust in God.

(1).  Whoever boasts, let him boast only in God:  Jeremiah 9:24 and I Corinthians 1:31.

(2).  Trust only in God:  Jeremiah 17:5,7 and II Corinthians 11:9.

2-12:  THE LIVING GOD WANTS OTHERS TO LIVE

  1. God’s desire after His originally chosen nation of Israel.

    • Rachel weeps for her children: Jeremiah 31:15 and Matthew 2:17,18.

    • Gods desire to walk among and dwell in His own people: Jeremiah 31:1 and II Corinthians 6:18.

  2. The just, justified, or righteous must live by faith in God.

    • Righteousness by faith; Habakkuk 2:4, Galatians 3:11, and Romans 1:17.

    • Kingdom of God starts out small then grows larger: Daniel 4:9 and Mark 4:32.

  • The sanctified and glorified must live by faith in God.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Shook only the earth before, the last time will shake earth and the heavens: Haggai 2:6 and Hebrews 12:26.

  1. Final Messages to Disciples and to All.

    • To Disciples: do you not see, hear, and remember: Ezekiel 12:2 and Mark 8:18.

    • To Jewish religious leaders: in vain they do worship: Ezekiel 33:31 and Matthew 15:7.

    • Zion: your King is Coming: Zechariah 9:9, Matthew 21:4, and John 12:14.

    • Crucifiers: they gaped on Him whom they pierced: Zechariah 12:10 and John 19:37.

    • Disciples: will strike down the Shepherd and the sheep will be scattered: Zechariah 13:7 and Mark 14:27.

    • Jacob I loved and Esau I hated: Malachi 1:2 and Romans 9:13.

    • The Voice of One Crying in the wilderness THE TIME IS NOW: Malachi 2:10 and Matthew 11:10 and Mark 1:2.

 

No Neglect because there is NO ESCAPE!

Admittedly there is a lot of tolerance with Our Father which art in heaven with Neglect since “God is patient and not willing that any should perish” into Hell and the Lake of Fire and brimstone; however, there is zero tolerance for ESCAPE.  THERE IS NO ESCAPE FROM THE ETERNAL, ALL-POWERFUL AND ALL-SEEING GOD WHO SITS RIGHT NOW ON THE GREAT WHITE THRONE WITH HIS FEET IN THE CLOUDS.

King David learned as a shepherd lad from those long days and nights alone tending his father’s sheep, that there was absolutely no place to escape from God.  The Psalm he wrote is famous:

“Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall[a] on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;
12 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.”  (Psalm 139:7-12)

  1. There is NO ESCAPE for NEGLECT of salvation because inevitable, unless Christ comes again, death knocks at the door of all and then all freedom of choice and control of the soul is lost.

“And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment…”  (Hebrews 9:27)

You know how people say that there is nothing certain, but death and taxes; however eternal reality demands that the judgment of God the Father must be added to the real story:  It is death, taxes, and judgment.

  1. There is NO ESCAPE for Neglect of salvation because life is short and before you realize it is going to be over.  Life experience and psychology tell us that people hardly ever think about death and dying, but just like government and taxes it is an inevitable reality.

“…whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”  (James 4:14)

  1. There is NO ESCAPE for Neglect because in God’s plan for a new heaven and a new earth, it is a kingdom of righteousness and the presence of God with man. God wants and demands the eternal best for man, so He has cast out all possibility for the sin of neglect in both heaven and the new earth.

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.

10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; 11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”  (II Peter 1:5-11)

 

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There is No Escape for Neglect!

“how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” What do you think when you hear or read these words from the Bible?
The definition and Synonyms of neglect according to the Merriam Webster dictionary are–“the state of being unattended to or not cared for such as ‘for years the barn sat in neglect until one day it finally fell down'”.

And the Synonyms of neglect are--“desolation, dilapidation, disrepair, seediness, inattention, negligence, abandonment, desertion, decay, decrepitude, dereliction, deterioration, disintegration, dumpiness, ruin, ruination”, the nonperformance of an assigned or expected action as ‘your ongoing neglect of your health is going to land you in the hospital someday’, default, delinquency, dereliction, misprision, failure, negligence, nonfeasance, oversight, carelessness, heedlessness, inadvertence, inadvertency, laxity”

Life itself teaches us that there are consequences, sometimes severe and sometimes mediocre, for NEGLECT. Obviously, there is no escape from neglecting God, Jesus, and the power of their messengers, the angels; they are eternal and not going away, and inevitably either at death or the Second Coming they must be faced!

So what question remains to be answered? Is this neglect of “SALVATION”, only our salvation of the past; or is it past, present, and future. Right here and now in Hebrews 1 and 2, it is talking about what God the Father said about the salvation provided through Christ: It is so great, how can you at any time, especially NOW, neglect this GREAT SALVATION OF THE GREAT GOD THE FATHER AND THE GREAT LORD JESUS CHRIST AND THE GREAT HOLY SPIRIT THAT WROUGHT THIS SALVATION IN OUR LIVES, PAST CALLED REDEMPTION AND THE NEW BIRTH, NOW CALLED SANCTIFICATION AND BEING SET ASIDE FOR THE FATHER; AND FUTURE WITH THE RESURRECTION OF OUR BODIES FOR THE NEW EARTH. Just talking about it and thinking about it, you know it to be GREAT.

No, you can not and dare not neglect initial faith and repentance with the new birth; definitely not, you dare not neglect present and continuing salvation of becoming more Christlike each day; and you can not afford to neglect the marvelous possibility of new and resurrected life at the END and for eternity! Agreed, then practice each remaining day of your life an awareness of this Greatness, considered Webster’s Antonyms for neglect as:   “compliance, discharge, fulfillment, conservation, preservation, upkeep, keeping, repair”

Hebrews 1:8-14 and 2:
8 But to the Son He says:
“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
9 You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.”[g]
10 And:
“You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth,
And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
11 They will perish, but You remain;
And they will all grow old like a garment;
12 Like a cloak You will fold them up,
And they will be changed.
But You are the same,
And Your years will not fail.”[h]
13 But to which of the angels has He ever said:
“Sit at My right hand,
Till I make Your enemies Your footstool”?[i]
14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?
Footnotes:
Hebrews 1:3 NU-Text omits by Himself.
Hebrews 1:3 NU-Text omits our.
Hebrews 1:5 Psalm 2:7
Hebrews 1:5 2 Samuel 7:14
Hebrews 1:6 Deuteronomy 32:43 (Septuagint, Dead Sea Scrolls); Psalm 97:7
Hebrews 1:7 Psalm 104:4
Hebrews 1:9 Psalm 45:6, 7
Hebrews 1:12 Psalm 102:25–27
Hebrews 1:13 Psalm 110:1
Hebrews 2 New King James Version 

                                    Do Not Neglect Salvation

2 Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. 2 For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, 4 God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?
The Son Made Lower than Angels
5 For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels. 6 But one testified in a certain place, saying:
“What is man that You are mindful of him,
Or the son of man that You take care of him?
7 You have made him a little lower than the angels;
You have crowned him with glory and honor,[a]
And set him over the works of Your hands.
8 You have put all things in subjection under his feet.”[b]
For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him. 9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.

                     Bringing Many Sons to Glory

10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12 saying:
“I will declare Your name to My brethren;
In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.”[c]
13 And again:
“I will put My trust in Him.”[d]
And again:
“Here am I and the children whom God has given Me.”[e]
14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16 For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. 17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.
Footnotes:
Hebrews 2:7 NU-Text and M-Text omit the rest of verse 7.
Hebrews 2:8 Psalm 8:4–6
Hebrews 2:12 Psalm 22:22
Hebrews 2:13 2 Samuel 22:3; Isaiah 8:17
Hebrews 2:13 Isaiah 8:18

You are welcome to download a PDF copy of this message at http://www.sungrist.org/NoNeglect.pdf.

More Focus in the Bible on the Resurrection #1.

More Focus in the Bible on the Resurrection #1.

1. Correction in beliefs of one lady, Martha, about the future resurrection of the last day.
{Please read John 11:17-27.}

(1). Yes, there will be resurrected bodies like that of Jesus on the last day; but all believers in Jesus continue to live between body sleep and resurrection.

(2). However Jesus, the miracle worker is “the resurrection {of all resurrections}, and the life.”

(3). There is never a cessation of life for “He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”

NOTE: A Bible Search Question came in to explain the “Development of Christian Doctrine”. Well, the development of Christian doctrine comes for you in your own reading of the Bible, and study; although, of course, it has been there all along in the Bible as “the faith once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). In other words, in the canon of the Bible, Christian doctrine was complete in the first century.

John 11:17-26
Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already.  Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off:  And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.
Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house.

Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.  But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.
Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.
Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.  Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:  And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

 

 

The Common Calling of the Christian Vocation

The common Christian calling IN CHRIST as the common Christian Vocation has a magnitude that can blow our minds as compared to what is most commonly believed and practiced as a life style. Unfortunately for all of us that call ourselves believers or Christians “we carry our treasure in earthen vessels”, the earthen is far more evident than the treasure, and the earthen dominates our life style more than the treasure. This is not an effort to degrade all of us in the way we live and have lived the Christian life, since strongly we know according to the words of the Bible, that “we all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” and continue to sin and come short of the glory of God.
Cooper Abram has written online a message on the Christian vocation: {http://bible-truth.org/Eph4-1-6.html}
“Introduction: One real problem I think we all would agree with is that often Christians do not act like Christians or as the name means….”Christ ones.” Researches devised this clever experiment which was published in 1973. They found that most seminary students on their way to an appointment walked right past a man slumped over and groaning in pain in a doorway. Some of the students were on their way to give a talk about the parable of the Good Samaritan. Clearly they did not understand the “vocation” they were pursuing.”
The thrust here is to be more positive as with other blogs on the Christian vocation, so the focus in this blog is to uncover from the Bible some of the positive magnitudes of challenge in the Christian calling called the Christian Vocation.
Short of a thorough reading and study of the truth more than Bible facts in Ephesians and I Peter, we can garner at least 3 Bible characteristics from one paragraph of Ephesians and 2 verses from I Peter that will be more than we will be able to handle in one lifetime. {Always recall that the perfection demanded by Christ is only fully attainable in life on the new Earth!)
I. The paragraph from Ephesians 4:1-6 that both molds “calling” with “vocation” and further describes 2 of the challenges, that of (1) “not thinking of ourselves more highly than we ought to”, a common malady of natural pride of every human; and (2) the challenge of finding ways based on the 7 ONEs of common beliefs to “spare no effort to make fast with bonds of peace the unity which the spirit gives”.
” I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”

II. Two separate verses from I Peter, 4:16 and 5:10 that utilize the words “Christian”, you know only used 3 times in the NT, and the word “calling”.

1. I Peter 4:16-19 (verses required to get more of the full context).

“Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.”

2. I Peter 5:10-11 (2 verses required to give God the full glory)

“But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”

Conclusion: That took a while to provide proper evidence, but here are the 3 challenges of the common calling of the Christian vocation.

1. Yes, the world never thinks or acts like this, but one major challenge of the Christian vocation, not thinking of oneself more highly than ought to be thought which is natural human nature, to walk a life style in LOWLINESS.

“…beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love…” (Ephesians 4:1,2)

2. Yes, you know the contradictions around you with differing claims from Christians, different denominations clamoring for recognition, and different religions in the world; well, the magnitude of the challenge of the Christian vocation is to life a life style above that, while clinging to the 7 ONE beliefs that are essential. spare no effort to get along with all Christians.

“Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” (Ephesians 4:3-6)

3.  Christians and Suffering.

a.  It is not strange for Christians to suffer.
“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.  If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.”  (I Peter 4:12-14)

b.  God uses suffering according to His will to perfect Christians in a Christian life style separate from the world like He did with Jesus {“God chose to make the captain of our salvation perfect through suffering”}, of course the complete perfection will (1) begin to show up in heaven when we get there and “shall be like {Jesus} for we shall see Him as He is; and (2) fully completed on the new earth when all Christians are “perfected together”.  The perfection process called sanctification is both inward with the divine nature inside, and must be worked outward.  “Work out your salvation with fear and trembling”.

            (1).  “Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.”  (Hebrews 12:1)

           (2).  “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.  If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”  (James 1:2-5)

No one said that the Christian vocation was to be easy!