THE BIBLE IS A SEALED BOOK

THE BIBLE IS A SEALED BOOK

 

 

The Bible Is A Sealed Book

as the words of a book that is sealed”

 

Isaiah 29:10-11 For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered. 11 And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed:

 

 

When it comes to reading the Bible:

You can understand the English and yet not understand the book but you can’t understand the book without understanding the English. We are going to look at a few scriptures in this series of short meditations that explain this riddle.

 

Let’s start with the fact that The Bible Is a Sealed Book. The Bible is a sealed book to the natural mind of man. If it wasn’t for the fact that the light of Christ lights every man that comes into the world we would have absolutely no way of being able to understand the spiritual meaning of the Bible.

John 1:9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

 

 

People contend that the AV 1611 Bible is old and difficult to understand. The truth of this is not a matter of the form of the English but of the immense gap that exists in the distance between God and man. The difficulty is not caused because the language is not modern or colloquial enough. Since the fall of man, man has moved off to a place where he likes to be out of reach of God’s voice. This was his first reaction, to hide himself from the presence of God. He is now powerless to penetrate God’s spiritual realm with understanding and so he moves manically through man-made word mazes in version after version, defiantly determined never to look up to God or to delve within his own misdirected heart.

 

The spiritual chasm is so vast that even those who were close to Jesus could not understand him. He was not speaking an ancient form of their language when he spoke to Mary and Joseph and yet “they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.” Luke 2:50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.

 

 

It was not that the words were obsolete or hard to understand when he asked Peter, “are ye also yet without understanding? Do not ye yet understand?” Peter himself fell into the darkening spell of sin and said, “I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest.”

Matthew 15:16 And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding? 17a Do not ye yet understand, that …..?

Mark 14:68 But he denied, saying, I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest. …..

 

 

God tells us that man’s inability to understand the Bible has a number of causes, none of which is a limitation of his vocabulary or understanding of the communication language.

 

The Bible is not difficult to understand – it is frankly impossible – unless God’s conditions for understanding it are met. These conditions have nothing to do with the language model that is used. The hindrance to understanding the Bible is found in the heart of man. The Bible reader should look within their heart to find the source of the conundrum and then look up to God for the unravelling.

 

So the first consideration is to know that, as you pick up a Bible and turn to read it, it is a sealed book to the natural mind and heart of mankind.

 

Psalms 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

 

You need a prepared heart if you want the book to become unsealed for you.

A POLISHED SHAFT

A POLISHED SHAFT

 


 

Isaiah 49:2 And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me;

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1st of all, when you read the context of this verse you realise that it means “and made me INTO a polished shaft.” My imagination has always been captivated by the thought of being a polished shaft.

 

When you polish something or make it smooth you essentially finish off the process of carving out or forming followed by various degrees of sanding down to a smooth finish and finally applying polish. I used to prepare wooden furniture for polish using shellac which is a special coating that fills up all the imperfections and can then be burnished to a smooth reflective surface that is really quite hard.

 

In an arrow the 1st concern is to make sure that it is dead straight balanced correctly. The surface is then polished to provide a perfectly smooth finish. This will allow the arrow to fly through the air with the least amount of turbulence.

 

Years ago I had some meditations on this particular idea but they are in written format buried somewhere in the depths of my old notes and scratchings. I can’t find any reference in my electronic data store.

 

But imagine the immense care that the master archer puts into finishing his arrows so that they will unerringly complete the task to which they are released. This whole passage stirs me and ends with the assurance that God will be glorified. Just read this Isaiah 49:1-13. You may think that God has somewhat forsaken you but he hasn’t. You are a polished shaft. Read to the end of the chapter and realise that you are the spiritual seed of Abraham. You are the spiritual people of the choosing of the Lord. The prisoners of the earth will find relief because you are alive in the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

You are engraved upon the palms of his hands and the circumstances of your life are continually before him. Remember that the Lord Jesus has one flock and this passage describes how his salvation is to the ends of the earth. This chapter is to spiritual Israel. Just read it and let the spirit of God quicken your mind.

 

Your circumstances may try to influence you to consider that you are forsaken but you are not forsaken. The Lord says in an acceptable time he has heard us and then in a day of salvation he has helped us and he says he will preserve us and give us for a covenant. He is the Redeemer of Israel, the Holy One. Above all he is faithful. Above all he is faithful.

 

Above All He Is Faithful

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The Heavenly Vision

The Heavenly Vision:

 

Acts 26:19 Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:

 

“The Heavenly Vision”, what transports, what images are conjured up by this phrase in this quirky charismatic age. Sometimes I think that the followers of Jesus would like to be immersed again into what the scriptures called the “disposition of angels.” They appear to yearn for what the people of the chosen descendants of Abraham after the flesh had, even though signs did not automatically open the door of faith for them, the signs and wonders in our natural temporal realm. They long to observe and experience Pillars of cloud and fire, miraculous events in the heavens, the waterways, the mountains and the planes of our earth that suddenly open or perhaps the visual unveiling of the signs and prophecies of the future. Signs in the sky, signs in the cosmos, signs in the earth, signs in the waters, signs under the waters, signs through the portal of time into the future, all these external events hold a wondrous attraction to them. Even though the book of Psalms clearly points out the shortcoming of this attitude, the children of Israel’s saw his works but only Moses understood his ways.

 

So what was the heavenly vision that Paul determined to be obedient to? What was this majestic vision that so enthralled his soul that he would follow the Lord Jesus even unto death? Was he alluding to a man caught into the 3rd heaven? Just what was this heavenly vision that captured the ambition, the heart, the mind and the purpose of the apostle Paul?

 

Surely this is worth discovering? Perhaps if we caught a glimpse of this heavenly vision, we too would love not our lives unto death, we too would walk in that charity and power that Paul calls us to when he at least 5 times calls us to do the things that we so plainly see in him; when he calls us to follow him as he follows the Lord Jesus. Oh that we could catch a glimpse of this heavenly vision. Oh that the mystery and the mist should be rolled away so that we can feast our eyes and emotions on this heavenly vision. Oh that this heavenly vision would inspire our imagination and fire the zeal of God within our hearts. Just what was this heavenly vision? Is the portal to the view of this heavenly vision still open today?

 

Don’t be surprised or dismayed. This heavenly vision is as clear today as it was then and if you see it in its power and simplicity, in its burning light, in the clarity of its vista you will, like Paul, determine by the grace of God you will not be disobedient to it. This vision will infuse its urgency into the very core of your being. Whether waking or sleeping you will be empowered to be obedient and to fulfil the calling of God in your life.

 

For this heavenly vision is not a vision of heaven the angelic host in the elders gathered around the great white throne and the sea of glass like unto crystal. No, this vision is more blessed in the sense that those that believe and have not seen are blessed. John 20:29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

 

Maybe you think that this vision that enwrapped Paul was the face of Christ: a deeper insight that will lead you to see veiled truths, secret mysteries, hidden keys that will unlock the road to an easy overcoming life. If you look carefully at this passage with an open heart and mind you will see that it was the vision of a new life that suddenly dawned upon the heart of Paul. A life that if you but knew it you are already living as a born-again Christian. Paul had been living a low level life, serving his proud self and totally against Christ. He had been fighting Christ at every turn he wasn’t looking for a ceasefire, he was spent on denying Christ and living to his own convictions. Suddenly, like the new Jerusalem that will come down out of heaven from God, there came to him the vision of life which was within his reach. It beckoned him, and though that life meant suffering, ridicule, persecution, prisons, stripes, death, this life, swerving neither right nor left by even the tiniest fraction until at last he said: “I have finished my course.”

Paul kicked against the pricks of the resurrection and would have been convicted at the stoning of Stephen although he buried that conviction in an unrighteous zeal to stamp out the resurrected Christ. He kicked against the goad that God stirred him with but eventually God in his love and mercy paints a picture on the cloud that hid his future, the picture was a vision of a life so blessed, so appealing, so radiant, so triumphant that this vision accomplished the desire of God. God who is not willing that anyone should perish but desires that all of us should come to repentance. The beckoning of this sweet ideal was successful, and Paul said: “I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision.” If only we could see that vision, if only I could describe it to you for I believe that if you saw it as Paul saw it or if I could describe it as I saw it you would leap to it and you would say: “oh yes, when I caught a glimpse of the blessed life that I might lead, when I who have been such a failure, such a stumbling block, I who have brought so much shame upon those that love Christ, then I would not be disobedience to the heavenly vision, but I took the 1st step, and the next, and the next and life has begun to become one long summer day.”

 

We so want to live for the Lord Jesus and sometimes when a heavy morning mist veils the valleys and the hills we feel as if half our world is blotted out. But, as always, suddenly there comes a breath, or the sun’s rays, and the mist parts, and the landscape stands unveiled before us. God often parts the mist that hides the future, and shows us what a man may be.

 

I urge people to seek from God the vision of what your life may be, and then obey it, because when you catch God’s vision you will always find him responsible for the outworking of its plan. People worry about money matters, carry heavy weights, and so I think that perhaps they have lost sight of the vision, because when God gives the plan you always finds a stuff, when God beckons you forward, he is always responsible for the transportation.

 

As you read the passage in the book of acts your see what Paul is talking about and the 1st thing that he experiences is a life, freedom because we are set free from the curse of sin and self-life. This true life is not an unnatural life. It is a blessed life. It is a life that is fulfilled by the presence of God. Let God unveil this vision to you so that you can see the marvellous things that he has in store for you. Not just in the future realm, in the heavenly kingdom but now in the midst of the passage of this life.

 

Remember that we have a heavenly calling – this is not merely a calling to go, one day, to heaven itself, it is more importantly, a calling that is in the power and the providence of heaven. We have the power to live now today in the power of heaven in the power of God. So it is with this heavenly vision it is not so much a vision of heaven yet to be gained but it is the vision of the redeemed life the life of Reformation that comes from heaven itself where the Slain Lamb sits at the right hand of God.

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VOICES THAT SPEAK TO THE HEART

VOICES THAT SPEAK TO THE HEART

 


 

Ezekiel 3:10 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, all my words that I shall speak unto thee receive in thine heart, and hear with thine ears.

Isaiah 40:2 Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD’s hand double for all her sins.

 

 

Although the context of these two verses are not the same this startling truth holds firm. The Father speaks the Son directly from the centre of his heart to the very centre of your heart. It is the heart that yearns to hear the voice of comfort that comes straight from the heart of our God.

When your heart is sad, and the slow passage of time brings no relief, be sure to turn from fretting circumstances, the confused murmur of everyday life, the many voices that speak from the assembled crowds about; listen with an intent to hear, until in your heart of hearts you distinguish those other deeper voices that penetrate the barrier of the senses from the land of the unseen, where God is, and life is at the fullest. There may be no shape or form to these voices, there may be no speaker that can be recognised, no angel – messenger with shekinah glory and wings of noiseless strength: but there will be voices, not one or two only, but sometimes, as in this marvellous verse, several tones of voices from God each with a different emphasis, each has a different echo, each has a different accent of voice.

 

You may not be able to put a face to the name of the speaker or the writer in person but your heart knows that the voice comes from God. There are many passages in the scriptures that are obviously God speaking without actually identifying the person of the speaker as in David or Paul. They are, nonetheless, the living word of God. The scriptures carry their credentials in the fabric of the hallmark of inspiration. That these voices speak out of the void, born down on the winds from eternity, even while the heralds , themselves, veiled in twilight which is slowly opening to the bright dawn, marks nothing against their credibility or their power to comfort. The heart of man, made in the image of God, recognises instinctively the voices that speak from God: as a child, far away from home in the blackest night, would recognise the voice that had been heard in its days as a toddler.

 

There is one characteristic of the voices that reach us from God. They Speak Home to the Heart. They woo us. They endeavour to calm us. Love can detect love. The heart knows its true affinity. Many voices speak to our heart, but it turns from them all; it heeds them not at all; then one day the true Prince sounds out with a clear call that we are all waiting for. The spell is broken and the heart awakes to receive the true comfort and rescuer of our soul. Your heart will recognise its immortal lover by this token and hallmark, “I was asleep, but my heart waked; it is the voice of my Beloved that knocketh.”

 

So rest assured, in the fluster and clutter of our everyday life, while our heart is burdened with sorrows and cares, the comfortable words of God our Father have already been spoken from the very centre of his heart, through his glorious son, they are aimed to settle in the depths of our heart. As soon as our heart is enjoined to and hears from this voice of comfort we experience the calm peace and assurance that all is well with our soul from God himself, who gave us his only begotten son. He will not leave us nor forsake us. Alert your heart to expect to hear the comfortable words of our God.

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The Power of the Blood

The Power of the Blood

What the Scriptures Teach about THE BLOOD


The Power of the Blood 1a

Modern Bibles today tend to diminish the power of the blood

Many modern “scribes” suggest that the blood was merely a man’s blood and that the focus is on the death not the blood

The Holy Bible, AV 1611, there is true witness to the power of the blood from beginning to end

NOT WITHOUT BLOOD

Hebrews 9:7 But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:

NOT WITHOUT BLOOD`

Hebrews 9:18 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood.

Treating The Bible As A Whole

The importance of treating the Bible as a whole.

The whole Bible reveals to us what is actually the HEART OF GOD.

As we look at the whole Bible

we begin to discover what the foundation truths of the Bible are and what should demand our attention.

By looking at the whole Bible we find what remains unchanged in spite of any dispensational changes.

We will discover

the GLORIOUS POWER OF THE BLOOD OF JESUS

and the wonderful blessings that this blood has brought us.

The Wonder of Redemption

THE BLOOD IS THE POWER OF REDEMPTION and you will see this as we follow through the Bible from the beginning to the end of God’s revelation of Himself to man as recorded in the Bible.

The Life Is in the Blood

Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.

Acts 15:20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.

It becomes abundantly clear

that there is no scriptural idea from Genesis to Revelations more consistently and prominently kept before us than the words “THE BLOOD.”

A Fountain Opened

A Fountain Opened to the House of David

a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emanuel’s veins

Zechariah 13:1 In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.

Let’s see what the scriptures

teach us about THE BLOOD

1 In the Old Testament

2 In the Teachings of Jesus Christ Himself

3 in what the Apostles Teach

4 in what the Revelation Teaches

THE BLOOD in the Old Testament

THE BLOOD begins right at Eden

there is always a covering for sin

The Record of the 2 Coverings

Genesis 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

Genesis 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

BLOOD IS SHED

The first covering that God makes for man is not by vegetation but by the shedding of blood to provide a sheepskin.

NOT WITHOUT BLOOD

BLOOD is the Centre

BLOOD is the centre of the first act of true worship

Abel brings the lambs of his flock to the Lord as a sacrifice and this is the first act of acceptable worship recorded in the Bible.

NOT WITHOUT BLOOD

BLOOD IS SHED – sheep slaughtered

In this first act of true worship blood is initiated:

Genesis 4:4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

Hebrews 11:4

By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

An Acceptable Sacrifice By Faith

By faith Abel offers an acceptable sacrifice

and the Bible calls him a believer.

He has the record that he “pleased God.”

His faith and God’s good pleasure in him are connected with the SHEDDING OF BLOOD in sacrifice of the lamb.

This Sets The Foundation

This sets the foundation that will be seen over and over again from the beginning of the history of mankind throughout the scriptures.

The deep significance that there can be no approach to God, no fellowship with him by faith, no enjoyment of his favour, apart from THE BLOOD.

We move forward for 1600 years

and we come to The Flood, which was God’s judgement on sin by the destruction of the world of mankind.

God brings about a new earth

from that awful baptism of water.

Also note that although born out of the baptism of water there has to be a baptism with blood.

the first recorded act of Noah, after he had left the Ark, was the offering of a burnt sacrifice to God.

A New Start and the Rainbow

Genesis 8:20-22 And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. 22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

BLOOD IS SHED

As with Abel, so with Noah at a new beginning, it was “NOT WITHOUT BLOOD.”

Sin prevailed again

and God laid an entirely new foundation with the establishment of his kingdom on earth but it is still established with the SHEDDING OF BLOOD in a sacrifice made by faith.

Abraham has a call from God

and in the miraculous birth of Isaac, God undertook to form a people to serve him.

But this purpose is not brought about apart from the shedding of THE BLOOD.

This is seen in the most trying hour of Abraham’s life.

A Covenant Relationship

God had already entered into a covenant relationship with Abraham .

His faith had already been severely tried and had stood the test.

It was reckoned or counted unto him for righteousness.

Yet he must learn that Isaac,

the son of promise, who belonged wholly to God can be truly surrendered to God only by death – by the SHEDDING OF BLOOD.

Isaac must die.

For Abraham, as well as for Isaac, only by death could freedom from the self life be gained.

Abraham Must Offer Isaac

Abraham must offer Isaac on the altar and be prepared to SHED BLOOD.

This is the revelation of the Divine truth.

That it is only through death that a life can be truly consecrated to God.

It is only possible through death

and the SHEDDING OF BLOOD

But you can see that his life was spared and a ram was offered in his place.

So BLOOD WAS SHED.

Through the blood that then flowed on Mount Moriah his life is spared.

He and the people which sprang from him live before God “NOT WITHOUT BLOOD.”

By that BLOOD

he was in a figure raised again from the dead.

The great lesson substitution is here clearly taught yet again.

400 years passed by

and Isaac has become, in Egypt, the people of Israel.

Through deliverance from Egyptian bondage Israel was to be recognised as God’s firstborn among the nations.

Again it is “NOT WITHOUT BLOOD.”

Neither the electing grace of God, nor his covenant with Abraham, nor the exercise of his power, which could so easily have destroyed their oppressors, could do away with the necessity of THE BLOOD.

What THE BLOOD Accomplished

What THE BLOOD accomplished in Mount Moriah for one person, who was the father of the nation, must now be experienced by that very nation.

By the sprinkling of the door frames of the Israelites with the BLOOD of the Passover Lamb.

The Institution of the Passover

as an enduring ordinance was with the words “when I see the BLOOD I will pass over you.”

The people were taught that life can be obtained only by the death of the substitute.

NOT WITHOUT BLOOD

Life Was Possible Only By Blood

Life was possible for them only through THE BLOOD of life given in their place and appropriated by the sprinkling of that blood.

Later at Mount Sinai

50 days later this lesson was reinforced

Israel had reached Mount Sinai.

God had given His Law as the foundation of his Covenant.

This covenant must now be established, but as it is expressly stated in Hebrews “NOT WITHOUT BLOOD”

Hebrews 9:7

But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:

“NOT WITHOUT BLOOD”

the sacrificial BLOOD must be sprinkled, first on the altar, and then on the book of the covenant, representing God’s side of that covenant; then on the people, with the declaration, “this is THE BLOOD OF THE COVENANT.

Exodus 24:4-8

And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD, and rose up early in the morning, and builded an altar under the hill, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel. 5 And he sent young men of the children of Israel, which offered burnt offerings, and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen unto the LORD.

 

6 And Moses took half of the blood, and put it in basons; and half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar. 7 And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the LORD hath said will we do, and be obedient.

 

8 And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the LORD hath made with you concerning all these words.

It was in that BLOOD

the Covenant had its foundation and power.

It is by THE BLOOD alone, that God and man can be brought into covenant Fellowship.

That which had been foreshadowed

in Eden, on Mount Ararat, on Mount Moriah and in Egypt was now confirmed at the foot of Mount Sinai in a most solemn manner.

Without BLOOD THERE COULD BE NO ACCESS BY SINFUL MAN TO A HOLY GOD.

There is a marked difference between

the manner of applying the blood in the former cases as compared with this.

At Moriah the life was redeemed by the shedding of the blood.

In Egypt it was sprinkled on the doorposts of the houses; but in Mount Saini it was sprinkled on the people themselves.

The contact was closer, the application all-powerful.

Right After The Covenant

Immediately after the establishment of the covenant the command was given “let them make me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them”

Exodus 25:8 And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.

Build The House

They were to enjoy the full blessedness of having the God of the covenant abiding among them.

Through his grace they may find him and serve him in his house.

After the Blood Came the Pattern

He, himself, gave, with the minutest care, directions for the arrangement and service of that house.

But notice that THE BLOOD is at the centre and the reason of all this.

Let’s look at our Heavenly King and his earthly temple for a moment.

The first thing visible is the

ALTAR OF BURNT OFFERING where the sprinkling of blood continues, without ceasing, from morning till evening.

Go in further into the Holy Place

and the most conspicuous thing is the golden altar of incense, which also, together with the veil, are constantly sprinkled with the BLOOD.

Look into This House of Worship

Ask about what lies beyond the Holy Place and you will find out that it is the MOST HOLY PLACE where God himself dwells.

If you ask how he dwells there and how he is approached you will be told simply “NOT WITHOUT BLOOD.”

Look Beyond the Veil

The golden throne where his glory shines is, itself, sprinkled with THE BLOOD once every year when the HIGH PRIEST ALONE ENTERS TO BRING IN THE BLOOD and to worship God.

The highest act in that worship is the sprinkling of THE BLOOD.

Enquire in His Temple

If you dig into this a little further you will be told that always, and for everything, THE BLOOD is the one thing that is needful.

NOT WITHOUT BLOOD

At the consecration of the

House of Worship, or the Priests: at the birth of a child, in the deepest sorrow on account of sin, in the light of the festival, always, and in everything, the way to fellowship with God is through THE BLOOD alone.

This continues for 1500 years.

At Sinai, in the desert, at Shiloh, in the Temple on Mount Moriah, at Jerusalem, this continued right up until the Lord Jesus came to make an end of all shadows by bringing in the substance, and so establishing a fellowship with the Holy One in the Spirit of Truth.

NOT WITHOUT BLOOD

The Power of the Blood 1b

Modern Bibles today tend to diminish the power of the blood

Many modern “scribes” suggest that the blood was merely a man’s blood and that the focus is on the death not the blood

The Holy Bible, AV 1611, there is true witness to the power of the blood from beginning to end

The Power of the Blood

What the Scriptures Teach about THE BLOOD

OUR LORD JESUS TEACHES

WHAT OUR LORD JESUS TEACHES US ABOUT THE BLOOD

With his coming all the old things are passed away and all things become new.

Hebrews 8:13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

THE BLOOD does not pass away

THE BLOOD, however, does not pass away because it is not a shadow or an old thing

NOT WITHOUT BLOOD

John the Baptist announces

the coming of the Lord Jesus and speaks of him as filling the double office as “the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world” and then as “the one who would baptised with the Holy Spirit.”

It Is Ever the Blood

the BLOOD of the Lamb of God is to be poured out

This must take place before the outpouring of the Spirit can happen.

Only when all that the Old Testament taught about THE BLOOD has been fulfilled can the Holy Spirit given.

The Lord Jesus Christ Himself

plainly says that his death on the cross was the purpose for which he came into the world; that it was the necessary condition of the redemption of life which he came to bring.

He clearly states that in connection

with his death the shedding of his BLOOD was totally necessary.

THE BREAD OF LIFE

REMEMBER THE LIFE IS IN THE BLOOD

He speaks of himself as “THE BREAD OF LIFE of his flesh.

This bread of life of his flesh

he gives for the life of the world.

Four times

he emphatically says about HIS BLOOD:

First

“except ye… Drink this BLOOD ye have no life in you.”

John 6:53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

Second

“He that drinketh my BLOOD HATH EVERLASTING LIFE.”

John 6:54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

Third

“MY BLOOD is drink indeed.”

John 6:55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.

Forth

“He that drinketh my BLOOD DWELLETH IN ME AND I IN HIM”

John 6:56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.

OUR LORD JESUS DECLARES

THE FUNDAMENTAL FACT THAT HE HIMSELF, AS THE SON OF THE FATHER, WHO CAME TO RESTORE TO US OUR LOST LIFE, CAN DO THIS IN NO OTHER WAY THAN BY DYING FOR US; BY SHEDDING HIS BLOOD FOR US; AND THEN MAKING US PARTAKERS OF ITS POWER.

Our Lord confirmed the teaching

of the Old Testament offerings that man can live only through the death of another and that he has obtained a life through resurrection to immortality.

NOT WITHOUT BLOOD

But Christ himself cannot

make us partakers of that eternal life which he has purchased for us, save by the shedding of his BLOOD, and causing us to drink it.

Marvellous is the truth! “NOT WITHOUT BLOOD”

Only by the Shedding of Blood can eternal life be ours.

NOTE WELL our Lord’s Declaration

of the same truth on the last night before his death.

Before he completed the great work of his life by giving it “is a ransom for many.”

He instructed, at the Last Supper, saying, “this is the cup of the New Testament in MY BLOOD that is shed for you and for many for the remission of sins. Drink ye all of it.”

Matthew 26:27-28 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Without the shedding of his BLOOD

there is no remission of sins.

This is the REFORMATION

Hebrews 9:10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.

The Blood Brings the Reformation

Without remission of sins there is no life.

But by the shedding of his BLOOD he has obtained a new life for us.

THE DRINKING OF HIS BLOOD

By what he calls “the drinking of his blood.”

He shares his life with us.

The blood shed is Atonement, which frees us from sin, the guilt of sin: and from death, the punishment of sin; the blood, which by faith we drink, bestows on us his life.

The BLOOD he shed was,

in the first place, FOR us and is then given TO us.

It is evident that the Lord Jesus Christ reveals the truth about himself:

NOT WITHOUT BLOOD

The Power of the Blood 1c

Modern Bibles today tend to diminish the power of the blood

Many modern “scribes” suggest that the blood was merely a man’s blood and that the focus is on the death not the blood

The Holy Bible, AV 1611, there is true witness to the power of the blood from beginning to end

The Power of the Blood

What the Scriptures Teach about THE BLOOD

THE TEACHING OF THE APOSTLES

UNDER THE INSPIRATION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

After his resurrection and ascension,

our Lord is not any longer known by the Apostles “after the flesh.”

Now, all that was symbolical has passed away, and the deep spiritual truths, expressed by symbols, are unveiled.

The Prominent Place of the Blood

But there is no unveiling of THE BLOOD.

The Blood is not a mere symbol the passes away

It still occupies the prominent place.

It is not a shadow of things to come.

It is the substance that continues through any dispensation

Let’s turn to Hebrews,

which was purposely written to show that the Temple service had become unprofitable, and was intended by God to pass away, now that Christ had come.

The Blood a Symbol, a Shadow?

Here, if anywhere, it might be expected that the Holy Spirit would emphasise the true spirituality of God’s purpose, yet the Blood of Jesus was spoken of in such a manner that imparts a new value to the phrase and is not considered to be symbolic at all.

Of all that came forward from

the old that passed away THE BLOOD remains in the prominent place of revelation.

It is “by his OWN BLOOD

he entered into the holy place”

Hebrews 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

In fact it is

“the blood of Christ which purges your conscience:

Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

The Blood Our Boldness

The blood gives us boldness to enter IN:

Hebrews 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,

We’ve come into the mediator

of the New Covenant and the Blood of Sprinkling:

Hebrews 12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

We are sanctified and set apart

by His Own Blood:

see this for yourself:

Hebrews 13:11-13

For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. 12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. 13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.

The Blood Our Covenant

THE BLOOD OF THE EVERLASTING COVENANT

Hebrews 13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

NOT WITHOUT BLOOD

By such words the Holy Spirit teaches us that the BLOOD is really the central power of the entire redemption.

The BLOOD powers the REFORMATION

NOT WITHOUT BLOOD

is as valid in the New Testament as in the Old Testament.

Nothing but the BLOOD of Jesus,

showed in his death for sin, can cover sin on God’s side or remove sin on ours.

The Apostles say the same thing:

Paul tells us “being justified freely by his Grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus…… through faith in HIS BLOOD”

Romans 3:24-25

Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

in Corinthians Paul tells us:

“the cup of blessing which we bless is the Communion of the BLOOD OF CHRIST”

1 Corinthians 10:16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?

In Colossians Paul tells us:

“THE BLOOD OF HIS CROSS” – in which he unites the BLOOD and the CROSS

Colossians 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

In Galatians Paul tells us:

“I will glory in the CROSS (BLOOD) OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST… By whom the world is crucified unto me and I unto the world”

Galatians 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

In Ephesians Paul tells us:

“we have redemption through HIS BLOOD”

Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

in Ephesians again Paul tells us:

“we are made nigh by THE BLOOD OF CHRIST”

Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

Peter tells us:

“Elect….Unto obedience and sprinkling of the BLOOD OF JESUS”

1 Peter 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

Again Peter tells us:

we are redeemed “by the precious BLOOD OF CHRIST”

1 Peter 1:18-19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

John tells us:

“little children…….THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST his Son cleanseth us from all sin”

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

John tells us again:

the Son is He “who came not by water only but by water and BLOOD”

1 John 5:6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.

Instructions to the Elders

the Holy Ghost had made them overseers

they are admonished to take heed unto themselves and all the flock to feed the church of God which he hath purchased with his own blood

Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

All of these agree together

they all make mention of the BLOOD and they glory in it as the power by which eternal redemption through Jesus is fully accomplished and then applied by the Holy Spirit.

The Sum of Their Teaching

The sum total of the Apostles teaching is:

NOT WITHOUT BLOOD

The Power of the Blood 1d

Modern Bibles today tend to diminish the power of the blood

Many modern “scribes” suggest that the blood was merely a man’s blood and that the focus is on the death not the blood

The Holy Bible, AV 1611, there is true witness to the power of the blood from beginning to end

The Power of the Blood

What the Scriptures Teach about THE BLOOD

The Witness of the Book of Revelation

What Heaven Has to Say Concerning THE BLOOD

Washed in the Blood

THE BLOOD still retains its prominent place

God gives preeminence to THE BLOOD in this book about the revelation of the glory of God’s throne and or the blessedness of those around it.

The Slain Lamb on the Throne

John sees on the throne itself “a Lamb as it had been slain”

Revelation 5:6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

The Elders sing a new song

as they fall down before the Slain Lamb:

“thou art worthy….for thou wast slain and hast redeemed us to God by THY BLOOD”

Revelation 5:8-9

And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. 9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

The Great Company

a great company which no man can number: who are these?:

“They have washed their robes, and made them white in the BLOOD OF THE LAMB.”

Have Washed Their Robes

Revelation 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

The Son of Victory

The song of victory over the defeat of Satan: “they overcame him by the BLOOD OF THE LAMB”

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

In this, the glory of heaven

the great purposes of God; the wonderful love of the Son of God; the power of his redemption; the joy and thanksgiving of the redeemed

are all expressed within “THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB”

Shiloh Is Come

his garments washed in wine, his clothes and the blood of grapes

Genesis 49:8-12

Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee. 9 Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? 10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. 11 Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass’s colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes: 12 His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.

The Testimony of the Whole Book

from the Beginning to the End of Scripture

from the Garden of Eden to the Estate of Heaven’s Zion

The Old Testament the New Testament: the old covenant the new covenant

Runs this scarlet thread, this crimson flow, through the scriptures

This Scarlet Thread This Crimson Flow

THE BLOOD unites the beginning and the end

THE BLOOD restores what sin had destroyed

and so we can come unto God but

NOT WITHOUT BLOOD

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A NEW DAY

A NEW DAY

 

A NEW DAY

 

Today is the memorial of the greatest new day our universe has ever experienced

THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS

The resurrection of Jesus The Son of God has changed the future & expectation of the human race

WE ARE CELEBRATING THE REALITY

Jesus Christ does not have any remains in the ground

The tomb of Jesus The Son of God is totally empty

He has risen

He is not on earth

TRUE FREEDOM COMES

With his resurrection has come TRUE FREEDOM

Freedom is not a word of God term

But his resurrection means that we are free from the law of sin & death

[KJV] [Romans 8:2] For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

THIS RESURRECTION DELIVERS US

But what his resurrection has really done is to deliver us

[KJV] [Hebrews 2:15] And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

The human race is in bondage

We all have the “fear of death”

This Morning Star has freed us from our fears

2 Peter 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

So many fears

Held OR hold us in bondage

Fear of death

Hebrews 2:15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

Fear of man

Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

Fear God

Acts 13:16 Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience.

Fear of destroying our relationships

Psalms 90:11 Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.

Fear holds people captive

Fear is used to keep people captive

We are free—we are not held captive

Are You Held Captive?

When people are held in fear they are held captive

[KJV] [Romans 8:15] For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

Are you prone to fears?

Hebrews 2:15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

Days of Fear

Today more than any other time we are prone to “fears”

The cold war held us all captive

When the “wall of Berlin came down another type of fear filled the media

Terrorism—so many of our rights have been lost under the fear of the treat of terrorism

The media & the governments have used this

New fears hold us

Ecological disasters—global warming—there are huge arguments for saying that what we are seeing is just normal climate swings

I remember before I was married up where we lived there was a cyclone that wiped out a little town near Billynudgle.

The road and many houses were all swept into the sea—gone overnight—there was no talk of global warming

The Fear of Being Watched

There is a British philosopher called Jeremy Bentham

His body is stuffed & sits at University College London

He puts forward the socking theory

that an observer could watch prisoners without the prisoners knowing for certain they are under observation.

I.e. the fear of being watched or rather not being certain that you are not watched would mean that only a few prison staff are needed.

It was accomplished by the design of the building

Cameras Do This Job Now

With the technology today with the use of cameras etc a few can watch the many.

People will put up with the loss of rights & freedoms if they are frightened enough

Nameless Fears

We all are led to take on nameless fears

Our children are taught to fear even the kind smile of a stranger

Fear strangles faith & love

BUT this day reminds us that we have been released from our fears

The unrighteous have fears

Psalms 14:5 There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.

We the saved are freed from fears

Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

Here is what we must do

Hebrews 13:5–6 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

The Day Star rising up

–the bright & morning star will free us from all our fears

Jeremiah 30:10 Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the LORD; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid.

Will we have fears that will cripple us?

YES

2 Corinthians 7:5–6 For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears. 6 Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus;

The Lord Sends People to Comfort

Just recently I was in the heat of battle from all sides when I got a phone call from a teenage who had had bitterness & un-forgiveness in his heart because he blamed me for something—he rang & said he was sorry that night he had forgiven me because it was not my fault

I can tell you that his confession of fault greatly blessed me

There is NO fear in love

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

No fear should hold us or mould us

save the healthy “fear of the Lord”

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Do not be motivated by fear

–this day today is the remembrance of freedom from our fears

Psalms 34:4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

Victory is promised to us

so that we will not be under bondage to fears

Deuteronomy 11:25 There shall no man be able to stand before you: for the LORD your God shall lay the fear of you and the dread of you upon all the land that ye shall tread upon, as he hath said unto you.

Fear Them Not

Joshua 10:8 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear them not: for I have delivered them into thine hand; there shall not a man of them stand before thee.

Fear Not

2 Chronicles 20:17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.

Today we celebrate his life

–we celebrate our own emancipation from fear

Romans 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

Take in this
Romans 8:32–39

He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.

34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

He is risen—we are free from fears!

Psalms 34:4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

To overcome fear

Examine these simple, but seldom seen, Bible study secrets of the translators and martyrs.

To define Bible words, they did not recommend Greek tools, but turned instead to God’s school, using the Bible’s own word twins.

Join the Great Cloud of Witnesses

The translators join a chorus of martyrs to warn against what “man’s wisdom teacheth” and to recommend instead what “the Holy Ghost teacheth” to those who have received Jesus Christ as their Saviour and :

Follow These Seven Keys

1 Fear of the LORD

Psalms 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

2 Humility

1 Peter 5:6–9 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

3 Believing the Holy Bible

John 2:22 When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.

4 Praying

Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

5 Desiring to obey

John 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

6 Meditating on holy scriptures

Psalms 119:148 Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.

7 Reading the Holy Bible again, and again.

Deuteronomy 17:19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them:

AGAPE OR PHILEO – TEST FOR YOURSELF

TEST FOR YOURSELF

 

 

 

What will this tell us?

It will show the point that Jesus was making

 

TEST FOR YOURSELF

JOHN 21:15-17 – AGAPE vs PHILEO

John 21:15-17 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon,
son
of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon,
son
of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon,
son
of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

 

What was the Lord Jesus teaching Peter? Was he teaching Peter that he needed a better love?

I’ve used the AV 1611 Holy Bible, you can use this or a modern Bible if you like.

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Read the Bible quote.

2. Put an A or P in the blank before the quote to signify your choice that you get from the meaning and context of the verse of the Greek word used, AGAPE or PHILEO.

 

If you don’t like the idea of reading the context to make your estimation whether this is phileo or agape then you could use something like a Young’s concordance and see what the scholars tell you. Then take a careful note of the context of the verse.

 

Just make an honest appraisal as you read the scriptures for yourself because this is not in any way a mystery. God has promised to keep his word pure and preserved and we are blessed to have a copy of that in the English language. Read diverse and think which it would be once you have considered the experts difference in the definition of these 2 words. Was the Lord Jesus challenging Peter to develop a higher form of love when he asked him these questions?

DEFINITIONS:

 

AGAPE love: Deep, intimate, selfless love.

PHILEO love: “friendly” love, brotherly love.

 

I – Comparison: How Jesus used AGAPE and PHILEO.

_____     1. Luke 11:42 the love of God

    Luke 11:42
But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

 

_____    2. John 5:42 the love of God

John 5:43
I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

 

_____     3. Matt 10:37 He that loveth father or mother

Matthew 10:37
He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

 

_____     4. Rev 3:9    to know that I have loved

Revelation 3:9
Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

 

_____     5. Rev 3:19 As many as I love

Revelation 3:19
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

 

_____     6. Matt 23:6 love the uppermost rooms

Matthew 23:6
And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,

 

_____     7. John 12:25 He that loveth his life

John 12:35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.

 

_____     8. Luke 11:43 ye love the uppermost seats

Luke 11:4
And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

 

_____     9. John 5:20 the Father loveth the Son

John 5:20
For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.

 

_____ 10. John 16:27 the Father Himself loveth you, because ye have loved me

John 16:27
For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.

 

II – Comparison: How other New Testament writers used AGAPE and PHILEO.

 

_____     1. II Tim 3:4 of pleasures more than of God

2 Timothy 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

 

 

_____    2. John 11:5 Jesus loved Martha

John 11:5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.

 

_____     3. John 20:2 the other disciples whom Jesus loved

John 20:2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.

 

_____     4. I Cor 16:22 If any man love not the Lord

1 Corinthians 16:22 If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.

 

_____     5. Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his love

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

 

_____     6. I Cor 16:24 My love be with you all

1 Corinthians 16:24 My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.

_____    7. II Tim 1:7 of power, and of love, and…

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

 

_____     8. Rom 12:10 one to another with brotherly love

Romans 12:10
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

 

_____     9. II Thes 3:12 abound in love one toward another     

2 Thessalonians 3:12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

 

_____    10. Titus 2:4 women to be sober, to love their husbands

Titus 2:4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,

 

_____    11. Eph 5:28 So ought men to love their wives

Ephesians 5:28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

 

_____     12. I Peter 2:17 Love the brotherhood

1 Peter 2:17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

 

_____     13. Heb 13:1 Let brotherly love continue

Hebrews 13:11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.

_____     14. Titus 3:4 and love of God our Saviour

Titus 3:4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,

 

_____     15. I John 2:5 in him verily is the love of God perfected

1 John 2:5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

 

 

 

If you have taken the test and if you have been honest, you have found that the TRUTH of the matter is that neither Jesus nor any of the New Testament writers acknowledged the false rule foisted on us by heady and high-minded Bible critics. There simply is no difference between agape and phileo for all practical purposes of the meaning of the word.

 

Who will you believe? Jesus Christ or your Greek professor?

 

What will this tell us? It will show the point that Jesus was making. He was not questioning Peter’s love for him BUT emphasizing what is really important in Peter’s mission. If Peter truly loved the Lord then he would stick to his mission & what do was so very important. – FEED THE FLOCK OF GOD

 

THE ANSWERS FROM THE HOLY BIBLE AV 1611

 

JOHN 21:15-17 – AGAPE vs PHILEO

I – Comparison: How Jesus used AGAPE and PHILEO.

A    1. Luke 11:42 the love of God

A    2. John 5:42 the love of God

P    3. Matt 10:37 He that loveth father or mother

A    4. Rev 3:9    to know that I have loved

P    5. Rev 3:19 As many as I love

P    6. Matt 23:6 love the uppermost rooms

P    7. John 12:25 He that loveth his life

A    8. Luke 11:43 ye love the uppermost seats

P    9. John 5:20 the Father loveth the Son

P 10. John 16:27 the Father Himself loveth you, because ye have loved me

 

II – Comparison: How other New Testament writers used AGAPE and PHILEO.

P    1. II Tim 3:4 of pleasures more than of God

A    2. John 11:5 Jesus loved Martha

P    3. John 20:2 the other disciples whom Jesus loved

P    4. I Cor 16:22 If any man love not the Lord

A    5. Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his love

A    6. I Cor 16:24 My love be with you all

A    7. II Tim 1:7 of power, and of love, and…

P    8. Rom 12:10 one to another with brotherly love

A    9. II Thes 3:12 abound in love one toward another

P    10. Titus 2:4 women to be sober, to love their husbands

A    11. Eph 5:28 So ought men to love their wives

A    12. I Peter 2:17 Love the brotherhood

P    13. Heb 13:1 Let brotherly love continue

P    14. Titus 3:4 and love of God our Saviour

A    15. I John 2:5 in him verily is the love of God perfected

 

CONCLUSION:

There is absolutely NO DIFFERENCE in meaning between AGAPE & PHILEO in the meaning of Love in the New Testament – the terms are interchangeable.

 


 

The Power of Small Changes 5

The Power of Small Changes 5

Those strange verb endings

Replace -est and -eth with -s?

Clear Connections

The King James Bible uses clear connections for verb endings -est and -eth

 

There are very sound and valid reasons that the King James version uses these specialised verb forms.

The strange suffixes of the Early Modern English

These verbs indicate they were personally assigned to their corresponding nouns and pronouns:

 

Here is a simple rule of grammar found in the King James Bible:

Verb Endings

If the verb ends in “EST or ST” then this verb is always linked to the second person pronoun

(never the first nor the third ONLY the second person)

 

If the verb ends in “ETH or TH” then this verb is always linked to the third person pronoun or a noun

(never the first nor the second ONLY the third person or thing)

This is a rule without exception

in the King James Bible

 

- est second person

- eth third person

Personal Pronouns

Here is another rule that is without exception in the King James Bible:

Did You Know This?

If a second person pronoun begins with a “T” it is always identifying one person.

If a second person pronoun begins with a “Y” it always identifies more than one person.

Removing Confusion

By the simple use of these four rules verbs and pronouns are tied together without confusion.

Clearer and Cleaner Than Modern English

This is much clearer and cleaner than modern English.

Contextual Understanding

Why not keep it simple

You do not have to rely upon a sense of context to be able to tie nouns and these verbs together no matter how long or complex a sentence may be.

YOU

Modern term “YOU” IS DEFINITELY AMBIGUOUS

– it could be one person, more than one person, the person doing the action or the person receiving the action.

The grammar does not make the situation clear.

Learn This off by Heart

4 simple rules for pronouns and verb endings

T – always one

Y – always more than one

–    EST (ST) always second person

–    ETH (TH) always third person

The 1611 translators

At the time of the translators of the King James Bible they were happy to use these particular different verb endings.

Epistle Dedicatory of the Translators

A look at the Epistle Dedicatory shows this practice employed

(apparently the translators were still using accurate verb endings in their general speech):

Look at This Example

“…but directeth and disposeth men unto that eternal happiness which is above in heaven.”

Here is the actual paragraph

But among all our joys, there was no one that more filled our hearts, than the blessed continuance of the preaching of God’s sacred Word among us; which is that inestimable treasure, which excelleth all the riches of the earth; because the fruit thereof extendeth itself, not only to the time spent in this transitory world, but directeth and disposeth men unto that eternal happiness which is above in heaven.

Notice the Verb Endings

The verbs directeth and disposeth are not being used to flatter the king; if they were they would read directest and disposest (second person).

The -eth is a third person indicator revealing that these verbs are assigned, in this case, to “God’s sacred Word.”

Don’t Make the Mistake of Modern Versions

It is wholly incorrect to replace these definitive verb endings with the suffix -s, as some well-intentioned KJV “help” Bibles like to do.

Well intentioned or not

Changes such as these diminish the strength and accuracy of the words by severing the connections between the noun and its corresponding verb.

The Element of More Than One

In contemporary versions, the ambiguous -s also adds an element of plurality.

Here Is a Good Example of This

For example, how many innocent men should be murdered before the sentence of death is executed upon the murderer?

 

The KJV is clear: “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed” (Genesis 9:6).

The KJ V – murder one person

Murder one person and receive the sentence of the loss of your life.

One innocent man’s life is so valuable that the greatest price must be paid to respect the loss.

Use in the Modern – S verb ending

But, by changing sheddeth to shed(s), an element of doubt is introduced. how many people have to be murdered?

It Would Read like This

“Whoso sheds man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed” – this suggests that more than one person has to be murdered by the murderer before the sentence is passed.

Example

NIV Genesis 9:6 “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man.

The Element of Confusion

Does this mean that only repeat offenders (sheds being plural) are punishable by death?

This is not clearer. This is confusing.

In our modern Appeals Court there could be a case for “Lurking Doubt” in the uncertainty of the situation.

If you could prove that only one murder was committed then the sentence could be overturned.

 

I think that it is interesting today that we have become so sanitised that we are really only shocked when someone has committed multiple murders.

This is not surprising seeing modern philosophy views us as mere animals rather than created in the image of God

 

Even the popular television crime shows seem to major on the idea of a “serial killer” – why the term killer why not the term “serial murderer?”

What Do You Want?

Surely we want the word of God to be precise with conformity that we can trust.

Small Changes

These may only be small changes in the printed material but they surely make huge differences in understanding and revelation.

Don’t let these small changes, that modern publishers of the Bible slip in, rob you of the richness and steadfastness of God’s pure and preserved word promised to be kept for all generations

Psalms 12:6-7

The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. 7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

His word is a lamp to our path

Psalms 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Trust His Word

Let God be true and every man a liar

Romans 3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

In the meantime let us read his word

Let us who are of the day walk in the light of the scriptures

Ready for His Coming

Let us be ready for his coming because he will surely come when he is not expected

Let’s keep rejoicing in the joy of “sins forgiven” and the power of an everlasting life

Let us uphold the name of Jesus

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Marslow & You the Child of Your Father in Heaven through Jesus Christ his Son

Marslow & You the Child of Your Father in Heaven through Jesus Christ his Son

 

I have been lent a book called “The Amputee Coach” to read by my physiotherapist. It has some very good material & great exercises, but it attempts to define life in terms of mind & emotions and brings up Maslow and the hierarchy of needs or as it is now called the science of happiness. It is essentially humanistic and uses devices like writing down your fears, frustrations & hang-ups and then writing down your goals. I’ve always been averse to writing down my “goals” because I don’t subscribe to the notion that whatever the mind of man can conceive the mind of man can achieve.
I have never been able to crystallize my reasons for this until; just now. I don’t write out my goals nor have I ever done because all my goals have been written down for me in the Holy Bible. I just need faith to follow them. The Lord Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of my faith. My mental balance comes from him.

My physiotherapist said I did things in my mind first – well she is not saved & sits in spiritual darkness, but she is correct to assume this because this is how it appears. I do things through Christ Jesus in my spirit first and then I just flow on in this.
Be fashioned by the word of God and not by humanist thinking.

The Background:

The following corrects Marslow and his
Existentialism - ACTUALIZING people, as he called them, have the following characteristics that were so popular & circulating around in the 1960’s. He moved past the old ways of classifying and sorting people out and came out with observations that floated these sorts of ideas. Of course, he got these ideas, in the first place, by observing monkeys and he assumes that humans come from monkeys.

 

Permit me a side note here: there were 5 men 150 years ago who came from Christian religious backgrounds but rebelled and wanted to be able to explain life in the universe from a perspective and worldview that could happily completely ignore God and any claims that he may have. The five men were: Darwin, Hort, Wescott, Freud & Jung. These men were all contemporaries and knew one another and exchanged papers et cetera. Darwin destroyed a biblical belief of our origins, Hort & Wescott destroyed our belief in a pure word from God, Freud & Jung destroyed our reliance upon biblical solutions for the maladies of the mind and soul of mankind. I am astounded that in a so-called enlightened age that 5 such people should still leave their godless mark on our civilisation and culture. When you consider that anybody who undertakes nearly any especially concerning the humanities will be exposed to the teachings of these men in one form or another will also have to do a course on communication as though overcoming the deliberate act of God at the tower of Babel can be simply a matter of intention and form because it takes into no account the greed and duplicity of the nature of mankind.

I was living between Bowral & Mittagong with Henry Gallus. Henry has now been called home to heaven by our Lord Jesus Christ. Henry & I were working our way through the book of Hebrews, using Andrew Murray as a sounding board. Henry used to bring fresh meat home from the butcher’s shop. One day, as we prepared our stew pot, I noticed that the newspaper that the butcher had wrapped the meat in had an article in it about Existentialism and Marslow. Henry & I chuckled at the notion of “strong meat” of the word of God as opposed to “milk” of the word of God. I was intrigued by all this humanism. I had not, in those days, connected the dots between today’s mental health solutions, the revised English bible and evolution. I knew that I did not care for the notion of evolution as it denied the word of God. So, here, in this newsprint fragment, was an explanation of human behaviour that excludes the need for a relationship with God. I looked at it very carefully. The article lists the qualities that a modern fully balanced superior person actually possesses. I don’t have the actual newspaper clipping, but I do have my original hand written notes in pen & ink and not biro tucked away somewhere. And, yes, the newspaper used the term “superior person.”.

I took this list, there were 10 points in the newspaper, but there are actually more qualities listed as part of this Existentialist list of superior qualities. It’s all very humanistic, no need for God at all. I have taken them and put them in a scriptural context showing that we born again people are moving towards the type of humanity that God the Father intended for those he created in his image. This is only possible through the blood & life of the Lamb of God.

Anyway I hope that you are blessed by this list. Instead of “superior” I use the term “extra ordinary”

Extra-Ordinary People (extraordinary people)

A portrait of the type of person Jesus Christ will turn us into if we let Him.

Superior person or extra ordinary person in the sense of above natural thinking, practice & the world

 

Romans 8:7-9 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

 


1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

 

The “humanists” invent nothing.

Once again the “humanists” like the “evolutionists” invent nothing but in their rush to deny God they put their own “humanistic interpretation on what they observe.”

These qualities belong to the spirit filled saint whose mind is renewed by the word of God.

Qualities of an Extra-Ordinary Person

Sons of God with love, power & a sound mind

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

 

Extra- Ordinary Saints; believers in & followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Outside the normal ordinary attributes!

Saints who have the following characteristics:

A – Superior Perception Of Reality

You can differentiate what is fake and dishonest from what is real and genuine. This reality is beyond the normal senses.

Discernment – Natural & Spiritual

discern v. 1 perceive clearly with the mind or senses. 2 make out with effort.  discernible adj.

discerning adj. having good judgement. discerningly adv. discernment n

Hebrews 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

 

Luke 12:56
Ye
hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?

1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

1 Corinthians 11:29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

 

1 Corinthians 12:10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

You “see” & rely on these realities:

My redeemer is God & He is living in me in the power of an endless life

Psalms 78:35 And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer.

 

You are an heir of God

Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

 

All power in heaven & earth is given to the one who lives in me

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

 

Eternal Life is real.

This is the force that drives you

1 John 5:11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

 

B – Increased Acceptance Of Self, Of Others.

You have a quality that is more likely to take saints as they are than try to change them into what you think they should be –

This same acceptance is applied to your attitudes towards yourself:

If some quality of yours isn’t harmful, you let it be, even enjoying it as a personal quirk. This applies to matters that are in themselves not sinful or against the law of God. This does not imply that you never make judgements it implies that you never make unjust judgement and those judgements are confined to what really does matter in the sight of God and revealed in his word. Therefore you accept the mannerisms and differences of others and less those mannerisms transcend the moral law. In other words, you love the sinner but reject the sin.

 

2 Corinthians 12:14-13:1
14 Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours, but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children. 15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved. 16 But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with guile. 17 Did I make a gain of you by any of them whom I sent unto you? 18 I desired Titus, and with him I sent a brother. Did Titus make a gain of you? walked we not in the same spirit? walked we not in the same steps? 19 Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying. 20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults: 21
And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed. 13:1 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

 

 

You are not a moaner or grumbler.

You know all things work together for good to them that love God & are called according to his purpose.

You know the meaning of “Good Cheer.”

You have the ability to change.

You know the power of your mouth.

C – Spontaneity Increased

Increased spontaneity and simplicity:

You prefer being yourself rather than being pretentious or artificial

Christ writes his law of liberty on your heart – so you can be spontaneous!

You can move & flow in the Holy Spirit!

You live from within!


John 14:20-21

At that day ye shall know that I
am
in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
21
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

 

You know the power of the indwelling life!

You can trust spontaneous action – you are sure of the position of abiding in Christ & this brings an increased spontaneity of action – you cry laugh & respond freely & easily – the life comes from the river within – it is not good manners it’s life.

D – Task-Orientation, Not Self-Centeredness

Increase in problem-centring – stronger focus on problems outside of yourself

You are problem-centred

Meaning you treat life’s difficulties as problems demanding solutions, not as personal troubles to be railed at or surrendered to.

E – Desire For Privacy

Increased detachment and desire for privacy

You have a need for privacy, and are comfortable being alone

Mark 1:35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

 

You are complete in Jesus Christ.

You love people but you are part of the answer not part of the problem

You know that solitude is an asset.

F – Increased Autonomy

Sense of independence and autonomy

Independence of culture and environment

You are relatively independent of culture and environment, relying instead on your own experiences and judgments.

You have the ability to depend only on God & not on man & natural thinking

You look to God & you follow Christ Jesus.

G – A Vivid And Fresh Appreciation Of Reality

A certain freshness of appreciation, an ability to see things, even ordinary things, with wonder

Vivid religious experiences

Higher frequency of peak experiences

A peak experience is one that takes you out of yourself, that makes you feel very tiny, or very large, to some extent one with life or nature or God

It gives you a feeling of being a part of the infinite and the eternal.

These experiences tend to leave their mark on a person, change them for the better

Mountain top experiences –

Often moved by the Spirit –

Like Paul who had times, left for dead, in the deep – jail – 7th heaven etc –

Beyond the mundane –

Living in the power of an endless life

H – Increased Identity With Humanity

Increased identity with humanity; identification with the human species

You have the ability to understand the human spirit – know your fellow man – know the spirit of a man – understand meetings (the flow of them & know people

I – Greater Freshness & Richness of Emotional Reactions

You enjoy intimate emotional relationships with people

Greater freshness of appreciation and richness of emotional reaction & experiences

You enjoy intimate personal relations & improved interpersonal relations – display brotherly love, compassion or philanthropy Intimate emotional relationships — social interest, compassion, humanity & hostpitality.

You have the ability to feel deeply & have a freshness about it

You can laugh, weep, joy, sorrow, peace or grief

The Holy Spirit can manifest himself in you, do with you what he will because you yield to the spirit

This brings you to improved interpersonal relationships

Deepening friendships –

That I might know him & the fellowship of his sufferings – greater oneness & unity – able to bear burdens – Paul longed after brethren with bowls of mercies

J – Democratic Values And Attitudes

A more democratic character structure – Democratic values and attitudes

This means that you are open to ethnic and individual variety, even treasuring it.

Ability to meet & greet all planes & types of people

Preach & minister to any – children / adults / rich / poor – people from all walks of life

K – Increased Creativity

Creativity – Greatly increased creativeness; your ability to be creative, inventive, and original

You have the ability to create ideas –

You are ready for inspiration & revelation –

You know that the abiding word of God creates – confessing the word knowing that the creator is your redeemer who brings to nought the things that are & creates what otherwise could not be

L – Own Highly Individual System Of Values

This drives you – like Paul you walk a path that is beyond what you expect from others – Jesus Christ’s value system was to do only the will of the Father

No confusion of means and ends

You have a different perception of means and ends. You feel that the ends don’t necessarily justify the means, that the means could be ends themselves, and that the means — the journey — is often more important than the end – because you can’t get to the end without taking the journey

You can see the value of the journey –

Recovery road – Christianity explained – Open house.

A sense of humour that is philosophical, not hostile –

You have an un-hostile sense of humour — preferring to joke at your own expense, or at the human condition, rather than directing your humour at others

M – Resistance to Conformity & Enculturation

Resistance to conformity & to cultural conformity; resistance to enculturation. And they resisted enculturation, that is, they were not susceptible to social pressure — they were, in fact, nonconformists in the best sense of the word.

Resist someone forcing on you what could be called “stuff” – culture or personal value systems

Just like the Jews tried on the Gentile Christians – you can tell the difference between this type of enculturation & real revelation

You have the ability to maintain your God given identity regardless of the company you are in

A transcendence of the environment rather than just coping.

You make a change by just being!

You are an over-comer

In many ways you are vulnerable

You can often suffer considerable anxiety and guilt — but realistic anxiety and guilt, rather than misplaced or neurotic versions.

You can be absentminded and overly kind.

You can be tough or hard when you have to be.

You can have moments of ruthlessness, surgical coldness, and loss of humour.

You have these following qualities

Truth – rather than dishonesty

Goodness – rather than evil

Beauty – not ugliness or vulgarity

Unity, wholeness, and transcendence of opposites – not arbitrariness or forced choices

Aliveness – not deadness or the mechanization of life

Uniqueness – not bland uniformity

Perfection and necessity – not sloppiness, inconsistency, or accident

Completion – rather than incompleteness

Justice and order – not injustice and lawlessness

Simplicity – not unnecessary complexity

Richness – not environmental impoverishment

Effortlessness – not strain

Playfulness – not grim or humourless drudgery

Self-sufficiency – not dependency

Meaningfulness – rather than senselessness

You have the following characteristics:

1.    Superior perception of reality

2.    Acceptance of self and others

3.    Spontaneity

4.    Desire for privacy

5.    Sense of independence and autonomy

6.    A vivid and fresh appreciation of reality

7.    Task-orientation, not self-centeredness

8.    Vivid religious experiences

9.    Increased identity with humanity

10.    Intimate emotional relationships with people

11.    Democratic values and attitudes

12.    No confusion of means and ends

13.    A sense of humour that is philosophical, not hostile

14.    Creativity

15.    Resistance to conformity

16. A transcendence of the environment, rather than just coping.

17. Own Highly Individual System of values

These saints are Individuals

1. They avoid publicity, fame, glory, honours, popularity, celebrity, or at least they do not seek it for its own sake. It is not terribly important one way or another.

2. They do not need to be loved by everyone.

3. They generally pick out their own causes, which are apt to be few in number, rather than responding to advertising or to campaigns or to other people’s exhortations.

4. Their fighting is not an excuse for hostility, paranoia, grandiosity, authority, rebellion, etc., but is for the sake of getting things right. It is problem-centred.

5. They manage somehow simultaneously to love the world as it is and to try to improve it.

6. They respond to the challenge in a job. A chance to improve the situation or the operation is a big reward. They enjoy improving things.

7. They do not need or seek for or even enjoy very much flattery, applause, popularity, status, prestige, money, honours, etc.

8. Expressions of gratitude, or at least of awareness of their good fortune, are common.

9. They tend to be attracted by mystery, unsolved problems, by the unknown, and the challenging, rather than to be frightened by them.

10. They enjoy bringing about law and order in the chaotic situation, or in the messy or confused situation, or in the dirty and unclean situation.

11. They try to free themselves from illusions, to look at the facts courageously, to take away the blindfold.

12. They feel it is a pity for talent to be wasted.

13.    They tend to feel that every person should have an opportunity to develop to his or her highest potential, to have a fair chance, to have equal opportunity.

14. They like doing things well, doing a good job, to do well what needs doing. Many such phrases add up to bringing about good workmanship.

15. They get great pleasure from knowing admirable people (courageous, honest, effective, straight, big, creative, saintly, etc.)

16. They enjoy taking on responsibilities (that they can handle well) and certainly don’t fear or evade their responsibilities. They respond to responsibility.

17. They uniformly consider their work to be worthwhile, important, and even essential.

18. They enjoy greater efficiency, making an operation more neat, compact, simpler, faster, less expensive, turning out a better product, doing with less parts, a smaller number of operations, less clumsiness, less effort, more foolproof, safer, more elegant, less laborious.

The above is a portrait of someone who is patiently awaiting the Lord Jesus.

These qualities are only possible because you are a new creature and all things have become new.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

 

Galatians 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

 

Daniel Wooldridge from thoughts spanning from 1964 to 2011

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Meet For The Master’s Use

Meet For The Master’s Use

 

2 Timothy 2:21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

 

You know as I think about this Scripture it brings to mind the trends of the last couple of decades. We’ve had rising in the church an awareness of how important we are and central to the affairs around us. We are constantly being called to consider our various gifts and talents and the fact that God has a purpose for us, indeed a job for us to do. This defines the meaning for life. At the same time wave after wave of “Word of faith ministries” style messages have rolled over the people of God. This turns us into people who command our own fate where faith is the key to success and success is defined within the world’s framework of the meaning of the term.

 

I like to gaze into the receding horizon or to contemplate the sea of man-made suffering and so consider how insignificant and inadequate I appear to be. I remember as a young man considering that my life was probably but a vapour:
James 4:14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. It pays to remember that this is a New Testament Scripture from a New Testament apostle who spoke of our faith being validated by our works and the things that we do. This is an Epistle that Martin Luther is on record of saying, was merely an Epistle of straw although, to his credit, he later recanted this sentiment but by then the damage was done.

 

Can we really command God? Is there a hidden key or formula or ritual that will unlock the secret mysteries to the gateway of power, wealth and prosperity? What about this verse:

Isaiah 45:9 Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?

I sometimes think about the day when everyone, small and great, believer or unbeliever, saved or lost will be assembled together before the Almighty enthroned in power in glory, confess with one voice that Jesus is Lord. Will we do this because we are forced to do this under the threat of death or will we do this because there simply is no other response in the presence of such awesome majesty, splendour and power. What is man that thou art mindful of him?
Psalms 8:4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
Psalms 8:5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Psalms 8:6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

We know that ultimately this is speaking about the Lord Jesus:
Hebrews 2:6 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man that thou visitest him? Hebrews 2:7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:

 

We forget that although like the psalmist says we might have been put in Dominion over all the creation of the earth but the fact is that we are death and that rightly deserved. Without the only begotten of the father made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death we would be lost, undone with no hope. We are incapable of saving ourselves.

 

How then should we consider our position? Does our life have meaning? Do we really have purpose? And if we do have purpose in what is the purpose? This is why I think my lead Scripture is so important. 2 Timothy 2:21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

 

In all of our affirmations, confessions of faith, claiming of rights and demonstrations of the right to live the ultimate question should be, “are we meet for the master’s use?” The word meet in this context means fit for the master’s use. Whose responsibility is it to make sure that we are fit for the master’s use? Well all I can say is read the Scripture for yourself. It used to be that ministers of God preached messages that sort to help the body of Christ discover whether they were fit for use. These days, ministry is turned into some sort of encouraging felicitator that manages the available resources that they have available, according to their perceived gifts and talents, for the fulfilment of their vision which they, sincerely I believe, reckoned to be the particular work of God.

 

The writer of the Epistle says that we, the believer, should purge, cleanse ourselves so that we are vessels unto honour, vessels and sanctification and vessels that are meet for the master’s use so that we be prepared for every good work – that is any work that the master puts us to use for it is in itself intrinsically good. Would he take a pristine golden vessel and use it as a washing-up bowl? Of course you would because he is the master. Would he take a plain Jane vessel to carry his most precious gift or possession? Of course he would he is the master. Just look at what he did with an unlearned common fishermen, he sent him to the highly educated and celebrated Jews. Look what he did with a highly educated Jew, he sent him to rough and idolatrous Gentiles. He uses vessels regardless of talent, gifts and abilities. The only criteria that he has is that the vessel be fit for use, according to his own standards of fitness. Meet for the master’s use. And who is responsible to make certain that the vessel is fit for use? The vessel is! He gives us scriptural ministry so that we may determine by comparing Scripture, the holy spirit and our conscience together so that we know what needs to be purged, what needs to be cleansed and cast away, what needs to be repented of, what needs to be grasped and held onto, what preparations need to be completed so that we can be, not by our own ability or works, vessels of honour and sanctification that are meet for the master’s use. When he uses us, Howell he uses us and the purpose that he uses us for belong to him because he is the master.

 

I think that we should be more concerned with walking at peace with God in happy Holiness knowing that we are fit for use by the master who has brought us with a price and that we are not our own. We should be less concerned with our gifts, talents and abilities and more concerned with our fitness for use. Do we have a pure heart and a clean conscience? Are we fit, are we available for the master’s use?