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swear: To make a solemn declaration or statement with an appeal to God or a superhuman
being, or to some sacred object, in confirmation of what is said; to take an oath.
oath: A solemn or formal appeal to God (or to a deity or something held in reverence or
regard), in witness of the truth of a statement, or the binding character of a promise or undertaking; an act of swearing; a statement or promise corroborated by such an appea...
XI. God has ever ordained specific repositories for the preservation and transmission of Scripture.
As noted earlier, the O.T. Scripture was given to and committed into the hands of the nation of Israel, the O.T. church. PSA 147:19-20; ROM 3:1-2.
The law was sealed up among His disciples (ISA 8:16), especially the priestly tribe of Levi, and kept in the ark of the covenant. DEU 17:18; 31:24-26.
Of them, the priesthood were especially designated teachers in the O...
The law of Moses was a great blessing to its recipients (ROM 3:1-2) but when relied upon to secure eternal justification, it became a curse. v. 10 c/w ROM 3:19.
“under the law” (GAL 3:23; 4:4-5, 21) = “under the curse.”
(1) “under the law” contrasts with “under grace” (ROM 6:14-15), God’s favor freely bestowed without condition upon unworthy, incapable sinners.
(2) Righteousness by the law is a frustration of grace. GAL 1:21.<...
dung: Excrementitious and decayed matter employed to fertilize the soil; manure. 2. (As constituting the usual manure) The excrement or fæces of animals (rarely of human beings): as cow-dung, horse-dung, pig's-dung, etc.
The Holy Ghost in both testaments uses candid, vulgar and sometimes graphic terms.
All scripture is profitable (2TI 3:16), even the 36 occurrences of dung.
Every word of God is pure. PRO 8:8; 30:5; PSA 119:140.
I. The exhortations in this passage should be understood in the context of Christ's other instructions in this sermon on the mountain.
Christ had been presenting the righteousness of God which exceeds the righteousness of
the Scribes and Pharisees. MAT 5:20.
He had just taught that the kingdom of God and His righteousness should be that which we
seek FIRST. MAT 6:33.
Hence, our asking, seeking and knocking should be foremost for God's kingdo...
VIII. The importance of copies.
A. The first mention of copying concerned the Ten Commandments.
1. The original autograph was smashed. EXO 32:19.
2. God simply replaced it and commanded it to be placed in the ark. DEU 10:1-5.
a. What He wrote was “...according to the first writing...” (v. 4). It was a duplicate or copy that was not to vary from the original.
b. Thus, the rule was laid down for future perpetuation of God’s words. c/w JOS 8:32-35; JER 36:27-28.
B. A copy...
God brought forth order out of darkness and disorder in creation.
The grave is a place of darkness and disorder. JOB 10:22.
God will have no trouble at all bringing forth glorious, ordered bodies from the grave at
Christ's return: He knows the process well. PHIL 3:20-21.
Evolutionists generally hold to a spontaneous beginning of life from inanimate matter (life
from the dead) in the distant past which they have ...
1. Continuing on, Paul reminds them that the blessings and ministration of the Spirit which were peculiar to the N.T. gospel church were theirs to enjoy, not by law-works like circumcision, the “do and live” righteousness of Moses’ Law, etc., but by hearing the gospel of Christ and turning submissively to Him. This was the great lesson of ACT 10. He then makes an appropriate comparison with Abraham.
2. v. 5 asks another obvious/rhetorical question: “He therefore that ministereth to you th...
4. As Paul carries on (v. 2), he poses an obvious question which the Galatians seem to have overlooked: had they received the Spirit by keeping law-works like circumcision or by hearing about Jesus Christ faithfully fulfilling the law for them? Had the Spirit come upon the church under the dispensation of the law/O.T. from Moses or under the dispensation of faith/grace/N.T. from Jesus Christ? JOH 1:14, 17 c/w ROM 3:21.
A. The dispensation of the Law wound down with the dawning of the N.T. gospel ...
Having reminded them of the doctrine to which they had been initially converted, the precedent established at the Jerusalem council and the error of Peter at Antioch, Paul now directs his rebuke at the Galatians. In the light of such evidence and their own experience, how could they so easily be drawn into the designs of the Judaizers? It is a concern of the man of God that serious labors to show men the way of truth are received with apparent shallowness and that without constant ...
H. Some science has it figured out.
1. Researchers who put together a draft of the entire sequence of the human genome, “...unanimously declared, there is only one race---the human race...If you ask what percentage of your genes is reflected in your external appearance, the basis by which we talk about race, the answer seems to be in the range of .01 percent.” (Natalie Angier, Do Races Differ? Not Really, DNA Shows, NYT 8-22-2000)
2. “The genetic variation within each of the various ethnic groups of Homo...
I. love: That disposition or state of feeling with regard to a person which (arising from recognition of attractive qualities, from instincts of natural relationship, or from sympathy) manifests itself in solicitude for the welfare of the object, and usually also in delight in his or her presence and desire for his or her approval; warm affection, attachment.
II. Preliminary thoughts.
A. Why should you care if God loves you or not, as long as He lands you in heaven for eternity?
1. You would be ali...
V. Beware the evil eye of envy that sees the advantage of another and cannot abide by it. MAT 6:23; 20:15.
A. Saul’s envy was noted by, “...And Saul eyed David...” (1SAM 18:8-9).
B. “Envy is the devil’s eye, as hypocrisy is the devil’s cloven foot.” (Unknown)
C. Beware of the “unfair” claim when it comes to God’s expectations or favor. JOH 21:20-22.
D. Envy of the valid advantage of another (the favor of God, success by merit, inheritance, etc.) is one thing. But it is especially vain to be envious ...
A. envy: trans. To feel displeasure and ill-will at the superiority of (another person) in happiness, success, reputation, or the possession of anything desirable; to regard with discontent another's possession of (some superior advantage which one would like to have for oneself).
B. covetousness: 1. Strong or inordinate desire (of). Obs. 2. Inordinate and culpable desire of possessing that which belongs to another or to which one has no right.
C. emulate: 1. trans. Of persons: To strive ...
6. In vs. 19-21, Paul emphasizes the fact that the law, with all of its ineffective sacrifices, ordinances and impossible requirements (ACT 15:10; GAL 3:10; HEB 10:1-4) had served its purpose, and its purpose was never to produce the righteousness of God in sinners.
A. Sinners might be credited with righteousness for acts of righteousness that conformed to God’s law (DEU 6:24-25) but a nature of sin interrupted by occasional acts of righteousness is NOT the righteousness of God Who “...is righteous in AL...
(1 John 2:18-25)
A. John warns believers about present antichrists and a future antichrist.
1. The prefix, “anti” means: opposite, against, in exchange, instead, representing, rivalling, simulating.
2. The future antichrist will simulate and rival the true Christ. c/w 2TH 2:1-12
3. The future antichrist is called the man of sin, the son of perdition, and that Wicked.
a. Judas Iscariot is called the son of perdition. JOH 17:12
b. Like Judas Iscariot, the antichrist is led by the devil. LUK 22:3-6
D. Much is being made today of “white privilege.”
1. Caution is here needed since the dominance of Western Civilization in the world is at least partially owing to the Spirit of God in directing the gospel of Jesus Christ to regions of light-skinned people.
2. Some of the so-called “privilege” is owing to the effects of the gospel in subduing men’s minds to the love of God and of neighbor.
3. The real issue is not skin but sin. Men will answer to God for their hatred of Jesus Christ, His gospel, His sove...
I. For purposes of this study, the word “sinner” refers to non-elect, unregenerate persons whereas “saint” refers to elect, regenerate persons.
II. Sinners neither do good nor can do good. ROM 3:9-12.
III. Yet Scripture cites numerous examples of sinners choosing good things.
A. Consider the scribes and Pharisees, who were not eternally saved. MAT 23:33.
1. Yet they tithed, which is a good thing commanded in the law of Moses. MAT 23:23.
2. They practiced the rite of circumcision which was given by Moses. ...
F. Thus, saints should desire to BE found in Him having a righteousness “...which is through the faith of Christ” (PHIL 3:9), not their own faith (which is a law-work). EPH 2:8-9.
(1) Compare desire “...to BE found in Him...” (PHIL 3:9) with “...we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might BE justified by the faith of Christ...” (GAL 2:16).
a. Compare the use of the word “be” in GAL 2:16-17 with “be” in 2CO 6:14-18; MAT 5:44-45.
b. These texts are obviously not setting forth conditions to procure sonship...
Brother Dave Ashworth preached a message about singing praises to our God. He addressed the attitude we should have and how hymns should teach us truth as revealed in the scriptures. He examined the hymn "'Twas With An Everlasting Love" line by line and showed the scriptures that teach each of its phrases....
1. Paul here says to Peter, “We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles,” (v. 15).
A. Paul is certainly not insinuating that Jews have no sin. c/w ROM 3:9.
B. A contrast is simply being drawn between the Jews to whom pertained the adoption, glory, covenants, law, and promises (ROM 9:4) and the late-comer Gentiles who were “...graffed in among them...” (ROM 11:17) and were spiritually Jews. ROM 2:28-29.
(1) The gospel was first to the Jews informing them of Christ’s justifying work...
I. This scripture contains Israel’s great benediction (The utterance of a blessing; solemn invocation of blessedness upon a person; devout expression of a wish for the happiness, prosperity, or success of a person or enterprise).
A. This was instruction to the priests (Aaron and his sons) to bless Israel.
B. It was a putting on Israel the name of the LORD.
C. What the priests would utter in blessing, God would accordingly bless. v. 27.
D. Mind that this was not a matter of priests telling God what to do so ...
1. A foolish child is a great grief. PRO 10:1; 15:20; 17:21, 25.
A. foolish: Fool-like, wanting in sense or judgement.
B. fool: One deficient in judgement or sense, one who acts or behaves stupidly, a silly person, a simpleton. (In Biblical use applied to vicious or impious persons.)
C. Debating or reasoning with a foolish person yields no rest. PRO 29:9.
2. God, the perfect Parent, has rebellious children. ISA 1:2-5.
A. Who would dare deem God a failure as a parent?
B. If the perfect Parent has rebellious ...
4. As Paul rehearses the determination of the Jerusalem council, he refers to James, Peter (Cephas, JOH 1:42) and John as pillars. v. 9.
A. Pillars are prominent supports in great structures. So it is with the apostles. EPH 2:20; REV 21:14.
B. The man who walks by faith will be made a pillar in God's house. 1JO 5:4-5 c/w REV 3:12; JER 1:18.
C. It is a comfort to the faithful who overcome temptations and trials that, as in times past, the King stands by the pillar. 2KI 11:14; 23:3; ACT 27:23; 2TI 4:17; MAT 2...