What saith the scriptures?
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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 '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; MA...
3. The events of the Jerusalem council were important and relevant to Paul’s letter. ACT 15:6-29.
A. Peter reminded the church that when he first was sent to the house of Cornelius, God made it very clear to him and his Jewish companions that He had His children among the Gentiles (ACT 15:6-9). God demonstrated His acceptance of believing, uncircumcised (and as yet unbaptized) Gentiles as brethren by giving the Holy Ghost to them as He had done to the Jewish believers at Pentecost. ACT 10:34-35, 44-45; 11:...
1 Timothy 3:16
A. (1TI 3:16) And without controversy, great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, received up into glory.
1. Paul declares the essence of Christian religion which sets it apart from all other religious systems or philosophies: God became man by an act of His will.
2. All false systems ultimately teach that man becomes God through an act of his will.
a. That proposition was used as an appeal to spiritua...
IV. The notion of a superior race in relationship to God’s righteousness has no biblical basis.
A. The Jews laid heavy emphasis on descent from Abraham (JOH 8:33, 39) but the Holy Spirit negates such a confidence. MAT 3:9.
1. Paul had pure tribal descent from Benjamin (one of the twelve patriarchs of Israel) but affirmed that such a heritage was an inconsequential relic. PHIL 3:4-7.
2. Paul loved his countrymen dearly but knew their race or national identity were no guarantees of exemption from righteous...
V. As bleak as the civil forecast was in His day, Jesus also gave clear instruction to believers how to process it and all other trials.
A. He commanded, “Let not your heart be troubled...” (JOH 14:1).
1. Christ would not have said this if it were impossible to do.
2. The heart must be guided and kept. PRO 23:19; 4:23.
3. Unfettered emotion is the character of madding crowds that would “cancel” the just for the sake of their manipulators (ACT 19:28-32) but believers should not be so manipulate...
I. Society is going through a period of great challenge: pandemic fears, civil unrest, violent protests, iconoclasm, erasure of history, abrogation of law and order, popularizing of anti-liberty politics, etc.
A. This is to be expected when society abandons the fear of God. PSA 9:17.
1. The effects of godlessness are very tangible. ISA 59:9-15; 2CH 15:3-6.
2. True religion’s operations are very essential.
B. The church is a kingdom/nation not of this world which dare not follow suit.
JOH 18:36; ROM 14:17;...
B. Regrettably, false prophets/teachers all too often find reservoirs prepared to receive their polluting doctrine. The unstable, morally weak and the disaffected are drawn to the tune of these Pied Pipers. 2PE 2:14; 2TI 4:2-4.
C. Heretics (those who openly advance contrary doctrine) must be warned before rejection.
(1) They may be ignorantly advancing heresy and only need compassionate correction.
(2) But if they insist on opposing the truth (and themselves), they must be identified as hereti...
The first half of this chapter is Paul's account of the great church council at Jerusalem (ACT 15). That council convened because of the Judaizers’ infiltration of the Antioch church (ACT 14:26 – 15:2). It was for the express purpose of deciding what aspects of Mosaic law and ritual, (particularly circumcision) should be binding upon Gentile Christians and whether they should be conditions for eternal justification. Thus, its determinations had a direct application to the Galatians. Paul's gospel ...
A. race: A group of persons, animals, or plants, connected by common descent or origin. 1. a.
The offspring or posterity of a person; a set of children or descendants. Chiefly poet. 2. a. A limited group of persons descended from a common ancestor; a house, family, kindred. b. A tribe, nation, or people, regarded as of common stock. c. A group of several tribes or peoples, regarded as forming a distinct ethnical stock. d. One of the great divisions of mankind, having certain physical peculia...
F. What Paul experienced in conversion and suffering gave rest, comfort and growth to the
churches. ACT 9:30-31.
(1) God knows that seasons of relief are needed. 1PE 5:10.
(2) Seasons of peace should promote the building of God’s house. 1CH 22:9-10.
(3) Seasons of challenge need not halt the building of God’s house.
EZR 4:23-24; 5:1-2 c/w HAG 1:2-4.
(4) The word of God (by which the house of God is built numerically and spiritually) is to be advanced in all seasons. 2TI 4:2.
1. Having escaped Je...
V. Here are some thoughts on physical affection and dating.
A. Physical affection (as distinct from dispassionate physical contact like a fist bump or karate kick to the head) is to be an expression of love. SON 1:2.
B. It is questionable, at least, for physical affection to be expressed in simple social dating because no real love is involved at the outset.
1. Undiscerning physical affection can easily become an excuse for carnal pleasure without regard to lasting commitment. Remember ROM 13:14.
III. Humans are biologically designed by God to begin strong hormonal secretions around the time of adolescence which alter the body’s internal and external functions and external appearance. Concomitantly, the desire for sexual gratification becomes very strong.
A. Materialism asserts that man is no more than matter as animals are no more than matter. Man is just an animal whose “love” is merely sexual desire which is only a natural expression of the flesh and no more. Promiscuity is considered normal.
Discretion in Prayer
I. The word of God is designed to give knowledge AND discretion. PRO 1:4.
A. discretion: Ability to discern or distinguish what is right, befitting, or advisable, esp. as regards one's own conduct or action; the quality of being discreet; discernment; prudence, sagacity, circumspection, sound judgement.
B. Scripture teaches us not only to pray, but how to pray, what to pray for, and what not to pray for.
C. Instruction is needed in the area of prayer to facilitate discretion. LUK 11...
The Unjust Steward
I. The Lord Jesus Christ here instructed His disciples about faithfulness in all things (1TI 3:8-11), uncertainties (PRO 27:1), potential loss of stewardship (1CO 9:27), prudence (PRO 22:3), and the difference between being a lover of money (1TI 6:10) and a friend of money (ECC 10:19).
II. Some have interpreted Christ's lesson from the unjust steward as a license for questionable or shady business dealings where practicality may override principle.
A. Purloining (pilfering...
This is a small extract of a larger series on deception. The complete series by Pastor Wagner on Deception
is also available.
1. Deceive v. - 1. trans. To ensnare; to take unawares by craft or guile; to overcome, overreach, or get the better of by trickery; to beguile or betray into mischief or sin; to mislead. Obs. (or arch.) 2. To cause to believe what is false; to mislead as to a matter of fact, lead i...
Instructing Youth About Sex and Dating
I. Christ’s minister is to hold fast and preach the whole counsel of God. ACT 20:27.
A. Scripture addresses many things that are uneasy or delicate but all profitable.
ACT 20:20 c/w 2TI 3:16.
B. There is a greater risk from avoiding necessary topics than preaching them, a risk to the
saints who need the information and a risk to the preacher for not giving it.
C. It has been a number of years since I have specifically addressed a topic like this.
The Strait Gate And Narrow Way
1. This passage shows us that all ways are NOT equally valid.
A. There are essentially only two ways: the right way and the wrong way.
B. All of God's ways (PSA 119:15) so harmonize as to constitute only one way.
PSA 119:1, 14; JOH 14:6.
C. All of the various ways of error are so many versions of the wrong way; one may as well choose one as the other. JOS 24:14-15.
2. This passage also teaches that the right way is not popular.
3. The right way is str...
C. “...immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood” (v. 16).
(1) What need is there for a conference when the instruction is clear and directly from
a. “Always drink upstream from the herd. Even the Water of Life is purest
before it has input from a corrupt creation.” (PWB)
b. Corruptible flesh and blood (1CO 15:50) had not revealed the truth to Paul:
his gospel was “...not after man...” (GAL 1:11-12) so why seek confirmation
c. NOTE: It is a general trend of our nature, whe...
1. Paul here sets forth his conversion to Christ from the Jews’ religion and the bondage of sin’s deception.
A. As a Pharisee trusting in his own righteousness to justify him before God, he would have been convinced that he was free. JOH 8:33.
B. But his overlooking of the covetousness that condemned him before God made him also overlook that he was not free. JOH 8:34.
C. “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” (J.W. von Goethe)
Galatians 1-1-17 Page ...
2. Paul had profited (v. 14) in his former religion, which had a tradition of equating gain with godliness and redemption. 1PE 1:18.
A. profit: intr. To make progress; to advance, go forward; to improve, prosper, grow, increase
(in some respect). Obs.
(1) Paul had advanced in the Jews' religion, and it is a general rule that systems
promote those who further their interests, not the interests of something contrary.
a. He had been a Pharisee, “...the most straitest sect of our religion...”
(ACT 26:5). ...
(2 Kings 6-7)
I. The name Elisha means “God is salvation.” The power of God to help and save is emphasized in this prophet's life and ministry.
A. He was a prophet in Israel during a time of general darkness and apostasy.
B. He was the successor to the great prophet Elijah, whose translation Elisha had witnessed.
C. Some of his dealings with Syrians were for their benefit, a fact about which the Lord Jesus Christ reminded His generation. 2KI 5 c/w LUK 4:27.
D. But Elisha was first and foremost a...
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