Getting By, Getting Along, Getting Even
(A Minimal Guide for Life)
1. Keep the Ten Commandments (EXO 20:3-17; DEU 4:13), the Sabbath command by full faith in and submission to Christ. HEB 4:3, 10-11.
2. Emphasize the most important virtues. MIC 6:8; MAT 23:23; 1CO 13:13.
3. Eschew pride. PRO 16:18; JAM 4:6.
4. Desire God’s honor, not man’s. 1SAM 2:30; JOH 5:44.
5. Fear God more than man. MAT 10:28.
6. Be wise about good. ROM 16:19.
7. Maintain a clear conscience. ACT 24:16; 1PE 3:16.
8. Avoid soul snares. ROM 13:14.
I. The prophecy of Zechariah came during the rebuilding effort after the return from Babylon. It was contemporary with the prophecy of Haggai. The restoration of true religion in a rebuilt house of God was at stake.
A. This book is rich with prophecies of Christ.
ZEC 2:10; 3:8-9; 6:12-13; 9:9; 11:12-13; 12:10; 13:1, 6-7; 14:8-9.
B. It was written to reprove the returned remnant but also to comfort them.
ZEC 1:1-6, 12-13; 8:13-15.
C. The appointed seventy years of Babylonian captivity (JER 29:10; 25:11-12) had ended
I. withdraw: To remove oneself from a place or position. To go away, depart, or retire from.
II. Believers have a duty to separate from the ungodly and cleave to what is true and right.
A. There is a moral/personal aspect to this. 1PE 4:3-4.
B. There is a doctrinal/ecclesial aspect to this.
ROM 16:17; 2TH 3:6, 14-15; 1TI 6:3-5; 2TI 3:5.
1. Churches are under judgment for retaining known sin and error.
REV 2:20-23; 1CO 5:1-2.
2. This ordered separation pertains not to the world at large. 1CO 5:9-11.
The Unconverted Elect
A. convert: To turn in position or direction.
B. Conversion requires Scripture and teaching. PSA 19:7; 51:13.
C. Conversion involves seeing, hearing and understanding, which requires regeneration.
MAT 13:15; JOH 8:43, 47; 1CO 2:14.
D. Consider some examples of the conversion of already born-again (regenerated) persons.
LUK 22:32 c/w MAT 16:16 c/w 1JO 5:1; JAM 5:19-20.
E. The unconverted elect may be categorized thus:
1. Those not yet regenerated, and therefore unable to be converted.
2. Those regenerated, but not knowing Scripture, the means of conversion.
Reasoning Out of the Scriptures
I. This study sets forth the Biblical method for arriving at truth, our chief pursuit. PRO 23:23; 4:7.
A. It sets forth the importance of linear, connected thought that produces sound conclusions as
opposed to scattered, disconnected thought that produces invalid or indeterminate conclusions. This may be expressed:
1. Valid premise + valid reasoning = valid conclusion.
2. Valid premise + invalid reasoning = invalid conclusion.
3. Invalid premise + valid reasoning = invalid conclusion.
4. Invalid premise + invalid reasoning = indeterminate conclusion.
I. This study highlights the distinction between eternal salvation which delivers from the penalty of sin and establishes life and relationship with God; and temporal salvation which delivers from the power of sin and establishes active fellowship with God by hearing, belief and obedience of the gospel.
A. “Word of God” refers not only to the written/preached Scripture. It may also refer to:
1. the Divine Person of Jesus Christ. 1JO 5:7; REV 19:13.
2. Christ’s effectual voice which has power to create (HEB 11:3) and to quicken/make
Advice for Fledgelings
1. Do not forget God and all His benefits. PSA 103:2-5 ct/w 2CH 32:25; ROM 1:21.
2. Fear God. This is your duty, the beginning of wisdom, and moral restraint.
ECC 12:13-14; PRO 9:10; NEH 5:15.
a. Hate what God hates. DEU 16:22; PSA 11:5; 97:10; PRO 6:16-19; 8:13.
b. Love what God loves. PSA 11:7; JER 9:24; MIC 6:8; PSA 87:2.
c. Do not confuse these (ISA 5:20). There are absolutes. Grey is not possible without black
and white: “...Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good” (ROM 12:9).
Cults and Their Appeal
“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;” (Ephesians 4:14)
I. cult: A particular form or system of religious worship; esp. in reference to its external rites and ceremonies. Now commonly, a relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister.
A. The term “cult” has such a negative connotation in our culture that being labelled as such is
(Joh 6:9) There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?
(Joh 6:10) And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
(Joh 6:11) And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.
(Joh 6:12) When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.
The Bread of Life
I. Our Lord Jesus had recently multiplied loaves and fishes for a multitude. JOH 6:5-13.
A. This had generated an association with the manna given to Israel under Moses.
B. Jesus’ audience consisted of “the Jews” (JOH 6:41, 52) and “his disciples”
C. Jesus here sets Himself forth as the superior bread of life of Whom only some partake unto
eternal life, fully entered at “the last day” (JOH 6:39-40, 44, 53-54).
D. To those who partake of Him, a certain and secure eternity is promised. JOH 6:54.