Note: These are the study notes for the full series in Nehemiah so far (not just part three).
I. Believers have a ministry of building.
A. They are commanded to build themselves up on their most holy faith.
B. To edify means to build up.
1. Ministers are to edify the body of Christ. EPH 4:11-12.
2. Church members are to edify one another. 1TH 5:11.
THE AGE OF ACCOUNTABILITY?
Accountable: "Liable to be called to account, or to answer for responsibilities or conduct; answerable, responsible."
I. Some affirm a doctrine called the "age of accountability."
A. This doctrine is designed to give a comforting explanation about the final state of young children who die, particularly those who die without the gospel.
1. It is not based on Scripture, but the attitude of ISA 30:10.
BETTER PROMISES (Hebrews 8:6)
I. The new covenant is here declared to be superior to the old covenant by virtue of its
establishment upon on better promises. HEB 8:6.
II. Some promises of God are conditioned upon the performance of the people with whom He makes them. If the condition be not met, God may break His promise.
A. The old covenant was based on this type of promise: one which required the faith and obedience of its intended recipients.
Gen 11:4- And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
Sometimes man in his supposed infinite wisdom gets things totally backwards. Genesis chapter 11 tells us of a time when all the inhabitants of the earth spoke the same language and were working together to make a name for themselves. They thought that if they built themselves a city and a tower that would reach unto heaven, they would retain their unity and strength and would not be “scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.” Still today, there really is “no new thing under the sun” (Ecc 1:9). After the destruction of the world trade center, we are determined to “make us a name” and “build us...a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven,” by building the world’s tallest skyscraper. Ironically, their efforts to prevent being scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth actually caused God to do that very thing; “So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth” (Gen 11:8). The “wise” men of this world may think that they can outsmart or outdo God, but “He taketh the wise in their own craftiness” (Job 5:13).
I. Philosophical Arguments for the Existence of God.
A. The Argument from Motion.
1. Anything that is moved is moved by some other thing.
2. To move is nothing else but drawing something from potentiality to actuality.
3. Nothing can be brought from potentiality into actuality except by something that is itself in actuality.
THE END OF THE COMMANDMENT
(1 Timothy 1:5-11)
A. In these verses, Paul advises of the relevance of the Law of God to the Christian.
1. Paul had been given a commandment to preach God's word.
1TI 1:1 c/w TIT 1:3.
2. The end or sum of the word of God is here considered.
B. When all is said and done, the preaching and receiving of God's word should come to a particular conclusion. "Now the end of the commandment is:"
STEDFAST AND STABLISHED (COL 2:5-7) I. Consider the definitions of these and related terms. A. Stedfast: "Fixed or secure in position. Of a person, esp. a soldier in battle: Maintaining his ground. Of persons: Unshaken, immovable in faith, resolution, friendship, etc. Also said of belief, purpose, or affection." See RUT 1:18; 1CO 7:37. B. Stablish: "To place or set (a material thing) firmly in position; to station (a person) in a place. To set (a person, etc.) permanently in an office, dignity, or condition." See PSA 93:1. C. Establish: "To render stable or firm.
This is part one of a series of messages from the book of Nehemiah.