Romans

Romans

 

This introduction to the study of ROMANS is taken from the NKJV (New King James Version) as published by the Broadman & Holman Publishers, Nashville, TN. (It covers many subjects.)

“Romans, Pauls’ greatest work, is placed first among his thirteen epistles in the New Testament. While the four gospels present the words and works of Jesus Christ, Romans explores the significance of His sacrificial death. Using a question and answer format, Paul records the most systematic presentation of doctrine in the Bible. Romans is far more than a book of theology: it is also a book of practical exhortation. The good news of Jesus Christ is more than facts to be believed; it is also a life to be lived – a life of righteousness befitting the person, ‘justified freely by [God's] grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.’ (3:24)”

 

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A word about Saul of Tarsus, the Roman named Paul.

Paul is a born again child of Jehovah God, a saint, a bondslave, a steward, & an apostle. He was a Hebrew, an Israelite of the tribe of Benjamin, who became a “Jew” ( a Pharisee, a sect of Judaism). After his conversion on the Damascus road, God made him the apostle to the Gentiles; Peter was the Apostle to the “Jews.” (Acts 9:1-20)

Philippians 3:5-6

Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; 6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. (KJV)

1 Corinthians 9:20-23

And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; 21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. 22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.

1 Corinthians 4:1-2

Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. (KJV)

Romans 1:1

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, (KJV)

 

Romans 1:1-3

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, 2(Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)

(KJV)

I. A study of terms.

1. Paul = Paulos {pow’-los}

= small or little; This is the Roman or Latin name for the Hebrew name, “Saul.” It is not changed because he was saved, but because he was Roman.

2. servant = doulos {doo’-los}

= a slave; bondman; a man of servile condition; Metaphor

= one who gives himself up to another’s will; One devoted to another to the disregard of one’s own interest; a servant; attendant.

3. called = kletos {klay-tos’}

= an adj. =invited or called; Divinely selected & appointed.

Being an adjective, it denotes the quality or kind. Paul was a called apostle.

4. apostle = apostolos {ap-os’-tol-os}

= one sent forth with orders; a delegate; messenger.

Specifically applied to the twelve apostles that Jesus called.

(ALM: I believe that Paul was designated to take the place of Judas Iscariot. He met all of the qualifications as determined by the other apostles.)

Acts 1:15-26

And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,) 16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. 17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. 18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. 19 And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood. 20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take. 21 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection. 23 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, 25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. 26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles. (KJV)

 

(No other word is given about Matthias.)

Galatians 2:8

(For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:) (KJV)

Romans 11:13-14

For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: 14 If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. (KJV)

5. separated = aphorizo {af-or-id’-zo}

= to mark off from others by boundaries; to limit; to set apart for some purpose

Perfect tense = a completed action.

6. promised afore = announce or promise before it happens; Aorist tense = point action.

7. His = hayton {how-too’}

= of Himself.

8. prophets = prophetes {prof-ay’-tace}

= one who speaks forth for God; an interpreter of oracles or of other hidden things.

II. The SEED of The Woman through the lineage of David, Nathan, and Heli, Virgin Mary’s father. The lineage of Mary is given in Luke 3:22-38.

 

The lineage of Joseph, the husband of Mary is given in Matthew 1:16 in order to prove that Joseph could NOT be the fleshly father of Jesus. A curse was placed on Coniah (Heb.) (Jechonias = Greek).

Jeremiah 22:28-30

Is this man Coniah a despised broken idol? is he a vessel wherein is no pleasure? wherefore are they cast out, he and his seed, and are cast into a land which they know not? 29 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD. 30 Thus saith the LORD, Write ye this man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah.

Romans 1:3-7

Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; 4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: 5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: 6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ: 7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. (KJV)

1. Concerning = peri {per-ee’}

= as touching; about; on account of.

2. made = ginomai {ghin’-om-ahee}

= a prolongation (to extend in time or space) & middle v. of a primary verb.

= to come into existence; begin to be; to become; to appear in history; come upon the stage; to appear in public.

In the 2nd Aorist (point action); Middle deponent (he, himself); Participle (a verbal noun) “ing,” or “ed,” ending.

3. according to = kata {kat-ah’}

= through.

4. flesh = sarx {sarx}

= flesh; the natural physical, body of a man; a living creature (because possessed of a body of flesh); The FLESH of Jesus came through David’s line.

5. declared = horizo {hor-id’-zo}

= to define; ordain; determine; to mark out boundaries or limits; as it was determined;

In the Aorist t., Passive v., Participle m.

6. THE Son = huios {hwee-os’}

= the male offspring of God as the only begotten Son.

Note: “to be” is not in the Greek text & “the” shows a definite, specific Son.

= declared the only specific Son of God..

7. power = dunamis {doo’-nam-is}

= inherent power; strength; exerting mighty energy power; power residing in one by virtue of one’s nature.

8. by =ek {ek}

= out of; out from; by.

9. THE resurrection = anaastasis {an-as’-tas-is}

= a rising up from the dead to life again.

10. dead = nekros {nek-ros’}

= lifeless; no breath; one that has breathed his last; (132 uses).

Luke 1:30-35

And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

John 1:14

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (KJV)

Galatians 4:4

But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, (KJV)

Hebrews 2:14-16

Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. (KJV)

III. The NAME given to the only uniquely begotten SON OF GOD is JESUS.

Matthew 1:20-25

But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. 22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. 24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: 25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS. (KJV)

Philippians 2:5-11

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (KJV)

1. Jesus = Lesous {ee-ay-sooce}

= comes from the Heb. = Y@howshuwa` {yeh-ho-shoo’-ah}

eaning Joshua = Jehovah is salvation. The Greek has the same meaning.

2. name = onomah {on’-om-ah}

= is used for ALL that the designation covers.

A “name” covers everything: the thought or feeling of which is aroused in the mind by mentioning, hearing, remembering, the name–authority, interests, pleasure, command, excellences, deeds, etc.

a. JESUS is the sum total of the record that Almighty God has given to His only Son.

1 John 5:9-13

If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.

10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (KJV)

b. It is by (through) the One to whom Almighty God gave this NAME that we have received grace & salvation. The “Gospel (good news) of God” concerns His Son Jesus Christ. The saved have been chosen, called, separated unto & have received this gospel.

Romans 1:5-7

By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: 6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ: 7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. (KJV)

c. By faith in this Name, one becomes a “born again child” of God & a joint heir with Jesus. The gospel is God’s power unto salvation to everyone who believes in His Son.

IV. All of these things are included in the eternal salvation of each individual soul.

STUDY carefully each of these, taken from the scriptures, to SEE if you a truly His child!

2 Peter 1:10-11

Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: 11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. (KJV)

2 Corinthians 13:5

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

Mark 8:38

Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. (KJV)

Acts 4:12

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (KJV)

John 14:6

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (KJV)

Acts 20:21

Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. (KJV)

We have sinned against God, and Jesus is The Sacrifice for our sin(s). We claim His payment in full for our sin debt, and on this basis ask for reconciliation to Almighty God. (This is the pattern of Paul, Acts 9:1-18).

1. It is of extreme importance to know that salvation is not simply walking down some aisle, shaking someone’s hand, whispering into his ear something, and then he announce what you are doing. I call this “proxy” confession. EACH individual is to openly tell to others what is taking place in their lives. They, themselves, should confess publicly, that they have sinned against GOD, THE FATHER, and that they, having heard the gospel of salvation that is in and through the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, they do now confess Him and do receive Him as their personal Savior. They should indicate that they desire to be immersed in water as Jesus was, in obedience to His command, and ask to become a member of the local congregation of believers. (IF can do this, then you can tell others how to be saved!)

2. Listed below are the events, or procedures that a lost, dead spiritually individual, is saved.

a. Elected, chosen by Almighty God from among the multitudes of the world.

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. (KJV)

Ephesians 1:3-7

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; (KJV)

Romans 8:28-30

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. (KJV)

elect = eklektos {ek-lek-tos’}

= adj. (Denotes the quality or kind)

= picked out from among others; chosen; chosen by God to obtain salvation through Jesus.

The word church = ekklesia {ek-klay-see’-ah}

= the called out assembly.

foreknowledge = prognosis {prog’-no-sis}

= (only 2 uses) = pre-arrangement.

Comes from proginosko {prog-in-oce’-ko}

= to have knowledge beforehand; it is used to designate those whom God elected to salvation in Jesus Christ.

the called = in the present tense,

and specific the = kletos {klay-tos’}

= those invited by Almighty God, Sovereign Creator,

to obtain salvation through Jesus Christ.

purpose= prothesis {proth’-es-is}

= a setting forth of a thing; placing it in view; (as the shewbread in the tabernacle).

All of these verbs are in the Aorist tense

= a point action. Foreknow, predestinate, called, justified, and glorified.

3. This is what takes place:

a. A person is “called” by The Holy spirit through the scriptural message of salvation.

b. The truth is revealed to that one and brings about conviction of the lost condition and is invited to receive the salvation offered as a “grace gift.”

c. This conviction of truth causes faith (= being fully persuaded) to arise within the person to receive the gift of salvation offered. The Gift is God’s only uniquely begotten Son, the only Sacrifice for sin. It is a PERSON that is received as Savior.

John 16:7-11

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. (KJV)

Romans 10:8-17

But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (KJV)

d. Having received the Person of Jesus in the heart, that one is given the power = exousia {ex-oo-see’-ah}

= divine power; authority, right, privilege.

to become= ginomai {ghin’-om-ahee}

= to come into existence; to begin to be; to be made; to come upon the stage. This verb is in the 2nd Aorist(= a point action) and in the Middle deponent(=active voice and of one’s self= he, himself) and in the Infinitive m.

= reflects the purpose or results.

John 1:12-13

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (KJV)

1 Peter 1:23

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. (KJV)

John 3:5-7

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. (KJV)

Romans 8:8-10

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.

10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

Romans 8:14-17

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 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. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

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. (KJV)

e. Being “born of God’s Incorruptible SEED,” that one’s citizenship is in heaven.

Philippians 3:20-21

For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. (KJV)

conversation= (only use) = politeuma {pol-it’-yoo-mah}

= a form of government and the laws by which it is administered;

a commonwealth of citizens; from a word meaning “to be a citizen.”

f. The name of each of God’s children is “enrolled in the Lamb’s book of life.”

Revelation 21:27

And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life. (= the only use of this term in the Bible).

g. The Holy Spirit takes up His permanent residency in the body of each saved one. He, Himself has said, “I will never (a double negative=impossible) leave you nor forsake you.”

Hebrews 13:5

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. (KJV)

h. The Person of The Holy Spirit is the child of God’s constant companion. He exults His mighty energizing strength throughout the members of the body to enable each child to purify his life, become holy like God, his Father, and to serve Him with the spiritual gifts that The LORD endues each individual with.

i. The Holy Spirit comforts, teaches the truth of the scriptures; bears witness with each saved person’s spirit to the fact that he is saved and belongs to Almighty God as a child. He is the Seal of The Living God upon each child showing possession by purchase. He is the “earnest,” or “down payment,” assuring the child of God that his corrupt body will be redeemed at the second coming of Jesus in the clouds as He went away.

j. He “lays hold with us” and makes intercession for us as we pray.

k. He is the One that has immersed each into The Body of Christ, The Church, His bride.

John 14:16-18

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. (KJV)

John 16:13

howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. (KJV)

1 Corinthians 12:13

For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:4-12

Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 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: 11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. (KJV)

Ephesians 1:10-14

That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. (KJV)

Romans 8:26-27

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.(KJV)

V. Things that are to take place OUTWARDLY when one is saved, truly “born again.”

1. An outward confession of your salvation before others.

2. Immersion in water as an act of obedience & symbolism of your death to the old life and the resurrection with Christ to a new life in which He lives in & through you.

3. Unite with a group of like believers to worship, serve, give, & partake of the Lord’s supper.

4. Diligently & daily study the scriptures.

5. Spend much time in closeted prayer along with your Heavenly Father, praying in The Name of Jesus, with The Holy Spirit helping.

6. Tell others of your salvation experience. This is called “witnessing.”

7. Begin to “work out” your salvation in order to bring out ALL the inherent possibilities in it.

8. Continually offer praise & thanksgiving unto The LORD.

9. BE, “being filled” with The Holy Spirit strength-energy-enabling power.= dunamis

Hebrews 13:5

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. (KJV)

Romans 10:9-11

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. (KJV)

Matthew 10:32-33

Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. 33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. (KJV)

Acts 8:35-39

Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. 36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. 38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized (Greek = immersed) him. 39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. (KJV)

Romans 6:4-7

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed (Greek = justified) from sin. (KJV)

Acts 2:41-42

Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. (KJV)

Acts 17:11

These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. (KJV)

1 Peter 2:1-3

Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, 2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. (KJV)

Psalm 119:105

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (KJV)

Psalm 119:97

O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. (KJV)

Psalm 119:127-128

Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold. 128 Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way. (KJV)

Psalm 119:130

The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. (KJV)

Psalm 119:11

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (KJV)

Psalm 119:24

Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors. (KJV)

Psalm 119:46

I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed. (KJV)

Psalm 19:7-11

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. 8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. (KJV)

Matthew 6:6

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. (KJV)

John 16:23-24

And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. 24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. (KJV)

ask = in the Imperative command)

Matthew 7:7-11

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? (KJV)

Note: ALL of the above verbs are in the Present, Imperative, Active.

Philippians 4:6-7

Be careful (= anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (KJV)

Luke 8:38-39

Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought him that he might be with him: but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him. (KJV)

John 4:28-30

The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,

29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? 30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him. (KJV)

Luke 24:45-48

Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, 46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And ye are witnesses of these things.

Matthew 28:19-20

Go (= going) ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (KJV)

Acts 1:8

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (KJV)

Philippians 2:12-16

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: 15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; 16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain. (KJV)

2 Peter 1:2-4

Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (KJV)

Acts 2:46-47

And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. (KJV)

1 Peter 2:9

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: (KJV)

Hebrews 13:15

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. (KJV)

1 Thessalonians 5:18

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (KJV)

Ephesians 5:19-20

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; (KJV)

Ephesians 5:18

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; (KJV)

= be being filled = pleroo {play-ro’-o}

= to cause to abound; to furnish or supply liberally; to fill to the full; to make complete in every particular; fill to the top so that there shall be nothing wanting (lacking). This verb is in the Present, Passive, Imperative mood = a command to be observed at all times; The subject is the recipient of the action of the verb.

Acts 4:31

And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. (KJV)

Philippians 1:28

And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. (KJV)

1 John 4:2-4

Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. (KJV)

Ephesians 6:10-18

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; (KJV)

VI. Faith, Grace, and Peace are three (3) of God’s great manifestations of His love (agape) for His born again children. ALL things are from the Sovereign Creator.

Romans 1:7-8

To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. (KJV)

A. The word “grace” is found 159 times in the Bible, 122 of these are in the New Testament. It is a feminine noun and speaks of tender, compassionate generosity.

grace =

H – chen {khane}

= kindness, favor, pleasant; precious; well-favored.

G – charis {khar’-ece}

= graciousness( as gratifying); the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; benefit; favor; gift.

1. (Wuest) = Classical Greek = a favor done by one Greek to another out of a pure generosity of his heart and with no hope of reward.

Define = “to bind together.”

The Greeks did this to a friend, never to an enemy.

= In the N. T.

= the favor that God did at the cross when He stepped down from His judgment throne to take upon Himself the guilt and penalty of human sin. God did this to mankind when each was hostile, an enemy, to Him.

= Define in N. T.

= the operation of God’s grace in binding the believing sinner to God and His life again, this operation continued in bringing that believer in his experience more and more into harmony with God in his life and service. (Taken from Kenneth Wuest’ Word Studies)

2. ALM = Grace is a bestowal of favor that brings pleasure, delight, lovingkindness, and rejoicing to its receiver, who does not deserve nor merit it, being given freely by another out of a pure, generous, loving heart, and who has no desire for, or hope of a reward for doing so.

3. A few of the 122 uses as found in the New Testament:

Genesis 6:7-8

And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. (KJV)

Luke 2:40

And the child ( Jesus) grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. (KJV)

John 1:14

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (KJV)

John 1:16

And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. (KJV)

John 1:17

For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. (KJV)

Acts 4:33

And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. (KJV)

Acts 11:21-24

And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord. 22 Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch. 23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. 24 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord. (KJV)

Ephesians 2:8-9

by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. (KJV)

Romans 3:23-24

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: (KJV)

Romans 4:16-17

Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,

17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. (KJV)

Romans 5:14-15

Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. 15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. (KJV)

Note: Adam sinned from the standpoint of being righteous—- everyone of us sin from the standpoint that we are born bent to sin, by nature, sinners.

Romans 5:17

For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) (KJV)

Romans 5:20-21

Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: 21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. (KJV)

The phrase, much more abound = did super abound; exceedingly; over and above.

Romans 6:14

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. (KJV)

Romans 11:5-7

Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. 6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. 7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded (KJV)

B. The word peace is a feminine noun and is found 104 times in the New Testament, 92 of these being the Greek word: eirene {i-ray’-nay}.

1. peace = eirene {i-ray’-nay}

= a harmonious relationship: (between God and man; between nations, men, etc.) bringing rest and contentment; at-one again; This peace results in security, safety, prosperity, and felicity (= happy-fruitful relationship).

2. Paul uses these words in his greetings of the churches:

2 Corinthians 1:2

Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. (KJV)

3. Our LORD wants us to have and live in peace.

Isaiah 26:3-4

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. 4 Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength: (KJV)

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (KJV)

John 16:33

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (KJV)

John 20:19-21

Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. 21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. (KJV)

John 20:26

And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. (KJV)

Acts 10:36

The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) (KJV)

Romans 2:10-11

But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: 11 For there is no respect of persons with God. (KJV)

Romans 5:1-2

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (KJV)

Romans 8:6

For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (KJV)

Romans 10:15

And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (KJV)

Romans 15:13

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. (KJV)

Romans 15:33

Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen. (KJV)

1 Corinthians 14:33

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. (KJV)

Philippians 4:6-7

Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Colossians 1:19-20

For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; 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. (KJV)

Colossians 3:15

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. (KJV)

2 Thessalonians 3:16

Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all. (KJV)

Hebrews 12:14

Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: (KJV)

James 3:17-18

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. (KJV)

C. Faith, like grace and peace, is a gift from Almighty God. It would be lengthy to write all that is found in the scriptures about “faith,” but an extensive study will be had.

Romans 12:3

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. (KJV)

Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. (KJV)

1 Corinthians 12:7-9

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; (KJV)

1. A look at the words, faith, faithful, faithless, faithfulness, and faithfully.

a. Faith is found only 2 times in the Old Testament. They refer to one’s trustworthiness, fidelity, or firmness. It means that something is established. Faithful” is found numerous times, and “faithfulness” is found only in the O.T. “Faithfully” is found only once in New T.

b. Faith as seen in the New Testament is the Greek word:

pistis {pis’-tis} and comes from

peitho {pi’-tho}

= persuade, to induce one by words to believe; trust; have confidence in.

2. Consider these various definitions to explain “faith.”

a. There is no such thing as “faith,” per se. “Faith” must have an object. It has to be in some one, something said, something demonstrated, etc.

b. Faith always has an action; faith causes one to act based upon what is believed. In the Book of Hebrews, chapter 11, faith in what is believed causes action on the part of the one who hears. Abel offered; Enoch was translated; Noah prepared an ark; Abraham obeyed and went out from Ur; Abraham looked for a city whose builder and maker is God; Sarah bore Abraham a son in their old age; Jacob blessed his sons; Joseph had his bones carried out by the Israelites when they left Egypt for the promised land. Moses chose to suffer with the people of Israel rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; He endured as seeing him who is invisible. The Israelites kept the passover; the walls of the vast city of Jericho fell down; Rahab, the harlot, was saved and her house from death; And many others:

Hebrews 11:32-38

And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: 33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: 36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: 37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; 38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. (KJV)

c. ALM = Faith is believing that God doesn’t lie. It is acting on His word, being fully persuaded that what He has promised, He will perform it!

1 John 5:9-12

If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.

10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. (KJV)

Romans 10:17

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (KJV)

Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the substance (ground; confidence) of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (KJV)

Speaking of Abraham’s faith:

Romans 4:17-21

(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. 18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. 19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: 20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. (KJV)

3. There are varying degrees of “faith.”

a. little faith.

Matthew 8:23-26

And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. 24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. 25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. 26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. (KJV)

b. great faith.

Luke 7:8-9

For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. 9 When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. (KJV)

c. full of faith

Acts 6:5

And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch: (KJV)

d. weak in faith.

Romans 14:1

Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. (KJV)

e. no faith.

2 Thessalonians 3:2-3

And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. (KJV)

f. Faith can be increased.

Luke 17:5

And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. (KJV)

2 Corinthians 10:15

Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men’s labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly, (KJV)

2 Thessalonians 1:3

We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth; (KJV)

g. Faith is tried. (put to the test)

Hebrews 11:17-19

By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: 19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure. (KJV)

James 1:3

Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. (KJV)

1 Peter 1:6-7

Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: (KJV)

Job 23:10

But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. (KJV)

Proverbs 17:3

The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts. (KJV)

h. Faith can fail.

Luke 22:31-32

And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: 32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. (KJV)

Acts 13:6-8

And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus: 7 Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God. 8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. (KJV)

2 Timothy 2:15-18

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. 17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; 18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some. (KJV)

i. “doubt” is the opposite of faith.

Matthew 21:21-22

Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. 22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. (KJV)

James 1:5-8

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. (KJV)

4. THE faith that saves one from the “law of sin and death” is faith IN God’s Word and IN the Lord Jesus Christ. Faith” must have an “object.” Saving faith is IN God and His Word! True, sincere, faith cause one to act upon that faith. This is true even WHEN that object of one’s faith is in an idol, stick or stone, etc. The RESULTS of one’s faith depends upon who or what the object of their faith is!

1 Corinthians 15:12-19

Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: 14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. 15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. 16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: 17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. 18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. (KJV)

1 John 2:21-23

I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. 23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. (KJV)

John 15:23

He that hateth me hateth my Father also. (KJV)

John 10:30

I and my Father are one. (KJV)

John 17:20-22

Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: (KJV)

Acts 4:8-12

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, 9 If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; 10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (KJV)

5. Saving faith in Jesus Christ brings His BODY into unity.

Ephesians 4:4-6

There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. (KJV)

Ephesians 4:11-13

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: (KJV)

6. Listed below are a number of other aspects of faith and their references for further study.

a. The only way of justification from sin.

Acts 3:16; 15:9; 20:21; 24:24-25;

Rom. 9:30; Rom. 3:28; 10:6-17; 4:5-20; 3:22-25;

Gal. 2:16-20;

Eph. 2:8;

Phil. 3:9.

b. Makes whole.

Mat. 9:22;

Luke 8:48;

18:42.

c. Adequate for all needs.

Luke 12:28.

d. Lacking in the end time.

Luke 18:8.

e. Is increased by exercising what one has.

Rom. 1:17.

f. Our daily life is to be lived by faith.

Gal. 3:11; 2 Cor.5:7; Heb. 10:38.

g. Brings God’s peace.

Rom.5:1.

h. Gives access to God’s grace.

Rom. 5:2.

i. Comes by hearing God’s word.

Rom. 10:17;

Gal. 3:22-26.

j. It is necessary to stand fast in faith.

1 Cor.16:13;

2Cor. 1:24.

k. It is necessary to obtain the promises of God.

Gal. 3:14, 22.

l. It is a fruit of the Spirit.

Gal. 22-23.

m. It is the means by which Christ dwells in our hearts.

Eph.3:17

n. It is a vital part of the whole armor of God.

Eph. 6:16;

1 Thess. 5:6-11.

o. It brings joy to the one exercising faith.

Phil. 1:25

p. Must be steadfast.

Col. 2:5-10;

Heb. 10:22-23;

Acts 14:22.

q. The power by which satan is resisted.

1 Pet.5:9.

r. Faith is a precious treasure.

2 Pet. 1:1.

s. It is faith that enables one to overcome the world.

1 John 5:4.

t. [It will be absolutely necessary to resist the anti-Christ.

Rev. 13:10.

Hebrews 11:1-3

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good report. 3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. (KJV)

This is the only use of this Greek word framed

= (as used here) = katartizo {kat-ar-tid’-zo}

= from 2 words meaning, “according to perfection.” “Perfectly joined together,”

It is in the Perfect tense (= a completed past action with no need to be repeated); in the Passive voice.

Romans 1:18-20

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

19Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: (KJV)

Psalm 19:1-6

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. 2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. 3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. 4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, 5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. 6 His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

Acts 14:14-17

Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, 15 And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein: 16 Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways. 17 Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness. (KJV)

F. Being born again of God’s Incorruptible Seed, each has a mutual faith and has received Spiritual gifts from Almighty God for the prosperity of the Church, The Body of Christ.

Romans 1:11-12

For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established; 12 That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me. (KJV)

impart = metadidomi {met-ad-id’-o-mee}

= to give over; i.e., to share; give; impart.

In the Aorist tense; Subjunctive m (possibility and potentiality; depends on circumstances.)

gift = charismaton {khar’-is-maton}

= an endowment by The Holy Spirit.

established = sterizo {stay-rid’-zo}

= to set fast; to turn resolutely in a certain direction; render constant; fix.

In the Aorist t. (point action).

mutual = anupokritos {an-oo-pok’-ree-tos}

= (plural pronoun)

= allelon {al-lay’-lone}

= one another; reciprocally.

VII. The power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (Romans 1:16-17)

Romans 1:16-17

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. (KJV)

A. I am NOT ashamed.

ashamed = epaischunomai {ep-ahee-skhoo’-nom-ahee}

= to feel shame for something; disgrace; dishonor.

Eng. = that which brings discredit or reproach.

WHY would anyone who is saved be ashamed of Jesus or the gospel?

WHY would one who is saved feel disgraced because of being in the Family of God?

Luke 9:26

For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels. (KJV)

Mark 8:38

Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. (KJV)

2 Timothy 1:7-9

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; 9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, (KJV)

Hebrews 2:9-12

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. (KJV)

B. The power of God unto salvation.

1. power = dunamis {doo’-nam-is}

= the mighty enabling energy and strength .

The ability to do, as coming from the Almighty God

.

2. revealed = apokalupto {ap-ok-al-oop’-to}

= to uncover; lay open what has been veiled or covered up; disclose; make bare; to make known.

It is in the Present t.; Passive voice (himself).

(Present tense = reality viewed as occurring in actual time) now.

Colossians 1:24-29

Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church: 25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; 26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: 28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: 29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily. (KJV)

3. from = ek {ek}

= primary preposition denoting origin; out from; from; by.

4. to = eis {ice}

= towards; unto; into.

5. live = zao {dzah’-o}

= to enjoy real life; to have true life and worthy of the name. The active blessed, and endless life in the Kingdom of God.

In the Future t. (= the contemplated or certain occurrence of an event which has not yet occurred.)

C. The wrath of God is revealed from heaven.

Romans 1:18-21

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. (KJV)

wrath = orge {or-gay’}

= anger; vengeance; indignation; anger exhibited in punishment.

revealed = same meaning and verb action as above #B-2.

understood = observed; perceived; to comprehend.

2 Thessalonians 1:3-10

We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth; 4 So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:

5 Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer: 6 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; 7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, 8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; 10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day. (KJV)

1. Whatever and ALL that needs to be known by man of God and ALL that man can comprehend is made manifest by what man does SEE. The invisible things (creative power, wisdom, knowledge, purpose, etc.) are clearly seen in the universe he does see.

Psalm 19:1-6

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. 2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. 3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. 4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, 5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. 6 His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

Isaiah 40:21-22

Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth? 22 It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in: (KJV)

Isaiah 40:25-26

To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. 26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth. (KJV)

2. It is NOT because man does not perceive God, it is because they did not glorify Him.

Romans 1:22-23

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. (KJV)

Psalm 14:1

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. (KJV)

Psalm 92:5-6

O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep. 6 A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this. (KJV)

Proverbs 18:2

A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.

Deuteronomy 5:6-10

I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. 7 Thou shalt have none other gods before me. 8 Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth: 9 Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me, 10 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments. (KJV)

Acts 7:41-43

And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.

42 Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, O ye house of Israel, have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness? 43 Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon. (KJV)

2. A part of God’s wrath is that of “giving them up to their own sinful desires.”

Romans 1:24-32

Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. (KJV)

gave (them) up = paradidomi {par-ad-id’-o-mee}

= to deliver; to give into the hands of another. to deliver up to be punished;

In the Aorist tense = point action.

uncleanness = akatharsia {ak-ath-ar-see’-ah}

= moral impurity of lustful, luxurious, profligate living; impure motives;

the lusts = (specific ones) = epithumia {ep-ee-thoo-mee’-ah}

= desire, craving, longing desire for what is forbidden. Lusts.

dishonor = atimazo {at-im-ad’-zo}

= to treat with contempt; insult; whether in word, deed, or thought.

In the Present tense, and Middle = themselves, now.

God gave them over to un-natural sexual desires = lesbianism, homosexuality, and all manner of sexual perversions practiced by past civilizations. These were seen in the 7 tribes inhabiting the land called “Canaan” in Greece, Rome, and NOW practiced in all of Europe, and in our UNITED STATES.

vile affections = atimia {at-ee-mee’-ah}

= dishonor, disgrace; shame, reproach; ignominy.

affections = pathos {path’-os}

= inordinate affections; lusts; a feeling which the mind suffers.

An affliction of the mind, emotions, and passion. (C/f.; a guilty conscience)

even = te {teh}

= not only; but—also; both—and.

change = metallasso {met-al-las’-so}

= (only 2 uses) = to exchange;

In the Aorist tense; Active voice, and Indicative mood. (Point action, and subject does the action; a fact).

natural = phusikos {foo-see-kos’}

= inborn; produced by nature;

use = chresis {khray’-sis}

= (only 2 uses) = of the sexual use of a woman.

that which is against = para {par-ah’}

= from, of at, by, besides, near.

nature = phusis {foo’-sis}

= the nature of things; the force, laws, order of nature. As opposed to what is monstrous; abnormal; perverse.

leaving = aphiemi {af-ee’-ay-mee}

= leave; forsake; to send away, let alone, to disregard; To go away from one; to desert wrongfully; abandon.

In the Aorist t. Active v.

burned = ekkaio {ek-kah’-yo}

= (only use)=to set on fire; to be kindled; burn.

In the Aorist t., Passive v.; Indicative mood.(a fact).

lust = orexis {or’-ex-is}

= (only use)=desire, longing; craving for; eager desire; appetite.

one another = allelon {al-lay’-lone}

= reciprocally; mutually.

working = katergazomai {kat-er-gad’-zom-ahee}

= to perform; accomplish, achieve; to do that from which something results;

In the Present t; Middle v. Participle m.

unseemly = aschemosune {as-kay-mos-oo’-nay}

= an unseemly deed; shame; of a woman’s genitals; of one’s nakedness, shame; from a word, “indecent.”

receiving = apolambano {ap-ol-am-ban’-o}

= of what is due or promised; to receive by way of retribution.

In Present t; Active v; Participle m.

recompense = antimisthia {an-tee-mis-thee’-ah}

= a reward given in compensation.

error = plane {plan’-ay}

= a wandering; a straying about; a wrong mode of acting.

meet = dei {die}

= it is necessary, is right and proper; Necessity lying in the nature of the case; necessity brought on by circumstances or by conduct of others toward us. Necessity established by the counsel and decree of God.

In the Imperfect tense = “kept on” receiving.”

did not like = dokimazo {dok-im-ad’-zo}

= to recognize as genuine after examination; Deem worthy; to test, examine, prove, scrutinize (to see whether a thing is genuine or not).

In the Aorist t; Active v. Indicative m.( A fact).

to retain = echo {ekh’-o}

= to have, i.e., to hold; to have possession of the mind (refers to alarm, agitating emotions, etc.); to hold fast; to possess; to find one’s self in such a condition; to cling to.

In the Present t; Active v; Infinitive m.)prefix “to.”

knowledge = epignosis {ep-ig’-no-sis}

= precise and correct knowledge; acknowledgment; To know things ethical and Godly.

gave them over = paradidomi {par-ad-id’-o-mee}

= deliver; to give over into (one’s) power or use; to give into the hands of another; to deliver up to condemnation and punishment.

Aorist t.; Active v.; Indicative m. (point action, subject acts).

reprobate = adokimos {ad-ok’-ee-mos}

= rejected; castaway; not standing the test; not approved; unfit; spurious.

mind = nous {nooce}

= the intellectual faculty; the understanding; the capacity for Spiritual truth.

to do = poieo {poy-eh’-o}

= to make; bring forth; commit; perform; to produce; to be the author of; the cause; to make one do something. Present, Active, Infinitive.

convenient = katheko {kath-ay’-ko}

= (only 2 uses) = fit; it is becoming; from a word meaning “to seek an intimacy with one.”

Present, Active, Participle (ing-ed).

3. The difference between “adultery,” and “fornication.” Although adultery is given in some passages as a form of fornication, the two words and their meanings differ. Adultery denotes the unlawful sexual intercourse with the spouse of another, while fornication is a used to define all kinds of illicit sexual intercourse.

adultery = moicheuo {moy-khyoo’-o}

= unlawful intercourse with another’s spouse;

adulterer (men) = moichos {moy-khos’}and

adultress (women) = moichalis {moy-khal-is’}.

(Heb.) = na’-aph {naw-af’}

= those who break wedlock; fig. = idolatrous worship.

Exodus 20:14

Thou shalt not commit adultery. Exodus 20:17, Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s. (KJV)

Matthew 5:27-28

Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. (KJV)

Matthew 5:31-32

It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: 32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery. (KJV)

Romans 7:1-3

Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? 2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. 3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. (KJV)

Romans 2:21-23

Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal? 22 Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege? 23 Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God? (KJV)

1 Corinthians 6:9-12

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. (KJV)

fornication = porneia {por-ni’-ah}

= illicit sexual intercourse of any kind.

The word, “pornography,” comes from this Greek word. All of these “acts” are an abomination to the LORD. God uses the phrase, “uncover the nakedness,” to describe what is forbidden. See all of Leviticus 18:1-30.

Leviticus 18:20-27

Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour’s wife, to defile thyself with her. 21 And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD. 22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. 23 Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion. 24 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: 25 And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants. 26 Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you: 27 (For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled;) (KJV)

1 Corinthians 5:1

It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife. (KJV)

1 Corinthians 6:18-20

Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. 19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. (KJV)

1 Corinthians 7:2-5

Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. 3 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. 4 The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. 5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency. (KJV)

Matthew 19:3-9

The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? 4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? 6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. 7 They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? 8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. 9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery. (KJV)

D. One will be “filled” EITHER, with “all unrighteousness,” or The Holy Spirit’s fruit. One cannot be filled with BOTH! One will control your flesh and conduct of life.

Romans 1:29-31

Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: (KJV)

being filled = pleroo {play-ro’-o}

= to make full; fill up to the brim; to bring to pass; to cause to abound; to carry through to the end; In the Perfect tense=past completed action with no need to repeat;

Passive voice=the subject receives the action. Part.m.

maliciousness = kakia {kak-ee’-ah}

= desire to injure; not ashamed to break the law.

malignity = (only use) = kakoetheia {kak-o-ay’-thi-ah}

= bad character; depravity of life; cruelty; subtlety.

whisperers = psithuristes {psith-oo-ris-tace’}

= (only use) = secret slanderer.

inventors = (only use) = epheuretes {ef-yoo-ret’-ace}

= contriver; inventor; to hit upon a thing; plan, plot, fashion, scheme.(C/f.,”of evil things such as “sex toys,” porn movie, soap operas, sexy fashions, etc.)

covenantbreakers = (only use)

= assunthetos {as-soon’-thet-os}

= faithless; not keeping true and faithful to what is promised or agreement signed.(C/f.,marriage and credit).

(without) natural affection = astorgos {as’-tor-gos}

= (only 2 uses)=a fourth word for “love = stergo=to cherish affectionately; The “a” in “astorgos” makes this a negative = unloving; no natural affection for family. (C/f., abortion, murders of family members, abuse, failure of support, etc.)

implacable = (only 2 uses)

= aspondos {as’pon-dos}

= cannot be persuaded to enter into a covenant; no truce or treaty possible;

C/f., living together without marriage; so-called, “irreconcilable differences,” “incompatible.”

Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (KJV)

Ephesians 5:18

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

be filled = be, being filled

= In the Present tense=now, as viewed in real time; It is in the Passive voice=you, yourself; and in the Imperative mood= a command.

Philippians 1:11

Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. (KJV)

Colossians 1:9-10

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; (KJV)

F. Those who do these things, and those who approve of them and would like to do them also, are like one big family. They consent with them that do such.

Romans 1:32

Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

= consent with.

C/f., in today’s “news,” those who take side with same sex marriage, homosexual rights, etc.

VIII. The sin of judging one another; the matter of “the law and the Jews,” and God’s Grace on BOTH, the “Jew” and the Gentile (= nations other than Israel as a people – nation).

A. There is a vast difference in judging one’s heart, motive, etc. and the knowing of a treeby the kind of fruit it bears.

Romans 2:1-3

Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. 2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. 3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? (KJV)

inexcusable = anapologetos {an-ap-ol-og’-ay-tos}

= without defense; without excuse.

judgest = krino {kree-no}

= to separate; pick out; to determine; resolve; decree; choose.

In the Present tense (real time; now); Active v. (subject does the action). It shows the finite mind of a person, who, not only does not have the facts, but no ability to pronounce an opinion concerning right and wrong and pass judgment on another.

judgment (of GOD) = krima {kree’-mah}

= condemnation; damnation; the sentence of a judge; the punishment with which one is sentenced; a matter judicially decided.

In Mat.7:1-5, the same meaning is given for judge (krino) and judgment (krima)

shall escape = ekpheugo {ek-fyoo’-go}

= seek safety in flight; flee away; flee out of;

In the Future t., Middle V. (yourself); Indicative m.=a fact.

1. A person is judged by others using the same measuring rod that has been used by them.

Matthew 7:1-5

Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye. (KJV)

measure = metron {met’-ron}

= an instrument for measuring; as a proverb

= the rule or standard or judgment; a determined extent.

mete = metreo {met-reh’-o}

= to measure out; to give by measure; Metaphor

= to estimate (by some rule or standard).

shall be measured = antimetreo {an-tee-met-reh’-o}

= to measure back; repay. M. again.

beholdest = blepo {blep’-o}

= discern; to perceive by one’s own eyes; discover.

mote = karphos {kar’-fos}

= from a word meaning “to wither.”

= a straw; chaff; a dry stalk. (C/f., a “toothpick”).

considerest not = katanoeo {kat-an-o-eh’-o}

= not discover; not perceive; not observe.

beam = dokos {dok-os’}

= a beam; a thick piece of lumber that holds up a load;

(Cf., a pole for electrical lines or telephone lines).

Luke 6:43-44

For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 44 For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.

known= ginosko {ghin-oce’ko}

= to understand; to perceive the truth; have knowledge of.

2. An example of God’s judging and man’s judging is seen in these scriptures:

1 Samuel 16:6-7

And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD’S anointed is before him. 7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. (KJV)

1 Samuel 17:28

And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle. (KJV)

3. Jesus, in the flesh, committed Himself to the righteous judgment of The Father.

1 Peter 2:21-23

For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: (KJV)

4. Each person will given an account of his life on this earth. It will include everything that has been thought, spoken, done and desired to do. It will be like a recorded video of every second of one’s life. By one’s words will be revealed IF Jesus has been received as Savior.

Romans 14:10-12

But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. 12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. (KJV)

Matthew 12:36-37

But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. (KJV)

Ecclesiastes 12:14

For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. (KJV)

2 Corinthians 5:10

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. (KJV)

5. All judgment has been given unto The Son.

John 5:22

For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: (KJV)

Acts 17:31

Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. (KJV)

2 Timothy 4:1

I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; (KJV)

1 Peter 4:4-5

Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: 5 Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. (KJV)

John 12:48

He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. (KJV)

6. That which is to be judged are the “works” of each while in the flesh. This includes one’s motives, influence, light(knowledge) received or available; opportunity, etc. These “works” have been recorded in “the books.”

Revelation 20:12-13

And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. (KJV)

1 Corinthians 3:10-15

According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. (KJV)

Romans 2:1-6

Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. 2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. 3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? 4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? 5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; 6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds: (KJV)

Romans 2:11-12, 16

For there is no respect of persons with God. 12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;

16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel. (KJV)

B. The LAW was given ONLY to Israel (called “Jews.”); The Gentiles had the “work” of the law written in their HEARTS, not on tablets of stone as Moses received from God.

Romans 2:13-15

(For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. 14 For when the Gentiles, which have NOT the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) (KJV)

1. The only law given from Adam to Moses was the law of sin and death. This was NOT delineated (describe; depicted); It was simply stated, “the soul that sinneth shall surely die.”

Romans 5:12-14

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: 13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. (KJV)

a. Adam’s sin was different from all other men in that he sinned being righteous.

b. The first Adam was a figure of the last Adam (Jesus) Who was to come.

c. The first Adam was righteous and could sin and did.

d. The last Adam (Jesus) was righteous and could sin, but did not.

2 Corinthians 5:21

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (KJV)

Hebrews 4:14-15

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. 15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. (KJV)

2. In speaking of the fleshly BODY that dies:

1 Corinthians 15:44-49

It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. 48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. (KJV)

3. In speaking of the resurrection of the BODY:

1 Corinthians 15:21-23

For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. (KJV)

John 5:28-29

Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. (KJV)

4. The law was not given until 430 years after Jehovah God cut the covenant with Abram. This covenant had nothing to do with the “law.” It had two aspects, namely—-

a. Faith in the provision of a substitute to be offered as sacrifice in the stead of Isaac, demonstrated at that time by a ram caught in a thicket and offered up as sacrifice.

b. A promised land for the physical descendants of Abraham. Jehovah God made these promises while Abram and Sarai had NO children and were too old to bear naturally.

Genesis 15:1-6

After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

2 And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? 3 And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir. 4 And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. 5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. 6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness. (KJV)

- At the suggestion of Sarai, trying to fulfill God’s promise for a seed, naturally, Abram went in unto Hagar, an Egyptian maid, which produced a son named, Ishmael. Abram was 86 years of age when Ishmael was born.

- When Abram was 99, Jehovah God appeared unto Abram and told him that he would have a child with Sarai at this set time the next year.

- God changed their names: Abram (“exalted father”) to Abraham (Father of a great multitude) and Sarai (“princess”) to Sarah (noble woman).

- Circumcision was instituted as a token of this covenant.

Genesis 17:10-14

This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. 11 And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you. 12 And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed. 13 He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. 14 And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant. (KJV)

Genesis 17:23-27

And Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all that were born in his house, and all that were bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham’s house; and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin in the selfsame day, as God had said unto him. 24 And Abraham was ninety years old and nine, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. 25 And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. 26 In the selfsame day was Abraham circumcised, and Ishmael his son. 27 And all the men of his house, born in the house, and bought with money of the stranger, were circumcised with him. (KJV)

 

- Because Sarah laughed when she overheard that she would become a mother, her son was named Isaac = “laughter.”

Genesis 21:1-8

And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken. 2 For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. 3 And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac. 4 And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac being eight days old, as God had commanded him. 5 And Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him. 6 And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me. 7 And she said, Who would have said unto Abraham, that Sarah should have given children suck? for I have born him a son in his old age. 8 And the child grew, and was weaned: and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned. (KJV)

 

- Trouble arose between Ishmael and Isaac, and between Hagar and Sarah. Ishmael is of the flesh, and Isaac is from the promise of God. Hagar and Ishmael were cast out.

- These two mothers represent an allegory that have to do with “law” and “grace.”

Galatians 4:21-31

Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? 22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. 23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. 24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. 25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. 26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. 27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband. 28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. 29 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. 30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. 31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free. (KJV)

Genesis 15:13-20

And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; 14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. 15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. 16 But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

17 And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces. 18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: 19 The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, 20 And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, (KJV)

 

- This is why the scriptures speak of 2 Jerusalems. One on this earth and one that is to be created, a new Jerusalem. Abraham:

Hebrews 11:10

For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

Hebrews 11:13-16

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. 15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. 16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city. (KJV)

Hebrews 11:39-40

And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: 40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect. (KJV)

Isaiah 65:17-19

For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. 18 But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. 19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying. (KJV)

Revelation 21:1-2

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (KJV)

Revelation 21:9-11

And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. 10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; (KJV)

 

IX. A detailed study about the “law” given to the people of Israel as a nation.

Deuteronomy 4:44-46

And this is the law which Moses set before the children of Israel: 45 These are the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which Moses spake unto the children of Israel, after they came forth out of Egypt, 46 On this side Jordan, in the valley over against Bethpeor, in the land of Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon, whom Moses and the children of Israel smote, after they were come forth out of Egypt: (KJV)

Deuteronomy 5:1-3

And Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them. 2 The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Horeb. 3 The LORD made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day. (KJV)

Deuteronomy 6:1-3

Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: 2 That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged. 3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey. (KJV)

A. Before we study the definition of words, consider these facts:

1. There were NO “laws” given to mankind before Moses, circa 1491 B.C., except the law of sin and death. God said to Adam and Eve:

Genesis 2:15-17

And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (KJV)

The Hebrew text says, “Dying thou shalt die.” Since God had given mankind a two-fold life, (Hebrew = “the breath of lives,”) mankind had passed into him a spiritual and a physical separation from fellowship with God, his Creator. Adam and Eve (= mankind) were immediately separated from spiritual fellowship with God, and later (Adam = 930 years of age) they were separated from their physical bodies (= death of body).

2. Since ADAM was the seed line from which ALL others would be born, each was born with a sinful nature. A corrupt tree cannot produce good fruit. So, sin passed upon all.

Romans 5:12

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (KJV)

3. This reveals that ALL are “dead in trespasses and sins.” There is NONE righteous, No, not even one.

Romans 3:9-11

What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; 10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. (KJV)

4. This is why Jesus said, “you must be born again!” A dead person cannot give LIFE to himself. It is a creative work of Almighty God.

John 5:24-25

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. 25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. (KJV)

This speaks of spiritual life as the verses of 5:28-29 plainly show that they speak of bodily death and resurrection of body.

5. This is a birth that results from God’s Incorruptible Seed, just as we have a physical birth that has resulted from our earthly father’s corrupt seed.

John 1:11-13

He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (KJV)

1 Peter 1:23

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. (KJV)

(This is called a NEW CREATION). It is what did NOT exist previously. It is a creative work of God, made possible ONLY BY HIM.

2 Corinthians 5:17-18

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; BEING reconciled to God means that the saved person is placed back into the same relationship and fellowship with Almighty God that ADAM had before he sinned.

6. Just as each of us are always our earthly father’s child and nothing can change this, even so, each of us who are “born of God” is a child and nothing can change this. Our earthly fathers gave us an earthly life and a physical body, Almighty God has given us an eternal life and will give each of us a spiritual body at the resurrection when Jesus returns in the clouds.

1 Corinthians 15:42-53

So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. 48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. 50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. (KJV)

Philippians 3:20-21

For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. (KJV)

conversation = the Greek word for “citizenship.”

Romans 8:22-23

For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. (KJV)

2 Corinthians 5:1-4

For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: 3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. 4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.

B. The WORDS that Jehovah God gave to a specific generation of Israel were for them only and were based upon OBEDIENCE to them. They were a “package deal.”

1. law = tora {to-raw’}

= basically means teaching, instructions, and decisions. It was the wise insight into all aspects of life; how to live with each other and how to approach God. Specifically, it means any set of regulations. There were 3 sets of “laws” given to the Israelites to be observed after they entered the “promised land,” namely: the moral, ceremonial, and civil laws or “WORDS.”

2. When God gave the “ten commandments” the Hebrew = “words” not commandments.

Exodus 20:1-2

And God spake all these words, saying, 2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. (KJV)

a. words = dabor {daw-baw’}

= speech, word, utterance, sayings, commandments.

= In the Piel stem (expresses an intensive or intentional action); and in the Imperfect mood (an incomplete action expressing a vivid and pictorial process preliminary to its completion.

b. Moses used this same Hebrew word (dabor) in restating what God had said.

Deuteronomy 5:22

These words the LORD spake unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me. (KJV)

c. These “words” were to become effective when they entered the “promised land.”

Deuteronomy 5:31-33

But as for thee, stand thou here by me, and I will speak unto thee all the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which thou shalt teach them, that they may do them in the land which I give them to possess it. 32 Ye shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. 33 Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess. (KJV)

commandments = mitsvah {mits-vaw’}

= a command, law, ordinance, precept; a code of wisdom; from a word meaning to constitute, enjoin, charge.

statutes = choq {khoke}

= what is appointed; bounds, decree; something prescribed.

judgments = mishpat {mish-pawt’}

= act of deciding a case.(C/f., if it was leprosy);

litigation (before judges); sentence or decision of a judgment; to decide cases of controversy as judges in civil, domestic, and religious cases.

d. The purpose of God in giving these to Israel is stated in these scriptures:

Deuteronomy 6:1-9

Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: 2 That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged. 3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.

4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: 5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. 9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates. (KJV)

3. These “words” that Jehovah God gave to the nation of Israel had to do with ALL aspects of their lives. They gave regulations for the many and various offerings; the sabbath (rest) day; the priestly garments, cleansing, and service in the tabernacle; purification of all kinds, feast days, kinds of food to be eaten; civil laws to deal with regulations of its citizens. It dealt with all aspects of sexual relations and marriage. It dealt with vows and redemption. All of these can be studied in the books of Genesis through Deuteronomy, called the “Books of Moses,” “Pentateuch,” or “The Torah.”

C. A summary thus far:

1. The law was given by Jehovah God to the people of Israel after they had been set free from their bondage in Egypt, and before they entered the “promised land.”

2. There was no law given to any people before that; only that of “sin and death.”

3. These “words” of God were contingent (dependent, conditional) upon obedience.

4. Blessings were promised for obedience and curses for disobedience.

5. These “laws” never did give eternal life.

6. The law was never given to the Gentiles. (The nations other than Israel.)

7. No one has ever kept the law.

Deuteronomy 28:1-2

And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: 2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God. (KJV)

(You can read all of these blessings, Deuteronomy 28:3-14)

Deuteronomy 28:15

But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee: (KJV)

(You can read all of these curses, Deuteronomy 28:16-68)

Deuteronomy 28:58-62

If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD; 59 Then the LORD will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance. 60 Moreover he will bring upon thee all the diseases of Egypt, which thou wast afraid of; and they shall cleave unto thee. 61 Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the LORD bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed. 62 And ye shall be left few in number, whereas ye were as the stars of heaven for multitude; because thou wouldest not obey the voice of the LORD thy God. (KJV)

8. The “law” became a curse.

Galatians 3:10-12

For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. 11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. (KJV)

9. WHY did “the law” become a curse? Because they omitted the HEART. Obedience to laws governing anything does not require the HEART. One can obey traffic laws be angry in his heart at the same time. The Israelites could observe the feast days, bring their tithes and sacrifices, and yield to decisions of the judges without doing so from a sincere heart worship. In fact, it became so ritualistic that in the day of Jesus, shop keepers were selling the lame and sick animals at the temple grounds to be used as sacrifice by buyers to the Holy God Who had commanded the best be brought.

Malachi 1:13-14

Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the LORD of hosts; and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand? saith the LORD. 14 But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen. (KJV)

Malachi 3:14

Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts? (KJV)

Malachi 2:1-2

And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you. 2 If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart. (KJV)

Romans 2:12-13

For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; 13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. (KJV)

Galatians 2:16

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. (KJV)

(The law is based on works; obedience; deeds; the flesh.)

X. A detailed study concerning the law and the Gentiles (the nations of the world).

A. The “law” was NEVER given to the Gentiles.

Romans 10:4-10

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. 5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. 6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) 7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) 8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (KJV)

Romans 2:14-15

For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) (KJV)

Romans 6:14

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. (KJV)

Colossians 2:10-14

And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

Acts 13:38-39

Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: 39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. (KJV)

B. No one can be saved by BOTH law and grace.

1. No one is “saved” by faith and then keeps saved by keeping the law.

Galatians 5:1-4

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. 2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. 3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. (KJV) = “taken your stand away from grace and are depending on your works.”

Hebrews 6:4-6

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. (KJV)

Galatians 2:21

I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. (KJV)

C. Why then was the law given? It was given to show us how sinful SIN is; and to show the impossibility of it bringing the heart to righteousness; and to lead us to Christ Who alone, can save us from sin and give us the GIFT of righteousness and eternal life.

Galatians 3:6-9

Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. 7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. 9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. (KJV)

Galatians 3:10-14

For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. 11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. 13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (KJV)

Galatians 3:15-18

Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto. 16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. 17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. 18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise. (KJV)

Galatians 3:19-25

Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. 20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. 21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. 22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. 23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. (KJV)

Galatians 3:26-29

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Romans 4:1-5

What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? 2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. 3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. 4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. (KJV)

Romans 4:9-16

Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. 10 How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. 11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: 12 And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised. 13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: 15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. 16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (KJV)

D. IF (or since) the law was fulfilled in Jesus Christ, HOW does one, today, know what is right or wrong in the eyes of our LORD?

Romans 2:14-15

For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) (KJV)

work = ergon {er’-gon}

= work, deed, doing; that which any one is occupied or undertakes to do; business, undertaking.

written = graptos {grap-tos’}

= only use = written. To record.

heart = kardia {kar-dee’-ah}

= the center or seat of the inward, spiritual region of mankind.

conscience = suneidesis {soon-i’-day-sis}

= from a word meaning, to know in one’s mind or with one’s self; to understand, perceive, comprehend.

bearing witness = summartureo {soom-mar-too-reh’-o}

= testify unto; bear witness with.

In the Present tense and Active voice.

thoughts = logismos {log-is-mos’}

= a reckoning; computation; a reasoning; a judgment, decision such as conscience passes.

accusing = kategoreo {kat-ay-gor-eh’-o}

= accuse as before a judge; make an accusation.

In the Present tense, Active voice, Participle mood.

excusing = apologeomai {ap-ol-og-eh’-om-ahee}

= to defend one’s self; to calculate well; to give full account to one’s self.

In the Present t., Middle v.

one another = metaxu {met-ax-oo’}

= between one another; reciprocally.

E. Each person is confronted in the mind to make decisions as to what his actions will be after his conscience has determined what is wrong or right about his thoughts.

1. IF that person wants to do what he has been morally convicted of, he will either reject the thought or the suggestion or allow it to be fulfilled in his actions, depending on God’s laws that have been written on his heart. He will choose to obey or disobey.

2. IF he disobeys God’s moral laws that action becomes SIN.

James 1:13-15

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. (KJV)

James 4:17

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. (KJV)

F. Three important faculties in one’s dealing with choices existing in this life.

1. The MIND.

There are many different words that are translated “mind.” A few are given:

a. H – yetser {yay’-tser}

= where a resolution is squeezed or molded into purpose; Where purpose is formed or determined. Used in:

Isaiah 26:3

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. (KJV)

b. G – dianoia {dee-an’-oy-ah}

= deep thought; Used in:

Hebrews 8:10

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: (KJV)

(also in Heb. 10:16)

1 Peter 1:13-15

Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; (KJV)

gird up = girding = (Aorist, Middle, Participle)

= anazonnumi {an-ad-zone’-noo-mee}

(Metaphor) = be prepared; be unimpeded; {bind up long flowing garments}.

“Girding” = suggestive of the alertness necessary for sobriety and for setting one’s hope perfectly on the grace to be brought at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

loins = osphus {os-foos’}

= bracing up one’s self so as to maintain perfect sincerity and reality;

James 1:5-8

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

c. double-minded = dipsuchos {dip’-soo-khos}

= vacillating (in opinion and purpose).

d. The mind is the entrance to one’s person. It is the reception room for all incoming messages; It is the examination room where counsel is received and where decisions are determined; where information is received and dispensed of; It is the CIA (intelligence).

2. The HEART. (Found 762 times in the Bible).

a. H-leb {labe}

= the place of feeling and the will

b. G-kardia {kar-dee’-ah}

= denotes the center of all physical and spiritual life.

- (ALM) = the secret, innermost depository, where one’s sincerity is located.

- (Eng.) = the emotional as distinguished from the intellectual nature. The seat of spiritual or conscious life.

- (Vine) = {fig.}

= the hidden springs of one’s personal life; the center of man’s inward life. It represents the true character but conceals it.” (J. Laidlaw).

Matthew 15:16-20

And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding? 17 Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? 18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: 20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man. (KJV)

Matthew 15:7-9

Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, 8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. (KJV)

1 Peter 3:3-4

Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; 4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. (KJV)

1 Corinthians 14:24-25

But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: 25 And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth. (KJV)

Proverbs 4:23

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. (KJV)

issues= H-towtsa”ah {to-tsaw-aw’}

= goings out; going forth; It borders (determines) life.

Romans 2:14-15

For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another; (KJV)

Romans 2:13

For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

Romans 2:16

In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

3. The CONSCIENCE.

a. G – suneidesis {soon-i’-day-sis}

= co-perception; i.e., moral consciousness;

from: suneido {soon-i’-do}

= to see completely; to understand or become aware of; know.

b. This word is found 29 times and only in the N.T.

c. Eng. = a faculty, power, or principle conceived to decide as to the moral quality of one’s own thoughts or acts, enjoining what is good.

d. Vine = (lit.) = a knowing with; the witness borne to one’s conduct by conscience; That process of thought which distinguishes what is considered morally good or bad, commending the good, condemning the bad, and so prompting to do good and avoid the bad.

e. The conscience bears witness to the law of God written in the heart.

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

G. The MIND is the “border” where satan and his evil influences, thoughts, etc. seek to enter in illegally to our life to establish a “stronghold.”

2 Corinthians 10:3-6

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. (KJV)

1. In order for satan to gain a strong hold, he must first gain a toe hold; After he has gained a stronghold, he puts a strangle hold on the fleshy lusts and desires.

2. Whatever disposition one makes of the thoughts that come into his mind, these results are those of his own choosing! While the “accusing” and the “excusing” are reciprocally presenting their cases, only you can decide which shall prevail and send it to the heart.

((See above for definitions.))

3. pulling down = kathairesis {kath-ah’-ee-res-is}

= destruction; demolition; take down.

4. strong hold = ochuroma {okh-oo’-ro-mah}

= only use = fortress; anything on which one relies; the argument and reasoning by which a disputant endeavors to fortify his opinions and defend it against his opponent. Satan presents his arguments why and how one can do what he suggests, while the heart convicts and show why not to.

5. casting down (about the same as #3)

= to refute or to destroy. (Present t.; Active voice.)

6. imaginations = logismos {log-is-mos’}

= thought; imagination; a reckoning; computation. A reasoning that is hostile to God’s word.

7. high thing = hupsoma {hoop’-so-mah}

= thing elevated; a barrier; bulwark; rampart.

8. revenge = ekdikeo {ek-dik-eh’-o}

= to vindicate one’s right; protect, defend, one person from another.

Ephesians 6:10-18

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; (KJV)

1 Peter 3:13-17

And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? 14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; 15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. 17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. (KJV)

H. The leaders of Judah who boasted in their “law” dishonored The LORD by their failure to “keep” the “law” and by their thousands of “interpretations” they sought to impose on the people they were to teach and be an example to.

Romans 2:17-24

Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God, 18 And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law; 19 And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness, 20 An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law. 21 Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal? 22 Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege? 23 Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God? 24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written. (KJV)

Leviticus 18:21

And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD. (KJV)

1. blaspheme = H – naqab {naw-kab’}

= to puncture; curse; strike through with violence; To perforate; abhor.

= H – na’ats {naw-ats’}

= to scorn; despise. = G-blasphemeo {blas-fay-meh’-o}

= to vilify; to speak impiously; defame;revile.

2. profane = H-chatal {khaw-lal’}

= to bore; to wound; to dissolve; to break (one’s word). to stain; prostitute; pollute; (alm) = to diminish God’s glory.

3. name = H-shem {shame}

= an appellation, as a mark or memorial of individuality; by impl. honor, authority, character;

G – onoma {on’-om-ah} = same as Hebrew word.

2 Samuel 12:13-14

And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. 14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die. (KJV)

Isaiah 52:5-6

Now therefore, what have I here, saith the LORD, that my people is taken away for nought? they that rule over them make them to howl, saith the LORD; and my name continually every day is blasphemed. 6 Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I. (KJV)

Ezekiel 36:16-23

Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 17 Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own way and by their doings: their way was before me as the uncleanness of a removed woman. 18 Wherefore I poured my fury upon them for the blood that they had shed upon the land, and for their idols wherewith they had polluted it: 19 And I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed through the countries: according to their way and according to their doings I judged them. 20 And when they entered unto the heathen, whither they went, they profaned my holy name, when they said to them, These are the people of the LORD, and are gone forth out of his land. 21 But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went. 22 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. 23 And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. (KJV)

Leviticus 19:11-12

Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another. 12 And ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD. (KJV)

Leviticus 20:1-3

And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2 Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones. 3 And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name. (KJV)

XI. A detailed study of the matter of CIRCUMCISION. (Romans 2:25 ff )

A. Circumcision” defined:

1. H-namal {naw-mal’}

= (only use)=to become clipped; to become circumcised; a branch tobe cut down. (Used only in Genesis 17:10)

Genesis 17:10

This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. (KJV)

2. H-muwl {mool}

= to cut short (specifically the prepuce = the fold of skin that covers the glans of the penis; foreskin).

To cut; to destroy.

3. G-peritemno {per-ee-tem’-no}

= to cut around; spec., to circumcise.

4. G-peritome {per-it-om-ay’}

= the act or the rite of the cutting of the prepuce.

5. covenant = b@riyth {ber-eeth’}

= from a word in the sense of “cutting”

= a pledge; or an alliance between God and man; A divine ordinance with signs or pledges.

6. token = ’owth {oth}

= (in the sense of appearing)

= sign; distinguishing mark; remembrance.

B. The origin of circumcision. (Genesis 17:10ff). A covenant “cut” between Abram and Jehovah God on Mt. Moriah concerning a “promised” Seed and a “promised” land.

Genesis 17:10-14

This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. 11 And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you. 12 And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed. 13 He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. 14 And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant. (KJV)

1. The first circumcision took place when Abraham was 99 years old and Ishmael was 13. ALL of the rest of the men of Abraham’s household were of different ages, but were circumcised that same time with them. After that, each male baby at the age of 8 days.

Genesis 17:23-7

And Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all that were born in his house, and all that were bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham’s house; and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin in the selfsame day, as God had said unto him. 24 And Abraham was ninety years old and nine, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. 25 And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. 26 In the selfsame day was Abraham circumcised, and Ishmael his son. 27 And all the men of his house, born in the house, and bought with money of the stranger, were circumcised with him. (KJV)

2. There took place a circumcision that was called “the second time.” This was so called because NONE had taken place for those born in the 40 years of wilderness wandering.

Joshua 5:2-12

At that time the LORD said unto Joshua, Make thee sharp knives, and circumcise again the children of Israel the second time. 3 And Joshua made him sharp knives, and circumcised the children of Israel at the hill of the foreskins. 4 And this is the cause why Joshua did circumcise: All the people that came out of Egypt, that were males, even all the men of war, died in the wilderness by the way, after they came out of Egypt. 5 Now all the people that came out were circumcised: but all the people that were born in the wilderness by the way as they came forth out of Egypt, them they had not circumcised. 6 For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people that were men of war, which came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD: unto whom the LORD sware that he would not shew them the land, which the LORD sware unto their fathers that he would give us, a land that floweth with milk and honey. 7 And their children, whom he raised up in their stead, them Joshua circumcised: for they were uncircumcised, because they had not circumcised them by the way. 8 And it came to pass, when they had done circumcising all the people, that they abode in their places in the camp, till they were whole. 9 And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you. Wherefore the name of the place is called Gilgal unto this day.

10 And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains of Jericho. 11 And they did eat of the old corn of the land on the morrow after the passover, unleavened cakes, and parched corn in the selfsame day. 12 And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year. (KJV)

3. In the New Testament times, John, the baptizer, Jesus, and Paul are shown to have been circumcised on the 8th day as commanded by The LORD to Abraham. Timothy was later.

Luke 1:59-60

And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father. 60 And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John. (KJV)

Luke 2:21

And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb. (KJV)

Philippians 3:4-5

Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: 5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; = Paul. (KJV)

Acts 16:1-3

Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek: 2 Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium. 3 Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek. (KJV)

Titus was not circumcised.

Galatians 2:3-5

But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised: 4 And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage: 5 To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you. (KJV)

C. Those things that had to do with a fleshly, earthly fulfilment, a promised son, a promised land, a right relationship with Jehovah God, ALL pointed to a much greater fulfilment in the SPIRITUAL realm.

1. Isaac was the “promised son,” NOT Ishmael.

2. JESUS was the ultimate SEED spoken of.

3. Faith in The Promised SEED, JESUS, is counted for righteousness.

4. A NEW heavens, earth and City of Jerusalem are the ultimate and eternal promises of GOD.

5. The desire to know for sure about his inheritance, was seen in a SACRIFICE of life.

Genesis 15:7-21

And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it. 8 And he said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it? 9 And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon. 10 And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not. 11 And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away.

12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. 13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; 14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. 15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. 16 But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

17 And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces. 18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: 19 The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, 20 And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, 21 And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites. (KJV)

D. Circumcision “in the flesh” of the “Jew.”

Romans 3:1-3

What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? 2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God. 3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? (KJV)

1. The term, “Jew,” is evidently a “corruption” of the term, “Judah,” and it came to refer to the spiritual leadership that was given to the leaders, scribes, elders and custodians of the Law. (See a detailed study of this term – The Terms Jew, Jews & Jewry in the Bible – where it is searched out in the scriptures.)

a. The first use of this term is found in II Kings 16:6 (circa 740 B.C.)

b. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were not “Jews.” They were Hebrews.

c. After God changed Jacob’s name to Israel, his descendants were called “Israelites.”

d. Jacob-Israel had 12 sons by 4 women, one of whom was named Judah.

e. When Jacob blessed his sons as he was about to die, he designated Judah as follows :

Genesis 49:8-10

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. (KJV)

f. After Solomon’s death, the Kingdom was divided into 2 groups. They are designated as the Northern Kingdom, consisting of 10 tribes, with the capital at Samaria, and the King was Jereboam; The remaining 2 tribes, consisting of Judah and Benjamin, are called the Southern Kingdom with the capital being at Jerusalem, and the King was Rehoboam, Solomon’s son. Jerusalem was the spiritual center where Jehovah chosen to put His Name; where the temple was and the priestly rituals, etc.

2. Paul was of the tribe of Benjamin – he became a “Jew,” so it is NOT A RACE!

3. JESUS WAS NOT A “JEW,” HE WAS and IS, THE SON OF GOD. Every child receives his lineage from the FATHER.

John 7:1

After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him. (KJV)

4. Other terms defined:

advantage = perissos {per-is-sos’}

= exceeding some number, measure, rank or need (In the sense of beyond); over and above; more than is necessary; surpassing; uncommon; super added; extraordinary; superior.

Deuteronomy 7:6-8

For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. 7 The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: 8 But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. (KJV)

2 Chronicles 12:13

So king Rehoboam strengthened himself in Jerusalem, and reigned: for Rehoboam was one and forty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the LORD had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there. And his mother’s name was Naamah an Ammonitess. (KJV)

 

(Note: the reason that the name of the mother of each son was given is because they had the same father, but a different mother. Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines.) A woman’s name is NOT given unless there is a special reason).

Romans 1:16

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (KJV)

Romans 2:6-11

Who will render to every man according to his deeds: 7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: 8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, 9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; 10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: 11 For there is no respect of persons with God. (KJV)

profit = opheleia {o-fel’-i-ah}

= (only 2 uses)

= usefulness; advantage; profit.

committed = pisteuo {pist-yoo’-o}

= place confidence in; be put in trust with. (Aorist)

oracles = logion {log’-ee-on}

= a brief utterance; the words or utterances of God;

= the contents of the Mosaic law.

E. Circumcision was a “token” (defined above as a sign; distinguishing mark; remembrance); of God’s Covenant. Like most things which are meant to be holy, spiritual, and meaningful, they deteriorate into a fleshy, outward, meaningless ritual. The true meaning is lost in the outward observance. Consider these examples—–

1. The rainbow. Gen. 9:8-17.

2. Fleshly circumcision. Gen. 17:9-14.

3. Proof that God sent Moses to Egypt. Exo. 3:12.

4. The blood of the passover. Exo. 12:13-14.

5. All of the firstborn sanctified. Exo. 13:1-16.

6. Aaron’s rod that budded and blossomed. Num. 17:10.

7. The evidence of the “virgin’s cloth.” Deut. 22:15

8. The scarlet rope of Rahab, the harlot. Joshua 2:12, 18-21.

9. Judas’s kiss of betrayal. Mark 14:44.

10. Fearlessness of the saved, an evident token to the lost. Phil. 1:28.

11. The enduring of the saved. I Thess. 1:5.

12. Paul’s own hand writing. 2 Thess. 3:17.

13. Immersion in water. Rom. 6:1ff.

14. Genuine repentance toward God. Mark 1:4. Acts 20:21.

15. A personal confession before others (not a proxy by a preacher);

Matthew 10:32-33.

16. The Lord’s Supper. I Cor. 11:17-33.

17. The tithe and offerings. 2 Cor, 9:6-7.

18. Membership in a congregation. 1 Cor. 12:1-31.

19. The use of “revival” for a series of meetings. (The term, revival is not in the Bible!)

20. The “great commission,” (as you go). Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 24:47-49;

Acts 1:8.

21. The Holy Spirit. John chapters 14 and 16. (A Real Person in the body of every saved one).

22. Church letter. (no such thing mentioned in the Bible).

F. The “Jews” became known as the “circumcision.” Most of them substituted the ritual for the true meaning.

1. Uncircumcision – was the term used for ALL the Gentiles and for ALL of the Israelites who failed to “keep the law.”

Galatians 2:6-8

But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man’s person) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me: 7 But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter; 8 (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles.) (KJV)

Ephesians 2:11-13

Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. (KJV)

2. Stephen’s message:

Acts 7:51-54

Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. 52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers: 53 Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.

54When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. (KJV)

G. Abraham, his faith in God’s covenants, and the place of circumcision.

Romans 4:1-5

What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? 2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. 3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. 4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. (KJV)

Romans 4:9-13

Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. 10 How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. 11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: 12 And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised. 13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. (KJV)

1. Definition:

a. seal = sphragis {sfrag-ece’}

= that by which anything is confirmed, proved, authenticated as by a seal (a token or proof);

b. = the sealing of sacks of goods, guarantying the full complement of the contents.

2. Each child of God is sealed. Examples in scripture of the meaning of this word, “seal.”

Ephesians 1:12-14

That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. (KJV)

Ephesians 4:30

And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. (KJV)

2 Corinthians 1:21-22

Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; 22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. (KJV)

1 Corinthians 9:1-2

Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord? 2 If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord. (KJV)

3. Apart from FAITH in God and His covenant promises, physical circumcision means nothing.

1 Corinthians 7:18-20

Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised. 19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God. 20 Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called. (KJV)

Galatians 5:11-13

And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased. 12 I would they were even cut off which trouble you. 13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. (KJV)

“Cut off” refers to cutting off the entire penis

Galatians 6:12-17

As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. 13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh. 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. 15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. 16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. 17 From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. (KJV)

The “marks” Paul refers to are those beatings,etc. he received as the result of his being true and faithful to Jesus and the Gospel—-a contrast to the physical circumcision the Jews boasted of.

G. The important and necessary circumcision is that made “without hands!”

Colossians 2:9-15

For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. (KJV)

Colossians 3:10-11

And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. (KJV)

Romans 2:28-29

For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: 29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God. (KJV)

H. The law, outward circumcision, and all other meaningless rituals never saved anyone!

Romans 4:13-16

For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: 15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. 16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (KJV)

Galatians 3:26-29

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. (KJV)

Galatians 3:16

Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy SEED which is Christ. (KJV)

Galatians 3:21-22

Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. 22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. (KJV)

I. The danger of substituting the outward for the inward, spiritual, is seen in the Jerusalem conference and the resulting decision and conclusion to the matter.

Acts 15:1-2

And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved. 2 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question. (KJV)

Acts 15:4-5

And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them. 5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses. (KJV)

Acts 15:24-29

Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment: 25 It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, 26 Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth. 28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; 29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well. (KJV)

1. To ADD anything to the redemptive work of our Lord Jesus Christ, is an abomination!

2. These who teach that immersion (baptism in water) is necessary for salvation are false.

3. Those who teach that the Lord’s Supper is a “sacrament” (has saving power) are false.

4. Regardless of what one does ( = works ) it can never save nor help save that one.

Galatians 2:16

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. (KJV)

XII. Because salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, the PROMISE is made sure to ALL born of God’s Incorruptible SEED. Abraham exercised this faith, and is the spiritual father (forbearer) of the born again.

Galatians 3:26-29

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. (KJV)

Galatians 3:16

Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. (KJV)

Galatians 3:12-14

And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. 13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

A. Definitions.

1. faith (most used word) = pistis {pis’tis}

= persuasion; i.e., credence; moral conviction of God’s truth. Reliance upon God; assurance; belief; fidelity.

2. faith (a primary verb from which “pistis” comes)

= peitho {pi’-tho}

= to convince ( by argument) true or false; to assent (to evidence or authority); to rely (by inward certainty); agree, have confidence; trust; obey, yield.

3. faithful = pistos {pis-tos’}

(obj.) = trustworthy;

(subj.) = trustful; believing, sure, true.

4. little faith = oligopistos {ol-ig-op’-is-tos}

= lacking confidence (in Christ); incredulous.

Comes from “oligos {ol-ee’-gos}

= puny, little, short, small.

5. (some ALM definitions) = being persuaded that a witness does NOT lie. Faith is seeing the invisible; faith is acting on what is not seen as though it was seen.

a. There no such thing as “faith” per se (in itself); “faith” must always have an object. We have recently heard in the news about “people of faith.” This means absolutely nothing. The results of one’s “faith” depends upon what one has “faith” in.

b. “faith” must result in action. In ALL of the references to “faith” in Hebrews 11, there is a corresponding action.

6. believe = pisteuo {pist-yoo’-o}

= from “pistis”(above)= to think to be true; be persuaded of; have confidence in; to put one’s trust in; an inner conviction and trust that impels one to follow a certain course of action.

7. trust = elpizo {el-pid’-zo}used in Romans 15:12= trust, hope. Wait for with full confidence; In the Future tense, Active voice, and Indic. mood.

8. trust = peitho {pi’-tho}used in 2 Corinthians 1:9-10= persuade, to induce one by words to believe; be confident; In the Perfect t.(=completed action, no need to be repeated).

Romans 4:17-22

(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. 18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.

19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: 20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. (KJV)

1 John 5:9-2

If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.

10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. (KJV)

Hebrews 11:27

By faith he( Moses) forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. (KJV)

1 Peter 1:18-21

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: 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, 21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. (KJV)

B. A look at the verbs found in Hebrews 11:1-38:

1. No one (of mankind) was present at the creation of the heavens and earth and seas. It is by FAITH in Almighty God’s record of such that we have the understanding.

Hebrews 11:6

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (KJV)

Hebrews 11:1-3

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good report. 3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. (KJV)

2. Each of these who believed, were moved to action.

a. Abel offered unto God an acceptable offering.

b. Enoch walked with God and was translated, not experiencing death.

c. Noah moved with fear and prepared an ark.

d. Abraham obeyed God’s call and went out not knowing where he was going.

e. Abraham sojourned as a stranger in the land of promise.

f. Abraham looked for a city whose Maker was God.

g. Sarah received strength to conceive Isaac in her old age.

h. Abraham offered up Isaac believing that God was able to raise him from the dead.

i. Isaac blessed his sons concerning things to come.

j. Jacob blessed both of the sons of Joseph and worshiped.

k. Joseph commanded that his bones be carried with Israel when they left Egypt.

l. Moses’ parents hid him to keep him from being killed.

m. Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.

n. Moses chose to suffer with the people of God rather than to enjoy sin’s pleasures.

o. Moses put a greater value on Christ than on the riches of Egypt.

p. Moses forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king.

q. Moses endured as seeing him who is invisible.

r. Moses kept the passover putting blood on the door postsand going out of Egypt.

s. The Israelites passed through the Red Sea on dry ground.

t. The walls of Jericho fell down through faith in God’s instructions.

u. Rahab, the harlot, saved herself and her household by trusting the spies.

Hebrews 11:32-38

And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: 33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: 36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: 37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; 38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. (KJV)

C. Faith must have an object of trust. Faith WILL act on that trust if genuine!

James 2:14-26

What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can (that kind of) faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. 25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. (KJV)

D. The first used of the word, “faith.”

Deuteronomy 32:15-20

But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation. 16 They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger. 17 They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not. 18 Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.

19 And when the LORD saw it, he abhorred them, because of the provoking of his sons, and of his daughters. 20 And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith. (KJV)

Habakkuk 2:2-4

And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. 4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith. (KJV)

Galatians 3:11-12

But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. (KJV)

Hebrews 10:35-39

Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. 36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. 37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. 38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. 39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul. (KJV)

Romans 1:16-17

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. (KJV)

1. By the same kind of faith that one is saved by, it is that kind that one must live by!

a. live = H – chayah {khaw-yaw”}

= a primary root meaning to live; show life.

b. live = G – za’w {zao} = {dzah’-o}

= a primary verb meaning to live; alive; life time. Both of these words refer to the physical life. The daily conduct of one’s life is to be governed by faith in the word of Almighty God, just as he was saved by.

2. Every unknown journey needs a map of directions; a book of instructions! The Word of God is just that. The BIBLE is the only book of absolute truth!

Romans 10:16-17

But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

3. The Gospel is heard; it is believed; it is obeyed. ALL OF IT, not just some of it.

4. Receiving Jesus Christ by faith is just the beginning of a life that is to be lived by faith.

Matthew 4:4

But He answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (KJV)

Matthew 6:25-26

Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? (KJV)

Matthew 6:33-34

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. (KJV)

Matthew 9:27-29

And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us. 28 And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. 29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. (KJV)

Mark 9:23-27

Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. 24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. 25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. 26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. 27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose. (KJV)

E. Faith, like grace, is a gift of God.

Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. (KJV)

Romans 12:3

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. (KJV)

1. dealt = merizo {mer-id’-zo}

= distribute; bestow; impart. In the Aorist tense(point action)

In the Active voice (subject receives the action); Indicative mood(- a fact).

2. measure = metron {met’-ron}

= measure; determines the quantity of a thing; a limit; a determined extent; a portion measured off.

F. Abraham was strong in faith, and this was imputed to him for righteousness.

Romans 4:20-25

He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; 24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; 25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. (KJV)

1. imputed = logizomai {log-id’-zom-ahee}

= middle form of “logos.”= to reckon; count; take into account; (metaphor=to pass to one’s account; C/f., direct deposit); availing for or equivalent to something; as having the like force and weight; to reckon or account.

In the Aorist tense; Passive voice; Indicative mood.

2. righteousness = dikaiosune {dik-ah-yos-oo’-nay}

= All 92 times =righteousness; the state of him who is as he ought to be; the condition acceptable to God.

3. it shall be = mello {mel’-lo}

= to be about; to be on the point of doing; to intend.

It is in the Present tense(actual time); Active voice; Indicative mood.

4. imputed (same meaning as above) but in the Present tense, Passive v. and Infinitive (to).

5. if we believe = pisteuo {pist-yoo’-o}

= be committed unto; believe; place confidence in.

In the Present tense; Active voice; Participle (ing or ed to verb form).

G. This faith must have it’s origin in the individual heart! Confession of this is made with the mouth. IF this persuasion is NOT in the heart, the mouth speaks a lie.

Romans 10:8

But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; (KJV)

Romans 10:9-10

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (KJV)

XIII. The one that truly believes in his heart is MADE the righteousness of Jesus Christ. That one has been justified through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

A. The meaning of “being justified,” “just,” and “justification.”

1. just = dikaios {dik’-ah-yos}

= an adj.=righteous, observing divine laws; upright, innocent; keeping the commandments of God; faultless, guiltless; approved of God.

2. justified = dikaioo {dik-ah-yo’-o}

= a verb=to render righteous; to declare, pronounce one to be just, righteous; be freed.

In the Aorist tense(point action); Passive V.= the subject receives the action of the verb; Participle=verbal noun (ing or ed).

3. justification = dikaiosis {dik-ah’-yo-sis}

= only 3 uses =the act of God declaring one free from guilt and acceptable to Him.

Romans 4:25

Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

Romans 5:16-18

And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. 17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) 18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. (KJV)

4. The saved are NOT just “seen” as righteous, they ARE the righteousness of God.

2 Corinthians 5:21

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (KJV)

Romans 8:1-4

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (KJV)

a. therefore = ara {ar’-ah}

= through the idea of drawing a conclusion from previous text.

b. now = nun {noon}

= at this time; the present; now, henceforth.

c. no = oudeis {oo-dice’}

= nothing; none, not any.

d. condemnation = only 3 uses (same as in Romans 5:16,18 and 8:1)

= katakrima {kat-ak’-ree-mah}

= damnatory sentence.

e. made me free = eleutheroo {el-yoo-ther-o’-o}

= set at liberty from the dominion of sin, to deliver; to make free.

Aorist tense, Active v. Indic. = “has liberated me once and for all” (time). (ALM)

Romans 5:1

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

f. by = ek {ek}

= a primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence action or motion proceeds; from; out(of place, time, or cause).

g. we have = echo {ekh’-o}

= to have in possession; to hold; own; possess; Present tense (Now, at this time);

Active v. Indica. (= a fact the subject has it now!)

h. peace = eirene {i-ray’-nay}

= a state of tranquility; harmony; concord; security; safety.

Peace (eirene)

= the tranquil state of the soul assured of its salvation through Christ Jesus and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot, of whatsoever sort that is.

Before salvation, each is hostile, at enmity, toward Almighty God.

Romans 8:7-8

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. (KJV)

James 4:4

Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. (KJV)

i. The saved have peace with God because they have been reconciled to Him.

2 Corinthians 5:17-19

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. (KJV)

To reconcile = katallasso {kat-al-las’-so}

= return to favor with (God); place back in true fellowship with God as Adam had before he sinned; to restore one to an original condition. (ALM).

j. Our LORD desires for His children to have peace in ALL areas of their lives; in their relationship to Him; to each other in our family life; in the church; in the world.

Luke 2:10-14

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (KJV)

Acts 10:34-36

Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. 36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) (KJV)

Romans 10:15

And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

Romans 14:17

For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. (KJV)

Romans 15:13

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. (KJV)

Romans 16:20

And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. (KJV)

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (KJV)

Isaiah 26:3-4

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. 4 Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength: (KJV)

 

Philippians 4:6-7

Be careful (= anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

2 Corinthians 13:11

Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. (KJV)

James 3:14-18

But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. 16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. (KJV)

Galatians 5:22-26

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. (KJV)

5. Through faith in God and His word, not only do we have peace, but we have access to our Heavenly Father, into His grace.

Romans 5:2

By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (KJV)

( 3 uses): here and—

Ephesians 2:18

For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

= “to have the advantage of.”

Ephesians 3:9-12

And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: 10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, 11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: 12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. (KJV)

Hebrews 4:14-16

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. 15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (KJV)

Reminder: “grace”is a favor done by one person to another out of a pure generosity of his heart and with no hope of reward. In the New Testament it is seen as the favor that God did at the cross when He stepped down from His judgment throne to take upon Himself the guilt and penalty of human sin. (From Wuest Word Studies)

6. Because we have access to God’s grace, we can glory in tribulations.

Romans 5:3-5

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (KJV)

7. An exhaustive study of “tribulation (s)” in the scriptures.

a. Definitions:

tribulation = H – tsar {tsawr}

= narrow, a tight place; trouble; an opponent, adversary; afflict(ion); anguish, close, distress, foe, enemy; sorrow, tribulation, strait.

tribulation = G – thlipsis {thlip’-sis}

= pressure, anguish, sorrow, throng, trouble, suffer.

b. The first use of this word is an O.T. prophecy given by Moses to the people of Israel. This was a warning and a prophetic word of what the future held for the people of Israel while they were still in the wilderness and before they entered the promised land.

Deuteronomy 4:25-31

When thou shalt beget children, and children’s children, and ye shall have remained long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and make a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, and shall do evil in the sight of the LORD thy God, to provoke him to anger: 26 I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed. 27 And the LORD shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the LORD shall lead you. 28 And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell. 29 But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. 30 When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; 31 (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them. (KJV)

c. One of the purposes of GOD’S allowing His people to suffer tribulation is to express His anger and bring about repentance and a return to Him and His laws concerning them.

Judges 10:6-9

And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim, and Ashtaroth, and the gods of Syria, and the gods of Zidon, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the children of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines, and forsook the LORD, and served not him. 7 And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the hands of the Philistines, and into the hands of the children of Ammon. 8 And that year they vexed and oppressed the children of Israel: eighteen years, all the children of Israel that were on the other side Jordan in the land of the Amorites, which is in Gilead. 9 Moreover the children of Ammon passed over Jordan to fight also against Judah, and against Benjamin, and against the house of Ephraim; so that Israel was sore distressed. (KJV)

Judges 10:13-14

Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other gods: wherefore I will deliver you no more. 14 Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation. (KJV)

d. When David was in much tribulation by the anger of Saul, he left it up to the LORD to deliver him because he would not kill the LORD’S anointed.

1 Samuel 26:21-24

Then said Saul, I have sinned: return, my son David: for I will no more do thee harm, because my soul was precious in thine eyes this day: behold, I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly. 22 And David answered and said, Behold the king’s spear! and let one of the young men come over and fetch it. 23 The LORD render to every man his righteousness and his faithfulness: for the LORD delivered thee into my hand to day, but I would not stretch forth mine hand against the LORD’S anointed. 24 And, behold, as thy life was much set by this day in mine eyes, so let my life be much set by in the eyes of the LORD, and let him deliver me out of all tribulation. (KJV)

e. Almighty God is always on time! His grace is supplied at the time of our need! This is why it so amazes us and others who behold us in time of great trouble to see the calm peace that our LORD affords in those circumstances! It is like a blanket of comfort! We are admonished,

Proverbs 3:19-26

The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens. 20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.

21My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: 22 So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck. 23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble. 24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. 25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. 26 For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken. (KJV)

f. Tribulation is the common experience of God’s children.

John 16:33

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (KJV)

Acts 14:21-22

And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch, 22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. (KJV)

1 Thessalonians 3:3-4

That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto. 4 For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know. (KJV)

2 Thessalonians 1:3-5

We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth; 4 So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:

5 Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer: (KJV)

Revelation 1:9

I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. (KJV)

g. Tribulation can not separate God’s children from His love and eternal purpose, but it is also an instrument for maturing our character into Christ- likeness. It is also preparing each for the end of time for the “great tribulation.”

Romans 8:35-39

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. (KJV)

Romans 5:2-3

By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; (KJV)

Romans 12:12

Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; (KJV)

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. (KJV)

2 Corinthians 7:4

Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation. (KJV)

h. Tribulation is used to test the steadfastness of one’s profession.

Matthew 13:20-21

But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. (KJV)

Revelation 2:9-11

I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. 10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. 11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death. (KJV)

i. The greatest tribulation that shall ever be shall occur in the end of time just before our Lord Jesus Christ returns in the clouds. It shall begin with God’s vengeance upon the city of Jerusalem where He put His Name. Our tribulations now are preparing us for that time to come.

• These are times The LORD spoke of through Moses in Deut.4:30. (See above).

• This great tribulation will be the results of accounts God has put off collecting.

Romans 9:27-29

Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: 28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth. 29 And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha. (KJV)

The Greek word logos = the account.

1 Peter 4:16-18

Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. 17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? (KJV)

C. Jesus gives specific statements about the great tribulation.

Matthew 24:13-22

But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. 15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. (KJV)

Luke 21:16-22

And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. 17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake. 18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish. 19 In your patience possess ye your souls.

20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. 21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. 22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. (KJV)

Mark 13:19-23

For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be. 20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect’s sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days. 21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not: 22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. 23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things. (KJV)

Revelation 13:7-10

And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. 8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. 9 If any man have an ear, let him hear. 10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. (KJV)

Revelation 14:9-13

And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. 12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. (KJV)

Revelation 7:9-10

After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; 10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. (KJV)

Revelation 7:13-14

And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? 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. (KJV)

Matthew 24:23-31

Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 25 Behold, I have told you before. 26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. 29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. (KJV)

D. The first six seals of Revelation 6:1 through 11, speak of this time of the end. The seventh seal reveals the details of God’s wrath. The saved will not be in this wrath, but will go through the great tribulation until the Lord Jesus comes.

Revelation 6:1-11

And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. 2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. 4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword. 5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances (Greek = yoke) in his hand. 6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine. 7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. 8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: 10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? 11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled. (KJV)

E. The wrath of God and the great tribulation are two entirely different events. It is plain from the scriptures that the saved living in that generation will be in that experience, but ONLY the lost will be in God’s wrath.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

6Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. 7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. 8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. 9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. (KJV)

Romans 5:8-9

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. (KJV)

Luke 21:28-33

And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

29And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; 30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. 31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. 32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. 33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. (KJV)

1 Corinthians 15:51-52

Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (KJV)

John 5:28-29

Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. (KJV)

John 6:39-40

And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. 40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. (KJV)

John 6:44

No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. (KJV)

John 6:53-57

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. 54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. (KJV)

John 11:23-24

Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. 24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. (KJV)

John 12:48

He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. (KJV)

F. Some other admonitions concerning testing through tribulations and patience.

James 1:2-4

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. (KJV)

James 1:12

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. (KJV)

James 5:7-8

Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. 8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. (KJV)

James 5:10-11

Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. 11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. (KJV)

Romans 5:1-5

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (KJV)

XIV. Sinful man is reconciled to The Righteous Creator through the redemption made possible through God’s only uniquely begotten Son. There is NO other way!

A. A definition of terms.

1. reconciled = katallasso {kat-al-las’-o}

= to return to favor with; from a word meaning to change or to exchange one thing for another; to place back to a previous position;

To change from being an enemy to a state of friendship; therefore there is no wrath of God upon those who have been reconciled to God through Jesus Christ.

In the Aorist tense, Passive voice, & Indicative mood.

2. reconciled = ( a stronger word) = apokatallasso {ap-ok-at-al-las’-o}

= to reconcile completely; to bring back a former state of harmony.

In the Aorist tense, Active v; Subjunctive mood (of possibility & potential conditioned on circumstances).

Ephesians 2:12-16

That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: [thereby: or, in himself] (KJV)

Colossians 1:21-22

And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled [in: or, by your mind in] 22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: (KJV)

3. Imp. The word “atonement” is NOT in the New Testament !

The KJV puts this word as a translation for the Greek word for “reconciliation” in Romans 5:11. Jesus did NOT make an atonement (which word means “to cover,”) but HE Took away our sin. The blood of animals “covered” sin until Jesus came into the world to take away our sin.

John 1:29

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. [taketh away: or, beareth] (KJV)

B. ALL have sinned: there is not even one that has not! Adam’s sin differed from ours.

Romans 5:12-14

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: [for that: or, in whom]

13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. (KJV)

1. The first ADAM was of the earth. He was made without SIN, but with the possibility to sin! He made a wilful choice to sin & did. ALL OF MANKIND are his offsprings and are born with a SINFUL NATURE, & choosing to sin against God & His laws.

2. The first ADAM sinned from the standpoint of his being righteous.

3. The first ADAM was made like the similitude of the last ADAM to come, JESUS!

4. JESUS was born without a sinful nature; HE could have chosen to sin, but did not!

Hebrews 4:14-15

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. 15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. (KJV)

2 Corinthians 5:21

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (KJV)

Mark 1:11-13

And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. 12 And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness. 13 And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him. (KJV)

1 Corinthians 15:45-49

And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. 48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. (KJV)

C. ONLY JESUS can restore what the first Adam took away from us his offsprings!

Isaiah 53:4-6

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. {wounded: or, tormented}{stripes: Heb. bruise}6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. {laid…: Heb. made the iniquity of us all to meet on him}(KJV)

Psalm 69:3-4

I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God. 4 They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away. (KJV)

D. SIN was in the world (in mankind) from Adam, BUT it was not delineated until the law was given to Moses by The LORD. The law revealed just how sinful sin was! It forcefully convicted man that he was lost & couldn’t meet the requirements of law.

Romans 7:5-13

For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. {motions: Gr. passions}6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. {that being…: or, being dead to that}

7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. {lust: or, concupiscence}8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. 9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. 10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. 11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. 12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. 13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.

E. Being reconciled to God, each saved person has ACCESS to the heavenly Father!

1. access = prosagoge {pros-ag-ogue-ay’}

= admission (as a manner of life); a moving to; the act of bringing to; approach; to God, i.e., that relationship with God whereby we are acceptable to Him & have assurance that He is favorably disposed towards him.

(Vine) = a leading or bringing into the presence of; denotes access with which is associated the thought of freedom to enter through the assistance of favor of another.

2. prosagoge is used only 3 times as follows:

Romans 5:1-2

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (KJV)

Ephesians 2:18

For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

Ephesians 3:11-12

According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: 12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.

1. boldness = parrhesis {par-rhay-see’-ah}

= boldness, confidence; openly, plainly; freedom in speaking; frankly, i.e., without concealment; without ambiguity or circumlocution (using many words to express what might be expressed in a few or one.); free & fearless confidence; assurance.

Hebrews 4:15-16

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (KJV)

need = eukairos {yoo’-kahee-ros}

= only use

= well-timed; opportune.

Hebrews 10:19-22

Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, {boldness: or, liberty}20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; {consecrated: or, new made}21 And having an high priest over the house of God; 22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. (KJV)

1 John 4:15-17

Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. {our love: Gr. love with us}(KJV)

Proverbs 28:1

The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion. (KJV)

F. A great truth that is so often misunderstood & used as an excuse for sinning.

Romans 5:20

Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: (KJV)

1. abound = “might abound = pleonazo {pleh-on-ad’-zo}

= to exist in abundance; to make to increase; In the Aorist t.; Active v.; Subjunctive m.(mood of possibility and potentiality); depends on the circumstance. (“might abound.”)

2. sin abounded = same Greek as above #1, but in the Aorist, Active, & Indicative (a fact).

3. much more abound = huperperisseuo {hoop-er-per-is-syoo’-o}

= (only use)

= to abound beyond measure; abound exceedingly; to overflow; to enjoy abundantly.

In the Aorist, Active, Indicative.

4. The truth revealed here is like unto the ark of Noah: The higher the waters rose, the ark was always rising above it. God’s grace always rises above sin; it is much more sufficient to save, than sin is able to destroy.

5. The fact of truth seen in this attribute is the greater the sin, the greater the grace!

6. This truth caused unbelievers to say – “go ahead & sin greatly, so that God’s grace is manifested in a greater way!” The saved were being accused of believing that since they were secure in eternal salvation, then go ahead & sin as much as you want to.

Romans 3:5-8

But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man) 6 God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world? 7 For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner? 8 And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just. (KJV)

Romans 6:1-2

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? (KJV)

XV. Baptism (immersion in water) as taught in the New Testament. (Romans 6:1-13).

Romans 6:3-7

Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. (KJV)

A. Definition of the word.

1. baptism – is not a translation of the Greek word. It was “anglicized” in order to give way to the various ideas about it as it is today. Since there was controversy, the translators of the KJV took the Greek verb, “bapto,” {bap’-to}and gave it an English usage.

2. bapto {bap’-to}is a primary Greek verb. It is found only in the New Testament. It is used to describe a total submersion of something. It is defined as to “whelm,” or to overwhelm; to cover wholly with a fluid. It was used to describe the process of dying cloth.

3. “baptize,” “baptism,” “baptized,” and the other derivatives come from the primary verb. “Baptize,” is found 7 times; “baptism,” 22 times, and “baptized,” and other forms about 60.

4. These ALL refer to a person or thing being overwhelmed in water, dye, or some fluid. It does not mean to sprinkle, pour, or touch with water. There are Greek words for these. It is clearly seen in the uses of the word in the New Testament as to the true meaning.

a. Submersion, (baptism), in the text, refers to something that is DONE to a person! It is the object (person, cloth, etc.) that is submerged. A person cannot be sprinkled! Nor can a person be poured! New Testament immersion refer to what is done to a person ! Sprinkling and pouring refers to the fluid!

b. Submersion in water of a person having been saved from sin portrays a death, burial, and resurrection. This can never be seen in sprinkling or pouring a little water on a person. It is the BODY that is central in immersion in water, NOT the water.

c. NO BURIAL OF A DEAD BODY would ever be carried out by just sprinkling a little dirt on it or by pouring out a little soil upon it. Baptism” (immersion) portrays burial of a DEAD person.

B. Some other revealing things about immersion in water of the saved person.

1. Man’s BODY was formed from the DUST (soil-dirt) of the earth and God has decreed it to RETURN to the earth. The word man = adam = red clay.

Genesis 2:7

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. [of the dust: Heb. dust of the ground] (KJV)

Genesis 3:19

In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. (KJV)

1 Corinthians 15:47

The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. (KJV)

2. Immersion in water shows that a DEATH has occurred. A living person is not buried!

a. It reveals a genuine faith in the fact of the death of the MAN, CHRIST JESUS.

b. It is a symbolic “planting together with” JESUS in the burial.

c. It is the symbolic belief in the BODILY RESURRECTION of all in the graves. It is grounded in the fact that JESUS AROSE FROM THE GRAVE.

d. It shows forth that the old has completed its purpose and something new has begun.

Romans 6:4-5

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: (KJV)

e. if we have been = Perfect t. (a completed action, once and for all; No need to repeat it.)

f. planted = only use

= sumphutos {soom’-foo-tos}

= united with; kindred; of joint origin.

g. likeness = homoioma {hom-oy’-o-mah}

= that which has been made after the likeness of something; a figure, image, likeness, representation.

3. The Tense, Voice, and Mood prove what the true meaning reveals. Immersion is a one time experience, like bodily death is.

Romans 6:3

Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? [were: or, are] (KJV)

The phrase, “were baptized,” is in the Aorist tense, the Passive voice, and Indicative mood. This means, that this is a one time, point action; that the person (body) receives the action of the verb, and that it is a statement of a fact.

C. What is the origin of the ordinance of immersion in water?

1. Regardless of what some say, there is no procedure in the Old Testament comparable to that which is taught in the New Testament. Jehovah God is the origin of this immersion. HE gave it to John, the “baptist.”

John 1:29-34

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. 30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. 31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. 32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. 33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. 34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God. (KJV)

2. Several important things are revealed in this scripture passage.

a. This “John” is not the apostle John. This “John” is the son born as a miracle of God to Zacharias and Elizabeth as announced by the angel, Gabriel. ( Luke 1:5-80 ).

- He was so named by The LORD.

- He was to be a “Nazarite.” (Numbers 6:1-8; Luke 1:15 ).

- He was to be filled with The Holy Spirit from his mother’s womb. (Luke 1:15).

- He fulfilled the prophetic passages about the “forerunner” of Jesus.

(Malachi 4:5-6; Luke 1:67-79.)

- He was in the desert, being taught by The LORD, until he came preaching at Jordan.

Luke 1:80

And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel. (KJV)

Mark 1:1-8

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; 2 As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. 3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. 5 And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins. 6 And John was clothed with camel’s hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey; 7 And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. 8 I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost. (KJV)

 

- This “John” was the one who immersed JESUS in the river of Jordan.

Mark 1:9-11

And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. 10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: 11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. (KJV)

Matthew 3:13-17

Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. 14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? 15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. 16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. (KJV)

 

3. A look at the definition of some words.

a. baptize = (see above)

= to immerse; overwhelm; cover completely.

b. person or thing (see above) = the person or thing immersed, NOT the fluid!

c. in = en {en}

= a primary preposition denoting (fixed) position; Can be translated as in, by, with, etc. depends on the context. Here it is necessary to translate it “IN.”

This preposition is in the Present tense = viewed in actual time; Active voice = the subject is performing the action; (= John); and in the Infinitive mood = prefix “to.”

d. when HE was baptized = in the Aorist t. = point action;

Passive v. = HE received the action of the subject (John); and Participle m. = a fact stated.

e. went up = anabaino {an-ab-ah’-ee-no}

= to go up; to rise up; spring up.

f. straightway = euthus {yoo-thoos’}

= immediately; forthwith; at once.

g. out of the water = apo {apo’}

= from; out of; of separation.

This shows as plainly as could be stated that JESUS was immersed IN the water of the Jordan River by John and that as soon as HE had been immersed IN the river, HE sprung up out of it. The picture that is often seen of Jesus and John IN a body of water, waist deep, and John pouring a bowl of water over Jesus, shows the idiocy of trying to please man in what some call “baptism.”

Consider Philip and the eunuch:

Acts 8:35-39

Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. 36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. 38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. 39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. (KJV)

8. now = arti {ar’-tee}

= at this very time; just now; this moment. (suffer = permit it).

9. thus = houto {hoo’-to}

= in this manner; thus; so.

10. it becometh = prepo {prep’-o}

= to stand out; to be conspicuous; to be fit; comely.

In the Present, Active, Participle (prefix “ing,” “ed.”)

11. us = hemin (hay-meen’}

= dative case(relationship to the indirect object)

= us, we,our.

12. to fulfill = pleroo {play-ro’-o}

= to make full; to render full, complete; to fill to the top: so that nothing shall be wanting to full measure; fill to the brim. Aorist, Active, Inf.

13. all = pas {pas}

= the whole; all things; all (individually and collectively.

14. righteousness = dikaiosune {dik-ah-yos-oo’-nay}

= the condition acceptable to God.

D. The preaching of John, the baptizer, consisted of two things: repentance and faith in The LAMB of God. Repentance was the turning FROM sin and turning TO JESUS.

Matthew 3:1-6

In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 4 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. 5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, 6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. (KJV)

Matthew 3:7-12

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: 9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: 12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. (KJV)

1. A study of some words.

a. repent = metanoeo {met-an-o-eh’-o}

= to change one’s mind; direction. (34 uses).

In the Present tense, Active voice, and Imperative mood ( = a command).

b. confessing = exomologeo {ex-om-ol-og-eh’-o}

= to acknowledge openly, joyfully; to promise or profess that one will do something. In the Present, Middle voice and Participle m.(verbal noun = ing or ed ending). Comes from 2 words = ek {ek}

= denotes the origin from where the actions proceeds; and homologeo

= to say the same thing as another; to agree with or to admit or declare one’s self guilty of what one is accused of.

c. bring forth = poieo {poy-eh’-o}

= do; show; to produce; to carry out; to perform.

In the Aorist (point action); Active v.(subject acts); Imperative (a command).

d. meet = axios {ax’-ee-os}

= worthy; befitting; corresponding to a thing. “Bring forth” is in the Aorist t.; Active v.; and Imperative m. (= a command to the person who is doing the action, and in the now, present, real time.

e. repentance = metanoia {met-an’-oy-ah}

= a change of mind, as it appears to one who repents of a purpose he has formed or of something he has done.

f. unto = eis {ice}

= a primary preposition = unto; for; into, to, towards.

g. John was immersing in water on the basis of such confession of sin. He was calling for genuine repentance and not a claim that they were “born of Abraham” as his physical descendants. Repentance” is an action from the heart, not lineage of flesh!

h. fan = ptuon, {ptoo’-on}

= a winnowing shovel; from a word “to fold together-roll up.”

i. throughly purge = diakatharizo {dee-ak-ath-ar-id’-zo}

= to cleanse throughly.

In the Future tense, Active voice, and Indicative mood = a fact certain to occur.

2. Genuine repentance results in good fruit. This is observable evidence. ALL of those not producing good fruit would be cut down and cast into the fire. (Note these verses:)

John 15:1-2

I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. (KJV)

Matthew 13:40-42

As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. (KJV)

Revelation 14:14-19

And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. 15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. 16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped. 17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. 18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. 19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.

3. The immersion in The Holy Spirit and in fire.

Matthew 3:11

I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: (KJV)

a. This fire probably refers to the end time fire into which the “chaff” shall be cast.

b. The immersion in (with) The Holy Spirit began at the day of Pentecost.

Acts 2:1-4

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (KJV)

c. it is the neuter, referring to the “dunamis” (energizing and enabling strength-energy promised as the endument {endowment}to wait for. This is not The Person, the Gift!

Luke 24:46-49

And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And ye are witnesses of these things. 49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. (KJV)

Acts 1:4-8

And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. [Note that nothing is said about “fire” here.]

6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? 7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (KJV)

Note that nothing is said about “fire” in this passage either. “Fire” is mentioned in connection with the burning of the chaff only.

Matthew 3:11-12

I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: 12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. (KJV)

4. A look at the phrase, “cloven tongues LIKE AS of fire” in Acts 2:1-4 above.

a. cloven = diamerizo {dee-am-er-id’-zo}

= to cleave asunder; cut in pieces; distribute;

From “dia,” {dee-ah’}

= denotes the channelof an act;

and “merizo,” {mer-id’-zo}

= to divide, separate into parts; distribute.

In the Present tense; the Middle or passive voice(usually translated as Active voice) and Participle (vn).

b. like as = hosei {ho-si}

= (adverb) = as it had been; as though; as if it were.

c. sat = kathizo {kath-id’-zo}

= to sit down; be set; tarry; = each one and all. (“it”).

d. filled = pletho {play’-tho}

= to be filled. In Aorist, Passive, Indicative.

e. began = in Aorist, Middle (themselves), Indicative.

f. speak = laleo {lal-eh-o}

= (an obsolete verb); to utter a voice or emit a sound

= to use the tongue or faculty of speech; to use words in order to declare one’s mind and disclose one’s thoughts. Present. Active, Infinitive (“to”).

g. other = heteros {het’-er-os}

= another; a different kind.

h. tongues = glossa {gloce-sah’}

= the tongue; an organ of speech; the language or dialect used by a particular people distinct from that of other nations.

i. gave = didomi {did’-o-mee}

= to give; to bestow a gift; to supply, furnish needs.

In the Imperfect tense = a continued or repeated action.

j. utterance = apophtheggomai {ap-of-theng’-om-ahee}

= only use of this Greek word.

= to speak out; speak forth; not a word of everyday speech, but one “belonging to dignified and elevated discourse.

In the Present, Middle.

5. The result of this experience.

Acts 2:5-8

And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. 6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. 7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? 8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? (KJV)

XVI. A detailed study of the three (3) immersions of the New Testament.

A. The immersion of a person in water upon repentance of sin and faith in Jesus, Savior.

1. Immersion of the person in water was not in order to save him from sin. It did not effect any facet of his salvation from sin, nor of his being reconciled to Jehovah God. Jesus, alone, did ALL of this redemptive work!

2. Immersion in water upon confession of sin, alone, did not bring salvation, but there must have been a faith in the coming of The Lamb of God Who would take away sin.

Acts 8:36-38

And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. 38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. (KJV)

Acts 18:24-26

And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. 25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. 26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly. (KJV)

Acts 19:1-5

And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, 2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. 3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. 4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. 5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. (KJV) The Greek= “Having believed, received ye Holy Spirit?”

3. Immersion in water was for the benefit of the person being immersed! IF salvation was dependent on, or necessary for salvation, then neither Jesus nor Paul attached much importance to it. Immersion in water of the person was an act of obedience and an outward, symbolic witness to his salvation experience.

John 4:1-3

When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, 2 (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,) 3 He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. (KJV)

1 Corinthians 1:13-17

Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

14I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; 15 Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name. 16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.

17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. [words: or, speech] (KJV)

The thief on the cross was saved and was not immersed in water.

Luke 23:39-43

And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. 40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. 42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. 43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. (KJV)

B. Immersion in or with The Holy Spirit.

Luke 3:16-18

John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: 17 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable. 18 And many other things in his exhortation preached he unto the people.

1. with = en {en}

= a primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time, or state) and (by implication), instrumentality. Defined as, in, by, with, etc. The use depends upon the context. This future immersion was by Jesus and would be in or with The Holy Spirit. The “immersion” is in the Future tense, Active voice, and in the Indicative mood (an action that is a fact to occur). It was a promise.

2. The “promise = (the = definite article = a specific promise)

= epaggelia {ep-ang-el-ee’-ah}

Translated 52 times as “promise.” Comes from a word meaning to announce that one is about to do or furnish something. This promise was forecast by John; given instructions about by Jesus before He went back to The Father, and fulfilled when The Father sent The Holy Spirit’s “dunamis” (enabling energy).

Luke 24:46-49

And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And ye are witnesses of these things. 49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. (KJV)

Acts 1:4-8

And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. [being: or, eating together] 5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? 7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. [power: or, the power of the Holy Ghost coming upon you] (KJV)

Acts 2:1-4

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (KJV)

Acts 2:36-39

Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.

37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. (KJV)

The Gift = The Person and the filling = the energizing strength furnished to bear this witness to others.

Note: When this energy was dissipated as a result of their witnessing, they were filled again.

Acts 4:29-31

And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, 30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. 31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. (KJV)

Note: Likewise, Jesus, felt this energy leave him and go into the bleeding woman.

Luke 8:45-46

And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? 46 And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. (KJV)

“virtue” is the Greek word, “dunamis” (WHY did they translate so?)

C. The Holy Spirit is The Person of The Trinity Who immerses each saved one into the Church, the One Body of Christ.

Ephesians 4:4-6

There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. (KJV) This “One baptism” is not that of water!

1 Corinthians 12:12-13

For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. [Gentiles: Gr. Greeks] (KJV)

Galatians 3:26-29

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. (KJV)

D. Immersion in water is symbolic of what actually takes place spiritually.

Romans 6:1-11

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? [were: or, are] 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. [freed: Gr. Justified] 8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. 10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. (KJV)

Colossians 2:12

Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. (KJV)

1 Peter 3:18-22

For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: 19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; 20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: 22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him. (KJV)

In this scripture—

Acts 22:16

And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord

The Greek word used is apolouo {ap-ol-oo’-o}

= to wash off or wash away. It is composed of 2 words, apo {apo}

= of separation; speaks of any kind of separation of one thing from another by which the union or fellowship of the two is destroyed; and the word, louo {loo’-o}

= to bathe or to wash all over.

 

When Jesus came to wash (cleanse) the disciples feet, Jesus used the same word that Peter used in verses 6 and 8, the Greek word nipto {nip’-to} = to cleanse the feet, hands, or face.

 

Then in verse 13:10, Jesus uses the Greek word, “louo,” {loo’-o}

= to bathe; wash the entire body. When Jesus speaks about the feet of Peter, He uses the word, “nipto.”

E. A consideration of the passage about being “baptized” for the dead.

1 Corinthians 15:12-20

Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: 14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.

15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. 16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: 17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. 18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. (KJV)

1 Corinthians 15:29-32

Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead? 30 And why stand we in jeopardy every hour? 31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. [your: some read our] 32 If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die. [after: or, to speak after the manner of men] (KJV)

1. The above verse (32) is the conclusion reached after expounding the other verses. In these verses, (15:3-8), the factual doctrine of the gospel of Jesus Christ is given.

a. Jesus Christ died in His flesh and blood body ; He died for our Sin according to the scriptures and according to the foretelling of Jesus of these facts before they happened.

b. Jesus Christ was buried, i.e., His body of flesh and blood that He had lived in for the thirty three and one half years on this earth. Only dead bodies are buried.

John 1:1

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God

John 1:14

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (KJV)

Galatians 4:4

But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, (KJV)

Philippians 2:5-8

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. (KJV)

c. Jesus arose from the tomb “in connection with” the third day after His body was placed there, according to the scriptures. His earthly, flesh and blood existence as a MAN was over with, completed, just as each of us in death complete our earthly life. The rich man’s tomb, in which His body was placed, was used only for that period.

Isaiah 53:9

And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. (KJV)

d. Jesus, in His resurrection body, was seen by many witnesses during those forty (40) days He remained on earth. He was first seen by Mary Magdalene, while it was yet dark, just immediately before He ascended (John 20:17); He appeared next to Peter, then to the apostles; five hundred (500) believers, gathered together saw Him; James, saw Him; the apostles saw Him again; Thomas saw Him and beheld the places where He had been spiked to the cross; He was seen by the man, Saul of Tarsus, the Apostle, Paul. The risen Jesus spoke with Paul on the road to Damascus.

e. Multitudes SAW the resurrected Jesus when He was caught away (not ascended) by the clouds. Jesus will return in clouds just like He was caught away in, then, every eye will see Him.

Acts 1:9-11

And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. (NO WORD, “ascension” is found in these verses! This is not the ascension! It took place in John 20:17 where Jesus did in His own power ascend. In Acts 1:9, He was taken up and a cloud received received Him.

Revelation 1:7

Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. (KJV)

2. There were some, false teachers and scoffers, (as there are today), that were saying that there was No resurrection of the dead. IF such were the facts, THEN there would be No gospel of salvation!

1 Corinthians 15:12-19

Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: 14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. 15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. 16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: 17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. 18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. (KJV)

1 Corinthians 15:20-26

But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. 24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. (KJV) (Jesus is reigning over His Kingdom NOW!)

3. WHEN this Kingdom is completed, (the last person, the remnant of Israel) THEN Jesus will turn over this Kingdom, WHICH The Father sent Him on the mission into this world to “call out,” to The Father as a completed work.

1 Corinthians 15:27-28

For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. 28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all. (KJV)

4. This is what immersion in water is all about! It shows forth the death, burial, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The saved person is immersed in water to show in symbol that he has died to the old life (flesh) and raised to walk in a new life.

Romans 6:3-5

Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: (KJV)

1 Corinthians 15:29

Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead? (KJV)

6. The false teaching of the “mormons” and others are based on the erroneous teaching of this verse of scripture. The “mormons” have the world’s largest record of genealogies. They immerse living person for those who have died in past generations! = (In their behalf).

a. for = huper {hoop-er’}

= translation 104 times as the English,

= in consideration of which; in view of which; or with reference to which anything is done or takes place.

b. Immersion in water of the believer in Jesus Christ, is done in consideration of the fact that He died in a flesh and blood body, that He was buried in a grave, and that He arose from that grave; That He has given to the believer, eternal life, and that when He comes back in the clouds, He will resurrect ALL that are in the graves and give to them an eternal body that will go with them into eternity. This is called the redemption of the dead body of flesh and blood.

Philippians 3:20-21

For our conversation [= citizenship] is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. (KJV)

Romans 8:22-23

For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. (KJV)

Ephesians 1:13-14

In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. (KJV)

c. Almighty GOD, knowing all things and that this false teaching would occur, gave us the warnings about such:

1 Timothy 1:4

Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do. (KJV)

Titus 3:9

But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.

See I Timothy 6:20.

(“Oppositions of science falsely so called.”)

genealogies = genealogia {ghen-eh-al-og-ee’-ah}

= tracing by generations.

fables = muthos {moo’-thos}

= a fiction; an invention. (C/f., “left behind” books.)

F. A look at the “immersion” Jesus spoke about in His overwhelming grief and sorrow.

Luke 12:50

But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished! (KJV)

Mark 10:36-40

And he said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you? 37 They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory. 38 But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? 39 And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized: 40 But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared. (KJV)

1. Remember the definition of “baptism = Greek, “immersion,” or “overwhelm.”

2. The immersion in suffering.

a. Jesus came into the world in the flesh and blood man. He came for the express purpose of dying on the cross for our Sin. (The law of sin and death) He called this experience that He came for “His hour.”

John 12:27

Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. (KJV)

b. The approach to “this hour” was an immersion in suffering. It began gradually and at the culmination was overwhelming.

c. Scriptures that reveals this progression.

Luke 9:51

And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem (KJV)

Mark 14:32-36

And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray. 33 And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; 34 And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch. 35 And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36 And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt. (KJV)

Luke 22:41-44

And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, 42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. 43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. (KJV)

John 18:11-13

Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it? 12 Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him,

13 And led him away to Annas first; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year. (KJV)

(From the “setting of His face to go to Jerusalem,” until now, “shall I not drink it,” Jesus had been through the immersion of suffering, had settled it in His mind, and was ready to fulfill the purpose for which He came.)

d. To each person there arrives a “moment of doing–acting.” There are many thoughts, debating, and considering options, etc. about matters, but the “hour” or moment of action comes!

3. A consideration of the definitions of these words.

a. exceeding = perilupos {per-il’-oo-pos}

= grieved all around; very sorrowful; intensely sad.

b. sorrowful = lupeo {loo-peh’-o}

= to distress; to be sad; grieve; be in heaviness; depressed.

(Two Greek words used to show the progression in feeling)

Isaiah 53:3-5

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (KJV)

Exodus 3:7

And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; (KJV)

a. sorrows = H – mak’obah {mak-o-baw’}

= anguish, affliction; grief, pain, sorrow.

Comes from ka’ab {kaw-ab’}

= to feel pain; make sad; or be sorrowful.

This shows what Jehovah God felt for Israel in bondage and what Jesus felt for us.

b. sorrow = G – odune {od-oo’-nay}

= grief (as dejecting); sorrow. From dumi {doo’-mee}

= to sink or do down. C/f., “down and out.” This Greek word used in —

Romans 9:1-3

I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, 2 That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. 3 For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: (KJV)

c. sorry / sorrow = G – lupe {loo’pay}

= sadness, grief, sorrow. (opposite of “mirth.”). Seen in:

2 Corinthians 2:1-4

But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness. 2 For if I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me? 3 And I wrote this same unto you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all. 4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you. (KJV)

Philippians 2:25-27

Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. 26 For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick. 27 For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. (KJV)

d. very heavy = ademoneo {ad-ay-mon-eh’-o}

= to be in distress (of mind); to be full of heaviness; from a word meaning to be sated to loathing. (filled to the full with disgust or aversion).

e. sore amazed = ethambeo {ek-tham-beh’-o}

= to astonish utterly; affright; greatly amaze; to utterly astound. (ALM It seems that Jesus had the thought He might die before He got to the cross!)

f. agony = (only use in the Bible)

= agonia {ag-o=nee’-ah}

= a struggle;

(fig.) = anguish.

So intense was this earnestness, that blood oozed out with His sweat!

Luke 22:43-44

And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. (KJV)

(Jesus received help from heaven!)

Luke 22:61-62

And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. 62 And Peter went out, and wept bitterly. (KJV)

g. bitterly = (only use)= pikros {pik-ros’}

= through the idea of piercing; sharp; violently.

G. The “baptism” (immersion) in/with FIRE.

Matthew 3:11

I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: (KJV)

1. This prophetic word seems to be the events that take place in the end days. There is no reference to such an immersion following the days of “Pentecost.” The phrase, “as cloven tongues of fire,” does not fulfill this immersion in-with fire.

2. A look at some of the prophetic passage that seem to be what is spoken of here:

2 Thessalonians 1:6-10

Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; 7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, 8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; 10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day. (KJV)

2 Peter 3:4-7

And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. 5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: 6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. (KJV)

2 Peter 3:10-13

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. (KJV)

Psalm 112:10

The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish. (KJV)

Jeremiah 9:7

Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, I will melt them, and try them; for how shall I do for the daughter of my people? (KJV)

Jeremiah 9:9-12

Shall I not visit them for these things? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? 10 For the mountains will I take up a weeping and wailing, and for the habitations of the wilderness a lamentation, because they are burned up, so that none can pass through them; neither can men hear the voice of the cattle; both the fowl of the heavens and the beast are fled; they are gone. 11 And I will make Jerusalem heaps, and a den of dragons; and I will make the cities of Judah desolate, without an inhabitant.

12 Who is the wise man, that may understand this? and who is he to whom the mouth of the LORD hath spoken, that he may declare it, for what the land perisheth and is burned up like a wilderness, that none passeth through? (KJV)

Ezekiel 22:19-22

Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye are all become dross, behold, therefore I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem. 20 As they gather silver, and brass, and iron, and lead, and tin, into the midst of the furnace, to blow the fire upon it, to melt it; so will I gather you in mine anger and in my fury, and I will leave you there, and melt you. 21 Yea, I will gather you, and blow upon you in the fire of my wrath, and ye shall be melted in the midst thereof. 22 As silver is melted in the midst of the furnace, so shall ye be melted in the midst thereof; and ye shall know that I the LORD have poured out my fury upon you.

Nahum 1:5-6

The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein. 6 Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him. (KJV)

Psalm 46:6

The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. (KJV)

Malachi 4:1

For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. (KJV)

Joel 2:1-3

Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; 2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. 3 A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. (KJV)

Luke 3:16-17

John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: 17 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable. (KJV)

Matthew 13:37-43

He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. (KJV)

Matthew 22:1-7

And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, 2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, 3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. 4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. 5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: 6 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. 7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.

John 15:6

If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. (KJV)

Revelation 17:16

And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.

Revelation 18:8-10

Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.

9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, 10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come. (KJV)

Revelation 18:15-20

The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, 16 And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! 17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, 18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! 19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate. 20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her. (KJV)

Revelation 18:24

And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth. (KJV)

Matthew 23:34-38

Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: 35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. 36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. 37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! 38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. (KJV)

Revelation 20:14-15

And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

XVII. The Expected Results Of Being Raised To A New Life, Symbolized By Immersion.

Romans 6:4

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. (KJV)

A. Only a living flesh and blood body can be immersed! This shows that one is raised with a new life, but not a new body. The one being raised out of the water is raised to “walk in newness of life = a new life that if different from the “old life” possessed before being born again of God’s Incorruptible Seed. A change has been brought about by this birth.

1. newness = (only 2 uses) = kainotes {kahee-not’-ace}

= renewal; freshness; (not stale-not the “old.”)

= life of a new quality; New as to form or quality; of a different nature from what is contrasted as old.

Romans 7:6

But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. (KJV)

2. The new things that the Gospel brings for present obedience and realization are:

- a new covenant, Mat. 26:28;

 

- a new commandment, John 13:34;

 

- a new creative act, Gal. 6:15;

 

- a new creation, 2 Cor. 5:17;

 

- a new man, i.e., a new character of manhood, spiritual and moral,

after the pattern of Christ, Eph. 4:24;

 

- a new man, i.e., ‘the Church’ which is His (Christ’s) body, Eph. 2:15.

The new things that are to be received and enjoyed hereafter are:

- a new name, the believer’s, Rev.2:17;

 

- a new name, the Lord’s, Rev.3:12;

 

- a new song, Rev. 5:9;

 

- a new Heaven and a new Earth, Rev. 21:1;

 

- the new Jerusalem, Rev. 3:12; 21:2; ‘And He that sitteth on the

Throne said, Behold, I make all things new,’ Rev.21:5.

(Notes taken from Vines’ Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, pp. 781-782).

3. Romans 6:5-7

For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. [freed = G – justified; = lit. stands justified.]

a. crucified = sustauroo {soos-tow-ro’-o}

= to crucify with; (accompany).

In the Aorist tense (= point action); Passive voice (= the subject receives the action of the verb); and in the Indicative mood = a fact.

b. In order that the “body” = soma {so’-mah}

= the physical body of both men and animals.

c. destroyed = katargeo {kat-arg-eh’-o}

= to render idle; inactivate; to deprive of force, influence, power; to cause to cease; to pass away; to cause to have no further efficiency.

In the Aorist t,; Passive v.; Subjunctive mood (= the possibility and potentiality; the action described may or may not occur, depending on the circumstances.

d. not = meketi {may-kat’-ee}

= no longer; not hereafter; no more.

e. serve = douleuo {dool-yoo’-o}

= to be a slave; serve; do service; be in bondage.

In the Present t. (now-real time); Active v. (subject does the action); Infinitive (“to”).

B. In the same manner that Jesus died to the old body forever, so the born again one is to “reckon” himself to be dead unto SIN and alive unto God through Jesus Christ.

Romans 6:8-11

Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. 10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. (KJV)

1. reckon = logizomai {log-id’-zom-ahee}

= to take an inventory, i.e., to estimate; conclude; impute; suppose; think (on); take into account.

In the Present tense (now); in the Middle voice (yourself); and the Imperative Mood = a command to be obeyed.

2. dead = nekros {nek-ros’}

= lifeless; deceased; destitute of force or power; inactive.

3. indeed = men {men}

= truly, certainly, surely.

4. alive = zao {dzah’-o}

= to enjoy real life; (metaphor)=to be full of vigor; strong; active; efficient; powerful.

In the Present t.; Active v. and participle( add “ing” or “ed.”)

C. Sin is to lose its place as a lustful force to be carried out in the bodily members.

Romans 6:12-14

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. (KJV)

1. reign = basileuo {bas-il-yoo’-o}

= to rule; reign as king; control.

In Present, Active, Imp.

2. mortal (body) = thnetos {thnay-tos’}

= liable to die; subject to death; so called because it is the organ in and through which death carries on its death-producing activities; The “body” consists of elements of decay; doomed to death.

See Rom. 8:11;I Cor. 15:53; 2 Cor. 4:11; and 5:4 for “mortal” body.

3. obey its lusts = hupakono {hoop-ak-oo’-o}

= to hear under (as a subordinate); to heed or conform to; to be obedient to; Present, Active, Infinitive (prefix “to” to verb).

4. yield = paristemi {par-is’-tay-mee}

= to stand beside; recommend; to be on hand ready to assist; commend; provide. (Lit.)=to place near; set before.

5. members = melos {mel’-os}

= a limb or part of the body. These are the earthly instruments that carry out the desires of the MIND; they must be re-directed to carry out the instructions of the new life and renewed mind.

6. instruments = (only use) = hoplon {hop’-lon}

= from a word meaning to be busy about;

= an implement or utensil or tool. (Espec). Offensive for war; armor; weapon.

7. dominion = kurieno {koo-ree-yoo’-o}

= to rule; exercise lordship over. Sin is to NO longer exercise lordship over the body, controlling its members.

Romans 5:20-21

Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: 21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 6:14-18

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. 15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. 16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? 17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. 18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. (KJV)

D. Look back and consider just what you received from serving sin.

Romans 6:19-23

I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. 20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. 21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. 22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (KJV)

XVIII. The possibilities of the new life in Christ Jesus compared with the Realities found.

A. Since the saved individual is still “housed” in a flesh & blood BODY, there is a daily warfare going on between the newly created man by the new birth & the old body.

1. This new relationship is explained through an example of the “law” & “grace.” The saved individual is married to Jesus Christ. Since the law of sin & death, that once we were bound to, has been put to death, each of us is set free to be bound to another. This is illustrated by the marriage of a woman to a man.

Romans 7:1-4

Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? 2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. 3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. 4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. (KJV)

Romans 8:1-2

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. [Lit = “has liberated me once & for all.”] (KJV)

2. The “lost” person, living in the flesh & bound to it’s lustful desires, has no power to change his condition.

Romans 7:5-6

For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. 6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. (KJV)

a. motions = pathema {path’-ay-mah}

= sufferings; affliction; that which one suffers or has suffered; an enduring undergoing; evil; passion. These were a result of the law operating in the flesh.

b. did work = energeo {en-erg-eh’-o}

= to be at work in; to be operative in;

The action of the verb is in the Imperfect tense (= a continued or repeated action) and in the Middle voice (= itself). The Indicative

(= a fact – kept on working).

c. in our members = melos {mel’-os}

= members; body parts of the human (All of them).

d. bring forth fruit = karpophoreo {kar-pof-or-eh’-o}

= to bear fruit; to bring forth deeds; to bear fruit of oneself.

(Aorist; Active, Infinitive (prefix, “to.”)

e. death = thanatos {than’-at-os}

= death of the body; separation of the spirit from the physical body;

(ALM) = the fruit produced was deadly!

3. The SAVED are delivered from the law that once held them in bondage. Their servitude to that which once bound them has been given over to a new relationship. It is like the woman whose husband has died; she is free to be joined to another in a newness.

a. newness = kainotes {kahee-not’-ace}

= (only 2 uses)

= in the new state of life in which The Holy Spirit places us so as to produce a new state which is eternal life. From a word meaning, newly made; unused; fresh; unworn.

b. oldness = palaiotes {pal-ah-yot’-ace}

= (only use)

= the old state of life controlled by the “letter.” (The law)

From a word meaning: no longer new; the worse for wear; ancient.

4. The law is NOT sin. It reveals sin.

Romans 7:7-11

What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. 8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. 9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. 10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. 11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. (KJV)

a. known = ginosko {ghin-oce’ko}

= to come to know; to get a knowledge of; perceive understand; to become acquainted with.

b. had not = ou {oo}- absolute negative.

c. taking occasion = aphorme {af-or-may’}

= a place from which a movement or attack is made; a base of operations;

Metaphor = that by which endeavor is excited and for which it goes forth; that which gives incentive.

d. wrought = katergazomai {kat-er-gad’-zom-ahee}

= to perform; accomplish; achieve.

In the Aorist t,; Middle Deponent(same as Active v.).

e. concupiscence = epithumia {ep-ee-thoo-mee’-ah}

= lust, craving, longinmg; desire for what is forbidden; desire.

f. without = choris {kho-rece’}

= apart; separate; by itself; without any. ( empty space).

g. dead = nekros {nek-ros’}

= a corpse; destitute of life;

Metaph. = no force or power.

h. slew = apokteino {ap-ok-ti’-no}

= to kill in any manner; to destroy; to abolish.

B. The law, although “spiritual,” has to do with the FLESH, which is sinful, corrupt & is not capable of producing righteousness. It produces a reaction in the flesh & its members provoking the flesh to yield to the uncontrolled nature of evil desires.

1. The “lost” person has no power to reject these desires! It therefore causes “affliction,” ( which is the literal meaning of [KJV] “passions”) & sufferings as a result of yielding to the lusts of the flesh, resulting in death.

Passion = ardent affection; object of deep interest.

James 1:13-15

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. (KJV)

Romans 6:20-21

For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. 21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. (KJV)

2. The LAW presents a requirement that is absolutely impossible for sinful man to fulfill.

3. The “old” man is controlled by “self,” ego; pride, satisfying fleshly appetites to the full.

4. The “new” man, born again of God’s Incorruptible SEED, a new creation, is controlled by The Holy Spirit.

Rom. 7:14-25

For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. (KJV)

5. Word study:

I = ego {ego}

= the emphatic “I.”

would = thelo {thel’-o}

= to have in mind; to will; intend; to purpose; to be resolved or determined

not = ou {oo}

= the absolute negative. (no never).

that = touto {too’-to}

= that thing; this thing.

no more = eti {et’-ee}

= of a thing which went on formerly, whereas now a different state of things exists or has begun to exist;

and

ouketi {ook-et’-ee}

= no longer, no more.

do = katergazomai {kat-er-gad’-zom-ahee}

= deed, cause; to perform; to do that from which something results.

dwelleth = oikeo {oy-keh’-o}

= dwell; dwell in (as in a house).

I find = heurisko {hyoo-ris’-ko}

= to meet with; to come upon; discover.

good = kalos {kal-os’}

= excellent, precious, suitable, commendable; admirable.

evil = kakos {kak-os’}

= evil, wicked, wrong, destructive.

delight = sunedomai {soon-ay’-dom-ahee} (only use)

= to rejoice or delight with one’s self or inwardly.

inward = eso {es’-o}

= within; the soul; the conscience.

but I see = blepo {blep’o}

= to discern; perceive; to discover; to have understanding.

another = heteros {het’-er-os}

= of a different nature; of a different kind.

warring = antistrateuomai {an-tee-strat-yoo’-om-ahee}

= (only use)=to oppose; to war against; to make a military expedition; take the field against anyone.

bringing = aichmalotizo {aheekh-mal-o-tid’-zo}

= to bring into captivity; to capture one’s mind; to captivate. Note: same Greek word used for both.

wretched = talaiporos {tal-ah’-ee-po-ros}

= (only 2 uses)=afflicted; enduring toils.

deliver = rhoumai {rhoo’-om-ahee}

= to draw to one’s self; to rescue; to deliver. The Deliverer;

In the Future tense & Middle Deponent (same as Active voice).

Romans 7:25

I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. (KJV)

mind = nous {nooce}

= the faculty of knowing; the seat of understanding; the seat of reflective consciousness, comprising the faculties of perception, and understanding & those of feeling, judging, & determining. Note these:

Isaiah 26:3-4

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. 4 Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength: (KJV)

Romans 12:1-2

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (KJV)

Philippians 2:5

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: (KJV)

2 Corinthians 4:16

For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. (KJV)

C. The “new man” is to control the members of the “old body” by all of the ways that is taught in the scriptures. The Holy Spirit is that “enabling power” given to do so.

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Colossians 3:1-3

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. (KJV)

Colossians 3:8-14

But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. (KJV)

D. The “law” is spiritual.

Rom. 7:14

For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal sold under sin. (KJV)

1. HOW is the “law” spiritual? What does this mean?

a. spiritual = pneumatikos {pnyoo-mat-ik-os’}

= non-carnal; the rational & immortal soul.

b. The “law” is inward & manifested outwardly by or through the “flesh.”

c. The outward cannot be changed until the inward is changed.

2. The scriptures speak of these being “spiritual.”

a. Jesus as “that spiritual Rock.”

1 Corinthians 10:4

And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

b. The eternal redeemed body.

1 Corinthians 15:44-50

It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. 48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. 50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. (KJV)

c. The renewed mind of the born again.

Romans 8:5-8

For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 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. (KJV)

d. The LORD’S spiritual house built out of the born again small stones.

1 Peter 2:5

Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. (KJV)

3. The “law” is spiritual because it has to do with the heart, the inner man.

Matthew 15:7-9

Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, 8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Matthew 15:17-20

Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? 18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: 20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.

4. Jesus shows the difference between the “spiritual” law & the ” written law.”

Matthew 5:21-22

Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: 22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. (KJV

Mat. 5:27-28

Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:

28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. (KJV)

Romans 1:24-25

Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. (KJV)

Luke 12:15

And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. (KJV)

a. covet = epithumeo {ep-ee-thoo-meh’-o}

= to set the heart upon; long for.

b. covet = pleonexia {pleh-on-ex-ee’-ah}

= avarice; (defraud); eager for gain; greedy.

c. hate = miseo {mis-eh’-o}

= to detest; to persecute.

E. The law” is written on man’s heart & activated by or through his CONSCIENCE.

1. Several definitions need to be made & several things stated here for this study.

a. conscience = found only in the N.T.

= suneidesis {soon-i’-day-sis}

= co-perception; moral consciousness; It comes from a word meaning “to see completely”; to understand; to become aware of; be informed of (clandestinely).

b. Some scriptures showing how it is used:

John 8:8-9

And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. 9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. (KJV)

Romans 2:14-15

For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) (KJV)

2 Corinthians 1:12

For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward. (KJV)

1 Tim. 4:1-3

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. (KJV)

1 Timothy 3:9

Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. (KJV)

Titus 1:15-16

Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.

16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. (KJV)

1 Peter 3:15-17

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. 17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. (KJV)

Hebrews 9:6-10

Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. 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:

8 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: 9 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; 10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. (KJV)

Hebrews 9:13-14

For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 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? (KJV)

Hebrews 10:1-4

For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. 3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. 4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. (KJV)

Hebrews 10:8-10

Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; 9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. 10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (KJV)

Hebrews 10:14-22

For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, 16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

19Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21 And having an high priest over the house of God; 22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. (KJV)

c. mind = nous {nooce}

= the intellect; from, phroneo {fron-eh’-o}

= to interest one’s self (with concern & obedience). Set the affection on; regard; be mentally disposed in a certain direction.

Colossians 3:1-3

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. (KJV)

F. (Very imp.) In the Old Testament, “the law” was written on stone or in scrolls. The term, “conscience” is not in the O.T. Laws written on stone or paper were not capable of being obeyed. They only brought sin to their attention.

1. Those “laws,” like those written on paper today, can be ignored, or observed only as a determent out of fear of punishment.

Hebrews 10:1-3

For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.

3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. (KJV)

2. Copies of those written laws were lost or ignored or kept in the ark. They were NOT on the heart. Some testimony from scriptures:

Exodus 34:1

And the LORD said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest. (KJV)

Exodus 17:14

And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. (KJV)

Deuteronomy 6:6-9

And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. 9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates. (KJV)

(A copy to the King)=

Deuteronomy 17:18-20

And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites:

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: 20 That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel. (KJV)

Deuteronomy 27:2-3

And it shall be on the day when ye shall pass over Jordan unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, that thou shalt set thee up great stones, and plaister them with plaister: 3 And thou shalt write upon them all the words of this law, when thou art passed over, that thou mayest go in unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, a land that floweth with milk and honey; as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee.

Isaiah 8:1

Moreover the LORD said unto me, Take thee a great roll, and write in it with a man’s pen concerning Mahershalalhashbaz. (KJV)

Habakkuk 2:2-3

And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. (KJV)

3. In the last days, The LORD will gather the people of Israel back into the “land,” and will remove their blindness & hardness, giving them a new heart & writing His laws upon it.

Ezekiel 36:24-28

For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.

25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. 26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God. (KJV)

2 Corinthians 3:12-16

Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech: 13 And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: 14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. 15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. 16 Nevertheless when it (the heart) shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. (KJV)

XIX. Each person, being “born of God’s Incorruptible Seed,” receives the Person and the “dunamis” (spiritual energy-strength) of The Holy Spirit. He dwells IN the fleshly body and will never, no never (double negative = impossibility) leave the child of God.

A. Some words defined to help understand the truth.

1. flesh = sarx {sarx}

= the soft substance of the living body which covers the bones and is permeated with blood; the physical nature of a man; the earthly nature of a man apart from divine influence and therefore prone to sin and opposed to God.

2. carnal = same Greek word as (1), sarx.

3. body = soma {so’-mah}

= the physical, natural body. That which casts a shadow as distinguished from the shadow itself.

4. mind = phroneo {fron-eh’-o}

= to have understanding; to feel, think; to direct one’s mind to a thing.

5. minded = (2 uses)

= phronema {fron’-ay-mah}

= what one has in mind; the thoughts and purposes.

(Note: the phrase, “to be” = same Greek word as “minded,” and reads, “for minded carnally,” and “for minded spiritually.”

Romans 8:6

For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (KJV)

6. death = thanatos {than’-at-os}

= death of the body. The lifeless natural body.

Metaphor = the loss of that life which alone is worthy of the name.

7. life = zoe {dzo-ay’}

= the absolute fullness of life, both essential and ethical, which belongs to God.

8. peace = eirene {i-ray’-nay}

= a state of tranquillity; harmony, concord; security, safety; prosperity; of Messiah’s peace. The tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot, of whatsoever sort it is.

9. enmity = echthra {ekh’-thrah}

= hatred, hostile; opposing (God) in the mind.

Romans 8:7-10

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.

10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. (KJV)

B. The born again child of God is to “mortify” the deeds of the body.

Romans 8:12-17

Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 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. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

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. (KJV)

1. mortify = thanatoo {than-at-o’-o}

= put to death;

Metaphor = to make to die; destroy; render extinct; (lit.)

= to be made dead in relation to (something);

= to be liberated from the bond of anything.

2. deeds = praxis {prax’-is}

= a mode of acting; a doing;

= in a bad sense, wicked deeds.

Colossians 3:1-7

If ye then be risen with Christ, seekthose things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: 7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.

Colossians 3:8-9

But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

C. The “old” is to become extinct, and the “new” is to show forth the character of Christ.

Colossians 3:10-17

And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

D. Some distinct, specific ways to proceed in the process of “putting off, and putting on.”

1. Each person must commune within himself.

a. commune = H-`amar {aw-mar’}

= to say in one’s heart; to speak to oneself; to think; to command, to intend.

In the Qal stem and Imperative mood(a command).

Psalm 4:3-5

But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him. 4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. 5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD. (KJV)

b. commune = H-siyach {see’-akh}

= meditate, ponder, study; speaak, sing.

In the Qal s. and the Imperfect mood ( = an incomplete action or process). To go over a matter in one’s own mind; a silent reflection on God’s works (Psa.77:5ff) and God’s Word (Psa. 119:15, 23, 27, 48, 148).

Psalm 77:5-12

I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times. 6 I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search. 7 Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favourable no more? 8 Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore? 9 Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah. 10 And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High.

11 I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. 12 I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings. (KJV)

c. communed = H-dabor {daw-bar’}

= to speak, address oneself.

In the intensive or the intentional action of the verb; and in the Perfect mood (a completed action).

Ecclesiastes 1:16-18

I communed with mine own heart, saying, Lo, I am come to great estate, and have gotten more wisdom than all they that have been before me in Jerusalem: yea, my heart had great experience of wisdom and knowledge. 17 And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit. 18 For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow. (KJV)

2. Each person is a separate individual from all others. Each will give account of himself!

Romans 14:10-12

But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. 12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. (KJV)

No one can be saved for us;

no one can experience what we, alone, experience: pain, loss, joy, sickness, death, salvation, etc.

3. Our LORD and Creator has given each a mind and is willing to reason with each.

a. reason = yakach {yaw-kahh’}

= to reason together

In the Niphal stem (passive voice). In the Imperfect mood ( = an incomplete action).

Isaiah 1:18-20

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. 19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: 20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. (KJV)

b. Each should consider the end results of the action he is about to take. Whom will it affect? An individual’s sins have a great and lasting affect on more than one person! As it has been stated, “Sin brings forth more and later than when it is sown!”

Proverbs 19:20-21

Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.

21 There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand. (KJV)

c. Reason with God’s Word in mind: Will my action violate His laws? Will my actions result in His glory and exaltation of The Lord Jesus?

d. Do I earnestly desire to live on a higher plane than the lost world ?

e. Will my actions be pleasing to the “world” or to The LORD?

1 John 2:15-17

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Proverbs 3:5-8

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. 8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. (KJV)

f. Would I be satisfied and unashamed if I should die in what I am thinking of doing?

g. Would I be unashamed if Jesus returned while I am following the flesh?

1 John 2:28-29

And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. 29 If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him. (KJV)

h. Be thankful and submissive to our Father’s correction; it is because of His love!

Proverbs 3:11-12

My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: 12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. (KJV)

Hebrews 12:3-11

For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. 5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 9Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. 11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. (KJV)

E. As one begins to commune, reason, and project actions in the mind, WHERE does one begin to carry out reformation of the daily conduct of life?

1. In honesty of heart, make a list of your SINS and put them in order of their “weights.”

Hebrews 12:1-6

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. 5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. (KJV)

1. the = specific sins; The Sin that snares you the most.

2. lay aside = apotithemi {ap-ot-eeth’-ay-mee}

= to put away; cast off.

In the Aorist t. ( = point action), Middle voice ( = subject does the action) and Participle = v. Noun.

3. weight = (only use) = ogkos {ong’-kos}

= whatever is prominent; hence, a burden.

= an encumbrance.

4. easily beset = euperistatos {yoo-per-is’-tat-os}

= skillfully surrounding, i.e., besetting = (a competitor) thwarting (a racer) in every direction.

5. Pick out, choose honestly from the lists given in scriptures:

Anger, corrupt speaking, lying, bitterness, wrath, clamor, gossip, malic, unforgiveness, fornication and all immorality; foolish talking, jesting; covetousness, idolatry (anything put before The LORD); lacking in God’s kind of love; pride; lusts, worldliness; hatred.

Colossians 3:5-9

Mortify [= put to death] therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: 7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.

8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

6. inordinate affection

= vile passions; concupiscence

= intense desire for what is forbidden

7. Determine your motive for what you do. Is it to impress others? To be seen? Admired?

8. Be yielded to The LORD’s chastisement:

Proverbs 3:11-12

My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: 12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. (KJV)

Read: Heb. 12:5-13

F. The process of the change that is to be wrought in the person of the saved is called by several terms: “working out salvation,” “sanctification,” “renewing of the mind,” and others as “purifying our lives,” and “becoming holy, even as God is holy.”

Philippians 2:12-13

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. (KJV)

1. working out = katergazomai {kat-er-gad’-zom-ahee}

= to perform; accomplish; achieve; to do that from which something results. It is not working FOR one’s salvation, but IN that gift of salvation in order to bring out ALL of the possibilities that existed in this new life. This is what The Holy Spirit did in the creation when HE “brooded over the waters.”

Genesis 1:1-2

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. (KJV)

HE brought orderly development. A hen broods over her eggs in order to bring out ALL of the possibilities in them, a new and fully grown life. From chaos to cosmos.

The “working out,” is a command!

It is in the Present tense (now) and Active v. (mid.voice)

2. your own = heauton {heh-ow-too’}

= himself; that which is uniquely your, personally.

3. with fear and trembling = used to describe the anxiety of one who distrusts his ability completely to meet all requirements, but earnestly does his utmost to fulfill his duty.

4. God worketh = energeo {en-erg-eh’-o}

= to be operative; to be at work; put forth power; to aid one; to effect a change. In the Present, Active Participle.

5. both to will and to do = Present, Active, Infinitive; (now, subject acts, “to” added to verb).

6. pleasure = eudokis {yoo-dok-ee’-ah}

= kindly intent; desire; will, choice, delight, satisfy.

1 John 3:3

And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

1 Peter 1:14-16

As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. [from Leviticus 11:44-45]

G. Some other admonitions:

Psalm 101:3

I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. (KJV)

Job 31:1

I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid? (KJV)

1 Corinthians 15:33-34

Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. 34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame. (KJV)

Ephesians 5:11-12

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.

Ephesians 4:29

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. (KJV)

Exodus 20:7

Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. (KJV)

8. The theater, the war zone, is in the MIND! It is a spiritual warfare! Each, therefore, must become highly sensitive to the origin of the thoughts that come into our mind. It is here that the battle is either lost or won as to the actions of the body.

2 Corinthians 10:3-6

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. (KJV)

Ephesians 6:10-18

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; (KJV)

Luke 22:39-40

And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him. 40 And when he was at the place, he said unto them, PRAY that ye enter not into temptation. (KJV)

Luke 22:45-46

And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, 46 And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and PRAY, lest ye enter into temptation. (KJV)

Romans 12:2

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (KJV)

1. Set specific goals to attain, placing the “most besetting” as priorities.

2. Ascertain what influences bring these desires into your mind.

3. When these evil influences come into the MIND, PRAY and ask The LORD’s help.

4. Check your self to see how much progress you are making.

5. Ask fellow-Christian to pray with you about them.

6. Remove, as far as possible, from people or things that provoke you to desire to sin.

I. What are some of the very pronounced excuses for not purifying our lives?

1. Due to the fact that we are still in a body of flesh and blood, there is a pleasure in sin and there are sufferings and denying of self in doing The LORD’s will.

Hebrews 11:24-26

By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; 25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. (KJV)

1 Peter 4:12-16

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. 16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. (KJV)

2. One is not earnestly desiring to be in this category, afraid of what “OTHERS” think.

3. It takes determined EFFORT and discipline to accomplish any work. One usually does what one wants to.

4. This DISTURBS one’s “comfort zone.”

5. Lack of faith in God’s Word and His faithfulness to do what He says.

6. SELF! The mind if on SELF. “Me,” and “My.”

2 Timothy 3:1-8

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. (KJV)

7. The power of satan and evil spirits to DECEIVE one to believe that death and judgment will never happen to them, that they are EXCEPTIONS.

8. The lack of the knowledge of the scriptures! Very FEW “church members” know much about the BIBLE. Many know all about sports and sport’s personalities, but very little about the books of the Bible and their personalities.

9. “The Bible will keep you from sin or sin will keep you from the Bible.”

1 John 2:15-17

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. (KJV)

10. NOW, today, is the time to begin; either to BE SAVED, or to work out your own Salvation.

Hebrews 3:12-19

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. 13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; 15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. 16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. 17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. (KJV)

J. Some other admonitions from God’s Word for His children.

1. Only with the help and empowerment of The Holy Spirit can a child of God have victory.

Galatians 5:16-18

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. (KJV)

Romans 8:8-9

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. (KJV)

2. Be constantly reminded of your new status: a real born child of Almighty God!

Ephesians 4:1-3

I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (KJV)

walk = peripateo {per-ee-pat-eh’-o}

= to regulate one’s life; to conduct one’s life; to make due use of opportunities; to make one’s way.

In the Aorist tense, Active voice, Infinitive mood; = you begin this point action as a fact.

worthy = axios {ax-ee’-oce}

= suitably; in a manner worthy of; as becometh ( a true child of Almighty God; (this adverb describe “how” one is to conduct his life)

vocation = klesis {klay’-sis}

= a calling to; invitation; the divine invitation to embrace salvation of God. (Each child of God has received His call ). Note:

1 Corinthians 1:2

Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called (to be) saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: (KJV)

(“to be” has been added by the translators);

We are “CALLED” (having been called by our LORD)

saints = hagios {hag’-ee-os}

= most holy.

called = kaleo {kal-eh’-o}

= to call by name; to invite (personally); to be given a name.

In the Aorist (point action); Passive (the subject is the recipient of the action (the call). Indicative (a statement of fact).

3. Desire earnestly to have the same attitude and mind of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 2:5-8

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. (KJV)

4. What kind of attitude and mind did Jesus manifest for us to follow?

mind be = phroneo {fron-eh’-o}

= to have understanding; regard; be of the same mind; cherish the same views. To direct one’s mind to a thing.

This verb is in the Present tense(now), Passive voice (you receive the action), and imperative mood( not a choice, but a command from a higher authority to be obeyed).

robbery = harpagmos {har-pag-mos’}

= a thing to be seized upon or to be held fast; this is the only use of this word

= to take the force out of the fact.

no reputation = kenoo {ken-o’-o}

= to make empty; deprive of force; make of no effect;

In the Aorist t.( Point action), Active v.( Subject acts); fact.

form = morphe {mor-fay’}

= external appearance.

servant = doulos {doo’-los}

= a slave; bondman; a man of servile condition.

Metaphor = one who gives himself up to another’s will.

humble = tapeinoo {tap-i-no’-o}

= to make low; to level; abase; reduce to meaner circumstances; to be ranked below others who are honored or rewarded. to have an unassuming manner; devoid of all haughtiness (contemptuously proud), arrogant.

obedient = hupekoos {hoop-ay’-ko-os}

= giving ear; to be submissive to; from a word meaning to “hearken” (= to hear and do); to harken to a command.

unto = mechi {mekh’-ree}

= as far as; until; unto.

Romans 12:3

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. (KJV)

Romans 12:16

Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. (KJV)

Romans 12:10

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; (KJV)

John 13:13-17

Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. 16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. 17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. (KJV)

5. Psalm 119 contains 176 verses and all 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Many of these verses have information on the blessedness of knowing the Word of God.

Psalm 119:11

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

Psalm 119:24

Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors. (KJV)

Psalm 119:89

For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. (KJV)

Psalm 119:97

O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. (KJV)

Psalm 119:105

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (KJV)

Psalm 119:133

Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me. (KJV)

K. The matter of suffering. (Romans 8:16 ff. )

Rom. 8:16-23

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

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. 18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. (KJV)

suffer = sumpascho {soom-pas’-kho}

= suffer with; to suffer or feel pain together; to suffer evils (troubles, persecutions) in the like manner with another.

In the Present tense, (now); Active voice (subject acts); and Indicative mood(fact).

sufferings = pathema {path’-ay-mah}

= suffering, affliction; an inward state, an affliction;

An enduring, undergoing, suffering.

groans = sustenazo {soos-ten-ad’-zo}

= groan together; express grief; weep audibly.

To give formal expression to grief; to express a common calamity.

bondage= douleia {doo-li’-ah}

= slavery; in subjection.

corruption = phthora {fthor-ah’}

= destruction, perishing, deprave; to lead away a true church from that state of knowledge and holiness in which it ought to abide.

travail = odino {o-dee’-no}

= to express the pains of parturition (childbirth).

pain = sunodino {soon-o-dee’-no}

= to undergo agony together or along with.

To feel the pains of travail with.

2 Corinthians 5:1-4

For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: 3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. 4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.

1. burdened = bareo {bar-eh’-o}

= be heavy; be pressed, depressed; weighed down.

In the Present, Passive (the subject receives the action of the verb).

2. (compare Jesus):

Luke 22:41-45

And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, 42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. 43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. 45 And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, (KJV)

Mark 14:33-34

And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; 34 And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch. (KJV)

3. In the “end time” children of God are going to need each other; They will be suffering together. This is why the scriptures warn us about the “apostacy” and the failure to meet together in the assembly.

Hebrews 10:25

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (KJV)

2 Thessalonians 2:1-3

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; (KJV)

Luke 21:10-19

Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: 11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. 12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake. 13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony. 14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: 15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. 16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. 17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake. 18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish. 19 In your patience possess ye your souls. (KJV)

4. It will be like people gathering into a storm shelter, helping and comforting one another.

L. BUT, the children of God know that their deliverance is coming!

Romans 8:21-23

Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. (KJV)

 

Philippians 3:20-21

For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. (KJV)

Ephesians 1:13-14

In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. (KJV)

Ephesians 4:30

And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. (KJV)

1 Cor. 15:51-52

Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (KJV)

M. A sober look and consideration of suffering on the part of one who is saved.

1. Suffering is only for a short season. It is temporary, not eternal. It is not a constant thing.

2. There are contrasts given in scripture between these experiences:

a. Suffering is not only an individual experience, but also a corporate experience.

Romans 8:16-23

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 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. 18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. (KJV)

- Suffering comes from the bondage of corruption that SIN brings.

- Suffering is brief, glory is eternal.

- Glorious liberty is the result of temporary bondage.

- Suffering is a togetherness, a fellowship. We ALL suffering together as a BODY.

The Godly suffering is going to result in redemption. (Of the body = the change.)

- Each is to wait with patience for The LORD’s timing and plan.

1 Corinthians 12:26-27

And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. (KJV)

Philippians 3:10

That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; (KJV)

1 Peter 4:12-13

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. (KJV)

 

b. It appears that we are merely sheep waiting to be slaughtered, but we are conquerors.

3. There is a difference between suffering for our own sinful ways and suffering for Christ.

a. Suffering from the lost world is to be expected by the child of God.

b. It is not a strange thing to undergo fiery trials. This reveals true children of God. It shows that we are partakers with Him in His sufferings which were foretold of Him.

c. Each should be happy to be reproached for the Name of Christ.

d. It is given to us to suffer for His sake.

e. The early disciples, being beaten for His cause, were rejoicing, being counted worthy to suffer shame for His Name.

f. Comfort comes to those who stand fast in their affliction and distress for their faith.

g. Fearlessness and steadfastness are evident tokens of the evil ones’s perdition.

1 Peter 2:19-21

For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. 20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. 21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: (KJV)

1 Peter 3:12-17

For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. 13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? 14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; 15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. 17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

1 Peter 4:14-16

If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. 16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. (KJV)

Philippians 1:29

For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; (KJV)

1 Timothy 4:10

For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. (KJV)

4. It was only through suffering that Jesus could save us from sin’s destruction.

a. Jesus foretold this fact to His disciples.

Luke 9:22

Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day. (KJV)

Luke 22:15

And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: (KJV)

b. These are historical facts!

1 Peter 3:18

For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: (KJV)

1 Peter 4:1

Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; (KJV)

Acts 3:18-21

But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. 19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; 20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: 21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. (KJV)

Acts 26:22-23

Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come: 23 That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles. (KJV)

5. Why should a child of God, robed in the righteousness and holiness of Jesus Christ, desire to continue in or go back to the sinful, corrupt, destructive life he was saved from ?

1 Peter 4:2-3

That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. 3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: (KJV)

Ephesians 2:1-3

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation [= daily conduct of life] in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. (KJV)

2 Peter 2:20-22

For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. (KJV)

6. Some are afraid of what “others” will think; some want to remain a part of “the crowd.”

Galatians 6:12-13

As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. 13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh. (KJV)

N. The Answer.

1. Expect it.

2. Prepare for it.

3. Wait patiently for deliverance.

4. Be perfected through and by it.

5. Be thankful for God’s purpose in it.

6. Commit yourself to The Faithful Creator.

7. Consider others who have suffered as examples God has given to us: Moses, Job, Paul.

1 Peter 4:19

Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator. (KJV)

1 Peter 5:10-11

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. (KJV)

Hebrews 12:3-11

For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. 5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. 11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. (KJV)

Hebrews 11:24-27

By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; 25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. 27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

James 5:7-11

Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. 8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. 9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door. 10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. 11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. (KJV)

O. Almighty God’s ultimate goal and His blessed assurance that we shall reach it.

1. To be conformed to the very image and likeness of Jesus Christ, His Only Begotten Son.

Romans 8:28-29

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. (KJV)

2. These plans and purposes of God are ALL sure and as certain as if already performed.

Romans 8:30

Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. (KJV)

These are ALL in the Aorist tense; Active voice; and Indicative mood. = a fact of point action, with the subject performing the action. It is ALL of Almighty God’s grace and power!

P. Some concluding thoughts on the matter of suffering as seen in:

Romans 8:31-39

31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 32 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.

1. Word study.

a. separate = choreo {kho-reh’-o}

= to be in space; (the form of this word is used only in Romans 8: 35 and 39.)

It has this meaning = to put asunder, (as in a divorce putting away a wife {Matt. 19:6 and Mark 10:9};

When it is in the Middle voice, it means to “separate oneself.” All truly saved are the Bride of Christ.

b. to be married = a union of a man and a woman into one flesh. They become ONE. This is in the “prayer of Jesus,”:

John 17:20-23

Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. (KJV)

c. Nothing can break this “oneness,” nor separate this union.

John 10:27-30

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and my Father are one. (KJV)

man = added by translators. No Greek word used.

never is a “double negative = it is impossible !

d. EACH child of God has already been enrolled in heaven in The Lamb’s book of life.

e. Each is a citizen of heaven. This is home forever.

f. Each place is reserved!

reserved = tereo {tay-reh’-o}

= to keep, guard, preserve for a time of unspeakable joy.

1 Peter 1:2-9

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.

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. (KJV)

7. JESUS did not come to condemn us, but to save us.

Romans 8:33-34

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. (KJV)

John 3:17

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (KJV)

XX. The faithlessness on the part of Israel; the salvation of Saul of Tarsus and his call to to be the apostle to the Gentiles; and the election of God , both of “Jew” and Gentile.

A. The encounter of Saul with Jesus and his salvation is found in Acts 9:1-31.

1. In this account is given the genuine and only way of salvation.

a. Saul is lost in sin and is persecuting the true believers in Jesus as Savior. He is doing this out of a sincere heart and with a zeal (hot heat) for what he believes.

b. Saul had seen many Christian meekly give their lives for their trust in Jesus Christ. This had brought a great conviction in his heart concerning “this way” of Jesus.

c. Saul, when spoken to by Jesus, obeyed His word and was born again. He followed instructions given to him to go and inquire at the house of Judas. The Lord had told Ananias, a faithful servant, to go to this house and speak to Saul. He did, and called Saul, “brother,” indicating that he was a saved brother in Christ’s Kingdom then.

Acts 9:13-18

Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: 14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name. 15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: 16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake. 17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. 18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

d. Thus, Saul was convicted by God’s Word, surrendered to His call, was saved, was sent to a faithful witness for further instructions, which he obeyed, receiving the Holy Spirit, immediately being immersed in water, straightway preached that Jesus was indeed the Son of God, and desired to “join the Church.” (The other saved ones)

B. After being saved, Saul (a Hebrew name) now called Paul (a Roman name) became greatly desirous that his kinsmen, in the flesh, the Israelites, be saved. They did not know the truth about Jesus! They had become spiritually blind and hard of heart since their captivity and dispersion into all the nations of the world some 600 before. ONLY a remnant would be saved in the future plans of God.

Romans 9:1-5

I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, 2 That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. 3 For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: 4 Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; 5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen. (KJV)

Romans 10:1-3

Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. 2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. (KJV)

C. The important differences in the terms, “Jew,”, Israelite, and Hebrew.

1. Jew,” is NOT A RACE! It is first used in 2 Kings 16:6. The term probably came about as a “corruption form” of JUDAH, the Southern Kingdom where Jerusalem was located, where JEHOVAH GOD had put His Name. It was in Jerusalem where the temple was located on Mt. Moriah and where the priests and Levites had charge of the temple, the rituals, feasts, etc. “JEW” represents the custodians of the religion that was centered in Jerusalem, in the tribe of Judah. It is something one could become!

2. Paul was NOT a “Jew” in the sense that he was of tribe of Judah, BECAUSE he was of the tribe of BENJAMIN. He said that he “became a Jew.”

3. Paul gives his own “fleshly lineage.”

Philippians 3:3-7

For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

4Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: 5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; 6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. 7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. (KJV)

1 Corinthians 9:19-22

For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. 20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; 21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. 22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. (KJV)

4. The lineage as given in the BIBLE.

a. Abram was a Hebrew. (This word means “to cross over” – “the region beyond”).

b. Abram was of the descendants of Shem ( Noah’s son).

c. Abraham had an “only son,” (heir) named Isaac (=laughter); (cut a covenent with)

d. Isaac and Rebekah had twins, Esau and Jacob. Jehovah God made a sovereign choice while they were still in the womb and chose Jacob over Esau, the firstborn.

Romans 9:9-13

For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sara shall have a son. 10 And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac; 11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) 12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. 13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. (KJV)

e. Jacob had twelve (12) sons by four (4) women.

f. Judah was the last son born to Jacob and Leah. (Gen. 29:35)

His name = “praise.”

g. After meeting his brother, Esau, Jacob wrestled with an angel of The LORD and He changed his name from Jacob (supplanter) to Israel (Prince of God).

h. Jacob’s sons became known as the 12 tribes of Israel (NOT “Jews!”).

i. Another example in the Old Testament of people “becoming” JEWS.

Esther 8:15-17

And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold, and with a garment of fine linen and purple: and the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad. 16 The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour. 17 And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land BECAME Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them. (KJV)

D. A few short statements of the history of how and why Jehovah God left Israel-Judahand scattered them abroad into other nations, hardening their hearts.

1. After Joshua led them into the “promised land,” they disobeyed The LORD’S orders.

2. As chastisement, and desiring to bring the people into obedience, He used the heathen kings and unbelieving nations to subjugate the people of Israel. They would cry out unto Him and He would raise up deliverers, called, “judges.” The result was:

Judges 21:25

In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes. (KJV)

3. In answer to the deep supplications of Hannah, a second wife of Elkanah, Samuel was born and she “lent him unto The LORD.” He became a helper to Eli, the high priest. Eli was not very dedicated to The LORD, and his priest sons were great sinners. All 3 of these died, and The LORD used Samuel for His purposes until he died.

a. It was under Samuel that the people wanted a KING over them “like all others had.”

b. Saul, the son of Kish was anointed by Samuel to be the first King of Israel. But he warned the people of the consequences of this choice. They did not listen or obey.

c. Saul, disobeyed The LORD, and Samuel was told to go and anoint the son Of Jesse, the “Bethlehemite,” a descendant of Boaz and Ruth.

Ruth 4:13-21

So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son. 14 And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel. 15 And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him. 16 And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it. 17 And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David. 18 Now these are the generations of Pharez: Pharez begat Hezron, 19 And Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab, 20 And Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon, 21 And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed, (KJV)

d. Although King Saul hated David and was envious of him, trying multitudes of times to kill him, The LORD eliminated Saul and brought David to the throne, and he became the King over ALL of the people of Israel. He was a “man after God’s own heart.”

e. The Kingdom of Israel prospered and reached it’s zenith under David. It was in his heart to build a temple for Jehovah God. He made the plans for this BUT because he was a man of war, his son, Solomon, carried out these plans and built an elaborate temple, such as has never been seen before or after. A great dedication was made.

f. BUT Solomon disobeyed The LORD, and took pagan wives and concubines. These turned Solomon’s heart away from The LORD.

1 Kings 11:1-4

But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites; 2 Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love. 3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart. 4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father. (KJV)

g. As a result of these events, The LORD told Solomon that He would divide his kingdom after his death.

1 Kings 11:5-13

For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. 6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father. 7 Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon. 8 And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.

9 And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice, 10 And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the LORD commanded. 11 Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant. 12 Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it for David thy father’s sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of thy son. 13 Howbeit I will not rend away all the kingdom; but will give one tribe to thy son for David my servant’s sake, and for Jerusalem’s sake which I have chosen. (KJV)

h. After Solomon’s death, the kingdom was divided into two (2) kingdoms as follows:

1. The Southern kingdom, under Solomon’s son, Rehoboam, who took the foolish advice of his young peers instead of the older men’s counsel. It was composed of the main tribe, Judah, and the small tribe of Benjamin, with the capital Jerusalem.

2. The Northern kingdom under Solomon’s servant, Jeroboam, composed of the ten (10) tribes with the capital at Samaria.

C. Fearing that the people would want to return to Jerusalem to worship, Jeroboam made two (2) golden idol calves, placing one (1) in Dan and the other in Bethel. He established his own priesthood and days of feasts and worship.

1 Kings 12:26-31

And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David: 27 If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah. 28 Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. 29 And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan. 30 And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan. 31 And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi. (KJV)

E. As a result of this, Jehovah God sent His true prophets to the 2 kingdoms calling them to repentance, and warning them of their pending judgment. There were different kings and different prophets during this period of time.

1. God uses this phrase to show how often and diligently He sent prophets to them:

Jeremiah 7:25-28

Since the day that your fathers came forth out of the land of Egypt unto this day I have even sent unto you all my servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them: 26 Yet they hearkened not unto me, nor inclined their ear, but hardened their neck: they did worse than their fathers. 27 Therefore thou shalt speak all these words unto them; but they will not hearken to thee: thou shalt also call unto them; but they will not answer thee. 28 But thou shalt say unto them, This is a nation that obeyeth not the voice of the LORD their God, nor receiveth correction: truth is perished, and is cut off from their mouth. (KJV)

Hosea 1:1

The word of the LORD that came unto Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel.

2. In the days of the prophet, Isaiah, God brought hardness and blindness to the people.

Isaiah 6:8-13

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. 10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed. 11 Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate, 12 And the LORD have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land. 13 But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof. (KJV)

This was still in effect during the days of both Jesus and Paul.

Matthew 13:13-16

Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. (KJV)

Acts 28:25-28

And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers, 26 Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: 27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 28 Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it. (KJV)

3. This condition of Israel, as a people, shall continue until the end of time.

Romans 11:25-27

For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. 26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. (KJV)

All Israel refers all under the covenant promise to Isaac, NOT all the flesh and blood descendants! (See Rom.9

4. During the days of the prophet, Ezekiel, Jehovah withdrew His glorious presence. The LORD, in stages, left the temple, the city of Jerusalem, and the people. He has Not been back, but will return in the future. (See Ezekiel 10: 1-4; 17-19; 11:22-23)

5. This is the prophecy through Hosea. Hosea 3:4-5 4 For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim: 5 Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days. (KJV)

F. Both kingdoms went into captivity; Israel fell first, and Judah circa 587 B.C.Since that time, plus 2005 years, the tribes of Israel have been scattered into the nations and have received the treatment of the curse, and not the blessing spoken of by The LORD. (Read ALL of Deuteronomy chapter 28:1 through 68 )

Deuteronomy 28:1-2 (These blessings are listed in the verses following.)

And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: 2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God. (KJV)

Deuteronomy 28:15 (These curses are listed in the verses following and seen in history.)

15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee: (KJV)

G. At what time the gospel has been preached to all the world (Gentiles – the Church called out of the world), The Holy Spirit’s convicting power will be withdrawn and a “spirit of error” will be sent, instead, to all who did not want to receive the truth. It is a this point in time, Jehovah God will once again gather Israel into the land promised by covenant to Abraham. He will saved “the REMNANT.”

Romans 11:5

Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. (KJV)

Matthew 24:14

And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. (KJV)

Matthew 24:15-21

When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. (KJV)

2 Thessalonians 2:1-4

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. (KJV)

2 Thessalonians 2:6-12

And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (KJV)

let; letteth = to restrain or bind; hold back.

HE = masculine gender and refers to The Holy Spirit and NOT to the Church (feminine).

H. Just as The Holy Spirit was given to convict of sin, righteousness and judgment in the calling out of the Church, He will also be wthdrawn from this work SINCE the gospel has been proclaimed in all nations.

John 16:7-14

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8 And when HE is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. 12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 13 Howbeit when HE, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. (KJV)

XXI. The Sovereignty of Almighty God, EL SHADDI.

Sovereign is defined as supreme in power; superior in position to all others; independent of, and unlimited by others; possessing original and independent authority and jurisdiction.

There is NO GOD but JEHOVAH, The Covenant God, The ELOHIM (= plural) of creation. HE has ALL power over ALL creation from the smallest microscopic speck to the vast heavenly bodies. HE is in the absolute control of everything that exists. ALL are under His authority and sovereignty to do with as He pleases!

A. Mankind has a limited “free will.” Man CANNOT have an unlimited “free will” and still be under the sovereignty of an ALMIGHTY GOD. This is what is stated in Romans 9:11-13; 11:4-8. All scriptures attest to this fact. The question about this is raised in Romans 9:14-24. A few examples of scripture are given.

Romans 9:20-21

Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? 21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? (KJV)

B. Selected passage are given out of ALL the Bible to point to HIS Sovereignty over ALL.

Genesis 1:1

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (KJV)

Genesis 2:1-2

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. (KJV)

Hebrews 4:3

For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. (KJV)

Revelation 13:8

And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (KJV)

John 1:1-3

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. (KJV)

Acts 15:18

Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world. (KJV)

Genesis 2:7

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (KJV)

Genesis 1:27

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (KJV)

Genesis 12:1-3

Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. (KJV)

Genesis 15:3-7

And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir. 4 And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. 5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. 6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

7 And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it. (KJV)

Genesis 15:13-16

And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; 14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. 15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. 16 But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full. (KJV)

Genesis 25:21-23

And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. 22 And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD.

23 And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger. (KJV)

Exodus 3:14-15

And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. 15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations. (KJV)

Exodus 4:10-12

And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. 11 And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD? 12 Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say. (KJV)

Exodus 9:4-6

And the LORD shall sever between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt: and there shall nothing die of all that is the children’s of Israel. 5 And the LORD appointed a set time, saying, To morrow the LORD shall do this thing in the land. 6 And the LORD did that thing on the morrow, and all the cattle of Egypt died: but of the cattle of the children of Israel died not one. (KJV)

Exodus 9:23-26

And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the LORD rained hail upon the land of Egypt.

24 So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, very grievous, such as there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation. 25 And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree of the field. 26 Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail. (KJV)

Exodus 10:21-23

And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt. 22 And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days: 23 They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings. (KJV)

Exodus 12:11-14

And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’S passover. 12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. 13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. 14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. (KJV)

Exodus 14:19-22

And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them: 20 And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.

21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.

22 And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. (KJV)

1 Corinthians 10:1-4

Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. (KJV)

Exodus 15:26

And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes,

I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee. (KJV)

Deuteronomy 8:2-4

And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no. 3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live. 4 Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years. (KJV)

Jeremiah 1:4-5

Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. (KJV)

Read these:

Psalm 139; Job 10:8-13; ALL of what GOD said to JOB, Job 38-42 chpt.

John 9:3

Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. (KJV)

John 6:44

No man cancome to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. (KJV)

John 6:39

And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. (KJV)

Acts 13:44-48

And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God. 45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming. 46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. 47 For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth. 48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed. (KJV)

Matthew 1:21

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save HIS PEOPLE from their sins. (KJV)

Romans 9:20-23

Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? 21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? 22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: 23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, (KJV)

Matthew 25:34

Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: (KJV)

Hebrews 9:27-28

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. (KJV)

1 Corinthians 15:21-26

For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam ALL DIE, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. 24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. (KJV)

Romans 14:10-12

But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. 12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. (KJV)

XXII. Jehovah God’s Sovereignty in the redemption of mankind. Salvation does NOT come through the “law,” but through righteousness by faith in Jesus Christ only.

A. A distinction is shown between the children of the “flesh” & the children of “promise.”

1. Abram was God’s choice to reveal His eternal plan to, finished before the foundation of the world. God “cut” a covenant with Abram on Mt. Moriah concerning a land promised to fleshly seed of Abram’s generation through Isaac & Jacob. The other part of the covenant that Jehovah God “cut” with Abram was based on His “promised seed,” Who is revealed to be Jesus, but was symbolized (or shown as a type ) in Isaac, who was the only seed of Abram & Sarai, born in their old age through God’s promise.

2. Just because a person was born in the fleshly offsprings of Abram, DID NOT make that one a child of the “promised SEED”, JESUS..

Romans 9:3-8

For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: 4 Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; 5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.

6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: 7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. 8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed. (KJV)

a. When Isaac & Rebecca had conceived by God’s power, twins were in her womb. They were named. Esau & Jacob. In His sovereignty, Jehovah God chose Jacob to receive the blessings of the firstborn, called the “birthright,” although Esau was born first.

Romans 9:9-13

For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sara shall have a son. 10 And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac; 11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) 12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. 13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. (KJV)

b. In order for The Eternal God to accomplish His predetermined plan & purpose for His creation, He must be sovereign! He IS! ALL creation belongs to Him & He can do with it as He, alone, sees fit. Like a potter, He determines what to do with the clay.

Romans 9:20-24

Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? 21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? 22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: 23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, 24 Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? (KJV)

c. Jehovah God did NOT destroy the vessels of wrath (the disobedient) the many times He spoke of it, but in His mercy, He is waiting until the end of time to destroy those when He saves His election of the remnant.

d. This fact is shown throughout the scriptures, especially through Isaiah & Hosea.

Romans 9:25-33

As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved. 26 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God. 27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: 28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth. 29 And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha.

30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. 31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. 32 Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; 33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. (KJV)

(This Stone, Rock, is Jesus!)

e. Salvation from sin is for ALL people who believe in their heart that Jesus is the Only uniquely begotten Son of Almighty God, just as His record shows.

Romans 10:6-13

But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) 7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) 8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

 

1 John 5:9-13

If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.

10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (KJV)

1 John 4:1-3

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. (KJV)

f. No one can say he believes in God (the True & Only God, Jehovah) without true heart belief in JESUS & all that His Holy Name stands for! No one can DENY Jesus and still have eternal life.

1 John 2:22-23

Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. 23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. (KJV)

John 5:39-40

Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. 40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. (KJV)

John 6:44

No mancan come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and

I will raise him up at the last day. (KJV)

John 6:65

And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. (KJV)

John 8:24

I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. (KJV)

John 3:36

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (KJV)

John 8:37-47

I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.

38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. 39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham. 40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. 41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. 42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?

47 He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. (KJV)

Acts 4:10-12

Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (KJV)

1 Timothy 2:5-6

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. (KJV)

Acts 2:39

For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. (KJV)

Acts 13:48

And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed. (KJV)

B. The SEED that Jehovah God is referring to in His promise to Abram is JESUS.

Genesis 15:5-6

And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. 6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness. (KJV)

Galatians 3:16

Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. (KJV)

Galatians 3:26-29

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. (KJV)

C. The fleshly descendants of Abraham thought that they were “saved” because they had been born of the physical flesh of Abram’s descendants.

John 8:39-41

They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham. 40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. 41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. (KJV)

John 8:44-45

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. (KJV)

Romans 9:6-8

Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: 7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. 8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed. (KJV)

Romans 8:3-9

For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 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. (KJV)

John 3:5-6

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (KJV)

John 3:7

Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye MUST be born again.

John 1:13

Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (KJV)

D. Salvation from sin is LIMITED TO “as many as received Jesus.”

John 1:11-12

He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (KJV)

1. Salvation from SIN & ETERNAL LIFE come as a result of these graces from God.

a. The hearing of the Word of God, the gospel (good news).

Luke 8:18

Take heed therefore HOW ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have. (KJV)

Luke 8:10-15

And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. 11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. 14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. 15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. (KJV)

Romans 10:8-13

But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

b. The “hearing” must be the TRUE SCRIPTURES, The Word of God.

c. The Holy Spirit is The One Who convicts of sin, righteousness & judgment.

John 16:7-11

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8 And when HE is come, HE will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. (KJV)

Acts 2:36-39

Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.

37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. (KJV)

John 6:44

No mancan come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. (KJV)

d. A kind of “reverse” order is given in these verses:

Romans 10:14-15

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (KJV)

preacher = kerusso {kay-roos’-so}

= a proclaimer; to publish, proclaim openly: something that has been done. Always with the suggestion of formality, gravity, & authority which must be listened to & obeyed.

sent = apostello {ap-os-tel’-lo}

= send, send forth. Send away; send out. To order (one) to go to a place appointed

In the 2nd Aorist tense ( = point action); the Passive voice ( = the subject receives the action of the verb); the Subjunctive mood ( = the mood of possibility & potentiality; The action may or may not occur, depending on the circumstances). Note these:

John 5:24

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. (KJV)

(The Father SENT His Son on a mission into this world. To call out a people for Himself.)

John 5:30

I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. (KJV)

Acts 8:26

And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. (KJV)

John 20:21

Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. (KJV)

Acts 16:6-10

Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, 7 After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not. 8 And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas. 9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. 10 And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them. (KJV)

The Holy Spirit is The SENDER, not a “church.”

beautiful = horaios {ho-rah’-yos}- only 4 uses

= blooming; beautiful (human body).

gospel & glad tidings = same Greek words

= euaggelizo {yoo-ang-ghel-id’zo}

= to bring good news; announce glad tidings.

of peace = eirene {i-ray’-nay}

= a state of tranquility; peace between individuals, i.e., harmony, concord, security, prosperity. Note -

Luke 2:8-11

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (KJV)

Luke 2:14

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (KJV)

not = ou {oo}

= the absolute negative. (C/f., no, not even one!)

believed = pisteuo {pist-yoo’-o}

= to think to be true; to be persuaded of; place one’s confidence in; to commit to one’s trust; In the Aorist tense, Active voice, & Indicative mood ( a fact).

Note – the positive (Abraham):

Romans 4:19-25

And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: 20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; 24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; 25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. (KJV)

1 John 5:9-13

If we receivethe witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.

10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (KJV)

Romans 10:16-17

But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (KJV)

Isaiah 53:1

Who hath believed our report? (= Heb. hearing) and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? (KJV)

Isaiah 59:1-2

Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. (KJV)

Hebrews 3:15-19

While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. 16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. 17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. (KJV)

Romans 10:18-21

But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world. 19 But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you. 20 But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me. 21 But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people. (KJV)

XXIII. The explanation of the “Jew” and “Gentile” Church as being brought into ONE Body. Several illustrations are given, with God’s future and final purpose given.

A. The question is asked.

Romans 11:1-3

I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, 3 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. (KJV)

B. The question is answered.

Romans 11:4-10

But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. 5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. 6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. 7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded 8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. 9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them: 10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway. (KJV)

C. The chapters, 9 through 11 of Romans, have to do with the “call” of Abraham and the Covenant that Jehovah God “cut” with him on mount Moriah. This “covenant” was two-fold: It was in reference to Abraham’s fleshly offsprings and a “promised land.” It, also, was in reference to “an election by grace,” which included “as many as” were accepting by faith, The One SEED, JESUS CHRIST, as Savior from the law of sin and death which has passed upon ALL men from the very beginning of time.

Galatians 3:22

But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. (KJV)

Galatians 3:26-29

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

D. To try and simplify these chapters, a series of statements follow below from scripture. All of God’s works are by His Sovereignty, and were “finished from the foundation of the world.”

1. These scriptures in Romans 9-11 begin with Abram whom God called out of Ur of the Chaldees and told him to go out by faith unto a place He would show him.

Genesis 12:1-3

Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. (KJV)

2. Abram was a “Hebrew,” a descendant of Shem , through his father, Terah.

3. Abraham had 2 sons, one by the Egyptian, Hagar, handmaid of Sarai, named, Ishmael. The son of his old age by Sarai (Sarah) was a miraclous birth and was a “son of promise.” This is an allegory seen in Galatians 4:22-31 given to show forth this spiritual truth.

4. This “son of promise” was named ISAAC (laughter).

5. Abraham sent his servant to find a wife for Isaac among his “own people.” He found her whose name was REBEKAH. She was barren for 20 years and having sought God’s help, Isaac and Rebekah had twins, named Esau and Jacob. (Esau = red; Jacob = trickster).

6. Although Esau was born first, Jehovah God chose Jacob to receive the “birthright.”

Romans 9:6-13

Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: 7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. 8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed. 9 For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sara shall have a son. 10 And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac; 11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) 12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. 13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. (KJV)

7. Esau “sold” his “birthright” to Jacob for a bowl of his pottage (stew?).

8. Jacob fled the wrath of his brother, Esau, for tricking his Father, Isaac, into giving the blessing due Esau to Jacob. Jacob fled to his mother’s family members in Syria.

9. Jacob was supposed to be gone only for a short while, until his brother’s wrath was gone. He remained there, however, for 20 years and married the two daughters of Laban. The one that Jacob truly loved was Rachel, but Laban tricked Jacob by giving him Leah in payment for 7 years of labor. He had to work 7 more years for Rachel.

Genesis 31:41-42

Thus have I been twenty years in thy house; I served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy cattle: and thou hast changed my wages ten times. 42 Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty. God hath seen mine affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked thee yesternight. (KJV)

10. During these years, Jacob had 12 sons and 1 daughter born to him.

The 12 sons had different mothers. Leah produced 6 sons: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun, and a daughter, Dinah. Jacob had 2 sons by Leah’s handmaid, Zilpah, named Gad and Asher. Rachel, being barren, gave her handmaid to Jacob to wife, and she bore him 2 sons: Bilhah produced Dan and Naphtali.

Genesis 30:22-26

And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb. 23 And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach: 24 And she called his name Joseph; and said, The LORD shall add to me another son. Later, Rachel died in giving birth to Benjamin, a 2nd son.

25 And it came to pass, when Rachel had born Joseph, that Jacob said unto Laban, Send me away, that I may go unto mine own place, and to my country. 26 Give me my wives and my children, for whom I have served thee, and let me go: for thou knowest my service which I have done thee.

11. On his way back home, Jacob had to confront Esau, his wrathful brother. After arranging his wives and children into groups he believed to be safe, he met alone with God. That night he wrestled with a “man” until the dawn of day. It was here that God changed his name from Jacob, to Israel ( a prince of God). Thus, the children are called “Israelites.”

12. Jacob met Esau and they were reconciled; both going on their separate ways. That hatred and warfare still exists to day in the middle east where it will soon come to a great war.

13. Joseph, who was hated by his half-brothers, was sold into Egypt and later became the next in power and authority to the Pharaoh. Because of a severe famine foreseen by Joseph, he was put in power over all of Egypt to buy up and store grain for 7 years.

14. In Egypt, Joseph was given Asenath, the daughter of Potipherah, priest of On. She bore Joseph 2 sons, Manasseh, (1st born) and Ephraim. Jacob later claimed these for himself.

15. On his way back to Bethel (where he had dreamed on his fleeing to Laban’s place) God appeared unto him again.

Genesis 35:9-20

And God appeared unto Jacob again, when he came out of Padanaram, and blessed him. 10 And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel. 11 And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins; 12 And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land. 13 And God went up from him in the place where he talked with him. 14 And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he talked with him, even a pillar of stone: and he poured a drink offering thereon, and he poured oil thereon. 15 And Jacob called the name of the place where God spake with him, Bethel.

16 And they journeyed from Bethel; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath: and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labour. 17 And it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the midwife said unto her, Fear not; thou shalt have this son also. 18 And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin. 19 And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem. 20 And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave: that is the pillar of Rachel’s grave unto this day. (KJV)

16. The famine became so great and lasted so long, that Jacob and his sons were compelled to go into Egypt for grain, It was during this sovereign activity of Jehovah God, that Joseph revealed himself unto his family.

17. Great joy and feasting took place. With Pharaoh’s permission and blessing, Jacob was sent for and a great caravan with all kinds of good were sent to bring Joseph’s family into Egypt. There were but 70 souls who came there and they were given the bountiful land of Goshen to dwell in. After many years, they had multiplied into about 2 millions so that the NEW Pharaoh did not look with favor upon them and began to make life unbearable for them.

18. It was at this time that JEHOVAH GOD went to the back side of the Midian desert and called Moses and Aaron to go down into Egypt and deliver the children of ISRAEL and bring them into the land promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

19. Through a series of plagues, ending with the death of the firstborn of man and cattle, which brought to pass the passover and the release of the total of the Israelites, Jehovah God led them through the Red Sea on dry ground and killed the Egyptian army that pursued them.

20. Instead of leading the Israelites the short route by Gaza, The LORD brought them a long way which led them into several wilderness areas where the final resting place was near to the Mt. Sinai range was where Mt. Horeb was located. It was in this wilderness area that many important events took place.

a. The people began to murmur and complain, charging God with bringing them out into a place where their “little ones” would die. They claimed it was better back in Egypt.

b. They were fed with manna during their forty year wanderings.

John 6:30-35

They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work? 31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. 32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. 34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. 35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. (KJV)

c. They came to Rephidim, where there was no water.

Exodus 17:6

Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. (KJV) This spoke of Jesus to be smitten only once. He is the water of life.

John 4:13-14

Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

d. It was in this place of Rephidim that Israel had their WAR; it was with Amalek. Amalek = “dweller in a valley.” He was the son of Eliphaz by his concubine Timnah; grandson of Esau, and progenitor of a race of people in southern Canaan.

Exodus 17:16

For he said, Because the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation. (KJV)

(This is the war that continues in Israel today)

5. The children of Israel (about 2 millions) came to the wilderness of Sinai.

Exodus 19:1-2

In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai. 2 For they were departed from Rephidim, and were come to the desert of Sinai, and had pitched in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount. (KJV)

6. It was here at Mount Sinai that The Almighty God came down and spoke audibly to this multitude and gave to Moses the 10 commandments. (Exodus 19:10 –20:1-20) He also gave to this nation His laws and judgments that pertained to all facets of their lives. These were given strictly to Israel.

7. It was here that The LORD told Moses to build Him a sanctuary.

Exodus 25:8

And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. (KJV)

This “tent” was to be made exactly as God directed: it was a “pattern of the true one.”

8. This “tent” was the dwelling place of Jehovah God. It was located in the midst of the twelve tribes of Israel. When He gave the command to move on toward the land of promise, there were designated men who took the tent apart and moved it. The LORD went with them as a pillar of cloud by day to keep them cool and a pillar of fire by night to light their way. The tent was most beautiful inside, but not at all attractive outside.

Exodus 39:42-43

According to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so the children of Israel made all the work. 43 And Moses did look upon all the work, and, behold, they had done it as the LORD had commanded, even so had they done it: and Moses blessed them.

Exodus 40:16-17

Thus did Moses: according to all that the LORD commanded him, so did he.

17 And it came to pass in the first month in the second year, on the first day of the month, that the tabernacle was reared up. (KJV)

Exodus 40:34-38

Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. 35 And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. 36 And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys: 37 But if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up. 38 For the cloud of the LORD was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys. (KJV)

i. The LORD chose Aaron, Moses’ elder brother, to be the first High Priest. Aaron’s sons were chosen to be the priests. Special clothing was made for each of these. ALL OF THESE POINTED to the fulfilment by Jesus when He entered into the true tabernacle in heaven with His very own precious blood for our sacrifice for sin. ALL OF THIS is given in the book of Hebrews. The sons of Aaron were, Nadab, 1st born, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. Nadab and Abihu died for offering strange fire.

j. Men from the tribe of Levi were charged with the responsibility to physically take the tent down, move it, and put it together again where The LORD so designated.

Numbers 1:51-54

And when the tabernacle setteth forward, the Levites shall take it down: and when the tabernacle is to be pitched, the Levites shall set it up: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death. 52 And the children of Israel shall pitch their tents, every man by his own camp, and every man by his own standard, throughout their hosts. 53 But the Levites shall pitch round about the tabernacle of testimony, that there be no wrath upon the congregation of the children of Israel: and the Levites shall keep the charge of the tabernacle of testimony. 54 And the children of Israel did according to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so did they.

k. Redemption is taught.

Numbers 3:44-51

And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 45 Take the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel, and the cattle of the Levites instead of their cattle; and the Levites shall be mine: I am the LORD. 46 And for those that are to be redeemed of the two hundred and threescore and thirteen of the firstborn of the children of Israel, which are more than the Levites; 47 Thou shalt even take five shekels apiece by the poll, after the shekel of the sanctuary shalt thou take them: (the shekel is twenty gerahs:) 48 And thou shalt give the money, wherewith the odd number of them is to be redeemed, unto Aaron and to his sons. 49 And Moses took the redemption money of them that were over and above them that were redeemed by the Levites: 50 Of the firstborn of the children of Israel took he the money; a thousand three hundred and threescore and five shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary: 51 And Moses gave the money of them that were redeemed unto Aaron and to his sons, according to the word of the LORD, as the LORD commanded Moses. (KJV)

21. The Israelites left the surroundings of Mt. Sinai and came to Hazeroth, where chastisement in the form of leprosy came upon Miriam, Moses’s sister for her and Aaron’s speaking against Moses for marrying the Ethiopian woman. (Numbers 12:1ff.) After this episode, they pitched their tent in the wilderness of Paran. They are on their way to the “promised land” of Canaan. The LORD told Moses to first send out 12 spies, one from each tribe, to see the land, check out the people, and their strongholds.

a. Only two, Caleb, of Judah, and Joshua, of Ephraim, brought back a good report.

b. As a result of this report this is what the people said:

Numbers 14:1-4

And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night. 2 And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness! 3 And wherefore hath the LORD brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt? 4 And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt. (KJV)

c. The congregation charged God with bringing their “little ones” out into this wilderness in order to kill them. This was Jehovah God’s verdict of judgment:

Numbers 14:31-38

But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised. 32 But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness. 33 And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness. 34 After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise. 35 I the LORD have said, I will surely do it unto all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.

36And the men, which Moses sent to search the land, who returned, and made all the congregation to murmur against him, by bringing up a slander upon the land, 37 Even those men that did bring up the evil report upon the land, died by the plague before the LORD. 38 But Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of the men that went to search the land, lived still. (KJV)

22. Moses died and was buried by The LORD. Before he died, Moses foretold what was going to happen to them. He laid out before them the blessings and the curses, according to their obedience to The LORD’s commands. This was a conditional agreement, given only to Israel. (SEE Deuteronomy 28). (History shows that they chose the curses)

23. The LORD also gave Moses a song to teach the Israelites.

Deuteronomy 31:19

Now therefore write ye this song for you, and teach it the children of Israel: put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the children of Israel. (KJV)

XXIV. After the death of Moses,God buried him and Joshua was chosen to lead the children of Israel into the “promised land.” They had been in that wilderness 40 years.

1. The reason for their 40 years of wilderness wanderings was their charge against God that He had brought their “little children” there to kill them. God said that He was going to let those die that had murmured and failed to go and conquer that land due to their unbelief, but He was going to bring these “little ones” into that “promised land.”

Hebrews 3:17-19

But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. (KJV)

2. The only place in the Bible where we are told that fault was found with where God buried the body of Moses is here:

Jude 9

Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. (KJV)

3. Joshua led the children of Israel along the eastern boundary of the land and crossed over the Jordan river when it was in its flood stage, as The LORD heaped up the waters when the priests’ feet touched the waters. He brought them to Jericho where The LORD imploded the city walls and gave Israel the victory. The supply of manna ceased when this took place.

4. The history of these wars, etc. make up much of the Old Testament. They failed to obey The LORD, and true to the prophecy of Moses, they became a “curse.”

5. After Joshua’s death, the contemporary elders tried to lead the people until they all died. He was 110 years of age.

Joshua 24:31-33

And Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that overlived Joshua, and which had known all the works of the LORD, that he had done for Israel. 32 And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem, in a parcel of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for an hundred pieces of silver: and it became the inheritance of the children of Joseph. 33 And Eleazar the son of Aaron died; and they buried him in a hill that pertained to Phinehas his son, which was given him in mount Ephraim. (KJV)

6. Then came the period of the Judges. These tribes started doing “their own thing” and did not kill out those 7 tribes as God told them to. They embrace them and their idols.

Judges 21:25

In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes. (KJV)

a. They began to murmur against God and wanted a King like “everybody else.”

b. Because of a famine, a family of 4 went into the land of Moab. The were, Elimelech and his wife, Naomi. They had 2 unmarried sons: Mahlon and Chilion. While in Moab, the sons married daughters from Moab. Their names were, Orpah and Ruth. During the period of their 10 year stay there, the husband and both sons died. Naomi felt impressed to return to her native country, Judah.

c. All are, perhaps, familiar with this story. Orpah chose to remain with her people in Moab. Ruth chose to go with Naomi and said these often spoke words:

Ruth 1:16-18

And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: 17 Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me. 18 When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her. (KJV)

d. In GOD’s sovereignty, Ruth was led to a field owned by Boaz located in Bethlehem. He was a Goel ( a next of kinsmen)( = a redeemer) and bought the rights to ALL the land from the next of kin, Elimelech. He turned down his rights (he was also obligated to marry the wife of the deceased husband. Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe. (A custom-proof)

Ruth 4:8-13

And Boaz said unto the elders, and unto all the people, Ye are witnesses this day, that I have bought all that was Elimelech’s, and all that was Chilion’s and Mahlon’s, of the hand of Naomi. 10 Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off from among his brethren, and from the gate of his place: ye are witnesses this day. 11 And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said, We are witnesses. The LORD make the woman that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Bethlehem: 12 And let thy house be like the house of Pharez, whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which the LORD shall give thee of this young woman.

13 So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son. (KJV)

e. Boaz and Ruth produced a son, Jesse, who was to be the father of David.

Ruth 4:13-17

So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son. 14 And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel. 15 And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him. 16 And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it. 17 And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David. (KJV)

7. Samuel is born to Hannah, the second wife of Elkanah. This was a result of Hannah’s earnest supplication to The LORD. She “lent him to The LORD.” He became a faithful priest for Jehovah God, taking Eli’s place after his death and the death of his wicked sons.

8. Samuel was used of Jehovah God to anoint 2 kings for Israel: Saul and David.

9. ALL of the tribes of Israel became under the kingship of David.

10. David’s son, by Bathsheba, Solomon, reigned after David’s death. Among his multitude of sons (Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines), Rehoboam was made king after Solomon died. He listened to his young peers instead of the elders, and there was a revolt. This resulted in Israel (united under David) bein divided into 2 kingdoms: The Southern Kingdom, Judah, composed of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin, with the capital at Jerusalem. The Northern Kingdom, Israel (sometimes called Ephraim) with the capital at Samaria. The Southern Kingdom was led by Rehoboam, and the Northern Kingdom led by Jeroboam.

11. Both kingdoms became “spiritual harlots-whores” leaving Jehovah and serving idols.

12. After many yearsof sending true prophets to both kingdoms, The LORD let them go into captivity of pagan kingdoms, removing His glory from the temple, letting it and Jerusalem be destroyed, and scattered the people into the nations of the world.

13. In the end of time, “the latter days,” after the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled with the preaching of the Gospel, GOD is going to gather these tribes BACK INTO THE “PROMISED LAND,” and settle the account He has been allowing to accumulate over the years. A great destruction will occur, called “The Great Tribulation,” (Matthew 24:21-31; Deuteronomy 4:25-40); “The time of Jacob’s trouble,” (Jeremiah 30:4-24; Revelation 16-18.)

 

The ONLY harlots that fit these Scriptures are those given in the rest of the Bible, SEE Ezekiel all of chapter 16; Compare Revelation 17:5 and Jeremiah 3:3; Compare Revelation 18:24 and Matthew 23:34-39. There are multitudes references in the Bible to prove this truth. MANY are being deceived and led astray by saying these refer to other than the truth!

14. Jehovah God is going to save a remnant by His sovereignty and grace, a symbolic number given in Revelation Chapter 7, and in Romans 11:5-27; 2 Corinthians 3:12-18.

15. Until this end time, Their eyes have been blinded, their ears, closed, and their hearts hardened since these prophetic words were given to Isaiah to speak to them.

Isaiah 6:8-13

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. 10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed. 11 Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate, 12 And the LORD have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land. 13 But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof. (KJV)

(This tenth represents the remnant).

a. These same scriptures were spoken by JESUS.

Matthew 13:13-15

Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

b. By Stephen.

Acts 7:51-53

Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. 52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers: 53 Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it. (KJV)

c. By Paul. (Romans 11:7-10)

Romans 11:7-10

What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded. 8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. 9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them: 10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.

XXV. The Two Olive Trees That became ONE and ARE THE “ISRAEL OF GOD.”

Romans 11:12-24

Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness? 13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: 14 If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. 15 For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?

16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. 17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; 18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. 19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. 20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: 21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. 22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. 23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again. 24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree? (KJV)

A. Word study.

wild olive tree = agrielaios {ag-ree-el’-ah-yos}

= of or belonging to the oleaster or wild olive. It is an adj. from words meaning, uncultured; unreclaimed; one that grows in the fields, woods; in the wild.

graffed = egkentrizo {eng-ken-trid’-zo}

= cut into for the sake of inserting a scion.

A “scion” = a detached shoot, or other portion of a plant consisting of more than one bud, capable of propagation.

Note: this describes exactly the ones of the wild olive = the Gentiles

(nations other than Israel).

 

It is in the Aorist tense (point action); Passive voice (the subject receives the action of the verb); and in the Indicative mood (a fact that has or will occur).

cut out = ekkopto {ek-kop’-to}

= to cut out; to cut out of a live tree.(Aorist, Passive).

good olive tree = kallielaios {kal-leel’-ah-yos}

= the garden olive as opposed to wild.

graffed into = same meaning as “graffed” above, but it is in the Future tense.

own = idios {id’-ee-os}

= pertaining to one’s own self; belonging to one’s self. This speaks of Israel. They are the original, good olive tree.

B. Important things to note and remember in this study: The END purpose in God’s plan is that the “spiritual Israel” become ONE TREE, ONE FOLD, ONE IN UNITY, etc. When the “wild olive scion” was graffed into the good olive tree, there was but one tree.

C. Other scriptures that show this truth:

John 10:14-16

I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. 15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. (KJV)

Ephesians 2:11-19

Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;

12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; (KJV)

Galatians 3:28-29

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. (KJV)

Galatians 6:15-16

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. 16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. [= a spiritual term for ALL of the saved] (KJV)

Romans 11:25-27

For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. 26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. (KJV)

The term, ALL ISRAEL, refers to ALL OF THE SAVED, BOTHof Israel and Gentiles. The “ISRAEL OF GOD,” are seen in these facts: Those of Israel saved BEFORE the Gentiles; The Gentiles (the Church, while Israel was blinded and scattered); and the remnant of Israel to be saved AFTER THE FULLNESS OF THE Gentiles is come into the ONE fold. ALL are the ELECT of God.

Romans 11:5

Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. (KJV)

Acts 13:44-48

And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.

45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming. 46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. 47 For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth. 48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed. (KJV)

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. (KJV)

2 Corinthians 3:13-16

And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: 14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. 15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. 16 Nevertheless when it [= the heart] shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. (KJV)

Romans 11:26-27

And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. (KJV)

Matthew 24:29-31

Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. [These are ALL ISRAEL, OF THE SAME TREE, FOLD, ETC.]

D. These two olive trees are seen supplying OIL into ONE LAMPSTAND.

Zechariah 4:1-4

And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep, 2 And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof: 3 And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof. 4 So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord? (KJV)

Zechariah 4:11-14

Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof? 12 And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? 13 And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. 14 Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, [= lit. “sons of oil”] that stand by the Lord of the whole earth. (KJV)

Revelation 11:1-4

And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. 2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

3And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. 4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. (KJV)

E. JESUS is called “THE BRANCH.”

Zechariah 6:12-13

And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD: 13 Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.

F. In the New Testament, Jesus speaks of unfruitful branches being cut off and burned.

John 15:1-6

I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. (KJV)

Matthew 13:37-43

He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. (KJV)

Note: In all these cases, the FIRE comes first! Jerusalem is to be burned first, before the remnant is saved.

Revelation 18:8-10

Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.

9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,

10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come. (KJV)

Note: This is a “city”, NOT ancient Babylon, an empire. It is also called “mystery Babylon,” and is designated as JERUSALEM in ALL prophetic words.

G. A look at the “olive tree” mentioned in other places in the scriptures:

1. It is a symbol of peace and life (green). Is seen by Noah from the dove sent forth.

Genesis 8:10-12

And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark; 11 And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth. 12 And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more. (KJV)

2. The oil, wood, and symbolism are used extensively in the scriptures in connection with what is holy.

Exodus 27:20

And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always. (KJV)

3. Used as a parable. Judges 9:8-9 8 The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them; and they said unto the olive tree, Reign thou over us. 9 But the olive tree said unto them, Should I leave my fatness, wherewith by me they honour God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees? (KJV)

4. Used in the temple:

1 Kings 6:23

And within the oracle he made two cherubims of olive tree, each ten cubits high.

1 Kings 6:31-33

And for the entering of the oracle he made doors of olive tree: the lintel and side posts were a fifth part of the wall. 32 The two doors also were of olive tree; and he carved upon them carvings of cherubims and palm trees and open flowers, and overlaid them with gold, and spread gold upon the cherubims, and upon the palm trees. 33 So also made he for the door of the temple posts of olive tree, a fourth part of the wall.

5. Psalm 52:8

But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever. (KJV)

Psalm 128:3-4

Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. 4 Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD. (KJV)

Jeremiah 11:16-17

The LORD called thy name, A green olive tree, fair, and of goodly fruit: with the noise of a great tumult he hath kindled fire upon it, and the branches of it are broken. 17 For the LORD of hosts, that planted thee, hath pronounced evil against thee, for the evil of the house of Israel and of the house of Judah, which they have done against themselves to provoke me to anger in offering incense unto Baal. (KJV)

6. Beneath the “old olive trees” in the Garden of Gethsemane located on the Mount of Olives.

Mark 14:32

And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray. (KJV)

Matthew 24:3

And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? (KJV)

Luke 22:39

And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him. (KJV)

Luke 19:37-38

And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen; 38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest. (KJV)

Acts 1:9-12

And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey. (KJV)

 

 

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