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Monday, September 20, 2010

“Exact Truth,” part 1

Letters to Theophilus were written by the physician, Luke, and consist of the books Luke and Acts in our New Testament.  Luke opens the book named after him with:

Lu 1:1 ¶ Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us,

2 just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word have handed them down to us,

3 it seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write [it] out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus;

4 so that you might know the exact truth about the things you have been taught.

He opens Acts with these verses:

Ac 1:1 ¶ The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach,

2 until the day when He was taken up, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen.

3 To these He also presented Himself alive, after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over [a period of] forty days, and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God.  (Our Lord ended His ministry on earth teaching the very same doctrine that He had from the beginning of His ministry – the purpose for which He was sent.  Lu 4:43 But He said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose.”)

If you think that all I write about, teach about, and think about is the coming kingdom of God, you must know I am in Good Company!  And, when I typed out the phrase, “kingdom of God,” the next phrase came to mind: “and His righteousness.”  Beware of having, cultivating, and cherishing your own righteousness.  No matter how good you get at it, He sees it as menstrual rags!  Heed the warning about the Pharisees:   Mt 5:20For I say to you, that unless your righteousness surpasses [that] of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.  I am stunned by this admonition!  I fear I am guilty.  Sooo thankful as His Holy Spirit reminds me of my Lord’s fresh, shed blood on the mercy seat – at this very moment – for the cleansing of all my sin – at this very moment!  Moses received the exact pattern of this tabernacle in the Heaven.  A “portable” version was set up for a constant reminder with every tent in its assigned place facing the earthly pattern of the heavenly.  God’s very glory filled the tabernacle.  Fire by night and cloud by day was clearly visible to ALL the surrounding “church” in the wilderness.  But, their altar was the idols in their hearts!  Beware, take heed – lest we not destroy every idol and its every evidence from our hearts.

“The Exact Truth,” part 2

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Notice in yesterday’s post the phrase, so that you might know the exact truth about the things you have been taught.   We can KNOW that we are reading the “exact truth” anywhere in the Bible; but, let’s look at the “exact truth” in Luke.  This truth is about “things.”  It is “about” what Theophilus had already been orally taught.  Luke will take eyewitness accounts from the servants of the word of the gospel, investigate them carefully, and put them in consecutive order for Theophilus – and us!

The “exact truth” is the NASB translation of the word, “certainty” in the KJV.  Vine says it can mean, “sure,” “safe,” “secure,” and it has been translated, “safety.”  Webster’s 1828 diffinition is interesting: 1. A fixed or real state; truth; fact. Know for a certainty, that the Lord your God will no more drive out these nations. Josh 23. Luke 1.  2. Full assurance of mind; exemption from doubt.  Certainty is the perception of the agreement or disagreement of our ideas.  3. Exemption from failure; as the certainty of an event, or of the success of a medicine.  The certainty of punishment is the truest security against crimes.  4. Regularity; settled state.

The word, “know,” in the phrase, “so that you might know,” is “epignosis.”  This is the “knowing” that comes from being able to put together all the knowledge you gather from God’s Word into the one theme of His Word with conviction – over and over again – more knowledge upon knowledge.  It is putting together the exact truth of God’s mind and purpose as revealed to us in His Word.

Theophilus had been orally taught and would now have a written account.  Being orally taught is IMPORTANT!  Having a preacher/teacher is absoutely essential to “hearing.”  ( Ro 10:14 How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?)

The written account will enter the eye gate for “seeing.”

So – we can have a “settled state of mind” when we have studied, put together – over and over again – what we have heard and seen.  The deeper knowledge gives assurance and boldness to the things it knows for sure!  No doubting!  – which is essential for gaining wisdom!  Jas 1:5-6 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.  But let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

Here are some “wisdom” verses to look up and put together:

Lu 2:40 And the Child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.  (Increasing in wisdom is how a child matures.)Lu 2:52 And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

Lu 21:15 for I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute.

Ac 6:10 And [yet] they were unable to cope with the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.

1Co 2:6 ¶ Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away;

Eph 1:17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.

Eph 3:10 in order that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly [places.]

Col 1:9 ¶ For this reason also, since the day we heard [of it], we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,

Col 1:28 And we proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ.

Col 3:16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms [and] hymns [and] spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

2Ti 3:15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. (Notice – wisdom leads to salvation through faith!)

“Exact Truth,” part 3

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Someone is leading a flock of crows’ cawing this morning.  They must have a “choir director” because they all begin, quit, and begin again on cue. 

It is a cool, dry, sunny morning and the big birds are taking their baths and a good drink for the day.  Smaller birds will arrive later.  I am on our little screened-in back porch viewing God and Bob’s creation of a “wild” back yard.  Bible on a stand to my left.  Computer on my lap.  Cup of herb tea at my right.  Parts 1 and 2 of “Exact Truth” are finished and now I am submitting to the temptations of enjoying and praising the Lord for His place for me.  If I did not, the trees would cry out in thanksgiving and praise! 

I hear Bob’s weed eater buzzing in the front yard, the cawing and calls of the birds, steady traffic sounds, and intermittment barking of neighborhood dogs.  Noisy, yet peaceful. 

However, there is one crow that stayed back when the flock moved on that will not shut up.  Back to writing!

When writing a little about the needs for hearing (a speaker) and seeing (written word) in yesterday’s post, I was reminded of Psalm 19.  The heavens rehearse the glory of God – can be seen, but not heard.  This psalm compares the words written in the heavens with the written word.  (You might have to read that again.)  The gospel of the glory of God in the stars could be read with seeing eyes.  The God of glory told Abraham to “look toward the heavens and count the stars…” (Gen. 15:5)  “Look” means to “consider with insight,” – pay attention to the meaning.  It was a command.  “Count” is to be aware of, taking into account each detail.  I believe the God of Glory, speaking to Abraham, gave him the ability to read the account in the stars of the Glory of God.  (Remember Acts 7:2)

Verses 1-6 in Ps. 19, are all about the glory of God:

¶ (For the choir director. A Psalm of David.) The heavens are telling (rehearsing) of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring (is setting forth) the work of His hands.

2 Day to day pours forth (prophesy) speech (promise), And night to night reveals knowledge (intelligence, prognosis).

3 There is no speech (to be heard), nor are there words (to be heard); Their voice is not heard.

4 Their line (rule) has gone out through all the earth, And their utterances (In Greek, this word is “logos.”) to the end of the world (inhabited earth). In them (the heavens) He has placed a tent (tabernacle) for the sun,

5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber; It rejoices as a strong man to run his course.

6 Its rising (the sun) is from one (“the”) end of the heavens, And its circuit to the other end (“the ends”) of them; And there is nothing hidden from its heat.(Nothing is hidden from the influence of the sun and nothing can hide from its influence.)  (Here, I am reminded of Romans 1.)

When Abraham looked, paying attention to the meaning, and taking into account each detail of the solar system, he was enabled by the God of glory to read the glory of God in the heavens.  The written Word of God on stones and parchment was not until Moses.

 

 

 

 

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February 21, 2012 - Posted by | How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately, Luke and Acts/Letters to Theophilus, Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Pages from my journal

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