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Philippians and the Day of Christ

Know why there are so many references to “joy” and “rejoice” in the four-chapter book of Philippians?  Because its theme is:  How to Live until the Day of Christ Jesus and Participate in that Day!  The joy set before our Lord was “His Day” – the 7th Day – the one thousand years when He will be King of all other kings and Lord of all other Lords.  A faithful servant of His, now, will be invited to “enter the joy of the Lord” because of that servant’s “well-doing.”  REJOICE!!

“Joy” and “rejoice” appear 20 times in this letter.  But, let me show you why I chose my theme.

Chapter 1, verses 6 and 10:   6- For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
 10 -so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ;

Chapter 2, verse 16 – holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may have cause to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.

Chapter 3, verse 20 –  For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;

Chapter 4, verse 5 –   Let your forbearing spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near (at hand).

Check out these verses, also:

 Php 1:19 For I know that this shall turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
Php 1:20 according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I shall not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ shall even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.

 Php 2:9 Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,
Php 2:10 that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE SHOULD BOW, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth,
Php 2:11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Php 3:8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish in order thatI may gain Christ,
Php 3:9 ¶ and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,
Php 3:10 that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;
Php 3:11 in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
Php 3:12 Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in orderthat I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Php 3:13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
Php 3:14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Php 3:15 ¶ Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you;
Php 3:16 however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.
Php 3:17 ¶ Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us.

 Php 4:17 Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account.
Php 4:18 But I have received everything in full, and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God.

Now – here are my chapter headings:

Chapter 1 – Defending the Good News of Christ Jesus

Chapter 2 – Humility, the Basis of Soul Salvation

Chapter 3 – Attaining to the Out-resurrection from among the dead

Chapter 4 – Rejoice – Pray – Think These Things = Contentment!


March 14, 2014 Posted by | Counting Joy, salvation in the 7th Day, The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord | , | 1 Comment

“Let Endurance be a finished product!”

Now, I would think that the “finished” product would be the “finished” product, wouldn’t you? – the “finished” product AFTER enduring.   I have studied James quite a bit.  There are other blogs on this site about James, but did I tell you that verse 4, part a, in the first chapter could be translated, “Let endurance be a finished product?”  That phrase goes round in my head about as much as “to whom much is given, much is required.”  I thank the Lord for these precious thoughts because, ya’ know what,? – they rush in when other thoughts pry at the door of my thoughts.  I am not even going to print them here.  They don’t stay long enough for me to remember.  I have not memorized a lot of Scripture, but many, many are hidden in my heart. 

“Thy Word have I hidden ( “treasured”) in my heart…” is in Ps 119:11.  The word for “word” here was translated in the Greek Bible of our Lord’s time, as “Logos.”  “Logos” is not the individual words, it is the whole thought of the words put together as a complete thought.  One puts them away in a safe place just like they put away safely their very precious treasures of jewelry, etc.  I have more of the Word hidden in my heart than I thought!  How GOOD is that!  I am opening my treasure chest and discovering truths, precious promises, and encouragement laid away there for “just a time of this.”

Going back to James – I know why endurance is to have its perfect work in me.  The result is that I can be “perfect and entire” – LACKING IN NOTHING!!  Not even lacking WISDOM!!  Just doesn’t get any better than that!!

I want to leave you with Vine’s comment about “entire:”

Entire  –  (G3648), “complete, sound in every part” (holos, “whole,” kleros, “a lot,” i.e., with all that has fallen by lot), is used ethically in 1Th_5:23, indicating that every grace present in Christ should be manifested in the believer; so Jam_1:4. In the Sept. the word is used, e.g., of a “full” week, Lev_23:15; of altar stones unhewn, Deu_27:6 and Jos_8:31; of a “full-grown” vine tree, useless for work, Eze_15:5; of the “sound” condition of a sheep, Zec_11:16








The corresponding noun

holokleria is used in Act_3:16, “perfect soundness.” The synonymous word teleios, used also in Jam_1:4, “perfect,” indicates the development of every grace into maturity.



The Hebrew.

shalom, “peace,” is derived from a root meaning “wholeness.” See, e.g., Isa_42:19, marg., “made perfect,” for text, “at peace”; cf. Isa_26:3. Cf. also Col_1:28 with 2Pe_3:14. 

March 1, 2011 Posted by | Counting Joy, James, Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Pages from my journal | Leave a comment

March 14th, 12:00 noon…

The Lord has been so good!  No matter which way my condition goes, I am glad it has happened.  I am so at peace that it has to be because of seeing the things that are unseen.  For several years I have been fascinated with time.  It is a commodity to be saved, spent, and redeemed.  I am in the redeeming stage of time and this means I can even slow time.  I’ll leave the speeding of time to other poor souls that don’t know better.  Here are some of the blessings of this week:

A beautiful site by a young mother of 6:  Be sure to read every word and turn speakers on.

Elisabeth Elliot has a message entitled “Guide to Contentment”  — scroll down until you find it on this page:

And, there’s a time for everything under the sun:

A Time for Everything

Eccl: 3:1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

NOTHING is untimely with God!

Thank you for your prayers,  mary

February 24, 2011 Posted by | Counting Joy, Health Crises, Newsy News & Random Thoughts, on faith | Leave a comment

Waiting for the phone to ring…..

You know what it’s like.  W-A-I-T-I-N-G for the phone to ring.  We have done this many, many times as a family.  Bob has lost more jobs than we can remember; so, waiting for the phone to ring to line up an interview, or with the results of an interview, became almost a habit for us.  We also waited with our son, David, for a call from NASA saying he was invited to co-op there as he worked and waited for his college degree. 

I must say, though, this is the first time we have waited for an appointment with an oncologist and short bursts of emotion break out every few minutes; I watch the clock.  I wonder if I need to take phone with me to take a shower.  I remember that I was going to wash clothes today.  Get them together; look at the clock; put them in washer; look at the clock.  Wonder when I should just call them and make sure they have my correct phone number.  Wonder why it is taking so long.  Must be a lot of women with cancer.

What is the good news/bad news here?  “To die is gain.”  How could that be bad news.  I know why.  Because I would not have enough time to “redeem.”

Regrets and failures rush to crowd my mind space.  My “mind must be stayed upon Him.”  So, I fight for full space to rely totally upon Him and His plan for me.  But, they – the regrets and failures – are so real, so true, and so very sneaky. 

May I not become weary in “well-doing” as the battle for my thoughts rages.  Please raise up “Arons and Hurs” for strength in the war.  Send those that can just “watch with me for one hour.”

The battle is for my thoughts.  Not as to whether I have cancer or not.

February 22, 2011 Posted by | Counting Joy, on faith, Pages from my journal | Leave a comment

A Speed Bump in our Race of Faith…or…running in slow motion…

…..or,  an injury in the race….or, running numb…..or, running scared!

I have a new body part to name. 

An Invader.

An Adversary? 

A Stranger. 

So, I shall call him, “Darth.”

He has gathered his army together in my lower left abdomen – perhaps about at my left ovary (the only organ remaining there 30 years after surgery).

I have seen his shape from the spyglass of a CT scan.

Appropriately, it’s about the size of an egg.

I have no plan of attack, as yet; so, he is safe for now.  His hideout was discovered too late yesterday to gather my army.

Will keep you posted.

Keep The Faith.

Keep Running.

Keep Seeking!

Keep loving my husband – only more intensely!


February 19, 2011 Posted by | Counting Joy, Health Crises, on faith, Pages from my journal, Thinkin' Out Loud | Leave a comment

Let’s “count” some more……

“Count it all joy…”  James 1:2a

Here’s the official Greek word:”hegeomai” (G2233), primarily, “to lead the way”; hence, “to lead before the mind. (From Vine’s)

But, this word has not always been translated “count.”  One productive way to study words is to note their other uses. 

“Esteem” in the KJV:  Php 2:3  Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

“Regard” in AMP:  Php 2:3  Do nothing from factional motives [through contentiousness, strife, selfishness, or for unworthy ends] or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance. Instead, in the true spirit of humility (lowliness of mind) let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself [thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves].

“Thought” in KJV:  Php 2:6  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

“Think” in AMP  Php 2:6  Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained,

“Supposed” in KJV:  Php 2:25  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.

Other references: of counting backwards –

Php 3:7  But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.

Php 3:8  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

God “counts:” 1Ti 1:12  And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;

Sobering reference: Heb 10:29  Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

It has been translated”judged” in: Heb 11:11  Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.

“esteeming” in:  Heb 11:26  Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

“account” in: 2Pe 3:15  And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;


Heb 13:7  Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.

 Heb 13:17  Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

Used as a noun:  1Pe 2:14  Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.

This has turned out to be a very important word in our study.  We are to count, not to count, count losses in order to gain, and discover what God counts.  More tomorrow.

July 22, 2010 Posted by | Counting Joy, James | Leave a comment

Summary definition of “Joy”…

Joy is the possession of inner peace because of the deeper knowledge of our Lord’s joy and fellowship with Him and our Heavenly Father on that basis now, and the hope of future participation.

If we know – deeply know – the  things in the three previous “Joy” lessons, then we will obediently “count” it ALL joy as we continue in the trying circumstances surrounding us.  The present trials are shaping our future joy – or NOT.  They are meant to deepen our present “joy of the Lord,” as well.

In the context, these are trials that just “happen to happen” to us, or those we “happen upon.”  I have had both kinds lately – at the same time!  I must examine myself to see if I remain in the faith that pleases God.  My discovery?  I was attempting joy without the “count.”

(Jas 1:2)  Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,  ESV
“‘Count means, primarily, ‘to lead the way; hence, ‘to lead before the mind.'”  (Vine’s)

What are my thoughts in this trial?  Are they on the “joy set before the Lord” that I can participate in if my response, now, pleases Him?  And that phrase, “ALL JOY,” literally means “without mixture of sorrow.”  I am not there yet!  And, I am 68 (Aug.) years old!  Godly sorrow leads to repentance not to be repented of over and over.  There are times my sorrow overwhelms me. 

“Count it ALL joy…” is a state of mind.  Joy is to be the first responder to the trial.  In every trial, hard place, I must whisper: “Speak, Lord.”  Then, be still.  His voice is still.  A still, small voice.  I could miss the joy, if I do not hear His voice.


July 21, 2010 Posted by | Counting Joy, James, on faith, Pages from my journal | Leave a comment

“JOY” – part 3

  1. Psalm 30:5 –“For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”  In type, we are almost at the midnight hour.  “The night is far spent, and the morning star is rising.”  THEN there will be entering into the joy of the Lord – or – the weeping and gnashing of teeth.
  2. Psalm 126:5 –“They that sow in tears (now) shall reap (future) in joy.”
  3. Hebrews 12:2 –“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.”  Joy is to attain to the blessedness at the right hand of God – and all that implies.  This is signifying the circumstances attending participation in the authority of the Lord.  (“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” – Phil. 2:5)

Matthew 25:21, 23 – V. 23 – “His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”  That last phrase –”enter thou into the joy of thy lord” is literally: “partake of thy Master’s joy” – and refer back to Heb. 12:2.

  1. Study for yourself by comparing Mt. 13:44 with Mt. 19:16-24. – These have to do with one of the attitudes necessary to enter the coming “age-lasting” kingdom of heaven – that of paying a price, yea, all that we have.
  2. Then study Luke 12:22-38 and compare Luke 18:16-25 – and you will find some more attitudes that will enhance our future joy.
  3. And let me close with Jude 24 – “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.”  This verse was given me from the Lord on a particular bad day when I was before Him needing a blessing – and He delivered!  I did a word study and wrote my paraphrase:  “Mary, continuing the preceding thoughts; with your participation and by My building a fortress of isolation around you – the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ is presently enabling you not to fall away from the salvation of your soul in order to stand you directly in front of the presence of the glory of Him without blemish, blame, or fault from Him as you jump for joy.”

 Oh, what a day that will be – and I desire that “Well, done – enter into the joy of the Lord.”  Can you make a summary statement of definition of “joy” from these preceding passages?  We must!  The remainder that God has to say to us is dependent upon it or we will not pass the tests of the trials of our faith.

Each word of God is pure.  Every –  individual –  word!  Even all these Scriptures do not exhaust a study of “joy.”  But, remember

But, remember, “The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.”  Psalm 12:6  Word studies are a necessary part of Bible study!

July 19, 2010 Posted by | Counting Joy, How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately, Pages from my journal | Leave a comment

“JOY” – part 2

Joy is associated with our influence and interaction with others in the Word:

  1. Hebrews 13:17 –”Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves; for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.”
  2. “Joy” associated with quality of life now as we rejoice in others’ faith (pleasing God).  See I Thess. 3:4-13.  I’ll quote verses 7-9:  “Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith: for now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.  For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God.”
  3. Romans 15:31, 32 – v. 32:  “That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God and may with you be refreshed.”
  4. Philippians 1:25,26 –”And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith; that your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.”
  5. Philippians 2:2 –”Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.”
  6. Philippians 2: 16-18 –“Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ (has to do with the 1000 year [see 2 Pet.3: 8] reign of our Lord), that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.  Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.”
  7. 3 John 4 –“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”
  8. Philippians 4:1-“Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.” (Overlaps with “future reward” category.  Actually, most overlap other cateforied.))
  9. Romans 12:15: – “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.”


Joy is associated with a fulfilled inner peace and fellowship with the SON:

  1. 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.”
  2. Romans 12:12 –“Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.”
  3. John 3:29 –“He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice; this my joy therefore is fulfilled.”
  4. John 15:11 –“These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”
  5. John 16:21-24 –verse 22: “And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice and your joy no man taketh from you.”
  6. I John 1:4 –“And these things write we unto you that your joy may be full.”


Sources of “joy”:

  1. The Spirit of Sonship because that’s the theme of Galatians, see Gal. 4:6Galatians 5:22  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith…”
  2. HopeRomans 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.”  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.”  Romans 12:12 – “Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;”
  3. FaithPeter I 5-9 – “Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 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: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable (without words) and full of glory: receiving the END of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”

 Philippians 1:25 – “And having this confidence, I know with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith.”  “Joy of faith” has to do with pleasing God because “without faith it is impossible to please God.” –and – believing that He is “a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6



  1. Isaiah 35:1,2,10 –“The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.  It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing; the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the Lord and the excellency of our God.”  V.10 –”And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.”
  2.  Isaiah 61:10 –“I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels (gold, silver, precious stones).”

……….to be continued………….

July 17, 2010 Posted by | Counting Joy, How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately, Pages from my journal | Leave a comment

Joy is a noun!….

…..IN JAMES 1:2   –  “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials”,

Pay Attention!   I’m fixing to bore you!  I have literally seen people’s eyes glaze over when I do this.  🙂 My hope, though, is to help you see the importance of word study from all its perspectives.  I have 15 hand-written pages on notebook paper for this column.  Buckle up and hold on!

Have I told you about word order?  In the original language, Greek, in this case, word order is important because it gives us a clue to what God thinks is the proper order of the words.  He doesn’t follow our English rules of order.  For instance, verse two reads in this order:

“All joy do you esteem, brethren of me, when temptations you may fall into various.”

The words with the most emphasis are at the beginning of the sentence.  You can see that “all” is the first word.  Don’t miss this.  God means all, every, any, wholly, entirely, exclusivelyJOY.  The words are put together like this for us in KJV:  “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;”

All what?  JOY!  (Note:  the next Greek word after “joy” is our KJV word, “count.”  I plan some more study on this word, but we would benefit most by studying the word that we are commanded to hold before our minds and esteem so highly.)  We will do our digging this time by observing this word, “joy,” in other references and contexts.  Let’s “Search for Treasure.”

“Joy” is a feminine, accusative (meaning the direct object of the verb, “count”), singular noun.  NOT a verb.  We will see later in our study that “joy” is associated with emotions; but, those emotions have a particular source.  Right now I just want you to think about the difference between a noun and verb.  I have to tell you that the vast majority of displays of joy I see are verbs, not nouns.  Note, too, that “joy” is singular.

Joy is a thing.  A possession, to hold.  It is NOT whooping, hollering, or running up and down aisles.  It’s not even that feeling you have when you get what you really wanted for your birthday!  Well, you will see as we study this wonderful word.

My favorite verse about “joy” is Jeremiah 15:16a“Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and Thy Word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart…”  And right up there with it is:  Nehemiah 8:10b“…for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (You must know just what the “joy of the Lord” is before you gain strength from it.)

“Joy” is associated with emotions:

Matthew 2:10 – “… rejoiced with exceeding great joy.”  Occasion:  The wise men who knew “The King of the Jews had been born.  They had seen “His Star.”

  1. Matthew 28:8 – “And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.”  Occasion:  Mary Magdalene and Mary obeying the angel’s instructions about the risen Lord.
  2. Mark 4:16 & Mt. 13:20 – These receive the Word (of the kingdom), with gladness (same word – “joy“)Occasion:  The parable of the soils – called “His doctrine” in verse two.  “His doctrine” (teaching) is explained in Acts 1:1-6.  It concerns “the things pertaining to the kingdom of God” (v.3), “the promise of the Father” (explained in 1 John 2:25 as “eternal” (literally, “age-lasting”) life.”  Age lasting has to do with a measured length of time.  And verse 6, lets us know that the disciples knew of what He spoke:  “restoring the kingdom to Israel.”  Notice back in Mark 4:17 that this person does not endure affliction and persecution for the Word’s sake.  We can lose our joy!  See also Luke 8:13 –”They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word (of the kingdom) with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation (same word as in James 1:2) fall away.”
  3. Acts 12:14 – “…opened not the gate for gladness (“joy“)…” Remember when Peter was in prison and was released by an angel and the servant girl was so excited that she didn’t open the gate for him?

 Experiences with sorrow and trials prepare for and enlarge the capacity for joy:  (Read these for yourselves.)

  1. 1.      John 16:20
  2. 2.      Romans 5:3,4,
  3. 3.      2 Corinthians 7:4; 8:2
  4. 4.      Hebrews 10:34
  5. 5.      James 1:2
  6. 6.      Hebrews 12:11 – “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.”

 Persecution (for Christ’s sake) enhances joy and has to do with future reward:

  1. Matthew 5:11,12 – “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.  Rejoice and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”
  2. Acts 5:41 – “And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.”
  3. I Peter 4:13 – “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.”
  4. 4.      Read Acts 8:1-12
  5. Acts 20:24a –”But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy…”

……………….to be continued

July 16, 2010 Posted by | Counting Joy, How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately, Pages from my journal | Leave a comment


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