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1 John – a very, deep, meaty letter …

I’m not going to lead ya’ll into a deep study of this very meaty book – although, I believe I finally have a grasp of this book that has become so precious to me.  I LOVE this letter! 

However, back in March I read a newsletter from Blue Letter Bible about this book that I had not picked up on and want to share it with you.  I am not copying it word for word, but desire to acknowledge where I got it:  http://www.khouse.org/enews_cat/.   There are 7 contrasts in 1 John:

  1. The light vs. the darkness
  2. The Father vs. the world
  3. Christ vs the antichrist
  4. Good works vs. evil works
  5. Holy Spirit vs. error
  6. Love vs. pious pretence
  7. The God-born vs. others

There are also 7 tests  – you find them!

7 traits of the born again

7 reasons why this epistle was written

7 tests of honesty and reality

7 tests of behaviors and attitudes “if we say……”

THERE ARE ONLY 6 LIARS – God’s number for “mankind.”  – and, antichrist

And this author compares Hosea with 1 John and especially this verse in Hosea 4:1  “Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.”

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April 5, 2011 Posted by | Exact Truth, Learning to read - accurately, Newsy News & Random Thoughts | Leave a comment

The True Message of the Messiah’s Second Presence, part 5…

 Heb 4:12 For the word of God (Acts 8:12-14 -the Word of the Kingdom when the government will be upon His shoulders)) is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

If you do not know what the Bible is about, you will not be able to judge yourselves – you will not be allowed to participate in the coming Kingdom.

Mt 7:2 “For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.

Lu 12:57 “And why do you not even on your own initiative judge what is right?

Lu 12:58 “For while you are going with your opponent to appear before the magistrate, on [your] way [there] make an effort to settle with him, in order that he may not drag you before the judge, and the judge turn you over to the constable, and the constable throw you into prison.

Lu 19:22 “He said to him, ‘By your own words I will judge you, you worthless slave. Did you know that I am an exacting man, taking up what I did not lay down, and reaping what I did not sow?

Joh 3:17 “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him.

Joh 7:24Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.

Joh 12:47 “And if anyone hears My sayings, and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.

Joh 12:48 “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.

Ac 13:46 And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, “It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; since you repudiate it, and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles.

Ac 17:31 because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”

Ro 2:1 ¶ Therefore you are without excuse, every man [of you] who passes judgment, for in that you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. (I consider this one of the most important verses in the Bible! Ask me why. Hint: it refers back to 1:18)

Ro 2:16 on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus.

Ro 14:4 Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and stand he will, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

Ro 14:10 But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God.

Ro 14:13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this–not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way.

1Co 5:12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within [the church]?

1Co 6:2 Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is judged by you, are you not competent [to constitute] the smallest law courts?

1Co 6:3 Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, matters of this life?

2Ti 4:1 ¶ I solemnly charge [you] in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom:

2Ti 4:8 in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.

Heb 10:30 For we know Him who said, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY.” And again, “THE LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE.”

Jas 4:11 ¶ Do not speak against one another, brethren. He who speaks against a brother, or judges his brother, speaks against the law, and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law, but a judge [of it.]

Jas 4:12 There is [only] one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbor?

Jas 5:9 Do not complain, brethren, against one another, that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door.

I printed out the above passages for a couple of reasons.

  1. You can see the simplicity of having a computer study program. It does the “work” of looking up references for me.
  2. Then, when reading the verses, you can observe certain similarities and differences. Here, notice that we are not to judge “outsiders,” but that we are to judge ourselves among the elect (church). (Please get in the habit of seeing “elect” when you see the word, “church.” The word, “church,” as we know it today has no place in the Bible.
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October 1, 2010 Posted by | Exact Truth, How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately | Leave a comment

The True Message of the Messiah’s Second Presence, part 4…

 Before the beginning, God made “ages” in His Son Whom He appointed heir of all things. Hebrews 1:2 NAS –“In these last days (God) has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world (lit. “ages”).

Time, as we know it now, covers two ages – the present age and the coming age, or the Age to come.

In a beginning, God created the heavens and the earth – out of nothing!

How: by the word of His mouth – Ps. 33:6-9

Not created formless and void – Isa.45:18

In a beginning, God created rulers over the earth. “For by Him all things were created, (both) in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities (in the heavens and on earth) – all things have been created by Him and for Him.” Colossians 1:16

The THEN and NOW present ruler is the messianic cherub – Ezekiel 28: 14-15, “You were the anointed cherub who covers, and I placed you (there). You were on the holy mountain of God; you walked in the midst of the stones of fire. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created, until unrighteousness was found in you.”

Ezekiel 28:17, 18“Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom by reason of your splendor…by the multitude of your iniquities, in the unrighteousness of your trade. You profaned (or desecrated) your sanctuaries.”

Earth becomes formless and void, cities broken down! Jer. 4:23

Face of the deep is frozen” – Job 38:29, 30

God warms the surface of the deep – Genesis 1:2

THE ORIGINAL EARTH WAS CREATED TO BE INHABITED.

IT WAS RE-FORMED TO BE INHABITED BY A NEW CREATION!

God created the angels to rule in the heavenlies, one third “fell,” (rebelled against their chosen places of rulership) desecrated their sanctuaries, disqualifying themselves for ongoing rulership until another ruler qualified. Then God created man to rule from the earth, man “fell,” (the co-regent being deceived by the present “messiah”) disqualifying himself/herself to rule. The need became for the governments to be reconciled – both the visible (things on the earth) and the invisible (things in the heavens) because of man’s disobedience in the Garden; thus, the promise of Gen. 3:15.

September 30, 2010 Posted by | Exact Truth, How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately | Leave a comment

The True Message of the Messiah’s Second Coming, part 3…

 These posts will seem like random thoughts – LOL – they are! Just keep trudging through them and at some point, they will meld. When that happens, it is truly a day of rejoicing. It is my delight to study. Every now and then I will feel really odd, even “wondering” about myself and often, attempting to be different. Cannot!

The beginning tells us something

Isaiah 40:21 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?

About the end

Isaiah 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

The end of the world

Matthew 24:3 And as he (Jesus) 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 (lit: “age”)?

 The seven day week was from the beginning

Genesis 2:1-3 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. 3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

 A prophetic time scale: “One day as a thousand years”

2 Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

You need to know right up front that the Bible’s emphasis concerns the 7th Day!

EVERYTHING you read there will concern the coming age when the Qualified Ruler takes the title deed of the earth, ruling with a rod of iron, with a co-regent and newly-appointed, qualified “government” leaders and workers!

A little extra thought: The tree of the knowledge of good and evil that Eve was deceived into partaking – well, did you realize that our knowledge of good and evil (lit:”good for nothing”) will be what is judged at the Judgment Seat of Christ? It behooves us to know the difference between “good” and “good” (“for nothing” – no profit!). We must know what are “good for profit” works as opposed to “good for nothing” works. They both are good – but, for what! Why must we discern? Because we do not want the admonition:”Depart from Me, I never knew you by the works you performed – you were ‘workers of iniquity’.”

(See Luke 13 and: Mat 7:21-23 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.)

We will be known by Him by our fruit. He only recognizes His works and His fruit. Notice that what the “many” thought were wonderful works, The Lord considered the “many” as workers of inquity.

And, because if we judge ourselves NOW on these matters, we will not be judged then! Our Lord is not judging now. Now is the time to judge ourselves! We can ONLY become judges of ourselves through consuming His Word – and we MUST know His Word’s Purpose!

Heb 4:12 For the word of God (Acts 8:12-14 -the Word of the Kingdom when the government will be upon His shoulders)) is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

September 29, 2010 Posted by | Exact Truth, How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately | Leave a comment

The True Message of the Messiah’s Second Presence, part 2…

 I have taken the appearances of the word, “presence” – often translated as “coming” – and listed them for you. What one can learn with a study in this manner is astounding to what one has possibly heard in his/her past. The second coming is a much-published, money-making project for some. Personally, I do not read fiction concerning end-time events. At any rate, these are printed here for your convenience. Make notes. See what you can learn about this coming “presence” of our Lord. (And, please excuse all the different sizes of type. I still cannot figure out what to do about this. Very discouraged about my abilities at this point.)

(Matt 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?

(Matt 24:27) 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.

(Matt 24:37) But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

(Matt 24:39) And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

(1Cor 15:23) But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

(Phil 2:12) 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. (I included this one to illustrate that “absence” is opposite to “presence.” )

(1Thess 2:19) For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence (lit: “in the sight of,” “before”) of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?

(1Thess 3:13) To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.

(1Thess 4:15) For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Matt 24:31; 1Cor 15:52; 2Thess 1:7; 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words

(1Thess 5:23) And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Thess 2:1) 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. Jer 29:8; Matt 24:4; Eph 5:6; Col 2:18; 1John 4:1;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; Matt 24:23; 1Tim 4:1; 1John 2:18; 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. Dan 11:36; 5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6 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: Job 4:9; Isa 11:4; 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, John 8:41; 2Cor 4:4; Eph 2:2; Deut 13:1; Rev 13:13; 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. 2Cor 2:15; 2Cor 4:3;

(Jas 5:7) 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.

(Jas 5:8) Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.

(2Pet 1:16) For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

(2Pet 3:4) 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.

(2Pet 3:12) Looking for and hasting (“to desire earnestly”) 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?

(1John 2:28) 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.

September 28, 2010 Posted by | Exact Truth, How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately | Leave a comment

The True Message of the Messiah’s Second Presence…

 Note:  I need to combine my posts here with notes from the Ladies Bible Study.  For our first two sessions, we focused on foundational precepts that must be understood and “received” so that the Bible will make sense. 

Nutshell:  The words, “eternal” and “everlasting” have to do with a measurable period of time, an “age.”  (“Eternity” is expressed in the words, “ever and ever” (age upon age) Example:  Rev 22:5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. )

The Bible deals, largely, with only two ages: “This age and the age to come.” ( see: https://searchfortreasure.wordpress.com/2009/09/08/simple-outline-of-galatians/) I searched this site and have used the phrase “age to come” 141 times. Chose this URL because it seemed the best summary. You can do your own search, if you like.)

“This age” contains 6,000 years – is named the 6th “day of those 6,000 years.  This 6th day is sometimes referred to as “this day” in the Scriptures.

“The age to come” contains one day of 1,000 years named the 7th day, the coming Kingdom of God, the Messianic kingdom, etc. The coming “age” is longer than last 7th “day of 1,000 years.”  The coming 1,000 years is sometimes referred to as “that day” in the Scriptures.

In the heaven there are invisible thrones, dominions, principalities and powers. In the earth, there are visible thrones, dominions, principalities, and powers. ALL created for Him (the Son of the Father’s Love) and all these thrones, dominions, principalities and powers consist through Him!

(Col 1:13) Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

(Col 1:14) In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

(Col 1:15) Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

(Col 1:16) For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

(Col 1:17) And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

God is speaking to us today through His Son, through Whom He made the ages. We will not be able to understand – put together – the meanings of God’s Word without this knowledge and wisdom.

 I am going to print the whole first chapter of Hebrews for you here. Keep in mind that angels are ruling in the invisible principalities now.

(Heb 1:1) God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,

(Heb 1:2) Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; (lit: “ages.”)

(Heb 1:3) Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

(Heb 1:4) Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

(Heb 1:5) For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?

(Heb 1:6) And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.

(Heb 1:7) And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.

(Heb 1:8) But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

(Heb 1:9) Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

(Heb 1:10) And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:

(Heb 1:11) They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;

(Heb 1:12) And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.

(Heb 1:13) But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?

(Heb 1:14) Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

September 27, 2010 Posted by | Exact Truth, How I Read in Context, Ladies Bible Study Notes, Learning to read - accurately | Leave a comment

“Exact Truth,” part 5…

 The side effect of certainty (“exact truth”) is contentment, and contentment allows us to think and speak, write and live with authority. Hating and despising authority is not a recent phenomenon. Evil’s entrance into the universe was the original “I will.” “I will” desire, have, be, other than God’s Will.

Our Lord taught with authority – Mar 1:22 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. And, He gave authority to His disciples.Mar 13:34 For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.

Teaching with authority is not popular with the masses, but you can find little flocks longing to hear, know, and live “true truth”/”exact truth”/”certainty.” Knowing and living in the will of God is contentment, indeed!

Theophilus was to receive written truth, validating the spoken truth – and in consecutive order, at that! He begins with the announcements of Gabriel to the parents of John, the Baptist, and to Mary, who “found favor with God.” He includes the very first meeting of John, the Forerunner, and the Son of God – in their mothers’ wombs!

What do babies in the womb know? Probably a lot more than we would like for them to know – at least in my case. But, Elizabeth’s baby knew who had entered the house and lept for joy in His mother’s womb. And, I have run to verse 45 in this first chapter to read over again and claim a very personal promise to me there: Lu 1:45 “And blessed [is] she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.” 46 And Mary said: “My soul exalts (“magnifies” in KJV) the Lord, 47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.

I have the written Word of my Lord, and it “speaks” to me. I believe. There will be a fulfillment of the exact truth revealed to me. My soul (the life that I live in the flesh by faith in the Son of God) magnifies the Lord. In other words, my life is the magnifying glass put upon the Lord Jesus, the Christ, to give others a “Magnified” view of Him. And, my spirit rejoices in God (The Father) as my Savior!

Who was saying those words in the above verses – a young girl, around the age of my GRANDdaughter! I am 68. Is this attitude my lifestyle? Yours?

Ps 119:49 ¶ Remember the word to Thy servant, In which Thou hast made me hope.

September 24, 2010 Posted by | Exact Truth, How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately, Luke and Acts/Letters to Theophilus | Leave a comment

“Exact Truth,” part 4…

 In reading Monday through Wednesday’s posts, it is quite noticeable that some side roads were pursued. Yesterday, we took the path of Ps. 19:1-6 and I just gotta address the verses about the bridegroom with other references in the Scriptures, printing out the verses, without comment. (Yea, sure!)

(We have had a death in the family of one of the flock where I enjoy sweet fellowship. My heart is not in posting. It is with him and his family.)

(Psa 19:5) Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.

(Isa 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.

(Isa 62:5) For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.

(Jer 33:11) The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the LORD.

(Joe 2:16) Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.

(Mat 9:15) And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.

(Mat 25:1) Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

(Mat 25:5) While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

(Mat 25:6) And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

(Mat 25:10) And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

(Luk 5:34) And he said unto them, Can ye make the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them?

(Luk 5:35) But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.

(Joh 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.

(Rev 18:23) And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

Now – is there any doubt to whom the “bridegroom” refers in Ps. 19?

The bride makes herself ready (Rev. 19:7,8,) while the bridegroom makes ready His place for her:Joh 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. Joh 14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. Joh 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

September 23, 2010 Posted by | Exact Truth, How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately, Luke and Acts/Letters to Theophilus | Leave a comment

“Exact Truth,” part 3…

 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.

September 22, 2010 Posted by | Exact Truth, How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately, Luke and Acts/Letters to Theophilus | Leave a comment

“Exact Truth,” part 2…

 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!)

September 21, 2010 Posted by | Exact Truth, How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately, Luke and Acts/Letters to Theophilus | Leave a comment

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